Programs in Europe, Canada, India, and East and Southeast Asia Witness Gains; U.S. Programs Suffer From Shifting Demand

RESTON, Va., Sept 19 (Bernama) -- Nearly 3 in 4 (73 percent) graduate business programs with 201 or more class seats report increased application volumes this year compared to 39 percent of the smallest programs (50 or fewer class seats), according to a new application trends survey from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). The growth among the larger U.S. programs is driven by a resurgence of domestic applications, offsetting declines in international applicants.

TOKYO, Sept 19 (Bernama) -- The HULFT Division of Saison Information Systems Co., Ltd. (JASDAQ:9640) (Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan; President: Kazuhiro Uchida; herein, "Saison Information Systems") develops, sells, and supports a range of data and file management middleware products. HULFT received Best Customer Support of The Year 2017 from the Japan Institute of Information Technology (Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan; Chairman: Noritaka Uji; herein, "JIIT").

XIANGYANG, China, Sept 19 (Bernama)--

As new energy auto companies throng to the central Chinese city of Xiangyang, China's city of new energy vehicles is taking shape. As heavy haul railways and high-speed trains connect Xiangyang with more destinations across China, it is emerging as an important traffic hub in the region. Official statistics show that a total of 786 projects were included in the city's key project management list over the past five years, with completed investment accumulating to nearly 400 billion yuan.

With robust investment promotion and major infrastructure and industrial projects, Xiangyang in Hubei Province is attracting attention of the outside world.

- Combination enhances capabilities, innovation and competition for customers

- Meaningful shareholder value creation opportunity driven by strategic fit, revenue synergies from new opportunities, and cost savings

- Expected to be accretive to EPS and FCF per share in first full year; estimated annual cost savings of $150 million by 2020

- Strong combined cash flow generation supports financial flexibility and continued execution of capital deployment strategy

- Conference call scheduled for Monday, Sept. 18, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time

FALLS CHURCH Va. and DULLES, Va., Sept 19 (Bernama) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), a leading global security company, and Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Northrop Grumman will acquire Orbital ATK for approximately $7.8 billion in cash, plus the assumption of $1.4 billion in net debt. Orbital ATK shareholders will receive all-cash consideration of $134.50 per share. The agreement has been approved unanimously by the Boards of Directors of both companies. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2018 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory and Orbital ATK shareholder approval.

Connecting People to Jobs and Businesses to Opportunities

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 (Bernama) -- "MIDA has emulated our MITI Day in organising this Open Day, lining up programmes that are not only beneficial for the industry players but our local youths as well. People are the intellectual assets that companies need to learn to cultivate and manage well, especially in today's knowledge economy. The availability of talents with the right skill sets will be a critical enabler in accelerating Malaysia's shift to high value-added, high technology and knowledge-intensive industries. MITI, through MIDA and our other agencies, has been an active conduit between the industry and academia, bridging the gaps in building the talents of the country. We want to ensure that our talents have the necessary skills and competencies to advance the country's economic transformation agenda," said YB Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) during his keynote address at the Launching Ceremony of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority' (MIDA) Open Day 2017.

In commemorating its 50th Anniversary, the one day event at the MIDA HQ in KL Sentral leveraged on MIDA's close contact with investors to provide a valuable platform to connect job seekers with a diverse range of employment options. From a total of 57 participating companies, more than 7,000 vacancies were offered. The majority, 76.9% of the openings, were in the skilled level for the managerial, professional & technical as well as technicians associate professionals categories, while the rest were in the semi to low-skilled levels such as craft related workers and customer service & sales workers.

NEW YORK, Sept 19 (Bernama) -- Nasdaq (Nasdaq:NDAQ) today announced the completion of its acquisition of Sybenetix, a leading surveillance provider that combines behavioral analytics and cognitive computing with financial markets expertise.

Nasdaq entered into an agreement to acquire Sybenetix on July 25, 2017. The deal will further expand Nasdaq's position in the surveillance space and make it a leading provider to the buy-side industry, as well as deepen its adoption and application of behavioral science technology.

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 (Bernama) -- Having introduced motor insurance innovations, AXA Motor For Her (the only car insurance dedicated for female drivers, offering free ride to next destination from scene of accident or breakdown, car delivery after repairs, and car window snatch theft cover) and AXA FlexiDrive (the pioneer telematics insurance in Malaysia), AXA Affin General Insurance (AAGI) continues to lead the way in Motor Insurance with the launch of "AXA Preferred Workshops", its latest service to further enhance customer experience, convenience and safety for customers.