Bard on the Beach Extends Its Record-Breaking 29th Season With Added Shows

Lindsey Angell and Nadeem Phillip in Bard on the Beach’s As You Like It, photo David and Emily Cooper

This season has been an unprecedented hit. We’re breaking all our attendance records, and all four of our plays have resonated with critics and patrons. But As You Like It is a unique phenomenon. ”

— Christopher Gaze

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA, July 31, 2018 / — Bard on the Beach announced today that as a result of record-breaking demand for its ‘60s-inspired romantic comedy As You Like It, the Festival’s 29th season will be extended by a week to allow for added performances. The closing night for the Beatles-song-filled musical will now be on Friday, September 28, with four added performances in the extension week.

Says Artistic Director Christopher Gaze, “This season has been an unprecedented hit. We’re breaking all our attendance records, and all four of our plays have resonated with critics and patrons. But As You Like It is a unique phenomenon. Its audiences are cheering with enthusiasm and excitement and it’s become a huge favourite with people of all ages, and from dedicated Shakespeare fans to those who don’t know Shakespeare at all! Performances are close to sold out through to September, and we want as many people as possible to experience the delights of this remarkable production. And we know a number of our patrons are seeing the show more than once! So we’ve made the decision to add shows, and extend our season by an extra week in Vanier Park – a first for the Festival.”

Additional performances of As You Like It are scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, Sept 25-28, at 7:30pm.

The Festival’s productions of Macbeth, also on the BMO Mainstage, and Lysistrata, on the Howard Family Stage, will both close on Thursday, September 13. Closing night for Timon of Athens, on the Howard Family Stage, will be Sunday, September 9. Availability for some performances is very limited – check online or call the Bard Box office.

Visit for full details on all the productions and upcoming special events (Bard-B-Q & Fireworks and Opera & Arias: Bold and Beautiful), the revised schedule and to buy tickets, or call the Bard Box Office at (604) 739-0559.

About Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Bard on the Beach is one of Canada's largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals. Established in 1990, the annual summer festival’s mission is to perform, explore and celebrate the genius of William Shakespeare, surrounded by the natural beauty of Vancouver, British Columbia. The 2018 Festival will run in Vanier Park from June 6 to (extended date) September 28. Bard also offers year-round education and training programs for youth, adults and theatre professionals in its administrative home at the BMO Theatre Centre in Vancouver’s Olympic Village as well as in schools and community facilities throughout BC’s Lower Mainland.

For more information and for interviews, contact Cynnamon Schreinert.
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Bard on the Beach trailer for As You Like It

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ASA Insurance Discusses Recent Study on the Cause Behind Fatal Car Crashes in Utah

ASA Insurance provides competitive car insurance rates in the Salt Lake City area.

A recent study was conducted by the Auto Insurance Center from data that was compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Drivers who are aware of high-risk situations may be more likely to take the necessary precautions to prevent an accident.”

— Creed Anderson

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2018 / — A recent study was conducted by the Auto Insurance Center from data that was compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It listed the causes behind fatal car accidents throughout the United States from 2009 to 2013. ASA insurance, provider of vehicle insurance in Salt Lake City, UT, says this report contains valuable information for drivers in Utah because it alerts them to potential issues before they occur.

According to the report, the top reason for fatal car accidents in Utah was failure to keep in the proper lane. This reason was the main issue for a majority of states throughout the country. However, Utah was not listed among the top five states most affected by this issue. Wyoming was number one with Mississippi, Tennessee, Vermont and Idaho rounding out the list. The information was gathered from NHTSA data and the number of crashes in each state for each type of issue was divided by the population of the state to create an accurate comparison. Utah fared well when compared to other states for drunk driving accidents. It is listed as the fourth state with the least number of drunk driving crashes. Utah comes in right behind Washington DC, New York and Massachusetts. The differences between the other states and Utah is they have more urban areas with public transportation. Generally, issues with drunk driving are more prevalent in rural areas where a lack of public transportation increases the risk of people driving drunk. However, Utah is the exception to this rule due to its strict drunk driving laws and the high Mormon population.

The report also noted that for Utah snow causes more accidents than rain. It also results in more accidents than fog. Crosswinds also account for car accidents in Utah, which is among a handful of states to have this issue, most of which are in the southwest. Speeding is another factor in fatal car crashes, and Utah ranked neither highest nor lowest in this category. It did rank well below its bordering state of Wyoming which was listed for second highest.

The study accounts for driver and passenger fatalities as well as pedestrian deaths. The data is important because it lets insurance carriers know what actions and situations cause the highest-risk for drivers. It is also important for drivers to help them become more aware of potential accident situations.

“Drivers who are aware of high-risk situations may be more likely to take the necessary precautions to prevent an accident,” explains Creed Anderson of ASA Insurance. “For instance, drivers in Utah should learn how to drive in the snow and when to stay home because it’s a major issue in the state.”

As drivers become more aware of risks for car accidents, they can alter their behaviors to help prevent these issues which could result in death and injury as well as an increase in insurance rates for multiple claims filed.

Creed Anderson
ASA Insurance
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John Smith Insurance Discusses the Risks for Dog Owners with Home Insurance in Colorado Springs

John Smith works for John Smith Insurance Agency which provides car insurance in Colorado Springs. Affordable rates and superior service for all home, auto and business/commercial insurance needs.

Dog owners are a higher risk for agencies that provide home insurance in Colorado Springs.

When buying home insurance in Colorado Springs, think about how much one incident can cost. You don’t want to end up selling your home or liquidating your retirement fund to pay for the medical bills.”

— John Smith

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2018 / — Dog owners are a higher risk for agencies that provide house insurance in Colorado Springs. They may bite a person even if they are not known to be dangerous or a guard dog. You need to understand these risks and be prepared if you plan to get a four-legged friend to add to your family. John Smith Insurance discusses those risks to help homeowners understand what they need to do.

John Smith Insurance recommends doing plenty of research before getting a dog. Compare breeds and know what kind of behavior to expect. If the person chooses to get a dog from the pound or a rescue, they need to ask a veterinarian or another expert about breeding to ensure the animal fits their needs. They should also pay attention to behavior signals for signs of aggression. It is also a good idea to visit the dog a few times and see how it reacts to children and other animals. For those who prefer to get a pup, they can attend obedience classes to teach the dog how to listen to commands. If they get an older dog, they will need to give it time to adjust to a new home and routine. It may be best to limit contact with visitors until the dog feels safe.

The dog owner will need to carry enough home insurance to protect them from a claim if the dog should bite someone. Even the best behaved dogs can cause an accident if they are afraid or feel challenged. The owner should always have them on a leash when they go for a walk. They should shorten the leash when they meet or pass someone, especially if the other person has a dog as well. The property should have a fence or a kennel to keep the dog away from visitors, including mail carriers, utility workers and delivery drivers.

When considering the amount of liability insurance a homeowner should carry, it is important to understand the costs involved with this type of incident. A minor dog bite might only require some antibiotics for infection and possibly stitches. A major attack can include emergency treatment, multiple surgeries, therapy and reconstruction. This can run into thousands of dollars. Once the home insurance limits have been reached, the other expenses are the responsibility of the homeowner.

“We always advise people to think about worst case scenario in a claim,” says John Smith. “When buying home insurance in Colorado Springs, think about how much one incident can cost. You don’t want to end up selling your home or liquidating your retirement fund to pay for the medical bills.” Smith recommends purchasing a policy with enough coverage to pay for a major incident. If a person has quite a few assets, they may even need an umbrella policy to cover extra expenses or a lawsuit. Owning a dog can be fun and rewarding, but a person must be prepared for injuries that can result.

John Smith
John Smith Insurance Agency
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Can You Receive Workers' Compensation Benefits for PTSD? A Workers' Compensation Lawyer Elaborates

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Jenkintown's Marc Weinberg of Saffren & Weinberg has been handling workers' compensation cases for decades.

Workers often think that PTSD is not something they can have or that it is not covered because it is not a discrete, single accident or illness.”

— Marc Weinberg, Partner

JENKINTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2018 / — Workers’ compensation provides important benefits, like medical care and compensation for missed work and lost wages, for people who suffer from work-related injuries or illnesses. Workers are not always aware that this coverage expands beyond simple physical injury like a fall at work. Workers’ compensation claims can be for a wide variety of traumatic events, injuries, and illnesses, like chemical exposure and work stress-related medical problems.

One commonly overlooked illness that workers may be entitled to file a workers’ compensation claim for is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, more commonly referred to by the acronym PTSD. Workers often think that PTSD is not something they can have or that it is not covered because it is not a discrete, single accident or illness.

The following information provides a general overview to clear up some of the misconceptions about workers’ compensation for PTSD:

Understanding PTSD

The National Institution of Health (“NIH”) describes PTSD as a mental health condition or disorder, comprised of a number of different types of symptoms, that some people develop after experiencing a “shocking, scary, or dangerous event.” The duration and severity of PTSD vary from person to person as does the triggering event.

The triggering event leading to PTSD does not have to have an immediate negative physical impact on the person. For example, someone might suffer from PTSD after the sudden death of a close family member or after a home invasion even though they were not physically harmed.

There is no single list of symptoms for PTSD and there are many different physical and psychological symptoms that PTSD can cause, ranging from vivid flashbacks to being easily scared to uncharacteristic bursts of anger to vomiting. The many PTSD symptoms are divided into four different categories: re-experiencing symptoms, avoidance symptoms, arousal and reactivity symptoms, and cognitive mood symptoms. A PTSD diagnosis usually requires at least one symptom in each category and continuation of symptoms for at least one month.

PTSD Affects Everyday Individuals

One common misconception about PTSD is that it only impacts war veterans. The most publically known and severe cases of PTSD have been in relation to war veterans, police officers, first responders and others who engage in daily activities that routinely put them into traumatic events. There is an epidemic of PTSD in this country among veterans, but everyday individuals from construction workers to customer service reps at an insurance company may also suffer from PTSD. It is a mental illness that can be exacerbated by a workplace incident and turn into a long term workplace injury.

It is not uncommon for PTSD symptoms to be overlooked or downplayed because the individual does not think they could suffer from it or that their trauma or psychological injury was bad enough. This is not the case. PTSD is a very serious medical condition that can continue to worsen and negatively impact an individual’s health and well-being if untreated. If you think there is a possibility that you are suffering, you should take steps to obtain medical treatment immediately.

Workplace-Related PTSD

Once PTSD is understood, it is easy to see how workplace events and environments can cause PTSD. There are two different ways that PTSD can arise from work: (1) Something scary, traumatic, or dangerous happens at work leading to PTSD from the event; or (2) Something scary, traumatic, or dangerous occurs outside of work but was triggered by something at work. No matter the exact cause of the PTSD, it must be “work-related” to be covered by workers’ compensation and qualify someone for disability benefits. A company's insurance carrier will need medical evidence to verify you are an injured worker entitled to workers' comp benefits.

PTSD arises from a person’s natural, but harmful, reaction to an event, not from the harm the event itself causes. Accordingly, both persons harmed in traumatic workplace events and those who are not harmed by the event itself but by their reaction to it may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits from PTSD.

All situations are unique and warrant review by an experienced work injury lawyer, however, the following are a few examples of common types of workers’ compensation claims based on PTSD that have succeeded:

Witnessing a Violent Death at Work – PTSD often arises after a person has witnessed a violent death in the workplace. It is common in law enforcement officers who are exposed to violence as a part of their job. Unfortunately, other professions like teachers and administrators sometimes experience violence, in the form of shootings, at work as well and may suffer from PTSD as a result.

Injury in a Traumatic Work Accident – Actual injury resulting from a workplace accident can lead to PTSD in addition to the other physical harm caused by the accident. For example, a worker that suffers from a severed thumb when a piece of machinery malfunctions may continue to suffer from PTSD from the trauma of the event long after they have obtained the maximum medical recovery of their thumb and hand.

Witnessing a Traumatic Work Accident – As noted above, it is not just being injured at work that can lead to PTSD. Persons who observe a serious traumatic accident at work, like a co-worker suffering from a limb dismemberment, may also suffer from PTSD as a result and, if they do, they are entitled to pursue workers’ compensation as well.

A Near-Miss that Could Have Resulted in Death or Serious Harm – Even if no one is harmed, a situation that almost results in serious bodily harm or death is a common cause of PTSD symptoms in those present at the event. For example, a shooting that occurs at work where the assailant misses all shots could cause those present to experience PTSD symptoms after the event. Or another example, a portion of a building collapses on a construction site and narrowly misses falling on workers could lead to PTSD in the nearby workers.

Being Trapped – Mine workers, or any other worker that is trapped in a confined space at work, may suffer from PTSD as a result even if no physical harm occurred. This type of confinement is a very traumatizing event for many people.

PTSD Alone Not Enough for Workers’ Compensation

Unfortunately, merely suffering from work-related PTSD is not enough to obtain workers’ compensation. The PTSD must be severe enough to impair your ability to fulfill your job duties. If you are suffering from work-related PTSD but still able to function at 100% of your former level at work, you probably will not be able to obtain workers’ compensation for your PTSD. However, for your future health and well-being, you should still make sure to be seen by a medical provider to obtain treatment for your PTSD.

Pursuing a Workplace Related PTSD Claim

As with all workers’ compensation claims, when pursuing your PTSD claim, it is important to obtain medical evaluation and diagnosis regarding your PTSD claims, provide your employer with notice of your claims (which can be trickier since PTSD cannot always be tracked to an exact start date), and to complete all required employer and government paperwork.

PTSD workers’ compensation claims are some of the more difficult claims to pursue because of the nature of the disorder and the fact that the law on the issue is still evolving and not always clear. For this reason, it is usually prudent to find a work injury lawyer to help ensure you don’t lose the opportunity to obtain the benefits you are entitled to.

Marc Weinberg, Lawyer, of Jenkintown and Ken Saffren, Attorney are named partners at Saffren & Weinberg which is located in Jenkintown, PA. The team works tirelessly to help improve the situations and lives of victims that have been involved in auto accidents and suffered personal injuries. The firm is known as "The People's Voice In Court" and they make themselves available via email on the website or by phone 215-576-0100. They provide a no-charge, complimentary case review and are more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.

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The Lyle collection of Wave Crest, Nakara, Kelva and American Brilliant Cut Glass will be auctioned Sept. 7-8 in Kansas

Unmarked Wave Crest pipe holder plaque with a portrait of an Indian in full headdress.

Unmarked, 17.5-inch-tall Wave Crest vase, 10 inches across handles, with handpainted scenic decor.

American Brilliant Cut Glass table lamp, signed Gundy and Clapperton, with engraved scene of flying geese.

American Brilliant Cut Glass punch bowl in the Sunburst pattern by C.F. Monroe, with nine pattern-matched punch cups.

Marked 17.5-inch Nakara vase showing a night scene of sailboats in a harbor, with Vermillion blue highlights.

It's the lifetime collection of Don and the late Carrol Lyle, whose many outstanding pieces have been featured in books, trade publications and museum exhibits.

Without a doubt this is the finest Wave Crest collection to ever come to public auction. Don and the late Carrol Lyle were well-known collectors and beloved members of clubs and associations.”

— Jason Woody

DOUGLASS, KS, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2018 / — The lifetime collection of Don and the late Carrol Lyle – dedicated collectors of Wave Crest, Nakara, Kelva and American Brilliant Cut Glass whose items have been featured in books, trade publications and museum exhibits – will be sold without reserve in a two-day auction slated for Sept. 7th-8th by Woody Auction, in the firm’s auction hall at 130 East Third Street in Douglass, Kansas.

The Lyles, who hail from Washington state, began collecting glassware pieces decades ago, with their main focus being on items produced by the C.F. Monroe Company (Meriden Conn., 1882-1916). The Lyles loved the quality of the Wave Crest, cut glass and other items created by C.F. Monroe, and managed to assemble one of the foremost collections in the country that featured these lovely pieces.

“Without a doubt this is the finest Wave Crest collection to ever come to public auction,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction. “Don and the late Carrol Lyle were well-known collectors and beloved members of the Wave Crest and American Brilliant Cut Glass clubs, as well as the American Cut Glass Association. Now their one-of-a-kind collection will be sold to the highest bidder, without reserve.”

Highlighting the two-day sale will be 350 lots of Wave Crest, Nakara and Kelva, plus over 300 lots of American Brilliant Cut Glass, which will play an equally significant role in the event. The Friday, September 7th session, starting at 5 pm Central time, will contain lots 1-250. The balance of the catalog (lots 251-670) will come up for bid in the Saturday, September 8th session, starting at 9:30 am.

Stars of the Wave Crest category include an elaborate handpainted panel featuring an early Venice, Italy scenic décor, signed “C.V.H.” (for Carl V. Helmschmied), mounted in a 29 ¾ inch by 23 ½ inch oak frame; and an unmarked pipe holder plaque in green and cream tones with a portrait of an Indian in full headdress, plus an embossed scroll design and set in a brass frame holding five Wooden English pipes.

The unmarked, 17 ½ inch tall Wave Crest vase (10 inches across handles), has a handpainted scenic décor showing two women near a bench and a reverse showing a chrysanthemum décor, with gilt metal feet and handles and a cobalt blue border, is outstanding; as is the unmarked Wave Crest dresser box in cream and blue tones with an underwater fish scenic décor, gold stencil highlights and gilt metal feet.

A Wave Crest banner mark vase, 17 inches tall, deep emerald green, showing a classic courting scene, with Vermillion trim highlights, gilt metal feet and handles, is nearly identical to the vase shown on page 47 of Cohen’s Wave Crest book. Also offered will be an unmarked Wave Crest wall plaque, 12 inches by 8 ½ inches, depicting a woman in a sheer pink dress, housed in an ornate gilt metal frame.

Additional Wave Crest lots of note include an unmarked wall plaque with cobalt blue border and scroll mold, depicting a woman in a sheer dress holding a wreath, in an ornate gilded frame measuring 16 inches by 12 inches; and a rare wall plaque marked C.F. Monroe, with a colorful floral branch décor, artist signed “S” (attributed to Gussie Stremlan) and mounted in a 27 ½ inch by 21 inch wooden frame.

American Brilliant Cut Glass (ABCG) is enormously popular with collectors and the Lyles were no exception. Pieces in the auction will feature a high-quality punch bowl in the Sunburst pattern by C.F. Monroe with an exact pattern matched base and nine pattern-matched pedestal punch cups; and a decanter in the Croesus pattern by J. Hoare, 12 ½ inches tall, with a ray cut base and quality blank.

Also sold will be an ABCG table lamp, 19 ½ inches tall, signed Gundy and Clapperton, boasting a fabulous cutting of hobstar cluster and Millicent stripes, with a finely engraved scene of geese flying over cattails; and an ABCG vase, 14 inches tall, in the Odolet pattern by C.F. Monroe, with a hobstar base and heavy blank, exactly as featured in the Monroe catalog #11, page 42 (only this one is larger).

ABCG top lots continue with a three-part epergne in the Starlight pattern by C.F. Monroe, having a trumpet vase center section with a sterling fitting atop the center bowl, and a sterling silver rest engraved with “Connor New Year’s Day 1907”; and a humidor in the Marlboro pattern by Dorflinger with an embossed floral wreath marked Dorflinger and a ray cut base, 8 inches tall and 6 inches wide.

Nakara is a trade name for a white glassware decorated in pastel colors and made about 1900 by C.F. Monroe. The glass was similar to that of Wave Crest. It had an acid finish and beaded or raised rococo scrolls. Boxes for dressing tables were the most common Nakara pieces. The mark isn’t found on every piece. A couple of gorgeous Nakara pieces from the Lyle collection being sold include the following:

• A marked, 17 ½ inch tall vase showing a night scene of sailboats in a harbor, done in cobalt blue with pale blue and cream side panels, Vermillion blue highlights and gilt metal feet and handles.
• A humidor marked Nakara, measuring 5 ¾ inches by 4 inches, done in brown and rust tones, with a portrait of an Indian in full headdress and the word “Cigars” showing on the humidor lid.

A preview will be held on Friday, the first day of auction, from 12 o’clock noon until the first gavel falls at 5 pm. For those unable to attend the event in person, Internet bidding will be facilitated by Online bidders are encouraged to register at least 48 hours in advance. For info, terms and conditions, visit the Woody Auction website:

Absentee bids will be accepted, with a written statement indicating the amount of the bid. The deadline to submit an absentee bid is noon Wednesday, September 6th. For convenience, absentee bids may be submitted by fax, at 316-746-2145, or e-mail, at There is no phone bidding.

For lodging, there are three hotels in the area. The Comfort Inn, in Augusta, KS (316-260-3006); the Holiday Inn Express, in Andover, KS (316-733-8833); and the Hampton Inn, in Derby, KS (316-425-7900) are all within a 15-20 minute drive from the Woody Auction facility. Woody Auction will conduct regular auction events in the Douglass location and occasionally at other venues in the area.

Woody Auction’s 5,000-square-foot showroom is located at 130 East Third Street in Douglass – south and east of Wichita, not far from I-35 and Hwy. 54/Kellogg Rd. Moving forward, most auctions will be held in the Douglass gallery, starting at 9:30 am Central time, unless otherwise noted. The firm has a full slate of auctions lined up for the rest of 2018. These will include the following:

• August 18, 2018 – The Margaret Ireland collection of Carnival glass.
• September 7-8, 2018 – The Lyle collection of Wave Crest, Nakara, Kelva, ABCG.
• September 29, 2018 – Part 2 of the Headlee collection of RS Prussia.
• October 20, 2018 – The Rex collection of Brilliant Period Cut Glass.
• November 9-10 – Antique auction, to include sterling silver, furniture, art glass, dolls, music boxes, clocks and more.
• December 1, 2018 – Brilliant Period Cut Glass, antiques and other items.
• December 15, 2018 – Antique auction (details to follow).

Woody Auction is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or collection, you may call them at (316) 747-2694; or, you can e-mail them, at To learn more about Woody Auction and the auction on September 7th-8th, visit

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Jason Woody
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Burisma Group supports Ukraine’s largest kids festival "Chornomorski Games"

Burisma Group supports Ukraine’s largest kids festival “Chornomorski Games”

Burisma Group supports Ukraine’s largest kids festival “Chornomorski Games”

Burisma places great importance on creating favorable conditions for talented Ukrainians, supporting and enhancing the energy of Ukrainian song worldwide

Burisma places great importance on creating favorable conditions for talented Ukrainians, supporting and enhancing the energy of Ukrainian song worldwide

The company initiated a special prize for the "Best Ukrainian Original Song" in order to support the talented youth and develop Ukrainian music

The company initiated a special prize for the “Best Ukrainian Original Song” in order to support the talented youth and develop Ukrainian music

Ongoing support for talented children is a major part of the corporate social responsibility program exercised by Ukraine’s largest gas producing company

This is the energy for the future, which together with the energy that our company produces, can bring positive change, making our country energy-efficient and secure”

— Vadym Pozharskyi, Adviser to the Board of Directors at Burisma Group

KYIV, KYIV, UKRAINE, August 1, 2018 / — The International Energy Group Burisma became a patron of the XVI All-Ukrainian charitable kids’ festival “Chornomorski Games”. This year's vocal contest received over 500 participants from all over the country. Fifty of them, the strongest vocalists, competed for the main prize at the sea-front in Skadovsk.

The Grand Prix of the festival was awarded to Elina Ivashchenko. She also became the winner of the nomination “Girls, senior group”.

“I am very happy. The emotions are incredible. I am holding this statuette in my hands, and I can't believe that this grand prix is mine, I became a winner’, – the laureate of Chornomorski Games Elina Ivashchenko shares her feelings.

Ongoing support for talented children is a major part of the corporate social responsibility program exercised by Ukraine’s largest gas producing company, Burisma Group. The Group’s operating companies are actively involved in infrastructure projects in the regions where they are based. These projects include fixing roads, schools, playgrounds, as well as promoting community growth and development.

The company initiated a special prize for the "Best Ukrainian Original Song" in order to support the talented youth and develop Ukrainian music. This year's winner in this nomination is "Kachayu" song, performed by the duo of Arina Nikonova and Viktor Shevchenko, the laureates of Chornomorski Games as the best band. Special prize from Burisma Group was awarded to the authors of music and words – composer Tymofiy Reshet’ko and poet Andriy Osadchuk.

“Support that we at Burisma offer to talented youngsters is a contribution towards sustainable development of our country. This is the energy for the future, which together with the energy that our company produces, can bring positive change, making our country energy-efficient and secure. Ukraine’s largest song festival has already become recognizable worldwide. For many years now, this annual event facilitates cultural dialogue between different nations and states. Burisma became the festival’s patron, because we fully support this major socio-cultural project and care for Ukraine’s future”, – says Adviser to the Board of Directors at Burisma Group Vadym Pozharskyi.

The company places great importance on creating favorable conditions for talented Ukrainians, supporting and enhancing the energy of Ukrainian song worldwide.

Among the most prominent participants of Chornomorski Games in various years are Tina Karol’, Nadia Dorofeyeva, Nastia Kamens’kyh, Ivan Dorn, Mika Newton, Ivan Berezovs’kyi, Olexandr Panayotov, MamaRika, Julia Voice, Kyrylo Turychenko, Zhenia Anishko, Julia Savina and other Ukrainian performers. This year, the celebrities rocked Skadovsk stage and communicated their song energy to Ukrainian public.

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Burisma Group supports Ukraine’s largest kids festival “Chornomorski Games”

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Busy Families Can Benefit From This Meal Kit Delivery Service

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What a Crock Meals to Go is the next big meal kit delivery service. Eliminating processed foods, this company is starting to change the meal delivery landscape.

Chemically processed foods are made solely from refined ingredients and artificial substances. Our crock pot creations are made fresh and then frozen immediately–serving a healthy alternative.”

— Brieanna West, Founder

BROOKHAVEN, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2018 / — We live in a world of innovation. As a society, we are constantly looking for ways to simplify tasks and save time. This holds true to food preparation and has become apparent with the rise of meal prep delivery options.

About a decade ago, a phenomenon started occurring in American grocery stores. Someone had the genius idea of selling meal kits that contained all of the ingredients you would need to feed a family of 2 or 4 instead of needing to purchase and measure all of the ingredients separately. Additionally, some retailers had the idea of pre-slicing or cooking the ingredients to help save preparation time along with including recipe cards of instructions. This meal option was met with overwhelming success, and it was only a matter of time before someone turned this small, grocery shopping idea into its own business.

If by chance, the majority of the components are included and pre-measured, what else could these retailers do to make the meal prep process easier? Get the meals sent to your home.

Meal Kit Delivery: A New Culinary Industry

From New York City to the deep Southern states, many meal kit companies have emerged that all claim they’re the best. Whether it’s Martha Stewart or Amazon Fresh, they all can’t be the best. An industry has been created, threatening grocery stores and the traditional way of preparing dinner as we know it. There are now more than 100 meal delivery plans available in some form or another, from those who specialize in microwavable meals and juice cleanses to those who sell healthy crockpot meals.

A meal kit delivery subscription is a complicated purchase. The traditional services mail you three nights’ worth of portioned, fresh ingredients and the corresponding recipes to prepare them. Is there a perfect meal kit delivery service?

According to experts, the industry is predicted of being a multi-billion-dollar market by 2022, and about 19% of adults claim that they have tried a meal kit service at least once. Which is the best? There are many factors that go into determining that.

How What a Crock Compares

When trying to decide which meal kit delivery service option is best, there are a few factors to weigh. What are the cheapest options? Which choices will provide you with the best home-cooked meals? We’ve highlighted five of the most popular meal kit delivery services in the country to see how What a Crock compares:

1. Plated
According to Money, Plated is the “best meal kit service on the market.” Plated offers creative recipes that you probably wouldn’t usually prepare on your own. These recipe options require a bit of skill in the kitchen and don’t always come with all of the ingredients you need to make the dish, such as oil or eggs.

How What a Crock Compares:
What a Crock has less prep time but doesn’t necessarily have dishes that are as “creative” or “adventurous” as the ones through Plated. The aspects that What a Crock does have instead is a larger variety of meals, a lower minimum order requirement, and the option to ship to the entire country.

2. Blue Apron
When it comes to meal kits that are prepared with recipes, Blue Apron is one of the best. It is not necessary of being a culinary whiz to take on a seared steak or saffron pasta dish. However, Blue Apron’s recipe database is quite limited. Each week you are only given about 8-12 options to choose from and the prep/cooking time tends to be longer than other services; about 40-70 minutes on average. Blue Apron sets themselves apart from the rest with a wine delivery program which finds the best wines to pair with your meal plans, delivered right with your food.

How What a Crock Compares: What a Crock’s menu is much more in-depth. Meal prep time virtually disappears. What a Crock’s $40 minimum order requirement is also much lower than Blue Apron’s $60 requirement.

3. HelloFresh
HelloFresh has a similar model to Blue Apron but with quicker prep times; usually 20-30 minutes. HelloFresh breaks down their categories into “fit” meals, “quick” meals, and “variety.” The meals are also a bit simpler and less adventurous than the others we’ve highlighted. Depending on the culinary journey, it could either be good or bad based on what the consumer wants to experience.

How What a Crock Compares: HelloFresh was the most comparable to What a Crock in terms of variety, healthy options, low prep time, and low price.

4. Sun Basket
Sun Basket prides itself on offering health-conscious recipes that can accommodate almost any diet. Sun Basket’s main talking points are about its use of organic produce to have a fully organic meal with clean ingredients. You are also able to swap out ingredients for premium ones. For example, you can swap out a recipe that uses salmon with a better ingredient like halibut.

How What a Crock Compares: Sun Basket is incredibly environmentally conscious which makes it tough to beat in terms of sustainability. However, Sun Basket fails where their ingredients are usually pre-cut and pre-chopped, making it so the consumer has to use the ingredients very quickly before they go bad. With, What a Crock, your crock pot creations are saved in the freezer until you use them. What a Crock has a more expansive product offering, and the portions are cheaper.

5. Home Chef
Home Chef is similar to Blue Apron in the way that they offer a different set of available options each week. However, due to that, the offerings are limited (8-12 options). All options include easy-to-follow recipes. You can also choose a family plan based on how many servings you’ll require.

How What a Crock Compares: Home Chef offers fruit and smoothie options where What a Crock only has options that can be prepared in a crock pot. Home Chef also beats What a Crock’s shipping charges by a slim margin. However, What a Crock’s menu is more robust with lower prices per serving, on average.

Why What a Crock Meals are the best options

We believe that there are quite a few reasons why What a Crock meals are the best meal kit delivery service:


Everyone loves processed foods. A lot of us were raised on processed foods due to how cheap they are, how long their shelf life is, and how easy they are to keep around when you live a busy life and need a quick bite. One of the downsides to processed foods, though, is that they tend to be much less healthy than meals equipped with fresh ingredients. These processed foods are usually found with harmful ingredients such as preservatives, other artificial ingredients, high-fructose corn syrup, and sugar. These ingredients are one of the main causes of obesity in the United States and also contribute to other health-related issues. Our crockpot creations are all healthy meals. It’s also important to note that slow cookers use water and time to cook food, as opposed to added oils and fats found in other traditional, ready-made meals. What a Crock’s healthy crock pot meals cater to dietary restrictions such as vegetarian options and gluten-free ones as well.

More variety and creativity

The best meal kits seem to offer many options but not a lot of variety. With What a Crock Meals To Go, you have the option to choose from more than just dinner options. On top of dinners, we offer dips, soups, sides, and multiple dessert options to always have something new for your weekly recipes. We also offer bundles where we select a group of items that pair well together. For example, our Trip to Italy bundle features some Italian favorites such as Grandma’s Homemade Meatballs, Sausage Scallopini, Chicken Marsala, Tomato Basil Bisque, and more. We also have a No Gluten for Me bundle which brings some of our favorite, gluten-free crock pot meals together.

When you’re busy or crunched for time

Goodbye, unhealthy fast food and takeout. Hello, healthy crock pot meals delivered. No matter how busy your schedule may possibly be, prepared crock pot meals are the best solution for saving you time and money while also giving you optimal convenience when meal prepping. Your slow cooker is best for healthy, simple, and wholesome prepared meals that you and your family can enjoy at the end of any long day. Slow cooked crock pot creations are perfect for days that you’d rather spend by the pool or relaxing on a hammock instead of running around the kitchen. There are tons of summer-ready crockpot options available that would make any outdoor dinner or barbeques complete such as philly cheesesteak dip, old bay crab chowder, slow cooker steak sandwiches, and more.


Unlike the meals found in other dinner delivery services, What a Crock’s meals can all be frozen after they are prepared. This means that you can make a meal and freeze whatever you don’t use for a later time! This not only reduces food waste but also saves your budget. And what better way to save cooking time than by saving it twice?

Easy to make

What if we told you that it is possible to make an entire meal for your family in one single step without doing any prep work? It’s true! Most competitors require about 40-70 minutes of prep time. Cooking is so easy with a crock pot. Open up one of your What a Crock meals, pour it into the crock pot, cook, and serve. That’s it. You are able to set up your slow cooker in the morning before heading out and when you come home dinner is done and ready to serve. Also, most slow cooker recipes are so simple and require no culinary skills.

Clean up is a breeze

With other meal kit delivery services such as HelloFresh and Blue Apron, you’re given the task of preparing the meal yourself. This means cutting up all of the veggies, using multiple pots and pans to cook the dishes, and making a mess of your kitchen. With our prepared crock pot meals, there is no prep work associated with the meal that will make a mess of your kitchen. The only aspect that is in need of cleaning is your crock pot. You’re able to spend that time you would have wasted by preparing the meal on other parts of life such as hanging out with friends and family.

Food tastes better

Slowly cooking meat in a crockpot can effectively soften even the toughest of meats. In addition, you are able to purchase cuts of meat that are less expensive and would be tougher to chew if they were prepared on the stove or in the oven. There is a lower chance of your food being scorched or burnt due to the low temperatures that a crockpot uses to cook.

What a Crock: The Meal Delivery Service You Need

What a Crock began with a simple idea: produce healthy crockpot meals that help families save time and money. We have retail locations in Brookhaven, Garnet Valley, Ridley, Chestnut Hill and Quakertown. Make planning dinner easy without bundles. Choose from seafood, pork, chicken, sandwiches, soups, vegetables and more! Call us today at (484) 474-0451 or visit our website to place an order. Don’t forget we have gift cards!

This release was drafted by Results Driven Marketing, LLC: a full-service digital marketing, public relations, advertising and content marketing firm located in Philadelphia, PA

Brieanna West, Founder
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How the CIO, CDO and CMO can join forces to drive digital innovation

Jane Alexander, Chief Digital & Information Officer, The Cleveland Museum of Art

Sue Workman, VP for University Technology/CIO, Case Western Reserve University

Tracy Marek, Executive Vice President of Marketing/Chief Marketing Officer for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena

Hear from local women leaders in tech and marketing who will discuss their ​evolving​ roles ​in step with the​ technology advances ​of​ today’s marketplace

In its 12th year, the Amplify speaker series continues to seek thought leaders that educate, inspire and provide a networking opportunity for executives and business leaders in Northeast Ohio”

— Renee DeLuca Dolan, Founder, President of Contempo Design + Communications


CLEVELAND, OH (July, 23, 2018) Business leaders will convene at the September Amplify event to learn about relevant topics in tech. Speakers will discuss topics including who owns the tech stack at their companies and how their company CIOs, CMOs and CDOs communicate internally and externally about new technologies being employed in their organizations. The Amplify Speaker Series is produced by Contempo Design + Communications and gold sponsors Kent State University’s College of Business Administration and Expedient.

The networking and luncheon program will take place on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at the DoubleTree Tudor Arms Hotel at 11:30 a.m. and is open to the public.

Deborah Spake, Dean of the College of Business Administration at Kent State University, will facilitate the program that will feature local tech and marketing leaders who will discuss their ​evolving​ roles ​with the​ technology advances ​of​ today’s marketplace. Each guest speaker will present a 10-minute “TED-style” talk, followed by audience Q&A.

Brad Nellis, Director of Market Strategy for Expedient’s Cleveland market will discuss the state of technology in NEO. Prior to joining Expedient, Nellis was Executive Director of OHTec (formerly NEOSA), the technology association for northeast Ohio.

Topics and Presenters:

– Jane Alexander, Chief Digital & Information Officer, The Cleveland Museum of Art, is responsible for technology implementation and digital strategies, as well as long-term strategic planning. Under her leadership, the CMA completed the award-winning Gallery One and ArtLens Gallery that transformed the museum into one of the most technologically advanced and engaging art destinations in the world.

– Tracy Marek, Executive Vice President of Marketing/Chief Marketing Officer for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena, and has over 20 years of marketing and event production experience in the professional sports and entertainment industries. Tracy will discuss how her role and that of the CIO and CDO have evolved in her 15+ years at the CAVS organization.

– Sue Workman, VP for University Technology/CIO at Case Western Reserve University, will discuss the areas of responsibility in higher-ed IT and how these differ from typical businesses, the innovative CWRU facilities, how CWRU is using holograms to teach and teamwork at the C-level in higher-ed IT. Sue is responsible for creating the vision and strategies that enable the delivery of technology solutions supporting the university’s mission of teaching, learning, and research, along with the day-to-day functions of the university.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $45 each and tables of eight and sponsor packages are available at www.contempocleveland/events

About Amplify ​:

​The Amplify Speaker Series is a program presented by Contempo Design + Communications, a full-service design and communications firm founded by Renée DeLuca Dolan in 1996 and headquartered in Warrensville Heights. The program, now in its 12th year, brings business and community thought leaders together for an active forum on issues of relevance to greater Cleveland.

​Find more details on the event and sponsorship opportunities visit and our social channels. Follow our topic discussions at ​#AmplifyCleveland

Renee DeLuca Dolan
Contempo Design + Communication
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Maureen Sheeran, NCJFCJ Chief Program Officer, Announces Retirement

The NCJFCJ is the Nation’s Oldest Judicial Membership Organization

Maureen “Mo” Sheeran, chief program officer for family violence and domestic relations programs at the NCJFCJ, has announced her retirement.

From a time when domestic violence was barely understood, Mo grew the NCJFCJ to its stature as the preeminent leader in the country.”

— Honorable Susan B. Carbon, New Hampshire Circuit Court

RENO, NV, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2018 / — (Reno, Nev.) – Maureen “Mo” Sheeran, chief program officer for family violence and domestic relations programs at the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), has announced her retirement from the organization as of August 15.

Sheeran has been a leader in domestic violence prevention and services for more than 30 years. She has significantly contributed to the NCJFCJ’s efforts to improve judicial response to domestic violence, and to improve outcomes for victims of domestic violence and their children involved in the family court and dependency systems. Since assisting in the establishment of the Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody in 1994, she has spearheaded initiatives to design more effective approaches to working with battered women and their children.

“From a time when domestic violence was barely understood, Mo grew the NCJFCJ to its stature as the preeminent leader in the country,” said the Honorable Susan B. Carbon of New Hampshire Circuit Court and past president of the NCJFCJ. “She has grown and cultivated a staff that share her drive and dedication. Her energy and passion are infectious. Every life she touches is made better because of it. I am one of the fortunate beneficiaries of the privilege of knowing and working with Mo for the past 22 years.”

She has provided leadership nationally on supervised visitation and exchange services that account for domestic violence. She also serves in an advisory capacity for numerous organizations, focusing on collaborative efforts that harness the resources and expertise of various professionals and organizations to achieve safe and just outcomes. She has developed a myriad of groundbreaking judicial curriculum at national conferences on domestic violence. During her tenure with the NCJFCJ, she has overseen more than $50 million in federally funded grant projects; served as an advisor for many organizations; and developed national conference curriculums on such issues as full faith and credit, firearms and domestic violence, and effective interventions in domestic violence and child maltreatment cases.

“Mo has a great ability to work and build relationships with government agencies, domestic violence advocates, other organizations, and judges,” said the Honorable Dale Koch (Ret.) of Multnomah County, Ore. and past president of the NCJFCJ. “She is a problem solver, who is always working to find solutions, rather than create barriers to success. Mo will be greatly missed.”

Prior to joining the NCJFCJ 25 years ago, she provided direct services to victims of domestic violence and their children, and raised funds for client services for six years as the deputy director and development director for the Domestic Violence Resource Center (formerly CAAW, Committee to Aid Abused Women).

“Mo’s impact helped shape the work of the NCJFCJ,” said Joey Orduna Hastings, NCJFCJ CEO. “She has been a part of monumental legislative, policy, and technical assistance publications that will continue to influence judicial education in family violence and domestic relations matters in order to improve the lives of families and children who seek justice.”

About the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ):
Founded in 1937, the Reno, Nev.-based National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, is the nation’s oldest judicial membership organization and focused on improving the effectiveness of our nation’s juvenile and family courts. A leader in continuing education opportunities, research, and policy development in the field of juvenile and family justice, the 2,000-member organization is unique in providing practice-based resources to jurisdictions and communities nationwide.

Chrisie Yabu
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Miracle Fruit Oil

Miracle Fruit Seed Oil Treatment

Vitabrace High Performance Wristband

MIAMI BEACH, FL, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2018 / — The Miracle Fruit Oil Company is pleased to announce its Miracle Fruit Seed Oil® Hair Treatment clinically-proven to repair hair damage, prevent and reduce hair breakage, and strengthen hair has successfully completed an independent third party review of its Cosmetic Product Safety Report and has received EU CPNP notification of regulatory compliance. Miracle Fruit Seed Oil® Hair Treatment, the #1 doctor recommended hair oil product in the USA, is the world’s first and foremost leading hair treatment aimed to promote healthy, strong, and beautiful hair of all types. It is the only hair treatment that contains the rare and exotic Miracle Fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum) Seed Oil which is derived from a natural plant source, the healthy and nutritious Miracle Fruit Berry.

The Miracle Fruit Oil Company also announced today that its Vitabrace® wristband complies with the EU General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) 2001/95/EC. The Vitabrace® wristband is the world's first and only wellness high-performance wristband containing Miracle Fruit Seed Oil®, clinically proven to be safe and effective in improving manual performance skills such as grip strength, range of motion, and endurance as well as reducing hand fatigue, soreness, and stiffness. Vitabrace® benefits the wearer during tasks that require manual dexterity and grip strength such as typing, texting, writing, cooking, cleaning, grooming, styling, massaging, throwing a ball, and gripping objects like a mouse, handle, ball or weight. Vitabrace® helps persons achieve superior efficiency and productivity during their daily living tasks, occupations, and recreational activities (athletic, fitness, art, music, video gaming, etc.).

“The EU notification for cosmetic indication and GPSD compliance are the first phase in expanding our sales and marketing efforts with our current European partners and will make our Miracle Fruit Seed Oil® Hair Treatment and Vitabrace® wristband products even more attractive to additional partnerships. We believe Europeans understand and appreciate the health and wellness benefits of our clinically-proven products”, stated Adam Resnick, COO, Miracle Fruit Oil Company.

All Miracle Fruit Oil’s independent distributors can now distribute the Miracle Fruit Seed Oil® Hair Treatment and the Vitabrace® wristband in the EU.

The Miracle Fruit Oil Company is the only company developing products containing its proprietary Miracle Fruit Seed Oil®, a rare and exotic fruit seed oil derived from a natural and healthy source, the miracle fruit berry. Manuscripts containing the results of the clinical studies were published in highly-respected scholarly peer-reviewed medical journals providing evidence for the beneficial claims associated with the use of Miracle Fruit Seed Oil® Hair Treatment and Vitabrace® wristband. Patents were filed and trademarks registered in the USA and internationally.

To learn more about the products and medical publications or to book an interview, contact the Miracle Fruit Oil Company by email at:


Miracle Fruit Oil
Miracle Fruit Oil
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