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Spotlight Sports Group and Diario AS Enter Into Joint Venture

Spotlight Sports Group

Spotlight Sports Group (SSG), a world-leading technology, content and media company specializing in sports betting and fantasy sports, announced today a joint venture with Diario AS (AS.com), the #3 sports publisher globally. The partnership will unleash new, high-growth revenue streams by combining Spotlight Sports Group's sports betting expertise and user engagement technology with AS.com’s millions of unique monthly visitors. The joint venture brings together elements of the two businesses to create a team of specialists to oversee the management of the website. AS.com’s selection to partner with Spotlight Sports Group and its state-of-the-art affiliate technology platform reflects the size of opportunity the partnership presents for the publishing giant. “We are thrilled to have created this true partnership with AS.com. They are a progressive company with an engaged audience and alongside our specialist sports betting content, this innovative platform will keep fans fully informed to make educated bets using Spotlight Sports Group’s data-driven affiliate technology,” said Harry von Behr, Managing Director (Sport) & co-US CEO of Spotlight Sports Group. “This partnership positions Spotlight Sports Group as a leading provider of sports betting affiliate and engagement technology across the global publishing sector.” Spotlight Sports Group will deliver: Native Spanish language betting content Responsive website using Spotlight Sports Group’s bespoke affiliate technology Proprietary data sets AI-based automated content generation Smart content modules, bet builders and free-to-play games Specialist services across technical SEO, social media and real-time CRM Revenue optimization management Gonzalo Teubal Rodriguez of AS.com commented “This partnership is a win-win for AS.com. It will deliver a world-class purpose-built platform for millions of sports fans built on the foundations of Spotlight Sports Group’s affiliate technology and empowering our users by giving them access to quality content and intuitive betting information and tools.” Rodriguez added, “It’s a chance to build a long term partnership with a like-minded global publisher while creating a sustainable revenue model to complement our core publishing business.” Spotlight Sports Group announced its intention to work with the world’s largest media companies by recently expanding its global proposition. This new-look offering includes a suite of products designed to showcase its specialist expertise in turnkey affiliate solutions for global publishers. AS.com’s Spanish-language content and sports betting affiliate platform is now live and available for sports fans in Spain. For more information on Spotlight Sports Group please visit: https://www.spotlightsportsgroup.com/en_us/ ABOUT SPOTLIGHT SPORTS GROUP Spotlight Sports Group (owned by Exponent Private Equity) is a world-leading technology, content and media business specializing in sports betting and fantasy sports. Evolved from the Racing Post Group, Spotlight Sports Group engages millions of people directly through Racing Post, Pickswise, Fantasy Alarm, Free Super Tips and myracing. The company also has decades of experience in powering growth and conversion for the world’s biggest sportsbooks and media companies, delivering best-in-class technology and expert scalable content experiences in more than 70 languages. ABOUT DIARIO AS (AS.com) AS.com serves millions of users each month to its platform by using three language editions in Spanish, English and Arabic. The site primarily focuses on news, stats and commentary on soccer leagues throughout the world. In addition, it also features Spanish-language coverage of the major sports leagues in America, including the NFL, MLB and the NBA. Contact Details Hot Paper Lantern Michael Adorno +1 212-931-6143 madorno@hotpaperlantern.com Company Website https://www.spotlightsportsgroup.com/en_us/

December 13, 2021 08:01 AM Eastern Standard Time

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CSG SaaS Platform Earns Frost & Sullivan Product Leadership Award for Innovative Technology and Unparalleled Customer Experiences

CSG

CSG ® (NASDAQ: CSGS) is transforming the way companies engage with their customers by arming today’s leading brands with future-ready technologies that drive extraordinary customer experiences. Today, Frost & Sullivan recognized CSG’s agile, end-to-end revenue management suite with the 2021 Asia-Pacific OSS/BSS Product Leadership Award. The recognition is a testament to CSG’s continuous innovation, providing companies with flexible and configurable solutions that help them digitally monetize and enhance their customers’ experiences. “CSG’s future-ready technologies ease the complexities of creating dynamic ecosystems and deliver more impactful value to consumers, enterprises, and partners,” said Ian Watterson, head of CSG’s Asia-Pacific business. “Being consistently recognized by Frost & Sullivan for our next-generation SaaS platform in the Asia-Pacific market and around the globe is truly a great honor. We are thankful for the recognition of our industry-leading technologies and innovation for communications service providers in the Asia Pacific OSS/BSS market.” Frost & Sullivan awarded CSG with the 2021 Asia-Pacific OSS/BSS Product Leadership Award for its leadership in enabling telco operators to monetize new revenue streams efficiently across various locations and channels, optimize business costs, improve service delivery, and leverage data and insights to understand their customers better and deliver exceptional experiences. “CSG exhibits design mastery in producing unparalleled innovations that turn customer benchmarks for customer experience into award-winning experiences,” said Frost & Sullivan’s associate director of ICT, Mei Lee Quah. “CSG is known within the industry as a collaborative partner who helps customers solve their toughest business challenges. The company’s increased footprint in the Asia-Pacific market is evidence that customers see CSG as a valuable resource and partner and more than just a technical vendor.” Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. For more information on CSG’s globally recognized and award-winning revenue management suite, visit https://www.csgi.com/capabilities/revenue-and-customer-management/. # # # About CSG CSG is a leader in innovative customer engagement, revenue management and payments solutions that make ordinary customer experiences extraordinary. Our cloud-first architecture and customer-obsessed mindset help companies around the world launch new digital services, expand into new markets, and create dynamic experiences that capture new customers and build brand loyalty. For nearly 40 years, CSG’s technologies and people have helped some of the world’s most recognizable brands solve their toughest business challenges and evolve to meet the demands of today’s digital economy with future-ready solutions that drive exceptional customer experiences. With 5,000 employees in over 20 countries, CSG is the trusted technology provider for leading global brands in telecommunications, retail, financial services, and healthcare. Our solutions deliver real world outcomes to more than 900 customers in over 120 countries. To learn more, visit us at csgi.com and connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter. Copyright © 2021 CSG Systems International, Inc. and/or its affiliates (“CSG”). All rights reserved. CSG® is a registered trademark of CSG Systems International, Inc. All third-party trademarks, service marks, and/or product names which are referenced in this document are the property of their respective owners, and all rights therein are reserved. Contacts: Jordy Spitale Payments / Asia-Pacific Public Relations +1 (504) 615-8820 jordy.spitale@csgi.com John Rea Investor Relations +1 (210) 687-4409 john.rea@csgi.com Contact Details Tammy Hovey +1 917-520-2751 tammy.hovey@csgi.com Company Website https://www.csgi.com

December 12, 2021 03:00 PM Mountain Standard Time

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The Micropedia of Microaggressions launches to shed light on a subtle but commonly experienced form of discrimination

Black Business and Professional Association

In recognition of the United Nation’s Human Rights Day, the encyclopedia is designed to highlight the pervasiveness and harm of microaggressions with tips to help change behaviours. “That’s so gay,” “I don’t see colour,” “Where are you really from,” ”You don’t look trans,” these are just some of the entries in a new encyclopedia called The Micropedia of Microaggressions which launched today to equip people around the world with an understanding of one of the most common forms of discrimination—microaggressions—and to support training on equity, diversity and inclusion. The comprehensive tool was co-created with a community of Canada’s diversity advocacy groups to identify microaggressions, understand their harmful impact, and give steps to unlearn behaviours. Microaggressions are everyday subtle put-downs, assumptions, and comments that, regardless of intentions, are hurtful, insulting and damaging. Research has shown that while less obvious than overt forms of discrimination, microaggressions take a significant toll on mental and physical health. Microaggressions can take many forms and are part of the ongoing experience of discrimination many individuals experience regularly. A high rate of microaggression happens daily and the impact is extremely harmful. A high rate of microaggression happens daily and the impact is extremely harmful. Here are just a few facts: 59% of individuals of Black or Afro-descent have observed an individual(s) from a certain background being treated favourably compared with those of other racial identities or ethnic origins [1] 45% of Multi-racial individuals have heard comments or jokes that mock persons of a certain racial identity or ethnic origin [2] 1 in 4 sexual minority people have experienced unwanted sexual attention while at work, the most common behaviour after inappropriate sexual jokes [3] University graduates with severe disabilities on average have worse employment outcomes than high school dropouts. [4] 60% of Americans have witnessed or potentially witnessed microaggression in the workplace. [5] “Unlike overt anti-Black racism, microaggressions are more subtle. Often, they are harder to ‘prove’ and we second guess ourselves, adding to the negative effects,” says Nadine Spencer, CEO of the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA). “Microaggressions are part of the daily experience of many women, non-binary, Black, racialized and Indigenous people. They also affect persons with disabilities, as well as those in the LGBTQ2S+ community. It can be exhausting to decide what to call out and when or how to explain why something is harmful. This is especially true when comments may be the result of ignorance rather than malice. This resource explains the harm a person might unknowingly cause and includes real-life examples. We hope that it will help individuals to become more aware of bias, stereotypes and offensive comments and behaviours.” The digital tool was created on behalf of a community of Canada’s leading Diversity & Inclusion advocacy groups – including The Black Business and Professional Association, The Canadian Congress on Diversity and Workplace Equity, Pride at Work Canada, and Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute. Toronto’s digital and design firm Zulu Alpha Kilo developed the site and campaign. Whether you’re facing microaggressions and need a tool to share with others or are committed to being an ally and combating them, the collaborators hope this resource will spark necessary conversations and action. “Our research and work with equity-deserving groups has shown just how damaging microaggressions can be,” said Wendy Cukier, Founder of the Diversity Institute. “Not only can they have negative mental health impacts, but research from the Wellesley Institute shows physical harm as well. At the same time, we know that organizations trying to create more inclusive work environments often struggle with balancing the need to address microaggressions with the concern that they not place an undue burden or ‘emotional tax’ on those on the receiving end. The Micropedia tool may be useful in supporting the identification and understanding of the subtle and very harmful form of discrimination.” The Micropedia is looking for more organizations and individuals to join the community and continue adding entries to the resource. To contribute to the project, please visit www.TheMicropedia.org. About the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA): Founded in 1983, the BBPA is a charitable organization whose mission is to advance Canada's Black community by facilitating the delivery of programs that support business and professional excellence, higher education, and economic development. Along with the BBPA National Scholarships, the BBPA presents the Annual Harry Jerome Awards, the National Black Business Convention (NBBPC), and workshops and programs at the BBPA Centre of Excellence. About the Diversity Institute: The Diversity Institute conducts and coordinates multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder research to address the needs of diverse Canadians, the changing nature of skills and competencies, and the policies, processes and tools that advance economic inclusion and success. Our action-oriented, evidence-based approach is advancing knowledge of the complex barriers faced by underrepresented groups, leading practices to effect change, and producing concrete results. The Diversity Institute is a research lead for the Future Skills Centre. For more information, or to coordinate an interview: Richard Rotman Director, PR and Communications, BrandEQ Group 416-464-2194 pr@brandeq.com 1 United Nations. “ Task Force on Addressing Racism and Promoting Dignity for all in the UN.” March 2021 2 United Nations. “ Task Force on Addressing Racism and Promoting Dignity for all in the UN.” March 2021 3 Statistics Canada. “ Experiences of violent victimization and unwanted sexual behaviours among gay, lesbian, bisexual and other sexual minority people, and the transgender population, in Canada, 2018.” 2020 4 Cukier, W. “The Future of Work is Based on Assumptions We Need to Challenge.” 2020 5 SurveyMonkey. “ Study: Microaggressions in the workplace.” 2019 Contact Details Rob Feightner +1 416-898-3480 rob@zulualphakilo.com

December 09, 2021 02:29 PM Eastern Standard Time

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StoryTap Partners with NRF 2022 to Become Retail’s Big Show’s Video Story Platform

StoryTap Technologies Inc.

For the second year, StoryTap has partnered with the National Retail Federation (NRF) to produce authentic video stories at scale. StoryTap is the patented video platform that enables leading organizations to easily create and share authentic storytelling experiences from speakers, exhibitors, and attendees. NRF will be leveraging StoryTap’s innovative technology to secure pre-show videos from attendees and speakers and will be on-site from January 16th to 18th, 2022, to produce over 250 videos throughout Retail’s Big Show. In 2020, StoryTap partnered with NRF to collect and distribute 252 authentic video reviews and rank on the first page of Google through video SEO resulting in a 3x increase in brand engagement on the NRF’s Exhibitor Testimonials webpage. “StoryTap has been an amazing addition to Retail’s Big Show,” shared Paul Kriebs, Senior Director, Brand Marketing at the National Retail Federation. “It has been so easy to collect videos, sort through them and arm them with SEO tags that we can host on our website. It has been phenomenal to get so much extra feedback and content thanks to StoryTap, and we are excited to see what NRF 2022 will bring.” StoryTap is a video story platform that simplifies video creation, curation, and distribution. The easy-to-use platform offers enterprise brands the opportunity to create brand-directed high-value and high-volume video content at a fraction of the cost of traditional video production. Our white-glove curation meets brand criteria for quality, messaging, SEO optimization, and social distribution. After submitting the videos, attendees can socially share their videos with their audiences with a single click— driving engagement and awareness about NRF 2022. “We’re thrilled to partner with Retail’s Big Show again,” shares Bernadette Butler, co-founder and CEO of StoryTap. “This conference will be our return to in-person events, and I’m certain this year will be more special than ever. I’m excited that StoryTap will capture the tradeshow with video stories from those attending, exhibiting, and speaking at NRF 2022.” As a special offer, attendees at NRF 2022 are eligible to receive an extra 20 free videos with a one-year license with StoryTap. For more information, interview opportunities or to schedule a demo, please contact: Caleigh Alleyne Public Relations Manager caleigh@storytap.com (416) 271-6196 About StoryTap StoryTap is the patented video story platform that enables you to easily create and distribute authentic experiences from real customers and employees at scale. Using our platform, you can create compelling and highly searchable video content for your organization—all without the high production costs. And by doing so, you can increase conversion rates, brand awareness, connect with more customers and prospects, and boost bottom-line results. See how Fortune 500 brands like UCLA, Danone, Enfamil and Veet are using StoryTap to build trust, loyalty and triple engagement at www.storytap.com. About NRF The National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association, passionately advocates for the people, brands, policies and ideas that help retail thrive. From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., NRF empowers the industry that powers the economy. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, contributing $3.9 trillion to annual GDP and supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 52 million working Americans. For over a century, NRF has been a voice for every retailer and every retail job, educating, inspiring and communicating the powerful impact retail has on local communities and global economies. Contact Details StoryTap Caleigh Alleyne +1 416-271-6196 caleigh@storytap.com Company Website https://storytap.com/

December 09, 2021 11:55 AM Eastern Standard Time

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It’s tech vs. Covid at ShowStoppers press event during CES 2022

ShowStoppers

Tech is taking on Covid – and new healthtech is changing lives for people with diabetes, heart disease and Parkinson’s Disease -- at ShowStoppers® at CES, the press event scheduled for 5 Jan. 2022 during the CES tradeshow in Las Vegas. For press registration, please contact Steve Leon, mailto:sl@showstoppers.com, +1 310-936-8530. Journalists attending ShowStoppers @ CES 2022 will discover new tech evolving to meet the challenges of the pandemic – including two companies set to debut devices that could neutralize viruses or detect SARS-Cov2 and influenza B in 15 seconds or less. Separately, Abbott, https://www.abbott.com, will showcase life-changing health tech just before it takes the stage as the first-ever CES keynote address from a healthcare innovator. During ShowStoppers, journalists will meet with doctors and inventors of the first rapid, portable blood test for concussions, the latest sensor tech for people with diabetes, apps for people with heart disease, Parkinson's, chronic pain and more. Airthings, https://www.airthings.com, will debut new additions to its family of indoor air-quality monitors that track for particulate matter, C02, radon and more. Air-Clenz-equipped desktop computer monitors, https://www.air-clenz.com, will make workplaces healthier, and workers more productive and happier by quickly capturing and cleaning air to a 99.97 percent level free of COVID-19 and its variants, and other viruses. For home, school, work and travel, UVCeed, https://uvceed.com, demonstrates the safest mobile UV light sanitizer that is 99.9% effective at killing germs, virus, and bacteria. Easily attached to a mobile phone and integrated with the UVCeed app, iCide Technology utilizes the phone camera, AI and machine vision to show when a surface is clean and safe. The press event organizes product launches, sneak previews and hands-on demonstrations of new tech for work, home and play for journalists, industry and financial analysts, venture capitalists and business executives -- from AI to 5G to cloud, VR to digital health; to better, safer, healthier tools for working from home or going back to the office; to future mobility and autonomy, robotics or smart cities; to apps and hardware that drive mobile and desktop innovation; to wearables, IoT, appliances, entertainment, and more. About ShowStoppers Now in its 26th year, ShowStoppers, https://www.showstoppers.com, is the global leader in producing press and business events spanning the U.S., Europe and Asia. Each event organizes product launches, sneak previews and demonstrations for selected journalists, bloggers, industry and financial analysts, venture capitalists and business executives. Industry leaders, innovators and startups exhibit to generate news coverage and product reviews, make new connections, promote brand and open new markets. ShowStoppers produces official press events at CE Week, IFA and NAB; partners with CTA, IFA, GSMA and CEATEC; and produces events during CES, IFA, MWC, NAB, CE Week, CEATEC and other tradeshows. ShowStoppers streams online, broadcasting live events, month after month. To learn more about how you and your company can meet the press at ShowStoppers press events in person and online at ShowStoppers TV, contact Lauren Merel, mailto:lauren@showstoppers.com, +1 908-692-6068, or Dave Leon, mailto:dave@showstoppers.com, +1 845-821-6123. Contact Details For press registration, please contact: Steve Leon +1 310-936-8530 sl@showstoppers.com Company Website https://showstoppers.com

December 09, 2021 09:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

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CSG Charts Global Growth, Delivering Greater Local Impact

CSG

LONDON, December 9, 2021 – CSG ® (NASDAQ: CSGS), the leader in innovative customer engagement, revenue management and payments solutions, today announced strong global growth, specifically from success in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Over the past two years, CSG has grown its EMEA business with ten new customers, a new office in Riyadh, and significantly increased the number of EMEA-based employees through regional acquisitions and new hires. Last night at the annual Telecom Review Leadership Summit in Dubai, CSG’s influence and success in the region earned recognition during the 2021 Telecom Review Excellence Awards Gala. The Telecom Review Excellence Awards recognises the milestones and achievements of leading information communication technology (ICT) brands and figures. CSG was named the Most Innovative Product/Service Vendor for its cloud-first architecture, which enables new market entrants and leading brands globally to launch new digital services, expand into new markets, and create compelling experiences that capture new customers and build brand loyalty. “As we approach our 40 th anniversary, CSG remains relentlessly customer-obsessed and laser-focused on helping our customers thrive and succeed in the digital economy,” said James Kirby, head of CSG’s EMEA business. “CSG’s inventive spirit empowers us to be curious and challenge the status quo so that we can continually create the future-ready technologies our customers need. We are honoured to receive this recognition from Telecom Review for our industry-leading solutions that help companies across EMEA and beyond solve some of their toughest business challenges and do extraordinary things for their customers.” “Every day at CSG, we aspire to have a greater impact on the lives of our people and our customers,” said Patricia Elias, CSG’s chief people and places officer. “By cultivating the most globally diverse teams and fostering equitable, employee-centric programs, CSG is creating meaningful, intentional, and enriching employee experiences that empower our people to deliver innovation, category defining solutions, and exceptional experiences to our customers.” CSG’s innovative Revenue Management & Customer Engagement suites of end-to-end solutions support leading global brands with the flexible, configurable, and SaaS technologies they need to monetise and digitally enable exceptional customer experiences. Companies globally rely on CSG to deliver timely, personalised, and relevant experiences to their customers, monetise new offerings, and protect and maintain existing revenue streams whilst they focus on their business requirements. # # # About CSG CSG is a leader in innovative customer engagement, revenue management and payments solutions that make ordinary customer experiences extraordinary. Our cloud-first architecture and customer-obsessed mindset help companies around the world launch new digital services, expand into new markets, and create dynamic experiences that capture new customers and build brand loyalty. For nearly 40 years, CSG’s technologies and people have helped some of the world’s most recognizable brands solve their toughest business challenges and evolve to meet the demands of today’s digital economy with future-ready solutions that drive exceptional customer experiences. With 5,000 employees in over 20 countries, CSG is the trusted technology provider for leading global brands in telecommunications, retail, financial services, and healthcare. Our solutions deliver real world outcomes to more than 900 customers in over 120 countries. To learn more, visit us at csgi.com and connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter. Copyright © 2021 CSG Systems International, Inc. and/or its affiliates (“CSG”). All rights reserved. CSG® is a registered trademark of CSG Systems International, Inc. All third-party trademarks, service marks, and/or product names which are referenced in this document are the property of their respective owners, and all rights therein are reserved. Contacts: Kristine Østergaard Europe / Middle East / Africa Public Relations +44 (0)79 2047 7204 kristine.ostergaard@csgi.com John Rea Investor Relations +1 (210) 687-4409 john.rea@csgi.com Contact Details Kristine Østergaard +44 7920 477204 kristine.ostergaard@csgi.com Company Website https://www.csgi.com

December 09, 2021 02:08 AM Eastern Standard Time

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How A Camp Network Founded By Paul Newman Continues To Serve Sick Children

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A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/n0Seg6W1dME Over three decades ago, Paul Newman, the Hollywood icon and founder of Newman’s Own food company and Newman’s Own Foundation, envisioned a camp where kids living with serious and life-limiting medical conditions could break away from the everyday challenges of their illness to, as he said, “raise a little hell.” Today, Serious Fun Children’s Network, made up of 30 camps and programs around the world, has delivered more than 1.4 million life-changing camp experiences to kids living with more than 50 medical conditions and their families, totally free of charge. On November 30 th, live from New York City SeriousFun CEO Blake Maher and Newman’s Own Foundation President & CEO Miriam Nelson conducted a media tour discussing how Paul Newman’s vision has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of camp alumni who are living fuller lives because of their camp experiences. A key focus of the media tour was a first-of-its-kind study conducted by SeriousFun that examined the influence and lasting impact of residential camp participation With the help of the American Institutes for Research, SeriousFun set out to look at personal, social, and health-related outcomes that are influenced by SeriousFun camps, as well as the elements of the camp and camper's experiences that affect those outcomes Most notably, that SeriousFun camp experience had meaningful impacts that lasted throughout their adolescent and adult lives. Among 2,200 alumni campers aged 17-30, significant findings included: More than 80% reported that the SeriousFun camp experience had positive and lasting impacts on a variety of aspects of their life, including the willingness to try new things, appreciation for diversity, and self-identity and confidence. And, when it comes to health-related outcomes, more than 65% reported that camp influenced their health-related quality of life, medical self-advocacy and medical-related self care. For more information, visit SeriousFun.org About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

December 08, 2021 05:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Holiday Season Survival Guide

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With the holiday season well underway, it’s time to talk holiday gifting, decorating, entertaining, personalization, home styling, and more. And with in-person gatherings resuming, time spent with family and friends this holiday season is more precious than ever before. Recently, Lifestyle Expert and Star of Netflix’s Queer Eye, Bobby Berk, teamed with Shutterfly on a nationwide SMT to discuss his tips on gifting, decorating, and more. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/hjidEp0O0Zs More than two thirds of consumers are planning in-person gatherings, more holiday parties, and bigger celebrations this year and Shutterfly makes it easy to unleash your creativity after a year of being apart. According to Bobby, it’s all about giving something a bit more personal rather than something generic or store bought. It’s more meaningful and is such a great way to connect with friends and family after being apart. Shutterfly has so many good options that for people to customize. For example, if your friends love a good game night, create personalized playing cards, pencils and notebooks to really elevate game play. Not only is a personalized gift more meaningful to the recipient, it’s also easy to make whether you’re adding a photo, name, monogram, or unique saying. From custom blankets and candles to coffee mugs and wall art, Shutterfly has something for everyone. Some of Bobby’s favorite ways to add the perfect personal touches to holiday entertaining and decorating include color. Choose a color pallet of 2-3 colors and use them throughout your home. Lighting is also so important. Keep the lighting simple by using white lights and candles that are great for any space and candles can add a nice personal touch as well. Additionally, photos are a great way to decorate for the holidays. Whether that’s adding temporary photo tiles with your favorite holiday memories or decorating your tree with customized ornaments. Or finding the best photos of your party guests and using them as name tags or place cards. For more information, visit Shutterfly.com About Bobby Berk: Berk is best known as the design guru on Netflix’s Queer Eye, but his rise to fame didn’t happen overnight. After years in the creative and design field, he took the leap to start his own brand. Epitomizing hip, urban luxury, Berk’s designs reflect a stylish and youthful spirit that perfectly fits any lifestyle. About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

December 08, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Jerry Coffee 1934 -2021, Humble Hero Who Saved World, Then Got Shot Down

Coffee Enterprises

In the early morning hours of Saturday, November 13, 2021, Captain Gerald L. “Jerry” Coffee, USN (Ret.) received “final orders.” Surrounded by loved ones, he left for heaven at his condo in Alexandria, VA, where he and his wife, Susan, his partner and wife of 27 years, lived parttime. Jerry Coffee believed in the invincibility of the human spirit. He battled dozens of serious medical challenges and always miraculously bounced back. He lived a long and amazing life of inspiration, incredible adventure, and family love. His military decorations include the Silver Star, two awards of the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Bronze Stars, the Air Medal, two Purple Hearts, and the Vietnam Service Medal with 13 stars. He was 87. Jerry was born on June 2, 1934, in Modesto, California to Georgette and Leonard Coffee. A sister, Cheryl, came along 9 years later. Even as a young boy he was one of a kind, favoring the outdoor life of sports as well as artistic endeavors such as drawing, painting, theater and singing (he had a mean ear for harmony). After high school, Jerry attended Modesto Junior College, where he joined the trampolining and diving teams, and then UCLA, achieving a degree in Advertising Art where he joined Sigma Nu fraternity and the varsity ski team, ski-jumping being his specialty. In 1957, commercial art degree in hand, Jerry also got his draft notice. Jerry had met his first wife, Bea, at Modesto High School, and they married just before he headed to Pensacola to be a naval aviator. He finished 2 nd in his flight class. After returning from flying reconnaissance missions in the Middle East, Jerry was tapped to be one of 12 Navy photo reconnaissance pilots, assigned to fly out of Key West in October of 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis to covertly record suspected Soviet missile sites in Cuba. During the missions, his supersonic RF-8 flew literally “under the radar” of the Cubans and Soviets. The many years he spent discerning light and shadow as an artist combined with his athletic skill of making split second decisions to equip him perfectly for the mission. Those qualities arguably saved the world from nuclear destruction. At the end of one of those missions, Jerry was supposed to turn back to Key West but instead banked suddenly and detoured from his flight path. “Something just caught my eye off to one side. It looked like a big parking lot or motor pool, full of equipment and I thought I’d better check it out. I had no idea what it meant, but I flew over it with all cameras running.” The pictures he took proved to be of short-range Soviet nuclear-tipped missiles known as FROGS, soon to take aim at the U.S. Naval Fleet. On November 10, Marine Corps Commandant David M. Shoupe wrote Lieutenant Gerald L. Coffee in a letter, “Your reconnaissance flight over Cuba provided the most important and most timely information for the Amphibious Forces which has ever been acquired during the history of this famous Navy-Marine fighting team.” Jerry’s other flights discovered more evidence of Soviet nuclear capabilities on Cuba that helped President John F. Kennedy and his military leaders during negotiations with the Soviets. Shot Down. Just three years later in February 1966, his fate would turn. He loved serving his country and he loved flying. He also dearly loved his burgeoning family. With one more family member “on the way”, Jerry headed to Vietnam. On February 3, 1966, flying reconnaissance missions off the aircraft carrier Kittyhawk, his RA5-C Vigilante was shot by anti-aircraft fire causing him to have to eject. Severely injured floating in the Tonkin Gulf, he was almost immediately captured. Despite injuries sustained from the highspeed ejection, Jerry’s captors put him before a firing squad, tortured him, and dragged him through hamlets and villages on his way to Hanoi. The infamous “Hanoi Hilton,” Hoa Lo prison was to be seven years and nine days as a prisoner of war. During those years of brutality and torture when the communist Northern Vietnamese jailers continually defied the Geneva Conventions and tried to kill Jerry’s spirit, he resisted. Now a Navy Commander, he worked within the prisoners’ chain of command to learn the tap code used to communicate between cell blocks. He risked torture when encouraging fellow prisoners through tapping on the walls and showed incredible fortitude and leadership, as evidenced by the commendations and fitness reports from senior officer, Admiral James Stockdale, and other senior leaders. As Jerry would eventually delineate in his book, Beyond Survival, the perseverance and even growth he experienced in those unspeakable circumstances were attributable to faith in God, faith in his country, faith in his fellow prisoners, and faith in himself. While Jerry was in prison, his youngest son was born. They didn’t meet for 7 years. After returning from Vietnam in 1973, Jerry spent two years at UC Berkeley earning an MS in political science. Then was assigned to VC-1, an A-4 Skyhawk squadron at NAS Barber’s Point in Hawaii, later becoming the squadron commander. In 1977 Jerry was selected to attend the top-level National War College at Ft. McNair in Washington, D.C. (Here he met Susan Ditto whose husband, USMC Lt, Col John Ditto was his study mate. Years after John had died in a Harrier crash in 1981, she would become Jerry’s beloved wife and soul mate, spending their happy union traveling, writing, and enjoying their Aiea, Hawaii home overlooking Pearl Harbor). After War College, he took over as the Air Operations Officer at CINCPAC Fleet Headquarters in 1978. It was obvious that Jerry was eager and willing to speak about his experiences in Vietnam, so the Navy eventually gave him a role as a public relations officer and, during his tenure as such, he gave hundreds of speeches a year to military units and civilian groups alike on behalf of the Navy and until his retirement in 1985. His acclaimed book, Beyond Survival, published in 1990, is in its 5 th printing. Upon retirement, Jerry continued to speak about his experiences primarily for corporate and association conferences and military events. But he was always available for churches, schools, and Boy Scout troops. His message focused on the “invincibility of the human spirit” and the importance of faith when faced with adversity. Jerry gave his keynote address at conferences for an entire cross section of business, professional, educational, faith, and military organizations throughout America and in nine foreign countries. Over the years, he inspired 20 consecutive “plebe” (freshmen) classes at the United States Naval Academy, speaking on the topic of honor. After 35 years of speaking, he retired at age 82. The prestigious Million Dollar Roundtable selected him as one of its top 12 most popular, highest-rated main platform speakers for the past 20 years. He also holds the National Speaker’s Association’s CSP, CPAE (peer recognition) and induction into the Speaker’s Hall of Fame. His numerous civilian awards include the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge and the Honolulu Chapter of the Navy League American Patriot Award. Jerry’s humility was his best attribute. His mission was never to aggrandize himself, but to impart to every audience member that they were tougher and stronger than they believed. “Have faith, be tough, hang in there and you will emerge tougher and stronger that you would’ve otherwise been without the adversity.” The hundreds of letters and emails he received over the years proved that he was making a difference in lives. “Beyond Survival (book) not only changed my life but saved my life,” a testimonial repeated often in the letters and emails he has received. He will be deeply missed by many, but his family and closest friends will feel it the most. He always signed off his tapping on the walls in prison to his fellow POWs, GB “God Bless,” and GBA “God Bless America.” Before being laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date, Jerry was celebrated at the Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, MD, on Tuesday, December 7, at 10:30 a.m. EST, and will be celebrated at First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu, HI, on Sunday, December 12, at 2:00 p.m. PST. Contact Details Joy Ditto Hill +1 703-861-6361

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