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  • The United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) Awards Committee Announces 2009...
  • Age Verification Expert Named Senior Advisor to Aristotle CEO; NewsCorp General Counsel...
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    Grameen Foundation and Microsoft Announce Initiative to Expand Value and Use of Technology for MicrofinanceInaugural Microfinance Leadership Summit focuses on helping microfinance institutions reach more of the world's poor through technology.

    WASHINGTON and SEATTLE, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Grameen Foundation and Microsoft Corp. today announced a joint initiative to help accelerate microfinance's impact on poverty alleviation through the strategic use of technology. This initiative will kick-off today at the inaugural Microfinance Leadership Summit in Manila, the Philippines, where Microsoft will also donate software worth up to US$1 million to eligible microfinance institutions (MFIs) attending the event. Titled, "Fueling Growth: Strategic Technology for Microfinance," the summit is cosponsored by Grameen Foundation and Microsoft, in partnership with the Microfinance Council of the Philippines.

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    The summit will bring together executive management teams from 50 leading Filipino MFIs to provide them with a new framework for strategically adopting and using technology to expand their financial services to more poor households. It is the first in a series of education and mentorship forums for microfinance that Microsoft and Grameen Foundation plan to conduct in other countries in the coming year. The Philippines was chosen as the launch market because of its demonstrated leadership in the microfinance industry and advanced technology infrastructure, as well as the availability of resources on the ground to assist MFIs in adopting technology.

    During the summit, attendees will receive practical advice on how to effectively use technology to enhance their work and prove the business and social impact of their technology investments. Equally important, it will provide MFIs with the opportunity to forge new relationships with industry partners, service providers and funders they need to maximize their success. With this summit as the first step, Microsoft and Grameen Foundation will work together to deliver new learning models and solutions to ensure technology enables microfinance to reach greater numbers of the world's poor.

    "Every nonprofit is faced with the challenge of doing more with less. Technology can help, but NGOs must advance their technological capabilities, and technology providers must ensure that today's innovations are affordable and accessible," commented Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Global Community Affairs, Microsoft. "Microsoft meets this challenge in two key ways. First by donating software to more than 30,000 nonprofits each year, helping them establish stable and secure IT platforms. Second by working very closely with key partners that can provide domain or technical expertise to the nonprofit community to make that technology as effective as possible. By working closely with Grameen Foundation, we can bring the benefits of technology to microfinance institutions around the world, translating into greater support for people in need. Partnership is at the center of bringing the benefits of technology to our society."

    "Technology is just one of the many challenges facing microfinance executives today. Microsoft and Grameen Foundation, as catalysts for change, can help microfinance executives make the right business and technology decisions to achieve sustainability and long-term growth," said George Conard, executive director of Grameen Foundation's Technology for Microfinance initiative. "By hosting this summit in one of the most vibrant microfinance markets, we will be able to demonstrate how microfinance institutions can cost-effectively integrate technology into their business strategy in a way that greatly enhances their ability to serve more of the world's poor."

    The foundation's Seattle-based Technology Center has been a leader in spearheading innovative technology solutions for the microfinance industry. As part of its Technology for Microfinance initiative, it has developed Mifos (http://www.mifos.org/), an award-winning open source information management platform for microfinance.

    For more information please visit http://microfinanceleadershipsummit.org/ About Microsoft

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

    About Grameen Foundation

    Grameen Foundation, a global nonprofit organization, helps the world's poorest people access financial services and technology solutions by providing financing, technology support and management strategies to the local organizations that serve them. It also spearheads technology initiatives that create new microbusiness opportunities for the poor, provide telecommunications access for the world's rural poor, and improve their access to health and agriculture information and other services. Founded in 1997, Grameen Foundation has offices in Washington, D.C., Seattle, Washington, Hong Kong, Ghana and the Philippines. Dr. Muhammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank and the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, is a founding member of its board of directors, and now serves as director emeritus. For more information, please visit http://www.grameenfoundation.org/.

    Grameen Foundation Contact: Liselle Yorke lyorke@grameenfoundation.org 202-628-3560, ext. 128

    Microsoft Contact: Waggener Edstrom Worldwide Rapid Response Team rrt@waggeneredstrom.com (503) 443-7070

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    CONTACT: Liselle Yorke of Grameen Foundation, +1-202-628-3560, ext. 128,
    lyorke@grameenfoundation.org; or Microsoft Contact: Waggener Edstrom
    Worldwide, +1-503-443-7070, rrt@waggeneredstrom.com

    Web Site: http://www.grameenfoundation.org/
    http://microfinanceleadershipsummit.org/




    The United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) Awards Committee Announces 2009 Winners at Annual Award Dinner and DanceINVITES 2010 ENTRIES UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon honors: -- Press winners of 2009 UNCA Awards -- Bill Roedy, Chairman and Chief Executive, MTV Networks International UNCA Global Citizen of the Year

    NEW YORK, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- UNCA's 2009 14th Annual Awards Dinner and Dance will be held on Friday, December 4, 2009 at the UN Delegates Dining Room in New York. Guest of Honor UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will present awards with prizes totaling over $40,000 to journalists from all over the world for the best media coverage of the UN and its agencies.

    Bill Roedy, Chairman and Chief Executive of MTV Networks International (MTVNI) will be honored for his work in HIV/AIDS outreach and for addressing key issues that affect young people around the world.

    "I am very honored and humbled to accept the UN Citizen of the Year award on behalf of MTV Networks, especially given tonight's distinguished recipients," says Bill Roedy. "The world is more complex than ever and communication and education are vital to facing its huge challenges. At MTVN, our connection with different cultures has the ability to make a difference around the world. We will continue to work in partnership with the UN to reflect our key beliefs of unity, diversity and tolerance to try to make the world a better place."

    Added Ian Williams, UNCA Awards Chair: "The annual UNCA Awards recognize those who have made a real difference to the work of the UN. This year we are thrilled to name Bill Roedy 'Global Citizen of the Year' for his and MTV's endeavors in HIV/AIDS outreach as well as outreach concerning other key issues facing young people."

    The reception begins at 6:30 PM followed by dinner at 7:30 PM, and will end with dancing and live music. This will be the last Awards dinner at UN Headquarters before the historic building closes for a multi-year renovation project.

    The 2009 media winners are:

    The Prince Albert Foundation/UNCA Global Prize for coverage of Climate Change

    Gold: Nathanial Gronewold, E&E Publishing Silver: John Heilprin, Associated Press

    Bronze: Ilya Gridneff, Australian AP, Papua New Guinea/Natasha Loder, The Economist

    The Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize, for written media coverage of the UN and its agencies, sponsored by the Alexander Bodini Foundation

    Joint Gold: Louis Charbonneau, Reuters, Stephen Stecklow/Andrew Higgins, Wall Street Journal

    Joint Silver: James Reinl, The National, UAE; Betsy Pisik, Washington Times

    The Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize for broadcast coverage of the UN, and its agencies, sponsored by the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations

    Gold: Barbara Angopa, National TV, Uganda

    Silver: Andrew Geoghan and MaryAnn Jolly, "Foreign Correspondent," Australian Broadcasting Corporation

    Joint Bronze, Samuel Agyemang, Metro TV, Ghana & Duilio Giammaria, RAI Italy

    The United Nations Foundation Prize for any entry in any medium that best covers the humanitarian and development aspects of the U.N. and its agencies

    Gold: Gloria Chang, Guatevision (Guatemala).

    Joint Silver: Yvonne Ndege, Al Jazeera English /Silvia Bessa. Diario de Pernambuco Brazil

    The UNCA Awards Committee is a 501 c 3 organization set up by UNCA to encourage better journalistic coverage of the United Nations. Donations to it are tax deductible under New York State and Federal Law.

    This year's working committee included:

    Ian Williams, Giampaolo Pioli, J.Tuyet Nguyen, Frank Ucciardo, Jim Wurst, Margaret Besheer and Melorine Mokri.

    2009 Judges Chair of Awards Committee, Ian Williams Panel Convener, Jim Wurst Ambassador Diego Arria Jeffrey Laurenti, The Century Foundation Georges Leclere, Global Media Advisor Samir Sanbar, Former head, UN Department of Public Information Robert Skinner, UN Foundation Isabelle Peters, Prince Albert Foundation Entries welcomed for the 15th Annual UNCA Media Awards, 2010

    UNCA invites media worldwide to submit entries for its 15th Annual UNCA Awards for the best written and electronic media coverage of the United Nations, its agencies and field operations. The prizes amount to over $40,000 with $10,000 each for the main categories.

    There are no entry fees of any kind for submissions. The Awards now include: -- The Prince Albert Foundation/UNCA Global Prize for coverage of Climate Change -- The Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize, sponsored by the Alexander Bodini Foundation for written media (including online media) coverage of the UN and its agencies and their work. -- The Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize sponsored by the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations for broadcast journalism coverage of the UN, and its agencies. -- The United Nations Foundation prize for any entry in any medium that best covers the humanitarian and development aspects of the U.N. and its agencies. The awards are open to all journalists anywhere in the world -- The 2010 awards cover published between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010. -- The judges will look for entries with impact, insight and originality, and will take into account the courage and assiduity of the journalist. Investigative work is welcome. -- We particularly welcome entries from outside the USA and even more so from developing world media. -- A written transcript assists judging of radio and TV entries. -- Multiple or joint entries will be accepted. -- Entries not in a UN official language should be translated into English or French. Video entries should be in disc format. Electronic versions of audio and written entries are welcomed. -- Scanned or email entries to: unca-awards@igc.org -- For hard copies or discs sent by mail or courier, the address is: UNCA Awards Committee Mailbox 613 The Chrysler Building 132 East 43rd Street New York, NY 10017, USA +1 (212) 867-0001

    MTV Networks International

    CONTACT: For reservations and more information about the dinner, please
    visit http://www.unca.com/ or contact Sandra Winter, United Nations Correspondents
    Association Office, at +1 212-963-7137; Ian Williams, +1-212-686-8884,
    unca-awards@igc.org




    Age Verification Expert Named Senior Advisor to Aristotle CEO; NewsCorp General Counsel Joins Board of DirectorsAppointments Create Opportunity for NewsCorp to Address Child Protection Deficiencies

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Aristotle International Inc., the global leader in online identity verification, announced today that age verification expert Michael Colopy will rejoin the company as Senior Advisor to CEO John Aristotle Phillips. Colopy, formerly Aristotle's Senior Vice President for Communications and Government Affairs, will now aid the company's efforts in promoting responsible online child protection through use of robust age and ID verification technologies. Aristotle also notes that Lawrence (Lon) Jacobs, Senior Executive Vice President and Group General Counsel of News Corporation has joined the company's board of directors.

    "We are pleased that Michael, a long-time advocate and thought-leader on Internet safety and security, is returning to Aristotle and being joined by Lon, an active member of the entertainment and online industries," said Phillips, CEO of Aristotle International. "Combining Michael's credibility as an industry expert with Lon's experience as a respected executive of NewsCorp's multi-billion dollar enterprise, which includes MySpace, is extremely beneficial to Aristotle and serves to strengthen our leadership position in the age and identity verification space."

    Aristotle's technology platform, Integrity, is the most widely accepted identity and age verification service deployed for instantly verifying government-issued IDs for citizens of 152 nations. The service operates across various platforms, including online, interactive voice response (IVR), wireless and other mobile devices.

    "Michael will contribute to all Integrity business operations with respect to improving online child protection and reducing fraud across a variety of industries via adoption of efficient and effective age and ID verification technologies," said Phillips. "This also includes building mutually beneficial relationships with non-profits and commercial organizations as well as state and federal officials who share a common goal - the protection of our youth."

    Jacobs' addition to the board follows Aristotle's public questioning of NewsCorp over the handling of more than 90,000 Registered Sex Offenders (RSOs) on MySpace, NewsCorp's flagship social networking site. Since that time, the issue of sex offenders on social networks has continued to receive media scrutiny - including yesterday's announcement by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) that an additional 3,533 RSOs from his state were identified on social networking sites because they used email addresses registered in accordance with New York's Electronic Security and Targeting of Online Predators Act (e-STOP). MySpace had reportedly deleted the accounts of the first 90,000 registered sex offenders. Rupert Murdoch, Lon Jacobs and NewsCorp received numerous inquiries from parents, through an Aristotle-sponsored website (http://www.childonlineprotectionservice.com/), asking if their children had been contacted by sex offenders on MySpace.

    "Attorney General Cuomo's announcement of thousands more sex offenders just from New York alone, identified because they used their registered email addresses, leaves open the question of how many more New York state offenders are prowling these sites under assumed names and unregistered emails. And because the newly released number is only for New York, and also doesn't include predators who aren't using their real names, it is obvious that social networks are still infested with offenders nationwide." Thus, said Phillips, "Aristotle renews its call for MySpace to take the lead by notifying parents if their children have been contacted by a registered sex offender, and by making all records available for analysis by law enforcement and child safety researchers, to the fullest extent permitted by law. Clearly, whatever MySpace did before was not sufficient. Given the large number of predators still trolling these sites, a full, coherent explanation of what MySpace is doing with the complete records of any contacts these predators may have had with children is required. A straight answer from Rupert Murdoch on this is certainly the minimum that parents, the public, and law enforcement are owed. MySpace will be closely watched, and anything short of that standard this time is inexcusable. This is such an important issue that if MySpace will not do this, then I believe that government hearings or subpoenas would be appropriate. The same goes for the other social networks."

    "We are looking forward to Lon's continued input on how to protect and increase shareholder value at Aristotle. Hopefully, this will include a role for Aristotle in protecting minors on social networking sites. Furthermore, as he is a representative of one of the major American film studios, the board is eager to consider Lon's ideas for keeping the eyes of children off of restricted film trailers," added Phillips.

    The production of R-rated trailers, also known as "red band" trailers, by film studios as an online marketing tool has exploded in popularity in recent years. Although the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rules prohibit the screening of restricted trailers to minors, some trailers - including Fox Searchlight's 2009 release Miss March featuring extensive profanity as well as description and depiction of numerous sexual acts - are posted on multiple sites online without an age gate.

    "Fox is one of the few major studios not placing its redband trailers behind age gates. Such widespread distribution of Fox redband trailers with the full knowledge or approval of Fox executives is particularly offensive in view of recent pleas to the FCC for greater protection of content produced by his media empire," said Phillips. "We agree with the MPAA that the FCC and Congress 'cannot let the anonymity of the Internet become a cloak behind which people think that unlawful conduct can continue unabated.'"

    "While I am disappointed that his employer, NewsCorp, has not done more in the past to protect children from sexual predators and age-inappropriate material, Lon should be a valuable addition to our board," added Phillips. "It is my expectation that this regular, high-level contact between our companies will encourage NewsCorp to be much more vigilant and forthcoming, while creating value for Aristotle's shareholders."

    Aristotle is a privately held company. A NewsCorp affiliate, EPartners, owns 13% of Aristotle International. Mr. Jacobs was appointed as EPartners' representative on Aristotle's Board of Directors.

    About Aristotle International

    Aristotle is recognized as a global pioneer in political technology, providing indispensable tools to those who seek to use the Democratic process to influence decisions at the ballot box. Every occupant of the White House -- Democrat and Republican -- for more than 25 years has been an Aristotle customer, as are many U.S. Senators, members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Democratic and Republican state party organizations. For information about career opportunities or for client inquiries, go to http://www.aristotle.com/.

    About Integrity

    Integrity is Aristotle's Identity and Age Verification service utilizing government-issued IDs, among other data sources, to bring instantaneous age and identity verification to life. More than 50 million consumers have had their identities verified with Integrity when transacting with global Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies and merchants.

    Aristotle International

    CONTACT: Alicia Moran, +1-703-739-2424 x110, alicia@brightlinemedia.com,
    for Aristotle International

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




    Princess Cruises Ship Receives New Name - and First-Ever Virtual ChristeningLine Seeks Honorary Godparents for Ocean Princess' Unique Online Ceremony With Each Participant Donation Made to Renowned New England Aquarium

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Princess Cruises is celebrating the new name of its ship Ocean Princess (formerly Tahitian Princess) by extending an open invitation to anyone wishing to become an honorary godparent for the vessel, with the first-ever virtual christening.

    In a new twist on the time-honored tradition, the naming ceremony will occur completely online, at http://www.princess.com/oceanvirtualchristening. Each new godparent will trigger a $1 donation from Princess to the New England Aquarium, a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation, up to $25,000.

    One of the small ships of Princess, Ocean Princess - fresh out of a two-week drydock - departed Singapore today on the first voyage with her new name. The virtual christening will run throughout the ship's 16-day Southeast Asia cruise, ending on Dec. 18.

    "At the end of her current cruise, we hope to have a huge group of honorary godparents for Ocean Princess," said Jan Swartz, Princess executive vice president. "In this digital age, we wanted to design a way that all our fans worldwide could be part of the celebration. But not only do we want to entertain people with this fun approach, we also want people to think about our oceans, and in doing so support the important work of the New England Aquarium."

    In addition to virtually christening the ship and becoming an honorary godparent, participants will be able explore the following areas online:

    -- Honorary Godparents - Real-time collection of the names of Ocean Princess' honorary godparents -- Ocean Princess Webcam - Live web cam from the ship -- Ocean Princess Itineraries - Link to Ocean Princess' extensive list of itineraries -- About the New England Aquarium - Information about this renowned non-profit conservation and research organization -- Ocean Princess Drydock Photo Journal - Pictorial of the ship's drydock in Singapore -- About Ocean Princess - Details about Ocean Princess and her offerings -- The Small Ships of Princess - Information about the small ships of Princess

    In addition, people will be able to share their virtual Ocean Princess experience with friends and family, and encourage them to participate through send-to-friend and Facebook functions.

    "We are delighted to be honored by Princess Cruises in this innovative and exciting program. Like Princess Cruises, the New England Aquarium strives to inspire and entertain people of all ages to the beauty and wonder of our world's oceans," said Bud Ris, president and CEO, New England Aquarium. "We hope this online event will introduce new audiences not only to the spectacular beauty of our oceans but also inspire new ocean stewards."

    During the ship's recent drydock at the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore, the Ocean Princess name was placed on the bow and throughout the vessel. The ship also received new fuel-efficient silicone paint on its hull, and interior enhancements including new upholstery, carpet and flooring. The ship was renamed Ocean Princess to more accurately represent her global range of itineraries.

    Swartz added, "As this ship begins her life with its new moniker, we would also like to congratulate Ocean Princess Captain Stefano Ravera and his crew, as the re-naming celebration is the cornerstone of our contribution to the important work of the New England Aquarium."

    Following its inaugural Treasures of the Southeast Asia cruise from Singapore to Shanghai, Ocean Princess will offer a season of unique Asia, India and Africa sailings, followed by a summer of European voyages.

    Ocean Princess is a part of Princess' fleet of small ships, which also includes Royal Princess and Pacific Princess. Offering a classic and intimate cruise experience, each small ship carries around 680 passengers and travels to more remote destinations around the world.

    Further information about Princess is available through a professional travel agent, by visiting http://www.princess.com/, or by calling 1-800-PRINCESS.

    About Princess Cruises:

    One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 17 modern ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service. A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess offers its passengers the opportunity to escape completely to the top destinations around the globe, with sailings to all seven continents, ranging in length from seven to 107 days. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK).

    About the New England Aquarium:

    The New England Aquarium (NEAq) is recognized as an international leader in ocean conservation, education, and research. Each year, the NEAq acts as an educational resource for more than 130,000 school children and thousands of teachers throughout New England. Together, the educational, research and conservation work of the NEAq is cultivating widespread public awareness about the benefits of living a "Blue Lifestyle," which promotes greater individual responsibility in improving the health of the oceans and the earth.

    Princess also can be found on: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PrincessCruises Twitter: http://twitter.com/PrincessCruises Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/princesscruises

    Princess Cruises

    CONTACT: Erin Barrier, +1-213-438-8707, ebarrier@golinharris.com, for
    Princess Cruises; or Karen Candy of Princess Cruises, +1-661-753-1540,
    kcandy@princesscruises.com

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




    New Equifax Solution Helps Businesses Reduce Losses, Improve Profitability

    ATLANTA, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Equifax Inc. today announced the launch of a new solution that gives companies increased control over the risk management of business customers as well as suppliers. Business Credit Monitoring(TM) provides companies with early warning alerts when business customers or vendors may be facing financial challenges. With this solution, businesses can improve their risk assessment processes and reduce losses by identifying customers and suppliers before they become delinquent on financial obligations and impact profitability.

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    Business Credit Monitoring is the latest addition to Equifax's comprehensive suite of portfolio management solutions. From account monitoring to benchmarking, Equifax solutions help businesses track industry and portfolio trends, identify areas of risk and market opportunity and modify strategies based on a deeper understanding of commercial accounts and their financial status.

    One user of the portfolio management services is NewAlliance Bank, Connecticut's largest state-chartered bank. NewAlliance implemented Equifax's account management solutions to monitor accounts and detect signs of impending financial trouble within its customer portfolio and has seen significant improvement in its collections productivity.

    "We have validated the alerts on our commercial portfolio and found that triggered loans are three times more likely to go delinquent than loans without trigger alerts," said Evan Kass, Director, Credit Portfolio Analytics, NewAlliance Bank. "It is an important and valuable service."

    According to Equifax Commercial Information Solutions, commercial bankruptcies increased by 69 percentage points (27 percent) in September 2009 year over year. Equifax research has also shown that commercial bankruptcies continue to rise across all industry sectors, with transportation, construction and retail showing significant increases year to date.

    "The need to proactively manage risk has shifted from 'important' to 'essential' for businesses navigating tough economic conditions in a soft economy, " said Michael Shannon, president, Equifax Commercial Information Solutions. "Our portfolio management solutions help businesses to detect early distress signals and act quickly to mitigate risk and drive stronger performance from commercial and supplier relationships."

    A web-based solution, Business Credit Monitoring can be seamlessly integrated into a company's existing account management processes. This highly flexible solution allows companies to monitor their entire portfolio of business customers and suppliers or flag only those accounts that require close attention. By matching the list of selected accounts against the Equifax commercial credit database, the solution monitors and notifies customers of any key adverse account developments. Businesses benefit from:

    -- Minimized manual account review and increased efficiency -- Timely alerts resulting from changes in Equifax's Small Business Credit Risk Score, Business Failure Risk Score and newly reported public record/bankruptcy information -- Potentially fewer write-offs based on improved risk assessment and decisioning -- Real-time insights into portfolio segments requiring customized strategies based on risk level -- Greater flexibility in setting monitoring preferences and managing accounts

    Businesses that leverage Equifax portfolio management solutions gain access to the Equifax Commercial Credit Report, market-leading risk scores and Equifax's commercial credit database, the industry's largest source of small business information. Equifax currently provides credit grantors with information on more than 25 million small businesses.

    Equifax Commercial Information Solutions provides the information and expertise necessary for companies to best understand and manage their dealings with business customers, prospects and suppliers. Our exclusive partnership with the Small Business Financial Exchange, along with other proprietary sources, provides the best-in-class commercial credit risk data. Combined with highly predictive scoring and innovative technology, businesses can leverage this information to make quick, confident credit decisions and minimize potential losses.

    We also offer business linkage and firmographics to help companies gain greater visibility into their supply chain as well as improve the precision of their sales and marketing efforts - from customer acquisition to retention and expansion. To learn more about Business Credit Monitoring and other Equifax Commercial Information Solutions, visit http://www.equifax.com/commercial.

    About Equifax (http://www.equifax.com/)

    Equifax empowers businesses and consumers with information they can trust. A global leader in information solutions, we leverage one of the largest sources of consumer and commercial data, along with advanced analytics and proprietary technology, to create customized insights that enrich both the performance of businesses and the lives of consumers.

    With a strong heritage of innovation and leadership, Equifax continuously delivers innovative solutions with the highest integrity and reliability. Businesses - large and small - rely on us for consumer and business credit intelligence, portfolio management, fraud detection, decisioning technology, marketing tools, and much more. We empower individual consumers to manage their personal credit information, protect their identity, and maximize their financial well-being.

    Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Equifax Inc. operates in the U.S. and 14 other countries throughout North America, Latin America and Europe. Equifax is a member of Standard & Poor's (S&P) 500® Index. Our common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol EFX.

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    PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com Equifax Inc.

    CONTACT: Jennifer Costello, +1-404-885-8907,
    jennifer.costello@equifax.com

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




    Independence Blue Cross Secures All-Blue Contract with Lincoln Financial GroupLincoln Financial employees to have PPO and Comprehensive Major Medical coverage

    PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Independence Blue Cross (IBC) today announced its new health benefits contract with Lincoln Financial Group. IBC will be the primary provider of health insurance for approximately 10,000 Lincoln Financial Group employees, retirees, and their dependents across the nation. The Lincoln plan offerings will include the PPO option and Comprehensive Major Medical plans.

    "I know I speak for all of us at Independence Blue Cross when I say we are delighted that Lincoln Financial Group has entrusted us with the health insurance needs of their employees," said Joseph A. Frick, president and chief executive officer of Independence Blue Cross. "We are pleased Lincoln recognizes our expanded capabilities in health information technology, consumer resources, and overall member satisfaction, and are happy to extend these offerings to all Lincoln locations, both nationally and in our region. From one southeastern Pennsylvania-based company to another, we welcome all of the Lincoln employees and their families to our health care coverage."

    On January 1, 2010, IBC will become the primary health insurance option for Lincoln employees at their locations across the country, including key offices in Fort Wayne, Indiana; Hartford, Connecticut; Omaha, Nebraska; Greensboro, North Carolina; Concord, New Hampshire; and headquarters in Radnor, Pennsylvania. Employee enrollment sessions at all of these locations have been underway over the past few months.

    Lincoln Financial Group is a diversified financial services organization in the Philadelphia region with $137 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2009. They offer innovative, industry-leading advice and solutions to help customers secure their financial futures. Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation and its affiliates.

    "At Independence Blue Cross we are thrilled to extend our services to Lincoln Financial Group. As a whole, our company has a strong focus on national business and we are eager to expand upon our long-standing relationship with Lincoln," said Lawrence Kissner, vice president of national account sales at Independence Blue Cross. "We worked closely with Lincoln to develop a custom option that will satisfy the needs of their employees nationally. Previously, we insured many of their employees based in the southeastern Pennsylvania region only."

    Independence Blue Cross offers its customers the BlueCard® network, a cohesive system of health care experts in hundreds of locations. As Blue Plan members, Lincoln employees around the country will have national access to quality care and coverage in both urban and rural areas with over 764,000 doctors and 5,700 hospitals included in the independent Blue Plan PPO networks. Outside the United States, BlueCard members have access to doctors and hospitals in 200 countries and territories.

    About Independence Blue Cross

    Independence Blue Cross is a leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania. Nationwide, Independence Blue Cross and its affiliates provide coverage to nearly 3.3 million people. For more than 70 years, Independence Blue Cross has offered high-quality health care coverage tailored to meet the changing needs of members, employers, and health care professionals. Independence Blue Cross's HMO and PPO health care plans have consistently received the highest ratings from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

    Independence Blue Cross supports comprehensive health care reform that would extend coverage to all Americans, reduce costs, and improve quality. We also advocate reform that builds on the current employer-based system that currently serves 170 million Americans. Learn more about our views on health care legislation now working its way through Congress by visiting our website.

    Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. More information about Independence Blue Cross is available at http://www.ibx.com/.

    Independence Blue Cross

    CONTACT: Karen Burnham, Independence Blue Cross, +1-215-241-3106,
    Karen.Burnham@ibx.com

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




    General Dynamics Board Declares Dividend, Authorizes Share Repurchases

    FALLS CHURCH, Va., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The board of directors of General Dynamics today declared a regular quarterly dividend of 38 cents per share on the company's common stock, payable February 5, 2010, to shareholders of record at the close of business on January 15, 2010.

    The board also authorized management to repurchase up to 10 million shares of the company's issued and outstanding common stock on the open market.

    General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 92,300 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about General Dynamics is available online at http://www.gd.com/.

    General Dynamics

    CONTACT: Rob Doolittle of General Dynamics, +1-703 876 3199, Fax:
    +1-703-876-3555, rdoolittle@gd.com

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




    Air Products' Tonnage Gases VP to Address Bank of America-Merrill Lynch Global Industries Conference on December 9

    LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Air Products announced today that Stephen Jones, senior vice president and general manager, Tonnage Gases, Equipment and Energy, will be presenting at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch 2009 Global Industries Conference in New York City on Wednesday, December 9 at 10:35 a.m. EST.

    Jones will provide an overview of Air Products and an outlook for its businesses and growth strategy.

    An audio Webcast and presentation slides will be available on Air Products' Investor Relations web site at http://www.airproducts.com/Invest/PresentationSummary.htm.

    Air Products serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment. In fiscal 2009, Air Products had revenues of $8.3 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and 18,900 employees around the globe. For more information, visit http://www.airproducts.com/.

    ***NOTE: This release may contain forward-looking statements. Actual results could vary materially, due to changes in current expectations.

    Air Products

    CONTACT: Media Inquiries: Robert Brown, +1-610-481-1192,
    brownrf@airproducts.com, or Investor Inquiries: Nelson Squires,
    +1-610-481-7461, squirenj@airproducts.com

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




    UNIVERSAL PICTURES PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF IT'S COMPLICATED AT PARIS THEATRE NEW YORK CITY, NY, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, AT 8:00 PM

    NEW YORK, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- WHAT: The world premiere of the comedy IT'S COMPLICATED

    WHO: IT'S COMPLICATED writer/director/producer Nancy Meyers;

    producer Scott Rudin; cast members Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski, Lake Bell, Mary Kay Place, Rita Wilson, Alexandra Wentworth, Hunter Parrish, Zoe Kazan and Caitlin Fitzgerald; executive producer Suzanne Farwell. Plus additional celebrity guests including Christine Baranski, Tom Hanks, Gayle King, Justin Kirk, Elias Koteas, Mary-Louise Parker, Jerry Seinfeld, George Stephanopoulos and many more.

    WHERE: Paris Theatre

    4 West 58 Street

    New York City, NY

    WHEN: Wednesday, December 9, 2009

    6:00 PM Press Call Time at Grand Army Plaza 7:00 PM Celebrity Arrivals 8:00 PM Screening Begins IT'S COMPLICATED opens in theaters on Friday, December 25, 2009. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060316/LATH064LOGO)

    Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060316/LATH064LOGO
    AP Archive: http://photoarchive.ap.org/
    PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com Universal Pictures

    CONTACT: Television/On-Line/Radio, Stacey Zarro, +1-212-445-3804, or
    Print/Photographers, Damion Stene, +1-212-445-3833, for Universal Pictures




    Nucor Announces Increase in Cash Dividend

    CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The board of directors of Nucor Corporation increased the regular quarterly cash dividend on Nucor's common stock by 2.9% to $0.36 per share from $0.35 per share. This cash dividend is payable on February 11, 2010 to stockholders of record on December 31, 2009, and is Nucor's 147th consecutive quarterly cash dividend.

    Nucor has increased its regular, or base, dividend for 37 consecutive years -- every year since it first began paying dividends in 1973. Reflecting the Nucor team's success in building Nucor's long-term earnings power, the base quarterly dividend has more than tripled since the end of 2007. In addition, over the period from 2000 to 2009, Nucor's base dividend has increased approximately ten-fold.

    Nucor and affiliates are manufacturers of steel products, with operating facilities primarily in the U.S. and Canada. Products produced include: carbon and alloy steel -- in bars, beams, sheet and plate; steel joists and joist girders; steel deck; fabricated concrete reinforcing steel; cold finished steel; steel fasteners; metal building systems; light gauge steel framing; steel grating and expanded metal; and wire and wire mesh. Nucor, through The David J. Joseph Company, also brokers ferrous and nonferrous metals, pig iron and HBI/DRI; supplies ferro-alloys; and processes ferrous and non ferrous scrap. Nucor is North America's largest recycler.

    http://www.nucor.com/

    Nucor Corporation

    CONTACT: Nucor Executive Offices, +1-704-366-7000, or fax,
    +1-704-362-4208

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




    China Natural Resources Releases Interim Results of Operations

    HONG KONG, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CHINA NATURAL RESOURCES, INC. , a company based in the People's Republic of China, today released unaudited interim financial statements for the three and six months ended June 30, 2009 as follows:

    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE

    INCOME (LOSS) (UNAUDITED) FOR THE THREE AND SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2009 AND 2008 (Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data) Three Months Ended June 30 -------------------------- 2008 2009 2009 ---- ---- ---- RMB RMB US$

    NET SALES 29,722 12,999 1,903 COST OF SALES (12,141) (12,371) (1,811)

    ------- ------- ------ GROSS PROFIT 17,581 628 92

    SELLING, GENERAL AND

    ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES, including share-based compensation expense of RMB13,008 (US$1,904) for the six months ended June 30, 2009 (2008: RMB13,008) and RMB6,504 (US$952) for the three months ended June 30, 2009 (2008: RMB6,504) (9,157) (12,870) (1,884)

    ------ ------- ------ OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)

    FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS 8,424 (12,242) (1,792) INTEREST INCOME 372 65 9 OTHER INCOME, NET 67 - - LOSS ATTRIBUTABLE TO

    INVESTMENT

    IN UNCONSOLIDATED INVESTEE (2,306) (2,960) (433)

    ------ ------ ---- INCOME (LOSS) FROM

    CONTINUING OPERATIONS

    BEFORE INCOME TAXES 6,557 (15,137) (2,216) INCOME TAXES (4,304) (714) (105)

    ------ ---- ---- INCOME (LOSS) FROM

    CONTINUING OPERATIONS 2,253 (15,851) (2,321)

    DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS INCOME (LOSS) FROM

    DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS 20,207 5 1

    ------ --- --- NET INCOME (LOSS) 22,460 (15,846) (2,320) OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

    (LOSS) Foreign currency

    translation adjustments

    Attributable to CHNR Shareholders (3,504) (60) (9) Attributable to non- controlling interests - - -

    --- --- --- COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) 18,956 (15,906) (2,329) Less comprehensive loss

    attributable to non-

    controlling interests - 833 122

    --- --- --- COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

    ATTRIBUTABLE TO CHNR

    SHAREHOLDERS 18,956 (15,073) (2,207)

    ====== ======= ======

    NET INCOME (LOSS)

    ATTRIBUTABLE TO:

    CHNR Shareholders 22,460 (15,013) (2,198) Non-controlling interests - (833) (122) --- ---- ---- 22,460 (15,846) (2,320) ====== ======= ======

    NET INCOME (LOSS)

    ATTRIBUTABLE TO CHNR

    SHAREHOLDERS:

    Continuing operations 2,253 (15,016) (2,198) Discontinued operations 20,207 3 - ------ --- --- 22,460 (15,013) (2,198) ====== ======= ======

    INCOME (LOSS) PER SHARE: Basic

    Income (loss) from continuing operations 0.12 (0.71) (0.10) Income (loss) from discontinued operations 1.05 - - ---- --- --- Net income (loss) per share 1.17 (0.71) (0.10) ==== ===== =====

    Diluted

    Income (loss) from continuing operations 0.10 (0.71) (0.10) Income (loss) from discontinued operations 0.88 - - ---- --- --- Net income (loss) per share 0.98 (0.71) (0.10) ==== ===== =====

    WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER

    OF SHARES OUTSTANDING Basic 19,323,416 21,123,416 21,123,416 ========== ========== ========== Diluted 22,926,151 21,123,416 21,123,416 ========== ========== ========== Six Months Ended June 30 ------------------------ 2008 2009 2009 ---- ---- ---- RMB RMB US$

    NET SALES 38,268 17,563 2,571 COST OF SALES (16,023) (16,268) (2,381)

    ------- ------- ------ GROSS PROFIT 22,245 1,295 190

    SELLING, GENERAL AND

    ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES, including share-based compensation expense of RMB13,008 (US$1,904) for the six months ended June 30, 2009 (2008: RMB13,008) and RMB6,504 (US$952) for the three months ended June 30, 2009 (2008: RMB6,504) (21,658) (26,409) (3,867)

    ------- ------- ------ OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)

    FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS 587 (25,114) (3,677) INTEREST INCOME 1,121 421 61 OTHER INCOME, NET 48 529 78 LOSS ATTRIBUTABLE TO

    INVESTMENT

    IN UNCONSOLIDATED INVESTEE (4,437) (5,665) (829)

    ------ ------ ---- INCOME (LOSS) FROM

    CONTINUING OPERATIONS

    BEFORE INCOME TAXES (2,681) (29,829) (4,367) INCOME TAXES (4,941) (1,266) (185)

    ------ ------ ---- INCOME (LOSS) FROM

    CONTINUING OPERATIONS (7,622) (31,095) (4,552)

    DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS INCOME (LOSS) FROM

    DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS 24,451 (15,052) (2,204)

    ------ ------- ------ NET INCOME (LOSS) 16,829 (46,147) (6,756) OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

    (LOSS) Foreign currency

    translation adjustments

    Attributable to CHNR Shareholders (15,753) 438 64 Attributable to non- controlling interests - - -

    --- --- --- COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) 1,076 (45,709) (6,692) Less comprehensive loss

    attributable to non-

    controlling interests - 7,567 1,108

    --- ----- ----- COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

    ATTRIBUTABLE TO CHNR

    SHAREHOLDERS 1,076 (38,142) (5,584)

    ===== ======= ======

    NET INCOME (LOSS)

    ATTRIBUTABLE TO:

    CHNR Shareholders 16,829 (38,580) (5,648) Non-controlling interests - (7,567) (1,108) --- ------ ------ 16,829 (46,147) (6,756) ====== ======= ======

    NET INCOME (LOSS)

    ATTRIBUTABLE TO CHNR

    SHAREHOLDERS:

    Continuing operations (7,622) (29,549) (4,326) Discontinued operations 24,451 (9,031) (1,322) ------ ------ ------ 16,829 (38,580) (5,648) ====== ======= ======

    INCOME (LOSS) PER SHARE: Basic

    Income (loss) from continuing operations (0.40) (1.42) (0.21) Income (loss) from discontinued operations 1.29 (0.43) (0.06) ---- ----- ----- Net income (loss) per share 0.89 (1.85) (0.27) ==== ===== =====

    Diluted

    Income (loss) from continuing operations (0.34) (1.42) (0.21) Income (loss) from discontinued operations 1.10 (0.43) (0.06) ---- ----- ----- Net income (loss) per share 0.76 (1.85) (0.27) ==== ===== =====

    WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER

    OF SHARES OUTSTANDING Basic 18,982,757 20,883,085 20,883,085 ========== ========== ========== Diluted 22,235,670 20,883,085 20,883,085 ========== ========== ========== CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS AS OF JUNE 30, 2009 AND DECEMBER 31, 2008 (Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data) December 31, June 30, June 30, 2008 2009 2009 RMB RMB US$

    (Unaudited) (Unaudited) ASSETS CURRENT ASSETS

    Cash 120,888 158,504 23,205 Trade receivables: Related parties 70,830 - - Others 4,157 1,755 257 Bills receivable 1,460 - - Note receivable 96,166 - - Inventories 66,245 5,614 822 Deferred tax assets 5,470 966 141 Other assets 25,061 42,670 6,247 ------ ------ -----

    390,277 209,509 30,672 ASSETS CLASSIFIED AS HELD FOR

    SALE - 442,543 64,790

    --- ------- ------

    TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS 390,277 652,052 95,462

    INVESTMENT IN UNCONSOLIDATED

    INVESTEES 22,210 17,489 2,560

    ADVANCES TO UNCONSOLIDATED

    INVESTEES, NET 39,290 38,346 5,614

    PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, NET 238,591 185,545 27,164

    DEPOSITS FOR BUSINESS

    ACQUISITIONS AND OTHER 119,741 48,119 7,045

    ------- ------ -----

    TOTAL ASSETS 810,109 941,551 137,845

    ======= ======= =======

    LIABILITIES AND EQUITY CURRENT LIABILITIES

    Bills payable - 10,000 1,464 Accounts payable 7,361 17,100 2,504 Advance from customers 15,261 2,781 407 Accrued liabilities 8,014 3,001 439 Income tax and other taxes payable 12,368 1,192 175 Other payables 25,485 26,933 3,943 Current portion of related party capital lease obligation 9,977 - - Related party payable 18,316 168,396 24,654 ------ ------- ------

    96,782 229,403 33,586 LIABILITIES ASSOCIATED WITH

    ASSETS CLASSIFIED AS HELD FOR

    SALE - 107,174 15,690

    --- ------- ------

    TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES 96,782 336,577 49,276

    ------ ------- ------

    NON CURRENT LIABILITIES

    Related party capital lease obligation, net of current portion 10,780 - - Long term loan - 100,000 14,640 Other payables 10,087 82,612 12,095 ------ ------ ------

    TOTAL NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES 20,867 182,612 26,735

    ------ ------- ------

    TOTAL LIABILITIES 117,649 519,189 76,011

    ------- ------- ------

    EQUITY China Natural Resources, Inc.

    equity:

    Preferred shares, no par: Authorized -10,000,000 shares; - - - Common shares, no par: Authorized -200,000,000 shares; Issued and outstanding - 19,623,416 and 21,123,416 shares at December 31, 2008 and June 30, 2009, respectively 312,081 312,081 45,689 Reserves 7,331 7,331 1,073 Additional paid-in capital 228,752 288,159 42,187 Excess of purchase price over net asset value (7,149) (313,139) (45,844) Retained earnings 173,087 134,507 19,692 Other comprehensive loss (35,561) (35,123) (5,142) ------- ------- ------

    TOTAL CHINA NATURAL RESOURCES,

    INC. EQUITY 678,541 393,816 57,655

    NON-CONTROLLING INTERESTS 13,919 28,546 4,179

    ------ ------ -----

    TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY 810,109 941,551 137,845

    ======= ======= =======

    Mr. Feilie Li, the Company's Chairman and CEO, commented on the 2009 interim results "the first half of 2009 posted a challenge to the operation of China Natural Resources. The global financial crisis caused the PRC economy to slow down sharply. Base metal prices fell in general as compared to the first half of 2008 amid slowing industrial production. However, China is expected to recover at a faster pace than other countries, and our mining operations are poised to benefit from the mainland's growth prospects and supportive policies. The China economy grew 7.9% year on year in the second quarter which suggests that the China economy is expanding and steel demand from downstream customers is recovering. We expect ore prices to rise in 2010 as demand for steel recovers and a rebound in industrial production growth. We remain committed to our strategy in expanding our coal and base metal resources in the PRC."

    For the convenience of the reader, amounts in Renminbi ("RMB") have been translated into United States dollars ("US$") at the applicable rate of US$1.00 = RMB6.8305 as quoted by Bloomberg Finance L.P. as of June 30, 2009. The Renminbi is not freely convertible into foreign currencies and no representation is made that the RMB amounts could have been, or could be, converted into US$ at that rate, or at all.

    The condensed consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive income (loss) for the three and six months ended June 30, 2009 (unaudited) and the condensed consolidated balance sheet as of June 30, 2009 (unaudited) have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States but omit certain financial statements and note disclosure that would be included in full financial statements prepared in accordance with US GAAP. The condensed consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive income (loss) for the three and six months ended June 30, 2009 (unaudited) and the condensed consolidated balance sheet as of June 30, 2009 (unaudited) are derived from, and should be read in conjunction with, the Company's unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements for the three and six months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 2, 2009 under cover of Form 6-K. The results of operations for the six months ended June 30, 2009 are not necessarily indicative of the results of operations that may be expected for the year ending December 31, 2009.

    About China Natural Resources, Inc.

    China Natural Resources, Inc., a British Virgin Islands corporation, through its operating subsidiaries in the People's Republic of China, is currently engaged in (a) the acquisition and exploitation of mining rights, including the exploration, mineral extraction, processing and sale of iron, zinc and other nonferrous metals, extracted or produced at mines primarily located in Anhui Province in the PRC, and (b) the acquisition, exploration, development and production of coal resources in Guizhou province in the PRC.

    This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions believed to be reliable, but involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results of operations to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Among the risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ from our forward-looking statements are our intent, belief and current expectations as to business operations and operating results of the Company, uncertainties regarding the governmental, economic and political circumstances in the People's Republic of China, risks and hazards associated with the Company's mining activities, uncertainties associated with ore reserve estimates, uncertainties associated with metal price volatility, uncertainties associated with the Company's reliance on third-party contractors and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Although the Company's management believes that the expectations reflected in forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can provide no assurance that such expectations will prove to be accurate.

    China Natural Resources, Inc.

    CONTACT: Edward Wong, Chief Financial Officer, +011-852-2810-7205 or
    cfo@chnr.net




    The Mint Leasing, Inc. Enters Into Purchase and Lease Transactions Involving Sixty-One New Toyota CorollasTRANSACTION SUPPORTS MANAGEMENT'S EXPECTATION OF RETURN TO PROFITABILITY IN FOURTH QUARTER OF 2009

    HOUSTON, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Mint Leasing, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: MLES) ("Mint Leasing" or "the Company"), which provides innovative leasing services to customers of franchised automobile dealers throughout the United States, today announced that it has purchased sixty-one 2010 Corollas from Fred Haas Toyota Country, Inc., a leading Houston Toyota dealer, and leased these vehicles to three corporate customers.

    Utilizing its new and previously announced $10 million credit facility, Mint Leasing has concluded the purchase of new Toyota Corollas valued at more than $1.0 million and, simultaneously, has leased the vehicles to Premier CARSTARS, U-Save Auto Rental, and Kenneth's Body Shop.

    "We believe these transactions are representative of an improved business outlook for Mint Leasing that reflects the business opportunities available to the Company as a result of its new credit facility and the attractive purchase opportunities presented by the current economic and auto retailing environment," stated Jerry Parish, Chief Executive Officer of The Mint Leasing, Inc. "These Houston-based auto rental agencies selected Mint Leasing after carefully evaluating our business proposition and customer service capabilities, relative to the proposals available from our competitors. We are pleased to welcome these agencies to our growing family of customers."

    "These transactions should assure Mint Leasing of a return to profitability in the fourth quarter of 2009, and we look forward to similar opportunities in the upcoming year," continued Parish. "Our ability to fund over a million dollars in new car purchases speaks highly of the Company's ability to play an increasingly important role in a tough market environment."

    About The Mint Leasing, Inc.

    The Mint Leasing, Inc. represents an alternative to traditional financing companies by providing its innovative vehicle leasing solutions to the customers of premier automotive retailers. Most of its customers are located in Texas and six other states in the southeastern U.S. The Mint Leasing's customers are primarily comprised of brand-name automobile dealers that seek to provide leasing options to their customers. The Mint Leasing, Inc. is responsible for underwriting criteria and procedures, administration of the leases, and collection of payments from lessees.

    The Company is headquartered in Houston, Texas, and its common stock trades on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol "MLES".

    This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act"). In particular, when used in the preceding discussion, the words "believes," "expects," "intends," "plans," "anticipates," or "may," and similar conditional expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Act, and are subject to the safe harbor created by the Act. Any statements made in this news release other than those of historical fact, about an action, event or development, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions that in the future may prove not to have been accurate and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations or any of its forward-looking statements will prove to be correct. Factors that could cause results to differ include but are not limited to, successful performance of internal plans, product or services development and acceptance, the impact of competitive services and pricing, or general economic risks and uncertainties, and other risks disclosed in the Company's periodic filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company takes no obligation to update or correct forward-looking statements, and also takes no obligation to update or correct information prepared by third parties that are not paid for by the Company.

    Contact: RJ Falkner & Company, Inc., Investor Relations Counsel at (800)

    377-9893 or via email at info@rjfalkner.com or

    The Mint Leasing, Inc. Investor Relations at investorinfo@mintleasing.com

    The Mint Leasing, Inc.

    CONTACT: investor relations counsel of RJ Falkner & Company, Inc.,
    1-800-377-9893, info@rjfalkner.com, for The Mint Leasing, Inc.; or investor
    relations of The Mint Leasing, Inc., investorinfo@mintleasing.com




    Fountain Healthy Aging Inc Business Update For Shareholders

    LOS ANGELES, December 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Fountain Healthy Aging Inc. (OTCBB: FHAI) announced today that it would initiate a programme of regular updates to shareholders, keeping them informed of the significant progress which Fountain is making in the fulfilment of its business plan, as well as to provide shareholders with regular updates on the progress of proceedings against Dunn Capital Partners and others.

    Fountain reports that it continues to work closely with Natural Planet in integrating their businesses and products. Formal closing of the acquisition of Natural Planet has been postponed pending the fulfilment of the final condition to closing, namely the finalization of audited financial statements for Natural Planet. These statements are in preparation and are expected to be completed shortly. The acquisition of Natural Planet is being structured as an all share deal and no cash consideration will be paid.

    Fountain already has an exclusive worldwide license to distribute the nine Natural Planet's products that have been specifically targeted at the anti-aging market. Eight are currently being marketed under the Natural Planet brand, but are in the process of being rebranded as Fountain products. The ninth, Vitalife, has already been rebranded. All of the products to which Fountain already has an exclusive right can be viewed at the web page http://www.naturalplanetusa.com/ha.html The balance of the Natural Planet products, comprising over 50 additional products, will become available for Fountain to market after closing of the acquisition, and some of these products will be rebranded as Fountain products. These products can be viewed at the web page http://www.naturalplanetusa.com/nutraceuticals.html

    Fountain announces that it has recently entered into a preliminary agreement with a distributor of its products in Japan. The Japanese distributor is in the process of submitting the required application for the approval of Fountain's anti-aging products in Japan, after which full scale distribution would commence immediately. In addition, Fountain announced that it is in active discussions with a number of distributors in the US as well as with 2 of Natural Planet's existing distributors in the Far East outside Japan, Dokudami Asia Co Ltd, and the Singapore based Wellness Travel Company. Fountain anticipates that it will be in a position to conclude some or all of these distribution contracts in time for distribution to commence in the first quarter of 2010.

    Fountain CEO, Paul Hunston, commented that he was "delighted with the progress which had been made over the past few weeks in progressing Fountain's ambitious business plans, which is a credit to the Fountain and Natural Planet management teams. We remain on course to achieve our targets, and I am looking forward to building a solid growing company with substantial revenues through the course of the coming year".

    About Fountain Healthy Aging

    Fountain Healthy Aging is a company specifically focussed in the anti aging industry, which is one of the quickest growing industry sectors worldwide. We have a range of products targeted at the anti aging market, including our revolutionary flagship product Vitalife, which

    we believe is ready to make a massive impact in the anti-aging industry. We recognize the importance of the anti-aging sector, an emerging dynamic within the overall health and wellness revolution. We believe that we are uniquely positioned to capitalize on this rapidly growing trend first with our unique flagship product, rapidly followed into the market by our other products which have been specifically developed for this market. Fountain Healthy Aging's main focus is on the specialty, premium product category, which is a growing segment of the market that provides gross margins significantly higher that the lower-priced, mainstream health products market.

    The statements in the press release that relate to the company's expectations with regard to the future impact on the company's results from new products or actions in development are forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The statements in this document may also contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Since this information may contain statements that involve risk and uncertainties and are subject to change at any time, the company's actual results may differ materially from expected results.

    Fountain Healthy Aging Inc

    For more information please contact: Paul Hunston, Fountain Healthy Aging Inc, paul.hunston@athertonhealth.com, +44-1386-882262




    AirTran Airways Agents Reject Representation by International Association of MachinistsNational Mediation Board Dismisses Petition for Election Because of Insufficient Showing of Interest

    ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. , today announced that its customer service, ramp and Reservations agents have rejected representation by the International Association of Machinists (IAM).

    The National Mediation Board (NMB) notified AirTran Airways today that they have dismissed the IAM's petition for a representation election because the group failed to garner the required 35 percent of eligible agents to sign representation cards requesting an election. The Board cited an "insufficient showing of interest" in its dismissal notification to both parties.

    This is the fifth time since 1998 that this work group has elected to forgo representation. The company has ramp and customer service agents located in airports around the country while the Reservations agents are located in three cities -- Atlanta, Carrollton, and Savannah, Ga.

    AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. and a Fortune 1000 company, has been ranked the number one low-cost carrier in the Airline Quality Rating study for the past two years. The airline offers coast-to-coast flights on North America's newest all-Boeing fleet with Business Class and complimentary XM Satellite Radio on every flight. To book a flight, visit http://www.airtran.com/.

    Media Contacts: Christopher White

    Cynthia Tinsley-Douglas

    678.254.7442

    AirTran Airways

    CONTACT: Christopher White, or Cynthia Tinsley-Douglas, +1-678-254-7442,
    both of AirTran Airways

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




    Korn/Ferry to Report Quarterly Earnings via Live Webcast on December 8, 2009

    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Korn/Ferry International , a premier global provider of talent management solutions, today announced that the firm will be conducting a conference call and simultaneous live webcast to investors to report Q2 fiscal year 2010 earnings on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 2:00 pm EST. The call and webcast will be hosted by Gary D. Burnison, Chief Executive Officer and Michael A. DiGregorio, Chief Financial Officer.

    What: Korn/Ferry International to Report Q2 FY2010 Earnings,

    Investor Conference Call and Live Webcast

    Who: Gary D. Burnison, Chief Executive Officer

    Michael A. DiGregorio, Chief Financial Officer

    When: 2:00 pm EST, Tuesday, December 8, 2009

    Where: Live audio webcast will be available at the following site:

    http://www.kornferry.com/Webcasts About Korn/Ferry International

    Korn/Ferry International, with a presence throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is a premier global provider of talent management solutions celebrating 40 years in business. Based in Los Angeles, the firm delivers an array of solutions that help clients to attract, develop, retain and sustain their talent. Visit http://www.kornferry.com/ for more information on the Korn/Ferry International family of companies, and http://www.kornferryinstitute.com/ for thought leadership, intellectual property and research.

    Korn/Ferry International

    CONTACT: Investors, Gregg Kvochak, +1-310-556-8550, Media, Dan Gugler,
    +1-310-226-2645, both of Korn/Ferry International

    Web Site: http://www.kornferry.com/
    http://www.kornferryinstitute.com/




    The Inventure Group, Inc. to Present at the Lambert, Edwards & Associates SMID-West Stock Conference

    PHOENIX, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Inventure Group, Inc. , a leading specialty snack food manufacturer, today announced that CEO Terry McDaniel and CFO Steve Weinberger will present to investors and analysts at the Lambert, Edwards & Associates fifth annual SMID-West Stock Conference, to be held on Dec. 10, 2009, at The Allerton Hotel in Chicago.

    SMID-West 2009 is an invitation-only event that will introduce professional investors from the buy-side and sell-side to the management teams of top-performing small- and mid-cap (SMID) companies in a one-on-one and small-group meeting format. For more information regarding the conference, please contact Amanda Passage at (616) 233-0500 or apassage@lambert-edwards.com.

    Lambert, Edwards & Associates, a leading Midwest-based investor relations firm, is hosting SMID-West 2009 in partnership with PR Newswire, Cision, Roadcast(TM) and Vintage Filings.

    About The Inventure Group, Inc.

    With manufacturing facilities in Arizona, Indiana and Washington, The Inventure Group is a marketer and manufacturer of specialty brands in the healthy/natural and indulgent food categories under a variety of Company owned and licensed brand names, including T.G.I. Friday's(R), BURGER KING(TM), Rader Farms(R), Boulder Canyon(TM) Natural Foods, Poore Brothers(R), Tato Skins(R) and Bob's Texas Style(R). For further information about The Inventure Group visit http://www.inventuregroup.net/.

    Statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Because such statements include risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause actual results to differ from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release and that may affect the Company's prospects in general include, but are not limited to, the potential need for additional financing, acquisition-related risks, significant competition, customer acceptance of new products, dependence upon major customers, dependence upon existing and future license agreements, general risks related to the food products industry, deteriorating economic conditions, and such other factors as are described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    About Lambert, Edwards & Associates

    LE&A (http://www.lambert-edwards.com/) is a top-20 Investor Relations firm nationally and among the top Midwest-based PR firms with more than 110 clients based in 20 states and five countries. LE&A serves small- and mid-cap companies and national brands in five practice areas: Automotive, Consumer, Financial Communications, Health Care & Technology and Public Affairs. LE&A has posted 10 consecutive years of growth and earned three Silver Anvil awards - the profession's highest honor - in the past three years, including the 2007 Small-Cap IR Program of the Year.

    The Inventure Group, Inc.

    CONTACT: Steve Weinberger, Chief Financial Officer, The Inventure Group,
    Inc., +1-623-932-6200

    Web Site: http://www.inventuregroup.net/




    Mueller Water Products to Present at Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2009 Global Industries Conference

    ATLANTA, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gregory E. Hyland, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Mueller Water Products, Inc. will present at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2009 Global Industries Conference. The presentation will provide an overview of Mueller Water Products and its key business drivers and may include updated information from what has previously been disclosed. The presentation will take place Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 3:30 p.m. EST at The Crowne Plaza in New York City.

    The presentation will be webcast live, with a replay available in the investor relations section of the Company's Web site, http://www.muellerwaterproducts.com/. The replay of the presentation will be available for approximately 90 days.

    Safe Harbor Statement

    Except for historical information contained herein, the statements in this release are forward- looking and made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual results in future periods of Mueller Water Products to differ materially from forecasted results. Those risks include, among others, changes in customer orders and demand for our products; changes in raw material, labor, equipment and transportation costs; pricing actions by the Company and its competitors; changes in law; the ability to attract and retain management and employees; the inability to successfully execute management strategies with respect to cost reductions, production increases or decreases, inventory control, and the integration of acquired businesses; and general changes in economic and financial conditions, residential and non- residential construction, and municipal spending. Risks associated with forward-looking statements are more fully described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mueller Water Products assumes no duty to update its forward-looking statements as of any future date.

    About Mueller Water Products, Inc.

    Mueller Water Products, Inc. is a leading North American manufacturer and marketer of infrastructure and flow control products for use in water distribution networks and treatment facilities. Its broad product portfolio includes engineered valves, fire hydrants, ductile iron pipe and pipe fittings, which are used by municipalities, as well as the residential and non-residential construction, oil & gas, HVAC and fire protection industries. With latest 12 months net sales as of September 30, 2009 of $1.4 billion, the Company is comprised of three operating segments: Mueller Co., U.S. Pipe and Anvil. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the Company employs approximately 5,300 people. The Company's Series A common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MWA. For more information about Mueller Water Products Inc., please visit the Company's Web site at http://www.muellerwaterproducts.com/.

    Investor Contact: Martie Edmunds Zakas Sr. Vice President - Strategic Planning & Investor Relations 770-206-4237 mzakas@muellerwp.com

    Media Contact: John Pensec Director - Corporate Communications & Public Affairs 770-206-4240 jpensec@muellerwp.com

    Mueller Water Products, Inc.

    CONTACT: Investor Contact: Martie Edmunds Zakas, Sr. Vice President -
    Strategic Planning & Investor Relations, +1-770-206-4237,
    mzakas@muellerwp.com, or Media Contact: John Pensec, Director - Corporate
    Communications & Public Affairs, +1-770-206-4240, jpensec@muellerwp.com, both
    of Mueller Water Products, Inc.

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




    Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. to Present at Wells Fargo Pipeline and MLP Symposium

    PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. announced today that Deborah M. Fretz, President and Chief Executive Officer will speak at the 8th Annual Wells Fargo Pipeline and MLP Symposium at 10:15 a.m. (ET) on Tuesday, December 8, 2009, in New York, New York. Ms. Fretz will discuss Sunoco Logistics' performance, growth strategies and financial objectives.

    A copy of the slide presentation will be available on Sunoco Logistics' web site under the Investor Section (http://www.sunocologistics.com/). The presentation will also be webcast live at http://www.wsw.com/webcast/wa57/sxl/ and archived for 90 days.

    Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. , headquartered in Philadelphia, is a master limited partnership formed to acquire, own and operate refined product and crude oil pipelines and terminal facilities. The Refined Products Pipeline System consists of approximately 2,200 miles of refined product pipelines located in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States, the recently acquired MagTex Pipeline System, and interests in four refined products pipelines, consisting of a 9.4 percent interest in Explorer Pipeline Company, a 31.5 percent interest in Wolverine Pipe Line Company, a 12.3 percent interest in West Shore Pipe Line Company and a 14.0 percent interest in Yellowstone Pipe Line Company. The Terminal Facilities consist of approximately 10.1 million shell barrels of refined products terminal capacity and approximately 22.4 million shell barrels of crude oil terminal capacity (including approximately 19.0 million shell barrels of capacity at the Texas Gulf Coast Nederland Terminal). The Crude Oil Pipeline System consists of approximately 3,850 miles of crude oil pipelines, located principally in Oklahoma and Texas, a 55.3 percent interest in Mid-Valley Pipeline Company, a 43.8 percent interest in the West Texas Gulf Pipe Line Company and a 37.0 percent interest in the Mesa Pipe Line System. For additional information visit Sunoco Logistics' web site at http://www.sunocologistics.com/.

    Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P.

    CONTACT: Media, Thomas Golembeski, +1-215-977-6298, or Investors, Neal
    Murphy, +1-866-248-4344, both of Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P.

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




    Lincoln Financial Group Launches Lincoln Rollover Consulting

    PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lincoln Financial Group recently announced the launch of Lincoln Rollover Consulting, a new educational service designed to support exiting or separated from service employees who participate in the Lincoln Alliance® retirement plan program. Lincoln Rollover Consulting is a multi-faceted service that offers comprehensive distribution option guidance and rollover education to help people make well-informed decisions regarding their retirement plan balances.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050830/LFLOGO )

    Between 2009 and 2013, an estimated $1.9 trillion will roll from defined contribution plans to IRAs and $1.3 trillion will transfer among existing IRA providers(1). In today's economic environment, many employees have lost or changed jobs or are approaching retirement and are finding themselves faced with important decisions including what to do with the assets they've accumulated in their 401(k) or 403(b) plans.

    "The regulations that apply to retirement distributions are complex and mistakes can have devastating consequences that can impact a participant's retirement as well as his or her estate plan," said Tom McGirr, Head of Lincoln Rollover Consulting, Retirement Solutions, Lincoln Financial Group. "Lincoln Rollover Consulting helps participants evaluate their retirement strategy to make sure they keep their retirement plan assets working hard for them."

    Lincoln Rollover Consulting is delivered to participants through a team of dedicated, phone-based consultants who provide comprehensive distribution option guidance and rollover education to help plan participants make prudent, well-informed financial decisions. Lincoln Rollover Consultants help evaluate an individual's retirement strategy, review plan distribution choices, discuss possible advantages and disadvantages of each distribution option and help them identify additional resources to support retirement planning.

    The launch of Lincoln Rollover Consulting complements Lincoln's existing participant services including Lincoln Retirement Consultants that provide onsite support for employee enrollment, education and planning for both the accumulation and distribution phases of retirement.

    For people who may be looking for retirement planning or an IRA solution for their retirement plan assets, Lincoln Financial offers access to a suite of needs-based options including:

    -- Comprehensive Retirement Planning -- Lincoln Financial Network advisors are available to provide one-on-one support in developing customized retirement income plans. -- Protection -- Annuity solutions that offer guaranteed tax deferred growth, access to assets and help to achieve guaranteed income that cannot be outlived through additional features and benefits, which may be available for an additional charge. -- IRA Solutions -- The Foundation® IRA is an easy-to-use, low-cost, mutual fund rollover option from Delaware Investments. The Foundation® IRA also offers participants help in maintaining optimum asset allocation while attempting to minimize risk.

    "The launch of Lincoln Rollover Consulting creates an opportunity for us to maintain relationships with our plan participants," said Rob Grubka, Head of Product, Retirement Solutions, Lincoln Financial Group. "By proactively reaching out and offering educational guidance along with needs-based rollover solutions, we believe that Lincoln Financial will be in a better position to help participants reach their retirement goals."

    Lincoln Rollover Consultants are registered representatives of Lincoln Financial Advisors Corporation.

    Securities offered through Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp., a broker/dealer. Investment Advisory Services offered through Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. or Sagemark Consulting, a division of Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp., a registered investment advisor.

    Mutual fund and variable annuity products are sold by prospectus. Consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses of the fund or variable product and its underlying investment options carefully before investing. The prospectus contains this and other information about the fund or variable product and its underlying investment options. Read it carefully before investing. To obtain a current prospectus, contact a Lincoln Financial Representative or go to http://www.lincolnfinancial.com/.

    Guarantees are based on the claims-paying ability of the issuing company. About Lincoln Financial Group

    Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation and its affiliates. With headquarters in the Philadelphia region, the operating companies of Lincoln Financial Group had assets under management of $137 billion as of September 30, 2009. Through its affiliated companies, Lincoln Financial Group offers: annuities; life, group life and disability insurance; 401(k) and 403(b) plans; savings plans; mutual funds; managed accounts; institutional investments; and comprehensive financial planning and advisory services. Affiliates also include: Delaware Investments, the marketing name for Delaware Management Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, including a copy of our most recent SEC reports containing our balance sheets, please visit http://www.lincolnfinancial.com/.

    (1) The Cerulli Report -- IRA Rollover and Retention: Strategies and Positioning -- 2008

    Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050830/LFLOGO
    AP Archive: http://photoarchive.ap.org/
    PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com Lincoln Financial Group

    CONTACT: Daniela Palmieri of Lincoln Financial Group, +1-484-583-2986,
    MediaRelations@LFG.com

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




    The Sherwin-Williams Company Sets Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Goals

    CLEVELAND, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Sherwin-Williams Company has pledged to reduce its total U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 4 percent from 2007 to 2012. The Sherwin-Williams Company has committed to this reduction goal as a partner in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Climate Leaders program, which the company joined in 2007.

    Climate Leaders is an EPA industry-government partnership that works with companies to develop comprehensive climate change strategies. Partner companies commit to reducing their impact on the global environment by completing a corporate-wide inventory of their greenhouse gas emissions based on a quality management system, setting aggressive reduction goals, and annually reporting their progress to EPA. Through program participation, companies create a credible record of their accomplishments and receive EPA recognition as corporate environmental leaders.

    "By setting a greenhouse gas reduction goal, we are complimenting our overall sustainability strategy of managing natural resources efficiently and responsibly. We believe that being stewards of the environment is consistent with the values of all our stakeholders and take the responsibility seriously," said John Gerulis, Sherwin-Williams Vice President of Environmental, Health & Regulatory Affairs.

    The Sherwin-Williams voluntary greenhouse gas reduction pledge is just one important facet of the company's overall commitment to be a leader in sustainable practices. Through ECOVISION Sherwin-Williams is a leader in the development of sustainable processes, products and activities that are profitable, preserve natural resources and contribute to social improvement. By reducing the environmental impact Sherwin-Williams believes it can positively impact society by improving the quality of life in the communities where we do business, while making a positive economic impact for the company, its customers and investors.

    In addition to the Climate Leaders program, Sherwin-Williams is active in other environmental programs including EPA's Smartway for transporters and the Department of Energy's (DOE) Save Energy Now®.

    For more information about Climate Leaders, visit http://www.epa.gov/climateleaders.

    About Sherwin-Williams

    Founded in 1866, The Sherwin-Williams Company is a global leader in the manufacture, development, distribution, and sale of coatings and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers.

    Sherwin-Williams is the USA's #1 paint and coatings company; #3 in the world.

    The company manufactures products under well-known brands such as Sherwin-Williams®, Dutch Boy®, Krylon®, Minwax®, Thompson's® Water Seal®, and many more.

    With global headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, Sherwin-Williams® branded products are sold exclusively through a chain of more than 3,340 company-operated stores and facilities, while the company's other brands are sold through leading mass merchandisers, home centers, independent paint dealers, hardware stores, automotive retailers, and industrial distributors.

    The Sherwin-Williams Global Group distributes a wide range of products in more than 50 countries around the world. For more information, visit http://www.sherwin.com/

    Contact: Mike Conway Sherwin-Williams Director, Corporate Communications & Investor Relations Direct: 216.515.4393 mike.conway@sherwin.com

    The Sherwin-Williams Company

    CONTACT: Mike Conway, Sherwin-Williams, Director, Corporate
    Communications & Investor Relations, +1-216-515-4393, mike.conway@sherwin.com

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




    Marriott Reward(R) Members Can Now Earn 7500 Bonus Points When They Purchase a New Cell Phone from Wirefly

    BETHESDA, Md. and RESTON, Va., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Marriott® today announces that it has teamed with Wirefly, the internet's leading retailer of cell phones and home services, to give Marriott Rewards members 7,500 Marriott Rewards points whenever they purchase or upgrade their cell phone and service plan.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090217/MARRIOTTINTLLOGO )

    Marriott Rewards members can choose phones from every major wireless carrier and receive the 7,500 Rewards points by visiting, http://www.wirefly.com/Rewards. The online store, powered by Wirefly, features hundreds of the latest cell phones, wireless data cards, and netbooks, with instant savings over retail stores and no rebates.

    Marriott Reward points will be posted to the members' accounts within eight to ten weeks after activation of their new cell phone, and can be redeemed for hotel stays, frequent flyer miles, car rentals, retail merchandise and more.

    "We are very excited to team with Marriott International to deliver our full suite of wireless products and services to its millions of Marriott Rewards members nationwide," said Jeff Baskin, senior vice president of Simplexity, parent company of Wirefly.com. "And since they will be shopping at Wirefly.com, America's trusted source for cell phones, they can take comfort knowing that their purchases will always be backed by the Wirefly Satisfaction Guarantee, plus greater savings than retail stores with fast, free FedEx shipping and free returns."

    "Marriott Rewards is focused on improving the experience for our members when they travel. This partnership with Wirefly gives members the opportunity to earn points while providing them with a large variety of wireless products and services," said Ed French, senior vice president, Marriott Rewards.

    For more information on Marriott Rewards or to enroll visit: http://www.marriottrewards.com/

    For further information on this new Marriott Reward offer, visit: http://www.wirefly.com/Rewards.

    About Marriott International, Inc.:

    MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, Inc. is a leading lodging company with more than 3,200 lodging properties in 67 countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands as well as Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and had approximately 146,000 employees at 2008 year-end. It is recognized by BusinessWeek as one of the 100 best global brands, by FORTUNE® as one of the best companies to work for, and by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as Partner of the Year since 2004. In fiscal year 2008, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of nearly $13 billion. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at http://www.marriott.com/. For an interactive online version of Marriott's 2008 Annual Report, which includes a short video message from Chairman and CEO J.W. Marriott, Jr., visit http://www.marriott.com/investor.

    About Wirefly:

    Wirefly.com is America's trusted source for cell phones, wireless service plans and wireless accessories. Owned and operated by Simplexity, Wirefly.com is the Internet's #1 authorized dealer for every major cellular carrier in the U.S. Wirefly.com also offers discounts and services not available in retail wireless stores, including real-time online order status and tracking, and the guaranteed lowest price - online or anywhere else -- on cell phone devices from Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, LG, BlackBerry and many other cell phone handset manufacturers. Wirefly.com has been named Best of the Web by Forbes magazine as the "best all-around number portability portal" and "Best in Overall Customer Experience" by Keynote Performance Systems. For more information on Wirefly.com, its wireless products and its services, visit http://www.wirefly.com/.

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    PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com Marriott International, Inc.

    CONTACT: Megan Murray, Simplexity, +1-703-657-4102,
    mmurray@simplexity.com, or Laurie Goldstein, Marriott International,
    +1-301-380-5296, Laurie.goldstein@marriott.com

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




    Ultra Clean to Present at the Barclays Capital Technology Conference

    HAYWARD, Calif., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. , a leading developer and supplier of critical subsystems for the semiconductor capital equipment, medical device, research, flat panel and solar industries, announced that Clarence Granger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Casey Eichler, Chief Financial Officer, will address the Barclays Capital Technology Conference. The conference will be held at the Fairmont San Francisco 950 Mason Street San Francisco, California on Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 at 9:30AM Pacific Standard Time.

    A link to the webcast will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at http://www.uct.com/ during the live presentation. A replay of the webcast will be available approximately one hour after the live presentation.

    About Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc.

    Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. is a developer and supplier of critical subsystems for the semiconductor capital equipment industry. Ultra Clean offers its customers an integrated outsourced solution for gas delivery systems and other subassemblies, improved design-to-delivery cycle times, component neutral design and manufacturing and component testing capabilities. Ultra Clean's customers are primarily original equipment manufacturers of semiconductor capital equipment. Ultra Clean is headquartered in Menlo Park, California. Additional information is available at http://www.uct.com/.

    Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc.

    CONTACT: Casey Eichler, Chief Financial Officer of Ultra Clean
    Technology, +1-510-576-4704, ceichler@uct.com

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




    /C O R R E C T I O N -- Ford Motor Company/In the news release, 'Fiesta Movement' Awards Ceremony Recognizes Terrific Mission Videos, Photos, issued 02-Dec-2009 by Ford Motor Company over PR Newswire, we are advised by the company that the third bullet, should read "8:30 p.m. PST" rather than "9:30 p.m. PST" and that the fourth to last paragraph, should read "8:30 p.m. PST" rather than "9:30 p.m. PST" as originally issued inadvertently. The complete, corrected release follows:'Fiesta Movement' Awards Ceremony Recognizes Terrific Mission Videos, Photos

    Los Angeles, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

    -- Fiesta Movement agents and friends took part in the Fiesta Movement Awards Celebration Tuesday night, an event to mark their experiences and hard work over the last several months -- Agent Natasha T. won "Best Body of Work - Videos" for her set of monthly mission videos. Other awards presented included one for each monthly mission theme, "Best Body of Work - Photos" and a "People's Choice" award -- Current TV and Current TV Online will play event highlights today at 8:30 p.m. PST

    Fiesta Movement agents are known for their creative videos and photos that push the limits, and at an awards ceremony at the Palladium in L.A. last night, that creative content was honored. Whether it was helping out a charity, checking out a space shuttle launch or even getting married, Fiesta Movement agents showed the online world they know how to produce exciting content.

    "This was the perfect way to say thank you to our agents," said Connie Fontaine, Ford brand content and alliances manager. "We also got to present awards to agents whose videos went above and beyond our expectations, and really captured the spirit of Fiesta."

    Awards presented include: Best Body of Work - Videos Natasha T. won for the following videos: -- Travel - Natasha heads to the Kennedy Space Center to watch the space shuttle Atlantis launch. Check out the video at http://www.fiestamovement.com/missions/view/115. -- Technology - Natasha takes an unusual approach to showing off the technology available in the Fiesta: http://www.fiestamovement.com/missions/view/184. -- Style and Design - Natasha sets up a wild photo shoot, all staged around her Fiesta: http://www.fiestamovement.com/missions/view/361. -- Social Activism - Natasha uses lavish costumes, arresting imagery and the contrast between gluttony and hunger in the world to illustrate the need for Meals on Wheels: http://www.fiestamovement.com/missions/view/391. -- Adventure - Natasha took on an adventure that's (almost) out of this world, by showing viewers the closest thing to zero gravity at Zero-G.: http://www.fiestamovement.com/missions/view/646.

    Best Body of Work - Photos Agent Beto won this category. Using shots from all over San Francisco to pictures taken on a cross-country road trip, Beto made sure to show his Fiesta in the best light. And most importantly, in unique and fun settings. Check out his photostream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/mooncricketfilms/.

    Best Travel Mission Agents Brad and Emma won for their video "Neither Rain Nor Snow." Acting as "mules" for the day, they delivered packages from Harry & David to the National Guard Armory, and got a "taste" of Harry & David along the way. At the company's headquarters in Medford, Ore., Brad and Emma worked on the conveyor belt helping make the gourmet treats, than packaged them up and delivered the food: http://www.fiestamovement.com/missions/view/24.

    Best Technology Mission Agent Ryan won for his video "Will It Blend?" Taking his Fiesta to Blendtec's headquarters in Orem, Utah, Ryan got the latest on the technology that makes the company's blenders puree, whip, chop and blend up whatever you put into them. He was even asked to find something Fiesta-related to blend: http://www.fiestamovement.com/missions/view/118.

    Best Style and Design Mission Agent Hillary won for her video "Heavens to Etsy." Chronicling her journey from California to Tennessee to elope, Hillary shares the couple's adventures along the way and the honeymoon after. With a little help from the Web site http://www.etsy.com/, they prepped for the wedding before setting out: http://www.fiestamovement.com/missions/view/348.

    Best Social Activism Mission Agent Hugh's video, "To Moms, With Love," won this award. Working to raise awareness for Mrs. Dude's Boob Fund, a charity that aids cancer research and stricken families, Hugh sets up camp at the Sioux Empire Fair in South Dakota. Free T-shirts, a good cause and a good heart make this video a winner: http://www.fiestamovement.com/missions/view/488.

    Best Adventure Mission Agents Brad and Maria's video for the mission, "See Ya Later Alligator," won this award. On a trip to Gatorland theme park in Florida, these agents take a walk on the wild side and learn how to wrestle with alligators. Watch your hands!: http://www.fiestamovement.com/missions/view/525.

    Best Entertainment Mission Agent Jody's video for her mission, "Big Tempin' with Jordan Carlos," ruled this category. In a rap video about living the life of a temp, Jody puts her skills to the test - and succeeds. She makes sure to touch on all aspects of office life, in a humorous and creative way: http://www.fiestamovement.com/missions/view/760.

    People's Choice The award went to Courtney Force. As voted on by Fiesta Movement fans and followers at http://www.fiestamovement.com/, Courtney's missions included organizing a can drive, testing out her feng shui design skills and showing off all the cool technology on her Fiesta. Check out her profile here: http://fiestamovement.com/agents/view/15.

    Other awards handed out at a dinner before the ceremony include: -- Youngest Person to Vomit in a Fiesta: http://twitter.com/johnherman/statuses/3741091856 -- Best Prank: http://italktosnakes.blogspot.com/2009/06/car-face-monster.html -- Best Cameo Appearance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2iE61TfxiE -- Best Car Makeover: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fiestavus/3775606054 -- Most Life-Changing Mission: http://www.fiestamovement.com/missions/view/22

    For Fiesta Movement followers who want to see the awards ceremony, Current TV (check your local listings) and Current TV Online - http://www.current.com/ - will play highlights from the ceremony today at 8:30 p.m. PST.

    Building buzz

    As part of the Fiesta Movement social media initiative, 100 young trendsetters are test driving and living with European-spec Ford Fiestas for six months, traveling as agents on special missions. They then go on to relate their experiences through a variety of social media sites.

    Throughout the Fiesta Movement, agents have traveled more than 1.4 million miles and have generated more than 6 million YouTube views, nearly 740,000 Flickr views and more than 3.7 million Twitter impressions. The Fiesta Movement and test drive program has resulted in more than 80,000 hand-raisers.

    About Ford Motor Company

    Ford Motor Company , a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 200,000 employees and about 90 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Volvo. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit http://www.ford.com/.

    Ford Motor Company

    CONTACT: Angie Kozleski, +1-313-323-1984, akozlesk@ford.com, or Said
    Deep, +1-313-594-0942, sdeep@ford.com, both of Ford Motor Company

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

    Company News On-Call: http://www.prnewswire.com/comp/107607.html




    Independent Shareholder Group SAVE Counsels USA Technologies Shareholders: Do Not Be Misled By Management's False Claims Intended to Hide Their Poor Track RecordVOTE BLUE CARD To Elect Independent Director Nominees Whose Only Interests Are Those of ALL Shareholders Do NOT Vote the WHITE Card; If You Have Already Voted One of Management's Proxy Cards You Can Revoke that by Voting a Later Dated BLUE Proxy Card

    NEW YORK, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Shareholder Advocates for Value Enhancement (SAVE), a group of shareholders of USA Technologies, Inc. unaffiliated with the Company, today issued the following letter to shareholders urging USAT shareholders to disregard management's grossly false claims and mischaracterizations which we believe are intended to hide USAT's true record of poor performance and lack of accountability to shareholders. SAVE urges shareholders to send a signal for change and vote the BLUE proxy card for the election of shareholder-nominated, highly qualified, independent directors at the December 15, 2009 Annual Meeting of Shareholders and to disregard any white proxy card sent to them by the company. The complete text of SAVE's letter to shareholders follows.

    December 2, 2009 Dear Fellow Shareholders:

    SAVE is an independent group of USA Technologies, Inc. (USAT) shareholders and we are seeking your support to elect a slate of three independent directors to the company's Board. We are committed to bringing independent oversight to the Board, reversing the stock's 95% decline in value over the past six years and reforming USAT's corporate governance to ensure accountability to shareholders.

    It is time to set the record straight.

    We believe that USAT is desperate to hide their true record of poor performance and lack of accountability to shareholders. In response to our efforts, USAT has resorted to false claims and mischaracterizations.

    Don't be misled. Promises are not Profits.

    In response to filing our proxy, management has, once again, promised that USAT is on the verge of a golden era, with those elusive profits just around the corner. This is NOT the first time we have heard USAT promises:

    What they said: What they did: --------------- -------------- "This month, this quarter, this fiscal year

    will be the most exciting for USA

    Technologies. I've listed some of the

    reasons why. In the weeks and months ahead

    we will share more of the reasons with you Reported record loss

    as they unfold, and there are many." - in FY 2007 of over

    CEO's Letter to Shareholders July 26, 2006 $15 million. ------------------------------------------- --------------------

    "The markets we serve are coming together.

    We invested aggressively Reported new record

    beginning to reap the rewards." - CEO's loss in FY 2008 of

    Letter to Shareholders September 2007 over $17 million ------------------------------------------ -------------------

    "With a strong balance sheet, growing

    revenue and on-going relationships with

    some of the most influential global Reported revenues

    companies, USA Technologies is on the path declined 25% and

    to continuous and accelerating growth." - gross profit declined

    Quarterly earnings release Feb. 11, 2008 16% in FY 2009. ------------------------------------------ ---------------------

    Our Nominees Will Bring Tremendous Value: Don't be misled by management's mischaracterizations:

    Management cites Peter Michel as CEO of General Fiber that filed for bankruptcy.

    Peter Michel was hired by General Fiber seven weeks prior to such bankruptcy filing specifically to assist the company in its distressed situation. He has built a career turning companies around.

    He has also served on four corporate boards, led four separate companies as CEO, chaired five nonprofit boards and served as a policy-level executive in the federal government. Mr. Michel took over Brinks Home Security when the company was generating operating losses and the grew company from 66,000 customers in 22 U.S. markets to over 700,000 customers in 100+ markets covering 42 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. When he resigned 12 years later, Brinks had over 220 employees and $55 million in operating profit.

    Management cites Mr. Gotcher agreeing to resign as President and CEO of Altair Nanotechnologies

    Alan Gotcher served three years as CEO of Altair, during that time revenues grew from $1.1mm to $9.1mm and the stock rose from $1.02 to $3.59 up 251%.

    He is an expert in the development and commercialization of new technologies. Mr. Gotcher has been a CEO, a venture capitalist, a chief technology officer and the Director of R&D for various Fortune 500 companies. At Altair, Mr. Gotcher grew revenue year over year by 143% ('04-'05), 54% ('05-'06) and 110% ('06-'07). For 14 years he worked at Avery Dennison as part of the senior management team, leading an organization with $3.3 billion in revenues where he was the Chief Technology Officer heading research, technology and product development efforts. He was the senior VP of manufacturing overseeing 88 facilities in 35 countries and he created two business units that each grew to over $125mm in sales.

    Management drags up allegations made against Tirpak's employer CSFB from 12 years ago

    Bradley Tirpak was only included in this lawsuit 12 years ago because another employee without authorization released an internal memo with Mr. Tirpak's name on it. Once Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) learned the facts, they removed Mr. Tirpak's name from the memo, suspended the other employee and indemnified Mr. Tirpak. The SEC brought no enforcement action against Mr. Tirpak. The lawsuit was a CSFB issue. He remained at CSFB for three more years and was promoted.

    He brings more than a decade of professional investing experience with CSFB, Caxton Associates, and Sigma Capital Management. He has experience with investments made in the payment processing industry including Visa, MasterCard, Redecard, Wirecard, Checkfree, Corillian and Online Resources, and has four years of operational experience in international telecommunications.

    Don't let management distract you from the real issues: -- Years of unfulfilled promises and no profits -- 95% drop in shareholder value -- Management rewarded for poor performance -- Manipulation of corporate governance to entrench management YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT WE URGE YOU TO VOTE THE BLUE PROXY CARD TODAY

    You can learn more about USA Technologies, Inc.'s performance issues, the self-interested actions of management, and our Board candidates at http://www.saveusat.com/.

    We appreciate your support, and if you have any questions, please call Morrow & Co., LLC. at (203) 658-9400 or toll-free at 800-662-5200.

    We respectfully ask you for your support. Sincerely, Brad M. Tirpak and Craig W. Thomas Shareholder Advocates for Value Enhancement (SAVE)

    Shareholders with questions about the solicitation are invited to call Morrow & Co. at 800-662-5200.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    On November 30, 2009, Shareholder Advocates for Value Enhancement (SAVE) filed a definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A for the election of its slate of director nominees at the annual meeting of Stockholders of USA Technologies, Inc. scheduled to be held on December 15, 2009 (the "Annual Meeting"), which definitive proxy statement is being disseminated to shareholders. SHAREHOLDERS OF USA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT CAREFULLY BECAUSE IT CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

    The Proxy Statement and all other soliciting materials filed by SAVE will be available at: http://www.saveusat.com/.

    Shareholder Advocates for Value Enhancement (SAVE) is an independent group of investors in USA Technologies. Inc. ("USAT"), whose members, Bradley M. Tirpak and Craig W. Thomas, are committed to enhancing long-term value for USAT shareholders by advocating for improved corporate governance, efficient operations and compensation changes. http://www.saveusat.com/.

    Shareholder Advocates for Value Enhancement

    CONTACT: Investors, Morrow & Co., LLC, +1-203-658-9400, or Media, Judy
    Brennan, Judith.Brennan@Ketchum.com, +1-312-228-6884, or Drew Ferguson,
    Drew.Ferguson@Ketchum.com, both of Ketchum, all for Shareholder Advocates for
    Value Enhancement

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




    The Ultimate Home Network - What it Should Do, its Future and How it Works in Verizon Homes Today - Will Be Topic of Webcast on Dec. 4

    BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- For millions of Americans, being at home means also being surrounded by dozens of devices to share, sort, store and shuttle information for work and entertainment. For the lucky, those devices are connected over a truly versatile home network. Photos leap from the camera to the flat screen to the Web. Intelligent hardware can support home-security applications. On-screen widgets interweave TV programming and dynamic, real-time Web activities to create an altered experience.

    In a half-hour webcast Friday (Dec. 4), Tushar Saxena, technology director for Verizon, will discuss the benefits of dynamic home networking and what consumers might expect networks to do today and in the future. He'll use the Verizon FiOS home network as an example of what is being done and what is possible. The free, turnkey Verizon home network is the core of such services as interactive on-screen widgets, Media Manager cross-device media sharing, router-based applications, USB sideloading and Verizon's planned wireless device integration in home-network functions. And he'll make some predictions.

    WHEN: Dec. 4, 2009, 1:30 p.m.

    WHERE: Webcast video and audio:

    http://www.verizonwebcasts.com/corp/rabe/120409 Telephone audio and Q and A: Toll Free: 800-857-1380 Toll: 772-799-3385 PASSCODE: 324-3400

    WHO: Tushar Saxena, director-technology, Verizon Labs

    Host: Jim Smith, director-media relations

    BACKGROUND:

    From the challenges of setting up WiFi to the hassles of installing CAT5 cable, consumers who hope to cash in on the interplay of all their devices carrying all their media share a vision of a home network that actually meets their needs. What would such a network look like? What would it do? Verizon's home-network expert explains and shows how things can - and should - be.

    Verizon

    CONTACT: Jim Smith of Verizon, +1-908-559-3477,
    james.albert.smith@verizon.com

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

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




    MHI Hospitality Corporation Announces Completion of Rights Offering

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MHI Hospitality Corporation announced today that the offering period of its rights offering expired on November 30, 2009. In connection with the rights offering, the Company previously offered non-transferable rights to purchase 4,337,244 shares of its common stock at a purchase price of $1.60 per share to stockholders of record as of October 14, 2009. In accordance with the terms of the rights offering, subscription rights that were not exercised by November 30, 2009 have expired.

    As a result of the offering, the Company has issued 2,132,021 new shares of common stock and will receive gross proceeds of approximately $3.4 million. The proceeds from the rights offering, after payment of fees and expenses incurred in connection therewith, will be used for additional working capital, which may be used for reducing or purchasing the Company's indebtedness, and other general corporate purposes.

    "We are pleased with the effective conclusion of our rights offering," said Andrew Sims, president and CEO of MHI Hospitality Corporation. "The proceeds of this initiative afford us additional liquidity while minimizing the dilutive effect of the existing shareholder base."

    About MHI Hospitality Corporation

    MHI Hospitality Corporation is a self-advised lodging REIT focused on the acquisition, redevelopment and management of mid-scale, upscale and upper-upscale full-service hotels in the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Southeastern United States. Currently, the Company's portfolio consists of investments in eleven hotel properties, nine of which are wholly-owned and comprise 2,110 rooms. All of the Company's wholly-owned properties operate under the Hilton, InterContinental Hotels Group and Starwood Hotels and Resorts brands. The Company also has a 25 percent interest in the Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach Resort and a leasehold interest in the common area of Shell Island Resort, a resort condominium property. MHI Hospitality Corporation was organized in 2004 and is headquartered in Williamsburg, Virginia. For more information please visit http://www.mhihospitality.com/.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This news release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933. Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, these statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Company's control. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed, forecasted or implied in such forward-looking statements. Factors which could have a material adverse effect on the Company's future results, performance and achievements, include, but are not limited to: national and local economic and business conditions, including the current economic downturn, that will affect occupancy rates at the Company's hotels and the demand for hotel products and services; risks associated with the hotel industry, including competition, increases in wages, energy costs and other operating costs; the availability and terms of financing and capital and the general volatility of the securities markets, specifically, the impact of the current credit crisis which has severely constrained the availability of debt financing; risks associated with the level of the Company's indebtedness and its ability to meet covenants in its debt agreements; management and performance of the Company's hotels; risks associated with redevelopment and repositioning projects, including delays and cost overruns; supply and demand for hotel rooms in the Company's current and proposed market areas; the Company's ability to acquire additional properties and the risk that potential acquisitions may not perform in accordance with expectations; and legislative/regulatory changes, including changes to laws governing taxation of real estate investment trusts. These risks and uncertainties are described in greater detail under "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation and does not intend to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Although the Company believes its current expectations to be based upon reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that our expectations will be attained or that actual results will not differ materially.

    MHI Hospitality Corporation

    CONTACT: Bill Zaiser, Chief Financial Officer of MHI Hospitality
    Corporation, +1-301-220-5400; or General Information, Vicki Baker of Financial
    Relations Board, +1-703-796-1798, for MHI Hospitality Corporation

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




    Fountain Healthy Aging Inc Business Update For Shareholders

    LAS ANGELES, December 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Fountain Healthy Aging Inc. (OTCBB: FHAI) announced today that it would initiate a programme of regular updates to shareholders, keeping them informed of the significant progress which Fountain is making in the fulfilment of its business plan, as well as to provide shareholders with regular updates on the progress of proceedings against Dunn Capital Partners and others.

    Fountain reports that it continues to work closely with Natural Planet in integrating their businesses and products. Formal closing of the acquisition of Natural Planet has been postponed pending the fulfilment of the final condition to closing, namely the finalization of audited financial statements for Natural Planet. These statements are in preparation and are expected to be completed shortly. The acquisition of Natural Planet is being structured as an all share deal and no cash consideration will be paid.

    Fountain already has an exclusive worldwide license to distribute the nine Natural Planet's products that have been specifically targeted at the anti-aging market. Eight are currently being marketed under the Natural Planet brand, but are in the process of being rebranded as Fountain products. The ninth, Vitalife, has already been rebranded. All of the products to which Fountain already has an exclusive right can be viewed at the web page http://www.naturalplanetusa.com/ha.html The balance of the Natural Planet products, comprising over 50 additional products, will become available for Fountain to market after closing of the acquisition, and some of these products will be rebranded as Fountain products. These products can be viewed at the web page http://www.naturalplanetusa.com/nutraceuticals.html

    Fountain announces that it has recently entered into a preliminary agreement with a distributor of its products in Japan. The Japanese distributor is in the process of submitting the required application for the approval of Fountain's anti-aging products in Japan, after which full scale distribution would commence immediately. In addition, Fountain announced that it is in active discussions with a number of distributors in the US as well as with 2 of Natural Planet's existing distributors in the Far East outside Japan, Dokudami Asia Co Ltd, and the Singapore based Wellness Travel Company. Fountain anticipates that it will be in a position to conclude some or all of these distribution contracts in time for distribution to commence in the first quarter of 2010.

    Fountain CEO, Paul Hunston, commented that he was "delighted with the progress which had been made over the past few weeks in progressing Fountain's ambitious business plans, which is a credit to the Fountain and Natural Planet management teams. We remain on course to achieve our targets, and I am looking forward to building a solid growing company with substantial revenues through the course of the coming year".

    About Fountain Healthy Aging

    Fountain Healthy Aging is a company specifically focussed in the anti aging industry, which is one of the quickest growing industry sectors worldwide. We have a range of products targeted at the anti aging market, including our revolutionary flagship product Vitalife, which

    we believe is ready to make a massive impact in the anti-aging industry. We recognize the importance of the anti-aging sector, an emerging dynamic within the overall health and wellness revolution. We believe that we are uniquely positioned to capitalize on this rapidly growing trend first with our unique flagship product, rapidly followed into the market by our other products which have been specifically developed for this market. Fountain Healthy Aging's main focus is on the specialty, premium product category, which is a growing segment of the market that provides gross margins significantly higher that the lower-priced, mainstream health products market.

    The statements in the press release that relate to the company's expectations with regard to the future impact on the company's results from new products or actions in development are forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The statements in this document may also contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Since this information may contain statements that involve risk and uncertainties and are subject to change at any time, the company's actual results may differ materially from expected results.

    Fountain Healthy Aging Inc

    CONTACT: For more information please contact: Paul Hunston, Fountain
    Healthy Aging Inc, paul.hunston@athertonhealth.com, +44-1386-882262




    Blockbuster Global Premieres of Medal of Honor, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, and Crackdown 2 Added to Roster of Debuts at Spike TV's 'Video Game Awards 2009'Trio of Premieres Join Halo: Reach, TRON And The Next Star Wars Game As Unveilings Announced Thus Far Two-Hour Worldwide Event Premieres LIVE On Saturday, December 12 At 8:00 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The biggest night of the year for the video game industry just got bigger! Today Spike TV confirmed that three highly-anticipated new games - Electronic Arts' Medal of Honor, Ubisoft's Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, and Microsoft's Crackdown 2 - will premiere LIVE at Spike TV's "Video Game Awards 2009," Saturday, December 12 at 8:00 PM ET.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060322/NYW096LOGO )

    The VGAs - which recognize the best games of the year and preview the most anticipated titles of the future - will feature the first-ever look at EA's reboot of Medal of Honor with a world-premiere trailer. For the first time in the franchise's storied 10-year-history, Medal of Honor is leaving the World War II theater and putting players in war-torn Afghanistan. The game introduces the Tier 1 Operator, a relatively unknown entity directly under the National Command Authority who takes on missions no one else in the world can handle.

    Ubisoft's Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands(TM) is the latest installment in the critically-acclaimed franchise and marks the return to the Prince of Persia® Sands of Time storyline. Scheduled for release in May 2010, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands(TM) will feature many of the fan-favorite elements from the original series, as well as new gameplay innovations that gamers have come to expect from the Prince of Persia brand.

    Crackdown 2 is the sequel to one of the most innovative releases in recent memory. Ten years have passed since the Agency first eliminated the gangs in Pacific City. Now, this new Xbox 360 exclusive puts you back into an Agent's shoes to clean up and eliminate all threats to the City. Crackdown is already known for its unique use of cell-shaded graphics and vertigo-inducing verticality; now it will redefine multiplayer gaming with up to 16-player PVP, delivering the most intense action in a huge world.

    These three world premieres join a growing list of previously announced VGA exclusives including Halo: Reach, TRON and the next Star Wars game from LucasArts. Additional world premieres will be announced in the days to come, with even more surprises set to be unveiled during the LIVE broadcast.

    The official sponsors of Spike TV's 2009 "Video Game Awards" are Burger King, Mountain Dew, Verizon Wireless, GameStop, Energizer and U.S. Army.

    Albie Hecht, Oscar®-nominated producer and Casey Patterson, senior vice president, event production & talent development for Spike TV will serve as executive producers of Spike TV's 2009 "Video Game Awards." Beth McCarthy will direct. Greg Sills is supervising producer.

    Spike TV is available in 98.6 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. A unit of Viacom , MTV Networks is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV's Internet address is http://www.spike.com/ and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV's press site at http://www.spike.com/press.

    Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060322/NYW096LOGO
    PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com Spike TV

    CONTACT: Salil Gulati, +1-212-767-8705, salil.gulati@spiketv.com, or
    Aileen Budow, +1-212-767-3952, aileen.budow@spiketv.com

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




    Douglas E. Fears to Retire April 30, 2010; Juan Pablo Tardio to be Named Vice President and CFO

    TULSA, Okla., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Helmerich & Payne, Inc. Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Douglas E. Fears, announced today his plans to retire on April 30, 2010, after nearly 24 years of service with Helmerich & Payne, Inc. Mr. Fears began his career with H&P in 1986 as an internal auditor. In 1988, he was elected Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2008.

    Effective April 30, 2010, Juan Pablo Tardio will be promoted to Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Tardio began his H&P career in 2001 and took responsibility for investor relations in 2005. He was promoted to Director of Investor Relations in January of 2008. Mr. Tardio is a graduate of the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering as well as a Master of Business Administration.

    Hans Helmerich, CEO and President, commented on the upcoming retirement of Mr. Fears and promotion of Mr. Tardio: "We would like to thank Doug for his nearly 24 years of outstanding service. His integrity and professionalism have served the Company well. Doug's many contributions over the years have been a significant part of the Company's success, and he will be missed. He has developed an organization of qualified, key managers including his successor. Juan Pablo Tardio is well prepared to step into this important role and brings strong analytical and critical thinking skills to his new position. We look forward to a smooth transition."

    Helmerich & Payne, Inc. is primarily a contract drilling company. As of November 19, 2009, the Company's existing fleet included 247 land rigs and nine offshore platform rigs. In addition, the Company is scheduled to complete another five new H&P-designed and operated FlexRigs®* during fiscal 2010. Upon completion of these commitments, the Company's global land fleet will include a total of 190 FlexRigs.

    Statements in this release and information disclosed that are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. For information regarding risks and uncertainties associated with the Company's business, please refer to the "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion & Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of the Company's SEC filings, including but not limited to, its annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. As a result of these factors, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.'s actual results may differ materially from those indicated or implied by such forward-looking statements.

    *FlexRig® is a registered trademark of Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

    Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

    CONTACT: Steven R. Mackey of Helmerich & Payne, Inc., +1-918-742-5531

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




    Lockheed Martin and MIT Announce $5 Million Research Partnership Focused on Energy and Climate ChangeFive-Year, $5-Million Partnership to Foster a Clean, Sustainable, Secure Energy Future

    BETHESDA, Md., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin and MIT today announced a major research partnership to transform how the world combats climate change and produces and consumes energy. The centerpiece of the collaboration will focus on global climate initiatives, such as carbon modeling and verification and utility-scale energy storage.

    With an investment of $5 million over five years, Lockheed Martin has become a Sustaining Member of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), supporting a portfolio of diverse, high-impact energy research projects and education at the Institute. Lockheed Martin will direct a majority of its annual contribution to targeted research projects in the areas of climate change, alternative energies, as well as energy storage and management.

    "As a global security company, we recognize the economic and strategic challenges posed by a dependence on foreign oil, the potential destabilizing effect of global climate change, and the vulnerability of our nation's aging power grid," said Dr. Ray O. Johnson, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Lockheed Martin. "This investment provides opportunities for industry and academia to partner to develop clean, secure, and smart energy - supporting national security, a strong economic future, and climate protection for future generations."

    "This new partnership with Lockheed Martin promises significant progress in how the world produces and consumes energy. We appreciate the company's confidence in MIT faculty and researchers, and look forward to working together to help meet the world's pressing energy challenges," said MIT President Susan Hockfield.

    In addition to the focused, collaborative research, Lockheed Martin will also support MITEI's Energy Research Seed Fund program to support innovative early-stage research projects addressing energy and related environmental issues. In addition, the Corporation will support two Energy Fellows at the Institute for each year of its five-year commitment.

    Lockheed Martin is working with its customers to address the nation's energy and climate challenges in the areas of energy efficiency, management, next-generation alternative energy generation, and climate monitoring. The Corporation provides a full range of energy solutions to the government and regulated industry, including the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, state and regional energy organizations, utilities, and businesses.

    MITEI was established to mobilize MIT's capabilities to help meet the world's pressing energy challenges and builds on the Institute's outstanding capabilities and lengthy history of providing real-world solutions to difficult societal problems. MITEI is designed to accelerate innovation in energy science, technology, and policy through the integrated application of the Institute's cutting-edge capabilities in science, engineering, management, planning and policy.

    Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2008 sales of $42.7 billion.

    For additional information, visit our Web site: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/

    Lockheed Martin

    CONTACT: Anna DiPaola of Lockheed Martin, +1-301-519-6554,
    +1-240-535-3862 (cell), anna.dipaola@lmco.com

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

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