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Supporting Communities and Sharing Happiness, 28 Liberty Successfully Hosts Multiple Community Events at New York’s Fosun Plaza

Supporting Communities and Sharing Happiness, 28 Liberty Successfully Hosts Multiple Community Events at New York's Fosun Plaza

NEW YORK, June 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As the summer arrives, New Yorkers have been enjoying their favorite season in the year. Starting from early June, in just 3 weeks, Fosun’s 28 Liberty has successfully hosted multiple community events at Fosun Plaza with thousands of participants, in support of local community and to promote arts and culture access to residents, working class, and tourists in downtown Manhattan.

Beloved Sing for Hope Pianos Pop-up at Fosun Plaza

The beloved Sing for Hope Pianos returned to 28 Liberty Plaza on Friday, June 3 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with 10 artist-designed pianos for all to enjoy. This one-day-only special event is designed to encourage everyone, from professional musicians to novices and everyone in between, to exercise their musical creativity and share “pop-up” moments of spontaneous music-making and improvised harmony. In addition to the pop-ups throughout the day, Sing for Hope presented a free concert at noon featuring the Sing for Hope Youth Chorus, the Senior Chorus from the renowned Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, student musicians from P.S. 191, and TV star Alex Garfin (Superman & Lois) in uplifting musical selections.

Each year, Sing for Hope selects local and international artists to design and paint pianos that are placed in parks and other public spaces for all to play. Through a special partnership with the New York City Department of Education, Sing for Hope then places the Sing for Hope Pianos in permanent homes in public schools to benefit thousands of New York City school children. The Sing for Hope Pianos – first launched in 2010 – has become one of the world’s largest annual recurring public arts programs, with more than 580 one-of-a-kind piano artworks placed in public spaces from The Bronx to Beirut, and Aspen to Athens, supporting local visual artists and creating musical experiences for all ages.

“Sing for Hope is a symbol of unity for New York City and we look forward to welcoming the program back,” said Jason Berkeley, COO of Four Trees Asset Management. “Fosun celebrates its 30th anniversary with a continued dedication to making arts and culture accessible to the Lower Manhattan community. Corporate social responsibility are hallmarks of Fosun’s global initiative while actively seeking to give back to the community.”

TV Star Alex Garfin has been a supporter of Sing for Hope since 2019, when he encountered one of the Sing for Hope Pianos near The Dairy in Central Park. Garfin said, “A lot of things claim to bring us all together, but almost always never do. That’s what’s so special about Sing for Hope; it actually delivers on its promise. When you pass by one of their pianos, you’ll find a lawyer, a janitor, and a teacher playing and creating together, making friends where otherwise they would’ve forever remained strangers. That’s pure magic, so I hope everyone can enjoy the magic with me down at 28 Liberty Plaza on June 3rd for our grand opening of the 2022 season.”

Sing for Hope Co-Founder Monica Yunus said, “These ten beautiful Sing for Hope Pianos are testament to New York’s creative resilience, and we’re so grateful to Fosun for staying the course with us and continuing to champion art for all. While the world may not look the same as it did two years ago, we’re finding new paths forward.”

“As we continue to emerge from two years of relative isolation during the pandemic, the opportunity to share music and art in community really feels like a gift,” added Sing for Hope Co-Founder Camille Zamora.

Dine Around Downtown Food Festival Return after Two Years

The Alliance for Downtown New York, Lower Manhattan’s nonprofit business improvement district, welcomed 35 Lower Manhattan restaurants to the 2022 Dine Around Downtown festival at Fosun’s landmarked plaza at 28 Liberty Street on Tuesday, June 7. A mainstay in Lower Manhattan for over 20 years, this year’s event marked the festival’s first return to an in-person format since 2019 and featured the program’s virtual series host, award-winning chef and author Rocco DiSpirito.

Dine Around Downtown was launched in 1997 and has since become Lower Manhattan’s premier tasting event. Admission to the event was free and restaurants offered signature menu items and drinks ranging from $3-9. First-time participants made up half of the roster this year including: Alamo Drafthouse, Ampia, Benares, Bodega Gran Via, Café Patoro, Chinah Kitchen, Fulton Stall Market, The Fulton, The Greens on the Rooftop at Pier 17, Luke’s Lobster, Malibu Farm New York, ONE Dine at One World Observatory, OneSeed, Pi Bakerie, Sauce & Barrel, Schilling Restaurant & Bar, Treadwell Park, and Watermark Bar.

Over the past two years, Dine Around Downtown has been championing local restaurants throughout the neighborhood through a virtual “Cooking At Home” series that pairs host Rocco DiSpirito with local chefs as they show viewers how to make their favorite dishes.

“Dine Around offers an easy and affordable way to taste dishes from dozens of restaurants all in one place, said Downtown Alliance President Jessica Lappin. “We look forward to reconnecting the neighborhood with some of their faves and introducing them to some newcomers.”

Club Med, St. John, and Wolford, three of Fosun’s top consumer brands across continents also joined the event, together with 28 Liberty.

“Fosun and 28 Liberty are pleased to welcome back Dine Around Downtown, one of the most iconic events in Lower Manhattan,” said Thomas Costanzo, global partner of Fosun and CEO of Four Trees Asset Management. “In partnership with the Alliance, this event will showcase world-class dining options within our community. As Fosun celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, we continue the commitment to our social responsibilities and sharing the enjoyment of cultural events with our tenants, partners, and community.”

River to River Festival Promotes Compelling Contemporary Art

Fosun Hive, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), and the Alliance for Downtown New York have partnered to present “repose without rest without end” by Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born as part of the 2022 River to River Festival. The video and sound installation was displayed in 28 Liberty’s ground-level amphitheater and tells the coming-of-age story of a young Black girl as she rejects society’s beauty standards.

River to River is a cornerstone of Lower Manhattan culture, and Fosun welcomed Okpokwasili and Born’s new video and sound installation for public display in 28 Liberty’s amphitheater from June 12-26. Two live performance activations of the work took place at 8 pm on both Mondays during River to River.

The 2022 River to River Festival utilizes art to heal and celebrate the resiliency of New Yorkers. Festival installations and exhibits are free to the public, providing opportunities for connection.

The immersive piece takes its point of departure from Okpokwasili’s performance work Adaku’s Revolt. “Repose without rest without end” tells the story of a Black girl’s resilience after embracing her natural beauty through multimedia storytelling.

“We are thrilled to bring artists’ vision and energy to different sites across Lower Manhattan for everyone to enjoy, and excited to present Okwui and Peter’s work with LMCC’s long-standing partner, Fosun, in the amphitheater at 28 Liberty,” said Jess Van Nostrand, LMCC’s Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs. “We look forward to seeing visitors of all ages celebrate creativity with us!”

The above three events are significant efforts of Fosun and 28 Liberty’s commitment to corporate social responsibilities and support to the local communities. However, they are just the beginning of this year’s 28 Liberty community event series in the summer and the fall. Partnered with Alamo Drafthouse cinema located at the lower levels of 28 Liberty Street, Fosun will host summer movie nights open to all families in July, August, and September. Moreover, MoMath family day will return to the Plaza in August as well. Rooted in China, Fosun has been creating a global happiness ecosystem fulfilling the needs of one billion families in health, happiness, and wealth. Fosun’s efforts in globalization and ESG (Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance) will never stop.

“Being an iconic landmark in Downtown Manhattan, 28 Liberty is the key force to support local development and economic recovery. The events since June are great examples of Fosun’s efforts to promote arts and cultural access to local residents.” Said Wei Bo, Global Partner of Fosun, Co-President of Fosun Hive Overseas, Chairman of Four Trees, and Executive Chief Representative of Fosun New York Office. “As Fosun hits another milestone – 30th anniversary, we will continue our strong commitment in ESG, sharing happiness with families worldwide.”

About Fosun

Founded in 1992, Fosun is a global innovation-driven consumer group dedicated to providing high-quality products and services for families around the world in Health, Happiness, Wealth, and Intelligent Manufacturing segments. In 2007, Fosun International Limited was listed on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (stock code: 00656.HK). In 2021, Fosun International’s total revenue was RMB161.3 billion and total assets amounted to RMB806.4 billion. Fosun International ranks No.589 on the 2022 Forbes Global 2000 List, with a MSCI ESG rating of AA.

About Fosun Hive

Utilizing “Hive City + Global Landscape” as its core strategy, Fosun Hive continuously leads the upgrading of industry-and-city integration. Through profound industry operations + industrial investment, Fosun Hive consolidates global industrial resources, focuses on customized industrial C2M model and well-positioned industries to promote the upgrading of urban industries and the high-quality development of the regional economy with the “Hive model”.

About 28 Liberty

28 Liberty, at the heart of downtown NYC, is the go-to destination in Lower Manhattan for recreation and best-in-class dining. The office tower’s 2.5 acre Fosun Plaza hosts a variety of community events throughout the year, from food festivals to arts programs to educational experiences and more. The 38,000-square-foot penthouse is home to restaurateur Danny Meyer’s latest endeavor, Manhatta, a restaurant and bar with sweeping panoramic views of the NYC skyline, and featuring a multifunctional event space accommodating up to 800 guests at three simultaneous gatherings. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Food Hall is among the tenants of the new 200,000-square-foot retail space at the base of the building. 28 Liberty is also bringing in over 30,000-square-feet of various food and dining options on the ground floor retail space. Whether exploring the latest cultural event or sipping cocktails at sunset from the 60th floor, 28 Liberty always offers something new to discover.



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Nextech AR’s Map D Signs Multiple New Deals As Events Industry Accelerates Shift to Web 3.0

Nextech AR's Map D Signs Multiple New Deals As Events Industry Accelerates Shift to Web 3.0

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  • Sees 70%+ Revenue Growth Rate in 2022
  • Sees Accelerating Sales in New Categories
  • New Web 3.0 Products Expected to Drive Accelerating Sales Growth in Second Half of 2022

TORONTO — Nextech AR Solutions Corp. (“Nextech” or the “Company”) (OTCQB: NEXCF) (CSE: NTAR) (FSE: N29), a Metaverse Company and leading provider of augmented reality (“AR”) experience technologies and services is pleased to announce the signing of multiple deals in the events industry by the Map D division of Nextech AR for their self-serve event management software solution. The Map D software platform is experiencing an accelerating rate of growth, up 70% when compared to the first 6 months of 2021, and continues to expand rapidly with sales in new categories, combining integrations with Nextech’s Web3.0 technologies. The integration of these Web3.0 technologies is a game changer for the events industry and has led to a transformation of the Map D platform, accelerating its future revenue growth.

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Nextech AR CEO Evan Gappelberg commented, “The Map D platform is transforming and shifting toward Web3.0 and seeing accelerating revenue growth with the integration of Nextech AR’s metaverse suite. By integrating Map D with ARitize Maps, ARitize 3D, and ARitize Holograms, we are able to maximize the potential revenue with each of our clients and offer immersive experiences that transform industries, including real estate, museums, sporting venues and more. He continues, “the Map D platform continues to grow, release new features, sign new clients, and generate accelerating revenue. Our aim is to upsell and cross sell Map D’s existing and new blue-chip clients by offering full end-to-end solutions, which provide engaging and immersive experiences that their customers want. The RC Show use case can be replicated for any event, tradeshow, convention or exhibitor hall across any industry, and incorporate 3D product visualizations, human holograms, augmented reality wayfinding, and more to wow guests and increase conversions, brand awareness, and engagement…which continues to drive strong revenue growth.”

The Company is also testing and seeing early success with a massive breakthrough in scaling the creation of spatial maps for events, and especially augmented reality (AR) wayfinding by using Map D technology for its ARitize Maps product. This technology will allow event show organizers to sell AR wayfinding to exhibitors as well as sponsorship opportunities to sponsors creating yet another source of revenue for Nextech.

Map D has fully embraced Nextech AR’s groundbreaking technologies, ARitize Maps, ARitize 3D and ARitize Holograms, providing the potential to take its events and associations clients into the metaverse with the Company’s spatial mapping, 3D modeling and hologram technology.

The new contracts signed by Map D represent accelerating growth opportunities for Nextech with the potential for spatial mapping, 3D models, holograms and more as they provide the Company dozens of additional clients for upsell and cross-sell opportunities. The ARitize Maps product has an unlimited number of use cases for augmenting physical spaces in the Metaverse, including events, conventions, trade shows, real estate, rental properties, sporting events, and more. With value propositions spanning multiple industries and use cases, this app opens Nextech’s 3D/AR technology solutions to new markets and provides a seamless integration with the events and association clients of Map D. For example, Apartment Associations can use Nextech’s ARitize Map’s wayfinding spatial mapping; Home Builders can show a new home completely in the metaverse in Web 3.0, showcasing not just the home itself, but 3D assets such as furniture and home appliances. The use cases are endless.

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Map D Business is gaining sales momentum in multiple categories as seen below in the large number of contracts signed with Apartment Associations, Home Builders and many others. See a breakdown of the 2022 signings in each segment below:

Sampling of New Signed With Apartment Associations Including:

  • Apartment Association of Greater Dallas, Apartment Association of Greater Memphis, Apartment Association of Kansas City, Apartment Association of Metro Denver, Apartment Association of Nebraska, Apartment Association of Orange County, Apartment Association of Southern Colorado, Apartment Association of Tarrant County, Atlanta Apartment Association, Bay Area Apartment Association, Chicagoland Apartment Association, Connecticut Apartment Association, Delaware Apartment Association, First Coast Apartment Association, Houston Apartment Association, Indiana Apartment Association, New Jersey Apartment Association, Pennsylvania Apartment Association, San Antonio Apartment Association, Southeast Florida Apartment Association

Sampling of New Signed Contracts Home Builders Associations including:

  • Florida Home Builders Association, Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders, Greater Peoria HBA, Greenville HBA, HBA of Central New York, HBA of Marion & Polk Counties, HBA of Western Michigan, Hilton Head Area HBA, Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga, Huntsville-Madison HBA, Rochester Area Home Builders, Southern Utah Home Builders Association, Upper Cumberland Home Builders Association

Other Notable Contracts Recently Signed:

About Map D

Map D is a self-serve event management software solution. Map D provides clients with an extensive set of features and tools for managing almost any kind of event you can imagine. Whether someone is looking for an easy way to sell floor plan space or services at trade shows, expos, or festivals or to manage speaker and schedule details during conferences or meetings, Map D does it all and updates in real time to make it easier to communicate with event goers. Map D is a tool that makes an event manager’s job easier by automating or crowd sourcing complicated logistics while simplifying the sales processes and adding new revenue opportunities. Most clients spend 2-4 hours on setting up their event in Map D, then the rest is automated so they can sit back and collect sales, or point event participants to a single web address for all the information they may need. Map D also can provide a companion native mobile app which in the future will double as a AR wayfinding app, for in-person events or serve as a self-contained virtual venue for attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, speakers, or anyone else participating in an event.

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Nextech AR Solutions is the engine accelerating the growth of the Metaverse. Using breakthrough AI, Nextech AR is able to quickly, easily and affordably ARitize (transform) vast quantities and varieties of existing assets at scale making products, people and places ready for interactive 3D use, giving creators at every level all the essential tools they need to build out their digital AR vision in the Metaverse. Our platform agnostic tools allow brands, educators, students, manufacturers, creators, and technologists to create immersive, interactive and the most photo-realistic 3D assets and digital environments, compose AR experiences, and publish them omnichannel. With a full suite of end-to-end AR solutions in 3D Commerce, Education, Events, and Industrial Manufacturing, Nextech AR is in a unique position to meet the needs of the world’s biggest brands and all Metaverse contributors.

Nextech funds the development of its AR and Metaverse growth initiatives through its e-Commerce platforms, which currently generate most of its revenue. Nextech’s e-commerce platforms include: (“VCM”), (“IPL”) and (“TruLyfe”). VCM and product sales of residential vacuums, supplies and parts, and small home appliances sold on Amazon. These e-commerce platforms serve as an incubator for developing and testing Nextech’s leading edge AR, AI and machine learning applications for powering next-generation e-commerce technology.

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The CSE has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Certain information contained herein may constitute “forward-looking information” under Canadian securities legislation. Generally, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as, “will be” or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “will” occur. Forward-looking statements regarding the completion of the transaction are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and forward-looking information. Nextech will not update any forward-looking statements or forward-looking information that are incorporated by reference herein, except as required by applicable securities laws.

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Managing multiple mining crisis events simultaneously

Managing multiple mining crisis events simultaneously

In fast-moving mining operations, multiple events may need managing across several locations globally. Yet using the traditional business resilience model limits the ability to gain and maintain situational awareness, manage resource allocation and fatigue, as well as lacking the necessary flexibility in the response.

The only way to manage multiple events simultaneously is through a tech-driven operational resilience program. This provides the capability to maintain control of several events at once across different points of time and geographies. Business as usual (BAU) must continue as best as possible in the circumstances, while ensuring that an event is managed to completion and opportunities for improvement are not missed.

Despite Covid-19 challenging operations during the past two years and presenting new levels of complexity for business leaders, traditional threats to businesses remain. For example, threats such as reputational, whistle-blower, natural perils, and cybersecurity have continued throughout the pandemic, which can all significantly impact operational continuity. And with resources diverted towards the pandemic response, this has increased the potential for vulnerability in other areas.

Dynamiq’s business resilience platform, EMQnet enables reporting, tracking and monitoring progress over time. And data captured through the platform allows for trend analysis, helping build an understanding of where ongoing issues are occurring and any identifying areas that require focus. The platform also has a map feature that displays incidents around the world, allowing a snapshot of the various event types across the Globe. All these features offer increased accessibility of vital information.

“Having multiple events within EMQnet will allow people to understand what their focus is at that particular point in time. The paper-based or traditional method of crisis management or business resilience is difficult to follow if there is a need to manage multiple events. And it’s difficult to maintain situational awareness to get back into that focused mindset when you are changing between events. Whereas EMQnet allows you to refresh yourself through reading the status board and confirming the status of tasks and management of stakeholders,” explains Lucas Saunders, Head of Advisory at Dynamiq.

Managing resources during multiple events

A key consideration in managing multiple events is allocation of resources, especially when different event types may be at varying stages. Some areas may require more attention than others and need prioritising, yet full oversight is necessary across all events should any escalations occur.

In a crisis response, leaders get to see their team perform under pressure, which helps identify talent with the ability to handle stressful environments. While at the other end, any members of staff that may be challenged in particular situations can either receive extra training to address deficiencies or be redeployed to other operations where they are less exposed.

Leaders must also recognise opportunities for continuous improvement through lessons learned, and ensure these learnings are shared up, across and down through the organisation to build capability. However, opportunities can sometimes be missed when responding to multiple events at once.

“You’ve got to be able to manage the event cycle,” says Saunders. “The instinct is that once an event is dealt with to return to BAU and continue on, not taking the time to pause and reflect.

“If you’re not doing those after-action reviews, and you’re looking for opportunities to improve, you’re just going to continue to go from event to event. The entire purpose of conducting after action reviews is to enhance the organisational business resilience capability.”

When responding to multiple events, it is often necessary to involve other teams. EMQnet can add multiple teams, both internal and external experts, to an event to enable collaboration between several parties and strengthen the response. 

“Take a cyclone or severe weather event as an example. You potentially have a regional corporate office and multiple mine sites within the cyclone-prone area. The organisation can start an event in EMQnet and invite multiple teams,” explains Saunders. “Some clients did this during cyclone Debbie [in Australia] and it’s similar to the approach taken with Covid. They can have the one event and develop those plans across as many sites or locations as they need.”

Challenges with multiple events management

Fatigue is a key consideration in the effective and efficient management of multiple events affecting an organisation, particularly in heavy industries. Response fatigue must be managed to avoid workers experiencing burnout, especially when trying to perform under duress or dealing with stress in a crisis. Working across multiple events simultaneously can significantly intensify the strain on all personnel.

“Fatigue is a real issue. It impacts their decision-making process. It impacts their ability to do business as usual. It also impacts their families and their loved ones,” says Saunders.

And post-pandemic, leaders also need to be aware of the potential for both skill fade and a loss of mental stamina after workers have been absent from the workplace for extended periods in the past two years.

“Then there’s safety. Because people with fatigue will make poor decisions. Identifying and managing that fatigue through relieving people in place or putting alternate people in various roles can help mitigate that,” adds Saunders. 

EMQnet platform records who is working on any particular event, indicating who may need a break and when. The platform builds a common operating picture across multiple events at once to enable operations continuity and establish a cohesive response for as long as an event lasts and however many incidents there may be, and at all times monitoring personnel participation and involvement in the event management.

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Multiple residents attend food distribution event in Lethbridge

Multiple residents attend food distribution event in Lethbridge

Duhacek explained that all of the food that comes through the agency’s doors goes back to people in need, with non-human consumables going to animals.

She told Lethbridge News Now on-scene that most residents were able to walk away with approximately $200 worth of food.

Duhacek said, “the food that they’re going to walk away with ranges from perishables, non-perishables, proteins, potatoes, we have huge chunks of beef, we have everything from seniors to family sizes will be covered today (June 21).”

“The food that we get is done by Second Harvest. So, our biggest partnership is with Second Harvest. Second Harvest is Canada’s largest food distribution program.”

Second Harvest ensures that Alberta Food Rescue and Distribution gets the necessary food that goes back out into the community.

“We also work with other places as well but generally what happens is, they come right from distribution centres and warehousing, and that’s how we’re able to do this.”

Duhacek did note, however, that they are struggling for funding to keep up their community efforts, so the organization is looking for corporate sponsorships. Tuesday’s event was made possible thanks to various donors, according to Duhacek.

She added that the agency first worked Mainstreet Equity Corp. in Calgary, with a potato delivery to one of their housing sites in the city. This eventually led to a broader partnership between the two bodies.

Duhacek said Mainstreet’s mandate for Tuesday’s event was to ensure no food was leftover, so, for the last half-hour of the afternoon initiative, members from across the entire community were invited to join and pick up food.

“We have families that are living with no extra dollars, but the cost of living is intense,” Duhacek said.

“It has a major strain on our food banks, our food rescues and even the housing programs, so that is why we’re working with Mainstreet.”

Duhacek added it is not just Lethbridge they are serving, but the agency has distributed food to the Piikani Nation and other surrounding First Nations. Plans are in the works to assist other communities in Alberta and eventually, help in municipalities outside of the province.

Chris Hollinger, Mainstreet’s Regional Supervisor for Calgary, Lethbridge, Cochrane and Airdrie said the organization’s partnership with the food distribution agency is very important.

He said, “we’re not just about quality of housing, we’re about giving back to the people that are living in our housing.”

“We’re here to support the people that are living in our properties and like I said, it’s not just about housing, it’s about mental wellness, food vulnerability that we’ve experienced with the increased costs of food in the grocery stores and we’re just happy that we can help out in any way.”

Hollinger said Mainstreet hopes to hold more events like Tuesday’s, alongside Alberta Food Rescue and Distribution, in the future.

Jennifer Tilson, a Mainstreet resident who was on hand for the event, said the food distribution is hugely impactful, “especially with the prices nowadays.”

She said the food options available were quite varied and helpful.

“They even [had] like individual salads and they had bananas and stuff like that, and then the big tray of meat and cheese is kind of nice,” Tilson said.

She added that other housing properties should take inspiration from Mainstreet and Alberta Food Rescue and Distribution, and host events like Tuesday’s in Lethbridge.

More on Alberta Food Rescue and Distribution is available at the non-profit’s Facebook page.

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Mid-Missouri set to hold multiple events to celebrate Juneteenth – ABC17NEWS

Mid-Missouri set to hold multiple events to celebrate Juneteenth - ABC17NEWS


Juneteenth celebrations are set to take place in both Jefferson city and Columbia Saturday, for the public to attend to celebrate the holiday.

Juneteenth, is a celebration marking the official end to slavery as federal troops marched into Galveston, Texas to ensure all enslaved people were free over 100 years ago.

The event happen two years after Abraham Lincoln signed the emancipation proclamation.

2021 was the first time Juneteenth became a national holiday after President Biden signed a document making it official.

In Columbia, a parade is set to start at 10 a.m on Saturday.

The line up will begin at 9 a.m. at First Baptist Church on 1112 E.Broadway and travel down East Broadway and end at Douglass park.

The event is set to last until 6 p.m with games, food and other activities for people to enjoy.

Columbia police will also have traffic devices along the parade route to block traffic, so drivers will need to find alternative routes.

On Sunday, there will also be a father’s day celebration from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m at Douglass Park that includes free food, a crowning of fathers and other activities.

This is the 2nd annual celebration in Columbia for the Juneteenth Holiday.

In Jefferson City, there will be a heritage celebration that includes an emancipation program starting at 10 a.m. at Lincoln University’s soldier’s memorial, followed by a freedom march to community park at 10:40 a.m.

Once at community park A Juneteenth Heritage Festival will begin at 11 a.m that includes  a heritage tour, book signing  and other activities.

To observe the holiday, Jefferson City has decided to close all their city offices on Monday with operations resuming on Tuesday.

This is also the first year Columbia is observing Juneteenth, so city offices will be closed in Columbia on Monday as well. 

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Clinton, Centre to host multiple Memorial Day events

Clinton, Centre to host multiple  Memorial Day events

Clinton and Centre counties are gearing up for the Memorial Day weekend. Both counties will play host to multiple events such as parades and carnivals. Other, more solemn services will also take place at memorials and cemeteries throughout the area.

In Clinton County, a large number of services will take place on Sunday, May 29. They include:

— 8:15 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery along Hill Street in Lock Haven.

— 8:30 a.m. at Sunnyside Cemetery along Plunkett Run Road in Mill Hall.

— 9 a.m. at Cedar Hill Cemetery along Maple Street in Mill Hall.

— 9:30 a.m. at Flemington Cemetery along High Street in Flemington.

— 10:30 a.m. at Farrandsville Memorial in Farrandsville.

— 11 a.m. at the Dunnstown Cemetery along Church Street in Dunnstown.

— 11:15 a.m. at Rest Haven Memorial Park along Rest Haven Drive in Woolrich.

— 11:30 a.m. at Veterans Park in Lock Haven at the intersection of Water and Jay streets.

— 11:45 a.m. at the Civil War Monument located along Bellefonte Avenue near its intersection with Church Street in Lock Haven.

— 12 p.m. in Triangle Park where Rotary Club of Downtown Lock Haven will also be performing its Flags of Honor Ceremony. A total of 143 flags were dedicated to a veteran, family member, friend other loved one which will be displayed in the park throughout the weekend.

In Centre County, there will be numerous events taking place this Memorial Day weekend.

The unofficial start of summer will see several big events over the next three days. The biggest event will take place in Boalsburg, which claims to be the birthplace of Memorial Day in 1864.

After a two-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boalsburg Fire Company’s events are back — and they’re better than ever.

The Boalsburg Fire Company’s carnival began on Thursday night and continues through Monday at the station grounds on East Pine Street. A parade is scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

According to its Facebook page, the carnival will start after the parade on Saturday and run until 10 p.m. It runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 29 and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day).

Sunday will be a wristband day, with unlimited rides for $20. The parade lineup is set for 3-4 p.m. on Saturday, with the parade starting at 5 p.m. sharp.

Monday is Boalsburg’s Day in Town, which includes the Memorial Day Race starting at 8:30 a.m. in Blue Spring Park. Throughout the day, the village will have vendors, live entertainment, activities and demonstrations, with additional events taking place at Boal Mansion, Boalsburg Heritage Museum and the Pennsylvania Military Museum.The day culminates with the procession at 5:45 p.m. to the cemetery. There, the annual Memorial Day service, emceed by Jeff Brown of 99.5 The Bus, will take place starting at 6 p.m.

While the Boalsburg events are the biggest of the weekend, there will be other events throughout the county.

At the Pleasant Hills development in Pleasant Gap, there will be the annual Memorial Day sales. Many homes in the development will be having yard sales and garage sales. Individual homes determine start and end times, so simply head to Pleasant Hills and look for the signs.

In Beech Creek, the American Legion there will host its annual Memorial Day Parade beginning at 10 a.m. The parade will begin in Blanchard near the Liberty Baptist Church and will end at the grounds of the American Legion. Parade line-up starts at 9 a.m. at the Blanchard baseball fields behind Griffin’s Restaurant. Traffic will be stopped once the parade gets on state Route 150, so plan accordingly.

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Companies facing multiple black swan events: Saugata Gupta 

Saugata Gupta, managing director and chief executive officer, Marico Ltd


Inflation is hurting household budgets, especially in rural markets, and prompting companies to tighten their belts, said Saugata Gupta, managing director and chief executive officer, Marico Ltd. The maker of Parachute oil reported just 1% volume growth in its India business in the March quarter, while revenue growth stood at 5%. In an interview, Gupta said “multiple Black Swan events” were exacerbating inflationary pressures, and companies will have to absorb short-term margin erosion. Edited excerpts:

What are the reasons behind the rural slowdown despite distribution of free foodgrain?

Free rations are distributed to a large section of the population. Though a significant portion of the people is insulated because of the free grains scheme and direct benefit transfers, there is inflation and, that inflation squeezes. So, disposable income towards fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) gets affected. People tend to either downgrade or titrate depending on the category.

We are also lapping a very high base. If we look at Q4 (March quarter), we are at 25% base volume growth. So, on a two-year compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) basis, we are still double digits because we are lapping that high base. Now, a combination of good monsoon, if it happens, the fact that the farmers will get good realization, especially in wheat, and if the base gets corrected—we believe it will lead to growth coming back sometime in the second half of the year. Having said that, obviously, we have to be mindful of how long this geopolitical conflict in Ukraine continues because that has an impact on inflation, which is both crude-related and food-related.

What can the government and private sector do to drive demand?

The government is taking a lot of steps to control inflation. You must appreciate that some of the factors are beyond (their) control. If I look at crude prices and edible oil prices, the two biggest drivers of inflation, because India imports a significant part of its edible oil. The consumer industry needs to continue to keep tightening our belts, and ensure we absorb the short-term margin erosion that could happen. Also, continue to reconfigure some of our pack sizes so that people don’t have to give incremental outlays. Having said that, we continue to see opportunities at the premium end, where, in terms of demand, we are not seeing that shrinkage. So, we have to play at both ends.

The interesting thing is, because of covid, there is far more resilience in the industry. Therefore, I think it is a question of weathering it out in the next six months. We are a little lucky because 50% of our cost base, which is copra, went through inflation last year and it is reasonably soft. So, we are in a little bit of a sweet space because of that and also our international business is doing well. We have some insulation.

This inflation is not structurally demand-led, it is supply-led inflation. So someday, it will give in. We were obviously hoping that the Ukraine situation will come to a resolution but it looks like this is a bit of a long haul. Then Indonesia banned (palm oil) exports. So, there’s a combination of multiple Black Swan events which are happening and therefore, I think we have to cope with it for at least a couple of months.

When you speak about tightening belts, what cost control measures are you taking?

Over the last two years, we have obviously tightened our belts considerably and a lot of the savings have been structural. We have to continue to drive efficiencies.

But three costs that we must ensure we cannot cut are long-term capability-based cost—leadership capability, digital capability and innovation. Second, we are not going to cut down on employee costs because the startup environment has led to a significant war on talent. And third, the reason we are not cutting on advertising and promotion costs is because if you keep on arbitrarily cutting A&P spends, it hits you in one or two years because it dilutes brand equity somewhere.

There is a sense that direct-to-consumer (D2C) brands are seeing a slowdown in growth. What has been your experience with Just Herbs and Beardo?

Actually, I don’t think that demand has tapered. What has happened is the cost of doing business has significantly increased. That is because of some of the changes that happened in Facebook and due to other privacy rules—the cost of consumer acquisition has gone up. As far as Beardo is concerned, we continue to grow and are in line with our aspiration—we have an exit run rate of 100 crore-plus. Just Herbs is tracking well. Our overall digital business in terms of the exit run rate in Q4 was 180-200 crore.

Will you put acquisitions or launches on the backburner?

Not at all. I would consider this a better opportunity to diversify and innovate. I believe fundamentally, there is nothing wrong in the sector. It is a short-term pain. At Marico, we always have a philosophy that market share gain, volume growth, and innovation are far more important than short-term margins; those will come back. We will continue to look for inorganic opportunities in the digital space—in fact, it’s a better opportunity than last year.

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Multiple Events Taking Place in Terrace Tomorrow in Honour of Red Dress Day

Multiple Events Taking Place in Terrace Tomorrow in Honour of Red Dress Day

Tomorrow is Red Dress Day, and residents of the Terrace area have a few ways to honour the day.

There will be three events taking place in Terrace, each hosted by the Tears to Hope Society.

In the morning, individuals can meet at the Chill Soda Shop at 8:00 to take part in the Red Dress Run.

A walk will also be held in the evening, beginning at 6:30, with participants also meeting at the Chill Soda Shop.

In addition, there will be a Hidden Red Dress display event running throughout the day, which will see red dresses hidden around Terrace, along with a message of hope and action.

Red Dress Day is held annually on May 5th to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and to educate people on the crisis.

You can follow this link to a sign-up page on Facebook.