1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer Named Best of Show at the 67th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

204 Cars From 15 Countries and 54 First-Time Entrants2017 Charitable Donations Top $1.6 Million

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif., Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Just a week ago, Bruce R. McCaw's 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer emerged from the restoration shop of Steve Babinsky in Lebanon, New Jersey. Today, having crossed the country, the boattailed beauty captured the top prize at the prestigious 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

"This Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer is a combination of speed, style and power," said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. "Somehow these three elements—along with those fantastic torpedo running boards—become the very definition of elegance."

The sporting tourer was first delivered to a Captain Miller on behalf of Earl Howe, who founded the British Racing Drivers' Club.

"We've had the car for several years," said McCaw, of Bellevue, Washington. "The question was whether or not to restore it. I always hate to restore something that doesn't need it. But we finally found enough pictures that we knew the car needed to be restored."

The car retains its original Marchal lighting equipment and chrome-plated wheels; these are complemented by low-cut doors and unusual torpedo-style running boards. The rich blue color was inspired by a dress made of peacock feathers in the 1850s.

In the final circle, Bruce was up against his brother John McCaw who, with wife Gwen McCaw, competed for Best of Show with their 1957 Ferrari 315 S Scaglietti Spyder. Also there was a 1932 Packard 906 Twin Six Dietrich Convertible Victoria owned by William E. (Chip) Connor of Reno, Nevada.

The 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, held on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links, drew 204 cars from 15 countries and 31 states—and the total included 54 first-time entrants.

This year's event also raised more than $1.6 million to help people in need. Through the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, the primary charitable partner of the Concours, these charitable funds will benefit over 80 local charities.

Celebrity guests in attendance included Jay Leno, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Strahan, Jerry Seinfeld, and Chief Creative Officer of Pixar John Lasseter.

The 68th Pebble Beach Concours will be held on Sunday, August 26. For more information, please visit www.pebblebeachconcours.net.

 

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Scoot spreads its wings into new markets with Worldpay

New partnership sees payment acceptance rates climb to 90%

HONG KONG and SYDNEY, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Scoot Tigerair Pte. Ltd. (Scoot), the low-cost airline indirect subsidiary of Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA), has selected Worldpay as its exclusive payments provider. On the 25th July 2017 Scoot Pte. Ltd. and Tiger Airways Singapore Pte. Ltd. amalgamated to become one entity under the name Scoot Tigerair Pte. Ltd.

Following the amalgamation, Scoot sought a strategic payments provider that could help grow its international and long-haul business as a new integrated brand, particularly in key global markets such as Asia Pacific and EMEA.  As a leader in card payments with truly global coverage, Worldpay was ideally placed to deliver an end-to-end payments solution to improve the customer experience and ultimately sell more online tickets to travellers. Since partnering with Worldpay, the airline has seen payment acceptance rates soar to 90% across all markets.

With extensive experience in the airline industry, Worldpay offers a wealth of expertise in managing the complexities of international eCommerce, including supporting online payments in multiple currencies, optimising the booking process, and integrating with multiple global distribution systems. Worldpay is also enabling Scoot to accept a growing range of payment methods favoured by travellers across the region, including Alipay and China Union Pay in China, Konbini in Japan, and POLi Payments and PayPal in Australia.

New data analytics capabilities will also see Scoot able to unlock the value of its payments data for the first time, and by selecting Worldpay as its exclusive payments provider, the low cost carrier will also save time and resources by not dealing with multiple suppliers. With new insight from Worldpay, the brand is now able to optimise eCommerce business, increasing online sales, and identifying cost-saving opportunities.

Leslie Thng, Chief Commercial Officer at Scoot said: "We see Worldpay as the ideal partner to support our aggressive growth plan, and reduce our time-to-market into each new region. Our new Singapore-Athens route launched earlier this month, and with plans to launch five more new destinations in the next 12 months, we need a payments solution to support our global vision. We are delighted that our collaboration with Worldpay has been so successful, with a seamless on-boarding process and continuous support as we launch into new markets." 

Ng Long Jian, VP Finance, at Scoot added: "Working alongside Worldpay has given us a competitive edge in the market. By working with a single payment provider, we have been able to save time, money and resources as we expand our global network. Having such a wealth of data analytics at our fingertips has also been invaluable. With full visibility of our transaction history and consumer spending patterns, we have already been able to identify cost-saving measures to fine tune our online business."

Stuart Thornton, VP Business Development APAC, Global eCom, Worldpay, commented:  "The global carrier market has never been more competitive, so it is vital that our customers optimise their online services as they expand internationally.  Singapore's flagship airline group has embarked on an ambitious growth programme with its low-cost, long-haul offering. But by putting payments at the heart of its eCommerce strategy, Scoot has been able to cut costs, while increasing sales, helping to improve competitiveness and ensure sustainable profitability in an exciting yet challenging market."

About Worldpay

Worldpay is a leading payments company with global reach. We provide an extensive range of technology-led payment products and services to around 400,000 customers, enabling their businesses to grow and prosper. We manage the increasing complexity of the payments landscape for our customers, allowing them to accept the widest range of payment types around the world. Using our network and technology, we are able to process payments from geographies covering 99% of global GDP, across 146 countries and 126 currencies. We help our customers to accept more than 300 different payment types.

For more information, visit http://www.worldpay.com/global/about/regional-expertise/asia-pacific

About Scoot

Scoot™, the low-cost, medium-to-long haul arm of the Singapore Airlines Group managed by Budget Aviation Holdings, has carried over seven million guests since taking to the skies in June 2012. The world's first all 787 Dreamliner fleet operates between Singapore and Sydney, Gold Coast, Bangkok, Taipei, Tokyo, Tianjin, Shenyang, Nanjing, Qingdao, Seoul, Hong Kong, Perth, Osaka, Kaohsiung, Hangzhou, Melbourne, Guangzhou, Jeddah, Chennai, Amritsar, Sapporo, Dalian and Athens. Scoot provides – in addition to fantastic value airfares -- a safe, reliable and contemporary travel experience with a unique attitude -- Scootitude™. Offering amenities including on-board Wi-Fi Internet connectivity and in-seat power as well as the ability to redeem and accrue Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles, Scoot was voted 2015, 2016 and 2017 Best Low Cost Airline (Asia/Pacific) by AirlineRatings.com and ranked in the Top 10 of the World's Best Low-Cost Airlines in 2015 by Skytrax. Scoot is passionate about changing the way people travel long distance.

For more information, please contact:

Global eCom

Email

 Telephone

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emily.lahey@worldpay.com

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Scoot spreads its wings into new markets with Worldpay

New partnership sees payment acceptance rates climb to 90%

HONG KONG and SYDNEY, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Scoot Tigerair Pte. Ltd. (Scoot), the low-cost airline indirect subsidiary of Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA), has selected Worldpay as its exclusive payments provider. On the 25th July 2017 Scoot Pte. Ltd. and Tiger Airways Singapore Pte. Ltd. amalgamated to become one entity under the name Scoot Tigerair Pte. Ltd.

Following the amalgamation, Scoot sought a strategic payments provider that could help grow its international and long-haul business as a new integrated brand, particularly in key global markets such as Asia Pacific and EMEA.  As a leader in card payments with truly global coverage, Worldpay was ideally placed to deliver an end-to-end payments solution to improve the customer experience and ultimately sell more online tickets to travellers. Since partnering with Worldpay, the airline has seen payment acceptance rates soar to 90% across all markets.

With extensive experience in the airline industry, Worldpay offers a wealth of expertise in managing the complexities of international eCommerce, including supporting online payments in multiple currencies, optimising the booking process, and integrating with multiple global distribution systems. Worldpay is also enabling Scoot to accept a growing range of payment methods favoured by travellers across the region, including Alipay and China Union Pay in China, Konbini in Japan, and POLi Payments and PayPal in Australia.

New data analytics capabilities will also see Scoot able to unlock the value of its payments data for the first time, and by selecting Worldpay as its exclusive payments provider, the low cost carrier will also save time and resources by not dealing with multiple suppliers. With new insight from Worldpay, the brand is now able to optimise eCommerce business, increasing online sales, and identifying cost-saving opportunities.

Leslie Thng, Chief Commercial Officer at Scoot said: "We see Worldpay as the ideal partner to support our aggressive growth plan, and reduce our time-to-market into each new region. Our new Singapore-Athens route launched earlier this month, and with plans to launch five more new destinations in the next 12 months, we need a payments solution to support our global vision. We are delighted that our collaboration with Worldpay has been so successful, with a seamless on-boarding process and continuous support as we launch into new markets." 

Ng Long Jian, VP Finance, at Scoot added: "Working alongside Worldpay has given us a competitive edge in the market. By working with a single payment provider, we have been able to save time, money and resources as we expand our global network. Having such a wealth of data analytics at our fingertips has also been invaluable. With full visibility of our transaction history and consumer spending patterns, we have already been able to identify cost-saving measures to fine tune our online business."

Stuart Thornton, VP Business Development APAC, Global eCom, Worldpay, commented:  "The global carrier market has never been more competitive, so it is vital that our customers optimise their online services as they expand internationally.  Singapore's flagship airline group has embarked on an ambitious growth programme with its low-cost, long-haul offering. But by putting payments at the heart of its eCommerce strategy, Scoot has been able to cut costs, while increasing sales, helping to improve competitiveness and ensure sustainable profitability in an exciting yet challenging market."

About Worldpay

Worldpay is a leading payments company with global reach. We provide an extensive range of technology-led payment products and services to around 400,000 customers, enabling their businesses to grow and prosper. We manage the increasing complexity of the payments landscape for our customers, allowing them to accept the widest range of payment types around the world. Using our network and technology, we are able to process payments from geographies covering 99% of global GDP, across 146 countries and 126 currencies. We help our customers to accept more than 300 different payment types.

For more information, visit http://www.worldpay.com/global/about/regional-expertise/asia-pacific

About Scoot

Scoot™, the low-cost, medium-to-long haul arm of the Singapore Airlines Group managed by Budget Aviation Holdings, has carried over seven million guests since taking to the skies in June 2012. The world's first all 787 Dreamliner fleet operates between Singapore and Sydney, Gold Coast, Bangkok, Taipei, Tokyo, Tianjin, Shenyang, Nanjing, Qingdao, Seoul, Hong Kong, Perth, Osaka, Kaohsiung, Hangzhou, Melbourne, Guangzhou, Jeddah, Chennai, Amritsar, Sapporo, Dalian and Athens. Scoot provides – in addition to fantastic value airfares -- a safe, reliable and contemporary travel experience with a unique attitude -- Scootitude™. Offering amenities including on-board Wi-Fi Internet connectivity and in-seat power as well as the ability to redeem and accrue Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles, Scoot was voted 2015, 2016 and 2017 Best Low Cost Airline (Asia/Pacific) by AirlineRatings.com and ranked in the Top 10 of the World's Best Low-Cost Airlines in 2015 by Skytrax. Scoot is passionate about changing the way people travel long distance.

For more information, please contact:

Global eCom

Email

 Telephone

Emily Lahey, PR Director

emily.lahey@worldpay.com

+44 (0) 203 664 5663

Golin



Candy Xie

cxie@golin.com

+1 (852) 2501 7949

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More Access to Africa on Delta with New York-JFK Nonstop Service to Lagos

Service will complement existing Lagos service from Atlanta, resulting in daily service for Nigeria's largest city

NEW YORK, Aug. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) is offering customers a new way to reach Lagos, Nigeria, beginning March 24, 2018, via new service from the airline's New York-JFK hub. Flights will operate three times weekly, complementing the existing four-times-weekly service from Atlanta.

"JFK is one of Delta's gateways to the world, and we're proud to make that world a little smaller with the launch of service to Lagos," said Henry Kuykendall, Delta's Vice President-New York. "This new route to the African continent joins existing service from JFK to Dakar and Accra, and follows new trans-Atlantic routes to Lisbon, Berlin and Glasgow that began this spring. We're proud to continue to grow and refine our network to serve the more than 27 million Delta customers that pass through New York every year."

Delta's New York-JFK – Lagos service is scheduled to operate as follows:

Flight Number

Departs

Arrives

Days of Operation

DL415

New York-JFK at 10:50 p.m.

Lagos at 2:05 p.m.  (next day)

Tue., Thurs., Sun.

DL215

Lagos at 10:30 p.m.

New York-JFK at 5:30 a.m. (next day)

Mon., Wed., Fri.

The onboard experience between New York-JFK and Lagos will be on the Airbus A330-200 aircraft, featuring 34 lie-flat seats with direct-aisle access in Delta One, 32 in Delta Comfort+ and 168 seats in the Main Cabin. Complimentary meals, including chef-curated and locally sourced fare and beverages will be provided in all cabins. Additionally, in the Delta One cabin, customers will enjoy Westin Heavenly In-Flight Bedding, noise-canceling LSTN headphones and TUMI amenity kits featuring Kiehl's Since 1851 premium skincare products.

Delta is the leading U.S. airline in Africa and flies to four cities:  Accra, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal; and Johannesburg, South Africa; in addition to Lagos, where Delta will mark its 10th anniversary of service in December.

"Nigeria has been a strategically important market for Delta over the past 10 years and is a mainstay in our African network," said Dwight James, Delta's Senior Vice President – Trans-Atlantic. "As we look ahead to the next decade, we are improving the product offering with the A330 and increasing the number of seats from Lagos."

Delta Air Lines serves more than 180 million customers each year. In 2017, Delta was named to Fortune's top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the sixth time in seven years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented six consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 329 destinations in 59 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry's leading transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK and LaGuardia, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Seoul, and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products and services, and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on the Delta News Hub, as well as delta.com, Twitter @DeltaNewsHub, Google.com/+Delta, and Facebook.com/delta.

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Visit Seattle Sets Sail in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Nikki Henderson, 24-Year-Old from Guildford, England to Skipper the Visit Seattle Yacht, Leading 60 Amateur Crew Members Around the World, Including Two from Seattle Who Will Sail the Full Race

SEATTLE, Aug. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Once around the world was not enough. The 70-foot racing yacht Visit Seattle -namesake of Seattle's official destination marketing organization and second-time race sponsor – is setting sail again to compete against 11 teams in the 2017-18 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race that leaves Liverpool August 20. The race spans 40,000 nautical miles and includes visits to 13 international ports over the next 11 months.

Following an exciting showing in the 2015-16 race, Visit Seattle is thrilled to once again promote the Emerald City as a sought-after international tourist destination and business hub while cheering on Nicola "Nikki" Henderson, the youngest captain in Clipper Round the World history. Nikki's crew of amateur sailors includes five from Seattle, including Shannon Dean, a 54-year-old nurse, and Marek Omilian, a 53-year-old consultant, who will sail eight legs over the next 11 months.

Visit Seattle's sail and hull display Seattle's destination brand colors and logos from co-sponsor the Seattle Sports Commission, as well as host port partner the Port of Seattle's Bell Harbor Marina and hotel partner the Seattle Marriott Waterfront.

"The ongoing partnership between Visit Seattle and Clipper Round the World shines a global spotlight on Seattle as a world-class visitor destination and center of business innovation," said Tom Norwalk, President & CEO of Visit Seattle. "Each port of call presents an opportunity to connect and engage with potential visitors and business partners. And, as the drama of the race unfolds on the world stage, the Visit Seattle brand flies full sail while our intrepid crew embraces the spirit of adventure."

"Participating as a sponsor of the Clipper Race is about so much more than logos on a yacht," said Ralph Morton, Executive Director, Seattle Sports Commission. "It is an authentic platform for our city with its own distinct maritime history to extend a "Visit Seattle" invitation around the globe during this once-in-a-lifetime adventure."

In April 2018, Seattle will welcome all Clipper Round the World yachts, including Visit Seattle, as they enter the Puget Sound and the Port of Seattle's Bell Harbor Marina from Qingdao, China before heading to Panama.

"The Seattle stopover certainly made its mark on our international race crew, friends, family and business partners during the last race and I am pleased that we will return to the Emerald City once again," said Clipper Race Founder and Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. "Like our race crews, the people of Seattle have a strong sense of adventure and the support received from the city and its residents as the fleet raced around the world was fantastic. The welcome and hospitality provided by locals and businesses during the race's visit to Seattle was first-class and has put the city firmly on the map as a popular race destination to visit and do business with and we hope to build on the relationships created."

Port of Seattle Commissioner Fred Felleman welcomes the race's return saying: "The Port of Seattle is a proud sponsor and host of the Clipper Race at our Bell Harbor Marina in April 2018. The Port's involvement in this unique international maritime competition is to highlight the Port's contribution to putting Seattle on the world stage - providing global connections by air and sea. Seattle is a world-class destination for the adventure-seeking sailor due to its stunning waterways and cultural richness that has created an ecologically-minded and entrepreneurial community."

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the only event of its kind for amateur sailors. Approximately 40 percent of the crewmembers are novices and have never sailed prior to completing their comprehensive training program ahead of their adventure. Following the success of the Clipper Race partnership, 14 crew members from Washington State, including five from Seattle, have signed up to participate in the 2017-2018 race edition.

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, which has UNICEF as the official Charity Partner, is the world's greatest ocean adventure and regarded as one of the toughest endurance challenges on the planet. The race spans 40,000 nautical miles, beginning in August 2017, takes almost a year to complete and consists of 12 teams competing against each other on the world's largest matched fleet of ocean-racing yachts.

Follow along as Visit Seattle sets sail around the world. For more information, visit: www.clipperroundtheworld.com. For images and footage of the Clipper Race, please register for free to receive immediate access to the Clipper Round the World media portal: http://mediaportal.clipperroundtheworld.com/. To watch footage from the Clipper 2015-16 Race visit to Seattle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9WNKT1U5EQ. To watch footage from the Mighty Pacific Leg to Seattle from Qingdao, China: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO5Wr-R3Og0

About Visit Seattle 
Visit Seattle, a private, nonprofit marketing organization, has served as Seattle/King County's official destination marketing organization (DMO) for more than 50 years. The goal of these marketing efforts is to enhance the employment opportunities and economic prosperity of the region. For more information, visit www.visitseattle.org.

About the Seattle Sports Commission:
The Seattle Sports Commission (SSC), a division of Visit Seattle, is committed to making Seattle a world-class sports community.  Sports have the opportunity to bring the world to Seattle and bring our region together.  A strong sports culture can strengthen local businesses, local kids, and local pride. www.seattlesports.org.

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Statement by Harry Sargeant III on Sargeant Marine and Brazilian Car Wash Probe

WASHINGTON, Aug.19, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Responding to news of the widening Brazilian Car Wash graft probe, Harry Sargeant III issued the following statement regarding his non-involvement and non-ownership of Sargeant Marine:

"Sargeant Marine, the entity recently ensnared in the Brazilian Car Wash graft probe, was and is a company owned, controlled, and operated by my father and brothers. I have had no ownership of or involvement in the business and affairs of Sargeant Marine including without limitation any conduct associated with the Brazilian transactions forming part of the "Lava Jato" probe.  While I have no involvement whatsoever in this company, I am prepared to cooperate fully with the Brazilian and other authorities in connection with their ongoing investigation and prosecution of corrupt activities by Sargeant Marine and any others."

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Wreckage from the USS Indianapolis Located in the Philippine Sea 72 Years after It Was Torpedoed and Sunk During Final Days of World War II

Expedition Led by Microsoft Co-founder and Philanthropist Paul G. Allen Used Advanced Technologies and Newly Discovered Data

SEATTLE, Aug. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Wreckage from the USS Indianapolis was discovered on Aug. 18 by the expedition crew of Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel, which is owned by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen. The Indianapolis was found 5,500 meters below the surface, resting on the floor of the North Pacific Ocean.

"To be able to honor the brave men of the USS Indianapolis and their families through the discovery of a ship that played such a significant role during World War II is truly humbling," Mr. Allen said. "As Americans, we all owe a debt of gratitude to the crew for their courage, persistence and sacrifice in the face of horrendous circumstances.  While our search for the rest of the wreckage will continue, I hope everyone connected to this historic ship will feel some measure of closure at this discovery so long in coming." 

The Indianapolis was tragically lost in the final days of World War II when it was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the early morning hours of July 30, 1945. The Indianapolis sank in 12 minutes, making it impossible to deploy much of its life-saving equipment. Prior to the attack, the Indianapolis had just completed its secret mission of delivering components of one of the two nuclear weapons that were dropped on Japan. Of the 1,196 sailors and Marines onboard, only 317 survived.

"Even in the worst defeats and disasters there is valor and sacrifice that deserve to never be forgotten," said Sam Cox, Director of the Naval History and Heritage Command. "They can serve as inspiration to current and future Sailors enduring situations of mortal peril. There are also lessons learned, and in the case of the Indianapolis, lessons re-learned, that need to be preserved and passed on, so the same mistakes can be prevented, and lives saved."

"For more than two decades I've been working with the survivors. To a man, they have longed for the day when their ship would be found, solving their final mystery," said Capt. William Toti (Ret), spokesperson for the survivors of the USS Indianapolis. "They all know this is now a war memorial, and are grateful for the respect and dignity that Paul Allen and his team have paid to one of the most tangible manifestations of the pain and sacrifice of our World War II veterans."

As the naval flagship of the Fifth Fleet, the sunken Indianapolis was the object of many previous search efforts. Mr. Allen had recently acquired and retrofitted the 250-foot R/V Petrel with state-of-the-art subsea equipment capable of diving to 6,000 meters (or three and a half miles).  

"The Petrel and its capabilities, the technology it has and the research we've done, are the culmination of years of dedication and hard work," said Robert Kraft, director of subsea operations for Mr. Allen.  "We've assembled and integrated this technology, assets and unique capability into an operating platform which is now one among very few on the planet."

The other key factor in the discovery was information that surfaced in 2016 by Dr. Richard Hulver, historian with the Naval History and Heritage Command, which led to a new search area to the west of the original presumed position.

By finally identifying a naval landing craft that had recorded a sighting of the USS Indianapolis the night that it was torpedoed, the research team developed a new position and estimated search, which was still a daunting 600 square miles of open ocean. 

Allen-led expeditions have also resulted in the discovery of the Japanese battleship Musashi (March 2015) and the Italian WWII destroyer Artigliere (March 2017). His team was also responsible for retrieving and restoring the ship's bell from the HMS Hood for presentation to the British Navy in honor of its heroic service. Mr. Allen's expedition team was recently transferred to the newly acquired and retrofitted R/V Petrel specifically for continuing exploration and research efforts.

The 16-person expedition team on the R/V Petrel will continue the process of surveying the full site as weather permits and will be conducting a live tour of the wreckage in the next few weeks. The USS Indianapolis remains the property of the U.S. Navy and its location will remain confidential and restricted by the Navy. The crew of the R/V Petrel has been collaborating with Navy authorities throughout its search operations and will continue to work on plans to honor the 22 crew members still alive today, as well as the families of all those who served on the highly decorated cruiser. 

For more information, contact:
Press@vulcan.com, 206-342-2230

The following link provides visual assets, materials and video interviews from:

  • Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen
  • Director of subsea operations for Mr. Allen, Robert Kraft
  • Director of the Naval History and Heritage Comment, Sam Cox
  • Naval Historian Dr. Richard Hulver
  • B-roll of the R/V Petrel in its search for the U.S.S. Indianapolis
  • Historic photos of the U.S.S. Indianapolis

The following links are recommended resources provided by Dr. Hulver and provide the history of the USS Indianapolis.

About Paul G. Allen

Four decades after co-founding Microsoft, entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul G. Allen is still exploring the frontiers of technology and human knowledge, and acting to change the future.  Mr. Allen is working to save endangered species; combat climate change; improve ocean health; share art, history and film; develop new technology; tackle epidemics; research how the human brain works; and build sustainable communities.

Mr. Allen is deeply committed to honoring our past and the lessons it provides to our future. He has created public spaces including the Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Collection, MoPOP and the Living Computer Museum + Lab —where people learn and interact with historic, cultural and musical heritage. The inaugural Seattle Art Fair helped put the city on the map as one of the premier art destinations in the country. He also thinks globally, making impact investments that will help developing countries expand their health and infrastructure and nurture a diversified economy.

Many of his ventures were seeded in his youth, and reflect the depth and diversity of his passions.  Honoring his father's service in World War II, Mr. Allen is especially interested in collecting and protecting the artifacts that speak to the heroism and service of that day. His recently acquired Research Vessel Petrel provides a platform to search for historic artifacts that have been lost at sea.

To learn more, visit PaulAllen.com.

 

 

 

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TrueNorth Named ATA Corporate Partner for Second Year

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, American Trucking Associations announced TrueNorth Companies, a leading entrepreneurial insurance and financial strategies firm, will continue their relationship with ATA as an ATA Corporate Partner.

"Risk Management is at the core of running and operating a successful transportation business," said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. "We are proud to renew our corporate partnership with TrueNorth and help provide the trucking industry with the tools necessary to move trucking forward."

TrueNorth believes a holistic enterprise risk management plan extends beyond insurance. TrueNorth's Risk Solutions Team helps companies focus on strategies that impact total cost of risk. The team of specialists helps businesses navigate legal and compliance issues, implement cost reducing technologies, manage and mitigate claims, and develop data driven safety and loss prevention strategies to ensure confidence in a company's sustainability and scalability.  

"TrueNorth is excited to continue our efforts in support of the trucking industry as an ATA Corporate Partner," said Trent Tillman, executive vice president of TrueNorth. "We are committed to and aligned with the work of the ATA as we aim to assist transportation companies and their people with protecting and maximizing assets, resources, and opportunities."

TrueNorth understands the pressure trucking companies face when making resource investments. With a properly architected and resourced Enterprise Risk Management Strategy, businesses can create the competitive advantage needed to get, keep and grow customers. TrueNorth's Risk Solutions Team allows trucking companies to tap into their pool of resources in a cost effective way that ensures trucking companies keep pace with the needs of their enterprises. With tools like iNergyBI that allow companies to capture key organizational data and produce results based actions or iNergyRMIS that facilitate claim management in a high-impact way, TrueNorth helps organizations implement the sophistication required for high performance.

ATA's Featured Product list is available at www.atabusinesssolutions.com or by calling 866-821-3468.

TrueNorth® is an entrepreneurial insurance and financial strategies firm focused on providing integrated solutions to clients. Our firm specializes in assisting business and individuals with customized solutions for their insurance and financial strategies needs. For businesses, we provide risk management/property casualty, employee benefits, retirement plans, strategic continuation planning for business succession, consulting and education. We provide additional niche specific services for the construction, medical, and transportation industries. We provide individual solutions in personal home, auto, liability, financial planning and health insurance. Headquartered in Cedar Rapids with additional Iowa locations in Cedar Falls, Des Moines, and the Quad Cities. Across the country, we have sales offices in Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Tennessee, and Texas.

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation's freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on FacebookTrucking Moves America Forward.

 

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Delta and the Seattle Seahawks Renew 12status Program for 2017-2018 Season Giving Fans More Opportunities to Earn Miles

Fans earn miles for passing yards at home and away games this season; membership includes priority boarding on all Delta flights out of Sea-Tac during the season

SEATTLE, Aug. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- After providing Seattle Seahawks fans with more than 50 million miles last season, Delta Air Lines' (NYSE: DAL) 12status fan engagement program returns for the Seahawks' 2017 season with upgraded rewards for fans and an all-star team of ambassadors. This year, Delta will double the opportunities to earn miles by giving 12status members one mile for each passing yard during all home and away games. 12status is open to fans in the state of Washington; 2016 members can renew their eligibility by visiting www.12status.com.

"Last season we registered almost 30,000 Seahawks fans for 12status membership, and we're excited to kick off another year as the Official Airline of the Seahawks," said John Caldwell, Delta Air Lines' Vice President – Seattle. "With opportunities to earn miles at home and away games this season, it's more rewarding than ever to be a Seahawks fan and a Delta SkyMiles Member."

Fans can sign up for 12status at www.12status.com to unlock perks and receive merchandise and exclusive experiences. 12status members are eligible for the following perks and rewards:

  • One mile for every yard thrown by the Seahawks on the field at both home and away games
  • Priority Boarding on all Delta flights out of Sea-Tac during the NFL season beginning Aug. 17, 2017
  • During each home game, two 12status members will be selected for an exclusive Game Day Experience that includes:
    • Reserved parking spot in the North Parking lot at CenturyLink Field
    • Two Delta Sky360 Club Level seats
    • Pre-game sideline passes
  • When the Seahawks take on the Atlanta Falcons (Nov. 20) - twelve 12status members and one guest each will win the Ultimate 12status VIP Experience that includes:
    • Reserved parking in the North Parking lot at CenturyLink Field
    • Two tickets in the "12status Section" where seats will be identified and recognized during the game on the Video Board
    • Seahawks merchandise from the Pro Shop
    • Pre-game sideline passes
    • Post-game opportunity to kick a field goal on the turf at CenturyLink Field
  • Twelve 12status members will receive a $120 Seahawks Pro Shop gift card each month during the season
  • 12status members can stop by the Delta Air Lines booth in Touchdown City before each home game to pick up a special gift

This season, three Seahawks players – Pro Bowl wide receiver Doug Baldwin, three-time All-Pro Linebacker Bobby Wagner, and two-time All-Pro return specialist Tyler Lockett – will serve as program ambassadors. The players will participate in campaign videos, special events and surprise appearances.

The 12status digital hub (www.12status.com) allows members to keep track of miles earned during the season, as well as to keep updated on perks and exclusive offers. The hub also includes each member's official 12status SkyMiles membership badge to be used for priority boarding at Sea-Tac.

In 2015, Delta and the Seahawks celebrated the extension of their sponsorship and Delta's status as Official Airline of the Seattle Seahawks. Delta provides charter service for the team to and from each road game. Delta is also represented at CenturyLink Field with a wraparound entitlement space and the Delta Sky360 Club, which spans the entire Club Level at CenturyLink Field. The airline also supports the team's five-state, 48-station Delta Air Lines Radio Network.

12status is an extension of the airline's You Can't Stop Seattle brand campaign, which reveres Seattleites for their ideas and ambition and celebrates the momentum of the city while telling the story of how Delta helps fuel Seattle's pursuits. It celebrates Delta's relationships with the city's beloved, local teams – including the Seahawks – as well as its support of community organizations close to the hearts of Delta people. You Can't Stop Seattle represents Delta's significant investments in Seattle, which have driven changes across the competitive landscape – from product enhancements, to facility improvements, to financial benefits and community investment.

Delta Air Lines serves more than 180 million customers each year. In 2017, Delta was named to Fortune's top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the sixth time in seven years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented six consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 329 destinations in 59 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry's leading transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK and LaGuardia, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Seoul, and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products and services, and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on the Delta News Hub, as well as delta.com, Twitter @DeltaNewsHub, Google.com/+Delta, and Facebook.com/delta.

No purchase necessary. Must be a WA resident, 18 or older.  Delta SkyMiles account required.  See Terms/details at www.12status.com.

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San Joaquin Regional Transit District Opens First 100 Percent Electric, Zero-Emissions Bus Rapid Transit Route in the U.S.

STOCKTON, Calif., Aug. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will convert its existing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Express Route 44 to 100 percent battery-electric, zero-emissions buses in August.  That BRT route will be the first in the U.S. to feature all-electric bus service.   The BRT buses were designed and built by California-based Proterra, a leading innovator in heavy-duty battery-electric transportation.

At the time of the conversion, Route 44 will be extended to serve passengers from the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) in Central Stockton to as far south as Qantas Lane near Arch-Airport Road.  The change will enable people who work or study at locations such as PG&E, Dorfman Pacific, Venture Academy, San Joaquin County Office of Education, and the Economic Development Department Qantas Lane office, to commute rapidly and economically.

"We at RTD are proud of our history of commitment to clean energy initiatives," said Donna DeMartino, RTD's CEO.  "With the nation's first all-electric BRT route, RTD and Stockton are now leading the charge in providing safe, efficient, reliable, and exceptionally clean transportation to people who live and work in south Stockton."

The benefits of using electric buses include:

  • Cleaner air
  • Quieter operation
  • Reduced maintenance cost

Electric buses can travel up to 40 miles or 2 hours on a charge.  The RTD charging stations take about 10 minutes to completely recharge a bus.

The price of each bus is approximately $850,000.  RTD received grant funding to cover the cost of the new electric buses.

RTD will launch a second all-electric BRT route in January 2018 along the MLK corridor in South Stockton.  That route will connect with RTD's existing three BRT corridors.  

BRT routes move passengers to desired destinations faster than other types of bus routes.

In further support of RTD's commitment to its clean air initiatives, RTD's Board of Directors will be asked to pass an official resolution to declare its intent to convert to 100 percent electric, zero emission buses for all routes serving the City of Stockton by 2025. 

About San Joaquin Regional Transit District:
RTD's mission is to provide a safe, reliable, and efficient transportation system for the region.  For more information visit sjRTD.com, follow RTD on Facebook and Twitter, or call (209) 943-1111.

About Proterra:
Proterra is a leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles, enabling bus fleet operators to significantly reduce operating costs while delivering clean, quiet transportation to local communities across the United States. With more than 400 vehicles sold to 41 different municipal, university, airport and commercial transit agencies in 20 states, Proterra is committed to providing state of the art, high-performance vehicles to meet today's growing market demand. The company's configurable Catalyst platform is capable of serving the full daily mileage needs of the toughest transit routes on a single charge. With unmatched durability and energy efficiency based on rigorous U.S. certification testing, Proterra products are proudly designed, engineered and manufactured in America, with offices in Silicon Valley, South Carolina, and Los Angeles. For more information, visit: http://www.proterra.com and follow us on Twitter @Proterra_Inc.

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