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Companies news of 2010-04-06 (page 7)

  • Wipro Enters Fast Growing Blu-ray Market Through Partnership With PhilipsOffers Solutions...
  • Zanett Record Q1 Contracts Signed = $17.1 MillionNew Customers = 43% Healthcare = 42%
  • BCE sale of stake in SkyTerra Communications yields proceeds of approximately $111...
  • New Schick Hydro, Available Today, Delivers a Revolutionary Shaving Experience and...
  • B&B Air Posts 2009 Annual Report to Web Site
  • Webcast Alert: Actel Presents the Handheld Portable Chalk Talk
  • Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines Brings Burgundy Tour to Six U.S. CitiesDC&E Demonstrates its...
  • U.S. Private Equity Fund-Raising Drops Despite Increase in Fund ClosingsDow Jones LP...
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    Wipro Enters Fast Growing Blu-ray Market Through Partnership With PhilipsOffers Solutions Based on Blu-ray Middleware Developed by Philips, to Reduce Time-to-Market for Wipro's Customers

    BANGALORE, India, April 6, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Wipro Technologies, the global IT services business of Wipro Limited today announced that the company has signed a partnership agreement with Philips to offer Blu-ray middleware and solution development services around Philips' developed Blu-ray technology. Wipro enters the Blu-ray market with sub-licensing rights to offer Blu-ray middleware to its customers.

    The entry barrier in this space is high due to the significant dormant period before a company can enter into this market. Through this partnership with Philips, Wipro will be able to reduce the time-to-market for its customer requirements.

    "Philips is happy to have this cooperation with Wipro in place" stated Frederic Guillanneuf, Director IP Licensing, Philips Intellectual Property and Standards. "Philips is strongly committed to Blu- ray Disc(BD); the engagement with Wipro, a major supplier of embedded software, will successfully support the further development of the BD market."

    Commenting on this exclusive licensing agreement, Nagamani Murthy, Vice President, Mobile, Automotive and Consumer Electronics Group, Wipro Technologies said, "We are happy to enter the Blu-ray market with technology as developed by Philips, a leader in Blu-ray technology. The Philips middleware stack has established market credibility and it is a significant addition to our portfolio of Digital TV IPs and solutions. With this partnership, Wipro can create hybrid devices - those that integrate Digital TVs, Set Top Boxes and Media players like the Blu-ray for our customers and also provide niche solutions that will help them create a mark of distinction in the market".

    Wipro has been working with leading Consumer Electronics customers, providing product design services in the areas of digital home entertainment products and has developed and deployed several Digital TV compliant solutions across the United States, Europe and Japan.

    Wipro with its wide spectrum of competencies in the Consumer Electronics domain has more than 30 licenses for its Digital TV middleware stacks such as ATSC, OpenCable, DVB-T/C/S/CI, MHEG-5 and ISDB-T/S.

    About Wipro

    Wipro Technologies, a division of Wipro Limited is the first PCMM Level 5 and SEI CMM Level 5 certified global IT services organization. Wipro Technologies was recently assessed at Level 5 for CMMI V 1.2 across offshore and onsite development centers. Wipro is one of the largest product engineering and support service providers worldwide. Wipro provides comprehensive research and development services, IT solutions and services, including systems integration, information systems outsourcing, package implementation, software application management, and datacenter managed services to corporations globally.

    In the Indian market, Wipro is a leader in providing IT solutions and services for the corporate segment in India, offering system integration, network integration, software solutions and IT services.

    Wipro also has a profitable presence in niche market segments of consumer products and lighting. In the Asia-Pacific and Middle East markets, Wipro provides IT solutions and services for global corporations. Wipro's ADS' are listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and its equity shares are listed in India on the Stock Exchange - Mumbai, and the National Stock Exchange.

    For more information, please visit our website at http://www.wipro.com/ Forward-looking and Cautionary Statements

    Certain statements in this release concerning our future growth prospects are forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks, and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties relating to these statements include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties regarding fluctuations in our earnings, revenue and profits, our ability to generate and manage growth, intense competition in IT services, our ability to maintain our cost advantage, wage increases in India, our ability to attract and retain highly skilled professionals, time and cost overruns on fixed-price, fixed-time frame contracts, client concentration, restrictions on immigration, our ability to manage our international operations, reduced demand for technology in our key focus areas, disruptions in telecommunication networks, our ability to successfully complete and integrate potential acquisitions, liability for damages on our service contracts, the success of the companies in which we make strategic investments, withdrawal of fiscal governmental incentives, political instability, war, legal restrictions on raising capital or acquiring companies outside India, unauthorized use of our intellectual property, and general economic conditions affecting our business and industry. Additional risks that could affect our future operating results are more fully described in our filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. These filings are available at http://www.sec.gov/. We may, from time to time, make additional written and oral forward-looking statements, including statements contained in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and our reports to shareholders. We do not undertake to update any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time by us or on our behalf.

    Media Contacts: Wipro Technologies India: Radhika Mahadevan Wipro Technologies +91-9945042603 radhika.mahadevan@wipro.com Mangala Koti Singhal Gutenberg Communications +91-9686446789 mangala@gutenbergpr.com US: Eric Belove Wipro Technologies +1-(732)-216-6242 eric.belove@wipro.com Lavanya DJ Gutenberg Communications +1-(212)-239-8740 lavanya@gutenbergpr.com UK: Rahul Kadavakolu Wipro Technologies +44-792-020-5496 rahul.kadavakolu@wipro.com Shalini Siromani Gutenberg Communications +44-79-6066-3200 shalini@gutenbergpr.com

    Wipro Technologies

    CONTACT: Media Contacts: Wipro Technologies, India: Radhika Mahadevan,
    Wipro Technologies, +91-9945042603, radhika.mahadevan@wipro.com. Mangala Koti
    Singhal, Gutenberg Communications, +91-9686446789, mangala@gutenbergpr.com.
    US: Eric Belove, Wipro Technologies, +1-(732)-216-6242,
    eric.belove@wipro.com. Lavanya DJ, Gutenberg Communications,
    +1-(212)-239-8740, lavanya@gutenbergpr.com. UK: Rahul Kadavakolu, Wipro
    Technologies, +44-792-020-5496, rahul.kadavakolu@wipro.com. Shalini Siromani,
    Gutenberg Communications, +44-79-6066-3200, shalini@gutenbergpr.com




    Zanett Record Q1 Contracts Signed = $17.1 MillionNew Customers = 43% Healthcare = 42%

    NEW YORK, April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Zanett, Inc. today announced that it has set an in-house corporate record for contracts signed in a single quarter since the Company was founded over 10 years ago. During the first 3 months of 2010, over $17.1 million dollars in new business has been closed. This amount is comprised of 57 different customers, with the largest customer being responsible for a $4 million mandate. The $17.1 million in deal closings currently reported for Q1 includes the earlier reported $12.0 million comprising of business closed in January and February 2010.

    PAST 6 MONTHS = $30.8 MILLION IN NEW BUSINESS

    During the past six months, over $30.8 million of business was closed. Chuck Deskins, President of Zanett Commercial Solutions stated, "I am not easily excitable, but all I can say is... Wow...! The 21 great people in our national salesforce have been doing a fantastic job across all segments and throughout all geographies. Over 43% of all new business closed in Q1 was with brand-new customers."

    The greater part of the business that has been signed during the past 6 months will be recognized as revenue during the next 4 quarters.

    AMERICA IS THRIVING ... SO IS ZANETT'S HEALTHCARE FOCUS

    At Zanett, the Healthcare Sector was by far the biggest segment of contracts signed for the past 3 months, accounting for 42% of the value of all contracts signed. Over the past 6 months, more than $11.3 million of new business has been closed in the Healthcare Sector.

    Dennis Harkins, President of Zanett Inc, said, "I have said it before and I will say it again ... America is thriving and business is booming ...! People are currently underestimating the magnitude of this economic recovery."

    "Throughout the US, corporations are currently hesitant about hiring individuals, due to unknown and unfunded mandates from Washington DC, so they are spending their money on increased capital expenditures. For any corporation out there, Oracle ERP and other IT spending are a natural beneficiary of a reduction in labor force. Here at Zanett, we have a great national salesforce, and they can barely keep up with the demand they see."

    About Zanett, Inc.

    Zanett is a leading business process outsourcing (BPO), IT enabled services (ITES), and information technology (IT) consulting firm serving Fortune 500 corporations and mid-market organizations in Healthcare, Life Sciences, Manufacturing & Distribution, Retail, Gaming & Hospitality, and State & Local Government.

    Zanett helps organizations align business objectives with outsourced technology-enabled services to create Real Enterprise Value. We serve the Fortune 500 and mid-market organizations in Health care, Life Sciences, Manufacturing & Distribution, Retail, Gaming & Hospitality, and State & Local Government with solutions ranging from business consulting as well as custom business solutions that integrate and implement Oracle's full suite of product offerings Oracle, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Seibel, including infrastructure technology and managed services together with associated Oracle Fusion technologies. Zanett employs over 225 professionals in North America and Asia with offices in Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, New York City, North Palm Beach, and Manila. For more information please visit http://www.zanett.com/ or http://healthcare.zanett.com/ .

    Certain statements in this news release regarding projected results of operations, or, projected results of financial plans or future strategies and initiatives, including, but not limited to, projections of revenue, projections of profitability, any and all future expectation, and plans for future activities may and should be regarded as "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act. These statements involve, among other things, known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Zanett, Inc.'s actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Zanett currently is considering, but in reality may or may not in the future implement any or all of the items and issues listed in any planned budget or strategic initiative, due to, among other things, known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors.

    Circumstances do change, and if and when the landscape changes, Zanett shall endeavor to remain as flexible as possible, and adjust its strategy accordingly. Zanett, Inc. undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, change in strategy, or otherwise. The aforementioned listing of risks and uncertainties is not inclusive. For a more detailed discussion of some, but not all, of the risks and uncertainties that may affect Zanett, Inc., see Zanett, Inc.'s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Neither Zanett, Inc. nor Zanett Oracle Solutions is a part of, a division of, nor a subsidiary of, nor in any other manner connected with Oracle Corporation, and no implication is made whatsoever to suggest as such.

    For more information please contact: Brad Gillespie Vice President, Marketing Zanett (404) 849-7091 Brad.Gillespie@zanett.com

    Zanett, Inc.

    CONTACT: Brad Gillespie, Vice President, Marketing, Zanett,
    +1-404-849-7091, Brad.Gillespie@zanett.com

    Web Site: http://www.zanett.com/
    http://healthcare.zanett.com/




    BCE sale of stake in SkyTerra Communications yields proceeds of approximately $111 millionSupports Bell's strategic focus on Canadian broadband network and service investment

    MONTREAL, April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE) today announced it has completed the sale of its 22.1 million shares in satellite services company SkyTerra Communication Inc. following the acquisition of SkyTerra by private investment firm Harbinger Capital Partners. The sale yielded proceeds of approximately $111 million.

    "The sale of our interest in SkyTerra is a perfect example of BCE's commitment to eliminate holdings in businesses that do not enhance the execution of Bell's strategic imperatives," said Siim Vanaselja, Chief Financial Officer for BCE and Bell Canada. "The proceeds of such transactions support Bell's strategy to invest in broadband network and service expansion while achieving a competitive cost structure."

    Bell is making significant investments in Canadian broadband, including the recent launch of its world-leading HSPA+ wireless network and the rapid expansion of wireline fibre networks for consumer and business customers, including the rollout of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) in Quebec and Ontario this year.

    Harbinger's take-private transaction was an all-cash merger in which Harbinger acquired SkyTerra common stock for US$5.00 per share, representing an approximate 56% premium over the average closing price of SkyTerra's common stock for the 30 days ended September 22, 2009, the last day before the announcement of the merger agreement. SkyTerra is a developer and supplier of mobile satellite communications services (MSS) based in Reston, VA. For more information, please visit http://www.skyterra.com/.

    About BCE

    BCE is Canada's largest communications company, providing the most comprehensive and innovative suite of communication services to residential and business customers in Canada. Operating under the Bell and Bell Aliant brands, the Company's services include telephone services, wireless communications, high-speed Internet, digital television, IP-broadband services and information and communications technology (ICT) services. BCE shares are listed in Canada and the United States. For corporate information on BCE, please visit http://www.bce.ca/. For Bell product and service information, please visit http://www.bell.ca/.

    BCE INC.

    CONTACT: For media inquiries: Julie Smithers, Bell Media Relations,
    (416) 528-9409, julie.smithers@bell.ca; For investor inquiries: Thane
    Fotopoulos, BCE Investor Relations, (514) 870-4619, thane.fotopoulos@bell.ca




    New Schick Hydro, Available Today, Delivers a Revolutionary Shaving Experience and Superior ComfortSchick Hydro(TM) Razors Go Beyond Hair Removal to Care for Men's Skin

    SHELTON, Conn., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Schick Hydro, a revolutionary new razor with many first to market technologies, goes on sale today at stores nationwide. Billed by makers as a complete razor redesign -- from blade, to lubricating system, to handle -- Schick Hydro razors are the most thoroughly tested, highest-rated products in the brand's 88 year history. These razors, which will be available in 3- and 5-blade models, deliver innovations in shaving technology not found among other razors currently on the market. In fact Schick is using the tagline "the best shave for your skin" to herald the new razor's arrival, and they tout the Hydro 3 as delivering a better shave than Mach 3, according to tests.

    To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/schick/43368/

    (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100406/MM81602 )

    These Schick Hydro razor advances result from many new technologies, like skin guards, innovative skin protectors that act to smooth out skin between blade tips; an advanced hydrating gel reservoir that lubricates throughout the shave process; a convenient flip trimmer on the Schick Hydro 5; and an effortless ergonomic handle. To round out the new line, Schick has also developed a new line of Schick Hydro shave gels that, when used with the Schick Hydro razor, deliver a complete skin comfort system that goes beyond hair removal to care for men's skin.

    "This razor will change everything men feel about shaving," said Dan Kinton, Senior Brand Manager for Schick. "With Hydro and its many skin comfort advances, we've developed a razor that will actually help give back the hydration that other razors can take away."

    By improving the shave experience, Schick hopes to return shaving to its rightful place as a welcome daily ritual, rather than a task that many men reportedly avoid. According to new Schick research, only about three in 10 men shave five days a week or more, despite a majority saying it's something they once anticipated and considered a rite of passage into manhood.

    Why aren't men shaving more often? The number one answer is irritation. In fact, 64 percent of men say they would shave more often if there were a way to keep their skin from getting so irritated, and 73 percent agree shaving would be more satisfying if it didn't irritate their skin so much.

    "The research clearly demonstrates that there's an unmet need for taking shaving beyond hair removal to caring for men's skin," added Kinton. "With Schick Hydro, we've created a razor that tackles irritation head on and allows men to put their best face forward."

    NEW FEATURES ON SCHICK HYDRO SKIN COMFORT SYSTEM

    The Schick Hydro razor system and shave gels go beyond simple product upgrades to deliver outstanding performance and skin care. Central new Schick Hydro razor and shave gel innovations include:

    -- Skin Guards -- Skin guards are innovative skin protectors that act to smooth out skin between blade tips to reduce irritation. Only Schick Hydro delivers this technology. -- Advanced Hydrating Gel Reservoir -- The Schick Hydro blade cartridge uses proprietary technology to pack advanced lubrication - with soothing Aloe Vera and vitamin E - into a Hydrating Gel Reservoir that lasts up to two times longer than ordinary lubricating strips. Men typically shave away their shave gels with the first stroke of their razor, but Schick Hydro razors add hydration in multiple strokes. This provides men with lubrication from start to finish and reduces irritation. -- Flip Trimmer -- With the flip trimmer on Schick Hydro 5, men can flip back the Hydrating Gel Reservoir so that all five blades touch the skin, as opposed to the single edging blade on the reverse side of some razors. -- Ergonomic Handle -- It's something most men may never think about, but Schick even obsessed over developing an extremely comfortable, ergonomically effective handle. Consumer testing helped to whittle down several potential handle designs, applying men's insights and opinions on ergonomics, grip, appearance and many other factors. -- Schick Hydro Shave Gels - Made to work with and enhance the shave of the Schick Hydro razors, the new Sensitive Skin and Moisturizing Shave Gels combine with the razor technology to form the ultimate skin comfort system.

    Add all these advancements together and the result is a razor that refreshes the tools of shaving, allowing men to experience a smooth, less irritating shave. By delivering greater protection and hydration, Schick Hydro products knock down the strongest complaint about shaving: irritation.

    Schick Hydro razors are available in three- and five-blade models for an average price of $7.99 (Schick Hydro 3) and $8.99 (Schick Hydro 5). The Schick Hydro 3 delivers high performance and protection for men seeking top performance at a better value than any available alternatives. The Schick Hydro 5 offers the latest in razor technology, including a never before seen flip trimmer. A pack of four Schick Hydro razor refill blades are available for an average price of $11.49 (Schick Hydro 5) and $7.99 (Schick Hydro 3).

    Schick Hydro shave gels will be available in Moisturizing and Sensitive Skin varieties for an average price of $3.39. For more information, log on to http://www.schickhydro.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/hydroexperience

    About Schick-Wilkinson Sword

    Schick-Wilkinson Sword, a leading manufacturer of razors around the world, is a division of Energizer Holdings, Inc. , headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. For more information on shaving and Schick® Hydro(TM), visit http://www.schickhydro.com/.

    Contact: Melle Hock Morgan Molinoff Edelman Edelman (212) 642-7793 (212) 704-8216 melle.hock@edelman.com morgan.molinoff@edelman.com

    Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100406/MM81602
    PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com Video: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/schick/43368 Schick

    CONTACT: Melle Hock, +1-212-642-7793, melle.hock@edelman.com, or Morgan
    Molinoff, +1-212-704-8216, morgan.molinoff@edelman.com, both of Edelman

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




    B&B Air Posts 2009 Annual Report to Web Site

    DUBLIN, April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Babcock & Brown Air Limited ("B&B Air"), a global lessor of modern, high-demand and fuel-efficient commercial jet aircraft, today announced the availability of its 2009 annual report on its web site. The annual report can be accessed by visiting the "Annual Report" page in the Investor Relations section of B&B Air's web site at http://www.babcockbrownair.com/.

    Shareholders may receive a hard copy of B&B Air's annual report and complete 2009 audited financial statements free of charge by sending an email request to info@babcockbrownair.com or by calling +1 203-769-5916.

    About Babcock & Brown Air Limited

    B&B Air acquires and leases modern, high-demand and fuel-efficient commercial jet aircraft under multi-year operating lease contracts to a diverse group of airlines throughout the world. B&B Air is managed and serviced by Babcock & Brown Aircraft Management ("BBAM"), one of the world's leading aircraft lease managers with more than 20 years of experience. For more information about B&B Air, please visit our website at http://www.babcockbrownair.com/.

    Contact: Matt Dallas Babcock & Brown Air +1 203-769-5916 matt.dallas@babcockbrown.com

    Babcock & Brown Air Limited

    CONTACT: Matt Dallas of Babcock & Brown Air, +1-203-769-5916,
    matt.dallas@babcockbrown.com

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




    Webcast Alert: Actel Presents the Handheld Portable Chalk Talk

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Actel Corporation invites you to an on-demand educational webinar highlighting IGLOO® low power FPGAs for handheld portable applications on FPGA and Programmable Logic Journal.

    Actel has been designed into a wide array of handheld devices, including smartphones, eBooks, cameras, medical devices, industrial scanners, military radios and more.

    With the industry's lowest power and widest range of small packages, it's no surprise that IGLOO FPGAs can be found in the latest handheld portable devices. IGLOO low power FPGAs bring reprogrammability, design security, integration, small form factor and live-at-power-up operation to handheld portable applications.

    View now at: http://techfocusmedia.net/fpgajournal/ondemand/2010022501-actel/

    About Actel

    Actel is the leader in low power FPGAs and mixed signal FPGAs, offering the most comprehensive portfolio of system and power management solutions. Power Matters. Learn more at http://www.actel.com/.

    Actel, Actel Fusion, IGLOO, Libero, Pigeon Point, ProASIC, SmartFusion and the associated logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Actel Corporation. All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners.

    Actel Corporation

    CONTACT: Ivanya Terrazas of Actel, +1-650-318-7570,
    ivanya.terrazas@actel.com

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




    Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines Brings Burgundy Tour to Six U.S. CitiesDC&E Demonstrates its Commitment to Remaining the Largest Importer of Estate-Bottled French Burgundies in the U.S. Famed French Wine Producers Pour Their Best Burgundy Wines

    NEW YORK, April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In an unprecedented road show, Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines has just completed a six-city tour showcasing benchmark wines from the extensive DC&E portfolio. The winemakers and winery principals from world renowned Burgundy Domaines traveled with the tour to pour and discuss their wines with industry guests and media in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, Miami and New York. Not in recent memory has such a collection of Burgundy producers toured the states together, which is a testament to the strength and breadth of the DC&E portfolio.

    Christophe Grenaille, Director of Diageo's international estate wines portfolio, realized a project two years in the making when the tour opened in Los Angeles on March 11. "It was important to show the industry and our distributor partners how the small, unique, fine wine region of Burgundy, is important to our overall portfolio. It has taken several years to find a schedule that accommodated so many producers, and I am delighted that all the pieces came together."

    For many wine enthusiasts and experts, the best wines of Burgundy represent an almost mythical standard of excellence. "If you are looking to find a wine with 'soul' - something more than grape juice, a history, a connection with the vineyard - then the conversation begins and ends with Burgundy. No other wine region has as much potential to speak to our souls. It's like the pure joy you hear in Stevie Wonder's singing, nothing else comes close for me," enthused Keith Goldston, Master Sommelier.

    DC&E has represented several of these wineries for more than forty years. In some instances Grenaille now works with individuals who are the children and even grandchildren of the original partners. "To see this gathering of winemakers, owners and family members from the stellar Domaines that we represent, both the 'old' guard and new generations, to hear them discuss their wines in their own words, was a special experience for me. Now we are at a new milestone, with a legacy of many years of representing these estates in the U.S. market."

    Keith Wollenberg, the Burgundy buyer for K&L Wine Merchants in California agrees with Grenaille. "Having the chance to talk directly with so many world-renowned producers and to taste their wines with them is the next best thing to taking a trip to Burgundy. You can learn much more about the growers, what they do and about their wines. It is this personal connection that makes it so much easier to be enthusiastic about their wines, and to better teach your customers why these are some of the top producers in all of Burgundy."

    In the highly competitive world of wine, the chance to sample rare, limited wines provide a valuable sales tool. "The Burgundy portfolio and this grand tour are things that make DC&E unique in the industry. The top wine buyers are perhaps the most elusive buyers to engage. It took an event of this caliber to draw them out and start to build a relationship. In San Francisco we had a tremendous turnout, great feedback and of equal importance, introduced some great wines and their growers to a wider audience of future Burgundy buyers," said Terry Owyang, Director of Trade Development at Pacific W&S.

    Representing their vineyards, and in many cases a multigenerational family commitment to the wines of Burgundy, were Jean-Marc Blain of Domaine Blain-Gagnard, Claudine Blain of Gagnard-Delagrange, Bruno Colin of Domaine Bruno Colin, Philippe Colin of Domaine Philippe Colin, Michel Niellon of Domaine Michel Niellon, Alain Chavy of Domaine Alain Chavy, Thierry Matrot of Domaine Matrot, Guillaume D'Angerville of Domaine Marquis D'Angerville, Gilles De Courcel of Domaine De Courcel, Nathalie Tollot of Domaine Tollot-Beaut, Etienne Grivot of Domaine Grivot, Pierre-Emmanuel Gelin of Domaine Pierre Gelin, Christophe Roumier of Domaine Georges Roumier. The wines of Domaine Ramonet, Domaine Jean-Louis Chavy and Domaine Aurelien Verdet were also presented on the tour.

    "I thought it was a great opportunity for consumers, press and key members of the trade to meet, mingle and taste with winery owners and winemakers from some of Burgundies best Domaines," said Shyda Gilmer, Chief Operating Officer & Partner for Sherry-Lehmann. "I can't remember the last time, if ever you have had your entire burgundy portfolio come together in NY. It truly made for a singular event. Bravo!"

    About Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines

    Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines (DC&E) is part of Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O); the world's leading premium drinks business. DC&E produces and markets premium wines from around the globe including Napa Valley, Sonoma, the California Central Coast, Washington, France, New Zealand and Australia. Brands include: Beaulieu Vineyard, Sterling Vineyards, Sterling Vintner's Collection, Chalone Vineyard, Acacia Vineyard, Edna Valley Vineyard and Rosenblum Cellars as well as the French wines of Barton & Guestier and Domaine de la Roquete. DC&E is also a leading importer of estate-bottled wines from Burgundy and Alsacian wines from F.E. Trimbach.

    Diageo's broader business includes an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wine and beer including Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Smirnoff, J&B, Baileys, Cuervo, Tanqueray, Captain Morgan and Crown Royal. Diageo is a global company, listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people, brands and performance, visit us at http://www.diageo.com/.

    Celebrating life, every day, everywhere, responsibly. For our global resource that promotes responsible drinking through the sharing of best practice tools, information and initiatives, visit http://www.drinkiq.com/.

    Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines

    CONTACT: Maire Griffin of Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines,
    +1-707-266-2626, maire.griffin@diageo.com

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




    U.S. Private Equity Fund-Raising Drops Despite Increase in Fund ClosingsDow Jones LP Source: Private Equity Funds Raise $17.6 Billion in 1Q 2010; Closes by Mega Firms Absent as LPs Look to Smaller Funds, Specialist Strategies

    NEW YORK, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- During the first quarter of 2010, U.S. private equity fund-raising dipped to $17.6 billion raised by 97 funds, an 8% drop from the $19.1 billion raised by 75 funds during the same period last year, according to Dow Jones LP Source. When the most recent quarter's totals are compared to the $65.9 billion raised by 108 funds during same period in 2008 the numbers show how hard the industry has been hit by the economic downturn and credit crunch.

    "The fundraising total is negligible, but the story behind the numbers is telling," Jennifer Rossa, managing editor of Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst said. "Many commitments made during the first quarter were to funds early in their fundraising process unlike the same period last year when many closes were holdovers from 2008. We are seeing that limited partners are willing to put what they have to work, though they may not have much to invest."

    Buyouts Hit Hard, Still Account for Majority of Funds Raised

    Leveraged buyout and corporate finance funds claimed the majority of capital put into private equity funds. These funds raised $9.7 billion for 39 funds, a slight increase from the $9.6 billion raised for 27 funds during the same period last year. The buyout category hit this number without the benefit of a closing from a mega fund, a fund of more than $6 billion.

    Distressed funds, a sub-sector of buyouts, raised $3.5 billion across seven funds, up dramatically from the $1.1 billion raised by four funds during the same period last year. Mezzanine funds collected $1.5 billion across seven funds, almost double the $821 million raised by five funds in the first quarter of 2009.

    "Specialist strategies, such as distressed and mezzanine, had a healthy start to the year," said Ms. Rossa. "The move toward more targeted strategies allows limited partners to dive into sectors they think have greatest potential for returns and diversify what are often buyout-heavy portfolios."

    Secondary funds are one specialist strategy that may have hit its peak. In the most recent quarter, secondary funds raised $1.2 billion. These funds raised a hefty amount capital in 2009 -- $3.8 billion during the first quarter and $17 billion throughout the year -- and are now looking to deploy it.

    Venture Fundraising Enjoys a Small Renaissance

    Venture funds raised $4.1 billion for 34 funds during the first quarter of 2010, a 41% increase from the $2.9 billion raised for 25 funds during the same period last year. The venture industry has been faring better than most over the last year. While venture is coming off a 6-year fundraising low in 2009, venture funds were down 53% last year, significantly less than the 68% drop experienced by the private equity industry overall. For an in-depth analysis of venture capital fundraising, visit http://bit.ly/1QUSVC.

    The two biggest closes in first quarter of 2010 came from Oaktree Capital Management LP which held a $1.8 billion final close for its $3.3 billion OCM Principal Opportunities Fund V LP fund and a $952 million first and final close for its OCM Mezzanine Fund III LP fund.

    To download additional data or graphics, visit http://bit.ly/1QUSPE. For more information about Dow Jones LP Source or Private Equity Analyst, visit http://privateequity.dowjones.com/.

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    Dow Jones & Company (http://www.dowjones.com/) is a News Corporation company (ASX: NWSLV; http://www.newscorp.com/) and a leading provider of global news and business information. Its principal products include The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Newswires, Dow Jones Factiva, Barron's, MarketWatch and Dow Jones Indexes. Its Local Media Group operates community-based newspapers and Web sites. Dow Jones also provides news content to television and radio stations.

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    Stanley Awarded $126 Million U.S. Army Field and Installation Readiness Support Team (FIRST) Task Order to Support Field Logistics Readiness Center

    ARLINGTON, Va., April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Stanley, Inc. , a leading provider of systems integration and professional services to the U.S. federal government, today announced that it was awarded a three-year, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract valued at $126 million, with exercise of options, by the U.S. Army to provide support services to the Field Logistics Readiness Center (FLRC) at Fort Riley, Kan.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20040106/DCTU010LOGO )

    "We are honored to have the opportunity to provide logistics services for the Army Sustainment Command's Field Logistics Readiness Division operations at Fort Riley," said Tom Bruns, Stanley vice president. "Stanley has supported the FLRC network since 1998. We are proud of this relationship and look forward to continuing our support of the Army's readiness requirements through the Field Installation and Readiness Support Team contract."

    Under the contract, Stanley will provide maintenance, supply, quality and production control services for Army systems as well as other professional logistics management services required for support of FLRC Fort Riley customers, including the Army's 1st Infantry Division. The team, which consists of Stanley, Eagle Support Services, Inc. and Orion Technology, Inc., will also perform maintenance on a wide variety of ground support systems, including automotive, power generation, weapons and communications.

    About Stanley

    Stanley is a provider of information technology services and solutions to U.S. defense, intelligence and federal civilian government agencies. Stanley offers its customers systems integration solutions and expertise to support their mission-essential needs at any stage of program, product development or business lifecycle through five service areas: systems engineering, enterprise integration, operational support, business process management, and advanced engineering and technology. Headquartered in Arlington, Va., the company has approximately 5,000 employees at over 100 locations in the U.S. and worldwide. Stanley has been recognized by FORTUNE magazine as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" from 2007 through 2009. Please visit http://www.stanleyassociates.com/ for more information.

    Any statements in this press release about our expectations about future financial performance, plans and prospects, including statements containing the words "estimates," "anticipates," "plans," "expects" and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and additional filings we make with the SEC. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent our views as of the date of this release. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements made herein or any other forward-looking statements made by us, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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    CONTACT: Joelle Pozza, Stanley, +1-703-310-3218,
    Joelle.Pozza@stanleyassociates.com

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




    NewLead Holdings Ltd. Announces Dropdown of Six Vessels and Ship Management Company

    PIRAEUS, Greece, April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NewLead Holdings Ltd. ("NewLead" or "the Company") today announced it has completed the dropdown of six vessels (four drybulk vessels and two product tankers) and Newlead Shipping S.A., an integrated technical and commercial management company, from Grandunion Inc. ("Grandunion"). In connection with this transaction, NewLead transferred to Grandunion 8,844,444 shares of NewLead's common stock and assumed existing liabilities.

    Michael S. Zolotas, President and Chief Executive Officer of NewLead Holdings Ltd., stated, "The successful closing of this transaction is another step in transforming NewLead Holdings. The six vessels have quality time charters and are expected to add approximately $19.4 million in EBITDA annually." Mr. Zolotas continued, "Newlead Shipping S.A. provides us with technical and commercial management necessary for a fully integrated maritime company. We anticipate that technical and commercial management will create significant contribution to our operating profit through higher vessel utilization and operating cost efficiencies and allow NewLead to achieve a competitive cost structure."

    Six Vessels - Fleet Information Year Daily Rate Vessel Built DWT ($) Commissions Drybulk Vessels Capesize 15,000 1st year; 16,000 2nd year; 16,000 3rd option Grand Ocean 1990 149,498 year 3.75% + 0.25% 16,500 1st year; 18,500 balance; 18,500 option six Grand Venetico 1990 134,982 months 3.75% + 0.25% Panamaxes Grand Victoria 2002 75,966 18,000 3.75% + 1.25% + 1.25% 10,200 net; plus profit sharing Grand Rodosi 1990 68,788 50/50* 0.25% Product Tankers Handy size 19,500 plus profit Hiona 2003 37,337 sharing 1.25% + 1.25% 19,500 plus profit Hiotissa 2004 37,330 sharing 1.25% + 1.25% Charter Party Charter Expected Party End Date Charter Expected (Including Charter Party Party End Max. Vessel Commencement Duration Date Option) Drybulk Vessels Capesize Min. 12/10/2010 2 years +/- to Max. Grand Ocean 2/10/2009 60 days 4/10/2011 4/10/2012 Min. Abt. 2.5 7/10/2011 years +/- to Max. Grand Venetico 3/1/2009 60 days 11/10/2011 5/10/2012 Panamaxes Min. Abt. 11 to 10/7/2010 Grand abt. 13 to Max. Victoria 11/22/2009 mos. 1/6/2011 1/6/2011 Min. Abt. 3 5/23/2012 Grand years +/- to Max. Rodosi 7/22/2009 60 days 9/20/2012 9/20/2012 Product Tankers Handy size 36 months +/-30 Min. days 3/18/2011 Charterer's to Max. Hiona 4/18/2008 option 5/18/2011 5/18/2011 36 months +/-30 Min. days 4/6/2011 Charterer's to Max. Hiotissa 5/6/2008 option 6/6/2011 6/6/2011 * Profit calculation: 86% of Cape Spot 4 TCE Avg. minus $10,200.

    As a result of this transaction, NewLead Holdings' fleet consists of eleven product tankers and seven drybulk carriers.

    Newlead Shipping S.A.

    Newlead Shipping S.A. is an integrated technical and commercial management company, appropriately licensed and staffed to provide a broad spectrum of technical and commercial management services to all segments within the maritime industry. Newlead has the following accreditations:

    -- ISO 9001 from American Bureau of Shipping Quality Evaluations for a quality management system, by consistently providing a service that meets customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and enhancing customer satisfaction through, among other things, processes for continual improvement; -- ISO 14001 from American Bureau of Shipping Quality Evaluations for environmental management, including policy and objectives targeting compliance to the legal and other requirements to which the Company subscribes; -- Certificate of Company Compliance from ABS to the Safety, Quality and Environmental from American Bureau of Shipping.

    Newlead Shipping S.A.'s management has broad expertise, including specialized knowledge required for managing oil tankers, gas carriers, chemical carriers and bulkers. Senior personnel have a successful performance record and the support of a dedicated pool of senior engineers and top-class masters.

    Related Matters

    Based on the outstanding shares at March 31, 2010, we believe the number of NewLead's shares outstanding, giving effect to this transaction, will be 88,298,265.

    As a result of this transaction, Grandunion owns approximately 28.5% of the Company and, as a result of the voting agreement, controls the vote of approximately 48.4% of the Company's outstanding common shares.

    For more detailed information concerning this transaction, please see the Form 6K which is anticipated to be filed shortly.

    About NewLead Holdings Ltd.

    NewLead Holdings Ltd. is an international shipping company that owns and operates product tankers, and dry bulk vessels. To learn more about the Company, please visit the Company's website at http://www.newleadholdings.com/.

    "Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

    This press release includes assumptions, expectations, projections, intentions and beliefs about future events. These statements, as well as words such as "anticipate," "estimate," "project," "plan," and "expect," are intended to be ''forward-looking" statements. We caution that assumptions, expectations, projections, intentions and beliefs about future events may vary from actual results and the differences can be material. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, such matters as future operating or financial results; statements about planned, pending or recent acquisitions and business strategy. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, management's examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties. Although NewLead believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond our control, NewLead cannot assure you that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections described in the forward looking statements. Important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including changes in charter rates and vessel values, failure of a seller to deliver one or more vessels, and other factors discussed in NewLead's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. NewLead expressly disclaims any obligations or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in NewLead's expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.

    Investor and Media Contact: Laura A. Kowalcyk CJP Communications +1 (212) 279 3115 x.209

    NewLead Holdings Ltd.

    CONTACT: Investors and Media, Laura A. Kowalcyk, CJP Communications,
    +1-212-279-3115 x.209

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




    China Cablecom Holdings, Ltd. Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2009 Financial ResultsTotal revenues of $13 million; up 35% year-over-year for the fourth quarter 2009; Full year revenues of $46 million up 25% vs. prior year; Hubei exceeded internal target of digital subscribers by 81% by year end

    SHANGHAI, China, April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- China Cablecom Holdings, Ltd. ("China Cablecom" or the "Company") , a joint-venture provider of cable television services in the People's Republic of China, announced today its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2009.

    The Company's restructuring plan, announced in early October, fulfilled all outstanding payment obligations with its joint venture partners at the Hubei SOE. Upon completion, and under the revised amended agreement, China Cablecom acquired a 55% economic interest in 23 cities within China to reflect the acquisition beginning on July 1, 2008.

    This earnings release reflects both pro forma and actual financial results due to the completion of China Cablecom's acquisition of a 55 percent economic interest in Hubei Chutian Video & Information Network ("Hubei") in the third quarter of 2008. For purposes of U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("U.S. GAAP"), the financial results of Hubei have been consolidated beginning July 1, 2008. To enhance comparability, pro forma fourth quarter 2009 results of operations reflect the Hubei acquisition as well as the business combination with Jaguar Acquisition Corporation as if they had occurred on January 1, 2008.

    Highlights for Full Year Ended December 31, 2009: -- Hubei revenues for the full year 2009 were $34.9 million, up 27% compared to full year 2008 -- Hubei EBITDA representing 55% of CABL shares for the full year of 2009 were $6.4 million, up 8% over the prior year 2008 -- Hubei paying subscribers as of December 31, 2009 were 1,191,679, up 16% from prior year -- Binzhou revenues for the full year 2009 were $10.7 million, up 17% compared to full year 2008 -- Binzhou EBITDA representing 60% of CABL shares for the full year 2009 was $3.3 million, down slightly 7% over the prior year 2008 -- Binzhou paying subscribers as of December 31, 2009 were 482,016, up slightly from prior year -- Consolidated paying subscribers as of December 31, 2009 was approximately 1,673,695 up 11% over full year ended 2008 Comments from Mr. Pu Yue, Chief Executive Officer

    "This was a significant year for China Cablecom," says Pu Yue, Chief Executive Officer of China Cablecom. "During a period of global uncertainty, we re-rooted the groundwork and emerged during the fourth quarter with a comprehensive restructuring plan that has notably strengthened our financial position and improved our capital structure. We took advantage of the economic slowdown and with the support of our investors, raised capital to fully secure our Hubei assets. In the fourth quarter, we were pleased to report staggering double-digit growth in our top line performance and ARPU levels. We believe that we have made tremendous progress towards building a solid leadership position and today own assets in two of the largest cable markets in China. Looking forward, we view 2010 with great optimism, as demand for premium television continues to increase and the government pursues initiatives to bolster China's media landscape. Such factors are impetus to the rapid growth in our operations and will contribute to sustainable growth and long-term value to our shareholders."

    Financial Results for the Quarter Ended December 31, 2009

    Consolidated revenues for the fourth quarter of 2009 were $13.2 million compared to revenue of $9.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2008, an increase of 35% year over year. The increase was primarily due to the growth in paying subscribers, including revenues generated through installation fees.

    Consolidated operating expenses for the fourth quarter were $7.2 million, compared to operating expenses of $5.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2008. The increase of operating expenses consisted mainly from the debt restructuring and fundraising, which was completed in Q4 2009.

    Effective March 2, 2010, the Company's Board of Directors approved a one-for-three reverse stock split of all outstanding ordinary shares. Accordingly, every three shares of issued and outstanding China Cablecom ordinary shares were automatically combined into one issued and outstanding ordinary share of the Company. This split is retroactively applied to prior year share data for calculation of earnings per share.

    Based on U.S. GAAP, including non-cash items, interest payment, amortization and a one-time non-cash loss of $39.7 million in restructuring expenses, that is no longer applicable to impacting the financials going forward, net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $43.4 million, or $11.14 per basic and fully diluted share compared to a net comprehensive loss of $4.6 million, or $1.43 per basic and fully diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2008.

    The net loss for the fourth quarter of 2009 was significantly impacted by (1) non-cash amortization of intangible assets which were acquired in connection with China Cablecom's acquisition of Binzhou Broadcasting and Hubei in the amount of $0.37 million and $0.33 million, respectively, (2) one time non-cash loss on debt restructuring in the amount of $39.7 million and (3) non-cash interest expense associated with original issue debt discount and deferred financing costs relating to China Cablecom's senior secured, junior secured and unsecured notes in the amount of $0.5 million.

    Financial Results for the Full Year Ended December 31, 2009

    Consolidated revenues for the twelve months ended December 31, 2009 were $45.6 million. Pro forma operating expenses for the twelve months ended December 31, 2009 were $22.6 million.

    Based on U.S. GAAP, including non-cash items, interest payment, amortization and a one-time non-cash loss of $39.7 million in restructuring expenses, that is no longer applicable to impacting the financials going forward, net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders for the twelve months ended December 31, 2009 was $56.3 million, or $16.56 per basic and fully diluted share. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2009, the Company used weighted average shares outstanding of 3.4 million.

    The net loss for the twelve months ended December 31, 2009 was significantly impacted by (1) non-cash amortization of intangible assets which were acquired in connection with China Cablecom's acquisition of Binzhou Broadcasting and Hubei in the amount of $1.50 million and $1.31 million, respectively, (2) one time non-cash loss on debt restructuring in the amount of $39.7 million and (3) interest expense associated with original issue debt discount and deferred financing costs relating to China Cablecom's various notes offering in the amount of $10 million of which $7.5 million was non-cash interest expense.

    Recent Company Highlights

    During the fourth quarter of 2009, China Cablecom reached an agreement with majority holders and holders of debt securities to restructure its outstanding debt obligations and cash interest through the issuance of preferred stock convertible into ordinary shares, in exchange for the reduction of the principal amount of its long term remaining debt.

    In connection with the restructuring, the Company completed a $33 million private placement of Senior Secured Notes with net proceeds used to satisfy remaining payments of Hubei assets under the amended framework agreement for a 55% economic stake. Immediately upon closing of the capital raise, the Company announced the immediate repayment of $13.9 million of Senior Secured Notes reducing the aggregate principal amount of New Notes outstanding to $19.1 million.

    In mid-October, the Company announced that it exceeded its internal target of 190,000 digital subscribers in its Hubei operations by year-end, revising operational guidance to 250,000 digital subscribers. Total actual DTV subscribers recorded by December 31, 2009 were 344,642, an increase of 81% above the projected target.

    Shares of Class A Preferred Stock were issued to debt holders of the Junior Secured and Unsecured Promissory Notes, which is convertible at the option of the holder into one ordinary share, resulting in the cancellation in a percentage of principal debt outstanding. Following a series of on-going conversions, China Cablecom announced an aggregate of $1.7 million of total debt cancelled since the closing of the restructuring.

    A payment extension to Binzhou Broadcasting was granted to the Company on January 5, 2010, relieving it of cash payment obligations until June 30, 2010.

    Shares of China Cablecom's ordinary stock were approved by its Board of Directors to undergo a three-for-one reverse stock split on March 2, 2010 to satisfy the minimum bid price of $1.00 minimum per share for continued listing on the NASDAQ Stock Market.

    Operating Metrics

    The following summary financial and operating highlights for Binzhou and Hubei reflect the results of the respective operating joint ventures on a stand-alone basis and do not include China Cablecom's corporate operations and overhead. The summary information is presented on a pro forma basis, which assumes that the acquisitions took place on January 1, 2007. For Hubei, the summary information reflects the 23 cities acquired in the amended acquisition agreement. EBITDA reflects China Cablecom's consolidated share of 55%, and 60% in Hubei Chutian and Binzhou Broadcasting, respectively.

    Quarter ended December 31, -------------------------- (unaudited) 2009 2008 % ---- ---- -- Binzhou Broadcasting Revenue $3,355,079 $2,323,804 44% EBITDA - 60% share $579,998 $689,099 -16% Non-financial metrics: ---------------------- Paying subscribers 482,016 477,910 1% Digital subscribers 66,324 nm ARPU $1.72 $1.46 18% Hubei Chutian Revenue $9,807,121 $7,452,800 32% EBITDA - 55% share $1,025,222 $1,427,882 -28% Non-financial metrics: ---------------------- Paying subscribers 1,191,679 1,030,212 16% Digital subscribers 344,642 nm ARPU $2.27 $1.93 18% Total revenue $13,162,200 $9,776,604 35% Total EBITDA - CABL's share $1,605,219 $2,116,982 -24% nm = not meaningful Year ended December 31, ----------------------- (unaudited) 2009 2008 % ---- ---- -- Binzhou Broadcasting Revenue $10,659,255 $9,119,402 17% EBITDA - 60% share $3,297,540 $3,562,627 -7% Non-financial metrics: ---------------------- Paying subscribers 482,016 477,910 1% Digital subscribers 66,324 nm ARPU $1.51 $1.45 5% Hubei Chutian Revenue $34,904,026 $27,450,535 27% EBITDA - 55% share $6,358,640 $5,891,002 8% Non-financial metrics: ---------------------- Paying subscribers 1,191,679 1,030,212 16% Digital subscribers 344,642 nm ARPU $2.19 $1.78 23% Total revenue $45,563,281 $36,569,937 25% Total EBITDA - CABL's share $9,656,180 $9,453,629 18% nm = not meaningful Conference Call and Webcast

    China Cablecom's management team will host a conference call today at 8:30 AM ET, April 6, 2010 (or 8:30 PM, April 6, 2010 Shanghai time). To listen to the conference call, please use the dial in numbers below:

    USA Toll Number: 1-866-225-8754 International: 1-480-629-9692

    A replay of the call will be available for two weeks following the call and can be accessed by dialing the numbers below:

    USA Toll Number: 1-800-406-7325 International: 1-303-590-3030 PASSCODE: 4273703#

    The conference call will be available on webcast live and available for replay at: http://www.chinacablecom.net/.

    About China Cablecom

    China Cablecom is a joint-venture provider of cable television services in the People's Republic of China, operating in partnership with a local state-owned enterprise ("SOE") authorized by the PRC government to control the distribution of cable TV services through the deployment of analog and digital cable services. China Cablecom has consummated the acquisition of a 55 percent economic interest in a cable network in Hubei province with paying subscribers exceeding 1,100,000. The Company originally acquired operating rights of the Binzhou Broadcasting network in Binzhou, Shandong Province in September 2007 by entering into a series of asset purchase and services agreements with a company organized by SOEs, owned directly or indirectly by local branches of State Administration of Radio, Film and Television in five different municipalities to serve as a holding company of the relevant businesses. China Cablecom now operates 28 cable networks with over 1.67 million paying subscribers. China Cablecom's strategy is to replicate the acquisitions by operating partnership models in other municipalities and provinces in the PRC and then introducing operating efficiencies and increasing service offerings in the networks in which it operates.

    Safe Harbor Statement

    The matters discussed in this press release contain "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements contained in this presentation and in the Company's other written and oral reports are based on current Company expectations and are subject to numerous risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Any forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity. The forward-looking statements herein speak only as of the date stated herein and might not occur or the actual results may differ materially in light of these risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. The Company undertakes no obligation and disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. You should carefully consider these factors, as well as the additional risk factors outlined in the filings that the Company makes with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Annual Report on Form 20-F filed on July 15, 2009.

    CONTACT: China Cablecom Holdings, Ltd. Debra Chen Phone: 917.499.8129 Email: debra@chinacablecom.net CHINA CABLECOM HOLDINGS LIMITED Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets (in US dollars, except share data) December 31, December 31, 2009 2008 ------------- ------------ ASSETS (unaudited) (audited) ------ Current Assets: Cash and cash equivalents $23,938,460 $29,182,251 Accounts receivable 1,973,333 1,628,710 Prepaid expenses and advances 9,222,547 9,236,025 Inventories 6,033,914 3,744,745 Total Current Assets 41,168,254 43,791,731 ---------- ---------- Property, Plant & Equipment, Net 89,329,880 79,877,186 Construction In Progress 3,967,551 1,036,667 Intangible assets, net 54,318,268 57,126,002 Other Assets: Deferred financing costs, net 172,978 1,243,923 Total Assets $188,956,932 $183,075,509 ============ ============ LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY ----------------------------- Current Liabilities: Current portion of long term debt - net of discount $ - $9,481,940 Accounts payable 17,504,073 8,872,144 Service performance obligation- deferred revenue 3,069,899 1,661,311 Other current liabilities 8,550,085 7,630,924 Note payable - noncontrolling ("minority") interest 28,451,436 55,420,250 Total Current Liabilities 57,575,493 83,066,569 Long Term Liabilities: Senior secured notes, net of discount 1,261,106 - Junior secured notes, net of discount 17,062,563 - Unsecured notes, net of discount 5,134,795 - Convertible notes, net of discount - 16,684,044 Note payable - noncontrolling ("minority") interest, net of current portion 64,347,852 51,777,719 Total Liabilities 145,381,809 151,528,332 =========== =========== EQUITY ------ Series A preferred shares, $.0005 par value; 70,000,000 authorized shares, 62,151,966 shares issued and outstanding (December 31, 2008 none issued) 31,076 - Series B preferred shares, $.0005 par value; 25,000,000 authorized shares, 23,158,080 shares issued and outstanding (December 31, 2008 none issued) 11,579 - Ordinary shares, $.0005 par value; 155,000,000 authorized shares, 14,074,451 shares issued and outstanding (December 31, 2008 equivalent shares outstanding 9,677,131) 7,038 4,839 Additional paid-in capital 113,956,284 45,526,562 Statutory reserves 131,501 131,501 Accumulated deficit (72,707,477) (16,532,864) Accumulated other comprehensive income 595,396 613,064 Shareholders' equity 42,024,970 29,743,102 Noncontrolling interest 1,549,726 1,804,075 --------- --------- Total equity 43,575,123 31,547,177 ---------- ---------- Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $188,956,932 $183,075,509 ============ ============ CHINA CABLECOM HOLDINGS LIMITED Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations (in US dollars, except share data) Quarter ended Dec. 31, Year ended Dec. 31, 2009 2008 2009 2008 ---- ---- ---- ---- Revenue $13,162,200 $9,776,603 $45,563,281 $23,439,217 Cost of sales 9,681,504 5,751,975 29,867,222 13,436,959 ------------- --------- --------- ---------- ---------- Gross profit 3,480,696 4,024,628 15,696,059 10,002,258 Operating expenses Amortization expenses General and administrative expenses 7,183,536 5,675,700 22,580,545 15,125,517 --------------- --------- --------- ---------- ---------- Loss from operations (3,702,840) (1,651,072) (6,884,486) (5,123,259) ----------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- Other income (expense) Interest income 40,920 -51,884 151,993 340,102 Other income (expense) (39,473,866) 338,286 (38,817,487) 680,574 Interest expense (638,912) (3,086,737) (9,659,796) (8,741,899) (40,071,858) (2,800,335) (48,325,290) (7,721,223) ----------- ---------- ----------- ---------- Loss before income taxes (43,774,698) (4,451,407) (55,209,776) (12,844,482) Income taxes (195,548) 192,787 (571,981) (341,748) ------------ -------- ------- -------- -------- Net Loss (43,970,246) (4,258,620) (55,781,757) (13,186,230) Less: Net profit attributable to Noncontrolling interest 708,390 -354,774 (392,856) (986,619) ---------------- ------- -------- -------- -------- Net loss (43,261,856) (4,613,394) (56,174,613) (14,172,849) Loss per ordinary share -Basic and fully diluted ($11.14) ($1.43) ($16.56) ($5.73) Weighted average shares (adjusted with the reverse split in 2010) -Basic and fully diluted 3,885,145 3225710 3,391,924 2,472,504 -------------- --------- ------- --------- --------- Non-U.S. GAAP Financial Measures

    This release contains discussion of China Cablecom's revenues, and projected and pro forma revenues, as well as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) and projected/pro forma EBITDA and EBITDA. Although EBITDA and projected/pro forma EBITDA are not measures of financial condition or performance determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP, China Cablecom uses EBITDA to value businesses it acquires or anticipates acquiring. EBITDA and projected/pro forma EBITDA are not defined in the same manner by all companies and may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies unless the definition is the same.

    Below is a table reconciling certain non- U.S. GAAP financial measures appearing elsewhere herein relating to China Cablecom to the most closely analogous U.S. GAAP measures:

    CHINA CABLECOM HOLDINGS LIMITED Non-U.S. GAAP financial reconciliation (in US dollars, except share data) Quarter ended Year ended Dec. 31, 2009 Dec. 31, 2009 ------------- ------------- Net loss attribute to ordinary share holders (43,261,850) (56,174,613) Amortization 708,810 3,371,909 Depreciation 2,455,315 8,806,925 Interest income (26,650) (112,973) Interest & Finance 556,204 9,547,968 Non-cash loss on debt restructuring 39,663,466 39,663,466 Income tax 109,906 323,095 Non-GAAP income (EBITDA) 205,201 5,425,777 ======= ========= Reconciliation to operating metrics Binzhou Broadcasting EBITDA - 60% share 579,998 3,297,540 Hubei Chutian EBITDA - 55% share 1,025,222 6,358,640 Corporate overhead (1,400,018) (4,230,402) 205,201 5,425,778 ======= =========

    China Cablecom Holdings, Ltd.

    CONTACT: Debra Chen of China Cablecom Holdings, Ltd., +1-917-499-8129,
    debra@chinacablecom.net

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




    Med Gen Announces Unique Partnership Program for Business Professionals

    HOLBROOK, N.Y., April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Med Gen Inc. (Pink Sheets: MDIN) announced today that it's wholly owned subsidiary, NorthStar Business and Property Brokers, Inc., has launched a professional services partner program that will aid in the exponential growth of the business.

    "Real estate brokers and other business professionals often have clients that are looking to sell their business. This program allows the partner to list the business with us and let us do what we do best. Our partner in turn then has the potential to earn a tremendous commission while simultaneously building a potential customer base for their existing business," said Med Gen CEO, Raymond Barton, who continued by saying, "I do not know of any other program like this, it's unique and very powerful."

    As potential buyers inquire about a business listing, they are entered into NorthStar's automatic alert system and receive a weekly email informing them about potential matches to their specified criteria. The program allows the partner, or original referrer, to place a customized message with their contact information into the system. Now every potential buyer entered into the system that initially inquired about their listing also receives a message on a weekly basis with their contact information. This message could range from "Don't forget your 2010 taxes" to "We'll sell your house for 4%", or any other promotional message the partner desires. Mr. Barton believes that in these tough economic conditions, cross promotion is a necessity and networking is essential. This creative partnership program allows NorthStar to acquire more listings and allows those referring the listings to make money when it's sold, as well as help them build their existing practice.

    For more information on this new partner program, please call 1-877-570-1581 or go to http://www.northstarbb.com/affiliate/ and a program manager will get right back to you. Investors are encouraged to visit http://www.medgeninc.com/ for future news, development and information regarding the company.

    Med Gen Inc. went public in 1997 and distributed health related products. Business wound down in 2008 but was recently revived earlier this year through its wholly owned subsidiary, NorthStar Business and Property Brokers, Inc., a private company engaged primarily in business brokering.

    CONTACT: Lorin Streim, Med Gen Inc., +1-877-570-1581

    Med Gen Inc.

    CONTACT: Lorin Streim, Med Gen Inc., +1-877-570-1581

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




    Verizon Thinkfinity Brings the Lessons of Earth Day Into the Classroom, With Free Educational Online Resources, PodcastsEducational Resources From Leading Educational Organizations Available for Teachers, Parents, Students and After-School Programs

    BASKING RIDGE, N.J., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Teachers looking for lessons on environmental issues ranging from climate change to renewable energy sources to local ecosystems will find a host of educational resources available for free in Verizon Thinkfinity's new Earth Day feature.

    The Verizon Thinkfinity Web site, (http://www.thinkfinity.org/), contains thousands of free, engaging educational resources that make learning fun. Lesson plans, in-class activities and homework help can be found quickly and searched by grade level, keyword or subject.

    Among the resources in the Verizon Thinkfinity Environmental/Earth Day feature (http://www.thinkfinity.org/EarthDayResources.aspx) are:

    -- Green Roof Design: In this lesson from Science NetLinks, students work in small teams to design a heat- and water-conserving roof of plant material for an urban apartment building. -- True Green Kids: 100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet: This lesson from Science NetLinks helps students understand that products and objects that humans produce have lifespans, too, and that they need to be recycled, reused and re-imagined so there will be less pollution and waste on the planet. -- National Geographic Environment Video Library: A series of short videos from National Geographic on various topics ranging from water conservation to farm restoration to manatees. -- Protecting Our Precious Planet: Sharing the Message of Earth Day: In this lesson plan from ReadWriteThink, students can take part in an Internet-based Earth Day groceries project, decorate paper bags with environmental messages, and examine similar work by children around the world. Earth Day will be observed on April 22.

    "The days leading up to Earth Day offer a timely opportunity for teachers to provide their students with information on alternative energy, smart building design and a multitude of topics in environmental science," said Verizon Foundation President Patrick Gaston. "Whether it's a teacher searching for an engaging lesson on climate change, or a parent seeking an educational video to watch with his or her child, those resources and more can be found quickly and for free at Verizon Thinkfinity."

    In addition to providing standards-based resources from the nation's leading educational organizations, Verizon Thinkfinity also offers a comprehensive professional development program that allows teachers to sign up for free online or face-to-face training to learn how to make the most of Verizon Thinkfinity tools.

    Content for Verizon Thinkfinity is provided through a partnership between the Verizon Foundation and 11 of the nation's leading organizations in the fields of education and literacy: the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Council for Economic Education, International Reading Association, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Center for Family Literacy, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Council of Teachers of English, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Geographic Society, ProLiteracy and the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

    The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence. In 2009, the Verizon Foundation awarded $67.9 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the U.S. and abroad. It also matched the charitable donations of Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in combined contributions of $26.1 million to nonprofits. Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation's largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered more than 5 million hours of community service since 2000. For more information on the foundation, visit http://www.verizonfoundation.org/.

    Verizon Communications Inc. , headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 91 million customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of approximately 222,900 and last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion. For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com/.

    VERIZON'S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts, high-quality video and images, and other information are available at Verizon's News Center on the World Wide Web at http://www.verizon.com/news. To receive news releases by e-mail, visit the News Center and register for customized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases.

    Verizon

    CONTACT: Brian C. Malina, +1-908-559-6434, Brian.c.malina@verizon.com

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

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




    Haemonetics Concludes Successful Tender for Global Med Technologies, Inc.

    BRAINTREE, Mass., April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Haemonetics Corporation today announced integration and transformation plans in connection with the successful completion of its tender offer to acquire Global Med Technologies, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: GLOB) .

    Company Announces: -- Cash transformation expenses of $15 million with ongoing annual savings of $14 million -- Non-cash charges related to the write off of certain capitalized software assets totaling $16 million -- FY10 preliminary un-audited results: approximately 8% revenue growth and $2.83-$2.85 earnings per share excluding the impact of approximately $25 million of one time net charges -- FY11 preliminary guidance: 9-12% revenue growth and 12-15% earning per share growth excluding the impact of transformation expenses -- Board approves $50M stock buy back in FY11

    Under the terms of a definitive agreement, on March 31, 2010 Haemonetics concluded a tender offer to purchase the outstanding shares of Global Med's common stock at $1.22 per share and preferred stock at approximately $1,694 per share. The tender offer was conditioned on the tender of a majority of the outstanding shares of Global Med's common and preferred stock, and was subject to other customary closing conditions. At the closure of the tender period 34.4 million shares of common stock representing 90% of the outstanding common stock and 100% of the outstanding preferred shares were tendered. Haemonetics funded the $58 million required for the acquisition of the shares and outstanding warrants from available cash. Haemonetics anticipates completing the merger with Global Med during the first fiscal quarter of 2011 with a final cash payment of $3 million.

    In connection with both the acquisition and our ongoing Blood Management Solutions vision, the Haemonetics Board of Directors approved cash transformation expenses totaling approximately $15 million and the non-cash write off of certain capitalized software assets totaling approximately $16 million at a meeting on April 1, 2010. The transformation expenses are related to severance and facility closures anticipated to drive annual cash expense savings of approximately $14 million in the combined companies. The non-cash write off has two components. The first is for the Symphony blood bank donation management software under development by Haemonetics totaling approximately $4 million. While current installations of Symphony will still be supported for the foreseeable future, ongoing development of this product will be stopped. In addition, based on a recent review of ongoing development plans for our next generation platelet apheresis products, management recommended and the board approved a plan to abandon and write off $12 million associated with previously capitalized software development costs.

    The Company incurred cash costs to consummate the acquisition of Global Med of approximately $2.0 million in FY10 and expects to incur cash costs to complete the integration totaling approximately $1.5 million in FY11. The Company expects these FY11 integration costs to be incurred through the first half of the fiscal year.

    Guidance:

    FY10 guidance excludes the impact of one time costs and income totaling approximately $25 million (which include non-cash charges of approximately $16 million, $2 million of expenses related to the consummation of the acquisition, approximately $9 million of severance costs and income totaling $2 million related to the reduction of contingent consideration estimated in connection with the Neoteric acquisition). Haemonetics preliminarily announces un-audited annual revenue growth of approximately 8% and earnings per share for FY10 at the high end of its previously announced guidance range at $2.83-$2.85. FY11 revenue guidance is 9-12% growth and earning per share guidance is $3.15-$3.25, excluding the impact of one time costs totaling approximately $7 million related to the Global Med integration and other transformation activities. The Company will review further details on its fourth quarter FY10 earnings and its 2011 guidance scenarios at its web cast scheduled for May 4th, 2010 at 10:00 am Eastern time.

    Haemonetics reports cash on hand of $130 million after completion of the Global Med transaction. In addition the company's plans for FY11 include generating over $70 million in free cash flow after funding the transformation costs disclosed above. The Board of Directors recently authorized a share buy back of $50 million to be completed during FY11.

    As a global leader in blood management solutions, Haemonetics helps plasma fractionators, hospitals and blood collectors to improve clinical care and lower costs by optimizing the collection, processing, and use of scarce blood resources. Haemonetics' broad product offering includes blood collection and separation technologies, surgical blood salvage systems, and diagnostic products for enhanced blood management in the surgical setting. Haemonetics also markets information technology platforms and consulting services to help manage the blood supply chain and improve blood management practices.

    Global Med is an international healthcare information technology company which markets a breadth of software solutions and services that span the blood supply continuum, from blood collection to the hospital transfusion center to the patient care environment.

    Brian Concannon, President and CEO of Haemonetics, said "We are excited about the acquisition of Global Med Technologies. This substantially completes our information technology platform and strengthens our leadership position in blood management. We will now focus on the integration of Global Med and the implementation of necessary business transformation activities to deliver blood management solutions to our customers that improve clinical outcomes and reduce costs."

    Haemonetics has posted frequently asked questions on its website at http://www.haemonetics.com/site/content/km/factSheet.asp.

    CONFERENCE CALL

    Haemonetics will host a webcast on Tuesday, April 6th at 10:00am Eastern to discuss the transformation. Interested parties can participate at http://phx.corporate-ir.net/playerlink.zhtml?c=72118&s=wm&e=2997433

    About Haemonetics Corporation

    Haemonetics is a global healthcare company dedicated to providing innovative blood management solutions for our customers. Together, our devices and consumables, information technology platforms, and consulting services deliver a suite of business solutions to help our customers improve clinical outcomes and reduce the cost of healthcare for blood collectors, hospitals, and patients around the world. Our technologies address important medical markets: blood and plasma component collection, the surgical suite, and hospital transfusion services. To learn more about Haemonetics, visit our web site at http://www.haemonetics.com/.

    About Global Med Technologies, Inc.

    Global Med Technologies, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: GLOB) is an international healthcare information technology company which develops regulated and non-regulated products and services for the healthcare industry. As a leading provider of blood and laboratory systems and services, Global Med's products are deployed in 20 countries and serve over 2,100 transfusion centers, blood banks and laboratory sites.

    CONTACT: Bryanne Salmon Tel. (781) 356-9613

    Haemonetics Corporation

    CONTACT: Bryanne Salmon, +1-781-356-9613

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




    The PNC Financial Services Group To Report First Quarter Earnings April 22Annual Shareholders Meeting To Be Held On April 27

    PITTSBURGH, April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. announced today that it expects to issue financial results for the first quarter of 2010 on Thursday, April 22, 2010. Separately, PNC will hold its Annual Meeting of Shareholders on Tuesday, April 27, 2010. Details regarding these events:

    2010 First Quarter Earnings Investor Conference Call: Thursday, April 22 -- PNC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James E. Rohr and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Richard J. Johnson will hold a conference call for investors at 8:30 a.m. (ET) on April 22. Dial-in Number: 800-990-2718 or 706-643-0187 (international) Conference ID 66991424 Live audio-only webcast accessible at http://www.pnc.com/ Internet Access: investorevents Presentation slides, earnings release and supplementary financial information will be available on PNC's Web site at http://www.pnc.com/ Presentation investorevents prior to the beginning of the Materials: conference call Available on PNC's Web site for 30 days, and via telephone for one week at 800-642-1687 or 706-645-9291 (international), Conference ID Replay Information: 66991424 2010 Annual Meeting of Shareholders: Tuesday, April 27 at 11 a.m. (ET) -- The company plans to discuss financial performance and business strategies. Meeting Location: One PNC Plaza, 249 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA Dial-in Number: 800-990-2718 or 706-643-0187 (international) Conference ID 60954730 Live audio-only webcast accessible at http://www.pnc.com/ Internet: investorevents Available on PNC's Web site for 30 days, and via telephone for one week at 800-642-1687 or Replay Information: 706-645-9291, Conference ID 60954730. -- PNC's 2010 Proxy Statement and 2009 Annual Report are accessible on PNC's Web site at http://www.pnc.com/investorevents. Presentation slides for the meeting will also be available on PNC's Web site at the same location on the morning of the meeting. -- Those using the webcast or dial-in numbers will not be able to vote or ask questions. These are listen/audio-only options.

    The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (http://www.pnc.com/) is one of the nation's largest diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management; asset management and global fund services. Follow @PNCNews on Twitter for breaking news, updates and announcements from PNC.

    CONTACTS: MEDIA: ------ Brian E. Goerke (412) 762-4550 corporate.communications@pnc.com INVESTORS: ---------- William H. Callihan (412) 762-8257 investor.relations@pnc.com

    The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

    CONTACT: MEDIA, Brian E. Goerke, +1-412-762-4550,
    corporate.communications@pnc.com; INVESTORS, William H. Callihan,
    +1-412-762-8257, investor.relations@pnc.com

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




    Helix Wind Closes Round of FinancingCompany raises up to $999,500 to execute Phase I of Operational Plan

    SAN DIEGO, April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Helix Wind, Corp. (OTC Bulletin Board: HLXW), a global renewable energy company, announced today the close of a financing with St. George Investments, LLC, an Illinois limited liability company, in an amount up to $999,500 of funding to the Company.

    The terms of the financing transaction consists of the Company issuing a six-month convertible secured promissory note in the aggregate principal amount of $779,500, and a five-year warrant to purchase 2,500,000 shares of the Company's common stock at an exercise price of $0.75 per share. The financing is structured for the Company to receive the funding in five tranches, with the first tranche totaling $599,500 which was delivered to the Company on April 1, 2010. The terms of the financing provided that so long as no default has occurred and the Company has satisfied certain other conditions, St. George will loan the Company an additional $100,000 on or about each monthly anniversary during the four consecutive calendar months following the closing, for a total of $400,000 in additional financing. Upon the issuance of each additional note, the Company would also issue St. George an additional five year warrant to purchase up to 250,000 shares of Common Stock with an exercise price of $0.75 per share.

    As part of the terms of the financing, Helix Wind is obligated to file a registration statement within sixty (60) days of the closing to register for resale the shares of Common Stock issuable upon conversion of the notes and warrants. The convertible notes are also subject to certain other events of default and liquidity events which could accelerate the Company's repayment obligations, and/or permit St. George to exercise its rights under a pledge agreement which was also entered into in connection with the financing. Additional information regarding the financing, and copies of the financing documents, can be found in the Company's Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on April 6, 2010.

    Scott Weinbrandt, Helix Wind's Chairman, CEO & President, said, "This financing is intended to provide Helix Wind with the funds necessary to execute our fiduciary responsibilities to the company and its shareholders. With this round of financing, we believe we are able to complete and execute on Phase I of our strategic plans, which is to complete the audit, file a 10K and registration statement while taking care of our customer base. In addition, the filing of a registration statement will allow the company broader access to alternate sources of capital for moving the company forward and raising further capital following the recent changes in management and our Board of Directors."

    About Helix: Helix Wind, Corp., a global renewable energy company is engaged in the design, manufacturing and sale of small wind vertical axis turbines designed to generate 300W, 1kW, 2.0kW, and 4.0kW of clean, renewable electricity. Additional information can be found at http://www.helixwind.com/.

    Forward Looking Statements: A number of statements contained in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable federal securities laws, including, without limitation, anything relating or referring to future financial results and plans for future business development activities, and are thus prospective. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including our ability to attract and retain management and field personnel with experience in the small wind turbine industry, our ability to raise capital when needed and on acceptable terms and conditions, the intensity of competition and general economic factors. The actual results Helix Wind may achieve could differ materially from any forward-looking statements due to such risks and uncertainties. Helix Wind encourages the public to read the information provided here in conjunction with its most recent filings, which may be viewed at http://www.sec.gov/.

    Helix Wind, Corp.

    CONTACT: Scott Weinbrandt, Chairman, CEO & President of Helix Wind,
    Corp., 1-877-2GO-HELIX (246-4354), +1-619-501-3932, fax, +1-619-330-2628,
    media@helixwind.com

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




    Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. Acquires 5,500 Net Acres of Williston Basin Leasehold Prospective for Bakken and Three Forks Oil Production- High-Working-Interest Leasehold in Heart of McKenzie County, N.D. Bakken Play Adds to Kodiak's Williston Basin Position

    DENVER, April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. (NYSE Amex: KOG), an oil and gas exploration and production company with assets in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana and in the Green River Basin of southwest Wyoming, today announced that it has closed on two separate definitive purchase and sale agreements to acquire additional Williston Basin leasehold.

    In the first transaction, Kodiak acquired 5,680 gross mineral acres (4,531 net) in McKenzie County, N.D. The lands are located on the border of McKenzie and Williams Counties west of the Nesson Anticline, and offset existing Bakken and Three Forks producing wells successfully drilled and completed by other operators such as Newfield Exploration, Continental Resources and Brigham Exploration.

    Application has been made to the North Dakota Industrial Commission to include the lands in six 1,280-acre drilling units. Kodiak intends to operate each of these drilling units. Assuming two to three well bores per 1,280-acre drilling unit, we anticipate that the acquisition could yield approximately 12 to 18 gross Bakken locations. The lands also have potential for Three Forks production. The Company intends to drill at least one Bakken test on the newly acquired lands in 2010.

    The contiguous leasehold position was acquired from an undisclosed private party. Also included in the acquisition are certain surface facilities and equipment associated with a temporarily abandoned well and pipeline infrastructure that ties into a regional natural gas pipeline controlled by a third-party. The purchase price was not disclosed due to the highly competitive nature of Williston Basin leasing activities. The acquisition, which closed on April 2, 2010, was funded through the Company's available cash balances.

    Grizzly Project Increases in Size

    In the second transaction, the Company increased its working interest by 25% in existing properties in its Grizzly Project area in the Mondak Field located on the southeastern end of the Elm Coulee Field on the Montana/North Dakota boundary in McKenzie County. Included in the acquisition is the additional working interest in the Company's existing lands that are prospective for Bakken and Three Forks production, producing properties, and production facilities. Kodiak anticipates drilling two wells in the Grizzly Project area with operations commencing in the second quarter 2010.

    The Grizzly Project acquisition increases Kodiak's ownership in this project to 87.5% working interest in 3,907 gross acres (3,419 net), two gross producing well bores (1.75 net), surface facilities and pipeline infrastructure. The interests were acquired from an undisclosed private party, pursuant to undisclosed terms. The acquisition, which closed on April 5, 2010, was funded through the Company's available cash balances.

    Management Comment

    Commenting on the transactions, Kodiak's President and CEO Lynn Peterson said: "These acquisitions are consistent with our Williston Basin growth initiative. We were fortunate to be presented with negotiated-deal opportunities that allowed us to obtain contiguous, high-working-interest properties which we intend to operate. The high-quality leasehold carries with it reduced geologic risk as proven Bakken and Three Forks reserves and production surround the lands. Including the new acquisitions, we now control approximately 104,000 gross and 65,000 net acres in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana. These acquisitions are incremental to our 2010 budget, which, as previously disclosed, does not include potential leasehold acquisitions. We will most likely seek a partner to participate in the drilling activities in these two areas so that we may commence development drilling as quickly as possible. Part of our articulated strategy contemplates maintaining a majority working interest in our exploration and development portfolio, and to operate our projects whenever possible."

    About Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp.

    Denver-based Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. is an independent energy exploration and development company focused on exploring, developing and producing oil and natural gas in the Williston and Green River Basins in the U.S. Rocky Mountains. For further information, please visit http://www.kodiakog.com/. The Company's common shares are listed for trading on the NYSE Amex exchange under the symbol: "KOG."

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release includes statements that may constitute "forward-looking" statements, usually containing the words "believe," "estimate," "project," "expect" or similar expressions. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements inherently involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, but not always, identified by the words "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "intends," "estimates," projects," "potential" and similar expressions, or that events or conditions "will," "would," "may," "could" or "should" occur. Such forward looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding: the Company's expectations as to the benefits of the new land acquisitions, expectations regarding the Company's future drilling operations; and plans to seek a drilling partner and to maintain a majority working interest in our exploration and development portfolio. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, fluctuations in the prices of oil and gas, uncertainties inherent in estimating quantities of oil and gas reserves and projecting future rates of production and timing of development activities, competition, operating risks, acquisition risks, liquidity and capital requirements, the effects of governmental regulation, adverse changes in the market for the Company's oil and gas production, dependence upon third-party vendors, and other risks detailed in the Company's periodic report filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    For further information, please contact: ---------------------------------------- Mr. Lynn A. Peterson, CEO and President, Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. +1-303-592-8075 Mr. David P. Charles, Sierra Partners LLC +1-303-757-2510 x11

    Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp.

    CONTACT: Mr. Lynn A. Peterson, CEO and President of Kodiak Oil & Gas
    Corp. +1-303-592-8075; or Mr. David P. Charles of Sierra Partners LLC,
    +1-303-757-2510, ext. 11, for Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp.

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




    Optimer Pharmaceuticals Announces Presentations of Data From the Fidaxomicin Phase 3 Trials at ECCMID

    SAN DIEGO, April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that data from the fidaxomicin Phase 3 clinical studies will be presented at the 20th annual European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Vienna, Austria.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090413/LA97352LOGO)

    "Randomized clinical trial in Clostridium difficile infection confirms equivalent cure rate and lower recurrence rate of fidaxomicin vs. vancomycin"

    Poster presenter: Derrick Crook, M.D.

    Saturday, April 10, 2010 3:30pm-4:30pm Central European Summer Time (6:30am-7:30am PST)

    Presentation number: LB2401

    "Three simple ESCMID severity criteria predict poor cure rate and slower resolution of diarrhea in Clostridium difficile infection"

    Poster presenter: Mark A. Miller, M.D.

    Saturday, April 10, 2010 3:30pm-4:30pm Central European Summer Time (6:30am-7:30am PST)

    Presentation number: LB2394 About Optimer Pharmaceuticals

    Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing innovative anti-infectives to treat serious infections and address unmet medical needs. Optimer has two late-stage anti-infective product candidates under development. Fidaxomicin is a narrow spectrum antibiotic being developed for the treatment of Clostridium difficile infection. Optimer has reported positive top-line results from two Phase 3 trials of fidaxomicin. Pruvel(TM) is a prodrug in the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics being developed as a treatment for infectious diarrhea. Optimer has also successfully completed two Phase 3 trials with Pruvel. Additional information can be found at http://www.optimerpharma.com/.

    Contacts Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Christina Donaghy, Corporate Communications Manager John D. Prunty, Chief Financial Officer & VP Finance 858-909-0736 Porter Novelli Life Sciences Jason I. Spark, Vice President 619-849-6005

    Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090413/LA97352LOGO
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    PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

    CONTACT: Christina Donaghy, Corporate Communications Manager, or John D.
    Prunty, Chief Financial Officer & VP Finance, both of Optimer Pharmaceuticals,
    Inc., +1-858-909-0736; or Jason I. Spark, Vice President of Porter Novelli
    Life Sciences, +1-619-849-6005

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




    Texas Instruments Honors 2009 Supplier Excellence Award Recipients

    DALLAS, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) today announced 17 recipients of the company's annual Supplier Excellence Award. The winners were selected from TI's global supplier base as a result of exceptional performance and continued improvements in areas such as cost, environmental responsibility, technology, responsiveness, assurance of supply and quality.

    "To be chosen from over 14,000 suppliers worldwide is a significant accomplishment," said Rob Simpson, vice president, Worldwide Procurement and Logistics, Texas Instruments. "TI values the contributions of all its suppliers, but is especially proud of these award recipients for their commitment to excellence and efforts to deliver the highest quality and value to TI and its customers."

    The 2009 TI Supplier Excellence Award winners include: -- Cisco -- network hardware and software -- Cross-Link Electric & Construction Corporation -- facilities, electrical and civil contractor -- Headway GmbH - contract labor -- Jiangyin Changdian Advanced Packaging Co., Ltd. (JCAP) - bump and wafer level chip scale packaging services -- Kinpo Electronics, Inc. - calculator contract manufacturing -- Kluh Security GmbH - security and medical service -- Nippon Micrometal Corporation (NMC) -- bonding wire and solder ball -- Photronics, Inc. - photomasks -- Rokko Systems Pte Ltd - assembly capital equipment -- Shinko Electric Industries Co., Ltd. - tape substrate -- Small Precision Tools (SPT) - capillaries for assembly process semiconductor bonding tools -- Specialty Optical Systems, Inc. - lamps, other misc. -- SUMCO Corporation - silicon wafers -- Technology Service Professionals, Inc. (TSP) - IT services -- Teradyne Inc. - automated test equipment (ATE test) -- time:matters, a company of Lufthansa Cargo - transportation, express courier services -- T-Mobile - cellular service

    For the past 27 years TI has honored businesses that deliver superior service and support through the SEA program. Given annually, the awards serve as a key vehicle for communicating standards and expectations to those supplying materials, equipment and services to TI.

    About Texas Instruments

    Texas Instruments helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through design, sales and manufacturing operations in more than 30 countries. For more information, go to http://www.ti.com/.

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    AnMed Health Selects Allscripts Electronic Health Record for 100 Employed and Affiliated Physicians

    CHICAGO and ANDERSON, S.C., April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Allscripts announced today that AnMed Health, a 573-bed health system located in Upstate South Carolina, has selected the Allscripts Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution to enhance the quality of patient care, improve patient communications, and better manage the cost of care delivery.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081013/AQM041LOGO)

    "AnMed Health is committed to bringing the future of healthcare to patients in Upstate South Carolina by providing our physicians with access to the information they need, when they need it most, via a connected electronic health record," said John Miller, Chief Executive Officer of AnMed Health. "Allscripts gives our providers the ability to connect to one another and to other providers throughout the region, leading to further integration, better coordination of care, and ultimately improved outcomes for our patients."

    AnMed Health will provide the Electronic Health Record to approximately 60 physicians employed by the AnMed Health Physician Network and approximately 40 independent physicians who are affiliated with the health system. For a monthly fee, the affiliated physicians can access the Electronic Health Record through a turn-key solution that will include hosted delivery over the Internet, a help desk, interfaces to ancillary services such as laboratories and radiology, and connections to AnMed Health's McKesson hospital information systems.

    AnMed Health currently provides the Allscripts Tiger® (formerly Misys Tiger) practice management system to employed and affiliated physician members via the same hosted model.

    As part of the agreement, Allscripts will donate Electronic Health Record licenses to the Anderson Free Clinic, an AnMed Health-supported non-profit organization that has provided high quality, free medical services to the Anderson community since 1984.

    Lynn Gregory, director of Physician Network Services for AnMed Health, said the health system selected Allscripts not only for its ability to integrate the EHR with AnMed Health's existing practice management system, but also because Allscripts delivers a strong focus on community-building. "Allscripts has a clear plan to help us implement a system that will improve and coordinate patient care throughout the AnMed Health network. The Allscripts Electronic Health Record system will provide many benefits, including a medium to better share information between providers, more efficiently maintain patients' medications and allergies, and give patients faster access to test results," Gregory said.

    Allscripts Innovation

    As part of its Allscripts deployment, AnMed Health may provide its physicians in the AnMed Health Physician Network with a number of Allscripts innovations designed to deliver patient information when and where it is most needed, including:

    -- Allscripts Patient Portal, enabling patients to play a larger and more important role in their own healthcare management while helping the practice to save time, lower costs and increase revenues. -- Allscripts Clinical Quality Solution (CQS) delivers clinical decision support information at the point of care and automates the time-consuming process of participating in Pay-for-Quality programs. -- Allscripts Remote provides remote access to the Electronic Health Record via iPhone(TM), BlackBerry® or Windows® smart phones. With Allscripts Remote, physicians can safely make critical medical decisions even when they are away from the office, with all relevant information available on the one device they keep closest.

    "AnMed Health is a leader among rural hospitals nationwide in reaching out to physicians across their community to help create the connected system of health that we all want," said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. "AnMed [Health]'s employed and affiliated physicians have our commitment that we will continue to innovate and provide new solutions like the Patient Portal, CQS and Allscripts Remote that make their practices more efficient while helping them deliver a healthcare experience that's richer in content, higher in care quality, and safer for patients."

    About AnMed Health

    AnMed Health is South Carolina's largest independent, not-for-profit health system with more than 35 patient care sites. AnMed Health is anchored by the 461-bed Medical Center and includes a satellite North Campus which houses a 72-bed Women's and Children's Hospital, a comprehensive Cancer Center, a Cardiac and Orthopedic Center, and multiple physician offices. The system also includes the 40-bed AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital, a joint venture with HealthSouth. AnMed Health employs approximately 3,000 people, has more than 400 physicians on staff, and serves as a teaching facility for 30 family medicine residents. AnMed Health was named a HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence in 2008 and 2009, putting the health care system in the top 5 percent of hospitals nationally for overall clinical quality. AnMed Health is affiliated with Cannon Memorial Hospital in Pickens, S.C. and Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte, N.C. For more information, visit http://www.anmedhealth.org/.

    About Allscripts

    Allscripts uses innovation technology to bring health to healthcare. More than 160,000 physicians, 800 hospitals and nearly 8,000 post-acute and homecare organizations utilize Allscripts to improve the health of their patients and their bottom line. The company's award-winning solutions include electronic health records, electronic prescribing, revenue cycle management, practice management, document management, care management, emergency department information systems and homecare automation. Allscripts is the brand name of Allscripts-Misys Healthcare Solutions, Inc. To learn more, visit http://www.allscripts.com/.

    For more Allscripts news, follow us on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/AllscriptsMisys.

    This news release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements regarding future events, developments, the Company's future performance, as well as management's expectations, beliefs, intentions, plans, estimates or projections relating to the future are forward-looking statements within the meaning of these laws. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, some of which are outlined below. As a result, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are: the volume and timing of systems sales and installations; length of sales cycles and the installation process; the possibility that products will not achieve or sustain market acceptance; the timing, cost and success or failure of new product and service introductions, development and product upgrade releases; competitive pressures including product offerings, pricing and promotional activities; our ability to establish and maintain strategic relationships; undetected errors or similar problems in our software products; compliance with existing laws, regulations and industry initiatives and future changes in laws or regulations in the healthcare industry; possible regulation of the Company's software by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; the possibility of product-related liabilities; our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; our ability to identify and complete acquisitions, manage our growth and integrate acquisitions; the ability to recognize the benefits of the merger with Misys Healthcare Systems, LLC ("MHS"); the integration of MHS with the Company and the possible disruption of current plans and operations as a result thereof; maintaining our intellectual property rights and litigation involving intellectual property rights; risks related to third-party suppliers; our ability to obtain, use or successfully integrate third-party licensed technology; breach of our security by third parties; and the risk factors detailed from time to time in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our 2009 Annual Report on Form 10-K available through the Web site maintained by the Securities and Exchange Commission at http://www.sec.gov/. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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    CONTACT: Dan Michelson, Chief Marketing Officer, +1-312-506-1217,
    dan.michelson@allscripts.com, or Seth Frank, Vice President, Investor
    Relations, +1-312-506-1213, seth.frank@allscripts.com, or Todd Stein, Senior
    Manager/Public Relations, +1-312-506-1216, todd.stein@allscripts.com, all of
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    kari.lutz@anmedhealth.org

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




    Rachat de Fannie Mae

    WASHINGTON, April 6, 2010 /PRNewswire/ --

    Fannie Mae (NYSE : FNM) rachtera les montants en principal des valeurs mises aux dates de rachat indiques ci-dessous un prix gal 100 % des montants en principal auxquels on ajoutera l'intrêt couru aux dates de rachat :

    Montant en Type de Taux Date CUSIP Date du principal valeur d'intrêt d'chance rachat 75 000 000 USD MTN 3,400 % 16 avril 2012 3136F9GT4 16 avril 2010 25 000 000 USD MTN 3,450 % 16 avril 2012 3136F9GJ6 16 avril 2010 37 905 000 USD MTN 5,250 % 16 avril 2014 3136F8KN4 16 avril 2010

    Fannie Mae existe pour dvelopper les logements abordables et pour apporter des capitaux mondiaux dans les communauts locales afin de servir le march du logement amricain. Fannie Mae a une charte fdrale et volue sur le march hypothcaire secondaire amricain pour amliorer les liquidits du march hypothcaire en fournissant des fonds aux instituts de crdit foncier et autres prêteurs pour qu'ils puissent prêter aux acqureurs de logement. Notre mission consiste aider ceux qui logent l'Amrique.

    Le prsent communiqu de presse ne constitue pas une offre de vente ni la sollicitation d'une offre d'achat des titres de Fannie Mae. Rien dans ce communiqu de presse ne constitue un conseil quant aux avantages de l'achat ou de la vente d'un investissement particulier. Toute dcision d'investissement relative l'achat des titres mentionns dans ce communiqu doit être uniquement fonde sur les informations contenues dans le prospectus d'mission de Fannie Mae qui s'applique. Il ne faut pas tenir pour acquis que les informations contenues dans ce communiqu sont d'une exactitude ou d'une exhaustivit absolue.

    Vous ne devez ngocier des valeurs que si vous comprenez leur nature ainsi que l'ampleur des risques que vous prenez. Assurez-vous que ces valeurs vous conviennent dans les circonstances qui sont les vtres et par rapport votre situation financire. Si vous avez quelque doute que ce soit, veuillez consulter un conseiller financier qualifi.

    Fannie Mae

    Katherine Constantinou de Fannie Mae, +1-202-752-5403




    New Isolated DC-DC Converter Development Tools Increase Power Density of Modular and Embedded Power SuppliesNational Semiconductor, Silicon Labs Offer Reference Design and Evaluation Board for Networking and Communications Applications

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. and AUSTIN, Texas, April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- National Semiconductor Corp. and Silicon Laboratories Inc. today announced a new quarter-brick isolated DC-DC converter evaluation board and reference design to help power supply designers get higher power density in networking, communications and high-end server applications.

    Featuring National Semiconductor's LM5035C pulse-width modulation (PWM) controller and Silicon Labs' Si8420 ISOpro(TM) digital isolator, the isolated DC-DC converter evaluation board provides power supply designers with a highly efficient 100W reference design in a quarter-brick form factor. The evaluation board reduces the time required for product characterization and design adaptation to the customer's specific requirements.

    "National's LM5035C half-bridge PWM controller enables industry leading power density and performance advantages for small form factor DC-DC converters by integrating the bias regulator, gate drivers and synchronous rectifier controls into a single IC," said Jim MacDonald, marketing director for National Semiconductor's Infrastructure Power business unit. "The reference design with Silicon Labs enables even further power density improvements by combining industry-leading power control and isolation technology."

    The reference design demonstrates a viable 36V to 75V input half-bridge converter for power module or embedded power applications. The design survives input transients up to 100V as commonly required in communications equipment and protects the power distribution system with hiccup-mode fault protection.

    "Silicon Labs' patented ISOpro digital isolation products provide significant performance advantages including lower power, industry-leading EMI performance and world-class reliability using standard CMOS process technology," said Mark Thompson, vice president and general manager of Silicon Labs' Embedded Mixed Signal products. "The reference design with National Semiconductor validates our industry-leading digital isolation technology and puts our customers on the fast track to developing power modules for their embedded applications."

    National Semiconductor LM5035C PWM Controller

    National's LM5035C half-bridge PWM controller delivers power density and performance advantages for small form factor isolated DC-DC converter modules. The LM5035C has been optimized for use with digital isolators to provide further power density improvements.

    National's LM5035C PWM controller includes integrated 2A half-bridge gate drivers and SyncFET outputs that control the secondary-side synchronous rectifier MOSFETs through the Si8420 digital isolator. Dead time between the main and synchronous rectifier on/off transitions is adjustable with a single external resistor. For more information about National's LM5035C PWM controller, visit http://www.national.com/pf/LM/LM5035C.html. Watch a video of the LM5035C at http://bit.ly/LM5035C.

    Silicon Labs Si8420 ISOpro Digital Isolator

    Silicon Labs' ISOpro family of digital isolators employs digital RF technology to communicate data across an isolation barrier. Using the Silicon Labs Si8420 digital isolator in place of pulse transformers eliminates numerous design issues such as duty cycle limitations and non-monotonic decay of output during shutdown. In addition, use of digital isolators improves efficiency and saves board space by eliminating the need for pulse transformers.

    For more information about digital isolators from Silicon Labs, visit http://www.silabs.com/pr/isopro.

    Availability and Pricing

    The quarter-brick reference design is available now at no charge for download from http://www.national.com/rd/RDhtml/RD-183.html. The evaluation board is priced at $135. To purchase the evaluation board, visit http://www.national.com/store/view_item/index.html?nsid=LM5035CEVAL.

    About National Semiconductor

    National Semiconductor is a leader in analog power management technology. Its products include easy-to-use integrated circuits, PowerWise products that enable more energy-efficient systems, and SolarMagic products which improve the energy output of solar arrays. The company celebrated its 50th anniversary last May. Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., National reported sales of $1.46 billion for fiscal 2009. Additional information is available at http://www.national.com/.

    About Silicon Laboratories

    Silicon Laboratories is an industry leader in the innovation of high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed-signal ICs. Developed by a world-class engineering team with unsurpassed expertise in mixed-signal design, Silicon Labs' diverse portfolio of highly-integrated, easy-to-use products offers customers significant advantages in performance, size and power consumption. These patented solutions serve a broad set of markets and applications including consumer, communications, computing, industrial and automotive.

    Headquartered in Austin, TX, Silicon Labs is a global enterprise with operations, sales and design activities worldwide. The company is committed to contributing to our customers' success by recruiting the highest quality talent to create industry-changing innovations. For more information about Silicon Labs, please visit http://www.silabs.com/.

    National Semiconductor and PowerWise are registered trademarks of National Semiconductor Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

    Media Contacts Gayle Bullock Dale Weisman National Semiconductor Silicon Labs (408) 721-2033 (512) 532-5871 gayle.bullock@nsc.com dale.weisman@silabs.com

    National Semiconductor Corp.

    CONTACT: Gayle Bullock of National Semiconductor, +1-408-721-2033,
    gayle.bullock@nsc.com; or Dale Weisman of Silicon Labs, +1-512-532-5871,
    dale.weisman@silabs.com

    Web Site: http://www.national.com/
    http://www.silabs.com/




    Fibrocell Science, Inc. Announces Addition of Marc B. Mazur to Board of Directors

    EXTON, Pa., April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Fibrocell Science, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: FCSC), a biotechnology company focused on the development of regenerative cell therapy for aesthetic, medical and scientific applications, announced today that Marc B. Mazur has been appointed to its board of directors, effective April 1, 2010.

    Mr. Mazur is the Chairman of Elsworthy Capital Management Ltd., a London-based European equity hedge fund with assets in excess of $100 million. Most recently, he was the CEO of Brevan Howard U.S. Asset Management, the U.S. arm of London-based Brevan Howard, Europe's largest hedge fund. Prior to joining Brevan Howard, Mr. Mazur had been a senior advisor to both Tsinghua Venture Capital Company (a subsidiary of Tsinghua Holdings, the investment arm of Tsinghua University in Beijing) and Think Equity Partners LLC, a San Francisco investment bank focusing on emerging growth companies in biotechnology, software and greentech.

    "As a consultant and private investor with more than 25 years of experience in risk management, business development and senior level sales and marketing within the financial services and health care fields, Marc brings great perspective to the Fibrocell Science board of directors," said Chairman and CEO David Pernock. "We look forward to working with him as we seek to secure U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approval for our lead therapy's (azficel-T) use in the treatment of moderate to severe nasolabial fold wrinkles."

    Mr. Mazur began his career in 1984 at Salomon Brothers in London as a Eurobond trader. In 1987 he joined Goldman Sachs as a Vice President in the fixed income division. He was employed by Goldman from 1987 through 1996 on a full-time basis and subsequently as a consultant from 1997 through 1999. In 1997 Mr. Mazur became an independent consultant, managing business development opportunities in the financial services sector for Goldman Sachs and leveraging his expertise in risk and disease management for public and private companies in the healthcare field. Continuing in healthcare, in 1998 Mr. Mazur was named Vice President for strategic business development at CareInsite (subsequently acquired by WebMD). In 2001 Mr. Mazur founded Ambassador Capital Group, a privately held investment and advisory entity providing capital, business development and strategic planning advice to companies in the healthcare, financial services and real estate fields. He has also been an active angel and venture investor in numerous biotechnology and healthcare device start-ups.

    Mr. Mazur is an active member of numerous charitable and educational organizations and has served as a board member and advisory board member of numerous public and private companies. He received his B.A. in political science from Columbia University in 1981 and a J.D. from Villanova University in 1984.

    About Fibrocell Science, Inc.

    Fibrocell Science, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: FCSC) is a biotechnology company focused on developing regenerative fibroblast cell therapy for aesthetic, medical and scientific applications. Fibrocell Science is committed to advancing the scientific, medical and commercial potential of autologous skin and tissue, as well its innovative cellular processing technology and manufacturing excellence. For additional information, please visit http://www.fibrocellscience.com/.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    All statements in this press release that are not based on historical fact are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and the provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, without limitation, the ability of the Company to secure FDA approval for its lead therapy's (azficel-T) use in the treatment of moderate to severe nasolabial fold wrinkles. While management has based any forward-looking statements contained herein on its current expectations, the information on which such expectations were based may change. These forward-looking statements rely on a number of assumptions concerning future events and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, and other factors, many of which are outside of the Company's control, that could cause actual results to materially differ from such statements. Such risks, uncertainties, and other factors include, but are not necessarily limited to, those set forth under Item 1A "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009, as updated in "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in the Company's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed since the annual report. The Company operates in a highly competitive and rapidly changing environment, thus new or unforeseen risks may arise. Accordingly, investors should not place any reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. The Company disclaims any intention to, and undertakes no obligation to, update or revise any forward-looking statements. Readers are also urged to carefully review and consider the other various disclosures in the Company's public filings with the SEC.

    Fibrocell Science, Inc.

    CONTACT: Mariesa Kemble of Sam Brown Inc. for Fibrocell Science, Inc.,
    +1-608-850-4745, mariesak@sambrown.com

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




    Sears Helps Illinois Residents Access Rebates up to 15 Percent Off of ENERGY STAR(R)-Qualified AppliancesSears Blue Appliance Crew(TM) Also Enhances Sears.com/energystar Web Site

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Sears Blue Appliance Crew(TM) is helping Illinois residents access the $12,379,000 in rebates available for ENERGY STAR®-qualified appliances from April 16 until April 25, 2010 as part of the "Cash for Appliances" rebate program. As the 2010 ENERGY STAR Retail Partner of the Year, Sears has revamped its Web site, Sears.com/energystar to include even more tools to help Americans learn about ENERGY STAR, search for rebates and credits, find the right appliance and dispose of the old one properly, and take small steps to make a big difference. In an effort to help Illinois residents better manage the rebate process, the Sears site also includes an interactive map, energy savings rebate calculator and information about ENERGY STAR products that qualify for the state rebates so customers can quickly and easily identify their favorite brands and models that are available for in-store purchase.

    "At Sears, we're always looking for ways to make it easier and more affordable for Americans to swap out their old, inefficient appliances for new, ENERGY STAR models," said Doug Moore, president of Home Appliances for Sears. "This rebate money will go quickly, so we encourage our customers in Illinois to take advantage of the stimulus plan as early as possible to ensure access to the state funds."

    Under the U.S. Department of Energy-approved appliance rebate plan for Illinois, residents purchasing ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances are eligible for instant rebates of up to 15 percent(I) off of the below appliances. Furthermore, Illinois residents can receive an additional $75 mail-in rebate for documented recycling of their old refrigerator and/or freezer.

    -- Refrigerators (additional $75 with documented recycling) -- Freezers (additional $75 with documented recycling) -- Clothes washers -- Dishwashers -- Room air conditioners

    "Sears is proud to be the only retailer in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program, continuing our commitment to improving the environment through responsible appliance disposal," Moore said. "Not only are we helping the environment by reducing emissions of ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases, but we are also making it easier for customers, like those in Illinois, access greater rebates through recycling."

    Through the RAD(II) program, the Sears Home Delivery Haul Away Service provides removal of one old, inefficient appliance for each new appliance purchased and delivered. Once the old appliance is removed, Sears and its partners ensure that the disposal process takes place in an environmentally friendly manner to avoid the discarding of appliances in landfills. Many of the components of the old appliance are then recycled.

    For Illinois residents interested in purchasing energy-efficient, ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances the Sears Blue Appliance Crew will assist shoppers from start to finish. They can:

    -- Provide information about which appliances qualify for state rebates in store and online at Sears.com/energystar -- Help shoppers find rebates - searching by product category and customer's zip code -- Submit rebates for purchases electronically, before they leave the store -- Provide customers with the recycling documentation required in order to receive additional rebates -- Remove customers' old appliances and dispose of them in a responsible manner through the Sears RAD program

    For full rebate updates and details, and to learn more about Sears' online and in-store Appliance Research Centers, please visit Sears.com/energystar.

    About Sears, Roebuck and Co.

    Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation , is a leading broadline retailer providing merchandise and related services. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through more than 2,300 Sears-branded and affiliated stores in the United States and Canada, which includes approximately 929 full-line and approximately 1,200 specialty stores in the U.S. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com, landsend.com, and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, DieHard and Lands' End -- among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. Sears, Roebuck is the 2010 ENERGY STAR Retail Partner of the Year. The company is the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 12 million service calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck Web site at http://www.sears.com/ or the Sears Holdings Corporation Web site at http://www.searsholdings.com/.

    About Sears Home Appliances

    Sears is the nation's leading appliance retailer with the largest selection - over 4400 models. Only Sears sells the top 10 brands, including Kenmore, the nation's leading appliance brand. Sears always beats the competition's price, guaranteed, up to 30 days. Sears offers worry-free 1-year service, guaranteed and free help and support on all brands serviced by Sears 24/7 by phone. Sears provides next day delivery on over 1600 models - that's five times more than any national competitor. In March 2009, Sears launched the online ENERGY STAR Rebate Center - a program to help educate Americans about the millions of dollars in rebates that are available for ENERGY STAR-rated products and make it faster to receive these rebates. Sears has demonstrated its commitment to increasing America's energy efficiency through its actions over more than 10 years.

    Sears sells more ENERGY STAR-rated appliances than any other retailer. In fact, in 2008, Sears was the first retailer to sell more than 3.1 million ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances from the nation's top brands, including Kenmore, the nation's leading appliance brand. In 2008 alone, Kenmore ENERGY STAR-rated appliances helped save America nearly 700 million Kilowatt hours, over four billion gallons of water, and over $100 million dollars.

    Program details subject to change. For the most up-to-date (I) information, visit http://www.sears.com/EnergyStar. The Sears Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program (II) applies to Sears full line stores.

    Sears, Roebuck and Co.

    CONTACT: Larry Costello of Sears Holdings Public Relations,
    +1-847-286-9036, or +1-847-346-4514, Larry.Costello@searshc.com; or Jody Sunna
    of Euro RSCG Worldwide PR, +1-212-367-6831, or +1-646-409-3782,
    Jody.Sunna@eurorscg.com, for Sears

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

    Company News On-Call: http://www.prnewswire.com/comp/923204.html




    The 2010 BK(R) NEXT BEST MOVE (SM) National Tour Hits Raleigh on April 16Mobile tour searches for local "Game Changers" on the court and in the community

    MIAMI, April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Burger King Corp. brings its first-ever BK® NEXT BEST MOVE (SM) national mobile tour to the Raleigh area on April 16, 2010, to find "game-changers" both on the basketball court and in the community. Local ballers can show off their best moves for a chance to compete for $10,000 and to be featured in a basketball lifestyle magazine and Web site. Individuals can also submit a video of their moves on http://www.thenextbestmove.com/.

    "NEXT BEST MOVE (SM) is the biggest tour in the history of the BURGER KING® brand," said Brian Gies, vice president, marketing impact, Burger King Corp. "With this tour, we're providing consumers with broad-based access to what's happening not just on the court, but also in urban communities across the U.S. We also recognize the importance of giving back, and we will showcase 'game-changing' community service initiatives in each city we visit on the NEXT BEST MOVE (SM) Web site (http://www.thenextbestmove.com/). Visitors to the site will have the chance to get a new, fresh perspective on a variety of charitable community efforts that they can adapt and implement in their hometowns."

    Raleigh residents can vote for their favorite moves on the Web site and one semi-finalist in each market will go on to compete against top-ranked players across the U.S. for the top $10,000 prize. Participants must be 18 or older to compete.

    Headlined by reality TV star Syrus Yarborough, The NEXT BEST MOVE (SM) Crew will also be searching for great moves off the court. Visitors to http://www.thenextbestmove.com/ can share how they are "changing the game" through community service and encouraging others to do the same.

    City residents should be on the lookout as The Crew will also visit lifestyle destinations, such as local attractions, clothing stores and community centers to identify local trends and discover what's "hot" in the Raleigh area. Results will be featured on a special culture section on http://www.thenextbestmove.com/.

    For more information on the BK® NEXT BEST MOVE (SM) tour, including eligibility requirements and Official Rules, or to vote for Raleigh's Next Best Mover, visit http://www.thenextbestmove.com/.

    Burger King Corp.

    CONTACT: Charell Charleston, UniWorld Group, +1-212-219-7106,
    charell.charleston@uwgny.com

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




    The Heartland Goes Platinum: Mid-America Wireless Reaches Broadband MilestoneMissouri-based HughesNet Dealer Serves Local Community by Bringing Satellite Broadband to Areas Underserved by Landline Providers

    GERMANTOWN, Md., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, today announced that Mid-America Wireless, a member of the HughesNet® dealer network with 14 locations throughout Missouri, has reached Platinum status by successfully installing more than 60 new HughesNet subscribers within a 90-day period. Mid-America Wireless sells and installs HughesNet, the leading high-speed satellite Internet service in the U.S., bringing consumers broadband access in areas where landline solutions like cable and DSL are not available.

    Many consumers in Missouri continue to struggle to obtain broadband access. According to the Office of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, wide areas of the state have little or no terrestrial broadband availability(1). Projections estimate broadband is currently unavailable to over 20 percent of Missouri(2). However, HughesNet is a satellite-based broadband connection that is available to anyone in the contiguous United States with a clear view of the southern sky.

    "Gary Wilbers, owner of Mid-America Wireless, was instrumental in setting us up with HughesNet, and I couldn't be happier with the level of service and commitment they provided while my husband was deployed in Iraq," said Angie Reinsch. "You can measure the difference between dial-up and HughesNet in speeds and how much each service costs, but you can't put a figure on the value of all the extra emails, pictures, Web cam time, and instant messages between my husband and our family. We literally had more time together because of the faster, more reliable HughesNet connection, which made it an ideal investment."

    "While there's lots of talk about solutions that may or may not become available to serve those without cable or DSL, many are realizing there is already a reliable, fast, always-on connection with HughesNet," said Wilbers. "Customers like Angie Reinsch are able to stay in touch with family members and send pictures, email, and their love thousands of miles away, because of the service. I'm very proud to achieve this distinction from Hughes and look forward to continuing to provide top-notch service to my current customers and new ones in the near future."

    "Dealers like Mid-America Wireless help educate people around the country that they don't have to be stuck with dial-up and can get a high-speed connection to stay in touch with friends and family," said Allen McCabe, assistant vice president for Channel Sales at Hughes. "We are pleased to have Gary and Mid-America Wireless as part of our valued dealer network as their company consistently provides a high-quality service for our HughesNet subscribers."

    With more than 500,000 subscribers, HughesNet is the leading broadband satellite Internet service in the United States. For more information about HughesNet and the range of available plans, please visit http://www.hughesnet.com/ or call 1-866-859-2268.

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    Dan Turissini and Christine Robinson to Publish Security Paper in '2010 BPM & Workflow Handbook'Co-Authors Will Present the Paper at Process.gov Conference April 15

    WASHINGTON, April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WidePoint Corporation (NYSE Amex: WYY), a specialist in wireless mobility management and cybersecurity solutions, today announced that Dan Turissini, Chief Technology Officer of WidePoint and CEO of Operational Research Consultants, a wholly owned subsidiary of WidePoint and a leading provider of information technology and identity assurance services, and industry expert and renowned author on homeland security and defense, Christine Robinson, principal of Christine Robinson & Associates, are co-authoring a paper called, "Transforming Security through Enterprise Architecture and BPM" for the "2010 BPM & Workflow Handbook." The co-authors will also present their paper at the Process.gov Conference in Reston, Virginia, on April 15.

    The international trade group and standards body named the Workflow Management Coalition, in conjunction with publisher Future Strategies, annually stages an international call for papers for which experts compete from around the world. This annual handbook serves as an international authority on BPM (Business Process Management), and is used as a resource by members of academia, business, and government seeking the latest innovative thinking among academic, industry, and government leaders from around the world. An international panel of judges selected Mr. Turissini's and Ms. Robinson's paper on a subject that strikes fear in the hearts and minds of many and presents one of the most critical and complex areas to solve.

    In their security paper, the authors explore how to plan and implement security throughout an organization and its interrelationships. The basis for the current paper was a paper Ms. Robinson submitted and published last year, called "Transforming Health Care through Enterprise Architecture and BPM," which explored security on a more cursory level and became one of the international panel of judges' favorite papers from around the world. This time, Mr. Turissini's and Ms. Robinson's security paper will extend this groundbreaking approach, which challenges traditional thinking to describe security in a new, and far more powerful way. Their unique combination of expertise in enterprise architecture, BPM, and security, results in readily understandable and implementable means by which to truly transform security. Their paper seeks to equip leadership and practitioners alike with the fundamental tools for radical transformation.

    In writing this paper, Mr. Turissini and Ms. Robinson have collaborated with leaders across the federal government, academia, and in private industry. They discuss security from a variety of perspectives to include governance, planning, design, and cloud computing. The paper also explores the unique characteristics of energy, the Next Generation U.S. Airspace, and health care, which are some of the largest information-sharing environments and integral parts of the country's critical infrastructure. They discuss physical security, cybersecurity, business continuity and disaster recovery, and more. As a notable side benefit, they are fostering partnership and coalition among a number of the constituents they have consulted as part of their research.

    About Christine Robinson & Associates, LLC

    Christine Robinson & Associates is a privately held, woman-owned, veteran-owned, consultancy focusing on strategy, business and technology architecture, and security. Strengths include planning, designing, and implementing secure domestic and international technology solutions, with unparalleled experience in emergency preparedness/business continuity and disaster recovery. Considered an authority and industry leader by several publishing houses, think tanks, and industry analysts, Christine has written for numerous internationally distributed publications on topics relating to homeland security and defense. The firm's business partners and relationships range from small, disadvantaged firms to the world's largest system integrators and other partners. For more information, visit http://robinsonchristine.com/ or call 202-316-1068.

    About WidePoint Corporation

    WidePoint is a specialist in providing wireless mobility management and cybersecurity solutions utilizing its advanced information technology products and services. WidePoint has several wholly owned subsidiaries holding major government and commercial contracts including, Operational Research Consultants, Inc., iSYS, LLC, Protexx, Advanced Response Concepts, Inc. and WidePoint IL. WidePoint enables organizations to deploy fully compliant IT services in accordance with government-mandated regulations and advanced system requirements. For more information, visit http://www.widepoint.com/.

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    Scalable Sitara(TM) ARM9 MPUs from Texas Instruments deliver mix of integrated connectivity options for industrial and highly-connected designsFour AM1x MPUs and complementary tools feature TI's unique Programmable Real-time Unit for flexible and configurable I/O control

    DALLAS, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Developers of embedded industrial, medical and consumer designs demand flexible architectures to support multiple industry-specific peripherals and interfaces. To address the evolving needs of these market spaces, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) today announced four new Sitara(TM) ARM9 microprocessors (MPUs) and corresponding evaluation modules (EVMs) packed with a plethora of integrated connectivity options.

    Unlike other ARM9 offerings, TI's AM1808, AM1806, AM1707, and AM1705 MPUs integrate notable interfaces such as a serial ATA (SATA), universal parallel port (uPP) and TI's unique Programmable Real-time Unit (PRU). The PRU offers flexible and configurable I/O control enabling developers to extend peripheral capabilities and add custom interfaces to their designs. The hardware and software scalability of the AM1x devices are coupled with a suite of software, demos and development tools to reduce customers' time to market. For more information, visit http://www.ti.com/am1x-prhome.

    AM1x key features and benefits: -- 375 and 450 MHz ARM9 options -- Unique PRU enhances system flexibility and offers full user configurability when desired -- Extend system peripheral needs with the ability to implement and tune standard, custom and "lite" versions of common and proprietary serial interfaces, such as UART and CAN -- Achieve maximum efficiency since the PRU offloads the ARM9 to improve application processing capacity, reduce overall power consumption, eliminate latency and improve real-time responsiveness -- Unique peripheral mix includes SATA, uPP, USB 2.0 on-the-go (OTG) with integrated PHY, USB 1.1 with integrated PHY, 10/100 Ethernet MAC, MMC/SD and more for smooth implementation of data, network, device and sensor communications -- Pin-to-pin compatibility with TI's OMAP-L1x processors protect customers' code investment with the capability to scale up to the OMAP-L1x to integrate real-time data, video and audio processing capabilities or for OMAP-L1x developers to scale down to the AM1x to create cost-effective, entry-level products -- Scale performance and power efficiency, utilize numerous peripherals and drive down system cost across product lines while leveraging existing hardware and software investments with TI's Sitara product family -- With TI's Sitara family, developers can confidently turn their design concepts into leading innovations for a myriad of end-equipments, including industrial and home automation, point-of-service, portable data terminals and educational consoles. Tools and software

    Customers can rapidly develop and deploy their designs with the new TMDXEXP1808L experimenter kit for $445, the TMDXEVM1808L EVM for $1150 and TMDXEM1707 EVM for $845. The software development kit includes a Linux kernel 2.6.33 board support package, PRU configuration tool as well as PRU CAN, PRU UART and touch screen demos. Windows® Embedded CE and additional operating system support will be available later in the year.

    Pricing

    The AM1x MPUs are sampling today with prices starting at USD $6.55 in quantities of 1,000 units.

    Find out more about TI's AM1x MPUs by visiting the links below: -- Sitara AM1x home: http://www.ti.com/am1x-prhome -- AM1808 product folder: http://www.ti.com/am1808-prprod -- AM1806 product folder: http://www.ti.com/am1806-prprod -- AM1707 product folder: http://www.ti.com/am1707-prprod -- AM1705 product folder: http://www.ti.com/am1705-prprod -- AM1808 datasheet: http://www.ti.com/am1808-prdatasheet -- AM1806 datasheet: http://www.ti.com/am1806-prdatasheet -- AM1707 datasheet: http://www.ti.com/am1707-prdatasheet -- AM1705 datasheet: http://www.ti.com/am1705-prdatasheet -- AM18x evaluation module: http://www.ti.com/am18x-prtools -- AM18x eXperimenter kit: http://www.ti.com/am18x-prexp -- AM17x evaluation module: http://www.ti.com/am17x-prtools -- TI's E2E community: http://www.ti.com/am1x-prcommunity -- Power Specifications & Reference Designs for AM17x -- Power Specifications & Reference Designs for AM18x -- Analog & Power for AM17x Wiki -- Analog & Power for AM18x Wiki About Texas Instruments

    Texas Instruments helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through design, sales and manufacturing operations in more than 30 countries. For more information, go to http://www.ti.com/.

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    China Nutrifruit to Attend Halter Financial Summit 2010

    DAQING, China, April 6 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China Nutrifruit Group Limited (NYSE Amex: CNGL) ("China Nutrifruit" or "the Company"), a leading producer of premium specialty fruit based products in China ("PRC"), today announced that Mr. Changjun Yu, Chairman of China Nutrifruit and Mr. Colman Cheng, the Company's Chief Financial Officer, will present at the First Annual Halter Financial Summit.

    The following are the details for China Nutrifruit's presentation: Date: April 7, 2010 Time: 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. (Beijing Time) Location: Pudong Shangri-La Hotel, Shanghai, China

    The First Annual Halter Financial Summit will host a gathering of the world's top executives, government officials, financial professionals, economists and investors to explore the changes in the world financial climate since the most recent global recession and more specifically China's future role in the global economy. The Summit will include presentations from many Chinese companies, providing an excellent platform for those companies to connect and communicate with investors who are interested in Chinese investment opportunities.

    About China Nutrifruit Group Limited

    Through its subsidiary Daqing Longheda Food Company Limited, China Nutrifruit, is engaged in developing, processing, marketing and distributing a variety of food products processed primarily from premium specialty fruits grown in Northeast China, including golden berry, crab apple, blueberry and raspberry. The Company's processing facility possesses ISO9001 and HACCP series qualifications. Currently, the Company has established an extensive nationwide sales and distribution network through 20 provinces in China. For more information, please visit http://www.chinanutrifruit.com/ .

    For more information, please contact: Company Contact: Mr. Colman Cheng, Chief Financial Officer China Nutrifruit Group Limited Tel +852-9039-8111 Email: zsj@longheda.net Web: http://www.chinanutrifruit.com/ Investor Relations Contact: CCG Investor Relations Elaine Ketchmere, Partner Tel: +1-310-954-1345 (LA office) Email: elaine.ketchmere@ccgir.com Mr. Crocker Coulson, President Tel: +1-646-213-1915 (NY office) Email: crocker.coulson@ccgir.com Web: http://www.ccgirasia.com/

    China Nutrifruit Group Limited

    CONTACT: Colman Cheng, Chief Financial Officer of China Nutrifruit Group
    Limited, +852-9039-8111, zsj@longheda.net; or Elaine Ketchmere, Partner,
    +1-310-954-1345 (LA office), elaine.ketchmere@ccgir.com, or Crocker Coulson,
    President, +1-646-213-1915 (NY office), crocker.coulson@ccgir.com, both of CCG
    Investor Relations

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




    China Yongxin Pharmaceuticals Reports a 26% Increase in net Income for the 2009 Fiscal YearYear-end Reflects 37% Gross Profit Increase and Higher Gross Margins in Line With Refocus of Strategy Aimed at Higher Profit Retail Activities

    CHANGCHUN, China and LOS ANGELES, April 6 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- China Yongxin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: CYXN) (the "Company" or "China Yongxin"), a fast-growing vertically-integrated health products company in China, announced today its financial results for the fourth quarter and for the year ended December 31, 2009.

    Net income increased to $5.1 million in 2009, a 26% increase over $4.1 million in 2008. The increase was primarily related to higher margin sales and was largely due to an increase in gross profit resulting from a change in the composition of products sold, specifically, an increase in retail product sales.

    Revenues for the year ended 2009 decreased to $47.6 million, or 19.5% from $59.1 million for 2008. The decrease in total revenue was due to the transition of the Company's sales strategy, which, because of the uncertain direction of the National Medical Policy, had been refocused from the wholesale business to the retail and medical facilities sector. Although a broader product portfolio and expanded marketing activities increased 2009 revenues from the Company's retail drug stores by approximately 27.9% over the prior year, it was not sufficient to completely offset a decrease in revenue from the Company's wholesale business, resulting in comparably lower total net revenue. The substantial increase in revenue from the retail segment was attributable to the addition of seven new retail drugstores in 2009, all located in prime locations in the center of cities in Jilin province. To further its new retail oriented sales strategy, the Company recently announced its plan to open 28 new retail stores in 2010.

    The Company also reported that basic and diluted earnings per share increased to $0.15 for the year ended December 31, 2009 compared to $0.13 for 2008, based on 35.1 million and 31.2 million diluted weighted average shares outstanding for 2009 and 2008, respectively, and 33.2 million and 31.2 million basic weighted averages shares outstanding for 2009 and 2008, respectively. These shares do not include approximately 1.67 million shares of preferred stock owned by management, which is convertible into 10 million shares of common stock.

    The cost of goods sold for the year was $31.3 million, a significant reduction compared to $47.2 million in the prior year. The decrease corresponded with a decrease in sales volume. However, the Company was able to reduce the cost of sales to net sales percentage from approximately 80% in 2008 to 66% in 2009 due to a change in product mix in which the proportion of products sold with higher profit margins increased, such as cosmetics and certain health and nutritional products. The Company improved its gross profit margin by approximately 37.2% from $11.9 million in 2008 to $16.3 million in 2009. The increase in gross margins was primarily due to higher margin retail and medical facilities sales.

    Operating expenses for 2009 were $7.1 million, compared to $6.0 million in 2008. Selling expenses remained at approximately the same level, at $3.5 million. Management believes that in 2009 the Company prudently managed utilities usage, transportation costs and sales people to effectively reduce selling expenses and maintain its gross profit. General and administrative expenses for 2009 increased approximately 43.0% to $3.6 million, compared to $2.5 million in 2008. The majority of the increase was related to litigation which was recently concluded.

    Income from operations for 2009 was approximately $9.2 million, an increase from the $5.9 million for 2008. Operating margins were 18% and 9.8% for 2009 and 2008, respectively. A substantial portion of the increase resulted from the expansion of the hospital market business and the increase of the sale of the health care, cosmetic and nutrition products as well as medical facilities sales.

    Mr. Yongxin Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, commented, "During 2007, the Company anticipated potential impact on its wholesale distribution business resulting from uncertainty created by the proposed National Medical Policy. We were pleased that the Chinese government's August 18th issuance of China's Essential Drug List (the "EDL") included over 300 commonly used pharmaceuticals that will be subsidized by the government to provide easier access to all citizens. The Company is a retailer or distributor of 295 of the products on the EDL. We continue to be encouraged by the government's successful effort toward healthcare reform and efforts to boost domestic spending."

    Mr. Liu also added, "Our income growth in 2009 indicates that our business model has placed the Company in a strong position to take positive advantage of increased government support of health care and the continued expansion of the economy in China." On March 9 2009, China Yongxin once again demonstrated its "state-of-the-art" approach to providing retail drug customers with a high level of service by formally launching its proprietary Electronic Diagnosis System (the "System"), of which 20 Systems have been installed so far in chain drugstores located in Changchun, Jilin. This proprietary system enables our customers to remotely receive medical diagnosis and conveniently purchase prescription drugs at that store. The Company continues to improve the level of service it offers and leverage its large and growing base of customers who opt in as drugstore "members" and who are then entitled to discounts, rebates and special offers. This strategy, in addition to selling a broader array of higher margin health, beauty and cosmetic products has increased customer retention and improved revenue and profitability in this business segment.

    Since the beginning of 2009, China Yongxin has signed 12 exclusive distribution agreements for high margin pharmaceutical products within Jilin province with several well-known pharmaceutical manufacturers including Tianjin Smith Kline and French Laboratories Ltd. As of June 30, 2009, China Yongxin has approximately 216 drugs with exclusive distribution rights in Jilin province. This portfolio is a key component of its long-term growth strategy to leverage the large distribution center and channels established to drive incremental future revenue growth. These agreements are typically one year in duration and are renewable.

    (TABLE TO FOLLOW) China Yongxin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Consolidated Statements of Income for the Years Ended December 31, 2009 and 2008 2009 2008 Net Revenues $ 47,589,280 $ 59,116,534 Cost of Goods Sold (31,271,463) (47,226,275) Gross profit 16,317,817 11,890,259 Operating Expenses: Selling expenses 3,543,383 3,521,147 General and administrative expenses 3,575,059 2,500,366 Total operating expenses 7,118,442 6,021,513 Income From Operations 9,199,376 5,868,745 Other Income (Expense): Other income 278,846 690,516 Other expense (137,849) (152,469) Interest income (expense) 9,173 (6,679) Total other income 150,170 531,368 Operating Income Before Income Tax and Non controlling Interest 9,349,545 6,400,113 Provision for income tax (2,594,483) (1,009,643) Net Income Before Non controlling Interest and Discontinued operations 6,755,062 5,390,470 Loss from discontinued operations (30,951) (84,850) Net Income Before Non controlling Interest 6,724,111 5,305,619 Non controlling interest (1,599,122) (1,239,480) Net Income 5,124,989 4,066,139 Other Comprehensive Item: Foreign exchange translation gain 123,209 824,961 Net Comprehensive Income $ 5,248,198 $ 4,891,100 Earnings per share Basic $ 0.15 $ 0.13 Diluted $ 0.15 $ 0.13 Weighted average number of shares outstanding Basic 33,240,797 31,150,819 Diluted 35,070,051 31,150,819 About China Yongxin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

    Founded in 1993, China Yongxin Pharmaceutical, Inc. is a vertically-integrated retailer and distributor of Chinese traditional medicines, pharmaceutical preparations, natural health products, health food, cosmetics, and medical equipment in northeastern China. Its retail operations began in 2004, and in 2005, it gained franchise rights from one of the world's largest drug chains for China's Jilin province. The Company had become one of the fastest growing drug retailers in China through its retail chain of 93 drug outlets as well as wholesale distribution in northeastern China. For more information about China Yongxin Pharmaceuticals Inc., please visit http://www.yongxinchina.com/ .

    Forward Looking Statements

    This news release contains certain "forward-looking statements." Forward- looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions and are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified, and many of which are beyond the Company's control. The forward-looking statements are also identified through the use of words "believe," enable," "may," "will," "could," "intends," "estimate," "anticipate," "plan," "predict" "probable," "potential," "possible," "should," "continue," "project", "expect" and other words of similar meaning. Actual results could differ materially from these forward-looking statements as a result of a number of risk factors detailed in the Company's periodic reports filed with the SEC. Given these risks and uncertainties, investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements and no assurances can be given that such statements will be achieved. China Yongxin Pharmaceuticals Inc. does not assume any duty to publicly update or revise the material contained herein.

    For more information, please contact: CORPORATE China Yongxin Pharmaceuticals Inc. Sam Liu, COO Tel: +1-626-581-9098 Email: info@yongxinchina.com INVESTOR RELATIONS Strategic Growth International, Inc. Richard Cooper / Linda Ni Tel: +1-212-838-1444 Email: rcooper@sgi-ir.com; lni@sgi-ir.com

    China Yongxin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

    CONTACT: Sam Liu, COO of China Yongxin Pharmaceuticals Inc.,
    +1-626-581-9098, info@yongxinchina.com; or investors, Richard Cooper,
    rcooper@sgi-ir.com, or Linda Ni, lni@sgi-ir.com, both of Strategic Growth
    International, Inc., +1-212-838-1444

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

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