Is Kaporos Unnecessary and Inhumane?

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An op-ed featuring client Karen Davis, president of United Poultry Concerns and founder of the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos, ran in the New York Daily News today. She asks readers if Kaporos, a Yom Kippur tradition, is really necessary. The eye-opening read discusses details around the ritual practiced yearly in corners of NYC, which Davis refers to as “an inhumane carnivalesque nightmare.”

She quotes Orthodox Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz saying Kaporos observers “should be cultivating mercy for all those who suffer and not be perpetuating pain on sentient creatures in the name of piety.”

Davis argues there are other ways to practice Kaporos that avoids animal cruelty, reduces hunger and shows compassion to all.

Read more here: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/karen-davis-stop-chicken-torture-article-1.1959508

-Dan Grody, TGPR

Big Announcment from Client Nitro Circus Live

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Today, The Hollywood Reporter ran an exclusive story premiering Nitro Circus Live’s season four trailer! Also announced in the article is a premiere date for season four of Nitro Circus Live and details on the airing of the NCL movie. Here’s a quick peek:

Led by Nitro Circus founder Travis Pastrana, a 10-time X Games gold medalist, the eight-episode Nitro Circus Live follows the crew as they go on tour in cities across the U.S., starting with Boston and New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Nitro Circus Live, which features more than 40 of the top BMX, motocross and skateboarding athletes, kicks off its fourth season on MTV’s sister network with back-to-back episodes Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 11 p.m. ET/PT, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Read the full article and watch the new trailer here: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/video-mtv2s-nitro-circus-live-732253.

-Dan Grody, TGPR

Rudolph Soars to TGPR

Rudolph Logo (with characters)It may be September, but Sleigh bells are already ringing at TGPR! This week we announced Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, a family-friendly adaptation of the highest rated Christmas special of all time, will perform in 25 North American cities this holiday season.

In 1964, the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, made its network television debut delighting audiences across the country. Fifty years later, the longest running and highest rated television special comes to life, live on stage. Check out www.rudolphthemusical.com for more info.

The show features the world’s most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters. Rudolph and friends, including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster, help Santa save Christmas during a tour kicking off November 25 in Hartford CT.

From Producing Partner Jonathan Flom:

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical celebrates Rudolph’s 50 years on television. This is a lively, colorful journey and new tradition for families and theatregoers of all ages. These productions touch on all of the familiar story elements from the television special, with talented casts and puppeteers creating the magic on stage.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is so faithful to the original show that it practically transports audience members into the television special. The songs drive the plot while familiar and nostalgic set designs, costumes and characters are brought to stage. The cast brings new energy to the classic songs and dialogue, while puppets help showcase the charming “roughness” from the television show’s stop-motion effects.

The productions will also tie in with the #ShineBright social media campaign which is a celebration of uniqueness that will be championed by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Workshops, lesson plans and special performances will use the story as a platform for teaching important lessons about diversity and tolerance.

Here is a tentative list of dates:

November 25-26, 28-30 Hartford, CT The Bushnell Theatre
December 2 Reading, PA Santander PAC
December 3 Williamsport, PA Community Art Center
December 4 Huntington, WV Keith Albee Theatre
December 5-7 Fort Worth, TX Bass Performance Hall
December 5 Richmond, KY EKU Center for the Arts
December 6 Louisville, KY Brown Theatre
December 7 Bowling Green, KY SKyPAC
December 9-14 Boston, MA Citi Performing Arts Center
December 9 Cleveland, MS Bologna PAC
December 10 Paducah, KY The Carson Center
December 11 Bloomington, IN IU Auditorium
December 12 Akron, OH Akron Civic Theater
December 14 Mississauga, Canada Living Arts Centre
December 16-21 Nashville, TN James K. Polk Theatre
December 16-21 Dallas, TX Majestic Theatre
December 22 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
December 22-24 San Antonio, TX Tobin Center
December 23 West Palm Beach, FL Kravis Center
December 24 Lakeland, FL Lakeland Center
December 26-27 Newark, NJ NJPAC

This year is the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” the longest running and highest rated holiday special of all time. The anniversary celebration also includes a major tie-in with the U.S. Postal Service, tribute promos from CBS, new products and programs across all retail channels, a collector’s edition DVD and Blu-ray with new bonus material, new theme park and in-mall attractions, a Carnegie Hall concert tribute and a social media campaign – #ShineBright – that celebrates uniqueness in association with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

-Dan Grody, TGPR

Susan Tellem Discusses Centerplate CEO Crisis on KPCC’s Air Talk with Larry Mantle

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Tune in to 89.3 KPCC (Los Angeles NPR affiliate) today at 12:40pm PT / 3:40 ET to hear TGPR Partner Susan Tellem on the flagship talk show, AirTalk (www.scpr.org/airtalk). They’ll be discussing the crisis surrounding the CEO of a concession management company that was caught kicking a puppy in an elevator. Yesterday, the CEO resigned: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/centerplate-ceo-dog-kicker-hague-out-of-a-job-video/

This will be a case study of sorts for corporate communications:

  • Was the CEO’s resignation inevitable?
  • Is there anything else the company can do to keep him in his position and still be able to appease consumers and shareholders
  • His action was caught on video, how does that complicate crisis management efforts?

Find out today! Tune in to 89.3 or LISTEN LIVE online. Visit http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk and click “Listen Live” in the top left corner of the page.

-Dan Grody, TGPR

Speaking at the Orange County Sheriff’s Leadership Retreat

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TGPR Partner Susan Tellem, our crisis team leader, was invited to discuss the “10 Commandments of Crisis Management” at the Orange County Sheriff’s Leadership Retreat this week.

She highlighted various law enforcement crises she has been involved with, including the Michael Jackson molestation trial in Santa Barbara, A Safer Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in Malibu and the very tragic death of Emily Shane on PCH, also in Malibu, by an out of control driver when 911 calls were not responded to by the sheriff’s department.

-Dan Grody, TGPR

 

Kevin James Appears on WGN to Promote Client THE ILLUSIONISTS

image-2Kevin James, one of the many stars of THE ILLUSIONISTS – WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE, appeared on WGN’s top rated morning show to help promote the upcoming tour. THE ILLUSIONISTS makes its North American premeire in Akron November 19-20 before opening on Broadway December 4, then embarking on a 30-city tour.

This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth.  Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, THE ILLUSIONISTS has dazzled sold-out audiences of all ages.

Kevin James, known as “The Inventor” for his innovative illusions, is also a comedian and collector of the strange and unusual. Kevin is one of the most prolific inventors of magic in the world and has created some of the most celebrated illusions of the last century.

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For more information, visit http://www.theillusionistslive.com/.

-Dan Grody, TGPR

TGPR’s Food Issues Group (FIG) Offers Tips to Manage Allergy Accommodations

restaurant kitchenThe Model Retail Food Code, which was modified by the FDA in 2009, says that the “person in charge” of a food establishment must know and understand food allergens and make sure employees are trained on handling food allergy guests and recognize allergy symptoms.

“Of all the issues that a restaurant or cafeteria must deal with, allergy accommodation may not be a priority,” says Jeff Nelken MA, RD (retired), an experienced professional in all aspects of food safety and a member of the TGPR’s Food Issues Group (FIG). “However, this can be a life threatening matter. There are roughly between 200 to 300 reported deaths due to food allergies each year. In addition, there are more than 30,000 emergency room admissions, half of which are due to foodservice-related situations.”

Major food allergens to watch out for include: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (such as almonds, walnuts and pecans), soybeans, wheat, fish and shellfish (such as crab, lobster and shrimp). Gluten is also becoming a growing concern.

Some tips to manage allergy accommodation include:

  • Written policy that is fully communicated to the entire staff
  • Allergy training should be documented and employees should be evaluated for competency Wait staff should be trained on how to effectively listen to the allergy concerns of patrons and how to communicate allergy needs to the kitchen staff.
  • Restaurant should have a master menu that lists all of the ingredients required for each dish in case a patron inquires. The days of “secret recipes” are long gone. Transparency is the new standard.
  • Allergy training should include a section that reviews the signs and symptoms of allergic reactions which could occur within minutes of exposure or as long as two hours.
  • Recognize the most frequent signs of allergies including: a) hives, itching, or skin rash; b) swelling of the lips, face, tongue and throat, or other parts of the body; c) wheezing, nasal congestion or trouble breathing; d) abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting; e) dizziness, light-headedness or fainting.
  • Avoid cross contamination by cleaning all utensils, pans, cooking surfaces and cutting boards.
  • Verify safe cooking oils, marinades, sauces and seasonings.
  • Advisory notice on the menu that states if a person has a medical condition or food allergy to inform the server.
  • Designate one person in the front of the house to deliver allergy safe orders to patrons and one person in the back of the house to prepare it.
  • Allergy programs should be reviewed by a food health and safety expert before training and implementation.
  • Check the expiration date in EpiPen® often.

Allergy Facts:

  • Peanuts are the most common food allergen for children
  • Shellfish and peanuts are the most common food allergens with adults
  • Allergens can be transmitted in frying oil or steam

Serving Tips:

  • Sanitize menu jackets between uses
  • Replace condiment containers and holder with a set that has been sanitized
  • Set up a code on order slips that indicates the specific allergen to avoid for the kitchen
  • Have mock allergy rehearsals to test the efficacy of your allergy program
  • Check labels: tuna may contain casein, Worcestershire contains anchovies, soy sauce contains wheat

-Dan Grody, TGPR