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Noodles & Company is Bringing the Flavor This Summer with the Launch of Three New Salads

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Noodles & Company tests new salads in select markets.
Noodles & Company tests new salads in select markets.

BROOMFIELD, Colo., June 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Noodles & Company, the national fast casual brand known for serving globally-inspired dishes made fresh to order, today announced that they are testing brand new, bold, craveable salads in select locations. The salads are made with fresh, unique flavor combinations offering guests additional light and healthy options just in time to kick off summer. As an innovative leader in the restaurant industry, Noodles & Company has continuously sought to bring a variety of delicious dishes with globally-inspired flavors to its guests. As consumers begin returning to the workplace, Noodles’ new salads accommodate busy schedules by offering a quick, convenient lunch option while also supporting guests’ health at the same time.  

Fresh new flavors 
With the introduction of these new salads, Noodles & Company provides consumers with even more variety and unique flavors than ever before and strengthens its commitment to offer consistently delicious, fresh, and better-for-you options.  

Bring some flavor to your lunch with three new salads from Noodles & Company:  

  • Asian Apple Citrus Salad - Spring and kale mix tossed in a ginger citrus dressing with grilled chicken, diced apple, cucumber, and slaw made from broccoli, carrots, and red cabbage. Topped with fresh avocado, crispy chow mein noodles, and black sesame seeds. 
  • Mexican Street Corn Salad - Spring and kale mix tossed in cotija cheese dressing with grilled chicken, roasted corn, Roma tomato and topped with avocado, feta, chipotle cheddar tortilla strips, and cilantro.  
  • Quinoa Chop Salad - Spring and kale mix tossed in a ginger citrus vinaigrette with grilled chicken, red quinoa, roasted corn, and Roma tomato. Topped with fresh avocado and pistachios.  

All of these new salads feature the highly requested fresh Tuscan blend of leafy-green lettuces to pack every bite with flavor while providing next-level health benefits that Noodles’ guests are looking for.  

Alternative light options 
For guests that just aren’t feeling a salad vibe, Noodles and Company also offers plant-based pasta options, such as zoodles and cauliflower noodles all customizable with fresh add-ins. Their menu includes detailed descriptions, making it easy to identify gluten-free, vegetarian, and low-calorie dish options for guests with food sensitivities or those seeking meals to fit certain dietary lifestyles.  

Noodles & Company is testing the new salads at select locations in Colorado, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, and California. See if your local Noodles is offering these delicious test salads by visiting noodles.com/order. To join the fun, earn rewards, and try one of these satisfying salads for yourself, sign up for Noodles Rewards by visiting noodles.com/rewards or download the Noodles Rewards app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.  

About Noodles & Company 
Since 1995, Noodles & Company has been serving noodles your way, with noodles and flavors that you know and love as well as new ones you’re about to discover. From indulgent Wisconsin Mac & Cheese to better-for-you Zoodles and Other Noodles, the company serves a world of flavor in every bowl. Made up of more than 450 restaurants and thousands of passionate team members, Noodles was recently named one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity Award 2021 by Forbes and has been named one of the Best Places to Work by the Denver Business Journal for its unique culture built on the value of “Loving Life” which begins by nourishing and inspiring every team member and guest who walks through the door. Noodles has also earned the Women in the Lead Certification for its investment in women-empowering initiatives for its female team members and has proudly partnered with the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance to build cultural intelligence within its teams. To learn more and to find the location nearest you, visit www.noodles.com.  

SOURCE Noodles & Company

NBA All-star Chris Paul Buys Out all Three Locations of Slutty Vegan to Serve Free Food to The Atlanta Community in Celebration of Juneteenth this Saturday

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Pinky Cole and Chris Paul team up to provide FREE Slutty Vegan to the Atlanta community on Juneteenth!
Pinky Cole and Chris Paul team up to provide FREE Slutty Vegan to the Atlanta community on Juneteenth!

ATLANTA, June 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Slutty Vegan and NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Phoenix Suns are teaming up to serve free food to the Atlanta community in celebration of Juneteenth. This Saturday, June 19th, each visitor to any of Slutty Vegan’s three locations in Atlanta (Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., Jonesboro, or Edgewood Ave.) can enjoy the vegan burger joint’s famous One Night Stand and a side of fries for FREE, all day long while supplies last. The plant-based burger is served loaded with vegan bacon, vegan cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and Slutty Vegan’s Slut Sauce on a vegan Hawaiian bun. In addition, Slutty Vegan will be paying its employees time and a half on Juneteenth.

This isn’t the first time Paul and Slutty Vegan have joined forces. In June 2020, Paul, La La Anthony, Gabrielle Union-Wade, and Ludacris bought out Slutty Vegan for the day to serve free food to customers as a thank you for the food brand’s philanthropic efforts. “In the spirit of Juneteenth, I’m honored to support a Black-owned business while dedicating resources to feed the community,” said Paul. “Let’s celebrate this Saturday.”

“On Juneteenth, we honor our independence and our freedom,” said Pinky Cole, Founder & CEO of Slutty Vegan. “As a Black-owned business, Slutty Vegan continues to grow thanks to support from our neighbors, and we have the opportunity to change people’s lives by unifying and diversifying our communities, giving back, and providing options and knowledge on a healthier lifestyle. Thanks to Chris, this Saturday, we’ll be reaching even more people and celebrating this extremely important day.”

Saban Music Group Declares “Justice” A New Message Of Hope And Equality By Up And Comer Nakkia Gold Ft. Wiz Khalifa, Bob Marley And The Wailers

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Saban Music Group Declares "Justice" A New Message Of Hope And Equality By Up And Comer Nakkia Gold Ft. Wiz Khalifa, Bob Marley And The Wailers (PRNewsfoto/Saban Music Group LLC)

LOS ANGELES, May 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Saban Music Group (SMG), singer, songwriter, and producer Nakkia Gold released her latest single, “Justice (Get Up, Stand Up)” featuring GRAMMY® and Golden Globe® Award-nominated recording artist Wiz Khalifa, Bob Marley and The Wailers. A remake of “Get Up, Stand Up” by Bob Marley and The Wailers, “JUSTICE” is a rebirth of the militant anthem, which played an integral role in the fight for equality and human rights in 1973. Fifty-three years later, Americans continue to face inequality, systemic racism, and a long, painful history of violence in the black and minority communities. In response, Los Angeles-born singer Nakkia Gold is taking action through the immediate release of her single “Justice (Get Up, Stand Up),” which has already gained national attention.

Nakkia Gold commented, “The struggle has made us strong. This is the moment to break through the chains of social injustice. This song is a call to action in a time when it’s needed the most.”

When SMG founder Haim Saban heard the track, he immediately recognized Gold’s talent and signed her to the label. From there, “Justice (Get Up, Stand Up)” was played for Cedella Marley, who gave her full blessing for the use of her father’s iconic lyrics in this uplifting song.

Cedella Marley said, “I am proud that my father’s legacy continues to live on through his music. His message of peace and equality transcends, especially today, during these challenging times. I wish Nakkia the best in her new endeavor with Saban Music Group and only hope her message resonates during this time of much-needed change.”

Wiz Khalifa stated, “Bob Marley has always been an inspiration to me. I was pumped to hop on this track and keep his message alive about continuing the fight.”

Gus Lopez CEO of SMG, said, “The first time I heard Nakkia sing, it felt powerful. I knew people would listen and be motivated by it. My goal is for Nakkia to help connect people in ways never done before.”

Inspired by her core belief that “music tells a story,” Nakkia Gold distinguishes herself from other artists by empowering her community with her soul-inspiring voice that weaves a tapestry of emotion and rich, melodic texture rooted in R&B and contemporary music.

CHECK OUT “JUSTICE (GET UP, STAND UP)” HERE

About Nakkia:

Nikki Mason, known professionally as Nakkia Gold, is an American singer, songwriter, producer, and choreographer from Los Angeles, California.  A lifelong performer who grew up with a natural talent for dancing and acting, Nakkia Gold is a new member of the Saban Music Group (SMG) roster.  Nakkia Gold is currently working on an EP and collaborating on singles with other artists.  In her free time, she volunteers at an organization that empowers young students through hip-hop dance classes.

Follow @NakkiaGold on Socials:

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ABOUT BOB MARLEY

Bob Marley, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, is notable as the man who put reggae on the global map and as a statesman in his native Jamaica. He famously brought together the country’s warring factions. Today, Bob Marley remains one of the 20th century’s most important and influential entertainment icons. Marley’s lifestyle and music continue to inspire new generations as his legacy lives on through his music. In the digital era, he has the second-highest social media following of any posthumous celebrity, with the official Bob Marley Facebook page drawing more than 70 million fans, ranking it among the Top 20 of all Facebook Top 10 among celebrity pages. Marley’s music catalog has sold millions of albums worldwide. His iconic collection LEGEND holds the distinction of being the longest-charting album in the history of Billboard magazine’s Catalog Albums chart and remains the world’s best-selling reggae album. Marley’s accolades include inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1994) and ASCAP Songwriters Hall of Fame (2010), a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), multiple entries in the GRAMMY® Hall Of Fame, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2001).  For more information, visit bobmarley.com and facebook.com/bobmarley.

About Wiz Khalifa:

Multi-platinum selling, Grammy and Golden Globe-nominated recording artist Wiz Khalifa burst onto the scene with mainstream success with the release of his first major-label debut album, ROLLING PAPERS‎ in 2011. ‎ROLLING PAPERS spawned the hugely successful hits “Black and Yellow,” “Roll Up,” and “No Sleep” and gave Wiz the platform to win the award for “Best New Artist” at the 2011 BET Awards and “Top New Artist” at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards. As a follow-up to ROLLING PAPERS, Wiz Released O.N.I.F.C. in 2012. This album featured tracks “Work Hard, Play Hard” and “Remember You” featuring The Weeknd. His third studio album, released in 2014, BLACC HOLLYWOOD, ‎debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart and included the hit single “We DemBoyz.” Soon after, Wiz’s track,‎ “See You Again,” off the FURIOUS 7 soundtrack, catapulted to the top of the charts across 95 countries. Holding the #1 spot for 12 consecutive weeks, “See You Again” broke records by being Spotify’s most-streamed track in a single day in the United States and in a single week in 26 countries. In addition to winning 3 Teen Choice Awards in 2015, “See You Again” continued its success by winning a Critics’ Choice Award in the “Best Song” category, winning two Billboard Music Awards in the categories “Top Hot 100 Song” and “Top Rap Song,” earning three Grammy Awards nominations in the categories “Song of the Year,” “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance,” and “Best Song Written for Visual Media,” and a Golden Globe nomination in the category “Best Original Song – Motion Picture.” Wiz released his album, KHALIFA, in February 2016 as a thank you to fans which included the tracks “Bake Sale” featuring Travis Scott and “Elevated.” In June of the same year, Wiz collaborated with Juicy J and TM88 to debut TGOD MAFIA PRESENTS: RUDE AWAKENING and embarked on his co-headlining “The High Road Summer Tour” with Snoop Dogg. On April 20, 2017, Wiz launched his mobile app, Wiz Khalifa’s Weed Farm, which has garnered over 10.1 million downloads and is currently being played in over eight countries and six languages. Later that year, Wiz’s mixtape, LAUGH NOW, FLY LATER, was released in November and featured the chart-topping hit, “Letterman.” His latest studio album, ROLLING PAPERS 2, which is certified gold, was released in July 2018. Following the release, Wiz and rap duo Rae Sremmurd hit the road for their “Dazed and Blazed Tour” throughout summer 2018. In February 2018, Wiz partnered with Sovereign Brands to create McQueen and the Violet Fog, an Award-winning gin and rated by the NY Times as the “Best Gin.” In April of 2019, Wiz released his 5-part docuseries with Apple Music, “Wiz Khalifa: Behind the Cam,” which gives viewers an exclusive look into his life and career. In the summer of 2019, Wiz went on his “Decent Exposure Summer Tour” with French Montana, Moneybagg Yo, Chevy Woods, and DJ Drama. In November 2019, Wiz starred in Apple TV+’s “Dickinson” as the character of Death alongside Hailee Steinfeld; Wiz will also be featured in the upcoming second season, debut on January 8, 2021. Wiz is also a series regular in Fox’s animated sitcom, “Duncanville,” which premiered February 2020, with a second season coming soon. On 4/20 of 2020, Wiz released his latest project, The Saga of Wiz Khalifa, which features his tracks, “Contact,” featuring Tyga and his latest single, “Still Wiz.” In October of 2020, Wiz, along with Nextbite, launched his latest business venture, a delivery-only restaurant chain, HotBox by Wiz. The restaurant is now in all major metro areas. Most recently, Wiz released his latest playlist, Taylor Nights, and Wiz has joined the Professional Fighters League World Class Ownership Group. In his advisory role, Khalifa will collaborate with the league to integrate various pop culture elements – from music integration and content creation to MMA lifestyle apparel.

About Saban Music Group

Saban Music Group LLC (SMG) is a global music entertainment company based in Los Angeles, California. SMG was founded in 2019 by Haim Saban, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saban Capital Group LLC and a worldwide pioneer and leader in the entertainment industry. SMG captures the globalization of music by identifying, signing, and developing artists with international appeal. Since its launch, spearheaded by industry veteran Gustavo Lopez, SMG has been signing artists and developing content for global music audiences. The music entertainment Immediate Release firm is committed to providing local and international artists resources through its 360 model. The company operates in many pillars, including recorded music, publishing, touring, management and acquisitions. SMG’s global artist roster includes Static & Ben El (Israel), Mergui (Israel), Marie Monti (France), Chesca (Puerto Rico), and Nakkia Gold (Los Angeles), to name a few.

www.sabanmusic.com

U.S. Army Reveals the People Behind the Uniform in New Animated Film Series

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Promotional poster for “The Calling” animated series from the U.S. Army.

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. Army released “The Calling,” a new animated film series that profiles the deeply emotional and diverse origin stories of five Soldiers as they make the most important decision of their lives: answering the call to serve. At a time of a widening military-civilian divide, “The Calling” provides an important and rare inside look at the lives and motivations of today’s Soldiers, turning what was once a one-dimensional view of Army service into something more relatable.

“Research tells us that young people today see the Army as a ‘distant star’ – a place requiring a nearly superhuman level of discipline with little relevance to their daily lives,” said Maj. Gen. Alex Fink, Chief of Army Enterprise Marketing. “Similarly, youth don’t necessarily connect with those who serve or see common ground in terms of interests, abilities, and goals. ‘The Calling’ shatters these misperceptions by showing that Soldiers are all of us: real people with hopes, dreams, fears, aspirations, families, friends, and obstacles to overcome.”

The Army conducted a worldwide search across the forces for Soldier stories to support the campaign, receiving nearly one hundred inspiring entries. After settling on a shortlist of potential candidates, stories were tested to assess their resonance with today’s youth. The final “cast” provides a rich tapestry of stories that represent the diverse upbringings and life experiences that make up today’s Army. Featured Soldiers include:

  • Cpl. Emma Malonelord, U.S. Army (“Emma”): Emma seemed to have it all. A self-proclaimed “spoiled kid” – growing up with a supportive family, good education, and plenty of extracurriculars – Emma found herself seeking her purpose in life. While studying at the University of California, Davis, she admired the humanitarian efforts of some of her sorority sisters and began to feel a pull to be part of something bigger. After meeting with an Army recruiter, she said goodbye to her sorority friends. Though Emma’s moms were initially wary of her joining the Army, they understood their daughter’s desire to chart her own path and, now they are active supporters of the Army community by spearheading letter writing and care package campaigns for Soldiers.
  • 1st Lt. David Toguchi, U.S. Army (“David”): David never gave himself permission to dream about becoming a pilot. As a young boy in Hawaii, he spent hours watching helicopters take off from a nearby Army base. It wasn’t until his older brother, who was serving in the Army at the time, tirelessly encouraged him to chase his passion that David began to turn his lifelong dream into a reality. Following years of sacrifice and studies, David found himself in the cockpit of his very own Chinook. David’s story is one of resiliency that today spurs him to give back in any way he can, and lately, that’s volunteering at an orphanage in Honduras and giving talks at his church.
  • 1st Lt. RudSheld Plaisir, U.S. Army (“Rickie”): Rickie was a child of two worlds. Growing up in a religious family in Haiti, he experienced an incredible amount of culture shock when his family immigrated to Tampa, Fla., when he was seven years old. Rickie joined his high school JROTC program, where he fell in love with the idea of military service. During a 9/11 remembrance ceremony, he found himself overcome with emotion for his new country and the desire to defend it. He attended Florida A&M University, where he commissioned as an Army Signal Corps Officer. Rickie credits his continued service to the people serving around him and the comradery this provides, especially for someone living far away from their family.
  • 1st Lt. Janeen Phelps, U.S. Army Reserve (“Janeen”): Janeen had friends join the Army out of high school and felt equally drawn to its opportunities. At the time, her father – a Vietnam era veteran – was strongly opposed to his daughter joining. Instead Janeen began her undergraduate education at Lander University in South Carolina, but the events of 9/11 compelled her to return home to Las Vegas. A natural born singer, Janeen began picking up singing gigs on the Vegas Strip to cover college expenses, which led to a successful career performing on cruise ships. Her experiences traveling the high seas reignited Janeen’s longing to serve and be a part of the solution. This time, with the support of her father, she enlisted in the Army and later completed ROTC to become a Public Affairs Officer in the Army Reserve.
  • Spc. Jennifer Liriano, U.S. Army Reserve (“Jennifer”): Jennifer had to grow up fast. Born to first-generation immigrants from the Dominican Republic who worked long hours to make ends meet, she spent her childhood caring for her family. A series of events set Jennifer on the wrong path, causing her mother to send her to her family’s native Dominican town. The trip and the people she met changed how she viewed the world and stirred a calling to serve others. At 23, she met an Army recruiter who introduced her to the benefits of enlisting, including an accelerated path to a nursing license and scholarship support. Today, she is a platoon sergeant with the U.S. Army Reserve 865th Combat Support Hospital and, when she’s not in uniform, works in a cardiothoracic surgical ICU and is pursuing her nursing bachelor’s degree.

“‘The Calling’ showcases how five Soldiers answered their call to selfless service,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Charles K. Masters II, sergeant major of Army Enterprise Marketing. “Soldiers across the Army stepped up to share their personal stories with America to breakdown the stereotypes associated with those who serve. Their inspiring stories highlight the diversity in the Army as we continue to be a Team made up of great people. One common thread you will see throughout this campaign is our Soldiers all believe in something bigger than themselves and strive to make a difference in the world.”

This animated anthology is a distinct departure from previous Army campaigns – both for its arresting visual approach and its intimate portrayal of the people behind the uniform. The Army chose to deviate from the traditional Army look and feel to give priority to the stories themselves and create the flexibility to explore unique visual approaches personal to each Soldier. Animation was a clear creative choice for the campaign because of its visual interest, narrative flexibility, and Gen Z appeal.

“The Calling” employs an innovative approach to advertising that leans on longer-form storytelling to deliver its message and required an equally innovative distribution plan to ensure an environment where content would be best received. YouTube was selected as the streaming platform for “The Calling” for its appeal among Gen Z youth and its precision specific to audience targeting and measurement.

The campaign reaches audiences through YouTube, GoArmy social media channels, and GoArmy.com with a range of promotional assets designed to appeal to different segments of the Gen Z population. A series of animated trailers highlight central themes from the campaign that align with Gen Z interests, and drive to longer-form animations for a deeper look at the stories of featured Soldiers. Additional print and animated assets include portraits comparing featured Soldiers in their animated and human forms and campaign posters.

For more information on “The Calling” and opportunities with the Army, visit GoArmy.com/TheCalling.

About the Army Enterprise Marketing Office (AEMO): AEMO is the U.S. Army’s national marketing, marketing research and analysis and accessions analysis organization. AEMO develops innovative and effective ways to: connect with the American public to make the Army more accessible and understood; increase awareness of both the benefits and value of Army service; and motivate the most qualified candidates to choose the Army as their service of first choice.

SOURCE U.S. Army

New Research: 87% of U.S. Travelers Planning Summer Travel; More than 50% Considering Orlando

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ORLANDO, Fla., May 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — As major travel destinations such as New York City and Las Vegas begin relaxing restrictions and re-opening for tourism, Orlando approaches its one-year anniversary as the nation’s frontrunner for creating safe and successful tourism experiences.  Recognizing the ongoing road to recovery during National Travel & Tourism Week, Visit Orlando hosted its first live, in-person event to share the latest outlook for summer travel, and new consumer travel trends from respected research firm Destination Analysts.

“Our research is showing that Americans are ready to travel again,” said Erin Francis-Cummings, president and CEO of Destination Analysts.  “We are seeing that 87% of American travelers expect to take a trip this summer, which is more than double the percent that took a trip in the summer of 2020. Orlando is seeing extremely strong interest with 51% of respondents saying they are considering the destination for 2021.”

“For Orlando, we are seeing several key indicators trending in very positive directions,” said Casandra Matej, president and CEO of Visit Orlando. “Our region’s meetings sector is outpacing the national recovery forecast at double the expected rate, and lodging demand surged 50% from February to March due to a successful spring break.  Orlando’s strong reputation for safety, unique outdoor experiences and family connectedness appears to be really resonating with consumers making plans right now, helping propel Orlando to the destination of choice for summer.”

Orlando Leading the Return of Meetings

Orlando is seeing growing interest in meetings and conventions, with 84 citywide conventions taking place at the Orange County Convention Center, equating to about 900,000 projected attendees and 1.3 million room nights. Based on these confirmed events at the Orange County Convention Center, attendance this year could reach 73% of 2019 attendance. Comparatively, national projections on recovery for the meetings industry are at 35% of 2019 levels. 

Summer Travel Outlook and New Openings

After a successful spring break period with Orlando occupancy rates climbing to their highest levels since February 2020, May occupancy may potentially dip, following a typical seasonal pattern for travelers. Summer travel is expected to be strong based on growing traveler sentiment, growing domestic seat capacity at Orlando International Airport and accumulated personal savings to pay for travel.

In addition, Orlando has several new openings for visitors this summer including Jurassic World VelociCoaster opening June 10 at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort opening a new 14-story hotel tower, Walt Disney World Swan Reserve. White Castle opened its largest location in the world on May 3 and celebrity Chef Gordan Ramsay announced that Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips will open its first location outside of Las Vegas at ICON Park this summer. Summertime also brings savings, with more than 160 offers at VisitOrlando.com, ranging from attractions and hotels to dining and outdoor activities.

As the United States starts to lessen travel restrictions, Visit Orlando’s website, VisitOrlando.com/healthytravel, keeps visitors up to date on the most current local guidelines.

About Visit Orlando 

Visit Orlando is The Official Tourism Association® for Orlando, the most visited destination in the United States and Theme Park Capital of the World®. A not-for-profit trade association that brands, markets and sells the Orlando destination globally, Visit Orlando represents member companies comprising every segment of Central Florida’s tourism community.

SOURCE Visit Orlando

DolCas Biotech’s Curcumin for Sports Nutrition

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DolCas Biotech’s Curcumin for Sports Nutrition (PRNewsfoto/DolCas Biotech, LLC)
DolCas Biotech’s Curcumin for Sports Nutrition

LANDING, N.J., April 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — DolCas Biotech LLC’s novel Curcugen® curcumin formulation is being primed for the sports health sector. Newly armed with self-affirmed GRAS designation as a safe, functional food ingredient, Curcugen is poised to feature in a comprehensive portfolio of sports supplements and post-workout bars, shakes, and beverages. A new clinical study endorses Curcugen’s role as a compelling post-workout anti-inflammatory agent.

Curcugen demonstrates anti-inflammatory role in acute exercise model

Results of clinical research published in the Proceedings of the Seventeenth International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) Conference and Expo, December 2020, confirmed Curcugen’s positive anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and analgesic capacity on subjects engaging in acute exercise. In this double-blinded, placebo-controlled study, led by Neil Schwarz, PhD, 24 participants were randomized to either a daily dose of 500 mg of Curcugen or the equivalent dose in rice flour prior to an intense exercise protocol of 50 hurdles and 50 drop jumps. Joint range-of-motion (ROM), soreness, and markers of inflammation and oxidative stress where significantly better in the Curcugen group 72 hours post-exercise demonstrating its capabilities in accelerating post workout recovery.

“Following an exercise bout, acute serial supplementation with Curcugen at 500mg improved knee range-of-motion and thigh pain tolerance when compared directly with placebo,” says Schwarz who acts as Associate Professor of Exercise Science at the University of South Alabama. “This is an interesting finding which warrants further investigation into the proper use of Curcugen for recovery after exercise.”

“Curcumin is not entirely new to the sports health industry,” notes Dr. Shavon Jackson-Michel, Director of Medical & Scientific Affairs for DolCas. “Curcumin most commonly appears in capsule and pill formulations. This could be due to its water-insoluble nature. While also applicable to conventional formats, like capsules and pills, Curcugen has been uniquely formulated with a self-dispersing mechanism that allows it to be easily integrated into powdered shakes and other functional applications, even at room temperature — perfect for on-the-go enjoyment.”

Over the last decade, the sports nutrition and supplement space has been making bold moves toward meeting heightened clean-label standards set by the growing pool of health-conscious, sports-active population. Formulators increasingly are exploring the botanical world for naturally derived sport performance boosters and post exercise recovery solutions to meet this growing demand. “Our raw material contains no non-turmeric or synthetic bio-enhancers, excipients, or binding agents,” confirms Jackson-Michel. “It also imparts a mild taste that serves to keep high-yield sweeteners at a minimum, with little need for masking agents.”

The role of curcumin in pre/post-workout supplements

Science affirms the botanical’s unquestionable positive impact on mitigating the negative effects of high-intensity exercises. It appears that these exercises lead to an overwhelming free radical/oxidative stress response that incites tissue-damaging inflammation, subsequently prolonging healing and recovery. Curcumin has been found to offer superior antioxidant benefits to the tissues, quelling the inflammatory response. Studies have confirmed this effect via the reduced presence of blood serum inflammatory markers during the post-exercise period, and reports of reduced pain sided by a speedy return to physical activity when compared to placebo.

Curcugen’s recently awarded self-affirmed GRAS confirmation has deemed the ingredient safe for use in smoothies/shakes, nutrition bars, and yogurts at a dose between 210-1400 mg/day.

“Given Curcugen’s high performance credentials and scientific substantiation for its anti-inflammatory benefit in exercise, we are now positioning it to be a major player in the sport’s health scene,” adds Jackson-Michel. “Our pilot study sought the lowest dosing of Curcugen suggested and succeeded in drawing out significant early evidence that supports its worthiness both for sports formulations and future investigations.”

About Dolcas Biotech, LLC

Dolcas Biotech, LLC. was established in 2007 as an extension to its generic ingredients corporation, Orcas Naturals. The company centers its operations on the creation, introduction, marketing and distribution of unique botanical and nutritional products to the world and supports these endeavors with ongoing research and regulatory processes to ensure maximum efficacy and to position its branded portfolio of ingredients for success.

In 2017, Dolcas Biotech established its own manufacturing arm, DolCas Botanosys in Bikaner, India helping to vertically integrate the company and its sister corporations in the procurement of high-quality ingredients. The company has been designated one of ’50 Most Innovative Companies to Watch’ in 2020 by The Silicon Review. 

Richmond American Debuts New Model Homes in Ridgefield

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Richmond American’s two-story Pearl floor plan is modeled at Seasons at Kemper Loop in Ridgefield, Washington.

RIDGEFIELD, Wash., April 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Richmond American Homes of Oregon, Inc., a subsidiary of M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MDC), is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of two model homes at Seasons at Kemper Loop (RichmondAmerican.com/KemperLoop) in Ridgefield. This notable new neighborhood showcases the builder’s sought-after Season™ Collection (RichmondAmerican.com/PortlandSeasons) floor plans, designed to put homeownership within reach for a wide range of homebuyers.

Model home tours
Prospective homebuyers and area agents are encouraged to stop by Seasons at Kemper Loop to explore the brand-new, fully furnished Alexandrite and Pearl model homes and learn about other available floor plans at the community. The sales center is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday through Thursday and from 12 to 6 p.m. on Fridays.

More about Seasons at Kemper Loop:

  • New ranch and two-story homes from the $400s
  • Six floor plans from the popular Seasons™ Collection
  • 2 to 5 bedrooms, approx. 1,420 to 2,400 sq. ft.
  • Covered patios included
  • Limited homesites available!

Those who choose to build a new home from the ground up at Seasons at Kemper Loop will have the opportunity to work with professional design consultants to select colors, textures, finishes and fixtures for their new living spaces—a complimentary service! 

Seasons at Kemper Loop is located at 565 N. 32nd Court in Ridgefield. Call 360.954.7344 or visit RichmondAmerican.com for more information. View health and safety updates at RichmondAmerican.com/COVID-19.

About M.D.C. Holdings, Inc.

Operating under the name Richmond American Homes, MDC’s homebuilding subsidiaries have built more than 210,000 homes since 1977. Among the nation’s largest homebuilders, MDC’s subsidiary companies have operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia and Washington. Mortgage lending, plus insurance and title services are offered by the following MDC subsidiaries, respectively: HomeAmerican Mortgage Corporation, American Home Insurance Agency, Inc. and American Home Title and Escrow Company. M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “MDC.” For more information, visit MDCHoldings.com.

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Disneyland Resort Will Open All-new Land; Avengers Campus Welcomes Super Hero Recruits Beginning June 4, 2021

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Avengers Campus, opening June 4, 2021, at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California, will invite guests of all ages into a new land where they will sling webs on the first Disney ride-through attraction to feature Spider-Man. The immersive land also presents multiple heroic encounters with Avengers and their allies, like Iron Man, Black Panther, Black Widow and more.
Avengers Campus, opening June 4, 2021, at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California, will invite guests of all ages into a new land where they will sling webs on the first Disney ride-through attraction to feature Spider-Man. The immersive land also presents multiple heroic encounters with Avengers and their allies, like Iron Man, Black Panther, Black Widow and more.

– Guests at Disney California Adventure Park will join the action at Avengers Campus, where Spider-Man swings above the rooftops with incredible acrobatic feats

– Avengers and their allies are seeking ‘recruits’ of all ages to team up with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes

– ‘Recruits’ find their powers on the new, family-friendly attraction WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure

– Iron Man dons a new suit of armor, Doctor Strange brings the mystic arts to an Ancient Sanctum, and Ant-Man and The Wasp appear for the first time at Disneyland Resort

ANAHEIM, Calif., April 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Avengers Campus, an entirely new land dedicated to discovering, recruiting and training the next generation of Super Heroes, will open June 4, 2021, at Disneyland Resort, inside Disney California Adventure Park. Guests who are lifelong fans of Super Heroes and those discovering them for the first time are invited to team up with the Avengers and their allies to live out their Super Hero dreams in this fully immersive land that mixes innovative technology and fun for all ages.

“We are so excited to soon welcome our guests to Avengers Campus, our first land dedicated to Super Heroes,” said Ken Potrock, president, Disneyland Resort. “Here, our cast members will unite to help guests of all ages find their super powers and create special memories.”

Avengers Campus brings together Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for the common good, and they’re calling all recruits to join the action: Team up with the Avengers and their allies; sling webs with Spider-Man, taste-test inventive food and drinks and become part of a bigger universe. Kids and guests of all ages will find their powers as they take an active role alongside some of their favorite Super Heroes, with a chance to live out their own heroic story.

Guests will have the chance to witness Spider-Man swinging into action high above Avengers Campus with gravity-defying, acrobatic feats never seen before in a Disney park. That leads them to the new attraction, WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure, which takes guests on an interactive escapade. And that’s just the beginning of the fun. Guests will train with Black Panther and Wakanda’s elite guards, the Dora Milaje; team up to save the Guardians of the Galaxy from The Collector’s Fortress; encounter Super Heroes (and villains), and experience the thrills as Avengers hold off their foes and save the day. Those seeking provisions for their next mission will find them at Pym Test Kitchen featuring Impossible™ Foods.

While exploring Avengers Campus, recruits may encounter Iron Man in his new armor, the Mark 80. Ant-Man and The Wasp appear for the first time at the Disneyland Resort and Doctor Strange will train recruits in the ways of the mystic arts at an Ancient Sanctum. Black Widow, Black Panther, Thor, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America and Captain Marvel are among those joining the action.

“When we set out to create these extraordinary Super Hero experiences across the globe, we designed a new Spider-Man attraction for Disney California Adventure park in an immersive land with amazing character experiences,” said Scot Drake, portfolio creative executive for Walt Disney Imagineering. “We also crafted an original story that ties all the experiences together in ways that are authentic to these characters. We worked side-by-side with teams that brought the Avengers films and comics to life to create a place that champions the next generation of heroes.”

“Avengers Campus will be a place where fans and guests can finally step into the universe they love, and stand alongside some of their favorite heroes,” said Dave Bushore, vice president of Franchise Creative & Marketing for Marvel Studios. “The optimism inherent in Avengers Campus captures the diversity, power and teamwork these extraordinary characters possess, and now they come together to unite people from all over the world under one guiding principle: We are stronger together.”

Step into a new place in the universe

The doors to Avengers Campus welcome all Avengers, their allies, and new recruits. Tony Stark offered up the site, formerly one of his father’s Stark Industries complexes, as a place to train the next generation of Super Heroes.

The story of the land unfolds with authentic detail as Avengers Campus is comprised of several heroic locations, each hosted by a different Avenger or their ally to share their unique powers, technology and knowledge with recruits. Optimistic and forward-looking, these represent galactic spaces, mystic places, modern architecture and sleek technology.

The first key address is the Worldwide Engineering Brigade – also known as WEB. It brings together bright innovators like Peter Parker who have been assembled by Tony Stark to invent new technologies and equip everyday people to become heroes. WEB is home to the new WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure, the first Disney ride-through attraction to feature this iconic Super Hero.

Avengers Headquarters is at the heart of the land, an iconic building where guests may catch a glimpse of the Avengers springing into action ready to save the day. A shining Quinjet sits atop its roof as a beacon for the campus.

Sling webs with Spider-Man and unite with the Guardians of the Galaxy

Tom Holland will reprise his role as Peter Parker in the land’s new attraction, WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure. This new, action-packed adventure invites guests to put their web-slinging skills to the test, a feat accomplished with innovative technology adapted specifically for this attraction. The mission: team up with Spidey and help capture the out-of-control Spider-Bots before they wreak havoc on the Campus. During an open house at WEB, Peter Parker and the aspiring inventors ask guests to wear 3D glasses and test drive their latest invention, the WEB Slinger vehicle, which allows them to sling webs like Spider-Man and experience what it’s like to have super powers.

This family-friendly attraction blends physical sets and virtual environments to take new recruits on an interactive escapade. There is no height requirement for this attraction, allowing aspiring young heroes to join the fun.

Looming high above the land is the towering citadel of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, a fan-favorite that opened in Disney California Adventure in 2017. Guests are the protagonists of this rockin’ adventure as they help rescue a cosmic gang of misfits. Taneleer Tivan, a.k.a. the Collector, has brought his unique collection of fantastical fauna, relics and species from across the cosmos to Earth. To their misfortune, Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Drax and Groot were recently made a part of Tivan’s “collection” and are being held captive within his Fortress. It takes some raucous mayhem, music inspired by the soundtracks from the movies and thrilling free-fall drop sequences for this adventure to break out the Guardians.

For the first time: Ant-Man and The Wasp join a land full of heroes

Throughout Avengers Campus, Super Heroes come to life in ways that are more exciting than ever.

At Avengers Headquarters, guests may have a chance to see some of their favorite heroes such as  Captain America, Black Panther or Black Widow assemble to survey the campus. Or, they may see Spider-Man defying gravity as he flips 60 to 65 feet in the air above the rooftop of the WEB building. Following those stunning moves, Spider-Man will swing down off the building to ground level to wave and say hello to new recruits.

New recruits at Avengers Campus may have heroic encounters with Iron Man in his new armor, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man and The Wasp, Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther and Thor, some of whom are making their first appearances at the park.

Recruits can train with Black Panther’s loyal bodyguards, the Dora Milaje, to learn wisdom from Wakanda and what it’s like to be a member of this elite royal guard. Okoye, the leader of the Dora Milaje, also debuts for the first time in a Disney park as she leads this training encounter.

Exploring the overgrown ruins of an Ancient Sanctum, guests can learn mysterious secrets from Doctor Strange and discover ancient, magical artifacts. Doctor Strange will train recruits in the ways of the mystic arts by bringing this Ancient Sanctum to life with powerful spells. At night, the Ancient Sanctum glows even more vividly with majestic colors and lights, pulsating with mystic energy.

Pym Particles produce tiny treats and big bites

When it is time to take a break from the heroics, new dining spots will offer sustenance.

Pym Test Kitchen: Just as Ant-Man and The Wasp used “Pym Particles” to grow and shrink just about anything, the Pym Test Kitchen applies this innovative science to the food creation. This unbound potential allows Pym Test Kitchen to showcase normal foods at unusual scales, including shareable bites, inventive-sized entrees and tiny treats. As guests watch the Pym food scientists at work in the kitchen lab, they will see the transformation of a regular-sized pretzel after going through a quantum tunnel – and it comes out big or small!

Guests will be able to savor foods like the Impossible™ plant-based meatballs, both large and micro and served with pasta in a super-sized spoon with a tiny fork. Another choice is the “Pym-ini,” a panini on toasted focaccia with meats, cheese and marinara dipping sauce, which can be served by the slice or as a long, multi-portion sandwich. Those will go well with a glass of Pingo Doce, the distinctly green beverage from Avenger lore that will be available at Avengers Campus.

Gigantic soda cans and condiment bottles will be mounted in the vestibules as eye-catching art, and outdoor seating will be a great place to watch for Super Heroes.

Pym Tasting Lab: Adjacent to the Pym Test Kitchen, an oversized beer can overhead signals that grown-up beverages are available at Pym Tasting Lab. Guests may order a craft beer, ranging from a blood orange hefeweizen to an amber lager. These are poured from a different kind of draft system where, thanks to the food scientists, the glass fills from the bottom up. Those thirsting for something unique can try one of the Pym Research Staff’s Pym-Particle infused cocktail experiments, along with bite-sized snacks.

Shawarma Palace: Fans may recall that after the Battle of New York, the exhausted Avengers took Tony Stark up on his offer to try the food at the “shawarma joint” about two blocks from the battle zone. There at Shawarma Palace, the Avengers discovered their new favorite food. The Avengers loved the food so much that when it came time to build Avengers Campus, they invited the Shawarma Palace crew to open a second location at Avengers Campus. Now, guests and heroes on the go can enjoy some favorite shawarma-inspired wraps at this food cart, which is decked out with memorabilia for Avenger fans. This cart offers hand-held savory wraps with fragrant chicken shawarma and garlic sauce. Or, guests may choose the Impossible™ plant-based falafel wrap.

Terran Treats: Taneleer Tivan did not limit his collection to lovable misfits; he is also curating a weird and wonderful menu of intergalactic eats at this food cart near Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Churro spirals with unique flavors, and a cosmic orb with an outer shell revealing a decadent creamy filling, are just a few takes on what concoctions he has conceived to lure guests to his Fortress.

The latest in Spider-Bot prototypes 

At the WEB Suppliers store, guests may find just what aspiring WEB members need, including swag to show off some WEB pride, items to tinker with at home and something every hero needs – a friendly sidekick. Interactive Spider-Bots, much like the ones seen throughout Avengers Campus, are powered by a remote control with eight articulated legs that move forward and backward. Guests may customize their Spider-Bot with tactical upgrades to harness the powers and style of some of their favorite Super Heroes including Black Panther, Iron Man and Black Widow, as well as Ant-Man and The Wasp. Guests may also connect with their friends’ Spider-Bots for epic showdowns.

Other must-have items at WEB Suppliers include a specially-designed backpack to carry and show Spider-Bots when they are not in action, stylish Spider-Man goggles that light up and interact with their surroundings, a Spider-Man action figure that interacts with mini Spider-Bots, Web-shooters that come to life with lights and sounds, a take-home spider web kit and Funko Pop! vinyl figurines of Spider-Man and Iron Man.

The Campus Supply Pod is the place to power up with official Avengers Campus gear including performance fleece hoodies and tees, headwear, drinkware and Super Hero supplies.

Disneyland Resort theme parks reopening

Magical moments are returning to Disneyland Resort theme parks when Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure officially reopen to the public on April 30, 2021, with limited capacity.

Because theme park capacity will be significantly limited to comply with governmental requirements and promote physical distancing, the Disneyland Resort will manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system that requires all guests to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance. To enter a park, both a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date are required for guests ages 3 and up. Theme park reservations will be limited and subject to availability and, until further notice, only California residents may visit the parks, and in groups no larger than three households, in line with current state guidelines. Details about this new reservation system are at Disneyland.com, and guests are encouraged to check the site for the latest updates as they become available.

The health and well-being of guests and cast members remain a top priority. Enhanced health and safety measures and operational changes will be in place at the theme parks based on guidance from health authorities and learnings from Disney parks around the world to promote physical distancing, enhanced cleanliness and reduced contact. Cast members throughout the resort will assist with questions, and guests may check Disneyland.com/update for current health and safety measures, including mandatory temperature screenings and required face coverings for guests ages 2 and older.

Guests may learn more about Avengers Campus at Disneyland.com/AvengersCampus.

About the Disneyland Resort
The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955.

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Another Broken Egg Cafe® Opening Soon in Westlake, Ohio

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Another Broken Egg Cafe, Westlake Ohio

All Guests Can Enjoy a Free Meal while Supporting Local Charities During the Award-Winning Restaurant’s Friends and Family Weekend

WESTLAKE, Ohio, April 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Another Broken Egg Cafe is expanding on April 5, 2021 to Westlake, Ohio with the opening of its fifth location in the state. In addition to being the only national daytime cafe with a bar producing hand-crafted cocktails, the award-winning cafe is also one of the fastest-growing breakfast and brunch concepts in the nation.

Prior to its official opening, the new cafe will host a “Friends & Family” weekend on Friday, April 2, 2021, from 8 a.m. – noon, and Saturday, April 3, 2021, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to support the local charity JD Breast Cancer Foundation, an organization currently focusing on providing short-term financial assistance to qualified individuals in Northeast Ohio who are currently in or have completed active treatment for breast cancer in the past twelve months. One hundred percent of all proceeds will be donated to the foundation. This event will provide guests the opportunity to preview the new restaurant in advance of the grand opening on Monday, April 5, 2021.

Patrons with reservations for “Friends & Family” weekend will receive a complimentary meal and are encouraged to donate to the featured charity.

Another Broken Egg Cafe hosts “Friends and Family” weekend events as part of its ongoing commitment to being involved in communities and getting to know community members. Not only do guests of the event get to try the cafe offerings before its grand opening, but they also get the opportunity to make an impact in a fun way. To learn more about this event and cafe please visit http://bit.ly/2P6tMX4.

Another Broken Egg Cafe Crab Cake Benedict and Famous Bloody Mary

The Westlake cafe will be owned and operated by Morning Chef, LLC. With locations spreading across Ohio, this new cafe will bring the same fresh and exciting menu items to Westlake. Opening in this popular town was a no brainer for the brand, which features southern-inspired menu items.

The award-winning brand is one of the fastest-growing, franchised breakfast and brunch concepts in the nation and only franchised brand in the daytime cafe segment with a full bar producing signature, hand-crafted cocktails.

Another Broken Egg Cafe offers a Southern-inspired menu featuring traditional menu options like Lemon Blueberry Goat Cheese Pancakes, Crab Cake Benedict, and Shrimp N’ Grits; a seasonal menu which currently features items such as the Louisiana Creole Benedict and Bloody Molly; as well as an abundance of signature cocktails including the Spiked Spiced Rum Cold Brew, Pomegranate Mule, and Abe Famous Infused Mary™.

The new restaurant is located at 2004 Crocker Road and will be open daily 7:00AM – 2:00PM starting April 5, 2021.

Little Fish (2020). Release in February. Trailer

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Little Fish is a 2020 movie directed by Chad Hartigan starring Olivia Cooke and Jack O’Connell. It follows the story of a couple that prepares to lose all their memories because of a virus. In the meantime, they are analyzing their relationship and their good and bad moments.

Little Fish Plot

A couple fights to hold their relationship together as a memory loss virus spreads and threatens to erase the history of their love and courtship.

Olivia Cooke is knows for the Steven Spielberg movie Ready Player One. Jack O’Connell plays a main role on Jungleland.

We hope you enjoy this trailer.

Release Date

February 5, 2021.

Trailer

See it on IMDB.

Cast & Crew