American Apparel Supports West African Artisans

Fifty percent of sales from newly launched t-shirt collection to benefit artisans in Sierra Leone LOS ANGELES, Dec. 16, 2015 / PRNewswire — American Apparel, Inc., (“the Company”), the U.S. manufacturer, distributor, and retailer of fashion-basic apparel, today announces that it has collaborated with West African artisans for the creation of a limited edition t-shirt […]



PRETORIA, Dec 16 (NNN-SABC) — South African Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has expressed concern about the high number of deaths on the roads so far this festive season.

Peters said here Tuesday that more than 480 people had already died on the roads since the start of December. She urged road users to be vigilant at all times and abide by the rules of the road.

“In terms of the figure that RTMC (the Road Traffic Management Corporation) has from the first of December to the 13th, we already had more than 407 fatal crashes,” she said. “A fatal crash is when an accident occurs/happens where somebody dies, and 487 of people lost their lives.



Lynda and Stewart Resnick Provide $15 Million Endowment to Aspen Institute For Annual Convening of Global Leaders

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Lynda and Stewart Resnick, co-owners of The Wonderful Company, have provided a $15 million endowment to the Aspen Institute to ensure the continued operation of the Aspen Action Forum through 2030. An annual event that convenes leaders from across the United States and the world to combat today’s most pressing social issues, the Aspen Action Forum will be renamed the Resnick Aspen Action Forum for the 2016 convening.

“The Resnick Aspen Action Forum puts values-based leadership into action,” said Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson. “This generous endowment ensures that the Forum will continue to make a real and measurable impact on key global issues for years to come.”

“This event is one of the few in the world that moves real change-makers from thought to action,” said Lynda Resnick, who is also a trustee of the Aspen Institute. “The outcomes of the Resnick Aspen Action Forum are tangible, and Stewart and I are excited to support it in this way.”

The five-day event, held every summer in Aspen, Colo., facilitates open dialogue, builds trust, and promotes action. Attendees are entrepreneurial leaders that come from over 40 countries, including China, India, South Africa, Jordan, Guatemala, and the United States, and many are Fellows in the Aspen Global Leadership Network, having participated in one of 14 geographic or sector specific fellowships associated with the Aspen Institute. They participate in workshops, interactive roundtable discussions, and networking opportunities that help them tackle critical issues in their communities, countries, and the world. But the Action Forum isn’t just about learning. Participants commit to take action. Each is asked to make public “Action Pledges” that address complex social issues.

Past Action Pledges include:

Developing social and emotional learning skills to improve academic performance in more than 10,000 students in Los Angeles

Fueling a leadership pipeline to propel young people from low-income, underrepresented backgrounds into positions of influence in the United States

Curbing the practice of child marriage in northern Nigerian communities

Supporting the education of 100,000 girls in India

Building a sustainable manufacturing facility in the Midwestern United States

At the 2015 event, Lynda Resnick made an Action Pledge to benefit communities in California’s Central Valley, where most of The Wonderful Company’s workforce lives.

“I pledge to create and implement a holistic approach to wellness and health with a clearly defined road map for our employees and their families in the Central Valley of California,” said Resnick. “I further pledge to reduce incidence of obesity, disease, and stress in their lives.”

The Resnicks have provided major support for the Aspen Action Forum since 2013. In that time, over 1,000 participants from more than 40 countries have attended the event. The 2016 convening will take place July 18-22 in Aspen, Colo.

The Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) is a growing, worldwide community of entrepreneurial leaders from business, government, and the nonprofit sector — currently, 2,100 “Fellows” from 49 countries — who share a commitment to enlightened leadership and to using their extraordinary creativity, energy, and resources to tackle the foremost societal challenges of our times. All share the common experience of participating in the Henry Crown Fellowship or one of the dozen Aspen Institute leadership initiatives it has inspired in the United States, Africa, Central America, India, China, and the Middle East.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit

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SOURCE The Aspen Institute