U.S. Polo Assn. Sponsors SI The Party, Celebrating the Big Game in Vegas

Sport-Inspired Brand Brings Apparel and Activations to the Hottest VIP Party of the Year

WEST PALM BEACH, FL / ACCESSWIRE / February 15, 2024 / U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), was excited to sponsor Sports Illustrated: SI The Party Presented by Captain Morgan with VIP-driven experiences and iconic performances at Wynn Las Vegas’ famed XS Nightclub. Headlined by The Chainsmokers, Kygo, and other special guests, SI The Party featured one of the Big Game weekend’s most buzzed-about lineups ever.

The multi-billion-dollar global U.S. Polo Assn. brand presented exciting, sport-inspired activations at the party, as well as co-branded staff apparel and accessories with the iconic double horsemen logo, and party giveaways like hats and buttons. One of the most exciting activations was a beautiful, life-size, 3-D photobooth backdrop featuring the best images from championship polo games, where fans and celebs alike had fun posing with polo props as if they were competing on the polo field themselves.

It was a packed house at XS Nightclub filled with global influencers and some of the world’s biggest celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Justin and Hailey Bieber, Brittany Mahomes, Miles Teller, Trevor Lawrence, Tiffany Haddish, Dylan Sprouse and DIPLO, as well as sports icons such as Brooks Koepka, Aly Raisman, Tony Parker, and many more – all showing up to party with U.S. Polo Assn.

"U.S. Polo Assn. was thrilled to be part of such an iconic party this year to celebrate the Big Game in Las Vegas and to partner again with Sports Illustrated as we did previously on the SI Sports Awards," said J. Michael Prince, President and CEO of USPA Global, the company that manages and oversees the U.S. Polo Assn. brand. "As a sport-inspired, global brand, this partnership for the Big Game is one that’s a great match with the DNA of U.S. Polo Assn."

Produced by Authentic Entertainment and Medium Rare, the sports and music spectacle brought musical performances and immersive activations and an ultra-luxe, VIP experience to fans in Vegas for the Big Game. XS Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas, one of the most exclusive and top-rated nightclubs in the world, was reimagined with enhanced production and oversized activations for all attendees to enjoy.

"It was a blast seeing the crowd enjoy our sport-focused U.S. Polo Assn. activations, wear our iconic brand, participate in the VIP experience and party to The Chainsmokers and Kygo," added Stefanie Coroalles, Vice President of Global Brand Marketing for USPA Global.

Sports Illustrated is synonymous with the celebration of sports; fans around the world and SI The Party was no exception. The star-studded event to celebrate the Big Game Weekend invited fans to mingle with the who’s who of the sports and entertainment worlds.

"SI, Authentic Brands and Medium Rare are thankful to have U.S. Polo Assn. on board as our generous sponsor this year, for the very first time," said Tatum Mannion, Executive Director of Partnerships, Medium Rare. "It’s fantastic to have another industry-leading sports partner that has the same goal as we do, to inspire fans and consumers to enjoy the fusion of sports, music and entertainment in one of the most exciting locations in the world, as we revved up for an incredible Big Game Weekend in Las Vegas this year."

About U.S. Polo Assn.

U.S. Polo Assn. is the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), the governing body for the sport of polo in the United States and one of the country’s oldest sport governing bodies, founded in 1890. With a multi-billion-dollar global footprint and worldwide distribution through over 1,200 U.S. Polo Assn. retail stores, as well as thousands of additional points of distribution, U.S. Polo Assn. offers apparel, accessories and footwear for men, women, and children in more than 190 countries worldwide. A recent, multi-year deal with ESPN to broadcast the premier polo championships in the world, sponsored by U.S. Polo Assn., has made the thrilling sport accessible to millions of households globally for the very first time.

U.S. Polo Assn. has consistently been named one of the top global sports licensors alongside the NFL, NBA, and MLB, according to License Global. In addition, the sport-inspired brand is being recognized around the world with awards for global growth, expansion, licensing and digital presence. Due to its tremendous success as a global brand, particularly in the last five years, U.S. Polo Assn. has been featured in Forbes, Modern Retail and GQ as well as on Yahoo Finance and Bloomberg, among many other noteworthy media sources around the world. For more information, visit uspoloassnglobal.com and follow @uspoloassn.

About Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated (SI) is an unparalleled and influential leader recognized for shaping modern culture and uniting athletes, teams, and fans worldwide. SI’s award-winning media enterprise brings powerful storytelling to life across platforms ranging from Emmy-winning video to the monthly print magazine with a 60-year heritage. Sports Illustrated also shares its unique and authentic perspective year-round through marquee events, immersive activations, long-form television, film, and audio content as well as select lifestyle products. For more information, visit SI.com. Follow Sports Illustrated on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

About Medium Rare

Lauded events, experiential, and management company, Medium Rare works at the intersection of Sports & Entertainment, partnering with well-known athletes and brands to create iconic media properties. The group’s world-class production is balanced by its growing management division, overseeing careers, tours, and partnership deals for some of the most celebrated artists and athletes. For more info, visit www.Medium-Rare.com

Contact Information

Stacey Kovalsky
VP Global PR and Communications
skovalsky@uspagl.com
+001.561.790.8036

Shannon Stilson
VP, Sports Marketing & Media
sstilson@uspagl.com
+001.561.227.6994

SOURCE: USPA Global Licensing Inc.

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HCM City, Son La join UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities


Paris: Ho Chi Minh City and Son La city in the northern mountainous province of the same name have joined the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) as announced by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on February 14.

They were among the 64 new members from 35 countries recognised by the organisation for their outstanding efforts to make lifelong learning a reality for all at the local level.

Ambassador Nguyen Thi Van Anh, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UNESCO, noted that the event reflects specific steps in the implementation of policies and guidelines of the Party and the State regarding international integration and education.

Dao Quyen Truong, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Cultural Diplomacy and UNESCO Affairs under the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, viewed it as the result of the materialisation of the cultural diplomacy strategy to 2030, efforts and resolve of the local People’s Committees as well as their close coo
rdination with relevant agencies, experts and scientists both at home abroad, and contributions by local residents.

Apart from HCM City and Son La, three other Vietnamese cities have also joined the network, namely Sa Dec city in the Mekong Delta city of Dong Thap, Vinh city in the central province of Nghe An (2020), and Dong Thap’s Cao Lanh city (2022).

The UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities is an international network comprising cities that successfully promote lifelong learning across their communities. The new learning cities are added to the network on the recommendation of a jury of experts. A strong commitment to lifelong learning by the mayor and city administration and a track record of good practices and policy initiatives are key prerequisites for becoming a learning city.

With the new members, the network now counts 356 cities from 79 countries with more than 390 million people benefiting from lifelong learning opportunities./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Japan, IOM launch $2.58-M project to rehab Mindanao ‘peace stations’

MANILA: The Japanese government is funding a USD2.58 million (PHP141.9 million) project that will rehabilitate four peace and security stations in Mindanao as a way to sustain the peace efforts in the region.

The UN Migration will implement the program for 12 months starting February 2024, which will also cover the capacity building for about 720 Joint Peace and Security Team (JPST) members from the 24 JPST stations across Mindanao.

The project, called ‘Enhancing and Sustaining Peace and Security Mechanisms in Mindanao,’ will likewise benefit 80 JPST members from four community-based organizations, who will receive livelihood training and kits.

The JPSTs have been operating since 2019 to provide security during the decommissioning of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

These teams, based across 24 stations in Mindanao, are composed of members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police, and the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces.

As the transition period has been prolonged and some
of the stations were damaged by past natural disasters, Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhiko Koshikawa said Japan decided to step in.

“Through this project, we fervently hope a strengthened JPST will be able to perform their duties with more ease and confidence, especially with the approach of the 2025 Bangsamoro Parliamentary Election,” he said during the launch in Makati on Wednesday.

“Please rest assured, the government of Japan will continue its support with the goal of attaining lasting peace and development in the region.”

This is the second time Japan supported the JPST, recognizing the need to provide them every possible support as front-liners who enforce the peace-building initiatives in the region.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) Philippines Chief of Mission Tristan Burnett said the program targets to enhance the beneficiaries’ social and economic capacities while reinforcing their ability to address both conflicts and disasters.

“This new project with the government
of Japan is implemented as part of a broader program to prevent, manage, and resolve conflict as a driver of displacement and an obstacle to return and reintegration,” she said.

“IOM remains committed to supporting the full implementation of the peace agreement to the best of our abilities, and in our common goal of achieving sustainable peace and development in the Bangsamoro.”

IOM Philippines will implement the program together with the international non-governmental organization Nonviolent Peaceforce.

Among those present during the launch were Deputy Presidential Peace Adviser Senior Undersecretary Isidro Purisima and MILF-Joint Peace and Security Committee Chairperson Abunawas Maslamama.

Source: Philippines News Agency

Sen. Go reiterates ‘urgent’ need for disaster resilience agency

DAVAO CITY: With Mindanao and the rest of the country being battered by disasters, Senator Christopher Lawrence Go on Thursday reiterated the “urgent” need for the establishment of the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR) agency.

In an interview here, Go said the DDR would assist the government in disaster preparation, coordination, and immediate assistance, particularly in times of calamity where loss of life, injury, and property damage are anticipated.

Go was in this city as a special guest at the International Childhood Cancer Day and World Health Organization Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer’s 5th Philippine anniversary held at the SMX Convention Center.

‘There should be a Cabinet secretary that will focus on the area hit by a calamity. He or she will coordinate with the Department of Social Welfare and Development for the prepositioning of goods and the Armed Forces of the Philippines for evacuation,’ he said at the sidelines of the event.

Go noted that the country remains highly vulnerable
to multiple hazards being geographically located within the typhoon belt and the “Ring of Fire’ where earthquakes, flooding, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, droughts, and landslides pose serious risks.

‘Since we are in the Pacific Ring of Fire, disasters keep coming back. One factor also is climate change,’ Go added.

With proper coordination between the LGUs and agencies, the lawmaker said aid, rehabilitation, and other disaster interventions will be delivered faster.

He vowed to push for the proposed bill that remains pending at the committee level, deeming it necessary for the country.

Source: Philippines News Agency

DND chief tells military camp chiefs: Conserve water amid El Niño

MANILA: Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. on Wednesday ordered all military camp commanders to take the lead in water conservation amid the existing El Niño phenomenon.

Secretary Teodoro’s order was in line with President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s directive for government intervention, DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said in a statement.

The DND chief issued the water conservation order to the military during the second meeting of the Task Force El Niño held at the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on Monday.

In the meeting, the DND chief emphasized the need for everybody to support and practice daily the government’s water conservation policy.

“Secretary Teodoro emphasized the need to repair facilities such as leaking pipes to prevent additional water wastage. He also added that all military personnel and their dependents living inside military camps ‘must do their part in the whole-of-government approach to mitigate the El Niño effects’,” An
dolong said.

The DND chief said the directive to military camp commanders was issued in compliance with Marcos’ Executive Order (EO) 53 which directs the government to streamline, reactivate, and reconstitute the old El Niño task forces under EO No. 16 (s. 2001) and Memorandum Order No. 38 (s. 2019) signed on Jan. 19, 2024.

Marcos’ executive order directs the task force to develop a comprehensive disaster preparedness and rehabilitation plan for El Niño and La Niña to provide ‘systematic, holistic, and results-driven interventions’ to help the public cope and minimize their devastating effects.

The Chief Executive designated Teodoro as the task force chairperson, while Science and Technology Secretary Renato Solidum was designated as co-chairperson.

The President also appointed the following officials as task force members: Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga, Secretary of Agriculture Francis Tiu Laurel Jr., Secretary of Health Teodoro J. Herbosa, and Secretary of Nat
ional Economic and Development Authority Arsenio Balisacan.

As this developed, the OCD, in cooperation with other government agencies, announced that it is continuously implementing interventions to strengthen the disaster preparedness of the country.

Among the priorities are ensuring infrastructure resilience and the availability of adequate disaster response resources nationwide.

OCD administrator, Undersecretary Ariel Nepomuceno has directed the regional offices of OCD to ensure the availability of an updated list of critical facilities alongside the inspection report of the integrity of the structures in coordination with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and other concerned agencies.

The memorandum order issued by Nepomuceno to OCD regional directors cited the desired outcome no. 3 of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan (NDRRMP) 2020-2030 under the Prevention and Mitigation pillar, which states that there is a need for an “increased structural integrity of housin
g, building, and critical infrastructure.’

The OCD chief also instructed the regional directors to submit reports of the available rescue assets but not limited to rescue vehicles like rubber boats, heavy rescue equipment, water filtration machines, and information and communication equipment, among others.

‘We asked our OCD regional directors to coordinate with relevant agencies regarding the list and integrity of critical facilities as well as to have an inventory of all disaster response assets. This is part of our continuous readiness assessment,’ Nepomuceno said.

Source: Philippines News Agency

Davao Oro landslide death toll now at 90, retrieval starts

DAVAO CITY: The death toll of the recent massive landslide in Barangay Masara, Maco town in Davao de Oro province has reached 90, an official of the Management of the Dead and Missing (MDM) announced Thursday.

In a press briefing, Lea Añora, MDM cluster head, reported that 37 people are still missing and that 39 death certificates have been issued so far.

Of the 90 fatalities, 14 unidentified bodies were temporarily buried at the Maco public cemetery.

‘The 90 retrieved include complete bodies and body parts,’ Añora said.

The missing individuals, she said, are recorded in police blotters after their families informed the authorities.

Añora also requested families searching for family members to check the local government advisories regarding the process to identify the retrieved bodies.

‘Our actions taken are continuous like the postmortem, blotters, and the collection of the retrieved belongings of the victims,’ she said.

Officials launched the retrieval operations on Feb. 14, one week after the landsl
ide occurred.

Meanwhile, the Davao City Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) 911 team announced that it would stay for three more days to continue assisting in the retrieval operations in the landslide-hit area.

Since Feb. 9, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office head Alfredo Baloran said their rescue technicians, search and rescue equipment, and two dogs have been deployed to the area.

The USAR team brought with them search and rescue equipment that included apparatus to detect signs of life and tools to locate people buried in the landslide.

Source: Philippines News Agency