Cogeco Peer 1's new Software-Defined WAN solution helps businesses unlock the power of the cloud

Cogeco Peer 1's new Software-Defined WAN solution helps businesses unlock the power of the cloud Press Release from MarketWire has been published today,  , .

Simple, secure and agile solution gives customers the flexible network connectivity required to keep pace with cloud-based digital transformation

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Jan. 31, 2018) – Cogeco Peer 1, a global provider of essential business-to-business products and services, today announced a new software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) service, partnering with Nuage Networks from Nokia, to help businesses ensure that their connectivity is a true enabler in their digital transformation.

“As one of the first international managed services providers to offer an innovative SD-WAN solution to businesses in the US, UK and Canada, we’re excited to provide customers with the agility and next-level connectivity they need to realize their true cloud potential,” said Bertrand Labelle, Vice President Marketing and Innovation. “Thanks to our partnership with Nuage Networks from Nokia, our customers now have a simple, secure and intelligent way to optimize their networks, ensuring they can take full advantage of our cloud, colocation and hosting services.”

“We’re proud to partner with Cogeco Peer 1 on its industry-leading SD-WAN service,” said Sunil Khandekar, founder and Chief Executive Officer, Nuage Networks from Nokia. “By unlocking the potential of a connected ecosystem of cloud, colocation and hosting services, SD-WAN technology will enable Cogeco Peer 1’s customers to fulfil their digital transformation without ever again worrying about connectivity as a weak link.”

Given that SD-WAN technology is uniquely optimized to meet the growing requirements of cloud computing, IDC believes that adoption of the technology across enterprise and service providers will help drive the market to reach $8 billion in infrastructure and services by 2021.

“SD-WAN addresses the transformation of branch WANs and cloud connectivity, promising a cost-effective and agile alternative to conventional data network services,” said Lawrence Surtees, vice-president of communications research at IDC Canada Ltd.

“Network performance and agility are critical to the success of digital transformation initiatives and the effectiveness of the hybrid IT environments that underpin them. As data volumes grow and applications become distributed across data center and cloud environments, enterprises are recognizing their network technologies need to be equally agile and secure to keep pace,” Mr. Surtees said. Partnering with a vendor such as Cogeco Peer 1 with a broad service portfolio and global reach can ensure a business’ enterprise ICT is aligned to an optimal secure WAN service for its unique needs, he added.

Providing the agility and flexibility that today’s businesses require, Cogeco Peer 1’s SD-WAN service is ideal for companies with distributed branch office locations using cloud-based applications. SD-WAN technology eliminates the need for companies to route traffic through their head office, so branch office locations benefit from direct, secure access to their SaaS or cloud-based applications, while at the same time reducing delays and easing network congestion.

Simple to set up without any need for on-site IT support, Cogeco Peer 1’s SD-WAN solution also offers a Self-Service Portal that allows customers to view all connected sites and apply policies in a single view, enabling them to optimize network design, prioritize traffic and reduce latency for critical workloads.

Selected to trial Cogeco Peer 1’s SD-WAN solution, LOVESPACE, the UK’s first and largest storage by the box service, can already see the many potential benefits the technology offers.

“As a rapidly growing business, we believe Cogeco Peer 1’s SD-WAN solution has the potential to help us easily architect and manage secure network connections to our branch locations as we grow,” said Dave Walker, Director of Technology at LOVESPACE. “The Self-Service Portal has a simple interface that should help us reduce WAN complexity and streamline the management of our entire network.”

SD-WAN has been added to the Cogeco Peer 1 Referral Partner Program and Referral Plus Partner Program, providing Cogeco Peer 1 partners the ability to refer optimized SD-WAN to their end-clients. Partners can access the latest SD-WAN tools and resources within the Cogeco Peer 1 Partner Portal.

To learn how your business can benefit from Cogeco Peer 1’s Software-Defined WAN service, visit www.cogecopeer1.com/sdwan.

ABOUT COGECO PEER 1:

Cogeco Peer 1 is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cogeco Communications Inc. (TSX:CCA) and is a global provider of essential business-to-business products and services, such as colocation, network connectivity, managed hosting, cloud services and managed services, that allow customers across Canada, Mexico, the United States and Western Europe to focus on their core business. With 16 data centres, extensive FastFiber Network® and more than 50 points-of-presence in North America and Europe combined, Cogeco Peer 1 is a trusted partner to businesses small, medium and large, providing the ability to access, move, manage and store mission-critical data worldwide, backed by superior customer support. More information visit: http://www.cogecopeer1.com/

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About Nuage Networks from Nokia

Nu-âhj: From French, meaning ‘cloud’. Nuage Networks from Nokia brings a combination of technologies and networking expertise to the enterprise and telecommunications industries. The Silicon Valley-based business has applied new thinking to the problem of delivering massively scalable and highly programmable SDN solutions within and across the datacenter and out to the wide area network with the security and availability required by business-critical environments. Nuage Networks, backed by the rapidly growing IP/Optical Networks business of Nokia has the pedigree to serve the needs of the world’s biggest clouds. The cloud has made promises – the mission of Nuage Networks is to help you realize them. For more information, visit Nuage Networks on: http://www.nuagenetworks.net/, read the latest posts on the Nuage Networks blog http://www.nuagenetworks.net/blog/ and follow the company on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nuagenetworks.

About Nokia

We create the technology to connect the world. Powered by the research and innovation of Nokia Bell Labs, we serve communications service providers, governments, large enterprises and consumers, with the industry’s most complete, end-to-end portfolio of products, services and licensing.

From the enabling infrastructure for 5G and the Internet of Things, to emerging applications in virtual reality and digital health, we are shaping the future of technology to transform the human experience. www.nokia.com

Pediapharm Announces Extension of Debentures and Warrants

Pediapharm Announces Extension of Debentures and Warrants Press Release from MarketWire has been published today,  , .

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(Marketwired – Jan. 31, 2018) –

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Pediapharm Inc. (the “Company” or “Pediapharm”) (TSX VENTURE:PDP)(OTCQB:PDDPF) has proposed to amend its existing convertible secured debentures (the “Debentures”) and common share purchase warrants (“Warrants”) issued on March 30, 2015 with a maturity date of March 30, 2019 (the “Original Maturity Date”). The Company has already entered into agreements to extend $5,400,000 of the total Debentures issued to holders (“Holders’) in connection with the original private placement, to extend the maturity date by one year, until March 30, 2020 (the “New Maturity Date”).

The Company expects to enter into agreements with all of the Holders, representing an aggregate of $5,500,000 of Debentures. Any such extensions that are not approved by the individual Holders will remain subject to the original terms of the Debentures and shall mature on the Original Maturity Date.

In conjunction with the extension of the Debentures, the Company will also extend the maturity date of the aggregate 3,272,727 of the 3,333,333 underlying warrants (the “Warrants”), with the new expiry date to match the New Maturity Date.

The Debenture and Warrant extensions are subject to regulatory and TSX Venture Exchange approval.

About Pediapharm Inc.

Pediapharm is the only Canadian specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to serving the needs of the pediatric community. Its mission is to bring to the Canadian market the latest innovative pediatric products with the objective to improve the health and the well-being of children in Canada. Since its debut in 2008, Pediapharm has entered into numerous commercial agreements with partners from Canada and other countries around the world. The Company’s innovative product portfolio includes NYDA®, a breakthrough treatment for head lice; Relaxa™, an osmotic laxative used to treat constipation; EpiCeram®, a non-steroid emulsion for eczema; naproxen suspension, indicated to treat pain and inflammation due to various conditions, including Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis; Rupall™, an innovative new allergy medication with a unique mode of action; Otixal™, the first and only antibiotic and steroid combination ear drop available in single, sterile, preservative-free and unit-dose packaging; and Cuvposa™, for chronic severe drooling, a condition affecting a significant proportion of cerebral palsy patients.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This news release contains forward-looking statements and other statements that are not historical, including statements pertaining to the management’s expectations of the use of proceeds and the expected timing of the required regulatory approvals. Such forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to vary materially from the results or events predicted in these forward-looking statements. As a result, investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as of the date of this release. Except as required by applicable law, the Corporation disclaims any intention and assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Forward-looking information reflects the current expectations or belief of the Corporation based on information currently available and such information is subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties including those described under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Information Form (for the year ended March 31, 2016) available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and other risks associated with being a specialty pharmaceutical company.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Silver Air Adds Boeing Business Jet to Charter Fleet

Silver Air Adds Boeing Business Jet to Charter Fleet Press Release from MarketWire has been published today,  , .

SANTA BARBARA, CA–(Marketwired – January 31, 2018) – Silver Air is adding a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) to its charter fleet, creating the nation’s only unrestricted private charter service on a world-class BBJ. Starting spring 2018, the new Silver Air BBJ based in Southern California will begin serving global executive and entertainment markets.

“This is an extremely unique opportunity for our charter clients to enjoy the ultimate private jet experience,” said Jason Middleton, Silver Air’s CEO. “Silver Air’s BBJ features the absolute highest level of service, luxury and comfort available in private aviation. There simply isn’t another charter operator in the country that has a BBJ of this caliber available on an unrestricted basis. It’s a game changer for Silver Air and our clients.”

Silver Air has been disrupting private jet management for years through its transparent, owner-advocate approach, and the company is now disrupting the jet charter market by becoming the exclusive operator of this world-class Boeing Business Jet with unrestricted charter availability. The company expects executive management teams, big international music tours, and other VVIP individuals that require the ultimate in private travel to charter the BBJ.

Silver Air’s Boeing Business Jet (http://www.silverair.com/fleet-16-bbj.php) has a beautifully appointed 16-passenger VVIP cabin configuration that is more easily compared to a premium hotel suite than a business jet. For overnight flights, a 10-passenger sleeping arrangement is available, complete with a master bedroom suite and private bathroom with shower.

“The BBJ buys you time — gives back days wasted on less efficient travel logistics and hotel rooms,” Middleton said. “Silver Air’s BBJ can take an executive team to Europe or Asia nonstop. The clients can sleep, dine, relax, shower, and prepare on the plane — then walk off rested and fully prepared for a meeting. No other charter aircraft provides that level of service and accommodation.”

Featuring the highest level of luxury and comfort, the Boeing Business Jet is capable of flying more than 6,000 uninterrupted miles and is equipped with the amenities one would expect on an aircraft of this caliber including: global Wi-Fi, a VIP private office, lounge area, a full service galley with private chef services, and a high-end assortment of DEAN & DELUCA snacks and a selection of world class wines.

The Boeing Business Jet will be managed under Silver Air’s PURE Jet Management program.

“Silver Air is leading the transformation in private jet management towards a more transparent way of doing business and treating jet owners as partners instead of profit centers,” said Chuck Stumpf, who was recently promoted to the newly created position of President of Business Development at Silver Air. “Adding the Boeing Business Jet to our expanding fleet illustrates that this model is scalable, sustainable, and expanding. Jet owners need partners who advocate for their best interest, and Silver Air is the best in the business through PURE Jet Management.”

Silver Air’s PURE Management has resulted in the managed growth of the company’s fleet and charter base through an owner-advocate approach and creating quality management plans at the best value.

Silver Air manages privately owned aircraft from Southern California to the Bay Area and Dallas. In addition to the newly signed Boeing Business Jet, Silver Air’s fleet features light to large-cabin jets including: Gulfstream GIV-SP, GIV, Dassault Falcon 2000, G200, Challenger 300, Phenom 100, Citation CJ3, Citation CJ2, and Citation X models. Silver Air is one of the largest Citation X carriers in the U.S.

Silver Air’s charter operations have earned the ARGUS Platinum and IS-BAO ratings for their demonstration of the industry’s highest safety practices. The company is also a member of the Air Charter Safety Foundation.

Silver Air recently launched a new website at SilverAir.com.

For more information on Silver Air’s fleet, or to request a quote, visit http://www.silverair.com/fleet.php.

Follow Silver Air at www.facebook.com/FlySilverAir, www.twitter.com/FlySilverAir and https://www.instagram.com/flysilverair/.

About Silver Air
Silver Air is a pure private jet management service provider that delivers a transparent, owner-advocate approach to management creating valuable partnerships with private jet owners. Founded in 2008, the company is based in Southern California with corporate offices in Santa Barbara. Silver Air manages a comprehensive fleet of luxury aircraft from light to long-range heavy jets and a global network operating around the clock, 24-hours-a-day. Silver Air is ARGUS Platinum and IS-BAO rated and is a member of the National Business Aviation Association.

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American Airlines, AIG, Fidelity, Office Depot, Western Union and 94 Other Companies Join NACD in 2H 2017

American Airlines, AIG, Fidelity, Office Depot, Western Union and 94 Other Companies Join NACD in 2H 2017 Press Release from GlobeNewsWire has been published today, Karol Rutkowski, .

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ninety-nine corporate boards joined the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the authority on boardroom practices representing more than 18,000 board members, during the second half of 2017. These new member boards join 1,250 others enrolled and actively participating in NACD membership. The new boards span a wide range of industries: advertising, aerospace and defense, automotive, banking, building materials, computer software, construction, consumer goods, education, electronics, energy and utilities, financial services, food and beverage, government, health care, hospitality, industrial equipment, information technology, insurance, manufacturing, media, medical products, metals, natural resources, pharmaceuticals, professional services, real estate, retail, telecommunications, transportation, and more. Of the 99 boards, 64 are from public companies, 23 are from private companies, and 12 are from nonprofit organizations.
NACD membership enables boards to serve as strategic assets for their enterprises, and empowers corporate directors to lead with confidence in the boardroom. NACD connects directors to a network of more than 18,000 board members from leading public, private, and nonprofit organizations, as well as to 90 percent of the Fortune 1000.NACD delivers exclusive access to thought-provoking publications and digital resources that address current and emerging leadership issues, renowned director-development programs, and provides opportunities to earn NACD Fellowshipthe Gold Standard Director Credential®.“We are proud to welcome these organizations as NACD Full Board Members. They join peers from Fortune 50 corporations, small- and mid-cap companies, private companies, and nonprofit organizations who are committed to advancing exemplary board leadership. There is no better investment in their board’s development,” said Peter Gleason, president and CEO of NACD.NACD commends the companies that have become Full Board Members of NACD during the second half of 2017 for their commitment to their board’s development:To learn more about NACD, visit NACDonline.org. To join, visit NACDonline.org/Join.New boards that join NACD before March 15, 2018, will realize a 20 percent savings on a first-time Full Board Membership for up to 10 directors or executives. Contact Join@NACDonline.org or 202-775-0509, or visit NACDonline.org/Join for more information.About NACD
The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) empowers more than 18,000 directors to lead with confidence in the boardroom. As the recognized authority on leading boardroom practices, NACD helps boards strengthen investor trust and public confidence by ensuring that today’s directors are well prepared for tomorrow’s challenges. World-class boards join NACD to elevate performance, gain foresight, and instill confidence. Fostering collaboration among directors, investors, and corporate governance stakeholders, NACD has been setting the standard for responsible board leadership for 40 years. To learn more about NACD, visit www.NACDonline.org.
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PIXO VR™ Releases Virtual Reality Safety Training Module for Utility Companies

PIXO VR™ Releases Virtual Reality Safety Training Module for Utility Companies Press Release from GlobeNewsWire has been published today, Karol Rutkowski, .

DETROIT, Jan. 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Virtual reality safety training company PIXO VR™ has released Gas Meter Safety Inspection VR Training, the first commercially available release from PIXO’s library of licensable enterprise VR training programs. The company’s VR application platform, comprised of pre-built components, will enable PIXO to rapidly develop additional enterprise VR training modules for those working in utilities, nuclear facilities, manufacturers, construction, first responders, and others with complex procedures. This is the first time enterprise VR training is being made commercially available, for a small monthly fee, without the cost of custom development.
“PIXO is committed to developing and deploying the most immersive, collaborative and engaging enterprise VR training modules, and providing a uniquely effective training alternative for industries where real-world training conditions are complex, dangerous, expensive or otherwise hard to simulate,” said Sean Hurwitz, CEO of PIXO VR. Our proprietary platform improves efficiency in developing training lessons. It’s accessible through a cloud based content distribution system, making this a powerful and cost effective option for training providers. We’re excited to offer the Gas Meter Safety Inspection Training module to natural gas companies now, and to expand our training offerings across industries as we grow our content library.”Gas Meter Safety Inspection is one of the first, and most critical, trainings provided to new hires working in natural gas companies. Traditional training methods can’t reliably expose new workers to all the possible meter configurations and defects, which creates a significant experience gap between new and seasoned workers. PIXO’s Gas Meter Safety Inspection training module provides an effective way to expose new hires to millions of scenarios in a fraction of the time. Trainees embark on a virtual route where they locate and report on common and uncommon defects, in a highly realistic 3D environment. The randomized scenarios presented in the module provide a unique experience for each user, every time they train, and the trainers have access to user management, reporting, and analytics to monitor  trainees’ performance, accuracy, and progress over time.PIXO’s Gas Meter Safety Inspection VR training module is already being used by Chicago-based Peoples Gas, which provides training to 1,600 utility workers and fire officials, and vocational training to Chicago Public Schools students.“The Peoples Gas training team was looking for innovative, engaging, effective ways to train new team members, especially as we prepare for a large portion of our workforce to retire and a new generation of workers to begin their careers,” said Ray Deatherage, Manager, Technical Training, Peoples Gas & North Shore Gas Company. “PIXO’s VR training enables us to train workers on natural gas leak investigation, emergency response, pipeline locating, pipeline installation, meter installation, corrosion activities and safety inspections. It is the right solution to help us build for the future, increase retention, decrease errors and maintain our excellent record of reliability and safety.”ABOUT PIXO VR
Passionate about improving safety and performance in organizations, PIXO VR designs AAA game-quality, licensable virtual reality training modules. Utilities, nuclear facilities, manufacturers, construction, first responders, and others with complex procedures rely on PIXO VR’s expertise to create immersive, realistic, and cost-effective learning programs. Teams collaborate easily using software that supports participants from multiple locations, on any VR or non-VR hardware. The proprietary technology significantly reduces creation time and cost, optimizes performance, and reduces sickness-causing lag. www.pixovr.com
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Mast-Jägermeister US Joins the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility

Mast-Jägermeister US Joins the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility Press Release from GlobeNewsWire has been published today, Karol Rutkowski, .

Arlington, Jan. 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) is proud to welcome Mast-Jägermeister US as its newest member. As a member of Responsibility.org, Mast-Jägermeister US joins eight other leading distillers to collectively fight drunk driving and underage drinking and promote responsible decision-making regarding beverage alcohol.“We are excited to welcome Mast-Jägermeister US and CEO Jeffrey Popkin to our Board of Directors,” said Ralph Blackman, president and CEO of Responsibility.org. “Parent company Mast-Jägermeister SE has long been committed to keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors and works tirelessly to ensure the legal and responsible consumption of their products. The company’s decision to become a member of our organization underscores that commitment.” Established in 2017, Mast-Jägermeister US is a subsidiary of Mast-Jägermeister SE and is solely responsible for the distribution, marketing and advertising of Jägermeister in the United States.“We understand the immense duty we have to ensure our product is consumed responsibly and are excited to join Responsibility.org this year,” said Jeffrey Popkin, CEO of Mast-Jägermeister US. “The organization’s distinguished Board is committed to reducing alcohol-related harms and promote responsible drinking, and I look forward to working with the other industry members to continue our shared commitment.” For more information, visit Responsibility.org.### About the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol ResponsibilityThe Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) is a national not-for-profit that leads the fight to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking and is funded by the following distillers: Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.; Beam Suntory Inc.; Brown-Forman; Constellation Brands, Inc.; DIAGEO; Edrington; Hood River Distillers, Inc.; Mast-Jägermeister US; and Pernod Ricard USA. Recognizing 25 years of impact, Responsibility.org has transformed countless lives through programs that bring individuals, families and communities together to guide a lifetime of conversations around alcohol responsibility and offering proven strategies to stop impaired driving. To learn more, please visit us at www.responsibility.org.Attachments:A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/240ee40f-cecb-4839-ba47-79c6776dbf90Georgia Cassady
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Optimum Healthcare IT Again Recognized as Best in KLAS Overall IT Services Firm

Optimum Healthcare IT Again Recognized as Best in KLAS Overall IT Services Firm Press Release from BusinessWire.com has been published today, Marcin Frąckiewicz, .

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Optimum Healthcare IT, a Best in KLAS healthcare consulting services company, announces today that for the second consecutive year, it has been recognized as the Best in KLAS Overall IT Services Firm in the “2018 Best in KLAS: Software and Services” annual report. As rated by healthcare providers across the United States, Optimum Healthcare IT has earned the following recognition from their clients:

  • 2018 Best in KLAS Overall IT Services Firm
  • 2018 Best in KLAS for HIT Advisory Services
  • 2018 Best in KLAS for HIT Implementation Support and Staffing
  • 2018 Category Leader for Go-Live Support

Optimum Healthcare IT earned the 2018 Best in KLAS Overall IT Services Firm with a score of 96, which represents an increase from the award-winning 2017 score. The firm will be recognized on March 5, 2018, at the KLAS Awards Reception during HIMSS18 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Within Optimum Healthcare IT, we measure how well we are doing by what our clients tell us directly. We listen, we learn, and we work to deliver what our clients need and expect,” said Jason Mabry, CEO of Optimum Healthcare IT. “We view our client relationships as partnerships and are humbled that our clients have selected us as Best in KLAS for the second consecutive year. Our continued focus is working hard for our clients by enhancing our service lines and providing the highest levels of service possible.”

Optimum Healthcare IT is a result-oriented organization, with a successful history of providing excellence in service to healthcare systems nationwide. With a passion for the work we do, we are committed to delivering exceptional service, quality, and results to our clients. We work with our clients to identify their issues and explore the right solutions to fit their organizational needs with services in advisory, EHR implementation, training and activation, Community Connect, analytics, security, laboratory services, ERP, and managed services.

“Best in KLAS is more than a ranking. It is a recognition of vendors committed to delivering superior solutions,” said Adam Gale, President of KLAS. It gives voice to thousands of providers who are demanding better performance, usability, and interoperability in healthcare technology.”

According to the report, the overall IT services firm ranking is reserved for those firms that have a minimum of three separate IT services that meet the minimum KLAS Konfidence levels in three separate market segments. Optimum Healthcare IT is rated in four market segments.

About KLAS

KLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and counted. Working with thousands of healthcare professionals, KLAS gathers insights on software, services and medical equipment to deliver timely reports, trending data and statistical overviews. KLAS data is accurate, honest and impartial. The research directly represents the voice of healthcare professionals and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. To learn more about KLAS and the insights we provide, visit www.KLASresearch.com

About Optimum Healthcare IT

Optimum Healthcare IT is a Best in KLAS healthcare consulting services company based in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Optimum provides world-class consulting services in advisory, implementation, training and activation, Community Connect, analytics, security, managed services, laboratory services, and ERP – supporting our client’s needs through the continuum of care. Our excellence is driven by a leadership team with more than 100 years of experience in providing expert healthcare staffing and consulting solutions to all types of organizations.

Visit www.optimumhit.com or call 1.904.373.0831 to find out how your organization can take advantage of our solution offerings.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Achieves 100,000 Sales Milestone in Europe

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Achieves 100,000 Sales Milestone in Europe Press Release from BusinessWire.com has been published today, Marcin Frąckiewicz, .

CYPRESS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Acclaimed as the world’s best-selling plug-in hybrid crossover, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has now reached a milestone of 100,000 units sold in Europe. The announcement comes as the Outlander PHEV is rolling out to dealers in the U.S. market, where the vehicle is set to build upon Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA)’s continued and proven sales momentum.

Despite an ever-growing number of competitors, the Outlander PHEV has stayed ahead of the pack as the only PHEV crossover in its class, and found a niche truly its own thanks to constant evolution of the model. When it made its debut, initially in the Netherlands and Scandinavia, the Outlander PHEV brought a new dimension to the European SUV segment. It was the best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle in the region in each of the past three years (2015-2017)*. Now taking on the U.S. market, the Outlander PHEV will expand its horizons by filling consumer demand for PHEV technology in a highly capable crossover.

“The Outlander PHEV has been a game-changer for the brand since its launch in the European market, and we’re extremely proud of the industry strides it’s made ever since,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, MMNA. “As the latest addition to our U.S. lineup, we’re excited to welcome the Outlander PHEV to the Outlander family and offer our customers the best of both worlds – EV efficiency and SUV capabilities. The new CUV model arrives at a time when Mitsubishi continues to ride its recent sales momentum as the fastest growing non-luxury brand in the U.S. in 2017.”**

The Outlander PHEV has become Mitsubishi Motors’ technology flagship, with its plug-in hybrid electric architecture proving to be the core element of the company’s product strategy.

The Outlander PHEV is in the tradition of other engineering breakthroughs from Mitsubishi Motors, such as four-wheel drive (4WD) in 1936, electric powertrains in 1966 and SUVs in 1982. The Outlander PHEV is a mid-size CUV that offers an attractive combination of low environmental impact, Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC), active safety, excellent reliability and low running costs. Outlander PHEV also comes standard with DC Fast Charging capability, the only Plug-in Hybrid in the market featuring it.*** Using this system at commercial charging facilities, the vehicle will charge up to 80 percent capacity in as little as 25 minutes.

Developed from a fully electric vehicle, the Outlander PHEV has a unique architecture consisting of a front electric motor and a rear electric motor. This translates into benefits for drivers that include the larger cargo capacity of a CUV, a simpler layout and smooth operation, and the ability to cover long distances with reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

For more information on Mitsubishi Motors, please visit media.mitsubishicars.com.

*Source: JATO Dynamics Global PHEV sales (Sep 2017)
**Source: Wards Auto December 2017 U.S. Light Vehicle Industry Sales Report
***Source: JATO Dynamics Limited Car Specifications USA Database (Nov 2017)

About Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all research and development, marketing, and sales for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States. MMNA sells sedans and crossovers/SUVs through a network of approximately 360 dealers. MMNA is leading the way in the development of highly efficient, affordably priced new gasoline-powered automobiles while using its industry-leading knowledge in battery electric vehicles to develop future EV and PHEV models. Mitsubishi has been producing cars for over 100 years. For more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or visit media.mitsubishicars.com.

JILL Jill Stuart Creates the Ultimate “It” Girl Collection for Macy’s

JILL Jill Stuart Creates the Ultimate “It” Girl Collection for Macy’s Press Release from BusinessWire.com has been published today, Marcin Frąckiewicz, .

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jill Stuart, known for her collections that marry feminine romanticism with downtown edge, has partnered with Macy’s to create JILL Jill Stuart, a limited-edition spring ready-to-wear line replete with wardrobe essentials for the girl with a packed social calendar. With creations worn within the fashion, socialite, and celebrity set, Jill Stuart’s coolly ethereal aesthetic has made her eponymous brand one of the most coveted in the industry. The JILL Jill Stuart collection that includes fanciful dresses and lightly structured tops, skirts, and pants, brings her unique point of view to Macy’s stores and macys.com in February.

“I’m so excited for this collaboration with such an iconic store as Macy’s is,” said Stuart. “It’s wonderful to be able to bring my clothes to the Macy’s woman. I can’t wait to see how she makes these pieces her own.”

A hallmark of the JILL Jill Stuart collection is the exquisite combination of beautiful floral prints and exceptional fabrics to create garments that are rich in texture and silhouette. Gardenia printed crepe is fashioned into breathtaking short and long dresses with cascading ruffles, while tops and dresses with accentuated shoulders and sleeves come to life in hibiscus printed bubble chiffon. Paper bag waist trousers and a moto jacket are rendered in chambray, while a jasmine printed version of the breathable textile composes a stunning ruffle-sleeved trench, tailored blouse, and corset crop top. Crisp, striped cotton tops, skirts and dresses offer a fresh take on the menswear infusion in womenswear, and classic eyelet gets new life in wrap skirts and sheer ruffled off-the-shoulder tops. The JILL Jill Stuart collection is lightly whimsical, yet architectural, and channels the ultimate Jill Stuart girl who is effortlessly trendy and always on the scene.

“Jill Stuart is rightly a favorite among the celebrity and scenester set, with covetable collections that are romantic and flirty with a modern, cool edge,” said Cassandra Jones, senior vice president of Macy’s fashion. “The beautiful collection she’s created for Macy’s is quintessentially Jill Stuart, a range of dreamy ‘It’ Girl pieces that we’re thrilled to share with our customers.”

The JILL Jill Stuart collection, priced from $89 to $199, will be available for a special pre-sale on Macy’s mobile app and on macys.com beginning Feb. 1, and officially launches in 151 Macy’s stores on Feb. 15.

About Macy’s

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 670 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores – including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California – are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $54 million each year, plus 180,000 hours of volunteer service, to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.

About Jill Stuart

Jill Stuart, LLC is a women’s RTW manufacturer based in New York City. The company, founded in 1993 by Jill Stuart and Ron Curtis, began with accessories and innovations such as the fashion backpack, cocktail mini dresses and plaid kilt skirts. Jill Stuart gained international renown with the movie, “Clueless,” by designing the iconic kilt seen throughout. With a global following and over 300+ freestanding stores, Jill Stuart encompasses a worldwide presence with licenses from cosmetics, fragrance, jewelry, eyewear, timepieces to children’s wear. The Jill Stuart flagship store is located in the heart of SoHo with www.jillstuart.com e-commerce established in 2016. Jill Jill Stuart was launched in 2013 as an offshoot of the Jill Stuart Brand specializing in eveningwear dresses that is sold across the country at all major retailers as well as international retailers.

TA Restaurant Group Opens Fazoli’s Restaurant in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

TA Restaurant Group Opens Fazoli’s Restaurant in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Press Release from BusinessWire.com has been published today, Marcin Frąckiewicz, .

WESTLAKE, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The TA Restaurant Group (TARG) has announced the opening of a new Fazoli’s® restaurant in Oklahoma City West located at I-40, Exit 140 (South Morgan Rd.), in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The new Fazoli’s will serve their delicious variety of classic Italian dishes, baked pastas, pizza, Submarinos® sandwiches, entree salads and desserts – along with their unlimited signature garlic breadsticks. The restaurant dining room has seating for 100 people and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Oklahoma City West Fazoli’s is the third Fazoli’s restaurant operated by TARG, and its first in Oklahoma.

About TA Restaurant Group
The TA Restaurant Group includes more than 880 quick service, full service restaurants and other food outlets, including ten proprietary restaurant brands including Quaker Steak & Lube, Iron Skillet and Country Pride. The TA Restaurant Group is a division of TravelCenters of America LLC, which offers diesel and gasoline fueling, restaurants, truck repair facilities, convenience stores and other services in 43 states and in Canada. For more information about TA and the TA Restaurant Group, please visit www.ta-petro.com. For more information about Quaker Steak & Lube, including franchise opportunities nationwide, please visit www.thelube.com.

About TravelCenters of America LLC
TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, conducts business in 43 states and Canada, principally under the TA® and Petro Stopping Centers® travel center brands and the Minit Mart® convenience store brand. For more information on TravelCenters, TA, and Petro Stopping Centers, please visit www.ta-petro.com. For more information on Minit Mart, please visit www.minitmart.com.

About Fazoli’s®
With nearly 220 restaurants in 27 states, Fazoli’s is America’s largest Italian fast casual chain, serving freshly prepared entrees, Submarinos® sandwiches, salads and pizza. One of the New York Post’s five breakout fast casual restaurants and a FastCasual.com Brand of the Year, Fazoli’s franchisees are experiencing record sales growth. Visit www.ownafazolis.com for details on development opportunities.