Ethiopian Airlines Refutes the Wrong Reportings

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA, March 25, 2019 / — Ethiopian Airlines would like to refute the following wrong reporting of the New York Times titled “Ethiopian Airlines Had a Max 8 Simulator, but Pilot on Doomed Flight Didn’t Receive Training”.

Ethiopian Airlines, one of the safest and most dependable airlines in the world, is pleased to confirm that Ethiopian pilots have completed the Boeing recommended and FAA approved differences training from the B-737 NG aircraft to the B-737 MAX aircraft before the phase in of the B-737-800 MAX fleet to the Ethiopian operation and before they start flying the B-737-800 MAX.

The pilots had also been made aware of, and were well briefed on the Emergency Airworthiness Directive issued by the FAA following the Lion Air accident. The content of the airworthiness directive has also been well incorporated in all pilot training manuals, operational procedures and working manuals.

The B-737 MAX full flight simulators is not designed to simulate the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) problems.

Ethiopian Airlines urges all concerned to refrain from making uninformed, incorrect, irresponsible and misleading statements during the period of the accident investigation. International regulations require all stakeholders to wait patiently for the final result of the investigation.

About Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seventy plus years of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.

Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the Pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 119 international passenger and cargo destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787-8, Boeing 787-9, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft. Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with Six business centers: Ethiopian International Services; Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services; Ethiopian MRO Services; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian ADD Hub Ground Services and Ethiopian Airports Services. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.

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Entrepreneur Gasper Guarrasi shares the importance of humanitarianism

Gasper Guarrasi

Humanitarian, entrepreneur, and lifestyle business visionary Gasper Guarrasi reveals more about his personal and professional humanitarian efforts

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA, USA, March 25, 2019 / — A respected humanitarian and serial entrepreneur, Gasper Guarrasi, from Southern California, is a frequent and generous supporter of charities including the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, and Save the Children. He has also partnered with fellow humanitarians and celebrities including Paula Abdul, Misty May, and Dr. Oz on numerous, revolutionary, well-being-focused products and services. Here, Guarrasi shares more about his many charitable efforts and ongoing humanitarian work.

"As a humanitarian, I'm driven to innovate and to employ my entrepreneurial know-how to make the world a better place," explains Guarrasi.

Further to partnering with the likes of Paula Abdul and Misty May, and with Dr. Oz to create easy-to-use fitness products designed to make a difference in people's lives, Gasper Guarrasi, as CEO of G2 Lifestyles, also created and marketed the first child's yoga mat, designed to assist children in developing a fun attitude toward life, health, and well-being. Guarrasi further developed and subsequently contributed products designed to help children with autism, as well as teaming up with Nickelodeon to create a 'fun and play' mat tailored toward fostering an enjoyment of fitness and exercise from a young age.

"I'm involved with various charities, too," explains Guarrasi, "and I'm immensely passionate about making a difference in the lives of other people."

A keen environmentalist, Guarrasi is also the man behind Frog Environmental, one of America's largest environmental firms in the field of stormwater pollution prevention and compliance, and has been highly active in supporting the cleaning of the environment, both in California and nationally, as well as overseas.

"Something I'm particularly enthusiastic about is my belief in making changes right now to improve natural water quality across the board," reveals Guarrasi. All bodies of water and water sources, he says, should be drinkable, swimmable, and sustainable, for both animals and humans alike.

Guarrasi has also worked closely with the National Child Obesity Foundation to help young people stay fit and healthy, ensuring the best for their futures. "My motto is, 'Life, love, and laughter,'" says Guarrasi, wrapping up, "and what priceless gifts these are to give to our children, representing the future, as we encourage, support, and guide them."

Currently, humanitarian and entrepreneur Gasper Guarrasi is closely involved with numerous charities, organizations, and other good causes. These include the Haitian Disaster Relief Fund, the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, Save the Children, Millers Children's Hospital, the Special Olympics, The Art Of Living Global, the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services, the National Partnership for Women and Families, and March of Dimes.

Founder, CEO, and creator of G2 Lifestyles and founder and former CEO of TRAINERbrands, serial entrepreneur and humanitarian Gasper Guarrasi has long enjoyed a fast-paced, competitive lifestyle. In his professional life, Guarrasi's persistent focus, drive, and creativity have all been essential to his achievements, including as president of a $100 million company..

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Woodshed Art Auctions' 51st Anniversary Art Auction, April 4, will include a rare figural work by James McNeill Whistler

Rare oil on board painting by James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903), titled Peasant Woman, done during Whistler’s time spent in Venice, circa 1880 (est. $200,000-$300,000).

Andy Warhol will make multiple appearances in the auction, including this crayon sketch on thin tan paper of Chinese leader Chairman Mao (1975), a signed attribution (est. $80,000-$120,000).

Oil on canvas attributed to New York School artist Philip Guston (American, 1912-1980), titled Smoking Head with Plant, artist signed lower right (est. $80,000-$100,000).

1958 Color Field Painting by Mark Rothko (1903-1970), an American artist of Russian Jewish descent, housed in a frame measuring 41 ½ inches by 53 ½ inches (est. $60,000-$80,000).

Oil on two-ply illustration board attributed to Miguel Covarrubias (Mexican, 1904-1957), titled Jazz Scene (est. $30,000-$35,000).

The auction commemorates Woodshed Art Auctions’ 51st year in business (Woodshed Gallery was founded in 1968). It will be held online and live in the 500 Gallery

Our 51st anniversary sale reflects a range of styles and art movements that dominated American and European tastes in the 19th and 20th centuries, and continue to inform our visual cultural experience”

— Bruce Wood

FRANKLIN, MA, UNITED STATES, March 25, 2019 / — An exclusive selection of antique and modern paintings and drawings, to include a rare figural oil painting by the renowned American artist James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), titled Peasant Woman (1880), will be offered in a 51st Anniversary Art Auction planned for Thursday, April 4th, by Woodshed Art Auctions, starting at 5:30 pm Eastern time.

The auction commemorates Woodshed Art Auctions’ 51st year in business (Woodshed Gallery was founded in 1968). It will be held online and live in the 500 Gallery, at 475 Franklin Village Drive in Franklin. People can register and bid now, at Previews will be held Wednesdays-thru-Fridays from 10-5, and Saturdays from 10-3, on up to auction day.

“Our 51st anniversary catalogue reflects a range of styles and art movements that dominated American and European tastes in the 19th and 20th centuries, and continue to inform our visual cultural experience,” said Bruce Wood, the owner of Woodshed Art Auctions. “Many of these works may enrich the imaginations of new generations as we head into our next demi-century.”

The figural oil painting by Whistler is the sale’s undisputed headliner but also featured will be a wide selection of paintings by, and attributed to, artists such as Andy Warhol, Philip Guston, Cy Twombly, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, Stuart Davis, Man Ray, Serge Poliakoff, Miguel Covarrubias and even Dr. Seuss. Phone and absentee bids will be accepted.

Whistler’s Peasant Woman is unsigned, but comes with impeccable provenance. The piece was gifted to a Mr. Ritter, an acquaintance of Whistler’s in Venice, by the artist in 1880. Ritter sold it to Robert Day Andrews around 1892 and Day then donated it to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. It was later deaccessioned by the museum and acquired by the current owners in 1994.

What makes the piece so attractive to collectors (aside from the fact that any original work by Whistler is bound to attract attention) is that it was painted in Venice, during a time when the vast majority of the artist’s work consisted of etchings and pastel and chalk drawings. This was by necessity, as Whistler was nearly destitute. An oil painting by him from the era is very rare.

After the publication of John Riskin’s acclaimed book, Stones of Venice, many notable artists – to include Whistler – flocked to the Italian city to capture the splendor of which Ruskin wrote. But Whistler eschewed the city’s Gothic architecture that his contemporaries captured on canvas in favor of the city’s poverty-stricken areas, which he referred to as “the Venice of Venetians.”

Many of Whistler’s subjects were women at work – almost always placed within their familiar, local environment, engaged in mundane activities like doing the wash or stringing beads. He sought to depict the true aesthetic nature of the city (and in doing so he gained many pupils). Portrait of a Girl is a fine representation of this time. It’s estimated to bring $200,000-$300,000.

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) will make multiple appearances in the auction. Works attributed to the Pop Art icon will include a crayon sketch on thin tan paper of Chinese leader Chairman Mao (1975), signed and dated under the unframed image (est. $80,000-$120,000); and a mixed media painting, Siberian Tiger (1983), verso signed and framed (est. $25,000-$35,000).

Another painting with the potential to soar to six figures is the oil on canvas attributed to New York School artist Philip Guston (American, 1912-1980), titled Smoking Head with Plant, signed lower right (est. $80,000-$100,000). Also, an oil on illustration board attributed to Stuart Davis (American, 1892-1964), titled Champion, artist signed and framed, should hit $20,000-$30,000.

A 1958 Color Field Painting by Mark Rothko (1903-1970), an American artist of Russian Jewish descent, housed in a frame measuring 41 ½ inches by 53 ½ inches, should command $60,000-$80,000. Also, an acrylic and ink on canvas attributed to Cy Twombly (American, 1928-2011), titled West Germany, signed and dated (’89) and in a frame, should hammer for $8,000-$12,000.

An acrylic on canvas attributed to Jean-Michel Basquiat (American, 1960-1988), titled Beast, with the artist’s trademark crown signature verso and in a 33 inch by 48 ½ inch frame, has an estimate of $20,000-$30,000; while an oil on two-ply illustration board attributed to Miguel Covarrubias (Mexican, 1904-1957), titled Jazz Scene, is expected to realize $30,000-$35,000.

Two abstract compositions are certain to attract keen bidder interest. One is done in the manner of the Russian-French artist Serge Poliakoff (1900-1969) and is artist signed and in a 15 ¾ inch by 19 ¾ inch frame (est. $8,000-$12,000). The other is attributed to Franz Kline (American, 1910-1962) and is also signed and framed (est. $6,000-$8,000). Both are oil on canvas works.

A whimsical mixed media on paper attributed to Theodor Seuss Geisel (also known as American artist Dr. Seuss, 1904-1991), titled A Plethora of Fish, signed bottom right and unframed, carries an estimate of $10,000-$12,000. Also, a black ink on paper drawing attributed to Man Ray (American, 1890-1976), titled Surreal Woman/Hand (1917), signed, should make $3,000-$5,000.

Woodshed Art Auctions is a family-owned art gallery specializing in oil painting restoration and live and online art auctions, celebrating its 50th anniversary. The firm is always accepting quality artworks for future auctions. To inquire about consigning a single piece or an entire collection, you may call Bruce Wood at 508-533-6277; or, e-mail him at

For more about Woodshed Art Auctions and the firm’s 51st Anniversary Art Auction scheduled for Thursday, April 4th, visit Updates are posted frequently.

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Rhino Shield Jacksonville offers a behind the scenes look at operations

Rhino Shield Jacksonville

Ceramic coating business Rhino Shield of Jacksonville shares a brief history and a behind the scenes look at its premium wall coating system.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, USA, March 25, 2019 / — First established in 2000 and now a recognized leader in America's premium wall coating industry, Rhino Shield has enjoyed both impressive and consistent year-on-year growth since its inception almost two decades ago.

"With many home improvement businesses, it's 'here today and gone tomorrow,'" suggests Rick Mariano, owner of Rhino Shield Jacksonville, "yet with us, that's simply not the case, as reflected in the company's impressive history."

"Almost 20 years ago, there was one simple goal when founding the company," Mariano continues, "which was to provide the most durable and long-lasting ceramic wall coating product on the market, capable of once-and-for-all ending the traditional cycle of painting and repainting."

Investing over a year into painstaking research, Rhino Shield's team ascertained that ceramics offered the key to providing not only durability and solar ray reflectivity, but additional breathe ability, too. "It was found that breathe ability was the crucial characteristic required for Rhino Shield to be able to pridefully and reliably guarantee the durability of the product," explains Rhino Shield Jacksonville owner Mariano.

Consulting with top chemists and manufacturing partners, intensive product development began in earnest. "A year later, the Rhino Shield system was born," adds Mariano. The finished product, he says, utilizes cutting-edge elastomeric ceramic technology, thoroughly field tested and proven highly effective in terms of both durability and insulation by leading independent laboratories.

Furthermore, a key element of the system's successful business model, suggests Mariano, speaking from Rhino Shield of Jacksonville's base on the northeastern Florida city's Western Way, is its network of certified applicators. "Many apply," he points out, "yet few are accepted, and all have significant prior professional home improvement experience in either the coating or paint industry."

A testament to operations at the company, Rhino Shield Jacksonville is A-rated with the nonprofit Better Business Bureau whose mission is to focus on advancing marketplace trust throughout the United States. "Businesses such as ourselves who are rated by the Better Business Bureau are bound to adhere to its impeccable standards," adds Mariano of the firm's commitment to the bureau's mission, and whose motto proudly states 'Start With Trust.'

"To guide our business at Rhino Shield Jacksonville," he continues, "we subscribe to a straightforward set of values."

These, says the owner, are unquestioned integrity and honesty, superior ongoing innovation, and a commitment to both the very highest quality product and best-in-class customer service. "Accordingly, and thanks to a relentless focus on product development and rigorous attention to detail, we're confident that clients will find the Rhino Shield system to be the stand out choice for protecting their homes or businesses from destructive outside elements."

"Choose Rhino Shield Jacksonville," he adds, wrapping up, "and never paint again!"

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WILD TONIC® Partners with Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. to Share Innovative Ferments with Chicago

Wild Tonic Hoppy Buzz 5.6% ABV Hard Jun Kombucha – 4 pack

Wild Tonic Mango Ginger 5.6% ABV Hard Jun Kombucha- 4 pack

Wild Tonic Raspberry Goji Rose 5.6% ABV Hard Jun Kombucha- 4 pack

COTTONWOOD, ARIZONA, UNITED STATES, March 25, 2019 / — Good Omen Bottling, LLC® manufacturers of WILD TONIC® Jun Kombucha announces its partnership with Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. Together, these two industry leaders from vastly different ends of the spectrum, will bring Chicagoland the absolutely delicious, trendsetting Hard Jun that is taking the country by storm!

Critics—from Forbes and The Washington Post to Beverage Industry and BIN Magazine—and consumers, alike, are hailing these unusually smooth, subtle, sophisticated and refreshing ferments that are transforming the beverage industry! Most recently, WILD TONIC® swept an entire category—receiving Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals in the Fruit & Spice Ale-Kombucha-High ABV category—at the Great International Beer, Cider, Mead & Sake Competition (GIBCC). With flavors like Hoppy Buzz®, Mango Ginger, and Raspberry Goji Rose 5.6% ABV touching down at this moment, ‘The Great American City’ will now have its “day in the Jun!”

“We are proud to enter into this partnership with Louis Glunz Beer, Inc.,” stated Dale Kamarata, WILD TONIC® COO. “Now, on the cusp of our 4th anniversary, we relish the opportunity to work with those who have been leading the distribution industry for 130 years.” WILD TONIC® Founder and Master Brewer Holly Lyman expressed her enthusiasm adding “This is one of those dream partnerships for us. We are particularly pleased because Louis Glunz’s dedication to quality customer service and product education echo our own.”

President Jerry Glunz declared “WILD TONIC® is a truly unique product, at the forefront of new and exciting category. We at Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. are very excited to be partnering with them to bring this outstanding product to our friends in the Chicagoland area.” General Sales Manager Jim Gobby added “As we begin a new chapter at Louis Glunz, we couldn’t be more thrilled about creating a long lasting partnership with WILD TONIC®. We truly believe that this portfolio will not only create a new category in the market, but will truly transcend across all channels of retail accounts. We feel very fortunate to be on the ground floor of the Hard Kombucha campaign, and are extremely honored, and dedicated to creating its success across the Chicagoland market!”

About Good Omen Bottling, LLC®
At WILD TONIC®, our passion is for pioneering cutting edge ferments in the world of Craft Brewing. Our leading award-winning Hard Jun Kombucha, along with our non-alcohol Jun, emanate mastery of the ancient art of fermentation with the unique use of sustainably sourced honey for an unparalleled signature smooth taste. We infuse exotic varietals of teas with organic fruits and botanicals to create light yet flavorful elixirs that promote an overall sense of wellbeing and elevated drinking experience. The effervescent nectar inside of each cobalt blue bottle is a crafted expression of our commitment to uncompromising quality, exceptional taste and conservation of the bee population for future generations. At WILD TONIC®, we want you to feel good about what’s inside.

About Louis Glunz Beer, Inc.
Through the efficient utilization of our highly motivated and trained employees, Louis Glunz Beer, Inc., a professional beverage distributor, will strive to provide exceptional representation of all of our suppliers, while providing our customers unsurpassed customer service, for every sale on every call.

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Sales Recruiters Chicago Inc. Offers Leading B2B, Cybersecurity, SaaS, Enterprise Software, and Other Sales Positions

Sales Recruiters

Companies in need of salespeople for their B2B, Cybersecurity, SaaS, Enterprise Software, Capital Equipment Sales turn to Sales Recruiters Chicago, Inc.

CHICAGO, IL, UNITED STATES, March 25, 2019 / — Whether you are a company interested in hiring the best possible sales talent to propel your business forward or you’re an experienced salesperson interested in being matched with the perfect employer, Sales Recruiters Chicago, Inc. can help. They realize that every salesperson and business is unique and that finding the right candidates for the right positions is important for the success of any company. The experts at Sales Recruiters Chicago understand the local market and know what it takes to help your business succeed.

No matter what type of software your company sells, whether it offers leading cybersecurity, software as a service (SaaS), or even B2C products, quality sales staff is critical. These individuals must be up-to-date with the latest in technology, and they must fully understand how the product provides value to potential clients. Spending hours reading through job applications and resumes to find the best of the best, then spending further hours contacting references and verifying employment is time-consuming, and it can be incredibly frustrating to put important tasks on the back burner to host interviews with potential salespeople, too.

That’s exactly where Sales Recruiters Chicago shines. They do all the hard work for their clients by assessing resumes, checking references, verifying employment and education histories, and even hosting interviews to get a better understanding of their applicants. With their knowledge of numerous industries and the latest in sales techniques and technologies, Sales Recruiters Chicago can help any company find the sales talent that is best suited for its needs.
Sales Recruiters Chicago utilizes three main approaches when recruiting. The approach they choose for their clients depends on the client’s specific needs. They offer high-volume long-term hiring and turnkey process management, single hires for high-level positions, and low-volume immediate or short-term hiring. No matter what your needs, you can rely on Sales Recruiters Chicago to provide you with resumes that are best suited for your company.

To learn more about Sales Recruiters Chicago, Inc. and how they can help you improve and grow your business with outstanding sales talent, visit the company’s website, give them a call at (312)332-8292, or email them at They are standing by to learn more about your company and help you find the best possible sales team to push it forward in today’s high-tech market.

About the Company: Sales Recruiters Chicago, Inc. is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and has provided valuable sales recruitment to numerous clients since 1988. Their mission involves screening, evaluating, interviewing, and later presenting only the most qualified sales professionals to their clients. By specializing solely in sales recruiting, the team at Sales Recruiters Chicago is better able to fulfill its clients’ requirements. Today, the company’s clientele is far-reaching and spread across many industries, including industrial, hardware, medical, high-tech, pharmaceutical, business products, and, of course, software. For more information please visit

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2019 Parkening International Guitar Competition Announces Competitors

Fifteen Competitors Selected for 2019 Parkening International Guitar Competition
Ten Competitors Also Chosen for Parkening Young Guitarist Competition

MALIBU, CA, UNITED STATES, March 25, 2019 / — Parkening International Guitar Competition
May 28–June 1, 2019, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA

March 25, 2019 Malibu, CA – The world's preeminent classical guitar competition, the Parkening International Guitar Competition, has selected 15 standout competitors for its fifth triennial competition. Representing six countries, they will vie for the largest prize purse among guitar competitions, competing at Pepperdine University from Thursday, May 30, through Saturday, June 1, 2019, on the University's campus in Malibu, California. Renowned guitar virtuoso Christopher Parkening, the competition's namesake and artistic director, is Distinguished Professor of Music at Pepperdine's Seaver College. The competition honors his lifetime commitment to fostering musical excellence in young artists as demonstrated by his mentor, Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia.

The 15 competitors range in age from 19 to 29 years old and are among the international community's most talented guitarists. They are Bokyung Byun, 24, Los Angeles, California, USA; Riccardo Calogiuri, 29, Italy; Javier García Verdugo, 25, Spain; Samuel Hines, 27, Mora, Minnesota, USA; Alec Holcomb, 23, Carmel, Indiana, USA; Junhong Kuang, 19, Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Beiyan Liu, 20, China; Christopher Mrofchak, 27, Tallahassee, Florida, USA; Cody Noriega, 26, Riverside, California, USA; Alex Park, 26, Culver City, California, USA; Miguel Checa Paz, 20, Spain; Sergey Perelekhov, 21, Russia, USA; Andrea Roberto, 23, Italy; Marko Topchii, 28, Ukraine; and Tengyue Zhang, 25, China.

"We are thrilled to bring such a diverse range of young guitarists from all over the world here to Southern California for what is sure to be an extraordinary week of music," says Rebecca Carson, Executive Director for the Parkening International Guitar Competition and Managing Director for the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts. "Our competitors are united by their passion for classical guitar and by their love of music. We are looking forward to welcoming all of them to Pepperdine."

Judging the competition will be Mia Bongiovanni, Assistant General Manager of Media and Presentations for the Metropolitan Opera; Charlotte Lee, President and Founder of Primo Artists; Steve Schoen, former Vice President of Sony Music Masterworks and Sony/BMG; David Thomas, recording producer; and Pablo Sáinz Villegas, classical guitar virtuoso and winner of the 2006 Parkening International Guitar Competition.

Three of the competitors will advance to the final round on Saturday, June 1 to perform a concerto with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra before a live audience in Pepperdine's Smothers Theatre. The gold, silver, and bronze medalists will be announced at the conclusion of the final round.

In addition to the Parkening International Guitar Competition, Pepperdine will present the Parkening Young Guitarist Competition on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 28 and 29. The 10 competitors, ages 17 and younger, are Hilbert Chen, 10, Cupertino, California, USA; Maggie Grether, 15, Pasadena, California, USA; Joseph Malvinni, 11, Santa Barbara, California, USA; Mira Morales, 14, Los Altos, California, USA; Evelyn Nguyen, 16, Monrovia, California, USA; Garrett Podgorski, 17, Burbank, California, USA; Nikolas Rejto, 17, Australia; Eric Wang, 14, San Jose, California, USA; Darren Wu, 16, San Jose, California, USA; and Hui Chan Yun, 16, South Korea.

About the Parkening Competition:

The competition, which debuted in 2006, offers the largest prize purse of any classical guitar competition in the world, with competitors vying for cash awards that total in excess of $65,000. After three days of intense public performances, the winner of the Parkening International Guitar Competition receives a gold medal, the Jack Marshall Prize of $30,000, and the most prestigious title in classical guitar.

The 2019 Parkening Competition is made possible by a generous grant from Howard and Roberta Ahmanson, as well as Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy.

For information about tickets, call the Smothers Theatre Box Office at (310) 506-4522. Information online:

Christopher Parkening is celebrated as one of the world's preeminent virtuosos of the classical guitar. For over 40 years his concerts and recordings have received the highest worldwide acclaim. Parkening is recognized as heir to the legacy of Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia. He has performed at the White House, appeared with Placido Domingo on Live from Lincoln Center, participated in the Carnegie Hall 100th anniversary celebration, and performed twice on the internationally televised Grammy Awards, and has appeared on many nationally broadcast television programs, He has collaborated with composers John Williams, Elmer Bernstein, Joaquin Rodrigo, F. Moreno Torroba, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and premiered new concert works in an effort to keep the guitar in the musical forefront. He is the recipient of two Grammy nominations in the category of Best Classical Recording. He was given the acclaimed American Academy of Achievement Award for excellence in the field of music. He also was presented with the 2000 Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award for Best Classical Guitarist and the 2003 University Musical Society's Distinguished Artist Award.

Pepperdine University is an independent, medium-sized university located on the a 830-acre campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu. Pepperdine is ranked in the top tier of major universities in America and is known for achieving the highest standards of academic excellence in its undergraduate program, and in its School of Law, the Graziadio School of Business and Management, School of Public Policy, and Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Pepperdine University is religiously affiliated with the Churches of Christ. It is the purpose of Pepperdine University to pursue the very highest academic standards within a context that celebrates and extends the spiritual and ethical ideals of the Christian faith.

The Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University provides high-quality activities for over 50,000 people from 1,000 zip codes annually through performances, rehearsals, museum exhibitions, and master classes. Located on Pepperdine's breathtaking Malibu campus overlooking the Pacific, the center serves as a hub for the arts, uniquely linking professional guest artists with Pepperdine students as well as patrons from surrounding Southern California communities. Facilities include the 450-seat Smothers Theatre, the 118-seat Raitt Recital Hall, the "black box" Helen E. Lindhurst Theatre, and the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art.

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SMP Product Series Grows with New Termination Configurations

Amphenol RF expands versatile SMP product line with additional termination configurations ideal for high frequency blind-mate applications.

Amphenol (NYSE:APH)

DANBURY, CONNECTICUT, UNITED STATES, March 25, 2019 / — Amphenol RF is proud to announce the latest expansion of the popular SMP product line – a high-frequency, subminiature interconnect solution – to include several new thread-in mount jacks, a straight cable plug and a bullet adapter. This connector series is designed for blind mate applications with a variety of board spacing and package size requirements.

The three additional SMP straight jacks feature a thread-in bulkhead design with post contacts and push-on coupling mechanism. These 50 ohm connectors are constructed with gold plated brass and are available in limited detent, full detent and smooth bore interfaces.

A new straight solder plug is optimized for 0.047” semi-rigid cable and is designed with an anti-rock ring for vibration resistance. This connector features the familiar push-on coupling style and is constructed with gold plated beryllium copper.

The SMP plug to plug bullet adapter is designed to compensate of both radial and axial misalignment and is now available in 17.16 mm length.

The SMP series operates at DC to 26.5 GHz making this product family ideal for applications that require a high data rate transmission, such as broadband, instrumentation and telecommunications applications.

Amphenol RF is a leading manufacturer of coaxial connectors for use in radio frequency, microwave, and data transmission system applications. Headquartered in Danbury, Connecticut, USA, Amphenol RF has global sales, marketing and manufacturing locations in North America, Asia and Europe. Standard products include RF connectors, coaxial adapters and RF cable assemblies. Custom engineered products include multi-port ganged interconnect, blind mate and hybrid mixed-signal solutions.

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“No Shade” directed by Clare Anyiam-Osigwe

Part of ADIFF Music and Society Film Series

“Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings The Band” director Carol Bash will be hosting Q&A after film screening

ADIFF Women’s History Month Program will be playing from Friday, March 29 – Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Teachers College, Columbia University – 525 W 120th St.

Described by film critic Armond White as “a festival that symbolizes diaspora as more than just anthropology,” ADIFF has managed to increase the presence of independent Afrocentric films”

— African Diaspora International Film Festival

NEW YORK , NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, March 25, 2019 / — The African Diaspora International Film Festival Women’s History Month celebration is a modest homage to women who, behind the camera, have told stories seldom told with the intention of changing or correcting a male defined narrative that is so often incomplete. Their work is a revolutionary endeavor that goes against many taboos that have silenced women’s voices for centuries. Haiti, Guadeloupe, Chad, Senegal, the UK, US, Tunisia, are the countries of origin of these women filmmakers whose work is a song to the imagination and creativity of women.

Highlighting the program is the presentation of No Shade directed by Award-winning dermatologist turned first-time filmmaker Clare Anyiam-Osigwe. Told through the prism of love, relationships, dating and marriage, No Shade is a romantic comedy-drama that provides a raw perspective on the issue of colorism. The film scooped the 2018 New York African Diaspora International Film Festival Public Award for Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color. The drama explores the hardships of the modern dating world through the dysmorphic presence of colorism as well as the fetishization of black women.
Celebrating African-American artists is the program Black Divas: Josephine Baker & Mary Lou Williams. Josephine Baker: Black Diva in a White Man's World by Annette von Wangenhei celebrates the artist, the woman and the activist and Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band is about the leading musical innovator determined to create in a world that only saw her race or gender. There will be a discussion with Carol Bash, director of the Mary Lou Williams documentary after the screening of both films on Sunday, March 31 @ 4PM.

Other artists celebrated in the program are Joseph Boulogne, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799) who was born in Guadeloupe of a Senegalese enslaved woman and a French nobleman and who became one of the most remarkable figures of the 18th century as outlined in the documentary Black Mozart in Cuba by Stephanie and Steve James. Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me by Olivia Lichtenstein is an entertaining and moving musical documentary that explores the rise of Teddy Pendergrass, the first African American artist to record five consecutive platinum albums against the backdrop of 1960s America, and his comeback after a life-changing accident.

African women are telling powerful stories behind the camera. BAFTA-award winning director Rungano Nyoni’s debut film, I Am Not a Witch, set in modern-day Zambia, is the satirical, provocative, and enchanting African tale of a young girl accused of being a witch. I Am Not a Witch was the official UK submission to the 2019 Oscar race in the Foreign Language Film category. Seeking refuge from her Islamist radical brother whom she informed on, a young woman arrives in France illegally following Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution and discovers a new world of both hope and danger, in Foreign Body the fourth feature film by Tunisian writer-director Raja Amari (Satin Rouge, Buried Secrets). The program African Women Directors features the work of African women filmmakers Zara M. Yacoub (Chad) & Khady Sylla (Senegal) who address issues of abuse and mutilation of children and women in Africa in their films Feminine Dilemma and The Silent Monologue.

ADIFF Women’s History Month Program will open on March 29 with a FREE screening of Looking for Life by Haitian filmmaker Claudette Coulanges, a documentary about resourcefulness in the face of poverty and globalization, which introduces the viewer to two women, Anne-Rose and Rosemene, who each one has their own particular way of battling through life. The program also features a Q&A with director Yoruba Richen who will discuss her documentary The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, the real story of the Green Book, the guide that changed how black people traveled in America.

ADIFF Women’s History Month Program will be at Teachers College, Columbia University – 525 W 120th St. Tickets are $11 and $13. Weekend Pass is $50.

For more information about the African Diaspora International Film Festival, to receive links and high resolution images please contact Diarah N’Daw-Spech at (212) 864-1760/ fax (212) 316-6020 or e-mail

The African Diaspora International Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.



6:30pm – Looking for Life – FREE Screening! (Haiti) 

8:00pm – The Black Mozart in Cuba (Guadeloupe/Cuba) 


2:00pm – African Women Directors: Zara M. Yacoub & Khady Sylla (Chad, Senegal)

3:20pm – I’m Not a Witch (Zambia)

5:15pm – No Shade – Back by popular demand! (UK)

7:40pm – The Green Book: Guide to Freedom – Q&A (USA) 


2:00pm – Foreign Body(Tunisia)

4:00pm – Black Divas: Josephine Baker & Mary Lou Williams(Germany, USA)

6:30pm – Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me  (UK/USA)

The African Diaspora International Film Festival WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH PROGRAM is made possible in part thanks to the support of the following institutions and individuals: ArtMattan Productions; the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs, Teachers College, Columbia University; the New York City Council in the Arts; the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation administered by LMCC; and WBAI.

Described by film critic Armond White as “a festival that symbolizes diaspora as more than just anthropology,” ADIFF has managed to increase the presence of independent Afrocentric films from all over the world in the general American specialty movie scene by launching films such as The Tracker by Rolf de Heer (Australia), Kirikou and the Sorceress by Michel Ocelot (France), Gospel Hill by Giancarlo Esposito (USA), Darrat/Dry Season by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Chad), Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story by Yousry Nasrallah (Egypt), The Pirogue by Moussa Touré (Senegal), White Lies by Dana Rotberg (New Zealand), and The Citizen by Roland Vranik (Hongary), among others.

Attracting a wide cross-section of cinephiles and audiences of African-American, Caribbean, African, Latino and European ethnic backgrounds who share a common interest for thought provoking, well crafted, intelligent and entertaining stories

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No Shade – Back by popular demand!

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Joylux Named One of the Top Three Most Innovative Companies by Angel Capital Association

Joylux to be honored at the Angel Capital Association's 2019 Summit as a top-three finalist for the prestigious Luis Villalobos Award

SEATTLE , WASHINGTON, USA, March 25, 2019 / — Seattle, WA — March 25, 2019. Joylux, a leading FemTech company using high-tech solutions to improve vaginal health for postpartum and menopausal women, has been named one of the top three most ingenious and innovative companies funded by Angel Capital Association (ACA) members, a membership of 14,000+ accredited angel investors. This year, ACA members nominated 50 companies. Joylux, along with two other companies, will be honored at the national ACA Summit in Chicago on April 25, and one of them will be announced as the final Luis Villalobos Award winner. Joylux, nominated by Seattle’s Alliance of Angels and backed by members of more than a dozen angel groups and funds, is the first female founded FemTech company to receive such honors by the ACA.

Joylux is tackling the taboo topic of women’s intimate health through its portfolio of patent-protected home-use solutions using innovative light and thermal energy under the vSculpt and vFit brands. Launched in 2018, Joylux’s products are sold in the US through 200+ physician offices, online through premium e-tailers such as GOOP, and in eight international markets through distributors. More than 50 percent of women will suffer from intimate health issues such as stress incontinence, vaginal dryness, and sexual function concerns at some point in their lives. Although these problems affect hundreds of millions of women and billions are spent globally every year on products to mask the problems, a lack of access to capital has stifled innovation in this market until now.

“I’m so thankful for our supportive group of angel investors, many of whom are women. Given the sensitive topic and the male-dominated funding world, raising capital is a challenge. We feel fortunate to have aligned ourselves with investors who not only see the enormous growth potential in women’s intimate health, but also want to provide life-changing solutions for women globally. To be a finalist for this prestigious award validates all the hard work our team has been doing,” says Colette Courtion, Joylux Founder and CEO. Among the angel groups supporting Joylux are Seattle Alliance of Angels, Houston Angel Network, BELLE Capital, Seavest, Portfolia, Sophia Fund, Keiretsu, and Golden Seeds.

“We funded Joylux first and foremost because of their experienced team—they have the vision, the sales and marketing expertise, and the grit needed to build a billion-dollar company in this massive, untapped market. Since our investment in 2016, we are impressed with their execution and strong traction. I’m thrilled they will be honored at the ACA conference this year,” says Barbara Boxer, Managing Director, BELLE Capital.

About Joylux, Inc.
Joylux, Inc. is a global women’s health company offering high-tech, life-chaning solutions for postpartum and menopausal women under the brands Joylux (R), vSculpt (R) and vFit (R). Learn more at Follow us @joyluxinc on Facebook. For press inquires, contact Heather Dazell at

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