Seaspan Shipyards and the Government of Canada Celebrate the Launch of the First Large Vessel Designed and Built Under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy

NORTH VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwired – Dec. 8, 2017) – Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) today celebrated the launch of the first large vessel to be designed and built under the Government of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) – OFSV1, the first of three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSV).

Erie Insurance names Wallace Oakley to executive leadership

ERIE, Pa., Dec. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Erie Insurance is pleased to announce the promotion of Dionne Wallace Oakley to executive vice president of Human Resources & Strategy.  In this role she will expand her oversight to include several strategic functions.

Wallace Oakley came to Erie Insurance in 2011 as vice president, HR Business Partners, following a 22-year career at State Farm where her responsibilities included commercial lines service, personal lines underwriting, auto claims, corporate public affairs, agent recruiting and human resources.

At Erie Insurance, Wallace Oakley has enhanced efforts to deliver contemporary human resource practices.  She has led ERIE’s Great Place to Work initiative since 2012 and is the sponsor of ERIE’s Workforce of the Future priority initiative.

Wallace Oakley earned a dual bachelor’s degree in marketing and business from Delaware State University and a master’s in human resource development from Towson University in Baltimore.  She is active in the community, serving on the boards of the Erie Community Foundation, Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board, Team Pennsylvania, United Way of Erie County, the Resources Committee and the Erie Zoo.

The appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2018.

About Erie Insurance
According to A.M. Best Company, Erie Insurance Group, based in Erie, Pennsylvania, is the 10th largest homeowners insurer and 11th largest automobile insurer in the United States based on direct premiums written and the 15th largest property/casualty insurer in the United States based on total lines net premium written.  The Group, rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best Company, has more than 5 million policies in force and operates in 12 states and the District of Columbia.  Erie Insurance Group is a FORTUNE 500 company.

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AAG Named a 2017 Orange County Top Workplace

ORANGE, Calif., Dec. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — American Advisors Group (AAG) is proud to announce it has been recognized as a 2017 Top Workplace by the Orange County Register, a three-time Pulitzer-prize winning daily newspaper serving Orange County, California. This is AAG’s fifth consecutive year on the Top Workplace list, first appearing in 2013. This year, AAG ranked 7th on the list of large companies, up from 11th in 2016. The Top Workplace recognition is based on surveys completed by employees and conducted by Energage, formerly Workplace Dynamics, a third-party research firm. Employees were asked to rate their employers on topics such as benefits, leadership, training, compensation and workplace culture. More than 1,300 Orange County companies were invited to participate in the 2017 survey.

“This award really belongs to our employees who genuinely enjoy coming to work every day and contributing to the unique culture here,” said Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Rebecca Pacillas. “We’ve learned over the years how important a positive environment is for talent recruitment, retention and overall productivity. Because of this, AAG is constantly looking for ways to build and sustain our culture and improve employee job satisfaction.”

AAG is committed to building its Caring, Driven and Ethical culture through employee engagement, competitive compensation and professional development. AAG’s employee engagement program, ProjectInspire, hosts appreciation, engagement and social events throughout the year. Examples include town halls, bingo, ping pong tournaments, softball and bowling leagues, blood drives, team building events and the annual New Year’s Party. In addition, the ProjectInspire team organizes fundraisers for the AAG Foundation, including an annual spelling bee, chili cook-off and comedy night.

AAG offers employees competitive benefits and compensation packages, which include paid- and volunteer-time-off, 401k employer contributions, in addition to physical and financial health and wellness seminars, free biometric screenings and health fairs, monthly healthy lifestyle newsletters and an employee assistance program.

For professional development, AAG has an in-house learning and development team, which oversees AAG’s New Hire Orientation, Lead Empower Act Drive (LEAD) program, and AAG University, a continuing education program that offers training for office program suites, introductions to new products and industry and company updates.

AAG was recently recognized as part of the 2017 Orange County Civic 50, a ranking of the top 50 community-minded companies in Orange County, and as a 2017 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics Finalist in the 500+ employee category, presented by the Better Business Bureau of San Diego, Orange and Imperial counties.

About American Advisors Group
American Advisors Group (AAG) is the nation’s leader in reverse mortgage lending. We are dedicated to helping American seniors convert a portion of their home equity, a largely untapped asset, to help fund their retirement needs.

AAG is a proud member of the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA). To learn more about American Advisors Group and reverse mortgage loans, please visit the company’s website at

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National Press Club To Hold Press Conference Regarding Status Of Detained Press Freedom Award Winner Emilio Gutierrez, Monday, Dec. 11 @1PM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Press Club will hold a press conference Monday, Dec. 11 at 1:00 p.m. regarding the recent detainment of Mexican journalist Emilio Gutierrez by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. The press conference will take place in the club’s First Amendment Lounge.

Just two months after appearing at the National Press Club to accept the John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award on behalf of Mexico’s besieged journalists, Gutierrez on Thursday found himself on the verge of deportation and, later, removed to a detention facility in the remote west Texas town of Sierra Blanca.

Eduardo Beckett, an attorney representing Gutierrez, said immigration officials in El Paso handcuffed the reporter when he arrived for a scheduled appointment and refused to wait for a response from the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals. The BIA’s phone call granting the stay, 10 minutes later, prevented the deportation. Afterwards, however, Beckett was unable to see his client. He said ICE informed him that Gutierrez would be detained — in a facility 90 miles from his attorney’s El Paso office.

“I believe it’s retaliation,” Beckett told the National Press Club.

Officials at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement have told the club they are “researching” the case.

Gutierrez has been living in the United States since 2008, when he and his son fled after reporting he did about alleged abuses of civilians by the Mexican military resulted in threats to his life. He is seeking asylum and has appealed a July decision by immigration Judge Robert Hough denying his request.

International freedom of the press and freedom of speech organizations, including Freedom House, Reporters Without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists, have concluded that Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. Earlier this week, the United Nations issued a report decrying a “crisis” of safety for the press in Mexico.

Nearly two dozen journalism and immigration rights organizations have signed a National Press Club letter supporting Gutierrez’s asylum request.

The National Press Club is one of the world’s leading journalism organizations; through its non-profit Journalism Institute, it supports the First Amendment in the United States and freedom of the press worldwide.

Press Contacts:
Kathy Kiley, Press Freedom Fellow, National Press Club Journalism Institute, (202) 256-4748
Julie Schoo, Executive Director, National Press Club Journalism Institute, (202) 662-7507,

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Christopher Schmidt appointed new President and CEO of Healthplex, leading dental plan administrator

UNIONDALE, N.Y., Dec. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Healthplex announces that its Board of Directors has appointed Christopher Schmidt, on November 10, 2017, as the company’s new President and Chief Executive Officer.  

Mr. Schmidt’s people-focused leadership style, systems expertise, and market understanding will be instrumental in achieving the company’s long term goals.  “Healthplex will continue to grow and strengthen our regional footprint while maintaining our position as the premier dental benefit administrator in the New York/New Jersey area,” says Schmidt.

Schmidt has been a part of the management team at Healthplex for over 30 years in various technical and strategic roles.  As Chief Operating Officer, Schmidt fostered the growth of the company’s commercial, municipal, and union business, in addition to federal and state government-funded programs.  He holds an M.B.A. in Accounting, Finance, and Operations Management from Columbia University.

“His contributions and dedication to the company, our employees, and our clients have been immeasurable.  We look forward to working with him and can’t wait to see where he takes Healthplex in the future,” say the company’s directors.

Schmidt’s appointment follows the resignation of the company’s former President and co-CEO, Sharon Zelkind, who has retired.

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Weifang, Capital of Kites, Strives to be City of Industry, Culture, Dynamics and Quality

WEIFANG, China, Dec. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — On November 26, a dozen or more mainstream journalists, including Xinhua News Agency, The People’s Daily, Guangming Daily and China News Service, reported extensively on the development of Weifang city. As an agricultural and cultural center in East China’s Shandong province with some 2,000 years of history, the city of Weifang strives to become an industrial, culturally famous, dynamic and habitable city. To realize these objectives, Weifang attaches great importance to forming a modern industrial system, coordinating rural and urban development, seeking new driving forces for development, strengthening cultural soft power, reforms, improving people’s livelihoods, and enhancing social governance. 

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As the birthplace of kites, Weifang hosted the world’s first international kite festival in 1984 and enjoys the reputation of Capital of Kites.

In addition to being home to numerous natural and historic sites, Weifang is home to Weichai, China’s leading conglomerate specialized in design, manufacturing and sale of diesel engines.

According to the Publicity Department of the CPC Weifang Municipal Committee, in the past five years, Weifang was recognized by the central authorities as a national modern agricultural demonstration zone, an agriculture-business interconnection standardization model city, a national agricultural open development comprehensive pilot zone, a high-end equipment manufacturing base in the region surrounding the Bohai Bay, and a national biosurfactant material industry base.

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