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Companies news of 2009-10-19 (page 3)

  • New EMC Solutions Extend Customer Value of Microsoft SharePoint ServerProvide Microsoft...
  • Perrigo Company Will Release First Quarter Fiscal 2010 Results on November 2, 2009
  • ING Survey: One Year Later, Investors Remain Committed to Their Workplace Retirement Plans
  • Teradata Delivers Real Time Intelligence for Business Contact Centers in Collaboration...
  • CanAlaska appoints new Chief Financial Officer
  • Next Up On 'THE MO'NIQUE SHOW'...
  • GOL - NYSE Profile of the Week
  • New Jersey American Water's Chiavari Joins New Jersey Alliance for Action Board
  • Whirlpool Corporation Declares Quarterly Dividend
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    New EMC Solutions Extend Customer Value of Microsoft SharePoint ServerProvide Microsoft SharePoint Server Customers with Seamless Integration to EMC Documentum, Intelligent Capture and E-Discovery The News

    LAS VEGAS, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- SharePoint Conference, EMC Booth #109 -- EMC Corporation , the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced new solutions that enable customers to further leverage and extend their Microsoft SharePoint Server deployments. The new solutions are the result of continued joint investment and close collaboration between EMC and Microsoft as part of the two companies' commitment to broader and deeper product interoperability in the area of enterprise content management (ECM).

    For the multimedia version of this press release, please go to: http://www.emc.com/about/news/press/2009/20091019-01.htm. EMC Solutions for SharePoint Products and Technologies -- EMC Documentum Repository Services for SharePoint bridges SharePoint Server and Documentum providing a complete solution for content control that meets the unique requirements of combined customers. Leveraging Microsoft's External BLOB Storage application programming interface, Repository Services for SharePoint can automatically redirect content normally destined for SharePoint Server's Microsoft SQL Server repository and send it to a Documentum repository for content aggregation and compliance with zero impact on end-users. -- EMC My Documentum for SharePoint provides a suite of Web Parts that can be easily used with any SharePoint Server site. These Web Parts offer seamless, direct user access to content that is being managed within a Documentum Content Server repository through the SharePoint user interface. Customers can easily configure their SharePoint Server experience to expose Documentum-specific functionality provided for virtual documents, lifecycles and renditions as well as leverage advanced search capabilities for Documentum libraries. -- EMC Captiva for SharePoint automatically captures and classifies documents, extracts data and exports the content into SharePoint Server. By converting information in paper documents into intelligent content that is instantly searchable and accessible throughout the enterprise, companies can drive more efficient business processes for their SharePoint applications as well as substantially reduce paper-handling and storage costs. -- EMC SourceOne eDiscovery for SharePoint provides direct management of SharePoint repositories to conduct legal discovery searches, execute legal holds within the repository and deliver robust repository analysis and review capabilities. This solution, obtained through EMC's acquisition of Kazeon, provides a "single pane of glass" view so that customers can quickly and easily index an entire SharePoint Server repository all at once or execute a targeted index and collection by site, sub-site, document library or folder. With its powerful concept and keyword search capabilities, irrelevant information can be quickly filtered to save processing time allowing organizations to collect, analyze and review documents pertinent to a specific case or investigation.

    In addition, EMC Consulting provides a complete portfolio of strategic consultation, planning, delivery, and support services across the entire lifecycle of SharePoint Server initiatives. Specializing in user experience design, application development, business intelligence, workflow automation, integration and technical infrastructure, EMC consultants help clients maximize productivity, value and success of SharePoint Server solutions.

    EMC Executive Quote

    "EMC and Microsoft remain committed to providing solutions that tightly link SharePoint and Documentum to improve how knowledge workers utilize information wherever the content resides. With our solutions for SharePoint, EMC delivers the best of the SharePoint experience while integrating it with Documentum's ECM technologies.

    "EMC also continues to be involved in Microsoft's Office/SharePoint Technical Adoption Program (TAP), giving us advanced knowledge of SharePoint 2010 and its capabilities. We're excited about the possibilities surrounding the new and innovative aspects of SharePoint 2010 and we look forward to working closely with Microsoft to develop solutions that adds value to our shared customers."

    - Whitney Tidmarsh, Chief Marketing Officer, Content Management and Archiving Division, EMC

    Microsoft Partner Quote

    "Microsoft and EMC extended our strategic alliance in March of this year and since that time, the SharePoint and Documentum product teams have been working closely together to ensure that the most seamless integrations are delivered to our joint customers. These new integrations from EMC deliver a seamless experience for the SharePoint user allowing organizations to further harness the capabilities of Documentum and SharePoint that are relevant to both knowledge workers and IT."

    - Jeff Teper, Corporate Vice President for SharePoint, Microsoft About EMC

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

    EMC, Documentum and Captiva are registered trademarks of EMC Corporation. EMC SourceOne is a trademark of EMC Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

    EMC Corporation

    CONTACT: Liza S. Goldberg, +1-925-600-5991, goldberg_liza@emc.com

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




    Perrigo Company Will Release First Quarter Fiscal 2010 Results on November 2, 2009

    ALLEGAN, Mich., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Perrigo Company today announced that it will release financial results for its first quarter fiscal 2010 on Monday, November 2, 2009 at approximately 8:00 a.m. (ET). The Company will conduct a conference call at 10:00 a.m. (ET) hosted by Joseph C. Papa, Perrigo's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

    The conference call will be available live via webcast to interested parties on the Perrigo website http://www.perrigo.com/ or by phone 877-248-9413, International 973-582-2737 and reference ID# 35823113. A taped replay of the call will be available beginning at approximately 2:00 p.m. (ET) Monday, November 2, until midnight Tuesday, November 10, 2009. To listen to the replay, call 800-642-1687, International 706-645-9291, access code 35823113.

    Perrigo Company is a leading global healthcare supplier that develops, manufactures and distributes OTC and generic prescription pharmaceuticals, nutritional products, active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) and consumer products. The Company is the world's largest manufacturer of OTC pharmaceutical products for the store brand market. The Company's primary markets and locations of manufacturing and logistics operations are the United States, Israel, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Visit Perrigo on the Internet (http://www.perrigo.com/).

    Perrigo Company

    CONTACT: Arthur J. Shannon, Vice President, Investor Relations and
    Communication, +1-269-686-1709, ajshannon@perrigo.com, or Daniel B. Willard,
    Manager, Investor Relations and Communication, +1-269-686-1597,
    dbwillard@perrigo.com, both of Perrigo Company

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




    ING Survey: One Year Later, Investors Remain Committed to Their Workplace Retirement Plans

    WINDSOR, Conn., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A survey conducted by the ING Institute for Retirement Research found that, despite the uncertain market conditions and negative headlines during the past year, most Americans who participate in employer-sponsored defined contribution plans value these plans greatly and have continued to support them.

    According to the survey, an overwhelming majority (84%) stated that their employer's plan was a "very important" part of their retirement strategy. Additionally, nearly all (92%) stated that the best way to save was by having their investments automatically deducted from their paycheck.

    "This survey underscores one simple fact: the economy and the critics have not discouraged those who are regularly participating in a defined contribution plan," said Catherine Smith, CEO of ING U.S. Retirement Services. "The average American preparing for retirement recognizes the important role their employer-sponsored plan plays in achieving their savings goals, and they value the conveniences and options these plans afford."

    The survey, part of ING's effort to gain greater insights into the "hearts and minds" of investors, polled more than 1000 men and women of all ages participating in defined contribution plans managed by ING's U.S. Retirement Services operations.(1) These individuals represented a cross-section of investors in plans that span the 401(k), 403(b) and 457 Internal Revenue Code provisions and cover the corporate, not-for-profit, healthcare, education and government sectors.

    Other findings further demonstrated that investors did not radically change their behavior or abandon these plans in response to the market downturn. For example, since the fall of 2008:

    -- More people (nearly 40%) reported joining an employer's plan or increasing their contributions than decreasing or stopping contributions (less than 30%). -- While more than one-third of participants (37%) changed to a more conservative asset allocation, nearly one fifth (19%) saw an opportunity to become more aggressive in their investment strategy. -- Very few reported either taking money out through a hardship withdrawal (6%) or a loan (5%).

    ING established the ING Institute for Retirement Research in order to better understand the many facets of the defined contribution landscape, including the emotional and psychological factors that affect how people save for retirement. Through research projects, studies, tools and commentary, the Institute is a resource for plan distributors and employers seeking new ways to influence participant behavior and help investors achieve positive retirement outcomes.

    For a complete overview of this survey, or to view other original material produced by the Institute, please visit http://www.ing.com/us/sponsorIIRR and select the "publications" page.

    ING's US Retirement Services is currently the nation's largest defined contribution plan provider based on number of sponsors, with over 52,000; the second largest based on number of plan participants with approximately 7 million; and the third largest based on combined assets under management and administration, with more than $235 billion.(2) It is one of the few providers with a scaled leadership presence across the entire defined contribution spectrum and the ability to offer retirement solutions for any size or segment of the market.

    1. "The Hearts and Minds of Retirement Investors" survey was conducted between April 9 and June 6, 2009. Nearly 1050 investors in retirement programs managed by ING responded to the survey. Respondents were men and women of all ages that represented a cross-section of investors in plans that span the Internal Revenue Code defined contribution provisions: 401(k), 403(b) and 457. Results of this survey are reported with 95% confidence and a margin of error of plus or minus 3%.

    2. Pensions & Investments, July 27, 2009. Press inquiries: Joe Loparco ING Americas Office: 860.580.2677 Cell: 860.462.6525 joseph.loparco@us.ing.com About ING

    ING is a global financial institution of Dutch origin offering banking, investments, life insurance and retirement services to over 85 million private, corporate and institutional clients in over 40 countries. With a diverse workforce of more than 110,000 people, ING is dedicated to setting the standard in helping our clients manage their financial future.

    In the U.S., the ING family of companies offers a comprehensive array of financial services to retail and institutional clients, which includes life insurance, retirement plans, mutual funds, managed accounts, alternative investments, direct banking, institutional investment management, annuities, employee benefits, financial planning, and reinsurance. ING holds top-tier rankings in key U.S. markets and serves approximately 30 million customers across the nation. For more information, visit http://www.ing.com/US.

    ING Americas

    CONTACT: Joe Loparco, ING Americas, Office: +1-860-580-2677, Cell:
    +1-860-462-6525, joseph.loparco@us.ing.com

    Web Site: http://www.ing.com/us




    Teradata Delivers Real Time Intelligence for Business Contact Centers in Collaboration with MicrosoftData warehouse will route real-time information captured from interactions onto analysts' dashboards for more effective contact center operations

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Teradata Corporation , the world's largest company solely focused on data warehousing and enterprise analytics, today introduced a business solution called Teradata Contact Center Intelligence for Telecommunications based on Microsoft Corp. business intelligence technologies. This new solution enables contact center managers and business analysts at telecommunications carriers to examine detailed company data from all service channels, outside vendors and other enterprise data sources to understand both current operations and trends over time. It is designed to run on the Teradata Active Enterprise Data Warehouse, Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance, Teradata Extreme Data Appliance or the Teradata Data Mart Appliance.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090909/TERADATALOGO )

    "As customers continue to use more communications channels, carriers need help in integrating service information across those channels in order improve the customer experience. Of course, they have to reduce contact center costs at the same time," said Sheryl Kingstone, senior analyst, Yankee Group. "Carriers have long said that information silos, business processes and managing third-party content are their top obstacles to improving customer experience. The new Microsoft-Teradata approach addresses those obstacles."

    The cost of operating a telecommunications contact center environment can be significant, ranging from $100,000 to a more than a billion dollars annually. Even small performance improvements can have a multi-million dollar impact, resulting in a rapid payback on a carrier's investment.

    "The combination of Microsoft SQL Server Analysis and Reporting Services, Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Virtual Earth with the power of a Teradata data warehouse enables our service provider customers to aggregate a mix of divergent types of information into a comprehensive view of actual operations," said Terry McGuigan, managing director, telecommunications industry in the communications sector at Microsoft. "This cost-efficient offering delivers sophisticated business intelligence for more strategic decision-making across the company in areas such as networks, services, customer care and billing."

    The solution brings together the Microsoft family of business intelligence products with direct connectivity to the Teradata enterprise data warehouse system to provide immediate access to high volumes of critical customer experience information and sub-second query response.

    "Contact center reporting has traditionally been provided by the operational systems in the call center. However, traditional methods of analysis are becoming obsolete as customers may try three or more channels before reaching an agent. By integrating disparate channel data in the Teradata warehouse to the tools they already use, business analysts can shift their efforts from data-gathering and system work-arounds to more effectively diagnosing contact center performance and exploiting opportunities for improving the customer experience," said David Grant, vice president of industry solutions for communications, media, entertainment and utilities, Teradata Corporation.

    Microsoft and Teradata are collaborating successfully to provide similar solutions around enterprise intelligence at such companies as Lloyds TSB, NCR Corporation, Radio Shack and RBC Bank.

    About Teradata

    Teradata Corporation is the world's largest company solely focused on raising intelligence through data warehousing, data warehouse appliances, consulting services and enterprise analytics. Teradata is in more than 60 countries and on the Web at http://www.teradata.com/.

    Teradata is a trademark or registered trademark of Teradata Corporation in the United States and other countries.

    Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090909/TERADATALOGO Teradata Corporation

    CONTACT: D'Anne Hotchkiss, +1-609-433-1715,
    danne.hotchkiss@teradata.com, or Mike O'Sullivan, +1-937-242-4786,
    mike.osullivan@teradata.com, both of Teradata Corporation

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




    CanAlaska appoints new Chief Financial Officer

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CanAlaska Uranium Ltd. (TSX.V - CVV) ("CanAlaska" or the "Company") is pleased to announce Mr Joseph Bowes has joined the company as its new Chief Financial Officer ("CFO"). Mr Bowes replaces Mr Damian Towns, who has now returned to full time duties with Coro Mining Corporation and Valley High Ventures Ltd. The Company greatly appreciates Mr Towns efforts for the Company over the past year.

    Mr Bowes is experienced as an advisor, senior executive, and as an entrepreneur in working with both established and new companies in Canada, the US, and SE Asia, including resource sector ventures. For the past 20 years, he has served as President of Angus Management, a consulting firm he founded, and which provides specialized services in the areas of strategy, finance, and corporate development. Joseph's varied career has included Board of Director positions, including publicly listed firms, senior management roles as CEO, CFO, and COO, as well as Senior Audit-Accounting experience with both Price Waterhouse Coopers and KPMG. His educational background includes completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of British Columbia in 1977, receiving his Chartered Accountant designation in BC in 1979, and completing an MBA at the University of Western Ontario in 1982.

    Joseph is joining CanAlaska to continue to build the Company's financial oversight and to strengthen CanAlaska's relationships with its strategic partners as the Company continues to pursue an aggressive exploration strategy for uranium in Canada's Athabasca Basin, and ramps up its exploration programs for 2010.

    CanAlaska is fully-funded for current operations and is budgeting for extensive fall-winter 2010 exploration programs, financed by its strategic joint venture partnerships and from current treasury. The Company is presently awaiting assay results from summer exploration that was undertaken on the Lake Athabasca Project, and from extensive mapping and sampling work at the Poplar Project, where the company has been working six Chinese-trained geologists from East Resources Inc. The assay results from these active projects will be provided as they become available to the Company.

    About CanAlaska Uranium Ltd. -- http://www.canalaska.com/

    CANALASKA URANIUM LTD. (CVV -- TSX.V, CVVUF -- OTCBB, DH7 -- Frankfurt) is undertaking uranium exploration in twenty 100%-owned and three optioned uranium projects in Canada's Athabasca Basin -- the "Saudi Arabia of Uranium". Since September 2004, the Company has aggressively acquired one of the largest land positions in the region, comprising over 2,500,000 acres (10,117 sq. km or 3,906 sq. miles). To-date, CanAlaska has expended over Cdn$55 million exploring its properties and has delineated multiple uranium targets.

    CanAlaska's geological expertise and high exploration profile has attracted the attention of major international strategic partners. Among others, Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi Corporation has undertaken to provide the Company C$11 mil. in exploration funding for its West McArthur Project. Exploration of CanAlaska's Cree East Project is also progressing under a C$19 mil. joint venture with a consortium of Korean companies led by Hanwha Corporation, and comprising Korea Electric Power Corp., Korea Resources Corp. and SK Energy Co, Ltd. Exploration recently commenced on the Poplar Project with Chinese mining partner East Resources Inc., comprising a potential 100,000 metres of drill testing. In addition, Canadian explorer Kodiak Exploration has also optioned the McTavish Project to advance exploration with the goal of attaining a 60% project interest earn-in by delineating a minimum of 35 million pounds U(3)O8.

    On behalf of the Board of Directors (signed) Peter Dasler, M.Sc., P.Geo. President & CEO, CanAlaska Uranium Ltd.

    The TSX Venture has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release: CUSIP# 13708P 10 2. This news release contains certain "Forward-Looking Statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations are disclosed in the Company's documents filed from time to time with the British Columbia Securities Commission and the United States Securities & Exchange Commission.

    CanAlaska Uranium Ltd.

    CONTACT: Emil Fung, Director & V.P. - Corp. Dev., Tel: (604) 688-3211,
    Email: info@canalaska.com




    Next Up On 'THE MO'NIQUE SHOW'...

    NEW YORK, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BET Networks' #1 late night show, THE MO'NIQUE SHOW hosted by the extraordinary actress and comedienne Mo'Nique is going strong into its third week. From A-list celebrity guests to sizzling performances by the hottest musical artists in the game, Mo'Nique delivers viewers a fun-filled hour of entertainment weeknights at 11:00 p.m.* Here's a look at what's ahead during the week of October 19 on BET's new late night party, THE MO'NIQUE SHOW.

    (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091019/NE94652 ) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070716/BETNETWORKSLOGO ) THE MO'NIQUE SHOW GUEST SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 19 MONDAY, OCTOBER 19 Kevin Hart Ohio Wrestlers Musiq Soulchild TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20 T-Boz BBD WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21 Ricky Smiley Chrisette Michelle THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22 George Wallace Nuthin But Strings FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23 Lil JJ Ken Brite K'Jon

    Taping from Atlanta's Turner Studios, Mo'Nique, Sidney Hicks and Marilyn Gill serve as executive producers on THE MO'NIQUE SHOW.

    For more on THE MO'NIQUE SHOW, please visit http://www.bet.com/OnTV/BETShows. *All times ET/PT About BET Networks

    BET Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. , is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 98 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

    Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070716/BETNETWORKSLOGO
    http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091019/NE94652
    http://photoarchive.ap.org/
    PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com BET Networks

    CONTACT: Tricia Newell of BET Networks, +1-212-975-8230,
    tricia.newell@bet.net

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




    GOL - NYSE Profile of the Week

    SAO PAULO, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. (NYSE: GOL; Bovespa: GOLL4), the largest low-cost and low- fare airline in Latin America, informs the market that the Company is the "NYSE Profile of the Week" and its profile is available on NYSE's website during the current week.

    To access GOL's "NYSE Profile of the Week", please visit http://www.nyse.com/

    About GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A.

    GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. , the largest low-cost and low-fare airline in Latin America, offers around 800 daily flights to 49 destinations that connect all the important cities in Brazil and ten major destinations in South America and Caribbean. The Company operates a young, modern fleet of Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft, the safest and most comfortable of its class, with high aircraft utilization and efficiency levels. Fully committed to seeking innovative solutions through the use of cutting-edge technology, the Company -- via its GOL, VARIG, GOLLOG, SMILES and VOE FACIL brands -- offers its clients easy payment facilities, a wide range of complementary services and the best cost-benefit ratio in the market.

    This release contains forward-looking statements relating to the prospects of the business, estimates for operating and financial results, and those related to growth prospects of GOL. These are merely projections and, as such, are based exclusively on the expectations of GOL's management concerning the future of the business and its continued access to capital to fund the Company's business plan. Such forward-looking statements depend, substantially, on changes in market conditions, government regulations, competitive pressures, the performance of the Brazilian economy and the industry, among other factors, and risks disclosed in GOL's filed disclosure documents and are, therefore, subject to change without prior notice.

    CONTACT: Investor Relations Leonardo Pereira - CFO and IRO Rodrigo Alves - Head of IR Phone: (55 11) 2128-4700 E-mail: ri@golnaweb.com.br Website: http://www.voegol.com.br/ir Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/GOLInvest Corporate Communications Phone: (55 11) 2128-4413 E-mail: comcorp@golnaweb.com.br Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/GOLcomunicacao Media Relations Edelman (U.S. and Europe): M. Smith and N. Dean Phone: 1 (212) 704-8196 / 704-4484 Emails: meaghan.smith@edelman.com or noelle.dean@edelman.com

    GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A.

    CONTACT: Leonardo Pereira, CFO and IRO, or Rodrigo Alves, Head of IR,
    both of GOL Investor Relations, +011-55-11-2128-4700, ri@golnaweb.com.br; or
    GOL Corporate Communications, +011-55-11-2128-4413, comcorp@golnaweb.com.br;
    or Media Relations, M. Smith, meaghan.smith@edelman.com, or N. Dean,
    noelle.dean@edelman.com, both of Edelman (U.S and Europe), +1-212-704-8196,
    +1-212-704-4484, for GOL

    Web site: http://www.voegol.com.br/ir




    New Jersey American Water's Chiavari Joins New Jersey Alliance for Action Board

    CHERRY HILL, N.J., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Suzanne Chiavari, PE, vice president of engineering at New Jersey American Water, has been named to the board of directors of the New Jersey Alliance for Action. The New Jersey Alliance for Action is a consortium of business, labor, government and academic leaders dedicated to creating jobs, improving the economy and protecting the environment by improving the state's infrastructure and enabling it to meet the needs of a growing New Jersey.

    "We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with Suzanne. As a leader of New Jersey American Water Company, she works to ensure that the utility continues to play a major role in stimulating our state's economy," said Philip Beachem, president of New Jersey Alliance for Action.

    Chiavari leads a team responsible for the planning, design and construction of water/wastewater system improvements at the state's largest water utility. The company's capital program annually infuses millions of dollars into New Jersey's economy.

    Chiavari holds both undergraduate and graduate engineering degrees from Drexel University. A registered Professional Engineer in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Chiavari also is a member of the New Jersey Section of the American Water Works Association, and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

    New Jersey American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water , is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.5 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in 32 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting http://www.amwater.com/.

    New Jersey American Water

    CONTACT: Richard Barnes, +1-856-310-2245, richard.barnes@amwater.com

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




    Whirlpool Corporation Declares Quarterly Dividend

    BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The board of directors of Whirlpool Corporation declared today a quarterly dividend of 43 cents per share on the company's common stock. The dividend is payable December 15, 2009, to stockholders of record at the close of business on November 20, 2009.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20040202/DETU004LOGO ) About Whirlpool Corporation

    Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $19 billion in 2008, 70,000 employees, and 67 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht and other major brand names to consumers in nearly every country around the world. Additional information about the company can be found at http://www.whirlpoolcorp.com/.

    Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20040202/DETU004LOGO Whirlpool Corporation

    CONTACT: Media: +1-269-923-7405, Media@Whirlpool.com, or Financial: Greg
    Fritz, +1-269-923-2641, Investor_relations@whirlpool.com, both of Whirlpool
    Corporation

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




    DTE Energy Increases 2009 Earnings GuidanceUtilities Detroit Edison, MichCon dealing with challenging year

    DETROIT, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DTE Energy today announced increased earnings guidance for 2009 as the company's continuous improvement program, one-time cost reductions, strong results from its non-utility operations and holding company tax benefits have contributed to stronger performance.

    The company cautioned, however, that its Detroit Edison and MichCon utilities continue to face a challenging economic environment.

    DTE Energy officials said at the company's analyst meeting that 2009 operating earnings per share are expected in the $3.20 to $3.40 range, up from the previously stated $2.75 to $3.05.

    "Despite our strong year-to-date performance, we are not out of the woods," said Anthony F. Earley Jr., DTE Energy chairman and CEO. "Our utilities, in particular, face many challenges as we enter 2010 as a result of the weak Michigan economy. At the same time, the company is faced with significant federally-mandated environmental investments."

    Earley noted that the company's employees have delivered more than $100 million in cost savings this year through its continuous improvement program, while also improving utility service reliability and customer service.

    The business update today also included an early outlook for 2010 earnings and plans for long-term growth.

    A package of slides with supplemental information will be available and archived on the company's website at http://www.dteenergy.com/investors. Operating earnings exclude non-recurring items, certain timing-related items and discontinued operations.

    Investors, the news media and the public may listen to a live internet broadcast of the analyst meeting from 12:30 to 4 p.m. today at http://www.dteenergy.com/. Investors and others also may listen to the meeting by dialing (888) 373-5705 or (719) 457-3840 and using passcode 279851. The webcast will be archived on the DTE Energy website at http://www.dteenergy.com/.

    DTE Energy is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan, MichCon, a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan and other non-utility, energy businesses focused on gas pipelines and storage, coal transportation, unconventional gas production and power and industrial projects. Information about DTE Energy is available at dteenergy.com.

    Use of Operating Earnings Information - In this release, DTE Energy discusses 2009 operating earnings guidance. It is likely that certain items that impact the company's 2009 reported results will be excluded from operating results. Reconciliations to the comparable 2009 reported earnings guidance are not provided because it is not possible to provide a reliable forecast of specific line items. These items may fluctuate significantly from period to period and may have a significant impact on reported earnings.

    DTE Energy management believes that operating earnings provide a more meaningful representation of the company's earnings from ongoing operations and uses operating earnings as the primary performance measurement for external communications with analysts and investors. Internally, DTE Energy uses operating earnings to measure performance against budget and to report to the Board of Directors.

    The information contained herein is as of the date of this release. DTE Energy expressly disclaims any current intention to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information or future events or developments. Words such as "anticipate," "believe," "expect," "projected" and "goals" signify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and conditions but rather are subject to various assumptions, risks and uncertainties. This release contains forward-looking statements about DTE Energy's financial results and estimates of future prospects, and actual results may differ materially.

    Many factors may impact forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, the following: the length and severity of ongoing economic decline; changes in the economic and financial viability of our customers, suppliers, and trading counterparties, and the continued ability of such parties to perform their obligations to the Company; high levels of uncollectible accounts receivable; access to capital markets and capital market conditions and the results of other financing efforts which can be affected by credit agency ratings; instability in capital markets which could impact availability of short and long-term financing; potential for continued loss on investments, including nuclear decommissioning and benefit plan assets; the timing and extent of changes in interest rates; the level of borrowings; the availability, cost, coverage and terms of insurance and stability of insurance providers; the effects of weather and other natural phenomena on operations and sales to customers, and purchases from suppliers; economic climate and population growth or decline in the geographic areas where we do business; environmental issues, laws, regulations, and the increasing costs of remediation and compliance, including actual and potential new federal and state requirements that could include carbon and more stringent mercury emission controls, a renewable portfolio standard, energy efficiency mandates, and a carbon tax or cap and trade structure; nuclear regulations and operations associated with nuclear facilities; impact of electric and gas utility restructuring in Michigan, including legislative amendments and Customer Choice programs; employee relations and the impact of collective bargaining agreements; unplanned outages; changes in the cost and availability of coal and other raw materials, purchased power and natural gas; the effects of competition; the uncertainties of successful exploration of gas shale resources and challenges in estimating gas reserves with certainty; impact of regulation by the FERC, MPSC, NRC and other applicable governmental proceedings and regulations, including any associated impact on rate structures; changes in and application of federal, state and local tax laws and their interpretations, including the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, rulings, court proceedings and audits; the ability to recover costs through rate increases; the cost of protecting assets against, or damage due to, terrorism; changes in and application of accounting standards and financial reporting regulations; changes in federal or state laws and their interpretation with respect to regulation, energy policy and other business issues; and binding arbitration, litigation and related appeals. New factors emerge from time to time. We cannot predict what factors may arise or how such factors may cause our results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Any forward-looking statements refer only as of the date on which such statements are made. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. This presentation should also be read in conjunction with the "Forward-Looking Statements" section in each of DTE Energy's and Detroit Edison's 2008 Forms 10-K and 2009 Forms 10-Q (which sections are incorporated herein by reference), and in conjunction with other SEC reports filed by DTE Energy and Detroit Edison.

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    JetBlue Airways Increases Flights from Boston to Baltimore After Successful Launch of Service-- Five daily nonstop flights offer more convenience and choices for customers beginning March 1, 2010 -- -- Everyday low fares start at just $39 (a) each way --

    BOSTON, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- With 32 nonstop destinations and 20 connecting cities to choose from, JetBlue Airways , Boston's largest domestic carrier, today announces even more expansion of its daily service from Boston's Logan International Airport (BOS). Five daily nonstop flights from BOS to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), one of the airline's newest destinations on its growing route network, will begin on March 1, 2010. On September 9, JetBlue launched new service to Baltimore with four daily flights to complement its existing six daily flights between Boston and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

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    "Customers in Baltimore have discovered what those in Boston have known for years: JetBlue offers more than just an unassigned seat and a handful of peanuts to their destination," said Scott Laurence, vice president of network planning for JetBlue Airways. "With five straight J.D. Power awards received for our customer service, we also provide our customers with lots of legroom, unlimited free snacks and drinks and pre-assigned leather seats on brand new airplanes -- all at the cost of your airfare. In addition, JetBlue flights offer 36 channels of DirecTV programming and more than 100 channels of XM Satellite radio on personal seatback screens. Check out the live TV -- it's on, it's always on, and it's free!"

    JetBlue's everyday low fares start at just $39 (a) each way with a 21-day advance purchase. The airline's schedule between Boston and Baltimore/Washington:

    Boston (BOS) to Baltimore/Washington (BWI) to Baltimore/Washington (BWI): Boston (BOS): --------------------------- ----------------------------- Depart - Arrive Depart - Arrive --------------- --------------- 6:35 a.m. - 8:09 a.m. 6:44 a.m. - 8:10 a.m. (effective 3/2/10) 11:05 a.m. - 12:39 p.m. 8:50 a.m. - 10:18 a.m. 3:25 p.m. - 5:02 p.m. 1:15 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. 6:40 p.m. - 8:13 p.m. 5:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. 8:50 p.m. - 10:21 p.m. 8:50 p.m. - 10:11 p.m. (effective 3/1/10) ----------------------- ---------------------

    JetBlue's Baltimore service is operated by its full-size EMBRAER 190 jets, with seating for 100 customers. The E190 is outfitted with all-leather seats in a spacious 2 x 2 configuration -- with no middle seats!

    With its new service to Baltimore/Washington, JetBlue now offers customers service to more destinations than any other carrier at Boston's Logan, with a choice of 32 nonstop business and leisure destinations across the United States and into the Caribbean and Mexico. Maryland customers also have the opportunity to seamlessly connect to L.A./Long Beach; San Diego; Seattle; and San Francisco from the airline's growing network in Boston. In addition, customers can take advantage of convenient connecting service operated by JetBlue's marketing partner, Cape Air, to fly onward to some of New England's most beautiful destinations including Hyannis, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Provincetown, Mass. and Rutland/Killington, Vt.

    About JetBlue Airways

    New York-based JetBlue Airways has created a new airline category based on value, service and style. In 2009, the carrier ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Low-Cost Carriers in North America" by J.D. Power and Associates, a customer satisfaction recognition received for the fifth year in a row. Known for its award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue is now pleased to offer customers Lots of Legroom and super-spacious Even More Legroom seats. JetBlue introduced complimentary in-flight e-mail and instant messaging services on aircraft "BetaBlue," a first among U.S. domestic airlines. JetBlue is also America's first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights, with meaningful and specific compensation for customers inconvenienced by service disruptions within JetBlue's control. Visit http://www.jetblue.com/promise for details. JetBlue serves 58 cities with 650 daily flights. New service to Saint Lucia begins on October 26 and service to Kingston, Jamaica begins on October 30. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all travel is ticketless, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information or reservations call 1-800-JET-BLUE (1-800-538-2583), TTY/TDD 1-800-336-5530 or visit http://www.jetblue.com/.

    (a) For travel between Boston and Baltimore: All fares are subject to change without notice. Travel costs $15 more per person if purchased by telephone, or at an airport or city ticket office. Fares require up to a 21-day advance purchase. Travel must be completed by April 30, 2010. Blackout dates for travel are between November 24, 2009 and November 30, 2009 and between April 1, 2010 and April 4, 2010. Fares may not be available on all days or on all flights. Fares are most often found on midweek travel dates. All fares must be purchased at time of reservation, and are one-way, nonrefundable, and nontransferable. Cancellations and changes can be made prior to scheduled departure for $100 per person at 1-800-JETBLUE (1-800-538-2583), TTY/TDD 1-800-336-5530, or at jetblue.com, with applicable fare adjustment. Cancellations are for a JetBlue travel credit only, which is valid for one year. If a reservation is not changed or canceled prior to scheduled departure, all money associated with the reservation is forfeited. Fares do not include Passenger Facility Charges of up to $9 each way, September 11th Security Fees of up to $5 each way and a Federal Segment Tax of $3.60 per domestic segment. A segment is a takeoff and landing. All taxes and fees must be paid at the time of purchase. JetBlue reserves the right to deny boarding to passengers without proper documentation. A second bag fee of $30 applies. DIRECTV(r) service is not available on flights outside the continental US. Other restrictions apply. ©2009 JetBlue Airways

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    Rapid Penang se dote de 200 nouveaux bus équipés de la solution d'allègement en aluminium Rio Tinto Alcan et limite ainsi ses émissions de CO2

    PARIS, October 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Alcan Produits Profilés, une division d'Alcan Engineered Products ( Groupe Rio Tinto) annonce aujourd'hui qu'il fournira tous les profilés, tôles et éléments d'assemblage en aluminium pour la production de 200 nouveaux bus surbaissés pour Rapid Penang, qui devient ainsi la première société de transports publics en Malaisie à exploiter une flotte de bus dotés du système de structure EcoRange(R) d'Alcan. Les premiers exemplaires seront livrés à Rapid Penang avant la fin de l'année 2009.

    "Nous sommes très fiers d'avoir été retenus pour fournir notre système de structure EcoRange(R). Les propriétés techniques de notre système offrent de multiples avantages à nos clients", a déclaré Reinhard Fleer, Président d'Alcan Produits Profilés. "Ce contrat représente l'illustration parfaite de la confiance que le marché met dans nos technologies en aluminium visant à réduire le poids des véhicules", a-t-il ajouté.

    Ces 200 bus seront construits sur le châssis Scania de la gamme K et équipés d'un moteur diesel de 9 litres à 5 cylindres, couplé à une boite automatique 6 vitesses. Ils seront également dotés de freins à disques et d'un accès aux fauteuils roulants - une autre première pour Rapid Penang. 30 bus auront une carrosserie de 12 m de long, les 170 bus restants auront une carrosserie plus courte, de 10.6 m de long, afin de s'adapter aux rues étroites du centre-ville de Georgetown, récemment classée "ville du patrimoine mondial" par l'UNESCO.

    Le système de structures EcoRange(R), développé par Alcan, comprend des profilés et des panneaux en aluminium haute performance ainsi que des raccords boulonnés en aluminium facilitant l'assemblage. La légèreté d'EcoRange(R) contribue à réduire la consommation de carburant et les émissions de CO(2). De plus, l'excellente résistance à la corrosion de l'aluminium assurera une plus grande durée de vie aux structures de carrosseries des bus de Rapid Penang.

    La carrosserie des bus sera assemblée par Gemilang Coachworks, le partenaire local d'Alcan.

    Alcan Produits Profilés est un acteur clé en Europe dans le domaine des produits spécialisés pour le secteur du transport collectif. Cette division possède des installations de production en France, en Allemagne, en Suisse, en République tchèque et en Slovaquie.

    Alcan Engineered Products est un leader mondial dans la fabrication de produits d'aluminium. Alcan Engineered Products développe des produits innovateurs à valeur ajoutée destinés à un vaste éventail de marchés et d'applications. Le portefeuille est constitué de sept secteurs d'aval : aéronautique, produits laminés, profilés, câbles en aluminium, composites, automobile et commerce international.

    À propos de Rio Tinto

    Rio Tinto est un important groupe minier international dont le siège social est situé au Royaume-Uni, regroupant Rio Tinto plc, société inscrite aux Bourses de Londres et de New York, et Rio Tinto Limited, société inscrite à la Bourse d'Australie.

    Rio Tinto s'occupe de prospection, d'exploitation et de traitement de ressources minérales. Il produit principalement de l'aluminium, du cuivre, des diamants, de l'énergie (charbon et uranium), de l'or et des minéraux industriels (borax, dioxyde de titane, sel et talc) et du minerai de fer. Bien que ses activités soient d'envergure mondiale, Rio Tinto est solidement implanté en Australie et en Amérique du Nord et possède d'importantes entreprises en Amérique du Sud, en Asie, en Europe et en Afrique australe.

    Renseignements: Relations avec les médias, Rio Tinto Alcan, Paris: Chrystele Ivins, +33-1-57-00-24-18, chrystele.ivins@riotinto.com; Relations avec les médias, Rio Tinto Alcan, Stefano Bertolli, +1-514-848-8151, stefano.bertolli@riotinto.com; http://www.riotintoalcan.com/

    Rio Tinto Alcan

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    200 New Low Emission Buses for Rapid Penang to be Built With Rio Tinto Alcan Aluminium Lightweight Technology

    PARIS, October 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Alcan Extruded Products, part of Alcan Engineered Products - a business unit of Rio Tinto - is pleased to announce today that it is supplying all of the aluminium extrusions, sheets and joining elements for the production of 200 new, low floor city buses for the city of Penang, Malaysia. Rapid Penang will be the first major transit company in Malaysia to operate a fleet of buses with the EcoRange(R) body structure system from Rio Tinto Alcan. The first of these latest generation buses will be delivered to Rapid Penang before the end of 2009.

    "We are very proud that we were selected to supply the innovative aluminium EcoRange(R) body structure. Due to the system's superior technical characteristics, it offers multiple benefits to our customers," said Reinhard Fleer, president, Alcan Extruded Products. "Additionally, this supply contract clearly demonstrates strong market confidence in our advanced weight reducing aluminium technologies."

    All 200 units will be built on the Scania K-series bus chassis, equipped with a nine-litre Diesel engine, coupled to a six-speed automatic gearbox. Other features include disc brakes and full wheelchair access - another first for Rapid Penang. 170 of the buses will have a shorter 10.6m body to suit the narrow inner city streets of Georgetown, which was recently awarded "Heritage City" status by the UNESCO, and the remaining 30 buses will use a 12m body.

    The EcoRange(R) body structure system, developed by Alcan Extruded Products, includes high-performance aluminium extrusions, aluminium panels, as well as aluminium bolted connections for fast and easy assembly. The lightweight EcoRange(R) will help to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, and the excellent corrosion resistance of aluminium will provide Rapid Penang with a long lasting body structure.

    The bodywork of the buses will be assembled by Gemilang Coachworks, Rio Tinto Alcan's local partner in Malaysia. Alcan Extruded Products is a key player in Europe with a focus on specialty products for the mass transport sector. It includes production facilities in France, Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

    Alcan Engineered Products is a global sector-leading business strongly committed to developing innovative, value-added products for a broad range of markets and applications. Its portfolio consists of seven downstream businesses: aerospace, non commodity aluminium rolled products, aluminium extrusions, cable, composite products, automotive structures and international trade.

    About Rio Tinto

    Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE listed company, and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.

    Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc) and iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia and North America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe and southern Africa.

    For further information: Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations: Paris: Chrystele Ivins, +33-1-57-00-24-18, chrystele.ivins@riotinto.com; Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations: Stefano Bertolli, +1-514-848-8151, stefano.bertolli@riotinto.com; Website: http://www.riotintoalcan.com

    Rio Tinto Alcan

    For further information: Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations: Paris: Chrystele Ivins, +33-1-57-00-24-18, chrystele.ivins@riotinto.com; Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations: Stefano Bertolli, +1-514-848-8151, stefano.bertolli@riotinto.com




    Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Deliver Beta 2 in Final Stretch to March 22 LaunchMicrosoft announces Ultimate Offer, provides new value for developers.

    REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Microsoft Corp. today announced the immediate availability of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 to MSDN subscribers; general availability will follow on Oct. 21. The company also outlined a simplified product lineup and pricing options for Visual Studio 2010 as well as new benefits for MSDN subscribers, including the Ultimate Offer, available to all active MSDN Premium subscribers at the official product launch on March 22, 2010.

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    Customers should begin investigating the significant innovations in each of the technologies today. New testing options in Visual Studio 2010 will help ensure quality code. Enhancements to the integrated development environment mean that whether modeling, coding, testing or debugging, developers can use existing skills to deploy a growing number of application types. Built-in tools for Windows 7 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010, new drag and drop bindings for Silverlight and Windows Presentation Foundation, and interoperability with innovative technologies (such as those for the database, ASP.NET model view controller, unified modeling language, Expression, and multicore) allow developers to bring their visions to life. With the .NET Framework 4, developers can experience immensely smaller deployments with up to an 81 percent reduction in the framework size when using the Client Profile. Other .NET Framework 4 developer benefits include additional support for industry standards, inclusion of the Dynamic Language Runtime for more language choice, new support for high-performance middle-tier applications (including parallel programming, workflow and service-oriented applications) and backward compatibility through side-by-side installation with .NET Framework 3.5.

    "Developers face demanding, complex and fast-paced environments today; this next wave of tools and technologies will help simplify the development process from design to deployment and will enable developers to use their existing skills and knowledge to build better software, faster," said S. Somasegar, senior vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft. "Now is the time to test drive the new functionality and features in these releases, which address everything from Windows 7 and SharePoint support to collaboration and life-cycle management."

    With the Ultimate Offer, active MSDN Premium subscribers will be transitioned to a higher-level Visual Studio 2010 with MSDN subscription at launch. This provides access to an unprecedented amount of resources, including test and development rights for Microsoft server software (including Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008), Microsoft Office, and premium Visual Studio tools.

    "The 2010 wave is not only about innovation but about helping our customers get significantly more for their investments," said Dave Mendlen, senior director of developer marketing at Microsoft. "The Ultimate Offer and new MSDN subscriber benefits combine to give developers access to high-quality tools, training and community support while at the same time providing organizations with an immensely better value for their money."

    Microsoft has also simplified the product lineup for Visual Studio 2010 and announced pricing details. In the next version, customers will be able to choose from three main versions of Visual Studio 2010:

    -- Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN. The comprehensive suite of application life-cycle management tools for software teams to help ensure quality results from design to deployment -- Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Premium with MSDN. A complete toolset to help developers deliver scalable, high-quality applications -- Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional with MSDN. The essential tool for basic development tasks to assist developers in implementing their ideas easily

    Also today, Microsoft unveiled new benefits for MSDN subscribers, including these:

    -- Unlimited access to Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 (upon release), a server product that drives down the risks and costs of developing software by enhancing team collaboration -- Azure Development, which enables MSDN Premium subscribers to develop on the Windows Azure platform (Microsoft's cloud services platform) with compute hours, storage, data transfers, SQL Azure databases and .NET Services. -- Complimentary e-learning, up to 40 hours per year, per subscriber

    To help developers access the wealth of online resources in a more streamlined fashion, Microsoft has also updated the MSDN Web site, which now features an updated user interface, a faster version of the MSDN Library and more community resources.

    Those interested can download Beta 2 at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/default.aspx.

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

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    Microsoft Unveils SharePoint Server 2010 and Showcases New FunctionalityInvestments for developers, Internet sites and the cloud will help businesses improve efficiency.

    LAS VEGAS, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, at Microsoft Corp.'s SharePoint Conference, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer announced that the public beta of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and Microsoft Office 2010 will become available in November, and revealed some of the new SharePoint Server 2010 capabilities for the first time.

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    "By taming the overflow of information across systems and technologies, SharePoint enables organizations to thrive," Ballmer said. "SharePoint 2010 is the biggest and most important release of SharePoint to date. When paired with Microsoft Office 2010, SharePoint 2010 will transform efficiency by connecting workers across a single collaboration platform for business."

    SharePoint Server is one of the fastest-growing products in Microsoft's history, with over $1.3 billion in revenue, representing over a 20 percent growth over the past year. According to IDC, Microsoft attained a significant share of the collaborative content workspace market in 2008, and had the highest growth rate among top vendors with its Microsoft Office SharePoint Server.(1)

    During his keynote address, Ballmer talked broadly about SharePoint Server as a business collaboration platform and highlighted three key areas. One was how organizations can respond quickly to business needs with an improved developer platform that makes it easier to build rich content and collaboration applications. Another topic was the enhanced Internet site capabilities that help businesses drive revenue and retain customers on a single platform. The third was the choice and flexibility between on-premises and cloud solutions. At the event, Microsoft showcased the breadth of SharePoint Server 2010 that ranges from wikis to workflows, while Ballmer's keynote address highlighted features and capabilities such as these:

    -- A new ribbon user interface that makes end users more productive and customization of SharePoint sites easy -- Deep Office integration through social tagging, backstage integration and document life-cycle management -- Built-in support for rich media such as video, audio and Silverlight, making it easy to build dynamic Web sites -- New Web content management features with built-in accessibility through Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, multilingual support and one-click page layout, enabling anyone to access SharePoint Server sites -- New SharePoint tools in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, giving developers a premier experience with the tools they know and trust -- Business Connectivity Services, which allow developers to connect capabilities to line-of-business data or Web services in SharePoint Server and the Office client -- Rich APIs and support for Silverlight, representational state transfer (REST) and Language-Integrated Query (LINQ), to help developers rapidly build applications on the SharePoint platform -- Enterprise features in SharePoint Online such as Excel Services and InfoPath Forms Services, which make it simple to use, share, secure and manage interactive forms across an organization -- The addition of two new SharePoint SKUs for Internet-facing sites, including an on-premises and hosted offer

    "In today's economy, controlling costs and expenses is essential," said David Glenn, director of Enterprise Operations at Del Monte Foods Co. "However, we still have the requirement to make sure our employees, customers and partners can get the information they need to be productive, no matter where they are. SharePoint 2010 is going to allow us to do that more effectively."

    Microsoft SharePoint 2010 is part of the next wave of Microsoft Office-related products, which includes Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Project 2010, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and Microsoft Visio 2010, that are designed to give people the best productivity experience across PCs, phones and browsers.

    Availability

    The public betas of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Office 2010, Project 2010 and Visio 2010 will become available in November 2009; more information is available at http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9689707.

    Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 will be available in the first half of 2010. More information about Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/sharepoint.

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

    This information is about pre-release software and therefore is subject to change. It is provided without warranty of any kind, express or implied.

    (1) Source: IDC: "Worldwide Collaborative Content Workspace 2009-2013 Forecast and 2008 Vendor Shares: A Case of Coalescing Submarkets," Doc #219885 September 2009.

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    DTE Energy, the University of Michigan Launch 2nd Clean Energy Prize Competition

    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the success of last year's inaugural Clean Energy Prize competition - conceived to help move clean energy technologies from the laboratory to commercial production - DTE Energy and the University of Michigan have broadened the scope of the competition. For Year 2, the rules have been changed to encourage participation from more Michigan colleges and universities.

    This year, teams are not required to include a U-M student. Any team with student representation from a Michigan college or university is eligible. The teams still are being challenged to develop the best business plan for bringing a new clean energy technology to market. And again, the teams with winning ideas will share $100,000 in prize money, to be awarded in the spring of 2010.

    Applications and details of the competition are available on the Clean Energy Prize Web site: http://www.dtecleanenergyprize.com/.

    The competition was established by DTE Energy and the University of Michigan, with support from the Masco Corporation Foundation and The Kresge Foundation, to encourage entrepreneurship in Michigan and the development of clean-energy technologies.

    Algal Scientific Corp., comprised of business and engineering students from U-M and Michigan State University, won the inaugural competition and earned the top prize of $65,000. Algal's winning business plan was based on a process that would use algae to simultaneously treat wastewater and produce raw materials for biofuels. Algal and the Clean Energy Prize's second and third place teams, Husk Insulation and Ikanos Power, went on to also win prize money at several national clean technology business plan competitions.

    "Our goal for the Clean Energy Prize is to drive promising ideas and technologies from the research lab to commercialization," said Knut Simonsen, president, DTE Energy Ventures. "Algal Scientific Corp. is now well on the way to achieving that goal. We think their example, and the continuing progress of the other teams that competed against them, will encourage a strong field of teams to participate this year."

    Simonson added, "Algal's decision to locate its business in Michigan supports the competition's other goal of helping to reinvigorate a culture of entrepreneurship in the state."

    The U-M Ross School of Business' Ross Energy Club along with the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute and the Michigan Initiative for Innovation and Entrepreneurship are organizing the competition. The prize organizers are receiving support from several other University of Michigan entities, including the college of engineering's Center for Entrepreneurship, the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, and MPowered Entrepreneurship. The competition is open to students from all Michigan colleges and universities.

    Gary Nye, one of the student leaders with the Ross Energy Club, said a key development for the competition's second year is expanding its reach throughout the state. "Modifying the rules this year to allow competition from all Michigan universities provides two key advantages," Nye said. "First, it helps provide a focused alliance within Michigan around clean energy. Second, it provides an intensified competition to draw out the best talent and ideas that Michigan has to offer."

    Jeff Caveney, another Ross Energy Club student leader, said the competition challenges students with divergent skill sets to work together to move technology from the laboratory to the marketplace. "The Clean Energy Prize is the perfect avenue for business and engineering students to gain experience turning thought into action," Caveney said.

    The competition requires that teams focus on business ideas that support renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid technologies, environmental control technologies, plug-in electric vehicles or energy storage.

    The business plan entries will be judged by independent panels that will include leaders from the venture capital, business, industry and academic communities. The prize money rewards the winning teams with resources that can help them further develop their ideas and ultimately start new businesses that can contribute to Michigan's emerging role as a leader in clean energy.

    DTE Energy Ventures is a DTE Energy company that invests in emerging energy technologies and to date has invested more than $100 million in energy-related companies and funds, making it one of the larger Michigan-based venture capital operations. Information about DTE Energy Ventures is available at http://www.dteenergyventures.com/.

    DTE Energy is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan, MichCon, a natural gas utility serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan and other non-utility, energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, gas midstream, unconventional gas production and energy trading. Information about DTE Energy is available at http://www.dteenergy.com/.

    The Ross Energy Club is a group of talented business students who share an interest in energy. REC promotes career development by providing a forum for education about all aspects of business in the energy sector.

    The Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute develops, coordinates and promotes multidisciplinary energy research and education at U-M. Some 75 faculty in disciplines ranging from engineering to policy to environmental science to urban planning are a part of the institute.

    Michigan Initiative for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a consortium of all fifteen Michigan public universities acting together strategically to foster a new Michigan knowledge economy based on entrepreneurship and innovation. By using the considerable resources of Michigan's institutions of higher education, MIIE seeks to enhance the State's economic competitiveness and stimulate growth.

    DTE Energy

    CONTACT: Bernie DeGroat, U-M News Service, +1-734-647-1847,
    bernied@umich.edu; John J. Austerberry, +1-313-235-8859,
    austerberryj@dteenergy.com, or Lorie N. Kessler, +1-313-235-8807,
    kesslerl@dteenergy.com, both of DTE Energy

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




    WellPoint's Pat Murphy Named to Treasury & Risk Magazine's '40 Under 40'Annual list includes outstanding corporate financial executives under the age of 40 who have made significant contributions to their companies and industries

    INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WellPoint, Inc. announced today that Pat Murphy, staff vice president of corporate reporting and analysis, was named to Treasury & Risk's "40 under 40" as an outstanding corporate financial executive under the age of 40.

    Murphy was selected, in part, because of his work in co-leading efforts to build a company-wide performance reporting framework that gives executives quick access to information on business drivers and financial data.

    "I'm honored by this recognition and believe it's important to realize that my work is part of a team effort to provide key financial and operational information to WellPoint's business leaders so that they can make decisions to best serve the needs of our customers and members," said Murphy, who joined WellPoint in 2005. "WellPoint seeks to simplify the connection between health, care and value, and it's very rewarding for me to play a role in making that goal a reality."

    Murphy joined WellPoint as assistant controller after serving as a senior financial analyst and lead auditor at Eli Lilly & Company and senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Pat earned a bachelor of science degree in business from Indiana University.

    "Pat's contributions to the finance and business teams are critical to our understanding of the key drivers in health care today," said Wayne DeVeydt, executive vice president and chief financial officer for WellPoint. "His recognition is well-deserved and speaks to the strong bench of financial talent we have throughout the company." DeVeydt was recognized on the same list in 2005.

    According to the magazine, Treasury & Risk's "40 under 40" list is "compiled from suggestions that it receives from readers and from best-practices finance departments and treasuries. The selection takes into account not only the executives' title, the companies where they have worked and their responsibilities, but also the contributions they have made."

    About WellPoint, Inc.

    WellPoint works to simplify the connection between Health, Care and Value. We help to improve the health of our communities, deliver better care to members, and provide greater value to our customers and shareholders. WellPoint is the nation's largest health benefits company, with more than 34 million members in its affiliated health plans. As an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, WellPoint serves members as the Blue Cross licensee for California; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as the Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in 10 New York City metropolitan and surrounding counties and as the Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), Wisconsin; and through UniCare. Additional information about WellPoint is available at http://www.wellpoint.com/.

    WellPoint, Inc.

    CONTACT: WellPoint Investor Relations, Michael Kleinman,
    +1-317-488-6713; or WellPoint Media, Todd Siesky, +1-317-488-6548

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




    In Their Own Words, Leading Scientists and Experts Connect UPLC, Mass Spectrometry, and Informatics with Scientific and Business SuccessVideo Testimonials in Waters' Customer Showcase Give Voice to More Than 50 Thought Leaders, Researchers and Laboratory Managers

    MILFORD, Mass., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Waters Corporation has posted a new version of its online video showcase featuring compelling interviews with more than 50 scientists, development partners, and product experts in the fields of pharmaceutical discovery and development, food safety, environmental analysis, sports medicine, disease research and clinical toxicology and clinical research. The showcase features interviews with scientists speaking about their research and business imperatives, their partnership with Waters, and the impact of Waters® ACQUITY® UltraPerformance LC® (UPLC®) Systems, Xevo(TM) and SYNAPT(TM) Mass Spectrometers, and Empower(TM) and NuGenesis(TM) SDMS software and Informatics solutions on helping achieve scientific and business success. Waters Video Showcase is accessible at http://www.waters.com/customers and is the largest such collection of expert testimonials in the industry.

    Giving visionaries, leading scientists and experts a unique platform for communicating their passion for science and the role of instrumentation and software in helping them achieve their vision, Waters Video Showcase has opened a window onto the men and women playing an important role in understanding the biology of disease, discovering new drug compounds, keeping food safe to eat and water safe to drink, diagnosing treatable metabolic disorders, and giving hope to those managing chronic diseases. The ever-expanding video showcase features interviews with scientists at the following leading academic institutions, independent laboratories, and manufacturers including AIT Laboratories, Inc., Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Apotex, Inc., Beijing Institute of Radiation Medicine, Certified Laboratories, Dominion Diagnostics, Duke University, ICON Development Solutions, Imperial College London, Kings College London, Lundebeck USA, Northeastern University, Pharmaron (Beijing), PharmaVite, Quotient Bioresearch, University of Amsterdam, University of Castelleon (Spain), University of California Davis, University of Cambridge (London), University of Leeds, University of Warwick, Van Andel Research Institute, and Xenotech LLC.

    About Waters Corporation (http://www.waters.com/)

    Waters Corporation creates business advantages for laboratory-dependent organizations by delivering practical and sustainable innovation to enable significant advancements in such areas as healthcare delivery, environmental management, food safety and water quality worldwide.

    Pioneering a connected portfolio of separations science, laboratory information management, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis, Waters technology breakthroughs and laboratory solutions provide an enduring platform for customer success.

    With revenue of $1.58 billion in 2008 and 5,000 employees, Waters is driving scientific discovery and operational excellence for customers worldwide.

    Waters, ACQUITY, ACQUITY UPLC, ACQUITY UltraPerformance LC, UPLC, Synapt, Empower, NuGenesis and Xevo are trademarks of Waters Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

    Waters Corporation

    CONTACT: Brian J. Murphy of Waters Corporation, +1-508-482-2614,
    brian_j_murphy@waters.com

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




    Hear What David Ogilvy Says About The Future of Direct Live Video on Why Direct Is a 'Secret Weapon'OgilvyOne Launches "re:direct" - Movement to Reinvigorate Direct

    NEW YORK, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- As the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) meets in San Diego, CA, this week to look at the future of the direct marketing industry, OgilvyOne Worldwide is reactivating the principles of David Ogilvy to bring creativity back to the direct response marketplace.

    Using the tools and techniques that have made direct marketing the hardest working discipline in the marketing tool-box, OgilvyOne is introducing "re:direct," a movement to reinvent direct marketing in today's digital age and reassert creativity at its core.

    "When David Ogilvy first started talking about direct marketing decades ago, it was the 'future of marketing'," noted Mat Zucker, Executive Creative Director of OgilvyOne, New York. "Today it is still the future. We are reinterpreting what that future is with digital and creativity at the heart of our movement."

    Starting with a blog "re:direct" (http://redirect.ogilvy.com/) and in new work for clients, the agency is focusing a sharp lens on what defines creativity in the direct space and what good looks like. The blog is one of several vehicles that the agency will utilize to demonstrate how digital strategies enable not only greater ways to improve results and response, but to do it with ideas and innovation.

    According to Brian Fetherstonhaugh, Chairman & CEO of OgilvyOne Worldwide, "Direct marketing has always been a great source of innovation. We need to keep innovating so that the industry's future is even brighter than its past."

    Demonstrating this in practice, Ogilvy is running a new print-to-mobile experience powered by JAGTAG's 2D barcode technology. Using the camera on their mobile devices, users can snap a photo of the JAGTAG 2D barcode featured in print ads and send it to 524824 for exclusive video content -- in this case, a video of David Ogilvy extolling direct marketing as his "secret weapon" and telling DMA participants that now is a great time to be in the direct response industry (link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_z7tdrU2tKg).

    JAGTAG enables users to request and instantly receive this video content on their mobile devices, without having to download an application. Ogilvy recently leveraged JAGTAG's technology as part of its new Yahoo! campaign launch.

    OgilvyOne will be introducing its "re:direct" movement during the DMA 2009 Conference in San Diego on Tuesday, October 20, at a hosted cocktail reception from 4-6pm at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel, San Diego.

    About OgilvyOne Worldwide

    OgilvyOne Worldwide is the strongest, most experienced and most highly awarded one-to-one marketing network in the world, with over 130 offices in 50 countries. It provides clients with a full range of direct, consulting and interactive services to deliver profitable customer relationships. The roster of clients is equally balanced between global clients including American Express, Cisco, IBM, Lenovo, Nestle, SAP and Unilever, and leading clients in our local markets. OgilvyOne Worldwide is a unit of The Ogilvy Group, a WPP company , one of the world's largest communications services groups.

    OgilvyOne Worldwide

    CONTACT: Toni Lee, +1-212-237-5090, or +1-917-679-7631

    Web Site: http://redirect.ogilvy.com/




    Football Fans Score Big When They Stay at Courtyard by Marriott HotelsWeekend Guests Receive $25 Certificate to NFLShop.com or TicketsNow.com --All Guests Entered to Win a Trip to Meet Football Commentator James Brown

    BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- This fall, Courtyard by Marriott is the ideal hotel brand for football fans. Now through November 22, stay the weekend at any of 670 participating Courtyard hotels throughout the U.S. and Canada and receive a $25 NFLShop.com or TicketsNow.com gift certificate. Guests must book using promotional code NF2 and complete their stays by December 13, 2009. To receive the $25 gift card, the weekend stay must include a Friday or Saturday night.*

    These gift certificates give fans extra spending money towards their favorite player's jersey and other team gear at NFLShop.com, or tickets to an upcoming football game or other event on TicketsNow.com.

    In addition, all guests who stay at any participating Courtyard hotel in the U.S. and Canada any night of the week from now until November 22, 2009, will be automatically entered to win a grand prize trip to New York to meet pro-football commentator James Brown on the set of his show. Other prizes include a 50-inch flat screen TV and Courtyard gift cards.

    Courtyard has been a leader in the upper-moderately priced lodging tier for more than 25 years by offering travelers the amenities they need on the road such as free Wi-Fi in the lobby and guest rooms, as well as a 24-hour market for sundries and snacks. There are currently more than 840 Courtyard hotels to choose from in nearly 30 countries around the world.

    The popular brand is undergoing a system wide makeover, and is recognized as the perfect hotel choice for business and leisure travelers alike. Nearly 70 Courtyard hotels now feature the popular Refreshing Business lobby concept, which includes guest amenities such as healthier food options at The Bistro - Eat.Drink.Connect.(TM) and the new interactive GoBoard(TM) technology. To learn more about Courtyard's reinvention, go to http://www.gocourtyard.com/.

    *For terms and conditions, visit http://www.courtyard.com/biggame.

    Click here for Marriott International, Inc. company information.

    Marriott International, Inc.

    CONTACT: Blake Little of Marriott International, Inc., +1-301-380-5669,
    blake.little@marriott.com

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




    Newly Published Clinical Data Shows Caldolor(R) (Ibuprofen) Injection Reduces Opioid Use While Improving Pain Relief in Post-Operative Patients-- Data demonstrates that IV ibuprofen is associated with significant reduction in morphine use in managing pain over immediate 24 hours following surgery -- Intravenous ibuprofen also significantly reduces post-operative pain compared to patients with open access to morphine

    NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced today that its Phase III study on intravenous ibuprofen as a post-operative analgesic was published in Volume 31, Number 9 of the peer-reviewed journal Clinical Therapeutics, distributed in October. The study concludes that patients emerging from orthopedic and abdominal surgeries required less narcotic and experienced less pain with 800 mg of intravenous ibuprofen every six hours compared to morphine alone.

    In the United States, approximately 80 percent of patients experience pain following surgery, with 86 percent of these patients reporting moderate to severe pain(1,2). Both the World Health Organization and the American Society of Anesthesiologists Task Force recommend a multi-modal approach to pain management, with non-opioid analgesics such as ibuprofen recommended as first-line treatment(3,4).

    "These clinical findings support the use of intravenous ibuprofen in achieving improved post-operative pain control," said Stephen Southworth, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon at the North Mississippi Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Clinic, PLLC and lead author of the study. "IV ibuprofen is a valuable pain management option for physicians seeking a multi-modal approach to post-operative pain management for their orthopaedic and abdominal patients."

    The goal of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of two different doses of intravenous ibuprofen as an effective post-operative analgesic medication. It focused on the results of hospitalized patients undergoing orthopedic or abdominal surgery who were randomized to receive either a placebo or 400 or 800 mg of intravenous ibuprofen every six hours. All patients had access to morphine by patient controlled analgesia (PCA). The first dose of ibuprofen was administered intra-operatively at the initiation of surgical closure. The double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted at 17 different sites in three countries on 406 patients who were scheduled to undergo elective, single-site orthopedic or abdominal surgery between February 2005 and September 2006.

    Median morphine use and pain assessed at rest and with movement were significantly reduced during the first 24 hours after administration in patients who received the 800-mg dose of ibuprofen. Pain reduction with Caldolor was also significantly greater versus patients with open access to morphine.

    According to the study, "A Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Intravenous Ibuprofen 400 and 800 mg Every 6 Hours in the Management of Postoperative Pain," intravenous ibuprofen is safe and well-tolerated when administered intra- and post-operatively. There was no significant difference between placebo and IV ibuprofen in the number of patients with renal function abnormalities, bleeding adverse events or in the incidence of blood transfusions. The publication can be found online at http://www.clinicaltherapeutics.com/.

    SOURCE: Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. About Caldolor

    Caldolor is indicated for the management of mild to moderate pain and management of moderate to severe pain as an adjunct to opioid analgesics, and for the reduction of fever in adults. It is the first FDA approved intravenous therapy for fever. Caldolor is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to ibuprofen or other NSAIDs, patients with asthma, urticaria, or allergic type reactions after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs. Caldolor is contraindicated for use during the peri-operative period in the setting of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Caldolor should be used with caution in patients with prior history of ulcer disease or GI bleeding, in patients with fluid retention or heart failure, in the elderly, those with renal impairment, heart failure, liver impairment, and those taking diuretics or ACE inhibitors. Blood pressure should be monitored during treatment with Caldolor. For full prescribing information, including boxed warning, visit http://www.caldolor.com/.

    About Cumberland Pharmaceuticals

    Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a Tennessee-based specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the acquisition, development and commercialization of branded prescription products. The Company's primary target markets include hospital acute care and gastroenterology. Cumberland markets Acetadote® for the treatment of acetaminophen poisoning and Kristalose®, a prescription laxative. The Company also recently launched Caldolor®, the first injectable treatment for pain and fever available in the United States. Cumberland is dedicated to providing innovative products which improve quality of care for patients. The Company recently completed the initial public offering of its common stock.

    For more information on Cumberland Pharmaceuticals, please visit http://www.cumberlandpharma.com/.

    About Clinical Therapeutics Journal

    Clinical Therapeutics, published monthly, provides peer-reviewed, rapid publication of original reports of recent developments in drug therapy, as well as in-depth review articles on specific drug therapies or disease states. The journal serves an international audience of scientists and clinicians in a variety of research, academic, and clinical practice settings by quickly disseminating research findings. In addition, the articles are indexed by all major biomedical abstracting databases.

    Published articles range from studies exploring new drugs and new indications for existing drugs to large, multicenter Phase III and IV trials. In addition to publishing the results of a broad range of multispecialty clinical studies, the journal features two specialty sections, Pharmaceutical Economics & Health Policy, which addresses pharmacoeconomic, health outcomes, and contemporary issues related to drug therapy; and Pediatric Research which addresses matters regarding safe and effective drug therapy in infants, children, and adolescents. The journal also encourages submission of brief reports and commentaries on topics that are timely or provocative.

    References

    1) Rathmell JP, Wu CL, Sinatra RS, et al. Acute post-surgical pain management: A critical appraisal of current practice, December 2-4, 2005. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2006;31(Suppl 1):1-42.

    2) Apfelbaum JL, Chen C, Mehta SS, Gan TJ. Postoperative pain experience: Results from a national survey suggest postoperative pain continues to be undermanaged. Anesth Analg. 2003;97:534-540, table of contents.

    3) World Health Organization. Pain relief and palliative care. In: Clinical Management of HIV and AIDS at District Level. New Delhi, India: WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia Web site. http://www.searo.who.int/linkfiles/publications_ch11.pdf. Updated April 26, 2006. Accessed July 15, 2009.

    4) The American Society of Anesthesiologists Task Force. Practice guidelines for acute pain management in the perioperative setting. Anesthesiology. 2004;100(6):1573-1581.

    Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc.

    CONTACT: Investors, Angela Novak of Cumberland Pharmaceuticals,
    +1-615-255-0068, investors@cumberlandpharma.com; or Media, Paula Lovell of
    Lovell Communications, +1-615-297-7766, lovell@lovell.com, for Cumberland
    Pharmaceuticals Inc.

    Web Site: http://www.cumberlandpharma.com/
    http://www.caldolor.com/




    IceWEB Announces High Capacity Imagery Notebook Mil-Spec Ruggedized Notebook With Industry's Largest Hard Drive CapacityCompany to Showcase WorldBook at GEOINT Show October 19-21 in San Antonio

    SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IceWEB, Inc.(TM), http://www.iceweb.com/, (BULLETIN BOARD: IWEB) today announced at the GEOINT show in San Antonio, Texas, the availability of a turn-key Rugged Notebook Computer to allow the DOD, DHS and Intelligence Community to allow forward deployment critical GIS data into virtually any environment. The new Notebook, called "WorldBook," has the industry's largest disk capacity currently capable of storing more than 1.28TB of data. Additional features include optional GPS, 3G Wireless, smart card reader and sunlight readable display. Updates to the imagery can be deployed to the field on IceWEB disk-packs and upload with available fire-wire interface. Demonstrations will be available at IceWEB's booth #809.

    "The global environment today requires tool sets which allow data assets be available wherever they are needed. The WorldBook builds on IceWEB's strategy of providing solutions to make GIS data available wherever and whenever it is needed. Our Appliances meet the needs of desk based users, our MLP III product meets the needs of field deployable high performance servers, and now, WorldBook puts this data in your lap, backpack or briefcase," said John R. Signorello, CEO of IceWEB Inc. "WorldBook, for the first time makes critical GIS imagery available on an airplane, train, in a hotel room, tent, or yurt. We're confident that this solution will be well received throughout the GIS community. The ability to forward deploy complex data sets on the highly portable WorldBook will greatly benefit all of our GIS partners and their clients as well as open up potential new revenue streams for the company."

    About IceWEB, Inc.

    Headquartered just outside of Washington, D.C., IceWEB manufactures and markets storage solutions and on-line cloud computing application services. Its customer base includes U.S. government agencies, enterprise companies, and small to medium sized businesses (SMB). For more information, please visit http://www.iceweb.com/. For detailed information regarding the Iplicity product suite, please visit, http://www.iplicity.com/.

    About GEOINT 2009

    The GEOINT Symposium is the preeminent event of the year for the defense, intelligence and homeland security communities. Each year since 2003, GEOINT Symposia have brought together an exciting agenda of keynote speakers, panel discussions, breakout sessions and provided attendees a unique opportunity to learn from leading experts, share best practices, and uncover the latest developments from government, military and private-sector leaders.

    This press release may contain forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases you can identify those so-called "forward looking statements" by words such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," "plans," "targets," "believes," "anticipates," "estimates," "predicts," "potential," or "continue" or the negative of those words and other comparable words. These forward looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, product tests, commercialization risks, availability of financing and results of financing efforts that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results or those anticipated. Further information regarding these and other risks is described from time to time in the Company's filings with the SEC, which are available on its website at: http://www.sec.gov/. We assume no obligation to update or alter our forward-looking statements made in this release or in any periodic report filed by us under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or any other document, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by applicable federal securities laws.

    Contact: IceWEB, Inc. Investor Relations, 571.287.2400 investor@iceweb.com or Gary Nash, CEOCast, 212.732.4300

    IceWEB, Inc.

    CONTACT: IceWEB, Inc. Investor Relations, +1-571-287-2400,
    investor@iceweb.com; or Gary Nash, CEOCast, +1-212-732-4300

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




    Webcast Alert: Closed-End Fund Conference Series for Japan Equity Fund

    NEW YORK, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Japan Equity Fund, Inc. (JEQ) announces the following Webcast:

    What: Closed-End Fund Conference Series When: October 28, 2009 @ 11:15 AM Eastern Where: http://www.investorcalendar.com/ClientPage.asp?ID=150414 How: Live over the Internet -- Simply log on to the web at the address above. Contact: Patricia Baronowski, 212-400-2604, pbaronowski@altmangroup.com

    If you are unable to participate during the live webcast, the call will be available for replay at http://www.investorcalendar.com/ClientPage.asp?ID=150414 or http://www.investorcalendar.com/

    The Japan Equity Fund, Inc. is a diversified closed-end management investment company, whose shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange . The Fund invests substantially all of its assets in equity securities of Japanese companies whose securities are traded on the First or Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange or listed on the over-the-counter market in Japan or listed on other stock exchanges in Japan.

    Japan Equity Fund, Inc.

    CONTACT: Patricia Baronowski, +1-212-400-2604,
    pbaronowski@altmangroup.com, for The Japan Equity Fund




    NowAuto Group, Inc. Announces Fiscal 2009 ResultsManaging in Troubled Times

    TEMPE, Ariz., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NowAuto Group, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: NAUG; Other OTC: NWAU) today announced results for its fiscal year ended June 30, 2009. The Company reported revenue of $5.4 million and a net loss of $0.24 per diluted share versus revenue of approximately $4.5 million and a net loss of $0.21 per diluted share in the prior fiscal year. The increase in revenue in fiscal 2009 was due to improved sales. Gross margin increased during fiscal 2008 to 45% up from 42% (restated) in the prior year as a result of the new enterprise system that is more efficient at capturing cost and incorporating them in the sales price.

    Contract receivables, including deferred revenue from lease contracts, increased 27% from the prior year.

    Construction is the largest industry in the Phoenix area. The crisis in the financial and mortgage industries has hit construction especially hard. As a result, the Company's Bad Debt expense increased 36% from fiscal 2008. Administrative costs increased because of increase in staff, additional costs due to the new system, and an increase in health care benefits.

    "The present condition of the sub-prime and below sub-prime market has continued to impact our industry and our company," said CEO Scott Miller. "While our emphasis is always on collections, our challenge in the current environment is to maximize sales while aggressively work with our customer to maintain active contracts. New finance programs and changes in marketing and advertising yielded positive sales results this fiscal year. Nevertheless, we expect a difficult environment for the foreseeable future. Our commitment to customers and shareholders alike remains; NowAuto will do whatever it can to maintain productive contracts without placing imprudent demands on our customers," Miller said.

    "As previously announced, there have been unexpected changes in auditor. This has posed some significant challenges for us," said Faith Forbis, CFO. "However, the filing of this report marks the successful end of the audit. We look forward to working with the new audit firm of Semple, Marchal, and Cooper."

    "At the end of September, the Corporate office and Service Department relocated to the same facility. This new location significantly expands the Service Department, makes it more efficient, and gives Officers better oversight of operations," said Chief Operating Officer Tino Valenzuela.

    About NowAuto Group, Inc.

    NowAuto Group, Inc. operates three buy-here-pay-here used vehicle dealerships in Arizona. The Company manages all of its installment finance contracts and purchases installment finance contracts from a select number of other independent used vehicle dealerships. Through its subsidiary, NavicomGPS, Inc. the company markets GPS tracking devices, primarily to independent used vehicle dealerships.

    Note to Investors

    This press release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934, and is subject to the safe harbor created by those sections. The forward-looking information is based upon current information and expectations regarding NowAuto Group, Inc. These estimates and statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results could materially differ from what is expressed, implied or forecasted in such forward-looking statements.

    NowAuto Group, Inc. assumes no obligation to update the information contained in this press release. NowAuto Group, Inc.'s forward-looking statements in this press release and future results may be materially impacted by any number of factors, any or all of which could have a negative impact on sales, operating results, financial and budgetary constraints. NowAuto Group, Inc.'s future results may also be impacted by other risk factors listed from time to time in its SEC filings, including, but not limited to, the Company's Form-QSBs and its Annual Report on Form 10-K. The statements made herein are independent statements of NowAuto Group, Inc. The inclusion, if any, of any third parties does not represent an endorsement of any NowAuto Group, Inc. products or services by any such third party.

    For further information contact NowAuto Group, Inc. or visit the Company's Web site at http://www.nowauto.com/.

    NowAuto Group, Inc.

    CONTACT: NowAuto Group, Inc., +1-602-431-0015, ir@nowauto.com

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




    Nickelodeon Commences Production on All-New Original TV Movie Best Player Starring iCarly's Jerry Trainor and Jennette McCurdyNick Movie About Superstar Online Gamers to Shoot in Vancouver, BC

    NEW YORK, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Jerry Trainor and Jennette McCurdy, stars of Nickelodeon's hit series iCarly, will headline the cast of an all-new, original television movie, Best Player. The Nickelodeon movie centers on two cyber athletes who inadvertently learn that the real world can be just as exciting and rewarding as a virtual one. Shooting will begin Oct. 24 in Vancouver, BC, for a 2010 premiere on Nickelodeon.

    (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091019/NY94578 )

    "Best Player is a funny and compelling story about online gaming taken to the extreme," said Marjorie Cohn, Executive Vice president, Original Programming and Development, Nickelodeon. "This movie gives Jerry Trainor and Jennette McCurdy a new platform in which to showcase their talent and our audience will love seeing them star in these new comedic roles."

    In Best Player, Quincy (Jerry Trainor) is a thirty-something baggage handler by day and online video game master (known simply as "Q") by night. Perfectly happy to live in a tricked-out basement in his parents' home, Quincy has dedicated his life to being the best cyber multi-player athlete online. But Quincy's world gets turned upside down when his parents decide to sell their house and move to Florida. His only chance to maintain his "perfect" life is to enter a tournament introducing a brand-new video game -- Black Hole -- and win the prize money to buy his parents' house. As the current multi-player champion, Quincy thinks it's a done deal... until he encounters "Prodigy" (Jennette McCurdy), who threatens to annihilate him.

    Best Player is executive produced by Jessica Horowitz, Lauren Levine and Marjorie Cohn, the team behind Nickelodeon's Spectacular! Damon Santostefano directs from Rich Amberg's screenplay, which includes a rewrite from Justin Ware. Scott McAboy serves as Producer. Executive Producers also include Sandy Climan and Christine Foy.

    Nickelodeon's two-hits-in-one, iCarly (sitcom/website), converges the web and TV screen for kids as never before and is the fastest growing tween hit on the air. The series follows Carly Shay (Miranda Cosgrove) and her two best friends, Sam (Jennette McCurdy) and Freddie (Nathan Kress), as they create a webcast for and about kids their age while grappling with everyday tween problems and adventures. Carly lives with her older brother and guardian Spencer (Jerry Trainor) and produces her web show from a makeshift studio in the loft upstairs. Due to Carly and Sam's hilarious banter and great chemistry, iCarly becomes an internet sensation and a pop phenomenon blooms with the weekly webcasts featuring everything from comedy sketches and talent contests to interviews, recipes and problem-solving.

    The series recently hit a series best with its "iFight Shelby Marx" movie special (Aug. 8, 8 p.m. ET/PT), which drew 7.9 million viewers (P2+) and set a series record as the most watched iCarly special with viewers (P2+). Year-to-date, iCarly is television's top-rated show for Tweens 9-14, Kids 2-11, Kids 6-11 and total viewers on cable television on Saturday nights. Nearly 26 million total viewers tune in to watch the hit series each week, including 6.6 million adults. iCarly is created and executive produced by Dan Schneider's (Zoey 101, Drake & Josh) Schneider's Bakery. iCarly is filmed at Nick On Sunset Studios in Hollywood, CA.

    Nickelodeon, now in its 30th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, magazines and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 99 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 15 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com/. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. .

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    CONTACT: Jennifer Musselman, +1-310-752-8205,
    jennifer.musselman@MTVstaff.com, or Maggie Wang, +1-212-846-6381,
    maggie.wang@nick.com, both of Nickelodeon

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




    XATA Debuts New Reefer Management Capability

    MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XATA Corporation , the expert in fleet optimization, today announced during the International Food Distribution Association (IFDA) Expo , the release of a new reefer management and temperature monitoring solution that integrates with its XATANET fleet management tools. This capability is the first phase of XATA's comprehensive trailer-related roadmap slated for rollout beginning in 2009.

    Fleets now face increasing pressure to follow strict temperature standards to ensure that food is not spoiled during transport. On the cost-saving side, they must also optimize reefer fuel usage and overall reefer fleet utilization, among other issues. XATA's new reefer management solution integrates with XATANET and provides fleets with tools to track temperature data throughout a delivery and to ensure they are getting the most efficient use from their reefer fleets.

    To provide this comprehensive solution to the market, XATA is teaming up with best-in-class reefer providers to integrate reefer data with XATANET. Similarly, in line with our hardware-independence strategy, a specialized, trailer-mounted computer--provided by a leading third-party provider--will collect and communicate reefer data back to the XATANET web host.

    "As refrigerated fleets continue to invest in technology to ensure refrigerated product gets to its destination on time, reefer optimization and temperature monitoring are critical," said Tom Flies, senior vice president, product management. "To help meet this need, this enhanced solution gives our customers even more visibility in to their fleets to ensure time sensitive customer needs are met."

    The combined temperature data is presented in a multi-color graph format to indicate temperature status. Another feature of the solution is a detailed report that provides specific temperature information at points all through the delivery process. This report shows that the goods were delivered within the proper refrigeration guidelines and timetable.

    About XATA

    Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, XATA Corporation is an expert in optimizing fleet operations by reducing costs and ensuring regulatory compliance for the trucking industry. With the introduction of XATANET in 2004, our customers now have access to vehicle data anywhere, anytime, through a fee-based subscription service. Our software and professional services help companies manage fleet operations, enhance driver safety and deliver a higher level of customer satisfaction. XATA provides expert services to develop the business processes required to deliver the profitability, safety and service level demanded by today's competitive transportation environments. XATA was the first company to introduce electronic driver logs and exception-based management reporting. For more information, visit http://www.xata.com/ or call 1-800-745-9282.

    XATA Corporation

    CONTACT: Karl Nilsson of XATA Corporation, +1-952-707-5650,
    karl.nilsson@xata.com

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




    Mylan Resolves Longstanding Dispute with DOJ Regarding Certain Medicaid Rebate Classifications from 2000 Through 2004- Settlement involves no admission or finding of wrongdoing - - Mylan to seek recovery of a substantial portion of settlement amount from third parties to which overpayments were made -

    PITTSBURGH, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mylan Inc. today announced that two of its subsidiaries have resolved a longstanding dispute with the U.S. Department of Justice relating to certain Medicaid rebate classifications. Mylan's subsidiaries Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. and UDL Laboratories Inc. settled civil claims first brought to Mylan's attention in 2005. The settlement of approximately $121 million resolves claims by the federal government, relevant states and a private relator and includes no admission or finding of wrongdoing on the part of either Mylan Pharmaceuticals or UDL Laboratories.

    The underlying matter involved a dispute as to whether, for purposes of Medicaid rebates, an authorized generic is subject to the generic rate that Mylan paid on sales from 2000 through 2004, or a higher innovator rate. In this matter, the settlement includes products supplied by third party innovators to Mylan for sale as generics. Mylan intends to seek recovery of a substantial portion of the settlement amount from any party that received overpayments resulting from adjusted net sales during the relevant time frame.

    Mylan will record a one time, non-recurring after-tax charge of approximately $83 million in the quarter ended Sept. 30 as a result of this settlement.

    Mylan Inc. ranks among the leading generic and specialty pharmaceutical companies in the world and provides products to customers in more than 140 countries and territories. The company maintains one of the industry's broadest and highest quality product portfolios supported by a robust product pipeline; operates the world's third largest active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturer; and runs a specialty business focused on respiratory and allergy therapies. For more information, please visit http://www.mylan.com/.

    This press release includes statements that constitute "forward-looking statements," including with regard to the settlement, anticipated recoveries and the expected accrual. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Because such statements inherently involve risks and uncertainties, actual future results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: risks inherent in legal and regulatory processes; any legal or regulatory challenges to the settlement; uncertainties and matters beyond the control of management; third parties' failure to comply with contractual provisions; inherent uncertainties involved in the estimates and judgments used in the preparation of financial statements; and the other risks detailed in the company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company undertakes no obligation to update these statements for revisions or changes after the date of this release.

    Mylan Inc.

    CONTACT: Michael Laffin (Media), +1-724-514-1968, or Dan Crookshank
    (Investors), +1-724-514-1813

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




    AccessMedicine Adds Online Custom Curriculum Tool to Ease Medical Training Rotation Management

    NEW YORK, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- McGraw-Hill Professional, a leading global provider of information resources for the scientific and medical communities, today announced the launch of AccessMedicine's Custom Curriculum, a cutting-edge functionality that enables internal medicine program directors to create learning modules with AccessMedicine content, track resident progress, and generate usage reports. With the Custom Curriculum, internal medicine programs can build a resource that matches their specific needs - mapping AccessMedicine content and capabilities to their program's unique educational structure.

    AccessMedicine's Custom Curriculum provides a powerful and intuitive online interface for program directors to manage their training rotations. By replicating their existing rotation structure online, program directors can:

    -- Build collections of learning modules, each with their own unique sets of customizable objectives -- Develop and author case narratives to provide context for each module -- Assign readings from McGraw-Hill's clinical texts and esteemed Lange Educational Library, as well as videos and Grand Rounds lectures -- Incorporate AccessMedicine Learning Tools, such as Case Files and Imaging Tests, into activities -- Require self-assessment tests and specify the passing grade -- Schedule Grand Rounds, lectures, or other offline activities -- Generate reports for resident usage that track assignment completion and test scores -- Link out to primary references or other web-based resources

    With the Shared Library functionality, internal medicine program directors can save the learning modules they've developed, so that others may view, adopt, and even modify their approach, all while giving credit to the original institution. Additions to the Shared Library are currently underway by program directors at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the University of California-Davis School of Medicine, and the School of Medicine at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. The modules created by these schools will be added to the site in November and December of 2009.

    For internal medicine residents, AccessMedicine's Custom Curriculum provides an intuitive interface for tracking educational progress and managing an individualized learning experience. For a given learning module, each resident knows exactly what is expected and monitors his or her own progress toward achieving that goal.

    "AccessMedicine's Custom Curriculum builds on the strengths of our platform and furthers our commitment to providing valuable digital tools alongside our content," says Scott Grillo, vice president and medical publisher, McGraw-Hill Professional. "By combining leading references, videos, and self-assessment with our powerful Custom Curriculum platform, residency programs now have the power to customize AccessMedicine for their educational needs."

    Launched in 2002, AccessMedicine is McGraw-Hill Professional's flagship online medical product with leading resources in internal medicine, cardiology, surgery, dermatology, and gynecology, including Harrison's Online, Hurst's the Heart, Schwartz's Principles of Surgery, Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine and Williams Gynecology.

    About AccessMedicine

    AccessMedicine is an innovative online product that provides researchers, physicians, medical students, and all health professionals with nearly 60 digital medical titles, updated content, thousands of illustrations, a self-assessment feature, a comprehensive search platform, and the ability to download content to a mobile device. More information on this and other products can be found at http://www.accessmedicine.com/.

    About McGraw-Hill Professional

    McGraw-Hill Professional is a unit of McGraw-Hill Education, a leading global provider of instructional, assessment and reference solutions that empower professionals and students of all ages. McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies , has offices in 33 countries and publishes in more than 65 languages. Additional information is available at http://www.mhprofessional.com/.

    McGraw-Hill Professional

    CONTACT: Tom Stanton, Director, Communications, McGraw-Hill Education,
    +1-212-907-3214, tom_stanton@mcgraw-hill.com

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




    Brunswick Corporation Names Andrew Graves President - Brunswick Boat Group; Robert Parmentier, Terry McNew Promoted at Sea Ray

    LAKE FOREST, Ill., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Brunswick Corporation today announced that it has named Andrew E. Graves, 50, president - Brunswick Boat Group. Graves most recently served as president - US Marine and Outboard Boats for Brunswick. Graves now will also have responsibility for the operations of Sea Ray and Meridian. He will continue to report to Dustan E. McCoy, chairman and chief executive officer of Brunswick Corporation.

    "At Brunswick, we are always seeking ways to stay better aligned with the market as well as position the Company to emerge stronger from this downturn," McCoy explained. "An important part of this effort is to adapt our organizational structure to further simplify, integrate and strategically direct our industry-leading portfolio of boat brands. The changes we are making today will further refine our efforts to better coordinate activities among our brands, including product development and design, platform manufacturing and other operating and administrative functions that are common to our various groups.

    "Since joining Brunswick in 2005," McCoy continued, "Andy has consistently demonstrated his leadership capabilities and foresight in helping to direct the transformation of our boat operations and manufacturing footprint, while skillfully guiding a large portion of our brand portfolio through the most challenging marine market in decades."

    Most recently, Graves was president - US Marine and Outboard Boats, a position he assumed in 2008. Mr. Graves joined Brunswick in 2005, originally as President - Freshwater Group. Before coming to Brunswick, Graves was President of the Dresser Flow Solutions business of Dresser, Inc., a leading maker of valves and control solutions for the oil and gas industry. From 2001 to 2003, he was president and chief operating officer for Federal Signal Corporation. Prior to 2001, Graves held positions of increasing responsibility with CNH Global, N.V., and FMC Corporation.

    Promotions at Sea Ray

    Brunswick also today announced that it has named Robert J. Parmentier, 48, president - Sea Ray Group, and Terry D. McNew, 47, executive vice president - product development and engineering, manufacturing and quality, concentrating on the Sea Ray, Bayliner, and Meridian brands. Both actions are effective immediately, and both Parmentier and McNew will report to Graves.

    Parmentier most recently was executive vice president - Sea Ray, overseeing a wide range of responsibilities, including that of the Meridian yacht brand, which was integrated into Sea Ray in 2008. Parmentier will retain responsibility for the Meridian brand, as well as assuming P&L responsibility for Sea Ray.

    Parmentier joined Sea Ray in 1982, and has held a number of positions of increasing responsibilities over the years at both the plant and headquarters levels for Sea Ray. Prior to his most recent assignment, Parmentier had served as senior vice president - operations as well as senior vice president - general manager of Sea Ray.

    "There are few as well versed or as highly regarded for his knowledge and savvy within the marine industry as Rob," McCoy said. "An accomplished industry veteran, Rob's expertise along with his familiarity and standing among our dealer network will ensure that Sea Ray and Meridian both maintain and advance their pre-eminent status among pleasure boat and yacht brands."

    McNew most recently was senior vice president - product development and engineering (PD&E). McNew has spent most of his more than 20 years in the recreational boating industry with Sea Ray, beginning his career at Brunswick's PD&E facility in Merritt Island, Fla. He then progressed steadily through several key manufacturing roles before ultimately assuming the position of Sea Ray vice president - manufacturing in 2001. He left the company in 2004, to become president and chief executive officer of Correct Craft Boats in Orlando. McNew returned to Brunswick in 2006.

    "Terry's contributions have been many to our organization over the years," McCoy said. "His marine experience, expertise and seasoned insight are invaluable in helping Brunswick to develop and produce superior and exceptional products that excite and satisfy boaters. In his new responsibilities, Terry will help to ensure that Brunswick continues its leadership role in producing great product."

    Along with these developments, Brunswick noted that Richard C. Stone, president - Sea Ray Group, will be leaving the company. Stone has led Sea Ray since 2006, and had held a number of positions since joining Brunswick in 1985.

    "Brunswick has benefited from Rick's expertise and industry knowledge," McCoy said. "His well informed counsel and advice will be missed. We thank him for his many contributions at Brunswick, and wish him well in the future."

    About Brunswick

    Headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill., Brunswick Corporation endeavors to instill "Genuine Ingenuity"(TM) in all its leading consumer brands, including Mercury and Mariner outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser sterndrives and inboard engines; MotorGuide trolling motors; Attwood marine parts and accessories; Land 'N' Sea, Kellogg Marine, Diversified Marine and Benrock parts and accessories distributors; Arvor, Bayliner, Bermuda, Boston Whaler, Cabo Yachts, Crestliner, Cypress Cay, Harris, Hatteras, Kayot, Lowe, Lund, Maxum, Meridian, Ornvik, Princecraft, Quicksilver, Rayglass, Sea Ray, Sealine, Triton, Trophy, Uttern and Valiant boats; Life Fitness and Hammer Strength fitness equipment; Brunswick bowling centers, equipment and consumer products; Brunswick billiards tables and foosball tables. For more information, visit http://www.brunswick.com/.

    Brunswick Corporation

    CONTACT: Daniel Kubera, Director - Media Relations and Corporate
    Communications of Brunswick Corporation, +1-847-735-4617,
    daniel.kubera@brunswick.com

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




    Van Hool's New Hybrid Electric Bus With UTC Power Fuel Cell System Wins Award at Busworld Europe

    LIER, Belgium, and SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Belgian bus manufacturer Van Hool and fuel cell company UTC Power announced that their new-generation 40-foot (12 m) fuel cell hybrid electric bus won the Grand Environment Award at its debut at Busworld Europe Kortrijk 2009. The event opened Oct. 16 and ends Oct. 21. UTC Power is a United Technologies Corp. company.

    The new vehicle is based on the Van Hool A300L chassis that has been increasingly successful in the North American market. Lighter than previous fuel cell bus models, the bus will have higher operating efficiency than earlier models and will use advanced lithium-ion battery systems. Hydrogen tanks on the roof of the bus will provide a range of up to approximately 300 miles. The fuel cell bus marks the top end in Van Hool's full line of vehicles.

    The bus will be powered by a UTC Power PureMotion® Model 120 fuel cell power system. Van Hool has orders for 16 of the new buses for use in California and Connecticut urban transit fleets. The buses will be delivered from late 2009 through 2010.

    Leopold Van Hool, Managing Director of Van Hool NV, said, "This new generation fuel cell bus has been the result of a true partnership. It shows Van Hool's continued commitment to the technology based on the many benefits it offers to the environment."

    Ken Stewart, UTC Power Vice President, Transportation Business, said, "We're seeing growing momentum worldwide for transit solutions that have zero emissions and quieter operation. Compared to a diesel bus, every bus equipped with a UTC Power PureMotion® system reduces enough nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide emissions to deliver the same environmental benefit as planting more than a 30-acre forest."

    UTC Power has provided fuel cell power plants for fleet transportation since 1998 and its fuel cells have powered buses in the United States, Spain, Italy and Belgium. The company's latest-generation proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell system has delivered more than 350,000 miles of commercial service for city transit bus fleets.

    UTC Power is part of United Technologies Corp. (UTC), which provides energy-efficient products and services to the aerospace and building industries. Based in South Windsor, Conn., UTC Power is a world leader in developing and producing fuel cells for on-site power at buildings and for transportation applications.

    Van Hool is a Belgian bus manufacturer specializing in leading-edge bus designs and green technology.

    Contact: Peg Hashem (860) 727 2093 Peg.hashem@utcpower.com

    UTC Power

    CONTACT: Peg Hashem of UTC Power, +1-860-727-2093,
    Peg.hashem@utcpower.com

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

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