The Streetwear Industry is Upgrading to Artificial Intelligence

Kiesza, Streetwear, Hypebeast

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1000 Talented Musicians X Artificial Intelligence = The End of Mass

NEW YORK, USA, September 26, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Urbancoolab announces the official launch of its artificial intelligence-powered streetwear designer. The robo-designer collaborates with established and up-and-coming musicians, hip-hop artists, and content creators to create and sell their own streetwear capsules.

STiCH is the world’s first commercialized AI platform used for design. Urbancoolab has gone through over six months of cultural immersion of streetwear and has since advanced its technology using generative adversarial networks, consisting of two machine intelligences that work against each other to come up with creative designs. The fashion industry is undergoing a structural crisis. And with that in mind, Urbancoolab has put itself in a position to redefine how society consumes streetwear and the streetwear industry landscape.

There are four key industry problems Urbancoolab is attempting to solve:

1. The End of Mass: Every brand is looking for cultural literacy. In a fast-moving consumer climate, brands find it difficult to catch up or stay relevant. Established brands can do more in the way of collaborating with up-and-coming creators/designers to help diversify their artistic language.

2. The End of Long Design and Development Cycle: Brand-owners must manage startup costs ranging from pattern-making, sampling, production, packaging, and shipping, amongst others. Starting a streetwear brand not only eats up valuable time and money, there are also many unforeseen technical requirements. Urbancoolab sees the future of fashion as a compressed cycle, and as a result, distills the overall process into a fraction of both the time and cost from concept to collection in just four days.

3. The End of Inventory: Brand-owners must balance avoiding stock-outs, while keeping carrying costs low. In 2019, H&M reported that they had an inventory buildup of $4.3B USD in unsold merchandise. Urbancoolab’s on-demand model solves the inventory problem, while still being able to order small batches of cool, cutting-edge products.

4. The End of Fast Fashion: Urbancoolab’s rapid feedback model is introducing a more powerful Smart Fashion system. While Zara takes 21 days to introduce products based on market feedback, Urbancoolab can effectively turn around new designs based on market demand in less than 48 hours. To put this in context, Uniqlo has to make several one-million-piece-minimum order decisions everyday, Urbancoolab only needs to only produce one.

A Roster of Multidisciplinary ‘Coolaborations’

Urbancoolab is continuously signing up the next wave of tastemakers who are eager to push the streetwear market to new heights. Similar to any artist—regardless of discipline— UCL robo-designer, STiCH’s artistic capacity broadens with each new project it undertakes. Urbancoolab’s mission is to work alongside individuals stemming from a crosswind of creative fields in order to best expand its creative breadth, including those in music, fashion, visual arts, technology, sports, food and everything in between. To date, Urbancoolab’s roster of collaborators include:

Kiesza – Musician
MKLA – Musician
Keynes Woods – Rapper
Smif-N-Wessun – Rapper
11 LIT3S- Musician
Sandy Gill – Celebrity Stylist
Amar Stewart – Painter
Marco Melgrati – Visual Artist
Sean Price – Rapper
Liz Harlan – Model
Command Sisters – Musicians
Chris Crack – Rapper

Kiesza x Urbancoolab “Run Renegade” Collection

Award-winning electro-pop performer, Kiesza, is the latest artist to partner alongside the company’s AI platform. The eccentric singer’s second studio album Crave can best be described as a lively pop-infused playlist complete with splashy synths and sultry sonics running rampant throughout, proving to be a thematic anchor relevant enough to build a collection around. As a jumping off point, images created by Kiesza herself synthesized into STiCH’s own creative output, resulting in a set of graphics completely unique to anything else seen before. The end result is a comprehensive offering, spanning hoodies, long-sleeves crewnecks, T-shirts and track pants.

“There’s more in this picture than you may care to find, but it’s there if you go looking. I won’t explain what this means. If you’re on this road with me, you will most certainly find out. It’s a treasure map. It’s a riddle. It’s a question full of answers. It’s a journey. And more than anything it’s a story full of lessons,” Kiesza explains when referring to the imagery used throughout the capsule offering.

Urbancoolab's AI x Artists coolaborations are now available at urbancoolx.com.

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Supporters Invited to Fund the Restoration of Revered Italian Opera Composer Giuseppe Verdi’s Villa in Sant'Agata

VILLANOVA SULL'ARDA, PIACENZA, ITALY, September 26, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The family of the great Italian composer Angiolo and Manuela Carrara-Verdi has started a crowdfunding campaign to generate enough money to honor his express instructions to keep his residence unchanged and intact.

Considered the most important Italian composer of the Romantic era, Verdi resided in Villa Verdi in Sant'Agata for more than 50 years. Verdi acquired the estate in 1848 and began extending the original house, adding two more wings, a chapel, and some greenhouses and garages.

In 1851, Verdi moved to the villa with his second wife, Giuseppina Strepponi. Together, they expanded the parkland around the house, planting many trees.

One of the most influential opera composers of the 19th century, Verdi composed much of his music at Villa Verdi, drawing inspiration from the simplicity and serenity of life in the countryside. His most notable works include “La Traviata,” “Rigoletto,” “Falstaff,” and “Aida.”

Today, Verdi’s descendants, the Carrara-Verdi family, occupy part of the villa as their residence, while keeping certain sections open to the public as a museum. Here, visitors can view the Fritz piano Verdi used for the composition of “Rigoletto” in 1851 and “Aida” in 1871. Strepponi’s and Verdi’s bedrooms are open to museum visitors, as well as Verdi’s study, where he accomplished most of his composition work.

His descendants have exerted all efforts to ensure the villa remains the same even in the absence of state support and museum earnings, personally contributing to its upkeep and museum staff salaries. However, Villa Verdi has been closed since the COVID-19 pandemic started, and funds are needed for urgent restoration work comprising:

• Ceiling water damage: €10,000
• Roof at risk of collapsing: €55,000
• Staining of villa exterior: €20,000

Verdi’s heirs are reaching out to individuals and entities willing to support this crowdfunding campaign, with ____ days to go. For a minimum contribution of €10, backers will have their name etched for posterity in the Register of Gold. All restoration work that takes place once the funds are ready will be published by the family online and available for scrutiny during actual museum visits.

The family intends to reopen Villa Verdi’s doors to the public after completing restoration work and COVID-19 restrictions ease. Currently, the family is working on a website that will allow Verdi enthusiasts and supporters to virtually tour Villa Verdi.

Those who wish to support the crowdfunding campaign to restore Villa Verdi can get more detailed information on the project’s Innamorati Della Cultura page.

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Farm-to-Consumer Platform “Sustainable” Crowdfunding Campaign Officially On at Indiegogo

TULSA, OKLAHOMA, USA, September 26, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — COVID-19 is a global crisis that continues to challenge human inventiveness in the face of adversity. Sustainable, a farm-to-consumer platform, is a product of this troublesome time. It is now crowdfunding on Indiegogo, and interested investors can contribute to the development of this timely innovation that promises to bridge the gap between producers and consumers.

The brainchild of a family in Oklahoma, Sustainable was conceived based on the need for families and farmers to meet halfway. Local farmers have been hugely reliant on the restaurant sector for nearly half of their income, and COVID-19 put a halt to this. Meanwhile, families have had to downsize their expenses and economize amidst the growing health crisis that has rendered millions of Americans unemployed.

One outcome of this has been the resurgence of home cooking – a strategy for people to reduce their food expenses and eat healthy at the same time. However, there is no available platform that efficiently and effectively connects local farms producing quality food products with families and other consumers.

After some research, the people behind Sustainable found that many people on both sides – farmers and consumers – are clamoring for such a solution. Farmers need to find a way to reach their biggest market – everyday people who cook their food. Consumers want to support their local farms and purchase quality, locally grown produce.

They also uncovered data showing that conventional distributors make a minimum 40 percent profit on the goods they distribute before operational costs are included. Then there's the problem concerning seasonal surplus that goes to waste due to the absence of an efficient system for the distribution of surplus food supplies to underserved communities.

The founders of Sustainable hope to change this through their platform.

After establishing that there is demand for a service that Sustainable can provide, they now have the support of reliable partners to take care of the processing and delivery of orders.

The founders' primary concern now is to get the required funding for the development of the Sustainable platform and a corresponding mobile app. They have dipped into their own pockets and have already sought the help of friends to jumpstart web and app development work.

With the crowdfunding campaign for Sustainable officially on, the founders hope to raise US$75,000 to cover the costs of building the platform and app so they can begin a staged roll-out in different cities across the country.

Interested backers can invest as little as US$50. In return, they can get 15 percent off for a monthly or yearly subscription on Sustainable. Backers will also get special access to the platform’s beta testing.

Prospective investors are encouraged to check the Sustainable website or get details of the Sustainable crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.

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Sex Power Couple Jet Setting Jasmine and King Noire to Stream Live “Kink for Lovers” at the Legendary Folsom Fair

Sex Power Couple King Noire & Jet Setting Jasmine Teach Kink for Lovers at Tomorrow’s Folsom Fair

Margaret Cho Will Be Hosting Folsom Fair 2020

Hosted by Margaret Cho Sunday, September 27

The first question we ask is, ‘How did you first learn about sex?'”

— Jet Setting Jasmine

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA, September 26, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Sex power couple Jet Setting Jasmine and King Noire will be streaming worldwide for “Kink for Lovers,” live on Sunday, September 27 at the legendary Folsom Fair 2020 hosted by actor/comedian/activist Margaret Cho 11am – 6pm PT at www.folsomstreetfair.org

Hot off the heels of their Huffington Post interview, The Porn Industry Has A White Supremacy Problem. Meet The Couple Working To Fix It: King Noire and Jet Setting Jasmine want to decolonize Black and brown bodies in the adult film industry, the happily-married, sex-positive couple will be sharing their knowledge on how you can achieve a loving, safe and respectful relationship while enjoying kink and playing with others.

“The first question we ask is, ‘How did you first learn about sex?’” Jet Setting Jasmine said to Huffington Post. “Everyone starts with some sort of pornographic material, even if it’s an intimate scene in a mainstream film. In this small sort of research study, we already see the way people unintentionally learn about sex is through entertainment and media. And when you’re learning about people’s bodies and reactions from that alone, you’re incredibly limited in how you see people of color.”

You may read the Huffington Post interview with King Noire and Jet Setting Jasmine in its entirety here https://www.huffpost.com/entry/racism-in-porn_n_5f6a191bc5b6968b276fc4fe?ncid=engmodushpmg00000006

For more information on The Folsom Fair go to https://www.folsomstreetevents.org/folsom-street-fair and you may follow on social media on Twitter at https://twitter.com/folsomstevents on Facebook at www.facebook.com/folsomstreetevents and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/folsomstreetevents/

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For more information on King Noire and Jet Setting Jasmine go here https://www.jsjlinks.com/

You may follow Jet Setting Jasmine on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JetSetJasmine and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jetsettingjasmine/

You may follow King Noire on Twitter at https://twitter.com/KingNoire and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/therealkingnoire/

About King Noire

King Noire is an accomplished and award-winning writer, porn performer, artist, Master Fetish Trainer, MC and global activist using the proceeds of his album ‘Music Is My Weapon’ to build a school, fresh water well and medical clinic in Guinea Bissau, West Africa. He has used his position in the adult industry to develop an ethically sound molded toy in partnership with Lust Arts; raise consciousness around kink safety for people of color; and offering sex education to audiences ranging from college students to medical providers.

King has taken the Adult Entertainment Industry by storm, partnering with Jet Setting Jasmine to form Royal Fetish Films. The company has celebrated three industry Fetish Awards for Orally Yours (2016), Collared in Shadows (2017) and Sacred Sex (2018). King brings his directorial and editing skills to each set creating art and beauty, in spaces that have been long neglected for people of color in Kink. The duo’s love of the arts, film and sex education are combined to produce erotica that stimulates and engages the audience to explore their sexual boundaries.

King is also very proud of his contributions to the music industry. His start in entertainment, as a hip-hop artist under the name Hasan Salaam, achieved Best Underground Song of the Year and Best Live Performance for the Underground Music Awards. He has also been featured musically on MTV UK, Fuse, NBC and CSPAN. He has performed internationally with music veterans, Outkast, Damian Marley & Redman and continues to add to his music catalogue with the launch of The Royal Fetish Experience.

About Jet Setting Jasmine

Jet Setting Jasmine is a licensed clinical psychotherapist with a strong emphasis on Intimacy Post Injury and Illness. She is the owner and lead therapist of full-service mental health practice, Blue Pearl Therapy. Jasmine is an international sex educator and Master Fetish Trainer. Along with her partner King Noire Jasmine co-owns the three-time award winning, Royal Fetish Films and has over 20 years of experience in the adult industry, in front and behind the camera.

The duo’s love of the arts, film and sex education are combined to produce erotica that stimulates and engages the audience to explore their sexual boundaries. Their work on the Decolonization of Sex, Porn and Politics, Sex Positive Parenting and Sex & Mental Health has been featured in VICE, Playboy, Forbes, Cosmopolitan, NPR, Essence, BBC, Business Insider, Psychology Today and more. Jasmine is heavily sought out for her experience with challenging conventional approaches to womanhood; including redefining everything from careers, sexuality, to parenting based on one’s self-approval instead of societal norms.

ABOUT FOLSOM STREET EVENTS

Folsom Street Events is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to create world-class leather and fetish events that unite the alternative sexuality communities with safe, consent-based venues for self-expression, art and entertainment. Our events raise funds to sustain SF Bay Area-based charities. We value sexual freedom, diversity, and volunteerism. All of our events are adult-oriented, sex-positive events.

Since our founding in 1984, FSE has given over $7 million dollars in proceeds to local nonprofit LGBTQ2S+ and allied organizations.

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National Nursing Home Group Awards Frontline Heroes with Gifts of a Lifetime; Crowns National Professional-of-the-Year

Ricky Torres Awarded as the 2020 Professional-of-the-Year During CareRite Centers’ National Nursing Home Week Celebration

Torres Crowned the 2020 Professional-of-the-Year

Employee Winner of Sandals Resort Vacation Package in Nashville, Tennessee

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, September 26, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — CareRite Centers gifted thousands of luxurious prizes to their staff in celebration of this year’s National Nursing Home Week. Prizes included tropical all inclusive resort packages for employees and their families, large monetary prizes, advanced technology and gaming systems, kitchen appliances, outdoor home equipment, tickets to future sporting events, and more.

An annual event commonly celebrated in the month of May, CareRite Centers has celebrated past National Nursing Home Weeks with vibrant music videos, prize giveaways, and awarded one employee with the title of Professional-of-the-Year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, strict restrictions have been placed on nursing homes with continued guidance issued for appropriate social distancing, personal protective equipment, and ongoing testing.

The CareRite Centers executive leadership team issued in a statement that Nursing Home Week 2020 would be celebrated later in the calendar year in accordance with guidance and safety precautions issued by state and federal regulatory agencies.

“Words truly cannot express our deepest levels of respect, pride, and genuine appreciation that we have for every single one of our team members in the CareRite Centers Network,” shared Akiva Rudner, CareRite Centers’ Chief Operating Officer.

CareRite Centers’ Nursing Home Week theme, “‘It’s dedication, it’s commitment, it’s me’ was designed to recognize the selfless acts of commitment and heroism displayed by healthcare workers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those within the subacute and long-term care sector,” shared a spokesperson for CareRite Centers.

“Nursing Home Week is the week in which we have the opportunity to celebrate all of our superheroes from all disciplines,” shared Ashley Romano, Chief Experience Officer for CareRite Centers.

“Our three rings represent our precious patients, our dedicated team members, and our beloved families in the community; they are what make our brand so special,” continued Romano.

CareRite Centers crowned Ricky Torres as this year’s Professional-of-the-Year. Torres is a member of the environmental services and housekeeping team at Water’s Edge Rehab & Nursing Center at Port Jefferson in Port Jefferson, New York, and was nominated over one hundred times by his peers, patients, and family members at the Water’s Edge at Port Jefferson facility.

“Ricky winning this year’s national Professional-of-the-Year award brings our entire team such pride as it is a true testament to the culture of Water’s Edge and the levels of customer service and quality care we provide to all those we serve,” shared Rick Trento, Administrator of Water’s Edge Rehab & Nursing Center at Port Jefferson.

Submitted nominations applauded Ricky’s dedication and commitment for going above and beyond before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Torres was awarded the choice between a vacation of his dreams for four or any bill paid for up to ten thousand dollars.

“Our entire team of heroes have led with such professionalism and commitment throughout this ongoing pandemic and we are so proud of Ricky for being awarded with this well-deserved, historic grand prize,” Trento continued.

CareRite Centers across the nation have served as specialty step-down recovery sites for post-acute patients healing from illness and post-operative hospital stays. The organization’s flagship, The Riverside Premier Rehabilitation and Healing Center located in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, recently celebrated over 250 COVID-19 patient recoveries.

“Our team members have and continue to deliver excellence, calmness, love, devotion, and the highest levels of quality care to those we serve each and every day; we are forever grateful for their skilled dedication and selfless acts of bravery,” continued Akiva Rudner, CareRite Centers’ COO.

Nursing homes across the United States continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic with precision as facilities actively follow the guidance released by Departments of Health on the state level and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CareRite Centers announced the 2021 Professional-of-the-Year prize, in which the winner will be announced during National Nursing Home Week in May 2021. The 2021 prize will award the winner their rent or mortgage paid for six months with no monetary limit.

CareRite Centers, LLC is a dynamic healthcare organization that services the needs of short term rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and long term care for thousands of patients across the nation. With a strong commitment to customer service, education and innovation, as well as philanthropy, the organization is currently represented in centers across New York, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Florida.

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Radically Inclusive Dance Group Launches 5th Annual ON DISPLAY GLOBAL in honor of Day of Persons with Disabilities.

United Nations performance of ON DISPLAY

United Nations performance of ON DISPLAY

On December 3rd, to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Heidi Latsky Dance leads 100s of individuals online in a performance.

In the current climate, where how you look can be weaponized against you, there's a renewed urgency for this work to continue.”

— Donald Lee, ODG Performer

NEW YORK, NY, USA, September 26, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — On December 3rd, 2020, to celebrate the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Heidi Latsky Dance (HLD) will lead hundreds of individuals online in a performance of ON DISPLAY GLOBAL (ODG). First premiering in 2015, ON DISPLAY is a living sculpture court composed of dramatically different bodies from the worlds of disability, dance and fashion. A commentary on the body as spectacle, audiences are invited to actively stare beyond first impressions and perceived differences. Normally performed in-person at dozens of locations across the globe, the 5th annual ON DISPLAY GLOBAL will be entirely new, with participants appearing in a 6 hour Zoom performance that accommodates a breathtaking array of people from vastly different time-zones. Click here for access to a PRESS KIT.

Heidi Latsky Dance currently has 87 cities for ODG and plans to surpass 100 this year. Individuals interested in contributing to ODG may request information on becoming an “Ambassador” at ondisplay.us/join-us. An ambassador will help recruit their city’s local talent and determine how they are incorporated into the live stream presentation.

ON DISPLAY has a rich history. The work was originally commissioned by the NYC Mayor's Office in 2015 and performed in Times Square for the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 5 years later, HLD’s film SOLO FLIGHT was commissioned by Lincoln Center to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ADA. The success of this recent digital presentation emboldened the company to expand ON DISPLAY GLOBAL to its largest incarnation yet. ODG is presented in partnership with NYU Tisch School for the Arts, NYC Mayor’s Office, and the United Nations.

ON DISPLAY GLOBAL has a stunning growth trajectory. What began with 2 cities, New York, NY and Hobart, Australia, in 2015 grew to an impressive network of 87 cities in 22 countries during 2019. ODG has inhabited more than 200 public and private spaces at once and with as many as 650 participants in a single installation. Beyond annual performances at the United Nations and NYU Tisch School for the Arts, other notable locations have included NYC’s Whitney Museum, Washington DC’s National Portrait Gallery, Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Boston’s Widener Library, and Seoul, Korea’s Oil Tank Cultural Park.

Heidi Latsky Dance (HLD), founded in 2001, is a New York-based, female-run non-profit dance company dedicated to disrupting space, dismantling normal, and redefining beauty through radical inclusion, innovative performance, and challenging discourse. The group, physically integrated since 2006, has been called a “milestone in contemporary dance” by Dance Magazine. They’ve received commissions by the Joyce Theater, Whitney Museum, American Dance Festival, and more. Their films have screened with Central Park Summerstage, Kennedy Center, Harvard University, Jacob’s Pillow, and TedxWomen. The company presented the world premiere of D.I.S.P.L.A.Y.E.D at Baruch Performing Arts Center, underwritten by the CUNY Dance Initiative and the Gerald and Janet Carrus Foundation (2017). With support from the DCLA’s CreateNYC Disability Forward Fund, the Inaugural Art & Social Justice Award from the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and Google, this event was incredibly unique. From 2017-2020 with Craig H. Neilsen Foundation funding, they created a pilot program for individuals with spinal cord injuries. This included a program partnership with Mount Sinai Hospital (2020) culminating in multiple performances throughout NYC and a documentary titled We are right here.

The company has virtual offerings that include the creation of three volumetric videos/holograms of two disabled women and Heidi herself, the result of a new augmented reality collaboration with Loren Abdulezer, CEO of Evolving Technologies Corporation. Recent awards include a 2020 MAP Fund grant for Suspended Disbelief, a project altering rules and creating language for artists and technologists to re-imagine accessibility as well as a Canada Council for the Arts project during 2020-21. For more, visit heidilatskydance.org.

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Travel Writer Touches Hearts with an Inner Journey

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An Uphill Climb – Survivor’s Guilt and the Inca Trail

An Uphill Climb – Survivor’s Guilt and the Inca Trail

KNOXVILLE, TN, UNITED STATES, September 26, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Author Jim Santos is touching the hearts of his readers in his latest book, “An Uphill Climb – Survivor’s Guilt and the Inca Trail”. Already a successful author in the travel and retirement fields with work published in venues like The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and several International Living magazines and e-publications, Mr. Santos in his latest book has turned instead to a sometimes brutally honest personal account of dealing with two very serious issues; the Survivor’s Guilt felt by the surviving spouse of a cancer victim, and the long-term effect of childhood abuse. These events left him unsure of his own worth as a person, and led ultimately to years of depression and weight gain – reaching 320 pounds at one point.

This is not your typical Inca Trail book. Although you will find practical advice for preparing for the Inca Trail, and follow along with inspiring pictures and stories as Jim and Rita make their attempt, you will find much more. There is the story of pain and loss leading up to a new life that should be a happy ending, but instead is tainted by guilt, feelings of unworthiness, and self-destructive behavior.

To tackle these sensitive subjects, the author has divided the book into two sections. The first part moves back and forth in time, weaving together the background story using a journal of the first few months following the death of his first wife, present day reflections on surviving his childhood trauma, and the diary of his attempt to overcome his past by getting in shape to hike the 26-mile Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The second part of the book is the day-by-day struggle of the hike itself.

Despite the difficult themes, the book contains lighter moments and even humor in an emotional journey every bit as filled with ups and downs as the Inca Trail itself, just to get to that first checkpoint at Kilometer 82 in Piskacucho, Perú.

Available on Amazon in both the Kindle format with full color photos and a black and white paperback, reader reviews have been excellent, with comments including “rich and soulful documentation of one man’s journey towards healing”, “an incredible and inspiring story”, and “a guide to help you open your mind, release an inner demon or two, and share tears, laughter, beauty, and the frailty of self-growth.“

A free preview of the electronic version is available on Amazon or visit the Author’s Page at http://amazon.com/author/jimsantos

About the Author: Jim Santos is a freelance writer and voice over artist, currently based in east Tennessee after 6 years of living in Salinas, Ecuador on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, exploring that country and three others in South America. He has written and published almost 200 articles about living in Ecuador and travel to other locations around the world for the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and various International Living magazines, e-newsletters, and web site content.

In addition to the just released "An Uphill Climb: Survivor's Guilt and the Inca Trail" and "The Galápagos Islands: On Your Own and On a Budget" he is the author of "Ecuador Scouting Trip Itineraries and Travel Guide: An International Living Report" and has edited/updated IL's "Escape to Ecuador" book every year from 2017-2019. He has been a popular speaker on various aspects of life in Ecuador at six expat conferences held in Ecuador and the USA. His blog site (http://jimsantosblog.com) recently surpassed the 100,000 readers mark, and he is the host of the upcoming podcast “International Living’s New Rules for Retirement” which will be available (hopefully) later in 2020.

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If you would like more information or to acquire a Reviewer’s Copy, please contact Jim Santos at 865-283-0729 or jimsantos@mac.com

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TechAbout Private Limited received the Presidential Export Trophy from the President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi

Jazib Zaman receiving Presidential Exports Trophy

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN, September 26, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — TechAbout Private Limited, a renowned multinational IT company with offices in USA and Pakistan, was awarded the Presidential Exports Trophy 2020 for immense achievement in exports, a ceremony held at Aiwan-e-Saddar on 17th Sep 2020.

His Excellency, President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi, awarded the trophy to Mr. Jazib Zaman, CEO of TechAbout. The Presidential Exports Trophy is awarded based on the remarkable performance in improving the economic position of the country by the record exports.

Speaking to the business community present at the event, President Arif Alvi highlighted the potential of the IT sector to drive growth in the economy, artificial intelligence in agriculture, and bolster the country’s foreign exchange inflows. He spoke of the Government’s efforts to digitize the economy to improve transparency and IT investments. President Arif Alvi, in his speech, congratulated Jazib Zaman, CEO of TechAbout, on achieving this award as it was the only IT company that won the Presidential Exports Trophy 2020 among all business sectors.

On achieving this award, the CEO of the company, Jazib Zaman, said,

Alhamdulillah, it is all because of our parent’s prayers. Being honored by an Export trophy award by the President of Pakistan is a proof that TechAbout is working hard to improve the IT sector of the country and enhancing the image of our nation in the international markets. Competing for all the business sectors makes this award more challenging but our hard work paved a way to achieve it. TechAbout’s transparent policies, commitment to digitizing human potential, and the goal to provide maximum employment opportunities helped us to achieve this goal. We aim to be the largest IT company in the coming years by developing great products that will make our nation stand amongst the Top IT export countries globally. I congratulate all my team members, colleagues, friends, and family on achieving this award.

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Horseracing Reform Bill Scheduled for Landmark House Vote

Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act | Photo: Jana Germano

Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act | Photo: Jana Germano

Hall of Fame Jockey Chris McCarron with Animal Wellness Action Executive Director Marty Irby in Saratga Springs on Saturday Discussing Horse Protection Issues

Hall of Fame Jockey Chris McCarron with Animal Wellness Action Executive Director Marty Irby in Saratga Springs on Saturday Discussing Horse Protection Issues

AWA executive director Marty Irby testifying at a House hearing on H.R. 1754 in January 2020

AWA executive director Marty Irby testifying at a House hearing on H.R. 1754 in January 2020

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Anti-Doping Measure Mirrors McConnell Introduced Bill in the U.S. Senate

We applaud the House Energy and Commerce Committee and House leaders for saddling up and charging ahead with a vote to put American horseracing on the right track.”

— Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES, September 26, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Last night leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives announced a scheduled a vote on H.R. 1754, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, led by U.S. Reps. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., and Andy Barr, R-Ky. The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the bill 46 to 5 earlier in the month. The bill mirrors S. 4547 – legislation introduced by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Martha McSally, R-Ariz., and Diane Feinstein, D-Calif. and promises to end the era of widespread doping of horses in Thoroughbred racing in America.

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act includes a ban on race-day doping, the establishment of a uniform national standard for rules and regulations for U.S. horseracing that would be overseen by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) is landmark legislation that would directly address the safety and welfare of racehorses, and the integrity of the sport itself, through better anti-doping measures and racetrack safety standards.

 “This anti-doping legislation will modernize horseracing in the U.S., put the welfare of the horses at the center of the enterprise, and hold the industry to a higher standard that mirrors the rest of the world,” said Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action who testified before Congress on the issue in January. “We applaud the House Energy and Commerce Committee and House leaders for saddling up and charging ahead with a vote to put American horseracing on the right track.”

The doping of American racehorses has been the subject of Congressional attention over the past five years with hundreds of horses dying on racetracks weekly, and the indictment of 37 trainers and veterinarians in March of 2020.

The bill has the support of Animal Wellness Action (AWA), the Animal Wellness Foundation (AWF), and key players throughout the horse racing industry, including all three Triple Crown racetracks.  Churchill Downs, which runs the Kentucky Derby, is the most recent corporation to get on board. The effort continues to enjoy the support of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity (CHRI), which includes The Jockey Club, the Breeders Cup, Keeneland Racecourse, the Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association, the Water Hay Oats Alliance, and AWA and AWF. The measure is also supported by all three Triple Crown Races and their parent companies. 

The patchwork of regulations across the U.S.’s 38 racing jurisdictions has undermined the public’s confidence in horseracing, threatened the integrity of competition, and endangered the human and equine athletes. Enactment of the HISA will address these problems head on while helping to enhance the public’s interest in this very important industry. For the safety of the horses and jockeys, and for the sport of horseracing itself, American horseracing needs the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020.

Key Provisions

In order to create these uniform performance and safety standards for the sport of horseracing, the HISA creates the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority, which is a private, independent, self-regulatory, nonprofit organization. It will not be funded by the federal government – the horseracing industry will pay the funds necessary for the establishment and administration of the Authority. The Authority is tasked with developing and implementing both a horseracing anti-doping and medication control program and a racetrack safety program.

Composition of the Authority

The Authority will be governed by a Board of Directors consisting of nine members. Five of those members will be independent of the industry, and four members will be experts from the following sectors of the industry: owners and breeders, trainers, racetracks, veterinarians, State racing commissions, and jockeys. To assist with the development of these programs, the Board will establish an anti-doping and medication control standing committee and a racetrack safety standing committee, both controlled by independent members outside the industry. All independent members of the Board and standing committees will be subject to strict conflict-of-interest standards.

Anti-Doping Program

The Authority will be required to create a set of uniform anti-doping rules, including lists of prohibited substances and methods, protocols around the administration of permitted substances, and laboratory testing accreditation and protocols. These permitted and prohibited substances and practices will be developed after taking into consideration international anti-doping standards and veterinarian ethical standards, along with consulting racing industry representatives and the public. The new nationwide rules would replace the current patchwork of regulatory systems that govern horseracing’s 38 separate racing jurisdictions. For services related to the enforcement of this program, the Authority shall enter into an agreement with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which has a proven track record of conducting anti-doping and medication control activities for all U.S. Olympic athletes and its approach can easily be adapted to horseracing.

Racetrack Safety Program

To protect the health and safety of racehorses and jockeys, the Authority will also create a racetrack safety program, consisting of a uniform set of training and racing safety standards and protocols. Those standards include racetrack design and maintenance, oversight of human and equine injury reporting and prevention, and the procedures for undertaking investigations at racetrack and non-racetrack facilities related to safety violations. The Authority creates an accreditation program to ensure that racetracks comply with these safety procedures, and in order to continue to gather information on racetrack safety, the Authority will establish a nationwide database of racehorse safety, performance, health, and injury information within one year of the establishment of the program.

Animal Wellness Action (Action) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.

The Animal Wellness Foundation (Foundation) is a Los Angeles-based private charitable organization with a mission of helping animals by making veterinary care available to everyone with a pet, regardless of economic ability. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless pets find a loving caregiver. We are advocates for getting veterinarians to the front lines of the animal welfare movement; promoting responsible pet ownership; and vaccinating animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent animal cruelty and that alleviate suffering. We believe helping animals helps us all.

Marty Irby
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