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A First On The Fabulous Strip: Realogy Kicks Off Weeklong Multi-Brand Conference In Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS, March 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) today kicked off its first-ever Realogy Global Exchange (RGX), a weeklong gathering of affiliated real estate professionals who will participate in individual brand conferences as well as a multi-brand Realogy general session. Taking place at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, RGX will host more than 10,000 Realogy affiliated brokers, agents and partners from around the world for brand training and learning programs, networking, trend talks led by industry experts and first looks at new Realogy and brand products, programs and services rolling out in 2019. RGX is the first time Realogy has brought together in a single week five brand conferences, including Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Fusion, the CENTURY 21 One21® Experience, Coldwell Banker Gen Blue Experience, Coldwell Banker Commercial Global Conference and Fuel ERA as well as the Cartus Global Network.
"The individual spirit and collective strength that comes from our diverse portfolio of residential real estate brands is one of Realogy's unique advantages," said John Peyton, president and CEO, Realogy Franchise Group. "As we look for ways to leverage our strengths to help affiliated brokers and agents be more successful, only Realogy can gather together such a distinct group of global real estate experts to learn from and share with one another. With a jampacked week of networking, learning and announcements – including a few surprises – I predict that what happens in Vegas this week, won't be staying in Vegas!"
Viva Las Vegas: 'Realizing' a Global Real Estate Convention Unlike Any Other
Wednesday, March 20th, will be RGX Day, a time when Realogy affiliated brands will gather for one action-packed day (and night) of new announcements, interactive and informative learning sessions and high-profile appearances. Themed "Realize," the first-of-its-kind day has been designed to help attendees fully realize the power of the Realogy network, especially when leveraging the company's scale, technology and data to help brokers and agents boost productivity, drive efficiency and ultimately, become more successful. Realogy executives will be joined on-stage throughout RGX Day by several celebrity guests, and when the general session ends, the fun is just beginning as a chart-topping musical group will perform an exclusive concert for all attendees.
Throughout the week, The Source – an interactive, 90,000 square-foot marketplace – will serve as a hub for networking, demonstrations, learning labs and experiential brand and innovation zones. More than 70 Realogy partners will set up shop at The Source to showcase their industry-leading products and services, including new technology solutions. Additionally, agents will be able to re-energize their personal brands with areas dedicated to professional headshots, bios, makeovers and social media tutorials. Participants will also be able to win incredible prizes, including a year's worth of bills paid and free yard signs for life.
From the Brightest Place on Earth, the Most Diverse Gathering of Real Estate Professionals
Surrounding RGX Day, five Realogy brand conferences as well as the Cartus Global Network will convene simultaneously for the first time, including:
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Fusion
Fusion 2019 will be attended by brokers, sales professionals and brokerage staff from the brand's network of more than 12,000 affiliated agents and more than 120 companies. An energizing line-up of speakers will include brand leaders, top-performing BHGRE agents and Co-Founder, Soul Cycle and Partner, WeWork, Julie Rice. Additional notable speakers and educators will include NAR's director of membership engagement, Nobu Hata; luxury real estate experts Jennifer Berman and Chris Pollinger; negotiation expert Tom Hayman; international real estate icon David Knox and Meredith Corporation's style director, Max Wilker.
CENTURY 21 One21 Experience
The One21 Experience will celebrate the relentless sales professionals who gave 121 percent to deliver the extraordinary in 2018, while the new "C21 Social Squad" will discuss and share all things social media. The CENTURY 21 brand will welcome many of its top offices, brokers and affiliated agents to the One21 stage, as well as an endless variety of learning tracks and opportunities to network, mastermind and gain referral business.
Coldwell Banker Gen Blue Experience
Coldwell Banker, the original real estate brand since 1906, will unveil big news about a new vision for the brand's future. Coldwell Banker's Gen Blue conference will be jampacked with educational content focused on ingenuity. Can't-miss sessions will include "How to Win Listings with CBx" and "Predicting the Future with Coldwell Banker Technology," both of which will go in-depth on the prowess of the machine-learning-backed CBx Technology Suite. Another stand-out session, "The Women in Leadership Panel," will be held on March 19 as a prelude to Coldwell Banker's "Women in Leadership Month" coming this May.
Coldwell Banker Commercial Global Conference
During the Coldwell Banker Commercial Global Conference, the brand will release its annual Blue Book Market Intelligence Report that will highlight the top commercial real estate markets across the country using industry data and anecdotes from local commercial real estate brokers. Also, Coldwell Banker Commercial will name the winner of the prestigious 2019 Halter/Case Award.
Brokers and agents attending the Fuel ERA conference will enjoy the networking, collaboration and education opportunities they've come to expect, but on a supersized scale. With more than 55 classes from industry experts, such as national speaker and trainer Jared James and award-winning trainer Juanita McDowell, Fuel ERA will serve as a launchpad for agents and brokers to re-charge, re-invigorate and re-fuel. In addition to hearing some exciting brand announcements from the ERA senior leadership team and celebrating the successes of their peers, attendees also will be inspired and delighted by award-winning speaker, entertainer and guitar virtuoso Mike Rayburn.
Cartus Global Network
The Cartus Global Network will reveal how the brand is resetting its approach to communicating Cartus's value to transferees, clients and prospects. Brokers will hear from senior leadership, including recently hired CEO, Katrina Helmkamp, Global Product and Innovation Officer, Scott Becker, and SVP, Broker Services, Mike Brannan. Philosopher, speaker and photographer Matthew Ferrara will lead a discussion about recruiting, retention and manager accountability, while Steve Murray, president and co-founder of REAL Trends, will share industry insights.
Following RGX, Sotheby's International Realty will host the brand's Global Networking Event in Vancouver, Canada, May 13-15, 2019.
About Realogy Holdings Corp.
Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) is the leading and most integrated provider of residential real estate services in the U.S., focused on empowering independent sales agents to best serve today's consumers. Realogy delivers its services through well-known industry brands, including Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Climb Real Estate®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, Corcoran Group®, ERA®, Sotheby's International Realty® as well as NRT, Cartus®, Title Resource Group and ZapLabs®, an in-house innovation and technology development lab. Realogy's fully integrated business model includes brokerage, franchising, relocation, mortgage, and title and settlement services. Realogy provides independent sales agents access to leading technology, best-in-class marketing and learning programs, and support services to help them become more productive and build stronger businesses. Realogy's affiliated brokerages operate around the world with approximately 193,600 independent sales agents in the United States and approximately 106,400 independent sales agents in 112 other countries and territories. Realogy is headquartered in Madison, New Jersey.
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PANTTERFLY Uses the Iris Flower to Denote Royal Elegance and Fashion in Its New Collection, Exploring the Subtle Allure of Oriental Women
SHENZHEN, China, March 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading fashion brand PANTTERFLY held an iris-themed Haute Couture fashion catwalk show promoting its 2019 Autumn Winter Collection on March 17, 2019 during Shenzhen Fashion Week. Attendees set sail on a romantic journey to elegant Haute Couture fashion the minute they passed through the entry door to the event, highlighting the attention that the show garnered from leading designers, professionals and journalists from across the global fashion community.
In Greek mythology, the iris is the personification and goddess of the rainbow. PANTTERFLY, an iconic fashion brand embodying romance, elegance and the power of women, selected the iris as the theme of the new collection with the aim of showcasing the glorious life of Jacqueline du Pré. The brightly colored iris detailing, crafted by the designers and blended with exquisite oriental hand embroidery, was brought to life in the fabrics created by leading European designers. The vivid and sharp silhouettes of every petal emanate strong, positive feelings about the beauty of life.
In addition to capitalizing on romantic associations that one has when observing the flower, the designers also used the iris to showcase the comfort and delicacy of the fabrics. The premium fabrics curated by designers for Chanel's and Dior's Haute Couture collections, as well as other luxury fashion brands, adorned with dazzling Swarovski crystals and the charming iris element, in combination with the dyapiag technique, exquisite craft and a feel that is soft to the touch, helped infuse an artistic appeal into the attire.
Since its inception in 2012, PANTTERFLY has received a substantial amount of attention, while, over the past seven years, evolving into an established high-end fashion brand. PANTTERFLY founder Pan Rong, who graduated from Istituto Marangoni in Italy, realized that she had a fashion sense as far back as she can remember. She said, "For fashion to be authentic, it must be timeless and imbued with an aesthetic charm." She incorporates the classic elements she loves into her masterpieces and innovates them with high quality fabrics, Asian-themed silhouettes and exquisite craft in a mission to reflect the nobility, elegance, intellectual brilliance and subtle femininity of women.
TDS Nominates Wade Oosterman for Election to Its Board of Directors
CHICAGO, March 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (NYSE: TDS) today announced that Wade Oosterman has been nominated for election to the board of directors. Mr. Oosterman will stand for election as an independent director at the company's annual meeting of shareholders, to be held May 23, 2019.
Mr. Oosterman is Vice Chair and Group President of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada, Canada's largest communications service provider with more than CA$23 billion in annual operating revenue. In addition to his Vice Chair role, Mr. Oosterman also oversees Bell Media, Canada's top broadcasting and content creation company, and is BCE's Chief Brand Officer responsible for all advertising, promotional and sponsorship activities.
Mr. Oosterman has been instrumental in BCE's transformation into Canada's broadband communications leader across wireless, wireline and media segments, improving the customer experience, streamlining its cost structure and creating a clear, consistent brand identity that resonates with consumer and business customers.
Prior to joining Bell Canada, Oosterman was Chief Marketing and Brand Officer for TELUS Corp. and Executive VP, Sales and Marketing for national wireless provider TELUS Mobility. Prior to that, Oosterman was a co-founder of Clearnet Communications Inc., a successful independent wireless company that was sold to TELUS in 2000 for CA$6.6 billion.
"With his extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of the telecommunications industry, Wade Oosterman will bring valuable insight and counsel to the TDS Board," said Walter Carlson, TDS Chairman. "We are delighted to have him join our board and believe he will serve all TDS shareholders with distinction."
"Wade Oosterman's proven track record for delivering exceptional results in our industry will provide for meaningful contributions to the TDS board, including sound engagement with executive management," said LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr., TDS president and CEO. "His deep understanding of the importance of the customer experience and his ability to successfully navigate the rapidly changing telecommunications landscape align with TDS' values and strategy."
Oosterman has served on a number of boards of directors, including for Ingram Micro Inc., Virgin Mobile Canada and Clearnet. He currently serves as a director for Enstream, a joint venture of Canada's largest wireless providers that develops identity verification services for mobile payments and other secure applications. Mr. Oosterman earned an MBA and BA from the prestigious Ivey School of Business at Canada's Western University.
TDS' esteemed director, Mitchell Saranow, is retiring from the board of directors at the 2019 Annual Meeting. He will become a director emeritus of TDS, effective when his term expires May 23, 2019, following the 2019 annual meeting.
"On behalf of the board, I thank Mitch for his many years of outstanding and distinguished service," said Walter Carlson. "Mitch has continuously made contributions to the board through his substantial knowledge and wise counsel, and I look forward to his continued participation on the board of directors as director emeritus."
Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (TDS), a Fortune 1000® company, provides wireless; cable and wireline broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 6 million connections nationwide through its businesses, U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, BendBroadband and OneNeck IT Solutions. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, TDS employed 9,400 people as of December 31, 2018.
Visit investors.tdsinc.com for comprehensive financial information, including earnings releases, quarterly and annual filings, shareholder information and more.
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Fifth Estate's investigation on school bus safety wins 2019 Canadian Hillman Prize
TORONTO, March 18, 2019 /CNW/ - The Sidney Hillman Foundation announced today it has awarded the 9th annual Canadian Hillman Prize to CBC's The Fifth Estate for "Unbuckled: School Bus Safety." It is a sweeping investigation into the research and regulatory failures that have put millions of children at risk on their way to and from school each day.
Bob McKeown, Harvey Cashore and Kimberly Ivany spent four months exposing how equipping Canadian school buses with seatbelts could have prevented thousands of injuries and numerous deaths and how Transport Canada failed to disclose their own internal research showing seatbelts on school buses do save lives and prevent injuries. The impactful reporting revealed the safety tests used to justify not having seat belts on school buses are flawed and that the school bus industry has lobbied against installing them to keep costs down.
Judges Bonnie Brown, Tony Burman and Garvia Bailey, all distinguished Canadian journalists, selected the winner for diligently documenting a story that impacts the lives of Canadian children and their families and for prompting Transport Canada to admit for the first time that seatbelts are a good first step towards improving school bus safety.
"This investigation by The Fifth Estate shines a powerful spotlight on decades of inadequate oversight by policy makers in Canada," said Tony Burman. "This is the type of journalism that has the potential to bring about meaningful change, to be the catalyst behind a concerted effort to help make our kids safer."
The Hillman judges also recognized two entries with honourable mentions: the Toronto Star for its report "The Fix: One Peel nursing home took a gamble on fun, life and love," and "Sidewalk Toronto," by The Logic.
Moira Welsh's piece for the Toronto Star detailed the remarkable results of an experiment within an Ontario long-term care home. Traditional clinical care was transformed by efforts to promote joy, kindness and friendship, enhancing the relationships between dementia patients and staff and leading to marked improvements in health and happiness.
The Logic's Amanda Roth, Zane Schwartz, Murad Hemmadi and Sean Craig submitted a series of reports on the proposal to develop a high-tech neighbourhood on Toronto's waterfront by Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc. Their reporting documented concerns and criticisms over data privacy and governance as well as high-profile resignations of key people involved in the project.
"Investigative journalism is key to any democracy. The press has a special role when it comes to holding organizations and particularly government accountable," said Alex Dagg, Canadian board member of the Sidney Hillman Foundation and Airbnb's Director of Canadian Public Policy. "At a time when newsroom budgets are shrinking, it's more important than ever that we support the reporters who serve the public interest every day."
The recipients of the 2019 Canadian Hillman Prize and Honourable Mentions will be recognized at a ceremony in Toronto on March 28, 2019.
The Sidney Hillman Foundation honours excellence in journalism in service of the common good. The U.S Hillman Prizes have been awarded annually since 1950 and the Canadian Hillman Prize since 2011.
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First Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Beijing Opens at WF CENTRAL
BEIJING, March 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Hongkong Land today announced the completion of its prestigious WF CENTRAL premium lifestyle retail destination, located in the capital city's historic Wangfujing area, with the opening of Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing. Executives from Hongkong Land and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group celebrated the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new hotel, Mandarin Oriental's first hotel in Beijing.
Seamlessly connected with WF CENTRAL, the hotel features 73 rooms and suites which are among the largest in Beijing. The rooms are designed with a contemporary residential style combined with subtle traditional Chinese elements, an array of luxury amenities and expansive, spa-like bathrooms. Many rooms have superb views towards the Forbidden City. The hotel is also home to stylish restaurants and bars, including the signature Mandarin Grill + Bar, casual dining restaurant Cafe Zi, and the sleek, sophisticated MO Bar -- all of which have direct access to an expansive rooftop garden terrace.
Those seeking rejuvenation in the heart of the city may visit The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing, which offers a range of curated wellness and beauty treatments as well as a 25-metre indoor lap pool with natural light and a comprehensive gym.
"Since its opening in May 2018, WF CENTRAL has been playing a crucial role in the redevelopment of the historic Wangfujing area of Beijing into one of the city's premium lifestyle retail destinations," said Mr Raymond Chow, Executive Director of Hongkong Land. "The opening of Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing, completes our work and exemplifies this strategy, as we are bringing Mandarin Oriental's legendary hospitality together with a compelling mix of retail and dining, all nestled within one of the world's most important and historic cities."
Mr Richard Baker, Chief Relationship Officer, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, said, "Mandarin Oriental is delighted to partner with Hongkong Land in the creation of Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing. This is our third successful collaboration and we are immensely proud to be part of WF CENTRAL, Beijing's preeminent lifestyle retail destination. We look forward to introducing the Group's legendary hospitality to China's capital and to welcoming guests through our doors."
WF CENTRAL, Hongkong Land's flagship development in Beijing, is a US$1.2 billion retail-led project designed to be the city's premier shopping and lifestyle destination. It is also expected to be a major contributor to the transformation of Beijing's historic Wangfujing area into a hub for retail, dining and business. The complex has a total gross floor area of more than 150,000 sq. m., including 43,000 sq. m. of retail space that hosts an exciting, diverse mix of tenants according to five core categories: "Luxury", "Fashion", "World-class Gastronomy", "Lifestyle & Wellness" and "Art & Culture".
For more information on Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing, please visit http://www.wfcentral.cn/en/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=lists&catid=15.
Hongkong Land is a major listed property investment, management and development group. Founded in 1889, Hongkong Land's business is built on excellence, integrity and partnership.
The Group owns and manages more than 850,000 sq. m. of prime office and luxury retail property in key Asian cities, principally in Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing and Jakarta. Its properties attract the world's foremost companies and luxury brands.
The Group's Central Hong Kong portfolio represents some 450,000 sq. m. of prime property. It has a further 165,000 sq. m. of prestigious office space in Singapore mainly held through joint ventures, a luxury retail centre at Wangfujing in Beijing, and a 50% interest in a leading office complex in Central Jakarta. The Group also has a number of high-quality residential, commercial and mixed-use projects under development in cities across Greater China and Southeast Asia. In Singapore, its subsidiary, MCL Land, is a well-established residential developer.
Hongkong Land Holdings Limited is incorporated in Bermuda and has a standard listing on the London Stock Exchange, with secondary listings in Bermuda and Singapore. The Group's assets and investments are managed from Hong Kong by Hongkong Land Limited. Hongkong Land is a member of the Jardine Matheson Group.
WF CENTRAL is Hongkong Land's leading premium lifestyle retail centre in China. Located in Wangfujing, the commercial and political heart of Beijing, the complex is built to a design and scale that both respects and revitalises the historic fabric of the area. WF CENTRAL occupies a prime site of approximately 21,000 sq. m. on Wangfujing Street in Dongcheng District, Beijing, providing the community with a total of 150,000 sq. m. of gross floor area that includes 43,000 sq. m. of retail space as well as the 73-room Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing.
Bringing together an unparalleled range of Luxury, Fashion, World-class Gastronomy, Lifestyle & Wellness, and Art & Culture experiences, WF CENTRAL offers a new yet authentic Beijing lifestyle experience, providing visitors with the opportunity to find inspiration, enjoy culture and be part of a new global perspective.
WF CENTRAL is just a stone's throw away from the Forbidden City and the central business district of Beijing. It provides 660 carpark spaces and is well served by the capital's public transportation and metro networks.
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U.S. Beverage Market: 3 Key Mashup Trends, according to Packaged Facts
ROCKVILLE, Md., March 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Your daily cup of coffee just got a lot more interesting. In fact, the U.S. beverage market overall is benefiting from the added intrigue of new innovations and formulations in recent years. Such efforts by marketers and manufacturers have given the otherwise mature beverage industry the buoyancy necessary to stay afloat and thrive, according to U.S. Beverage Market Outlook 2019, a brand new report by market research firm Packaged Facts.
Among the most important recent innovations identified by Packaged Facts in the report involves mashups—the crossover fusion of two or more beverage products that traditionally wouldn't be expected to go together.
Here are three key mashup trends Packaged Facts sees spurring future growth in the beverage industry:
Trend 1: Coffee Jolts Soda, Energy Drinks, Juice, and Bottled Water
More frequently, coffee is being integrated into sparkling beverages, energy drinks, and juices. This is a trend that should see continued expansion as consumers seek the indulgence and flavor of coffee while also thirsting for the effervescence of a carbonated beverage, the additional boost of energy ingredients, and/or more taste options.
"The carbonated soft drink or soda category is challenged, but many consumers moving away from soda still want flavored drinks that have bubbles. They also want healthier, more natural versions with less or no sugar. One of these soda alternatives is ready-to-drink coffee, which has seen a spate of sparkling versions on store shelves," says David Sprinkle, research director for Packaged Facts. "Even more interesting is when we see coffee and sodas converge into an amalgamation that satisfies multiple tastes with a single beverage."
One example, Matchless Coffee Soda, is made from locally roasted coffee which is brewed hot and flash-chilled. The drink is sweetened with Demerara sugar and carbonated. Similarly, Brooklyn-based startup Keepers produces sparkling coffee in two versions—Citrus and Black. The company roasts organic beans using a Japanese flash cold-brewing method, and blends the coffee with fresh-pressed Florida tangerine juice to make the Citrus version. Also in the conversation is Upruit, which offers a blend of cold-pressed fruit juice and cold brew coffee with light carbonation.
And because c-stores and coffee are nearly inseparable, convenience store chain 7-Eleven adds a twist to coffee soda with a packaging innovation for its private label Fizzics Sparkling Cold Brew Coffee. The product is packaged in self-chilling cans that cool the coffee when the user turns the can upside down and twists the base until a hissing sound is heard. The product is cold in 75 to 90 seconds. The cans are also recyclable, which is advantageous with more consumers increasingly worrying about beverage packaging and waste.
Beyond soda and juice, coffee is also being paired with bottled water. Happy Tree combines cold brew coffee with its maple water, which is marketed with focus on its naturally-occurring nutrients not found in traditional water and on the fact that the beverage is sweet yet low in calories.
Trend 2: Tea Brews Up Healthier Flavor Fusions that Appeal to Millennials
On a similar development trajectory to coffee, tea is increasingly being incorporated into sparkling beverages, energy drinks, and juices. The results impart tea's health benefits into beverages whose energy ingredients, carbonation, and flavors often have a wider appeal to younger adults.
As a soda alternative, new products to market include sparking versions of ready-to-drink (RTD) tea. An interesting sparkling iced tea brand is Sound Sparkling Tea, available in Chamomile, Green Tea, Rose Tea, Yerba Mate and White Tea versions.
Tea merges into the energy drink space not only with stimulants like guayusa, green tea, and matcha, but also yerba mate, which is starting to catch on with young Millennial consumers who are more adventurous with their food and beverages. The Guayaki organic iced tea brand features yerba mate more prominently than its own name on its bottle's label.
Similarly, DanoneWave's STōK brand added a new range of cold brewed teas, STōK Yerba Mate Cold Brew Teas, to complement its cold brewed coffees. The teas contain 75% more caffeine than typical RTD iced teas.
Trend 3: Energy and Sports Drinks Created With More "Natural" Caffeine Sources
There is an increasing blurring of the lines between sports and energy drinks, and indeed for many beverage categories. An excellent example of that are hybrid ready-to-drink energy teas and coffees. Coffee and tea are naturally energizing. And indeed, most Americans would consider these beverages their original energy drink. After all, they share the most ubiquitous energy ingredient—caffeine—with today's most popular energy drinks. Even everyday cola and its caffeine are used by many consumers as energy drinks. More recently, entrepreneurs have launched coffee and tea-based beverages that more clearly play upon their energy functionality.
Energy drink Runa, backed by celebrities Channing Tatum, Leonardo DiCaprio, and others, gets what it calls its "clean energy" from the Amazon rainforest guayusa leaf, of which the company has built its own vertical supply chain.
Meanwhile, energy shot segment leader 5-hour ENERGY turned the tides with 5-hour TEA Shots, launched in 2018. The product, designed to appeal to more health-conscious users, gets its caffeine from green tea leaves. The drinks contain the same ingredients as regular 5-hour ENERGY except for caffeine.
Phocus sparkling waters border on being energy drinks with 75 mg of natural caffeine from green tea in each can. The waters also contain L-theanine, an amino acid said by the company to provide a "smoother energy lift." Phocus promotes "clean energy," which is trending, and sets itself apart from traditional energy drinks by claiming the boost of caffeine, "without the crash."
Purchasing the Report
U.S. Beverage Market Outlook 2019 provides a single, fully up-to-date resource on the top 7 beverage categories, presenting comprehensive insights on where the market growth will be and why. The following beverage market categories are covered:
- Bottled & Enhanced Waters
- Carbonated Beverages
- Coffee & Ready-To-Drink Coffee
- Dairy Beverages & Non-Dairy Milk Alternatives
- Energy & Sports Drinks
- Tea & Ready-To-Drink Tea
The report focuses on the market for the aforementioned select beverage products sold to consumers in the United States through retail channels. All retail channels of distribution are covered in market sizing and discussion, including supermarkets and grocery stores, mass merchandisers and supercenters, warehouse clubs, natural food stores, convenience stores, drugstores, dollar stores, vending machines, and direct-sales channels including online. Market size data and projections are provided at the retail sales level for 2013-2018 and 2018-2023, with channel and marketer shares figures for 2018.
View additional information about U.S. Beverage Market Outlook 2019, including purchase options, the abstract, table of contents, and related reports at Packaged Facts' website: https://www.packagedfacts.com/Beverage-Outlook-12079370/.
U.S. Beverage Market Outlook 2019 is the companion report to Packaged Facts' U.S. Food Market Outlook 2019, published in February. Both reports can be purchased—separately or as a collection—on Packaged Facts' website.
About Packaged Facts
Packaged Facts, a division of MarketResearch.com, publishes market intelligence on a wide range of consumer market topics, including consumer demographics and shopper insights, consumer financial products and services, consumer goods and retailing, and pet products and services. Packaged Facts also offers a full range of custom research services. Reports can be purchased at our company website and are also available through MarketResearch.com.
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AKER BP: Publication of 2018 Reports
TRONDHEIM, Norway, March 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Aker BP ASA today, 18 March 2019, made public the electronic version of the Annual Report, the Annual Statement of Reserves and the Sustainability Report for 2018.
"2018 was a fantastic year. We are very pleased with the year's financial results, which show a net profit of USD 476 million - an increase of 73 per cent. Through excellent project execution, a strong cash flow from our existing portfolio and a solid balance sheet, we have built a foundation for Aker BP's further growth. This strength allows us to increase our dividend payment objectives. The Board of Directors has proposed a 2019 dividend distribution totalling USD 750 million, up from USD 450 million in 2018, and indicated its ambition to raise dividend payouts through to 2023 by USD 100 million per year," says CEO Karl Johnny Hersvik.
Read the reports here:
Kjetil Bakken, VP Investor Relations, tel.: +47-91-889-889
Tore Langballe, VP Communications, tel.: +47-907-77-841
Ole-Johan Faret, Press Spokesman, tel.: +47-402-24-217
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Aker BP Sustainability Report 2018
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Northern Dynasty Announces Closing Of US$11.5 Million Bought Deal
VANCOUVER, March 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ - Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. (TSX: NDM; NYSE American: NAK) ("Northern Dynasty" or the "Company") is pleased to report that it has closed its previously announced bought deal offering, including the exercise in full of the over-allotment option (the "Offering"). A total of 17,968,750 common shares of the Company were sold at a price of US$0.64 per share for gross proceeds of US$11.5 million. The Offering was completed pursuant to an underwriting agreement dated March 13, 2019 among the Company and Cantor Fitzgerald Canada Corporation, as lead underwriter and sole bookrunner, and a syndicate of underwriters including BMO Capital Markets, H.C. Wainwright & Co., LLC. and TD Securities Inc. (collectively, the "Underwriters"). The Company paid a 6% commission to the Underwriters.
The proceeds of the Offering are anticipated to be used for (i) operational expenditures, including engineering, environmental, permitting and evaluation expenses associated with the Pebble Project and the advancement of completion of the United States Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Impact Study, (ii) enhanced outreach and engagement with political and regulatory offices in the Alaska state and U.S. federal government, Alaska Native partners and broader regional and state-wide stakeholder groups, and (iii) general corporate purposes. It remains one of the Company's goals to partner the Pebble Project.
The Offering was completed by way of a prospectus supplement (the "Prospectus Supplement") to the Company's existing Canadian base shelf prospectus (the "Base Shelf Prospectus") and related U.S. base shelf prospectus included in the Company's registration statement on Form F-10 (SEC File No. 333-229262) (the "Registration Statement") filed under the Canada/U.S. multi-jurisdictional disclosure system. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities, nor will there be any sale of the securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. The securities being offered have not been approved or disapproved by any regulatory authority, nor has any such authority passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of the Prospectus Supplement, the Base Shelf Prospectus or the Registration Statement.
About Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd.
Northern Dynasty is a mineral exploration and development company based in Vancouver, Canada. Northern Dynasty's principal asset, owned through its wholly owned Alaska-based U.S. subsidiary, Pebble Limited Partnership ("PLP"), is a 100% interest in a contiguous block of 2,402 mineral claims in southwest Alaska, including the Pebble deposit. PLP is the proponent of the Pebble Project, an initiative to develop one of the world's most important mineral resources.
Ronald W. Thiessen
President & CEO
Forward Looking Information and other Cautionary Factors
This news release contains "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation, and "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (collectively referred to as "forward-looking information"). The use of any of the words "expect", "plan", "update" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking information or statements. These statements include expectations about the use of proceeds of the Offering, the finalization by the United States Army Corps of Engineers of the Environmental Impact Study, the ability of the Company to proceed with permit applications for the development of the Pebble Project and the ability of the Company to obtain the necessary federal and state permits for the development of the Pebble Project. Though the Company believes the expectations expressed in its forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are subject to future events and third party discretion such as regulatory personnel. For more information on the Company, and the risks and uncertainties connected with its business, Investors should review the Company's home jurisdiction filings at www.sedar.com and its filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov.
SOURCE Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd.
BCLC Awards Pollard Banknote 10-Year Contract Extension
WINNIPEG, March 18, 2019 /CNW/ - Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) ("Pollard Banknote") is pleased to announce a significant ten-year extension to its instant ticket games and related services contract with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation ("BCLC"). Under this agreement, which commenced on February 1, 2019, Pollard Banknote will continue to serve BCLC as a supplier of instant ticket games through December 31, 2028.
This agreement extends the successful and more than 30-year relationship between Pollard Banknote and BCLC, during which time we have provided everything from game design and instant ticket production to marketing support and strategic planning services. Over the course of this partnership, Pollard Banknote has helped the lottery achieve steady sales growth, including a 33% increase in instant sales over the past five years, which well exceeds the Canadian average of 20% over the same period.
BCLC is recognized for its innovative and progressive approach to instant ticket products, launching tickets featuring many of Pollard Banknote's industry-leading innovations, including Scratch FX®, Jumbo Pop n' Play™, PlayBook® Mini, pouched games, and various specialty inks. BCLC's adoption of novel game concepts is well suited to their commitment to strengthen their core games and expand their product offerings to meet the expectations of their growing customer base. For example, the Lottery and Pollard Banknote are currently collaborating on a dynamic new Crossword ticket that will feature an integrated digital game play component to extend player excitement.
"BCLC is a long-valued customer and we are exceptionally proud of the strong partnership we have cultivated. We work hard to help BCLC delight its players with eye-catching and innovative products, and we are happy to see the results of these efforts pay off with consistent sales growth." said Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pollard Banknote. "This contract extension demonstrates the productive nature of our collaborative relationship, and we are excited for the opportunity to continue to work with BCLC for many more years to come."
About Pollard Banknote
Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality instant ticket products, licensed games, Schafer Systems retail merchandising solutions, and a full suite of digital offerings, ranging from game apps to comprehensive player engagement and iLottery solutions, including strategic marketing and management services. The company is a proven innovator and has decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales, and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also provides pull-tab tickets, bingo paper, and its Diamond Game and Oasis-branded electronic ticket machines to charitable and other gaming markets in North America. Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 67.5% by the Pollard family and 32.5% by public shareholders, and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more information, please visit our website at www.pollardbanknote.com.
Certain statements in this press release may constitute "forward-looking" statements and information, which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause actual results, performance, or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. When used in this document, such statements include such words as "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "plan," and other similar terminology. These statements reflect management's current expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date of this document. There should not be an expectation that such information will in all circumstances be updated, supplemented, or revised whether as a result of new information, changing circumstances, future events, or otherwise.
SOURCE Pollard Banknote Limited
Guidefitter Expands its Reach in the Outdoor Industry with Nearly Forty New Brand Partners
AUSTIN, Texas, March 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Guidefitter, the industry network for professional outdoor guides and outfitters, and the leading influencer marketing platform for hunting and fishing brands, announced today that it has signed thirty-seven new brand partners to help them manage their pro purchase programs and significantly expand their reach to tens of thousands of vetted outdoor professionals.
New Guidefitter partners include the Feradyne archery brands: Rage, Carbon Express, Muzzy, Block, Nockturnal, True-Fire, Rocky Mountain, Muzzy Bowfishing, IQ, Glen-Del, Shooter, Hurricane, Wac'em, Black Hole and Eastman Outdoors. In addition to the Feradyne family, Guidefitter also added OnX, First Lite, Mystery Ranch backpacks, Eberlestock, MTN Tough, Spypoint, SureFire, Kestrel, BroncBox, Zamberlan, Cold Steel, Heather's Choice backpack foods, Kolpin, Shadow Hunter Blinds, Muddy Outdoors, Hawk Treestands, NAP Archery, SOG, NEMO Equipment, Sawyer Products, GunfightersINC holsters, and Mr. Target.
"Several thousand vetted guides and outfitters opted-in to our pro program within the first month of adopting the Guidefitter platform," said Alex Kutches, vice president at Mystery Ranch backpacks, based in Bozeman, Montana. "Guidefitter's focus within the hunting industry provides us with access to a uniquely strong network of influential professionals who put gear - like our packs - through its paces every day out in the field, and those pros will be able to purchase our gear via Guidefitter on April 15 of this year."
"Prior to Guidefitter, we were working with a retail associate-focused service to provide our pro staffers with access to purchase incentives," said Matt Seidel, Hunt Product Owner, OnX. "But Guidefitter's tech platform, strict vetting processes, and expansive network of pro hunting guides was a much stronger fit for our onX Hunt App."
The new brands adopting the Guidefitter platform provide verified outdoor professionals with an array of additional product choices to help them better perform their jobs in the field, from categories including: apparel; footwear; archery products; treestands and blinds; trail cameras; mobile apps; food, safety and fitness products; knives and tools; illumination; backpacks and shooting accessories.
"Guidefitter operates as an extension of our team and our business, enforcing our pro program guidelines, discount levels and vetting criteria, while helping us significantly expand our ability to reach more influencers," said Ross Copperman, vice president of sales and marketing for First Lite, based in Ketchum, Idaho. "They've also been a flexible B2B partner who understands our unique go-to-market strategy and requirements for seamless IT integration and real-time feedback on program performance on their platform."
Guidefitter, headquartered in Austin, Texas, was founded in 2011 by Bryan Koontz. The Grid enterprise influencer marketing platform for the hunting and fishing industry, was introduced in January, 2016. Guidefitter now operates the largest verified opt-in network of outdoor industry professionals in the world, including pro hunting and fishing guides, military, law enforcement, outdoor government employees, wildlife conservation pros, industry employees, outdoor educators, first responders, and more.
More information about Guidefitter's solutions for outdoor brands can be found at https://www.guidefitter.com/grid. Individuals seeking to join Guidefitter's growing audience of industry influencers, including employees of select outdoor gear and related brands, can apply at https://www.guidefitter.com/insiders.
Guidefitter is the industry network for professional outdoor guides and outfitters, the trusted destination for consumers seeking and sharing guided hunts and fishing adventures, and the enterprise influencer marketing and sales channel for outdoor brands. Guidefitter members and the information they share through web and mobile apps, represent the pulse of the guided hunting and fishing industry. For more information about Guidefitter, visit Guidefitter.com.
BevMo! Adds Spirits Into The Mix (& Match) At Year's First 5-Cent Wine Event
CONCORD, Calif., March 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- BevMo! will be mixing things up a bit for the years' first "5-Cent Event," as it has announced that vodka, tequila, whiskey and other spirits are included in the sale, and can be matched with wine purchases to take advantage of the five-cent sale price.
The semi-annual sale will begin March 19 and run through April 22 at all BevMo! California locations.
For the first time in the sale's 12-year history, customers can purchase a select bottle of wine or spirit at full price and then choose a second bottle of equal or lesser value for five cents. In the past, there was no mixing and matching across the wine and spirits aisles.
More than 400 wines will be part of the "5-Cent Wine Event," as well as more than 40 different spirits brands, including Svedka Vodka, Malibu Rum, Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey and Tennessee Fire, and El Jimador Tequila in California.
On the wine side, there will be a number of critically acclaimed offerings, ranging from 90+ rated and Gold Medal winners, exclusive items and limited edition bottles. Some of the more noteworthy labels include Rosenblum Rockpile Vineyard Zinfandel, Matchbook Dunnigan Hills Chardonnay, Tapiz Malbec, Coppola Chardonnay and Clos du Bois Reserve Chardonnay.
This year, nearly a dozen of the 17 new wines introduced to the sale are the result of a recent shopper tasting panel created by BevMo!, where hundreds of wines were judged by customers to determine which ones would be added to the event's line-up of wines.
Now in it's 12th year, the famed "5-Cent Event" is a bi-annual sale where shoppers can buy select bottles at full price, and receive the second bottle for just five cents. Last year, BevMo! re-introduced the once popular option of "mixing and matching" different wines from the sale, and this year marks the first time spirits have been thrown into the mix.
"This year should be incredibly exciting to see how people cross the aisle to take advantage of this unique sale," said Josiah Knutsen, SVP of merchandising at BevMo! "But no matter if you're a just a wine consumer or exclusively a spirits shopper, this sale is perfect for all tastes."
BevMo! is the leading alcoholic beverage specialty retailer in the western United States, with nearly 170 stores located throughout California, Arizona and Washington. BevMo! provides a uniquely friendly and welcoming environment for competitively priced alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The retailer also has a wide assortment of complementary products such as specialty foods and snacks, cigars, glassware and related bar and wine accessories. Its friendly and product-knowledgeable team members assist both enthusiasts and first-time buyers of wine, spirits and beer. BevMo!'s philosophy is simple: we help find the "perfect drink for every glass." For more information, visit http://www.bevmo.com
Bluescape® Announces New Whiteboard Feature and API Integrations with Leading Collaboration Tools
SAN CARLOS, Calif. and ORLANDO, Fla., March 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Bluescape®, the leading collaboration workspace solution, introduces new product features and API integrations with Adobe Creative Cloud tools, including a free trial program of Bluescape. Teams can now work faster with streamlined processes and more productive meetings. The company also announces a new digital whiteboard feature, adding some fun back into brainstorming sessions and making it easier to share ideas, create storyboards, develop ad and marketing campaigns, or design the hottest new products.
Bluescape takes an "open approach" across the entire company starting with a platform that fully integrates with other tools and applications. This delivers added value to different working groups, opening up lines of communications and eliminating barriers that siloed applications create among teams. Bluescape also encourages open collaboration across and outside of the enterprise.
"The way we do collaboration has to change. Nearly every person I speak with tells me that their meetings are broken, especially when we're supposed to be collaborating," said Demian Entrekin, chief technology officer at Bluescape. "How we collaborate digitally is clunky, and that's the nice way of saying it."
"Traditional video conferencing systems and siloed information systems have stagnated work processes. People want new ways to work together. Our platform breaks down those traditional boundaries by integrating communication systems and digital content in a visual workspace," adds Entrekin. "The key to the new approach is openness."
Bluescape's newest whiteboard feature brings back the fun and imagination around brainstorming, drawing pictures and scribbling words on a digital whiteboard. Forget about taping sticky notes on a physical whiteboard or taping posters around a conference room.
Bluescape's whiteboard is easy-to-use and easy-to-get-started. First time users can start writing, drawing, adding colored notecards and browser links on a digital whiteboard in the same comfortable manner they used with physical whiteboards. Fears of messing up or not using the board correctly are eliminated as people begin to expand their boards and do more with their content. As they demand more functionality, they can migrate seamlessly into Bluescape Enterprise.
The initial whiteboard offering is dedicated for use as an individual or team's idea or brainstorm board. The whiteboard can be imported immediately into a new Bluescape workspace for additional collaboration. Teams can upload their series of whiteboards to preserve as design thinking or project workflows. The offering is available initially for use on touchscreens running on Linux.
SECURITY AND USER ACCESS
Bluescape continues to build security features into its solutions because keeping companies, their people and their information safe is our top priority. In addition to our built-in security framework, we're developing functionality that lets clients customize security to fit their network protocols, rules and access controls, including those that change minute-by-minute.
The company announces the availability of "custom roles" features, which gives organizations advanced security and access control. Companies can now set different combinations of user and access permissions at three levels:
- Applications: controls what users can do and access
- Organization: controls what users can do and access
- Bluescape workspace: controls what users can do and access within a workspace
With this security capability, companies have greater flexibility and control while meeting compliance and regulatory requirements.
EXPANDING THE COLLABORATION EXPERIENCE
Bluescape delivers updated API enhancements for the Adobe Creative Cloud including UX design tool Adobe XD. For Adobe Photoshop users, Bluescape helps designers solve the challenges of visualizing in-progress creative content. The plugin allows people to work, update and share photos and graphics in Photoshop, Bluescape and other design applications, while eliminating time-consuming and repetitious steps moving in and out of applications.
For Adobe users, the company introduces a free one-month trial program of Bluescape available for download on the Adobe Exchange Marketplace. Designers and creatives can experience real-time collaborative design while working simultaneously in Bluescape and Adobe Creative Cloud apps including Photoshop, Illustrator, and XD, Adobe's complete end-to-end UX/UI design tool. The workspace resides in a cloud environment where teams can work and access through a web browser interface. Starting in Bluescape is easy with content readily available and teams can progress quickly to create extensive and content-rich (documents, multi-media, photos, images and videos) workspaces.
Bluescape will showcase the latest product features to its secure, digital workspace platform at Enterprise Connect 2019, March 18-20. Come by the Bluescape booth #1005 to see how teams are visualizing and sharing content for more collaborative and productive meetings.
Dates: Monday, March 18 - Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Location: Gaylord Palms Hotel and Convention Center, Orlando
- Bluescape free one-month trial for Adobe Creative Cloud users here
- Bluescape Plugin for Adobe Creative Cloud overview
- Be Creative, Be Extraordinary with the Bluescape Plugin for Adobe XD CC guide
Bluescape®, a leading collaboration workspace solution, enables companies to innovate, collaborate and work together more efficiently. Its online whiteboard solution gives dispersed teams a visually-rich, interactive platform to work and share multiple applications, documents, multimedia and web content simultaneously. Users can write, draw and add notes in real-time to work more creatively in and beyond meetings. Founded in 2012, Bluescape is based in San Carlos, California and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Haworth. Visit Bluescape and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.
Marketing & Communications Director
Aircover PR for Bluescape
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Annual Manulife Paddle the Don Returns for 26th Year of Celebrating Toronto's Iconic Don River
Registration for Paddle the Don is now open at paddlethedon.ca
TORONTO, March 18, 2019 /CNW/ - On Sunday, May 5, 2019, Manulife Paddle the Don will see hundreds of paddlers canoe and kayak the Don River to show their support for the ongoing conservation of one of Toronto's most important watersheds. The event brings conservationists, business people and recreationalists together to raise funds for Toronto and Region Conservation Authority's (TRCA) crucial environmental initiatives in the Toronto region. Registration for Manulife Paddle the Don is now open for both members of the public and businesses wishing to participate at paddlethedon.ca.
From Toronto's Ernest Thompson Seton Park to the newly opened Corktown Common, participants will enjoy an authentic paddling experience in the heart of Canada's largest city. The annual event is beloved by paddling enthusiasts and spectators alike, and draws over 700 participants in more than 300 boats, as they paddle a 10.5 kilometre stretch of the river.
"Manulife Paddle the Don offers participants the unique opportunity to discover the Don River's beauty and significance first-hand and gain a greater understanding of why preserving this vital natural resource is so important," said Jennifer Innis, Chair of TRCA's Board of Directors. "The event helps sustain TRCA's conservation work in the Don River watershed, and we are proud of the incredible support this initiative receives from our sponsor Manulife, the business community and the members of the public who come out year after year."
Over its 26-year history, Manulife Paddle the Don has raised over $600,000 to support TRCA's restoration initiatives, which are of environmental benefit to the watershed. The fundraiser also helps TRCA educate and engage the public on the significance of the Don River and other watersheds in the Toronto region. Manulife Paddle the Don is organized in partnership with the Toronto and Region Conservation Foundation, along with the support of over 200 dedicated volunteers.
The event begins with an opening ceremony at 8:15 a.m. at Ernest Thompson Seton Park and will conclude with a landing party at Toronto's Corktown Common between 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Spectators are invited to safely watch and cheer on the paddler's progress along the route at the following viewing points:
- Overlea Boulevard (Bridge is located east of Millwood Road)
- Leaside Bridge (Millwood Road South)
- Pottery Road (Between Bayview Avenue and Broadview Avenue)
- Bloor Viaduct (Bloor Street just west of Danforth Avenue)
- Queen Street (Between Bayview Avenue and Broadview Avenue)
- Riverdale Park (West of Broadview Avenue between Danforth Avenue and Gerrard Street East)
For more information about this year's event please visit paddlethedon.ca.
SOURCE Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
North Hollywood CineFest Boasts Indie Film, Celebrities, and Awards
LOS ANGELES, March 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The 6th annual North Hollywood CineFest will showcase 95 short films and 18 feature films from around the globe at the Laemmle NoHo 7 theater over nine days. In addition, 30 Los Angeles–area high school short films will play on the big screen over a three-day period, and the best three will be awarded on closing night. These high school films are a continuation of the Los Angeles Student Film Festival (LASFF), a City of Los Angeles program that was launched nine years ago by Councilman Paul Krekorian and is now a part of the North Hollywood CineFest.
The festival is expected to open with a robust red-carpet arrivals line, with stars such as Billy Zane (Titanic), Alison Eastwood (The Mule), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2), and Frankie Muniz (Agent Cody Banks), among others, scheduled to appear. CineFest is expected to attract thousands to the festival and will promote local businesses as well as the Final Salute and NO MORE charitable causes for the duration of the event. Final Salute assists homeless veteran women nationwide, and NO MORE assists victims of domestic violence.
The awards show this year will begin with a panel of the three women producers of the Netflix hit documentary Abducted in Plain Sight, a film that premiered in Los Angeles with the North Hollywood CineFest last year. It will take place at the Laemmle NoHo 7 theater on Thursday, March 28, and will have a professionally produced Oscars-style ceremony to cap the evening.
North Hollywood CineFest thanks its sponsors for making the event possible, including Councilman Paul Krekorian, First Entertainment Credit Union, and BD Guidance.
About North Hollywood CineFest
Located in the heart of the NoHo Arts District in Los Angeles, the North Hollywood CineFest has established itself as a premiere event for independent cinema from all over the world.
The festival brings independent films of all genres to a vibrant local social scene in a state-of-the-art facility. Every filmmaker and film lover is sure to be impressed and delighted with the theater and surrounding location. The combination of great film screenings, press, a red-carpet, parties, and panels — all offered during this nine-day event — is what makes this a dynamic and must-go experience.
SOURCE North Hollywood CineFest
Media Advisory - Law Society of Ontario celebrates International Francophonie Day 2019
TORONTO, March 18, 2019 /CNW/ - The Law Society of Ontario will celebrate International Francophonie Day 2019 by hosting a special two-part event on Wednesday, March 20, at Osgoode Hall.
The first part of the event (5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.) is a panel discussion titled Langues officielles devant les tribunaux; a French-language CPD program created in partnership with AJEFO and PratiquO. The featured participants of this panel are listed below.
- Justice Paul Rouleau, Court of Appeal for Ontario
- Justice Julie A. Thorburn, Superior Court of Justice
- Sherif Foda, lawyer, Sherif Foda Barrister & Solicitor
- Christine Mainville, partner, Henein Hutchison LLP
- Alain Roussy, director, PratiquO
The second part (6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.) is a Showcase and Networking reception hosted by the Law Society's Equity department. This is an opportunity for attendees to explore and engage with organizations that will be showcasing their French-language programming and services available to licensees and the public. This event will also allow attendees to connect with other Francophones and Francophiles, to learn of resources available to better navigate the professional landscape, to support the development of French language professions and to learn how to better serve Ontario's French-speaking public.
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Donald Lamont Centre
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday, March 20
Law Society of Ontario
130 Queen St. West, Toronto, Ontario
(Enter via east doors facing City Hall)
SOURCE The Law Society of Ontario
F45 Training Secures a Growth Equity Investment from the Mark Wahlberg Investment Group
Strategic Investment will Continue F45 Training's Unprecedented Growth Within the Global Fitness Industry
LOS ANGELES, March 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- F45 Training, the fastest-growing fitness franchise in the world, announced today that an investment group led by Mark Wahlberg and FOD Capital has become a strategic investor through a minority stake in the company.
The Australian-born company undertook an extensive marketing process to identify the best growth-oriented investor, ultimately concluding that the Mark Wahlberg Investment Group was the best partner to accelerate F45 Training's ambitious global growth plans. This investment and partnership will ensure the continuous large-scale expansion of F45 Training across the globe and increase brand awareness, specifically in the high-growth U.S. market.
The F45 Training management team, including founder and CEO Rob Deutsch and his business partner Adam Gilchrist, will continue to lead the company through its next phase of global growth. This new partnership will enable F45 to improve its systems and processes to the benefit of members and franchisees while continuing to deliver its proven functional training workout to millions of F45 enthusiasts across the globe.
"This is a monumental transaction for F45 Training. When we started the company, we knew we had something special and had bold plans to create a global fitness movement," said CEO Rob Deutsch. He continued, "The immense interest we were able to generate through this process proved the strength of the F45 platform and we are excited to embark on this partnership with Mark Wahlberg and his team of investors. Mr. Wahlberg's genuine passion for fitness, proven business acumen and shared vision for F45 Training made this an ideal fit for the company, and we are proud to welcome him into the F45 family."
What started as a single Australian studio has transformed into the world's fastest-growing fitness franchise. Since its inception, F45 Training has pioneered the fitness industry with its innovative training and technology systems. This relentless focus on innovation, scalability, and the development of a great product have allowed the company to grow to over 1,500 studios across 40 countries, becoming a fitness phenomenon unlike any other.
The 45-minute, station-based, heart-rate monitored functional training concept has helped tens of thousands of people achieve their fitness goals and become a part of a global fitness community. Community networks that promote fitness, good health and personal growth are forged in F45 studios around the world and are the source of F45 Training's strength as an international brand.
"Together with my investors, we are excited to be working with F45 Training. The founders of F45 Training have done an incredible job building a global brand, and with this partnership, we hope to continue disrupting the fitness industry," said Mr. Wahlberg. He continued, "The strength of F45 is that people of all fitness levels will find motivation and support in an F45 studio. We look forward to inspiring people all over the world to pursue their health and fitness goals by introducing them to F45."
F45 Training is thrilled to work with Mr. Wahlberg and his team to take F45 Training into a new and exciting era of growth and innovation.
Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. served as exclusive financial advisor to F45 Training. Baker McKenzie served as legal counsel to F45 Training. Dickinson Wright served as legal counsel to the investment group.
About F45 Training
Founded in 2012, F45 Training (https://f45training.co.uk/), is a unique team training workout unlike any other. The workout merges three separate leading-edge fitness training styles – high-intensity interval training (HIIT), circuit training, and functional training – into one, consummate and compelling group training experience for its members. This fusion has led to the development of 36 unique 45-minute workout experiences, with additional workouts under development by the F45 Athletics Department.
F45 Training's daily workouts vary the amount of exercise stations, the work time/rest time ratio and the number of repetitions through a daily exercise circuit. This provides a challenging—and ever-changing—workout for its clientele. This combination of interval, cardiovascular and strength training has been proven to be the most effective workout method for burning fat and building lean muscle.
The company was recently ranked on Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 as well as Entrepreneur's Fastest-Growing Franchises of 2019. Visit https://www.f45invest.com for franchise opportunities.
The Taiwan Fund, Inc. Announces Share Repurchases under its Discount Management Program
NEW YORK, March 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Taiwan Fund, Inc. (TWN) (the "Fund") announced today that for the period March 11, 2019 through March 15, 2019, the Fund repurchased a total of 11,067 shares under the Fund's Discount Management Program as follows:
March 11, 2019
March 12, 2019
March 13, 2019
March 14, 2019
March 15, 2019
The Fund is a diversified closed-end investment company, which seeks long term capital appreciation primarily through investments in equity securities listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange. Shares of the Fund are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "TWN."
For additional information on the Fund, including information on the Fund's holdings, visit the Fund's website at www.thetaiwanfund.com or call 1-877-217-9502.
SOURCE The Taiwan Fund, Inc.
Las Vegas Sands Announces Kelly Clarkson Will Headline Sands Cares INSPIRE on May 24
LAS VEGAS, March 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) announced today that Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum artist Kelly Clarkson will headline Sands Cares INSPIRE 2019, the signature fund-raising event for the Sands Cares Accelerator Program, on Friday, May 24, at The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. PST, Friday, March 22.
Underwritten by Las Vegas Sands, the charity concert raises funds for Sands Cares Accelerator Program members – the Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation (ICF) and Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY) – as part of the program's aim to invest a variety of resources in participating nonprofit organizations to accelerate their impact in the Las Vegas community.
Clarkson is one of the most popular artists of this era with worldwide sales of more than 25 million albums and 36 million singles. The Texas-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter is one of pop music's top singles artists, with 17 singles boasting multi-platinum, platinum and gold certifications around the world, including such global favorites as "Miss Independent" and "Because of You." She is the recipient of numerous honors including three GRAMMY Awards, four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, two American Country Awards, and one Country Music Association Award. She also is the first artist to top Billboard's pop, adult contemporary, country and dance charts.
Clarkson has released eight studio albums, one greatest hits album, and two children's books. Last year, she hosted the "2018 Billboard Music Awards" in addition to appearing and winning as a coach on the 14th and 15th seasons of The Voice before reclaiming her red chair for the series' current 16th season. Clarkson is also slated to make her daytime debut with her very own talk show, "The Kelly Clarkson Show," airing in the fall of 2019 on NBC.
Clarkson comes to INSPIRE fresh off the "Meaning of Life Tour," her first since 2015. Fans will get to see her breathtaking live performance and amazing vocals amid the beautiful grandeur of an intimate classic American performing arts center, The Venetian Theatre. Featuring artists known for their inspiring live performances – Jewel, Jason Mraz and now Clarkson – Sands Cares INSPIRE curates an evening of amazing entertainment that both uplifts and impacts the Las Vegas community, since 100 percent of ticket and VIP package sales are donated to local nonprofit organizations.
INSPIRE 2019 beneficiaries NPHY and ICF are current members of the Sands Cares Accelerator Program and among the best in Southern Nevada for putting at-risk youth on a positive trajectory toward a brighter future. Youth homelessness is an especially critical problem for Southern Nevada, with Clark County's metro area ranking among the top in the nation for the rate of unaccompanied homeless youth living on the streets or in shelters. Beyond the issue of homelessness, youth today face a myriad of pressures that make them vulnerable to a range of negative outcomes that can deeply affect their lives and put them at-risk for victimization, teen pregnancy, dropping out of school, serious health and wellness risks and teen suicide.
NPHY provides comprehensive services to stabilize the lives of homeless teens by meeting their immediate needs as well as providing a safe, supportive environment and a path to self-sufficiency. ICF actively works with at-risk youth to help them realize their potential through project-driven learning, mentoring, apprenticeships, academics and athletics.
"INSPIRE is a do-good, feel-good opportunity for the community," said Ron Reese, senior vice president of global communications and corporate affairs at Las Vegas Sands. "The chance to see someone as powerful as Kelly Clarkson in a more personal venue like The Venetian Theatre, combined with knowing your ticket purchase is going directly to helping at-risk youth, should make for a remarkable evening."
General admission tickets for Sands Cares INSPIRE featuring Kelly Clarkson are available at www.Venetian.com/INSPIRE, The Venetian Box Office or Ticketmaster beginning at 10 a.m., Friday, March 22. Premium Packages featuring value-added opportunities are available only at www.Venetian.com/INSPIRE and The Venetian Box Office.
About Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS)
Las Vegas Sands is the world's pre-eminent developer and operator of world-class Integrated Resorts. We deliver unrivaled economic benefits to the communities in which we operate.
LVS created the meetings, incentives, convention and exhibition (MICE)-based Integrated Resort. Our industry-leading Integrated Resorts provide substantial contributions to our host communities including growth in leisure and business tourism, sustained job creation and ongoing financial opportunities for local small and medium-sized businesses.
Our properties include The Venetian Resort and Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Sands Bethlehem in Eastern Pennsylvania, and the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Through majority ownership in Sands China Ltd., we have developed the largest portfolio of properties on the Cotai Strip in Macao, including The Venetian Macao, The Plaza and Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Sands Cotai Central and The Parisian Macao, as well as the Sands Macao on the Macao Peninsula.
LVS is dedicated to being a good corporate citizen, anchored by the core tenets of serving people, planet and communities. We deliver a great working environment for 50,000 team members worldwide, drive social impact through the Sands Cares charitable giving and community engagement program and lead in environmental performance through the award-winning Sands ECO360 global sustainability program. To learn more, please visit www.sands.com.
About Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth
NPHY is the most comprehensive service provider for the thousands of homeless youth in Southern Nevada, serving hundreds of youth through its core programs and touching the lives of thousands more through outreach each year. NPHY's programs stabilize homeless teens' lives, meeting their immediate needs and providing a safe, supportive environment and a path to self-sufficiency. Through its work with homeless youth, NPHY creates productive, healthy adults who contribute to society. Strengthening and complementing its high-quality direct services for homeless youth, NPHY is dedicated to advocating for the Vegas Valley's homeless youth population and serves as a leader in systems-level efforts to eliminate homelessness among Nevada's youth. For more information or to support NPHY's life-changing work for homeless youth, please visit www.nphy.org.
About the Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation
The Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation takes at-risk youth off the streets and into greatness. The Foundation works to inspire youth by helping them create a vision for their life, where they can develop their strengths through project-driven learning, mentoring, apprenticeships, academics, and athletics. The program asks children to "earn their way" and to "discover their passions" by helping them create and execute quarterly business plans. Through this process, the leadership and character development program arms youth with a "psychology for life," using emotional intelligence and the www.jewelneverbroken.com mindfulness curriculum, that prepares them mentally, emotionally, and physically to live happy, driven and inspired lives. For more information, visit http://www.inspiringchildren.net/.
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Transform any room into baby's room with Nuna's newest addition
LOS ANGELES, March 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Nuna, a leader in luxury baby gear, today announced a new addition to their family of products, COVE™ aire.
The COVE™ aire's slim silhouette offers a space-saving solution for bedside use. It provides peace of mind for parents as they can keep a closer watch on their baby and be near to comfort them throughout the night. The space saving solution for bedside use supports the AAP recommendations for creating a safe sleep environment by sharing the parent's bedroom—but not the same sleeping surface—for at least the first year.
The cot is perfect for children from birth to 30 lbs. or 35 inches, approximately 3 years old. The contoured napper has a customizable recline for increased comfort. As baby gets older, the napper can be lifted off to reveal the full-size bassinet. And the bassinet is perfect for every infant until they can push up on their hands and knees or roll over. Its evolutionary design will cradle them off to dreamland.
"The COVE aire is an exciting product for us to launch. It focuses on both safety and comfort, allowing parents to stay next to their little ones without having to have them in the bed, whether on the road or at home," said Nicole Hahn, Nuna's Global Marketing Director.
The COVE™ aire comes with a travel bag and is easy to set up and take down. It is available in three colors: Champagne, Caviar, and Frost. MSRP is $399.95 and can be purchased at Nordstrom, Dillard's, Pottery Barn Kids, in addition to specialty baby stores and online.
Nuna has grown into a global brand available in over 50 countries with a full range of strollers, car seats, and in-home products as well as a strong celebrity following. For more information on Nuna and COVE™ aire, visit www.nuna.eu/usa/ and follow Nuna on Instagram @nuna_usa, Facebook @nuna.usa, and YouTube @NunaGlobal.
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Nuna, the global brand with Dutch roots has been focusing on creating smart, helpful and bold baby gear since 2007. First-hand experiences in parenthood show that practicality and beauty is the perfect balance when it comes to Nuna's clever solutions that span across car seat, stroller, and in-home categories. Inspired by the clean lines and ingenuity of Dutch design, the collection is as easy, safe, and as flexible as new parents need it to be. With thoughtful design put into every detail, Nuna designs around your life. Find out more at https://www.nuna.eu/usa/.
International Marine Mammal Project: Prominent Global Citizens Urge Russia to Free the "Whale Jail" Whales in Their Home Waters
BERKLEY, Calif., March, 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- A group of prominent global citizens have signed a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin encouraging the government to rehabilitate and release 10 orcas and more than 80 beluga whales now kept in inadequate sea pens in the "Whale Jail" in Srednyaya Bay, near the east coast city of Nakhodka.
Mark J. Palmer, of the International Marine Mammal Project (IMMP) of Earth Island Institute, stated: "We are very pleased at this tremendous outpouring of support for the orcas and beluga whales in Russia. We hope we and other groups can help the Russian government safely return these whales to their home waters."
President Vladimir Putin
23, Ulitsa Ilyinka,
103132, Moscow, Russia
18 March, 2019
Dear President Putin,
We are writing to thank you and the Russian government for steps taken to protect 80+ beluga whales and 10 orcas now held in inadequate conditions in Srednyaya Bay, near the east coast city of Nakhodka.
We commend the action you have taken so far to block the export of these amazing beings to dolphinariums in other countries, as whales and dolphins do not cope well with captivity. We further commend you and your government for not approving new capture permits for 2019, and fully support the Russian initiative to implement a permanent ban on capture of Russian orcas and beluga whales. Such an action would prevent the horrible situation playing out in the Far East from happening ever again.
We would like to ask you to take several important steps for the welfare of the remaining whales in the sea pens. We cannot stress enough that the lives of these whales are in danger, and they need immediate help. Please consider expanding their current sea pens in size and/or building additional enclosures to reduce the number of animals per pen and introducing insulation and warming protocols to prevent ice from forming in the enclosures. These steps are critical for the whales' survival.
We further ask you and the Russian government, in consultation with Russian scientists and Russian non-governmental organizations, to plan to return the orcas and beluga whales to the Sea of Okhotsk and their birth populations when feasible. There are many international scientists and experts as well who have extensive expertise in successfully rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing orcas to the wild, such as Keiko, Springer and many others. International experts will be happy to provide their help to Russian colleagues with rehabilitation and release of the orcas and belugas back into the wild.
This is an important moment for Russia on the world stage. The world is waiting for a happy ending in this tragic and unfortunate situation. Thank you again for all that you have done, and please take action to protect these magnificent Russian whales!
Co-Founder, Peter Benchley Ocean Awards
Member, WildAid Board of Directors
Sir Richard Branson
Founder and Chairman, Virgin Group
Member, Ocean Elders
Member, Ocean Elders
Cinematographer, Producer, Director
Bestselling Author, Voices from the Ocean
Former Editor-in-Chief, O Magazine
Artist, Creator of Ashes and Snow
Holly Marie Combs
Celine S. Cousteau
Chairman and President, Ocean Futures Society
Member, Ocean Elders
Cinematographer, Filmmaker, Author
Television Presenter, Wildlife Conservationist
Sylvia Earle, PhD
National Geographic Explorer in Residence
Founder, Mission Blue
Member, Ocean Elders
Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE
Founder, Jane Goodall Institute
UN Messenger of Peace
Actor, Director, Producer
Co-Founder of Siri Inc.
Member, Ocean Elders
Former Chairman and CEO, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Member, Ocean Elders
Supermodel, Actor, Environmentalist
Musician, Mumiy Troll
Founder of VROX.org Festival
International TV presenter, Environmentalist
Founder of Shark Diver Magazine
Race Car Driver, Environmentalist
Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan
Member, Ocean Elders
Edward Norton Jr.
Prof. Bertrand Piccard
Chair, Solar Impulse Foundation
Member, Ocean Elders
Executive Director, Oceanic Preservation Society
Director, The Cove
Manager, Black Point Group
Member, Ocean Elders
Film Maker, Photographer
Anne-Marie van Dijk
Supermodel, Elbi Founder
Captain Don Walsh, PhD
Member, Ocean Elders
Member, Ocean Elders
Contact: Mark J. Palmer, Associate Director
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SOURCE International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute