University of Minnesota receives $25 million commitment from Land O'Lakes, Inc. and the Land O'Lakes Foundation Sep 2, 2014 08:06PM

MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Land O'Lakes, Inc. announced today that it will invest $25 million in University of Minnesota academics and Gopher Athletics -- one of the largest single corporate commitments in University history and the largest commitment ever made collectively by Land O'Lakes, Inc. and the Land O'Lakes Foundation.

"Today's announcement underscores our commitment to educational excellence and further strengthens our investment in the pipeline of talent from the University of Minnesota," said Christopher Policinski, president and CEO of Land O'Lakes, Inc. "Land O'Lakes has doubled in size over the past five years and is committed to continue to grow its food and agricultural businesses both domestically and internationally.  It is going to take high caliber talent to achieve our business goals.  We are pleased to be partnering with the University to help create a holistic student experience that equips graduates for a competitive marketplace, but also inspires the well-rounded talent necessary to meet the challenge of feeding a growing global population. We look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship and building a strategic partnership with this great institution."

The monetary commitment is largely philanthropic, but also includes an element of sponsorship. It is one of the first ever agreements between the University and a business partner to have a broad-ranging impact that will include support for student-athletes and academic programs, including student scholarships, academic and development excellence within Gopher Athletics, internship opportunities and faculty research, among other things. It will fund projects and initiatives throughout numerous University departments and colleges including Intercollegiate Athletics; the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; the Carlson School of Management; and the College of Science and Engineering.

"Meaningful partnerships with Minnesota businesses are vital to the success of our students and the state's economic future," said University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler. "The 40-plus-year partnership between the U and Land O'Lakes is one in which we take great pride. This new commitment and innovative model of support will advance our teaching, student support, athletic programs and research mission, and will further position the U as a continued leader in addressing society's pressing challenges."

As part of the commitment, Land O'Lakes will receive naming rights to a new center for excellence that will be located in the Athletics Village, the centerpiece of Gopher Athletics' new facilities plan. The 60,000 square-foot facility will house academic, nutritional and leadership development programs for all University students and student-athletes alike, and is anticipated to open in fall 2016.  Fifteen million dollars of the commitment will fund this facility.

The $25 million commitment will be provided to the U of M between 2015 through 2024.

WHEN: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 WHAT: Celebration and program highlighting the enhanced partnership between the U and Land O'LakesWHO: Christopher Policinski, president and CEO of Land O'Lakes, and Eric W. Kaler, president of the University of Minnesota, students, faculty and staff WHERE: Northrop Mall on the University's East Bank

About Land O'Lakes, Inc. Land O'Lakes, Inc., one of America's premier agribusiness and food companies, is a member-owned cooperative with industry-leading operations that span the spectrum from farm production to consumer foods. With 2013 annual sales of more than $14.2 billion, Land O'Lakes is one of the nation's largest cooperatives, ranking 199 on the Fortune 500.  Building on a legacy of more than 93 years of operation, Land O'Lakes today operates some of the most respected brands in agribusiness and food production including LAND O LAKES® Dairy Foods, Purina Animal Nutrition and WinField. The company does business in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Land O'Lakes, Inc. corporate headquarters are located in Arden Hills, Minn.

About the Land O'Lakes Foundation The Land O'Lakes Foundation was established in 1996 and is made possible by support from Land O'Lakes, Inc. In addition to distributing the John Brandt Memorial Foundation Scholarship, the Foundation awards community grants to projects that develop and strengthen organizations dedicated to hunger relief, education and the community.

About the University of Minnesota Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota is ranked among the nation's top public research universities. As a land-grant institution, the U of M is committed to engaging Minnesota, national and global communities to advance interdisciplinary knowledge; enhance students' academic, civic, career, social and personal development; and apply intellectual and human capital to serve the public good.

SOURCE Land O'Lakes, Inc.


PG&E Seeks Reasonable, Proportionate CPUC Penalty That Takes Into Account Investments And Advances In Safety Since San Bruno Explosion Sep 2, 2014 08:04PM

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today said that a penalty being considered by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in connection with the 2010 explosion of a natural gas transmission pipeline in San Bruno should be reasonable and take into account precedent and the investments the company has made to promote safety.

Today, the CPUC's administrative law judges released a recommended penalty resulting from the investigations. While the CPUC characterized the penalty as totaling approximately $2 billion, PG&E believes that the total shareholder impact could reach approximately $4.75 billion, including the previous $2.7 billion in estimated costs that shareholders have incurred or are forecast to incur, to improve and enhance the safety of PG&E's natural gas operations. The ultimate amount of costs will depend on the scope and timing of work and other factors, many of which are described in PG&E Corporation's and PG&E's recent Securities and Exchange Commission reports. It's likely that the CPUC could take a minimum of 45 days to reach a final decision.

PG&E Corporation Chairman, CEO and President Tony Earley said:

"Since the 2010 explosion of our natural gas transmission pipeline in San Bruno, we've been dedicated to re-earning the trust of our customers and the communities we serve. We are deeply sorry for this tragic event.

"We are accountable and fully accept that a penalty of some kind is appropriate. However, we have respectfully asked that the Commission ensure that the penalty is reasonable and proportionate and takes into consideration the company's investments and actions to promote safety. Moreover, we believe any penalty should directly benefit public safety.

"We've worked hard to do the right thing for the victims, their families and the community of San Bruno. Beyond this, all of us at PG&E have committed ourselves to a goal to transform this company into the safest and most reliable energy provider in America. We've hired some of the best gas experts in the country to help guide this effort and supported it with billions of dollars in shareholder funding.

"We have made tremendous progress but we're not done. We have more work to do and we won't rest until it's done and done right."

Here are just a few of the concrete actions the company has taken to make safety the cornerstone of its culture:

  • Change began at the top with Tony Earley joining the company as CEO in 2011. We restructured our gas operations business and hired the best natural gas experts in the country to run it.
  • We put 3,500 leaders at all levels of PG&E through safety training and we review the lessons of San Bruno with every new employee.
  • We have conducted advanced pipeline safety testing, replaced pipe where necessary and installed 150 new automated or remotely controlled emergency shut-off valves.
  • We built a new gas operations control center from which we can monitor the entire system and respond more quickly and effectively to emergencies. It employs the most advanced technology.
  • We're using new gas leak detection technology that is 1,000 times more sensitive than before in order to help find and fix leaks before they become a problem. When a customer calls to report a gas odor, we are now among the fastest in the entire industry in responding.

As a result of these and many other efforts, PG&E recently became one of the first utilities ever to earn two of the highest internationally recognized safety certifications—the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 55001 and Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 55-1. These stringent certifications must be re-earned every year.

The company has settled claims amounting to more than $500 million with the victims and families of the San Bruno accident, established a $50 million trust for the City of San Bruno for costs related to recovery and contributed $70 million to support the city's and community's recovery efforts.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/ and www.pgecurrents.com.

SOURCE Pacific Gas and Electric Company


Second Start Announces Selection of Next Executive Director Sep 2, 2014 08:04PM

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of Second Start Learning Disabilities Programs Inc., is pleased to announce the promotion of their Chief Operations Officer: Tara Bevington as the next Executive Director.

Ms. Bevington has worked her way up through the ranks, from part-time Human Resources Specialist to Controller and then to Chief Operations Officer. Her leadership and management skills have been not just obvious but outstanding. "Her skills and guidance has been integral to the growth and stability of the organization," stated retiring Executive Director, L.E. Boydston. "Her ability to relate to staff, students and parents transcend just normal leadership and managerial skills. She has a genuine passion for the organization's mission and empathy, which is demonstrated by her dedication and determination to ensure all students, at need, have access to Second Start's nationally and internationally recognized programs!"

The Executive Director search began in fall of 2013. From across the country Second Start search committee received over 60 outstanding resumes submitted by candidates with remarkable skills and experience.  The most qualified were contacted with the specifics of the position. The best of the candidates were vetted and then interviewed either in person or by video conferencing. The resulting top candidates were then interviewed personally.  

From this outstanding field, Ms. Bevington's leadership skills, managerial abilities and professionalism clearly distinguished herself as the natural choice. To the delight of the Board of Director's, she accepted the offered five year contract which begins this fall semester.

Second Start has grown by developing new programs and schools both in California and Nevada. The Board of Director's focus is on a continuing strategic operational plan to expand. This growth is not only to meet the need of their clients, but to provide a nurturing growth path for their employees. Ms Bevington's promotion to Executive Director is a perfect example of the amazing skill level and expertise of Second Start employees! 

For information: http://www.secondstart.org Contact: tarab@secondstart.org Phone: 408-979-8210 ext 152

SOURCE Second Start Learning Disabilities Programs


MasterImage 3D Challenges RealD’s Utility Model Patent Application in China Sep 2, 2014 08:01PM

Files Invalidation Over Blatant Lack of Inventiveness; Vows to Stand With Customers Against RealD’s Unfair Threats

BEIJING--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- MasterImage 3D, a worldwide leader in 3D display technologies for digital cinema, took action to challenge the validity of RealD’s utility model (UM) patent in China, filing an invalidation before the State Intellectual Property Office on August 22, 2014. MasterImage 3D specifically argues that RealD’s utility model patent blatantly lacks novelty over MasterImage 3D’s earlier filed patent applications and over RealD’s older patents disclosed several years prior in the United States.

MasterImage 3D concluded that RealD’s utility model patent filed in China is not valid and lacks inventiveness. This UM application was only successfully granted because Chinese UM patents lack substantive examination.

MasterImage 3D asserted that it will stand with customers in all cases, as RealD has taken varying actions to threaten customers and competitors around the world. If RealD continues unsupported threats against MasterImage 3D customers, MasterImage 3D will take any action necessary to stop them. MasterImage 3D is also evaluating their own legal remedies to counter RealD’s misuse of the UM patent.

A utility model patent is often used as a temporary place-holder form of patent protection in lieu of regular invention patents. A UM patent is often granted for technical solutions that relate to shape or structures and has lesser threshold for determination on inventiveness over conventional technology. UM patent applications are only subjected to novelty assessment, without substantive examination of whether the technology within the UM patent application is new or is inventive. In many cases, a UM patent application is automatically granted, even if it lacks novelty or inventiveness, if there is no challenge from other parties.

MasterImage 3D filed and has been granted several invention patent applications in Korea for their innovative technologies in 3D cinema systems. This inventive patent application has been filed in China based on Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) procedures. RealD’s utility model in question was filed after that of MasterImage 3D’s invention patent application.

MasterImage 3D, Inc: Leader in optical 3D display solutions for cinema and mobile devices. Nearly 7,000 3D cinema systems in over 70 countries. Brightest, sharpest 3D experience with compelling ownership pricing model. Invented, patented and mass-produced leading technology for auto-stereoscopic display. Privately held; headquartered in Los Angeles. Offices in the UK, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Brazil. (masterimage3d.com)

MasterImage 3D

Michael Chen, Managing Director, Greater China

Office phone: 886.920.401.727

michael.chen@masterimage3d.com

Source: MasterImage 3D


Richmond Hill, GA Periodontist, Dr. Justin Bordlemay Helps Improve Patients' Smiles with Dental Implants, in Honor of Self-Improvement Month Sep 2, 2014 08:00PM

Richmond Hill, GA (PRWEB) September 02, 2014

To show support for Self-Improvement Month in September, Dr. Justin Bordlemay, a Richmond Hill, GA periodontist, is helping patients with missing teeth improve their oral health with dental implants. People who visit Dr. Bordlemay for implants soon after losing teeth may avoid oral health issues such as bone density loss and tooth misalignment. People who receive implants also enjoy the advantages of having a fully functional tooth replacement, since implants are anchored in the jawbone like natural teeth.

Dental implants offer numerous health benefits to people who have lost teeth. Once a tooth has been lost, neighboring teeth can shift into the gap, leading to misalignment and bite issues. Additionally, bone density loss always follows tooth loss, since teeth normally provide the stimulation that keeps the bone from deteriorating. Decreases in bone density can lead to changes in facial structure, and if too much deterioration occurs, the remaining bone may not be adequate to support dentures or implants. Most tooth replacement options do not address bone density loss. Implants stabilize bone density and act as a permanent tooth replacement. People who receive implants can eat a full diet, speak without unnatural sounds, and care for their implants like they would care for natural teeth.

Most patients can receive dental implants in just three appointments with Dr. Bordlemay, a Richmond Hill, GA periodontist. During the initial consultation, Dr. Bordlemay verifies that implants are a good fit for the patient. He also determines how the implants should be placed to minimize the risk of infections or other complications. During the next appointment, Dr. Bordlemay places the titanium implant into the jawbone. These are then left to heal beneath the gumline for three to six months. During a final appointment, Dr. Bordlemay uncovers the implants and attaches the final crown. At this point, the implants are permanently secured and fully functional.

Dr. Bordlemay offers numerous implant solutions, from individual crowns to full dentures. People who have lost any of their natural teeth should meet with a Richmond Hill, GA periodontist to discuss possible solutions before bone density loss makes implants a less suitable option. Patients are welcome to call Dr. Bordlemay's office or visit his website to schedule an appointment.

About the Practice

Coastal Empire Periodontics is a periodontal practice providing personalized dental care for patients in Richmond Hill, GA. Dr. Justin Bordlemay received his DMD from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001. After dental school, Dr. Bordlemay served in the United States army as a general dentist for two years prior to entering into specialty training. In 2006, he received his certificate in periodontology from the Army Periodontics residency located at Fort Gordon, GA. Dr. Bordlemay is proud to bring state-of-the-art dental technology to his patients, including the LANAP® protocol. Only one percent of dental professionals in the country currently offer LANAP®, the first FDA-cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. To learn more about the dental services available at please visit http://www.coastalempireperiodontics.com or call 912-225-5788.

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