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Summer Hotel Deals Entice Travelers at Courtyard Allentown Bethlehem/Lehigh Valley Airport

Courtyard Allentown Bethlehem/Lehigh Valley Airport encourages summer fun with three exciting offers including the Dorney Park Package, the Hit a Home Run Package and the Crayola Experience Package. Each deal features overnight accommodations and tickets to nearby attractions. For more information, visit or call 1-610-317-6200. (PRNewsFoto/Courtyard Allentown Bethlehem...)

BETHLEHEM, Pa., June 30, 2016  Start summer off right with special savings at Courtyard Allentown Bethlehem/Lehigh Valley Airport.

Just in time for the most exciting season of the year, one of the premier hotels in Bethlehem is offering three exclusive packages sure to stir up summer fun for families and friends.

Prepare for endless thrills and adventures with the Dorney Park Package, which includes overnight accommodations as well as two adult one-day tickets or two adult one-day tickets with two children’s one-day tickets to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, famous for its thrilling roller coasters and epic water slides. After an exciting day in the sun, tired park-goers will appreciate the comfort and convenience of the hotel, less than 10 miles from Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. With rates starting at just $197 and $281 a night now through Oct. 29, 2016, there’s never been a better time to book this experience.

Travelers seeking a different kind of park experience can score big with the Hit a Home Run Package. Featuring a fun-filled outing for two at Coca-Cola Park, Triple A Affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, this package includes deluxe accommodations, two tickets to a Lehigh Valley IronPigs game (seating section 206/Club Level) and breakfast for two at The Bistro – Eat. Drink. Connect. Just 3.7 miles from Coca-Cola Park, Courtyard Allentown Bethlehem/Lehigh Valley Airport is the perfect home base for fans. Don’t let this offer strike out! Rates start at just $154 a night now through Sept. 5, 2016.

Add some more color to the summer season with the Crayola Experience Package. Enjoy overnight accommodations, four tickets to Crayola Experience and two backpack buddies filled with Crayola products. This special deal starts at $194 a night, making it the ultimate way for families to experience the creative attraction with over 26 hands-on experiences.

No matter which package guests choose, they’ll love filling up before their day of fun at The Bistro. Courtyard’s popular on-site eatery offers a variety of morning favorites – from breakfast sandwiches to thick-cut French toast – as well as specialty Starbucks beverages, perfect for that extra jolt of java. Return in the evening for fresh soups, salads and sandwiches paired with handcrafted cocktails, beer and wine.

When it’s time to call it a night, find plenty of space to spread out in the Bethlehem hotel’s modernly appointed accommodations. Share pictures from the day’s adventures with free Wi-Fi, catch up on work with flexible desks and ergonomic chairs, or simply slip into sweet dreams while enjoying luxurious bedding and fluffy pillows.

To take advantage of these special deals, book online using promotional codes THM (Dorney Park Package), SPE (Hit a Home Run Package) or ARN (Crayola Experience Package), or call 1-800-228-9290.

About Courtyard Allentown Bethlehem/Lehigh Valley Airport
Courtyard Allentown Bethlehem/Lehigh Valley Airport at 2160 Motel Drive in Bethlehem, PA is near Blue Mountain, PA, Lehigh University and Sands Casino. The hotel features 3 floors with 107 rooms, 7 suites, 1 meeting room with 648 square feet, a bistro, an indoor pool and a fitness center. Free Wi-Fi is available for all guests. For more information, visit or call 1-610-317-6200.

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Diageo Announces Development Of Groundbreaking Virtual Reality Experience In Ongoing Fight Against Drunk Driving

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NORWALK, Conn., June 29, 2016 Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol, today announced plans to roll out a first-of-its-kind immersive virtual reality (VR) technology that will allow consumers of legal drinking age to experience the many pitfalls associated with irresponsible drinking.  The effort, which will launch with a VR experience focused on the effects of drunk driving, is Diageo’s latest innovative approach to educate consumers about the importance of responsible decision-making when drinking.  It is also an example of how the company is seeking new partners and investing in new technologies and platforms to respond to the changing consumer landscape.

The program is being spearheaded by Diageo’s Digital and Technology Partnerships teams, who have been engaging potential partners in helping support and build out the experience.  Joining Diageo in the effort will be digital agency, VaynerMedia, who will help the company with the creative vision, production, development and distribution of this immersive experience.

“Despite the fact that drunk driving fatalities are at an all-time low*, this issue remains of critical importance to Diageo and the industry as a whole.  We believe that virtual reality technology provides a powerful new opportunity to emphasize the importance of celebrating responsibly,” said James Thompson, Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer, Diageo North America. “Enabling people to experience what it’s like to be the passenger in a car being driven by a drunk driver may resonate more with participants than disturbing statistics and crash photos.  While we are still in the developmental phase of this project, we are eager to experiment with the technology to see how it can help advance our responsible drinking mission.”

Consumer interest in VR continues to grow rapidly, with the number of active VR users forecasted to reach 171 million by 2018**. Currently, 73% of millennials have expressed excitement to experience VR***, which is why Diageo is making a long-term commitment to the technology and over time will develop additional user experiences that will demonstrate the effects of alcohol abuse.  Recognized globally for setting the standard in social responsibility and responsible marketing, this is the latest pacesetting initiative from Diageo to remind adults to drink responsibly.  Whether it’s pioneering Safe Rides Home designated driver activations or leveraging apps such as Uber to remind consumers there are alternatives to getting home if they’ve been drinking, Diageo is continually looking for new and inventive ways to reach consumers via emerging platforms and technologies.

“While more than two-thirds (69%) of driving deaths are not related to drunk driving, many (20.9%) drunk driving fatalities involve hardcore drunk drivers – those with a BAC of 0.15 or higher,”**** continued Thompson.  “Our hope is that this virtual reality experience will help inform responsible decision making for people, but will also enlist their advocacy in the ongoing fight against repeat, hardcore drunk drivers.”

This news comes on the heels of Diageo’s recent announcement of a strategic partnership with United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).  The two-year partnership agreement, entitled “Road Safety Initiative for Cities,” will involve a collaboration to build institutional and individual capacity to reduce traffic death and injuries, and improve road safety globally.  Scheduled to start in July 2016, training will be run in 15 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin and Central America, with a focus on countries with the highest death rates related to road traffic accidents. More than 60 countries will be invited to participate. The training activities will reach approximately 6,000 participants who will be a mix of government officials, young people, and other relevant stakeholders, through training workshops for government officials at the national and local levels, awareness-raising road shows for young people and high-level conferences on the issue.

“Every drinking and driving death is preventable, and we believe that even one is too many,” said Thompson. “While it’s encouraging to see that the number of alcohol related fatalities has fallen recently, there is more work to be done and we are committed to playing our role in eradicating harm caused by drunk driving.”

About Diageo

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan’s whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource,, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice.

Follow us on Twitter for news and information about Diageo North America: @Diageo_NA.

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*Drunk driving fatalities have decreased 53% since 1982.  Source: 2014 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 2015.
**(Statista, “Statistics and facts about Virtual Reality (VR)”, 4/6/16)
***(Singularity Hub, “Meet the Consumer That Will Make or Break Virtual Reality Next Year”, 12/17/15)
**** Source: 2014 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 2015.

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Hennessy Launches “Harmony. Mastered from Chaos.” Campaign

The "Harmony. Mastered from Chaos." campaign showcases the numerous, complex variables that are mastered in order to create the harmony and balance of Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège. (PRNewsFoto/Hennessy)

NEW YORK, June 30, 2016  Hennessy, the world’s #1 Cognac, today announced “Harmony. Mastered from Chaos.” –a dynamic new campaign that brings to life the multitude of complex variables that are artfully and expertly mastered by human touch to create the brand’s most harmonious blend, V.S.O.P Privilège. Set to launch June 30th, the campaign showcases the absolute mastery exuded at every stage of crafting this blend. This first campaign in over ten years also offers a glimpse into the inner workings of Hennessy’s mysterious Comité de Dégustation (Tasting Committee)—perhaps the ideal example of Hennessy’s mastery—that crafts the same rich, high quality liquid year over year. Narrated by Leslie Odom, Jr., the campaign features 60, 30 and 15 second digital spots and an interactive digital experience, adding another vivid chapter to the brand’s “Never stop. Never settle.” platform.

“Sharing the intriguing story of the Hennessy Tasting Committee, its exacting practices and long standing rituals, illustrates the crucial role that over 250 years of tradition and excellence play in mastering this well-structured spirit,” said Giles Woodyer, Senior Vice President, Hennessy US. “With more and more people discovering Cognac and seeking out the heritage behind brands, we knew it was the right time to launch the first significant marketing campaign for V.S.O.P Privilège.”

Hennessy’s Comité de Dégustation is a group of seven masters, including seventh generation Master Blender, Yann Fillioux, unparalleled in the world of Cognac. These architects of time oversee the eaux-de-vie to ensure that every bottle of V.S.O.P Privilège is perfectly balanced despite the many intricate variables present during creation of the Cognac. From daily tastings at exactly 11am in the Grand Bureau (whose doors never open to the public) to annual tastings of the entire library of Hennessy eaux-de-vie (one of the largest and oldest in the world), this august body meticulously safeguards the future of Hennessy, its continuity and legacy.

Through a perfectly orchestrated phalanx marked by an abundance of tradition, caring and human touch, V.S.O.P Privilège is created as a complete and harmonious blend: the definitive expression of a perfectly balanced Cognac. Based on a selection of firmly structured eaux-de-vie, aged largely in partially used barrels in order to take on subtle levels of oak tannins, this highly characterful Cognac reveals balanced aromas of fresh vanilla, cinnamon and toasty notes, all coming together with a seamless perfection.

“Harmony. Mastered from Chaos.”
In partnership with Droga5, the film and interactive experience were directed by Ben Tricklebank of Tool of North America, and Active Theory, a Los Angeles-based interactive studio. From the vineyards in Cognac, France, to the distillery and Cognac cellars, viewers are taken on a powerful and modern cinematic journey to experience the scrupulous process of crafting Hennessy VSOP Privilège. The multidimensional campaign uses a combination of live-action footage and technology, including 3D lidar scanning, depth capture, and binaural recording, to visualize the juxtaposition of complexity versus mastery that is critical to the Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège Cognac-making process.

“Harmony. Mastered from Chaos.” will be supported by a fully integrated marketing campaign including consumer events, retail tastings, social and PR initiatives. Consumers will be able to further engage with the brand through  the first annual “Cognac Classics Week” hosted by, taking place July 11-18 to demonstrate the harmony that V.S.O.P Privilège adds to classic cocktails. Kicking off on Bastille Day in a nod to Hennessy’s French heritage, mixologists across New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles will offer new twists on classics such as the French 75, Sidecar, and Sazerac, all crafted with the perfectly balanced V.S.O.P Privilège.

For more information on Cognac Classics Week, including a list of participating bars and upcoming events, visit and follow the hashtag #CognacClassicsWeek.

To learn more about “Harmony. Mastered from Chaos.” visit or

In 2015, the Maison Hennessy celebrated 250 years of an exceptional adventure that has lasted for seven generations and spanned five continents.

It began in the French region of Cognac, the seat from which the Maison has constantly passed down the best the land has to give, from one generation to the next. In particular, such longevity is thanks to those people, past and present, who have ensured Hennessy’s success both locally and around the world. Hennessy’s success and longevity are also the result of the values the Maison has upheld since its creation: unique savoir-faire, a constant quest for innovation, and an unwavering commitment to Creation, Excellence, Legacy, and Sustainable Development. Today, these qualities are the hallmark of a House – a crown jewel in the LVMH Group – that crafts the most iconic, prestigious Cognacs in the world.

Hennessy is imported and distributed in the U.S. by Moët Hennessy USA. Hennessy distills, ages and blends spanning a full range: Hennessy V.S, Hennessy Black, V.S.O.P Privilège, X.O, Paradis, Paradis Impérial and Richard Hennessy. For more information and where to purchase/ engrave, please visit

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The Chrysler Pacifica’s New Product Specialists, the Mopar ’16 Ram Rebel and Scat Pack Performance Kit Upgrades

The July edition of FCA360 gives an inside look at FCA US LLC. This month's edition includes Chrysler Pacifica's new pint-sized product specialists, the Mopar '16 Ram Rebel and Scat Pack performance kit upgrades. (PRNewsFoto/FCA US LLC)

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., June 30, 2016  Each month, the digital magazine FCA360 provides in-depth feature articles about FCA US LLC and its Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, FIAT, Jeep®, Ram, Mopar® and SRT vehicles and products.

Click here for a video featuring the products in our July edition of FCA360.

Optimized for use on multiple web browsers and mobile devices, FCA360 enables users to explore product news, innovations, lifestyle, professional achievement and travel from every angle. Major stories about FCA US, a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies, can be found on FCA360 at

This month’s edition includes:

  • Gone in 46 Seconds – There were 689,527 motor vehicles reported stolen in the United States in 2014—that’s a vehicle stolen every 46 seconds. Nearly 45 percent of these vehicles are never recovered. Learn how Mopar’s Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS) gives owners the peace of mind of always knowing where their vehicle is located.
  • Mopar Unleashes Limited-edition ’16 Ram Rebel – Following a successful line of limited-edition Mopar-modified vehicles, the ’16 Ram Rebel offers feature a limited production of just 500 vehicles, upgraded with Mopar Custom Shop options including 17-inch satin black wheels, black front bumper skid plate, wheel flares, serialized badge, special Mopar graphics and more.
  • Chrysler PacifiKids School Brooklyn Decker – Izzy, 10, Miles, 11, and Harper, 8, know more about the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica than your average adult. See how Pacifica’s pint-sized product specialists school new mom Brooklyn Decker on the features of Chrysler’s new minivan.
  • Leave Your Mark with a Mopar Drag Pak or Scat Pack – Whether you crave the race track-only rush of the Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak or the street-legal thrill of the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger with Scat Pack performance kits, Mopar and Dodge have you covered.

FCA US LLC is a North American automaker with a new name and a long history. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. FCA US designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles under the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT brands, as well as the SRT performance vehicle designation. The company also distributes the Alfa Romeo 4C model and Mopar products. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler, the innovative American automaker first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925; and Fiat, founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli.

FCA, the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total annual vehicle sales, is an international automotive group. FCA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCAU” and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol “FCA.”

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Wimbledon 2016: Nike dress causes stir but Bouchard doesn’t mind

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27:  Donna Vekic of Croatia plays a forehand shot during the Ladies Singles first round  against Venus Williams of The United States on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27th, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

When it comes to the rules about clothing at Wimbledon, it sounds so easy: stick to predominantly white.

But such a seemingly simple mandate gets designers in a tizzy. Just how do they infuse patterns or color into outfits without drawing the ire of Wimbledon’s notoriously picky fashion police?

This year Nike’s offering for female pros is generating plenty of discussion — and without arguably its highest-profile female tennis athlete, Maria Sharapova, who is serving a two-year doping suspension.

Maybe Nike planned it that way. You know the saying: any publicity is good publicity.

Entitled the “NikeCourt Premier Slam,” color isn’t the issue. Rather the dress draws comparisons to a short, flimsy piece of nightwear, something more appropriate for use behind closed doors than on a tennis court.

Already leaving little to the imagination, a blast of wind — and the weather forecast calls for 30 mph gusts Friday and Saturday — can make the uniform even more revealing.

After players were forced to alter the dress themselves during Wimbledon qualifying last week in nearby Roehampton — Czech Lucie Hradecka wore leggings and Britain’s Katie Boulter tied a knot around her waist — the UK’s Daily Mail reported that Nike had recalled the outfits following complaints.

The newspaper said Nike had sent an email to players and agents that read: “We need to make a small change to your dresses per Wimbledon rules. Could you please bring them by the Nike Wimbledon house.”

Nike, in an email sent to CNN, denied recalling the dresses although it admitted changes were needed.

“The product has not been recalled and we often customize products and make alterations for athletes as they compete,” said a Nike spokesperson. “We work closely with our athletes to provide them with product that helps them perform and feel their best on the court.”

Fixes to the attire that have featured during the tournament proper include sewing the sides up so they are less revealing.

But it’s all a matter of taste. The 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard — one of the sport’s most marketable players despite a slump last year — is happily donning the gear.

“I like it,” Bouchard told reporters Wednesday. “I can’t comment on anyone else’s opinion about them. Nike comes up with some cool, modern designs.

“And it’s definitely short, but that’s how I like my dresses so I’m fine with it.”

Madison Keys, the 2015 Australian Open semifinalist in the same young age group as the Canadian, chose a Nike outfit she has been wearing all year, but in white: A skirt and tank top.

“It was going to be an easy transition,” Keys told reporters. “I haven’t played in a dress for years.

“So for me it was just more about it’s easy to switch into a different color instead of switching into a dress.

“They let us know it was always an option.”

That option was preferred, too, by 2013 Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki.

“I didn’t feel comfortable showing that much,” Lisicki said.

The German, mirroring Keys, selected the skirt and tank top.

“For me the most important thing is to feel comfortable and not to think about anything, and with this I feel great. I like it. I think it looks good.

“It’s classic. So that’s why I picked that one.”

Wondering about Serena Williams?

Arguably the greatest women’s tennis player of all time with 21 majors, Williams wears a dress designed specifically for her. It bears more resemblance to the ensembles of Keys and Lisicki than Bouchard’s. The glaring difference was a high neck.

“I think Nike has been really good about making things, designing with me to make things that look good, play good essentially,” Williams told reporters. “That’s kind of our motto. Obviously we want it to work. This works really well, too.”

Older sister Venus has pushed the boundaries in the past, notably by wearing flesh-colored underpants at the 2010 Australian Open. She wears clothing from her own line, EleVen.

The five-time Wimbledon champion seeks a balance of fashion and functionality.

” I’ve had a lot of fashion adventures, that’s for sure,” she told reporters this week. “But it’s never stopped me on the court. I’ve been able to play my best. It hasn’t been an issue.

“Fashion is very important for me, so it always has to be fashionable. But clearly it has to be functional. They go hand‑in‑hand. I wouldn’t say one is ahead of the other.

“But it’s easy to design something functional without being fashionable. It’s about challenging yourself to push it a little bit.”

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Venus Williams, Lisicki and Keys all won to reach the third round as play continued Thursday, with Bouchard scheduled to face Britain’s highest-ranked women’s player, 16th seed Johanna Konta. But French Open titlist Garbine Muguruza succumbed to the curse of the first-time slam winner, losing to Slovakia’s Jana Cepelova 6-3 6-2.

Of the eight women’s players who have claimed a first major in the last five years, six contested the next grand slam and five lost in the first or second round.

Andy Murray was the biggest name to feature in the men’s draw, challenging Yen-Hsun Lu. Lu upset Murray at the 2008 Olympics and Andy Roddick at Wimbledon in 2010 but the second-seed had won his last three matches against the world No. 76 in straight sets.

The pattern ensued. Once the Scot rallied from 3-1 down in the first set, he had little difficulty, prevailing 6-3 6-2 6-1.

Huddle House To Open First Location Inside A Hotel


ATLANTA, June 30, 2016 Huddle House today announced that in November it will open its first restaurant inside a hotel. The new Huddle House, owned by franchisee Surendra (Sam) Shah, will be part of the Days Inn hotel in East Stroudsburg, Pa., and will become the largest in the system with a footprint of approximately 5,000 square feet.

Shah has owned the Days Inn location for 15 years and says that Huddle House is the perfect option for conversion of the hotel’s existing Mexican restaurant. The expanded footprint allows for a large breakfast meeting area desperately needed by groups from the nearby Pocono Medical Center and other community organizations.

“I was looking for an around-the-clock breakfast franchise,” Shah said. “Once I started my research, it quickly became clear that Huddle House was the full-service family restaurant that I was looking for.”

The hotel and restaurant are conveniently located on Highway 80, a short drive from Big Pocono State Park. With a separate outside entrance, Huddle House will be easily accessible to interstate travelers and local customers as well as hotel guests.

Huddle House has more than 400 Huddle House restaurants open or under development in 21 states, but this will be the first inside a hotel.

“This location represents a major milestone for Huddle House,” said Christina Chambers, Vice President of Franchise Development for Huddle House. “The extensive Huddle House menu coupled with our ability to deliver any meal, any time, make us the perfect restaurant partner for hotels, whether we are integrated into the hotel space or built as a freestanding restaurant on a pad site on the property. We expect this combination to provide real value to Sam and other hotel owners by increasing the value of their property and driving higher occupancy rates. That success should lead to many similar expansion opportunities for Huddle House and hotel owners across the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest.”

Typically open 24 hours, Huddle House serves breakfast, lunch and dinner all day. This unique offering recently placed Huddle House on Small Business Trends’ list of 20 Unique Restaurant Opportunities for Foodie Business Operators. The menu offers a mix of Southern inspired comfort food, including signature Big House breakfasts, crispy hash browns, creamy grits, golden waffles and fluffy omelets, all made to order. Other favorites include Big Bold Burgers, Big House sandwich platters, country fried steak with green beans and marinated grilled chicken with sweet potato fries.

The core values on which Huddle House was founded – serving freshly prepared, quality home-style food in a warm friendly environment that brings the community together – are as true today as they were more than 50 years ago.

More information about Huddle House and its franchise opportunities is available at or by calling 1-800-640-7125.


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Summer Fancy Food Show Largest Ever

Summer Fancy Food Show attracted 47,000 specialty food professionals. (PRNewsFoto/Specialty Food Association)

NEW YORK, June 30, 2016  The 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show, which ended Tuesday, was the largest in exhibit space since it was established in 1954. More than 2,670 exhibitors filled the halls of Javits Center in New York with the latest in specialty food and beverages from across the U.S. and 55 countries.

Owned and produced by the Specialty Food Association, the show ran June 26 – 28. It is the largest such marketplace in North America. More than 47,000 specialty food professionals were in the exhibit halls, which spanned the equivalent of six football fields.

“The show is the place to be to discover the latest in specialty food and what’s next for stores and restaurants,” says Laura Santella-Saccone, the Association’s chief marketing officer. “Record sales for specialty food have contributed to the strength of our show.”

Offerings were plentiful from Italy, the largest international exhibitor, and Tunisia–the show’s official partner country sponsor–was front and center with olive oil, harissa, dates, and many more North African specialties.

Here is some of what to watch for on store shelves as noticed in the packed exhibit halls by the Specialty Food Association’s panel of trendspotters:

  • “Everything bagel” is not just for bagels anymore. The flavor cropped up in yogurt, nut mix, mustard and hummus.
  • New twists on classics included savory yogurt, spicy granola, chocolate chip hummus and pepper-packed honey.
  • Coconut and pumpkin were everywhere, as was maple. Elderflower made a strong showing in teas and bottled drinks and pickled products were plentiful.

Show highlights included Shelf Showdown, a specialty food pitch competition where four first-time exhibitors presented their products to a panel of seasoned specialty food retailers. The winner: lawyer-turned-farmer and meat entrepreneur James Faison of Milton’s Local in Hopewell, VA, who won a promotional package from the Specialty Food Association for his Uncured Chipotle and Cilantro Bacon Sausage.

The 2016 sofi Awards were prominently displayed at the show’s opening night party, and in special showcases. The sofi Awards are considered the “Oscars” of the specialty food industry. This year there were a record 3,200 entries, 100 finalists and 28 winners.

The show had a full education program with industry experts speaking on topics from how to get started in the specialty food business to a futurist panel looking at ideas that will change how we produce, sell and eat.

The event ended on a high note. Exhibitors donated more than 100,000 pounds of specialty food, enough to fill six tractor-trailers, to the Specialty Food Foundation, which in turn donated it to City Harvest, New York City’s pioneering food rescue organization.

About the Specialty Food Association
The Specialty Food Association is a thriving community of food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs.  Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,200 members in the U.S. and abroad the tools, knowledge and connections to champion and nurture their companies in an always-evolving marketplace. The association owns and produces the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Show, and presents the sofi Awards honoring excellence in specialty food. Learn more at

The Specialty Food Association Trendspotter Panel
The trends panel includes individuals who follow and write about food trends for leading media outlets and consulting firms. The Specialty Food Association trendspotters are Ariel Knutsun, news and culture editor, the Kitchn; Greg Morago, food editor, the Houston Chronicle; Kara Nielsen, independent food trend analyst, Denise Purcell, editor, Specialty Food Media and Stan Sagner, author and food and media strategy consultant.

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LinkedIn: Specialty Food Industry Group.
Instagram: specialtyfoodassociation

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Is your hand sanitizer safe? The FDA wants to know


Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are everywhere these days, and the Food and Drug Administration wants to know more about them. It requested more scientific evidence Wednesday to prove that hand sanitizers are both safe and effective.

In particular, the FDA will be investigating whether sanitizers might be harmful to pregnant women and children.

Used by millions of Americans daily and often repeatedly, over-the-counter sanitizers are meant to reduce bacteria when hand-washing is either inconvenient or impossible.

Specifically, the agency wants to know more about three ingredients in these products: ethanol (or ethyl alcohol), isopropyl alcohol and benzalkonium chloride.

Ethyl alcohol is a primary alcohol and isopropyl a secondary alcohol; though related, they have different chemical properties and absorbency. High-concentration exposure to ethyl alcohol (PDF) may harm a fetus, while isopropyl alcohol (PDF) can irritate the eyes and skin, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.

Benzalkonium chloride, which is in a range of products from burn treatments to spermicides to floor cleaners, possesses antimicrobial properties. In animal studies, benzalkonium chloride had lethal effects on rodents when taken orally in repeated large doses, according to the European Medicines Agency (PDF).

The FDA’s concerns are based on those of the agency’s independent advisory committee, which reviewed scientific data on these ingredients. However, the federal agency has not called for the products to be removed from the market.

Originally, the FDA reviewed these antiseptics in the 1970s. Since then, many things have changed, including how frequently people use them. Also, new technologies can detect low levels of antiseptics in the body, and the FDA knows more about how that might affect a person’s health.

Over the past seven years, 90% of all antiseptic rubs have used ethanol or ethyl alcohol as their active ingredient. More information is needed about how repeated exposure to this and the other active ingredients impacts the body, the agency noted.

The Art Institutes Offer New Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Creative Fields

The Art Institutes system of schools announces four new programs designed to prepare students to enter the growing creative marketplace. New programs are Bachelor of Science (BS) in Instructional Technology & Design, Bachelor of Science (BS) in Marketing & Entertainment Management, Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Professional Writing for Creative Arts, and Bachelor of Science (BS) in Software Development for Creative Technologies. (PRNewsFoto/The Art Institutes)

PITTSBURGH, June 30, 2016 The Art Institutes system of schools announces four new programs designed to prepare students to enter the growing creative marketplace. The programs are offered in addition to the system of schools’ existing programs in the areas of design, media arts, and culinary.

New programs are the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Instructional Technology & Design, Bachelor of Science (BS) in Marketing & Entertainment Management, Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Professional Writing for Creative Arts, and Bachelor of Science (BS) in Software Development for Creative Technologies. Each was designed by industry professionals in conjunction with instructors at The Art Institutes schools. The programs teach the skills needed for students to transition into entry-level positions in creative fields.

The Instructional Technology & Design program was created for students who are interested in designing engaging and relevant education experiences and want to keep up with the advancing instructional technology field.

The Marketing & Entertainment Management program can prepare students to move into an industry that includes arts organizations, multi-media providers, corporate events, trade shows, and executive retreats.

The Professional Writing for Creative Arts program can train students in the conceptual, analytical, and technical skills needed to create engaging content that resonates with a target audience across multiple media platforms and purposes, ranging from web and social content to business and technical communication to advertising and scriptwriting.

The Software Development for Creative Technologies program introduces students to the software programs and applications utilized for multimedia, creative, and entertainment purposes.

“Our new programs are designed to prepare students to make an impact in the creative marketplace,” said Dr. Donna Gray, chief academic officer and vice president of academic affairs, for The Art Institutes. “We work closely with industry professionals to better understand the skill sets they’re looking for in their employees.”

Classes begin October 2016. Programs vary by location and not every Art Institute location offers the new programs. Visit for a list of programs offered at each Art Institute location.

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The Art Institutes is a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institutes, 210 Sixth Avenue, 33rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 © 2016 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is:

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Revolutionizing patient care: Sr. Callista Roy and 50 years of the Roy Adaptation Model

Sister Callista Roy, CSJ, '63, at a celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of her internationally recognized model for nursing care. The reception took place at Boston College's William F. Connell School of Nursing, and honored Sister Callista's continuing work in the field of nursing. An alumna of Los Angeles' Mount Saint Mary's University, as well as a former chair of nursing at the Mount, Sister Callista's Roy Adaptation Model has influenced patient care in countries around the world. (Photo by Caitlin Cunningham.) (PRNewsFoto/Mount Saint Mary's University)

LOS ANGELES, June 30, 2016 Fifty years ago, Sister Callista Roy, CSJ, ’63 developed a transformational nursing model that ensures patients are treated as complex human beings with ever-changing biological, psychological, social and spiritual needs. Ever since, the Roy Adaptation Model has provided a high-level framework for nursing practice, education and research across the globe.

Mount Saint Mary’s University congratulates its alumna, and former chair of nursing, on the 50th anniversary of the Roy Adaptation Model, now an internationally recognized standard of holistic patient care.

“Sister Callista Roy is a legend. She is a dynamic teacher, she’s a creative mind, she’s a force,” says University President Ann McElaney-Johnson. “Not only has she changed the face of nursing, she’s changed the lives of so many Mount alums who have gone into the community and served in the healthcare profession. Her theory of nursing changed the way healthcare professionals work with their patients and the families of their patients.”

Sister Callista has become one of the most influential theorists in the field of nursing. Books on her Model have been translated into numerous languages. She has spoken on nursing theory and practice in at least 36 countries and held visiting faculty appointments in Asia, Europe and South America.

A Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Sister Callista graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s in 1963, 15 years after the school created California’s first-ever Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. In addition to teaching at the Mount, she served as nursing chair for a decade during the 1970s and 1980s.

Sister Callista still works as a teacher, researcher and writer. She is currently a professor and nurse theorist at Boston College’s William F. Connell School of Nursing. The school hosted a celebration of Sister Callista on June 10 that brought colleagues and healthcare professionals from across the United States, the National Institutes of Health, Columbia, Japan, Mexico and Panama.

Learn more about Sister Callista and the Roy Adaptation Model.

About Mount Saint Mary’s University
Mount Saint Mary’s is the only women’s university in Los Angeles and one of the most diverse in the nation. The University is known nationally for its research on gender equity, its innovative health and science programs, and its commitment to community service. Weekend, evening and graduate programs are offered to both women and men.

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Thousands Of Kids Hurt Annually On Amusement Rides

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From carousels to roller coasters, part of summer fun for many kids is a trip to the local carnival or a nearby amusement park. But experts are warning parents that their children need to be supervised on rides because of the risk of injuries.

Researchers from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, studied Consumer Product Safety Commission information on youngsters who were taken to emergency rooms for amusement ride injuries during a 20-year period. Their study, published in the May 2013 issue of the journal Clinical Pediatrics, looked at fixed-site rides, such as those at major amusement parks, as well as mobile rides, which included rides at local carnivals, state fairs and mall rides such as those found in shopping mall arcades.

The rides “included anything from coin-operated rides to Ferris wheels, carousels, bumper cars, roller coasters and any type of ride like that,” said Tracy Mehan, lead researcher of the study.

The researchers used data on 92,885 children under the age of 18 who were treated for amusement park type of injuries in emergency rooms, from 1990 to 2010. More than 70% of the problems occurred during the summer months, when amusement parks are open and state fairs are being held. That averages out to 4,423 injuries each year and 20 injuries daily from May through September.

The injuries ranged from head and neck problems to injuries to the face, arms and legs. Soft-tissue injuries — damage to ligaments, muscles and tendons — were the most common. Serious injuries made up only a very small percentage.

It was not just the bigger rides that caused problems, researchers noted. Data showed that even mall rides could be dangerous.

“Many of the injuries of these rides are over hard floors, and children are falling on a hard floor and are ending up with head injuries,” Mehan noted.

Amusement injuries in recent years

Every year, theme parks in North America attract 375 million guests, according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.

Consumer Product Safety Commission statistics for 2015 are not available, but a review of the raw data found about 45,000 injuries associated with amusement attractions and water slides nationwide; about 30,000 of these cases involved those under the age of 18.

“Based on the number of people that go to amusement parks each year, the relative number of injuries is, fortunately, small,” said Dr. Gary Smith, the 2013 study’s senior author and the president of the Child Injury Prevention Alliance. “But there’s still potential for serious injuries.”

Oversight needed but hard to achieve

Authors of the 2013 study say more regulations need to be in place to make these rides safer. Scott Wolfson, a spokesman for the Consumer Product Safety Commission, said that’s easier said than done.

“Back in the early ’80s, our authority to oversee fixed-site rides was taken away from us,” he said. “We do deal with mobile rides, like those at local carnivals, but we are a small agency, and it’s tough to oversee every fair that sets up for a short period of time.”

“Although the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has jurisdiction over mobile rides, regulation of fixed-site rides is currently left to state or local governments, leading to a fragmented system,” Smith said in 2013. “A coordinated national system would help us prevent amusement ride-related injuries through better injury surveillance and more consistent enforcement of standards.”

Little to no progress, however, has been made to establish a system that collects better-defined data to help identify problems and reduce injuries since the 2013 study, Smith said.

He said such effort would require a lot of work from the government, and the cost of additional resources would be hard to overcome, especially for departments that are already underfunded and understaffed.

How to keep your children safe

The study authors noted that parents can do their part to help keep children safe by following a few simple guidelines.

• Always follow all posted height, age, weight and health restrictions.

• Make sure to follow any special seating order and/or loading instructions.

• Always use safety equipment such as seat belts and safety bars.

• Make sure children keep hands and feet inside the ride at all times.

• Know your child. If you don’t think he/she will be able to follow the rules, keep him/her off the ride.

• Trust your instincts. If you are worried about the safety of the ride, choose a different activity.

• Avoid “mall rides” if they are over a hard, unpadded surface or if they don’t have a child restraint such as a seat belt.

The authors say theirs is the first study to look at the national rate of child ER injuries involving amusement rides in the United States.

Stop driving these Honda models right now

Honda Accord HF-S Concept shown at SEMA 2007.

Federal safety regulators warned owners of more than 300,000 Hondas and Acuras that they should not drive their cars until their Takata airbags are replaced. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said new tests show these airbags have a much higher risk of exploding and killing a driver or passenger. The risk for these particular cars is now greater than 50%, according to the agency. Other Takata airbags have less than a 1% chance of exploding.

“The risk posed by the airbag inflators in these vehicles is grave, and it is critical they be repaired now to avoid more deaths and serious injuries,” said the agency’s statement.

There have been 10 U.S. deaths tied to exploding Takata airbags. Eight of those deaths were in cars that had this specific airbag.

This group of cars is a small subset of cars with Takata airbags that have been already recalled. Nearly 70 million airbags in U.S. cars alone have been or will be recalled, according to the agency. It will take until 2019 to replace these airbags because not all of the replacement parts are immediately available.

But NHTSA said Honda has the replacement parts to fix all of the 300,000 high-risk cars covered by this alert.

The models identified by NHTSA include: 2001-2002 Honda Civic, 2001-2002 Honda Accord, 2002-2003 Acura TL, 2002 Honda CR-V, 2002 Honda Odyssey, 2003 Acura CL, 2003 Honda Pilo

Word Of Life Trial: Beating Victim Admits ‘Inappropriately’ Touching Children


Christopher Leonard survived the beating in the sanctuary of the Word of Life Christian Church in upstate New York that killed his brother, Lucas Leonard.

On Tuesday, while testifying against his step-sister Sarah Ferguson, one of eight church members charged in connection with the death, Christopher Leonard admitted he had “inappropriately” touched her children.

His step-sister learned about the touching during a church “counseling session” in October 2015, he testified.

“And you were telling [Ferguson] about that, correct?” defense attorney Rebecca Wittman asked.

“Yes,” Christopher Leonard responded.

“And you were sort of using graphic details about what you had done, correct?” Wittman asked.

“Yes,” Leonard said.

The fatal beating of Lucas Leonard, 19, came after he had “expressed a desire to leave” the church about 250 miles north of New York City, New Hartford Police Chief Michael Inserra said in October.

That apparently prompted a counseling session on the spiritual state of Lucas and his younger brother, Christopher, now 18, Inserra said.

Christopher Leonard testified Ferguson “hit [him] the most” with a cord and that he was hit in the back, chest, legs and genital area.

Lucas Leonard was taken to the hospital after church members found he wasn’t breathing, police said. He suffered injuries so severe that emergency room doctors thought he had been shot, Inserra said.

An autopsy showed Lucas Leonard suffered multiple contusions from blunt-force trauma to the torso and extremities, authorities said. A combination of the injuries plus the duration of assault contributed to his death. The beatings included blows to the teenagers’ genital areas.

At the hospital, Bruce Leonard, the brothers’ father, accused Lucas Leonard of molesting children as a possible justification for his injuries — an allegation Inserra says was unfounded.

“The investigation did not disclose any indications of Lucas or Christopher sexually abusing any child,” Inserra said in a Tuesday email to CNN. “To the contrary, the investigators were told it would have been impossible for either of these boys to commit any inappropriate acts. Other than Chris stating he had ‘bad thoughts’ there is nothing to indicate he committed any crime. In [New York], we cannot convict anyone on an admission alone. …”

Interviews and physical exams of the children showed no signs of sexual abuse, he said. “The admission by Chris” came out only in the last week or so, Inserra said.

Eight members of the Word of Life Church, including the teens’ father and the church pastor were indicted by a grand jury in November.

Seven were charged with second-degree murder. All eight were charged with manslaughter, kidnapping and assault in relation to Lucas Leonard’s death and faced kidnapping and assault charges in connection to the injuries to Christopher Leonard.

All defendants have entered not guilty pleas, according to an official in the clerk’s office at the Oneida County Court.

Prosecutors and police did not immediately return requests for comment about the alleged “inappropriate” touching by Leonard.

Ferguson’s children are now in the custody of local child welfare authorities.

The church, which began in 1984, has about five families, or about 35 members, including children, a former Word of Life church member said last year. The woman, who asked not to be identified, described the congregation as a “makeshift family” that had been together for 25 years.

NBA, Michael Jordan Join HB2 Talks


It’s no secret that business leaders, entertainers and heads of major corporations think North Carolina’s HB2 is not just discriminatory, but bad for the state’s economy.

Now, the National Basketball Association is working with lawmakers to modify the controversial law, with sports legend Michael Jordan playing a key role.

A source with knowledge of the negotiations told CNN Sports that the NBA, Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Hornets, and team president Fred Whitfield are involved in talks with legislators over the law, which requires people to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender at birth and prevents local governments from passing anti-discrimination ordinances.

The news comes amid reports that the North Carolina House leadership drafted new legislation modifying HB2 amid pressure from the NBA.

With Charlotte set to host the 2017 All-Star Game in February, the league’s interest in the outcome is clear. Community leaders in Charlotte have urged the NBA to keep the game in the state despite calls for the league to boycott.

Earlier this month, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he met with Charlotte business leaders working with government leaders behind the scenes “to craft some sort of compromise.” He called the law’s bathroom provision a “distraction” and said the anti-discrimination protections were the “core issue.”

“I’d say there is absolutely strong interest in trying to work something out. I think both sides of the issue recognize, however heartfelt their views are, that the current state of being is causing enormous economic damage to the state.”

According to the source, if the game is played in Charlotte, the NBA wants everyone to be able to use the bathroom according to their gender identity, contrary to what the law mandates.

It’s not clear, though, that they’ll get their wish.

A copy of the draft legislation appears to do little to address the bathroom issue or anti-discrimination protections. A copy obtained by CNN affiliate WBTV retains a provision of the bill that bans transgender people from accessing public restrooms in accordance with their gender identity. It also keeps a section that blocks localities from passing anti-discrimination protections.

The most significant change is the creation of an official document that would recognize a person’s gender reassignment. The new document, which effectively would be the equivalent of a birth certificate, is referred to as a “certificate of sex reassignment” in the draft legislation. The proposed language requires a “notarized statement” from a physician who performed the surgery in order to request a certificate from the state registrar.

It also adds federal anti-discrimination workplace protections, but specifically states that the use of bathrooms according to biological sex “shall not be deemed to constitute discrimination.”

Draft legislation a ‘work in progress’

Rep. Charles Jeter (R-Mecklenburg) told CNN that the draft legislation is legitimate and confirmed that the state House is considering changes to the law.

He disputed the suggestion that the NBA threatened to pull the All-Star Game from Charlotte over the legislation.

“It’s unfair and uncharacteristic to say that there was pressure from the NBA,” Jeter told CNN. “We’ve had discussions with stakeholders, be it religious groups, businesses, or sports leagues, but there has been no mandate from the NBA or anybody else.”

Jeter said North Carolina lawmakers are mindful of criticism of HB2 but insisted that the NBA did not pressure them to act.

“We’d be naïve to say that [outside criticism] doesn’t have an impact,” Jeter tells CNN. “We listen and we pay attention.”

Jeter said it is common for legislators to create paper versions of drafts, noting that more changes could still come.

“This is a draft. It is by no means a final version of the bill and there are still discussions to be held,” Jeter said. “It’s a process and a work in progress.”

He said a final amended version of HB2 was “close” to being released within the next few days.

It’s also not clear how the draft or any other proposed changes would effect a pending lawsuit from the federal government over the law. The Justice Department’s lawsuit seeks declaratory relief and threatens to curtail federal funding to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and the University of North Carolina.

Groups insist law be repealed

LGBT groups said the draft legislation is a far cry from what they want: a full repeal of the law.

“This is nothing more than ‘HB 2.0,'” said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin. “Anyone who cares about equality must reject this ridiculous proposal out of hand. This despicable bill would continue insidious policies targeting LGBTQ people for discrimination and do nothing to fix the mess HB2 created. It’s past time for North Carolina lawmakers to listen to the overwhelming chorus of voices from across North Carolina and around the country calling for full repeal of this hateful law.”

“Legislative leadership must stop digging their own hole ever deeper. North Carolina can’t afford it,” said Equality NC Executive Director Chris Sgro, a member of the North Carolina General Assembly. “This leaked draft is the result of another backroom deal that does nothing to fix the problems of HB2. We need to repeal HB2 immediately. The legislature cannot cut and run.”

The NBTY Foundation Raises $590,000 To Support Long Island Communities Through Annual Golf Outing

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RONKONKOMA, N.Y., June 30, 2016 NBTY, a global manufacturer, marketer, distributor and retailer of market-leading vitamins, supplements and sports and active nutrition products, and The NBTY Foundation, its charitable arm, last week raised over $590,000 through its 10th Annual Golf Outing.

“We are once again inspired by the generosity of our vendors, suppliers, customers, consumers, and Associates,” said Sonya Soutus, Senior Vice President, Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer at NBTY. “Their support created our most successful Golf Outing yet and will have a significant and lasting impact on the community. From the products we sell to our passion for assisting those in need, NBTY’s commitment to wellness extends far and wide.”

Over 300 attendees came out for a sun-filled day of golf in Long Island to continue and contribute to NBTY’s decades-long effort to bring wellness to our communities.

The Packaging Design Group, has been a key sponsor of The NBTY Foundation’s Golf Outing since inception.

“The Golf Outing is an important element of our partnership with NBTY, and contributes to a portfolio of worthy causes. We look forward to supporting the event in the future,” said Ken Gillman, a founding partner of The Packaging Design Group, now a division of TricorBraun.

Funds raised will support charitable efforts across local communities and further NBTY’s commitment to wellness.

“NBTY’s ongoing commitment to helping us end hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island is having a positive effect on the lives of food-insecure Long Island families,” said Randi Shubin Dresner, President and CEO, Island Harvest Food Bank. “Island Harvest Food Bank has been a recipient of funds from The NBTY Foundation through previous Golf Outings, and we sincerely appreciate the partnership with NBTY for all they do in support of our mission.”

About The NBTY Foundation

The NBTY Foundation is committed to giving and supporting wellness in every form and through every opportunity. Established as the charitable arm of NBTY, a global manufacturer, marketer, distributor and retailer of market-leading vitamins, supplements and sports and active nutrition products, it believes in enhancing the lives of all people and giving back to the communities in which we live, work and do business. Learn more about The NBTY Foundation at

About NBTY

NBTY has enriched the lives of consumers around the world by introducing innovative products and solutions to the health and wellness marketplace for more than 40 years. Our ongoing mission to deliver the highest quality nutritional supplements and wellness products has resulted in an extensive portfolio of well-known and trusted brands, including Nature’s Bounty®, Sundown Naturals®, Osteo Bi-Flex®, Solgar®, Balance Bar®, MET-Rx®, Pure Protein®, Body Fortress®, Puritan’s Pride®, Holland & Barrett®, De Tuinen®, and many others. As a leading global manufacturer, marketer, distributor and retailer of market-leading vitamins and nutritional supplements, NBTY is committed to supporting wellness by creating products that consumers want and making them easily available anywhere they shop. Learn more about our wellness vision and industry-leading products at

About TricorBraun

TricorBraun helps bring customers’ new and existing products to market efficiently as one of the packaging industry’s largest suppliers of glass and plastic containers, closures, dispensers and tubes from over 40 locations throughout North America and internationally from London, England: Guangzhou, China; Hong Kong, and Mumbai, India. The award-winning, Design & Innovation center gives our customers forward-thinking service based on consumer insight, understanding of the markets and creative solutions.  In addition, advisory services range from preliminary planning, manufacturing oversight and an array of innovative warehousing and logistics programs. More details are available at

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Travelling With Interrail Remains Unchanged Despite UK Referendum Outcome

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UTRECHT, the Netherlands, June 27, 2016

European rail pass programme ensures continuity for both UK citizens, and Interrail passengers travelling in the UK

Despite the outcome of the United Kingdom referendum announced on Friday 24 June, Eurail Group G.I.E. is reassuring customers that travelling with Interrail remains unaffected. Citizens of the UK can continue to explore Europe with Interrail. Likewise, Interrailers from elsewhere in Europe are still able to travel in the UK just as easily as before with an Interrail Pass.


An Interrail Pass provides European residents with borderless, unlimited rail travel in up to 30 European countries including the UK. Each year, over 250,000 European residents across all generations use Interrail to travel to new and unique destinations in Europe, interact and connect with people from alternative cultures, and learn more about the diversity and history that makes up Europe.

Conditions for Interrail eligibility and regions of travel will remain completely unchanged regardless of the recent results of the UK referendum. “We will continue to uphold the choice for all European residents to experience with Interrail what makes Europe so special as a destination,” said Ms. Silvia Görlach, Sales & Marketing Manager of Eurail Group G.I.E.

Bringing together 30 nations, the Interrail Pass was founded to encourage European residents to travel in Europe in order to help foster cross-cultural exchange. “We regularly hear from our passengers how Interrail broadens their personal horizons and creates a lasting positive effect on their own intercultural understanding. We are pleased to continue to provide all European customers with this unique life-changing opportunity”, adds Ms. Görlach.

Further details regarding Interrail Pass eligibility and participating countries can be found at

About Eurail Group G.I.E.
For over 40 years Interrail has been connecting countries and travellers across Europe, giving explorers the opportunity and freedom to discover new cultures, history and the sights of Europe at an affordable rate. Created in 1972 as a unique train travel pass designed specifically for youth, the Interrail Pass is now used by more than 250,000 European travellers of all ages to access unlimited travel in 30 different countries in Europe annually. Established in 2001, Eurail Group G.I.E. is the organisation dedicated to the management of Eurail and Interrail Pass products, for both non-European and European residents respectively. Based in Utrecht, the Netherlands, Eurail Group G.I.E. is wholly owned by over 35 railway and shipping companies. Visit or for more information.

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College Grads Are Getting Nearly All the Jobs

Employers increasingly want workers with at least some college education, be it a degree or even a certificate in a trade, such as nursing assistant or welding, from a technical or community college.

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Got a college degree? Then it’s much more likely that you could land a job in the economic recovery.

Of the 11.6 million jobs created after the Great Recession, 8.4 million went to those with at least a bachelor’s degree, according to a new report from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University.

Another 3 million went to those with associate’s degrees or some college education.

Employers increasingly want workers with at least some college education, be it a degree or even a certificate in a trade, such as nursing assistant or welding, from a technical or community college.

“College level skills determines access to decent jobs now,” said Anthony Carnevale, the center’s director and lead author of the report. “The modern economy continues to leave Americans without a college education behind.”

Some 45% of Americans age 25 to 64 have an associate’s degree or higher, while 23% have at least a bachelor’s degree. Some 42% of young adults age 18 to 24 are enrolled in higher education.

Americans with only high school diplomas represent a shrinking share of the workforce. This year, for the first time, college grads made up a larger slice of the labor market than those without higher education, by 36% to 34%, respectively. Until the early 80s, more than 70% of Americans entered the workforce right out of high school.

College grads are also more likely to get “good jobs,” which Georgetown defines as paying more than $53,000 a year. An earlier study found that 2.8 million of these jobs went to those with bachelor’s degrees between 2010 and 2014, while 152,000 went to those with associate’s degrees or some college courses. Those with only high school diplomas lost 39,000 of these positions.

The Great Recession hit hard those who never went to college, and they have not recovered. Of the 7.2 million jobs lost between December 2007 and January 2010, 5.6 million were for workers with no more than high school diplomas. They’ve only recovered 1% of those losses over the past six years.

Occupations commonly held by those with only high school degrees shed many positions during the recession and have not recovered. Manufacturing is still down 1 million positions, while construction is 1.7 million jobs lower than it was before the economic crisis. And employment in office and administrative support, often held by women without college educations, is also lower by 1.4 million.

Taste the World with Just One Sip as illy Premium Coffee Takes Flight on United

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CHICAGO, June 30, 2016 Starting Friday, July 1, customers aboard United Airlines flights around the world can experience illy, the premium coffee roaster known for its consistent and unparalleled quality in over 140 countries.

“United chose illy as our global coffee partner because they represent the gold standard of premium coffee and they share our commitment to creating an elevated, distinctive experience for our customers,” said Jimmy Samartzis, United’s vice president of Food Services and United Clubs. “We acted on customer feedback and are delivering a product our employees are proud to serve, while bringing excellence and passion to every one of the 72 million cups of coffee we serve inflight every year.”

The company, known for its commitment to sustainability, was also selected as a partner because it reflects United’s global network and and commitment to creating a premium experience for its customers. Illy purchases only from the top one percent of Arabica beans grown directly from growers in Brazil, Central America, India and Africa to create the distinct flavor of illy’s unique blend. Its supply chain is certified sustainable ensuring social and economic development for the growers and the best coffee quality for customers and coffee lovers around the world.

“Over the past several months, we experienced an overwhelmingly positive response from United’s customers and employees that illy is coming onboard. We are very proud to be the coffee that millions of customers enjoy in United Clubs and now on all flights,” said Andrea Illy, Chairman of illycaffe s.p.a. “The illy brand is known around the world for its unparalleled quality and nearly 85 years of expertise in science and innovation, which positions us well to meet the needs of United.”

To understand what makes a truly great coffee experience, United deployed its team of food and beverage experts and engaged employees in both the airport and in flight. While in flight, employees and customers tasted several brands and blends and provided their feedback. View more about United’s coffee selection process.

Illy’s Research and Development spent months testing many parameters for brewing and serving coffee in flight, ranging from different roasts to grind size, in order to achieve the highest quality cup of coffee when brewed and served at 35,000 feet. The team recommended a darker roast bean to ensure a bold flavor with noticeable chocolate notes. After testing the blend with customers, they most frequently selected illy’s dark roast as the best taste.

Read more about how United and illy discovered the right inflight brew on United Hub.

United and illy Facts

  • United announces global coffee partnership with illy, November 2015.
  • United begins serving illy premium dark roast in United Club locations, December 2015.
  • United will serve more than 72 million cups of coffee this year or more than 200,000 cups per day.

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About United

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,000 flights a day to 336 airports across six continents. In 2015, United and United Express operated more than 1.5 million flights carrying more than 140 million customers. United is proud to have the world’s most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates more than 715 mainline aircraft, and this year, the airline anticipates taking delivery of 21 new Boeing aircraft, including 737 NGs, 787s and 777s. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 192 countries via 28 member airlines. Approximately 86,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United’s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.
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Village Health Works Founder and CEO, Deogratias Niyizonkiza, Recognized as a “Great Immigrant” by the Carnegie Corporation of New York

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NEW YORK, June 30, 2016 As Americans prepare to celebrate the most patriotic of our holidays, independence day, the Carnegie Corporation of New York pays tribute to the role immigrants play in strengthening our country and democratic society with its annual “Great Immigrants: The Pride of America” initiative. Deogratias Niyizonkiza, the Founder and CEO of Village Health Works, is one of this year’s honorees, part of a distinguished group that includes Google CEO Sundar Pichai, the president of Johns Hopkins University, Ronald J. Daniels, and actress and filmmaker Isabella Rosselini. Among past honorees are Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Thomas C. Südhof, the United States Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, and physician and author Abraham Verghese.

“These accomplished Americans are immigrants like our forefathers, who founded this nation of nations,” said Vartan Gregorian, President of Carnegie Corporation of New York. “They are representative of the millions of immigrants who have come to the United States for economic opportunity, education, political or religious asylum, security, or reunification with families and relatives. They, like all Americans, share a common faith in this country.”

A naturalized American citizen, Deo was born and raised in rural Burundi before escaping as a medical student from one of the 20th century’s most horrifying conflicts. Deo’s extraordinary story is told in Tracy Kidder’s New York Times best-selling book, Strength in What Remains. Deo, like so many other immigrants, worked to overcome the daunting obstacles of homelessness, poverty and language barriers. He emerged a leader in the non-profit world of health care and social justice. With the help of ordinary Americans, Deo graduated from Columbia University and went on to study global health at Harvard. While there, Deo worked at Partners in Health from 2001 to 2005 and became a close collaborator and friend of its co-founder, Paul Farmer. Deo then returned to Burundi to build a much-needed clinic with the united support of an impoverished community once torn by ethnic differences. Deo embodies all that is admired in a first generation American – hard work, determination, compassion, and a commitment to make a difference in the world.

In the spirit of the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s initiative, Deo has dedicated his life to serving a cause greater than himself. He has mobilized communities in Burundi, the U.S., and beyond to work together towards peace and a brighter future. Village Health Works now provides over 23,000 patient consultations yearly, education to over 600 students from early childhood through tenth grade, and other programs aimed at alleviating poverty, strengthening communities, and restoring hope.

Learn more about Village Health Works and Deo’s inspirational vision at or on Facebook. For any further inquiries, please contact Lauren Driscoll at

About Village Health Works
Founded in 2006, Village Health Works operates a community-based health center in the rural community of Kigutu, in Southwestern Burundi, East Africa, in an area where accessibility and quality of care are extremely limited. It has since expanded to include complementary programs in education, agriculture, music and the arts, and economic development to support a population of over 200,000 people. Village Health Works’ mission is to provide quality, compassionate health care in a dignified environment while also addressing the root causes of illness, poverty, violence, and neglect.

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Winter is ending? ‘Game of Thrones’ Creators Talk End of HBO Drama

First images from Game of Thrones season 6.

For “Game of Thrones” fans, the question now is when will winter end?

As viewers go through withdrawal following Sunday’s season six finale, the series’ creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, don’t appear to be backing away from talk that there will be fewer episodes on the way in coming seasons.

The pair talked to Deadline about the popular HBO drama on Monday, and said that for them the show is at the beginning of its end.

“From pretty close to the beginning, we talked about doing this in 70-75 hours, and that’s what we’ll end up with,” Benioff said. “Call it 73 for now.”

The season six finale, “The Winds of Winter,” was the show’s 60th hour of television so that means viewers’ time in Westeros may be down to about 13 episodes.

HBO, however, has not yet confirmed an episode count for Season 7 and there’s been no official announcement regarding seasons after the next one.

And there’s 23 million reasons for HBO to want to keep the drama around as long as they can. That’s how many average viewers the show brought in this season in weekly over telecasts, encores, DVR, and streams on HBO Go and HBO Now.

“Game of Thrones” has had 10 episodes a season so far. If the fantasy drama has 13 hours of story left, it may go the truncated season route that other popular series like “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” did to wrap up their runs.

This means the show’s final two seasons may have a fewer number of episodes.

As for Benioff and Weiss, the hope is to get out while the getting is good.

“We want to leave while all the people watching this show are really into it,” Weiss told Deadline. “Get out at a high point and not have it be, well thank god that’s over.”