Renowned sustainable living expert Tracey Martin launches Threads of Evolution, artisan marketplace

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Threads of Evolution artisan marketplace launched featuring ecologically friendly products from around the world.

Los Angeles, CA (PRUnderground) April 13th, 2017

Tracey Martin, sustainable living expert and founder of Threads of Evolution has launched her online artisan marketplace today. The Threads of Evolution marketplace features one-of-a-kind pieces from around the world, with a portion of its proceeds going towards both the craftspeople behind each product as well as philanthropic organizations benefitting disenfranchised women.

Martin spends a great deal of her time speaking to groups of women about the benefits of female empowerment through living a sustainable life. The sustainable living movement Martin embodies is carried throughout the Threads of Evolution marketplace via her offerings of artisan-crafted products, ranging from organic facial and body oils, environmentally friendly home products, as well as mindfully produced accessories from around the globe.

In addition, Threads of Evolution boasts its own line of consciously crafted, artisan-made handbags created from discarded Chindi rugs. Each thread of these bags carries meaning for Martin. A survivor of domestic violence, Martin feels the rugs symbolize her own experience as a once abandoned, lost and discarded woman. Restoring these rugs and creating something beautiful that can be worn with pride brings her great joy and sums up true sustainability to Martin.

“These bags are representative of the resilience of women and inspired by my own path of overcoming abuse. Each time a rug is made into a bag, it serves as both a coveted accessory and a reminder that anyone can reframe his or her life into something powerful.” Tracey Martin

To Martin, living sustainably is not just about the purchases you make but rather your human imprint on the world through your actions. Visitors to the marketplace are given a glimpse into Martin’s teaching with advice about topics ranging from self-love to creating better relationships, health and wellness tips, family-friendly meal recipes, and a myriad of other subjects through her blog. By empowering women to make healthy choices in all aspects of their lives, Martin aims to create a more holistic environment for generations to come.

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CEO’s video series boosts morale, engagement

Down in a basement at a Hamilton Health Sciences hospital, a long-term employee worked in a lab just across the hall from the Medical Device Reprocessing Department.

But she had never learned about what happened behind the doors of the neighboring department until CEO Rob MacIsaac filmed a video there.

„I’ve worked here for 13 years, and before I saw that I had no idea what they did beyond those doors,” she told digital communications lead Scott Levely.

Her reaction illustrates why the video series „Teach Rob Your Job” has been popular with executives, communicators and employees alike at the seven-hospital group serving south-central Ontario.

Communications records video as the top dog learns about the daily jobs of individual specialists and others. This allows staffers find out about each others’ work and helps create dual-purpose content—in addition to being shared internally, it’s also placed on an outward-facing platform of Vimeo.

„It’s turned into a bit of a cross-hospital and cross-discipline education tool so people better understand what others in the hospital are doing,” Levely says.

In one recent video, MacIsaac learned about cardiac surgery. In another, he explored transfusion medicine. In the most recent video, he delved into what volunteers were up to at the hospital group.

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Rob learns about our volunteers at HHS from Hamilton Health Sciences on Vimeo.

The video series was born of an awareness shared by many organizations, particularly ones that have expanded or merged. Often there is a gap between execs and frontline staff members, and geographically isolated organizations especially experience that phenomenon.

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Countering the ‚watered-down brand’

Hamilton Health Sciences has merged with several hospital groups over the years, Levely says, and „with that amalgamation comes a bit of a watered-down brand or a lack of identity.” Workers tend to identify with their individual hospital („I work for Juravinski„) rather than the brand.

MacIsaac sought to counter that impression as the greater organization emphasized that all its hospitals provide the same level of care and patient experience. The videos are helping close feelings of disconnection to the greater brand, Levely says.

„It’s creating a stronger brand, that consistent experience . . . regardless of where you’re located in the city,” he says.

Hamilton Health Sciences is a significant presence in Ontario. It reportedly boasts the province’s largest hospital workforce, with more than 15,000 staff, physicians and volunteers. The group is also ranked as one of Canada’s top five research hospitals, with more than 2,000 specialists conducting research in over 1,500 centers across 86 countries worldwide, Levely says.

Hospitals are filled with inspiring stories, and MacIsaac finds them in a number of videos. One is titled, „Rob visits our tiniest patients in the NICU,” and takes the boss into a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Rather than deliver a corporate message, he’s there to learn.

„This is Erin. She was born at 32 weeks, so pretty premature,” a nurse tells MacIsaac.

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Rob visits our tiniest patients in the NICU from Hamilton Health Sciences on Vimeo.

Each video ends with a moment of reflection from MacIsaac. In the video of the premature infants, he says the unit is „trying to, as much as possible, create those special moments that every parent wants to have with their child. I think it NICU is something we can all be really proud of at Hamilton Health Sciences.”

Another video, titled, „Rob Learns About Occupational Therapy,” offers the CEO a chance to salute the specialists who provide rehabilitation therapy for patients who use wheelchairs or are otherwise in need of care.

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Rob Learns About Occupational Therapy from Hamilton Health Sciences on Vimeo.

He also learns the role of clinical managers and pays a visit to prosthetics.

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Rob visits Prosthetics & Orthotics at Chedoke from Hamilton Health Sciences on Vimeo.

A culture of pride

In the OT video, MacIsaac says one big takeaway „is how extensively occupational therapists are involved in all of our patient populations from the smallest baby through to folks . . . who are at the very other end of their lives. They play such a key role here at Hamilton Health Sciences.”

Levely says the videos help build a culture of pride and heighten the perception that the chief executive is accessible. Because of the series, he can walk into any hospital and be recognized by employees.

„He likes it because it breaks down the barriers that exist between the front lines and the CEO,” he says. „People watch these videos and they feel like they know him a little bit. It’s a lot easier to approach the guy and say hi when you pass him in the hallway because you know who he is.”

There is no screening process for staffers who’d like a turn as a video star. Levely says anyone can request that MacIsaac drop by for an interview. By not hand-picking those who participate, it builds a sense of genuineness in the communications.

Says Levely, „It’s the way that we provide care to our community, and the experience our community has when they’re interacting with us.”

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China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ Depends on Common Professional and Technical Standards: World Built Environment Forum

HONG KONG–(BUSINESS WIRE)–How should cities respond to the ‘new normal’ of geopolitical shifts and an economic environment of low growth, low inflation, low productivity, low oil prices and low interest rates?

How can cities become resilient and smart? How can innovations within the built environment drive productivity gains and spur growth?

These were just some of the globally significant challenges put to leaders this week during the Annual Summit of the World Built Environment Forum held in Shanghai, China*.

More than 700 participants from 20 countries and 73 cities participated in this high level platform convened by RICS, a global professional body working across land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.

Discussions explored the challenges of geopolitical shifts, urban resilience and green infrastructure through the lens of China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) economic development initiative. OBOR connects emerging centres of growth around the world through infrastructure, trade and investment.

Statistics provided by research institutions around the world, indicate that the initiative is expected to cover 70% of the world’s population, 75% of its energy resources and 55% of global GDP**.

Participants recognised that OBOR could potentially raise the prosperity of an estimated 4.4bn people living in the 65 nations along the Belt and Road routes. In order to achieve this potential, the summit heard that infrastructure projects had to be properly scoped, carefully planned and professionally implemented.

As an initiative with international reach, OBOR’s success required common professional and technical standards. Harmonisation of these standards would support market transparency and common approaches by professionals, globally, to deliver projects competently, consistently and ethically.

Ivy Yin, Executive Vice President, Shanghai Oriental Investment Supervision Co. Ltd called on industry and governments to “strengthen the connection between Chinese and international standards” to ensure a consistent set of definitions and benchmarks for projects spanning national borders.

Vincent Lo, Chairman of Shui On Group and the Hong Kong Trade and Development Council, emphasized the central importance of uniform standards and international recognition of professional qualifications to deliver OBOR projects as efficiently as possible.

“With technology, innovation and shared professional standards, we can build a sustainable future while achieving growth and integration,” Lo said.

A number of high profile speakers also supported the case for international benchmarks that support the economies of China, Asia more broadly and partners across the world.

“We need to build a state-of-the-art, environmental friendly pan-Asian infrastructure network that is based on national, bi-lateral and sub-regional projects.” Hongtao Zhang, Counsellor of the State Council in China.

Sir Danny Alexander, Vice President and Corporate Secretary of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) echoed this by saying, “There are significant opportunities for both public and private capital in green infrastructure as drivers of better connectivity.”

In opening the two-day summit, former Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Dr. Zhu Min, set out the macroeconomic context for discussions. He alerted decision makers, industry leaders and investors to the urgency of finding and re-establishing financial stability in global markets. ‘Globalisation is at an inflection point. This is the beginning of a new global political era,’ he noted.

The Annual Summit offers a regular meeting place for the World Built Environment Forum to discuss some of the most pressing global challenges and identify solutions by engaging leaders across the built environment sector. Held in a different urban hub every year, the summit looks at the sector through a holistic lens, bringing together stakeholders from all aspects of the sector to explore common issues. The third Annual Summit will be held in London, United Kingdom in 2018. For more information, visit the new summit website at www.wbeflondon2018.com.

RICS wishes to thank all delegates, sponsors and partners for their generous support.

Notes to Editors:

* The Annual Summit was held on 27 and 28 March in Shanghai, China.

** Statistics provided by the T-20, the research forum of the Group of 20: http://www.t20china.org/displaynews.php?id=413523

About RICS

RICS is a global professional body. We promote and enforce the highest professional qualification and standards in the development and management of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. Our name promises the consistent delivery of standards – bringing confidence to the markets we serve. Global Media Contacts

About the World Built Environment Forum

The World Built Environment Forum (WBEF) is a global network of professionals who create and manage the environments the world needs. It sets the standard for dialogue and cooperation that is vital for our sector. The Built Environment has become the focal point for the most pressing global issues: migration and urbanization; housing supply and affordability; infrastructure and resilience; technology and data; climate, carbon & resource scarcity, and ultimately responsible growth.

Agenus Restructures Business to Sharpen Focus on Clinical Development of Cancer Therapies

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LEXINGTON, Mass., March 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Agenus Inc. (NASDAQ: AGEN), an immuno-oncology company with a clinical stage pipeline of immune checkpoint antibodies and cancer vaccines, today announced that it is reorganizing its business and operations to sharpen its focus on clinical development of its two checkpoint inhibitor antibodies and vaccine program. Agenus plans to close its Basel site and consolidate key functions to its Cambridge, UK and Lexington, MA facilities, and phase out approximately 50 positions across the organization. Additionally, Robert Stein, M.D., Ph.D., President of R&D, will retire to become a senior R&D advisor exclusive to Agenus.

Agenus' goals for this realignment are to:

  • Accelerate development and commercialization of its product portfolio to drive shareholder value
  • Further extend the Company's cash runway beyond the impact from the recently amended Incyte partnership, which strengthened the balance sheet by $80 million and reduced development expenses
  • Consolidate operations to improve R&D efficiencies  
  • Ensure commercial readiness and manufacturing

Prioritized programs include combination therapies targeting CTLA-4 and PD-1. In addition, Agenus will continue to drive its innovative immuno-oncology portfolio towards clinical development with two preclinical antibodies targeting 4-1BB and TIGIT, as well as AutoSynVax, a clinical-stage neoantigen cancer vaccine. The Company is exploring combination studies with AutoSynVax and Agenus' checkpoint antibodies. Substantial focus will also be placed on the Company's manufacturing operations in Berkeley, CA to ensure GMP readiness. This is particularly pertinent as Agenus progresses its clinical registration trials with an intent to commercialize within the next four years.

As part of the restructuring, approximately 50 positions are planned to be phased out within the next six months. In addition, the Company will transition or consolidate certain key management positions, with the objective of streamlining leadership and reducing costs.

"These changes to our organizational structure make us a leaner and more focused organization, which is critically important for our next phase of advancement towards commercial readiness. We will also maintain a focused R&D effort to rapidly generate and develop best of breed novel immuno-oncology candidates. It is important to indicate that as an agile and efficient company we aim to rapidly deliver effective treatments at affordable prices," commented Dr. Armen.

Having built an extraordinary R&D capability for Agenus and spearheaded the advancement of five programs from discovery to clinical stage in the last three years, Dr. Robert Stein will be retiring from his current role as President of R&D and will become a senior R&D advisor to Agenus. The current R&D leadership, which has been assembled under his tutelage, will continue to have access to Dr. Stein for strategic R&D guidance.

"We are grateful to Dr. Stein for his outstanding leadership and contributions in defining and building our research engine," said Dr. Armen. "I look forward to continuing to work with him very closely in the future. I would also like to acknowledge the contributions of our other colleagues who will be departing the Agenus organization."

Conference Call and Webcast

Agenus executives, including Dr. Armen and Jennifer Buell, Ph.D., will host a conference call today at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To access the live call, dial 1-844-492-3727 (U.S.) or 1-412-317-5118 (international) and ask to be joined into the Agenus call. The call will also be webcast and will be accessible from the Company's website at www.agenusbio.com/webcast. A replay will be available on the Company's website approximately two hours after the call and will remain available for 30 days.

About Agenus

Agenus is a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company focused on the discovery and development of therapies that engage the body's immune system to fight cancer. The Company's vision is to expand the patient populations benefiting from cancer immunotherapy by pursuing a number of combination approaches that leverage a broad repertoire of antibody therapeutics and proprietary cancer vaccine platforms. The Company is equipped with a suite of antibody discovery platforms and a state-of-the-art GMP manufacturing facility with the capacity to support early phase clinical programs. Agenus is based in Lexington, MA. For more information, please visit www.agenusbio.com; information that may be important to investors will be routinely posted on our website.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the federal securities laws, including statements regarding the Company's restructuring and clinical development plans. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, among others, the factors described under the Risk Factors section of our most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q or Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Agenus cautions investors not to place considerable reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this release. These statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and Agenus undertakes no obligation to update or revise the statements, other than to the extent required by law. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.

Contact:

Agenus Inc.
Michelle Linn, 781-674-4541
michelle.linn@agenusbio.com

SOURCE Agenus Inc.

Une paire de plaques à l’encre de Chine exposée au Baselworld 2017

BEIJING, 30 mars 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Une paire de plaques à l’encre de Chine a été présentée le 23 mars au Baselworld 2017, en Suisse. Les œuvres ont attiré l’attention de nombreux visiteurs et apporté une nouvelle sensibilisation au sein de l’univers de la joaillerie et de la mode à propos des multiples formes d’art qui peuvent être réalisées avec le jade chinois.

Les œuvres, qui sont le résultat du travail d’un designer chinois en pleine ascension, sont une paire de sculptures à l’encre de Chine faite avec du jade de Xiuying. Les deux sculptures, qui ont été amenées à l’événement par Yao Chi Ji Qing, une société chinoise spécialisée dans la production et la vente de jade, ont été exposées au stand n° 2.1 K89 durant le Baselworld 2017. Les pièces ont été conçues par le conseiller technique de la société, Ye Yidong, un expert spécialisé dans la peinture à l’encre de bambous qui est également un jeune designer talentueux qui retient beaucoup d’attention dernièrement. Un critique spécialisé dans l’art a écrit une description et des commentaires sur les œuvres : une paire de canards mandarins nage sous le lotus ; la pluie tombe légèrement sur les fleurs de lotus ; les plaques à l’encre révèlent les poèmes des anciens maîtres Chan ; les lecteurs se sentent enivrés lorsqu’ils lisent les vers des poèmes à haute voix ! Le magnifique jade transparent de Xiuying, qui est doté de stries de vert foncé, contrastait, mais pourtant, il était enrichi par les rimes poétiques et les petits points d’encre noire. C’est un chef-d’œuvre d’élégance évoquant des ambiances profondes.

En plus de la paire de plaques à l’encre de Chine, la société avait plusieurs autres œuvres exposées qui ont attiré l’attention des participants. De nombreuses personnes se sont arrêtées pour demander : « Qu’est-ce que c’est ? Comment avez-vous réalisé ces magnifiques œuvres ? » L’équipe du stand, qui connaît parfaitement l’origine des œuvres exposées, a expliqué : « Ce sont des sculptures faites à la main avec des pierres précieuses qui sont seulement disponibles en Chine ». Plusieurs exposants d’autres pays ont également exprimé leur grande admiration et l’un d’entre eux s’est exclamé : « Ce sont, en effet, des œuvres d’art magnifiques et magistrales ! ».

Le Baselworld 2017 annuel, une cérémonie des « Oscars » de l’industrie de la bijouterie, est l’endroit où les plus grandes marques du monde ont l’occasion de présenter leurs dernières collections.  L’événement est également bien connu pour la difficulté de ses critères de participation. C’est donc un grand honneur, mais également une très grande marque de respect convoitée, lorsqu’un exposant reçoit l’autorisation d’y participer.  Parmi les dizaines de milliers d’exposants qui demandent un espace d’exposition chaque année, seuls 1300 à 1500 sont sélectionnés. Yao Chi Ji Qing a éprouvé une grande fierté d’avoir reçu l’occasion d’exposer les œuvres artistiques, qui peuvent être réalisées avec le jade chinois, lors du prestigieux événement de design et de mode.

Durant le salon, Yao Chi Ji Qing a exposé des sculptures en jade chinois qui combinent les styles européens de bijoux avec la culture chinoise et cela fait partie intégrante de toutes les œuvres réalisées avec la pierre délicate. La participation du créateur spécialisé dans le jade à cet événement ouvre la voie aux bijoutiers chinois pour qu’ils établissent une présence significative pour le jade et les œuvres fabriquées avec du jade lors de grandes expositions internationales de joaillerie. Elle offre également un nouvel avenir pour l’industrie du jade et des bijoux chinois. 

Photo – https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/483182/Jade_Work.jpg

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Microbial Food Cultures Market Quantitative Market Analysis, Current and Future Trends, 2015 – 2025

Microbial food cultures are group of small living organism like bacteria, fungi and mould which is used in food processing industry. Microbial food cultures are used to preserve food, to improve food safety or remove toxic compounds and it also improve the nutritional value and organoleptic quality of the finished food. From the ancient time fermented food is a part of regular diet. The organisms used in food cultures imparts acidity, flavor, and texture to final product and also add health benefits to fermented food products. These useful organism are sometime present in food naturally or added intentionally as a starter culture in industrial good processing. With rise in net income, working women population and trends toward fermented food products consumption is driving the market. The fermented foods are consumed for their health benefits. Processed meat and cheese are most popular products. The addition on microbial food culture improves overall quality of product without affecting its naturalness. Consumers became health conscious hence demand for functional food products and probiotic food is increased tremendously.

Microbial Food Cultures Market: Segmentation

Microbial food cultures market is segmented on the basis of microorganism type as bacteria, yeast and mould.Among these segments bacterial culture market share is more and yeast segment is expected to grow during forecast period. Bacterial food culture is further sub-segmented as starter culture and probiotics. Due to increasing health concerns market for probiotic is expected to grow during forecast period. Bacterial cultures imparts aroma, taste and texture to yoghurt and fermented milk products and plays an important role in development of flavour and colour to fermented products such as salami, pepperoni and dried ham. Yeast culture is used in baking and brewing process. Bakery industries are using yeast as leaving agents and in brewing it is used in fermentation process. Mould cultures are used in cheese manufacturing process.

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Microbial food cultures market is further segmented on the basis of application such as microbial food culture for dairy and meat industry. Dairy cultures are sub-segmented on the basis of end product as yoghurt, cheese, kefir and fermented milk. Rising demands for probiotic food product is leading yoghurt market. In meat industry mould food cultures are used to develop the aroma and improve the texture of sausages. It helps to reduce ripening period and preserves the natural quality and increase shelf life of finished products.

Microbial Food Cultures Market: Region-wise Outlook

Microbial food cultures market is segmented on the basis of region includes North America, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Asia Pacific excluding Japan, Japan and Middle East and Africa. North America and Europe are established markets for microbial food cultures and emerging economies such as Asia Pacific provide opportunities for growth in forecast period. Increasing technological advancement in processing and rising consumption of fermented food products in Asia Pacific and Middle East and Africa is expected to promote use of microbial food cultures in forecast period. With increasing demands for processed food and ready-to-eat products is driving the market and microbial food culture market is expected to register healthy CAGR during forecast period.

Microbial Food Cultures Market: Drivers

Microbial food cultures are used in various fermented foods like dairy and meat products. Growing consumer demands for functional food and probiotic food supplements is major driving factor for microbial food cultures market growth. To fulfill the new trends for healthy food manufacturers are developing new products with the value addition of probiotics in various food product.

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Microbial Food Cultures Market: Key Players

The key international players operating in microbial food cultures market includes AECI Limited, CSK Food Enrichment, Cargill Incorporated, Chr. Hansen A/S, Lactina Ltd., Koninklijke DSM N.V.,Frutarom, The TATUA Co-operative Dairy Company Ltd and Vitakem Nutraceutical Inc.

2017 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards

TORONTO, ON–(Marketwired – March 30, 2017) – Canadian Immigrant magazine has opened the online voting phase for its ninth annual RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards. This coveted award recognizes and celebrates the untold stories of Canadian immigrants who have made a significant contribution to Canada — all the more poignant this year as we celebrate Canada 150. The award program is proudly supported by title sponsor RBC Royal Bank. The public can now vote for up to three of their favourite finalists online at www.canadianimmigrant.ca/rbctop25 until May 22, 2017.

Our past winners have been examples of true nation builders, from entrepreneurs to artists, academics, community volunteers, sports heroes, philanthropists, inventors and visionaries, from across Canada. Their reasons, circumstances and timing for coming to Canada are as varied as their backgrounds — some fled strife in their home countries, while others chose to gain higher education; some arrived as young children, while others arrived as adults with only a few hundred dollars in their pocket.

No matter their roots, each of the winners’ stories shares a common thread: an individual rose to a challenge and used that opportunity to make Canada a better place for all. This year is no different.

„At a time when Canada’s position as a global leader in diversity and immigration is more important than ever, these awards are a symbol of what Canada is about. It is a country that has been shaped by immigration, from early settlers to today’s modern immigrants,” says Margaret Jetelina, editor of Canadian Immigrant. „We are so pleased to provide such positive examples of immigrants and their contributions to their adopted land.”

The hundreds of nominations received were reviewed by a judging panel composed of past winners. The entries were narrowed to a shortlist of 75 finalists who represent diverse ethnic communities, cities and industries across Canada.

„The RBC Top 25 Immigrant Awards celebrate the unique and diverse makeup of Canada by profiling some truly inspirational newcomers who themselves have made their mark in Canada,” said Ivy Chiu, Senior Director, Cultural Markets, RBC. „The voting period is now open online, and we welcome you to cast your vote to recognize the determination and courage from Canada’s newcomers, including a new opportunity to recognize an exemplary youth newcomer, too. So many newcomers are worthy of the spotlight, and we’re excited to shine a light on the 25 who have made a positive impact in our communities.”

For the third year, title sponsor RBC will also recognize one of the 25 winners who demonstrate excellence in business with the RBC Entrepreneur Award. In honour of Canada’s 150th, we are also introducing the Youth Award which will recognize the achievements of immigrant youth (between ages 15 and 30) who are making a difference in their adopted country through achievement and/or service, and show great potential in further building this nation demonstrating that when we invest in youth great things can happen. Similar to our RBC Entrepreneur Award, the Youth Award will be an additional honour given to one of the RBC Top 25 winners. No separate votes are required.

The award winners will be announced on June 27, 2017. They will be recognized on www.canadianimmigrant.ca and in Canadian Immigrant magazine. Each winner will also receive a commemorative plaque and $500 toward a charity of their choice provided by RBC. This year’s media partners are the Toronto Star, Metro Newspaper, CBC Toronto, Sing Tao and South Asian Focus.

About Canadian Immigrant and canadianimmigrant.ca

Attracting more than 400,000 readers each month and over 100,000 visitors every month online, Canadian Immigrant is distributed in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary and helps new Canadians build a successful life and home in Canada. Our mandate to arrive, succeed and inspire — provides content for newcomers looking for information on careers, education and settling-in to culture and business. Our website, canadianimmigrant.ca, offers daily editorial, forums, tools and resources to help newcomers across Canada. Canadian Immigrant is a division of Metroland Media Group Limited, a dynamic media company with more than 100 community and daily newspapers in print and online, as well as innovative websites including wheels.ca, goldbook.ca, flyerland.ca, Travelalerts.ca and localwork.ca.

ABOUT RBC

Royal Bank of Canada is Canada’s largest bank, and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis. We have over 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 35 other countries. For more information, please visit http://www.rbc.com/.‎

RBC helps communities prosper, supporting a broad range of community initiatives through donations, community investments and employee volunteer activities. For more information please see: http://www.rbc.com/community-sustainability/.

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Moovly Announces the Commercial Release of its Industry Disruptive Next Generation Video Editor, ‘Moovly Studio’

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLULMBIA–(Marketwired – March 30, 2017) –

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Moovly Media Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MVY) (FRANKFURT:0PV2) („Moovly” or the „Company”) is pleased to announce the commercial release of its second generation video editor „Moovly Studio” at a disruptive price of $5 per month.

Of special significance, Moovly Studio is based on HTML5 and takes full advantage of Moovly’s advanced API platform to enable rapid feature development and easy integration of content and other third parties.

Moovly Studio will initially be available in two commercial licenses, namely „Moovly Unlimited” at $5 per month and „Moovly Business” at $300 per year.

Brendon Grunewald, CEO of Moovly, commented, „This release represents the achievement of yet another major execution milestone and our transition from a single product technology company to a total digital content blending solution provider. Moovly’s disruptive $5 pricing makes telling your story more affordable than ever. While some of our competitors charge hundreds of dollars per month, Moovly customers can now have monthly access to Moovly Unlimited and all its features, for less than the cost of two cups of coffee. As Moovly Studio rapidly evolves in the coming months, I would like to invite everyone, from student to Fortune 500 Executive, to join us for the ride by telling their story with Moovly.”

Moovly Studio Features

Moovly Studio is based on a new architecture that contains several new features and innovations, including:

  1. Quick and efficient creation of content with a new concept, called „clips”, which are pre-built, pre-animated, editable groups of media objects. Clips can easily be combined to rapidly build new content. This powerful concept enables users to use, create and save sets of animated objects.
  1. A powerful, second generation editor based on HTML5. Thanks to the new underlying technology framework, this editor seamlessly works on all browsers right out of the box, without a need for plug-ins, software download or installation. The new editor is also faster and more secure than its former Flash based version.
  1. Unlimited access to over 500,000 royalty free media objects such as stock videos, motion graphics, photos, illustrations, music and sound loops. Users can freely use and combine these assets to create new content for their projects.
  1. A new and improved user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) that enables users to create content in an easier, more flexible and more intuitive way than ever before.
  1. An enhanced version of Moovly’s API, supporting third party integrations, single sign on options with external user databases, media library partnerships and automated video generation.

Geert Coppens, CTO of Moovly, added, „The concept of clips is an exciting new approach to the creation of multimedia content. Users will be able to search and browse libraries of pre-made clips, modify them, create their own clips, share them with others, etc. Clips can serve as small templates or saved pieces of content, such as an intro title animation, a transition or any other animated visual composition. This way, users will be able to create their own stunning motion graphics in any style, without a need for graphical talent, multimedia expertise or complex software training.”

New Corporate Identity

Coinciding with the launch of Moovly Studio, Moovly is unveiling its updated corporate identity.

Thorsten Strauss, Marketing Director of Moovly, commented, „Moovly has now firmly cemented itself in a leadership position of content blending. We define content blending as the process of combining a broad variety of media types (videos, illustrations, pictures, animations, sounds and music) from Moovly’s stock with your own content sources while being able to customize, modify and edit all content thus resulting in unique new creations. We decided to update Moovly’s corporate identity and sharpen the brand definition to better reflect its capability, ambition and culture. Storytelling is at the core of Moovly and now we bring this to the forefront. This is why we say that your story begins with Moovly.”

About Moovly:

Moovly is a leading content blending* company with a suite of products and services for video content creation. Moovly solutions include a feature and asset rich editor called Moovly Studio for manually making content, video generators called Moovly Bots which automatically create content based on templates, and client data and a mobile app for capturing and presenting content on the go. Moovly Studio differentiates itself from its competitors in three critical dimensions: technological leadership, superior digital asset libraries, and flexible third party integration capability, thus providing users with everything they need to create content within one platform.

Moovly is affordable, intuitive and simple to use thus making it the leading choice to create great promotional or explainer videos, engaging presentations, and interactive infographics and communications materials for businesses of any size and sector. Moovly’s certified security and privacy standards meet government, financial service and large enterprise requirements. At the same time, its ease of use, democratic pricing and social media integration make Moovly suitable for small businesses, entrepreneurs, freelancers and consumers alike.

Moovly Bots are easily customizable web applications suitable for agencies, brands and large membership organizations seeking to automate, customize and mass personalize engaging video-based communications to their users, clients, fans, followers or members.

For additional information regarding Moovly, please refer to its website at www.moovly.com.

*Content blending is the process of combining a broad variety of media types (video, illustration, animation, sounds, music) from Moovly’s stock and the user’s own content sources while being able to customize, modify and create content, thus resulting in totally new and unique content creations.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. The use of any of the words „expect”, „anticipate”, „continue”, „estimate”, „objective”, „ongoing”, „may”, „will”, „project”, „should”, „believe”, „plans”, „intends” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking information or statements. More particularly and without limitation, this news release contains forward looking statements and information with respect to Moovly’s future business plans and the expected benefits of its products. The forward-looking statements and information are based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by the Company. Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking statements and information are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward looking statements and information because the Company can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct.

By its nature, such forward-looking information is subject to various risks and uncertainties, which could cause the actual results and expectations to differ materially from the anticipated results or expectations expressed. These risks and uncertainties, include, but are not limited to, Moovly’s inability to continue to commercialize its products or demand for its products decreases or disappears. Other risk factors are set forth in detail in the Company’s Management Information Circular dated March 30, 2016 which is available for review under the Company’s corporate profile at www.sedar.com. Some other risks and factors that could cause the results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking information also include, but are not limited to: general economic conditions in Canada, the United States and globally; industry conditions, unanticipated operating events; failure to obtain any necessary third party consents and approvals, if and when required; the availability of capital on acceptable terms; the need to obtain required approvals from regulatory authorities; stock market volatility; competition for, among other things, capital and skilled personnel; changes in tax laws; and the other factors. Readers are cautioned that this list of risk factors should not be construed as exhaustive.

The forward-looking information contained in this news release is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this forward-looking information, which is given as of the date hereof, and to not use such forward-looking information for anything other than its intended purpose. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

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Three Solution Tree Titles Announced as Finalists for the 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards

BLOOMINGTON, IN–(Marketwired – March 30, 2017) – Solution Tree, a premier educational publisher and professional development provider, announced that three of its titles-Making Learning Flow, Mindful Assessment and Yes We Can!-are finalists for the 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards. The awards highlight and honor the best independently published books in over 60 categories. The winning titles, which are selected by a panel of more than 120 librarians and booksellers, will be announced June 24, 2017.

Solution Tree’s 2016 Finalists in the Education: Adult Nonfiction Category

Making Learning Flow
By John Spencer
In this user-friendly guide, the authors urge educators to rethink student engagement and provide targeted strategies for inspiring students to love learning and reach new levels of achievement.

Mindful Assessment
By Lee Watanabe Crockett and Andrew Churches
This title offers strategies for effectively teaching and assessing 21st-century students and includes a variety of sample lessons, activities and assessment rubrics.

Yes We Can!
By Heather Friziellie, Julie A. Schmidt and Jeanne Spiller
Utilizing professional learning community practices, general and special educators learn how to develop collaborative partnerships to close achievement gaps and maximize learning for all.

Making Learning Flow, Mindful Assessment and Yes We Can! are available to order at SolutionTree.com.

About Solution Tree
Solution Tree delivers comprehensive professional development to K-12 educators in schools and districts. Through Solution Tree’s authors and experts, K-12 educators are empowered to raise student achievement through a range of topics including PLC, RTI, assessment, instruction, school culture, leadership and mathematics. Solution Tree’s services and products include educator conferences, customized solutions for professional development, books, videos, online courses and Global PD. Last year, more than 25,000 educators attended Solution Tree events, and more than 3,000 days of professional development were delivered to teacher teams around the world.

About Foreword Magazine, Inc.
Foreword Magazine, Inc. is a media company featuring an award-winning quarterly print magazine, Foreword Reviews, and a website devoted to independently published books.