Travelers Protective Association Holds 128th National Convention in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
July 20, 2018
Travelers Protective Association (TPA), a fraternal benefit society, recently held its 128th national convention at Black Bear Inn & Suites in Gatlinburg, Tenn. More than 120 delegates representing 16 divisions located throughout the country attended the four-day conference.
An auction and reception raised more than $18,000 for the Scholarship Trust for the Hearing Impaired. More than $2,600 was also raised for the Homer T. Wilson Fund, which provides emergency financial aid and is designated for indigent members, widows, widowers and orphans.
The Association’s national election was held, and Wayne Wentworth from Michigan was elected as president and L. Bailey Bledsoe from North Carolina was elected as vice president.
TPA issued 54 grants totaling $24,500 from the second quarter of 2018. Funds were generated from donations by TPA members and investment income generated by the Trust. The grants, which are awarded nationwide to recipients, ranged...
Ragan Whiteside, Soul-Jazz Flutist, Makes History with #1 on Billboard, Mediabase, and Smooth Jazz Network Simultaneously
July 19, 2018
After the Billboard Top 10 success of “Early Arrival,” flutist Ragan Whiteside has made history as the first female flutist to hit #1 on Billboard, Mediabase, and Smooth Jazz Network Top 100 simultaneously with her second single, “Corey’s Bop”.
Ragan has performed with a veritable “who’s who” in Contemporary/Smooth Jazz including Marion Meadows, Walter Beasley, Tom Browne, Chieli Minucci, Kim Waters, Bob Baldwin, Frank McComb, and the late Dave Valentin.
“The playing field has changed and the flute is becoming more widely accepted,” says Whiteside, “Audiences are really embracing variety.” Sax great Walter Beasley says, “She has made the flute an integral part of this format. Huge!”
In contemporary jazz, where there is always a thirst for fresh material, Ragan steps up and delivers, both live and in-studio. “Her tenacity makes her a force to be reckoned with....
Initiative: Eau receives community development grant from U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou
July 18, 2018
Initiative: Eau is pleased to announce it has received a $10 000 USD grant from the Embassy of the United States of America to Burkina Faso. These funds will support H2Odata.city.fada, a water infrastructure sustainability project to improve local water infrastructure monitoring and maintenance capacity through the training and responsibilization of maintenance entities in Fada N'gourma, Burkina Faso.
Fortified local monitoring and maintenance capacity improves quality and reliability of drinking water services. As such, H2Odata.city.fada is projected to result in a 66% reduction in the number of water source breakdowns and an 83% reduction in the amount of time a water source remains non-functional after breaking in the city. These reductions lead to increased access to safe water and diminished use of unimproved water sources. Safe water use drastically reduces rates of water-borne disease, diseases that are responsible for lost economic productivity, disability, and...
Jacky Investments Company Limited and other International Investors considering Legal Action against Venture Fund TMT Investments
July 18, 2018
Sources close to Thailand-based Jacky Investments Company Limited, also known as Jacky Star, maintain that they, and over a dozen other investors from The Russian Federation, are considering legal action against venture fund TMT Investments PLC (“TMT”), for stocks they first purchased on LSE AIM in 2015. Sources say that investors will allege that TMT used insider information to violate the law and intentionally defraud TMT’s investors of between $1 million and $5 million each. Jacky Star, in particular, claims to have gone bankrupt as a result of TMT’s alleged actions. A detailed investigation and a scheme of violations have already been published in Russian media. *
The primary allegation by investors against TMT is that the funds raised from TMT’s IPO were invested in a shell company owned indirectly by their friends and family, following which TMT cashed out a meaningful amount of stock and then declared its investment to...
Unique Video Nets Italian Drone Pilot $1,000
July 18, 2018
Inspired by the videos of other travelers, one Italian drone pilot made a travel video of his own — and won $1,000 in the process.
Mauro Pagliai says he loves watching videos by travel bloggers and decided to make one of his own. Since he can’t travel much, though, he got creative with his latest video project, titled “.”
Using his DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone and other camera equipment, Pagliai took footage of a castle in Italy and also filmed travelers dressed from different eras as they visited the castle. The final product was a journey through time, all while focusing on the same subject matter of the castle.
Pagliai said he uses the point of interest mode on his DJI drone to film the castle at different times of day, and combined those shots to produce the effect of time travel. His video was voted on among four other finalists during the “” contest hosted by AirVuz.com.
Pagliai has been sharing his...
Tens of Millions of Acrylic Blocks Made by Hy-Lite Over Past Three Decades
July 19, 2018
From privacy panels to windows to interior shutters, during the past 30 years Hy-Lite® has manufactured hundreds of thousands of acrylic block products. Since 1988 the company has solved design and privacy issues for architects, builders and homeowners by crafting stunning acrylic block products for homes, businesses and television and movie sets in the United States and across the globe.“Our company revolutionized the privacy window market three decades ago by introducing pre-framed acrylic block windows,” says Roger Murphy, president of , a U.S. Block Windows Company. “These were launched as an alternative to heavy, old-fashioned glass block.“We found a way to make our lightweight, architectural-grade acrylic blocks lighter and easier to install than traditional glass blocks. And, by offering them in a durable frame, the acrylic block window units eliminated the mortar, mess and time-consuming labor on the jobsite of creating old-fashioned glass block...
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The Inside Coup® Accelerates Nationwide Expansion with Major Market Franchise Growth
July 18, 2018
The Inside Coup® is expanding its strategic nationwide reach with new franchise territories awarded to deliver the brand’s glossy, upscale direct mail magazine, and digital crossover platforms, to select demographically specific mailboxes in California, Florida and Texas.
The newly-awarded franchise territories include full-market development for Orange County, California; Naples, Venice and Fort Myers in Southwest Florida; and North Texas, including the fast-growing cities of Plano and Frisco, Texas. The latest franchise agreements expand the coast-to-coast presence of The Inside Coup to over 23 major cities, in six states, in less than a year since the brand launched nationwide franchising.
“We are beyond thrilled with the accelerated growth The Inside Coup is experiencing,” notes Teri Sullivan, Vice President of Franchise Development. “With our unmatched corporate support combined with the...
Primetime Emmy Award Winner Timothy Busfield is coming to JSFF Premiering his TV series pilot: “TENURE”
July 17, 2018
Asbury Park, New Jersey: Timothy Busfield’s new TV series “Tenure” will be debuted at the Jersey Shore Film Festival this August! Written and directed by Busfield, this primetime pilot stars Busfield and his wife Melissa Gilbert, as well as Dylan Baker and Marin Mazzie. The Pilot is a dramedy and it is shot ala Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The show is a collaboration filmed with his students at MSU, Busfield says, “Tenure was a tremendous collaborative experience between professionals and students from Michigan State University. The simple goal was to help the students understand that pushing a boulder uphill to tell a story on film isn’t necessary. With great actors like Dylan Baker, Melissa Gilbert, and Marin Mazzie; we were able to bridge the gap between the professional world and the amateur world. The students learned much and we were able to tell the story I wanted.” The screening dates for “Tenure” are August...
Ready, Set, Go: Gizzo’s New, Portable Grill From Gizzo Is a Red Hot, Sizzling Treat for Barbeque Lovers This Summer
July 18, 2018
Sausages, steak, burgers, shrimp – a charcoal barbeque doesn’t just smell delicious, it brings out the best in food, giving it a delicious taste that perfectly accompanies the languid heat of long summer days. With the summer season in full swing, people across the world are enjoying sizzling food out in the sunshine.
However, barbeques have been clunky affairs for those without garden space or out adventuring, reserved for those with the luxury of a backyard. This is all set to change with the launch of the portable Gizzo camping grill, a unique new grill which can be disassembled and put away into a laptop bag-size space. The portable barbeque grill will be available on the market from July 21, 2018; the kit also includes all the tool and equipment that barbeque lovers need to get a sizzling grill going.
“This is the end of an incredible eighteen months of development. It started when we noticed that there was not one compact, high quality BBQ...