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Profoto Reveals A1X Flash, Adds Sony Version; Now Available at B&H

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Photography News: Today, Profoto is upgrading its smallest flash to the
A1X AirTTL Studio Light. This model boasts an improved battery, faster
performance, and models for Canon, Nikon, and Sony systems.

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#BHPhotolt;/agt;–B&H Photo would like to share the announcement of the Profoto A1X
AirTTL Studio Light
. This is a solid upgrade for Profoto’s smallest
studio strobe, available for Canon,
and Sony
camera systems.

Profoto A1X AirTTL-C Studio Light

for Canon

for Nikon

for Sony

Product Highlights

  • Built-In AirTTL, Use On or Off Camera
  • Faster Recycling: 1 sec
  • Upgraded Battery: 450 Full Power Flashes
  • High-Speed Sync, LED Modeling Light
  • 9-Stop Power Range, 76Ws Output
  • Weighs 1.2 lb Including Battery
  • Optional Wireless TTL with Air Remote
  • Includes Bounce Card, Dome Diffuser
  • Wide Lens, Flash Stand, USB Cable
  • A1 Bag with Shoulder Strap

The design of the A1X has remained consistent, though a few notable
changes have improved performance in meaningful ways. These upgrades
include a new Li-Ion
that is rated for 450 full-power flashes, which is 100 more
than its predecessor, a faster recycle time of just 1 second, the use of
20 wireless channels instead of 8, and an updated interface. Otherwise,
it maintains the same rounded head and magnetic mount for Light Shaping
Tools that made the original model so successful. Making this flash even
better is AirTTL and HSS support for automatic metering. It also has an
LED modeling light, a clean user interface, a built-in Air Remote, zoom
function, and more.

Profoto is also offering an Off-Camera Kit. This bundles the A1X with a
Connect Remote and is available for Canon,
and Sony

About B&H Photo Video

As the world’s largest source of photography, video, and audio
equipment, as well as computers, drones, and home and portable
entertainment, B&H
is known worldwide for its attentive, knowledgeable sales force and
excellent customer service, including fast, reliable shipping. B&H has
been satisfying customers worldwide for 40 years.

Visitors to the website can access a variety of educational videos and
enlightening articles. The B
and H YouTube Channel
 has an unmatched wealth of educational
content. Our entertaining and informative videos feature product
overviews from our in-house specialists. You can view the B&H Event
Space presentations from many of the world’s foremost experts and
interviews with some of technology’s most dynamic characters. Tap into
this exciting resource by subscribing to the B&H YouTube Channel here.
In addition to videos, the B&H Explora
blog presents new product announcements, gear reviews, helpful guides,
and tech news written by product experts and industry professionals.

When you’re in Manhattan, take a tour of the B&H Photo SuperStore,
located at 420 Ninth Avenue. The techno-carousel spins all year round at
the counters and kiosks at B&H. With hundreds of products on display,
the B&H Photo SuperStore is the place to test-drive and compare all the
latest gear.


Shawn C. Steiner
B&H Photo Video

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AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of The Progressive Corporation and Most Members; Upgrades Issuer Credit Ratings of American Strategic Insurance Corp. and Its Affiliates

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OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of “aa” of most members of The Progressive Corporation (Progressive) (Mayfield Village, OH). Concurrently, AM Best has upgraded the Long-Term ICRs to “aa” from “aa-” and affirmed the FSR of A+ (Superior) of American Strategic Insurance Corp. (American Strategic) (St. Petersburg, FL) and its affiliates that are now part of Progressive. Additionally, AM Best has affirmed the Long-Term ICR of “a” and all Long-Term Issue Credit Ratings (Long-Term IR) of all senior issuances and the preferred stock issuance of the parent holding company, Progressive. Also, AM Best has affirmed the FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of “a+” of National Continental Insurance Company (National Continental) (Bohemia, NY). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. (See below for a detailed listing of the companies and ratings).

The ratings of Progressive reflect its balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as strongest, as well as its strong operating performance, very favorable business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).

Progressive’s risk-adjusted capitalization has benefited from consistently favorable underwriting results and high levels of investment income, as well as sizable realized and unrealized capital gains. Progressive continues to benefit from a seasoned and stable management team, brand name recognition, multiple channel distribution platform, and innovative underwriting and claims handling technology. In addition, Progressive continues to experience strong premium growth, reflective of its widespread brand recognition. Progressive’s auto results have outperformed competitors in recent years despite the impacts of frequency and severity throughout the automobile insurance industry, due mainly to its sophisticated data mining and pricing techniques. These positive rating factors are offset partially by Progressive’s high underwriting leverage relative to industry averages. However, Progressive has operated historically with elevated underwriting leverage, while consistently generating favorable underwriting results with very low levels of volatility.

The Long-Term ICR upgrade of American Strategic Insurance Corp. reflects its growing importance within the organization given Progressive’s efforts to increase the share of multi-product households through bundling. Bundled products are an integral part of Progressive’s offerings and an important part of the company’s strategic agenda.

The ratings of National Continental reflect the company’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate ERM. Additionally, the ratings recognize the financial strength, infrastructure and technological capabilities afforded as a subsidiary of Progressive.

The FSR of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term ICRs of “aa” have been affirmed with stable outlooks for the following members of The Progressive Corporation:

  • Progressive Casualty Insurance Company
  • Progressive Northern Insurance Company
  • Progressive Northwestern Insurance Company
  • Progressive Specialty Insurance Company
  • Progressive Preferred Insurance Company
  • Progressive Classic Insurance Company
  • Progressive American Insurance Company
  • Progressive Gulf Insurance Company
  • Progressive Bayside Insurance Company
  • Progressive Mountain Insurance Company
  • Progressive Southeastern Insurance Company
  • Progressive Hawaii Insurance Corp.
  • Progressive Michigan Insurance Company
  • Progressive Security Insurance Company
  • Progressive West Insurance Company
  • Drive New Jersey Insurance Company
  • Progressive County Mutual Insurance Company
  • Progressive Direct Insurance Company
  • Progressive Marathon Insurance Company
  • Progressive Max Insurance Company
  • Progressive Advanced Insurance Company
  • Progressive Universal Insurance Company
  • Progressive Premier Insurance Company of Illinois
  • Progressive Paloverde Insurance Company
  • Mountain Laurel Assurance Company
  • Progressive Select Insurance Company
  • Progressive Garden State Insurance Company
  • United Financial Casualty Company
  • Artisan and Truckers Casualty Company
  • Progressive Express Insurance Company

The Long-Term ICRs have been upgraded to “aa” from “aa­-” and the FSR of A+ (Superior) affirmed, with stable outlooks for American Strategic Insurance Corp. and the following affiliates:

  • ASI Assurance Corp.
  • ASI Home Insurance Corp.
  • ASI Lloyds
  • ASI Preferred Insurance Corp.
  • ASI Select Insurance Corp.
  • Progressive Property Insurance Company

The FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of “a+” have been affirmed with a stable outlook for National Continental Insurance Company.

The Long-Term ICR of “a” and the following Long-Term IRs of The Progressive Corporation have been affirmed with stable outlooks:

The Progressive Corporation—

— “a” on $500 million 3.75% senior unsecured notes, due 2021

— “a” on $500 million 2.45% senior unsecured notes, due 2027

— “a” on $300 million 6.625% senior unsecured notes, due 2029

— “a” on $550 million 4.00% senior unsecured notes, due 2029

— “a” on $400 million 6.250% senior unsecured notes, due 2032

— “a” on $350 million 4.35% senior unsecured debentures, due 2044

— “a” on $400 million 3.7% senior unsecured notes, due 2045

— “a” on $850 million 4.125% senior unsecured notes, due 2047

— “a” on $600 million 4.2% senior unsecured notes, due 2048

— “bbb+” on $500 million 5.375% cumulative preferred stock

This press release relates to Credit Ratings that have been published on AM Best’s website. For all rating information relating to the release and pertinent disclosures, including details of the office responsible for issuing each of the individual ratings referenced in this release, please see AM Best’s Recent Rating Activity web page. For additional information regarding the use and limitations of Credit Rating opinions, please view Understanding Best’s Credit Ratings. For information on the proper media use of Best’s Credit Ratings and AM Best press releases, please view Guide for Media – Proper Use of Best’s Credit Ratings and AM Best Rating Action Press Releases.

AM Best is a global rating agency and information provider with a unique focus on the insurance industry. Visit for more information.

Copyright © 2019 by A.M. Best Rating Services, Inc. and/or its affiliates. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


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Los Angeles Times Announces Slate of Chefs, Bartenders and Restaurants Participating in The Taste

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The 10th annual food and drink festival returns to the Paramount Pictures Studios backlot this Labor Day weekend

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#TasteLA–The Los Angeles Times today announced the lineup for The Taste, its annual festival celebrating Southern California’s diverse culinary scene. Hosted by The Times’ acclaimed Food staff, the famous backlot will transform into the ultimate block party for three individual evening events, August 30 through September 1. Admission includes unlimited tastings from the area’s best restaurants, a variety of wine, beer and seasonal cocktails, plus access to cooking demonstrations and talks by renowned chefs.

  • Friday, Aug. 30, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

    L.A. Times Food Columnist Lucas Kwan Peterson will cook up a special on-stage presentation of one of his favorite projects for the Food section. Paola Da Re and Giorgia Sinatra (Pasta Sisters) will lead an Italian cooking demonstration with Chiara Soldati (La Scolca) who will lead a wine discussion, presented by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. The Times’ Wine Club will launch with a demo by expert Mark Oldman. Take a wine tour through France with Ira Norof (Southern Glazer’s), Erin Landsberg (American Wine & Spirits) and Troy Chappel (Southern Glazer’s). Restaurants include: 40 Love, Baldoria Bar + Kitchen, Bibigo Kitchen, Burritos La Palma, Casa Vega, Donut Friend, Fat Dragon, Izakaya Osen, LBK Pizzeria, Love & Salt, Ma’am Sir, Mainland Poke, MANEATINGPLANT, Park’s BBQ, Pop’s Bagels, Prawn Coastal, Rao’s Hollywood, Salazar, SLAB, Supercool Creamery and Wurstküche.
  • Saturday, Aug. 31, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

    Delicious food and plenty of spice will be the order of the night with Kim Prince (Hotville Chicken) as she showcases her famous Nashville hot chicken with L.A. Times Senior Food Writer Jenn Harris. Chefs Pawan, Nakul and Arjun Mahendro (Badmaash) will demonstrate their mix of contemporary and nostalgic approaches in creating delicious Indian fare, hosted by Times Cooking Editor Genevieve Ko. Get a rice wine 101 with a sake demo by Courtney Kaplan (Ototo). The Bar Stage will feature Ira Norof and Wes Hagen (J. Wilkes Wines) talking wine, enlightenment and contentment. Restaurants include: Baltaire, Bull & Butterfly, Castaway, Coni’Seafood, Employees Only, Faith & Flower, Granville, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Little Sister, Madre, Mister O’s, Nic’s on Beverly, Ocean Prime, Pedalers Fork, Pikoh, Sosta, The Bellwether, Viviane and a special collaboration between Freedman’s and Genghis Cohen.
  • Sunday, Sept. 1, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

    Teresa Montaño (Otoño) will demonstrate how to cook one of her favorite Spanish-inspired dishes with L.A. Times Food Writer Amy Scattergood. Learn how to make the perfect Tijuana-style taco with Jorge Alvarez-Tostado and Victor Delgado (Tacos 1986). Chris Bianco (Tartine Bianco) will show home cooks how to make a relaxed Italian meal with Times Deputy Food Editor Andrea Chang. Tobin Shea (Redbird) will shake up a seasonal mocktail, and the Bar Stage will feature a discussion about women in wine with Ira Norof, Chiara Soldati and Lora Tagliarina (Coastal Pacific Wine & Spirits). Restaurants include: Aqui es Texcoco, Bone Kettle, Cal Mare, Chao Krung, Eve, HomeState, Jitlada, Kobee Factory, Lalibela Ethiopian, Le Comptoir, LN2, Mora Italiano, Rappahannock Oyster Bar, Same Same, The Bazaar by José Andrés and Triple Beam Pizza.

Los Angeles Times’ The Taste is produced in association with Best Events. The Collins College of Hospitality Management and L.A. Regional Food Bank are the event’s charity beneficiaries. Tickets range from $115 to $190; a discount will be available exclusively to Times subscribers for select events starting July 19. For the second year in a row, The Taste will travel to Costa Mesa for three events over two days in October (Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19), with the programming lineup to be announced in September. Details and tickets: Connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @TheTasteLA (#TasteLA).


Emel Shaikh, JS2 PR


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Motorola Solutions to Issue Second-Quarter 2019 Earnings Results on Aug. 1

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Webcast presentation by executives to follow earnings release

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) will issue its second-quarter 2019 earnings results after the close of the market on Thursday, Aug. 1.

Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call with financial analysts at 4 p.m. CDT (5 p.m. EDT) on Aug. 1. The conference call will be webcast live at

About Motorola Solutions

Motorola Solutions is a global leader in mission-critical communications. Our technology platforms in communications, command center software, video security solutions and managed and support services make cities safer and help communities and businesses thrive. At Motorola Solutions, we are ushering in a new era in public safety and security. Learn more at

MOTOROLA, MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS and the Stylized M Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Motorola Trademark Holdings, LLC and are used under license. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2019 Motorola Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.


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