Pritzker Military Museum & Library Announces Finalists in International Design Competition for the Cold War Veterans Memorial

Somers, Wisconsin, Sept. 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In April 2021, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, located in Chicago, launched an international competition for the new Cold War Veterans Memorial to be built in Somers, Wisconsin. After reviewing an impressive number of inspiring design concepts, four finalists have been selected to advance to Stage II of the competition. The Cold War Veterans Memorial will be a critical piece of the Pritzker Archives and Memorial Park Center (PAMPC) currently under development.

“In missions on and off the battlefield, Americans of all stripes made immense sacrifices in defense of our national interest. They deserve to be recognized, and the weight of this era deserves to be understood. This Memorial will provide a place where their contributions are honored,” said Col. Jennifer Pritzker, Founder of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library.

The four finalists are representatives from the U.S., Italy, Japan, and Jordan. These individuals and groups achieved the highest scores against strict criteria, including individuality, relevance, and conceptualization. The design challenge was to provide a conceptual design for the Cold War Veterans Memorial that embraces the mission statement, exemplifies the guiding vision, and achieves the design goals. The finalists include:

  • INFINITE LIFE – Michele De Lucchi con Francesco Forcella (project architect), Nicholas Bewick, Junmei Liu, Emanuele Novembre, Guido Tarantola, Mayya Sargsyan of AMDL CIRCLE in Milan, Italy
    • Although this Memorial project was born out of the importance of respecting and honoring those that served during the Cold War period, we also see its relevance as a heroic symbol towards our continually evolving universe and the existence of human life.

For this reason, we have chosen not only the metaphor of infinity, by evoking the ‘Moebius Loop or Orbit’ in our design concept, but also to create an experience and place from which to think about our complex global interrelationships, in the hope that they can find a harmony that links every single person and preserves the physical environment in which we all live.

  • THE CONFLICT – Mai Abu-Shanab and Jalal  Al-Sadi of  m+j architect studio atelier in Amman, Jordan
    • This cold war memorial is intended to honor individuals and groups and give a permanent recognition to accomplishments, as quietly made, by countless individuals and groups as they pursued the expansion of freedom and democracy, creating a place for reflection and remembrance, inspiring the public to perceive freedom for centuries to come.
  • ORBITS OF TIME – Jenny Wu and Dwayne Oyler of Oyler Wu Collaborative in Los Angeles, California, USA
    • The proposed design envisions a memorial that embodies the ideals and mission of Memorial Park, making more tactile a context that can’t be measured in a single name or event: only in glimpses of history. Within these glimpses is layered a timeline of both personal and collective experiences emblematic of the Cold War – a paradigm that rebalances the interconnected narratives of American innovation and service.
  • ETERNAL CIRCULATION – Shinsaku Munemoto of Shinsaku Munemoto & Associates, Architects in Kyoto, Japan
    • This memorial intends to preserve the memories, records, and achievements of the veterans in perpetuity. By uncovering the layer of land, one space separates into two. The space of the “past” underneath meets the layers of the veterans’ work and time, where one can relive the veterans’ history and memories of the Cold War. The satellite dish formed above forges the “present” space to transmit the histories and memories. Through the hole opened in the unfolded land, the archive is seen, bridging the “past” records to the “present,” creating an ETERNAL CIRCULATION of education and communication.

“We were impressed by the number of inspiring design submissions that were received,” states Donald J. Stastny, FAIA, FAICP, FCIP, Competition Manager. “It wasn’t an easy decision, but we are very confident in the four finalists chosen to move forward. Their conceptual designs best embraced the mission and vision of the Memorial, and we can see them serve as an attraction for visitors.”

The Cold War Veterans Memorial’s guiding vision is to create permanent recognition that stimulates ongoing thought and study that honors American military members and civilians who served and sacrificed during the Cold War era (1945-1991). In line with the Pritzker Military Museum & Library’s mission, the Cold War Veterans Memorial aims to increase the public understanding of military history.

Stage II

In Stage II, the four groups of selected finalists will evolve their concepts for the Memorial and create more fully defined design concepts by late February 2022. Procedures in this stage include a virtual competition briefing, Q&A, mid-course review, and design exhibit.

The Competition Leadership Group will conduct an individual review of each design submittal and provide an advisory report of its findings to the Jury. The Jury will analyze each design and determine whether the integrity of the design concept embodied in the Stage I entry has been maintained in the Stage II design submittal and how it addresses the mission, vision, and design goals for the Memorial. The winning design will be announced publicly in March 2022.

View the finalists’ submissions here. All information on the design competition, including the design manual, Jury process, regulations, and schedule, can be found at

Pritzker Archives & Memorial Park Center

The PAMPC was created out of a need for additional space to house some of the circulating book collection and the archival collections of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library and will be completed in phases over an estimated ten years.

The first phase of the project will include the Pritzker Military Archives Center to house the collections and provide workspace for the continued curation for future exhibits; Commercial Archives based on demand where private collectors, public institutions, and others may store their archives; a facility specializing in firearms education and training; a Community Green Space expertly landscaped with walking and biking paths; and the Cold War Veterans Memorial.

About the Cold War Veterans Memorial

In line with the Pritzker Military Museum & Library’s mission, the Cold War Veterans Memorial aims to increase the public understanding of military history. It will be a lasting tribute to the courage and tenacity found in the U.S. Armed Forces and civilian personnel who faithfully and honorably served during the Cold War era, September 2, 1945, to December 26, 1991. The Memorial will be a publicly accessible display where citizens can honor, reflect, and learn about the bravery and sacrifice displayed to further our country’s freedom. To learn more, visit 

About Pritzker Archives & Memorial Park Center

Located in Somers, Wisconsin, The Pritzker Archives & Memorial Park Center supports the Pritzker Military Museum & Library’s mission of preserving the past, present, and future of the citizen soldier. This state-of-the-art archive center is a space to restore, preserve, and provide storage for collections that include books, artifacts, and other historical materials. Other components of the project include a 9,687 square-foot Gallery that will display exhibits drawing from the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago, Commercial Archives, a facility specializing in firearms education and training, Cold War Veterans Memorial, and community green space. To learn more, visit


About the Pritzker Military Museum & Library

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library aims to increase the public’s understanding of military history, military affairs and national security by providing a forum for the study and exploration of our military – past, present, and future – with a specific focus on their stories, sacrifices, and values. With national and global reach, these spaces and events aim to share the stories of those who served and their contributions as citizen soldiers, helping citizens everywhere appreciate the relationship between the armed forces and the civilians whose freedoms they protect. A non-governmental, non-partisan organization, the Museum & Library features diverse collections, scholarly initiatives, and public programs from its flagship center in downtown Chicago to its world-class research center and park currently under construction in Somers, Wisconsin.

Erika Davis
Pritzker Archives & Memorial Park Center

Meltwater Joins the Twitter Official Partner Program

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Meltwater B.V., a leading global SaaS provider of media intelligence and social analytics, today celebrates its inclusion in the Twitter Official Partner Program.

Meltwater enjoys a longstanding relationship with Twitter, and has consumed the entire ‘firehose’ of Twitter content for many years, processing and storing around 500 million new posts every single day. The Twitter Official Partner Program recognizes those companies who are not only consumers of Twitter data, but also serve Twitter data and insights to their customers in sophisticated and impactful ways, to help them make more informed strategic decisions.

“Being a part of the Twitter Official Partner Program is an important milestone in our long and successful relationship with Twitter. Our customers rely on us to help them better understand, influence and engage with their key stakeholders. We help them glean insights across millions of Twitter conversations and accounts every day, find relevant Twitter authors on particular topics, while also managing their Twitter conversations directly through our product. The breadth of these capabilities provides our customers with unparalleled access to one of the world’s most prominent social networks, and it’s an honor to partner with Twitter in this capacity,” said John Box, CEO of Meltwater.

“We are thrilled to be formalizing our relationship with one of our long-standing partners, Meltwater. Meltwater was one of the earliest companies to realize the tremendous value that can be derived from Twitter data and has an incredible track record of technical innovation. We are excited to welcome them into the Official Partner Program and to work together to bring even more valuable insights to PR and Marketing professionals across the world,” said Sonya Penn, Global Commercial Head of Twitter’s Developer Platform.

Lauren Jenkins, Head of the Twitter Official Partner Program, added that, “By growing the Twitter Official Partner Program, we intend to incentivize a vibrant, competitive ecosystem to help businesses find best-in-class solutions and achieve better results on and off Twitter. Meltwater and Twitter have had a close relationship for many years and we are excited to formalize our partnership and help them continue to bring value to their 28,000 customers.”

The Meltwater product utilizes Twitter content in a number of different ways. We help our customers to monitor and analyze Twitter content regarding their brand and other events of interest, benchmark their performance against competitors, and to better understand consumer and market insights across billions of Twitter conversations. Meltwater customers can also curate, schedule and post Twitter content to their own handles, and interact with customers directly through the product, addressing their questions and collecting their feedback.

For more details on how Meltwater can help you with your Twitter strategy, please click here to visit Meltwater’s Partner Page on the Twitter Official Partner Page website.

The information contained in this statement has not been audited and may be subject to change. Please see Meltwater Company Disclosures on to stay up to date on company news and updates.

For further information, please contact:

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Investor Relations and Media Contact

About Meltwater

Meltwater provides social and media intelligence. By examining millions of posts each day from social media platforms, blogs and news sites, Meltwater helps companies make better, more informed decisions based on insight from the outside. The company was founded in Oslo, Norway, in 2001 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with 50 offices across six continents. The company has 1,700 employees and 28,000 corporate customers, including industry leaders in several sectors. Learn more at

Companies Pledge Millions to End Hunger in the World by 2030 as Part of the Zero Hunger Private Sector Pledge

Geneva, Switzerland, Sept. 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, 42 companies have pledged a promising USD 345 million to contribute to ending global hunger as part of a new initiative led by key international organizations. The Zero Hunger Private Sector Pledge is a game-changing solution emerging from the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) Action Tracks. It recognizes that governments cannot eradicate hunger alone and need more private sector involvement. To date, pledges have been made in 34 priority countries. The pledge is being supported by a network of partners, including the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Grow Africa, Grow Asia, the World Benchmarking Alliance, the World Food Programme, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Cornell University.

Global hunger is rising unabated, with up to 811 million hungry people in the world in 2020, suffering because they did not have access to the most basic need and fundamental right of food. But there is a roadmap to end world hunger. Additional investment in 10 high-impact areas can put hunger in the history books.

“Today, one in ten people go to bed hungry and millions are right on the brink of starvation. This is happening in a world that has enough food to feed everyone, everywhere. It’s time to end this suffering. But to succeed, WFP and the entire community need the creative drive, energy, and commitment of the private sector. Through the Zero Hunger Pledge initiative, businesses around the world can join us and truly make a difference—giving food, hope, and a better future to those who need them most.”
~ David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP)

Although this financial investment must mostly come from governments, public spending will not be sufficient. That is why the UNFSS came up with a game-changing solution to mobilize more private sector investment as a catalytic contributor to achieving zero hunger. Companies make a financial commitment in at least one of the 10 high-impact intervention areas identified in the Ceres2030 findings and in at least one of the priority countries or regions.

“What we are seeing with the Pledge is the private sector stepping up to be a bigger part of the solution. This is a game-changing approach to solving one of the most pressing yet oldest challenges humanity faces.”
~ Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, GAIN

With a level of commitment so far amounting to USD 345 million, the implementing organizations are confident more companies will join in the fight against zero hunger. The Pledge is officially being launched on Tuesday, September 21, 10 am EDT/4 pm CEST.


The Zero Hunger Private Sector Pledge is a multistakeholder platform of cooperation and action with a single objective of ending hunger for good. It involves businesses supported by civil society, member state governments, and international organizations.


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Gordon Brothers Names Karl Werner President, International Commercial & Industrial

Boston, Sept. 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Gordon Brothers, the global advisory, restructuring and investment firm, has named Karl Werner President, International Commercial & Industrial.

Werner, a former Ritchie Bros. executive, will join the senior leadership team to further develop and execute investment and disposition strategies across the firm’s International Commercial & Industrial practice. He and his team will partner with companies, their investors, lenders and advisors to overcome operational challenges, transform their businesses and dispose of assets.

Werner comes to Gordon Brothers with an impressive 30-year track record in global asset management and disposition. He demonstrates innovative leadership in the commercial, industrial and auction industries where his teams have generated more than $1 billion in annual sales.

“We are delighted to welcome Karl to Gordon Brothers,” said Frank Morton, CEO of International for Gordon Brothers. “He is a talented and consummate leader in the field with a track record that speaks for itself. His understanding of the international market and customer-centric approach will be invaluable as we continue to expand our Commercial & Industrial practice.”

“I’m thrilled to join Gordon Brothers and lead a dynamic global team during such an exciting moment in time for the firm,” said Werner. “Gordon Brothers understands the complexity and breadth of the industrial economy, and I am proud to build on its legacy of helping clients maximize opportunity through change and challenge.”

Gordon Brothers’ Commercial & Industrial practice provides short- and long-term capital to clients undergoing change and values, acquires and disposes of assets across Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Japan and the U.S.

For more information about Gordon Brothers’ Commercial & Industrial practice, please visit


About Gordon Brothers

Since 1903, Gordon Brothers ( has helped lenders, operating executives, advisors and investors move forward through change. The firm brings a powerful combination of expertise and capital to clients, developing customized solutions on an integrated or standalone basis across four service areas: valuations, dispositions, operations and investments. Whether to fuel growth or facilitate strategic consolidation, Gordon Brothers partners with companies in the retail, commercial and industrial sectors to put assets to their highest and best use. Gordon Brothers conducts more than $70 billion worth of dispositions and appraisals annually. Gordon Brothers is headquartered in Boston, with over 30 offices across five continents.

Lauren Nadeau
Gordon Brothers

Cultural Exchange Forum ‘Night of Guoyuan’ Held in New York to Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival

‘Night of Guoyuan’

NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A cultural exchange forum “Night of Guoyuan” was held at the Harvard Club of New York City on Sept. 17, to celebrate the oncoming Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, as well as sharing bonds with China. The event was hosted by Jiangsu King’s Luck Brewery Co., Ltd.

Nearly 100 dignitaries and business leaders attended the event, and among them were the American, Russian, Japanese, and South Korean diplomats to the United Nations, as well as overseas Chinese leaders.

Abigail Posner, creative business strategy director at Google, discussed “Yuan” (bond) culture during the forum. Yuan (缘) means fate and bond in Chinese. Posner expressed appreciation for the creativity of Guoyuan brand baijiu, which holds Yuan as its core value. She also shared her understanding that Yuan culture is a bridge connecting the East and the West.

Zhou Suming, President of King’s Luck, told the forum participants that humankind has become more interconnected and interdependent because of globalization. “Yuan culture promotes harmony and world peace, encourages cultural exchange, and builds a community with a shared future for humankind,” said Zhou.

Teng Shaojun (Fred Teng), President of the America China Public Affairs Institute, said the relationship among countries is similar as Yuan. The connections China has had with the rest of the world could be traced back to a long and recorded history, in which Yuan has always played an important role.

Forum participants also shared their stories of Yuan with China. Georgy Tologray, a senior United Nations expert and former visiting professor at China’s Jilin University, said spirits and Baijiu represent a unique way for Chinese people to express their emotions via a way of communication which is widely acknowledged by the world.

A photo exhibition on modern Chinese baijiu history and culture was held alongside with the forum. Guests also tasted and enjoyed “Guoyuan” baijiu at the following baijiu tasting reception, and they looked forward to more Chinese bajiu like “Guoyuan” embarking on the U.S. market.

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Xceedance Launches Modern, Client-Focused Claims TPA

Recently expanded Xceedance claims division selects industry expert James Maddiona to lead its new TPA

BOSTON, Sept. 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Xceedance, a provider of strategic insurance consulting, managed services and technology serving the insurance industry worldwide, today announced the launch of a new, digital-first claims third-party administrator (TPA) service, the Xceedance Claims TPA, led by claims innovation expert James Maddiona.

Under Maddiona’s leadership, the Xceedance Claims TPA provides full-service claims operations services to insurance companies worldwide, with a focus on advanced and intelligent automation to close claims faster and improve visibility into claim handling and status. The Xceedance Claims TPA is a key strategic offering within the company’s recently expanded claims division, leveraging its full suite of insurance, technology, and operational capabilities.

“We’re taking a different approach to claims management for our clients,” said Marc Rothchild, SVP and head of claims for Xceedance. “James has a 20-year track record of recruiting, hiring, and developing highly capable claims professionals. In establishing a leader for our new TPA, James was the clear choice — bringing his experience and passion to build a world-class claims team, which complement the cutting-edge automation and operational resources of Xceedance. Backed by cutting edge technology, consulting, and end-to-end services, our claims division, the Xceedance Claims TPA is a powerful force of transformation in the claims marketplace.”

Maddiona built a career understanding and finding ways to streamline the claims process. Starting as an adjuster, team leader, and supervisor for companies including Greater New York Mutual Insurance and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, Maddiona quickly moved into leadership and innovation roles which took him up through the ranks of AIG, where he rose to SVP of Excess Casualty Claims prior to joining Xceedance.

“Due to the disjointed nature of the claims process, there is a lack of transparency into the status of claims, the adjustment process, and many barriers to effective communication between stakeholders,” said Maddiona. “Instead of a fragmented process, we have created a seamless, end-to-end claims management experience that provides our clients visibility into each claim process in real-time. The Xceedance Claims TPA is built to positively impact the bottom line of insurance organizations across the globe, and enhance the policyholder experience.”

For more information about the expanded claims services at Xceedance, including the Xceedance Claims TPA, please visit

About Xceedance
Xceedance ( is a provider of strategic consulting and managed services, technology, and data sciences to insurance organizations. Domiciled in Bermuda, with offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Poland, India, and Australia, Xceedance helps insurers launch new products, drive operations, implement intelligent technology, deploy advanced analytic capabilities, and achieve business process optimization.

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WM’s TUV Potentially Eclipses all Cryptocurrencies

ST PETER PORT, Guernsey and NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global Telephony Company,, (“WM”) is about to recommence unrestricted Global Operations with a Global Digital Currency that it has been confidentially testing and refining since 2009.

WM first developed its TUV Digital Currency as a fully functional dual-use product – a Global Top-Up Voucher for Mobile Telephony Services and a fully transferable and convertible multicurrency Digital Currency.

Rather than rush it to market, WM then spent nine years carrying out restricted Global Operations to an intentionally limited market to ensure its TUV complied with all relevant legal, regulatory and security requirements; and a further three years rebuilding its Platform 2 incorporating all required refinements.

Now, with Platform 2 complete, the result is a Global Digital Currency with all the attributes of Cryptocurrencies, and many more that Cryptocurrencies do not have and cannot achieve. Some of the differences include the following:

Functions with Distributed Ledger + Blockchain Yes Yes
Has Private Keys + Encryption Yes Yes
Can Recover Asset if Key is Lost No Yes
Has Price and Value Stability No Yes
Is 1:1 secured with Funds for a 100% Reserve No Yes
Securing Funds in a Regulated Bank Account No Yes
Can be Reconverted to Funds on Demand No Yes
On-Demand Conversions between Currencies No Yes
Is Environmentally Friendly No Yes
Is in a Regulated Environment No Yes
Can be used for Mainstream Payments No Yes
TUVs instantly Created from Mobile Phones No Yes
Functions PP2P with no Intermediaries No Yes
Cost +/- USD 50 000.00 Free

Prior to recommencing unrestricted Global Operations, WM provided its System and TUV Digital Currency to the Levy Economics Institute – one of the world’s foremost economic Research Organizations – for review.
The Head of Research of the Levy Economics Institute – Professor Jan Kregel – concluded after a year of review that WM’s System and TUV had attributes that Cryptocurrencies did not have and could not achieve. Moreover, it had the capacity to reform aspects of the current Global Financial System.

This could spell the end of the recent clear run for Cryptocurrencies, which under such circumstances lose their reason for existing.

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DEA to Introduce Scholarships Feature to JobTribes, Its Hit Card Battle Game, Allowing Users to Play to Earn

The rise of NFT gaming allows users to play and earn real money.

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SINGAPORE, Sept. 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Digital Entertainment Asset Pte. Ltd (DEA), Singapore-based developers of the PlayMining blockchain gaming platform, today announced they will introduce the Scholarships feature to JobTribes, its blockchain-linked, free-to-play mobile game. With the Scholarship feature, users who own in-game non-fungible tokens (NFTs), which include digital art and other digital assets, can lend these assets out to other users who share in the rewards from gameplay of those using the traded assets.

DEA plans to use JobTribes as a starting point to implement the Scholarship feature in PlayMining’s other games as well as in future launches, giving players even more opportunities to play to earn starting December of 2021.

Other DEA titles that are currently under development include Puzzle x Job Tribes and Dozer Lucky Farmer.

JobTribes is a free-to-play trading card battle game in which players choose various jobs with unique abilities and special powers to do battle with one another. Users can earn rewards in-game, including its in-game currency, PALEcoin. PALEcoin can be exchanged into DEAPcoin (DEP), DEA’s proprietary utility token, used to purchase in-game NFTs to enhance gameplay within the platform and greatly influence the outcome of battles.

In-game NFTs can be purchased on the PlayMining Platform, an online digital entertainment platform where games and digital asset transactions are linked by blockchain technology.

DEAPcoin is currently available on six different exchanges: OKEx, Bithumb Global, BITTREX GLOBAL, INDODAX, DigiFinex, and Bitrue.

DEAPcoin is not available for sale to residents of Japan.

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