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Power Ledger’s Token Launch Represents The Future of The Sharing Economy

– The Crypto-backed POWR Token Becomes An Essential Component For Trading Renewable Energy In A Peer-To-Peer Marketplace –

Press Release – Perth, Western Australia – 14 August 2017 – Power Ledger the world’s leading peer-to-peer marketplace for prosumers and consumers to trade renewable energy, has today unveiled a deeply innovative payment model for the future of trading within the sharing economy with the launch of their token-based system. The POWR token facilitates the direct trading of renewable energy between prosumers and consumers without the inclusion of industry intermediaries, and heralds a new era in the sharing economy.

The sharing economy centres on the unlocking of otherwise unused assets, and is growing rapidly. A recent research report published by Bank of America Merrill Lynch estimates the value of it is about $250bn (£190bn). Power Ledger, who joined in 2016 with their vision to create a marketplace for providers and customers to seamlessly interface with energy markets around the globe; buying, selling and swapping all sources of renewable energy has used technology to bring users together.

David Martin, Managing Director at Power Ledger said: “The global appetite for individuals to become self-sufficient in terms of the production and storing of energy is evident, but being able to trade surplus energy is key to enabling a local low carbon energy economy.”

Digital technologies, like blockchain are a fundamental component in the future of the sharing economy. “The biggest barriers for a company operating in the shared economy across an international marketplace are payment and trust.”

“We chose to utilise blockchain technology as it had the most potential to not only adapt the trading principles to the distributed ownership of energy resources, but its tamper-proof attributes bring much needed transparency to the economy,” Martin continued.

Blockchain technology has the capability to deliver the speed, security and transparency of data required to settle and reconcile the millions of transactions between hundreds of thousands of traders across 5-minute trading intervals in which energy is produced and consumed.

Power Ledger’s token, POWR, is fundamentally a protocol token and will not only provide access to the Ethereum-powered platform for users to purchase electricity with it (or through their local utility) and also act as a reward or incentive to electricity producers and consumers who settle their production and consumption through the PowerLedger platform.

Imagine an individual who has extra power from their solar panels that they don’t need. A peer-to-peer marketplace, like Power Ledger, enables the prosumer to ‘sell’ the excess power into their local micro grid, which generates tokens for each kilowatt-hour provided. If, for some reason, they need more power than their solar panel can produce, due to prolonged cloudy weather for example, they can buy back kilowatt-hours using the same tokens from the micro grid. If they don’t need to buy any additional renewable power, they can sell their tokens on a separate exchange to generate additional profit from their renewable energy sources.

As the world’s largest peer-to-peer electricity trading marketplace, Power Ledger has been trialling their platform with commercial consumers, individuals and renewable generators since November 2016 and is nearing commercial deployment.

As Power Ledger’s POWR token begins to proves itself capable of tracking an entire network’s status without a central point of control, Martin wonders “how long it will be until we’re paying for our next Uber with a token as well?”

For more information on Power Ledger and their Token Generation Event, visit https://powerledger.io/


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The Television Academy Foundation Leads The Way In Diversity

Female Representation at 73% and 45% Students of Color

Selected for 2017 Summer Internship Program

Gender Equality and Diversity are Priorities for Television Academy’s Philanthropic Arm

Press Release – The Emmy race is in full swing, but the Television Academy Foundation has already selected 52 college students to participate in its 2017 Summer Internship Program.

Fundamental to the Foundation’s goals are identifying, educating and empowering an inclusive and diverse group of future television leaders—and it delivered tangible results. Of the total number of students participating in this year’s Summer Internship Program 73% are female and 45% are nonwhite.

The Foundation provides 52 internships in over 30 entertainment professions to college students nationwide. Categories available to students range from scriptwriting to directing, editing to digital entertainment, animation to news, and much more.

The program gives both undergraduate and graduate students in-depth and hands-on experience in professional television production during an eight-week, paid summer internship in Los Angeles, CA. It also provides valuable access to industry networking and employment opportunities.

Finalists were chosen by Television Academy members prior to interviewing for internship placement with host companies, which include DreamWorks Animation, ShondaLand, Nickelodeon, Bunim-Murray Productions, and Disney/ABC.

This year’s interns participated in the Foundation’s annual “Intern Professional Development Day” on July 19, at the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center in North Hollywood. The event featured discussions with Kevin Wandell, vice president of development for FX, several Television Academy Foundation intern alumni; two-time Emmy-nominee producer Robert Del Valle; and Celeste Gehring, former vice president of operations and field production for FOX.

The Summer Internship Program culminates with the Foundation’s annual “Summer Networking Soiree” on August 3, where this year’s intern class will come together to network with members of the Television Academy, the Television Academy Foundation board of directors, and Foundation alumni.

About the Television Academy Foundation

Established in 1959 as the charitable arm of the Television Academy, the Television Academy Foundation is dedicated to preserving the legacy of television while educating and inspiring those who will shape its future. Through renowned educational and outreach programs such as the The Interviews: An Oral History Project of the Television Academy Foundation, College Television Awards and Student Internship Program, the Foundation seeks to widen the circle of voices our industry represents and to create more opportunity for television to reflect all of society. For more information on the Foundation, please visit TelevisionAcademy.com/Foundation.


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Deserving Veteran And Family Receive Dream Vacation Thanks To Hope For The Warriors

Press Release – Hyrum, UTAH (Aug. 10, 2017) – Hyrum-based Army National Guard Sergeant William Drake recently received A Warrior’s Wish® of a dream Disneyland family vacation from Hope For The Warriors®.

Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope to service members and their families. Its first established program, A Warrior’s Wish, honors the goals and desires of severely wounded service members, veterans, and their families.

Looking to reconnect and recharge with his family, the stay-at-home, veteran dad requested a Disneyland vacation where he spent one of his most memorable childhood experiences.

“I am beyond thankful for this wonderful opportunity presented to me from Hope For The Warriors that it’s hard to put into words,” said Drake. “When I was told that my wish was coming true I couldn’t believe it. But seeing my kids’ eyes light up when we told them where we were going at the airport, was worth it alone. Each day brought new and exciting memories, from dinner with Mickey to exciting roller coasters, my kids were in heaven.”

Drake served four years in the Army followed by an additional 18 months in the Army National Guard serving two, one-year, deployments in Iraq. In 2005, four months into his second deployment, Drake and his unit were conducting missions in Karbala when an IED hit the Humvee behind the tank he was in resulting in self-blame for the accident.

Shortly after, his regiment’s continued IED patrols and direct combat firefights were resulting in more causalities amongst his fellow soldiers adding to his feelings of self-blame and guilt.

Upon returning from deployment, Drake began to experience flashbacks, zoning out, disturbed and interrupted sleep, and frustration with loud noises. He began treatment services in June 2013 and continues to regularly attend sessions to improve his PTSD and depression.

“When serving in the military, extended family vacations aren’t the norm due to time restraints, deployments and finances,” said Robin Kelleher, president and CEO of Hope For The Warriors. “We’re honored to have provided Sgt. Drake the opportunity to relax, recharge and create new memories with his family.”

In 2017, 12 wishes will be granted through Hope For The Warriors. The wishes fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors for those who have sustained severe physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty.

Since the program’s inception, A Warrior’s Wish has granted 167 wishes.

For sponsorship and volunteer opportunities for the A Warrior’s Wish program, contact Chrystal Keilers at ckeilers@hopeforthewarriors.org or (832) 776-9379.

To apply for a wish, visit hopeforthewarriors.org/story/19331538/a-warriors-wish and register online.

For more information on Hope For The Warriors and A Warrior’s Wish, visit hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook or Twitter.

About Hope For The Warriors:

Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served more than 10,000 through a variety of support programs focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement and connections to community resources. The nonprofit’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted 167 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 22,000 since 2010. For more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook or Twitter.


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Utah County Search and Rescue to Receive $10,000 Donation from Insure Pro Powered by Safeco Insurance® Make More Happen Award

Volunteers Received Community Support on Social Media to Increase Total Donation to Assist in Additional Rescue Missions

Utah County Search and Rescue was awarded a $10,000 donation from Insure Pro through the 2017 Safeco Insurance® Make More Happen Award program. (L to R)- Brandon Scott, Insure Pro and Utah County Search and Rescue; Gabriel Valenzuela, Safeco Insurance and Torry Wilcox, Insure Pro.

Press Release – DRAPER, Utah (August 8, 2017) — Utah County Search and Rescue will receive a $10,000 donation from Insure Pro in celebration of the agency earning a 2017 Safeco Insurance® Make More Happen Award for demonstrating extraordinary volunteerism to make positive change happen in their community. The donation will assist the rescue group in their mission to provide effective rescue services throughout the county at no cost.

Insure Pro originally received $5,000 for Utah County Search and Rescue through a submission process, and this year, Safeco offered agents an additional opportunity to help the causes they care about most. Brandon Scott, an independent agent for Insure Pro, and Utah County Search and Rescue had a story about positive community change featured on Safeco.com. Together, they were able to raise an additional $5,000 by their story being shared on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn at least 50 times.

“We appreciate the community support to raise the additional funds and we are honored to be able to provide Utah County Search and Rescue with an even larger donation,” said Gabriel Valenzuela, Safeco Insurance Mountain Region territory manager. “Safeco’s Make More Happen Awards recognize agents who are committed to making a difference in their local communities, and we want to encourage them and citizens in their area to directly support local charities.”

Safeco’s Make More Happen Awards focus on non-profits in the areas of health and safety, education and civil service. Insure Pro was originally selected for a Make More Happen Award based on a photo and application demonstrating its commitment to Utah County Search and Rescue, which is composed of more than 50 volunteers serving communities across the county.

With the donation, the rescue team will be able to purchase essential rescue gear ranging from basic boots and gloves to more expensive tools necessary to perform rope rescue missions. The $10,000 is especially meaningful to the team because the organization runs almost exclusively on the contributions of volunteers and their supporters.

Throughout 2017, Safeco will select a total of 23 independent agents for the awards and donate up to $230,000 to the charitable organizations they support. The Make More Happen Awards are a part of Safeco Insurance’s Agent Giving Program.

Read their full story and more about the awards program at www.safeco.com/make-more-happen/winners

About Safeco Insurance

In business since 1923, Safeco Insurance sells personal automobile, homeowners and specialty products through a network of more than 10,000 independent insurance agencies throughout the United States. Safeco is a Liberty Mutual Insurance company.

Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance is a diversified insurer and the fifth largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2015 direct written premium data as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Liberty Mutual is ranked 73rd on the Fortune 100 list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2015 revenue.

For more information about Safeco Insurance, go to www.Safeco.com.


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Saira Hospitality Announces Pop-Up Hotel School With Costa Palmas Los Cabos, Set To Open On Baja’s Undiscovered East Cape

Saira Hospitality to Educate 90 Students in Bespoke Seven-Week Intensive Program

Press Release – NEW YORK (August 10, 2017) – Saira Hospitality, international education and hospitality nonprofit, today announced its partnership with Costa Palmas Los Cabos, a master planned community that will feature a members-only beach & yacht club, private marina, 18-hole Robert Trent Jones II golf course and organic farms. Plans for this exclusive resort community along the Sea of Cortes will also include a Four Seasons Resort and Residences. The partnership will bring Saira Hospitality to Los Cabos to establish a pop-up hotel school, free to local students accepted to the program.

Saira Hospitality (a 501c3 nonprofit organization) provides members of local, less privileged communities with the life, language and industry skills needed to gain long-term employment in the lifestyle and luxury hospitality industry. This unconventional approach to recruitment disrupts the hospitality industry’s long-standing tradition of importing trained professionals from overseas, large cities and other hotels, conserving both training time and salary spending while establishing positive relationships with nearby neighborhoods. Partnering hotels like Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos also benefit from a dedicated staff of expertly trained individuals with a deep understanding of local customs, activities and geography.

“With the help of Saira Hospitality’s educational programs, we are bringing on staff from the Los Cabos region, ensuring the local community will be a vital part of our development and success,” said Michael Radovan, Managing Director, Costa Palmas. “We are looking forward to launching an incredible new location that will not only delight our future guests, but will also create a positive, lasting impact in the area.”

Each class at Saira’s pop-up hotel schools is tailored to match students’ skills and ambition with ample training for entry to mid-level positions at partnering hotels. Upon graduating, all students who apply for employment are interviewed for their chosen role/roles in hospitality. Historically, 85 percent of Saira graduates receive job offers at the end of their training, while others use their newfound skills to pursue existing careers in hospitality and beyond.

“Our mission is that the luxury and lifestyle hospitality industry will look to education in hospitality as a long-term solution for sourcing talented, loyal and ambitious employees. This further ensures meaningful and powerful integration with the community in which they operate. Working with Costa Palmas and Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos is an exciting next step in making that dream a reality,” said Harsha Chanrai, CEO & Founder, Saira Hospitality. “Together, we will be able to provide high quality education and a lifetime of opportunities for our students.”

The Saira Hospitality pop-up school will accept approximately 90 students from the local area to the seven-week training program, free of charge for accepted participants. All classes are taught by bi-lingual, seasoned experts in hospitality, hand-selected by CEO & Founder, Harsha Chanrai. The intensive classes will involve sessions covering topics like tangible and intangible service qualities, loyalty programs, turnover, service recovery, mindfulness, wellness, as well as cultural and emotional intelligence. Students will receive an additional 1.5 hours of English class every day. Students will also gain a broad understanding of hotels, tourism today and the modern traveler. In the final weeks of the program, the focus of instruction shifts to technical skills and knowledge, training students on the different departments of the hotel. Over the course of the program, Saira Hospitality will work with each individual student to identify personal goals, strengths and weaknesses to map out career paths to encourage long-term employment.

In November 2016, Saira Hospitality graduated 42 local students from a nine-week pop-up hotel school in Mexico. All 25 of the open positions at the partnering hotel were filled with students of Saira Hospitality and currently surpass the industry standard for retention across all positions with all Saira graduates remaining employed by the hotel to date. Saira Hospitality currently retains 100 percent ROI on all projects.

The program in La Ribera is accepting applications now through August 14th, 2017. To learn more about Saira Hospitality’s programs, visit www.SairaHospitality.com.


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Ernie The Elephant Trumpets $100,000 Donation From Wonderful Pistachios To Help Save His Family

Funding will Support Efforts to End the Ivory Crisis and Protect Elephants Across Africa

Press Release – LOS ANGELES (August 11, 2017) – In celebration of World Elephant Day tomorrow, Wonderful Pistachios, known for its “Get Crackin’” ad campaign featuring Ernie the Elephant, a pistachio-loving, computer-generated spokes-elephant who refuses to work for peanuts, and is voiced by WWE Superstar John Cena, announced a $100,000 donation to Save the Elephants to support anti-poaching efforts throughout Africa. Tragically, tens of thousands of elephants are killed each year by poachers for their ivory.

To combat this slaughter, Save the Elephants and its US partner the Wildlife Conservation Network are vetting and funding the best work by conservation organizations, wildlife departments, managers of protected areas, and communities to assist their efforts to defend elephants against ivory poachers and traffickers. Save the Elephants are well-known experts in elephant science and conservation and have innovated such conservation tools as new tracking technology, which provides valuable information about how fast elephants move through certain areas (often proportional to the threat level), and can give exact reports on the positions of families and vulnerable bulls, enabling concentration of anti-poaching efforts.

“Our spokes-elephant Ernie is a beloved member of the Wonderful Pistachios family who symbolizes the spirit of all elephants, everywhere” said Adam Cooper, vice president of marketing, Wonderful Pistachios. “This donation represents our commitment to protecting a truly Wonderful species, whose very survival is in jeopardy.”

“The world has united around a simple strategy to save elephants from the scourge of the ivory trade: Stop the Killing, Stop the Trafficking, and Stop the Demand” said Frank Pope, CEO of Save the Elephants. “Thanks to the support of Wonderful Pistachios, Save the Elephants is able to make catalytic and deep investments in on-the-ground projects in each of these strategies to save this majestic and iconic species. We are grateful to The Wonderful Company and its visionary leadership in ensuring that the wild counterparts of Ernie the Elephant can thrive for generations to come.”

One hundred percent of Wonderful Pistachios’ $100,000 donation will help support the following activities:

  • Support an anti-poaching boat unit in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique
  • Enlist aerial anti-poaching patrols over the Kasigau Corridor in Kenya to monitor key elephant locations and provide deterrent to poaching activities
  • Provide real-time tracking of elephant herds in northern Cameroon (Bouba Ndjida National Park) through deployment of satellite GPS collars + aerial law enforcement surveillance, and
  • Provide resources and tools to train 60 new anti-poaching rangers in Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Republic of Congo

“Elephants are fast disappearing from the wild, and without urgent, international action they could be gone within a generation” said Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Dphil, CBE, Founder and President, Save the Elephants. “This generous donation from Wonderful Pistachios will help us continue our critical mission to secure a future for elephants in harmony with people.”

To make your own contribution to Save the Elephants’ important work in Africa, please visit http://www.savetheelephants.org/new-donate-page-US/. For more information on Wonderful Pistachios, the “Get Crackin’” campaign, or to view current and past Ernie commercials, please visit GetCrackin.com or Facebook at Facebook.com/WonderfulPistachios.

Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds

Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds is the world’s largest vertically integrated pistachio and almond grower and processor. Located in California’s fertile San Joaquin Valley, Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds owns, cultivates and harvests more than 65,000 acres of pistachio and almond orchards and delivers more than 450 million pounds of nuts globally each year. Our world-class operation supplies both industrial and retail customers, offering high-quality, consistent supply and adherence to rigorous food safety standards. Our nuts can be found in stores nationwide under the flagship retail brands of Wonderful Pistachios and Wonderful Almonds. Our iconic Get Crackin’ campaign has inspired consumers to make healthy choices.

Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds is part of The Wonderful Company, a successful, fast-growing privately held $4 billion company with 8,500 employees worldwide. We’ve made Wonderful Pistachios one of America’s top-selling salty snacks. We’ve turned pomegranates and POM Wonderful into a worldwide phenomenon. Wonderful Halos is the No. 1 mandarin orange in America. FIJI Water is the No. 1 premium bottled water in America. JUSTIN Wine produces California’s top-selling, high-end Cabernet Sauvignon. And Teleflora is the world’s largest flower delivery service.

The Wonderful Company has a long-standing commitment to corporate social responsibility, including more than $200 million invested in environmental technologies and sustainability research, $45 million in charitable giving and education initiatives every year, $80 million toward the construction of a new charter school campus in California’s Central Valley, and innovative health and wellness programs, including two new, free primary care clinics for employees and their dependents.

To learn more about The Wonderful Company, its products and core values, visit www.wonderful.com, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Save the Elephants (www.savetheelephants.org)

Save the Elephants works to secure a future for elephants in Africa. Specializing in elephant research, STE provides scientific insights into elephant behaviour, intelligence, and long-distance movements and applies them to the challenges of elephant survival. Through our thriving education and outreach programmes, we reach out to hearts and minds, making local people the true custodians of their own rich heritage. Our human-elephant conflict mitigation projects, especially beehive fences, have reduced the number of crop-raiding incidents, and provide farmers with elephant-friendly alternative sources of income. To battle the current surge in ivory poaching, our Elephant Crisis Fund is identifying and supporting the most effective partners in Africa and in the ivory consuming nations to stop poaching, thwart traffickers and end demand for ivory.


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Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds Hosts LOVELOUD Concert To Encourage Greater Love, Communication, And Understanding of Our LGBTQ+ Community

– The 2017 LOVELOUD concert will feature live music from Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees, Krewella, Nicholas Petricca of Walk The Moon (Acoustic), Joshua James and Aja Volkman –

– Tickets to the LOVELOUD concert start at $11.00 –

Press Release – OREM, UT – July 31, 2017 – Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Imagine Dragons announced today LOVELOUD (http://loveloudfest.com) a concert designed to ignite the relevant and vital conversation of what it means to unconditionally love, understand, accept, and support LGBTQ+ youth in our communities.

The LOVELOUD concert will be held on August 26, 2017 in Orem, Utah at the Brent Brown Ballpark at UVU. Tickets to the festival are available on the LOVELOUD website beginning July 31, 2017 at 10:00am MDT. General admission tickets start at $11.00. In addition to general admission, there is a special ticket package that comes with a swag bag that includes a t-shirt and other commemorative merchandise and a VIP ticket package.

“I want the LOVELOUD concert to engage a passionate and supportive audience in the fight against teen suicide and to bring communities together to start the conversation and celebrate individuality,” said Reynolds. “We want to offer hope to young people, let them know they’re not alone and encourage acceptance in the home and community.”

Click here to view a video of Reynolds talking about why he created the LOVELOUD concert.

One of the most troubling issues with a lack of communication or an absence of acceptance amongst young people in the LGBTQ+ community is teen suicide. The numbers are staggering. Consider the following:

  • Suicide is the leading cause of teen deaths in Utah.
  • LGBTQ+ youth that come from a home or community where they are not accepted are eight times more likely to commit suicide.

“LOVELOUD is committed to creating a community of inclusion,” continued Reynolds. “Our goal is to create support and resources for those in crisis, specifically by providing insight into recognizing and helping those in need, resources to those wanting to learn more, and guidance on how to more effectively start a conversation with family and friends.”

LOVELOUD Fest will feature live music from Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees, Krewella, Nicholas Petricca of Walk the Moon (Acoustic), Joshua James, and Aja Volkman; all of whom are donating their time and performances to this cause.

All proceeds from this concert will go to the LOVELOUD Foundation which lends support to various charities such as Encircle and Stand4Kind, as well as national charities, The Trevor Project and GLAAD.

Doors open for the LOVELOUD concert at 4:30pm and the music begins at 5:30pm. The festival will feature food, beverages, and a number of other activities for fans of all ages and interests.

The goal is to make the LOVELOUD concert an annual event in Utah, around the United States, and the world. For more information about the 2017 LOVELOUD concert or to purchase tickets now, visit www.loveloudfest.com.

ABOUT LOVELOUD:

LOVELOUD was founded in 2017 by Dan Reynolds, the lead singer of Imagine Dragons to help ignite the relevant and vital conversation of what it means to unconditionally love, understand, accept, and support LGBTQ+ youth in an effort to keep families together. LOVELOUD is the catalyst for bringing communities together to start the conversation and celebrate individuality. Talking, sharing and showing the realities of what teens in our society face daily is where it all begins. Find out more at, www.loveloudfest.com.


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Georgina and Michael Bloomberg to be Honored for Philanthropy at Ortho FOCOS Gala

Press Release – New York, NY (August, 2017)The Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine announced today that philanthropist, equestrian and author Georgina Bloomberg and her father, former 3-term New York City Mayor and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg, will be honored at the organization’s 10th Annual New York Gala on September 18, 2017 at the Mandarin Hotel. FOCOS’s mission is to provide comprehensive, affordable orthopedic care to those who would not otherwise have access to such treatment.

“No one should have to suffer from debilitating back and spinal conditions when treatment is possible, and the Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine does inspiring work that is changing lives,” said Michael R. Bloomberg who is the founder of Bloomberg LP, a philanthropist and a three-term Mayor of New York City. “Georgina and are I honored to receive this award and glad to support such an important cause.”

Michael and Georgina Bloomberg are devoted philanthropist for important causes both within the United States and abroad. Michael Bloomberg founded the New York City based Bloomberg Philanthropies and has pledged to donate the majority of his wealth to charity. FOCOS is honoring the Bloombergs to celebrate the depth and reach of their longtime commitment to helping others in need, public health and a variety of other essential causes including animal rights, the environment, the arts, government innovation and education.

“After a long history of back pain due to a condition I was born with, Dr. Boachie was able to correct my condition and change my life. I chose him not only for his reputation in the medical world but for the kind and generous person he was. I had a great deal of respect for his commitment to giving back and remembering where he came from,” said Georgina Bloomberg. “I knew immediately that I wanted to support him in his efforts to help others and give them the same pain-free existence that he was able to give me. It’s an honor to have had him as my surgeon but an even bigger honor to be a part of the great work he is doing in Ghana through FOCOS.”

The 10th Annual New York FOCOS Gala will highlight the many success of the organization over the past 19 years of work while also sharing our path forward towards sustaining our ability to provide life-saving treatment to patients from across the globe.

“We are elated to celebrate the incredibly important and far-reaching philanthropic work of Michael Bloomberg and his daughter Georgina Bloomberg, whose commitment to the welfare of people changes lives each and every day,” said Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, world renowned orthopedic surgeon and President and Founder of FOCOS. “In addition to many other vital causes, we want to recognize the Bloomberg’s for helping us make possible the opening of FOCOS Hospital with state of the art facilities including the Bloomberg Pavilion, the center of financial and administrative operations for our hospital.”

For more information about FOCOS and the 2017 Gala, visit www.orthofocos.org. And for more information about FOCOS Orthopedic Hospital visit www.focoshospitalgh.com.


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Personal PAC and Men4Choice Join Forces to Recruit Men in Fight for Women’s Access to Safe, Affordable Reproductive Health Care

Campaign designed to engage men to join fight to protect women’s reproductive rights, calling out anti-choice politicians and policies

Press Release – Chicago, IL – On August 9, the Illinois-based pro-choice advocacy organizations Personal PAC and Men4Choice have partnered to launch “CallBullshit” or “CallBS,” a first-of-its-kind campaign that employs provocative, creative tactics to empower men to join the fight to advance women’s reproductive health rights.

The campaign and website callbs.org employ creative content to depict an alternate reality in which male reproductive health is under attack, posing the question: “Men don’t have to put up with this BS – why should women?”

Three out of four Illinois men believe that abortion should remain legal and a private matter between a woman and her doctor, according to an April 2017 poll conducted by Public Policy Polling. But that figure has not always translated into grassroots action.

“We built this campaign to engage directly with the 75 percent of Illinois men who support women’s reproductive health access,” said Terry Cosgrove, President and CEO of Personal PAC. “We hope this campaign sparks men to take action and hold our elected officials accountable, creating a bigger wave of support for women’s reproductive rights here in Illinois, across the Midwest and even nationwide.”

In addition to social media engagement strategies, the campaign is organizing men to attend phone banks, canvass for women’s health issues and help raise funds for pro-choice candidates.

“When we talked to men here in Illinois about the challenges women face when they seek reproductive health care, their reaction was, ‘That’s BS,’” said Oren Jacobson, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Men4Choice. “Our campaign strives to build upon that disgust and the disbelief many man share around these unfair polices and scare tactics that rob women of their bodily autonomy and access to abortion.”

The CallBS campaign launches as the General Assembly prepares to send House Bill 40 (HB40) to Governor Rauner’s desk. HB40 would ensure that abortion remains legal in Illinois even if the Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade. The bill also would ensure that Medicaid and state employees’ health insurance policies provide coverage for abortion care.

Each year, thousands of women travel to Illinois to access safe reproductive health care unavailable in their home state. Even so, 92 percent of Illinois counties do not have abortion providers.

Launched in 1989, Personal PAC is a non-partisan political action committee dedicated to protecting and advancing reproductive rights for all women by recruiting, electing and holding accountable pro-choice candidates to state and local office in Illinois. Men4Choice is a political action committee created in 2015 to create an entry point where men can get engaged, get educated and take action to support women in the fight to protect reproductive health rights.


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The Environmental Media Association Announces 2017 Film And Television EMA Awards Nominees

Netflix and FOX Lead the Pack in Nominations; Winners to be Announced at the 27th Annual EMA Awards happening on September 23 in Los Angeles

Press Release – LOS ANGELES (Aug. 9, 2017) – The Environmental Media Association (EMA) has announced the 2017 film and television nominees for the 27th Annual EMA Awards that will take place on Sept. 23 at the historic Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport. The event will be Hosted by EMA Board Member Jaden Smith and Honor Russell Simmons with EMA’s Missions in Music Award amongst others to be announced.

“This year’s remarkable slate of nominees is a testament to the continued dedication and commitment that the entertainment community has on the environmental issues we are facing,” said EMA President & CEO Debbie Levin. “The EMA Awards will not only further amplify the voices and messages of each of these programs and films, but also inspire a new generation of activists in the film, television and new media community to produce environmental content; it is through these channels where storytelling has the power to educate and ignite change”

Nomination highlights include:

  • Netflix and FOX lead the pack with four nominations each, followed by National Geographic, Hulu, and HBO which each received three nods by EMA.
  • Netflix’s four nominations span four different categories including Reality Television and Feature Film, marking the first time a streaming original title breaks into the two categories.
  • The Documentary Film category includes titles from filmmakers such Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Bloomberg, Al Gore, Jeff Skoll, and winner of the category’s 2012 award Jeff Orlowski.
  • Returning winners:
    • FOX’s “The Simpsons” returns for the opportunity to win a third consecutive EMA Award for Television Episodic Comedy, and ninth win overall in the category.
    • Disney hopes to take home a second consecutive Feature Film award for “Moana” after winning the category in 2016 with “The Jungle Book”
    • Sony and NBCUniversal’s “The Blacklist” received a second consecutive nomination for Television Episodic Drama after taking the category in 2016.

Complete list of 2017 EMA Awards nominees:

FEATURE FILM
Moana
Disney

Okja
Netflix

DOCUMENTARY FILM
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
Paramount Pictures
Participant Media, Actual Films
Executive Producers: Davis Guggenheim, Lawrence Bender, Laurie David, Scott Z. Burns, Lesley Chilcott
Producers: Jeff Skoll, Richard Berge, Diane Weyermann

Before The Flood
Fox & National Geographic
Appian Way
Producers: Leonardo DiCaprio, Fisher Stevens, Trevor Davidoski, Jennifer Davisson, Brett Ratner, James Packer

Chasing Coral
Netflix
Exposure Labs
Executive Producers: Jeff Orlowski, Larissa Rhodes

From The Ashes
Fox & National Geographic
RadicalMedia (Bloomberg Philanthropies)
Executive Producers: Jon Kamen, Joe Berlinger, Justin Wilkes, Katherine Oliver, Tim Pastore

TELEVISION EPISODIC DRAMA
The Blacklist
Season 4, Episode 4 “Gaia”
Sony/ NBCUniversal

The Crown
Episode 104 “Act of God”
Sony Pictures TV and Left Bank/ Netflix

The Handmaid’s Tale
Episode 106 “A Woman’s Place”
Hulu

The Path
Episode 203 “The Father and the Son”
NBCUniversal & Hulu

TELEVISION EPISODIC COMEDY
Casual
Episode 309 “Trip to Fresno”
Hulu

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Episode 22101
Comedy Central/Viacom

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Episode 105 “Coal”
HBO

The Simpsons
Episode 601 “Trust But Clarify”
Fox

REALITY TELEVISION
Bill Nye Saves The World
Episode 101 “Earth is a Hot Mess”
Netflix

Scraps
Episode 101 “Charleston, SC”
A&E

VICE
“When The Earth Melts”
HBO

Years of Living Dangerously
Episode 205 “Collapse of the Oceans”
Fox & National Geographic

CHILDREN’S TELEVISION
Hello World!
Episode 1 “Usher Presents: Stronger”
Discovery Channel

Miles From Tomorrowland
Episode 213B “Blackout On Bloppsburgh”
Disney ABC Television Group

Sesame Street
Season 47, Episode 25: “The Recycling Fair”
HBO

This year’s EMA Awards will celebrate the 27th anniversary by looking toward the future, honoring exciting and innovative voices in the environmental world, and promoting solutions in innovation and activism to combat the current administration’s rollback on funding. The 27th annual EMA Awards will be presented by the Toyota Mirai, a hydrogen-fueled vehicle that’s only emission is water.

To apply for credentials please click on the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/iVTorfS2Uh0gHtaD2.

Applications must be completed by 5 p.m. PT on Friday, Sept. 8

About the Environmental Media Association

The Environmental Media Association (EMA) is a Non-Profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1989 to inspire solutions for the environment through our impact in media and pop culture.

The organization has grown into a diverse subsection of entertainment industry tastemakers, entrepreneurs in finance and technology, and green icons dedicated to the mission of promoting environmental progress and innovations through celebrity role modeling, campaign work, year-round programs and our two large scale annual events, The EMA Awards (http://www.green4ema.org/ema-awards/) and the EMA Impact Summit (http://www.makeanimpact2017.com/).

EMA serves as a valuable link between the world of media and the environmental community, working tirelessly to bring the planet’s most pressing issues to the forefront of pop culture and make true change by inspiring the next generation of filmmakers and entrepreneurs. To find out more about our programs and events visit us at www.green4ema.org and www.facebook.com/EMAOnline, Hashtag: #Green4EMA, Instagram @green4ema and Twitter @green4ema.


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