JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md., Nov. 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE) is bringing music, magic and enchanting family entertainment to U.S. military members and their families serving overseas as part of their annual Home for the Holidays festivities.
First up is The Filharmonic, a Filipino-American a cappella quintet of young men who use their amazing voices to blend hip hop, pop, and 90’S nostalgia for a wildly entertaining and cool show. During this tour, the vocal powerhouse will interject some classic holiday tunes as well. They will be performing at U.S. military bases in the United Kingdom, Belgium and Germany November 30 – December 10.
Battle of the Keys is a group of powerful and passionate musicians and vocalists that bring to life favorite pop and holiday hits sure to energize every audience. Battle of the Keys members Karl Bailey, Stephen Dakin, Gary Giampaolo, Pamela Hopkins, Carolyn Malfa and Rory John Zak lift up audiences with their energy and musicianship. They are heading to Southwest Asia, Guantanamo Bay, Greenland and Honduras December 1 – 10.
The three men who make up Operation Magic All-Stars, Scott Cantrell, Cameron Zvara and Jason Michaels, mesmerize and delight audiences with their illusions and trickery that light up the stage for people of all ages. Be on the lookout for an unforgettable combination of comedy, magic, quit wit, ad libs and audience immersion that only these three can deliver. They will be performing at U.S. military bases in Japan, Guam and Alaska December 6 – 17.
Headphone Disco is an electrifying dance party where multiple DJs play music simultaneously over wireless headphones, and audience members switch between channels during the live set. Everyone listens to their choice of channels at the same time, but unless you have a pair of the party headphones, you will not hear a thing! From the outside, it looks like madness, but once you put on the headphones, it’s glorious fun. This popular group is headed to Guantanamo Bay, Greenland and Honduras December 10 – 17.
Nashville recording artist Rachel Lipsky returns to AFE stages with her rowdy live shows. The Denver native brings her fearless sass and rockin’ Country tunes to her sixth tour for AFE, as part of the live Home for the Holidays events. She will be touring throughout Europe Dec. 17 – Jan. 2, 2023.
Singer-songwriter Jerrod Niemann brings smart lyrics, human insights and a love of history to his pure Country music. He’s collaborated with top talent and has his own chart-topping songs that include “Drink to That All Night,” “Lover, Lover,” “What Do You Want,” “Shinin’ on Me,” and “One More Drinkin’ Song.” Audiences can expect outstanding musical entertainment from this Platinum-certified star as he tours across Europe December 24 – January 2, 2023, at U.S. military bases.
Rhino, a charismatic four-member band from Minnesota, brings high-energy to modern, alternative, 80’s, and classic rock hits, plus country, pop, and a few unexpected twists to AFE audiences. The big Rhino show is a one-of-a-kind mix audiences won’t experience anywhere else. They will be performing at U.S. bases throughout Southwest Asia and Cuba December 24 – January 1, 2023.
Kat Perkins, a singer/songwriter who delivers passionate rock with courageous conviction, entered the public eye after a three-chair turn on The Voice. During the show, her first single, “Fearless,” placed in the top five on the iTunes rock chart in 2014. Today, Perkins continues to tour, especially to overseas military venues, and remains a popular opening act for major rock bands. Perkins will be performing throughout Southwest Asia December 30 – January 7, 2023.
AFE also offers previous shows full of holiday spirit on demand via YouTube, including the ever-popular Pomp, Snow & CIRQUEumstance, the story of three friends who will remain forever in your heart as they share their special talents for music, magic and circus performance, and The Magic of Rob Lake, who brings a previously live performance of awe-inspiring illusion into your home.
“Home for the Holidays is a tour campaign we work on year-round to bring U.S. military members and their families entertainment from home, while expressing our support and deep appreciation for their service during the holiday season,” said Brian Burke, AFE Marketing & Business Analyst.
About Armed Forces Entertainment: Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE) is the official agency of the Department of Defense providing quality entertainment to U.S. military personnel serving overseas, primarily at contingency operations and in remote and isolated locations. Now in its 71st year, AFE brings a touch of home through music, sports and comedy entertainment to nearly 400,000 troops annually, providing our dedicated military members with much-needed downtime.
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AgentSync Appoints Guidewire CEO Mike Rosenbaum to Board of Directors
DENVER, Jan. 12, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — AgentSync, the company that’s powering growth and operational efficiency for insurance carriers, agencies and MGAs with world-class producer management and compliance solutions, today announced the appointment of Guidewire Chief Executive Officer Mike Rosenbaum to its Board of Directors. Rosenbaum’s leadership and in-depth corporate experience in insurance and technology will help AgentSync on its mission to revolutionize and modernize insurance compliance.
“We welcome Mike’s skill set as both an insurance and SaaS leader,” said Niji Sabharwal, Chief Executive Officer of AgentSync. “His experience running the largest insurance core system business on the planet, combined with his 14 years leading product teams at Salesforce, make him a one-of-a-kind fit to help direct the company through this next stage of growth.”
Rosenbaum has been Chief Executive Officer of Guidewire since 2019, where he oversees the company’s position as a top software provider to the global Property and Casualty insurance industry. He also ensures the success of the Guidewire customer community, and directs the advancement of its cloud offerings. Rosenbaum spent 14 years at Salesforce and most recently served as Executive Vice President, with responsibility for customer success and product development.
“AgentSync is a company with a bright future, and I am thrilled to be able to play a role in its success and growth going forward,” said Rosenbaum. “The company’s insurance compliance and producer management solutions unlock significant value for carriers, agencies and MGAs, and I look forward to leveraging my capabilities and network in insurance and SaaS to continue driving momentum for the organization,” he said.
AgentSync builds modern insurance infrastructure that connects carriers, agencies, MGAs, and producers. The company’s solutions create onboarding, licensing, and appointing processes insurers and producers love while ensuring growth and compliance never compete. Founded in 2018 by Niranjan “Niji” Sabharwal and Jenn Knight, and headquartered in Denver, Colo., AgentSync has been recognized as one of Denver’s Best Places to Work, as a Forbes Magazine Cloud 100 Rising Star, and an Insurtech Insights Future 50 winner.
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Snow Joe® Breaks The Ice For Winter 2023 With Its Innovative Impact-Reducing Steel Ice Chopper
High-quality steel craftsmanship and spring-loaded, shock-absorbing design make for the most efficient ice chopper to date
HOBOKEN, N.J., Jan. 12, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Snow Joe, America’s #1 brand of snow throwers, debuts its latest ice-breaking innovation: the 7-inch Spring-Loaded Impact-Reducing Steel Ice Chopper with Shock-Absorbing Handle. Engineered to alleviate the painstaking task of chopping hard-packed ice, the Snow Joe Ice Chopper features a unique spring-loaded, durable poly handle with a reinforced, D-ring grip to absorb the shock from ice chopping and reduce the strain on both your wrists and shoulders. Its durable, 7-inch carbon steel chopper blade and heavy-duty, 39.7-inch steel shaft offer control and precision to swiftly scrape, slice, dice and break through layers of tough ice and hard-packed snow on driveways, decks, steps, sidewalks, patios, and more!
“This is no ordinary ice chopper,” says Paul Riley, Jr., Chief Operating Officer at Snow Joe. “With its state-of-the-art steel construction and the significant ease of the spring-loaded, shock-absorbing handle, consumers can break ice smarter, not harder, all winter long.”
Weighing only 3.2 pounds, the Snow Joe Ice Chopper is easy to maneuver and stores compactly. Plus, it comes with a complete two-year warranty, so consumers can enjoy strain- and pain-free ice removal around their homes, yards, gardens, and garages for seasons to come.
To date, the Snow Joe Chopper has garnered over 3,700 reviews with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, earning Amazon’s choice for best ice chopper! So, when it comes to ice, don’t play nice—Go With Joe® and Get Equipped® with the Snow Joe 7-inch Spring-Loaded Impact-Reducing Steel Ice Chopper with Shock-Absorbing Handle, available while supplies last at snowjoe.com and Amazon.
Snow Joe — and its complementary brands Sun Joe®, Aqua Joe®, and Auto Joe® — planted its roots in 2004 as a digitally native, direct-to-consumer company that designs, develops, and distributes high-quality, yet affordable, lawn and garden tools. It has grown to become a leader in electric and cordless snowblowers and electric pressure washers, and now offers a wide range of tools to tackle any outdoor chore, any season. For more information, visit https://snowjoe.com/ or connect on Facebook and Instagram.
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CCTV+: China’s top disciplinary body adopts communique to promote full, rigorous Party self-governance
BEIJING, Jan. 11, 2023 /CNW/ — The Communist Party of China’s (CPC) top disciplinary body on Tuesday pledged in a communique that studying and implementing the guiding principles of the 20th CPC National Congress will be the primary political task now and in the near future, and constantly promoting full, rigorous Party self-governance.
The communique was adopted at the second plenary session of the 20th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) of the CPC, which was held in Beijing from Monday to Tuesday.
Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, attended the session and made an important speech.
The speech made by Xi at the session was studied, and it was agreed that it provided fundamental guidance for advancing the great new project of Party building in the new era and the disciplinary inspection and supervision work on China’s new journey in the new era, according to the communique, which called on all Party members to study and implement the spirit of Xi’s speech.
Discipline inspection and supervision organs must take the study and implementation of the guiding principles of the 20th CPC National Congress as a primary political task at the current stage and in the years to come, and turn effective implementation of the guiding principles into a strong driving force to promote high-quality development of the disciplinary inspection and supervision work on the new journey of the new era.
An eight-point requirement was put forward by the session:
To focus on implementation of the strategic decisions of the 20th CPC National Congress to intensify political oversight;To promote improvement of the systems and regulations for the Party’s self-reform;To ensure that political inspections serve as a powerful tool;To implement the central Party leadership’s eight-point decision on improving conduct with perseverance, tackle pointless formalities, bureaucratism, hedonism, and extravagance;To make all-around efforts to tighten Party discipline;To win the tough and protracted battle against corruption;To advance reform of the discipline inspection and supervision system in an in-depth manner;And to develop qualified human resources capable of shouldering responsibilities in discipline inspection and supervision on the new journey in the new era.
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