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Azuri Technologies X Energise Africa Launch UK Crowd Campaign

Azuri Technologies, a leader in pay-as-you-go solar in Africa and crowdfunding platform Energise Africa today announced the latest phase of debt financing from UK impact investors to deliver affordable, clean energy and help solve the energy crisis in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Azuri and Energise Africa collaboration plans to raise £2.5 million for pay-as-you-go-solar and help more than 100,000 off-grid people in Sub-Saharan Africa access clean, affordable energy.

The investment will support low-income families in Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia and Tanzania.

More than 600 million people across Africa live without access to electricity – limiting their life chances of achieving economic prosperity and improved quality of life. Universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services is one of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and can only be met with access to sufficient investment.

Crowdfunding has emerged as a powerful way of financing the off-grid solar industry and is leading the way in increasing investor interest in the market.

Through Energise Africa, individuals in the UK can invest from as little as £50 in bonds, issued by solar businesses, to provide clean and affordable energy access, while targeting annual returns of 6%. Capital is at risk and returns are not guaranteed.

Azuri is a leader in pay-as-you-go solar technology and since 2012 has been supplying affordable solar home systems and products to the millions across Africa living off-grid without access to mains electricity.

In 2018, Azuri and Energise Africa raised £1.7 million from hundreds of UK investors to deliver clean, affordable energy products to more than 16,000 families in sub-Saharan Africa.

Simon Bransfield-Garth, CEO of Azuri said: “Azuri is delighted to extend our partnership with Energise Africa and their community of UK-based retail investors to finance off-grid solar projects. With this innovative financing, thousands more households will be able to access modern solar energy for the first time.”

Lisa Ashford, Managing Director Energise Africa said: “Through Energise Africa, we are committed to providing UK based people with easily accessible opportunities to invest directly in sustainable businesses that can tackle climate change, create long-term social and environmental impact, and also deliver a potential financial return. We’re looking forward to the prospect of working with Azuri Technologies again to help accelerate the achievement of UN SDG 7.

Energise Africa has been developed by Ethex and Lendahand – two of Europe’s leading impact investing companies and is also supported by UK aid, Virgin Unite, Good Energies Foundation and P4G.

Over the past 20 months the Energise Africa community of investors has generated over £7.57 million for 12 solar businesses to provide 312,000 people in 10 African countries with access to clean energy, which has prevented almost 70,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions entering the atmosphere annually and also repaid almost £1.8 million back to investors.

Investing in Energise Africa projects via the www.energiseafrica.co.uk site involves risk, including the loss of all of your invested capital, illiquidity (the inability to sell assets quickly or without substantial loss in value), and it should be done only as part of a diversified portfolio.

The investment opportunities on www.energiseafrica.co.uk are not an offer to the public in any jurisdiction and are available only to registered members of the platform who have certified that they are eligible to invest. Any person who is not resident in the United Kingdom who wishes to view these investment opportunities must first satisfy themselves that they are eligible to do so under the securities laws and regulations applicable to them. This site does not constitute an offer of, or the solicitation of an offer to buy or subscribe for, any securities to any person in any jurisdiction to whom or in which such offer or solicitation would be unlawful.

In respect of its regulated activities, Lendahand Ethex Ltd is an appointed representative of Share In Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 603332).

Fitness Advice for New Year’s Resolutions

At the beginning of every year, gyms across the country are buzzing with new members who have made resolutions to lose weight, get back in shape or live a more active lifestyle. However, as the weeks go by, it can be challenging for some to stick to those resolutions. Steve Ball, professor at the University of Missouri and one of the nation’s leading experts on fitness and exercise, says that for resolutions to stick, people need to focus not only on outcome goals, but also goals related to the process of being physically active. You can read more about Dr. Ball’s advice here.

Dr. Ball also has comments on new federal guidelines for physical activity, which suggest that adults should aim for 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week, and any amount of time spent doing physical activity now counts toward the goal of active minutes. Prior guidelines had called for at least 10 minutes of activity for it to count.

There are video and audio resources available for broadcast-quality download here. The video features Donna Fox, who has recently made changes to lead a more active lifestyle and considers herself a “gym rat” now after never setting foot in a gym while growing up in the Caribbean.

As January winds down and the thrill of New Year’s resolutions wears off, Dr. Ball’s expertise in fitness and physical activity can be used as encouragement to stay on track with New Year’s fitness resolutions.

5 Steps To Effective Conflict Resolution

Conflict resolution can be hard because we often fear that the other person won’t be open to what we have to say. We may think the other person doesn’t care about how we feel, or that they just don’t have the capacity to understand. This may cause us to try to force our perspective on others or avoid conflict resolution altogether. Whether you find that you engage in frequent arguments that leave you feeling frustrated and alone, or you tend to suffer in silence by avoiding conflict altogether, these conflict resolution tips may work for you.

1. CHECK IN WITH YOURSELF.

Take a moment to breathe and notice the feelings in your body and the thoughts that are passing through your mind. Do you feel vulnerable? Are you angry? Do you feel a sense of heaviness? Don’t judge yourself; simply take note.

2. THINK ABOUT YOUR GOALS.

What do you want to achieve from the conversation? What do you really want from the other person? Be solution oriented. If you want to make the other person feel bad, things probably won’t go so well. On the other hand, if you want the other person to understand you so that your relationship will be more harmonious, then you’re on your way to effective conflict resolution.

3. SHARE YOUR PERSPECTIVE.

Here is where things become technical. Now that you know how you feel and what you want, it is helpful to be thoughtful about how you express yourself. It’s common to assume that because you and another person share an experience, you will both feel the same way about it. However, because of our unique upbringings and experiences, we all view things a little differently. In order to let the other person know you are open to hearing their perspective, it is helpful to use “I messages.” (add link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I-message) For example, instead of making a statement such as “you don’t care about me”, which could make the other person feel defensive, saying something such as “I felt like I didn’t matter to you when you didn’t call to check on me” lets the other person know how you interpreted their actions and gives them space to clarify their intentions.

4. USE NONJUDGMENTAL LANGUAGE

Think about what you find upsetting and describe it using descriptive, nonjudgmental language. For example, if you were offended because someone arrived late to a meeting, don’t say something like “You were inconsiderate or rude.” Try saying, “You were 15 minutes late, and it’s important that everyone arrive on time.”

5. CHECK IN WITH THE OTHER PERSON

Ask about how the other person experienced the situation. This gives the other person a chance to share his or her perspective, which may change your outlook. Continuing from the example above, in addition to saying , “You were 15 minutes late, and it’s important that everyone arrive on time,” you can check in with the other person by saying “Are you okay? Was there a reason you were late?”

While these steps seem simple, effective conflict resolution is a skill that takes time to develop. Incorporating these tips may feel difficult at times because they may trigger negative feelings that are rooted in the past. However, If you master these steps, you will find that your conversations will become more productive and you will be well on you way to building stronger and more meaningful connections with others.

About Dr. Crystal Clements:

Dr. Crystal Clements is an adjunct professor and registered psychological assistant who practices in Downtown Los Angeles at Sync Counseling Center. She works with adults, adolescents, couples and families to treat depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and relational issues. She loves what she does and is passionate about helping people feel good about themselves and life. Dr. Crystal earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Studies and MAs in Psychology and Christian Leadership from the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. She earned a BA in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania. As part of her training, she completed an APA accredited internship in Health Service Psychology at California State University, Fullerton.

Contact her today for a free 15 minute consultation!

Simple Secrets For Boosting Your Health

Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t always easy because of how busy you are and all the responsibilities you have on your plate. The good news is there are simple secrets on how to boost your health and happiness starting today.

Commit to the following activities, and you’ll quickly notice how much more relaxed and joyful you become. You have to be willing to change a few of your habits if you’re going to be successful at altering the way you live. It’s worth at least giving these ideas a try, especially if you haven’t had much luck improving your behaviors in the past.

Set Daily Wellness Goals

Step back to the drawing board and come up with a list of goals you can tackle daily that will help keep you on track. For example, promise yourself you’re going to exercise, cook healthy meals and go to bed at a decent hour and then put forth an extra effort to make sure you’re meeting your daily objectives. Review the list each morning when you get up, so your mind is focused and prepared to tackle the tasks you set out to complete.

Follow Your Passions

Another simple secret for boosting your health is to make it a point to follow your passions and eliminate anything that’s making you unhappy. For example, maybe you’ve always wanted to own real estate, but haven’t been able to make this dream a reality. While now with roofstock returns you can purchase property online and seamlessly collect passive income. This is your chance to become the entrepreneur you’ve always wanted to be without any additional hassle such as having to vet your own property.

Connect with Others

Spending time with people who put a smile on your face will instantly boost your health and make you feel more alive. Use your free time to connect with others and engage in interesting conversations and fun activities. It’s important to not only have moments to yourself each day but to also be social and block off time in your schedule to mingle with friends and family. It’ll feel good to get whatever’s on your mind out in the open and laugh with people who you enjoy being around.

Focus on the Positives

Boost your health today by starting to focus more on the positives and being grateful for another day. Stop allowing your brain to see the negative side of a situation and begin to fully embrace all that’s going right in your life. You’ll be a lot happier person overall when you don’t let small obstacles set you back from reaching your goals. Sit down and make a list of all of your blessings and review it regularly to help train your mind to be more positive.

Conclusion

Immediately boost your health using these simple secrets to change your life for the better. You’ll likely be pleasantly surprised at the uplifting outcomes you experience from doing so. Stay optimistic in your journey to discovering a more peaceful and relaxed existence and continue to do more of what’s working for you.

Lakeith Stanfield x Ermenegildo Zenga

Critically acclaimed actor Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out, Atlanta, Come SundaySorry To Bother You, The Girl In The Spider’s Web) wowed viewers when he walked the red carpet at the 90th Annual Academy Awards ® wearing a custom-made sustainable tuxedo made by Ermenegildo Zegna Couture. The look was styled by Michaela Erlanger and worn in support of Suzy Amis Cameron’s Red Carpet Green Dress ethical fashion campaign.

The tuxedo is a navy Tussah Silk, which is sturdier than cultivated silk. Typically gathered in the jungle from cocoons of wild silk moths, the silk is found in a natural state with minimal human intervention and very little invasion to the process. For this reason, unlike a silk yarn produced with greater mechanical interventions, the yarn of Tussah silk features irregularities creating a rich texture, typical of wild, natural breeding.

In 2009, Amis Cameron created Red Carpet Green Dress with the goal of creating awareness for the importance of sustainable practices in fashion.  Each year, Red Carpet Green Dress works with international designers to create sustainable eveningwear to showcase during the Academy Awards®.

To qualify as a Red Carpet Green Dress eco-conscious garment, each piece must either be made from recycled, organic or repurposed materials, use hand-made detailing or incorporate natural dye processing – always with a focus on minimal negative impact on the environment, and environmentally and socially responsible design.

Also supporting the sustainable lifestyle are RCGD 2018 partners, TESLA and Absolut Elyx. Absolut Elyx is a company that is built on the principles of quality, integrity and true craftsmanship. Every copper purchase in the Elyx Boutique, allows the luxury vodka company to provide safe water to more than 100,000 people worldwide with the help of Water for People.

It is because of their help along with annual contests that financial security can be provided to MUSE School CA. MUSE School CA is an environmental non-profit educational organization Amis Cameron founded in Calabasas, Calif. with her sister Rebecca Amis. This assistance enables students to access a transformative educational experience. MUSE School CA ensures smaller class sizes, personalized instruction and learning practices; all set within an inspiring and beautiful campus. Through these key elements, MUSE School CA paves the way in creating leaders of the future.

 

 

For more information:

www.museschool.org.

http://www.redcarpetgreendress.com

 

 

Couples that Mask Together Stay Togther

Jenny McCarthy & Donnie Wahlberg Pamper Themselves with Queen Helene

Spotted: Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg being cuter than ever. The couple that masks together, stays together…

These love birds can’t get enough ofQueen Helene face masques, and we don’t blame them! They’re the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone on your list as they offer something for all skin types – oily, acne-prone, normal, dry… you name it. So don’t walk, RUN to your closest Walmart or Sally Beauty and pick up any (or all) of these masques that are sure to please even the most picky person 😉 Because, who doesn’t want the gift of refreshed and glowing skin!?

NEW! VOLCANIC ASH MASQUE: This skin-detoxifying facial masque harnesses the purifying power of Volcanic Ash (also known as Bentonite) to deeply clean skin. Known for its ability to draw out pollutants, Volcanic Ash acts like a magnet for pollutants, bringing them to the surface so they can be washed away. The result is refreshed, renewed skin. ($5.49 (6oz), SallyBeauty/.com)

MINT JULEP MASQUE: This deep cleaning facial scrub deeply cleans and helps unclog pores and draw out impurities, while hydrating Glycerin helps maintain skin moisture balance. After use, skin is clean with a fresher-looking complexion. For Oily, Acne-Prone Skin. Deep cleans and refreshes. ($2.47 (8oz), Walmart/.com and $5.49 (12oz), SallyBeauty/.com)

MUD PACK MASQUE: This classic facial masque is enriched with Kaolin, a natural English Clay known to immediately lift away impurities and revitalize tired looking skin. After use, skin feels firmer while fine lines and wrinkles appear diminished. For Maturing Skin. Revitalizes and detoxifies.($5.49 (12oz), SallyBeauty/.com)

AVOCADO & GRAPEFRUIT MASQUE:This unique, gel-clay masque gently lifts away impurities and nurtures skin with smoothing Avocado and antioxidant Grapefruit extract. After use, skin is refreshed and energized with a healthy radiance. For Normal to Dry Skin. Rejuvenates and revitalizes. ($5.49 (6oz), SallyBeauty/.com)

Magellan Jets

Magellan Jets Announces Their Top Seven Caribbean Islands That Are Open for Business this Winter

Premier Private Jet Charter Company is Encouraging Their Customers to Book Their Winter Travel to the Caribbean

 

Magellan Jets is gearing up for their busiest time of the year – peak travel season is already in full swing and a lot of customers are asking if their favorite Caribbean destinations are welcoming travelers this winter.  85% of them are now open and these are the top seven spots Magellan Jets customers are booking their travel to:

·         Anguilla

·         Bahamas

·         Bermuda

·         Dominican Republic

·         St. Kitts

·         Turks & Caicos

·         The Cayman Islands

Located in St. Vincent & The Grenadines and only accessible by private jet, Canouan is Magellan Jets top pick this winter.

These islands are serving as a popular alternative to some of the more traditional destinations that are not quite ready for business this winter and may be more difficult to get to, including:

·         British Virgin Islands

·         Puerto Rico

·         U.S. Virgin Islands

·         Saint Martin

·         Domincana

Even if your preferred destination is still recovering from the hurricane, customers are encouraged not to assume that their Caribbean vacation is off limits, as there are a large number of islands open for travel and readily accessible via private jet.

For each trip booked to the Caribbean this winter, Magellan Jets is throwing in an added bonus with a complimentary pair of Revo sunglasses.  Revo continues to build on its rich tradition of technology and innovation by offering the clearest and most advanced high-contrast polarized eyewear in the world.  The partnership arose through both the company’s and their client’s great appreciation for the Caribbean islands.

Book your winter travel to the Caribbean now by contacting Magellan Jets at 877-550-JETS, or visit www.magellanjets.com.

About Magellan Jets

Magellan Jets is a Boston-based private aviation provider built on a foundation of core values. Founded in 2008, Magellan Jets’ innovative model offers jet-specific memberships and on-demand charter services designed to provide the freedom and exceptional personalized service that private travelers expect. Magellan Jets and its FAA-licensed Flight Support Team ensure that every detail is tailored to exceed expectations. Safety, security, and an uncompromising focus on hospitality combine with the Magellan Jets Preferred Network in the skies to let travelers experience private aviation the way it was meant to be, purely private.