Companies news of 2009-10-16 (page 1)

  • Gammon Gold Announces Filing of Final Short Form Prospectus
  • FDA Issues Another Emergency Use Authorization for Commercial H1N1 Flu Test to Quest...
  • Aon Announces Third Quarter 2009 Earnings Release and Conference Call
  • Central Pacific Financial Corp. Announces Third Quarter 2009 Earnings Release and...
  • Gammon Gold Announces Filing of Final Short Form Prospectus
  • Stoneridge, Inc. To Broadcast Its Third-Quarter 2009 Conference Call on the Web
  • Arch Coal's Third Quarter 2009 Conference Call To Be Webcast, Podcast
  • ABF Promotes Kirk R. May to Vice President of National Sales
  • Donald N. Reynolds Set to Retire After 39 Years With ABF
  • Omnicom Group Inc. - Third Quarter 2009 Earnings Release and Conference Call
  • Fifth Third Appoints Two to Bancorp Board of Directors
  • Lincoln Electric Announces Schedule and Webcast for 2009 Third-Quarter Financial Results
  • Alpha Natural Resources Announces Availability of 2009 Third Quarter Financial Results
  • Reliv International Opens Indonesian OfficeReliv now conducts business in 15 countries
  • Northrop Grumman to Provide Air Traffic Control Communications Upgrades for Gimpo...
  • United Financial Bancorp, Inc. Announces Share Repurchase Plan
  • American Capital Receives $66 Million In Proceeds From Sale of Imperial Supplies
  • MicroStrategy Offers Half-day Business Intelligence Course for Business UsersFree Course...
  • Peregrine Pharmaceuticals Announces Implementation of 1:5 Reverse Stock Split to Take...
  • Bunge Limited Schedules Third Quarter 2009 Earnings Release and Conference Call
  • Microsoft Announces Upcoming Events for the Financial CommunityEvents with Microsoft...
  • Media advisory: Domtar Corporation third quarter 2009 financial resultsTICKER SYMBOL UFS...
  • Lincoln Educational Services Corporation Reschedules Third Quarter 2009 Earnings Release...
  • West Coast Bancorp Schedules Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call for October 26, 2009,...
  • Parker Drilling Schedules Third Quarter 2009 Earnings Release and Conference Call
  • MSA Schedules Third Quarter Earnings Webcast
  • MicroStrategy Announces 13th Annual User Conference
  • MedImmune to Present Data on RSV and Influenza at 2009 American Academy of Pediatrics...
  • Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Issues Statement



    Gammon Gold Announces Filing of Final Short Form Prospectus

    HALIFAX, Canada, October 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Gammon Gold Inc. ("Gammon") (TSX:GAM and NYSE:GRS) announced today that it has filed a final short form prospectus in all of the provinces and territories of Canada and that a registration statement has become effective in the United States in relation to a US$100 million bought deal financing (the "Offering") that was previously announced on October 7, 2009. The net proceeds of the Offering will be used to fund an expanded operations exploration program, the advancement of the Guadalupe y Calvo project, debt repayment and general corporate purposes. The Offering is expected to close on or about October 22, 2009 and is subject to Gammon receiving all necessary regulatory approvals.

    The common shares have been offered by way of short form prospectus in all of the provinces and territories in Canada and in the United States pursuant to a registration statement filed under the Canada/U.S. multi-jurisdictional disclosure system, and have also been offered on a private placement basis in certain jurisdictions outside Canada and the United States pursuant to applicable prospectus exemptions. A registration statement relating to these securities has become effective with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to Rule 467(a) under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the common shares in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of that jurisdiction.

    A copy of the final short form prospectus relating to the common shares may be obtained upon request by contacting in Canada: BMO Capital Markets, Distribution Department, 1 First Canadian Place, B2 Level, Toronto, Ontario, M5X 1H3 (tel: 416-363-6996 x224), or in the United States: BMO Capital Markets Corp., Attention: Lori Begley, 3 Times Square, 27th Floor, New York, New York, 10036 (tel: 212-885-4039). A copy of the final short form prospectus relating to the common shares may be obtained in Canada from UBS Securities Canada Inc. at 161 Bay Street, Suite 4100, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2S1 (tel: 416-364-2201) or in the United States from UBS Securities LLC at 299 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10171 (tel: 212-821-3000).

    About Gammon Gold

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

    Cautionary Statement

    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 Gammon, 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 the closing of the Offering and the expenditure of the net proceeds therefrom, 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 Gammon, are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties and contingencies. Many factors could cause Gammon's actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, Gammon. 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 Gammon'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: RenÚ Marion, Chief Executive Officer, Gammon Gold Inc., +1-902-468-0614; Anne Day, Director of Investor Relations, Gammon Gold Inc., +1-902-468-0614

    Gammon Gold Inc.

    For further information: RenÚ Marion, Chief Executive Officer, Gammon Gold Inc., +1-902-468-0614; Anne Day, Director of Investor Relations, Gammon Gold Inc., +1-902-468-0614




    FDA Issues Another Emergency Use Authorization for Commercial H1N1 Flu Test to Quest Diagnostics' Focus DiagnosticsTest runs on the 3M Integrated Cycler; Reflects first Simplexa(TM) branded molecular test kit from Focus Diagnostics

    MADISON, N.J., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a second emergency use authorization (EUA) to Focus Diagnostics, the infectious disease diagnostics business of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated , for its 2009 H1N1 influenza virus test. With the EUA, Focus Diagnostics is the only company in the U.S. to offer test kits for detecting the pandemic 2009 H1N1 virus that the FDA has authorized for emergency use by CLIA high-complexity labs, which include certain hospital and regional labs. The test allows clinicians to quickly and definitively identify infected patients, differentiating from those who have similar symptoms.

    The new EUA authorizes Focus Diagnostics to market and offer its Simplexa(TM) Influenza A H1N1 (2009) test for use on the 3M(TM) Integrated Cycler from 3M to CLIA high complexity laboratories for the duration of the emergency. The 3M Integrated Cycler is a microfluidic molecular diagnostic testing system and is not FDA cleared or approved. Used on the 3M platform, the test can provide increased capacity for 2009 H1N1 influenza virus testing to a wide range of CLIA-high complexity laboratories, including many hospitals, coping with a surge in testing demand.

    The new test offering is one outgrowth of an exclusive global distribution agreement formed between Focus Diagnostics and 3M under which Focus will develop and offer its first line of molecular diagnostic test kits, to be sold under the Simplexa brand name, on the 3M Integrated Cycler. The 2009 H1N1 influenza test kit is the first offering from the Simplexa product line, and the company plans to launch additional Simplexa test kits on the 3M Integrated Cycler for infectious diseases in 2010.

    "FDA's EUA for our new Simplexa H1N1 test on the 3M Integrated Cycler is a major advance for 2009 H1N1 influenza testing," said Jon R. Cohen, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer, Quest Diagnostics. "Until now, many CLIA-high complexity labs didn't have the technology, space or expertise to perform molecular testing for the 2009 H1N1 flu virus. Our relationship with 3M means that not only will more labs be able to perform this type of testing, but they will also be able to fulfill higher levels of testing demand. Expanded lab capability may be critical to the nation's management of increased 2009 H1N1 testing this winter."

    "Our exceptional collaboration with Focus Diagnostics underscores 3M's commitment to leading the industry in introducing new technologies in clinical diagnostics," said Debra Rectenwald, vice president, general manager, 3M Infection Prevention Division. "We are excited that Focus Diagnostics will be able to implement a real-time molecular technology that can improve the speed and meet the demand for H1N1 testing."

    Quest Diagnostics' Focus Diagnostics has a track record of being first to market with new laboratory testing services for emerging infectious diseases. On July 24, 2009, FDA announced that it had issued its first emergency use authorization for a commercial 2009 H1N1 influenza virus test to Focus Diagnostics for a laboratory developed test it had launched in May 2009. This EUA was issued for the test running on equipment from Roche and Applied Biosystems.

    The Focus Diagnostics Simplexa(TM) Influenza A H1N1 (2009) test, which employs real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR), qualitatively detects RNA of the 2009 H1N1 flu virus in a patient's nasal or nasopharyngeal specimens. The test targets a separate region of the hemagglutinin gene of the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus to differentiate the presence of the 2009 H1N1 flu virus from seasonal human influenza A virus.

    The 3M Integrated Cycler is an instrument offering real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology that provides results in 30-75 minutes. The compact instrument utilizes advanced data management software to help laboratories process, store and transfer data quickly and effectively. In addition, the instrument has a small laboratory footprint at approximately 12 inches high and 12 inches deep, and can process up to 96 samples per run.

    "Our reference laboratories typically report results within 24 hours of receipt of specimen," said John G. Hurrell, PhD, vice president and general manager, Focus Diagnostics. "With the Simplexa test on the 3M Integrated Cycler, a typical CLIA high-complexity laboratory can generate results within hours, considerably reducing time spent to send a specimen to an outside lab. Faster turnaround time can aid in clinical management of the patient and allow hospitals to segregate infected patients from other high-risk individuals."

    Quest Diagnostics performs H1N1 flu testing using the Focus Diagnostics test authorized for emergency use by FDA in July at its Focus Diagnostics laboratory in Cypress, CA, as well as at its Nichols Institute laboratories in San Juan Capistrano, CA, and Chantilly, VA, and its Specialty Laboratory in Valencia, CA.

    For more information about Quest Diagnostics and influenza testing options, please visit http://www.questdiagnostics.com/2009H1N1 or http://www.focusdx.com/2009H1N1.

    About the FDA's Emergency Use Authorization

    The FDA has not cleared or approved any tests for the identification of the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. The emergency use authorization authority allows the FDA, based on the evaluation of available data, to authorize the use of unapproved and uncleared medical products or unapproved or uncleared uses of approved or cleared medical products following a determination and declaration of emergency, provided certain criteria are met. An EUA only authorizes use for the duration of the declaration of emergency, which is currently set to expire on April 26, 2010, unless it is terminated or revoked sooner or renewed.

    About Focus Diagnostics

    Focus Diagnostics, Inc. is an infectious disease diagnostics company, providing infectious disease reference laboratory services to hospitals and laboratories nationwide, and manufacturing and distributing diagnostic products worldwide. Focus Diagnostics develops innovative tests and products to assist physicians in diagnosing infectious diseases, and often provides the first diagnostic tests in the U.S. for emerging diseases, such as West Nile Virus and SARS. HerpeSelect® type-specific HSV serology and West Nile Virus DxSelect(TM) are top-selling Focus Diagnostics products used in laboratories worldwide. Focus Diagnostics is a wholly owned subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics.

    Focus Diagnostics has collaborated with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and other public health agencies to help identify and develop diagnostic tests for emerging infectious diseases. Focus Diagnostics was instrumental in developing the first laboratory developed test for West Nile virus after it was identified in New York in 1999. Focus Diagnostics also introduced the first laboratory developed test for SARS and one of the first FDA-cleared serological test kits for Lyme disease.

    Visit http://www.focusdx.com/ for additional information. About Quest Diagnostics

    Quest Diagnostics is the world's leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services that patients and doctors need to make better healthcare decisions. The company offers the broadest access to diagnostic testing services through its network of laboratories and patient service centers, and provides interpretive consultation through its extensive medical and scientific staff. Quest Diagnostics is a pioneer in developing innovative diagnostic tests and advanced healthcare information technology solutions that help improve patient care. Additional company information is available at http://www.questdiagnostics.com/.

    About 3M

    A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands of innovative products for dozens of diverse markets. 3M's core strength is applying its more than 40 distinct technology platforms - often in combination - to a wide array of customer needs. With $25 billion in sales, 3M employs 75,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 60 countries. For more information, visit http://www.3m.com/.

    Contacts: Wendy Bost (Media): 973-520-2800 Kathleen Valentine (Investors): 973-520-2900

    Quest Diagnostics Incorporated

    CONTACT: Media, Wendy Bost, +1-973-520-2800; or Investors, Kathleen
    Valentine, +1-973-520-2900, both of Quest Diagnostics

    Web Site: http://www.questdiagnostics.com/
    http://www.questdiagnostics.com/2009H1N1




    Aon Announces Third Quarter 2009 Earnings Release and Conference Call

    CHICAGO, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aon Corporation plans to announce third quarter 2009 results on Friday, October 30, 2009 in a news release to be issued before the market opens. Greg Case, president and CEO will host a conference call at 7:30 am Central Time on Friday, October 30, 2009. The conference call will be broadcast live through Aon's website at http://www.aon.com/. Windows Media Player is required to listen to this webcast. A replay will be available shortly after the live webcast. The earnings release will be available on Aon's web site at http://www.aon.com/.

    About Aon

    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 and 2009. A.M. Best deemed Aon the number one insurance broker based on brokerage revenues in 2007, 2008, and 2009, 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/.

    Investor Contact: Media Contact: Scott Malchow David Prosperi Vice President, Vice President, Investor Relations Global Public Relations 312-381-3983 312-381-2485

    Aon Corporation

    CONTACT: Investors, Scott Malchow, Vice President, Investor Relations,
    +1-312-381-3983, or Media, David Prosperi, Vice President, Global Public
    Relations, +1-312-381-2485, both of Aon Corporation

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




    Central Pacific Financial Corp. Announces Third Quarter 2009 Earnings Release and Conference Call

    HONOLULU, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Central Pacific Financial Corp. , parent company of Central Pacific Bank, will release its third quarter 2009 earnings on Thursday, October 29, 2009, before the open of the New York Stock Exchange. Management will review the third quarter results by conference call and live audio webcast beginning at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (7:00 a.m. Hawaii Time) on October 29, 2009.

    To participate in the conference call, please dial 1-800-860-2442. The live call will also be webcast on the company's investor relations website at http://investor.centralpacificbank.com/. A replay of the call will be available through November 30, 2009 by dialing 1-877-344-7529 (passcode: 434638) and on the company's website.

    About Central Pacific Financial Corp.

    Central Pacific Financial Corp. is one of the largest financial institutions in Hawaii with more than $5.5 billion in assets. Central Pacific Bank, its primary subsidiary, operates 37 branches and 100 ATMs throughout Hawaii. For more information, please visit the Company's website at http://www.centralpacificbank.com/.

    Central Pacific Financial Corp.

    CONTACT: Media, Wayne Kirihara, SVP - Corporate Communications,
    +1-808-544-3687, wayne.kirihara@centralpacificbank.com, or Investors, David
    Morimoto, SVP & Treasurer, +1-808-544-3627, investor@centralpacificbank.com,
    both of Central Pacific Bank

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




    Gammon Gold Announces Filing of Final Short Form Prospectus

    HALIFAX, Canada, October 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gammon Gold Inc. ("Gammon") (TSX:GAM and NYSE:GRS) announced today that it has filed a final short form prospectus in all of the provinces and territories of Canada and that a registration statement has become effective in the United States in relation to a US$100 million bought deal financing (the "Offering") that was previously announced on October 7, 2009. The net proceeds of the Offering will be used to fund an expanded operations exploration program, the advancement of the Guadalupe y Calvo project, debt repayment and general corporate purposes. The Offering is expected to close on or about October 22, 2009 and is subject to Gammon receiving all necessary regulatory approvals.

    The common shares have been offered by way of short form prospectus in all of the provinces and territories in Canada and in the United States pursuant to a registration statement filed under the Canada/U.S. multi-jurisdictional disclosure system, and have also been offered on a private placement basis in certain jurisdictions outside Canada and the United States pursuant to applicable prospectus exemptions. A registration statement relating to these securities has become effective with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to Rule 467(a) under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the common shares in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of that jurisdiction.

    A copy of the final short form prospectus relating to the common shares may be obtained upon request by contacting in Canada: BMO Capital Markets, Distribution Department, 1 First Canadian Place, B2 Level, Toronto, Ontario, M5X 1H3 (tel: 416-363-6996 x224), or in the United States: BMO Capital Markets Corp., Attention: Lori Begley, 3 Times Square, 27th Floor, New York, New York, 10036 (tel: 212-885-4039). A copy of the final short form prospectus relating to the common shares may be obtained in Canada from UBS Securities Canada Inc. at 161 Bay Street, Suite 4100, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2S1 (tel: 416-364-2201) or in the United States from UBS Securities LLC at 299 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10171 (tel: 212-821-3000).

    About Gammon Gold

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

    Cautionary Statement

    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 Gammon, 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 the closing of the Offering and the expenditure of the net proceeds therefrom, 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 Gammon, are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties and contingencies. Many factors could cause Gammon's actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, Gammon. 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 Gammon'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: Ren├â┬ę Marion, Chief Executive Officer, Gammon Gold Inc., +1-902-468-0614; Anne Day, Director of Investor Relations, Gammon Gold Inc., +1-902-468-0614

    Gammon Gold Inc.

    CONTACT: For further information: Ren├â┬ę Marion, Chief Executive Officer,
    Gammon Gold Inc., +1-902-468-0614; Anne Day, Director of Investor Relations,
    Gammon Gold Inc., +1-902-468-0614




    Stoneridge, Inc. To Broadcast Its Third-Quarter 2009 Conference Call on the Web

    WARREN, Ohio, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Stoneridge, Inc. will broadcast its third-quarter 2009 earnings conference call live over the Internet on Thursday, October 29, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time with President and Chief Executive Officer John Corey and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer George Strickler.

    This webcast can be accessed through the Company's Web site, http://www.stoneridge.com/. The webcast is also being distributed over CCBN's Investor Distribution Network. Individual investors can listen to the webcast at http://www.fulldisclosure.com/. Institutional investors can access the webcast via CCBN's password-protected event management site, StreetEvents (http://www.streetevents.com/).

    Stoneridge, Inc., headquartered in Warren, Ohio, is an independent designer and manufacturer of highly engineered electrical and electronic components, modules and systems principally for the automotive, medium- and heavy-duty truck, agricultural and off-highway vehicle markets. Net sales in 2008 were approximately $752.7 million. Additional information about Stoneridge can be found at http://www.stoneridge.com/.

    For more information, contact: Kenneth A. Kure, Corporate Treasurer and Director of Finance 330/856-2443

    Stoneridge, Inc.

    CONTACT: Kenneth A. Kure, Corporate Treasurer and Director of Finance of
    Stoneridge, Inc., +1-330-856-2443

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




    Arch Coal's Third Quarter 2009 Conference Call To Be Webcast, Podcast

    ST. LOUIS, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Arch Coal, Inc. will discuss its third quarter 2009 financial results in a conference call that will be broadcast live over the Internet on Friday, Oct. 30 at 11:00 a.m. E.D.T. Participating on the call will be Arch's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steven F. Leer, President and Chief Operating Officer John W. Eaves, and Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer John T. Drexler.

    The webcast will be accessible via the "investor" section of the Arch Coal Web site at http://investor.archcoal.com/. Following the live event, a replay and podcast download will be available on the site for approximately one month.

    Arch Coal's third quarter earnings release will be distributed via PR Newswire before the market opens on Friday, Oct. 30, and will be posted to the company's Web site at that time.

    St. Louis-based Arch Coal is the second largest U.S. coal producer. Through its national network of mines, Arch supplies cleaner-burning, low-sulfur coal to U.S. power producers to fuel roughly 8 percent of the nation's electricity. The company also ships coal to domestic and international steel manufacturers as well as international power producers.

    Arch Coal, Inc.

    CONTACT: Kim Link of Arch Coal, Inc., +1-314-994-2936

    Web Site: http://www.archcoal.com/
    http://investor.archcoal.com/




    ABF Promotes Kirk R. May to Vice President of National Sales

    FORT SMITH, Ark., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ABF Freight System, Inc.®, announces the appointment of Kirk R. May to vice president of national sales effective December 1, 2009. Currently, Mr. May serves as regional vice president of sales based in Salt Lake City.

    Mr. May joined ABF® as a sales representative in Kansas City, Mo., in 1990. He was promoted to district sales manager in 1991 and was promoted to his current position of regional vice president of sales in 2001.

    "Kirk brings a tremendous amount of sales leadership experience to his new position. His innate problem-solving ability and astute analytical skills are also highly valued," said ABF Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Roy Slagle. "I am confident that ABF's long history of outstanding customer service will continue under his leadership."

    Mr. May assumes the position being vacated by Donald N. Reynolds, who is retiring from the company on November 30, 2009, after 39 years of service.

    Established in 1923, ABF is best-in-class for safety, security, technology and freight-handling. InformationWeek, CIO, InfoWorld, and BtoB magazines have cited ABF's strategic use of information technology as exemplary. ABF is the only five-time winner of the American Trucking Associations President's Trophy for Safety, the only five-time winner of the Excellence in Security Award, and the only four-time winner of the Excellence in Claims/Loss Prevention Award. ABF also is the only carrier to earn both the Excellence in Claims/Loss Prevention Award and the Excellence in Security Award in the same year, which ABF accomplished twice.

    ABF provides guaranteed service for expedited or time-definite shipments via its TimeKeeper® service. Regional shipments are handled via the carrier's RPM® Network, providing next-day and second-day shipping. The ABF system stretches throughout North America, with local service centers serving all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Guam and Puerto Rico. Globally, the carrier serves 250 ports in more than 130 countries.

    ABF is the largest subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corporation . Contact: Mr. Danny Loe, director of marketing & public relations Telephone: (479) 785-8803 Websites: http://www.abf.com/ http://www.timekeeper.com/ http://www.freightvalue.com/ http://www.upack.com/

    ABF Freight System, Inc.

    CONTACT: Mr. Danny Loe, director of marketing & public relations of ABF
    Freight System, Inc., +1-479-785-8803

    Web Site: http://www.abf.com/
    http://www.timekeeper.com/
    http://www.freightvalue.com/
    http://www.upack.com/




    Donald N. Reynolds Set to Retire After 39 Years With ABF

    FORT SMITH, Ark., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Donald N. Reynolds, vice president of national sales for ABF Freight System, Inc.®, will retire November 30, 2009, after 39 years of service with the company. Mr. Reynolds has served in his current position for the past 20 years.

    "Don's consummate professionalism and warm and charismatic demeanor are well known throughout the industry," said ABF Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Roy Slagle. "He has been a valuable asset to the company for many years. We congratulate Don on a great career and wish him and his wife Becky the very best in the years ahead."

    Mr. Reynolds joined ABF® as a management trainee in 1970. Upon completion of training, he became an operations supervisor in Chicago, Ill. Mr. Reynolds was promoted to sales representative in Atlanta, Ga., in 1972, branch manager in Oklahoma City, Okla., in 1976 and director of national accounts in 1979. In 1981, he was promoted to regional vice president of sales based in Dayton, Ohio where he served until he was promoted to his current position in 1989.

    Kirk R. May, who has 19 years' experience with ABF, will assume the position vacated by Mr. Reynolds. Previously, Mr. May served as regional vice president of sales in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Established in 1923, ABF is best-in-class for safety, security, technology and freight-handling. InformationWeek, CIO, InfoWorld, and BtoB magazines have cited ABF's strategic use of information technology as exemplary. ABF is the only five-time winner of the American Trucking Associations President's Trophy for Safety, the only five-time winner of the Excellence in Security Award, and the only four-time winner of the Excellence in Claims/Loss Prevention Award. ABF also is the only carrier to earn both the Excellence in Claims/Loss Prevention Award and the Excellence in Security Award in the same year, which ABF accomplished twice.

    ABF provides guaranteed service for expedited or time-definite shipments via its TimeKeeper® service. Regional shipments are handled via the carrier's RPM® Network, providing next-day and second-day shipping. The ABF system stretches throughout North America, with local service centers serving all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Guam and Puerto Rico. Globally, the carrier serves 250 ports in more than 130 countries.

    ABF is the largest subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corporation . Contact: Mr. Danny Loe, director of marketing & public relations Telephone: (479) 785-8803 Websites: http://www.abf.com/ http://www.timekeeper.com/ http://www.freightvalue.com/ http://www.upack.com/

    ABF Freight System, Inc.

    CONTACT: Mr. Danny Loe, director of marketing & public relations of ABF
    Freight System, Inc., +1-479-785-8803

    Web Site: http://www.abf.com/
    http://www.timekeeper.com/
    http://www.freightvalue.com/
    http://www.upack.com/




    Omnicom Group Inc. - Third Quarter 2009 Earnings Release and Conference Call

    NEW YORK, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Omnicom Group Inc. will publish its third quarter 2009 results on Wednesday, October 21, 2009. The company will host a conference call to review third quarter results on Wednesday, October 21, at 8:30 AM (EDT). The dial-in numbers for the conference call are (800) 288-8961 (domestic) and (612) 332-0228 (international). In addition, the conference call will be simulcast and archived on the Internet at http://www.omnicomgroup.com/FinancialWebcasts.

    Omnicom (http://www.omnicomgroup.com/) is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom's branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.

    Omnicom Group Inc.

    CONTACT: Randall Weisenburger of Omnicom Group Inc., +1-212-415-3393

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




    Fifth Third Appoints Two to Bancorp Board of Directors

    CINCINNATI, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Fifth Third Bancorp today announced the appointment of Jewell Hoover and Emerson Brumback to the Bancorp board of directors.

    Jewell Hoover is currently a principal of Hoover and Associates, LLC, a bank consulting company headquartered in Charlotte, NC, that specializes in corporate governance, policy development and strategic planning. She previously served for more than 28 years with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), a division of the U.S. Treasury that charters, regulates and examines approximately 2,300 national banks in the United States. Most recently she was chief executive officer for the OCC's Western District.

    Emerson Brumback is the retired president and chief operating officer of M&T Bank. He also served as a director of M&T Bank and M&T Bank Corporation. During his time with M&T, Mr. Brumback was responsible for all lines of business in the organization. He retired from M&T in 2006, after a 30-year career in the banking industry.

    "Together Jewell and Emerson bring more than 60 years of professional banking, finance and corporate governance experience to the Bancorp's board of directors," said Kevin T. Kabat, president, chairman and CEO of Fifth Third Bancorp. "We are honored that they have agreed to serve our shareholders in this capacity."

    Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Company has $116 billion in assets, operates 16 affiliates with 1,306 full-service Banking Centers, including 100 Bank Mart® locations open seven days a week inside select grocery stores and 2,363 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third also has a 49% interest in Fifth Third Processing Solutions, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of June 30, 2009, has $180 billion in assets under care, of which it manages $24 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at http://www.53.com/. Fifth Third's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® National Global Select Market under the symbol "FITB."

    Fifth Third Bancorp

    CONTACT: Stephanie Honan of Fifth Third Bancorp, +1-513-534-6957

    Web Site: http://www.53.com/




    Lincoln Electric Announces Schedule and Webcast for 2009 Third-Quarter Financial Results

    CLEVELAND, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. announced today that it will release financial results for the 2009 third quarter prior to the market's open on Friday, October 30, 2009. The Company will hold a conference call at 10:00 a.m.(Eastern Time) to discuss the results. A live audio webcast of the call will be available to the public, accessible through the investor tab on Lincoln's Web site at http://www.lincolnelectric.com/.

    Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc-welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 39 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 19 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries. For more information about Lincoln Electric, its products and services, visit the Company's Web site at http://www.lincolnelectric.com/.

    Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc.

    CONTACT: Media, Roy L. Morrow, +1-216-383-4893,
    Roy_Morrow@lincolnelectric.com, or Investors, Earl Ward, +1-216-383-5067,
    Earl_Ward@lincolnelectric.com, both of Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc.

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




    Alpha Natural Resources Announces Availability of 2009 Third Quarter Financial Results

    ABINGDON, Va., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. , a leading U.S. coal producer, plans to report its third quarter 2009 results before the market opens on Tuesday, November 3, 2009. A conference call to review the results and current business conditions is scheduled to follow at 10:00 a.m. EST that morning.

    The conference call will be webcast live on the Internet, and the webcast will be available for replay following the event. The live webcast and the replay will be available on the company's website at http://www.alphanr.com/. In addition, a telephonic replay will be available through November 17, 2009 by calling 877-660-6853 or 201-612-7415 and entering account number 328, then replay ID 335708. Also, a podcast of the call will be available for downloading on the company's website following the call.

    About Alpha Natural Resources

    Alpha Natural Resources is one of America's premier coal suppliers with coal production capacity of more than 90 million tons a year. Alpha is the nation's leading supplier and exporter of metallurgical coal used in the steel-making process and is a major supplier of thermal coal to electric utilities and manufacturing industries across the country. The company, through its affiliates, employs approximately 6,200 people and operates more than 60 mines and 14 coal preparation facilities in the regions of Northern and Central Appalachia and the Powder River Basin. More information about Alpha can be found on the company's website at http://www.alphanr.com/.

    Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.

    CONTACT: Todd Allen, Vice President, Investor Relations of Alpha Natural
    Resources, Inc., +1-276-739-5328, tallen@alphanr.com

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




    Reliv International Opens Indonesian OfficeReliv now conducts business in 15 countries

    CHESTERFIELD, Mo., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Reliv International, Inc. , a nutrition and direct selling company, announced today that it is expanding into Indonesia. With the opening, Reliv now conducts business in 15 countries.

    "This opening expands our footprint in Southeast Asia, where we already conduct business in the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore," said Robert L. Montgomery, chairman, president and chief executive officer.

    "Our distributors in the region have strong cross-border ties among friends, families and business associates. Our distributors have been eager to develop their businesses in Indonesia, and this opening gives them that opportunity," Montgomery said.

    The opening of Indonesia, which has an estimated population of 218 million people, gives Reliv distributors the opportunity to introduce the company to the largest country in Southeast Asia.

    Indonesia is the world's 23rd largest direct-selling market, with annual retail sales of $669 million a year by direct-selling companies, according to the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations. Approximately 5.8 million people in Indonesia work as direct sellers.

    Reliv's first product in Indonesia will be Innergize!®, the company's isotonic sports drink, and more products are expected to be introduced soon.

    Reliv products combine a wide range of nutrients designed to work together to offer greater benefits than the nutrients would offer individually. The products have won loyal, dedicated consumers around the world.

    In addition, Reliv offers an affordable home-based business opportunity along with tools, training and support to help the company's distributors succeed.

    About Reliv

    Reliv International, Inc., based in Chesterfield, Mo., is a developer, manufacturer and marketer of a proprietary line of nutritional supplements. Reliv supplements address essential daily nutrition, weight loss and targeted solutions such as energy and performance enhancement, digestive health, women's health and anti-aging. Reliv sells its products through an international network marketing system of approximately 68,000 independent distributors. Additional information about Reliv International, Inc. can be obtained on the Web at http://www.reliv.com/.

    Reliv International, Inc.

    CONTACT: Barry Murov of Reliv International, Inc., +1-636-733-1303

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




    Northrop Grumman to Provide Air Traffic Control Communications Upgrades for Gimpo International Airport, South Korea

    LONDON, October 16 /PRNewswire/ --

    Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) announced that its Europe-based air traffic management systems subsidiary, Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems, has been awarded a contract to supply and install fourteen VHF and four UHF ground-to-air radio communication systems and a 20-position voice communication control system (VCCS) for Gimpo International Airport, Seoul, South Korea. The award was made following an international competitive tender process.

    Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems will provide an E1 digital end-to-end solution which will include the GAREX 220 primary and emergency VCCS. This will integrate with the company's PAE T6 UHF/VHF range of equipment and with locally supplied equipment including installation works, antenna mast construction, and inter-site communications.

    "Northrop Grumman's Park Air Systems air traffic control communications equipment has been in operation at Gimpo Airport for many years and we are pleased to have been awarded this contract to upgrade the existing infrastructure," said Charles Houseago, managing director of Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems in the UK. "We look forward to working again with the Korean air traffic control authorities and to delivering this world-class solution."

    The contract is expected to be completed in 2010 and follows on from previous contracts awarded to Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems for the supply of air traffic control systems across South Korea, including those at Incheon Airport, Incheon ACC and other regional airports.

    Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems, based in Peterborough, UK, and in Oslo and Horten, Norway, supplies communication, navigation and surveillance systems for air-space operations worldwide.

    In Europe, Northrop Grumman operates from locations in France, Germany, Italy and Norway, providing navigation, air traffic control and postal automation systems. In the UK, Northrop Grumman operates from primary locations in London, Fareham, Chester, Coventry, New Malden, Peterborough, RAF Waddington and Solihull and provides avionics, communications, electronic warfare systems, marine navigation systems, robotics, C4I solutions and mission planning, aircraft whole life support, IT systems and software development.

    Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.

    Northrop Grumman Corporation

    Ken Beedle of Northrop Grumman Corporation, +44-(0)-207-747-1910, +44-(0)-7787-174092, Ken.beedle@euro.ngc.com




    United Financial Bancorp, Inc. Announces Share Repurchase Plan

    WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- United Financial Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company") , the holding company for United Bank (the "Bank"), announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a stock repurchase program. Under this program the Company intends to repurchase up to 798,055 shares, or 5% of the Company's outstanding shares of common stock, from time to time depending on market conditions, at prevailing market prices in open market transactions. This repurchase program will become effective and repurchases will commence after the completion of the current stock repurchase plan which was previously approved on February 19, 2009.

    The Company has repurchased of a total of 632,800 shares of its outstanding common stock, at an average price of $12.89 per share, in connection with the current stock repurchase program, which the Company commenced on February 25, 2009. The Company currently has 208,338 shares remaining under the existing program.

    "We are pleased to announce our fifth repurchase program since becoming a public company," said Richard B. Collins, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We continue to believe that the repurchase of UBNK shares is an attractive use of the Company's capital and will enhance shareholder value," he said.

    United Financial Bancorp, Inc. is a publicly owned corporation and the holding company for United Bank, a federally chartered savings bank headquartered at 95 Elm Street, West Springfield, MA 01090. The Company's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol UBNK. United Bank provides an array of financial products and services through its 16 branch offices located throughout Western Massachusetts. Through its Wealth Management Group and its partnership with NFP Securities, Inc., the Bank is able to offer access to a wide range of investment and insurance products and services, as well as financial, estate and retirement strategies and products. For more information regarding the Bank's products and services and for United Financial Bancorp, Inc. investor relations information, please visit http://www.bankatunited.com/.

    Except for the historical information contained in this press release, the matters discussed may be deemed to be forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that involve risks and uncertainties, including changes in economic conditions in the Company's market area, changes in policies by regulatory agencies, fluctuations in interest rates, demand for loans in the Company's market area, competition, and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports. Actual strategies and results in future periods may differ materially from those currently expected. These forward-looking statements represent the Company's judgment as of the date of this release. The Company disclaims, however, any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

    For More Information Contact: Dena M. Hall Senior Vice President (413) 787-1700

    United Financial Bancorp, Inc.

    CONTACT: Dena M. Hall, Senior Vice President, United Financial Bancorp,
    Inc., +1-413-787-1700

    Web Site: https://www.bankatunited.com/home/




    American Capital Receives $66 Million In Proceeds From Sale of Imperial Supplies

    BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- American Capital Ltd. announced today that on October 13 it completed the sale of its portfolio company Imperial Supplies Holding Inc. to W.W. Grainger Inc. . American Capital received $66 million in proceeds and realized a loss of $5 million during the fourth quarter from the transaction, subject to post-closing adjustments. American Capital's compounded annual rate of return, including interest, dividends and fees earned over the life of its investment was 9%. The proceeds received by American Capital were greater than the second quarter 2009 valuation of the investment by $16 million, or 34%.

    "We are very pleased with the results of our equity and subordinated debt investments in Imperial Supplies," said Jeff MacDowell, Managing Director, Buyouts. "Since our initial investment in October 2007, the company has performed well, expanding its market reach, broadening its product offering and consistently increasing its market share despite the challenging macro-economic environment. Imperial Supplies' deep management team, efficient sales process and new partnership with Grainger, North America's leading broad line distributor of facilities maintenance products, will all position the company to build on its impressive history of excellence."

    Imperial Supplies is a value-added distributor of after-market components to fleet and facility-based markets. American Capital first invested $112 million in the One Stop Buyout (TM) of Imperial Supplies in October 2007. American Capital's investment took the form of a revolving credit facility, a senior term loan, senior and junior subordinated debt and preferred and common equity. Shortly thereafter in December 2007, American Capital syndicated $46 million of the senior term debt and revolver commitment. For more information about American Capital's investment in Imperial Supplies, please go to http://www.americancapital.com/our_portfolio/companies/imperial_supplies.html.

    Since American Capital's August 1997 IPO through the second quarter of 2009, the company has earned a 15% compounded annual return, including interest, dividends, fees and net gains, on 264 realizations of senior debt, subordinated debt and equity investments, totaling $12 billion of committed capital. These realizations represent 49% of all amounts invested by American Capital since its August 1997 IPO. Proceeds from these realizations exceeded the total associated prior quarter valuation of the investments by less than 1%. American Capital earned a 30% compounded annual return on the exit of its equity investments, including dividends, fees and net gains.

    For a chart showing American Capital's exited portfolio companies, please go to http://www.americancapital.com/our_portfolio/exited.html.

    ABOUT AMERICAN CAPITAL

    American Capital is a publicly traded private equity firm and global asset manager. American Capital, both directly and through its asset management business, originates, underwrites and manages investments in middle market private equity, leveraged finance, real estate and structured products. Founded in 1986, American Capital has $11 billion(1) in capital resources under management and nine offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia. For further information, please refer to http://www.americancapital.com/.

    (1) As of June 30, 2009. ABOUT GRAINGER

    W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2008 sales of $6.9 billion, is the leading broad-line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, India and Panama. Through a highly integrated network including nearly 600 branches, 18 distribution centers and multiple Web sites, Grainger's employees help customers get the job done, saving them time and money by having the right products to keep their facilities running.

    Performance data quoted above represents past performance of American Capital. Past performance does not guarantee future results and the investment return and principal value of an investment in American Capital will likely fluctuate. Consequently, an investor's shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Additionally, American Capital's current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted above.

    This press release contains forward-looking statements. The statements regarding expected results of American Capital are subject to various factors and uncertainties, including the uncertainties associated with the timing of transaction closings, changes in interest rates, availability of transactions, changes in regional, national or international economic conditions or changes in the conditions of the industries in which American Capital has made investments.

    Contact: Jeff MacDowell, Managing Director, Buyouts - (214) 273-6630 Kacy Ellis, Vice President, American Capital Energy -(214) 273-6630 Media - (301) 968-9400

    American Capital Ltd.

    CONTACT: Jeff MacDowell, Managing Director, Buyouts , +1-214-273-6630,
    or Kacy Ellis, Vice President, American Capital Energy, +1-214-273-6630, or
    Media, +1-301-968-9400

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




    MicroStrategy Offers Half-day Business Intelligence Course for Business UsersFree Course Provides Hands-on Experience Creating Business Reports and Information Dashboards

    MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MicroStrategy® Incorporated , a leading worldwide provider of business intelligence (BI) software, today announced that it is offering a class designed for business users who want to become familiar with enterprise business intelligence reporting and analytics.

    The half-day course is free and is taught on-site for attendees at their office or a local training facility. The curriculum covers the following:

    -- Understand how enterprise BI can help improve operational efficiency -- Design reports, scorecards, and dashboards with ease -- Interact with enterprise data through dashboards and visualizations -- Learn how sophisticated analytics can improve corporate strategy -- Explore the 5 Styles of BI

    MicroStrategy has offered a one-day Introduction to Business Intelligence class since 2006 with thousands of participants attending classes held in cities around the world. This class for business users was developed to address the specific needs of business people who have limited or no experience using business intelligence software.

    "Utilizing business intelligence to its fullest is critical for business professionals who rely on reporting and analytics for decision making," said Mark Smith, CEO and EVP Research of Ventana Research. "MicroStrategy's educational courses with hands-on instruction are valuable in providing organizations with direct insight into how to be both efficient and effective in their hourly, daily, and weekly business intelligence activities."

    "Our half-day BI course will help business users better understand the value of BI and how it can support their business goals," said Sanju Bansal, MicroStrategy COO. "Through this class, attendees learn how to create their own reports and dashboards without support from IT, and how BI can be used to gain greater insights into their business to make more informed decisions."

    For more information on MicroStrategy's BI class for business users, visit http://www.microstrategy.com/FreeBusinessUserClass.

    About MicroStrategy

    Founded in 1989, MicroStrategy is a global leader in business intelligence (BI) technology. MicroStrategy provides integrated reporting, analysis, and monitoring software that helps leading organizations worldwide make better business decisions every day. Companies choose MicroStrategy for its advanced technical capabilities, sophisticated analytics, and superior data and user scalability. More information about MicroStrategy is available at http://www.microstrategy.com/.

    MicroStrategy and MicroStrategy Business Intelligence Platform are either trademarks or registered trademarks of MicroStrategy Incorporated in the United States and certain other countries. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

    Contact: Wende Cover MicroStrategy Incorporated 703-770-1646 wcover@microstrategy.com

    MicroStrategy Incorporated

    CONTACT: Wende Cover of MicroStrategy Incorporated, +1-703-770-1646,
    wcover@microstrategy.com

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




    Peregrine Pharmaceuticals Announces Implementation of 1:5 Reverse Stock Split to Take Effect October 19, 2009- New Capital Structure Does Not Alter Each Stockholder's Ownership Percentage of the Company - - Reverse Stock Split Expected to Ensure the Company's Continued Listing on NASDAQ Capital Market -

    TUSTIN, Calif., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that a previously approved reverse split of its common stock will take effect at the start of NASDAQ trading on Monday, October 19, 2009 on a 1-for-5 split-adjusted basis. Peregrine's shares will continue to trade on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol "PPHM," with the letter "D" added to the end of the trading symbol for a period of 20 trading days to indicate the reverse stock split has occurred. The Company's symbol will revert back to its original symbol "PPHM" on November 16, 2009. A new CUSIP number will be assigned to Peregrine's common stock when the split becomes effective.

    "We believe that our continued listing on the NASDAQ Stock Market is essential to our future success, and we expect that this reverse stock split will enable us to regain compliance with the minimum bid price rule, the only deficiency affecting our continued NASDAQ listing," noted Paul Lytle, CFO of Peregrine. "The 1:5 exchange ratio that was approved by the Board of Directors is the result of both our extensive evaluations of the capital structure of peer companies in Phase II and Phase III clinical trials and the expert advice of a number of highly experienced financial advisors. Based on previous meetings with institutional investors, we also expect the new capital structure will allow us to attract a broader range of investors to our company."

    The 1-for-5 reverse stock split will automatically convert five current shares of Peregrine's common stock into one new share of common stock. The reverse split, which was approved by Peregrine shareholders in October 2008, will reduce the number of shares of outstanding common stock from approximately 237 million as of the filing of the Company's most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q to approximately 47.4 million. It will also affect all issued and outstanding shares of the Company's common stock, and shares of common stock underlying stock options and warrants that are outstanding immediately prior to the effective date of the reverse stock split. Each shareholder's new share count will be rounded up to the nearest whole share if the number of shares is not evenly divisible by the ratio of the reverse split. The reverse stock split will not negatively affect any of the rights that accrue to holders of Peregrine common stock and shares of common stock underlying stock options and warrants that are outstanding immediately prior to the effective date of the reverse stock split.

    "Peregrine is achieving significant progress in every aspect of our business--from the growing body of promising Phase II data reported in our bavituximab and Cotara® cancer studies, to the increasing interest and activity in our PS-targeting anti-viral program, to the growing revenues we are seeing from both our government R&D contract and our Avid Bioservices contract manufacturing subsidiary," said Steven W. King, president and CEO of Peregrine. "We believe implementing this reverse stock split at such a positive time in the company's history will enhance our efforts to build long-term shareholder value by creating a capital structure that is more attractive to a range of investors, including major institutional investors."

    When the reverse split takes effect, shareholders holding certificated shares or shares through a brokerage account will have their shares automatically adjusted to reflect the reverse stock split on the effective date.

    For more information on Peregrine's reverse stock split, see the Reverse Stock Split FAQs at http://www.peregrineinc.com/.

    About Peregrine Pharmaceuticals

    Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company with a portfolio of innovative product candidates in clinical trials for the treatment of cancer and serious virus infections. The company is pursuing three separate clinical programs in cancer and HCV infection with its lead product candidates bavituximab and Cotara®. Peregrine also has in-house manufacturing capabilities through its wholly owned subsidiary Avid Bioservices, Inc. (http://www.avidbio.com/), which provides development and bio-manufacturing services for both Peregrine and outside customers. Additional information about Peregrine can be found at http://www.peregrineinc.com/.

    Safe Harbor Statement: Statements in this press release which are not purely historical, including statements regarding Peregrine Pharmaceuticals' intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations, representations, projections, plans or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the risk that following the reverse split the company's stock price will not maintain a minimum closing bid price of $1.00 for the requisite period of ten trading days necessary to regain compliance with the NASDAQ continued listing requirements. It is important to note that the company's actual results could differ materially from those in any such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, uncertainties associated with completing preclinical and clinical trials for our technologies; the early stage of product development; the significant costs to develop our products as all of our products are currently in development, preclinical studies or clinical trials; obtaining additional financing to support our operations and the development of our products; obtaining regulatory approval for our technologies; anticipated timing of regulatory filings and the potential success in gaining regulatory approval and complying with governmental regulations applicable to our business. Our business could be affected by a number of other factors, including the risk factors listed from time to time in the company's SEC reports including, but not limited to, the annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended April 30, 2009 and the quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 31, 2009. The company cautions investors not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. disclaims any obligation, and does not undertake to update or revise any forward-looking statements in this press release.

    Contacts: GendeLLindheim BioCom Partners Investors Media info@peregrineinc.com Barbara Lindheim (800) 987-8256 (212) 918-4650

    Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

    CONTACT: Investors, GendeLLindheim BioCom Partners, 1-800-987-8256,
    info@peregrineinc.com; or Media, Barbara Lindheim, +1-212-918-4650, for
    Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

    Web Site: http://www.peregrineinc.com/
    http://www.avidbio.com/




    Bunge Limited Schedules Third Quarter 2009 Earnings Release and Conference Call

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Bunge Limited , an integrated, global agribusiness and food company, will announce its results for the quarter ended September 30, 2009, on Thursday, October 22, 2009, prior to the market opening.

    Bunge Limited's management will host a conference call at 10:00 a.m. EDT on October 22 to discuss the company's results.

    To listen to the conference call, please dial (877) 852-6580. If you are located outside of the United States or Canada, dial (719) 325-4838. Please dial in five to 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. When prompted, enter confirmation code 4510637. The conference call will also be available live on the company's Web site at http://www.bunge.com/.

    To access the webcast, click the "Investor Information" link on the Bunge homepage then select "Webcasts and News Alerts". Click on the link for the "Q3 2009 Bunge Limited Conference Call", and follow the prompts to join the call. Please go to the Web site at least 15 minutes prior to the call to register and to download and install any necessary audio software.

    For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, a replay of the call will be available later in the day on October 22, 2009, and continuing through November 21, 2009. To listen to the replay, please dial (888) 203-1112 or, if located outside of the United States or Canada, dial (719) 457-0820. When prompted, enter confirmation code 4510637. A rebroadcast of the conference call will also be available on the company's Web site. To locate the rebroadcast, click on the "Investor Information" link on the Bunge homepage then select "Audio Archives". Follow the prompts to access the replay.

    About Bunge

    Bunge Limited (http://www.bunge.com/, NYSE: BG) is a leading global agribusiness and food company founded in 1818 and headquartered in White Plains, New York. Bunge's 25,000 employees in over 30 countries enhance lives by improving the global agribusiness and food production chain. The company supplies fertilizer to farmers; originates, transports and processes oilseeds, grains and other agricultural commodities; produces food products for commercial customers and consumers; and supplies raw materials and services to the biofuels industry.

    Bunge Limited

    CONTACT: Investor Contact: Mark Haden, Bunge Limited, +1-914-684-3398,
    Mark.Haden@Bunge.com; or Media Contact: Susan Burns, Bunge Limited,
    +1-914-684-3246, Susan.Burns@Bunge.com

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




    Microsoft Announces Upcoming Events for the Financial CommunityEvents with Microsoft leadership slated for November.

    REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Microsoft Corp. today announced participation in the following upcoming events with the financial community. Interested parties can view a webcast of these events on Microsoft's Investor Relations Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/msft.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO) BMO Digital Entertainment Conference Thursday, November 12, 2009 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT Dennis Durkin, chief operating officer, Interactive Entertainment Business Analyst Briefing at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference Wednesday, November 18, 2009 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT Ray Ozzie, chief software architect, Microsoft Doug Hauger, general manager, Windows Azure

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

    Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO
    http://photoarchive.ap.org/
    PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com Microsoft Corp.

    CONTACT: financial analysts and investors only, Bill Koefoed, general
    manager, Investor Relations of Microsoft, +1-425-706-3703; or press only,
    Rapid Response Team of Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, +1-503-443-7070,
    rrt@waggeneredstrom.com, for Microsoft Corp.




    Media advisory: Domtar Corporation third quarter 2009 financial resultsTICKER SYMBOL UFS (NYSE, TSX)

    MONTREAL, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Domtar Corporation (NYSE/TSX: UFS) will release its third quarter 2009 financial results before markets open on Friday, October 30, 2009. A conference call will be held to discuss the results at 11:00 a.m. (ET) the same day. Financial analysts are invited to participate in the call by dialing 1-866-321-8231 (North America) or 1-416-642-5213 (International). Media and other interested individuals are invited to listen to the live webcast at http://www.domtar.com/. A replay will be available by dialing 1-888-203-1112 (North America) or 1-647-436-0148 (International) using access code 4459913 until November 13, 2009.

    About Domtar

    Domtar Corporation (NYSE/TSX:UFS) is the largest integrated manufacturer and marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America and the second largest in the world based on production capacity, and is also a manufacturer of papergrade, fluff and specialty pulp. The Company designs, manufactures, markets and distributes a wide range of business, commercial printing and publishing as well as converting and specialty papers including recognized brands such as Cougar(R), Lynx(R) Opaque, Husky(R) Offset, First Choice(R) and Domtar EarthChoice(R) Office Paper, part of a family of environmentally and socially responsible papers. Domtar owns and operates Domtar Distribution Group, an extensive network of strategically located paper distribution facilities. Domtar also produces lumber and other specialty and industrial wood products. The Company employs nearly 10,500 people. To learn more, visit http://www.domtar.com/.

    DOMTAR CORPORATION

    CONTACT: Media and Investor Relations: Pascal Bosse, Vice-President,
    Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, (514) 848-5938




    Lincoln Educational Services Corporation Reschedules Third Quarter 2009 Earnings Release and Conference Call

    WEST ORANGE, N.J., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lincoln Educational Services Corporation ("Lincoln") today announced the conference call to discuss its third quarter results has been rescheduled and will be held on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time. A news release outlining Lincoln's financial results will be issued before 9:30 a.m. Eastern time on the same day.

    To access the live web cast of the conference call, please go to the investor relations portion of our website at http://www.lincolnedu.com/. Participants can also listen to the conference call by dialing 866-804-6929 (domestic) or 857-350-1675 (international) and citing code 85381781. Please log-in or dial-in at least 10 minutes prior to the start time to ensure a connection. An archived version of the webcast will be accessible for 90 days at http://www.lincolnedu.com/. A replay of the call will also be available for seven days by calling 888-286-8010 (domestic) or 617-801-6888 (international) and citing code 69329144.

    About Lincoln Educational Services Corporation

    Lincoln Educational Services Corporation is a leading and diversified for-profit provider of career-oriented post-secondary education. Lincoln offers recent high school graduates and working adults degree and diploma programs in five principal areas of study: automotive technology, health sciences, skilled trades, business and information technology and hospitality services. Lincoln has provided the workforce with skilled technicians since its inception in 1946. Lincoln currently operates 43 campuses in 17 states under 11 brands: Lincoln College of Technology, Lincoln Technical Institute, Nashville Auto-Diesel College, Southwestern College, Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts and Sciences, Connecticut Culinary Institute, Americare School of Nursing, Baran Institute of Technology, Engine City Technical Institute, Briarwood College and Clemens College. Lincoln had a combined average enrollment of approximately 26,300 students as of June 30, 2009.

    Statements in this press release regarding Lincoln's business which are not historical facts may be "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in Lincoln's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement, and Lincoln undertakes no obligation to revise or update this news release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.

    Lincoln Educational Services Corporation

    CONTACT: Investors, Brad Edwards, Brainerd Communicators, Inc.,
    +1-212-986-6667

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




    West Coast Bancorp Schedules Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call for October 26, 2009, 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time

    LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- West Coast Bancorp will hold its quarterly earnings conference call on Monday, October 26, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. The company will discuss third quarter results.

    -- Date: Monday, October 26, 2009 -- Time: 11:00 AM Pacific time -- To Listen Live: - Via Phone: (877) 247.4281. Conference ID#: 27709026 - Via Webcast: Access the Company website at http://www.wcb.com/ 1. Click on "Investor Relations". 2. Click on "3rd Quarter 2009 Earnings Conference Call" tab. -- To Listen to Access the Company website at http://www.wcb.com/ Archived Conference 1. Click on "Investor Relations". Call (Replay) 2. Click on "Quarterly Conference Call" tab. Available October 27 3. Click on "3rd Quarter 2009 Earnings Conference Call" tab.

    West Coast Bancorp is a Northwest bank holding company with $2.6 billion in assets, operating 65 offices in Oregon and Washington. The company combines the sophisticated products and expertise of larger banks with the local decision making, market knowledge and customer service of a community bank. For more information, visit the Company web site at http://www.wcb.com/.

    West Coast Bancorp

    CONTACT: Nancy Verville, Executive Assistant to the CEO of West Coast
    Bancorp, +1-503-598-3252, vervillen@wcb.com

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




    Parker Drilling Schedules Third Quarter 2009 Earnings Release and Conference Call

    HOUSTON, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Parker Drilling announced today it intends to report its financial results for the Third Quarter 2009 on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The Company expects to issue its earnings report that morning and will follow with a conference call at 10:00 a.m. CST (11:00 a.m. EST). Those interested in listening to the call by telephone may do so by dialing (480) 629-9722. Alternatively, the call can be accessed through the Investor Relations section of the Company's Web site at http://www.parkerdrilling.com/.

    A copy of the earnings report and related information will be available on the Company's Web site. A replay of the call can be accessed on the Company's Web site for 12 months or by telephone from Nov. 3 through Nov. 11 by dialing (303) 590-3030 and using the access code 4171242#.

    Parker Drilling provides high-performance contract drilling solutions, rental tools and project management services to the worldwide energy industry. Parker operates 29 land rigs in strategic international markets and 17 offshore barge rigs, primarily in the coastal waters of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The Company's Rental Tools business rents premium equipment to operators in active land and offshore markets in North America. Founded in 1934, Parker has set numerous world records for deep and extended-reach drilling and is an industry leader in safety performance. More information about Parker Drilling can be found at http://www.parkerdrilling.com/.

    Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050620/PARKERDRILLINGLOGO
    http://photoarchive.ap.org/
    PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com Parker Drilling Company

    CONTACT: investors, Richard Bajenski, Director, Investor Relations,
    +1-281-406-2030, richard.bajenski@parkerdrilling.com, or, media, Rose Maltby,
    Manager, Public Relations, +1-281-406-2212, rose.maltby@parkerdrilling.com,
    both of Parker Drilling

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




    MSA Schedules Third Quarter Earnings Webcast

    PITTSBURGH, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MSA , the global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of products that protect people's health and safety, announced today that it will broadcast a third quarter 2009 earnings conference call live via the Internet on Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The call will last approximately 45 minutes.

    Investors and interested parties will have the opportunity to listen to the conference call live at http://www.msanet.com/. Please log onto MSA's Web site 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register. It may be necessary to download audio software to hear the conference call. To do so, investors should click on the Earnings Conference Call link on MSA's Web site and follow the related directions. A replay of the conference will be available on MSA's Web site for 30 days.

    A press release outlining MSA's third quarter financial results will be distributed on October 29, 2009 before the market opens.

    Established in 1914, MSA is a global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people's health and safety. Many MSA products typically integrate any combination of electronics, mechanical systems and advanced materials to protect users against hazardous or life-threatening situations. The company's comprehensive line of products is used by workers around the world in the fire service, oil, gas and petrochemical industry, homeland security, construction, mining and other industries, as well as the military. Principal products include self-contained breathing apparatus, gas masks, gas detection instruments, head protection, ballistic body armor, fall protection devices and thermal imaging cameras. The company also provides a broad range of consumer and contractor safety products through retail channels. These products are marketed and sold under the MSA Safety Works brand. MSA has annual sales of approximately $1 billion, manufacturing operations in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America, and more than 40 international locations. Additional information is available on the company's Web site at http://www.msanet.com/.

    MSA

    CONTACT: Mark Deasy, MSA, +1-412-967-3357

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




    MicroStrategy Announces 13th Annual User Conference

    MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MicroStrategy® Incorporated , a leading worldwide provider of business intelligence (BI) software, today announced that it will host its 13th annual user conference, MicroStrategy World 2010, January 25-28 at the Wynn Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    MicroStrategy World 2010 will feature customer speakers from industry-leading organizations, more than 100 educational sessions, and an exhibit hall showcasing MicroStrategy business partners. During the 3-day event, participants will see product demonstrations and learn about MicroStrategy's latest technical advances to help companies deliver more business intelligence across the enterprise, while reducing administrative costs.

    The educational tracks, featuring MicroStrategy 9, will include Reporting, Analysis and Monitoring; Dashboarding, Reporting, and Advanced Visualizations; Advanced Development; Customizing the User Experience; Integrating MicroStrategy with Enterprise Applications; Delivery, Administration, and Performance Tuning; and Advanced and Predictive Analytics. In addition, MicroStrategy World will feature five tracks dedicated to customer best practices.

    "MicroStrategy World 2010 promises an impressive line-up of speakers, content-rich educational sessions, and opportunities to hear about complementary solutions from many of MicroStrategy's technology partners," said Sanju Bansal, MicroStrategy COO. "Attendees can choose from more than 100 business and technical sessions, giving them the opportunity to customize their MicroStrategy World experience to fit their areas of interest and levels of experience."

    Registration information and a preliminary agenda for MicroStrategy World 2010 are available at http://www.microstrategy.com/events/microstrategyworld2010/

    About MicroStrategy

    Founded in 1989, MicroStrategy is a global leader in business intelligence (BI) technology. MicroStrategy provides integrated reporting, analysis, and monitoring software that helps leading organizations worldwide make better business decisions every day. Companies choose MicroStrategy for its advanced technical capabilities, sophisticated analytics, and superior data and user scalability. More information about MicroStrategy is available at http://www.microstrategy.com/.

    MicroStrategy, MicroStrategy Business Intelligence Platform, and MicroStrategy 9 are either trademarks or registered trademarks of MicroStrategy Incorporated in the United States and certain other countries. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

    Contact: Wende Cover MicroStrategy Incorporated 703-770-1646 wcover@microstrategy.com

    MicroStrategy Incorporated

    CONTACT: Wende Cover of MicroStrategy Incorporated, +1-703-770-1646,
    wcover@microstrategy.com

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




    MedImmune to Present Data on RSV and Influenza at 2009 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- MedImmune announced today it will present four abstracts at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2009 National Conference & Exhibition that add to the company's growing body of research on the burden of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) on children, as well as pediatric infectious disease prevention.

    "With influenza and RSV becoming more widespread this time of year, it remains important to better understand the impact of infectious diseases on pediatric health and the healthcare system, as well as what we can do to prevent illness," said Alexander A. Zukiwski, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer. "The data being presented at the conference build on our extensive foundation of research and help advance innovative solutions for preventing illnesses that negatively impact the health of children."

    MedImmune abstracts to be presented at AAP on RSV include: -- "Late Breaking Trial: A Randomized Controlled Trial of RSV Prophylaxis with Motavizumab vs Palivizumab in Young Children with Hemodynamically Significant Congenital Heart Disease."

    Feltes, T. et al., Oral Presentation; 9:30 AM - October 18, 2009; H2019 Section on Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery Program -- Washington Convention Center, Room 201

    BACKGROUND: Congenital heart disease (CHD) patients are at high risk of complications from RSV lower respiratory infection and may benefit from passive immunoprophylaxis. Motavizumab is an investigational RSV-specific monoclonal antibody that is currently being evaluated for its potential to prevent serious disease caused by RSV in high-risk pediatric patients. This randomized, double-blind, active-controlled clinical trial evaluated the safety and tolerability of motavizumab in children with congenital heart disease -- a population at high risk for serious RSV disease. Secondary objectives sought to determine the effect of motavizumab on rates of RSV-related hospitalization and RSV-specific lower respiratory tract infections, as well as describe motavizumab's pharmacokinetics and immune response.

    -- "Serious Early Childhood Wheezing Following Respiratory Syncytial Virus Lower Respiratory Tract Infection During Infancy Among Preterm Infants"

    Romero, JR et al (presenter: Hasan Jafri, MD) [(Friday, October 16, 2009; Room 145 (Washington Convention Center)]

    BACKGROUND: Prior studies have suggested that RSV infection is associated with the development of recurrent wheezing in early childhood. However, these studies have had limited sample sizes and lacked laboratory confirmation. This retrospective cohort study sought to determine the relationship between medically attended RSV and recurrent wheezing in the third year of life. Charts of nearly 90,000 infants born at 32 weeks gestation or greater were analyzed for evidence of recurring wheezing and RSV infection, and laboratory testing for RSV was confirmed.

    -- "Increased Medical Costs and Use within a Year After Respiratory Syncytial Virus Lower Respiratory Tract Infection Among Commercially-Insured Late-Preterm Infants"

    Palmer, L et al (presenter: Lisa Palmer, MD) [(Friday, October 16, 2009; Room 145 Washington Convention Center)]

    BACKGROUND: RSV is the leading cause of hospitalization for infants up to the age of one, and is responsible for one of every 13 visits to a pediatrician and one of every 38 emergency room trips for children up to the age of five. This burden on the healthcare system has associated costs. This retrospective cohort study evaluated the total healthcare costs and use of services from infants born between 33 - 36 weeks gestation infected with RSV lower respiratory tract infection (LRI). These late-preterm infants were compared with a control group of infants without RSV LRI, all of whom were commercially insured.

    MedImmune abstracts to be presented at AAP on influenza include: -- Survey of Physician-Led Influenza Immunization Programs in Schools

    Harry F. Hull, M.D., HF Hull & Associates, Oral Presentation: October 19; 11:45-11:55 AM Session: Council on School Health

    BACKGROUND: The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices now recommend annual influenza immunizations for all children aged six months to 18 years. School-located immunization programs (SIPs) may offer an efficient, less costly means to reach large numbers of school-aged children. There have been reports of physician-led SIPs conducted independently from public health departments, but little is known about these programs. This study documented the experience of physician-led SIPs for the benefit of other physicians considering organizing SIPs.

    Additional information about the 2009 AAP National Conference & Exhibition can be found at http://www.aap.org/nce/.

    About Palivizumab

    Palivizumab is a prescription medication that is used to help prevent a serious lung disease caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in children at high risk. It is given as a shot, usually in the thigh muscle, each month during the RSV season. Children who develop an RSV infection while receiving palivizumab should continue the monthly dosing schedule throughout the season.

    Palivizumab should not be used in patients with a history of a severe allergic reaction to palivizumab or its ingredients. Cases of severe allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis and other types of hypersensitivity reactions have been reported with Synagis. These reactions may occur when any dose of Synagis is given, not just the first one. Very low platelet counts may occur, which may lead to unusual bruising and/or groups of pinpoint red spots found on the skin.

    Common side effects may include fever, cold-like symptoms (upper respiratory infection) including runny nose and ear infection, and rash. Other possible side effects include skin reactions around the area where the shot was given (like redness, swelling, warmth or discomfort). In children born with certain types of heart disease, other possible side effects include bluish color of the skin, lips or under fingernails and abnormal heart rhythms. These are not all the possible side effects of Synagis.

    For full prescribing information for palivizumab (tradename Synagis®), see the company's website at: http://www.medimmune.com/pdf/products/synagis_pi.pdf

    About MedImmune

    MedImmune, the worldwide biologics business for AstraZeneca PLC , has approximately 3,100 employees worldwide and is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland. With an advancing pipeline of promising candidates, MedImmune aims to be the next revolutionary force in biotechnology by delivering life-changing products, industry-leading performance, and a tireless commitment to improving patient health. For more information, visit MedImmune's website at http://www.medimmune.com/.

    MedImmune

    CONTACT: Media: Tor Constantino of MedImmune, +1-301-398-5801

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




    Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Issues Statement

    NEW YORK, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- "Both Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and I appreciate the long and productive relationship we have enjoyed with Kmart and Sears Holdings. Although we were not able to agree on terms that would have allowed us to continue working together, we wish our friends at Kmart and Sears Holdings all the best. To the extent my recent comments were taken by anyone to be inconsistent with this sentiment that was not my intent. We hope in particular for a strong performance for the Martha Stewart Everyday line of holiday ornaments and decorations for this upcoming holiday season," stated Martha Stewart, Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

    About Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.

    Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (MSLO) is a leading provider of original "how-to" information, inspiring and engaging consumers with unique lifestyle content and high-quality products. MSLO is organized into four business segments: Publishing, Broadcasting, Internet, and Merchandising.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    We have included in this press release certain "forward-looking statements," as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts but instead represent only our current beliefs regarding future events, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of our control. These statements include estimates of future financial performance, potential opportunities, expected product line expansions and additions, future acceptability of our content and our businesses and other statements that can be identified by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "could," "expects," "intends," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "potential" or "continue" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. The Company's actual results may differ materially from those projected in these statements, and factors that could cause such differences include: adverse reactions to publicity relating to Martha Stewart or Emeril Lagasse by consumers, advertisers and business partners; further downturns in national and/or local economies; shifts in our business strategies; a loss of the services of Ms. Stewart or Mr. Lagasse; a loss of the services of other key personnel; a further softening of the domestic advertising market; changes in consumer reading, purchasing and/or television viewing patterns; unanticipated increases in paper, postage or printing costs; operational or financial problems at any of our contractual business partners; the receptivity of consumers to our new product introductions; and changes in government regulations affecting the Company's businesses.

    Certain of these and other factors are discussed in more detail in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, especially under the heading "Risk Factors," which may be accessed through the SEC's World Wide Web site at http://www.sec.gov/. The Company is under no obligation to update any forward-looking statements after the date of this release.

    Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

    CONTACT: Elizabeth Estroff, MSLO, +1-212-827-8281

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

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