Glennmont Partners finalise le refinancement de la centrale biomasse de Sleaford pour 150 millions GBP

LONDRES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Glennmont Partners a finalisé avec succès le refinancement de la centrale à énergie renouvelable Sleaford, par le biais de son fonds dédié à l’énergie propre, Glennmont Clean Energy Fund Europe I, dans le cadre d’un programme de réalisation de valeur du Fonds. Glennmont Partners est un des plus grands gestionnaires de fonds européens exclusivement axé sur les investissements dans des infrastructures à énergie propre. Glennmont lève des fonds à long terme afin d’investir dans des projets de production d’énergie alternative comme les parcs éoliens, les centrales biomasse, les parcs solaires et les petites centrales hydroélectriques. Les investissements, soigneusement sélectionnés et gérés en fonction du risque, ont des rendements stables et prévisibles sur des périodes de 10 ans et plus.

Sleaford REP est une centrale biomasse à paille de 40MWe située dans le Lincolnshire, au Royaume-Uni. La centrale est en activité depuis 2014 et est exploitée par Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC). La centrale bénéficie de 2 ROC (certificats verts) du régime d’énergie renouvelable britannique en tant que „centrales de cogénération de bonne qualité”. Elle produit de la chaleur gratuite pour la communauté locale dans le cadre de contrats de soutirage à long terme. Les produits du refinancement ont remboursé le financement du projet et ont contribué directement à créer de la valeur ajoutée pour les investisseurs.

Le financement de 150 millions GBP, placé auprès d’un grand investisseur institutionnel européen, est le plus grand financement exclusivement institutionnel dans le secteur de la biomasse au Royaume-Uni à ce jour. La Deutsche Bank a agi à titre d’arrangeur exclusif, d’agent, de fiduciaire des sûretés et de banque pour la transaction.

Joost Bergsma, CEO de Glennmont Partners, a déclaré : “Glennmont est ravi de finaliser l’une des plus importantes transactions en biomasse de 2017 pour 150 millions GBP. Cette transaction souligne à quel point la biomasse est une technologie d’énergie renouvelable extrêmement efficace, capable d’attirer des volumes importants de capitaux institutionnels compétitifs à long terme. Le refinancement complète notre stratégie de mise en place de portefeuilles de projets renouvelables, diversifiés tant géographiquement que technologiquement afin d’offrir des retours prévisibles à nos investisseurs. Le marché de l’énergie n’a jamais été aussi diversifié avec de nouvelles technologies et des structures de marché offrant aux investisseurs de très nombreuses possibilités d’investissements dans l’énergie propre.”

Michael Volkermann, Head of Infrastructure & Energy à la Deutsche Bank a déclaré “Nous sommes ravis de consolider notre excellente relation avec Glennmont Partners en concrétisant ensemble une transaction de refinancement pionnière pour l’industrie britannique de la biomasse, placée auprès d’un des plus importants investisseurs européens de la dette d’infrastructure.”

Notes à l’attention des rédacteurs

1. Glennmont Partners
Glennmont Partners investit dans la construction et la phase opérationnelle d’infrastructures en énergies propres comme les parcs éoliens, les centrales solaires photovoltaïques, les centrales biomasse et les petites centrales hydroélectriques en Europe. Le Fonds est géré par une équipe de direction de pointe dédiée et internationale, issue d’une série de parcours du monde de l’énergie renouvelable et du secteur financier. Le Fonds investit dans un portefeuille diversifié d’actifs de haute qualité en Europe occidentale, permettant à l’équipe chargée des investissements de gérer le risque tout en optimisant les rendements. http://www.glennmont.com/

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Nationstar Rebrands as Mr. Cooper

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. (NYSE: NSM) (“Nationstar”) today officially unveiled a new brand name, Mr. CooperSM, for its mortgage servicing and originations operation. The new brand is a tangible expression of the company’s dedication to making the mortgage process more rewarding for its more than 3 million customers.

“We’re excited to officially become Mr. Cooper and will continue our efforts to transform the way we do business,” said Jay Bray, Chairman and CEO of Nationstar. “We took a look in the mirror and realized that in order to build trust with homeowners and those who wish to own a home one day, our organization and our industry needed a change. Mr. Cooper is a symbol of the transformation we’re undergoing to create an incredible customer experience.”

More than just a brand name change, the company has made significant investments in its team, technology and processes to ensure customers have a caring, transparent and seamless experience that best fits their needs.

Customer Experience:

  • In response to customer feedback, the company moved its international call centers to the United States, bringing service closer to customers.
  • The company also eliminated all online transaction fees for on-time payments, enhancing the customer experience.
  • Additionally, in the past year alone, team members across the entire company engaged in more than 50,000 hours of incremental customer experience training to ensure everyone is equipped with the tools and resources needed to deliver the Mr. Cooper promise.

Tools and Technology:

  • Mr. Cooper is investing in research and development, coupling the latest technology with a personal and customized experience. On top of a completely upgraded user-friendly website, the company rolled out Street SmartsTM from Mr. CooperSM, a digital home loan advisor that can deliver custom insights on a customer’s loan, home and neighborhood all through the ease of the company’s website and mobile app.
  • In the near future, Mr. Cooper will be launching an exciting new technology that will further help current customers and prospective homeowners optimize their household finances.
  • Mr. Cooper will be offering a unique service to homebuyers and sellers that allows them access to a panel of qualified local real estate agents in their area and may also allow them to earn cash rebates at the sale or purchase of a home.

Mr. Cooper Home Rewards Credit Card:

  • Mr. Cooper customers will soon be able to apply for a credit card that offers rewards to be applied to the principal balance of their home loan with Mr. Cooper.

After vetting name options with customers, the name Mr. Cooper was selected to personify the next generation of home loan servicing and lending. It represents a more personal relationship customers can have with their home loan company by recognizing the critical role of a customer advocate in delivering a positive home loan experience.

“Driven by our purpose to keep the dream of homeownership alive, each of our 7,000 team members strives every day to emulate the core values of Mr. Cooper as we continue on our journey to put the service back in servicing,” said Bray.

In celebration of this transformation, Bray will ring The Opening Bell® today at the New York Stock Exchange, ringing in a new day and a new brand. Several team members will join Bray, each selected for their role in the successful launch of Mr. Cooper and their embodiment of Mr. Cooper core values.

Customers can visit www.mrcooper.com to learn more about the brand transformation. Other Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. brands that will not be impacted and will continue operating under their current brand names include Champion Mortgage and Xome®.

About Mr. Cooper

Mr. Cooper is the consumer brand for the forward mortgage servicing and originations operation of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. (NYSE: NSM). Based in Dallas, Texas, Mr. Cooper is one of the largest home loan servicers in the country focused on delivering a variety of servicing and lending products, services and technologies to make the home loan process more rewarding and less worrisome. Please visit www.mrcooper.com for the latest news and information.

About Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc.

Based in Dallas, Texas, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. (NYSE: NSM) provides quality servicing, origination and transaction based services related principally to single-family residences throughout the United States. Please visit www.nationstarholdings.com for the latest news and information about Nationstar.

Rockwell Collins Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer to Address the Morgan Stanley 5th Annual Laguna Conference on September 15

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Kelly Ortberg will address the Morgan Stanley 5th Annual Laguna Conference in Laguna Beach, CA on September 15, 2017 at 11:00am Eastern Time.

A live audio webcast and subsequent replay of Ortberg’s comments will be available on the company’s web site at www.rockwellcollins.com. Listeners of the live transmission are encouraged to go to the Investor Relations section of the web site at least 15 minutes prior to the presentation to download and install any necessary software.

About Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) is a leader in aviation and high-integrity solutions for commercial and military customers around the world. Every day we help pilots safely and reliably navigate to the far corners of the earth; keep warfighters aware and informed in battle; deliver millions of messages for airlines and airports; and help passengers stay connected and comfortable throughout their journey. As experts in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, cabin interiors, information management, mission communications, and simulation and training, we offer a comprehensive portfolio of products and services that can transform our customers’ futures. To find out more, please visit www.rockwellcollins.com.

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. – FDA is carefully evaluating prescription opioid medications approved to treat cough in children

SILVER SPRING, Md., Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- There's perhaps no more important mandate that we have at the FDA than safeguarding the health and safety of children. For that reason, I believe it's important that parents and health care providers have the best information available to inform the decisions they make about a child's health. There are few more common decisions that parents and providers are asked to make than the question of how to appropriately treat a child's cough and cold symptoms. Sometimes symptoms can be severe enough that prescription medication is needed, but some of these medications pose their own risks – especially for younger children – because they may contain opioids. Other times medication might not be necessary at all.

At a roundtable earlier this year, the FDA heard from professional groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians, about the use of cough suppressants, and in particular opioid cough suppressants, in children. Some of the key points focused on determining the right treatment based on the length and severity of the symptoms, as well as treating what's causing the symptoms, rather than just quieting the cough. And depending on the situation, representatives suggested that other medications or non-drug therapies may be more appropriate.

To more carefully consider this complex issue, the FDA today announced an upcoming meeting of the Pediatric Advisory Committee that will focus on the use of prescription opioid products containing hydrocodone or codeine for the treatment of cough in pediatric patients, including current treatment practices and benefit-risk considerations. The panel of independent experts will provide valuable input to help inform the agency's decision-making processes related to these medications.

It is vital we understand the potential complications that can occur when using opioid-containing medications in children, even according to labeled instructions. This is an area that the agency is continuing to evaluate. As part of these efforts, the FDA announced required changes in April 2017 to the labeling of prescription codeine products in order to help better protect children from serious risks associated with these opioid medications, including life-threatening respiratory depression and death. Those changes include adding a contraindication to drug labels alerting that codeine should not be used for any reason, including treatment of cough, in children younger than 12 years.

The FDA has also provided tips for consumers on how to safely treat a child's cold as most young children do not need medicines to treat a cough or cold. Caregivers should read labels on non-prescription cough and cold products that may be sold over the counter as these products may contain codeine or may not be appropriate for young children. The FDA is also funding research to develop comprehensive, consumer-centered approaches on best practices for the safe use of pediatric cough and cold medications generally – not just those that contain an opioid.

All of this work is essential to reducing preventable harm from opioid-containing medications and keeping children safe. We look forward to a robust discussion at the meeting this fall and will continue to share updates with the public on the steps the agency is taking to address this important issue.

For more information:
Pediatric Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting; Establishment of a Public Docket; Request for Comments
Drug Safety Communication: FDA restricts use of prescription codeine pain and cough medicines and tramadol pain medicines in children; recommends against use in breastfeeding women
Consumer Update: Have a Baby or Young Child With a Cold? Most Don't Need Medicines
Codeine Information

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

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Fibre-Craft® Expands Definition of Coloring with New DabitZ(TM) Collection

Technology and Artistic Spirit Combine to Create New Art Form

SKOKIE, Ill., Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Have you ever wished for the ability to color one of your own photos? This dream is now a reality thanks to the newest product line from Fibre-Craft®, a leader in creative activities. The DabitZ™ series merges innovative technology with artistic spirit to take classic coloring to new heights.

"DabitZ works to inspire individuality and provide an exciting new technique to transform photos into photomosaic works of art for all ages," said Stephanie Leichtweis, CEO of Fibre-Craft. "The DabitZ collection was inspired by the Impressionism movement and the painting technique called Pointillism, though users don't need to be talented artists to dab it up."

DabitZ is designed for two levels of artistry – Learner and Master. Each level starter set provides custom Dab Desks™ and Dabbers™ to accommodate the needs of each artist. All starter sets and complementary color packs encourage all ages to try new techniques, and come back for more!

  • Learner – At this beginning level of "dabbing," individuals are able to create a masterpiece. With easy-to-follow instructions, the Learner allows for self-expression and easier coordination. Starter Dab Desk sets at this level come with 12 Dabbers, five DabDesignZ™ pre-printed templates and 10 vellum sheets, or choose the Learner Dab Desktop™ starter set which comes with 10 Dabbers, five DabDesignZ and 10 vellum sheets.
  • Master – At the master level, artists create a highly detailed photo using mosaic art. With the ultimate ability in personalization, inspire photographic creativity and mastery of an art form all in one. The starter set includes 24 Dabbers, 15 DabDesignZ and 20 vellum sheets. The Master Level will be available in 2018.

Each DabitZ set includes an access code and a Quick Start Guide for the accompanying DabitZ app. To use, simply enter product code to add colors to your personal palette and choose a photo to import. Next, artists can select a canvas size (from 8" x 10", 5" x 7" or 4" x 6"), choose to modify their photo as desired with several options (orientation of image, erase areas, adjust color tones) before converting their personal image into a pixelated template. All that's left is to print it for endless artistry and imagination with dabbing!

"We want our DabitZ community to be filled with innovators who are excited about this unlimited potential for artistry," said Leichtweis. "With DabitZ, we are launching a new sphere of integrated play – that both connects you to technology and takes your creative activities offline."

The Dab Desk has enough storage for all 48 dabbers available, and uses magnets to hold the vellum sheets in place, making it easy to take the desk with you for on-the-go creativity. Dabbers™ will come in two sizes based on the levels of artistry: 5mm and 3mm for Learner and Master respectively. Dabber sets with complementary colors are available for purchase with additional DabDesignZ to provide ample expression for all levels of artistry. Trendy templates included in starter sets and separate packs include: sweet treats, tropical oasis, fashion, fantasy, animals and people.

DabitZ Learner level will be available later this summer in retail stores nationwide. To learn more visit DabitZArt.com.

About Fibre-Craft

For more than 50 years, Fibre-Craft has been inspiring the inventive at heart; we facilitate artistry and a wide variety of creative experiences for all ages. Our crafts promote creativity, imagination, and problem solving. Our products provide the sense of accomplishment, pride and satisfaction that come from self-expression. Our company executes with excellence. As a business, we are a leader in the creative activities industry: Our brands and goods are available through retailers nationwide and internationally. Our practices follow our craft: we ensure that all partners are treated in a way that leaves them proud to be associated with us and better for the experience.

For more information, visit http://www.fibrecraft.com.

 

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South Africa Wealth Report 2017-2026: Updated HNWI Trends, Prime Property Trends, Luxury Trends and Wealth Management Trends – Research and Markets

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The „The South Africa 2017 Wealth Report” report has been added to Research and Markets’ offering.

South Africa is the largest wealth market in Africa. This report provides a comprehensive review of the wealth sector in South Africa, including HNWI trends, prime property trends, luxury trends and wealth management trends in the country.

Scope

– Demographics including age, city, suburb and sector breakdowns of local HNWIs.

– Spending habits of SA HNWIs, including: collectables, prime real estate, travel, luxury clothing and luxury cars.

– HNWI asset allocations across 10 asset classes.

– Detailed review of local wealth management sector, including major players by AuM.

– Details on HNWI offshore funds and where they are held.

– Independent market sizing of local HNWIs across five wealth bands.

– HNWI trends from 2006 to 2016, with forecasts to 2026.

– Insights into the drivers of HNWI wealth.

– Second home hotspots for HNWIs in SA.

Key Topics Covered:

1 Introduction

2 Wealth Sector Fundamentals

3 Findings from HNWI Database

4 Spending habits of South African HNWIs

5 The Wealth Management Sector in South Africa

6 Appendix

Companies Mentioned

  • ABSA Wealth (Barclays)
  • Afrasia Bank
  • Alexander Forbes
  • Allan Gray
  • Aston Martin
  • Bentley
  • Citadel
  • Coronation
  • Credit Suisse
  • Credo Group
  • Ferrari
  • Foord
  • Investec
  • Lamborghini
  • Liberty Life
  • Maitland
  • Maserati
  • Mclaren
  • Momentum Group
  • Nedbank
  • Old Mutual Wealth
  • PSG
  • Porsche
  • Prudential
  • RMB
  • Rolls Royce
  • Sanlam
  • Standard Bank
  • Stenham
  • Stonehage Fleming
  • UBS

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/bd6dz4/the_south_africa

South Africa Wealth Report 2017-2026: Updated HNWI Trends, Prime Property Trends, Luxury Trends and Wealth Management Trends – Research and Markets

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The „The South Africa 2017 Wealth Report” report has been added to Research and Markets’ offering.

South Africa is the largest wealth market in Africa. This report provides a comprehensive review of the wealth sector in South Africa, including HNWI trends, prime property trends, luxury trends and wealth management trends in the country.

Scope

– Demographics including age, city, suburb and sector breakdowns of local HNWIs.

– Spending habits of SA HNWIs, including: collectables, prime real estate, travel, luxury clothing and luxury cars.

– HNWI asset allocations across 10 asset classes.

– Detailed review of local wealth management sector, including major players by AuM.

– Details on HNWI offshore funds and where they are held.

– Independent market sizing of local HNWIs across five wealth bands.

– HNWI trends from 2006 to 2016, with forecasts to 2026.

– Insights into the drivers of HNWI wealth.

– Second home hotspots for HNWIs in SA.

Key Topics Covered:

1 Introduction

2 Wealth Sector Fundamentals

3 Findings from HNWI Database

4 Spending habits of South African HNWIs

5 The Wealth Management Sector in South Africa

6 Appendix

Companies Mentioned

  • ABSA Wealth (Barclays)
  • Afrasia Bank
  • Alexander Forbes
  • Allan Gray
  • Aston Martin
  • Bentley
  • Citadel
  • Coronation
  • Credit Suisse
  • Credo Group
  • Ferrari
  • Foord
  • Investec
  • Lamborghini
  • Liberty Life
  • Maitland
  • Maserati
  • Mclaren
  • Momentum Group
  • Nedbank
  • Old Mutual Wealth
  • PSG
  • Porsche
  • Prudential
  • RMB
  • Rolls Royce
  • Sanlam
  • Standard Bank
  • Stenham
  • Stonehage Fleming
  • UBS

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/bd6dz4/the_south_africa

Media Alert: Cadence to Showcase System-Level Integration of Electronic/Photonic Devices at the Photonics Summit and Workshop

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), along with Lumerical Solutions, Inc. and PhoeniX Software, plan to demonstrate the latest innovations and solutions in photonic ICs at the Photonics Summit and Workshop on September 6th and 7th at Cadence headquarters in San Jose, California. This free, two-day event features presentations from industry experts on day one and a hands-on workshop with photonics experts on day two. To learn more about the Photonics Summit and Workshop and to register, please visit www.cadence.com/go/photonics-summit.

WHAT: The summit and workshop offer:

  • In-depth presentations covering advanced photonics topics by industry experts from companies such as Hewlett Packard Labs, AIM Photonics, IBM, Chiral Photonics, Inc., and more
  • A hands-on workshop where users will experience system-level electronic and photonic design first hand
  • Networking luncheons and social hour to engage with peers in stimulating technology discussions

WHEN: The Photonics Summit and Workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, September 6 and Thursday, September 7, 2017. 

WHERE: Cadence headquarters at 2655 Seely Avenue, San Jose, CA 95134 

About Cadence
Cadence enables electronic systems and semiconductor companies to create the innovative end products that are transforming the way people live, work and play. Cadence® software, hardware and semiconductor IP are used by customers to deliver products to market faster. The company's System Design Enablement strategy helps customers develop differentiated products—from chips to boards to systems—in mobile, consumer, cloud datacenter, automotive, aerospace, IoT, industrial and other market segments. Cadence is listed as one of Fortune Magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For. Learn more at cadence.com.

© 2017 Cadence Design Systems, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide. Cadence, the Cadence logo and the other Cadence marks found at www.cadence.com/go/trademarks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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LeapFrog® Introduces New Infant and Preschool Learning Toys

Interactive New Products Encourage Early Learning Skills

CHICAGO, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today LeapFrog® Enterprises, Inc., the leader in innovative learning toys for children, announced the availability of its successful infant and preschool toy collection. These new products join an extensive range of toys that actively teach important early learning skills, such as counting, shapes, colors and the alphabet, while introducing the problem-solving, creativity and social skills children will need to thrive as they grow.

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"LeapFrog understands the importance of fostering fun learning experiences that empower and inspire children to leap ahead," said William To, President, VTech Electronics North America. "We believe the new introductions reflect the high-quality learning products children love and parents have come to expect from LeapFrog."

The new products offer a robust variety of developmental learning toys that teach key school skills such as math, literacy and science, while also encouraging children to apply critical thinking and creativity skills. The adorable new Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart™ can help children build memory and sequencing skills while they create yummy ice cream cones with a magic scooper that recognizes colors and flavors. The 2-in-1 LeapTop Touch™ is both a laptop and tablet where kids can learn letters, numbers, music and more – it can even be personalized to help children learn to spell their name. Children's favorite friend, Scout, is always ready for learning fun and now children can take him on the go with Sing & Snuggle Scout™ or take him on a walk with Step & Learn Scout™. And when children are ready to learn to write their letters and numbers, the interactive Mr. Pencil's Scribble & Write™ will show them step by step instructions to introduce writing, drawing and spelling.

"Childhood is a time of discovery and each of these toys is designed to foster children's natural curiosity," said Dr. Clement Chau, Director of Learning for LeapFrog. "Our in-house learning team ensures that every LeapFrog toy provides a range of experiences to expose little ones to a variety of stimuli and build a strong foundation of learning."

Highlights of the lines, available now, include:

Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart™
Learning is sweet when pretending to run your own ice cream cart! The Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart lets kids create a variety of imaginative and tasty-looking ice cream combinations using four flavors of ice cream, three toppings and three syrup flavors. Use the magic scooper to scoop up the ice cream and toppings to build customer orders and it will recognize the colors and flavors. Then press the pump to add pretend syrup while counting to ten. Build memory and sequencing skills by choosing from six cute animal order cards and following the instructions. Ring the bell to let them know their order's up! Playful phrases introduce colors, numbers, flavors and more while you explore the cart's features and six activity cards. When kids are ready to move to a new location, place the accessories in the correct places or put them in the two storage drawers and push the cart around to hear upbeat songs and music. (Ages 2+ years; MSRP: $39.99)

2-in-1 LeapTop Touch™
Learning fun is a tap away with the 2-in-1 LeapTop Touch. Kids can learn about letters, numbers, music and more on a laptop that's made just for them. Open the laptop to see the screen in keyboard mode, then close the laptop and watch the screen magically swivel into tablet mode. The laptop features an A-Z keyboard and number buttons 1-10, while the tablet features a touch screen. Kids will have fun pretending to email Scout or tapping away in five learning modes – ABCs, numbers, games, music and messages. Plus, the laptop can be customized to help children spell their name. The take-along handle makes it great for learning on the go! (Ages 2+ years; MSRP: $24.99)

Sing & Snuggle Scout™ / Sing & Snuggle Violet™
Children's favorite friends are ready for learning on the go. Sing & Snuggle Scout and Sing & Snuggle Violet are plush interactive puppies that talk and sing. Press the light-up button in the middle of their tummies to hear Scout and Violet bark and tell you how much they love you. Then, press the colorful buttons to hear lullabies and learning songs about shapes, colors and letters. Use the ring on Scout or Violet's head to attach them to car seats and carriers for fun on the go. Grab the playful pups and learn with your loyal friends anytime, anywhere! (Ages 6+ months; MSRP: $9.99 each)

Step & Learn Scout™
Take a walk with Step & Learn Scout while learning about letters and counting. Watch as Scout energetically moves his head, legs and tail while he happily sings educational songs. Play in three different modes that include letters and numbers, or choose Fun with Scout mode to see animations on Scout's backpack. Play the game What's in My Backpack, and kids will explore letters and numbers as Scout tells them about everything in his backpack.  Take good care of Scout and this cute interactive puppy will ask for kisses! (Ages 1+ years; MSRP: $19.99)

Mr. Pencil's Scribble & Write™
Have fun writing letters, numbers and more with Mr. Pencil's Scribble & Write! With the help of friendly Mr. Pencil, explore six activities that will introduce writing, drawing and spelling. Step by step, Mr. Pencil will show how to write numbers, shapes, uppercase letters and lowercase letters. Use the stylus on the touch screen to trace the numbers, letters and shapes and Mr. Pencil will provide instant feedback. Tap the screen to make your writing come alive with cute animations. Then get creative and use the stylus to draw anything kids want! Mr. Pencil will also introduce early spelling by asking kids to match letters to their sounds or to find missing letters to spell simple words. Writing is fun and interactive with Mr. Pencil! (3+ years; MSRP: $21.99)

About LeapFrog
LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. is the leader in innovative learning toys for children that encourage a child's curiosity and love of learning throughout their early developmental journey. For more than 20 years, LeapFrog has helped children expand their knowledge and imagination through award-winning products that combine state-of-the-art educational expertise led by the LeapFrog Learning Team, innovative technology, and engaging play – turning playtime into quality time that helps children leap ahead. LeapFrog's proprietary learning tablets and ground-breaking developmental games, learn to read and write systems, interactive learning toys and more are designed to create personalized experiences that encourage, excite and build confidence in children. LeapFrog is a subsidiary of VTech Holdings Limited, which is based in Hong Kong.  LeapFrog was founded in 1995 by a father who revolutionized technology-based learning solutions to help his child learn how to read. Learn more at www.leapfrog.com.

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York County FCU Raises Over $6,000 towards Ending Hunger in York County, Maine

SANFORD, Maine, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- York County FCU's Ending Hunger Committee held its first Gala & Silent Auction on Saturday, August 12 to raise money in the fight against hunger in York County, Maine. The event attracted 65 attendees who enjoyed a night of fun while bidding on packages from local businesses and individuals.

"The Gala & Silent Auction was a true reflection of how local businesses, organizations, and individuals can come together to support the communities we live in and serve by donating goods and services," said Erin Jones, Chair of York County FCU's Ending Hunger Committee. "Through this generosity, we raised over $6,000 to help fight hunger in York County."

The Gala & Silent Auction raised $6,704 towards York County FCU's Ending Hunger Campaign. At the end of the year, York County FCU distributes the money raised towards local food pantries and soup kitchens across York County, Maine.

York County Federal Credit Union (YCFCU) is a community-centered financial institution based in York County, Maine. Founded in 1954, YCFCU served educators, but expanded their charter to include area businesses, organizations, and their families. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in York County. Additional information about YCFCU's products and services is available at www.yorkcountyfcu.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Melissa Clark
York County Federal Credit Union
(207) 324-7511, ext. 5200
melissac@yorkcountyfcu.com

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SOURCE York County Federal Credit Union