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StairWedge Unleashes The Latest Design To Aid Pets With Challenges Accessing Stairs

StairWedge Unleashes The Latest Design To Aid Pets With Challenges Accessing Stairs

StairWedge Unleashes The Latest Design To Aid Pets With Challenges Accessing Stairs

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StairWedge Unleashes The Latest Design To Aid Pets With Challenges Accessing Stairs

DRAPER, UT, UNITED STATES, July 22, 2024 /EINPresswire.com/ — StairWedge, a practical stair solution, aims to enhance the stair experience. In this exploration of stair mobility, where pets navigate stairs effortlessly, transforming each ascent into a comfortable and enjoyable journey. StairWedge seeks to offer a functional approach to pet mobility, turning the ordinary staircase into a space of convenience for smaller pets.

Introduction: StairWedge in Focus

StairWedge is introduced as a solution designed to cater to the mobility needs. It presents an exploration into enhancing the stair experience for pets, introducing a functional element to ease their movement. The objective is to provide a reliable option for pet owners looking to improve their pets’ interaction with stairs without turning it into an exaggerated affair.

Addressing Mobility Concerns

For pets such as Bulldogs, Pugs, and French Bulldogs, StairWedge aims to address mobility concerns, offering a solution for comfortable stair navigation. Seniors and larger breeds are also considered, with the intent of transforming stair climbing into an accessible and uncomplicated activity. StairWedge is positioned as a functional companion rather than a theatrical intervention, providing support for pets in their daily movements.

Benefits of StairWedge

StairWedge is portrayed as a functional solution that extends beyond problem-solving. It promises to reduce stress and enhance mobility, positioning itself as a practical tool for pet owners concerned about their pets’ interaction with stairs. The focus is on presenting StairWedge as an option that offers tangible benefits without unnecessary embellishments.

Features: Enhancing Pet Mobility

StairWedge introduces features such as a soft grip carpet and a non-slip surface, emphasizing their functionality for the comfort and security of pets. The mention of a portable design aims to highlight the practicality of StairWedge, making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. The emphasis is on showcasing these features neutrally, focusing on their utility rather than promoting them as extravagant attributes.

Consideration for Small Dog Breeds

A neutral acknowledgment is made of StairWedge’s applicability to 42 small dog breeds. Instead of framing it as a spectacle or celebration, the focus is on the inclusivity of the solution, catering to a diverse range of small dog breeds. It is presented as a practical consideration rather than an extravagant event.

Conclusion: Practical Integration of StairWedge

In conclusion, pet owners are invited to consider the practical integration of StairWedge to enhance their pets’ stair experience. StairWedge is portrayed as a functional tool that addresses specific mobility needs without unnecessary exaggeration. The aim is to present StairWedge as a sensible choice for pet owners looking to provide a convenient stair experience for their furry friends.

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StairWedge Unleashes The Latest Design To Aid Pets With Challenges Accessing Stairs

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Dive into America’s best value breakfast. All day. Every day.

ATLANTA, July 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Perkins American Food Co., formerly Perkins Restaurant & Bakery®, is launching America’s best value breakfast, with the launch of its new Great American Trio, starting Friday, July 19. Enjoy the 5 Under $5, 6 Under $6, and 7 Under $7, all featuring Perkins famous buttermilk pancakes, crispy Applewood smoked bacon, and perfect eggs prepared your way. The best news? Perkins serves breakfast all day, every day, so you can dig into America’s best value breakfast any time you want, and for less than the price of a drive-thru latté.

“Over the last 65 years, Perkins has been delivering value to Americans from coast to coast and has been counted on for premium quality and legendary service. As evidenced by our recent rebrand, Perkins guests are the heart of our strategy, and we are committed to featuring affordable and innovative American Classics on our menu,” said Toni Ronanye, President for Perkins American Food Co. “Our new Great American Trio platform is a showstopper and demonstrates our commitment to offering the Best Value Breakfast in America. We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring these three offers to guests across the country, starting at $4.99.”

The new Great American Trio features three dishes, each providing increasing levels of abundance and value to fit any kind of appetite, marking breakfast as the most essential and affordable meal of the day.

  • 5 Under $5: Two buttermilk pancakes, two Applewood smoked bacon strips, and one egg at $4.99.
  • 6 Under $6: Two buttermilk pancakes, two Applewood smoked bacon strips, and two eggs at $5.99.
  • 7 Under $7: Three buttermilk pancakes, two Applewood smoked bacon strips, and two eggs at $6.99.

“We proudly serve classics that fans love and crave. We know that today more than ever, families need great quality meals at affordable prices. Our new Great American Trio is a fantastic example of our commitment to providing guests with exceptional value, unbeatable service, and breakfast at the best price in America,” said Diana Garcia-Lorenzana, Vice President of Marketing for Perkins American Food Co.

The new Great American Trio is available all day, every day at participating locations. Guests can order the new Great American Trio either in-restaurant or by direct ordering on the Perkins website.

Enjoy Perkins favorites, including all entrées and bakery treats with dine-in, curbside pickup or delivery by visiting www.PerkinsToGo.com. For more information, contact your local Perkins location or visit https://www.perkinsrestaurants.com/menu.

About Perkins American Food Co.
Perkins American Food Co., formerly Perkins Restaurant & Bakery®, is the latest evolution of the heritage brand that is as American as apple pie. Perkins boasts the same heart and soul since its founding in 1958, and is grounded in tradition of providing Americans value, quality, and service.

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Cracker Barrel Appoints Sarah Moore as New Chief Marketing Officer

Cracker Barrel Appoints Sarah Moore as New Chief Marketing Officer

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Skilled brand builder and growth driver has built successful career in hospitality by blending traditional marketing with innovation

LEBANON, Tenn., July 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® (“Cracker Barrel” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: CBRL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Moore as its Chief Marketing Officer, effective Monday, July 22.

Moore’s nearly 20 years of hospitality experience is a perfect match for the strong hospitality focus of Cracker Barrel. Her strategic experience in marketing, brand building, and guest engagement will be strong assets to Cracker Barrel as it evolves, taking what is beloved and differentiated about the brand and building on it.  

A longtime fan of Cracker Barrel, she joins the Company from her recent position as Senior Vice President of Marketing at MGM Resorts International where she spearheaded marketing initiatives for a portfolio of world-class hospitality brands, including iconic resorts such as Bellagio, ARIA and MGM Grand. She possesses deep expertise in developing and growing digital marketing initiatives, customer loyalty programs, and crafting innovative approaches that honor brand heritage while driving strong business results. 

“Sarah’s hospitality focused leadership and deep experience evolving brands and accelerating growth across all disciplines of marketing will help us drive our strategic transformation and brand love as we reclaim our position as an industry leader,” said Julie Felss Masino, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cracker Barrel.

Moore’s background includes more than 16 years with MGM Resorts International, where she gained extensive experience in corporate marketing, development, and regional operations. Most recently, she led global brand marketing strategy, integrated media, social marketing, as well as creative and content for the entire portfolio of resorts and entertainment experiences.

“As a devoted Cracker Barrel fan, I’m honored to join this iconic American brand,” said Moore. “From childhood road trips to more recent visits to our family in Kentucky, Cracker Barrel has always been a cherished tradition. I look forward to applying my decades of marketing expertise to share the brand’s warmth and genuine hospitality with consumers. As I join the team, my goal is to enhance the experience for our loyal guests while also introducing Cracker Barrel’s unique charm to new guests across the country.”

Moore holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Roger Williams University. She is married to an entrepreneur and a U.S. Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel who has served our country for over 20 years, and together they are raising two young daughters.

About Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) is on a mission to bring craveable, delicious homestyle food and unique retail products to all guests while serving up memorable, distinctive experiences that make everyone feel welcome. Established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn., Cracker Barrel and its affiliates operate approximately 660 company-owned Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations in 44 states and own the fast-casual Maple Street Biscuit Company. For more information about the company, visit www.crackerbarrel.com.

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bb.q Chicken Celebrates National Chicken Wing Day with Offer and a Chance for 10 Fans to Win a Trip to Korea

bb.q Chicken Celebrates National Chicken Wing Day with Offer and a Chance for 10 Fans to Win a Trip to Korea

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The renowned Korean fried chicken franchise is offering 20% off all online and app orders on National Chicken Wing Day, exclusively through new rewards program

FORT LEE, N.J., July 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — bb.q Chicken, Korea’s Finest Fried Chicken, is excited to announce a special deal in celebration of National Wing Day on Monday, July 29 at all U.S. locations. On July 29 and 30, bb.q Chicken customers who use the new loyalty app program, bb.q Rewards, will receive a 20% discount on their order (up to $15 maximum discount), placed online or through the app. Customers can use the code WINGDAY24 for online and app orders to receive the discount.

To join, customers can simply download the ‘bb.q Chicken’ app from the App Store or Google Play, or visit bbqchicken.com/rewards. Upon signing up, members receive a generous 7,000 point bonus and can sign up to receive a special surprise for their birthdays. With the new app, bb.q fans can have their favorite chicken and benefits at the touch of their fingers.

To celebrate the launch of the program, bb.q Chicken and Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) are also partnering to give ten lucky fans FREE roundtrip tickets to Korea – where bb.q Chicken got its start. The sweepstakes will award five lucky winners two roundtrip airline tickets to Korea, along with a $100 bb.q Chicken gift card. To be eligible, participants must fill out the entry form. Bonus entries are awarded when downloading the bb.q Chicken app, watching the KTO video (YouTube @ImagineYourKorea), visiting and following @bbqchickenus on TikTok and Instagram. 

“National Chicken Wing Day is the perfect opportunity to share our love for wings with our loyal customers and introduce new guests to the bb.q Chicken experience,” said Andrew Lee, Senior Manager, Marketing, for bb.q Chicken U.S. “We take pride in offering wings that are not only delicious, but also prepared with the highest quality ingredients and care, all in an authentic, time-honored preparation process that stays true to our Korean origins. It’s fitting that we are sending 10 lucky sweepstakes winners to where the bb.q phenomenon started three decades ago.” 

Bb.q (pronounced bee-bee-que) stands for Best of the Best Quality — a promise to only share the best flavors and best ingredients in its K-Food and its signature item, Korean Fried Chicken. Renowned for its commitment to quality and consistency, bb.q Chicken boasts lighter, crispier and more flavorful options than traditional American fried chicken, due to its distinct frying method of cooking chicken “low and slow.” Each team member hand brushes or tosses the brand’s 14 signature sauces ranging from sweet to spicy on each piece of chicken, creating the perfect combination of crispy texture and distinctive flavor in every bite.

About bb.q Chicken
Established in 1995 as part of parent company Genesis BBQ, bb.q Chicken’s mission is to always provide the most delicious premium chicken in the world, based on the belief that food is the gateway to all culture. bb.q (pronounced bee-bee-que) stands for Best of the Best Quality and serves as a promise to always make Korea’s Finest Fried Chicken and other K-Food offerings at each location.

The brand was recently recognized by Restaurant Business Magazine as one of the fastest growing chains in the U.S. and included in The Takeout’s “11 Restaurant Chains to Watch in 2023.” Taste of Home Magazine also ranked bb.q as the Best Fast Food Fried Chicken ahead of  Chick-Fil-A, Wingstop, KFC and Popeyes. For more information on locations and franchise opportunities, please visit bbqchicken.com.

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The Westin Jekyll Island Beach Resort Unveils Three New Culinary Destinations in Collaboration with Acclaimed Chef Lindsay Autry

The Westin Jekyll Island Beach Resort Unveils Three New Culinary Destinations in Collaboration with Acclaimed Chef Lindsay Autry

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga., July 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — The Westin Jekyll Island Beach Resort, a four-star luxury hotel on Jekyll Island (one of Georgia’s Golden Isles), has announced the relaunch of its culinary program in consultation with Chef Lindsay Autry, a three-time James Beard Award nominee for Best Chef: South. Three distinct restaurant concepts have officially opened: Willet’s Lowcountry, serving coastal Southern cuisine; Pour Tabby, a quaint bar that sits adjacent to an oversized veranda; and Salty’s, a poolside grill that makes spending the day beach or pool side easy. Open to visitors and locals alike, each venue aims to become a community staple, capitalizing on the bounty of local seafood and new menus designed by Chef Autry to feature her Southern-meets-Mediterranean cooking style.

These new concepts will elevate the dining options on Jekyll Island, known for its causal options. Chef Autry shared, “I was inspired by the overwhelming character and history of Jekyll Island. The goal with the new concepts was to celebrate that character, embrace regional produce and ingredients, and create experiences that will draw in Westin guests and visitors ready for a fresh take on dining on the island.”

Originally from Eastern North Carolina, Chef Autry grew up helping with her family’s peach orchard and honoring her early skills in 4-H cooking competitions. This simple, southern childhood gave Chef Autry a love for cooking and ultimately inspired her to pursue a career as a chef. Earning a culinary degree from Johnson & Wales, Chef Autry trained in cities along the Eastern seaboard (Charleston, SC, Miami, FL, Palm Beach, FL), as well as Mexico, before planting roots in West Palm Beach, where she owned and operated the culinary hot spot, The Regional. For her work at The Regional, Chef Autry received three consecutive James Beard Award nominations for “Best Chef: South” (2018-2020).

Chef Autry consulted with the culinary team at Westin Jekyll Island to bring her elevated and eclectic perspective to Willet’s Lowcountry, Pour Tabby, and Salty’s. Chef Autry leaned into the abundance of local seafood on Jekyll Island – and her background of Southern cooking with Mediterranean influence – to create menus that are rooted in place, light, and refreshing (a combination that plays nicely with the hotel’s location on the Georgia coast and the Westin brand’s focus on wellness). Keeping in line with what Westin Hotels are known for, with wellness at the forefront, all menus have a sizable selection of health-conscious options, including local, organic, and sustainably sourced ingredients whenever possible. The restaurant spaces have also undergone complete renovations (with a screened-in veranda so guests and visitors can enjoy dining outdoors), bringing to life a design and feel that more closely reflects coastal Georgia.

New Dining Concepts

Willet’s Lowcountry celebrates coastal Southern cuisine inspired by the seasons and the abundance of local seafood. A relaxed atmosphere encapsulates the charming Jekyll Island vibe, offering both indoor and outdoor seating and a screened-in veranda overlooking the ocean.

Ingredients are consciously sourced from the best farmers, fisheries, and producers across the country, with particular attention to local and regional ingredients such as shrimp, fish, and seasonal Southern vegetables and grains. Signature dishes include Pickled Georgia Shrimp, Seasonal Vegetable Brunswick Stew, and Sweet-Tea-Brined Fried Chicken. Weekend brunch pays further homage to the South, offering a variety of Southern favorites such as Buttermilk Waffles, Fried Green Tomato Eggs Benedict with Country Ham, and build-your-own creamy grit bowls. For more information, visit www.willetslowcountry.com.

Pour Tabby is a bar & lounge connected to Willet’s Lowcountry, celebrating Georgia’s culinary heritage and offering an intimate and relaxed space for libations and bites. Signature cocktails include the Peach & Basil Smash, Georgia Hurricane, a bourbon-infused Back Porch Tea, and the Debutante, all meant to showcase Georgia’s rich flavors and Southern traditions. A flip-top menu offers snacks, small plates, shareables, and larger plates for a full meal, with fan favorites such as the Shrimp n’ Grits and Southern Tomato Tart. For more information, visit www.willetslowcountry.com/pour-tabby.

Salty’s is an easy dining option near the pool. Guests can order from tables or enjoy full menu service poolside or from the beach (all menu items are packed in bento boxes for wherever the day takes you). Chef Autry has created a casual and comfortable menu that is elevated to utilize the best ingredients possible. Items include salads, tacos (e.g., local redfish tacos and shrimp tacos with green tomato slaw), pizza, burgers, and sandwiches (e.g., pimiento cheese BLT with heirloom tomatoes). A kids menu is also available.

A Reimagined Hotel

The Westin Jekyll Island is undergoing an extensive transformation to redefine its presence as a premier beachfront resort on the Atlantic coastline. With new ownership at the helm, the hotel connects the guest experience more deeply with its location on the Georgia coast (including the island’s history, wildlife, cuisine, and tranquil essence), enhancing its appeal as a true leisure destination and beachfront resort.

The new culinary program is the first of many upgrades at the resort in the coming year. Other changes include renovated and redesigned rooms and thoughtful guest experiences such as historical tours and marine biology walks. No longer a hotel that could be anywhere, the reimagined Westin Jekyll Island will be authentic to its place on the Georgia coast – providing an opportunity for guests to lean into the southern coastal life, enjoy local seafood and southern cuisine, and connect to the natural world on Jekyll Island.

For more information, visit the Westin Jekyll Island’s website or on social media @westinjekyllisland.

About The Westin Jekyll Island Beach Resort
The Westin Jekyll Island Beach Resort is a four-star luxury hotel on Jekyll Island, one of Georgia’s Golden Isles along the Atlantic coastline. Located right on the beach, guests can enjoy Jekyll’s serene and natural surroundings from the comfort of the resort. The hotel also offers convenient access to many top attractions on the island, including Driftwood Beach, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, miles of beaches and ocean and marsh views, outdoor activities, museums, shopping, and dining. As one of the few full-service hotels on the island, perks include full beach service (chairs & umbrellas, food & beverage service) and complimentary bike rentals. Guests can also take advantage of all the benefits of staying at a Westin Bonvoy property, including the Westin’s featured wellness offerings. For more information, visit the website.

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Sailing for Sustainability: Maine Filmmaker Begins Sailboat Film Tour

Sailing for Sustainability: Maine Filmmaker Begins Sailboat Film Tour

Sailing for Sustainability: Maine Filmmaker Begins Sailboat Film Tour

Saving Walden’s World is a documentary film that explores sustainable lifestyles in foreign countries.

Saving Walden’s World showcases sustainabile solutions in Kerala, India, Slovenia and Cuba.

Maine’s rugged coast offers beautiful sailing and a host of historic towns and arthouse theatres.

How A Maine Filmmaker is Making an Impact

We, as adults, must leave a better world for our children, not simply assume they’ll figure it out.”

— Jim Merkel

BELFAST, MAINE, US, July 22, 2024 /EINPresswire.com/ — Belfast resident James Merkel is embarking on an unconventional project—spreading an important message of sustainability through a unique film tour conducted solely by sailboat and electric vehicle, without fossil fuels.

Author, sailor, and avid bicyclist, Merkel discovered his passion for sustainability early on, contrasting sharply with his previous work developing military systems for the US government. Witnessing diverse cultures and values furthered his desire to showcase the many solutions available, accessible, and in practice today.

Setting Sail Along Maine’s Rugged Coast
Combining his love for sailing with a film tour was a natural decision. “As I gained acceptance into Maine’s film festivals I dreamed of sailing with the film to ports up and down the coast,” Merkel explains. “Some of Maine’s most beautiful theaters answered our call. It also became clear that this film amplifies the work of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. There are these 2030 targets for 17 goals, however, our film documents societies decades ahead, making life better for people and the planet. Filming these tangible solutions globally and now sharing them on the big screen by the power of the wind fulfills a yearning – to not throw in the towel on my son’s future.”

A Life Dedicated to Making a Difference
Since witnessing the devastating Exxon Valdez spill in 1989, Merkel has committed himself to minimizing his environmental footprint and inspiring others to do the same. He transitioned into environmental activism and served as Dartmouth College’s Sustainability Director for several years.

Saving Walden’s World—The Film
Supported by an Earthwatch Gaia Fellowship, Merkel explored sustainable living in Kerala, India, and the Himalayas. In 1995, he co-founded the Global Living Project, laying the groundwork for his film. Merkel’s firsthand observations of climate change effects spurred him to document cultures achieving significant carbon footprint reductions while advancing healthcare and education access.

Expanding on this vision, Merkel journeyed to Slovenia, Cuba, and Kerala again, creating a film that celebrates these cultures’ successes rather than highlighting their shortcomings. “What was so unusual is that people [in these countries] are used to Americans coming there to tell them they’re doing something wrong,” Merkel reflects. “I was asking about their successes—and people really lit up.”

The film Saving Walden’s World showcases these sustainable alternatives, draws parallels to women’s empowerment and reproductive rights, and underscores our collective capacity for social justice—a vision intensified by Merkel’s experience as a parent. “Solutions are possible. A better world is possible,” he asserts. “We, as adults, must leave a better world for our children, not simply assume they’ll figure it out.”
Maine and Beyond…

Each screening along the tour will spotlight one of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, culminating in New York City during Climate Week and the UN Summit of the Future in September.

See “Saving Walden’s World” at These Maine Screenings and Festivals:
July 28: Maine Outdoor Film Festival, Portland, MD
August 4: The Strand, Rockland, ME
August 11: Vacationland Film Festival, Biddeford, ME
August 13: First Parish Church, Yarmouth, ME
August 17: Harbor Theatre, Boothbay Harbor, ME
August 26: Alamo Theatre, Bucksport, ME
September 1: Criterion Theatre, Bar Harbor, ME
September 8: St. Andrews Film Society, St. Andrews, NB
October 9: McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL

Watch the film trailer and get tickets at SavingWaldensWorld.org

“This film will stir your heart.” —Vicki Robin, Author, Social Innovator

“Jim Merkel offers a special mix of practicality and idealism; a workable mix.” —Bill McKibben, Climate Activist, Author

“As a former engineer working on weapons who went through a dramatic change in consciousness, his words have a special power.” —Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States

Saving Walden’s World thanks its sponsors: McHenry County College, Sierra Club Maine Chapter, Mabel Wadsworth Center, Alliance for Sears Island, Maine Film Association, UN Kerala Forum, UpStream Watch, Maine Media, Friends of Harriet L. Hartley Conservation Area, Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County, Midcoast Maine Earth Protectors, WERU FM

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Heroic Effort Saves Critically Ill Newborn Giraffe

Heroic Effort Saves Critically Ill Newborn Giraffe

Heroic Effort Saves Critically Ill Newborn Giraffe

Gentle Eyed Baby

Safiri and Care Givers

Safiri and Care Givers

Baby Safiri and Mom

Safiri and Mom

Safari West’s expert team overcomes incredible odds to save Safiri, a newborn giraffe calf, showcasing their dedication to wildlife conservation.

Watching Safiri gain strength day by day has been an incredibly rewarding experience. Her journey from critical condition to a playful calf is a testament to the teamwork of everyone involved.”

— Nikki Smith

SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, July 23, 2024 /EINPresswire.com/ — On June 26, 2024, Safari West welcomed its 52nd giraffe calf, Safiri, whose name means “Journey” in Swahili. From the moment of her birth, Safiri’s journey became a fight for survival that would challenge and inspire the entire Safari West team.

Early Challenges and Response
In the early hours of June 26, animal caregivers found Safiri shivering, wet, and splayed. The team quickly assisted her by repositioning her legs and conducting a brief exam. Her body temperature had plummeted to a dangerously low 92°F, far below the normal 101°F for giraffes. Initial blood tests revealed infection and critically low glucose levels.

Immediate Action:
• Comprehensive Treatment Plan: Dr. Emily Cehrs, staff veterinarian, along with Animal Collection Manager Nikki Smith and Assistant Manager Erika Defer, developed a plan using blankets and a Bair Hugger warming system to stabilize Safiri’s temperature. They administered IV fluids and antibiotics to combat infection and low glucose levels.

• Separation for Intensive Care: Despite her mother Malaika’s interest, Safiri was not nursing adequately. The team made the difficult decision to separate her from her mother for intensive care. Dr. Cehrs determined that Safiri needed to be tube-fed colostrum and milk until she could transition to bottle-feeding.

Collaborative Efforts and Intensive Care
In collaboration with veterinarians from the Oakland Zoo, Safiri was sedated to place an IV catheter. During this procedure, her condition became critical. Once stabilized, she received multiple plasma transfusions, with giraffe plasma graciously provided by the Oakland Zoo.

Continuous Monitoring:
• Dr. Cehrs placed a semi-permanent port in Safiri’s neck to facilitate the administration of fluids, antibiotics, and plasma.

• The team monitored her condition around the clock, performing frequent diagnostic tests including blood cultures, glucose tests every two hours, and full blood panels.

• For the first three days, Safiri received 24-hour ICU care. Dr. Cehrs stayed overnight for several nights, while Nikki Smith worked 16-hour shifts to ensure constant monitoring. Safiri’s condition was ‘touch and go,’ and the team was unsure if she would survive.

Signs of Improvement
Gradually, Safiri began to show signs of improvement. Her body temperature stabilized, glucose levels held steady, and she gained strength. Nikki Smith worked tirelessly to transition Safiri to bottle feeding, a process that involved hours of patience and dedication. After the initial acceptance of the bottle, Erika Defer was integrated into the process to continue solidifying her bottle transition and ensure she was receiving adequate nutrition. Their efforts were supported by protocols and advice generously shared by Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and San Diego Zoo, both experienced in hand-rearing giraffe calves.

Quotes from Caregivers
“Watching Safiri gain strength day by day has been an incredibly rewarding experience,” said Nikki Smith. “Her journey from critical condition to playful calf is a testament to the dedication and teamwork of everyone involved.”

Current Status and Future Care
• Ongoing Care: Two weeks after her birth, Safiri’s condition has significantly improved. She receives bottle feedings every four hours and is weighed weekly to ensure she receives the appropriate amount of milk for her body weight.

• Reduced Medical Intervention: With her immune system stabilizing, daily blood draws have ceased, and she is receiving more husbandry care and less medical intervention.

• Integration: Safiri is being slowly introduced to members of her tower, including her mother, to learn and express natural giraffe behaviors.

A Symbol of Hope
This rescue highlights Safari West’s commitment to conservation and the vital role of expert care in wildlife preservation. As Safiri continues to grow stronger each day, she serves as a powerful symbol of hope and a reminder of the critical work done by facilities like Safari West in protecting endangered species.

Safari West extends its deepest gratitude to the veterinarians at the Oakland Zoo, the giraffe blood donors at the Oakland Zoo, and the teams at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and San Diego Zoo for their invaluable assistance and guidance throughout this challenging journey. We also want to thank our incredible Safari West staff, whose tireless dedication, hard work, and unwavering commitment made Safiri’s recovery possible.

Call to Action
To learn more about Safiri’s journey and how you can support wildlife conservation efforts at Safari West, please visit our website.

About Safari West
Since 1993, Safari West has opened hearts and minds with guided explorations of the famous Sonoma Serengeti. Featuring highly trained naturalist guides, nearly a thousand animals to discover, and large, mixed-species habitats that mimic the wild, there’s no place like Safari West. Visit safariwest.com.

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Delight With New Menu Items At Ruby’s Diner At All California Locations

Delight With New Menu Items At Ruby’s Diner At All California Locations

Savor Ruby’s Classics for Breakfast, Burgers, Fries, and Shakes

ANAHEIM, Calif., July 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Ruby’s Diner, with several locations in southern California, offers the highest-quality burgers, fries, and shakes and a new convenient ordering app. As part of the new app launch, Ruby’s Diner will also offer its valued customers a chance to win a Summer Camp Out grand prize.

“Ruby’s Diner has always been known for quality food and now we are pleased to introduce some new and enhanced menu items, tasty ingredients with new flavors and choices,” said Kimberly Myers, Head of Marketing. “We have partnered with some of the best and most beloved foods that add to a memorable dining experience.”

Hot dog lovers can relish in the all-new Nathan’s Famous ¼ LB Hot Dogs, including Boardwalk (Simple and Delicious), Street Dog (Smoked Bacon, Pico de Gallo, Garlic Aioli.), and Chili Cheese Dog (Homemade Chili, Jack and Cheddar Cheese, Onion).

Summertime is ideal for enjoying the classics: hand-battered Chicken Tenders (shareable, chicken tender salad, chicken tender basket), hand-battered Fish and Chips, and the new Grown-Up Grilled Cheese (Cheddar and Muenster cheese on grilled Parmesan sourdough).

What about a classic burger? There is a Guacamole Burger, topped with a generous portion of our housemade guacamole, two slices of Swiss cheese, crisp lettuce, tomato, and Ruby’s Burger Sauce. The Patty Melt is served on crunchy, grilled rye bread with two slices of melted American cheese and grilled onions. The Hickory Burger features two slices of melted Cheddar cheese, thick-cut bacon, crisp lettuce, tomato, Ruby’s Burger Sauce, and crispy onion rings, topped off with zesty barbecue sauce.

Add a side of French fries, sweet potato fries, and onion rings, served in a basket with homemade ranch, and it’s perfect for sharing. Go deluxe with Chili Cheese Fries smothered in homemade chili and cheese.

Indulge in the all-new camp-themed “S’mores Shake,” handmade with real vanilla soft-serve ice cream, Hershey’s chocolate syrup, marshmallows, and graham cracker crumbs. Other decadent delights include Oreo Cookies & Cream Shake or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Shake and thick vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry shakes.

The convenient app offers options such as purchasing gift cards, and earning points with each order unlocking rewards for cash off signature items by signing up online on My Ruby’s Rewards. Download the App:  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/my-rubys-rewards/id1536864821 and Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.olo.rubysdiner&hl=en_US&gl=US&pli=1.

Follow RubysDiner on Facebook, Instagram, and X @rubysdiner to stay updated with the latest offerings, or visit rubys.com.

Jennifer Bradley
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Announcements Made By
NEFTI Competition Founder and Administrator Paul Robinson

The NEFTI All-Stars Competition announced its Award winners today after screenings of the filmmakers’ projects at the Southern Sun Maharani Hotel Congella Room during the 2024 Durban FilmMart. Moreetsi Gabang from Bostswana won the $5,000 Grand Prize for his film, HILL OF LOVERS. The Audience Award of $2,000 was also presented to Moreetsi Gabang. NEFTI Competition Founder and Administrator Paul Robinson made the announcement.

NEFTI All Stars is the culmination of all the NEFTI Competitions to date. The winner from each of the previous Competitions vied for the grand prize of $5,000 and $2,000 audience award. The 4 filmmakers represented in the NEFTI All Stars Competition were: Minenhle Luthuli from South Africa with Make A Wish, Nahom Abraham from Eritrea with Bedtime, Moreetsi Gabang from Botswana with Hill Of Lovers, and Cheyi Okoaye from Nigeria with Boxed In. Each of the 4 NEFTI filmmakers were given $3000 to create a completely new film.

Moreetsi Gabang has emerged as a talented writer and director. His passion for storytelling was ignited while living in Addis Ababa when an inspiring guidance counsellor posed the question of his life’s purpose. From that moment, Moreetsi’s journey as a filmmaker began to unfold. With a background in writing and directing, Moreetsi’s expertise in the film industry has flourished. He graduated valedictorian from AFDA Johannesburg and has since accumulated a list of notable achievements and recognition. His short film “Motswakwa” (Foreigner) earned a nomination for Best Short Film at the African Movie Academy Awards, further solidifying his prowess as a filmmaker. Additionally, Moreetsi is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Bessie Head Literature Award. With a filmmaking style rooted in an arthouse sensibility and a commitment to socially relevant themes, Moreetsi sets himself apart from other emerging filmmakers. He constantly seeks to push boundaries and offers a working environment that promotes collaboration and skills development. His work is influenced by a simple mantra: “Don’t be boring.”

The NEFTI Competition in collaboration with the Berlinale/EFM & Durban Film Mart have forged a partnership to challenge filmmakers in emerging economic regions, internationally, to showcase their innovative and creative skills, expand the filmmaker’s reach into regions that may otherwise not have been available to them and to showcase the diverse creative process of filmmakers from a variety of backgrounds and environments.

Contestants for the local competitions were selected to participate by international submissions via the International Emerging Film Talent Association’s global alumni and from the Berlinale/EFM and Durban Film Mart network of filmmakers.

Additional partners are Panavision® and Panalux®

Of those many applicants for each of the competitions, 10 were selected to present a zoom pitch of the concept for their film to a panel of judges consisting of 3 leading film industry professionals – Acclaimed Actress Vivica A Fox, Academy and Tony Award winning producer Bruce Cohen, and President of Post Production 21st Century Fox/Disney Ted Gagliano. These 10 were then narrowed down to 3 finalists who received $3,000 in production funding and had 30 days to complete and submit their films. There are no storyline requirements except that it must be non-violent and non-political.

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Taco Bell Introduces the Cheesy Street Chalupas: A Flavorful Homage to Street Tacos with a Cheesy Twist

Taco Bell Introduces the Cheesy Street Chalupas: A Flavorful Homage to Street Tacos with a Cheesy Twist

Taco Bell’s latest menu innovation features several fresh and premium ingredients wrapped in cheese stuffed chalupa shells


  • Introducing Cheesy Street Chalupas, inspired by a vibrant fusion of traditional street taco ingredients – like fresh onions and cilantro – remixed with zesty flavors and premium proteins, all wrapped in Taco Bell’s craveable, Quesalupa-inspired cheesy chalupa shells.
  • Fans can enjoy a pair of two Cheesy Street Chalupas with their choice of slow-roasted Cantina chicken or grilled, marinated steak for $5.49*.
  • Cheesy Street Chalupas will be available starting July 18 at participating Taco Bell restaurants nationwide, for a limited time only and while supplies last.
  • Assets for the Cheesy Street Chalupas can be found here.

IRVINE, Calif., July 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Taco Bell is introducing the new Cheesy Street Chalupas, a menu item that fuses inspiration from street tacos with Taco Bell flavors and Quesalupa-inspired cheesy chalupa shells. The Cheesy Street Chalupas are street-sized and served as a bundle of two, featuring traditional street taco ingredients – like fresh onions and cilantro  – remixed with premium proteins, all wrapped in chalupa shells that have been stuffed with melted mozzarella and pepperjack cheeses. Fans can enjoy their choice of slow-roasted Cantina chicken or grilled, marinated steak, topped with a creamy Jalapeño Ranch sauce. The new menu item, which tested in October 2023, is available nationwide for $5.49 a la carte* starting July 18, for a limited time and while supplies last.  

Exclusive Deals & Offers

  • Get one free Cheesy Street Chalupas order when you spend $25+ on a delivery order in the Taco Bell App from 8/1-8/4**
  • Enjoy Summer of DashPass with $8 off orders $25+ that include a Cheesy Street Chalupa from 7/18-7/24, exclusively for DashPass members***. Starting 7/25, fans can order Cheesy Street Chalupas on DoorDash, Uber Eats, Postmates, and Grubhub for a limited time.

Inspired by Street Food Flavors and Ingredients
Street vendors are known to honor tradition and heritage by infusing their own flavorful spin on each dish. Inspired by Hispanic and Latino cultural tastemakers and their unique takes on the taco, Taco Bell evolved its legendary Chalupa to fuse ingredients often found in the iconic street taco.

An ode to the street taco and street food culture, the Cheesy Street Chalupas is the latest of many craveable transformations on the Chalupa since the original debuted in 1999. The street-sized cheese-stuffed chalupa shells were inspired by the iconic Quesalupa shell, one of Chalupa’s most innovative spinoffs which entered the scene in 2016 for a limited time. Taco Bell’s latest menu innovation brings together classic street food ingredients with a Taco Bell twist that hits icon status at first bite. 

“The Chalupa has taken many delicious forms over the years, but with the Cheesy Street Chalupas, we set out to create a new flavor-rich way for fans to enjoy the beloved menu item,” said Luis Restrepo, Taco Bell’s Vice President, Product Innovation. “The fresh onions and cilantro atop layers of cheese and premium proteins seasoned to perfection adds a different flavor profile and is our playful nod to the street taco that we all know and love.”

Giving Back to Entrepreneurs That Inspire Taco Bell
As Taco Bell’s menu has long been inspired by Mexican and other Latin American flavors, the brand has been on a mission to support the street food entrepreneurs at the forefront of food culture. These culinary experts continue to inspire with their ingenuity, dedication and tenacity, making positive impacts in their local communities. However, they often face financial challenges and permitting obstacles that limit their ability to run a successful business – so Taco Bell is taking action to help alleviate barriers for these entrepreneurs by gifting them fully funded health permit compliant street carts.

Over the past two years, in partnership with Revolution Carts, Taco Bell has donated 26 carts and will have donated a total of 46 street-legal food carts by the end of this summer to empower food entrepreneurs across Southern California serving tacos, tamales, burritos and more. Each Revolution Cart is custom designed to visually express the recipient’s unique business and personal style – complete with umbrellas and mobile friendly accessories.

“When it comes to supporting the communities that inspire our food innovation, we’re just getting started,” said Restrepo. “The 46 street-legal food cart donation is the first of a long-term commitment we have to these entrepreneurs; more to come in the years ahead.”

SoCal-based fans can attend the next in-person Taco Tuesdays in the Arts District event to celebrate the new round of Revolution Cart donations hosted at Ave 26 Family Night Market on July 23 , with recipients Arcelia and Gerardo Reynoso (Te Quiero Mucho Tamales), Vanessa Galvan (MexxItUp), Maria and Irma Pasasin (Mima’s Cocina), Luisa Sanchez (La Güerita), Carlos Hernandez (Lady Tamales) and Ashley Silva (Reina’s Cuisine). Come out to support the street market community on July 23 and August 13, from 5 p.m.10 p.m. PT at 860 Traction Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90013 and experience music, local food for purchase, art, and the chance to hear the recipient’s unique stories as they unveil their customized Revolution Carts surrounded by family and community.

About Taco Bell Corp.
For more than 61 years, Bell has brought innovative, craveable Mexican-inspired food to the masses, and was recently recognized as one of Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Companies, one of TIME’s Most Influential Companies, and Nation’s Restaurant News’ Brand Icon. For more information about Taco Bell, visit our website at www.TacoBell.com, our Newsroom at www.TacoBell.com/news, or check out www.TacoBell.com/popular-links. You can also stay up to date on all things Taco Bell by following us on LinkedInTikTokX (formerly Twitter), InstagramFacebook and by subscribing to our YouTube channel.

About Revolution Carts
Revolution Carts was started by Richard Gomez, Matthew Geller, and Patrick Lennon. Three industry experts saw the need for small street vendors to get health-permitted, compliant vending carts. With over 30 years of manufacturing, grassroots advocacy, and education experience, in 2021, the team designed the first ever LA County Health Department permitted prepackaged hot holding push cart for vendors who wanted the opportunity to sell legally with the LA City Sidewalk Vending Permit. Their first sidewalk cart, “The Tamalero,” is a lightweight, affordable sidewalk cart with low operational costs and is the perfect tool for new or experienced small business owners to enter the formal economy and sell at high volume. Following the Tamalero, Chief Engineer Richard Gomez designed the first health permitted Sidewalk Grill Cart to be used for onsite cooking. The Sidewalk Grill Cart will be available Summer 2024.

At Revolution, when conceptualizing new designs, the team doesn’t just focus on the mechanics of the sidewalk carts they build; they use the carts as a medium to express their identity—creatively and culturally. In addition to being used for cooking, selling, and providing opportunities, Revolution’s sidewalk carts also help beautify the city streets in which they roll, serving local and traditional fare from a piece of art.

More than a business, it’s a passion project for three friends who believe that providing carts for vendors is only the first step in the vending cycle. Partnering with large sponsors, food distributors, and vendor technology solution platforms, Revolution Carts plans to provide resources for vendors to help guide them to the successful operation they’ve always dreamed of.

* At participating locations for a limited time only, while supplies last.  Contact restaurant for prices, hours and participation, which vary. Taxes extra. Prices higher with delivery. In combos and boxes, drinks exclude freezes.

**Between 8/1/24 – 8/4/24 qualifying orders of $25+ will be eligible to include an order of free Cheesy Street Chalupas (must add qualifying a-la-carte order to your cart). Redeemable only via the Taco Bell mobile app for delivery orders, at participating U.S. Taco Bell® locations, while supplies last. Must be a registered Taco Bell Rewards member in order to redeem. Reward valid for 1 (one) free order of Cheesy Street Chalupas. Reward valid 1 (one) time per registered user. No product or ingredient substitutions, upgrades, or add-ons. Reward is non-transferable and cannot be combined with any other offer. No cash value. Terms and conditions apply https://www.tacobell.com/legal-notices/terms-of-use.

***Offer valid for active DashPass Customers only. Between 7/18/24 – 7/24/24, Spend $25 or more and add the Cheesy Street Chalupas to your cart (before taxes, fees & gratuities) to receive $8 off your order for delivery at participating U.S. Taco Bell® locations for users who place an order with Taco Bell on DoorDash’s website or app. Order min before taxes and fees. For a limited time and while supplies last. Not valid in-store or with a pickup order. Not valid for dine-in or group orders. Prices and items may vary. Item as part of a combo or box does not qualify. Cannot be combined. Other fees and taxes will apply. Discount of menu item price applied to order and does not apply to taxes and fees. Additional terms apply, visit www.tacobell.com/ delivery. See delivery partner apps for location availability. Must have or create a valid account with a valid form of accepted payment on file. No cash value. Non-transferable.

Ronald Quintero – Taco Bell Corp. 
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