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Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – May 9, 2016 SHARE Experts Say Don’t Rush Planting in Tacky Fields Home Indiana Agriculture News Experts Say Don’t Rush Planting in Tacky Fields SHARE Dont rush corn plantingAnother progress report on corn and soybean planting from USDA is due late this afternoon, and it may not show a lot of progress from a week ago for Indiana after another round of rainy conditions. The experts caution it’s still early in the planting season. Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen said farmers who haven’t yet planted their crops shouldn’t rush into wet fields, and Bill Mullen with Seed Consultants agrees.“Let’s look back. After what we encountered last year, we had a lot of sidewall compaction. We planted when the ground was tacky, and then when the rains came it just got worse. We had a lot of problems that ultimately led to some yield losses due to these early planting conditions.”So Mullen says, “Let the fields warm up. We still have time to plant corn without really getting hit with any sort of yield loss.”Nielsen from Purdue also says it’s not time to think about switching to shorter-maturity hybrids. Delays right now are not automatically detrimental to yield, he said. “It’s hard to be patient,” Nielsen added. “Nevertheless, I hope people will use common sense. We know we can plant a lot of crops in a short period of time. We can punch out the rest of these aces pretty quick.”Mullen is also encouraging farmers to walk fields and be on the lookout for black cutworm. After a mild winter he is worried about an increase in insect pressure in conventional corn fields.“I feel there’s going to be a lot more insect pressure out there, especially the ones that are going to attack the seeds like wireworms, grubs and maggots,” he told HAT. “I feel that if you don’t have an insecticide at a 500 rate, you really need to probably go in there with some sort of insecticide with your burndown just to try to hopefully get it into the soil with a little bit of protection. That’s what it takes these days to get protection against soil borne insects.”He said conditions are ripe in some areas for soybean seedling blight to attack. It’s a spring where you are much more protected if you purchased premium seed treatments with increased fungicide content. Facebook Twitter Previous articleU.S. Feed Grain Exports LowerNext articleMorning Outlook Andy Eubank
March 12, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Syria Organisation February 3, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law March 12, 2021 Find out more Domain name : .sy Population : 22 198 110 Internet-users :3 935 000 Average hourly charge for one hour’s connection at a cybercafé : 1,4 to 2 US$ Average monthly salary : around 1 079 US$ Number of imprisoned netizens : 3Syria is reinforcing its censorship of troublesome topics on the Web and tracking netizens who dare to express themselves freely on it. As a result, social networks have been particularly targeted by omnipresent surveillance. The promised technological improvements are slow to materialize. The authorities’ distrust of the potential for dissident online mobilization may be playing a role in this delay. Controlled Internet growthThe number of Syrian surfers has soared in the last ten years. Over 16.5% of the population uses the Internet, and conditions for access have been facilitated. Today, anyone can buy a pre-paid Internet access card and get connected. There is no longer a requirement to provide personal data since these are already registered when Syrians acquire their land phone lines. The limited number of ADSL or 3G is probably due to their high cost. Satellite connections are prohibited without the authorities’ express permission. The officials have centralized Internet surveillance by entrusting it to two government bodies: the Syrian Telecommunications Establishment (STE) and the Syrian Information Organization (SIO), which controls bandwidth. Since 2005, several private Internet service providers have emerged, but they are far from being independent. The Arab Network for Human Rights Information claims that while Internet access has boomed, the infrastructure has not improved much since Internet service became available in the country, thus leading to problems with overload, connection speed slowdowns and frequent power outages. The Ministry of Communications and Technology announced a “global development and reform of the Internet” strategy which, in reality, has yet to be implemented. The quality of the cable connecting Syria via Cyprus needs to be improved, as does the bandwidth capacity. A new trans-ocean cable could be set up. The Syrian government, which for had long been minimizing its Web presence, has completely reversed course: propaganda sites and those promoting the official position are proliferating, such as the Syrian News Agency (SANA), or the Syria News, Al-Gamal, Sada Suria and Sham Press websites.The ThunderCache software program is used by the STE and the SIO to ensure centralized censorship of the Web. Its distributor, Platinum Inc., defines it as being used “to protect Web communications against risks from spyware, viruses, inappropriate Web surfing, instant messaging (IM), video streaming and peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing, while actually improving Web performance.” It conducts website surveillance and filtering by searching for keywords “banned” by the authorities. Filtering of specific contentCensorship in Syria has intensified since 2009. Over 200 sites are currently blocked. The content affected concerns political criticism, religious matters, websites deemed “obscene,” those dealing with the Kurd minority and Israel-based websites. Also targeted are opposition party sites, those of certain Lebanese media and independent news websites. The Syrian government justifies such censorship by emphasizing the need to prevent religious discord and Israeli infiltration.Censorship is particularly targeting social networks and blog platforms in an effort to prevent dissidents from getting organized and recruiting new members using the new media. Blogspot and Maktoob are blocked. YouTube has been blocked since August 2007 after videos were circulated denouncing the crackdown on the Kurd minority. Wikipedia’s Arabic version was blocked from May 2008 to February 2009. Amazon and Skype are also inaccessible. Prison sentences in exchange for free expression of views on the InternetAt least four netizens are currently behind bars. They are meant to serve as examples to other Internet users, who prefer self-censorship to loss of their freedom over a few online comments. The authorities have several legislative weapons at their disposal: the Penal Code, the 1962 State of Emergency Law, and the repressive 2001 Press Code amended in 2005 to cover online publications.In May 2008, blogger Tariq Biassi (http://alzohaly.ektob.com/) was sentenced to three years in prison for having posted an article on an Internet forum criticizing Syrian security agencies. He was found guilty of “spreading false information” and “weakening national sentiment” by virtue of Articles 285 and 286 of the Syrian Penal Code. He had denied all of the charges and assured authorities that the published comments were not his, because he shared his telephone line with six other subscribers, including a cybercafé. In September 2009, blogger Kareem Arbaji, who is also the Akhawiya forum webmaster, received a three-year prison term for “publishing mendacious information liable to weaken the nation’s morale.” He had been arrested in 2007, and is said to have been tortured while being detained. On April 9, 2008, writer and poet Firas Saad was sentenced to four years in prison based on the same charges as Tariq Biassi. On May 6, 2008, Syrian government security agents arrested Habib Saleh, a writer and a cyber-dissident. Closely watched surfersThe authorities never relax their surveillance efforts: They eventually identified Tariq Biassi by retracing the origin of his Internet connection. Since July 25, 2007, owners of Internet websites are required to maintain the personal data of anyone who posts online articles and comments. Police raids of cybercafés are common. Security agents who catch Web users in the act of “excessive surfing” suggest that they “take a coffee break” with them – their expression for taking them in “for an interrogation.” The café managers have to keep a record of their customers’ personal data and a list of the websites they consult, and must alert authorities if they observe any illegal activities. Users even have to provide their fathers’ and mothers’ names. In 2009, a Menassat website contributor was arrested in a cybercafé and briefly questioned.Emergence of online pressure groupsMany Internet users are mastering the use of censorship circumvention tools. Some use Lebanese or Saudi Arabian servers to access the Internet. When the authorities start to block the most often-used proxy servers, others are created. Facebook was blocked when Syrians began to make friends with Israelis. However, the surfers are now using proxies to gain access to it. The social network, which is very popular in the country, hosts hundreds of groups with hundreds – or even thousands – of members, devoted to tourism, business, sports, technology and entertainment. Facing pressure from the general population, authorities are examining the possibility of unblocking Facebook.Online pressure groups have formed to express their economic or social demands. One online campaign that opposes a bill on amending the existing personal statute law seems to have played a crucial role in the government’s decision to abandon it. Bloggers launched a plea for a boycott of cell phone service providers because of their high cost and declining service quality. Mobilization efforts were also made on behalf of imprisoned bloggers. Despite the crackdown, courageous netizens are capable of organizing themselves. They are counting on the upcoming technological improvements – essential to the country’s economic future – to provide them with more options for circumventing censorship and ensuring its failure. Links http://www.All4syria.com (Arabic): news website on Syria, censored within the country http://www.arabnews.com (English): news website about Arab countries http://opennet.net/research/profiles/syria (English): a watch on the Syrian network kept by the Open Net Initiative. http://www.ya-ashrafe-nnas.blogspot.com (English): “Decentering Damascus”, blog by Razan, a Syrian online free expression activist and one of the founders of the campaign for the release of Tariq Biasi. News to go further News March 8, 2021 Find out more SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists News News Follow the news on Syria Help by sharing this information
to go further Journalist Sein Mar (picture), editor of the newsletter Yaung Chee Oo, has been held in Kuala Lumpur since 17 May. She was arrested after demonstrating in front of the Burmese embassy against the “national convention” staged by the Burmese regime. She has UN refugee status in Malaysia and her seven-year-old daughter has been taken in by a local UN centre. Reporters Without Borders and the BMA have called for her release, pointing out that she was simply protesting peacefully in favour of free expression. Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again Organisation Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Malaysia February 22, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News MalaysiaAsia – Pacific His wife filed a complaint with police. The officer in charge of the investigation said the case was a “delicate matter” and refused to say if the kidnapping had been ordered by the authorities, adding only that “the enquiry is continuing.” On 3 June, Minn Kyaw’s lawyer was not allowed to be present during a police interview of the journalist. RSF_en News News March 17, 2021 Find out more June 4, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for investigation into kidnapping of exiled Burmese journalist 29.06.2004Malaysian authorities on 24 June released Burmese journalist Sein Mar after holding her for one week. She was handed over to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) while awaiting transfer to another country, probably Norway, along with her seven-year-old daughter.________________________________________________________________Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) and the Burma Media Association (BMA) called today for an investigation into the kidnapping of exiled Burmese journalist and pro-democracy activist Minn Kyaw in Malaysia on 1 June and his detention for 12 hours by supposed members of the Malaysian police special branch.He was seized on his way to Kuala Lumpur airport to cover the arrival of Burmese prime minister Gen. Khin Nyunt and interrogated by Burmese agents about his political and journalistic activities in Malaysia.”It would be shocking if, as well as ceremonially receiving the head of a tyrannical and illegitimate regime, the Malaysian authorities were preventing journalists from doing their work for fear of offending a Burmese general,” the two organisations said in a letter to prime minister and internal security minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.Another Burmese journalist, Sein Mar , is currently being held in Malaysia for demonstrating against the Burmese regime.Minn Kyaw’s Malaysian wife, Yassra Sahril, said her husband, who is editor of the magazine Burma Media Link and represents the BMA in Malaysia, had been kidnapped by men who said they were members of the police special branch as he and she were driving to the airport. Two vehicles forced their car to stop. A man ran towards it, opened the door and shouted “We want Minn Kyaw!” He was dragged out, handcuffed and a hood placed over his head. He was taken to a southern suburb of the city and shut up in a container. After several hours without food or water, he was interrogated by a Burmese woman. His captors, who beat him during his detention, asked about his local campaigning for democracy in Burma and his support for Burmese refugees in Malaysia. The woman criticised him for “insulting Burma” in articles he had written and in comments on local radio stations. She also asked where he got the money to publish Burma Media Link. MalaysiaAsia – Pacific New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments News January 29, 2021 Find out more
A structured personal development programme for senior and middle managershas helped Lancashire County Council (LCC) successfully address a review of itsoperations. Prompted by the aggressive modernisation agenda from Westminster and a Morisurvey which revealed that although Lancashire’s council tax payers weresatisfied with services they did not realise that those services were in factprovided by the county council, the LCC reviewed the way it operated. The development programme , run by people development organisation Brathay,resulted from the review and was designed in tandem with a competency frameworkto formalise the roles, responsibilities and competencies of a senior or middlemanagers. “One of the significant changes has been to promote a culture ofproactive development,” said LCC chief executive Chris Trinick. County develops managersOn 1 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article
Previous Article Next Article Getting your head around cancer – mental health and returning to work post-cancerBy Christine Husbands on 7 Feb 2020 in Anxiety, Cancer, Mental health conditions, Depression, Return to work and rehabilitation, Sickness absence management, Occupational Health, Personnel Today Employers needed to be focused on much more than just the physical and workplace adjustments needed for an employee to return to work following a diagnosis of and treatment for cancer. Returning to work post-cancer can be an emotional and mental rollercoaster too, as Christine Husbands explains.According to the charity Macmillan Cancer Support, 123,000 people of working age are diagnosed with cancer in the UK every year and an estimated 700,000 employees are caring for someone with cancer.While the focus following a cancer diagnosis understandably tends to be on the physical symptoms, treatment, surgery and after-effects – the impact of cancer goes way beyond these aspects.A cancer diagnosis can lead to a wide range of emotional feelings and, in many cases, depression and anxiety, not only for the patient but also for those caring. It is not uncommon for people to feel they have to be “strong” to protect their families and friends, often hiding how they truly feel from those close to them. Some people feel guilty about the impact of their illness on their families such as the worry it may cause and the disruption to everyday family life.About the authorChristine Husbands is managing director of RedArc NursesThe range of emotions felt by cancer patients can include denial, feeling overwhelmed, anger, fear, worry, sadness, guilt, isolation and loneliness. Combine these feelings with the physical symptoms of the cancer, the surgery and treatment – such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy – and it’s not difficult to understand how a cancer diagnosis is life changing for the patient and all those close to them.Cancer patients and workContrary to what many employers may think, many cancer patients often want to continue to work in some shape or form when they are feeling well enough. Work gives them a sense of normality – of identity and self-esteem – outside of the cancer journey. And this can be a great help in mitigating some of the possible emotional difficulties they may have.Inevitably, though, employees will need support from their employer and colleagues to continue in work.In considering how to offer and deliver this support, it is very helpful for employers and managers to have a basic understanding of cancer, its types, treatment, side-effects and its consequences.For instance there are more than 200 types of cancer, and the types of treatment provided can vary hugely. This can include surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormonal therapies and targeted therapies. All of these can cause a number of physical side-effects, both short and long term, such as fatigue, nausea, vomiting and susceptibility to infection. There can also be changes in the body that the patient needs to adapt to and learn to live with.Many employees will have specific worries relating to the workplace. These could include confidence in their ability to do their job effectively because of the physical side-effects, low self-esteem and guilt about the extra burden of work placed upon their colleagues.It can often come as a surprise to individuals, their families and employer that a cancer patient is not overjoyed when treatment is complete and they are given the “all-clear”. In our experience, this is often the time when the full impact of the cancer diagnosis hits home and support is needed most.Supporting employees with cancerThe effect of cancer on individuals varies; this will depend on the type of cancer, its severity, symptoms and treatment required, as well as how the employee copes emotionally and how well they are supported by family and friends.As in life, cancer doesn’t exist in a vacuum, so all the other worries – either everyday pressures, or those exacerbated by the cancer – such as financial, relationship or caring responsibilities can also add to the burden.Clearly, adjustments need to be made by the employer. The most obvious and important one is being flexible in working hours and recognising there may be no predictable pattern. Many people return to work in some capacity after recovering from surgery and have periods of time away from work whilst they undergo chemo or radiotherapy.It may be difficult for an employer to manage these unpredictable working arrangements but if, it can be achieved, the opportunity to work when feeling well enough can really help some employees.Other adjustments may include things such as allowing more frequent breaks, rest space, suitable and convenient toilet facilities, provision for the storage of medication and agreeing temporary changes to the role or location.It is clear there cannot be a “one-size-fits-all” policy for dealing with employees with cancer but rather a high-level approach allowing flexibility.It is important there is an open, supportive and trusting relationship between the line manager and the employee to enable the employee to explain how they are feeling and what may be helpful to them.Line managers should be supported and guided by HR and occupational health, and this also gives the employee another port of call if they don’t feel comfortable speaking directly to their line manager.Employers need to beware of making assumptions on what would be “best” for an employee. The best approach is to speak regularly and ask what would best help the employee (whether they are at work or not). Often it is the simplest things that make all the difference.Carers at workThose caring for a family member with cancer often find themselves juggling work and increased family responsibilities, as well as holding down a job. For many, financial circumstances dictate the need to continue working.However for others, continuing to work can have several positive aspects for a carer, such as a sense of independence and often much needed social contactIt is important the carer looks after their own health and wellbeing; it would be all too easy to become burnt-out with the burden of caring, family and work responsibilities.According to the charity Carers UK, 600 people leave their job every day because of caring responsibilities, so it is in the interests of employers to ensure that they give good support to this population of employees, to help them stay in work.External support and services for employees and carersThere are many external resources and guides available that employers can turn to. For example, Macmillan Cancer Support has a range of online guidance and toolkits. Through its Macmillan at Work initiative it also offers training and consultancy, on-site if need be.The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Cancer Backup and Working With Cancer have a combined guide, Cancer and Working Guidelines for Employers, HR and Line Managers. Bodies such as the TUC and the mediation service ACAS also have useful online resources, available through their respective websites, that may be useful.Many employers are also proactive about putting services in place to help employees in the event they become ill, for example, private medical insurance, group income protection, critical illness insurance and employee assistance programmes. Many of these services also extend to families, offering support for those with caring responsibilities.Cancer treatment is, of course, very well catered for by the NHS and may also be covered by private medical insurance. But often the emotional impact is ignored.Having good internal policies, flexibility and support can go a long way to support staff through what is often inevitably a very tough journey. But the addition of a good quality external support services, working alongside the physical treatment, can make a big difference.External one-to-one practical advice and emotional support from a medical professional such as a nurse can be invaluable in helping employees through their illness and get them back on the road to physical and mental recovery as quickly as possible.Support for the long termA cancer diagnosis is life-changing for patients and carers, therefore support needs to be available all the way through the cancer journey, ideally from diagnosis, through surgery, treatment and beyond – for as long as the employee finds it helpful.Needs, worries and concerns can change dramatically throughout that period, both relating to the employee themselves as well as concern for family and colleagues, so continuity and consistency is very important.The best solution is a long-term service provided confidentially – and independently from the employer – enabling employees to discuss worries and concerns in confidence without fear of how the employer might view them.Employers can’t be expected to understand the intricacies of every single illness and the associated mental health issues. But by offering access to a comprehensive long-term external support service they can really help their employees when they most need it.This can bring peace of mind for the employee and the employer that the individual can get answers to their questions and information on everything available to them. It supports the employer in their duty of care and demonstrates to the individual and the wider staff community that the employer care about its employees and wants to go the extra mile for them.In terms of insurance-based products, such as group income protection, critical illness or private medical insurance, it is important to recognise that not all such products are the same or offer the same level of support. It is therefore important for employers to talk to their employee benefit advisers to ensure they can offer the type of support that’s needed.For example, services can range from a light-touch helpline for a one-off telephone call through to long-term support from a dedicated nurse along with an assessed course of therapy to meet the particular needs of the individual. When looking to support employees with cancer, my view that the more comprehensive and long-term the support, the better.ReferencesMacmillan Cancer Support, Introduction for Employers, https://www.macmillan.org.uk/information-and-support/organising/work-and-cancer/if-youre-an-employer/managing-cancer-in-the-workplace.html#160618‘More than 600 people quit work to look after older and disabled relatives every day’, Carers UK, February 2019, https://www.carersuk.org/news-and-campaigns/press-releases/research-more-than-600-people-quit-work-to-look-after-older-and-disabled-relatives-every-dayTraining and support for employers, Macmillan Cancer Support, https://www.macmillan.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/how-we-work/work-and-cancer/macmillan-at-work?gclid=EAIaIQobChMImJSohMeU5QIVClPTCh2xzwLJEAAYASAAEgJO5fD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.dsCancer and Working Guidelines for Employers, HR and Line Managers, https://www.macmillan.org.uk/documents/cancerinfo/cancerworkingguidelines.pdf Related posts: No comments yet. 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Written by July 30, 2018 /Sports News – Local Former BYU Star Jack Morris Enshrined In Baseball Hall of Fame Tags: Alan Trammell/Atlanta Braves/Bob Costas/BYU Baseball/Chipper Jones/Cleveland Indians/Detroit Tigers/Ford C. Frick Award/J.G. Taylor Spink Award/Jack Morris/Jim Thome/Minnesota Twins/Philadelphia Phillies/San Diego Padres/Sheldon Ocker/Toronto Blue Jays/Trevor Hoffman/Vladimir Guerrero FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCOOPERSTOWN, N.Y.-Sunday, former BYU baseball star, pitcher Jack Morris, was enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, N.Y.He is the first former Cougar to be accepted into the Baseball Hall of Fame per byucougars.com.Morris, a four-time World Series champion, matriculated at BYU from 1975-1976 before the Detroit Tigers drafted him in the fifth round of the 1976 MLB Draft.Morris then played for the Tigers from 1977-1990, helping Detroit capture the 1984 World Series title, downing the San Diego Padres 4-1.He then helped the Minnesota Twins win the 1991 World Series by downing the Atlanta Braves in seven games.Next, he went to Toronto and won back-to-back world series in 1992 and 1993 with the Toronto Blue Jays, as they vanquished the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies, respectively.Morris concluded his career in 1994 with the Cleveland Indians.In playing his career entirely within the American League, Morris was a five-time All-Star, earning the nod for the AL in the 1981, 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1991 seasons for the Midsummer Classic.He also led the American League in wins in both the 1981 and 1992 seasons and was the 1983 AL strikeouts leader while with the Tigers.Morris is still the Major League Baseball record-holder for consecutive opening day starts, taking the mound first every season from 1980-1993.Other inductees in the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 include outfielder Vladimir Guerrero, pitcher Trevor Hoffman, third baseman Chipper Jones, star slugger Jim Thome and shortstop Alan Trammell, Morris’ longtime teammate in Detroit.Additionally, veteran sportscaster Bob Costas was honored with the Ford C. Frick Award, the annual award given by the Baseball Hall of Fame to broadcasters.Longtime Cleveland Indians writer Sheldon Ocker was awarded with the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, annually awarded to a sportswriter for “meritorious contributions to baseball writing.” Brad James
he group has been able to find innovative and collaborative ways to unlock value and operational efficiencies, something KCA Deutag recognises as key to the future of the UK Continental Shelf Image: CNRI awards KCA Deutag a multi-million pound drilling contract. Photo: Courtesy of David Mark from Pixabay. KCA Deutag is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a five-year contract extension by CNR International Ltd (CNRI) for three platforms operating in the UK North Sea.This multi-million pound contract is for the provision of drilling operations and maintenance services on CNRI’s Ninian South, Ninian Central and Tiffany platforms.The two companies have a long history of working together, and over recent years have won various collaboration awards, in conjunction with other partners, for their success in reducing costs and increasing productivity. The awards include the Oil & Gas Authority MER (Maximising Economic Recovery) UK Award, the UK Oil & Gas UK Award for Excellence in Decommissioning and the SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) Offshore Achievement Award for Collaboration.Since the downturn, KCA Deutag has proactively worked with all of its clients to address the challenges and constraints that come from operating in this new oil price environment. The results have been a huge success. The group has been able to find innovative and collaborative ways to unlock value and operational efficiencies, something KCA Deutag recognises as key to the future of the UK Continental Shelf.In September of this year, KCA Deutag also launched +veDRILL™, a range of exciting and innovative technologies which provide tangible improvements to clients’ drilling operations.Commenting on today’s announcement, Rune Lorentzen President of Offshore said, “We are delighted to have won this new contract with CNRI. For several years now KCA Deutag, CNRI and other contractors have adopted a one-team approach, drawing on all our expertise, to drive a culture of innovation and efficiency throughout the operation and maximise oil production. This has been hugely successful and we look forward to working together to continue this success in the future.” Source: Company Press Release