Irving Receives Prestigious Governor’s Community Achievement Award Ten Winning Communities Receive State Environmental Award and Share $2 Million in Prize Money

 Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) has recognized Irving as one of ten winners of the 2022 Governor’s Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) for outstanding community improvement. KTB, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), has awarded the GCAA to Texas communities for more than 50 years. This year, the ten winning communities will share $2 million in landscape funding from TxDOT; Irving will receive $310,000 for a landscaping project.

The award is one of the most coveted annual environmental and community improvement honors in Texas. A community’s environmental program is judged by a group of diverse, multi-sector judges on achievements in seven environmental and community improvement areas: public awareness and outreach, environmental education, beautification and community improvement, litter prevention and cleanup, solid waste management, litter law and illegal dumping enforcement.

“Irving is very proud to receive this honor,” said Keep Irving Beautiful President Scott Wilson. “It represents the dedication of those in this community who work together toward a common goal of making Irving a better place to live, work and play. This is an award for the entire community, and very well deserved.”

The GCAA program has recognized outstanding communities since 1969, with TxDOT providing landscaping award funding since 1985. Irving will be honored during KTB’s Annual Conference, which will take place in Austin, TX from June 27 through June 29, with an awards dinner and presentation on the evening of June 29. Other winning communities include Salado, Richwood, Lucas, Woodway, Katy, Canyon Lake, Grapevine, Rowlett, and Allen.

To learn more about GCAA and this year’s winners, visit

About Keep Texas Beautiful

Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) is a non-profit organization dedicated to making Texas the best place to live, work, and play by deploying resources for community improvement projects, clean-ups, and youth engagement efforts across the state. Through our Keep Texas Recycling program, we provide assistance and education to support recycling in rural and underserved communities.

Everything we do is focused on mobilizing volunteers to take action by providing them with tools, resources, and training. Our fieldwork includes research on best practices for litter reduction along with the development of community programs to prevent the flow of litter to the Gulf.

Founded in 1967, Keep Texas Beautiful’s work is driven by its network of nearly 300 affiliate member communities, volunteers, and supporters that reach 17 million Texans annually. For more information and to find your closest affiliate, visit

About TxDOT

The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, maritime, rail and public transportation across the state. Through collaboration and leadership, we deliver a safe, reliable, and integrated transportation system that enables the movement of people and goods. Find out more at “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About Irving

The City of Irving ranks #1 per capita among cities with at least 5 Fortune 500 corporate headquarters with a population greater than 100,000. Centrally located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Irving continues to attract top talent from around the world.

Keep Irving Beautiful

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  • Environment

Award Winning Nonprofit Seeks to Restore Confidence In the Midst of Crisis Among Young Girls & Women

On March 26th and 27th, Diamond In the Rough Youth Development Program will host the inaugural She’s Got Confidence Global Virtual Summit online – packed with workshops, speakers, and seminars devoted to empowering adolescents and teen girls

ATLANTAFeb. 28, 2022PRLogATLANTA, GEORGIA – March 1, 2022 – Diamond In The Rough (DITR) Youth Development Program and Gem Makers, LLC are hosting the first-ever She’s Got Confidence Global Virtual Summit, an online conference geared toward middle school and high school girls. The summit is also open to parents and mentors of young women. With the theme of “restoring confidence, courage, and calm in the midst of crisis,” the two-day event kicks off on Saturday, March 26th, 2022 – coinciding with National Self Confidence Day – and concludes on Sunday, March 27th.

The summit includes three interactive tracks, with each one offering topics specific to middle school-age girls, high school girls, and a separate track for parents, mentors, and youth leaders. Panelists and presenters include Dr. Johnetta McSwain, an Emmy-winning documentarian, author, and life coach; author, entrepreneur, and podcast host Jenna Banks; actress Sharita Barnaby, and many more women whose accomplishments span a diverse array of interests.

“The impact of the recent COVID-19 global pandemic has impacted and disrupted the lives of youth and families around the world,” observed Dr. Nicole Steele, Founder and Executive Director of Diamond In The Rough Youth Development Program and President of Gem Makers, LLC. “As a result, countless girls have found it extremely difficult to navigate these uncertain times, leading to heightened levels of isolation, anxiety, worry, and uncertainty, all taking a drastic toll on their self-confidence, mental health, and motivation.”

The She’s Got Confidence Global Virtual Summit kicks off at 9:45 A.M. on Saturday, March 26th with a full day of presentations and interactive workshops designed to help participants thrive, make connections, and celebrate sisterhood. Attendees will have a chance to share their own talents later that evening during the Saturday Night Showcase. Participants will also have an opportunity on Sunday, March 27th, to nurture their souls during a special spiritual enrichment component.

All who plan to attend should register by March 20th, 2022 via the conference website. Special discounts and promotions are available including group rates. Tickets can be purchased at ShesGotConfidence – Diamond In The Rough ( ( Sponsorship opportunities are still available for those who wish to be a part of this empowering event.

Although this is their first virtual summit, DITR is no stranger to leveraging the power of online events to uplift young women and girls. Since 2004, the organization has served girls and families throughout metro Atlanta providing a variety of programs including mentoring, leadership training, career coaching, and family enrichment activities to girls ages 4-18.

While the pandemic had reduced in-person sessions, DITR has found ways to continue to nurture, inspire, and educate young women in their community through an array of virtual programs, including their weekly flagship Clusters Group Mentoring Program.

Carson Moore, High School Senior and longtime member and youth leader within Diamond In The Rough says, “I’m hoping to gain a better sense of who I am by discovering my strengths and by redefining my confidence during the Global Summit.” She and her peers have been actively involved in the planning and promotion of this event.

To learn more about the She’s Got Confidence Global Virtual Summit, as well as Diamond In the Rough’s year-round youth development and leadership programs, visit the organization online at Diamond In The Rough – Diamond In The Rough ( ( and connect with them on social media.

HBO And HBO Max Receive 14 SAG Award Nominations, The Most For Television Of Any Network Or Streaming Platform

“Succession” Receives First-Ever Nominations, Ties With 5 For Most Of Any Film Or Television Program;

Jean Smart Leads Performer Nominations With 3 For “Hacks” And “Mare of Easttown”


HBO and HBO Max received 14 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for the upcoming 28th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The SAG Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 27.

HBO and HBO Max’s 14 SAG Award nominations this year are:

  • 5 nominations for “Succession” (HBO Original): Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, 3 for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin), and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (Sarah Snook)
  • 4 nominations for “Mare of Easttown” (HBO Original): Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series (Evan Peters), 2 for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series (Kate Winslet, Jean Smart), and Outstanding Action Performance in a Television Movie or Limited Series
  • 2 nominations for “Hacks” (Max Original): Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series (Jean Smart)
  • 2 nominations for “The White Lotus” (HBO Original): ​​Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series (Murray Bartlett) and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series (Jennifer Coolidge)
  • 1 nomination for “Scenes from a Marriage” (HBO Original): Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series (Oscar Isaac)

All HBO and HBO Max nominated programs are available to stream on HBO Max. 

Vantage Circle Bagged the Excellence in Business Award at Sadin-Pratidin Achievers Award

 Vantage Circle, a global employee engagement platform, has received the Excellence in Business Award in the Achievers Award hosted by Sadin-Pratidin Group. The award has been presented to the co-founders Partha Neog and Anjan Pathak by the Honourable Chief Minister of Assam, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, in the presence of Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla on 24th December 2021.

The event was graced by the presence of the Honourable Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla as Chief Guest, Chief Minister of Assam, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma as the Guest of Honour, Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein as Special Guest, Sadin-Pratidin Owner Jayanta Baruah and some other dignitaries.

As a gesture of acknowledgment and appreciation towards contribution to the society, Sadin-Pratidin group presented the achievement awards to various achievers of different fields of society.

Personalities like Lovlina Borgohain (Bronze Medal winner at 2020 Summer Olympics), Elvish Ali Hazarika (International Swimmer), Wakewao Suha (Noted Social Service Worker of Nagaland), Devjo Maharishi (CMO of Spicejet), Zubeen Garg (Singer) and many other such renowned personalities were presented with their awards to recognize them for their efforts.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our clients, partners, well-wishers who helped us to reach this milestone. We would not have been able to achieve this without their trust and support. We believe, no matter how much revenue you generate, it’s your employees and your clients that defines the business,” quoted Anjan Pathak, CTO and Co-Founder of Vantage Circle.

“The journey from just an idea to becoming one of the top cloud-based employee engagement and benefits platforms took a great deal of perseverance and relentless effort from the team. Skill recruitment and fast hiring has been a challenge in Guwahati but we are now proud to have over 100 employees onboard with us,” said Partha Neog CEO and Co-Founder of Vantage Circle.

About Vantage Circle:

Vantage Circle is bringing Ease and Simplicity to Employee Engagement by using simple and Smart global solutions for employee rewards & recognition, feedback, and wellness. Its comprehensive and cost-effective platform is designed to help organizations in attracting and retaining their top talents. The user base currently stands at a massive 1.8M+ employees from some of the top leading corporations like HCL, Infosys, WIPRO, Aricent, GE, Mu Sigma, Capgemini, and many more. For more information please visit

Vantage Circle

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(469) 430-0525


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  • Human Resources

The Joe Moore Award Becomes The First Post-Season College Award Platform To Launch NIL Program

University of Michigan Offensive Line To Receive Name, Image and Likeness Benefits From Custom Designed Artwork and T-Shirt, With Percentage Going To Charity As Well

Joe Moore Award

Joe Moore Award

SAN DIEGODec. 28, 2021PRLog — The Foundation for Teamwork, owners and creators of the Joe Moore Award (@joemooreaward) which honors the most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit in College Football, today announced that it is believed to be the first post season college award program to launch a Name Image and Likeness (NIL) program for its recipients. Timing is everything and the Joe Moore Award is excited to create a partnership with nine members of the 2021 award winners, the offensive line at the University of Michigan. Michigan was awarded the trophy in a ceremony last week in Ann Arbor and will play the University of Georgia in the Orange Bowl on Dec 31 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

“We have seen the great amount of exposure that both winners and finalists of all the major college football awards receive throughout the years, but the actual and immediate benefit from winning the award typically goes to the presenter, not the presentee,” said Aaron Taylor, CBS college football analyst and co-founder of the Joe Moore Award. Taylor, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, played guard and tackle at the University of Notre Dame for the Award’s namesake, the legendary offensive line coach Joe Moore. “We want to begin to change that dynamic with the growth of NIL for these athletes, and the Joe Moore Award is proud to be what we believe to be the first of the major awards to begin a program which will have long-lasting benefits and a financial upside for our winners, and in many cases for the causes which will be tied to the program. On the field, we’ve always known that when the o-line wins, we all win, and we’re excited to help Michigan’s O-line extend that same principle in our communities.”

The members of the Michigan offensive line will receive 100% of net t-shirt sales, with a portion going to  a philanthropic beneficiary. Additionally the Joe Moore Award will match the players’ charitable gift, up to $10,000, to help further the reach of the winning units impact on their communities. The t-shirts and limited edition merchandise are designed by Make Your Move, an automated digital on-demand order processing and fulfillment partner and are available starting at $20.00 at

The charity beneficiaries for the 2021 season are: The Seal Legacy Foundation which is dedicated to providing support to families of wounded and fallen United States Navy SEALs, educational assistance for SEALs and their families, and other charitable causes benefiting the SEAL community; and The AthLife Foundation, a national platform works to ensure that deserving kids from our nation’s most challenged, yet promising communities, can achieve in their future careers beyond sport.

Under offensive line coach Sherrone Moore, Michigan’s starting O-line has featured guard/tackle Karsen Barnhart (2 starts), guard Chuck Filiaga (4 starts), left tackle Ryan Hayes (13 starts), tackle Trente Jones (1 start), left guard Trevor Keegan (10 starts), right tackle Andrew Stueber (13 starts), center Andrew Vastardis (13 starts), and right guard Zak Zinter (11 starts). In addition, tight end Joel Honigford, a converted O-lineman, warrants mention as a key contributor to Michigan’s success.

Michigan led the Big Ten and lists 10th nationally in rushing (223.8 yards per game). The unit has conceded the fewest tackles for loss (27) and third-fewest sacks (10) in the nation this season. Only Army and Air Force, with a combined 204 pass attempts, have allowed fewer sacks. Michigan’s line has paved the way for a 1,000-yard back in Hassan Haskins (1,288 yards) and have another back in range in Blake Corum (939 yards). All five positions earned all-conference honors, with four of the five starters earning first or second-team accolades: Stueber (1st team), Hayes, Vastardis and Zinter (2nd) and Keegan (honorable mention).

The Trophy

The Joe Moore Award trophy, crafted by legendary sports sculptor Jerry McKenna, is the largest trophy in college football, weighing more than 800 pounds, is more than five feet wide and stands nearly seven feet tall. The trophy has been made available to Michigan to display on their campus until the 2022 winner is announced.

The Joe Moore Award is named after Joe Moore, widely regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in college football history, and is the only major college football award to honor a group or unit. The award annually recognizes the nation’s Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit that best display the fundamental and historical aspects of great offensive line play: Toughness, Effort, Teamwork, Consistency, Technique, and Finishing.

Voting Committee

The Joe Moore Award voting committee is comprised of 13 individuals who are highly knowledgeable about offensive line play, including former linemen, coaches, talent evaluators and media analysts. This group conducts in-depth analysis by reviewing game tape every week of the season to assess both the fundamentals and subtleties of overall O-line performance.

The 2021 voting committee includes Chairman Cole Cubelic (Auburn, SEC Network); Charles Arbuckle (UCLA, Indianapolis Colts); Randy Cross (UCLA, San Francisco 49ers); Gerry DiNardo (Notre Dame, head coach at LSU); Mike Golic, Jr. (Notre Dame, NFL, ESPN); Harry Hiestand (Joe Moore disciple, NFL and College O-line Coach); Barrett Jones (Alabama, St. Louis Rams); Duke Manyweather (Humboldt State, player and coach; founder of OL Masterminds); Geoff Schwartz (Oregon, Carolina Panthers); Sam Schwartzstein (Stanford, XFL rules creator); Phil Steele (publisher of Phil Steele’s College Football Preview, ESPN); Aaron Taylor (Notre Dame, Green Bay Packers, CBS Sports); and Lance Zierlein (NFL draft analyst, and Prospects to Pros podcast, The Athletic).

Past Award Recipients

Past recipients of the Joe Moore Award include the offensive lines of the University of Alabama (2015), the University of Iowa (2016), the University of Notre Dame (2017), Oklahoma University (2018), LSU (2019), and the University of Alabama (2020 – first repeat winner).

About The Foundation for Teamwork

The Foundation for Teamwork is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering teamwork in all societal endeavors and bring that spirit of collective achievement to athletics, education, and organizations. Find out more at and follow the Joe Moore Award on Twitter (@joemooreaward), Instagram (@joemooreaward), and Facebook (