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Summertime Fun Guide with Ereka Vetrini


A video accompanying this announcement is available at: This is the second summer in a row that Americans must be thoughtful when planning family getaways. Whether hitting the road or planning a staycation, most head of households still have safety top of mind. However, being careful doesn’t mean family and friends cannot enjoy some fun in the sun together. As a TV host, Lifestyle Expert, and Working Mom, Ereka Vetrini has figured out a way to balance her career and family time. She has come up with four easy ways to get the party poppin’ and keep it cool as the temperatures heat up over the summer months. STICK WITH THE TRADITIONAL: According to a recent summertime survey, most parents plan on spending more time outside with their families. Ereka suggests sticking to the tried and true, like beach days, barbeques, and hanging out by the pool. That way families get to spend time together outdoors while being safe and socially distanced from strangers. Before heading out-and-about, She recommends packing up a tote with a new book, games for the kids, and treats the whole family will love. There’s a tasty candy brand crafted in Italy that recently launched in the United States. Fruit-tella Soft Gummies are made with fruit puree as the first ingredient. They come in two flavors, Strawberry & Raspberry and Peach & Mango. These candies are quite flavorful and each one has a fun and playful fruit character shape that makes for the perfect summertime treat. Fruit-tella can be found at CVS stores nationwide. Instagram: @fruittellaus Twitter: @fruittellaus GET THE PARTY POPPIN’: Americas’ streaming addiction has only increased during the pandemic and parents are looking for new ways to watch TV programs and movies with their families. Ereka suggests outdoor movie nights. She says setting up a big screen in a backyard can easily do the trick, especially if you add America’s favorite snack. The most popular moviegoers treat, popcorn, just received a major upgrade with the newest innovation in microwave popcorn from Opopop. The secret to this brand’s taste is that each kernel is individually wrapped in exceptional flavors and a perfect mix of ingredients, prior to popping. Opopop comes in six fun flavors, including reimagined classics like Fancy Butter, and uniquely created experiences with Maui Heat, Vanilla Cake Pop, Salted Umami, Cinnalicious, and Chedapeno. Opopop can be purchased at Instagram: @opopopco CHILL OUT: July is National Ice Cream Month and the perfect time to cool off as we head into those long hot dog days of summer. Ereka says nothing screams summer more than ice cream cake! She suggests keeping it easy with a few pre-made ice cream cakes like the Carvel Confetti Cake and the new Cookie Dough Cake from I Love Ice Cream Cakes. Ereka recommends storing one in the freezer for family barbecues, get-togethers, and pool parties. The Carvel Confetti Cake and new Cookie Dough Cake are available online at along with a helpful product locator or at your local grocer and bakery’s freezer section. Instagram: @ILoveIceCreamCakes GRAB GEAR & GO: Many families are road-tripping throughout the summer months and that means children can catch up on reading, summer schooling, or gaming while heading to a destination. As a conscious consumer and parent, Ereka is often concerned about protecting her family’s tech gadgets from cracked screens and other mishaps that happen on-the-go. OtterBox for Kids combines trusted protection from OtterBox with products designed with kids in mind. These easy-to-use cases come in three different colors and offer an EasyGrab case stand to help little hands carry their tablet or easily hang a tablet between head rests. Other gadgets like the OtterBox Kids EasyGrab Mobile Charging & Audio Cable Bundle are available to keep the fun going while vacationing. OtterBox products are available at Verizon and Instagram: @otterbox Twitter: @otterbox 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

July 26, 2021 10:50 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Livestream: HP Digital Equity Event

HP, Inc.

Action for Digital Equity Change happens when you take action. Watch as leaders in digital equity and education, including Alex Cho, President of HP Inc’s Personal Systems business group, Alex Amouyel, Executive Director of Solve, Sarah Brown, Executive Chair of the Global Business Coalition for Education and Chair of Theirorld, and EyiTayo Ogunmola, Chief Executive Officer of Utiva, discuss Action for Digital Equity and share immediate actions people can take to advance equitable inclusion for all in the digital world. For every view of this livestream event (live and ondemand), HP will donate $1 to Parents Supporting Parents NYC (up to $20k total). View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from HP, Inc. on

July 26, 2021 10:47 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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From the Fifth Third 2020 ESG Report: Responsible Banking

Fifth Third Bancorp

Fifth Third Bank is focused on delivering best-in-class financial products and services and providing access to those services whenever and wherever consumers want them. In the Responsible Banking section of the Bank’s 2020 Environmental, Social and Governance Report, Fifth Third speaks to its responsibility for ensuring its products and services are accessible to all consumers, in all markets, and that the right types of responsible products and services are offered. From pages 21-22 of the report: HONEST BUSINESS PRACTICES We strive to act in our customers’ best interest and fair and honest business practices are essential to keeping our customers at the center of everything we do. Unethical business practices are strictly prohibited, and further, are not consistent with our Core Values. We are fully committed to maintaining non-abusive and anti-predatory lending practices. Credit decisions are made without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identification or assignment, military status, disability, receipt of public assistance, familial status or a consumer’s exercise of credit protection rights.  Fifth Third’s Community Reinvestment Act and Responsible Banking Committee is responsible for guiding enterprise-wide CRA and responsible conduct strategies and policies. The Committee facilitates high-level direction to consumer and commercial lines of business consistent with such strategies and policies. The Committee also seeks to promote a corporate culture that supports Fifth Third’s commitment to both the letter and spirit of CRA and other laws and regulations that prohibit behavior and practices that could be deemed unethical, discriminatory, or predatory in nature, as well as unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices known as UDAAP. The CRA and Responsible Banking Committee is led by the consumer and business practices senior compliance director and the chief enterprise responsibility officer of Fifth Third Bank. Membership is comprised of leadership from the lines of business, Legal, Risk, and Fair Lending department leadership, as well as community development and sustainability group representatives. The Committee’s responsibility is delegated from the Board of Directors who oversees the committee actions through the Enterprise Risk Management Committee.  Further, we assert that Fair Lending and Responsible Banking compliance is the responsibility of all employees, a message reiterated in the Company’s Code of Business Conduct & Ethics, which all employees are required to sign and acknowledge on an annual basis. In 2020, over 99% of employees made this acknowledgement, a requirement that is regularly tested and verified.  In addition, the Bank requires employees and contractors to complete compliance training on an annual basis, including: complaint management, financial crimes compliance training, elder financial abuse, preventing fraud and Doing the Right Thing, which comprises eight modules. One module is Responsible Banking and Fair Lending Basics, which covers Fifth Third’s commitment to making financial products and services available to prospective and existing customers on a fair and responsible basis. These courses are required no matter what an employee’s role is at the Bank. In 2020, 99.7% of all required compliance training modules were completed by employees. To read the remainder of the Responsible Banking section or Fifth Third’s full 2020 Environmental. Social Governance Report, visit View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Fifth Third Bancorp on

July 26, 2021 10:46 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Grantchester C Change LLC Invests in UCAP Power, Inc.

Grantchester Group

Grantchester C Change Group (GCC), a global private equity investment firm specializing in electrification, infrastructure, and clean energy generation, announced its UCAP Power, Inc. investment, funding UCAP’s expansion in the ultracapacitor market with the acquisition of Maxwell Technologies. The purchase includes Maxwell’s non-dry electrode, ultracapacitor business, other related assets, and the Maxwell brand. Liz Griggs, Managing Partner & CEO of Grantchester Group, commented, “We are excited to announce our investment into UCAP and their acquisition of Maxwell Technologies. We believe that with the global transition to electrified vehicles for both commercial and consumer use, the innate benefits ultracapacitors and their current utilization in advance power train will drive significant growth as industry research forecasts market opportunities to be more than $7 billion annually by 2027.” Grantchester’s growth strategy focuses on expanding its investment in energy storage and vehicles electrification opportunities. It is uniquely positioned to build value and growth for companies in energy vehicles and infrastructure assets. The Grantchester management team has a proven track record of operating both public and privately held companies, working closely with their portfolio companies, leading, scaling, and investing in sustainable energy with seasoned industry partners. “We sought the UCAP investment opportunity for their strong visionary leadership and strategic renewable energy acquisition of Maxwell Technologies, commented Russell Read, Managing Partner of Grantchester. “The growth potential for UCAP is tremendous as the global vehicle electrification, and renewable energy sectors expand. Ultracapacitors are emerging as a sought-after green energy source currently utilized in thousands of applications, including those that commonly expose typical battery technologies to failure or safety issues.” About Grantchester C Change Grantchester C Change is an investment management company that is actively involved in the development and execution of industry transformational strategies with world-class seasoned industry platform company partners. It strives to create value for investors by harnessing the massive growth potential of industries that are in the midst of major technological change and re-tooling. Grantchester specializes in creating and fostering long-term large customer and strategic partner relationships in transformational industries as a way to reduce investor risk and ensure significant sales growth for platform companies. Some of the transformational areas Grantchester C Change is investing in include electrification, transportation, and related clean energy infrastructure. Further information can be found at Contact Details Company Liz Griggs, Managing Partner & CEO +1 858-264-1212 Media Contact Kelly Sargent +1 703-347-1117 Company Website

July 26, 2021 10:42 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Jeremy Ostermiller, CEO & Co-founder of Edison Interactive is accepted into Forbes Business Council

Edison Interactive

Jeremy Ostermiller, CEO & Co-founder of Edison Interactive, a connected mobility platform that focuses on enhancing the customer experience in trains, planes and automobiles and everything in between, has been accepted into the Forbes Business Council, the foremost growth and networking organization for successful business owners and leaders worldwide. Ostermiller was vetted and selected by a review committee based on the depth and diversity of his experience. Criteria for acceptance include a track record of successfully impacting business growth metrics, as well as personal and professional achievements and honors. “We are honored to welcome Jeremy Ostermiller into the community,” said Scott Gerber, founder of Forbes Councils, the collective that includes Forbes Business Council. “Our mission with Forbes Councils is to bring together proven leaders from every industry, creating a curated, social capital-driven network that helps every member grow professionally and make an even greater impact on the business world.” As an accepted member of the Council, Jeremy has access to a variety of exclusive opportunities designed to help him reach peak professional influence. He will connect and collaborate with other respected local leaders in a private forum and at members-only events. Jeremy will also be invited to work with a professional editorial team to share his expert insights in original business articles on, and to contribute to published Q&A panels alongside other experts. Finally, Ostermiller will benefit from exclusive access to vetted business service partners, membership-branded marketing collateral, and the high-touch support of the Forbes Councils member concierge team. “I am honored to join this amazing group of global business leaders as we make value-added contributions to the markets we serve,” said Ostermiller. “The Forbes Business Council community is among the very best in business and I am proud to bring my experience to such an elite group of professionals.” ### ABOUT FORBES COUNCILS Forbes Councils is a collective of invitation-only communities created in partnership with Forbes and the expert community builders who founded Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC). In Forbes Councils, exceptional business owners and leaders come together with the people and resources that can help them thrive. To learn more about Forbes Councils, visit Edison Interactive is a connected mobility platform that focuses on enhancing the customer experience in trains, planes, automobiles and everything in between. Edison provides drivers and fleet owners with unprecedented control and continuous communication between vehicles, devices and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). The company is headquartered in Denver, Colo. with remote locations throughout the nation. For more information on Edison Interactive, please visit Contact Details Edison Interactive Frankie Cervantes +1 720-837-7421 Company Website

July 26, 2021 08:30 AM Mountain Daylight Time

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2020 Subaru Love Promise Retailer of the Year

Subaru of America

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN DRIVE MAGAZINE | WINTER 2020 Schulte Subaru was founded in 1970 by Terry Schulte and continues as a vital part of the Sioux Falls community today through the leadership and passion of his son Mike Schulte. Their philosophy is simple: If you treat people right, the business will take care of itself. Whether it’s by supporting 10,000 animals yearly at the  Sioux Falls Area Humane Society  with donations of $500,000 since 2014 or donating custom vehicles to help the  B-Squad Dog Rescue  team transport thousands of at-risk dogs, Schulte Subaru has been a true friend to animals in need. Their generosity also extends to the  Children’s Home Society of South Dakota, an organization offering shelter to children in abusive environments.  Schulte Subaru  has donated more than $125,000 over 10 years to the organization. Read more   View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Subaru of America on

July 26, 2021 10:16 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Hydrogen Could Be America's Energy Future

GreenMoney Journal

by Nicholaus Rohleder for Climate and Capital Media  Clean burning hydrogen fuel is finally coming into its own, and it could shape the future of U.S. energy. In November 2019, [because of the efforts of the Trump Administration], the United States not only became fully energy independent but a net exporter. What a pyrrhic victory, that independence. In September, more than a million people flooded city streets across the globe to demand action on climate change. The most direct action was, and remains, extinguishing the fires that burn over oil and gas drilling sites, everywhere. Now, given its determined focus on climate change and the danger of fossil fuels, the Biden administration is faced with a conundrum: how to keep the economic and security benefits of American energy independence while drastically lowering carbon emissions — not in a half century, but in a little more than a decade.  Unlike other alternative energy technologies, the United States has a fully built out domestic supply chain that can be engaged to support the development of the hydrogen economy. One measure that would help: collaboration between the government and the oil and gas industry in redrawing the lines of existing energy infrastructure. In doing this, they should utilize the existing oil and gas workforce. Read the full article here - ====== View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from GreenMoney Journal on

July 26, 2021 10:11 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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NextFerm Technologies Announces First Commercial Purchase Order of ProteVin™ in the US

NextFerm Technologies Ltd.

NextFerm Technologies (TASE:NXFR), a food-tech company developing ProteVin™, a vegan, yeast-based, non-GMO protein alternative and other innovative yeast-based nutrients, announced that it has received first commercial Purchase Order for ProteVin™ from a US customer. The Purchase Order, of $70K, was received from PrimaLife Nutrition, a new brand aiming to be the first to launch a vegan sports protein powder based on ProteVin™ in the US and to provide athletes for the first time with a vegan formula with nutritional value similar to whey protein powder and excellent taste. This Purchase Order marks the achievement of a second out of three milestones set by the company for 2021 according to its strategic plan for commercialization of ProteVin™ in 2022. In light of the progress with a number of potential customers, the company expects to receive additional Purchase Orders for ProteVin™ by the end of 2021. On the production side, the company is currently in dialogues with several potential subcontractors in the food industry and is progressing as planned towards engagement with a subcontractor by the end of 2021. Boaz Noy, Chief Executive Officer of NextFerm, said, “ We are happy to announce of the receipt of first commercial Purchase Order for Protevin™ by PrimaLife Nutrition LLC, an emerging vegan-based sports’ nutrition brand from Florida. This order represents the achievement of yet another important milestone for commercialization Protevin™ by 2022, earlier than anticipated, and serves as a great vote of confidence in our technology and the benefits it has to the end consumers. In light of our progress with other potential customers, we expect to receive additional orders in the coming months as we advance towards engagement with manufacturing sub-contractor before the end of this year.” Walter Ross, Owner of PrimaLife Nutrition, said, “ I intend to promote Protevin™ through multiple channels, including digital campaigns as well as traditional brick and mortar stores. As someone who has received education and certifications in Sports Nutrition and Personal Training, I see great value in Protevin™ due to its high degree of sustainability and complete amino acid profile. Having a single-ingredient, environmentally friendly, and complete protein, with digestibility comparable to whey, makes Protevin™ a perfect solution. I also believe its flavor-neutral profile and a shelf-life similar to current market categories make implementing the technology and creating a demand feasible,” Mr. Ross concluded. About NextFerm Technologies NextFerm Technologies, traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE:NXFR) is a food-tech company engaged in the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of innovative, functional and vegan yeast-derived, non-GMO protein alternatives for various applications in the food and food supplement markets and the growing market for animal-derived protein alternatives. NextFerm's flagship product is ProteVin™, a vegan, yeast-derived protein alternative with nutritional value that is similar to animal-derived protein and a neutral flavor, with no aftertastes that are typical of plant-based protein. ProteVin™ is designed for a variety of categories in the alternative protein market, which is estimated at $13 billion, with an annual growth rate of 10%, including milk and dairy substitutes, meat substitutes and additional categories such as infant nutrition, adult nutrition, and sports nutrition. NextFerm is gearing up for commercialization of the product in the US in 2022. Another product currently being sold is Astaferm®, an innovative astaxanthin-based antioxidant derived from yeast that has been sold in the US since the end of 2020 through well-established and leading brands in the food supplement market in the US. The company has additional products which have been licensed to Lallemand, a global giant focused on yeast. For more information, visit the NextFerm website at: Legal Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This announcement also includes forecasts, projections, assessments, estimates and other information which refer to future events and matters, the realization of which is uncertain and not exclusively under the Company’s control (forward-looking information). The main facts and data used to support this information are facts and data regarding the current position of the Company and its businesses (including the scope of sales and levels of profitability, manpower, commercial engagements and more), facts and data regarding the current global position of the Company’s operating segments (including industry-specific financial developments, environmental regulatory developments, the competitive environment, technological developments, the reinsurance market and more), and macro-economic facts and data (including the economic situation both in Israel and around the world, yields in the capital markets, social and state developments and more), all as known by the Company when publishing this announcement. The forward-looking information included above in this announcement is significantly based upon, in addition to the existing information held by the Company, on the Company’s current assessments and expectations of future developments vis-a-vis each one of the aforementioned parameters, and the interconnectedness of each one of these developments. The Company has no certainty that its forecasts and assessments will indeed eventuate, and the Company’s operating results may be materially different than the results assessed or implicit based on that set forth above, inter alia, as a result of a change in any of the aforementioned factors. Contact Details Nextferm Technologies Ltd. Yossi Ohana - Chief Financial Officer +972 54-771-5893 Investor and Media contact Meirav Gomeh-Bauer +972 54-476-4979 Company Website

July 26, 2021 10:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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ESG Governance at NRG

NRG Energy

NRG is committed to maintaining the highest standards of corporate governance and has taken a proactive approach in applying leading governance principles and practices. These include: Executive and director stock ownership guidelines to align interests with our stockholders; Ongoing succession planning for the CEO and other senior management; Annual performance evaluations of the Board and each of its standing Committees, as well as periodic peer review for individual directors; Director orientation and continuing education program, including Company site visits and information sessions with Company management; Access to and engagement of outside advisors and consultants to assist the Board and the Committees in the performance of their duties, as appropriate; and Active engagement with our stockholders regarding governance practices and other matters NRG’s Code of Conduct, Powering our Values: A Field Guide, defines each of our five Power Values – Safety and Well-being; Customer Focus; Collaboration; Accountability; and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. These values unite us and serve as the foundation for ethical and responsible behavior toward each other, our business partners, and the communities where we live and serve. The Code of Conduct is a field guide for the NRG journey, translating our values into the standards of behavior we expect from one another. It also provides guidance on solving problems, finding answers, and communicating concerns. In addition to all of NRG’s employees and directors, it covers our contractors, consultants, and agents. We also expect all of the companies with which we do business to share, respect, and act consistently with our Code. The NRG Board of Directors continually evaluates the need for Board refreshment and has been focused on identifying individuals whose skills and experiences will enable them to make meaningful contributions to the business in light of our company’s evolving strategy and direction.  The Board also aims to strike a balance between the knowledge and understanding of the business that comes from longer-term service to the organization with the ideas and perspectives that can come from adding new members. Our director nominees have a diversity of tenure, age, gender, and ethnicity, which provides our Board with a complementary mix of experience and perspective. In addition, ten of our eleven directors are independent. The skills matrix of specific qualifications that the Governance and Nominating Committee and the Board believe should be represented on the Board includes: Environmental/Sustainability: Understands and assesses the impact and influence of environmental/sustainable issues on the company’s business strategy. Currently, five of our eleven directors (45%) meet this qualification through previous experience. Diversity: The Board is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive Board. Of our eleven directors, seven (64%) are diverse, including four women directors (36%) and three male directors with ethnically diverse backgrounds (27%). Our Corporate Governance Guidelines specify that the Governance and Nominating Committee must seek to maintain occupational and personal diversity of the Board. To enhance customer-centricity, a new Board member was added this year bringing considerable consumer/marketing expertise to the group. In its recruitment process, the Governance and Nominating Committee and the Board seek to reflect gender and racial/ ethnic diversity in the pool of director candidates. Diversity spans not only race and gender, but also diversity of viewpoints and tenure. The differences in experience and expertise allow the Board to hear various perspectives from its members, leading to better outcomes and a more robust decision-making process. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from NRG Energy on

July 26, 2021 10:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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