EarlySense Percept Wins Best of Baby Tech Award at CES

WALTHAM, MA—(Marketwired – January 11, 2018) – EarlySense, the market leader in contact–free continuous monitoring solutions across the care continuum, announced today that its under–the–mattress fertility tracker, Percept, has won the 2018 Baby Tech Audience Favorite award.

The Best of Baby Tech Awards recognizes and highlights outstanding achievement in fertility, pregnancy and baby technology products from around the world. Winners are selected based on a competitive selection process and a combination of esteemed judges, including a group of experts from the Good Housekeeping Institute, and online voting.

“We are proud that Percept received the Audience Favorite award, further establishing EarlySense as a leader of contact–free health tracking solutions,” said Avner Halperin, Co–Founder and CEO of EarlySense. “Providing women with accurate fertility prediction windows is crucial in helping couples plan ahead and conceive faster, and we are proud to offer this important product to the market.”

Percept is the world's first contact–free fertility tracker. Leveraging EarlySense's hospital–proven technology, Percept simply slides under the mattress, and quietly captures and translates a woman's heart and breathing rates into highly accurate fertility prediction data, providing her with a 6–day fertility window so she can get pregnant faster. In a clinical study, Percept was proven to be 31% more accurate than standard estimation methods.

Percept is registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a medical device to accurately track women's fertility. Percept retails for $199 and is available for purchase on www.earlysense.com/percept and Amazon.

About EarlySense

EarlySense® provides contact–free, continuous monitoring solutions for the medical and consumer digital health markets. EarlySense's FDA–cleared systems utilize Artificial Intelligence (AI) and big data analytics to provide actionable health insights and improve clinical outcomes.

Used worldwide in hospitals, rehab and skilled nursing facilities, EarlySense assists clinicians in early detection of patient deterioration, helping to prevent adverse events, including code blues which are a result of cardiac or respiratory arrest, preventable ICU transfers, patient falls and pressure ulcers.

EarlySense offers clinically–proven technology to consumers with EarlySense® Live™ and Percept™. EarlySense® Live™ is the first at–home consumer health monitor powered by EarlySense's medically–proven sensor and AI analytics. Live is particularly useful for tracking the health and sleep of the aging population and children, to help facilitate better health choices. EarlySense® Percept™ is the first clinically–proven monitor for fertility and period tracking. It accurately tracks internal body signals and assists couples who are trying to conceive.

EarlySense has partnered with leading global technology companies including Samsung, Welch Allyn, iFit and Beurer. The company is based in Ramat Gan, Israel and Waltham, MA.

For more information, visit www.earlysense.com, www.earlysense.com/live and www.earlysense.com/percept.

Follow EarlySense on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, EarlySense Live on Facebook and Twitter and Percept at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Northland Announces Dates for the Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2017 Financial Results Release and Details of Investor Call

TORONTO, ON—(Marketwired – January 11, 2018) – Northland Power Inc. (“Northland“) (TSX: NPI) (TSX: NPI.PR.A) (TSX: NPI.PR.B) (TSX: NPI.PR.C) (TSX: NPI.DB.B) (TSX: NPI.DB.C) announced plans to release its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017 financial results after market close on February 22, 2018. Northland management will hold an investor conference call at 10:00 a.m. EST on February 23, 2018, followed by a question and answer period.

Conference call details are as follows:
Date: Friday, February 23, 2018
Start Time: 10:00 a.m. EST
Phone Number: Toll free within North America: 1–844–284–3434

For those unable to attend the live call, an audio recording will be available on Northland's website at (www.northlandpower.ca) from the morning of February 23 until March 18, 2018.

Northland is an independent power producer founded in 1987, and publicly traded since 1997. Northland develops, builds, owns and operates facilities that produce 'clean' (natural gas) and 'green' (wind, solar, and hydro) energy, providing sustainable long term value to shareholders, stakeholders, and host communities.

The Company owns or has a net economic interest in 2,014 MW of operating generating capacity and 252 MW of generating capacity under construction, representing a 100% interest in Deutsche Bucht.

Northland's cash flows are diversified over four geographically separate regions and regulatory jurisdictions in Canada and Europe.

Northland's common shares, Series 1, Series 2 and Series 3 preferred shares and Series B and Series C convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols NPI, NPI.PR.A, NPI.PR.B, NPI.PR.C, NPI.DB.B, and NPI.DB.C, respectively.

Yamaha Announces 2018 SxS / ATV Racers and bLU cRU Support Program

KENNESAW, GA—(Marketwired – January 11, 2018) – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announces their new and returning factory–supported Side–by–Side (SxS) and ATV racers for the 2018 season, including defending champions returning to race Yamaha's pure sport YXZ1000R SxS and best–selling YFZ450R sport ATV. Yamaha's bLU cRU race support program will continue offering championship bonuses to registered racers competing in a YXZ1000R or on a YFZ450R model.

Kicking off the 2018 SxS season, Yamaha is offering a $10,000 potential bonus for the winning YXZ at the King of the Hammers (KOH) race on February 7, comprised of $5,000 to the top–finishing YXZ1000R in the UTV class, plus an additional $5,000 with an overall first place finish. The ULTRA4 Racing Series' KOH is renowned for its ruthless desert course through some of the roughest and most challenging rock and boulder sections of any timed event.

“Yamaha's 2018 factory–supported Side–by–Side / ATV race team, along with our bLU cRU program, welcomes world–class talent on all fronts, encompassing defending champions, and record–setting veterans in the lineup,” said Donnie Luce, Yamaha's MX / ATV / Off–Road Coordinator. “The YXZ1000R and YFZ450R prove over and over they are the most dominant and durable off–road racing machines in their class, thereby becoming the vehicle–of–choice for championship–winning racers and everyday adventure–seekers everywhere.”

Competing again in The Off–Road Championship (TORC) Pro Stock UTV class is decorated series race veteran and defending champion, CJ Greaves, in his Monster Energy / Maxxis / Yamalube / GYTR / Greaves Motorsports YXZ1000R. At only 22 years old, Greaves' TORC series pedigree includes three Pro 2 truck championships (2014, 2015, 2016), three Pro 4 truck championships (2015, 2016, 2017), and the 2017 Pro Stock UTV Championship with a near–perfect run, winning 12 of 13 races last year. Looking to extend his championship reach and dominance to the west coast, CJ Greaves spent the off–season honing his skills and equipping a YXZ to compete at KOH in the UTV class.The YXZ's manual transmission eliminates the need for a CVT belt, providing maximum durability in aggressive, high–performance off–road situations — ideal for the grueling KOH course.

Making his debut as a Yamaha factory–supported driver is defending Lucas Oil Off–Road Racing Series' (LOORRS) Production 1000 UTV champion, Brock Heger, in his Jeremy McGrath Motorsports / Maxxis / ICON Vehicle Dynamics YXZ1000R. Last year, Heger and his YXZ1000R secured six first place finishes to capture the National LOORRS series' inaugural Production 1000 UTV class, and bLU cRU championship bonus, with a 55–point lead ahead of the next competitor. As the vehicle–to–beat in the Production 1000 UTV class, the YXZ1000R is the world's first pure sport SxS, offering an exciting direct–connection experience to racers seeking the ultimate high–performance in a SxS.

Looking to keep his streak alive and secure Yamaha's $15,000 bLU cRU UXC1 Pro UTV championship bonus, reigning two–time Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) UXC1 Pro UTV champion, Cody Miller, will defend his back–to–back titles piloting his Am–Pro / Yamaha / GYTR / Greaves Motorsports / Yamalube YXZ1000R SS. Miller's 2017 GNCC victory in the Sport Shift YXZ, featuring Yamaha's Real World Tech paddle shifters — eliminating the need for both the clutch pedal and taking your foot off the gas during shifting — marked the model's first year of GNCC racing, and first national cross country championship.

Also returning for another year on the GNCC circuit is longtime Yamaha factory–supported racing veteran, Walker Fowler, defending his third–straight GNCC XC1 Pro ATV championship on his WFR / Fly / Lonestar YFZ450R. Fowler brings more than a decade of two and four–wheel experience to the starting line, going all the way back to his 2006 GNCC debut. Combining Fowler's 12 race wins with Johnny Gallagher's first–ever win last year, Yamaha's Proven Off–Road YFZ450R won every XC1 Pro ATV round, setting a new record for most overall wins in a single season, and earning Yamaha the prestigious GNCC ATV Manufacturer's Cup. Fowler will also compete in the UXC1 Pro UTV class for his second straight year driving his Weller Racing / WFR / Yamaha YXZ1000R SS.

Heading up the ATV MX effort for Yamaha is five–time AMA Pro ATV MX champion, Chad Wienen, on his Wienen Motorsports / Maxxis / SSI / Walsh / GYTR YFZ450R. In 2016, Wienen became the second racer in ATV MX history, and the only racer in 25 years to win five–straight AMA Pro ATV MX Championships. Following another strong performance in 2017, the second–most winningest ATV MX racer of all time aims to recapture his spot at the top, chasing his sixth ATV MX Championship.

Opening opportunities to Yamaha's extensive racing community and fans, Yamaha's bLU cRU support program offers racing bonuses to any registered racers competing in the designated classes with Yamaha's 2017 or newer YXZ1000R, YXZ1000R SS or YFZ450R models. To sign up and apply for bLU cRU benefits, register online at www.YamahabLUcRU.com. Once approved, racers will receive a reloadable Yamaha bLU cRU debit card and $45 credit on their www.bLUcRUswag.com account for bLU cRU apparel. These racers will also be eligible for championship bonuses paid directly to their bLU cRU debit card.

Yamaha's bLU cRU race support program will reward 2018 championship bonuses to qualifying first place finishers as follows:

SxS Racing Series / YXZ1000R
The Off–Road Championship (TORC), Pro Stock UTV class: $15,000
Lucas Oil Off–Road Racing (LOORRS), Pro Production 1000 class: $15,000
Grand National Cross Country (GNCC), UXC1 Pro UTV class: $15,000
Best in the Desert (BITD), Production 1000 class: $5,000
Lucas Oil Regional Off–Road Racing (LORORS) – SoCal, Production 1000 UTV class: $5,000
LORORS – Arizona, Production 1000 UTV class: $5,000
World Off–Road Championship Series (WORCS), SxS Pro Stock class: $5,000
King of the Hammers, UTV class (Top Finishing YXZ1000R): $5,000
King of the Hammers, UTV Class (First–Overall Finish in an YXZ1000R): $5,000

ATV Racing Series / YFZ450R
GNCC, XC1 Pro ATV class: $10,000
American Motorcycle Association (AMA) ATV MX, Pro class: $10,000

In addition to the championship bonuses, Yamaha will offer trackside support at all TORC events via a dealer, Powersports 1 Yamaha (Appleton, WI), which includes emergency parts support with discounted pricing and free technical assistance to all YXZ drivers. To register or view more information on Yamaha's bLU cRU program, including all guidelines and requirements for SxS and ATV racing, visit www.YamahabLUcRU.com.

All of Yamaha's SxS and full–size ATVs are proudly Assembled in the USA at Yamaha's state–of–the–art manufacturing facility in Newnan, Georgia, for worldwide distribution. Be sure to follow Yamaha and their racing success online at www.Facebook.com/YamahaMotorUSA, www.Twitter.com/YamahaMotorUSA andwww.Instagram.com/YamahaMotorUSA. #Yamaha #Yamaha Racing #YXZ1000R #YFZ450R #bLUcRU #AssembledinUSA #ProvenOffRoad #REALizeYourAdventure

About Yamaha Motor Corp., USA
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, (YMUS), a leader in the motorsports market, makes the toughest, most capable and versatile ATV and Side–by–Side vehicles. The company's ever–expanding product offerings also include motorcycles, outboard motors, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, accessories, apparel and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States.

Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its incorporation in 1976, Yamaha also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha, visit www.YamahaMotorsports.com.

ATVs over 90cc are recommended for use only by riders 16 years and older.
SxS Vehicles are recommended for use only by licensed drivers 16 years and older.

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Pacific Funds U.S. Equity Funds Celebrates Three-Year Anniversary and Receives First Morningstar Ratings

NEWPORT BEACH, CA—(Marketwired – January 11, 2018) – Pacific Funds℠, a multi–manager investment company, announced today that the Pacific Funds U.S. Equity Funds have reached a significant performance milestone in achieving a three–year track record, with two of the funds receiving strong Morningstar Ratings™ based on risk–adjusted returns as of 12/31/17.

Pacific Funds℠ Small/Mid–Cap invests at least 80% of its assets in common stocks and other equity securities of small– and medium–capitalization U.S. companies. As of 12/31/17, this Fund's Advisor Class shares received an Overall Morningstar Rating™ of four stars out of 652 funds in the Small Blend category.

Pacific Funds℠ Small–Cap invests at least 80% of its assets in common stocks and other equity securities of small–capitalization U.S. companies. As of 12/31/17, this Fund's Advisor Class shares received an Overall Morningstar Rating™ of four stars out of 652 funds in the Small Blend category.

“This is an exciting milestone for Pacific Funds as it continues to make significant strides, both in assets under management and breadth of offerings,” said Brian Woolfolk, chief marketing officer and senior vice president of sales for Pacific Life's Retirement Solutions Division. “Pacific Funds is dedicated to offering strategies to help meet the needs of clients and financial professionals.”

The Pacific Funds U.S. Equity Funds are sub–advised by Rothschild Asset Management Inc. (Rothschild), the U.S. asset management business of Rothschild & Co.'s global financial network of companies that has been part of the world's financial markets for more than 200 years.

Rothschild's time–tested investment process is rooted in fundamental analysis and is designed to identify potential catalysts for a stock's positive relative performance. The U.S. Equity Funds seek to outperform their benchmarks by investing in a mix of stocks the seasoned investment team believes is attractively valued and should provide a controlled level of risk in down markets.

More details about the U.S. Equity Funds from Pacific Funds, and a list of all Pacific Funds offerings, including ticker symbols, can be found at www.PacificFunds.com. Financial advisors also can inquire about the funds by calling Pacific Funds directly at (800) 722‐2333, option 2.

About Pacific Funds

Based in Newport Beach, California, Pacific Funds offers a family of mutual funds that includes U.S. equity, fixed income, multi–asset, and alternative funds to individuals and retirement plans. Our managers seek to deliver consistent results with downside protection strategies to help shareholders meet their long–term financial goals.

Morningstar Rating

For each fund with at least a three–year history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating™ based on a Morningstar Risk–Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a fund's monthly performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. Exchange–traded funds and open–ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. The top 10% of funds in each category receive five stars, the next 22.5% receive four stars, the next 35% receive three stars, the next 22.5% receive two stars, and the bottom 10% receive one star. The Overall Morningstar Rating calculation uses the weighted average of the three–, five–, and ten–year Morningstar Ratings, if applicable, and is only calculated using Morningstar Ratings for periods with actual share class returns. Morningstar Ratings may be based, in part, on adjusted historical returns for periods prior to the inception of the selected share class (italicized stars). These adjusted historical returns are not actual returns, and reflect the historical performance of the oldest share class of the fund. © 2018 Morningstar Investment Management, LLC. All Rights Reserved. The information contained herein: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar; (2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete, or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information. Pacific Funds Small/Mid–Cap Advisor Class shares also received a three–year rating of four stars out of 652 Small Blend funds, and Pacific Funds Small–Cap Advisor Class shares also received a three–year rating of four stars out of 652 Small Blend funds.

Morningstar Ratings are objective, based entirely on a mathematical evaluation of past performance. They're a useful tool for identifying investments worthy of further research, but shouldn't be considered buy or sell recommendations. Morningstar Ratings for other share classes may vary. All Funds and share classes may not be sold at all firms, and not all investors may be eligible for all share classes.

Morningstar Investment Management LLC and its affiliates are not affiliated with Pacific Life Insurance Company, Pacific Funds, their distributors, affiliates, or respective representatives.

For performance data current to the most recent month–end, call Pacific Funds at (800) 722–2333, option 2, or go to www.PacificFunds.com/Performance. Performance data quoted represents past performance, which does not guarantee future results.

All investing involves risk, including the possible loss of the principal amount invested. There is no guarantee that the fund will achieve its investment goal. Equity securities tend to go up or down in value, sometimes rapidly and unpredictably. Small– and mid–capitalization companies may be more susceptible to liquidity risk and price volatility risk and more vulnerable to economic, market and industry changes than larger, more established companies.

You should consider a fund's investment goal, risks, charges, and expenses carefully before investing. The prospectus and/or the applicable summary prospectus contain this and other information about the Fund and are available from your financial advisor or www.PacificFunds.com. The prospectus and/or summary prospectus should be read carefully before investing.

Pacific Life Fund Advisors LLC (PLFA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Life Insurance Company, is the investment adviser to the Pacific Funds. PLFA also does business under the name Pacific Asset Management and manages certain funds under that name.

Rothschild Asset Management Inc. is unaffiliated with Pacific Life Insurance Company.

Third–party trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners.

Mutual funds are offered by Pacific Funds. Pacific Funds are distributed by Pacific Select Distributors, LLC (member FINRA & SIPC), a subsidiary of Pacific Life Insurance Company (Newport Beach, CA), and are available through licensed third parties. Pacific Funds refers to Pacific Funds Series Trust.

No bank guarantee • Not a deposit • Not FDIC/NCUA insured • May lose value • Not insured by any federal government agency

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“This is an exciting milestone for Pacific Funds as it continues to make significant strides, both in assets under management and breadth of offerings,” said Brian Woolfolk, chief marketing officer and senior vice president of sales for Pacific Life's Retirement Solutions Division. “

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Timbercreek 2018 Global Real Estate Securities Outlook Report: Global REITs Expected to Deliver 8-10 Percent Returns

TORONTO, ON—(Marketwired – January 11, 2018) –

  • Higher realizable rents, completion of development projects and new property acquisitions driving growth
  • Canada: Office and retail REITs capitalizing on urban growth
  • U.S.: The technology sector gaining momentum, driving up rent and demand for data centres

Timbercreek today released its 2018 Market Outlook which identifies key trends the firm anticipates for global real estate securities in the year ahead. Overall, the report predicts strong performance across many markets including Canada and the United States, with global Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) expected to deliver returns of between 8–10 percent.

“We anticipate that this year's market conditions will be favourable for global real estate securities as valuations remain attractive, both on an absolute and a relative basis, with global REITs trading below the 10–year global equities average — levels not seen since 2008–2009,” stated Corrado Russo, Senior Managing Director, Investments & Global Head of Securities, Timbercreek. “These factors, when combined with projected dividend growth should positively influence global REIT share prices in 2018.”

Within the Canadian real estate sector, the report notes the following:

  • The outlook for the sector remains positive, particularly for REITs that own office and retail assets with infill development opportunity in urban areas such as Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
  • REITs are expected to add value on existing properties by creating mixed–use assets where each use — retail, residential and office — virtuously support each other.
  • Timbercreek believes Canadian small cap REITs and REITs that own assets internationally (in Europe or the U.S.) are fundamentally mispriced and poised to deliver better than average returns in 2018.

“Large cities in Canada are currently experiencing a wave of gentrification driven by people's desire to live, work and play in walkable, urban environments,” said Mr. Russo. “This is creating a number of compelling opportunities for REITs to experience outsized growth and offer increasing value for investors.”

The report also predicts a positive overall outlook for the U.S., based on the following considerations:

  • The technology sector is a top investment opportunity for 2018 as data centres continue to gain momentum which should drive up market rents and increase the demand.
  • Survivors within bricks and mortar retail — specifically high quality retail centres in strong locations and non–discretionary grocery–anchored shopping centres that are trading at discounts — present opportunities to earn attractive dividend yields and generate outsized total returns.
  • The lodging sector represents a compelling source of upside for 2018 driven by improving U.S. GDP growth that is forecasted to accelerate to 2.7 percent and corporate tax reform that has the potential to loosen travel budgets which have been reined–in since the financial crisis.
  • The outlook for the single family rental sector is expected to experience strong cyclical growth opportunities to earn above average total returns in 2018, in part due to a tax reform plan that penalizes home ownership in high tax markets.

“In the U.S., home prices continue to rise, prompting growth in the rental market led by millennials,” said Mr. Russo. “Beyond this, secular growth opportunities exist in the world of technology, value plays in lodging and strong cyclical growth in single family rentals.”

Highlights – Other Markets:

  • U.K. & Continental Europe: Economic and property fundamentals continue to improve and broaden with GDP growth in Ireland, Spain, Germany and Sweden forecasted to be at around 3 percent in 2018. The underperformance of European retail REITs — in the bricks and mortar and residential sectors — is expected to offer investors the opportunity to generate higher than average dividend yields.
  • Japan: Recent underperformance of Japanese real estate companies have made valuations more compelling heading into 2018. Further, economic conditions are improving led by small and medium business growth, accelerating prices, higher industrial production and rising employment.
  • Hong Kong: Office companies with a strong presence in decentralized submarkets such as Admiralty and Island East are favourable and anticipated to benefit from growing demand for high quality international tenants coming out of Central.
  • Australia: Australia is expected to generate attractive income from smaller sized REITs that invest in niche–oriented sectors such as education, entertainment and self–storage. In the office sector, Sydney and Melbourne remain pillars of strength.

“We believe global real estate fundamentals remain strong, with global REITs priced to deliver another year of positive total returns as suggested by our bottom–up fundamental analysis,” Mr. Russo concluded.

To view the report, please visit: http://www.timbercreek.com/quick–links/white–papers

About Timbercreek

Timbercreek is an active investor, owner and manager of global real estate and related assets focused on delivering sustainable and growing returns to our investors. Through our various separately managed accounts, TSX–listed entities and private investments, Timbercreek (together with its affiliates) manages over $7.5 billion[1] (CAD) in assets on behalf of investors seeking quality alternative asset class investments. Timbercreek employs a value–oriented investment philosophy, which is combined with an active, hands–on asset management style, to identify opportunities that will generate predictable and sustainable investment returns for our investors.

The Timbercreek 2018 Global Real Estate Securities Outlook Report and the content of this press release are for informational purposes only and are not an offer or solicitation to deal in securities. Any opinion or estimate contained in these documents is made on a general basis and is not to be relied upon for the purpose of making investment decisions. The statements made herein may contain forecasts, projections or other forward–looking information regarding the likelihood of future events or outcomes in relation to financial markets or securities. These statements are only predictions. Actual events or results may differ materially, as past or projected performance is not indicative of future results. Readers must make their own assessment of the relevance, accuracy and adequacy of the information contained in these documents and such independent investigations as they consider necessary or appropriate for the purpose of such assessment. These documents do not constitute investment research. Consequently, these documents have not been prepared in line with the requirements of any jurisdiction in relation to the independence of investment research or any prohibition on dealing ahead of the dissemination of investment research. Any research or analysis used in the preparation of these documents has been procured by Timbercreek for its own use. The information is not guaranteed as to its accuracy.

[1] Includes syndicated debt under administration. As of November 30, 2017.

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

PROVIDENCE, RI—(Marketwired – January 11, 2018) – Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness and affects more than 3 million Americans, roughly half of whom don't even know they have it. In honor of National Glaucoma Awareness Month, The Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BoIA) provides tips to companies and organizations to assist them in ensuring their websites are accessible for all users. One suggestion provided by BoIA is to test a website to make sure that it is able to be read by a screen reader. Another suggestion is to certify that a website's color scheme includes enough color contrast and large enough font to make it easier to read for those who have low vision.

It is recommended that all websites adhere to the WCAG 2.0 standards Level A and AA to ensure that all users are able to effectively use the website as it is intended. Website owners should be aware that there is a legal obligation to take proactive steps to improve their website's accessibility in order to avoid litigation and to widen the scope of their web audience.

For more information: https://www.boia.org/blog/start–the–new–year–off–with–national–glaucoma–awareness–month

About the Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BoIA):

Mobile and Web accessibility compliance is a requirement, but trying to understand the WCAG 2.0 Guidelines and how they relate to ADA, ACAA, OCR, AODA, Section 508 and other compliance requirements, can be confusing. The Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BoIA) has been helping eliminate the accessibility digital divide since 2001. The organization's reports, tools, and services have assisted businesses in improving, maintaining, and proving the accessibility of their websites. With services that include self–help tools, audits, training, remediation and implementation support, BoIA has the experience and expertise to ensure that accessibility efforts are worthwhile and successful. For more information, visit www.BoIA.org.

Aequus Announces Proposed $300,000 Equity Financing

VANCOUVER, BC—(Marketwired – January 11, 2018) –


Aequus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX VENTURE: AQS) (OTCQB: AQSZF) (“Aequus” or the “Company“), a specialty pharmaceutical company with a focus on developing, advancing and promoting differentiated products, is pleased to announce that it intends to complete a non–brokered private placement of 1,000,000 units of the Company (the “Units”) at a price of $0.30 per Unit (the “Offering Price”), for aggregate gross proceeds of $300,000 (the “Private Placement”) to a single subscriber that has recently been engaged by Aequus as a branding and marketing consultant. Each Unit shall consist of one common share of the Company and one non–transferrable common share purchase warrant (each, a “Warrant”). Each Warrant shall entitle the holder thereof to purchase one common share at an exercise price of $0.50 for a period of twenty–four (24) months following the Closing Date. The Warrants will include an acceleration provision, exercisable at the Company's option, if the Company's daily volume weighted average share price is greater than $0.85 for 10 consecutive trading days.

Aequus intends to use the net proceeds of the Offering for general corporate purposes. Securities issued under the Private Placement will be subject to a four month hold period in Canada following the date of closing and will be “restricted securities” as defined in U.S. federal securities laws. The Private Placement is expected to close on or about the week of January 22nd, 2018. Completion of the Private Placement subject to a number of conditions, including the execution of definitive documentation and receipt of any required regulatory approvals, including receipt of the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange for the listing of the common shares issuable on closing and issuable upon the exercise of the Warrants.

The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or applicable state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold to persons in the United States absent registration or an exemption from such registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

About Aequus Pharmaceuticals

Aequus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX VENTURE: AQS) (OTCQB: AQSZF) is a growing specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing high quality, differentiated products. Aequus' development stage pipeline includes several products in neurology and psychiatry with a goal of addressing the need for improved medication adherence through enhanced delivery systems. Aequus intends to commercialize its internal programs in Canada alongside its current portfolio of marketed established medicines and will look to form strategic partnerships that would maximize the reach of its product candidates worldwide. Aequus plans to build on its Canadian commercial platform through the launch of additional products that are either created internally or brought in through an acquisition or license; remaining focused on highly specialized therapeutic areas. For further information, please visit www.aequuspharma.ca.

Forward–Looking Statements:

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NeutriSci Announces Major Sponsorship With Tennis Star Genie Bouchard

VANCOUVER, BC—(Marketwired – January 11, 2018) – NeutriSci International Inc. (the “Company” or “NeutriSci”) (TSX VENTURE: NU) (OTCQB: NRXCF) (FRANKFURT: 1N9), the innovator and pioneer behind neuenergy®, is pleased to announce a one–year sponsorship deal with Canadian and International tennis star Genie Bouchard, from Montreal, Quebec.

NeutriSci is committed to encouraging active, healthy living and adds Bouchard to a growing list of amateur and professional athletes and ambassadors that represent neuenergy® globally. “Genie brings a passion for sport and healthy living. She is not only an amazingly talented tennis player but her down to earth attitude makes her the perfect representative; both men and women can relate to her,” said Glen Rehman, CEO of NeutriSci. “Her competitive nature and public profile embodies happiness, active and healthy living; and because of this, she is truly an inspiration to Canadians. We are proud to partner with such a strong Canadian athlete.”

Bouchard has quickly made a name for herself due to her tremendous talent and drive. Genie has accumulated impressive accolades including being named the 2013 Women's Tennis Association Newcomer of the Year and the 2013 Canadian Female Athlete of the Year. Genie's historic 2014 season was highlighted by a WTA Top 5 debut, after reaching the semifinals of both the Australian Open and French Open, followed by a Wimbledon final appearance, making her the first Canadian, male or female, to reach a Grand Slam final.

As part of the agreement, Bouchard will be integrated into key marketing efforts for the neuenergy® brand — including advertising, retail activation, experiential events and more.

“I am excited to partner with one of Canada's up and coming brands,” said Genie Bouchard. “Neuenergy represents a healthy alternative to traditional energy products.”

On Behalf of the Board of Directors of

Glen Rehman
NeutriSci International Inc.

About NeutriSci International Inc.

NeutriSci specializes in the innovation, production, and formulation of nutraceutical products. Established in 2009, NeutriSci's is building sustainable sales models with Convenience, Chain Drug, and Mass Market and Supermarket retailers for neuenergy®, the Company's natural energy and focus supplement that has at its core, the beneficial effects of blueberries.

Neuenergy® contains a unique patented combination of blueberries (pterostilbene) and naturally derived caffeine, and is a revolutionary energy tab designed to deliver enhanced focus and mental clarity with no sugar, no calories and no crash associated with typical energy products. To find out more about neuenergy®, please visit www.getneuenergy.com.

For more information, please visit: www.neutrisci.com.

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This news release may include forward–looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. All statements within, other than statements of historical fact, are to be considered forward looking. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward–looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in forward–looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward–looking statements include market prices, exploitation and exploration successes, continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market or business conditions. There can be no assurances that such statements will prove accurate and, therefore, readers are advised to rely on their own evaluation of such uncertainties. We do not assume any obligation to update any forward–looking statements except as required under the applicable laws.

Statements in this press release have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products or ingredients are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Give the Backyard a Boost With New Accessories From Trex(R)

ORLANDO, FL—(Marketwired – January 11, 2018) – (IBS Booth #W3440) — From regulation cornhole sets to bold, bright furnishings and whimsical lattice, Trex Company is bringing added function — and fun — to the backyard in 2018, with several new outdoor living accessories making a debut at the 2018 International Builders' Show (IBS).

“Today's homeowners increasingly look to the backyard not just as a space for relaxation, but also as a primary venue for entertainment and social gatherings,” said Adam Zambanini, vice president of marketing for Trex Company. “With their high–performance and low–maintenance qualities, our Trex accessory products are all designed to maximize outdoor living enjoyment — and who says we can't have a little fun while we're at it?”

Crazy for Cornhole

Be the boss of the toss with new, regulation–quality Trex® Cornhole™ sets. Tournament–grade construction and advanced durability to withstand the elements make this cornhole set the perfect option for outdoor games. Offered in designs to match the colors and grain patterns of Trex decking, the sets include two regulation 2' x 4' cornhole boards and eight all–weather 16–ounce bean bags embroidered with the Trex logo.

Lovely Lattice

Adding beauty to any outdoor space, new Trex® LatticeWorks™ panels are perfect for enhancing privacy and concealing storage areas or unsightly views. Lattice is offered in black and white and available in nine Trex–exclusive designs ranging from romantic to deco. Trex LatticeWorks features the brand's characteristic high–performance and durability with PVC–engineered construction that's lightweight, weather–resistant and easy to maintain. These lattice panels can easily be integrated into both new and existing outdoor living spaces and applied to structures such as arbors, trellises and gazebos, or used as decorative wainscoting or deck skirting.

A Bolder, Brighter Backyard

Trex is turning up the intensity of its outdoor furniture offerings with a new vibrant colors series. Joining the collection's seven other nature–inspired colors are bright, eye–catching shades of Sunset Red, Lime, Aruba (aqua) and Pacific Blue, ideal for adding a touch of the tropics to any outdoor space.

Durable and weather–resistant, Trex® Outdoor Furniture™ features the same low–maintenance, durability and eco–friendly aspects as the core Trex product line. It won't rot, splinter or crack, and — unlike wood furniture — doesn't require staining, sealing, painting or refinishing to remain looking beautiful over time. Additionally, it offers exceptional resistance to food spills, insects, mold and mildew, salt spray and other environmental elements often encountered in backyards and on patios, decks and beaches.

See these products and more, including accessories such as Trex® OutdoorLighting™, Trex® Outdoor Kitchens™, Trex® Spiral Stairs™ and Trex® Pergola™, all on display at the International Builders Show, at Booth #W3440. To learn more about Trex, visit www.trex.com.

About Trex Company

Trex Company is the world's largest manufacturer of high performance wood–alternative decking and railing, with more than 25 years of product experience. Stocked in more than 6,700 retail locations worldwide, Trex outdoor living products offer a wide range of style options with fewer ongoing maintenance requirements than wood, as well as a truly environmentally responsible choice. For more information, visit trex.com. You also can follow Trex on Twitter (@Trex_Company), Instagram (@trexcompany) Pinterest (trexcompany), or Houzz (trex–company–inc), “like” Trex on Facebook, or view product and demonstration videos on the brand's YouTube channel (TheTrexCo).

Trex® Cornhole™ is manufactured and sold by IPG Global Marketing under a Trademark License Agreement with Trex Company, Inc.

Trex® LatticeWorks™ is manufactured and sold by Rhea Products, Inc. d/b/a Acurio Latticeworks under a Trademark License Agreement with Trex Company, Inc.

Trex® Outdoor Furniture™ products are manufactured and sold by Poly–Wood, Inc., under a Trademark License Agreement with Trex Company, Inc.

Trex® RainEscape® products are manufactured and sold by Dri–Deck Enterprises, LLC under a Trademark License Agreement with Trex Company, Inc.

Ackroo Appoints Kristaps Ronka to Board of Directors

OTTAWA, ON—(Marketwired – January 11, 2018) – Ackroo Inc. (TSX VENTURE: AKR) (OTC PINK: AKRFF), a gift card, loyalty and rewards technology and services provider, announces the appointment of Kristaps Ronka as a member of the Board of Directors.

Mr. Ronka is an entrepreneur, investor and advisor. He co–founded AdParlor in 2007, a Toronto–based bootstrapped company that in 4 years became the leader in handling large Facebook Ad campaigns reaching a $100 million run rate.

In 2011, Kristaps was named in Inc.'s “Top 30 under 30″ most promising young entrepreneurs for disrupting the industry with a visionary approach. AdParlor was acquired in 2011. Kristaps has since focused on advising and backing start–up companies that are solving important problems and building disruptive technologies from transportation to medicine.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kristaps to the Board of Directors,” said Steve Levely, chief executive officer at Ackroo. “Kristaps brings a great mix of product, marketing, start–up and even capital markets experience to our board. As Ackroo begins to scale our business gaining key guidance from someone who has built a technology business from the ground up and continues to work with others in an advisory role is of great value to us. His experience in software development and product management will help guide us through the next phases of our product evolution.”

“I am excited to be joining the Ackroo board at an inflection point for the Company,” said Kristaps Ronka. “I look forward to helping Mr. Levely and the team continue to improve their product and processes during the next phases of their growth.”

In connection with the appointment of Mr. Ronka, Ackroo also announces that it will grant options to purchase 500,000 common shares to directors and officers of the Company at a price of $0.11 and 2,300,000 common shares to directors and officers of the Company at a price of $0.15, for a period of 3 years. The option grant remains subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.

About Ackroo

Ackroo provides gift card and loyalty processing solutions to help retail and hospitality merchants of all sizes attract, retain and grow their customers and their revenues. Through a SaaS based business model Ackroo provides an in–store and online automated solution to help merchants process gift card & loyalty transactions at the point of sale, provide key administrative and marketing data, and to allow customers to access and manage their gift card and loyalty accounts. Ackroo also provides important marketing services to assist their merchants with utilizing Ackroo's technology solution. Ackroo is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. For more information, visit: www.ackroo.com.

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