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New Indie Film Organization MARK IT INDIE Launches with Special Event at Hollywood’s Historic MONTALBAN THEATRE on April 29, 2019

LOS ANGELES – The new independent film organization Mark IT Indie is set to launch with a special event at the historic MONTALBAN THEATRE in Hollywood on Monday, April 29th. The evening unites a diverse cross-section of industry professionals to inform, inspire and encourage rising filmmakers to thrive at every level in their Indie career. 

The Mark IT Indie team behind this new supportive venture are actors and filmmakers Bel Deliá, Camilla Jackson and Russell Jeffrey. Together, they are on a mission to help foster connections and new collaborations for all dedicated artists and independent filmmakers seeking to propel forward and reach the next level with their creative endeavours. 

This special one-night inaugural program consists of insightful panels and one-on-one opportunities covering several key indie filmmaking areas, including: 

  • Indie Ingenuity – Addressing the challenges from budget constraints to on-set hurdles to common mistakes and how to avoid them.
  • Creating Voice – How to find your audience, sell your brand and your film in a crowded industry while staying authentic to your voice and your art.
  • Mark it, Mark it – An in-depth examination of the technical aspects of filmmaking and practical tips to apply from start to finish.
  • Creative Chameleons – Multi-talented artists share their experiences working across roles as they create their own content and navigate their own careers.

Lending their support and perspective on what it is to be Indie by participating on these panels will include leaders from BuzzFeed, Seed and Spark, Indie Rights, Etheria Film Night, the JTC list and Spotlight PR.

Panelists also include award-winning indie film directors, creators and actors, among them are: Lin Shaye (Insidious, Room for Rent), Emma Bell (The Walking Dead, Scratch), Noree Victoria (Little, NewFilmmakers LA), Christopher Soren Kelly (The Tangle, Infinity Chamber), Jessica Graham (The Tangle), and Haley Webb (Final Destination, Joyeux Noel).

“The purpose of Mark IT Indie is to bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in your own personal journey within your own unique career. We believe all you need to flourish is the seed of your creative goals and the hunger to bring them into being.” -- Mark IT Indie Team

This inaugural special event will set the tone for future Mark IT Indie programs including a full Summit in 2020. The objective is to offer an accessible, on-going forum for the advanced indie filmmaker, as well as those who may be at a pause in their career, just starting out or the actor who wants to create. 

The Mark IT Indie team each comes with breadth of knowledge and experience in the industry. Bel Delia has been a producer in film and TV for over 20 years, starting in commercial and broadcast television, and is an actress having starred in genre films, such as The Tunnel and The Tangle. Camilla Jackson has worked across multiple fields and as a journalist for Blumhouse.com and created and starred in her own Jash/Amazon series The Milli Show. Russell Jeffrey is an actor best known for his regular work with BuzzFeed among numerous film and television roles, and as one of the producers behind significant media events such as YouTube RED’s Vidcon.

Spotlight PR is proud to support Mark IT Indie in this endeavor, delivering a like-minded objective of putting the power into every artist’s hands.

Mark IT Indie at the Montalban
Date/Time: Monday, April 29, 2019 at 6:00pm

Location: Montalban Theatre (1615 Vine St. Los Angeles, 90028)
Tickets + Information visit: http://markitindie.com
Price: general / students (discount code available on website)

For more about MARK IT INDIE visit: www.markitindie.com

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Business,Celebrity,Media & Communications,News & Current Affairs

rawzkyrecordsent music group

 

Born and raised in the streets of Portland Oregon when gentrification did not exist, Antonio PettyJohnBlue quickly learned how to adapt as well as survive through the trenches of a hard knock life. Being born with alcohol and drug in his system, the world already deemed Mr. PettyjohnBlue a lost cause. However that did not stop him from allowing his unique lyrics and vocal skills to be heard amongst the young crowds in inner cities across the east and west coast projects. Possessing flare and finesse, Antonio has a sound like no other. A new music called (r&p) rhythm and pleasure, but as Antonio would say, “ its just raw pism.” A lyrical poet who not only has the ability to create in your face and sometimes in your bedroom melodies, and controversial as it is, Antonio’s music style is one of a kind.

Listening to legends like Michael Jackson, Prince, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, Antonio always knew that he was destined to be a superstar just like the people he aspired to one day perform with. Antonio was raised in foster care and admits although it still bothers him to this day, the hardship he experienced has made him a stronger artist. “ My mother’s side of the family is where I developed my ability to move and serenade crowds, but my father’s musical gift as a pro is where I got my soul, rhtym and funk from.”

The now midlife,midaged artist has put all his focus and drive into being the next breakout star not only in Portland, but across the world. The 31 year old conglomerate has brought together trends in people who never thought would team up. He is a current CEO of Rawzky Records and hopes to change lives of the youth around him who suffer from the effects of gang violence and lack of role models in their communities. In addition to his newly found record company, King Rawzky is also a first year student in college studying Radio Broadcasting.

Hailing from a musical background, Antonio’s mother also was a singer. His late mother who was tragically killed as a car illegally ran a stop light. had a voice that would sound a crying baby to sleep. His Father Jake the Snake Booker, is currently performing across the country showcasing his rock and soul funkadelic talents while honing his guitar entertaining packed lounges and night clubs. Antonio’s late grandfather Venerable F Booker is a legendary scholar who was one of the first black presidents of a bank he owned in Portland Oregon since the late 1960’s. Coming from a musical background and a traditional soul and gospel, his grandfather also was a lover of music.

The friends and family of Antonio pettyjohnblue express their gratitude towards Portland’s critics, says King Rawzky. Its ironic and amazing to be loved and respected by so many. Considering the hate and jealousy that keeps Portland’s music world in the dirt. “There’s no support first of all”, says King Rawzky (Antonio). “You have to give more than you receive…if you really want a reward.” A true found talent, King Rawzky is destined to be crowned one of Portland Oregon’s best artists.

‘Life’s Metamorphosis’ Out Now

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Portland, Oregon – March 3, 2019 – While his name showcases his reign, it hasn’t always been so for King Rawzky. An underdog for much of his life, he’s ready to prove that he’s rising above and going beyond the expectations of his haters with an exciting 2019 planned. His first stop, SXSW in Austin, Texas this March.

With a professional musician for a father, it was inevitable that King Rawzky would inherit his talents and want to proceed with them. Comparable to the likes of Donnell Jones and K-Ci & JoJo, King Rawzky is a master of his craft. He takes listeners back to the pinnacle time for R&B – the ’90s – while still making them feel present in the here and now thanks to the alternative rock spin he puts in things. Not only does his sound resonate with fans, but also his perseverance. His childhood wasn’t always the best, but he overcame adversity and showcases that in his narrative alongside love and romance. It’s all about “constantly putting out positive energy” he says. Over the years King Rawzky has put out a plethora of albums, including 2018’s Life’s Metamorphosis.

Growing up King Rawkzy looked up to his grandfather, a successful banker and accountant. Following in his footsteps, he graduated college with a major in music and orchestration. Today, on top of creating his own music, he provides top grade vocal lessons while simultaneously focusing on his future endeavors with his animal rescue agency.

provided below.

###Contact:
King Rawzky
Antonio Blue
971-409-8170
Antoniopjblue@gmail.com

Links:
Official Site: http://www.rawzkyrecordsent.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/king_rawzky
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blue_antonio/
YouTube: https://youtu.be/Q-0Y8qqm4sU
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_srch_drd_B00GUDGTC4?ie=UTF8&field-keywords=King%20Rawzky&index=digital-music&search-type=ss

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Celebrity,Media & Communications,News & Current Affairs,Public Affairs

ASEOHosting Warns of the Growing Threat of SEO Spam Attacks

ASEOHosting, a provider of SEO-friendly hosting, has issued an advisory about search engine optimization spam attacks.

Per a recent report by security firm Sucuri, 51% of website hacks in 2018 were directly connected to SEO spam campaigns. This attack family is up 7.3% from 2017, making it one of the web’s fastest-growing attack methods. They are also, says the firm, difficult to detect, typically occurring via PHP, database injections, or .htaccess redirects.

The good news, says ASEOHosting Director of Business Development Daniel Page, is defending against SEO spam is actually relatively simple. Although SEO spam attacks may be more targeted than malware or ransomware, they generally exploit the same vulnerabilities as any web-based attack. This means that websites with strong security have as much to fear from SEO spam as from any other tactic.

“Though it can be hard to determine whether or not your website is infected after the fact, many of the same security best practices that defend against other attack vectors are also an effective defense against SEO spam,” Page explains. “First, keep your software up to date. I would also recommend that you carefully curate user content, and protect all user accounts with strong passwords.”

Page acknowledges that in some situations, even a website with strong security may be compromised. With that in mind, he also recommends using Google Analytics to watch for suspicious activity such as unusual traffic spikes, running regular malware scans, checking the sitemap for unapproved changes, and occasionally browsing one’s website as a user.

“Most web-based hacks, particularly spam attacks, are not particularly sophisticated,” Page notes. “They can most often be detected and defeated by simple vigilance. Pay careful attention to activity on your website, and be careful about the software you install, the content you allow, and the people you grant backend access to.”

“Criminals usually choose the path of least resistance - if you aren’t an easy target, they’ll probably look elsewhere,” he adds.

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About ASEOHosting:

ASEOHosting is the leader in providing all types of SEO Hosting, including Shared SEO Hosting, Dedicated SEO Hosting, US Dedicated SEO Servers, and EU Dedicated SEO Servers, based in Orlando, FL, and Detroit, MI, owned and operated by Ahosting, Inc., supplying hosting services that are truly beyond imagination. Since 2002, ASEOHosting has established one of the web’s premier solutions for reseller web hosting, multiple IP hosting, dedicated servers, and VPS hosting. For more information, visit https://www.aseohosting.com.

Posted in: Marketing & Sales,Media & Communications,U.S

Urgency of Civility--What Can Be Done to Turn the Tide? Special Conference to Be Held at the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, Va April 30 to May 1

Time is running out to register for the Urgency of Civility—A Springboard for Action conference. Held at the majestic George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, VA April 30—May 1, this hands-on summit will bring together organizations and individuals who are all working to restore civility in society. A reenactment of President Washington’s first inauguration will set the stage for probing discussion and innovative training with the objective of providing the resources needed to stem the tide of incivility.

Choose from six tracks:

Government – How does incivility manifest in government and politics, national, state, and local? How does incivility impede all peoples’ voices from being heard, and make it more difficult to reach common ground? Are there any positive signs that civility can re-emerge? We will explore what various actors – elected officials, government employees, and citizens – can do and are already doing to promote civility.

Workplace – How does incivility manifest in workplaces? How is it experienced by customers, employees, managers, and executives? Who are the perpetrators, targets, and bystanders in acts of incivility? This track will explore what anyone affected by incivility in the workplace can do to increase civility in workplace relationships.

Communities – How does incivility manifest in communities? What are the signs of incivility? What are practices that encourage civility to increase? We will explore what various community actors, including civic organizations, religious organizations, community organizations, and individuals can do to counter incivility and defend and increase civility.

Media (social and public) – Social media platforms and news media organizations are frequently accused of furthering incivility, by promoting, publicizing, even profiting from it. What needs to change, and how to make this occur? What are the incentives and disincentives to their doing so? What actions are social media and journalism taking to help civility stage a comeback? This track will explore the possibilities for what roles these vital institutions can play, and how all of us can be wise consumers as well as advocates for increased civility.

Education – How does incivility show up in schools – elementary, middle, and high schools – and on college and university campuses? What are schools and colleges/universities doing to teach and practice civility at each of these levels? Are they doing less than they used to? What more needs to be done? We will explore the roles that educators, educational administrators, parents, and of course students themselves play and can play to strengthen civility.

Families and Youth – Does civility begin at home, and start in childhood? Certainly, habits of behavior, how to treat others, and how to discuss and resolve conflicts are all begun early. What can family members, especially parents, do to raise children who are thoughtful problem-solvers and engaged citizens? Do families need help in doing this from other institutions in society? This track will explore the critical role played by families and youth in creating a society characterized by civility.

Among the highlights of the conference will be honoring the Father of Civility, Dr. PM Forni as a Civility Pioneer.

Register today at Civility--A Springboard for Action.

Single-day and student rates are available.

For more information: info@CivilityConvening.org

Posted in: Education,Government & Politics,Media & Communications,U.S

April Carnegie Council Public Events Live and Online: "From Gutenberg to Google" with Tom Wheeler and "How Change Happens" with Cass R. Sunstein

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its April 2019 current affairs programs in New York City.

To attend in person, please RSVP. Go to the online calendar: https://www.carnegiecouncil.org/calendar.

Press passes and student tickets are available. Please contact events@cceia.org.

Events take place at: 
Carnegie Council 
170 East 64 Street, New York, NY 10065.

Watch them as live webcasts here: https://www.carnegiecouncil.org/live.

Videos, transcripts, and audios are available online soon after events take place.

APRIL 2019 EVENTS

April 03, 8:00-9:15 AM EST 
From Gutenberg to Google: The History of Our Future 
Tom Wheeler, Brookings Institution

April 18, 6:00-7:30 PM 
How Change Happens 
Cass R. Sunstein, Harvard Law School

ABOUT CARNEGIE COUNCIL 
Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1914, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is an educational, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that produces lectures, publications, and multimedia materials on the ethical challenges of living in a globalized world. Go to https://www.carnegiecouncil.org/.

Posted in: Education,Media & Communications,News & Current Affairs

One Of America's Fastest Growing Social Media Companies, Social Media 55, Opens Offices In Toronto, Canada

Look out Canada, there's a new agency in town and their name is Social Media 55. So why should Toronto business owners pay close attention to this digital marketing agency?

Well for one, Social Media 55 is a digital marketing and social media agency with headquarters in Montreal, Canada. With offices in Los Angeles, California, Chicago, Illinois, New York City, we are pleased to officially announce the opening of our Toronto Canada office. We are in the heart of the Toronto business district in the Exchange Tower located at 130 King St W Suite 1800, Toronto, ON M5X 1E3, Canada.

Led by CEO, Joseph Rothstein, CMO, Anzour Jallouqa, and VP of Operations, Benjamin Ohayon -- this team of growing tech executives has a few essential tips for Toronto business owners trying to get ahead of the competition using digital marketing and social media as a tool to grow their business:

1. When using digital marketing for your business, the key is proper branding and online positioning. Done right, branding offers a company an edge over the competition. Here are some important fundamentals of an effective branding and media plan:

I. Logo: A key component in your branding and image.

II. Website: A great website can entice an audience, but without a solid back-end structure, your site could be merely a place holder on the world wide web. Invest in your SEO tactics both on page and off page. Consider a link building strategy.

2. Facebook and Instagram are proving to be one of the best returns on your ad spend for 2019. Offering its advertisers the ability to micro-target where ads are placed and how often its online users see it, social media advertisers get a ton of return on these ad platforms. Split A/B testing can be done with small budgets allowing businesses to scale up quickly. However, your brand may likely require an onset of various management services depending on your company's product or service life cycle. Be sure to consult with an experienced agency to get the most mileage out of your budget.

3. If you're looking for solutions to get traffic quickly, PPC, Google Adwords could be your answer. Google should be on the top of your list as it accounts for approximately 75% of online users search. That's not to say that you should count Yahoo or Bing out, choose a platform according to your company's marketing objectives and goals. It's time to optimize your Google My Business account and your Bing Places account.

Conversion ratios, Cost-Per-Click, Bid-based PPC, are all factors that you should be aware of and be proficient in before embarking on a paid advertising journey. If you lack the experience in optimizing a Pay-Per-Click campaign, leave it to the experts. From split A/B testing to lookalike audiences, retarget marketing and programmatic advertising. Social Media 55 is a full-service digital marketing agency that's here to help.

If you're looking to step up your game don't hesitate to call Social Media 55 toll free at 1-844-MEDIA-55.

Posted in: Business,Media & Communications

Peggy Smedley Recognized with the ASCE Excellence in Journalism Award

Specialty Publishing Media is pleased to announce Peggy Smedley was awarded the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) Excellence in Journalism Award at its Opal Gala on Thursday, March 14 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Va.

Robin Kemper, 2019 president ASCE, and Tom Smith, executive director, ASCE, handed Smedley the award for her outstanding journalistic achievements to enhance the public understanding of the role and impact of civil engineering.

The ASCE also awarded the Charles Pankow Award for Innovation to Autodesk BUILD Space Technology Center in Boston, the Henry L. Michel Award for Industry Advancement of Research to Richard Tucker, five OPAL Leadership Awards in construction, design, education, government, and management, as well as five outstanding civil engineering achievement (OCEA) Finalists from which one winner was named: 150 North Riverside, Chicago, Ill.

“I am extremely humbled and delighted to be awarded the ASCE Excellence in Journalism Award. While there is always much more to be done, it’s really wonderful to see an organization like ASCE take the time to celebrate the hard work and dedication of so many involved,” says Smedley.

In 1994, under the leadership of then President James W Poirot, ASCE established the Excellence in Journalism Award to honor newspaper journalists for outstanding articles that enhance public understanding of the role and impact of civil engineering in designing solutions for clean water, transportation, the environment, and other public works projects.

In 2006, the award was expanded to include journalists and producers from English-language, general-interest regional and national newspapers, radio and television stations, magazines, and electronic and Web-based news outlets.

More than 20 years ago, Smedley launched one of the most formative media companies to help businesses understand how disruptive and innovative technology will help them navigate the flood of digital transformation so they can remain viable and competitive.

Today, she is passionate about addressing the infrastructure crisis that is happening by adopting a new vision and voice for the industry.

About Specialty Publishing Media 
Specialty Publishing Media is home to Constructech magazine, Connected World magazine, The Peggy Smedley Institute, The Peggy Smedley Show, and Constructech TV. With content spanning print, online, radio, podcasts, and streaming video, each interactive platform delivers audiences the latest in the technological revolution.

About Constructech 
Constructech is your fierce advocates for construction. It connects people, equipment, technology, and data. Constructech leads contractors and builders in today’s digital transformation by leveraging information and emerging technologies, connected equipment, and must-have tools at the jobsite. constructech.com

About ASCE 
Headquartered in Reston, Va., it is the oldest national engineering society in the United States. The American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries.

Posted in: Media & Communications,News & Current Affairs

L-com Releases New Cat5e Double-Shielded Outdoor High-Flex PoE Industrial Ethernet Cables

L-com, a preferred manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, announced today that it has launched a new series of double-shielded, Cat5e, outdoor, high-flex, PoE, industrial Ethernet cables that are ideal for PoE 802.3af or 802.3at, industrial, automation, manufacturing and outdoor use applications.

L-com’s new line of Cat5e, high-flex, PoE, industrial Ethernet cables consists of 20 models that are made with an outdoor-rated, flame-retardant thermoplastic elastomer (FR-TPE) jacket that is resistant to oil, UV, cut and weld-splatter while maintaining a UL-CMX flame rating. These cables have a flex rating of 1 million cycles at 3.01” and 10 million cycles at 6.02” without performance loss. They also feature a foil + braid shield (SF/UTP) along with fully shielded RJ45 connectors that reduce and eliminate EMI/RFI interference. These unique 24 AWG stranded 600V cables can be run with power cables without the concern of voltage jumps.

“These new ultra-flexible, Cat5e cables are designed for outdoor environments where ordinary patch cables fail. They are double-shielded and PoE 802.3af compliant to 80 meters, allowing them to provide full PoE power over distance and making them an excellent alternative to rigid, stiff, standard PoE cables,“ said Dustin Guttadauro, Product Manager.

These new 600V PoE industrial Ethernet cables are available in teal and black colors, and in 1, 3, 5, 10, 15, 25, 50, 75, 100, 150, 175, 200 and 250-foot lengths. Custom lengths and labels are also available upon request.

L-com’s new Cat5e, high-flex, PoE, industrial Ethernet cables are in stock and available for immediate shipment.

About L-com:

L-com, a leading manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, offers a wide range of solutions and unrivaled customer service for the electronics and data communications industries. The company's product portfolio includes cable assemblies, connectors, adapters, antennas, enclosures, surge protectors and more. L-com is headquartered in North Andover, Mass., is ISO 9001: 2008 certified and many of its products are UL® recognized. L-com is an Infinite Electronics brand.

About Infinite Electronics:

Infinite Electronics is a leading global supplier of electronic components serving the urgent needs of engineers through a family of highly recognized and trusted brands. Our portfolio brands are specialists within their respective product set, offering broad inventories of engineering-grade product, paired with expert technical support and same day shipping. Over 100,000 customers across a diverse set of markets rely upon Infinite Electronics to stock and reliably ship urgently needed products every day.

Posted in: Media & Communications,Technology

Eagle Creek and National Geographic Launch New Eco-Friendly Collection Designed to Get the Family Outdoors

Eagle Creek and National Geographic have partnered to offer a collection of bags with family adventure and the environment in mind. The National Geographic Adventure collection inspires Moms and Dads to get the kids out in nature, take a family road trip or camp in the wild using bags made with innovative new recycled materials. Eagle Creek’s heritage in sustainable outdoor and adventure products, along with National Geographic’s legacy of exploration and environmental stewardship, make this the ideal collection to pack up the whole family and begin making memories outdoors.

As the original manufacturer of travel backpacks, packing organizers and adventure travel luggage, Eagle Creek lends a reputation of quality, sustainability and durability to everything we do. For the Adventure collection, designers went another level by sourcing a unique recycled material using glass fished out of landfills to create a water and scratch-resistant coating that makes the bags friendly to the environment as well as functional.

“We wanted to build something that lives up to Eagle Creek and National Geographic quality standards and still packs in the value,” said Mark Davis, Product Line Manager at Eagle Creek. “Our new Adventure series elevates the innovation of a recycled water-resistant coating (RPVB) made from discarded automobile windshields to make these products not only super durable but also more environmentally friendly. The look speaks to a wide range of users who love outdoor aesthetics, and of course, the usability is what we focused on most, so everyone can have a great travel experience.”

The Adventure line includes a variety of practical silhouettes that are perfect for travel, camping, day hikes as well as everyday life.  The collection includes Eagle Creek’s most popular styles and sizes. Everything travelers need, including a Convertible Carry On, 60 Liter Duffel, 45 Liter Travel Pack, 30 and 15 liter backpacks, plus another 15 liter packable daypack, sling pack, waist pack, neck wallet and Pack-It (Cube Set, Sac(k) Set, Toiletry Bag).

The new Eagle Creek National Geographic Adventure line features Eagle Creek’s Limited 10-Year Warranty, assuring full support of the legendary quality and longevity of Eagle Creek products.

Additionally, National Geographic Partners returns 27% of proceeds back to the non-profit National Geographic Society to support vital work in conservation, research, exploration and education.

Colors: Black, Firebrick, Cosmic Blue, Mineral Green, Sahara Yellow, Fossil grey.

The new Eagle Creek National Geographic Adventure Series bags will be available at select retailers 1/1/19.

Eagle Creek National Geographic Adventure Series Products:

Convertible Carry On

Convertible for the ultimate versatility.

Convertible Carry on (EC0A3XVD) MSRP 9

Capacity: 2320 cu in / 38 L; Weight: 4 lbs 14 oz / 2.22 kg; Size: 14 x 22 x 9 in / 35.5 x 56 x 23 cm

Features:

  • 500D Poly Heather Ripstop with RPVB Micro Diamond backing
  • 500D Poly Oxford with RPVB backing
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty
  • Backpack straps deploy out of back pocket and attach via swivel snap hooks
  • Top 3-1-1 pocket for easy access to liquids at TSA
  • Lockable zippers with reflective zipper pulls
  • Padded top and side grab handles
  • Padded back panel and moisture-wicking backpack straps for comfortable carry
  • Interior compression straps and zippered door panel pocket
  • Vertical front zip pocket
  • Luggage tag pocket
  • Durable wheel housing and corner bumpers
  • Retractable handle system stores in protective zip compartment
  • Treaded wheels carry the weight of your bag
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty

Duffel 60L

The perfect size duffel for trains, planes and automobiles

Duffel 60L (EC0A3XVG) MSRP

Capacity: 3845 cu in / 63; Weight: 1 lb 13 oz / 0.82 kg; Size: 24 x 13.5 x 11 in / 61 x 34.5 x 28 cm

  • 500D Poly Heather Ripstop with RPVB Micro Diamond backing
  • 500D Poly Oxford with RPVB backing
  • Adjustable removable shoulder strap is padded for comfortable carry
  • Lockable zippers with protective rain flap
  • Front zip pocket
  • Padded carry handle and side haul handles
  • Side compression straps
  • Durable bottom fabric is wipeable for easy clean and water resistance
  • Reflectivity
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty

Travel Pack 40L

Carry-On size and hands-free for on-the-go ease

Travel Pack 40L (EC0A3XVN) MSRP

Capacity: 2320 cu in / 38 L; Weight: 1 lb 12 oz / 0.81 kg; Size: 12.25 x 20.5 x 7 in / 31 x 52 x 18 cm

  • 500D Poly Heather Ripstop with RPVB Micro Diamond backing
  • 500D Poly Oxford with RPVB backing
  • 17” laptop sleeve
  • Zip pocket with key fob and slip pockets for electronics
  • Lockable zippers with reflective easy-grip pulls
  • Side compression straps for gear attachment
  • Dual vertical zip pockets maximize carry capacity
  • Elasticized water bottle pocket
  • Bottom compartment creates separation
  • Baffled main compartment extends into bottom compartment if not in use
  • Storm flap protects contents
  • Padded moisture-wicking back panel and pack straps
  • Load lifter straps adjust how you carry the load
  • Adjustable sternum strap with safety whistle
  • Top and side grab handles
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty

Backpack 30L

Daypack or weekend bag, it’s up to you 

Backpack 30L (EC0A3XVE) MSRP

Capacity: 1585 cu in / 26 L; Weight: 1 lb 6 oz / 0.63 kg; Size: 11 x 19 x 6.5 in / 28 x 48.5 x 16.5 cm

  • 500D Poly Heather Ripstop with RPVB Micro Diamond backing
  • 500D Poly Oxford with RPVB backing
  • 17” laptop sleeve
  • Zip pocket with key fob and slip pockets for electronics
  • Lockable zippers with reflective easy-grip pulls
  • Side compression straps for gear attachment
  • Vertical zip pocket for quick-access items
  • Elasticized water bottle pockets
  • Padded moisture-wicking back panel and pack straps
  • Adjustable sternum strap with safety whistle
  • Top grab handle
  • Storm flap protects contents
  • Durable bottom fabric is wipeable for easy clean and water resistance
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty

Backpack 15L

Perfect daypack for adventures small and large

Backpack 15L (EC0A3XVC) MSRP

Capacity: 915 cu in / 17 L; Weight: 1 lbs 0 oz / 0.45 kg; Size: 11.5 x 16.5 x 4 in / 29 x 42 x 10 cm

  • 500D Poly Heather Ripstop with RPVB Micro Diamond backing
  • 500D Poly Oxford with RPVB backing
  • 17” laptop sleeve
  • Drawstring closure with front compression buckle secures pack shut
  • Top zip pocket for quick-access items
  • Internal zip pocket and slip pockets for electronics
  • Padded moisture-wicking back panel and pack straps
  • Top grab handle
  • Durable bottom fabric is wipeable for easy clean and water resistance
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty

Sling Pack

One shoulder style and ease of access with all-day comfort

Sling Pack (EC0A3XVM) MSRP

Capacity: 610 cu in / 10 L; Weight: 10 oz / 0.28 kg; Size: 7.25 x 13.5 x 5 in / 18.5 x 34 x 12.5 cm

  • 500D Poly Heather Ripstop with RPVB Micro Diamond backing
  • 500D Poly Oxford with RPVB backing
  • Swivel chest clip for flexible comfort and wearability
  • Lockable zippers with reflective easy-grip pulls
  • Interior zip pocket with key fob and slip pockets for electronics
  • Side water bottle pocket
  • Vertical front zip pocket
  • Top grab handle
  • Storm flap protects contents
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty

Waist Pack

Trending, convenient

Waist Pack (EC0A3XVP) MSRP

Capacity: 305 cu in / 5 L; Weight: 7 oz / 0.20 kg; Size: 8.25 x 6.25 x 2.75 in / 21 x 16 x 7 cm

  • 500D Poly Heather Ripstop with RPVB Micro Diamond backing
  • 500D Poly Oxford with RPVB backing
  • Mesh back panel and wings for support, breathability and comfort
  • Lockable main compartment with zip pocket
  • Exterior pocket contains key fob
  • Webbing keepers secure excess waist belt
  • Reflectivity
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty

Packable Backpack 15L

There when you need it, out of the way when you don’t

Packable Backpack 15L (EC0A3XVJ) MSRP

Capacity:1065 cu in / 17.5 L; Weight: 5 oz / 0.15 kg; Size: 10.5 x 16.25 x 4 in / 27 x 41.5 x 10 cm

  • 150D Polyester
  • Adjustable mesh backpack straps
  • Top zip pocket for organization
  • Drawstring closure with front compression buckle secures pack shut
  • Ultralight pack stores in its front pocket
  • Washable, hang dry
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty

Packing Cube Set

Organization for everyone, get more stuff into less space

Packing Cube Set (EC0A3XVK) MSRP

Includes: Cube LargeCube Medium, Shoe Sac

  • 150D Polyester
  • Cubes have easy-see mesh for visibility
  • Two zippers for maximum compression
  • Shoe Sac fits up to Men’s size 14 shoes
  • Top grab handle
  • Washable, hang dry
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty

Packing Sack Set

Versatile storage for everything from art supplies to snacks

Packing Sack Set (EC0A3XVK) MSRP

Incudes: Sac Small, Sac Medium, Sac large

  • 150D Polyester
  • Easy-see mesh for visibility
  • Washable, hang dry
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty

Toiletry Bag

Keep all your toiletries together and organized

Toiletry Bag (EC0A3XVF) MSRP

Capacity: 365 cu in / 6 L; Weight: 4 oz / .12 kg; Size: 10 x 5 x 6  in / 25.5 x 13 x 15 cm

  • 150D Polyester
  • Main compartment holds shape when empty so it’s easy to pack
  • Easy-grip zipper pulls
  • Top grab handle
  • Wipeable bottom fabric easy-to-clean and water resistant
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty

Neck Wallet

Security for when the adventures get real

Neck Wallet (EC0A3XVI) MSRP

Capacity: 90 cu in / 1.5 L; Weight: 4 oz / .12 kg; Size: 14.5 x 31 x 12.5 in / 37 x 79 x 32 cm

  • Compact size for lightweight carrying
  • Crossbody strap
  • Rear slip pocket
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty

ABOUT EAGLE CREEK

Eagle Creek is the original inspirator of getting outside – outside the familiar and the well worn paths. We take journeys that lead us outside our comfort zone toward new levels of understanding, growth and connection. We exist to serve all generations of travelers, backpackers, jet-setters, and weekend nomads looking for something deeper, something greater. This insight informs the products we make, the places we touch, and the people we meet to unlock new perspectives in our shared explorations of life. Eagle Creek. Find your unknown.

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

Posted in: Media & Communications,Travel

The Dreamer has arrived with a sensational new album : WHAT A WAY TO FAREWELL 2018

GS Music Group has proudly announced the release of an inspiring new music album by the legendary Freddy D. The new album is titled ‘1982: The Golden Age’ and it will be released worldwide on Friday, December 7th, 2018. The music artist has also just recently turned down a million dollar record to do things independently and this debut album under his own record company is already creating a major buzz in the music circles worldwide. 
Also known as ‘The Dreamer’, Freddy’s unique approach towards music and a determination to create something truly original every time makes him stand out from the rest of his competition. Moreover, the artist has made a big return to the world of music after two years with this inspiring album and he has expressed his gratitude to his fans worldwide for their unconditional love and support.

"Music has always been the biggest support I have had during tough times and I am very excited about the release of this new album next week." Said Freddy D, while talking about his upcoming music album. “This hip-hop has been created to bring the music fans peace and excitement they are looking for and 1982: The Golden Age is my gift for the fans of music for this Christmas.” He added. Over the past two years, the artist has basically allowed his musical talent to grow and evolve with the sound and style of the music of today, and he has received a welcoming response from his fans with this album.

In addition, the artist is also an active advocate for the jailed and homeless and being a dreamer, he has always depicted the true emotions of the people in his music. 1982: The Golden Age is an album like no other and it has ten phenomenal tracks that are unique, innovative and soothing for the listeners. Freddy D. is a one of a kind artist with a God gifted talent of music that has been recognized industry-wide and this album is a much-anticipated comeback by the music artist. With his powerful lyrics, unique style, and inspiring music, Freddy D. is undoubtedly one of the most brightly emerging music skyscraper in the American hip-hop skyline. Ranked number one in his hometown of Hempstead, New York on Twitter, the artist has accomplished several great achievements over the years. Freddy has also been one of the bestselling music artist, who has sold more than 5000 copies of his music at one point, while also being played by several FM and internet radio stations. 

For more information, please visit his record label website at:
www.gsmusicgroup.com

Posted in: Business,Media & Communications

Ultimate Call Blocker - The Next Generation of Call Blocking Just Arrived!

Protecting your landline is a real necessity nowadays. According to the Federal Trade Commission’s (www.ftc.gov) published stats, there has been a 650% increase in consumer complaints in the last 6 years. In 2016, 8.4 million complaints were filed by consumers.  This means that at least six per cent (6%) of the households in the US or 1 in 20 households are victims of some scam every year in the United States alone. This is why it is important to protect your phone line (at home or business) with a call blocking device.  The Ultimate Call blocker (UBlocker) is a new product/service that contains several unique features among the other call blockers in the market:

Dual Blacklists - The UBlocker features 2 blacklists; a global blacklist and a user blacklist.  The global blacklist is fully automated (e.g. calls from these numbers are automatically blocked without having to answer calls or press any buttons), and actively managed by HQTelecom (currently with 162,000 blocked numbers worldwide).  The user’s Blacklist has an UNLIMITED capacity to block calls using phone numbers, names, or area codes via a user-friendly website.  Another new feature is the WHITELIST MODE – When turned ON, it blocks all calls except those in your WHITELIST.  The Whitelist-Mode feature can offer users complete privacy.

"We receive several requests daily from homeowners (mostly the elderly) seeking for a way to stop the annoying phone calls they receive constantly," says Alfredo Purrinos, former NASA scientist and creator of the UBlocker. "Some complain about getting robbed by scam artists impersonating government agencies and/or relatives in distress”, even though they registered their phone numbers with the government-sponsored “Do Not Call' list".

Illegal telemarketing operations and scam artists (which represent more than 90% of the calls people get) use automated dialling services (e.g.robocalls) to detect humans.  These services use several phone numbers, including a common something referred as ‘neighborhood spoofing’ which consist in using the same area code and prefix of the numbers being called.  This is why it’s important to have fought back with an intelligent and capable call blocking system that helps reduce the number of these calls.  The key difference among the UBlocker and other call blockers in the market is the ability to help consumers in a proactive way.  With the UBlocker, there is little or no need for detective work since most of the unsolicited calls will be blocked BEFORE the users answer the calls.

The Ultimate Call Blocker is manufactured in the US by Hi Q Telecom Inc. (https://www.hqtelecom.com/), and can also be available in online stores such as Amazon, and soon in eBay, Walmart, and NewEgg.The UBlocker requires the caller id service to be active on the phone line in order to work properly.  It also uses the Internet to check the global blacklist in real-time and block numbers automatically.

About the Company: 
Hi Q Telecom Inc. (HQTelecom.com) is a BBB A+ rated corporation specializing in telephone security and speciality products. Our main office is located in Miami Lakes, Florida.  For more information about incoming call blocker devices or the company visit hqtelecom.com or contact us.

Posted in: Business,Media & Communications,Technology,Telecom

Steven Munsie and Mary Munsie’s New Book “The Adventures of Samba Rat & Friends: Sherman the Last Dragon” Is a Grand Tale of Friendship and Camaraderie

Steven Munsie and Mary Munsie, creators of a young people’s acting company, the Young Shakespearian Repertory Ensemble, at the Shakespeare Society of America’s Globe Playhouse, West Hollywood, have completed their new book “The Adventures of Samba Rat & Friends: Sherman the Last Dragon”: an enjoyable read that tells of a group of friends and their journey to keep each other safe and lead each other homeward.

Authors Munsie show that even at the face of danger, the power of love and friendship still triumphs: “Four woodland friends—Samba Rat; Peter Porcupine; Squirrely, a scout camp mascot; and Cindy, a ladybug—returning home from a spring picnic are caught in a storm and discover a large mysterious egg hidden in an ancient tree. When it hatches into a baby dragon, the four friends are set upon an adventure to find the little creature a home. The four friends are joined by Kitty Joy, a young master scout who first tracks them and then joins them on their adventure to find a mysterious sanctuary and save Sherman, the Last Dragon.”

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Steven Munsie and Mary Munsie’s captivating fable contains vivid pictures that edify the reader’s imagination.

Readers who wish to experience this engrossing work can purchase “The Adventures of Samba Rat & Friends: Sherman the Last Dragon” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

About Page Publishing:

Page Publishing is a traditional New York based full-service publishing house that handles all of the intricacies involved in publishing its authors’ books, including distribution in the world’s largest retail outlets and royalty generation. Page Publishing knows that authors need to be free to create - not bogged down with complicated business issues like eBook conversion, establishing wholesale accounts, insurance, shipping, taxes and the like. Its roster of authors can leave behind these tedious, complex and time-consuming issues, and focus on their passion: writing and creating. Learn more at http://www.pagepublishing.com.

Posted in: Living,Media & Communications

METAPHYSICAL at the Airliner November 29th!

About Artist : 

METAPHYSICAL  is featured on DJ Don D's the Funky Dope Records IL-Fated "Fire" ep vinyl release. Born in Pasadena and raised in the Central Valley (Goshen, the city of Visalia, Dinuba, the city of Tulare, the city of Reedly and the city of Hanford) of California, METAPHYSICAL a.k.a. Philip Singer, first turned 2 rhyming as a young child. 
 
Back in the day, METAPHYSICAL was known as "Phil Fresh" An aspiring 19-year old emcee. Phil Fresh gained a following by performing in local talent shows and M.C. battles. Phil Fresh's biggest moment was getting airplay with his single, "Back In Time" on the radio station B95fm in 1990.
 
 In 1994 a car accident put him in a coma for two weeks. Hospitalized for 6 months he had 2 relearn how 2 walk and talk again. Inspired with another chance @ life, METAPHYSICAL is now a non-fiction storytelling emcee on the lyric. The song RHYME FLOW from the "Fire" ep release is on the Lower Merion Films "Teacher of the Year" movie now on DVD. 
 
 
 
Rude Boy Magazine, an up and coming magazine gives METAPHYSICAL a mention in the November 2014 edition(rudeboymag.com/metaphysical-mind-blowing-messages). Combining his words with precisely produced beats 2 form mind-blowing messages with songs, get your minds ready for METAPHYSICAL!
 
For music, music videos, downloads, artist bio and upcoming show information go to www.reverbnation.com/metap7

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Education,Hospitality,Media & Communications,Society & Culture

"Taking a Bite out of the Apple" Rob Janoff's stunning first book for young graphic designers and everyone! – will be revealed in November 2018

Rob shares through his book how an unknown young art director in Silicon Valley back in 1977 created the design, now known beyond all others throughout the world, of a simple bitten apple. 

Rob Janoff explains that this is “The first full account by the graphic designer himself of how he came to create the most famous logo in the world”.

Rob Janoff‘s inspiring “Taking a Bite out of the Apple: A Graphic Designer’s Tale” is one of the ‘Hearing Others’ Voices’ series.

Rob liked the idea of the series so much that he himself created the logo uniquely for it, also the beautiful Chinese version.

On October 9, Rob’s fabulous personal memoir and his newest fantastic logo will be revealed in China, in Chinese translation. The ceremony will be at the amazing Michael Bishop Institute for Cancer Research, Shengdu, which unites the latest in biotechnology with Chinese herbal medicine.

After that, Rob and the book will tour China and Australia. During this time he hopes to meet some of the upcoming young graphic designers of the new generation.

The English version of Rob’s “Taking a Bite out of the Apple: A Graphic Designer’s Tale”, will be released on 15th November. Readers can buy its paper version from Amazon.

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Taking-Bite-Out-Apple-Designers/dp/1911221612/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1538660629&sr=1-1&keywords=Apple+bite+rob

This book is the first to be published in a stunning new series for young adults ‘Hearing Others’ Voices’.

Here is the logo that Rob created especially for it, in both English and Chinese:

Hearing Others’ Voices’ (https://www.balestier.com/category/hearing-others-voices/) is an ambitious new series co-edited by Taiwanese physicist Roh-Suan Tung and distinguished British anthropologist Ruth Finnegan. Its aim is to challenge and encourage general readers, final year school pupils, undergraduates, and above all the growing young adults of our time to reflect on who and where they are, and to understand better the world that they will soon hold in their hands.

Ruth Finnegan and Roh-Suan Tung, the general editors, have done a tremendous job in eliciting books that tackle enduring topics such as mental health, pain, sounds from the beginning of the universe, percussion (by the celebrated percussionist Evelyn Glennie), grass, storms, shamanism, Native American science, voices of the Christian west, and our awesome minds and bodies.

The first volumes will be released in mid-November 2018.

“Taking a Bite out of Apple” is a close view of how Rob’s design for a young, newly Start-up Company became a defining moment in a long career. After serving many national brands like Apple, IBM, Intel, Kraft, and kleenex at top US agencies, Rob presently appreciates working with a diversity of organisations from Japan, Italy, Australia, China and the UK.

Telling the true tale of how the globally loved icon came to be, Rob offers knowledge, inspiration and motivation to youngsters considering the field of graphic design. Rob’s first book will be a huge inspiration to the young and the young at heart who share his love of memorable graphics.

About Rob Janoff

Rob Janoff is a graphic designer of corporate logos and identities, printed advertisements and television commercials. He is known for his creation of the emblematic Apple logo that we all know. Janoff was born in Culver City, California. He completed his degree from San Jose State University. After college in 1970, Rob decided to focus on graphic design and began sharpening his design skills at small Silicon Valley agencies with high-tech clients. In early 1977, he started a position at Regis McKenna which was an established advertising agency in Palo Alto. Shortly after he began, Rob’s creative director chose him to design the corporate identity package for their new client, Apple Computer. Rob later went on to top agencies in New York and Chicago, designing print and TV advertising for major national brands and global clients. Rob is also a prolific speaker who has delivered keynote addresses and master classes in design for universities and academic facilities, including the Eastern Mediterranean University in Cyprus.

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE IN THE HOV SERIES and read the graphic designer’s fantastic tale “Taking A Bite out of The Apple: A Graphic Designer’s Tale“.

For more information, visit: https://www.amazon.com/Taking-Bite-Out-Apple-Designers/dp/1911221612/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1538660629&sr=1-1&keywords=Apple+bite+rob

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Books & Literature,Leisure Activities,Lifestyle,Media & Communications

Chinese Traditional Culture Program "Communication and Heritage" Featured on Nasdaq Screen

Chinese Traditional Culture Going Global Program “Communication and Heritage" showed up on Nasdaq Screen on Aug 24, 2018, in New York City.

The Communication and Heritage program was a joint project by Caring Foundation By CSWF, European and American Public Relations Association, Beijing International Exchange Association of China. It aimed at taking Chinese culture globally, encourage the cultural exchange between China and the world, as well as promoting Chinese traditional culture going global.

New York is the first stop of Chinese Traditional Culture Going Global world exhibition program “Communication and Heritage.” The program collected art items representing Chinese traditional culture from all over China. The categories include visual art, audio art and touching art. They show audience different aspects of Chinese traditional art.

This collection includes Wang Yi Pin Chinese brush shop’s “Lan Ting Xu Special Hu Brush” and outstanding art pieces from Chinese top artist Mr. Cai Yong’s birds and flowers painting series.  The collection uses high tech such as air reflection, shadow reflection and light reflection to show the accomplishments of Chinese traditional culture. Viewers can enjoy the beauty of Chinese traditional art closely. 

Diana Fu, Zhongping Qiu, Min Gao at Time Square Nasdaq Display

The world is at a cross-culture combination stage and culture is the soul of a nation. It is a nation’s collective memory and spirit. Chinese culture has a long history with elements from all over the world. It has very important social value and treasure of our world. Studying Chinese traditional art has become a global trend. The Chinese traditional culture going global “Communication and Heritage” program shows a different China to the world. It shows a different China to the world and reflects the combination and communication of Chinese traditional culture and world cultures. It gave a strong voice from China to the global culture.

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Media & Communications,Society & Culture,U.S,World

J Tizzle Muzic Celebrates Signing Innovative Augusta Hip-Hop Group Tueazee

There are many hip-hop performers, but hip-hop innovators can be a bit more difficult to find.  The good news in Indiana-based J Tizzle Muzic are doing their best to help, recently announcing they have signed Augusta, Georgia's breakthrough group Tueazee to their growing independent label.  Mixing an old and new-school aesthetic Tueazee have been winning huge praise from both fans and music media, and the anticipation surrounding the release of their new single on J Tizzle Muzic, scheduled to drop July 10th, with pre-orders available starting on June 22nd, is high.  Expect Tueazee to live up to the “outside of the box” Georgia hip-hop tradition.

“Tueazee is the modern day Outkast,” commented J Tizzle, head of J Tizzle Muzic LLC. “I know these guys are special, and they can bring in fans that are both hardcore hip-hop lovers and people who just appreciate great music period.”

The single “I Know” will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and other major digital music outlets.

Tueazee have been winning praise for their mix of originality and glimpses in the songs of their classic influences from artists like Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Common, and J Cole.  The golden age blended with the present in Tueazee may just represent the real future of hardcore hip-hop.

Fans certainly agree.

Michelle S., from Boston, recently said in a five-star review, “My boyfriend and I have had Tueazee on play constantly since one of our good friends from Georgia put us on them.  It's great to hear they have signed a deal and that is sure to make more people aware of the amazing songs they are dropping.”

For more information be sure to visit https://www.jtizzlemuzic.com.

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Media & Communications,News & Current Affairs,Public Affairs,Website & Blog

Hearing others’ voices, a new book series for young adults by Balestier Press

Hearing Others’ Voices is a transcultural and transdisciplinary book series edited by British anthropologist Ruth Finnegan and Taiwanese physicist Roh-Suan Tung. The books are designed, in easy-peasy language, to enlighten and attract general readers, undergraduates, young adults and, above all, teenagers about recent advances in thought, overlooked areas of the world, and key issues of the day.

The general editors of Hearing Others’ Voices, Ruth Finnegan and Roh-Suan Tung, have done a tremendous job in eliciting books that tackle perpetual topics of interest such as mental health, the nature of the universe, of music and of storms, shamanism, voices of the Christian west, and our awesome minds and bodies.

The books in the series provide introductions,  accessibly written (often illustrated, and linked to audio-video internet material), to the latest insights into fascinating and perpetual topics such as the different ways pain has been handled in the past and present, the history of children, the make-up of our incredible bodies, and much much more. They also reveal something of the wisdom of the often dismissed traditions of, for example, Amazonia, native Australia, and Africa, bringing a wider understanding and ownership of who we are, and how the world has come to be as it is.

With some similarities to the Oxford University Press ‘Very Short Introductions’, but shorter and more immediately readable, and to the popular English Ladybird books for a younger age group but more interactive and personally challenging than either, the books will be particularly suitable for young adults’ school and/or personal reading, and a perfect resource for mind-opening general studies in students’ final school year. They are designed to stimulate readers’ curiosity and provide the material and the insights to start addressing blind spots in self- and cultural-awareness.

The suggestions for further (tougher) reading for those who want to take their understanding further will be an invaluable tool for readers, including those at or preparing for university. 

A notable, and unusual,  feature is the interactive element in the form of discussion questions, suggested mini-projects, and audio-visual Internet links and/or customised blogs on the publishers’ website where readers are invited to contribute and interact.

The aim is to bring the material home to the personal interests of each and every reader, and help them grow. 

Each book is by an acknowledged expert eager to communicate outside the too often closed realms of academe, or by practitioners, sometimes themselves young, who  speak directly from their own experience. No empty pontificating from on high!

General readers and beginning undergraduates too will find much to interest them, set out in straightforward but not simplistic or patronising terms. 

Not so much textbooks as sites for reflection and challenge, books in the series give readers a unique path into greater cognizance of our wonderful world, far and near, east and west, past and present. There are plans to issue some as audiobooks and to translate key titles into world languages, starting with Chinese. 

The series logo has been created specially for Balestier Press by the celebrated designer Rob Janoff, the creator of the Apple logo and a keen supporter of the series’ aims.  We expect his logo to play well with a young adult computer-mad audience. 



Among other titles, the series will include  the inspirational ‘For peace: voices against the fog and blood of war’, a collection from across the world and the centuries; ‘Grass: the miracle from the earth’; ‘Learning  from Native American science’; and the remarkable ‘Listen to the beginning of the universe and what it means’ (with audio).

Other upcoming books by acclaimed experts and practitioners include ‘Teams, voices from the field’ by two New Zealand experts from  sport and from urban planning; ‘Amazonia, the authentic voice of a shaman’, ’Decisions, decisions, decisions - with love: voice from the headteacher’s study’, ‘Listen to your feet’ by a podiatrist and sports physiotherapist,  ‘Time for the world to learn from Africa’ by  Africanist Ruth Finnegan, ‘“Dear Lulu”, a letter God might have written’  by Lord Rowan Williams, FBA (Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of all England  2002-2012), and ‘Listen world! music’s reverberating sounds’,  by Dame Evelyn Glennie CH, virtuoso percussionist.

Though obviously presenting relevant and necessary information and in this sense educational, the prime aim is to engage rather than instruct. Young people, like their elders, need to know, and reflect on, who they are, how they have come to be like that, how the world is, how and why it has come to be as it is. and where, in their hands, it may be going.

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Books & Literature,Europe,Living,Media & Communications

#LISTENTOOME Movement Is A Part of 2018 Purple Purse Challenge

#LISTENTOOME Women Movement is part of 2018 Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, March 30, 2018{, #LISTENTOOME Women Movement will compete for the Grand Prize, and be a voice for millions of women all around the globe to join and participate in the challenge. #LISTENTOOME Women Movement is a powerful Voice to speak out, inspire, change and impact millions of women all across the world.

Be a part of this powerful movement and join our team at https://www.crowdrise.com/gift-of-a-helping-hand-charitable-tr-purplepurse2018 Everything goes live on Tuesday, October 2 at 12 p.m. ET and ends Wednesday, October 31 at 1:59:59 p.m. ET.

The #LISTENTOOME Movement to support sexual abuse, sexual harassment, sexual assault and domestic violence and end domestic and sexual violence.
Let Your Voice Be Heard And Be Counted Among The Number Who Are Making A Change. 17,700,000 women have reported a sexual assault since 1998. Break the silence and make a difference. Be a part of History and take a stand for the girls, young women and women of our future. Join the movement and take the pledge to your voice being heard and donate. Visit our website at www.tgoahhct.org. Scroll down toward the bottom of the page and click on the link Join The Movement. Make a ,000.00 donation and be listed as a Gold sponsor on our movement page.

Cathy P Russell is proud to be working in partnership with2018 Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge and financial bringing #LISTENTOOME Women Movement to the spotlight and bringing positive light and a Voice for millions and millions of women all around the globe.

The Gift Of A Helping Hand Charitable Trust welcome all States and countries to come on board and join our team and be a part of #LISTENTOOME and help us inspire women life’s all across the world. Click on this link and join our team. https://www.crowdrise.com/gift-of-a-helping-hand-charitable-tr-purplepurse2018.

Posted in: Celebrity,Europe,Media & Communications,News & Current Affairs,World

DJ Chris Dollar set to debut on New York's Hot 97, drop a new mixtape and celebrate his birthday with celebrities

Queens native DJ Chris Dollar is set to have one of the biggest weekends in his career. Starting with his celebrity Gemini birthday bash alongside "The Kingpin" Funk Flex and hosted by Hot 97 radio personality TT Torrez, this Friday, May 25th at the Orbit Night Club in New York City located at 637 west 50th Street New York, NY.

This event is expected to feature a who's who of industry heavyweights and insiders with many celebrity guests. In addition, DJ Chris Dollar will make his debut on Hot 97 this Sunday, May 27th from 6 am to 7 am part of the station's annual "All-Mix Weekend". Finally this week Dj Chris Dollar drops his new mixtape "Money, Power, Respect Volume 3" with the exclusively recorded "100 Racks" by Kaio Kane featuring Lil Baby and LouGotCash.

This is the third installment of his M.P.R. series which has been well received by both fans and industry insiders alike. "Chris' work ethic is the key to the success that he has achieved in such a short amount of time. We are far ahead of schedule but we still have more work to do to reach the goals we set for ourselves." – Adante Ace In the past few years under the tutelage of mentor & manager Adante Ace, DJ Chris Dollar has become a staple of the New York party and club scene.

Chris has appeared on the same bill with many legendary turntablists. And has gained the respect of fellow deejays such as Funk Flex, DJ SnS, Dj Envy, Dj Self, DJ Camilo, DJ Prostyle and others. His impressive achievements included hosting events throughout the United States including Puerto Rico; as well as international events in places like Mexico and parts of the Caribbean; three well received and critically acclaimed mixtapes in addition to a modest hit single "Feel it (I Love NY)" which garnered major radio airplay on New York radio stations including Power 105.1. We expect this summer to be a pivotal moment in the career of DJ Chris Dollar. With hit records, a hot party, the admiration of fans and the respect of his peers the sky is the limit for this young man.

Website: www.DJChrisDollar.com

Instagram: @DJChrisDollar

Twitter: @DJChrisDollar

Booking: DJChrisDollar@AOSEntertainment

Press: Info@LBConsultation

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Celebrity,Media & Communications,News & Current Affairs,Society & Culture

Don't Pay All Listed New Year Coupons and Discounts For Users to Shop & Save More

Don’tPayAll, a well-known faster-growing online retailer is a proud company that delivers the best promotional campaigns, coupons, deals & discounts from all over the world brands to the customers for the best shopping experience. Dealing on this venture since years, it has brought up long lists of all New Year Coupons and Discounts for the users to shop newly with saving money. The company has recently listed many FRESH OFFERS to wow its users. The company has officially listed numerous offers and discounts of various businesses and making its users aware of it so that shopping becomes easy with New Year savings.

Don’tPayAll is a renowned online coupons & discounts retailer that has not only confined itself to the tenets of a promotional campaign. Instead, it has put up a high emphasis on bringing major hot deals and latest voucher codes from over three-thousand online suppliers. It has built a vast medium where the users can easily find numerous promotions and voucher codes truly given by the best reliable partners and members. The owner of the firm believes that exponential exposure of business very much depends on how well and justifiably the offers and discounts are being provided to the users keeping trends and occasion in mind. Don’tPayAll also added some top products’ offer and discounts that have been launched by the company in the time of New Year 2018. The owners of the company duly stress on the fact that the services provided are scalable and highly efficient.

As expected, more and more deals, offers, hot deals, coupons, & discounts have already appeared and still the process is going on. The existing users are excited shopping with New Year’s deals as they are getting excellent opportunities of saving money. On the contrary, some new people are becoming familiar with such timely offers and which is why Don’tPayAll is continuously listing up more & more New Year deals and discounts. With these cheap offers and latest deals, the first-time users can easily shop with few clicks and earn money as savings.

Don’tPayAll is committed to providing the best discounts, deals and offers to their users. That is why it continues to surprise their users and first-time users by giving latest yet fastest exciting deals and offers to shop endlessly.

Posted in: Marketing & Sales,Media & Communications,Services,Shopping & Deal,Website & Blog

Broadcom to Nominate Slate of 11 Independent, Highly Qualified Directors for Election at Qualcomm's 2018 Annual Meeting

Broadcom intends to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission a proxy statement, accompanied by a BLUE proxy card, in connection with Qualcomm's 2018 Annual Meeting. Qualcomm has announced that its 2018 Annual Meeting will be held on March 6, 2018.

On November 6, 2017, Broadcom proposed to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Qualcomm for per share consideration of .00 in cash and stock, consisting of .00 in cash and .00 in Broadcom shares. Broadcom's offer represents a 28% premium over the closing price of Qualcomm's common stock on November 2, 2017, the last unaffected trading day prior to media speculation regarding a potential transaction, and a premium of 33% to Qualcomm's unaffected 30-day volume-weighted average price. The Broadcom proposal stands whether Qualcomm's pending acquisition of NXP Semiconductors N.V. ("NXP") is consummated on the currently disclosed terms of 0 per NXP share or is terminated.

Hock Tan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadcom, stated, "We have heard from many Qualcomm stockholders who have expressed their desire for Qualcomm to engage with us. We also continue to receive positive feedback from customers  and, having had initial meetings with certain relevant antitrust authorities, remain confident that any regulatory requirements necessary to complete a combination will be met in a timely manner. Although we are taking this step, it remains our strong preference to engage in a constructive dialogue with Qualcomm. We have repeatedly attempted to engage with Qualcomm, and despite stockholder and customer support for the transaction, Qualcomm has ignored those opportunities. The nominations give Qualcomm stockholders an opportunity to voice their disappointment with Qualcomm's directors and their refusal to engage in discussions with us. In light of the significant value our proposal provides for Qualcomm stockholders, we believe Qualcomm stockholders would be better served by new independent, highly qualified nominees who are committed to maximizing value and acting in the best interests of Qualcomm stockholders."

To ensure continuity, Broadcom would support a decision by the 11 new directors, upon their election, to increase the size of the Board and reappoint Mark D. McLaughlin, Anthony J. "Tony" Vinciquerra and Jeffrey W. Henderson as directors.

Broadcom's nominees for the Qualcomm Board are:

  • Samih Elhage, former President of the Mobile Networks Business Group of Nokia Corporation. Previously held the role of Chief Financial and Operating Officer of Nokia Siemens Networks and Nokia Networks, subsidiaries of Nokia. Also served on the Boards of Alcatel-Lucent Corporation, Alcatel Shanghai Bell, and Quickplay Media Inc.
  • Raul J. Fernandez, Vice Chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment and former Chairman and CEO of ObjectVideo, Inc. Also served as CEO of Dimension Data North America and as Chairman, CEO and President of Proxicom, Inc. Serves on the Boards of AtSite, Inc. and Perfect Sense, Inc., and previously served as a Director of Kate Spade & Company.
  • Michael S. Geltzeiler, consultant for Temasek Holdings. Previously served as Senior Vice President and CFO of ADT Corporation and before that, CFO and Group Executive Vice President at NYSE Euronext.
  • Stephen J. Girsky, Managing Partner of VectoIQ, an independent advisory firm. Previously served in a number of capacities at General Motors, including Vice Chairman. Serves on the Boards of United States Steel Corporation, Brookfield Business Partners, Drive.ai, and Valens Semiconductor Ltd. Previously served as a Director of GM following its emergence from bankruptcy and as Lead Independent Director of Dana Holdings Corp.
  • David G. Golden, Managing Partner at Revolution Ventures. Previously spent 18 years at J.P. Morgan, including five years as Vice Chairman and Director of technology, media and telecommunications investment banking. Serves on the Boards of Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. and Blackbaud, Inc. Previously served as a Director of Everyday Health, Inc. and Barnes & Noble, Inc.
  • Veronica M. Hagen, retired President and CEO of Polymer Group, Inc. (later renamed AVINTIV Specialty Materials Inc). Also served as President and CEO of Sappi Fine Paper and held multiple positions at Alcoa, including Vice President and Chief Customer Officer and business unit president of Alcoa Engineered Products. Serves on the Boards of Newmont Mining Corporation, the Southern Company, and American Water Works Company, Inc. Previously served as a Director of AVINTIV, Jacuzzi Brands, Inc., and Covanta.
  • Julie A. Hill, owner of The Hill Company. Serves on the Board of Anthem, Inc. and was a Director of WellPoint Health Networks Inc. prior to its merger with Anthem. Has been a trustee of the Lord Abbett Family of Mutual Funds since 2004 and previously served as a Director of Lend Lease, Ltd., Resources Connection, Inc., and Holcim US.
  • John H. Kispert, Managing Partner of Black Diamond Ventures. Previously served as President and CEO and a Director of Spansion, Inc. through its merger with Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. Serves on the Boards of Gigamon Inc. and Barracuda Networks, Inc. Previously served as a Director of Cypress, TriNet Group, Inc., and Extreme Networks, Inc., where he was Chairman.
  • Gregorio Reyes, former Director and Chairman of the Boards of Dialog Semiconductor plc and LSI Corporation, and former Director of Seagate Technologies Public Limited Company. Previously was a co-founder and Chairman of Sunward Technologies Inc., Chairman and CEO of American Semiconductor Equipment Technologies, and President and CEO of National Micronetics. Held positions at National Semiconductor, Motorola, Fairchild Semiconductor, and Eaton.
  • Thomas S. Volpe, Managing Member of Volpe Investments LLC. Previously CEO of Dubai Group LLC, a diversified investment firm based in the United Arab Emirates, and before that, served as Chairman of Prudential Volpe Technology Group. Served on the Boards of Linear Technology Corporation and EFG-Hermes Holding Company.
  • Harry L. You, President, CFO and Director of GTY Technology Holdings Inc. Previously served as Executive Vice President in the Office of the Chairman of EMC Corporation. Served as CEO of BearingPoint Inc., Executive Vice President and CFO of Oracle Corporation and CFO of Accenture Ltd. Previously served as a Director of Korn/Ferry International.

Moelis & Company LLC, Citi, Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan, BofA Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo Securities are acting as financial advisors to Broadcom. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Latham & Watkins LLP are acting as legal counsel.

More information regarding Broadcom's proposal for Qualcomm and nominees can be found by visiting www.AVGO-QCOM.com.

About Broadcom Limited

Broadcom Limited (NASDAQ: AVGO) is a leading designer, developer and global supplier of a broad range of digital and analog semiconductor connectivity solutions. Broadcom Limited's extensive product portfolio serves four primary end markets: wired infrastructure, wireless communications, enterprise storage and industrial & other. Applications for our products in these end markets include: data center networking, home connectivity, set-top box, broadband access, telecommunications equipment, smartphones and base stations, data center servers and storage, factory automation, power generation and alternative energy systems, and electronic displays.

Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains forward-looking statements (including within the meaning of Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended) concerning Broadcom and Qualcomm. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements that address Broadcom's expected future business and financial performance and statements about (i) the proposed transaction involving Broadcom and Qualcomm and the expected benefits of the proposed transaction, (ii) the expected benefits of other acquisitions, (iii) Broadcom's plans, objectives and intentions with respect to future operations and products, (iv) Broadcom's competitive position and opportunities, (v) the impact of acquisitions on the market for Broadcom's products, and (vi) other statements identified by words such as "will", "expect", "believe", "anticipate", "estimate", "should", "intend", "plan", "potential", "predict", "project", "aim", and similar words, phrases or expressions. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and beliefs of the management of Broadcom, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, such management, current market trends and market conditions and involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside Broadcom's and management's control, and which may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on such statements.

Such risks, uncertainties and assumptions include: the ultimate outcome of any possible transaction between Broadcom and Qualcomm; uncertainties as to whether Qualcomm will cooperate with Broadcom regarding the proposed transaction; the effect of the announcement of the proposed transaction on the ability of Broadcom and Qualcomm to retain customers, to retain and hire key personnel and to maintain favorable relationships with suppliers or customers; the timing of the proposed transaction; the ability to obtain regulatory approvals and satisfy other closing conditions to the completion of the proposed transaction (including shareholder approvals); and other risks related to the completion of the proposed transaction and actions related thereto. Other risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could materially affect future results include: any risks associated with loss of Broadcom's significant customers and fluctuations in the timing and volume of significant customer demand; Broadcom's dependence on contract manufacturers and outsourced supply chain; any acquisitions Broadcom may make, as well as delays, challenges and expenses associated with receiving governmental and regulatory approvals and satisfying other closing conditions, and with integrating acquired companies with Broadcom's existing businesses and Broadcom's ability to achieve the benefits, growth prospects and synergies expected from such acquisitions, including Broadcom's acquisition of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. and Broadcom's proposed acquisition of Qualcomm; the ability of Broadcom to integrate Qualcomm's business and make changes to its business model, and to resolve legal proceedings, governmental investigations and customer disputes relating to Qualcomm's licensing practices; Broadcom's ability to accurately estimate customers' demand and adjust Broadcom's manufacturing and supply chain accordingly; Broadcom's significant indebtedness, including the substantial indebtedness Broadcom expects to incur in connection with Broadcom's proposed acquisition of Qualcomm, and the need to generate sufficient cash flows to service and repay such debt; dependence on and risks associated with distributors of Broadcom's products; Broadcom's ability to improve its manufacturing efficiency and quality; increased dependence on a small number of markets; quarterly and annual fluctuations in operating results; cyclicality in the semiconductor industry or in Broadcom's target markets; global economic conditions and concerns; Broadcom's competitive performance and ability to continue achieving design wins with its customers, as well as the timing of those design wins; rates of growth in Broadcom's target markets; prolonged disruptions of Broadcom's or its contract manufacturers' manufacturing facilities or other significant operations; Broadcom's dependence on outsourced service providers for certain key business services and their ability to execute to its requirements; Broadcom's ability to maintain or improve gross margin; Broadcom's ability to maintain tax concessions in certain jurisdictions; Broadcom's ability to protect its intellectual property and the unpredictability of any associated litigation expenses; any expenses or reputational damage associated with resolving customer product and warranty and indemnification claims; Broadcom's ability to sell to new types of customers and to keep pace with technological advances; market acceptance of the end products into which Broadcom's products are designed; and other events and trends on a national, regional and global scale, including those of a political, economic, business, competitive and regulatory nature.

Broadcom's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), which you may obtain for free at the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov, discuss some of the important risk factors that may affect Broadcom's business, results of operations and financial condition. Broadcom undertakes no intent or obligation to publicly update or revise any of these forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Additional Information

This communication does not constitute an offer to buy or solicitation of an offer to sell any securities.  This communication relates to a proposal which Broadcom has made for an acquisition of Qualcomm and Broadcom's intention to solicit proxies for the election of Broadcom nominees to the Qualcomm Board and certain other proposals at Qualcomm's 2018 annual meeting of stockholders.  In furtherance of this proposal and subject to future developments, Broadcom (and, if a negotiated transaction is agreed, Qualcomm) may file one or more registration statements, proxy statements, tender offer statements or other documents with the SEC.  This communication is not a substitute for any proxy statement, registration statement, tender offer statement, prospectus or other document Broadcom and/or Qualcomm may file with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction.

Investors and security holders of Broadcom and Qualcomm are urged to read the proxy statement(s), registration statement, tender offer statement, prospectus and/or other documents filed with the SEC carefully in their entirety if and when they become available as they will contain important information about the proposed transaction.  Any definitive proxy statement(s) or prospectus(es) (if and when available) will be mailed to stockholders of Broadcom and/or Qualcomm, as applicable.  Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of these documents (if and when available) and other documents filed with the SEC by Broadcom through the web site maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.

This document shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.  No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Participants in Solicitation

Broadcom, certain of its subsidiaries, its directors and executive officers, other members of management and employees and the nominees described above may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed transaction, including with respect to Qualcomm's 2018 annual meeting of stockholders.  You can find information about Broadcom's executive officers and directors in Broadcom's definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on February 17, 2017.  Information about the Broadcom nominees will be included in the proxy statement Broadcom intends to file with the SEC.  Additional information regarding the interests of such potential participants will be included in one or more registration statements, proxy statements, tender offer statements or other documents filed with the SEC if and when they become available.  These documents (if and when available) may be obtained free of charge from the SEC's website http://www.sec.gov.

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Deadline Alert: "30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars" Nominations Are Due December 3

Launched in 2014, the international "30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars Recognition Program" recognizes 30 individuals annually who are 30 years of age or younger, who have demonstrated leadership, innovation, collaboration, and other outstanding attributes, and who have made contributions to their companies, associations and the industry at large. The "30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars Recognition Program" positions supply management and procurement as viable and exciting career choices for early career professionals.

What makes a rising star? One example is Amy Georgi, 30, Program Manager, Supply Chain Acquisition and Integrations with Fluke Electronics, a Danaher Company, York, Pennsylvania, recognized as the 2015 "30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars Megawatt Winner". She produced meaningful results by taking over a project where the sole source supplier lead time was 12-14 weeks. Within six months, she had compressed that time down to three–four weeks and reduced excess on-hand inventory by over  million. Ms. Georgi also actively gives back to the profession by passing her knowledge on to others – from hosting multiple kaizen (continuous improvement) events and creating followership among her peers and superiors, to mentoring girls between the ages of 12-18 years old, working with them on setting goals, building life skills, and the importance of fiscal self-reliance.

By celebrating emerging leaders like Amy Georgi, Thomas™ and (ISM®) hope to create even greater awareness and interest in supply management careers. "Supply management professionals have a direct impact on companies' financial performance, and our industry must continue attracting the 'best and brightest' to maximize our contribution. We encourage supply management professionals around the globe to submit a nomination and shine a light on a rising star," said Tom Derry, Chief Executive Officer of ISM®.

"Managing your supply-chain is managing your business today. We encourage all supply chain professionals to nominate someone within their own company ranks, as a 30 Under 30 Star for this unique industry honor," said Tony Uphoff, Thomas™ President & CEO. 

30 individuals will be selected for the 2017 class of "30 Under 30 Supply Chain Stars". All stars will receive a one-year membership to ISM®, complimentary admittance to ISM2018 in Nashville, TN (valued at ,295), and a Thomas™ Team Training Package.

One individual will be designated as the Megawatt Winner and will also win an all-expense-paid trip (up to ,000) to ISM2018 for themselves and their nominator.

Individuals should nominate deserving young professionals at 30under30.thomasnet.com by Sunday, December 3, 2017at 11:59 p.m. EST. All nominees must be 30 years of age or younger as of December 31, 2017.

About Thomas™

Thomas™ provides actionable information, data, analysis and tools that align with and support today's industrial buying process. Its solutions include the Thomas Network at Thomasnet.com®, industry's largest and most active buyer/supplier network. Through Thomas Marketing, the company provides full-service industrial marketing programs, digital product data syndication solutions, and website development. Thomas Insights delivers original content to help marketers and supply chain professionals inform their decision-making, through leading titles including Inbound Logistics, Industrial Equipment News® (IEN®), Your Industrial Daily, and the Thomas Index.

About Institute for Supply Management®

Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that serves supply management professionals in more than 100 countries. Its 50,000 members manage about  trillion in corporate supply chain procurement annually. Founded in 1915 as the first supply management institute, ISM® drives value and competitive advantage for its members, contributing to a prosperous and sustainable world. ISM® leads the profession through the ISM® Report On Business®, its highly regarded certification and training programs, events, corporate services and the ISM Mastery Model®. For more information, please visit: www.instituteforsupplymanagement.org.

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NMI® at 57.4%; November Non-Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®

INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE 
The 16 non-manufacturing industries reporting growth in November — listed in order — are: Retail Trade; Wholesale Trade; Utilities; Transportation & Warehousing; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Educational Services; Health Care & Social Assistance; Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Other Services; Public Administration; Information; Finance & Insurance; Construction; Management of Companies & Support Services; Accommodation & Food Services; and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services. The only industry reporting contraction in November is Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting. 

WHAT RESPONDENTS ARE SAYING …

  • "Domestic business is strong, with positive growth indicators for 2018 from both internal sources and client feedback." (Management of Companies & Support Services)
  • "Construction labor continues to be constrained in the West." (Construction)
  • "Steady; no material changes." (Finance & Insurance)
  • "We continue to struggle with understanding the [potential] changes to the Affordable Care Act, and are trying to be flexible in how we respond. Also, Hurricane Maria has affected some of our pharmaceutical supplies." (Health Care & Social Assistance)
  • "Mixed bag of goods for November 2017. Typical seasonal increases for specific braising cuts of beef as the holidays approach. Some volatility on produce items such as brussel sprouts. Expect cream to spike due to holiday season." (Accommodation & Food Services)
  • "Business seems to be leveling off. Attribute this to the holiday season that is approaching." (Professional, Scientific & Technical Services)
  • "Business is strong, but not as strong as Q3." (Retail Trade)
  • "Bookings would suggest a strong run to the end of the year." (Wholesale Trade)

 

ISM® NON-MANUFACTURING SURVEY RESULTS AT A GLANCE

COMPARISON OF ISM® NON-MANUFACTURING AND ISM® MANUFACTURING SURVEYS*

NOVEMBER 2017

 

Index

Non-Manufacturing

Manufacturing

Series 
Index

Nov

Series 
Index

Oct

Percent Point 
Change

Direction

Rate of 
Change

Trend**

(Months)

Series 
Index

Nov

Series 
Index

Oct

Percent Point 
Change

NMI®/PMI®

57.4

60.1

-2.7

Growing

Slower

95

58.2

58.7

-0.5

Business Activity/

Production

61.4

62.2

-0.8

Growing

Slower

100

63.9

61.0

+2.9

New Orders

58.7

62.8

-4.1

Growing

Slower

100

64.0

63.4

+0.6

Employment

55.3

57.5

-2.2

Growing

Slower

45

59.7

59.8

-0.1

Supplier Deliveries

54.0

58.0

-4.0

Slowing

Slower

23

56.5

61.4

-4.9

Inventories

54.5

52.5

+2.0

Growing

Faster

8

47.0

48.0

-1.0

Prices

60.7

62.7

-2.0

Increasing

Slower

6

65.5

68.5

-3.0

Backlog of Orders

51.5

53.5

-2.0

Growing

Slower

10

55.0

55.0

0.0

New Export Orders

57.0

60.0

-3.0

Growing

Slower

10

56.0

56.5

-0.5

Imports

52.5

52.0

+0.5

Growing

Faster

6

54.5

54.0

+0.5

Inventory Sentiment

56.0

61.0

-5.0

Too High

Slower

246

N/A

N/A

N/A

Customers' Inventories

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

45.5

43.5

+2.0

         

Overall Economy

Non-Manufacturing Sector

Growing

Growing

Slower

Slower

100

95

 

*Non-Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business® data is seasonally adjusted for the Business Activity, New Orders, Prices and Employment Indexes. Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business® data is seasonally adjusted for New Orders, Production, Employment and Supplier Deliveries.

**Number of months moving in current direction.

COMMODITIES REPORTED UP/DOWN IN PRICE, AND IN SHORT SUPPLY

Commodities Up in Price 
Cheese (3); Copper Products (4); Corrugated Boxes (7); #1 Diesel Fuel (6); #2 Diesel Fuel (4); Fuel (5); Gasoline (4); Labor — Construction (9); Lumber Products (5); Natural Gas; Paper; Paper Products; Plastic Products; and Steel Products* (2).

Commodities Down in Price 
Bacon (3); Butter; Dairy Products (2); and Steel Products*.

Commodities in Short Supply 
Integrated Circuits; IV Solutions (4); Groundwood; Labor (4); Labor — Construction (20); and Labor —Temporary (3).

Note: The number of consecutive months the commodity is listed is indicated after each item.

*Indicates both up and down in price.

NOVEMBER 2017 NON-MANUFACTURING INDEX SUMMARIES

NMI® 
In November, the NMI® registered 57.4 percent, 2.7 percentage points lower than the 60.1 percent registered in October, indicating continued growth in the non-manufacturing sector for the 95th consecutive month. A reading above 50 percent indicates the non-manufacturing sector economy is generally expanding; below 50 percent indicates the non-manufacturing sector is generally contracting.

An NMI® above 48.9 percent, over a period of time, generally indicates an expansion of the overall economy. Therefore, the November NMI® indicates growth for the 100th consecutive month in the overall economy, and indicates expansion in the non-manufacturing sector for the 95th consecutive month. Nieves says, "The past relationship between the NMI®and the overall economy indicates that the NMI® for November (57.4 percent) corresponds to a 3.3 percent increase in real gross domestic product (GDP) on an annualized basis."

NMI® HISTORY

 

Month

NMI®

Month

NMI®

Nov 2017

57.4

May 2017

56.9

Oct 2017

60.1

Apr 2017

57.5

Sep 2017

59.8

Mar 2017

55.2

Aug 2017

55.3

Feb 2017

57.6

Jul 2017

53.9

Jan 2017

56.5

Jun 2017

57.4

Dec 2016

56.6

Average for 12 months – 57.0

High – 60.1

Low – 53.9

Business Activity 
ISM®'s Business Activity Index registered 61.4 percent in November, a decrease of 0.8 percentage point from the October reading of 62.2 percent. This represents growth in business activity for the 100th consecutive month. Fourteen industries reported increased business activity and two industries reported decreased activity for the month of November. Comments from respondents include: "More optimism in marketplace" and "Business has increased this past month in advance of the holiday season."

The 14 industries reporting growth of business activity in November — listed in order — are: Utilities; Transportation & Warehousing; Retail Trade; Wholesale Trade; Educational Services; Public Administration; Finance & Insurance; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Accommodation & Food Services; Health Care & Social Assistance; Other Services; Information; Construction; and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services. The two industries reporting a decrease in business activity in November are: Management of Companies & Support Services; and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting.

 

Business Activity

%Higher

%Same

%Lower

Index

Nov 2017

32

57

11

61.4

Oct 2017

34

53

13

62.2

Sep 2017

37

49

14

61.3

Aug 2017

32

52

16

57.5

New Orders 
ISM®'s Non-Manufacturing New Orders Index registered 58.7 percent, a decrease of 4.1 percentage points from the October reading of 62.8 percent. November represents growth in new orders for the 100th consecutive month, at a slower rate compared with October. Comments from respondents include: "People are trying to spend their budgets before our fiscal year-end in December" and "New business gained."

The 12 industries reporting growth of new orders in November — listed in order — are:  Transportation & Warehousing; Utilities; Wholesale Trade; Retail Trade; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Public Administration; Health Care & Social Assistance; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Accommodation & Food Services; Information; Management of Companies & Support Services; and Other Services. The two industries reporting a decrease in business activity in November are: Mining; and Educational Services.

 

New Orders

%Higher

%Same

%Lower

Index

Nov 2017

30

57

13

58.7

Oct 2017

35

52

13

62.8

Sep 2017

40

49

11

63.0

Aug 2017

29

55

16

57.1

Employment 
Employment activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in November for the 45th consecutive month. ISM®'s Non-Manufacturing Employment Index registered 55.3 percent, which reflects a decrease of 2.2 percentage points when compared to the October reading of 57.5 percent. Eleven industries reported increased employment, and five industries reported decreased employment. Comments from respondents include: "We are adding staff to address rising volume and client service demands" and "Growth in business."

The 11 industries reporting an increase in employment in November — listed in order — are: Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Retail Trade; Educational Services; Other Services; Wholesale Trade; Finance & Insurance; Health Care & Social Assistance; Construction; Public Administration; and Management of Companies & Support Services. The five industries reporting a reduction in employment in November are: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Mining; Accommodation & Food Services; and Information.

 

Employment

%Higher

%Same

%Lower

Index

Nov 2017

23

61

16

55.3

Oct 2017

24

65

11

57.5

Sep 2017

22

66

12

56.8

Aug 2017

25

60

15

56.2

Supplier Deliveries 
Supplier deliveries were slower in November for the 23rd consecutive month. The index registered 54 percent, which is 4 percentage points lower than the 58 percent that was registered in October. A reading above 50 percent indicates slower deliveries, while a reading below 50 percent indicates faster deliveries. Comments from respondents include: "The vendors and their sources are getting bogged down with the higher volume of orders" and "Truck driver shortages and rail car shortages."

The 10 industries reporting slower deliveries in November — listed in order — are: Mining; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Information; Management of Companies & Support Services; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Wholesale Trade; Health Care & Social Assistance; Construction; Retail Trade; and Finance & Insurance. The only industry reporting faster deliveries in November is Public Administration. Seven industries reported no change in supplier deliveries in November compared to October.

 

Supplier Deliveries

%Slower

%Same

%Faster

Index

Nov 2017

11

86

3

54.0

Oct 2017

17

82

1

58.0

Sep 2017

19

78

3

58.0

Aug 2017

7

87

6

50.5

Inventories 
ISM®'s Non-Manufacturing Inventories Index grew in November for the eighth consecutive month and registered 54.5 percent, 2 percentage points higher than the 52.5 percent that was reported in October. Of the total respondents in November, 32 percent indicated they do not have inventories or do not measure them. Comments from respondents include: "Replenishing inventory used during [the] hurricane" and "Preparing for [the] holiday season."

The 11 industries reporting an increase in inventories in November — listed in order — are: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Utilities; Retail Trade; Transportation & Warehousing; Information; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Wholesale Trade; Construction; Accommodation & Food Services; Public Administration; and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services. The three industries reporting decreases in inventories in November are: Health Care & Social Assistance; Other Services; and Finance & Insurance.

 

Inventories

%Higher

%Same

%Lower

Index

Nov 2017

26

57

17

54.5

Oct 2017

22

61

17

52.5

Sep 2017

24

55

21

51.5

Aug 2017

24

59

17

53.5

Prices 
Prices paid by non-manufacturing organizations for purchased materials and services increased in November for the sixth consecutive month. ISM®'s Non-Manufacturing Prices Index registered 60.7 percent, 2 percentage points lower than the 62.7 percent reported in October. Twenty-one percent of respondents reported higher prices, 73 percent indicated no change in prices paid, and 6 percent of respondents reported lower prices.

The 15 non-manufacturing industries reporting an increase in prices paid during the month of November — listed in order — are: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Mining; Transportation & Warehousing; Wholesale Trade; Utilities; Construction; Retail Trade; Public Administration; Management of Companies & Support Services; Other Services; Finance & Insurance; Accommodation & Food Services; Information; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; and Health Care & Social Assistance. No industry reported a decrease in prices paid during the month of November.

 

Prices

%Higher

%Same

%Lower

Index

Nov 2017

21

73

6

60.7

Oct 2017

27

66

7

62.7

Sep 2017

31

65

4

66.3

Aug 2017

20

73

7

57.9

NOTE: Commodities reported as up in price and down in price are listed in the commodities section of this report.

Backlog of Orders 
ISM®'s Non-Manufacturing Backlog of Orders Index indicates that order backlogs grew in November. The index registered 51.5 percent, which is 2 percentage points lower than the 53.5 percent reported in October. Of the total respondents in November, 36 percent indicated they do not measure backlog of orders.

The seven industries reporting an increase in order backlogs in November — listed in order — are: Management of Companies & Support Services; Retail Trade; Finance & Insurance; Utilities; Public Administration; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; and Wholesale Trade. The six industries reporting a decrease in order backlogs in November — listed in order — are: Mining; Information; Other Services; Health Care & Social Assistance; Construction; and Transportation & Warehousing.

 

Backlog of Orders

%Higher

%Same

%Lower

Index

Nov 2017

16

71

13

51.5

Oct 2017

18

71

11

53.5

Sep 2017

22

68

10

56.0

Aug 2017

20

67

13

53.5

New Export Orders 
Orders and requests for services and other non-manufacturing activities to be provided outside of the U.S. by domestically based personnel grew in November for the 10th consecutive month at a slower rate. The New Export Orders Index registered 57 percent, which is 3 percentage points lower than the 60 percent reported in October. Of the total respondents in November, 63 percent indicated they either do not perform, or do not separately measure, orders for work outside of the U.S.

The eight industries reporting an increase in new export orders in November — listed in order — are: Utilities; Retail Trade; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Transportation & Warehousing; Other Services; Construction; Health Care & Social Assistance; and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services. The only industry reporting a decrease in exports is Information. Seven industries reported no change in November compared to October.

 

New Export Orders

%Higher

%Same

%Lower

Index

Nov 2017

20

74

6

57.0

Oct 2017

28

64

8

60.0

Sep 2017

18

76

6

56.0

Aug 2017

16

78

6

55.0

Imports 
Imports grew in November for the sixth consecutive month. This month's reading at 52.5 percent is the 0.5 percentage point higher than the 52 percent that was reported in October. Fifty-two percent of respondents reported that they do not use, or do not track the use of, imported materials.

The six industries reporting an increase in imports for the month of November — listed in order — are: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Utilities; Other Services; Health Care & Social Assistance; Retail Trade; and Wholesale Trade. The only industry reporting a decrease in imports in the month of November is Accommodation & Food Services. Nine industries reported no change in November compared to October.

 

Imports

%Higher

%Same

%Lower

Index

Nov 2017

10

85

5

52.5

Oct 2017

13

78

9

52.0

Sep 2017

9

86

5

52.0

Aug 2017

11

79

10

50.5

Inventory Sentiment 
The ISM® Non-Manufacturing Inventory Sentiment Index in November registered 56 percent, which is 5 percentage points lower than the reading of 61 percent reported in October. This indicates that respondents believe their inventories are still too high at this time. In November, 22 percent of respondents said their inventories were too high, 10 percent of the respondents said their inventories were too low, and 68 percent said their inventories were about right.

The seven industries reporting a feeling that their inventories are too high in November — listed in order — are:  Mining; Utilities; Retail Trade; Other Services; Wholesale Trade; Information; and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services. The three industries reporting a feeling that their inventories are too low in November compared with October are: Health Care & Social Assistance; Public Administration; and Transportation & Warehousing. Six industries reported no change in inventory sentiment in November compared to October.

 

Inventory Sentiment

%Too

High

%About 
Right

%Too

Low

Index

Nov 2017

22

68

10

56.0

Oct 2017

27

68

5

61.0

Sep 2017

24

69

7

58.5

Aug 2017

26

70

4

61.0

About This Report 
DO NOT CONFUSE THIS NATIONAL REPORT with the various regional purchasing reports released across the country. The national report's information reflects the entire U.S., while the regional reports contain primarily regional data from their local vicinities. Also, the information in the regional reports is not used in calculating the results of the national report. The information compiled in this report is for the month of November 2017.

The data presented herein is obtained from a survey of non-manufacturing supply executives based on information they have collected within their respective organizations. ISM® makes no representation, other than that stated within this release, regarding the individual company data collection procedures. The data should be compared to all other economic data sources when used in decision-making.

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The Non-Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business® is based on data compiled from purchasing and supply executives nationwide. Membership of the Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee is diversified by NAICS, based on each industry's contribution to gross domestic product (GDP). The Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee responses are divided into the following NAICS code categories: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Mining; Utilities; Construction; Wholesale Trade; Retail Trade; Transportation & Warehousing; Information; Finance & Insurance; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Management of Companies & Support Services; Educational Services; Health Care & Social Assistance; Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Accommodation & Food Services; Public Administration; and Other Services (services such as Equipment & Machinery Repairing; Promoting or Administering Religious Activities; Grantmaking; Advocacy; and Providing Dry-Cleaning & Laundry Services, Personal Care Services, Death Care Services, Pet Care Services, Photofinishing Services, Temporary Parking Services, and Dating Services).

Survey responses reflect the change, if any, in the current month compared to the previous month. For each of the indicators measured (Business Activity, New Orders, Backlog of Orders, New Export Orders, Inventory Change, Inventory Sentiment, Imports, Prices, Employment and Supplier Deliveries), this report shows the percentage reporting each response, and the diffusion index. Responses represent raw data and are never changed. Data is seasonally adjusted for Business Activity, New Orders, Prices and Employment. All seasonal adjustment factors are subject annually to relatively minor changes when conditions warrant them. The remaining indexes have not indicated significant seasonality.

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An NMI® above 48.9 percent, over a period of time, indicates that the overall economy, or gross domestic product (GDP), is generally expanding; below 48.9 percent, it is generally declining. The distance from 50 percent or 48.9 percent is indicative of the strength of the expansion or decline.

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