Bija Hemp Propagating Hundreds of Acres of Certified Industrial Hemp Seed in Colorado

Bija Hemp Certified Seed Production

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DENVER, COLORADO, UNITED STATE, June 30, 2019 / — Denver-based Bija Hemp is working with several farmers across Colorado in Phillips, Sedgwick, and Baca counties to develop the largest American-grown lots of certified industrial hemp seeds with Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) Approval.

Hemp is often confused with its genetic cousin, marijuana, because the two plants look similar. While marijuana typically has level of THC – the chemical compound that gets you “high” – between 15-30 percent, industrial hemp must have a THC level below .3 percent to legally comply with the directives of the 2014 and 2018 U.S. Farm Bills.

For hemp seed to be granted a state certification, a variety must be grown in test plots by the State of Colorado and independently tested to confirm a chemical concentration below .3 percent THC. This process earns a variety of hemp seed the “approved to-be certified” recognition by both an AOSCA member agency and the State of Colorado.

Bija is producing two monoecious industrial hemp varieties in Colorado: Bialobrezskie and Henola, both originating from Poland’s Institute of Fibres and Medicinal Plants. Each variety was first certified in Europe under OECD Seed Schemes (where THC levels must be under .2 percent), and were “approved to be certified” by CSGA in 2017 and 2018.

In the fall of 2018, Bija successfully harvested 161 acres of AOSCA certified Bialobreskie hemp seed, the largest domestically grown lot in the United States since the adoption of the 2014 Farm Bill. This year, Bija is producing significantly bigger quantities of Bialobrezskie and Henola, to help meet a growing demand.
Why the increased demand? Besides the fact that hemp was legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill, the crops has thousands of industrial uses – from fiber for clothing and ropes to CBD, used in numerous over-the-counter products – which are driving projections of the emerging U.S. hemp industry. An added appeal for growers is that hemp uses less water than other industrial crops, like cotton and corn.

Bija’s Director of Operations, Terry Moran, said, “With large commercial quantities of Bialobrezskie and Henola in Colorado, we can provide growers with top yielding monoecious hemp varieties for grain and fiber, as all plants produce grain and mature evenly.” Moran added, “Bija Hemp is positioned to be the supplier of choice for state certified hemp seed for North America in 2020. Hemp acreage continues to double and triple each year in Colorado and across the country as progressive farmers are embracing the old crop, which is newly legal. Industrial hemp is hemp. It is not psychoactive marijuana.”

As additional investments are made in processing and infrastructure, large scale seed production is critical. Hemp farmers need certified seed to supply processors with consistent yields of high-quality hemp. A stable, state-approved certified seed supply is required to spur continued expansion of the industry, with U.S. industrial hemp production projected to grow steadily in the coming years.

Bija Hemp, a subsidiary of International Hemp Solutions, is a hemp seed company specializing in offering regionally-adapted AOSCA certified seed. Bija has worked alongside state and federal agencies to be an industry leader in the procurement, genetics, and cultivation of industrial hemp. Please direct all media inquiries to “Media – Bija Hemp Propagating Hundreds of Acres of Industrial Hemp in Colorado” at

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Caribbean Challenge Initiative

CCI Envoy Karolin Troubetzkoy (right) congratulates Josefina Gomez of Fondo MARENA in the Dominican Republic ( The National Fund for the Environment and Natural Resources) while in Antigua last week.

CCI Envoy Karolin Troubetzkoy (second from left ) with (from left) John Calixte, Joseph Emmanuel Philippe, Josefina Gomez, June Hughes, and Ernesto Diaz.

ANTIGUA, June 28, 2019 / — Five Caribbean countries and territories were recognized for their early achievement of the ambitious marine protection target they committed to when joining the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI).

The CCI 20-by-20 Conservation Goal challenges members to conserve and manage at least 20 percent of their marine and coastal environment by 2020.

The Dominican Republic led the list of early achievers with approximately 75 percent of its marine area under protection, followed by St. Kitts and Nevis (50 percent), the U.S. Virgin Islands (44 percent), Puerto Rico (27 percent), and Haiti (23 percent).

"It is a momentous occasion to reach a conservation goal that will benefit the ocean and communities in the Caribbean for generations to come," said St. Lucia-based CCI Envoy Karolin Troubetzkoy, who honored the early achievers at a ceremony in Antigua last week.

The CCI is an innovative platform uniting government, the private sector and partners – such as funding agencies and NGOs – in a collaborative movement to conserve and sustainably manage the Caribbean's marine and coastal environments.

Launched in 2008, the CCI aims to incentivize Caribbean governments to meet their marine conservation objectives and to support them by catalyzing new funding and accelerating meaningful action. It also works to create more prosperous and stable economies – achieved through sustainable development and growth – to help ensure a more secure future for the entire region.

In congratulating the CCI "Early Achievers", Troubetzkoy noted that "recognizing these nations' successes in marine and coastal conservation is an important message to the other CCI members that getting to the 20 percent target by 2020 is not an impossible goal." She hoped to be celebrating with the remaining CCI destinations next year.

In addition to the awardees, four other Caribbean countries and territories were celebrated for taking steps to propose marine areas that will more than double their current levels of protection. These included the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, Grenada and St. Lucia. The Bahamas recently announced that it will declare an additional eight-plus million acres of marine protection, which will more than double its area of protection and meet the CCI 20-by-20 target ahead of the 2020 deadline.

Click here to explore a Story Map developed by The Nature Conservancy to track each destination's achievement against the 20-by-20 goal.

About the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI)
The Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI) is a coalition of governments, companies and partners working together to accelerate action on the marine and coastal environment.
Founded in 2008 by a group of Caribbean governments eager to enhance the conservation of their marine and coastal resources, the CCI has since grown to include private sector membership and garner over US$75 million in funding commitments. CCI governments and territories signed a CCI Leaders Declaration in May 2013 committing them to effectively conserve 20 percent of their marine and coastal resources by 2020. CCI companies committed to changing business practices and supporting the conservation actions of the CCI Leaders Declaration by endorsing the CCI Corporate Compact.

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Twin Peaks Hospitality B.V. Starts New Organic Garden

Twin Peaks Hospitality B.V.

Green Globe recertified Twin Peaks Hospitality B.V. in April.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, June 28, 2019 / — Twin Peaks Hospitality B.V. is located in a stately building on the elegant Wycker Brustraat in Maastrict and has been since 1912. The stylish rooms and public areas are modern while at the same time maintaining the building’s character and respecting its history.

Green Globe recertified Twin Peaks Hospitality B.V. in April.

New sustainability initiatives were launched during the past year including the recent establishment of a 2500 m2 organic vegetable garden in the Jeker Dal, a province in Limburg. Working in collaboration with a local farmer, the property aims to grow all of its own vegetables and herbs. The hotel believes that it is important for employees to know where products are sourced from and it is anticipated that staff members will become more involved with the farm to table concept through this project.

In 2018, six Tesla e-car charging points were introduced at the property in efforts to reduce carbon emissions. In addition, in February this year a double glass door featuring a heat pump system was installed at the entrance of the property that will improve insulation and reduce overall running costs.

Twin Peaks Hospitality B.V. provides training in sustainability for all new and current employees. A detailed power point presentation is given during the induction period for new staff members while 130 employees receive on the job training in green philosophy and practices. The hotel is excitedly looking forward to the near future when an opportunity to share Green Globe sustainability topics via a new app will be trialled.

Employees of thirty-two different nationalities work at Twin Peaks Hospitality B.V. As part of its communication strategy to help non-Dutch speaking staff members feel at ease in The Netherlands, hotel management has adopted the policy for all communications to be conducted in English. This progressive move promotes better understanding between different cultures and also enhances working relationships at this dynamic hotel.

About Green Globe Certification
Green Globe is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe is an Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). For information, please visit

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Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul: Green Practices On Trend

Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul

Green Globe recently recertified the Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul with the property receiving a magnificent compliance score of 98%.

Discover the exotic mix of ancient cultures and modern developments at the Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul. Situated in the 4. Levent district, this 5-star hotel is close to key business areas with easy access to fashionable shopping malls,Taksim Square and other Istanbul attractions.

Green Globe recently recertified the Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul with the property receiving a magnificent compliance score of 98%.

Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul was awarded its inaugural Green Globe Certification in 2012. Initially, the hotel implemented an integrated energy and environment program and various green measures such as LED lighting, water savers in guest bathrooms and the introduction of a bed linen and towel reuse program. Today, the hotel is dedicated to providing an enjoyable experience for business travellers as well as families. Energy and water usage varies accordingly. Some months and during festive times, large family groups stay at the property significantly increasing overall resource requirements. However, water and energy consumption is monitored daily in order to control and manage usage as effectively as possible.

To ensure its Sustainability Management Plan is maintained throughout the property, employees are introduced to the hotel’s green practices during induction and daily sustainability training is provided to keep staff up to date with ongoing changes.

To support regional development, local producers, and Turkish suppliers are preferred. Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul supports various CSR initiatives in the community as part of its philosophy that sustainability is about future generations where children can grow up in a positive, healthy and happy environment. The property hosts monthly meetings for LÖSEV (Foundation for Children with Leukemia), a non-profit organization that aims to provide educational and emotional support, financial assistance and health services for children who have life threatening leukemia or chronic blood disorders. Staff members also participate in blood donation drives run by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Old clothing in good condition is donated by staff, then cleaned and ironed at the property’s laundry facilities and given to those in need.

Environmental actions include the donation of young trees to the Aegean Forest Foundation by the hotel to reduce the effects of carbon emissions. Located next to the metro station, Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul encourages guests and conference delegates to opt for eco-friendly travel by train, tram, subway, bicycling and even on foot.

About Green Globe Certification
Green Globe is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe is an Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). For information, please visit

Bradley Cox
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Tetra Tech EC Wins Legal Case at Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco

Tetra Tech EC wins legal judgment in Hunters Point Shipyard lawsuit. A Federal Court judge rules plaintiff’s $18 million lawsuit failed to establish claims

Tetra Tech EC is confident that its work at Hunters Point was done properly and to the standards of the contracts with its client.”

— Sam Singer, Spokesman

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, UNITED STATES, June 27, 2019 / — United States District Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. dismissed claims against Tetra Tech EC, Inc. in a federal lawsuit filed by a former employee who worked at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. In the order to dismiss issued June 25, Judge Gilliam confirmed the worker, Mr. Prometheus Dorsey, failed to meet the requirements for pleading his lawsuit against Tetra Tech EC. The order granting dismissal is attached.

Mr. Dorsey claimed that his work as a construction laborer at Hunters Point Shipyard between 2005-2014 exposed him to carcinogenic soils, leading to alleged physical injuries and emotional distress. Mr. Dorsey claimed shortness of breath and wrist pain as evidence of early signs of cancer, pulmonary illness, and/or bone and soft-tissue cancer.

Mr. Dorsey’s lawsuit did not state that Mr. Dorsey has been diagnosed with any form of cancer. His lawsuit sought $18 million in combined general and punitive damages from Tetra Tech EC, Inc. and Tetra Tech, Inc. for alleged violation of the Civil Racketeering, Influence, and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and for state law claims of fraudulent business practices, negligence, strict liability, and battery.

In ordering the dismissal of the civil RICO claim, Judge Gilliam found Mr. Dorsey failed to adequately plead his claim against Tetra Tech EC, stating “These sparse allegations cannot meet the heightened pleading requirements. . . ”. Although Mr. Dorsey is permitted to attempt to re-plead this claim, the Court expressed "some doubt as to Mr. Dorsey's ability to state a plausible RICO claim."

Mr. Dorsey also failed to establish Tetra Tech EC, Inc. engaged in the type of conduct which would have allowed him to bring his state law claims outside of California’s Workers Compensation Act. Instead, the Court concluded that the Workers Compensation Act provides the appropriate remedy. The Court's ruling bars Mr. Dorsey from amending these claims.

The Court also dismissed all claims against Tetra Tech EC's parent company, Tetra Tech, Inc., because Mr. Dorsey failed to allege any independent conduct or assumption of duties by Tetra Tech, Inc.
The lawsuit concerned the radiological cleanup work Tetra Tech EC performed for the U.S. Navy at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco.

“Tetra Tech EC is confident that its work at Hunters Point was done properly and to the standards of the contracts with its client, the Navy. The company has followed all internal procedures and regulations, and has been fully transparent with the Navy, and with regulators,” said spokesman Sam Singer.

The evidence continues to support Tetra Tech EC that allegations made in additional lawsuits against the company related to Hunters Point are false. To date, the additional following evidence has been presented by independent regulatory agencies that demonstrate that other lawsuits against the company by additional plaintiffs will fail:

–Just this month, June, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Radiologic Health Branch was requested by some residents and artists of Hunters Point Parcel A-1 to perform dust surveys of their homes and art studios due to concern that dust contaminated from previous radiological work performed by the Navy at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard may have blown into their homes or art studios. There were 76 survey sites, with a total of 226 dust swipes which were taken and analyzed. None of the dust swipe results showed evidence of any alpha or beta radiological contamination. A final survey report will also be available soon on the CDPH web site.

–Previously, the CDPH also completed a study of Parcel A at Hunters Point and found no health or safety risks. The CDPH also noted a single deck marker discovered from World War II did not cause any health risks.

S.F. Department of Public Health, Building 606, used as a crime lab by San Francisco Police, was found to be safe.

–A preliminary rejection of the plaintiffs’ attempt to have the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) strip Tetra Tech EC of its national license to do radiological clean-up work. The NRC said in its initial finding that there was no evidence to support the plaintiffs’ safety allegations.

For more information on Tetra Tech EC’s work at Hunters Point, please visit our website Hunters Point Facts.

Samuel Singer
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Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. Files Plan to Exit Chapter 11

The Plan will not impair any creditor class.

Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. (PINK:ALLMQ)

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, USA, June 27, 2019 / — Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. has filed its Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization and Disclosure Statement with the bankruptcy court. (They are subject to court approval after the requisite notice period.)

The Company is pleased to announce that the Plan will not impair any creditor class. The Plan forsees that the number of authorized shares remain the same, and all issued shares remain valid in the reorganized company upon Plan confirmation.

Funding in the amount of approximately $100,000 is needed to execute on the plan and exit chapter 11, which includes payment of legal fees. Management believes that these funds are available from the Company’s current liquidity and commitments it has received from existing shareholders.

The Company anticipates that, following court review, the Plan will be confirmed by the bankruptcy court and become effective soon thereafter. The Company would intend to then submit its final report to the Court and seek dismissal of the Chapter 11 proceedings.



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"Something Can Be Done About it!" Proclaimed Scientology Volunteer Ministers at Orlando Event

Scientology Volunteer Ministers distributed food and water to residents of one Florida neighborhood after disaster left people without power.

Orlando residents want to help their friends, family and visitors. It was therefore not surprising that quite a number signed up as Volunteer Ministers to learn how to help their people.”

— Goldberg Mayol, PR Director Church of Scientology Orlando

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, USA, June 27, 2019 / — The Church of Scientology Orlando hosted an event on June 20th at their new facilities where guests heard from a priest on problems in his native country. The Master of Ceremonies of the event, Goldberg Mayol, PR Director of the Church of Scientology Orlando, told both the Scientologists and people of other faith who attended that “Something Can Be Done About it” – the VM mantra. Mayol outlined the pertinent passages from L. Ron Hubbard’s Scientology Handbook that those who want to help could use to improve the situation no matter where they live.

“Orlando is known as the City Beautiful,” said Mayol. “Orlando residents want to help their friends, family and visitors. It was therefore not surprising that quite a number signed up as Volunteer Ministers to learn how to help their people.”

Glendy Goodsell, Executive Director of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers of Florida also spoke. She informed the guests about what the VMs have been doing for the last two years in Florida – helping victims of hurricanes and tornadoes, and also helping people deal with life’s everyday disasters, such as recovering from drug addiction, raising children, handling marriage, and dealing with stress and anxiety.

Mayol explained that Scientology Volunteer Ministers receive training on the 19 chapters of the Scientology Handbook. Each chapter, which can be studied and learned in only a few hours, takes up a particular problem that many people have in life and provides solutions to overcome the difficulty. The training is available for free online at: He then presented the priest with a yellow VM t-shirt at the close of the event.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers:

The Scientology Volunteer Minister (VM) program was launched more than thirty years ago, in response to an appeal by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Noting a tremendous downturn in the level of ethics and morality in society, and a consequent increase in drugs and crime, Mr. Hubbard wrote, “If one does not like the crime, cruelty, injustice and violence of this society, he can do something about it. He can become a VOLUNTEER MINISTER and help civilize it, bring it conscience and kindness and love and freedom from travail by instilling into it trust, decency, honesty and tolerance.” The program has adopted the slogan “Something Can Be Done About It”.

Glendy Goodsell
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HPS Releases New Guide to Pigging and Liquid Transfer for Paints, Coatings and Chemicals

The guide provides valuable insight into why paints, coatings and chemicals companies are implementing product recovery (pigging) and liquid transfer solutions

We’ve noticed in recent years that due to the transition towards hygienic production, paint companies are increasingly using sanitary pigging to improve hygiene and minimise contamination risks”

— Gilbert Murphy

NOTTINGHAM, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM, June 27, 2019 / — HPS Product Recovery Solutions, the leading specialists in process and sanitary (hygienic) product recovery systems, has released a new whitepaper entitled ‘A Guide to Product Recovery (‘Pigging’) and Liquid Transfer Solutions for Paint, Coatings and Chemical Processing’.

The guide is aimed at companies that process paints, coatings and chemicals, ranging from water-based paints, varnish and silicone emulsions to oil-based paints, coatings and polymers.

Pigging is an established technology that recovers product from pipelines that would otherwise be wasted. The technology uses a specialist projectile (the ‘pig’), which has a diameter slightly larger than the pipeline it is cleaning. This enables it to travel through pipelines and remove practically all of the residual product.

The guide provides an overview of pigging and explores why paints, coatings and chemical companies are implementing the technology. It also looks at the benefits, types of pigging and liquid transfer systems and provides insight into planning a pigging project.

Paint, coatings and chemicals manufacturers are increasingly using pigging to increase yields, reduce waste, speed up changeovers and improve environmental sustainability.

Reducing cross-contamination risks and improving hygiene have also been key drivers for pigging in recent years especially for paint manufacturers.

Gilbert Murphy, CEO of HPS Product Recovery Solutions, commented,

“The guide provides valuable insight into why many paints, coatings and chemicals companies are implementing pigging and liquid transfer technology into their manufacturing and production processes”

“As a company, we are finding an increasing demand for our products. This is due to a combination of things, from the requirement to reduce waste and minimise solvent usage and the need to increase yields and boost efficiency”.

“We’ve noticed in recent years that due to the transition towards hygienic production, paint companies are increasingly using sanitary pigging to improve hygiene and minimise contamination risks, as well as for product recovery”

Because pigging recovers up to 99.5% of product from full pipelines, very little remains in the pipeline after transfer from one location to another. This helps reduce the risks of bacterial contamination and minimises the risks of cross-contamination.

As well as offering many benefits, pigging systems are extremely cost-effective and deliver a high return on investment (ROI). In most case, payback is between 6 to 12 months, sometimes less.

In addition to paints, coatings and chemical companies, pigging is in wide use by companies that manufacture food, beverages, home care products, personal care, cosmetics, pet food and many other goods.

To download the free whitepaper, click here.

About HPS Product Recovery Solutions

Founded in 1995, HPS Product Recovery Solutions increases its customer's profitability by maximizing product yields, reducing waste, helping environmental sustainability and improving efficiency. This is through product-recovery (pigging) systems, liquid distribution and transfer solutions for processing industries.

Headquartered in Nottingham, UK, HPS has offices in the US and Australia, and global partners worldwide, including Brazil, Mexico, China, India, Malaysia, and Thailand.

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Sunshine FPC To Inaugurate Ship & Shore Environmental Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer and New W&H Press

Sunshine FPC will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on June 27th.

LONG BEACH, CA, USA, June 27, 2019 / — Ship & Shore Environmental Inc. (SSE), an environmental products and services company specializing in air pollution solutions, announced that its customer, Sunshine FPC, Inc. will inaugurate their Ship & Shore Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) as well as their new W&H Press at a private Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at Sunshine FPC's facility Montebello, CA. The event will be attended by several dignitaries from California and industry executives. Select media are welcome to attend for a tour.

"We are excited to celebrate such a significant event for our flexible packaging facility with our strategic partners. It is a special day and a wonderful moment for all of us. The ceremony represents a lot of hard work from everyone on our staff who work hard to thrive as a leading manufacturer in California. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ship & Shore Environmental, W&H, and everyone that has supported us and joined in on the celebration," said James Chuang, President of Sunshine FPC.

As the market for flexible packaging solutions continues to boom, it is important for companies in this industry to develop a competitive advantage. Sunshine FPC, Inc. has differentiated themselves with exceptional product offerings while implementing sustainable best practices with the help of strategic relations and innovations within the flexible packaging industry.

"This ribbon cutting ceremony marks Sunshine FPC's third central impression press from W&H. We are delighted by the beautiful and high-quality print jobs Sunshine is producing on our presses and also that their outstanding work has been recognized internationally with multiple awards in the package printing industry," said Andrew Wheeler, President of W&H.

"As a valued Ship & Shore client, we are pleased to see Sunshine FPC, Inc. amplify their production with the addition of their new W&H press. To accommodate for this process expansion, we recently modified their RTO to allow for a capacity increase while maintaining stringent air quality compliance. We have worked closely with the W&H technical team to make this a smooth transition," said Anoosheh Oskouian, CEO of Ship & Shore Environmental, Inc.

The recently expanded Ship & Shore RTO at the Montebello site is designed to destroy 98%+ of the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) present in the exhaust from the printing presses generated during the company's 24/7 operations. The Sunshine FPC RTO also has a thermal efficiency rate of 95%, essentially allowing it to operate with minimal gas consumption and operating costs.

Ship & Shore Environmental is a leading provider of pollution abatement equipment and plant optimization services to flexible packaging and printing companies around the world, helping reduce emissions through innovative technology, energy-efficient equipment, and experienced process engineers.

About Sunshine FPC:

Sunshine FPC is an award -winning company that has serviced the premium flexible packaging industry for over 25 years. Environmentally conscious, the brand enhancer offers compostable and recyclable green packaging. Sunshine is recognized for its innovation and premiere quality in flexible packaging and various other packaging markets. Being vertically integrated offers the clientele convenience and brand owners confidence that Sunshine will enhance the value of their brand. For more information, visit

About Windmöller & Hölscher:

Windmöller & Hölscher is a world-leading manufacturer of machinery for the production and converting of flexible packaging. The product portfolio includes film extrusion lines, printing presses and converting machines. A global company, W&H offers its clients everything from a single source, from expert consulting and engineering to the delivery and service of high-quality machines and complete packaging production lines. The company employs approximately 3,200 employees who strive to create optimal solutions for flexible packaging producers – bringing the corporate philosophy "Passion for Innovation" to life. Machinery from W&H is in use in over 130 countries and by more than 5,000 customers. For more information visit

About Ship & Shore Environmental, Inc.

Ship & Shore Environmental, a Long Beach, Calif.-based, woman-owned, certified business specializing in air pollution capture and control systems for industrial applications. Ship & Shore helps major global manufacturers meet Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) abatement challenges by providing customized energy-efficient air pollution abatement systems for various industries, resulting in improved operational efficiency and tailored "green" solutions. For more information, visit

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Youth for Human Rights Recognizes Champions for Freedom at Awards Banquet

Dr. Peter Ndiang’ui, the Champion for Freedom awardee of 2019, (back row) proudly stands with his relatives and two other awardees (Mary Kimari and Rose Oginga – front left) of the 2019 Champions for Freedom YHR banquet.

Niko Papaharaklis and Cristian Vargas of YHR Florida bookend Champions for Freedom award winners – L-R: Joseph Haber, Yvette Jones, Lided Cerda; and Sara Pierce on June 22 at the Fort Harrison.

All humans have a responsibility to protect others and their rights.”

— Christopher King, CEO and founder of the Gentlemen's Course

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, US, June 26, 2019 / — “[Youth for Human Rights] is for that 10-year-old kid that gets bullied at school, so that he can no longer feel afraid and starts speaking up,” said Niko Papaheraklis, the Programs Director of the Florida chapter of Youth for Human Rights (YHR). “It’s for that college girl who is harassed, so that she knows she doesn’t deserve it. Our material is created to help others speak up.”

Founded in 2001, YHR is an international non-profit organization, sponsored by the Church of Scientology. YHR provides educational materials free of charge to educate the public on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and for anyone who wants to promote peace, tolerance and mutual respect among youth. Over a thousand people in Florida alone, from teachers to martial artists and community activists, use the YHR materials.

On June 22, over 200 of those said educators—from as far as Broward County and Miami—were in the Fort Harrison auditorium in Clearwater for the first annual Champions for Freedom Awards Banquet. They came to acknowledge educators who teach human rights and to present the “Champion for Freedom of the Year” award.

Papaheraklis read UDHR #29, “Responsibility”, to the crowd: “We have a duty to other people, and we should protect their rights and freedoms.”

Together, Papaheraklis and the Executive Director of YHR Florida, Cristian Vargas, acknowledged 22 educators as “Human Rights Champions” for taking that responsibility to heart and dedicatedly teaching human rights.

The guest speaker of the evening was a longtime partner of YHR Florida, grandson of the late Blues legend BB King, two-time recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award and founder of the non-profit, The Gentlemen’s Course, Christopher King. He repeated Human Right #29 “Responsibility”. King, who has educated over 10,000 youth in the last five years, said, “All humans have a responsibility to protect others and their rights.”

Moving on to the final award presentation, Vargas said going through the applications was an extremely hard task for YHR Florida staff, but in the end one person “stands out and deserves to be praised for their years of relentless dedication and resolute passion.”

Dr. Peter Ndiang’ui, the Champion for Freedom awardee of 2019, has been teaching human rights for over seven years and collaborated with youth from Turkey, Japan, Kenya, Egypt and Malawi to enlighten more than 50,000 people on their inalienable rights. “I’m not one of those people who are short of words,” he said, looking around on stage in disbelief, “but right now I am.”

“I was born in a small village in Kenya and I used to walk seven miles to get to school every day. I still consider myself to be that kind of person.” Dr. Ndiang’ui has now been living in Fort Myers, Florida for 20 years. He is the president of the African Network of Southwest Florida, a non-profit organization which is a support system for African immigrants settling in to life in Southwest Florida.

As the event came to a close with a concert performed by the Flag Band, five-time, super-light heavyweight kickboxing world champion, Olando Rivera, was seen making a bee-line for the presentation tables. “I’m really glad that I got to see the awards tonight. I’m going to get all of the literature!” he said. Just like Rivera, dozens of other educators joined the YHR Florida Facebook group and got their free educator kit at a booth right outside the auditorium.

Dr. Ndiang’ui told Freedom, “Human rights are common sense. It is to love one another, to not shoot each other and not pick on their religious beliefs and other things about them.”

Youth for Human Rights (YHR):
Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 by Dr. Mary Shuttleworth, an educator born and raised in apartheid South Africa, where she witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of discrimination and the lack of basic human rights.

The purpose of YHRI is to teach youth about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and inspire them to become advocates for tolerance and peace. YHRI has now grown into a global movement, including hundreds of groups, clubs and chapters around the world.

YHR materials include the UNITED music video with a street-savvy, multiethnic, anti-bullying message; 30 short public service message videos depicting the 30 articles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and What are Human Rights? booklets delineating those 30 articles in simple, everyday language. With these, YHR has reached millions from diverse backgrounds all over the world. It was humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard who said, "Human Rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream."

Cristian Vargas
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