New Water Filtration System Certified to Reduce More Contaminants Than any Other Brand, Launches in Canada on World Water Day, With Event Featuring Dr. David Suzuki & TerraCycle

Environmental stewardship program with TerraCycle is formally introduced, and individual responsibility for caring for the environment and water is encouraged by Dr. David Suzuki at official launch event

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – March 22, 2017) –

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PUR Water Filter Systems, from Helen of Troy Health and Home, officially launches in Canada today at an event featuring Dr. David Suzuki discussing the individual responsibility each Canadian has to the environment, and more specifically, water quality. PUR also launches its environmental stewardship and recycling program in conjunction with TerraCycle.

The next generation of PUR water filtration systems are certified to remove 99% of lead from drinking water. PUR launches two categories today as follows:

  1. PUR Ultimate Pitcher Filtration System with Lead Reduction in 7-cup and 11-cup formats, plus respective filters. PUR pitchers are certified by WQA (Water Quality Association) to remove 14 contaminants including 99% of lead, 96% of mercury and 92% of certain pesticides, more than any other brand. 1
  1. PUR Advanced Faucet Filtration System, plus respective filter. PUR faucet filters are certified to remove over 70 contaminants including 99% of lead, 96% of mercury and 92% of certain pesticides, more than any other brand. 1

PUR pitcher and faucet water filtration systems feature MAXION® Filter Technology; PUR’s unique formulation approach for blending carbon and ion exchange materials for maximum contaminant reduction. PUR’s water filtration systems are certified by both the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) and WQA to remove 99% of lead in drinking water.

„Drinking water takes a long journey when it leaves local treatment facilities and it’s often not as clean once it gets to home faucets,” advises Mr. Michael Mitchell, Director of Advanced Technologies for Helen of Troy Health and Home. According to Health Canada, Canadian Water Network and Canadian Water Quality Association, a majority of water infrastructures are aging and that increases the risk for contaminants such as lead, mercury, chlorine, pollutants, pesticides, and microbial cysts. 2,3,4

Kevin Wong, Executive Director of Canadian Water Quality Association confirms traces of these contaminants are found in regular municipal drinking water. „CWQA has been championing testing and establishing guidelines for safe drinking water with all levels of government for many years,” said Mr. Wong.

MAXION® Filter Technology, empowers consumers to care for their water with an affordable solution (pitchers and faucet filtration systems) to provide healthier, great-tasting water and peace of mind. However, when it comes to the PUR Advanced Faucet Filtration system, it features PUR MineralClear®, which filters water over natural minerals for a crisp, refreshing taste, plus it removes 10x more contaminants than the leading brand water pitcher. 5

Mr. Mitchell concludes, „The MAXION filtration system is an industry leading technology that reduces contaminants that may be found in drinking water. For example, PUR’s pitchers reduce 14 contaminants, and the faucet filtration systems reduce over 70 contaminants. Both the pitcher and faucet filter systems are certified to remove 99% of lead, plus the taste and odour of chlorine”.

According to Dr. David Suzuki, it’s becoming more important for the individual to care not only for the environment, but to take action on a personal level. Dr. Suzuki’s latest research and work dedicated to the challenge of the 21st century and setting the bottom-line in the anthropocene, reveals that humans have a dependence on clean air and water, and that the web of all of life on earth is responsible for cleansing, replenishing and creating air and water amongst other factors. More insights from his speech from the event, are available via b-roll video adjoined to this release.

PUR takes environmental stewardship very seriously, and in addition to creating an industry leading water filtration system, has gone one step further by partnering with TerraCylce, with a national recycling program, to help consumers reduce the impact of the water filtration system and product packaging on the environment. The PUR Recycling Program is open to any interested individual, school, office, or community organization. Participation is as easy as signing up on the TerraCylce website ( Upon registering, TerraCycle then sends pre-paid shipping labels to the end user to send back waste, and uses it to up-cycle, recycle, and even creates art with it!

The new PUR Ultimate Pitcher and PUR Advanced Faucet Filtration systems are available at Home Hardware, London Drugs, and Linen Chest, at the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $29.99 for the 7-cup pitcher, $39.99 for the 11-cup pitcher, $49.99 for the faucet filtration system, and replacement filters start at $16.99.

For more information about PUR water filtration systems or PUR’s MAXION® Filter Technology, visit

  1. As of 13/03/17 NSF + WOA Certification comparison valid for faucet mount and pour-through filters in Canada
  2. Water Talk: Reducing Your Exposure to Lead from Drinking Water, Health Canada. Retrieved from
  3. Canadian Water Network. Retreived from
  4. Confirmation from CWOA (Canadian Water Quality Association)
  5. Valid as of 14/03/17. Based on comparison of PUR faucet mount filter Model PFF991C vs. Brita pitcher filter Model OB03 in Canada

About PUR

Marketed by the Health and Home division of Helen of Troy Limited (NASDAQ NM: HELE), PUR® is a technically advanced brand in the at-home water filtration category for faucet water filters, water pitchers, and replacement filters. MAXION® Filter Technology is PUR’s commitment to superior filtration performance and innovation, by using activated carbon and ion exchange. It is certified to reduce more contaminants than any other brand. Certififed by NSF International and the Water Quality Association for their contamination reduction, PUR’s water faucet filters are certified to reduce over 70 contaminants including 99% of lead, 96% of mercury and 92% of certain pesticides while their water filter pitchers are certified by WQA to remove 99% of lead, 96% of mercury and 92% of certain industrial pollutants. For more information about PUR, please visit

About Helen of Troy Limited

Helen of Troy Limited is a leading global consumer products company offering creative solutions for its customers through a strong portfolio of well-recognized and widely-trusted brands, including OXO®, OXO Tot®, Hydro Flask®, Vicks®, Braun®, Febreeze®; Revlon®, Pro Beauty Tools®, Sure®, Pert®, Infusium23®, Brut®, Ammens®, Hot Tools®, Bed Head®, Dr. Sinatra®, Dr. David Williams, and Dr. Whitaker®. All trademarks herein belong to Helen of Troy Limited (or its affiliates) and/or are used under license from their respective licensors. For more information about Helen of Troy Limited, please visit

About TerraCycle

TerraCycle is a Progressive Waste Solutions partner, takes difficult-to-recycle packaging and turns it into affordable & innovative products. Founded in 2001, TerraCycle is the world leader in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable postconsumer waste. It repurposes the waste into sustainable, affordable materials and consumer products. In 21 countries, the waste is collected through programs that donate money to schools and charities. To learn more, visit

About Dr. David Suzuki

Dr. David Suzuki is one of the world’s most recognizable and influential Environmentalists. In a long and distinguished public career, Dr. Suzuki has raised public consciousness about environmental issues and inspired massive efforts to preserve and protect our natural world. Dr. Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, the 2012 Inamori Ethics Prize, the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, and UNEP’s Global 500; and was named one of Canada’s Greatest Explorers by Canadian Geographic. Dr. Suzuki is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and holds 28 honorary degrees from universities around the world. He is familiar to television audiences as host of the CBC science and natural history television series The Nature of Things, and to radio audiences as the original host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks, as well as the acclaimed series It’s a Matter of Survival and From Naked Ape to Superspecies. Full BIO can be found in press kit.

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Biopreservation Market Deep Research Study with Forecast by 2025

Albany, NY — (SBWIRE) — 03/22/2017 — Global Biopreservation Market: Overview

Biopreservation involves maintaining the functionality and integrity of cells, tissues, and organs outside their natural environment for an extended period of storage at different temperatures. For instance, vaccines save 3 million lives every year in the U.S, however, vaccines worth US$ 20 million are wasted each year due to inadequate storage and improper refrigeration.

Biopreservation safeguards the stability, purity, and quality of biospecimens saved in hospitals, biobanks, and gene banks. For instance, preservation of red blood cells (RBCs) is required for the ready availability of safe blood for blood transfusion needs. The biopreservation of RBCs for clinical purposes can be divided on the basis of techniques used to attain biologic stability and safeguard a viable state after extended storage times.

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Global Biopreservation Market: Key Trends

The major factors driving the global biopreservation market include increasing R&D expenditure, increasing number of sperm and egg banks, increasing demand for preserving the stem cells of newborns, and rising adoption of regenerative medicine.

Across the world, the increasing healthcare expenditure for health and well-being will stimulate the growth of the biopreservation market. This is because healthcare expenditure accounts for a significant part of the developmental budget of most countries. According to data from the World Bank, public healthcare spending is expected to rise at a substantially high rate, which along with a substantial healthcare spending will be an important driver for gene banks, hospitals, and biobanks, which are the key end-users of biopreservation market.

A large population afflicted with chronic disorders such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, and hypertension as well as lifestyle diseases will bolster the market’s growth. The increasing public and private spending on, medical goods and services, rising disposable income, increasing demand for biobanking services for the preservation of cells, tissues, and organs, and rising disposable income are also expected to further enhance the growth of the global biopreservation market.

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Global Biopreservation Market: Market Potential

In a recent development in the biopreservation industry, BioLife Solutions, a leading name in developing, manufacturing, and marketing of proprietary cell and tissue has entered into a ten year business supply agreement with Bellicum Pharmaceuticals. The latter is a leading name in the development of cellular immunotherapies for cancers and inherited blood disorders. On account of this supply agreement, BioLife’s CryoStor cell freeze media is incorporated into Bellicum’s production process for various cellular immunotherapies that targets blood cancers and solid tumors.

In another industry development, BioLife Solutions has entered into a partnership with transportation firm MNX and expects heightened demand for its biologistics services with the entry of more cell therapies into the clinic.

Global Biopreservation Market: Regional Outlook

The global biopreservation market can be analyzed with respect to the regional segments of North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World. In North America, the U.S. accounts for almost half the revenue of the region. This is due to the increasing demand for detection of chronic diseases, government stipulations for the ethical usage of biological samples, and introduction of newer of biopreservation methodologies.

Asia Pacific biopreservation market, driven by India and China will display a sustainable growth over the next couple of years

Global Biopreservation Market: Competitive Analysis

Some of the key companies operating in the global Biopreservation market include Thermo Fischer Scientific Inc., VWR Corporation, Lifeline Scientific Inc., BioCision LLC, Custom Biogenic Systems Inc., Princeton Cryotech Inc., Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, Biolife Solutions Inc., Cesca Therapeutics Inc., Core Dynamics Ltd., and So-Low Environmental Equipment Co. Inc.

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Top companies in the market are focused on mergers and acquisitions, practicing effective services, and develop new products to stay competitive in the biopreservation market. Expanding geographical reach and developing a broad product portfolio with respect to refrigerators, freezers, and consumables is also leading to the increased market share of some of the top players.

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Jamf Prepared with Pre Zero-day Support for All Apple Spring 2017 Releases

/ — MINNEAPOLIS, MN–(Marketwired – Mar 22, 2017) – Jamf, the leader in Apple device management, announced support for the upcoming Apple releases of iOS, macOS and tvOS. When customers upgrade their iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV, IT administrators using Jamf Pro (formerly Casper Suite) or Jamf Now (formerly Bushel) can be confident their management workflows will be uninterrupted. Committed to helping organizations succeed with Apple, Jamf has offered zero-day support for all Apple releases for over a decade, ensuring customers can take advantage of new Apple technology as it becomes available.

Jamf Pro Supports Operating Systems’ New Functionality
In addition to version compatibility, Jamf Pro, a solution designed specifically for professional Apple administrators, supports the new functionality launched for macOS, iOS and tvOS. This includes new security capabilities and configuration management for devices, additional managed restrictions, a new version of Apple’s Classroom app, making it easier to set up ad-hoc classrooms, and substantial new device management capabilities for Apple TV, including zero-touch setup, configuration and app distribution.

Apple TV With New Management Capabilities Will Transform Experiences
„For the first time, businesses and schools can set up and manage Apple TV just like they do iPhone or iPad, which means they can not only mass deploy Apple TV with ease, but create a seamless and interconnected experience between Apple devices,” said Dave Alampi, vice president of product management and marketing, Jamf. „And, the desire to make Apple TV management more turnkey is there. In a recent survey of 959 IT admins on Jamf Nation, 97 percent reported Apple TV devices in their environment, with 35 percent saying they have 50-plus TVs. When asked about Apple TV growth, 44 percent of respondents are planning to add more Apple TV devices in the next year.”

„We imagined teachers being able to display any historic picture, map or other educational content on a classroom display with the simple command of their voice,” said Blair Anderson, technology manager, Shawnee Heights School District in Tecumseh, Kansas. „That’s why we deployed fourth generation Apple TV devices to every classroom and conference room in the district. Being able to use Jamf Pro to manage our entire ecosystem of Apple products, including Mac, iPad and Apple TV, lets us transform, yet supervise, the total learning experience for students and help improve teacher effectiveness.”

„As usual, Apple’s new functionality for iOS, macOS and tvOS coupled with Jamf’s zero-day support will help organizations empower people with technology that puts the user first,” said Dean Hager, CEO, Jamf. „Specifically, the new management support for Apple TV opens up tremendous potential for transformation in education, healthcare, hospitality and boardrooms around the world. We have only seen the beginning of what life looks like in a world of network connected things. I look forward to the automation we can help organizations achieve by supporting future Apple innovations the day they become available.”

About Jamf
Since 2002, Jamf has been solely focused on helping organizations succeed with Apple. Jamf is committed to enabling IT to empower end users and bring the legendary Apple experience to businesses, education and government organizations via its Jamf Pro and Jamf Now produces, and the 42,000+ member Jamf Nation Community. Today, more than 10,000 global customers rely on Jamf to manage 7 million Apple devices. To learn more, visit:

Druva and Carahsoft Deliver Cloud Data Protection to the Public Sector

/ — SUNNYVALE, CA and RESTON, VA–(Marketwired – Mar 22, 2017) – Druva, the leader in cloud data protection and information management, and Carahsoft Technology Corp., the trusted government IT solutions provider, today announced that Carahsoft will serve as Druva’s public sector distribution partner. Under this agreement, Carahsoft will proactively market and sell Druva inSync, the company’s flagship cloud data protection and information management solution, which Carahsoft will make available to the public sector and its reseller ecosystem via Carahsoft’s SEWP contracts. The solution enables agencies to securely manage data protection and information governance across endpoints and cloud applications with unparalleled ease and sophistication.

„Today’s public sector organizations require the highest levels of security and data privacy. In addition to the best technologies, the need to operate in a secure cloud environment and adhere to standards such as FIPS 140 is a unique and demanding need,” said Dave Packer, Vice President of Corporate and Product Marketing at Druva. „Whether part of the federal, state or local government, organizations now require data solutions that are compliant with the latest regulations and deliver the most cutting edge technologies. With the Druva and Carahsoft partnership, the public sector can now easily and assuredly protect their users’ valuable data while adhering to all regulations and compliance requirements.”

Embracing modern data protection poses a unique set of challenges for federal, state and local government agencies and contractors, especially when it comes to security requirements and cloud deployments. Druva inSync enables government organizations to overcome these barriers, delivering a U.S. government-compliant cloud environment that adheres to FIPS and ITAR regulations. Moreover, Druva inSync is built on AWS GovCloud which is a FISMA and FedRAMP compliant infrastructure that keeps data protected around the clock.

Druva provides an integrated Cloud Information Management solution that unifies data protection and governance to provide increased data visibility and manageability across laptops, PCs, smart devices and cloud applications (e.g., Microsoft Office 365, Google G Suite and Box). Its flagship product Druva inSync allows agencies to have a single data control panel for backup/recovery, compliance monitoring, federated search, anomaly detection and eDiscovery processes across these endpoints and cloud applications. Organizations are able to alleviate data risks and simplify business processes without impacting employee productivity.

„With the addition of Druva inSync to our data protection offerings, we are able to deliver a complete solution in user data backup and management, and provide our government customers and reseller partners with a capability that increases the visibility and availability of cloud data, while reducing risk, complexity and cost,” said Brian O’Donnell, Vice President at Carahsoft. „We are especially excited about the security of their cloud application, which is FIPS 140 validated with AWS GovCloud availability, as well as Druva’s ability to provide a restore solution for endpoints and cloud applications that can be done at any time, even during an attack.”

Druva InSync is available immediately via Carahsoft’s SEWP Contracts NNG15SC03B and NNG15SC27B. For more information, contact Carahsoft at 703-889-9818; or register for a complimentary webcast titled, „Protect Data in the Era of Modern IT,” being held April 4, 2017 at 11am ET.

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About Druva
Druva is the leader in cloud data protection and information management, leveraging the public cloud to offer a single pane of glass to protect, preserve and discover information — dramatically increasing the availability and visibility of business critical information, while reducing the risk, cost and complexity of managing and protecting it.

Druva’s award-winning solutions intelligently collect data, and unify backup, disaster recovery, archival and governance capabilities onto a single, optimized data set. As the industry’s fastest growing data protection provider, Druva is trusted by over 4,000 global organizations and protects over 25 PB of data. Learn more at and join the conversation at

About Carahsoft
Carahsoft Technology Corp. is the trusted Government IT solutions provider. As a top-performing GSA Schedule and SEWP contract holder, Carahsoft serves as the master government aggregator for many of its best-of-breed technology vendors, supporting an extensive ecosystem of manufacturers, value-added resellers, system integrators, and consulting partners committed to helping government agencies select and implement the best solution at the best possible value.

The company’s dedicated Solutions Divisions proactively market, sell and deliver VMware, Symantec, Veritas, EMC, Adobe, F5 Networks, Google Cloud, ServiceNow, Open Source, HPE Software, SAP, Salesforce, and Innovative and Intelligence products and services, among others. Carahsoft is consistently recognized by its partners as a top revenue producer, and is listed annually among the industry’s fastest growing and largest firms by CRN, Inc., Forbes, Washington Technology, The Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, and SmartCEO. Visit us at

GitLab Unveils Enterprise 9.0 to Make Software Development Easier and More Accessible for Everyone

/ — SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – Mar 22, 2017) – Today GitLab announced the release of GitLab 9.0 to help enterprise teams solve the new challenges they face in modernizing their software development practices. There has been a massive shift in how enterprises build products and organize teams, yet the tools they have been using have not evolved in equal measure. GitLab 9.0 offers global enterprise organizations — including NASA, IBM and CERN — a single platform that addresses these rapidly shifting work demands, and covers 100 percent of the modern software development lifecycle.

„Enterprises are in dire need of better collaboration solutions that provide visibility and accountability across teams and a better formula for how they measure and monitor the development process,” said Job van der Voort, VP of products at „GitLab holds itself to a consistent monthly release cycle to bring constant improvements and new tools that directly support the developers even as their needs change. GitLab 9.0 marks the 64th consecutive monthly release and introduces industry-first features that simplify development and the management of projects across teams and enterprises.”

IDC predicts that by 2018, „70 percent of siloed digital transformation initiatives will ultimately fail because of insufficient collaboration, integration, sourcing or project management.” GitLab 9.0 includes features that extend the reach of the tool beyond development into application monitoring and provide more comprehensive control and insight into specific team projects. Specific new features and benefits include:

Better Collaboration and Discrete Ownership
GitLab Subgroups enables large-scale teams to better assign ownership for development projects through more robust access control functionality. With GitLab Subgroups, enterprises can take project ownership to the next level to assign tasks based on organizational hierarchy for better visibility and control across all projects.

Complete Visibility Throughout Code Deployments
With GitLab Deploy Board, teams now gain complete visibility into the software rollout process. This gives both development and ops personnel the ability to monitor a deploy from start to finish, identify where something breaks, and easily stop or roll back the process with a simple click.

Built-in Application Monitoring
Through the cloud-native Prometheus environment monitoring feature, performance monitoring is now a default tool, eliminating the hassle of installing a separate monitoring solution. With this feature, enterprises can identify application errors and implement a strategic process for updating their code. This feature gives developers the ability to deliver the complete development lifecycle from within GitLab, incorporating monitoring into the idea-to-production process championed by the company.

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About GitLab
Founded in 2014, GitLab Inc. is the company behind the leading self-hosted modern software development platform. GitLab, initially started as a version control tool, is now the only platform that brings 100% of a team’s software development lifecycle into a single interface. GitLab provides a unified experience for chat, issue tracking, code review, continuous integration & delivery (CI/CD), release cycle analytics and application performance monitoring (APM). With one end-to-end software development platform, GitLab helps teams eliminate unnecessary steps from their workflow and focus exclusively on building great software. Today, more than 100,000 organizations, including like NASA, CERN, Alibaba, SpaceX, O’Reilly, IBM and ING, trust GitLab to bring their modern applications from idea to production, reliably and repeatedly.

Calgary Airport Authority Once Again One of Alberta’s Top Workplaces

/ — CALGARY, AB–(Marketwired – March 22, 2017) – The Calgary Airport Authority has once again been recognized as a leader in creating one of the best places to work in Alberta.

The Top Employer designation presented by Mediacorp recognizes employers that are committed to creating a vibrant and rewarding work environment. This is the eighth time that the Authority has been acknowledged for creating a great workplace for the Authority employees (also known as the YYC Crew) who are focused on developing, maintaining and operating YYC Calgary International Airport.

„People truly are what makes an organization successful and we know that our 300 employees have an incredible amount of passion for making YYC Calgary International Airport one of the best airport facilities in the country,” said Cynthia Tremblay, Vice President of Human Resources for The Calgary Airport Authority. „Investing in the continued development of our people, and opportunities to grow together by giving back to our community, are just a few examples of what keeps the best and the brightest talent within our organization. We continually hear from our YYC Crew that in addition to the rewarding and very unique work environment, people love working at the Authority because of the great programs we’ve built.”

This year, the Authority will be celebrating its 25-year anniversary with an initiative focused on furthering its engagement programs. The campaign — 25 years, 25 moments — will be employee-driven with the Crew giving back to the Calgary and airport community through various events and initiatives throughout 2017.

The Authority’s key employee offerings include: ongoing professional development, an employee-led engagement program, a robust benefits and pension program, meaningful student work opportunities, and a peer-to-peer recognition program. Additionally, Authority employees have the opportunity to participate in numerous volunteer and social initiatives such as lunchtime yoga, Calgary Corporate Challenge, and opportunities to volunteer at the Mustard Seed.


The Calgary Airport Authority is a not-for-profit, non-share capital organization, incorporated under the Alberta Regional Airports Authorities Act, and is responsible for the safe, secure and efficient management of the YYC Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Springbank Airport (YBW) under long-term lease from the Government of Canada. YYC’s mandate is to advance economic and community development by providing improved airline and transportation services for the benefit of the public. The Authority has invested over $4 billion into the continued development of YYC, opening Canada’s longest runway in 2014 and a new International Terminal in 2016. YYC is a key economic driver for Calgary and Alberta, generating more than $8 billion in economic activity annually and creating 48,000 jobs.

Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo Announces 2017 Keynote and Full Speaker Lineup

/ — SANTA MONICA, CA–(Marketwired – March 22, 2017) – The Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, North America’s largest advanced clean transportation event, today announced the featured speaker lineup for its 2017 conference, taking place May 1-4 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Southern California. Throughout the four-day event, attendees will learn from organizations that are driving clean transportation progress across all fleet applications in the midst of an ever-changing market and regulatory environment. All alternative fuels and advanced clean vehicles technologies will be covered — including electric, hybrid, hydrogen, natural gas, propane autogas, renewable diesel, and efficiency technologies. View the full agenda.

„In developing the agenda for the annual ACT Expo, we aim to bring together the leading fleet operators and other industry stakeholders that can share insight into the business case behind their commitment to deploying alternative fuel vehicles and expanding infrastructure,” explained Erik Neandross, CEO of clean transportation consulting firm and producers of the event, GNA. „From mitigating the impact of volatile petroleum prices to proactively addressing continually tightening emissions regulations, attendees will learn how low carbon fuels and advanced vehicle technologies will provide fleets with a competitive advantage in the near- and long-term.”

The opening keynote presentation will be provided by Thom Shea, a highly decorated U.S. Navy SEAL, distinguished author, renowned leadership coach, and president and CEO of Adamantine Alliance. With a number of policy and budget changes at the federal level, and the always present oil price roller coaster, the advanced technology and alternative fuels sectors face continued uncertainty and possible headwinds. Shea will share first-hand accounts from his time as a Navy SEAL and exhilarating insight on how the world’s most successful people can thrive in the face of adversity and uncertainty.

A public policy roundtable will feature leading policymakers and public agencies discuss how the new administration in Washington, DC will shift the landscape for advanced clean transportation technologies and infrastructure. Policy and regulatory influences have always played a critical role in fuel efficiency standards, cleaner engines, and other advanced vehicle technology development, procurement, and deployment — all of which affect fleet operations. Panelists include:

  • Margo Oge, former director of the Office of Transportation Air Quality at the U.S. EPA and author of „Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars,” who will provide insight into what to expect over the next four years at the EPA given her more than 30 years with the agency.
  • Randy Frye, State Representative of District 67 at the Indiana State House of Representatives, who worked with U.S. VP Mike Pence to advance alternative fuel vehicles in Indiana.
  • Anne Korin, co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) and senior adviser to the United States Energy Security Council, who has an in-depth understanding of the effect of petroleum resources in the current geopolitical landscape.
  • Sandra Berg, Vice Chair of the California Air Resources Board, who is urging the state of California to continue leading the nation in the development and deployment of clean transportation solutions.

Other featured speakers include:

  • Mike Casteel, Director of Fleet Procurement, UPS
  • Gary Maresca, Senior Director of Fleet Services, Bimbo Bakeries USA
  • Mark Matheson, CEO & President, Matheson Trucking
  • Kathryn Garcia, Commissioner, New York City Department of Sanitation
  • Pete Melin, Director of Zero Emission Technology, Metro Transit of King County
  • Mike Silva, Civil Engineer & Project Manager, CR&R
  • Kary Schaefer, General Manager of Marketing & Strategy, Daimler Trucks North America
  • Steve Center, VP of Environmental Business Development & Product Regulatory Office, American Honda
  • Bob Myers, Division Chief of Equipment, California Department of Transportation
  • Jonathan Randall, Senior Vice President of North American Sales, Mack Trucks
  • Rob Neitzke, President, Cummins Westport

The 2017 ACT Expo program is planned in partnership with leading industry associations-including the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE), Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), Businesses for Social Responsibility (BSR), the California Hydrogen Business Council, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), and the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities team, among many others.

Additional speakers, including keynotes, will be announced over the next few weeks. Value registration rates are available until March 31st. For more information, visit

About the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo

ACT Expo is North America’s largest clean vehicle event, representing all weight classes and alternative fuels-including electric, hybrid, hydrogen, natural gas, propane autogas, renewable fuels, and advanced technologies. The seventh year conference and expo is set for May 1-4, 2017 in Long Beach, California and is expected to assemble thousands of attendees from across the advanced vehicle and alternative fuels industries. The annual event is produced by Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA), the leading North American consulting firm specializing in market development for low-emission and alternative fuel vehicle technologies, infrastructure and fuels for both on and off-road applications. GNA and Penton Trucking, the transportation industry’s leading business intelligence provider and home of many premier brands for trucking insights, formed a strategic partnership in 2017 to further grow the annual event. Learn more at and

Viveve Announces Closing of Public Offering of Shares of Common Stock

/ — SUNNYVALE, CA–(Marketwired – March 22, 2017) – Viveve Medical, Inc. („Viveve”) (NASDAQ: VIVE), a medical technology company focused on women’s health, today announced the closing of its previously announced underwritten public offering of 8,625,000 shares of its common stock at a public offering price of $4.00 per share, including shares of common stock issued upon the full exercise by the underwriters of their option to purchase additional shares. Viveve estimates net proceeds from the offering will be approximately $31.7 million, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses.

Cowen and Company, LLC and Raymond James & Associates, Inc. acted as joint book-running managers of the offering. Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc., a subsidiary of Ladenburg Financial Services Inc., acted as co-manager.

This announcement shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy these securities nor shall there be any offer or sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. The securities described above are being offered by Viveve pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-1 declared effective by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the „SEC”) on March 16, 2017. Copies of the final prospectus filed with the SEC can be obtained from Cowen and Company, LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Services, Attention: Prospectus Department, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, or by telephone at (631) 274-2806 or by fax at (631) 254-7140; or Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Attention: Equity Syndicate, 880 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg, FL 33716, or by telephone at (800) 248-8863, or by e-mail at; or by accessing the SEC’s website,

About Viveve

Viveve Medical, Inc. is a women’s health and wellness company passionately committed to advancing new solutions to improve women’s overall well-being and quality of life. The company’s internationally patented Viveve® System, that delivers the GENEVEVE™ treatment, incorporates clinically-proven, cryogen-cooled, monopolar radiofrequency (CMRF) to uniformly deliver volumetric heating while gently cooling surface tissue to generate robust neocollagenesis in one 30-minute in-office session. In the United States, the Viveve System is cleared by the FDA for general surgical procedures for electrocoagulation and hemostasis. Consistent with approvals in many countries internationally, Viveve is currently seeking regulatory approval in the United States for improvement in sexual function in women. For more information visit Viveve’s website at

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Joe Negron: Why Are Black South Floridians Not Part Of Discussions?

Joe Negron

Joe Negron

Joe Negron, Florida’s Senate President, recently announced a plan to buy up 60,000 acres of land in the poor, mostly black communities.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL, UNITED STATES, March 22, 2017 / — Joe Negron: Why Are Black South Floridians Not Part Of Discussions?

(By Janet Taylor, Hendry County Commissioner and Chairwoman of #GladesLivesMatter) Joe Negron, Florida’s Senate President, recently announced a plan to buy up 60,000 acres of land in the poor, mostly black communities south of Lake Okeechobee. Should Republican Senator Joe Negron convince legislators to get the state and federal government to spend $2.4 billion on buying the land, he will need to ask for another $2 billion to store dirty water coming from wealthy coastal communities.

This plan in the name of Everglades restoration was announced in 2016, not 1916. Sadly, it’s a plan designed to benefit the wealthy at the expense of another proud African-American community.

My family has called the region south of Lake Okeechobee home for five generations — which is about four generations longer than most of the transplanted residents living along Florida’s coasts.

In recent years, many of these residents, particularly those in Negron’s community of the Treasure Coast, have been attacking the people of the Glades region. By unveiling this plan, it’s now clear that Senator Negron has allowed his agenda to be hijacked by the radical environmental activists that have been calling for the purchase of our land for years.

These activists aren’t interested in following the science, which shows that 95 percent of the water and the nutrients come from the north of Lake Okeechobee, not the south. In their pursuit of our land, they have called for the destruction of the agriculture industry, the flooding of our fields, and even the unthinkable by suggesting on social media that a Herbert Hoover Dike failure might be the best thing. As someone who lost many family members during the 1928 hurricane and flood, this is truly frightening.

Time and time again, these radical activists have made these threats all in the name of environmental preservation. But what about our preservation?

While developing the plan, the Republican Senator held meetings with environmental special interests. But he never stepped foot on the land where he wants to store his dirty water.

If given the opportunity to sit down with him, we would have asked our coastal neighbors to understand that this issue should be viewed from a humanistic viewpoint, so the lives impacted by the activists’ threats will not be drastically torn apart. We would have also told him that our region is so much more than sugarcane farming. It’s also about our hospitals, restaurants, law firms, schools, and community centers, too. It’s about farming citrus, green beans, and sweet corn. And on Friday nights, it’s always about football.

Going forward, we need to look at other solutions that do not involve destroying our communities. To us, “buy the land” means destroying jobs. For every acre of farmland that is lost, our jobs are lost in the fields, in the factories and in the numerous professions that support farming communities. In turn, this takes food out of our children’s mouths and threatens the roofs over their heads.

The attacks on our communities in South Florida are a shame, and taking our land would be a tragedy. Recently, I joined with other black leaders in South Florida in beginning the #GladesLivesMatter movement, because I don’t want my children growing up in a state where our livelihoods are constantly threatened. The future black leaders of our communities deserve better.

In this debate, we are asking that state and federal leaders be guided by the facts and the science, not by hate-filled threats from wealthy, coastal elites. Working together, we can protect the environment and the Glades communities. Florida’s future depends on it.

Janet Taylor is a Hendry County Commissioner. She is the Chairwoman of #GladesLivesMatter.

Amy White
Florida Political News
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HGTV Programming Pipeline Primed And Ready For More Ratings Success In 2017

NEW YORK, March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Top-performing cable network HGTV, which roared past nearly every competitor in 2016 to deliver its highest-rated, most-watched year ever and scored its 10th consecutive year as the #1 cable net among upscale women—is amplifying its 2017 programming lineup with an impressive 567 hours of original programming, including nine new series and fresh episodes of 28 popular titles.

On the digital side,, as part of the Scripps Lifestyle Studios, continues to expand its home and do-it-yourself digital content offerings in 2017. With more than 123 million monthly video views, is the go-to resource for home and design inspiration—reaching new audiences across digital, social and OTT platforms.

„For the first time ever, HGTV finished the year as a top 10 network in primetime among broadcast and cable networks, which is a powerful achievement,” said Allison Page, general manager, U.S. programming and development for HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country. „The reason we’ve seen consistent success is because we have the ability to create on-air and online content that surpasses expectations for audience delivery in an ever-changing environment.”

Chip and Joanna Gaines, whose ratings juggernaut Fixer Upper has already attracted more than 20 million viewers in its fourth season, has sparked a new spin-off series, Fixer Upper: Behind the Design. The half-hour, behind-the-scenes companion will focus on Joanna’s process to create the breathtaking designs showcased in each Fixer Upper episode.

HGTV also will franchise one of its most popular series, Flip or Flop, with five new duos and titles set in cities across the United States.

On tap for April, Flip or Flop Vegas stars MMA fighter Bristol Marunde and his wife, Aubrey, as they scoop up some of Sin City’s most neglected homes and transform them into sparkling showstoppers. Flip or Flop Atlanta (wt) follows Ken and Anita Corsini as they run a family business to update old Southern houses into modern homes that retain their original charm. Flip or Flip Fort Worth (wt) stars flippers Andy and Ashley Williams, military veterans turned real estate investors, who buy, rehab and sell run-down houses all over the Lone Star state. Flip or Flop Nashville (wt) features real estate expert Page Turner and former NFL player and builder DeRon Jenkins—exes who still love working together to transform outdated properties into beautiful family homes. Flip or Flop Chicago (wt) showcases Mark and Liz Perez, who are inspired to improve older Windy City neighborhoods, one house at a time.

„The tremendous, consistent ratings success of the original Flip or Flop with Tarek and Christina El Moussa inspired us to take a new look at house flipping programming,” said Page. „We saw an opportunity to highlight what works in other regions by featuring successful couples that had mastered the art of flipping in their town.”

Premiering last night, Home Town, starring Mississippi-based home renovation experts, Ben and Erin Napier, is the first highly anticipated new series to hit the network’s schedule in 2017. Erin, an artist-turned-designer, and Ben, a woodworker and craftsman, deliver custom renovations, featuring eclectic yet traditional designs, for families in their small town.

Upcoming and returning series on HGTV continue to showcase immensely popular home and lifestyle themes, such as families who renovate and flip properties to improve neighborhoods and rebuild communities; fantasy destination programming that features gorgeous locales around the world; and renovation/design competitions that amp up the fun of home improvement. A new season of the hit competition series Brother vs. Brother stars the sizzling Scott brothers as they battle in a new round of their home renovation rivalry in the fun beach community of Galveston, Texas. And, after another successful season of Property Brothers at Home, the network has triggered a new installment of that series for a year-end premiere. Also hitting the air are new seasons of top performers: Fixer Upper (Chip and Joanna Gaines); Property Brothers; Love It or List It (Hilary Farr and David Visentin); Listed Sisters (Lex and Alana LeBlanc); and Good Bones (Karen E Laine and Mina Starsiak).

HGTV also added new installments to its House Hunters franchise, including Beach Hunters, which travels to exquisite beach destinations to follow buyers in search of their beachside dream homes and House Hunters Family, where the whole family gets a say in the home buying process. Each episode features parents and their kids as they house hunt together to select which place suits them best. House Hunters: Outside the Box features open-minded buyers who want to make themselves at home in unconventional properties, such as abandoned gas stations, old windmills or rundown movie theaters.

HGTV’s highly successful fantasy destination programming gets three new entries, including Tiny Paradise, which features tiny tricked-out homes as they are built in enviable locales like Maui, Hawaii; Tulum, Mexico; and Telluride, Colorado. Lakefront Bargain Hunt Renovation highlights families who search for the perfect lakeside fixer upper, and Mountain Life follows couples house hunting for their dream mountaintop retreat. Other series in this genre also will get new seasons, including: Beachfront Bargain Hunt, Lakefront Bargain Hunt, Caribbean Life, Island Hunters, Mountain Life, We Bought the Farm, Island Life and Hawaii Life.

„Established stars and proven hits help shape our programming strategies, but we also take the time to identify compelling expert talent who will resonate with our audiences,” added Page.

HGTV spring/summer 2017 on-air programming highlights:

Home Town
Airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Home renovation experts, Ben and Erin Napier, combine their love of small town living and revitalizing historic houses in the new HGTV series Home Town. The 10-episode series highlights the couple as they work to deliver eclectic yet traditional designs for families. First-time homebuyers, couples with young children and adults wishing to live closer to grandchildren all benefit from Erin’s imaginative hand sketches and Ben’s custom handiwork showcasing local reclaimed materials. 

Flip or Flop Vegas
Premieres Thursday, April 6, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
MMA fighter and general contractor Bristol Marunde and his wife, Aubrey, a real estate agent and designer, hit the Las Vegas property jackpot one flip at a time. With his demo strength and her design sense, they snap up some of Sin City’s most neglected homes and transform them into stunning showpieces worthy of their high-roller zip code.

Mountain Life
Premieres Saturday, April 8, at 11 and 11:30 p.m. ET/PT
From the wooded peaks of the East Coast’s Blue Ridge to Hawaii’s tropical Mauna Loa, the mountains are the ultimate retreat for people who want to get away from it all. The gorgeous views and fresh air draw homeowners to these remote locations. In each episode, HGTV follows families as they search for their perfect mountaintop retreat.

Lakefront Bargain Hunt: Renovation
Premieres Saturday, April 15, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Families search for the perfect lakeside fixer upper in Lakefront Bargain Hunt: Renovation. Each episode features couples as they tour several affordable homes with beautiful views of the water and select which property they’re willing to overhaul to create the ideal lakeside abode.

House Hunters: Outside the Box
Premieres in April
House Hunters: Outside the Box showcases open-minded buyers who are making themselves at home in unconventional properties. During the series, creative families prove that a traditional house is not always the ideal home. Inspired home seekers are breaking the mold to buy the most offbeat dwellings imaginable, such as abandoned gas stations, old windmills, rundown movie theaters, churches and even banks.

Beach Hunters
Premieres Sunday, June 4, at 10 and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT
From the rugged cliffs of the Pacific Northwest to the sunny shorelines of the East Coast, Beach Hunters travels to exquisite beach destinations to help home buyers find their dream homes on the sand. The series follows families on their journey as they tour three beachside homes and then select which one will be their new seaside retreat.

Tiny Paradise
Premieres in July
Tiny Paradise showcases the construction of tiny homes built to feature enviable views of gorgeous locales such as Tulum, Mexico; Maui, Hawaii; and Telluride, Colorado. The series follows the construction as these luxurious little homes are tricked-out with observation decks, reflection pools, greenhouses, indoor/outdoor kitchens and lots of multifunctional furniture.

House Hunters Family
Premieres in July
In House Hunters Family, parents and their kids tour three properties and try to agree on the home they all love the best. Sometimes, however, the biggest opinions come from the smallest family members. Questions about who gets their own room or whether there’s space for their outdoor trampoline become hot topics. Each episode reveals how meeting the needs of the entire family is no easy task.

Flip or Flop Atlanta (wt)
Premieres in August
Home renovation and real estate duo Ken and Anita Corsini run an Atlanta-based family business where they flip more than 100 houses a year. During the series, this enterprising couple rehabs old Southern houses and turns them into modern homes that retain their original charm.

Fixer Upper Behind the Design
Sneak Peek on Tuesday, March 28, at 11 p.m. ET/PT
Fixer Upper Behind the Design is the perfect series for viewers who want to know how Joanna Gaines creates her signature home designs and how it all comes together so perfectly—shiplap and all—in each inspiring episode of Fixer Upper.

2017 Scripps Lifestyle Studios featured content:

At, users can take a break to view smile-worthy one-minute videos that feature a variety of DIY topics, from fun family art activities, beautiful craft projects, recipes and more.

How to House (wt)
This lighthearted informational social media series showcases everything a new homeowner needs to know from A to Z.  

Way to Grow
Garden Club offers insightful year-round gardening tips and fun how-to projects, including container gardens; edible gardens; tree and shrub maintenance; and techniques to preserve a harvest.

Easy Does It
This returning favorite features clever DIY projects, expert tips, cleaning hacks and entertaining ideas that help make life pretty and easy. Check out The Right Way to Store Your Veggies (59 million Facebook views) and How to Care for a Cast Iron Pan (28 million Facebook views).

House Counselor
To help everyone from millennial renters to first-time homeowners and new parents find their style and get their spaces in shape, designer and home remodeling expert Laurie March tackles renovation questions and challenges.

HGTV Spring House 2017
The design team gives a home a much-needed spring makeover, indoors and out.  From party-perfect decks and patios to fresh design ideas and pretty color palettes, the springtime redo includes hundreds of inspiring ideas, DIY projects, recipes and more.

Outside, In Reach (wt) features beautiful outdoor makeovers that create the perfect space for entertaining, relaxing or spending time with family and friends. The series showcases special decorating ideas, gardening tips and DIY projects that can turn lackluster backyards into spectacular outdoor rooms.

Modern Family Design Lab
Modern Family Design Lab helps millennial parents and families stay healthy, organized and on schedule. The popular package offers ideas for quick and delicious weekday meals; cleaning and storage shortcuts; and kid-friendly projects.

Color vs. Color
Visitors to Color vs. Color can find dozens of curated photo galleries filled with room designs that highlight on-trend color palettes. Users see how to incorporate the latest hues, from serene to sizzling, into their homes and then vote on their favorites.

One Thing Three Ways
The design pros at share mix-and-match ideas to boost the style of any space. Visitors can find step-by-step guidelines to accessorize, style and add color to their home in three different ways.

Bros or Pros
Handyman and designer Dan Faires and his brother share how-to knowledge on home projects that anyone can complete with a friend. The Faires brothers also offer advice on which tasks are best left to the experts.

Tailgating shows users how to tailgate like a champ with DIY ideas for the perfect party on-the-go. The special package features games, crowd-pleasing recipes, game-day decorations and hacks to make the pre-game, pre-concert or pre-show festivities fun and easy.

Room Lab (wt)
Room Lab is a new package showing millennial women how to rethink the underused spaces in their homes and become master „room hackers.” Room-flipping makeovers, DIY projects and curated decor ideas elevate the look, feel and functionality of any space. And, they can be done in a single weekend.

Halloween scares up some fun with crafty Halloween decorations, DIY kids’ costumes, pumpkin-carving templates and crowd-pleasing recipes.

HGTV Holiday House 2017
The design team at transforms a home into a decked-out holiday house. The package offers stress-free ideas for indoor and outdoor decorating and festive party-planning tips.

Holiday Countdown (wt)
From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, visitors can easily enjoy the season with daily updates from the Holiday Countdown.  The package features a mix of videos, tips, lists, recipes and other festive ways to celebrate, decorate, shop and cook.

HGTV delivers the superstar experts, fascinating families, compelling renovations and stunning transformations that make all things home fun. America’s favorite way to get entertaining, relatable and inspirational home and lifestyle content, HGTV offers: a top 10 cable network that is distributed to more than 90 million U.S. households; a website,, that attracts an average of nine million people each month; social media platforms that engage nearly nine million users; HGTV Magazine, a monthly publication that reaches more than one million readers and exclusive collections of home-oriented products through the HGTV HOME™ consumer products line.  Viewers can become fans of HGTV and interact with other home improvement enthusiasts through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.  Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, HGTV is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc., which also owns and operates Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country.

Launched in December 2015, Scripps Lifestyle Studios is a digital business division of Scripps Networks Interactive, created to drive digital content innovation and advertising solutions. In 2016, Scripps Lifestyle Studios delivered over 5 billion total video views across various digital platforms and has achieved an average of 812 million video views and 356 million visitors across its platforms in the early months of 2017. Combining the digital content operations of HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, Cooking Channel, DIY Network, Great American Country, and, this full service editorial unit spearheads development of compelling lifestyle experiences across social media, apps, websites, third party offerings, and more. Scripps Lifestyle Studios operates physical locations through the Food Network Kitchen in New York and the HGTV Studio in Knoxville, Tennessee. For more information, visit