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Bactro Responds to COVID-19 Precautionary Trends with New Consumer Offerings

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Bactro LLC has responded to the changing COVID-19 pandemic precautions and developed unique PPE kits available direct to consumers. As the country starts to return to community activities with social distancing interactions, many state and county authorities require masks to participate in daily routines and community activities. Further evidenced by the CDC report on August 3, 2020, that recommends people that have contracted COVID-19 should be isolated for at least 10 days after symptom onset, and also quarantine for an additional 24 hours after their fever subsides. These recommendations have led Bactro to find ways to help people return to their normal daily routines with the protective equipment they need, all in one convenient package. “When the pandemic first hit, we saw consumers struggling to find all of the PPE items they needed. One might find sanitizing wipes, but no masks, or sanitizer. Though now as Americans get back to their lives we have found that consumers are needing supplies that are suited to a one-use purpose, such as traveling, or returning to their place of work,” said Bactro creator Tim Svitak. “It provides people with the protection they need in one convenient kit.” As our economy restarts, with people returning to their place of work, children returning to their classrooms, and stores opening their doors, it is vital that individuals have the protective equipment they need. Buying in bulk serves certain workplace demands, however, PPE in bulk is not typically individually wrapped, which can allow the PPE to be susceptible to germs and bacteria. Also, washing cloth masks daily, especially for parents of school children, is not an easy or convenient task. Bactro is dedicated to providing safer, healthier products through innovations to all. To learn more about Bactro's protective products visit bactro.com. Contact Details Tim Svitak Jr. +1 720-805-3763 timsvitak@bactro.com Company Website https://www.bactro.com

September 03, 2020 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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World’s largest Urdu-language festival goes online

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Jashn-e-Rekhta 2020 (“Festival of Urdu language”) will present a finely curated artistic programme representing the rich tapestry of Urdu culture & heritage . The sixth edition of the world’s largest Urdu-language festival was to be hosted outside India for the first time, in London this year. However, given COVID-19 measures and in the spirit of the show must go on , organisers have taken it online, but it promises to be a fully immersive and interactive experience for attendees. The two-day cultural event is a virtual re-creation of the annual Jashn-e-Rekhta festival that takes place in Delhi, India. The online event will be easy to join and will showcase exclusive sessions and will open a digital archive of art forms including poetry (mushaira), literature, storytelling (dastangoi), ghazals, sufi music, qawwali as well as dance & drama. It is the brainchild of Sanjiv Saraf, who set up the Rekhta Foundation in 2012 which has curated world’s largest online free repository of Urdu language poetry on Rekhta.org (it is visited by over 300,000 people every month from 175 countries). Sanjiv Saraf, Founder, Rekhta Foundation commented: “It is my ambition to spotlight everything the Urdu-language has given us, from poetry, prose, philosophy, a humane and civilized medium of communication and of course, timeless romance. Unfortunately we cannot, as yet, host a physical event in London, but the UK is an obvious destination for the festival. Urdu is the fourth main language in England and Wales and ranked third in the top 10 most spoken languages in London. Hopefully, we will be back in the UK soon with a live festival.” “As one of the most elegant languages, Urdu can express love in all its manifestations, divine and earthly, using the most beautiful symbolism. No matter who speaks it, magic is always felt. This global festival gives us the opportunity to experience this magic through musical performances, discourses, dance and theatre.” The festival will bring to life 32 sessions across three stages over the weekend. Some highlights, as well as those made especially for the UK, include: Javed Akhtar and Manoj Muntashir, poets and lyricists from two different generations present ‘ Cinema – Kal aur Aaj’ – a conversation around films, lyrics and Urdu poetry. Dr. Azra Raza, the highly acclaimed physicist, scientist and author presents the world of Ghalib in her grand style. The play ‘Miya, Biwi aur Wagah’ - an Indo-Pak story told through letters by the UAE based journalist duo Amna Khaishgi & Ehtesham Shahid, will be screened, marking its first ever screening in the UK region. Zia Mohyeddin will recite Padhant and Anwar Maqsood will share Aina Khane Mein Lafz Yawar Abbas relives the golden years of radio with fellow broadcasters Raza Ali Abidi and Pervaiz Alam . Sania Saeed, renowned Pakistani actor, Tanuja Chandra , Indian film director, and Nasreen Munni Kabir, filmmaker and author, will discuss the contribution of Urdu to the world of cinema and television. Celebrating the 500th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev , another specially curated session of music and poetry will be showcased. Talat Aziz and Shilpa Rao from India and Rafaqat Ali Khan from Pakistan will partake in a session titled ‘Ghazal Gayaki – Aathve Sur ki talaash’ where they’ll talk about the traditions of Ghazal singing, the aesthetics and how can be best connect the millennials with our traditions. Attendees will enjoy two complete days of this virtual experience and it can be accessed from any part of the world in the comfort of their home. They will also have a 15-day on-demand viewing access allowing them to catch-up on sessions. For festival tickets and full programme schedule, visit www,jashnerekhta.org.uk/ Ends About Rekhta Foundation UK A registered UK charity, Rekhta Foundation UK aims at preservation & promotion of languages, literature and culture of South Asia with a particular focus on Urdu. The Foundation is working towards engaging renowned academics and cultural leaders in Urdu from across the globe to spread awareness amongst the diaspora. Contact Details Bilal Mahmood +44 7714 007257 b.mahmood@marketfinance.com Company Website https://jashnerekhta.org.uk/

August 28, 2020 04:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Uyghurs for Sale

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Seventy-five years after the Holocaust concentration and labor camps are still in existence. Today the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is interning more than one million Uyghur Muslims in concentration camps – striping them of their fundamental rights to peacefully practice their faith. Now new information has surfaced showing that not only is the Communist Party oppressing Uyghur Muslims, they are profiting from them – and worse – Americans are at risk of being duped into paying for it . Groups working on international religious freedom issues have now added their voice to a coalition of civil society organizations and trade unions calling for fair labor practices. Spearheaded by 21Wilberforce and other organizations working through the International Religious Freedom Roundtable , religious freedom advocates are asking Congress to quickly pass the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (H.R.6210 / S.3471). This legislation would make it more difficult for products produced by people enslaved by the CCP because of their faith to enter Western markets . “We commend Congressman McGovern (D-MA) and Senator Rubio (R-FL) for their bipartisan efforts to confront this horrific exploitation of people because of their religion,” said Randel Everett, President of 21Wilberforce. “One hundred fifty (150) organizations and experts of different beliefs and ideologies have come together to ask Congress to pass this important legislation.” 21Wilberforce encourages Americans to reach out to their representatives in Congress and ask them to enlist more co-sponsors, give speeches, and make statements in support of stopping the Chinese Communist Party from exploiting and profiting from religious discrimination and slavery. Citizens can make a difference by using and sharing a free online tool that directly connects Americans with their elected representatives. Dr. Everett noted that “Our namesake, William Wilberforce, was a man of faith who stood up to free people who were enslaved based on their race. Today we stand up to free those enslaved for their faith.” 21Wilberforce is a Christian human rights organization dedicated to defending the universal rights of religion, belief, and conscience for all people. Our vision is to empower people to collaboratively support persecuted communities, challenge repression, and expand freedom of religion and belief globally. Contact Details Lou Ann Sabatier +1 703-216-2941 Lsabatier@21Wilberforce.org Company Website https://21Wilberforce.org

August 26, 2020 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Companies spending £674m a month to welcome staff back but workers are wary

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Getting businesses back up and running is critical to the UK economic recovery, however, there is a significant disconnect between employers and employees on how this is working out. UK digital health and therapeutics company Huma (formerly known as Medopad) asked 5,000 UK workers and 2,000 UK employers about their views[1] on returning to work. Employers viewpoint Businesses are planning to return to work. Almost half (45%) of workplaces will be ready to accommodate staff back in the office before the end of August. However, a fifth (19%) will only be ready in the first half of 2021. Of the business that are already up and running, almost two-fifths (38%) of their employees are going to a physical workplace, with the majority working at least 4 days from there. Employers reported spending £674m every month to ensure a safe workplace for their employees (£58.55 on average per employee per month). They have rushed to put in place various plans and procedures to ensure a safe workplace, ranking new hygiene protocols, socially distant layouts and staggered work shifts among their top changes. Worryingly, only one in five businesses feel suitably informed on the exact policies / procedures they need to have in place to ensure a safe working environment for their employees. Most employers believe that it is the responsibility of employees to self-report health concerns citing resource constraints. However, the overwhelming majority (70%) are willing to pay for COVID-19 tests should an employee request one. Importantly, employers fear the biggest disruption to restarting their business operations will be the willingness of more staff to return to the workplace owing to safety concerns. Workers viewpoint Over half of workers (54%) are reluctant to return to work fearing they will unknowingly contract COVID-19 and mistakenly pass it to friends and family at home. Bosses have offered a host of incentives to encourage employees back to work. The top ranked bung made has been extra holidays, free lunches at work and paying for commuting costs. Of the employees who have returned to work, over half (57%) are not confident with the measures in place to ensure their safety and well being. The same applies to people who have not returned to work yet. This is possibly why almost a third (29%) felt their health and safety would be compromised in the workplace. Employees ranked interactions with commuters (29%), co-workers (24%) and being in meetings (23%) as the top risk factors to catching COVID-19. The workplace ranked as lowest risk (8%). Missing links The research identified two insights, if acted on quickly could enable businesses to get up and running faster and accelerate the economic recovery. Firstly, addressing the ‘people interaction’ concern of workers. Both employees and bosses are willing to track their health for COVID-19 symptoms providing them with a peace of mind over their well-being. Overwhelmingly, two-thirds (67%) of employees would be willing to do a daily symptom check-in with their employers and the majority (71%) would be comfortable with employers tracking their symptoms. Moreover, nine in ten businesses (88%) are comfortable with monitoring and tracking their employees' symptoms to ensure a safe workplace environment for everyone. However, they don’t have the means to do it themselves and will encourage employees to self-report on symptoms. Secondly, employers are not talking to their staff. Only a quarter (24%) of employees felt fully informed about the new safety protocols and procedures at their workplace. Similarly, only a quarter (24%) of businesses prioritised communicating these changes to their employees. Dan Vahdat, founder and CEO of Huma, commented : “There seems to be a breakdown of communication between employers and employees and this is leading to some unrest and possibly delaying the economic recovery. Trust building is now more critical than ever. “Meanwhile, bosses are spending millions and feel they are doing a lot to ensure their workplace is a safe environment for staff but they are more concerned about people interaction than the actual workplace. The common ground on monitoring and tracking the health and well being of people in the workplace seems to be the solution. Employees are comfortable with this and employers are up for it but lack of resources means they are relying on workers to self-report on symptoms.” “We are driving the adoption of digital remote monitoring solutions to help users be better informed and engaged in their health concerns. In the workplace, Huma Health Shield is a revolutionary app that gives employees greater knowledge and control over their health at work . The solution encourages employees to confidentially track vital signs, and their exposure risk, so they can better manage their health. This hasn’t started with COVID-19 and won’t end once a vaccine is found, I believe the work being done now will set in motion behaviours that will transform how people manage their health and wellbeing.” Huma’s digital solution incorporates wearable devices and other sensors to provide doctors with a stream of data on patients’ health. The data enables healthcare teams to monitor patients’ evolving symptoms, to advise on what care is required and to alert them to when a visit from a clinician or a hospital admission is needed. Ends Notes the editor [1] Research findings based on a survey of 5,000 UK employees and 2,000 UK companies in July/August 2020 by LMRMC (Market Research Society approved partner and ESOMAR corporate member). About Huma Huma partners with scientists, technologists and healthcare professionals to understand, treat and ultimately prevent ill health. Giving knowledge and power to those with medical conditions, while saving clinicians time, energy and valuable resources. Because, by collectively benefiting from the data we individually generate, we can all live our longest, fullest lives. www.huma.com Contact Details Bilal Mahmood +44 7714 007257 bilal.mahmood@huma.com Company Website https://huma.com

August 26, 2020 03:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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NutriBullet® Makes Juicing Easier with Launch of NutriBullet Juicer Pro™

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Capital Brands Distribution, the leading innovator of the NutriBullet ® and Magic Bullet ® nutrient extractor franchises, unveiled its newest innovation in user-friendly nutrition today: the NutriBullet Juicer Pro™. The juicer is the newest addition to NutriBullet's extensive ecosystem of products focused on integrating better nutrition into everyday life and the company’s first introduction into the juicing category. With a sleek, feature-rich, premium build, the NutriBullet Juicer Pro™ contains a powerful 1000-Watt motor, multispeed control panel with low, high, and turbo speeds, and a LED light ring. Additionally, this premium model includes a dual size pusher that allows you to choose between a three-inch chute for whole fruits, or a narrow chute for smaller produce such as celery, berries, or leafy greens. The cleaning process is also much easier with the Juicer Pro as its components are dishwasher-safe, including its extra-large two-liter pulp container with integrated juice bowl. Accompanying the Juicer Pro are premium juice-storage solutions, including a two-ounce and four-ounce freezer trays and two glass to-go bottles. Precision speeds yield maximum juice in minimal time for NutriBullet Juicer Pro™ users. Its thoughtful design aims to make juicing simple enough for everyday use, and everyday nutrition. The no drip spout cover allows users to avoid leftover drips and drops on counter tops after removing the juice pitcher from under the spout. The NutriBullet Juicer Pro™ includes a recipe guide focused on lower calorie, immune-boosting, skin-healthy, and kid-friendly juice options. The guide also features sustainability-minded recipes using the leftover pulp to create delicious, healthy treats! “We designed the NutriBullet Juicer Pro™ with the philosophy that living a healthy lifestyle should be simple, easy, and accessible for anyone at any time,” said Rich Krause, CEO of Capital Brands Distribution. “Juicing is an important part of people’s routines and our new NutriBullet Juicer Pro™ was innovatively designed to allow for an improved juicing experience for everyone – for people just discovering the benefits of juicing to those who have already integrated juicing into their lifestyles.” Priced at $149.99*, the NutriBullet Juicer Pro™ will be available online at NutriBullet.com starting August 17 and will roll out to Amazon and select retailers nationwide in late August. For consumers new to juicing, the entry-level NutriBullet Juicer™ is also available and starts at $99.99*. For more information, or to order the NutriBullet Juicer™ and NutriBullet Juicer Pro™, visit www.nutribullet.com . *Prices may vary by retailer. About Capital Brands Distribution, LLC. We believe that good nutrition has the power to transform lives and that we all deserve the best nutrition. Since 2003, Capital Brands Distribution, LLC., has been on a mission to inspire and enable transformational nutrition for people all around the world. We do this by designing and delivering an ecosystem of products that strive to integrate better nutrition into everyday life. We are most known for being the leading innovators of the NutriBullet® and Magic Bullet® nutrient extractor franchises with over 60 million happy customers worldwide. Available at major North American retailers, including Macy's, Bed Bath & Beyond, Wal-Mart, Costco, Canadian Tire, Target and Kohl's, and sold in numerous countries including Australia, New Zealand, Western/Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Our goal is to make nutrition simple, easy, and impactful. Contact Details Manuel Cedeno +1 212-561-6459 Manuel.Cedeno@finnpartners.com Company Website https://www.nutribullet.com/

August 18, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Margaritaville Celebrates National Relaxation Day with Products and Experiences Transporting Consumers to Paradise

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Between the chaos of making the most of an uncertain year and trying to pack as much activity as possible into the sunny summer months, it’s no secret everyone could use a break right about now. Enter National Relaxation Day! Celebrated August 15, National Relaxation Day offers the perfect excuse to ditch the commotion and take a day to reset. At a loss on where to find relaxation this year? The last thing you need is pressure, so here are some ideas from Margaritaville to help you take a load off this weekend and beyond: Tune into Paradise Tune into Radio Margaritaville on SiriusXM for 24/7 streaming of the tunes that you love on us! Take a Bite Out of the Islands Dine at one of over 60 Margaritaville dining concepts such as award-winning JWB Prime Steak and Seafood, Margaritaville, LandShark Bar & Grille, and 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar – or by whipping up one of our favorite recipes from the Margaritaville The Cookbook such as Chef Carlo Sernaglia’s Pimento Cheese Hushpuppies, Peel-and-Eat-Shrimp, Conch Fritters – and of course, freshly blended margaritas! Kick Back and Relax at Resorts, RV and Water Parks, Marinas, Golf Courses, and Spas Book a trip to decompress before summer’s end – or stop by your local Margaritaville hotel, resort, or park this weekend to chill by the beach, pool, lakes, mountains, golf courses, marinas, pickleball courts and more. Not to mention, Margaritaville’s signature St. Somewhere Spas can be found at select properties offering treatment, steam, and scrub rooms, rainfall showers, hot tubs, and indulgent aromatherapy products for ultimate rejuvenation. Bring Relaxation Home Nothing says relaxation like a little retail therapy. Check out some of the hottest products from the Margaritaville Store to help you unwind in the months ahead – Listen to your favorite jams on our MGV Bluetooth Lawn Speaker while playing a game of 5 o'Clock Hook & Ring Toss or Margaritaville Checkers, or solving our 500 piece PFINS Parrot Puzzle. Head outside, stretch out, and slow down on our MGV Pace Is Slow Yoga Mat, MGV Tie Dye Yoga Mat, or Adirondack Chair Towel. Enjoy a taste of paradise with Margaritaville The Cookbook or by infusing Margaritaville Singles To Go in your water. Step up your backyard sanctuary with Island Lifestyle Quad Chairs and a Margaritaville Half Moon Fins to the Left Bar. To learn more about Margaritaville, please visit: https://www.margaritaville.com/ . ### ABOUT MARGARITAVILLE Margaritaville, a state of mind since 1977, is a global lifestyle brand inspired by Jimmy Buffett, whose songs evoke a passion for tropical escape and relaxation. Margaritaville features over 20 lodging locations and over 20 additional projects in the pipeline, with nearly half under construction, two gaming properties and over 60 food and beverage venues including signature concepts such as Margaritaville Restaurant, award-winning JWB Prime Steak and Seafood, 5 o'Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill and LandShark Bar & Grill. More than 20 million travelers every year change their latitude and attitude with a visit to a Margaritaville resort, residential real estate destination, vacation club, vacation home rental or restaurant. Consumers can also escape everyday through a collection of Margaritaville lifestyle products including apparel, footwear, frozen concoction makers, home décor, a satellite radio station and more. For more information on Margaritaville, visit www.margaritaville.com. Contact Details FINN Partners +1 646-202-9782 margaritaville@finnpartners.com Company Website https://www.margaritaville.com/

August 14, 2020 05:38 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Daniel Gaston Promoted to Vice President at Cloud Conventions/Convey Services

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Convey Services, parent company of Cloud Conventions a full featured virtual event technology solution today announced the promotion of Daniel Gaston to Vice President of Business Development. Gaston is chartered with developing and expanding the marketplace for virtual events, creating both a direct and channel focus to offer capabilities to event managers, associations, nonprofits, tradeshow operators and channel resellers. “Danny joined Convey five years ago and has been pivotal in growing the marketplace for Convey’s channel program for master agencies and suppliers, as well as for InterAct LifeLine’s addiction and recovery platform,” said Carolyn Bradfield founder of Convey. “Now that Convey has expanded its Cloud Conventions technology to address the explosive need for virtual conferences, tradeshows and events, Danny will drive the effort to grow revenue and expand the customer base for fully managed or self-managed virtual and hybrid events.” Prior to COVID, the marketplace for live expositions globally exceeded 33,000 with $50 billion in revenue annually. Although thousands of live events cancelled in 2020 and should begin to return in 2021, the demand for a virtual solution will continue to strengthen as event operators offer virtual-only or hybrid event options. Cloud Conventions automates every aspect of delivering a virtual event from attendee onboarding to exhibit booths, creating a content-rich environment with enhanced views of marketing materials, educational classes and product resources. The platform analyzes every attendee interaction and delivers detailed reports to the event host and their exhibitors. “Danny brings a unique skill set in being able to strategically understand how to address an emerging market, combined with the tactics needed to generate an appropriate sales process,” added Bradfield. “He has been integral in every aspect of our development of Cloud Conventions from product design, to creating processes for managing an event, to offering strategic support to clients that are creating their first virtual experience. He has identified market segments with the greatest need and a process to address them effectively.” Gaston graduated from Kennesaw State University summa cum laude with a degree in Applied Science, Industrial and Organizational Psychology. About Cloud Conventions Cloud Conventions is a Virtual Trade Show and Conference Platform from Convey Services that brings new capabilities to a marketplace looking for solutions to replace the thousands of live trade shows, annual conferences and association meetings cancelled in the wake of COVID-19. Originally launched as ConveyLive, Cloud Conventions automates exhibitors and virtual booths, attendee registration, speaker sessions and reminders, invitations and email communication, while at the same time producing detailed analytics on attendee, session and exhibitor activity. Trade Associations and event managers can explore all of the Cloud Conventions solutions by visiting https://cloudconventions.com or contacting info@cloudconventions.com or call 888-975-1382. Cloud Conventions™, Conduct™, One-Touch Email Share™, Hub & Spoke™, 360° Virtual Exhibit Hall & Lobby Experience™ and ListLock™ are trademarks of Convey Services LLC Contact Details Bruce Ahern +1 770-580-0810 bahern@conveyservices.com Company Website https://cloudconventions.com

August 13, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Liberties Journal Foundation Debuts to Advance Independent Thinking at the Intersection of Culture and Politics

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To advance independent thinking and propel new ideas, well-known figures from the worlds of arts, business, government, higher education and philanthropy today announced the formation of the Liberties Journal Foundation. Based in Washington, D.C., the Foundation is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that seeks to inform today’s cultural and political leaders, deepen the understanding of citizens, and inspire the next generation to participate in the democratic process and public service. The Foundation’s first initiative is a new quarterly journal, Liberties - A Journal of Culture and Politics, slated for October 2020 debut. Founding members of the Foundation include the well-known Washington attorney, philanthropist, and former diplomat, Alfred H. Moses; chairman and CEO of cross-border trade company Quberu, Peter Bass; and, respected arts, education, and business leader, Bill Reichblum. Each issue of Liberties, the Foundation’s decidedly analog quarterly publication, will feature a combination of essays from prominent writers and introduce new talent. Contributors already signed include leading voices from this country and abroad in the worlds of culture, business, entertainment, government, politics, and technology. Each edition of Liberties will also publish new poetry from both highly awarded and up-and-coming poets. A book for the coat pocket, Liberties’ diverse voices celebrate one commonality: freedom of inquiry and thought. Liberties’ editorial team reflects the mission of the Journal pairing acclaimed literary critic Leon Wieseltier as editor with Celeste Marcus, a new talent, as managing editor. Bill Reichblum is the publisher. The book will be available as a soft-cover edition, by subscription or single copy, in bookstores and online. “The Foundation exists to meet the thirst in our country for ideas and serious thinking at a time when the daily news dominates the media and overwhelms our lives,” says Moses. “The Foundation will provide an outlet for world-renowned writers on culture and politics to reach a readership that is looking for stimulation and inspiration at a time when our lives are increasingly assailed by ephemeral trivia.” “We believe there is a genuine need to take time to listen, to actively absorb in-depth thinking of both those with accomplished experience and the inventive new generation at the beginning of their careers,” says Reichblum. “Their creativity, insights, and perceptions can individually and collectively inspire culture and impact politics.” Founded in 2020 and based in Washington, D.C., Liberties Journal Foundation is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization devoted to educating the general public about the history, current trends, and possibilities of culture and politics. Through the publication of its quarterly, in-print only journal, and its supporting initiatives, the Foundation seeks to inform today’s cultural and political leaders, deepen the understanding of citizens, and inspire the next generation to participate in the democratic process and public service. For more information or to inquire about subscriptions or orders, visit libertiesjournal.com. Contact Details Jeanne Meyer +1 917-816-5773 jeanne@Kitehillpr.com Company Website https://libertiesjournal.com

August 12, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Houck’s Grille Uses Video Webinar Technology to Enhance Restaurant Events

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Houck’s Grille launched a unique new service to include distant friends and relatives in local parties and celebrations in its event facilities, when they can’t be there in person by adding Zoom Video Conferencing and streaming services to the event package. The new capability allows people from anywhere in the world to join in as guests when a physical celebration, corporate meeting or other sponsored event is taking place at Houck’s. While guests are socializing, having their lunch or dinner gathering or enjoying the presentation or music in the restaurant, friends can join online and see and talk directly with the hosts or attendees. "Prior to COVID-19, Houck’s hosted dozens of events in an average month, including rehearsal dinners, birthdays, bridal showers, anniversaries and corporate meetings,” said Molly Breiding, Event Manager at Houck’s Grille. “Just like other restaurants and event facilities when COVID hit, those gatherings disappeared. With our new Zoom Video Conferencing capability, events can resume and guests who are unable to travel or uncomfortable with large groups, can now talk to guests and not miss a moment of the celebration.” Each Houck’s Zoom event includes a dedicated “Zoom Jockey” to manage the technology, direct the video, help online viewers participate, as well as include restaurant attendees in the event. Houck’s is connected with video, microphones and an 8-foot projection screen to maximize the experience for its in-person and remote guests. Virtual local guests can even receive meals and drinks from Houck’s using Curbside Pickup, UberEats or DoorDash. “In-person events are beginning to return, as people are now booking their fall and holiday parties and celebrations,” added Breiding. “But there is going to be a segment of our community that will still feel uncomfortable in group settings despite the efforts Houck’s engages in to reduce the risk. The addition of video streaming allows people to join in, even if it is from the comfort of their home.” About Houck’s Grille Houck’s Grille is an American fare family restaurant located in the heart of Roswell, Georgia, an Atlanta suburb, off Highway 92 at Crabapple Road. Founded by legendary local restauranteur, Bill Houck, Houck’s Grille first opened at this location in 2015. Known for a diverse menu ranging from exceptional burgers, unique and tasty salads, steaks and fish, people claim their fried shrimp is the best you can find this side of the Gulf Coast. With a chef-driven kitchen, Houck's Grille is committed to excellent food and drinks, LIVE music Friday & Saturday nights featuring classic local artists, and a large event facility for hosting parties, bridal events, rehearsal dinners and sports banquets. For more information visit https://www.houcksgrille.com . 10930 Crabapple Road, Roswell Georgia 30075 • 770-993-8000. Open Tuesday-Thursday 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday-Saturday 11:00am - 10:00pm, Sunday 11:00am - 9:00pm. Closed Monday Contact Details Bruce Ahern +1 770-580-0810 bruce@bruceahern.com Company Website https://www.houcksgrille.com

August 12, 2020 02:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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