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NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Braze, the comprehensive customer engagement platform, today announced it has crossed $100 million annual recurring revenue (ARR). In addition, Braze announced that they will open their fifth office in Chicago next year. The company is headquartered in New York, with offices in London, San Francisco, and Singapore, and is on pace to hit 500 full-time employees in early 2020.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Danny Aiello, the blue-collar character actor whose long career playing tough guys included roles in “Fort Apache, the Bronx,” "The Godfather, Part II," “Once Upon a Time in America” and his Oscar-nominated performance as a pizza man in Spike Lee’s "Do the Right Thing," has d…

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NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Mystery Writers of America (MWA) announces the recipients of its three special awards. The board chose Barbara Neely as the 2020 Grand Master, the 2020 Raven Award recipient is Left Coast Crime, and Kelley Ragland will receive the Ellery Queen Award at the 74(th) Annual Edgar Awards Banquet, which will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on April 30, 2020.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 839 Americans lost their lives in car crashes involving a drunk driver in the December 2018 holiday season. To help make our roads safer during this time of year, the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB) today announced the 16(th) annual "Project Roadblock" initiative, in which local broadcast TV stations donate advertising time/space to support NHTSA and the Ad Council's "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving" PSA campaign.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Pink Floyd Records will release 'Pink Floyd The Later Years', today, Friday, December 13, 2019. The beautifully packaged 18-disc set (5xCDs, 6xBlu-Rays, 5xDVDs/2x7" singles) covers the material created by David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright from 1987 onwards. The period generated record sales of over 40 million worldwide and included three studio albums: 'A Momentary Lapse Of Reason', 'The Division Bell' and 'The Endless River' as well as two live albums: 'Delicate Sound Of Thunder' and 'Pulse'. With additional production from David Gilmour and Andy Jackson, over 13 hours of unreleased audio and audiovisual material, including the sought-after 1989 Venice and 1990 Knebworth concerts, 'Pink Floyd The Later Years' is a must for all fans.

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ROCHESTER, N.Y., Dec. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The holiday season can be a time of celebration and making memories, but for busy families, the pressure to keep up with a hectic schedule and preparations can create stress and anxiety. That's why Fidelis Care and The Strong museum are teaming up to offer five simple strategies to help families stress less this December.

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Dec. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- During the course of the past decade, the American yogurt category has grown to approximately $8 billion. Danone North America, America's largest maker of dairy yogurts and plant-based yogurt alternatives, conducted a review of total dollar sales for all the innovations launched across the entire yogurt category between 2010 and 2019 and Light & Fit Greek earned the top spot as the best-selling yogurt innovation of the decade.(1,2,*) To celebrate this exciting achievement, the company convened media and influencers last night to unveil an exciting portfolio of yogurt innovations to kick off the next decade, celebrate the company's 100-year history of yogurt making and formally introduce Pedro Silveira, the company's new president of yogurt. Additionally, for every person in attendance at the event, Danone North America will make a donation enabling City Harvest to rescue and deliver 100 pounds of food for New York City residents in need.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- PM360, a leading trade magazine for marketing decision makers in the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, and diagnostics industries, made its picks for the most innovative Companies, Startups, Divisions, Products, Services, and Strategies of the year from the life sciences industry. The picks were published in its 8(th) Annual Innovations Issue, which was established to provide a comprehensive overview of the latest advancements within healthcare and life sciences and offers brief profiles of each compelling innovation selected.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Veggie Grill, the largest 100% plant-based, premium fast casual brand in the U.S., opens its first New York City location today at 12 W. 23rd St in the Flatiron District. As Veggie Grill's 37th location, this marks the company's entrance into the New York market and continued expansion on the east coast. Veggie Grill is now available in the vibrant Flatiron neighborhood with a buzzing retail and food scene, providing a new delicious destination for 100% plant-based food that tastes great and fuels the busy New Yorker.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Swiss Helvetia Fund, Inc. (NYSE: SWZ), a non-diversified registered closed-end investment company, announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a stock repurchase program for 2020 pursuant to which the Fund may purchase up to 250,000 shares of its common stock. The principal purpose of the stock repurchase program is to enhance stockholder value by increasing the Fund's net asset value per share.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Surviving the holidays is no easy feat. From family functions to office get-togethers, and searching for that perfect gift, it's no surprise some of us find it difficult to experience the true meaning of the season. Here are some top tips to help you survive the most stressful season of the year!

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NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- iStar Inc. (NYSE: STAR) ("iStar" or the "Company") announced today that its previously announced cash tender offer (the "Tender Offer") for any and all of its outstanding 6.00% Senior Notes due 2022 (CUSIP No. 45031U BZ3) (the "2022 Notes") expired at 5:00 p.m. New York City time, on December 12, 2019 (the "Expiration Time").

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NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- For many people retirement can be a pretty mundane and predictable affair. Barbara Taber, Ed.D. is not one of these people. In fact, much like she did when she was fully active in her Virginia school district, she just can't seem to stop achieving. After her former colleagues all but dragged her back into the fold, Dr. Taber began substitute teaching and helping out as needed. Following a stunning, new website and a vital online presence, she ultimately landed her own online series, Take It Or Leave It: Dr. Barbara Taber Speaks.

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Sunniva Inc. ("Sunniva", the "Company", "we", "our" or "us") (CSE:SNN, OTCQB:SNNVF) announced today it is taking steps to preserve its available funds to allow it to actively pursue its rights under the previously disclosed dispute related to the Build to Suit Lease of the Cathedral City Glasshouse and to deal with disputes with certain of its debt holders for due, and claimed due, debt.

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 13, 2019 /CNW/ -- Sunniva Inc. ("Sunniva", the "Company", "we", "our" or "us") (CSE:SNN, OTCQB:SNNVF) announced today it is taking steps to preserve its available funds to allow it to actively pursue its rights under the previously disclosed dispute related to the Build to Suit Lease of the Cathedral City Glasshouse and to deal with disputes with certain of its debt holders for due, and claimed due, debt.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- DHI Group, Inc. (NYSE: DHX) ("DHI" or "The Company") announced today Kevin Bostick has joined as Chief Financial Officer. Effective Monday, December 16th, Mr. Bostick will have overall responsibility for the financial organization, including financial planning, accounting, financial reporting, investor relations, treasury, internal audit and tax.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Siguler Guff, a multi-strategy private equity investment firm with over $14 billion of assets under management, announced today that Michael Apfel has joined the Firm as a Managing Director and Head of Credit, a newly-created position. Mr. Apfel will oversee Siguler Guff's credit-related strategies, which include special situations, distressed, and other niche credit strategies. The Firm's credit platform has raised over $6 billion of committed capital, and has been investing in opportunistic credit-related strategies for approximately 20 years, realizing attractive risk-adjusted returns for its clients across multiple economic cycles.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The following roundup is a collection of stories dealing with last-minute holiday gift giving and is appropriate for special sections and for general use.

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LEWIS, N.Y. (AP) — An Adirondack mountain has been renamed in honor of Inez Milholland, a human rights activist known for leading a suffrage parade astride a white horse on the eve of President Woodrow Wilson's inauguration in 1913.

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COMMACK, N.Y., Dec. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- When traveling with your students, staying in communication with parents is very important -- especially for an overnight trip. Parents are often anxious about their children when they are far from home, and communication can be reassuring and helpful! However, in fairness to teachers trying to handle their group, it can be a challenge to keep dozens of parents updated consistently without forgetting anyone or anything. Student trip planning agency, Fantastic Tours & Travel, shares ways to stay connected with parents while on a trip.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- TABLE FOR TWO (TFT) USA, a non-profit organization that aims to tackle obesity and global hunger issues, organized its fifth annual social action campaign called ONIGIRI ACTION - Change the World with Onigiri Rice Balls. The campaign, which commemorates World Food Day, ran from Oct. 7 to Nov. 20. During the campaign, every photo of onigiri posted to the campaign website or social media with #OnigiriAction helped provide five school meals to children in need around the world.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Energy companies from 11 countries spanning four continents tonight received honors for leadership, innovation and exemplary performance at the 21(st) annual S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards, often described as the "Oscars" of energy. The program bestowed 23 awards to companies and individuals before nearly 500 energy and finance executives, at a black-tie ceremony at Cipriani South Street in New York.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- World Brand Lab today released its "2019 World's 500 Most Influential Brands" list. Benefiting from business growth in cloud computing and self-driving technology, last year's runner-up Google beat Amazon to top the list while Amazon dropped to second place. Microsoft, which saw a sharp increase in net profit last year, ranked third. China has only 40 brands selected, which does not match its status of the second-largest economy. Among the prominent Chinese brands are State Grid, Tencent, China Life, China Resources, Changhong, Tsingtao Brewery, Sinochem, Wuliangye, Air China, CASIC, Hengli, China Everbright Group, and XCMG.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- During a ribbon cutting ceremony on December 10, 2019, NYU Langone Health BioLabs, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Empire State Development (ESD), and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul celebrated the opening of the largest biotechnology incubator of its kind in New York City, BioLabs@NYULangone. A strategic initiative of NYU Langone Health, the facility is designed to attract the nation's most innovative companies working in early stage life sciences to translate research discoveries to new treatments to improve human health and well-being around the world.

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NEW YORK and LIVONIA, Mich., Dec. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- B. Riley Principal Merger Corp. (NYSE: BRPM, BRPM WS, BRPM.U) ("BRPM"), a special purpose acquisition company ("SPAC") sponsored by an affiliate of B. Riley Financial, Inc. (Nasdaq: RILY) ("B. Riley Financial"), and Alta Equipment Holdings Inc. ("Alta"), a leading provider of premium industrial and construction equipment and related services, announced today that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement for a business combination transaction to create a leading publicly-traded equipment dealership platform with an anticipated pro forma enterprise value of approximately $550 million.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- In the spirit of wanderlust and adventure, Travel Leaders Network introduces several must-see destinations for 2020. Nearly two dozen picks across six continents are featured in its 64-page annual guide, Bucket List 2020 Vacations. These unforgettable experiences recommended by destination experts include stops in Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe and North and South America, assuring something for everyone.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Five academics from New York's University at Buffalo were ordered to leave Russia after authorities there determined they had violated their tourist visas by giving a lecture, the university said Thursday.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Praesidium Investment Management Company, LLC ("Praesidium", the "firm" or "we"), a value-oriented, investment firm that applies a private equity approach to investing in the public markets, today announced that it has delivered a letter to the Board of Directors of Instructure, Inc. ("Instructure" or the "Company") (NYSE: INST), expressing its concerns with the recently announced proposed sale of the Company to Thoma Bravo for $47.60 per share in cash. In the letter, Praesidium expresses its belief that the Instructure Board did not undertake a full and fair sales process to ensure that shareholders receive maximum value for their investment, citing a rushed process, potential conflicts of interests and a lack of transparency, among other concerning issues. Praesidium, which beneficially owns approximately 7.5% of the outstanding shares of Instructure, believes that the proposed transaction significantly undervalues the Company and intends on voting against the proposed deal in its current form.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- New York City REIT, Inc. ("NYCR") announced that, after careful evaluation, its board of directors strongly recommends that NYCR's stockholders reject the latest unsolicited mini-tender offer launched by MacKenzie Realty Capital, Inc. ("MacKenzie") to purchase up to 500,000 shares of NYCR's common stock.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Scott+Scott Attorneys at Law LLP ("Scott+Scott"), an international securities and consumer rights litigation firm, continues investigating certain directors and officers of Community Health Systems, Inc. ("Community Health") (NYSE: CYH) for breaching their fiduciary duties to Community Health and its shareholders. If you are a Community Health shareholder, you may contact attorney Joe Pettigrew for additional information: 844-818-6982 or jpettigrew@scott-scott.com.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Scott+Scott Attorneys at Law LLP ("Scott+Scott"), an international securities and consumer rights litigation firm, continues investigating certain directors and officers of Altria Group, Inc. ("Altria") (NASDAQ: MO) for breaching their fiduciary duties to Altria and its shareholders. If you are an Altria shareholder, you may contact attorney Joe Pettigrew for additional information toll-free at 844-818-6982 or jpettigrew@scott-scott.com.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Scott+Scott Attorneys at Law LLP ("Scott+Scott"), a national securities and consumer rights litigation firm, continues investigating whether certain directors and officers of Amyris, Inc. ("Amyris" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: AMRS) breached their fiduciary duties to the Company and its shareholders. If you are an Amyris shareholder, you are encouraged to contact attorney Joe Pettigrew toll-free at (844) 818-6982 or at jpettigrew@scott-scott.com.

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Michael Bloomberg is in “outstanding health,” but a letter from his doctor released Thursday notes that the 77-year-old Democrat is receiving treatment for several medical conditions, including an irregular heartbeat.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- UJA-Federation of New York's Wall Street Dinner on December 9, 2019, raised more than $31 million for UJA-Federation's annual campaign. Two thousand financial professionals, prominent business leaders, and philanthropists attended the sold-out event at the New York Hilton Midtown to celebrate BlackRock's Barbara G. Novick, the first female recipient of the Gustave L. Levy Award, and Angelo Gordon's Adam R. Schwartz, recipient of the Alan C. Greenberg Young Leadership.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- MFA Financial, Inc. (NYSE: MFA) announced today that its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share of common stock for the fourth quarter of 2019. The dividend will be paid on January 31, 2020, to stockholders of record on December 30, 2019.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Well known market strategist and advisor Michael Block has joined Adit Ventures, a leading late stage venture capital investment firm, as Special Advisor to work with the principals to grow the firm's market footprint and investment expertise. Mr. Block will be based out of Adit's headquarters in New York. Please visit www.aditventures.com for further information.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Haven's Kitchen, the New York-based recreational cooking school and cafe known for creating America's first line of fresh, refrigerated, globally inspired sauces, announces an expanded presence in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions of the U.S. through a new partnership with The Fresh Market, a leading food retailer. More than 89 The Fresh Market locations across 20 states will now carry Haven's Kitchen sauces in five varieties: Herby Chimichurri, Nutty Lemongrass, Zippy Chili Harissa, Gingery Miso and Red Pepper Romesco.