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‘Smartphone Trivia Night’ to benefit Holyoke public schools

By on Sep 17, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

HOLYOKE — Sharpen your knowledge of stuff, important and inane. Or just make sure to charge your smartphone or tablet. An evening of “Smartphone Trivia Night” is scheduled for Thursday to raise money to help classroom teachers and students in the Holyoke public schools. “Smartphone Trivia ditches the pencil and paper for a more interactive trivia game using only a smart device, like a phone or tablet,” a press release said. “Please join us for a fun-filled, fast-paced night of trivia, food, drinks and raffle prizes to help us raise funds to continue the important contributions to our public school students,” the press release said. The nonprofit Friends of Holyoke Public Schools is holding the event from 6 to 11 p.m. at Summit View Banquet House Pavilion, 555 Northampton St. The trivia competitions begin at 7 p.m. The fee is $25 a person and includes food and music. There will also be a cash bar, the press release said. Eight members is the maximum for each team and there will be prizes, the press release said. Event sponsors are Dowd Insurance Agency, Ross Insurance Agency, Easthampton Savings Bank, Log Cabin Delaney House, Edward Jones Investments and Holyoke Credit Union. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, the press release said. To register a team or help in sponsoring the event visit friendshps.org (that’s the website’s correct spelling). For more information, the email address...

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Press Release: Antigua and Barbuda is now under a hurricane watch as weather officials keep an eye on Tropical …

By on Sep 17, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

Antigua and Barbuda is now under a hurricane watch as weather officials keep an eye on Tropical Storm Maria. A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area.  A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous. At 500 PM, the center of Tropical Storm Maria was located near latitude 12.3 North, longitude 52.6 West. Maria is moving toward the west near 20 mph (31 km/h). A slower west-northwest motion is expected during the next couple of days. Additional strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours, and Maria is forecast to be a hurricane when it approaches the Leeward Islands early next week. Along with Antigua and Barbuda, a hurricane watch is also in place for St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat. Residents of Antigua and Barbuda are advised to put hurricane preparations in place ahead of the weather system and stay tuned to the media for further updates. Emergency supplies should include battery-operated radio, lamp, search light, extra batteries, canned and dry foods, water, special infant needs and adequate prescription medicine. With regards to properties, board up or install shutters, secure doors, lower television and radio antennae, remove loose objects from the yard and patio, prune dead or dying trees, tie down any large objects that cannot be brought indoors. Also, store as much drinking water as possible in clean closed containers, keep your vehicle filled with gas and have extra cash on hand. Personal papers and other important documents should be stored in a waterproof container and kept nearby. Residents are reminded that the hurricane season ends on November 30 and every effort should be made to be in a state of readiness at this time. – the end – ...

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Full speaker list released for ‘Free Speech Week’ at UC Berkeley

By on Sep 16, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

Update 09/14/2017: This article has been updated with additional information from campus administration. Milo Yiannopoulos confirmed Thursday a full list of speakers scheduled to appear at UC Berkeley during “Free Speech Week” from Sept. 24-27. The organization originally intended to release the list of confirmed speakers slowly over a period of two weeks, but decided to release the entire list of names at once because reactions to the announcement of former White House chief strategist and Breitbart editor Steve Bannon’s confirmation were “so huge,” according to a press release issued Thursday by Yiannopoulos. Free Speech Week, a joint effort between Yiannopoulos and a conservative campus publication, The Berkeley Patriot, will encompass a variety of themes. “Berkeley Free Speech Week will be an amazing experience for people of all viewpoints to come together in a festival environment and freely exchange ideas,” Yiannopoulos said in the press release. The Berkeley Patriot, however, has been having some trouble confirming every speaker on the list, according to Berkeley Patriot news editor Pranav Jandhyala. Yiannopoulos is scheduled to appear every single day. Other prominent speakers include Bannon; Ann Coulter, whose planned appearance at UC Berkeley fell through two days before; and right-wing InfoWars radio show host Mike Cernovich. James Damore, the former Google employee who was fired recently for an internal memo mocking the company’s diversity policies, is also scheduled to speak on the second day, “Zuck 2020.” According to campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof, however, the campus administration is currently unable to confirm a list of speakers. Only three of the speakers have contacted the campus or UCPD to make security arrangements, which is required for all campus events. Additionally, rental fees for available indoor venues have not been paid, and no venue contracts have been signed. “To date a number of key deadlines have been missed,” Mogulof said in an email. “While campus officials and venue managers are working diligently to assist the Berkeley Patriot group with its proposed events, the group’s failure to meet important deadlines is making it increasingly difficult to ensure a safe and secure program.” Below is the list of speakers confirmed to speak on each day of the four-day-long event. Sept. 24: “Feminism Awareness Day” Miss Elaine Lucian Wintrich Lisa...

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The ludicrous press release awards – AI game changers edition

By on Sep 16, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

I’ve already had fisticuffs with some smart PR peeps about why I think press releases are useless. But it doesn’t matter what I think – companies will continue to issue press releases, often with ludicrous language that wouldn’t pass the smell test in an actual article – or human-to-human chat. What better place to start with my awards than the absurd deluge of “Artificial Intelligence” announcements that are automagically transforming our quality of life, while adding massive profitability to the bottom line of every business that buys the shiny new toy dabbles in it – without any downside or ethical concerns worth mentioning? Here are the rules of my competition: Head over to PRnewswire.com at 5:30 pm ET on Sept 15, 2017. Enter the search phrase “AI intelligence” (AI alone generates too many false positives). Evaluate the first twenty results for consideration. No company is excluded, no matter how large or how small, no matter their relationship, financially or otherwise, to diginomica. I now present my finalists, in no particular order. To ensure I don’t give in to the cement shoes of total cynicism, I will also include, in the last section, a few decently-executed press releases also. The finalists – don’t throw your AI hype festival without them! AI in Fintech Market Worth 7,305.6 Million USD by 2022from: MarketandMarketssnark: looking forward to counting my millions in 2022! award qualifications: no one writes a better report title than these folks! Looking forward to getting my hands on their new market research report: “AI in Fintech Market by Component (Solution, Service), Application Area (Virtual Assistant, Business Analytics Reporting, Customer Behavioral Analytics), Deployment Mode (Cloud, On-Premises), and Region – Global forecast to 2022″ bonus points: nice mentions of “proactive collaboration” and “flagship competitive intelligence” (I hate non-proactive collaboration). Wolters Kluwer Introduces AI-Powered Predictive Analytics to Federal Developments Knowledge Center from: Wolters Kluwersnark: it’s always a bummer when your predictive analytics aren’t AI-powered…. award qualifications: ecological metaphor: The new features are the latest in what has been a continual stream of innovation and harnessing of analytics and AI across several Wolters Kluwer product lines. But what happens when that stream becomes a river? bonus points: for continually leveraging the branded synergies: We...

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In its first ‘press release’ on white supremacy, black conservative group condemns ESPN’s Jemele Hill

By on Sep 15, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

An ESPN host calling President Trump a white supremacist led a group of black conservatives to do something they’ve never done before: issue a news release about white supremacy. ESPN found itself in another political controversy this week after SportsCenter host Jemele Hill called Trump a white supremacist in a series of tweets. Hill’s comments were a part of a Twitter conversation Monday about an article on musician and potential U.S. Senate candidate Kid Rock’s frustration with being labeled a racist, in part because he favors the Confederate flag. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders  called Hill’s comments “outrageous” and “a fireable offense” on Wednesday. Project 21, a group of black conservatives sponsored by the 35-year-old National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative think tank, continued the backlash against Hill in a news release. Here’s a bit of what some of the group’s members said. Political consultant Richard Holt: “Her outbursts seem nothing more than the epitome of the racism she so ardently seeks to call out. … Ms. Hill’s comments harm the cases of Americans who have been victims of actual racism and keep us from moving into a post-racial society. Has the fight for civil rights and full emancipation for blacks in America been so successful that we have nothing left to do but malign white conservatives for their political views?” Move-On-Up.org co-founder Christopher Arps: “It’s fortunate for Ms. Hill that she is in a triple-protected group in this country. She is African American, she is female and she is liberal. Anyone else making similar inflammatory comments would have been immediately suspended and — of course — later terminated. … What she did, and the network’s failure to adequately address it, further harms a network suffering a loss of viewers like me who are tired of the rampant political bias.” Community activist Nadra Enzi: “Jemele Hill’s dog whistle blew a deafening twitter crescendo that unsurprisingly echoes Hillary Clinton’s denunciation of her loss as proof of lurking white nationalism. … It seems to be yet another shot of adrenaline for liberals still catatonic over President Trump’s victory.” Anyone paying attention to the criticism of Trump over Charlottesville and his record on race preceding it knows that Hill is not an outlier. Even some white supremacists think the president...

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