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The Adventures of Little Billy “In Search of the Magic Tree” Book, is Released

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In The Adventures of Little Billy, “In Search of the Magic Tree,” best-selling business and leadership book author Barry Farber captures so many traits that highly successful leaders have, told through a wonderful children’s story. Within the story, the secrets that little Billy discovers on his adventure seem like common sense to most. But, in truth, offer up valuable life lessons for children on how they can create more meaningful friendships, deeper happiness and be on the path to greater success. The story has five key animals who all interact with Billy on his journey to find the Magic Tree. Each of the animals have been given the essential secrets of the key chapters in Farber’s Diamond in the Rough, his best-selling business book that incorporates five traits of highly successful leaders. “I believe that it’s never too early for kids to learn and understand important life values and traits on how they can be happier and more successful as they grow and mature. This book is all about giving them something fun to read, while providing strong values parents will appreciate,” said Farber. “For example, from the beginning, Lawrence the Owl speaks to helping all the animals regardless of who they are and Ruppert the Toad emphasizes that Billy needs to look on the inside of those he sees.” The Adventures of Little Billy is set to become an animated series and will be developed to be a television story soon. With that, Farber has brought in known celebrities to play each character based on how each is viewed in society. Sherman the Turtle will be played by Ottis Jerome “O.J.” Anderson, The Amazing Kreskin is set to play The Magic Tree and Bobby Collins will take on the role of Bosco the Bear. And starring in the role of Little Billy is Eden Kontesz, who at only 10 years-old, has already made a name for herself singing and acting in TV shows such as The Simpsons and Transparent. High-res scans to your specifications are available upon request. The Adventures of Little Billy was illustrated by Glen A Schofield. Color transformation was done by Shoshanna Sommer. Barry Farber is a best-selling author of 14 business and inspirational books in over 30 languages. Farber is also an award-winning radio and television host, as well as an agent and marketing consultant for corporations, professional athletes and entertainers. Learn more about Farber at www.barryfarber.com Contact Details Hot Paper Lantern Courtney Moed cmoed@hotpaperlantern.com

November 15, 2021 08:59 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Spiceology Welcomes Renowned Chef Jet Tila to the Collab Team with New Line of Korean-Inspired Blends

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Spiceology, a leading spice and flavor company, today announced its partnership and new product line with celebrity chef, author and restaurateur Chef Jet Tila. This collaboration between Spiceology and Tila culminates with the launch of three new Korean-inspired spice blends, inviting chefs and consumers to experience Tila’s take on Korean flavors. Known for his diverse Asian cuisine expertise, Chef Jet’s new blends are his personal twist on the vibrant and savory flavors of classic Korean fare, including a bulgogi-inspired blend, ‘Fiery Sweet’, a kimchi-inspired blend, ‘Sour Power’, and a ssamjang-inspired blend, ‘Umami Punch’. Fiery Sweet ($13.95) - Translating to “Fire Meat,” traditional bulgogi is a thinly sliced beef dish that uses the flavors of soy sauce, brown sugar, Asian pears, garlic, ginger, ground black pepper, and sesame oil. This blend spotlights the slightly salty, mildly sweet and nutty-savory flavors of traditional bulgogi. Sour Power ($13.95) - Commonly mistaken as a food, Kimchi is actually a method of fermentation. This blend provides the perfect flavors to pickle any veggie, inspired by Korean culture’s adoration of Kimchi. Umami Punch ($13.95) - No Korean street food is complete without a smear of Ssamjang. With more umami than its spicy cousin Gochujang, Ssamjung is a thick chili paste made of doenjang, gochujang, sesame oil, onion, garlic, green onions, and sometimes brown sugar. This blend emulates these flavors in a wonderfully complex yet easy-to-use seasoning blend. “We believe in the power of collaboration, and our goal is to be a conduit to help chefs share their unique culinary perspectives and to share these flavors with consumers and chefs alike,” said Tony Reed, Senior Director of Innovation and Partnerships at Spiceology. “By combining our ‘Experiment with Flavor’ mantra with the credibility and knowledge of chefs, we can provide effortless deliciousness from many different cultures, including our most recent line of Korean-inspired flavors with Chef Jet Tila. This line opens the door to an entirely new world of flavors that most people have never had access to.” Tila is a celebrated author, a regular on The Today Show and the Food Network, and can be found educating and inspiring food magazines across the globe. Both Tila and Spiceology wanted to create a way for people to easily experiment with Korean-inspired flavors. “Meals provoke memories, and these blends are inspired by specific memories from my time growing up in Los Angeles and the stories that were passed down within our Asian community,” said Chef Jet Tila. “Though I come from Thai and Chinese roots, my dedication and passion for the Asian community as a whole is something I've always tried to express through my cooking. Spiceology is giving me the opportunity to shine more light on Korean cuisine and bring my memories of Koreatown to life for chefs and consumers to experience themselves. With the help of Spiceology, I’m inviting people to sample a world of new flavors with just a tablespoon or two of one of these new blends.” For more information on the partnership and recipe inspiration, visit https://spiceology.com/collaborations/jet-tila. ABOUT SPICEOLOGY Founded in 2013, Spiceology is the fastest-growing spice company in America and is on a mission to bring the magic back to spices, the world’s first currency. The chef-owned and operated, one-stop spice shop develops innovative blends and offers over 400 ingredients that are ground fresh in small-batches and shipped fresh to consumers and chefs. Spiceology’s “experiment with flavor” ethos is not only embraced through excellent ingredients and unique combinations, but also through responsible business practices designed to create a better world with diversity, equity and inclusion at the heart of the workforce. Spiceology products can be found on spiceology.com, in specialty retailers and grocers, in restaurants around the US, and as far away as Australia and Dubai. Visit spiceology.com for more information or to place an order, or follow Spiceology on Facebook and Instagram. For recipe inspiration, visit here. Contact Details Spiceology Cassidy Levine +1 908-770-7880 cassidy@spiceology.com Company Website https://spiceology.com/

November 15, 2021 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Holiday Gifts That Won’t Break the Bank

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A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/84NvZOIljwI Almost a quarter of Americans worry holiday shopping will leave them in debt, but that’s not stopping consumers from spending at a fast and furious pace. Beauty and Lifestyle Expert, Alle Fister, has compiled a holiday shopping guide filled with a few gift ideas that won’t break the bank and one way to pay for it all before ringing in the New Year. SHOP & PAY OFF DEBT EARLY: Early shopping is a big trend this year with the added challenge of inventory concerns. Fister says consumers are combating the issue by being smart and savvy with their online or in-store shopping behaviors. She points to a new survey from Afterpay, the leading ‘buy now, pay later’ platform, that finds one-in-three people are setting a strict budget and plan to wrap up shopping before Thanksgiving. The lifestyle expert urges consumers to be wise and stay out of debt. She says one way to manage holiday finances is by paying off purchases early. Afterpay has declared November 19th ‘Done Day’—the official day to wrap up holiday shopping in order to complete buy now, pay later installments before 2022. Fister recommends turning to Afterpay, which partners with thousands of brands to offer interest-free installment payments, because it allows shoppers the ability to buy gifts and pay over time, without the worry of revolving debt posed by credit. She touts that, “Shopping early has never been easier.” Consumers can expect deals to be announced weekly throughout the season to help them shop early. For more information, go to the Afterpay app or Afterpay.com www.Afterpay.com Facebook: @afterpayusa Instagram: @afterpayusa Twitter: @ afterpayusa FAMILY-SIZED GIFTING: Fister’s holiday gifting guide also includes presents the entire family can enjoy together. She admits, “As a mom, I love bringing everyone together for those warm and cozy moments. One gift idea that instantly comes to my mind is Koolaburra by UGG slippers. The brand’s approachable price points make for a perfect gift the whole family, or financially focused fashionista, can appreciate.” According to the beauty and lifestyle expert, these slippers are made of high-quality materials that don’t sacrifice on style, quality, or comfort. She adds, “Personally, I’m in love with the Riley Shimmer Kid’s Slipper. Keeping those little feet warm this season never looked better.” She even thinks they’re perfect for the men in your life, “The Tipton Emboss Men’s Slipper is perfect for the guys, whether they’re making breakfast or settling in for a quiet night.” As for Fister, “I can’t get enough of the Batya and Lezly Perf Women’s Slippers. They’re so stylish and comfy! And you know, I am a Southern CA based gal—and I just really connect with Koolaburra by UGG as UGG’s little sister brand that offers a southern California cool vibe for the whole family. Effortless, easy, and exactly what I’ll be asking my husband for this holiday season!” For more information, go to Koolaburra.com. Koolaburra by UGG® Official Site | Koolaburra.com Instagram: @Koolaburra Facebook: Koolaburra by UGG - Home | Facebook GIFT GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK: These days conscious consumers are paying attention to more than price tags. Fister highlights how important it is to think of ways to pamper loved ones while using one’s purchasing power to give back to the world we live in. “One great gift idea comes from the female-founded beauty brand, Josie Maran, she is the pioneer of Argan-oil-powered beauty. They’ve partnered with the CORAL Reef Alliance to create a limited edition Pro-Retinol Body Butter in a naturally derived Grapefruit scent.” Fister says those who know “It’s cool to care,” can rest assured knowing 10% of all sales of the Body Butter will be donated to CORAL, which is focused on saving the world’s coral reefs. The Pro-Retinol Body Butter will be available in a grapefruit scent, while containing safe and healthy pro-retinol derived from pink algae to give the same benefits of a retinol with zero irritation. For more information, go Ulta.com. https://www.ulta.com/p/whipped-argan-pro-retinol-body-butter-coral-reef-alliance-collaboration-pimprod2028603 Instagram: @JosieMaran & Coral_Org Facebook: @ JosieMaran & CoralReefAlliance Hashtags: #JosieMaranxCORAL & #ItsCooltoCare THE GIFT OF RELAXATION: Given the state of the world over the past year-and-a-half, Fister suggests giving the budget-friendly gift of relaxation as we head into 2022. She says, “There has been too much stress for too long of a time,” while pointing to a few of her favorite self-care items from the brand This Works. The lifestyle expert says with This Works, shoppers can give the gift of sleep and less stress this holiday season with their holiday gift sets that contain award-winning and 100% natural, aromatherapeutic blends that truly “work.” One example is the large gift set called DREAM TO SLEEP. It is made up of a trio of sleep saviors including a shower gel, body lotion, and celebrity-favorite DEEP SLEEP PILLOW SPRAY. Fister says she’s such a fan of this product, “You just spray your pillow or mist your PJs before you retire to bed and the 100% natural essential oil fragrances of lavender, chamomile, vetiver help you fall asleep faster and wake up feeling refreshed.” There are mini sets available with pocket-sized pillow sprays and items from their Stress Check line that help manage stress. For more information, go to Nordstrom.com. https://www.nordstrom.com/s/thisworks-soothe-sleep-set/6474152?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FBrands%2Fthisworks%C2%AE&color=000 Instagram: @ thisworks About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

November 12, 2021 05:45 PM Eastern Standard Time

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The Rise of ‘Revenge Travel’

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A s borders begin to open and with holiday deals season right around the corner, travel is coming back in full force. Recently, travel and cruise expert and Editor-in-Chief of Cruise Critic, Colleen McDaniel, teamed up with Norwegian Cruise Line on a satellite media tour to discuss “Revenge Travel” and how travelers can take advantage of some of the holiday season’s best deals. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/1h7yQHbpQgQ “Revenge Travel” has come to mean the strong desire to vacation and explore the world even more than before the onset of travel restrictions, resulting in pent-up consumer demand to travel freely again. As destinations get ready to welcome back tourists, cruising is a great way for consumers to travel and visit the destinations they’ve been dreaming about for the last year and a half. Cruising provides travelers the opportunity to visit multiple destinations in one trip. Norwegian Cruise Line’s 17-ship fleet sails to more than 300 destinations worldwide offering a wide variety of itineraries to buck-list destinations in addition to boasting world-class dining options, Broadway-caliber onboard entertainment and one-of-a-kind at sea attractions such as racetracks and laser tag experiences. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday right around the corner, it’s a great time to take advantage of the best holiday deal at sea before booking that highly anticipated vacation. Norwegian Cruise Line has opened for sale the most sailings in its history where consumers can book their dream cruise vacation now through 2024. Beginning Nov. 16, 2021, the Brand unveils its greatest deal ever providing travelers with exceptional value featuring 70 percent off the second guest fare as well as seven free offers including: Free Open Bar Free Specialty Dining Free Wifi Free Excursions Free Extra Guests Free Air for the 2nd Guest Free $250 onboard credit Giving avid and new cruisers the next generation in cruise travel experience, the Company also announced its newest ship – Norwegian Prima – will set sail summer 2022. The first of six vessels within NCL's all new Prima Class, will offer guests exciting itineraries, the highest staffing levels and space ratio of any new cruise ship in the contemporary and premium cruise categories. For those travelers who want to be the first on board, the ship’s new itineraries to Northern Europe, Caribbean and Bermuda are already on sale. Consumers can visit www.ncl.com to learn more about available itineraries and onboard attractions to begin planning their long-awaiting vacation at sea. About Colleen McDaniel: Colleen McDaniel is Editor-in-Chief of Cruise Critic, the world’s largest online cruise resource. She considers cruising to be a true passion, having traveled the world by water – from Alaska, the Caribbean and Hawaii, to Europe’s rivers, Antarctica and Africa – on ships of all ships and sizes. She’s regularly quoted as a cruise expert in media outlets across the country, including outlets like The Associated Press, Good Morning America, CNN, FOX Business, CNBC, The New York Times, Travel + Leisure and Skift. About Cruise Critic: Cruise Critic is the world’s largest cruise reviews and information site, offering a comprehensive resource for cruise travelers -- from first-time cruisers to avid cruise enthusiasts. The site features more than 50M+ opinions, reviews & photos and hosts the world's largest online cruise community. Cruise Critic is a subsidiary of TripAdvisor, Inc. About Norwegian Cruise Line: As the innovator in global cruise travel, Norwegian Cruise Line has been breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising for 55 years. Most notably, the cruise line revolutionized the industry by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal vacation on their preferred schedule with no assigned dining and entertainment times and no formal dress codes. Today, its fleet of 17 contemporary ships sail to over 300 of the world’s most desirable destinations, including Great Stirrup Cay, the company’s private island in the Bahamas and its resort destination Harvest Caye in Belize. Norwegian Cruise Line not only provides superior guest service from land to sea, but also offers a wide variety of award-winning entertainment and dining options as well as a range of accommodations across the fleet, including solo-traveler staterooms, mini-suites, spa-suites and The Haven by Norwegian®, the company’s ship-within-a-ship concept. For additional information or to book a cruise, contact a travel professional, call 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784) or visit www.ncl.com. For the latest news and exclusive content, visit the media center and follow Norwegian Cruise line on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube @NorwegianCruiseLine; and Twitter and Snapchat @CruiseNorwegian. About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. 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November 12, 2021 05:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Airbnb Upgrades Platform to Serve a Revolution in How We Travel

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The world is undergoing a revolution in how we live and work. Technologies like Zoom make it possible to work from home. Airbnb makes it possible to work from any home. This newfound flexibility is bringing about a revolution in how we travel, allowing for more frequent trips, longer trips, travel to more locations, and even the ability to live on Airbnb. Recently, Communications Lead for North America at Airbnb, Liz DeBold Fusco, participated in a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss how Airbnb is supporting a revolution in how we travel. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/1-HhndqYOIQ Before the pandemic, millions of people used to live in one place (their home) and work in another (their office). But now, with technologies like Zoom, they can live and work in the same place, and that place can be anywhere. Living, working, and traveling are all blurring together. This newfound flexibility is creating a revolution in how people travel, giving them the flexibility to travel everywhere, go anytime, and stay for longer -- data and research from Airbnb suggests these trends are here to stay. People increasingly are living on Airbnb -- from July to September, 20% of nights booked were for stays of one month or longer -- and they are traveling at any time. Nearly half of nights booked on Airbnb were for at least one week, compared to 38% two years ago; and families are traveling more during the week, with the most growth in stays on Mondays and Tuesday nights globally. With the holidays ahead, many are excited to reunite with loved ones. As of the end of September, we had over 40% more nights booked for Thanksgiving week in the US than at the same time in 2019. The reopening of US borders this week is also revealing pent-up demand. In the US -- which historically is the largest inbound travel market in the world -- during the week following the October 15 announcement of the November 8 reopening date, nights booked by foreign guests for stays starting November 8 increased by 44%. In May, Airbnb introduced its 2021 Release, with over 100 upgrades to improve every aspect of the Airbnb service. Now, Airbnb has announced a number of new innovations that make it easier to host on Airbnb and support these changing needs of travelers. These include new features like AirCover, Translation Engine, Accessibility Review, Verified WiFi, and many more. For more information, visit Airbnb.com About Liz DeBold Fusco: Liz DeBold Fusco is a Communications Lead for North America for Airbnb. Prior to that, she was a Vice President at SKDKnickerbocker, a national public affairs firm, where she provided strategic communications guidance to organizations ranging from the NAACP and Demos to The Rockefeller Foundation and AT&T. Liz has also worked for the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City and New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray as well as the New York State Attorney General. About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

November 12, 2021 05:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Kids Who Move, Move the World: Nike’s New Footwear and Inclusive Line of Sports Apparel for Kids

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This month, Nike is launching a new footwear and inclusive sports apparel based on insights from girl basketball players: Nike Air Zoom Crossover and Inclusive Basketball Apparel Collection. It’s Nike Kid’s first collection of inclusive sports footwear and apparel, helping all kids, however they identify, bring their full and authentic selves to the game! During the nationwide media tour, Lisa Leslie, All-Star Basketball Player, Olympic Gold Medalist, 3X WNBA MVP and Karie Conner, Vice President of North America Nike Kids, discussed the importance of listening to kids - especially girls - to build products and programs that make sport more inclusive. Highlights include: By listening to the voice of kids, Nike created the Nike Air Zoom Crossover shoe to give all kids the best fit possible for any possible movements they make while still providing space for growing toes to move and spread during play. All-inclusive sizing so that any kid (him, her, they) can wear anything, increasing easy on and off solutions for athletes of all abilities so that Nike Kids product is the go-to item they grab and want to wear. Focus on style and gender expression through a full spectrum of choice so every kid can express themselves authentically. Parents and caregivers also know that active kids do better in school and in life. That’s why Nike invests in programs and initiatives that educate kids about the power of play and how they can inspire play within their own communities: Nike Game Growers: A program, in collaboration with the WNBA and NBA, that gives eighth-grade girls the tools and resources they need to increase girls' participation in sports in their local communities. Throughout the program, girls will attend online workshops and connect directly with their participating WNBA or NBA team to develop their idea. In 2022, the program will launch its third season with more than 40 participating WNBA and NBA teams. Girls can apply for Game Growers online at gamegrowers.com/apply before the competition closes on November 15, 2021. Nike PLAYlist: A sport-inspired series where kids and pro athletes come together to do what they do best: PLAY. The interactive content series is filled with creative activities for kids to do at home or outside. From creative games to challenges and awesome athlete interviews, kids are welcome to freely explore and interact with sports however they see fit. The next season of PLAYlist launches on October 23 and new episodes air every Saturday on YouTube. About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

November 12, 2021 05:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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EVERIST NAMED AS ONE OF TIME’S BEST INVENTIONS OF 2021

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Everist Inc. (Everist), an acclaimed clean beauty start-up built for ‘eco-optimists’, is pleased to reveal that its patent-pending waterless shampoo and conditioner concentrates were selected by TIME as one of the 100 Best Inventions of 2021 internationally. The revolutionary hair care duo - 3x concentrated, water-activated pastes made with clean and biodegradable ingredients - was featured on the prestigious list in the beauty category among only three other brands. “We are honored to be recognized by TIME and humbled to see Everist’s hair care concentrates listed among the most innovative and groundbreaking inventions of 2021,” said Jayme Jenkins, Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer at Everist. “From day one we’ve set out to rethink the way things are done, with the intention of building the beauty brand of the future. For the sake of our planet, we need to embrace change and our goal at Everist is to make that change an upgrade from the status quo versus a compromise. This award is a testament to the impact we wanted to create with Everist, and we are grateful to the teams at TIME for this acknowledgement.” After launching Everist in February 2021 alongside its award-winning, patent-pending waterless hair care concentrates packaged in infinitely recyclable aluminum, Everist has since been hard at work to bring forth clean, sustainable and performance-driven innovation that changes personal care routines and people’s perception of eco beauty. In October, the female-led company extended its line with the introduction of a waterless body wash concentrate, offering its consumers the perfect trio of shower essentials, all while propelling the brand’s expansion. “Everist was built on the premise of revolutionizing the beauty category that has traditionally been dependent on single-use plastic packaging and products that can be up to 90% water. The carbon and waste impact of going waterless is significant,” shared Jessica Stevenson, Chief Executive Officer of Everist. “We are dedicated to delivering innovative eco-upgrades for the mainstream beauty customer that wants it all - high-performance, clean ingredients, sustainable packaging and impeccable design. We believe people want to make more sustainable choices and we’re here to make those choices even easier.” Rooted in its mission to democratize low-waste, sustainable beauty, the start-up plans to continue bringing positive and lasting change in an oversaturated industry. Part of its long-term growth strategy is the expansion of its retail presence and its new product pipeline, as well as the cultivation of its blossoming ‘eco-optimist’ community. TIME’s list of the 100 Best Inventions celebrates products, brands and companies that are making the world better, smarter and even a bit more fun. To assemble its annual list, TIME solicited nominations from editors and correspondents around the world, as well as through an online application process. The media evaluated each contender on a number of key factors, including originality, creativity, efficacy, ambition and impact. The result: a list composed of 26 categories, from beauty to design, education and entertainment, and artificial intelligence among others. About Everist Launched in 2021 by beauty industry veterans Jayme Jenkins and Jessica Stevenson, Everist is a beauty company driven by innovation and the mission to prove that eco products can be for everyone. Built with the goal of creating as little waste as possible, Everist waterless products are plant-based, single-use plastic-free, vegan, cruelty-free, and are packaged in infinitely recyclable toothpaste-like aluminum tubes. Everist is a brand built for eco-optimists and welcomes everyone to embrace small changes that add up to big impact. Contact Details Katie Green - Canada katie@auguststrategy.com Amanda Smeal - United States amanda@amandasmeal.com Company Website https://helloeverist.com/

November 12, 2021 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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NO DOGS LEFT BEHIND ANNOUNCES THE OPENING OF ITS NEW SAFE HOUSE LOCATED IN TORONTO, CANADA

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No Dogs Left Behind (NDLB), a global animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the reckless slaughtering of animals in East Asia, is proud to announce its presence in Canada with the opening of its first Safe House in Toronto for dogs rescued from the illegal dog meat trade. This is the first expansion of its kind for NDLB outside of East Asia. NDLB, a United States based nonprofit organization, operates boots on the ground in East Asia fighting on the front lines to end the reckless slaughtering of all animals. With help from hundreds of local activists, Jeff Beri, the Founder and President of the organization, rescues dogs from slaughterhouses, dog meat trucks, wet markets, the Yulin Dog Meat “Festival” and illegal dog traffickers. He then transports them to one of NDLB’s three sanctuaries in East Asia where they receive medical care, nutritional support, and rehabilitation on an ongoing basis. These survivors stay in NDLB’s sanctuaries until they are adopted into loving homes in the United States, Canada and the U.K. Primarily located in East Asia, with its headquarters in New York, NDLB recently expanded its presence into Canada in order to continue its lifesaving work after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indefinitely suspended the importation of dogs into the United States from 113 countries. “This suspension was a complete surprise to all international rescues, and at the time, we had 112 dogs that had American adopters waiting to welcome them home” says Jacqueline Finnegan, NDLB Vice President and CEO of USA Operations. “We recognized that this suspension would likely remain in place for the foreseeable future and we took immediate steps to grow the foundation so that we could continue to adopt out the dogs that we rescue.” “Failure is not an option” says Beri. “Our mission is to end the reckless slaughtering of animals. The CDC’s import ban forced us to rethink our operations because we must have the ability to adopt our dogs out in order to make room for new survivors. We have always adopted dogs to Canadian citizens, so choosing Canada as the location for our first Safe House in North America was an easy decision.” Beri arrived in Toronto today to personally open the Safe House and ensure it operates according to all the same protocols NDLB employs in the other three sanctuaries it operates. The Safe House will include kennels, indoor and outdoor play areas, and large parks for the dogs to play in throughout the day. A key part of the operations will focus on socializing the dogs so that they are fully adjusted and ready to become part of a family when they are finally united with their adopters. “The welcome we have received from everyone in Canada has been overwhelming,” says Beri. “We are so grateful to all of the amazing Canadians who have opened up their homes and their hearts to our survivors, whether as fosters or adopters, and to all of the new volunteers who have joined the NDLB family in the recent months to help us with transports and our Safe House.” Through the unwavering support of donors, volunteers and activists, NDLB is leading the efforts in fighting for global animal welfare reform. Beri looks forward to growing NDLB’s presence in Canada and getting more people involved in NDLB’s fight against animal cruelty and demanding global animal welfare laws. If you would like to donate to support NDLB’s mission or its new Canadian Safe House, click here. About No Dogs Left Behind: No Dogs Left Behind operates boots on the ground in East Asia, fighting on the frontlines to rescue dogs from the illegal dogmeat trade. We work hands-on with local activists through emergency response, pulling dogs directly from slaughterhouses, dogmeat trucks, wet markets and traffickers. Our mission extends beyond borders, advocating for the creation and enforcement of animal welfare laws, and raising awareness for a cruelty-free, sustainable world in which no animal is violated, exploited, tortured or slaughtered for commercial goods or profit. With nearly 500 survivors in our care, No Dogs Left Behind operates sanctuaries in Dayi and Gongyi in East Asia. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and TikTok. Contact Details No Dogs Left Behind Sherry Chen +1 855-665-0888 sherry@nodogsleftbehind.com Company Website http://www.nodogsleftbehind.com

November 11, 2021 05:30 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Adore Stories announces Closed Beta for Adore Romance Stories in the hot Interactive Story Games Mobile Gaming Category

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Adore Stories, a woman-owned business focused on strengthening women’s voices at the intersection of literature and gaming, is pleased to announce the imminent launch of Adore Romance Stories, in Closed Beta. Sign up here to take part in this exclusive mobile gaming experience! In our competitive research, we have found that gaming companies are largely run by men, while the readership and audience for these story games is primarily women. The lack of gender equity in the gaming industry has long been established by articles in Forbes, The Guardian and many others, and we are here to help balance the scales. We also find that this genre calls for higher quality writing and so we are adopting best practices long-since established in the screenwriting industry that create better emotional engagement with our audience to craft captivating interactive stories. Similarly, we are focused on greater diversity in our characters, stories, and character customization, to provide important representation for the diverse gaming community that plays these games. With a background in literature and a passion for interactive experiences, it only made sense to take our abilities to the mobile gaming world, and create a better literary experience for all readers, whether male or female. Our stories contain a more diverse mix of characters, and are written to higher standards, with award-winning authors signed on and a 100% female editing staff ensuring that women’s voices are heard and supported, and that our stories feel as authentic as possible to lived experience, while retaining a fun, fantasy feel. About Interactive Story Games: Interactive story games allow you, the player, to step into the shoes of the protagonist in a story, choosing how you look, what your name is, and what actions you choose to take in the story. In our stories, you can choose who you want to date, what activities you take part in, and experience the life of a character in a story, whose actions and reactions are written to exacting literary standards. We feel that interactive story games are fundamentally a new category of media consumption, located somewhere between a book, a traditional gaming experience and a movie. The ability to have a choose-your-own-adventure type experience while having additional music, audio cues, and visual experiences create something that’s not quite a book, not quite a movie, and a fundamentally different experience from other mobile, console or desktop gaming experiences. About Adore Stories: Adore Stories has found acclaim for its writing tools like our Character Template, which helps aspiring and established authors provide more color and meaning behind their written characters. Adore Stories is building a writer community, starting with online writing contests, coming soon! The Adore Stories blog also reviews popular books and authors, and features writing tips and tricks to help you write the stories of your dreams, and the next bestseller! If you would like to learn more about Adore Stories or the mobile experience that we are crafting, please reach out to hello@adorestories.com - we will be happy to talk! Contact Details Adore Stories Media Contact hello@adorestories.com Company Website https://adorestories.com/

November 11, 2021 09:03 AM Pacific Standard Time

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