Advanced Disposal Appoints COO Apr 23, 2014 03:34PM

PONTE VEDRA, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 04/23/14 -- ADS Waste Holdings, Inc., operating as Advanced Disposal, an integrated environmental services company, announced today that John Spegal has been appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) effective April 23, 2014. He will direct company-wide operations for Advanced Disposal's footprint.

"John brings deep sales, operations, and finance experience to Advanced Disposal, and will play a key role in continuing to drive our 'Service First! Safety Always' culture. He has a successful track record of operational experience and helping companies like ours execute high growth initiatives and drive operational excellence," said Richard Burke, President and COO of Advanced Disposal." As the Vice President of Business Development at Advanced Disposal, Mr. Spegal worked closely over the past year with Mr. Burke, who will become CEO effective July 1, 2014.

Prior to joining Advanced Disposal, Mr. Spegal spent more than 6 years with AIR-serv Group LLC as regional vice president and was responsible for their East coast operations, providing tire inflation and vacuum vending services for 20,000 machines at service stations to convenience stores. Prior to that he was at Allied Waste Industries/Browning Ferris Industries for more than 20 years serving in various management roles throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Southern regions, including Puerto Rico. Spegal holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. 

About Advanced Disposal

Advanced Disposal brings fresh ideas and solutions to the business of a clean environment. As the largest privately-owned environmental services company in the U.S., we provide integrated, non-hazardous solid waste collection, recycling and disposal services to residential, commercial, industrial and construction customers across 17 states and the Bahamas. Our team is dedicated to finding effective, sustainable solutions to preserve the environment for future generations. We welcome you to learn more at or follow us on Facebook.

        Jennifer LadaAdvanced Disposal(904)

Source: Advanced Disposal

From Coast to Coast, Adults Play and Kids Win in Capital One(R) Race for Kids Apr 23, 2014 03:34PM

TORONTO, ON -- (Marketwired) -- 04/23/14 -- Beware of the cling wrap mummy and you better duck when the rubber chicken meets slingshot target-shooting!

Capital One® Race for Kids is spreading across the country faster than you can knock down a kewpie doll with a fire hose and there's no telling what kind of zaniness is going to break out on Saturday, May 31st.

This exciting urban adventure race is an annual event where teams of four complete a series of madcap checkpoint challenges as they race to the finish line. When all wackiness breaks out, it looks like fun and games, but when the grown-ups play, kids win!

Capital One Race for Kids raises funds for Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada, making a difference for the thousands of children and youth who rely on the Clubs for essential after-school programs and services. In the past 2 years, close to $1 million went to Boys and Girls Clubs to ensure that all young people -- regardless of financial status or family structure -- have the opportunities and support they need to discover, develop and achieve their best potential.

This year, the race has spread to 25 communities and every province from coast to coast.


  • Airdrie
  • Calgary
  • Cochrane
  • Olds
  • Ponoka
  • Wetaskiwin


  • Kamloops
  • Kelowna
  • Vancouver


  • Winnipeg


  • Saint John
  • St. Stephen


  • St. John's


  • Halifax


  • Hamilton
  • Kingston
  • Lindsay
  • London
  • Niagara Falls
  • Oshawa
  • Toronto


  • Charlottetown
  • Summerside


  • Montreal


  • Saskatoon

"Capital One Race for Kids was so much fun last year, I can't wait to see what kind of funny challenges the local organizers have in store this year," says Pam Jolliffe, President and CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada.

"We continue to partner with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada for a very simple reason -- they do amazing things to support young people across the country," says Shane Holdaway, President, Capital One Canada. "Our associates are very excited to volunteer and race on May 31st in support of such a great cause."

Only until April 30, teams can save $10 off the registration fee with the HELPKIDS promo code. To enter a team and help support Boys and Girls Clubs, visit

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is dedicated to supporting and encouraging children and youth as they grow and develop. We are a national charity serving 200,000 young people in 650 locations across Canada. We listen to their opinions and ideas, applaud their accomplishments, lend support during their struggles and provide ways for them to explore their interests and talents. With this encouragement, young people develop the confidence and sense of belonging that helps them succeed in school, form positive relationships and mature into responsible, caring adults. For over 110, years we have welcomed children, youth and their families into clubs that reflect the diversity of Canada in small and large cities, rural communities and First Nations reserves. Visit and follow us at and

About Capital One®
Located in Toronto, Ontario, Capital One has offered Canadian consumers a range of competitive MasterCard credit cards since 1996, when the company first introduced the Platinum MasterCard in Canada. Capital One Canada is a division of Capital One Bank, a subsidiary of Capital One Financial Corporation of McLean, Virginia. Capital One is committed to investing in youth in our communities through program investment and the skills and dedication of our talented associates.

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        Susan Sullivan Media Relations ManagerBoys and Girls Clubs of Canada905.477.7272 ext. 239

Source: Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

Did you know that you can contribute to scientific research just by playing a game? Apr 23, 2014 03:32PM

BOSTON, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time in its 41-year history, NOVA––the most popular science series on American television––is inviting audiences not just to learn about scientific discovery, but to take part in it. The latest initiative in the growing NOVA Labs citizen science platform––an RNA Lab available free online at––utilizes puzzles from Eterna, a game that allows players to design RNAs, tiny molecules at the heart of every cell in our bodies. Featuring a series of animated videos that explain the science behind the game as well as tips that teach novices how to play it, the Lab aims to expand the community of participants while giving students and science enthusiasts an engaging way to explore important concepts in the life sciences and engineering.

By playing the NOVA version of Eterna, players will discover that molecular RNA "machines" carry out a wide variety of essential functions in our bodies, from producing proteins to fighting viruses. They'll learn why the way an RNA molecule folds in three dimensions determines what it does (hint: in biology, structure equals function). And they'll get help to become RNA engineers, so that someday––if they get skilled enough at playing Eterna––they might help scientists design powerful new therapies for fighting viral infections, cancer, and more.

"We're thrilled to be partnering with NOVA, because nobody is better at making complicated science accessible to everyone," says Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist Adrien Treuille, co-creator of Eterna. "They've produced a media-rich experience that will help teachers, students, and curious people of all ages learn more about our game and the exciting world of RNA research."

A New Way to Do Science. The NOVA RNA Lab brings together the most trusted brand in science media with leaders in the emerging field of "games for science," creating a new type of virtual science lab. "Teens say they want learning experiences that relate to the real world," notes NOVA Labs Editorial Director David Condon. "When they play Eterna, the puzzles they're solving simulate actual molecules, and by joining the community they're helping researchers gain new insights. That's a powerful motivator."

The crowdsourcing of cutting edge research through public games is a relatively new phenomenon. As a post-doc, Treuille founded the team that launched Foldit, the first open, online game that lets untrained amateurs speed up vital research simply by solving fun visual puzzles. Since its debut in 2007, Foldit has engaged over 500,000 players who have logged millions of hours helping scientists understand how proteins fold into the intricate shapes that allow them to perform so many functions essential to life.

In 2011, Treuille joined with colleagues at Carnegie Mellon and Stanford to launch Eterna, a game that not only challenges players to design important RNA molecules, but also lets them compete to have their solutions physically synthesized in a laboratory. Once again, humans proved more adept than computers at solving complex molecular puzzles, as described in a recent paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Armed with new insights from Eterna players into the folding of RNAs––chemical cousins of DNA that are capable of performing a much wider variety of tasks––biomedical researchers hope to design new therapies that could benefit millions.

Thanks to games like Foldit and Eterna, the line between citizen-gamers and scientists is being blurred, to the benefit of all. This makes them a natural fit with NOVA Labs, the mission of which is to connect young people––the science literate citizens and STEM workers of tomorrow––with the excitement of scientific discovery.

Lauren Aguirre, NOVA's Director of Digital Media, says the Labs fit squarely into NOVA's broader mission of encouraging science literacy and creating lifelong learners. "By supporting real-world problem solving with the visual and storytelling techniques that drive NOVA's broadcast productions, the Labs are designed to maximize the potential for learning about science by actually doing it."

About NOVA Labs ( The RNA Lab is the latest in a series of free, online STEM projects for teens and lifelong learners, called NOVA Labs, which first launched in April, 2012. Each Lab focuses on a different area of active research. But all of them illustrate key concepts with engaging and informative videos, and guide participants through activities that foster authentic scientific exploration. For example, the Sun Lab brings the feed from NASA solar telescopes to users, to help them understand and try to predict space weather that can affect us on Earth; the Energy Lab challenges them to design renewable energy systems for major cities based on realistic data models; and the Cloud Lab leverages NASA earth science satellites to help users understand clouds and their role in weather and climate. Coming up next: a game-based Cybersecurity Lab in which players must defend their fictional company from a series of realistic cyber threats. Supporting content for each Lab helps teachers incorporate it into their classrooms, fosters collaboration between users, and helps users make connections to the broader world of STEM learning and careers.

About WGBH Boston. WGBH Boston is America's preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web. Television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio; 99.5 WCRB; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. Find more information at

NOVA's use of the Eterna game engine courtesy of Carnegie Mellon UniversityFunding for the RNA Lab provided by the Argosy Foundation

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Former U.S. Olympian Keith Brantly Runs the Bates-Jensen Wound Reach Foundation OUCH! Race Apr 23, 2014 03:32PM

ORLANDO, Fla., April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bates-Jensen Wound Reach Foundation and the Angiogenesis Foundation announce Keith Brantly, former U.S. Olympics Marathoner, will run in the Wound Reach Foundation OUCH! Race Friday April 25th, in Orlando, FL starting at the Gaylord Palms Hotel. Brantley will race four days after competing in the Boston Marathon. The OUCH! Race is a charity event convened by the Wound Reach Foundation to benefit people with wounds globally.

"I see how small, untreated wounds can quickly worsen, robbing an otherwise healthy person of their mobility and, potentially, even their life," said Brantley.  "The reduced quality of life from lack of proper wound treatment and education is a world-wide epidemic.  That's why I'm proud to support the Bates-Jensen Wound Reach Foundation."

"As a nurse, I see problems with wounds in the U.S. My Haiti experiences showed me the global problem and I want to make a difference," said Dr. Barbara Bates-Jensen, Associate professor of Nursing at UCLA and President of the Foundation. "We work to improve community wound care and heal wounds worldwide. Conducting races makes sense, as movement is important to prevent and heal many wounds."

"This is the first race to generate public awareness about the problem of wound care," commented Dr. William Li, President of the Angiogenesis Foundation and board member of the Wound Reach Foundation.

"We are also thrilled to present a grant to the Wound Healing Society Foundation for clinical wound research," states Bates-Jensen.  Laura Parnell, Wound Healing Society Foundation President stated, "Our collaboration shows the clinical relevance and impact of an outreach program on patient care."

The Wound Reach Foundation will host the first Progressive OUCH! Race in Philadelphia, PA on August 24th, 2014.

About the Bates-Jensen Wound Reach Foundation: The Wound Reach Foundation ( supports wound healing research, provides wound education to clinicians worldwide, and increases public awareness of the needs of persons with wounds to improve health. Support the Wound Reach Foundation:

About the Angiogenesis FoundationThe Angiogenesis Foundation ( is a nonprofit dedicated to improving global health through medicines, diet, and lifestyles based on angiogenesis, new blood vessel growth.

SOURCE The Angiogenesis Foundation

Fitch Places Allergan's Ratings on Negative Watch Apr 23, 2014 03:32PM

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Fitch Ratings has placed the ratings for Allergan Inc. (Allergan), including the 'A+' Issuer Default Rating (IDR), on Rating Watch Negative. The rating action stems from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.'s (Valeant) unsolicited offer to acquire Allergan for approximately $45.6 billion. The rating action applies to $2.1 billion of outstanding Allergan debt. A complete list of ratings is provided at the end of this release.


Valeant's proposed offer comprises a cash component of $48.30 and an equity portion of 0.83 shares of Valeant common stock per each Allergan share. The offer price represents a premium of around 30% from a closing price of $116.63 on April 10, the day Pershing Square Capital Management LLC (Pershing Square) acquired an ownership stake of more than 5% of Allergan. Pershing Square currently holds 9.7% of outstanding Allergan common shares.

Valeant has committed financing for up to $15.5 billion to fund the cash payment upon completion of the transaction. Valeant management anticipates net debt of approximately $28 billion upon closure of the acquisition. If the offer is accepted by Allergan's Board of Directors and shareholders, Fitch expects Allergan's ratings would fall to below investment grade.

Significant uncertainties exist that could affect the rating levels of Allergan or a merged entity including:

--Allergan's acceptance of an offer, either current or increased, from Valeant or another bidder.--Level of incremental debt (and pricing of the debt) used to form the new entity.--Execution of management at the combined firm to capture potentially significant synergies.--Actions taken by Allergan to satisfy equity investor interests lacking an acquisition transaction.


Negative pressure would arise from Valeant's acquisition of Allergan under the present terms of the offer. Fitch sees pro forma gross debt leverage at the combined entity of more than 4.5x, a level more consistent with a below-investment grade credit rating. Negative pressure would also stem from significant share holder-friendly actions if Allergan stays independent, including leveraged share repurchases or special dividend, such that leverage elevates to and remains above 1.5x.

Fitch does not currently expect positive rating action given the unsolicited acquisition offer from Valeant. However, the rating may be positively affected by a higher-rated bidder acquiring the company over the near term.

On a standalone basis, Allergan's promising organic revenue and earnings growth outlooks backstopped by a solid intellectual property position provide stability to the current ratings. In addition, Fitch sees the company generating consistent margins given its ability to flex its operating cost base in the event of demand pressures stemming from secular headwinds.

Fitch has placed the following Allergan ratings on Rating Watch Negative:

--Issuer Default Rating (IDR) 'A+';--Senior unsecured debt 'A+';--Bank loan 'A+';--Short-term IDR 'F1';--Commercial paper 'F1'.

Additional information is available at

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:--'Rating Pharmaceutical Companies - Sector Credit Factors' (Aug. 9, 2012);--'Corporate Rating Methodology' (Aug. 5, 2013).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:Rating Pharmaceutical Companies Rating Methodology -- Effective 12 August 2011 to 8 August 2012


Fitch RatingsPrimary Analyst:Michael Zbinovec, +1-312-368-3164Senior DirectorFitch Ratings, Inc.70 West Madison StreetChicago, IL 60602orSecondary Analyst:Bob Kirby, CFA, +1-312-368-3147DirectororCommittee Chairperson:Michael Weaver, +1-312-368-3156Managing DirectororMedia Relations:Brian Bertsch,

Source: Fitch Ratings

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