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News Article | April 17, 2017
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Every parent wants their child to succeed. So why are many of their kids suffering in school? The answer is complicated. But the solutions to these problems are quite simple. Many of these solutions will be presented on Saturday, March 25, 2017 in San Jose, CA. (Tickets) When students are allowed to pursue their own interests and passions they restore their motivation in life. They begin to understand that they create their futures and take responsibility for achieving their own goals. It’s a beautiful thing. Top educators from around the world are gathering to help parents understand the philosophies and practices of their respectful schools, academies, and programs. Many of these educational options have been operating successfully for over ten years. After years of working with parents and students, these leaders have empowered thousands of lives. In many cases, their students become paid professionals in fields they love. Attendees of the Education Options Expo will learn about: self-directed learning centers, apprenticeships, holistic schools, journalism school, homeschooling, deschooling, democratic schools, hip-hop education, self-directed curricula, and threat prevention tactics. “Everyone can point out problems in the school system. But the founders of these schools, academies, and programs have created real solutions for the problems we see in schools. When parents discover these kinds of respectful educational options for their kids they become filled with hope and courage. Then, as their kids begin pursuing their interests and passions, they start developing critical skills and attitudes which lead them to a life of success and fulfilment,” says David Rodriguez, Founder of the Education Options Expo. Click here to learn more. Kenneth Danford - "The Liberated Learners Network: Spreading the North Star Model" Co-founder of NorthStar Self-Directed Teen Center, Sunderland, MA. Jill Pillot - "For Innovative Fashionistas: Follow Your Passion with an Apprenticeship" Founder of Ricochet Academy, San Mateo, CA Luke Rudkowski - "How Students Can Become Influential Journalists" Founder of Change Media University, New York City, NY. Rahman Jamaal MC - "Learning Thru Rap: How to Make the Most of Your Words" Founder of Rap Force Academy, Redwood City, CA Dr. Paul Bulakowski - "Self-Directed Curriculum that Respects All Students" Co-founder of Mind My Education, Berkeley, CA Valerie Jaeger - "Deschooling: How Students & Parents Transition into Homeschooling" Founder of Full Circles Education, Union City, CA David Rodriguez - "How to Find an Apprenticeship You Love" Founder of Valor Academy, San Jose, CA Get Your Ticket to the Education Options Expo


Whether you are looking to tone your muscles, increase your flexibility, lose weight, meditate, sweat out the toxins or for somewhere to escape it all...Winner of the Staten Island Advance Reader's Choice Award, Some Like It Hot Yoga and Wellness, has something for you. Some Like It Hot Yoga and Wellness is celebrating it's three year anniversary on March 22nd and to celebrate they are offering free classes on March 24th, 25th and 26th. (preregistration is required) Located at 181 New Dorp Lane, Some Like It Hot Yoga and Wellness opened there doors on March 22, 2014 as Bikram Yoga Staten Island, a Staten Island, New York-based hot yoga studio. As the premiere and only authentic Bikram Hot Yoga Studio on Staten Island, they were the first to bring the long awaited hot yoga practice to the borough. Bikram Yoga originated in the 1970's and consists of 26 postures and two breathing exercises practiced in a room that is heated to 105 degree's/40%humidity. Within the last 3 years, owner, Nicole Stuckey, rebranded changing the studio's name to Some Like It Hot Yoga & Wellness, was one of the first hot studios to add a 60 minute version of the well known 90 minute class, as well as Inferno Hot Pilates, a challenging full body, low impact, fat burning HIIT/Pilates fusion class, which is practiced in a room heated to 95 degrees and Kick Your Asana, a heated 60 minute vinyasa flow class to their schedule. Additionally, they began their first Hot 26 & 2 Teacher Training and has partnered with other local gyms and studios so that each studios members get to enjoy what the other offers at a discounted rate. Some of these include Limitless Fitness Studios, North Star Yoga, and CKO Kickboxing. Knowing all too well the apprehension some people may have because of the heat, fitness ability discipline or yoga in general, Some Like It Hot Yoga and Wellness strives to make these classes accessible to everyone. Each class is designed as a beginners class and offers a complete mind & body workout for all levels, regardless of your age, level of fitness, flexibility, and experience. With this in mind, the studio recently released a promotional video which highlights the studio filled with a great range of students in age and fitness ability as well as offers an insight into some of the classes. Owner, Nicole Stuckey says, "We have worked really hard to create a studio unlike many others. A large, clean, efficient studio to practice in, a practice and teaching staff that is consistent, new and innovative classes and an amazing community of yogi’s. I believe in the power of the 26 & 2 class… the combination of the heat, humidity, dialogue, and postures sequence is magical! Not only in the science of one posture preparing your mind and body for the next, but also in the moving meditation that goes hand and hand with the intensity. Inferno Hot Pilates and Kick Your Asana has allowed our students to step out of their comfort zones a step further and add some strengthen training to their workouts. It's a perfect combination. As both a teacher and a student, I believe if you try your best, and have a consistent practice, the benefits received are unlimited. I find great joy in seeing the transformations in a person's body, abilities, and mind-set. I am beyond thrilled to have had the opportunity to bring this amazing practice and it’s healing benefits to Staten Island. Sweat with us and overtime you will develop strength, flexibility, determination, muscle tone, and an overall sense of well-being." Ms. Stuckey plans to open a second studio on the North Shore next year as well as begin to franchise nationally. To register for free classes, create an account on our website and select "Free Anniversary Class." This option will only be available on 3/24, 3/25 & 3/26. The studio is located in central Staten Island at 181 New Dorp Lane.  Students can access one of the many metered and/or street parking spots or through public transportation as the studio is conveniently situated one block from the New Dorp train stop and a few blocks from many local and express buses on Hylan Boulevard and Richmond Road. The 5,000 square foot space is one of the largest hot yoga studios and one of the few studios with the most state-of-the-art heating system in the tri-state area. A range of amenities including Flotex flooring, which is slip resistant, waterproof and offers constant protection against bacteria, spacious changing rooms and showers, welcoming lobby, and a boutique. Following two years of a daily practice, Nicole signed up for and completed her Bikram Yoga teacher certification in Spring 2011 and prior to opening Some Like It Hot Yoga & Wellness, taught for four years full time throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan, NY, and Naples, Florida. Nicole is a graduate of St. John’s University with a Bachelors degree in Communications and Business. She has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Event Management from George Washington University. Prior to teaching Bikram Yoga, Nicole worked as the Event Management and Hospitality Liaison for Nets Basketball and is the founder of A Tailored Event. Her commitment to a healthy lifestyle and green living is noticeably realized through this state-of-the-art studio. She brings her vast experience in Hot 26, Inferno Hot Pilates and overall wellness to the practice. For more information on Some Like It Hot Yoga & Wellness: Source: Some Like it Hot Yoga and Wellness


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: marketersmedia.com

VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / May 11, 2017 / GGX Gold Corp. (TSX-V: GGX) (the "Company" or "GGX") is pleased to announce it has begun the 2017 exploration program at its high grade Gold Drop property, located near Greenwood in southern British Columbia. The property covers geologically prospective ground in the well-mineralized Greenwood Mining Division. The property hosts numerous low-sulfide, gold and silver bearing quartz veins or vein systems, four of which were previously mined. The focus of the current work is to locate and sample reported veins and document historic workings. During the first week of work, sulfide bearing quartz veins and historic workings were located in the southwest region of the property. Excavator trenching will begin shortly to allow for detailed mapping and sampling of selected veins. A diamond drilling program will follow, planned to start in June on priority targets. The property was optioned from Ximen Mining Corp. in 2016 and has a total area of approximately 2150 hectares. The 2017 program will focus on 6 priority areas, covering areas of gold and silver bearing veins (B.C. MINFILE occurrences and other veins reported in historic B.C. assessment reports). These priority areas are the Gold Drop - North Star vein system, Ken vein and Silent Friend veins in the eastern region; Amandy vein and Roderick Dhu vein in the northwest region; and Tel - C.O.D. veins in the southwest region. An area of high grade gold and silver mineralization discovered in 2015 at a trench at the North Star vein is high priority target for the Company. Grab samples from this trench returned 159 g/t Au (grams per tonne) and 744 g/t Ag, 12.2 g/t Au and 78 g/t Ag; and 12.5 g/t Au and 100 g/t Ag. Most of the reported historic underground workings (reported 100's of meters) are at the Gold Drop, North Star and Amandy veins. Small-scale intermittent mining was conducted at Gold Drop, North Star, Amandy and Roderick Dhu veins during the period of 1919 - 1941. This included: North Star: 6,178 tonnes mined with 3.8 g/t Au and 76.9 g/t Ag recovered. Amandy: 1,059 tonnes mined with 10.0 g/t Au and 185.2 g/t Ag recovered. Gold Drop: 294 tonnes mined with 16.5 g/t Au and 98.3 g/t Ag recovered. Roderick Dhu: 25 tonnes mined with 19.9 g/t Au and 275 g/t Ag recovered The southwest region of the property is the first area of focus during the current program. Gold and silver bearing quartz veins are reported in this region. A 1988 grab sample in this region from a quartz vein in a trench was reported to return 20.8 g/t Au and 115.6 g/t Ag (Tel 2 occurrence). Recent logging activities in this area have exposed bedrock and float boulders in this area. Sulfide bearing quartz veins in bedrock and vein float have been located in this region since the start of the program on May 1. Sampling of such vein material has commenced. Historic trenches and a shaft have been located. The Company is now referring to this target area as the Gold Drop Southwest Zone. An excavator has recently been mobilized to the property and will begin trenching in this zone shortly. Trenching will follow in other target areas. Diamond drilling is scheduled to begin in June on priority targets. To view the graphic, please click here. To view the graphic, please click here. Readers are warned that historical records referred to in this News Release have been examined but not verified by a qualified person. Further work is required to verify that historical assays referred to in this News Release are accurate. David Martin, P.Geo., a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101, is responsible for the technical information contained in this News Release. On Behalf of the Board of Directors, This news release includes certain statements that constitute "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities law, including without limitation, the Company's information and statements regarding or inferring the future business, operations, financial performance, prospects, and other plans, intentions, expectations, estimates, and beliefs of the Company. Such statements include statements regarding the completion of the proposed transactions. Forward-looking statements address future events and conditions and are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions. These statements relate to analyses and other information that are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions of management. Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as "expects" or "does not expect," "is expected," "anticipates" or "does not anticipate," "plans," "estimates" or "intends," or stating that certain actions, events or results "may," "could," "would," "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved), and variations of such words, and similar expressions are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statement are necessarily based upon several factors that, if untrue, could cause the actual results, performances or achievements of the Company to be materially different from future results, performances or achievements express or implied by such statements. Such statements and information are based on numerous assumptions regarding present and future business strategies and the environment in which the Company will operate in the future, including the price of gold and other metals, anticipated costs and the ability to achieve goals, and the Company will be able to obtain required licenses and permits. While such estimates and assumptions are considered reasonable by the management of the Company, they are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive and regulatory uncertainties and risks including that resource exploration and development is a speculative business; that environmental laws and regulations may become more onerous; that the Company may not be able to raise additional funds when necessary; fluctuating prices of metals; the possibility that future exploration, development or mining results will not be consistent with the Company's expectations; operating hazards and risks; and competition. There can be no assurance that economic resources will be discovered or developed at the Gold Drop Property. Accordingly, actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward looking statements include continued availability of capital and financing and general economic, market or business conditions, the loss of key directors, employees, advisors or consultants, equipment failures, litigation, competition, fees charged by service providers and failure of counterparties to perform their contractual obligations. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and, accordingly are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements due to the inherent uncertainty of such statements. The forward-looking statements included in this news release are made as of the date hereof and the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by applicable securities legislation. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / May 11, 2017 / GGX Gold Corp. (TSX-V: GGX) (the "Company" or "GGX") is pleased to announce it has begun the 2017 exploration program at its high grade Gold Drop property, located near Greenwood in southern British Columbia. The property covers geologically prospective ground in the well-mineralized Greenwood Mining Division. The property hosts numerous low-sulfide, gold and silver bearing quartz veins or vein systems, four of which were previously mined. The focus of the current work is to locate and sample reported veins and document historic workings. During the first week of work, sulfide bearing quartz veins and historic workings were located in the southwest region of the property. Excavator trenching will begin shortly to allow for detailed mapping and sampling of selected veins. A diamond drilling program will follow, planned to start in June on priority targets. The property was optioned from Ximen Mining Corp. in 2016 and has a total area of approximately 2150 hectares. The 2017 program will focus on 6 priority areas, covering areas of gold and silver bearing veins (B.C. MINFILE occurrences and other veins reported in historic B.C. assessment reports). These priority areas are the Gold Drop - North Star vein system, Ken vein and Silent Friend veins in the eastern region; Amandy vein and Roderick Dhu vein in the northwest region; and Tel - C.O.D. veins in the southwest region. An area of high grade gold and silver mineralization discovered in 2015 at a trench at the North Star vein is high priority target for the Company. Grab samples from this trench returned 159 g/t Au (grams per tonne) and 744 g/t Ag, 12.2 g/t Au and 78 g/t Ag; and 12.5 g/t Au and 100 g/t Ag. Most of the reported historic underground workings (reported 100's of meters) are at the Gold Drop, North Star and Amandy veins. Small-scale intermittent mining was conducted at Gold Drop, North Star, Amandy and Roderick Dhu veins during the period of 1919 - 1941. This included: North Star: 6,178 tonnes mined with 3.8 g/t Au and 76.9 g/t Ag recovered. Amandy: 1,059 tonnes mined with 10.0 g/t Au and 185.2 g/t Ag recovered. Gold Drop: 294 tonnes mined with 16.5 g/t Au and 98.3 g/t Ag recovered. Roderick Dhu: 25 tonnes mined with 19.9 g/t Au and 275 g/t Ag recovered The southwest region of the property is the first area of focus during the current program. Gold and silver bearing quartz veins are reported in this region. A 1988 grab sample in this region from a quartz vein in a trench was reported to return 20.8 g/t Au and 115.6 g/t Ag (Tel 2 occurrence). Recent logging activities in this area have exposed bedrock and float boulders in this area. Sulfide bearing quartz veins in bedrock and vein float have been located in this region since the start of the program on May 1. Sampling of such vein material has commenced. Historic trenches and a shaft have been located. The Company is now referring to this target area as the Gold Drop Southwest Zone. An excavator has recently been mobilized to the property and will begin trenching in this zone shortly. Trenching will follow in other target areas. Diamond drilling is scheduled to begin in June on priority targets. To view the graphic, please click here. To view the graphic, please click here. Readers are warned that historical records referred to in this News Release have been examined but not verified by a qualified person. Further work is required to verify that historical assays referred to in this News Release are accurate. David Martin, P.Geo., a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101, is responsible for the technical information contained in this News Release. On Behalf of the Board of Directors, This news release includes certain statements that constitute "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities law, including without limitation, the Company's information and statements regarding or inferring the future business, operations, financial performance, prospects, and other plans, intentions, expectations, estimates, and beliefs of the Company. Such statements include statements regarding the completion of the proposed transactions. Forward-looking statements address future events and conditions and are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions. These statements relate to analyses and other information that are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions of management. Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as "expects" or "does not expect," "is expected," "anticipates" or "does not anticipate," "plans," "estimates" or "intends," or stating that certain actions, events or results "may," "could," "would," "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved), and variations of such words, and similar expressions are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statement are necessarily based upon several factors that, if untrue, could cause the actual results, performances or achievements of the Company to be materially different from future results, performances or achievements express or implied by such statements. Such statements and information are based on numerous assumptions regarding present and future business strategies and the environment in which the Company will operate in the future, including the price of gold and other metals, anticipated costs and the ability to achieve goals, and the Company will be able to obtain required licenses and permits. While such estimates and assumptions are considered reasonable by the management of the Company, they are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive and regulatory uncertainties and risks including that resource exploration and development is a speculative business; that environmental laws and regulations may become more onerous; that the Company may not be able to raise additional funds when necessary; fluctuating prices of metals; the possibility that future exploration, development or mining results will not be consistent with the Company's expectations; operating hazards and risks; and competition. There can be no assurance that economic resources will be discovered or developed at the Gold Drop Property. Accordingly, actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward looking statements include continued availability of capital and financing and general economic, market or business conditions, the loss of key directors, employees, advisors or consultants, equipment failures, litigation, competition, fees charged by service providers and failure of counterparties to perform their contractual obligations. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and, accordingly are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements due to the inherent uncertainty of such statements. The forward-looking statements included in this news release are made as of the date hereof and the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by applicable securities legislation. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: www.accesswire.com

VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / May 11, 2017 / GGX Gold Corp. (TSX-V: GGX) (the "Company" or "GGX") is pleased to announce it has begun the 2017 exploration program at its high grade Gold Drop property, located near Greenwood in southern British Columbia. The property covers geologically prospective ground in the well-mineralized Greenwood Mining Division. The property hosts numerous low-sulfide, gold and silver bearing quartz veins or vein systems, four of which were previously mined. The focus of the current work is to locate and sample reported veins and document historic workings. During the first week of work, sulfide bearing quartz veins and historic workings were located in the southwest region of the property. Excavator trenching will begin shortly to allow for detailed mapping and sampling of selected veins. A diamond drilling program will follow, planned to start in June on priority targets. The property was optioned from Ximen Mining Corp. in 2016 and has a total area of approximately 2150 hectares. The 2017 program will focus on 6 priority areas, covering areas of gold and silver bearing veins (B.C. MINFILE occurrences and other veins reported in historic B.C. assessment reports). These priority areas are the Gold Drop - North Star vein system, Ken vein and Silent Friend veins in the eastern region; Amandy vein and Roderick Dhu vein in the northwest region; and Tel - C.O.D. veins in the southwest region. An area of high grade gold and silver mineralization discovered in 2015 at a trench at the North Star vein is high priority target for the Company. Grab samples from this trench returned 159 g/t Au (grams per tonne) and 744 g/t Ag, 12.2 g/t Au and 78 g/t Ag; and 12.5 g/t Au and 100 g/t Ag. Most of the reported historic underground workings (reported 100's of meters) are at the Gold Drop, North Star and Amandy veins. Small-scale intermittent mining was conducted at Gold Drop, North Star, Amandy and Roderick Dhu veins during the period of 1919 - 1941. This included: The southwest region of the property is the first area of focus during the current program. Gold and silver bearing quartz veins are reported in this region. A 1988 grab sample in this region from a quartz vein in a trench was reported to return 20.8 g/t Au and 115.6 g/t Ag (Tel 2 occurrence). Recent logging activities in this area have exposed bedrock and float boulders in this area. Sulfide bearing quartz veins in bedrock and vein float have been located in this region since the start of the program on May 1. Sampling of such vein material has commenced. Historic trenches and a shaft have been located. The Company is now referring to this target area as the Gold Drop Southwest Zone. An excavator has recently been mobilized to the property and will begin trenching in this zone shortly. Trenching will follow in other target areas. Diamond drilling is scheduled to begin in June on priority targets. To view the graphic, please click here. To view the graphic, please click here. Readers are warned that historical records referred to in this News Release have been examined but not verified by a qualified person. Further work is required to verify that historical assays referred to in this News Release are accurate. David Martin, P.Geo., a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101, is responsible for the technical information contained in this News Release. On Behalf of the Board of Directors, This news release includes certain statements that constitute "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities law, including without limitation, the Company's information and statements regarding or inferring the future business, operations, financial performance, prospects, and other plans, intentions, expectations, estimates, and beliefs of the Company. Such statements include statements regarding the completion of the proposed transactions. Forward-looking statements address future events and conditions and are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions. These statements relate to analyses and other information that are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions of management. Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as "expects" or "does not expect," "is expected," "anticipates" or "does not anticipate," "plans," "estimates" or "intends," or stating that certain actions, events or results "may," "could," "would," "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved), and variations of such words, and similar expressions are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statement are necessarily based upon several factors that, if untrue, could cause the actual results, performances or achievements of the Company to be materially different from future results, performances or achievements express or implied by such statements. Such statements and information are based on numerous assumptions regarding present and future business strategies and the environment in which the Company will operate in the future, including the price of gold and other metals, anticipated costs and the ability to achieve goals, and the Company will be able to obtain required licenses and permits. While such estimates and assumptions are considered reasonable by the management of the Company, they are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive and regulatory uncertainties and risks including that resource exploration and development is a speculative business; that environmental laws and regulations may become more onerous; that the Company may not be able to raise additional funds when necessary; fluctuating prices of metals; the possibility that future exploration, development or mining results will not be consistent with the Company's expectations; operating hazards and risks; and competition. There can be no assurance that economic resources will be discovered or developed at the Gold Drop Property. Accordingly, actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward looking statements include continued availability of capital and financing and general economic, market or business conditions, the loss of key directors, employees, advisors or consultants, equipment failures, litigation, competition, fees charged by service providers and failure of counterparties to perform their contractual obligations. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and, accordingly are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements due to the inherent uncertainty of such statements. The forward-looking statements included in this news release are made as of the date hereof and the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by applicable securities legislation. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.


News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: phys.org

"We're sending selfies to Europa here tonight, folks," O'Key told those who had gathered in the Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater. "Take a moment to reach out to the cosmos and say, 'We here on Earth care.'" Sponsored by the Southern California Desert Video Astronomers, the public program featured a documentary, 3-D holographic projections, views through telescopes and what was believed to be the first opportunity to send video selfies to a moon of Jupiter that NASA scientists have identified as one of the likeliest homes of extraterrestrial life in our solar system. Zerrin Leckey, 9, was among the first to take a few deep breaths, smile, then speak into the lens of a video camera connected to a device that converts audio and visual images into flashes of laser aimed at the moon - only 37 minutes away at light speed. "Hi, Europa!" he said. "This is Zerrin on Earth. I'm turning 10." Next up was Jean Mueller, 67, a retired telescope operator at the Palomar Observatory who has discovered more than 30 comets. "I photographed everything in the sky except you, Europa," she said. "Now, I'm talking to you in person, and that's pretty nice." The casual tone of these pioneering attempts at intragalactic communication was fine with O'Key, who didn't hesitate to note the limits of the technology in the astronomy club's "Europa is Alive!" event or "the giggle factor involved in all this." It was O'Key, 63, a retired technical consultant in personal injury litigation cases, and Leonard Holmberg, 62, a retired developer of optics-based products, who put together the selfie-sender: "An instrument comprised of a video camera, a laptop computer, fiber-optics technology and a yellow laser that cost us about $400," O'Key said. "We like to think we're bringing extraterrestrial adventure to everyday people," he said. "Of course, we'd need the power of the sun to generate a coherent beam strong enough to hit Europa," Holmberg said. "But at least some of the photons in the transmissions we're sending are reaching their target. No doubt about it." The project, Holmberg said, suggests how far technology has advanced since charismatic physicist Carl Sagan popularized the possibility of making contact with extraterrestrial life. Sagan led a team that developed communications materials that were aboard the Voyager 1 and 2 space probes launched in 1977 to make drive-by visits to planets in this solar system and then continue on to explore space. The packages included images of a nude man and woman and musical samplings, including Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode." O'Key and Holmberg consider themselves "Saganites," inspired by NASA's recent announcement that Europa and Saturn's moon, Enceladus, harbor all the ingredients needed for life to evolve: heat, organic material and vast oceans of water capped by ice. "What they're doing is fine with me," said Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the nonprofit Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute based in Mountain View, Calif. "But it's fair to say we don't know if aliens are friendly, or if they even exist. If they do, will they be cute and cuddly like the one in the movie 'E.T.,' or will they be like the Kardashians? "In that case," he continued, "we should keep a low profile. You don't want your tombstone to read: I'm responsible for the obliteration of the human race." Jim Bell, an astronomer at Arizona State University and president of the Pasadena-based Planetary Society, described the Joshua Tree effort as "delightful." "It's a testament," Bell said, "to the ability of every man nowadays to have access to technology that was only a dream a decade ago." Scientists have been searching the skies for signs of alien civilizations for decades, mostly based on the premise that they, like us, would use bursts of radio and laser light we might be able to hear or see. The SETI Institute runs an array of radio telescopes designed to act as an enormous ear capable of scanning more than a million stars over 10 billion radio frequencies. It still has not detected any signal produced by someone else out there. The Mars lander Phoenix, launched in 2007, carried recorded greetings. A year later, NASA beamed the Beatles' "Across the Universe" at the North Star, Polaris. In 2012, a now-defunct company leased a huge radio telescope in Carmel Valley, Calif., and offered to transmit personal messages and photos from Earth to various stars for free. Now, there's the astronomy club led by O'Key, who as a boy liked to shine a flashlight beam at the Earth's moon knowing it would get there in 1.2 seconds. "The only exceptional thing about our attempt to communicate with an alien world," he said, "is how easy and inexpensive it has become to give it a try." Explore further: NASA to reveal 'surprising' activity on Jupiter's moon Europa


News Article | May 15, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

BOSTON, May 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Purpose is high on the management agenda these days, but many organizations don’t give it the attention it deserves. By tackling it superficially, they not only fail to realize their explicit purpose but also miss out on the many powerful benefits purpose offers, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and BrightHouse. The report, Purpose with the Power to Transform Your Organization, is being released today. The report marks the first joint publication by BCG and BrightHouse, the Atlanta-based creative consultancy that helps organizations uncover their purpose to grow their people, profits, and social impact. BrightHouse, acquired by BCG in 2015, has advised global brands and Fortune 500 companies for more than 20 years. The report describes a common pitfall in the pursuit of purpose, a phenomenon the authors call “surface purpose.” “We find that for many organizations, defining purpose amounts to writing a catchy slogan or a generic statement that could apply to just about any company,” says Doug Shipman, the CEO of BrightHouse and a coauthor of the report. “But even among those that articulate their purpose well, we find they do almost nothing to integrate it into the day-to-day experiences of employees and customers.” Why Purpose Matters Beyond the growing desire among leaders and employees to derive more meaning from their work and have a positive impact on society, purpose matters for several lesser-known reasons. BCG analysis shows that purpose driven organizations perform better: purpose correlates strongly with ten-year total shareholder return. Another powerful, but equally overlooked, benefit: purpose supports “always-on” transformation. The demands of serial, often parallel, transformations can be draining for employees. Organizations need to appeal to head and heart to motivate and sustain their people. “Purpose acts as a fuel, providing an emotional connection that energizes people and inspires greater commitment,” says Jim Hemerling, a BCG senior partner and a coauthor of the report. “It also serves as a North Star, providing direction and alignment to everyone.” Bringing Purpose to Life The authors clarify true purpose, offering a litmus test of five properties to help organizations steer clear of surface purpose. They then describe a rigorous, four-step approach organizations can use to bring purpose to life and ingrain it in the organizations: discover, articulate, activate, and embed. The report draws on the experience of clients from a broad range of sectors, including financial services, retail, consumer goods, and industrial goods. The two final steps in the purpose journey are critical to ensuring that purpose endures. Activating purpose requires, among other things, that leaders embody purpose in their words and deeds, including through symbolic acts. Embedding purpose calls for longer-term changes in the organizational environment, such as its learning and development programs and its performance management and incentives systems. “By following these steps,” notes Hemerling, “organizations can realize the kind of purpose that will anchor and guide them through challenging circumstances and changing times.” A copy of the report can be downloaded here. To arrange an interview with one of the authors, please contact Eric Gregoire at +1 617 850 3783 or gregoire.eric@bcg.com. About The Boston Consulting Group The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is a global management consulting firm and the world’s leading advisor on business strategy. We partner with clients from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors in all regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their enterprises. Our customized approach combines deep insight into the dynamics of companies and markets with close collaboration at all levels of the client organization. This ensures that our clients achieve sustainable competitive advantage, build more capable organizations, and secure lasting results. Founded in 1963, BCG is a private company with 85 offices in 48 countries. For more information, please visit bcg.com. About BrightHouse BrightHouse, a division of BCG, is a global creative consultancy devoted to helping organizations uncover their purpose and bring it to life so that they can grow their people, profits, and social impact. For more than 20 years, we have been applying our unique methodology, frameworks, and capabilities in human insights, design, film, and writing to accelerate transformation and value creation for global brands and Fortune 500 companies alike. For more information, please visit thinkbrighthouse.com. About bcgperspectives.com Bcgperspectives.com features the latest thinking from BCG experts as well as from CEOs, academics, and other leaders. It covers issues at the top of senior management’s agenda. It also provides unprecedented access to BCG’s extensive archive of thought leadership stretching back 50 years to the days of Bruce Henderson, the firm’s founder and one of the architects of modern management consulting. All of our content—including videos, podcasts, commentaries, and reports—can be accessed by PC, mobile, iPad, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


News Article | May 15, 2017
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BOSTON, May 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Purpose is high on the management agenda these days, but many organizations don’t give it the attention it deserves. By tackling it superficially, they not only fail to realize their explicit purpose but also miss out on the many powerful benefits purpose offers, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and BrightHouse. The report, Purpose with the Power to Transform Your Organization, is being released today. The report marks the first joint publication by BCG and BrightHouse, the Atlanta-based creative consultancy that helps organizations uncover their purpose to grow their people, profits, and social impact. BrightHouse, acquired by BCG in 2015, has advised global brands and Fortune 500 companies for more than 20 years. The report describes a common pitfall in the pursuit of purpose, a phenomenon the authors call “surface purpose.” “We find that for many organizations, defining purpose amounts to writing a catchy slogan or a generic statement that could apply to just about any company,” says Doug Shipman, the CEO of BrightHouse and a coauthor of the report. “But even among those that articulate their purpose well, we find they do almost nothing to integrate it into the day-to-day experiences of employees and customers.” Why Purpose Matters Beyond the growing desire among leaders and employees to derive more meaning from their work and have a positive impact on society, purpose matters for several lesser-known reasons. BCG analysis shows that purpose driven organizations perform better: purpose correlates strongly with ten-year total shareholder return. Another powerful, but equally overlooked, benefit: purpose supports “always-on” transformation. The demands of serial, often parallel, transformations can be draining for employees. Organizations need to appeal to head and heart to motivate and sustain their people. “Purpose acts as a fuel, providing an emotional connection that energizes people and inspires greater commitment,” says Jim Hemerling, a BCG senior partner and a coauthor of the report. “It also serves as a North Star, providing direction and alignment to everyone.” Bringing Purpose to Life The authors clarify true purpose, offering a litmus test of five properties to help organizations steer clear of surface purpose. They then describe a rigorous, four-step approach organizations can use to bring purpose to life and ingrain it in the organizations: discover, articulate, activate, and embed. The report draws on the experience of clients from a broad range of sectors, including financial services, retail, consumer goods, and industrial goods. The two final steps in the purpose journey are critical to ensuring that purpose endures. Activating purpose requires, among other things, that leaders embody purpose in their words and deeds, including through symbolic acts. Embedding purpose calls for longer-term changes in the organizational environment, such as its learning and development programs and its performance management and incentives systems. “By following these steps,” notes Hemerling, “organizations can realize the kind of purpose that will anchor and guide them through challenging circumstances and changing times.” A copy of the report can be downloaded here. To arrange an interview with one of the authors, please contact Eric Gregoire at +1 617 850 3783 or gregoire.eric@bcg.com. About The Boston Consulting Group The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is a global management consulting firm and the world’s leading advisor on business strategy. We partner with clients from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors in all regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their enterprises. Our customized approach combines deep insight into the dynamics of companies and markets with close collaboration at all levels of the client organization. This ensures that our clients achieve sustainable competitive advantage, build more capable organizations, and secure lasting results. Founded in 1963, BCG is a private company with 85 offices in 48 countries. For more information, please visit bcg.com. About BrightHouse BrightHouse, a division of BCG, is a global creative consultancy devoted to helping organizations uncover their purpose and bring it to life so that they can grow their people, profits, and social impact. For more than 20 years, we have been applying our unique methodology, frameworks, and capabilities in human insights, design, film, and writing to accelerate transformation and value creation for global brands and Fortune 500 companies alike. For more information, please visit thinkbrighthouse.com. About bcgperspectives.com Bcgperspectives.com features the latest thinking from BCG experts as well as from CEOs, academics, and other leaders. It covers issues at the top of senior management’s agenda. It also provides unprecedented access to BCG’s extensive archive of thought leadership stretching back 50 years to the days of Bruce Henderson, the firm’s founder and one of the architects of modern management consulting. All of our content—including videos, podcasts, commentaries, and reports—can be accessed by PC, mobile, iPad, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


News Article | May 15, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

BOSTON, May 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Purpose is high on the management agenda these days, but many organizations don’t give it the attention it deserves. By tackling it superficially, they not only fail to realize their explicit purpose but also miss out on the many powerful benefits purpose offers, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and BrightHouse. The report, Purpose with the Power to Transform Your Organization, is being released today. The report marks the first joint publication by BCG and BrightHouse, the Atlanta-based creative consultancy that helps organizations uncover their purpose to grow their people, profits, and social impact. BrightHouse, acquired by BCG in 2015, has advised global brands and Fortune 500 companies for more than 20 years. The report describes a common pitfall in the pursuit of purpose, a phenomenon the authors call “surface purpose.” “We find that for many organizations, defining purpose amounts to writing a catchy slogan or a generic statement that could apply to just about any company,” says Doug Shipman, the CEO of BrightHouse and a coauthor of the report. “But even among those that articulate their purpose well, we find they do almost nothing to integrate it into the day-to-day experiences of employees and customers.” Why Purpose Matters Beyond the growing desire among leaders and employees to derive more meaning from their work and have a positive impact on society, purpose matters for several lesser-known reasons. BCG analysis shows that purpose driven organizations perform better: purpose correlates strongly with ten-year total shareholder return. Another powerful, but equally overlooked, benefit: purpose supports “always-on” transformation. The demands of serial, often parallel, transformations can be draining for employees. Organizations need to appeal to head and heart to motivate and sustain their people. “Purpose acts as a fuel, providing an emotional connection that energizes people and inspires greater commitment,” says Jim Hemerling, a BCG senior partner and a coauthor of the report. “It also serves as a North Star, providing direction and alignment to everyone.” Bringing Purpose to Life The authors clarify true purpose, offering a litmus test of five properties to help organizations steer clear of surface purpose. They then describe a rigorous, four-step approach organizations can use to bring purpose to life and ingrain it in the organizations: discover, articulate, activate, and embed. The report draws on the experience of clients from a broad range of sectors, including financial services, retail, consumer goods, and industrial goods. The two final steps in the purpose journey are critical to ensuring that purpose endures. Activating purpose requires, among other things, that leaders embody purpose in their words and deeds, including through symbolic acts. Embedding purpose calls for longer-term changes in the organizational environment, such as its learning and development programs and its performance management and incentives systems. “By following these steps,” notes Hemerling, “organizations can realize the kind of purpose that will anchor and guide them through challenging circumstances and changing times.” A copy of the report can be downloaded here. To arrange an interview with one of the authors, please contact Eric Gregoire at +1 617 850 3783 or gregoire.eric@bcg.com. About The Boston Consulting Group The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is a global management consulting firm and the world’s leading advisor on business strategy. We partner with clients from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors in all regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their enterprises. Our customized approach combines deep insight into the dynamics of companies and markets with close collaboration at all levels of the client organization. This ensures that our clients achieve sustainable competitive advantage, build more capable organizations, and secure lasting results. Founded in 1963, BCG is a private company with 85 offices in 48 countries. For more information, please visit bcg.com. About BrightHouse BrightHouse, a division of BCG, is a global creative consultancy devoted to helping organizations uncover their purpose and bring it to life so that they can grow their people, profits, and social impact. For more than 20 years, we have been applying our unique methodology, frameworks, and capabilities in human insights, design, film, and writing to accelerate transformation and value creation for global brands and Fortune 500 companies alike. For more information, please visit thinkbrighthouse.com. About bcgperspectives.com Bcgperspectives.com features the latest thinking from BCG experts as well as from CEOs, academics, and other leaders. It covers issues at the top of senior management’s agenda. It also provides unprecedented access to BCG’s extensive archive of thought leadership stretching back 50 years to the days of Bruce Henderson, the firm’s founder and one of the architects of modern management consulting. All of our content—including videos, podcasts, commentaries, and reports—can be accessed by PC, mobile, iPad, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


News Article | May 15, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

BOSTON, May 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Purpose is high on the management agenda these days, but many organizations don’t give it the attention it deserves. By tackling it superficially, they not only fail to realize their explicit purpose but also miss out on the many powerful benefits purpose offers, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and BrightHouse. The report, Purpose with the Power to Transform Your Organization, is being released today. The report marks the first joint publication by BCG and BrightHouse, the Atlanta-based creative consultancy that helps organizations uncover their purpose to grow their people, profits, and social impact. BrightHouse, acquired by BCG in 2015, has advised global brands and Fortune 500 companies for more than 20 years. The report describes a common pitfall in the pursuit of purpose, a phenomenon the authors call “surface purpose.” “We find that for many organizations, defining purpose amounts to writing a catchy slogan or a generic statement that could apply to just about any company,” says Doug Shipman, the CEO of BrightHouse and a coauthor of the report. “But even among those that articulate their purpose well, we find they do almost nothing to integrate it into the day-to-day experiences of employees and customers.” Why Purpose Matters Beyond the growing desire among leaders and employees to derive more meaning from their work and have a positive impact on society, purpose matters for several lesser-known reasons. BCG analysis shows that purpose driven organizations perform better: purpose correlates strongly with ten-year total shareholder return. Another powerful, but equally overlooked, benefit: purpose supports “always-on” transformation. The demands of serial, often parallel, transformations can be draining for employees. Organizations need to appeal to head and heart to motivate and sustain their people. “Purpose acts as a fuel, providing an emotional connection that energizes people and inspires greater commitment,” says Jim Hemerling, a BCG senior partner and a coauthor of the report. “It also serves as a North Star, providing direction and alignment to everyone.” Bringing Purpose to Life The authors clarify true purpose, offering a litmus test of five properties to help organizations steer clear of surface purpose. They then describe a rigorous, four-step approach organizations can use to bring purpose to life and ingrain it in the organizations: discover, articulate, activate, and embed. The report draws on the experience of clients from a broad range of sectors, including financial services, retail, consumer goods, and industrial goods. The two final steps in the purpose journey are critical to ensuring that purpose endures. Activating purpose requires, among other things, that leaders embody purpose in their words and deeds, including through symbolic acts. Embedding purpose calls for longer-term changes in the organizational environment, such as its learning and development programs and its performance management and incentives systems. “By following these steps,” notes Hemerling, “organizations can realize the kind of purpose that will anchor and guide them through challenging circumstances and changing times.” A copy of the report can be downloaded here. To arrange an interview with one of the authors, please contact Eric Gregoire at +1 617 850 3783 or gregoire.eric@bcg.com. About The Boston Consulting Group The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is a global management consulting firm and the world’s leading advisor on business strategy. We partner with clients from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors in all regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their enterprises. Our customized approach combines deep insight into the dynamics of companies and markets with close collaboration at all levels of the client organization. This ensures that our clients achieve sustainable competitive advantage, build more capable organizations, and secure lasting results. Founded in 1963, BCG is a private company with 85 offices in 48 countries. For more information, please visit bcg.com. About BrightHouse BrightHouse, a division of BCG, is a global creative consultancy devoted to helping organizations uncover their purpose and bring it to life so that they can grow their people, profits, and social impact. For more than 20 years, we have been applying our unique methodology, frameworks, and capabilities in human insights, design, film, and writing to accelerate transformation and value creation for global brands and Fortune 500 companies alike. For more information, please visit thinkbrighthouse.com. About bcgperspectives.com Bcgperspectives.com features the latest thinking from BCG experts as well as from CEOs, academics, and other leaders. It covers issues at the top of senior management’s agenda. It also provides unprecedented access to BCG’s extensive archive of thought leadership stretching back 50 years to the days of Bruce Henderson, the firm’s founder and one of the architects of modern management consulting. All of our content—including videos, podcasts, commentaries, and reports—can be accessed by PC, mobile, iPad, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


News Article | May 15, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

BOSTON, May 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Purpose is high on the management agenda these days, but many organizations don’t give it the attention it deserves. By tackling it superficially, they not only fail to realize their explicit purpose but also miss out on the many powerful benefits purpose offers, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and BrightHouse. The report, Purpose with the Power to Transform Your Organization, is being released today. The report marks the first joint publication by BCG and BrightHouse, the Atlanta-based creative consultancy that helps organizations uncover their purpose to grow their people, profits, and social impact. BrightHouse, acquired by BCG in 2015, has advised global brands and Fortune 500 companies for more than 20 years. The report describes a common pitfall in the pursuit of purpose, a phenomenon the authors call “surface purpose.” “We find that for many organizations, defining purpose amounts to writing a catchy slogan or a generic statement that could apply to just about any company,” says Doug Shipman, the CEO of BrightHouse and a coauthor of the report. “But even among those that articulate their purpose well, we find they do almost nothing to integrate it into the day-to-day experiences of employees and customers.” Why Purpose Matters Beyond the growing desire among leaders and employees to derive more meaning from their work and have a positive impact on society, purpose matters for several lesser-known reasons. BCG analysis shows that purpose driven organizations perform better: purpose correlates strongly with ten-year total shareholder return. Another powerful, but equally overlooked, benefit: purpose supports “always-on” transformation. The demands of serial, often parallel, transformations can be draining for employees. Organizations need to appeal to head and heart to motivate and sustain their people. “Purpose acts as a fuel, providing an emotional connection that energizes people and inspires greater commitment,” says Jim Hemerling, a BCG senior partner and a coauthor of the report. “It also serves as a North Star, providing direction and alignment to everyone.” Bringing Purpose to Life The authors clarify true purpose, offering a litmus test of five properties to help organizations steer clear of surface purpose. They then describe a rigorous, four-step approach organizations can use to bring purpose to life and ingrain it in the organizations: discover, articulate, activate, and embed. The report draws on the experience of clients from a broad range of sectors, including financial services, retail, consumer goods, and industrial goods. The two final steps in the purpose journey are critical to ensuring that purpose endures. Activating purpose requires, among other things, that leaders embody purpose in their words and deeds, including through symbolic acts. Embedding purpose calls for longer-term changes in the organizational environment, such as its learning and development programs and its performance management and incentives systems. “By following these steps,” notes Hemerling, “organizations can realize the kind of purpose that will anchor and guide them through challenging circumstances and changing times.” A copy of the report can be downloaded here. To arrange an interview with one of the authors, please contact Eric Gregoire at +1 617 850 3783 or gregoire.eric@bcg.com. About The Boston Consulting Group The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is a global management consulting firm and the world’s leading advisor on business strategy. We partner with clients from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors in all regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their enterprises. Our customized approach combines deep insight into the dynamics of companies and markets with close collaboration at all levels of the client organization. This ensures that our clients achieve sustainable competitive advantage, build more capable organizations, and secure lasting results. Founded in 1963, BCG is a private company with 85 offices in 48 countries. For more information, please visit bcg.com. About BrightHouse BrightHouse, a division of BCG, is a global creative consultancy devoted to helping organizations uncover their purpose and bring it to life so that they can grow their people, profits, and social impact. For more than 20 years, we have been applying our unique methodology, frameworks, and capabilities in human insights, design, film, and writing to accelerate transformation and value creation for global brands and Fortune 500 companies alike. For more information, please visit thinkbrighthouse.com. About bcgperspectives.com Bcgperspectives.com features the latest thinking from BCG experts as well as from CEOs, academics, and other leaders. It covers issues at the top of senior management’s agenda. It also provides unprecedented access to BCG’s extensive archive of thought leadership stretching back 50 years to the days of Bruce Henderson, the firm’s founder and one of the architects of modern management consulting. All of our content—including videos, podcasts, commentaries, and reports—can be accessed by PC, mobile, iPad, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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