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Companies news of 2009-10-05 (page 9)

  • Oil Refineries 50%-Held Carmel Olefins Publishes Update on Financial Covenants
  • Merck Serono Named as a Top Employer by Science Magazine
  • Its Celebration Time at Camp Jungle Book
  • Babylon 8 - Leading the World of Languages
  • Noront Resources Announces Take-Over Bid for Freewest Resources
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  • DQ Entertainment Honors J.K Rowling With Lifetime Achievement Award
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    Oil Refineries 50%-Held Carmel Olefins Publishes Update on Financial Covenants

    HAIFA, Israel, October 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Oil Refineries Ltd. (TASE: ORL.TA) ("ORL"),Israel's largest oil refiner, announced that Carmel Olefins Ltd. ("CAOL"), in which ORL holds 50% of the capital, published an immediate report with regards to its entering into a Series of Agreements with regards to eased financial terms. Please find following a convenience translation from Hebrew of CAOL's formal announcement to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and Israel Securities Authority from Thursday, October 1, 2009.

    Carmel Olefins Ltd. ("The Company")

    Re: Immediate Report: Agreements with the Banks on the Subject of More Lenient Financial Covenants

    1. Consequent to what is stated in Note 1 (B) to the Company's financial statements as of June 30, 2009, in connection with the Company's non-compliance with the financial covenants that had been set with banks, the Company hereby announces that on September 30, 2009, the Company entered into an series of agreements ("the Series of Agreements") with the Banks who have granted credit ("the Banks"), under which, inter alia:

    1.1. The Banks have agreed to change the financial covenants that were in force immediately prior to signing the agreements ("the Original Covenants"), such that in the period of the easements (as defined in section 2 below) more lenient financial covenants will apply to the Company ("the New Covenants"),

    1.2. The Banks will waive their right to demand immediate repayment of the Company's loans as a result of a breach of the Original Covenants of December 31, 2008 until the time of the signing the Series of Agreements.

    1.3. The Company has provided the Banks, inter alia, with the following collaterals: a tier one fixed charge on all of the assets, equipment and plant that the Company owns and a tier one, fixed charge on the Company's rights to the land on which the Company's plant operates in the Haifa Bay area. In addition to the said collaterals, it has been agreed that monetary deposits will be deposited with some of the Banks and that they will be pledged in favour of those banks.

    1.4. The Company will pay additional interest and/or commissions to the Banks.

    2. In accordance with what is stated in the Series of Agreements, "the Period of the Easements" is for an indefinite period, commencing at the time of entering into the Series of Agreements and ending at the time the Company will be compliant with the Original Covenants for a period of four consecutive quarters, and it has presented the Banks with a financial plan that is based on forecasted prices, under which the Company has the possibility of servicing its debts in accordance with the credit agreements with the Banks until the end of the periods of those agreements.

    3. At the end of the Period of the Easements, the new financial covenants will be cancelled, and the original financial covenants will once more be in force and the charges on the Company's assets that are detailed in section 1.3 above will be removed.

    4. As of September 30, 2009 and as of the time of the report, the Company is in compliance with the New Covenants. Following the entering into the arrangements, under the Series of Agreements, as well as the Company's compliance with the New Covenants, the Company's long-term loans, classified as short-term loans in the Company's financial statements as of December 31, 2008, as of March 31, 2009 and as of June 30, 2009 (as the result of the Company's non-compliance with the covenants that had been set with the banks), will once again be classified as long-term loans.

    Yours sincerely

    Carmel Olefins Ltd.

    About Oil Refineries

    Oil Refineries Ltd. (ORL), located in the bay area of the city of Haifa, operates Israel's largest oil refinery. ORL operates sophisticated and state-of-the-art industrial facilities with refining capacity of 9 million tons of crude oil per year, with a Nelson complexity index of 7.4, providing a variety of quality products used in industrial operation, transportation, private consumption, agriculture and infrastructure. The Company is also active in the area of Aromatics and Polymers through wholly-owned Gadiv Petrochemical Industries Ltd. and 50% owned Carmel Olefins Ltd. ORL is traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange under the ticker ORL. For additional information please visit the Company's website: http://www.orl.co.il

    Contacts Company Contact: Rony Solonicof Chief Economist and Head of Investor Relations Oil Refineries Tel. +972-4-878-8320 ContactIREn@orl.co.il Investor Relations Contact: Ehud Helft \ Fiona Darmon GK Investor Relations Tel. (US) +1-646-797-2868 \ (Int.) +972-52-695-4400 info@gkir.com

    Oil Refineries Ltd

    Company Contact: Rony Solonicof, Chief Economist and Head of Investor Relations, Oil Refineries, Tel. +972-4-878-8320, ContactIREn@orl.co.il; Investor Relations Contact: Ehud Helft \ Fiona Darmon, GK Investor Relations, Tel. (US) +1-646-797-2868 \ (Int.) +972-52-695-4400, info@gkir.com




    Merck Serono Named as a Top Employer by Science Magazine

    GENEVA, October 5 /PRNewswire/ --

    - Merck Serono, the Division for Innovative Biotech and Pharmaceutical Medicines of Merck KGaA, Ranked No. 6 Among 575 Biotech and Pharma Employers

    Merck Serono, a division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, announced today that Science magazine has named it one of the world's leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical employers. Merck Serono's ranking improved to No. 6 this year, up from No. 7 in 2008 and No. 17 in 2007.

    "This is a great honor because the survey by Science sought opinions from people within the scientific community, people who actually know the biotech and pharmaceutical industries very well," said Bernhard Kirschbaum, Executive Vice President, Merck Serono Research & Development. "This is a compliment to the dedication, skills and hard work of our employees. It's also a statement to the rest of the scientific community that Merck Serono is an employer that offers a great working environment, the chance for professional development and an opportunity to help mankind."

    Science's 2009 Top Employers Survey queried 2,334 people. Participants came from North America (73%), Europe (15%) and the Pacific Rim (8%). Respondents were asked to write in the names of companies they considered best, average and worst employers. They then rated these companies on 23 different attributes.

    Attribute categories included Corporate Image, Financial Prowess, Leadership and Direction, Work Culture/Environment, Location, and Academic and Intellectual Challenge.

    Merck Serono won special recognition for having loyal employees, being socially responsible and doing important, quality research.

    Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) commissioned Cell Associated and The Brighton Consulting Group to conduct the survey to determine which employers in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries had the best reputations.

    Email questionnaires were sent to AAAS members, Science Career registrants, Science website visitors registered with AAAS, and past survey takers, as well as human resources contacts from the Science Careers database.

    About Merck Serono

    Merck Serono is the division for innovative prescription pharmaceuticals of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a global pharmaceutical and chemical company. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, Merck Serono discovers, develops, manufactures and markets innovative small molecules and biopharmaceuticals to help patients with unmet medical needs. In the United States and Canada, EMD Serono operates through separately incorporated affiliates.

    Merck Serono has leading brands serving patients with cancer (Erbitux(R), cetuximab), multiple sclerosis (Rebif(R), interferon beta-1a), infertility (Gonal-f(R), follitropin alpha), endocrine and metabolic disorders (Saizen(R) and Serostim(R), somatropin), (Kuvan(R), sapropterin dihydrochloride) as well as cardiometabolic diseases (Glucophage(R), metformin), (Concor(R), bisoprolol), (Euthyrox(R), levothyroxine). Not all products are available in all markets.

    With an annual R&D expenditure of around EUR 1bn, Merck Serono is committed to growing its business in specialist-focused therapeutic areas including neurodegenerative diseases, oncology, fertility and endocrinology, as well as new areas potentially arising out of research and development in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.

    About Merck

    Merck is a global pharmaceutical and chemical company with total revenues of EUR 7.6 billion in 2008, a history that began in 1668, and a future shaped by 33,000 employees in 60 countries. Its success is characterized by innovations from entrepreneurial employees. Merck's operating activities come under the umbrella of Merck KGaA, in which the Merck family holds an approximately 70% interest and free shareholders own the remaining approximately 30%. In 1917 the U.S. subsidiary Merck & Co. was expropriated and has been an independent company ever since.

    For more information, please visit http://www.merckserono.com or http://www.merck.de

    Merck Serono

    Media Relations: Tel.: +41-22-414-36-00




    Its Celebration Time at Camp Jungle Book

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

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

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

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

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

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

    About DQE:

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

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

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

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

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

    DQ Entertainment International

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




    Babylon 8 - Leading the World of Languages

    NEW YORK, October 5 /PRNewswire/ --

    - Babylon 8 (http://www.babylon.com), the leading International Dictionary and Translation Software Company, has now reached 55 million users

    Babylon LTD., the leading provider of single-click translation and dictionary software, released the latest version of its software Babylon 8 (http://www.babylon.com) a few months ago and has now reached 55 million users.

    Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090706/352552

    On May 26, 2009, Babylon, the most advanced and predominant translation software in the world, launched Babylon 8 and now exceeds 55 million desktop installations.

    The award-winning Babylon 8 application features a simple interface and operates within any application. It delivers instant translations and definitions to users' desktops in a single click.

    55 million users can now see that Babylon is an essential tool for any user or organization wishing to overcome language barriers and improve communication. It is an ideal solution for anyone who needs on-demand translations without interrupting their workflow.

    Babylon 8 enables immediate translation of Web pages and translation of documents to and from 33 languages.

    Babylon 8 integrates seamlessly into Microsoft Office spellers and provides the user with short definitions and translation which will enable the user to identify and decide what to choose.

    Babylon 8 enables single-click access to over 6.5 million articles and definitions from Wikipedia in over 21 languages.

    Babylon 8 also delivers results from the world's premier publishing houses, such as: Britannica, Oxford (http://www.babylon.com/dictionary/oxford), Merriam Webster (http://www.babylon.com/dictionary/webster), Pons, Duden, Larousse, Langenscheidt, AurÚlio (http://portugues.babylon.com/dicionario/aurelio), Michaelis (http://portugues.babylon.com/dicionario/michaelis) and many more.

    About Babylon Ltd.

    Babylon.com (TASE: BBYL) is a leading provider of online and offline dictionary and translation solutions. The Babylon.com user base exceeds 55 million desktop installations.

    Babylon sold more than 2.5 million licenses of the software to private users and organizations in more than 200 countries.

    For more information about Babylon, visit www.babylon.com or one of Babylon's free online dictionaries (http://dictionary.babylon.com) or free translation (http://translation.babylon.com) websites.

    Press contact: Dalia Preisler Babylon Ltd. Email: press@babylon.com

    Babylon

    Press contact: Dalia Preisler, Babylon Ltd., Email: press@babylon.com




    Noront Resources Announces Take-Over Bid for Freewest Resources

    TORONTO, October 5 /PRNewswire/ --

    - Noront's Offer of one (1) Noront share for four (4) Freewest shares represents an implied offer price of C$0.3975 per share and a 51% premium to Freewest Resources' 30-day volume-weighted average price ("VWAP"). - The transaction allows all shareholders to benefit from Noront's high-grade nickel, copper, PGM Eagle's Nest discovery, while simultaneously consolidating the chromite discoveries made by both companies. - Noront's established, well-funded development team is mandated to aggressively explore and develop the Ring of Fire. Symbol: NOT:TSX-V Shares Outstanding: 163,631,957 Fully Diluted: 173,461,957

    TORONTO, October 5 /PRNewswire/ --

    Noront Resources Ltd. ("Noront" or the "Company") (TSX Venture: NOT) announced today that it intends to make a share exchange take-over bid (the "Offer") to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Freewest Resources Canada Inc. ("Freewest") (TSX Ventures: FWR) at an implied offer price of approximately C$0.3975 per share (based on Noront's October 2, 2009 closing share price of C$1.59) in a transaction which values the fully diluted share capital of Freewest at approximately C$90 million. Under the Offer, Freewest common shareholders will be entitled to receive one (1) Noront common share for every four (4) Freewest common shares held (the "Exchange Ratio").

    Highlights of the Offer

    - Based on the number of fully diluted Freewest common shares, as publicly disclosed, Noront will issue under the Offer approximately 57 million common shares (equivalent to 27% of the enlarged Noront) to Freewest shareholders. - Our Offer extends to all Freewest common shares that are currently issued and outstanding or may be issued prior to the expiry of the Offer, upon conversion, exchange or exercise of any Freewest securities or entitlements. We anticipate that by their terms the outstanding convertible securities of Freewest will, if our Offer is successful, become securities convertible into Noront common shares based on the Exchange Ratio. - Based on the closing price of Noront's common shares on October 2, 2009, the implied offer price represents a premium of approximately 26% and 51% based on the latest closing price on October 2, 2009 and on the 30-day VWAP to the same date of Freewest's common shares, respectively. - Noront has a thorough understanding of the potential of Freewest's Ring of Fire discoveries and other assets and believes that the Exchange Ratio and implied premium offered represents full and fair value to Freewest shareholders.

    Ring of Fire Consolidation

    The acquisition of Freewest will allow the respective shareholders to benefit from the consolidation of the exploration and development potential of the Ring of Fire and the rationalization of activities, paving the way for the sharing of essential infrastructure and logistics. This will result in the capture of synergies between both companies' chrome deposits and Noront's high-grade Eagle's Nest nickel, copper and PGM deposit. Additionally, the combination of the two companies offers Freewest shareholders the benefits of an established, well-funded development team mandated to aggressively explore, and ultimately develop the Ring of Fire in the optimal and least dilutive manner.

    Wes Hanson, Chief Executive Officer of Noront stated: "Freewest shareholders are not being asked to sell out but rather are being invited to benefit from the enhanced opportunities that the Offer presents. We look forward to Freewest's shareholders participating in a larger, more liquid Company with approximately C$37 million in estimated working capital to realize the full potential of the combined properties. We believe that Noront's Management and Board has the drive, commitment, and experience, to ensure that Freewest's current Ring of Fire discoveries are advanced in the most value accretive and expeditious manner for all shareholders." Wes Hanson further added, "Freewest shareholders, if they accept the offer, can benefit from Noront's high-grade nickel, copper, PGM Eagle's Nest discovery and will essentially have doubled their chromite resource base enhancing our abilities to support the massive infrastructure required to develop the Ring of Fire."

    Offer Overview

    It was Noront's intention to proceed with a friendly Offer. On October 2, 2009, representatives of Noront approached Mackenzie Watson, the Chief Executive Officer of Freewest, and members of the Freewest Board. However, Mr. Watson indicated that he and his board were not prepared to discuss this Offer on Friday or at any time over the weekend. After this response, Noront proceeded to send written confirmation of our Offer to Freewest's Board. To date, no oral or written response has been received from any member of Freewest's board of directors. Consequently, Noront was left without any other option but to make the Offer directly to Freewest's shareholders and allow them to decide on the merits of our Offer. The Noront board strongly believes that the Offer is both compelling and is in the best interests of all shareholders.

    Noront's Offer is not a Permitted Bid for the purposes of the Freewest shareholder rights plan. Accordingly, in order for the Offer to proceed, the shareholder rights plan must be terminated or action must be taken by the Freewest board of directors or by a securities commission or court of competent jurisdiction to remove the effect of the shareholder rights plan and permit the Offer to proceed.

    Details of the Offer

    Full details of the offer will be contained in a formal offer and take-over bid circular to be filed with security regulatory authorities and mailed to Freewest shareholders. Noront expects to formally launch the Offer as soon as practicable and the Offer will remain open for at least 35 days following the commencement of the Offer.

    Noront will formally request from Freewest a list of shareholders for the purpose of disseminating the Offer documents to such holders and expects to mail the take-over bid circular and corresponding Offer documents to Freewest's shareholders as soon as reasonably practicable, following receipt of the shareholder list. The Offer will be open for acceptance for 35 days. The Offer will be subject to certain customary conditions of completion, including:

    - That a minimum of 66 2/3% of the outstanding common shares of Freewest on a fully diluted basis are tendered to the Offer; - Receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals, including the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange; - Absence of any material undisclosed litigation or liabilities; - Absence of any material and adverse changes; - The absence of certain prohibited activities on the part of Freewest (including share issuances, material debt issuances, acquisitions and dispositions) between the date hereof and the expiry of the Offer; - No untrue statements or omissions in Freewest's public disclosure; and - Other usual and customary conditions of offers of this type. >>

    Additionally, Noront will require that the Freewest shareholder rights plan shall have been waived, invalidated or cease traded.

    Currently, Freewest has in place certain management change of control payments, including a one-time payment of C$4,000,000 payable to Mackenzie Watson (representing almost 6% of the pre-announcement market capitalization of Freewest and almost 27 times his current annual compensation.) Noront believes this change of control payment to Mr. Watson, is excessive and is significantly out-of-line with customary change of control payments made to executives of similar sized Canadian companies and consequently, is detrimental to Freewest shareholders' best interests. Additional undisclosed change of control payments, but less than those owing to Mr. Watson, are payable to Ronald Kay, Freewest's Vice President, and Donald Hoy, Freewest's Vice President Exploration. As a result, it will be a further condition to the Offer that the aggregate amounts payable to all officers and directors of Freewest upon a change of control will not exceed C$1,500,000.

    Noront has engaged Rothschild as financial advisor and deal manager and Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP as legal counsel in connection with the Offer.

    This press release does not constitute an offer to buy or sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy or sell, any of the securities of Freewest. Such an offer can only be made pursuant to an offer to purchase and accompanying offering circular filed with the securities regulatory authorities in Canada. Investors may obtain a free copy of the offer to purchase and circular when they become available at http://www.sedar.com. In addition, you may request these documents free of charge, once they have been mailed, from Noront's information agent Laurel Hill Advisory Group. Please contact Laurel Hill at the following contact number: 1-877-304-0211. Investors and shareholders are strongly advised to read these documents, as well as any amendments or supplements to these documents, because they contain important information. You should read these materials carefully and in their entirety before making a decision concerning the Offer.

    About Noront:

    Noront Resources is focused on its significant and multiple, high-grade nickel-copper-platinum-palladium, chromite and vanadium discoveries in an area known as the "Ring of Fire", an emerging multi-metals district located in the James Bay Lowlands of Ontario, Canada. Noront is the dominant land holder at the Ring of Fire and continues to delineate and prove up its discoveries with NI 43-101 technical and economic reports and an aggressive and well financed drill plan for the remainder of 2009 and 2010. All material information on Noront can be found on the Company's website at http://www.norontresources.com or at SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com

    << Wesley (Wes) Hanson

    President & Chief Financial Officer >>

    FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

    This release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation, including predictions, projections and forecasts. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements that address activities, events or developments that the Company expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, including such things as future business strategy, competitive strengths, goals, expansion, growth of the Company's businesses, operations, plans and with respect to exploration results, the timing and success of exploration activities generally, permitting time lines, government regulation of exploration and mining operations, environmental risks, title disputes or claims, limitations on insurance coverage, timing and possible outcome of any pending litigation and timing and results of future resource estimates or future economic studies.

    Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "planning", "planned", "expects" or "looking forward", "does not expect", "continues", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "potential", "anticipates", "does not anticipate", or "belief", or describes a "goal", or variation of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved.

    << The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. >>

    For further information: regarding this Offer, please contact Wes Hanson, President and Chief Executive Officer or Joanne Jobin, Vice President Corporate Communications at +1-416-367-1444, or visit Noront's website at: http://www.norontresources.com

    TORONTO, October 5 /PRNewswire/ --

    Noront Resources Ltd.

    For further information: regarding this Offer, please contact Wes Hanson, President and Chief Executive Officer or Joanne Jobin, Vice President Corporate Communications at +1-416-367-1444, or visit Noront's website at: http://www.norontresources.com




    Trident Microsystems and NXP to Combine Digital TV and Set-Top Box Businesses to Create Industry Leader in the Digital Home Market

    SANTA CLARA, California and EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, October 5 /PRNewswire/ --

    Trident Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: TRID) and NXP Semiconductors today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement whereby Trident will acquire NXP's television systems and set-top box business lines. Trident would remain fabless with a significant presence in Asia and as a result of the transaction would have a global leadership position in the digital home entertainment market. Under the terms of the transaction, NXP will receive newly issued shares of Trident common stock equal to 60% of the total shares outstanding post-closing, including approximately 6.7 million shares that NXP will purchase at a price of US$4.50 per share, resulting in cash proceeds to Trident of US$30 million.

    "As the fragmented consumer IC market continues to consolidate, the ability to leverage IP across multiple segments is becoming increasingly important due to the R&D investments necessary to deliver leading-edge innovation," said Sylvia Summers, President and CEO of Trident. "Through this transaction, Trident will become one of the leading global suppliers with the product portfolio, IP and operational infrastructure required to effectively serve the large, high-growth digital home entertainment market."

    Including revenue from the acquired product lines, Trident would have estimated revenue of approximately US$500 million in calendar 2009, with approximately 60% attributable to television and 40% to set-top box. Upon closing, Trident will have an extensive portfolio of consumer IP applicable to a range of markets, with over 2,000 granted and in-process patents including motion estimation/motion compensation and conditional access, as well as advanced 45nm SoC technology. The combined product portfolio will enable Trident to offer a broad range of semiconductor solutions to the digital home market, which Trident estimates will reach US$5 billion by 2010.

    "Success in the consumer business requires a company culture based on rapid decision making, a fast pace of innovation, and a highly competitive cost structure," stated Summers. "This proposed transaction enables Trident to achieve the economies of scale required to compete in the digital home market, while also taking advantage of our start-up culture and cost-efficient Asia-based engineering and operations. As a result, Trident will be well positioned to address a larger market, accelerate our time to breakeven and achieve our long-term financial objectives."

    In order to drive cost-efficient innovation that is competitive with the industry's most aggressive consumer IC suppliers, Trident expects to retain a core set of technology centers of excellence in Europe and North America, while growing and leveraging the substantial engineering presence that each of NXP's Home business unit and Trident already has in Asia. Following the close of the transaction, Trident intends to continue supporting the existing customers and design wins of each company. In addition, Trident plans to develop a converged product roadmap, leveraging the substantial IP of both companies and cost structure of Trident to provide the competitive products required for the next generation of customer designs.

    "We believe the consumer IC business is a large, high-growth opportunity, best served by a company dedicated to this market with a highly efficient operating infrastructure," said Rick Clemmer, President and CEO of NXP. "This proposed combination is the ideal structure to position the considerable technology and market assets of our digital TV and set-top box lines for growth and financial success. As the single largest shareholder in the expanded Trident, NXP can continue to take part in the significant upside opportunity for this business while achieving another major milestone in NXP's plans to focus and lead in high-performance mixed signal."

    Reaffirming its long-term commitment to the digital home technology market, under the terms of the transaction, the primary shares being issued to NXP would be subject to a lock-up for two years.

    Upon closing, Sylvia Summers will remain the CEO of Trident and Christos Lagomichos, EVP of NXP's Home business unit, will become President. Pete Mangan will remain senior vice president and chief financial officer of Trident. In addition, after closing, NXP and Trident intend to cooperate in the development of complementary end-to-end solutions in other selected high-growth technology areas, including NXP's car entertainment and silicon tuner product lines. Trident will be fabless and will have the ability to access state-of-the-art technology and manufacturing capacity from NXP's manufacturing facilities, as well as the partner foundries and subcontractors of both companies. As a result of the terms and conditions agreed between the parties, NXP will account for its investment in Trident under the equity method.

    The Boards of Trident and NXP have unanimously approved the agreement and the transactions contemplated by the agreement. The transaction is subject to the approval of the stockholders of Trident, consultations with employee representatives in certain jurisdictions and other customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to close in the first calendar quarter of 2010.

    Trident expects to generate US$140 million to US$160 million in revenue in the calendar quarter ending June 30, 2010, its first full quarter post-closing, and expects to break even on a non-GAAP operating basis as early as the end of calendar year 2010.

    Trident Investor Conference Call Today at 8 AM Eastern Time

    Trident management will host a conference call at 5:00 am Pacific Time today (8:00 am Eastern Time). The domestic dial in is +866-730-5769; the international dial-in is +1-857-350-1593. Passcode: 59258241. A replay of the conference call will be available for two weeks, beginning approximately two hours following the conference call and will be accessible by calling +888-286-8010 (domestic) or +1-617-801-6888 (international) using access code 26148685. This call is being webcast by Thomson/CCBN and can be accessed at Trident's web site at: http://www.tridentmicro.com/ . The webcast also is being distributed through the Thomson StreetEvents Network to both institutional and individual investors. Individual investors can listen to the call at www.fulldisclosure.com http://www.fulldisclosure.com/ ; institutional investors can access the call via Thomson's password-protected event management site, StreetEvents (www.streetevents.com http://www.streetevents.com/ ).

    Press Conference Call Today at 9 AM Eastern Time/3 PM CET

    Rick Clemmer, President and CEO, NXP Semiconductors and Sylvia Summers, President and CEO, Trident Microsystems, will host a conference call at 6:00 am Pacific Time today (9:00 am Eastern Time) for members of the press.

    For Journalists; you may use following dial in number; from Europe (via NL): +31-45-6316903 from US/Latam (via US): +1-480-629-9822 from Asia Pacific (via Singapore): +65-6823-2087

    There will be a Q&A session after the introduction. You may register for questions during the conference call.

    For listen only participants; we advise you to listen in via webcast via:

    http://www.nxp.com/news/

    About Trident Microsystems:

    Trident Microsystems, Inc., with headquarters in Santa Clara, California, designs, develops and markets integrated circuits, or ICs, and associated software for digital media applications, such as digital televisions and LCD televisions. Trident's products are sold to a network of OEMs, original design manufacturers and system integrators worldwide. For further information about Trident and its products, please consult the Company's web site: http://www.tridentmicro.com.

    About NXP Semiconductors:

    NXP is a leading semiconductor company founded by Philips more than 50 years ago. Headquartered in Europe, the company has about 29,000 employees working in more than 30 countries and posted sales of USD 5.4 billion (including the Mobile & Personal business) in 2008. NXP creates semiconductors, system solutions and software that deliver better sensory experiences in TVs, set-top boxes, identification applications, mobile phones, cars and a wide range of other electronic devices. News from NXP is located at www.nxp.com.

    Cautionary Statement:

    Statements about the ability of Trident to complete the transaction contemplated by the agreement with NXP, including the ability to satisfy the conditions set forth in the definitive agreement, and the possibility of the termination of the definitive agreement, Trident's market share and the expected competitive position of Trident following the completion of the proposed acquisition, are forward-looking statements. A number of the matters discussed in this presentation that are not historical or current facts deal with potential future circumstances and developments. The discussion of such matters is qualified by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations generally and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: failure to achieve the economies of scale, revenue growth, operating synergies and efficiencies of the acquisition; the result of any regulatory review of the proposed transaction; approval of the acquisition by the stockholders of Trident and satisfaction of various other conditions to the closing of the acquisition; and the risks that are described from time to time in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, including Trident's annual report on Form 10-K for fiscal the year ended June 30, 2009.

    Important Additional Information

    In connection with the proposed acquisition of assets of NXP and solicitation of approval of the Trident stockholders, as well as in connection with its 2009 annual meeting of stockholders, Trident plans to file a proxy statement with the SEC. The definitive proxy statement will be mailed to the stockholders of Trident after clearance with the SEC. Trident will also file with the SEC from time to time other documents relating to the proposed combination. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ CAREFULLY THE PROXY STATEMENT WHEN IT IS FILED WITH THE SEC, AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED BY TRIDENT WITH THE SEC RELATING TO THE PROPOSED ACQUISITION WHEN THEY ARE FILED, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED ACQUISITION.

    The final proxy statement will be mailed to stockholders of Trident. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the definitive proxy statement and other documents when filed with the SEC at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. In addition to the proxy statement, Trident files annual, quarterly and special reports, proxy statements and other information with the SEC. You may read and copy any reports, statements or other information filed by Trident at the SEC public reference room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call the SEC at 1-800-732-0330 for further information on the public reference room. Trident's filings with the SEC are also available to the public from commercial document-retrieval services and free of charge at the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, Trident's SEC filings may be obtained free of charge from Trident's website (www.tridentmicro.com) or by calling Trident's Investor Relations department at +1-408-764-8808.

    Trident, and its directors and executive officers, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from its stockholders in connection with the proposed acquisition. Information about the directors and executive officers of Trident and the interests of such participants in the proposed acquisition will be included in the proxy statement and the other documents filed by Trident with the SEC relating to the proposed acquisition when filed.

    Trident Microsystems, Inc.

    Press, Pieter van Nuenen of NXP, +31-40-27-25398, pieter.van.nuenen@nxp.com; or Kelly Karr of Trident, +1-408-718-9350, kelly.karr@taniscomm.com; or Investors, Albert Hollema of NXP, +31-40-27-25610, albert.hollema@nxp.com; or John Swenson, +1-415-302-2324, john@swenson-partners.com, for Trident




    DQ Entertainment Honors J.K Rowling With Lifetime Achievement Award

    HYDERABAD, India, October 5 /PRNewswire/ -- DQ Entertainment had instituted The Lifetime Achievement Award last year at the Cannes Film Festival "MIPCOM 2008" to be presented annually to artists who during their lifetime have made creative contribution of outstanding significance to entertainment that goes beyond cultural, linguistic and other boundaries. The recipient of the award is selected by an eminent jury comprising leading broadcasters, producers & senior journalists from the media & entertainment industry.

    The 2008 DQE Lifetime Achievement Award was posthumously awarded to Rene Goscinny in recognition of his contribution towards children entertainment. Rene Goscinny is the creator of characters like 'Le Petit Nicolas' 'Asterix' and 'Lucky Luke'. Anne Goscinny - Daughter of the late Rene Goscinny, received the award on his behalf.

    The 2009 DQE Lifetime Achievement Award has been awarded to J.K. Rowling for her outstanding contribution towards children entertainment. J.K Rowling is the author and creator of the Harry Potter fantasy series. The esteemed jury were almost unanimous in their choice of J.K. Rowling - who has inspired the minds of millions of people around the world, and has given rise to a whole new generation of young readers. The Potter books have gained worldwide attention; won multiple awards, sold more than 400 million copies and a string of films have been produced based on the series.

    The award ceremony was held at Hotel Martinez at Cannes on 4th Oct, which was star-studded with Industry peers from ZDF, Classic Media, Nickelodeon, American Greetings, Marvel, M6 France, BBC, Disney, Mike Young Productions, Gruppo Alcuni, Turner Asia, France 3, Moonscoop, Method Animation, TF1 and a host of others.

    Mr. Josh Berger, President and MD Warner Brothers Entertainment UK received the Award on behalf of J.K. Rowling.

    About DQE:

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

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

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

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

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

    DQ Entertainment International

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




    Trapeze Networks Announces Trapeze Medical, Bringing Medical-Grade Mobility to Healthcare Market

    PLEASANTON, California, October 5 /PRNewswire/ --

    - Ambitious International Program Targets Solutions, Channel and Customers

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

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

    NonStop Wireless Networking Solutions for Healthcare

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

    Effective Channel Partners Ensure Successful Deployments

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

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

    Trapeze Medical Customer Advisory Council Convenes for Worldwide Summit

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

    About Trapeze Networks

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

    Trapeze Networks

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




    Point Blank Solutions Announces $2.4 Million Government Contract

    POMPANO BEACH, Fla., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Point Blank Solutions, Inc. ("PBSI", OTC Pink Sheets: PBSO), a leader in the field of protective body armor, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Point Blank Body Armor, received an award in the amount of $2.4 million from the Defense Supply Center of Philadelphia ("DSCP") to supply its Vision concealable vest and plate carriers to support the U.S. Army's Military Police. The Company will begin production in October 2009 and expects to complete the order by January 2010.

    Jim Henderson, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board stated, "The Vision series is one of, if not the lightest, most flexible concealable vest in the market today and is designed to protect against numerous threat levels. It is the first body armor system that integrates hi-performance ballistic materials with an innovative carrier design. While this contract is smaller than other, recent awards, it is an especially significant win for Point Blank in that the Vision concealable vest will be worn by both commercial and federal law enforcement personnel and can be used to support the requirements of several other agencies. Our goal remains to develop new and innovative ballistic technologies that save lives."

    ABOUT POINT BLANK SOLUTIONS, INC.

    Point Blank Solutions, Inc. is a leader in the design and production of technologically advanced body armor systems for the U.S. Military, Government, and law enforcement agencies, as well as select international markets. The Company is also recognized as the largest producer of soft body armor in the U.S.

    With state-of-the-art manufacturing and laboratory testing facilities, strategic technology and marketing alliances, and with an ongoing commitment to deliver innovative, lowest-cost, best value soft body armor products, Point Blank Solutions delivers the most advanced body armor solutions, faster and more effectively than anyone in the industry. The Company maintains facilities in Pompano Beach, FL and Jacksboro, TN. To learn more about Point Blank Solutions, Inc. visit our website at http://www.pointblanksolutionsinc.com/.

    SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT

    SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995: THE STATEMENTS WHICH ARE NOT HISTORICAL FACTS CONTAINED IN THIS PRESS RELEASE ARE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS, WHICH ARE BASED LARGELY ON THE COMPANY'S EXPECTATIONS AND ARE SUBJECT TO VARIOUS BUSINESS RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES, CERTAIN OF WHICH ARE BEYOND THE COMPANY'S CONTROL. WORDS SUCH AS "EXPECTS," "ANTICIPATES," "TARGETS," "GOALS," "PROJECTS," "INTENDS," "PLANS," "BELIEVES," "SEEKS," "ESTIMATES," VARIATIONS OF SUCH WORDS, AND SIMILAR EXPRESSIONS ARE INTENDED TO IDENTIFY SUCH FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS. THESE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS ARE ONLY PREDICTIONS THAT SPEAK AS OF THE DATE HEREOF AND ARE SUBJECT TO RISKS, UNCERTAINTIES AND ASSUMPTIONS THAT ARE DIFFICULT TO PREDICT. THEREFORE, ACTUAL RESULTS MAY DIFFER MATERIALLY AND ADVERSELY FROM THOSE EXPRESSED IN ANY FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS. FACTORS THAT MIGHT CAUSE OR CONTRIBUTE TO SUCH DIFFERENCES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, (1) CHANGES IN THE COMPANY'S INTERNAL CONTROL STRUCTURE OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING, (2) UNCERTAINTY OF FUTURE FINANCIAL RESULTS, (3) ADDITIONAL FINANCING REQUIREMENTS, (4) DEVELOPMENT OF NEW PRODUCTS, (5) GOVERNMENT APPROVAL AND CONTRACTING PROCESSES, (6) THE IMPACT OF COMPETITIVE PRODUCTS OR PRICING, (7) TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGES, (8) THE EFFECT OF POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC CONDITIONS, (9) THE OUTCOME AND IMPACT OF LITIGATION TO WHICH THE COMPANY IS A PARTY AND THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION AND OTHER INVESTIGATIONS REGARDING THE COMPANY, (10) TURNOVER IN THE COMPANY'S SENIOR MANAGEMENT AND (11) OTHER UNCERTAINTIES DETAILED IN THE COMPANY'S FILINGS WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THOSE UNCERTAINTIES AND RISKS DISCUSSED IN DETAIL IN "RISK FACTORS," IN THE COMPANY'S PERIODIC REPORTS ON FORMS 10-K AND 10-Q. THE COMPANY UNDERTAKES NO OBLIGATION TO REVISE OR UPDATE PUBLICLY ANY FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS TO REFLECT ANY CHANGE IN THE EXPECTATIONS OF OUR MANAGEMENT WITH REGARD THERETO OR ANY CHANGE IN EVENTS, CONDITIONS, OR CIRCUMSTANCES ON WHICH ANY SUCH STATEMENTS ARE BASED.

    Company Contact: Media Contact: Michelle Doery, Chief Financial Officer Glenn Wiener, Media Relations +1-954-630-0900 Tel: +1-212-786-6011 Email: gwiener@GWCco.com

    Point Blank Solutions, Inc.

    CONTACT: Michelle Doery, Chief Financial Officer of Point Blank
    Solutions, Inc., +1-954-630-0900, or Media Glenn Wiener, Media Relations,
    +1-212-786-6011, gwiener@GWCco.com

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




    Developers: The Verizon Wireless LTE Innovation Center Lab OpensVerizon Wireless LTE Innovation Center Online Portal Also Now Available

    BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and SAN DIEGO, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- From CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment 2009, Verizon Wireless took another step in delivering on its promise of collaborative innovation over the upcoming fourth generation (4G) Long Term Evolution (LTE) network with the opening of the lab at the Verizon Wireless LTE Innovation Center. In addition, the wireless leader also introduced a virtual LTE Innovation Center where device developers can access an online portal (http://www.lte.vzw.com/) to discover support services for participants at the Verizon Wireless LTE Innovation Center and directly communicate with Center engineers.

    The Verizon Wireless LTE Innovation Center will be a catalyst for delivering new and innovative devices that connect people, places and things wirelessly using next-generation LTE technology, and providing tools for participants to rapidly develop non-traditional products and solutions within Verizon Wireless' wide array of LTE technology and product enablers in various fields, including consumer electronics and appliances, healthcare, security and telematics.

    In addition to designing and testing products in a functional LTE lab environment, participants in the Verizon Wireless LTE Innovation Center will have the support of the wireless leader's resources to enable matchmaking with various players in the ecosystem, obtain technical expertise on device-network integration and ensure a best-in-class user experience.

    Roger Gurnani, senior vice president for new products and services at Verizon Wireless, said, "The Innovation Center is designed to drive innovation and help foster creative solutions using LTE technology, which in turn will help in building a broad ecosystem of devices in tandem with the aggressive deployment of Verizon Wireless' 4G network. Establishing a strong virtual presence will significantly enhance our ability to nurture a greater number of ideas than would be possible solely through our dedicated lab facility."

    The company previously announced that the physical LTE Innovation Center - comprised of the lab and experience center - will be located in the Boston suburb of Waltham, Mass. The experience center of the LTE Innovation Center is anticipated to open in the first half of 2010.

    At its virtual home (http://www.lte.vzw.com/), device developers can get information about:

    -- The Verizon Wireless LTE Innovation Center's mission, goals and lab -- Services available through the Center, such as business development opportunities, user experience testing and product design assistance -- The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network -- Interacting with Verizon Wireless' other programs, such as the Verizon Developer Community and open development program

    Device developers can also apply online to be a participant in the Verizon Wireless LTE Innovation Center.

    Developers can visit the online home of the Verizon Wireless LTE Innovation Center at http://www.lte.vzw.com/. For more information about Verizon Wireless' 4G network, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/lte.

    About Verizon Wireless

    Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving 87.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 87,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

    Verizon Wireless

    CONTACT: Jeffrey Nelson, Verizon Wireless, +1-908-559-7519,
    Jeffrey.Nelson@verizonwireless.com

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

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




    BorgWarner Supplies Engine and Drivetrain Technologies for 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury MilanBorgWarner Technologies Deliver Fuel Economy and Performance for the "Most Fuel Efficient Mid-sized Sedans in America"

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Oct 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A key supplier to Ford Motor Company, BorgWarner is proud to support the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan mid-sized sedans, thoroughly updated for MY 2010. Engine and drivetrain technologies supplied by BorgWarner include:

    -- Industry-first Cam Torque Actuated (CTA(TM)) variable cam timing (VCT) technology for the upgraded Ford Duratec 3.0-liter V-6 engine -- Chain timing systems for the 2.5-liter and 3.0-liter engines -- HY-VO chain, friction plates for all five clutches, and the transmission solenoid module for the new model 6F35 6-speed automatic transmission (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091005/DE86774 )

    "At BorgWarner, we are driven to create innovative powertrain technologies that boost fuel economy as well as performance. In the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan, drivers can enjoy both," said Tim Manganello, BorgWarner Chairman and CEO. "Our collaboration with Ford earned two 2009 Automotive News PACE awards. We look forward to continuing our strong partnership in the future."

    Unlike traditional cam phasing methods that typically use engine oil pressure to rotate the camshaft, BorgWarner's CTA(TM) technology captures the existing torsional energy in the valve train to accomplish this event, similar to a hydraulic ratchet. CTA(TM) cam phasers operate more quickly and under a wider range of engine speeds and temperatures than traditional oil pressure actuated cam phasers, allowing CTA(TM) variable cam timing to more efficiently improve fuel economy, increase horsepower and reduce emissions. Launched on the upgraded Ford Duratec 3.0-liter V-6 engine for the 2009 Ford Escape, BorgWarner is currently developing the product for five additional customers worldwide.

    Also launched on the 2009 Ford Escape, the 2010 Fusion and Milan adopt Ford's state-of-the-art 6F35 6-speed automatic transaxle, which features several BorgWarner technologies. BorgWarner's transmission solenoid module features proprietary closed-end variable bleed solenoids to minimize oil flow, reducing the energy needed to drive the oil pump. With high-energy friction materials and specific oil grooving, BorgWarner friction plates minimize drag losses, and the light-weight Morse TEC HY-VO® transmission chain is more efficient than transfer gears, further enhancing fuel economy.

    Auburn Hills, Michigan-based BorgWarner Inc. is a product leader in highly engineered components and systems for vehicle powertrain applications worldwide. The FORTUNE 500 company operates manufacturing and technical facilities in 60 locations in 18 countries. Customers include VW/Audi, Ford, Toyota, Renault/Nissan, General Motors, Hyundai/Kia, Daimler, Chrysler, Fiat, BMW, Honda, John Deere, PSA, and MAN. The Internet address for BorgWarner is: http://www.borgwarner.com/.

    BorgWarner technologies help the 2010 2.5-liter Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan reduce fuel consumption by 8% compared with 2009 models. The 2010 3.0-liter V6 engine featuring BorgWarner's industry-first CTA(TM) technology delivers 20% more horsepower than the 2009 version with the same fuel economy. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company.

    Statements contained in this news release may contain forward-looking statements as contemplated by the 1995 Private Securities Litigation Reform Act that are based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections. Words such as "outlook", "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond our control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed, projected or implied in or by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include: fluctuations in domestic or foreign vehicle production, the continued use of outside suppliers, fluctuations in demand for vehicles containing our products, changes in general economic conditions, and other risks detailed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Risk Factors, identified in our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K. We do not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

    Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091005/DE86774
    http://photoarchive.ap.org/
    PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com BorgWarner Inc.

    CONTACT: Media, Erika Nielsen of BorgWarner Inc., +1-248-754-0422

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




    Webcast Alert: Compania de Minas Buenaventura Third Quarter 2009 Conference Call

    LIMA, Peru, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Compania de Minas Buenaventura (NYSE: BVN; Lima Stock Exchange: BUENAVC1) announces the following webcast:

    What: Compania de Minas Buenaventura Third Quarter 2009 Conference Call When: Friday, October 30, 2009 11:00 AM Eastern Where: http://www.videonewswire.com/event.asp?id=62320 How: Live over the Internet -- Simply log on to the web at the address above. Contact: Peter Majeski, i-advize Corporate Communications, Inc., (212) 406-3694

    If you are unable to participate during the live webcast, the call will be archived on the web site http://www.buenaventura.com/.

    Audio: http://www.videonewswire.com/event.asp?id=62320 Compania de Minas Buenaventura

    CONTACT: Peter Majeski, i-advize Corporate Communications, Inc.,
    +1-212-406-3694, for Compania de Minas Buenaventura

    Web site: http://www.buenaventura.com.pe/




    Thomas F. Frist, III Elected to SAIC Board of Directors

    MCLEAN, Va. and SAN DIEGO, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SAIC, Inc. today announced that Thomas F. Frist, III has been elected as a member of the SAIC Board of Directors effective Sept. 23, 2009.

    Frist has been a principal of Nashville-based investment company Frist Capital, LLC since 1998. Prior to that, he co-managed FS Partners, LLC, and worked at Rainwater, Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas and in New York. Since 2006, Frist has served on the board of directors of HCA, Inc., a leading provider of healthcare services that owns and operates approximately 163 hospitals and 105 freestanding surgery centers. From 1999 to 2006, he served on the board of Triad Hospitals, Inc.

    Frist received a B.A. degree from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

    "Tommy Frist's background in business and the healthcare industry will be a valuable asset to SAIC and we are honored to welcome him to the board," said Ken Dahlberg, SAIC executive chairman of the board. "We look forward to his contributions in continuing SAIC's growth and success."

    About SAIC

    SAIC is a FORTUNE 500® scientific, engineering, and technology applications company that uses its deep domain knowledge to solve problems of vital importance to the nation and the world, in national security, energy and the environment, critical infrastructure, and health. The company's approximately 45,000 employees serve customers in the U.S. Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other U.S. Government civil agencies and selected commercial markets. Headquartered in McLean, Va., SAIC had annual revenues of $10.1 billion for its fiscal year ended January 31, 2009. For more information, visit http://www.saic.com/. SAIC: From Science to Solutions®

    Statements in this announcement, other than historical data and information, constitute forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause our actual results, performance, achievements, or industry results to be very different from the results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors set forth in SAIC's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended January 31, 2009, and other such filings that SAIC makes with the SEC from time to time. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.

    Contact: Melissa Koskovich Laura Luke (703) 676-6762 (703) 676-6533 melissa.l.koskovich@saic.com laura.luke@saic.com

    SAIC

    CONTACT: Melissa Koskovich, +1-703-676-6762,
    melissa.l.koskovich@saic.com, or Laura Luke, +1-703-676-6533,
    laura.luke@saic.com, both of SAIC

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




    EMC Extends Information Protection Capabilities for VMware EnvironmentsEMC Now Enables Automated Failback For ALL EMC Networked Storage Platforms

    HOPKINTON, Mass., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Business continuity and disaster recovery are both critical requirements in a fully virtualized data center. Today, EMC Corporation , the world leader in information infrastructure, announced extended support for VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 4.0 to help customers realize the benefits of virtualization on their journey to executing a private cloud.

    EMC continues to provide the broadest support for businesses of all sizes and now also has the most widely deployed replication software products with VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager. Customers choose EMC for VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager because of its broad protocol support that in turn supports every recovery point object from synchronous to asynchronous to continuous, and homogeneous and heterogeneous configurations.

    As the first vendor to provide automated VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager failback capabilities, EMC has broadened failback functionality and enhanced ease-of-use across all of its industry-leading networked storage platforms. EMC will also deliver new storage replication adapters for EMC's replication software, including adapters for EMC SRDF (Symmetrix Remote Data Facility), EMC Celerra Replicator with NFS and iSCSI support, EMC MirrorView and EMC RecoverPoint that integrate VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager with EMC to ensure rapid, reliable, manageable and affordable business continuity in VMware environments. In addition to the adapters EMC also provides:

    -- Easy-to-use auto-setup for SRDF via EMC Storage Viewer -- Real-time recovery state views and automated failback for CLARiiON with MirrorView Insight. -- Automated failback for Celerra with vCenter plug-in -- Synchronous and asynchronous replication and vCenter plug-in with VMware aware RecoverPoint

    "As customers virtualize their mission critical applications to gain more critical efficiencies, business continuity and disaster recovery become top of mind," said EMC's Chad Sakac, VMware Technology Alliance. "Tight integration with VMware Site Recovery Manager protects customers' existing technology investments and enables them to implement a robust business continuity strategy. EMC is committed to helping customers achieve a private cloud, and our expanded support of VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager is another element to make the transformation easier."

    EMC provides a full range of solutions and consulting, implementation, education and managed services that leverage EMC's deep expertise in virtualization and business continuity. EMC Global Services can effectively integrate VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager into customers' EMC business continuity environments to automate recovery of virtual environments.

    The storage adapters will continue to be available free to customers from VMware with a VMware Site Recovery Manager license.

    About EMC

    EMC Corporation is the world's leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to transform the way they compete and create value from their information. Information about EMC's products and services can be found at http://www.emc.com/.

    The following are registered trademarks or trademarks of EMC Corporation in the United States and other countries: EMC, Celerra, Celerra Replicator, CLARiiON, MirrorView, and SRDF. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners

    This release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined under the Federal Securities Laws. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to: (i) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in information technology spending; (iii) our ability to protect our proprietary technology; (iv) risks associated with managing the growth of our business, including risks associated with acquisitions and investments and the challenges and costs of integration, restructuring and achieving anticipated synergies; (v) fluctuations in VMware, Inc.'s operating results and risks associated with trading of VMware stock; (vi) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures and new product introductions; (vii) the relative and varying rates of product price and component cost declines and the volume and mixture of product and services revenues; (viii) component and product quality and availability; (ix) the transition to new products, the uncertainty of customer acceptance of new product offerings and rapid technological and market change; (x) insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory; (xi) war or acts of terrorism; (xii) the ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; (xiii) fluctuating currency exchange rates; (xiv) litigation that we may be involved in; and (xv) other one-time events and other important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in EMC's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. EMC disclaims any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.

    EMC Corporation

    CONTACT: Jennifer Dreyer of EMC Corporation, +1-508-293-7238,
    Dreyer_jennifer@emc.com

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




    ATA Successfully Delivers 21,000 HR Select Exams in China

    BEIJING, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- ATA Inc. ("ATA", or the "Company"), the leading provider of computer-based testing services in China, announced today that it has successfully delivered HR Select exams to People's Insurance Company of China (PICC) and to Zheshang Bank.

    On September 26, ATA delivered to PICC the first nationwide underwriter and claims handling exam, involving more than 20 subjects, including Auto Insurance Underwriting, Auto Insurance Claims, Property Insurance Underwriting, Engineering Insurance Underwriting, Hull Insurance Underwriting, Shipping Insurance Underwriting, Agricultural Insurance Underwriting, Liability Insurance Underwriting, Casualty/ Health Insurance Underwriting, Energy and Aviation Insurance Underwriting and Claims Handling. The PICC exam was successfully delivered to 19,000 test takers in 230 sites across 55 cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, among others.

    Separately, on the same date ATA delivered an HR Select exam to Zheshang Bank covering 54 subjects to 2,000 test takers in 53 test sites across 12 cities in China. As the 12th national joint-stock bank approved by the China Banking Regulatory Commission, Zheshang Bank highly values the ethics and professional skills of its employees and is committed to their training and performance appraisal. In 2008, Zheshang Bank adopted the computerized examination services provided by ATA. Following the success of the first exam, Zheshang Bank increased the number of subjects and doubled the number of test takers for this edition of the exam. ATA also provided exam operation, exam room monitoring and data analysis services.

    "We are very pleased to announce the successful delivery of these exams under our HR Select assessment offering," commented Mr. Kevin Ma, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ATA. "This represents an important milestone in the development of our business, and we expect it will lay the foundation for us to continue to grow our exposure to private sector test sponsors as we diversify and expand our service offering and client base."

    HR Select is a proprietary application, developed and engineered by ATA using leading international standardized assessment tools to test 150,000 different job skill sets, covering several areas of competency, including IT, foreign languages, finance, accounting, management, and legal. ATA has modeled over 600 job positions to create a test-item bank containing millions of test questions. Since launching this initiative in March, the Company has successfully created over 10,000 trial accounts. These registered companies cover more than 12 provinces in China, mainly in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen areas, and represent over 20 industry verticals, including real estate, IT, manufacturing, consumable products and financial services, which demonstrates a very strong interest by companies in China for this type of service.

    About ATA Inc.:

    ATA is the leading provider of computer-based testing services in China. The Company offers comprehensive services for the creation and delivery of computer-based tests based on its proprietary testing technologies and test delivery platform. The Company's computer-based testing services are used for professional licensure and certification tests in various industries, including information technology, or IT, services, banking, teaching, securities, insurance and accounting. ATA's test center network comprised 1,951 authorized test centers located throughout China as of June 30, 2009, which the Company believes is the largest test center network of any commercial testing service provider in China. Combined with its test delivery technologies, this network allows ATA's clients to administer large-scale nationwide tests in a consistent, secure and cost-effective manner. ATA has delivered over 30.7 million tests including 20.6 million billable tests since it commenced operations in 1999, and in June 2008 delivered tests to approximately 470,000 test takers over a single weekend for the China Banking Association through its test delivery platform. For further information, please visit: http://www.ata.net.cn/.

    Safe-Harbor Statement

    This announcement may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "look forward to," "outlook," "forecast," "will," "expect," "anticipate," "future," "intend," "plan," "believe," "estimate" and similar terminology. Among the factors that could cause the Company's actual financial and operating results to differ from what the Company currently anticipate may include the Company's ability to meet challenges associated with its rapid expansion, the Company's ability to meet the expectations of current and future clients, the Company's ability to expand its test titles, the health of the PRC economy, and uncertainties with respect to the PRC legal and regulatory environments. For additional information on these and other important risk factors that could adversely affect the Company's business, financial condition, results of operations and future prospects, please refer to a more detailed discussion of the Company's risk factors in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Contact: ATA Inc. CCG Investor Relations Carl Yeung, CFO Crocker Coulson, President Phone: +(86) 10 65181122-5107 Phone: +(1) 646-213-1915 Email: carlyeung@ata.net.cn Ed Job, CFA URL: http://www.ata.net.cn/ Phone: +(1) 646-213-1914 Email: ed.job@ccgir.com URL: http://www.ccgirasia.com/

    ATA Inc.

    CONTACT: ATA Inc, Carl Yeung, CFO, Phone: +(86) 10 65181122-5107, Email:
    carlyeung@ata.net.cn, CCG Investor Relations, Crocker Coulson, President
    Phone: +(1) 646-213-1915, Ed Job, CFA, Phone: +(1) 646-213-1914, Email:
    ed.job@ccgir.com

    Web site: http://www.ata.net.cn/




    Orient-Express Hotels Sells Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans

    HAMILTON, Bermuda, October 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. , owners or part-owners and managers of 50 luxury hotels, restaurants, tourist trains and river cruise properties operating in 25 countries, today confirmed that it has concluded the sale of its New Orleans property, the Windsor Court Hotel, to The Berger Company, Inc. for $44.25 million.

    Orient-Express Hotels' President and Chief Executive Officer, Paul White said, "The Windsor Court Hotel is one of North America's finest properties, but today New Orleans is dominated by corporate and conference business. The foundation of Orient-Express Hotels' business model is delivering the highest level of product to our core customers, who today are leisure guests. Our focus going forward is to ensure that we maximize the value of our iconic properties and the unrivalled guest experiences they deliver around the world.

    We think this deal, at 15 times 2007 EBITDA, and over 50 times 2008 EBITDA, following on from the recent sale of our Lisbon property in June 2009, further demonstrates the inherent values of quality lodging real estate across the world."

    Contact: Martin O'Grady Vice President, Chief Financial Officer Tel: +44-20-7921-4038 E: martin.ogrady@orient-express.com Pippa Isbell Vice President, Corporate Communications Tel: +44-20-7921-4065 E: pippa.isbell@orient-express.com

    Orient-Express Hotels Ltd

    CONTACT: Contact: Martin O'Grady, Vice President, Chief Financial
    Officer, Tel: +44-20-7921-4038, E: martin.ogrady@orient-express.com. Pippa
    Isbell, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Tel: +44-20-7921-4065, E:
    pippa.isbell@orient-express.com




    Taubman Asia's Morgan Parker Steps DownCompany Committed to Asia Opportunity

    BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Taubman Centers, Inc. today announced that Morgan Parker, president of Taubman Asia has resigned. The company remains committed to pursuing retail real estate opportunities in the Asia- Pacific region.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080428/CLM116LOGO )

    "In 2005 we formed Taubman Asia to seek retail projects that leverage our strong retail planning, design and operational capabilities," said Robert S. Taubman, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Taubman Centers. "Since then, we've created strong business relationships, established proven business capabilities and have secured contracts for value-added real estate services.

    "Although the international financial crisis has taken its toll in real estate markets everywhere, we continue to believe that the economies in Asia will lead the world in growth and over the next five to ten years retailers will be looking for high quality class A retail space that we are particularly suited to provide. We expect over time, our activities in Asia will result in profitable investments and external growth for our company.

    "We appreciate Morgan's talents and accomplishments, as he moves on to pursue other interests," added Mr. Taubman. "He has been instrumental in building our capabilities and establishing our platform in the region. Until such time as a new president for Asia is appointed, I will be devoting an increased portion of my time to this important endeavor."

    Taubman Centers is a real estate investment trust engaged in the development and management of regional and super regional shopping centers. Taubman's 24 U.S. owned and/or managed properties, the most productive in the industry, serve major markets from coast to coast. Taubman Centers is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and its Taubman Asia subsidiary is headquartered in Hong Kong. For more information about Taubman, visit http://www.taubman.com/.

    For ease of use, references in this press release to "Taubman Centers", "company", "Taubman Asia", or "Taubman" mean Taubman Centers, Inc. or one or more of a number of separate, affiliated entities. Business is actually conducted by an affiliated entity rather than Taubman Centers, Inc. itself.

    This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements reflect management's current views with respect to future events and financial performance. Actual results may differ materially from those expected because of various risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to the ongoing U.S. recession, the existing global credit and financial crisis and other changes in general economic and real estate conditions, changes in the interest rate environment and the availability of financing, and adverse changes in the retail industry. Other risks and uncertainties are discussed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its most recent Annual Report on Form

    10-K.

    Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080428/CLM116LOGO Taubman Centers, Inc.

    CONTACT: Karen Mac Donald, Taubman, Director, Communications,
    +1-248-258-7469, kmacdonald@taubman.com, or Barbara Baker, Taubman, Vice
    President, Investor Relations, +1-248-258-7367, bbaker@taubman.com

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




    Owens Corning and The Home Depot Expand Relationship with New Strategic Insulation PartnershipMulti-year agreement means that Owens Corning PINK Fiberglas(TM) insulation will be offered in more than 2,200 The Home Depot stores in North America

    TOLEDO, Ohio, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Owens Corning , the most trusted brand in insulation, today announced it has expanded its relationship with The Home Depot®, the world's largest home improvement retailer, through a new strategic insulation partnership. Starting in January 2010, Owens Corning PINK Fiberglas(TM) insulation will be sold in more than 2,200 of The Home Depot's stores across North America.

    "Owens Corning is the clear leader in this market, and it is a brand that people know and trust - when you think of insulation, PINK comes to mind first. This partnership ensures that consumers and professional contractors will continue to find everything they need to do the job right at The Home Depot," said Craig Menear, executive vice president, Merchandising, The Home Depot. "Owens Corning delivers the quality products our customers expect backed by a true leader in energy efficiency and sustainability."

    Unaided awareness for Owens Corning's residential insulation among homeowners has remained 10 times higher than any other insulation. Owens Corning's insulation has also been consistently rated #1 by builders year over year in Builder Magazine Brand Use Study.

    "This strategic partnership allows us to bring together the combined brand power of Owens Corning and The Home Depot," said Tom Quigley, vice president and general manager of Owens Corning's Insulation Business. "We are excited to expand our long-standing relationship with The Home Depot to provide Owens Corning insulation products that help make buildings more energy efficient. Buildings consume 40 percent of the energy used in the United States - that's more than industry and more than transportation. Insulation helps reduce energy use, greenhouse gases, and energy bills at a time when people are looking to save money and do the right thing for the environment."

    In line with The Home Depot's Eco Options program, Owens Corning insulation products help increase the energy efficiency of buildings, contain the highest level of certified recycled content for fiberglass insulation in North America, and are GREENGUARD Certified to meet the strictest standards for indoor air quality.

    About Owens Corning

    Owens Corning is a leading global producer of residential and commercial building materials, glass fiber reinforcements and engineered materials for composite systems. A Fortune 500 company for 55 consecutive years, Owens Corning is committed to driving sustainability through delivering solutions, transforming markets and enhancing lives. Founded in 1938, Owens Corning is a market-leading innovator of glass-fiber technology with sales of $6 billion in 2008 and about 16,500 employees in 30 countries. Additional information is available at http://www.owenscorning.com/.

    About The Home Depot

    The Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,242 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces, Mexico and China. In fiscal 2008, The Home Depot had sales of $71.3 billion and earnings from continuing operations of $2.3 billion. The Company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index.

    Owens Corning

    CONTACT: Investor & Media Relations, Scott Deitz , +1-419-248-8935

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




    Ceragon Networks'(R) Third Quarter 2009 Financial Results Scheduled for Release on October 26, 2009

    TEL AVIV, Israel, October 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ & TASE: CRNT), a leading provider of high-capacity, LTE-ready wireless backhaul solutions, provides today details of the conference call for third quarter financial results. The Company plans to issue a press release announcing its results during pre-market hours on Monday, October 26, 2009.

    A conference call will follow, beginning at 9:00 a.m. EDT. Investors are invited to join the Company's teleconference by calling +1-800-230-1096 or international +1-612-332-0107 at 8:50 a.m. EDT. The call-in lines will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    Investors can also listen to the call live via the Internet by accessing Ceragon Networks' website at the investors' page: http://www.ceragon.com/ir_events.asp?lang=0 selecting the webcast link, and following the registration instructions.

    If you are unable to join us live, the replay numbers are: +1-800- 475-6701or international +1-320-365-3844, Access Code 116798.

    A replay of both the call and the webcast will be available through November 26, 2009.

    About Ceragon Networks Ltd.

    Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: CRNT) is a leading provider of high capacity wireless backhaul solutions that enable wireless service providers to deliver voice and premium data services, such as Internet browsing, music and video applications. Ceragon's wireless backhaul solutions use microwave technology to transfer large amounts of network traffic between base stations and the infrastructure at the core of the mobile network. Ceragon designs solutions to provide fiber-like connectivity for circuit-switched, or SONET/SDH, networks, next generation Ethernet/Internet Protocol, or IP-based, networks, and hybrid networks that combine circuit-switched and IP-based networks. Ceragon's solutions support all wireless access technologies, including GSM, CDMA, EV-DO and WiMAX. These solutions address wireless service providers' need to cost-effectively build-out and scale their infrastructure to meet the increasing demands placed on their networks by growing numbers of subscribers and the increasing demand for premium data services. Ceragon also provides its solutions to businesses and public institutions that operate their own private communications networks. Ceragon's solutions are deployed by more than 150 service providers of all sizes, as well as in hundreds of private networks, in nearly 100 countries. More information is available at http://www.ceragon.com/

    Ceragon Networks(R), CeraView(R), FibeAir(R) and the FibeAir(R) design mark are registered trademarks of Ceragon Network s Ltd., and Ceragon(TM), PolyView(TM), ConfigAir(TM), CeraMon(TM), EtherAir(TM), QuickAir(TM), QuickAir Partner Program(TM), QuickAir Partner Certification Program(TM), QuickAir Partner Zone(TM), EncryptAir(TM) and Microwave Fiber(TM) are trademarks of Ceragon Networks Ltd.

    Company Contact: Yoel Knoll Ceragon Networks Ltd. +972-3-766-6419 yoelk@ceragon.com

    Ceragon Networks Ltd

    CONTACT: Company Contact: Yoel Knoll, Ceragon Networks Ltd.,
    +972-3-766-6419, yoelk@ceragon.com




    Camtek Regains Compliance With NASDAQ Minimum Bid Price RuleShare Price Increased Over 230% From January 1, 2009

    MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel, October 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Camtek Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: CAMT), today announced that on Thursday, October 1, 2009, the Company received notice from the NASDAQ Stock Market stating that since the closing bid price of the Company's ordinary shares has been at or above $1.00 per share for at least 10 consecutive trading days, it has regained compliance with the minimum bid price rule enumerated in NASDAQ Listing Rule 5450(a)(1).

    The closing price of Camtek's ordinary shares listed on NASDAQ, on October 1, 2009, $1.16, an increase of over 230% from the closing price on December 31, 2008.

    "We are very pleased to regain compliance with the NASDAQ rule, primarily due to the substantial share price increase from January 1, 2009," commented Rafi Amit, Camtek's CEO. "Looking ahead, we continue to invest in R&D, laying the foundations for long term growth, both organic as well as through acquisitions, with a view to further driving value".

    ABOUT CAMTEK LTD.

    With headquarters in Migdal Ha'Emek Israel, Camtek Ltd., designs, develops, manufactures, and markets automatic optical inspection systems and related products. Camtek's automatic inspection systems are used to enhance both production processes and yield for manufacturers in the printed circuit board industry, the high density interconnect substrate industry and the semiconductor manufacturing and packaging industry. This press release is available at http://www.camtek.co.il/.

    This press release may contain projections or other forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future performance of the Company. These statements are only predictions and may change as time passes. We do not assume any obligation to update that information. Actual events or results may differ materially from those projected, including as a result of changing industry and market trends, reduced demand for our products, the timely development of our new products and their adoption by the market, increased competition in the industry, price reductions as well as due to risks identified in the documents filed by the Company with the SEC.

    Contact Details CAMTEK LTD. Mira Rosenzweig, CFO Tel: +972-4-604-8308 Fax: +972-4-604-8300 Mobile: +972-54-9050703 mirar@camtek.co.il IR INTERNATIONAL GK International IR Ehud Helft / Kenny Green Tel: (US) +1-646-201-9246

    Camtek Ltd

    CONTACT: Contact Details: CAMTEK LTD. Mira Rosenzweig, CFO, Tel:
    +972-4-604-8308, Fax: +972-4-604-8300, Mobile: +972-54-9050703,
    mirar@camtek.co.il. IR INTERNATIONAL: GK International IR, Ehud Helft / Kenny
    Green, Tel: (US) +1-646-201-9246.




    Mobile Star Corp. Reported as First Israeli Company to Launch on OTC Bulletin Board in Over 1 YearIsraeli Financial Publication Calcalist Notes the First Public Trading of MBST Shares

    EVEN YEHUDA, Israel, October 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mobile Star Corp. (OTCBB: MBST), a developer of coin-operated karaoke vending machines, was covered in a recent report by the reputable Israeli financial publication Calcalist.

    According to the report, Mobile Star Corp. was the first company with Israeli management to be taken public on the OTC Bulletin Board since the start of the major economic occurrences on Wall Street just over a year ago.

    "We were happy to be covered by Calcalist, and are proud to be one of the companies associated with the steady rebounding of the Nasdaq," said Danny Elbaz, CEO of Mobile Star Corp.

    The Calcalist report and a drawing of Mobile Star's free standing karaoke vending booth can be found here: http://www.calcalist.co.il/internet/articles/0,7340,L-3359838,00.html

    The report noted Mobile Star's "interesting" and "exciting" product which is "new to the entertainment industry."

    Mobile Star is currently completing development of an entertainment vending machine that provides a personal karaoke experience. The free-standing booth enables an individual to digitally record his or her voice singing to hundreds of songs. The unit then publishes a computerized disc featuring the singer's voice and the selected background music.

    The patent-pending technology utilizes a proprietary digital-media software platform, and professional-grade hardware to dramatically improve sound quality and imitate the acoustics of a hall.

    For more information on Mobile Star, please visit: http://the-mobilestar.com/.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This letter contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain, based on current expectations and assumptions concerning future events or future performance of Mobile Star Corp., and its technologies. In evaluating such statements, prospective investors should review carefully various risks and uncertainties identified in this release, as actual results may differ materially from those indicated. Mobile Star Corp. public filings may be viewed at http://www.sec.gov/.

    Contact: CEO, Danny Elbaz danny@the-mobilestar.com +972-54-465-5341

    Mobile Star Corp.

    CONTACT: Contact: CEO, Danny Elbaz, danny@the-mobilestar.com,
    +972-54-465-5341




    Hollund Industrial Marine, Inc. Announces New Strategic Focus

    BRANSON, MO, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hollund Industrial Marine, Inc. (Pink Sheets: HIMR) (http://www.hollundindustrial.com/) today announced that it has completed a market review with the intention to focus its TigerLynk business. In line with the market review, the Company today announced that it will now focus primarily on commercial underwater logging, and expand its business model to include forest resource and operations management, targeting dam reservoirs in tropical regions of the world.

    "What we are announcing today is a strategic focus that more aptly leverages the strengths of our technology and allocates the resources to provide the greatest value to our shareholders. Having completed a detailed review we believe that the Company has an historic opportunity with TigerLynk to emerge as the global leader in underwater forestry," said Michael Lacy, CEO of Hollund Industrial Marine.

    Hollund Industrial Marine, Inc. (Pink Sheets: HIMR) (http://www.hollundindustrial.com/) is focused on developing patented TigerLynk technology (http://www.tigerlynk.com/) for commercial applications in underwater logging. TigerLynk is a remote operated heavy machine that utilizes an industrial robot arm mounted on a vessel to safely and efficiently cut trees under water without diver assistance. TigerLynk underwater logging equipment has been tested and proven in commercial operations.

    This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "ACT"). In particular, when used in the preceding discussion, the words "estimated," "believe," "optimistic," "expect," and similar conditional expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements within the meaning of the ACT and are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results could differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, unfavorable market conditions, increased competition, limited working capital, and failure to implement business strategies, actions by regulatory agencies, and other risks.

    CONTACT: For investor relations, Beverly Jedynak (312) 943-1100

    Hollund Industrial Marine, Inc.

    CONTACT: For investor relations, Beverly Jedynak (312) 943-1100




    Oncothyreon announces appointment of Douglas E. Williams, Ph.D., to board of directors

    SEATTLE, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Oncothyreon Inc. (TSX: ONY) today announced the appointment of Douglas E. Williams, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of ZymoGenetics, Inc. , to its board of directors.

    "We are pleased to welcome Doug to our board of directors and look forward to the contributions he will make to Oncothyreon. His extensive experience in drug development, research and operations will be invaluable," said Robert L. Kirkman, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Oncothyreon.

    Dr. Williams joined ZymoGenetics in 2004 and has served as a director and Chief Executive Officer since January 2009. He has held senior level positions at a number of prominent biotechnology companies, including Seattle Genetics, Inc., Immunex Corporation, and Amgen, Inc. As Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Immunex, Dr. Williams played a significant role in the discovery and early development of Enbrel, the first biologic approved for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Williams currently serves as a director of Array BioPharma Inc. and Aerovance, Inc. Dr. Williams received a B.S. (magna cum laude) in Biological Sciences from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and a Ph.D. in Physiology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Roswell Park Cancer Institute Division.

    About Oncothyreon

    Oncothyreon is a biotechnology company specializing in the development of innovative therapeutic products for the treatment of cancer. Oncothyreon's goal is to develop and commercialize novel synthetic vaccines and targeted small molecules that have the potential to improve the lives and outcomes of cancer patients. For more information, visit http://www.oncothyreon.com/.

    Oncothyreon Inc.

    CONTACT: Investor and Media Relations Contact: Julie Rathbun, Rathbun
    Communications, (206) 769-9219, ir@oncothyreon.com




    ORBCOMM selects Sierra Wireless to deliver innovative subscription and device management capabilities for its M2M web services platform

    FORT LEE, NJ and VANCOUVER, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ORBCOMM Inc. , a global satellite data communications company focused on two-way Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications, and Sierra Wireless today announced that they have entered into an agreement to integrate innovative capabilities of Sierra Wireless's M2M services platform (M2MOperatingPortal(TM)) within ORBCOMM's web services portal to enable customers to control their M2M services, devices, and communications.

    ORBCOMM's web services portal, expected to be commercially released in the first quarter of 2010, will combine comprehensive subscriber management functions with many innovative capabilities for device management, including:

    - Customer control of devices and airtime subscriptions across the multiple networks offered by ORBCOMM, including ORBCOMM's own proprietary satellite network and GSM and CDMA terrestrial networks. - Customer-defined usage thresholds and alarms that allow customers to receive notifications when their devices reach the defined usage limit, giving customers greater control of overages and, therefore, their wireless service charges. - Comprehensive control of remote devices and applications, including the capability to remotely update a device's firmware and embedded applications over the air, representing significant control of devices. - The portal will enable integrated dual mode services, which creates a single subscriber from multiple airtime subscriptions. ORBCOMM's customers will also benefit from receiving one consolidated bill, reducing the complexity of invoice management.

    "In terms of M2M, many aspects of this portal represent significant steps forward compared to what is currently available from many other carriers and operators," said Marc Eisenberg, Chief Executive Officer of ORBCOMM. "Comprehensive device management and diagnostic capabilities are critical for anyone deploying M2M solutions and can no longer be considered options. Sierra Wireless's M2MOperatingPortal(TM) is a complete, scalable and secure M2M services platform. Partnering with Sierra Wireless takes ORBCOMM's capabilities in this area to the state-of-the-art, allowing our customers to remotely administer firmware and software updates, troubleshoot application or connectivity issues and manage all aspects of their data communications."

    "ORBCOMM's unique multi-network infrastructure is the ideal companion to demonstrate our M2M services portfolio capabilities, ranging from device management to hosting and operating of M2M applications," said Emmanuel Walckenaer, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sierra Wireless Solutions & Services. "ORBCOMM is in a position to capitalize on the growing demand for M2M enablement services - the layer of services that sits between network connectivity and the customer's application."

    For more information about Sierra Wireless Solutions & Services and the M2MOperatingPortal, visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/solutions&services. To contact the Sierra Wireless Solutions & Services sales team, please email solutions-sales@sierrawireless.com.

    About ORBCOMM Inc.

    ORBCOMM is a leading global satellite data communications company, focused on Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications. Its customers include Caterpillar Inc., Doosan Infracore America, General Electric, Hitachi Construction Machinery, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Komatsu Ltd., Manitowoc Crane Companies, Inc., and Volvo Construction Equipment among other industry leaders. By means of a global network of low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites and accompanying ground infrastructure, ORBCOMM's low-cost and reliable two-way data communications track, monitor and control mobile and fixed assets in four core markets: commercial transportation; heavy equipment; industrial fixed assets; and marine/homeland security. ORBCOMM-based products are installed on trucks, containers, marine vessels, locomotives, backhoes, pipelines, oil wells, utility meters, storage tanks and other assets. ORBCOMM is headquartered in Fort Lee, New Jersey and has its network control center in Dulles, Virginia. For more information, visit http://www.orbcomm.com/.

    ORBCOMM Forward-Looking Statements

    Certain statements discussed in this press release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements generally relate to our plans, objectives and expectations for future events and include statements about our expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, intentions, assumptions and other statements that are not historical facts. Such forward-looking statements, including those concerning the Company's expectations, are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the results, projected, expected or implied by the forward-looking statements, some of which are beyond the Company's control, that may cause the Company's actual results, performance or achievements, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to: the impact of global recession and continued worldwide credit and capital constraints; substantial losses we have incurred and expect to continue to incur; demand for and market acceptance of our products and services and the applications developed by our resellers; loss or decline or slowdown in the growth in business from the Asset Intelligence division of General Electric Company ("GE" or "General Electric" or "GEAI"), other value-added resellers or VARs and international value-added resellers or IVARs; loss or decline or slowdown in growth in business of any of the specific industry sectors the Company serves, such as transportation, heavy equipment, fixed assets and maritime; litigation proceedings; technological changes, pricing pressures and other competitive factors; the inability of our international resellers to develop markets outside the United States; market acceptance and success of our AIS business; the in-orbit satellite failure of the Coast Guard demonstration or the quick-launch satellites, satellite launch and construction delays and cost overruns and in-orbit satellite failures or reduced performance; the failure of our system or reductions in levels of service due to technological malfunctions or deficiencies or other events; our inability to renew or expand our satellite constellation; political, legal regulatory, government administrative and economic conditions and developments in the United States and other countries and territories in which we operate; and changes in our business strategy; and the other risks described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Unless required by law, we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. For more detail on these and other risks, please see our "Risk Factors" section in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008.

    About Sierra Wireless

    Sierra Wireless products connect people and machines to wireless networks around the world. We offer an advanced, comprehensive product line, addressing consumer, enterprise, original equipment manufacturer, and specialized vertical industry markets. We also offer a wide range of professional and operated services. Our solutions are used for mobile computing, transportation, industrial M2M (machine-to-machine), enterprise, residential and consumer communications applications. For more information about Sierra Wireless visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/

    "M2MOperatingPortal" is a trademark of Sierra Wireless. Other product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

    Sierra Wireless Forward Looking Statements

    This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, plans and timing for the introduction or enhancement of our services and products, statements about future market conditions, supply conditions, channel and end customer demand conditions, revenues, gross margins, operating expenses, profits, and other expectations, intentions, and plans contained in this press release that are not historical fact. Our expectations regarding future revenues and earnings depend in part upon our ability to successfully develop, manufacture, and supply products that we do not produce today and that meet defined specifications. When used in this press release, the words "plan", "expect", "believe", and similar expressions generally identify forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current expectations. They are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, changes in technology and changes in the wireless data communications market. In light of the many risks and uncertainties surrounding the wireless data communications market, you should understand that we cannot assure you that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release will be realized.

    Sierra Wireless, Inc.

    CONTACT: Sierra Wireless Contact: Anne Monie, Sierra Wireless Solutions
    & Services, Phone: +33 (0)5 61 00 73 43, Email: amonie@sierrawireless.com;
    Orbcomm Contacts: Jennifer Lattif, Senior Account Executive, The Abernathy
    MacGregor Group, (212) 371-5999, jcl@abmac.com; Investor Inquiries: Lucas
    Binder, VP, Business Development and Investor Relations, ORBCOMM Inc., (703)
    433-6505, Binder.lucas@orbcomm.com




    Salesforce.com and Cisco Partner to Deliver the New Face of Customer ServiceSalesforce.com's Service Cloud 2 and Cisco's Unified Communications combine to deliver a complete cloud computing solution for customer service

    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Salesforce.com , the enterprise cloud computing company, and Cisco today announced a combined solution to deliver a complete contact center in the cloud. The Cisco and salesforce.com Customer Interaction Cloud brings together salesforce.com's Service Cloud 2 with Cisco Unified Communications. The solution empowers small and medium sized companies to run their customer service completely in the cloud. Salesforce.com and Cisco share a vision about moving technology into the cloud and leveraging social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Google to deliver services to their customers where they are already collaborating.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050216/SFW105LOGO) Cisco and Salesforce.com - Delivering the Contact Center in the Cloud -- The combined solution utilizes a connector to integrate salesforce.com's Service Cloud 2 with Cisco Unified Contact Center's functionality. This allows customers to use the salesforce.com CRM application as their primary agent desktop while retaining full Cisco Unified Contact Center capabilities to operate a customer care or support center in any industry. -- Through this offering, salesforce.com and Cisco are addressing a growing demand for cloud computing-based customer service solutions in the SMB market. -- With the Customer Interaction Cloud, agents may become more productive, and customers can use the cloud to achieve a more rapid time to value with no hardware, no software, no data centers and no telephony equipment to install. -- The solution was built to focus on organizations with 30 to 300 reps or agents and reflects both high market demand from prospects as well as requirements from existing customers. The Future of Customer Service -- Cisco has led the way in expanding the scope of customer care with the introduction of ground-breaking products such as Cisco Unified Contact Center which delivers intelligent contact routing for all media, call treatment, and network-to-desktop computer telephony integration (CTI) over an IP infrastructure. This helps enable companies to rapidly deploy a distributed contact center infrastructure. -- Customers are increasingly turning to the cloud to answer their customer service questions. The Service Cloud 2 lets companies join the conversation with their customers, by providing a cost-effective solution that unites the contact center and the cloud to establish a new model for customer service. 8,000 companies have already selected the Service Cloud 2 for their customer service operations. -- Built on the Force.com platform, the Service Cloud 2 transforms customer service through the power of cloud computing, and brings together industry leading cloud computing platforms like Google, Facebook, and Twitter to capture every conversation and utilize every community expert in the cloud. By capturing these conversations, the Service Cloud 2 empowers companies to deliver the expertise of the community to customers, agents and partners regardless of location or device - ensuring that the quality of customer service can be consistent across every channel.

    Enabling Transformation from Cisco Unified Contact Center to Customer Collaboration

    -- Cisco Collaboration Solutions improve and accelerate rich personal, team and customer experiences to help organizations drive innovation and improve decisions while building trust and accelerating team performance. -- Customer care has seen significant changes in the last 10 years--with new capabilities such as multi-channel contact and introduction of IP-based contact centers--and customer service organizations are now looking to take this to the next level by forging collaborative relationships with their customers and elevating their customer care. This transformation to Customer Collaboration recognizes that customer interactions can take place anywhere online, in social media, blogs, wikis, forums, and online search. -- Cisco's Collaboration Solutions and Cisco Unified Contact Center help companies smoothly integrate inbound and outbound voice calls with Internet applications such as real-time chat, web collaboration, and e-mail. Organizations can support customer interactions regardless of which communications channel the customer has chosen. Comments on the News -- "The Service Cloud 2 has seen tremendous momentum and validation from customers, prospects, and partners and truly represents the future of customer service," said Alex Dayon, senior vice president, customer service & support product line of salesforce.com. "The combination of Cisco's Unified Communications and salesforce.com's Service Cloud 2 will provide companies with a true cloud based option when it comes to their customer service needs. Companies will no longer have to manage routers, servers and switches when it comes to their contact center, they can focus on delivering the best customer service possible." -- "In the decade since we entered the market, customers have validated Cisco's approach to the customer care market through tremendous adoption of our collaboration solutions," said John Hernandez, General Manager of Cisco's Customer Contact Business Unit. "Now together with salesforce.com and the Service Cloud 2, we're taking customers beyond the contact center to Customer Collaboration, where organizations can be more proactive and effective, create deeper relationships with their customers, and help build their brands through customer advocates. The rise of social media, and the confidence it has spawned amongst Internet users to engage, makes the possibility of collaboration much more of a reality." -- "Effective customer service requires a right combination of CRM capabilities and communications mechanisms to properly capture and disseminate timely information," said Jeffrey M. Kaplan, Managing Director of THINKstrategies, Inc. and the founder of the SaaS Showplace. "This alliance allows companies to leverage Cisco and salesforce.com's mutual capabilities to deploy cloud-based, customer service solutions that can better serve their customers in an increasingly competitive environment." Availability -- The solution is currently scheduled to be generally available in the first quarter of calendar year 2010. -- Salesforce.com and Cisco will each be offering the combined solution for sale. Details of pricing can be found on Cisco's and salesforce.com's respective websites. Additional Resources -- View more information about the Service Cloud 2 at http://www.salesforce.com/servicecloud2/ and about Cisco Unified Contact Center solutions at http://www.cisco.com/go/cc. About Cisco

    Cisco, , is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Information about Cisco can be found at http://www.cisco.com/. For ongoing news, please go to http://newsroom.cisco.com/.

    About salesforce.com

    Salesforce.com is the enterprise cloud computing company. The company's portfolio of Salesforce CRM applications, available at http://www.salesforce.com/products/, has revolutionized the ways that companies collaborate and communicate with their customers across sales, marketing and service. The company's Force.com platform (http://www.salesforce.com/platform/) enables customers, partners and developers to quickly build powerful business applications to run every part of the enterprise in the cloud. Based on salesforce.com's real-time, multi-tenant architecture, Salesforce CRM and Force.com offer the fastest path to customer success with cloud computing.

    As of July 31, 2009, salesforce.com manages customer information for approximately 63,200 customers including Allianz Commercial, Dell, Dow Jones Newswires, Japan Post, Kaiser Permanente, KONE, and SunTrust Banks. Any unreleased services or features referenced in this or other press releases or public statements are not currently available and may not be delivered on time or at all. Customers who purchase salesforce.com applications should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available. Salesforce.com has headquarters in San Francisco, with offices in Europe and Asia, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "CRM". For more information please visit http://www.salesforce.com/, or call 1-800-NO-SOFTWARE.

    Copyright (c) 2009 salesforce.com, inc. All rights reserved. Salesforce and the "no software" logo are registered trademarks of salesforce.com, inc., and salesforce.com owns other registered and unregistered trademarks. Other names used herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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    PRN Photo Desk photodesk@prnewswire.com salesforce.com

    CONTACT: Media, Katy Dormer of salesforce.com, +1-415-901-8595,
    kdormer@salesforce.com; or Doron Aronson of Cisco Systems, +1-408-221-6992,
    doaronso@cisco.com; or Analysts, Ron Davis of Cisco Systems, +1-408-526-8803,
    ronadavi@cisco.com

    Web Site: http://www.salesforce.com/
    http://www.cisco.com/




    OmniVision Brings True 720p HD Video to Microsoft's New Flagship Webcam

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- OmniVision Technologies, Inc. , a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today announced that its OV9712, a native 720p wide-screen high-definition video image sensor, was selected by Microsoft® for its next generation webcam. The LifeCam Cinema(TM), Microsoft's newest flagship webcam, offers HD-quality digital video capture, a growing trend driven by social media platforms such as YouTube and Facebook.

    "The LifeCam Cinema is our first webcam to offer widescreen HD video," said Kurt Wrisley, senior development program manager at Microsoft. "Combining OmniVision's OV9712 sensor and Microsoft's new ClearFrame Technology, the LifeCam Cinema offers best-in-class low-light performance and image quality, as well as broader field of view thanks to a 74-degree viewing angle. LifeCam Cinema will now have access to new integrations with Windows Live - Windows Live Movie Maker and Windows Live Photo Gallery - that make editing and uploading videos and photos easier."

    "Webcams are used predominantly indoors where lighting conditions are often far from ideal, making image quality and low-light performance key drivers to the success of these products in the market," said Nick Nam, senior product marketing manager at OmniVision. "The LifeCam Cinema design win underscores Microsoft's continued confidence in OmniVision to deliver the highest quality digital imaging solutions for mainstream consumer products."

    The OV9712 is a no-compromise 720p HD sensor offering a widescreen HD video format with display resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, operating at 30 frames per second. The 1/4-inch OV9712 uses a 3-micron OmniPixel3-HS(TM) pixel architecture, delivering best-in-class low-light performance of 3300 mV/lux-sec. This allows the OV9712 to operate in low-light situations well below 15 lux, offering a cost effective, high-quality video solution suitable for a wide variety of applications including notebooks, netbooks, PC cameras, digital video camcorders, DSCs, mobile phones and other portable media players. OmniVision's OmniPixel3-HS pixel technology has already been proven in high quality video applications and is now available in Microsoft's LifeCam Cinema.

    About OmniVision®

    OmniVision Technologies is a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions. Its award-winning CMOS imaging technology enables superior image quality in many of today's consumer and commercial applications, including mobile phones, notebooks, netbooks and webcams, security and surveillance, digital still and video cameras, automotive and medical imaging systems. Find out more at http://www.ovt.com/.

    Safe-Harbor Language

    Certain statements in this press release, including statements regarding the expected benefits, performance and capabilities of, and the expected timeframe for volume production of the OV9712 are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties, which could cause the forward-looking statements and OmniVision's results to differ materially, include, without limitation: potential errors, design flaws or other problems with the OV9712, customer acceptance, demand, and other risks detailed from time to time in OmniVision's Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, OmniVision's annual report filed on Form 10-K and quarterly reports filed on Form 10-Q. OmniVision expressly disclaims any obligation to update information contained in any forward-looking statement.

    OmniVision® is a registered trademark of OmniVision Technologies, Inc. The OmniVision logo and OmniPixel3-HS(TM) are trademarks of OmniVision Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

    OmniVision Technologies, Inc.

    CONTACT: Media, Martijn Pierik of Impress Public Relations,
    +1-602-366-5599, martijn@impress-pr.com; Company, Scott Foster,
    +1-408-567-3077, sfoster@ovt.com, Investors, Chesha Gibbons, +1-408-653-3263,
    cgibbons@ovt.com, both of OmniVision Technologies

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




    Alaska Air Group Reports September TrafficAlaska Airlines sets historical record with third quarter operational performance

    SEATTLE, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alaska Air Group, Inc. today reported September operational results for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines (Alaska) and Horizon Air (Horizon).

    ALASKA AIRLINES

    Alaska reported an increase in load factor to 77.9 percent in September 2009, compared to 75.8 percent in September 2008, on a 1.4 percent decline in available seat miles (ASMs) compared to the prior-year period. Alaska also reported that 90.0 percent of its flights arrived on time in September 2009, capping off the strongest third quarter operational performance in the airline's history. The following tables show the operational results for September 2009 and for the first nine months of 2009, compared to the prior-year periods:

    September Year-to-Date --------- ------------ 2009 2008 Change 2009 2008 Change ---- ---- ------ ---- ---- ------ Revenue passenger miles RPMs (000,000) 1,450 1,430 1.4% 13,812 14,410 (4.1)% Available seat miles ASMs (000,000) 1,862 1,888 (1.4)% 17,469 18,628 (6.2)% Passenger load factor 77.9% 75.8% 2.1pts 79.1% 77.4% 1.7pts Revenue passengers (000) 1,235 1,295 (4.7)% 11,796 13,037 (9.5)% On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT 90.0% 87.8% 2.2pts 81.9% 79.3% 2.6pts ----------- ---- ---- ------ ---- ---- ------ HORIZON AIR

    Horizon reported an increase in load factor to 73.7 percent in September 2009, compared to 72.6 percent in September 2008, on a 2.6 percent decline in capacity compared to the prior-year period. Horizon reported that 91.3 percent of its flights arrived on time in September 2009, a 0.3-point decrease compared to the 91.6 percent reported in September 2008. The following tables show the operational results for September 2009 and for the first nine months of 2009, compared to the prior-year periods:

    September Year-to-Date --------- ------------ 2009 2008 Change 2009 2008 Change ---- ---- ------ ---- ---- ------ RPMs (000,000) 199 201 (1.1)% 1,799 2,074 (13.3)% ASMs (000,000) 270 277 (2.6)% 2,470 2,831 (12.8)% Passenger load factor 73.7% 72.6% 1.1pts 72.8% 73.3% (0.5)pts Revenue passengers (000) 556 584 (4.9)% 5,055 5,754 (12.1)% On-time arrivals 91.3% 91.6% (0.3)pts 86.4% 85.1% 1.3pts ---------------- ---- ---- -------- ---- ---- ------

    Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group , together serve more than 90 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Network Carriers" in the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 and 2009 North America Airline Satisfaction Studies(SM). For reservations, visit alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Newsroom at alaskaair.com/newsroom.

    Alaska Air Group

    CONTACT: Media, Bobbie Egan, Media Relations Manager, +1-206-392-5134,
    or Investors, Shannon Alberts, Managing Director of Investor Relations,
    +-1-206-392-5218, both of Alaska Airlines

    Web Site: http://alaskaair.com/




    BJC Healthcare Chooses Omnicell OptiFlex Solutions for the OR and Cath LabLeading OptiFlex(TM) Supply Systems to be Implemented in Specialty Areas for Single Point of Documentation and Automated Replenishment

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Omnicell, Inc., a leading provider of system solutions to acute healthcare facilities, today announced that Barnes-Jewish Hospital, named as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll 2009-10, will be the first BJC HealthCare facility to implement the OptiFlex point-of-use supply systems for their hospital operating rooms.

    "We chose Omnicell's OptiFlex supply management solution because it was the only system that fully automated the process of inventory and charge capture in the OR at the point-of-use," said Jason Keeler, Director of Operations Preoperative Services at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. "The system will greatly reduce the burden of supply management for the clinical staff within the OR allowing them additional time to focus on patient care and improve clinical outcomes."

    The OptiFlex system will improve clinical outcomes and efficiently manage supply resources by integrating with BJC's newly deployed physician preference card and clinical documentation system. OptiFlex is a specialized supply inventory management solution that improves overall efficiency and productivity at healthcare facilities by reducing consumption and standing inventory, increasing charge capture on used supplies and minimizing manual work with the automated physician preference card system. OptiFlex allows clinical staff to stop managing supplies, spend more time on patient care and thus improve clinical outcomes.

    "We are excited to build on our continued partnership with BJC HealthCare in search for increased efficiency and operational excellence," said Randall Lipps, Omnicell President, Chairman and CEO. "By expanding the Omnicell OptiFlex solution to the operating room, cath lab and point-of-care, BJC HealthCare has shown confidence in our supply inventory management system and our ability to facilitate increased productivity and supply efficiency."

    An Omnicell customer for over 10 years, BJC HealthCare is expanding their portfolio of Omnicell supply management products by introducing OptiFlex SS into the operating rooms and OptiFlex CL into the cath labs. OptiFlex SS automates the physician preference card system which eliminates multiple points of documentation for supply usage in the OR. The system allows for an easy replenishment process by monitoring supplies, charging electronically, reducing inventory levels for stock items, and increasing the overall hospital profitability by capturing and billing each supply used by the physician. Beyond the financial savings, OptiFlex establishes increased patient safety by ensuring that physician-specific supplies are on hand when they are needed. OptiFlex CL extends the OptiFlex solution to procedure areas like the cath lab and interventional radiology, reducing inventory and time spent managing supplies.

    About BJC HealthCare

    Barnes-Jewish Hospital, a 1,252-bed nonprofit academic hospital, is the largest hospital in Missouri and is consistently ranked among the Honor Roll of "America's Best Hospitals" by U.S. News & World Report. The adult teaching hospital of Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish has a 1,832 member medical staff with many who are listed in America's Top Doctors. Barnes-Jewish Hospital was the first adult hospital in Missouri to be certified as a Magnet Hospital for its nursing excellence. Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a member of BJC HealthCare, one of the largest nonprofit health-care organizations in the United States.

    About Omnicell

    Omnicell, Inc. is a leading provider of systems targeting patient safety and operational efficiency in healthcare facilities. Since 1992, Omnicell has worked to enhance patient safety and allow clinicians to spend more time with their patients.

    Omnicell's medication-use product line includes solutions for the central pharmacy, nursing unit, operating room, and patient bedside. Solutions range from complete automation systems for the central pharmacy to nursing unit and bedside dispensing cabinet systems. From the point at which a medication arrives at the receiving dock to the time it is administered, Omnicell systems store it, package it, bar code it, order it, issue it, and provide information and controls on its use and reorder.

    Our supply product lines provide a healthcare institution with fast, effective control of costs, capture of charges for payer reimbursement, and timely reorder of supplies. Products range from high-security closed-cabinet systems and software to open-shelf and combination solutions in the nursing unit, cath lab and operating room. For more information, visit http://www.omnicell.com/.

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    Omnicell, Inc.

    CONTACT: Marga Ortigas-Wedekind of Omnicell, Inc., +1-650-251-6433,
    marga.ortigas@omnicell.com; or Dane Vahey of Schwartz Communications,
    +1-415-512-0770, omnicell@schwartz-pr.com, for Omnicell, Inc.

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




    DiamondRock Reports Debt Repayment and Provides Preliminary Third Quarter RevPAR, Profit Margin and EBITDA Results

    BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DiamondRock Hospitality Company ("DiamondRock") today announced that it paid off its $28 million Griffin Gate Marriott mortgage debt and provided preliminary RevPAR, profit margin and EBITDA results for its third fiscal quarter ended September 11, 2009.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20040708/DCTH028 ) Loan Repayment and Liquidity Update

    On October 1, 2009, DiamondRock paid off the $28 million loan secured by a mortgage on its Griffin Gate Marriott with cash on hand. Following the satisfaction of the Griffin Gate Marriott mortgage debt, DiamondRock has over $100 million of unrestricted cash on hand and no amounts outstanding on its $200 million corporate credit facility. After the repayment of the $5 million Bethesda Marriott Suites mortgage debt, which is expected to occur during the fourth quarter of 2009 with cash on hand, DiamondRock will have no debt maturities until late 2014.

    Preliminary Third Quarter Results

    The projected financial information for the fiscal quarter ended September 11, 2009 has been derived from DiamondRock's unaudited financial statements, which are based on preliminary hotel operating results and preliminary corporate expenses. These financial statements are subject to normal and recurring adjustments that may arise during the financial statement closing process and quarterly review.

    While DiamondRock has not finalized its quarterly financial statements or closing process, it currently expects to report the following for the third fiscal quarter of 2009;

    -- RevPAR: DiamondRock expects its revenue per available room, or RevPAR, for the third fiscal quarter to be approximately $107.50, which represents a decrease of 16.9 percent compared to the third fiscal quarter of 2008. -- Hotel Adjusted EBITDA Margins: DiamondRock expects its Hotel Adjusted EBITDA margins for its third fiscal quarter to have declined between 400 basis points and 450 basis points compared to its Hotel Adjusted EBITDA margins of approximately 26.8% in the third fiscal quarter of 2008. -- Adjusted EBITDA: DiamondRock's Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be between $27.0 million and $27.5 million, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $40.5 million in the third quarter of 2008.

    "Although the third quarter results reflect the continuing challenges in today's operating environment, we were pleased that our hotels continued to gain market share and our asset managers, working in concert with our operators, did a solid job implementing cost containment measures. Moreover, DiamondRock was able to reduce its leverage in the quarter and further strengthen its balance sheet to better position itself for the future," stated Mark W. Brugger, Chief Executive Officer of DiamondRock Hospitality Company.

    Non-GAAP Financial Measure

    DiamondRock presents Adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, because it believes it is useful to investors as a key measure of its operating performance. DiamondRock cautions investors that amounts presented in accordance with its definition of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similar measures disclosed by other companies, since not all companies calculate Adjusted EBITDA in the same manner. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative measure of DiamondRock's net income (loss), operating performance, cash flow or liquidity. Adjusted EBITDA may include funds that may not be available for DiamondRock's discretionary use due to functional requirements to conserve funds for capital expenditures and property acquisitions and other commitments and uncertainties. Although DiamondRock believes that Adjusted EBITDA can enhance your understanding of its results of operations, this non-GAAP financial measure, when viewed individually, is not necessarily a better indicator of any trend as compared to GAAP measures such as net income (loss) or cash flow from operations. In addition, you should be aware that adverse economic and market conditions may harm DiamondRock's cash flow. Under this section, as required, DiamondRock includes a quantitative reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to the most directly comparable GAAP financial performance measure, which is net income (loss).

    Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, which is then adjusted for the impact of non-cash ground rent and non-cash amortization of unfavorable contract liabilities. DiamondRock believes it is a useful financial performance measure for it and for its stockholders and is a complement to net income and other financial performance measures provided in accordance with GAAP. DiamondRock uses Adjusted EBITDA to measure the financial performance of its operating hotels because it excludes expenses such as depreciation and amortization, taxes and interest expense, which are not indicative of operating performance. By excluding interest expense, Adjusted EBITDA measures DiamondRock's financial performance irrespective of its capital structure or how it finances its properties and operations. By excluding depreciation and amortization expense, which can vary from hotel to hotel based on a variety of factors unrelated to the hotels' financial performance, DiamondRock can more accurately assess the financial performance of its hotels. Under GAAP, hotels are recorded at historical cost at the time of acquisition and are depreciated on a straight-line basis. By excluding depreciation and amortization, DiamondRock believes Adjusted EBITDA provides a basis for measuring the financial performance of hotels unrelated to historical cost. However, because Adjusted EBITDA excludes depreciation and amortization, it does not measure the capital DiamondRock requires to maintain or preserve its fixed assets. In addition, because Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect interest expense, it does not take into account the total amount of interest DiamondRock pays on outstanding debt nor does it show trends in interest costs due to changes in its borrowings or changes in interest rates. Because DiamondRock uses Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate its financial performance, DiamondRock reconciles it to net income (loss) which is the most comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA does not represent cash generated from operating activities determined in accordance with GAAP, and should not be considered as an alternative to operating income or net income determined in accordance with GAAP as an indicator of performance or as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities as an indicator of liquidity. The following is a reconciliation between net income (loss) and Adjusted EBITDA (unaudited in thousands):

    Fiscal Quarter Ended Fiscal Quarter Ended September 11, 2009 September 5, 2008 (Projected) (Historical) -------------------- -------------------- Low End High End ------- -------- Net income $600 $1,100 $12,212 Interest expense 11,000 11,000 11,632 Income tax benefit (5,000) (4,500) (2,994) Depreciation and amortization 19,000 19,000 18,257 ------ ------ ------ EBITDA 25,600 26,600 39,107 ------ ------ ------ Non-cash ground rent 1,800 1,800 1,768 Non-cash amortization of unfavorable contract liabilities (400) (400) (396) ---- ---- ---- Adjusted EBITDA $27,000 $28,000 $40.479 ======= ======= ======= About DiamondRock Hospitality Company

    DiamondRock Hospitality Company is a self-advised real estate investment trust (REIT) that is an owner of premium hotel properties. DiamondRock owns 20 hotels with 9,600 rooms. For further information, please visit DiamondRock's website at http://www.drhc.com/.

    This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws and regulations. These forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "predict," "project," "should," "will," "continue" and other similar terms and phrases, including references to assumptions and forecasts of future results. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results to differ materially from those anticipated at the time the forward-looking statements are made. These risks include, but are not limited to: changes in preliminary third quarter results that may arise during the financial statement closing process and quarterly review; national and local economic and business conditions that will affect occupancy rates at its hotels and the demand for hotel products and services; operating risks associated with the hotel business; risks associated with the level of its indebtedness and its ability to meet covenants in its debt agreements; relationships with property managers; its ability to maintain its properties in a first-class manner, including meeting capital expenditure requirements; its ability to complete planned renovation on budget; its ability to compete effectively in areas such as access, location, quality of accommodations and room rate structures; changes in travel patterns, taxes and government regulations which influence or determine wages, prices, construction procedures and costs; its ability to complete acquisitions; its ability to raise equity capital; the performance of acquired properties after they are acquired; necessary capital expenditures on the acquired properties; and its ability to continue to satisfy complex rules in order for DiamondRock to qualify as a REIT for federal income tax purposes; and other risks and uncertainties associated with its business described from time to time in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although DiamondRock believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that the expectations will be attained or that any deviation will not be material. All information in this release is as of the date of this release, and DiamondRock undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in its expectations.

    Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20040708/DCTH028 DiamondRock Hospitality Company

    CONTACT: Christopher King, +1-240-744-1150, info@drhc.com

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




    Dominion Makes 'Green Power' Easy to Purchase- Customer enrollment in October coincides with National Energy Awareness Month - Customers can enroll online or through call center for as little as $2 per month - Energy sources may include wind, biomass, solar, falling water

    RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion Virginia Power customers can help the environment for as little as $2 per month by supporting renewable "green power." This year, more than 3,500 customers have discovered how easy it is to sign up. A short video about the Dominion Green Power program is available online.

    Dominion Green Power has been available since January 1 to customers seeking a way to demonstrate their commitment to protecting the environment by purchasing renewable energy certificates in support of the production and development of renewable energy.

    "This voluntary program ensures that renewable energy is delivered to the grid, encourages the development of new renewable power facilities, and reduces the environmental impact of generating electricity from fossil fuels," said Paul D. Koonce, chief executive officer of Dominion Virginia Power.

    The additional charge for Dominion Green Power - only 1.5 cents per kilowatt hour - pays for renewable energy certificates and is included as a separate line item on the customer's monthly bill. To view a sample bill, visit Dominion's Web site at http://www.dom.com/dominion-virginia-power/customer-service/energy-conservation/pdf/g reenpower_sample_bill.pdf

    Nearly 75 percent of program participants have enrolled in the "100% Option," which adds $15 per month to the bill of a customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity. Other participants prefer to support renewable energy in fixed increments for as little as $2 per month.

    October is a perfect time to sign up because it's National Energy Awareness Month. This year's theme is about creating a sustainable energy future.

    The Dominion Green Power program has been approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission and achieved Green-e® Energy certification from the Center for Resource Solutions, a national nonprofit organization. Green-e® Energy is the nation's leading independent consumer protection program for the sale of renewable energy.

    Customers can find out more or sign up for Dominion Green Power by visiting the company's Web site at http://www.dom.com/vagreenpower or by calling the Dominion Customer Call Center toll-free at 1-888-667-3000.

    Dominion is already active in producing power from renewable energy sources and is committed to meeting Virginia's voluntary goal of 15 percent of base year electricity energy sales from renewable energy sources by 2025. The Dominion Green Power program is separate from the company's own renewable energy initiatives.

    Additional information about this program will be included soon in the company's Customer Connection bill insert and through promotional material on the regular bill envelopes.

    Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of more than 27,500 megawatts of generation. Dominion operates the nation's largest natural gas storage systems and serves retail energy customers in 12 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's Web site at http://www.dom.com/ .

    Dominion Virginia Power

    CONTACT: Media, Karl Neddenien, +1-804-771-6115, karl.neddenien@dom.com

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

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