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American Apparel Supports West African Artisans

Fifty percent of sales from newly launched t-shirt collection to benefit artisans in Sierra Leone

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 16, 2015 / PRNewswire — American Apparel, Inc., (“the Company”), the U.S. manufacturer, distributor, and retailer of fashion-basic apparel, today announces that it has collaborated with West African artisans for the creation of a limited edition t-shirt collection.

The collaboration began when Massah KaiKai, a young, New York-based creative, pitched the idea to American Apparel. Haunted by a decade-long civil war and the Ebola virus, KaiKai sought to capture a more expressive, intimate portrayal of her family’s homeland through a creative partnership with the Company.

Within months, thousands of American Apparel t-shirts were shipped to Sierra Leone, a group of local artisans were recruited, and a limited edition collection of t-shirts was created. Beginning December 15th, in-store and online shoppers can purchase t-shirts tie-dyed by artisans in the region. Although the array of styles in this collection is similar, each shirt’s tie-dye design is completely unique.

The shirts will be available at 50 U.S. American Apparel locations as well its global online store, via the following link: http://store.americanapparel.net/the-sierra-leone-tee-_cat2410670. Fifty percent of the sales proceeds from this collection will be donated to the artisans who dedicated their time and talent to its design.

“Sierra Leone has faced some obstacles, but it’s such a vibrant country where opportunity is possible for people with ideas and passion,” KaiKai said. “I hope Sierra Leoneans are inspired by what we’ve done in partnership with American Apparel to showcase this talented community.”

“American Apparel has always been a strong advocate for fair wages. Hopefully this project will be one small step toward paving the way for a world filled with equal opportunity,” said Jon Henry Szymanski, Director of Co-Branding and Philanthropy at American Apparel.

The Company also wishes to express special thanks to Brussels Airlines, who helped with the shipment of thousands of t-shirts to and from Sierra Leone. American Apparel also extends its gratitude to One Family People, a human rights organization whose purpose is to break the social and professional barriers that the women of Sierra Leone face, providing acceptance and jobs in their communities.

About American Apparel

American Apparel, Inc. (the “Company,”) is a manufacturer, distributor, and retailer of fashion-basic apparel based in downtown Los Angeles, California. As of October 19, 2015, the Company had approximately 8,700 employees and operated approximately 230 retail stores worldwide, including in the United States and Canada. The Company also operates a global e-commerce site that serves over 50 countries worldwide at http://www.americanapparel.com. In addition, the Company operates a leading wholesale business that supplies high-quality T-shirts and other casual wear to distributors and screen printers.

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Associa Sierra North Selected to Manage Tahoe Woods

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif., Dec. 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Associa Sierra North announces that it has been selected to manage Tahoe Woods in South Lake Tahoe, California. Associa Sierra North now provides full services, including financial, maintenance, communications and administrative services.

“We are excited to have been chosen to manage this unique condominium community that is everything you imagine when you think about a luxurious vacation home setting,” says Associa Sierra North President Laura Price. “We know the residents and travelers who come to Tahoe Woods are accustomed to first-class comfort and we’re confident that our unsurpassed lifestyle services will complement the high standards of the community.”

Tahoe Woods is a brand new gated community in South Lake Tahoe featuring condominiums larger than 2100 square feet within walking distance of Heavenly Village. The community consists of 28 units and is a short drive from golfing, mountain biking, hiking, swimming, water skiing, parasailing, boating, casino gaming, and celebrity live entertainment.

Building and managing successful communities for more than 35 years, Associa is the worldwide leader in community management with over 10,000 employees operating more than 180 branch offices in the United States, Mexico, Canada, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa. Based in Dallas, Texas, our industry expertise, financial strength, and innovation meet the unique needs of clients across the world with customized services and solutions designed to help communities achieve their vision. To learn more about Associa and its charitable organization, Associa Cares, go to www.associaonline.com or www.associacares.com.

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Maritime Wine Tasting Studio Debuts in San Francisco’s North Beach Neighborhood

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Serious and casual wine lovers have a new option to discover and explore wines: Maritime Wine Tasting Studio at 222 Columbus Avenue, in San Francisco’s vibrant North Beach neighborhood.

Located in the historic 1904 Flatiron building, the studio offers a monthly-rotating selection of 20 wines by the glass, six flights and over 100 bottles from Maritime’s Nine North Wine Company, Ministry of the Vinterior and the Dirty Pure Project, and their portfolio of imported wines from New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy and Turkey.

“One of the advantages of visiting us is that we’re not only pouring the wines we produce, but also imported wines produced exclusively for us, offering visitors a global selection which is unique in California wine country,” explains Maritime founder, Chris Nickolopoulos.

Guests desiring an immersive, educational wine experience are accommodated at the tasting bar while those looking to unwind and relax will find ample seating in the eclectic, two level high-ceilinged space. Marcona almonds, olives and TCHO chocolate are available as small bites. Guests desiring heartier fare can order from the adjacent, acclaimed Brioche Bakery. Additionally, the studio retails bottles for purchase, as well as a selection of wine and food-related books and accessories.

Maritime Wine Tasting Studio will host special winemaker events throughout the year, as well as offer wine appreciation classes and multi-level wine clubs. The space is available for private events for groups up to 50.


Wines by the glass: $8 to $20

Flights: $10 – $20

Bottles: The majority range between $10 and $30 with additional reserve, collectable and magnum selections

Hours: 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday

222 Columbus Avenue at Pacific



About Maritime Wine Trading Collective

Founded in 2009, Maritime Wine Trading Collective is a national importer and California distributor of relatively small production wines mainly produced by family-owned and operated wineries.

With over 35 years of combined experience, co-owners Chris Nickolopoulos and Elijah Pfister have forged and continue to develop meaningful relationships with producers around the globe.

Maritime Wine Trading Collective highly values small production winemakers whose wines cannot find a home with large distributors: there is a vast world of excellent wine not available to North American consumers. Our mission and focus is to share wines which have greatly impressed us with their quality, value and the authentic stories behind them. Maritime is a Bacchus Capital Management portfolio company.

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POLOKWANE, SOUTH AFRICA, Dec 16 (NNN-SABC) — Veterinarians in the Vhembe region of Limpopo, South Africa’s northernmost province, are working around the clock to vaccinate thousands of head of cattle in areas affected by foot and mouth disease (FMD).

The disease was detected last week at Matiyani village next to the Kruger National Park. The vaccination campaign has been rolled out in the northeastern parts of the province, which shares a common border with Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Matiyani village is next to the Kruger National Park’s Punda Maria gate where cattle graze and drink next to buffalo and other animals. The outbreak was detected Wednesday last week.

Veterinarian Dr. Chris Mabasa said Tuesday that they had only managed to vaccinate more than 1,000 head of cattle at Matiyani village so far and were planning to vaccinate some 12,000 in the entire area.

Veterinarians from other regions have been roped in to assist. The Agriculture Department plans to quarantine the area until all cattle are vaccinated.


Today, the European Commission has announced the approval by the Operational Committee of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa of a package of 10 actions for an amount of Euros 253 million to address the root causes of irregular migration.

Today, the European Commission has announced the approval by the Operational Committee of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa of a package of 10 actions for an amount of Euros 253 million to address the root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement in the Horn of Africa region. This package of actions will contribute to the joint commitment of the EU and African partners at the Migration Summit in La Valletta to better manage migration.

Concrete activities will start in early 2016. They will focus on building the capacities of the countries of the region to fight against trafficking of human beings and smuggling of migrants (Euros 40 million); creating employment opportunities and better livelihoods in particular areas of Ethiopia which are at the origin of migratory flows (Euros 67 million); facilitating the return to stable areas of Somalia of Somali refugees hosted in the region and in Europe (Euros 50 million); improving the reintegration of South Sudanese refugees in host communities of Uganda or creating favourable conditions for their return (Euros 14.3 million); and supporting the implementation of the peace agreement in South Sudan and the return of internally displaced persons to their areas of origin (Euros 77.6 million). All these actions and future packages of projects will benefit from evidence generated by a new Research Facility (Euros 4.1 million) which will ensure that evidence is collected, disseminated and used amongst African partners, donors and the broader international community to further inform policy and decision-making. See below for a more detailed summary of the actions approved today.

This package of actions will help realise the outcomes of the Migration Summit between the EU and African partners held at La Valletta on 11 and 12 November 2015. In particular, it will contribute to the Summit’s objective of launching specific priority interventions in 2016 in the areas of addressing the root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement, legal migration and mobility, protection and asylum, prevention of and the fight against migrant smuggling and trafficking of human beings, and return readmission and reintegration. The actions approved today will also contribute to deepening progress in the implementation of the Khartoum process, a framework of cooperation and political dialogue between the EU and countries of origin, transit and destination along the East Africa migratory route, as well as the high level dialogues on migration with countries of the Horn of Africa, such as the recently signed “Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility” between Ethiopia and the EU and its Member States.

The majority of the actions will be implemented jointly by the European Commission and EU Member States, in full partnership with African partners.

Summary of the projects announced today

Regional actions

1. Better Migration Management in Support of the Khartoum Process (Euros 40 million): This project aims at better managing migration in the countries of the Horn of Africa through the provision of capacity building and basic equipment to government institutions, in particular in relation to investigating and prosecuting cases of trafficking and smuggling, improving border management, generating and using statistical data. The project will also help in the development and harmonization of policies and legislative frameworks, notably on trafficking and smuggling, the provision of protection to victims of trafficking and smuggling, and the set-up of awareness-raising campaigns about the perils of irregular migration and options for legal migration and mobility.

2. Research facility (Euros 4.1 million): This project aims at filling evidence-gaps through operationally-focused research with a view to informing project design and implementation; disseminating research results to African partners, donors and the broader international community to further inform their policy- and decision-making; and strengthening the capacities of partner governments and regional organisations to use evidence-based approaches to better manage migration and more effectively prevent and manage violent conflict.

National actions


Two actions will be implemented in the migration-prone regions of Tigray, Amhara, Oromia, Afar, Somali and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR). They will complement each other in order to provide a comprehensive response to addressing prevalent root causes of irregular migration and displacement.

3. Stemming Irregular Migration in Northern and Central Ethiopia (Euros 20 million): This project aims to address the root causes of irregular migration in the regions of Tigray, Ahmara, Oromia and SNNPR, in particular in urban centres and urban towns. It will do so by enhancing the living conditions of potential migrants and returnees. This will be done by prioritising the creation of economic opportunities and job skills for vulnerable groups, in particular women and the youth, through technical vocational training, access to micro-financing and actions related to employment generation. A direct effect of these actions will also be the creation of conducive conditions for the effective return and reintegration of Ethiopians hosted in other countries.

4. Resilience Building in Ethiopia (Euros 47 million): This project aims to address root causes of irregular migration and displacement in the regions of Afar, Amhara, Oromia, SNNPR and Somali, in particular in remote and drought-prone areas. Interventions will strengthen economic opportunities and resilience of the most vulnerable communities, through measures that increase livelihoods and employment, as well as better access to basic services such as health or water, hygiene and sanitation.

5. Enhancing Somalia’s responsiveness to the management and integration of mixed migration flows (Euros 50 million): This project aims to support the management of the voluntary return of Somalis hosted in Kenya, as well as other parts of the region and Europe, or fleeing conflict in Yemen, into stable regions of Somalia. It aims to create a favourable environment for return and reintegration, including through economic and social development, increased access to basic services, economic opportunities, and improved peaceful coexistence of both returnees and return communities.

South Sudan

Three actions will support the implementation of the recently signed peace agreement, in particular those chapters dealing economic and financial management, and development of social services. In doing so, the actions will strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities and facilitate the return of displaced populations from protection camps to their areas of origin.

6. Provision of basic health – Health Pooled Fund 2 (Euros 20 million): This project aims at supporting the implementation of the peace agreement, and in particular the development of social services by increasing access to, utilisation of and quality of health services (including maternal and child health, nutrition and availability of essential drugs) countrywide. Additionally, it will strengthen core local administrative systems to increase the efficacy of health services, and engage with local communities to integrate these interventions into existing community structures.

7. Improvement of delivery of basic education through improved management and teacher’s training (Euros 45.6 million): This project aims at supporting the implementation of the peace agreement, and in particular the development of social services by increasing equal access to primary education, improving rates of retention and completion, and increasing the skills and knowledge of teachers. Additionally, it will strengthen the capacity of authorities to improve teacher management policies and practices, hence making public systems more resilient to emergencies and crises.

8. Support to stabilisation through improved resource, economic and financial management in South Sudan (Euros 12 million): This project aims at supporting the implementation of the peace agreement, and in particular the chapter dealing with economic and financial management, by strengthening a culture of accountability for lower levels of government, helping local institutions to manage public finances and human resources more transparently and responsibly. The project will also support the creation, reinforcement and functioning of key institutions for a responsible public financial management, such as the National Revenue Authority, hence tackling mismanagement of public resources as a key root cause of the conflict.


Two actions will address the protection and developmental needs of people affected by long-term displacement in rural areas of Northern Uganda, particularly South Sudanese refugees who have fled conflict in South Sudan, and urban settings in Kampala and other densely populated areas, in particular Somali refugees.

9. Support programme to the refugee settlements and host communities in Northern Uganda (Euros 10 million): In response to the recent influx of forced migration due to violent conflict in South Sudan, this project aims at addressing the developmental needs of South Sudanese refugees and host communities in targeted areas of Northern Uganda through actions supporting improved livelihoods, economic opportunities, food security, intercommunity dialogue and conflict prevention, and education. Through this approach, the project will equip these populations with the necessary tools for their integration in host communities or return to South Sudan.

10. Strengthening social cohesion and stability in slums populations (Euros 4.3 million): In a context of rapid and unplanned urbanisation and increased competition for scarce resources, this project aims to increase social cohesion and peacebuilding amongst refugees and host communities, in particular by providing economic opportunities and basic services to both communities alike, enhancing the space for refugees to participate in the social and economic life of local communities, and creating platforms for dialogue between civil society and public authorities.