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

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.

Eighth Annual Maury County Youth Small Game and Predator Hunt Scheduled for February 11

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Eighth Annual Maury County Youth Small Game and Predator Hunt Scheduled for February 11

COLUMBIA, Tenn. — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be one of the sponsors for the Eighth Annual Maury County Youth Small Game and Predator Hunt to be held Feb. 11.

The free event is for youth from ages 9-15 who must have a TWRA Hunter Education certification by the hunt date and have all the appropriate licenses and permits. Hunters must also provide their own firearm and ammunition.  

Along with the TWRA, the Tennessee Wildlife Officers Association, Columbia Noon Rotary Club, Sun Drop, Quail Forever, Foxpro, and several other local businesses are sponsoring the event. The Ridley 4-H Center in Columbia is the event’s new headquarters.

The day’s activities will begin at 6 a.m. with breakfast at the center. Young sportsmen and women will be teamed with hunting guides, dog handlers and safety officers to participate as guides who will accompany them to pre-selected property to hunt rabbits, squirrels or predators. Public hunting lands as well as private property will be utilized for the hunt. The hunt will conclude with lunch and prizes.

Parents and/or guardians are welcome to accompany the youngsters on the hunt. There will be safety officers assigned to all hunting parties going rabbit or squirrel hunting.

To register for the hunt, send the youth’s name to Maury County Wildlife Officer Rusty Thompson at Rusty.Thompson@tn.gov. Please include the hunter’s name, age, address, email, phone number, and which species he or she prefers to hunt (rabbits, squirrels, or predators). For more information contact Rusty Thompson by email or at (931) 881-8241.

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New Health Economic Study Reveals the Long Lasting Impact of Eliminating Maternal and Newborn Tetanus for Babies

DAVOS, Switzerland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–At this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF), Pampers® marks their 11 year partnership with UNICEF to protect mothers and their babies from maternal and newborn tetanus (MNT), a deadly disease, by sharing the results of a new health economic study*.

The study, conducted in collaboration with UNICEF, reveals that by 2016 a total of $1 billion would have been contributed to the economy through labor productivity (average household income and services by mother) due to a reduction in mothers’ deaths from Maternal Tetanus, thanks to the overall MNTE initiative and support of the Pampers UNICEF partnership.

The study also demonstrates the incredible return on investing in the health of a mother and their newborn, as with every $1 invested from overall MNTE funding, $7 would have been contributed to household economies through labor productivity. Ultimately, by investing in initiatives that help to save babies lives, an investment in their future has also been made.

Since 2006, Pampers and UNICEF have been working together helping to protect 100 million moms and their babies from MNT. This year they celebrate the elimination of MNT in 191 countries. However there are still 192 countries left where MNT remains a threat, it is vital that the work continues not just to save lives but for the future growth of the economy.

The study results will be unveiled at a panel discussion, moderated by Arianna Huffington, Founder of The Huffington Post, and Founder & CEO of Thrive Global.

“This health economic research further reinforces the importance of the Pampers-UNICEF partnership and the positive economic impact of eliminating MNT. As we celebrate our 11th year, it is extraordinary to think that so many lives can be protected through the relatively minor costs of vaccinating a mother and child – and how this will leave such a lasting legacy,” said Sirma Umur, Vice President P&G Baby Care Europe. “We are proud of what we have achieved together with UNICEF, and remain dedicated in our commitment to help protect the world’s babies against this deadly disease.”

“By working with Pampers we have raised much-needed funds and created awareness about maternal newborn tetanus – both of which are crucial to defeating the disease,” said Gérard Bocquenet, Director of Private Fundraising and Partnerships, UNICEF. “We reached an important milestone when MNT was eliminated in 19 countries; now we are focused on accelerating elimination in the 19 remaining countries where the key challenge remains universal access to life saving interventions, including maternal and newborn tetanus vaccines.”

The panel discussion will be hosted by Sir Martin Sorrell, Chief Executive Officer of WPP, “Today we recognise that no government, business or NGO can solve the world’s problems on its own – collaboration and innovative approaches are required to effect change. Pampers and UNICEF working together to end MNT is a shining example of the power of public-private partnerships to achieve meaningful and lasting impact. We are honoured to have been associated with the 1 pack = 1 vaccine campaign for the past five years.”

1 Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritania, Myanmar, Niger, Senegal, Tanzania, Timor Leste, Sierra Leone and Uganda

2 Afghanistan, Angola, CAR, Chad, DRC, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Conakry, Haiti, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Sudan, Republic of South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen

*The economic study is based on model simulation to estimate economic impacts of the MNTE initiative in high risk areas of 38 countries supported by Pampers-UNICEF partnership from 2006 to 2016. Data inputs were derived from published literature and the UNICEF programme data.