• Celebrity Comedians Unite for Laugh Aid: 4-Hour Livestream Benefitting Comedy Gives Back’s Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund


    March 26, 2020

    Media Contact: Margot Black/ Black Ink PR
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    Performers Include Ray Romano, Howie Mandel, Bill Burr, Amanda Seales and More

    March 26, 2020 — Los Angeles, CA — Laughter is healing, and during the Covid-19 public health crisis a renowned group of celebrity comedians, including Ray Romano, Iliza Shlesinger, Howie Mandel, Nikki Glaser, Bill Burr, Marc Maron, Patton Oswalt  and many more will be performing April 4, 2020 at 4pm pst (4/4 at 4pm) via a livestream to lift the nation’s spirits as well as to raise money for an emergency relief fund.

    LAUGH AID will be produced in partnership with Comedy Gives Back, Laugh Lounge, Starburns Audio, All Things Comedy, Earwolf and Comedy Central. The goal of LAUGH AID is to entertain the world through technology as we sequester in our homes, while supporting the comedy community that lives and breathes with a live audience.

    Comedians will be creating content specifically for LAUGH AID, be it a special edition podcast, an interview, or peak into their family life during this crazy time and we will bring it into your homes, from their homes.

    Viewing is donation based and all profits will be donated to Comedy Gives Back’s Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund.The relief fund is now open and taking submissions for grants: https://www.comedygivesback.com/covid-19-grant

    Additional celebrity comedians performing include The Sklar Brothers , Tom Papa, Bert Kreischer, Nikki Glaser, Dane Cook, Jeffrey Ross, Jessica Kirson,  Anthony Jeselnik , Big Jay Oakerson and Dan Soder, and many others. See www.comedygivesback.com for the current lineup.

    Laugh Aid will take place on Saturday, April 4, at 4 p.m. Pacific (PST) / 7 p.m. Eastern (EST). The group aims to bring laughter to the world, and relief and comfort to fellow comedians in need during this difficult time when all live performances are banned.

    In difficult times like these, many of us (including medical science) find laughter the best medicine. While bringing a few hours of much needed relief to a distressed nation, our industry needs to support our peers that may find themselves in less than comical situations.

    What:            A comedy livestream showcasing comedians in their quarantine states.

    When:           Saturday, April 4, 4 p.m. (PST)

    Where:          Streamable on Laugh Lounge app, Twitch, Twitter, Comedy Central’s YouTube channel, and Facebook will simultaneously stream the curated content, powered by Suitespot. Audio version will be available via Spotify and SiriusXM post live stream. Promoted by influencer Jay Shetty and his ICON network. The audio version will be available on Spotify. Laugh Lounge is a new app providing live streaming comedy shows every week with over 150 exclusive shows a year and tons more on-demand. To start your free trial, download the app:  https://laughlounge.onelink.me/NumK/9550ff79

    Who:             Comedians including Ray Romano, Iliza Shlesinger, Howie Mandel,  Amanda Seales, Bill Burr, Marc Maron, Patton Oswalt  and many more.   Line up subject to change.

    Why:              The Comedy Gives Back’s Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund supports stand-up comedians in times of need. Support is offered via financial relief grants.  Comedians in need apply for grants at:  www.comedygivesback.com

    How:             Donations can be made via:  https://donorbox.org/cgb-telethon For more information and performance updates visit www.comedygivesback.com

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  • Client Walk Japan Featured in Stellar Video on Travel + Leisure Instagram

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    Margot Black
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    BlackInk PR

    The Piccolo Paso Robles logo


    Martin Resorts Aims to Elevate the Boutique Hotel Experience to Meet Growing Demand for Luxurious, Authentic Accommodations in Paso Robles Wine Country

    PASO ROBLES (Oct. 8, 2019)—Martin Resorts is excited to announce the official opening date of Oct. 16, 2019 for the highly anticipated Piccolo—Paso Robles’ latest luxury hotel.
    The Piccolo is Martin Resort’s answer to the growing demand for luxury boutique accommodations in Paso Robles wine country, ideally located across from the charming town square. The hotel company aims to bring their “Paso Perfected” brand to life by ensuring an impeccable guest experience that blends the sophistication of wine country and the authentic, relaxed Central Coast lifestyle. A key ingredient in their special brand sauce is to bring the authentic local experience into the hotel, from intimate programs in the Piper Wine Lounge with regional winemakers, to bespoke décor and furniture from area artisans participating in their “Meet the Maker” program.

                “The Martin family is so pleased to create a hotel that preserves our unique history and anticipates where Paso Robles is going with its thoughtful contemporary touches,” said Noreen Martin, president and chairman of Martin Resorts. “We couldn’t have done it without the local community’s support and the talent and dedication of our team, under the direction of COO Margaret Johnson. “We’re creating a ‘Paso Perfected’” vibe which brings a new urban sensibility to the region and elevates the hospitality experience while maintaining the authentic rustic charm of wine country.”

    Key Hotel Highlights

    The Building

    While the charming brick exterior nods playfully to its historic sister property, the Paso Robles Inn, the resemblance stops there. Inside, The Piccolo looks optimistically at the future, reflecting the vision of a Paso Perfected. Designed by Ten Over Studio, the 17,000-square-foot, four-story property offers a variety of communal spaces, and sexy, urban loft style rooms with modern conveniences such as fiber-optic Wi-Fi, mobile check-in, keyless entry, streaming services, and electric vehicle charging stations.

    The Rooms

    The Piccolo boasts 23 Luxury King Rooms and an exclusive two-room suite, The Somm Suite, with floor-to-ceiling windows. Guestrooms feature high tray ceilings, wide-planked dark wooden floors, brick accent walls, locally produced black wrought iron accents, and custom chandeliers. Each room offers Juliet balconies facing the private courtyard or 12th Street, as well as plush beds, 55” TVs with streaming content- powered by Google Chromecast, personal wine fridges and more. To dial up the authentic and sophisticated vibe of Paso Robles, The Piccolo rooms also feature custom touches by local artisans, such as made-to-order chandeliers by Hans Duus, nightstands and dressers by Janine Stone of If You Give a Girl a Saw and air plants by Lauren Dunn of Dunn Gardens.

    Communal Spaces

    The Piper Wine Lounge
    The hotel’s open concept design continues into the wine lounge, which provides communal tables for making new friends and reconnecting with old ones. With locally driven wine tasting by featured wineries, guests can take a Paso Robles wine tour without leaving the hotel lobby. Thoughtful touches such as wine lockers lets guests store their favorite finds.

    Central Coast’s First Moët & Chandon Champagne Vending Machine
    The Piccolo boasts the only Moët & Chandon Champagne vending machine on the Central Coast. Also located in the lobby, this luxury amenity features split bottles dispensed with a complimentary flute. Tokens can be purchased from the concierge.

    Tetto – Rooftop Bar – A First for Paso
    Tetto, The Piccolo’s 1,500-square-foot rooftop bar, is the only rooftop lounge in downtown Paso Robles, offering spectacular, unobstructed views of the region. It features a full craft cocktail bar, alfresco bar seating, comfortable lounge areas, and an inviting fire pit—all tucked beneath the shade of a covered trellis.

    With spacious brick floors and cracking fires surrounded by intimate seating, the Courtyard offers an inviting California vibe perfect for receptions and other special events. Adorning one of the courtyard walls is a 76-foot custom mural by California artists Hennessy Christophel and Sofia Lacin from LC Studio Tutto. The mural reflects Piccolo’s merging of regional culture, history and local nature, with a fresh modern perspective. The Courtyard will also act as a gateway to the sister property, Paso Robles Inn, where guests can enjoy access to the heated pool and Jacuzzi and historic gardens.

    Marked by simple yet sophisticated furnishings and locally sourced materials, The Library is a cozy space where visitors can curl up on the couch with a good book and a glass of wine next to the fireplace or engage in some friendly competition in the inviting game nook. The library offers a collection of books that guests can read while enjoying the space, such as local guides on hiking, history, and food and wine.

    The hotel is located at 600 12th Street, Paso Robles, California, just off the historic Downtown City Park, with wineries, restaurants, distilleries, and more just steps from the hotel. It is adjacent to the Paso Robles Inn, a sister property which boasts a renowned steakhouse known for its Sunday brunches.

    Easily accessible from Highway 101, The Piccolo is approximately 30 miles from San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP) and the beaches of Cambria. It’s also close to the world-renowned Hearst Castle, Pismo Beach and San Luis Obispo. It offers convenient access to key Paso Robles and Edna Valley wineries, as well as wine country attractions such as Tin City and Sensorio Paso Robles Field of Light. 
    To learn more about the hotel, visit www.thepiccolo.com.

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  • Explore the Storied Past of Japan’s Kunisaki Peninsula with Walk Japan

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    Margot Black
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    [September 2019] Walk Japan specialises in authentic and enjoyable tours of Japan. Small-group, guided and self-guided walking tours venture through lesser-known areas of the country, and celebrate the culture, rich history and gastronomy of one of the world’s most fascinating lands.

    The Kunisaki Peninsula is nestled into the western end of Japan’s Inland Sea on the island of Kyushu. The peninsula is a beautiful relatively undiscovered area, with few Japanese and even fewer foreigners aware of its existence. Modern Japan has left this quiet haven of rural life largely untouched. For many centuries though, it was an important centre of Shugendo which is an amalgamation of the indigenous, animistic Shinto religion and Buddhism, which was brought from China and Korea. Kunisaki’s once-powerful religious institutions are long gone, however, the region is dotted with delightful temples and wayside shrines, reminders of its deeply religious past.

    The Kunisaki Peninsula features on three Walk Japan tours; the Kunisaki and Yufuin Walk, Kunisaki Retreat, and Kunisaki Trek. Each of these tours includes an enriching experience with Walk Japan’s Community Project, the company’s long-term sustainability initiative.

    Kunisaki and Yufuin Walk (5 Days, 4 Nights, Activity Level 2)

    Commencing at Fukuoka’s Hakata Station and finishing at Yufuin, this route is mainly on forest trails and provides an introduction to the Kunisaki Peninsula, one of Japan’s most beautiful yet least known areas, and Yufuin, one of Japan’s elegant onsen thermal hot spring resorts. The tour follows in the footsteps of monks, who have walked through the mountains of the peninsula for more than 1,200 years. The ancient trails provide excellent walking through sleepy hamlets, verdant forests, along craggy ridges and tower over the surrounding myriad valleys. En route, travellers pass by stone Buddha statues, large and small, and also caves where monks once found shelter and meditated. The tour visits Usa Jingu, one of the greatest but least known of Japan’s great shrines; walks through Tashibu, a lovely village in a bucolic setting; makes a short yet steep climb to two ancient Buddha relief carvings on the face of a towering cliff; and also climbs to Itsutsuji-Fudo, the inner sanctum and one of the few structures to remain of a once important and powerful temple. During the climb, great views open up of the surrounding mountains and valleys and in clear weather, across to the Seto Inland Sea, the route by which Buddhism first arrived in Kunisaki from China, and Japan’s main island, Honshu.

    Customers stay on the peninsula for three nights at two different, delightful inns, both with onsen thermal hot spring baths. One is adjacent to Fuki-ji, one of Japan’s most beautiful temples. As with all Walk Japan tours, on the Kunisaki & Yufuin Walk you will be immersed in Japanese culture of the past and present, enjoy Japanese cooking at its best, luxuriate in hot springs and simply gaze at the beautiful scenery.

    2019 dates: November 20-24, December 4-8.
    2020 dates: March 30-April 3, 14-18, May 5-9, 28-June 1, 11-15, more online.
    Prices from JPY234,000 (~AUD$3,251).

    Kunisaki Retreat (7 Days, 6 Nights, Activity Level 1)

    A mind and body tour in serene Kunisaki, the Kunisaki Retreat centres on the Kunisaki Peninsula with an emphasis on spiritual wellbeing. This tour is perfect for travellers who are keen to enjoy Japan in a relaxed fashion while closely interacting with the charming and friendly people of the country. Customers are guided through yoga, meditation, and gentle walks through rural scenery each day for a relaxing, spiritually engaging getaway. On most mornings, meditation is led by the young abbot of Fuki-ji, and a local instructor leads daily sessions of yoga other forms of body work. With its emphasis on local produce and cuisine, whether breakfast, lunch or dinner, dining here is an experience in itself.

    Local farming is on a small scale and includes a variety of crops including rice, soba, soybeans, wheat and a myriad vegetables and fruit. These, along with local-caught fish, are the basis of the nutritious and tasty cuisine enjoyed each day. The Kunisaki Retreat also features activities such as making soba buckwheat noodles, ikebana flower arranging, chado tea ceremony, and Japanese taiko drumming.

    2019 dates: September 22-28, November 18-24.
    2020 dates: April 19-25, June 1-7, September 20-26, November 26-December 2.
    Prices from JPY358,000 (~AUD$4,973).

    Kunisaki Trek (10 Days, 9 Nights, Activity Level 4)

    Walk Japan’s Kunisaki Trek follows in the footsteps of monks who have walked through the mountains of the peninsula for more than a thousand years. Mine-iri, the practice of traversing sacred mountain paths in prayer, has been part of the religious life of Kunisaki since the 9th Century. Although now rare, mine-iri still continues today in Kuniskai, one of only a few places in Japan where it still occurs.

    Designed for experienced trekkers, the route along ancient trails lined with stone Buddha statues passes through sleepy hamlets, verdant forests, along craggy ridges and over towering cliffs to caves where monks once sheltered. The tour concludes in Yufuin, a small up-market town in the shelter of the imposing Mount Yufu-dake, a dormant volcano. Many onsen hot springs are found here and the town has some of the finest ryokan inns, that Japan offers.

    As with all Walk Japan tours, customers are immersed in Japanese culture, enjoy Japanese cuisine, luxuriate in hot springs and soak up breath-taking scenery.

    2019 dates: October 23-November 1, 13-22.
    2020 dates: April 29-May 8, 8-17, June 3-12, September 30-October 9, more online.
    Prices from JPY448,000 (~AUD$6,224).

    An important part of Walk Japan’s commitment to Japan is its Community Project, set in Kunisaki, Kyushu in west Japan. The initiative was established in 2007 to support the communities of two small neighbouring rural valleys on the picturesque Kunisaki Peninsula maintain their society and environment with the long-term vision of providing the area with a sustainable and viable future. Here, efforts are centred on the company’s local office, set within a refurbished farmhouse reflecting the Project’s vision of helping to revive the delightful area.

    The project comprises initiatives such as: providing much needed local employment; undertaking farming and forestry, which are both in decline due to an ageing and declining workforce; refurbishing empty properties to provide them with new leases of life as accommodation and offices; maintaining communal land such as parks, which were otherwise uncared for; creating and sponsoring community events; and encouraging visitors both Japanese and from overseas to the area.

    The Community Project complements Walk Japan tours, which primarily visit lesser-known regions throughout Japan and impact local communities in positive and sustainable ways by being composed of small-groups that use family-run business, such as inns and restaurants, and, whenever practical, public transport.

    Osaka-born Takahiro Ito leads Walk Japan’s Community Project. Ito gained an interest in sustainable tourism development and community revitalisation while visiting the rural region of Surin in Thailand. Here, he helped to renovate primary schools and reinvigorate the community. Following his graduation from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University with a Bachelor in Hospitality & Tourism, Ito joined Walk Japan to lead the Community Project in 2018.

    About Walk Japan

    National Geographic has described Walk Japan as “one of the 200 Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”. The company leads the way in providing the most fulfilling and enjoyable tours available in Japan. Walk Japan has an unrivalled range of regular, scheduled tours for Japan and is researching more for the future. It also creates and runs private, custom tours tailored to customers’ particular interests and requirements. These include private tours for families, friends, societies, companies and schools.

    Founded in 1992 by two academics, Dr. Thomas Stanley and Prof. Richard Irving, the company has since grown considerably both in its number of tours and customers to become the acknowledged leader of specialised tours that immerse visitors in Japanese society and culture; provide great insights into the nation and its people; and often explore little-visited, beautiful and diverse regions of the nation.

    Based in rural Kyushu, Walk Japan actively operate in a way that recognises the important role and responsibilities that business has in society. This means being committed to and supportive of the communities in which they operate and ensuring that their tours have a positive impact in these areas. Wherever possible Walk Japan uses and supports family-run and local businesses.

    For more information, visit walkjapan.com

    For images, visit Walk Japan’s media suite

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  • IZU GEO TRAIL – A walking tour through a spectacular Geological Park in the fascinating Izu Peninsula

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    A walking tour through a spectacular Geological Park in the fascinating Izu Peninsula

    Izu was created by the tectonic forces that still shape the Japanese islands. Volcanic submarine activity some 20 million years ago wrought a landmass that was forced into collision with Honshu, Japan’s main island, as the Philippine Sea Plate pushed against the Eurasian Plate – a process which continues to this day.

    The landscape of this former island, now the Izu Peninsula, is redolent of Earth’s most primeval forces, bubbling with seismic and geothermal activity, peppered with volcanoes and carved by both river and sea. Izu has constantly been renewed and remoulded, and the result is a fascinating geological treasure trove for us to explore and enjoy.

    The Izu Geo Trail ventures to some of the most scenic areas of the Izu Peninsula and includes, on clear days, spectacular views of Mt. Fuji. We meet in Tokyo and travel by train to Izu Kogen, where we transfer to a dedicated vehicle which we use for much of our journey, before arriving in Shuzenji, where the tour finishes. This is a gentle walking tour with a moderate average walking distance of 6-12km (3.7-7.5 miles) each day. The route is mostly on uneven forest and mountain trails including steeper climbs and descents, however the pace is easy to moderate and there is no rush to negotiate any climb.

    Price: From JPY372,000 (JPY = Japanese Yen) per person, for a fully guided 7-day, 6-night tour including local travel from tour meeting point to finishing point, accommodation for 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 6 evening meals, baggage transfers and entrance fees. Not included are flights, 1 lunch and drinks.

    Walk Japan organises both scheduled and private Izu Geo Trail Tours.

    This Level 3 tour is suitable for anyone who can walk for three hours in comfort. Available in from January to May and November to December.

    Detailed information about the Izu Geo Trail Tour can be found on Walk Japan’s website.


    National Geographic has described Walk Japan as “one of the 200 Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”. The company leads the way in providing the most fulfilling and enjoyable tours available in Japan. Walk Japan has an unrivalled range of regular, scheduled tours for Japan and is researching more for the future. It also creates and runs private, custom tours tailored to customers’ particular interests. These include private tours for families, friends, societies, companies and schools.

    Founded in 1992 by two academics, Dr. Thomas Stanley and Prof. Richard Irving, the company has since grown considerably both in its number of tours and customers to become the acknowledged leader of specialised tours that immerses visitors in Japanese society and culture; provides great insights into the nation and its people; and often explores little-visited, beautiful and diverse regions of the nation.

    Walk Japan operates in a way that recognises the important role and responsibilities that businesses have in society. This includes being committed to and supportive of the communities in which the company operates, ensuring that its tours have a positive impact in these areas. Wherever possible Walk Japan uses and supports family-run, local businesses. In 2016, Walk Japan’s CEO Paul Christie was made a Cool Japan Ambassador by the Japanese Government.

    For further information, images or interview requests, please contact Walk Japan’s PR representatives

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  • Publicist Rockstars: “Take care of your body, you’ll need it” with Margot Black

    Authority Magazine interviews Publicist Rockstar Margot Black of Black Ink PR

    AUTHORITY MAGAZINE interviews Margot Black, the driving force behind Black Ink PR & Marketing. You can check out the interview at:


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  • New Luxury Hotel, The Piccolo, Taps Local Talent to Help Elevate the Boutique Hotel Experience in Paso Robles


    Director of Hospitality, Martin Beckett Aims to Create a ‘Paso Perfected’ Experience that Brings the Boutique Hotel’s Sophisticated, Yet Relaxed Brand to Life

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    Martin Resorts
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    PASO ROBLES (June 28)—Martin Resorts dialed up the excitement on the anticipated opening of The Piccolo this fall, with the announcement of a new key player—Director of Hospitality Martin Beckett. In this role, Beckett is tasked with bringing the luxury brand to life by ensuring an impeccable guest experience that blends the sophistication of wine country with the relaxed Central Coast lifestyle.

    Beckett, a hospitality professional who’s worked and lived in Paso Robles for the past 13 years, will oversee the hotel’s hospitality experience, from directing the beverage program and guest services to staff training and management. Beckett, who starts at The Piccolo on June 17, recently helmed the culinary program at local favorite hotspot Pappy McGregor’s, where he created an extensive menu of award-winning Gastro Pub menu items and coached staff to provide a friendly and casual yet attentive service. Under his leadership, the Irish American pub won the local “Best Pub/Bar” choice award 11 times every year since they opened in 2006. Prior to that, he served as sous chef for Schooners Wharf in Cayucos for two years, supervising staff and food preparations for the extensive menu.

    “We’re thrilled Martin is joining our team as the Director of Hospitality for The Piccolo,” said Margaret Johnson, COO of Martin Resorts, a family-owned organization on California’s vineyard covered Central Coast. “He really gets what Paso Robles is about and where it’s going, which is what The Piccolo is all about. We’re creating a “Paso Perfected” vibe which brings a new contemporary urban sensibility to the region, which is attracting more luxury travelers looking for an elevated hospitality experience while maintaining the authentic rustic charm of wine country.”

                Beckett is excited by the challenge of ensuring he helps the team deliver on the “Paso Perfected” brand promise for the hotel, a 17,000-square-foot property which will boast 23 Luxury King Rooms and an exclusive suite, The Piper Wine Lounge, and Tetto the first and only rooftop bar in town.

                “I think The Piccolo is an exciting, much-needed addition to the Paso Robles hotel scene, bringing a large-city feel that high-end clientele want while keeping the small-town hospitality they will remember and return for,” said Beckett.  

               To learn more about the hotel, visit www.thepiccolo.com.

    About Martin Resorts:

    Founded in 1999, Martin Resorts is a hospitality industry leader in San Luis Obispo County with a collection of premier hotels along California’s Central Coast. Their properties include the Paso Robles Inn, Avila Lighthouse Suites, Pismo Lighthouse Suites, Shore Cliff Hotel, and The Piccolo.

    For more information, please visit www.martinresorts.com.

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  • Walk Japan’s New Onsen Gastronomy Tours

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    Easy walking tours with strong emphases on onsen hot springs and Japanese gastronomy

    Los Angeles, June 5, 2019 –  New tours celebrate distinctive aspects of Japanese culture: the ritual of bathing in onsens hot spring baths, and savouring fresh seasonal delights.

    At the invitation of the Onsen Gastronomy Tourism Association, Walk Japan, specialists in small, authentic group tours, has unveiled the first of a new series of Onsen Gastronomy tours: Oita & Kumamoto in Kyushu, Japan’s most westerly main island, and Gifu & Nagano in Honshu, central Japan.

    Each tour, of up to five days, has a special focus on two distinctive aspects of Japanese culture: its relaxing, restorative and therapeutic onsen hot spring baths, and its wonderfully unique and delicious cuisine.

    Leisurely, guided walking is over easy terrain with distances each day limited up to 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) but averaging between 6 to 8 kilometres (3.7 – 5 miles), allowing ample time to savour these elements, and also visit local sites of interest.

    Like all Walk Japan tours, the Onsen Gastronomy tours are led by expert Tour Leaders, with the maximum group size of 12 people. Customers are immersed (or, get to be immersed) in the traditional Japanese way of bathing and every evening stay in a delightful local inn, almost always with their own onsens. They will also enjoy exceptional Japanese cuisine, regarded among the world’s finest for the quality of its seasonal ingredients, range of dishes, and sheer artistry of presentation. Whilst flavourful, beautifully presented meals are a feature of all Walk Japan tours, in the Onsen Gastronomy series of tours, this is taken to a higher level and becomes a celebration of the Japanese quintessential art of dining.

    Onsen hot springs, featured on many of Walk Japan’s tours, are found throughout Japan. They are a perennial favourite leisure diversion amongst the Japanese and overseas visitors alike. Enjoyed over the millennia for their relaxing and restorative powers, onsens were used in Buddhism, which first arrived in Japan in 552 for purification rites. Since then bathing in Japan has remained a ritual: a practice which is distinctly Japanese.The Onsen Gastronomy: Oita & Kumamoto is a fully guided five-day, four-night tour starting in Beppu and finishing in Oita City on the island of Kyushu.

    This tour encompasses Oita and the north-east corner of Kumamoto Prefectures in the centre of Kyushu, a region renowned for its richly varied, rural landscapes, the high quality of its food sourced from the fertile land, pristine rivers and the surrounding seas, and particularly for its abundance of onsen hot springs.

    The Onsen Gastronomy: Gifu & Nagano is another fully guided five-day, four-night walking tour. We visit central Gifu and western Nagano Prefectures, largely a remote area of mountain ranges, deep valleys, high plateaus and remote villages. The region’s onsens provide us with a delightful and symbiotic sustenance.

    Onsen Gastronomy: Gifu & Nagano
    Price: From JPY298,000 (USD$2,720) per person.
    2019 dates: October 16 – 20.

    Onsen Gastronomy: Oita & Kumamoto
    Price: From JPY278,000 (USD$2,537) per person.
    2019 dates: November 12 – 26.

    About Walk Japan

    National Geographic has described Walk Japan as “one of the 200 Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”. The company leads the way in providing the most fulfilling and enjoyable tours available in Japan. Walk Japan has an unrivalled range of regular, scheduled tours for Japan and is researching more for the future. It also creates and runs private, custom tours tailored to customers’ particular interests and requirements. These include private tours for families, friends, societies, companies and schools.

    Founded in 1992 by two academics, Dr. Thomas Stanley and Prof. Richard Irving, the company has since grown considerably both in its number of tours and customers to become the acknowledged leader of specialised tours that immerse visitors in Japanese society and culture; provide great insights into the nation and its people; and often explore little-visited, beautiful and diverse regions of the nation.

    Based in rural Kyushu, Walk Japan actively operate in a way that recognizes the important role and responsibilities that business has in society. This means being committed to and supportive of the communities in which they operate and ensuring that their tours have a positive impact in these areas. Wherever possible Walk Japan uses and supports family-run and local businesses.

    For more information, visit walkjapan.com

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  • Ottinger Employment Attorneys Sues San Francisco-based Optimizely, Inc. for Racially Based Disparate Treatment, Retaliation, Violation of Whistleblower Protection and Failure to Pay Wages


    San Francisco, Calif. – April 8, 2019 – Ottinger Employment Attorneys, a leading law firm specializing in employment issues, today announced it has filed a civil suit against Optimizely, Inc., a privately held San Francisco-based software company whose customers include IBM, Microsoft, eBay and Apple. 
    Amongst other charges, the civil complaint alleges racially based Disparate Treatment, Retaliation, Violation of Whistleblower Protection and Failure to Pay Wages to the Company’s only African American executive.
    The lawsuit, filed today in California Superior Court, San Francisco County arises from an all-too-familiar narrative: targeted racial discrimination against one of Silicon Valley’s only African American tech executives.
    The Plaintiff in the case, Aaron McCormick, was the only African American Account Executive at Optimizely. Overcoming this lack of representation at Optimizely and in Silicon Valley in general, Mr. McCormick excelled at his work. He immediately became the second highest performing Account Executive at Optimizely after securing one of the Company’s largest deals with Apple, Inc., worth $1.9 million.
    Despite this achievement, Optimizely excluded him from joining upper management on the President’s Club trip to the Caribbean. The trip was a reward for high performing Optimizely employees and anyone else CEO Jay Larson, in his discretion, elected to recognize. Without ever having a prior policy in place, Jay Larson told Mr. McCormick he was ineligible to go on the trip because he had not joined the Company prior to June. Mr. McCormick started in July and was thus the only individual impacted by this ad hoc policy.
    CEO Larson and Optimizely also created a second policy directed solely and exclusively at Mr. McCormick. Optimizely imposed a higher sales quota on Mr. McCormick after securing the Apple deal while not raising the quota on other similarly situated, high-performing Account Executives. In other words, rather than reward Mr. McCormick for his objectively superior results and successes at the Company, Optimizely chose to single out and punish its only African American Account Executive.
    To top it all off, Optimizely even refused to pay Mr. McCormick his full commission earnings, an action directed at no other Account Executive. Again, rather than reward Mr. McCormick for his work, Optimizely chose to single out and underpay the only African American Account Executive at the Company.
    Mr. McCormick reasonably and lawfully responded to this illegal and unfair treatment by raising his concerns with Optimizely’s top executives, including Founder Dan Siroker and CEO Jay Larson. Optimizely responded by summarily firing him. In doing so, Optimizely has deliberately withheld nearly half a million dollars in commission wages from Mr. McCormick without justification.
    Lastly, Optimizely required Mr. McCormick to sign an arbitration agreement, which if enforced, will keep Optimizely’s actions hidden from public view and permit this despicable conduct to continue behind the curtains of arbitration. Optimizely’s attempts to unfairly force arbitration to hide its dirty laundry from public view reflects another tactic employed by far too many tech companies seeking to keep secret the unjust and illegal workings at their companies. Recent protests by employees at Google, Uber, and Twitter have highlighted the fact that tech companies at Silicon Valley attempt to force arbitration specifically to hide claims of sexual harassment and racial discrimination from public view.1
    Commenting on the case, Attorney Robert W. Ottinger, Founder and Principal of the Ottinger Employment Attorneys representing Mr. McCormick, said, “This is unacceptable and shocking that this kind of misconduct still happens in 2019. This entire matter has been devastating to my client both personally and professionally. Regrettably, ample current research by expert independent groups who study these things show that racial discrimination is alive and well in Silicon Valley, especially amongst executives. We look forward to presenting the facts to a Superior Court jury.”
    Prior to the filing of this Complaint, Plaintiff filed charges of retaliation and failure to prevent harassment in violation of the FEHA with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) against the Defendant. The DFEH charges arose out of the same facts alleged herein. On March 8, 2019, Plaintiff received a “right to sue” letter as to Defendant from the DFEH. Copies of Plaintiffs DFEH Charges and Notices of Right to Sue are attached to the Complaint.
    The lack of racial diversity in Silicon Valley has become a public black eye for the technology world. While the media has paid much well-deserved attention to the gender gap in tech industries, recent studies have found that “racial disparities are far worse than gender disparities in Silicon Valley.”2 One study found that qualified white employees were 97% more likely to be chosen for executive positions than similarly qualified black employees, concluding that “race . . . is the largest obstacle in limiting minorities from taking managing and executive positions in the tech industry.”3 In fact, as of 2016, African Americans “made up [only] 7 percent of the U.S. high tech workforce, and just 3 percent of the total Silicon Valley workforce.”4 This persistent issue has led prominent publications like The New Yorker to ask, “Why Can’t Silicon Valley Solve Its Diversity Problem?”5

    1. See Nitasha Tiku, “Tech Workers Unite to Fight Forced Arbitration,” Wired, Jan. 14, 2019, available at https://www.wired.com/story/tech-workers-unite-fight-forced-arbitration/.
    2. Brentin Mock, “When It Comes to Tech, Racial Disparities Are Far Worse Than Gender Disparities,” CityLab, Oct. 5, 2017, available at https://www.citylab.com/equity/2017/10/when-it-comes-to-tech-racial-disparities-are-far-worse-than-genderdisparities/542013/.
    3. Id.
    4. Nico Grant, “Tech Companies Still Aren’t Hiring Black Workers,” Bloomberg News, Jun. 8, 2018, available at https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/tech-companies-still-aren-t-hiring-black-workers-1.1089919.
    5. Anna Wiener, “Why Can’t Silicon Valley Solve Its Diversity Problem?,” The New Yorker, Nov. 26, 2016, available at https://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/why-cant-silicon-valley-solve-its-diversity-problem.

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    Margot Black
    Black Ink PR
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  • New Revolutionary Scar Healing Cream SKINUVA™ from Dr. Christopher Zoumalan for new scars

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    Margot Black
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    Introducing Dr. Christopher Zoumalan’s
    (Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon)
    Revolutionary Scar Healing Cream SKINUVA™

    From pimple scars to cosmetic surgery scars there isn’t a person walking the planet who doesn’t have some kind of mark or scar on their body. And while others might not notice they are there, sometimes we wish they would just go away.

    If you are looking at healing post-surgery or simply want to minimize any scar damage then Skinuva™ Scar Therapy is your ultimate beauty essential.

    For the last twenty years advancements in the effectiveness of scar creams has barely changed which is why Skinuva™ Scar Therapy is so revolutionary.

    By applying it twice a day for a minimum of three months Skinuva can help improve the appearance of scars twice as effectively as silicone cream. The first of it’s kind in the marketplace, this clinically tested scar cream uses highly selective growth factors help improve the appearance of scars.

    And as a beautiful bonus this summer Skinuva™ Scar Therapy can be used safely and effectively under your sunscreen.

    Skinuva™ Scar Therapy is founded by Dr Christopher Zoumalan MD FACS, a renowned Beverly Hills-based Board-Certified Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, who is an expert in healing and eye surgery. He has spent the past several years investigating wound healing and how to best manage surgical scars in his patients that undergo surgery.

    Skinuva™ Scar Therapy is available from http://www.skinuva.com/ and comes in two sizes; 30mL/1fl. Oz  ($60.00) or 50mL/1.7fl. Oz ($90.00).

    Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Dr. Zoumalan is also happy to discuss his comprehensive HEAL Protocol for Scar Treatment, a four step plan that covers all aspect of scar evaluation and treatment.

    For samples requests, media bookings, hi-res photos, or to find out more about Skinuva and Dr Christopher Zoumalan please contact:

    About Skinuva™ Scar Cream:

    Skinuva™ Scar Therapy is a revolutionary new product providing the most advanced topical scar therapy available to consumers. With very few advances in scar healing therapy in the last 20 years this brand new product is long overdue. Skinuva™ Scar is a physician designed and clinically tested scar cream that uses highly selective growth factors to help improve the appearance of scars. Rigorous clinical studies have shown a two-fold improvement in the appearance of the scars when treated by Skinuva™ Scar Therapy.

    About Dr. Christopher Zoumalan:

    Dr. Zoumalan practices in Beverly Hills, CA., where he specializes in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Oculoplastic Surgery. He has completed specialized training both as a board member of the American Board of Opthalmology and a Fellow of the American Society of Opthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS).
    He is an active staff member at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and a panel member of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center as the panel’s Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgeon. Dr Zoumalan also continues to teach as a Clinical Professor at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

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  • 2020 Women on Boards Applauds NY State Pension Fund and BlackRock’s Pressure for More Women Directors

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    “2020 Women on Boards” Applauds NY State Pension Fund and BlackRock’s Pressure for More Women Directors


    National Nonprofit Campaign 2020WOB Pursuing Awareness Strategy to Galvanize Support


    Los Angeles, CA — March 27, 2018 – The national public awareness campaign 2020 Women on Boards (2020WOB) applauds two separate, timely actions by the New York State Common Retirement Fund and asset management firm BlackRock during the current 2018 proxy season.  Both institutional investment organizations stated they will oppose re-election of corporate directors currently on U.S. corporate boards that do not currently have women on their boards. The NY State pension fund just announced it would vote against all directors of a company that has no women directors.  And BlackRock in February said it would vote against the nominating committee chair on boards without at least two women directors.


    “These two giant investors are taking the most concrete and targeted steps yet to turn the tide,” said Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, CEO of Los Angeles-based 2020WOB. “For many years now, research studies have shown that companies with women on their boards perform better than those with all-male boards, by many measures, including profitability.  At the current national average of 16% seats held by women on public company boards, we are a long way from parity.  But we are confident these historic announcements by such powerhouse investors will cause other shareholders and the public to take notice. People generally are quite surprised to learn how few corporate board seats are held by women. Nearly one-fourth of all public companies still have NO women directors on their boards.”


    The 2020WOB strategy is to recognize and celebrate those public companies that have women directors, and try to help those who don’t. Accordingly this month, 2020WOB salutes 929 public companies of the Russell 3000 as “W” companies, so-named for “Winning” companies, that have at least 20% board seats held by women. This is the first year the 2020WOB research included all Russell 3000 companies. Since 2010, the research had tracked only Fortune 1000 companies.  Among those, 174 were applauded for multiple years at the highest “W” level, as rated on the website www.2020WOB.com.


    2020WOB is a nonprofit educational campaign (not a membership organization) that informs the public and collaborates with corporations to achieve at least 20% women directors on all boards by the year 2020—the milestone 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote.

    “Being recognized for having at least 20% on boards enhances favorable image among shareholders, institutional investors, regulators, and customers,” Ms. Berkhemer-Credaire added. “With success among the largest companies in the Fortune 1000, the momentum is building. But we have a long way to go to achieve 20% among all public companies. Thankfully, these huge institutional investors are helping to lead the way.”


    • On March 21, the New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced that the NY Pension Fund would vote its proxies against re-election of all board members on corporate boards that have no women directors. Major research studies have shown that companies with women on boards are more profitable and more productive.


    • In February, BlackRock, with more than $6 Trillion in assets under management, announced it will vote against chairs of nominating/governance committees at boards with fewer than two women directors. This is first-ever recognition that having at least two women directors on boards serves shareholder interests.


    • Even though research shows that having women directors on boards is a critical factor for improved corporate performance and profitability, nearly one-fourth of all public companies in the U.S. still have NO women on their boards of directors.


    • Directors earn significant compensation of cash and stock for the advice and counsel they provide to the CEO and for attending quarterly board and committee meetings. Compensation can range from $50,000 to $250,000. This is a primary reason why corporate directors do not want to give up their seats until required. Some companies ask board members to retire at age 75, but others have no age limits.


    • As of Dec. 31, 2017, nearly two-thirds (63%) of the Russell 3000 companies have fewer than 20% women directors. Adding just one woman to those boards would be an immediate uptick of 2,000 experienced women directors across the country. The national average of women directors on public companies is 16.2%.  In California, the average is 15.5%, and for each of Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties, the number is lowest in the state at 12%.


    • The pipeline of potential women candidates is overflowing with qualified and experienced executive women who have been in executive management for 30 years or more. The old excuse that “We just can’t find qualified women” is simply not true.


    • Boards are allowed to add or reduce the number of directors any time they choose. One solution to bringing more women onto corporate boards within a year would be to simply add a seat specifically for a woman director.


    • California in 2013 was first state in the nation to pass a Legislative Resolution urging all public companies in the state to have at least one woman board member, with goal of at least three women by end of 2016. Five other states passed similar resolutions. While establishing “quotas” is not a popular concept in the U.S., California is considering other legislative efforts to proactively move the needle.


    What does 2020 Women on Boards do? 

    Nationwide public awareness campaign–not a membership organization—2020WOB is fueled by volunteer campaign committees in more than 20 cities that have staged annual events called “The National Conversation on Board Diversity” every November since 2012. In 2017, more than 3,500 women and men attended, and many more participated on social media. New mid-year workshops during summers will educate future women candidates in major cities. On Thursday, November 15, 2018, up to 30 cities will participate, with expected attendance of 5,000.

    Founded in 2010 in Boston, 2020 Women on Boards has relocated its national headquarters to Los Angeles.

    Annual tracking research citing women directors at public companies, utilizing the Russell 3000, Fortune 1000, and 2020WOB’s proprietary Gender Diversity Index, with status of more than 3,000 public companies shown on website:  www.2020WOB.com.

    Positive celebration of corporations and CEOs annually who add women to their boards, and monthly “Challenge” letters, offering help to companies with no women on their boards. Two-thirds of some 80 companies that received Challenge letters have added women directors.

    Source of valuable and current information for shareholders, government regulators, institutional investors, business leaders, legislators, and university business schools. The Russell 3000 database is provided by Equilar, San Jose CA, and verified by 2020WOB staff.

    Public Policy engagement—to track and encourage legislative efforts nationwide. Six state legislatures have passed Resolutions urging all public companies to have at least one woman director on boards, and suggesting at least three within three years. These actions have not caused the needle to move, but at least state governments are aware.

    Media Contact:

    For interview requests for Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, CEO of 2020WOB and author of The Board Game: How Smart Women Become Corporate Directors, copies of her book, or more information please contact:

    Margot Black
    Direct Desk: (323) 876-5006
    Cell: (323) 376-6787
    Margot at BlackInkPR dot com

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  • New Album “BOOM BOOM” Blends an All-Star Cast with Trevor McShane’s Lyrical Americana Wit for a Genre Defying Hit New Release
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    New  Album “BOOM BOOM” Blends an All-Star Cast with Trevor McShane’s Lyrical Americana Wit for a Genre Defying Hit New Release

    We’re thrilled to announce Trevor McShane’s (trevormcshane.com) new album, “BOOM BOOM”, scheduled to be released June 29, 2018. A genre defying vision influenced by Americana, Roots, World-beat, Country, Pop and just plain fun that we would like to invite you to take a listen to.
    Destined to defy conventional genre classification, listen and then you tell us what genre you feel best deserves Boom Boom’s inclusion?
    Given your interest and successful track record discovering new great music albums, we are providing you and a few other leading music journalists with exclusive access to listen at: https://soundcloud.com/trevormcshane-1/sets/boom-boom/s-ETEjl

    Even with such a diverse genre backdrop, see if you agree that Trevor has managed to seamlessly weave all of the tracks together in a way that makes the album a musical package that is a joy from start to finish. For Trevor’s new album entitled “Boom Boom he assembled an all-star cast of musicians and producers to shape his musical vision. Just check out the very campy “I Retired a Spy” to get a sense of his witty, dry humor. For a cool pop/jazz track go to “Lonely Weekends”. Country/pop – it’s his single “Eloise” (watch the music video on YouTube https://youtu.be/mQpXU9noSIQ)and for straight up country listen to his remake of “Sea of Heartbreak”, originally a Top 10 chart song by Don Gibson and written by Paul Hampton and Hal David.
     You may also check out some photos and press materials in his online Google Press Kit at:
    Please feel free to contact us for more information, photos, or anything else you may need.

    In advance, thank you for helping us spread the word in any way you can.

    Press Contact

    Margot Black
    Cell: (323) 376-6787
    Direct Desk: (323) 876-5006
    Margot at BlackInkPR.com

    About Trevor McShane:

    Trevor McShane is the stage name of brilliant Beverly Hills lawyer Neville Johnson, who has been listed every year since 2008 as one of Hollywood Reporter’s Top 100 Power Lawyers.

    Back in 2000 with a very successful law practice as an entertainment, media and business attorney, I decided to perform as Trevor McShane I picked the name Trevor McShane in honor of my Irish roots. My forefathers were named McShane and I wanted to celebrate them. I hope you enjoy the music and join us for a show some time.

    My life is driven by two passions, words and music.

    I first picked up a guitar when I was a teenager and have never looked back. I’ve joyfully spent the last 30 years putting words to music and music to words. I’m an artist, a poet, a songwriter and a lover of life.
    My mission is to make beautiful music and share it with as many people as possible. I want my lyrics to make you think, to make you wonder, to make you happy…or sad.
    If I can somehow move you with my music, my job is done.

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  • Never Too Hungover Presents 10 Fun Facts About Memorial Day Weekend



    Invites You to Celebrate AND Feel Great the Next Morning


    Las Vegas, NV – May 24, 2017 – Never Too Hungover, the nation’s leader in the budding hangover prevention/recovery category, is thrilled to report that Memorial Day Weekend, the holiday Americans consider the official start of summer, is nearly here. It’s time to prepare for the occasion with a mix of tradition and healthy innovation.

    If you’re planning to attend a party, throw a party or just chill and enjoy a few holiday beverages, what better way to ensure you, your friends and family enjoy the entire weekend – than with Never Too Hungover, the ultimate hangover prevention and recovery formula.  Now you can work hard, play hard and feel great the next morning after the holiday.


    But Memorial Day signifies more than just a three-day party weekend. Here’s ten fascinating facts about Memorial Day Weekend that mix serious reflection with a serious amount of fun.

    1. 818 hot dogs are consumed every second from Memorial Day to Labor Day – that’s 7 billion in total! Never too Hungover also rehydrates the body and restores vital nutrients.
    1. Etiquette dictates that Memorial Day Weekend is the perfect time to bring your party host or hostess a gift. Instead of the usual wine or beer? Stand out, be unique! Arrive with a case of Never Too Hungover so all the guests can celebrate the healthy way — and wake up feeling their best and brightest the next morning.
    1. While technically there is no law stating you must celebrate and imbibe on this holiday weekend it is, in fact, legally required to observe a National Moment of Remembrance. In December 2000, Congress passed a law requiring Americans to pause at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day to remember and honor the fallen.
    1. Around 62% of Americans plan to barbeque over the weekend. Unfortunately, 25% more home cooking fires than average happen on Memorial Day. Keep a close eye on your open fire and don’t cook too near a building. Be sure to keep a fire extinguisher nearby, and a six-pack of Never Too Hungover in your ice chest or refrigerator.
    1. Two of the biggest car races of the year, and major Memorial Day social events, will take place. The NASCAR Coca Cola 600 Race in Charlotte, North Carolina and the Indianapolis 500 in Indiana.


    None other than social scene luminary Paris Hilton was quoted, “Woke up feeling like a boss, thanks to Never Too Hungover! Wow, it actually works!” She would know, right?


    1. Memorial Day was first observed by placing flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers on May 30, 1868. After World War I, Memorial Day was changed from honoring Civil War dead to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war.


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    1. In 1966, Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, New York, the “official birthplace” of Memorial Day.
    1. Memorial Day was formerly known as the Decoration Day.
    1. The longest running Memorial Day parade takes place in the town of Ironton, southern Ohio, where they have had a parade every year since 1868.
    1. Attended by more than half a million people, The National Memorial Day Concert is performed on the west lawn of the US Capitol Building in D.C. to pay tribute to the Nation’s fallen soldiers.


    About Never Too Hungover

    In 2006, Never Too Hungover Founder Parrish Whitaker’s dad donated a kidney to his sister who was then battling the deadly autoimmune disease Lupus. Both of their triumphant recoveries were enhanced by a nutrient-rich antioxidant formula suggested by their family’s holistic doctor. Being so impressed by this formula due to it helping to quickly return both family members back to full health, Parrish began experimenting with other uses of it and found that it was incredibly effective in helping prevent or recover from a hangover. It worked so well he felt that this revolutionary finding should be shared with the world and thus NEVER TOO HUNGOVER was born. NEVER TOO HUNGOVER is now available to the public. In early 2013 Parrish connected with members of the Maloof Family, successful entrepreneurs, who acquired the brand and are now expanding distribution eager to help people drink healthy, stay productive and feel great.


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    Margot Black
    Black Ink PR
    Margot (at) blackinkpr.com
    (323) 867-5006 Office
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  • Brand New: Liberal Leggings that Make Your Political Point

    Los Angeles, CA, March 2017 – Go ahead, step into the political fray – it’s trending steeply — by combining your hip casual wear style with a bold statement about what really matters. Not only are the Liberal Leggings/capris incredibly comfortable and fashionable, they make it clear what you stand for.

    NeverthelessShePersisted-EtsyChoose from the classy styled PEACE AND LOVE, RESIST, WE GO HIGH, THE FUTURE IS FEMALE, NEVERTHELESS SHE PERSISTED and more.

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    In popular classic colors from black and pink to fuchsia and turquoise, the millennials (at heart) will love the emoticon translated✌&♥ (Peace and Love).

    Have fun with your liberal or feminist politics, while still putting “America First” as this fashion line is Made in the USA from high quality fabrics. Right in time for fun, frisky spring wear and summer’s right around the corner – find them at Amazon ($49.00 USD) under Liberal Leggings Plangea or click here.

    Read the pdf press release here.


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    About Plangea Inc.

    Liberal Leggings was founded in 2017 on the principle that democracy and equal citizen rights are often best defended by dedicated, visionary, citizens standing up for what they believe in.

    Plangea Inc,, the parent company for Liberal Leggings, was founded by dad-of-four (3 of them daughters) John Westgarth who received sun protective swimwear from a friend in New Zealand and became convinced that this was the best way to protect his kids from skin cancer. In 2002 the company introduced the Tuga Sunwear brand – a full line of highly fashionable, highly protective swimwear for kids. A line for adults and also pets soon followed. As a small, family owned company John is proud to have built an employee (and pet) friendly work environment that is also socially and environmentally conscious. Based in California, it is 100% solar powered.


    Contact for Information, Interviews, Photos and Press Samples: 

    Black Ink PR

    Margot Black  / margot (at) black inkpr.com / O: (323) 876-5006 /  C: (323) 376-6787


    Follow Plangea/Liberal Leggings on Social Media at:

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LiberalLeggings/

    Instagram: @liberalleggings


    Follow Plangea/Tuga Sunwear on Social Media at:

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TugaSunwear/

    Web: https://www.tugasunwear.com/


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  • Black Ink PR Wins Two PRism Awards at 2016 PRSA-LA Annual Awards

    Los Angeles, CA — Nov. 18, 2016 – Black Ink PR (“BIPR”), a boutique public relations agency specializing in global tourism, travel and lifestyle brands, today announced it is pleased and proud to have won two PRism “Awards for Excellence” at the 52nd Annual Public Relations Society of America – L.A. (“PRSA-LA”) Awards Show.

    PRSA-LA is comprised of nearly 600 agency, in-house and independent public relations… Read More

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  • Black Ink PR Wins Prestigious 2016 Visit California Poppy Award for Best PR Campaign

    Hollywood, CA – February 26, 2016 – Black Ink PR partners Margot Black and Jeanne Sullivan just took home the state’s top honor for tourism public relations and marketing – a Visit California Poppy Award. The team accepted the Best PR Campaign award in their category at a special gala Tuesday evening, Feb. 23, in Oakland, California.

    The prestigious biennial Visit California Poppy Awards are a biennial honor the best and brightest of California tourism promotion. Winners were… Read More

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  • Black Ink PR Wins Two Prism Awards at PRSA-LA 51st Annual Awards

    Los Angeles, CA — Nov. 9, 2015 – Black Ink PR (“BIPR”), a boutique public relations agency specializing in global tourism, travel, lifestyle brands and entrepreneurs, today announced it won two major Awards for Excellence at the 51st Annual PRSA-LA PRism Awards Show this past Wednesday night.

    The Public Relations Society of America, L.A. Chapter (“PRSA-LA”) bestowed its highest honors on BIPR for Excellence in two…Read More

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  • Sunset SAVOR The Central Coast Wins Nations Most Outstanding Food Event at 6th Annual TASTE Awards

    LOS ANGELES, CA (Jan. 16, 2015) – Thursday night, Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast – one of the country’s premier wine and food events -­‐-­‐ devoured the competition at the prestigious 6th Annual Taste Awards, where Hollywood luminaries honor the world’s best achievements in food, fashion, home and lifestyle events as well as programs on television, film, online and radio… Read More

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  • Scott Thomas of Scott Thomas Interior Design Named a Featured HGTV.com Designer

    Los Angeles, CA, Nov. 6, 2014Scott Thomas Interior Design, a producer of electric and eclectic original designs for all styles of homes and workplaces, today announced its principal designer, Scott Thomas, has been named a Featured HGTV.com Designer… Read More

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  • Top 10 Reasons You Should Spend the Holidays in San Luis Obispo County on California’s Central Coast

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, California (Nov 5, 2014) – The holidays are just around the corner and instead of thinking about hectic shopping, entertaining, or getting your work done with everyone in vacation mode… Read More

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  • Premier Tours Featured in Prestigious 2014 Wendy Perrin WOW List; CEO Julian Harrison Designated “Trusted Travel Expert” for Southern Africa

    Philadelphia, PA – October 15, 2014 – Premier Tours, a leading African travel and tour firm, today announced it has been featured as a “Trusted Travel Expert”… Read More

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast Launches New Friday Night Events in Pismo Beach: Winemaker Dinner Series Stars Culinary Luminaries Tanya Holland and Regional Chefs/Vintners

    (San Luis Obispo County, CA) Organizers for Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast the West Coast’s premier wine and food event Sept. 25 -­ 28 just unveiled their exciting new Friday night…Read More

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  • Four Winning Chefs Converge in San Luis Obispo to Compete in the Lamb Jam “Masters” Finale

    Culinary Cook Off brings Top Chefs Together at Savor the Central Coast Food Festival Fans of American lamb are in for a culinary treat on Sunday, September…Read More

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  • Final Evening Event for Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast Promises “Good Vibrations” with Intimate Concert by Beach Boys Icon Brian Wilson at Vina Robles Amphitheatre: Tickets on Sale; First 400 Guests Receive a Torani Pi

    (San Luis Obispo County, CA) Organizers promise a night of “Good Vibrations” and “Fun, Fun Fun” as California legend Brian Wilson with Al Jardine co founders of the Beach Boys takes the stage…Read More

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  • Tickets Are Selling Fast at Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast: Popular Celebrity Chef and Vintner Seminars, Adventure Tours and Sunset at Hearst Castle Tickets Available

    (San Luis Obispo County, CA) Organizers for Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast winner of the 2014 Fame Award for Best Epicurean Event announced today that tickets are selling fast for the popular wine and food…Read More

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: San Luis Obispo County Locals Only Discount Now Available to Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast through August 31 – Save on Main Event Tickets

    (San Luis Obispo County, CA) San Luis Obispo County residents can now take advantage of the special “locals only” discount to experience Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast Winner of the 2014 Fame Award for Best Epicurea…Read More

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  • Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast Tickets Go on Sale Today with Exclusive $100 Weekend Pass Price through May Only: Surprises for 2014 Include New VIP Packages, Celebrity Chefs and New Events

    (San Luis Obispo County, CA) Fresh from winning the 2014 Fame Award for Best Epicurean Event Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast organizers today announced plans to dish up plenty…Read More

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  • “SLOW” Down for the Holidays with Pure Play in San Luis Obispo County’s Charming Coastal College and Wine Country Towns Get in the Holiday Spirit with these Great Hotel Deal, Events and Activities

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA — November 21, 2013 — With retailers, family and bosses pinging us every minute to get all the gift buying and other preparations made, it might seem like there’s no way to avoid the holiday hysteria…Read More

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  • San Luis Obispo County’s Paso Robles to Host Two Major Wine Events in 2014: Wine Tourism Conference Nov. 12-14, and Great American Wine Festival Nov. 15

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA — November 19, 2013 — Save the date! Visit San Luis Obispo (“SLO”) County is proud to announce Paso Robles has been selected to host the West Coast’s top two 2014 wine events: the Wine Tourism Conference Nov. 12 to 14, and the Great American Wine Festival Nov. 15, 2014. Located mid-way between San Francisco and Los Angeles, SLO County includes some of central California’s popular communities and travel destinations — from laid-back surfing haven Pismo Beach and artsy college hub SLO to…Read More

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  • Nikki’s Magic Wand, Revolutionary Savior of Expensive Cosmetics, Goes Global – Save Hundreds of Cosmetics Dollars; Look like a Million Bucks Doing it

    Pittsburgh, PA – November 13, 2013 – Nikki’s Magic Wand, producer of the revolutionary Magic Wand that enables consumers to access that remaining 20 percent of concealer, lip gloss or mascara that otherwise remains unused at the bottom of the tube, today announced it is launching its first mass market campaign in time for the holiday season…Read More

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  • Lizou Unveils New Fall Line of 5-Wrap Semi-Precious Jewelry

    Nevada City, California – November 6, 2013 – The Lizou Collection, designers of fun, trendy and hip fashionable jewelry, today proudly announced the launch of its much anticipated 2013 Fall line of “5-Wrap” jewelry (see over 160 styles!) at: http://is.gd/oCoAVM.

    Led by its Founder Lize Hottegindre, the new 5-Wrap line combines the understated elegance of California casual with her French European roots to produce a multi-layered look that provides alluring beauty, sparkle and…Read More

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  • Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast Main Event Promises to be Bigger, Better than Ever: Meet Celebrity Chefs and Vintners and Dive into more Travel and Adventure.

    San Luis Obispo County, CA– September 11, 2013 – This year’s Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast – the West Coast’s premier wine and food event – promises to be bigger and better than before, with chances to meet some of the nation’s hottest celebrity chefs and winemakers, and dive into more travel and adventure. Taking place Sept. 26-29 at locations throughout the Central Coast and the Main Event at Santa Margarita Ranch, Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast, has become the West Coast’s hot ticket for wine and food lovers…Read More

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  • Walk Japan Debuts New Tour – Adventures on Foot

    Kyushu, Japan – July 22, 2013 – Walk Japan, the pioneer and premier provider of intimate, off-the-beaten-path walking tours in Japan, today noted The Land of the Rising Sun is on sale at “30 percent off.”…Read More

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  • Sunset SAVOR The Central Coast to Host Inaugural 5K/10K Savor Run

    (San Luis Obispo County, CA) – Fitness lovers can get ready to race, taste and indulge at the new SAVOR Run on Sept. 29 – the latest addition to Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast – the leading wine and food event on the West Coast…Read More

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  • San Luis Obispo County’s Gone to the Dogs – Really Pet-Friendly Resorts, Beaches, Wineries, Parks, and Tours

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA (April 4, 2013) — Been working like a dog? Your pooch knows it too, and he wants you to take a vacation.
    Join us in San Luis Obispo County, located mid-way between San Francisco and Los Angeles, where our communities will make you and your best friend feel like top dogs — from laid-back surfing haven Pismo Beach and artsy college hub San Luis Obispo to rustic wine town Paso Robles…Read More

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  • Laguna Uncorked! March 2013 Release

    Laguna Beach, CA – March 4 , 2013 – Would you like to spend a month along the glorious coastline of world famous Laguna Beach, dine at 20 outstanding restaurants, visit 30 different wineries spanning California and globally — but can’t get the month off work or don’t have the vacation budget to cover it all?…Read More

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  • Laguna Uncorked! January 2013 Release

    Laguna Beach, CA – January 28, 2013 – The Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau is proud to announce the second annual Laguna Beach Uncorked! An International Wine & Food Fest to be held Saturday, March 9, 2013. The ever popular Laguna Beach Uncorked! features an afternoon of tastings from 20 renowned Laguna Beach restaurants and 30 top wineries from around the world…Read More

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  • Premier Tours December 2012 Release

    Philadelphia, PA –December 10, 2012– Premier Tours, a leading Africa travel and tour firm, specializing in African safaris, today announced that CEO Julian Harrison has been named to the exclusive Conde Nast list of Top Travel Specialists for the eleventh consecutive year…Read More

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  • Red Lion Hotel Anaheim July 2012 Release

    Anaheim, CA, July 5, 2011– Red Lion Hotel Anaheim, located walking distance from Disneyland® Resort, was disappointed to learn that Britain’s newlyweds Prince William and his bride Kate Middleton will not be visiting Disneyland on their official visit to the U.S. in July. Accordingly, the hotel is offering all…Read More

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  • Savor the Central Coast June 2012 Release

    June 26, 2012 (San Luis Obispo County, CA) – For those who are busy with summer plans and think they’ll be fashionably late in buying tickets to the event of the year on the California Coast – a glamorous evening at Hearst Castle with the editors of Sunset magazine– think again…Read More

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  • Savor the Central Coast May 29, 2012 Release

    May 29, 2012 (San Luis Obispo County, CA) – Whether you’re a hard-core foodie or someone who just likes to rub elbows with celebrity chefs, at Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast (Sept. 27-30) you’ll get up close and personal and learn best-kept culinary secrets from superstars Ted Allen, Emmy® Award winner, author and host of the Food Network’s “Chopped”; Aarti Sequeira, host of Food Network’s “Aarti Party”; and “Top Chef Masters’”Susan Feniger and Rick Moonen of Mandalay Bay…Read More

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  • Savor the Central Coast May 1, 2012 Release

    May 1, 2012 (San Luis Obispo County, CA) – Look out New York, Aspen and South Beach. Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast is about to take the crown as the wine and food event of the year…Read More

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