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How to gain experience and skills for a career in the digital economy

Meet Becky. She’s a smart young recruitment professional from a mid-sized town near Chicago in America’s Midwest. And she’s unemployed, despite an honours degree which saddled her with ,000 in student debt. Automation in the HR industry has made her junior position redundant.

If predictions are to be believed, this is a nightmare scenario that is poised to play off on a large scale across multiple industries and countries over the next few decades. Those with a fervent imagination can probably hear the voice-over in their heads, like something from a cheesy 1980s horror movie.

“First they came for the blue collar workers, and now they’re coming for those working in the professional service industries.”

Automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, gig economy, and robotics have all become dread words as the Fourth Industrial Revolution steams inexorably onward. But is it really all doom and gloom for young professionals looking to make their mark in the world?

At first glance, the predictions are not on the side of youth. The Brookings Institution calculated that 25% of American jobs are at high risk of automation, with the risk for those in the 16 – 24 age group the highest. Although areas like office administration (60%) and construction (50%) face some of the highest levels of automation, the seemingly unassailable legal profession is also not immune with a 38% risk.

Across the pond, in the UK, the future doesn’t augur well either, with 30% of jobs at risk of automation by the 2030s. Even the venerable accounting profession faces a 94% chance of extinction.

The flip side of the coin looks equally dire. 49% of global employers are struggling to fill vacancies due to massive skills shortages, according to a ManpowerGroup survey. And that is exactly where the opportunity lies for ambitious young professionals who want to grab the world by the scruff of the neck. Let’s dig in further to see what the Beckys of the world should do to set themselves up for success.

In a hurry to upskill and gain experience? Check out the exciting openings we have for ambitious young professionals

But first, some more bad news. An oft-quoted Oxford university study estimated that almost half of US jobs were at high risk of automation over the next ten to twenty years. And that study was based on advances in Machine Learning and Robotics back in 2013!

Fortunately, the same study also came up with the antidote – those human skills that are currently immune to robotic replication.

For the foreseeable future, artificial intelligence will struggle to compete with our creative intelligence and its ability to produce original ideas and creative solutions. Robots are also not able to mimic sophisticated human perceptions and insights related to other people. Which is probably a good thing; one Dr Phil is enough.

In the same vein, it’s difficult to picture software being able to negotiate a peace settlement or a major business merger. And of course, it’s called the art of persuasion for a reason. Definitely not a machine learning strength – yet.

The World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs report came up with its own prediction for most valuable skills which they have been tracking since 2015:

It is worth noting that Complex Problem Solving remained in pole position, while Critical Thinking and Creativity have moved into the second and third spots respectively. Emotional Intelligence and Cognitive Flexibility (your ability to switch between different mental tasks) both make a first time appearance.

At least half of the top skills are related to communication and collaboration, which should be seen as foundation skills that can be honed into top ten skills. But where or how do you get to do all that honing?

It’s a sad truth that many entry level roles are aimed that cost-effective execution of repetitive tasks. Exactly those tasks that will vanish within a few years from now. The old cliche of needing skills and experience has taken on a new meaning – you need ‘the right’ skills and experience.

So, the quandary for many young professionals is that they know they need skills and experience that universities and most entry-level jobs don’t offer. They often just don’t know where to go and get them. The good news is that forward-thinking startups like Eventerprise offer a powerful solution. It makes sense though; startups are generally already operating at the vanguard of commercial and societal change.

Many startups also offer something else, above skills and experience, and that’s purpose. Eventerprise, for example, is on a mission to make an extremely fragmented and under-served events industry more transparent and filled with value for all its participants. As the CEO of the company I like to believe that it played a role in the phenomenal growth of the young professionals who have taken their careers to the next level in our digital-first environment.

What does Eventerprise offer young professionals?

Collaborate within a strong culture that teaches work ethic as a way of living. When you believe in what you do and want to succeed, hard work becomes second nature.

Come to grips with the huge (global) growth potential of digital platforms and marketplaces.

Work closely with a leadership team that offers many years of experience and insights into a variety of business-related disciplines.

Learn faster, wider, and deeper than ever before on our agile development path.

Acquire the latest in-demand skills within a digital-first startup environment.

Interact with a diverse global team and gain life-changing multicultural and international exposure.

Celebrate female leadership, diversity, and inclusion.

Future-proof your career for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Discover opportunities to travel and explore the world on multiple levels

Work remotely or at our Cape Town, South Africa, operational hub.

There are of course a few expectations from our side

We expect that you take full ownership of everything that you do. That will require resilience and endurance, especially when things don’t go your way.

Sound work ethic is one of our core values. We hope you share that with us.

As the WEF mentioned, problem-solving skills are where it’s at. In a startup environment, your ability to come up with solutions to new challenges will be tested every day. Just like a startup needs to be agile in everything it does, so do you.

Sitting on the fence can be dangerous. That’s why forward motion is always powered by confident decision making. We support and guide, but we don’t hold hands. (Initiative is such a beautiful word.)

Opportunity knocks every day and around every corner. It just needs an attentive person to open the door. We’ve built an environment that’s conducive to out-of-the-box thinking. We trust you will seek out the fresh angles and openings.

Be bold and daring – within reason. We enjoy sparring with each other (it promotes creativity), but we always keep it respectful. Likewise, we move fast and break things to learn more, but we do so cognizant of all the relevant details.

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If you have read this far without breaking down in tears, well done. You may just be who we are looking for. One or two more carrots before we introduce you to some of our current career opportunities for young professionals.

We follow a performance-based remuneration model across the company. If you bring special skills to the party, we will definitely consider it in our offer. However, as a startup, our value proposition should be in what you can learn rather than a market-related salary. Longer-term, there is also potential to join our permanent core team, as well as acquiring equity through an employee stock ownership plan.

So without any further fanfare, here are some of those opportunities we’ve been going on about. Have a look and send through your application if you feel Eventerprise is the right fit for your career.

Junior Financial Operations Coordinator

Junior Freelance Graphic Designer

Junior Digital Marketer

Freelance UX Designer

Freelance UX Writer

Web Copywriter

Learn more about Eventerprise on our Careers Page.

 

Eventerprise.com is a Swiss global tech startup on a mission to connect the world of events. We do this by ensuring technology is accessible, inclusive and affordable across an underserved market. Eventerprise makes it easier to create memorable experiences by helping everyone find the best vendors, venues and event professionals, all on one platform.

 

If you would like more information about this topic, please write or call:

Charlie Wright, Co-Founder Eventerprise

Email: charlie@eventerprise.com

Phone: +27 76 022 4476

www.eventerprise.com

https://www.eventerprise.com/page/press-room/

 

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Must-Visit Summer Exhibition 2019 at JD Malat Gallery in London

Fine Art Shippers, an international fine art shipping company, is pleased to share the amazing news that JD Malat Gallery in London is currently hosting a unique exhibition that features an outstanding collection of works by the gallery’s artists. This exhibition, which is titled Summer Exhibition 2019, highlights the originality and strength of art shown by JD Malat Gallery throughout its first year. The must-visit group show runs at 30 Davies Street in Mayfair, London through September 28, 2019.

JD Malat Gallery was founded in London in June 2018. The gallery is relatively young, but it has already held seven successful solo exhibitions featuring works by some of the best international contemporary artists. Summer Exhibition 2019 is a culmination of an intensive twelve-month gallery program, which carries a breath of fresh air with a selection of the strongest works by thirteen talented artists, both renowned and emerging. These include:

  • Enrico Castellani (1930-2017), one of the most influential Italian artists of the 20th century, who contributed to the development of European avant-garde art in the 1950s-1960s;
  • Marlene Dumas (b. 1953), a prominent contemporary South African artist known for her figurative artworks that touch on many difficult themes, from pornography to segregation;
  • Li Tianbing (b. 1974), a Chinese artist who creates thought-provoking paintings that interweave the dualities present in China today;
  • Zümrütoglu (b. 1970), a Turkish artist whose paintings represent a beautiful mix of physical abstract art and German expressionism; 
  • Mio Yamato (b. 1990), a Japanese artist known for her monochromatic works distinguished by a careful repetition of separated and individual drops of paint;
  • Henrik Uldalen (b. 1986), a Norwegian artist who creates figurative oil paintings that are rather metaphysical and emotional than narrative;
  • Ian Cumberland (b. 1983), an Irish artist known for his unique paintings focused on fictional scenes depicting people and the things, often absurd ones, they do.
  • Santiago Parra (b. 1986), a Colombian artist whose large black and white paintings perfectly combine abstract expressionism with geometric abstraction;
  • Nina Pandolfo (b. 1977), a Brazilian artist known for her delicate, sensual, and playful paintings depicting expressive, large-eyed girls;
  • Katrin Fridriks (b. 1974), an Icelandic artist whose abstract expressionist paintings examine questions about new technologies and how they work;
  • Masayoshi Nojo (b. 1989), a Japanese artist who combines Japanese aesthetics with contemporary visual languages to create his beautiful mixed media artworks;
  • Conrad Jon Godly (b. 1962), a Swiss artist whose impressive paintings are inspired by nature and its relationship to humanity;
  • Andy Moses (b. 1962), an American artist known for his distinctive paintings that are simultaneously representational and abstract.

The selection of artworks presented by JD Malat Gallery at Summer Exhibition 2019 is diverse and vibrant. At Fine Art Shippers, we highly recommend that you visit this exceptional art exhibition at your first opportunity. In case you need any art logistics services, our London office will be happy to provide you with any help or assistance, from fine art shipping to artwork installation, required.

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Running a distributed organization - 7 critical factors for remote work success

Call it what you want - distributed organization, remote work, outsourcing - these overlapping terms have been go-to buzzwords in business parlance for a while, almost as de rigueur as diversity and transparency. Globally, one in every three people are now working remotely to some extent. No wonder, when you consider the much-vaunted benefits of a distributed business model: lower overheads and wages, higher productivity, better quality of life, wider access to talent, and of course, the promotion of diversity and innovation.

 

That may seem great, but before we get too excited about lounging in our jammies while Dan from HR delivers his 11th presentation on company leave policy via Zoom, there are a few caveats.

 

The digital nature of platforms makes them ideally suited to a distributed business model. However, its successful implementation is not a one-size-fits-all affair. Some digital-first companies, like Buffer, Zapier, and Github, have built thriving fully-distributed businesses. WordPress is another good example of a decentralized community with shared goals. Conversely, online retail giant, Amazon, is spending billion on its controversial HQ2 office with space for 50,000 workers. The fact that your business is digital, doesn’t seem to dictate that your workforce should be too.

 

It’s not only digital startups that are buying into the promises of higher productivity and happier employees. Many traditional companies, especially in the professional services sector, are experimenting with decentralized models. Unfortunately, some of these companies are either woefully ill-equipped to run a distributed organization or are trying to sugarcoat labour arbitrage.

 

Originally arbitrage meant cross-border trade in goods - the buy low, sell high principle. This was followed by offshoring factory work to low-wage countries. Now, Globalization 4.0, driven by the proliferation of digital technologies, is introducing a new form of arbitrage in the services sector. As a result, professional workers in developed economies are increasingly being subjected to the vagaries of the gig economy, which has diluted many hard-won workers’ rights.

 

It is therefore important to distinguish between a true distributed organization, which binds together remote professionals, working towards common goals within a harmonious culture, and a simplistic outsourcing exercise with a one-dimensional (and sometimes exploitative) purpose. Hopefully, the Zeitgeist is changing. A quick Google Trends exercise shows that interest in outsourcing has waned dramatically over the past 15 years while remote work has risen in popularity.

How did we get here?

Large multinationals have actually been running distributed formats for ages. The Dutch and British East India Companies were early forerunners of these mega corporations with workers and offices spread across the globe. Ironically, the British East India company also helped to create the antithesis of distributed organizations, one of the first gargantuan centralised offices. It was an early forerunner of the labour concentration that was so characteristic of the First Industrial Revolution, due to the latter’s need for factory fodder.

 

Despite its ubiquity, office culture has only been around for about 300 years. For most of humankind’s existence work was conducted from home. This allowed families and communities to build strong bonds and support networks. The advent of centralised offices disrupted this natural state of affairs, as workers were generally reduced to units of production, with scant regard for their quality of life.

 

The internet and new methodologies like Agile and Lean have created an opportunity to break free from the constraints of the centralised office model. Ambitious young companies can now use a distributed model to compete with established players and disrupt entire markets. That is, if they are able to negotiate the following hurdles.

7 critical factors for remote work success

 

The rise of the distributed machines

Skynet is live. The proliferation of SaaS solutions for very aspect of running a business has been a game changer.Cloud software for CRM, project management, communication, and video conferencing has made collaboration between remote teams much easier, while AI and machine learning applications have removed the need for many entry level positions.

 

However, knowing which tools to use at each stage of your company’s evolution can be tricky. Many young startups have rued the day that they signed up for the full (and quite expensive) Salesforce package, belatedly discovering that they only required 10% of its functionality. Runway up in flames.

 

Leadership experience

Digital tools are great, but if you don’t have the right culture and organizational structure in place, they will not be wielded effectively. Startups that build a distributed model into their DNA from inception tend to be more effective at leveraging innovation, increasing productivity and raising employee satisfaction. Doing that is easier said than done though.

 

Your organization needs highly-focused leaders who can implement a clear structure and develop processes that nurture trust in common goals across multiple channels. That said, transparency is key to building trust. Leaders should communicate strategies, opportunities, and challenges in a clear and consistent fashion. Nothing kills trust like not knowing what is going on in the company that you are working for.

 

Get rid of hierarchies. The more layers you add to your distributed organization, the higher the likelihood of communication breakdown. That’s why a lean approach works so well with a remote team.

 

Communication skills have never been more important

The fact that you are using cutting-edge digital tools and working in real time with team members situated thousands of miles away, does not mean that proven business principles don’t still apply.

 

Omni-channel communication is not just for your clients. Your team should know when and how to use a specific communication channel. Make sure your onboarding process is up to scratch in this regard. Screencast videos are a great way to get this done.

 

Be clear and concise in all communication.  A lack of physical cues and different semantic interpretations can cause misunderstandings and frustrations that would not usually occur in an office. Follow up on all interactions to make sure everyone is on the same page.

 

Recruit the right people

Not everyone is cut out for remote work. Candidates may have the right qualifications and relevant work experience, but if they are not self-disciplined, self-motivated, and nimble around remote technologies you’re in for a challenge.

 

Recent studies have shown that many remote workers feel disengaged and isolated, which does not bode well for their commitment to the job at hand. This also ties back to communication and leadership - if you are not putting the right structures in places and coaching your people, you should not be surprised that they feel adrift and unvalued.

 

A good way to test a candidate’s suitability is to include a small remote project, based on their particular field of expertise, in the recruitment process. If you get the desired results within the stipulated time frame, you probably have a keeper. Just make sure the test project requires interaction with other members of your team.

 

The laws of the land and fair practice still apply

If you want your employees to buy into your company goals, you need to make sure that they feel valued as real partners. That means giving them the same rights as a traditional on-site worker. Trying to circumvent leave and other benefits to cut costs in the short term, means sacrificing loyalty and team stability in the long term.

 

This does not mean that you can’t negotiate a quid-pro-quo if you are a cash-strapped startup. As long as the terms are transparent. For example, if you can’t afford to pay market-related salaries, then offer delayed satisfaction in the form of share options. It’s a great way to create buy-in.

 

Choose the right mix

As a distributed organization, you need to know when to fill a position with a permanent employee and when to outsource  the job to an independent contractor. The rule of thumb is usually that if it’s not a core function, outsource it.

 

Except for outsourcing non-core functions, there are other permutations that can define your distributed organization. For example, do you employ team members on a contract or permanent basis? That will usually depend on the nature of the role and how financially secure your business is.

 

Sometimes a hybrid approach may be the most suitable, especially if there is a clear need and opportunity for stronger or more regular social cohesion. It can take the form of quarterly focus days or conferences. Another option is to use hot seating if your team lives in the same area. The rise of co-working spaces and platforms like WeWork have made this option much easier to implement.

 

Do it for the right reasons

Many companies abuse the distributed model purely to the advantage of their bottom line and shareholders. This means remote workers are often subjected to the insecurities of the gig economy.

 

A distributed approach suits a results-driven organization that does not need to nanny its people. It does not suit a bureaucratic culture that relies on dogmatic processes and multi-layered hierarchies.

 

If you don’t trust your people to work remotely, you probably don’t know how to recruit properly. A well-functioning distributed organization allows your employees to get on with what they do best, instead of chaining them to an outdated work environment.

 

 

As CEO of Eventerprise, I have led the creation of our global hub-and-spoke model since the company’s inception. Never a trivial task, the job was made easier by the fact that I had previous experience of running a globally dispersed subsidiary for a major international airline. I can therefore attest to the immense value that a well-run distributed business offers to all your organization’s stakeholders.

 

Find out why investors love our distributed culture

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Kivanç Tekstil ties up with Reliance to make eco-friendly fabrics

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), India’s largest private sector company and the world’s biggest integrated polyester producer, has joined hands with Turkey’s textile behemoth, Kivanç Tekstil, to manufacture and market R|Elan™ GreenGold, a sustainable and innovative fabric 2.0, to leading apparel brands and consumers across the world. Apart from manufacturing and marketing R|Elan™ GreenGold fabrics, Kivanç will be the exclusive distributor of Recron® GreenGold fibres to spinners, yarn manufactures and knitters across Turkey and it will offer the best quality eco-friendly textile solutions to brands and retailers to meet the ever growing demand of environment friendly apparels.

 

Kivanç Tekstil is renowned worldwide to cater for major European and American fashion brands and retailers. Vertically integrated across spinning, weaving, dyeing, printing and finishing, Kivanç produces 18 million meters of blended fabrics per annum. Its yield comprises a wide range of blends straddling polyester, cotton, viscose, linen, tencel, modal and wool, and is lapped up by leading global brands engaged in making formal and casual wear apparels.

 

Speaking about the partnership, Mr Ziya Kivanc, CEO, Kivanç Textil opined: “The partnership with Reliance Industries is a significant initiative in accomplishing our mission. The exclusive distributorship of Recron® GreenGold fibres and yarns and being a manufacturer of R|Elan™ GreenGold fabrics will provide us immense growth opportunities. We are really thankful to Reliance, which has taken a stride forward in actualising our mission. Henceforth, most of the polyester blended fabrics will be made out of sustainable fibres at Kivanç!”

 

Innovative fabrics by recycling PET bottles!

RIL, the owner of brand R|Elan, is one of the largest recycler of PET bottles in India, recycling 2.2 billion PET bottles a year. R|Elan GreenGold, made from recycled PET, substantially reduces emission of greenhouse gases. The fabric being made from pre-dyed fibres and whatever little water is used, 90% of it is recycled. It uses bio-fuels and is one of the few recycled brands that provides end-to-end traceability throughout the supply chain, right from PET bottles to fibres.

 

Speaking on the newest member of the rapidly growing HEP, Mr Gunjan Sharma, CMO – Polyester Division, RIL, said: “It gives us immense pleasure to partner with the globally renowned Kivanç Tekstil. With RIL’s technological edge in sustainable offerings merging with Kivanç’s manufacturing prowess, we are certain to come up with stunning innovative fabrics to meet the growing demand for high-quality eco-friendly apparels”.

 

Further information:

 

 

About Kivanç Tekstil
Kivanç is one of the main woven fabric supplier to European and American apparel markets, and it caters to renowned local and global fashion brands. Kivanç has capacity to manufacture 18 million meters per annum of a wide mix of fabric blends weighing in the range of 100gr/m2 to 500gr/m2. The Company’s innovative approach and know-how in the industry has strengthened it’s long-term collaborations with leading fashion retail brands by producing best quality fabrics with professional work ethics. Kivanç Tekstil ranked 335th among the Turkish exporters, and 13th within the textile sector companies in 2018.

 

About Reliance Industries Limited (RIL)

RIL is India’s largest private sector company with a consolidated turnover of INR 622,809 crore ($ 90.1 billion), cash profit of INR 64,478 crore ($ 9.3 billion), and net profit of INR 39,588 crore ($ 5.7 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2019. RIL is the first private sector company from India to feature in Fortune’s Global 500 list of ‘World’s Largest Corporations’ – currently ranking 148th in terms of revenues and 99th in terms of profits. The company stands 71st in the ‘Forbes Global 2000’ rankings for 2019 – top-most among Indian companies. It ranks 10th among LinkedIn’s ‘The Best Companies to Work for in India’ (2019). RIL’s activities span hydrocarbon exploration and production, petroleum refining and marketing, petrochemicals, retail, and digital services.

 

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Billy Gerard Frank to Screen “Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap” at Martos Gallery

Fine Art Shippers, an international art logistics company, is pleased to share the amazing news that Billy Gerard Frank will be doing limited screenings of his film “Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap” at Martos Gallery in New York. The screenings will be part of EBSPLOITATION, a curated program of short films and videos, which runs at the gallery through August 3, 2019. “Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap” will be showing on July 17 and 24.

Billy Gerard Frank is a Grenadian-born multi-disciplinary artist working at the intersection of filmmaking, art, activism, and design. He is one of the artists selected this year to represent Grenada at the Venice Biennale, the most prestigious and important event in the world of art and culture. At the Venice Biennale, Billy Gerard Frank presented his new 40-minute film, “Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap,” accompanied by mixed media collages, sculptures, and canvas paintings. The work is built on the memories of Frank’s father’s life and explores the themes of estrangement, sexuality, exile, and migration. It is an abstract story of interconnected lives, which perfectly combines non-fiction with fiction, mirroring the artist’s own experience in Grenada as a gay teenager. It is also worth noting that the producer of “Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap” is Lauren Beck – the same Lauren Beck who earned her Academy Award for Best Picture nomination for the critically acclaimed 2016 film “Manchester by the Sea.”

“Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap,” along with the entire installation, is on view at the Venice Biennale until November 24. However, you don’t have to visit Venice to see this film because it will be showing at Martos Gallery this July.

This summer, Martos Gallery was transformed into a movie theater to present a program of videos and short films showing a different side to filmmaking. The unique exhibition is titled EBSPLOITATION, paying tribute to Blaxploitation, a genre of black action film aimed at black audiences, which emerged in the US in the early 1970s. EBSPLOITATION features videos and short films by many talented artists, including Billy Gerard Frank and Arthur Jafa who won Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival this year. The curated program runs daily during gallery hours, with screenings of longer films every Wednesday night at 8pm. Billy Gerard Frank will be showing his film on July 17 and 24.

At Fine Art Shippers, we had the pleasure of helping Billy Gerard Frank ship his art installation to the Venice Biennale. This amazing artist did an incredible job with his “Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap,” which was called “incredible” by ARTnews. If you are in New York, don’t miss a chance to see this 40-minute film at Martos Gallery!

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Actor DAJUAN JOHNSON Soars in Season 5 of Amazon Drama “BOSCH” and Emmy Consideration for ABC's "GREY'S ANATOMY"

Actor DaJuan Johnson soars as Detective Rondell Pierce in Season 5 of Amazon’s Emmy-nominated original police drama series, BOSCH, currently available for streaming. Johnson also secures For Your Emmy® Consideration as ‘Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series’ for his heart-wrenching performance as Garrett Boland on ABC’s mega-hit, GREY’S ANATOMY.

Releasing in April, Season 5 of BOSCH is based on best-selling author Michael Connelly’s 20th book in the long-running series, Two Kinds of Truth. The storyline involves a murder case from Bosch’s past being brought into question and raising issues of police misconduct — which could endanger his entire career. All the while, resident ‘boy scout’ Detective Rondell Pierce (Johnson) gets a new partner, but learns to rely on his own merits this season. Once a newbie himself, Pierce now proves he can hold his own with the big boys.

Earlier this season, Johnson brought audiences to tears emerging in a recurring role as Garrett Boland on ABC’s long-running medical drama series, GREY’S ANATOMY. In the episode “Girlfriend in a Coma,” a distraught Garrett (Johnson) agonizes over the fate of his comatose girlfriend with the fate of their future hinged on a ventilator. As Garrett endures the mental and emotional strain of watching his love take two steps toward progress and then two steps back, that a heartbreaking decision must be made. But before they remove her ventilator and end their time together, Garrett arranges to give the love of his life her wedding under the stars.

Johnson is appreciative of the Awards consideration, but more excited that this storyline has resonated so well with audiences. Johnson adds, “I’ve wanted to be on Grey’s for a very long time for many different roles, but playing Garrett was definitely the role I was supposed to play. I’m beyond humbled that this storyline and character touched so many fans!”

Johnson has built a solid reputation and resume in the industry. Earlier this month, he received accolades for his leading role in the YouTube series, The New 30, which earned a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for ‘Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama’. Fans will also recognize Johnson from his recurring roles on Fox’s action-thriller 24 alongside Kiefer Sutherland and ABC’s hit medical-drama Private Practice opposite Tessa Thompson. Other notable television credits include guest starring appearances on Downward Dog, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Agent Carter, Bones, Close to Home, Criminal Minds, Lincoln Heights, CSI: NY, CSI and Scrubs among others. Johnson also gained attention as a stand-out talent in the MTV bio-pic Pedro, co-starring as Sean Sasser, the supportive boyfriend to AIDS activist Pedro Zamora, who was the first HIV-positive homosexual to appear in a reality show on MTV.

Growing up in Miami, Florida, Johnson realized his passion for acting at an early age while participating in local theatre productions. After receiving dual B.A. degrees in Theatre and English Literature from the University of Florida, he continued his education at Colorado State University obtaining his masters in Higher Education. With this foundation, he moved to Los Angeles where he continues to pursue one of his greatest passions - acting.

DaJuan Johnson is represented by AKA Talent Agency and Untitled Entertainment.

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(DaJuan Johnson guest starring on "Grey's Anatomy" / courtesy: ABC)


(DaJuan Johnson guest starring on "Grey's Anatomy" / courtesy: ABC)


(DaJuan Johnson on-set of "Bosch" / Amazon)


(DaJuan Johnson behind-the-scenes of "Bosch" / Amazon)


(actor DaJuan Johnson)

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Accomplished Actress WENDY BRAUN Returns to Netflix Comedy ‘ATYPICAL’ Season 3 and Secures For Your Emmy® Consideration

LOS ANGELES – Actress Wendy Braun reprises her recurring role as the uptight, but well-intentioned ‘Kathy’ in the all-new Season 3 of the celebrated Netflix original series, Atypical. The role has earned Braun Emmy® For Your Consideration status for ‘Outstanding Guest Actress in A Comedy Series’ with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for her work in Season 2.

Created by Robia Rashid, this coming-of-age comedy follows Sam (Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year old on the autistic spectrum who is looking for love and independence. Introduced during the first season, Kathy (Braun) is the leader of the autism parent support group and friend to Sam’s mom, Elsa (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Throughout the second season, Kathy uses her pushy but polite ways to get “something for something” when Elsa needs to find Sam a good therapist. The 10-episode Season 3 is currently shooting and the premiere date has not been announced.

Braun has been receiving raves for her work on the show, including TV.com touting “A standout among the recurring cast is Wendy Braun.”  

“I’m grateful to be part of a show that celebrates inclusion and acceptance, proves that being normal is overrated, and continues the conversation to help break any stigma around autism. It’s so much fun to continually play a character who tries so hard to keep it all together, while things around her are falling apart,” shares Braun.  


(Wendy Braun in "Atypical" / Netflix)

Braun recently wrapped a role on the upcoming second season of the YouTube original series, Liza On Demand. She was offered the role by creators Debon ah Kaplan and Harry Elfond, after working on their previous MTV comedy series, Mary + Jane.

Coming soon, Braun stars in the indie comedy feature, Donny’s Party, as the put-together, self-absorbed matriarch of a highly dysfunctional family. Braun also emerges in a pivotal role in Vital Signs, a semi-autobiographical show created and starring Dr. Dre about his road from rapper to business mogul.

Audiences have been recognizing Braun for years from her standout performances in film and television. She appeared with Ed Helms and Tracy Morgan in the indie comedy film, The Clapper; faced-off with Ellen Pompeo on ABC’s long-standing hit drama Grey’s Anatomy; took on Danny DeVito on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia; and earned laughs with Fred Armisen in IFC’s hit, Documentary Now!

Braun has racked up over 90 film, TV and theater credits, including guest-starring roles on hit shows like The Mentalist, Bones, Criminal Minds, Castle and Navy NCIS; and recurring roles on iCarly and General Hospital, which lead to a contract role in the spin-off, General Hospital: Night Shift. Braun has more than 1000 voice-over credits, including the sexy, snarky undercover agent, Gianna Parasini in the hugely popular video game series, Mass Effect; and alongside SNL alum Bobby Moynihan in Cartoon Network’s animated comedy series, We Bare Bears.

Braun is represented by BRS / Gage Talent Agency; and manager Jason Priluck at Priluck Company.

 

Watch Wendy Braun in ‘Atypical’ For Your Emmy® Consideration: wendybraun.com/fyc

Television Academy Member Viewing Platform: http://view.televisionacademy.com


(Wendy Braun in "Atypical" / Netflix)


(Wendy Braun in "Atypical" / Netflix)


(actress Wendy Braun)


(Wendy Braun on red carpet)

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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

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Los Angeles Skid Row Artists Explore Question: What Is Your Version of Success in New Docu-Series ‘FROM BOTTOM TO TOP’

LOS ANGELES – The new documentary series, FROM BOTTOM TO TOP, brings together Skid Row artists, emerging and celebrity artists to explore: What is your version of success?

Available now on Amazon.com, Filmmakers Bel Deliá and Annalea Fiachi are on a mission to uncover the highs and lows of being an artist. The result is an 8-episode humanitarian docu-series that delivers a new form of inspiration, uncovering words of wisdom from the heart of Skid Row.

Each ‘bite-sized’ installment showcases a lively one-on-one conversation between an emerging or celebrity artist and an artist from the non-profit The People Concern’s Studio 526, an arts program in Los Angeles’ Skid Row neighbourhood available to the community and those affected by homelessness — Studio 526 is rooted in the understanding that equitable access to arts and cultural spaces is a fundamental human right for all. ­­­

FROM BOTTOM TO TOP looks beyond the art that inspires you, to the artist behind it. Whether a musician from Skid Row, an art student, an acclaimed A-List actor, an emerging director or writer, the series examines what makes us tick, what makes us human and in turn what connects us all.

Some of the featured artist pairings include:

--   Actress/Director Emma Bell (Scratch, The Walking Dead, Dallas) with Musician the late Franc Foster of Franc’s Melting Pot
--   Indie folk Singer/Songwriter Sunny War with DJ “Sir Oliver”
--   Painter/Artist Linda Leigh with Actress Jaime Slater (Daredevil)
--   Actress Alyson Reed (High School Musical) with Artist Hugo Gonzalez
--   Comedian/Actress Amy Anderson with Actress/Singer Christina C. (Urban Voices Choir, LA Poverty Department Theatre Co)
--   Artist/Filmmaker Vicki Maturo with genre Director Mike Mendez (Don’t Kill It, Masters of Horror)
--   Dancer/Choreographer Essence Florie with Painter/Artist Garrison A.
-- Artist Antonio Holguin with veteran Singer/Producer/Performer dubbed ‘The Ambassador of Soul’ Ellis Hall Jr.

Deliá began developing the project in 2016 with a specific focus, explaining “The goal is to build an awareness that homelessness is not an identity, it is not who you are, who you are is a dancer, a singer, a musician, a painter, a member of the greater community. Once we can appreciate that, we can all address the crisis of homelessness together.”

Deliá and Fiachi, artists themselves, bonded over their shared love of acting and filmmaking. Passionate about the creative arts, they ran a charity penny drive together for two years consecutive, raising funds for Studio 526’s arts program then called Lamp Arts Program back in 2013 and 2014.

FROM BOTTOM TO TOP is available for streaming on Amazon.com and Amazon Prime in the U.S. and U.K. -- direct link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QG53Y5Z/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp__kklTCbDVHM960

 For more about FROM BOTTOM TO TOP visit: www.FromBottomToTop.org

 

('From Bottom to Top' - pictured: Emma Bell and Franc Foster)

('From Bottom to Top' - pictured: Sunny War and “Sir Oliver”)

('From Bottom to Top' - pictured: Linda Leigh  and Jaime Slater)

'From Bottom to Top' Filmmakers - pictured: Bel Deliá (R) and Annalea Fiachi (L)

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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

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Filmmaker / Actress ANGELA MATEMOTJA Awarded BEST INSPIRATIONAL FEATURE for ‘ELEVATE’ at Golden State Film Festival

LOS ANGELES – Award-winning filmmaker and actress Angela Matemotja earns ‘Best Inspirational Feature’ award for her feature film debut, ELEVATE, at the 2019 Golden State Film Festival awards ceremony which took place at TCL Chinese Theatre.

Writing, directing and starring in ELEVATE, Matemotja delivers a drama of intertwining stories about people who must fight to overcome their struggles with homophobia, food addiction and racism. Matemotja shares, “Winning Best Inspirational Feature is such an honor and is in complete alignment with my mission: creating a cinematic culture of compassion, one story at a time. Thank you Peter Greene and Jon Gursha for this wonderful accolade.”

On April 20th, ELEVATE will screen as the final Official Selection at The Women’s International Film Festival San Diego. Hosted by the Women’s Museum of California, the festival provides female storytellers a platform to share their work and connect with each other amongst a uniquely supportive audience.

Matemotja shares, “I am so touched that we are the final screening and only feature film playing at this special festival. This is a true honor and I can’t wait to view and discuss ELEVATE with other women considering our film was written, produced, directed, scored and stars mostly women. This is more than I could have ever hoped for.”

The film has been gaining momentum with international audiences as well, screening most recently in South Africa on International Womens’ Day, where during a robust panel one audience member asked Matemotja: Did you know about the #MeToo movement at the time you were filming?

Earlier this year, Matemotja earned the ‘Best Director’ award at the U.K.’s LGBTQ focused Rainbow Umbrella Film Festival and the ‘Female Pioneer Award’ at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival in Los Angeles. Prior to this, the film earned an Award of Merit for Best Feature Film and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Matemotja) from the Accolade Global Film Competition.

ELEVATE delivers a drama of intertwining stories about people who must fight to overcome their struggles with homophobia, food addiction and racism. The story follows Trina, an overweight elevator switchboard operator who desperately tries to accomplish just one day of healthy eating. Overwhelmed by her abusive boss and by the trapped elevator occupants that reach out to her for help, her fitness guru provides the inspiration and escape that she craves – or does she? Ultimately, all of the occupants in this trapped world find themselves caught face-to-face with their inner demons.

The film also stars Brianna Brown (CW’S Dynasty), Kit Williamson (creator/star of award-winning and Emmy nominated LGBTQ series Eastsiders), Alexis Carra (Latina star of ABC’s Mixology) and Matemotja (Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club). To produce the film, Matemotja turned to Dele Ogundiran, who is also African, and Brown, who is the CEO of the non-profit The New Hollywood, which is dedicated to supporting socially conscious storytellers and change makers.

 

ELEVATE – The Women’s International Film Festival San Diego
Location:  79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
Date/Time: Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 7:00pm
Details: ***Q and A panel with Angela Matemotja immediately following the screening.
Tickets https://www.womensfilmfestivalsandiego.com/passes

For more about ELEVATE visit: ElevateFilm.com

(ELEVATE cast at Golden State Film Festival 2019)

(Angela Matemotja accepts 'Best Inspirational Feature' for ELEVATE at Golden State Film Festival - alongside festival Directors Jon Gursha and Peter Greene)

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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/.

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Celebrated Filmmaker / Actress ANGELA MATEMOTJA Brings ‘ELEVATE’ to Golden State Film Festival at TCL Chinese Theatre

LOS ANGELES – Award-winning filmmaker and actress Angela Matemotja brings her internationally celebrated feature film ELEVATE to the iconic TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood as part of the Golden State Film Festival on March 25th.

The film screens as an ‘Official Selection’ on the heels of playing in South Africa at the Rapid Lion Film Festival and on International Womens' Day last week. Matemotja earned the ‘Best Director’ award at the U.K.’s LGBTQ focused Rainbow Umbrella Film Festival and the ‘Female Pioneer Award’ at the DTLA Film Festival in Los Angeles. Prior to this, the film earned an Award of Merit for Best Feature Film and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Matemotja) from the Accolade Global Film Competition.

As writer, director and star of the film, Matemotja is now thrilled to take it to the famed Chinese Theatre for its final festival, adding “I am so grateful and excited to be screening at this incredible venue. This is the perfect place to have our final Los Angeles Film Festival screening -- this is a dream come true!”

ELEVATE delivers a drama of intertwining stories about people who must fight to overcome their struggles with homophobia, food addiction and racism. The story follows Trina, an overweight elevator switchboard operator who desperately tries to accomplish just one day of healthy eating. Overwhelmed by her abusive boss and by the trapped elevator occupants that reach out to her for help, her fitness guru provides the inspiration and escape that she craves – or does she? Ultimately, all of the occupants in this trapped world find themselves caught face-to-face with their inner demons.

The film also stars Brianna Brown (CW’S Dynasty), Kit Williamson (creator/star of award-winning and Emmy nominated LGBTQ series Eastsiders), Alexis Carra (Latina star of ABC’s Mixology) and Matemotja (Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club). To produce the film, Matemotja turned to Dele Ogundiran, who is also African, and Brown, who is the CEO of the non-profit The New Hollywood, which is dedicated to supporting socially conscious storytellers and changemakers.

As an actress, Matemotja has appeared on screens big and small. Her notable feature film credits include the role of ‘Christina’ in Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club and alongside Kevin Hart in the indie comedy film Something Like A Business. Her television roles include appearances on the CBS mega-hit comedy How I Met Your Mother, Amazon’s top cop-drama Bosch, ABC’s long-running series Castle and edgy sitcom Don’t Trust The B…, and Ryan Murphy’s modern laugher The New Normal on NBC.

Behind the camera, Matemotja earned an NAACP Award nomination for directing the stage play Sunshine For a Midnight Weary. Her first short film as writer/director, The Encounter, screened at over 30 international film festivals, earning the Grand Jury Award at the White Sands Int’l FF, Honorable Mention at Toronto CommFFest and nominations for Best Short Film at SoCal FF, SOHO FF and Long Island Int’l Film Expo. Her second short, The Untimely Concurrence, won Best LGBTQ Film at AOF FF, San Francisco Black FF and San Diego Black FF, and the Silver Screen Award for Best Short Film at the Nevada Int’l FF. In addition, her screenplay Drunk Book was awarded Best Comedy Short for the written word competition at AOF FF.

ELEVATE – Golden State Film Festival
Location: TCL Chinese Theatre (6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA)
Date/Time: Monday, March 25, 2019 at 9:30pm
Details: Matemotja along with stars Brianna Brown and Alexis Carra will be in attendance along with the rest of the cast and crew.
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/golden-state-film-festival-tickets-54491730232

For more about ELEVATE visit: www.ElevateFilm.com

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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.

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AEC provides a ,500,000 factoring facility for Canadian-based property maintenance company

Advanced Energy Capital provided a factoring line for Pristine Property Management, Ltd (PPM) to enhance their working capital position. Pristine Property Maintenance is a mid-size company that has years of experience providing grounds-keeping and landscape maintenance services throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Their focus and expertise lies largely in the grounds and snow and ice maintenance for condominium townhomes and municipal properties.

  The 1,500,000 facility was completed and funded on January 17, 2019 and provided significant working capital over and above Pristine’s incumbent lender’s line of credit.

“As a company that invoices in advance of our service and under long term contracts, we needed a capital provider who was comfortable with our operating history to structure a working capital facility that provides us the ongoing capital to propel PPM to the next level.” said Adam Watson, CEO of Pristine.

“Adam’s cooperation, history of corporate success and blueprint for long term growth made our job easy in closing and funding this cross-border transaction” Reported Richard Rudy, Principal at AEC.  “We look forward to a long term relationship with Adam and PPM as they continue to execute on their business plan” said Steven Feldman, Managing Director of AEC.

About AEC:
AEC is a commercial finance company which provides working capital financing ranging from 0,000 to ,000,000 to small and middle market manufacturers, distributors, and service companies nationwide. Based in New York, AEC is committed to helping businesses increase their capacity for business transactions. AEC’s programs provide companies with capital in a fraction of the time it would take to process a loan through the bank and in many cases provide significantly higher proceeds than the traditional factoring companies and asset-based lenders, while taking on assignments the traditional commercial finance market ignores.

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Actress MOLLY RATERMANN Meets Grief and Trauma Starring in Dramatic Indie Feature ‘BRING ME AN AVOCADO’

SAN FRANCISCO - Actress Molly Ratermann meets grief and trauma head-on starring in the compelling dramatic indie feature, BRING ME AN AVOCADO, making its World Premiere at the CINEQUEST Film Festival on March 8, 2019.

Early on, the project was a finalist in Seed & Spark’s 2017 inaugural Hometown Heroes rally, where it was one of 5 films awarded a grant by respected filmmakers The Duplass Brothers. Now, The Mercury News touts the completed film as a world premiere that “shouldn’t be missed”.

Written and directed by Maria Mealla, this tragic story chronicles how a family and friends must cope after a horrific shooting leaves a young mother in a coma. As her sister Greece (Ratermann) and best friend Jada step in to help George maintain a sense of normalcy for his daughters, they all struggle to adapt in her absence. As time passes, everyone is forced to face their own grief and trauma in an overbearing routine that reveals the worst in all of them.

In recent years, Ratermann has established herself as an award-winning actress and filmmaker on the indie scene. She earned ‘Best Actress’ awards at the LA Film Awards, Studio City Int. Film Festival, International Independent Film Festival, Indiefest, and the Actors Awards, among others. Ratermann is a skilled actress having trained in Los Angeles and New York at Seydways Studios, Upright Citizens Brigade and Beverly Hills Playhouse.

Under her Little Hand Productions banner, this San Francisco born multi-talent has gained international attention for creating and starring in dark comedies which shed light on important social issues. The most notable is her mental health extended short film, Suicide, which earned 20 awards at over 25 festivals worldwide and was selected for Filmmaker Spotlight by ShortsTV and earned distribution on Amazon, DirecTV and other platforms throughout the U.S. and Europe. Her performance has been heralded as “organic, profound and touching” (Actors Awards) and “immediately humorous and lovable...10/10” (LA Film Awards).

Ratermann followed it up creating and starring in the daring short, Lizze Lost, which earned accolades for dealing with the complexity of unrequited gay-straight love, isolation, and a life changing cancer diagnosis. As a director, Ratermann helmed the dramedy web series, For Your Birthday, which dives into the realm of inner family matters; and the upcoming comedy-drama web series, Commune, highlighting social issues in the African-American community and flaws in the judicial system.

Molly Ratermann is represented by Scott Carlson Entertainment and Mazlea Talent Agency.

BRING ME AN AVOCADO – CINEQUEST Film Festival in San Jose, California
World Premiere: March 8th at 7:15 pm at Hammer Theatre
Additional Screenings: March 10 at 1:05 pm and March 16 at 12:15 pm at Century 20; March 17 at 10:45 am at California Theatre.
More info: https://www.cinequest.org

For more about MOLLY RATERMANN visit: www.MollyRatermann.com

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A3Cube Elected as One of the 10 Best Companies of 2018 by Industry Era

A3Cube, a leader in AI & HPC solutions, has been recognized as One of the 10 Best Companies of 2018 by Industry Era.

Industry Era is a technology magazine focusing on innovative and unique enterprise solutions that can play a key part in redefining the business goals of organizations. The list of 10 Best Companies of the Year 2018 was shortlisted from all the US companies in the technology landscape.

“Thanks to its technology, A3Cube can build a system that perfectly fits the application needs maximizing the performance without needs for special application tuning.” said Sarah Fernandez, Managing Director of Industry Era. “The result is that an ordinary server in combination with A3Cube composable infrastructure can achieve the maximum potential outperforming any other equivalent system in the market.”

“To be featured in the top ten companies of the year list is a great honor for A3Cube. This recognition speaks to the timeliness of our technology which is enabling everybody without any specific experience to configure and build robust systems extremely optimized in minutes” commented Antonella Rubicco, Co-Founder & CEO of A3Cube.

About A3Cube

A3Cube is among the first companies that, years ago, understood the key role of data in transforming every aspect of modern society.

This vision has led A3cube to become the game-changing enterprise of today, pioneering the transition from high-performance computing systems to high-performance data systems.

The company is focused on developing holistic solutions for high-performance data-driven applications such as data mining, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

A3Cube has redesigned from the ground up the distributed data access, proposing a new architectural approach aimed at achieving maximum system performance and efficiency. While others speak about Software Defined Infrastructures, A3Cube realizes Software Defined Hardware-accelerated Platforms where the flexibility of the Software approach is boosted in a transparent way by the fastest hardware technologies on the market.

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PAINWeekEnd in Denver, Colorado, Offers CE/CME Education on Frontline Pain Management in the Shadow of the Opioid Crisis

PAINWeekEnd on March 30 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Denver Tech Center, 7801 E Orchard Rd, in Greenwood Village, Colorado, will be a timely and relevant program providing busy clinicians and allied healthcare practitioners with 6.0 hours of practical instruction in the management of chronic pain.

On January 1, 2019, a regulation implementing House Bill 18-1007 went into effect in Colorado that expands access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) for substance use disorder, part of the state’s effort to go beyond prescribing limitations in its response to the crisis of opioid misuse. It requires individual and group health plans to provide a 5-day supply of at least one FDA-approved drug for MAT without prior authorization for the first request in a 12-month period, to respond with a coverage determination within 24 hours, and to expedite the appeals process for patients who are denied. Senior faculty member Jennifer Bolen, JD, is the founder of The Legal Side of Pain, Knoxville, Tennessee. She observed, “As payor policies for treatment continue to evolve, it is important that providers take steps to stay current on the legal and regulatory environment that may affect their practice and their patients. To that end, I look forward to helping PAINWeekEnd attendees understand medical necessity for substance abuse treatment, drug testing, and prescribing controlled medications.” Attorney Bolen will present 2 courses at PAINWeekEnd Denver, Get Your Specimens in Order: Timely Use of Test Results, and Embrace Changes and Prevent Overdose: A Basic Blueprint for Legal Risk Mitigation and Response.

Other courses will include Rational Polypharmacy: An Update for Specific Conditions; Involuntary Tapers: Legal, Ethical, and Clinical Concerns; Lost in Translation: Making Sense of Clinical Treatment Guidelines; and Cannabis vs Cannabinoids: The Politics of Medical Marijuana.

Commercially supported activities—addressing a range of product, disease state, and medical information topics—will also be presented.

For more information about this or other regional conferences, and to register for 9, go to the PAINWeekEnd website. BONUS: PAINWeekEnd registrants may register for the 2019 PAINWeek National Conference, September 3-7, in Las Vegas, for 0 off the regular online published price.

PAINWeekEnd is provided by Global Education Group. About Global Education Group:

Global Education Group focuses on producing partnership-based CME for healthcare practitioners. The Global team works with a select group of medical education companies, associations, academic institutions and healthcare facilities to develop and accredit live healthcare conferences and workshops as well as online activities. With each partnership or joint providership, Global brings accreditation expertise, project management excellence and grant funding intelligence. Based in Littleton, Colo., Global has accreditation with commendation from the ACCME. Global also holds accreditations to offer continuing education for nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, dietitians, dentists and psychologists. Global is a division of Ultimate Medical Academy.

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Visual Graphic Systems Inc. Prepares to Celebrate first anniversary of Its New 100% Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP)

Visual Graphic Systems Inc. (http://vgsonline.com) is approaching the one-year anniversary of its transition from a privately-held company to an employee-stock ownership plan (ESOP), an employee-owner program where employees hold 100% of the company’s stock.

“We have always prided ourselves on the strength of our internal relationships,” says Paul Theodore, CEO of Visual Graphic Systems. “Our average team member’s tenure at VGS is 14 years, which is more than three times the national average. We wanted to take the next step in building a workplace that is genuinely rewarding and satisfying to our entire team.”

To that end, Visual Graphic Systems created an employee-owned stock program so that workers could become owners. Per the National Center for Employee Ownership, ESOPs cover over 14 million participants across approximately 6,500 organizations nationwide. Multiple studies have found ESOPs can help generate increases in growth, productivity, revenues, wages, and retirement assets. For example, research from the National Center for Employee Ownership, analyzing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Longitudinal Survey of millennials, has found that employee-owners had 33% higher median wages compared to income overall and 53% longer tenure than average.

Visual Graphic Systems chose the ESOP as a vehicle to encourage employees to feel vested in the company’s success and to offer employees access to an improved retirement benefits program.

“With an ESOP, everyone in the Visual Graphic Systems family can be more successful and prosperous through their work,” says Theodore.

Further, by converting to a 100% employee-owned ESOP (versus the more common 30-40%), Visual Graphic Systems ensures that its employee-owners can derive the maximum benefit from the program.

The result of the implementation of the ESOP is a working environment in which managers and employee-owners are equally committed to facilitating shared success and empowering all workers at all levels of the organization. Everyone tangibly shares in the value they create through their work.

About 
At Visual Graphic Systems, innovation meets value to produce extraordinary results. For over 35 years, our uniquely concurrent process, combined with real-world thinking, has allowed us to design (or utilize your own design), fabricate and roll-out incredible solutions, distinctly tailored to your brand. And with an in-house design studio (Studio D), 110,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space, product development, value engineering with intention, and rapid prototyping – all under one roof – we have completely redefined the term “integrated.”

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Technology

Gulf Breeze Recovery on Lawsuits Against Purdue Pharma's Marketing of OxyContin

Purdue Pharma is back in the hot seat legally this month. Gulf Breeze Recovery wanted to bring to the reader's attention an article from NPR about Massachusetts attorney general, Maura Healy naming Purdue Pharma and eight members of the family that owns it in a lawsuit. The suit contends that the pharmaceutical company and members of the Sackler family are “personally responsible” for using misleading tactics to sell OxyContin.

Just last May as stated in the Miami Herald, Pam Bondi, the Florida attorney general, named Purdue Pharma in a suit alongside other drug manufacturers and pharmacy chains. That lawsuit alleges that Purdue Pharma, “launched a campaign of misleading advertising to inflate the market for these drugs, peddling them as safe and appropriate for use to treat a range of chronic conditions, and severely downplaying how addictive and dangerous they are.”

Lawsuits against Purdue Pharma and other pharmaceutical companies have surged over the last year, aiming to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for their alleged role in the current opioid crisis. With more than two thirds of overdose deaths in 2017 attributable to opioids, city, county and state officials look to make sense of the devastation caused by opioids and hold responsible parties accountable.

For their part, Purdue Pharma called the recent allegations “a rush to vilify” them. In an internal e-mail referenced by Maura Healy in the suit, the then-President of Purdue Pharma, Richard Sackler, diverts blame, writing, "we have to hammer on the abusers in every way possible. They are the culprits and the problem."

Barnett Gilmer, CEO of Gulf Breeze Recovery, a substance abuse treatment center, weighs in on Sackler’s claim: “I think that it is fundamentally untrue that drug abusers themselves are ‘the problem’. It would be more accurate to say that addiction is the problem. A person struggling with addiction is innocently trying to find the same peace and happiness that we all are. Unfortunately, they are misguidedly looking outside of themselves to a drug, which causes immense pain and grave consequences. By focusing on the real problem—the addiction—we can provide treatment and help the person struggling.”

About Gulf Breeze Recovery: Gulf Breeze Recovery is changing the future of addiction treatment with the THRIVE® program focused on overcoming chronic relapse. Gulf Breeze Recovery’s THRIVE® program is designed for those who are looking for a drug and alcohol treatment program to produce a different and positive result. This non-12 step program allows you to drive beyond your addictions and promotes a new outlook on life. For more information about our program or to speak with an Addiction’s expert, please call 855-973-3551 or contact us.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,News & Current Affairs

Tantiv4 Inc’s Smart ThingaOS™ Technology is Powering Sharp’s BDR 2B-C10BT1 Series

Tantiv4 Inc. is bringing new capabilities to Sharps 2B-C10BT1 BDR series by complementing the physical remote with a voice-based navigation of the BDR system. Consumers can now communicate with Sharps 2B-C10BT1 BDR series using their existing voice input devices such as the Google Home/Mini in Japanese local language.

“ThingaOS™ provides a powerful AI based backend system allowing for a higher accuracy in interpreting the user intent through continuous machine learning algorithm,” said Lokesh Johri, co-founder and CEO of Tantiv4 Inc. “Voice is increasingly becoming the predominant user interface and as more users start using the voice capabilities provided in the Sharp BDR, the system constantly learns and improves the accuracy and response time to respond to searches.”

This system currently works with the Google Voice platform and can be easily extended to other leading industry standard smart speaker platforms. Consumers can easily and securely connect, manage, and search for their favorite content using ThingaOS™ on the cloud or stored locally on the BDR device using voice in real time providing an enhanced intuitive user experience.

“By integrating ThingaOS™ technology consumers can verbally issue commands that are used to control Sharps 2B-C10BT1 BDR series or to search for the desired content in the cloud or locally on the device," said Kishore Moturi, co-founder and VP Sales of Tantiv4 Inc. "Complex electronic program guide (EPG) searches by genre or title within a local cultural context use machine learning and AI to constantly adapt to provide the most accurate search results."

About Tantiv4 Inc. 
Tantiv4 Inc., headquartered in Milpitas, CA, is powering the next generation IoT platform by providing uniquely architected solutions with a focus on simplifying technology for enterprises and everyday consumers to achieve AI and ML based automation and increased business efficiencies. ThingaOS™ operates on all popular cloud eco-systems, RF protocols and supports several control and voice interfaces.

For more information about this topic, please contact Kishore Moturi at +1 408 396-5962 or email at contact(at)tantiv4(dot)com.

ThingaOS, FetchitGO are trademarks of Tantiv4 Inc. All other trademarks used are the property of their respective owners.

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National Interest Waiver Attorney Thomas J. Arkell Publishes Free Ebook, Your Guide to National Interest Waiver Petitions

Thomas J. Arkell, a senior partner in the prestigious Dunn Law Firm, has published “Your Guide to National Interest Waiver Petitions”, a free ebook that can be downloaded at NationalInterestWaivers.com.

The ebook explains the process of filing for a National Interest Waiver (“NIW”), which offers a unique means for individuals with exceptional ability to obtain permanent residence in the United States without labor certification or a U.S. job offer.

“Your Guide to National Interest Waiver Petitions” includes detailed information about who is eligible for a NIW, what the NIW process entails, what evidence is required for a successful petition, how long the process takes, and how much petitioners should expect to pay.

National Interest Waivers allow qualified individuals the ability to greatly reduce the time it takes to obtain a green card and to avoid the ordinarily mandatory labor certification requirement when seeking employment-based permanent residence. The labor certification process not only requires sponsorship from a U.S. employer, but it can also be long and cumbersome.

“One of the major benefits of a National Interest Waiver is that it can effectively avoid the problems associated with the labor certification process,” explained Mr. Arkell. “National Interest Waivers provide a route for qualified individuals to achieve permanent residence relatively quickly and continue their important contributions to critical research and development in the United States.”

Mr. Arkell has helped thousands of scholars, researchers and scientists obtain permanent residence in the United States. He has successfully advised applicants for permanent residency from a wide variety of fields in industry and science, including physics, chemistry, biology, aerospace, nanotechnology, medicine, engineering, materials science, sociology and genetics.

Having practiced law for over twenty years, Mr. Arkell has unique first-hand experience of the immigration process, as he arrived in the U.S. as an international student before himself becoming a permanent resident and later a U.S. citizen. Mr. Arkell’s personal experiences shaped not only his approach to legal practice, but also the commitment and compassion for his clients as he guides them through the important and complex immigration process.

About Thomas J. Arkell 
Attorney Thomas J. Arkell is a senior partner in Dunn Law Firm, LLP, located in Bloomington, Illinois. Founded in 1915, Dunn Law Firm is a well-respected firm with a long history of representing talented professionals from all over the world. Mr. Arkell has extensive expertise in filing National Interest Waiver immigrant visa petitions for college and university faculty, PhD students, researchers and other scientists in a wide variety of professional disciplines. For more information, download Mr. Arkell’s free ebook “Guide To National Interest Waiver Petitions” at http://www.nationalinterestwaivers.com.

Posted in: Law & Legal,News & Current Affairs

ASEO Hosting Discusses The Impact Blockchain Could Have On Search Engine Optimization

ASEOHosting, a provider of SEO-friendly hosting, today examined the relationship between blockchain and SEO.

A distributed database that uses multiple systems to ensure security and data integrity, blockchain was originally created to serve as a public transaction ledger for bitcoin. The peer-to-peer was intended as a solution to the double-spending problem that could be implemented without requiring a central server. As cryptocurrency continues to grow in popularity, businesses have begun exploring other uses for blockchain beyond serving as a public ledger.

“At a glance, it may seem like blockchain has relatively little to do with search engine optimization,” explains Daniel Page, Director of Business Development at ASEOHosting. “However, looking closer at the technology and its potential uses reveals that it has the potential to fundamentally change digital marketing and advertising. Moreover, it stands to upset the very core that defines SEO.”

“It is no secret that digital advertising is in dire straits,” he continues. “Malicious and fraudulent advertising has reached epidemic proportions and the usage of ad-blockers is at an all-time high. Blockchain offers a direct solution to this issue and blockchain-based identification systems provide a level of unmatched transparency and trust.”

Many companies are already working to implement such systems, and not simply for advertising. Other areas of search engine marketing, such as product reviews, also stand to benefit. A company that validates all on-site advertisements, customer reviews, and product sales through blockchain is one that demonstrates care for its customers, says Daniel.

“Believe it or not, all the applications of blockchain within the advertising space are only the tip of the iceberg,” he continues. “Through the use of distributed ledgers, we could see better keyword research, a higher premium placed on verified people and data, and an even greater crackdown on black hat SEO tactics like paid link building.”

Beyond that, says Daniel Page, the larger impact of blockchain is as-yet uncertain. He does, however, estimate that the development of a blockchain-based search engine could completely change SEO as we know it. Such a search engine would, he said, serve results based on each person’s identity; information available to and provided by them alone.

“I doubt we will be seeing any significant market upsets from blockchain in the immediate future,” he says. “But it’s still something to pay attention to - because eventually, we will see a change.”

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: News & Current Affairs,Professional Services,Technology

New Partnership Makes Farmland Rental & Management More Efficient

An online platform for renting farmland in the United States is announcing its partnership with a reliable payment integration. Tillable, the first online marketplace for farmland owners and growers to rent and manage farmland, is partnering with Dwolla, Inc., a financial technology software company, to enable payment functionality within its marketplace.

In one platform, the Tillable marketplace provides price discovery, unprecedented access to new land and information surrounding the management of the land to all parties. Tillable provides data transparency to the farmland market and makes it more efficient to rent farmland.

In need of a payment integration that could facilitate the movement of funds through its marketplace and affordably send funds, Tillable integrated with Dwolla’s ACH API to access the Automated Clearing House (ACH) Network.

"The concept of digital payments for farm leases is new to our market, and it's a critical part of the Tillable solution for landowners,” says Corbett Kull, CEO of Tillable. “It introduces an element of reliability, consistency and ease that was missing before. We needed a partner who could provide a payments solution that would work seamlessly as part of the total experience we provide to our users, and Dwolla was able to deliver."

Dwolla, Inc. is a financial technology company that offers businesses an onramp to the ACH Network, an electronic network of financial institutions that moves trillion dollars annually.

Partnering with Dwolla allows Tillable to keep its brand at the forefront of the payment integration, providing a better experience for its users while also streamlining user onboarding. Providing users a simple way to easily link their bank accounts and receive status updates around transaction activity is something Tillable believes will help them grow.

#DWOLLApowers Tillable

About Tillable

Tillable is the first true online marketplace for farmland rental. Through its robust digital platform, the company provides the process, technology and tools for landowners to determine if rent is in line with local market conditions. In addition, Tillable helps landowners connect with suitable farmers, track and share data around the farm’s performance, and administer leases and payments. Tillable empowers landowners to make the best decisions to optimize their farmland investments and help farmers to find land to expand their operations. For more information, call 833.845.5225 or visit https://tillable.com.

About Dwolla

Dwolla, Inc. is a financial technology company that is changing the way businesses send and receive funds. The company offers a seamless, white label API platform to connect to the ACH Network to initiate payments.    

Since 2008, when Dwolla began creating the ideal platform to move money, the company has helped move billions of dollars for millions of end-users annually for businesses of all shapes and sizes; in addition, Dwolla has been mentioned in Inc., Forbes and the Wall Street Journal. Businesses that need to efficiently send or receive money and are ready for the future either use Dwolla—or they should. Learn more at http://www.dwolla.com/.

Posted in: Computers & Software,News & Current Affairs,Technology

ReminderCall.com Announces 2018-19 Scholarship Recipients

For the second consecutive year, Reminder Services, Inc. - a provider of automated communications for the healthcare industry - has awarded ,000 in scholarships to physical therapy students who exhibit academic excellence and a strong sense of personal commitment continue their education.

Established in September 2017, the ReminderCall.com Physical Therapy Scholarship provides financial assistance to college sophomores, juniors, seniors or graduate students enrolled in an accredited physical therapy program for the 2018-19 academic year with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

The winners of the 2018-19 ReminderCall.com Physical Therapy Scholarship are: 

  • Diego Galaviz, California State University-Dominguez Hills
  • Kevin Le, Saint Paul College - A Community and Technical College
  • Savannah McMillen, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
  • Carl Meyer, Marquette University
  • Jennifer Thomas, Campbell University

“I hope to be a teacher not only in the clinic, but someday also to future physical therapists. There are few things more important than passing a passion for service to others, particularly the future generations. I also want to contribute to or perhaps found a non-profit physical therapy service that is able to narrow the healthcare disparity I see every day,” said Meyer, a first-year graduate student.

International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS), an independent scholarship management company, hosts the online application process, selects recipients and disburses awards for the program. Learn more at https://www.remindercall.com/physical-therapy-scholarship/.

About Reminder Services, Inc. 
Reminder Services, Inc. is a Silicon-Valley based company that provides automated appointment reminders. The ReminderCall.com system lets therapists send appointment reminder calls, reminder text messages and reminder emails to patients. We work with an impressive list of Physical Therapy EHRs, EMRs, and scheduling software products. Therapists can customize everything, from voices and languages to delivery dates, times and frequencies. We help adhere to FCC, TCPA, CANSPAM, HIPAA and CASL guidelines.

Posted in: Education,News & Current Affairs

Staypineapple Says It's Okay to Leave Your Four-Legged Friend in Your Room

There’s no need to ruff it without your furry friend. At Staypineapple they love ALL dogs! And especially love it when you choose to Staypineapple with your favorite companion!

Staypineapple knows a trip is better when the whole family takes part in the fun. That’s why they’ve created a hotel stay that ensures your pup is as comfortable as possible. They also understand that even though you brought Fido along, you can’t take him everywhere. So they created special door hangers for just such an occasion. “Staypineapple is committed to the well-being of all animals. We prioritize making our hotels 100 percent dog-friendly," said Michelle Barnet, president, and CEO of Staypineapple.

Staypineapple wants you to know that it's okay to leave your fur baby in the room while you go exploring. Just use the appropriate door hanger on your way out. If you and Fido go exploring together please hang the “My Dog Is Out Exploring (please clean my room)” sign on the door. They’ll be right in to tidy up.

If you go exploring without your best friend please place the “My Owner Is Out Exploring (please go away)” sign on the door. This informs Housekeeping to not disturb Fido’s nap. Upon your return use the Everything Button to contact the Front Desk to arrange service during typical housekeeping hours.

While you are out exploring Fido can take advantage of the pup perks every Staypineapple dog guest receives 

  • Water bowl
  • Treats
  • Dog waste bag dispenser with bags
  • Dog Bed

And you can even save a few bones when you Staypineapple with Fido by booking the Pineapple Pup Package.

Along with being the most dog-friendly hotel on the block, Staypineapple also enjoys celebrating all things furry on social media. Their mascot Dash the Pineapple Pup, hosts an annual costume contest with the winner taking home a complimentary stay at any of their nationwide hotels.

About Staypineapple

Based in the Pacific Northwest, Staypineapple represents a brand of ten privately owned and managed hotels in Seattle, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, and New York City. Focused on thoughtful service and design with an uncanny knack for anticipating needs, the brand wholeheartedly embraces the pineapple, a symbol of hospitality and joy. 
For more information, visit http://www.staypineapple.com or call 866- 866-7977.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Professional Services

Arlington’s Largest Coworking Space, NuvoDesk, Set to Launch April 2019

The team at NuvoDesk is pleased to announce that they will officially open in April 2019, bringing to life Arlington’s biggest and boldest co-working space to date.

NuvoDesk will feature a massive 20,000 square foot facility brimming with rich amenities such as lightning fast wi-fi; receptionist services to cater to admin duties for guests; a hub where guests can have their own physical business address; a cafe whose menu boasts gluten-free items, beer, and wine; printing and copying; an elite Trackman Golf Simulator Room; a video and photo booth; and more.

The NuvoDesk facility is located at 2909 E. Arkansas Lane in Arlington, just a short distance from Cowboy Stadium, Globe Life Park, Texas Live, General Motors, UTA, The Epic and Epic Waters. NuvoDesk is near outlying cities, including Mansfield and Grand Prairie, making it easy for guests from nearby areas to take advantage of everything NuvoDesk has to offer.

For many entrepreneurs and startups, having an office is a necessity, but the cost of a dedicated office can be too much of a burden. NuvoDesk offers affordable office space in numerous designs suited to the needs of guests. As part of their membership, guests get the unique opportunity to meet other professionals in their area, network and collaborate.

NuvoDesk offers meeting rooms and conference rooms where guests and their clients can hold quiet meetings and negotiations.

At NuvoDesk, guests get to choose their “virtual office” based on the package that suits them best. For example, the Shared Desk Membership is 9 per month and lets guests come sit at a non-assigned workspace to make calls and get to work, plus the perks of membership. At 9 per month, the Dedicated Desk Membership gives guests their very own dedicated desk space and all of the perks that come with a NuvoDesk membership.

There’s even a standalone virtual mailbox package that includes basic mail receiving and forwarding services for per month.

For professionals who need a workspace just for a day, NuvoDesk offers .95 day passes.

NuvoDesk also offers another special advantage that other co-working spaces don’t: the NuvoDesk Investment Panel. Backed by a team of interested investors, this panel reviews business ideas within the NuvoDesk community of guests for possible funding.

More information can be found at http://www.nuvodesk.com.

About NuvoDesk

NuvoDesk is Arlington’s largest co-working space, featuring 20,000 square feet of space designed to help entrepreneurs and startups innovate at their best. Decked with the best amenities, professionals have a Trackman Golf Simulator, video and photo booth, and cafe featuring gluten-free items, beer, and wine at their disposal.

Posted in: Business,News & Current Affairs

Oyster Harbors Marine Launches New Website

Oyster Harbors Marine, the full-service pleasure-boating marine services company with locations on Cape Cod, eastern Massachusetts, Maine and Connecticut, has launched its newly designed website and contracted with Fuel Media, Inc., a creative agency based in Cambridge, Mass., to expand its Internet and social media presence.

The new website, which is now up and running, features access to Oyster Harbors Marine’s active boat brokerage services, including several dozen used yachts now on the market. In addition, the website lists the inventory and brochures for the new yacht manufacturers it carries, including Albemarle, Everglades, Legacy, Limestone, Mag Bay, Regulator, Tiara and Viking.

Also on the website is the company’s ongoing blog section, containing helpful service tips for powerboat owners, notices about upcoming boat shows and events, as well as stories on cruising some of New England’s favorite ports and destinations.

“It was definitely time to update the look and usefulness of our website,” said OHM’s VP Peter Maryott, “As well as time for our company to take advantage of the growing social media and online markets. Fuel Media was the perfect choice for us, with their experience in marketing to marine interests and their expertise in everything cyber. We’re pleased with our new look and online presence and look forward to continuing to connect with our customers--new and old--in the months ahead.”

Fuel Media is a highly specialized online marketing design and implementation firm that helps clients develop an effective online presence and connect with customers. The company’s expertise extends to website design, social media marketing and online marketing and advertising strategies.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Website & Blog

Columbus Ohio Entrepreneur Opens First Advanced Esthetics School in Midwest

Columbus-based spa owner and beauty expert, Jaclyn Peresetsky, announced today that she is opening the first advanced esthetics school in the Midwest in March of 2019. Skin Perfect University is located at 725 Buckles Court, Gahanna, Ohio, 43230, by John Glenn Airport. It is poised to pick up where beauty schools leave off by offering a roster of advanced classes for accredited estheticians including makeup techniques, permanent makeup, chemical peels, dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, nutrition for skincare, microcurrent, nanocurrent, cryotherapy, ultrasound, radio frequency, color analysis, and much more. Estheticians can earn CEUs by attending classes at Skin Perfect University or take classes to advance their knowledge.

“There are 160 beauty schools in Ohio and none of them offer this kind of advanced training,” said Peresetsky. “In speaking with many of these schools, I have learned how much this kind of education is missing from our industry. I’m thrilled to see how excited they are to have this advanced training available for their graduates right here in Ohio. It makes it easier to keep and grow great talent right here in the midwest.”

The school occupies 3200 square feet and is designed to give students the advanced education they need to succeed and the spa experience that allows them to learn the culture and experience of a professional clinical spa. The space includes: 

  •     five treatment rooms
  •     a large theory room
  •     a large clinical training room
  •     a makeup and color studio
  •     a skin analysis room
  •     a concierge and reception space

Skin Perfect University will employ seven staff including esthetics instructors and ColoreMe Perfect Color Analysis Consultants. Peresetsky also owns Skin Perfect Image Wellness Spa and is the creator of the ColoreMe Perfect Color analysis process and cosmetics line, as well as the Skin Perfect skin care line.

“My passion has always been educating clients and estheticians about skin care, color analysis, and beauty,” said Peresetsky. “After speaking at beauty conferences across the United States for the last several years, I understand what education estheticians need to further their careers, and I’m thrilled to be able to help advance the professionalism of our industry by offering it.”

The grand opening party on March 22 will host licensed estheticians and spa owners who will hear from Jaclyn about the school, receive a facility tour, experience product and service demonstrations, and leave with a goodie bag. International industry publications including Skin, Inc. Magazine, Les Nouvelles Esthétiques & Spa Magazine, and Dermascope Magazine will also be in attendance.

For more information, please visit http://www.SkinPerfectUniversity.com.

About Skin Perfect University

Skin Perfect University (SPU), located in Columbus, Ohio, was created by Jaclyn Peresetsky for the estheticians, cosmetologists, nurses, skin care specialists, spa and salon owners who want advanced training in esthetics, skin care, and makeup. Clinical and medical esthetics are career specialties that demand for a higher level of knowledge than just basic esthetics. SPU education is designed for an interactive, hands-on learning experience for licensed professionals who are passionate about achieving results and wellness in skincare. http://www.SkinPerfectUniversity.com

About Jaclyn Peresetsky

Master esthetician, author, speaker, and noted color expert, Jaclyn Peresetsky, is the founder of Skin Perfect University, Skin Perfect Spas, ColoreMe Perfect Cosmetics and Analysis, and Skin Perfect Skin Care. You can usually find Jaclyn at one of her three Skin Perfect Spa locations, traveling to train spas on her cosmetics and skin care lines, speaking at an industry conference, or sharing beauty tips on television.

Posted in: Education,Lifestyle,News & Current Affairs

More Than Just Great Dancing to Lead YPAD and YPAG Advocacy Programs

More Than Just Great Dancing®, an international dance studio affiliation program led by Misty Lown, has acquired Youth Protection Advocates in Dance and Youth Protection Advocates in Gymnastics to grow their missions to keep youth happy, healthy and safe in dance and gymnastics.

Founders of YPAD and YPAG, Leslie Scott and Joseph Zanovitch, selected Misty Lown and MTJGD after working closely together for the past four years. Misty Lown’s studio, Misty’s Dance Unlimited, was YPAD’s first Visionary Sponsor and first certified studio, and MTJGD became YPAD’s first certified organization.

“While the decision to grow, and thereby pass along, our youth advocacy programs was difficult, selecting Misty Lown and MTJGD was easy,” said Scott. “Misty’s philosophy and values match ours and her commitment to the mission is undeniable.”

The transfer is effective January 29, 2019.

Scott and Zanovitch founded YPAD in 2012, and YPAG formed soon thereafter. Scott said certification contributors, doctors, therapists and specialists who developed the advocacy programs’ educational content will stay on to work with MTJGD through YPAD and YPAG advisory panels.

“We want to assure all studios in process of becoming certified, and all certified studios and organizations that are up for renewal, they will still have that opportunity along with the support and care from the MTJGD team,” said Scott.

Zanovitch said people with questions are welcome to contact them at info@ypad4change.org or by telephone next week. (Zanovitch and Scott are teaching this week at Studio Owner University in Palm Springs, California.)

To see Scott and Zanovitch’s full announcement, visit https://youtu.be/k4BPUdtzA40.

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Lifestyle,News & Current Affairs

Stephen Ray Joins Factoring Company Charter Capital as VP of Business Development

Charter Capital announced today that Stephen Ray has joined the factoring company to further develop their growing portfolio of accounts receivable factoring services. Stephen Ray comes with a wealth of experience within the factoring industry in underwriting and business development.

Stephen joins Charter Capital to continue success in providing accounts receivable financial services to many of the top industries it serves. Stephen says, “I'm thrilled to join the Charter Capital family and cherish the journey that I have before me."

Keith Mabe, Senior Vice president of Charter Capital says, “We are delighted to have Stephen join Charter Capital and look forward to him helping grow our client portfolio.” 
Charter Capital is a Texas based factoring company that has provided funding for small to medium sized businesses nationwide since 2001.

The unique aspect of Charter Capital is not only its flexibility in financing various industries, but also its ability to assist startup businesses. Funding programs are designed to provide a fast and steady source of working capital funds to businesses in need of an alternative to borrowing from traditional banks or costly online lenders. With a company mindset dedicated to fast, solution-oriented funding, Charter Capital fills the void created by limited access to traditional sources of working capital and gives small businesses a more reasonably priced option for funds than is typically offered by online lenders. Charter Capital offers factoring lines starting at ,000 up to million to customers in most industries.

To learn more about Charter Capital call 1-844-838-1424 or visit the website at https://www.CharterCapitalUSA.com.

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Employee Channel Joins Rochester Data Science Consortium

EmployeeChannel, Inc., today, announced the company has joined the Rochester Data Science Consortium as part of its continuing commitment to leverage the latest in technology innovations in its leadership communications solutions. EmployeeChannel’s participation in the Rochester Data Science Consortium follows the company’s opening of a software development center in Rochester, NY in May 2018.

“We are delighted to welcome EmployeeChannel to the Rochester Data Science Consortium,” said Walt Johnson, executive director of the Rochester Data Science Consortium.

“EmployeeChannel’s decision to open an office in Rochester is recognition of the data science and artificial intelligence (AI) talent we have in the region. We look forward to collaborating with them on many innovative and exciting projects that will help continue to grow their business here in Greater Rochester.”

“As noted when we launched our development center, the ability to attract talented folks from the Rochester talent pool is key to our growth strategy,” stated Steve L. Adams, CEO of EmployeeChannel. “Joining the Rochester Data Science Consortium is another strategic opportunity for us to partner locally with the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology.”

“With the Consortium's world-class research capacity and leading technology innovators, such as the Harris Corporation, we can work jointly to bring the practical application of data science to real-world business problems. Specifically, the communication challenges faced by leadership and managers who are tasked with engaging a modern workforce.”

EmployeeChannel’s leadership communications platform currently uses AI and Data Science technologies to provide: 
-Digital coaching for the development of compelling content by leaders and managers at all skill levels. 
-Continuous listening for employee feedback, providing insights into organizational health and employee sentiment. 
-Communication impact and effectiveness, including the performance of communication programs and campaigns, individual publications, publishers, and digital touch points. 
About EmployeeChannel

EmployeeChannel is a leading provider of leadership communication solutions. Our platform enables leaders and managers to deepen employees’ connection to business purpose, to boost the impact and effectiveness of their communications, and to transform the communication experience for employees. Communication strategy and planning software make it easy to plan, execute, and measure communications. Communication coaching and publishing software make it easy for leaders and managers to develop relevant and compelling information and to reach the right audience with the right message. EmployeeChannel’s mobile app makes it easy to keep employees engaged and to make them feel part of achieving the organization’s goals. To learn more about EmployeeChannel’s end-to-end solution for employer-to-employee communications, please visit http://www.employeechannelinc.com.

About Rochester Data Science Consortium

The Rochester Data Science Consortium was founded in 2017 by the University of Rochester and Harris Corporation, with funding from New York State and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Its membership now includes the some of the largest employers in the Finger Lakes region, such as Wegmans and RIT, in addition to new and growing startup companies. Located at NextCorps in the heart of the Rochester Downtown Innovation Zone, the Rochester Data Science Consortium gives businesses and organizations a competitive edge with access to the data science expertise, partners and technologies needed for rapid development and deployment of data-driven solutions. To learn more, please visit http://www.rocdatascience.com.

Posted in: Computers & Software,News & Current Affairs,Technology

Amazon first stop for apparel, with brand websites making a play for younger shoppers

The retail outlook for the year ahead is bright, with the National Retail Federation predicting growth of up to 4.4% for a total of more than .3 trillion in sales. For apparel brands, all eyes are on Amazon. With its two-day shipping, easy checkout and returns, and enormous catalog of brands -- the e-commerce giant has undeniably rewritten the playbook for retail. So how can apparel brands win their share of sales?

To better understand the evolving consumer behaviors that are driving growth for apparel sales, CPC Strategy, a retail-focused digital marketing agency acquired by Elite SEM in September 2018, surveyed 2,000 consumers about their shopping habits. The 2019 U.S. Forecast on Apparel Shopping Trends uncovered some surprising trends that should inform every retail brand’s advertising strategy - including a breakdown of how different age groups shop, how shoppers will browse and buy across devices, and what features influence their purchase decisions. A full report on the study’s methodology and findings, along with analysis of the results, can be found on the CPC Strategy website.

"Our study shows that 63% of Gen Z and 57% of Millennial shoppers are already purchasing apparel from Amazon, with Gen Z also showing a strong affinity for buying clothing directly from brand websites,” said Nii Ahene, COO and cofounder of CPC Strategy. “Although Amazon may be the apparel website of choice for younger shoppers, most age groups are browsing and buying clothing across multiple shopping channels, which speaks to the need for brands and retailers to invest in a strategic multi-channel strategy to engage with apparel shoppers across multiple touchpoints.”

Shopping channels do matter when it comes to apparel, especially when looking at different age groups. With a collective purchasing power of more than 0 billion as measured by Millennial Marketing and Nielsen, Generation Z and Millennials will drive e-commerce apparel growth, and cite features like free and fast shipping, low prices, and convenience as the most important features when buying apparel online.

Commissioned by CPC Strategy and conducted by Survata, the survey asked 2,000 online respondents ages 18-65 a series of questions, including how often they shop for clothes online, what items they’ve purchased in the past six months, which devices they prefer to use, and what category they’re most likely to consider for off-brand/generic apparel.

Other key findings of the report: 

  • Casual wear is a top category. 59.2% of shoppers are buying casual wear online, a number that jumps to 70% when looking at Generation Z only.
  • Mobile is catching up to desktop with young shoppers. 63% of shoppers are still using desktop for apparel shopping, however, 42% of these same consumers also use mobile — a number bolstered by Gen Z and Millennial shoppers.
  • Shoppers are willing to explore private label basics. 47.4% of shoppers said they would consider purchasing off-brand casual apparel over a name brand. These shoppers are also more open to trying unfamiliar brands that sell active and outerwear.
  • Free shipping rated top feature for apparel websites. 53.9% value free shipping more than any other feature when it comes to making apparel purchases online — far more than customer reviews, easy returns, and the ability to filter items.

What can brands learn from this research? To succeed in 2019, brands must build visibility across multiple channels. That could mean improving the functionality and features of an e-commerce website on desktop and mobile, investing in premium content if that brand is selling on Amazon, and implementing a paid media strategy to scale traffic to each.

For an overview of the research findings with a link to the complete study, please visit https://cpcstrategy.com/the-2019-us-forecast-on-apparel-shopping-trends/?utm_medium=publications

About CPC Strategy 
CPC Strategy is a retail-focused digital marketing agency that specializes in driving performance growth on the channels that directly impact a retailer’s digital bottom line. Founded in 2007 and acquired by Elite SEM in 2018, CPC executes on ad strategy and management for retailers and brands on Google, Amazon, Facebook, and other product advertising channels. CPC Strategy ranked #1,288 in the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies™ and was also honored as a finalist in "Best Places to Work" by the San Diego Business Journal. For more information visit https://cpcstrategy.com/.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Retail,Shopping & Deal

Monumental Carbon Tax Court Case Kicks Off in Canada As Friends of Science Issues New Report on How Big Green Money Skews Climate Change Policies

A monumental carbon tax court case kicks off in the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal this week (Docket: CACV3239) as the Saskatchewan Party challenges the Canadian federal government on its carbon tax legislation, as reported by Global News, Feb. 10, 2019. This coincides with the release of a new report by Friends of Science Society entitled “Big Green Money vs Conventional Energy Advocates.”

The new report is critical of the ‘big green’ foreign-funding of environmental groups, many of which, like Ecojustice, a law charity representing intervenors in the carbon tax case, engage in ‘law-fare’ to block energy development and push for carbon taxes.

“Big Green Money…” report shows that common sense think tanks are vastly out-funded, out-lobbied and out-maneuvered by green billionaire foundations and their Environmental Non-governmental Organization (ENGO) fundees.

Robert Lyman authored the report which states that some .8 billion in foreign funding to Canadian ENGOs has been used to push the carbon tax and climate apocalypse agenda. Lyman is an Ottawa energy policy consultant and former public servant of 27 years, a diplomat for 10 years prior to that.

Most of the ENGOs reviewed in “Big Green Money…” have federal charitable status, thus subsidized by taxpayers. As reported by Global News, Aug. 30, 2018, one such charity, Ecojustice, successfully blocked Trans Mountain pipeline in the Federal Court of Appeals, resulting in the further loss of thousands of jobs in Alberta’s oil sands industry and other sectors.

As noted in the report, the National Energy Board publishes annual data on total investment (i.e. domestic and foreign) in the upstream Canadian oil industry. Investment in oil sands was .6 billion, down 60% from the peak level of annual investment of .4 billion in 2014.

Friends of Science says a carbon tax is irrelevant to climate change issues as more and more research demonstrates that carbon dioxide is not the control knob that can fine tune climate. They say the UN Climate Panel (IPCC) reports relied upon by proponents of the tax are based on Faulty Premises, as detailed in their Oct. 30, 2018 report by the same name.

As revealed by Donna Laframboise in her book “The Delinquent Teenager,” UN Climate Panel reports are heavily infiltrated by green activists from Greenpeace and WWF, whose organizations have been funded for millions of dollars by the billionaire ClimateWorks Foundation and partners who are pushing a global cap and trade system, as reported by Matthew Nisbet (2018) in “Strategic philanthropy in the post?Cap?and?Trade years: Reviewing U.S. climate and energy foundation funding“.

Friends of Science Society says a global carbon tax would be a road to ruin.

Another recent Friends of Science report issued Feb. 5, 2019, entitled “Carbon Pricing Consequences for Alberta” reveals a trail of destruction following the implementation of the provincial carbon tax.

Human industrial carbon dioxide emissions have greened the planet according to an April 26, 2016, NASA report. Growing climate science consensus shows carbon dioxide’s impact on warming to be nominal says French Emeritus Professor of physics, François Gervais.

About

Friends of Science Society is an independent group of earth, atmospheric and solar scientists, engineers, and citizens who are celebrating its 16th year of offering climate science insights. After a thorough review of a broad spectrum of literature on climate change, Friends of Science Society has concluded that the sun is the main driver of climate change, not carbon dioxide (CO2).

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Science

New Cortez Exhibition Pays Homage to Johannes Vermeer and Childe Hassam

A new exhibition by internationally acclaimed painter Jenness Cortez will honor a group of illustrious artists including Johannes Vermeer, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam and Winslow Homer. On view February 17 through March 8, 2019 at the Harmon-Meek Gallery in Naples, Florida, this one-person show represents the latest installment in the Cortez series of thought-provoking paintings depicting art in art.

Historically, the tradition of “art in art” was most notably employed by such 17th-century Dutch artists as Johannes Vermeer. In her own painting “Alluring,” Cortez pays homage to the genius of Vermeer by incorporating his iconic ”Girl with a Pearl Earring“ into her own original composition. In “Alluring” Cortez continues to reexamine the classic paradox of realism: the painting both as a “window” into an imagined space and as a physical object.

Painting details: “Alluring,” © by Jenness Cortez: acrylic on mahogany panel, 40 by 30 inches; Homage to: Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) “Girl with a Pearl Earring” 1665, Mauritshuis Museum, The Hague; “The Glass of Wine,” Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden; Franz van Mieris (1635-1681); “The Oyster Meal,” Mauritshuis Museum, The Hague; Miniature Queen Anne Clock by Henry Stockar, London c.1705; Chinese cloisonné Moon Flask, Ming dynasty, Jingtai mark (1450-1456), private collection; Chinese export lacquer Tea Chest c. 1840, private collection

A second Cortez painting in the Harmon-Meek exhibition pays homage to American impressionist painter Childe Hassam and U.S. veterans by incorporating Hassam’s “Rainy Day, Fifth Avenue 1916” into her own stately work entitled, “Centennial.”

Painting details: “Centennial” © by Jenness Cortez: acrylic on mahogany panel, 30 by 24 inches; Homage to: Childe Hassam (1859-1935) “Rainy Day, Fifth Avenue 1916” Collection of Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey; Silver clock c.1900 by Archibald Knox for Liberty, Private collection; 100 year old Juniper Bonsai, Collection of Nippon Bonsai Association, Tokyo, Japan; “Uncle Sam” by James Montgomery Flagg, Private collection; Photo of New York City skyline, 1949, Photographer unknown; Photograph of reproduction of the Tri-wing Fokker piloted by The Red Baron, Photographer unknown; Portrait of “Major General the Earl of Athlong” by Sir Alfred Munnings, Collection of Windsor Castle; “Allies’ Day, May 1917” by Childe Hassam, Collection of National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

For centuries artists have been challenging their intellects and skills by paying homage to the painters who preceded them. Today, Jenness Cortez has emerged as the twenty-first century’s most notable exponent of this facet of art history. Her masterful work gives Cortez solid footing in the colorful lineage of artists who have appropriated vintage images and woven them into their own distinctive, recognizable fabric.

Robert Yassin, former Executive Director of the Indianapolis Museum and Palos Verdes Art Center, refers to Cortez as one of the world’s most eloquent and successful visual conversationalists. Yassin says that, “All art is a dialogue . . . In Cortez’s paintings, each work talks to us at many levels, and creates in us a sense of both understanding and wellbeing. This happens because there is nothing arbitrary in Cortez’s paintings. The choice of the painting reproduced, the elements surrounding it, the space the elements occupy, the lighting, the color, everything is carefully selected and orchestrated following a fully articulated plan determined by the artist.” Yassin, who also served as director of Tucson Museum of Art during his illustrious career, freely confides that “the paintings of Jenness Cortez make my heart sing,”

In summarizing her creative process, Cortez explains, “Every painting begins with a vision seen in the artist’s mind. Sometimes the finished piece appears in the mind full-blown, and at other times it is amorphous––yet with some beguiling character that begs to be developed. In either case, between that first inspiration and the finished painting lie hours of research, thousands of choices and, of course, the great joy of painting. The process is organic. Even with a well-conceived composition in place, the painting has a life of its own and the best ones surprise even the artist with twists and turns that outshine the most clever of plans. It’s as if the creative spirit insinuates itself into the work, wanting to serve its own best interest with solutions that far exceed the artist’s original, limited vision.”

Each intricate Cortez creation challenges the viewers’ intellectual curiosity and celebrates the sheer pleasure of beautiful painting. In her latest Harmon-Meek exhibition, Cortez plays author, architect, visual journalist, art historian, curator and pundit to help open our eyes to what we might otherwise have overlooked or taken for granted. Each painting presents a specific theme, mixing straightforward cues and obscure allusions, complemented by references to other artists’ lives and times. By masterfully presenting iconic works of art in unexpected modern settings, Jenness Cortez truly inspires us to see differently––to rediscover, revalue and reintegrate our own intuitive resources into the hurried and often stress-filled culture of modern American.

Biographical Notes: 
Jenness Cortez was born in 1944 in Frankfort, Indiana. She received her B.F.A. from the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, apprenticed privately with noted Dutch painter Antonius Raemaekers and later studied with Arnold Blanch at the Art Students League of New York. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including those of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, HM Queen Elizabeth, II, the New York State Museum and the Polk Museum of Art.

Since 1977, Perlmutter Gallery in Averill Park, New York has represented artist Jenness Cortez.

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,News & Current Affairs

Share your Cybersecurity Innovations with National CyberWatch Center

Innovators are encouraged to share their advancements and unique ideas in the National CyberWatch Center’s third annual Innovations in Cybersecurity Education Awards and Recognition Program.

Educators who work in cybersecurity are able to share how their innovations help teach or expand cybersecurity, accelerate the adoption of new ideas throughout the academic community and receive recognition for their work. Select submissions will be included in the Cybersecurity Skills Journal: Practice and Research.

Last year, National CyberWatch received over 60 submissions. The five winners were Community Initiative Center of Excellence for Secure Software- Employer-led Secure Software Development Dual Model Apprenticeship Partnering with Community Colleges; Industrial Control Systems Security Curriculum Resource Kit; Have My Smart Lightbulbs Been Weaponized: Introducing Computer Security Issues Related to IoT Devices; Guiding Girl Scouts Through a Computer Science Journey; and Comic-Bee: Branching, Interactive Web Comics for Cybersecurity Education and Assessment for Learners of All Ages and Levels.

This year, the top selections will be awarded in the following categories: Evidence-based Strategies, Instruction, Practice, and Program Development.

“This is the third year for our Innovations in Cybersecurity Education program. Building on the solid expansion of the program and strong participation by all National CyberWatch stakeholders, we are creating one, new significant bridge to two other successful National CyberWatch programs this year. We have made slight adjustments to the category titles and are now aligned to the thematic categories of both the Cybersecurity Skills: Practice and Research as well as the popular Community College Cyber Summit (3CS). This will allow Innovations submissions to flow seamlessly into the editorial calendar of the Journal, as well as the 3CS presentation tracks,” said Casey W. O'Brien, executive director of National CyberWatch Center. “I encourage all our member institutions and supporting stakeholders to participate again this year and broaden the knowledge pool of innovations that can be shared across the National CyberWatch Center programs while continuing the march toward a stronger cybersecurity workforce.”

Award winners will be acknowledged at the Community College Cyber Summit at Bossier Parrish Community College in Louisiana, July 30-Aug. 1. Submissions should be currently in use or have been used in cybersecurity education. They will be accepted through May 3. For more information, visit nationalcyberwatch.org/innovations/

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Technology

Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center Site of South Mountain Power of the Partnership Breakfast

The new Franklin County 11/30 Visitor Center was the site of the 8th Annual “Power of the Partnership" breakfast, coordinated by the South Mountain Partnership in early February. Franklin County Commissioners David Keller, Robert Thomas, and Robert Ziobrowski welcomed over 130 attendees from Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, and York Counties, highlighting the historic, agricultural, and recreational value of the county they represent.

The South Mountain Partnership is one of seven landscape initiatives in Pennsylvania, which support investment and action around sustainability, conservation, community revitalization, and recreational projects. Cindy Dunn, Secretary of PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), spoke to the value of the state’s conservation landscape efforts and the success of the South Mountain Partnership (SMP), often a model of the effort.

Suzanne Dixon, CEO and President of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), shared ATC’s new initiative--the Wild East. The Wild East brings greater attention to the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) and the lands surrounding the 2,192-mile footpath. Both the Wild East and South Mountain landscapes are efforts to secure access to open, natural spaces and the historic, cultural, and aesthetic assets they bring.

The breakfast program focused on profiles of action along the South Mountain landscape, including Franklin County’s collective actions to oppose a 230KV, double line transmission project, proposed by Transource PA and slated to traverse more than 29 miles of the county. Speaking were Lori Rice of the Franklin County Stop Transource community group. Lori, a business owner and farm wife, discussed the impacts on the watershed, karst system, agricultural land, and the community culture of Franklin County. Mike Ross, president of Franklin County Area Development Corporation, addressed Franklin County’s balanced approach to development and the reasons FCADC did not support the project, noting the county approach to economic development and citing the zero-value of the project to PA.

The South Mountain Partnership awarded six 2018 Mini Grants, totaling ,000. The grant program commenced in 2009 and has supported more than 60 projects, awarding 0,000 in funds and leveraging just under 0,000 in matching investment.

Mike Eschenmann, DCNR Internal Lead of South Mountain Partnership, awarded Karen Lutz, recently retired as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director of ATC, with the ‘Spirit of South Mountain’ award. The award recognized Lutz’s long-standing efforts to advance the Partnership.

“Throughout our 13-year history, SMP has consistently relied on diverse partners to be the ‘Power’ that positively impacts the South Mountain landscape of Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, and York Counties. The gathering is invaluable as the region seeks to better conserve and manage agricultural, natural, recreational, and historical assets,” said Katie Hess, director of South Mountain Partnership.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore history, arts and architecture, recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods and the warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro. Franklin County PA is located just north of the Mason Dixon Line and is an easy drive to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Plan a visit at ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com, contacting 866.646.8060, or stopping by the new Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center in downtown Chambersburg.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs

Dr. Dan Myers of The Dentist Centers Featured As 2019 Top Patient Rated Sandy Springs Dentist by Find Local Doctors

The Dentist Centers, located at 6309 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, GA 30328, is a modern family dental practice with a mission to provide a full scope of cutting-edge dental services in a rewarding and comfortable environment. Dr. Dan Myers leads the practice with elite talent and training in multiple facets of dentistry. His patients can take advantage of general, cosmetic and restorative dental care, as well as an expansive menu of additional services that would otherwise require a referral to a specialist. The Dentist Centers of Sandy Springs offers complete dental implants and bone grafting as well as advanced cosmetic services such as Invisalign, Snap-On Smile and dermal fillers.

Dr. Myers’ passion for dental arts as well as his dedication to patient comfort has undoubtedly led to the numerous outstanding reviews posted by his actual patients across many review sources. The consistent five-star ratings have led Find Local Doctors to acknowledge Dr. Myers as a 2019 Top Patient-Rated Sandy Springs Dentist. As a trusted online directory, Find Local Doctors helps consumers connect with local physicians and dentists who are both qualified and reputable in their respective fields.

“I am honored to receive the Top Patient-Rated Award from Find Local Doctors. My patients will always be the measure of my success as a dentist,” says Dr. Dan Myers of The Dentist Centers.

The Dentist Centers in Sandy Springs treats patients of all ages and uses the latest and most proven technologies in modern dentistry. Dr. Myers offers sedation dentistry, laser dentistry and can treat complex dental issues through all stages of life. The practice is currently accepting new patients in both their Alpharetta and Sandy Springs offices.

More About Dan Myers, DMD:

Dr. Myers received his Doctorate in Dental Medicine (DMD) from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. Prior to his dental education, he attended Murray State University for his undergraduate studies, which he accomplished in three years and was awarded early acceptance into dental school.

Dr. Myers believes in staying at the forefront of dental technology, and he carries a passion for the art of dentistry that guides him in transforming countless smiles. He continuously participates in continuing education courses in dental esthetics, including the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies(LVI). Dr. Myers’ professional affiliations include the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, Northern Dental District Society, Hinman Dental Society, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

For more information about Dr. Dan Myers or the services he offers at The Dentist Centers in Sandy Springs, please visit http://www.thedentistcenters.com or call (404) 382-5798. 

Posted in: Health & Medicine,News & Current Affairs

Moddern Marketing Named Top 100 Healthcare Agency in North America by MM&M

Moddern Marketing (Moddern), an award-winning independently-owned integrated marketing agency, has been honored as one of the Top 100 Healthcare Agencies in North America by Medical Marketing & Media (MM&M), one of the nation's leading business publications serving the executive healthcare market.

Moddern has had a sustained run of growth in the healthcare sector since 2013, when it won its first health supplement client. Since then, the agency has added numerous national healthcare and health-related client business in medical devices, infant nutrition, advanced wound care, nerve stimulation, menopause relief, and marketing for orthopedic device distribution. moddern is especially well-versed in the spine sector and has a specialty in marketing ambulatory surgical centers. This is the first time the agency has been honored by MM&M with the Top 100 Healthcare Agencies in North America award.

“It's a real honor for moddern to be named a Healthcare Agency of the year by MM&M. While we’ve been focused on our client business, it’s very rewarding to be recognized in this way for what we’ve accomplished on their behalf,” said Mark Kolier, co-founder and Managing Director of moddern.“From the beginning, we’ve been working diligently to tell the client story in a practical way, and to deliver observable results. It’s exciting for our team to be recognized in this way for the work we do every day.”

MM&M was first published in 1966 as Medical Marketing & Media, and today produces an essential mix of online breaking news and analysis combined with monthly print features. The content is designed for an executive audience of leaders and thinkers who work in pharma, medical devices, diagnostics, and greater healthcare marketing. Every year, the magazine produces several lists, conferences and events, and compiles an annual Agency Issue that features profiles of the top 100 healthcare marketing agencies in North America. It also runs the industry’s premier awards program, the MM&M awards, which celebrate creativity and effectiveness in healthcare marketing. Its parent company is Haymarket Media.

Moddern Marketing is an integrated marketing services agency based in New York City. With roots in direct marketing, the agency is focused on delivering strategy, creative, and media services in both online and offline environments with a watchful eye on effectiveness and driving measurable results. While moddern has clients in a variety of sectors, it began focusing on healthcare in 2013, and has since recruited against that discipline, while growing its client roster.

Posted in: Business,Education,Health & Medicine,Lifestyle,News & Current Affairs

Bonomi’s New Remote Valve Timer Switch Provides Easy Control Of Valve Operations in Hard-To-Reach Places

The new VT Series valve timer from Bonomi gives users advanced multi-function control of critical valve operations and solves potentially dangerous, time-consuming access problems. For example, automated valves 20 feet up a feeder assembly or near the floor behind a boiler can be quickly, easily and accurately controlled without risk of injury.

Available in AC or DC models, the VT timer switch can be installed in virtually any convenient location and connected directly to an electrically actuated valve, or a solenoid on a pneumatic actuated valve. Wired remote operations are secure and easy to set up.

The VT Series has capabilities beyond those of built-in actuator timers, with up to 18 functions to support a wide range of applications, including: 

  • Irrigation system
  • Filtration systems
  • Boiler blowdown
  • Industrial plant operations

Features include a wide time setting range, from 0.1 seconds to 999 hours, with a 3-digit LCD display for Set Time and Run Time. A 24-hour clock function is also available.

VT Series valve timers are CE approved and UL Listed for use in the US and Canada. The polycarbonate enclosure is constructed for NEMA 4X - IP65 level protection. Dependability is built in with an extended cycle life. The operating temperature range is -10?C ~ +55?C (+14?F ~ +131?F).

For more information on Bonomi VT Series valve timers or other Bonomi products, contact Bonomi North America at (704) 412-9031 or visit online at http://www.bonominorthamerica.com.

About Bonomi 
Bonomi North America has served the U.S. and Canada since 2003 and is part of the Bonomi Group of Lumezzane, Italy. Bonomi Group brands include Rubinetterie Bresciane Bonomi (RB) brass ball valves and check valves; Valpres carbon and stainless steel ball valves; and Valbia pneumatic and electric industrial actuators. Bonomi North America maintains an extensive distribution network for these products from its headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. and a facility in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,News & Current Affairs,Technology

Celebrity Fitness Trainer Jon GalloAnnounces Health and Wellness ProgramTo Benefit N.J. Municipal Employees

Celebrity fitness pro and author Jon Douglas Gallo is now offering his famous health and wellness services to New Jersey townships.

Gallo, President of “Now I'm Fit,” created a unique Stretch and Flex Advantage (SAFA) program, which has already helped many corporations promote a safer, healthier, and more productive workplace. Gallo’s motto is “Educate, Inspire, and Transform,” and that’s the overall goal of the SAFA program he now intends to offer to municipalities throughout the region. As he explains, “We have been working with the townships of South Brunswick, North Brunswick, Milltown, and Old Bridge. That gave us an opportunity to refine the program and tailor it specifically to the needs of townships.” 


SAFA benefits include improved workplace morale; reduction in injuries and absenteeism; lower health care costs; longer retention of employees, and enhanced attraction for new employee recruitment. SAFA promotes stress reduction, increased flexibility and agility, and overall fitness. Long term results typically include improved cardiovascular health and sleep, weight management, lower blood pressure, less fatigue on the job, and sharper cognition. SAFA provides added protection against diabetes, heart disease, obesity, arthritis, and other chronic and potentially life-threatening conditions.

“The Director of Human Resources and Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Health and Wellness Council for the Township of Old Bridge met with me recently,” Gallo reported. “We discussed the benefits that township employees could derive if SAFA was integrated into the Old Bridge Employee Wellness Initiative program. Township employees protect our health, safety, and wellbeing every day of the year. So we feel obligated to give back to them by making sure that their own lives are longer, healthier, and happier, too.” 


Townships and their citizens rely on a healthy workforce to provide essential and critical services, 24/7. A municipal health and wellness program based on the proven effectiveness of SAFA can provide that, at an affordable price point. SAFA may quickly pay for itself through a measurable reduction in financial overhead and potential liability for townships and taxpayers. Enthusiasm for SAFA is growing and now Gallo hopes to implement it statewide, to promote greater health and wellness within New Jersey’s entire public service community. For the past two years Gallo has been a public service volunteer himself, as an active member of the local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). He also joined the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce two years ago and has been invited to be panelist at the upcoming New Jersey Human Resources Summit. Gallo is a NJ Licensed Medical Massage Therapist and Nationally Certified Personal Trainer with AFAA. 
For more information contact Info@NowImFit.com or Call 347.926.3410 http://www.NowImFit.com

Posted in: Health & Medicine,Lifestyle,News & Current Affairs

Don’t Miss These Special Events at SAE International’s Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technologies Symposium

SAE International’s SAE 2019 Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technologies Symposium has some exciting special events planned at Delta Hotels by Marriott Anaheim Garden Grove in California on Feb. 19-21, 2019. In addition to a robust technical program and packed exhibit floor, there are plenty of professional development and opportunities for attendees.

SAE recognizes the importance of person-to-person networking and has built in several networking breaks into each day’s programming to compliment networking on the exhibit floor. These networking breaks allow attendees to chat and exchange information, as well as ask questions or begin discussions based on the earlier sessions that day. 

    • On Tuesday, Feb. 19, - the opening night of the event – Toyota will sponsor a Casino Networking Reception at 6:15 p.m. held on the Santa Rosa patio. Join us for drinks, appetizers and casino games.
    • On Wednesday, Feb. 20, - Participate in a panel discussion featuring experts from GM, Nissan, Ford, Toyota, and Honda at 5:00 p.m.
    • On Thursday, Feb. 21, - the morning of the last day of the event – Ford will sponsor Breakfast Roundtable Chats at 7:00 a.m. in the Catalina Ballroom. Join us to chat with experts in an intimate setting on a variety of topics. Advanced signup required.

Now in its 16th consecutive year, this event provides vehicle design engineers and management with a forum to share and discuss the latest technology, applications, and overall development challenges for electric and hybrid-electric vehicles through lively discussions and ample networking opportunities. To learn more about the SAE Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technologies Symposium or to register, visit https://www.sae.org/attend/hybrid.

For information on exhibit or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Linda Wagner at linda.wagner@sae.org or 1-724-772.4062.

To request media credentials, email pr@sae.org or call 1-724-772-8522.

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Blumenthal Nordrehaug Bhowmik De Blouw LLP, File Lawsuit Against Home Depot U.S.A., Inc., for Allegedly Failing to Pay Overtime Wages to Their Employees

The San Diego labor law attorneys at Blumenthal Nordrehaug Bhowmik De Blouw LLP, filed a class action lawsuit against Home Depot U.S.A., Inc., alleging that the company failed to accurately calculate and record overtime compensation for their hourly employees. Furthermore, the complaint alleges that Home Depot U.S.A., Inc., failed to provide mandatory meal and rest breaks to its employees. Home Depot U.S.A., Inc., lawsuit Case No. 37-2019-00001930-CU-OE-CTL, is currently pending in the San Diego County Superior Court for the State of California. A copy of the complaint can be accessed by clicking here.

The class action complaint alleges that Home Depot U.S.A., Inc., failed to accurately pay PLAINTIFFS and the other members of the CALIFORNIA CLASS overtime wages for the time they worked which was in excess of the maximum hours permissible by law as required by Cal. Lab. Code §§ 510, 1194& 1198. Cal. Lab. Code § 510 further provides that employees in California shall not be employed more than eight (8) hours per workday and/or more than forty (40) hours per workweek unless they receive additional compensation beyond their regular wages in amounts specified by law.

According to the class action complaint, the company's non-exempt employees were also allegedly unable to take off duty meal breaks due to their rigorous work schedules. California labor laws require an employer to provide an employee required to perform work for more than five (5) hours during a shift with, a thirty (30) minute uninterrupted meal break prior to the end of the employee's fifth (5th) hour of work. The complaint alleges that the company did not provide their employees who forfeited meal breaks additional compensation.

If you think your company is violating the California Labor Code and would like to know if you qualify to make a claim, please contact attorney Nicholas J. De Blouw today by calling (858) 952-0354.

Blumenthal Nordrehaug Bhowmik De Blouw LLP, is an employment law firm with offices located in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, and Chicago that dedicates its practice to helping employees, investors and consumers fight back against unfair business practices, including violations of the California Labor Code and Fair Labor Standards Act. If you need help in collecting unpaid overtime wages, unpaid commissions, being wrongfully terminated from work, and other employment law claims, contact one of their attorneys today.

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The NAPCP Will Hold a Two-Day Commercial Card Workshop in London To Address How to Administer and Manage a Commercial Card Programme

The NAPCP will hold a two-day educational workshop, “Commercial Card Programme Management: Beyond the Basics,” on 12-13 June 2019, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NWI 4NS. It is open to both industry end-users and providers.

The workshop is geared towards programme managers interested in programme improvements and industry knowledge. A quick review of the basics brings beginners up to speed. The balance of the workshop goes in to depth, related to programme practices and procedures. During the workshop, you will participate in an interactive presentation and open discussion around program challenges and successes. The workshop will be led by Heather Miller, CPCP, MBA, NAPCP Community Engagement Manager.

Many individuals can benefit from a comprehensive understanding of Commercial Cards. This workshop is appropriate for professionals from end-user and provider organisations who are: 

  • programme managers/administrators familiar with the mechanics and benefits of Commercial Cards, but are seeking to broaden their understanding of P-Card and/or Travel Card programme management
  • individuals tasked with exploring/implementing Commercial Card programme(s) for their organisation
  • managers, directors, vice presidents, etc., whose business lines include the P-Card or Travel Card programme; therefore, core knowledge is a must for supporting the organisation’s overall payments strategy
  • new relationship/account managers who provide support to end-user clients

The NAPCP is a global professional association that has been advancing the Commercial Card and Payment industry, which includes Purchasing Cards, Travel Cards, ePayables and more, since 1999. The organisation provides support for industry professionals who are enhancing Commercial Card and Payment programmes, developing policies and procedures, and seeking new products and technological advancements to create efficiencies.

The organisation's website is a robust online repository of educational materials and networking tools, containing thousands of pages of: 

  • White papers
  • Case studies
  • Sample documents and implementation guides
  • Recorded webinars
  • Surveys and polls
  • eNetworking

The NAPCP’s rich content, dedicated EMEA web portal, events, and virtual educational opportunities highlight the industry’s latest advancements, and help users build strong policies and procedures, meet regulatory requirements and achieve management buy-in.

The NAPCP also seeks speakers and hosts for future events in the EMEA region. Review the organisation's year-round end-user speaking opportunities and submit a proposal today.

To access the content and tools on the NAPCP's website, simply become a complimentary subscriber.

About the NAPCP 
The NAPCP is a membership-based professional association committed to advancing Commercial Card and Payment professionals and industry practices worldwide. Serving a community of more than 20,000, the NAPCP is a respected voice in the industry and an impartial resource for members at all experience levels in the public and private sectors. The NAPCP provides unmatched opportunities for continuing education and peer networking through its conferences, Regional Forums, webinars, website, virtual demonstrations, newsletters and regular communication. The association sponsors research and publishes timely and relevant white papers, survey results and other documents. The NAPCP also offers a (Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP) credential.

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Valentine's Day Delectable Devotion

Each member of zChocolat’s 2019 Valentine’s Day Collection, created by World Champion Master Chocolatier Pascal Caffet, has been carefully selected for the moments when devotion dovetails passion and words are woefully inadequate. With options ranging from velvety dark chocolate hearts filled with “fleur de sel” caramel to larger-than-life half-pound chocolate masterpieces bursting with caramelized Piedmont hazelnuts, it’s chocolate with a touch of pure French romance. Add in options like the dazzlingly opulent gold leaf-covered chocolates and incomparably elegant packaging and it’s a decidedly singular way to say “Je t’aime.”

Prepared in special-editions of always-sophisticated packaging, a gift from zChocolat makes an instant impression. In an elegant nod to the liberating power of pure love, each mahogany treasure chest is carved with the word LOVE protecting the most romantic present you could ever offer to your beloved: your magnanimous heart. Like every zChocolat product, items from the Valentine’s Collection can be additionally customized with a personalized message, the recipient’s name engraved on the gift box, a personal wax seal, and even a heart-shaped padlock with an individually selected combination. All boxes from the Valentine’s Day Collection can also be refilled time and again with your loved one’s favorite assortments as a continual reminder of your constant devotion.

Of course, it’s the chocolates themselves that inevitably steal the show. All-natural ingredients, exotic single-origin cocoas, and an absence of preservatives ensure premium flavors, while zChocolat’s innovative recipes make each product an unforgettable experience. Particularly noteworthy are the gold leaf covered chocolates that deliver jewelry-like sentiment with edible appeal. Like golden dewdrops collected from a golden downpour, zChocolat’s rich dark chocolate heart is bursting with “fleur de sel” caramel on the inside and gilded with 24-karat edible gold on the outside for a dazzling experience that embraces romance with reckless abandon.

Each product in the collection is handcrafted in France and embodies the passion and elegance that make this region the world’s most romantic destination. Whether you’re commemorating a love that spans decades or fanning the flames of passion’s first sparks, let zChocolat help deliver the perfect present this Valentine’s Day.

As the preeminent source for fine French chocolate, the zChocolat brand has epitomized the expression “chic à la française” since its founding in 1999. The 2019 Valentine’s Day Collection, along with a wide range of other distinguished chocolate gifts, are available online exclusively at their website, http://www.zchocolat.com/. All zChocolat gifts are shipped directly from France to destinations around the world via DHL Express for a flat fee of .

Posted in: Lifestyle,News & Current Affairs

National Social Security Advisor Certificate Education Set for 6 U.S. Cities

Premier Social Security Consulting will host its National Social Security Advisor (NSSA®) certificate education in six cities this year while expanding its webinar and on-demand courses for busy professional advisors nationwide.

Marc Kiner, partner at Premier Social Security Consulting of Cincinnati, which teaches the Social Security education program, said professional advisors are busier than ever, but want the comprehensive NSSA program.

“We’ve found that advisors, like the rest of us, are pressed for time,” said Kiner. “An increasing number of advisors are choosing the all-day webinar option. We have the same content and the same interaction ability as a live program, but advisors can take the course in the privacy of their company conference room or the comfort of their home offices.”

NSSA is the nation’s only accredited Social Security education certificate program, with accreditation provided by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) in Washington, D.C.

The NSSA Advisor certificate is awarded to professional advisors who take the NSSA course and pass an assessment. The National Social Security Association has certified more than 1,700 advisors since the program began in 2013.

Full, all-day NSSA programming will be held in Cincinnati on Feb. 5, April 19, June 3 and 19, Aug. 15 and 16, Oct. 22 and Dec. 3; Orlando, Fla. on March 5; San Diego on March 28; Chicago on June 27; Cleveland on July 16; and New York on Sept. 23. Live Classes run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Webinars will be held on: Jan. 23; Feb. 14; March 12; April 5; May 3; June 18; July 23; Aug. 20; Oct. 17; Dec. 11; Dec. 27.

Cost for the live class is 5, with web-based and on-demand video classes at 5. Premier also offers private, on-site classes for organizations that need to provide in-house Social Security training to multiple professional advisors.

Eight continuing education credits are available for certified financial planners, certified public accountants, and insurance agents nationwide for live classes. Education credits will be also available for on-demand and web-based education in 2019.

Premier provides ongoing gold standard Social Security education support after an NSSA education course is completed, said Kiner. Support includes monthly webinars; marketing videos; and a PowerPoint presentation.

“Baby boomers turn 65 years old at the rate of 10,000 a day, yet the majority of boomers know little about how to maximize their Social Security income,” said Kiner. “That’s why we developed the NSSA certificate program—to help advisors teach clients everything they need to know about Social Security but didn’t know they had to ask.”

Premier is finding that more financial advisors are basing their practices on the needs of baby boomers, said Jim Blair, Premier partner and a Social Security expert. The Social Security topic, he added, has become an excellent lead generation tool.

“Since retirements today can last up to 30 years, Social Security income has become increasingly more important to help retirees not outlive their money,” said Blair. “We find that NSSA advisors are better educated about Social Security and equipped to help their clients make wise decisions about claiming Social Security.”

About 75 million Americans today are classified as baby boomers.

A married couple can leave as much as 0,000 on the table in Social Security benefits by not accessing the program correctly based on their ages, health and life expectancy and not coordinating spousal benefits, said Kiner.

For more information about the National Social Security Advisor certificate program, visit http://www.nationalsocialsecurityassociation.com or http://www.premiernssa.com or call Kiner at (513) 247-0526.

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About Premier Social Security Consulting: 
Premier Social Security Consulting, LLC in Cincinnati educates professional advisors nationwide on the nation’s Social Security program so they can counsel their clients on how to maximize lifetime Social Security income. Partners Marc Kiner and Jim Blair teach the National Social Security Advisor (NSSA) certification program.

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By 2021, Cyber Security Market to Reach USD 180.77 Billion, Globally: Zion Market Research

According to the research report published by Zion Market Research, global cyber security market was valued at USD 105.45 billion in 2015, is expected to reach USD 181.77 billion by 2021 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 9.5% between 2016 and 2021.

Cyber crime is not new but it seems it is getting worse with the rapid advances in the use of information technology. Higher the rate of cyber attacks, higher is the cost of damage control and security for businesses. Here comes the cyber security in picture. Nowadays, the online world is more active as compared to the offline one, which also means that the information is online and available to everyone. The misuse of the facilities results in abrasion of public confidence and major financial loss. Cyber security is the protection of information systems from theft or damage to the hardware, the software, and to the information on them, as well as from disruption or misdirection of the services they provide. Earlier, office automation was the focussed area and was of the most concern. Presently, this definition has changed to enhancing the customer experience, obtaining a competitive advantage, and providing customers a completely new dimension in which they can experience the product or service.

The cyber security market is one of the highest growing markets in the information technology domain and it yields large economic opportunities. Growing risks such as computer hacking, software piracy, and virus deployment are increasing the demand for cyber securities services. The governments of various countries are increasing their investment in cyber security owing to development in computer interconnectivity and remarkable growth in computing power of government networks.

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The data from security firm BTB Security show that there is a drastic and considerable change in the number of breaches and identity thefts in 2015 as compared to 2005. Such security breaches cause serious financial damage. However, as there is no standard model for estimating the cost of an incident, the only data available are that which are made public by the organizations involved.

Some of the key players involved in global cyber security market include Symantec, IBM, McAfee, Northrop Grumman, and Booz Allen Hamilton, CSC among others.

The vulnerability of enterprises on information technology and stored sensitive digitally data have provided ample opportunities to cyber-attackers with financial gain being the primary motive. Solution providers’ major focus is in research and development to develop next-generation security solutions to provide higher security. For example, The Department of Homeland Security is publicizing eight new cyber security technologies developed under federal grants that are looking for private businesses to turn them into commercial products. Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) developed an innovative cyber security technology which helps the government to protect critical data, mitigate risks, and establish a comprehensive defence against cyber-attacks.

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There is also a greater focus on the intelligence-led security as conventional security technologies including web, content management and network security are unable to deliver the tracking of security incidents. The cyber security market is anticipated to witness high demand for cloud-based applications as government organizations are going for the cloud platform for data sharing.

The cyber security market is segmented based on security types, solution, and vertical and by regions. On the basic of security types market is divided into network security, cloud security, wireless security and others. Cyber solution segment includes identity and access management (IAM), encryption, risk and compliance management, data loss prevention, antivirus and antimalware, firewall and others. By vertical, market is segmented into aerospace, government, financial services, telecommunication, healthcare, and others.

In 2015, North America dominated the cyber security market owing to the increasing cyber crime and strict government rules against it. Asia Pacific is a fastest growing regional market for cyber security market due to increasing number of internet users in China and India.

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Filmmaker / Actress ANGELA MATEMOTJA Named ‘Best Director’ at London’s 2019 Rainbow Umbrella Film Festival for Debut Feature ‘ELEVATE’

LOS ANGELES – Award-winning filmmaker and actress Angela Matemotja earns ‘Best Director’ award for her feature film debut, ELEVATE, at the Rainbow Umbrella Film Festival, a new LGBTQ focused event in North London, U.K.

Writing, directing and starring in ELEVATE, Matemotja delivers a drama of intertwining stories about people who must fight to overcome their struggles with homophobia, food addiction and racism. Matemotja shares, “winning Best Director from an emerging LGBTQ festival is an honor. The fact that it screened in London really warms my heart, as I lived there years ago and fell in love with the city.”

ELEVATE will continue on the international circuit this March as an ‘Official Selection’ at Rapid Lion: The South African International Film Festival in Johannesburg. Matemotja has close ties to South Africa, as she is half South African and it was while living there that she first began developing the project. She also loosely based one character in the film ‘Sipho’ on her South African father, who also plays the role in the film. Matemotja shares, “I'm especially excited the film is screening in Johannesburg as my hope is to help ‘elevate’ the minds and hearts of anyone struggling with homophobia and racism, as these issues are so prevalent on the continent.”

Last fall, Matemotja earned the ‘Female Pioneer Award’ when ELEVATE premiered at the DTLA Film Festival in Los Angeles. Prior to this, the film earned an Award of Merit for Best Feature Film and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Angela Matemotja) from the Accolade Global Film Competition.

ELEVATE follows the story of Trina, an overweight elevator switchboard operator who desperately tries to accomplish just one day of healthy eating. Overwhelmed by her abusive boss and by the trapped elevator occupants that reach out to her for help, her fitness guru provides the inspiration and escape that she craves – or does she? Ultimately, all of the occupants in this trapped world find themselves caught face-to-face with their inner demons.

The film also stars Brianna Brown (CW’S Dynasty), Kit Williamson (creator/star of award-winning and Emmy nominated LGBTQ series Eastsiders), Alexis Carra (Latina star of ABC’s Mixology) and Matemotja (Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club). To produce the film, Matemotja turned to Dele Ogundiran, who is also African, and Brown, who is the CEO of the non-profit The New Hollywood, which is dedicated to supporting socially conscious storytellers and changemakers.

As an actress, Matemotja has appeared on screens big and small. Her notable feature film credits include the role of ‘Christina’ in Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club and alongside Kevin Hart in the indie comedy film Something Like A Business. Her television roles include appearances on the CBS mega-hit comedy How I Met Your Mother, Amazon’s top cop-drama Bosch, ABC’s long-running series Castle and edgy sitcom Don’t Trust The B…, and Ryan Murphy’s modern laugher The New Normal on NBC.

Behind the camera, Matemotja earned an NAACP Award nomination for directing the stage play Sunshine For a Midnight Weary. Her first short film as writer/director, The Encounter, screened at over 30 international film festivals, earning the Grand Jury Award at the White Sands Int’l FF, Honorable Mention at Toronto CommFFest and nominations for Best Short Film at SoCal FF, SOHO FF and Long Island Int’l Film Expo. Her second short, The Untimely Concurrence, won Best LGBTQ Film at AOF FF, San Francisco Black FF and San Diego Black FF, and the Silver Screen Award for Best Short Film at the Nevada Int’l FF. In addition, her screenplay Drunk Book was awarded Best Comedy Short for the written word competition at AOF FF.

For more about ELEVATE visit: ElevateFilm.com

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

No Motor, No Support, No Problem! Mustang Survival Partners with Race to Alaska

 Mustang Survival®, the North American brand known for innovative solutions for the most demanding marine environments, announces its sponsorship of the 2019 Race to Alaska(R2AK), a competition with one simple rule, no motors. Traversing some of the world’s riskiest and most temperamental waterways, R2AK participants are limited to only human power and wind power to complete the 750-mile course. With less than half of the starting teams making it to the finish line, R2AK is all about putting in maximum effort the entire time without exception – the winner takes home ,000 while the runner-up gets a set of steak knives.

“Mustang Survival is based in Pacific Northwest, specifically because we believe it’s one of the last frontiers and its wilderness and waters make for some of the best, and most grueling, testing-grounds for our gear. The people and conditions that make up Race to Alaska are precisely why Mustang Survival continues to thrive after 50 years. Their perseverance and grit to take on mother nature’s unyielding wiles is where our gear shines,” states Jason Leggatt, Mustang Survival’s general manager.

Kicking-off with a 40-mile sprint from Port Townsend to Victoria BC, the 2019 Race to Alaska begins on June 3. Applications are currently being accepted until April 15, and the arrogantly naïve need not apply.

“There are no rules or schedules, but the most competitive teams just go all out, all night, and the weather hits them right in the face again, and again, and again. Teams are pretty shredded by the time they finish,” explains Race Boss, Daniel Evans. “But,” Leggatt added, “with Mustang Survival, their gear won’t be.”

About Mustang Survival 

Through constant innovation and inspired technical solutions, Mustang Survival strives to bolster performance, encourage exploration and inspire adventure in the marine environment. We are committed to the protection and enhancement of those who push themselves to extremes. Mustang Survival is part of The Safariland Group family of brands. For more information, visit www.mustangsurvival.com. 

Mustang Survival. Saving lives since 1967. 

About The Safariland Group 

The Safariland Group is a leading global provider of a broad range of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets. The Safariland Group offers a number of recognized brand names in these markets including Safariland®, Med-Eng®, Safariland® Armor, Mustang Survival®, Bianchi®, Break Free®, PROTECH® Tactical, Defense Technology®, Hatch®, Monadnock®, Identicator® and NIK®. The Safariland Group’s mission, “Together, We Save Lives”, is inherent in the lifesaving and protective products it delivers. The Safariland Group is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. The Safariland Group is a trade name of Safariland, LLC.

For more information about The Safariland Group and these products, please visit www.safariland.com.

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The Resource Group Listed in Bob Scott's VAR Stars 2018

 The Resource Group has been included in Bob Scott's list of 2018 VAR Stars, a group of 100 Value Added Resellers (VARs) for mid-market accounting software. This unranked listing of VARs in the United States showcases accounting software resellers who demonstrate growth and leadership in the industry. According to Bob Scott's report, "the selection of mid-market accounting software resellers for Bob Scott's VAR Stars rests on one basic principal: quality, not revenue." 

According to Marty Schillaci, Chief Executive Officer of The Resource Group, the VAR Stars inclusion is an honor that the company works hard to earn. "The Resource Group has been a leader among mid-market accounting software resellers for multiple decades, and 2018 was no exception," Schillaci said. "We make it our priority to help customers optimize their business systems by using the best technology available on the market, such as Sage Intacct." 

As accounting software moves to the cloud, there have been shifts in the core group of VAR Stars who make Bob Scott's list. Changes in technology require resellers to be proactive about what they're offering to customers. According to Schillaci, The Resource Group's approach has always been to sell the best solutions available. "We specialize in offering just a few of the most effective accounting solutions, because with this approach we feel we can provide the depth of expertise that customers need to move beyond basic success and truly thrive."

The Resource Group has also recently been recognized as a Sage Intacct Partner of the Monthone of Accounting Today's 2018 VAR 100, and a Bob Scott's Top 100 VAR. 

The Resource Group
The Resource Group helps clients improve business processes, overcome challenges during growth, and connect business information by providing rock solid financial management software solutions. Throughout Washington, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, clients have experienced improved operational processes, optimized financial management, robust reporting and business insight across multiple applications. Headquartered in Renton, Washington, The Resource Group is there throughout the entire lifecycle of a client's new solution; from initial software evaluation to installation, data migration, implementation, software development, system integration, training and support.

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Yisrayl Hawkins Says The House of Yahweh Answers All Scriptural Questions With Scripture in New Post This Week

Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House of Yahweh in Abilene, Texas, has written a new post this week that invites world leaders and lay people alike to contact The House of Yahweh for viable solutions based on Scripture.

Yisrayl says the world is in great need of answers right now and The House of Yahweh is prepped and ready to provide scriptural answers that will eliminate problems in any situation. He says the answers are foolproof and were given from the very beginning for mankind to live in peace.

“We have always had these answers, but the world rejected them early on and that’s when the problems began to escalate. We can have peace, and we will provide the plan for it,” Yisrayl says. 
Yisrayl says The House of Yahweh is the only organization on earth that is obeying the Scriptures properly and is the only group qualified to teach them. He says he has scriptural proof that will back-up every word taught. He is adamant the proof is in the results. 
“If you put what the Scriptures say into practice and don’t sway from them one bit, you will see the great blessings that come into your life and anyone else’s who comes in contact with you,” Yisrayl says.

Yisrayl says the best way to gain a better understanding of these teachings is to watch their weekly Sabbath Service live streams every seventh day of the week at 9:00am CST on their website and Facebook live. Just type https://www.facebook.com/officialhouseofyahweh/ in your web browser and hit enter.

To read the article and get more details, go to http://www.yahwehsbranch.com. Click the top title word that says “BLOG” to read the newest letter.

About Us: The House of Yahweh, fully recognized in 1983 as a non-profit organization in the United States of America, continues to this present day to fulfill its commissioned work of preaching and publishing the True Message of Salvation.

The House of Yahweh correctly translated, restored and published The Book of Yahweh in 1987. It has the Sacred Names restored in all the correct places, and many of the mistranslated Scriptures have been correctly translated.

Media Contact: Rebekah Mathews or Teshua Schoenheinz (800) 613-9494

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New Memoir from Westminster John Knox Press Explores Gender Transition in Family of Evangelical Pastors

What is the right thing to do when a family member comes out as transgender? As Jonathan S. Williams (author of She’s My Dad: A Father’s Transition and a Son’s Redemption) discovered, “There’s no handbook. There’s no You-Tube video. Behind everyone’s coming-out party there is a family who is weeping, drinking too much, and googling what exactly it means to be transgender.”

Three months into pastoring his new evangelical church plant, Jonathan learned that his father Paul was transgender. A prominent evangelical pastor himself, Paul soon became Paula, and was immediately ousted from her community. Torn between supporting his father and his church’s position on transgender issues, Jonathan spiraled into depression and drinking. She’s My Dad follows Jonathan and Paula’s stories in alternating chapters, examining the feelings of loss, confusion, and anger when a parent transitions.

Jonathan and Paula explore their family’s continuing evolution, the meaning of remaining loyal to one’s father even when she is no longer a man, the ongoing theological evolution surrounding transgender rights and advocacy in the church, and the unflinching self-scrutiny of a pastor who lost his God only to find God again in his father’s transition.

Jonathan S. Williams is Senior Pastor of Forefront Church in New York, a progressive church that works to bring a just and generous Christianity to New York City.

Paula Stone Williams is a nationally known speaker on gender equity and LGBTQ advocacy. She is the Pastor of Preaching and Worship at Left Hand Church in Longmont, Colorado, and a therapist with RLT Pathways, Inc.

Praise for She’s My Dad: A Father’s Transition and a Son’s Redemption

“Written with gut-wrenching honesty and a raw vulnerability that exposes both deep pain and deep compassion, this gripping memoir reveals the heartache and the beauty of navigating life when a family member comes out. A much-welcomed addition of the library of LGBTQ+ resources and one I highly recommend!” 
—Amber Cantorna, author of Refocusing My Family and Unashamed: A Coming-Out Guide for LGBTQ Christians

“When a parent begins living their gender identity authentically, it impacts the identity of everyone in the family. In She’s My Dad, Jonathan Williams describes the pain of reconceiving his father and himself, both as individuals and as pastors. The book is a wonderful resource for transitioning people and their loved ones.” 
—Suzanne DeWitt Hall, author of Transfigured: A 40-Day Journey through Scripture for Gender-Queer and Transgender People

“Jonathan Williams manages to honestly capture the pain and heartbreak he felt during his parent’s transition without discounting the reality of Paula’s identity. I kept waiting for the moment when the suffering of these two people would be pitted against each other. Instead, Jonathan and Paula work together to show us a reality in which two people in difficult circumstances can journey through pain and toward a new relationship.” 
—Austen Hartke, author of Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians

She’s My Dad 
A Father’s Transition and a Son’s Transition 
Jonathan S. Williams with Paula Stone Williams 
November 2018 
9780664264352 • 5.5" x 8.5" • 202 pages • Paperback • .00 

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Kaminski Auctions Return to Palm Desert for Antique Appraisal Event Jan 17-19

On January 17th, 18th and 19th Kaminski Auctions will be returning to Palm Desert, California to host a three-day Antiques Appraisal event offering free verbal appraisals for your antique fine art, jewelry, silver, porcelain, decorative arts, Asian antiques etc. The event will be held in the Lobby Boardroom of the Embassy Suites by Hilton, Palm Desert located at 74-700 Highway 111, Palm Desert, California, 92260 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on a first come basis. 


A Kaminski Auctions representative will be available by appointment for house calls for your larger items or you may bring in photos. We are now accepting consignments for our 2019 auctions. You may also email images to our team of expert appraisers at hmorgan(at) kaminskiauctions(dot)com. 


Kaminski Auctions, located on the North Shore of Boston, has been serving the New England antiques market for over 30 years as a full service auction house and appraisal service for fine art, antiques and estates. As auctioneers of the Oprah Winfrey Collection and most recently,The Martha Stewart Studio Props Collection, Kaminski Auctions is uniquely qualified to handle collections large and small. Kaminski Auctions provides its customers with international exposure for their items on three live bidding platforms and bicoastal services with east coast offices in Beverly, Massachusetts and West Palm Beach, Florida and west coast offices in Beverly Hills and San Diego, California. If you are moving, downsizing or settling an estate we have highly trained and knowledgeable appraisers on staff that will help you determine the true value of your antiques, or entire collections. Our state-of-the-art auction gallery is located at 117 Elliott St. (Rt. 62), Beverly, Massachusetts. Kaminski Auctions hosts 24 plus auctions a year. For more information on this exciting event go to our website at http://www.kaminskiauctions.com or call our office at 978-927-2223.

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2019 Climbing Awards Announced by the American Alpine Club

The American Alpine Club (AAC) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Climbing Awards honoring the most impactful climbers and conservationists within the North American climbing community. Among this year’s award honorees are climbing legends Tom Hornbein, Michael Kennedy, and Jim Donini, and present-day activists and trend-setters including Jeremy Jones, Kate Rutherford, and Brette Harrington.

The Annual Climbing Awards, presented by The American Alpine Club, are the longest running and most prestigious awards honoring climbing and mountain conservation in North America. The Annual Climbing Awards will be presented at the AAC Annual Dinner Weekend, March 8-10, 2019 in San Francisco. The event’s keynote speaker is Colin Haley, who will speak to the triumphs and tragedies of speed climbing.

Phil Powers, American Alpine Club CEO, said of the 2019 Awards, “The Annual Climbing Awards are unique in that they recognize both lifetime achievements and those who represent the future. Look at the list; from climbers who are changing the climbing landscape right now to icons from our history, we will hear some amazing stories.”

Celebrating some of the greatest mountaineers of Golden Age of American climbing, Jim Donini, Michael Kennedy will receive a prestigious Honorary Membership for their “lasting and highly significant impact on the advancement of the climbing craft,” and Tom Hornbein, famous for the 1963 first ascent of Everest’s infamous West Ridge, will receive the 2019 Heilprin Citation for his lifelong work to “maintain and strengthen the American Alpine Club.”

For the second year in a row, a female climber will receive the The Robert Hicks Bates Award which honors young climbers who show “outstanding promise for future accomplishment.” Brette Harrington, a 26-year-old climber, is perhaps best known for the first free solo of 2,500-ft Chiaro di Luna (5.11a) in Patagonia, but is also an accomplished trad climber with several 5.13+ routes to her name. Past Bates Award winners have included Alex Honnold, Chris Sharma, Tommy Caldwell, Steph Davis, Hayden Kennedy, Colin Haley (the 2019 Keynote speaker), Sasha DiGiulian, and Margo Hayes.

Kate Rutherford is set to receive the Underhill Award in recognition of a fantastic and inspiring climbing career. Rutherford was singled out by the AAC selection committee due to her impressive list of climbing accomplishments worldwide and a number of notable first all-female free ascents, including FreeRider (5.13a) on El Capitan, the Moonlight Buttress (5.12d) in Zion, and the North Pillar of Fitzroy.

Legendary big mountain snowboarder, Jeremy Jones, will be recognized for his conservation leadership to bring attention to climate change as it affects the mountain community. Jones has become an unrelenting champion to fight climate change and share his experiences of receding glaciers and changing mountain landscapes using his podium as an athlete. In 2013 Jones was named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, and has been called a “Champion of Change” by President Obama.

The American Alpine Club is also pleased to recognize the selflessness and courage of a Polish climbing team who redirected from their first winter ascent of K2 to rescue another team caught at 26,660 ft on Pakistan’s Nanga Parbat. The team, comprised of Dennis Urubko, Adam Bielecki, Jaroslaw Botor, and Piotrek Tomala, climbed through the night in treacherous conditions to rescue a French climber, Elisabeth Revol.

2019 American Alpine Club Annual Dinner Weekend
https://americanalpineclub.org/annual-benefit-dinner

Date: 
March 8-10, 2019

Location: 
The Westin St. Francis
2295 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Keynote Speaker:
Colin Haley on the triumphs and tragedies of speed climbing.

Additional Festivities:
Send ‘n’ Social celebrity climbing comp, climbing clinics, panel discussions, and more! Check the website for the full weekend schedule.

Ticket Information:
The 2019 Annual Dinner Weekend is expected to sell out and tickets are limited. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit americanalpineclub.org/annual-benefit-dinner. Registration closes on February 14, or when sold out.

2019 Climbing Award Recipients
https://americanalpineclub.org/abd-awards

Honorary Membership
For having had a lasting and significant impact on the advancement of climbing.
Recipient: Jim Donini and Michael Kennedy

The Robert and Miriam Underhill Award
Recognizing the highest level of climbing skill, courage, and perseverance, with outstanding success.
Recipient: Kate Rutherford

Heilprin Citation
Recognizing those who have worked to maintain and strengthen the American Alpine Club.
Recipient: Thomas Hornbein, MD

The Robert Hicks Bates Award
Recognizing a young climber with outstanding promise.
Recipient: Brette Harrington

The David R. Brower Award
Recognizing leadership and commitment to preserving mountain regions worldwide.
Recipient: Jeremy Jones

The David A Sowles Award
Recognizing unselfish devotion at personal risk or sacrifice of a major objective, in going to the assistance of fellow climbers imperiled in the mountains.
Recipients: Dennis Urubko, Adam Bielecki, Jaroslaw Botor, and Piotrek Tomala

The H. Adams Carter Literary Award (Presented June 1 at the Excellence in Climbing event in Denver)
Recognizing excellence in climbing literature.
Recipient: Kelly Cordes

About The American Alpine Club

The American Alpine Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose vision is a united community of competent climbers and healthy climbing landscapes. Together with our members, the AAC advocates for American climbers domestically and around the world; provides grants and volunteer opportunities to protect and conserve the places we climb; hosts local and national climbing festivals and events; publishes two of the world’s most sought-after climbing annuals, the American Alpine Journal and Accidents in North American Mountaineering; cares for the world’s leading climbing library and country’s leading mountaineering museum; manages five campgrounds as part of a larger lodging network for climbers; and annually gives ,000+ toward climbing, conservation, and research grants that fund adventurers who travel the world. Learn about additional programs and become a member at americanalpineclub.org.

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Yes, They Know It's Christmas Time in Africa

At least where the Maasai live in Kajiado County, Kenya, they will.

The idea was born just last week at the Global Water Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
There, members of the Maasai tribe and the IndiMark charitable organization met with several companies to explore solutions to the tribe's many water challenges.

"We are not THE solution, but we can be an important part of the solution." says Yana DeMyer CEO of Roving Blue®, Inc. a Wisconsin company that manufactures a water purification device called the "Ozo-Pod® 10. "This is the perfect time of year to announce our charitable pricing program. That song by Band Aid always makes me tear up, now I feel like celebrating, because we have found a way to "let them know it’s Christmas time!"

Roving Blue®'s team was inspired by the good work that IndiMark does, and wanted to help them in their efforts. 
The Charitable Program makes Roving Blue's technology available for drastically reduced prices. For example, an Ozo-Pod® 10, which sells for 9 here in the US, will be made available for .00. One Ozo-Pod® 10 can ensure safe water for 4 families for over a year for less than 1/300 of a cent. Readers wishing to donate may go here. 
Roving Blue®'s innovative new technology puts "The Power of EO3™", electrolytic ozone, in the palm of your hand.

Ozone, a form of oxygen, is more powerful than chlorine when dissolved in water. This low voltage device (which can be run from a motorcycle battery which can be charged by the sun) kills bacteria, virus, and cysts. Cholera, typhoid fever, e-coli and salmonella are just a few organisms that are eradicated by ozone. When its job is done, ozone quickly and harmlessly reverts to oxygen.

Roving Blue®'s technology is small, robust, and has no moving parts, so it’s ideal for austere living conditions. It will allow the villagers to keep captured rainwater pure, as well as enable them to use water from the same pools that the cattle drink from and wade in.

"The water may not be pretty, but it will be safe to drink", ensures Yana.

IndiMark is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in July 2018. We are located in Madison, Wisconsin. Other charitable organizations may contact Roving Blue®'s Director of Sales, Meli Lussier, for details of the program.

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SCARPA Maestro rock shoe family earns Rock and Ice 2018 Best in Gear Award

The SCARPA Maestro family, a high-performance new collection of rock shoes built for trad climbing and situations where people are in their shoes for longer periods of time, earned a 2018 Best in Gear (BIG) Award this month from Rock and Ice Magazine, one of North America’s most respected climbing publications.

The BIG Award is given to 10 products that rise above the fray in innovation, value and performance. Rock and Ice notes that the Maestro shines in all three. The awards were announced in the magazine’s November issue.

“The Maestro is a high-performance all arounder, a rarity among rock shoes,” says Duane Raleigh, Publisher and Editor in Chief of Rock and Ice Magazine. “It has just enough downturn, just enough rand tension, and just enough midsole to power up your feet with just enough squeeze and support to make it a precision tool for face and cracks.”

The Maestro family, redefines the belief that rock shoes built for trad climbing have to be stiff in order to perform well thanks to a new high-performance rubber rand system and soft, comfortable Eco Leather. The Maestro shoes start with SCARPA’s new IPC-Tension active rand system, which provides serious support without unnecessary stiffness. To help with comfort, innovative patterning in the upper relocates seams away from spots where they could cause discomfort, particularly when wedging feet into cracks. Comfort also stems from the use of a premium Eco Leather, an incredibly soft and supple, yet durable, leather. In addition, Eco Leather uses a process that alleviates the environmental impact of tanning.

The Maestro Mid has a higher-cut for ankle protection in cracks, and the women’s Maestro Mid is the first women’s specific high-cut trad shoe on the market. The men’s and women’s Maestro, by contrast, are lower-cut, ideal for technical face climbing. They also use a more powerful version of the IPC-Tension active rand.

“The staff at Rock and Ice are serious climbers who invest serious time into their reviews. Look no further than the fact that they subject most gear to 50 pitches or 50 days of climbing before reviewing it,” said Kim Miller, CEO of SCARPA North America. “We invested a lot into creating the Maestro family, and that’s why this award means so much to us and to our community. We’re incredibly grateful for this recognition.”

About SCARPA and SCARPA North America

Founded in 1938, SCARPA builds performance footwear for climbing, hiking, skiing, mountaineering, trail running and other outdoor pursuits from its headquarters in Asolo, Italy. SCARPA has been owned and operated by the Parisotto family since 1956. In 2005, SCARPA opened its North American headquarters in Boulder, Colo., staffed and directed by veterans of the North American outdoor industry, to oversee sales, marketing and distribution in the U.S., Canada and South America. For more information about SCARPA footwear, visit www.scarpa.com.

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Signpost Digital Initiative Reaches 1 Million People Across Three Continents

Signpost, a partnership between the global humanitarian organizations Mercy Corps and the International Rescue Committee, has reached 1 million refugees, asylum seekers and crisis-affected communities with critical information across seven countries and three continents. Through a suite of digital tools, Signpost provides up-to-date information in multiple languages on legal rights and documentation, accommodation, transportation, medical care and more to people who are in transit or starting life in a new country.

Signpost, supported by CiscoGoogleMicrosoft and TripAdvisor, initially began as Refugee.Info, a mobile-friendly website launched in 2015 to assist refugees arriving on the Greek islands. Since then, Refugee.Info has reached an estimated 60 percent of the refugee population in Greece. Signpost has expanded to four additional countries in Europe and has launched regional platforms in Jordan (Khabrona.Info) and El Salvador (CuentaNos.org), providing WiFi connectivity and information in seven languages through websites, Facebook, a blog and service maps.

“We’re thrilled that we’ve been able to help more than 1 million people get the support and information they need during some of the toughest and scariest chapters of their lives,” says Meghann Rhynard-Geil, Technology for Development Advisor at Mercy Corps. “With a record 68.5 million people on the run because of conflict, poverty and climate change, technology and private sector partnership with humanitarian organizations will continue playing a critical role helping people in search of a better life.”

“Technology, when coupled with human-centered design can play a critical role in providing solutions to the global refugee crisis. Signpost meets refugees where they’re at – whether via a website, social media, or through face-to-face communication that is enhanced by the use of digital technology – to provide critical information and help save lives,” says Lani Fortier, Signpost Project Director for the International Rescue Committee. “People experiencing crisis have enough obstacles to overcome as they work to survive and rebuild their lives. Signpost ensures that misinformation is not another barrier to overcome.”

In a new place and without speaking the local language, refugees often lack basic information they need to access essential humanitarian services. And after suffering or witnessing traumatic events for months or years, they are often unprepared to absorb complex information. In this environment, rumors and misinformation can take the place of credible news. In addition to providing up-to-date information, Signpost also employs social media moderators who are refugees themselves to provide two-way communication, answering questions and providing guidance in users’ own languages and on their preferred platform. In 2018, 11,000 Signpost users sent 94,200 messages to social media moderators.

“Making information universally accessible and useful is a core part of our mission,” says Hector Mujica, Program Manager at Google.org. “As such, we're proud to support Signpost not only with financial contributions, but with Googlers—our top asset—who've dedicated time and technical expertise to help expand this powerful tool to the most marginalized communities around the world.”

Mercy Corps and the International Rescue Committee aim to continue expanding Signpost’s presence in countries situated along migration routes, such as the Central Mediterranean, or where people are displaced due to conflict or crisis.

ABOUT MERCY CORPS 
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action – helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future. Learn more at http://www.mercycorps.org.

ABOUT THE IRC 
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 24 offices across the U.S. helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future, and strengthen their communities. Learn more at http://www.rescue.org and follow the IRC on Twitter & Facebook.

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MELANIE HAYNES Delivers Holiday Fun in Lifetime’s ‘MY CHRISTMAS INN’ and Sony’s Animated ‘SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE’

LOS ANGELES -- Actress MELANIE HAYNES delivers plenty of fun this holiday season appearing in Lifetime’s TV movie, MY CHRISTMAS INN, and then in theaters with Sony’s animated Marvel feature film, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE. Haynes will head back to the small screen in 2019 when she emerges in season three of HBO’s anthology crime drama TRUE DETECTIVE.

On November 21st, Haynes joins the festivities as Ruth in the Lifetime holiday movie MY CHRISTMAS INN. The story follows Jen Taylor (Tia Mowry-Hardict), who inherits a cozy Alaskan inn and unexpectedly discovers a spark of love with small town attorney Steve Anderson (Rob Mayes). Ruth (Haynes) and her husband are regulars at the Inn who demonstrate to Jen just how fulfilling a loving relationship can be.

Then hitting theaters on December 14th, Haynes lends her voice to the Marvel Universe for the new Sony animated feature film SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE. Spider-Man crosses parallel dimensions and teams up with the Spider-Men of those dimensions to stop a threat to all reality. Haynes joins the action as the Logic Teacher alongside the all-star cast including Nicolas Cage, Hailee Steinfeld, Liev Schreiber, John Mulaney, Mahershala Ali, Lily Tomlin.

Coming in 2019, Haynes heads back to the small screen for the anticipated season three of HBO’s anthology crime drama series TRUE DETECTIVE, premiering on January 13th. The next installment tells the story of Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali), a state police detective tasked with investigating the disappearance of two young children in the Ozarks. Haynes joins the cast that also includes Carmen Ejogo, Stephen Dorff, Ray Fisher, Sarah Gadon and Rhys Wakefield among others.

Haynes is excited by the diverse projects she’s been part of recently, adding “I love working on such a variety of projects in drama and comedy – traveling to new, beautiful locales and working with such wonderful actors, directors, and crew!  Since so much of my work has been in voice over through the years, it was especially delightful to be asked to voice a character in this ground breaking new animated Spider-Man feature film. Excelsior!"

Haynes has landed in several celebrated indie films, including as the awkward Aunt Patty in the comedy Antiquities, starring Andrew J. West, Ashley Green, Mary Steenburgen and Michaela Watkins; and as Aunt Trish in the new digital buddy road-trip comedy release Chasing the Sun. Her film roles also include Mother of Mackenzie Davis in the coming-of-age drama, A Country Called Home; as a Church-going, pyramid scheming deceitful woman in Heartland; as the charming but lonely Southern belle Cordella in the award-winning short Tender Moments; and as the no-nonsense bar owner Sissy in the indie drama The Last Mark.

Splitting her time between Los Angeles and her hometown Houston, Texas, Haynes has appeared in and voiced numerous television projects, most recently as a Southern Chef opposite Adam Conover in TruTV’s Adam Ruins Everything. Her TV credits also include The Middle, Salem, A Face to Kill For, The Con, Arrest & Trial and The Daily Apple. She earned her Bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate in Theater and English at the University of Houston, and danced for several years with Patsy Swayze’s Houston Jazz Ballet Company. Haynes served on the board of SAG-AFTRA’s Houston Local Branch for 15 years and as the President for two terms. Today, Haynes continues to run her own professional voice over studio which she established back in 2002.

Melanie Haynes is represented by Aqua Talent, Caviar Enertainment, Osbrink Agency (VO), Pastorini-Bosby Talent (Houston/SE) and Stars Talent Studio (Utah).

For further information on MELANIE HAYNES visit: www.MelanieHaynes-Actress.com

photo - on set: MY CHRISTMAS INN (LtoR) Rob Mayes, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Melanie Haynes, Richard Benedict

photo - on set: SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE - Melanie Haynes

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Filmmaker / Actress ANGELA MATEMOTJA Earns ‘Female Pioneer Award’ for Debut Feature Film ‘ELEVATE’ at 2018 DTLA Film Festival

LOS ANGELES – Filmmaker and actress Angela Matemotja picked up the ‘Female Pioneer Award’ for her feature film debut, ELEVATE, at the recent 10th annual DTLA Film Festival in Los Angeles.

The theme of the 2018 festival was women’s empowerment, a nod to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements launched one year ago. Writing, directing and starring in ELEVATE, Matemotja delivers a drama of intertwining stories about people who must fight to overcome their struggles with homophobia, food addiction and racism. For this, she proved an exceptional choice for the ‘Female Pioneer Award’ honor beside ‘Independent Film Pioneer Award’ winners Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette and Malcolm McDowell, who all starred in prominent films at the festival.

"It’s a tremendous honor to receive such an award from DTLA Film Festival," Matemotja shares. "Karolyne Sosa did an outstanding job. Because our film touches on many social issues, I am pleased that she recognized the women's issues the film deals with as well, particularly the #MeToo aspect of our story. Our screening had a great turnout, audience was extremely receptive and what a great venue. It was such a success, I’m thrilled."

ELEVATE follows the story of Trina, an overweight elevator switchboard operator who desperately tries to accomplish just one day of healthy eating. Overwhelmed by her abusive boss and by the trapped elevator occupants that reach out to her for help, her fitness guru provides the inspiration and escape that she craves – or does she? Ultimately, all of the occupants in this trapped world find themselves caught face-to-face with their inner demons.

The film also stars Brianna Brown (CW’S Dynasty), Kit Williamson (creator/star of award-winning and Emmy nominated LGBTQ series Eastsiders), Alexis Carra (Latina star of ABC’s Mixology) and Matemotja (Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club). 

To produce, Matemotja turned to Dele Ogundiran, who is also African, and Brown, who is the CEO of the non-profit The New Hollywood, which is dedicated to supporting socially conscious storytellers and changemakers.

Leading up to its premiere, ELEVATE has already earned an award of Merit for Best Feature Film and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Angela Matemotja) from the Accolade Global Film Competition.

As an actress, Matemotja has appeared on screens big and small. Her notable feature film credits include the role of ‘Christina’ in Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club and alongside Kevin Hart in the indie comedy film Something Like A Business. Her television roles include appearances on the CBS mega-hit comedy How I Met Your Mother, Amazon’s top cop-drama Bosch, ABC’s long-running series Castle and edgy sitcom Don’t Trust The B…, and Ryan Murphy’s modern laugher The New Normal on NBC.

Behind the camera, Matemotja earned an NAACP Award nomination for directing the stage play Sunshine For a Midnight Weary. Her first short film as writer/director, The Encounter, screened at over 30 international film festivals, earning the Grand Jury Award at the White Sands Int’l FF, Honorable Mention at Toronto CommFFest and nominations for Best Short Film at SoCal FF, SOHO FF and Long Island Int’l Film Expo. Her second short, The Untimely Concurrence, won Best LGBTQ Film at AOF FF, San Francisco Black FF and San Diego Black FF, and the Silver Screen Award for Best Short Film at the Nevada Int’l FF. In addition, her screenplay Drunk Book was awarded Best Comedy Short for the written word competition at AOF FF.

For more about ELEVATE visit: ElevateFilm.com

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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.

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REN HANAMI’s Award-Winning Dramatic Short ‘LIKE LAST NIGHT’ Tests Teen Friendship After Sexual Assault

LOS ANGELES -- Filmmaker and Actress Ren Hanami has been earning awards on the festival circuit with her dramatic short film, LIKE LAST NIGHT, which tests the limits of a teenage friendship after a sexual assault. The coming-of-age film will screen next as an ‘Official Selection’ at the inaugural Golden State Film Festival in Los Angeles on August 12th and Long Beach Indie International Film Festival in late August.

LIKE LAST NIGHT follows Caroline (Carmen Hodgson) and Alex (Andrea Claux), two high school best friends with very different points of view on life, who are forced to confront what to do after one of them is raped at a party. Will the crisis tear them apart or bond them closer together?

The film earned ‘Best Coming Of Age Short’ at the 2018 Culver City Film Festival and ‘Best Short Film Supporting Actress’ for Hanami at the Silicon Beach Film Festival. In addition, the London Story First Film Festival declared: "This is a heartfelt short about a difficult topic, and is sensitively acted by the cast, including a strong performance by Director Hanami as Caroline’s mother.”

Behind the camera, Hanami has been writing and developing several original projects. She is in-development on the feature film, Ninja Mom; and the teen focused spin-off television series pilot, Fashionista Ninja. In addition, Hanami is developing the feature film she penned, Native Land, Rising Sun; a finalist in the 2018 Diverse Voices Screenplay Contest, the story follows a Japanese American girl and Native American girl who meet in the Poston Arizona Internment Camp during World War II.

Hanami is best known in Hollywood for her on-camera work. Most recently, she appeared in episodes of the acclaimed Netflix series GLOW, Showtime’s Shameless, CBS’s police-drama S.W.A.T. and TNT’s popular drama Major Crimes. She also flexed her funny side recurring as Ernie Hudson’s wife in the fan-favorite comedy, Angie Tribeca; ‘Claire’ in Santa Clarita Diet and recurring as ‘Lynn’ in the critically acclaimed HBO series Silicon Valley. Her previous television credits also include Criminal Minds, Pretty Little Liars, Grey’s Anatomy, Parenthood, Southland, and The Big Bang Theory among others. On the festival circuit, Hanami emerged at the Sundance Film Festival in Marianna Palka’s acclaimed bleak comedy Bitch, starring Jaime King and Jason Ritter.

A Huntington Beach, CA native, Hanami was influenced by the heritage of her Hawaiian/Japanese Mother and Scottish Father. She proudly sits as the National Chairman of the SAG-AFTRA Asian Pacific American Media Committee, which offers moral support and a forum where diverse voices can be heard.

LIKE LAST NIGHT at Golden State Film Festival
When: Sunday, August 12, 2018 – 4:00pm
Where: The Sepulveda Screening Room (1640 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Ste 104, Los Angeles, CA 90025)
Info: http://www.goldenstatefilmfestival.com

For additional information about REN HANAMI visit: www.RenWorldInc.com

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#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.

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Quality Management in Healthcare Market Worth 3,698.1 Million USD By 2023, Says Meticulous Research™

According to the latest publication from Meticulous Research™, global Quality Management in Healthcare Market will grow at a CAGR of 15% from 2018 to 2023 to reach USD 3,698.1 million by 2023.

The report states that the growth in this market is mainly attributed to “the government initiatives to improve patient outcomes & safety, rising unstructured data in healthcare, rising geriatric population & burden of chronic diseases, and improving health IT infrastructure”.

Geographically, the North American region is the largest market for quality management solutions in the healthcare market. This region is expected to continue its dominance in the global market with the implementation of Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the U.S., stringent legislative and accreditation requirements regarding healthcare quality reporting, shift from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursements, growing patient data volume, high awareness and adoption of healthcare IT technologies, regulatory requirements to minimize medical errors and clinical risk, and presence of a large number of healthcare IT companies in the region.”

The key players in global quality management in the healthcare market are McKesson Corporation, Medisolv, Inc., Nuance Communication, Inc., Quantros, Inc., Dimensional Insight, Inc., Dolbey Systems, Inc., Verscend Technologies, Inc., MedeAnalytics, Inc., Citiustech Inc., Conduent, Inc., ArborMetrix, Inc. (Change Healthcare), Altegra Health, General Dynamics Health Solutions, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation, 3M Company, Truven Health Analytics (IBM Watson Health), and Persivia, among others.

Scope of the report
Market by Software Type:

  • Business Intelligence &Analytics
  • Physician Quality Reporting Solutions
  • Clinical Risk Management Solutions
  • Provider Performance Improvement Solutions

Market by Mode of Delivery:

  • Web & Cloud-based solutions
  • On-premise solutions

Market by Application:

  • Data Management    
    • Data Processing & Analysis
    • Unstructured Data Abstraction
    • Report Generation & Regulatory Submission
  • Risk Management    

Market by End User:

  • Hospitals
  • Ambulatory Care Centers
  • Healthcare Payers
  • Government bodies& Others

Market by Geography:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • U.K.
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe (RoE)
  • Asia-Pacific (APAC)
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
    • Rest of APAC (RoAPAC)
  • Rest of the World
    • Latin America
    • Middle East & Africa.

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Key questions answered in the report-

  • Which are the high growth market segments in terms of software type, mode of delivery, application, end user, and regions/countries?
  • What is the historical market for quality management in healthcare across the globe?
  • What are the market forecasts and estimates from the period 2018-2023?
  • What are the major drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges in the global quality management in healthcare market?
  • Who are the major players in the global quality management in healthcare market?
  • How is the competitive landscape?
  • What are the recent developments in the global healthcare quality management market?
  • What are the different strategies adopted by the major players in the global healthcare quality management market?
  • What are the geographical trends and high growth regions/countries?
  • Who are the local emerging players in the global quality management in healthcare market and how do they compete with the global players?

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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

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Most Drivers Don't Wear Their Seatbelts Correctly

How many of us ‘wear’ our seat belts properly?

As RoSPA state, seat belts should ‘be worn as tight as possible with no slack’ and ‘the lap belt should go over the pelvic region, not the stomach’. It is well documented that although the crash test dummies are in this perfect sitting position when new cars get tested by NCAP/EuroNCAP, this is not the position most of the world’s 900 million vehicle drivers are in during normal driving.

As EuroNCAP state “Occupant positioning is critical to effective protection during a collision: systems such as seatbelts and airbags do not work as effectively if the occupants are displaced from the expected sitting positions before the impact.”

Although seat belts are proven to reduce injury and save lives, after just a few miles we slip down just an inch or two and our pelvis rotates and this leads to the lap belt riding up off the pelvis onto the stomach, compromising the seatbelt safety. Any collision in this position leads to a very different outcome compared to the EuroNCAP tests. At lower impact speeds the seat belt can cause bruising but at higher speeds internal bleeding and even ‘submarining’ can occur, where the occupant slips under the seat belt. Ask any first-on-the-scene paramedic. A head on collision of 2 cars travelling more than 30mph leads to a 60mph impact. The seat belt works optimally when firmly across the hips to take the huge force on the strong pelvic bone, but if there is slack in the lap belt section, as happens commonly, the damage to the occupants can be fatal.

SHOFT is a new patented product that goes a long way to solving this problem, and it’s so simple.

We all want to sit in the safest position and although most of us start off in a healthy upright position with slack removed, gravity takes its toll after just a few miles and we tend to slip down and forwards slightly into a ‘slouch’ position. We often see drivers sit back up at traffic lights and even give the seat belt a tug upwards to remove the slack again, only for the process to happen again a few miles down the road.

The stark fact is that any slack in the lap belt or misplacement of the seat belt will compromise the effectiveness of the safety devices fitted to the car, such as airbags, knee protection and the seat belt as they are all designed and tested with the occupant sitting upright with seat belt across the hips and with no slack.

Now there is a simple solution.

SHOFTTM is a small palm-sized product designed to keep the slack out of the seat belt. After a 2 second install adding a SHOFT to the seat belt provides it with extra functionality by turning it into an ‘anti-slouch’ device. By keeping out the usual slack that creeps into our seatbelts, SHOFT helps to keep both driver and passengers in a better and potentially safer seated position. And with our poor posture in cars being identified as a major cause of back pain, SHOFT also helps to solve a problem that nearly all of us will have to deal with.

The innovative simple design invented by Dr Graham Cox and his father Ronald, is made from a specially designed soft material that fits by slipping over the top of your car seat belt tongue (that’s the bit you grab every time you buckle up). 
How does it work?

SHOFT has a specifically designed built in ‘brake pad’ made of a secret formula called GRIPteneTM, that engages the seat belt webbing across the lap portion when you buckle up and this helps to resist slack creeping into the lapbelt. SHOFT only affects the lap section of the seat belt, so the occupant can lean forwards in the seat to reach dials as normal.

Adding SHOFT to your vehicle can help you comply with RoSPA guidelines and will help ensure your seat belt is optimally positioned every mile of your trip.For more infomration visit us at www.shoft.co.uk.

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Housing Court Favors Landlord Mogul in Veteran Eviction Case

New York, NY. In a matter now filed with the Attorney General’s Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force, the New York Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision to charge a veteran for all legal fees incurred by his landlord in his attempts to evict him. Landlord, Larry Ginsberg, of Algin Management and owner of over thirty NY high-rise buildings, filed to evict a 40-year tenant on the basis of a claimed late payment of one rental check.

Tenant Gerard Sunnen, a Vietnam–era U.S. veteran (USAF-MC 71-73; USAF Reserves 73-82), states that this one check was duly sent, but not cashed. “For forty years the landlord happily took rent checks, Sunnen said, “ then one month, nothing except for a City Marshall eviction notice pasted on the door. While this may be a case of bias and discrimination, now known is that this is also a common tactic of certain NY landlords eager to flip apartments out of rent stabilization, flouting the rent stabilization guidelines of New York’s Department of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR).“

.The matter landed in NY City’s Housing Court, where months of court appearances ballooned legal fees. Algin demanded some ,800 - reflecting the rates of the landlord’s lawyers, Belkin, Burden, Wenig and Goldman, LLP. - The matter went to Justice Anne Katz, head of NY’s Housing Court. Katz upheld the landlord’s demands.

Appealing the decision to the NY Supreme Court Appellate Term, First Department, the matter awaited final adjudication. In their decision, appellate justices Martin Shulman, Martin Schoenfeld, and Doris Ling-Cohan upheld Katz’s order.

“Tenants’ rights are sacrosanct in many cities around the world,” Sunnen added, “where community cohesion is protected. In these turbulent times breaking down New York’s cultural fabric via massive real estate upheavals, veterans, as all New Yorkers, should have housing shielded from powerful predatory interests, all in the context of a benevolent judicial system.“

Attribution:

Gerard Sunnen

200 East 33rd Street, 26J

New York, NY 10016

Tel. 212-6790679

gsunnen@aol.com

References: Index No. L&T 92116/02

L&T 078335/2015

NY County Clerk # 570869

Posted in: Government & Politics,Law & Legal,News & Current Affairs,Public Affairs

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