Boat Harassment Concerns for Victorian Dolphins

Vessel approaching closer than 100 metres

Reports of vessels harassing dolphins raise concern for their welfare following reports about vessels harassing dolphins in both Port Phillip & Western Port.

“We must respect them by obeying the marine mammal regulations”, said Jeff Weir. “It’s not about spoiling the remarkable experience of seeing dolphins, just showing common sense”.

— Jeff Weir

MELBOURNE, VIC, AUSTRALIA, January 17, 2019 / — Boat Harassment Concerns for Victorian Dolphins
Reports of vessels harassing dolphins in both our bays raise concern for their welfare.
The Dolphin Research Institute has been inundated directly and through social media, about vessels harassing dolphins in both Port Phillip and Western Port.
TV news even screened a “fluff piece” showing people doing the wrong thing in Port Phillip.
This also comes in a week where Wildlife Officers are investigating the alleged stabbing of a dolphin in Gippsland.
Our bays are home to resident communities of bottlenose dolphins and common dolphins that share their home with 5 million Melburnians.
“It is remarkable to have these dolphins living in our backyard, when many coastal communities around the world (and Australia) are at risk of losing their resident dolphins”, said Jeff Weir.
“We must respect them by obeying the marine mammal regulations”, said Weir. “It’s not about spoiling the remarkable experience of seeing dolphins, just showing common sense”.
Victoria’s regulations state that “People shouldn’t deliberately approach dolphins closer than 100 metres in boats, 300 metres on Jetskis or 30m for paddlers and swimmers”.
If dolphins pop up close to you or approach your vessel, then ideally stop if safe to do so and watch, or slow down and keep your direction. Enjoy and value our remarkable marine treasures, then let them swim off, without following.
More information about the rules and protecting dolphins are available on the Dolphin Research Institute’s website:
Everyone can help the Institute’s long-term research programs by reporting dolphin sightings. They can also join people who have supported the Adopt-A-Dolphin program for 27 years! Without community support the Institute’s crucial research and education programs to protect our dolphins and bays will not happen.
To report sightings and support the Institute: or 03 5979 7100.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Weir. 03 5979 7100 | 0419 356 388 |
IMAGERY: Photos and vision of dolphins are available.

Jeff Weir
Dolphin Research Institute
+61 419356388
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Source: EIN Presswire

January Swing Dance for Charity in Clearwater Literally For the Birds

Clearwater’s historic Fort Harrison was the site of the monthly Swing Dance for Charity on January 10th. Bringing together dozens of swing dance enthusiasts, the event raised donations for the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary.

…the work that is being done by the Seabird Sanctuary shows that a determined group of people can be effective in taking care of a key part of Florida’s wildlife – birds.”

— Lisa Mansell, Church of Scientology representative

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, US, January 16, 2019 / — Clearwater, FL – On Thursday January 10th at Clearwater’s Fort Harrison, Savoy South Dance Hall kicked off the New Year with the monthly Swing Dance for Charity. Dancers turned out to support the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary and dance to the Flag Band, who performed traditional swing numbers as well as swing-tastic takes on modern pop songs.

The Fort Harrison is the international religious retreat for the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, the sponsor of this monthly event.

After refreshments, career dancer Ms. Arleene Bowles of Savoy South Dance Hall taught new dancers East Coast Swing. East Coast Swing is also known as the “jitterbug” and is said to have evolved from Lindy Hop during the 1940s. Swing dancing has seen a revival since the early 1990’s and has continued to maintain popularity.

Guests were then introduced to the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary, represented by Keith Wilkins and rescued macaw Nemo. The Sanctuary is dedicated to wild bird rehabilitation and currently has more than 100 birds at its facility that are unable to be released back in to the wild. Nemo suffered from abuse by its former owner and was brought to the sanctuary, where she now acts as the facility’s official greeter.

"In the Way to Happiness, L. Ron Hubbard wrote ‘Care of the planet begins in one’s own front yard’ and the work that is being done by the Seabird Sanctuary shows that a determined group of people can be effective in taking care of a key part of Florida’s wildlife – birds,” said Lisa Mansell, the Public Affairs Director for the Church.

All of the funds donated at the dance that night were given to the Sanctuary to continue their rescue and rehabilitation efforts.

After learning about the Sanctuary, guests crowded the dance floor to swing to the Flag Band. The Flag Band also provided musical accompaniment for the traditional “Cake Walk” which gave guests another opportunity to donate to the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary. Three different handmade desserts were awarded to 3 lucky winners – Last Dancer Standing, Best Strut and Best Dressed.

The February Swing Dance will be held on the 21st and will benefit Criminon Florida. Criminon (which means “no crime”) is an international non-profit dedicated to addressing the causes of criminality and restoring the criminal’s self-respect through effective secular education programs.

A donation of $15 includes refreshments, a dance lesson and swing dancing to the Flag Band. The dance lesson starts at 7pm, with open dancing at 8pm to the Flag Band. Partners are not required and experienced dancers will be on hand to assist Ms. Bowles. For more information about the event, please call (727) 467-6860.

About the Fort Harrison:
Since completing construction in 1926, the Fort Harrison has been the home to many events for charitable organizations. The latest owner, the Church of Scientology, completed a top to bottom restoration of the Fort Harrison in 2009, and since then has hosted over 320 community events there. Scientology is an applied religious philosophy, founded by L. Ron Hubbard. The Church makes its facilities available to non-profit groups as a service to the community.

Pat Harney
Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization
+1 727-467-6860
email us here

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On January 12th, 2019 The Way to Happiness volunteers cleaned up along their Adopted Mile on the Pinellas Trail, Clearwater

Man has reached the potential capacity to destroy the planet. He must be pushed on up to the capability and actions of saving it. It is, after all, what we’re standing on.”

— L. Ron Hubbard

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, US, January 16, 2019 / — On January 12, 2019, over one dozen volunteers from The Way to Happiness (TWTH) Association of Tampa Bay, headquartered in downtown Clearwater, removed 60lbs of trash from their adopted-mile of the Pinellas Trail as part of their campaign to “Safeguard and Improve the Environment”. The volunteers were assisted by Keep Pinellas Beautiful which provided equipment to clean undergrowth, ditches and grass land running along the trail thus removing harmful litter and toxic trash.

According to TWTH Association, the biggest source of litter in America is cigarette butts, listed as number one of America’s 10 Most Littered Items followed by Food Wrappers, Plastic Bottles, Plastic Bottle Caps and Plastic Grocery Bags. Cigarette butts take at least nine months to decompose, leaching toxic chemicals such as arsenic (used to kill rats) and lead into the environment, leading to land, water and air pollution.

“It is especially important to keep our communities clear of litter, as Pinellas County is surrounded by bodies of water into which toxins from litter leach creating deadly effects on all living organisms”, said Ms. Tanja Cranton Executive Director of The Way to Happiness Association Tampa Bay. “A community that allows littering is promoting a message that residents do not care about their environment. But a community that discourages littering, improves community appearance and its residents’ quality of life.”

In 1980, long before “global warming” was a household phrase, Mr. Hubbard wrote in The Way to Happiness, the booklet on which TWTH Association was founded: “Recent discoveries by space probes to Venus have shown that our own world could be deteriorated to a point where it would no longer support life. And it possibly could happen in one’s own lifetime. Cut down too many forests, foul too many rivers and seas, mess up the atmosphere and we have had it. The surface temperature can go roasting hot, the rain can turn to sulfuric acid. All living things could die…Man has reached the potential capacity to destroy the planet. He must be pushed on up to the capability and actions of saving it. It is, after all, what we’re standing on.”

The next cleanup of TWTH Association of Tampa Bay’s adopted mile of Pinellas Trail will be held on Saturday, March 30th. Volunteers will meet at 10:30am at The Way to Happiness Center at 33 N. Fort Harrison Ave, Clearwater FL 33755. Community members are invited to join in, please call: (727) 467 6961.

Thanks to the support of the Church of Scientology, TWTH Association opened up its Community center and office on July 11, 2015. The center is open to the public daily from 10am – 10pm and offers free tours, workshops, seminars and educational materials to the community.

About The Way to Happiness:

The Way to Happiness book was written and published by L. Ron Hubbard in 1981 as a nonreligious, common-sense guide to better living. Its purpose is to help arrest the current moral decline in society and restore integrity and trust to humankind. It is available in 112 languages, with some 115 million copies distributed in 186 nations. The campaign to distribute the book has been embraced by more than 257,000 groups and individuals and millions around the world have received the materials free of charge thanks to the continued sponsorship of the Church of Scientology. The Way to Happiness holds the Guinness World Record as the single most-translated nonreligious book and fills the moral vacuum in an increasingly materialistic society.

Pat Harney
Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization
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Source: EIN Presswire

Best Birding Trips in Spain

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Birding trip in Extremadura

Migration birding trip at Tarifa

There is simply no finer European country in which to start or deepen an interest in birdwatching. But is there really a best birding trip in Spain?

Birdwatching in Spain is so exciting that you need an hour’s downtime to recharge batteries before enjoying it all over again. ”

— James Lowen

OAKHAM, RUTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM, January 16, 2019 / — Spain is a must-visit destination for any keen bird and wildlife watcher. In Spain’s remarkably varied countryside, vultures soar around mountain peaks, larks compete for their aerial symphonies on never-ending grasslands, and bubblegum-pink flamingoes make seaside lagoons blush. Moreover, this land of avian plenty funnels migrant birds between the continents of Europe and Africa. There is simply no finer European country in which to start or deepen an interest in birdwatching. But amidst this feathered wealth, is there really a best birding trip in Spain?

Birdwatching in Spain is so exciting that you need an hour’s downtime to recharge batteries before enjoying it all over again. More pertinently, it is the quintessentially Spanish combination of siestas and recreation that makes the country such a convenient place to ease into birdwatching as part of a family holiday – or to combine a business trip or city break with a bird-filled walk.

Two of the best locations for a birding trip in Spain, are Extremadura and Andalusia (or Andalucía).

A winter birding trip to Extremadura, where Europe’s mightiest congregation of Cranes – 130,000, all in – crafts Extremadura’s winter soundscapes, their rippling calls recalling fragile, forlorn oboes. There are myriad joyous ways to experience these lissom supermodels. Watch a family tiptoeing along a rice-field catwalk. Admire a score lazing under silvery-green, Afro-coiffured holm oaks. Or gawp at thousands seeking collective security in a lakeside roost. Then search for grassland-loving specialities on savanna-like plains near Trujillo. A Pin-tailed Sandgrouse whirrs overhead, purring its arrival. A close-knit party of Little Bustard huddles between sheep. And Europe’s heaviest flying bird, Great Bustard, strides imperiously, proclaiming ownership and generating gasps of awe.

Migration birding trip at Tarifa in late summer. After several misty days, the skies have cleared. The celestial blueness above Tarifa is rapidly filling with scores – nay, hundreds – of long-winged forms. There are White Storks, elongated bill and legs protruding front and rear. There are Honey Buzzards, languid and long-tailed. There are Booted Eagles, muscly and compact. There are Black Kites, uncompromisingly swarthy. And there are Griffon Vultures, immense and cavalier. All are harnessing thermals of sun-warmed air before soaring southwards towards wintering grounds in Africa.

Blue Sky Wildlife, working in collaboration with the Spanish Tourist Office, has put together a one-stop online shop or market place showcasing eleven local wildlife specialists who between them offer more than 70 tours to this amazing wildlife destination, with prices starting from a little as €40 for a half day trip. Many of the tours are available throughout the year for the independent traveller seeking to see wildlife in Spain.

Who better to organise a birdwatching holiday than one of the local wildlife specialists based in Spain itself. Their local knowledge and expertise, English-speaking guides, who live and breathe the country’s astonishing wildlife, mean that you have the very best chance of catching up with the key species you want to see. And the comprehensive selection of wildlife specialists and tours enable travellers to enquire about a tour they want directly, simply by using the enquiry tab on each listings page.

Chris Larsen
+1 7793498834
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Source: EIN Presswire

Vermont’s largest “solar parking lot” deploys innovative panels on the Burlington waterfront

Vermont’s largest “solar parking lot” deploys innovative panels on the Burlington waterfront

ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, the City of Burlington, and Encore Renewable Energy partnered to build a solar canopy for Science Museum

The opportunity is finding ways to take urban settings in which we already have high land use, like a parking lot, and turning it into renewable power production.”

— Phelan Fretz, Executive Director of ECHO

BURLINGTON, VT, UNITED STATES, January 16, 2019 / — Burlington, VT — Encore Renewable Energy announced today that Vermont’s largest solar canopy to date, built by a public-private partnership for the Science Museum on the Burlington waterfront, has commenced generation of electricity.

The 156kWp solar carport at the ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain employs innovative two-sided panels that capture reflected light as well as the direct rays of the sun, increasing its output. It was constructed at the same time as a new parking lot and a state-of-the-art stormwater pollution control system built by ECHO and the City of Burlington to help improve the water quality in Burlington’s inner harbor.

“We are so pleased to have been able to work with ECHO and the City of Burlington in delivering this important project,” said Chad Farrell, Chief Executive Officer of Burlington-based Encore Renewable Energy, which built and will operate the array. “This project is a strong example of the forward-looking thinking and action that we need from municipalities, non-profits and other organizations below the national level, to advance the clean energy economy and address the negative impacts of climate change.”

The solar canopy project required complex engineering. Encore had to design for varying lakefront water levels, high winds, specific truck and bus traffic patterns at the Science Museum, and existing underground infrastructure. Due to ECHO’s location in Burlington’s previously industrialized waterfront, soil and water quality were continuously monitored throughout construction, in strict adherence to the State of Vermont’s regulatory process for environmentally contaminated property.

“The opportunity is finding ways to take urban settings in which we already have high land use, like a parking lot, and turning it into renewable power production,” said Phelan Fretz, Executive Director of ECHO.

The project design called for innovative bifacial, or two-sided, solar panels to increase the electricity generated by capturing albedo light, the short-wave solar radiation reflected from the parking lot, parked vehicles and nearby lake surface. This higher output will increase the overall savings for the Science Museum.

“We are thrilled to support ECHO’s mission, and their commitment to continued education to improve energy production, land use development and water quality management,” said Farrell.

Encore was responsible for coordinating and managing all aspects of the project including navigating the complex lakefront environmental and geotechnical issues, project design, permitting, financing, construction, and commissioning. In addition, Encore and one of its financing partners will own, operate and maintain the project.

“This is a great project that advances many of the City’s key goals, from the protection of Lake Champlain through better stormwater facilities, to new solar capacity that helps move us toward our goal of becoming a Net Zero Energy City, to additional attractions in the heart of our vibrant waterfront,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger. “The City is proud to have played a role in this project, and I am very thankful for the hard work of ECHO and Encore in getting it done.”

ECHO was Vermont’s first LEED certified building when it was built in 2003. The building already features solar panels on the roof, natural lighting, passive heating and cooling, smart lighting, and specially controlled HVAC systems, built from renewable materials and locally sourced supplies.


About Encore Renewable Energy
Encore Renewable Energy is a Burlington, Vermont-based leading clean energy development company focusing on commercial-scale solar photovoltaic systems and 21st-century solutions for underutilized property, including landfills, brownfields and rooftops. Founded in 2007 as Encore Redevelopment, Encore specializes in the design, development, financing, permitting, and construction of renewable energy projects. For more information about Encore, please visit

About ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is an innovative science and nature museum located on Burlington, Vermont’s waterfront. ECHO leverages its unique setting to inspire and engage families in the joy of scientific discovery, wonder of nature, and care of Lake Champlain. ECHO is the public face of the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, a 2.7-acre campus that also includes the University of Vermont Rubenstein Ecosystem Laboratory and research vessel, Lake Champlain Sea Grant, the Lake Champlain Basin Program, and the Lake Champlain Navy Memorial in Hoehl Park. Visit

About the City of Burlington
Burlington is a celebrated, vibrant, small city located on the eastern shoreline of Lake Champlain. Burlingtonians are diverse, forward-thinking citizens, surrounded by scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. The City is steeped in arts and culture, and is engaged in the growth of the local economy. Visit us at

Lauren Glickman
RenewComm LLC
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More Tariff Hikes as Eskom Faces Meltdown

Are South Africans willing to take the financial hit they are not responsible for?

CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA, January 16, 2019 / — This week, the mother city of Cape Town saw the start of nationwide public hearings. The purpose of these hearings is to establish whether Eskom should be granted the 15% tariff hike it applied for over the next three years. Naturally, the mere suggestion has been met with overwhelming negativity, and rightfully so. Experts agree that if Nersa (National Energy Regulator SA) was to approve the tariff hike request, it will only cause more financial challenges for everyone involved.

As it stands, Eskom has accumulated a total of R419bn in debt. At the beginning of 2018, this total was R380bn, which shows a significant increase over a very short time. This happened in spite of the special task-team appointed by the president himself. The fact that some members of the appointed team abandoned their positions in recent times only makes the situation more difficult.

South Africans had to listen to the Chief Executive of Eskom, Phakamani Hadebe, confess in front of Nersa that the power utility is on the brink of a financial meltdown. They also had to listen to Hadebe admit these challenges could have been avoided, and that no real plan exists to turn the company around.

Where does this leave the South African citizens?

For the most part, experts agree that such a big hike at this point in time is most likely to backfire, whether it is granted or not. More specifically, they expect citizens and business owners to start exploring alternative energy. This is mainly due to the lack of trust the public has in Eskom, as well as the individuals in key positions, but this is not the only source of concern. The effects of state capture are still relevant in several of the expensive contracts and tenders Eskom went into during the Zuma administration, putting only more strain on the broken utility company.

And the most practical alternative comes in the form of solar energy. What South Africans need to ask themselves is whether they want to continue seeing unbearable price hikes as Eskom sinks deeper into debt? Or do they want to break away from the cycle by investing in solar power? Considering the latter is getting more affordable every year, while the former will never stop increasing.

Even though a final decision has yet to be reached regarding an increased tariff hike for energy, is it really worth waiting? Will it make a difference whether the request is granted? There are no guarantees that the increased price will cover the shortfalls of Eskom, which is not the case with a solar system in place.

It is in the best interest of every South African to get informed about affordable energy solutions, like those offered by Solar Advice. Because at this point in time it is critical to plan for the future, especially when there is a possibility that the country can be left in the dark – completely.

A Da Silva
Solar Advice
+27 616969153
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Ecological Assets Boost Western Farm and Ranch Land Value

A potential mitigation bank near Olympia, Washington.

Ecological assets contribute an average of about $40,000 per acre in gross land value for mid-to-large sized Western farms and ranches.

EASI confirmed today that ecological assets contribute an average of about $40,000 per acre in gross land value for mid-to-large sized Western farms and ranches.”

— William Coleman

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, January 15, 2019 / — San Francisco (EASI) – Eco-Asset Solutions and Innovations (EASI) confirmed today that ecological assets contribute an average of about $40,000 per acre in gross land value for mid-to-large sized farms and ranches in the Western region, according to William Coleman, EASI’s founder and CEO.

The company has just completed its 11th eco-asset value study in the past two years. “People are surprised to learn how much value lies in land-based ecological assets,” said Coleman. “They can’t imagine that that tens of thousands of dollars in per-acre value might have gone unseen for so long.”

About Eco-Assets

Ecological assets, eco-assets for short, include compensatory mitigation credits for protection of wetlands and streams, rare species and habitats, for prevention of nutrient runoff, and for forest and soil carbon sequestration. Eco-Assets have been around since the 1980s when wetland mitigation banking began. California first began conservation banking for rare species and habitats in the 1990s. Water quality or nutrient trading began in the 2000s with EPA-approved programs in the eastern U.S. Carbon sequestration was also initiated by EPA in the same time frame.
EASI’s specialty is in understanding and advancing the market for land-based eco-assets including those in watersheds. Based on their 2018 assessment of government approved mitigation banks, landowners currently hold more than $200 billion in mitigation credit assets coast to coast. The annual transaction value for mitigation credits is between $1.5 and $2 billion based on more than a thousand mitigation credit value records EASI has gathered as part of its project work.

Leaving Money on the Table

The eleven studies were conducted in California, Montana, Oregon and Washington where an average of $40,000 in potential added value was found to be tied to a property’s ecological features. This potential value could be developed as parallel income alongside grazing, selective timber harvest, hunting and fishing as well as other land uses that are compatible with mitigation bank operations.

“Eleven studies doesn’t sound like a lot, given the large number of farms and ranches in the West,” Coleman said. “But the pattern has been consistent. We’ve learned that landowners need to take another look at current use options and market value of the acres they own. Otherwise they may be leaving serious money on the table.”

Three Eco-Asset Value Drivers

According to Coleman farms and ranches are often undervalued because landowners don’t think to include ecological assets in highest and best use determinations. “Eco-assets can boost farm and ranch revenues. They can increase land appraisal value. And they can shorten the land sales cycle when undeveloped eco-assets are included in the deal. That means three land value drivers can be linked to ecological assets. Although USDA and Department of Interior have been promoting these markets for years, the agencies don’t communicate in business terms to farmers and ranchers. Land appraisers haven’t been trained up in this area either. This leaves most landowners in the dark about the value of eco-assets fixed to their land.”

Tangible or Intangible Assets?

Mitigation credits are considered intangible property because they are indirect representations of natural resource value. But they capture a kind of value that is anchored to the land like other tangible natural resources. “One credit at a time, acres are dedicated as compensation to mitigate or offset development impacts to watersheds and ecosystems. The credits are mined from the mitigation bank, used up, just as if you were removing an extractable resource. That’s why we compare them to minerals or oil and gas,” Coleman said.

Eco-Asset ROI

Just like any projected mining activity, the gross market value of mitigation credits has to be compared against the cost of mitigation bank development and operation. This leads to an overall net project value, or return on investment for a potential mitigation bank. “Mitigation banking is a fully-fledged business niche and should be treated as such, approached with the same consideration for risk and reward.” Coleman explained. “We are seeing an average ROI of about three to one in these Western states. But ROI varies according to the complexity of the mitigation bank and its location relative to mitigation credit demand.”

Certain regions of the country have seen the demand for mitigation credits skyrocket. California, with its strong economy and concern for protecting environmental quality, leads the country in terms of the number and diversity of mitigation banks. “But projects in Oregon and Washington have shown that the mitigation banking business there seems to have a very strong future.”

As for the future of the industry as a whole? Coleman is seeing it quickly mature. “The Southeast region carries the highest density of mitigation banking activity,” he said. “The Ohio Basin and upper Midwest too. Those areas may be market saturated. But we think there are developing markets, especially in Pennsylvania and Texas but also in the Breadbasket states and in Colorado.”

Then he added this afterthought. “Don’t forget about New Mexico. The climate may be quickly changing in the desert Southwest. More precipitation. That would lead to more land development and more compensatory mitigation banks as a result. Investors may want to take note.”

For more information about EASI project results, products and services go to, or write to

William Coleman
Eco-Asset Solutions & Innovations
+1 415-607-6154
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Blue leads 2.5 m euro investment round in world’s first premium sunglasses made from 100-percent recycled materials

Anders Jacobson, CEO and co-founder Blue

Thomas Kimber, Karun co-founder

Upcycled plastic waste from oceans turned into cool Karun sunglasses

Blue leads 2.5 m euro investment round in world’s first premium sunglasses
made from 100-percent recycled materials.

Karün sets an exemplary example of circular economy thinking by up-cycling discarded materials back back into highly desirable new high value products”

— Anders Jacobson

STOCKHOLM, GREATER STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, January 15, 2019 / — Blue, a Stockholm-based investment company that serves as a catalyst for sustainability-driven innovation, has invested 1.25m euro in sustainability-driven Chilean eyewear maker Karün, which turns reclaimed materials such as fishing nets into premium, high-quality sunglasses. Karün sunglasses have already caught the attention of world top sporting celebrities such as top Chilean surfer Ramón Navarro as well as organizations like the Volvo Ocean Race.

The Blue investment, which is part of the total 2.5m investment round including investors such as Luna, an investment organization founded by Lucy Ana Walton, is designed to significantly strengthen Karün’s fast-track global brand building and development of a number of new product lines, marketing and organization in new markets around the world.

“Karün shows how entrepreneurs can embed environmental concerns into their business vision as it trailblazes the integration of green practices into its material sourcing and manufacturing that reflect the humanity of its founders and management team,” said Blue co-founder and CEO, Anders Jacobson.

He notes that lost or abandoned plastic fishing gear comprises 10 percent of all the plastic waste in the sea, ensnaring marine wildlife and ultimately destined to break down into micro plastic particles that will enter the human food and water chain to threaten the future health and wellbeing of every inhabitant on the planet.

“Karün sunglasses are symbols of the change we want to see happening in the world by making a positive impact on the environment and local communities,” said Thomas Kimber, founder and CEO.

Mr. Kimber said his company’s eyewear are beautiful products designed and sourced in Patagonia and made in Italy with the aim to directly contribute to protecting the environment by turning reclaimed noble and natural materials into positive products and by creating a source of income for micro-entrepreneurs in Patagonia.
“We are enabling small-scale business people to scale their sustainable businesses and create economic opportunities empowering their own communities,” said Thomas Kimber.

“Instead of a linear and extractive production process – which is used by most companies in the world – Karün is building our entire value chain under a circular and regenerative model designed to help restore natural ecosystems and local economies, he added.”

Anders Jacobson said Karün sets an exemplary example of circular economy thinking by up-cycling discarded materials back back into highly desirable new high value products.

Karün’s approach helped the company become the official sunglass supplier to the recently concluded Volvo Ocean Race. Its frames became the top choice for many of the sailors who raced around the world, such as Martin Strömberg, Mark Towill and Charlie Enright.

Blue today owns companies such as Bluewater, a world leader in drinking water technologies and solutions, and is investing in a growing portfolio of game-changing companies, including Climeon, Baseload Capital, Save by Solar and Visiba Care.
“Karün are change-makers who are demonstrating it is possible to solve the problems facing the planet and humanity in sustainable ways,” Mr Jacobson said.

For more information, please contact David Noble, Blue PR & Communications Director, at or +44 7785 302 694.

About Blue
Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Blue is an investment company that serves as a catalyst for innovations that can solve some of the major challenges facing our planet and all living on it. Blue invests in and operates Nordic and international companies and organizations that apply human ingenuity to deliver resourceful, sustainable solutions serving as a force for good in society.

About Karün

Based in Puerto Varas, Patagonia, Chile, Karün is a Chilean B corp that makes sunglasses as a tool to inspire people into looking at the world from a different point of view; one in which we are all nature. They create high quality eyewear, made under a very different way; using reclaimed, natural and noble materials while working alongside local communities in Patagonia.

Blue AB
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Snowy Mountains to host MultiSport Extravaganza in Feb 2019

Snowy Mountains Views

Ride Boldly and Never Fear the Spills

#SnowiesMTB Winners 2018

The Snowy Mountains are cementing their reputation as Australia’s Off-Road Adventure Mecca with the next instalment of Australia’s ultimate MultiSport Festival

SNOWY MOUNTAINS, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA, January 14, 2019 / — The festival kicks off with the Snowies Mountain Bike Festival which in 2019 will add a new sixth stage to the already popular 5-stage line up. The festival will take place across three days from the 8th to the 10th of February.

With the Race Hub based at an altitude of 1,260m, riders will join the mountain men and women to be tested with over 100km of rugged mountain terrain, flowing single tracks, technical trails, mammoth ascents, and awe inspiring downhills with some of the best mountain biking found anywhere in the world.

The stage race is based out of two of the region’s most popular resorts at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa and Thredbo Resort making this more than just a mountain bike race as athletes have the opportunity to take in all the 4.5 star facilities on offer; and experience the hospitality and local fare that only the Snowies region can deliver.

In 2019, the festival is ready to welcome back some of Australia’s finest elite mountain bikers including reigning champions Andy Blair and Zoe Cuthbert, previous champions Kyle Ward and Samara Sheppard as well as Peta Mullens, Emma Viotto, Cristy Henderson, James Downing, Karl Michelin-Beard, Jarrod Moroni, Ben Henderson and Charlie Todd to name just a few of the elites who will be in the hunt for the $5,000 cash prize purse.

But it’s not just about the elite racers. Hundreds of weekend warriors will join the festival in the age group stage race and Sunday’s 45k, 30k and 15k events which also includes solo and team options. This means anyone who rides a mountain bike can be a part of this iconic festival.

The 2019 Festival will see the launch of an all new stage taking in spectacular alpine vistas as it traverses the Lake Jindabyne foreshore along 16.2km of pumping single track.
As part of the new Stage 1 ‘Lake 2 Lake’, riders should be ready for a huge helping of heart pumping action as the Hatchery link takes riders on a roller coaster ride of fast, flowing single track trails while also providing some of the very best views of this incredible alpine location. Organisers have challenged riders to “not be smiling at the end of this super-fast blast.”

Large groups of mates and members of clubs are travelling from across the country and overseas to enjoy a weekend of biking, camaraderie and celebrations at the Snowies MTB Festival. Many have discovered this event is “more than just a mountain bike stage race.” They will join the Man from Snowy River and his mountain bread brumby, in what is arguably one of the most memorable starts to a MTB stage race, as he leads riders into the Thredbo Valley Trails.

The six stages offer a range of diverse terrain and riding experiences, and all within a 50km radius, making logistics easy, and riding fun. Stages include:
STAGE 1 | Fri AM | Lake 2 Lake – 16.2km traversing Lake Jindabyne.
STAGE 2 | Fri PM | Happy Hour Time Trial – 5.5km fast and furious time trial lap finishing at the Alpine Larder just in time for the Pizza Party and Happy Hour.
STAGE 3 | Sat AM |Thredbo Summit Smash – Smash it up the 19.5km ascent climbing 533m from Lake Crackenback to Friday Flat at Thredbo Resort.
STAGE 4 | Sat PM | Thredbo All Mountain Descent – 5.8kms of flowing downhill racing including the chairlift to the top of Eagles Nest at the start of the stage.
STAGE 5 | Sat PM | Gravity Check – Soak in the thrills and exhilaration of this 18.5km roller coaster ride downhill from Thredbo to Lake Crackenback.
STAGE 6 | Sun AM | Release the Cracken 45k – Finish up with 45k’s of epic riding as we Release the Cracken! on the 15k XC circuit in and around Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.

The Snowies Mountain Bike Festival is supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. Riders wishing to be a part of the 2019 Festival are advised to be quick as entries are close to sell out for this ultimate mountain bike experience.

To find out more and to enter on line go to

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8-10 Feb 2019 Snowies MTB Festival – 3 Days | 6 Stages | $5,000 Cash Prize Pool – Snowy Mtns, NSW
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30|31 Mar 2019 TreX Back 2 Back – Mt Cotton, Qld
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Naturopathic Doctor Rose of Sharon Holistic Launches New Website

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The launch is an improved & streamlined design with a new appearance that is refreshing and user friendly. We aim to guide our patients in the best direction.

FRANKFORT, IL, UNITED STATES, January 14, 2019 / — Rose of Sharon Holistic is a holistic natural healthcare office, where you can be treated with the services of a qualified naturopathic doctor. Rose of Sharon Holistic has proudly announced the launch of a completely redesigned and more engaging website for its patients. The management has explained that they were in a desperate need to revamp their website to enhance the user experience. Hence, they decided to launch a new and more refined version of their previous website.

With an improved and streamlined design, the appearance of the website has also been refreshed. Moreover, the content has also been updated with the latest developments in the field that have been observed in the past few years.

Preston Robinson, a renowned naturopathic doctor (ND) and founder of Rose of Sharon Holistic, has expressed his views in the following manner.

“We feel rejoiced and overwhelmed at the launch of our new website. This would serve the goal of spreading our word and educate the masses about the naturopathic treatment. Our clients and visitors would find it easy to understand what we do and how they can benefit themselves from the expertise of a holistic practitioner Frankfort. The team at Rose of Sharon Holistic is looking forward to welcome the clients on our new website.”

Naturopathy has been practiced for centuries and a extremely present in Eastern Medicine, as it helps to maintain the required stability between the body, mind, and soul. The treatment involves numerous aspects of a body and uses different techniques to cure them naturally. For instance, a person suffering from a physical or mental illness can seek relief through various Naturopathy practices including Metabolic Profiling, Homeopathy, Herbs, Total Body Analysis, Nutrition and Supplementation, and Bach Flower Therapy.

If you are looking for a naturopathic doctor Frankfort, Rose of Sharon Holistic is your best bet. They have been serving in the field of natural healing treatment of the whole body for almost a decade. Being a popular holistic practitioner in Frankfort, Preston Robinson is well versed in locating and treating the root cause of a disease. He is more concerned about educating his patients to avert various ailments in the future.

According to Preston Robinson and Rose of Sharon Holistic, they have been receiving a positive response from their clients regarding the launch of a new website. They have reported an increase in the overall traffic of their site. The basic reason for this overwhelming response is surely the user-friendly look and feel of the site. It serves the purpose of educating potential patients as to what a naturopath doctor in Frankfort does to heal your body. By knowing how a local naturopathic doctor Frankfort can address their health-related issues through naturopathy, people can avail these services with more confidence. As a result, this would allow them to improve their quality of life.

Preston Robinson further stated:

“We are more than happy to welcome visitors at our recently launched website. Our utmost goal is to educate our patients regarding their health issues and treat them accordingly by administering highly effective Neuropathic treatments. We have provided all the relevant information, which is essential to understand how naturopathy works. This helps our visitors to know how effective neuropathic care is, especially when treating both physical and mental ailments.”

Rose of Sharon Holistic Location:

9029 W. Lincoln Hwy., Frankfort, IL 60423


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