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Beyond Dents and Scratches: Body Shops Bear Witness to Preventable Tragedies

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 24, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The mangled frame of a silver sedan gleams under the overhead lights in a local body shop, a testament to human capacity for error. Replacing crumpled fenders and shattered windshields is a body shop’s stock in trade, but the owners know these broken cars aren’t just metal and plastic. So when volunteers from Bridge Publications approached body shop owners and managers about displaying sets of The Truth About Drugs from the drug education initiative supported by the Church of Scientology, it not only piqued their interest, it gave them a way to save lives.

An Educator Champions Youth for Human Rights to Build Peace and Ensure a Decent Life for Future Generations

LOS ANGELES, Calif. and BUGARAMA, Rwanda, Jan. 23, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Rwanda evokes images of a tragic past marked by ethnic violence. But educator and human rights activist Ladislas Yassin Nkundabanyanga is determined to ensure a peaceful future for the country. He partners with Youth for Human Rights, an educational initiative supported by the Church of Scientology, to protect future generations and create a better life for all.

10th Annual Cursive is Cool Contest Launches for Students in North America

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 23, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The American Handwriting Analysis Foundation announced that their annual “Cursive is Cool”® contest is now open to North American students from Kindergarten to Grade 6. The contest dates are January 23 through April 15, 2024. Students are encouraged to enter early. Prizes will be awarded for First Place, Second Place, and Third Place based on legibility and neatness.

The Help of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers in Times of Disaster Great and Small and Wherever It Occurs

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 22, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — It was just under a year ago on February 6, that a 7.8-magnitude earthquake slashed through southeastern Turkey near the Syrian border. According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the earthquake displaced or disrupted the lives of 15.73 million people in Syria and Turkey including 2.5 million children. Scientology Volunteer Minister disaster response specialists from Tel Aviv mobilized immediately and were soon joined by VMs from Pakistan, India and the United States.

BHERC To Cap-Off Their Monumental Season With 29th Annual S.E. Manly African American Short Film Showcase Closing Weekend

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Jan. 19, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) is pleased to announce the 29th Annual S. E. Manly African American Short Film Showcase (SEMAASFS) closing event, the weekend of January 19-21st, it will include 50 short films. BHERC is also hosting students to see the must-see film Origin, by talented and prolific filmmaker, Ava DuVernay, the first weekend of its release nationally. “We must go out and support our filmmakers and help make their films a success at the box office,” noted BHERC President Sandra Evers-Manly.

150 Weekly Food Drives at the Church of Scientology of Los Angeles to Help Local Families Cope

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 18, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — With inflation driving up food prices and some 30 percent of Los Angeles County families now experiencing food insecurity, Volunteer Ministers of the Church of Scientology of Los Angeles dedicate their Saturday mornings to helping fellow Angelenos cope.

Quadro Acquisition One Corp. to Merge with Group of Greg Lindberg’s Companies with an Estimated Pro Forma Enterprise Value of $3 Billion

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 17, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Quadro Acquisition One Corp., a NASDAQ-listed Special Purpose Acquisition Company (“Quadro SPAC”) has agreed to acquire a group of seven companies in the sports collectibles, software, cloud-based IT and healthcare services segments with an estimated pro-forma enterprise value of $3 billion (referred to as the “Global Growth Companies”). These companies are affiliated with Global Growth, a private equity firm founded by Greg Lindberg. The name and the symbol under which Quadro SPAC will trade upon the completion of its business combination with Global Growth Companies will be determined at a later date.

Seasonal Lows Contribute to 13.71% Drop In Mortgage Volume

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Jan. 17, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT®), a leading mortgage hedge advisory and secondary marketing software firm, revealed today a 13.71% decline in mortgage lock volume compared to the previous month. To gain comprehensive insights into the market dynamics, industry professionals and enthusiasts are invited to download the complete report.

Nibav Lifts expands its Presence to San Francisco, Pioneering Air-driven Vertical Transportation Solutions

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Jan. 17, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Nibav Lifts USA, a leading home elevator company, is thrilled to announce its expansion into the vibrant city of San Francisco, California. This strategic move signifies a momentous leap for the company as it extends its presence into one of the most dynamic and architecturally significant cities in the United States.

Bridge Publications Volunteers Share the Truth About Drugs With Popular East L.A. Food Trucks to Help Customers Make Smart Choices

COMMERCE, Calif., Jan. 17, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Not only is the East Los Angeles crime rate higher than the U.S. average, the crimes are often drug-related. To help local vendors and residents cope with this problem, volunteers from Bridge Publications Inc., publisher of the nonfiction works of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, reached out to area food trucks and food stands this week to further extend their drug prevention campaign to the community.

Scientology-Supported Nonprofit Seeks to Cut Off Drug Demand in Belgium, a Country Where Cocaine and Crack Use Has Soared

LOS ANGELES, Calif., and BRUSSELS, Belgium, Jan. 17, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A Brussels-based drug education and prevention initiative supported by the Church of Scientology is optimistic that drug education can still prevail despite current drug trends. According to the president of Dites Non à La Drogue (Say No to Drugs), Julie Delvaux, the importance and effectiveness of drug prevention has been grossly underestimated.

Year in Review: International Association of Scientologists Awards Japanese Activist for Helping Secure the Rights of Victims of Coercive Psychiatry

LOS ANGELES, Calif., and TOKYO, Japan, Jan. 16, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Each year, the International Association of Scientologists (IAS) presents the Freedom Medal to humanitarians whose work materially forwards the Aims of Scientology. These aims, as set forth by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, are: “A civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where Man is free to rise to greater heights.”

Soberlink Collaborates with Global Divorce Experts to Prioritize Children’s Well-Being During International Child-Centered Divorce Month

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Jan. 11, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Soberlink, the leader in remote alcohol monitoring technology, is proud to announce its partnership with divorce experts worldwide in support of International Child-Centered Divorce Month. As families navigate the complexities of divorce, Soberlink is dedicated to providing family law professionals and parents with discreet, convenient, and court-admissible alcohol testing technology.

Fineshare FineVoice Embraces its New 1.5 Version Upgrade as a Versatile AI Voice Studio

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 11, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The usage of audio is in-depth in different areas. However, making voiceovers takes lots of time and is highly skilled. Creators who tried dub can’t always get satisfying results and creators with speech difficulty cannot dub. Moreover, hiring voice actors is expensive. As an intelligent software company, Fineshare brings a major update to FineVoice after a deep dive inside AI voice area. Now, FineVoice is on its way to becoming a versatile AI voice studio.

Reaching Out with Drug Prevention to Help Make 2024 a Safe, Healthy and Happy Year in Los Angeles

COMMERCE, Calif., Jan. 10, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Volunteers from Bridge Publications Inc., publishers of L. Ron Hubbard’s nonfiction works, have launched their drug education and prevention campaign for 2024. They are visiting shops and parks and sharing the drug education booklets of the Truth About Drugs campaign with anyone wishing to help take effective action against drug abuse and addiction.

Las Positas College Students Launch Financial Literacy Nonprofit

LIVERMORE, Calif., Jan. 10, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Four students from Las Positas College have taken on the challenge of improving financial education and resources among college students in California. Their non-profit organization, FinLit Initiative, has recently gained 501(c)(3) status and has already made a significant impact on students across the state.

‘Best in the West’ Champions Reunite to Open 101 BBQ Hut in Westlake Village

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Jan. 9, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — 101 BBQ Hut, formerly known as Willy’s Smokehouse and Rib Ticklers BBQ, announces its grand opening on January 13, 2024. This exciting event will showcase their award-winning BBQ and Blue Ribbon Sauces to the local community. The venture, helmed by Marco Gonzalez and Dennis Ofsthun, traces its roots back to a 30-year history rooted in a serendipitous encounter over a sauce recipe at Marco’s taco place in Saticoy, California.

Kicking Off 2024 Right With the Church of Scientology Los Angeles Winter Festival and Family Fun Day

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 9, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Church of Scientology Los Angeles Winter Festival on L. Ron Hubbard Way started the new year right with a day filled with fun for the entire family. Despite the 60-degree temperature and clear skies, there was plenty of snow for the slide and the occasional snowball.

How the Scientology Volunteer Ministers of Athens Helped Restore Hope to a Devastated Town

LOS ANGELES, Calif. and ATHENS, Greece, Jan. 6, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — It was as though the town had been singled out by the ancient Greek Fates. No sooner had they recovered from a devastating flood that all but destroyed the city when the flood waters rose again and inundated the region. Learning the city was without power or clean water after Storm Daniel, the worst storm to hit the region in at least 80 years, Scientology Volunteers Ministers loaded a truck with drinking water, and navigating damaged roads, arrived in the town some 200 miles away with supplies, drinking water and a team of disaster-trained volunteers.

‘In a Pickle’ is the First Feature Film that Serves up Laughter and Love for the Pickleball Community, Releasing Summer 2024

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 5, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Dink Productions today announced the upcoming production of “In a Pickle: A Comedy. With Balls,” the first ever full-length feature film about the fastest growing sport in the U.S., pickleball. The brainchild of former tennis player turned pickleball enthusiast, Dan Brooks, and Jason Reid, one of the leading builders of tennis and pickleball courts across Florida, the film promises to captivate audiences with its unique blend of humor, heart, and sportsmanship.

A PAGA Victory to Bring in the New Year: Trial Court Holds LWDA Responsible for Prevailing Employer’s Costs

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Jan. 4, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Last week a trial court in Alameda County entered an order permitting Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. to recover nearly $125,000 in costs from the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA). Hobby Lobby incurred these costs during six years of hard-fought litigation involving claims brought under California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), CDF Labor Law LLP announced today.

The Comedians with Disabilities Act makes its debut at SF Sketchfest at the Alameda Comedy Club!

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Jan. 4, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Comedians with Disabilities Act (CWDA) debuted in 2010 and has been going strong since. February 1, 2024 at the Alameda Comedy Club CWDA will make its SF Sketchfest debut. CWDA is a collection of comedians with disabilities, both seen and unseen. It was the brainchild of comedian Michael O’Connell. Michael passed away in 2016, but his comedy troupe lives on. Michael’s legacy allows comedians with disabilities to develop their voices to receptive audiences across the country.

Digitl Mediums Announces Partnership with MYM Organics

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 4, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Digitl Mediums, a bi-coastal boutique full services consulting, marketing and branding company, is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with MYM Organics, an Eco-Lifestyle brand encompassing healthy living through organic fashion.

Year in Review: International Impact of Scientology-Supported Human Rights Campaign in the Year of the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 3, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — True to the creed of the Church of Scientology, which begins with the belief “That all men of whatever race, color or creed were created with equal rights,” the Church supports the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and sponsors programs to raise awareness of these rights: United for Human Rights and its program for young people Youth for Human Rights. 2023 was the 75th anniversary of the UDHR, and Scientology-sponsored initiatives brought understanding of these rights to “small places, close to home.”

SecuGen Releases IQ SC1 Contact Smart Card Reader

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 2, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — SecuGen, a world leading optical fingerprint device and technology vendor, is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the new SecuGen IQ SC1 contact smart card reader. The release of the IQ SC1 marks SecuGen’s entry into the market for standalone smart card readers.

Church of Scientology Los Angeles Hosts a Traditional Christmas Celebration for the Latin Community

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Dec. 28, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Dozens of members of the East Hollywood Oaxacan community walked down L. Ron Hubbard Way this week, dressed in traditional garb, in the third annual La Posada hosted by the Church of Scientology Los Angeles. La Posada, meaning “The Inn” in Spanish, is a religious tradition dating to the 16th century.

The Mortgage Collaborative closes 2023 with record-breaking ’12 Days of TMC’ in time for holiday congratulations

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Dec. 27, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Mortgage Collaborative (TMC), the nation’s largest independent cooperative network serving the mortgage industry, has wrapped up its fourth annual 12 Days of TMC, a virtual conference running from November 30 to December 15, 2023. The online event, spread over three weeks, featured several keynote speakers.

California Safe Schools Celebrates its 25th Anniversary Honoring Environmental Health Heroes!

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Dec. 27, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — On Monday, December 4, 2023 at the California Endowment in historic downtown Los Angeles, California Safe Schools, a celebrated children’s environmental health and environmental justice non-profit celebrated its 25th Anniversary with an event called “Your Life is Now” honoring seven trailblazing health and safety heroes and organizations.

Citizens Commission on Human Rights is More Determined Than Ever to End Coercive Psychiatric Practices

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Dec. 26, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a nonprofit charitable mental health watchdog organization established in 1969 by the Church of Scientology, is determined to see to the immediate and full implementation of the UN and WHO direction to end psychiatric human rights abuse.

Just Like Magic, It’s Snowing in Hollywood at L. Ron Hubbard’s Winter Wonderland

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Dec. 23, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — It was 70-something degrees and clear skies on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But there was a layer of real snow on the ground around Santa’s cabin at L. Ron Hubbard’s Winter Wonderland. This holiday village is a tradition that began in 1983, when author, humanitarian and Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard first provided a 60-foot Christmas tree as a gift to the people of Hollywood.

U.S. Scientology Volunteer Ministers in the Spotlight When a New Documentary Premiered on International Volunteer Day

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Dec. 22, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The UN’s theme for this year’s World Volunteer Day was ‘the power of collective action.’ And nowhere was that message exemplified more than the collective action of Scientology Volunteer Ministers everywhere in their response to the pandemic.

Church of Scientology of Ventura Commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Dec. 21, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — December 10 marked the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the world’s premier human rights document. In celebration of this milestone, the Church of Scientology of Ventura held a human rights open house and conference featuring guest speaker Regina Hatcher-Crawford, president of Ventura County NAACP. The theme of the presentation was freedom and equality for all.

Congressional Recognition for the 40th Anniversary of L. Ron Hubbard’s Winter Wonderland: Making the Holidays Special for Hollywood Families

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Dec. 20, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — On behalf of U.S. Congressman Luis Correa, his community liaison Ms. Gabriella Lemus presented the Church of Scientology with a certificate of special recognition from the United States House of Representatives in honor of the 40th anniversary of L. Ron Hubbard’s Winter Wonderland.

NotaryCam to Provide Remote Online Notarization Services for California Transactions in 2024

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Dec. 19, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — NotaryCam®, a Stewart-owned company and leading remote online notarization (RON) provider for real estate and legal transactions, announced today it will support remote online notarial acts in California beginning in 2024 following the passage of CA Senate Bill 696, which was signed into law by California Governor Gavin Newsom on September 30, 2023. Stage 1 of the bill takes effect on January 1, 2024. [*UPDATED*]

Our Help is Yours: Humanitarian Initiatives Supported by the Church of Scientology

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Dec. 19, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Drug abuse and spiking overdose deaths. Failed marriages and broken families. Bullying, corruption and crime. Dead-end careers or jobs that don’t pay the bills or dish out a constant diet of stress. Are these and other issues, conditions and problems simply a fact of life? Or is there a way to take action and change them? Voices for Humanity, an award-winning original series on the Scientology Network, documents how diverse individuals are changing conditions like these and making a difference in their own and others’ lives.

Monthly Mortgage Volume Decreases 10.7% In Latest MCT Indices Report

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Dec. 18, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT®), a leading mortgage hedge advisory and secondary marketing software firm, today announced a 10.7% decrease in mortgage lock volume in November compared to the previous month. This revelation comes as part of MCT’s monthly Lock Volume Indices report, offering valuable insights into the dynamic landscape of the residential mortgage industry.

A Wish for a Joyful Holiday Season From the Church of Scientology

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Dec. 16, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The holidays should be a time of joy. But challenges, problems and disappointments can cast a pall on the season. The Church of Scientology encourages anyone facing issues that threaten their happiness to take heart. Because, no matter the challenges, Something Can Be Done About It.

New Film Shows the Dedication of the Church of Scientology to Help Other Religious Communities Make It Through the Worst of Times

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Dec. 13, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Operation: Do Something About It, the feature-length film that premiered on the Scientology Network this week, documents the work of Scientology Volunteer Ministers across the globe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. One of their highest priorities was to help congregations of diverse faiths, ordered closed in the early days of the pandemic, reopen safely to serve their congregations.

FYC’s ‘The Next Big Hit’ – a martial arts musical comedy and micro-budget film, has been included in the big list of SAG and Oscars Awards

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Dec. 13, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Mark your calendars for Dec. 15, 2023, as Laemmle in Town Center 5 Encino is proud to present a film that is set to be nothing less than awe-inspiring. “The Next Big Hit” is a masterpiece that promises to inspire you to think outside the box and embrace originality, says producer Zak Lee Guarnaccia, and founder of production company LightRow Productions, LLC. It is a diverse cross-genre marvel that combines martial arts, music, and comedy into a unique and spectacular experience.

To Make Hollywood Shine, the Church of Scientology and the Hollywood Village Initiative Went All Out on Their Holiday Cleanup

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Dec. 13, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Hollywood Neighborhood Cleanup team, sponsored by the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre and its Hollywood Village initiative, joined forces with other community organizations and the LAPD. They spread cheer along Hollywood Boulevard as volunteers held their annual cleanup in advance of the Hollywood Christmas Parade, airing Friday, December 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CW Network.