NEW YORK, July 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- American Finance Trust, Inc. ("AFIN") successfully completed its first day of trading of its shares of Class A Common Stock today on The Nasdaq Global Select Market ("Nasdaq"). Trading of AFIN's common stock commenced this morning under the ticker symbol "AFIN." After opening at $13.15 and reaching a session high of $16.80, the stock closed the day at $15.00, with approximately 600,000 shares traded during the day.
PHILADELPHIA, July 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE: PEI) announced that its Board of Trustees has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.21 per common share. The dividend is payable on September 17, 2018 to common shareholders of record on September 4, 2018. The September 17(th) dividend payment will be the Company's 166(th) consecutive distribution since its initial dividend paid in August of 1962.
NEW YORK, July 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The InfraCap MLP ETF (NYSE: AMZA) has declared a monthly distribution of $0.11 ($1.32 per share on an annualized basis). The distribution will be paid July 30, 2018 to shareholders of record as of the close of business July 23, 2018.
Blackbird Energy Inc. Provides Operational Update
CALGARY, Alberta, July 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (TSX-V:BBI) Blackbird Energy Inc. (“Blackbird” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide an operational update including planned drilling activity, an update on infrastructure build out and the continued progression of its development planning.Development program north of the Wapiti River expected to commence in early August: Blackbird has completed the construction of its 9-14 pad-site and expects to spud its first well from this location in early August. The Company has contracted a rig for the drilling of 7 (7.0 net) Montney wells and 2 (2.0 net) water disposal wells north of the Wapiti River, all of which are expected to be drilled and completed before June 2019.Figure One: Blackbird Development Plan Execution Maphttp://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/809ff6c9-d26e-41fa-87aa-b0135f252ebeInfrastructure build out on schedule for mid-2019: Blackbird expects to commence the construction of its gas management site located at 5-14-071-07-W6M in the Dimsdale area in the fall of 2018. Blackbird has already secured the surface rights to all lands related to the gas management site. The site will include two water disposal wells and a compressor facility, and will be tied-in to the planned Tidewater Midstream & Infrastructure Ltd. deep cut sour gas processing facility to be located near Wembley, Alberta (the “Tidewater Facility”). All long lead items for the Tidewater Facility have been ordered and the project remains on schedule for a mid-2019 on-stream date.Advancing development program: Blackbird continues to advance its development plans and has acquired 16 pad sites, surveyed an additional 6 pad sites and licensed 29 Montney wells, including 14 licenses north of the Wapiti River.About BlackbirdBlackbird Energy Inc. is a highly innovative oil and gas exploration and development company focused on the condensate and liquids-rich Montney fairway at Pipestone/Elmworth, near Grande Prairie, Alberta. For more information, please view our Corporate Presentation at www.blackbirdenergyinc.com or contact:Blackbird Energy Inc.Garth BraunChairman, CEO, and President(403) 500-5550gbraun@blackbirdenergyinc.comAllan DixonManager, Business Development(403) 699-9929 Ext. 103adixon@blackbirdenergyinc.comAdvisoriesForward-Looking StatementsThis news release contains certain statements ("forward-looking statements") that constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws.  Forward-looking statements relate to future results or events, are based upon internal plans, intentions, expectations and beliefs, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated or suggested therein.  All statements other than statements of current or historical fact constitute forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements are typically, but not always, identified by words such as "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "may", "will", "should", "believe", "plan", "objective", "potential" and similar or other expressions indicating or suggesting future results or events.Forward-looking statements are not promises of future outcomes.  There can be no assurance that the results or events indicated or suggested by the forward-looking statements, or the plans, intentions, expectations or beliefs contained therein or upon which they are based, are correct or will in fact occur or be realized (or if they do, what benefits the Company may derive therefrom).In particular, but without limiting the foregoing, this news release contains forward-looking statements pertaining to: expected timing to spud the Company's first well from the completed 9-14 pad-site; expected timing for drilling and completing 7 (7.0 net) Montney wells and 2 (2.0) net water disposal wells north of the Wapiti River; expected timing for commencement of Blackbird's gas management site located at 5-14-071-07-W6M, and facility arrangements in respect thereof; the schedule and anticipated on-stream date for the Tidewater Facility.With respect to the forward-looking statements contained in this news release, Blackbird has assessed material factors and made assumptions regarding, among other things: future commodity prices and currency exchange rates, including consistency of future oil, NGLs and natural gas prices with current commodity price forecasts; the Company's continued ability to obtain qualified staff and equipment in a timely and cost-efficient manner; infrastructure and facility design concepts that have been applied by the Company elsewhere in its Pipestone / Elmworth Project may be successfully applied to the properties; the predictability of future results based on past and current experience; the predictability and consistency of the legislative and regulatory regime governing royalties, taxes, environmental matters and oil and gas operations, both provincially and federally; the Company's ability to market production of oil, NGLs and natural gas successfully to customers; the timing and success of drilling and completion activities (and the extent to which the results thereof meet expectations); the Company's future production levels and amount of future capital investment, and their consistency with the Company's current development plans and budget; future capital expenditure requirements and the sufficiency thereof to achieve the Company’s objectives; the successful application of drilling and completion technology and processes; the applicability of new technologies for recovery and production of the Company's reserves and other resources, and their ability to improve capital and operational efficiencies in the future; the recoverability of the Company's reserves and other resources; the Company’s ability to economically produce oil and gas from its properties and the timing and cost to do so; the performance of both new and existing wells; future cash flows from production; future sources of funding for the Company's capital program; the Company's future debt levels; geological and engineering estimates in respect of the Company's reserves and other resources; the accuracy of geological and geophysical data and the interpretation thereof; the geography of the areas in which the Company conducts exploration and development activities; the timely receipt of required regulatory approvals;; the access, economic, regulatory and physical limitations to which the Company may be subject from time to time; the impact of competition on the Company; and the Company's ability to obtain external financing when required and on acceptable terms.The forward-looking statements contained herein reflect management's current views, but the assessments and assumptions upon which they are based may prove to be incorrect. Although Blackbird believes that its underlying assessments and assumptions are reasonable based on currently available information, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements, which are inherently uncertain, depend upon the accuracy of such assessments and assumptions, and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, both general and specific, many of which are beyond the Company's control, that that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated or suggested in the forward-looking information and statements. Such risks, uncertainties and other factors are discussed in the Company’s current annual information form , annual and interim management’s discussion and analysis, and other documents filed by it from time to time with securities regulatory authorities in Canada, copies of which are available electronically on SEDAR at www.sedar.com, and include, but are not limited to: volatility in market prices and demand for oil, NGLs and natural gas and hedging activities related thereto; general economic, business and industry conditions; variance of the Company's actual capital costs, operating costs and economic returns from those anticipated; the ability to find, develop or acquire additional reserves and the availability of the capital or financing necessary to do so on satisfactory terms; risks related to the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas reserves and resources; negative public perception of oil and natural gas development and transportation, hydraulic fracturing and fossil fuels; actions by governmental authorities, including changes in government regulation, royalties and taxation; potential legislative and regulatory changes; the rescission, or amendment to the conditions of, groundwater licenses of the Company; management of the Company's growth; the ability to successfully identify and make attractive acquisitions, joint ventures or investments, or successfully integrate future acquisitions or businesses; the availability, cost or shortage of rigs, equipment, raw materials, supplies or qualified personnel; adoption or modification of climate change legislation by governments; the absence or loss of key employees; uncertainty associated with estimates of oil, NGLs and natural gas reserves and resources and the variance of such estimates from actual future production; dependence upon compressors, gathering lines, pipelines and other facilities, certain of which the Company does not control; the ability to satisfy obligations under the Company's firm commitment transportation arrangements; the uncertainties related to the Company's identified drilling locations; the high-risk nature of successfully stimulating well productivity and drilling for and producing oil, NGLs and natural gas; operating hazards and uninsured risks; the possibility that the Company's drilling activities may encounter sour gas; execution risks associated with the Company's business plan; failure to acquire or develop replacement reserves; the concentration of the Company's assets in the Pipestone / Elmworth Project area; unforeseen title defects; aboriginal claims; failure to accurately estimate abandonment and reclamation costs; development and exploratory drilling efforts and well operations may not be profitable or achieve the targeted return; horizontal drilling and completion technique risks and failure of drilling results to meet expectations for reserves or production; limited intellectual property protection for operating practices and dependence on employees and contractors; third-party claims regarding the Company's right to use technology and equipment; expiry of certain leases for the undeveloped leasehold acreage in the near future; failure to realize the anticipated benefits of acquisitions or dispositions; failure of properties currently held or acquired in the future to produce as projected and inability to accurately determine reserve and resource potential, identify liabilities associated with acquired properties or obtain protection from sellers against such liabilities; changes in the application, interpretation and enforcement of applicable laws and regulations; restrictions on drilling intended to protect certain species of wildlife; potential conflicts of interests; actual results differing materially from management estimates and assumptions; seasonality of the Company's activities and the Canadian oil and gas industry; alternatives to and changing demand for petroleum products; extensive competition in the Company's industry; lower oil, NGLs and natural gas prices and higher costs; failure of 2D and 3D seismic data used by the Company to accurately identify the presence of oil and natural gas; risks relating to commodity price hedging instruments; terrorist attacks or armed conflict; cyber security risks, loss of information and computer systems; inability to dispose of non-strategic assets on attractive terms; security deposits required under provincial liability management programs; reassessment by taxing authorities of the Company's prior transactions and filings; variations in foreign exchange rates and interest rates; third-party credit risk including risk associated with counterparties in risk management activities related to commodity prices and foreign exchange rates; sufficiency of insurance policies; potential litigation; variation in future calculations of non-IFRS measures; sufficiency of internal controls; breach of agreements by counterparties and potential enforceability issues in contracts; impact of expansion into new activities on risk exposure; inability of the Company to respond quickly to competitive pressures; and the risks related to the common shares and warrants that are publicly traded.  This list is not exhaustive.The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as of the date hereof and Blackbird assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by applicable securities laws.  All forward-looking statements herein are expressly qualified by this advisory.THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE INC. HAS NEITHER APPROVED NOR DISAPPROVED THE CONTENTS OF THIS PRESS RELEASE.  Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.
DALLAS, July 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The future business scene in Texas is looking brighter than ever as the state continues to hold its place as a national leader. Growth is spreading across areas such as North Texas, Houston and San Antonio with businesses quickly expanding their operations in the state that offers some of the best in business-friendly climates and overall growth potential. Tapping into the market recently are global leaders such as Toyota, Liberty Mutual and JP Morgan who have taken advantage of the state’s increasing network of commercial properties, workforce and business resources.
Christian Böhm, Ph.D., joins Zageno as vice president of content to expand the company’s offerings and capabilities based on scientific workflows, and to continue to enhance its Scientific Score to help inform better purchase decisions in life science research.
Hires Regional Operations Head, Lindy Widner, based in Eastern Washington
Nasdaq Welcomes Rubius Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: RUBY) to the Nasdaq Stock Market
NEW YORK, July 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rubius Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:RUBY), a biotechnology company pioneering the development of a new class of ready-to-use cellular therapies, rang the Nasdaq Stock Market Opening Bell in Times Square today in celebration of its initial public offering (IPO) on The Nasdaq Stock Market.Rubius Therapeutics is pioneering a new era of medicines called Red Cell Therapeuticsâ„¢. The company’s proprietary RED PLATFORMâ„¢ was designed to genetically engineer and culture Red Cell Therapeutics that are selective, potent and ready-to-use cellular therapies for the potential treatment of several diseases across multiple therapeutic areas. The company plans to file its first Investigational New Drug application for RTX-134 in phenylketonuria, a rare disease that affects 13,000 people in the U.S., during the first quarter of 2019, with additional INDs in 2019, 2020 and beyond.“Rubius Therapeutics is advancing the development of Red Cell Therapeutics with the potential to treat patients with rare diseases, cancer and autoimmune diseases,” said Pablo J. Cagnoni, M.D., Chief Executive Officer. “We are honored to join the Nasdaq family as we advance our vision of providing life-changing and life-saving benefits to patients.”“Rubius Therapeutics has been pioneering the creation of cellular therapies for patients,” said Nelson Griggs, President of the Nasdaq Stock Exchange. “We are excited to welcome Rubius and its experienced leadership team to join Nasdaq alongside with the world’s leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies as they continue their journey as a public company.”The information contained above is provided for informational and educational purposes only, and nothing contained herein should be construed as investment advice, either on behalf of a particular security or an overall investment strategy. Information about the company is provided by the company or comes from the company’s public filings and is not independently verified by Nasdaq. Neither Nasdaq nor any of its affiliates makes any recommendation to buy or sell any security or any representation about the financial condition of any company. Statements regarding Nasdaq-listed companies are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Investors should undertake their own due diligence and carefully evaluate companies before investing. ADVICE FROM A SECURITIES PROFESSIONAL IS STRONGLY ADVISED.About NasdaqNasdaq (Nasdaq:NDAQ) is a leading global provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today’s global capital markets. As the creator of the world’s first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 90 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world’s securities transactions. Nasdaq is home to approximately 3,900 total listings with a market value of approximately $12 trillion. To learn more, visit: http://business.nasdaq.comMedia Relations Contact: Emily Pan(646) 441-5120 emily.pan@nasdaq.com - NDAQG -A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/4f510755-220f-4a53-b928-aa04be5f4dc2 

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Amazon Publishing’s Abigail Strom, author of Tell Me, Wins Romance Writers of America 2018 RITA Award
July 20, 2018 04:21 UTC SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Tonight, Abigail Strom’s novel, Tell Me, was awarded the Romance Writers of America 2018 RITA Award for Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length. Tell Me was published in 2017 by Amazon Publishing’s Montlake Romance imprint. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180719006003/en/ (Photo: Business Wire) The RITA Awards honor excellence in published romance fiction; Strom is a first-time finalist. “I am humbled and thrilled to be a finalist among so many talented writers,” said Strom. Strom’s Tell Me, book one in her Love Me series, is an emotional tale about an unlikely pair who discover an unexpected new beginning. Shy bookstore owner Jane Finch grew up hiding in the margins of her own life while her vibrant, adventure-loving sister, Samantha, dominated every plotline. She’s made peace with it, unlike Sam’s business partner, Caleb, who’s always nudging Jane to go after what she really wants. Jane and Caleb have never had much in common, except for Sam. But when tragedy strikes, Jane and Caleb set out on a dramatic journey to honor Sam’s memory, and the attraction they’ve denied for years ignites into flame. “Congratulations to Abigail on this outstanding acknowledgment,” said Mikyla Bruder, Publisher of Amazon Publishing. “We are delighted to see Abigail and Tell Me honored with this award, and look forward to connecting more readers with Tell Me.” Finalists for the 2018 RITA Award for Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length include Sandra Marton’s The F-Word; Priscilla Oliveras’s His Perfect Partner; Sharla Lovelace’s Lucky Charmed; Roxanne St. Claire’s New Leash on Life; Kelly Moran’s Redemption; Teri Wilson’s Royally Wed; Vanessa North’s Summer Stock; Maria Geraci’s This Can’t Be Love; and Bella Andre’s You Do Something to Me. Show Me, book two in Strom’s Love Me series, was published in January 2018. About Amazon Publishing Amazon Publishing is a leading publisher of trade fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books with a mission to empower outstanding storytellers and connect them with readers worldwide. The Amazon Publishing teams based in Seattle, New York, Grand Haven, Luxembourg, London, Paris, Madrid, Milan and Munich contribute to discovering and publishing emerging, bestselling and critically-acclaimed authors in digital, print and audio formats. About Amazon Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews. View source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180719006003/en/ Contacts Amazon.com, Inc.Media HotlineAmazon-pr@amazon.comwww.amazon.com/pr Source: Amazon Publishing Smart Multimedia Gallery Photo (Photo: Business Wire) Logo View this news release and multimedia online at: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180719006003/en
Finance Attitude - 5 Significant Reasons to Trade Forex
Forex or the foreign exchange market is a decentralized or over-the-counter (OTC) market whereby currencies are traded at current or determined prices. This market brings together central banks, investment banks, commercial banks, hedge funds retail traders among other professions. According to the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) last triennial survey, the size of the forex market turnover was $5.2 trillion as of 2016. The forex market is thus the biggest financial market in the world.  
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5 Incredible Investments to Supplement Social Security Fund
Majority of Americans have social security trust funds as an integral part of their investment plans. Investors can include other types of investments to supplement social security funds to accumulate wealth. Here is a list of 5 investments that they can include in their portfolio: 1.    Invest in annuities An annuity is an investment contract where you pay a single lump- sum amount of money called a premium up front or through flexible premium payments over time into a financial institution and in exchange, you get paid a regular income slowly over a period of time. It is a sort of hybrid between investing and life insurance. The payment of the income can start now which is an immediate annuity or in the future which is called deferred annuity. It allows you to convert a portion of your retirement funds into a stream of guaranteed constant income payments for life. For example, you can invest $100,000 up front in exchange for $10,000 annually in payouts. It is one of the safest investment plans where providers are required by state law to protect their outstanding annuity contracts with cash reserves on a dollar for dollar basis. 2.    Invest in a high-yield savings account If you keep your savings in a short-term savings accounts and certificates of deposit (CD), you earn income from the interest rates offered but the rates are very small. There are financial institutions that have better terms and interests if you commit your savings to a larger CD like a five year CD offer, for example, the Jumbo CDs. Whereas the one year CD offers around 1.5% to 1.7% in annual interest, the five years one would offer as much as 2.3% per year. 3.    Invest in bonds Bonds are debts that you lend to a corporate entity or to the government and they pay you back the principal amount plus the interest. The Treasury bonds are issued by the federal government to finance its budget deficits and are offered at lower rates but with no chance of failure to repay you back or rather zero risks of default. The Treasury bond yields on average 2.4% annually. A corporate bond, on the other hand, has better rates to compensate for the likelihood of not getting repaid or higher risk of default. The corporate bond yield is better and can be more than 5.5% annually. 4.    Invest in dividend stocks Invest in dividend stocks as they guarantee investors steady cash dividend payouts and then offer them an opportunity to reinvest the cash dividends to purchase of additional shares or fractional shares of stock on the dividend payment date. This can be a brilliant way to take advantage of the compounding potential because instead of receiving your quarterly dividends, the brokerage firm or the transfer agent plows the payouts directly towards the purchase of additional shares of stock. 5.    Alternative investment Another way to accumulate wealth is through investing in alternative investments like real estate, commodities, cryptocurrency, Art, Wine, peer to peer loans, franchising, comic book, and Hedge funds among others. Most alternative investments have low liquidity, minimum investments and fee structures compared to mutual funds and ETFs. Real estate is an investment that appreciates with time and thus offers an excellent form of investment.
SAN FRANCISCO, July 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to expand its goal of converging traditional investments and digital assets, Vaultbank announces the addition of free stock trading to its forthcoming launch. This new feature, advanced by a strategic partnership, is in addition to existing features that will allow trading of utility and security tokens. With this merging of services on one platform, users will have a single platform solution to invest globally, trade digitally, and cash out locally.
TORONTO, July 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ - Coinsquare, Canada's premier digital currency trading platform for Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other digital currencies, announced today that Thomas Jankowski has joined the company as Chief Digital and Growth Officer. In this new role, Jankowski will be focused on driving Coinsquare's mission: to educate Canadians about buying digital currencies and how Coinsquare makes it easy, safe, and accessible for consumers to do so online.
TORONTO, July 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Coinsquare, Canada's premier digital currency trading platform for Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other digital currencies, announced today that Thomas Jankowski has joined the company as Chief Digital and Growth Officer. In this new role, Jankowski will be focused on driving Coinsquare's mission: to educate Canadians about buying digital currencies and how Coinsquare makes it easy, safe, and accessible for consumers to do so online.
SVH Announces Launch of Health Nexus Alpha Net
BOSTON, July 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- SimplyVital Health, Inc., a global leader in blockchain healthcare technology, announced today that it has launched the private Alpha Net of Health Nexus, the first HIPAA-compatible blockchain protocol. HIPAA compatibility is a major milestone for decentralized healthcare projects across the globe. By building Health Nexus to HIPAA's security and privacy standards, SVH believes the adoption of blockchain applications in the healthcare industry can accelerate, improving patient outcomes and leading to the development of new process efficiencies. "The launch of the Health Nexus Alpha Net marks a turning point for blockchain healthcare technology," said Lucas Hendren, co-founder and CTO of SimplyVital Health. "A HIPAA-compatible blockchain protocol brings security and governance to a public blockchain that allows enterprises and industry to use decentralized technology held to the highest medical privacy and security standards." With the launch of the Alpha Net, the first HIPAA-compatible nodes are coming online with the consortium of health care providers and developers that now manages Health Nexus and verifies HIPAA compliance. The consortium is open, and the number of new nodes seeking HIPAA verification and consortium membership is growing. More consortium members mean greater decentralization, increasing the security and privacy of delicate medical data. With the Health Nexus Alpha Net now in place, many of the most important features of Health Nexus—including voting, validating, and running HIPAA-compatible nodes -- have been tested and confirmed. The Key Pair System has been deployed to the Alpha Net as smart contracts.  These smart contracts have passed rigorous security audits by the Hosho Group and provide the foundation for data exchanges compatible with HIPAA standards. Consortium members, using prototype tokens, may now process transactions and utilize the Key Pair System on the Alpha Net. Health Nexus will enable entrepreneurs and developers to create decentralized applications that use the infrastructure to govern and transact digital assets in many ways. Potential applications using the Health Nexus Key Pair System range from tracking opioid prescriptions to data access for behavioral health and change management. Rather than store data, Health Nexus governs access, meaning it can integrate with different provider storage solutions for quicker onboarding while offering secure decentralization. The open source tools, such as the Key Pair System, are designed to encourage the creation of new dApps to solve some of healthcare's most pressing issues. About SimplyVital HealthSimplyVital Health, Inc. is making decentralized technology accessible to the healthcare industry with Health Nexus, an open source healthcare-grade blockchain, and their principal application, ConnectingCare. Learn more at www.simplyvitalhealth.com or https://github.com/Health-Nexus. Media Contact: Christopher DeMorro, 1-860-575-0455, chris@sublimeexposure.net View original content with multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/svh-announces-launch-of-health-nexus-alpha-net-300683697.html SOURCE SimplyVital Health