Friday, April 30, 2004

UniversityOfHealthCare, uohc. com, Announces a New CD and Web Program to Develop Critical Care Nurses

UniversityOfHealthCare, uohc. com, Announces a New CD and Web Program to Develop Critical Care Nurses.

UniversityOfHealthCare has published the most cost-effective tool for developing critical care nurses with an electronic course including email access that accompanies the major textbook on critical care nursing.

(PRWEB) December 26, 2004

UniversityOfHealthCare and ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, both leading e-learning and healthcare solutions providers, announce the most cost-effective way to develop critical care nurses.

This program is of special interest to any organization that needs critical care nurses but is not prepared to develop and deliver the intensive classroom-based education and clinical preceptor training required to develop a critical care nurse or that lacks the substantial financial and staff resources necessary to teach such a program.

The brief video announcement is at http://storage. uohc. com/uohc/videoannouncements/marketing010-320x240.html (http://storage. uohc. com/uohc/videoannouncements/marketing010-320x240.html). (Allow 1-2 minutes for the video to load fully before playing. Requires Flash player from www. macromedia. com.)

The companies are introducing an accredited, online Basic Critical Care Training Program designed to help your organization develop entry-level critical care nurses and save your organization thousands of dollars in training and development costs.

“Basic Critical Care” is available as a CD at Atlas Books at www. atlasbooks. com/uohc (http://www. atlasbooks. com/uohc) and 1-800-247-6553 and at other UniversityOfHealthcare Distributors or on the web at www. uohc. com/courseentry. htm (http://www. uohc. com/courseentry. htm )

This 75-contact-hour program is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation and based on the textbook recommended by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses—the AACN Clinical Reference for Critical Care Nursing.

The Basic Critical Care Training Program is designed to be coordinated with a well-designed preceptor/mentor training program in a critical care unit so that, upon completion, the nurse will be able to provide safe, entry-level critical care nursing care. Once the online component of the program is successfully completed, the nurse is ready to begin working with a preceptor/mentor in a critical care unit.

The ability to access the course at any time and to email an instructor provides nurses with the flexibility of being able to learn the information at home, on their own time, and at their own pace. Access to an instructor is a valuable component that supports independent, critical thinking skills.

The Basic Critical Care Training Program is designed for any nurse who wishes to obtain a solid foundation of skills and knowledge needed to safely and effectively care for the critically ill patient. Nurses who are just beginning their careers, nurses currently working with critically ill patients, and nurses who wish to change their clinical emphasis and begin working in critical care units are excellent candidates for this program. It is also suitable for

· New graduate nurses

· Medical/surgical nurses

· Emergency department nurses (where critical care patients are held in the ED environment

· Surgi-center nurses

· Urgent care nurses

· Nurses who wish to work in an obstetrical ICU

· Nurses working in subacute care units

· Nurses working in step-down (or transcare) units

· Traveling nurses

· Pre-hospital nurses

Geri Wentz, RN, MN, CCRN, the main author of the course, and a specialist in critical care nursing, said, “What does it take to keep a critical care unit running strong?

“The single strongest component for a strong critical care unit is a competent staff of nurses with a sound understanding of critical care patients. These competent nurses acquire a specific skill set that includes knowledge of the disease processes, the skill to perform interventions, and the ability to recognize the outcomes of their interventions as well as the outcomes of patient management as a whole.

“This critical care course offers nurses the opportunity to learn the core material of critical care nursing. The questions at the end of each module not only allow for validation of key concepts from the material but also force the learner to think beyond the basic information and progress into problem solving and critical thinking.”

The other authors are Cyndie Koopsen, RN, MBA, Caroline Young, MPH, and Daniel Farb, M. D.

The course consists of 28 modules, as follows: Cardiac (5 modules), Respiratory (6 modules), Neurological (5 modules), Gastrointestinal (3 modules), Hematology (2 modules), Endocrine (2 modules), Renal (2 modules), Special (3 modules). Each module has thinking questions that accompany the text.

UniversityOfHealthCare is a total e-learning solutions provider for management and healthcare. Its services include implementation of a learning management system, consulting, hundreds of web-based courses, and manual and CD publishing. For example, it has unique series on Bioterrorism, JCAHO and OSHA compliance, HIPAA training, Leadership, and much more.

The UniversityOfHealthCare website is www. uohc. com and the CD catalog is at www. uohc. com/CDROMs. htm (http://www. uohc. com/CDROMs. htm). That page has a link to slide shows of screen shots from the courses. Group sales: sales@uohc. com.


The Team at UniversityOfHealthCare

419 N. Larchmont Blvd., #323

Los Angeles, CA 90004

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Thursday, April 29, 2004

Xlibris Releases With a Song in My Psyche

Xlibris Releases With a Song in My Psyche

An engaging volume that looks into the art and essence of singing

Bloomington, IN (Vocus) July 7, 2010

From the brilliant thoughts of author Pearl Shinn Wormhoudt comes a new book entitled With a Song in My Psyche. Released through Xlibris, this engaging volume that looks into the art and essence of singing is designed to guide budding singers and singing teachers in their quest for greater artistry and excellence.

With a Song in My Psyche analyzes the psychology and teaching of singing. It describes the musical brain, the singer's mind/body interaction, the crucial early musical development, the adolescent singer, gender factors, psychology of performance, and the psychological basis for attaining greater artistry. It explores a number of psychologically motivated factors that lead either to poor singing or to excellent, healthy singing: personality, temperament, managing the singer's lifestyle, building a character, perfectionism, performance anxiety, motivation, memorizing, breathing, stage movement, body messages, timing, musical and poetic meanings, self-image, confidence, concentration, consistency, and creativity.

The exceptional insights of this educational book will certainly help up-and-coming singers and singing teachers develop their full potential as artists and as mentors to aspiring talents, respectively. For more information on With a Song in My Psyche, please log on to xlibris. com (http://www2.xlibris. com/bookstore/bookdisplay. aspx? bookid=13919).

About the Author
Pearl Shinn Wormhoudt, Professor Emerita at William Penn University, and Honorary Life Member National Association of Teachers of Singing, has spent her life in the arts, as a singer, teacher of singers, and teacher of teachers of singers. In New York, she studied voice with Paola Novikova, teacher of international singers. Studies and some teaching in sculpture, ceramics, design, drama, dance, and a Columbia University M. A. gave her a broad feeling for the psychology of performance and creativity. She has been teaching voice and studying its psychology for over forty years. Wormhoudt can be reached through psw102@hotmail. com.

With a Song in My Psyche * by Pearl Shinn Wormhoudt
On the Psychology of Singing and Teaching Singing
Publication Date: April 30, 2002
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Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Government Grants First Certification for iPhone, iPad Crypto

Government Grants First Certification for iPhone, iPad Crypto

FIPS 140-2 Validation for Mocana NanoCrypto™ Removes An Obstacle to Federal Purchases of Apple Devices "Off the Shelf" SAN FRANCISCO - April 5, 2010 - Mocana Corporation, a company that focuses on securing non-PC connected devices, today announced that it has earned the government's first FIPS 140-2 level one validation for an encryption product running on the Apple iPhone or iPad.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 5, 2010

Mocana Corporation, a company that focuses on securing non-PC connected devices, today announced that it has earned the government's first FIPS 140-2 level one validation for an encryption product running on the Apple iPhone or iPad.

The 140-2 FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standards) are used to accredit the cryptographic "engines" that drive secure software or hardware implementations, and most federal agencies and contractors working on sensitive government projects are prohibited from buying products containing security software that is not officially FIPS-validated. Up until now, FIPS-validated security hasn't been commercially available for iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad devices. Today's announcement clears an important obstacle to the more widespread use of these devices in the federal government.

NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, wrote the FIPS 140 Publication Series to standardize federal cryptography requirements. Most federal agencies and departments require that any computer security implementations contain only FIPS-certified cryptographic modules. The FIPS 140-2 program tests security software and hardware approved for government "sensitive, but un-classified" information. The application and testing process is rigorous and non-trivial, but for companies selling security products to the federal government, their contractors or allies overseas, formal FIPS validations are a prerequisite to eligibility for government contracts.

Mocana applied for and received FIPS 140-2 Level 1 validation for its NanoCrypto product (http://mocana. com/nanocrypto. html (http://mocana. com/nanocrypto. html)) compiled for iPhone OS on ARM-based CPUs; the FIPS-validated NanoCrypto binary will run on all current iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models. NanoCrypto is a sophisticated cryptographic engine designed for device developers. It's purpose-built for non-PC devices and resource-constrained embedded systems. It is one of the smallest, fastest and most comprehensive cryptographic cores on the market, in addition to being one of the most popular: the cryptographic engine that drives NanoCrypto is already installed on millions of devices from hundreds of device OEMs worldwide, on everything from wireless networked medical devices to unmanned military drones. With built-in support for over 30 operating systems, NanoCrypto enables device OEMs and ISVs to add sophisticated cryptographic security features to almost any type of device or application.

"This opens the door for developers to start building cost-effective, security-oriented commercial iPhone and iPad apps for use in federal and even military settings," said Adrian Turner, CEO of Mocana. "Many government buyers couldn't purchase iPhones 'off the shelf' for environments where encryption or authentication was required, because FIPS 140-2 validated "apps" simply weren't available. Now these revolutionary platforms - including the new iPad - are more viable, cost-effective options for sensitive federal and military applications."

FIPS certification should make it easier for iPhones and iPads to penetrate the medical market, too - another device ecosystem where security is key. Specifying FIPS 140-2 validated encryption software in purchasing contracts is an easy, "best practices" way for hospitals and health networks to take a high assurance approach to data confidentiality and integrity protection, especially as it relates to the security and privacy of patient records. Mocana's CEO, Adrian Turner, was interviewed recently by Maria Bartiromo on CNBC regarding the state of medical device security, and interested parties can view that video at http://www. mocana. com/video-cnbc-040110.html (http://www. mocana. com/video-cnbc-040110.html)

NanoCrypto, like every Mocana product, is available as a FIPS-validated binary for specific platforms or as platform-independent ANSI C source code. NanoCrypto is not a "finished app" for end-users. It's designed exclusively for developers using Apple's Objective-C™, a reflective, object-oriented programming language which underpins the iPhone OS that drives the iPhone, the iPad and the iPod touch. Developers can request a free trial of the NanoCrypto product at http://mocana. com/nanocrypto. html (http://mocana. com/nanocrypto. html)
About Mocana
Mocana secures the "Internet of Things" - the 20 billion datacom, smartgrid, federal, consumer, industrial and medical devices that connect across every sector of our economy. These devices already outnumber PC's on the Internet by five to one, representing a $900 billion market that's growing twice as fast as the PC market. Every day, millions of people use products sold by over 100 companies that leverage Mocana's Device Integrity software, including Dell, Cisco, Honeywell, General Electric, General Dynamics, Avaya, Nortel Networks, Harris and Radvision, among others. Mocana won Frost & Sullivan's Technology Innovation of the Year award for 2008 for Device Security, and was named to the Red Herring Global 100 as one of the "top 100 privately-held technology companies in the world" in January 2009.


Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Engine Room Design Thrash Client Targets by Doubling Their Turnover

Engine Room Design Thrash Client Targets by Doubling Their Turnover

Design and branding agency, The Engine Room, are proving the impact of design on the bottom line, having contributed to their client's ambitious 5 year plan, by doubling their turnover in 2 after a re-brand.

(PRWEB) April 24, 2009

Just one month after they saw another client measure a 700% increase in new business generation, 12 months after their re-brand. The Engine Room once again can be measured by the results they generate, through their work with bespoke commercial surface designers, Interior Surfaces.

Interior Surfaces design, manufacture and install work surfaces and specialist surface applications for a number of different markets and applications. Their portfolio includes completed projects for Pizza Hut, Centre Parcs, York University and Sheffield Children's Hospital, as well as a number of smaller clients.

The brief put in front of The Engine Room was to reposition the business to appeal to larger commercial customers and to make the image of Interior Surfaces reflect their capabilities.

With their turnover doubling from £1.2 million to £2.4 million in 2 years, the 5 year plan put in place by Interior Surfaces has been shattered by much targeted help from the critically acclaimed team at The Engine Room.

After some initial input from the Design Council on the benefits of using design to aid growth, Interior Surfaces now clearly see its potential and importance as a business tool.


Case Study: The Engine Room & Interior Surfaces
Engine Room Design beat client's 5 year plan by helping to doubling turnover in 2.

Client Background:
Established over 20 years ago, Interior Surfaces design, manufacture and install work surfaces and specialist surface applications for a number of different markets and applications. Their portfolio includes completed projects for Pizza hut, Centre Parcs, York University, and Sheffield Children's Hospital.

Working mainly in laminate and solid surface materials including Dupont Corian®*, they have an enviable reputation for quality craftsmanship, project management and delivery. They work mainly on a sub-contracted basis to building firms and also directly with their own client base.

Interior Surfaces also run a trade showroom, selling bespoke work surfaces to the general public.

The Problem:
Interior Surfaces were finding it increasingly difficult to win key contracts with the larger building firms. Despite being highly skilled within their sector, they did not have the confidence in their brand to spread the word of their capabilities, which also worked as a hindrance when approaching the more creative industries.

Support: The Design Council:
Design was not something Interior Surfaces would usually consider spending money on. However, after taking part in a 'Design Works'** workshop run by the Design Council they understood that a re-brand was necessary to reposition themselves in the marketplace. Interior Surfaces were allocated a design associate to mentor them through the process and received a grant through the programme.

Interior Surfaces Chairman, Arthur Mackenzie, said of the design process: "When I first met the design associate I expected questions relating to colours and fonts. Instead they asked me about financial and business-related matters." He adds, "The project has totally transformed my view of marketing and branding."

The Engine Room were one of the three design agencies that were invited to pitch and went on to win the account, proving to Interior Surfaces the importance of design and permanently transforming their views of it as a crucial business tool.

The Brief:
To reposition the business to appeal to larger commercial customers.

To make the image of the business reflect its capabilities, especially in its appeal to the Solid Surface Fabrications market, most notably the healthcare and education sector.

The Proposal:

To enhance the corporate brand identity to help attract larger clients and meet business objectives.

To base all branding around core Interior Surfaces values i. e. being experienced, knowledgeable and reliable, getting things done and taking the 'no job is too big' approach.

To form a new identity that is strong, highly visible and clearly recognisable amongst the competition.

To roll-out the brand across the website, literature and stationery.

To design tactical marketing campaigns aimed at raising awareness within industry.

The Results:
Since the re-brand Interior Surfaces' turnover doubled within 2 years, going from £1.2m to £2.4m, exceeding their 5 year plan.

Interior Surfaces have successfully won new contracts with larger clients. They have also entered new markets and sectors which has broadened their customer base including several high profile jobs. Interior Surfaces are now perceived as specialist Corian® fabricators, working directly with designers, architects and interior specialists who are commissioning more and more projects using this incredibly versatile material. Prior to the re-brand they never had chance to work this close with the end users.

Their new image has given them the confidence to approach these creative industries due to having such a strong brand behind them.

Their view of design as a business tool has been permanently changed through their involvement with the Design Council programme and working with The Engine Room. Design is now seen as a valued asset.

Zoe Dickinson, Interior Surfaces Sales Manager, said of The Engine Room: "The Engine Room have exceeded our expectation of working with a design agency. They have managed this by taking an interest in our business and always listening to our concerns. They have a genuinely bespoke approach and have come up with solutions to fit our needs precisely. The figures speak for themselves. The Engine Room have brought a sense of what we are able to achieve to Interior Surfaces, backed up by solid design ideas which have transformed our image, not just externally, but within the business too."

Future Plans:
The Engine Room continue to build their relationship with Interior Surfaces and will be working closely to continue the growth strategy. More work will be done to increase brand awareness within the interior design market including the possibility of launching Interior Surfaces' first product. A new website aimed at domestic customers is planned for imminent launch.

Darren Evans, Creative Director of The Engine Room said: "We have thoroughly enjoyed working with the guys at Interior Surfaces over the last couple of years. They have embraced the design process so much that they have spotted other opportunities, resulting in an almost complete change of market direction. We are delighted with the results that have been achieved and are looking forward to working together in future."

For more information please visit http://www. engineroomdesign. com/ (http://www. engineroomdesign. com/).


US Department of Agriculture Endorses Microchips to Identify American Pets: U. S. Animal Care Providers Applaud the Findings

US Department of Agriculture Endorses Microchips to Identify American Pets: U. S. Animal Care Providers Applaud the Findings

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has endorsed the use of microchips to identify American pets and has advocated educating the public about microchip technology as stated in its report to Congress, released late last week. The report, which was requested by Congress in 2005, is applauded by animal care providers tasked with reuniting lost and displaced pets with their families.

WASHINGTON (PRWEB) September 6, 2007

 Under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), a division of USDA, has the authority to regulate most warm-blooded animals used for exhibition, research, and the wholesale pet trade. The report states that "APHIS supports the microchipping of pets" and that it is "very interested in working with microchips manufacturers, humane organizations, veterinarians, and other stakeholders to explore options to increase the effectiveness of microchipping."

Dan Knox, D. V.M., Task Force Member of the American MicroChip Advisory Council for Animals (AMACA) declared: "It is undisputed that microchips save pets' lives. I expect that countless pets that are lost or displaced by hurricanes and other natural disasters will be saved over the years because the USDA supports and encourages the use of microchips."

The report also addresses a microchip used in some foreign countries, the ISO 134.2 kHz microchip. Some proponents of ISO 134.2 kHz chips had advocated that Congress replace 125 kHz chips already used in the United States with ISO chips and to have APHIS require use of those chips. However, APHIS' report did not make such a recommendation.

Concerns over the introduction of ISO 134.2 kHz chips were played out in a U. S. court in 2004, after at least one pet unfortunately was euthanized based on the fact that the pet had been implanted with an ISO 134.2 kHz chip that was not read. A California court halted the marketing and distribution of 134.2 kHz chips by Banfield, The Pet Hospital. The Court specifically stated that because "the majority of shelters" in the United States use scanners that could not read ISO 134.2 kHz microchips, there was "an increased potential for pets to be euthanized while their owners believe them to be safe" creating a "potential for serious, irreparable harm."

APHIS' report remarks that "approximately 80 percent of the scanners in this country can read only the 125 kHz chip" and of pets with microchips in the United States, "98% are microchipped with a 125 kHz chip." Thus, the report notes the significant shortcomings of use of ISO chips in the United States, despite years of efforts by their proponents.

The report was the result of two years of study by APHIS, which included six public meetings held throughout the U. S. and over 1,000 written comments from the public.

Hannis Stoddard, D. V.M., president and founder of Avid, the leading manufacturer of pet identification microchips stated, "As it is now undisputed that 98% of American pets that are microchipped are chipped with a 125 kHz chip and that so many scanners used in this country only read 125 kHz chips, to save the most U. S. pets, animal care providers should use 125 kHz chips.

"It is a testament to Congress, the USDA and APHIS to see through the rhetoric and not push for an overhaul of the current system, a system that works and saves pets," added Stoddard. "It is incredible to think that some would advocate that Congress endorse use of microchips that had been halted in court. We hope APHIS' report puts the debate to rest -- the current system works and should be embraced."

The APHIS Report demonstrates the importance of organizations like AMACA, whose mission is to support microchip identification and to do the right thing for animals and their owners. AMACA has been instrumental in educating veterinarians, pet owners, and other interested parties about pet microchips.

Noted Knox, "APHIS' report underscores that microchips are for the benefit of pets and their owners. The government's strong endorsement of microchipping sends a message to all companies wanting to do business in this arena that their products must first and foremost provide a highly effective means for reuniting pets with their owners, such as current 125 kHz chips do."

For more information about AMACA visit www. amacausa. org

For more information about AVID visit: www. avidid. com

Friday, April 23, 2004

National Go Organic! Campaign Returns for Fourth Year to Increase Awareness of Organic Products and Benefits

National Go Organic! Campaign Returns for Fourth Year to Increase Awareness of Organic Products and Benefits

Thousands of leading grocery stores and organic brands join forces for Earth Day

Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) April 8, 2008

In celebration of Earth Day, more than 3,500 grocery stores in 35 states and 20 organic manufacturers are coming together for Go Organic! for Earth Day, a national campaign to increase consumer awareness of the benefits of organic food and agriculture. The initiative is a project of the Organic Trade Association (OTA), Earth Day Network and MusicMatters.

Back for its fourth year, the Go Organic! for Earth Day campaign includes special Earth Day events, promotions and free money-saving coupons available at participating retailers throughout April. Recipes, contests and a store finder to locate participating retailers, can be found on the campaign's Web site at www. OrganicEarthDay. org.

"Although organic sales are on the rise - increasing about 20 percent each year - many shoppers are still on the fence," said Caren Wilcox, executive director of OTA. "We developed this campaign to encourage the adoption of organic products into people's lives. To make it even easier to try organic, Go Organic! for Earth Day offers coupons, tips and information on organic products."

Organic products, such as foods, dietary supplements, personal care products, clothing and more are made from what is grown on organic farms. Organic farms build healthy soil and take care of the environment without using toxic, persistent, synthetic pesticides or genetically engineered seeds or growth hormones. Organic food and beverage products must all meet or exceed federal regulations for organic production.

To add some flavor to 2008, newly appointed spokesperson Chef Domenica Catelli, author of the 2007 hit cookbook, "Mom-a-licious: fresh, fast, family food for the hot mama in you!" will promote the campaign by providing consumers with organic cooking demonstrations, recipes and pantry makeover tips. Consumers can enter to win a day with Chef Catelli and receive organic groceries, a full pantry, refrigerator and freezer makeover and a cooking lesson.

"Chef Catelli's healthy, easy-going philosophy fully captures the spirit and objective of the campaign," said Michael Martin, Prez of MusicMatters. "Since she is a trusted source of information and inspiration for mothers across the nation, we believe that her creative, simple and delicious creations will encourage people to try organic products and reap their benefits."

In addition to Chef Catelli's makeover contest, the campaign also offers an all-expenses paid Bed and Breakfast Getaway sponsored by Stonyfield Farm at the Stanford Inn by the Sea overlooking the beautiful coast in Mendocino, Calif.

Furthermore, the campaign's coupon books offer more that $18 in savings and can fit easily into a purse or pocket.

"We are hopeful that the campaign creates the same amount of buzz and positive response that it has received in past years and continues to convince consumers to choose organic products," said Sean Miller, Director of Education at Earth Day Network.

Go Organic! for Earth Day is supported by leading organic manufacturers, including CLIF Bar & Co., Lifeway Foods, R. W. Knudsen Family, Santa Cruz Organic, Stonyfield Farm, Van's International Foods and Horizon Organic.

For more information on the 2008 Go Organic! for Earth Day campaign, visit www. OrganicEarthDay. org. To obtain a list of additional participating manufacturers and national grocery stores, see attached file.

MusicMatters is an experiential marketing agency whose mission is to create meaningful and educational interactions that influence individual and community behavior, inspire quantified environmental and social change and increase the awareness and sales for our partners. MusicMatters is headquartered in Minneapolis with an enthusiastic team of Brand Activists™ in every major market. Visit us at www. musicmatters. net.

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America. Its 1,600 members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers' associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers and others. OTA's mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy. OTA offers several sources of information online including www. HowToGoOrganic™.com, which is especially for farms and other businesses interested in offering organic products.

Earth Day Network, www. earthday. net, seeks to grow and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle for promoting a healthy, sustainable planet. It pursues these goals through education, politics, cultural events, and consumer activism. Earth Day Network has a global reach with a network of more than 17,000 partners and organizations in 174 countries. More than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities, making it the largest secular civic event in the world.

Media Contact:
Katie Lloyd
Katie. lloyd @ fleishman. com


ARAMARK'S Cool*Caf™ Transforms School Lunch

ARAMARK'S Cool*Caf™ Transforms School Lunch

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, Healthy Food Choices and Shorter Service Lines Headline Back-to-School Menu

Philadelphia, PA (Vocus) August 27, 2009

Elementary students going back to school this fall will find more fresh fruits and vegetables on the lunch menu, along with more time to enjoy them. 

ARAMARK Education, a leader in providing food and nutrition services at more than 4,000 schools nationwide, is opening 500 new Cool*Caf™ dining environments in schools across the country. Piloted in 2008, Cool*Caf showed a 50 percent increase in fruit and vegetable consumption, a 30 percent increase in speed of service and a 10-30 percent increase in meal participation, a key factor in determining federal funding for a school food service program.

Cool*Caf features a fresh fruit and vegetable bar, express service lines and hot/cold grab 'n go sack lunches. The concept also incorporates ARAMARK's wellness menus, which exceed U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and state-level nutrition guidelines by providing low and non-fat dairy options, lean protein choices, access to a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, increased fiber from whole grain products and reduced sodium.

"As part of the concept research with more than 2,500 students, parents and teachers across the country, ARAMARK determined that, on average, elementary students are only allotted 23 minutes for lunch," said Cathy Schlosberg, Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Development, ARAMARK Education. "We redesigned service lines to create express options for students to access the fruit and vegetable bar, or purchase milk and hot/cold grab 'n go sack lunches. The increase in fruit and vegetable consumption, speed of service and meal participation has exceeded our initial expectations."

Cool*Caf transforms the school dining environment using bright colors, animation and student-inspired themes and messaging that promote good health. Nutrition mascots, ACE (a friendly fox) and his friends, Marcus, Ana, Zack and Lucy, communicate the importance of nutrition, exercise and getting plenty of sleep through a monthly program, consisting of live shows, posters and other educational materials distributed to students.

This new dining environment is another example of ARAMARK's ongoing commitment to health and wellness which includes promoting and expanding the availability of breakfast; offering healthy snacks; eliminating added trans fats; reducing the use of processed foods, added fats, sugar and salt; sourcing high quality, local produce and products; and advancing employee knowledge of nutrition and health principles.

ARAMARK has provided balanced nutrition programs to school districts for more than 50 years. One of America's largest employers of registered dietitians, ARAMARK is currently the only professional services provider to become an American Dietetic Association (ADA) Partner. ARAMARK works with the ADA to develop consumer education messages, to elevate awareness of registered dietitians as the nation's nutrition experts and to make a positive impact on public health.

About ARAMARK Health & Wellness:
ARAMARK reaches millions of people of all ages in our food & retail operations, serving more than two billion meals annually. We have a responsibility and the expertise to help educate, enable and encourage people of all ages to adopt healthier eating practices and more active lifestyles to help in the fight against obesity and other diseases. ARAMARK offers healthy food and beverage options to address nutrition and dietary priorities; promotes awareness through education and outreach programs; conducts research around food, nutrition and health trends; and partners with leading organizations to positively impact public health.

About ARAMARK Education:
ARAMARK Education provides a complete range of food, facility, uniform and other support services to more than 500 K-12 school districts in the U. S. It offers public and private education institutions a family of dining and facility services including: on-site and off-site breakfast and lunch meal programs, after-school snacks, catering, nutrition education, retail design and facilities management services: maintenance, custodial, grounds, energy management, construction management, and building commissioning. For more information on ARAMARK's K-12 food service programs, please visit www. aramarkschools. com.

ARAMARK is a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world. In FORTUNE magazine's 2009 list of "World's Most Admired Companies," ARAMARK was ranked number one in its industry, consistently ranking since 1998 as one of the top three most admired companies in its industry as evaluated by peers and analysts. ARAMARK seeks to responsibly address issues that matter to its clients, customers, employees and communities by focusing on employee advocacy, environmental stewardship, health and wellness, and community involvement. Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 260,000 employees serving clients in 22 countries. Learn more at the company's Web site, www. aramark. com, or www. twitter. com/aramarknews (http://www. twitter. com/aramarknews).

Dave Gargione
Gargione-david (at) aramark. com

Karen Cutler
Cutler-karen (at) aramark. com


Thursday, April 22, 2004

OST Wins FAA Software Design and Development Services Contract

OST Wins FAA Software Design and Development Services Contract

Optimal Solutions and Technologies (OST), a CMMI Level 3 externally appraised information technology services provider, announced that the company has been awarded a contract with the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) organization located in Fort Worth, TX, for software design and development services.

Washington, D. C. (PRWEB) May 4, 2007

Optimal Solutions and Technologies (OST), a CMMI Level 3 externally appraised information technology services provider, announced that the company has been awarded a contract with the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) organization located in Fort Worth, TX, for software design and development services.

The AIR organization is responsible for developing, administering and ensuring compliance to standards governing the design, production, airworthiness, and continued operational safety of civil aircraft and related components. In order to provide continued operational safety, AIR needs an integrated source of safety and compliance information and processes organized for easy, quick access, anytime, anyplace. The Aviation Safety Knowledge Management Environment (ASKME) will meet these needs by storing AIR knowledge assets making them accessible, facilitating management and workforce decision making, providing a proactive system safety approach, and improving productivity in accomplishing the AIR mission.

In support of the ASKME initiative, OST will provide full life cycle services. "The OST team has a clear understanding of the work that must be accomplished for this contract due to our extensive experience in the FAA environment, coupled with similar and successful implementations," said Vijay Narula, CEO, OST. "The ASKME program will enhance operational safety of civil aircrafts and related components through the introduction of automated tools."

Beyond technical expertise, Ajay Madan, OST's COO, stressed the importance of a strong program management team. "Our team employs industry-best practices and methodologies from PMBOK™, CMMI, and RUP to ensure the integrity of cost, schedule, quality and scope. We will work with the FAA AIR to provide a methodical approach to project planning, tracking and reporting, tailored as appropriate."

About OST
OST (www. ostglobal. com) is a provider of management consulting, integrated information technology, and engineering services mainly to the aviation, defense, financial, health, insurance, transportation, and utility industries. Its client base includes numerous Fortune 1000 companies and public sector organizations including the US Department of Defense, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, and Treasury, as well as state and local governments.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Lt. Col. Bob Weinstein Attends International Speakers Network, Education Workshop

Lt. Col. Bob Weinstein Attends International Speakers Network, Education Workshop

Lt. Col. Bob Weinstein, USAR, ret., attended the annual International Speakers Network Workshop, June 27th-28th, 2008 in Gatlinburg, TN. Col. Weinstein, aka the Health Colonel, is a professional speaker, health and fitness trainer who has been featured on the History Channel and Fox Sports Net. He is widely known for his Beach Boot Camp on Fort Lauderdale Beach in South Florida.

Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) July 2, 2008

Lt. Col. Bob Weinstein, USAR, ret., attended the annual International Speakers Network Workshop, June 27th-28th, 2008 in Gatlinburg, TN. Col. Weinstein, aka the Health Colonel, is a professional speaker, health and fitness trainer who has been featured on the History Channel and Fox Sports Net. He is widely known for his Beach Boot Camp on Fort Lauderdale Beach in South Florida.

The workshop is designed to provide professional speakers, trainers and consultants with practical information to enhance their career and the opportunity to network with other speakers and meeting planners.

Some of the highlights of the workshop included presentations on:
  How to Sell You Books: Learn the top twenty techniques on how to sell your books.  Developing Your Career: Steps to take to get your career on the right path.  Making Your Marketing Materials Work for You: We know what meeting plannings are looking for. Learn the elements of a good press kit.  Getting Booking: Learn from seasoned pros how to increase your fees and get more bookings. Col. Weinstein also conducted a seminar on the Universal Keys to Performance-based Living.

Col. Weinstein: "This event was extremely informative and inspirational. There were many speakers on important topics from leadership to values to health. David Wright, the president of International Speakers Network, was very insightful about marketing. We also had the pleasure of meeting his awesome staff."

International Speakers Network is a national network of speakers, trainers, and consultants who provide corporations and associations with innovative, leading-edge information, training, and coaching.

Born in Washington, D. C., Lt. Col. Bob Weinstein grew up in Virginia and spent 20 years in Berlin, Germany; he is retired from the Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel with 30 years of service and spent about half of that time as a military instructor with the Command & General Staff College.

He has been featured on radio and television, among others, on the History Channel and Fox Sports Net as well as in various publications such as the Washington Times, RAZOR Magazine, The Las Vegas Tribune and the Miami Herald.

His background is unique and diverse, including: military instructor, attorney, motivational speaker, wellness coach, certified corporate trainer, and certified personal trainer. He is also fluent in German and English.

He is a popular professional speaker at corporate events and banquets and conducts military-style workouts on Fort Lauderdale Beach utilizing strength, cardio, flexibility and agility training -- both in personal training and group sessions.

He strongly believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Col. Weinstein volunteers his time for homeless and run-away kids at the Covenant House and also devotes time to training youth who are members of the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps.

He is a member of the National Speakers Association and the American Council on Exercise, and is currently working on a book about personal development, health and fitness. Some of his previous clients as a guest speaker include: Sony, DHL, American Express, KPMG, AOL Latin America, IBM, AARP, SmithBarney, Green Bay Packers and Humana.

Toll free 888.768.9892
Email TheHealthColonel(at)BeachBootCamp. net.
More about Col. Weinstein at www. TheHealthColonel. com.


Sunday, April 18, 2004

GenomeQuest Appoints Anthony Flynn as CMO

GenomeQuest Appoints Anthony Flynn as CMO

Ex-CMO from $450M High-Growth Technology Company to Lead Launch into Whole-Genome Analysis and Personalized Medicine

Boston, MA (Vocus) July 26, 2010

GenomeQuest (http://www. genomequest. com/), the global leader in sequence data management, today announced the appointment of Anthony Flynn to the position of chief marketing officer (CMO).

Flynn comes to the company with a 20-year history of helping shape and develop new markets in high technology. His assignments include CMO at Bentley Systems, Inc., a provider of engineering software to the global infrastructure market, which grew from $27M to $450M during his span with the company. Flynn also served in marketing management for two start-ups in electronic design automation (EDA) that each achieved IPO and market leadership.

GenomeQuest CEO, Ron Ranauro (http://www. genomequest. com/company/management/#Ranauro), comments, "We're thrilled to have Tony on the GenomeQuest team. He has a unique ability to understand and communicate value to technical buyers as well as management. He also has an inherent sense of how new software best evolves and develops in organizations and across industries."

Flynn notes, "I am likewise thrilled to join GenomeQuest. It's a wonderful opportunity to apply my skills and add value to an industry and company that is doing great things and on the verge of major breakthroughs. Specifically, together with pharma, the NIH, hospitals, and many others, we are committed to cracking the 'information bottleneck (http://blog. genomequest. com/2010/06/research-using-next-generation-sequencing-moving-from-information-bottleneck-to-information-renaissance/)' around whole-genome sequencing. As a result, I think that we'll soon see a stream of fundamental improvements in health care through the delivery of highly-anticipated 'personalized medicine.'"

Flynn's immediate marketing plans for the company include an upcoming campaign on the company's ability to provide whole-and multi-genome analysis (WGA) -- a critical market requirement for personalized medicine now broadly enabled by the GenomeQuest sequence database engine. Started by company CSO Dr. Jean-Jacques Codani (http://www. genomequest. com/company/management/#Codani) to support the Human Genome Project, the GQ Engine offers high-performance, "embarrassingly parallel" comparison and management of genomic sequence databases.

About GenomeQuest
GenomeQuest provides sequence data management (http://www. genomequest. com/product/research-solutions/) to life science organizations. Pharmaceutical firms, biotech companies, core labs, hospitals, clinics, and their researchers can store, analyze, share, and manage their increasing volume of genome sequence, annotation, and variation data with GenomeQuest products. Globally, 17 of the top 20 pharmaceuticals use GenomeQuest for mission critical work.

© 2010 GenomeQuest Inc. All rights reserved. GenomeQuest is a servicemark and the GQ Engine is a trademark of GenomeQuest Inc.

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Voters4Ventura. com Aims to Change the 2008 Election

Voters4Ventura. com Aims to Change the 2008 Election

Voters4Ventura. com is an online petition form that was started to show support for a potential Jesse Ventura presidential candidacy in 2008. Jesse Ventura has tossed around the idea of running for President and will decide sometime in 2005 if he will run or not. The Voters4Ventura. com site was recently started by independent, freedom loving individuals who want to gather public support for a 2008 presidential run by Mr. Ventura.

(PRWEB) February 23, 2005

Voters4Ventura. com is an online petition form that was started to show support for a potential Jesse Ventura presidential candidacy in 2008. Jesse Ventura has tossed around the idea of running for President and will decide sometime in 2005 if he will run or not. The Voters4Ventura. com site was recently started by independent, freedom loving individuals who want to gather public support for a 2008 presidential run by Mr. Ventura.

Why act now? President Bush just won his second term. I can wait until 2007 before I even begin to think about this....

Jesse Ventura has tossed around the idea of running for office in 2008. But he wants to make the decision, if he will run or not, sometime in 2005. So we need to act now! The more people who show support, the more likely Jesse will decide in 2005 to run for office and win in 2008.

According to the Associated Press, Jesse has said "No party, no nothing," adding that his campaign message would be, "Elect someone who truly is not controlled by special-interest money. With me, you would get a true check and balance."

Mr. Ventura would certainly bring lively commentary and enlightening points of view to the Presidential debates. Mr. Ventura could potential open up the two party conundrum that plagues the American Government to include more freedom oriented points of view.

President Ventura would potentially:

·End the income tax in favor of a sales tax.

·End pork-barrel spending; return surplus to the people.

·Return any budget surpluses to the taxpayers automatically.

·Respect diversity, both cultural and lifestyle.

·Opposes “Three Strikes”; leave discretion to judges.

·End the war on drugs since it has failed; look for other solutions.

·Fund schools at state level instead of via property taxes.

·Overcome dependency on foreign oil.

·Increase voluntary partnerships to reduce greenhouse gases economically.

·Open up, simplify, & demystify government.

·Help promote that government service should be temporary; not a career.

·Promote individual responsibility for unhealthy lifestyle choices.

·View social programs as a safety net, not a hammock.

·And more….

Show your support for real change in America. Go to www. voters4ventura. com and sign the petition. Tell everyone you know to sign the petition. Together, we can change the future!

Voters4Ventura. com is an independent showing of support and is in no way affiliated with Jesse Ventura, Jesse Ventura for President, or any other Ventura organization.


Kroll Launches Enhanced Background Screening Website in Response to Increasing Human Capital Risks

Kroll Launches Enhanced Background Screening Website in Response to Increasing Human Capital Risks

Kroll's Background Screening division announced the launch of a new website dedicated to background checks and related screening services. The site provides education and information about the availability of background screening services globally and industry-specific best practices.

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) October 23, 2008

Kroll, the world’s leading risk consulting company, today announced the launch of a new website dedicated to its Background Screening division. KrollBackgroundScreening. com (http://www. krollbackgroundscreening. com) provides information about how Kroll can help organizations make informed decisions in critical areas such as employment, supplier selection, investment placement, institutional admissions, and identity theft prevention and assistance.

Kroll's Background Screening division developed the website in response to the evolving needs of the marketplace. Kroll's 2007 Hit Ratio Report revealed another year-over-year increase in criminal record convictions, from 9.1 to 9.5 percent. Employers are conducting more thorough multi-jurisdictional background checks on the individuals they hire. Additionally, they are screening a greater population of their staff, as well as temporary employees, vendors, and consultants.

"As employers of all sizes – across industries and around the world -– are recognizing the need to mitigate human capital risks, we are seeing an increasing demand for comprehensive background screening services (http://www. krollbackgroundscreening. com/comprehensive-services/)," said Mike Rosen, president of Kroll’s Background Screening division. "Our new dedicated website will make it easier for clients to learn about how Kroll and our network of international offices can help.”

KrollBackgroundScreening. com provides specific guidance for a range of industries, including regulated industries such as healthcare and education. Additionally, employers with multinational workforces or an international presence can learn about differences in background screening methodology and compliance around the world. Understanding jurisdictional differences has become increasingly important as the demand for international background screening (http://www. krollbackgroundscreening. com/global-capabilities/) continues to build momentum.

“We designed our new website to educate the HR professionals, risk managers, and other individuals responsible for selecting their organization’s background screening provider,” said David Nadell, vice president of marketing for Kroll’s Background Screening division. “Our goal is to help them ask informed questions so they can make more direct comparisons between screening providers.”

The new website includes a list of upcoming events at which professionals can meet with Kroll background screening experts to learn more about Kroll’s range of related services. In addition to background screening for employees and vendors, Kroll's Background Screening division can assist with research for executive-level hires and investments, drug testing, physical exams, Form I-9 services and identity theft solutions.

About Kroll:
Kroll, the world’s leading risk consulting company, provides a wide range of investigative, intelligence, financial, security and technology services through offices in more than 65 cities in over 25 countries. Kroll is a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (NYSE: MMC), the global professional services firm.

Kroll's Background Screening division provides organizations worldwide with comprehensive screening services that help them make empowered decisions and mitigate risks through industry-leading expertise and cutting-edge technology. The accurate, compliant, and timely information it supplies helps its clients make informed choices in critical areas such as employment, vendor selection, investment placement, institutional admissions, and data breach incident management – including identity theft solutions for individuals. For more information, visit http://www. krollbackgroundscreening. com (http://www. krollbackgroundscreening. com).

Emilie Moghadam
Emilie. moghadam @ fleishman. com

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: www. HRmarketer. com) on behalf of the company listed above.


Dallas Company Donates 1,800 Cases of Evolv Water for Haitian Earthquake Survivors

Dallas Company Donates 1,800 Cases of Evolv Water for Haitian Earthquake Survivors

Dallas company donates 1,800 cases of its product, Evolv enhanced bottled water, to a Missouri charity that will distribute the water to survivors of the Haitian earthquake.

Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) February 5, 2010

A Dallas company has donated 1,800 cases of its product, Evolv enhanced bottled water—more than 43,000 bottles—to a Missouri charity that will distribute the water to survivors of the Haitian earthquake.

Convoy of Hope, a Springfield, Missouri-based organization with an established mission station in Haiti, will deliver the water donated by EvolvHealth, LLC and Health2o Products, LLC of Dallas.

Convoy of Hope has been in Haiti for three years, serving meals to as many as 11,000 children a day. Their warehouse, located north of Port au Prince, was undamaged by the Jan. 12 quake, and the organization has been transporting food, water, and supplies to Haiti as emergency aid relief. Convoy of Hope is currently raising funds with the goal of providing 10 million meals in Haiti.

“The disaster in Haiti compels all of us to do whatever we can to help with this tragic situation,” said Trey White, chairman and founder of EvolvHealth. “I want to encourage other companies and individuals to contribute to the relief efforts in Haiti,” added Mr. White.

About Convoy of Hope
Convoy of Hope, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, feeds the hungry and provides pure drinking water to people in need across the United States and around the world. To date, the organization has provided real help to 28 million people in 112 countries and 45 states. A recipient of the coveted Charity Navigator Four Star Award for six years in a row, Convoy of Hope is accepting Haiti donations at www. convoyofhope. org.

EvolvHealth, LLC
EvolvHealth is a consumer health products company helping people improve their family’s physical and financial well-being through science-driven products and entrepreneurial opportunities. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, its flagship product is Evolv, an enhanced water beverage in development for more than 15 years and shown to have multiple health benefits. The product was released in the fall of 2009 and is marketed through a network of independent business owners in North America. More information about EvolvHealth is available at www. evolvhealth. com.


Saturday, April 17, 2004

Meet the Nominees for Tucson’s Women Business Owner of the Year - Nancy Turner

Meet the Nominees for Tucson’s Women Business Owner of the Year - Nancy Turner

The 2006 Tucson Women Business Owner Awards celebrate excellence in action.

Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) February 9, 2006

Nancy D. Turner is President of Turner Laboratories, an environmental tester of drinking water, wastewater, groundwater, soils, and hazardous wastes.

Nancy was an Air Force "brat" that always called Tucson home. She attended Lineweaver, Alice Vail Jr. High, Rincon, and graduated in the first class of Palo Verde. She attended U of A, Good Samaritan School of Nursing, U of A School of Nursing and graduated University of Phoenix. Worked for Arizona Feeds in the laboratory 1970 - 1978; Anamax Mining Co. in the laboratory 1978-79; Arizona Feeds as Lab Manager 1979 - 1982; Analytical Technologies as Marketing Manager 1984 - 1988; co-founded Turner Laboratories with Woody Turner 1984 - present. Nancy has one son, four stepchildren, 10 grandchildren and one terrific husband.

Nancy is a member of Tucson Uptown Sertoma Club; current President (and first woman) of Fraternal Order of Eagles # 180; past District Governor of Sertoma International; and current member (first female in Tucson) of Casas Adobes Elks # 2663.

Professional memberships include: Southern Arizona Environmental Management Society (past President); Arizona Laboratory Association (co-founder); Environmental Laboratory Advisory Committee to the Director of Arizona Department of Health Services (1986 - present); NAWBO; and the Society of Mining Engineers (25 year member).

Nancy’s article entitled Turner Labs Celebrates 22 Yrs, was published in the Oct/Nov 2005 edition of the Journal of Environmental Management, and her article El Rio’s Greens are Green Again was published in the Nov. 3, 2005, edition of the Arizona Daily Star.

The Tucson Woman Business Owner of the Year Awards celebrate the contributions of women business owners. These woman are valued members and leaders of our community. The Tucson WBO Awards honor women entrepreneurs who achieve the highest levels of professionalism, exemplify leadership, serve their community, deliver excellent customer service, and are visionaries in their field, pioneers of innovations, advocates for women’s business, and model employers.

Press Contact

Shari Bauman 882-5880

Www. turnerlabs. com

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Nominate Your Favorite Innovative Healthcare Company for the 2010 ABBY Awards

Nominate Your Favorite Innovative Healthcare Company for the 2010 ABBY Awards

The Adaptive Business Leaders (ABL) Organization is asking for nominations for the 2010 Innovations in Healthcare(SM) ABBY Awards, to be presented at the 12th Annual Innovations in Healthcare(SM) Awards Event, on April 28, 2010, in Newport Beach, California. At this event, nine organizations will be honored for their value-driven approaches to solving some of the toughest problems facing healthcare today, and three will take home the prestigious ABBY Award. All nominations must be submitted to http://www. abl. org/IIH2010.htm by January 15, 2010.

Santa Ana, CA (PRWEB) November 18, 2009

The Adaptive Business Leaders (ABL) Organization is asking for nominations for the 2010 Innovations in HealthcareSM ABBY Awards, to be presented at the 12th Annual Innovations in HealthcareSM Awards Event, on April 28, 2010, at the Radisson Hotel, in Newport Beach, California. At this event, nine organizations will be honored for their value-driven approaches to solving some of the toughest problems facing healthcare today, and three will take home the prestigious ABBY Award. All nominations must be submitted by January 15, 2010, to http://www. abl. org/IIH/W/Nominations2010.htm (http://www. abl. org/IIH/W/Nominations2010.htm).

To qualify for consideration, all nominated Companies or their nominated Divisions must have an innovative product, service or application of technology that is already in the marketplace, or an approach to the delivery of healthcare with "success metrics" that prove it is contributing to lowering the cost of quality healthcare. Nominated companies should fall into one of three categories: Innovations in Medical/Bio-Technology; Innovations in Healthcare Information and Telecommunications Technology; or Innovative Approaches to the Delivery of Healthcare.

Previously nominated firms/divisions are encouraged to resubmit their nomination for a product, service or approach as long as it is substantially different from an entry that has previously won an ABBY or was a Finalist in 2008 or 2009. Click here to view previous Winners and Finalists.

In February 2010, Members of ABL's Innovations’ Finalist Selection Committee will choose three Finalists in each category. A top-level executive from each Finalist company must be able to attend the April 28th Awards Event. Each Finalist company will be given the opportunity by ABL to make a 5-minute video presentation, which will be presented at the Awards Event. ABBY Award winners will be determined by secret ballots cast at the Innovations in Healthcaresm Awards Event on April 28, 2010, by attending ABL Members who have seen ALL of the Finalists' video presentations in each category.

Attendance at the 12th Annual Innovations in HealthcareSM Awards and Event Ceremony is open to senior executives of healthcare, health information and telecommunications technology, and medical and bio-technology firms, as well as all ABL Members. For more information about it and/or the ABL Organization, please contact Laura Grant at ABL at (714) 245-2407 or visit http://www. abl. org/IIH2010.htm (http://www. abl. org/IIH2010.htm) or abl. org.

The 2010 ABBY winners will be in excellent company. For the past 11 years, at ABL's Innovations in HealthcareSM Awards Event, healthcare industry leaders have honored the organizations whose products and services are judged to be the most innovative, with proven metrics assuring their cost-effective quality. Previous ABBY Award winners and nominees have included companies that have made breakthroughs and transformative advances in medical devices, diagnostics, therapeutics, information technology, and electronic solutions, as well as organizations that have applied innovative systems and technology in providing care, enrolling beneficiaries, and reducing healthcare costs. ABBY winners in recent years have included: “Innovative Approach” winners Dakim Inc., Alameda County Medical Center, Health Hero Network, and Sutter Health’s eICU; “Medical Technology” winners Osmetech Molecular Diagnostics, Accuray, Aperio Technologies, and eV3 Neurovascular Division; and “Healthcare IT” winners Epocrates Inc., eHealth, Kaiser Permanente’s Internet Services Division, and M*Modal. Since 1999, winning the ABBY Award for many of its 30+ recipients has been a major catalyst to greater market acceptance and enhanced peer recognition.

About the Adaptive Business Leaders (ABL) Organization:
ABL supports the needs of its Member CEOs by providing them with monthly, confidential personal advisory boards, during which these top-level executives draw on the experience, knowledge and skill sets of their peers in a vertical industry – using a “multi-coach approach.” The core component of the CEO Membership experience is the group Round Table meeting. Members meet once a month for a half-day with a group of peer CEOs, Presidents, COOs and Division General Managers from non-competing companies, all from the same industry (healthcare, technology or medical device), in a trusted and confidential board room-like setting, which allows ABL Members to tackle topics and enhance their decision making and business performance. ABL Members also gather several times a year at workshops and conferences to exchange ideas and connect with other chief executives beyond their own peer groups. In effect, ABL Members serve as one another’s business coaches within the Round Tables and are encouraged to connect and leverage their fellow-Member peers’ particular skills and expertise for additional leadership development, one-on-one, outside of their monthly group meeting. In addition, each Round Table’s Facilitator also serves as an objective business advisor, offering executive and industry insights and advice. ABL's Chief Executive Leadership Development Round Table program is currently offered in California's Greater Los Angeles, Orange, San Francisco and Santa Clara County areas. More information about the ABL Organization can be found at http://www. abl. org (http://www. abl. org).


Thursday, April 15, 2004

Berkeley Data Systems Signs Global Contract with GE: Technology Startup from Small Town in Utah Takes the Lead in Remote Backup

Berkeley Data Systems Signs Global Contract with GE: Technology Startup from Small Town in Utah Takes the Lead in Remote Backup

Berkeley Data Systems today announced a contract to provide remote backup services to employees of GE worldwide. The announcement of the contract follows on the heels of the successful MozyPro launch, in which Berkeley Data announced a new remote backup service for businesses. Since its quiet release in December, MozyPro displaced competitors in the market with its enterprise quality features, acquired more than 3,000 business customers, and entered into an agreement with GE.

SALT LAKE CITY (PRWEB) April 24, 2007

 "We've changed the economics and usability of enterprise backup with our proprietary software technology," said Josh Coates, founder and CEO of Berkeley Data Systems. "The result is a global contract with GE for backup service, and more than 3,000 other businesses deployed since the first of the year."

Measured by market capitalization, GE is currently the second largest company in the world with more than 300,000 employees. Recently Fortune Magazine named GE the World's Most Admired Company. The company produces aircraft engines, healthcare equipment, electric distribution and control equipment, generators and turbines, locomotive and transportation equipment.

Berkeley Data was founded in 2005 and today has more than 170,000 customers. The company is behind Mozy, the popular consumer online backup service. In 2006, Mozy was recipient to the PC Magazine Editors' Choice Award; and in 2007, PC World editors selected Mozy as the best free backup service. Today Berkeley Data has expanded its service to support businesses ranging from the small office to global enterprises like GE.

Resellers and service providers may contact Berkeley Data directly for information on its reseller and business development opportunities.

About Berkeley Data Systems

Berkeley Data Systems is an emerging software technology company that specializes in data protection. In 2006 Berkeley Data released the Mozy Online Backup service to home users; and in 2007, Berkeley Data released MozyPro to businesses and resellers. Today the company has more than 170,000 total customers worldwide. Founded in 2005, Berkeley Data Systems is funded by Novell co-founder Drew Major, Tim Draper of Draper, Fisher, Jurvetson; and Wasatch Ventures. For information, visit www. berkeleydata. com.

Good Marketing Strategy is Key to Home Business Success

Good Marketing Strategy is Key to Home Business Success

Business mom coach emphasizes the importance of marketing to the work-at-home mom community.

Winnipeg, Manitoba (PRWEB) October 13, 2006

Work-at-home mom coach Marlo Boux of ‘Small Business Moms’ is on a mission to illustrate the importance of marketing to the Christian work-at-home mom community. More and more Canadian and U. S moms are choosing to work from home to earn income and be with their children. Small business success statistics can be discouraging and it can be a challenge to create a profitable business that generates a healthy income.

“As a work-at-home mom myself, I feel that a large part of our failure to thrive in home business is the lack of emphasis placed on marketing. Many moms think that simply placing free classified ads on websites is all they need to do, but advertising is just one aspect of an overall marketing strategy,” comments Boux.

Marketing doesn’t have to be intimidating and she is determined to show business moms that it is something they can all do effectively and efficiently. Ms. Boux has created the small business moms’ complimentary newsletter which places a strong emphasis on online and offline marketing strategies that work-at-home moms can use. The newsletter also discusses issues unique to the Christian work-at-home mom community and encourages them to apply biblical principles to their businesses.

“Moms are an incredibly talented, innovative, and creative group with great business ideas. They are also very busy and need to get their information quickly and get on with their day. I hope this newsletter will be a source of encouragement, inspiration, and useful marketing information that moms will be able to put into practical use so they can achieve profitability in their home-based businesses.”

Work-at-home moms can claim their free newsletter subscription by visiting www. smallbusinessmoms. com.


Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Medelita Celebrates National PA Week

Medelita Celebrates National PA Week

PA-turned-entrepreneur salutes fellow physician assistants for their contributions to quality patient care and to the medical field. PA Erin Sherer exemplifies this year's theme: Certified Physician Assistants: Valued Partners in Care.

San Clemente, CA (PRWEB) October 16, 2008

Enter the emergency room of MidMichigan Medical Center in the rural community of Gladwin, and chances are you'll be treated not by a physician but by Physician Assistant Erin Sherer. From ordering and interpreting x-rays, to stitching up cuts, to writing prescriptions, Erin -- like all licensed PAs -- is exceptionally well qualified to complete an array of medical procedures traditionally performed by physicians. Rest assured, with Erin on your case, you're in excellent hands.

Erin Sherer is an exemplary representative of the rapidly expanding number of Physician Assistants working in health care. Today, you'll find PAs like Erin playing a central role in all areas of medicine -- from the patient's bedside to the operating table to the front of a university classroom. Licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision, PAs perform many of the same duties as their physician counterparts; they conduct physicals, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and decipher tests, counsel patients, write prescriptions, assist in surgery, even teach other aspiring PAs.

Above all, they're making a tremendous positive impact on the quality of health care and patient outcomes. Just ask the physicians who collaborate with them in the daily delivery of care. Increasingly, doctors have come to rely on their PAs as valued partners. The PA-physician relationship is built on mutual trust and respect. Physicians entrust PAs to expertly assume many of the primary care responsibilities, freeing doctors to focus their energies and time where they're needed most. PAs, in turn, are rigorously trained to know when to make medical decisions, and when to refer patients to specialized physicians.

This complementary relationship is at the core of the PA education model, which closely mirrors the medical training doctors receive -- only in a highly accelerated format. Introduced in the mid 1960s, in response to a shortage of primary care physicians, the earliest PA programs were based on the fast-track training received by World War II doctors. In fact, the first PA students were Navy corpsmen who had received medical training while serving in the Vietnam War.

Today's PA students -- many of them women -- may look a lot different than their corpsman predecessors, but they undergo equally rigorous, highly intensive training and preparation. On top of their heavy course load, PA students conduct clinical rotations (much like medical students), and pass a national certification examination -- which they are required to retake very six years. PA Erin Sherer vividly recalls the challenge of PA school and preparing for the exam. "There were many things that I simply opted out of, because I had to focus my time and energy toward studying. Like sleep, for example!"

The result of this extreme level of dedication, commitment and sacrifice: Physician Assistants have become instrumental and integral members of their medical teams -- valued by physicians and appreciated by patients. Their work is not going unnoticed. Celebrated every year between October 6 -- 12, National PA Week honors the vital role PAs play in elevating patient care. Joining in the chorus of praise, is medelita™ -- makers of premium lab coats and scrubs professionally tailored for women working in health care. Women like Erin Sherer.

In honor of National PA Week, medelita is pleased to feature PA Erin Sherer on its Women In Healthcare web page. Says medelita founder and fellow PA Lara Manchik, "PAs like Erin exemplify the extraordinary level of professionalism, competence and dedication of women working in health care. We are proud of the contributions PAs have made to patient care. They deserve to feel comfortable and confident as they perform their important work. Our mission is to help them feel great about what they do -- and look great while they're doing it."

To all PAs -- past, present and future -- medelita salutes you. You have raised the bar in patient care. We're pleased to help raise awareness for the critical work you do.

About Medelita:
Medelita has one purpose - to reinvent the way women of all healthcare professions present themselves at work by offering the highest quality, best fitting, and most comfortable scrubs and lab coats available. Medelita caters to professional women who want their uniforms to embody the poise and confidence already displayed from within. For more information, visit our website at http://www. medelita. com (http://www. medelita. com) or call (877) 987-7979.

About National PA Week
National PA Week is celebrated each year October 6-12. The week serves to celebrate the significant impact PAs have made and continue to make in health care, expand awareness of the profession and to salute the outstanding growth of the Physician Assistant profession. For more information, visit http://www. aapa. org/ (http://www. aapa. org/).


Tuesday, April 13, 2004

"Conflicted Consumer" YouTube Video Corrects Misinformation About Bottled Water

"Conflicted Consumer" YouTube Video Corrects Misinformation About Bottled Water

The video corrects misinformation about bottled water and sets the facts straight.

Alexandria, VA (Vocus) January 21, 2010

The International Bottled Water Association’s consumer website www. bottledwatermatters. com] has launched its tenth video, "Conflicted Consumer: To Drink Bottled Water or Not to Drink Bottled Water? (http://www. youtube. com/user/BottledWaterMatters)]"

In this video, a teenaged consumer moves through her busy day at home and in public places bedeviled by anti-bottled water rhetoric and the angelic comfort of fact-based information about bottled water.

"In this lighthearted satire, the consumer finds herself shouldering a lively debate between an angel who states the facts about this safe, healthy, and convenient product and a devil who provides false information about bottled water," said Tom Lauria, IBWA Vice President of Communications. "Our presenter plays all three parts, presenting a humorous yet subtly compelling presentation on the value of bottled water."

The video corrects misinformation about bottled water and sets the facts straight: Bottled water containers are the most-recycled product in curbside recycling programs; bottled water is not the same as tap water; most bottled water comes from natural sources; bottled water is one of the healthiest choices on the grocery store shelf; bottled water is good value price-wise; and tap water isn’t “free” as activists like to claim.

"We decided to produce this video because we realize that some of the misinformation about bottled water being spread around may cause some conflict for consumers," Mr. Lauria said. "Consumers need to know the facts. We want them to enjoying drinking bottled water – not feel conflicted by their choice. Once consumers are aware of the facts, they won’t succumb to the pressures of misinformation; they will choose clean, refreshing bottled water for their hydration needs."

To view the video Conflicted Consumer, click here (http://www. youtube. com/user/BottledWaterMatters) or cut and paste this URL http://www. youtube. com/user/BottledWaterMatters (http://www. youtube. com/user/BottledWaterMatters)

Media Contact:
Tom Lauria
703-647-4609 office
703-887-4056 cellphone

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is the authoritative source of information about all types of bottled waters. Founded in 1958, IBWA's membership includes U. S. and international bottlers, distributors and suppliers. IBWA is committed to working with the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates bottled water as a packaged food product, and state governments to set stringent standards for safe, high quality bottled water products. In addition to FDA and state regulations, the Association requires member bottlers to adhere to the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice, which mandates additional standards and practices that in some cases are more stringent than federal and state regulations. A key feature of the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice is an annual plant inspection by an independent, third party organization. Consumers can contact IBWA at 1-800-WATER-11 or log onto IBWA's web site (www. bottledwater. org) for more information about bottled water and a list of members' brands. Media inquiries can be directed to VP of Communications Tom Lauria at 703-647-4609.

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Sherwood Oaks, A Lifecare Retirement Community in PA, Receives License as Home Care Agency Facility

Sherwood Oaks, A Lifecare Retirement Community in PA, Receives License as Home Care Agency Facility

Sherwood Oaks Retirement Community has been granted a license by the Pennsylvania Department of Health as a Home Care Agency Facility. The license certifies that the care and services provided in patio homes and apartments by Sherwood Oaks companions and certified nursing assistants (CNAs) meet all State regulations for Home Care Agency Facilities.

(PRWEB) June 24, 2010

Sherwood Oaks Retirement Community has been granted a license by the Pennsylvania Department of Health as a Home Care Agency Facility. The license certifies that the care and services provided in patio homes and apartments by Sherwood Oaks companions and certified nursing assistants (CNAs) meet all State regulations for Home Care Agency Facilities.

“We’re pleased to receive the license and it further demonstrates the professionalism of our department,” says Bobbie Cleland, Sherwood Oaks Director of Residential Services. “We pride ourselves in providing residents with highly flexible scheduling options and carefully matched caregivers to assist them in their retirement residences.”

Sherwood Oaks has more than 20 caregivers who are carefully screened, trained and supervised. “Our caregivers are enthusiastic and skilled people who have a true compassion for seniors. We deliver quality, affordable and responsive care that helps residents and allows them to remain living independently,” explained Cleland.

Some of the many home care services offered by Sherwood Oaks include:
 Caring companionship  Personal Care – bathing, dressing, grooming, hygiene  Transportation – medical and non-medical  Meal preparation and diet monitoring  Medication remiders/assistance  Record keeping, mail, correspondence  Light housekeeping  Errands – grocery shopping, pick-up prescriptions  Walking assistance  Respite care – when spouse or family is away

Sherwood Oaks residents who require home care assistance pay a fee of $17.50 per hour, and may schedule services for a short term or on a regular basis. Any residents who are holders of long-term care insurance may be able to use Sherwood Oaks home care services as part of their insurance plan.

Sherwood Oaks is a continuing care retirement community for people age 62 and over with patio homes and apartments offering secure, maintenance-free living with fine amenities, activities and programs with on-site assisted living, skilled nursing and memory support care.

The mission of Sherwood Oaks is to foster independence, health and wellness, and financial security for resident while preserving a quality and dignity of life in which residents may realize their fullest potential. Sherwood Oaks is part of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) retirement communities.

The Sherwood Oaks Retirement Community is situated on an 84-acre campus 25 miles north of downtown Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. Visit www. sherwood-oaks. com.

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Spiritual Walk in Spain and Dramatic Changes in Industry Open up Heart and Mind of New York Interior Designer : With new furniture, carpet and hardware line, Joanne De Palma bridges gap between sharp edges of sustainable design and tradition with classic elegance, ushering in new era in sustainability

Spiritual Walk in Spain and Dramatic Changes in Industry Open up Heart and Mind of New York Interior Designer : With new furniture, carpet and hardware line, Joanne De Palma bridges gap between sharp edges of sustainable design and tradition with classic elegance, ushering in new era in sustainability

If sustainable design conjures up images of pure practicality without the elements that make it relevant in interiors today, think again. A product line by Joanne De Palma brings new meaning to the concept.

NEW YORK (PRWEB) July 28, 2008

Created from a standpoint of social and environmental responsibility, a strict adherence to natural and sustainable materials are principles that are incorporated into all aspects of the line. Yet the work according to Joanne De Palma, doesn't sacrifice function without form.

As a former, traditional, high-end residential and commercial interior designer, Ms. De Palma made a shift into environmental product design after a spiritual walk she took in Spain, and extensive work she did with the American Indians. That combined with changes in the industry that she had noticed served as impetus to realign her business practices, and reconnect to the natural world.

"Given the current conditions we face in the environment, to me the decision was obvious," she says. "The interior design industry is also changing," she adds. "Our clients don't employ large staffs like they used to. They also don't want interiors that require a lot of maintenance, and this is true on both the residential and commercial ends," she affirms. People want the option of buying furniture that is environmentally conscious, yet still conforms to a more classic aesthetic. For this reason, De Palma's work boasts environmentalism within tradition. It is practical yet embracing.

De Palma's Oak,™ "Etruscan,™ Nature,™ and Transition™ furniture lines, combine high style and sustainable manufacturing from the personal care of a family owned custom shop. All materials for the line, which consist of beds, side, arm, and lounge chairs, night stands and cabinets, with the exception of the designer's own sculptural metal elements that make up the hardware for the pieces, are natural and biodegradable. Through these lines, De Palma hopes to initiate the move into full sustainability in high-end luxury furniture.

Joanne De Palma also lends this thoughtful and aesthetic philosophy of product design to her flooring options. De Palma's carpet line, Mystic Journey™ manufactured by Bentley Prince Street, a leading manufacturer of stylish floor coverings for nearly three decades, consists of a collection of five carpet patterns. All five styles -- Falling Rain, Vortis, Future Connections, Intuitive Impulse and Journey's Path– are available in broadloom. Falling Rain is also offered in 18" X 18" carpet tile.

According to Ms. De Palma, Mystic Journey was inspired by the 900-kilometer walk she took in Spain through desert terrain, mountains, and modern windmill farms, ending in a small village on the Atlantic Ocean. "Through the journey I developed a profound sense of connection between human beings and nature," she says. "Through the Mystic Journey Collection I created a visual translation of this incredible experience into our carpet designs."

"I chose to work with Bentley Prince Street, because their Mission Zero™ initiative to eliminate negative impact on the environment is in keeping with my dedication to the health of the planet through considerate use of sustainable materials, responsible manufacturing practices and continuing support of environmental causes," explains Ms. De Palma.

"We have lost sight of the things that really matter in life for the disregard we have demonstrated towards our natural resources," maintains Ms. De Palma. "As a result, we have isolated ourselves from each other. Through my efforts as an environmental product designer, it is my intent to help us reconnect to what is most important, the health of our children, our environment, and ourselves.

All five patterns in the Mystic Journey Collection are manufactured with 50 % recycled nylon. Also, High PerformancePC™ is the standard backing system on all Bentley Prince Street broadloom products. This unique latex formulation recovers mineral residual from the paper recycling industry in an environmentally friendly fashion, resulting in a minimum average 10 % post-consumer recycled content by total product weight.

Through the choices De Palma also offers in her Metals™ line, with a hand crafted aesthetic and different patinas that far exceed normal high production quality, she again honors the artisan and the value of craft. According to Ms. De Palma, this line is currently the most transitional of all her products. In her continuing efforts to refine the manufacturing process, not only does she consider worker health and safety, but increased air quality, reduced waste and recycling, and the least toxic production methods available today as part of her initiatives to help honor our connection to all life on the planet.

Additional initiatives from Ms. De Palma include the interiors for Kentshire Galleries' newest expansion on Madison Avenue. Kentshire Galleries is one of New York's most renowned resources for antique furniture and accessories, and fine period and estate jewelry. The business was founded in 1940.

As part of the job, Ms. De Palma introduced clean, natural finishes into a high style and luxurious aesthetic. She rallied the support of artists and craftsmen who did not typically work on commercial projects. Their skills embodied methods used in 18th and 19th century, perfect counterpoints for the antiques. The organic textiles were hand-painted with plant-based dyes and the stair railings were fabricated using traditional blacksmithing. The job also incorporated classic painting techniques with the use of innovative materials.

She is currently working on a sustainable camp in Kenya, which involves collaboration with another environmental steward who hopes to preserve some of the last wild roaming lands in Kenya, Africa.

Joanne De Palma Inc. located in Columbus Circle in New York City. As part of its overall plan to strengthen awareness of the environment and foster a social consciousness in the world, it handles all aspects of the design, from research and manufacturing, to the distribution and installation process. For more information, please visit www. joannedepalmainc. com

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Recognizing Changes in Elderly Family Members During Holiday Months

Recognizing Changes in Elderly Family Members During Holiday Months

Washington, DC (PRWEB) January 5, 2005

IONA Senior Services offers introductory phone consultations about services offered for those who may have concerns about their aging parents. Often, during the holiday season, children may notice a decline in their parents or other elderly family members. Many take the opportunity to note changes and seek counsel at the onset of the new year.

Other services offered at IONA are the following:

AlzheimerÂ’s Care - Our day programs offer relaxed settings that enable seniors to share their interests and create new friendships that ease their growing sense of isolation. The programs give caregivers time alone and offer them opportunities to join support groups to learn how to care for a senior with the disease.

Adult Day Health Care - We offering a variety of structured therapeutic activities to frail seniors with physical disabilities or dementia. The Monday-Friday day program includes music, art and exercise and is a great option for someone needing medical monitoring or supervision.

Early AlzheimerÂ’s Clubs - Our half-day programs are tailored to seniors in the early stages of AlzheimerÂ’s disease or with other forms of memory loss. The Clubs offer a safe and caring environment that provides support for caregivers and activities for members that include field trips, educational lectures, music and exercise.

IONA Senior Services is a community-based non-profit located in Northwest Washington, DC. Providing supportive services to seniors and caregivers living in Maryland, Virgina and the District, IONA offers help to vulnerable and at-risk seniors so they may continue to live independenently. IONA provides individually tailored advice and support to those facing difficult caregiving decisions. For more informations please check our website at www. iona. org.

Contact: Suzanne Wheeler Klein

(202) 895-9436

Sklein@iona. org 


Saturday, April 10, 2004

Swedes arrange Spiritual Festival in India

Swedes arrange Spiritual Festival in India

Spiritual wisdom with roots in ancient cultures and lectures in related sciences are the basis of The Experience Festival taking place in India in August 2003. A Swedish project group stand behind this initiative. The festival is the launching point for the World University, which is a educational and scientific institution dedicated to the rediscovery, preservation and teaching of wisdom and sciences developed by ancient cultures from around the world.

(PRWEB) June 7, 2003

During seven festival days, 400 participants from all over the world, will be presented to an extensive program. They can find not only workshops about the Indian health system of Ayurveda but also the Mayan Calendar from Central America, Sufism and the old Indian philosophy of Vaastu (the Indian Feng Shui), were you learn how to plan the house and garden. Other subjects in the workshops are Indian dance, Yoga, the Kabbalah, Gregorian chants, Nostradamus teachings of Astrology, Native American spirituality, Vedic Art, and much more.

– Today there is a vast interest in these ancient traditions among lots of people. Our aim is to make the festival and the university a basis for a new global network of people who want to support personal growth as well as solidarity with developing countries, says Jonas Lindqvist at Arkacia. He is one of the members of the Swedish project group who stand behind this interfaith and cross-cultural initiative.

The Experience Festival is located to a beautiful area close to the beautiful national park Sathyavedu. Sathyavedu is a very special jungle with creeks, mountains and a large variety of trees, flowers and animals. This area offer unique possibilities for trekking and is also known for having attracted many saints and sages for thousands of years.

The Experience Festival and the World University are arranged in collaboration with the Golden Age Foundation, a non-profit organisation working for the betterment of mankind. The World University offer courses immediately after the festival in August.

For more information about the project and for access to related articles, please visit the Experience Festival website: www. experiencefestival. com.


When: August 2-8 2003

Where: 90 km North of Madras, on the East coast of India

Website: www. experiencefestival. com

Media contact: Pierre Camilo, Address: Experience Festival, Strandvägen 7b, 11457 Stockholm, Sweden

E-mail: pierre. camilo@arkacia. se

Phone: +46 8 545 855 00

Fax: +46 8 545 855 10

Material: We have articles on topics presented at the festival, and they are available upon request.

Photos: A large database of high resolution photos related to the festival are availiable upon request.

Participants: 400 people from many countries. (US, Australia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Russia, Argentina & Switzerland to name a few.)

Press access: We have a limited number of “press access tickets” giving journalists free access to the Festival program, accommodation and food. Please send your application before June 20th.

Thursday, April 8, 2004

Food for Thoughtfulness: First Marketing Gives Back to the Community

Food for Thoughtfulness: First Marketing Gives Back to the Community

Broward Cooperative Feeding Program receives proceeds from First Marketing employee cookbook. First Marketing donated $1,359.00 to the Cooperative Feeding Program (CFP) of Broward at an annual dinner held to help fight hunger.

Pompano Beach, FL (PRWEB) February 24, 2008

First Marketing, an industry leader in customer marketing services, today announced that on Sunday, February 17, 2008, it donated $1,359.00 to the Cooperative Feeding Program (CFP) of Broward at an annual dinner held to help fight hunger. First Marketing also gave the organization 15 cookbooks filled with First Marketing employees' recipes along with a large collection of canned goods that were donated as part of this special event.

The First Marketing employee cookbook was created to collect money, matched by First Marketing, and canned good donations to give back to the community through a worthy organization and for a good cause. The company heavily promoted the event and a major effort was made to accumulate recipes from every employee, including family and friends, and have employees purchase books for themselves and as gifts.

According to First Marketing President, Ron Drenning, "The event elicited a tremendous amount of excitement, interest and participation. We all felt great about doing something good for our community as well as creating this wonderful cookbook that appealed to our hearts and our stomachs. Many of the recipes were original and handed down from generation to generation."

The cookbook was professionally designed, printed and published with outstanding results. It was well received by those who purchased copies with many employees ordering extra books after it was published.

"First Marketing has utilized an innovative and fun way to engage their associates in helping reduce local hunger," stated CFP CEO Marti Forman. "We commend them for their commitment to help Broward's low-income families have access to healthy food."

About First Marketing:
A customer marketing industry leader for more than 30 years, First Marketing provides direct marketing and customer relationship services to some of the largest healthcare, insurance, technology and financial companies in the world. Last year First Marketing created and distributed more than a billion e-mails, pieces of marketing collateral, client newsletters, and welcome kits to more than half of the U. S. population. First Marketing is a division of Mankato, Minn.-based Taylor Corporation, a privately held organization with 95 companies specializing in business and personal communication products, technologies and services, including one of the top five largest printing companies in North America. Its portfolio of companies is located in 37 states and eight countries, and collectively employs over 15,000 people. For more information, visit www. first-marketing. com.

About the Cooperative Feeding Program (CFP):
The Cooperative Feeding Program has been addressing the emergency needs of individuals and families in crisis for more than 23 years in Broward County. Last year, more than 81,000 individuals received services at the Broward Blvd. location, including 1.3 million meals.

Mayra Donate - First Marketing
Mdonate @ first-marketing. com


Wednesday, April 7, 2004

Single Mom Writes Broke Man's Survival Guide

Single Mom Writes Broke Man's Survival Guide

50 clever strategies to use when you are unemployed, underpaid or just dead broke and can't pay your bills.

Matteson, IL (PRWEB) November 21, 2005

Once upon a time, not so very long ago, in a city not very far away, Antoinette Harris was doing her best to survive. She was forced to leave an abusive husband and an unhealthy marriage. She was faced with raising four children by herself. A single mom.

Her husband had been the breadwinner of the family. Even though she had had a college degree and a full time job, she did not earn enough to provide the quality of life she wanted for her children. She was poor and desperate.

She studied on her own and learned about self-publishing. At a local writer’s conference, a workshop leader said you should write about the topics that concern you the most, and the ones that you know the most about.

She knew about being broke. So that’s what she wrote about.

Without hesitation, she created a personal finance self-help book like nothing anyone had ever seen. She called it The Broke Mans Survival Guide.

“I wrote about how to survive when there is literally no money. I tell people what to do when it comes down to having to choose between buying food or paying the car note. Or how to survive when you lose a good paying job and are forced to take another one that pays half of what you made before.”

Unlike the books that teach about how to manage money, Antoinette focused on the tactics and actions people need to take when they have bills to pay are out of options.

“My book is for hardworking people who have fallen into a bad situation that has prevented them from paying their bills,” she said.

This is not a "debt rehab" book that will tell you all sorts of different ways to get out of debt and clear your credit. This is for people who do not have the means to even think that far in advance. It’s for people who are seriously, desperately broke, who can’t pay the bills.

This book tells you how to deal with the bill you are holding in your hand, and what to do when the debt collectors start calling. Here are 50 solid tactics that will help you deal with the bills so you can survive so there is another tomorrow.

This amazing book provides answers to many very tough questions. You’ll find some very unconventional, yet real life options to consider when you literally don't have "two nickels to rub together."

Some people and businesses may find these street savvy strategies highly controversial. But if you are in pure survival mode, you need to know how to keep the walls from crumbling down on you and Antoinette shows you how it can be done.

Her tactics include: how to handle the Repo man. How to stall debt collectors and beat them at their own game. How to juggle bills (the broke man's way.) Other information includes utilizing little known programs designed to help you while broke! Being on the look out for scams that target broke people. The guide also provides a new perspective on bankruptcy and credit counselors.

At first glance her strategies might seem well, bold. Her strategies are bold—brash in fact, yet sincere.

The Broke Man’s Survival Guide provides you with a survival plan before the worst happens (foreclosure, bankruptcy, wage garnishment or vehicle repossession). If the worse has already happened, these strategies can help you weather the storm.

“We may be living in a country that prosperous and wealthy, but there are millions of people who can’t afford to eat and aren’t able to pay their bills,” says Harris. “No matter where they are, I have something that can help them.”

The education provided in this book should be mandatory reading for every child graduating high school in America and for parents everywhere.

If you are among those who is singing the "My car note, rent, electricity and gas bills are due and I ain't got no' money blues," this amazing little guide will help you sing a different tune.

For more information contact Antoinette Harris at Msamharris@aol. com Msamharris@aol. com or visit www. brokemansurvivalguide. com

Note: Complimentary copies available to Media. Author seeking news articles in lieu of book reviews.

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