Did You See That Press Release? Circus Merger, Ice Cream Recall, Best New Hotels

With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire for Journalists. Here are some of this week’s most newsworthy releases you might have missed.

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Source: AP Photo

Source: AP Photo

Cirque du Soleil Finds New Strategic Majority Partner in TPG-Led Investor Group

Cirque du Soleil announced on April 20 an agreement under which TPG, a global private investment firm, will acquire a majority stake in Cirque du Soleil to fuel growth and take Cirque’s iconic blue and yellow big top to exciting new markets.

Cirque du Soleil’s founder, Guy Laliberté, will maintain a stake in the business and will continue to provide strategic and creative input to the company. Fosun, one of China’s leading privately owned investment groups, will acquire a minority stake in Cirque du Soleil via a fund under its management, and together the firms will work with the company to launch and expand in China.

In addition, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec will also acquire a minority interest in the company. Québec businessman Mitch Garber, who has strong business ties to TPG, will be part of the investor group. Garber will become chairman of Cirque du Soleil, adding valuable expertise and a strong Montréal-community presence to the board of directors. No financial terms of the transaction were disclosed. See the full release to learn more about the deal.

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Research Reveals Five Job Interview Deal Breakers

It should go without saying, but checking your smartphone isn’t a smart move during a job interview. In fact, it’s the top way to blow your chances with a prospective employer, new research by The Creative Group shows.

More than three-quarters (77%) of advertising and marketing executives surveyed said it’s likely they’d remove a candidate from consideration if the person used his or her phone during the interview. See the full release to learn more about what not to do or say during a job interview.

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Source: AP Photo/LM Otero

Source: AP Photo/LM Otero

Blue Bell Creameries Voluntarily Expands Recall to Include All of Its Products Due to Possible Health Risk

Blue Bell Ice Cream of Brenham, Texas, said it is voluntarily recalling all of its products currently on the market made at all of its facilities including ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks. These products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. See the full release to learn more about the recall.

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AARP: Is Your Neighborhood Livable Today and in the Future? New Livability Index Helps People Assess, Plan for Needs and Wants

The AARP Public Policy Institute is launching the AARP Livability Index, a first of its kind resource that allows people to determine how well their communities are meeting their current and future needs.

People, policy makers and the private sector can use the Livability Index to measure how their location – down to the neighborhood level – rates across a comprehensive range of metrics that reflect user friendliness, and customize their search based on their own priorities.

In an exclusive feature, the May issue of AARP Bulletin uses the Livability Index to identify the most livable places in the country to live for people 50-plus.  See the full release to see the complete list of most livable neighborhoods in the country.

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Source: PRNewsFoto/Conde Nast

Source: PRNewsFoto/Conde Nast

Conde Nast Traveler Announces The 2015 Hot List: The World’s Best New Hotels

On April 20, the editors of Conde Nast Traveler announced the definitive guide to the best new hotels and resorts in the world, the 2015 Hot List. A select 60 properties made the 2015 Hot List, after being vetted by editors and contributors who visited hundreds of recently opened properties around the world, from West Africa to Miami.

This year, an invisible and seemingly effortless attention to detail was appreciated more than over-the-top gestures. Conde Nast Traveler Editor-in-Chief Pilar Guzman said, “The standout properties were those that understood the intuitive needs of the modern traveler. The sweet spot for a Hot List hotel is a combination of old-school extravagance and service with just the right measure of modernity.” See the full release to learn which hotels made the list.

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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.

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