On PR Newswire: Looking Backward & Forward
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:
Journalists Honored at Times Square New Year’s Eve as the International Event Celebrated Press Freedom
On New Year’s Eve, an esteemed group of journalists, representing domestic and international media outlets, helped ring in the new year in Times Square, and were honored as the special guests of Times Square New Year’s Eve. As the event’s official special guests, the group appeared on stage with the evening’s charity honoree, the Committee to Protect Journalists, just before midnight to push the crystal button that signaled the lowering of the Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball. The moment – seen by billions around the world – officially began the 60-second countdown to the New Year.
Americans are on the move, relocating to western and southern parts of the country. The results of United Van Lines’ 42nd Annual National Movers Study, which tracks customers’ state-to-state migration patterns over the past year, revealed that more residents moved out of New Jersey than any other state in 2018, with 66.8 percent of New Jersey moves being outbound. The study also found that the state with the highest percentage of inbound migration was Vermont (72.6 percent), with 234 total moves. Oregon, which had 3,346 total moves, experienced the second highest percentage nationally, with 63.8 percent inbound moves.
The Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch closed the year with a decline in small business job growth and continued, moderate growth in hourly earnings. The Small Business Jobs Index stands at 98.88 in December, down 0.13 percent for the month and 0.82 percent for the year. At $26.95, hourly earnings in December gained 2.42 percent ($0.64) year-over-year and averaged a growth rate of 2.49 percent for 2018.
As many Americans resolve to become more invested in their health and wellness in the New Year, U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, on Jan. 2 released its annual assessment of the year’s best diets. In addition to rankings, the best diets platform offers extensive data and information on more than 40 diet plans to help the estimated 45 million Americans who diet each year – and millions more globally – achieve healthier lifestyles.
Whippet ‘Whiskey’ Wins Best in Show at Largest Ever AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin
GCHP CH Pinnacle Tennessee Whiskey, a Whippet known as “Whiskey,” triumphed over more than 5,000 entries to earn a $50,000 cash prize and the title of Best in Show at the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin, held Dec. 15-16, 2018 in Orlando, Fla. “Whiskey,” owned by Justin Smithey and Dr. Ken Latimer and bred by Justin C. Smithey and Yvonne Sovereign, was crowned “National Champion” by Best in Show judge Elliott B. Weiss after a weekend of intense canine competition.
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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.