To help support brave firefighters like those depicted in the film Only the Brave, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) is teaming with the social change platform Pixhug to raise up to $100K for the Granite Mountain Fund, an organization that drives donations to support firefighters.Jeff Bridges’ Facebook PostPixhug and their sponsor, TheBayFestival.org, kicked off the nationwide initiative with a $50K donation. In an effort to double the donation, fans are invited to turn their “likes” into money to support firefighters. Fans can like Jeff Bridges’ Facebook post to help!“With the inspiring and heroic effort to battle recent horrific wildfires and mudslides in California, we are thankful for organizations such as the Granite Mountain Fund that offer support for firefighters, first responders, and their families,” says Hans Koch, Executive Producer of TheBayFestival.org. “Only the Brave is an emotionally captivating film that speaks to the dangers of the brave firefighters the Granite Mountain Fund hopes to support with this important social campaign.”Pixhug is a social change platform that connects social media with social responsibility by uniting people with causes and the companies that support them. The app turns “likes” into donations, giving everyone the power to make a difference simply by sharing and liking photos and videos. With every photo posted to the Pixhug™ social platform users can then choose a charitable campaign to donate all their likes to, such as the Granite Mountain Fund. Every like is worth 10 cents, and the money is donated by TheBayFestival.org.“We have reached an exciting point in time where a powerful story, like the one told in Only the Brave, not only depicts a real-life event but, through Pixhug, allows its audience to engage with and support the cause alongside the stars of the movie,” says Mido DeSanti, Founder, CEO of PixHug.To use the Pixhug app to support the Granite Mountain Fund: 1 Download the Pixhug app from the iTunes store or Google Play 2 Select the “ONLY THE BRAVE” campaign 3 Tap “Support this cause” 4 Take a photo and post it on Pixhug and Facebook and the sponsor will donate 10 cents for every like you get!Granite Mountain Fund, the philanthropic initiative of the film Only the Brave, drives donations to support firefighting as well as the towns and families connected to and impacted by hotshots and their work. Donations for The Granite Mountain Fund will benefit the following organizations: Wildland Firefighter Foundation, Eric Marsh Foundation, Kevin Woyjeck Explorers Foundation, Prescott Firefighter’s Charities, California Fire Foundation and Carry The Load. The Granite Mountain Fund is partnered with the Tides Foundation, a registered 501c3 organization. 98.5% of the donations raised through the Tides Foundation will go directly to the charities the fund supports. Tides will receive a 1.5% administrative fee.Based on the true American story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots that gave their lives to protect their community, ONLY THE BRAVE is an intense tale of brotherhood, sacrifice and inspiration. ONLY THE BRAVE was shot and mastered in 4K and debuts on digital and 4K digital with HDR January 23 and on Blu-ray and DVD February 6 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Certified “Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes, the acclaimed ensemble cast includes Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin (Best Supporting Actor, Milk, 2008), Miles Teller (Whiplash), Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges (Best Actor, Crazy Heart, 2009), James Badge Dale (The Departed), with Taylor Kitsch (“Friday Night Lights”) and Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly (Best Supporting Actress, A Beautiful Mind, 2001). The Blu-ray and DVD also include digital versions of the movie, redeemable via the all-new Movies Anywhere App.
Paul Merson lambasted his former side Arsenal for their poor handling of Aaron Ramsey’s contract situation.Arsenal are set to lose Ramsey to Juventus for nothing this summer after the Wales international agreed on a deal with the Serie A champions after his contract was allowed to run down.Merson went on to call his former club “stupid” for letting an experienced player like Ramsey leave the club in the prime of his career.“It’s stupidity from Arsenal to allow someone of Ramsey’s quality to let their contract run down,” he told Sky Sports.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s yet another player after Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott. Players’ contracts come to an end then they all leave on frees.“In footballing terms, it’s criminal. It’s like buying an £80m house, waiting for the leasehold to run out and losing the house.“Arsene Wenger sorted out his contract every year but seemed to forget everyone else’s!“I wouldn’t mind if all these players were 35 years of age or older, but they are in the prime of their careers when they are playing their best football ever.”
Late San Diego based Marine honored for lifesaving act at freeway crash scene December 12, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A San Diego-based Marine Corps drill instructor, who died in a motorcycle accident four weeks ago, was honored by the military today for rescuing two women from a fiery freeway crash two months before his death.Sgt. Gary Wilson of Fairfield, Connecticut, was awarded a posthumous Navy and Marine Corps Medal during a memorial service attended by hundreds of fellow service members, friends and family members at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. His son, Ian, accepted the commendation, the highest noncombat decoration awarded for heroism by the Department of the Navy.Wilson, who died in a motorcycle accident on Interstate 15 in Temecula on Nov. 16, received the award in recognition of his lifesaving actions on state Route 163 in the Miramar area late last summer.The 33-year-old serviceman was riding his motorcycle on the northern San Diego freeway on the morning of Sept. 18 when he came upon the scene of a pileup that left one car burning. He stopped, pulled two women from the wreckage and helped get them out of harm’s way.“I was doing my job as a Marine,” Wilson said. “We’re here to serve the people. Not just during wartime, but all the time.”During the memorial service, USMC Lt. Col. David Becker, commanding officer of 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, said Wilson had “positively affected thousands of lives.”“Former President Ronald Reagan once said that some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in this world,” Becker said. “Marines don’t have that problem, and Sergeant Wilson doesn’t have that problem.”The West Coast Drill Instructors Association has donated a brick displaying Wilson’s name to be added to the Drill Instructor Monument at the recruit depot near Lindbergh Field where he was stationed.“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sergeant Wilson,” said Brig. Gen. Ryan Heritage, commanding general of MCRD San Diego. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult period. This is truly the loss of a fine Marine, and he will be missed greatly.”Wilson enlisted in the Marine Corps in March 2010. He was assigned to the recruit depot as a drill instructor in March 2016 after service in Okinawa, Japan, and at Camp Pendleton.His personal awards include two Good Conduct Medals, three Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, a National Defense Service Medal and a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Posted: December 12, 2018 KUSI Newsroom,
MONTREAL — Global air connectivity is more accessible than ever, says IATA, which just released performance figures for 2018.According to its report, 4.4 billion passengers flew in 2018, an increase of 6.9% over 2017, and record efficiency was achieved with 81.9% of available seats being filled. Fuel efficiency, meanwhile, improved by more than 12% compared to 2010.The world continues to shrink thanks to increased connectivity. A total of 22,000 city pairs are now connected by direct flights, up 1,300 over 2017 and double the 10,250 city pairs connected in 1998. “Airlines are connecting more people and places than ever before. The freedom to fly is more accessible than ever, and our world is a more prosperous place as a result,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO. However, de Juniac notes that with any human activity, this comes with an environmental cost that airlines are committed to reducing.“We understand that sustainability is essential to our licence to spread aviation’s benefits. From 2020 we will cap net carbon emissions growth, and by 2050 we will cut our net carbon footprint to half 2005 levels,” he added. “This ambitious climate action goal needs government support. It is critical for sustainable aviation fuels, new technology and more efficient routes to deliver the greener future we are aiming for.”More news: GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsHere are additional highlights of the 2018 airline industry performance:• The development of the low-cost carrier (LCC) segment continues to outpace that of network carriers. Measured in ASKs (available seat kilometres), LCC capacity grew by 13.4%, almost doubling the overall industry rate of 6.9%. LCCs accounted for 21% of global capacity in 2018, up from 11% in 2004.• Some 52 of IATA’s 290 current member airlines classify themselves as LCCs and other new model airlines.• Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region once again carried the largest number of passengers system-wide. North America airlines had 22.6% market share, or 989.4 million passengers, up 4.8% over 2017.• The top five airlines ranked by total scheduled passenger kilometres flown were: American Airlines (330.6 billion); Delta Air Lines (330 billion); United Airlines (329.6 billion); Emirates (302.3 billion); and Southwest Airlines (214.6 billion).• The top five nationalities travelling (international routes) are: United Kingdom (126.2 million, or 8.6% of all passengers); United States (111.5 million, or 7.6% of all passengers); China (97 million, or 6.6% of all passengers); Germany (94.3 million, or 6.4% of all passengers); and France (59.8 million, or 4.1% of all passengers).More news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in July• Star Alliance maintained its position as the largest airline alliance in 2018, with 21.9% of total scheduled traffic (in RPKs), followed by SkyTeam (18.8%) and oneworld (15.4%). Posted by Tags: IATA