Steal the Show at Your Next Holiday Party

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – For those who like to wear their holiday spirit front and center, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. But it’s also the season of charity, so why not feel good by making a fashion statement that’s socially conscious as well?
No doubt, there are many sources that sponsor holiday clothing collections, but savvy shoppers can support a variety of causes in a quest to win the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, or make a splashy holiday statement.
Some strategies to get a smile, while staying warm and comfortable this season and donating to a worthwhile charity, include:
* Sweaters: The Ugly Christmas Sweater has become a must-wear for any holiday party. Those who embrace the sweater party spirit can do something extra this season by browsing ugly holiday sweaters at iEDM.com
Whether you don one nostalgically or ironically, it’s wearable joy and a great way to spark up a conversation. With themes ranging from Grumpy Cat to PacMan, Grinch and Alice in Wonderland, they have plenty of options for your next Christmas party.
If you’re throwing your own Ugly Christmas Sweater party, you may want to consider picking up a couple of extras for guests who dare to show up without one.
iEDM donates 5 percent of its holiday profits to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to support its research and treatment, and support families with children undergoing treatment.
* Hoodies: Not feeling the Ugly Christmas Sweater theme??Why not wear an Ugly Christmas Hoodie instead?
These iconic staples to anyone’s wardrobe can be stylish and versatile and be the perfect ensemble to a party.
For a truly unique holiday hoodie, companies such as Epic Hoodie have a wide selection of colorful hoodies and a curated collection that showcases the original work of artists, each of whom receives a portion of every sale.
These Ugly Christmas hoodies are handmade in the United States using eco-sustainable inks and fabrics.
Have a raver on your Christmas list? iEDM has just what you’re looking for with its rave hoodies in all kinds of colors.
* Onesies: If you’re unsure what to wear to your office Christmas Party, why not make the ultimate splash and rock a vivid, comfortable, and eco-friendly adult onesie? Onesielife is a first of its kind, all-over-print streetwear onesie company.
Bonus? All onesies are handmade in the USA, and this retailer donates 5 percent of every purchase to the nonprofit Children’s International, which provides food and services to children in need around the world.
Whatever your need this holiday season – be it an Ugly Christmas Sweater for a party you’re attending or throwing, an Ugly Christmas hoodie to keep warm or wear out, an adult Christmas onesie to be the envy of any event, or a gift for your favorite raver – you can find everything you need here.
To learn more about these unique collections, visit iEDM.com, epichoodie.com, and onesielife.com.

What Has Bean on Farmers’ Minds During Planting Season?

(NewsUSA) – For America’s agricultural producers, springtime means planting season – and soybeans are on the agenda.According to the USDA, the U.S. is currently the world’s leading soybean producer. As farmers work to get those soybeans in the ground this year, there are global issues weighing on their minds.The latest results of the Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer suggest that America’s food producers are concerned that a prolonged trade war with China could impact U.S. soybean exports. The monthly survey, from Purdue University and CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives exchange, measures farmer and rancher sentiment toward the U.S. farm economy.The number of producers expecting soybean prices to decline this year rose to 27 percent in April, compared to just 15 percent at the beginning of the year. Soybean prices are particularly vulnerable to disruptions in trade with China, as China’s share of U.S. soybean exports is approximately 30 percent.Overall, the Ag Economy Barometer experienced two consecutive months of decline, falling 10 points in April, following a March dip of 5 points."Producers’ weakening perceptions of the current agricultural climate, along with a decline in their expectations for future economic conditions, were the main drivers of the barometer’s overall decline," says James Mintert, the barometer’s principal investigator and director of Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture.Since May 2016, Purdue University and CME Group have published the Ag Economy Barometer on a monthly basis to measure food producers’ shifting perceptions about the U.S. agricultural economy over time. The barometer surveys 400 agricultural producers each month to discern their opinions on key economic drivers, and analyze what factors are influencing their outlook for the farm economy.To read the full report, visit www.purdue.edu/agbarometer

Can Capitalism Be Compassionate?

(NewsUSA) – The global economy can be confusing and terrifying. Financial experts, policy makers, and everyday citizens want to know: How will government policies impact our families and what can we do about it?In his recent book, "Broken Capitalism: This is How We Fix it," Ferris Eanfar explains the state of the global economy and its key problems in a straightforward, accessible style."When the 10 largest corporations on Earth have more combined economic power than 92 percent of all countries on Earth combined, the 50 largest financial corporations control wealth equal to 90 percent of Earth’s GDP [gross domestic product], the richest 1 percent of humans have more wealth than 99 percent of the world combined, and the eight richest humans have more wealth than the bottom 50 percent of Earth’s entire population combined . . . it’s safe to say humanity is in trouble," Mr. Eanfar says.Mr. Eanfar’s work is based on over 20 years of unique experience in economics, financial technologies ("FinTech"), blockchain/cryptocurrency development, artificial intelligence, and military and government affairs.Three key points in the book deal with issues of defining value, following a vision, and managing innovation.Value: Mr. Eanfar notes that money is not value itself; it represents value. Rather than focusing on money alone, he advises organizations to focus on theway value flows through their stakeholder ecosystems, which benefits all parties in the long run.Vision: "In business and in life, having ‘vision’ is about accurately assessing current reality, defining steps to achieve specific goals, and building a bridge between vision and reality based on discipline and effective execution," says Eanfar.Innovation: Artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency, and other technological innovations can be used for good or ill. Mr. Eanfar dedicates a chapter of the book to the impact of artificial intelligence [AI] on government and the economy."When lightning-fast A.I. controls the political and economic apparatus of countries through their automated manipulation of social media and web-based information channels, humans won’t be able to easily differentiate between policy outcomes that serve their interests and policy outcomes that serve those who control the A.I. and their political patrons in the government," he says.For more information about the book, visit: https://Eanfar.orgMr. Eanfar is also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FerrisEanfar (@FerrisEanfar)All book sales proceeds support the nonprofit AngelPay Foundation: https://AngelPayHQ.org

Eco-Friendly Paving Revives Park Pathways

(NewsUSA) – Yellowstone National Park experiences more than 4 million visits annually. The park’s volume of foot traffic, particularly around the famous geyser, Old Faithful, has put a strain on the existing walkways.Tire manufacturer Michelin first partnered with Yellowstone three years ago, providing the park with reliable tires for its many recreational and maintenance vehicles. This partnership also helped identify other areas where the company could provide assistance, including answering the challenge of creating new and improved paths that would accommodate the crowds without disturbing the park’s ecosystem.Now, the goals in creating upgraded walkways around the park’s most popular areas include finding a paving material that is durable but also sustainably produced.Using recycled tires that Michelin donated to the park, the Michelin Corporate Foundation’s plan involves replacing the aging asphalt paths in Yellowstone with KBI Flexi-Pave, a porous material that allows rainwater and melting snow to drain through the material. This process promotes the natural flow of water, minimizes erosion, and allows water to replenish the geyser basin at Yellowstone’s Upper Geyser Basin.In addition, Flexi-Pave does not release pollutants into the soil, break apart with wear, or cause significant storm-water runoff.Flexi-Pave is a composite product made of stone and rubber granules that is chemically inert. The granules create a safe, durable, non-slip walking surface that accommodates wheelchairs as well as walkers. The unique material and design of the Flexi-Pave surface also resists the wear and tear associated with freezing and thawing conditions.Additional goals of the ongoing partnership between Michelin and Yellowstone include educating the public about the importance of preserving national parks and inspiring similar projects elsewhere."We hope that this eco-friendly park walkway will inspire other similar projects that help preserve natural systems," says Jeff Augustin, Senior Director of Park Projects at Yellowstone Forever, the official nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park."Yellowstone shares Michelin’s commitment to being a global leader in sustainability for the future," says Leesa Owens, director of community relations for Michelin North America. "Our partnership has created opportunities for visitors to enjoy the park’s wonders for years to come."View the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6HwZfUGMK4 

Honoring Moms : How 3 Inspiring Women are Changing the World

(NewsUSA) -No doubt about it, mothers are the backbone of the family. Theirs is a difficult balance of wife, mother, daughter, and sibling to all the important people in their life.So it stands to reason that while we honor these women on Mother’s Day for all they do, one company is taking it a step further by celebrating these lovely ladies for an entire month.To that end, online retailer zulily is opting to recognize Mom throughout the entire month of May with special collections of fashions designed for and inspired by moms.During the first week of the "By Moms, For Moms" promotion, which runs from April 10 through early May, the Seattle-based company will feature clothing collections created by moms who work at zulily."As a mother, I’m honored ? with the chance to share our favorite products to hopefully inspire not only customers, but potentially other moms looking for style inspiration from their peers," says Kate Aulabaugh, director of merchandising for home.The second and fourth weeks will include clothing and other products from companies founded by mom entrepreneurs, while the third week features collections curated by mom social-media gurus.In addition to sharing these great product finds, the company is also highlighting these women’s inspirational businesses and personal stories. They have experienced valuable lessons throughout their entrepreneurial journey, and are sharing what they learned with those who may be looking to follow their own dreams:* Lori, Jodi and Kari of Belly Bandit are revolutionizing today’s shapewear industry with their collection of maternity and post-pregnancy essentials. "Making mistakes is all part of the process," says cofounder Lori Caden. "There will often be bumps in the road, but if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you."* Hold Your Haunches was developed by two active moms who couldn’t find a pair of leggings that incorporated shapewear. Although neither had a background in fashion or business, they decided to develop their own line. "Always trust your instincts and don’t think you need a business background to be successful," say founders Erin Bickley and Jenny Greer. "It is important that you don’t let people tell you that you can’t do it. Prove to yourself that you can."* Industry maven Debbi O. Schulman created Planet Motherhood, a maternity line featuring affordable, fashionable, and contemporary options. Once her daughter, Ariella Weitzman, joined the company, they worked to shift the brand into the online market. "It’s important to adapt your company to the changing times and cater to your customer’s needs," says Schulman. "Although it can be challenging, it can lead you to success.""There’s something really extraordinary and powerful about women supporting women, and we hope these specially curated collections will inspire women to do just that," says Lori Twomey, Chief Merchant, in a statement."After all, our employee moms, mom entrepreneurs and social-influencer moms are just like you — wives, daughters, siblings and, above all, women just trying to balance it all."Celebrate mothers everywhere by visiting zulily.com during the month of moms. And for more Mother’s Day inspiration, visit The Find

Local Community Newspapers Go Digital

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Small, local newspapers have been valued community resources across the United States for approximately 200 years, but many have faced challenges from increasing costs and difficulty keeping up with the latest technology. However, one form of new technology can help these papers survive. A specifically designed platform can help small community papers contribute to their survival by capitalizing on mobile revenue options.
HubCiti, a digital platform and services company based in Austin, Texas, has developed a digital platform specifically for the local newspaper industry, to help local papers maximize new digital revenue opportunities.
HubCiti works by providing newspaper publishers with the tools to leverage customer loyalty into increased use of mobile technology and the mobile revenue opportunities that go with it.
Local newspapers can use the mobile platform to connect and forge relationships with both consumers and advertisers. HubCiti provides not only overall development of the mobile platform, but also implementation of the technology and ongoing management.
“Today the newspaper industry is challenged with deciding what digital revenue streams make sense for them,” says Peggy Merian, CMO of HubCiti. “The digital landscape is ever-changing and staying on top of what to offer is often a struggle,” she says.
“Once you decide on the products, the next challenge is finding and retaining the right people or team of people who can execute the programs that drive business — and that can be difficult. That’s where HubCiti comes in,” she adds.
Digital platforms such as HubCiti offer boundary-less opportunities for local business owners far beyond a phone directory-style print listing in a newspaper. Mobile community papers can offer businesses options such as purchasing keywords, adding videos, and creating smart coupons that can be applied in real time. And schools and local Chamber of Commerce offices can also benefit from a connection to a local Hubciti platform.
According to the HubCiti website, the platform “acts like a hub, connecting to all sectors of commerce, business, tourism and people. By centralizing all community and business information, residents can easily find what’s relevant to them — news, weather, low gas prices, local shops, restaurants, nightlife, events, city services, and more.”
The app allows local papers to become “the one-stop shop for mobile, social and online promotional advertising coordinated across all channels.”
Visit hubciti.com for more details and resources about maximizing digital growth and revenue at the local level.

What New Year’s Resolution Do You Really Want to Stick To?

(NewsUSA) – You may say your 2017 New Year’s resolution is to cut back on sweets, but is that truly what you want most to have accomplished by year’s end? Maybe not. By a margin of 69 percent to 30 percent, those surveyed for Fidelity Investment’s eighth annual "New Year Financial Resolutions Study" said they’d rather stick with a budget than a diet. Heck, with money paramount on so many people’s minds, even "catching up on sleep" failed to edge out "catching up on savings." See full-sized image here. 

How Millennials Are Saving More Money Than Past Generations

(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Millennials may still have a way to go before totally gaining their footing as adults, but many are already better at one thing than past generations: saving money.That’s one of the findings of Fidelity Investments’ intriguing second biennial "Millennial Money Study." Yes, 47 percent of those surveyed confessed that their parents have helped them cover expenses since being on their own — and that includes everything from cell phones (21 percent) to clothing (16 percent) to rent/mortgages (12 percent). But most have apparently used that cushion to help start socking bucks away.How much bucks? Well, not only do 62 percent have an investment account, but — are you ready? — 59 percent have a fatter emergency fund, totaling an average of $9,100, than both Gen-Xers or Baby Boomers. See full-sized image here. 

Gran promesa latina lanza línea de moda para el Mes de la Herencia Hispana

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Noticias patrocinadas – Con el Mes de la Herencia Hispana en marcha, los latinos están recibiendo el muy merecido reconocimiento público por su contribución al crecimiento cultural de Estados Unidos. De acuerdo con White House Initiative on Education Excellence and Hispanics, en la actualidad hay más de 54 millones de latinos en EE.UU., y se espera que las latinas representen un tercio de la población femenina del país en 2060. Por esta razón, no debe sorprender que figuras latinas hayan acaparado la atención en los campos de la política, los deportes y el entretenimiento. En el mundo de la moda, las latinas se están posicionando a la cabeza y están resaltando sobre el resto. Este es el caso de la diseñadora y ganadora de la temporada 14 del Project Runway de invierno , Ashley Nell Tipton.
Hija de madre mexicana y padre californiano, Tipton es firme defensora de la importancia de apoyar a todas las personas, sin importar su raza, género o tamaño. Esta motivación, en conjunción con su objetivo de desafiar las reglas de la moda de tallas grandes, es lo que ha llevado a Ashley Nell Tipton a crear Boutique+, su primera colección de tallas grandes disponible exclusivamente en JCPenney. Inspirada en la ropa de los 50 y con un toque vanguardista y alegre, esta colección se suma a la colección Boutique de JCPenney, ya disponible en tiendas y en la página web.
“Hay una enorme cantidad de mujeres de talla grande que está buscando opciones de moda que se adecúen mejor a sus estilos de vida, presupuestos y, lo más importante, a sus cuerpos. Con el respaldo de JCPenney, tengo la oportunidad de ofrecer a estas mujeres el glamour, el color, la diversión y el estilo que quieren, para que a su vez se sientan bien”, dice Tipton. “La meta es que mujeres de todas partes puedan sentirse cómodas y seguras cuando elijan una falda tubo o un top atrevido con colores vivos. Se trata de crear una imagen que una ame y con la que una pueda expresarse con libertad. Cuando las prendas que las mujeres quieren y necesitan no están disponibles, es difícil conseguir el look deseado”.
Junto a JCPenney, Tipton está desafiando los límites del estilo para las mujeres de talla grande en todo EE. UU.,y está difundiendo el mensaje de que todo cuerpo es bello y debe celebrarse. Con el debut de su colección y el lanzamiento de una serie documental de tres partes llamada #HereIAm, Tipton quiere dar más poder a las mujeres de todas las tallas para que se amen y se desafíen a sí mismas para alcanzar su máximo potencial sin complejos y con estilo. Tipton es una clara defensora del movimiento por una imagen corporal positiva en una industria que a menudo se adhiere a estándares que no son representativos de la mayoría de las mujeres estadounidenses.
Para saber más acerca de Ashley Nell Tipton y la colección Boutique+ de Ashley Nell Tipton, visite JCPenney.com.

Power Down the AC on National Ceiling Fan Day

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – The weather is getting cooler, signaling time to turn off your energy-guzzling AC, but that’s no reason to turn off your ceiling fan. You can save money and energy year-round by continuing to run your ceiling fan. That’s the message touted by the fourth annual National Ceiling Fan Day (NCFD) this Sept. 18.
Many major ceiling fan manufacturers, the American Lighting Association (ALA) and leading energy conservation groups invite everyone to join the fight to reduce energy consumption by turning off their central cooling systems and relying on ceiling fans to save trillions of kilowatt hours of energy consumption.
As extra incentive to participate in the energy-saving effort, many fan retailers are offering discounts to consumers in conjunction with NCFD. You can find a list of local ALA-member fan retailers online at americanlightingassoc.com.
If all Americans participate in NCFD by turning off their AC and using fans for their cooling needs, the United States will save enough energy to power the entire city of New York for months. And it saves money too. Operating a fan can cost as little as $1 per month. That is quite a savings compared to approximately $100 per month to run an AC unit in a typical home.
Initiated by fan manufacturer Fanimation, NCFD is supported by other ALA-member fan manufacturers, including Casablanca Fan Company; Craftmade; Emerson Ceiling Fans; Hunter Fan Company; Kichler; Matthews Fan Company; Minka-Aire; Monte Carlo Ceiling Fan Company; Progress Lighting; Quorum International; Regency Ceiling Fans; Savoy House; Sea Gull Lighting; The Modern Fan Co.; Vaxcel International; and Westinghouse Lighting, as well as The Home Depot; Lowe’s Companies, Inc.; and the ALA. Many of the nation’s leaders in energy conservation and efficiency are also on board. Those supporters include the U.S. Green Building Council; Alliance to Save Energy; Affordable Comfort, Inc.; Environmental and Energy Study Institute; and Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.
For more information about how to save energy with ceiling fans and for a list of ALA-member fan retailers and manufacturers, go to AmericanLightingAssoc.com.