On PR Newswire: United Updates Policies, American Perception of Mexico Reaches 10-Year High, DC Eaglet Rescued
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.
United Airlines on April 27 announced 10 substantial changes to how it flies, serves, and respects its customers. The changes are the result of United’s thorough examination of its policies and procedures, and commitment to take action, in the wake of the forced removal of a customer aboard United Express Flight 3411 on April 9. Among the changes, United commits to limited use of law enforcement to safety and security issues only; not requiring customers seated on the plane to give up their seat involuntarily unless safety or security is at risk; increased customer compensation incentives for voluntary denied boarding up to $10,000. Related: United Airlines Issues Statement Regarding Resolution with Dr. David Dao.
BD (Becton, Dickinson and Co.), a medical technology company, and C.R. Bard Inc., a medical technology leader in the fields of vascular, urology, oncology, and surgical specialty products, announced on April 23 a definitive agreement under which BD will acquire Bard for $317 per Bard common share in cash and stock, for a total consideration of $24 billion. The agreement has been unanimously approved by the boards of both companies.
In the U.S., Americans’ perception of Mexico has reached a 10-year high, according to a recent Gallup, Inc. poll. The statistic further highlights the country’s record-breaking 2016 tourism year that saw more than 35 million international visitors — up 9% from the year prior — enjoying its world-class beaches and cultural offerings, according to the Mexico Tourism Board. Credit for the country’s recent successes in tourism is largely due to the Mexican people – widely recognized as some of the friendliest and most welcoming in the world, and their centuries-old spirit of hospitality.
George Clooney stars in Nespresso’s new advertising campaign “Comin’ Home,” his second as U.S. brand ambassador. Nespresso, the worldwide pioneer and reference in premium, single-serve coffee, extends its premiere 2015 campaign with Clooney and introduces a fresh iteration inspired by iconic Hollywood films. Set to Mel Torme’s celebrated version of “Comin’ Home, Baby,” Clooney can be seen on the road and alongside legendary characters in scenes from some of America’s most memorable movies on a quest for quality coffee.
During the evening of April 20th, the right leg of 23-day-old Bald Eaglet “DC4” became precariously lodged inside a hole within the outer rails of its large stick-nest. The eaglet was unable to free itself after many attempts to do so over a considerable period of time. Via the live-streaming cameras on dceaglecam.org, it became apparent to worldwide viewers that DC4 was in trouble and distressed, and that a human-coordinated rescue could significantly decrease the chance of serious injury to the eaglet’s leg. The non-profit American Eagle Foundation (AEF) and the U.S. National Arboretum immediately cooperated with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Ex-Cel Tree Experts to plan the removal of the eaglet from the nest. DC4 was successfully returned to its nest at the Arboretum on April 21st at around 5pm EDT.
U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings, announced the 2017 Best High Schools. The rankings identify the top-performing public high schools at the national and state level and include published data on more than 22,000 schools. The U.S. News rankings highlight public schools that best serve all of their students, including disadvantaged populations. Public schools in Arizona make a strong showing in the national rankings, taking four of the top five spots. Overall, the rankings focus on student outcomes with an emphasis on graduation rates and state proficiency tests. Students at the 6,041 schools that receive national recognition from U.S. News graduate at rates that are 15 percent higher, on average, than students at schools nationwide that are not ranked.
Lust for Vinyl: UMe Resurrects Iggy Pop’s Historic First Three LPs on Limited-Edition Colored-Vinyl Editions
Iggy Pop is one of music’s genuine iconoclasts, a walking embodiment of all that is risky and dangerous about rock ‘n’ roll. He’s also an artist of considerable depth, and the creator of a diverse body of work that demonstrates his uncanny ability to defy expectations and explore uncharted creative territory. Now, UMe celebrates Iggy’s singular stature with new limited-edition colored-vinyl editions of his first three solo albums, The Idiot, Lust for Life and TV Eye Live. The three new colored-vinyl releases, which will be released on June 2, will be bundled together in a limited-edition-of-500 custom tote bag featuring the cover art of The Idiot on one side and Lust for Life on the other, available exclusively here.
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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.