Concierge Auctions Announces April Sales—Including the Sales of Four European Properties

Reimagine luxury living with this impeccable 30-acre property and the immaculate lifestyle it offers, or combine the adjacent 20-acre parcel for an unheard of 50-acre South Florida equestrian estate.

Reimagine luxury living with this impeccable 30-acre property and the immaculate lifestyle it offers, or combine the adjacent 20-acre parcel for an unheard of 50-acre South Florida equestrian estate.

The magic of Saint-Tropez is magnified in Villa La Saudade, a once in a generation oceanfront property to come on the market, with private beach frontage and three boat moorings.

The magic of Saint-Tropez is magnified in Villa La Saudade, a once in a generation oceanfront property to come on the market, with private beach frontage and three boat moorings.

Free standing Chalet Maurine is nestled in the heart of the vibrant ski resort of Verbier, three minutes walk from the Médran ski lift station.

Free standing Chalet Maurine is nestled in the heart of the vibrant ski resort of Verbier, three minutes walk from the Médran ski lift station.

Located in exclusive La Zagaleta Country Club

Located in exclusive La Zagaleta Country Club

Located in the exclusive gated community of Puerto del Almendro, this French-inspired estate offers unparalleled privacy in the heart of Costa del Sol.

Located in the exclusive gated community of Puerto del Almendro, this French-inspired estate offers unparalleled privacy in the heart of Costa del Sol.

Concierge Auctions has once again proven an incredible presence in South Florida; it just made sense to partner with them for this opportunity, and it paid off.”

— Todd Peter, listing agent

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, May 3, 2021 / — Concierge Auctions is pleased to announce that the following properties are now under contract after highly competitive auctions in April.

Featured properties include 19700 SE Mack Dairy Road, Lot K-1 & K-2, an impeccable 50-acre property in the exquisite gated community of Ranch Colony, in cooperation with buyer’s agent Patricia Montalvan of Fortune International Realty; Villa La Saudade overlooking the Gulf of Saint-Tropez with private boat moorings and a sandy beach; Chalet Maurine, built by renowned local architect Willy Roserens and located in proximity to desirable skiing, in cooperation with buyer’s agent Dave Elliott of OMNIA IMMOBILIER; Villa la Zagaleta, set within the exclusive Zagaleta Country Club and boasting exquisite mountain views; and Casa Neblina, a French-inspired estate offering unparalleled privacy in the heart of Costa del Sol, in cooperation with buyer’s agent Tine Hagemeister of International Marbella.

April sales include:

19700 SE Mack Dairy Road, Lot K-1 & K-2 in Jupiter, FL | In cooperation with Todd Peter of Sotheby’s International Real Estate, 43 days of exposure resulted in 43,500+ page views, 900 prospects, 28 qualified showings, and 8 bidders.

“Concierge Auctions has once again proven an incredible presence in South Florida; it just made sense to partner with them for this opportunity, and it paid off,” stated Todd Peter of Sotheby’s International Real Estate. “With our combined resources, we were able to get this unheard of 50-acre equestrian property the exposure it deserved and ultimately found the perfect buyer.”

Villa la Saudade in the Bay of Saint-Tropez, France | In cooperation with Philip Weiser of Carlton International, 49 days of exposure resulted in 66,500+ page views, 1,085 prospects, 96 qualified showings, and 6 bidders.

Chalet Maurine in Verbier, Switzerland | In cooperation with Guive Emami of Swissroc Mountain Properties and Rosario Gallina of Barnes International Verbier, 44 days of exposure resulted in 42,700+ page views, 824 prospects, 30 qualified showings, and 10 bidders.

Villa la Zagaleta in Marbella, Spain | In cooperation with Rob Pijpers of Owners Link, 70 days of exposure resulted in 54,000+ page views, 949 prospects, 59 qualified showings, and 9 bidders.

Casa Neblina in Marbella, Spain | In cooperation with Tine Hagemeister of International Marbella, 48 days of exposure resulted in 35,500+ page views, 1,000+ prospects, 45 qualified showings, and 7 bidders.

As part of Concierge Auctions' Key For Key® giving program in partnership with Giveback Homes, each closing will fund a new home built for a family in need.

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About Concierge Auctions
Concierge Auctions is the world’s largest luxury real estate auction firm with a state-of-the-art digital marketing, property preview, and bidding platform. The firm matches sellers of one-of-a-kind properties with the most high-net-worth property connoisseurs on the planet. Sellers gain unmatched reach, speed, and certainty. Buyers get incredible deals. Agents earn their commission in 30 days. Since its inception in 2008, Concierge Auctions has generated billions of dollars in sales, broken four world records for the highest-priced homes ever achieved at auction, and grown its activity in 44 U.S. states/territories and 29 countries. The firm owns the most comprehensive and intelligent database of high-net-worth real estate buyers and sellers in the industry, and has contributed more than 300 homes to-date as part of its Key For Key® giving program in partnership with Giveback Homes™, which guarantees that for every property the company sells, a new home is funded for a family in need. For more information, visit

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Covid-19 Vaccination Cards May Be a Hassle to Replace, So Keep Your Card Protected

A clear plastic pocket on a table with a vaccination card inside.

Keep your cards protected.

A hand holding the clear plastic pocket with vaccine card inside.

Vaccine cards may be the best option to gain access to events or venues.

Clear plastic vaccine card pocket, being held by a hand, next to a purse.

Plastic Pocket for Medical and Vaccine Cards

The paper CDC vaccine cards may be the best option to gain access to events or venues that require proof of vaccination, so keep those cards safe!

It’s just a piece of paper, but it may prove to be a crucial key to getting our lives back on track. That’s why it’s so important to protect our cards with the clear plastic vaccine card cover.”

— Reenie Feingold, CEO and founder of StoreSMART

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, May 3, 2021 / — A universal digital vaccination passport may never happen due to the debate surrounding the topic. Therefore, the paper CDC vaccine cards may be the best option to gain access to events or venues that require proof of vaccination.

There are steps you can take to secure your vaccination record information in case of damage or loss. Take a picture of both sides of the card. Make a photocopy. If your card does become damaged or lost, contact your vaccination provider. If you received your vaccine at a pop-up vaccination site, contact the organizer of that event, or contact the state’s Immunization Information System.

But you can avoid a lot of this hassle by simply protecting the original card. The StoreSMART Medical and Vaccine Card Holder keeps proof of vaccination cards fully protected, easily visible, and free from destructive accidents and spills. Just slip the card into the clear plastic pocket and conveniently remove as necessary.

“A lot of us now have this new, little vaccine card that we have to take care of,” says Reenie Feingold, CEO and founder of StoreSMART. “It’s just a piece of paper, but it may prove to be a crucial key to getting our lives back on track. That’s why it’s so important to protect our cards with the clear plastic vaccine card cover.”

StoreSMART’s Vaccine Card Holders have additional practical uses, too. They can help organize insurance information, social security cards, medical information, or appointment cards; or safely hold credit cards, driver’s licenses, tickets, cash, and other small items.

The pockets easily hold a 3” x 4” card. They are made of 8-gauge crystal clear vinyl for ultimate visibility and open on the 3” side with a ¼” lip.
To obtain FREE samples for review by your publication, contact or call 800-424-1011 x 9208. See for high-resolution publication images.

StoreSMART has been creating and marketing quality products and services for storage, organization, display, filing, and distribution since 1971. The

StoreSMART catalog is brimming with new products to help everyone get—and stay—organized. For more information, visit or call 800-424-1011.

Contact: Stan Feingold StoreSMART 180 Metro Park, Rochester, NY 14623

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International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros: Hertitage Center to Offer Wild Horse Safari Tours

RAPDI CITY, SD, USA, May 3, 2021 / — Horse lovers will soon have the opportunity to experience majestic wild horses up close in South Dakota at a soon-coming center to be built by the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB).

The center, called the International Wild Horse and Burro Heritage CENTER (CENTER), will offer wild mustang safari tours that are family-friendly. The center will also offer luxury stays for guests who would like to stay overnight. The center’s activities will allow visitors to fully immerse themselves in the natural habitat of wild horses in the Black Hills.

The CENTER’s name is based on the idea that the center is located in the heart of South Dakota’s Black Hills, which the Lakota Nation views as the world’s center. In line with the Lakota, the ISPMB believes that the CENTER is the lifeblood of Earth’s future and incorporates the ISPMB’s heart.

According to the ISPMB, the new CENTER is the perfect vacation destination for nature enthusiasts seeking an inspiring and unparalleled outdoor experience. In fact, it has great potential to become a long-awaited healing place that both horses and humans can embrace.

“The CENTER depicts through wild horses the last glimpse of the freedom, the power, and the wide-open spaces that brought so many people to the West,” the ISPMB said. “In this age of technology and talks of sustainability, we vitally need experiences that reconnect our hearts and minds to nature. Wild horses, as our teachers, represent the thread which reconnects humankind to nature, restoring balance and harmony in our lives.”

Through interactive and educational experiences with the ISPMB’s wild horse herd, visitors to the new CENTER will have the opportunity to experience nature’s interconnectedness in a personal way. They can also learn about how horses play a critical role in the Lakota’s and other Native American groups’ lives today, according to the ISPMB.

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Pantheon Media Group, publisher of Grazia USA. today boasts 9 million users.

Grazia adopts an innovative digital-first business model with a strong brand identity for segment specific consumers. Content is distributed across a global multi-channel network with a focus on digital story-telling, video, and social, complemented by qu

Brendan Monaghan, PMG’s Executive Vice-President and Global Chief Brands Officer.

Dylan Howard, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Pantheon Media Group (PMG).


Grazia is one the of the most iconic and most powerful brands in the world, and I am honored to be a part of taking it to new heights. The opportunities that lie ahead have no ceiling.”

— Brendan Monaghan

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, May 3, 2021 / — Pantheon Media Group (PMG), the publisher of Grazia USA, today announced it has signed a letter of intent with the Mondadori Group to launch the Italian fashion brand Grazia in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia and Thailand, the latest destinations for the digital-first, global, multi-channel network.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. PMG said it expects to initiate a multi-faceted roll-out of the brand across the territories, commencing in September 2021 through 2022.

Dylan Howard, Chief Executive Officer of PMG, also announced the hiring of industry veteran Brendan Monaghan as PMG’s Executive Vice-President and Global Chief Brands Officer overseeing the expansion into Asia and Grazia USA. He will report to Mr. Howard.

“Luxury brands have made a giant geographical pivot to Asia and have declared their intent to make APAC (Asia-Pacific) a priority,” said Mr. Howard. “As these brands meet the demand of high-spending luxury customers, Grazia will play a pivotal role in engaging with these users throughout innovative, one-of-a-kind digital platforms and trusted, respected editorial content.”

Mr. Monaghan recently returned to the United States from Hong Kong, where he served as Chief Commercial Officer of Tatler Asia Group overseeing all business, marketing, and event functions for all advertising categories at the media company. Mr. Monaghan’s role included oversight of all Tatler Asia Group assets: eight print editions (including digital and social) and revenue and marketing teams in Hong Kong, Singapore, Greater Mainland China, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Thailand.

Prior to that, Mr. Monaghan led fashion and luxury digital and print sales along with marketing as Chief Fashion & Luxury Officer across Condé Nast’s entire portfolio, including Vogue, Vanity Fair, and GQ, He’s also served as Publisher of Condé Nast Traveler and Senior Vice President of Luxury at The New York Times and Publisher of T: The New York Times Style Magazine.

Mr. Monaghan also will oversee all advertising sales efforts for PMG’s burgeoning international and luxury portfolio, in addition to editorial, business affairs, and consumer marketing.

“Brendan is a natural born leader and true innovator with demonstrated sales expertise across every media platform,” said Mr. Howard. “During his tenure at Tatler Asia Group, Brendan proved that premium content – matched with data and insights – produced across all media platforms is the most powerful combination for creating audience connections. He understands the power of our assets when fully integrated as a sales and marketing experience for clients across multiple countries, simplifying their media buying experience and delivering a more holistic solution to advertising partners at scale.”

“I am thrilled Brendan chose Pantheon and Grazia as his next home upon returning to the United States.”

Mr. Monaghan joins PMG’s talented line-up of executives including Jillian Maxwell, Grazia USA’s Chief Revenue Officer, and David Thielebeule, Editor in Chief and Chief Creative Officer of the U.S. edition. Both will now report to Mr. Monaghan.

Mr. Monaghan said: “I am thrilled to be a part of Grazia's exciting global expansion plans, and to join Jillian and her team. Grazia is one the of the most iconic and most powerful brands in the world, and I am honored to be a part of taking it to new heights. The opportunities that lie ahead have no ceiling.”

Grazia USA has seen unprecedented growth since the launch in October 2020 with Kim Kardashian on the cover, adding 8 million new users in 2021 alone. today boasts 9 million users and 11 million page views to date this year, compared to 683,000 and 852,000 last year, respectively. Growth is projected to increase by 50% by the start of the summer season, with almost 50 percent of the digital audience at the coveted demographic aged 18-34.

“Pantheon Media Group has established itself as a premier partner with a dramatic surge in traffic since Grazia USA launched through the platform The new business model, which has strong potential for development in other markets too, blends authoritative content and a strategic use of data to create a distinctive positioning, addressing the needs and interests of readers," said Daniela Sola, Managing Director International Business of Mondadori Media.

Grazia is Italy's fashion bible, published by the Mondadori Group. For 80 years Grazia has remained in step with changing tastes season after season, style after style. At the top end of quality and design, Grazia is the most accomplished ambassador of the "Made in Italy" brand and is a preferred advertising vehicle for designer, fashion, and beauty companies. Thanks to its experience, excellence and brand value, Grazia is the first Italian weekly magazine to extend its successful formula abroad with 21 editions worldwide in 23 countries, creating the most dynamic magazine network on the market and the global platform

Pantheon Media Group (PMG) is an independent next-generation media company that brings one of the most prestigious European fashion magazines to the biggest fashion market in the world. PMG is the exclusive publisher of Grazia USA, the latest franchise of the iconic fashion bible, first launched in Italy in 1938. Also uniquely focused on beauty, culture, society, status, celebrity, and luxury, Grazia USA publishes digitally first and later in print, with the release of the first of its quarterly 400-page magazines in 2021. Grazia USA does more than just inform and inspire an educated audience of influential readers: It is unlike anything the fashion industry in the United States has ever seen. We do not serve readers, we serve users. PMG is a 360-degree media business that is poised for the future, broadening storytelling into virtual and augmented reality, video, television, audio, e-commerce, live events, branded content, innovative advertising solutions and beyond. PMG is headquartered in New York City.

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French Laundry Makes the Front Cover of Hilarious New Book, "Cartoons Too Funny For The New Yorker"

Cartoons Too Funny for The New Yorker

Two cows describing hay in wine terms!

Aliens landing on Lady Gaga’s Roof

Not Just Wickedly Funny," Says Professor, "But a Whopper Typo Will Have Californians Passing the Knee-slapping Book Around to Their Friends at Happy Hour

McGuire's cartoons are too funny and edgy for The New Yorker Magazine”

— Scott Sklar, professor George Washington University

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA, May 3, 2021 / — Planning to visit a California Vineyard soon?

As of today, you'll be joined by two aliens pitching their line of flying saucers to Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk while dining at The French Laundry.

Award-winning Washington, D.C. author, publisher and travel photographer has just published a hilarious book of "New Yorker Style' cartoons, and picked his favorite cartoon to grace the cover of the book.

"McGuire's cartoons are too funny and edgy for The New Yorker Magazine," says Scott Sklar a George Washington University Professor who was raised in New York City, "hence the name of the book. Most magazine cartoons are 'gag' cartoons with a simple punch-line, whereas McGuire's have overlapping layers of humor. The cartoon gracing the cover of this new book, for example, contains several different funny elements.

This book is a West Coast edition and an East Coast version will be available this week, too.

McGuire, who comes from a family of artists and architects, currently has 12 coffee table books in print but decided to expand into cartoons. "Many magazine cartoons are a bit sophomoric," says McGuire, "So I like to weave in complexity by including current references to food, wine, travel, science, medicine, and cultural news, as well as notables like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Lady Gaga and George Clooney. "In fact, he says, "spell check doesn't always catch super modern words like bitcoin, blockchain, and dogecoin."

"I love drawing aliens because, people are hard to draw and talking aliens are a juxtaposition between reality and non-reality adding more humor. My second favorite cartoon, perfect wall art for all vineyards and wineries shows two cows eating, hay and describing it in wine terms, i.e., " this field of new mown hay is outstanding. It has the all the herbaceous character of Sauvignon Blanc…"

"All my cartoons are available as framed art for vineyard tasting rooms and as gifts for winemakers to give to their best clients. And, he says, "I can customize the cartoons by adding your vineyard's name and varietals!"

McGuire points out an expression in the cartoon world, "It is not the ink, it is the think," meaning no matter how well drawn the cartoon is, it needs to be funny! "And," he says, "cartoons by nature are caricatures, so the drawing can be wildly out-side-the-box as long as they represent the characters."

This East Coast Edition weaves in Eastern Seaboard references like New England prep schools, Martha's Vineyard, Central Park, Cape Cod & clam chowder. The West Coast Edition does the same for Celebrities, Hollywood, Wine Country, and the French Laundry.

Now, see if you can spot the typo, caused by predictive text and not caught by spell-check. In the book's introduction McGuire explains why he doesn't do political cartoons: "I don’t produce political cartoons as most politicians, like the late Donald Trump, create their own outsized caricatures by their own sheer buffoonery."

"It has gone to press so I can't change it," says McGuire, "Besides Trump is always 'late' for anything noble: civility, dignity, grace, honor, kindness, etc."

The book is available on Amazon at:

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Note to editors, blogs, and feature writers: Feel free to use the book cover and cartoons for your stories. McGuire can promptly send you the first 12 pages as a PDF so you can quickly get the flavor of the book! And he is available for phone interviews.

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What to Do While Visiting Taipei – Matt Keezer's Traveling Guide

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Matt Keezer

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA, May 3, 2021 / — Taipei, Taiwan's capital and most populous city, is the country's tourism epicenter. Nonetheless, most people are unaware of the content that Taipei has to offer because it serves as a central air hub for Asia, and most visitors come for a brief layover.

A wild nightlife, exciting and quirky museums, the endless massive food markets serving some of the best food in the world, spacious parks, and nearby mountains calling for a hike with easy and accessible trails – these are just a fraction of what Taiwan's bustling, vibrant, food-loving capital can offer.

As Matt Keezer points out, while there are plenty of things to do and attractions to visit elsewhere in Taiwan, a person doesn't even need to leave Taipei – there's enough to see and do in the area to fill a week.

Matt Keezer also advises those planning to visit Taiwan during the Covid-19 pandemic to keep an eye on local news and government announcements, as travel and stay regulations are subject to change at any time.

Divine Soak in the Hot Springs

Because it is on the MRT (metro system) and only 30 minutes from downtown, the Beitou Hot Springs area is a popular tourist destination. There are numerous resorts, spas, and inns in the area where you can take a hot spring bath. According to Matt Keezer, all travelers should also check out the following three locations: Hot Springs Museum – located in an old bathhouse from 1913; Thermal Valley – a sulfurous lake nearby that has
walking trails; the Xinbeitou Historic Station – a heritage train station from 1916.

Art and History of Taipei's Museums
Taipei has a lot of museums, and it's surprising how many there are since the city isn't known as being a center for museums.

Matt Keezer's favorite museums in Taipei that everyone must put on their bucket list are:

National Taiwan Museum – Taiwan's oldest museum, covering its history from a variety of scientific
perspectives, including anthropology, earth sciences, zoology, and botany.

Taipei Miniatures Museum – strange and fantastic, this museum houses over 200 architectural
miniatures, including castles, replica towns and streets, and even a 1/12 scale model of Buckingham

National 228 Memorial Museum – Dedicated to the tragic events that occurred following World War II,
when an uprising against the Chinese government began.

Taipei Fine Art Museum – Taiwan's first art museum, housing a diverse collection of works by
international and Taiwanese artists.

Taipei Astronomical Museum is a fun and educational museum that features exhibits on ancient
astronomy, technology, telescopes, the solar system, and much more.

Day Trip to Jiufen

Jiufen, famous for its traditional teahouses and one of Taiwan's most popular tourist destinations, is a historic gold-mining town that still sports preserved old streets. A few museums highlight the town's gold mining past, lots of parks and lookouts, and some nearby hiking trails. Most people come here because they believe that this tiny city is an origin place of the popular fantasy film Spirited Away, but the reason they stay is incredible tea.

As Matt Keezer points out, Jiufen is a perfect place for tea lovers as it houses some of the world's most beautiful teahouses located in the most stunning areas with amazing views.

Enjoying the View from Taipei 101 Standing 508m (1,667 feet) tall, Taipei 101 towers over Taipei and offers the most exclusive and breathtaking views in Taiwan, especially from the observation platform on the 89th floor. Those who are a tad bit braver can go up to the 91st floor and step outside to really get their blood pumping.

Matt Keezer's advice – happy hour at Morton's Steakhouse for super cheap drink specials extraordinary
views of Taipei 101 itself from their patio.

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WIN TV NETWORK ( First Cash Winner Announced!

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WIN TV NETWORKS ( First Cash Winner Announced! Florida Family Wins Big on "EYE SPY" skill based game.


May 1st 2021

News Release.

WIN TV NETWORK is pleased to announce that the first CASH winner of one of the WIN TV network's trivia skill based games awakened Saturday May 1st with some extra cash in their pocket.

The family, who subscribed to WIN TV NETWORK by obtaining a "FAMILY" membership for one year lives in Florida USA.

Most people are familiar with television 'Game Shows" which have been popular and television content staple since the early days of television.

However, most of these television "Game Shows" are limited to 1-4 contestants. WIN TV has created the first global television "Game Show" that allows anyone, anywhere in the world to compete as a television "Game Show" contestant and win huge cash and other great prizes.

The WIN TV "EYE SPY" game was a simple "Test" game for the network designed to test the back end security and validation processes of the website.

There are over 1,000,000 games that have been played over 3.8 BILLION times.

While all the "MONEY" games are free to play by anyone, anywhere in the world, the WIN TV network has to create and administer backend administrative accounts for each player. This is so that players can be secure and that the prizes are properly awarded to the winners.

In order to cover this administrative cost a subscription of $1.00 USD a day (less for families ($0.30 cents a day) and teams). WIN TV is developing a tremendous system to make sure that the security, safety, validation and authentication of winners, as well as the processes of awarding the prizes are the best in the entertainment business.

Over the next few months we will be introducing many more "Test" games and once we have everything in place WIN TV will be offering prizes of up to $1,000,000 USD as well as other great prizes.

At 10:00 EST WIN TV phoned the winning family who reside in Florida USA and had subscribed for an annual family membership. The recording of that phone call is posted on the website.

The mom and her son "Josh" were the first person to provide the correct answer by email to the skill based "EYE SPY" game.

When asked what he was going to do with the $1,000 cash prize the young boy said he was going to split it with his mom. Sounds like a great little boy.

Apparently the mom and her son spent about half an hour on trying to spot the differences between two identical pictures.

That half hour spent on has paid off BIG TIME!

Congratulations once again to our first WIN TV "WINNERS"

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The Florida State Parks Foundation Celebrates A Momentous 2021 Legislative Session

This is a year of record funding

In every sense, this has been one of the most successful legislative sessions ever as far as Florida’s award-winning state parks are concerned.”

— Gil Ziffer

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, May 3, 2021 / — The Florida State Parks Foundation today applauded the Legislature’s decision to fully fund Florida’s award-winning state parks.

“In every sense this has been one of the most successful legislative sessions ever as far as Florida’s award-winning state parks are concerned. This is a year of record funding,” said Foundation President Gil Ziffer.

“Both the House and the Senate recognized the important multi-faceted role that our state parks play and agreed to increased funding over and above that requested by the Governor,” he said.

The final approved budget provides $50 million for fixed capital outlay for facility repairs, improvements and so on, $13.8 million for the Land and Recreation Grant programs, $1.5 m for recreational trails programs, and $2 million for Florida Recreational Development Assistance programs.

“Florida State Parks represent one of the state’s greatest success stories. They are a major contributor to the state’s tourism industry, support thousands of jobs, and pour billions of dollars into the state’s economy. At the same time, they preserve many of the jewels of our natural environment and Florida’s significant historical and cultural sites,” Ziffer said.

“As the acknowledged premier state park system in the nation, it is vital that Florida State Parks continue to receive full funding and we are grateful that the legislature acknowledged this. When comparing the $50 million that has been provided for fixed capital outlay in the budget with the $2.6 billion in economic impact the state parks generated in 2019 from nearly 30 million visitors, it is difficult to think of a better return on the investment anywhere,” he said.

“Florida’s state parks play an important role in providing open spaces where people can recreate and exercise in a safe, socially distanced environment. The demand for these open spaces will continue to increase as Florida’s population is expected to top 23 million by 2025 and tourism numbers grow,” said Foundation CEO Julia Gill Woodward.

“To meet this growing demand, it is important that state parks continue to provide exceptional value in terms of visitor experience and the range of outdoor pursuits available. It is also important that these pursuits are available to the widest possible audience both in terms of accessibility and diversity,” she said.

The Foundation, founded in 1993 as Friends of Florida State Parks and renamed in 2018, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation whose mission is to support and help sustain the Florida Park Service, its 175 award-winning parks and trails, local Friends groups and more than 20,000 park volunteers.

It does this through programs that preserve and protect state parks, educate visitors about the value of state parks, encourage community engagement and active use of state parks, and advocacy.

The volunteer Board of Directors represents private and public sectors as well as local and statewide interests.

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Curious B.I.T.C.H.E.S. Combines Girls Trip And Spiritual Retreat, Creating Fun Wellness Vacations

Welcome to Curious B.I.T.C.H.E.S.

Curious B.I.T.C.H.E.S. Hosts Intimate Virtual Launch

Female-owned wellness brand launches memorable, health-focused getaways for women

I wanted to create opportunities for women so they wouldn’t have to choose between emotional wellness and having a blast. Our mission is to integrate entertainment and accessibility into wellness.”

— Adrienne Hollie, Founder, Curious B.I.T.C.H.E.S.

DENVER, CO, USA, May 3, 2021 / — Twelve health-conscious women will convene in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, June 18-20, 2021, to commemorate the launch of Curious B.I.T.C.H.E.S., a wellness getaway. Curious B.I.T.C.H.E.S. takes back the power of the dirty word and reminds women that they are Bold, Intelligent, Tenacious, Conscious, Honorable, Empowered Sisters.

Curious B.I.T.C.H.E.S. hosted its virtual launch via Zoom Saturday, April 24, during which 12 women across the country participated in healing exercises with experts worldwide, including the UK and Peru. The response was overwhelming, which inspired the in-person June gathering. The retreat will include activities such as:

Laughter Yoga: A physiological practice involving guided voluntary laughter, which tricks the brain into a parasympathetic state
Intuitive Life Guidance: Understanding and combining purpose with intention to integrate consciousness into life goals
Yoga Nidra: Considered meditation for newbies, Yoga Nidra, incorporates still postures and mindful breathing to slow the mind’s wavelengths and drop members into a trancelike dream-state.

Curious B.I.T.C.H.E.S. is exclusively owned by Black female entrepreneur Adrienne Hollie, who recognized the foreign and daunting spiritual retreat image.

“I wanted to create opportunities for women so they wouldn’t have to choose between emotional wellness and having a blast. Happiness doesn’t have to be a destination; it can happen right now. Our mission is to integrate entertainment and accessibility into wellness.”
-Adrienne Hollie, Founder, Curious B.I.T.C.H.E.S.

All retreat attendees will receive a complimentary lifetime membership to join a members Tribe, which offers access to extended resources, community support; blogs, vlogs, and member features; monthly members gatherings; and weekly mind/body/spirit workshops.

Curious B.I.T.C.H.E.S. offers getaways through 2021. For more information about activities and how to attend, go to Want Curious B.I.T.C.H.E.S. to launch its Men’s escape? Join the conversation by registering for the newsletter at

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South Africa’s Environment Minister Calls for “New Deal for Wildlife”

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Wayne Pacelle

Wayne Pacelle

Recommends End of Trophy Hunting of Captive Lions, Ban on Commercial Trade in Their Parts, and Prohibiting Commercial Cub Petting Operations

We don’t allow trophy hunting of threatened and endangered wildlife in the U.S., and we should apply that same standard when it comes to imports of foreign-listed species targeted by trophy hunters.”

— Wayne Pacelle, president at CHE

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, May 2, 2021 / — Calling for “the ending of certain inhumane and irresponsible practices that greatly harm the reputation of South Africa and the position of South Africa as a leader in conservation,” the nation’s top environment official announced today that she is recommending an end to trophy hunting of captive lions and commercial cub petting. South Africa’s Environment Minister Barbara Creecy has aligned herself with the majority recommendation of a 25-member panel formed in 2019 to examine those issues and other critical conservation topics, signaling a startling shift in national policy that has allowed the extreme exploitation of thousands of captive lions in fenced enclosures. The Center for a Humane Economy wrote to Minister Creecy as recently as early February urging the set of actions she announced today.

“Minister Creecy has called for a ‘New Deal’ for wildlife, and that is precisely what she will deliver if her wishes are put into law,” said Jennifer Skiff, director of international programs for the Center for a Humane Economy and Animal Wellness Action. “South Africa is on the cusp of putting an end to the disgraceful slaughter of captive lions for their heads, bones, and tawdry cub petting operations, and it is a joyous prospect.”

In South Africa, private operators abuse lions during their entire life cycle — keeping them captives and exploiting them for cub-petting, lion-walking, and ultimately, trophy hunting. These “farms” long enabled the mass production of lions in barren, factory farm conditions to supply an insatiable appetite for bones in China for folk medicines, foreign trophy hunters, and unwitting tourists who patronized the farms and perpetuated the life cycle of cruelty with their payments for these commercial opportunities.

“The panel recommends that South Africa does not captive -breed lions, keep lions in captivity, or use captive lions or their derivatives commercially,” wrote Creecy. “I have requested the department to action this accordingly and ensure that the necessary consultation in implementation is conducted.”
Along with a range of other non-profit animal welfare and conservation groups, the Center for a Humane Economy has been urging South Africa to choose eco-tourism to bolster its economy instead of this multi-dimensional exploitation of lions.

The Center is pushing in the U.S. Department of the Interior for a complete ban on any imports of sport-hunted lions and also for passage of the Big Cat Public Safety Act, H.R. 263 and S. 1210, which would stop their exploitation for cub petting at roadside zoos and shut down the transport of big cats for the pet trade. These policies should shut down the stream of cats who grow up quickly, become too dangerous for private citizens to handle, and often discarded, perhaps for the bone trade and for canned hunts.

“We don’t allow trophy hunting of threatened and endangered wildlife in the U.S., and we should apply that same standard when it comes to imports of foreign-listed species targeted by trophy hunters,” said Wayne Pacelle, president of the Center for a Humane Economy. “The U.S. and South Africa may now be on the same path to lion protection.”

Lions have vanished from 95% of their historic range in the last 100 years, with perhaps only 20,000 remaining in the wild. Most imports of lion trophies from South Africa did stop coming into the U.S. after the 2016 action by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide Endangered Species Act protections for African lions.

The panel also recommended a new direction when it comes to South Africa and the trade in ivory and rhino horn, with South Africa long playing a role in promoting the trade. “We have accepted that the country adopt the recommended positions on ivory and rhino horn trade, such that we will not be making proposals to CITES for further trade in these derivatives until certain conditions have been met,” wrote Minister Creecy in her lengthy statement.

Animal Wellness Action (Action) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.

The Animal Wellness Foundation (Foundation) is a Los Angeles-based private charitable organization with a mission of helping animals by making veterinary care available to everyone with a pet, regardless of economic ability. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless pets find a loving caregiver. We are advocates for getting veterinarians to the front lines of the animal welfare movement; promoting responsible pet ownership; and vaccinating animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent animal cruelty and that alleviate suffering. We believe helping animals helps us all.

The Center for a Humane Economy (“the Center”) is a non-profit organization that focuses on influencing the conduct of corporations to forge a humane economic order. The first organization of its kind in the animal protection movement, the Center encourages businesses to honor their social responsibilities in a culture where consumers, investors, and other key stakeholders abhor cruelty and the degradation of the environment and embrace innovation as a means of eliminating both.

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