USA Technologies and Setomatic Systems See Strong Growth in Cashless Payments for Self-Serve Laundry Locations

Setomatics SpyderWash Devices With Mobile Wallet Acceptance Now Searchable Online; Company Launches New SpyderWash App Showing Washer/Dryer Availability, Transaction History and Loyalty Card Balances

Company To Demonstrate Technology at Clean Show, Booth #1977

LAS VEGAS–( )– THE CLEAN SHOW — USA Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:USAT) („USAT”), a payment technology provider of cashless and mobile transactions in self-serve retail, and Setomatic Systems (owner of the SpyderWash laundry payment platform), a designer and manufacturer of cashless payment hardware and data services designed specifically for the laundry industry, today announced a new industry benchmark with regards to the growth of contactless payments in the self serve laundry business, the transaction value of which more than doubled over the past year. In 2013, Setomatic Systems and USAT entered into a strategic partnership to provide customers with comprehensive cashless payment services.

The self service laundry industry is estimated by the Coin Laundry Association to be a nearly $5 billion market, which in 2016 saw an average increase in business (gross dollar volume) of 11.2 percent, up from 9.6 percent in 20151, according to an online poll of subscribers of the American Coin-Op magazine who operate stores. Between April 2016 and April 2017, Setomatic saw a 150 percent increase in the amount of contactless payments for laundry services. The company connected its SpyderWash® technology to the ePort Connect service, allowing its customers to leverage one of the most comprehensive cashless payment services solutions in the unattended retail market. In turn, this gave consumers a choice of paying by credit card or using their mobile wallets.

We recognized early on that cashless, then subsequently contactless, payments would become mainstream as consumers gained a level of comfort opting to pay using their mobile phones or even a smartwatch, so we started developing our systems to accommodate back when the World Wide Web was just starting to get traction – and that is how we came up with SpyderWash,” said Michael Schantz, President, Setomatic Systems. „With vend prices on washers in the range of $2.00 to $14.00 per wash cycle, it has become more important than ever to offer consumers the convenience of paying at the point of sale in a fast, simple and convenient way whether it is with a simple swipe of their credit card or mobile phone using a Mobile Wallet like Apple Pay, Android Pay or Samsung Pay. Our SpyderWash System combined with USA Technologies’ powerful ePort Connect platform gives our customers a soup to nuts service that enables credit/debit, contactless mobile payment processing, loyalty and more.”

Acknowledged by Coin Laundry Association’s magazine, Planet Laundry, as a company that is „changing the way people pay for their laundry,” Setomatic Systems was the first in the industry to offer hybrid payment systems, allowing machines to accept coin, credit or debit cards, RFID contactless credit cards, or NFC enabled mobile wallets, as well as customized loyalty programs, and currently, Setomatic Systems is the only provider in the market whose laundry payment devices accept NFC payments right at the point of sale.

Continuing the tradition of innovation, the company now makes it possible for consumers to manage their loyalty card balance, view transaction history, and check on which SpyderWash washers and dryers are available in their local laundry, via the newly launched SpyderWash App for both iOS and Android devices. In addition, customers who are iPhone users can now search for the nearest laundromats accepting Apple Pay via Apple Maps.

„Many new laundry facilities are utilizing „smart card” technology which requires the customers to put money on a card that they then swipe when they use a machine, but Setomatic Systems has bucked the trend by embracing a consumer first strategy that is reflected in what we believe to be the most advanced payment technology on the market,” said Maeve McKenna Duska, senior vice president of sales and marketing, USA Technologies. „The days of begging for quarters, and waiting for washers and dryers to become available are over. By offering consumers the ability to monitor the availability of a washer and dryer as well as enabling them to pay at the point of sale with whatever they keep top of wallet, creates convenience and fosters the adoption of technology, loyalty programs and much more, particularly useful amongst Millennials.”

Attendees of the Clean Show are invited to visit booth #1977 to learn more about cashless payment technologies for laundry operators, and get a demo of the new Apple and Android Apps for SpyderWash.

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Please contact USA Technologies, Inc. at +1 800.633.0340 or sales@usatech.com.

About Setomatic Systems/SpyderWash:
Setomatic Systems is a privately owned and operated developer and manufacturer of both open and closed loop card payment systems, drop coin meters and electronic timers for the commercial laundry industry with manufacturing and engineering facilities in California, Florida, New Hampshire, New York and in Israel. Setomatic introduced the first electronic drop coin meter to the commercial laundry market in the U.S. in the early 1980’s. Over the years, they have manufactured drop coin meters and electronic timers for major OEMs such as Whirlpool, General Electric, Wascomat and American Dryer. They introduced their first hybrid card system to the commercial laundry market in 1995, which allowed the operator to accept smart cards, credit/debit cards and coins on the same machine. Their follow-up product, SpyderWash® was developed to satisfy the consumers’ need to pay for their wash and dry with a simple swipe or tap of their credit/debit card or mobile wallet, while giving the operator all the advantages of full web-based reporting. To learn more, visit their website at www.setomaticsystems.com.

About ePort Connect®:
USAT’s ePort Connect service is a PCI-compliant suite of cashless payment and telemetry services specially tailored to fit the needs of self-serve retail industries. Designed to be a „one-stop shop,” services offered through ePort Connect include wireless and merchant account setup, simplified processing rates, settlement and reconciliation, 24 x 7 customer service and a host of value-added services including mobile payment, loyalty programs and integrated payment services for micro-markets and other POS devices.

About USA Technologies:
USA Technologies, Inc. is a premier payment technology service provider of integrated cashless and mobile transactions in the self-service retail market. The company also provides a broad line of cashless acceptance technologies including its NFC-ready ePort® G-series, ePort® Connect, ePort® Interactive, QuickConnect, an API Web service for developers, and MORE., a customizable loyalty program. USA Technologies has 77 United States and foreign patents in force; and has agreements with Verizon, Visa, Chase Paymentech and customers such as Compass, AMI Entertainment and others. For more information, please visit the website at www.usatech.com.

Forward-looking Statements:
„Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this release, including without limitation the business strategy and the plans and objectives of USAT’s management for future operations, are forward-looking statements. When used in this release, words such as „anticipate,” „believe,” „estimate,” „expect,” „intend,” and similar expressions, as they relate to USAT or its management, identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs of USAT’s management, as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to USAT’s management. Actual results could differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements as a result of certain factors, including but not limited to, the ability of USAT to predict future market conditions and consumer behavior; the ability of USAT to rely on third party sources regarding increases in the size of the self-service laundry industry; the possibility that all of the expected benefits and efficiencies from the combined solution offered by USAT and Setomatic Systems will not be realized by all laundry operators and on all laundry machines or within the expected time period; whether, and the extent to which, USAT’s cashless services would increase sales for its customers; and the reliability and accuracy of the apps launched by Setomatic Systems. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this release speaks only as of the date of this release. Unless required by law, USAT does not undertake to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Bipartisan Group of Governors Leading on Climate Change

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today announced that Vermont will join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a new bipartisan coalition of states committed to meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. 

“Vermont is a leader in environmental policy and natural resource management. That’s one reason Governor Charlie Baker and I encouraged the Trump Administration to remain committed to the Paris Climate Agreement,” said Gov. Scott. “The President’s decision to withdraw the nation from the agreement only strengthens our commitment and makes the work of states more important. I am proud to join this bipartisan group of governors and reaffirm Vermont’s commitment to fighting climate change through the U.S. Climate Alliance.”

Governors Scott and Baker issued a letter to the Trump Administration on May 17 encouraging the President to remain in the Paris Climate Agreement. Since then, Massachusetts and Vermont have been in ongoing communications regarding regional greenhouse gas reduction efforts. 

Immediately after the President’s announcement on Thursday, Massachusetts and Vermont discussed next steps – including the potential for a multi-state coalition. Conversations with New York, Washington, and Massachusetts specific to the goals of the U.S. Climate Alliance occurred throughout the day on Friday.

Growing our economy and protecting our environment by supporting cleaner and more affordable energy and transportation choices can go together,” Gov. Scott said. “If our national government isn’t willing to lead in this area, the states are prepared to step up. I look forward to supporting continued bipartisan cooperation on these matters and thank Governor Baker, Governor Inslee, Governor Cuomo and Governor Brown for working collaboratively on this important issue.” 

Scientists launch global agenda to curb social and human rights abuses in the seafood sector

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As the United Nations Oceans Conference convenes in New York, a new paper calls on marine scientists to focus on social issues such as human rights violations in the seafood industry.

Authored by a team from Conservation International, the University of Washington and other organizations, the paper is the first integrated approach to meeting this global challenge and will be presented as part of the UN Oceans Conference and the Seafood Summit, which both take place June 5-9 in New York and Seattle, respectively.

Young migrant fishers pulling and cleaning nets on fishing boats in Thailand.Nathan Bennett

The article, published June 1 in Science, is in direct response to investigative reports by the Associated Press, the Guardian, The New York Times and other media outlets that uncovered glaring human rights violations on fishing vessels. The investigations tracked the widespread use of slave labor in Southeast Asia and its role in bringing seafood to American restaurants and supermarkets, chronicling the plight of fishermen tricked and trapped into working 22-hour days, often without pay and while enduring abuse.

Subsequent investigations have documented the global extent of these abuses in a wide array of countries.

“The scientific community has not kept pace with concerns for social issues in the seafood sector,” said lead author Jack Kittinger, Conservation International’s senior director for global fisheries and aquaculture. “The purpose of this initiative is to ensure that governments, businesses, and nonprofits are working together to improve human rights, equality and food and livelihood security. This is a holistic and comprehensive approach that establishes a global standard to address these social challenges.

The paper identifies three key principles that together establish a global standard for social responsibility in the seafood sector: protecting human rights, dignity and respecting access to resources; ensuring equality and equitable opportunities to benefit; and improving food and livelihood security.

“This paper stresses that if we are serious about social responsibility in our food systems, we need to go beyond dealing with the ‘worst-case’ headlines of ‘slavery at sea,’” said co-author Edward Allison, a UW professor in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.

“We argue that committing to sustainable seafood sourcing and supply is also about ensuring people who work in the food business ― whether as harvesters or processors and packers ― have decent work. It is also about ensuring communities who rely on the sea economically and culturally, particularly coastal indigenous communities, don’t have their harvest rights appropriated by powerful outside interests.”

Fishing boat heading out to sea on the Andaman coast of Thailand.Nathan Bennett

More than half of the world’s fisheries sector workforce is female, and there are still widespread gender-based disparities in income and working conditions, Allison added.

Seafood is the world’s most internationally traded food commodity. By 2030, the oceans will need to supply more than 150 million metric tons of seafood to meet the demands of a growing population. The paper calls on governments, businesses and the scientific community to take measurable steps to ensure seafood is sourced without harm to the environment and people that work in the seafood industry.

“In some places, commercial fishing boats from other parts of the world are virtually robbing local small-scale fishers of the fish that they rely on to make a living and survive. Fisheries are not truly sustainable unless local people are able to benefit from the harvesting of resources,” said co-author Nathan Bennett, a postdoctoral researcher at the UW.

As part of the initiative, Conservation International has organized a volunteer commitment, calling on governments, NGOs, businesses and other organizations to improve social responsibility in the seafood sector.

Zach Koehn, a doctoral student in aquatic and fishery sciences, is another co-author from the UW.

This was adapted from a Conservation International news release.

Tag(s): College of the EnvironmentEdward AllisonNathan BennettSchool of Marine and Environmental Affairs

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Scientists launch global agenda to curb social and human rights abuses in the seafood sector

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As the United Nations Oceans Conference convenes in New York, a new paper calls on marine scientists to focus on social issues such as human rights violations in the seafood industry.

Authored by a team from Conservation International, the University of Washington and other organizations, the paper is the first integrated approach to meeting this global challenge and will be presented as part of the UN Oceans Conference and the Seafood Summit, which both take place June 5-9 in New York and Seattle, respectively.

Young migrant fishers pulling and cleaning nets on fishing boats in Thailand.Nathan Bennett

The article, published June 1 in Science, is in direct response to investigative reports by the Associated Press, the Guardian, The New York Times and other media outlets that uncovered glaring human rights violations on fishing vessels. The investigations tracked the widespread use of slave labor in Southeast Asia and its role in bringing seafood to American restaurants and supermarkets, chronicling the plight of fishermen tricked and trapped into working 22-hour days, often without pay and while enduring abuse.

Subsequent investigations have documented the global extent of these abuses in a wide array of countries.

“The scientific community has not kept pace with concerns for social issues in the seafood sector,” said lead author Jack Kittinger, Conservation International’s senior director for global fisheries and aquaculture. “The purpose of this initiative is to ensure that governments, businesses, and nonprofits are working together to improve human rights, equality and food and livelihood security. This is a holistic and comprehensive approach that establishes a global standard to address these social challenges.

The paper identifies three key principles that together establish a global standard for social responsibility in the seafood sector: protecting human rights, dignity and respecting access to resources; ensuring equality and equitable opportunities to benefit; and improving food and livelihood security.

“This paper stresses that if we are serious about social responsibility in our food systems, we need to go beyond dealing with the ‘worst-case’ headlines of ‘slavery at sea,’” said co-author Edward Allison, a UW professor in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.

“We argue that committing to sustainable seafood sourcing and supply is also about ensuring people who work in the food business ― whether as harvesters or processors and packers ― have decent work. It is also about ensuring communities who rely on the sea economically and culturally, particularly coastal indigenous communities, don’t have their harvest rights appropriated by powerful outside interests.”

Fishing boat heading out to sea on the Andaman coast of Thailand.Nathan Bennett

More than half of the world’s fisheries sector workforce is female, and there are still widespread gender-based disparities in income and working conditions, Allison added.

Seafood is the world’s most internationally traded food commodity. By 2030, the oceans will need to supply more than 150 million metric tons of seafood to meet the demands of a growing population. The paper calls on governments, businesses and the scientific community to take measurable steps to ensure seafood is sourced without harm to the environment and people that work in the seafood industry.

“In some places, commercial fishing boats from other parts of the world are virtually robbing local small-scale fishers of the fish that they rely on to make a living and survive. Fisheries are not truly sustainable unless local people are able to benefit from the harvesting of resources,” said co-author Nathan Bennett, a postdoctoral researcher at the UW.

As part of the initiative, Conservation International has organized a volunteer commitment, calling on governments, NGOs, businesses and other organizations to improve social responsibility in the seafood sector.

Zach Koehn, a doctoral student in aquatic and fishery sciences, is another co-author from the UW.

This was adapted from a Conservation International news release.

Tag(s): College of the EnvironmentEdward AllisonNathan BennettSchool of Marine and Environmental Affairs

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Paris Withdrawal Would Turn U.S. to a Rogue State, says Center for Inquiry

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The Center for Inquiry emphatically denounced President Trump’s reported decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, condemning the administration’s rejection of science, its indifference to global catastrophe, and the erosion of America’s status as a world power.

“This is a wholesale abdication of the United States’ leadership role among nations,” said Robyn Blumner, President and CEO of the Center for Inquiry. “It sends the unmistakable message that this administration not only ignores science, but is indifferent to the suffering and upheaval of unmitigated climate change that billions of people will endure for generations.

The Paris climate accord is a non-binding international agreement, an expression of a nation’s sincere intention to pursue certain goals to lessen the rise in global temperatures by reducing carbon emissions. Apart from the U.S., which news outlets have reported is ready to withdraw, only Nicaragua and Syria have rejected the agreement.

“Should he go through with withdrawal from the climate accord, the president will be turning his back on the rest of the world while it almost literally burns,” said Blumner. “Having isolated our country, the president would be transforming America from a global superpower to a rogue state.”

The Center for Inquiry seeks to advance reason, science, and humanist values, and combating science denialism, pseudoscience, and misinformation are at the core of its mission. In 2015, CFI’s Committee for Skeptical Inquiry succeeded in changing some of the language around climate change, as when its efforts led the Associated Press to begin referring to those who reject the reality of climate change as “doubters” rather than “skeptics,” a term that should be reserved for those who question extraordinary or baseless scientific claims.

“Our best hope now is that President Trump might be moved by the loss of American prestige, heeds the counsel of experts rather than ideologues, and rejoins the international community in this critical project,” said Blumner. “One way or the other, the reality of climate change will catch up to us all.”

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The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization headquartered in Amherst, New York, with executive offices in Washington, D.C. It is also home to the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and the Council for Secular Humanism. The mission of CFI is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Visit CFI on the web at www.centerforinquiry.net. 

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Paris Withdrawal Would Turn U.S. to a Rogue State, says Center for Inquiry

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May 31, 2017

The Center for Inquiry emphatically denounced President Trump’s reported decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, condemning the administration’s rejection of science, its indifference to global catastrophe, and the erosion of America’s status as a world power.

“This is a wholesale abdication of the United States’ leadership role among nations,” said Robyn Blumner, President and CEO of the Center for Inquiry. “It sends the unmistakable message that this administration not only ignores science, but is indifferent to the suffering and upheaval of unmitigated climate change that billions of people will endure for generations.

The Paris climate accord is a non-binding international agreement, an expression of a nation’s sincere intention to pursue certain goals to lessen the rise in global temperatures by reducing carbon emissions. Apart from the U.S., which news outlets have reported is ready to withdraw, only Nicaragua and Syria have rejected the agreement.

“Should he go through with withdrawal from the climate accord, the president will be turning his back on the rest of the world while it almost literally burns,” said Blumner. “Having isolated our country, the president would be transforming America from a global superpower to a rogue state.”

The Center for Inquiry seeks to advance reason, science, and humanist values, and combating science denialism, pseudoscience, and misinformation are at the core of its mission. In 2015, CFI’s Committee for Skeptical Inquiry succeeded in changing some of the language around climate change, as when its efforts led the Associated Press to begin referring to those who reject the reality of climate change as “doubters” rather than “skeptics,” a term that should be reserved for those who question extraordinary or baseless scientific claims.

“Our best hope now is that President Trump might be moved by the loss of American prestige, heeds the counsel of experts rather than ideologues, and rejoins the international community in this critical project,” said Blumner. “One way or the other, the reality of climate change will catch up to us all.”

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The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization headquartered in Amherst, New York, with executive offices in Washington, D.C. It is also home to the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and the Council for Secular Humanism. The mission of CFI is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Visit CFI on the web at www.centerforinquiry.net. 

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Mediware to Acquire Kinnser Software

Transaction expands Mediware’s offering as the leading software provider to the alternate care market
Transaction backed by TPG Capital

LENEXA, KS, May 30, 2017 – Mediware Information Systems, Inc. announced today that it has finalized an agreement to acquire Kinnser Software, Inc., the leading provider of software solutions for home health and hospice providers. The transaction, backed by TPG Capital, enables Mediware to expand its portfolio in the home health and hospice space, creating an integrated, high-growth software provider for the alternate care market. Mediware is purchasing Kinnser from Insight Venture Partners. The transaction is expected to close at the end of the second quarter and is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

“Kinnser’s intuitive platform provides Mediware with additional depth, expertise, and capabilities to strengthen our platform in the home health and hospice space,” said Thomas Mann, CEO of Mediware. “This transaction marks our next step as we continue to expand our offering as the leading, integrated supplier of software solutions for alternate care providers. With Kinnser, we add home health and hospice to our leading positions in software solutions for home IV, home medical equipment and rehabilitation providers. We are excited to work together to continue to accelerate Mediware’s growth.”

Kinnser’s software helps more than 4,000 home health, hospice, and private duty home care professionals efficiently manage and streamline workflow operations. The company’s core products, Kinnser Agency Manager and Kinnser Hospice, offer software solutions for electronic medical record keeping, revenue cycle management, financial reporting, and quality assurance. Kinnser was founded in 2003 by CEO Chris Hester.

We are committed to providing our customers with innovative solutions that support excellent care and profitable growth, making them more competitive in the rapidly changing fields of home health and hospice,” said Chris Hester, Founder and CEO of Kinnser. “This combination with Mediware enables us to expand our offerings and serve even more customers. We thank Insight Venture Partners and Georgian Partners for their partnership and look forward to our next chapter with Mediware and TPG. Personally, I am excited to continue to lead Kinnser and to partner with Mediware as we realize the exciting potential together in our businesses.”

“It has been a pleasure to partner with Chris Hester and Kinnser as the company has scaled,” said Richard Wells, Managing Director at Insight Venture Partners. “Kinnser’s impressive leadership team and employees will be a strong addition to Mediware.”

In February, TPG Capital closed its acquisition of Mediware. Mediware is a leading supplier of software as a service (“SaaS”) and other software platforms for non-acute care, human and social services, blood management and medication management. Mediware is focused on delivering high-quality solutions to meet the demands of complex workflows in demanding regulatory environments.

“As experienced investors in software and healthcare, we have witnessed the role that innovation can play in advancing the industry’s infrastructure. Alternate care providers are continuing to see growth in patient volumes and are relying on technology as a low-cost and efficient management solution,” said Nehal Raj and Jeff Rhodes, Partners at TPG. “We partnered with Mediware because we saw a compelling opportunity to invest in a high-quality software provider that will continue to benefit from these trends. Kinnser fits well within this vision, and broadens our end-market breadth within alternate care settings. This transformative acquisition diversifies and strengthens Mediware’s business, and is a product of our focused strategy to drive both organic and inorganic growth at Mediware.”

TPG has previously invested in a number of companies in the healthcare IT sector, including Evolent Health, IMS Health and Quintiles (QuintilesIMS). The firm is an experienced investor in both the software and healthcare sectors. Select software investments include CCC Information Services, EverFi, Eze Software, Intergraph, and Vertafore. The firm’s healthcare investments include Adare Pharmaceuticals, EnvisionRx, Fenwal, Par Pharmaceutical (Endo), and Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA).

BofA Merrill Lynch and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey acted as financial advisors to Mediware and TPG. Ropes & Gray LLP served as legal counsel to Mediware and TPG. William Blair & Company acted as exclusive financial advisor to Kinnser and Insight Venture Partners. Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP served as legal counsel to Kinnser and Insight Venture Partners.

About Mediware

Since 1980, Mediware has provided software solutions to healthcare providers and has since expanded to serve many state and federal agencies. Mediware’s solutions are perfect for high-growth, complex patient care environments that remain underserved by existing vendors. The company employs more than 650 subject matter experts who deeply understand business and care processes in highly specialized acute, non-acute, and community-based care settings and have years of experience integrating systems. Mediware’s portfolio of solutions currently includes human and social services, blood solutions, cellular therapy, homecare, medication management, rehabilitation, and respiratory therapy. For more information about Mediware products and services, visit www.Mediware.com.

About Kinnser

Software® Kinnser Software, Inc. provides web-based solutions that deliver clinical and business results to the home health, hospice, and private duty industries. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, Kinnser Software serves more than 4,000 home health, hospice, therapy, and private duty home care providers nationwide. Every day, Kinnser helps tens of thousands of clinicians and other staff in post-acute health care to manage scheduling, billing, electronic visit verification, day-to-day operations, and patient referrals. Learn more at www.kinnser.com.

About TPG
TPG is a leading global alternative asset firm founded in 1992 with approximately $72 billion of assets under management and offices in Austin, Beijing, Boston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, and Singapore. TPG’s investment platforms are across a wide range of asset classes, including private equity, growth venture, real estate, credit, and public equity. TPG aims to build dynamic products and options for its investors while also instituting discipline and operational excellence across its investment strategies and the performance of its portfolio. For more information, visit www.tpg.com.

President of Human Rights Council appoints Members of Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar

Geneva, 30 May 2017 — The President of the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Joaquín Alexander Maza Martelli (El Salvador), announced today the appointment of Ms. Indira Jaising (India), Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy (Sri Lanka) and Mr. Christopher Dominic Sidoti (Australia) to serve as the three members of the Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar. Ms. Jaising will serve as Chair of the three-person mission. 

On 24 March 2017, at its thirty-fourth session, the Council decided to urgently dispatch an independent international fact-finding mission, to be appointed by the President of the Council, to “establish facts and circumstances of the alleged recent human rights violations by military and security forces, and abuses, in Myanmar, in particular in Rakhine State”.  

Through Human Rights Council resolution 34/22, the 47-member body mandated the members of the mission to look into, inter alia, allegations of arbitrary detention, torture and inhuman treatment, rape and other forms of sexual violence, extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary killings, enforced disappearances, forced displacement and unlawful destruction of property. The mission members, who will serve in their personal capacities, are also mandated to carry out their work with a view to ensuring full accountability for the perpetrators of these acts and justice for the victims.  

The Council also encouraged the Government of Myanmar to fully cooperate with the fact-finding mission by making available the findings of their domestic investigations and by granting full, unrestricted and unmonitored access to all areas and interlocutors. The Council also stressed the need for the mission to be provided with all necessary resources and expertise necessary to carry out its mandate.  

The fact-finding mission is scheduled to present an oral update to the Human Rights Council at its thirty-sixth session in September this year and a full report at its thirty-seventh session in March 2018.  

The members of the Mission are expected to meet in Geneva in the coming weeks to plan their agenda and work for the months ahead.  

Biographies of the members of the Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar 

Ms. Indira Jaising (India) is an advocate of the Supreme Court of India, and former CEDAW member (2009-2012). She co-founded the Lawyers Collective in 1981, an NGO devoted to the defence of human rights and women’s rights. She was India’s first woman to be designated a Senior Advocate by the High Court of Bombay in 1986, and first female Additional Solicitor General of the country from 2009 until 2014. She drafted India’s first domestic violence act, allowing women to bring civil and criminal suits against attackers for the first time. She graduated in law with an LLB degree in 1964. Ms. Jaising holds a post graduate degree in law from University of Bombay and received a fellowship from the Institute of Advanced Legal studies of the University of London in 1970. She has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University New York, and Bok Visiting International Professor at University of Pennsylvania (2015).  

Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy (Sri Lanka) is a lawyer by training and a civil society member of the Constitutional Council, formerly the Chairperson of the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission (2003-2006) and the Director of the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (1984-2006). She has worked as the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women (1994-2003), and as Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict (2006-2012). In 2014, Ms. Coomaraswamy was appointed by the Un Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon as lead author on the Global Study on the implementation of UNSC Resolution 1325, on Women, Peace and Security. As an academic, she is a Global Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law. She received her B.A. from Yale University, her J.D. from Columbia University, an LL.M. from Harvard University and honorary PhDs from Amherst College, the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, the University of Edinburgh, University of Ulster, the University of Essex and the CUNY School of Law, amongst others.  

Mr. Christopher Dominic Sidoti (Australia) is an international human rights consultant, specializing in the international human rights system and in national human rights institutions who, since 2000, has provided consultancy services on human rights law and practices to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNDP, UNICEF, the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions and several national human rights institutions. He was director of the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR; 2003-2007), served as Australian Human Rights Commissioner (1995-2000), Australian Law Reform Commissioner (1992-1995) and Foundation Director of the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (1987-1992). From 1999 to 2013 he was principal facilitator and interlocutor in a human rights initiative between the Government of Australia and the Government of Myanmar. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Sydney, Griffith University (Queensland), University of the Sunshine Coast (Queensland) and the Australian Catholic University. Mr. Sidoti holds a Bachelor of Arts, major in government, and a Bachelor of Laws.  

BIG & FABULOUS Heads to Book Expo America May 31-June 2

Industry: Book Promotion

With 8 Awards in her pocket, Randi M Sherman sends her latest humor novel to the fair. BIG & Fabulous, The Life and Times of Brenda Cankles will be in NYC at BEA

San Francisco (PRUnderground) May 30th, 2017

Award Winning novel, BIG & Fabulous, The Life and Times of Brenda Cankles by Randi M Sherman will be on display in booth #1657 at this year’s Book Expo in New York City, March 31-June 2.

Make a point of stopping by the Combined Book Exhibit (CBE) Booth # 1657 and/ or check out http://secure.combinedbook.com/big-fabulous_168284.html  and Friday’s Publishers Weekly ad.

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All rights are available for this contemporary and hilarious novel about Brenda Cankles, a plus size warrior who, unfazed by the enduring censure of society, she is determined to realize the fabulous life that she has always believed is her destiny.

The emphasis is on positive self-image as Sherman combines with her bold, funny insight and a bitingly smart character and this important message. Inside the covers of BIG & Fabulous, readers will find no shortage of acidly hilarious accounts of the highs and lows of living life in a big and fabulous body.

BIG & Fabulous, The Life and Times of Brenda Cankles is a winner!

2017 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Best Fiction Novel * 2017 Los Angeles Book Festival Winner * 2017 San Francisco Book Festival Winner * 2017 ABF International Book Award Finalist *2017 NIEA Finalist * 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist * 2017 Indie Press Award Distinguished Favorite * 2017 Paris Book Festival – and more to come

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UN Economic and Social Council Special Meeting to focus on SDG9

NEW YORK, 29 May 2017 – A Special Meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will focus on innovations in infrastructure development and promoting sustainable industrialization. The event, on 31 May in New York, will highlight the relevance of Sustainable Development Goal 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure, and its inter-linkages with other Goals and targets.

Resilient infrastructure and sustainable industrialization are key enablers of poverty eradication and can promote inclusion, connectivity and equality within societies.  However, these sectors can be complex and expensive to develop, especially in countries in Africa and countries in special situations. The ECOSOC Special Meeting aims to bring the challenges involved to the attention of national, regional and international actors, and to forge solutions to bridge the gaps in infrastructure, industrialization and innovation across countries.

The United Nations Industrialization Development Organization (UNIDO) Director General, LI Yong, will be speaking at the opening session, along with a number of other high-level speakers, including the President of ECOSOC, Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava;  the President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson;  the UN Under-Secretary-General of Department of Economic and Social Affairs, WU Hongbo; and the Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano da Silva.

The event’s three sessions will focus on the industrialization-infrastructure nexus in developing countries; on the potential of agro-industry and agricultural systems for sustainable development; and on means of building capacities and mobilizing resources for infrastructure, industrialization and innovation.

UNIDO’s innovative model for accelerating inclusive and sustainable industrial development, the Programme for Country Partnership, and the Accelerated Agribusiness and Agro-industry Initiative (3ADI+) will be highlighted as possible initiatives which, if endorsed by the Council, would help advance SDG9.

UNIDO strongly believe that these initiatives have been and will continue to be strong tools with which to achieve poverty eradication, as well as to achieve numerous SDGs targeting food security, improved health and well-being, reduced inequality, resource and energy efficiency, and greenhouse gas reduction.

The Special Meeting will bring together high-level representatives of Member States, representatives of the United Nations system, international organizations, civil society and other non-governmental organizations, academia and the private sector.