Cloud Services Provider Fusion (FSNN) Presenting at Roth Conference in Dana Point, California, March 13th

Fusion (FSNN), a leading provider of integrated cloud solutions to small, medium and large businesses, is a single source for the cloud. Fusion’s advanced, proprietary cloud services platform enables the integration of leading-edge solutions in the cloud, including cloud communications, contact center, cloud connectivity, and cloud computing. Fusion’s innovative, yet proven cloud solutions lower their customers’ cost of ownership and deliver new levels of security, flexibility, scalability, and speed of deployment.

Today Fusion announced that Matthew Rosen, its Chief Executive Officer, will present at the 30th Annual ROTH Conference on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at 12:30 pm PDT. The conference will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, California.

Recently, Fusion engaged Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley and MUFG as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners to arrange senior secured credit facilities (the “Facilities”) to be entered into in connection with Fusion’s previously announced agreement to acquire the Cloud and Business Services business of Birch Communications, Inc. Fusion intends to use the net proceeds from the Facilities to refinance its existing debt, to retire existing senior debt of Birch as part of the acquisition and for general corporate purposes.
The Facilities are expected to consist of $570 million senior secured term loans and a revolving credit facility, which is expected to be undrawn at closing. Borrowings under the Facilities will be guaranteed by each of Fusion’s current and future subsidiaries, subject to certain customary exceptions, and will be secured by a lien on substantially all of the assets of Fusion and each of the guarantors.  The interest rate, maturity and other terms of the Facilities are to be determined.
Michael Bauer, Fusion’s CFO, recently stated, “We are very excited to complete the Birch transaction. The combined company is projected to have approximately $575 million in pro forma annual revenue and over $150 million in pro forma annual Adjusted EBITDA, including over $20 million in expected cost synergies.”
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Fusion to Present at the 30th Annual ROTH Conference

NEW YORK, March 06, 2018– Fusion, a leading provider of cloud services, announced today that Matthew Rosen, its Chief Executive Officer, will present at the 30th Annual ROTH Conference on Tuesday, March …..

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Will the Cost of a Can of Coke Go Up with Aluminum Tariffs?

Coca-Cola drinkers beware, many expect the price of canned food and soft drinks in cans to increase. Under the new contemplated tariffs out of the White House on steel and aluminum imports, the cost of getting a Coca-Cola in a can could be getting more expensive.

Robert Budway, the president of Can Manufacturers Institute, the company that represents the makers of the Coca-Cola Cans as well as many other manufacturers, commented that “A tariff on these aluminum and steel products will harm our industry and put food and beverage cans at a disadvantage among competitive packages, such as plastic and glass, which are not subject to tariffs.”

While can manufacturing companies are in an uproar about the new tariffs, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says that the new tariffs are “no big deal” and will only add six-tenths of one cent to cost of a Campbell’s soup can.

Without the release of more details on the tariffs, there is no way to measure the precise impact that the tariffs will have on the price of goods. There is also the possibility that certain countries could be excluded. It is suggested that most likely companies who manufacture steel and aluminum products will feel the effects of the tariff rather than consumers.

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Yes, a can of Coke will cost more under Trump’s steel tariffs

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Nike (NKE) Will Announce Q3 Fiscal Results March 22

NIKE, Inc. (NIKE) is the world’s top designer, marketer, and distributor of athletic footwear, equipment, apparel, and accessories. The Beaverton, Oregon based company offers products for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities.

NIKE, Inc. will announce their third quarter fiscal 2018 results on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 1:15p.m. PT after the close of regular stock market trading hours. The release of the results will be followed by a conference call hosted by NIKE management at 2:00p.m. PT.

The conference call can be accessed online at http://investors.nike.com.

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Johnson & Johnson Vision Creates New Digital Platform

Dow 30 component Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is a worldwide healthcare focused company that embraces research and science so that it can provide customers with innovative ideas, products, and services.

Johnson & Johnson Vision has simplified their jnjvisionpro.com so that eye care professionals can use a single destination to manage the needs of their practice instead of having to use multiple websites to do business with one company. The new digital platform offers services that include product ordering, online learning, patient resources, and practice resources.

With this new, simplified platform, it is the company’s hope that eye care professionals will be able to increase their time spent with patients and reduce the time spent doing administrative tasks.

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Johnson & Johnson Vision Announces New Digital Platform for Eye Care Professionals

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Johnson & Johnson Vision today announced the U.S. launch of JNJVISIONPRO.COM, a digital platform that delivers online learning, patient education materials, practice resources and connected commerce – all aimed at streamlining and simplifying the online experience for thousands of eye ca…..

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Eleven Madison Park & American Express Join Forces on EMP Summer House & EMP Winter House

American Express Company (AXP), and its subsidiaries provide customers and businesses globally with charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services while seeking to enrich the lives of their customers and build business success.

The number one restaurant in the world, Eleven Madison Park, & American Express are teaming up once again to bring the EMP Summer House to East Hampton, NY. The EMP Summer House is a pop-up restaurant that gives customers and more casual dining experience that is inspired by the iconic dishes of Eleven Madison Park. Along with the summer house, the two companies will also join forces to bring the very first EMP Winter House to Aspen, CO in December 2018.

Janey Whiteside, executive vice president and general manager of Global Premium Products, Benefits and Services at American Express stated, “We are excited to continue our successful partnership with Chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara to bring the popular EMP Summer House back to the Hamptons and open the first EMP Winter House in Aspen – both top travel destinations for our Card Members. EMP Summer House quickly became the top requested reservation in the U.S. last summer through Platinum Concierge, so we are looking forward to heading out east again with the Eleven Madison Park team and then later heading to the mountains of Aspen.”

The EMP Summer House will open May 25, 2018, will be located at 340 Pantigoo Road in East Hampton, and then stay open through labor day. Aspen’s EMP Winter House is expected to stay open December 2018 through March 2019.

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New Fed Chair Jerome Powell Cools Overheating Talk & Confirms Gradual Approach

Jerome Hayden Powell is an American former investment banker, who is the current Chair of the Federal Reserve. He was nominated to the position by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the United States Senate. Based on public filings, Powell’s net worth is estimated to be as much as $112 million making him the richest member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

Powell, during a Senate Banking Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, March 1, 2018, stated the following:

“By continuing to gradually raise interest rates over time we are trying to … achieve inflation moving up to target, but also make sure that the economy doesn’t overheat.”

“There is no evidence that the economy is currently overheating.”

“I will be honest. I would have thought you would have seen more wage increases by this point.”

“We’ve got an economy with strong momentum. … I do think you will begin to see wages coming up.”

These statements seemed to catch the market off-guard today as the Dow 30 sold off 420.22 points into the close off -1.68% for the day as it closed at 24,608.98.

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Powell Plays Down Overheating Risk While Asserting Gradual Path

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell pushed back against the notion that the U.S. economy is close to overheating, as he fine-tuned the message on his outlook while reinforcing his commitment to a gradual …..

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House Bill 258 Seeks To Force Health Care Providers to Tell Patients If They Have Dense Breast Tissue

Approximately 10 million women have high breast density in the United States and there is currently no FDA-approved treatment for this condition. For more information about breast density please visit www.areyoudense.org

Recently, House Bill 258 advanced to the senate and proposes that health care providers would be required to tell patients if they have dense breast tissue and to consider further cancer screenings.

The proposed notice reads:

“Your mammogram indicates that you have dense breast tissue. Dense breast tissue is common and is found in as many as half of all women.

However, dense breast tissue can make it more difficult to fully and accurately evaluate your mammogram and detect early signs of possible cancer in the breast.

You might benefit from additional professionally recognized forms of cancer screening examinations, depending on your personal risk factors and family history.

This information is being provided to inform and encourage you to discuss your dense breast tissue and other breast cancer risk factors with your physician or health care provider.

Together, you can decide which screening options are best and most effective for you. A copy of your mammography report has been sent to your physician and health care provider.

Please contact them if you have any questions or concerns about this notice.”

 

President and CEO of Seattle, WA based Atossa Genetics (NasdaqCM: ATOS), Dr. Steven Quay, commented on this subject recently, “The presence of dense breast tissue can make it more difficult to evaluate the results of a mammogram because dense breast tissue is comprised of less fat and more stromal tissue which appears white on a mammogram. Cancer also appears white and tumors are therefore often hidden or masked by the dense tissue. Breast density is also associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Although numerous states have recently enacted laws requiring that patients be notified of breast density, there is no federal standard and approximately 20 states still do not require that information about density be conveyed to the patient. We believe woman have the right to receive this important health information and we applaud the pending federal legislation. In addition, the provisions in the legislation that require expansion of programs and research activities related to breast density should improve diagnosis capabilities and accelerate treatments for this major breast cancer risk factor; which is one of only a few risk factors that can actually be modified.” Atossa is developing the drug Endoxifen for tamoxifen-refractory breast cancer patients, the treatment of mammographic breast density and other breast conditions. Atossa’s proprietary Endoxifen is being developed as an oral form as well as a topical solution, like a lotion, that can be applied directly to the breast. Atossa recently completed a Phase 1 study of its oral and topical Endoxifen and reported that all objectives of that study were successfully met. A Phase 2 study will be conducted at Stockholm South General Hospital in Sweden and will be led by principal investigator Dr. Per Hall, M.D., Ph.D., Head of the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Karolinska Institutet.

 

To learn about the interesting work that Seattle, WA based biotech firm Atossa Genetics (NasdaqGM: ATOS) is doing in breast cancer treatment please visit the Vista Partners ATOS Company Dedicated Page.

Bill warning women of dense breast tissue advances to Senate

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) A house bill advanced to the senate Friday that would require doctors to notify women if a mammogram discovers dense breast tissue…

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Cisco Works With STC To Bring 5G To Saudi Arabia

Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) is a global technology leader that designs, manufactures, and sells Internet Protocol based networking and other communications technology.

Cisco will be collaborating with the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) to develop 5G communication systems and networks in Saudi Arabia. This collaboration will help to transform STC into a a digital service provider. The two company’s signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Mobile World Congress. The signing of the MoU will also play an important role in Saudi Arabia’s 2030 Transformation Plan. Working with Cisco will allow STC to provide advanced network services and differentiate its service delivery as well.

As businesses increasingly digitize, mobile carriers will need the speed, low latency, reliability and dynamic provisioning capabilities that 5G networks are expected to deliver. Our collaboration with STC will enable their network infrastructure to evolve into the new era of digitisation by taking advantage of the 5G momentum.” -Ali Amer, Managing Director, Global Service Provider Sales, Cisco Middle East and Africa

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Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Cisco Sign Strategic MoU to Bring the Benefits of 5G to Saudi Arabia

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Welcome to The Industry Corteva Agriscience

The Dow Chemical Company is a part of the DowDupont Holding Company (DWDP), a business that is focused on agriculture, materials science and specialty product sectors that will lead their respective industries through productive, science-based innovation to meet the needs of customers and help solve global challenges.

Corteva Agriscience is the new name agriculturalists will want to know. The Agriculture Division of DowDuPont has announced the name of the stand alone company that combines DuPont Crop Protection, DuPont Pioneer, and DowAgroSciences. The company is expected to be spun-off June 1, 2019. The new company will have corporate headquarters in Wilmington, Deleware as well as sites in Johnston, Iowa, and Indianapolis, Indiana. DowDupont will support the company’s new name until it becomes an independent company.

“This is the start of an exciting journey. Corteva Agriscience™ is bringing together three businesses with deep connections and dedication to generations of farmers. Our new name acknowledges our history while looking forward to our commitment to enhancing farmer productivity as well as the health and well-being of the consumers they serve. With the most balanced portfolio of products in the industry, nearly a century of agronomic expertise and an unparalleled innovation engine, Corteva Agriscience™ will become a leading Agriculture company, focused on working together with the entire food system to produce a secure supply of healthy food.” -James C. Collins, Jr., chief operating officer, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont.

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