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MGM Resorts International Named a Top Ideal Employer for Business College Students for Second Consecutive Year

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the nation’s Top 100 Ideal Employers for U.S. business students, according to Universum, a global employer brand research firm. In its second consecutive appearance, MGM Resorts has secured the 44th ranking and remains as the only integrated casino resort company recognized on the annual list. This year's results were recently announced in partnership with the Wall Street Journal.

“Students are considering more employers than they have at any other time in the last five years – so the competition is fierce, even for top employers,” said Universum President of the Americas, Melissa Murray Bailey. “These rankings celebrate the employers that have invested in building a strong employer brand and taken the time to truly understand what it is that students value in their career.”

The 2014 rankings of the IDEAL™ Employers are based on a survey of more than 46,000 undergraduate students, and reveal which employers have the most effective employer brands. Students choose an unlimited number of employers they would consider working for from a list of 230. From their “considered” employers they choose their top five “Ideal” employers. The Ideal Employer Rankings represent the companies with the most “Ideal” votes.

“We’re delighted to once again be named to this prestigious list of innovative companies looking for new ways to attract and retain our schools’ best and brightest,” said Jim Murren, Chairman & CEO of MGM Resorts International. “The next generation of employee and business leaders recognizes that we are an employer of choice and a leading entertainment and hospitality company that provides a spectrum of dynamic career paths.”

In a separate survey by Universum last year, Masters of Business Administration students also ranked MGM Resorts high, ranking it No. 86 on Universum’s top 100 companies list for MBA Students. The company has also been recognized by DiversityInc Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as being a top company for diversity.

For more information about MGM Resorts and its college programs, please visit www.mgmresortscareers.com/college.

About Universum
Universum is the global leader in employer branding, providing end-to-end solutions that empower organizations to become better at attracting, recruiting and retaining top talent. Founded in 1988, Universum’s mission is to create the best match between employers and potential employees by providing knowledge, guidance and actionable insights. The company gathers and analyzes insights about the career expectations of 700,000 students and young professionals annually in more than 30 countries, and serves as a trusted partner to 1,200 clients globally, including many Fortune 500 companies. With its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Universum is a privately held company with offices in 12 countries. Learn more about Universum’s rankings: http://bit.ly/1nUuj9E.

About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company also owns 51% of MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and is in the process of developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50% of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features ARIA resort and casino. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's website at www.mgmresorts.com and follow on Twitter @MGMResortsIntl.

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Foresters Reaffirms Commitment to Family Well-being

Foresters, an international financial services provider, today announced that it renewed its partnership with national non-profit KaBOOM!, an organization dedicated to promoting play, to build 25 new playgrounds across North America by the end of 2015. The new playgrounds will enhance the well-being of families and communities by providing more than 3 million children and their families with the opportunity to spend quality time together.

“Foresters is proud to continue its partnership with KaBOOM! to build more playgrounds and provide even more families with a place where they can come together to learn, play and have fun,” said Kasia Czarski, chief membership and marketing officer, Foresters. “A playground is a centerpiece in a community and supporting the well-being of families is central to Foresters. Renewing our partnership with KaBOOM! is our promise to families renewed.”

The two-year plan will see the development of 25 new playgrounds, with 15 playground builds to be completed in 2014. With the additional playgrounds scheduled, Foresters will reach and surpass 100 playground builds this year, building on the 94 playgrounds already completed since 2006. The new phase of the partnership will continue to see additional community revitalization projects, such as planter benches, asphalt games, and picnic tables with chessboard tops, at build sites to provide more features for families to enjoy.

”Building a new generation of healthy communities begins with a child’s well-being, and providing opportunities for fun and active play for kids is at the core of that,” said Darell Hammond, founder and CEO of KaBOOM!. “When our children’s lives are filled with play, we all benefit; our families and communities will be healthier and happier today, and our society will be stronger and more resilient tomorrow. Our partnership with Foresters has been instrumental in promoting the importance of play and we are grateful for their continued commitment for play.”

Foresters is a KaBOOM! National Partner and a founding member of the KaBOOM! Leadership Circle. Foresters entered into a formal partnership with KaBOOM! in 2011 but has been building playgrounds with KaBOOM! since 2006. From 2006 to 2013, more than 5,000 Foresters volunteers have helped at playground builds to create over 241,000 square feet of playground space.

About Foresters
For 140 years, Foresters™, an international financial services provider, has fulfilled its purpose to enhance family well-being for its members and the communities where they live. A fraternal benefit society, Foresters offers quality life insurance and investment products, unique member benefits and inspiring community activities. Foresters shares its financial strength with more than one million members in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit foresters.com, facebook.com/foresters and techtimeout.com.

Foresters™ is the trade name and a trademark of The Independent Order of Foresters, a fraternal benefit society, 789 Don Mills Road, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9; its subsidiaries are licensed to use this mark.

KaBOOM!
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to the bold new goal of ensuring that all children, particularly the 16 million American children living in poverty, get the balance of active play they need to become healthy and successful adults. KaBOOM! has been a powerful champion for play since its founding in 1996, working with partners to build, improve and open more than 15,000 playgrounds, engage more than 1,000,000 volunteers and serve more than 6,600,000 children. KaBOOM! creates and catalyzes great places to play, inspires, empowers and leads play advocates, and educates and elevates the societal conversation about the importance of play in children’s lives. For more information, visit kaboom.org/act or follow the conversation on why #playmatters at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.

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'Little progress' on forest protection plan

BBC News - Science & Nature - 1 hour 14 sec ago
Forest protection schemes make little progress
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Beijing officials defend plans to source drinking water from polluted Bohai Gulf.

Environmental Health News - 1 hour 12 min ago
The Beijing municipal government recently announced an ambitious plan to build a large seawater desalination facility near the Bohai Gulf to produce one million tons of fresh water per day to ease Beijing’s water crisis. Bohai, the innermost gulf of the Yellow Sea, has some of the most polluted waters in China.
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Minorities exposed to more contaminated air than whites.

Environmental Health News - 1 hour 12 min ago
Researchers at the University of Minnesota have found that minorities are 40 percent more likely to breathe in air contaminated with nitrogen dioxide. They're calling it the "pollution gap." Los Angeles ranked among the top ten metropolitan areas with the widest disparity.
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Potential for human superbugs in cow dung.

Environmental Health News - 1 hour 12 min ago
A U.S. study has found that cow manure, commonly used to fertilize vegetable crops, contains a high number of genes that can fuel resistance to antibiotics.
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Food Freedom movement grows with help from left.

Environmental Health News - 1 hour 12 min ago
As buying local has become all the rage and concerns about industrialized agriculture more widespread, the right-leaning food freedom cause is gaining steam and increasingly finding allies on the left. Advocates hope that supporting small producers doesn't outweigh food safety efforts.
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A belly full of beaks.

Environmental Health News - 1 hour 12 min ago
Marine biologists, probing two rare species of sperm whales, are establishing a baseline for the health of the animals and the environment they live in by rummaging through the stomach contents of dead whales.
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Invasive Asian carp continue their march through Ohio in a quest to reach Lake Erie.

Environmental Health News - 1 hour 12 min ago
Positive tests for environmental DNA, or eDNA, of Asian carp suggest the invasive fish have moved from the Ohio River to more than 80 miles up Ohio's Muskingum River, 115 miles from the continental divide that separates the Ohio River watershed from Lake Erie.
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Two degrees: How the world failed on climate change.

Environmental Health News - 1 hour 12 min ago
Recently, then, some scientists and policymakers have been taking a fresh look at whether the 2°C limit is still the best way to think about climate change. Is this simple goal actually making it harder to prepare for the warming that lies ahead?
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The new abolitionism.

Environmental Health News - 1 hour 12 min ago
Averting planetary disaster will mean forcing fossil fuel companies to give up at least $10 trillion in wealth. The last time in American history that some powerful set of interests relinquished such a claim was in 1865 – and then only after four years and more than 600,000 lives lost in the bloodiest, most horrific war we've ever fought.
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Activists decry plan to convert New Jersey coal plant to gas.

Environmental Health News - 1 hour 12 min ago
A group of environmental advocates marked Earth Day on Tuesday by demonstrating against a plan to convert the B.L. England coal-fired electrical generation plant to gas, saying a new plant was unneeded and would be a new source of pollution.
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How climate change will affect you.

Environmental Health News - 1 hour 12 min ago
No matter what your stance is on climate change, the consequences of rising average temperatures have already been set in motion. Check out your region of the U.S. to see what’s at stake.
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Climate change likely to make Everest even riskier.

Environmental Health News - 1 hour 12 min ago
Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest.
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Spring corn planting still sputters in key states.

Environmental Health News - 1 hour 12 min ago
Across much of the nation's corn belt, efforts by farmers to get their crops in the ground still are sputtering – similar to last year, when one of the wettest springs on record got farmers in many states off to the slowest start in decades.
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Texas freezes agency's funding after air pollution data released.

Environmental Health News - 1 hour 12 min ago
A few casual words and the early release of some scientific data have cost the San Antonio region much-needed state funds to battle its growing air pollution problem. The misstep, which appears to have been unintentional, highlights the sensitivity of studying oil and gas pollution in business-friendly Texas.
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New map could refocus California's pollution battles.

Environmental Health News - 1 hour 12 min ago
The California Environmental Protection Agency has released a statewide list of census tracts most burdened by pollution, providing a first-of-its-kind ranking certain to pressure regulators to clean up neighborhoods with long-standing health risks.
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US urged to tackle lead in aviation gasoline.

Environmental Health News - 1 hour 12 min ago
Consumer advocates, public health workers and environmental groups here are calling on the federal government to take a formal step towards regulating the use of lead in aviation gasoline, despite a failure to do so for nearly two decades. The United States is one of the few countries that continue to allow the use of lead in aviation gasoline.
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Suit alleges shoe boxes contain ingredient in rat repellent.

Environmental Health News - 1 hour 12 min ago
A major manufacturer of anti-fungal products has filed suit in Los Angeles against a competitor, contending that hundreds of thousands of shoe boxes coming into U.S. ports each day could contain a chemical used in rat repellent.
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