The Meow-Available ‘Pet Parents, Oversharing’ Podcast Spotlights The Universal Truths Of Pet Parenting

Animals and Pets

Season One of the Series Explores the Comical, Honest and Heartwarming Confessions of Pet Parents Everywhere


Calling all puppy lovers and feline fanatics everywhere – an all-new podcast celebrating the ups, downs and often-sideways experiences of pet parenthood hits the digital airwaves today. The multi-episode podcast series, titled ‘Pet Parents, Oversharing,’ is produced by Freshpet® Inc., the makers of fresh, all-natural, food for pets. Hosts, comedians and best friends Kaity Reagle and Andrea Shapiro (host of “The Passport to Love” podcast) share their personal pet parenting confessions based on real-life, often-hilarious and sometimes-awkward moments with Floof Boi, the rescue Shih Tzu, and frisky feline duo Candy and Phoebe.

The podcast’s steam-of-consciousness banter often leaves the duo laughing in tears over their pet’s adorably ridiculous behavior. Episodes touch on a wide range of topics like puppy pageants, when it’s okay (and not okay) to refer to your four-legged family member as a “fur baby,” and how talented you really think your pet is. Season one will explore celebrity pets, the “cult” of pet parenthood and the weird, wonderful magic of naming a cat or dog; no topic is out of bounds as Reagle and Shapiro commiserate over having seen, heard and smelled it all.

“Pet parenthood is more than just having a dog or cat. It’s really about caring for them and celebrating them as members of the family. ‘Pet Parents, Oversharing’ brings those special everyday moments of being a pet parent to life in a hilarious, relatable way,” said Karina Delaine, Senior Content Marketing Manager at Freshpet. “By sharing these stories with listeners everywhere, Freshpet hopes to tighten bonds not only with humans and their pets, but also between pet parents, who can laugh – and commiserate over – their unique experiences.”

Given that half of Americans consider their dog their child, and 55 percent confess they’d be lost without their pet according to a recent national survey*, it’s only natural for pet parents to want to share their lessons learned and most cherished moments with other like-minded animal lovers.

In fact, close to three in five (58 percent) pet parents have conversations with their four-legged children, and significantly more women (68 percent) than men (41 percent) are likely to do so – a topic explored through ‘Pet Parents, Oversharing’ with original songs and stories of embarrassing one-liners your significant other wishes you never heard them say during passion-filled cuddle sessions.

To download or listen to the first season of ‘Pet Parents, Oversharing,’ visit

* Online survey conducted by Kelton Global to 1,024 American dog owners ages 18 and over, with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent.

Madhuri Murli releases Teri Deewani-Nachdi Phira mashup from California


This week, Madhuri Murli has released a new music video; a mashup of Bollywood numbers namely Kailash Kher’s Teri Deewani and Meghna Mishra’s Nachdi Phira from the Aamir Khan film Secret Superstar. Madhuri has re-rendered the famous numbers, while the video has performances by her, along with members of her dance group Flute Theory.

A multi-faceted personality, Madhuri is a computer science engineer by degree, product marketing manager by profession at a tech company in Silicon Valley, singer, composer, writer, lyricist, choreographer, founder and creative director of the philanthropic platform Flute Theory — all rolled into one.

“It’s a three-girl video with lots of vigorous yet graceful dancing,” she informs. “The theme is semi-folk with a Bollywood twist.” Based in San Francisco, California, Madhuri considers the songs Teri Deewani and Nachdi Phira as her biggest inspirations as a singer and dancer. She believes both the songs, along with the gripping lyrics, convey deep passion as an artist.

She says, “The singers Kailash Kher and Meghna Mishra have done supreme justice to the masterpieces and my music video is a humble tribute to both songs.” Sounds interesting. Let’s see how well it manages to enthrall us.

For the record, this is Madhuri’s sixth music video and second mashup. She has released four original compositions in the past. One of her original compositions, Tera Khuda, has been ranking in Top 10 on MuSlate for over 16 weeks!

Benson Hill Biosystems Raises $60 Million to Improve Food and Ingredients

Business, Food

Benson Hill Biosystems, a crop improvement company unlocking the natural genetic diversity of plants, today announced the first close of its $60 million Series C financing. The round is led by GV, with participation from new investors Activant Capital and Tao Capital Partners. Existing investors Alexandria Venture Investments, Fall Line Capital, iSelect Fund, Lewis & Clark Ventures, Mercury Fund, Prelude Ventures, and S2G Ventures also participated.

“With its data-driven approach to crop improvement, Benson Hill has significant potential to impact the next wave of productivity gains across food and agriculture,” said Andy Wheeler, General Partner at GV. “The broad applicability of Benson Hill’s technology platform — combined with the executive team’s expertise in photosynthesis and genomic selection — creates new opportunities for farmers and the food production industry at-large.”

Benson Hill empowers organizations of any size across the agri-food value chain to benefit from the most advanced tools in seed innovation. Benson Hill’s CropOS™ computational platform and suite of breeding and genome editing tools leverage the natural genetic diversity of plants to improve the sustainability, nutrition and flavor profiles of crops with greater speed and precision than previously possible, dramatically reducing the costs and timelines to develop new products.

“Developing foods that are nourishing to our bodies, responsible to our planet and that taste great is not a trade-off, it’s an opportunity,” said Matthew Crisp, CEO and co-founder of Benson Hill Biosystems. “By combining biology with machine intelligence, our platform provides a novel approach to crop improvement. With this round, we have expanded our base of investors who recognize the power of plants and innovation to benefit both farmers and consumers.”

The funding will be used to further advance CropOS™ and expand product development capacity to deliver a portfolio of improved crops with and for companies across the food and agriculture value chain.

“Consumer demand for healthier and more sustainable food choices creates opportunity across many crops and ingredients, and plant genomics is a proven lever that has been severely underutilized in most crops,” said Sanjeev Krishnan, Managing Director at S2G Ventures. “Benson Hill delivers the full suite of solutions a company needs to create differentiated products and capture this growing market, whether they are a seed company, food manufacturer or food retailer.”

VoLTE Revenue Declined Nine Percent Quarter-over-Quarter in 2Q 2018, According to Dell’Oro Group

Technology, Telecom & Internet

Nokia, Huawei, and Ericsson Accounted for Over 70 percent of the VoLTE Market


According to a recently published report from Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the telecommunications, networks, and data center IT industries, VoLTE revenue declined nine percent quarter-over-quarter in 2Q 2018. Nokia, Huawei, and Ericsson accounted for over 70 percent of the VoLTE market.

“With end-to-end solutions, Nokia, Huawei, and Ericsson grew quarter-over-quarter increasing their combined market share and leaving little room for other vendors,” stated David Bolan, Senior Analyst at Dell’Oro Group. “The VoLTE market would have increased quarter-over-quarter in 2Q 2018 if the US ban on ZTE had not been in effect. For 2018 the market is expected to be slightly below 2017, but will return to growth in 2019,” said Bolan.

The fundamentals of the VoLTE market are still positive and the penetration rate of VoLTE continues to grow. In mature LTE markets, some carriers are beginning to approach a 100 percent VoLTE subscription rate. Verizon, for example will reach this point when they turn off their CDMA network at the end of 2019. In low cost markets dominated by pre-paid customers with feature phones, VoLTE phones had been financially out of the reach of subscribers. But this is changing quickly, as Reliance Jio has demonstrated in India, with their introduction earlier this year of a low cost VoLTE feature-phone targeting the low cost pre-paid market.

First-Ever LIVE! CONCERT FOR A CAUSE Features Legendary Pop Star Richard Marx In Exclusive Performance To Benefit The Casey Cares Foundation On Friday, October 26 At Live! Casino & Hotel


Partial Proceeds from Inaugural Charity Concert Support Baltimore-Area Nonprofit Programs for Critically-Ill Children and Their Families



Live! Casino & Hotel is hosting the first-ever LIVE! CONCERT FOR A CAUSE, featuring 80’s and 90’s pop sensation RICHARD MARX, on Friday, October 26, 2018. Partial proceeds will benefit the Casey Cares Foundation, a Baltimore-based nonprofit organization providing personalized support to critically ill children and their families throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Washington, D.C., and parts of the Midwest. The concert will be held at the new state-of-the-art Event Center at Live! Casino & Hotel, the newest entertainment venue in the region.

Must be 21. Tickets and full details are available now at

Packages include:

VIP tickets ($150 each) featuring a Meet & Greet photo with Richard Marx, heavy hors d’oeuvres, two (2) drink tickets, $10 in free slot play at Live! Casino, preferred floor seating and a specialty Live! tote bag. Doors open to VIP tickets at 6:30pm.
Tier 1 tickets ($100 each) including heavy hors d’oeuvres, two (2) drink tickets, $10 in free slot play and floor seating. Doors open to Tier 1 tickets at 6:30pm.
General admission tickets ($60 each) including two (2) drink tickets, $10 in free slot play and riser seating. Doors open to GA tickets at 7:30pm.
“Live! Casino & Hotel is deeply committed to supporting non-profit organizations in our community, especially those whose mission is so closely tied to helping families in need,” said Travis Lamb, General Manager, Live! Casino & Hotel. “The Concert for a Cause series will bring local audiences together to raise awareness and resources for charities that provide services and programs that mean so much to our neighbors.”

Live! Casino & Hotel, and its parent company The Cordish Companies, ranked 4th in the list of top philanthropists in the region for 2017 by the Baltimore Business Journal. Since opening the casino in 2012, the organization has contributed tens of millions of dollars to local charities, and donated time and resources to a variety of non-profits including the Susan G. Komen Maryland, the USO of Washington-Baltimore, the Capital Area and Maryland Food Banks, SPCA Walk for the Animals, and others. Live! Casino & Hotel will further increase its longtime support for Casey Cares through the inaugural Concert for a Cause.

The evening’s headliner, Richard Marx, has sold more than 30 million albums over a three-decade-long career. His self-titled debut album reached #8 on the charts and spawned four Top 5 singles, including “Hold on to the Nights,” with “Don’t Mean Nothing” earning him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. His follow-up album hit #1 and reached quadruple-platinum status, with two #1 singles, “Satisfied” and “Right Here Waiting.” He is the only male artist in history to have his first seven singles reach the Top 5 on the Billboard charts.

Marx himself is dedicated to several charitable causes. He donated royalties from his hit single, “Should’ve Known Better,” to build a room at the NYU Medical Center for pediatric cancer patients, and his recording of “Children of the Night” brought attention to the plight of homeless children on the streets, raising more than $500k for the Children of the Night Foundation. Marx has also performed benefit concerts over the years for the TJ Martell Foundation, Toys for Tots, Make a Wish Foundation, the American Cancer Society, Best Buddies and the Special Olympics. He and his band entertained the U.S. troops stationed in Germany and, since 2008, he has hosted an annual event in Chicago for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, the first of which featured a concert by Richard and Kenny Rogers. Richard has also organized an annual all-star benefit concert for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, raising more than $4 million for research to cure the disease.

Twitter Expands Premium Video Content In Asia Pacific With Over 50 Live Stream And Video Highlights Partnerships

Telecom & Internet

FMA Indonesia, FOX Sports Asia, NBC Universal, Network 18, NET TV, Red Chillies Entertainment, Sony Music, Stadium Astro Malaysia and VICE Media, among others will feature new live stream and video highlights programming on Twitter available to APAC advertisers

SINGAPORE, Sept. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Twitter is the best place to see what’s happening in the world right now and to talk about it, especially through premium video. Twitter today unveils over 50 premium video content collaborations, bringing hundreds of hours of live stream and video highlights programming, across sports, entertainment and news, to the platform. FMA Indonesia, FOX Sports Asia, NBC Universal, Network 18, NET TV, Red Chillies Entertainment, Sony Music, Stadium Astro Malaysia, and VICE Media are among the partners that Twitter will collaborate with to bring new content to audiences in Asia Pacific and opportunities for APAC advertisers. The announcement expands the premium video content available on Twitter to advertisers in Asia Pacific and builds on extensions of existing global and regional content deals.

At the TwitterFronts event in Singapore, Twitter executives including Global Vice President of Content Partnerships, Kay Madati and Vice President of Asia Pacific Maya Hari presented the content partnerships to brand and agency partners in the region. They were joined by guest speakers including Christine Fellowes (@ChristiFellowes), Managing Director, NBCUniversal, Avinash Kaul (@avikaul), COO, Network18, Shanna Murady, CCO, FMA Indonesia, CK Lee, VP Of Sports Content, Astro Malaysia, Binda Dey (@bindadey), Head of Marketing, Red Chillies Entertainment, Talina Cruz (@talinacruz), Senior Manager, Digital Marketing & Visual Content, Sony Music, and Serene Lee, Head of Sales, VICE, among others.

“Content is happening now at Twitter, and we have proven through the efficacy of the partnerships we have crafted, that content programming and distribution on Twitter is an essential part of any media company’s audience engagement and content monetization strategies,” said Kay Madati, Global VP of Content Partnerships, Twitter. “Asia Pacific is accelerating growth for Twitter. Our unique and strategic value proposition that positions Twitter as a complement, not competitor to traditional media companies, has delivered great success and we seek to drive forward with more live stream and premium video content partnerships in the region.”

“Video continues to be an important way to stay informed and engaged on Twitter, especially for the younger millennial audience in Asia Pacific,” said Maya Hari, Vice President of Asia Pacific, Twitter. “Building on the success of our premium video content launch at All That Matters last year, we are proud to expand our live stream and video highlights programming that is brand safe and will appeal to the audience and advertisers in APAC. The move strengthens Twitter’s presence and partnerships in the region, sharing with the world what’s happening right now in Asia Pacific and for global audiences to talk about it.”

New live stream and video highlights content partnerships announced on stage include the following (full list available here):


Sony Music: Music is one of the most talked about topics on Twitter, and music fans are one of the biggest communities on the platform. In a partnership with Sony Music, we’re giving brands the chance to tap into this massive community, with custom content from APAC’s biggest stars, behind the scenes clips and action that’s on Twitter first. It all kicks off with award winning artist @GuySebastian.
Red Chillies Entertainment: A long-term partner of Twitter’s in India, Shah Rukh Khan’s production house, Red Chillies Entertainment (@RedChilliesEnt) will be launching video content from upcoming Hindi blockbuster, Zero, on Twitter, and brands have an opportunity to leverage this Bollywood conversation. Along with this, RCE will be producing an exclusive live show only streaming on Twitter featuring the King Khan himself.
NBC Universal: NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. Their partnership with Twitter will bring E!’s signature Live from the Red Carpet events as well as popular TV programming from @eonlineasia, @eonlineau and @DivaTVAsia to the platform and available for brand sponsorships.

UEFA Champions League on FMA Indonesia (@FMA): The most important football club competition in the world is going to be brought to Twitter fans via Indonesia @FMA, already a partner of Twitter during the last FIFA World Cup. Fans of Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, and Salah will have access to near live highlights throughout the competition on Twitter, until the very last game, on June 1st 2019 in Madrid.
Formula One® on FOX Sports Asia (@FSAsiaLive): FOX Sports is one of the most popular sports networks in Asia-Pacific. With the partnership, FOX Sports will showcase F1® action to fans on Twitter in real time via the handle @FSAsiaLive. The whole weekend of updates, action and interviews, delivered to fans on the go.
English Premier League on Stadium Astro Malaysia (@StadiumAstro): The English Premier League is undoubtedly the best football league in the world. The action and the excitement will be on Twitter thanks to the partnership with Stadium Astro, the home of the EPL in Malaysia.
“Indonesian sports fans practically live on Twitter and as premium sports license holder, partnering with Twitter has been a no-brainer decision. During the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Twitter enabled us in delivering high quality content quickly with visible engagement and a high impact. Our World Cup highlights was a success for us and our sponsors and we are looking forward to extend this partnership for the next seasons of Champions League and Europa League.” – Shanna Murady, Senior VP and CMO, FMA Indonesia


NET TV – NET. (@netmediatama) is a major television station network in Indonesia that produces TV programs primarily aimed for family and young viewers. With their renewed partnership with Twitter, they are bringing their top-rated TV programs to the platform and available for brand sponsorships. The content on Twitter includes popular TV talk shows such as Ini Talkshow, Tonight Show, Sarah Sechan as well as their other highly-rated entertainment, sitcom and reality shows such as The Comment, Waktu Indonesia Bercanda, Breakout, The East and 86.
Network18 – Network 18 is one of the largest media conglomerates in India, featuring channels @CNNNews18, @CNBCTV18News, News18 Regional channels (formerly ETV), @MoneyControl, @First Post, @HistoryTV18 and many more. The partnership with Twitter will include three-tiered sponsorships for video clips around major tent-pole events: Budget Day programming with market leaders @CNBCTV18News, election news with @CNNNews18, as well as premium video highlight clips from factual entertainment leader @HistoryTV18.
VICE (@VICE): VICE is the world’s leading youth media company, building a deeply relevant, local presence across Asia Pacific through its Singapore HQ and multiple offices across the region. This partnership will bring a powerful new offering for audiences and brands alike, combining VICE’s compelling voice with Twitter’s immediacy and conversational power — delivering premium content to wherever young audiences are consuming news, culture and talking about what’s happening in their lives, at scale.
“Network18 is delighted to strengthen its partnership with Twitter. With India’s largest news network in its fold, Network18 today reaches out to 670 million television news viewers through 20 news channels in 15 Indian Languages. Its array of digital properties reach 32 million news consumers on the internet . With our massive reach and Twitter’s real-time conversational capability, this collaboration sets a benchmark proposition for prospective advertisers and business partners. We believe that this partnership will amplify the digital reach of a brand or idea to the next level of visibility and engagement.” – Avinash Kaul, Chief Operating Officer, Network18 and Managing Editor A+E Networks | TV18

“The partnership with Twitter is an exciting opportunity for VICE to reach even more audience across the region, pairing the power of the platform with our unique storytelling ability to lend a voice to the young people of Asia.” – Serene Lee, Head of Sales and Brand Partnerships, VICE APAC

Full list of partnerships available to advertisers in Asia Pacific can be found in the factsheet.

Thousands of Canadians to tackle plastic pollution across the country

Governance, World

Around the world, people and companies throw away more than $100 billion worth of plastic packaging each year. Plastic waste and marine litter, including microplastics, pose a serious threat to the health of our ecosystems, wildlife and economies.

In fact, 8 million tonnes of plastic flow into our oceans every year—the equivalent of one garbage truck full of plastic being dumped into our oceans every minute. This reality is alarming.

Keeping all of our waters and shorelines clean of debris is important for a healthy environment for Canadians, today and tomorrow. This is why the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, travelled across Canada this summer to encourage Canadians to beat plastic pollution. Now she is launching the Community Cleanup, a call for Canadians to clean up plastics from their local shorelines, parks and neighbourhoods.

The Community Cleanup will start on September 8. Canadians are encouraged to connect with their local MPs to organize community plastic cleanups. Throughout the week, schools, businesses and citizens can organize their own cleanups. On September 15—International Coastal Cleanup Day and World Cleanup Day—there will be three major events, in VancouverToronto and Halifax, through the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, supported by the Government of Canada. People from around the world will come together to collect and document the trash on shorelines. You can join or lead a cleanup, on your own or through the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, anytime and anywhere in Canada. It is important to register with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup to contribute to global and Canadian data by recording what you find.

Halifax will also be the location of this year’s G7 Environment, Energy and Oceans Ministers Meeting, on September 19 to 21. The Canada-led Ocean Plastics Charter was signed during the G7 leaders summit in Charlevoix, where international partners committed to removing debris from coasts and shorelines. Canada is determined to lead in this effort. And together, we can eliminate plastic waste and reduce marine litter in our own country and around the world.

“Our lakes, rivers, oceans and waterways are a big part of Canada’s natural legacy. And it’s important that we protect these spaces from the growing plastic-pollution problem. On September 8, I encourage Canadians across the country to do their part and take action in their communities,” says Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change.


Quick facts

  • Throughout 2018, Canada has served as president of the G7, a group of the world’s largest advanced economies.
  • About half of all the plastics ever manufactured were made since 2000. The global production of plastics has been faster than most man-made materials.
  • As of 2015, about 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic waste have been generated globally, with about 79 per cent of that amount ending up in landfills or the environment.
  • Only about 11 per cent of plastics are recycled in Canada. In 2010, Canada released into the oceans from land 8000 tonnes of plastic—the weight of 75 blue whales.
  • Over 90 per cent of seabirds have plastic in their stomachs.

100 Wild Elephants Will Be Relocated in One of the Largest Relocations in History From the 9th of September Until End of October 2018, From the Sango Wildlife Conservancy to the Rifa Safari Area Within Zimbabwe

Animals and Pets

With the kind permission and great support of the Government of Zimbabwe the relocation will take place in Zimbabwe. Under the direction of the Zimbabwean Parks & Wildlife Management Authority as a partner of Sango Wildlife Conservancy and Hemmersbach Rhino Force 100 wild elephants are being relocated.

Over two decades of nature conservation, the sustainable use of wildlife populations and intensive protection against poachers impressively demonstrates how successful nature conservation works in Zimbabwe on Sango Wildlife Conservancy.

“We simply have far too many elephants on Sango,” says Wilfried Pabst, owner of the 231.66 square mile Sango Wildlife Conservancy. “Thanks to the support of the Government of Zimbabwe and Hemmersbach Rhino Force, we are able to save 100 elephants from culling,” Pabst continues. The giants will be released as a donation into the Rifa Safari Area, more than 700 km away, as part of the “Initiative ReWild” from the Sango Wildlife Conservancy. The entire relocation is funded by Hemmersbach Rhino Force.

The new home of the elephants is the Rifa Safari Area, a 110.94 square mile park located in the Zambezi Valley in northern Zimbabwe operated by Hemmersbach Rhino Force, who’s CEO, Ralph Koczwara, welcomes the action as clear evidence of Zimbabwe’s success in nature conservation. “Hemmersbach Rhino Force is very happy to enable and fund the relocation of the 100 Elephants donated by Mr. Pabst. The relocation is only the first step in the collaboration with the Sango Wildlife Conservancy and Hemmersbach Rhino Force, which is planned to see plains game animals and ultimately rhinos being reintroduced where they once lived. The Save Valley Conservancy, of which Sango is the largest property, has had resounding success in protecting its highly threatened rhino population.

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National Awards Program Seeking Hawaii’s Top Youth Volunteers Of 2019


The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards will grant two Hawaii honorees $1,000, a medallion and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
Ewa Beach and Kailua students were Hawaii’s top youth volunteers of 2018


Today through November 6, 2018, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for Hawaii’s top youth volunteers of the year.

Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The application is available at and

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), was created in 1995 to recognize the exemplary volunteer work of middle level and high school students. The awards have been granted annually for the past 23 years on the local, state and national level.

“After more than two decades of honoring young volunteers, we know that students are a powerful force for good,” said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld. “We shine a spotlight on their service in hopes that others will be inspired to follow their example.”

Hawaii’s top youth volunteers of 2018 were Mahealani Sims-Tulba, 18, of Ewa Beach, who created a nonprofit foundation to communicate about the problem of bullying to students throughout Hawaii, and Grace Kennedy, 14, of Kailua, who has raised thousands of dollars to benefit sick and abused children as a board member of a Hawaii-based student philanthropic organization. Read more about Mahealani and Grace at

How to Apply

To apply for a 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Award, students and certifiers must complete the following steps:

Students complete the online application by November 6, 2018.
Then, students submit the application for certification to their principal or head of a local participating organization.
Certifiers review all applications for their school or organization, then select a Local Honoree to nominate for state-level judging by November 16, 2018.
Applications can be certified by a middle or high school principal or head of a Girl Scout council, county 4-H organization, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or an affiliate of Points of Light’s HandsOn Network. (Students can request a paper application by calling 855-670-4787.)

The 2019 Awards Program

On February 5, 2019, the top middle level and high school volunteer from each state and the District of Columbia will be named State Honorees. They will receive $1,000, engraved silver medallions and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., with a parent or guardian for four days of recognition events from May 4-7, 2019.

In Washington, a distinguished national selection committee will name 10 of the 102 State Honorees as America’s top youth volunteers of the year. These National Honorees will receive additional awards of $5,000, gold medallions, crystal trophies for their nominating schools or organizations, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice.

Several Distinguished Finalists in each state will receive bronze medallions, and runners-up will receive Certificates of Excellence. Local Honorees selected by schools and participating organizations for state-level judging will be presented with Certificates of Achievement; they will also receive President’s Volunteer Service Awards if they have served the minimum number of volunteer hours to qualify (26 hours for age 10 and younger, 50 hours for ages 11-15 and 100 hours for older students).

“It’s an honor to recognize middle level and high school students making a difference through volunteer service,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP. “We look forward to another year of celebrating the impact, initiative and compassion of young volunteers.”

Infosys and Temasek Announce Joint Venture in Singapore


Infosys (NYSE: INFY), a global leader in consulting, technology and next-generation services, today announced the formation of a joint venture with Temasek, the global investment company headquartered in Singapore. The joint venture will integrate teams from Infosys and the operations of Temasek’s wholly owned subsidiary in Singapore, Trusted Source Pte Ltd (“Trusted Source” or the “joint venture”), which currently delivers IT services to Temasek and a number of other clients.

As part of the transaction, Infosys will acquire a 60% stake in the joint venture and Temasek will hold 40%. The agreement was signed by the parties last night and is effective immediately.

Infosys and Temasek see important synergy and strategic alignment in the joint venture. Infosys gains significant capacity in terms of workforce as it focuses on strengthening its footprint in Southeast Asia, while Temasek will see a rapid enhancement of its IT services through the augmented capabilities of the joint venture entity. Trusted Source will provide Temasek and its other clients in the region solutions and technologies across Cloud, Data & Analytics, Cybersecurity, Digital Experiences and AI & automation, and more.

The joint venture will support Temasek’s digital transformation journey, managing a complex Cloud migration program that will enable Temasek to host its applications on a cloud platform.

Infosys and Temasek have named Shveta Arora, Vice President at Infosys, as Chief Executive Officer. The joint venture will be headquartered in Singapore, and more than 200 employees and contractors from Trusted Source will be part of it on establishment, in addition to Infosys staff who will join over time.

In line with Infosys’ commitment to invest in advanced technologies and skills for its workforce, employees of the joint venture will have access to the company’s world class education and training capabilities that will enable them to provide excellent professional services and have rewarding career paths.

Mohit Joshi, President, Infosys, said, “Infosys will leverage its digital skills, learning capabilities and transformation experience to help enhance operations across Temasek’s global business. Our joint venture with Temasek will accelerate our efforts in the region, enhancing our existing presence, as we help clients navigate the next journey in their business transformation. This development is a key element of our continued efforts to invest and have a presence in the regions in which we operate.”

Jon Allaway, Chief Technology Officer, Temasek, said “We warmly welcome the opportunity to build this joint venture with Infosys, and provide those who support our business, at Trusted Source, the ability to further develop their careers with one of the world’s leading technology service providers. The partnership will also help unlock new capabilities and technology platforms that help Temasek as the organization continues our growth as a Singapore-headquartered investor, with a global presence.”