Monday, June 4, 2018

Schwinn Releases Limited Edition Stranger Things Bike

Schwinn Releases Limited Edition Stranger Things Bike

Mike Wheeler's retro bike comes to life

MADISON, Wis., June 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting today, fans of the hugely popular Netflix show, Stranger Things, will get a chance to own an iconic piece of the series. Schwinn, a brand of Dorel Industries (TSX: DII.B, DII.A), and Netflix have partnered to create a limited edition "Mike's Bike" bicycle, designed in the same style as one of the main character's rides. There will be just 500 bikes available and can only be purchased by calling 1-800-SCHWINN (1-800-724-9466). "The bikes featured in Stranger Thingshave almost become their own characters," says Milissa Rick, senior director of marketing, Schwinn. "These retro bikes are the kids' primary form of transportation – taking them towards adventure and away from danger. It's exciting to be a part of this incredible series with the launch of Mike's Bike."
The limited-edition Mike's Bike is inspired by the bicycle that the main character, Mike Wheeler (played by Finn Wolfhard), rides throughout season 1 and 2 of Stranger Things. Keeping in line with the old school feel of both the series and the bike, Mike's Bike is only available for purchase by calling 1-800-SCHWINN. The number will be shared with the public in a Chicago Tribune newspaper ad, and in a 1980's style TV commercial on Schwinn social media channels (view commercial here).
Mike's Bike comes in a special edition, retro themed Strangers Thing collectors box. It features a springer front suspension fork, banana-style saddle, classic high-rise ape bars, rear "sissy" bar, rear pegs, coaster brake, a front light and bell. The Stranger Things logo is featured on the chainguard and other Easter eggs fans will appreciate appear in other areas on the bike. Mike's Bike retails for $379.
ABOUT SCHWINN Schwinn is a brand of Pacific Cycle, a division of Dorel Industries' (TSX: DII.B, DII.A) Dorel Sports segment, encompassing several powerhouse brands, including Mongoose, Iron Horse, Pacific, InSTEP, Dyno, Playsafe, KidTrax. Dorel Industries Inc. has annual sales of US$2.6 billion and employs approximately 10,000 people in facilities located in twenty-five countries worldwide.  Founded in 1895, Schwinn is an American icon, building some of the best-known and best-loved bicycles of all time.  With a continued dedication to quality, Schwinn looks forward to providing innovation and performance to people of all ages.  Information about Schwinn bicycles is available at  

Amplify media + marketing Accepted

Amplify media + marketing Accepted to Exclusive Invite-Only Google Partners Initiative Program

MCALLEN, TexasJune 4, 2018/PRNewswire/ -- Amplify media + marketing, a cutting-edge full-service digital marketing agency, has been chosen by Google to join their exclusive Google Partners Elevator Program. The program gives them unbelievable access to world-class training and ideas, which they leverage to bring their customers the best marketing strategies and tactics. Amplify Founder Travis French stated; "We're so appreciative to be included in this small club by one of the most admired tech companies, Google. The Google Partners Elevator program provides Amplify with developmental programs that help us reach our business goals; but ultimately, we realize it is all about helping our customers win.  Being equipped with these tools we will be serving our clients with world-class marketing solutions that drive value."
The Google Partners Elevator Program is a very selective, invite-only program specifically created by Google to expedite the growth of accredited Google Partner members.  In order to be considered, your agency must not only be a certified partner, a regional top agency experiencing 'hyper growth', experienced and knowledgeable; but the agency must also demonstrate an expert understanding of running high performing campaigns, demonstrate clear ROI and follow Google best practices. Executives from 19 other agencies throughout the country attended the program in Google's San Francisco campus to learn best practices directly from Google. Agencies learn the latest marketing techniques and are advised of trends and offerings before they hit the market. Amplify was honored to be the only company in Texas selected for the program held in San Francisco.
French stated, "Google realizes their success is tied to our success, and we know our success is directly tied to achieving results for our customers.  My team is on a mission to be the best, and deliver the best services, and this partnership is a win for everyone."
Amplify was founded in 2011, as a full-service digital marketing agency. Travis French, Founder, has led Amplify media + marketing's growth, placing it as one of the fastest growing Google Partner agencies nationwide.
Amplify media + marketing (, a full-service digital marketing agency, is a preferred choice for small to medium sized businesses when struggling to grow their customer base, revenues and profits. We pride ourselves on transparency, communication and generating results. As a Certified Google Partner and digital marketing experts, we are always applying new trends and techniques to our client's campaigns.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Nikki Bella Says She Lost Herself In Her Relationship

Nikki Bella Says She Lost Herself In Her Relationship. Watch the Emotional "Total Bellas" Moment Now!

On Sunday's all-new episode of "Total Bellas," Nikki leans on Brie, Bryan and the rest of the Bella Family for their unconditional love and support after shocking everyone and calling off the wedding from her fiancé, John Cena. Meanwhile Nikki and Brie must also continue to train and prepare for the Bella Twins big return to the WWE 25th Anniversary of Monday Night Raw. 
Clip Description: Nikki Bella Says She Lost Herself in Her Relationship. The WWE Superstar is keeping a brave face after her breakup, but sister Brie can tell she's not feeling so fearless. Watch the emotional "Total Bellas" moment now! 

E! NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Kris Jenner Says

E! NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Kris Jenner Says Khloe Kardashian Will Be "Home Soon" in L.A. With Baby True Thompson: "It's a Dream Come True"

Khloe Kardashian won't be in Cleveland for much longer.
Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner let the news slip while attending the American Womanpremiere at Chateau Marmont last night in West Hollywood. Understandably, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star is eager for her daughter and granddaughter to return to Los Angeles, as baby True Thompson is already seven weeks old!
"Time is going by way too fast," Jenner told E! News exclusively on the red carpet.
And it sounds like Khloe has already taken to her new mom role.
"She's great," notes Kris. "She's the best mom in the world."
"She had a lot of practice with the nieces and nephews," admits a proud Jenner. "I think it's a dream come true for her."
Not only has Kris already visited Khloe in Cleveland, but she regularly checks in with the new mom.
"We go back and forth," the mom of six relays. "I FaceTime with her every day. So that's a lot of fun."
Since giving birth, Khloe and True have remained in Cleveland but the mother-daughter duo may be relocating back to L.A. in the near future. "She'll be home soon," Kris confesses.
See Kris' update on Khloe and baby True in the clip above! And watch E! News tonight for more from our interview with Kris.
American Woman premieres on Thursday, June 7th on the Paramount Network.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

E! News Exclusive:See Nikki Bella and John Cena

E! News Exclusive:See Nikki Bella and John Cena Reunite for the First Time After Calling Off Their Wedding: "I Miss You So Much"

 E! News 

Well this is a little awkward.
John Cena and Nikki Bella are seeing each other for the first time since deciding to call off their wedding in this exclusive sneak peek at Sunday's all new episode of Total Bellas. The reunion happens when the former fiancés run into each other backstage at the taping of WWE's Raw25th anniversary event in NYC. Despite some awkwardness, John and Nikki give each other a giant hug and decide to have a little chat about their breakup.
"John, I mean he's like a frickin' magnet to me and it's like my heart sinks so deep into my stomach," Nikki tells the camera. "Like I feel like I don't even know how to breathe as if my lungs are filled with fluid.”
"You didn't even call or text me yesterday," Nikki tells John.
"I'm supposed to stay away from you," a solemn John admits. "It's taking every fiber of my being not to text or call you. I'm just trying to do the right thing."
"I miss you so much," John tells Nikki, who replies, " I miss you too."
See Nikki and John's reunion in the exclusive clip above!
Watch a brand new episode of Total Bellas Sunday at 9 p.m., only on E!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Hawai'i Governor David Ige

"Air Quality is Safe in the Hawaiian Islands" - Hawai'i Governor David Ige and State's Top Health Official.

HONOLULUMay 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Knowing travelers are expressing concerns about emissions from Kīlauea volcano, Hawai'i Governor David Ige and State Department of Health Director Dr. Virginia Pressler emphasized today that the air quality of the Hawaiian Islands is safe and should not dissuade them from booking vacations. Dr. Pressler commented, "The air quality for the vast majority of the Hawaiian Islands is clean and healthy. The emissions from Kīlauea volcano are a non-factor for O'ahu, Maui, Moloka'i, Lāna'i and Kaua'i. The weather is beautiful and warm with cooling trade winds everywhere in Hawai'i and is exactly what travelers expect when coming here for a relaxing and fun vacation experience. This includes Hilo, Pāhoa and the Kona and Kohala coasts on the island of Hawai'i.
"The areas where precautions are required for people are in lower Puna where lava is flowing and downwind from there on the island of Hawai'i, particularly if they have respiratory problems. Because of heavy emissions of vog, as well as occasional bursts of ash plumes from the Kīlauea summit, the southeast portions of the island are also routinely experiencing concerning conditions. Those visiting areas south of Hilo should stay alert for air quality updates, especially when wind conditions change. Fortunately, when trade winds are blowing, the vog and ash routinely move in a southwesterly direction and out to sea away from the Hawaiian Islands."
Governor Ige stated, "Hawai'i's air quality is being closely monitored on a continuing basis by scientists, meteorologists and the Hawai'i State Department of Health. This team of experts says the air quality in the Hawaiian Islands is safe for residents and visitors, except in the affected areas.
"Two other topics that I want to alleviate people's concerns about are laze and the Puna Geothermal Venture plant. Laze is a natural reaction that occurs whenever lava flows into the ocean as it is doing now and has from time to time over the past 35 years. This is all part of nature's way of creating new land for life to grow. Laze is limited to the area where the lava meets the ocean and is not a danger to people who keep a safe distance away.
"At the Puna Geothermal Venture plant, the state is actively directing protective actions to reduce the risk from lava flows moving nearby. The underground wells have been sealed and secured minimizing the threat to the safety of people and communities.
"The bottom line is that there is no reason for travelers to avoid making their vacation plans in the Hawaiian Islands due to safety concerns because of Kīlauea volcano.
"Visitors will be welcomed with open arms and treated to the hospitality, aloha, warmth and natural beauty that is found everywhere in Hawai'i. The only area to avoid is lower Puna where the eruption is ongoing."
George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawai'i Tourism Authority, echoed the governor's sentiment in welcoming visitors to Hawai'i. "We understand the concern some travelers may have about coming to Hawai'i while Kīlauea volcano is so much more active at this time. But we encourage everyone to do their research and rely on trusted federal, state and county resources that are providing truthful, accurate information about what is taking place in Hawai'i. Those who do will find that coming to Hawai'i is a smart decision to enjoy a wonderful summer vacation."
Kīlauea has been an active volcano since 1983 and is one of Hawai'i's most popular attractions. Over the years residents and visitors have been drawn to the wonder of seeing nature at work in the creation of new land via tours or visits to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Most of the park is currently closed until further notice.
For the latest update on air quality in the Hawaiian Islands, please reference the State of Hawai'i Interagency Vog Information Dashboard:
For the latest tourism updates please visit the Special Alerts page of the Hawai'i Tourism Authority:
Travelers planning a trip to the Hawaiian Islands who have questions can contact the Hawai'i Tourism United States Call Center at 1-800-GOHAWAII (1-800-464-2924).

Live Nation Looks To Bring More International

Live Nation Looks To Bring More International Talent To Japan With Appointment Of Seasoned Talent Buyer James Smith.

TOKYOMay 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Live Nation Entertainment, the world's leading live entertainment company, signals its ongoing investment in Asia as the company's Japan team announced the hiring of long-time talent buyer James Smith as VP, Touring and Festivals. Based in Tokyo, Smith will focus on attracting top global artists to Live Nation's growing number of events across Japan, and will report to John Boyle, President, Live Nation Japan.  For over 10 years Smith has been at the forefront of the music and entertainment industry, successfully securing premiere talent for Japan's largest outdoor music festival, Fuji Rock – which draws over 100,000 fans annually, and has featured international headliners such as Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer, The XX, and APhex Twin. Smith has also been instrumental in spearheading multiple international tours for artists such as James Blake, Grimes, and Bonobo, playing a crucial role in securing and introducing Japan's market to newly emerging talent, while connecting artists with this expanded fan base.
Live Nation currently operates across 10 markets in Asia including China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, The Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. There is a strong demand for international talent across these regions, and most recently, Live Nation's Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour sold out 14 shows across 7 cities throughout Asia. 
"James's knowledge of Japan's music industry runs deep, and he has a true passion to unite artists with fans, existing and new," said Boyle. "His dedication and expertise makes him the perfect addition to Live Nation's team to help us expand our business as we continue to meet the growing demand for international concerts in Asia. I can't wait to see what amazing shows we create together for the people of Japan thanks to his extraordinary vision."
"My ultimate goal is to bring acts from all over the world to Japan, which is why I'm so excited to be joining Live Nation entertainment and begin tapping into their unparalleled artist pipeline," said Smith. "There is enormous potential in this market and I plan to maximize these opportunities for growth with a hands-on and artist-centric approach."

Saturday, May 26, 2018

U-Haul Migration Trends

U-Haul Migration Trends: Houston Ranks as No. 1 U.S. Destination

Destination Cities are ranked by the number of arriving one-way U-Haul trucks in the past calendar year. 
PHOENIX and HOUSTONMay 25, 2018/PRNewswire/ -- Houston is the No. 1 U.S. Destination City according to the latest U-Haul migration trends report, continuing its run atop the list for the ninth consecutive year.
Houston saw a 5 percent year-over-year increase in one-way U-Haul truck arrivals in 2017 to maintain its status as the busiest locale for incoming traffic among do-it-yourself movers. "We are an international city with a strong housing market," stated Matt Merrill, U-Haul Company of West Houston president. "The cost of living remains relatively inexpensive. The average paycheck goes further in Houston. Many companies are relocating here and bringing jobs to our communities. With U-Haul helping move people to the next chapter of their lives, I'm not surprised Houston is the top destination city again."
U-Haul has 33 Company-owned stores and 144 independent neighborhood dealerships, operated by small-business owners, currently serving self-movers in the Houston city limits. Find U-Haul truck and trailer sharing locations in Houston – and in any U.S. or Canadian city – at
U-Haul International, headquartered in Phoenix, counts down its top 10 U.S. Destination Cities each year as a prelude to Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start to summer moving season. About 45 percent of moves each year occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.
Following Houston in the rankings are: 2. Chicago; 3. Orlando; 4. Brooklyn; 5. San Antonio; 6. Las Vegas; 7. Austin; 8. Philadelphia; 9. Charlotte; and 10. Columbus. See the complete top 50 Destination Cities below.
Rankings are based on the total number of arriving one-way U-Haul trucks into a city in the past calendar year. Destination Cities reflect the volume and regularity of do-it-yourself movers coming into a community. They do not account for departing one-way U-Haul trucks, and thus do not necessarily signify growth like U-Haul Growth Cities and Growth States rankings.
U-Haul released its top 25 U.S. Growth Cities and its complete Growth States rankings for 2017 in January. Texas topped the Growth States report despite enduring the wrath of Hurricane Harvey last year, with much of the misfortune befalling Houston residents.
"If you drove through today, you wouldn't know Houston got destroyed by a hurricane," Merrill said. "There are a lot of people still rebuilding, but much of the damage is behind us. There are people everywhere lending a hand to help their neighbor."
Robert Abidin, U-Haul Company of Northeast Houston president, added: "Other than New York CityHouston is the most diverse city of its size in the U.S. The oil industry is growing again. We have amazing colleges. The square footage of the city is immense. You can be in the heart of the city, or you can choose to be in the suburbs to raise your family and be away from the hustle and bustle. Houstonhas something for everyone."
Atlanta, the last city other than Houstonto top the U-Haul Destination Cities list (based on one-way moves in 2008), lands at No. 20. Pittsburgh is the biggest mover among this year's top 50, going from unranked to No. 37. Columbia, S.C., climbs 11 positions to No. 35. California boasts a list-leading seven cities among the top 50 despite having none in the top 10. Texashas six cities in the rankings, including three of the top seven.
U-Haul is the authority on migration trends thanks to its expansive network that blankets all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. The geographical coverage from more than 21,000 U-Haul locations provides a comprehensive overview of where people are moving like no one else in the industry. Migration trends data is compiled from more than 1.7 million one-way U-Haul truck rental transactions that occur annually.
The arrival of U-Haul Truck Share 24/7® is revolutionizing the moving industry through its more convenient, more secure way to pick up and return a truck. U-Haul live verification technology allows transactions to be carried out entirely on a smartphone at any hour – day or night. There are no membership fees. Download the U-Haul app or go to to create an account.
U-Haul Top 50 Destination Cities
  1. HOUSTON, Texas
  2. CHICAGO, Ill.
  3. ORLANDO, Fla.
  5. SAN ANTONIO, Texas
  6. LAS VEGAS, Nevada
  7. AUSTIN, Texas
  10. COLUMBUS, Ohio
  11. TAMPA, Fla.
  12. SAN DIEGO, Calif.
  13. PHOENIX, Ariz.
  15. SACRAMENTO, Calif.
  16. DALLAS, Texas
  18. LOS ANGELES, Calif.
  19. TUCSON, Ariz.
  20. ATLANTA, Ga.
  21. MIAMI, Fla.
  22. SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.
  23. BRONX, N.Y.
  25. FORT WORTH, Texas
  26. PORTLAND, Ore.
  27. NASHVILLE, Tenn.
  29. CINCINNATI, Ohio
  30. BALTIMORE, Md.
  31. PLANO, Texas
  32. RALEIGH, N.C.
  33. DENVER, Colo.
  34. KNOXVILLE, Tenn.
  35. COLUMBIA, S.C.
  36. OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.
  39. RENO, Nevada
  40. SEATTLE, Wash.
  41. RICHMOND, Va.
  42. SAN JOSE, Calif.
  43. BAKERSFIELD, Calif.
  44. DURHAM, N.C.
  45. MADISON, Wis.
  48. FRESNO, Calif.
  49. MEMPHIS, Tenn.
  50. TULSA, Okla.
* Rankings based on total one-way U-Haul truck arrivals in 2017. For the purpose of migration trends lists, New York City boroughs are listed as their own cities.