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Press Release: Karl Malone, Keynote Speaker of TPE 2020

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Karl Malone, Keynote Speaker of TPE 2020

Malone to kick off Tobacco Plus Expo with insight and inspiration for all facets of the Tobacco Industry.

November 2019 – The Tobacco Media Group (TMG) is excited to announce 14-time NBA All-Star Karl Malone as the Keynote Speaker for the Tobacco Plus Expo 2020 (TPE 2020). Well-respected for his performance, talent, and many achievements on the court, including being the NBA’s 2nd all-time leading scorer, a 2-time Olympic Champion, and a 2-time NBA Most Valuable Player, Malone has brought his leadership and vision off the court and into the tobacco industry, developing a premium cigar using tobacco aged in rum barrels in collaboration with Guillermo Leon Herbert, the owner of LA Aurora. Malone has long since enjoyed relaxing with cigars, and the development process has given him a new view on the industry. As the TPE 2020 Keynote Speaker, Karl Malone will offer attendees insight as an enthusiast, a manufacturer, and even as a retailer on behalf of his daughter, Kadee Malone, who owns Legends Cigar & Vape. Perfect for a B2B show that brings the entire industry together, the Keynote Session at TPE 2020 will lead a well-rounded schedule of interesting educational sessions covering different categories, facets, and perspectives.


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The first major tradeshow of the year for the tobacco and alternative industries, TPE 2020 runs Wednesday, January 29 through Friday, January 31 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. For TPE 2020, TMG set out to re-invigorate the trade show’s educational benefits by bringing in some of the premium tobacco industry’s biggest disruptors and headliners. Each session of IGNITE has been designed to empower retailers and manufacturers and improve their businesses with insights from companies and entrepreneurs who are making a difference and challenging the status quo of their respective industries.


“TMG’s mission and goal is to provide our audience with timely, useful content that will help them do business better. When it came time to plan out the educational lineup for TPE 2020, we wanted to bring the same energy and top-notch content we feature in each issue of Tobacco Business Magazine into the upcoming trade show,” says Antoine Reid, Senior Editor and Digital Content director for TMG. “We understand that the typical educational conference can be boring and a chore to sit through, but that’s not what TPE 2020’s educational sessions will be. IGNITE will be informative, engaging and feature a diverse lineup of speakers and experts that will leave attendees feeling inspired, invigorated and ready to take on the rest of 2020 with excitement and the knowledge needed to be successful in business.”

In addition to the Keynote Address, TMG is pleased to announce the following sessions and moderators, which will also include a panel of industry experts on each topic:

Thursday 1/30/20

11:30-12:15 Sisters of the Leaf: Selling, Marketing, and Promoting Tobacco Products to Women, moderated by Erica Arroyo

2:30-5pm NATO: Local, State, and Federal Tobacco Legislation and Regulations: What Industry Members Need to Know with Thomas Briant

Friday 1/31/20

11:30-12:15pm Tobacco Retail Rebooted: Jumpstart and Rejuvenate Your Retail Operation, moderated by Dave Garofalo

2:30-3:30pm State of the Union: Cigar Legislation Update, moderated by Glynn Loope

Our education session calendar is continuously being updated as new conferences are added to the show. For additional details and the most up to date scheduling information, please visit

It’s not too early to secure your pass for TPE and success in 2020. Just visit www.tobaccoplusexpo to register.

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About TPE:

Under the banner of Tobacco Media Group (TMG) owned by Kretek International, Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) is the largest B2B tobacco trade show highlighting the full-spectrum of tobacco, vapor, alternatives and general merchandise products available on the ever-evolving market. TPE 2020 is planning to deliver the industry’s most compelling content, products, and information, and will be held January 29, 2020 through January 31, 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. To learn more about the show, please visit the website:

USCIRF Vice Chair Nadine Maenza Calls for Release of Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

USCIRF Vice Chair Nadine Maenza Calls for Release of Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

July 25, 2019

USCIRF Vice Chair Nadine Maenza Calls for Release of Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

WASHINGTON, DC – Nadine Maenza, Vice Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), today called on Iranian authorities to drop all charges against and to release Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. One year ago this week, plainclothes Iranian security forces invaded Pastor Nadarkhani’s home, reportedly tasered his son, and took Pastor Nadarkhani to fulfill a ten-year prison sentence for evangelizing and promoting “Zionist Christianity.”

“Iran must release Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani and ensure freedom of religion for all citizens of Iran,” said Vice Chair Maenza, who adopted Pastor Nadarkhani as part of USCIRF’s Religious Prisoners of Conscience Project in 2018. “The Iranian government has vilified and deprived the basic rights of Pastor Nadarkhani and of many other Iranians simply for exercising their freedom of belief. This must stop. I call on the government of Iran to live up to its commitments to its citizens under international law.”

Since 2006, Iranian authorities have consistently harassed and detained Pastor Nadarkhani and his family. In 2010, the authorities sentenced him to death for apostasy before acquitting him in 2012. His current prison sentence stems from his arrest on May 13, 2016, when authorities detained him and his wife before releasing them later that day. On July 6, 2017, Pastor Nadarkhani was ultimately sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.



The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is an independent, bipartisan federal government entity established by the U.S. Congress to monitor, analyze and report on threats to religious freedom abroad. USCIRF makes foreign policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State and Congress intended to deter religious persecution and promote freedom of religion and belief. To interview a Commissioner, please contact USCIRF at or Kellie Boyle at or +1-703-898-6554


PRESS RELEASE: Global Music Publishing Market Research Report

The global Music Publishing Market research report studies market overview defining; definition, types, applications latest trends to identify the revenues and the progress of the market over the forecast period. The report offers preventive and premeditated management along with emphasizes the summary of the global Music Publishing market along with classifications and market chain structures. It also highlights authorized statistics of the global Music Publishing market.

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Improvement approaches and plans are examined just as assembling procedures and cost structures are additionally investigated. This report likewise states import/trade utilization, free market activity Figures, cost, value, income and gross edges. The report centers around Global real driving Music Publishing Industry players giving data, for example, organization profiles, item picture and determination, limit, generation, value, cost, income and contact data.

Based on products type, the report describes major products type share of regional market. Products mentioned as follows: Major-Type, Independent-Type, Administrator-Type

Leading vendors in the market are included based on profile, business performance etc. Vendors mentioned as follows: Sony Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Music, Fox Music Publishing, Super Cassettes Industries Private Ltd, Kobalt Music Group, Broadcast Music, Disney Music, Avatar Publishing, MPL Communications

Based on Application, the report describes major application share of regional market. Application mentioned as follows: Commercial, Commonweal, Others

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The research methodology of the market involves both primary as well as secondary research data sources. It commits different factors affecting Music Publishing industry such as market environment, various policies of the government, past data and market trends, technological advancements, upcoming innovations, market risk factors, market restraints, and challenges in the industry.

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With tables and figures broken down on worldwide Global Music Publishing market, this research gives key measurements on the condition of the business and is a profitable wellspring in direction and course for organizations and people intrigued by the market.

For compiling the report, data has been derived from a number of paid and unpaid sources such as presentations, white papers, journals, and press releases. It offers in-depth information obtained through extensive primary and secondary research methods. The information has been further assessed using various effective analytical tools. Therefore, the report provides a 360-degree view of market.

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Moda Culta Launches Loaded International Fashion Jobs Board


Moda Culta Launches Loaded International Fashion Jobs Board

SHERIDAN, WY (June 9, 2019) – Fashion Industry professionals looking to expand the borders of their career now have a new resource to help them find the fashion jobs worldwide following the launch of International Fashion Jobs Board, Moda Culta. (Fashion News)

Boasting approximately 1000 jobs listed over a thirty-day period, Moda Culta features some fashion jobs in in Australia, UK, New Delhi, Canada, The United Arab Emirates and America. Moda Culta partnered with top recruiters in the fashion industry such as Who in the Zoo, CLIMB Retail Recruitment, Michael Page, and Office Angels to advertise the best fashion jobs.

Some of the fashion industry jobs currently listed on the job board are for Fashion Designers, Fashion Consultants, Fashion Associates, Fashion E-commerce Photographers and Fashion Instructors. Macy’s, Walmart, Everything Five Pounds are just a few of the top brands looking to fill vacancies for fashion industry jobs.

Moda Culta is a cultured fashion blog that provides the scoop on the latest fashion trends, videos, fashion news and shopping tips. (Fashion Magazine) The website also provides insight on how to make a career in the fashion industry. The blog and international fashion job board was founded by Waitman Gobble, a veteran in apparel manufacturing boasting more than 20 years’ experience in the industry. When asked about his motivation for creating the job board, Gobble explained: “I wanted to create a source for people who focus on fashion in their careers.”

The Moda Culta International Fashion Job board is easy to use. Job seekers can easily apply for any job they are interested in on the website or directly from the employer’s website. Moreover, new jobs are added daily, so the opportunities are limitless. For further information or to browse the vacancies on the Moda Culta, visit:

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2nd June, 2019



Accra, Sunday June 2, 2019…In line with ongoing reforms by Government at the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to improve performance, consistent with the 2019 Budget (paragraph 288), there have been changes at the Top Management level of the institution. Also, about one thousand four hundred and eighteen (1,418) employees are being rotated to other areas of the organisation. Further changes will be made to retool GRA for the critical task of mobilizing revenue to finance improvements in the lives of our people.

The reorganisation has been necessitated by three (3) main factors:
First, the Institution has grown significantly over the years, and current revenues of approximately GH¢38 billion make it one of the biggest Institutions in Ghana. This has created the need for much stronger, world-class structures.
Secondly, the number of employees of the GRA has increased significantly to about 7,000 and another 5,000 have been added through NABCO to shore up the authority’s revenue mobilization capacity, bringing the total employees to 12,000. GRA is now one of the largest employers outside the Civil Service.
Thirdly, there has been increasing need for better domestic revenue mobilization in order to realise the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda. With Ghana’s
Revenue to GDP of 12.6%, below the West Africa average of 19.9%, there is the need to raise domestic revenue in a more efficient way in order to meet the country’s commitments. GRA revenues have failed to reach budget targets, and over the last three years there has been an accumulated gap of about GH¢3.5 billion.

Given all of the above factors, it has become necessary to make changes to the Management and organisational structure to make it a much better performing institution.

These changes are expected to bring several improvements in the institution. This includes bringing the best of private sector practices and combining that with public sector technical expertise to ensure that GRA is a better functioning institution. Additionally, these changes are expected to improve the overall level of professionalism and engender a customer-friendly mindset at GRA.

In line with expectations, the new team will be expected to drive a number of critical transformational changes:

Modernising and digitising tax processes and systems;

Introducing big data and block chain technologies to improve compliance;

Expanding the tax base to encompass more effectively the informal sector and professional classes (currently there are over 6 million eligible tax paying individuals, however, only about 2.5 million have been registered and only about 1.2 million are active direct tax payers); and

Developing a stronger culture of performance and accountability;

Enhancing staff integrity and anticorruption measures;

Increasing the quality of tax payer services;

Respecting the client (taxpayer);

Creating a fair and firm tax organisation that ensures equitable treatment of every tax payer;

Tackling revenue leakages across both Domestic Tax and Customs;

Ensuring that best practices are shared, to create a truly world-class organisation.

To drive this transformation, changes have been made at various levels across the entire organisation involving about one thousand four hundred and eighteen (1,418) employees who are being rotated to other areas of the Institution. At the leadership level, the following new appointments have been made:

Mr. Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah Acting Commissioner for Domestic Tax Revenue Division

Colonel Kwadwo Damoah (Rtd), Acting Commissioner, Customs Division

Ms. Julie Essiam, Acting Commissioner, Support Services Division

We take this opportunity to thank the current leadership team at GRA who have brought GRA thus far. We wish the Commissioner-General and his new team success as they take the reins to lead GRA to the next level. END