Posts made in October 2019

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Royal Hawaiian Orchards Refuels IRONMAN Competitors

Participants in IRONMAN Village Provides Great Opportunity to Share the Benefits of Macadamia Nuts, Close to the Source
 
MacFarms and Royal Hawaiian Orchards welcomed the world’s best athletes, equipment makers, volunteers and fans to Kona, Hawaii this past week for the IRONMAN Championship – the ultimate test of athletic endurance, strength and heart. After four days of meeting athletes and fans alike, Royal Hawaiian Orchards would like to congratulate this year’s IRONMAN World Championship winners, Jan Frodino and Anne Haug.
 
Royal Hawaiian Orchards and MacFarms in IRONMAN Village
 
Staying close to home on the Big Island, they joined the IRONMAN Village throughout the event. To ensure that the competitors as well as their supporters enjoyed the full benefits of the macadamia nut, MacFarms and Royal Hawaiian Orchards handed out more than 5,000 samples from their new product lines including customized samples that went directly to the 2560 athletes.
 
As the best of the best athletes descended on Hawaii to prove themselves as part of the elite, Royal Hawaiian Orchards’ easy-to-grab packs of macadamia nuts guaranteed that energy levels were kept at an all-time high before and during the event, while MacFarms was a great option for a post-event treat. With these two brands together, you can enjoy pre-race fuel and post-race reward!
 
“It was incredible to see the level of intensity and strength of all of the athletes this weekend,” said K.C. Blinn, general manager of sales and marketing for MacFarms and Royal Hawaiian Orchards. “Our brands include the whole nutrients that the macadamia nut offers, making them a perfect match for both the IRONMAN athlete, as well as the enthusiasts that were here to cheer them on at every step. It was a great opportunity to see first-hand how our local orchards fuel athletes and fans alike.” 
 
Packed with protein, good fatty-acids and certified heart-healthy by the FDA, MacFarms and Royal Hawaiian Orchards’ macadamia nuts are the perfect way to refuel after a long day. 

About MacFarms:
MacFarms is the parent company of both the Royal Hawaiian Orchards and MacFarms brands. The company’s story spans decades of macadamia growing, beginning in the mid-20th Century with the founding of the Royal Hawaiian Nut Company in Hawaii. Though the company has evolved over the years, its dedication to health, wellness and “living aloha” live on.  The company’s orchards on the Big Island have more than 250,000 trees and is one of the largest macadamia operations in the world.  For additional information, please visit: macfarms.com or royalhawaiianorchards.com.

Carrera De Los Muertos 5k , 360 MAGAZINE

Carrera De Los Muertos 5k

Carrera De Los Muertos 5k / “Run of the Dead” Returns to Downtown LA’s Historic Olvera Street Saturday, October 26, 2019 4,000 Attendees to Take Part in the Fun Run and Finish Line Festival Celebrating Loved Ones Who Have Passed in this Cultural Tradition 

WHAT: Carrera de Los Muertos / 5k Run of the Dead is a vibrant 5k run that takes place in Downtown Los Angeles to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Thousands of families and friends gather together in a fun atmosphere to remember loved ones that have passed, in this rich cultural tradition. Festivities and traditions include face painting to resemble skulls, decorating altars with bright orange marigold flowers, candles, photos, and other memorabilia. There will also be an official Community Altar for participants to decorate, a pre-start purification ceremony with traditional Aztec dancers and a post-race festival, complete with mariachi bands, folkloric dance groups and stilt walkers honoring art, music, and community. 
Carrera de Los Muertos will benefit Olvera Street Merchants Association Foundation whose goal is to preserve and promote the traditional, historical, cultural, and educational events and programs that have taken place on Olvera Street for over 80 years. 


The race starts on Main Street, in El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, the oldest section of Los Angeles, and home to Olvera Street. The course runs through lower Chinatown and past the recently upgraded Los Angeles State Historic Park. The top three runners of their genders will be awarded a unique hand-painted skull trophy.
Sponsors include CBS / KCAL, Capital One Cafe and SoCal Chevy is the exclusive automotive partner of this year’s event.


WHEN: Saturday, October 26, 2019
Schedule:6:45 a.m. – Race Day Registration Opens6:45 a.m. – Pick Up Bibs / T-Shirts8:00 a.m. – 5k Start9:00 a.m. – Music, Awards and Enjoy the Festival


WHERE: Olvera Street * 845 N Alameda St Los Angeles, CA 90012


MORE INFO: Los Muertos 5k Registration


VISUALS: -4,000 participants dressed in Dia de los Muertos attire-Community Altar to honor loved ones that have passed-Post-Event Festival with music, art and community-Purification ceremony with Aztec dancers-Entertainment such as mariachi band and stilt walkers-Face Painters available race morning-Vendor booths


About Generic Events

Carrera de Los Muertos Los Angeles is managed and promoted by Generic Events, a full-service experiential agency that unites communities through large-scale active lifestyle events. Operated by the husband and wife team of Michelle and Brennan Lindner, Generic Events also produces the award-winning Herbalife24 Triathlon Los Angeles, Turkey Trot Los Angeles, Santa Monica Pier 360 Ocean Festival, Pasadena Triathlon, and the Herbalife Bali International Triathlon. For more information, please go to www.genericevents.com. About Olvera Street Merchants Association Foundation / Non-Profit PartnerThe mission of Olvera Street Merchants Association Foundation is to celebrate, promote and preserve an understanding and an appreciation of the historical significance that Olvera Street, in El Pueblo Historical Monument, has played in the formation of our diverse city through a wide range of year-round programming of activities and traditional events that will serve the greater community as well as international visitors. https://www.olveraevents.com   ###
Social Media: @losmuertos5k 

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Chris Tucker × Wynn Las Vegas


Chris Tucker Announces His Return to the Encore Theater in January 2020
Tickets On Sale Friday, Oct. 18 at 10 a.m.
 
Following multiple sold-out performances at Wynn Las Vegas’ Encore Theater, award-winning actor and comedian Chris Tucker will return to the stage for his latest headlining engagement. Tucker will appear for one-night-only on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 with two back-to-back performances at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets for both performances go on sale this Friday, Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. PDT.
 
Ticket Information
·         Date: Jan. 19, 2020   
·         Public On-Sale: Friday, Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. PDT
·         Price: $59.95-$139.95 plus applicable fees
·         Points Of Purchase: Wynn Las Vegas Box Office (702-770-9966) or WynnLasVegas.com

 
Tucker is best known for his role in the Rush Hour film series and appearances on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam,  and has also gained recognition as a producer with projects such as the hit movie Money Talks and the Netflix-exclusive standup film Chris Tucker Live. Aside from his professional career, Tucker is a dedicated humanitarian, spending much of his spare time doing philanthropic work around the world through the Chris Tucker Foundation.
 

About Wynn Las Vegas
Wynn Resorts is the recipient of more Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Awards than any other independent hotel company in the world and was once again named the best resort in Nevada on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2019 “Gold List,” a title received for the twelfth time. Wynn and Encore Las Vegas consist of two luxury hotel towers with a total of 4,748 spacious hotel rooms, suites and villas. The resort features approximately 192,000 square feet of casino space, 22 signature dining experiences, 11 bars, two award-winning spas, approximately 290,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, approximately 160,000 square feet of retail space as well as two theaters, two nightclubs, a beach club and recreation and leisure facilities. Wynn Las Vegas recently unveiled Wynn Plaza, a Strip-front expansion that offers a collection of world-renowned luxury, contemporary, and lifestyle brands. For more information on Wynn and Encore Las Vegas, visit their Instagram.
 
About AEG Presents
AEG Presents is one of the largest live music companies in the world.  The company is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music events and world-renowned festivals. AEG Presents operates in North America, Europe and Asia through 16 regional offices that support its tours which include such artists as Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Justin Bieber, BTS, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry and Kenny Chesney; produce or support over 25 music festivals, including the iconic Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Stagecoach, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Hangout Festival, Electric Forest, and Firefly; and owns, manages or books more than 80 clubs and theaters.  AEG Presents produces and promotes more than 11,000 shows annually worldwide and conducts business under such globally renowned brands as AEG Presents, Goldenvoice, The Bowery Presents, Concerts West, Messina Touring Group, Marshall Arts LTD, Madison House Presents and PromoWest Productions.  The company also operates The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and produces the residency shows of Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Reba, Brooks & Dunn and Jerry Seinfeld and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. For more information visit aegpresents.com.
 

*Photo by Erik Kabik

Go Ahead, Stop & Pee: Running During Pregnancy and Postpartum ,Dr. Blair Green PT, DPT, 360 MAGAZINE

Five Exercises to Alleviate Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction


By Dr. Blair Green PT, DPT

Do you leak urine when you cough, sneeze, run or jump? Do you experience pressure in the pelvis that feels like something is falling out? Do you struggle with chronic constipation? Do you experience pain with intercourse or with wearing tampons? If you can answer yes to any of these questions you may suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD).

PFD affects at least 25% of women, and the prevalence rises in an athletic population to nearly 40%. While pregnancy and childbirth are risk factors for PFD, many women who never become pregnant may also experience these symptoms.

The pelvic floor muscles (PFM) connect from the pubic bone to the tailbone and form a hammock-like structure on the underside of the pelvis. PFD occurs when these muscles are not able to perform their normal function. The PFM assist with urinary and defecatory function, sexual arousal and orgasm, and pelvic organ support. In addition, the PFM make up the most inferior part of the core, working with the diaphragm, abdominals and low back muscles to provide central core control.

Alleviating and preventing problems with the PFM can sometimes be as simple as incorporating specific exercises. Research shows that one of the best ways to prevent urinary leakage is to work on strengthening the PFM. However, to maximize function and improve problems, the PFM must also learn how to relax as well as contract, and work alongside the other muscles in the deep core, as well as with the muscles of the hips and legs. If you are experiencing symptoms of PFD, consider trying the following exercises:

  1. Deep Diaphragmatic Breathing – The diaphragm and PFM work as a team. Deep breathing through the diaphragm can help the PFM relax, and can also help them contract properly. When you inhale, the PFM relax and lengthen, and when you exhale they contract and shorten. Try lying on your back with your knees bent. Place your hands on the outside of the rib cage. As you inhale, the ribs should expand and the chest and belly should rise. As you exhale, the ribs should move down and in, and the chest and belly should fall. Continue to breathe for up to 10 – 20 repetitions. This can also be done sitting, standing, lying on your side, or on all fours.
  2. PFM Activation, aka “Kegel” exercises – This exercise serves to contract the PFM, which is an important mechanism to assist control of bowel and bladder function, and support for the pelvic organs. While the PFM should be strong, to counter high forces that the body encounters with lifting, jumping and running, It is just as important that the muscles can fully relax between contractions. Begin with deep diaphragmatic breathing. Inhale to prepare. As you exhale, imagine a kidney bean at the opening of the vagina. Squeeze and lift the kidney bean, contracting the PFM. Hold for up to 10 sec as you continue to breathe. Relax. Repeat up to 10 times. For variety in the PFM Activation exercise, try to imagine that the muscles are an elevator. As you exhale, the elevator is rising from the first to the fifth floor. As you inhale, it lowers back to the first floor. You can also practice quick contractions where you hold the muscle tight for one to two seconds and then let it go. It is important to keep breathing through all of these exercises.
  3. Bridging – This exercise incorporates breathing, PFM activation and spinal movement. It lifts the hips above the shoulders which can help assist gravity to improve pelvic pressure. Lie on your back and begin with diaphragmatic breathing to prepare. As you exhale, contract the PFM and begin to curl up one vertebra at time, lifting the hips off the floor. At the top, the trunk should form a straight line from the shoulders to the hips. Inhale to pause at the top, and exhale to reverse the movement, rolling the spine and hips back to the floor. Repeat 10-20 times.
  4. Happy Baby – This yoga pose is a great way to coordinate breathing with pelvic floor relaxation. Lie on your back. Lift your legs, bending the knees, so that the feet are facing the ceiling. Grab under your feet with your hands. Hold this position as you take 5-10 deep breaths.
  5. Assisted Squatting – Deep squatting may exacerbate signs of urinary leakage or pelvic pressure. Using a strap or holding onto a door for assistance, or limiting range of motion, are two ways to complete a squat movement with less downward pressure on the PFM. Stand, holding onto the back of a chair, doorknob or strap. Take one breath to prepare. On the next inhale, lower down toward the floor, bending at the hips and knees. As you exhale, activate the PFM, and use the glute (buttock) muscles to stand up. You can use your arms for assistance to pull up to reduce pressure on the pelvis. Repeat 10-20 times.

Not every problem with the PFM can be fixed with exercise, and not all exercises are appropriate for every person. If you feel like you are not improving, or these exercises make your symptoms worse, please consult a pelvic health physical therapist or your doctor. The best way to treat PFD is a multi-disciplinary approach combining physical therapy, medical management, behavioral strategies and exercise.

BLAIR GREEN, PT, DPT, co-author of Go Ahead, Stop & Pee: Running During Pregnancy and Postpartum, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with a focus on pre/post-natal health and wellness, the founder/CEO of Catalyst Physical Therapy, and a board-certified orthopedic specialist. Known as the “go-to” expert in her field, Dr. Green is also a Polestar-trained Pilates instructor and a Certified Manual Trigger Point Therapist. She serves as an instructor in the Physical Therapy program at Emory University, and as a faculty member for several Physical Therapy continuing education companies.

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CUSTOM-MADE PIRELLI P ZERO FOR THE NEW BMW M8

Pirelli and the BMW Group continue in their long-standing successful cooperation. The most recent project being the custom-made variations of Pirelli’s ultra-high-performance P Zero tire for the new BMW M8.

This individual version of the P Zero was the result of the close cooperation between the development and testing departments of Pirelli and the BMW Group over several years. Applying Pirelli’s Perfect Fit philosophy, a unique version of the P Zero was tailored to the specific driving characteristics of the BMW M8. It is precisely tuned to the chassis and characteristics of the M8 variants, which the BMW Group offers as a coupé and a convertible. The new BMW homologated tires, marked accordingly on the sidewall, have the following dimensions: P Zero 275/35 ZR 20 (front axle) and P Zero 285/35 ZR 20 (rear axle).

Compared to the original P Zero, the variant specified for BMW delivers better performance in terms of lap time, dry handling, wet handling, consistency, braking performance, straight hydroplaning, lateral hydroplaning, weight, comfort, noise and mileage. By doing so, the custom-made P Zero significantly contributes to the BMW M8’s ability to perform to it’s full potential.

The new BMW M8 Coupé and the BMW M8 Competition Coupé, an even more powerful and luxurious version of this high-performance sports car, offer exclusive driving experiences on the road and on the racetrack. The new BMW M8 Convertible and BMW M8 Competition Convertible are available for open-drive enthusiasts. The high-performance Convertible offers an even better balance between comfortable everyday practicality and performance inspired by motorsport.

All models are powered by a 4.4-liter V8 biturbo gasoline engine. The Competition models are equipped with 460 kW/625 hp. The top speed of all models is 250 km/h. (155 mph)

In order to adapt the P Zero’s performance characteristics to the driving characteristics of BMW vehicles, Pirelli engineers modified the tread pattern of the tire, among other things, in order to optimize the noise level while rolling. This also results in an even stronger grip and excellent wet performance. To achieve the best possible balance between the front and rear axles of the vehicle, the engineers used different layer constructions in the carcasses for the front and rear tires. The front tire has a symmetrical carcass structure, while the rear tires have an asymmetrical structure. In conclusion, the custom-made variants of the P Zero achieve optimum performance on the BMW M8.

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AM General × Fiat Chrysler

Automobiles Partner to Develop New Light Tactical Concept Vehicle – Jeep Gladiator XMT



Leading manufacturer of light tactical vehicles, AM General, together with the Jeep Brand of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), today introduced a new light tactical concept vehicle at the Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA). The Jeep Gladiator Extreme Military-Grade Truck (XMT) by AM General is the first phase of a collaboration that reunites two companies whose histories trace back to World War II. In creating the Jeep Gladiator XMT, AM General leveraged the Gladiator’s class-leading capabilities and customized the truck to meet global customers’ needs for a light-weight military truck.


“We are extremely excited to partner with FCA and introduce the Jeep Gladiator Extreme Military-Grade Truck at AUSA,” said AM General President and CEO, Andy Hove. “This new venture gives us an opportunity to showcase our expertise in light tactical vehicles and help FCA maximize the Gladiator’s global reach and potentially enter new military markets.”


AM General identified the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator – the most capable midsize truck ever, with 7,650 pounds of towing capacity and up to 1,600 pounds of payload capacity – as the ideal platform on which to develop the Extreme Military-Grade concept vehicle.
“The Jeep brand has an important military heritage, so we couldn’t be happier that AM General expressed interest in creating the Gladiator XMT,” said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – North America. “The all-new Jeep Gladiator boasts unmatched functionality, versatility and especially capability – including two advanced 4×4 systems, locking differentials, skid plates, tow hooks, and incredible approach, breakover and departure angles – the perfect foundation for this ultra-capable military concept vehicle.”


“We’re proud to partner with AM General, we look forward to gauging interest and gathering feedback on the Jeep Gladiator XMT, and we’re excited about potential future opportunities,” Morrison added.
Based on its over 100 years of experience in the defense industry and deep knowledge of the global military landscape, AM General identified a series of parts and accessories that amplify the Jeep Gladiator’s leading off-road maneuverability and enhance the Gladiator’s capability to provide its end users with the appropriate equipment for tactical communications and service. The Jeep Gladiator XMT has been upfitted by AM General with both custom-built and commercially available military-grade parts to create an even more rugged truck that can traverse the toughest of terrains in adverse conditions and is ready to meet varied military customer requirements.


As with the iconic, proven and versatile Humvee, AM General can also apply its manufacturing and engineering expertise to convert the Gladiator XMT into mission-specific and purposeful light-weight tactical trucks based on customer requirements. Whether the need is to have a rugged personnel transport carrier or a command and control truck, the company has demonstrated through the Enhanced Tactical Kit (ETK) offerings on Humvee, its ability to deliver solutions that are customer-driven, and cost-effective.
Pending feedback and interest in the military marketplace, production could begin in the second half of 2020. In addition to the gas model, Gladiator XMT would be offered to military customers as a diesel version.

All-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator 
The all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator, the most off-road capable midsize truck ever, builds on a rich heritage of tough, dependable Jeep trucks with an unmatched combination of rugged utility, authentic Jeep design, open-air freedom, clever functionality and versatility and best-in-class towing and 4×4 payload.
 
Available with three different powertrain combinations and equipped with a versatile cargo box, Gladiator is built to handle the demands of an active lifestyle while delivering an open-air driving experience in a design that is unmistakably Jeep. Combining traditional Jeep brand attributes with strong truck credentials, the Jeep Gladiator is a unique vehicle capable of taking passengers and cargo anywhere. A multitude of technology features, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and safety features, such as Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, adaptive cruise control and Forward Collision Warning-Plus, further Gladiator’s appeal.  
 
All Gladiator models are Trail Rated with a badge indicating that the vehicle is designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording. Gladiator Rubicon models are equipped with signature red tow hooks, Rock-Trac® 4×4 system, featuring a two-speed transfer case with a 4:1 low-range gear ratio, front and rear heavy-duty Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lok® electric front- and rear-axle lockers, segment-exclusive electronic sway bar disconnect, cab and bed rock rails and standard 33-inch Falken Wildpeak All-Terrain off-road tires.

AM General
AM General designs, engineers, manufactures, supplies and supports specialized vehicles for military and commercial customers worldwide. Through its military business, the company is widely recognized as the world leader in design, engineering, manufacturing and logistics support of Tactical Vehicles, having produced and sustained over 300,000 vehicles in over 70 countries. Through its heritage companies, AM General has over 100 years of experience meeting the changing needs of the defense and automotive industries, supported by its employees at major facilities in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, and a strong supplier base that stretches across 43 states.

FCA
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles and related parts, services and production systems worldwide. The Group operates 102 manufacturing facilities and 46 R&D centers; and it sells through dealers and distributors in more than 135 countries. FCA’s automotive brands include Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep, Lancia, Ram, Maserati. The Group’s businesses also include Mopar (automotive parts and service), Comau (production systems) and Teksid (iron and castings). In addition, retail and dealer financing, leasing and rental services in support of the Group’s car business are provided through subsidiaries, joint ventures and commercial arrangements with third-party financial institutions. FCA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCAU” and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol “FCA.”

Jeep Brand
Built on more than 75 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV brand with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Gladiator, Grand Cherokee, Renegade and Wrangler. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left and right-hand drive configurations and with various gasoline and diesel powertrain options. Jeep is part of the portfolio of brands offered by global automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. For more information regarding FCA (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA), please visit http://fcagroup.com

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JA Manafaru Resort Team Cleans Up Nearby Island

in Support of Parley Maldives Initiative

JA Manafaru Resort in the Maldives collaborated with local partners, guests and the community to undertake a plastic removal and sustainability initiative on a neighboring island

JA Manafaru Maldives recently collaborated with a local school and their ocean activity partner, Best Dives Private Limited, to collect more than 23 jumbo bags of waste from a neighboring island and Marine Protected Area; Gallandhoo for recycling through Parley Maldives. 

Parley Maldives is the Maldives branch of Parley for the Oceans, a global collaboration network with a new approach to environmentalism. The mission of Parley is to end today’s major ocean threats through creativity, collaboration and eco-innovation. The private island resort of JA Manafaru itself is spectacularly beautiful and unspoilt, sitting in the crystal-clear waters of the most northern point of the Haa Alifu Atoll. Although the ocean and beach areas surrounding the award-winning resort are pristine examples awe-inspiring nature, other islands in the Maldives have issues with waste, particularly non- biodegradable materials like plastic.  

Best Dives Maldives, a local diving, excursion and ocean activity company partnered with the JA Manafaru Resort and a local school – Hoarafushi School, to undertake a monumental task in cleaning up the western coastline of Marine Protected Area (MPA), Gallandhoo. The JA Manafaru Environmental & Sustainability team planned the clean-up with Best Dives, informed guests and arranged resort boats to collect volunteers heading to the island to clean the area. Together more than 50 staff, guests, students and parents filled over 23 jumbo bags of waste in one hour. Marine biologists asserted that Gallandhoo Island looked strikingly different after the team efforts and considerable potential damage to marine life was averted. All the plastic waste collected will be sent to Parley.

To address the fast-growing threat of marine plastic pollution, Parley have devised a strategy that can be scaled across private households, schools, businesses and governments: Parley AIR — Avoid, Intercept, Redesign. Guided by these pillars, they advocate avoiding the use of single-use plastics and promoting responsible disposal of single-use plastics. The goal in the Maldives is to boost the protection of the marine ecosystem through collective change. In collaboration with plastic interception partners, Parley has now exported 48 containers of plastic waste from the Maldives, preventing over 800 tons of plastics from entering the oceans. These plastics are recycled and upcycled to help create a new economy of eco-innovation and collaboration, beginning with reducing the use of raw virgin plastics in production processes.

School students and guests were presented with certificates of appreciation for their participation in the JA Manafaru event, and when asked why there was such an issue with plastic waste on Gallandhoo, the students explained there are low levels of understanding for many people regarding the disposal of plastic waste and of the environmental damage it causes. New General Manager, Karen Merrick commented;

JA Manafaru in collaboration with our ocean activity partner Best Dives is committed to improving upon and reducing our environmental footprint here in Haa Alifu, one of the most uninhabited atolls in Maldives. We are honored and humbled to live and work as custodians of this beautiful part of the world and assist with such initiatives whenever/wherever we can.  Every day we continue our internal mission to ensure education and awareness play a part of life here at JA Manafaru’.

In order to preserve the coral reef, beautiful beaches and sea life, the JA Manafaru team has an ongoing commitment to environmental awareness and sustainability. The hotel no longer uses plastic bottles for drinking water and instead have their own glass bottling plant, which results in a huge reduction in plastic waste. The JA Manafaru ‘House Reef Cleaning’ also invites guests to give back in a fun snorkelling and underwater reef-cleaning exercise, which certified divers can join. All items collected are logged so that any notable pollution can be immediately addressed. Other initiatives in planning at JA Manafaru include upgrading the water desalination plant for residual water to be used for landscaping, solar panel installation and a campaign for associates that raises awareness about reducing energy consumption.

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About JA Manafaru

JA Manafaru is an idyllic 5-star luxury island resort fringed with exquisite powder beaches in pristine, lagoon-ringed Haa Alifu Atoll, at the northern tip of the Maldives. Accessed by private seaplane, the chic tropical hideaway features 84 luxurious beachfront and over-water villas and bungalows, each with their own private plunge pool. Seven scenic dining destinations provide a culinary journey with traditional Indian Ocean cuisine, international fare and seafood feasts. China’s most renowned chef, Da Dong, brings his Michelin acclaim to White Orchid Asian restaurant with a collaborative menu launched in 2019. World-class recreational facilities include Calm Spa, a fully equipped dive, water sports and excursion centre, plus a Marine Research Centre to conserve local ecology. Once-in-a-lifetime wedding and honeymoon celebrations are also a specialty at JA Manafaru, which has been recognised as the Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Resort (2019 World Luxury Hotel Awards). ‘Legend’ hotels by Preferred Hotels & Resorts are the ultimate collection of extraordinary properties in the world’s most remarkable destinations and JA Manafaru is the only property selected in the Maldives. Ranked among the World’s Ten Best Hotels (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2019), JA Manafaru is a tropical paradise where unique experiences can become unforgettable memories.

For more information on JA Manafaru, please visit;

https://www.jaresortshotels.com/en/maldives/ja-manafaru

About JA Resorts & Hotels

A legacy UAE brand, JA Resorts & Hotels was born in 1981 and has a widely recognised reputation for excellence, in the management and operation of award-winning resorts and hotels. Taking its name from the original Jebel Ali (JA) Beach hotel, JA Resorts & Hotels portfolio now features 8 distinct properties across the UAE and Indian Ocean, each dedicated to curating unique experiences and creating unforgettable memories. Tropical escapes include JA Manafaru, the idyllic luxury island resort in pristine, lagoon ringed Haa Alifu Atoll, at the northern tip of the Maldives and JA Enchanted Island Resort, an ultra-luxurious hideaway of 10 exquisite villas on a private island, in the middle of the protected Saint Anne Marine Park. Within the UAE, guests can choose from the five-star JA Ocean View Hotel, as well as the deluxe hotel apartments of JA Oasis Beach Tower, both located along ‘The Walk’ in Jumeirah Beach Residence.  Other attractive options include the acclaimed JA The Resort – Dubai’s largest experience resort, with 1 million square metres of thrilling activities and 3 unique hotels offering 795 suites and rooms between them– JA Beach Hotel, the all-suite JA Palm Tree Court and JA Lakeview Hotel, a stunning new Golf Course adjacent property due to open in September 2019. The JA Hatta Fort Hotel completes the portfolio as Dubai’s only mountain resort, a secluded getaway amidst the stunning Hajar Mountains landscape. JA Resorts & Hotels is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, bringing together more than 30 brands with over 550 hotels in 78 countries.

For more information on JA Resorts & Hotels, please visit;

www.jaresortshotels.com 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jaresortshotels

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jaresorts

Instagram: https://instagram.com/jaresorts 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/JAresorts

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Blueface Releases New Single

The hottest breakout multi-platinum hip-hop superstar of 2019 and Cash Money West recording artist Blueface releases new single “Close Up” featuring Jeremih today. Get it HERE.
 
The track illuminates another side of Blueface, showcasing his diverse talents as he delivers a West Coast love song.
 
On the heels of the stratospheric success of his debut EP, Dirt Bag, Blueface is putting the finishing touches on his highly anticipated full-length album—coming very soon.
 
Blueface flipped rap upside down in 2019 with his own flow, flare, and fire. Dirt Bag yielded one banger after another with “Bleed It” [68 million Spotify streams], “Daddy” featuring Rich The Kid [49 million Spotify streams], “Bussdown” featuring Offset [14 million Spotify streams], and “Bussin” featuring Lil Pump [9.7 million Spotify streams], to name a few. As part of his recent inclusion on the XXL “Freshman Cover,” the outlet proclaimed him “one of the hottest new acts in the game” and claimed “the 22-year-old rapper has drawn comparisons to legends like E-40 and Juvenile due to the off-kilter flow that finds him rapping against the current of whatever beat he’s on.” Echoing this sentiment, Complex wrote, “his cadence—skittering and almost comical—doesn’t fit neatly into the current (or past) landscape of hip-hop. But that’s exactly what makes him so interesting.”
 

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David Lynch Foundation

Last night, the David Lynch Foundation’s Silence The Violence concert dazzled audiences at Washington D.C.’s The Anthem. The star-studded benefit saw Katy Perry, Mavis Staples, Norah Jones, and many more come together in order raise the funds needed to bring the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique to 10,000 at-risk youth in Washington, D.C. through THEARCPRESS HERE to download photos from the Silence The Violence benefit.

Kicking off the evening, singer-songwriter Jeremy Elliot performed his debut solo track “The Deep End” before DavidLynchFoundation CEO and renowned TM teacher BobRoth, News4 Today anchor EunYang, and THEARC CEO RahsaanBernard addressed the crowd (which included Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner) and led them in a minute of silent mindfulness.


NorahJones captivated audiences with a stunning set that included “JustA Little Bit,” a cover of Neil Young’s “Don’t Be Denied,” “I’ve Got To See You Again,” and “Don’t Know Why.” Her set was followed by a soulful rendition of Bill Withers’ “Lean On Me” by the Celebration Gospel Choir. Bringing the audience to their feet, gospel and R&B icon Mavis Staples took the stage to a standing ovation and treated concert-goers to four songs supported by Rob Mathes’ Band, including “Change,” “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” “TheWeight,” and her showstopping smash-hit , “I’ll Take You There,” that had D.C. dancing in the aisles. 

Proceeded by BobRothRahsaanBernard, and Washington D.C Regional Director RenaBoon who spoke about the David Lynch Foundation and their work as a resident partner operating The Meditation Center at THEARCKaty Perry brought the evening to a close with breathtakingly intimate, re-imagined versions of some of her biggest hits including “Roar” and “Wide Awake.” The audience was treated to one of the biggest surprises of the night when she played one of her most powerful anthems, “Rise,” live for only the second time ever since its 2016 release. Before she closed the night with an electrifying mash-up of the Edwin Hawkins Singers’ “OhHappyDay” paired with “Firework” and the Celebration Gospel Choir, she also led the room in singing “Happy Birthday” to Bob Roth. 

“Mental health is the number one challenge we’re facing in our lifetime,” said Katy Perry. “I’ve had depression in the past, and I’ve used my music and meditation to combat it. Once you learn it, it never goes away. You’ll have it for the rest of your life. Whenever I’m in a funky mood or if I’m jetlagged or if I’m anxious – I’ll say just give me 20 minutes, and I will go deep and come back out a transformed person. I’m here tonight because I hope that we can give this tool [of meditation] to so many young people that are suffering.” 

“The reason why we’re doing this is because no one really knows about it, and thanks to Mavis and Norah and Katy and so many others, we’re getting the word out,” said Bob Roth. 

As the resident partner of (THEARC) West Campus  in Washington D.C.’s Wards 7 and 8, the David Lynch Foundation has taught the Transcendental Meditation technique to over 500 people withinTHEARC Partners. Proceeds will help bring TM to vulnerable communities in the District through in-school and after school programs, churches and community centers, recovery programs, and detention centers in partnership with THEARC(Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus). Research has shown that TM reduces stress, heals PTSD, lowers substance abuse, improves academic performance and graduation rates, and reduces arrests for violent crime.

Previous David Lynch Foundation benefit concerts have included headliners such as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Sting, Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crow, Robert Plant, Hugh Jackman, Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Jim Gaffigan, and more.


About The David Lynch Foundation (DLF):Since 2005, the David Lynch Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has helped to bring the stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation technique to more than 1 million children and adults around the world. They focus their efforts on underserved inner-city students; veterans with PTSD and their families; and women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse. In addition, DLF funds independent research to assess the effects of the program on academic performance, ADHD and other learning disorders, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, cardiovascular disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, and diabetes. 

About the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC):Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) is a 16.5-acre, 110,000-square-foot combined cultural and social services campus in Washington, DC’s Ward 8. The campus, located at 1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE, consists of three connected buildings, playgrounds, basketball courts, and public space. In May 2007 THEARC won the Urban Land Institute’s Award for Excellence and was cited for its contribution to the community, response to societal needs, innovation, public/private partnership, and environmental protection and enhancement.
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*Photo Credit: Dave Barnhouser

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Khalid × JBL Fest

The 3rd annual JBL Fest wrapped up last night in Vegas, featuring three nights of epic performances from five-time GRAMMY nominee Khalid,popstar Bebe Rexha and hip-hop icons Run DMC. Celebrity appearances throughout JBL Fest included Priyanka & Nick Jonas, Shaq and the “Vanderpump Rules” cast.

*Photo by Kevin Mazur