Participant Media Launches TakePart World, a Multi-Platform Series Dedicated to Spotlighting Progress in the Developing World Jul 24, 2014 09:34PM

The Series will Premiere on Pivot as a Feature of TakePart Live and will Highlight the People, Technologies, and Ideas that are Making a Difference

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Participant Media unveiled today TakePart World, a year long, multi-platform series dedicated to global development and the innovators who are making a difference. TakePart World investigates the myths and misconceptions people across the globe have about the developing world. The series spotlights the faces and voices of those driving progress towards a sustainable future for the world’s poorest. TakePart World is made possible with support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The on-air program kicks off TONIGHT, July 24, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, on TakePart Live, Pivot’s nightly news program. Tonight’s episode explores the topic of foreign aid and the question of “does helping help?” Guests include Roger Ross-Williams, director of the film God Loves Uganda, and Reverend Canon Albert Ogle, to discuss benefits and problems associated with religious-based aid and other types of “help” from the West.

The 10 dedicated TakePart World shows will focus on pertinent themes and welcome guests who are making steadfast gains in the areas of innovation and technology, agriculture and nutrition, health, disaster relief, and economic development. In addition to the dedicated monthly episodes, TakePart Live will regularly spotlight key individuals and debut documentary shorts filmed on location in Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya for special TakePart World segments.

TakePart World challenges long-standing misconceptions that the problems faced in the developing world are insurmountable. Through the series we’re proud to give a broader platform to the incredible people effecting change, and to help their work go further,” said Belisa Balaban, EVP Original Programming at Pivot. “TakePart World explores what’s working, and offers ways to get involved and become a part of impactful solutions,” added Karina Kogan, EVP of

The conversation continues online at with in-depth articles, profiles of key individuals who are creating historic changes in the developing world, and highlighting awe-inspiring solutions to challenges, such as global poverty. Along with editorial content, users will have the ability to take action on these important issues through the Take Action Platform.

TakePart World is teaming up with top NGOs, including Global Citizen, to promote petitions combating extreme poverty, and to collaborate on reporting. Mashable will distribute select TakePart World content to all of their digital audiences.

TakePart World community members will be able to participate in the conversation not only by sharing content on social media, but by helping producers and editors shape the coverage online and on-air. Two community members will join TakePart World in New York in September and have the opportunity to report from the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park (featuring scheduled performers such as Jay-Z, The Roots, Carrie Underwood, Fun and Tiesto).

About Participant Media

Participant ( is a global entertainment company founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll to focus on feature film, television, publishing and digital content that inspires social change. Participant's more than 55 films include Good Night, and Good Luck, Syriana, An Inconvenient Truth, Food, Inc., Waiting for ‘Superman’, The Help, Contagion and Lincoln. Participant, uniquely, launches campaigns that bring together government entities, foundations, schools, and others to raise awareness and drive people to take action on issues from each film or television show. Pivot (, the company’s television network, is available in 45 million homes, serving passionate Millennials (18-34) with a diverse slate of talent and a mix of original series, acquired programming, films and documentaries. Participant’s digital network, TakePart (, is a leading source of socially relevant news, opinion, entertainment and information about ways to get involved with the issues that shape our lives. Through its films, social action campaigns, digital network, and its television network, Participant seeks to entertain, encourage and empower every individual to take action.

Participant Media

Amanda Munoz-Temple, 310-550-5812


Jennifer St. Clair, 310-550-5152

Source: Participant Media

Solarcity Corporation Sued in A Class Action Filed By Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik On Behalf Of The Company's Field Energy Advisors For Alleged Overtime Violations Jul 24, 2014 09:30PM

San Diego, California (PRWEB) July 24, 2014

The class action lawsuit was filed by the San Diego employment law attorneys at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik. The class action, filed on July 15, 2014, alleges that Solarcity Corporation misclassified their Field Energy Advisors as exempt from overtime wages and as a result, allegedly failed to pay overtime wages and provide meal and rest periods as required by California law. The class action lawsuit entitled, Altman, et al. v. Solarcity Corporation, Case No. 37-2014-00023450-CU-OE-CTL is currently pending in the San Diego County Superior Court for the State of California. A copy of the most recent complaint filed in the case can be read here.

The class action Complaint alleges that the Field Energy Advisors mostly engaged in non-exempt tasks throughout their workday, including setting up promotional tables in big box retail stores across California in order to qualify leads using pre-formatted templates provided to them by Solarcity. The Complaint asserts that as a result of the finite set of job tasks that the Field Energy Advisors were required to do on a daily basis, these employees should have allegedly been paid overtime pay for their hours worked in excess of eight (8) in a workday and hours worked in excess of forty (40) in any workweek.

The San Diego employment law lawyers at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik dedicate their practice to helping employees who have been wrongfully classified as salaried employees exempt from receiving overtime pay and other claims including unpaid wages, missed meal and rest periods, unpaid commission wages, and wrongful termination.

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Country Music Oldies and Other Great Hits Now Get the Spotlight at Jul 24, 2014 09:30PM

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) July 24, 2014

Those who are fans of country music oldies can now get their fill at This newly debuted website, which specializes in unique country style clothing, has a special feature that allows music lovers to look for their favorite country music artists, bands, and songs at the Country Rebel video vault. A newly created category for classic country music makes it even easier to find the best country songs from back in the day.

The website clearly defines it's mission in its "about" section. Here it says, "Country Rebel Clothing Co. is dedicated to providing the highest quality designs and apparel that inspire the rebel bad *ss within each of us. Our mission is simple. Inspire, pioneer and spread the country lifestyle and rebel spirit that make this the greatest nation in the world. Founded in San Diego, CA, Country Rebel Clothing Co. is innovating the country apparel and entertainment industries."

Although the Country Rebel brand does cater to a newer generation of country music fans, it also has deep roots in everything that makes the country lifestyle so unique and noteworthy. This can be seen in many of the clothing company's t shirt designs, such as the "American Star" and of course the ladies' "Strait To My Heart" tee that pays homage to the "King of Country" himself.

Those who want more of George Strait, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Johnny Cash and more, while browsing through the cool clothing designs at the Country Rebel online store, can simply go to the video section and click the "Classic Country" option from the drop down menu to the right of the page. There they are sure to find all of their old favorites, and possibly even some new favorites as well.

As if country fans needed any more incentive to go check out Country Rebel, the website also offers visitors a chance to sign up for the Country Rebel VIP List for free. By signing up for the VIP list, country music fans will get access to great discounts at the Country Rebel store, as well as getting the chance to win concert tickets, signed memorabilia, and invitations to exclusive parties.

To find out more about what Country Rebel Clothing Co. has to offer, head to

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Cheap Bamboo Carpet Collection Announced by Experienced Bamboo Product Manufacturer Jul 24, 2014 09:30PM

(PRWEB) July 25, 2014, an experienced bamboo product manufacturer, has recently released its bamboo carpet collection. Now, is offering great discounts on all these new bamboo carpets.

According to the sales manager of, all its bamboo carpets are made from superb materials.'s top experts always pay close attention to clients' needs and satisfaction. They spend plenty of time in communicating with frequent callers and industry leaders. In fact, the company has more than 100 different kinds of bamboo products in stock.

The company's marketing specialist states, "We are pleased to unveil our new selection of wide plank bamboo carpets. Now, all of them are available at greatly discounted prices, up to 58% off. We want to help worldwide distributors to save energy and money. All the new wide bamboo floorings are top quality. So, I think they will be popular among clients worldwide."

Last but not least, a large number of the company's bamboo items are priced very low. On its website, clients can always get what they need at an affordable rate. Its officials understand that all people want to make their houses more beautiful and elegant; therefore, it will make more affordable bamboo items in the near future.

About is a website that belongs to Both Best Bamboo Flooring Co. Ltd., which is a professional supplier and exporter of bamboo products, and certified by both ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004. The company has 8 years of experience in the manufacturing and wholesale of bamboo flooring products. It strives to bring its customers the latest styles and innovations of bamboo flooring, bamboo paneling, bamboo plywoods, bamboo furniture, and other bamboo products.

More information can be found at:

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First National Bank Alaska Announces Unaudited Results for Second Quarter 2014 Jul 24, 2014 09:11PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- First National Bank Alaska’s (OTCBB: FBAK) net income for second quarter 2014 was $8.4 million or $25.97 per share. This compares to $7.7 million or $23.79 per share for the same quarter in 2013. The improvement in quarterly income is mainly due to improvements in loan interest and loan fee income which increased $1.2 million over the same period in 2013, an increase generated by growth in the bank’s loan portfolio. The loan portfolio growth led management to fund an additional $0.5 million in loan loss reserve to fortify the reserve against unexpected future losses.

Non-interest income continues to be lower than second quarter 2013 by $0.7 million due to market decreases in mortgage loan origination. Non-interest expense improved by $0.9 million compared to the same period in 2013 as a result of efficiencies gained which reduced bankcard related expenses.

Year to date income as of June 2014 was $15.9 million, $0.3 million less than the same period in 2013. The year-to-date average yield on earning assets decreased 5 basis points to 3.41% from 3.46% for the same period in 2013.

Other notable changes as of June 2014 compared to the same period in 2013:

  • Total assets grew by $215.6 million to $3.16 billion
  • Gross loans increased by $60.5 million to $1.33 billion
  • Deposits grew by $197.5 million to $2.68 billion
  • Total Risk-Based Capital Ratio of 23.27%

Alaskan-owned and operated since 1922, First National proudly meets the financial needs of Alaskans with ATMs and 30 branches in 18 communities throughout the state. Visit for more information about Alaska's largest locally-owned bank and access to efficient and secure online banking services.

First National Bank Alaska

Cheri Gillian, 907-777-3441

Source: First National Bank Alaska

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