Companies news of 2009-10-06 (page 1)

  • ViewPoint Bank Opens Community Bank Office in Wylie
  • AirTran Announces Intention To Offer $75 Million of Convertible Senior Notes and 9,000,000...
  • Gen-Probe to Acquire Prodesse, Leader in Molecular Testing for Respiratory Infectious...
  • The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. to Webcast Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call
  • Botsford Hospital Cancer Center Earns Silver LEED Certification from the U.S. Green...
  • CFTC Chairman Promotes Market Transparency at Platts Energy Podium
  • Comstock Resources, Inc. Announces Pricing of $300.0 Million of 8 3/8% Senior Notes Due...
  • IBM Launches New Storage Cloud Solution for the EnterpriseOffers Highest Performance,...
  • Oppenheimer's Investment Bank Continues to Grow -- Gerry Walters Named Managing Director...
  • RPM International Inc. Announces $300 Million Note Offering
  • The McGraw-Hill Companies Schedules Third Quarter 2009 Earnings Announcement/Conference...
  • Mobile Industry Extends Reach of Healthcare Programs in Emerging Markets
  • TAM Signs Agreement with Austrian Airlines
  • Decor Products International, Inc. Announces Plans For Plant Expansion
  • Johnson & Johnson to Host Analyst Meeting to Discuss Third-Quarter Financial Results and...
  • American Airlines Announces 'A Year in the Air Sweepstakes' to Celebrate the New Movie 'Up...
  • Economic Slowdown, Damage to Reputation and Supply Chain Failure Key Risks in the Retail...
  • TransDigm Group Announces Successful Completion of Notes Offering and Special One-Time...
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  • GoIp Global (GOIG) Finalizes Long Term Media Partnership China Retail Chain
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    ViewPoint Bank Opens Community Bank Office in Wylie

    PLANO, Texas, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- ViewPoint Bank's new full-service office in Wylie is now open at FM 544 at McCreary Road. The new location features three drive-thru lanes and a drive-up ATM.

    "We are so pleased to bring a full-service bank to Wylie and Murphy residents," said ViewPoint Bank President and CEO Gary Base. "Our more than 2,700 consumer and business customers in the area can now enjoy the benefits and conveniences of a full-service location closer to home."

    The bank president of the new location is Demond Dawkins, a Wylie resident with more than 10 years of local banking experience. Active in many local organizations, Dawkins is a member of the Wylie Chamber, graduate of Leadership Wylie and a board member of the Wylie Education Foundation.

    Embracing the spirit of community banking, Dawkins and his bank team are piloting a new Visa Check Card incentive program, FANcentives, to benefit area booster clubs. Participating members of either the Wylie High School Pirate Athletic Booster Club or the Wylie East High School Band Booster Club can earn money for their clubs by simply using their ViewPoint Bank Visa Check Card for everyday purchases.

    The Wylie Chamber of Commerce and local officials will participate in an official ribbon cutting at the new bank on Thursday, October 15, at 5 p.m.

    The Wylie bank is the third full-service ViewPoint Bank location to open in 2009. ViewPoint Bank-Grapevine and ViewPoint Bank-West Frisco opened in the spring.

    ViewPoint Bank is the wholly owned subsidiary of ViewPoint Financial Group . Headquartered in Plano, Texas, ViewPoint operates 23 community bank offices and 16 loan production offices. For more information, please visit http://www.viewpointbank.com/. Member FDIC.

    ViewPoint Bank

    CONTACT: Mary Rische of ViewPoint Bank Marketing Department,
    +1-972-509-2020, ext. 7331

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




    AirTran Announces Intention To Offer $75 Million of Convertible Senior Notes and 9,000,000 Shares of Common Stock

    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AirTran Holdings, Inc. , today announced that it intends to offer, subject to market and other conditions, $75,000,000 aggregate principal amount of Convertible Senior Notes due 2016 in an underwritten registered public offering. AirTran intends to grant the underwriters of the notes offering a 30-day option to purchase an additional $11,250,000 aggregate principal amount of the notes, solely to cover over-allotments, if any.

    The notes will be convertible into AirTran common stock, at the option of the holders of the notes until (and including on) the business day prior to the maturity date of the notes. The interest rate, conversion rate, conversion price and other terms of the notes will be determined at the time of pricing of the offering. The notes will be general senior unsecured obligations of AirTran.

    Concurrently with the offering of its notes, AirTran intends to offer, subject to market and other conditions, 9,000,000 shares of its common stock, also in an underwritten registered public offering. AirTran also intends to grant the underwriters of the common stock offering a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,350,000 shares of common stock from AirTran solely to cover over-allotments, if any.

    Neither the closing of the notes offering nor the closing of the common stock offering will be contingent on the closing of the other.

    AirTran intends to use the net proceeds of each of the offerings for general corporate purposes.

    Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated will act as sole bookrunner and Raymond James & Associates, Inc. will act as co-manager for each of the offerings. SkyWorks Securities, LLC will act as financial advisor to AirTran.

    AirTran has filed a registration statement with the SEC for the offering of the common stock and the offering of the notes to which this communication relates. Before investing, please read the prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus for the common stock offering and the prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus for the notes offering in the registration statement and other documents filed with the SEC for more complete information about AirTran and the offerings. These documents are available for free and may be obtained by visiting the SEC website at http://www.sec.gov/. Alternatively, copies of the prospectus supplements and the accompanying prospectus for the offerings are available by contacting Morgan Stanley at 180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10014, Attention: Prospectus Department or by email at prospectus@morganstanley.com or Raymond James & Associates, Inc. at 880 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg, Florida 33716 or by telephone at (727) 567-2400.

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

    AirTran Holdings, Inc., a Fortune 1000 company, is the parent company of AirTran Airways, which has been ranked the number one low-cost carrier in the Airline Quality Rating study for the past two years. AirTran is the only major airline with Wi-Fi on every flight and offers coast-to-coast service on North America's newest all-Boeing fleet. Its low-cost, high-quality product also includes assigned seating, Business Class and complimentary XM Satellite Radio on every flight.

    Editors Note: This press release contains statements that contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, in this press release may be deemed forward-looking statements. We use words such as "anticipate," believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "project," "will," "would" and similar expressions or the negative thereof to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. We cannot guarantee that we actually will achieve the plans, intentions or expectations disclosed in our forward-looking statements and, accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements, including those discussed under "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in the referenced prospectus and prospectus supplements. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date on which the statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict which factors will arise. In addition, we cannot assess the impact of each factor on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Additional information on factors that could influence AirTran's financial results is included in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K.

    Media Contact: AirTran Airways: Christopher White (Media) 678-254-7442 Jason Bewley (Investor Relations) 407-318-5188

    AirTran Holdings, Inc.

    CONTACT: Media, Christopher White, +1-678-254-7442, or Investor
    Relations, Jason Bewley, +1-407-318-5188

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




    Gen-Probe to Acquire Prodesse, Leader in Molecular Testing for Respiratory Infectious Diseases, for $60 Million in Cash Plus Potential Milestone Payments- Gen-Probe Sales Force to Promote Prodesse's FDA-Cleared, Highly Sensitive Assay for Influenza - - Transaction Expected to Provide Immediate Boost to Gen-Probe's Non-GAAP Earnings and Revenue Growth Rate -

    SAN DIEGO, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gen-Probe Incorporated announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Prodesse, Inc., a privately held leader in molecular testing for influenza and other infectious diseases, for approximately $60 million in cash. Gen-Probe's purchase price could increase to up to $85 million if Prodesse achieves certain financial and regulatory milestones in 2010 and 2011.

    "We believe acquiring Prodesse supports our strategic focus on commercializing differentiated molecular tests for infectious diseases," said Carl Hull, Gen-Probe's president and chief executive officer. "The acquisition is expected to boost our near-term earnings and revenue growth by providing additional leading-edge assays for our experienced sales force to promote to our global customer base."

    In connection with the acquisition, Gen-Probe and Prodesse have signed an agreement under which Gen-Probe's sales representatives in the United States, Canada and Europe will begin co-promoting Prodesse's products in mid-October.

    "Our acquisition by Gen-Probe validates the significant progress we have made in developing and commercializing molecular assays that help doctors and laboratories diagnose respiratory and other infectious diseases more accurately than traditional methods," said Tom Shannon, Prodesse's president and chief executive officer. "We believe we can prepare for and accelerate our next stage of growth by leveraging the resources and expertise of one of the most established and highly respected molecular diagnostics companies in the world."

    Both companies' boards of directors have unanimously approved the transaction, and the Prodesse shareholder votes necessary to approve the transaction have already been obtained. The transaction is expected to close within a month, subject to customary conditions.

    About Prodesse

    Prodesse develops molecular diagnostic reagents for a variety of infectious disease applications. Prodesse sells three FDA 510(k) cleared products in the United States, and two additional CE-marked products in Europe. The company's products can be used in conjunction with various nucleic acid extraction and real-time PCR (polymerase chain reaction) platforms, including Cepheid's SmartCycler® II System.

    Prodesse's ProFlu+(TM) test was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in January 2008 for the detection and discrimination of Influenza A Virus, Influenza B Virus and Respiratory Syncytial Virus. It is the only commercially available, FDA-cleared molecular test for these respiratory viruses that uses real-time PCR technology. Test results can be obtained in as little as three hours using the assay - a significant improvement over culture-based methods. During a public health emergency, this speed to result and the high sensitivity of molecular tests can make important contributions to effective infection control efforts.

    Prodesse also sells FDA-approved, real-time PCR assays for the clinical diagnosis of Clostridium difficile (C. diff), a bacteria that is the most serious cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea, and human metapneumovirus, a common cause of lower respiratory infection in children.

    Financial Detail

    Gen-Probe expects to finance the transaction with cash currently on its balance sheet.

    Gen-Probe expects to record, under U.S. GAAP, charges for non-recurring cash and non-cash acquisition-related costs following the close of the transaction. The magnitude of these charges will not be determined, under the rules of purchase accounting, until an independent, third party valuation has been completed to allocate the purchase price over the assets and liabilities acquired. The Company has therefore not provided GAAP financial guidance regarding the transaction in this news release. In addition, transaction-related professional fees will be expensed as incurred, under the rules of SFAS 141R.

    Excluding the charges discussed above, and on a non-GAAP basis, Gen-Probe's initial expectation is that the acquisition will add approximately $0.05 to the Company's 2010 earnings per share (EPS), based on approximately $15 million in total revenues.

    Cooley Godward Kronish is serving as legal counsel to Gen-Probe on this transaction. XMS Capital Partners and Leerink Swann are serving as financial advisers to Prodesse, and Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP is serving as legal counsel.

    About Gen-Probe

    Gen-Probe Incorporated is a global leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of rapid, accurate and cost-effective nucleic acid tests (NATs) that are used primarily to diagnose human diseases and screen donated human blood. Gen-Probe has approximately 25 years of NAT expertise, and received the 2004 National Medal of Technology, America's highest honor for technological innovation, for developing NAT assays for blood screening. Gen-Probe is headquartered in San Diego and employs approximately 1,200 people. For more information, go to http://www.gen-probe.com/.

    About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

    In this news release, non-GAAP EPS excludes non-cash charges such as transaction-related intangible amortization expense, as well as transaction expenses. Gen-Probe's management does not itself, nor does it suggest that investors should, consider non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. Gen-Probe's management believes that non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding the Company's performance by excluding certain expenses that may not be indicative of core business results. Gen-Probe believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to non-GAAP financial measures in assessing Gen-Probe's performance and when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods. Non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management's internal comparisons to Gen-Probe's historical performance and our competitors' operating results. Gen-Probe's management believes that non-GAAP financial measures provide Gen-Probe investors meaningful supplemental information regarding the expected financial results of the acquisition.

    Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

    Any statements in this news release relating to Gen-Probe's expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance are not historical facts and are forward-looking statements. These statements are often, but not always, made through the use of words or phrases such as believe, will, expect, anticipate, estimate, intend, plan and would. For example, statements concerning the closing of the transaction, the expected benefits of the proposed acquisition and expected financial results are all forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of performance. They involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions that may cause actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied. Some of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions include but are not limited to: (i) the risks that the closing conditions of the acquisition may not be satisfied, that closing will not occur, or that the closing conditions may take longer to satisfy than anticipated, (ii) the risk that Gen-Probe will not successfully integrate Prodesse or achieve expected strategic or financial benefits, (iii) facts relating to Prodesse that may affect timing, or strategic and other benefits of the proposed acquisition, are unknown to Gen-Probe, and (iv) the risk that Gen-Probe may not achieve its expected growth, revenue, earnings or other financial targets that are assumed in its accretion analysis. The foregoing list sets forth some, but not all, of the factors that could affect Gen-Probe's ability to achieve results described in any forward-looking statements. For additional information about risks and uncertainties Gen-Probe faces and a discussion of its financial statements and footnotes, see documents filed with the SEC, including the most recent annual report on Form 10-K and all subsequent periodic reports. Gen-Probe assumes no obligation and expressly disclaims any duty to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this news release or to reflect the occurrence of subsequent events.

    Contact: Michael Watts Vice president, investor relations and corporate communications 858-410-8673

    Gen-Probe Incorporated

    CONTACT: Michael Watts, Vice president, investor relations and corporate
    communications of Gen-Probe Incorporated, +1-858-410-8673

    Web Site: http://www.gen-probe.com/




    The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. to Webcast Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call

    WORCESTER, Mass., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. will webcast its third quarter earnings conference call on Tuesday, November 3, at 10:00 a.m. ET, through The Hanover Web site at http://www.hanover.com/.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20051031/NEM023LOGO )

    Those who would like to listen should go to the Web site 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software.

    The Hanover plans to release its third quarter results after the market close on November 2.

    The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. , based in Worcester, Mass., is the holding company for a group of insurers that includes The Hanover Insurance Company, also based in Worcester; Citizens Insurance Company of America, headquartered in Howell, Mich., and their affiliates. The Hanover offers a wide range of property and casualty products and services to individuals, families and businesses through an extensive network of independent agents, and has been meeting its obligations to its agent partners and their customers for more than 150 years. Taken as a group, The Hanover ranks among the top 30 property and casualty insurers in the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.hanover.com/.

    Contacts: Investors: Media: Oksana Lukasheva Michael F. Buckley (508) 855-2063 (508) 855-3099 E-mail: olukasheva@hanover.com E-mail: mibuckley@hanover.com

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    PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.

    CONTACT: CONTACT: Investors, Oksana Lukasheva, +1-508-855-2063,
    olukasheva@hanover.com, or Media, Michael F. Buckley, +1-508-855-3099,
    mibuckley@hanover.com

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




    Botsford Hospital Cancer Center Earns Silver LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council

    FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cogdell Spencer ERDMAN is pleased to announce that the Botsford Hospital Cancer Center has been certified at the LEED Silver level by the U.S. Green Building Council. This is the first USGBC LEED Silver Certified health care facility in southeastern Michigan.

    Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, providing third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all metrics that matter most: sustainable site solutions, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere optimization, materials and finishes, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. LEED is a point-based system where building projects earn LEED points for satisfying green building criteria. Certification is graded at certified, silver, gold and platinum levels.

    "We are proud of this recognition and will continue to take steps to protect our environment," said Paul LaCasse, President and CEO, Botsford Health Care. "Green initiatives are important to our employees and are a fine example of our commitment to being a good neighbor."

    Botsford Comprehensive Cancer Center achieved sustainable solutions in the following areas

    -- Site development to maximize open space -- Stormwater management systems -- Interior and exterior lighting -- Water efficient landscaping -- Water use reduction through low-flow lavatories, kitchen and exam sinks and dual-flush toilets -- Optimizing energy performance -- Construction waste management program -- Use of buildings materials with recycled content -- Building materials sourced from within a 500 mile radius of project location -- Use of wood from suppliers who have received Forest Stewardship Certification -- All indoor adhesive and sealant products comply with VOC criteria -- Indoor paint and coating products comply with GreenSeal and other standards -- Carpeting made from low-emitting materials -- No urea-formaldehyde used in indoor composite wood and agrifiber materials -- Green Housekeeping program reducing the use of toxic chemicals -- Innovative design incorporating an onsite healing garden

    A highlight of the project is the healing garden designed to bring beauty and serenity to the cancer center. Healing gardens are a vital aspect of the care environment. The garden is accessible through the campus and the facility, providing a place of respite for users and a sanctuary for patients and their families. A LEED innovation credit was achieved for this amenity.

    "Botsford Hospital Cancer Center is an excellent example of the healing environments that can be created with the patient in mind, while maintaining stewardship to sustainability," said Scott Ransom, President of Cogdell Spencer ERDMAN.

    The $18 million cancer center was designed and built by Cogdell Spencer ERDMAN, working with Botsford's staff and physicians. The 30,000 square foot facility houses the Botsford Radiation Oncology Department and includes space for two medical oncology practices.

    About Botsford Hospital

    Botsford Hospital, a 330-bed community hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford received the Governor's Award for Improving Patient Safety and Quality of Care in the Hospital Setting and certification as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Botsford's web address is http://www.botsford.org/.

    About Cogdell Spencer ERDMAN(SM)

    Cogdell Spencer ERDMAN(SM) is the nation's premier integrated healthcare facilities company. Our clients count on us as a trusted partner in defining their healthcare delivery strategies and developing innovative facilities solutions to support them. We are widely recognized for creating sustainable, efficient healing environments for our clients and their patients. The Company has been built around understanding and addressing the full range of specialized real estate needs of the healthcare industry. Cogdell Spencer ERDMAN is a service mark of the wholly-owned operating company of Cogdell Spencer Inc. Learn more about Cogdell Spencer ERDMAN and its parent company Cogdell Spencer Inc. at http://www.cogdellspencer.com/.

    Cogdell Spencer ERDMAN

    CONTACT: Dana Crothers, Marketing Director, Cogdell Spencer ERDMAN,
    +1-704-940-2904, dcrothers@cogdellspencer.com; Nancy Dumas, Manager, Public
    Relations, Botsford Hospital, +1-248-442-7986, ndumas@botsford.org

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




    CFTC Chairman Promotes Market Transparency at Platts Energy Podium

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Gary Gensler on Tuesday told a Platts Energy Podium newsmaker event that he will push for federal legislation to bring greater transparency and a larger emphasis on centralized clearing to the over-the-counter derivatives marketplace.

    "It is incumbent upon us to bring the entire over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives marketplace under regulation, and we've laid out an agenda" that would put standardized OTC products onto exchanges and into centralized clearing, Gensler told the Washington press corps. An ideal approach would ensure that OTC dealers have sufficient capital set aside; require them to post margin, whether in cash or non-cash collateral; mandate strict business-conduct standards for OTC dealers; and promote greater use of centralized clearing houses, he suggested.

    "What we want to do is lower risk in the system [and] promote market integrity and transparency," Gensler said.

    Although the details of the various proposals to regulate OTC derivatives vary, Gensler said the CFTC is "very pleased to see a growing consensus on [Capitol] Hill that we need to bring competitive reform" to such trading. He also related that the CFTC was "still seriously considering" imposing position limits in energy, as it already does in agricultural commodities. However, "there's a lot on our plate and we're still sorting through" the approach the CFTC may take, he added.

    The chairman said he was prepared to discuss these themes at a U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee hearing slated for October 7. That session is expected to explore a draft OTC derivatives regulation plan issued October 2 by Representative Barney Frank, Democrat-Massachusetts.

    A recording of the Gary Gensler session is available via podcast at http://platts.com/PodcastsDetail.aspx?xmlPath=EnergyPodium/energypodium.xml. For more information on energy and energy policy, visit the Platts website. Sponsored by Platts, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Platts Energy Podium provides an ongoing forum for prominent newsmakers and the press to address important energy and environmental issues.

    About Platts: Platts, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies , is a leading global provider of energy and commodities information. With a century of business experience, Platts serves customers across more than 150 countries. An independent provider, Platts serves the oil, natural gas, electricity, emissions, nuclear power, coal, petrochemical, shipping, and metals markets from 17 offices worldwide. Platts' real-time news, pricing, analytical services and conferences help markets operate with transparency and efficiency. Traders, risk managers, analysts, and industry leaders depend upon Platts to help them make better trading and investment decisions. Additional information is available at http://www.platts.com/.

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

    Platts

    CONTACT: Kathleen Tanzy, +1-212-904-2860, Kathleen_tanzy@platts.com; or,
    Non-U.S. media contacts: In Asia: Casey Yew +65-653-06552; In Europe: Shiona
    Ramage +44207-1766153

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




    Comstock Resources, Inc. Announces Pricing of $300.0 Million of 8 3/8% Senior Notes Due 2017

    FRISCO, Texas, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Comstock Resources, Inc. ("Comstock" or the "Company") announced today that it has priced an underwritten public offering of $300.0 million of Senior Notes due 2017, which will bear interest at a rate of 8 3/8% per annum. The notes are being sold at 98.571% of par, which equates to an effective yield to maturity of approximately 8 5/8%. Comstock expects to close the sale of the notes on October 9, 2009, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

    Comstock intends to use the net proceeds of the offering to repay outstanding borrowings under its bank credit facility and for other general corporate purposes. The offering is being made under Comstock's existing shelf registration statement previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").

    Banc of America Securities LLC is acting as the lead joint bookrunning manager for the offering. A preliminary prospectus supplement relating to the offering has been filed with the SEC and may be found on its website at http://www.sec.gov/. When available, copies of the prospectus supplement relating to the public offering may be obtained from:

    Banc of America Securities LLC 100 West 33rd Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001 Attention: Prospectus Department Telephone: (800) 294-1322 Email: dg.prospectus_distribution@bofasecurities.com

    This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any state. The notes will be offered only by means of a prospectus, including the prospectus supplement relating to the notes, meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

    This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those described herein. Although the Company believes the expectations in such statements to be reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct.

    Comstock Resources, Inc. is a growing independent energy company based in Frisco, Texas and is engaged in oil and gas acquisitions, exploration and development primarily in Texas and Louisiana. The Company's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CRK.

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

    Comstock Resources, Inc.

    CONTACT: Roland O. Burns, Sr. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
    of Comstock Resources, Inc., +1-972-668-8800

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




    IBM Launches New Storage Cloud Solution for the EnterpriseOffers Highest Performance, Scalability and Full Standards Support in a Private Cloud Model

    BOSTON, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- At its Information Infrastructure Analyst Summit IBM announced its intention to enter the cloud storage space with the launch of the IBM Smart Business Storage Cloud, IBM Information Archive and new consulting services.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090416/IBMLOGO )

    Traditional storage cloud solutions have piqued the interest of many enterprise clients for their very low price points, but these systems have mostly been limited to 'sandbox' use cases for secondary or tertiary copies of data or for use in development and test environments in which data does not have to be frequently accessed and does not tend to grow into large scales.

    The IBM Smart Business Storage Cloud is a private cloud offering that utilizes low cost components in a true scale-out clustered model not offered by its competition. Hallmarks of the solution include support for multiple petabytes of capacity, billions of files, and scale-out performance previously limited to the largest 'high performance computing' systems.

    Industry-leading technologies like IBM's General Parallel File System have been combined with the latest advances in storage, virtualization and server technologies like XIV and BladeCenter to provide performance and scalability all under one globally addressable namespace. The solution is highly secure and built to make use of a client's existing security and authentication infrastructure. In addition to this, IBM offers tightly coupled services for implementation support and an optional ongoing lightweight managed service to help clients manage their cloud environment on an ongoing basis.

    Many clients have also expressed concern about vendor lock-in with currently available cloud solutions, especially for data storage where migration costs into and out of the cloud can be costly. IBM has paid careful attention to these concerns and is offering full support for standard file access protocols so that moving data into and out of their storage cloud is as simple as a file copy operation.

    Kantana Animation Studios Co., Ltd, one of the leading entertainment companies in Thailand, found that its animation processes were putting increasingly heavy demands on its data storage infrastructure. "Katana has greatly benefited from IBM's storage services - our animators are now able to gain access to team projects faster and easier," said Auchara Kijkanjanas, Managing Director of Kantana Animation Studios Co., Ltd. "We also benefit from greatly reduced operational costs and better business flexibility and productivity, critical drivers in a competitive and growing industry."

    IBM Smart Business Storage Cloud is the first of IBM's cloud-based storage solution, built to be implemented either on the client premise or as part of its strategic outsourcing capabilities. The company will continue to build out this area of the portfolio, including a business-grade public cloud for storage, which will be offered with flexible consumption models and a self-service user interface to fully abstract the technology from the end user.

    For clients looking for a single unified platform for information retention, IBM is announcing a new Smart Business System called IBM Information Archive. This integrated hardware and software solution helps organizations address their complete information retention needs, including business, legal and regulatory, and enables organizations to leverage different tiers of storage, including disk and tape, with policy-based management that automatically moves less active information to more cost-effective storage systems. Using a customizable "collections-based" approach, the archived data can be accessed in a private cloud computing environment, even if it's stored on tape media. This capability is critical as an increasing amount of data is expected to exist in archived formats.

    With key contributions from IBM Research, IBM Information Archive addresses one of the key promises of cloud computing; to provide seamless access to information, including archived data, no matter where it resides.

    In addition, IBM Global Business Services is adding three new cloud consulting offerings to its business and IT consulting portfolio. These new offerings provide flexible entry points based on client needs, and are priced and delivered for near-term ROI. They are designed to help clients who are looking for an end-to-end cloud business-based IT strategy or to help clients select the right cloud delivery model for their business.

    -- Strategy and Change Services for Cloud Adoption - IBM consultants can help firms determine how to get started with cloud adoption by quickly identifying priority business areas; acknowledging key gaps in processes, technology, organization and governance; and evaluating the range of new cloud-based delivery models in order to develop a roadmap for piloting cloud. -- IBM Strategy and Change Services for Cloud Providers - For firms looking to enter the cloud provider market, IBM can help define an in-depth roadmap that treats cloud as a new operating model rather than just a method of IT delivery -- an essential step in business model evolution. -- IBM Testing Services for Cloud - IBM can also help companies build a business case that quantifies the cost, schedule and quality improvements associated with pursing a cloud application test environment. This can help reduce capital expenses by provisioning test servers on demand, decreasing the cost of test setup and tear-down and associated defects, while shortening overall cycle time.

    In June of this year IBM unveiled its cross-company strategy to capture the enterprise cloud computing market, helping clients attack rising costs and complexity by workload. Since then many products and services from the portfolio have entered the market, including Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud, which began its public beta on October 1, 2009.

    The company will continue to offer clients more cloud consumption and delivery options to balance the advantages of the cloud model (massive scalability at low and flexible costs with little capital expense) with the need for service levels that are enterprise grade; meaning secure, governable, reliable and address operational expense to lower costs over time.

    For more about IBM's cloud computing efforts, please visit http://www.ibm.com/cloud

    Media Contact: Kelly Sims 917-472-3456 kelly.sims@us.ibm.com

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    PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com IBM

    CONTACT: Kelly Sims, IBM, +1-917-472-3456, kelly.sims@us.ibm.com

    Web Site: http://www.ibm.com/cloud




    Oppenheimer's Investment Bank Continues to Grow -- Gerry Walters Named Managing Director -- Media & Entertainment Group

    NEW YORK, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., a unit of Oppenheimer Holdings, is pleased to announce that Gerry Walters will join the firm as Managing Director in the Media & Entertainment Group, heading up Digital Media research for the firm's growing Investment Bank. He will work out of Oppenheimer's Menlo Park, CA office and will report to Bill Lisecky, Oppenheimer's Head of Media & Entertainment.

    "Gerry's work as the Head of Digital Media in our Media & Entertainment group will continue to focus on companies that operate at the crossroads of media, technology and the internet," Marshall Heinberg, Oppenheimer's Head of Investment & Corporate Banking, said.

    Since 1999, Gerry had worked at J.P. Morgan where he served as Managing Director and Head of its Internet and Digital Media Group providing advisory, equity, equity-linked and debt-financing services to clients. Before he moved to JPM, Gerry had been an attorney in private practice. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri and the University of Colorado School of Law.

    "We are delighted to be able to add another banker of Gerry's seniority and capability to our Menlo Park office. Gerry will help to solidify our position as a leader in working with innovative growth companies and will help expand our relationships with several leading west coast venture capital and private equity firms," Mr. Heinberg said.

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

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

    Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.

    CONTACT: Marshall Heinberg, +1-212-856-6085




    RPM International Inc. Announces $300 Million Note Offering

    MEDINA, Ohio, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RPM International Inc. announced today that it agreed to sell $300 million aggregate principal amount of its 6.125% Notes due October 15, 2019 (the "Notes") pursuant to the provisions of an Underwriting Agreement dated October 6, 2009 among RPM and Banc of America Securities LLC and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC as Representatives of the Underwriters. The Company will pay interest on the Notes semi-annually on April 15th and October 15th of each year, beginning on April 15, 2010. The sale of the Notes is expected to close October 9, 2009.

    The expected net proceeds will be approximately $300 million before deducting discounts, commissions and estimated offering expenses. RPM intends to use the net proceeds from the offering of the Notes to repay, redeem or refinance $164 million in principal amount of RPM's unsecured senior notes due October 15, 2009, and approximately $120 million in principal amount of short-term borrowings outstanding under RPM's accounts receivable securitization program. The balance of the net proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes.

    This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, nor the solicitation of an offer to buy, any of the securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities, in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale is not permitted. The offering of the Notes was registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and is being made pursuant to RPM's Registration Statement on Form S-3 filed by RPM with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").

    The Notes will be offered pursuant to an effective registration statement filed with the SEC. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus in that registration statement and applicable prospectus supplement and other documents the Company has filed or will file with the SEC for more complete information about the Company and this offering. You may get these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website. Alternatively, the Company, any underwriter or any dealer participating in the offerings will arrange to send you the prospectus relating to the offering if you request it by calling Banc of America Securities LLC at 1-800-294-1322, or Wells Fargo Securities, LLC at 1-800-326-5897.

    About RPM

    RPM International Inc., a holding company, owns subsidiaries that are world leaders in specialty coatings and sealants serving both industrial and consumer markets. RPM's industrial products include roofing systems, sealants, corrosion control coatings, flooring coatings and specialty chemicals. Industrial brands include Stonhard, Tremco, illbruck, Carboline, Day-Glo, Euco and Dryvit. RPM's consumer products are used by professionals and do-it-yourselfers for home maintenance and improvement, boat repair and maintenance, and by hobbyists. Consumer brands include Zinsser, Rust-Oleum, DAP, Varathane and Testors.

    This press release contains "forward-looking statements" relating to our business. These forward-looking statements, or other statements made by us, are made based on our expectations and beliefs concerning future events impacting us, and are subject to uncertainties and factors (including those specified below) which are difficult to predict and, in many instances, are beyond our control. As a result, our actual results could differ materially from those expressed in or implied by any such forward-looking statements. These uncertainties and factors include (a) global markets and general economic conditions, including uncertainties surrounding the volatility in financial markets, the availability of capital and the effect of changes in interest rates, and the viability of banks and other financial institutions; (b) the prices, supply and capacity of raw materials, including assorted pigments, resins, solvents and other natural gas- and oil-based materials; packaging, including plastic containers; and transportation services, including fuel surcharges; (c) continued growth in demand for our products; (d) legal, environmental and litigation risks inherent in our construction and chemicals businesses and risks related to the adequacy of our insurance coverage for such matters; (e) the effect of changes in interest rates; (f) the effect of fluctuations in currency exchange rates upon our foreign operations; (g) the effect of non-currency risks of investing in and conducting operations in foreign countries, including those relating to domestic and international political, social, economic and regulatory factors; (h) risks and uncertainties associated with our ongoing acquisition and divestiture activities; (i) risks related to the adequacy of our contingent liability reserves, including for asbestos-related claims and warranty obligations; and (j) other risks detailed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the risk factors set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended May 31, 2009, as the same may be updated from time to time. We do not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect future events, information or circumstances that arise after the date of this release.

    For more information, contact P. Kelly Tompkins, executive vice president -- administration and chief financial officer, at 330-273-5090 or ktompkins@rpminc.com.

    RPM International Inc.

    CONTACT: P. Kelly Tompkins, executive vice president, administration and
    chief financial officer, +1-330-273-5090, ktompkins@rpminc.com

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




    The McGraw-Hill Companies Schedules Third Quarter 2009 Earnings Announcement/Conference Call for Monday, October 26, 2009

    NEW YORK, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The McGraw-Hill Companies announced today that its third quarter 2009 results will be issued via news release before the start of NYSE trading on Monday, October 26, 2009, and will be available for downloading from http://www.mcgraw-hill.com/.

    Harold McGraw III, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Robert J. Bahash, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call that morning at 8:30 AM Eastern Time. The presentation will be open to all interested parties and will be available by Webcast and by telephone. Discussions may include forward-looking information. Additional information presented during the call may be made available on the Investor Presentations page at http://www.mcgraw-hill.com/investor_relations. The prepared remarks and slides will also be available for downloading from the Investor Presentations archive several hours later.

    The Webcast will be available live and in replay at http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?p=irol-eventDetails&c=96562&eventID= 2479868. (Please copy and paste URL into web browser.)

    Telephone access is available. Domestic participants may call (888) 323-5423; international participants may call +1 (415) 228-5016 (long distance charges will apply). The passcode is McGraw-Hill and the conference leader is Harold McGraw III. A recorded telephone replay will be available approximately two hours after the meeting concludes and will remain available until November 25, 2009. Domestic participants may call (800) 925-3897; international participants may call +1 (203) 369-3964 (long distance charges will apply). No passcode is required.

    About The McGraw-Hill Companies:

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

    Investor Relations: http://www.mcgraw-hill.com/investor_relations Get news direct from McGraw-Hill via RSS: http://investor.mcgraw-hill.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=96562&p=newsRSS Release issued: October 6, 2009

    The McGraw-Hill Companies

    CONTACT: Investor Relations: Donald S. Rubin, Senior Vice President,
    Investor Relations, +1-212-512-4321 (office), donald_rubin@mcgraw-hill.com;
    For questions regarding call access: Celeste M. Hughes, Senior Manager,
    Communications and Shareholder Relations, +1-212-512-2192 (office),
    celeste_hughes@mcgraw-hill.com; News Media: Steven H. Weiss, Vice President,
    Corporate Communications, +1-212-512-2247 (office), +1-917-699-9389 (mobile),
    weissh@mcgraw-hill.com; Frank Briamonte, Senior Director, Corporate
    Communications, +1-212-512-4145 (office), +1-201-725-6133 (mobile),
    frank_briamonte@mcgraw-hill.com

    Web Site: http://www.mcgraw-hill.com/




    Mobile Industry Extends Reach of Healthcare Programs in Emerging Markets

    CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, October 6 /PRNewswire/ --

    Mobile technology's low cost and ease of use make it ideal for improving the delivery of healthcare, education, and other social services in emerging markets, opening up opportunities for mobile operators and vendors, according to a new report by Pyramid Research (www.pyr.com), the telecom research arm of Light Reading Communications Network (www.lightreading.com).

    Healthcare Programs in Emerging Markets: Opportunities for Mobile Operators looks at the role of mobile network operators and vendors in social programs, in particular healthcare, referencing many examples throughout, mostly from Africa and India. Going into more detail, case studies examine four of the most prominent and successful programs -- in Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa, and India, all focusing on the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This 12-page report highlights the benefits to operators and vendors of becoming involved in such projects. These include the overall industry growth resulting from governments and NGOs investing in various initiatives as well as the opportunity to advance new services as users grow increasingly aware of applications beyond voice. Download an excerpt of this report here: http://www.pyramidresearch.com/downloads.htm?id=5&sc=PR100609_INAME1.8

    "Mobile technology is ideal for raising awareness for a variety of social programs in emerging markets, most notably health and education, whereas PCs and other alternatives in comparison appear limited, costly, and complicated," says Jan ten Sythoff, Research Manager and author of the report.

    Africa and India are particularly prominent in the use of mobile technology for such causes, and there are encouraging results that suggest that these programs are having a substantial impact. "One example is Project Masiluleke in South Africa, which is raising awareness of HIV/AIDS and reminds sufferers of treatment sessions via SMS alerts. This program is to be introduced in other countries, and will also be replicated for other diseases, such as tuberculosis," Sythoff says.

    The supporting roles of mobile operators and vendors enabling various applications are also creating new opportunities. "We've identified a variety of social programs that leverage mobile technologies, including a number in Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa, and India," Sythoff comments. "Mobile operators and vendors can participate in these programs and promote new applications to enter the healthcare and education markets," he adds. "Also, with the population perceiving the impact of mobile technologies across more aspects of their daily lives, there is greater incentive for governments to promote the development of the overall telecom industry."

    Healthcare Programs in Emerging Markets: Opportunities for Mobile Operators is part of Pyramid Research's Africa and the Middle East Telecom Insider report series. This report is priced at US$595 and can be purchased online here: http://www.pyramidresearch.com/store/ins_ame_091002.htm?sc=PR100609_INAME1.8 or by contacting Amalia Vega via email at avega@pyr.com.

    For more information about Pyramid Research's products and services, please visit www.pyr.com or contact us at info@pyr.com.

    About Pyramid Research

    Pyramid Research (www.pyr.com) offers practical solutions to the complex demands our clients face in the telecommunications, media and technology industries. Our analysis is uniquely positioned at the intersection of emerging markets, emerging technologies and emerging business models, powered by the bottom-up methodology of our market forecasts for over 100 countries -- a distinction that has remained unmatched for more than 25 years. As the telecom research arm of the Light Reading Communications Network, Pyramid Research works with Heavy Reading, providing the communications industry's most comprehensive market data, trusted research and insightful technology analysis.

    About Light Reading

    Founded in 2000, Light Reading (www.lightreading.com) is the leading online media, research, and focused event company serving the US$3 trillion worldwide communications market. Lightreading.com is the ultimate source for technology and financial analysis of the communications industry, leading the media sector in terms of traffic, content, and reputation. Light Reading's research arms, Heavy Reading and Pyramid Research, provide the most comprehensive communications research, market data, and technology analysis in close to 100 markets around the world. Light Reading produces nearly 20 targeted communications events including TelcoTV, Ethernet Expo New York and Ethernet Expo London, The Tower Summit @ CTIA, and Optical Expo, as well as focused one-day events tailored for cable, mobile, and wireline executives. Light Reading was acquired by United Business Media in August 2005 and operates as a unit of TechWeb.

    About TechWeb

    TechWeb (http://techweb.com/aboutus), the global leader in business technology media, is an innovative business focused on serving the needs of technology decision-makers and marketers worldwide. TechWeb produces the most respected and consumed media brands in the business technology market. Today, more than 13.3 million* business technology professionals actively engage in our communities created around our global face-to-face events, Interop, Web 2.0, Black Hat, and VoiceCon; online resources such as the TechWeb Network, Light Reading, Intelligent Enterprise, InformationWeek.com, bMighty.com, and The Financial Technology Network; and the market leading, award-winning InformationWeek, TechNet Magazine, MSDN Magazine, and Wall Street & Technology magazines. TechWeb also provides end-to-end services including next-generation performance marketing, integrated media, research, and analyst services. TechWeb is a division of United Business Media, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than US$2.5 billion.

    *13.3 million business decision-makers: based on number of monthly connections

    About United Business Media Limited

    UBM (UBM.L) focuses on two principal activities: worldwide information distribution, targeting and monitoring; and, the development and monetization of B2B communities and markets. UBM's businesses inform markets and serve professional commercial communities -- from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders, from farmers to pharmacists -- with integrated events, online, print and business information products. Our 6,500 staff in more than 30 countries are organized into specialist teams that serve these communities, bringing buyers and sellers together, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently. For more information, go to http://www.unitedbusinessmedia.com.

    Press contact: Jennifer Baker +1-617-871-1910 jbaker@pyr.com

    Pyramid Research

    Jennifer Baker, +1-617-871-1910, jbaker@pyr.com




    TAM Signs Agreement with Austrian Airlines

    SAO PAULO, October 6 /PRNewswire/ --

    - Members of the TAM Fidelidade program will be able to accumulate and redeem points in any flight operated by Austrian Airlines

    TAM (NYSE: TAM, BOVESPA: TAMM4) has signed an agreement with Austrian Airlines, member of Star Alliance, to allow members of the TAM Fidelidade program to accumulate and redeem points in flights operated by the Austrian company. Passengers from Austrian Airlines who use the Miles & More program have enjoyed those benefits on TAM operated flights since February 2008. The new partnership went into effect October 1.

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    "The agreement we have just signed with Austrian is aligned with our strategy of integration into Star Alliance. With this, we are establishing partnerships with the main airline companies in the world, as well as expanding the benefits offered to our clients," said Paulo Castello Branco, TAM Commercial and Planning vice president.

    TAM

    TAM Investor Relations, +55-11-5582-9715, fax, +55-11-5582-8149, invest@tam.com.br; or media: MVL Comunicacao, +5511-3594-0328, equipetam@mvl.com.br, for TAM; Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080221/SPTH002LOGO




    Decor Products International, Inc. Announces Plans For Plant Expansion

    DONGGUAN, China and CHARLOTTE, NC, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Decor Products International, Inc. (OTC.BB:DCRD - News) ("Decor") is pleased to announce expansion of its current manufacturing operations.

    Decor is about to commence on a 176 million RMB ($24.5 million) major expansion at its plant in Chang'an Town. The existing plant occupies 60,000 square feet of land. Decor has 100,000 square feet of vacant leased land adjacent to the existing plant. The centerpiece of the expansion will be 3 new state-of-the-art water-based ink printing lines. The annual capacity of each line is 60 million meters. The use of water-based inks will significantly lower ink costs. Solvent-based inks currently represent 50% of total manufacturing costs.

    In addition to the new printing lines, Decor has identified a new market for pre-laminated wooden panels for a number of its clients, particularly, breakdown furniture manufacturers. Decor will install several laminated board and pressing machines. The wooden panels, primarily MDF and HDF, will be purchased domestically.

    About DECOR PRODUCTS:

    Decor, or decoration paper, is a specialty paper used to finish the surface of wood materials. Wood-grain decor paper, used in the manufacture of furniture and laminated flooring, is one of the fastest growing grades of paper in the world. The production of decor paper requires very specific technological know-how.

    Decor initiates research and development in manufacturing decor papers, those include 30g-120g PU paper, polyester paper, melamine paper, wear-proof paper, 3D wood grain paper, as well as different kinds of environmentally friendly decorative papers.

    Decor has taken the lead in introducing advanced microcomputer intaglio (gravure) printing production equipment. The company can fulfill customer requests by providing tailor-made product design and color matching services.

    Forward-Looking Statements:

    Except for the historical and current factual information contained herein, this release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Certain statements in this release and the attached corporate profile that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements may be identified by the use of words such as "anticipate," "believe," "expect," "future," "may," "will," "would," "should," "plan," "projected," "intend," and similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

    CONTACT: Decor Products International Inc., http://www.dcrdpaper.com/ or email us at: info@dcrdpaper.com

    Decor Products International, Inc.

    CONTACT: Decor Products International Inc., http://www.dcrdpaper.com/ or email
    us at: info@dcrdpaper.com




    Johnson & Johnson to Host Analyst Meeting to Discuss Third-Quarter Financial Results and Review Medical Devices & Diagnostics Business

    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Johnson & Johnson will host an analyst meeting at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, to discuss third-quarter financial results and review its Medical Devices & Diagnostics business. The meeting will be hosted by Alex Gorsky, Worldwide Chairman, Medical Devices & Diagnostics; Dominic Caruso, Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer; and Louise Mehrotra, Vice President, Investor Relations.

    Investors and other interested parties may access the broadcast of the live meeting by visiting the Company's website at http://www.investor.jnj.com/.

    A webcast and podcast replay will be available approximately two hours after the meeting concludes by visiting http://www.investor.jnj.com/.

    Johnson & Johnson

    CONTACT: Media Contacts: Jeffrey J. Leebaw, +1-732-524-3350, or Bill
    Price, +1-732-524-6623; Investor Contacts: Lesley Fishman, +1-732-524-3922,
    or Louise Mehrotra, +1-732-524-6491; Stan Panasewicz, +1-732-524-2524, or Tina
    Pinto, +1-732-524-2034, all of Johnson & Johnson

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




    American Airlines Announces 'A Year in the Air Sweepstakes' to Celebrate the New Movie 'Up in the Air' From Paramount PicturesVisit AA.com for a Chance to Win 700,000 AAdvantage Miles And a Trip to Attend the Los Angeles Premiere

    FORT WORTH, Texas, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- American Airlines has announced a sweepstakes to celebrate the new Paramount Pictures film "Up in the Air" by Oscar®-nominated director Jason Reitman and starring Oscar winner George Clooney.

    The film tells the story of a business traveler whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching 10 million frequent-flyer miles and after he's met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.

    "American and our people are proud and excited to be part of a film that examines the life of a road warrior, while showcasing the commitment we make as an airline to our busy, frequent travelers," said Roger Frizzell, Vice President - Advertising and Corporate Communications at American Airlines. "Working with talented director Jason Reitman and his incredible cast was an opportunity we could not pass up. We hope our customers enjoy watching the movie as much as we enjoyed being involved during its production."

    To further its association with the movie, American has introduced a new sweepstakes, "A Year in the Air."

    The sweepstakes offers a chance to win the following unforgettable, one-of-a-kind prize:

    -- 700,000 AAdvantage® miles - that's enough for 12 First Class, round-trip MileSAAver® award tickets in the Continental United States or Canada, -- PLUS two Economy Class, round-trip AAnytime® award tickets to travel to Los Angeles as special guests of American Airlines to attend the "Up in the Air" movie premiere -- A $300 gift card to use for hotel or spending money while there

    The sweepstakes runs now through Oct. 31, 2009. To enter, simply register at http://www.aa.com/upintheair and purchase a flight on AA.com during the promotional period. Registrants may receive up to three entries via this method - one for each flight purchased - and can earn a fourth entry by referring friends to the sweepstakes. To enter without making a purchase visit http://www.aa.com/upintheairamoe. The maximum number of entries allowed per person is four. For complete sweepstakes rules and other information, visit http://www.aa.com/upintheair.

    About "Up in the Air"

    Paramount Pictures Presents in Association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios, A Montecito Picture Company Production in Association with Rickshaw Productions in Association with Right of Way Films A Jason Reitman Film "Up in the Air" starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick. The film is directed by Jason Reitman. Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner. Based upon the novel by Walter Kirn. The producers are Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman, Daniel Dubiecki and Jeffrey Clifford. The executive producers are Tom Pollock, Joe Medjuck, Ted Griffin and Michael Beugg. The director of photography is Eric Steelberg. The production designer is Steve Saklad. The film editor is Dana Glauberman, A.C.E. The costume designer is Danny Glicker. The music is by Rolfe Kent. The music supervisors are Randall Poster and Rick Clark. This film has not yet been rated.

    About Paramount Pictures Corporation

    Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom , a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The company's labels include Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Digital Entertainment, Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., Paramount Studio Group, and Worldwide Television Distribution.

    About AA.com

    With more than 1.6 million site visits per day, AA.com is American's largest distribution channel and the best place to do business online with the airline, 24-7. At AA.com you can conveniently search for and book low fares and award travel; select seats; make hotel, rental car and cruise reservations; get flight arrival and departure information; sign up for flight status notification and even check in and print boarding passes. You can also manage your AAdvantage account at AA.com, as well as sign up to receive emails from American and get customized DealFinder(SM) alerts and other special offers. Additionally, customers who purchase tickets at AA.com get a lowest-fare guarantee. AA.com has twice received the World Travel Award for World's Leading Airline Internet Site and has received multiple site awards from various organizations.

    About American Airlines

    American Airlines, American Eagle and American Connection® serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, AA.com®, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve nearly 700 destinations in more than 130 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. American Airlines, American Eagle, American Connection, AA.com, AAdvantage, AAnytime, MileSAAver and We know why you fly are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.

    American Airlines® We know why you fly® Current AMR Corp. news releases can be accessed via the Internet. The address is http://www.aa.com

    American Airlines

    CONTACT: Billy Sanez, Corporate Communications, Fort Worth, Texas of
    American Airlines, +1-817-967-1577, mediarelations@aa.com

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




    Economic Slowdown, Damage to Reputation and Supply Chain Failure Key Risks in the Retail Industry: Aon Analytics

    CHICAGO, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The current economic slowdown, damage to reputation and disruption or supply chain failure are the top three risks identified by Aon Analytics in its recently released 2009 U.S. Retail Industry Report. The report was generated to help Aon's retail industry clients remain abreast of emerging issues and learn how peers and competitors are managing risk, overcoming challenges and capturing opportunities.

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    The report noted that preparedness for risk in the retail industry was demonstrated by having in place a plan to address the risk or having undertaken a formal review of that risk. Risk concerns for the top ten risks which retail respondents reported the lowest state of preparedness mirrored the top three risks - economic slowdown at 33 percent, damage to reputation at 52 percent and distribution or supply chain failure at 53 percent - are typically more complex, difficult to control, enterprise-wide and carry a degree of predictability.

    "Effective risk management relies on informed and insightful decision-making, which requires quality data and informed interpretation," said Len Churnetski, managing director of the retail industry practice for Aon Risk Services. "Our report provides competitive industry data on key issues and concerns. These findings generated by Aon Analytics will allow clients and prospects to benchmark their risk management and risk financing practices as well as help identify procedures that may improve the effectiveness of their own risk management strategies."

    According to the report, more than 45 percent of the retail respondents indicated that they rely on senior management intuition and experience as the primary method of identifying and assessing their major risks. Twenty-four percent said they rely on business unit risk registers or key risk indicator worksheets for risk identification and business unit quantitative analysis for risk assessment.

    "In practice, respondents to our report most likely are using a combination of methods to assess their levels of risk," noted Churnetski. "However, risk identification based on experience may cause retail companies to miss emerging or new risks. These methods also may not be consistent in their application, and they could lead toward risk aversion."

    Aon Analytics also noted in the report that with respect to premiums, over the past year for the casualty lines of coverage reviewed, the retail industry averaged single digit rate decreases. For directors and officers' liability and property, Aon Analytics said that it has seen average increases of 2.6 percent and 2.8 percent, respectively. For property, some of the larger national retailers saw double digit increases.

    Aon will host a retail symposium for clients in Chicago October 20-22. The purpose of the symposium will be to provide clients with a focused forum to come together with their peers and Aon's experts to discuss the latest industry research and benchmarking, such as the Aon Analytics report as well as specific challenges facing retailers such as foreign supplier liability and cyber risk.

    Methodology

    The Aon Analytics 2009 U.S. Retail Industry Report is based on data from Aon's 2009 Global Risk Management Survey, Aon Global Risk Insight Platform(SM) (Aon GRIP) and other proprietary databases. Aon's Global Risk Survey was conducted in October and November 2008 and is based on responses from 551 organizations in 40 countries. Results shown in this report based on the Risk Survey represent 33 global responses from the retail trade industry and are not limited to the United States. Aon GRIP is the world's leading global repository of global risk and insurance placement information providing fact-based insights into Aon's USD $54 billion in global premium flow. Results shown in this report based on data from Aon represent placement information from the United States between November 2008 through mid-year 2009. In addition to the Aon Global Risk Management Survey and Aon GRIP, data was included from other proprietary databases. Results shown in this report based on data from these other databases represent placement information from the United States between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009. Along with the support of other Aon insurance and industry specialists, Aon Analytics collected and tabulated results, provided analysis and interpretation of findings and prepared this report.

    To access Aon's 2009 U.S. Retail Industry Report, log onto http://www.aon.com/retailindustryreport

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    Aon Corporation is the leading global provider of risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human capital consulting. Through its more than 37,000 colleagues worldwide, Aon readily delivers distinctive client value via innovative and effective risk management and workforce productivity solutions. Aon's industry-leading global resources and technical expertise are delivered locally through more than 500 offices in more than 120 countries. Named the world's best broker by Euromoney magazine's 2008 and 2009 Insurance Survey, Aon also ranked highest on Business Insurance's listing of the world's largest insurance brokers based on commercial retail, wholesale, reinsurance and personal lines brokerage revenues in 2008. A.M. Best deemed Aon the number one insurance broker based on brokerage revenues in 2007 and 2008, and Aon was voted best insurance intermediary, best reinsurance intermediary and best employee benefits consulting firm in 2007 and 2008 by the readers of Business Insurance. For more information on Aon, log onto http://www.aon.com/.

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    TransDigm Group Announces Successful Completion of Notes Offering and Special One-Time Cash Dividend

    CLEVELAND, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TransDigm Group Incorporated ("TransDigm Group") , announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, TransDigm Inc. ("TransDigm"), has successfully completed its previously announced offering of $425 million of 7 3/4% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2014 (the "Notes"). Also today, TransDigm Group announced that its board of directors has authorized and declared a one-time special cash dividend of $7.65 on each outstanding share of common stock. The record date for the special dividend is October 16, 2009, and the payment date for the dividend is October 26, 2009.

    "With the senior notes offering and the $7.65 per share special cash dividend, we believe we will have put in place a more efficient capital structure," stated W. Nicholas Howley, TransDigm Group's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "This should contribute to improved returns to shareholders while retaining sufficient financial flexibility to meet our operating and acquisition needs."

    "With approximately $190 million of cash as of September 30, 2009, an undrawn revolver of approximately $200 million and historical cash generation in the range of $150 to $200 million per year, we feel we have adequate capacity to meet our likely acquisition needs. Additionally, given current capital market conditions, we believe we have access to significant additional capital if an attractive larger opportunity becomes available."

    The Notes have not been registered under the Securities Act or any applicable state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States without registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws. This press release is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any of these securities and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which, or to any persons to whom, such an offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

    About TransDigm Group

    TransDigm Group, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, including TransDigm, is a leading global designer, producer and supplier of highly engineered aircraft components for use on nearly all commercial and military aircraft in service today. Major product offerings, substantially all of which are ultimately provided to end-users in the aerospace industry, include mechanical/electromechanical actuators and controls, ignition systems and components, gear pumps, specialized valves, engineered connectors, power conditioning devices, specialized fluorescent lighting and AC/DC electric motors, aircraft audio systems, engineered latches and cockpit security devices, lavatory hardware and components, hold open rods and locking devices, specialized cockpit displays, elastomers, NiCad batteries/chargers and started generators and related components.

    TransDigm Group Incorporated

    CONTACT: Sean Maroney of TransDigm Group Incorporated, +1-216-706-2945




    Continental Airlines, Adelante Education Fund Name Winner of Hispanic Essay Contest- California student wins essay contest for Hispanic college students - Topic: Latin American impact on U.S. culture - Announcement made at Adelante! Leadership Institute

    HOUSTON, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continental Airlines and the Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund have announced that Brenda Castaneda, 21, from Fallbrook, Calif., is the first-place winner of the "Destino: Latinoamerica" ("Destination: Latin America") essay contest for Hispanic college students.

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    In her essay, Castaneda, a senior majoring in political science and Spanish at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass., highlighted the influence of Latin American culture on a variety of aspects of U.S. life, including fashion, film and entertainment.

    "The influence of Latin America will continue growing and transcending geographic limits, enriching the cultural diversity of this country," Castaneda said. "Each immigrant brings a wealth of traditions and culture, which affect our society."

    The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Castaneda lived in Peru on a study-abroad scholarship for six months. While there, she worked with indigenous communities.

    Castaneda won four Continental Airlines tickets for travel to any destination in the U.S., Mexico or Central America where Continental flies. In addition, her essay will be published on the Adelante Fund Web site, http://www.adelantefund.org/.

    Second-place winner Lucy Zuniga, who studies information systems at San Antonio College in San Antonio, Texas, commented: "My mother has played the most important role in my life, always reminding us that everyone is a reflection of his or her family and culture."

    "It's always a pleasure to read the students' essays, which reflect the diverse cultural richness of this country," said Maria Cristina Osorio, manager of public relations for Latin America and the Caribbean, Continental Airlines.

    "The Adelante Fund is dedicated to helping students continue their educations at the college level," said Andria Castillo, Executive Director, Adelante Education Fund. "We appreciate the opportunity that Continental Airlines has given students in the Adelante Fund network to express their thoughts and feelings about their Latin American roots."

    This is the third year of the "Destino" contest. Essays had to focus on some aspect of Latin American influence on life in the United States. Judges from Continental Airlines and Adelante Fund based their decision on creativity and clarity of expression.

    Latin America and the Caribbean account for more than half of Continental Airlines' international destinations. Continental offers service to 71 destinations in 23 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including nonstop service to 29 destinations in Mexico - more than any other airline. Continental also offers nonstop service to more Central American cities (10) than any other U.S. airline and serves seven South American destinations.

    A pioneer in "Latinization," Continental offers a number of Spanish-language services, including bilingual flight attendants on many flights to Latin America; bilingual airport personnel, reservations agents and signage; and a Spanish-language Web site at http://www.continental.com/espanol. Passengers also may make reservations in Spanish at 1-800-537-9222.

    The Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund, a national nonprofit organization based in San Antonio, Texas, was established in 1993 to address the issue of lack of college attendance and graduation among U.S. Hispanics. The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and the Miller Brewing Company are the founding organizations of the Adelante Fund, whose mission is to inspire Hispanic students to graduate and lead through scholarship, internship, and leadership training. Adelante continues that same focus today, providing financial support to enable Hispanic students to graduate from college and preparing them for leadership roles upon entering the workforce. Since its designation as a 501(c) 3 organization in 1997, the Adelante Fund has awarded nearly $1 million in scholarships to Hispanic undergraduate students across the nation, and has provided career development, leadership training and internship opportunities to hundreds of promising young Hispanic college students. For more information or to make a donation, please visit http://www.adelantefund.org/ or contact Andria Castillo, Executive Director, at 210-692-1971 or acastillo@adelantefund.org.

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    GoIp Global (GOIG) Finalizes Long Term Media Partnership China Retail Chain

    SHENZHEN, China, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GoIP Global, Inc. (Pink Sheets:GOIG - News) (http://www.goipglobal.com/) EE Global (GOIG) through its wholly -owned China subsidiary (Yezhifeng Innovation Media and Design Inc (http://zf.518d.net/zhanshi.htm), has finalized a long-term partnership deal in overall media and store design and campaign with Shenzhen (Jutian) Industrial Ltd (http://www.szjutian.com/). Jutian is a retail chain of stores for consumer electronics, and appliances across China. EE Global's mandate with Jutian, through its innovation media and design teams, will assist Jutian to design, implement and create an overall media and store image. This work will encompass logo, the layout, window, interior design, product showcase, and overall median campaign strategy.

    Garry Wang, spokesperson of EE Global said: (SIC) "EE Global is proud of its partnership with Jutian, a great brand for consumer electronics and appliance retail in China, with its innovative design team, EE Global will further enhance Jutian's media image and attractions and eventually drive more traffic to Jutian stores."

    Gerry Li, CEO of Yezhifeng Innovation Media and Design Inc said (SIC) "Based on the good reputation, proof track records and originality of Yezhifeng Innovation Media and Design Inc, in media, store and campaign designs, we are very confident that their deliverables will significantly boost our media image and attractions to our customers."

    For this long-term partnership, the contract potentially has evergreen rights and with it the potential to spawn into several million dollars.

    A duly signed agreement will be posted as a FILING with the Pink Sheets shortly or on this direct link http://www.pinksheets.com/pink/quote/quote.jsp?symbol=goig (sub heading) Jutian Transaction

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    General Technologies (GLGT) CEO's Messages ITI and Collagenna Voice Recording Including Forward Guidance and General Business

    MONTREAL, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Global General Technologies (GLGT:PK) (http://www.glgt-corporate.com/) GLGT is a holding company with interests in Collagenna Skin Care Products, a cosmetics company, http://www.collagenna.net/, and ITI Bio Tech http://www.itibiotech.com/. Both operating subsidiaries are located near Montreal Canada.

    The company, with this news release, brings attention to pre-recorded messages which can be heard at the following web site link http://www.minamargroup.com/glgt. There are two downloadable messages that can be played and listened to via a regular PC speaker system. One of the recordings is from Michael Arnkvarn President /CEO of Collagenna and the second one is a spokesperson representing ITI Bio Tech.

    Some of the topics covered include, product descriptions of the operating subsidiaries, the recently announced Brazil and Middle East transactions and forward revenue guidance.

    A transcript of the two recordings will also be posted on Pink Sheets under the Filing Tab, or this direct link http://www.pinksheets.com/pink/quote/quote.jsp?symbol=glgt

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    CONTACT: http://www.glgt-corporate.com/; For any investor relations matters, please contact http://www.minamargroup.net/helpdesk; Investor Relations Department, (302) 357-9915, (IR), 1st Level Support Retail Clients General Inquiry, http://www.minamargroup.net/ (IR) Corporate Matters, 1-800-365-4331 (M&A), http://www.minamargroup.com/ (M&A)

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    Credit Suisse International Press Statement

    LONDON and AMSTERDAM, October 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Credit Suisse International hereby announces that an application has been submitted to Euronext Amsterdam to list the following securities (the "Memory Coupon Note") on Euronext Amsterdam by NYSE Euronext. A request will be made to Euronext Amsterdam to admit the Memory Coupon Notes to trading on an "As-if-and-when-Issued" (AIW) basis as of 2 November 2009, in advance of the official listing on 5 November 2009.

    Product name ISIN code Subscription period Official Listing Yield XS0453301417 From, and 5 November 2009 Securities due including, 5 2014 (Series October 2009 to, SPCSI 2009-170) and including, 30 October 2009 (3pm Dutch time or earlier)

    The Memory Coupon Notes are linked to the Dow Jones EURO STOXX 50 Index(R) and the S&P 500 Index

    For more information, please read the relevant Base Prospectus (BPCSI-3) dated 2 July 2009 and the Final Terms dated 5 October 2009, which are available at the distributor in the Netherlands: ABN AMRO Bank N.V, Gustav Mahlerlaan 10, 1082 PP Amsterdam, or at http://www.abnamromarkets.nl.

    The information contained herein is not for publication or distribution in the United States of America, Canada, Japan or Australia. Dow Jones EURO STOXX 50(R) is the intellectual property of STOXX Limited and/or Dow Jones & Company, Inc. STOXX Limited and Dow Jones & Company, Inc. have in no way been involved in the materialisation or sale of the Recovery Notes, nor do they give any advice on the purchase of the Recovery Notes.

    The Product(s) is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Standard & Poor's, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. ("S&P"). S&P makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of the Product(s) or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in securities generally or in the Product(s) particularly or the ability of the S&P Indices to track general stock market performance. S&P's only relationship to the Licensee is the licensing of certain trademarks and trade names of S&P and of the S&P Indices which is determined, composed and calculated by S&P without regard to the Licensee or the Product(s). S&P has no obligation to take the needs of the Licensee or the owners of the Product(s) into consideration in determining, composing or calculating the S&P Indices.

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    TAM and bmi Expand Partnership to Offer More Benefits to Passengers

    SAO PAULO, October 6 /PRNewswire/ --

    - Agreement will allow members of the TAM Fidelidade program to accumulate and redeem points on any flight operated by the British company

    TAM (NYSE: TAM, BOVESPA: TAMM4) has signed an agreement with the airline bmi, member of Star Alliance, to allow members of the TAM Fidelidade program to accumulate and redeem points on flights operated by the British company. The partnership benefits TAM's customers since October 1. Likewise, beginning November 1, members of bmi's Diamond Club program will also be able to earn and redeem points on TAM flights.

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    TAM and bmi already have a codeshare agreement on different routes operated by both companies. This partnership will benefit clients by simplifying the flight reservation process, allowing convenient connection on one single airline ticket and through baggage check-in.

    "We are very pleased to announce this agreement with bmi, thus expanding the benefits offered to our clients," said Paulo Castello Branco, our Commercial and Planning vice president. The partnership also strengthens TAM's strategy of Excellence in Services, one of the three pillars that are the foundation of the company's operation, in addition to Technical-Operational Excellence and Excellence in Management.

    Juliet Hutchin, Head of Loyalty at bmi, said, "We're delighted to become the latest airline partner in TAM's Fidelidade program and we look forward to welcoming TAM's customers onto our flights."

    TAM

    TAM Investor Relations, +55-11-5582-9715, fax, +55-11-5582-8149, invest@tam.com.br, or Media Relations, MVL Comunicacao, +55-11-3594-0328, equipetam@mvl.com.br, for TAM. Photo: NewsCom: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080221/SPTH002LOGO




    Gammon Reports Third Quarter and Key Updates on Operations and Confirms Guidance for 2009

    HALIFAX, Canada, October 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Gammon Gold Inc. ("Gammon") (TSX:GAM and NYSE:GRS): Gammon is pleased to provide an update on operations following the full commissioning of the Ocampo capital expansion program. The expansion program and final commissioning was largely completed in the latter half of the third quarter and has resulted in month over month improvements in our key business performance indicators:

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ocampo Mine (100%) Jul-09 Aug-09 Sep-09 ------------------ ------ ------ ------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Underground - Average ore tonnes per day 488 577 676 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Open Pit - Average total tonnes per day 93,507 97,061 98,677 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mill - Average ore tonnes per day 2,299 2,515 3,046 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Heap Leach - Average ore tonnes per day 4,101 6,934 7,399 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Average heap leach gold equivalent oz. per day (55:1) 129 125 179 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Average mill gold equivalent oz per day (55) 261 294 394 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total average gold equivalent oz. per day (55:1) 390 419 573 -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Q4 Forecast

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    During the fourth quarter the Company is expecting to produce approximately 80,000 gold equivalent ounces at cash costs of US$380 to US$ 400 per gold equivalent ounce. The fourth quarter is expected to be the first quarter where Ocampo begins to realize the impact on production from the capital expansion program through:

    - During the first four days of October, the Company has produced an average of 1,037 gold equivalent (55:1) ounces per day; - The continued ramp up of the Ocampo underground, which is expected to reach targeted levels of 1,200 tonnes per day by the end of the year; - The commissioned Phase III expansion of the Ocampo mill processing facility which should allow the Company to increase capacity over the fourth quarter; - As a result of the increased tonnage of underground ore being sent to the mill facility, a greater proportion of higher grade open pit ore is currently being directed to the Ocampo heap leach facility. This is expected to increase heap leach production; and - The re-optimization of the Ocampo heap leach facility which is expected to allow the Company to benefit from the increased 12,000 tonnes per day stacking capacity over the entire fourth quarter. Q3 and Key Operational Highlights --------------------------------- - Assuming a 55:1 gold equivalent ratio, total cash costs for the third quarter have decreased by 36% over the same period in 2008. For the nine-month period total cash costs have decreased by 24% over the same period in 2008. - Following the first half reinvestment and reorganization program at Ocampo, and the arrival of two new long hole drills on October 1, production from the underground mine is expected to continue to increase towards the year-end target of 1,200 tonnes per day; - This program has enabled underground operations to establish a significant production inventory of 8 working stopes and developed access to ready-to-be drilled or in-process-drilling inventory of approximately 245,000 tonnes. This is a significant operational improvement when compared to the beginning of the year when operations only had 2-3 working stopes and developed access to ready-to-be drilled or in-process-drilling inventory of approximately 70,000 tonnes; - Ocampo is anticipating an increased proportion of underground ore in future mill feed, which is expected to result in less reliance on open pit ores that are typically lower grade. The targeted increases in higher grade underground production rates are expected to increase head grades to the mill. The expected decrease in open pit ore being sent to the mill is expected to result in a greater portion of the higher grade open pit tonnage being rerouted to the heap leach facility for processing that will increase the head grades to the heap leach; - Open pit productivities and equipment fleet availability continue to exceed plan which has resulted in production rates across the open pit operations continuing to exceed 100,000 tonnes per day in the month of October; - The third and final phase of the mill expansion was fully commissioned by the end of the quarter. The mill facility can now treat up to 3,400 tonnes per day as compared to the average processing volume 1,200 tonnes per day in 2007, a 183% increase; - The re-optimization of stacking design capacity at the existing heap leach facility was initiated in September. The new design is expected to increase current pad capacity by a further 10 million tonnes. This has allowed operations to restore daily stacking rates of up to 12,000 tonnes per day, which combined with the targeted feed grade improvement, is expected to significantly increase future heap leach metal production; - Ocampo was 100% connected to 20 megawatts of electrical grid power on July 15, 2009 and is now powered off the Mexican grid network. The access to grid power is expected to provide energy savings of approximately US$20-25 per gold equivalent ounce; - The El Cubo mine continued to increase production rates in the third quarter following the Union's first-time adoption of a 7-day continuous work schedule, which is expected to improve future productivities and operating margins. Exploration Highlights - To date, the Company has completed 88,291 metres, or 72%, of its planned 123,000 metre reserve replacement drilling program at Ocampo; - As previously released, the San Amado drilling returned a bonanza grade intercept at hole OG-797 of 0.5 meters at 318 grams per tonne gold and 1,028 grams per tonne silver or 336.68 grams per tonne gold equivalent; - As previously released, the drilling program at Santa Eduviges underground target has provided some encouraging results with one hole reporting over 9.0 metres of 14.57 grams per tonne gold equivalent. Given the ongoing drilling success to date, an additional 5,900 metres of drilling has been added to the original 4,380 metre program and an additional diamond drill will be mobilizing in October; - In September, the Company launched a two year, 40,000 metre drilling program at the El Cubo operation where the initial drilling will focus on four of the 16 drill targets indentified as part of the Company's grass roots exploration program.

    Note: The exploration information has been reviewed by Qualified Person, Mr. Ramon Luna. All sample analyses were performed by ALS-Chemex Laboratories, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, or in the Ocampo mine lab, using standard fire assay procedures. The intercepts from OG-797 are the average of two ALS_Chemex assays on each sample. True widths have not been calculated.

    Corporate Highlights - On September 22, 2009 the Company announced the retirement of Mr. Fred George as President, Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors of Gammon effective October 13, 2009. Rene Marion, currently Chief Executive Officer, will subsequently be appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Ron Smith, an independent director, will temporarily assume the position of interim Chairman effective October 13, 2009. Mr. George will remain as a consultant to the Board of Directors; - On September 22, 2009 the Company also announced the resignation of Mr. Canek Rangel from the Board of Directors effective immediately. Mr. Rangel has been a member of the Board of Directors for the past 4 years; and - Following the resignations of Fred George and Canek Rangel in September, the Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors began the process of identifying potential new independent Board members with the objective of strengthening the Board, which will be led by an independent Chairman. Third Quarter 2009 Production Highlights ---------------------------------------- (all amounts are in U.S. dollars) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- OCAMPO EL CUBO Three Months Ended Sept Sept Sept Sept 30/09 30/08 30/09 30/08 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gold ounces produced 24,807 26,054 7,392 8,042 Silver ounces produced 961,975 988,289 317,382 383,834 Gold equivalent ounces produced 39,708 42,916 12,227 14,605 Gold ounces sold 22,219 25,961 7,639 7,953 Silver ounces sold 925,666 969,647 323,586 369,217 Gold equivalent ounces sold 36,631 42,303 12,674 14,270 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total cash costs per gold equivalent ounce(x) $433 $724 $697 $853 Total cash costs per gold ounce(x) $85 $639 $511 $860 Gold to Silver Ratio 64:1 59:1 64:1 59:1 Realized Gold Price $970 $864 $974 $826 Realized Silver Price $15.11 $14.51 $15.22 $14.31 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gold equivalent ounces produced (55:1)(xx) 42,297 44,023 13,162 15,021 Total cash costs per gold equivalent ounce (55:1)(xx) $407 $703 $653 $830 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------- CONSOLIDATED Three Months Ended Sept Sept 30/09 30/08 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gold ounces produced 32,199 34,096 Silver ounces produced 1,279,357 1,372,123 Gold equivalent ounces produced 51,935 57,521 Gold ounces sold 29,858 33,914 Silver ounces sold 1,249,252 1,338,864 Gold equivalent ounces sold 49,305 56,573 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total cash costs per gold equivalent ounce(x) $501 $757 Total cash costs per gold ounce(x) $194 $691 Gold to Silver Ratio 64:1 59:1 Realized Gold Price $971 $855 Realized Silver Price $15.15 $14.46 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gold equivalent ounces produced (55:1)(xx) 55,459 59,044 Total cash costs per gold equivalent ounce (55:1)(xx) $470 $735 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- (x) Cash costs for the three-month and the nine-month period of 2009 have not been finalized and are subject to adjustment (xx) Comparative performance metrics using the Company's long term gold equivalency guidance ratio (55:1) Nine Months Ended September 30, 2009 Production Highlights ---------------------------------------------------------- (all amounts are in U.S. dollars) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- OCAMPO EL CUBO Nine Months Ended Sept Sept Sept Sept 30/09 30/08 30/09 30/08 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gold ounces produced 81,197 81,779 18,945 28,881 Silver ounces produced 2,927,156 2,819,298 786,972 1,309,683 Gold equivalent ounces produced 124,200 133,477 30,338 53,144 Gold ounces sold 76,355 81,011 18,399 28,631 Silver ounces sold 2,851,235 2,783,607 785,838 1,288,614 Gold equivalent ounces sold 118,532 131,858 29,859 52,508 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total cash costs per gold equivalent ounce(x) $430 $529 $626 $658 Total cash costs per gold ounce(x) $150 $295 $433 $456 Gold to Silver Ratio 68:1 54:1 68:1 53:1 Realized Gold Price $933 $892 $927 $881 Realized Silver Price $13.86 $16.47 $13.66 $16.67 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gold equivalent ounces produced (55:1)(xx) 134,418 133,039 33,253 52,693 Total cash costs per gold equivalent ounce (55:1)(xx) $398 $530 $572 $664 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------- CONSOLIDATED Nine Months Ended Sept Sept 30/09 30/08 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gold ounces produced 100,142 110,660 Silver ounces produced 3,714,128 4,128,981 Gold equivalent ounces produced 154,538 186,621 Gold ounces sold 94,754 109,642 Silver ounces sold 3,637,073 4,072,221 Gold equivalent ounces sold 148,391 184,366 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total cash costs per gold equivalent ounce(x) $470 $566 Total cash costs per gold ounce(x) $205 $337 Gold to Silver Ratio 67:1 54:1 Realized Gold Price $932 $890 Realized Silver Price $13.83 $16.54 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gold equivalent ounces produced (55:1)(xx) 167,672 185,732 Total cash costs per gold equivalent ounce (55:1)(xx) $434 $568 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- (x) Cash costs for the three-month and the nine-month period of 2009 have not been finalized and are subject to adjustment (xx) Comparative performance metrics using the Company's long term gold equivalency guidance ratio (55:1)

    "The various expansion initiatives at our flagship Ocampo operation are effectively complete and on the back of the underground redevelopment program and the increased tonnages being realized, we are anticipating a record company-wide production result in the fourth quarter. The expected benefits of the expanded operation are now being realized and we expect improved productivities across a number of key performance indicators. Our operating performance projections for the fourth quarter will showcase just what can be expected from Ocampo in 2010 and we expect to see the Company achieve its full year production and cash cost guidance" stated Rene Marion , Chief Executive Officer.

    << 2009 Consolidated Operational Outlook ------------------------------------- The Company is forecasting that it will meet the low end of its previous guidance which is summarized in the table below: ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2009 Consolidated Operational Outlook 2009 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Production: Gold Ounces 150-170koz Silver Ounces 5,600-6,400koz Gold Equivalent Ounces 235-265koz ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cash Costs: Cash Cost per Gold Equivalent Ounce ($US/oz) $410-$445/oz Cash Cost per Gold Ounce ($US/oz) $190-$240/oz ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Assumptions: Gold to Silver Equivalency Ratio (second half 2009) 65:1 Silver Price (US$/oz) $13.08 Exchange Rate (Mexican Peso:US Dollar) 12.5:1 -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    About Gammon Gold

    Gammon Gold Inc. is a Nova Scotia based mid-tier gold and silver producer with properties in Mexico. The Company's flagship Ocampo Project in Chihuahua State achieved commercial production in January 2007. Gammon Gold also operates its El Cubo operation in Guanajuato State and has the promising Guadalupe y Calvo development property in Chihuahua State.

    Cautionary Statement

    Cautionary Note to US Investors - The United States Securities and Exchange Commission permits US mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only those mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract or produce. This press release uses certain terms, such as " measured," "indicated," and "inferred" "resources," that the SEC guidelines strictly prohibit US registered companies from including in their filings with the SEC. US Investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in Gammon Gold's Annual Report on Form 40-F/A, which may be secured from Gammon Gold, or from the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml.

    No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

    Certain statements included herein, including information as to the future financial or operating performance of the Company, its subsidiaries and its projects, constitute forward-looking statements. The words "believe ", "expect", "anticipate", "contemplate", "target", "plan", "intends", "continue", "budget", "estimate", "forecast", "may", "will", "schedule" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements regarding targets, estimates and assumptions in respect of gold and silver production and prices, operating costs, results and capital expenditures, mineral reserves and mineral resources and anticipated grades, recovery rates, future financial or operating performance, margins, operating and exploration expenditures, costs and timing of the development of new deposits, costs and timing of construction, costs and timing of future exploration and reclamation expenses including, anticipated 2009 results, operating performance projections for 2009 and 2010, our ability to fully fund our business model internally, 2009 gold and silver production and the cash and operating costs associated therewith, the ability to achieve productivity and operational efficiencies, further reduction in the open pit stripping ratio and the timing of each thereof. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by the Company, are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties and contingencies. Many factors could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, the Company. Such factors include, among others, known and unknown uncertainties and risks relating to additional funding requirements, reserve and resource estimates, commodity prices, hedging activities, exploration, development and operating risks, illegal miners, political and foreign risk, uninsurable risks, competition, limited mining operations, production risks, environmental regulation and liability, government regulation, currency fluctuations, recent losses and write-downs, restrictions in the Company's loan facility, dependence on key employees, possible variations of ore grade or recovery rates, failure of plant, equipment or process to operate as anticipated, accidents and labour disputes. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and, accordingly, investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements due to the inherent uncertainty therein.

    For further information: please visit the Gammon Gold website at http://www.gammongold.com or contact: Rene Marion, Chief Executive Officer, Gammon Gold Inc., +1-(902)-468-0614; Anne Day, Director of Investor Relations, Gammon Gold Inc., +1-(902)-468-0614/ (GAM. GRS)

    Gammon Gold Inc.

    For further information: please visit the Gammon Gold website at http://www.gammongold.com or contact: Rene Marion, Chief Executive Officer, Gammon Gold Inc., +1-(902)-468-0614; Anne Day, Director of Investor Relations, Gammon Gold Inc., +1-(902)-468-0614/ (GAM. GRS)




    Diddy and His Dirty Money, Snoop, Young Jeezy, Fabolous, Soulja Boy, Ludacris, Monica, Tiny & Toya ... Will Be in the Building Shutting Down the ATL for the BET HIP HOP AWARDS, Saturday, October 10, 2009Ice Cube Honored As This Year's "I AM HIP-HOP" Icon Award Recipient * Hosted By Comedian and Actor Mike Epps *

    NEW YORK, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- BET Networks is gearing up for its fourth annual BET HIP HOP AWARDS in Atlanta, GA hosted by actor and comedian Mike Epps, the show will tape on Saturday, October 10th at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlantic Civic Center and will premiere on the network on Tuesday, October 27 at 8:00 p.m.* This year's show is sure to have you on your feet with appearances and performances by Snoop, Jeezy, Soulja Boy, Wale, E-40, Fabolous, Gucci Mane, Goodie Mob, Lil Scrappy, Dorrough, Monica, Tiny & Toya, DJ Khalid, DJ Drama, Trina, Diddy featuring his sexy Dirty Money crew, and of course you know they'll be some surprises.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070716/BETNETWORKSLOGO )

    One of the most popular segments of the show are always the "hip-hop ciphers" and it promises not to disappoint this year as it features some of the true heavy weights as they battle it out, raw, uncut - for the fans.

    To refresh the minds, the Hip-Hop Awards Voting Academy has nominated rapper, producer and style aficionado Kanye West for an impressive nine awards. Jay Z and Lil Wayne follow closely behind with seven nominations and T.I. rounds things off with six nominations. Additionally, BET has added two new nomination categories to this year's show - "Made-You-Look Award" (Best Hip Hop Style) which will go to the ultimate trendsetter and "Best Hip-Hop Blog Site," which will go to the online site that consistently keeps hip-hop fans in the know non-stop.

    The BET HIP HOP AWARDS will showcase "Hip Hop Cares" which highlights various community organizations and foundations powered by prominent rap super stars in the industry. This year BET will feature 50 Cents' G-Unity Foundation, Busta Rhymes' affiliation with RockCorps, Jim Jones' service to Entertainers Alliance for Education Foundation and Young Jeezy's Street Dreams Foundation as they give back to major causes affecting their communities and the hip hop community at large.

    BET once again teams up with Cossette Productions, the famed producers of the GRAMMY Awards® and the seven record-setting BET AWARDS shows, to handle production of the telecast. Stephen G. Hill, BET President, Music and Programming, along with Lynne Harris-Taylor, BET Vice President of Specials, are executive producers of the telecast.

    For additional information, visit BET.com. *All times ET/PT About BET Networks

    BET Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. , is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 98 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of businesses extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET Digital Networks - BET J, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

    Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070716/BETNETWORKSLOGO
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    PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com BET Networks

    CONTACT: Marcy Polanco, +1-212-975-4048, marcy.polanco@bet.net, or
    Tricia N. Newell, +1-212-975-8230, tricia.newell@bet.net, both of BET
    Networks

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




    Godiva.com Re-Launched as the Ultimate Destination for All Things ChocolateGodiva Chocolatier Launches New Design for Web Site

    NEW YORK, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Godiva Chocolatier today announced the debut of the new Godiva.com. The redesigned site lends a delicious new dimension to the company's online experience -- from the aesthetic of the site's design to its deliciously expanded range of chocolate products. In addition to a stylish, more modern design, the site will introduce a new, undeniably indulgent selection of baked goods such as brownies and cupcakes.

    Godiva launched the newly designed site in conjunction with its e-commerce partner of 15 years, Fry, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of MICROS Systems, Inc. . Fry modernized the layout and creative design, updating and streamlining the site navigation and taxonomy. In addition, the team re-approached the creative direction for photography, creating richer chocolate imagery to stimulate user's appetites as they browse the site's pages.

    "Fry has been part of our e-commerce team for 15 years," said Kim Land, Vice President Godiva Direct, Godiva Chocolatier. "Its understanding of our brand and creative direction is invaluable and we are excited to offer our customers another outstanding online experience. The new Godiva.com looks incredible and we are thrilled."

    The site's most significant chocolate addition, launching November 1st, is the creation of the "Bakery Shop" featuring an indulgent selection of baked goods and gift baskets available exclusively on Godiva.com. Open 24 hours a day, the shop boasts items such as rich chocolate brownies, delectable cupcakes and a heavenly three layer chocolate cake. Not to mention a chocolate fondue dipping set and a variety of items that take breakfast in bed to a whole new level. The Bakery Shop adds to an already comprehensive set of chocolate indulgences -- from gift boxes, cocoa, biscuits and coffee to gift baskets to wedding favors and more.

    The redesigned site includes an expanded navigation that highlights the breadth of available products. Product pages have been enhanced to show more chocolate images, greater product detail, and visibility into the chocolate pieces inside each box. The "Share" feature on every page allows customers to forward Godiva favorites to friends, family, and associates through Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, or via email. All of these enhancements are supported by a new, streamlined checkout process that allows customers to make their purchases quickly and easily.

    "Fry's relationship with Godiva began with the launch of its first e-commerce site," said David Fry, founder of Fry, Inc. "Over the last decade and a half, we have further strengthened that relationship as both of our businesses have grown and we are honored to continue to offer Godiva superior creative direction and e-commerce best practices."

    About Godiva Chocolatier

    With production facilities in Belgium and the U.S., Godiva Chocolatier is recognized around the world as the leader in fine chocolates. From its famous truffles and shell-molded chocolate pieces to its European-style biscuits, gourmet coffees, and hot cocoa, Godiva Chocolatier has been dedicated to excellence and innovation in the Belgian tradition for over 80 years. http://www.godiva.com/.

    About Fry, Inc.

    Fry, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of MICROS Systems, Inc. and part of the MICROS-Retail group, helps retailers and consumer goods manufacturers optimize their direct-channel businesses by identifying market opportunities and providing multi-channel solutions. From strategy and marketing through design, development, managed services and fulfillment, Fry provides both the strategic expertise and technical solutions that yield real business results for clients such as Crate and Barrel, Eddie Bauer, Godiva Chocolatier, La-Z-Boy, Meijer, The Swiss Colony and Whirlpool. One of the industry's leading e-commerce solutions, Open Commerce Platform(TM), was developed by Fry. With offices in Ann Arbor, Chicago, New York and San Francisco, Fry has designed and developed e-commerce applications since 1994. For more information, visit us at http://www.fry.com/.

    Godiva Chocolatier

    CONTACT: Media, New Godiva Baked Goods/Godiva, Alana Radmin, Alison Brod
    Public Relations, Alana@AlisonBrodPR.com, +1-212-230-1800, or Natalie Ferro,
    Natalie@AlisonBrodPr.com, +1-212-230-1800; or Website Redesign/Fry, Tim
    Wieland, Airfoil Public Relations, +1-248-304-1414 or wieland@airfoilpr.com

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




    Qualsec Announces Acquisition of Vitamin Spice, LLC

    WAYNE, Pa., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Qualsec (BULLETIN BOARD: QLSZ) has acquired Vitamin Spice, LLC for approximately 100 million shares of common stock.

    The acquisition and the business of Vitamin Spice was disclosed in a Current Report on Form 8-K filed on Friday, October 2, 2009. In connection with the acquisition, Mr. Edward Bukstel was elected as the President of Qualsec, and Qualsec will change its name to Vitamin Spice. Application will be made to FINRA to change the trading symbol.

    For further information contact Doug Wetzel, at (308) 385-4991.

    Vitamin Spice is uniquely positioned between the $200 billion health food/vitamin supplement industry and the $3 trillion traditional food industry. Vitamin Spice, as the pioneer of the new "foodceutical" business, creates healthy solutions to nourish the body by adding vitamins, minerals and antioxidants through a proprietary microencapsulation process to everyday food items. Vitamin Spice currently offers a premium line of herbs and spices enhanced with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

    This News Release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove correct.

    Qualsec

    CONTACT: Doug Wetzel of Qualsec, +1-308-385-4991




    Gammon Reports Third Quarter and Key Updates on Operations and Confirms Guidance for 2009

    HALIFAX, Canada, October 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gammon Gold Inc. ("Gammon") (TSX:GAM and NYSE:GRS): Gammon is pleased to provide an update on operations following the full commissioning of the Ocampo capital expansion program. The expansion program and final commissioning was largely completed in the latter half of the third quarter and has resulted in month over month improvements in our key business performance indicators:

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ocampo Mine (100%) Jul-09 Aug-09 Sep-09 ------------------ ------ ------ ------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Underground - Average ore tonnes per day 488 577 676 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Open Pit - Average total tonnes per day 93,507 97,061 98,677 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mill - Average ore tonnes per day 2,299 2,515 3,046 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Heap Leach - Average ore tonnes per day 4,101 6,934 7,399 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Average heap leach gold equivalent oz. per day (55:1) 129 125 179 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Average mill gold equivalent oz per day (55) 261 294 394 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total average gold equivalent oz. per day (55:1) 390 419 573 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Q4 Forecast -----------

    During the fourth quarter the Company is expecting to produce approximately 80,000 gold equivalent ounces at cash costs of US$380 to US$ 400 per gold equivalent ounce. The fourth quarter is expected to be the first quarter where Ocampo begins to realize the impact on production from the capital expansion program through:

    - During the first four days of October, the Company has produced an average of 1,037 gold equivalent (55:1) ounces per day; - The continued ramp up of the Ocampo underground, which is expected to reach targeted levels of 1,200 tonnes per day by the end of the year; - The commissioned Phase III expansion of the Ocampo mill processing facility which should allow the Company to increase capacity over the fourth quarter; - As a result of the increased tonnage of underground ore being sent to the mill facility, a greater proportion of higher grade open pit ore is currently being directed to the Ocampo heap leach facility. This is expected to increase heap leach production; and - The re-optimization of the Ocampo heap leach facility which is expected to allow the Company to benefit from the increased 12,000 tonnes per day stacking capacity over the entire fourth quarter. Q3 and Key Operational Highlights --------------------------------- - Assuming a 55:1 gold equivalent ratio, total cash costs for the third quarter have decreased by 36% over the same period in 2008. For the nine-month period total cash costs have decreased by 24% over the same period in 2008. - Following the first half reinvestment and reorganization program at Ocampo, and the arrival of two new long hole drills on October 1, production from the underground mine is expected to continue to increase towards the year-end target of 1,200 tonnes per day; - This program has enabled underground operations to establish a significant production inventory of 8 working stopes and developed access to ready-to-be drilled or in-process-drilling inventory of approximately 245,000 tonnes. This is a significant operational improvement when compared to the beginning of the year when operations only had 2-3 working stopes and developed access to ready-to-be drilled or in-process-drilling inventory of approximately 70,000 tonnes; - Ocampo is anticipating an increased proportion of underground ore in future mill feed, which is expected to result in less reliance on open pit ores that are typically lower grade. The targeted increases in higher grade underground production rates are expected to increase head grades to the mill. The expected decrease in open pit ore being sent to the mill is expected to result in a greater portion of the higher grade open pit tonnage being rerouted to the heap leach facility for processing that will increase the head grades to the heap leach; - Open pit productivities and equipment fleet availability continue to exceed plan which has resulted in production rates across the open pit operations continuing to exceed 100,000 tonnes per day in the month of October; - The third and final phase of the mill expansion was fully commissioned by the end of the quarter. The mill facility can now treat up to 3,400 tonnes per day as compared to the average processing volume 1,200 tonnes per day in 2007, a 183% increase; - The re-optimization of stacking design capacity at the existing heap leach facility was initiated in September. The new design is expected to increase current pad capacity by a further 10 million tonnes. This has allowed operations to restore daily stacking rates of up to 12,000 tonnes per day, which combined with the targeted feed grade improvement, is expected to significantly increase future heap leach metal production; - Ocampo was 100% connected to 20 megawatts of electrical grid power on July 15, 2009 and is now powered off the Mexican grid network. The access to grid power is expected to provide energy savings of approximately US$20-25 per gold equivalent ounce; - The El Cubo mine continued to increase production rates in the third quarter following the Union's first-time adoption of a 7-day continuous work schedule, which is expected to improve future productivities and operating margins. Exploration Highlights - To date, the Company has completed 88,291 metres, or 72%, of its planned 123,000 metre reserve replacement drilling program at Ocampo; - As previously released, the San Amado drilling returned a bonanza grade intercept at hole OG-797 of 0.5 meters at 318 grams per tonne gold and 1,028 grams per tonne silver or 336.68 grams per tonne gold equivalent; - As previously released, the drilling program at Santa Eduviges underground target has provided some encouraging results with one hole reporting over 9.0 metres of 14.57 grams per tonne gold equivalent. Given the ongoing drilling success to date, an additional 5,900 metres of drilling has been added to the original 4,380 metre program and an additional diamond drill will be mobilizing in October; - In September, the Company launched a two year, 40,000 metre drilling program at the El Cubo operation where the initial drilling will focus on four of the 16 drill targets indentified as part of the Company's grass roots exploration program.

    Note: The exploration information has been reviewed by Qualified Person, Mr. Ramon Luna. All sample analyses were performed by ALS-Chemex Laboratories, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, or in the Ocampo mine lab, using standard fire assay procedures. The intercepts from OG-797 are the average of two ALS_Chemex assays on each sample. True widths have not been calculated.

    Corporate Highlights - On September 22, 2009 the Company announced the retirement of Mr. Fred George as President, Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors of Gammon effective October 13, 2009. Rene Marion, currently Chief Executive Officer, will subsequently be appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Ron Smith, an independent director, will temporarily assume the position of interim Chairman effective October 13, 2009. Mr. George will remain as a consultant to the Board of Directors; - On September 22, 2009 the Company also announced the resignation of Mr. Canek Rangel from the Board of Directors effective immediately. Mr. Rangel has been a member of the Board of Directors for the past 4 years; and - Following the resignations of Fred George and Canek Rangel in September, the Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors began the process of identifying potential new independent Board members with the objective of strengthening the Board, which will be led by an independent Chairman. Third Quarter 2009 Production Highlights ---------------------------------------- (all amounts are in U.S. dollars) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- OCAMPO EL CUBO Three Months Ended Sept Sept Sept Sept 30/09 30/08 30/09 30/08 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gold ounces produced 24,807 26,054 7,392 8,042 Silver ounces produced 961,975 988,289 317,382 383,834 Gold equivalent ounces produced 39,708 42,916 12,227 14,605 Gold ounces sold 22,219 25,961 7,639 7,953 Silver ounces sold 925,666 969,647 323,586 369,217 Gold equivalent ounces sold 36,631 42,303 12,674 14,270 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total cash costs per gold equivalent ounce(x) $433 $724 $697 $853 Total cash costs per gold ounce(x) $85 $639 $511 $860 Gold to Silver Ratio 64:1 59:1 64:1 59:1 Realized Gold Price $970 $864 $974 $826 Realized Silver Price $15.11 $14.51 $15.22 $14.31 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gold equivalent ounces produced (55:1)(xx) 42,297 44,023 13,162 15,021 Total cash costs per gold equivalent ounce (55:1)(xx) $407 $703 $653 $830 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------- CONSOLIDATED Three Months Ended Sept Sept 30/09 30/08 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gold ounces produced 32,199 34,096 Silver ounces produced 1,279,357 1,372,123 Gold equivalent ounces produced 51,935 57,521 Gold ounces sold 29,858 33,914 Silver ounces sold 1,249,252 1,338,864 Gold equivalent ounces sold 49,305 56,573 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total cash costs per gold equivalent ounce(x) $501 $757 Total cash costs per gold ounce(x) $194 $691 Gold to Silver Ratio 64:1 59:1 Realized Gold Price $971 $855 Realized Silver Price $15.15 $14.46 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gold equivalent ounces produced (55:1)(xx) 55,459 59,044 Total cash costs per gold equivalent ounce (55:1)(xx) $470 $735 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- (x) Cash costs for the three-month and the nine-month period of 2009 have not been finalized and are subject to adjustment (xx) Comparative performance metrics using the Company's long term gold equivalency guidance ratio (55:1) Nine Months Ended September 30, 2009 Production Highlights ---------------------------------------------------------- (all amounts are in U.S. dollars) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- OCAMPO EL CUBO Nine Months Ended Sept Sept Sept Sept 30/09 30/08 30/09 30/08 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gold ounces produced 81,197 81,779 18,945 28,881 Silver ounces produced 2,927,156 2,819,298 786,972 1,309,683 Gold equivalent ounces produced 124,200 133,477 30,338 53,144 Gold ounces sold 76,355 81,011 18,399 28,631 Silver ounces sold 2,851,235 2,783,607 785,838 1,288,614 Gold equivalent ounces sold 118,532 131,858 29,859 52,508 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total cash costs per gold equivalent ounce(x) $430 $529 $626 $658 Total cash costs per gold ounce(x) $150 $295 $433 $456 Gold to Silver Ratio 68:1 54:1 68:1 53:1 Realized Gold Price $933 $892 $927 $881 Realized Silver Price $13.86 $16.47 $13.66 $16.67 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gold equivalent ounces produced (55:1)(xx) 134,418 133,039 33,253 52,693 Total cash costs per gold equivalent ounce (55:1)(xx) $398 $530 $572 $664 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------- CONSOLIDATED Nine Months Ended Sept Sept 30/09 30/08 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gold ounces produced 100,142 110,660 Silver ounces produced 3,714,128 4,128,981 Gold equivalent ounces produced 154,538 186,621 Gold ounces sold 94,754 109,642 Silver ounces sold 3,637,073 4,072,221 Gold equivalent ounces sold 148,391 184,366 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total cash costs per gold equivalent ounce(x) $470 $566 Total cash costs per gold ounce(x) $205 $337 Gold to Silver Ratio 67:1 54:1 Realized Gold Price $932 $890 Realized Silver Price $13.83 $16.54 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gold equivalent ounces produced (55:1)(xx) 167,672 185,732 Total cash costs per gold equivalent ounce (55:1)(xx) $434 $568 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- (x) Cash costs for the three-month and the nine-month period of 2009 have not been finalized and are subject to adjustment (xx) Comparative performance metrics using the Company's long term gold equivalency guidance ratio (55:1)

    "The various expansion initiatives at our flagship Ocampo operation are effectively complete and on the back of the underground redevelopment program and the increased tonnages being realized, we are anticipating a record company-wide production result in the fourth quarter. The expected benefits of the expanded operation are now being realized and we expect improved productivities across a number of key performance indicators. Our operating performance projections for the fourth quarter will showcase just what can be expected from Ocampo in 2010 and we expect to see the Company achieve its full year production and cash cost guidance" stated Rene Marion , Chief Executive Officer.

    << 2009 Consolidated Operational Outlook ------------------------------------- The Company is forecasting that it will meet the low end of its previous guidance which is summarized in the table below: ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2009 Consolidated Operational Outlook 2009 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Production: Gold Ounces 150-170koz Silver Ounces 5,600-6,400koz Gold Equivalent Ounces 235-265koz ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cash Costs: Cash Cost per Gold Equivalent Ounce ($US/oz) $410-$445/oz Cash Cost per Gold Ounce ($US/oz) $190-$240/oz ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Assumptions: Gold to Silver Equivalency Ratio (second half 2009) 65:1 Silver Price (US$/oz) $13.08 Exchange Rate (Mexican Peso:US Dollar) 12.5:1 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- About Gammon Gold

    Gammon Gold Inc. is a Nova Scotia based mid-tier gold and silver producer with properties in Mexico. The Company's flagship Ocampo Project in Chihuahua State achieved commercial production in January 2007. Gammon Gold also operates its El Cubo operation in Guanajuato State and has the promising Guadalupe y Calvo development property in Chihuahua State.

    Cautionary Statement

    Cautionary Note to US Investors - The United States Securities and Exchange Commission permits US mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only those mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract or produce. This press release uses certain terms, such as " measured," "indicated," and "inferred" "resources," that the SEC guidelines strictly prohibit US registered companies from including in their filings with the SEC. US Investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in Gammon Gold's Annual Report on Form 40-F/A, which may be secured from Gammon Gold, or from the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml.

    No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

    Certain statements included herein, including information as to the future financial or operating performance of the Company, its subsidiaries and its projects, constitute forward-looking statements. The words "believe ", "expect", "anticipate", "contemplate", "target", "plan", "intends", "continue", "budget", "estimate", "forecast", "may", "will", "schedule" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements regarding targets, estimates and assumptions in respect of gold and silver production and prices, operating costs, results and capital expenditures, mineral reserves and mineral resources and anticipated grades, recovery rates, future financial or operating performance, margins, operating and exploration expenditures, costs and timing of the development of new deposits, costs and timing of construction, costs and timing of future exploration and reclamation expenses including, anticipated 2009 results, operating performance projections for 2009 and 2010, our ability to fully fund our business model internally, 2009 gold and silver production and the cash and operating costs associated therewith, the ability to achieve productivity and operational efficiencies, further reduction in the open pit stripping ratio and the timing of each thereof. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by the Company, are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties and contingencies. Many factors could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, the Company. Such factors include, among others, known and unknown uncertainties and risks relating to additional funding requirements, reserve and resource estimates, commodity prices, hedging activities, exploration, development and operating risks, illegal miners, political and foreign risk, uninsurable risks, competition, limited mining operations, production risks, environmental regulation and liability, government regulation, currency fluctuations, recent losses and write-downs, restrictions in the Company's loan facility, dependence on key employees, possible variations of ore grade or recovery rates, failure of plant, equipment or process to operate as anticipated, accidents and labour disputes. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and, accordingly, investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements due to the inherent uncertainty therein.

    For further information: please visit the Gammon Gold website at http://www.gammongold.com/ or contact: Rene Marion, Chief Executive Officer, Gammon Gold Inc., +1-(902)-468-0614; Anne Day, Director of Investor Relations, Gammon Gold Inc., +1-(902)-468-0614/ (GAM. GRS)

    Gammon Gold Inc.

    CONTACT: For further information: please visit the Gammon Gold website
    at http://www.gammongold.com/ or contact: Rene Marion, Chief Executive
    Officer, Gammon Gold Inc., +1-(902)-468-0614; Anne Day, Director of Investor
    Relations, Gammon Gold Inc., +1-(902)-468-0614/ (GAM. GRS)




    Gameloft Supports the Launch of Windows(R) Marketplace for Mobile With 11 Titles in Their First Wave

    PARIS, October 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gameloft, an international developer and publisher of downloadable video games, announced its support for Windows(R) Marketplace for Mobile by offering a catalog of 11 games on the new online store. Launched today, the new marketplace offers applications for Windows phones.

    Windows Mobile technology enables the Gameloft development team to create a catalog offering a rich gaming experience. The technology coupled with Windows Marketplace for Mobile, position these devices as one of the best gaming platforms for smartphones. The variety of the 11 titles offered guarantee that each user will find what they are looking for whether that be racing: Asphalt 4: Elite Racing and Ferrari GT: Evolution; sport games: with Real Football 2010 and NFL 2010 (US and Canada only); action and adventure games: Spider-Man: Toxic City, Prince of Persia, Gangstar 2: Kings of L.A, The Oregon Trail (US and Canada only); or casual games: UNO(TM), Texas Hold'Em Poker. Most of these games will be available via Windows Marketplace for Mobile starting today, however some will arrive shortly after.

    The games will be available for all Windows phones that support extensive multimedia functions with full 3D graphics, touch screen and accelerometer such as the HTC Touch Pro 2, the Toshiba Tsunagi and the Acer F1.

    "We are pleased to once again collaborate with Microsoft to make our games available on Windows Marketplace for Mobile. With more than 50 million users throughout the world, Windows Mobile devices have been garnering a lot of interest and excitement among the public for many years," stated Michel Guillemot, President of Gameloft. "We support Windows Marketplace for Mobile, which offers a new digital distribution channel for Gameloft titles and represents an additional window for users searching for digital entertainment."

    "Gameloft is a key player and market leader in downloadable video games for both mobile phones and consoles games," said Jason Lim, director of ISV and developer experience at Microsoft. "We are confident that Gameloft will offer high quality games and entertainment to users of new Windows phones through Windows Marketplace for Mobile."

    Gameloft titles will be available in a wide range of countries where Windows Marketplace for Mobile is launched.

    About Gameloft

    Gameloft is a leading international publisher and developer of downloadable video games. For 10 years, Gameloft has been established as one of the top innovators in its field. The company creates games for mobile phones, smartphones, iPhone and iPod touch. The total number of game-enabled devices is anticipated to exceed four billion units by 2012. Gameloft games are also available to players on WiiWare, DSiWare, Microsoft Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation(R)Network.

    Partnership agreements with leading licenses such as UNO(TM), Ferrari, Shrek, CSI, Spider-Man and Brothers in Arms allow Gameloft to form strong relationships with international brands. In addition to the partnerships, Gameloft owns and operates titles such as Real Football, Asphalt and Brain Challenge.

    Gameloft is present on all the continents with its own production studios, employing over 3,500 developers, and distributes its games in over 100 countries. Gameloft is listed on Euronext Paris (ISIN: FR0000079600, Bloomberg: GFT FP, Reuters: GLFT.PA)

    For details, please contact: Sanette Chao, +1-212-994-2495, Sanette.chao@gameloft.com For additional information, visit http://www.gameloft.com/

    Gameloft

    CONTACT: For details, please contact: Sanette Chao, +1-212-994-2495,
    Sanette.chao@gameloft.com

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