U.S. Dividend Growers Income Corp. Distributions

CALGARY, Jan. 19, 2017 /CNW/ – U.S. Dividend Growers Income Corp. is pleased to announce that distributions for the first quarter of 2017 will be payable to shareholders of U.S. Dividend Growers Income Corp. as follows:

Record Date

Payable Date

Distribution Per

Equity Share

January 31, 2017

February 15, 2017

$0.04167

February 28, 2017

March 15, 2017

$0.04167

March 31, 2017

April 13, 2017

$0.04167

The equity shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol US.

Middlefield Group

Formed in 1979, Middlefield creates and manages specialized investment products for individual and institutional investors and has assets under management of over $4.5 billion. Investment products include mutual funds, closed-end funds, private and public resource funds, real estate funds and a venture capital fund.

This press release contains forward-looking information. The forward-looking information contained in this press release is based on historical information concerning distributions and dividends paid on the securities of issuers historically included in the portfolio of the Fund. Actual future results, including the amount of distributions paid by the Fund, may differ from the monthly distribution amount. Specifically, the income from which distributions are paid may vary significantly due to: changes in portfolio composition; changes in distributions and dividends paid by issuers of securities included in the Fund’s portfolio from time to time; there being no assurance that those issuers will pay distributions or dividends on their securities; the declaration of distributions and dividends by issuers of securities included in the portfolio will generally depend upon various factors, including the financial condition of each issuer and general economic and stock market conditions; the level of borrowing by the Fund; and the uncertainty of realizing capital gains.  The risks, uncertainties and other factors that could influence actual results are described under “Risk Factors” in the Fund’s prospectus dated February 25, 2015 and other documents filed by the Fund with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities. The forward-looking information contained in this press release constitutes the Fund’s current estimate, as of the date of this press release, with respect to the matters covered hereby. Investors and others should not assume that any forward-looking statement contained in this press release represents the Fund’s estimate as of any date other than the date of this press release.

SOURCE U.S. Dividend Growers Income Corp.

Global Dividend Growers Income Fund Distributions

CALGARY, Jan. 19, 2017 /CNW/ – Global Dividend Growers Income Fund is pleased to announce that distributions for the first quarter of 2017 will be payable to unitholders of Global Dividend Growers Income Fund as follows:

Record Date

Payable Date

Distribution Per

Trust Unit

January 31, 2017

February 15, 2017

$0.055

February 28, 2017

March 15, 2017

$0.055

March 31, 2017

April 13, 2017

$0.055

The trust units trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol GDG.UN.

Middlefield Group

Formed in 1979, Middlefield creates and manages specialized investment products for individual and institutional investors and has assets under management of over $4.5 billion. Investment products include mutual funds, closed-end funds, private and public resource funds, real estate funds and a venture capital fund.

This press release contains forward-looking information. The forward-looking information contained in this press release is based on historical information concerning distributions and dividends paid on the securities of issuers historically included in the portfolio of the Fund. Actual future results, including the amount of distributions paid by the Fund, may differ from the monthly distribution amount. Specifically, the income from which distributions are paid may vary significantly due to: changes in portfolio composition; changes in distributions and dividends paid by issuers of securities included in the Fund’s portfolio from time to time; there being no assurance that those issuers will pay distributions or dividends on their securities; the declaration of distributions and dividends by issuers of securities included in the portfolio will generally depend upon various factors, including the financial condition of each issuer and general economic and stock market conditions; the level of borrowing by the Fund; and the uncertainty of realizing capital gains.  The risks, uncertainties and other factors that could influence actual results are described under “Risk Factors” in the Fund’s prospectus dated March 12, 2014 and other documents filed by the Fund with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities. The forward-looking information contained in this press release constitutes the Fund’s current estimate, as of the date of this press release, with respect to the matters covered hereby. Investors and others should not assume that any forward-looking statement contained in this press release represents the Fund’s estimate as of any date other than the date of this press release.

SOURCE Global Dividend Growers Income Fund

American Core Sectors Dividend Fund Distributions

CALGARY, Jan. 19, 2017 /CNW/ – American Core Sectors Dividend Fund is pleased to announce that distributions for the first quarter of 2017 will be payable to unitholders of American Core Sectors Dividend Fund as follows:

Record Date

Payable Date

Distribution Per
Trust Unit

January 31, 2017

February 15, 2017

$0.04583

February 28, 2017

March 15, 2017

$0.04583

March 31, 2017

April 13, 2017

$0.04583

The trust units trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ACZ.UN.

Middlefield Group

Formed in 1979, Middlefield creates and manages specialized investment products for individual and institutional investors and has assets under management of over $4.5 billion. Investment products include mutual funds, closed-end funds, private and public resource funds, real estate funds and a venture capital fund.

This press release contains forward-looking information. The forward-looking information contained in this press release is based on historical information concerning distributions and dividends paid on the securities of issuers historically included in the portfolio of the Fund. Actual future results, including the amount of distributions paid by the Fund, may differ from the monthly distribution amount. Specifically, the income from which distributions are paid may vary significantly due to: changes in portfolio composition; changes in distributions and dividends paid by issuers of securities included in the Fund’s portfolio from time to time; there being no assurance that those issuers will pay distributions or dividends on their securities; the declaration of distributions and dividends by issuers of securities included in the portfolio will generally depend upon various factors, including the financial condition of each issuer and general economic and stock market conditions; the level of borrowing by the Fund; and the uncertainty of realizing capital gains. The risks, uncertainties and other factors that could influence actual results are described under “Risk Factors” in the Fund’s prospectus dated November 28, 2013 and other documents filed by the Fund with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities. The forward-looking information contained in this press release constitutes the Fund’s current estimate, as of the date of this press release, with respect to the matters covered hereby. Investors and others should not assume that any forward-looking statement contained in this press release represents the Fund’s estimate as of any date other than the date of this press release. 

SOURCE American Core Sectors Dividend Fund

Middlefield Can-Global REIT Income Fund Distributions

CALGARY, Jan. 19, 2017 /CNW/ – Middlefield Can-Global REIT Income Fund is pleased to announce that distributions for the first quarter of 2017 will be payable to unitholders of Middlefield Can-Global REIT Income Fund as follows:

Record Date

Payable Date

Distribution Per

Trust Unit

January 31, 2017

February 15, 2017

$0.05416

February 28, 2017

March 15, 2017

$0.05416

March 31, 2017

April 13, 2017

$0.05416

The trust units trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol RCO.UN.

Middlefield Group

Formed in 1979, Middlefield creates and manages specialized investment products for individual and institutional investors and has assets under management of over $4.5 billion. Investment products include mutual funds, closed-end funds, private and public resource funds, real estate funds and a venture capital fund.

This press release contains forward-looking information. The forward-looking information contained in this press release is based on historical information concerning distributions and dividends paid on the securities of issuers historically included in the portfolio of the Fund. Actual future results, including the amount of distributions paid by the Fund, may differ from the monthly distribution amount. Specifically, the income from which distributions are paid may vary significantly due to: changes in portfolio composition; changes in distributions and dividends paid by issuers of securities included in the Fund’s portfolio from time to time; there being no assurance that those issuers will pay distributions or dividends on their securities; the declaration of distributions and dividends by issuers of securities included in the portfolio will generally depend upon various factors, including the financial condition of each issuer and general economic and stock market conditions; the level of borrowing by the Fund; and the uncertainty of realizing capital gains.  The risks, uncertainties and other factors that could influence actual results are described under “Risk Factors” in the Fund’s prospectus dated October 26, 2012 and other documents filed by the Fund with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities. The forward-looking information contained in this press release constitutes the Fund’s current estimate, as of the date of this press release, with respect to the matters covered hereby. Investors and others should not assume that any forward-looking statement contained in this press release represents the Fund’s estimate as of any date other than the date of this press release.

SOURCE Middlefield Can-Global REIT Income Fund

REIT INDEXPLUS Income Fund Distributions

CALGARY, Jan. 19, 2017 /CNW/ – REIT INDEXPLUS Income Fund is pleased to announce that distributions for the first quarter of 2017 will be payable to unitholders of REIT INDEXPLUS Income Fund as follows:

Record Date

Payable Date

Distribution Per

Trust Unit

January 31, 2017

February 15, 2017

$0.065

February 28, 2017

March 15, 2017

$0.065

March 31, 2017

April 13, 2017

$0.065

The trust units trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol IDR.UN.

Middlefield Group

Formed in 1979, Middlefield creates and manages specialized investment products for individual and institutional investors and has assets under management of over $4.5 billion. Investment products include mutual funds, closed-end funds, private and public resource funds, real estate funds and a venture capital fund.

This press release contains forward-looking information. The forward-looking information contained in this press release is based on historical information concerning distributions and dividends paid on the securities of issuers historically included in the portfolio of the Fund. Actual future results, including the amount of distributions paid by the Fund, may differ from the monthly distribution amount. Specifically, the income from which distributions are paid may vary significantly due to: changes in portfolio composition; changes in distributions and dividends paid by issuers of securities included in the Fund’s portfolio from time to time; there being no assurance that those issuers will pay distributions or dividends on their securities; the declaration of distributions and dividends by issuers of securities included in the portfolio will generally depend upon various factors, including the financial condition of each issuer and general economic and stock market conditions; the level of borrowing by the Fund; and the uncertainty of realizing capital gains.  The risks, uncertainties and other factors that could influence actual results are described under “Risk Factors” in the Fund’s prospectus dated March 25, 2011 and other documents filed by the Fund with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities. The forward-looking information contained in this press release constitutes the Fund’s current estimate, as of the date of this press release, with respect to the matters covered hereby. Investors and others should not assume that any forward-looking statement contained in this press release represents the Fund’s estimate as of any date other than the date of this press release.

SOURCE REIT INDEXPLUS Income Fund

ACTIVEnergy Income Fund Distributions

CALGARY, Jan. 19, 2017 /CNW/ – ACTIVEnergy Income Fund is pleased to announce that distributions for the first quarter of 2017 will be payable to unitholders of ACTIVEnergy Income Fund as follows:

Record Date

Payable Date

Distribution Per

 Trust Unit

January 31, 2017

February 15, 2017

$0.02

February 28, 2017

March 15, 2017

$0.02

March 31, 2017

April 13, 2017

$0.02

The trust units trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol AEU.UN.

Middlefield Group

Formed in 1979, Middlefield creates and manages specialized investment products for individual and institutional investors and has assets under management of over $4.5 billion. Investment products include mutual funds, closed-end funds, private and public resource funds, real estate funds and a venture capital fund.

This press release contains forward-looking information. The forward-looking information contained in this press release is based on historical information concerning the distributions and dividends paid on the securities of issuers historically included in the portfolio of ACTIVEnergy Income Fund. Actual future results, including the amount of distributions paid by the Fund, may differ from the monthly distribution amount. Specifically, the income from which distributions are paid may vary significantly due to: changes in portfolio composition; changes in distributions and dividends paid by issuers of securities included in the Fund’s portfolio from time to time; there being no assurance that those issuers will pay distributions or dividends on their securities; the declaration of distributions and dividends by issuers of securities included in the portfolio will generally depend upon various factors, including the financial condition of each issuer and general economic and stock market conditions; the level of borrowing by the Fund; and the uncertainty of realizing capital gains.  The risks, uncertainties and other factors that could influence actual results are described under “Risk Factors” in the Fund’s prospectus dated October 26, 2011 and other documents filed by the Fund with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities. The forward-looking information contained in this press release constitutes the Fund’s current estimate, as of the date of this press release, with respect to the matters covered hereby. Investors and others should not assume that any forward-looking statement contained in this press release represents the Fund’s estimate as of any date other than the date of this press release.

SOURCE ACTIVEnergy Income Fund

YIELDPLUS Income Fund Distributions

CALGARY, Jan. 19, 2017 /CNW/ – YIELDPLUS Income Fund is pleased to announce that distributions for the first quarter of 2017 will be payable to unitholders of YIELDPLUS Income Fund as follows:

Record Date

Payable Date

Distribution Per

Trust Unit

January 31, 2017

February 15, 2017

$0.03

February 28, 2017

March 10, 2017

$0.03

YIELDPLUS Income Fund is expected to be merged with MINT Income Fund on or about March 22, 2017, making YIELDPLUS unitholders eligible for MINT’s March distribution. Based on the current relative net asset values of YIELDPLUS and MINT, this is expected to represent an increase of approximately 15% to YIELDPLUS unitholders.

The trust units trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol YP.UN.

Middlefield Group

Formed in 1979, Middlefield creates and manages specialized investment products for individual and institutional investors and has assets under management of approximately $4.5 billion. Investment products include mutual funds, closed-end funds, private and public resource funds, real estate funds and a venture capital fund.

This press release contains forward-looking information. The forward-looking information contained in this press release is based on historical information concerning the distributions and dividends paid on the securities of issuers historically included in the portfolio of YIELDPLUS Income Fund. Actual future results, including the amount of distributions paid by the Fund, may differ from the monthly distribution amount. Specifically, the income from which distributions are paid may vary significantly due to: changes in portfolio composition; changes in distributions and dividends paid by issuers of securities included in the Fund’s portfolio from time to time; there being no assurance that those issuers will pay distributions or dividends on their securities; the declaration of distributions and dividends by issuers of securities included in the portfolio will generally depend upon various factors, including the financial condition of each issuer and general economic and stock market conditions; the level of borrowing by the Fund; and the uncertainty of realizing capital gains.  The risks, uncertainties and other factors that could influence actual results are described under “Risk Factors” in the Fund’s prospectus dated August 18, 2009 and other documents filed by the Fund with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities. The forward-looking information contained in this press release constitutes the Fund’s current estimate, as of the date of this press release, with respect to the matters covered hereby. Investors and others should not assume that any forward-looking statement contained in this press release represents the Fund’s estimate as of any date other than the date of this press release.

SOURCE YIELDPLUS Income Fund

Rutledge Statement on Appointment of Gov. Perdue to be Secretary of Agriculture

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January 19, 2017

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statement today following President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be the Secretary of Agriculture.

“Governor Sonny Perdue is an outstanding choice to be the Secretary of Agriculture,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “As someone who was raised on a farm, worked as a veterinarian and understands southern agriculture, Gov. Purdue has a long history of helping farmers grow and prosper by championing pro-growth polices and common sense regulations. I was raised on a cattle farm, own a row crop farm with my husband and proudly serve as co-chair of the National Association of Attorneys General Committee on Agriculture, and I look forward to working with the next secretary and President-elect to improve the lives of farmers across the country and ensure this industry is thriving for future generations.”

About Attorney General Leslie Rutledge

Leslie Carol Rutledge is the 56th Attorney General of Arkansas. She is the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history to be elected to the office. Since taking office, she has begun a Mobile Office program, a Military and Veterans Initiative, a Metal Theft Prevention program and a Cooperative Disability Investigations program. She has led efforts to teach Internet safety, combat domestic violence and make the office the top law firm for Arkansans. Rutledge also serves on the Executive Committee of the Republican Attorneys General Association and re-established and co-chairs the National Association of Attorneys General Committee on Agriculture.

A native of Batesville, she is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Rutledge clerked for the Arkansas Court of Appeals, was Deputy Counsel for Gov. Mike Huckabee, served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Lonoke County and subsequently was an Attorney at the Department of Human Services before serving as Counsel at the Republican National Committee. Rutledge and her husband, Boyce, have a home in Pulaski County and a farm in Crittenden County.

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Nurses Announce Opposition to Sen. Sessions for Attorney General

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NNU Also Calls on Senate to Reject Tom Price as HHS Secretary

National Nurses United is joining with civil rights and civil liberties advocates to oppose the confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be the next U.S. Attorney General, NNU announced today. NNU will urge the Senate to reject Sessions’ nomination.

In a letter to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today, NNU Co-Presidents Deborah Burger, RN and Jean Ross, RN wrote, that “to vote in favor of confirming him as the chief law enforcement officer of the United States would abdicate your responsibility to provide the oversight necessary to ensure that basic legal rights are enforced evenhandedly and for the protection of all people.”

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NNU cited Sessions’ pattern of “prejudices against people of color” as a lawmaker, as former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama and Alabama Attorney General. That includes his aggressive pursuit of legal action against those defending voting rights for African Americans, and his grilling of then Supreme Court nominee, now Justice Sonia Sotomayor, about whether she could be fair to white Americans. 

“As an organization representing a predominantly female profession,” Burger and Ross express expresses concerns about Sessions commitment to equal protection for women, including his posing doubts that protection of domestic violence against women should extend to tribal lands. They also warns that “confirming Sen. Sessions to the job of top prosecutor would exacerbate our national crisis over race issues in policing and our criminal justice system.”

In his public testimony, Sen. Sessions has failed to address widespread concerns raised by civil rights and civil liberties advocates that he would be a forceful advocate for voting rights, civil rights enforcement and equal rights that are antithetical to the leadership role an Attorney General should represent,” said NNU co-president Deborah Burger, RN today.

“The Attorney General should be a champion for social justice and equal rights; nothing in Sen. Sessions past record, or statements in his confirmation hearings, provide reassurance that he will meet that fundamental test,” Burger said.

She also noted a recent protest Tuesday by leaders of the NAACP in Sessions home state of Alabama. Birmingham NAACP leader Hezekiah Jackson noted the civil rights group has “found no evidence of (Sessions) ability, past or present to be impartial and unbiased as the chief law enforcement officer of the U.S. especially in the areas of civil rights, voting rights, and equal protection under the law.”

Sessions is the second Cabinet nominee NNU has formally opposed.

Last month, NNU, the nation’s largest union of nurses, also announced opposition the nomination of Rep. Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Testimony by Price yesterday the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions reaffirmed NNU’s opposition, said Ross today.

“We are appalled at the platitudes voiced by Price about maintaining the health coverage millions of previously uninsured people have gained under the Affordable Care Act, much less expanding it to the millions more still left behind, without offering any alternative to covering all Americans,” said Ross.

Ross praised the challenge posed by Sen. Bernie Sanders to Price on whether healthcare for all people should be a right. “Rep. Price’s disingenuous response that ‘every single American has access to the highest quality care’ demonstrates a staggering insensitivity to the tens of millions who continue to be shut out of this healthcare system, or have to ration care because of the cost even if they are paying for insurance,” Ross said.

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NPPC Endorses Pruitt For EPA Administrator

January 19, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 19, 2016 – Calling him a champion for American agriculture and a strong advocate for sound science and the rule of law, the National Pork Producers Council today endorsed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt for administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Pruitt, who as Oklahoma’s top law enforcement officer sued the EPA over its controversial Waters of the United States rule and investigated the fund-raising practices of the Humane Society of the United States, last month was nominated for the EPA post by President-elect Donald Trump.

As Oklahoma attorney general, Scott Pruitt has struck a balance between protecting the environment and protecting the livelihoods of farmers and business owners,” said NPPC President John Weber, a pork producer from Dysart, Iowa. “Everyone, particularly farmers, wants to have clean air and water and to preserve and protect our natural resources. But you don’t achieve those by piling regulation upon regulation on the very people who are the stewards of the land, air and water. General Pruitt understands that, and that will serve him well as administrator of EPA.”

Among his efforts to protect farmers, Pruitt most recently helped craft a 2016 Oklahoma ballot initiative that would have made it easier to challenge environmental and animal-rights regulations in state court. The “right-to-farm” initiative, which was rejected by voters, would have required the state’s courts to overturn any agricultural or livestock regulations unless there was a “compelling state interest” to uphold them.

The attorney general also joined a lawsuit related to California’s 2008 Proposition 2 initiative, which banned certain housing methods for egg-laying hens, pigs and veal calves. The California Legislature subsequently approved a law that prohibits the sale in the state of eggs, pork and veal from animals raised in the banned housing outside of California. In late 2014, Pruitt and five other state attorneys general filed suit over the law, claiming it restrains interstate trade, a violation of the Constitution’s Commerce Clause.

In 2015, Pruitt sued EPA over the Waters of the United States rule, saying the regulation appeared to be “another attempt by federal agencies to implement an agenda through regulations to affect land-use decisions that should be left to the states and private property owners.”

“NPPC strongly endorses General Pruitt for EPA administrator,” Weber said. “He’s a champion for American agriculture who will rely on science and support the rule of law in advancing common sense regulations that will protect our environment without overburdening farmers.”

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NPPC is the global voice for the U.S. pork industry, protecting the livelihoods of America’s 60,000 pork producers, who abide by ethical principles in caring for their animals, in protecting the environment and public health and in providing safe, wholesome, nutritious pork products to consumers worldwide. For more information, visit www.nppc.org.