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Back-to-School with Olympian Natalie Coughlin and Athleta G!RL


The back-to-school season is officially underway, and parents everywhere are scrambling to get their kids – and themselves! - ready for the new school year. For Natalie Coughlin, 12x Olympic Medalist and Mom of Two, this back-to-school season is all about confidence, comfort and self-care, and Athleta is the perfect resource for parents to help set their kids up for success. Recently, Natalie participated in a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss the back-to-school season and some tips to help empower young girls. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: Diminishing confidence is one of the greatest issue’s girls face in the defining years from 6-12, so it’s important that we do everything we can to set them up for success. While back-to-school shopping, think about how clothing options can give young girls room to express their style and represent their favorite hobbies and personal interests. Athleta's G!RL line is perfect for girls who want to express themselves while being comfortable and active. We can help empower girls to be their most confident selves, knowing their clothing supports self-expression and helps to quell anxiety. Special features in Athleta’s back-to-school assortment are intentionally designed to fuel girls’ confidence through apparel design details, like confidence charms and hidden affirmations in the lining of shirts and backpacks and tactile details to fiddle with when she’s feeling anxious. Athleta’s uniform-ready items - like the School Days Skort, School Days Dress, School Days Polo and Limitless Backpack and Lunchbox - are durable, quality pieces built with performance-quality fabrics to withstand her active school year and all those after school activities, whether it’s on the sports field or in the art room. For more information, visit About Natalie Coughlin Natalie Coughlin burst onto the international swim scene at the 2001 World Championships, winning a gold medal in the 100 backstroke and a bronze in the 50 backstroke. In 2002 at the Pan-Pacifics, she was more dominant, winning six medals, four gold, with three individual championships in the 100 free, 100 fly, and 100 back. Coughlin was the top female swimmer at the 2004 Olympic Games, winning five medals, including two gold. Individually, she won the 100 metre backstroke and finished third in the 100 freestyle. She won her second gold medal in the 800 metre freestyle relay and added two silvers as a member of the United States’ teams in the other relays. In three Olympics, she competed in 12 events and won 12 medals, three gold. But her victories didn’t stop there—she has since launched a wine label, advocated on behalf of several non-profit organizations, and become a mother to her daughter, Zennie, and her son, Ozzie. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727

August 09, 2023 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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AmeriLife’s Senior Market Advisors Makes Big Impact Helping Ugandan Orphans


Senior Market Advisors (SMA), one of the fastest growing field marketing organizations (FMO) in the insurance space and an affiliate of AmeriLife Group, LLC (“AmeriLife”), announced today the building and opening of a home that houses 12 displaced children in Uganda in partnership with Nashville-based non-profit King’s Kids Africa. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Uganda, SMA representatives Jeremy Tingler, Henry S. Goldsmith and Annie Cobb met King’s Kids representatives, spoke with local officials about community impact and spent time with each of the 12 children gaining first-hand perspectives on how this opportunity will change their lives. “This home is a tangible foundation for creating life-long opportunities and strengthening the community for the benefit of children in need, while also providing much needed infrastructure to foster spiritual development, education, physical and mental wellbeing and social integration,” said Cobb. The home was built in an agricultural village just outside the capital city of Kampala and is part of a larger community expansion plan led by King’s Kids Africa. That plan includes a school, community center and home, all built around the local church, which is at the foundation of the organization’s Christian-faith mission. “The impact of this home – built amidst the church, school and community center – was visible to us as we toured the area and collection of nearby villages,” added Goldsmith. “You could see it, feel it, and the kid’s overall health and positive mentality was noticeable. This demonstrated to us not only the need for continued humanitarian interventions, but the impact King’s Kids Africa is having on the children and communities where they work.” “Our continued fundraising efforts are earmarked to support the lives of these 12 children,” said Christy Boyd, executive vice president of Shared Services at Senior Market Advisors. “Building the home was the first step, but there are daily expenses to running a home and providing for these children as they grow through the King’s Kids program. Our support continues.” AmeriLife and its network of affiliates have a long history supporting dozens of local, national and international non-profits including charity:water, Feeding America and St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, among others. “All of us at AmeriLife are very proud of SMA’s commitment to community and humanity, and its continued demonstration of our shared values, wherever help is needed,” said Scott R. Perry, chairman and CEO of AmeriLife. “We congratulate and celebrate the SMA staff and leadership for the transformative differences made in the lives and future of these 12 children.” To join Senior Market Advisors in supporting King’s Kids Africa program in Uganda, please visit or contact Christy Boyd at ### About Senior Market Advisors Senior Market Advisors (SMA), a Medicare FMO, has been a leader in profit management since 2007, driven by hard work and a commitment to “doing right” by the consumer. We have certainly knocked on our fair share of doors. We know the grit and determination involved in becoming a career agent. And as a result, we have become one of the fastest growing FMOs, doubling our business each year for the past five years. For more information, visit us online at About AmeriLife AmeriLife’s strength is its mission: to provide insurance and retirement solutions to help people live longer, healthier lives. In doing so, AmeriLife has become recognized as the leader in developing, marketing, and distributing life and health insurance, annuities and retirement planning solutions to enhance the lives of pre-retirees and retirees across the United States. For more than 50 years, AmeriLife has partnered with top insurance carriers to provide value and quality to customers served through a distribution network of over 300,000 insurance agents and advisors and 120 marketing organizations and insurance agency locations nationwide. For more information, visit and follow AmeriLife on Facebook and LinkedIn. Contact Details Media Jeff Maldonado +1 321-297-1112 Company Website

August 09, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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GoPro becomes the Official Action Camera Partner of Formula DRIFT

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The latest global brand to join the Formula DRIFT family is GoPro, maker of the world’s most versatile camera. This collaboration is the perfect synergy, bringing together the most extreme motorsports series with the best cameras to capture the action. “We’re extremely happy to welcome GoPro to the Formula DRIFT family,” said Ryan Sage, Formula DRIFT President. “Almost since our inception, GoPro cameras have been used to capture some of the most exciting action in our sport. So, we’re delighted to make this collaboration official and be able to capture and share even more of what makes Formula DRIFT unique.” Currently, the latest GoPro cameras, including HERO11 Black and the 360° GoPro MAX, are being used by the series to capture footage for its very popular and free-to-view event livestream. So, the next logical step was to create a dedicated new video series. Called GoPro Chase for the Championship, it commenced at the St Louis Round last month and will continue to the end of the season. Each episode will follow the top drivers chasing the championship title and will be filmed entirely on GoPro. The videos will air over the Formula DRIFT livestream on YouTube and appear on FD’s social media pages for each of the remaining rounds. The GoPro video series will explore how the leading drivers reached their position in the standings and the challenges they face. While GoPro Chase for the Championship will focus on the FD PRO teams, the partnership will also feature FD Experience Presented by GoPro. Hosted by a roaming reporter, the series will drop into FD PRO and PROSPEC competition to capture the action and personalities behind the scenes as well as the fan experience as both Championships ramp up to their Final Rounds. As an additional opportunity for fans, GoPro will attend one of the final rounds to share the latest GoPro technology with attendees, including hands-on workshops with the industry-leading HERO11 Black, plus the mobile-friendly GoPro Quik app, and GoPro Subscription ecosystem. Information about the specific round will be available shortly. NEXT ROUND Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA will host the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 6 on August 11-12. Please visit for the competition schedule, ticket information, driver profiles, special content, and the event livestream, which will include the new GoPro Chase for the Championship and FD Experience Presented by GoPro series. About GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRO) Founded in 2002, GoPro helps the world to capture and share itself in immersive and exciting ways. For more information, visit Open roles can be found on our careers page. Members of the press can access official logos and imagery on our press portal. GoPro customers can submit their photos and videos to GoPro Awards for an opportunity to be featured on GoPro's social channels and receive gear and cash awards. Connect with GoPro on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok, Twitter, YouTube, and GoPro's blog, The Current. GoPro, HERO and their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of GoPro, Inc. in the United States and other countries. ABOUT FORMULA DRIFT Formula DRIFT is recognized as the leading international drifting championship. Established on the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport that challenges the driver's skill while demanding a great deal from their vehicle in terms of power and strength. Formula DRIFT provides a series for the best professional drifters from around the globe to compete for the coveted title of Formula DRIFT Champion. As the first official drifting series in North America, Formula DRIFT has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme, attracting drift fans and car enthusiasts from all walks of life, and established itself as the global leader for the sport. For a competition schedule, ticket information, special content and livestream, please visit EDITOR’S NOTE The first GoPro Chase for the Championship can be viewed or shared here: More images are available here: Contact Details Greg Emmerson Company Website

August 08, 2023 06:12 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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It’s Time to Dominate Direct Mail: AmeriLife Launches Highly Anticipated LeadStar Direct


LeadStar, the proprietary, private leads platform created with and exclusively for AmeriLife -affiliated agents, announced today that it has officially launched LeadStar Direct, a best-in-class direct mail lead campaign and CRM solution that’s set to transform the direct mail game for health and life agents nationwide – and just in time for Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period (AEP). “With compliance top of mind for every agent this year, the launch of LeadStar Direct fulfills AmeriLife’s continued promise to our partners and their agents to arm them with the best tools to confidently and reliably grow their books of business,” said William DeCourcy, senior vice president of Growth Marketing and Customer Acquisition for AmeriLife. “Alongside LeadStar Marketplace, we’re incredibly excited to deliver a best-in-class combination of lead generation solutions to market.” Originally announced during Medicarians 2023 and developed in partnership with RGI Solutions, LeadStar Direct provides agents with continuously optimized direct mail campaigns powered by an intuitive shopping experience that allows them to go from sign-up to mailing in just one day. The platform is also regulation ready and 100% compliant with all federal and state-level marketing requirements. Alongside precision targeting capabilities and enhanced data and selection filtering, agents won’t needlessly spend money on targets that don’t meet their qualifications to better maximize their response rates. “In today’s environment, direct mail campaigns require a simpler, more secure and more targeted approach,” added Ovi Vitas, Chief Marketing Officer for AmeriLife. “With LeadStar Direct, agents can be sure that their investments are well spent on a platform designed to deliver smarter, more successful campaigns.” Join LeadStar Direct for an Exclusive Launch Event on Aug. 10 With LeadStar Direct now live, the team is hosting a public launch webinar at 2 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 10, to dive deep into the platform’s features alongside an esteemed group of partners and power uses. To register and learn more about LeadStar Direct, click here. ### About AmeriLife AmeriLife’s strength is its mission: to provide insurance and retirement solutions to help people live longer, healthier lives. In doing so, AmeriLife has become recognized as the leader in developing, marketing, and distributing life and health insurance, annuities and retirement planning solutions to enhance the lives of pre-retirees and retirees across the United States. For more than 50 years, AmeriLife has partnered with top insurance carriers to provide value and quality to customers served through a distribution network of over 300,000 insurance agents and advisors and 120 marketing organizations and insurance agency locations nationwide. For more information, visit, and follow AmeriLife on Facebook and LinkedIn. About LeadStar LeadStar is the industry’s preeminent enterprise leads program that delivers the compliant, reliable and performative leads that today’s health and life insurance agents need to grow their books of business and maximize their success. Powered by AmeriLife and exclusively for the company’s affiliated agents, LeadStar’s suite of solutions includes LeadStar Marketplace, LeadStar Connect and LeadStar Direct. For more information, contact an AmeriLife-affiliated marketing company or visit Contact Details Media Jeff Maldonado +1 321-297-1112 Partnership Inquiries Patrick Nichols +1 727-726-0726 Company Website

August 08, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Digitalbox says Media Chain asset acquisition would put it in a "very strong position"

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Digitalbox PLC (AIM:DBOX) CEO James Carter speaks to Thomas Warner from Proactive after the digital media business announced an agreement to potentially acquire assets from Media Chain, which operates popular web social brands like "99 Problems," "The Life Shopping Network," and "Student Problems." The acquisition is currently in a testing or licensing phase, lasting until November 30th, during which Digital Box will assess the potential benefits of working with these assets and their follower bases to maximise engagement and extend their audience reach. Carter says he sees significant gains from the prospective acquisition. The addition of the new assets would increase Digital Box's Facebook followers from around 8 million to approximately 20 million, which could result in a substantial uplift in audience delivery across their brands. Notably, the acquisition offers audience fit opportunities that align well with their existing brands. Regarding the timeline for completing the deal, James expects it to be within a range of one to four months, with the goal of finalising it as soon as possible. James also discusses market conditions, saying that a challenging environment has persisted into the first half of 2023. However, Digital Box has been trading in line with its forecasts, adapting to the market conditions and working towards their projected targets. Contact Details Proactive UK Ltd +44 20 7989 0813

August 07, 2023 07:58 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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August 04, 2023 10:11 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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New Partnership In The Hospitality Sector In Gabon


LIBREVILLE, GABON - African Media Agency - 3 August 2023 - The Fonds Gabonais d'Investissements Stratégiques (FGIS), its subsidiaries Façade Maritime du Champ Triomphal (FMCT), an urban development company, Luxury Green Resorts (LGR), a Gabonese tourism operator, on one hand, and the Kasada group, on the other hand, signed a partnership agreement on August 2nd, 2023, to develop hotels in Gabon. Through this agreement, FGIS, FMCT, LGR and Kasada, the independent real estate private equity platform dedicated to hospitality in Africa, are responding to the ambition to strengthen the attractiveness of the territory and boost the Gabonese economy. With a current portfolio of eighteen (18) hotels in eight (8) African markets, Kasada will be involved in identifying, evaluating, structuring, and managing hotel projects in Gabon, from conception to completion. Among the projects to be analyzed as part of this collaboration is the upscale hotel complex in the northern zone of the Baie des Rois site. It will address the growing needs identified in terms of urban planning, business tourism and leisure, offering innovative services to users looking for unique, local experiences. Architecturally and environmentally innovative, the hotel will feature sustainable materials, water treatment and the use of green energy in line with international standards. Baie des Rois is part of the urban development program for the Baie des Rois Special Investment Zone (ZIS), led by FMCT. In line with the Plan d'Accélération de la Transformation (PAT), Baie des Rois aims to become an exceptional hub meeting the criteria of a sustainable, innovative, low-carbon city. Situated on Libreville's waterfront, it stands out for its mixed use of real estate and commercial space for local residents. Mr. Akim Mohamed DAOUDA, CEO of FGIS, declared: "This project is part of our overall strategy to develop sustainable infrastructures based on the valorization of our natural capital. The construction of an environmentally-friendly hotel complex will showcase Gabon's low-carbon solutions.” Mr. Emmanuel EDANE, CEO of FMCT, declared: "The partnership with Kasada effectively demonstrates the investment opportunities offered by the Baie des Rois. This development zone will contribute to the economic influence and tourism growth of the Gabonese capital." Mr. Olivier GRANET and Mr. David DAMIBA, Managing Partners of Kasada Capital Management, commented: "We are delighted to be partnering with FGIS and its subsidiaries. The Baie des Rois is an ambitious and exciting project. It demonstrates once again our expertise and our role as preferred partner for sovereign entities to carry out complex projects. Our ability to analyze projects of this scale and our agility in terms of financial structuring, enable us to find the right solution for this flagship project in Gabon. Furthermore, through this project, we aim to set a new standard for sustainable development in Gabon, in line with the country's initiatives to address climate change.” About FGIS The Fonds Gabonais d'Investissements Stratégiques (FGIS) is the exclusive trustee of the Fonds Souverain de la République Gabonaise (FSRG) and of the unallocated holdings in the portfolio of the Gabonese State. The Fund invests in the strategic sectors of the national economy, with the aim of creating shared prosperity for the people of Gabon and future generations. As the financial investment instrument of the Republic of Gabon, the Fund supports government action by investing in four strategic sectors: infrastructure financing, support for SMEs, regional development and support for social sectors. FGIS also acts as the exclusive agent responsible for marketing carbon credits belonging to the Gabonese Republic as part of the fight against climate change. About FMCT Created in 2015, the Façade Maritime Champ Triomphal (FMCT) is the subsidiary of the Fonds Gabonais d'Investissements Stratégiques (FGIS) dedicated to the sustainable development of the Gabonese territory for the population and future generations. Aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the company is responsible for the design and development of city infrastructure projects, facilities and real estate, notably on the Baie des Rois site. In 2023, Baie des Rois won two major awards, including Best Sustainable Infrastructure Project for its eco-responsible approach at the Africa Investments Forum & Awards (AIFA) and Best New Mega Development at the Marché International des Professionnels de l'Immobilier (MIPIM Awards). About LGR Luxury Green Resorts (LGR) is a tourism operator whose mission is to revitalize the tourism industry in Gabon while promoting the country's natural heritage. LGR is committed to preserving this heritage through projects carried out in close collaboration with local authorities, technical operators, civil society and communities. About KASADA Kasada is an independent real estate private equity platform dedicated to hospitality in Africa, advised by Kasada Capital Management, part of the Kasada group. The firm was launched with the backing of Qatar Investment Authority, the sovereign wealth fund of State of Qatar, and Accor, a world leading hospitality group. Kasada's strategy spans all segments, from economy to luxury, and targets both greenfield and brownfield projects. Kasada's hotels are operated under the banner of Accor's wide range of internationally renowned brands. By investing in a region that offers robust growth opportunities, Kasada aims to deliver both attractive risk-adjusted returns to investors and a long positive impact on local economies. In April 2019, Kasada held a close of its maiden fund, Kasada Hospitality Fund L.P., with equity commitments of over US$ 500 million. For more information: visit and follow us on LinkedIn. Contact Details Aunel LOUMBA Uveka HARICHARUN

August 03, 2023 12:52 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Kush Kriminals, High Off Life, and 16 OS Ignite the Music Scene with the Open Verse Challenge

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In an electrifying fusion of music and the NFT universe, Kush Kriminals, High Off Life, and 16 OS are thrilled to announce the Kush Kriminals Open Verse Challenge. This once-in-a-lifetime competition invites artists from every corner to showcase their lyrical prowess and creativity by remixing the Kush Kriminals theme song with their own verse inspired by the Kush Kriminals universe. The theme song, a sonic masterpiece, is the brainchild of Atlanta-based rapper 16 OS. His biting cadence and visceral lyrics are accompanied by flawless production courtesy of Grammy-nominated producer Bobby Keyzz, a key player from the multi-platinum selling production team The Loopholes. With a track record of producing hits for artists like Lil Wayne, Moneybagg Yo, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, and more, Bobby Keyzz graciously brings his magic touch to the Kush Kriminals universe. Complementing his production expertise is Jirou Street, known for his work with Chris Brown and Coi Leray. His contributions include co-writing and vocal production, adding another layer of depth to the track. From August 3rd to August 10th, 2023, artists can submit their remix by heading over to the High Off Life Instagram page and remixing the pinned reel with their verse. The challenge? It has to be about the Kush Kriminals universe - a vibrant world where cannabis culture meets digital art and cryptocurrency. On August 13th at 7pm EST, the competition will reach its climax as celebrity judge Steve Lobel, a legendary music industry executive, reacts to the top 5 finalists. The stakes are high - the winner will not only receive a $1000 cash prize but also the chance to appear on the official release of the song through Lobel Music Group. The 1st and 2nd runners-up will also be awarded prizes, ensuring that top talent doesn't go unnoticed. This challenge is not just about creating music; it's about immersing oneself in the expansive Kush Kriminals universe and bringing its narrative to life through the power of verse. It's a chance to be part of a groundbreaking project that's redefining the digital collectibles space. Ready to lay down your best verse and make your mark in the Kush Kriminals universe? Head over to to dive into the world of Kush Kriminals and gather inspiration for your verse. Follow @highofflife, @kriminals.nft, and @iam16os on Instagram for all eligibility and details. The mic is waiting, and the stage is set. It's time to unleash your creativity and rise to the challenge. *MUST BE 18 AND UP to enter. About Kush Kriminals Kush Kriminals is a pioneering entertainment franchise dedicated to providing top-tier digital art experiences that cater to the evolving needs of the digital art and cryptocurrency communities. With a team of industry experts, Kush Kriminals is committed to innovation and transparency. Contact Details For press inquiries, please contact: Celeste Morrison, Public Relations Director, Groundswole LLC +1 678-756-8282 Company Website

August 03, 2023 10:02 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Stupid Cancer to host CancerCon™ Live in Atlanta, Georgia in August 2023

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New York, NY - Stupid Cancer, a 501(c)3 nonprofit leader in the adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer community, announces it will be hosting their annual CancerCon Live at the Omni Hotel at the CNN Center in Atlanta, GA, this summer on August 17–20. CancerCon Live aims to connect AYA cancer patients, survivors, advocates, and health professionals for a weekend filled with inspiring discussions and networking opportunities. “We are excited to bring this event to the southeast to such a young and vibrant city!” says Alison Silberman, CEO of Stupid Cancer. The 2023 agenda is carefully curated to provide the AYA community with valuable resources and many opportunities to connect with your AYA community. Some of this year’s sessions and presenters include… A Community for Caregivers Speaker: Leeann Terwilliger, LCSW, Stupid Cancer I’m Fine: Men, Cancer, and "Cowboy Culture” Speaker: Trevor Maxwell, Man Up to Cancer LOLing through Cancer: Turning your Story into Comedy Speaker: Julia Johns, Comedian Do I Need a Lawyer? Legal Implications of AYA Cancer Speaker: Nicole Jolicoeur, Esq, Triage Cancer Peds to AYA & Long-Term Survivorship Speakers: Sanyukta Janardan, MD, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta/Emory University; Montana Harstad, RN, Emory Healthcare; & James Ludemann, MSN, RN, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta “We're thrilled to have several amazing local experts from Atlanta's renowned medical institutions as session presenters, as well as other survivors and professionals from across the country." says Chelsea Donahue, Director of Programs. For over a decade, Stupid Cancer has brought together hundreds of patients, survivors, caregivers, advocates, and health professionals at the largest gathering of the AYA community - CancerCon. Now gathering both online and off, every CancerCon event is an immersive experience, led by transformative connection and education.The majority of conference attendees are AYA (age 15-39) cancer patients and survivors, but caregivers and health professionals of all ages are also welcome. Beginning in 2022 CancerCon is hosted in a different US city as we seek to make the event always be within reach of our community at all times. About Stupid Cancer: Stupid Cancer's mission is to help empower everyone in the adolescent and young adult (AYA) community by ending isolation and building community. Through innovative programming and strategic communications, the organization aims to provide support, resources, education, and a sense of community both online and in-person. For more information, please visit Contact Details Alison Silberman +1 212-619-1040 Company Website

August 03, 2023 09:51 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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