8i launches Holo to let you add holograms of real people to your videos and photos

LOS ANGELES, CA—(Marketwired – Jun 22, 2017) – Today at VidCon 2017, holographic technology company 8i announced the global launch of Holo, the first mobile app of its kind which allows you to add 3D holograms of real people (and animals) into your real–world and create videos and photos to share with friends. 8i also announced it has teamed up with leading entertainment and media companies to bring relevant and engaging content to Holo. In partnership with Columbia Pictures, Holo features a collection of Spider–Man: Homecoming holograms to promote the film's theatrical release. The app also features exclusive content in partnership with Hearst Magazines Digital Media's Cosmopolitan and go90. Holo is available today as a free download on the App Store for iPhone and on Google Play Store for Android devices.

“People are creating, augmenting and sharing content like never before directly through the cameras on their phones,” said Steve Raymond, CEO of 8i. “With Holo, we're introducing a new way to create and express yourself using holograms of real people combined with the AR capabilities of smartphones. Until now, it's never been possible to direct your own videos using recognizable characters and celebrities and we're seeing lots of creative storytelling from Holo users. It's fun to see what people come up with.”

To use Holo, simply add a character into the camera view, start recording, and the holograms will appear as if they are there in real life. Holo will regularly release new hologram collections featuring movie characters, memes, athletes, musicians, and original characters with poses to personify every mood and reaction. You can even snap a video with your friendly neighborhood superhero from Spider–Man: Homecoming, in theaters July 7, doing flips down your street, facepalming on command, and posing heroically for a selfie.

“We're thrilled to be a launch partner for Holo,” said Elias Plishner, EVP, Worldwide Digital Marketing at Sony Pictures Entertainment. “Now, you can send your friends images of yourself hanging out with your friendly neighborhood Spider–Man. It's a fantastic way to get excited for the movie.”

“We are constantly innovating and finding new ways to entertain and engage the millions of consumers who connect with our brands each day,” said Sheel Shah, director of Mobile Growth and Innovation at Hearst Magazines Digital Media. ”Mobile AR is an experience that they have an increasing appetite for and the timing of the Holo launch couldn't have been better.”

At VidCon, where Raymond will be speaking on June 23, conference–goers will be some of the first to experience the new app as part of the go90 Holo experience, created by RYOT Lab in partnership with 8i. Fans can take photos and videos with holograms of favorite go90 stars, including Caleb Marshall (aka Fitness Marshall), Kenny San Jose (Boy Squad), and Jeremy Shada (Mr. Student Body President). The go90 collection is also available in Holo. Also at VidCon, dance phenom and YouTube star Matt Steffanina will perform on June 24, as fans of his freestyle moves can dance alongside his hologram in Holo.

Holo also features a variety of other engaging content and familiar faces:

  • “Magic Mike Live” dancers presented by Cosmopolitan, fun for #holobombing pretty much anyone. 
  • Actress Debby Ryan, who stars in the upcoming Netflix show “Insatiable.”
  • Fun and original characters, including the infamous llama from Fall Out Boy's “Young and Menace” video, a tiger named Lola, and a French bulldog in a hot dog costume.

Following launch, you can expect to see more holograms from Cosmopolitan and other Hearst brands as part of an ongoing partnership. Holo will also feature celebrated astronaut Buzz Aldrin, professional skateboarder Nyjah Huston, pop duo Superfruit, mixed martial artist Anderson Silva, LGBTQ activist Jeffrey Marsh, comedic actor Flula Borg, Anna Brisbin, aka Brizzy Voices, plus a JASH comedy channel debuting with comedian Nathan Barnatt, and others.

Holo is powered by 8i's proprietary technology which transforms video of human performances into 3D holograms that look real and can be viewed from any angle. Once the performance is volumetrically captured, holograms are easy and fast to create and publish on Holo.

Hearst Ventures and Verizon Ventures are investors in 8i.

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About 8i™
8i's mission is to give people the best way to connect with each other and express themselves through holograms. We provide the easiest way to create, use and experience human holograms that look real, and can be viewed from any angle, on any device for virtual, augmented or mixed reality. Our proprietary technology transforms video from an array of cameras using volumetric capture into a photorealistic hologram that can easily be integrated into a variety of 3D computing experiences. Founded in May 2014, 8i is based in Wellington, New Zealand, and Los Angeles. Learn more at http://8i.com/.

About Spider–Man: Homecoming
A young Peter Parker/Spider–Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web–slinging super hero in Spider–Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider–Man — but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. Directed by Jon Watts. Produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal. Screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, Screen Story by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley, Based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. 

About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo–based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.

About go90
go90 is a free, digital entertainment platform that makes it easy to discover and view content from the most beloved networks, distributors, creators, audiences and brands in online entertainment. Available on the web, iOS and Android, go90 brings together and delivers premier entertainment experiences across every screen. go90 is part of the Verizon Communications family of companies. Anyone with a smartphone can download go90 for free via the App Store or Google Play. Start watching now on go90.com.

About Hearst Magazines Digital Media
Hearst Digital Media reaches nearly 80 million site visitors each month [comScore] and 132 million social media followers, with 22 digital brands including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Marie Claire, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Harper's BAZAAR, Seventeen, and Delish. The portfolio also includes Sweet, a collaboration with Snapchat on its Discover platform. Hearst Magazines is a unit of Hearst (www.hearst.com), one of the nation's largest diversified media information and services companies.

RYOT LAB
RYOT Lab is Oath's technology and innovation hub for immersive formats and emerging technologies. The Lab is a growing team of technologists and engineers working hand–in–hand with Verizon Labs to empower advertisers and publishers to tap into the opportunity of immersive formats and interactive experiences. Through RYOT Lab, brands, publishers and advertisers can now tell their stories through a combination of formats including virtual reality, 360 video, augmented reality, volumetric capture (holograms) as well as physical activations and events. 

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The Casper Firm Files $50 Million Lawsuit on Behalf of Former Professional Boxer's Family

BALTIMORE, MD—(Marketwired – May 03, 2017) – The Casper Firm, LLC announced today that it has filed a $50 million lawsuit on behalf of the parents and co–guardians of former super welterweight professional boxing star Prichard Colon. Then 23 years old, Colon suffered a life altering traumatic brain injury during an NBC–televised boxing contest against Terrel Williams on October 17, 2015. The lawsuit filed in the District of Columbia alleges Colon's injuries resulted from the hiring of an unqualified ringside physician who failed to properly evaluate and treat Colon during the match, and the failure of the event promoters to have a brain injury protocol in place to properly protect the boxers whose fight they had arranged.

According to the Complaint, Colon was repeatedly and illegally punched in the back of his head during the match. The suit alleges that despite Colon's complaints throughout the bout about being hit in the back of his head, and his complaints of dizziness and head pain after a blow to the back of his head in the seventh round, the ringside physician — a family medicine doctor and himself a licensed boxing promoter — sent Colon back into the ring rather than terminate the fight and send Colon to the hospital for treatment.

Immediately after the fight, Colon collapsed in the locker room. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where surgeons performed an emergency hemicraniectomy to relieve brain swelling and evacuate the massive bleed in his brain. But the surgical intervention came too late; Colon remains in a persistent vegetative state, and will require constant care and supervision for the remainder of his life.

“As many other sports have proved, with proper procedures in place, serious injuries like Prichard Colon's can be prevented. Why hasn't boxing followed their lead?” said Ari Casper, founder of The Casper Firm, LLC. “With a proper brain injury protocol and adequate medical attention, these tragedies can and should be avoided in boxing. Prichard's family and I believe it's time to break the silence on something that has caused such significant and irreversible damage to many athletes and families in the boxing community. Our hope is that this is a wakeup call to stop putting promotional dollars above boxer safety. Those profiting at the expense of the boxers' well being need to implement procedures that identify brain injuries, stop fights before it is too late, and prevent tragic injury.”

The case has already received national media attention, including a story on ESPN's Outside the Lines. In its coverage, ESPN featured a 2014 statement from former longtime Nevada ringside physician Margaret Goodman in which she stated: “Obviously, if a fighter ever told you they had a headache, they've got to go to the hospital right away. That's the hallmark of a head injury, I mean, until proven otherwise, it's a serious head injury.” Likewise, Dr. John Stiller, Chief Phyisican of the Maryland State Athletic Commission, told ESPN's Outside the Lines that the “fight should have been stopped at that moment [referring to the seventh round illegal blow] and I still cannot think of a medically sound reason it wasn't.”

The public response from viewers has been overwhelmingly supportive of the Colon family, including comments about the need for fights to be stopped sooner and preventing tragedies like this in the future.

The case was filed by Ari Casper of The Casper Firm, LLC on May 3, 2017. To review the Complaint, visit www.casperfirm.com.

About The Casper Firm, LLC

Founded by Ari Casper, The Casper Firm, LLC is a leading litigation law firm based in Maryland and D.C. dedicated to securing successful outcomes for individuals and businesses across an array of complex litigation matters, with a specialty in brain injury cases. The firm has secured record–setting verdicts and settlements, recovering millions of dollars for clients, by combining big–firm representation with the personalized touch of a small firm. Its founder, Ari Casper, is a former Assistant United States Attorney and nationally recognized litigator who has effectively prosecuted several high–profile cases involving hundreds of millions of dollars. For more information, please visit: www.casperfirm.com.

Help INFINITI Raise up to $700,000 in the Fight Against Cancer by Entering CBS Sports Round by Round Brackets

NASHVILLE, TN—(Marketwired – March 10, 2017) – INFINITI will once again have a large presence throughout the ever–exciting NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. For the seventh year in a row, INFINITI will sponsor the CBS Sports Round by Round Bracket Challenge.

Beginning March 12, participants can enter each of the six brackets and for every correct pick, INFINITI will make a donation to Coaches vs. Cancer®. All participants will also be entered to win a trip to the 2018 Final Four®.

“As we cheer on our respective teams during March Madness®, we are also recruiting fans to join in the fight against cancer,” said Allyson Witherspoon, director of marketing communications and media, INFINITI USA. “We are continuously grateful that we can drive attention to the inspiring work of Coaches vs. Cancer as they unite coaches, players and fans in their mission to end cancer.”

Fans' correct picks in the Bracket Challenge will drive INFINITI's donation of up to $700,000 to Coaches vs. Cancer®, a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers coaches, their teams and communities to join the fight against cancer.

Fans are encouraged to return to the bracket and select their picks throughout the total of six competition rounds.

Participants can build their brackets beginning March 12 by visiting http://www.cbssports.com/INFINITI.

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About INFINITI

INFINITI Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with sales operations in over 50 countries. The INFINITI brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan, the United States, United Kingdom and China. INFINITI plans to also expand manufacturing into Mexico by 2017. INFINITI design studios are located in Atsugi–Shi near Yokohama, London, San Diego and Beijing.

INFINITI is in the middle of a major product offensive. The brand has been widely acclaimed for its daring design and innovative driver–assistance technologies. From the 2016 season, INFINITI is a technical partner of the Renault Sport Formula 1® team, contributing its expertise in hybrid performance.

More information about INFINITI and its industry leading technologies can be found at http://www.INFINITI.com/. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and see all our latest videos on YouTube.

About NCAA

The NCAA is a membership–led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 450,000 student–athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student–athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.NCAA.org and www.NCAA.com for more details about the Association, its goals, members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student–athletes. [NCAA is a trademark of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.]

About the National Association of Basketball Coaches

Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student–athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.

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Vote for Your Favorite NCAA Coach to Raise Money in the “INFINITI Coaches' Charity Challenge”

NASHVILLE, TN—(Marketwired – January 04, 2017) –

  • 48 NCAA® basketball coaches compete to raise $349,000 for local charities
  • Fan votes determine winners with winning coach receiving a $100,000 donation from INFINITI
  • Seventh year of the INFINITI Coaches' Charity Challenge tipped off January 2

INFINITI is once again sponsoring the “INFINITI Coaches' Charity Challenge” as part of its partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the NCAA® and ESPN. Now in its seventh year, the program consists of 48 NCAA® Division I men's basketball coaches competing for fan votes in a four–round contest that raises money for charities of the coaches' choice.

INFINITI, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, will make donations throughout the competition totaling $349,000. The further the coaches advance in the competition, the more money is raised for their respective charities. The winning coach will receive $100,000 to benefit his charity of choice.

“INFINITI continuously looks forward to partnering with the NABC, NCAA® and ESPN to raise money for many deserving charities with the INFINITI Coaches' Charity Challenge,” said Allyson Witherspoon, director of marketing communications and media, INFINITI USA. “Going into the seventh year of the competition, we're eager to help facilitate this friendly competition as coaches raise money for their local charities of choice.”

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Beginning January 2, fans are deciding the winner over a 10–week period by casting votes on a custom online microsite at www.espn.com/INFINITI. Voters can cast one vote per day for a coach's charity.

The first round of voting took place January 2 and runs through January 22, with half of the coaches advancing to a second round, held between January 23 and February 12. From February 13 to 26, the 16 advancing coaches from round two will compete in a third round where only four coaches advance to the final, fourth round. From February 27 to March 12, fans can vote for one coach per day; the coach with the most votes, along with the chosen charity, will be announced on March 12, 2017.

“Since its inception, the INFINITI Coaches' Charity Challenge has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and raised awareness for a wide variety of charitable organizations,” said Jim Haney, NABC executive director. “The competition that our outstanding college coaches and fans enjoy on the court has been carried over to the Challenge, where everyone wins.”

Among this year's group of participating 48 coaches are:

  • University of Arizona coach Sean Miller, competing for Casa de los Niños
  • Arizona State University coach Bobby Hurley, competing for Pat Tillman Foundation
  • Auburn University coach Bruce Pearl, competing for Children's Harbor, Inc.
  • Baylor University coach Scott Drew, competing for Coaches vs. Cancer
  • BYU coach Dave Rose, competing for BYU Simmons Center for Cancer Research
  • Clemson University coach Brad Brownell, competing for The Outdoor Dream Foundation
  • University of Colorado coach Tad Boyle, competing for Special Olympics Colorado
  • University of Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie, competing for Connecticut Children's Medical Center
  • Creighton University coach Greg McDermott, competing for Abide
  • University of Dayton coach Archie Miller, competing for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Dayton
  • Georgetown University coach John Thompson III, competing for SOME (So Others Might Eat)
  • Georgia State University coach Ron Hunter, competing for Samaritan's Feet International
  • Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner, competing for WellStar Foundation
  • Gonzaga University coach Mark Few, competing for Community Cancer Fund
  • University of Indiana coach Tom Crean, competing for Tatum's Bags of Fun
  • University of Iowa coach Fran McCaffery, competing for Coaches vs. Cancer
  • Iowa State University coach Steve Prohm, competing for Lupus Foundation of America, Iowa Chapter
  • Kansas State University coach Bruce Weber, competing for Coaches vs. Cancer
  • Marquette University coach Steve Wojciechowski, competing for Camp Hometown Heroes
  • University of Maryland coach Mark Turgeon, competing for Alzheimer's Association
  • University of Memphis coach Tubby Smith, competing for Coaches vs. Cancer
  • University of Michigan coach John Beilein, competing for The ChadTough Foundation
  • Michigan State University coach Tom Izzo, competing for Volunteers of America Michigan
  • University of North Carolina coach Roy Williams, competing for UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • North Carolina State University coach Mark Gottfried, competing for Team Focus
  • University of Notre Dame coach Mike Brey, competing for Coaches vs. Cancer
  • Ohio State University coach Thad Matta, competing for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio
  • University of Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger, competing for Coaches vs. Cancer
  • Oklahoma State University coach Brad Underwood, competing for Stillwater Area United Way, Inc.
  • University of Oregon coach Dana Altman, competing for Children's Miracle Network (CMN)
  • Purdue University coach Matt Painter, competing for Smith Family BReaK Thru Fund
  • San Diego State University coach Steve Fisher, competing for The ALS Association, Greater San Diego Chapter
  • St. John's University coach Chris Mullin, competing for The Herren Project
  • St. Louis University coach Travis Ford, competing for Annie Malone Children & Family Services
  • Stanford University coach Jerod Haase, competing for Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford
  • Stephen F. Austin State University coach Kyle Keller, competing for Nacogdoches Area United Way
  • Syracuse University coach Jim Boeheim, competing for Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation
  • Texas Christian University coach Jamie Dixon, competing for Maggie Dixon Foundation
  • Temple University coach Fran Dunphy, competing for Big Brothers Big Sister Independence
  • University of Tennessee coach Rick Barnes, competing for Emerald Youth Foundation
  • UCLA coach Steve Alford, competing for Special Olympics Southern California
  • Vanderbilt University coach Bryce Drew, competing for Coaches vs. Cancer
  • Villanova University coach Jay Wright, competing for Augustinian Fund
  • University of Virginia coach Tony Bennett, competing for Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
  • Wake Forest University coach Danny Manning, competing for Brenner Children's Hospital
  • University of West Virginia coach Bob Huggins, competing for Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund
  • Wichita State University coach Gregg Marshall, competing for Wichita Children's Home
  • University of Wisconsin coach Greg Gard, competing for Garding Against Cancer

While only one coach will win the grand prize, INFINITI has guaranteed each coach a donation of at least $1,000 to his chosen charitable organization.

“The INFINITI Coaches Charity Challenge is an excellent program that allows fans and coaches the opportunity to help charities and give back to deserving communities,” said Jeff Jarnecke, NCAA director of championships and alliances. “We're proud to work with INFINITI and the NABC on this great program and look forward to seeing this fun competition that positively impacts so many individuals.”

ESPN will promote the INFINITI Coaches' Charity Challenge across many different platforms including ESPN broadcast, ESPN.com and several social media platforms.

About INFINITI

INFINITI Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with sales operations in over 50 countries. The INFINITI brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan, the United States, United Kingdom and China. INFINITI plans to also expand manufacturing into Mexico by 2017. INFINITI design studios are located in Atsugi–Shi near Yokohama, London, San Diego and Beijing.

INFINITI is in the middle of a major product offensive. The brand has been widely acclaimed for its daring design and innovative driver–assistance technologies. From the 2016 season, INFINITI is a technical partner of the Renault Sport Formula 1® team, contributing its expertise in hybrid performance.

More information about INFINITI and its industry leading technologies can be found at infiniti.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and see all our latest videos on YouTube.

About NCAA

The NCAA is a membership–led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 450,000 student–athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student–athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.NCAA.org and www.NCAA.com for more details about the Association, its goals, members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student–athletes. [NCAA is a trademark of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.]

About the National Association of Basketball Coaches

Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student–athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.

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NBC 7 'Football Night' Segment Highlights Interview With Medical Marijuana, Inc. CEO About Cannabis, Concussions and New NFLPA Panel

SAN DIEGO, CA—(Marketwired – November 22, 2016) – Medical Marijuana, Inc. (OTC PINK: MJNA) is pleased to announce that a new report from NBC 7's “Football Night” features an interview with the Company's CEO Dr. Stuart Titus discussing new research about cannabis and concussions, along with a testimonial from a former NFL player.

The NBC News report mentioned the NFL's recent move to hire a new Chief Medical Officer to handle sports–related concussions and traumatic brain injury, and also a new committee appointed by the NFL Players Association to evaluate the potential for cannabis and marijuana to alleviate pain from sports–related injuries.

“These cannabinoids actually act as a second football helmet that is always with you,” the NBC 7 report quoted Dr. Titus as saying. “There has been some great research out of UCLA Medical Center of Torrance, they looked at 450 young adults who unfortunately were in traumatic brain injury situations; and of the ones who were in these traumatic brain injury situations, the ones who were regular cannabis users were 80 percent more likely to survive a traumatic brain injury — and this is presumably because they had this 'second football helmet' effect with them at all times.”

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Desert Reign: Team California Captures 2016 PGA Junior League Golf National Championship presented by National Car Rental Over Team Georgia 8-4

SCOTTSDALE, AZ—(Marketwired – November 21, 2016) –

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Despite Mother Nature's efforts to douse the desert in a rare thunder and hail storm, Team California emerged victorious over Team Georgia 8–4, in the 2016 PGA Junior League Golf National Championship presented by National Car Rental at Grayhawk Golf Club.

The All–Star team from Las Positas Golf Course in Livermore, California, raced out to an early lead Monday morning and never looked back. Team California's Aidan Tran, 12, set the tone off the bat with a birdie putt to open the first match. Through the first three holes, Team California led Team Georgia by 3 points, needing just 3.5 more over the next six holes to clinch.

With a rare desert storm fast–approaching, California locked up the win on the par–4, 305–yard 6th hole with a championship–clinching, 3–foot birdie putt by 12–year–old phenom Alice Liu. Despite earning the magic half–point that put California mathematically over the top, Liu was unaware at the moment of the putt's significance.

“When I was setting up to the ball, I just wanted to make it,” said Liu. “When everyone started jumping and cheering, that's when I realized it was the winning putt.”

This is the second PGA Junior League National Championship title for a team from Las Positas (2012), which also finished second in 2013.

“These kids fight,” said Team California Captain Jeff DeBenedetti, PGA Director of Golf at Las Positas. “They grind. They go after it.”

Team Georgia, who lost in a heartbreaking playoff against Team California (San Diego) last year, played with good spirit Monday, despite knowing they had lost the match early on.

“The kids played great [throughout the championship],” said Team Georgia Captain Tom Joyce, Jr., PGA Director of Player Development at Crooked Creek Club in Alpharetta. “We had a game plan going into it. The first couple of days we made putts. Today, we couldn't get the putts we needed to fall.”

Cheers of “Go Las Po!” rang throughout the course all Monday morning from the families of Team California. “They heard the cheering, and they kept going because they knew it was for them. It was fun to watch,” said DeBenedetti.

Team California's two girls on the squad of 10 players — Madison Wu, 13, who fought off an illness yesterday and returned to compete in the National Championship, and Liu — shined throughout the competition, with both girls making key putts in match after match.

Drew Kim, 13 — who sent Team California to the 2016 National Championship after sinking a make–or–break clinching putt during the PGA Junior League Golf Western Regional at Chambers Bay in September — played on the 2012 team at age 9. By the age of 13, he already has two national championships to his name.

“Drew has always been a solid player,” said DeBenedetti. “Drew's golf age is about four–to–five years older than his actual age. He's a competitor. It's great for him to work for four years, and get back.”

The state of California has had teams win the PGA Junior League Golf National Championship in four of the five years of competition. Teams representing the states of Georgia and California have made it to the finals all five years, with Georgia winning in 2013.

“I'm just proud of them,” said Georgia Captain Joyce. “If you look at the overall accomplishment of it, especially for us to have six kids return from last year and make it to back–to–back national championships, it's an experience they will take away forever.”

Team Ohio edged Team New Jersey 6.5 to 5.5 in the third–place match. Team Connecticut beat Team Texas 8 to 4 in the fifth–place match, while Team Alabama won the seventh–place match 7 to 5 over Team Illinois.

“Golf is really a special game,” said PGA President Paul Levy during the Awards Ceremony. “The winner is the game of golf.”

The eight teams were comprised of 80 top junior players from across America, each winning their Regional competition to advance to the PGA Junior League Golf National Championship presented by National Car Rental. A record of 36,000 boys and girls participated in PGA Junior League Golf in 2016.

“It's incredible what you accomplished the last four days,” added Golf Channel's Ryan Burr, who emceed the awards. “These kids have a chance to be significant…Being significant can last a lifetime.”

Golf Channel to Debut PGA Junior League Golf National Championship Highlight Show on Nov. 29
PGA of America, Grayhawk Golf Club and National Car Rental have partnered with Golf Channel to air a two–hour, primetime special of the 2016 PGA Junior League Golf National Championship presented by National Car Rental Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT— with a rebroadcast later that night at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT. An encore presentation will also air on Dec. 21, at 3 p.m. ET/Noon PT.

2016 National Champion: Team California
Las Positas Golf Course Livermore, Calif.
Captain: Jeff DeBenedetti, PGA
Coach: Becky Chin, LPGA
Ian Gilligan, 13 – Corte Madera, Calif.
Darren Pang, 13 – San Ramon, Calif.
Drew Kim, 13 – Pleasanton, Calif.
Anay Roge, 14 – San Ramon, Calif.
Aidan Tran, 12 – Fresno, Calif.
Ethan Jaehn, 12 – Freemont, Calif.
Jacob Ponce, 12 – San Ramon, Calif.
Austin Tran, 14 – Fresno, Calif.
Alice Liu, 12 – Pleasanton, Calif.
Madison Wu, 13 – Dublin, Calif.

2016 Runner–Up: Team Georgia
Crooked Creek Club Alpharetta, Ga.
Captain: Tom Joyce Jr., PGA
Coach: Terry Peacock
Myles Jones, 14 – Suwanee, GA
Will Morlan, 14 – Alpharetta, GA
Bruce Murphy, 13 – Johns Creek, GA
Carter Loflin, 13 – Duluth, GA
Michael Dotson, 14 – Cumming, GA
Jake Peacock, 13 – Milton, GA
Ethan Gao, 11 – Alpharetta, GA
Charles Kyle, 13 – Atlanta, GA
Ryan Davidson, 13 – Flowery Branch, GA
Deven Patel, 13 – Johns Creek, GA

1st Place Team California (Livermore)
2nd Place Team Georgia (Alpharetta)
3rd Place Team Ohio (Columbia Station)
4th Place Team New Jersey (Hillsborough)
5th Place – Team Connecticut (Cromwell)
6th Place – Team Texas (Cedar Park)
7th Place – Team Alabama (Huntsville)
8th Place – Team Illinois (Lemont)

Wanamaker Division
California (Livermore): 2–0–1**
New Jersey (Hillsborough): 1–0–2
Connecticut (Cromwell): 1–1–1
Illinois (Lemont): 0–3–0

**National Champion and Wanamaker Division Champion

Ryder Division
Georgia (Alpharetta): 3–0*
Ohio (Columbia Station): 2–1
Texas (Cedar Park): 1–2
Alabama (Huntsville): 0–3

*National Runner–Up and Ryder Division Champion

For complete coverage of the PGA Junior League Golf National Championship presented by National Car Rental, please visit PGAJLG.com. To join the conversation about the Championship, #PGAJLG.

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Starkey Hearing Foundation With Calipari Foundation and NBA Stars Provide the Gift of Hearing to People in Need in Lexington, Kentucky

LEXINGTON, KY—(Marketwired – August 29, 2016) – A first–of–its–kind hearing mission changed more than 75 lives yesterday in Lexington, Kentucky as University of Kentucky Men's Basketball Head Coach John Calipari and many other star athletes joined Starkey Hearing Foundation to share in the joy of patients receiving the gift of hearing.

“What a delight to be here and see people's eyes light up as they receive their hearing devices,” Calipari said from the hearing mission. “It's great to think about how life–changing this will be for these Kentucky residents.”

William F. Austin and Tani Austin, co–founders of Starkey Hearing Foundation, and the Foundation's team of audiologists and staff provided patients from Kentucky with hearing devices as well as counseling and training to patients and family members on how to care and operate their hearing device.

“Giving a person the ability to hear has an immediate, inspiring impact on that person's quality of life and a compounding positive effect on the world,” Mr. Austin said. “Thank you to our many incredible partners who helped make this happen.”

There is an estimated 7.2 million people in the U.S. with hearing loss who are living below the poverty level. For more than three decades, Starkey Hearing Foundation has been changing lives through hearing care, providing more than 1.9 million hearing aids to people in need, including more than 125,000 domestically.

“More than 700,000 Kentucky residents have hearing loss, with many unable to afford the care they need,” Lowell Scott, president and owner of the hearing mission sponsor, Hearing Solutions said. “To make this difference for these people's lives, there's just nothing like it.”

For others seeking hearing device assistance in the U.S., visit StarkeyHearingFoundation.org/hear–now or call 1–800–328–8602.

About Starkey Hearing Foundation

Starkey Hearing Foundation, a public charity founded by William F. Austin, gives the gift of hearing to people in need in the U.S. and around the world. Disabling hearing loss affects more than 360 million people, including 32 million children, yet many do not have access to the hearing devices that improve lives and promote understanding. The Foundation focuses on hearing health care missions, education, and recycling, as well as grants to mission–aligned organizations. The Foundation has cared for more than 1.1 million patients and provided 1.9 million hearing devices in more than 100 countries. Connect with Starkey Hearing Foundation on Facebook and Twitter, or visit www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.

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Cigar Industry News Leader Discusses Grandfathered Cigars per FDA Cigar Regulations

EASTON, PA—(Marketwired – August 11, 2016) – Cigar Advisor, the nation's premiere online cigar magazine, proudly serves cigar enthusiasts with a uniquely down–to–earth perspective on the enjoyment of premium cigars. In the wake of new FDA cigar regulations introduced on Aug. 8 2016, Cigar Advisor has compiled a report on ten premium cigars that have been designated with a “grandfathered” status — meaning the cigars were available for sale before the FDA predicate date of Feb. 15 2007, and will remain relatively unregulated. The list, titled “2016 CA Report: Top Grandfathered Cigars per FDA Cigar Regulations,” discusses the predicate date in the new FDA cigar rules in detail, and the impact these rules will have on the premium cigar industry.

“All it took for [the FDA] to include cigars under these new rules was to say it 'reserved the right' to do so, which it did with the deeming rule on May 5th of this year,” writes John Pullo, Cigar Advisor Managing Editor. “And in doing so, created a new class of cigar…grandfathered cigars.” Pullo is referring to the FDA cigar regulations' so–called “predicate date” of February 15, 2007. Per the Food and Drug Administration, any premium cigar that was introduced to the cigar smoking public for sale after that date will be required to test for Substantial Equivalence (SE) before 2018, if it is to remain on the market for sale; cigars that were commercially available before that date will be grandfathered, and subject only to a handful of regulations – including new mandated packaging restrictions and reporting requirements.

Cigar Advisor's Grandfathered Cigars list reads like a top 10 countdown of brands that have been in humidors for well over 10 years: including ACID cigars, Arturo Fuente, Montecristo cigars, Padron, CAO and more. “There are hundreds of grandfathered cigars from which to choose,” says John, remarking that their longevity should be directly attributed to their quality and reputation. “But these ten are legends for a reason, with clear staying power,” he says.

The CA Report points out that even though certain cigars haven't been grandfathered by the FDA's rulemaking, that doesn't mean those soon–to–be–regulated cigars will be impossible to find. “The cigars you enjoy will continue to grace shelves for another 1 to 2 years, depending on what it is and what the cigar makers eventually decides to do with them,” says Pullo.

The Cigar Advisor Managing Editor offers tasting notes for each of the ten cigars selected for his report, as well as more in–depth details on the FDA's new cigar regulations. To read the article and learn more, go to CigarAdvisor.com.

About Cigar Advisor Magazine:

Cigar Advisor magazine is a digital publication created by, and for, real cigar enthusiasts. The Editors strive every day to accomplish three goals: welcome novices to the hobby of cigar smoking with advice and open arms; share their tobacco–rich lifestyle with good friends and veteran smokers alike; and profess their love for a good smoke with cigar enthusiasts of all stripes, from around the world. Cigar smokers are a passionate bunch – and whether it is food, drink, sports or cigars they're fanatical about, Cigar Advisor shares those passions with a razor–sharp edge. Find that passion and more on display at www.CigarAdvisor.com.

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Cooper Tire Styles ESPY Nominees and Well-Known Athletes at GBK's Annual Celebrity Gift Lounge Honoring the ESPY Awards' Nominees and Presenters

LOS ANGELES, CA—(Marketwired – July 19, 2016) – GBK (gbkproductions.com), the luxury lifestyle gift lounge and special events company, and Cooper Tire hosted a luxury lounge honoring the 2016 ESPY Awards' Nominees and Presenters on Tuesday, July 12th at the hip Line Hotel. Celebrities and sports icons of all kinds visited to collect gadgets, goodies, and vacations while catching up with some of their pals. Some of the attending guests included: Odell Beckham Jr. (2015 ESPY Winner for Best Play), Eric Berry (Best Comeback Athlete Nominee), Chloe Kim (Best Female Action Sports Athlete & Best Breakthrough Athlete Nominee), Gus Kenworthy (Best Action Sports Athlete Nominee), Devon Still (Defensive Tackle, Houston Texans), Jason Belmonte (2015 ESPY Winner & 2016 Nominee for Best Bowler), Prince Amukamara (Cornerback, Jacksonville Jags), Rashad Jennings (Running Back, NY Giants), Chris Canty (Defensive End, Baltimore Ravens), Joe Berenyi (Best Male Athlete with a Disability Nominee), and many of the Super Bowl Champions, including, but not limited to Ronnie Hillman / Chris Harris Jr.. Other special guests included Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters) Dule Hill, and Curt Menefee.

In addition to the celebrities that were in attendance, two top NBA Players that were unable to make it requested to have items sent to them. Shaquille O'Neal was disappointed to miss the lounge and asked to have his favorite Cooper Tires, and a trip to Belmond, St Martin Resort sent his way. Dwight Howard is still going through his entire bag to determine his favorite brands.

This year's lounge featured a variety of luxury and lifestyle brands. Title Sponsor, Cooper Tire, was a focal point of the lounge and certainly a bit hit, treating select celebrities to a brand new set of Cooper tires, including the newly launched Cooper Zeon RS3–G1, specifically designed for drivers looking for a high performance tire that can really grip the road. Joe Berenyi, Paralympic athlete and ESPY nominee, remarked, “I choose Cooper Tires because of the value and reliability.” Cooper Tires, proud to offer tires that are designed and built with great care for thousands of miles of excellent service, understands that people don't just drive on Cooper tires, they depend on them. “I wish the ectomobile had Cooper tires on it…”, proclaimed the Ghostbusters actor, Ernie Hudson.

Brands offering health and wellness products included: Boxer Wachler Vision Institute — Under the direction of Dr. Brian, America's TV Eye Doctor, is a world–renowned vision center known for its cutting edge treatments and procedures; Dr. Liza of the[fix] chiropractic + massage, who performed five minute neck + shoulder fixes in the lounge and gifted the signature the|fix| tank or tee and pain relief aromatherapy balm; Ricky Berens, former American competition swimmer, two–time gold medalist, world champion, and current world record–holder, was on–site representing the High Protein Nulo Pet Food to the Animal lovers in attendance provided products from their Medal Series and Freestyle lines, a natural premium dog and cat food; The Good Chiropractor — Presented a pain relief package, including the full series of Motion study digital X–rays and 5 chiropractic treatments with Master Chiropractor Dr. KenGee Ehrlich. Almost 100% of the athletes were happy to get an adjustment right on site.

Fashion and accessories are always a highlight of any GBK Lounge. Guests thoroughly enjoyed products from BOPULENT Jewelry — Making handmade gemstone jewelry using 14kt gold, rose gold, platinum, silver and diamonds; ProTrending — SoundStitch, by ProTrending, adds sewn–in patented HB3 Technology™ MACHINE WASHABLE headphones into your favorite clothing apparel so everybody can listen with style™; JH Design Group — Offering official licensed custom jackets of the NBA, NFL, and MLB; JLEW Bags — Contemporary lifestyle bags, designed and handcrafted in New York City; Maebane — A clothing line that delivers handmade, quality fabric, unisex garments; and Zumer Sport — Backpacks and duffel bags made from actual sport ball materials, such as Baseball, Softball, Tennis, Soccer, Basketball, and Football materials; RunPhones — Creating a world of happy, healthy, well–rested people with their comfortable headphones, allowing for easy sleep and enjoyable exercise.

Other hot items included: Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa — A 4 star luxury Beach Front Resort surrounded by picturesque hills and sparkling Caribbean waters, offering a 4 night stay; BESTofLEGACY — Serving celebrities by collecting their press clippings and photos and transforming them into giant leather scrapbooks fit for royalty; Dumbo Lounge Sacks — Not only a good way to relax, it's the BEST way to relax. Due to its lightweight design and ability to inflate in seconds with no air pump, they are confident that everyone will LOVE it; EPIK Learning — A Kids tablet pre–loaded with a fun, safe environment just for kids and award–winning learning programs for children in grades pre–K through 5. LA's Dog Trainer — Supplying free admission to the Precision Timing/Clicker Workshop, which provides specialized dog training programs in order for you to communicate with your pet for a better life; LA Solar Group — Gifted solar–powered portable cellphone chargers, they are a solar provider founded by engineers that believe in an honest & detail–oriented approach to solar installation; and Segway miniPRO — A Hands Free, Self Balancing Personal Transporter, the miniPRO is not a hoverboard — it's the next step in the evolution of personal transportation.

Mouth watering food, beverages, and groovy tunes were provided by Little Indian — One part of a local DJ collective bringing their monthly dance expression event “Milk Milk Lemonade” offering electric tunes and groovy vibes; Jalisco's Mobile Taco Grill — The Premier Mobile Taco Grill Company in L.A, O.C., and the Inland Empire, offering all–inclusive catering for 50 guests; and Voo Vodka — A premium spirit distilled in Michigan.

After the sun went down, a private poker tournament played out at the trendy venue to raise thousands of dollars for three worthy causes. Some of the celebrity participants at the final poker table included Dule Hill, Kelly Dowdle, Roger Cross, and winner Torrei Hart. The beneficiaries for the poker tournament included the LA Clippers Foundation, existing to foster and support community outreach programs with a focus on improving the lives of children in the Greater Los Angeles area most in need of support and services; The Model Citizen Fund, distributing life–sustaining backpacks filled with 150 items that include food, health, and survival essentials to the homeless and disaster victims, giving them the tools and confidence to build/rebuild their lives; and the Animal Wellness Foundation who rescues, rehabilitates and re–homes dogs and cats, acting globally to rescue dogs from the Asian meat trade and breeding mills in Mexico, as well as locally, rescuing from Los Angeles streets and shelters. In addition, they help low–income families with medical care for their beloved pets.

ABOUT GBK:

GBK Productions is a luxury lifestyle gifting and special events company, specializing in entertainment marketing integration. Formed in 2000 by Gavin Keilly, the company's Founder and CEO, GBK consists of five divisions: GBK Celebrity Gifting, GBK Special Events, GBK Weddings, GBK Charitable Consulting and GBK Marketing/Public Relations. Widely known in the entertainment industry for bringing that little extra something into the Gifting Lounge environment, GBK offers its clients a full range of marketing services. For more information on Gavin B. Keilly (CEO) or GBK, please go to gbkproductions.com.

GBK is not affiliated with, endorsed, or sponsored by ESPN; the ESPY Awards; ABC, Inc.; The Walt Disney Company; or The Hearst Corporation.

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2016 Cigar Advisor Report: Vacation Smokes – the Best Beach Cigars

EASTON, PA—(Marketwired – July 14, 2016) – Summertime and the livin' is easy — especially when a good portion of the summer months are spent at the beach. For many avid cigars smokers, there's nothing like kicking back with their feet in the sand and their thumb and forefinger wrapped around the collar of one of their favorite cigars. In this latest CigarAdvisor.com blog, editor Gary Korb offers a primer, of sorts, on which premium cigars are the most “beach–worthy.”

“[Over the years,] I've discovered that not just any cigar is ideal for smoking on the beach,” writes Korb. “There are several things that factor into choosing the right beach cigar; mainly, the weather conditions, which include sun, wind, humidity, or depending on the day, all of the above.”

Based on his experience, Mr. Korb feels that cigars with thicker, oiler wrapper leaves like maduros and sun grown wrappers are better choices for the beach since they're naturally more resilient. He also suggests that cigar smokers save their priciest cigars and choose cigars for the beach that wouldn't be fatal to their budget just in case the weather happens to ruin the experience.

“I'm not suggesting that you smoke “El Cheapos,” Korb said, “because you still want something that's made well enough to stand up to the elements, yet also puts out a lot of flavor, and there are plenty of reasonably–priced cigars that fit the bill.”

The list consists of seven premium, handmade cigars with an explanation as to why each cigar was chosen in addition to its quality and flavor. Among them are the Camacho Ecuador Robusto Tubo for its convenience, the coffee–infused JAVA Toro Maduro for its savory aroma that sunbathers who are in close proximity may find more pleasant than the average stogie, and the Perdomo Craft Series Amber, for those who prefer a cold beer with their cigar on the beach.

Not all of the cigars listed are for enjoying under the sun. Mr. Korb suggest that the Nica Rustica by Drew Estate “El Brujito” is a great choice for smoking in the evening in front of a beach bonfire, while the VUDU Dark “No.9″ by Jesus Fuego will provide enough time at dusk to watch the sun set and the moon rise.

“Of course, these are just suggestions,” Korb said. “Most experienced cigar smokers know what works best for them under most conditions. But like a lot of the cigar info on CigarAdvisor.com, we hope those who are new to premium cigars, or are still in the process of finding the best cigars for themselves, will get the most benefit from this article.”

About Cigar Advisor

Cigar Advisor, the nation's premiere online cigar magazine, proudly serves cigar enthusiasts with a uniquely down–to–earth perspective on the enjoyment of premium cigars. Well–known and highly regarded for providing acclaimed educational cigar content and behind–the–scenes industry articles from some of the business's top names, the Cigar Advisor editors deliver an array of content that speaks directly to those who enjoy the cigar lifestyle.

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