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Fortinet on Wednesday introduced a compact Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) targeted at hyperscale data centers and 5G networks. The FortiGate 4800F occupies four rack units while providing up to 2.4 terabits per second (2 Tbps) throughput. It includes 400 gigabit per second Ethernet (GbE), 200 GbE and 50 GbE ports for scalability depending on need, the company said.
“The combination of performance and scalability packed into our latest firewall will help future-proof organizations’ investments in hyperscale data centers, especially with the rise of 5G and as the volume and velocity of data continues to accelerate at an unprecedented pace,” said John Maddison, executive vice president of products and chief marketing officer at Fortinet.
Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFWs) build on traditional firewall capabilities like packet filtering, network address translation (NAT) and virtual private network (VPN) capabilities with deep packet inspection, intrusion prevention and other techniques to maintain more performant and secure connections.
Specific to 5G, Fortinet said the 4800F enables massive machine-to-machine (M2M) connection that requires secure IP connectivity to untrusted environments like the Internet, edge sites, and cloud services. It can support 25 million connections per second. The 4800F also secures 5G RAN traffic and core connectivity with IPsec-based VPN performance that Fortinet clocks at 19x faster than previous models.
The secret behind the 4800F’s horsepower is the presence of 16 NP7 processors, according to the company. The NP7 is a purpose-designed Network Processing Unit (NPU) developed by Fortinet that accelerates network functions that would otherwise slow CPUs, like IPv4, IPv6, unicast and multicast, IPsec decryption, VXLAN termination and network address translation.
“With the increased scale of 5G radio and the sharing of RAN between operators to reduce costs, the FortiGate 4800F provides a cost-effective security gateway to handle 5G’s RAN scalability and security requirements for both user and control planes,” said the company.
When it comes to hyperscale and large enterprise data center installations, Fortinet claims to be the only vendor delivering 400GbE interfaces on a hyperscale firewall. The company said the 4800F has been designed to deliver significantly faster Secure Socket Layer (SSL) inspection compared to industry averages, and offers Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.3 protocol support. It supports Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) segmentation, to create massively scalable virtual overlay networks.
The device is managed using FortiGuard, Fortinet’s AI-driven security framework. FortiGuard provides real-time threat detection and security enforcement using context-driven policy management designed to support hybrid deployments in the cloud, on the enterprise network, and at endpoints. The company noted that the firewall also implements universal Zero Trust Network Architecture (ZTNA) support.
“Setting up universal ZTNA with an on-prem or virtual FortiGate ensures that consistent policies and controls span across all operating environments, including across multiple clouds,” said Fortinet.
Fortinet (FTNT) closed at $269.23 in the latest trading session, marking a +1.03% move from the prior day. The stock outpaced the S&P 500's daily loss of 0.38%. Elsewhere, the Dow lost 0.5%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 0.5%.
Coming into today, shares of the network security company had lost 3.3% in the past month. In that same time, the Computer and Technology sector lost 8.38%, while the S&P 500 lost 6.69%.
Investors will be hoping for strength from Fortinet as it approaches its next earnings release. On that day, Fortinet is projected to report earnings of $1.09 per share, which would represent year-over-year growth of 14.74%. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate is calling for revenue of $1.03 billion, up 28.08% from the prior-year quarter.
Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $5.09 per share and revenue of $4.38 billion. These totals would mark changes of +27.57% and +31.06%, respectively, from last year.
Investors might also notice recent changes to analyst estimates for Fortinet. recent revisions tend to reflect the latest near-term business trends. With this in mind, we can consider positive estimate revisions a sign of optimism about the company's business outlook.
Our research shows that these estimate changes are directly correlated with near-term stock prices. We developed the Zacks Rank to capitalize on this phenomenon. Our system takes these estimate changes into account and delivers a clear, actionable rating model.
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In terms of valuation, Fortinet is currently trading at a Forward P/E ratio of 52.37. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 45.31, so we one might conclude that Fortinet is trading at a premium comparatively.
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Just like last week opener in Scotland, the roster deadline for PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf will fall in the late-night hours in the United States, so don’t lay your head on the pillow before you lay out your lineup tonight.
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The Open Championship is scheduled to begin at 6:35 a.m. local time at St. Andrews. It’s five hours ahead of Eastern Time in the U.S., so that’s a 1:35 a.m. deadline. For those of us on the West Coast, the deadline is 10:35 p.m. PT on Wednesday. Adjust to wherever you are.
Unlike last week opener, all 156 golfers in the field will be going off the first hole. With more than 17 hours of daylight, it’s doable. The last of the 52 threesomes is scheduled to begin at 4:16 p.m. local time.
Because the wind is forecast to be light, relatively speaking, scoring should reflect it. However, all gamers must respect the fact that this is The Open.
In simple terms, links golf tests differently, and not all touring professionals adapt quickly no matter the practice. In broad terms, it’s right up there with THE PLAYERS Championship as a premier stroke-play event for which you should consider holstering the chalk. Of course, with the conclusion of the season on the horizon, your unique situation will dictate your strategy, but household names are upended in this tournament just as often as they are at TPC Sawgrass.
Remember, it’s not about how we think anyone will perform, it’s how we respond to the greater likelihood that they will not.
POWER RANKINGS WILD CARD
Viktor Hovland (-125 for a Top 40) … Note that I’ve retreated from a Top 20 to a Top 40 here. I’m willing to let last week slide given that he opened without his gamers, but he hasn’t finished inside a top 20 since a T9 at THE PLAYERS Championship, and that was reflective of months of phenomenal form. To reiterate the theme in this space, the cadence of the events in the spring has its own learning curve and rhythm, and he hasn’t performed poorly enough to warrant a Fade, AND you’re not going to get any value on the boards because of his appeal, so the sneaky play it to stash him on you Bench in PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf and tell your opponents that you told them so on Sunday.
Hideki Matsuyama (+180 for a Top 20) … For all of the reasons why he makes sense on a course on which his tee-to-green game should thrive, he makes just as much sense for almost as many reasons why you can understand why he could struggle. Simply put, his game is accentuated on long, difficult parkland tracks, so it’s been a bonus when he’s connected for three top 20s at The Open, including a T18 at St. Andrews in 2015. He’s played very well of late, so there’s no worries about form (despite the unfair sample size of last week’s MC), but his angle is steeper than others who, literally, have a lower ball flight more conducive for optimizing the ground game that St. Andrews supports.
Dustin Johnson (+130 for a Top 20) … The negative reaction to his omission from my Power Rankings for the U.S. Open was fair – he landed in Fades that week – but he split the difference with a T24. It was a reversal of form going back two months prior at the Masters, so it was equal parts surprising and expected, depending on your perspective. This week, he should have a field day with St. Andrews, so this bet is encouraged even though he wasn’t in the Power Rankings again. He’s always been a threat in the wind and his record in this tournament is strong.
Tiger Woods (+100 for a Top 40) … We all can agree that no one can focus better on any one shot than the three-time Open champion. Given the physical challenge that injuries to his right leg have added, it will require that second-to-none conviction to his process to avoid as many of the 112 bunkers as he can. This isn’t to say that we ever should doubt him, but he’s still on the early mend, and those bunkers do not care how he’s feeling. The walk itself also will present a level of difficulty, but quality ball-striking would mitigate it over the course of four rounds. Getting the equivalent of your investment for this kickback is fair but reaching for a Top 20 at +275 has merit.
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Sam Burns … From my consistently conservative investment standpoint, this is relative. He opened strong last week (67) but finished T66. OK, fine. He plays to the extremes, anyway, but that’s also the problem. As I stated at the top, be careful with the chalk, but with him, there’s an additional layer of concern until he generates a positive result on this kind of test. So, in the context of experience, or lack thereof, you don’t need to go this deep.
Marc Leishman … No doubt he wants to avenge losing in a playoff here in 2015, but the 38-year-old Aussie has been slipping. A T14 at the U.S. Open must be respected as an anomaly, he hasn’t been the presence in the wind of late and he missed the cut in the last two Opens.
Brooks Koepka … His last three official starts have occurred in majors, and he went MC-T55-55th. That’s not what we expect from the recently married 32-year-old on these stages.
Bryson DeChambeau … He’s 2-for-4 and without a top 30 in The Open. It’s a tournament that requires more art than science, so no matter how much I’ve supported that he’s half and half, it hasn’t played out that way on this kind of test. In that context, it’s a lot like the greens at Augusta National. It’s going to take more time. Worse, though, is that he hasn’t recorded a noisy finish anywhere in 10 months due to injury and uncharacteristic inconsistency.
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RETURNING TO COMPETITION - THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Paul Casey … Since withdrawing during the Match Play in late March, he’s pulled out early of four commitments or tournaments for which he’s automatically qualified due to ongoing discomfort triggered by back spasms. The weather and the walk will cooperate with the Brit, who will turn 45 on July 21, and his record in The Open is splendid – he often was on the short list to burn in this tournament due to his consistency and how the courses wrecked better-laid fantasy planning – but he’s given us no confidence after this extended layoff.
RETURNING TO COMPETITION – BARRACUDA CHAMPIONSHIP
Richy Werenski … The timing of this tournament is exactly what the doctor ordered. He’s failed to cash in eight straight starts, the last of which due to a second-round withdrawal last week at Keene Trace due to an illness. He’s 197th in the FedExCup but fully exempt through next season by virtue of his victory at Old Greenwood in 2020.
Curtis Thompson … The rookie withdrew before his second round of the Barbasol. An explanation wasn’t released, but he has battled a back with enough discomfort to knock him out the Wells Fargo during its first round two months ago. Currently 176th in the FedExCup and with only one payday in his last seven tries.
Grayson Murray … Walked off Keene Trace with a sore lower back in his opening round last week. He’s 206th in the FedExCup with only one top 60 among three paydays in eight starts. So, he’s within striking distance of qualifying for the Korn Ferry Tour Finals as the worst-case scenario to regain his full card on the PGA TOUR. This will be his debut at the Barracuda.
Matt Every … An injured back knocked him out of the second round of the Barbasol. So, he’s now 1-for-6 with a pair of mid-tournament WDs this season. Also 0-for-2 at Old Greenwood.
NOTABLE WDs – THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Daniel Berger … This is the fourth planned start from which he’s withdrawn early due to his ailing back. At 69th in the FedExCup, he’s set for the Playoffs, but the week-to-week waiting game hasn’t ceased.
Jimmy Walker … The 150th Open is the last major for which he’s automatically eligible via his victory at the 2016 PGA Championship, but he also sat out the 2022 PGA Championship in May. He hasn’t played since the home game at TPC San Antonio in the first weekend of April, hasn’t made a cut since THE PLAYERS in mid-March, and has just one top-30 finish on the season (T24, Shriners). He’s also deleted his Twitter in favor of other social media. His fully exempt status will expire at the conclusion of next month’s Wyndham Championship unless he climbs into the top 125 of the FedExCup, but of course, he has to return to competition first. Currently 59th on the all-time money list, the 43-year-old would not be eligible for a career earnings exemption next season, if necessary.
NOTABLE WDs – BARRACUDA CHAMPIONSHIP
Matthew NeSmith … Flew to Scotland last week only to miss his first cut in three months. He’s 70th in the FedExCup.
Charles Howell III … With a pair of top 20s sandwiching a T35 at the Travelers in his last three starts, he’s locked up a spot in the Playoffs. Currently 100th in points.
Brandt Snedeker … Second consecutive early WD. At 175th in the FedExCup, he may need a buzzer-beater at Sedgefield to qualify for the Playoffs.
Satoshi Kodaira … Just 7-for-14 on the season with two top 25s. He’s 161st in the FedExCup via conditional status. Harnesses firepower often enough to keep it interesting for the deepest full-season leagues, but he’s relegated to spot-starting as an inexpensive piece in DFS.
RECAP – GENESIS SCOTTISH OPEN
Power Ranking Golfer Result
1 Jon Rahm T55
2 Justin Thomas MC
3 Scottie Scheffler MC
4 Matt Fitzpatrick T6
5 Xander Schauffele Win
6 Will Zalatoris MC
7 Collin Morikawa MC
8 Tommy Fleetwood T4
9 Sam Burns T66
10 Jordan Spieth T10
11 Patrick Cantlay T4
12 Adrian Meronk MC
13 Cameron Smith T10
14 Ryan Fox T47
15 Victor Perez MC
Wild Card Viktor Hovland MC
Golfer (Bet) Result
Alexander Björk (+600 for a Top 20) T42
Mackenzie Hughes (+400 for a Top 20) MC
Robert MacIntyre (+250 for a Top 20) MC
Kalle Samooja (+900 for a Top 20) MC
Brandon Stone (+800 for a Top 20) MC
RECAP – BARBASOL CHAMPIONSHIP
Power Ranking Golfer Result
1 Chesson Hadley T68
2 Chris Gotterup MC
3 Adam Svensson 6th
4 Kelly Kraft MC
5 Mark Hubbard 3rd
6 Josh Teater T63
7 Jim Herman T78
8 Kevin Streelman 2nd
9 Ryan Moore T54
10 Sam Ryder MC
OTHERS TO CONSIDER
Michael Kim 7th
Yannik Paul 20th
Marcel Schneider MC
Justin Walters T63
BIRTHDAYS AMONG ACTIVE MEMBERS OF THE PGA TOUR
July 12 … Derek Lamely (42); Alex Noren (40)
July 13 … Tyler Duncan (33)
July 14 … David Lipsky (34); Michael Kim (29)
July 15 … none
July 16 … Adam Scott (42)
July 17 … none
July 18 … Brendon de Jonge (42)
Why We Chose It
This adults-only Napa gem has a prime location on 33 lush acres, and its iconic fine-dining restaurant alone is well worth a trip to this transporting property.
Guests receive a welcome bottle of wine, complimentary Mercedes-Benz Guest Drive Program, complimentary afternoon wine tastings with local vintners and winery partners May through October, full breakfast included daily
Inspired by the south of France and infused with California soul, Auberge du Soleil is a next-level treat among this long list of fabulous Napa hotels. It's situated mid-Valley, on a 33-acre hillside with unparalleled views of the vineyards below and mountain ranges beyond. The guest rooms and suites underwent renovations in 2019, and each features private terraces, fireplaces, and complimentary locally-sourced snacks, fresh seasonal fruit, and a refrigerator stocked with beverages that are replenished daily.
As an adults-only resort, romance is always top of mind. The private lower level of the property features a sculpture garden with 100 works from California artists, plus a .7-mile nature walk and picnic areas set within the beautifully landscaped Parc du Soleil. The 7,000-square-foot Spa du Soleil is a wellness retreat exclusively for hotel guests, with temperate soaking pools that overlook the vineyards. And what could be more romantic than dinner at The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil? It's the recipient of 14 consecutive Michelin Star awards and boasts a 15,000 bottle wine cellar.
Why We Chose It
Calistoga is Napa's home of the hot springs, and Solage's 20,000 square-foot spa offers geothermal pools and detoxifying signature mud treatments.
Welcome glass of wine at check-in, daily coffee, tea, and bottled water, complimentary bicycles, Mercedes cars you can reserve/borrow, optional in-room Pelotons for suites, Tesla charging stations
Located in the northern part of the Napa Valley, Calistoga offers some of the most picturesque scenery and blissful wellness activities (hello, hot springs) found in this region. And a trip to this town always comes with an extra dose of wine country serenity. A stay at the Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection is no exception. This property is situated on 22 acres and surrounded by panoramic mountains and vineyards, yet it's just a five-minute bike ride into downtown Calistoga.
The resort fee includes complimentary wellness classes and access to the spa wellness facilities (spa pools, fitness center, and movement studio). Be sure to visit Spa Solage, which includes a bathhouse with geothermal pools and hydrotherapy circuit. If you're traveling with a dog, the pet fee includes a bed, bowls, treats, and additional pet amenities to make your pup feel just as welcome as you do.
Why We Chose It
Stanly Ranch is a new, ultra-luxurious property set on a historic working ranch that provides immersive experiences to nourish the mind, body, and soul.
House car and bicycles, dedicated concierge team to assist with planning experiences and arrival/departure, outdoor showers
As guests make their way down the eucalyptus-lined drive, they'll immediately realize they're in for a treat. The newly opened Stanly Ranch is part of the Auberge Resorts Collection and sits on 712 acres of vineyards. Here, you'll find longhorn steers, miles of biking trails, and 135 airy cottages and guestrooms built across a 2.5-mile stretch of the Napa River, with views of the Mayacamas Mountains.
While this hotel opened in April 2022, that doesn't mean it's turned its back on its 100-year history as a ranch. The property pays homage to local farmers and makers with its unique dining venues and immersive experiences that deepen the connection between land and community. (Think conservationist-led tracking of mountain lions and oyster shucking at nearby Tomales Bay.) There's also an Auberge spa focused on wellbeing, a fitness center and movement studio, a chef's garden, a kids' club, and multiple pools.
Why We Chose It
Archer Hotel is situated right in the heart of downtown Napa, which means more than 30 tasting rooms, 60 restaurants, and 31 attractions are within walking distance.
Rooftop bar, handmade salted caramels and daily turndown treats, in-room temperature-controlled wine cooler
Raise a glass to staying at Archer Hotel, located in the most walkable downtown Napa neighborhood, First Street Napa. You're literally surrounded by shops, eateries, and tasting rooms—not to mention attractions like Uptown Theatre, Napa Valley Opera House, and The Blue Note Napa. Choosing one of the 39 balcony-clad suites puts you right in the heart of the action without even having to leave your room.
Guests rave about the rooftop experience at this hotel, from the popular rooftop bar with panoramic views to the Water Deck, a shallow water retreat with comfy loungers, stone fireplaces, and semi-private cabanas. The spa and fitness studio are also on the top level, making this area a true spot of tranquility above the busy street below.
Why We Chose It
The Napa River Inn's historic roots make for a charming stay at a locally owned and operated hotel in downtown Napa.
VIP pet program with gourmet bones and biscuits and a custom-designed blanket, fresh pastries delivered to the room daily, bicycles available for rental
If a touch of history is on your list when it comes to Napa hotels, look no further than the Napa River Inn at the Historic Napa Mill, which was established in 1884 and is now a registered historic landmark. The property offers 66 guest rooms spread among three buildings along the waterfront. Its most notable suite, the Captain Hatt Suite, boasts a separate seating area, fireplace, wet bar, clawfoot slipper tub, and a king canopy bed.
Popular local attractions, including the Wine Train and Oxbow Public Market, are within walking distance, as are countless shops, restaurants, and wine tasting rooms. Or, you can spend your time right on property and enjoy the spa, which is open weekends, by appointment only.
Why We Chose It
Sustainability meets modern luxury at wellness-focused Bardessono Hotel & Spa, one of only 14 LEED Platinum Certified Hotels in the United States.
Spa butler service, Bone Appetite menu for pampered pets, complimentary freshly-baked pastries daily
Bardessono Hotel & Spa places guests smack-dab in the middle of Yountville, which many consider the culinary heart of Napa Valley. After all, this town is where you'll find award-winning French bistro French Laundry, not to mention other artisanal, farm-to-table restaurants. But you won't even have to travel off-site to enjoy a glorious meal, because Lucy Restaurant & Bar dishes up veggie-forward ingredients produced by farms and purveyors in the region.
All guest rooms are "spa suites," which means they can easily transform into a personal luxury spa experience, complete with discreet massage tables, steam showers, soaking tubs, and organic bath amenities. Enjoy a spa treatment in the comfort of your own room, as your Spa Butler sets the mood and caters to your every need. They'll even draw an aromatherapy bath, a ritual you won't soon forget.
Why We Chose It
For a little touch of Tuscany on your Napa Valley vacation, choose Vista Collina at The Meritage, where you'll have no problem pretending you're luxuriating in the Italian countryside.
Nightly toast and wine pour, welcome glass of champagne and complimentary wine bottle selection, nightly turn-down service
Is there anything more relaxing than curling up with a glass of vino while overlooking the rolling hills of Napa? We think not. Thanks to the Tuscan-style décor, on-site tasting rooms, and spacious lawn for picnics, you can easily trick your mind into thinking you're in Italy with a stay at Vista Collina at The Meritage. Additionally, the onsite Italian restaurant, Olive & Hay, was recently awarded the prestigious Napa Valley Wine Award for its excellent selection of Napa Valley wines.
Each of the 145 guest rooms and 39 luxury suites open to balconies or patios. They're outfitted with natural stone bathrooms and deep soaking tubs, and the bedding features Frette Italian sheets. While you'll need a car to access the 237 restaurants and 72 attractions located within 5 miles of this property, it's a small price to pay for spending time in this serene resort.
Why We Chose It
Silverado Resort and Spa is the only Napa Valley resort with 36 holes of Championship golf, and it's home to the PGA Tour Fortinet Championship.
Electric vehicle charging stations, special golf, tennis, and swim programming for kids, two PGA championship golf courses
What began as a private estate 150 years ago now lives on as Silverado Resort and Spa, a Napa Valley landmark. Situated just off the famed Silverado Trail, a 29.7-mile two-lane country road that was once a wagon trail for the silver mines, the property is now popular for road biking and lined with prominent wineries.
Rooms are available in four distinct neighborhoods: Mansion Estates at the center of all resort activity; Cottage Drive on the rolling green expanses of the North Course near the driving range; The Grove's idyllic escape under oak trees; and Oak Creek on the South fairway in a gated community. The property boasts multiple eateries, and it's within walking distance to the wineries on Atlas Peak Road. It also offers golf and tennis clinics for both children and adults. Don't be surprised if you rub elbows with some of golf's biggest names, as Stephen Curry, Phil Mickelson, and Cristie Kerr golf here regularly.
Why We Chose It
With its 11 newly renovated guest rooms, location along the Napa River, and included breakfast in bed, Milliken Creek Inn delivers one of the most tranquil stays you'll find among Napa Valley hotels.
Afternoon wine and cheese tastings, evening cordial bar with premium ports, made-to-order breakfast in bed
During California's Gold and Silver Rush, Milliken Creek Inn's Main House was used as the stagecoach stop on Old Mountain Road (now the famous Silverado Trail). Today, luxury and pampering are top of mind, with impressive touches around every corner. The resort fee includes a gourmet daily breakfast for two delivered to your guest room, all staff gratuities, guest passes to Synergy Wellness and Fitness Center, onsite parking, bottled water and soft drinks, and evening cordial bar with premium ports. Not to mention afternoon wine and cheese tastings, freshly baked cookies and s'mores kits, and evening turndown service.
You'll find beautiful Japanese Maple, Live Oak, and Magnolia trees on site, plus 11 recently-renovated guest rooms with luxury linens, L'Occitane bath amenities, a cozy fireplace, and a deep soaking tub. The public spaces also received a facelift, and guests will find croquet on the lawn, lounge areas with fire pits, and a serene koi pond.
Why We Chose It
With 100 cottages, suites and private vacation homes, al fresco showers, and on-demand wine, Carneros Resort and Spa will spoil you every step of the way.
Plum Wine dispenser in each room, Little Seedlings programming for kids, butler service for Harvest Cottage and suites
Whether you're looking for a romantic weekend or a family-friendly getaway, Carneros Resort and Spa has an option for you. Choose from private cottages, cottage suites, or 2,400-square-foot vacation homes, each featuring luxe amenities like heated bathroom floors, al fresco showers, rocking chairs on the deck, heated bathroom floors, and lush landscaping.
There are two pools, one for adults only and the other for families, plus a 3,000-square-foot fitness center, high-end fashion boutique, full-service spa, upscale general store, and dog-friendly cottages with amenities. Borrow a complimentary bike to explore nearby wineries, or use the car service, which will take you within a 5-mile radius of the resort. Children can keep busy with art projects and scavenger hunts, which frees up your schedule to enjoy weekly wine tastings and live music.
Why We Chose It
Cambria Hotel Napa Valley is located right outside downtown Napa, within walking distance of the Napa Wine Train, Oxbow Market, and Silverado Trail.
Fitness center, spa-style bathrooms with Bluetooth mirrors, 24-hour marketplace
This recently-opened, budget-friendly hotel with modern-minimalistic design and a great location ticks the boxes for many travelers. You're close enough to all the happenings in downtown Napa without being right on top of it, making this an especially perfect choice for business travelers.
The full-service onsite restaurant, Mary Elizabeth's, serves locally-inspired cuisine and regional craft beers and wines. There's also a 24-hour market for grab-and-go meal options. Shared spaces make for a cozy retreat, whether you choose to spend time at the outdoor patio with fireplaces or at the pool.
Why We Chose It
This boutique Napa Valley hotel in the heart of downtown offers high-tech amenities and residential-style lodging.
Freestanding bungalow available with full kitchen, laundry, private backyard, and detached indoor/outdoor 10-seat dining pavilion, complimentary bottle of local wine, heated bidet toilets in each bathroom
The R Inn Napa, located right downtown, feels like your home away from home. Each room features unique artwork, large smart TVs, free WiFi, and a complimentary bottle of seasonal wine from Napa Valley. If you book a Loft Suite, you'll be treated to a complimentary mini bar stocked with wine, cheese, snacks, and water. There's even a freestanding bungalow available, which comes with a full kitchen, a washer and dryer, a porch, a private backyard, and an outdoor dining area that seats 10 people.
While the building is over 100 years old, it was entirely gutted and given a full renovation in two phases, completed in 2018 and 2021. The rooms feature high-tech conveniences like automatic adjustable beds, smart TVs, Bluetooth clock speakers, remote AC/heat, rainfall showerheads, and heated bidet toilets. The property boasts a collection of art from local artists and offers a chef's kitchen and private dining room for up to 10 guests—and they'll even help you choose a private chef to hire.
Why We Chose It
This 9-room luxury boutique inn, housed in an elegantly renovated Victorian mansion, offers contemporary luxury in downtown Napa.
Lower-level speakeasy for wine tastings and movie nights to open in 2022, complimentary breakfast, complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres upon arrival, coffee, tea, and snacks available 24/7
Having fallen into disrepair after decades of neglect, The George's new owner recently completed a five-year-long restoration and renovation of this grand Victorian house. The nine-room inn remains true to the building's historic architectural details, but it has been reimagined into a modern and luxurious space. You'll no doubt oooh and ahhh at the grand staircase, original inlaid wood floors, turrets, and third-floor suites with exposed rafters and skylights.
Complimentary breakfast is served in the dining room each morning, which includes a chef-prepared full breakfast on weekends and a continental breakfast during weekdays. Everyone receives complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres upon arrival, which many enjoy while seated in the gardens. Some of the guest rooms feature dual showerheads, gas fireplaces, and wet bars, and they all include heated bathroom floors, luxury bath towels and bedding, Molton Brown bath amenities, cozy robes, and in-room Keurig coffeemakers.
Why We Chose It
Boasting 36 lodge-style rooms and suites, plus an onsite Wine Center offering a wealth of Napa wine education, this rustic and inviting estate has been a Napa Valley staple for generations.
Three outdoor pools, fitness center, spa, five tennis courts, welcome glass of wine at the Terrace Café, Tesla and universal electronic vehicle charging stations
Since 1979, Meadowood has served as a hotel, private club, and gathering place in the heart of Napa Valley. Featuring 36 lodge-style rooms and suites, all set amidst a backdrop of trees, the rustic yet elegant hotel provides the perfect place to relax and unwind. Every room and suite features a fireplace and a mini-bar, and most include a private porch, patio, or balcony as well. To top it off, guests are treated to a welcome glass of wine at the al fresco Terrace Café when they arrive.
While at Meadowood, you can take a dip in the three outdoor swimming pools, practice your strokes at the five tennis courts, pamper yourself at the onsite spa, and utilize the property's state-of-the-art fitness center. Enjoy tasty bites at the aforementioned Terrace Café, via in-room dining, or at the soon-to-open Forum restaurant. You can also visit the Wine Center, where you'll explore the rich history and nuances of Napa Valley wines with classes and consultations led by sommeliers, writers, and winegrowers. (Note that advance registration is required for the Wine Center.)
No list of Napa hotels would be complete without our editor's top pick: Auberge du Soleil. This Provence-flavored property is truly outstanding, with its incredible views and unparalleled dining. If part of your goal is to experience the existing property, then set your sights on Stanly Ranch, which straddles the line between romantic and family-friendly while still honoring both travel styles. If you're focused on a boutique hotel stay that deftly mixes modern and historic touches, then The George should top your list. Finally, the R Inn Napa is a best-kept secret that we are almost reluctant to draw your attention to, so don't overlook this gem.
We evaluated over two dozen hotels in Napa Valley before selecting the best in each category. We considered elements like the property's reputation and quality of service, its design and architecture, location within the region, and notable amenities (e.g. complimentary wine, pools, butler services, etc.). We also reviewed each property's dining options, spa facilities, and the types of experiences available to guests. In determining this list, we evaluated numerous customer reviews and considered whether the property has collected any accolades in recent years.
Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings LH, known as LabCorp, recently launched the Labcorp Clinical Decision Support (CDS) interpretative test report for its Stinging Insect Component-Specific IgE Test. LabCorp is the only reference laboratory that conducts stinging insect (venom) component testing. Venom component testing can distinguish species-specific sensitization and cross-reactivity, fine-tune venom diagnosis and help physicians determine the most suitable and cost-effective treatment plans for patients.
The Stinging Insect Component-Specific IgE Test offers allergen test interpretation and treatment suggestions. With the launch of the novel interpretative report, the company expects to provide a more effective venom therapy in case of systemic or anaphylactic reaction to insect stings, which carries the risk of a severe and potentially life-threatening reaction.
Per management, the latest launch underscores LabCorp’s commitment to deliver clinical expertise and value to providers and patients by detecting specific insect species for therapy and providing guidance on successful venom immunotherapy.
Venom allergy can be successfully treated with venom-specific immunotherapy (VIT). VIT is also advantageous in protecting against future reactions and reducing side effects and treatment costs. In this regard, the Stinging Insect Component-Specific IgE Testing from LabCorp helps determine the specific venom the patient is allergic, while providing a more accurate diagnosis to support venom immunotherapy.
In addition, the newly-launched Labcorp CDS interpretative venom allergy report builds on the prior reporting to provide report interpretation. The interpretative test report leverages current Allergy Practice Parameters, sponsored by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, to offer treatment suggestions. It presents a comprehensive insight to physicians on diagnostic marker interpretation, treatment suggestions and guidance for managing venom and stinging insect therapy.
Per a report by MarketsandMarkets, the allergy diagnostics market is expected to see a CAGR of 11.1% from 2021 to 2026. The increasing environmental pollution levels, rising prevalence of allergic diseases and growing funds for allergy diagnostics can be attributable to market growth.
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Given the market prospects, LabCorp’s latest launch to support treatment decisions for allergic reactions to venomous stings seems opportune.
This month, LabCorp launched the Neurofilament Light Chain (NfL) blood test to facilitate the detection and verification of the signs of neurodegenerative disease. The new NfL test aids in diagnosing neuronal injury resulting from brain injury, such as concussion or from diseases like multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Management believes the wide availability of LabCorp’s new NfL test will support neurologists with a tool that allows for rapid diagnoses, enhanced treatment decisions and improved patient care.
LabCorp also announced its plans to initiate monkeypox testing. This test will be done using the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) orthopoxvirus test, which detects all non-smallpox-related orthopoxviruses, including monkeypox. According to LabCorp, this effort is part of the CDC’s commitment to quickly increase monkeypox testing access and capacity in every community during the ongoing outbreak.
The stock has underperformed its industry in the past year. It has declined 11.2% compared with the industry’s 10.5% fall.
Currently, LabCorp carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
A few better-ranked stocks in the broader medical space that investors can consider are AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. AMN, Merck & Co., Inc. MRK and Patterson Companies, Inc. PDCO.
AMN Healthcare has a long-term earnings growth rate of 1.1%. The company surpassed earnings estimates in the trailing four quarters, delivering a surprise of 15.6%, on average. It currently flaunts a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
AMN Healthcare has outperformed its industry in the past year. AMN has gained 22.4% against the industry’s 31.3% fall.
Merck has a long-term earnings growth rate of 10.1%. The company surpassed earnings estimates in the trailing three quarters and missed in one, delivering a surprise of 13.4%, on average. It currently carries a Zacks Rank #1.
Merck has underperformed its industry in the past year. MRK has gained 19.1% against the industry’s 22.4% growth.
Patterson Companies has an estimated long-term growth rate of 9.6%. The company’s earnings surpassed estimates in all the trailing four quarters, the average beat being 16.5%.It currently flaunts a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
Patterson Companies has outperformed its industry in the past year. PDCO has lost 1.4% compared with the industry’s 10.6% fall in the past year.
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In most respects, 9-year-old Teegan Estes is a typical fourth-grader.
He loves soccer and pickleball and has dabbled in tennis. He builds Legos and robots. To make a bit of cash in his spare hours, he helps his dad at his business. Another interest, perhaps shared by a few of his peers, is coin collecting.
When Teegan and his family visited Mendocino about 18 months ago, they entered an artisan jewelry store. One of the artists made copper disc jewelry.
That’s when Teegan formulated a plan to use some of his collection.
“The earrings were copper circles, like pennies,” he said. “I thought I could pound a penny and make jewelry.”
“I built one as a test using a metal bar and a hammer. My dad drilled a hole in the top and my mom got the wire to pull through.”
And Smashed Jewelry was born.
Kari Estes is Teegan’s mother.
“We use wire that’s sterling silver or gold, so they’re hypoallergenic,” she said. “People love his earrings. They’re simple but elegant, so you can wear them with casual or more formal clothes.”
Teegan experiments with all coin denominations.
“People mostly like the pennies,” he said. “But you have to use the ones before 1982. After that, the pennies aren’t all copper. I can use dimes from any year. For quarters, sometimes people want them from different states.”
Kari explained, “sometimes, he doesn’t pound out the engraving all the way, so you can see the image and state name. People have sent coins to him that they want made into earrings. Ones from foreign countries. Maybe they want a certain state or year. People use them as birthday presents with the year the person was born. Sometimes customers want the front side of the coin on one earring and the back on the other. All those are special orders.”
Teegan has collected coins for many years.
“I started when I was about 2 or 3 years old,” he said. “Some of them are from the 1800s. I don’t use those to make jewelry."
Teegan’s earring prices are $20 a pair or three pairs for $55. Shipping is an additional $5.
He sells mostly through word of mouth to family and friends, through his Instagram page (@smashedjewelry), and via email (email@example.com). A retail outlet is coming soon.
“There’s a lady with a store in Boonville who is my grandma’s friend,” said Teegan. “Grandma wore earrings I made to a funeral and the lady saw them. She said she’d never seen anything like them and that she wanted them in her store. I have about 30 pairs made to send her. I’ll ship them when I have 50.”
He’s also gearing up his inventory for Christmas sales.
Will he venture beyond earrings? “I’ve thought about necklaces. Or rings," he said. "But I think rings would be hard.”
It’s undeniably a homegrown business.
“I make them in the garage," he said. "I’ve had my own workbench for a year.”
Creating inventory competes with his other big summertime interest, club soccer, but he’s home most afternoons.
“I do soccer drills and I like pickleball," he said. "I enjoy that because the paddle feels good in my hand. I play pickleball with other kids my age at Las Flores. I like both.”
Mom Kari said he’s always been a saver.
“He doesn’t like spending but stockpiles his money," she said. "He does jobs like sorting sizes for my husband’s pipe-fitting business and likes to keep busy. His sister is just the opposite; she spends it. Money burns a hole in her pocket.”
People have made a bundle turning a hobby into a business, such as Sara Blakely with Spanx, Craig Newmark with Craigslist and Michael Kittredge II, whose crayons-turned-candles gave rise to Yankee Candle.
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Will Teegan expand his business? What about a site such as Etsy?
“He loves doing it, but I’m nervous about sites like that,” said Kari. “I hear stories about customers who say they don’t receive what they ordered and want a refund. Social media is also hard to keep up. Right now, I’m more comfortable keeping it local. He does it all, though. Even when I buy the boxes, he pays me back. It’s a fun project.”
He saved enough from the first year of his business to purchase a paddleboard. “I’ve used the board in the Napa River, at Gualala, Lake Tahoe and Guerneville,” he said.
With all the experience he’s gaining at such a young age, does he think he’d like to be a professional jeweler someday?
“No,” he states. “I want to be a mechanic.” After a pause, he adds, “Or a scientist.”
It’s good to have plans.
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ST. ANDREWS, Scotland—This week, Argentina’s Jorge Fernández Valdés is playing in The Open Championship. It will not be his first PGA TOUR start. That happened more than six years ago, when Fernández Valdés played in the 2016 Puerto Rico Open. So, the native of Cordoba has a little experience. He’s also played in 68 Korn Ferry Tour tournaments and is a PGA TOUR Latinoamérica veteran, with 104 career appearances—and four wins—on his resume.
Yet, with all that, Fernández Valdés is in awe of the tournament he’s about to play this week, the invitation that came his way after he won the 2021 Visa Argentine Open. He’s ready to play what he calls “by far the best tournament that I’m going to play.”
At Nordelta Golf Club last December, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, a little more than 400 miles from his home, Fernández Valdés began the final round of his national open and PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s season-opening tournament a stroke behind France’s Jeremy Gandon. Fernández Valdés knew the ramifications of getting off to a quick start in the Totalplay Cup standings—his place in the rankings ultimately determining if he would qualify for the 2023 Korn Ferry Tour. A win would go a long way in helping him meet that goal. In the back of his mind, Fernández Valdés was also was aware an invitation to The Open Championship went to the champion.
After a so-so start to his final round at Nordelta, an even-par effort through nine holes, he made birdies at the 10th and 15th holes and then watched as other competitors faltered. His final round wasn’t spectacular, with only three birdies and a bogey, but it was more than enough for him to defeat Gandon and South Korea’s Rak Cho by three strokes. It was time to check out flights from Argentina to Scotland.
One of the hallmarks of playing on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica is the wide variety of courses the Tour visits, with its different elevations, varieties of weather, types of grass and golf course styles the players experience. Fernández Valdés has seen a lot, but he hadn’t seen it all—until he arrived and tried to figure out how he would tackle The Old Course as an Open venue. He came here as a young teenager when he played in the St. Andrews Links Trophy.
“My impression here is we have to be very strategic because of the wind,” he said after playing practice rounds at the site of 29 previous Open Championships, the last in 2015. “There are so many shots you can hit, and you have to try to play all the different shots. Basically, you have to learn every day what you’re going to do, especially based on how the wind is going to blow.”
Fernández Valdés is enjoying the same benefits previous Visa Argentine Open winners Ricard Celia, Isidro Benitez, Brady Schnell and Kent Bulle received, except Fernández Valdés is doing it at the historic Home of Golf. Of his four PGA TOUR Latinoamérica victories, the most valuable may very well be his Visa Argentine Open triumph because of what it afforded him beyond the trophy, points and paycheck last December. “It’s a huge prize, and it will be an honor to represent Argentina at The Old Course,” he said after accepting the trophy at the seventh-oldest tournament in golf that earned him an invited to the oldest.
“The galleries and the place are unbelievable. To be here has been very nice, practicing and preparing my game to be ready for the tournament,” the 29-year-old said. “The way the tournament treats the players is so great. It’s everything you need, everything you want to be ready for this week. If you need something, they’re going to figure out how to get it for you. It’s even more than what I expected.”
Fernández Valdés is coming off a season that saw him finish third on the Totalplay Cup Points List, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s answer to the FedExCup. In what might be described as his most-consistent season since he turned pro 10 years ago, Fernández Valdés had a pair of runner-up finishes (at the Scotia Wealth Management Chile Open and the Termas de Rio Hondo Invitational) to go with his victory. He only missed one cut.
“The goal at the beginning of the year was to finish in the top five in points on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. It’s a very tough goal and demanded a lot of things of me. I’m happy to have made it, and now I have the biggest tournament of my life in front of my eyes,” Fernández Valdés continued. “I would love to do my best and have a great week here at St. Andrews. Coming from finishing third on the [points] list is a big thing for me and has helped me be ready and have the confidence to play this tournament.”
Fernández Valdés is one of two Argentines in the field this week (Emiliano Grillo is the other) and one of seven Latin players overall, along with Chile’s Joaquin Niemann and Mito Pereira, Sebastian Munoz of Colombia, Mexico’s Abraham Ancer and Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti.
BOSTON, July 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Capstone Partners ("Capstone" or "the firm"), a leading middle market investment banking firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of several leadership positions across the firm. Following the firm's merger with Huntington National Bank earlier this year, the appointments are being rolled-out to support growth and acquisitions, and ensure the firm remains navigational as it continues to expand in both scale and scope.
Capstone Partners Announces Key Leadership Appointments Across the Firm.
Commenting on the expanded leadership team, Capstone Founder & President, John Ferrara, shared, "Despite the current market volatility, we remain aggressive and are pushing forward with aspirational organic growth plans as well as strategic acquisitions. We have an incredible group of leaders that are being elevated to lead the charge on both fronts. They are the future of this firm."
The leadership appointments will span twelve industry groups and four specialized service practices, which collectively provide a full suite of services to business owners, investors, and creditors.
Cookson has over 25 years of investment banking experience and has advised on more than $5 billion in transactions including acquisitions, divestitures, and refinancings.
Over the past 25+ years, Good has led business owners and their board of directors through successful transactions over 70 times, and the team currently has 15 active deals in the market.
Balaban has over 25 years of experience and has served as the lead banker on over 75 merger and acquisition transactions primarily in the business services marketplace. The team is currently working on over 20 active mandates.
Wasik remains Head of the firm's Consumer Investment Banking Group, which has nearly 40 active mandates in process. Wasik was brought on to lead the Group after several years of explosive growth in Consumer.
Voorhees continues to lead the firm's Education & Training Investment Banking Group, which has completed over 60 transactions since 2010 and has 15 active mandates currently in market.
Kinsman has over 20 years of investment banking experience within various energy sectors, and throughout his career has closed transactions totaling over $2 billion in value.
Francione has over 25 years of investment banking and corporate finance experience and the Group collectively has over 15 active mandates in market and a historic transaction average of nearly $200 million in valuation.
Over the span of their investment banking careers, Williams has successfully completed more than 100 transactions in the space and Baker has represented $4 billion+ in total transaction value.
Nam will continue to lead the firm's Industrial Technology Investment Banking Group, as recently announced. The Firm remains very bullish on the industrial technology market and is pursuing an aggressive expansion plan for the Group.
With over 55 years of collective experience, Bench and Polk are currently leading over 20 active engagements and have earned 17 industry awards for distinct advisory work.
Michaels will continue to lead the firm's Technology, Media & Telecom Investment Banking Group, which has already closed four deals thus far in 2022 and is currently leading over 20 active mandates.
Smith has over 20 years of experience and is a recognized industry expert, having advised more than 45 transactions with a combined value in excess of $40 billion.
In addition to the firm's twelve industry groups, Capstone has appointed Group Heads to lead their four specialized service groups that offer a full suite of corporate finance solutions. Those groups include:
Calandra has more than 25 years of experience in turnaround management consulting, interim management, fraud and forensic accounting, mergers and acquisitions, and recapitalizations. Brian Davies will continue serving as Managing Partner of FAS, and Jamie Lisac will serve as the Head of the Group's Special Situations Investment Banking Team.
Brown will continue as Head of the Debt Advisory Group, contributing over 30 years of corporate debt placement and advisory experience through his 100+ closed corporate debt transactions.
Bluse and Huebner, named Co-Heads of the Firm's Equity Capital Advisory Group, bring 50+ years of combined experience and have advised on capital formation transactions that exceed $3 billion in aggregate financing value.
Sprague, named Head of the firm's Infrastructure Finance Services Group, has successfully completed over 40 M&A transactions during his career, totaling in excess of $7 billion of transaction value.
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For over 20 years, the firm has been a trusted advisor to leading middle market companies, offering a fully integrated range of investment banking and financial advisory services uniquely tailored to help owners, investors, and creditors through each stage of the company's lifecycle. Capstone's services include M&A advisory, debt and equity placement, corporate restructuring, special situations, valuation and fairness opinions, and financial advisory services. Headquartered in Boston, the firm has 175+ professionals across the U.S. With 12 dedicated industry groups, Capstone delivers sector-specific expertise through large, cross-functional teams. Capstone is a subsidiary of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (NASDAQ: HBAN). For more information, visit www.capstonepartners.com.
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Coldwater city council questioned the cyber security of the city network system when the Russian-Ukraine war started. The staff assured council members that the city and Coldwater Board of Public Utilities were doing their job.
Now the city will upgrade its systems after a consultant's recommendation. Councilman Jam Knaack questioned only one proposal for implementation from the consultant.
Pat Pool, Information Technology Director, said the city upgraded the internal IT system piecemeal over the last 20 years. "We originally wanted to make it easier to use."
Last year the department hired American Municipal Power to complete a network redesign to secure its networks better.
With over 130 municipal power members, AMP has vast experience and maturity in protecting its municipal utility and utility control systems.
Pool reported, "The network improvements will create a new foundation on which to build more effective security enhancements for the ever-increasing and complex threat landscape of the future."
AMP will put in the new system, which runs the city's internal computer system and its control system for power and other utility services, for $50,875.
Pool said he could get another bid from Aspen Wireless, which maintains the network but was reluctant to expose the working to other outside vendors.
Mayor Tom Kramer pointed out Coldwater is an AMP member. "We're part of the family."
The upgrade includes three major components, new network switches, next-generation firewalls, and services to implement higher security.
Low bidder Aspen Wireless will provide the switches for $81,600 with a 90-day expected delivery. The bid was $43,000 lower than the next bid.
Aspen was the high bidder by $3,200 for the firewalls at $98,640.
Aspen is also the company that designed and built the city's fiber-to-premises internet system. Because of that, Pool recommended, "Our current contract with Aspen Wireless includes network support which will cover day-to-day technical support of this equipment."
Pool recommended the city purchase the 18 Ruckus switches and 8 Fortinet firewalls from Aspen Wireless for $180,240.
On top of the new equipment is the reprogramming by AMP to meet security concerns.
Pool said networks "were originally built with little security in mind. Coupled with the ever-increasing and sophisticated nature of bad actors, we believe it is prudent to re-evaluate the foundations of the network and assess the costs and benefits of redesigning these networks for the threat landscape of the future."
The work will Excellerate the city system to deal with the current threat levels. Still, it will need to continue evaluating the threats and operating to prevent system damage.
Nationwide utilities fear network intrusion could take down the power grid and local power systems. Governments and businesses face ransomware attacks from outside the country. These take control of internal computer systems until payments are made.
The cost of the upgrades will be split between the general government and CBPU. The enhancements are part of the new 2022-23 budget.
Poll hopes regarding hardware, "this should position ourselves for the next 20 years."
This article originally appeared on The Daily Reporter: Coldwater to upgrade its computer network for cyber security