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California Academy of Sciences Appoints Dr. Scott Sampson as New Executive Director

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SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The California Academy of Sciences has appointed Scott D. Sampson,
Ph.D.—a renowned paleontologist, passionate science communicator, and
seasoned museum leader—to serve as its new executive director. Following
a comprehensive international search, the Academy’s Board of Trustees
selected Dr. Sampson to lead the institution in its mission to explore,
explain, and sustain life. Sampson is currently the President and CEO of
Science World British Columbia, one of Canada’s premier science centers.
He will begin his tenure at the Academy on September 3, 2019.

“Through its world-class scientific research and collections, its
renowned aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum, and its
innovative science communication and education initiatives, the
California Academy of Sciences is inspiring local and global communities
to care for nature and take action for a sustainable future,” said Liebe
Patterson, chair of the Academy’s Board of Trustees. “Dr. Sampson is
uniquely qualified to build on the Academy’s proud legacy and
successfully steer the institution during this exciting chapter in its
165-year history.” Sampson will succeed Jonathan Foley, Ph.D., who led
the Academy for four years before taking a new role as the Executive
Director of Project Drawdown.

To some, namely preschoolers and their parents, Sampson may be best
known as “Dr. Scott the Paleontologist,” the on-air host for the
Emmy-nominated PBS KIDS television series Dinosaur Train. Outside
of this enthusiastic audience, however, Sampson is better known for his
many other contributions to scientific research and public engagement.
Among his peers in the scientific community, Sampson is highly regarded
for his expertise on Late Cretaceous dinosaurs, from theropods in
Madagascar to horned dinosaurs in North America. And in the museum
community, Sampson is celebrated as a skilled organizational leader, a
passionate advocate for connecting people to nature, and a champion for
the critical role that collections-based scientific institutions like
the Academy play in global efforts to understand and sustain life on

During his tenure at Science World British Columbia, Sampson has
launched a suite of bold new programs designed to dramatically scale
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/design & Math) literacy
across the province and facilitate a more sustainable future. He has
also focused on operating a sustainable, equitable institution. Over the
past three years, the science center’s attendance and revenue have
increased by 30%, and the institution has introduced a number of new
initiatives aimed at increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion,
including community access and engagement programs for underserved and
Indigenous communities.

“Dr. Sampson’s commitment to inspiring a deeper appreciation for nature
and increasing scientific literacy among diverse audiences coupled with
his proven leadership record made him the ideal candidate to lead the
Academy as it continues to expand its efforts to shape the science and
issues that will determine our collective future,” said Dan Janney,
Academy trustee and chair of the California Academy of Sciences Director
Search Committee. “Dr. Sampson brings a unique blend of scientific
credibility, compelling science communication skills, fundraising
experience, and capacity for building partnerships to his role as
executive director.”

Before joining Science World British Columbia in 2016, Sampson served as
the Vice President of Research and Collections at the Denver Museum of
Nature & Science and, prior to that, Chief Curator at the Natural
History Museum of Utah. He has also worked as an independent museum and
media consultant, advising on fundraising and exhibition design for
clients including the American Museum of Natural History and the Oakland
Museum of California. In addition to his role as a science advisor and
host for Dinosaur Train, Sampson has extensive media and science
communication experience, including as the science advisor and host of
the four-part Discovery Channel series Dinosaur Planet and as the
author of multiple books for general audiences, including: Dinosaur
Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life
(University of California
Press, 2009); How to Raise a Wild Child, a book aimed at helping
parents, teachers, and others foster a deep connection with nature in
children (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015); and You Can Be A
, a book for young enthusiasts of dinosaurs, science,
and nature (National Geographic, 2017).

“The California Academy of Sciences is a truly remarkable institution
with world class research, exhibitions, and programs built on a deep and
distinguished history,” says Sampson. “I am thrilled and honored to be
joining the team, particularly at such a critical moment in our planet’s
history. Now, more than ever before, nature and science museums are
called upon to help move humanity, and all life on Earth, toward a
thriving future. The Academy is ideally suited to play a pivotal role in
this effort.”

Sampson has won numerous awards and honors, including the Public Service
Award from the Geological Society of America, the Lifetime Legacy Award
from Environmental Learning for Kids, and Time Magazine Canada’s “Who
Defines the new Frontiers of Science” list. He also served as the
National Ambassador for Nature Rocks, a global initiative of The Nature
Conservancy aimed at inspiring families to explore nature.

“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Sampson to the City and County of San
Francisco to lead the California Academy of Sciences,” said San
Francisco Mayor London Breed. “Dr. Sampson’s experience in scientific
research and his history of developing innovative initiatives that
expose families and young people to the world of science will be
exceptional assets for the Academy and our City. The Academy of Sciences
provides an amazing educational experience for our families and our
residents, and with its commitment to Museums for All, the Academy is
helping to make San Francisco a more equitable City. Under Dr. Sampson’s
leadership, I look forward to working with the Academy to ensure
everyone has access to this incredible institution and to help promote a
more sustainable future for our City and our planet.”

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The California Academy of Sciences is a renowned scientific and
educational institution dedicated to exploring, explaining, and
sustaining life on Earth. Based in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, it
is home to a world-class aquarium, planetarium, and natural history
museum, as well as innovative programs in scientific research and
education—all under one living roof. To learn more, visit


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Bermuda Government, Industry Group Heads to Toronto

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HAMILTON, Bermuda–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Bermuda–Bermuda Finance Minister Curtis Dickinson leads a delegation of
government, regulatory and industry representatives to Toronto next week
to highlight Bermuda’s close links to Canada and opportunities for
bilateral trade and investment.

The delegation will take part in a
one-day multi-industry forum
, hosted by the Bermuda Business
Development Agency (BDA) Wednesday, June 19 at The Ritz-Carlton Toronto,
and also attend scheduled business development meetings around the city.
Featuring informative panel discussions, thought-leadership sessions,
and networking opportunities for investors and businesses interested in
learning more about the island, the forum is the sixth in a series of
overseas multi-industry showcases, following successful events in
London, New York and Miami over the past two years. It is the first in

“We’re looking forward to meeting civic leaders, media, investors and
industry executives during the forum and related meetings,” said BDA CEO
Andy Burrows. “The aim is to increase awareness of Bermuda as a
gold-standard international financial centre and underscore our
jurisdiction’s historic and mutually beneficial relationship with
Canadian markets.”

The Consul General of Canada in New York, Phyllis Yaffe, will help
launch the forum with a fireside chat-style conversation with Minister
Dickinson. Another highlight of the day will be a keynote presentation
by Lucia Gallardo, a fintech entrepreneur who has partnered with the
United Nations to leverage blockchain systems to help resettlement of
refugees, among other projects.

Industry sessions include participants from more than 30 Bermuda-related
entities, among them, AMBIKA, Aon, Appleby, ArcTern Ventures, ASW Law,
AXA XL, the Association of Bermuda Insurers & Reinsurers (ABIR); Bennett
Jones, the Bermuda Insurance Management Association (BIMA), Bermuda
Monetary Authority (BMA), Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA), Butterfield
Bank, ChainThat, Conyers, CryptoScan, Deloitte, Estera Services,
Exponential Ventures, EY, Fasken, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC),
KPMG, Kroll Bond Rating Agency, MQ Services, Outlier Canada, PwC, Quest
Management Services, RGAx, SALT Lending, and Shyft Network.

Canada is one of Bermuda’s most significant economic partners, with
two-way trade between the two nations amounting to USD$2.6 billion in
2017, and $37 billion in mutual assets and investments. Bermuda supports
an estimated 25,000 jobs in Canada, including 15,000 from multi-national
companies in Bermuda and their Canadian affiliates and represents
Canada’s fifth-largest export market in trade and services; only the US,
UK, Germany and France are greater Canadian export markets.

To register for the free, one-day forum, go to:


The BDA encourages direct investment and helps companies start up,
re-locate or expand their operations in our premier jurisdiction. An
independent, public-private partnership, we connect you to industry
professionals, regulatory officials, and key contacts in the Bermuda
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LEAD PLAINTIFF DEADLINE ALERT: Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Encourages Investors Who Suffered Losses In Apple, Inc. To Contact The Firm

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, a leading national securities law firm, reminds
investors in Apple, Inc. (“Apple” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:AAPL) of the
June 17, 2019 deadline to seek the role of lead plaintiff in a federal
securities class action that has been filed against the Company.

If you invested in Apple stock or options between November 2, 2018
and January 2, 2019
and would like to discuss your legal rights, click
There is no cost or obligation to you.

You can also contact us by calling Richard Gonnello toll free at
or at 212-983-9330 or by sending an e-mail to

The lawsuit has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern
District of California on behalf of all those who purchased Apple common
stock between November 2, 2018 and January 2, 2019 (the “Class Period”).
The case, City of Roseville Employees’ Retirement System v. Apple
Inc., et al.,
No. 19-cv-2033 was filed on April 16, 2019.

The lawsuit focuses on whether the Company and its executives violated
federal securities laws by failing to disclose that: (1) the U.S.-China
trade war had negatively impacted demand for iPhones and Apple’s pricing
power in greater China; (2) due to Apple discounting the cost of
replacement batteries to make up for the Company’s prior conduct of
intentionally degrading the performance of the batteries in older
iPhones, the rate at which Apple customers were replacing their
batteries in older iPhones, rather than purchasing new iPhones, was
negatively impacting Apple’s iPhone sales growth; (3) as a result of
slowing demand, Apple had slashed production orders from suppliers for
the new 2018 iPhone models and cut prices to reduce inventory; and (4)
defendants’ decision to withhold unit sales for iPhones and other
hardware, which was a metric relevant to investors and their view of the
Company’s financial performance, was designed to and would mask declines
in unit sales of the Company’s flagship product.

On January 2, 2019, after the close of trading, Apple disclosed that,
for the first time in 15 years, Apple would miss its prior quarterly
revenue forecast amid falling iPhone sales in China, its third-largest
market after the United States and Europe. The Company announced first
quarter fiscal 2019 revenues of only $84 billion, far below the expected
range of $89 billion to $93 billion the Company had announced just eight
weeks earlier on November 1, 2018. The Company also admitted that in
addition to macroeconomics in the Chinese market, the price cuts to
battery replacements a year earlier to fix the Company’s prior
surreptitious conduct had hurt iPhone sales.

On this news, the Company’s stock price fell from $157.92 per share on
January 2, 2019 to $142.19 per share on January 3, 2019—a $15.62 or
9.96% drop.

The court-appointed lead plaintiff is the investor with the largest
financial interest in the relief sought by the class who is adequate and
typical of class members who directs and oversees the litigation on
behalf of the putative class. Any member of the putative class may move
the Court to serve as lead plaintiff through counsel of their choice, or
may choose to do nothing and remain an absent class member. Your ability
to share in any recovery is not affected by the decision to serve as a
lead plaintiff or not.

Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP also encourages anyone with information regarding
Apple’s conduct to contact the firm, including whistleblowers, former
employees, shareholders and others.

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Three Finalists Selected Following GA-ASI’s Blue Magic Belgium Event

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PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Three finalists have been selected from GA-ASI’s Blue Magic Belgium
event with the goal of supporting GA-ASI and the development of MQ-9B
SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) for Belgium. The three
Belgian companies selected are AIRobot, ALX Systems, and Hexagon.

AIRobot, a company based at DronePort in Sint Truiden, Belgium, focuses
on developing drone performance equipment for easy, precise and safe
professional operations, while specializing in Artificial Intelligence
(AI) for processing hyper-spectral imagery. ALX Systems is an Unmanned
Aircraft System (UAS) solution provider based in Liège, Belgium and
specializing in AI for processing Full Motion Video. Hexagon’s
Geospatial division, with an office in Leuven, Belgium, specializes in
software solutions and geospatial tools for visualizing location
intelligence, such as auto-routing UAS and creating a smart digital

GA-ASI held outreach events in Belgium May 15-16 with the goal of
identifying small to medium-sized Belgian companies that can support
SkyGuardian development through cutting-edge technologies. This followed
the Government of Belgium’s approval for Belgian Defense to negotiate
acquisition of GA-ASI’s SkyGuardian to meet the nation’s RPA

“We were very impressed by the many talented companies and particularly
by the innovative concepts presented by these three finalists,” said
Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI.

Blue Magic Belgium was a Research and Development (R&D) event held in
two regions of Belgium. Approximately 50 related companies registered
for the event and 19 companies were selected to present their innovative
technologies to a technical panel of experts from GA-ASI. GA-ASI is
committed to placing $3 million in R&D funding with Belgium industry.
This investment will focus on high-value technological development with
small to medium-sized enterprises. The seed funds will be utilized to
develop Belgian capabilities that meet Ministry of Defense (MOD) and
industry objectives to be competitive in future European RPA programs.

About GA-ASI

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of
General Atomics, is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven,
reliable Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and
electro-optic and related mission systems, including the Predator®
RPA series and the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar. With more than
five million flight hours, GA-ASI provides long-endurance,
mission-capable aircraft with integrated sensor and data link systems
required to deliver persistent flight that enables situational awareness
and rapid strike. The company also produces a variety of ground control
stations and sensor control/image analysis software, offers pilot
training and support services, and develops meta-material antennas. For
more information, visit

Predator and Lynx are registered trademarks of General Atomics
Aeronautical Systems, Inc.


Robert Walker
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
(858) 524-8101

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