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More than a year after the historic tax code overhaul, less than half of homebuyers (47%) say that tax reform
Economic Growth To Continue Throughout 2019
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Economic growth is expected to continue in the U.S. throughout 2019, say the nation’s purchasing and supply executives in their

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Mary McCormack Joins As Co-Host For 30th Anniversary Broadcast Of PBS’ National Memorial Day Concert Live From The West Lawn Of The U.S. Capitol Building
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PBS’ NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT announced today that Tony-nominated actress and star of TV’s THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT, Mary McCormack
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PHOTO CREDIT: Kris Connor / Getty Images. Left to right: Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), C. F. Martin IV, Cindy McAlllister, John McElroy
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The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry

Representatives from C. F. Martin & Co.® will travel to Washington, D.C., on Monday, May 20, to advocate for all children to have access to quality, comprehensive school music education programs. C. F. Martin IV, CEO, and Cindy McAllister, Director of Intellectual Property and Community/Government Relations, will join music industry leaders and artists as part of a delegation of music education advocates during the annual National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Music Education Advocacy D.C. Fly-In, May 20-23, 2019.

The issue takes on special importance as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which specifies music as part of a well-rounded education, is implemented in states and local school districts under programs and funding available via the federal education law. Martin and McAllister will meet with Members of Congress and other elected officials to advocate for the funding of school music programs across the nation and to discuss the multitude of benefits music education espouses, such as increased brain function, focus, and language development.

“Our mission is to communicate the value and importance of music education to our legislators,” says McAllister. “We are proud to participate in the NAMM D.C. Fly-In, which gives us the opportunity to do so while uniting with…

Small business owners (SBOs) across the U.S. expect larger increases in revenue this year than in 2018, despite growing trepidation about the national economy and inflation, according to the 2019 Small Business Survey conducted by TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®. SBOs show continued optimism about their businesses’ prospects, with 54 percent anticipating revenue growth, compared with 52 percent who expected such gains in 2018. Hiring also is on business owners’ minds. Twenty-three percent said
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Rainbow Railroad — an international nonprofit that helps lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) people in danger find legal pathways to safety — announced today that the organization’s life-saving work will be the subject of a profile on CBS’ iconic newsmagazine program, “60 Minutes.” The segment, which features exclusive interviews with Rainbow Railroad Executive Director Kimahli Powell and survivors of anti-LGBTQI persecution in Jamaica, Chechnya and Egypt, will air this Sunday, May 19,
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Excelligence Learning Corporation announces the official opening of its Kansas fulfillment center located in the heart of Kansas’ intermodal center: Gardner, Kansas. After conducting a national search for centralization of its fulfillment and manufacturing operations, Excelligence elected to partner with LS Commercial Real Estate and USAA to build out the tech-enabled facility in this vibrant, intermodal hub. “We are excited to open this state-of-the-art fulfillment center in Gardner, Kansas, creating over 200 full-time jobs with
/ May 21
“The Thrill Is Gone” (featuring Sonny Landreth), the latest song off Peter Frampton Band’s forthcoming album All Blues, is premiering via Billboard who says “…the thrill is definitely not gone for Peter Frampton.” The song was written by Rick Darnell and Roy Hawkins, and popularized by B.B. King. “The Thrill Is Gone” is available now with digital album pre-order. Listen/share the track HERE. All Blues is a collection of Frampton’s favorite blues classics and was
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Court of Appeals Upholds $8 Million Jury Verdict for U.S. Conference of Mayors
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On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) and United States Mayor Enterprises (USME) secured a significant victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. The DC Circuit upheld the $8 million jury verdict previously won in a high-profile federal jury trial…

Statement: U.S. Conference of Mayors President on Shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch
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Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President, Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on yesterday’s shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch:

“Once again students have been attacked in their school.  This time it occurred in Highlands Ranch, CO, just eight miles from Columbine High School.  One…

Labor Market Continues to Boil, with No Sign of an Employment Slowdown
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Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 263,000 in April, making it difficult to argue for an employment slowdown in recent months.

In the past month, most economic releases came out better than expected, suggesting that the US economy will continue to grow above its long-term two percent trend through at…

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PHOTO CREDIT: HRH The Crown Princess of Denmark kicks off Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2019
Fashion leaders, policymakers, NGOs, creative directors and innovators from across the globe convened at Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2019 to demand urgent action on sustainability in the fashion industry

Hosted in the grand setting of Copenhagen Concert Hall on 15-16 May, the event marked the Summit’s 10th anniversary and provided a platform for companies to unveil new solutions, launch new commitments, collaborate with industry peers and partake in agenda-setting discussions. The event was organised by Global Fashion Agenda – the world’s foremost leadership forum for sustainability in fashion, under the patronage of HRH the Crown Princess of Denmark.

It was clear at Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2019 that there is an urgency and united ambition to act now. The discussions and debates emphasised that companies must collaborate now, more than ever, to rectify the harmful consequences of the fashion industry and combat the climate crisis, resource scarcity and social implications. According to new findings in the Pulse of the Fashion industry 2019 update, if the current pace of change does not improve, fashion will continue to be a net contributor to climate change, and the Paris Agreement’s objective of keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius during the remainder of this century will not be achieved. The Summit provided a forum for stakeholders to come together and rewrite fashion to safeguard the planet.

Eva Kruse, CEO and President of Global Fashion Agenda, said: “We can solve the planet’s and the industry’s biggest issues – if we work together and take action now. We need bold leadership to accelerate the change and push policymakers to support this journey.”

Leading brands and organisations unveiled new initiatives

Multiple companies chose to announce their new sustainability measures at the landmark event. Highlights include:

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PHOTO CREDIT: The 3rd annual International Seminar on Global Poverty Reduction Partnerships is held in Rome, Italy on May 15, 2019
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The 3rd annual International Seminar on Global Poverty Reduction Partnerships organized by three Rome-based UN agencies (RBAs) — The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the World Food Programme (WFP) — together with the International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC) and China Internet Information Center (CIIC), was held Wednesday in the margins of the Expo for International Cooperation (EXCO 2019) in Rome, Italy. It focused on the role of technological innovations and global partnerships in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), accelerating poverty reduction and eradicating hunger.

This year’s seminar discussed how to better use technological innovations in rural areas to promote inclusive and sustainable development, promote food security, nutrition, sustainable agriculture, gender equality and reduce rural poverty. Partnerships, with a special focus in South-South and Triangular Cooperation, were highlighted as key to promoting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Deputy Executive Director of WFP, Amir Abdulla, speaking on behalf of the RBAs, highlighted the role of partnerships to achieving the SDGs in several domains around the world, and how the use of technology improves the lives of the most disadvantaged communities in rural areas.

“I’m glad that this year’s seminar is focusing on technological innovations to help accelerate poverty reduction and achieve zero hunger. We need to continue working in a collaborative way to bridge the increasing gap of technology gains between developed/developing countries, rural/urban areas and disadvantaged communities,” Abdulla said.

He also noted that one initiative that is increasingly generating synergies between public and…

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Warriors, Supporters Celebrated at Wounded Warrior Project Event
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PHOTO CREDIT: Wounded Warrior Project
Since 2003, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has been meeting the growing needs of warriors, their families, and caregivers – helping them achieve their highest ambition

Hundreds of patriotic people gathered in one place for one reason Thursday night: to honor and empower wounded warriors. Supporters and warriors came together at the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner® at Gotham Hall on May 16 to raise awareness and support for the latest generation of injured veterans.

The night was memorable for many, including wounded warrior Michael Carrasquillo. The Manhattan native was honored with the Courage Award, the pinnacle award of the night given to a warrior who best exemplifies bravery, courage, and strength. Carrasquillo, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, mentors veterans as a WWP Peer Support group leader and helps them in their transitions to civilian life. New York Giants defensive end B.J. Hill presented Carrasquillo – a life-long Giants fan – with the award.

The Service Award was presented to Craig Manske, Steve Grabowski, and Ed Lewandowski. The trio has been instrumental in generating support for WWP in the Chicago area for more than 10 years, specifically in connection with Soldier Ride® Chicago and the Chicago Air and Water Show.

Allcat Claims Service was honored with the Empowerment Award. They’ve raised nearly $1 million for WWP programs and services that empower, employ, and engage warriors in their communities.

“It’s the people that make the Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner special,” said WWP CEO Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Linnington. “Michael Carrasquillo and our other honored…

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Offbeat Street Art Tour Launches in Logan Square, Chicago
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David Yurman Announces Opening Of New Boutique At Holt Renfrew Ogilvy In Montreal
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NASA recently announced it awarded the Base Operations, Spaceport Services contract at the Kennedy Space Center to the joint venture PAE-SGT Partners LLC, known as PSP. The firm fixed-price contract with a potential value of $608.7 million is for institutional support services at both the Kennedy Space Centerand the NASA facilities at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The contract is two years followed by three two-year options. It has cost reimbursable and
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Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) will deliver new troposcatter communication systems to the U.S. Army as part of a 10-year, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract worth up to $663 million to ensure troops have access to secure voice and data communications in contested environments. “Soldiers on the front lines can’t afford dropped calls,” said Dave Wajsgras, president of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. “Our solution, a secure, reliable and wireless troposcatter system, allows troops to communicate in areas
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The Canadian Museum of History is proud to showcase Canada’s critically acclaimed entry in the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. UNCEDED – Voices of the Land is an innovative, immersive audiovisual installation by an Indigenous design team, led by internationally renowned architect Douglas J. Cardinal. The unprecedented exhibition will run from May 3, 2019 to March 22, 2020. “We are delighted to be the first venue in Canada to host UNCEDED – Voices of the Land,
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On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) and United States Mayor Enterprises (USME) secured a significant victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. The DC Circuit upheld the $8 million jury verdict previously won in a high-profile federal jury trial in January 2018. In 2012, Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company contracted with USCM and USME to administer a national program offering a retirement plan to
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BET Networks Announces Official Nominations For The 2019 “BET Awards”

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The 2019 “BET AWARDS” returns live from the Microsoft Theater at LA Live on June 23rd, to celebrate the brightest stars across music, television, film, sports, and philanthropy. Today, BET

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