Companies news of 2010-04-01 (page 1)

  • Salesforce.com Vice President of Investor Relations to Present at Deutsche Bank Hosted...
  • AMERISAFE Announces Date of Annual Meeting of Shareholders and Record Date
  • Defentect Group, Inc. Announced New Stock Symbol
  • Healthy Fast Food Announces FY09 Financial and Operational ResultsReports $1.34 Million in...
  • Eastern Insurance Holdings Enters Tennessee Workers' Compensation Market
  • LBI Media, Inc. Conference Call to Discuss 2009 Financial Results Postponed
  • Encorium Group, Inc. Announces Delay in Filing its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the Year...
  • IAC to Audiocast Earnings Conference Call
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    Salesforce.com Vice President of Investor Relations to Present at Deutsche Bank Hosted Investor LunchEvent to be Webcast Live on salesforce.com's Investor Relations Website

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Salesforce.com , the enterprise cloud computing company, today announced that David Havlek, VP of Investor Relations at salesforce.com, will present at the Deutsche Bank Hosted Investor Lunch on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 12:00 pm (ET) / 9:00am (PT) in New York, NY.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050216/SFW105LOGO)

    An audio webcast of Mr. Havlek's presentations will be available on salesforce.com's website at http://www.salesforce.com/investor.

    About salesforce.com

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

    As of January 31st, 2010, salesforce.com manages customer information for approximately 72,500 customers including Allianz Commercial, Dell, Japan Post, Kaiser Permanente, KONE, and SunTrust Banks. Any unreleased services or features referenced in this or other press releases or public statements are not currently available and may not be delivered on time or at all. Customers who purchase salesforce.com applications should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available. Salesforce.com has headquarters in San Francisco, with offices in Europe and Asia, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "CRM". For more information please visit http://www.salesforce.com/, or call 1-800-NO-SOFTWARE.

    Copyright (c) 2010 salesforce.com, inc. All rights reserved. Salesforce and the "no software" logo are registered trademarks of salesforce.com, inc., and salesforce.com owns other registered and unregistered trademarks. Other names used herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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    CONTACT: David Havlek, Investor Relations, +1-415-536-2171,
    dhavlek@salesforce.com, or Gordon Evans, Public Relations, +1-415-536-7608,
    gevans@salesforce.com, both of salesforce.com

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




    AMERISAFE Announces Date of Annual Meeting of Shareholders and Record Date

    DERIDDER, La., April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AMERISAFE, Inc. , a specialty provider of high hazard workers' compensation insurance, today announced that its Board of Directors has set the date of the company's 2010 annual meeting of shareholders for Tuesday, June 15, 2010. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. central time at AMERISAFE's corporate headquarters, which are located at 2301 Highway 190 West in DeRidder, Louisiana 70634. The record date for those eligible to receive notice of and to vote at the annual meeting of shareholders is April 22, 2010.

    About AMERISAFE

    AMERISAFE, Inc. is a specialty provider of workers' compensation insurance focused on small to mid-sized employers engaged in hazardous industries, principally construction, trucking, and agriculture. AMERISAFE actively markets workers' compensation insurance in 30 states and the District of Columbia. The Company's financial strength rating is "A-" (Excellent) by A.M. Best.

    Contacts: Janelle Frost, EVP & CFO AMERISAFE, Inc. 337-463-9052 Ken Dennard, Managing Partner Karen Roan, Sr.VP DRG&E / 713-529-6600

    AMERISAFE, Inc.

    CONTACT: Janelle Frost, EVP & CFO of AMERISAFE, Inc., +1-337-463-9052;
    or Ken Dennard, Managing Partner, or Karen Roan, Sr.VP, both of DRG&E,
    +1-713-529-6600, for AMERISAFE, Inc.

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




    Defentect Group, Inc. Announced New Stock Symbol

    NORWALK, Conn., April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Defentect Group, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: SLNH) , a developer and provider of rapid response software applications for the threat detection industry, announced today that in tandem with the Company's name change effective March 23, 2010, Defentect's new stock ticker symbol will be DFCT. The Company has also received a new CUSIP Number, 244639 100. Defentect's securities will begin trading under the new ticker symbol on Monday April 5, 2010 on the OTC Bulletin Board.

    "We have been working diligently over the past year to restructure our company and focus our efforts on our key strength - security software. We are excited to see our plans come to fruition, as reflected in our new name and stock symbol," stated Jim Ackerly, CEO of Defentect Group. "We feel that our new identity will enhance our marketing efforts as well as increase the consistency of our image within our target markets. The new name and stock symbol is just the beginning of a bright future for Defentect, and our shareholders can expect to see many more exciting developments in the coming weeks."

    About Defentect Group, Inc.

    Defentect Group, Inc. offers a global management and alerting system which reacts to the detection of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive ("CBRNE") threats as well as to data sent from other types of sensors. Defentect's proprietary technology detects the threat and immediately notifies key personnel and first responders so that appropriate action can be taken. The software platform is easily integrated with other sensors, making it attractive to many potential partners and manufacturers. For more information, visit http://www.defentect.com/

    SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT: This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" that are made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions as defined within the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words including "anticipates," "believes," "intends," "estimates," and similar expressions. These statements are based upon management's current expectations as of the date of this press release. Such forward-looking statements may include statements regarding the Company's future financial performance or results of operations, including expected revenue growth, cash flow growth, future expenses and other future or expected performances. The Company cautions readers there may be events in the future that the Company is not able to accurately predict or control and the information contained in the forward-looking statements is inherently uncertain and subject to a number of risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Further information on these and other potential factors that could affect the Company's financial results is included in the Company's filings with the SEC under the "Risk Factors" sections and elsewhere in those filings.

    Defentect Group, Inc.

    CONTACT: Michael Irving, 1-800-380-4846, ir@defentect.com

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




    Healthy Fast Food Announces FY09 Financial and Operational ResultsReports $1.34 Million in Total Revenues and $301,000 in Operating Profit from U-SWIRL Frozen Yogurt(R) Cafe Operations

    HENDERSON, Nev., April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Healthy Fast Food, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: HFFI) , parent to U-SWIRL International, Inc., the owner and franchisor of U-SWIRL Frozen Yogurt® cafes, today announced its financial and operational results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009.

    Financial Highlights for Fiscal Year 2009 Compared to Fiscal Year 2008: -- Revenues from the U-SWIRL Frozen Yogurt operations totaled $1.34 million. The Company launched its new U-SWIRL business in March 2009. Consequently, there were no reported revenues for the prior year. -- As of December 31, 2009, there were a total of five Company-owned cafes in operation - one opened in the first quarter ended March 31, 2009; one opened in the second quarter ended June 30, 2009; and three opened in the third quarter ended September 30, 2009. -- In addition, the Company had two franchised cafes in operation as of year end 2009 - one located in Henderson, Nevada and one in Reno, Nevada. -- After factoring cafe operating costs, excluding pre-opening expenses of $17,000 related to staff training, supplies and grand-opening promotions, U-SWIRL achieved an operating profit of $301,000 from Company cafe operations.

    As of December 31, 2009, Healthy Fast Food had cash and cash equivalents of $517,000, working capital of $378,000 and total stockholders' equity of $2.12 million. For more detailed information on the financial results, please refer to the financial charts reflected below and the Form 10K filed with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission on Wednesday, March 31, 2010.

    Operational Highlights for Fiscal Year 2009: -- During the year, Healthy Fast Food launched its new U-SWIRL self-serve frozen yogurt concept, opening a total of five Company-owned cafes in the Las Vegas market over a six-month period. -- In November, U-SWIRL International initiated construction on the sixth Company-owned cafe serving the Vegas valley and held its official grand opening on February 19, 2010. -- In July, the Company entered into a franchise agreement with Galena Frozen Yogurt Company providing for the franchisee to open a U-SWIRL cafe in Reno - North Nevada's largest city and one of America's most popular tourist destinations. This Reno store opened in November. -- In November, the Company awarded franchise area development rights to a multi-concept franchise system operator, based in Phoenix, Arizona, providing for a minimum of 18 U-SWIRL cafes to be opened in the Phoenix market over the next five years. -- Subsequent to the end of the year, the Company signed an Area Development Agreement with RMR Group, LLC to develop a minimum of three U-SWIRL Frozen Yogurt cafes on the Jersey Shore in Monmouth County, New Jersey. -- In October, U-SWIRL launched a comprehensive online marketing strategy, which included establishing identities on Twitter and Facebook. To date, U-SWIRL Frozen Yogurt has attracted over 4,800 fans to its Facebook page and more than 2,000 followers on Twitter. Early in 2010, the Company unveiled its new corporate web site, found at http://www.u-swirl.com/. -- U-SWIRL and its self-serve concept have continued to receive favorable reviews from customers and area publications, alike. Most recently, U-SWIRL Frozen Yogurt was named by The Las Vegas Review-Journal's "Best of Las Vegas" as the best pick in the ice cream category. -- In December, Healthy Fast Food was honored with the 2009 Best of Business Award in the "Fast Food Restaurants and Stands" category by the Small Business Commerce Association.

    "We've got a big winner in U-SWIRL," stated Hank Cartwright, Chairman and CEO of Healthy Fast Food. "Our results confirm that we are achieving success in establishing the U-SWIRL brand as a popular, in-demand frozen yogurt choice by local consumers, and we are demonstrating that our cafe business model and franchise opportunity are both smart and highly lucrative. The name of the game, from this point forward, centers on achieving rapid national cafe expansion and broad market recognition as the consumer-preferred destination for self-serve frozen treats. We are very pleased with the early positive traction that U-SWIRL is enjoying, and have every reason to believe that our continued efforts will help to perpetuate and accentuate U-SWIRL's success in 2010 and well beyond."

    HEALTHY FAST FOOD, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET (Audited) December December 31, 2009 31, 2008 -------- -------- ASSETS (RESTATED) Current assets Cash and cash equivalents $516,925 $3,335,740 Accounts receivable 5,597 - Accounts receivable from U-Create 1,481 - Inventory 61,658 15,100 Prepaid expenses 147,814 23,495 Current assets from discontinued operations 8,426 100,113 ----- ------- Total current assets 741,901 3,474,448 Leasehold improvements, property and equipment, net 2,056,346 64,586 Leasehold improvements, property and equipment from discontinued operations, net - 814,849 Other assets Deposits 56,762 5,400 Other assets 58,475 Other assets from discontinued operations 85,351 159,839 ------ ------- Total other assets 200,588 165,239 ------- ------- Total assets $2,998,835 $4,519,122 ========== ========== LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $203,665 $62,781 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities from discontinued operations 154,953 110,202 Current portion of long-term debt 4,808 4,203 ----- ----- Total current liabilities 363,426 177,186 Deferred rent 355,756 20,059 Deferred revenue 100,000 - Long-term capital lease 10,142 14,951 Long-term liabilities from discontinued operations 53,253 187,423 ------ ------- Total liabilities 882,577 399,619 Commitments and contingencies Stockholders' equity Preferred stock; $0.001 par value; 25,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding - - Common stock; $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized, 2,761,336 and 2,518,350 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively 2,761 2,518 Additional paid-in capital 7,154,117 6,794,179 Stock subscriptions receivable - (150) Compensation payable in stock 19 - Deficit (5,040,639) (2,677,044) ---------- ---------- Total stockholders' equity 2,116,258 4,119,503 --------- --------- Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $2,998,835 $4,519,122 ========== ========== HEALTHY FAST FOOD, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Audited) For the year ended ------------------ December 31, December 31, 2009 2008 ------------ ------------ (RESTATED) Revenues Cafe sales, net of discounts $1,322,663 $- Franchise royalties and fees 18,731 - ------ --- Total revenues 1,341,394 - ========= === Cafe operating costs Food, beverage and packaging costs 398,699 - Labor and related expenses 361,448 - Occupancy and related expenses 261,298 20,059 Marketing and advertising 129,302 41,127 General and administrative 591,293 530,908 Officer compensation 594,038 318,805 Investor relations fees - 184,740 Intellectual property acquired from related parties - 180,000 Pre-opening costs 17,025 - Depreciation and amortization 133,558 2,864 Total costs and expenses 2,486,661 1,278,503 --------- --------- Loss from operations (1,145,267) (1,278,503) Interest expense (2,347) (220) Interest income 7,691 53,987 ----- ------ Loss from continuing operations before income taxes (1,139,923) (1,224,736) Provision for income taxes - - --- --- Income from continuing operations (1,139,923) (1,224,736) Discontinued operations: Loss from operations of discontinued Fresh and Fast restaurant component (including loss on disposal of $1,119,451) 1,223,672 378,430 Income tax benefit - - --- --- Loss on discontinued operations (1,223,672) (378,430) ---------- -------- Net loss $(2,363,595) $(1,603,166) =========== =========== Earnings per share -basic Loss from continuing operations $(0.45) $(0.56) Loss from discontinued operations (0.48) (0.17) ----- ----- Net loss per common share - basic and fully diluted $(0.93) $(0.73) ====== ====== Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic and diluted 2,536,995 2,186,110 ========= ========= ABOUT U-SWIRL INTERNATIONAL, INC.

    U-SWIRL International is a wholly owned subsidiary of Healthy Fast Food, Inc., and is launching a national chain of self-serve frozen yogurt cafes called U-SWIRL Frozen Yogurt®. U-SWIRL allows guests the ultimate choice in frozen yogurt by providing up to 20 non-fat flavors, including tart, traditional, no sugar-added options, and up to 70 toppings, including seasonal fresh fruit, sauces, candy and granola. Guests serve themselves and pay by the ounce instead of by the cup size. A healthier alternative to a coffee shop hang out, locations are furnished with couches and tables, and patio seating. In addition to its development of Company-owned cafes, U-SWIRL International has also launched its franchise program to roll out the concept nationwide in those states in which the Company is qualified to offer franchises.

    ABOUT HEALTHY FAST FOOD, INC.

    Headquartered in Henderson, Nevada, Healthy Fast Food, Inc. is on a mission to deliver consumers a smarter alternative to America's favorite meals and snacks. In September 2008, the Company and its wholly-owned subsidiary, U-SWIRL International, Inc., acquired the worldwide rights to the U-SWIRL Frozen Yogurt system. Sole ownership of the system was transferred to U-SWIRL International, Inc., and it has been executing an aggressive strategy to build the brand into a globally recognized chain of highly experiential frozen yogurt cafes.

    Safe Harbor Statement

    This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the timing and financial impact of the Healthy Fast Food, Inc.'s ability to implement its business plan, expected revenues and future success. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties and are based on assumptions involving judgments with respect to future economic, competitive and market conditions and future business decisions, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many of which are beyond the Company's control. Some of the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements are general economic conditions, failure to achieve expected revenue growth, changes in our operating expenses, legal developments, competitive pressures, changes in customer and market requirements and standards, and the risk factors detailed from time to time in Healthy Fast Food's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation, the Company's Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2009. The forward looking-statements in this press release are based upon management's reasonable belief as of the date hereof. Healthy Fast Food undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT Elite Financial Communications Group, LLC Dodi Handy, President and CEO (Twitter: @dodihandy) or Kathy Addison, Director of Elite Media Group (Twitter: @kathyaddison) 407-585-1080 or via email at HFFI@efcg.net

    Healthy Fast Food, Inc.

    CONTACT: Elite Financial Communications Group, LLC, Dodi Handy,
    President and CEO (Twitter: @dodihandy) or Kathy Addison, Director of Elite
    Media Group (Twitter: @kathyaddison), +1-407-585-1080, HFFI@efcg.net

    Web Site: http://www.u-swirl.com/




    Eastern Insurance Holdings Enters Tennessee Workers' Compensation Market

    LANCASTER, Pa., April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Eastern Insurance Holdings, Inc. announced today it has established a satellite office in Tennessee in support of its subsidiary Eastern Alliance Insurance Group (EAIG), a domestic casualty insurance group specializing in workers' compensation insurance.

    EAIG received regulatory approval to write casualty insurance products in Tennessee in June 2009, through subsidiaries Eastern Alliance Insurance Company, Allied Eastern Indemnity Company, and Eastern Advantage Assurance Company. EAIG provides a complete line of workers' compensation products and services, as well as its exclusive ParallelPay® "pay-as-you-go" premium payment option.

    EAIG expanded into several Southeastern states in June 2007, opening a full-service regional office in Charlotte, North Carolina in February 2008. The Nashville, Tennessee site is a satellite location of the Charlotte regional office, and is being staffed with marketing, underwriting, claims and risk management professionals. The Company has appointed seven new Tennessee agencies to date in support of this expansion initiative.

    Bruce Eckert, Chief Executive Officer of EIHI, said, "One of EIHI's strategic initiatives is to actively pursue opportunities to allocate our excess capital through strategic acquisitions and organic geographic expansion. We believe the Tennessee expansion of our workers' compensation business presents our shareholders with the right financial and operational opportunity to allocate that capital and extend the Eastern Alliance brand into new territories."

    Since its founding in 1997, EAIG has become one of the top ten providers of workers' compensation insurance in Pennsylvania, later expanding into Delaware and Maryland. In addition to its Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regional offices, EAIG opened a Midwest regional office in Indianapolis, Indiana, with EIHI's acquisition of Employers Security Holding Company in September 2008. EAIG distributes its products and services through independent insurance agencies.

    EIHI operates through its subsidiaries a domestic casualty insurance group specializing in workers' compensation, a domestic accident and life insurance company, a third-party claims administration company and a specialty reinsurance company. EIHI has regional offices in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Indianapolis, Indiana. EIHI's Web address is http://www.easterninsuranceholdings.com/. EAIG's Web address is http://www.eains.com/.

    FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

    Some of the statements contained in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "expect," "project," "plan," "intend," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential" or "continue," the negative of these terms or other terminology. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the time the statements are made and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements, therefore no assurance can be given that management's expectations, beliefs or projections will occur or be achieved or accomplished. Factors that could affect the Company's actual results include, among others, the fact that our loss reserves are based on estimates and may be inadequate to cover our actual losses; the uncertain effects of emerging claim and coverage issues on our business; the geographic concentration of our business; an inability to obtain or collect on our reinsurance protection; a downgrade in the A.M. Best rating of our insurance subsidiaries; the impact of extensive regulation of the insurance industry and legislative and regulatory changes, a failure to realize our investment objectives; the effects of intense competition; the loss of one or more principal employees; the inability to acquire additional capital on favorable terms; a failure of independent insurance brokers to adequately market our products; and the effects of acts of terrorism or war. More information about these and other factors that potentially could affect our financial results is included in our Form S-1 Registration Statement, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and in our other public filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements. This press release also does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, EIHI securities. Such an offer will be made only by means of a prospectus.

    Eastern Insurance Holdings, Inc.

    CONTACT: Kevin Shook, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Eastern
    Insurance Holdings, Inc., +1-717-735-1660, kshook@eains.com

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




    LBI Media, Inc. Conference Call to Discuss 2009 Financial Results Postponed

    BURBANK, Calif., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- LBI Media, Inc.'s conference call to discuss its financial results for 2009, scheduled for April 1, 2010 at 4:00 PM Eastern Time, has been postponed. The new date and time for the call is Monday, April 12, 2010 at 4:00 PM Eastern Time. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing (800) 311-6662 beginning fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the call, asking for the "LBI Media 2009 Results Conference Call", and providing confirmation code 3859483 to the operator. The conference call will be recorded and made available for replay through Friday, April 16, 2010. Investors may listen to the replay of the call by dialing (888) 203-1112, then entering the passcode 3859483.

    LBI Media, Inc. is one of the largest owners and operators of Spanish-language radio and television stations in the United States, based on revenues and number of stations. The Company owns 21 radio stations (fifteen FM and six AM) and seven television stations in greater Los Angeles (including Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties), Houston, Texas, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas, San Diego, California, New York, New York, Salt Lake City, Utah and Phoenix, Arizona, and has entered into asset purchase agreements to purchase two additional television stations serving the Chicago, Illinois and Denver, Colorado markets. The Company owns three television production facilities that it uses to produce television programming. We are affiliated with twenty-one television stations in various states serving specific market areas including seven in Texas, four in Florida, five in California and one each in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, New York and Oregon.

    LBI Media, Inc.

    CONTACT: Wisdom Lu, CFA, Chief Financial Officer, +1-818-729-5316




    Encorium Group, Inc. Announces Delay in Filing its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the Year Ended December 31, 2009

    WAYNE, Pa., April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Encorium Group, Inc. , a full service clinical research organization (CRO) conducting studies in over 30 countries for many of the world's leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, announced today that it will file a Form 12b-25 with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which will provide the Company with a 15- calendar day extension for filing its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009. The Company's independent registered accounting firm has not completed its audit of the Company's financial statements and has not provided its report and consent for the Company's Annual Report. The Company will file its Form 10-K as soon as its independent registered accounting firm provides its report on those financial statements and its consent.

    As previously disclosed, on August 25, 2009, Encorium received a letter from The NASDAQ Stock Market notifying the Company that, based on its Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2009, NASDAQ had determined that the Company's stockholders' equity does not comply with the minimum $2.5 million stockholders' equity requirement for continued listing on The NASDAQ Capital Market as required by NASDAQ Marketplace Rule 5550(b)(1). On October 19, 2009 the Company received a letter from NASDAQ extending to December 8, 2009 the time to regain compliance with Rule 5550(b). NASDAQ has informed that Company that, if at the time of its next periodic report for the year ending December 31, 2009 the Company does not evidence compliance, the Company may be subject to delisting. The minimum stockholders' equity will not be met as of December 31, 2009. If a delisting action is brought against the Company based on the failure to satisfy the stockholders' equity requirement, the Company may request a hearing before the NASDAQ Listing Qualifications Panel. Such request would stay any delisting determination by the NASDAQ Listing Qualifications Staff and the Company's common stock would remain listed on NASDAQ pending a formal determination by the Panel. However, there can be no assurances that the Panel will grant such request.

    About Encorium Group, Inc.

    Encorium Group, Inc. is a global clinical research organization specializing in the design and management of complex clinical trials and Patient Registries for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. The Company's mission is to provide its clients with high quality, full-service support for their biopharmaceutical and medical device development programs. Encorium offers therapeutic expertise, experienced team management and advanced technologies. The Company has drug and biologics development as well as clinical trial experience across a wide variety of therapeutic areas such as infectious diseases, cardiovascular, vaccines, oncology, diabetes endocrinology/metabolism, gene therapy, immunology, neurology, gastroenterology, dermatology, hepatology, women's health and respiratory medicine. Encorium believes that its expertise in the design of complex clinical trials, its therapeutic experience and commitment to excellence, and its application of innovative technologies, offer its clients a means to more quickly and cost effectively move products through the clinical development process.

    This press release contains forward-looking statements identified by words such as "estimate," "project," "expect," "intend," "believe," "anticipate" and similar expressions. Those statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results could differ materially from those discussed. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: (i) the risk that we may not have sufficient funds to operate our business; (ii) our success in attracting new business and retaining existing clients and projects; (iii) the size, duration and timing of clinical trials we are currently managing may change unexpectedly; (iv) the termination, delay or cancellation of clinical trials we are currently managing could cause revenues and cash-on-hand to decline unexpectedly; (v) the timing difference between our receipt of contract milestone or scheduled payments and our incurring costs to manage these trials; (vi) outsourcing trends in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries; (vii) the ability to maintain profit margins in a competitive marketplace; (viii) our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; (ix) the sensitivity of our business to general economic conditions; (x) other economic, competitive, governmental and technological factors affecting our operations, markets, products, services and prices; (xi) announced awards received from existing and potential customers are not definitive until fully negotiated contracts are executed by the parties; (xii) our backlog may not be indicative of future results and may not generate the revenues expected; (xiii) uncertainties regarding the availability of additional capital; and (xiv) uncertainties regarding continued listing of our common stock on NASDAQ. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statement. We undertake no obligation to publicly release the result of any revision of these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they are made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Please refer to the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Company Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 and the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2009 for a more complete discussion of factors which could cause our actual results and financial position to change.

    Encorium Group, Inc.

    CONTACT: Philip L. Calamia, Chief Financial Officer, Encorium Group,
    Inc., +1-484-588-5400

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




    IAC to Audiocast Earnings Conference Call

    NEW YORK, April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IAC will audiocast a conference call to discuss its first quarter financial results and certain forward-looking information on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET). IAC will issue a press release reporting results before the market opens on Wednesday, April 28th.

    The live audiocast and replay will be open to the public at http://www.iac.com/Investors.

    IAC

    CONTACT: Lisa Jaffa, IAC Investor Relations, +1-212-314-7400; or Leslie
    Cafferty, IAC Corporate Communications, +1-212-314-7326

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




    Tony Hawk(R)'s Pro Skater(R) 2 Now Available on App StoreBest-Selling and Fan-Favorite Tony Hawk Video Game Launches for iPhone and iPod Touch

    SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Activision Publishing, Inc. announced today the availability of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 for iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store. The app features classic game modes, characters and levels from the original Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, giving nostalgic fans everything they've been eagerly awaiting.

    Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 utilizes the innovative Multi-Touch controls of iPhone and iPod touch to allow players to kick-flip, ollie, grind rails and pull off big air tricks. The Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 app is available in the United States for $9.99 from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch at http://www.itunes.com/appstore/. The app will be available in the remaining worldwide territories soon.

    About Tony Hawk, Inc.

    Tony Hawk, Inc. is a world leader in its field with the unprecedented ability to bring alternative sports and their unique lifestyle to the masses while maintaining an indispensable edge of authenticity with the market's hard-core, trendsetting audience. Founded by Tony Hawk in 1998 and based in Vista, CA, the company is organized into five segments: Merchandising, Events, Endorsements, Film and Digital Media. These lifestyle sports include skateboarding, BMX, Motocross, surfing and snowboarding. Consumer goods bearing the Tony Hawk brand have dominated several markets, including interactive games, skateboard hard goods, lifestyle apparel, toys, publications and more.

    About Activision Publishing, Inc.

    Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.

    Activision Publishing maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, Russia, Japan, South Korea, China and the region of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's website, http://www.activision.com/.

    Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements: Information in this press release that involves Activision Publishing's expectations, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the future are forward-looking statements that are not facts and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Activision Publishing generally uses words such as "outlook," "will," "could," "would," "might," "remains," "to be," "plans," "believes," "may," "expects," "intends," "anticipates," "estimate," future," "plan," "positioned," "potential," "project," "remain," "scheduled," "set to," "subject to," "upcoming" and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause Activision Publishing's actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release include, but are not limited to, sales levels of Activision Publishing's titles, shifts in consumer spending trends, the impact of the current macroeconomic environment, the seasonal and cyclical nature of the interactive game market, Activision Publishing's ability to predict consumer preferences among competing hardware platforms, declines in software pricing, product returns and price protection, product delays, retail acceptance of Activision Publishing's products, adoption rate and availability of new hardware (including peripherals) and related software, industry competition, rapid changes in technology, industry standards and consumer preferences, protection of proprietary rights, litigation against Activision Publishing, maintenance of relationships with key personnel, customers, licensees, licensors, vendors and third-party developers, counterparty risks relating to customers, licensees, licensors and manufacturers, domestic and international economic, financial and political conditions and policies, foreign exchange rates and tax rates, integration of recent acquisitions and the identification of suitable future acquisition opportunities, and the other factors identified in the risk factors section of Activision Blizzard's most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to Activision Publishing and Activision Blizzard as of the date of this release, and neither Activision Publishing nor Activision Blizzard assumes any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements believed to be true when made may ultimately prove to be incorrect. These statements are not guarantees of the future performance of Activision Publishing or Activision Blizzard and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond its control and may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations.

    © 1999-2010 Activision Publishing, Inc. Activision and Pro Skater are registered trademarks of Activision Publishing, Inc. Tony Hawk is a registered trademark of Tony Hawk, Inc. All other trademarks and trade names are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

    Activision Publishing, Inc.

    CONTACT: Kyle Walker, Senior Publicist of Activision Publishing, Inc.,
    +1-424-744-5677, kyle.walker@activision.com

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

    Company News On-Call: http://www.prnewswire.com/comp/007396.html




    Southwest Airlines Responds to WestJet Comments in the News Media

    DALLAS, April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Southwest Airlines learned from media reports this week that WestJet apparently intends to enter into a codeshare agreement with Delta Air Lines. At about the same time, Southwest learned of a deal by which Delta would transfer slots at LaGuardia Airport in New York to WestJet. A codeshare between WestJet and Delta, as indicated in media reports, could be inconsistent with the agreement presently in place between Southwest and WestJet.

    "The Southwest/WestJet project was on target in accordance with a mutually agreed upon timetable," said Bob Jordan, Southwest's Executive Vice President of Strategy and Planning. "However, WestJet in recent weeks requested material and significant changes to our agreement that we could not accept. We are, and always have been, prepared to move forward to implement our agreement with WestJet. We have not yet been notified of WestJet's intent to terminate that agreement. If we are so notified in order for WestJet to consummate its deal with Delta, Southwest remains very interested in offering our loyal Customers service to Canada via the most efficient means possible."

    Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 3,200 flights a day and has nearly 35,000 Employees systemwide.

    http://www.southwest.com/

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    PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com Southwest Airlines

    CONTACT: Southwest Airlines Public Relations, +1-214-792-4847

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




    National Instruments Announces Upcoming Schedule of Events with the Financial Community

    AUSTIN, Texas, April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- National Instruments today announced participation in the following upcoming events with the financial community.

    National Instruments Q1 2010 Earnings Conference Call April 27, 2010 at 5 p.m. Eastern A live webcast will be available at http://www.ni.com/call Credit Suisse Electronic Supply Chain Conference May 13, 2010 Boston, MA Robert W. Baird Non-Deal Roadshow May 14, 2010 New York, NY Robert W. Baird Growth Stock Conference May 19, 2010 Chicago, IL Thomas Weisel Partners Non-Deal Roadshow May 20, 2010 New York, NY About National Instruments

    National Instruments (http://www.ni.com/) is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware and sells to a broad base of more than 30,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 3 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 15 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 5,000 employees and direct operations in more than 40 countries. For the past 11 years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America. Readers can obtain investment information from the company's investor relations department by calling (512) 683-5090, e-mailing nati@ni.com or visiting http://www.ni.com/nati. (NATI-G)

    LabVIEW, National Instruments, NI, and ni.com are trademarks of National Instruments. Other product and company names listed are trademarks or trade names of their respective companies

    National Instruments

    CONTACT: Veronica Garza, Investor Relations, +1-512-683-6873

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




    More Than 7,000 Customers Benefit From ComEd's Helping Hand ProgramBill credits more than doubled to $2 million due to overwhelming customer response

    CHICAGO, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Due to an overwhelming response to the Helping Hand program, ComEd announced it has more than doubled its original budget to assist more than 7,000 customers who were facing disconnection due to a recent financial hardship.

    As a result, more than $2 million in bill credits will be issued to ComEd customers who applied and paid half of their remaining balance during the month-long program, which ended March 31.

    "We knew the continuing recession was hitting northern Illinois much harder than elsewhere in the nation, and the amazing response to Helping Hand confirmed this," said Anne Pramaggiore, ComEd president and chief operating officer. "We are pleased that more than 7,000 customers have the opportunity to once again successfully manage their energy bills moving forward."

    Helping Hand was designed to help customers avoid a service suspension for non-payment caused by a recent financial hardship, such as a job loss or medical event. Such disconnections do not usually occur during winter months, but service suspensions now are under way with the start of spring weather and ComEd customers with unpaid balances who have received a final notice can now be disconnected at any point.

    The average Helping Hand bill credit was about $300. The program reflects ComEd's ongoing commitment to assist customers who face short- and long-term financial challenges.

    ComEd plans to distribute another $8 million this year through other assistance programs, such as Residential Special Hardship Grants, Fresh Start Electric Space Heat Credits, and C.H.A.M.P. for activated military personnel. For more information on eligibility, visit http://www.comedcare.com/ or call 888-806-CARE (2273). Last year, ComEd distributed approximately $15.5 million in assistance to more than 75,000 customers.

    ComEd was also a primary supporter of statewide assistance legislation signed into law last year that created a Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) that will be phased in through September 2011. Introduced by State Senator Kimberly Lightford and State Representative Marlow Colvin, PIPP will help low-income customers by limiting how much they can be charged and will create manageable monthly payment plans.

    Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation , one of the nation's largest electric utilities with approximately 5.4 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state's population.

    ComEd

    CONTACT: Customers, 1-888-806-2273, or Media, +1-312-394-3500

    Web Site: http://www.comed.com/
    http://www.comedcare.com/




    Daimler AG Reaches Settlement with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)-- FCPA Investigations concluded -- Daimler pays a total of USD185 (approx. EUR 138) million, in fines and civil disgorgement -- SEC investigation settled through entry of consent judgment -- Daimler AG enters into deferred prosecution agreement with DOJ to resolve charges of violations of books and records provisions of the FCPA -- Chinese subsidiary enters into deferred prosecution agreement with DOJ -- German and Russian subsidiary each enter guilty pleas

    STUTTGART, Germany, April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Daimler AG (stock exchange abbreviation DAI) announced today that it has reached a settlement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") investigations of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Under the terms of the settlements, Daimler will pay a fine of USD 93.6 (approx. EUR 70) million and civil disgorgement of profits of USD 91.4 (approx. EUR 68) million. Sufficient provisions have been made to cover these charges.

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    Daimler cooperated with the SEC and the DOJ regarding the investigation into the past conduct. In the course of the investigation, which began in the fall 2004, Daimler took appropriate personnel and remedial actions to ensure that its conduct going forward complies with the Company's Integrity Code and with all applicable laws.

    "Compliance has high priority at Daimler," stated Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG. "We have learnt a lot from past experience. Today, we are a better and stronger company, and we will continue to do everything we can to maintain the highest compliance standards."

    Pursuant to the agreement with the SEC: -- The company agreed to settle a civil action against it brought by the SEC for violations of the FCPA. -- Daimler agreed to pay USD 91.4 (approx. EUR 68) million in disgorgement of profits. -- Pursuant to the agreements with the DOJ: -- Daimler AG entered into a deferred prosecution agreement to resolve charges of violations of books and records provisions of the FCPA, pursuant to which Daimler agreed to pay a fine of USD 93.6 (approx. EUR 70) million. -- Daimler North East Asia Ltd., formerly known as DaimlerChrysler China Ltd., also entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the DOJ to resolve charges of violations of anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA. -- Mercedes-Benz Russia SAO, formerly known as DaimlerChrysler Automotive Russia SAO, and Daimler Export und Trade Finance GmbH pleaded guilty to charges of violations of anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA in U.S. District Court in Washington.

    The deferred prosecution agreements of Daimler AG and Daimler North East Asia Ltd. are premised upon the requirement that no further FCPA violations occur during the two year term of the agreements and that a comprehensive compliance program is maintained. This program is designed to ensure, among other things, compliance with anti-bribery laws such as the FCPA. Upon successful satisfaction of the terms set forth in the deferred prosecution agreements, the matters against Daimler AG and Daimler North East Asia Ltd. will be dismissed without further action.

    In addition, Judge Louis Freeh, will serve as a corporate compliance monitor for three years. Judge Freeh will monitor the Company's FCPA compliance program, among other things. Judge Freeh's work pursuant to the agreement will build upon his service since 2006 as Independent Compliance Advisor to Daimler concerning issues related to compliance, including organizational and policy changes.

    Bodo Uebber, Daimler's Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Company's Board of Management said: "We have reviewed all areas of our business and consequently improved our business practices: accounting, financial reporting, internal control systems and compliance. For the future, we are positioned very well."

    Some of the measures implemented by Daimler include: -- Global extension of Daimler's compliance organization to achieve adherence to the Integrity Code of the Company and the governing laws. -- Appointment of local compliance managers in numerous group entities and business units all of whom report to the Chief Compliance Officer. -- Extension of an international training program, including regularly scheduled compliance conferences, training seminars and compliance information. -- Establishment of a Compliance Consultation Desk that offers tailored responses to questions concerning compliance issues at Daimler.

    Further information from Daimler is available on the internet at: http://www.media.daimler.com/

    This document contains forward-looking statements that reflect our current views about future events. The words "anticipate," "assume," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "project," "should" and similar expressions are used to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to many risks and uncertainties, including a lack of further improvement or a renewed deterioration of global economic conditions, in particular a renewed decline of consumer demand and investment activity in Western Europe or the United States, or a downturn in major Asian economies; a continuation or worsening of the tense situation in the credit and financial markets, which could result in a renewed increase in borrowing costs or limit our funding flexibility; changes in currency exchange rates or interest rates; the ability to continue to offer fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly products; a permanent shift in consumer preference towards smaller, lower margin vehicles; the introduction of competing, fuel-efficient products and the possible lack of acceptance of our products or services, which may limit our ability to adequately utilize our production capacities or raise prices; price increases in fuel, raw materials and precious metals; disruption of production due to shortages of materials, labor strikes, or supplier insolvencies; a further decline in resale prices of used vehicles; the effective implementation of cost-reduction and efficiency-optimization programs at all of our segments, including the repositioning of our truck activities in the NAFTA region and in Asia; the business outlook of companies in which we hold an equity interest, most notably EADS; changes in laws, regulations and government policies, particularly those relating to vehicle emissions, fuel economy and safety, the resolution of pending governmental investigations and the outcome of pending or threatened future legal proceedings; and other risks and uncertainties, some of which we describe under the heading "Risk Report" in Daimler's most recent Annual Report and under the headings "Risk Factors" and "Legal Proceedings" in Daimler's most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. If any of these risks and uncertainties materialize, or if the assumptions underlying any of our forward-looking statements prove incorrect, then our actual results may be materially different from those we express or imply by such statements. We do not intend or assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made.

    About Daimler

    Daimler AG is one of the world's most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world's biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach. Daimler Financial Services provides its customers with a full range of automotive financial services including financing, leasing, insurance and fleet management.

    The company's founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history with the invention of the automobile in the year 1886. As an automotive pioneer, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility. The Group applies innovative and green technologies to produce safe and superior vehicles which fascinate and delight its customers. With the development of alternative drive systems, Daimler is the only vehicle producer investing in hybrid drive, electric motors and fuel-cell systems, with the goal of achieving emission-free mobility in the long term. This is just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts the challenge of meeting its responsibility towards society and the environment.

    Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities on five continents. Its current brand portfolio includes, in addition to the world's most valuable automotive brand, Mercedes-Benz, the brands smart, Maybach, Freightliner, Western Star, Fuso, Setra, Orion and Thomas Built Buses. The company is listed on the stock exchanges of Frankfurt, New York and Stuttgart (stock exchange symbol DAI). In 2009, the Group sold 1.6 million vehicles and employed a workforce of more than 256,000 people; revenue totaled EUR 78.9 billion and EBIT amounted minus EUR 1.5 billion.

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    CONTACT: Han Tjan, +1 212-909-9063, or Ute Wueest von Vellberg,
    +49-711-17-40598

    Web Site: http://media.daimler.com/




    Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Announces First Quarter 2010 Earnings Release and Conference Call Dates

    ITASCA, Ill., April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. will release its first quarter 2010 earnings after the market closes on Thursday, April 22, 2010. A printer-friendly format will be available on the company's web site shortly thereafter.

    In conjunction with this release, J. Patrick Gallagher, Jr., Chairman, President and CEO, will host a webcast conference call on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. ET/7:00 a.m. CT which will be broadcast live through Gallagher's web site at http://www.ajg.com/. A conference call replay will also be available on the company's web site approximately one hour after the broadcast and can be accessed by going to Investor Relations and clicking on Presentations.

    Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., an international insurance brokerage and risk management services firm, is headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, has operations in 15 countries and does business in more than 100 countries around the world through a network of correspondent brokers and consultants.

    Statements made during this conference call, as well as responses to questions asked during the Question and Answer portion, may contain certain forward-looking statements relating to future results. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a safe harbor for forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expected, depending on a variety of factors such as changes in worldwide and national economic conditions, changes in premium rates and in insurance markets generally and changes in securities and fixed income markets as well as developments in the areas of tax legislation. Please refer to Gallagher's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Item 1, "Business - Information Concerning Forward-Looking Statements" and Item 1A, "Risk Factors", in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009, for a more detailed discussion of these factors.

    Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

    CONTACT: Marsha J. Akin, Investor Relations of Arthur J. Gallagher &
    Co., +1-630-773-3800, marsha_akin@ajg.com

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




    /C O R R E C T I O N -- Pantene/In the news release, Pantene(R) Announces Creation of World's First Reality TV Ad, issued 01-Apr-2010 by Pantene over PR Newswire, we are advised by the company that the sixth paragraph, fourth bullet point, should read "Open to legal residents of the 49 U.S. states & D.C. (excluding Maine) and Canada (excluding Quebec), who, as of date of entry, are 18 or older; for official rules visit www.pantene.com/realitystar" rather than "Open only to female legal residents of the 49 U.S. states & D.C. (excluding Maine) and Canada (excluding Quebec), who, as of date of entry, are 18 or older; for official rules visit www.pantene.com/realitystar" as originally issued inadvertently. The complete, corrected release follows:Pantene(R) Announces Creation of World's First Reality TV AdCasting Call for World's First Reality Hair Star Revealed During Live Webcast Hosted by Reality and Rock Star Bret Michaels and Stacy London

    CINCINNATI, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Pantene, the iconic brand known for memorable advertising tag lines such as "don't hate me because I'm beautiful" and "hair so healthy it shines," launches the search for the world's first reality hair star. As part of the unprecedented marketing support for the brand's reinvention, Pantene will put their products to the ultimate test live in the world's first reality hair ad. The game-changing advertising will air on May 25, 2010 on multiple channels including a major national network, as part of one of the hottest shows of the season.

    To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/pantene/43209/

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    "Pantene is known for being at the forefront of hair care innovation and we'll be breaking new ground on May 25 when we air the world's first reality hair advertisement," said Craig Bahner, Vice President, North America Hair Care, Procter & Gamble. "Shooting a reality TV ad is the ultimate hair test, and we are confident that our products will pass the test in this one-of-a-kind project."

    One woman will be selected from the online casting call to put Pantene to the test on live TV and will appear in the first reality national advertising spot alongside Pantene's current spokesperson, Stacy London. She will also win the "Be the Rock Star You Are" experience from Bret Michaels, which will include tickets to one of his concerts this summer, first class airfare, a ride in Michaels' tour bus, and backstage passes.

    "I'm really excited to be involved in such a revolutionary project," commented London. "I work with women everyday and I know that getting your hair right can be a real challenge that can make or break any day. Pantene's search for the world's first reality hair star will prove the power of Pantene on live TV!"

    From April 2nd through April 18th 2010, women will have the opportunity to tell Pantene why they should be the first reality hair star by uploading a video to http://www.pantene.com/realitystar. America will have the chance to vote on their favorite videos to help choose the winner and fan favorite videos will be chosen daily. All video submissions will be evaluated and 12 finalists will be flown to New York City for an in-person test shoot in May.

    To be eligible: -- Applicants must complete an online registration form and submit a video entry no longer than one minute at http://www.pantene.com/realitystar -- The video entry must tell why you should be the first reality hair star and show your hair's personality -- Applicants must add at end of video: "That's why I am the first reality hair star!" -- Open to legal residents of the 49 U.S. states & D.C. (excluding Maine) and Canada (excluding Quebec), who, as of date of entry, are 18 or older; for official rules visit http://www.pantene.com/realitystar Please visit http://www.pantene.com/realitystar for the complete contest rules.

    With its new understanding of hair's unique inter-fiber relationships, a critical factor in product performance that influences how ingredients work on hair, Pantene reinvented its entire brand structure. New Pantene includes an updated ingredient list, tailored systems, new packaging and new fragrance.

    New Pantene solutions are custom created to deliver outstanding product performance based on four unique hair structures and end-benefits. New Pantene utilizes advanced ingredients and customized solutions for Fine, Medium-Thick, Curly, and Color-Treated hair, with shampoos, conditioners, styling products and treatments, including options designed to work together to deliver long-lasting results. Beginning April 1, log on to http://www.pantene.com/freesample to try the products.

    About P&G Beauty & Grooming

    P&G Beauty & Grooming products help make beauty dreams real for women worldwide and help men look, feel and be their best everyday. With more than 100 brands available in nearly 130 countries, P&G's beauty and grooming products delivered sales of over $26 billion in fiscal year 2008/09, making it one of the world's largest beauty and grooming companies. P&G Beauty & Grooming offers trusted brands with leading technology to meet the full complement of beauty and grooming needs, including Pantene®, Olay®, Head & Shoulders®, Max Factor®, Cover Girl®, DDF®, Frederic Fekkai®, Wellaflex®, Rejoice®, Sebastian Professional®, Herbal Essences®, Koleston®, Clairol Professional®, Nice 'n Easy®, Venus®, Gillette®, SK-II®, Wella Professionals®, Braun® and a leading Prestige Fragrance division that spans from point of market entry consumers to high end luxury with global brands such as Hugo Boss®, Lacoste®, and Christina Aguilera®. Please visit http://www.pg.com/ for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

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    PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com Video: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/pantene/43209 Pantene

    CONTACT: Ted Donath of DeVries Public Relations, +1-212-891-0457,
    tdonath@devries-pr.com; or Randall Chinchilla of Pantene, +1-513-983-1988,
    chinchilla.r@pg.com

    Web Site: http://www.pantene.com/realitystar




    Habersham Bancorp to Present at the Source Capital Group Small Cap Virtual Conference

    CORNELIA, Ga., April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Habersham Bancorp (OTC Bulletin Board: HABC) announced today that David Stovall, Chief Executive Officer, will be presenting at the Source Capital Group Small Cap Virtual Conference, scheduled for April 19-22, 2010. The presentation will provide a corporate overview, including comments on the Company's loan portfolio.

    The Source Capital Group Small Cap Virtual Conference will showcase emerging top small and micro cap companies as they present on a global platform. The virtual conference will be held from April 19-22, 2010 and will be broadcast at http://www.sourcegrp.com/conference

    Investors interested in additional information or scheduling a one-on-one conversation with Habersham Bancorp visit http://www.sourcegrp.com/conference/confsect6.html or contact Matthew Buttner at MButtner@sourcegrp.com 203-341-3500 ext. 237.

    About Habersham Bancorp

    Habersham Bancorp operates as the bank holding company for Habersham Bank that provides commercial banking services to businesses and individuals in Habersham, White, Cherokee, Warren, Gwinnett, Stephens, and Hall Counties in Georgia. It offers various deposit products, including checking and savings accounts, various types of time deposits, money market accounts, demand deposits, and NOW accounts, as well as individual retirement accounts and certificates of deposit. The company's loan portfolio comprises commercial, financial, and agricultural loans; real estate loans; and installment loans. It also provides trust services, including trust administration, asset management, estate and will probate and administration, and other services in the area of personal trusts. As of December 31, 2009, it operated 1 main office and 9 branch offices in Georgia. The company was founded in 1904 and is based in Cornelia, Georgia. For more information about HABC, please visit the company's web site at http://www.habcorp.com/.

    About Source Capital Group, Inc.

    Source Capital Group, Inc. is a full-service financial institution, specializing in middle-market investment banking transactions, distressed and high yield debt securities, investment management, mortgages, and business lending. Source has provided equity, debt, and structured finance solutions to both public and private companies in a variety of industries, including energy, oil and gas, telecommunications, technology, biotech, and consumer goods. Source Capital Group, Inc. was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Westport, Connecticut. Member FINRA/SIPC. To learn more about Source Capital Group, please visit: http://www.sourcegrp.com/.

    Habersham Bancorp

    CONTACT: Matthew Buttner, +1-203-341-3500, ext. 237,
    MButtner@sourcegrp.com

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




    Eaton Vance Limited Duration Income Fund Declares Monthly Distribution

    BOSTON, April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Eaton Vance Limited Duration Income Fund (NYSE Amex: EVV), a closed-end management investment company, today declared a monthly distribution of $0.1158 per common share. As portfolio and market conditions change, the rate of future distributions may change. The distribution is expected to be paid on April 19, 2010, to shareholders of record on April 12, 2010. The ex-dividend date is April 8, 2010.

    At this time the Fund believes that a portion of the April distribution may be comprised of amounts from sources other than net investment income. If that is the case, you will be notified in writing. Further information will be available prior to the payment date at http://individuals.eatonvance.com/. The final determination of tax characteristics of the Fund's distributions will occur after the end of the year, at which time it will be reported to the shareholders.

    The Fund is managed by Eaton Vance Management, a subsidiary of Eaton Vance Corp. , based in Boston, one of the oldest investment management firms in the United States, with a history dating back to 1924. Eaton Vance and its affiliates managed $161.6 billion in assets as of January 31, 2010, offering individuals and institutions a broad array of investment products and wealth management solutions. The Company's long record of providing exemplary service and attractive returns through a variety of market conditions has made Eaton Vance the investment manager of choice for many of today's most discerning investors. For more information about Eaton Vance, visit http://www.eatonvance.com/.

    Eaton Vance Management

    CONTACT: Investor, Eaton Vance, 800-262-1122

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




    Eaton Vance Senior Income Trust Declares Monthly Distribution

    BOSTON, April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Eaton Vance Senior Income Trust , a closed-end management investment company, today declared a monthly distribution of $0.032 per common share. As portfolio and market conditions change, the rate of future distributions may change. The distribution is expected to be paid on April 19, 2010, to shareholders of record on April 12, 2010. The ex-dividend date is April 8, 2010.

    At this time the Fund believes that a portion of the April distribution may be comprised of amounts from sources other than net investment income. If that is the case, you will be notified in writing. Further information will be available prior to the payment date at http://individuals.eatonvance.com/. The final determination of tax characteristics of the Fund's distributions will occur after the end of the year, at which time it will be reported to the shareholders.

    The Fund is managed by Eaton Vance Management, a subsidiary of Eaton Vance Corp. , based in Boston, one of the oldest investment management firms in the United States, with a history dating back to 1924. Eaton Vance and its affiliates managed $161.6 billion in assets as of January 31, 2010, offering individuals and institutions a broad array of investment products and wealth management solutions. The Company's long record of providing exemplary service and attractive returns through a variety of market conditions has made Eaton Vance the investment manager of choice for many of today's most discerning investors. For more information about Eaton Vance, visit http://www.eatonvance.com/.

    Eaton Vance Management

    CONTACT: Investor Contact: +1-800-262-1122

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




    Calamos Closed-End Funds (CHI, CHY, CSQ, CGO and CHW) Announce Monthly Distributions for April 2010

    NAPERVILLE, Ill., April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Calamos Investments announced today the declaration of monthly distributions on each common share for its five closed-end funds.

    Distribution Ex- (Level Payable dividend Fund Rate) date Record date date ---- ------------ ------- ----------- -------- CHI (inception 06/26/2002) $0.0950 04/16/10 04/13/10 04/09/10 -------------------------- ------- -------- -------- -------- Calamos Convertible Opportunities and Income Fund ------------------------------ CHY (inception 05/28/2003) $0.0850 04/16/10 04/13/10 04/09/10 -------------------------- ------- -------- -------- -------- Calamos Convertible and High Income Fund ---------------------------- CSQ (inception 03/26/2004) $0.0525 04/16/10 04/13/10 04/09/10 -------------------------- ------- -------- -------- -------- Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund ------------------------------ CGO (inception 10/27/2005) $0.1000 04/16/10 04/13/10 04/09/10 -------------------------- ------- -------- -------- -------- Calamos Global Total Return Fund --------------------------- CHW (inception 06/27/2007) $0.0500 04/16/10 04/13/10 04/09/10 -------------------------- ------- -------- -------- -------- Calamos Global Dynamic Income Fund -----------------------------

    Additional information about Calamos closed-end funds can be found on our website at: http://www.calamos.com/CHI, http://www.calamos.com/CHY, http://www.calamos.com/CSQ, http://www.calamos.com/CGO and http://www.calamos.com/CHW.

    Monthly distributions offer shareholders the opportunity to accumulate more shares in a fund via the automatic dividend reinvestment plan. For example, if a fund's shares are trading at a premium, distributions will be automatically reinvested through the plan at NAV or 95% of the market price, whichever is greater; if shares are trading at a discount, distributions will be reinvested at the market price through an open market purchase program. Thus, the plan offers current shareholders an efficient method of accumulating additional shares with a potential for cost savings. Please see the dividend reinvestment plan for more information.

    The Calamos closed-end funds employ a level rate distribution policy, paying monthly distributions at the stated rates. Distributions paid may include net investment income, net realized short-term capital gains and, if necessary, return of capital. In addition, distributions may include net realized long-term capital gains as permitted by the Investment Company Act of 1940. There is no guarantee that the funds will realize capital gains in any given year. Distributions are subject to re-characterization for tax purposes after the end of the fiscal year. All shareholders with taxable accounts will receive written notification regarding the components and tax treatment for distributions via Form 1099-DIV. Distributions from the funds are generally subject to Federal income taxes. For purposes of maintaining the level rate distribution policy, the funds may realize short-term capital gains on securities that, if sold at a later date, would have resulted in long-term capital gains. Maintenance of a level rate distribution policy may increase transaction and tax costs associated with the funds. Please see http://www.calamos.com/taxcenter.aspx for more information.

    Important Notes About Performance and Risk

    Past performance is no guarantee of future results. As with other investments, market price will fluctuate with the market and upon sale, your shares may have a market price that is above or below net asset value and may be worth more or less than your original investment.

    About Calamos

    Calamos Investments is a globally diversified investment firm offering equity, fixed-income, convertible and alternative investment strategies, among others. The firm serves institutions and individuals around the world via separately managed accounts and a family of open-end and closed- end funds, providing a risk-managed approach to capital appreciation and income-producing strategies. For more information, visit http://www.calamos.com/.

    Calamos Investments

    CONTACT: Scott Henderson, Associate Vice President of Calamos Advisors
    LLC, +1-630-245-7223, shenderson@calamos.com

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




    Land Star Inc. (LDSR) Plans To Commence A Share Buyback Program

    WUHAN, China, April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Land Star Inc.'s (LDSR; http://www.landstarcorp.com/) announces that the company plans to proceed with a share buyback program shortly.

    Mr. Lee Congtang, CEO, Chairman said "LDSR as a company have been concerned with the company's share price. We are on the cusp of a tri-way merger as previously announced. We have no intentions of issuing multi-billion shares in order to absorb these mergers. We see no other way to achieve our common goals without first shoring up our share structure. This is something that our consultants have been calling for a long time. We took note of some of the positive strides some of their other clients have had with a similar endeavor and we are convinced that now ahead of the tri-way merger and the shareholder conference, that this is the right move at the right time.

    We expect many of our skeptics to come out as they do with petty criticism and spreading doubt to novice and unsuspecting shareholders. With that in mind we would like to bring attention to our news release of Nov. 17, 2008. Many do not realize that LDSR holds interests in a lucrative mining venture. The following snippet from the Nov 2008 news release summarizes our position today.

    Mr. Fowler, the company spokesperson said, "Land Star management is extremely pleased to have this opportunity to close on the 1 million-plus ton Colorado High Grade ore deposit. The early cash flow being generated from this project is beneficial to all concerned. The quality and quantity and the sheer size of the project has already produced some unsolicited interests from other mining companies who are monitoring our progress. I can also add that the company is entertaining this unsolicited buyout proposal seriously, which has the potential to create a considerable instant profit opportunity for the company and all the shareholders."

    Mr. Lee Congtang concluded "This project took a little longer to produce results then we anticipated, however it also produced results far greater than we had also anticipated as well. With the sale of this asset the share reduction would be substantial."

    Neither the company nor its IR will comment on this topic further. The company will announce the exact numbers as soon as this is beneficially advantageous to itself and its shareholders.

    The company reminds its shareholders and followers to monitor PinkSheets.com Filing section and also our IR company web site section "PRESS RELEASES AND FILINGS" TAB http://www.minamargroup.net/ for non newsworthy corporate updates.

    For any matters relating to retail investor queries or to send the company or its IR a message please click on the "INVESTOR SUPPORT" TAB, or the direct link http://www.minamargroup.net/helpdesk.

    Don't be a victim. Report a stock basher. The company is mindful that short sellers, the company competitors and stock bashers stalk small cap Pink Sheets listed companies with hidden agendas. Visit http://www.stockbasher.com/ and find out what criminal and civil actions the US authorities are taking against web sites like investorshub.com and other posters, and the remedies available to you as an individual investor.

    Filings for this event are currently being reviewed and will be filed with Pink Sheets and Client Support section in due course. To be included in company's email database for press releases, industry updates, and non-weekly activity in the company that may or may not be news released, please subscribe or opt in mailer at http://www.minamargroup.com/updates.

    Safe Harbor Statement

    Information in this news release may contain statements about future expectations, plans, prospects or performance of Land Star Inc. that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the Safe Harbor Provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words or phrases "can be", "expects", "may affect", "believed", "estimate", "project" and similar words and phrases are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Land Star Inc. cautions you that any forward-looking information provided by or on behalf of Land Star Inc. is not a guarantee of future performance. None of the information in this press release constitutes or is intended as an offer to sell securities or investment advice of any kind. Land Star Inc.'s actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, some of which are beyond Land Star Inc.'s control. In addition to those discussed in Land Star Inc.'s press releases, public filings, and statements by Land Star Inc.'s management, including, but not limited to, Land Star Inc.'s estimate of the sufficiency of its existing capital resources, Land Star Inc.'s ability to raise additional capital to fund future operations, Land Star Inc.'s ability to repay its existing indebtedness, the uncertainties involved in estimating market opportunities, and in identifying contracts which match Land Star Inc.'s capability to be awarded contracts. All such forward-looking statements are current only as of the date on which such statements were made. Land Star Inc. does not undertake any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which any such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

    CONTACT: For any investor relations matters, please contact http://www.minamargroup.net/helpdesk; Investor Relations Department (IR), 1st Level Support Retail Clients General Inquiry, http://www.minamargroup.net/ (IR); For (M&A) and Corporate Matters, http://www.minamargroup.com/

    Land Star Inc.

    CONTACT: For any investor relations matters, please contact
    http://www.minamargroup.net/helpdesk; Investor Relations Department (IR), 1st Level
    Support Retail Clients General Inquiry, http://www.minamargroup.net/ (IR); For (M&A)
    and Corporate Matters, http://www.minamargroup.com/




    SkyBridge Technology (SKGO) Share Reduction Program

    NANCHANG, China, April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SkyBridge Technology Group, Inc. (SKGO;http://www.skybridgetechgroup.com/) plans to proceed with a share reduction and or buyback program.

    The company and its investors had been concerned with the company's share price being grossly undervalued, the company sees this as a great opportunity to shore up the float with a commencement of a share buyback program. A source close to the company said "Sanhe in China is of the strong opinion that SKGO is a viable company whose share price should be in a "penny land" not sub penny or sub sub penny zone". The company does not like where its security is trading at. The company intends to take drastic steps of a share buyback ahead of the shareholder meeting by either using its own funds from China and or selling its position in the USA based Shot In The Gas operations and division."

    Neither the company nor its IR will comment on this topic further. The company will announce the exact numbers as soon as this is beneficially advantageous to itself and its shareholders.

    The company reminds its shareholders and followers to monitor PinkSheets.com Filing section and also our IR company web site section "PRESS RELEASES AND FILINGS" TAB http://www.minamargroup.net/ for non newsworthy corporate updates.

    For any matters relating to retail investor queries or to send the company or its IR a message please click on the "INVESTOR SUPPORT" TAB, or the direct link http://www.minamargroup.net/helpdesk.

    Don't be a victim. Report a stock basher. The company is mindful that short sellers, the company competitors and stock bashers stalk small cap Pink Sheets listed companies with hidden agendas. Visit http://www.stockbasher.com/ and find out what criminal and civil actions the US authorities are taking against web sites like investorshub.com and other posters, and the remedies available to you as an individual investor.

    Filings for this event are currently being reviewed and will be filed with Pink Sheets and Client Support section in due course. To be included in company's email database for press releases, industry updates, and non-weekly activity in the company that may or may not be news released, please subscribe or opt in mailer at http://www.minamargroup.com/updates.

    Safe Harbor Statement

    Information in this news release may contain statements about future expectations, plans, prospects or performance of SkyBridge Technology Group Inc. that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the Safe Harbor Provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words or phrases "can be", "expects", "may affect", "believed", "estimate", "project" and similar words and phrases are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. SkyBridge Technology Group Inc. cautions you that any forward-looking information provided by or on behalf of SkyBridge Technology Group Inc. is not a guarantee of future performance. None of the information in this press release constitutes or is intended as an offer to sell securities or investment advice of any kind. SkyBridge Technology Group Inc.'s actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, some of which are beyond SkyBridge Technology Group Inc.'s control. In addition to those discussed in SkyBridge Technology Group Inc.'s press releases, public filings, and statements by SkyBridge Technology Group Inc.'s management, including, but not limited to, SkyBridge Technology Group Inc.'s estimate of the sufficiency of its existing capital resources, SkyBridge Technology Group Inc.'s ability to raise additional capital to fund future operations, SkyBridge Technology Group Inc.'s ability to repay its existing indebtedness, the uncertainties involved in estimating market opportunities, and in identifying contracts which match SkyBridge Technology Group Inc.'s capability to be awarded contracts. All such forward-looking statements are current only as of the date on which such statements were made. SkyBridge Technology Group Inc. does not undertake any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which any such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

    CONTACT: For any investor relations matters, please contact http://www.minamargroup.net/helpdesk; Investor Relations Department Inquiry, http://www.minamargroup.net/ (IR); For (M&A) and Corporate Matters, http://www.minamargroup.com/

    SkyBridge Technology Group Inc.

    CONTACT: For any investor relations matters, please contact
    http://www.minamargroup.net/helpdesk; Investor Relations Department Inquiry,
    http://www.minamargroup.net/ (IR); For (M&A) and Corporate Matters,
    http://www.minamargroup.com/




    Hard to Treat Diseases (HTDS) Plans a Share Buyback Program

    SHENZHEN, China, April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hard to Treat Diseases (HTDS; http://www.htdsmedical.com/) announces that the company plans to proceed with a share buyback program of its security.

    As the company and its investors had been concerned with the company's share price being grossly undervalued, the company sees this as a great opportunity to shore up the float with a commencement of a share buyback program.

    Neither the company nor its IR will comment on this topic further. The company will announce the exact numbers as soon as this is beneficially advantageous to itself and its shareholders.

    HTDS management is well positioned to complete this task with cash flows from the sale of some of its disposed assets.

    In other company news, the company has retained a California law firm to assist it in resolving any issues with Pink Sheets regarding the "skull and bones" icon on HTDS security and the naked short selling which effected the HTDS in the past, which now appear to be under check.

    The company reminds its shareholders and followers to monitor PinkSheets.com Filing section and also our IR company web site section "PRESS RELEASES AND FILINGS" TAB http://www.minamargroup.net/ for non newsworthy corporate updates.

    For any matters relating to retail investor queries or to send the company or its IR a message please click on the "INVESTOR SUPPORT" TAB, or the direct link http://www.minamargroup.net/helpdesk.

    Don't be a victim. Report a stock basher. The company is mindful that short sellers, the company competitors and stock bashers stalk small cap Pink Sheets listed companies with hidden agendas. Visit http://www.stockbasher.com/ and find out what criminal and civil actions the US authorities are taking against web sites like investorshub.com and other posters, and the remedies available to you as an individual investor.

    Filings for this event are currently being reviewed and will be filed with Pink Sheets and Client Support section in due course. To be included in company's email database for press releases, industry updates, and non-weekly activity in the company that may or may not be news released, please subscribe or opt in mailer at http://www.minamargroup.com/updates.

    Safe Harbor Statement

    Information in this filing may contain statements about future expectations, plans, prospects or performance of Hard to Treat Diseases, Inc. that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor Provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words or phrases "can be," "expects," "may affect," "believed," "estimate," "project," and similar words and phrases are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. HTDS Corporation cautions you that any forward-looking information provided by or on behalf of Hard to Treat Diseases, Inc. is not a guarantee of future performance. None of the information in this filing constitutes or is intended as an offer to sell securities or investment advice of any kind. Hard to Treat Diseases, Inc.'s actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, some of which are beyond Hard to Treat Diseases, Inc.'s control. In addition to those discussed in Hard to Treat Diseases, Inc.'s press releases, public filings, and statements by Hard to Treat Diseases, Inc.'s management, including, but not limited to, Hard to Treat Diseases, Inc.'s estimate of the sufficiency of its existing capital resources, Hard to Treat Diseases, Inc.'s ability to raise additional capital to fund future operations, HTDS Corporation's ability to repay its existing indebtedness, the uncertainties involved in estimating market opportunities and, in identifying contracts which match Hard to Treat Diseases, Inc.'s capability to be awarded contracts. All such forward-looking statements are current only as of the date on which such statements were made. Hard to Treat Diseases, Inc. does not undertake any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which any such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

    CONTACT: For medical and scientific dialogue inquiry only, please contact medicalinfo@htdsmedical.com; For any corporate matters, please contact http://www.minamargroup.com/helpdesk

    Hard to Treat Diseases

    CONTACT: For medical and scientific dialogue inquiry only, please
    contact medicalinfo@htdsmedical.com; For any corporate matters, please contact
    http://www.minamargroup.com/helpdesk




    Applied Industrial Technologies To Report Third Quarter Earnings and Conduct Investor Teleconference

    CLEVELAND, April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Applied Industrial Technologies today said it expects to report fiscal 2010 third quarter earnings before market opens on the morning of Thursday, April 22. The company's fiscal 2010 third quarter ended March 31, 2010.

    The quarterly conference call for investors and analysts will begin at 2 p.m. ET on April 22. The call will be conducted by Chairman & CEO David L. Pugh, President & COO Benjamin J. Mondics, and Vice President & CFO Mark O. Eisele. To join the call, dial 1-888-517-2458 (for US/Canada callers) or 1-847-413-3538 (for International callers) prior to the scheduled start using passcode 8221480. A live audio webcast can be accessed online at http://www.applied.com/. A replay of the call will be available for two weeks by dialing 1-888-843-8996 or 1-630-652-3044 (International) using passcode 8221480.

    With approximately 460 facilities and 4,500 employee associates across North America, Applied Industrial Technologies is an industrial distributor that offers more than 3 million parts critical to the operations of MRO and OEM customers in virtually every industry. In addition, Applied provides engineering, design and systems integration for industrial and fluid power applications, as well as customized mechanical, fabricated rubber and fluid power shop services. Applied also offers maintenance training, plus solutions to meet inventory and storeroom management needs that help provide enhanced value to its customers. For its fiscal year ended June 30, 2009, Applied posted sales of $1.9 billion. Applied can be visited on the Internet at http://www.applied.com/.

    Applied Industrial Technologies

    CONTACT: Mark O. Eisele, Vice President - Chief Financial Officer,
    +1-216-426-4417, or Richard C. Shaw, Vice President - Communications,
    +1-216-426-4343

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




    Standard & Poor's Reports March Index Returns

    NEW YORK, April 1 /PRNewswire/ --

    Standard & Poor's Reports March Index Returns April 1, 2010 Values are expressed in percentages 31-March- 3 12 3 5 10 S&P US Indices 2010 Months YTD Months Years Years Years S&P 500 (1) 6.034 5.387 5.387 49.769 -4.165 1.919 -0.654 S&P MidCap 400 (2) 7.135 9.093 9.093 64.073 -0.826 5.168 6.016 S&P SmallCap 600 (3) 7.781 8.609 8.609 64.000 -3.162 3.476 6.631 S&P 900 (4) 6.127 5.694 5.694 50.905 -4.164 3.184 -0.151 S&P 1000 (4) 7.333 8.944 8.944 64.048 -3.893 2.191 6.174 S&P Composite 1500 (4) 6.186 5.797 5.797 51.349 -1.610 4.600 0.063 S&P 100 (5) 5.846 4.607 4.607 45.112 -3.870 2.241 -2.200 S&P 500 Equal Weighted (6) 7.048 8.100 8.100 75.082 -1.998 4.368 6.014 S&P 500 Value* (7) 6.367 7.093 7.093 54.684 -7.409 1.056 1.492 S&P 500 Growth* (7) 5.698 3.708 3.708 45.438 -1.012 2.655 -2.905 S&P MidCap 400 Value* (7) 6.427 8.768 8.768 65.497 -2.736 4.586 9.150 S&P MidCap 400 Growth* (7) 7.864 9.438 9.438 62.691 1.059 5.628 2.960 S&P SmallCap 600 Value* (7) 7.773 9.935 9.935 66.277 -4.164 3.184 8.401 S&P SmallCap 600 Growth* (7) 7.788 7.300 7.300 61.737 -2.225 3.680 4.356 S&P Global Indices S&P Asia 50 (US$) (6) 6.35 -0.11 -0.11 62.26 4.37 12.35 7.18 S&P Europe 350 (EURO) (6) 7.41 4.04 4.04 53.75 -7.40 3.37 -0.90 S&P Europe 350 (US$) (6) 6.48 -2.29 -2.29 56.79 -7.05 4.26 2.59 S&P Global 100 (US$) (6) 5.75 0.59 0.59 48.93 -3.42 2.95 -0.79 S&P Global 1200 (US$) (6) 6.30 3.01 3.01 54.15 -4.35 3.91 1.02 S&P Latin America 40 (US$) (7) 7.28 0.98 0.98 97.95 12.99 27.07 18.04 S&P/TOPIX 150 (US$) (7) 6.14 7.42 7.42 38.08 -9.18 1.60 -3.45 S&P/TOPIX 150 (YEN) (7) 10.70 8.81 8.81 31.02 -15.98 -1.19 -4.64 S&P Euro (Euro) (6) 7.86 0.62 0.62 49.84 -8.48 3.28 -1.52 S&P Euro (US$) (6) 6.93 -5.51 -5.51 52.80 -8.14 4.16 1.94 S&P Euro Plus (EURO) (6) 7.64 3.32 3.32 52.40 -6.99 4.37 -0.73 S&P Euro Plus (US$) (6) 6.71 -2.97 -2.97 55.41 -6.65 5.26 2.76 S&P United Kingdom (PDS) (6) 6.29 5.84 5.84 50.42 0.44 6.98 2.64 S&P /TSX 60 (CN$) (8) 4.11 2.56 2.56 37.41 0.56 8.27 4.34 S&P/ASX 50 5.67 1.97 1.97 40.29 -1.06 8.61 8.86 S&P ADR Index (USD) (TR) (6) 6.34 0.77 0.77 58.04 -3.42 6.00 1.88 S&P Japan 500 (YEN) (TR) (6) 10.44 8.62 8.62 30.47 -15.50 -1.39 -3.60 S&P 700 (USD) (TR) (6) 6.54 0.96 0.96 58.32 -4.44 6.06 2.98 S&P/ASX 200 (AUD) (TR) 5.75 1.36 1.36 41.71 -2.44 8.07 -- S&P/TSX Composite Index (TR) 3.81 3.14 3.14 42.15 -0.03 7.41 4.67 S&P Fixed Income Indices S&P National AMT-Free Municipal Bond Index (9) -0.08% 1.31% 1.31% 9.59% 4.16% 4.45% 5.57% S&P California AMT-Free Municipal Bond Index 0.24% 1.74% 1.74% 9.54% 3.71% 4.27% 5.41% S&P New York AMT-Free Municipal Bond Index -0.09% 1.31% 1.31% 9.63% 4.53% 4.62% 5.69% S&P Short Term Nat'l AMT-Free Municipal Bond Index -0.35% 0.37% 0.37% 3.50% 4.65% 4.11% 4.49% S&P U.S. Commercial Paper Index 0.01% 0.01% 0.01% 0.44% - - - S&P/LSTA Loan 100 2.91% 4.23% 4.23% 42.76% 4.39% 5.04% - S&P/Citigroup International Treasury Bond ex-US -1.16% -2.27% -2.27% 9.06% 7.43% 5.01% - S&P/Citigroup International Treasury Bond ex-US 1-3 Year -1.30% -2.97% -2.97% 7.46% 6.69% 4.55% - Notes: Dividend Reinvested Index Inception Dates:

    (1) 1970, (2) 1981, (3) 1984, (4) 1994, (5) 1988, (6) 1989, (7) 1995, (8) 1987 (9) 9/4/07-3,069 bonds

    *3, 5 and 10 year returns are based on the blended S&P/Barra & S&P/Citigroup Indices.

    3, 5 and 10 year total returns are compounded annually.

    Standard & Poor's, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies , is the world's foremost provider of financial market intelligence, including independent credit ratings, indices, risk evaluation, investment research and data. With approximately 8,500 employees, including wholly owned affiliates, located in 21 countries, Standard & Poor's is an essential part of the world's financial infrastructure and has played a leading role for more than 140 years in providing investors with the independent benchmarks they need to feel more confident about their investment and financial decisions. For more information, visit http://www.standardandpoors.com/.

    Founded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies is a leading global information services provider meeting worldwide needs in the financial services, education and business information markets through leading brands such as Standard & Poor's, McGraw-Hill Education, BusinessWeek and J.D. Power and Associates. The Corporation has more than 280 offices in 40 countries. Sales in 2006 were $6.3 billion. Additional information is available at http://www.mcgraw-hill.com/.

    Standard & Poor's

    CONTACT: Standard & Poor's Index Services, +1-212-438-2046,
    index_services@sandp.com

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




    Jones Lang LaSalle Recognized by General Motors as a 2009 Supplier of the Year

    CHICAGO, April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Jones Lang LaSalle, the leading integrated financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate, received the General Motors 2009 Supplier of the Year award for its significant contributions to GM's global product and performance achievements.

    This marks the third consecutive year Jones Lang LaSalle has been presented with the General Motors Supplier of the Year award. "The Supplier of the Year award is always special but those suppliers recognized this year have risen above and beyond the call during one of the most challenging years in GM history," said Bob Socia, Vice President, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. "This is truly a world-class list of suppliers."

    "This honor from one of the world's leading companies recognizes that our collaborative approach and ability to bring innovative practices produces real value for our clients," said Peter Roberts, CEO of Jones Lang LaSalle Americas.

    "Being named Supplier of the Year would not have been possible without the tremendous collaboration between our professional staff and the dedicated team at GM," said Lynette Wagner, Executive Vice President of Jones Lang LaSalle and manager of the General Motors relationship.

    The GM Supplier of the Year award began as a global program in 1992. Winners are selected by a cross-functional team of executives from purchasing, engineering, manufacturing and logistics who base their decisions on supplier performance in quality, service, technology and price. This year, General Motors honored 76 suppliers for their outstanding performance throughout 2009.

    About Jones Lang LaSalle

    Jones Lang LaSalle is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2009 global revenue of $2.5 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 60 countries from 750 locations worldwide, including 180 corporate offices. The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 1.4 billion square feet worldwide. LaSalle Investment Management, the company's investment management business, is one of the world's largest and most diverse in real estate with more than $40 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit our Web site, http://www.joneslanglasalle.com/.

    Jones Lang LaSalle

    CONTACT: Craig Bloomfield, Jones Lang LaSalle, +1-312-228-2774,
    craig.bloomfield@am.jll.com

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




    John Hunter Children's Hospital Installs Australia's First Masimo Patient SafetyNet(TM) System

    IRVINE, Calif., April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Masimo , the inventor of Pulse CO-Oximetry(TM) and Measure-Through Motion and Low Perfusion pulse oximetry announced today the installation of Australia's first Masimo Patient SafetyNet System at John Hunter Children's Hospital in New South Wales. The new, state-of-the-art remote monitoring and wireless clinician notification system is currently being used to noninvasively and continuously monitor the physiological status of selected pediatric patients in the medical ward--ensuring early detection of deterioration or distress and enabling potentially life-saving interventions.

    (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100401/LA80476)

    Earlier this week, guests attending the hospital's unveiling saw live demonstrations of the Masimo Patient SafetyNet system in action, including: how a patient is entered into the system and continuously, remotely monitored using Masimo SET® pulse oximeters via a noninvasive finger sensor; how alarms and clinician assignments are set; and how patient data and alarms are wirelessly transmitted from the bedside monitors to the central monitoring station where clinicians are immediately alerted to the patient's deteriorating health condition and can initiate prompt, appropriate rescue and treatment. (Click here to see the Patient SafetyNet system in action.)

    The Patient SafetyNet system keeps patients safer by continuously, noninvasively, and remotely monitoring multiple physiological parameters, including the amount of oxygen in the blood and pulse rate, and automatically alerting clinicians to changes that signal patient distress or deterioration. Results of a landmark two-year clinical study published in February demonstrated that Patient SafetyNet helps to reduce rescue events and activations by 65% and ICU transfers by 48%--contributing to significant improvements in patient outcomes.(1)

    Medical Ward Nursing Unit Manager Cathy Grahame, acknowledging the importance of having such vital equipment, stated, "The Patient SafetyNet system allows us to respond immediately to a patient whose vital signs have changed, which, in this time-critical environment, improves our quality of care."

    Masimo Patient SafetyNet is fully-integrated into John Hunter Children's Hospital's existing IT infrastructure with a central monitoring station located at the nurse's station. The central monitoring station displays every Patient SafetyNet monitor on the ward, enabling nursing staff to view vital signs and alarm activations for each patient. Community support, in particular the fundraising efforts of the employees and management of John Holland Pty Ltd, provided the initial funds to purchase the Patient SafetyNet system and 18 monitors. The hospital is hoping to raise funds for more units.

    Combining the gold standard performance of Masimo SET pulse oximetry with respiration rate monitoring at the point-of-care and automated, wireless clinician notifications via pager, Patient SafetyNet provides an unmatched level of safety for up to 80 patients on four floors. The system uses open IEEE industry standards for connectivity, which allows for more efficient sharing of data across a hospital's IT platforms, along with the option of full integration into a hospital's existing IT infrastructure--providing a lower overall cost of ownership and improved financial benefits.

    (1) Taenzer, Andreas H.; Pyke, Joshua B.; McGrath, Susan P.; Blike, George T. "Impact of Pulse Oximetry Surveillance on Rescue Events and Intensive Care Unit Transfers: A Before-and-After Concurrence Study." Anesthesiology, February 2010, Vol. 112, Issue 2. Available online here.

    About Masimo

    Masimo develops innovative monitoring technologies that significantly improve patient care--helping solve "unsolvable" problems. In 1995, the company debuted Measure-Through Motion and Low Perfusion pulse oximetry, known as Masimo SET®, which virtually eliminated false alarms and increased pulse oximetry's ability to detect life-threatening events. More than 100 independent and objective studies demonstrate Masimo SET provides the most reliable SpO2 and pulse rate measurements even under the most challenging clinical conditions, including patient motion and low peripheral perfusion. In 2005, Masimo introduced Masimo Rainbow SET® Pulse CO-OximetryTM, allowing noninvasive and continuous monitoring of blood constituents that previously required invasive procedures, including total hemoglobin (SpHbTM), oxygen content (SpOCTM), carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO®), methemoglobin (SpMet®), and PVI®, in addition to SpO2, pulse rate, and perfusion index (PI). In 2009, Masimo introduced Masimo Rainbow SET® Acoustic MonitoringTM, the first-ever noninvasive and continuous monitoring of acoustic respiration rate (RRa). Masimo's Rainbow platform offers a breakthrough in patient safety by helping clinicians detect life-threatening conditions and helping guide treatment options. Founded in 1989, Masimo has the mission of "Improving Patient Outcomes and Reducing Cost of Care by Taking Noninvasive Monitoring to New Sites and Applications." Additional information about Masimo and its products may be found at http://www.masimo.com/.

    Forward Looking Statements

    This press release includes forward-looking statements as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, in connection with the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations about future events affecting us and are subject to risks and uncertainties, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control and could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in our forward-looking statements as a result of various risk factors, including, but not limited to: risks related to our assumptions regarding the repeatability of study results, risks related to our assumptions that Masimo Patient SafetyNet will provide an effective early warning system of a patient's deteriorating physiological condition to enable timely rescue, risks related to our belief that Masimo SET pulse oximetry and Masimo Rainbow SET Pulse CO-Oximetry measurements will provide sufficient sensitivity and specificity to detect physiological abnormalities and potentially life-threatening conditions in real-time for all patients, and risks related to our assumptions regarding the systems' ability to deliver clinical improvement over alternative patient monitoring and assessment methods to increase patient safety and allow for further adoption of the technology, as well as other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of our most recent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), which may be obtained for free at the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov/. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in our forward-looking statements are reasonable, we do not know whether our expectations will prove correct. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of today's date. We do not undertake any obligation to update, amend or clarify these forward-looking statements or the "Risk Factors" contained in our most recent reports filed with the SEC, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under the applicable securities laws.

    Media Contact: Dana Banks Masimo Corporation (949) 297-7348 dbanks@masimo.com

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    QKL Stores Inc. Announces Full Year 2009 Financial Results-- FY09 Revenues Increased 55% to $247.6 Million ---- FY09 Gross Profit Increased 35% to $41.0 Million ---- FY09 Non GAAP Net Income Increased 21% to $10.8 Million ---- Adjusted EBITDA Increased 21% to $17.2 Million ---- Opened Seven New Supermarkets in 2009 and Two New Supermarkets in 1Q10 --- Earnings Conference Call Scheduled for Tuesday, April 6th --

    DAQING, China, April 1 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- QKL Stores Inc. (the "Company") , a leading regional supermarket chain in Northeastern China with 36 supermarkets and two department stores, today announced its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2009.

    Full Year 2009 Financial Results

    For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009, revenue increased 55% to $247.6 million from $160.1 million in 2008. Revenue performance reflected the growth of 18 comparable stores, which are stores that have been opened for at least one year before January 1, 2008, generating approximately $134.5 million sales in 2009, an increase of $7.5 million, or 5.9% compared with $127.0 million sales in 2008 as well as sales from the opening of 16 new stores since January 1, 2008. In 2009, the Company deliberately slowed down its expansion of new stores in response to management's strategy of building a new distribution center, establishing logistics and training systems in preparation to support new stores in the future.

    Mr. Zhuangyi Wang, Chairman and CEO, said, "We are pleased to announce solid full year 2009 financial results. We opened six new stores in 2009 including three in the fourth quarter. These three new stores included one hypermarket and two supermarkets for an average size of 3,100 sq. meters, which was a 17% increase over our average store size. New stores are skewing larger due to our greater assortment of grocery, fresh food and non-food items. As our growing base of customers become more selective about food freshness and demand greater product variety, our stores provide a unique experience for our customers' growing product needs. We believe our efforts can result in increased sales and higher gross margins for each store unit over time.

    "We continue to make excellent progress building out our infrastructure to enhance overall scalability. We have accomplished a great deal in 2009 including breaking ground on a new distribution center, growing the number of available products in our grocery, fresh food, non-food and private label categories, enhancing our customer marketing initiatives and improving specialized employee training efforts. These actions have propelled QKL Stores into a leading retailer in the Northeastern China region, a position which we hope to expand upon in the coming months and years ahead."

    Gross profit increased 35% year on year from $30.4 million, or 19% of total revenue, to $41.0 million, or 16.5% of total revenue, in 2009. The decrease in gross margin reflected the Company's ongoing expansion of new stores, which tend to be less profitable during their early months of operation, as well as increased number of product promotions in order to increase market share and long-term sales volume.

    Additionally, fourth quarter gross margin performance reflected classification of certain items based on the suggestion of its new independent auditor, BDO China Li Xin Da Hua CPA, CO, Ltd effective October 16, 2009. The reclassified items include: distribution cost from selling expenses to cost of sales; ii) rental income from renting spaces in our supermarkets from revenue to directly offsetting with rental expense, and iii) marketing income from revenue to directly offsetting with promoting expenses. The full year gross margin before the reclassifications was approximately 18.7%. Going forward, the Company believes that gross margin will be in the range of 17%-19% over the next few quarters, which takes into account these line item reclassifications.

    Operating income was flat at $14.5 million. Selling, general and administrative expenses increased 66.7% to $26.5 million from $15.9 million in the prior year, reflecting the increase of new labor cost associated with new store openings, and the fees related to the public offering in November 2009. Adjusted EBITDA increased 21% from $14.3 million in 2008 to $17.2 million in 2009.

    Net Income for full year 2009 was $(24.6) million, which included a one- time non-cash charge in 2009 of $35.5 million. Non-GAAP net income, which excluded the non-cash charge, was $10.8 million, or $0.34 per diluted share for the full year of 2009, up 21% from $9.0 million, or $0.29 per diluted share in 2008. The non-cash charge was not related to the Company's operation in any way and resulted solely from the change in fair value of warrants issued to investors in conjunction with Company's issuance of convertible Preferred Stock in March 2008, pursuant to provisions of FASB ASC Topic 815, "Derivatives and Hedging" ("ASC 815"). The accounting treatment of the Warrants resulted from a provision providing anti-dilution protection to the warrant holders, which provision has been waived by the warrant holders permanently as of March 30, 2010. As such, the Company believes that the non- cash charges will no longer be applied after December 31, 2009.

    The following table represents the non-GAAP financial disclosure to provide a quantitative analysis of the impact of the non-cash charge resulting from the change in fair value of warrants for the year ended December 31, 2009 on the Company's net income:

    2008 2009 Net Income (US GAAP) $8,997,068 ($24,643,438) Change in fair value of warrants (non-cash) -- $35,492,017 Net income (Non-GAAP) $8,997,068 $10,848,579

    Adjusted EBITDA increased 21% from $14.3 million in 2008 to $17.2 million in 2009

    2008 2009 Net Income $8,997,068 $(24,643,438) Depreciation $1,727,668 $2,721,636 Amortization $26,679 $27,967 Change in fair value of warrants $-- $35,492,017 Interest income $(272,551) $(222,007) Interest expense $240,330 $23,734 Provision for income tax $3,556,474 $3,807,794 Adjusted EBITDA $14,275,668 $17,207,703

    The Company uses adjusted EBITDA as a measure of the Company's operating trends. Investors are cautioned that adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of liquidity or of financial performance under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). The adjusted EBITDA numbers presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA, while providing useful information, should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to net income or cash flows as determined under GAAP. Consistent with Regulation G under the U.S. federal securities laws, the non- GAAP measures in this press release have been reconciled to the nearest GAAP measure.

    Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

    As of December 31, 2009, the Company had $45.9 million of cash, compared to $26.7 million, as of September 30, 2009 and $19.3 million as of December 31, 2008. The cash balance reflected the Company's follow-on offering of 6,900,000 shares of common stock at a purchase price of $5.75 per share, which raised net proceeds of approximately $37.4 million on November 27, 2009. As of December 31, 2009, the Company had no debt or bank loans.

    Net cash flow from operating activities was $10.4 million for the full year of 2009 compared to $17.9 million for the full year of 2008. The decrease in net cash from operating activities is mainly due to increases in inventory as well as other receivables, which resulted from lending money to vendors during the fourth quarter of 2009 in the amount of $7.3 million to ensure adequate levels of merchandise during the peak Chinese new year season. Net cash flow used by investing activities was $19.0 million for the full year of 2009, compared to $23.8 million used for the full year of 2008. Net cash flow provided by financing activities was $35.2 million for the full year of 2009, compared to $12.6 million for the full year of 2008.

    Retail Store Update

    The Company opened its 35th supermarket on March 24th, 2010 in the city of Tangyuan, Heilongjiang, which has a population of approximately 95,000. The store occupies an area of 6,200 square meters and carries items across all three of the Company's core categories.

    The Company opened its 36th supermarket on March 31th, 2010 in the city of Daqing, Heilongjiang. The store occupies an area of 2,655 square meters, and carries items across all three of the Company's core categories.

    Mr. Wang continued, "We remain highly encouraged with our opportunities in 2010. We plan to open 20 new stores having an aggregate of 100,000 sq. meters of new store space this year. We opened our first store of the year in March and believe our store opening schedule will rapidly accelerate as we head into the warmer weather months as well as open our second distribution center. This second distribution center, to be located in Harbin, is scheduled to open in April. Having a second distribution center will allow us to better support our retail locations with fresher products and greater selection, strengthen supplier relationships and lower our cost of goods sold thereby enhancing gross margin. We have a tremendous market opportunity to further expand our business and ensure that we enhance our position as the leading supermarket and hypermarket retail chain serving tier 2 and tier 3 cities in the northeast China region. We are well capitalized to achieve our store growth targets this year and look forward to achieving many positive developments in 2010."

    Conference Call

    The Company will conduct a conference call to discuss its 2009 results on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 8:30am ET. Listeners may access the call by dialing 1-719-457-2086. To listen to the live webcast of the event, please go to http://www.viavid.net/ . Listeners may access the call replay, which will be available through April 20th, 2010, by dialing 1-719-457-0820; conference ID: 1445018.

    About QKL Stores Inc.:

    Based in Daqing, China, QKL Stores, Inc. is a leading regional supermarket chain company operating in Northeast China. QKL Stores sells a broad selection of merchandise, including groceries, fresh food, and non-food items, through its retail supermarkets, hypermarkets and department stores; the company also has its own distribution centers that service its supermarkets. For more information, please access the Company's website at: http://www.qklstoresinc.com/ .

    Safe Harbor Statement

    Certain statements in this release and other written or oral statements made by or on behalf of the Company are "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements regarding future events and developments and our future performance, as well as management's expectations, beliefs, plans, estimates or projections relating to the future, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of these laws. The forward looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties including market acceptance of the Company's services and projects and the Company's continued access to capital and other risks and uncertainties. The actual results the Company achieves may differ materially from those contemplated by any forward-looking statements due to such risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on our current expectations and speak only as of the date of such statements.

    For more information, please contact: QKL Stores, Inc. In U.S.: Crystal L. Chen, CFO Tel: +1-909-895-6516 In China: Mike Li, Investor Relations Tel: +86-459-460-7987 ICR, Inc. In U.S.: Bill Zima Tel: +1-203-682-8200 In China: Wei-Jung Yang Tel: +86-10-6599-7968 QKL STORES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Balance Sheets December 31, December 31, 2009 2008 ASSETS Cash $45,912,798 $19,285,021 Pledged deposits 181,836 293,149 Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of nil and nil, respectively 283,929 793,352 Inventories 24,691,156 14,544,341 Other receivables 13,980,572 4,189,140 Prepaid expenses 2,993,191 1,862,591 Advances to suppliers 2,965,139 3,342,756 Deferred income tax assets 417,788 -- Total current assets 91,426,409 44,310,350 Property, plant equipment, net 29,402,630 12,960,303 Land use rights, net 753,226 776,259 Goodwill 19,280,509 18,878,823 Other assets 408,391 787,741 Total assets $141,271,165 $77,713,476 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Short-term bank loans $-- $2,188,439 Accounts payable 29,244,923 21,283,818 Cash card and coupon liabilities 7,721,630 3,858,514 Customer deposits received 3,862,890 2,901,205 Accrued expenses and other payables 6,656,089 2,362,077 Income taxes payable 1,154,229 1,252,336 Total current liabilities 48,639,761 33,846,389 Warrant liabilities 44,304,034 -- Total liabilities 92,943,795 33,846,389 Commitments and contingencies Stockholders' equity Common stock, $.001 par value per Share, authorized 100,000,000, shares, Issued and outstanding 29,475,983 and 20,882,353 at December 31, 2009 and December 31, 2008, respectively 29,476 20,882 Series A convertible preferred stock, par value $0.01, 10,000,000 shares authorized, 7,548,346 and 9,117,647 shares outstanding at December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively 75,483 91,176 Additional paid-in capital 53,191,217 21,783,477 Retained earnings - appropriated 4,913,072 3,908,247 Retained earnings 14,236,111 14,204,169 Accumulated other comprehensive income 4,354,233 3,859,136 Total stockholders' equity 48,327,370 43,867,087 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $141,271,165 $77,713,476 QKL STORES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Statements of Income Years Ended December 31, 2009 2008 Net sales $247,594,272 $160,129,600 Cost of sales 206,639,561 129,739,748 Gross profit 40,954,711 30,389,852 Selling expenses 21,680,096 12,639,565 General and administrative expenses 4,802,262 3,249,506 Income from operations 14,472,353 14,500,781 Other expenses 14,253 1,979,460 Changes in fair value of warrants 35,492,017 Interest income (222,007) (272,551) Interest expense 23,734 240,330 Income before income tax (20,835,644) 12,553,542 Income tax expense 3,807,794 3,556,474 Net income $(24,643,438) $8,997,068 Weighted average number of shares outstanding Basic 21,885,423 20,882,353 Diluted 31,922,995 31,137,642 Earnings per share Basic $(1.13) $0.43 Diluted (0.77) 0.29 QKL STORES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows Years Ended December 31, 2009 2008 CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES: Net income $(24,643,438) $8,997,068 Depreciation 2,721,636 1,727,668 Amortization 27,967 26,679 Deferred income tax (416,944) -- Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment 36,938 -- Change in fair value of warrants 35,492,017 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Accounts receivable 512,692 (781,040) Inventories (10,047,537) (5,265,816) Other receivables (9,749,527) (771,775) Prepaid expenses (327,811) (874,300) Advances to suppliers 1,686,988 (2,234,224) Accounts payable 7,829,738 12,699,697 Cash card and coupon liabilities 3,834,412 1,892,717 Customer deposits received 944,028 1,938,371 Accrued expenses and other payables 3,069,863 467,163 Income taxes payable (104,692) 839,059 Net cash provided by operating activities 10,866,330 18,661,267 CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES: Purchases of property, plant and equipment (19,566,327) (4,595,461) Acquisition of business, net -- (19,640,200) Increase(Decrease) pledged deposits 111,313 (293,149) Net cash used in investing activities (19,455,014) (24,528,810) CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES: Proceeds from issuance of Common stock 37,406,389 -- Proceeds from issuance of Series A convertible preferred stock 15,500,000 Repayment of bank loan (2,195,872) (2,872,635) Net cash provided by financing activities 35,210,517 12,627,365 Net increase in cash 26,621,833 6,759,822 Effect of foreign currency translation 5,944 1,783,135 Cash at beginning of period 19,285,021 10,742,064 Cash at end of period $45,912,798 $19,285,021 Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information: Interest paid 23,734 240,330 Income taxes paid $4,120,045 $2,472,229

    QKL Stores Inc.

    CONTACT: QKL Stores, Inc., In U.S.: Crystal L. Chen, CFO, +1-909-895-
    6516; Or In China: Mike Li, Investor Relations, +86-459-460-7987; Or ICR,
    Inc., In U.S.: Bill Zima, +1-203-682-8200; Or In China: Wei-Jung Yang, +86-10-
    6599-7968

    Web site: http://www.qklstoresinc.com/




    General Dynamics Demonstrates Precision Strike Capability for Tactical UAVs with 81mm Air-Dropped Guided Mortar

    BOTHELL, Wash., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has successfully guided an 81mm Air-Dropped Guided Mortar (ADM) to a stationary ground target. The guide-to-target flight demonstrations, conducted at Ft. Sill, Okla., confirmed the ability of the 81mm ADM using a novel guidance kit and fuze to provide a precision strike capability for Tactical-Class Unmanned Aircraft (TUAV). The ADM was released from a TUAV using the company's newly developed "Smart Rack" carriage and release system that enables weaponization of any TUAV platform.

    Application of RCFC technology to the 81mm air-dropped guided mortar has been developed in conjunction with the U.S. Army's Armament Research Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) in Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. ARDEC developed and successfully tested environmental sensors for the guidance kit's fuzing system. The results from the Ft. Sill flight tests built on previously successful 81mm air-dropped guided mortar guide-to-target flight demonstrations by General Dynamics and ARDEC in Kingman, Ariz., in December 2008.

    Designed to meet the needs of the U.S. Army, Marine Corps and Special Forces for a rapid target response capability, the ADM uses existing mortar inventory to provide a low-cost, lightweight weapon system with proven energetics. The company's patented Roll Controlled Fixed Canard (RCFC) guidance kit, with an innovative flight-control and GPS-based guidance and navigational system, adds precision strike capability to existing mortars. The nose-mounted guidance kit replaces existing mortar fuzes and has been successfully demonstrated on multiple mortar calibers in both air-drop and tube-launch applications and provides a common, multi-platform Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) and integrated weapon system for unmanned aircraft.

    The tube-launched application is a low-cost guidance approach that has been successfully demonstrated at Yuma Proving Grounds in a tactical 120mm guided mortar configuration known as the Roll Controlled Guided Mortar (RCGM). The tube launched 120mm RCGM uses the existing warhead and the M934A1 fuze.

    General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics , is a world leader in the manufacture of large-, medium- and small-caliber direct and indirect-fire munitions, shaped charge warheads and BALL POWDER® Propellant. It also manufactures precision metal components; and provides load, assemble and pack services for tactical missile and rocket programs. More information on General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical is available online at http://www.gd-ots.com/.

    General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 91,700 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 the company is available online at http://www.gd.com/.

    General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems

    CONTACT: L. G. VanBrocklin, +1-727-578-8187, Cell: +1-727-204-1355, Fax:
    +1-727-578-8780, lgvanbrocklin@gd-ots.com

    Web Site: http://www.gd-ots.com/




    Lilly Confirms Date and Conference Call for First-Quarter 2010 Financial Results Announcement

    INDIANAPOLIS, April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Eli Lilly and Company will announce its financial results for the first quarter of 2010 on Monday, April 19, 2010. Lilly will also conduct a conference call on that day with the investment community and media to further detail the company's financial performance.

    The conference call will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. EDT. Investors, media and the general public can access a live webcast of the conference call through a link that will be posted on Lilly's website at http://www.lilly.com/. The webcast of the conference call will be available for replay through May 21, 2010.

    Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing portfolio of pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific organizations. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides answers - through medicines and information - for some of the world's most urgent medical needs. Additional information about Lilly is available at http://www.lilly.com/. F-LLY

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20031219/LLYLOGO )

    Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20031219/LLYLOGO Eli Lilly and Company

    CONTACT: Mark Taylor, +1-317-276-5795

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