Companies news of 2017-01-07 (page 1)

  • AT&T to Donate Mobile Phones to Customers Possibly Impacted by Severe Storms
  • China Finance Online's Subsidiary Rifa Securities Won Awards as one of Best Hong Kong...
  • FCA Foundation Energizes Michigan Robotics Teams With More Than $226,000 in Grants
  • Whirlpool(R) Introduces Fingerprint Resistant Black Stainless Steel Kitchen Suite with...

    AT&T to Donate Mobile Phones to Customers Possibly Impacted by Severe Storms

    SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to help those who could be impacted by the severe storm hitting parts of Northern California and Northern Nevada this weekend, AT&T* is proactively reaching out to customers in high risk storm areas to help them stay connected to emergency services.

    For a limited time, customers who have AT&T landline or VOIP service, are experiencing outages, and do not have active Mobility (cellular) service with AT&T are eligible to receive a free LG B470 mobile GoPhone at company-owned AT&T retail stores in Northern California and Northern Nevada.**

    "It's very important for our customers to have a way to reach emergency services should this storm affect their landline service," said Jeni Bell, Vice President and General Manager, AT&T Northern California/Northern Nevada. "This is one way we're continuing to take care of our customers."

    The mobile phones in this offer will be capable of making emergency 911 calls and eligible customers will also receive $25 worth of AT&T prepaid service (current rates are 25 cents/minute for voice calls, and 20 cents for each SMS text message). These phones are available starting today until Jan. 11, 2017. The end date could be extended depending on the severity of the storm and its impact.

    See more information and tips for disaster preparedness at

    *AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Global coverage claim based on offering discounted voice and data roaming; LTE roaming; voice roaming; and world-capable smartphone and tablets in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier. International service required. Coverage not available in all areas. Coverage may vary per country and be limited/restricted in some countries. AT&T cannot assure that if a 911 call is placed the customer will be found.

    **This offer will be honored at AT&T retail stores north of Kern County in Northern California, and in the Reno area in Northern Nevada.

    About AT&T
    AT&T Inc. helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, mobile, high speed internet and voice services. We're one of the world's largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. We offer the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider.* And we help businesses worldwide serve their customers better with our mobility and highly secure cloud solutions.

    Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at and YouTube at

    (C) 2017 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

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    CONTACT: Leland Kim, AT&T Global Media Relations, (415) 964-9646,

    China Finance Online's Subsidiary Rifa Securities Won Awards as one of Best Hong Kong Securities Brokerage Firms

    BEIJING, Jan. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- China Finance Online Co. Limited ("China Finance Online", or the "Company", "we", "us" or "our") , a leading web-based financial services company that provides Chinese retail investors with online access to securities and commodities trading services, wealth management products, investment advisory services, as well as financial database and analytics services to institutional customers, today announced that its subsidiary Rifa Securities ( had been awarded as one of Best Hong Kong Brokerage Firms and as the Best Hong Kong Securities Brokerage Firm for Investor Education of year 2016, further demonstrating its elite status among Hong Kong securities brokerage firms.

    Tencent recently released its 2016 annual voting results with awards in different categories of Hong Kong securities brokerage firms. Rifa Securities was awarded as one of Best Hong Kong Securities Brokerage Firms of year 2016, together with other nine financial services powerhouses, including Bank of China (International), Bank of Communications (International), and EverBright Securities. In addition, due to its industry-leading services, Rifa Securities was also the sole winner of the Best Hong Kong Securities Brokerage Firm for Investor Education Award.

    Mr. Zhiwei Zhao, Chairman and CEO of China Finance Online, commented, "These awards are now being added into the many other accolades we amassed over the years, all of which demonstrate the high recognition by the market and our customers. Over the past 45 years in Hong Kong, Rifa Securities has established a decent reputation through its ongoing dedication to high-quality operational professionalism, profound market knowledge, advanced trading platform and excellent customer services. We believe that, together with our subsidiary Rifa Securities, our tenacity in building the one-stop investment and wealth management gateway for retail investors will continue to bear fruit and create synergies among all of our business units."

    About China Finance Online

    China Finance Online Co. Limited is a leading web-based financial services company that provides Chinese retail investors with online access to securities and commodities trading services, wealth management products, securities investment advisory services, as well as financial database and analytics services to institutional customers. The Company's prominent flagship portal site,, is ranked among the top financial websites in China. In addition to the web-based securities trading platform, the Company offers basic financial software, information services and securities investment advisory services to retail investors in China. Through its subsidiary, Shenzhen Genius Information Technology Co. Ltd., the Company provides financial database and analytics to institutional customers including domestic financial, research, academic and regulatory institutions. China Finance Online also provides brokerage services in Hong Kong.

    Safe Harbor Statement

    This press release contains forward-looking statements which constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The statements contained herein reflect management's current views with respect to future events and financial performance. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the control of the Company. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. Among other things, this release contains the following forward-looking statements regarding:

    --  our prospect and our ability to attract new users;
    --  our prospect on building a comprehensive wealth management ecosystem
    through providing a fully-integrated online communication and
    securities-trading platform;
    --  our prospect on stabilization in cash attrition and improvement of our
    financial position;
    --  our initiatives to address customers' demand for intuitive online
    investment platforms and alternative investment opportunities; and
    --  the market prospect of the business of securities-trading, securities
    investment advisory and wealth management.

    Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, which risk factors and uncertainties include, amongst others, the changing customer needs, regulatory environment and market condition that we are subject to; the uneven condition of the world and Chinese economy that could lead to volatility in the equity markets and affect our operating results in the coming quarters; the impact of the changing conditions of the mainland Chinese stock market, Hong Kong stock market and global financial market on our future performance; the unpredictability of our strategic transformation and growth of new businesses, including our commodities brokerage services; the prospect of our margin-related business and the degree to which our implementation of margin account screening and ongoing monitoring will yield successful outcome; the degree to which our strategic collaborations with partners will yield successful outcome; the prospect for China's high-net-worth and middle-class households; the prospect of equipping our customer specialists with new technology, tools and financial knowledge; wavering investor confidence that could impact our business; and possible non-cash goodwill, intangible assets and investment impairment may adversely affect our net income. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F under "Forward-Looking Information" and "Risk Factors". The Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable law.

    For more information, please contact:

    China Finance Online

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    FCA Foundation Energizes Michigan Robotics Teams With More Than $226,000 in Grants

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Jan. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

    --  Grants enable 57 teams, nearly 1,300 middle and high school students, to
    participate in STEM-building robotics programs
    --  FIRST in Michigan awarded grant to support First Lego League program

    The FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of North American automaker FCA US LLC, today awarded more than $226,000 in grants to 57 Michigan robotics teams and programs. The grants, ranging from $400 to $4,725, will help 1,300 middle and high school students offset the costs, i.e. registration fees, parts and materials and team apparel associated with competing in STEM-building FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) programs. FIRST(R) (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology.

    "The long-standing commitment and engagement FCA US has with FIRST is embodied by the dedication of our employees who give generously of their time and skills to help mentor students and serve as competition coordinators," said Lesley Slavitt, Head of Civic Engagement, FCA US LLC and CEO of the FCA Foundation. "It is a continuing privilege to ensure their hard work and steadfast contributions support and further positive outcomes for youth in our communities."

    FCA US employs more than 35,000 people in the state of Michigan.

    Under strict rules, limited resources and an intense six-week time limit, FRC teams (25+ members, grades 9-12) are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, build, and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult game against like-minded competitors. Similarly, FTC teams (10+ members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge.

    Details of the 2017 FRC season challenge, FIRST((R)) STEAMWORKS(SM), will be revealed on Saturday, January 7, 2017, 10:30 a.m. EST - the official start of the design and build season. Teams that attend "local" kickoff events will have the opportunity to compare notes, get ideas, make friends, find mentoring teams, learn the game, pick up the Kickoff Kit from the Kit of Parts and get geared up for the exciting competition season.

    Both the FRC and FTC programs will conclude their respective seasons with FIRST Championships in April.

    "The real-world experience that students gain through their participation in FIRST programs is invaluable in preparing students for the future," said Phil Jansen, Head of Product Development, FCA - North America. "We are proud to partner with an organization that taps into such formidable minds and encourages deeper levels of ingenuity."

    The FCA Foundation also awarded First in Michigan, the state's robotics association, a $1,500 grant to support its First Lego League (FLL) program. FLL teams (up to 10 members, grades 4-8) research a real-world problem, such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution using LEGO MINDSTORMS(R).

    Michigan: FIRST Robotics Competition Teams awarded a $4,725 grant from the FCA Foundation:

    School(s) Team No. Team Name Almont High School 4961 Shock and Awe-sum Avondale High School (Auburn Hills) 3538 RoboJackets Berkley High School & Hazel Park & Shrine Catholic HS 247 Da Bears Birmingham Seaholm & Birmingham Groves HS 2960 Maple Machine Bishop Foley Catholic High School (Madison Heights) 910 Foley Freeze Bloomfield Hills High School 2834 Bionic Black Hawks Brandon High School & Holly High School 68 Truck Town Thunder Capac Community Schools 2604 Metal and Soul Cardinal Mooney Catholic (Marine City) 4779 RoboSapiens Carman-Ainsworth High School (Flint) 314 The Megatron Oracles Central High School (Grand Rapids) 904 D Cubed Detroit Catholic Central High School (Novi) 5907 CC Shambots Dundee High School 4395 Dundee ViBots Ferndale High School 1025 IMPIS Genesee Robotics Area Youth Team 1322 GRAYT *Goodrich High School 70, 494 More Martians / Martians Grand Blanc High School 2337 EngiNERDs Gross Ile High School 5498 Wired Devils Hartland High School 3536 Electro Eagles Imlay City High School 5048 Spartronics International Academy East (Troy) 4384 Benzene Bots Lake Orion High School 302 Dragons Lapeer County Ed-Tech 3535 Galaktech Invaders Linden High School 3568 Robo Eagles Livonia Public Schools 2832 The Livonia Warriors Macomb Academy of Arts and Sciences (Armada) 1718 Fighting PI Mercy High School (Farmington Hills) 1481 The Riveters Notre Dame Preparatory (Auburn Hills) 33 Killer Bees Oakland Tech Northeast (Pontiac) 1 Juggernauts OSMTech Academy at Clarkston High School 27 Team RUSH Our Lady of the Lakes (Waterford) 5053 Lakers Oxford Community Schools 2137 TORC Pontiac Academy for Excellence 6117 Team Eagle Pontiac High School 51 Wings of Fire Rochester Adams & Stoney Creek High Schools 245 Adambots Rochester High School 201 The Feds Skyline High School (Ann Arbor) 3322 Eagle Imperium South Lake High School (St. Clair Shores) 5214 Cavbots South Lyon Community Schools & South Lyon Robotics 3641 Flying Toasters Southeastern High School of Technology (Detroit) 4851 Jungaleers St. Clair High School 5843 Flurb Stevenson, Henry Ford II & Utica High Schools 2851 Crevolution (Sterling Hgts.) Stoney Creek High School (Rochester Hills) 5436 CyberCats Trenton High School 5090 Torque-Nados Walled Lake Schools 308 The Monsters Warren Consolidated Schools 818 Steel Armadillos Waterford Kettering High School 3098 The Captains Michigan: FIRST Tech Challenge teams awarded a $400 grant from the FCA Foundation: Team No. Team Name School(s) Bloomfield Hills Middle School 8593 No Limits Goodrich Middle School 5289 Martians Home Middle School (Fenton) 5954 Lightning Boltz Linden Middle School 7031 Roboeaglets *North Branch Middle School 7065, 7066, 7067 NBMS Our Lady of the Lakes (Waterford) 7583 Lakers Oxford Middle School & Oxford Area Middle School 5291 TOWR

    * Teams will share a grant.

    About the FCA Foundation
    The FCA Foundation is committed to rebalancing inequalities to promote the full realization of every human being. We seek to support outcomes in our communities that ensure people can enjoy equality and dignity. The FCA Foundation directs its resources toward the following areas of focus:

    --  Youth Development - helping young people develop the leadership
    qualities and resiliency necessary to succeed in school, at work, and in
    --  Education - building the skills and competencies that lead to
    achievement and support educational access and success.
    --  Military/Veterans - ensuring veterans successfully transition to
    civilian life and that the needs of military service members and their
    families are supported.
    --  Service - leveraging the talents and contributions of all members of the

    Note: Applications for funding are accepted by invitation only.

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    CONTACT: Kevin Frazier, (248) 512-2678 (office), (248) 821-8507 (cell),; Shawn Morgan (248) 512-2692 (office) (248)
    760-2621 (cell)

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    Whirlpool(R) Introduces Fingerprint Resistant Black Stainless Steel Kitchen Suite with Matte FinishDesigned to match and complement any kitchen style

    LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The kitchen brings families together like no other room in the house, so homeowners want a kitchen that looks just as great as it performs. In a recent survey[1], 45 percent of respondents said they spend three to four hours a day in their kitchen for a variety of activities including cooking, socializing and entertaining, so it makes sense that consumers believe design is important in any kitchen. It's not always easy to find a suite of kitchen appliances that is sleek, stylish and complements a homeowners' unique taste, while also meeting the challenges and demands that come with a busy kitchen. That's why Whirlpool(R) is launching its Fingerprint Resistant Black Stainless Steel Kitchen Suite, giving families an option that matches and complements any kitchen design with the added bonus of resisting fingerprints and smudges.

    The fingerprint resistant matte black finish is designed to create a space that reflects personal taste, hides fingerprints, smudges, and daily wear and easily wipes clean. According to a survey[2] commissioned by Whirlpool, 81 percent of homeowners who have purchased or plan to purchase an appliance in the near future said having appliances that match home decor is important, while 69 percent said unique colors/finishes are also important. The new suite of appliances from Whirlpool features a refrigerator, range, microwave, and dishwasher that are all expertly crafted in an approachable modern design that matches each appliance's performance.

    "Kitchens are one area of the home that allow for self-expression, both through cooking and design," said Ryan Morand, senior brand manager, Whirlpool brand. "The new Fingerprint Resistant Black Stainless Steel Kitchen Suite provides a unique, matte finish to complement nearly any kitchen, while still presenting an appearance that reflects personal style and design."

    The finish is a rich metallic black in a soft, brushed, matte finish, allowing for a neutral canvas when homeowners are renovating the family's most important room. Trends show that many renovations feature neutral tones, allowing for easier transitions without having to fully renovate over the years. Breaking the norms of standard stainless steel, the suite allows for more creativity and unique kitchen designs.

    From January 5-8, CES(R) attendees can experience this unique kitchen suite and other Whirlpool brand innovations at booth #41730 in the Smart Home section, located at the Sands Expo Center.

    For more information on the company's care-centric product innovations and to join the conversation, visit and follow #EveryDayCare.

    [1] 2016 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study.
    [2] Online survey conducted by Survey Sampling on behalf of Whirlpool of 1,000 nationally representative individuals in the United States.

    About Whirlpool Brand
    For more than one hundred years, Whirlpool brand has been inspired by how people care for their families. Whirlpool brand is designing home appliances that are focused on improving how families give and get the care they need with the latest technologies and innovations - whether that means most flexible refrigerator storage for all types of family needs, induction technology for efficient cooking and easier cleaning, or laundry pairs that sense and adapt to clothes with the latest in connected technologies. Whirlpool brand is part of Whirlpool Corporation, the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances. Whirlpool Corporation is also one of Habitat for Humanity's largest corporate partners for over 15 dedicated years, donating a refrigerator and range to every new Habitat for Humanity home built in North America. For more information on Whirlpool, please visit or find us on Facebook at or Twitter at @WhirlpoolUSA. Additional information about the company can be found at

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    CONTACT: Whirlpool Corporation, Media: 269-923-7405,;
    Rachel Carlisle, Ketchum for Whirlpool, 818-216-1525,

    Web site:

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