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    New Frontier Data and MJ Freeway combine major national survey data and largest cannabis transactional industry data set to produce insightful cannabis customer archetypes study

    Washington, D.C., Nov. 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- New Frontier Data, a leading authority in data, analytics and business intelligence in the global cannabis industry, in partnership with MJ Freeway, the creators of the leading seed-to-sale ERP system for the legal cannabis market, have jointly published a report setting forth the definitive results of the largest consumer archetype study for the cannabis industry to date.

    The 2018-2019 Cannabis Consumer Report: Archetypes, Preferences & Trends reveals nine unique consumer archetypes, illustrating specific behavior on how and why consumers buy, ingest and experience cannabis. The report is based on data relating to nearly $5 billion of transactions collected by MJ Freeway from January 2015 through September 2018 across every major U.S. legal cannabis market. It also incorporates a major national survey of cannabis consumers, conducted by New Frontier Data, exploring the consumption habits, product preferences, and views on the role of cannabis in their lives and in our society. The results of the study uncover insight into some of the most important trends shaping the cannabis consumer experience.

    “I am proud that MJ Freeway and New Frontier Data, two sophisticated and respected women-led tech companies in the cannabis industry, have joined forces to finally provide this fast-evolving and expanding sector with a fact-based customer archetypes study; this type of report is a staple in any mature industry with a healthy customer-driven market place and helps fill what has been a major business intelligence gap in the cannabis industry until now,” said Giadha Aguirre de Carcer, Founder and CEO of New Frontier Data.

    This study was created to educate and guide operators, researchers, industry and investment analysts, and others in both plant-touching and non-plant touching sectors to help them better understand how to best develop and bring to market medical, adult-use and industrial cannabis-based products.

    “Data is the greatest fuel to empowered decision-making, and it’s an essential foundation to driving sustainable growth for our flourishing industry. This report will be a valuable resource as plans and products are built at every point in the cannabis lifecycle,” stated Jessica Billingsley, Founder and CEO of MJ Freeway.

    Some of the report’s key takeaways and findings include:

    · The two main archetypes of heavy consumers are the Traditional Lifestylers and Modern Lifestylers, the former primarily a flower consumer who purchases from private sources, and the latter a much more diverse consumer who purchases from businesses
    · The archetypes reveal highly diversified consumption habits and reasons for using cannabis, with the heaviest consumers using cannabis daily for a wide range of reasons that are wellness, medical and socially related, whereas the least frequent consumers use cannabis far less frequently and mainly for relaxation.
    · Sales to older consumers (aged 55+) have increased 50% since 2015, with older consumers now accounting for 29% of medical sales and one-quarter (24%) of all sales nationally.
    · Retail flower prices have fallen significantly since 2015, with average prices for one ounce of flower down 25% likely due to an almost 40% drop in customer flower demand
    · Conversely, the share of concentrates has now nearly reached parity with flower, growing 138% since 2015, from 16% of retail sales in 2015 to 38% in October 2018
    · Most surveyed consumers (67%) reported themselves as adult-use consumers despite citing cannabis use for wellness and medical applications (illustrating convergence in the medical versus adult-use consumer profiles and usage)
    · 60% of consumers spend less than $50 each time they purchase, but with many consumers buying multiple times per month, nearly half the consumers (47%) report spending more than $100 per month on cannabis

    *About New Frontier Data:*

    New Frontier Data is an independent, technology-driven analytics company specializing in the cannabis industry. It offers vetted data, actionable business intelligence and risk management solutions for investors, operators, researchers and policymakers. New Frontier Data’s reports and data have been cited in over 69 countries around the world to inform industry leaders. Founded in 2014, New Frontier Data is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with additional offices in Denver, CO, London, UK, Bogota, Colombia, and Hong Kong.

    New Frontier Data does not take a position on the merits of cannabis legalization. Rather, its mission and mandate are to inform cannabis-related policy and business decisions through rigorous, issue-neutral and comprehensive analysis of the legal cannabis industry worldwide. For more information about New Frontier Data, please visit:

    *About MJ Freeway:*

    Founded in 2010, MJ Freeway is a leading cannabis technology company that creates and sells software, consulting and data solutions for cannabis businesses and government agencies, including cultivation management, point of sale, patient management, inventory tracking systems, and regulatory compliance reporting and monitoring.  MJ Freeway serves domestic clients in 29 states and the District of Columbia, as well as international clients in Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and Uruguay.  Its regulatory software platform to state government regulatory agencies, Leaf Data Systems®, and seed-to-sale tracking software platform to commercial private businesses, MJ Platform®, have processed more than $13 billion in medicinal and recreational cannabis sales to date. As previously announced, MJ Freeway has entered into definitive agreements for a proposed merger with MTech. MTech Acquisition Corp. is a blank check company formed in September 2017 for the purpose of acquiring, through a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization, recapitalization, exchangeable share transaction or other similar business transaction, one or more businesses or assets.  
    *Forward Looking Statements:* 
    Certain statements made in this release are “forward looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this press release, the words “estimates,” “projected,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “forecasts,” “plans,” “intends,” “believes,” “seeks,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “future,” “propose” and variations of these words or similar expressions (or the negative versions of such words or expressions) are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, conditions or results, and involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors, many of which are outside MJ Freeway’s control, that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Important factors, among others, that may affect actual results or outcomes include: the inability to obtain MTech stockholder approval of the business combination with MJ Freeway; the inability to complete the transaction contemplated by the merger agreement governing such business combination because of failure of closing conditions or other reasons; the inability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the proposed business combination, which may be affected by, among other things, the amount of cash available following any redemptions by MTech stockholders; the ability of the new public company formed for the proposed MJ Freeway-MTech business combination (“Pubco”) to meet the listing standards of The Nasdaq Stock Market following the consummation of the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement; costs related to the proposed business combination; MJ Freeway’s ability to manage growth; the reaction of MJ Freeway’s customers and suppliers to the business combination; Pubco’s ability to identify and integrate other future acquisitions; rising costs adversely affecting MJ Freeway’s profitability; adverse changes to the legal environment for the cannabis industry; and general economic and market conditions impacting demand for MJ Freeway’s products and services.  See the risk factors that have been disclosed in the registration statement on Form S-4 that was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on November 6, 2018 for additional risks associated with the business combination.  None of MTech, Pubco or MJ Freeway undertakes any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.


    CONTACT: Media Relations
    New Frontier Data
    1-844-420-3882 ext. 3

    Jon Goldberg
    MJ Freeway
    1-212-896-1282 Reported by GlobeNewswire 6 hours ago.

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    Teaching the body to fight glandular fever could reduce MS symptoms Research by the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Queensland, Australia, found training the body to fight the Epstein-Barr virus reduced debilitating symptoms in MS patients. Reported by MailOnline 6 hours ago.

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    Team South Africa’s Youth squad produced the country’s best ever collective performance at the Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide, Australia. Reported by News24 6 hours ago.

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  • 11/26/18--07:34: LPGA Rankings
  • Nov 26 (OPTA) - The LPGA Rankings on Nov 19 Rnk Prv Total 1. (1) Ariya Jutanugarn (Thailand) 451.01 2. (2) Sung Hyun Park (Korea Republic) 377.82 3. (3) So-Yeon Ryu (Korea Republic) 334.36 4. (4) Inbee Park (Korea Republic) 230.52 5. (8) Lexi Thompson (US) 268.25 6. (5) Minjee Lee (Australia) 327.82 7. (6) Nasa Hataoka (Japan) 302.83 8. (7) Georgia Hall (England) Reported by Reuters India 6 hours ago.

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    Nov 26 (OPTA) - The PGA Fedex Cup Rankings on Nov 25 Rnk Prv Total 1. (1) Charles Howell III (US) 597 2. (2) Xander Schauffele (US) 594 3. (3) Kevin Tway (US) 574 4. (4) Brooks Koepka (US) 556 5. (5) Marc Leishman (Australia) 545 6. (6) Cameron Champ (US) 521 7. (7) Matt Kuchar (US) 505 8. (8) Bryson DeChambeau (US) 500 9. (9) Gary Woodla Reported by Reuters India 6 hours ago.

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    *Well, this is awkward...*

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    New Camp Leader - Noel Edmonds
    'I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!' TV Show, Series 18, Australia - 25 Nov 2018

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    GM will stop building cars at 3 North American factories and cut its salaried workforce by 15% in 2019 as it shifts to electric and self-driving cars (GM)· GM announced Monday that it will idle three factories in North America.
    · The automaker said that it will shift resources to investing in electric and autonomous vehicles.
    · GM is also rightsizing its manufacturing capacity ahead of a possible economic downturn or recession.General Motors announced on Monday that it will stop building vehicles at three factories in North America in 2019.

    According to the automaker, Oshawa Assembly in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada; Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Detroit; and Lordstown Assembly in Warren, Ohio will each be "deallocated" by the end of 2019 as GM both reorganizes its manufacturing capacity to focus on electric and self-driving vehicles, and prepares for a downturn in the auto market or a weakening on the US economy.

    Each factory is either entirely or mostly devoted to passenger car production, and those vehicles have seen a collapse in consumer demand amid a shift to crossover SUVs and pickup trucks. Lordstown, in particular, builds a single, slow-selling sedan, the Chevy Cruze, as has been operating on just a single shift.

    In a conference call with reporters to announce the moves, CEO Mary Barra said that idling the plants would ensure that GM remains "agile, resilient, and profitable."

    She added that the largest US automaker is "taking these actions now while the company and economy are strong, to stay ahead of fast-changing industry and market conditions."

    The three factories employ thousands of workers whose fates are unclear as the Detroit automaker head into a contract negotiation with the United Auto Workers. (Workers at the Oshawa plant are represented by a Canadian union.)

    Globally, GM is also reducing the size of its total workforce, including white-collar staff.

    "Actions are being taken to reduce salaried and salaried contract staff by 15 percent, which includes 25 percent fewer executives to streamline decision making," the company said in a statement.

    GM shares spiked 5% on the news, to $38.

    The automaker said that it would shut down engines plants in Maryland and Michigan, and idle two additional, unnamed assembly plants outside the US.

    The news wasn't entirely suprising. GM curtailed manufacturing operations in South Korea earlier this year, and the idling of the Oshawa plant had been widely reported in the Canadian press as under discussion.

    Barra has also shows little hesitation about making quick, tough business decisions. GM exited the European market in 2017 by selling its Opel-Vauxhall division to Peugeot; ending manufacturing of vehicles in Australia; and has been aggressively investing in autonomous vehicles through its Cruise division and intends to launch 20 new electrified vehicles by 2023.





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    In May, surgery was performed on a grape. A grape!  And for whatever reason, the internet is now delighting in this fact.

    The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Australia used a grape to showcase the delicate and efficient surgical work that robots can perform. 

    BEHIND THE SCENES. Here's some pictures from today's shoot with Peter Mac's Director of Robotic Surgery @declangmurphy showing @ScopeTV11 how our da Vinci Xi robot works, performing precision surgery on a grape#roboticsurgery #robot #davinciXi

    — Peter Mac Cancer Ctr (@PeterMacCC) May 29, 2018

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    More about Twitter, Meme, Surgery, Grape, and Meme Culture Reported by Mashable 5 hours ago.

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    Industry’s first open hybrid cloud platform built on composability provides speed, scale, choice, and economics

    Company also introduces HPE SimpliVity with Composable FabricMADRID, Spain, Nov. 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE:HPE) today unveiled the next phase of its composable strategy, which includes expanded delivery of cloud services through an open hybrid cloud platform built on composability. Accelerating HPE’s composable leadership, the first-of-its-kind integrated software stack allows enterprises to benefit from unmatched choice of public and private clouds with the speed, efficiency, scale, and economics of public cloud providers. These benefits are enabled through enhanced capabilities, including built-in AI-driven operations with HPE InfoSight, additional new intelligent storage features, an innovative fabric built for composable environments, and new updates to HPE OneSphere, the as-a-Service hybrid cloud management solution.

    Organizations of all sizes are adopting hybrid cloud models to create and deliver new services, improve time-to-market, and drive business growth. However, the transition to hybrid cloud environments can be hampered by the need for specialized skills to build and operate proprietary cloud stacks. Enterprises require a cohesive approach that spans people, technology and economics.

    To simplify and accelerate this transition, HPE brings together IT automation, AI-driven operations, security and compliance to deliver a turnkey cloud platform ready to scale. The new cloud stack gives customers more choice across composable infrastructure building blocks – including, for the first time, rack servers through HPE Composable Cloud for ProLiant DL, or the industry-leading HPE Synergy platform through HPE Composable Cloud for Synergy – to compose any workload, any service and across any cloud, reducing infrastructure cost and complexity.  

    “Our customers want to innovate faster, with greater automation and intelligence,” said Phil Davis President, Hybrid IT, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “Building on our innovation in creating the composable category and industry-leading HPE Synergy offering, today’s announcement of the HPE Composable Cloud for ProLiant DL and HPE Composable Cloud for Synergy delivers unprecedented customer choice and scale across all clouds. With our new open hybrid cloud platform, enterprises of all sizes can now manage, provision and deliver workloads and apps instantly and continuously to accelerate innovation.”

    A unique feature of the new HPE open hybrid cloud platform is an innovative fabric built for composable environments and managed as a resource by HPE OneView, which radically simplifies the network, lowering costs and improving operational efficiency. Composable Fabric was first introduced inside HPE Synergy and is now available outside of a modular architecture and across the data center. This solution enables IT to operate like a hyperscale cloud provider without requiring network expertise. The new Composable Fabric feature on the HPE ProLiant DL server radically simplifies traditional data center networking by self-configuring the network and delivering dynamic workload balancing to improve performance and reduce over-provisioning, up to 70 percent.

    In addition, HPE announced Composable Fabric will be available on HPE SimpliVity, further simplifying deployments and scalability.

    *HPE Composable Cloud for ProLiant DL Servers: Introducing a Solution Optimized for Rack-Scale Virtual Machine, Container and Cloud-Native Environments *
    With HPE Composable Cloud for ProLiant DL, IT professionals can scale the infrastructure in real-time without needing specialized networking skills, compose clouds and workloads in minutes, and manage on-premises and public cloud resource utilization and costs in a uniform way. The solution is optimized for cloud-native workloads and rack scale environments with template-driven automation, which streamlines the deployment of cloud stacks and automates the lifecycle, initially supporting Red Hat OpenShift and VMware workload deployments.

    The solution integrates the key components of HPE’s leading software stack to provide the following benefits for customers:

    · Built-in artificial intelligence from *HPE InfoSight* software, offering predictive analytics and continuous learning to optimize the environment;
    · Enhanced data insights through additional *intelligent storage* capabilities;
    · Simplified and automated networking from a software-defined *Composable Fabric* that enables non-disruptive scale across servers, racks and data centers;
    · Software-defined infrastructure management and workflow automation via *HPE OneView*, which enables IT to build and scale private clouds in minutes, as well as API integration and a broad partner ecosystem that enables organizations to easily integrate a collection of applications, containers, hypervisors, cloud stacks, and tools; and
    · An as-a-Service hybrid cloud management solution across public and private clouds from *HPE OneSphere*, providing cost and utilization visibility as well as policy compliance across all customers’ clouds. New updates to HPE OneSphere provides organizations the ability to provision bare-metal-as-a-service through HPE OneView automation, along with enhanced insights and governance features.

    *HPE Composable Cloud for Synergy: Enhanced for Any Workload*
    HPE Composable Cloud for Synergy adds the flexibility and performance to address any workload within a private or hybrid cloud environment. With more than 2,200 customers and growing, HPE Synergy is the industry’s first and leading composable infrastructure platform, delivering speed, efficiency and a broad portfolio of partner tool integrations. Like HPE Composable Cloud for ProLiant DL, it includes a simple, automated management experience, but is designed to address general purpose workloads like SAP and Oracle, as well as cloud-native applications or mixed workloads. The modular architecture of HPE Synergy provides flexibility through a broad choice of network interconnects and storage options. In addition, the HPE Synergy Image Streamer makes it an ideal platform to accelerate customers’ Dev/Ops initiatives, enabling IT to quickly provision infrastructure with a wide array of tools, like Chef, Ansible, Puppet, and VMware. 

    *Composable Cloud Accelerates Innovation*
    The open hybrid cloud platform is the engine for digital transformation, offering benefits that include:

    · *Scalability*: Businesses can compose and grow infrastructure resources at cloud scale to meet ever-changing business needs.
    · *Speed*: 90% faster deployment of new configurations enables IT organizations to gain the agility required to respond to the business needs, delivering apps and services to the market faster.
    · *Efficiency*: 97% decrease in time for lifecycle operations and AI operations frees IT to focus on innovation.
    · *Choice*: IT professionals can leverage the software stacks, tools and applications they already use or choose new ones.
    · *Savings to fuel innovation: *Enterprises* r*educe the need for specialized skills, lower operational costs, and can take advantage of consumption-based IT to fast-track IT modernization and support digital innovation.

    “Organizations are demonstrating an ever-growing appetite for automation, scalability and openness to aggressively accelerate development and operations,” said Thomas Meyer, Group Vice President at IDC. “With composable cloud, HPE aims to deliver a foundational pillar with those attributes in mind to help customers accelerate their digital transformation in a hybrid cloud world.”

    With support and proven expertise from HPE Pointnext advisory and professional services, customers can determine the right mix of environments in their hybrid cloud – and with HPE GreenLake flexible consumption models and HPE Financial Services, customers can optimize economics and uncover business savings in their deployments.  Enabled by these services, the open hybrid cloud platform uniquely provides customers with the people, technology and economics to drive transformation, and seamlessly build, run and optimize their hybrid clouds.

    *Introducing the First Hyperconverged Infrastructure Solution with Composable Fabric *
    In addition to integrating its Composable Fabric into HPE Composable Cloud for ProLiant DL, HPE is enhancing its HPE SimpliVity hyperconverged solution with Composable Fabric. HPE SimpliVity sets a new standard for hyperconvergence with the integration of software-defined networking to improve the performance and management needs of distributed applications. The new HPE SimpliVity with Composable Fabric is a comprehensive hyperconverged offering specifically designed to provide end-to-end software-defined automation for compute, storage and networking—all managed via a familiar single user interface. The solution brings cloud agility, scalability and simplicity to the enterprise data center—in a single building block.

    HPE SimpliVity with Composable Fabric features automation, visibility, intelligence, and scalability, providing IT organizations with:

    · *Operational agility*: Simple and automated operations from a single user interface eliminate the need for specialized network and storage management skills, empowering VM administrators with self-service autonomy.
    · *Broad scale:* By pooling network resources and scaling within and between racks, organizations can achieve accelerated DevOps velocity and application time-to-value without disrupting operations.
    · *Optimized performance:* New Composable Fabric tightens the connection between networks and workloads, making it easier to optimize workloads across infrastructure.
    · *Cost savings*: Its mesh fabric is more cost-efficient than alternative architectures, lowering costs and improving efficiency. 

    *Product availability*

    · HPE Composable Cloud for ProLiant DL rack servers will initially roll out in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, and Australia starting in Q1 2019.
    · HPE SimpliVity with Composable Fabric will be available December 2018 in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, and Australia.
    · HPE OneSphere is currently available in the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland, with additional geographies targeted in the coming year. 

    *About Hewlett Packard Enterprise*
    Hewlett Packard Enterprise is a global technology leader focused on developing intelligent solutions that allow customers to capture, analyze and act upon data seamlessly from edge to cloud. HPE enables customers to accelerate business outcomes by driving new business models, creating new customer and employee experiences, and increasing operational efficiency today and into the future*.*

    Editorial contact

    *John C. Tran, HPE Global
    Product Communications* Reported by GlobeNewswire 4 hours ago.

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    Manila, Philippines, Nov 26, 2018 / 10:45 am (CNA).- The president of the Philippines encouraged on Monday Catholics to build their own chapels, rather than attending Catholic churches.

    “When someone is baptized, you have to pay…when someone dies, you have to pay,” President Rodrigo Duterte said in a speech Nov. 26.

    “Build your own chapel in your own house and pray there. You don't have to go to church to pay for these idiots," he added, according to Rappler.

    Though president of predominantly Catholic country, Duterte has a record of criticizing the Catholic Church.

    On All Saints’ Day, Nov. 1, the president said, apparently joking, the Christians should display his picture on Church altars instead of depictions of “drunkard” saints.

    “Who are those stupid saints? They’re just drunkards,” Duterte said, according to The Philippine Star.

    “Just stay with me. I’ll give you one patron saint so you can stop searching for one. Get hold of a picture of mine and put it on the altar — Santo Rodrigo,” he said.

    In August, Duterte called the Church a “hypocritical institution” and before asking at a meeting of business leaders ““Is there any bishop here? I want to kick your a**.” In June, the president said that God is “stupid,” and a “son of a b-tch.” The president’s spokespersons have frequently mentioned that the context for his statements is the abuse he apparently suffered while a student at a Catholic school.

    Duterte has said he was molested by Fr. Mark Falvey, SJ, who has been accused posthumously of serially sexually abusing children. In May 2007, the California province of the Society of Jesus reached a $16 million settlement with at least some of his victims.

    Duterte, who is accused of human rights abuses amid a brutal crackdown on drug trafficking in the Philippines, ordered this year that Sr. Patricia Fox, a long time activist in the country, be deported, in response to her criticisms of government tactics. After a legal battle, Fox returned to her native Australia, but says she will appeal her immigration case in the Philippines.

    In August Fr. Amado Picardal, a priest who criticized Duterte went into hiding, saying that “death squads” had targeted him for assassination. 

      Reported by CNA 3 hours ago.

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    *Awkward alert!*

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    Noel and Nick Tension - Nick Knowles
    'I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!' TV Show, Series 18, Australia - 26 Nov 2018

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    Researchers at RMIT University in Australia built a social eating system that uses a robotic arm and facial recognition to transfer food from a plate to a person's mouthArm-a-Dine uses mobile phone cameras to sense people's facial expressions and decide whom to feed next. The person who smiles the most is entitled to the treat. Read more...

    More about Food, Mashable Video, Wearables, Wearable Tech, and Food Tech Reported by Mashable 3 hours ago.

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    General Motors spikes after announcing plans to idle 3 North American factories and slash 15% of its salaried workforce (GM)· *General Motors on Monday announced plans to halt productions at three factories in North America and to close two propulsion-component plants in the US.*
    · *The company also said it will reduce the size of its global workforce by 15%, including a 25% cut in white-collar staff.*
    · *The moves are intended to shift resources to investing in electric and autonomous vehicles and to prepare for a downturn in the auto market, the automaker said.*
    · *Watch General Motors trade live.*

    General Motors rallied as much as 8% Monday after announcing plans to stop producing vehicles at three factories in North America and to cut its salaried employees by 15% next year.

    GM said its Oshawa Assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant in Detroit, and its Lordstown Assembly plant in Warren, Ohio, would be "unallocated" by the end of 2019 as it reorganized its manufacturing capacity to focus on electric and self-driving cars and in anticipation of a downturn in the auto market.

    Additionally, the automaker said that it would shut down its propulsion-component plants in Maryland and Michigan, and idle two additional, unnamed assembly plants outside the US. GM will also reduce the size of its total workforce by 15%, including a 25% cut in its white-collar staff.

    All these actions are expected to increase GM's annual adjusted automotive free cash flow by $6 billion on a run-rate basis by year-end 2020, according to the company.

    "The actions we are taking today continue our transformation to be highly agile, resilient and profitable, while giving us the flexibility to invest in the future," CEO Mary Barra said in the press release.

    "We recognize the need to stay in front of changing market conditions and customer preferences to position our company for long-term success."

    The news wasn't entirely surprising. GM curtailed manufacturing operations in South Korea earlier this year, and the idling of the Oshawa plant had been widely reported in the Canadian press as under discussion. It also exited the European market in 2017 by selling its Opel-Vauxhall division to Peugeot; ceased manufacturing of vehicles in Australia; and has been aggressively investing in autonomous vehicles through its Cruise division — through which it intends to launch 20 new electrified vehicles by 2023.

    "We started this transformation in 2015," Barra said in a conference call with reporters to announce the moves, "Now we're accelerating and picking up the pace."

    General Motors was down 9% this year.

    Matthew DeBord contributed to the story.

    *Now read:*

    · GM will stop building cars at 3 North American factories and cut its salaried workforce by 15% in 2019 as it shifts to electric and self-driving cars

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    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LeanLife Health Inc. (the “Company”) (CSE: LLP) is pleased to announce that it has retained the services of Russ Hiebert as a Strategic Advisor. The Company welcomes Mr. Hiebert and his vast experience in government, developing trade and corporate governance.*Russ Hiebert*, B.A., LL.B., MBA,

    Mr. Hiebert served as a Member of Parliament in Canada for eleven year (2004-2015) before choosing to return to the private sector.  During his time in office he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Defence and later Intergovernmental Affairs. He also served on the Natural Resources, Finance and International Trade committees.

    As Canadian Chairman and Representative on the 53-nation Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Patron); leadership roles on many other international associations; speaking engagements at the European Parliament and at the United Nations as well as experience in over 100 nations, Mr. Hiebert has developed a worldwide network of contacts in business and foreign governments.  He has the ability to connect people with key decision makers, joint venture partners and investors, for the purpose of developing trade and other business opportunities. 

    He began his education in the Faculty of Engineering before completing a multi-faceted undergraduate degree in Los Angeles, California that included studies at Oxford University and an internship at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC.  He earned his Law Degree at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the University of Sydney (Australia), then practiced as a lawyer at a national Canadian law firm, before completing his Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) also from UBC.  He has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors Education Program and has served as a director on a variety of private and public companies.  

    “Russ Hiebert brings valuable resources and substantial experience to LeanLife,” said Stan Lis, Chief Executive Officer of LeanLife Health. 

    “I look forward to working with the LeanLife Health team to help realize the value of extracting shelf-stable Omega-3 fatty acids from flax seed - one of the richest plant sources of this essential fatty acid.  The long-lasting shelf life of the flax seed oil produced by LeanLife’s patented method appears to make it an ideal fortified food ingredient,” said Mr. Hiebert.

    *About LeanLife Health and the Omega-3 Market *

    LeanLife Health’s products are extracted from flax seeds, a plentiful and non-animal source of Omega-3. The products can be used as a food additive or as a nutraceutical and have been used to make bread, noodles, cheese, yogurt, juice and milk products for the European market. LeanLife Health’s industry leading Omega-3 product formulations are of the highest quality and contain no cholesterol.  Products are available in oil, emulsion and powder forms.

    The global Omega-3 market is expected to reach USD $7.32 billion by 2020, according to a report by Grand View Research, Inc.

    For more information, please contact:

    Stan Lis, CEO

    *Forward Looking Information
    *Information set forth in this news release contains forward-looking statements that are based on assumptions as of the date of this news release. These statements reflect management's current estimates, beliefs, intentions and expectations. They are not guarantees of future performance. The Company cautions that all forward looking statements are inherently uncertain and that actual performance may be affected by a number of material factors, many of which are beyond the Company's control including, the Company's ability to compete with large food companies; sales of any potential products developed will be profitable; the ability to complete sales under the sales agreement.  Accordingly, actual and future events, conditions and results may differ materially from the estimates, beliefs, intentions and expectations expressed or implied in the forward-looking information. Except as required under applicable securities legislation, the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking information.


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    Dublin, Nov. 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Hyperscale Data Center Market - Global Outlook and Forecast 2018-2023" report has been added to *'s* offering.The global hyperscale data center market is estimated to generate revenues of over $128 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of more than 10% during 2017-2023.The research report also offers market size in square feet area and power capacity in megawatts (MW) across geographies for the forecast period.

    The availability of renewable energy, land for development, strengthening of its fiber backbone, district heating technique, and reduction in electricity pricing is attracting multiple development projects in the Nordic region in the global market. The increasing adoption of multiple innovative infrastructures to reduce the PUE to 1.3 or less will promote sustainability in the market.

    The global hyperscale data center market is driven by the demand and availability of renewable energy sources to power facilities. Investments by Microsoft, Google, AWS, and Alibaba in the APAC region will boost revenues in the global market. The market research report provides in-depth market analysis and segmental analysis of the global hyperscale data center market by IT infrastructure, electrical infrastructure, mechanical infrastructure, general construction, and geography.

    The report considers the present scenario of the global hyperscale data center market and its market dynamics for the period 2018-2023. It covers a detailed overview of various market growth enablers, restraints, and trends. The study covers both the demand and supply sides of the market. It also profiles and analyzes the leading companies and various other prominent companies operating in the hyperscale data center market.

    *Hyperscale Data Center Market - Dynamics*

    The rising focus on the procurement and use of renewable energy sources across facilities is propelling the growth of the global hyperscale data center market. The leading data center providers are purchasing clean, renewable energy sources,to power their existing and new facilities across the globe and to reduce their carbon footprint.

    SDDC is categorized into software-defined computing (SDC), software-defined storage, and software-defined networking (SDN). Cloud providers such as Microsoft, AWS, Google, Oracle, and VMware (OVH) are involved in providing SDDC solutions for end-users. The growing adoption of hyper-converged datacenter infrastructure will increase SDDC deployments in the global market.

    The increasing focus on improving the efficiency IT and support infrastructures will lead to the adoption of open compute project (OCP) in the global hyperscale data center market. The OPC community in the global market is involved in offering infrastructures such as a server, storage, network, power, and cooling solutions. Leading facilities operators in the OCP community are Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Tencent, Alibaba, and IBM and ODM suppliers such as QCT, and Wiwynn in the global hyperscale data center market.

    *Hyperscale Data Center Market - Segmentation*

    This market research report includes a detailed segmentation of the market by IT infrastructure, electrical infrastructure, mechanical infrastructure, general construction, and geography.The global hyperscale data center market by IT infrastructure is segmented into server, storage, and network. Server segment dominated the largest market share in 2017, growing at a CAGR of around 12% during the forecast period.

    The growing adoption of cloud-based technologies and growing construction of cloud facilities are driving the demand for servers in the global market.The growing need for converged, commodity-based, and hyperconverged storage solutions will continue to increase in the global market.

    The electrical infrastructure in the global hyperscale data center market is classified into UPS systems, generators, transfer switches & switchgear, rack PDU, and other electrical infrastructure. Rack PDU is the fastest growing segment in the global market, at a CAGR of more than 8% during the forecast period. The growing implementation of intelligent PDU solutions such as metered and switched PDU products is driving the growth of this market segment.

    The global hyperscale data center investment market by infrastructure is classified into IT infrastructure, electrical infrastructure, mechanical infrastructure, and general construction. IT infrastructure segment is the fastest growing segment in the global market, at a CAGR of approximately 12% during the forecast period. The growing adoption of server infrastructure based on OCP designs is expected to drive innovations across this market segment over the next few years.

    The general construction segment in the global hyperscale data center investment market is categorized into building development, installation and commissioning services, building design, physical security, and DCIM. Building development segment dominated the largest market share in 2017, growing at a CAGR of around 6% during the forecast period. Building development includes site selection, preparation, and area construction and concrete-based data center building with windows.

    The increasing number of Greenfield developments with on-site solar and wind farms for renewable energy generation that partially or entirely power operations will increase in the global market. Cooling systems occupied the largest market share in 2017, growing at a CAGR of around 6% during the forecast period. The growing use of indirect evaporative cooling systems which facilitate free cooling of the facility using outside air is primarily driving the growth of this segment in the global market.*Hyperscale Data Center Market - Geography*

    The global hyperscale data center market by geography is segmented into Americas, APAC, and EMEA. Americas dominated the majority of the market share in 2017, growing at a CAGR of 7% during the forecast period. The internet giants, cloud service providers, and wholesale colocation providers are investing billions of dollars in the US in the global market.

    The increasing investment from both global and local cloud and colocation service providers is contributing to the revenues in the APAC market. China and Hong Kong dominate the APAC hyperscale data center investment market, followed by Singapore, Australia, India,and Japan. Multiple global SaaS providers entering the market in the APAC region by constructing facilities or by collocatingwholesale spaces will drive the growth of the global market.

    *Key Vendor Analysis*The global hyperscale data center market is contributed by the presence of various cloud service providers. The leading vendors are investing in increasing their product portfolio to gain a larger global market share. The penetration of open source infrastructure solutions namely, ODM infrastructure, is very high across enterprise cloud-based service providers in the market. The development and supply of mission critical and high-performance infrastructure solutions will increase the level of competition in the global market. The growing need for SDDC solutions will create lucrative opportunities in the global hyperscale data center market over the next few years.

    The major vendors in the global hyperscale data center market are:

    · Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    · Apple
    · Facebook
    · Google
    · IBM
    · Microsoft
    · NTT Communications
    · OVH
    · Tencent*Key Topics Covered:*

    *1 Research Methodology*

    *2 Research Objectives*

    *3 Research Process*

    *4 Report Coverage*
    4.1 Market Definition
    4.2 Base Year
    4.3 Scope of Study

    *5 Report Assumptions & Caveats*
    5.1 Key Caveats
    5.2 Inclusions
    5.3 Exclusions
    5.4 Currency Conversion
    5.5 Market Derivation

    *6 Market at a Glance*

    *7 Introduction*
    7.1 Overview
    7.2 Internet and Data Growth
    7.3 Data Center Site Selection Criteria
    7.4 Submarine Fiber Cable Projects

    *8 Market Dynamics*
    8.1 Market Growth Enablers
    8.1.1 Cloud Computing likely to Drive Hyperscale Facility Development
    8.1.2 Wholesale Colocation Demand Increases Hyperscale Data Center Development
    8.1.3 Connected Devices, Social Media, and IoT to Increase Hyperscale Data Centers
    8.1.4 Tax incentives to Attract Hyperscale Investment
    8.1.5 Data Regulation to Increase Data Center Investment
    8.2 Market Growth Restraints
    8.2.1 Security Challenges likely to Decline Market Share of Cloud Service Providers
    8.2.2 Increase in Power Outages among Cloud Data Centers
    8.2.3 Location Constraints for Hyperscale Data Center Construction
    8.2.4 Increased Carbon Emissions from Data Centers
    8.3 Market Opportunities & Trends
    8.3.1 Increasing Procurement of Renewable Energy for Data Centers
    8.3.2 Increased Adoption of Automation and Monitoring Solutions
    8.3.3 Increase in Deployment of Software Defined Data Center (SDDC)
    8.3.4 Increase in Adoption of OCPs and Hyperscale Specific Infrastructure
    8.3.5 Impact of Innovative Concepts such as Underwater Data Center and Tropical Climate Data Center

    *9 Global Hyperscale Data Center market*
    9.1 Market Overview
    9.2 Market Size & Forecast
    9.3 Market Size & Forecast by Area
    9.4 Market Size & Forecast by Power Capacity
    9.5 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

    *10 By Infrastructure Type*
    10.1 Market Overview
    10.2 By IT Infrastructure
    10.3 By Electrical Infrastructure
    10.4 By Mechanical Infrastructure
    10.5 By General Construction

    *11 By IT Infrastructure*
    11.1 Server Infrastructure
    11.2 Storage Infrastructure
    11.3 Network Infrastructure

    *12 By Electrical Infrastructure*
    12.1 Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) SYSTEMS
    12.2 Generators
    12.3 Transfer Switches & Switchgears
    12.4 Rack Power Distribution Units
    12.5 Other Electrical Infrastructure

    *13 By Mechanical Infrastructure*
    13.1 Cooling Systems
    13.2 Racks
    13.3 Other mechanical Infrastructure

    *14 By General Construction*
    14.1 Building Development
    14.2 Installation and commissioning Services
    14.3 Building Design
    14.4 Physical Security
    14.5 Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM)

    *15 Geographical Segmentation
    **Key Company profiles*· Apple
    · Facebook
    · Google
    · Microsoft
    · OVH
    · NTT Communications
    · Alibaba
    · IBM
    · Tencent

    *Other Prominent Vendors*· Aruba S.p.A
    · Ascenty
    · China Telecom Global
    · CyrusOne
    · Digital Realty
    · Equinix
    · CloudHQ
    · Colo-D
    · GDS Holding Limited
    · Global Switch
    · Infomart Data Centers
    · Oracle
    · Reliance Communications (Global Cloud Xchange)
    · Quality Technology Services (QTS Realty Trust)
    · Sabey Data Center
    · SAP
    · Singtel
    · Sinnet
    · SUNeVision (iAdvantage)
    · ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (STT GDC)
    · Teraco Data Environments
    · T-Systems (Deutsche Telekom)
    · Vantage Data Center

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    The 17mm thick board is lightweight and safe to ride thanks to proprietary weight-sensing tech

    MELBOURNE, Australia (PRWEB) November 28, 2018

    Today, Zenboard Technology launched a Kickstarter campaign for its flagship electric skateboard. The Zenboard is remote-control free, ultra-light and thin, and uses proprietary weight-sensing tech for intuitive riding and enhanced safety. The board starts at $1,799 AUS (approximately $1,300 USD).

    The brainchild of a young surf-loving engineer out of Australia, the Zenboard weighs in at just 6kg (13 lbs) and is just 17mm thick. It has 2300 watts of power to go 40km/h (25 mph) and has up to 35km (22 miles) of range. Designed to mimic the zen of surfing a wave, the board is instinctual for easy riding - users need only lean forward to accelerate and lean back to brake. Most riders become comfortable with the board’s controls in just 1-2 minutes.

    Founder Jacques de Kock is a 23-year-old mechanical engineering and commerce student at Monash University who recently completed the Monash Accelerator Program.

    “As a surfer, I feel like a better person each time I hit the waves,” said de Kock. “Zenboard is inspired by a desire to bring that feeling to land via an electric skateboard that’s easy to ride. After two years of careful construction, design and forging relationships with top manufacturers, suppliers, and seasoned engineers, I’m excited to bring this board to the Kickstarter community.”

    Zenboard is designed with safety in mind. It combines hidden sensors and smart algorithms to measure a user’s weight distribution more than 1000 times per second through a proprietary system dubbed FlowControl. The system allows the board to instantly detect and respond to changes in balance, reducing the risk of falling. The board is hands-free, meaning there’s one less device to charge and no dangerous issues with synching or connection. Safety is enhanced further courtesy of an intelligent braking system that brings the board to a full step once a rider steps off, even downhill. Zenboard also has integrated LED lights for night time riding.

    The board uses ArcDrive™, a gear-assisted, in-wheel motor system like nothing else currently available on the market. Its 3:1 gear ratio gives three times the torque of standard in-wheel motors, making it easy to climb up to 30% grade hills.

    Constructed with durable carbon-fiber, the Zenboard uses unique one-piece construction. The minimalist unibody deck provides a sleek waterproof exterior that encases the electronics and battery while ensuring the board is both light and strong. It comes in two style options, Matte Carbon Black and Matte Artic Grey.

    The board also has four different modes, 1) Beginner, with easy cruising and subdued acceleration and braking, 2) Eco, to get the most of the board’s battery for maximum range, 3) Pro, offering a balance of speed and range, and 4) Ultra, offers max acceleration and braking, for experienced riders.

    “Right down to the wheels, which are made of soft, grippy urethane rubber for a smooth ride, I designed the Zenboard to be an electric vehicle, engineered to go thousands of miles,” says de Kock. “Unlike cheaper boards, we use LiFePo4 (Lithium Iron Phosphate) battery cells for power and speed, while ensuring our board is environmentally friendly, stable, and safe.”

    The Zenboard is available today on the Kickstarter platform with an estimated delivery date of August 2019. For a full rundown of pledges, please visit the Kickstarter campaign. Media wishing to interview their personnel should contact PR agent, Allison Aitken at +1 (778) 867-7419 or

    About Zenboard Technology
    Zenboard is a transport technology company made up of a small team of talented engineers and designers who are committed to solving problems and making life better. The company thinks transport should be easy, fun, and fast, and that commuting should be something people look forward instead of dread. Their mission is to democratize personal sustainable transport by providing beautifully simple electric vehicles that anyone can use.

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