Bacardi Recognized for Environmental Excellence by Wildlife Habitat Council

BACARDI rum bottling facility in Jacksonville, Florida, earns Wildlife at Work recertification for environmental stewardship program, biodiversity initiatives

BALTIMORE, Nov. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Employees at Bacardi Bottling Corporation, part of the Bacardi group of companies, received international recognition for their contributions to wildlife habitat conservation and education at the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) Conservation Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 12. Bacardi once again demonstrated its commitment to environmental stewardship by achieving Wildlife at Work recertification. Bacardi Bottling Corp.’s Eric Hearn, Environmental Health Safety Coordinator, and Sally Cannon, processing/training coordinator and wildlife team leader, were presented the certification at the annual event.

“The companies we honor are environmental leaders at local, national and global levels, voluntarily managing lands to support sustainable ecosystems and the communities that surround them,” said Margaret O’Gorman, WHC President. “Congratulations to Bacardi Bottling Corporation for its successful conservation project to create habitat and increase biodiversity.”

Bacardi Bottling Corporation once again demonstrated its commitment to environmental stewardship by achieving Wildlife at Work re-certification by Wildlife Habitat Council. The all-volunteer employee team at Bacardi converted the site's grassy fields into native warm-season grasses and wildflowers. (PRNewsFoto/Bacardi Limited)

Bacardi Bottling Corporation once again demonstrated its commitment to environmental stewardship by achieving Wildlife at Work re-certification by Wildlife Habitat Council. The all-volunteer employee team at Bacardi converted the site’s grassy fields into native warm-season grasses and wildflowers. (PRNewsFoto/Bacardi Limited)

Bacardi Bottling Corporation, located on 92 acres in Jacksonville, Fla., is the sole bottling plant for BACARDI® rum branded products enjoyed in the United States. The facility is surrounded by rural residential areas and includes on-site habitats such as wetlands, forest, and grasslands. The team at Bacardi Bottling Corporation actively manages 21 of the site’s acres of wildlife habitat as part of a Wildlife at Work program that has been certified through the Wildlife Habitat Council since 2013.

The program to develop and preserve wildlife on campus is part of the Bacardi group of companies overall “Good Spirited: Building a Sustainable Future” corporate responsibility platform to protect native habitats, control invasive species, water conservation, and other preservation efforts.

For their first step in managing wildlife, the all-volunteer employee team at Bacardi began converting the site’s grassy fields into native warm-season grasses and wildflowers. Five acres were initially seeded in 2012 with wildflowers, and later with native warm-season grasses in 2013. Phase II of the project began in late 2014 with an application of herbicide before native species were planted using a seed drill across 20 acres. Strictly native species were used in both areas, including blanket flower, black-eyed Susan, slender Indian grass, and big bluestem. Monitoring is conducted using photographs over time as well as 3×3 sample plots that are surveyed for species. The new grasslands are maintained through occasional mowing, and the team plans to plant both areas with native milkweed in 2015.

Most recently, the Bacardi team erected eight songbird nest boxes targeting the native eastern bluebird. In 2014, local Cub Scouts joined the team to construct the boxes. These nest boxes—which include names such as ‘Home Tweet Home,’ ‘House of Blues,’ and ‘The ReTweet’—were named by employees via a competition. The team installed the nest boxes based on advice from a local bird expert and have since been visited by Florida Audubon Society members. The team monitors the boxes weekly during the nesting season and is excited about their first full nesting season.

“This program reinforces the Bacardi commitment to the responsible management of all business activities. We see this as not only an essential part of corporate responsibility but also an important area of collaboration with our customers and suppliers, as well as employees and opinion leaders,” said Eduardo Vallado, Regional Director – Supply Chain and Manufacturing Americas for Bacardi. “Protecting the natural resources we use to create our brands is key for us. We aim to be best-in-class in the spirits industry and believe through responsibly managing our environmental and social impacts Bacardi will be a more sustainable business in the long-term. Our vision is to put back at least as much as we take out from the environment.”

Bacardi Bottling Corporation was one of 273 programs recognized at the WHC Conservation Conference as meeting the strict requirements of Wildlife at Work certification. In addition, 59 programs received Corporate Lands for Learning certification. Certification requirements are strict and require that programs apply for periodic renewal. Wildlife at Work certification recognizes outstanding wildlife habitat management efforts at corporate sites and offers third-party validation of the benefits of such programs. Corporate Lands for Learning certification provides programs with third-party recognition for educational programs.

To learn more about Bacardi and its “Good Spirited: Building a Sustainable Future” environmental initiative for sourcing, packaging and operational efficiencies across the entire Bacardi family of premium spirits brands, visit http://www.bacardilimited.com/good-spirited.

About Wildlife Habitat Council
Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) promotes and certifies habitat conservation and management on corporate lands through partnerships and education. WHC’s programs take corporate sustainability goals and objectives and translate them into tangible and measurable on-the-ground actions. Through a focus on building collaboration for conservation with corporate employees, other conservation organizations, government agencies and community members, WHC programs focus on healthy ecosystems and connected communities. WHC-assisted wildlife habitat and conservation education programs are found in 45 states, the District of Columbia and 13 countries. http://www.wildlifehc.org/

About Bacardi Bottling Corporation
Founded in 1972, Bacardi Bottling Corporation is a Center of Excellence for Bottling and the sole bottling plant for BACARDI® rum branded products enjoyed in the United States. The facility also provides BACARDI® rum for export to Mexico, Canada, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Germany, South Korea, Costa Rica, South America, Israel, New Zealand, Australia and Japan. The facility employs more than 200 people and is situated on a 92-acre campus.

Bacardi Bottling Corp. is part of Bacardi Limited, headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited. www.BacardiLimited.com

World of Speed to Launch New Exhibit Featuring Female Motorsport Legends

Non-profit motorsports museum to unveil Women in Racing November 21, 2015

WILSONVILLE, Ore. (November 12, 2015) – World of Speed, an educational and interactive motorsports museum, announces a new exhibit featuring female motorsport legends. The Women in Racing exhibit will be unveil on Saturday, November 21.

What: The Women in Racing exhibit will showcase the rise and triumph of women in motorsports and highlight how women’s participation in motorsports has grown over the decades, both on and off the track. The exhibit will feature Cindi Lux, Lyn St. James, Courtney Force, Betty Burkland and Michelle Miller. Each racer will be portrayed through personal memorabilia and pictures, a video incorporating excerpts from the women, and the story of women rising in professional motorsports.

Cindi Lux will be at World of Speed for the exhibit unveiling festivities. Her schedule includes:

10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Breakfast with museum charter members
11:00 a.m. – Exhibit unveiling and ribbon cutting ceremony
12:00 p.m. – Talk and Q&A in the main gallery
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Meet and greets and fan card signing

Women featured in the exhibit are past and present racers across generations that race across all track, wheel and engine types. Women in Racing exhibit racers include:

Cindi Lux: Cindi is a 12-time road racing champion who lives in Aloha, Ore. where she runs her company Lux Performance. Her Viper will be also be on display.

Lyn St. James: Lyn has raced the Indy 500 seven times and set 31 national and international speed records.

Courtney Force: Courtney holds the record for most funny car wins by a woman. She was the 100th win by a female driver in an NHRA competition.

Betty Burkland: Betty holds the land speed record for E/BFCC (blown fuel competition coupe) class at 263.887 mph. She is part of the Bonneville 200 mph Club.

Michelle Miller: Michelle is a two-time winner of the SCCA National Autocross Championship. She is also an instructor at DirtFish Rally School in Snoqualmie, Wash.

Where: World of Speed Museum, 27490 SW 95th Ave., Wilsonville, Ore. 97070

When: Saturday November 21, 2015

For hi-res images of the racers, please visit: http://bit.ly/1Pnrcmd

About World of Speed
The World of Speed is an educational museum featuring historic racecars, boats and motorcycles that tell the story of motorsports culture. Through interactive exhibits and hands-­on activities, the World of Speed offers visitors a behind-­the-­scenes view of the racing world. It encompasses many aspects of motorsports, including drag racing, road racing, land speed racing, motorcycle racing, open wheel, NASCAR and hydroplanes. The museum is funded by income from sponsorships, foundations, admissions, corporate and individual memberships, and from events held at the museum. World of Speed is a 501(C)(3) public charity. For more information, please visit http://www.worldofspeed.org.

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Division II schools recognized for academic excellence

Division II schools recognized for academic excellence

 

INDIANAPOLIS— Twenty-seven Division II member schools will be honored as part of the Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence program, now in its fifth year, for achieving four-year Academic Success Rates of 90 percent or higher. Click here for full release

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SHA WELLNESS CLINIC NAMED BEST SPA IN EUROPE BY SPAFINDER’S 2015 WELLNESS TRAVEL AWARDS

 

New York – November 11, 2015: SHA Wellness Clinic, the pioneering luxury health resort near Alicante, Spain, garnered six awards last week from the prestigious  2015 Wellness Travel Awards by Spafinder Wellness 365™. Among the honors, SHA Wellness Clinic is recognized as “Best Spa in Europe” and, for the sixth year in a row, “Best Spa in Spain.”
Winners were selected by a panel of 33 travel and wellness industry journalists, who nominated 504 properties for consideration before narrowing the field to finalists in 53 countries and regions, and by over 10,000 consumers and travel agents who voted for their favorite locations across 20 categories.
SHA Wellness Clinic received a Crystal Award for “Best Spa in Europe” and “Best Spa in Spain,” an award only given to top spas, hotels/resorts and retreats around the world that offer exceptional wellness experiences, and collected additional awards for “Best Overall Healthy Living Program,” “Best for Healthy Cuisine,” “Best for Medical Services,” “Best for Nutrition,” “Best for Weight Loss,” “Best for Beauty & Anti-Aging,” “Best for Yoga,” and “Best for the ‘Wow’ Factor.”
“It is a tremendous honor to be given this award,” says Alejandro Bataller, Vice President of SHA Wellness Clinic.  “We continue to innovate, launch new treatments and welcome new professionals to our clinic – with now almost 300 experts from 35 different countries working at SHA – and this award is a testament to our hard work and dedication. We are proud to know that more than 40,000 people from all over the world have changed their health for the better, have enhanced their wellbeing and have managed to make a significant change to their lives. The best reward for these accomplishments is, precisely, this award.”
For more information about SHA Wellness Clinic, visit: www.ShaWellnessClinic.com.
To view more information about this year’s Wellness Travel Awards winners, visit: http://www.wellnesstravelawards.com/


ABOUT SHA WELLNESS CLINIC:
SHA Wellness Clinic welcomes travelers from all six continents and features a 50,000-square-foot facility equipped with pools, fitness areas, 93 suites, and more than 80 treatment rooms. Linking traditional medicine and Eastern therapies, a staff of 250 – including highly renowned on-staff physicians – tends to guests’ every need, creating a tailored regimen that blends healthy cuisine, natural therapies, genetic/anti-ageing medicine, aesthetic medicine, fitness, and cognitive stimulation. A team of chefs prepare delicious macrobiotic meals – with each guest assigned his or her own nutrition regimen upon arrival. Guest suites are airy and large with terraces and wide views of the picturesque village of Altea and the Mediterranean. Founded by Alfredo Bataller, who converted to natural therapies as a way to successfully beat a serious illness, the SHA Wellness Clinic defines itself as an elegant, contemporary “temple of health and well-being.”

ABOUT SPAFINDER WELLNESS, INC.:
Spafinder Wellness, Inc. is the world’s largest marketing, gifting, incentives and rewards company for the wellness industry and the leading consumer resource for feeling good and living well all year round. With now over 26,000 wellness partners worldwide, including wellness travel destinations, fitness, yoga and Pilates studios, spas and salons, plus access to 4,500 massage therapists through Zeel’s on-demand massage services, millions of people find the resources and inspiration to keep well every day via the Spafinder Wellness 365™ brand.

SONIFI® has partnered with the Boston Park Plaza Hotel in deployment of New Guest Technology Solutions

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — SONIFI Solutions and the Historic Boston Park Plaza Hotel have partnered to deliver state-of-the-art in-room guest experiences.  The $100 million renovation will underscore the property as a Boston destination hotel that will showcase SONIFI’s innovative technology.

The Boston Park Plaza features 1,059 guest rooms, which will now be equipped with new Smart TVs powered by SONIFI’s STAY1000 platform.  SONIFI’s platform offers the flexibility and control to manage and launch value-added services, enriching the viewing experience of live TV channels, VOD and over-the-top (OTT) content.  In addition, the STAY1000 solution will create a unified brand experience for the Boston Park Plaza across guest room TVs and SONIFI’s patented mobile application.

“The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is pleased to partner with SONIFI in delivering the most advanced guest experience,” said June McDougall, General Manager. ‎“SONIFI has delivered innovative and rapid advancements in technology to address the ever-changing expectations of our hotel guests.”

“We’re looking forward to offering Boston Park Plaza Hotel the tools and technology to not only position their brand, but also to help them take their guest experience to the next level,” said Ahmad Ouri, Chief Executive Officer of SONIFI.  “With the addition of over-the-top applications, our unique early window for on demand movies and our industry leading mobile application, we’re helping them to stay at the forefront of guest entertainment technology and carve out their place as a true mainstay of Boston.”

About SONIFI® Solutions

SONIFI® Solutions, the leader in innovative guest engagement solutions for the hospitality and healthcare industries, serves 500 million travelers in approximately 1.2 million hotel rooms annually. The Company’s core services include: interactive television, mobility, guest internet access, and free-to-guest solutions along with unparalleled nationwide technical support and professional services.  For more information, please visit www.sonifi.com.

Casio America, Inc. Named As CES 2016 Innovation Award Honoree For Its Celviano Grand Hybrid Pianos

GP-500BP and GP-300 Pianos Combine the Advantages of Digital Technology with the Traditional Sound and Feel of Acoustic Pianos

DOVER, N.J., Nov. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Casio America, Inc. today announced that it has been named as a CES 2016 Innovation Award Honoree for its newest CELVIANO Grand Hybrid GP-500BP and GP-300 pianos. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 27 product categories.

Bringing together the perfect combination of innovation and tradition, the new Grand Hybrid GP-500BP and GP-300 pianos have been refined for those who demand an authentic grand piano experience. They were designed to achieve a new level of piano authenticity and were in the development stages for more than three years. To simulate the complex and multi-faceted sound of an acoustic piano in a digital hybrid piano, the GP-500BP and GP-300 pianos feature Casio’s AiR Sound Source and are based on countless hours of precise analysis of not just one, but three of the world’s finest grand pianos. They also feature a Grand Acoustic System that faithfully represents the immersive sound of a grand piano. Using an exclusive amplification system, it reproduces the three-dimensional sound field generated by an acoustic grand. Additionally, a six-speaker multi-channel amplification system creates an immersive sound field like that of a 9-foot concert grand and fills the room with rich, complex sound, reaching both the performer and the audience.

“The Celviano Grand Hybrid Pianos provide musicians with ideal functionality and are a perfect fit for the most demanding and traditional pianists, all brought to life through our strong collaboration with C. Bechstein to reproduce incredible and iconic sounds,” said Stephen Schmidt, Vice President of Casio’s Electronic Musical Instrument Division. “We are honored to receive this recognition and will continue to provide the electronic music industry with innovative products by applying our technological expertise to increasingly take the piano experience to the next level.”

The prestigious CES Innovation Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the producer of CES 2016, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.

Entries are evaluated on their engineering, aesthetic and design qualities, intended use/function and user value, how the design and innovation of the product directly compares to other products in the marketplace and unique/novel features present. Products chosen as CES Innovation Honorees reflect innovative design and engineering in some of the most cutting edge tech products and services coming to market.

Casio’s GP-500BP and GP-300 pianos will be displayed at CES 2016, which runs January 6-9, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada and are available now at music dealers nationwide for MSRPs of $5,999 and $3,999, respectively. To learn more about Casio’s full portfolio of electronic musical instruments, please visit www.CasioMusicGear.com.

About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casiousa.com.