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AM Best Withdraws Credit Ratings of Cotton States Life Insurance Company

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OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A-
(Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of
“a-” of Cotton States Life Insurance Company (Alpharetta, GA). The
outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. Concurrently, AM
Best has withdrawn the ratings of Cotton States Life Insurance Company
at the company’s request to no longer participate in AM Best’s
interactive rating process.

The rating of Cotton States Life Insurance Company reflects its balance
sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its
marginal operating performance, limited business profile, appropriate
enterprise risk management and partial rating enhancement received from
COUNTRY Financial Property Casualty Group.

AM Best notes that Cotton States ceased issuing new policies in 2013,
effectively placing the company into run-off status. While risk-adjusted
capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR),
remains at the strongest level, premium and earnings trends have
declined in the absence of new business. As there are currently no plans
to begin issuing new business, these trends are expected to continue
over the foreseeable future.

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
www.ambest.com
for more information
.

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

Contacts

Jason MacKenzie
Financial Analyst
+1 908 439
2200, ext. 5649

jason.mackenzie@ambest.com

Thomas Rosendale
Director
+1 908 439 2200,
ext. 5201

thomas.rosendale@ambest.com

Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
+1
908 439 2200, ext. 5159

christopher.sharkey@ambest.com

Jim Peavy
Director, Public Relations
+1 908
439 2200, ext. 5644

james.peavy@ambest.com

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Cambodia Junior National Canoe Team Members to Visit Japan as Part of Japan Exchange Program JENESYS 2019

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TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sixteen members of the Cambodia junior national canoe team are scheduled to visit Japan from September 17–25 as part of the Japan Exchange Program JENESYS 2019 promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

We invite the group to enjoy canoe-related tours and lectures in Tokyo, and then to visit Ishikawa Prefecture to participate in the 15th Japan Canoe Sprint Junior/Junior Youth Komatsu Tournament, joint practice with the Japan national team, a social gathering with high school students, and other activities, all in an effort to promote personal exchange between Japan and Cambodia through sports. Our aims with these activities are to effectively share the appeals of Japan and to further promote the future development of the sports industry in Cambodia and friendly relations between Cambodia and Japan.

We hope that participants in this program will proactively share the appeals of Japan and other information after returning to Cambodia.

For reference: Japan Exchange Program JENESYS 2019

People with the ability and future mission to deliver messages between Japan and the countries and regions of Asia and Oceania are invited and dispatched in order to promote an understanding of Japan with regard to politics, economics, society, culture, history, foreign policy, and the like, and pro-Japanese people and experts on Japan are discovered in order to strengthen Japan’s message to other countries and expand Japan’s diplomatic foundation by having the guests and dispatchees take the initiative to spread information about the diplomatic stance, appeals, and other facets of Japan.

Schedule

Tuesday, September 17

Arrive in Japan, orientation, lecture by the Japan Canoe Federation, etc.

Wednesday, September 18

Tour Sea Forest Waterway, etc.

Thursday, September 19

Travel to Ishikawa Prefecture

Courtesy visit to the Komatsu City Office

Joint practice with the Japan national team

Friday, September 20

Visit Komatsu Ltd.

Social gathering

Saturday, September 21–Monday, September 23

Participate in the 15th Japan Canoe Sprint Junior/Junior Youth Komatsu Tournament

Tuesday, September 24

Travel to Tokyo

Presentation of outcomes, etc.

Wednesday, September 25

Depart Japan

Contacts

Inquiries about the program

JENESYS 2019 ASEAN + East Timor Project Implementing Agency

JTB Kasumigaseki Operations Department

Contact: Junji Mise (Mr.), Yutaka Shintani (Mr.)

TEL: +81-3-6737-9447

Weekdays: 9:00-18:00 (Closed on weekends and holidays)

[Email] jenesys2019asean@jtb.com

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CommerceWest Bank Supported Caterina’s Club and Provided Warm Meals, Affordable Housing, and Job Training Assistance to Low-Income Families

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IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CommerceWest Bank (OTCBB: CWBK) supported Caterina’s Club and provided warm meals, affordable housing and job training assistance to low-income families throughout Southern California. Caterina’s Club “Feeding Kids in America” program feeds over 25,025 children a week. The “Welcome Home” program provides qualified families, living in the dark environment of a motel, with the necessary resources to move into the safety and stability of an apartment or condo.

Chef Bruno Serato commented, “It’s time to stop talking about it and do something about it.” He continued, “Thank you all so much for supporting Caterina’s Club, the children, and families we serve. This year’s gala wouldn’t be a success without grand supporters such as CommerceWest Bank. Thank you!”

Ivo A. Tjan, Chairman and CEO of CommerceWest Bank, stated, “A lot of families take for granted how meaningful it is to sit down and have a nightly dinner. It is disheartening to think of, especially when thousands of children in our community go to bed hungry, without an adequate roof over their head.” He continued, “We are excited to be able to help Chef Bruno Serato provide warm meals and affordable housing to underprivileged children and low-income families in our community.”

CommerceWest Bank is a California based full service commercial bank with a unique vision and culture of focusing exclusively on the business community. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Irvine, California. The Bank serves businesses throughout the state with an emphasis on clients in Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Riverside Counties. We are a full service business bank and offer a wide range of commercial banking services, including concierge services, remote deposit solution, online banking, mobile banking, lines of credit, working capital loans, commercial real estate loans, SBA loans, and cash management services.

Mission Statement: CommerceWest Bank will create a complete banking experience for each client, catering to businesses and their specific banking needs, while accommodating our clients and providing them high-quality, low stress and personally tailored banking and financial services.

Please visit www.cwbk.com to learn more about the bank. “BANK ON THE DIFFERENCE”

Contacts

Ivo A. Tjan, Chairman and CEO

Work Phone: 949-474-5278 (Media Only)

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Cabinet painting is a cost-effective way to modernize the kitchen and increase property value.

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CALGARY, Alberta–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kitchen renovations have one of the highest returns on investment compared to other home renovations. A modern, updated kitchen will add value to a property and make it more attractive to buyers. The largest financial component of a kitchen renovation is the cabinetry.

“Homeowners can experience huge savings on their kitchen renovation when they choose cabinet painting over a full cabinet replacement,” said Chris White of New Look Cabinets in Calgary. “Cabinet painting can make the kitchen look like new, at a fraction of the cost.”

The best advice is to hire Calgary cabinet painters for this project, but homeowners can attempt to DIY cabinet painting. Here are some instructions on how to paint kitchen cabinets.

  1. Choose paint: Choose a paint that will best adhere to your cabinet material and give lasting durability. You should also consider what paint colour will best suit your home’s overall design and your personal taste.
  2. Prepare the kitchen: Before starting, remove everything from the kitchen and cabinets that might get in the way.
  3. Remove cabinet doors, drawer fronts, and hardware: Take everything off the cabinet boxes and label it for easy reassembly.
  4. Clean and sand the surfaces: Wipe down all surfaces with a grease-removing cleaner. Then lightly sand all doors, drawer fronts and side panels. Remember to wipe off the dust afterwards.
  5. Prime and paint the cabinets: You can choose to paint them using a brush, compressor and paint gun, or have them painted by Calgary cabinet painters in a professional spray shop. Be sure to apply a primer and allow it to completely dry before putting on the top coat.

Homeowners should be aware that cabinet painting is a time consuming, detail-oriented job. If you are not comfortable with your ability, or you do not have enough time to complete the job properly, you should consider hiring professional cabinet painters.

“We have the experience, skills and equipment to get the job done efficiently and with seamless, professional results,” said White. “If you can’t commit the time, it is well worth the money to have your kitchen cabinets painted by a professional company.”

New Look Cabinets & Interiors is a RenovationFind Certified Painting Company in Calgary. They specialize in interior painting, as well as cabinet painting, cabinet refinishing and furniture refinishing. They offer superior workmanship, excellent customer service and are passionate about every project they work on. For more information, or for help with your next paint job, visit www.newlookcabinets.com.

Contacts

Chris White

403-719-7246

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