Companies news of 2009-10-05 (page 5)

  • Earth's(R) Best To Celebrate 25th Birthday In 2010Baby Feeding Video Contest to Identify...
  • PEAK Surgical and Medtronic Announce Global Distribution Agreement for the Ear, Nose, and...
  • General Dynamics Awarded $16 Million for Chemical Detection Systems Production
  • American Apparel and Sesame Street Collaborate on Unique Line of T-Shirts
  • J.D. Power and Associates Reports: For New-Vehicle Buyers, Automotive Manufacturer Web...
  • ARRIS Announces Intelligent Content Features for the ConvergeMedia(TM) OnDemand...
  • NI Technology Updates Outlooks for Intel, Advanced Micro Devices, OmniVision Technologies...
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    Earth's(R) Best To Celebrate 25th Birthday In 2010Baby Feeding Video Contest to Identify 25 'Faces of Generation Pure'

    MELVILLE, N.Y., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Beginning in January 2010, Earth's Best® (, the first and only full line of organic baby food, toddler food and infant formula and a brand of The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. , will begin a year-long celebration of its 25-year heritage of nurturing babies the purest way. Based on a desire to keep potentially harmful pesticides out of the earth and children's food supply, Earth's Best was founded in 1985 and has grown to be a leader and innovator in children's products, making it the gold standard for parents and caregivers who seek products that are better for their children and for the environment. The line has expanded to also include infant formula, TenderCare® Chlorine-Free Diapers and Wipes and baby body care products made with organic ingredients.

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    "Hain Celestial has never lost sight of the original reasons why Earth's Best was created, helping parents nurture their children with the purest choices for their nutrition and well being," said Irwin D. Simon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hain Celestial. "We are proud to have expanded the line to include so many healthful options for parents of infants and toddlers, both in food and personal care products, providing them with better-for-you quality products to choose from for the past 25 years."

    Raising Generation Pure

    Saluting its heritage and planning for an even brighter future, Earth's Best is looking forward to raising a whole new generation of healthy babies and is currently hosting a contest to find the 25 Faces of Generation Pure. 25 winners will be announced in January 2010 and featured on and to kick-off the 25th Birthday celebrations.

    "For 25 years Earth's Best has been committed to nurturing children with the healthiest ingredients and products. The "Faces of Generation Pure" campaign is a tribute to the millions of babies who grew up on Earth's Best over the past 25 years and a celebration of a new, future generation of healthy babies to come," said Kimberley Bremer, Senior Director of Infant Feeding at Hain Celestial.

    History of Excellence

    In 2000, Hain Celestial brought Earth's Best into its portfolio of organic and natural foods. Hain expanded Earth's Best with foods for toddlers with its Tots and Kidz lines and a full line of Sesame Street breakfasts, snacks and meals including frozen foods. In 2005, the brand expanded to include Earth's Best Baby Body Care by Jason; in 2006 it launched iron fortified Organic Infant Dairy and Soy Formulas nationally into Natural Foods that contain DHA and ARA (essential fatty acids needed for brain and eye development); and in 2008 it introduced Earth's Best TenderCare(TM) Chlorine Free diapers made from renewable resources such as plant and corn starch, as well as chlorine free baby wipes.

    Why Organic?

    Pound for pound babies consume two to four times more fruits and vegetables than adults and are exposed to a higher proportion of contaminants. Organic ingredients like those used in Earth's Best products are grown in soil not treated with harmful synthetic herbicides, pesticides, chemical fertilizers or sewage sludge. No genetically engineered ingredients are used.

    "By selecting organic products from Earth's Best, parents can be confident their baby's utmost nutrition needs are taken care of right from the start," commented Keri Glassman, M.S., R.D., C.D.N, nutritional advisor to the Hain Celestial Group and mom of two. "Earth's Best is the brand I recommend due to its natural wholesome ingredients used for children."

    About The Hain Celestial Group

    The Hain Celestial Group , headquartered in Melville, NY, is a leading natural and organic products company in North America and Europe. Hain Celestial participates in almost all natural food categories with well-known brands that include Celestial Seasonings®, Terra®, Garden of Eatin'®, Health Valley®, WestSoy®, Earth's Best®, Arrowhead Mills®, MaraNatha®, SunSpire®, DeBoles®, Hain Pure Foods®, Hollywood®, Spectrum Naturals®, Spectrum Essentials®, Walnut Acres Organic®, Imagine®, Rice Dream®, Soy Dream®, Rosetto®, Ethnic Gourmet®, Yves Veggie Cuisine®, Granose®, Realeat®, Linda McCartney®, Daily Bread(TM), Lima®, Grains Noirs®, Natumi®, JASON®, Zia® Natural Skincare, Avalon Organics®, Alba Botanica®, Queen Helene®, Tushies® and TenderCare(TM). Hain Celestial has been providing "A Healthy Way of Life(TM)" since 1993. For more information, visit

    Photo: The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.

    CONTACT: Caitlin Melnick, 360 Public Relations, +1-617-585-5775,

    Web Site:

    PEAK Surgical and Medtronic Announce Global Distribution Agreement for the Ear, Nose, and Throat Market

    PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- PEAK Surgical, Inc. and Medtronic, Inc. today announced an agreement that grants the Surgical Technologies business at Medtronic exclusive rights for global distribution and marketing of the PEAK PlasmaBlade® TnA (Tonsil and Adenoid) tissue dissection device for the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) market.

    "PEAK's agreement with Medtronic is a major step toward our goal of capturing significant market share of the sizable global tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy market," said John Tighe, president and chief executive officer of PEAK Surgical. "Medtronic's global reach and extensive ENT product line is a great match for us and we are confident that this agreement, combined with the clinical benefits of the PEAK® Technology, will drive further physician adoption of our devices and technology."

    The agreement provides Medtronic with exclusive global distribution rights for the PEAK PlasmaBlade TnA tissue dissection device for the ENT market. Additionally, PEAK will have access to a line of credit that can be used for general working capital purposes.

    The PEAK PlasmaBlade TnA is indicated for cutting and coagulation of soft tissue during otolaryngology (ENT) surgery, including removal of the tonsils and adenoids. It is part of the PEAK PlasmaBlade family of disposable, low-temperature surgical cutting and coagulation devices that offer the exacting control of a scalpel and the bleeding control of traditional electrosurgery without the extensive collateral damage to surrounding tissue.

    "The PEAK PlasmaBlade TnA complements Medtronic's current products for chronic tonsillitis, otitis media and obstructive sleep apnea," stated Mark Fletcher, president of the ENT division part of the Surgical Technologies business at Medtronic. "We're pleased to offer this technology and expand the treatment solutions we provide to our customers."


    Located in Jacksonville, Florida, the ENT division at Medtronic develops and manufactures products designed to treat ENT diseases. As the market leader in ENT, Medtronic is changing the way ENT surgery is performed with innovative, minimally invasive products and techniques that benefit both patients and surgeons. Main products include powered tissue-removal systems and other microendoscopy instruments, nerve monitoring systems, sleep-disordered breathing therapies, image-guided surgery systems, disposable fluid control products, and a Meniere's disease therapy device. Learn more about the ENT business on the web at


    Medtronic, Inc. (, headquartered in Minneapolis, is the global leader in medical technology - alleviating pain, restoring health, and extending life for millions of people around the world.


    PEAK Surgical, Inc. is a medical device company that has developed the PEAK® Surgery System, a new tissue dissection system based on a proprietary technology that represents an important advance in radiofrequency surgical technologies. The PEAK Surgery System consists of the PEAK PlasmaBlade®, a family of disposable cutting devices that offer the exacting control of a scalpel and the bleeding control of traditional electrosurgery without extensive collateral damage, and the PULSAR® Generator, which supplies pulsed plasma radiofrequency energy to the PlasmaBlade. The PEAK Surgery System is cleared for use in general, plastic and reconstructive, ENT, gynecologic, orthopedic, arthroscopic, spinal and neurological surgical procedures in the United States, and for use in general surgery in the EU. It was launched in the United States in July 2008 and has been used by U.S. surgeons on more than 8,000 patients, including general, gynecologic, and plastic and reconstructive surgeries.

    For more information, please visit

    Any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties such as those described in Medtronic's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended April 24, 2009. Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results.

    PEAK Surgical, Inc.

    CONTACT: Jessica Volchok of WeissComm Partners, +1-415-518-7006,, for PEAK Surgical, Inc.

    Web Site:

    General Dynamics Awarded $16 Million for Chemical Detection Systems Production

    CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has been awarded a $16 million order to provide Joint Service Lightweight Standoff Chemical Agent Detector (JSLSCAD) systems and spares for Stryker Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicles (NBCRVs). This is the second delivery order received under a six-year contract awarded in 2008 by the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. Deliveries will be completed in 2011. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is a unit of General Dynamics .

    General Dynamics' JSLSCAD is the first chemical detection system with 360-degree coverage for ground vehicles and has a detection range of up to two kilometers. The technology uses a passive infrared detection system that automatically searches for chemical agent vapor clouds. When a harmful chemical is detected the system signals a warning allowing personnel to either avoid contaminated areas or don protective gear.

    "General Dynamics' JSLSCAD provides U.S. armed forces with an effective tool to detect potentially harmful and even fatal chemicals at a safe distance," said Bill Gural, vice president and general manager of Detection Systems for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products.

    Work will be performed by the current employees at General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products' Charlotte, N.C., detection and protection production facility, which provides industry-leading development, manufacturing and integration of advanced biological and chemical agent detection systems.

    General Dynamics Land Systems is the original equipment manufacturer of the Stryker vehicle.

    General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, located in Charlotte, N.C., provides a broad range of system solutions for military and commercial applications. The company designs, develops and produces high-performance weapon and armament systems, defensive armor, countermeasure systems and aerospace composite solutions, as well as off-road axle and suspension systems. It is also a leading U.S. producer of biological and chemical detection systems. More information about General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products can be found on the Internet at .

    General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 92,000 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about General Dynamics is available online at .

    General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products

    CONTACT: Gail Warner of General Dynamics Armament and Technical
    Products, +1-704-714-8014, or Fax, +1-704-714-8089,

    Web Site:

    American Apparel and Sesame Street Collaborate on Unique Line of T-Shirts

    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- American Apparel is announcing the launch of an exciting partnership with Sesame Street to produce a limited edition run of classic t-shirts. Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street this fall, the new line will feature a handful of Jim Henson's most compelling characters printed as their original line drawings on American Apparel garments.


    Sesame Street, which for nearly half a century has made a mission of educating children in more than 120 countries, approached American Apparel earlier this year with the show's entire catalog of graphics. The two companies immediately connected over the different but passionate ideologies that drive them and set about working together.

    "We sat down and went through eight discs of artwork from the Sesame Street archive and picked the ones we responded to the most. It took almost two months, but the end result is a cast of characters and images that bring a modern feel to Sesame Street and a heritage to American Apparel," said Carolina Crespo, a graphic designer at American Apparel.

    The original artwork needed almost no adjustment. Drawings of the various Sesame Street characters were translated into line illustrations and printed on the dozens of bright colors of American Apparel t-shirts. The first four prints selected span the 1960's, 70's, 80's and 90's, and range from individual characters like a grumpy Big Bird to a picture of nearly the entire cast.

    The line, which is set for release this month, will be sold in 25 American Apparel stores worldwide, including locations in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Berlin, as well as online. With the recent relaunch and expansion of the American Apparel Kids' line, the companies hope to translate the same classic images into kids' sizes.

    Despite their upcoming 40th birthday, Sesame Street characters like Bert and Ernie, the Count and Big Bird have remained timeless and widely loved. Accordingly, American Apparel and Sesame Street hope this limited edition partnership will appeal to audiences all across the spectrum, connecting with them over comfortable basics and classic pop culture.

    About American Apparel

    American Apparel is a vertically integrated manufacturer, distributor, and retailer of branded fashion basic apparel based in downtown Los Angeles, California. As of August 31, 2009, American Apparel employed approximately 10,000 people and operated over 275 retail stores in 20 countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, United Kingdom, Ireland, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Israel, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and China. American Apparel also operates a leading wholesale business that supplies high quality T-shirts and other casual wear to distributors and screen printers. In addition to its retail stores and wholesale operations, American Apparel operates an online retail e-commerce website at

    AP PhotoExpress Network: PRN 4
    PRN Photo Desk, American Apparel

    CONTACT: Marsha Brady of American Apparel, +1-213-488-0226,

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    J.D. Power and Associates Reports: For New-Vehicle Buyers, Automotive Manufacturer Web Sites and Third-Party Automotive Web Sites Serve Widely Different NeedsNew Clickstream Tracking Capability Captures Actual Automotive Web Site Usage Patterns Of New-Vehicle Buyers

    WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Although new-vehicle buyers visit automotive manufacturer Web sites and third-party automotive Web sites at the same rate during the shopping process, buyers rely on each type of Web site for different types of information, according to the recently released 2009 Web Site Performance Tools Report--Wave 1(SM), a collaborative effort between J.D. Power and Associates and Compete Inc.


    During the six-month period preceding a new-vehicle purchase, more than three in four new-vehicle buyers use the Internet to shop for their vehicle. Sixty-six percent of all new-vehicle buyers visit at least one automotive brand Web site during this time frame. Likewise, 66 percent of new-vehicle buyers visit a third-party automotive Web site during the same time period. However, while overall usage rates are the same for these two different types of sites, the reasons that buyers visit them vary widely.

    Third-Party Automotive Web Sites

    Among third-party Web sites, such as, and, buyers most frequently access such features and tools as inventory search capability, product reviews and trade-in information. Overall, 31 percent of buyers who visit access the site's vehicle reviews, while 55 percent of buyers who visit use the site's trade-in information pages. Among new-vehicle buyers visiting, 61 percent use the site's inventory search tool.

    Automotive Brand Web Sites

    In contrast, buyers who visit automotive brand Web sites while shopping most often use vehicle configuration features and seek out information about local dealerships and special offers. Among manufacturer Web sites, Ford, Honda and Toyota garner particularly high visitation rates from buyers. The report also finds that among buyers who visit specific brand Web sites, sales close rates vary widely. For example, among vehicle buyers who visit the GMC Web site, 34 percent ultimately purchase a GMC vehicle. However, among buyers who visit the Saturn Web site, the close rate is just 4 percent.

    "By understanding the different patterns of usage among actual new-vehicle buyers, both automotive brands and third-party automotive publishers may optimize their sites to provide the information used most often by the visitors they care most about--actual buyers," said Arianne Walker, director, marketing and media research at J.D. Power and Associates. "For manufacturers, improving sites may help maintain in-market shoppers throughout the shopping process. For third-party sites, improvements may help attract in-market new-vehicle buyers, thus increasing advertising opportunities on the sites."

    Additional Key Findings

    The report finds that, at six months prior to their vehicle purchase, one in four new-vehicle buyers visits a manufacturer Web site and one in four buyers visits a third-party site. However, this Web site visitation rate of buyers increases considerably during the month of purchase, with 34 percent of buyers visiting a manufacturer site and 33 percent visiting a third-party site.

    "During the earliest stage of the shopping process, new-vehicle buyers tend to rely equally on third-party sites and manufacturer sites, although tool usage on those sites differs," said Skip Streets, executive director of sales, automotive at Compete Inc. "As buyers get closer to making their final purchase decision, particularly during the month of purchase, there is an increase in tool usage. For example, more users use vehicle configuration tools, particularly on automotive brand Web sites. To support buyers throughout the entire shopping process, both types of sites need to provide the various kinds of information new-vehicle buyers are looking for through easy-to-find, easy-to-use tools."

    The semi-annual Web Site Performance Tools Report examines automotive Web site usage patterns among new-vehicle buyers during the six months preceding their vehicle purchase. For the first time, in an alliance with Compete, J.D. Power and Associates has used clickstream(1) technology to track actual Web site visitation patterns of these buyers, apart from those of non-buyers.

    "In coordination with Compete, J.D. Power and Associates is now able to definitively report Internet usage patterns through clickstream behavior data of actual new-vehicle buyers," said Walker. "This brings a level of granularity and specificity that has previously been unavailable in the industry."

    The Web Site Performance Tools Report--Wave 1, results are based on clickstream behavior of new-vehicle buyers who purchased a vehicle between April 2007 and March 2009. Compete and J.D. Power and Associates also issue two other reports based on clickstream behavior: the In-Market Buyer Behavior Tool and the Prospects Current Behavior Tool. These tools report actual clickstream behavior of new-vehicle buyers and are designed to assist automotive marketers and advertisers with media planning to target new-vehicle buyers.

    About Compete

    Compete, a unit of TNS Media, helps the world's top brands improve their marketing based on the online behavior of millions of consumers. Leading marketers such as Carlson Hotels Worldwide, Hyundai Motor America, Upromise, Chrysler, and Verizon Wireless rely on Compete's services to create effective online experiences and highly profitable advertising campaigns. Compete's online behavior database--the largest in the industry--makes the Web as ingrained in marketing as it is in people's lives.

    Compete was founded in 2000 and is located in Boston, MA, with offices throughout the U.S. For more information about us, please visit, or to join the conversation visit

    About TNS Media

    Established in more than 30 countries, TNS Media explores all the media - print, radio, TV, Internet, social media, cinema and outdoors worldwide, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and offers a full range of insights, analyses and audience measurement services.

    TNS Media combines the deepest expertise in the industry to provide media and marketing intelligence including advertising expenditure monitoring, advertising creation monitoring, audience measurement, market influence analytics, online consumer behavior tracking, news monitoring, sports sponsorship evaluation and more. The TNS Media companies track more than 3 million brands and provide vital market intelligence to 16,000 customers in the world.

    All logos, company and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

    About Kantar Group

    The Kantar Group is one of the world's largest research, insight and consultancy networks. By uniting the diverse talents of more than 20 specialist companies - including the recently-acquired TNS - the group aims to become the pre-eminent provider of compelling and actionable insights for the global business community. Its 26,500 employees work across 80 countries and across the whole spectrum of research and consultancy disciplines, enabling the group to offer clients business insights at each and every point of the consumer cycle. The group's services are employed by over half of the Fortune Top 500 companies. For further information, please visit

    About J.D. Power and Associates

    Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power and Associates is a global marketing information services company operating in key business sectors including market research, forecasting, performance improvement, Web intelligence and customer satisfaction. The company's quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. For more information on car reviews and ratings, car insurance, health insurance, cell phone ratings, and more, please visit J.D. Power and Associates is a business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

    About The McGraw-Hill Companies

    Founded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies is a leading global information services provider meeting worldwide needs in the financial services, education and business information markets through leading brands such as Standard & Poor's, McGraw-Hill Education, BusinessWeek and J.D. Power and Associates. The Corporation has more than 280 offices in 40 countries. Sales in 2008 were $6.4 billion. Additional information is available at

    J.D. Power and Associates Media Relations Contacts: John Tews; Troy, Mich.; (248) 312-4119;

    Syvetril Perryman; Westlake Village, Calif.; (805) 418-8103;

    No advertising or other promotional use can be made of the information in this release without the express prior written consent of J.D. Power and Associates.

    (1) Clickstream technology involves tracking specific URLs that Web site users visit while on the Web.

    PRN Photo Desk, J.D. Power and Associates

    CONTACT: John Tews, +1-248-312-4119,, or
    Syvetril Perryman; +1-805-418-8103;, both of J.D.
    Power and Associates

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    ARRIS Announces Intelligent Content Features for the ConvergeMedia(TM) OnDemand PlatformProvides Improved Content Management, Mixed Format Support for Faster Deployments of Advanced Solutions.

    SUWANEE, Ga., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ARRIS today announced that the ConvergeMedia Management Suite, previously known as nABLE, can now dynamically manage heterogeneous OnDemand content across multiple video servers optimizing service provider resources for network bandwidth, video server storage and streaming. This functionality is enabled by Management Suite release 1.0, now generally available, and builds upon the software's functionality to cost effectively manage content ingest, distribution and dynamic re-distribution of content across servers throughout the service providers' networks.

    The new platform enables service providers to deploy large media libraries of mixed or heterogeneous content throughout their networks of video server deployments to best suit their needs. Service providers can now extend VOD deployments to more communities by deploying edge servers that were not previously economically viable due to the management overhead and quantities of different edge servers required. Because ConvergeMedia Management Suite and storage platforms also support fully integrated advanced advertising features like dynamic ad insertion and interactivity, service providers have a platform to launch new revenue generating advanced services without replacing the deployed servers.

    "With the growth in the type and quantity of media and consumption devices, it becomes even more important to ingest, distribute and manage such assets cost effectively and easily across small and large networks," said Joe Matarese, VP & GM, Media & Communications Systems (MCS). "The new Management Suite platform delivers enhanced services to our clients' subscribers no matter where they are and when they want to be entertained."

    Seamlessly managing all forms of media content in a real-time, dynamic and efficient manner allows service providers to focus on their services and less on the technology. The ConvergeMedia management and distribution platforms allow operators to cost-effectively deploy very large and growing libraries of OnDemand content across entire network footprints using different servers for media formats.

    The ConvergeMedia OnDemand management platform further offers features that enable operators to converge High Speed Data and video services with OnDemand and advanced advertising offerings by providing content search capabilities, recommendation engine integration and personalized features. This will allow subscribers to push personalized search and content to their various media devices, including playback on TV, PC or smart mobile device (3 screens). It provides full-cycle content management: acquisition to consumption, heterogeneous and hierarchical content for optimal storage and streaming, along with a high availability design critical for 'always-on' revenue-generating advertising and OnDemand services.

    About ARRIS

    ARRIS is a global communications technology company specializing in the design, engineering and supply of technology supporting triple- and quad-play broadband services for residential and business customers around the world. The company supplies broadband operators with the tools and platforms they need to deliver reliable telephony, demand driven video, next-generation advertising and high-speed data services. Headquartered in Suwanee, Georgia, USA, ARRIS has R&D centers in Atlanta; Chicago; State College, PA; Beaverton, OR; Wallingford, CT; Cork, Ireland; and Shenzhen, China, and operates support and sales offices throughout the world. Information about ARRIS products and services can be found at


    CONTACT: Alex Swan, ARRIS Media Relations, +1-678-473-8327,

    Web Site:

    NI Technology Updates Outlooks for Intel, Advanced Micro Devices, OmniVision Technologies and SanDisk

    PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Next Inning Technology Research (, an online investment newsletter focused on semiconductor and technology stocks, announced it has updated outlooks for Intel , Advanced Micro Devices , OmniVision Technologies and SanDisk .

    During the July earnings season, Editor Paul McWilliams was spot on. Not only was he the only one to predict Intel would report revenue of $8B, he laid out the details so accurately that one reader commented, "It was almost as though McWilliams wrote the script for the Intel conference call."

    With the October earnings season just around the corner, McWilliams has begun publishing his special "State of Tech" reports. In this series of reports, readers will find detailed data covering the sector leaders as well as some of the up and coming niche players, commentary about sector trends and specific calls as to which stocks McWilliams thinks readers should buy and which he thinks they should sell.

    To read McWilliams' State of Tech reports, including his special in depth Intel earnings preview that will be published October 5th, and to have full access to the Next Inning web site as well as a direct feed of McWilliams' frequent investment ideas that have yielded a year-to-date return of 59% for the Next Inning Portfolio, please visit the following link: McWilliams covers these topics and more in his State of Tech reports:

    -- Wall Street's analysts missed Intel's Q2 performance by a mile, while McWilliams' prediction proved to be right on. With Intel's Q3 report right around the corner, is the tech giant set to surprise Wall Street again? What is McWilliams predicting this time and what will it mean for Intel's stock price if the company performs in line with his expectations?

    -- Can AMD's deep pocketed backers return the company to a competitive position versus rival Intel?

    -- Is Nokia falling too far behind rivals Apple and Research in Motion in the handset space? Should investors be tempted to pick up Nokia shares at what is a bargain price relative to its peers? What is the one critical aspect of the Nokia business model the company is failing to execute?

    -- In December, McWilliams pointed to OmniVision as "a clear value" when it was trading in the $5 range. With the stock price having nearly tripled from there, is the stock still a good buy or should owners of the stock be taking profits?

    -- What does recent NAND Flash sales data mean for SanDisk? Are pricing and demand trends moving in the company's favor? What is McWilliams' target price for the stock?

    Founded in September 2002, Next Inning's model portfolio has returned 211% since its inception versus 14% for the S&P 500.

    About Next Inning:

    Next Inning is a subscription-based investment newsletter that provides regular coverage on more than 150 technology and semiconductor stocks. Subscribers receive intra-day analysis, commentary and recommendations, as well as access to monthly semiconductor sales analysis, regular Special Reports, and the Next Inning model portfolio. Editor Paul McWilliams is a 30+ year semiconductor industry veteran.

    NOTE: This release was published by Indie Research Advisors, LLC, a registered investment advisor with CRD #131926. Interested parties may visit for additional information. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investors should always research companies and securities before making any investments. Nothing herein should be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any security.

    CONTACT: Marcia Martin, Next Inning Technology Research, +1-888-278-5515

    Indie Research Advisors, LLC

    CONTACT: Marcia Martin, Next Inning Technology Research,

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    Lupin Licenses US Rights for Proprietary Bioadhesive Technology for Rifaximin to Salix PharmaceuticalsLupin and Salix to Collaborate in the Development and Commercialization of an Extended Release Rifaximin Product

    MUMBAI, India, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pharma Major, Lupin Ltd today announced that it has granted Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. the exclusive rights for the United States to its bioadhesive drug delivery technology for use with Rifaximin.

    Lupin and Salix have entered into an agreement under which the two companies will collaborate in the development and commercialization of an extended release product incorporating Rifaximin and utilizing Lupin's proprietary bioadhesive technology. In connection with this agreement, Lupin and Salix have also entered into an exclusive agreement in the United States for supply of Rifaximin active pharmaceutical ingredient (API). Salix has made a $5 million up-front payment and will make additional regulatory milestone payments to Lupin. In addition, Salix will pay royalties on net sales of the bioadhesive Rifaximin product to Lupin.

    Nilesh Gupta, Group President and Executive Director, Lupin, stated "We are very pleased to enter into this collaboration with Salix. We believe our proprietary bioadhesive drug delivery technology, which combines controlled-release as well as slowed gastrointestinal transit, would provide an extended release formulation of rifaximin that will be an important component of Salix's lifecycle management strategy for rifaximin. This formulation coupled with Salix's commercialization capabilities gives us the opportunity to jointly bring a great product to the marketplace. Importantly, this alliance further validates Lupin's increasing capabilities in the drug delivery space."

    Carolyn Logan, President and CEO, Salix, commented, "We are pleased to enter into this strategic collaboration with Lupin. This collaboration to develop and commercialize an extended release formulation of rifaximin is a significant advancement in rifaximin's lifecycle management strategy. With this collaboration Salix embarks on the development of our next generation rifaximin product incorporating Lupin's proprietary drug delivery platform with our proprietary gut-targeted antibiotic. We believe this novel delivery approach, which combines controlled-release as well as slowed gastrointestinal transit of rifaximin, might prove to provide a number of clinical advantages including patient compliance and patient convenience. The acquisition of these rights to Lupin's proprietary bioadhesive drug delivery technology should serve to further protect this important Company asset."

    About XIFAXAN® (Rifaximin)

    Rifaximin is a gut-selective antibiotic with negligible systemic absorption (<0.4%) and broad-spectrum activity in vitro against both gram-positive and gram-negative pathogens. Rifaximin has a similar tolerability profile to that of placebo. XIFAXAN revenue for 2008 was approximately $80 million.

    Rifaximin tablets 200 mg, which Salix markets in the United States under the trade name XIFAXAN® (Rifaximin) tablets 200 mg, currently is approved for the treatment of patients, 12 years of age or older, with travelers' diarrhea (TD) caused by non-invasive strains of Escherichia coli. XIFAXAN (Rifaximin) is a gut-selective antibiotic with negligible systemic absorption (<0.4%) and broad-spectrum activity in vitro against both gram-positive and gram-negative pathogens. Rifaximin has a similar tolerability profile to that of placebo and has activity against the most common TD pathogens. XIFAXAN should not be used in patients with diarrhea complicated by fever or blood in the stool or diarrhea due to pathogens other than Escherichia coli. XIFAXAN should be discontinued if diarrhea symptoms get worse or persist more than 24-48 hours and alternative antibiotic therapy should be considered. In clinical trials, XIFAXAN was generally well tolerated. The most common side effects (vs. placebo) were flatulence 11.3% (versus 19.7%), headache 9.7% (versus 9.2%), abdominal pain 7.2% (versus 10.1 %) and rectal tenesmus 7.2% (versus 8.8%).

    Rifaximin has been used in Italy for 24 years and is approved in 33 countries. Salix acquired rights to market Rifaximin in North America from Alfa Wassermann S.p.A. in Bologna, Italy. Alfa Wassermann markets Rifaximin in Italy under the trade name Normix®.

    About Lupin

    Headquartered in Mumbai, India, Lupin Limited is an innovation led transnational pharmaceutical company producing a wide range of quality, affordable generic and branded formulations and APIs for the developed and developing markets of the world. The Company today has significant market share in key markets in the Cardiovasculars (prils and statins), Diabetology, Asthma, Pediatrics, CNS, GI, Anti-Infectives and NSAIDs therapy segments, not to mention global leadership positions in the Anti-TB and Cephalosporins. The Company's R&D endeavors have resulted in significant progress in its NCE program. The Company's foray into Advanced Drug Delivery Systems has resulted in the development of platform technologies that are being used to develop value-added generic pharmaceuticals.

    Our Drugs and products reach over 70 countries in the world. Today, Lupin has the unique distinction of being the fastest growing top 10 Generics players in the two largest pharmaceutical markets of the world -- The U.S. (ranked 9th by prescriptions & growing at 92 %) and Japan (ranked 7th and growing at 23%). The company is also the fastest growing, top 5 pharmaceutical players in India (ORG IMS - March 2009) and the fastest growing Generic player in South Africa (ranked 6th and growing at over 30 % YoY - IMS)

    For the financial year ended March 2009, Lupin's Consolidated Revenues and Profit after Tax were Rs.39,145 million and Rs. 5015 million respectively.

    BSE : 500257 NSE: Lupin REUTERS: LUPN.BO BLOOMBERG: LPC IN About Salix Pharmaceuticals

    Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd., headquartered in Raleigh, NC, develops and markets prescription pharmaceutical products for the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. Salix's strategy is to in-license late-stage or marketed proprietary therapeutic drugs, complete with any required development and regulatory submission of these products, and them through the Company's gastroenterology specialty sales and marketing team.

    For further information contact: Shamsher Gorawara Head - Corporate Communications Lupin Limited Mobile: +91 9820338555 OR Sonia Mansata Text 100 Mobile: +91 9820112481

    Safe Harbor Statement under the U. S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:

    This release contains forward-looking statements that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. Many of these risks, uncertainties and other factors include failure of clinical trials, delays in development, registration and product approvals, changes in the competitive environment, increased government control over pricing, fluctuations in the capital and foreign exchange markets and the ability to maintain patent and other intellectual property protection. The information presented in this release represents management's expectations and intentions as of this date. Lupin expressly disavows any obligation to update the information presented in this release.

    Lupin Limited

    CONTACT: Shamsher Gorawara, Head - Corporate Communications of Lupin
    Limited,, Mobile: +91-9820338555; or Sonia
    Mansata of Text 100,, Mobile: +91-9820112481

    Jeremiah Weed Southern Style Sweet Tea Vodka to Sponsor No. 26 Ford Fusion Driven by NASCAR Driver Jamie McMurray at CharlotteFirst vodka brand to enter the sport announces commitment to celebrating responsibly with NASCAR fans

    WEED, Ky., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As race fans prepare for the excitement of night racing at a track that embodies the history and hometown roots of many of NASCAR's elite, Jeremiah Weed Southern Style Sweet Tea today announced that it will be coming along for the ride at Lowe's Motor Speedway on October 17 as primary sponsor of the No. 26 Roush Fenway Ford Fusion driven by Jamie McMurray. In the process, the brand also becomes the first vodka to sponsor a car since NASCAR lifted its ban on spirits sponsors beginning with the 2005 season.

    "In its first ever major sponsorship, Jeremiah Weed Southern Style Sweet Tea is thrilled to utilize NASCAR as a platform to extend its Southern ideals and traditions to the millions of fans who follow the sport," said Judd Zusel, Director of Innovation, Diageo. "Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea sees a clear opportunity to elevate the brand even further by connecting with adult consumers that have an undying passion for the sport they love, and encourage them to enjoy our sweet tea vodka responsibly throughout the weekend's race festivities."

    Mr. Jeremiah Weed, legendary patron father of Jeremiah Weed Bourbon Liqueur, first made this announcement from his home in Weed, Kentucky, and declared that it was now, more than ever, the right time to rally behind America's fastest sport and all of its avid fans.

    "Jeremiah Weed was born in the south and to thank some of the brand's favorite people for embracing the product, we thought Charlotte would be the perfect place to make our NASCAR debut," said Weed. "We look forward to providing fans a reason to celebrate responsibly all weekend, and will do everything we can to ensure that we are toasting Jamie when hopefully he puts the No. 26 car in Victory Lane."

    Jeremiah Weed Southern Style Sweet Tea first introduced itself to the sport earlier this year when it offered to become the official sponsor of air in the stock car tires. To guarantee fans enjoy the race in true southern style, Jeremiah Weed will announce additional details regarding the sponsorship of the No. 26 Ford leading up to the race weekend.

    Additional updates from Mr. Weed can be found on the Jeremiah Weed website (

    About Jeremiah Weed:

    Jeremiah Weed Southern Style Sweet Tea is 70 proof sweet tea flavored vodka brought to the public by Mr. Jeremiah Weed, the original Southern gentleman. Born of a long Southern and Kentucky distilling tradition, Jeremiah Weed Southern Style Sweet Tea utilizes only the highest quality ingredients for a taste, which we think you will find second to none. You can learn more about Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea, Jeremiah Weed Country Peach Sweet Tea, Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea & Bourbon Whisky, Jeremiah Weed Bourbon Liqueur and "The Legend" Mr. Jeremiah Weed himself at

    About Diageo:

    Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O) is the world's leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wines and beer categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Smirnoff, J&B, Baileys, Cuervo, Tanqueray, Captain Morgan, Crown Royal, Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards wines.

    Diageo is a global company, trading in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people, brands and performance, visit us at For our global resource that promotes responsible drinking through the sharing of best practice tools, information and initiatives, visit

    About Roush Fenway:

    Roush Fenway Racing is NASCAR's largest team operating nine motorsports teams. Five in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; three in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, Ragan, Erik Darnell, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Colin Braun; and one in the Camping World Truck Series with Braun. For more information on any of the Roush Fenway Racing teams, log onto

    Contacts: Gillian Cook Nicole Anastasi Diageo Taylor PR 646 223 2326 704.796.9992


    CONTACT: Gillian Cook of Diageo, +1-646-223-2326,; or Nicole Anastasi of Taylor PR, +1-704-796-9992,

    Web Site:

    Met-Pro Corporation's Systems Business Unit Receives Equipment Order Totaling Approximately $800,000

    HARLEYSVILLE, Pa., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Raymond J. De Hont, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Met-Pro Corporation , announced today that the Company's Systems business unit has received an order, totaling approximately $800,000, to supply a thermal oxidizer system to a chemicals company in the southern United States. This order is expected to ship during the fourth quarter of the Company's current fiscal year.

    The thermal oxidizer system, which includes an integrated quench/scrubber system supplied by Met-Pro's Duall business unit, will destroy chlorine and fluorine-laden off gases from ground water and soil remediation sources and remove the resulting acid gases from the thermal oxidizer flue gas. The system also includes heat recuperation to minimize auxiliary fuel consumption and maximize energy efficiency.

    "This order follows three other orders for pollution control equipment, totaling approximately $2.0 million, announced in September," stated De Hont. "It represents another example of Met-Pro's ability to provide synergistic solutions that integrate multi-discipline technologies from the Company's diverse product brands and reinforces Met-Pro Systems' worldwide reputation as a supplier of choice for field-proven thermal oxidation systems. Met-Pro Systems was selected by this repeat customer based on their extensive experience with similar complex applications and the client's confidence in the reliability, durability and efficiency of Met-Pro's products. In addition, Met-Pro's ability to package a comprehensive solution utilizing multiple Met-Pro technologies was also a major factor. We continue to be encouraged by our success in being selected for these projects and remain cautiously optimistic that circumstances are improving for the release of other large projects we have been pursuing."

    About Met-Pro

    Met-Pro Corporation, with headquarters at 160 Cassell Road, Harleysville, Pennsylvania, was recently recognized as one of "America's Fastest Growing Small Companies" by Fortune Small Business magazine. In 2008, the Company was also named one of America's "200 Best Small Companies" by Forbes magazine for the third year in a row. Through its business units in the United States, Canada, Europe and The People's Republic of China, a wide range of products and services is offered for industrial, commercial, municipal and residential markets worldwide. These include product recovery and pollution control technologies for purification of air and liquids; fluid handling technologies for corrosive, abrasive and high temperature liquids; Mefiag filtration technologies for harsh, corrosive liquid filtration applications; and filtration and purification technologies which include proprietary water treatment chemicals and filter products for air and liquid filtration. For more information, please visit .

    The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a "safe harbor" for forward-looking statements. Certain information included in this news release, and other materials filed or to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (as well as information included in oral or other written statements made or to be made by the Company), contain statements that are forward-looking. Such statements may relate to plans for future expansion, business development activities, goodwill impairment, capital spending, financing, the effects of regulation and competition, or anticipated sales or earnings results. Such information involves risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect results in the future and, accordingly, such results may differ from those expressed in any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Company. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those relating to, the cancellation or delay of purchase orders and shipments, product development activities, computer systems implementation, dependence on existing management, the continuation of effective cost and quality control measures, retention of customers, global economic and market conditions, and changes in federal or state laws.

    Met-Pro common shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange, symbol MPR.

    To obtain an Annual Report or additional information on the Company, please call 215-723-6751 and ask for the Investor Relations Department, or visit the Company's website at

    Contact: Investor Contact: Gary J. Morgan, Joseph Hassett, VP Senior Vice President of Finance, CFO Gregory FCA Communications 215-723-6751 610-228-2110

    Met-Pro Corporation

    CONTACT: Investors: Gary J. Morgan, Senior Vice President of Finance,
    CFO, +1-215-723-6751; or Joseph Hassett, VP of Gregory FCA Communications,

    Web Site:

    AlphaHelix Presents AmpXpress(TM) at the BIOTECHNICA Show

    UPPSALA, Sweden, October 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

    - A New Miniaturized PCR Instrument With SuperConvection(TM) - At One Sixth the Price of QuanTyper(TM) Without Loss of Performance - Next Generation of PCR Expected to Rapidly Penetrate the Market

    AlphaHelix (Ticker: ALPH) has in a very short time developed a miniaturized PCR-instrument - AmpXpress(TM) - to meet demands for lower instrument prices. This was made possible through know-how obtained during the development of QuanTyper(TM). AmpXpress(TM) is substantially smaller in size and weight, silent, consumes less power and will attract customers that are looking for a fast, simple and easy to use PCR-instrument with SuperConvection(TM). AlphaHelix expects a rapid penetration of the market as the price of AmpXpress(TM) is comparable to low-end thermal cyclers (without a rotary format). The sales price of AmpXpress(TM) is only one sixth of the price of QuanTyper(TM) (the first version of AmpXpress(TM) is however a standard PCR instrument, and does not feature real-time detection (qPCR). AmpXpress(TM) will be presented tomorrow at the BIOTECHNICA show in Hannover, Germany.

    More information about AmpXpress(TM) is found at The product development has cost approximately 500 KSEK (gross). AlphaHelix has also been granted 250 KSEK by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth. A first series of ten instruments has been initiated and patent applications have been submitted.

    Technology assessment of SuperConvection and QuanTyper(TM) proceeds at the American biotechnology company and is not affected by the launch of AmpXpress(TM). Results from the evaluation are expected early November, at the earliest.

    AlphaHelix Molecular Diagnostics AB (publ) develops instruments for rapid DNA analysis. The company's patented technology enables identification of virus and bacteria faster and with greater sensitivity than other technology available on the market. The AlphaHelix share is traded at AktieTorget, which is a multilateral trading facility for small caps under the supervision of the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority.

    AlphaHelix Molecular Diagnostics AB

    CONTACT: For more information, please contact: Lars Edvinsson, CEO,
    phone +46-768-302-304, or Per Ersson, CFO, phone +46-708-66-24-45

    Piedmont Natural Gas Projects Lower Winter Heating Costs for 2009-2010 SeasonResidential customers in Company's three-state service area could see reductions of between 10 to 20 percent in winter bills.

    CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Piedmont Natural Gas today announced its annual forecast of winter heating costs for customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Piedmont's forecast projects that its residential customers could see a reduction in their overall winter heating costs of between 10 and 20 percent compared to last year's winter gas heating bill. For the typical residential customer, the reductions could result in savings of $15 to $25 per month during the winter period.

    Piedmont's forecast is based on current price projections for the winter period and assumes normal winter temperatures for the upcoming winter period. Last year, winter temperatures across Piedmont's service area ranged from slightly warmer than normal to as much as 7 percent colder than normal. Because of the difference in temperatures across Piedmont's service area, individual customer savings will vary. Colder weather than forecast during the period could result in increased consumption of natural gas and higher bills.

    While this year's forecast clearly represents good news for customers, particularly in light of the current economic climate, many individuals and families will nonetheless need assistance with meeting their home energy needs throughout the coming year. To help out, Piedmont Natural Gas introduced its Share the Warmth Round Up Program in July and announced a corporate gift of $100,000 to the effort. Under the Share the Warmth Roundup program, Piedmont's customers can sign up to have their monthly natural gas bills rounded up to the nearest dollar. The amount rounded up goes to provide emergency energy assistance funds which are distributed through various state and local agencies in Piedmont's three-state service area. The funds are used to provide emergency assistance regardless of the energy source that is used in the home or the time of year in which the need occurs, to individuals and families within the communities Piedmont serves.

    For those customers who want to learn more about Share the Warmth Round Up or to enroll in the program, they are encouraged to visit Piedmont's website at and click on the Share the Warmth link. Information about the various agencies that provide emergency energy assistance through the Share the Warmth Round Up Program or through the Federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) can also be found there. In addition to details about the Share the Warmth Round Up Program on the Company's website, customers will also find helpful energy conservation tips, information about customer self-services and a Carbon Calculator that allows customers to determine their own home's carbon footprint.

    Forward-looking Statements

    This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's current expectations and information currently available and are believed to be reasonable and are made in good faith. However, the forward-looking statements are subject to future events, risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the statements. Factors that may make the actual results differ from anticipated results include, but are not limited to, new legislation and regulations and application of existing laws and regulations, economic and capital market conditions, the cost and availability of natural gas, weather conditions and other uncertainties, all of which are difficult to predict and some of which are beyond our control. For these reasons, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements when making investment decisions. The words "expect," "believe," "project," "anticipate," "intend," "should," "could," "will," "assume," "can," "estimate," "forecast," "future," "indicate," "outlook," "plan," "predict," "seek," "target," "would," and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are only as of the date they are made and we do not undertake any obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement, either as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. More information about the risks and uncertainties relating to these forward-looking statements may be found in Piedmont's latest Forms 10-K and 10-Q, which are available on the SEC's website at

    About Piedmont Natural Gas

    Piedmont Natural Gas is an energy services company primarily engaged in the distribution of natural gas to more than one million residential, commercial and industrial utility customers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, including 61,000 customers served by municipalities who are wholesale customers. Our subsidiaries are invested in joint venture, energy-related businesses, including unregulated retail natural gas marketing, interstate natural gas storage and intrastate natural gas transportation. Additional information about Piedmont is available on the Internet at

    Piedmont Natural Gas

    CONTACT: David Trusty of Piedmont Natural Gas, +1-704-731-4391,

    Web Site:

    Move Over Cable TV! Verizon FiOS TV Makes Its Central New York DebutVerizon Launches New Era of Television Entertainment in 8 Communities Introductory Monthly Bundle Price of $79.99 Gives Consumers Even More Reason to Switch to Verizon FiOS TV, Internet and Voice Services

    NEW YORK, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The age of TV competition has arrived in central New York.

    On Monday (Oct. 5), Verizon begins offering FiOS TV service in parts of eight communities in the region, bringing consumers there an all-fiber-optic connection that provides more channels, more HD, more video on demand and faster Internet speeds than old-fashioned cable TV.

    With the introduction in central New York, Verizon is offering its revolutionary FiOS triple play of TV, Internet and voice services to some 50,000 homes in parts of Clay, East Syracuse, North Syracuse, Cicero, DeWitt, Salina, Camillus and Fleming.

    At the end of October, the company plans to expand availability to approximately 12,000 more homes. By the end of the year, if additional franchise agreements are secured and approved, the company hopes to have the service available to almost 100,000 homes in the region.

    Verizon delivers FiOS TV over the nation's largest digital, all-fiber network, offering more than 600 total channels in New York -- including 121 high-definition (HD) channels in central New York, more HD channels than the region's current monopoly cable provider, Time Warner, offers.

    "Consumers in these communities at long last have a better choice for TV," said Christopher Creager, Verizon president and general manager for the Northeast region. "We've had great success in many other parts of the state. Now it's time to bring FiOS TV to central New York and provide consumers in the region a choice that is truly different from the cable TV company.

    "Our advanced 100-percent fiber-optic network was built for HD, and right out of the box we're making more HD channels available than Time Warner has provided after decades in the business. With all-fiber connections running straight to their homes, viewers get both high-definition and standard TV that is eye-popping."

    (Note: In a downloadable video podcast, Elaina Mango, Verizon marketing director for New York, discusses the benefits of FiOS TV in central New York. It is available at

    Where FiOS TV is available, consumers now have the option to bundle FiOS TV service, FiOS Internet Service and the Verizon Freedom Essentials unlimited calling plan, for as little as $79.99 a month for the first six months.

    Customers interested in FiOS TV can visit or call 1-888-GET FiOS (888-438-3467) for more information.

    FiOS is also available to small and medium-sized businesses. Business customers can learn more about business-grade FiOS services at, or by calling 877-FiOS BIZ (877-346-7249).

    FiOS, Fiber Benefits Region

    Said Andres Irlando, Verizon president for the New York region, "There are significant economic development and consumer benefits in Verizon's rollout of FiOS TV to these central New York communities. Verizon has spent nearly $1 billion dollars in wireline network infrastructure in upstate areas of New York over the past two years. This kind of investment and community involvement is in our DNA. We know that to be at the top of our industry -- and we are -- we need to invest in our network and in our customers and communities.

    "Verizon's FiOS initiative, on top of a fully deployed fiber backbone network in the state, gives New York an advanced telecommunications network that enables widespread economic development, and leads to further job creation in industries benefiting from state-of-the-art broadband technology," he said.

    FiOS TV Service Highlights FiOS TV service highlights include: -- More than 600 all-digital channels in New York grouped by genres such as entertainment, sports, news, marketplace, music, movies and family, making it easy for audiences to find their favorite programming. -- A total of 121 HD channels available for CNY customers, with extraordinary clarity and theater-quality sound. -- An industry-leading library of more than 16,000 video-on-demand (VOD) titles each month, 70 percent of which are free. In addition, the VOD library includes more than 1,700 HD titles per month. -- An innovative interactive media guide (IMG) that provides next-generation, personalized interactive services, along with content from TV listings, VOD catalogs and the digital video recorder (DVR), as well as personal music, videos and photos from a home network. Among the features of the IMG are: -- Multi-Room DVR - Use one DVR to record HD and SD programs to up to six other TV sets throughout the home. This includes the ability to watch three separately recorded shows on three TV sets at the same time, plus pause recorded programming in one room and continue watching in another. -- Media Manager - This feature lets FiOS DVR customers access personal photos, videos, music and slide shows from their home computers and play them on their TVs. Subscribers also can search for and enjoy online videos from, Dailymotion and Veoh on their TV screens. -- Remote DVR management - Subscribers can remotely control their DVRs online, and via any cell phone with a data plan. Customers can use the service to remotely review, change or add recording requests; delete recorded programs; browse and search TV and VOD listings; set parental controls; and more. -- Widgets - Customers have one-touch, on-demand access to personalized information such as local weather and traffic reports, daily local and national news headlines, fantasy sports, daily national sports headlines, and daily horoscopes, as well as interactive social TV applications from Twitter and Facebook, all while still enjoying their TV programming. Additional widgets include: -- ESPN Fantasy Football - FiOS TV customers who are registered users of ESPN Fantasy Football will have instant on-screen access to personalized NFL statistics, including rosters, box scores, scoring leaders and player information. -- RedZone Widget - One-stop access to NFL stats and the NFL RedZone channel, giving customers who subscribe to the channel the ability to set on-screen alerts for whenever a team is moving inside its opponent's 20-yard line. The alerts, once set up, pop up at the bottom of the TV screen while subscribers are watching any channel. -- KODAK Widget - This widget gives registered KODAK Gallery users instant on-screen access to photos and slideshows that they have stored on Kodak's online digital photo service. -- Free casual games - With the remote control and an HD set-top box, customers can access chess, solitaire, sudoku and wordplay. -- What's Hot on FiOS TV - Features information on the most-popular programs currently being broadcast in the region and the most popular VOD titles. -- Dual Pause and Play - Allows customers to pause live programming, change channels, and then return to the paused program and pick up where they left off. -- Channel sorting options - Customers can create two separate lists of favorite channels for family members. Customers also can filter channels in the guide by genre, for instances where a customer may only want to see HD content, international channels or kids programming, among others.

    Programming choices for Hispanic, African-American, Asian, Russian and other multicultural audiences are available, making FiOS TV an outlet for emerging and independent networks to showcase their diverse programming.

    FiOS TV is delivered over Verizon's all-fiber-optic network, which brings the power and capacity of fiber optics directly into people's homes and has industry-leading quality and reliability. Fiber delivers amazingly sharp pictures and sound, and has the capacity to transmit a wide array of high-definition programming that is so clear and intense it seems to leap from the TV screen. This network also offers FiOS Internet Service, which delivers downstream speeds of up to 50 Mbps (megabits per second) and upstream speeds of up to 20 Mbps, as well as high-quality voice services.

    Free Verizon Wi-Fi access at thousands of locations across the U.S. is available for FiOS Internet customers with up-to-20 Mbps or faster packages. Free Wi-Fi hot spot locations include hotels, airports, restaurants, coffee shops, retailers and other public locations across the U.S. For a list of hot spot locations, visit

    The value of FiOS TV extends to installation and customer support. Specially trained Verizon technicians will install the service for up to three existing TV outlets and acquaint subscribers with FiOS TV features and services. Verizon provides 24 x 7 technical assistance by phone from its Fiber Solutions Centers.

    Verizon FiOS customers also have access to the Verizon In-Home Agent, a free application that gives them valuable tools to set up services, configure Wi-Fi links, set up and manage voice mail, auto-fix video problems, trouble-shoot and correct Internet issues -- all with the simple click of a mouse.

    (More information about FiOS TV and fiber optics is available in Verizon's online News Center at

    Verizon Communications Inc. , headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 87 million customers nationwide. Verizon's Wireline operations provide converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network. Wireline also includes Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 235,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $97 billion. For more information, visit

    VERIZON'S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts, high-quality video and images, and other information are available at Verizon's News Center on the World Wide Web at To receive news releases by e-mail, visit the News Center and register for customized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases.


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    Southwest Airlines Celebrates 15 Years of Service in Tucson, Boise, and Salt Lake City

    DALLAS, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Southwest Airlines is celebrating 15 years of LUV in three cities today. On Oct. 4, 1994, the airline began service to Tucson International Airport, Salt Lake City International Airport, and Boise Airport. In celebration of this special occasion, Southwest Airlines' Employees and Customers will enjoy food and FUN at each of these airports. Follow @SouthwestAir on Twitter to find out about the exciting events going on throughout the day.

    BOISE (BOI) statistics: -- Southwest began service to Boise with seven daily nonstop departures to three cities: Salt Lake City, Seattle/Tacoma, and Portland. -- Boise was the 41st city added in the Southwest system. -- Southwest Airlines now operates 16 daily nonstop departures to seven cities out of BOI. SALT LAKE CITY (SLC) statistics: -- Southwest began service to Salt Lake City with 41 daily nonstop departures to 13 cities: Boise, Las Vegas, Los Angeles (LAX), Oakland, Orange County, Phoenix, Portland, Reno/Tahoe, Sacramento, St. Louis, San Diego, Seattle/Tacoma, and Spokane. -- Salt Lake City was the 42nd city added in the Southwest system. -- Southwest Airlines now operates 43 daily nonstop departures to 14 cities out of SLC. TUCSON (TUS) statistics: -- Southwest began service to Tucson with eight daily nonstop departures to three cities: Las Vegas, Los Angeles (LAX), and San Diego. -- Tucson was the 43rd city added in the Southwest system. -- Southwest Airlines now operates 18 daily nonstop departures to six cities out of TUS.

    After 38 years of service, Southwest Airlines, the nation's leading low-fare carrier, continues to stand above other airlines--offering a reliable product with exemplary Customer Service. At Southwest Airlines, bags fly free. Customers can check their first two bags at no extra charge (size and weight limits apply). Southwest offers Customers a comfortable traveling experience with all premium leather seats and plenty of legroom. Southwest Airlines , the nation's largest carrier in terms of domestic passengers enplaned, currently serves 67 cities (adding Milwaukee Nov. 1, 2009) in 34 states. Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 3,200 flights a day and has nearly 35,000 Employees systemwide.

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    CONTACT: Public Relations of Southwest Airlines, +1-214-792-4847

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    Covance Inc. Invites You to Join the Webcast of Its Third Quarter 2009 Financial Results Conference Call

    PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In conjunction with its third quarter 2009 earnings release (expected to be issued after market close on October 28, 2009), Covance Inc. is pleased to invite you to listen to its quarterly investor conference call that will be broadcast live over the Internet on Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. ET.

    What: Covance Third Quarter 2009 Earnings Webcast and Slide Presentation When: October 29, 2009, 9:00 a.m. ET* Where:

    Covance, with headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey, is one of the world's largest and most comprehensive drug development services companies with annual revenues greater than $1.7 billion, global operations in more than 25 countries, and more than 10,000 employees worldwide. Information on Covance's products and services, recent press releases, and SEC filings can be obtained through its website at

    *If you are unable to participate during the live webcast, the event will be archived on the web site for 14 days.

    Covance Inc.

    CONTACT: Investor Relations of Covance, +1-609-452-4807

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    People's United Financial, Inc. 3rd Quarter 2009 Earnings Conference Call Scheduled for Friday, October 16, 2009

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- People's United Financial, Inc. announced today it will host a conference call on Friday, October 16, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its third quarter 2009 earnings announcement. People's United Financial will release its third quarter financial results on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at approximately 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

    The call will be broadcast live through the company's Internet site, It is accessible by selecting "Investor Relations" in the "About People's United" section on the home page, and then selecting "Conference Calls" in the "News and Events" section.

    The call will be archived on the site and available for retrieval for approximately 90 days.

    People's United Financial, Inc., a diversified financial services company with $21 billion in assets, provides consumer and commercial banking services through its subsidiary, People's United Bank, with approximately 300 branches in Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and New York. Through additional subsidiaries, People's United Financial provides equipment financing, asset management, brokerage and financial advisory services, and insurance services.

    People's United Financial. Everything Starts With You.

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    CONTACT: Brent DiGiorgio, Corporate Communications, +1-203-338-3135 Fax:
    +1-203-338-3461,, or Jared Shaw, Investor
    Relations, +1-203-338-4130,, both of People's United
    Financial, Inc.

    Web Site:

    Belden Adds 2000 Volt Variable Frequency Drive Cables to Existing Line of Classic and Symmetrical VFD Cable Designs

    RICHMOND, Ind., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Belden , a world leader in the development of signal transmission products for the industrial, enterprise, building management, broadcast, and security markets, announces the addition of new 2000 Volt VFD cable designs to its existing line of Variable Frequency AC motor drive cables. Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) regulate the speed of a 3-phase AC electric motor by controlling the frequency and voltage of the power they deliver to the motor. These drives are becoming prevalent in a wide range of industrial applications since they offer multiple benefits, including the ability to save substantial amounts of energy during motor operation, making them an attractive and economical "green" solution.

    (Logo: The new 2000V VFD Cable designs added to Belden's line include: -- Classic Design VFD Cables, 14 to 2 AWG, with Beldfoil® plus TC Braid Shield. Similar to Belden's other classic VFD cables, this series of seven cables features oversized XLPE insulation to provide the lowest capacitance available in a VFD cable. Highly effective dual shielding provides the lowest resistance to ground path, which improves common mode current containment. The 85 percent braid coverage offers optimum EMI low frequency noise protection, while the 100 percent aluminum/Mylar tape shield offers RFI high frequency noise protection. Also included in the smooth, round cables are full-size, insulated green ground wires with a yellow stripe and drain wires for ease of installation and termination. -- Symmetrical Design, Large AWG (1 to 4/0), with Spiral Copper Tape Shield. Similar to Belden's other Symmetrical cables, this series of five cables combines the benefits of Belden's classic VFD cables with additional features for use on larger, more powerful AC motor drives. Highly effective shielding provides a low resistance ground path, which improves common mode current containment. Spirally applied dual copper tape shields provide 100 percent coverage, coupled with improved flexibility and EMI/RFI noise protection. Three symmetrical bare ground wires provide a balanced ground system to reduce the likelihood of premature motor bearing or motor insulation failure.

    All of Belden's new 2000V UL 1277 Type TC-ER cables are UL rated for direct burial, feature black sunlight- and oil-resistant PVC jackets, and meet all applicable industry standards and specifications for VFD cables.

    Belden Industrial Solutions

    Belden also offers a comprehensive line of industrial solutions consisting of Hirschmann(TM) switches and active networking devices, Lumberg Automation(TM) connectivity, and Belden cables - all manufactured to provide 99.999% reliability for your standard industrial, extreme environment or mission-critical applications.

    Belden is the only company to offer a Complete Industrial Solution for Ethernet applications. This matched end-to-end system offers its users maximum uptime and complete peace of mind -- no matter the environment.

    For more information about Belden VFD Cables for AC motor drive applications, request 2000V VFD Capabilities Flyer or New Product Bulletin #235. Contact Belden at P.O. Box 1980, Richmond, Indiana 47375, 1.800.BELDEN.1. FAX: 765.983.5294. Or visit our Web site:

    About Belden

    Belden is a customer focused company. We ensure that our customers' communications infrastructure issues are resolved and that they benefit from the best signal transmission performance for their investment. We deliver leading-edge copper and fiber cabling/connectivity systems, wireless technologies, and active switch devices. We employ customer-centric go-to-market strategies and we implement and retain world class manufacturing processes. Our partners span the globe, helping our customers design, install, operate and maintain their communications applications. And our experience is vast, including expertise in Enterprise, Industrial, Infrastructure, Transportation, Professional and Enterprise Audio and Video, and Government applications. To obtain additional information contact Investor Relations at 314-854-8054, or visit our website at

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    Boralex completes financing and acquisition of a new wind farm in France

    MONTREAL, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boralex Inc. ("Boralex" or the "Corporation") announces today that it has arranged financing with BNP Paribas for its new wind farm in France. This acquisition, subject to closing conditions, was announced earlier on July 16, 2009.

    The total investment amounts to C$25.1 million ((euro)15.9 million). Under the master credit agreement concluded in June 2007, about C$20.3 million ((euro)12.8 million) is immediately available to finance the project. The financing obtained represents more than 80% of the total investment and provides Boralex with access to funds for a 15-year period, at an average interest rate of about 5%.

    This 9.2 MW wind farm located in the department of the Somme nearby sites already operated by Boralex will have four Enercon E82 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 2.3 MW. Start-up is scheduled for the second quarter of 2010. All of the power produced will be sold to Electricite de France under 15-year contracts.

    "This acquisition and the arrangement of financing clearly demonstrates our ability to take advantage of current market opportunities and obtain the funds required to develop interesting projects," said Patrick Lemaire, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boralex Inc.

    About Boralex

    Boralex is a major private electricity producer whose core business is the development and operation of power stations that generate renewable energy.

    Employing over 300 people, the Corporation owns and operates 22 power stations with a total installed capacity of 365 MW in Canada, in the Northeastern United States and in France. In addition, the Corporation has more than 300 MW of power projects under development. Boralex is distinguished by its diversified expertise and in-depth experience in three power generation segments - wind, hydroelectric and thermal. Boralex shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BLX.

    Boralex also holds a 23% interest in Boralex Power Income Fund, which has 10 power stations with a total installed capacity of 190 MW in Quebec and the United States. These sites are managed by Boralex.

    More information is available at or

    Certain statements in this release, including those regarding future results and performance, are forward-looking statements based on current expectations. The accuracy of such statements is subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, including, but not limited to, the effect of general economic conditions on market and industry, increases in raw material costs, changes in the relative values of certain currencies, fluctuations in selling prices, and other factors listed in the Company's filings with different securities commissions.

    The summarized financial statements included in this press release also contain certain financial measurements that are not recognized as Generally Accepted Accounting Principles of Canada (GAAP). To assess the operating performance of its assets and reporting segments, the Corporation uses Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) and Cash flows from operations as performance measurements. These measures are not in accordance with GAAP and do not have a standardized definition prescribed by GAAP. Therefore, they may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. EBITDA is defined in the summarized financial statements included with this press release. Cash flows from operations corresponds to cash flows from operating activities before changes in non-cash working capital items as disclosed in the consolidated statements of cash flows attached in this press release.


    CONTACT: Ms. Sophie Paquet, Communications Advisor, Boralex Inc., (514)

    PepsiCo Joins Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation to Help Reduce Obesity in the U.S.

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PepsiCo, Inc. , one of the world's largest food and beverage companies, today announced that it will expand its existing efforts to help reduce obesity in the United States by joining the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF).

    A first-of-its-kind endeavor, the HWCF involves the collaboration of more than 40 members of the food and beverage industry, retailers and diverse non-governmental organizations, with PepsiCo serving in a leadership role. The group aims to provide and promote solutions that will help people achieve a healthy weight by balancing the calories they consume with the calories they burn. The HWCF's efforts will help provide people with the tools to achieve energy balance. These efforts will focus on three key areas: the marketplace, the workplace and schools.

    "As an industry, we touch the lives of tens of millions of people every day. We are driven by the belief that by joining forces with partners across many sectors, we can make a far greater impact in the fight to reduce obesity than by working alone," said Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo chairman and chief executive officer and HWCF vice chair.

    "For our part, we are committing to enhancing our efforts to offer food and beverage choices that can contribute to healthy weight. To do that, we'll offer more reduced-calorie and portion-controlled options," said Nooyi. "At the same time we will do more to educate people, particularly children, about balancing the calories they consume with those that they burn."

    HWCF partners will deliver options in the Marketplace that help consumers manage their calorie intake through changes to products, packaging, labeling and marketing. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will fund an independent, objective, scientifically based evaluation of the marketplace initiative.

    In Schools, the Healthy Schools Partnership will teach lifelong healthy habits, and in the Workplace, the HWCF partners will provide enhanced programs for employees to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. The schools initiative will be evaluated by the University of California at Berkeley Center for Weight and Health and the University of Kansas. Workplace programs will be overseen by the National Business Group on Health.

    PepsiCo has already demonstrated success in the three focus areas:

    Marketplace: PepsiCo offers consumers many low- and reduced-calorie food and beverage options. In 2009, PepsiCo launched SoBe Life Water, the first zero-calorie, naturally sweetened, vitamin-enhanced water made with PureVia, an all-natural sweetener made from the stevia plant. Additional reduced-calorie beverages include: Tropicana's Trop50, which delivers the benefits of orange juice with 50 percent less sugar and calories; and G2, a low-calorie sports drink that delivers functional sports drink hydration. Since 2007, Frito-Lay has removed 59 billion calories from its 99 cent and $1.29 single serve bags, and the company offers many portion-controlled options, including 100-calorie packs, singles and multi-packs of several products. In 2006, Quaker Oats introduced 90-calorie packs of Quaker Chewy Granola Bars and Quaker Granola Bites. PepsiCo is also providing at least 10% daily value of one or more "shortfall" nutrients (calcium, potassium, fiber, magnesium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C or Vitamin E) in many of its offerings.

    Schools: Since 2006, PepsiCo has been implementing the School Beverage and Competitive Foods Guidelines created by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. As a result, healthier food and beverage choices have been available in schools across the nation. The snack guidelines include restrictions on calories, fat, saturated fat, trans fat, sugar and sodium. Under the beverage guidelines, full-calorie soft drinks have been removed from K-12 schools and only lower-calorie and smaller-portioned drinks are being offered. The guidelines are responsible for a 58% reduction in the number of beverage calories shipped to schools between 2004 and 2008.

    Workplace: PepsiCo was recently recognized as one of the "2009 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles" by the National Business Group on Health for its successful HealthRoads program. PepsiCo's workplace wellness program, known as HealthRoads, provides personalized coaching, fitness and nutrition programs as well as incentives and online tools to help employees and their families achieve wellness. Its primary focus is diet, exercise and nutrition, but it also assists employees with potential health risks such as stress, tobacco use, sleep deprivation, diabetes, asthma, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. HealthRoads is a catalyst for changing behaviors and the program fosters a culture of well-being that can contribute toward a sustainable business.

    About the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation

    The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation is a unique partnership between retailers, non-profit organizations, food and beverage manufacturers and trade associations aimed at helping to reduce obesity. For more information, go to

    About PepsiCo

    PepsiCo offers the world's largest portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 18 different product lines that each generate more than $1 billion in annual retail sales. Our main businesses - Frito-Lay, Quaker, Pepsi-Cola, Tropicana and Gatorade - also make hundreds of other nourishing, tasty foods and drinks that bring joy to our consumers in over 200 countries. With more than $43 billion in 2008 revenues, PepsiCo employs 198,000 people who are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth, called Performance with Purpose. By dedicating ourselves to offering a broad array of choices for healthy, convenient and fun nourishment, reducing our environmental impact, and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace culture, PepsiCo balances strong financial returns with giving back to our communities worldwide. For more information, please visit

    PepsiCo, Inc.

    CONTACT: Dave DeCecco, +1-914-253-2655,, or
    Michelle Naughton, +1-914-253-2950,

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    CE Franklin Ltd. - Conference call announcementTHIRD QUARTER 2009 RESULTS AND DISCUSSIONWednesday, October 28, 200911:00 a.m., Eastern Time

    CALGARY, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CE Franklin Ltd. will release its earnings report for the Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2009, through CNW Group, on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 after the close of the markets. It will also be posted on the Company's website at

    The Company will then host its financial analyst conference call on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. Mountain Time) to discuss its earnings report for the Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2009.

    Participants may join the call by dialing 1-416-644-3423 in Toronto or dialing 1-800-589-8577 at the scheduled time of 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. For those unable to listen to the live conference call, a replay will be available at approximately 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the same day by calling 1-416-640-1917 in Toronto or dialing 1-877-289-8525 and entering the Passcode of 4169372 followed by the pound sign and may be accessed until midnight Wednesday, November 11, 2009.

    The call will also be webcast live at: and will be available on the Company's website at

    Michael West, President and Chief Executive Officer will lead the discussion and will be accompanied by Mark Schweitzer, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. The discussion will be followed by a question and answer period.

    Thank you for your interest in CE Franklin. We look forward to your participation in the conference call.

    About CE Franklin

    For more than half a century, CE Franklin has been a leading supplier of products and services to the energy industry. CE Franklin distributes pipe, valves, flanges, fittings, production equipment, tubular products and other general oilfield supplies to oil and gas producers in Canada as well as to the oilsands, refining, heavy oil, petrochemical, forestry and mining industries. These products are distributed through its 49 branches, which are situated in towns and cities serving particular oil and gas fields of the western Canadian sedimentary basin.

    Forward-looking Statements: The information in this news release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and other applicable securities legislation. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, that address activities, events, outcomes and other matters that CE Franklin plans, expects, intends, assumes, believes, budgets, predicts, forecasts, projects, estimates or anticipates (and other similar expressions) will, should or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current belief, based on currently available information, as to the outcome and timing of future events. When considering forward-looking statements, you should keep in mind the risk factors and other cautionary statements and refer to the Form 20-F or our annual information form for further detail.

    CE Franklin Ltd.

    CONTACT: Investor Relations, 1-800-345-2858, (403) 531-5604,

    Former Canadian Ambassador to Switzerland joins Petromin's Global Advisory BoardTSX-V: PTR

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Petromin Resources Ltd. (TSX.V Symbol: PTR) is pleased to announce that Mr. Robert Collette has joined the company's Global Advisory Board and will advise the Board of Directors in matters relating to international, political and economic affairs and new business development.

    "I am delighted to join the Global Advisory Board to counsel an outstanding management team and board in areas such as international trade, politics, and economic affairs," said Mr. Collette. "I believe that Petromin is a company with significant potential and I look forward to contributing to their success."

    Mr. Collette is a distinguished Canadian diplomat whose most recent assignment abroad as Ambassador to Switzerland and Leichtenstein completed a 37 year career with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and other federal public service. Previous senior appointments include: Personal Representative of the Prime Minister of Canada for La Francophonie (2005/2006); Chief of Protocol for Canada (2003/2005); Ambassador of Canada to the Philippines (2000/2003); Minister (Trade), Canadian Embassy, Beijing (1997/2000).

    Petromin Co-Chairman and President, Ross Gorrell stated, "We welcome Robert Collette as a very significant addition to our advisory team. Robert's international reputation precedes him and we are privileged to have him as an advisor who can immediately assist Petromin's Board of Directors as the company expands its business scope internationally in countries such as People's Republic of China. "

    Mr. Collette's varied background in federal government service and international affairs includes appointments with the Public Service of Canada, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and Trade Commissioner Service of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He holds a Bachelor's degree (Honours) in Industrial Relations from Laval University.

    Members of Petromin's Global Advisory Board, including Don Downing, Dr. Bill Gunter, Phil Bretzloff and Robert Curr, advise the Board of Directors in the areas of:

    - Specialized expertise in engineering and science; - New business opportunities; - International law and forms of agreement; - International business cultures and negotiations; - Diplomacy; - Sustainable energy development; - International finance.

    The Global Advisory Board assists Petromin's growth and contributes to the creation of shareholder value through the provision of such expert advice. Petromin Resources Ltd. is a progressive international petroleum and natural gas exploration and production company listed Tier 1 on the TSX Venture Exchange.

    On Behalf of the Board of Directors Dr. A Ross Gorrell Co-Chairman and President Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

    Petromin Resources Ltd.

    CONTACT: Visit, or contact Mike Suk at (604) 682-8831

    Cogdell Spencer Inc. Announces Third Quarter Earnings Release and Conference Call Notice

    CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cogdell Spencer Inc. announced today that it will release third quarter earnings after the market closes on Thursday, October 29, 2009. Cogdell Spencer Inc. invites you to attend the Third Quarter 2009 Conference Call on Friday, October 30, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time). The number to call for this teleconference is (800) 860-2442 (domestic) or (412) 858-4600 (international), and no passcode is required. In addition, the conference call can be accessed via the Internet at through the "Q3 2009 Cogdell Spencer Earnings Conference Call" link on the Investor Relations page.

    A playback (877) 344-7529 (domestic) or (412) 317-0088 (international) and enter the conference ID number: 434385. The replay can also be accessed via the Internet at through the "Q3 2009 Cogdell Spencer Earnings Conference Call" link on the Investor Relations page.

    About Cogdell Spencer Inc.

    Charlotte-based Cogdell Spencer Inc. is a fully-integrated, self-administered, and self-managed real estate investment trust ("REIT") that invests in specialty office buildings for the medical profession, including medical offices and ambulatory surgery and diagnostic centers. The Company focuses on the ownership, development, redevelopment, acquisition, and management of strategically located medical office buildings and other healthcare related facilities in the United States of America. The Company has been built around understanding and addressing the full range of specialized real estate needs of the healthcare industry. Learn more about Cogdell Spencer Inc. and its subsidiaries at

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements reflect the Company's views about future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and changes in circumstances that may cause actual results to differ materially. Factors that may contribute to these differences include, but are not limited to the following: market trends; our ability to obtain future financing arrangements; our ability to renew ground leases; our ability to comply with financial covenants in our debt instruments; defaults by tenants; and changes in the reimbursement available to our tenants by government or private payors. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, see the reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008. Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be realized. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

    Cogdell Spencer Inc.

    CONTACT: General Inquiries, Frank C. Spencer, President and Chief
    Executive Officer, +1-704-940-2926,, Financial
    Inquiries, Charles M. Handy, Chief Financial Officer, +1-704-940-2914,, Media, Dana Crothers, Marketing Director,

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    Oppenheimer Adds New Risk Arbitrage Team to Maximize Advantages in Expected M&A Recovery

    NEW YORK, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., a unit of Oppenheimer Holdings, is pleased to announce that we are joined by a team of four experienced professionals, helping Oppenheimer take full advantage of supporting clients in the risk arbitrage space as the markets rebound.

    "Most observers agree we have moved somewhere beyond the trough in merger activity we experienced during the first-half of 2009, making it is an excellent time for Oppenheimer to enter this market for our institutional clients," explained Charles Holmes, Head of Oppenheimer's Equity Group. "M&A activity sank in the second quarter of this year to a low point of approximately $60 billion of announced deals in terms of market capitalization, versus peak activity in the first quarter of 2007, which topped out at around $500 billion."

    Heading our newly formed agency risk arbitrage department is Jamie Axford. He joined Lehman in the 1990s as a member of its U.S. Risk Arbitrage team. In 2003, he helped found Cantor Fitzgerald's Risk Arbitrage desk. Cliff Ackers will cover accounts and serve as a spread and arbitrage trader. He has worked at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Societe Generale and Lehman (now Barclays Capital), where he headed event-driven sector trading. Greg Lantz will assume the role of desk analyst to serve our clients, sales force and trading desk. He began his career at Tribeca Investments, worked at Severn River Capital and RockView Capital and ran the merger arbitrage book for Aristeia Capital. Chris Guastello will cover accounts and also back up Cliff Ackers in spread trading operations. He began his career as a merger arbitrage spread trader at Source Trading, served as the event-driven and convertible arbitrage trader for Severn River Capital and joined Jamie Axford at Cantor Fitzgerald in 2008.

    "In the new cycle we see developing, we believe the opportunity for Oppenheimer to support institutional clients involved in risk arbitrage has never been better. Risk arbitrage has a community of very sophisticated investors that has historically been served by dedicated sell side desks. As we see it, Oppenheimer now possesses the resources, the market recognition and the competitive advantages we need to support our existing and new institutional clients in this strategy," John Hellier, Head of Equities Sales and Trading concluded.

    Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. (Oppenheimer), a principal subsidiary of Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. (OPY on the New York Stock Exchange), provides a full range of wealth management, securities brokerage and investment banking services to high-net-worth individuals, families, corporate executives, local governments, businesses and institutions.

    Certain statements in this release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, as discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.

    CONTACT: Charles Holmes, +1-212-667-7064, or John Hellier,

    Affinion Partners with OptumHealth(SM) AlliesPartnership Expands Health Related Savings Offerings for Affinion

    NORWALK, Conn., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Affinion Group, a global leader in customer engagement solutions and provider of programs that enhance and extend the relationship of millions of consumers for partners, has signed an agreement with OptumHealth(SM) to upgrade Affinion's health related member benefits.

    Effective immediately, through its relationship with the OptumHealth Allies discount program, Affinion is able to offer its partners nationwide access to an even larger pool of medical and health related discounts and savings plans than the company currently offers in its HealthSaver program, in which members already enjoy discounts with more than 200,000 physicians. In turn, these marketing partners will be able to engage their customers by offering programs that provide member-access to these valuable discounts.

    "We're eager to extend the reach of our successful health and wellness programs to allow our partners to provide families and individuals with even more ways of maintaining their health," said Brad Eggleston, vice president of Affinion. "Through this agreement, we've created a more comprehensive offering that will ultimately enhance the relationships that our partners have with their consumers, especially given the difficult economic conditions."

    The agreement comes at a time where a significant portion of the US populations reports that they are in danger of losing their health insurance if they to lose their job. In a recent survey conducted on behalf of Affinion, 66% of respondents either didn't know if they would maintain their insurance or believed it would expire within a month under these circumstances.

    "Affinion's strong track record of helping their clients engage consumers speaks for itself, and made them a particularly attractive partner for us," said Chief Operating Officer for OptumHealth Allies, Marcee Chmait. "We expect that the depth of relationships Affinion has with its partners and the marketing expertise that the company brings to the table will dramatically help us add new members."

    About Affinion Group

    As a global leader with nearly 35 years of experience, Affinion Group ( enhances the value of its partners' customer relationships by developing and marketing valuable loyalty, membership, checking account, insurance and other compelling products and services. Leveraging its expertise in product development and targeted marketing, Affinion provides comprehensive customer engagement and loyalty solutions that enhance or extend the relationship of millions of customers with many of the largest and most respected companies in the world, while helping to generate significant incremental revenue for more than 5,500 affinity partners worldwide, including many of the largest and most respected companies in financial services, retail, travel, and Internet commerce. Based in Norwalk, Conn., the company has approximately 3,000 employees throughout the United States and in 14 countries across Europe. Affinion holds the prestigious ISO 27001 certification for the highest information security practices, is PCI compliant and Cybertrust certified.

    About OptumHealth Allies

    OptumHealth Allies is the health discount program of OptumHealth, a business of UnitedHealth Group . OptumHealth Allies is not insurance. It provides discounts at certain care providers for medical and health services and products. More information about OptumHealth Allies can be found at

    SafeHarbor Statement Under the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

    This press release may contain statements that are forward looking, as that term is defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 or by the Securities and Exchange Commission in its rules, regulations and releases. These statements include, but are not limited to, discussions regarding industry outlook, Affinion's expectations regarding the performance of its business, its liquidity and capital resources and the other non-historical statements in the discussion and analysis. These forward-looking statements are based on management's beliefs, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management. When used in this release, the words "believe," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "intend" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Although management believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to have been correct. These statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including risks related to general economic and business conditions and international and geopolitical events, a downturn in the credit card industry or changes in the techniques of credit card issuers, market place consolidation among financial institution affinity partners, industry trends, the effects of a decline in travel on our travel fulfillment business, termination or expiration of one or more agreements with our affinity partners or a reduction of the marketing of our services by one or more of our affinity partners, the outcome of legal actions, our substantial leverage, restrictions contained in our debt agreements and our inability to compete effectively.

    Affinion Group

    CONTACT: Mike Bush of Affinion Group, +1-203-956-8038,

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    Morningstar Introduces QuoteSpeed 2.0, a Web-based Market Data Application

    CHICAGO, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Morningstar, Inc. , a leading provider of independent investment research, today launched Morningstar QuoteSpeed 2.0, a new Web-based application that provides instant, real-time market data on up to 4 million investments from more than 160 sources, including all major global equity exchanges and indexes; foreign exchange and treasury markets; futures, derivatives, options, commodities, and precious metals.

    QuoteSpeed packages real-time market data information with desktop-like interactivity in a pure Web application, providing a complete solution for broker-dealers, brokerage firms, banks, and other institutions that require accurate and timely market data to help make investment and trading decisions. Using the latest in real-time data streaming technology, QuoteSpeed can handle up to 500,000 concurrent users and 1 million messages per second on a single entry-level server. It eliminates the need for installing bulky thick-client terminals, software, or plug-ins to operate, instead requiring only HTML, JavaScript, and a Web browser. Morningstar's equity and fund data, fundamental research, news, and analysis can be accessed through links in QuoteSpeed.

    QuoteSpeed is an affordable, low-cost solution that is available as a stand-alone application as well as a module through a variety of Morningstar platforms, including Morningstar Direct, a Web-based institutional research platform; Morningstar Advisor Workstation, a Web-based software platform for financial advisors that integrates client and portfolio data with other desktop systems; and Site Builder, a suite of Web components that can be configured to help investment companies create or enhance their Web properties. In addition, a limited version of QuoteSpeed is available to Premium subscribers.

    "Morningstar has built a reputation for creating user-friendly interfaces and for providing transparent, complete investment data and information," said Brian Delegan, senior product manager at Morningstar. "We believe that QuoteSpeed 2.0 continues this tradition by raising the bar for market data system design. QuoteSpeed will also help our clients to lower their support, hardware, and software costs, eventually allowing them to replace their older thick-client terminals with a browser-based, thin-client application with all of the same capabilities but none of the system overhead."

    The intuitive and easy-to-use interface allows users to monitor a list or portfolio of securities via the "Watchlist" feature--a live-quote window that includes complete, real-time quote and fundamental data. Securities from a watch list can easily be dropped onto charts, news, and other windows within the application, enabling flexible monitoring, comparisons and research. QuoteSpeed charts feature intra-day and historical price and volume with candlesticks, OHLC bars, moving averages, Bollinger Bands to monitor volatility, and more. Streaming news from Morningstar and other providers is available in a news reader window.

    Real-time alerts based on conditions set by the user are available as a pop-up in the application, a column in the watch list, or via e-mail. Across the application, QuoteSpeed's auto-complete search functionality allows for fast and logical filtering of securities. The pure Web-based interface has desktop-like features including overlapping and customizable windows, multiple workspaces, right-click menus and drag-and-drop interactions.

    For more information about QuoteSpeed, please visit:

    With the acquisition of Tenfore Systems in 2008 (now called Morningstar Real-Time Data), Morningstar now serves more than 500 real-time data clients around the world, including brokerages, banks, trading firms, buy-side institutions, and other firms.

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    Morningstar, Inc. is a leading provider of independent investment research in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The company offers an extensive line of Internet, software, and print-based products and services for individuals, financial advisors, and institutions. Morningstar provides data on nearly 325,000 investment offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles, along with real-time global market data on more than 4 million equities, indexes, futures, options, commodities, and precious metals, in addition to foreign exchange and Treasury markets. The company has operations in 19 countries and minority ownership positions in companies based in three other countries.

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    Universal Holdings Closes Acquisition and Enters Domestic North American Oil and Gas Market

    DENVER, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Universal Holdings (OTCBB: UVHO) announced today that on September 21, 2009, the company purchased 100% of the outstanding membership units of Coronado Acquisitions, LLC. In connection with this acquisition, Universal has satisfied a promissory note issued by Coronado Acquisitions, LLC in the principal amount of $3,250,000 by issuing 2,100,000 restricted shares of its common stock to the Noteholders. Coronado is a development stage independent energy company engaged in the services sector of the oil and gas industry through its ownership and operation of medium depth oil drilling rigs.

    Through the acquisition of Coronado Acquisitions, LLC, UVHO acquired debt-free ownership of two drilling rigs consisting of a Spencer Harris 5000 Rig and a Cardwell Rig, both capable of medium depth drilling to approximately 6,500 feet. The business plan is to continuously deploy the rigs in the field to generate daily lease revenue from third parties. UVHO intends to acquire oil and gas properties and use these two drilling rigs for our own properties, when the rigs are not in use on third party properties.

    Universal will focus on applying technology and services to increase the incremental recovery factor of certain mature oil basins within the United States. Over the past fifteen years the energy industry has been one of the largest users of computing power and has essentially become a technology driven industry, where most unsuccessful or dry-holes are now drilled on computer screens versus in the field. The impact of technology has not only improved the economics of drilling but it has dramatically impacted the recovery factor of existing oil in place. The Company is trying to position itself to take advantage of the improved technology.

    As a condition of the Transaction, the current officers and directors of the Company resigned effective immediately and Jeffrey Beunier was appointed as President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chairman. Mr. Beunier is the founder and principal of Open Choke Capital Management, LLC which advises publicly traded energy sector companies on behalf of hedge fund clients, and he has been responsible for sourcing, underwriting, and managing investment opportunities in the commercial, industrial and energy sectors. Since 2001, he has been a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

    "The decline in oil prices in the 1980's created a trend of the major oil companies to underemphasize and under-invest in the United States oil properties into more lucrative international oil development opportunities. We believe this void has resulted in opportunities to acquire underdeveloped and neglected fields that are economic in today's higher oil price environment," said Jeffery Beunier, Chairman and CEO. "We plan to utilize our service platform, consisting of our rigs and related equipment and our know-how, to identify, acquire and enhance properties that provide either down-hole improvements, additional behind-pipe zones or down spacing opportunities."

    About Universal Holdings

    UVHO has ceased its previous operations and changed its business plan to be consistent with Coronado's business as an independent energy company engaging in the development, production and marketing of oil and gas in North America. Universal will seek opportunities where it can deploy its drilling/service rig fleet to assist in the participation in and maximization of various opportunities focusing on drill-to-earn partnerships. Universal will focus on applying technology and services to increase the incremental recovery factor of certain mature oil basins within the United States. The company is based in Denver, Colorado.

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    CONTACT: EQUITIES Global Communications, Inc., Robert Willison, Investor Relations, (678) 644-3383,

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    Verizon Adds Weather Radar Imagery and Expanded Customized Forecasts With New WeatherBug Widget for FiOS TVSubscribers Can Stay Up to Date on Weather at any Time While Watching Their Favorite TV Shows

    NEW YORK, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- FiOS TV customers now can quickly access real-time, personalized weather information - and forecasts for days to come -- while they watch TV, with Verizon's new interactive WeatherBug Widget.

    Subscribers can use the new widget, which is launching this week, to customize weather reports by any ZIP code, and pull up hourly or seven-day forecasts and radar weather imagery to see how local conditions are developing. They also can create a favorites list of up to 10 frequently checked ZIP codes for additional convenience in accessing local weather information from around the country. The reports and information appear on-screen without interfering with the television show that a subscriber is watching.

    "Whether you're traveling, getting the kids ready for school, or attending an outdoor event, you can use the WeatherBug Widget to easily plan ahead without having to wait for a broadcast weather report or go online to a weather site," said Shawn Strickland, vice president, marketing, Verizon Telecom. "We're again taking FiOS TV customers where cable can't, with one-touch access to real-time information that makes life easier and TV more interactive."

    In addition to forecasts and radar imagery, the WeatherBug Widget also provides localized information about high and low temperatures, chance of precipitation and level of humidity for the day or week. The WeatherBug Widget is a free service located in FiOS TV's Widget Bazaar applications marketplace. All FiOS TV subscribers have full access to the widget's forecasts. FiOS TV customers who also subscribe to FiOS Internet service can access the on-screen radar imagery. The application is displayed on the right side of the screen or can be viewed in full-screen mode.

    For screenshots and a full description of Verizon's new WeatherBug Widget, visit .

    Verizon is the only company in the U.S. to bring 100 percent fiber optics straight to the home, delivering America's top-rated broadband with download connections speeds of up to 50 megabits per second, more pure HD TV channels, amazing picture-and-sound quality, and interactive capabilities that cable can't match.

    FiOS TV offers a broad collection of programming, with more than 500 all-digital channels, including more than 118 HD channels, and more than 16,000 monthly VOD titles. FiOS provides next-generation interactive services including an advanced interactive media guide; social TV, news and entertainment widgets; remote DVR management; multi-room DVR, and more.

    For the latest news, updates and information about FiOS TV, visit and

    Verizon Communications Inc. , headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 87 million customers nationwide. Verizon's Wireline operations provide converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network. Wireline also includes Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 235,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $97 billion. For more information, visit

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    Scholastic Media Announces Winners of National Clifford The Big Red Dog(R) BE BIG(TM) in Your Community Contest to Support Civic EngagementThe BE BIG Fund Awards $50,000 In Community Grants To The BIGGEST Ideas Inspired By Clifford's Big Ideas 12-Year-Old West Virginia Girl's BIG Idea Awarded $25,000 Community Grant For Special Needs Accessible Playground; 10 Additional Ideas Receive $2,500 Grants

    NEW YORK, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- It only takes a BE BIG! Scholastic Media today announced the winners of the first annual "BE BIG In your Community Contest" as part of its ongoing Clifford The Big Red Dog® BE BIG!(TM) campaign to support civic engagement. Six hundred entries representing more than 16,000 children, parents, teachers and community leaders ranging in age from 8 to 67 poured in; 12-year-old Madelon Kerns' BIG idea for a special needs accessible playground will be awarded the $25,000 grant from the BE BIG Fund. The West Virginia student will see her idea come to life with the support of the Volunteer Action Center of the Mid-Ohio Valley, an affiliate of the HandsOn Network. The national contest invited everyone to submit a BIG idea that demonstrates Clifford's Big Ideas (Share, Help Others, Be Kind, Be Responsible, Play Fair, Be a Good Friend, Believe in Yourself, Have Respect, Work Together and Be Truthful) to enter for a chance to win a community grant to be used toward implementing the winning proposals.

    "Madelon, her team and their winning idea truly embodies the spirit of what it means to BE BIG," said Deborah Forte, President of Scholastic Media and Executive Vice President of Scholastic Inc, the global children's publishing, education and media company. "The BE BIG campaign is about inspiring people of all ages to work together to embrace Clifford's Big Ideas; Scholastic is delighted that so many children and families are committed to such creative and innovative ways to improve the lives of others while taking pride in service to their communities."

    Kerns was inspired to submit her BIG idea when she was unable to play in the local park with a friend who is in a wheelchair. With the help of her mother, the Junior League of Parkersburg and Boundless Playgrounds(TM), the idea to build a special needs accessible playground - "JuLePs Pathways" - was developed. The grant from the BE BIG Fund will be used to build the entrance to the park. In her contest submission, Madelon cited being inspired by an episode of Clifford which tells the story of a three-legged dog and how Clifford and his friends work collaboratively to ensure that they can all play together.

    "I'm thrilled and excited about this BIG prize," said Madelon. "Clifford understands that all kids like to have fun - no matter what!"

    Ten additional BIG ideas will each be awarded $2,500 Runners Up community grants:

    -- WATERLOO, IA: Mike Lind and his team will be working with the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley on his BIG Idea for a "Mobile Food Pantry." -- ASHEVILLE, NC: Susan Jensen will be working with Hands On Asheville-Buncombe to create her "Readers' Oasis." -- PHOENIX, AZ: Darren Chapman and his team will be working with HandsOn Greater Phoenix to keep his "Organic Gardening" project active in his community. -- CEDAR RAPIDS, IA: Ian Watt and his team will be working with the United Way of Central Iowa to bring his "Music Mentoring" program to the forefront. -- NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR: Mattie Thacker and her team from the Mayor's Youth Council will be working with the Heart of Arkansas United Way to make progress on their "Picture Perfect Summer" project. -- HILO, HI: Suzanne Nozaki and her team of students will be working with Children for Children to make their "Eat Your Lawn" project a reality. -- CORAL GABLES, FL: Adrianne Lage will work with Hands On Miami to bring her two passions of kids and the sun together to make a BIG change with her "Sun Smiles" project. -- WILTON, CT: Joseph A. Fiore will work with the Volunteer Center serving Western Connecticut to make his "Adopt a Grandparent" program a priority in local schools. -- BURNSVILLE, MN: Fay Finn and her team of students will continue their work on the "Brainpower in a Backpack" program with HandsOn Twin Cities. -- SAN DIEGO, CA: Skyler Pinto will work on continuing his peace pledge and create "Kids Care Packs" for children in homeless shelters and hospitals with the help of Excel Youth Zone.

    The 11 winning BIG ideas were selected by a panel of judges based on the following criteria: feasibility, creativity, sustainability and impact. The 2009 BE BIG In Your Community Contest judging panel included: Deborah Forte, President of Scholastic Media / Executive Vice President of Scholastic Inc.; Francie Alexander, Chief Academic Officer Scholastic Inc., / Senior Vice President of Scholastic Education; Karen Proctor, Vice President of Community Affairs Scholastic Inc.; Marcia Bullard, President, CEO and Editor of USA Weekend Magazine; Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher, CEO and President of FirstLink; Shawn Wilson, President of Usher's New Look Foundation and Tracy Hoover, Chief of Staff from the Points Of Light Institute.

    A complete list of finalists and profiles about their BIG ideas can be found at

    The Big Ideas were borne out of the curriculum developed for the award winning animated television series, currently airing on PBS KIDS® ( Now in its ninth season, Clifford scores high ratings with moms and is among the most popular PBS KIDS series for kids 2-5. Clifford enjoys 96% brand awareness among parents. The brand continues to perform well internationally with television episodes sold to more than 110 countries worldwide.

    With more than 126 million copies in print, Clifford books espouse the true meaning of what it means to BE BIG and are literary classics embraced by parents, teachers and kids. Norman Bridwell's new hardcover book, Clifford The Champion, is being released this month.


    Scholastic Corporation is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and children's media. Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children's books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys. The Company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs and school-based book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, television networks and the Company's Internet Site,


    HandsOn Network, a business unit of Points of Light Institute, creates opportunities for people to apply their interests and passions to make a difference in communities. The Network is leading people from impulse to action turning their ideas for change into real projects like building wheel chair ramps, watershed protection projects and tutoring programs. 250 plus affiliates help nonprofits, community and government organizations manage and develop the leadership capacity of volunteers. In 2007 alone, these HandsOn Action Centers helped to deliver more than 33 million hours of volunteer service valued at $1.2 billion dollars.

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    China-Biotics, Inc. Announces Closing of Public Offering of Common Stock

    SHANGHAI, China, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China-Biotics, Inc. ("China-Biotics", "the Company"), a leading Chinese firm specializing in the manufacture, research, development, marketing and distribution of probiotics products, today announced the closing of its previously announced underwritten public offering. The Company sold 4,600,000 shares of its common stock at $15.00 per share in its public offering, resulting in approximately $65.5 million in net proceeds, after deducting underwriting discounts and commission, but excluding estimated offering expenses.

    China-Biotics anticipates using the net proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes, including expanding its retail operations, expanding its products, acquiring additional retail outlets and for general working capital purposes.

    Roth Capital Partners, LLC, acted as the sole manager of the offering. A copy of the final prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained from Roth Capital Partners, LLC, Attention: Equity Capital Markets, 24 Corporate Plaza Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660, by telephone at (949) 720-7194, or via email at

    This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the securities described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

    About China-Biotics, Inc.

    China-Biotics, Inc., a leading manufacturer of biotechnology products and supplements, engages in the research, development, marketing and distribution of probiotics dietary supplements. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Shanghai Shining Biotechnology Co., Ltd., the Company has operations in Shanghai. Its proprietary product portfolio contains live microbial nutritional supplements under the "Shining" brand. Currently, the products are sold OTC through large distributors to pharmacies and supermarkets in Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang. China-Biotics plans to launch 300 Shining brand retail outlets in major cities in China. Currently, China-Biotics is strategically expanding its production capacity of probiotics to meet growing demand in the bulk additive market. For more information, please visit .

    Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Any statements set forth above that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the Company's ability to market existing and new products, ability to access to capital for expansion, and changes from anticipated levels of sales, future national or regional economic and competitive conditions, market acceptance of its retail store concept, changes in relationships with customers, dependence on its flagship product profits and other factors detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory authorities. 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.

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    DOW(TM) POWERHOUSE(TM) Solar Shingle Unveiled - Groundbreaking New Technology for Affordable Solar PowerBuilding Integrated Photovoltaic Roofing Shingle Expected to Bring Affordable Renewable Energy to Consumers

    MIDLAND, Mich., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Dow Chemical Company today unveiled its line of DOW(TM) POWERHOUSE(TM) Solar Shingle, revolutionary photovoltaic solar panels in the form of solar shingles that can be integrated into rooftops with standard asphalt shingle materials. The solar shingle systems are expected to be available in limited quantities by mid-2010 and projected to be more widely available in 2011, putting the power of solar electricity generation directly and conveniently in the hands of homeowners.

    Groundbreaking technology from Dow Solar Solutions (DSS) integrates low-cost, thin-film CIGS photovoltaic cells into a proprietary roofing shingle design, which represents a multi-functional solar energy generating roofing product. The innovative product design reduces installation costs because the conventional roofing shingles and solar generating shingles are installed simultaneously by roofing contractors. DSS expects an enthusiastic response from roofing contractors since no specialized skills or knowledge of solar array installations are required.

    "This is just one example of how Dow's $1.5 billion annual R&D investment is allowing us to deliver practical solutions for some of the world's most critical challenges," said Dow Chairman and CEO Andrew N. Liveris. "These types of innovative products not only showcase our deep scientific and technical expertise but also demonstrate how our commitment to R&D is fueling Dow's future growth agenda around the world."

    DOW(TM) POWERHOUSE(TM) Solar Shingle arrays are being showcased today at an event at Dow's Michigan Operations in the Company's headquarters city of Midland, Michigan.

    "Making Michigan a leader in manufacturing green energy products continues to be a key part of our economic plan to grow the economy and create jobs," said Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. "Dow's solar shingles are another example of local research and development helping grow our green economy, and I applaud Dow's ongoing commitment to developing green energy solutions right here in Michigan."

    Jane Palmieri, Managing Director of Dow Solar Solutions, noted that Dow's technology addresses two of the biggest challenges associated with solar power -- cost and acceptance. "Consumers reap the benefits of our innovation. This is about providing roof protection and electricity generation all from one product, with lower costs, improved aesthetics, easier installation and long-lasting performance," she said.

    Today's announcement is the latest milestone in Dow's solar energy strategy following the formation of its Dow Solar Solutions business unit. In 2007, the Company received $20 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop "building integrated" solar arrays for the residential and commercial markets.

    Dow's commitment to solar innovation extends beyond the DOW(TM) POWERHOUSE(TM) Solar Shingle arrays:

    -- Dow Performance Fluids is a leading supplier of heat transfer fluids that enable concentrated solar power for parabolic, trough-based solar systems. DOWTHERM(TM) A collects heat energy from the sun and transports it to a power generating station that converts water into steam, which in turn drives turbines to make electricity. -- Dow Adhesives and Functional Polymers is a leading global supplier of adhesives for photovoltaics, with exceptional performance in new backsheet substrates, as well as game-changing innovations in materials such as liquid encapsulants. -- Dow Electronic Materials recently introduced its new line of ENLIGHT(TM) photovoltaic products, which increase solar cell efficiency and yield. -- Dow Specialty Packaging & Films offers innovative polyolefin-based films used in the protective encapsulant layer and the structural backsheet of photovoltaic modules. The use of these films can improve productivity when the module is produced, and help increase its service life and reliability. -- Dow Corning, a joint venture equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated, is also participating in the solar photovoltaic sector, applying its expertise in silicon-based materials to improve the cost efficiency, durability and performance of solar modules and photovoltaic devices. Dow Corning recently began construction on a facility that will manufacture monosilane gas, a key material used to manufacture thin-film solar cells and liquid crystal displays. Via its Hemlock Semiconductor joint venture, Dow Corning is also a leading provider of polycrystalline silicon and other silicon-based products used in the manufacturing of semiconductor devices, and solar cells and modules.

    DOW(TM) POWERHOUSE(TM) Solar Shingle is the latest in a series of investments Dow has made to build upon its leadership position within the building and construction industry. Dow supplies a wide range of systems and solutions designed to help improve the energy efficiency and overall performance of buildings. This innovative technology also expands the ability for solar energy to be incorporated beyond roofing systems into applications such as exterior sidings, fascias and more.

    About Dow

    Dow is a diversified chemical company that combines the power of science and technology with the "Human Element" to constantly improve what is essential to human progress. The Company delivers a broad range of products and services to customers in approximately 160 countries, connecting chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help provide everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products. In 2008, Dow had annual sales of $57.5 billion and employed approximately 46,000 people worldwide. The Company has 150 manufacturing sites in 35 countries and produces approximately 3,300 products. On April 1, 2009, Dow acquired Rohm and Haas Company, a global specialty materials company with sales of $10 billion in 2008, 98 manufacturing sites in 30 countries and approximately 15,000 employees worldwide.

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