Tuesday, February 28, 2006

EBI, iCIMS Announce Enhancements to Strategic Alliance

EBI, iCIMS Announce Enhancements to Strategic Alliance

ICIMS, a leading provider of web-based Talent Management Solutions, and Background Screening Industry innovator Employment Background Investigations, Inc. (EBI) has announced the availability of an enhanced interface between their best-in-breed recruitment automation technologies.

Hazlet, NJ and Owings Mills, MD (PRWEB) January 22, 2008

iCIMS, a leading provider of web-based Talent Management Solutions (http://www. icims. com/), and Background Screening Industry innovator Employment Background Investigations, Inc. (EBI) has announced the availability of an enhanced interface between their best-in-breed recruitment automation technologies. Since 2005, the alliance has allowed users of iCIMS’ iRecruiterTM Talent Platform to utilize EBI's full spectrum of award winning background screening, drug testing and occupational health care solutions through the interface of the two software platforms. Today’s developments takes this automation to the next level through a bi-directional interface which now returns results back into the user’s iRecruiter database.

The interface enhancements are designed to help HR professionals become even more efficient in evaluating candidates (http://www. icims. com/) and more competitive in their race to introduce new talent to their organization. The bi-directional capabilities now available, coupled with EBI’s express return on screening data will further reduce the time it takes recruiters and hiring authorities to complete these crucial stages of evaluation, ultimately reducing a corporation’s overall time-to-fill metric.

“The reaction from iCIMS’ Customers to this service has been phenomenal. The enhanced exchange of data brings our clients one step closer to a paperless recruiting environment,” said Andrew Curtis, Director of Customer Service.

In addition, the expanded interface also includes iCIMS’ industry-recognized iForms technology, which turns previously paper-based processes into streamlined software-based results (http://www. icims. com/). Through iForms, users can have candidates and/or other hiring authorities complete background authorizations online. As a result it has significantly reduced any possibility of transcription errors and increased accuracy in data capturing. Not only does this centralize, all of the candidates’ information in one location, iForms also stores the printable version of the authorization document, complete with electronic signature, allowing corporations to further simplify the management of its compliance interests.

“EBI and iCIMS share similar philosophies as they pertain to the needs of HR technology (http://www. icims. com/) buyers,” said Colin Day, President and CEO of iCIMS. “The service delivered to customers in many ways outweighs the importance of the technology to users, though with EBI we have found a great ally that has been able to deliver both to our rapidly growing customer base.”

Rick Kurland, President and CEO of EBI, expressed a similar point of view. “Any partner that EBI aligns with, must first place a considerable value on the Customer Experience and that naturally led us to iCIMS,” he said. “With so many providers in both the Talent Management and Background Investigations arenas, our ongoing success is tied directly to our ability to build a strong brand through customer success.” Kurland concludes, “This unique bi-directional interface now provides iCIMS’ clients with access to EBI’s entire suite of award winning technology and services. With a single click, iRecruiter users will have access to EBI's expanded range of services which include background screening on both the global and domestic fronts, access to more than a dozen instant and express services which include EBI’s national criminal record file, motor vehicle records, credit reports, Social Security Number
Verifications, and paperless form I-9 compliance solutions. Along with our wide array of robust and powerful reporting options, clients will be able to effectively manage their background screening programs to unparalleled levels.”

About iCIMS:
ICIMS, a leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider, is an Inc. 500 honoree focused on solving corporate business issues through the implementation of easy-to-use web-based software solutions. iCIMS’ iRecruiter, the industry’s premier Talent Platform, enables organizations to manage their entire talent lifecycle from applicant tracking (http://www. icims. com/demo/) through onboarding and beyond through a single web-based application. With more than 500 clients worldwide, iCIMS is one of the largest and fastest-growing talent management system providers in the space. To learn more about how iRecruiter can help your organization, visit www. icims. com or view a free online demo of iRecruiter at www. icims. com/demo (http://www. icims. com/demo).

About Employment Background Investigations, Inc.:
Employment Background Investigations is a single-source, premier provider of enterprise background screening, drug testing and occupational healthcare solutions. EBI offers worldwide capabilities tailored to meet clients’ exact background screening needs. EBI services more than 5,000 clients worldwide, including many Fortune 500 companies. Companies around the globe utilize EBI’s solutions every day to make better and safer hiring decisions. Personalized customer care, cutting edge technology and data security has been the key reason for EBI’s remarkable growth over the last 14 years. Through European Safe Harbor Certification, EBI is at the forefront of the global data and privacy protection arena. EBI is a member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DAITA), and the Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA). To
Learn more about how EBI can help your organization, visit www. ebiinc. com

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


Monday, February 27, 2006

Triangle Business Journal Honors Women In Business Of 2004

Triangle Business Journal Honors Women In Business Of 2004

Triangle Business Journal has announced the top 25 Women In Business for 2004. The 7th Annual Women In Business Luncheon and Awards Ceremony held on Thursday, August 12th at the Sheraton Imperial in RTP recognized 25 Triangle area female executives for their dynamic leadership qualities, as well as one businesswoman for her lifetime achievement.

Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) August 14, 2004

Triangle Business Journal has announced the top 25 Women In Business for 2004. The 7th Annual Women In Business Luncheon and Awards Ceremony held on Thursday, August 12th at the Sheraton Imperial in RTP recognized 25 Triangle area female executives for their dynamic leadership qualities, as well as one businesswoman for her lifetime achievement. Monica Doss, President of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), received the 2004 Women in Business Lifetime Achievement Award. The Top 25 Women in Business for 2004 honored at the awards ceremony include:

Carey Louise Ewing, Ewing Law Center

Claire McCullough, Meredith College

Danielle Breslin, Blue Cross/Blue Shield NC

Earline Middleton, Food Bank of North Carolina

Elaine Hylwa, WakeMed Cary Hospital

Elizabeth Farrior Buford, NC Museum of History

Emily Toone, TPS, Inc.

Helen Poole, Duke Health Community Care

Kit McConnell, Cary Travel American Express

Leigh Duque, YWCA of the Greater Triangle

Dr. Leslie Alexandre, NC Biotechnology Center

Linda Leake, CHANGE by Leake

Linda Markus Daniels, Daniels Daniels & Verdonik, P. A.

Lisa Angel, Rosen Divorce Law

Lisa Mitchell, Progressive Computer Systems

Lynne Garrison, Blue Cross/Blue Shield NC

Marian Carter Worthy, CarterWorthy Commercial, Inc.

Patty Briguglio, MMI Associates, Inc.

Rosemary Wyche, NCCBI

Dr. Sally Ann Cunningham Johnson, U. S. Public Health Service

Tammy Brown, Progress Energy

Terry Espy, Momentum Group

Terry Haggerty, First Citizens Bank

Verna Graff-Gessaman, RBC Centura Bank

Yvonne Aselle, Yvonne Aselle, CPA, PC

“We are pleased to host this prestigious event and provide this opportunity to honor these women for their significant contributions to our community,” said Char Grunwaldt, Publisher of the Triangle Business Journal.

Triangle Business Journal is a local news publication owned by American City Business Journals, Inc., one of the largest publishers of metropolitan business newspapers in the United States. For more information please call 919-878-0010 or visit the website at www. triangle. bizjournals. com.


Patty Briguglio

MMI Associates, Inc.

122 Ravenna Way, Suite 100

Cary, NC 27513

(919) 461-3831 • (919) 462-8289 (fax)

Patty@mmimarketing. com


Jaime Pressly To Be Honored With First Annual "Hot In Hollywood Award" For Service To Cure HIV/AIDS

Jaime Pressly To Be Honored With First Annual "Hot In Hollywood Award" For Service To Cure HIV/AIDS

Jaime Pressly will join this year's host America Ferrara & top talent at 3rd Annual Hot In Hollywood Fundraiser fighting HIV/Aids August 16th at Avalon, to receive special honors.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 1, 2008

"Hot In Hollywood" readies itself for its third annual fundraising event to raise money and awareness to fight HIV/Aids with the help of Hollywood's A-Listers performing among peers and donors. Last years event boasted such unique performances as Jerry O'Connell singing in a dress, Sara Ramirez crooning a soulful power ballad, the cast of Heroes singing "Let The Sunshine In" for the finale and after her performance, America Ferrara won a Prius in the auction. Additional participation and attendance also included cast members of Entourage, The Office, Grey's Anatomy, Notes from the Underbelly, House, ER and My Name is Earl.

Jaime Pressly hosted Hot In Hollywood's first and second year and last year gave an impromptu singing performance of "Fever". "Jaime is being honored because of her true commitment to the cause as well as our events. She took a chance lending her name to an unknown organization on its first year and helped bring it to the success that it enjoys today. Jaime was an integral part of helping us put Hot In Hollywood on the map and we want to show our appreciation by presenting her with the first HiH award honoring service to cure HIV/Aids" said founder Michael Medico.

On receiving her award Jaime says, "I am honored that Hot In Hollywood, which I have so passionately supported the last two years, has decided to acknowledge me with an award." The event which has top television celebrities singing a show best described as Vaudeville meets Broadway has set forth the goal of raising $800k this year.

In addition to the exciting news of Jaime Pressly's award and America Ferrara hosting this years event, HiH is proud to announce this years beneficiaries include Aids Healthcare Center and Real Medicine and that due to the success and growth of the event, it will be held at The Avalon in Hollywood.

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements including special guests, this years cast members and many more exciting surprises. See last years highlights at www. hotinhollywood. org.

For more information, please contact Juliette Harris at 310-577-1122 or Juliette @ itgirlpublicrelations. com

About Hot in Hollywood:
Founded in 2006 by Michael Medico, Hot In Hollywood is made up of Hollywood's finest agents, managers and publicists donating their time and their rolodex to this incredible event. Hot In Hollywood supports AIDS Healthcare Foundation's (AHF) HIV Mobile Prevention Education and Testing Unit which travels throughout Los Angeles administering prevention education, counseling, HIV testing, and treatment referrals to AHF's healthcare centers. We are proud to welcome Real Medicine, into the fold. Real Medicine began at the exact same time as Hot In Hollywood and their reach is global. Working in areas that are hit by war, natural disaster or extreme poverty, Real Medicine administers care of all kinds - Hot In Hollywood will be giving directly to their HIV/AIDS programs. These two great charities, working together, create a more powerful and efficient system to provide care for those in need.


Saturday, February 25, 2006

Heartland Health Named 2009 Recipient of Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

Heartland Health Named 2009 Recipient of Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

President Barack Obama and U. S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke announced today that Heartland Health is a recipient of the 2009 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Heartland is one of two recipients in health care and one of five overall. The Baldrige Award is given to businesses — manufacturing and service, small and large — and to education, health care and nonprofit organizations that apply and are judged to be outstanding in seven areas: leadership; strategic planning; customer focus; measurement, analysis, and knowledge management; workforce focus; process management; and results.

St. Joseph, MO (Vocus) December 8, 2009

President Barack Obama and U. S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke announced today that Heartland Health is a recipient of the 2009 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Heartland is one of two recipients in health care and one of five overall. The Baldrige Award is given to businesses — manufacturing and service, small and large — and to education, health care and nonprofit organizations that apply and are judged to be outstanding in seven areas: leadership; strategic planning; customer focus; measurement, analysis, and knowledge management; workforce focus; process management; and results.

Congress established the award program in 1987 to recognize U. S. organizations for their achievements in quality and performance and to raise awareness about the importance of quality and performance excellence as a competitive edge. The award is not given for specific products or services. Up to three awards may be given annually in each of these categories: manufacturing, service, small business, education, health care and nonprofit.

Organizations that are headquartered in the United States may apply for the award. Applications for the award are evaluated by an independent Board of Examiners composed of primarily private–sector experts in quality and business. Examiners look for achievements and improvements in all seven categories. Organizations that pass an initial screening are visited by teams of examiners to verify information in the application and to clarify questions that come up during the review. Examiners visited Heartland Health during October 2009.

A press conference is scheduled at Heartland Health in St. Joseph today, December 7 at 3 p. m.

For more information on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, please visit www. heartland-health. com/baldrige (http://www. heartland-health. com/baldrige) and www. baldrige. nist. gov


American Academy of Dermatology Recognizes Coolibar for Sun Protective Clothing

American Academy of Dermatology Recognizes Coolibar for Sun Protective Clothing

First clothing brand to receive AAD SEAL OF RECOGNITION®

Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) May 4, 2009

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has honored Coolibar with its first-ever recognition of sun protective clothing.

The AAD SEAL OF RECOGNITION® recognizes products for their sun-protection benefit based on review of independent testing results which demonstrate that the products meet stringent, evidence-based sun protection criteria and verified by a panel of dermatologists and an independent scientist. All Coolibar sun protective clothing (http://www. coolibar. com/sunprotectiveclothing. html? source=cbipraadsor) has a 50+ Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) for the life of the garment. The company's proprietary SUNTECT® fabrics are extremely light-weight, breathable, durable, easy care, and pass the most rigorous testing protocol for UV clothing fabrics in the world.

Skin Cancer Prevention with Sun Protection
According to the AAD, sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma, and is primarily responsible for premature aging. "Public health education is the first line of defense against skin cancer," said dermatologist David M. Pariser, M. D., president of the AAD. "The AAD SEAL OF RECOGNITION®, awarded only to those products that meet stringent evidence-based scientific criteria for sun protection, helps raise public awareness of the dangers of unprotected sun exposure. The AAD shares Coolibar's passion for sun protection (http://www. coolibar. com/sunprotectioninformation. html? source=cbipraadsor) and its recommendation that everyone cover up with long sleeves, pants and wide brim hats. The AAD recognizes that proper and regular use of sunscreens with Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 15 or higher and broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) protection, along with wearing sun protective clothing and seeking shade, will help protect against sunburn and may reduce long-term damage to the skin caused by sun exposure."

"The AAD SEAL OF RECOGNITION® alerts consumers to the need to choose quality products that will protect them from harmful ultraviolet radiation," said John Barrow, founder and president of Coolibar. "The AAD recommends sun-protective clothing as an important part of a comprehensive sun-protection program. We are delighted by the AAD's recognition of our clothing, which speaks to our expertise and product leadership within the sun protective clothing market."

Barrow is the co-author of Sun Protection For Life: Your Guide To A Lifetime of Healthy & Beautiful Skin (New Harbinger Publications, 2005). Coolibar also has sponsored two books for children (Lake Vacation) and teens (Pretty Prom Your Skin Is Pretty Too) providing advice about skin cancer prevention and detection. All three books won Gold Triangle Awards from the AAD for excellence in education of a dermatologic issue.

About the American Academy of Dermatology
Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 15,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the Academy at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or aad. org (http://www. aad. org/public/sun/seal/products. html).

About Coolibar
Coolibar was founded in 2001 to bring Australia's world-leading approaches to sun protection to the American market. The company has extensively redesigned Australian sun protective clothing styles to meet the tastes and needs of fashion - and health-conscious Americans. For information about Coolibar, go to coolibar. com (http://www. coolibar. com/index. html? source=cbipraadsor) or call 1-800-926-6509.


Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Singapore, Malaysia Dominate 2010 Asia Pacific IT Awards

Singapore, Malaysia Dominate 2010 Asia Pacific IT Awards

Organisations in the financial, healthcare, manufacturing and logistics industries have won prestigious CIO Asia 2010 awards for their implementation of outstanding value-added information technology projects. The winners - selected by a panel of independent judges, from a 'Roll of Honour' short list - the CIO 100 2010 Index - are CIMB Group and Top Glove, both from Malaysia; Global Blue and the YCH Group from Singapore and Excelsior Medical, based in Taiwan.

Singapore (PRWEB) March 18, 2010

Organisations in the financial, healthcare, manufacturing and logistics industries have won prestigious CIO Asia 2010 awards for their implementation of outstanding value-added information technology projects.

The winners - selected by a panel of independent judges, from a 'Roll of Honour' short list - the CIO 100 2010 Index - are CIMB Group and Top Glove, both from Malaysia; Global Blue and the YCH Group from Singapore and Excelsior Medical, based in Taiwan.

The annual CIO 100 index, coordinated by leading regional enterprise IT magazine CIO Asia, recognises regional enterprises and organisations that have excelled through creative and innovative IT projects in the past 12 months.

The tenth annual CIO 100 Index and CIO Awards were announced and presented in Singapore on 9 March, at the day-long CIO Asia magazine Conference and Awards ceremony. The award winners will be profiled in CIO Asia magazine's April 2010 edition, due to hit disks in the first week of April.

Fairfax Business Media Asia Managing Editor and Editor of CIO Asia magazine, Ross O. Storey, said that CIO Award winners have demonstrated that they have broken new ground by using IT systems, initiatives and projects to provide added value to their customers and organisations.

"Our 2010 CIO award winners have been selected as prime examples and role models for how to effectively use ICT to generate competitive advantage," Storey said. "Our independent judges have selected them because the firms made exemplary use of technology to derive strategic value and maximum returns for their businesses."

The expert panel of experts judged all entries, based on the details provided, relating to best practice, in areas including knowledge management, e-business innovation, people management, and value chain excellence. Other criteria included customer service, security, resourcing, cost management and quantifying IT value.

Here are the CIO 2010 Award winning projects:

CIMB Group, Malaysia - NASA (New Account Opening Services and Architecture):
NASA is a set of initiatives designed to improve the deposits account opening process, by eliminating non-value added activities in the total process chain. The design of NASA creates a formless account opening for the mass customers of CIMB while also taking into account all aspects of risk mitigation.

Excelsior Medical, Taiwan - RCIDS (Renal Centre Integrated Decision System):
Excelsior's Renal Centre Integrated Decision System is a quality control analysis platform which monitors the quality of patient-care, anomalies and cost control of consumables for 105 dialysis centers across Taiwan.

Global Blue, Singapore - MATRIX:
MATRIX is a portfolio of projects designed to create an effective IT organization, a global corporate IT infrastructure, and the systems necessary to move the company from batch paper processing to real-time online transactions.

Top Glove, Malaysia - eSupplier:
Top Glove's eSupplier is an online platform which allows global suppliers to provide quotes for items within the manufacturer's purchasing catalogue that are required by purchasers from Malaysia, Thailand and China. This system improves Top Glove's global sourcing and procurement activities.

YCH Group, Singapore - Cloud Hub:
YCH's Project Cloud Hub provides a more effective deployment model so software applications can be quickly provisioned when required, scaled up when demand goes up or torn down once no longer needed. This enables business units to avoid upfront Capex, because they no longer have to own the infrastructure, software and services, but instead pay based on usage and the SLA. YCH believes it is the first in its industry to deploy a real production platform of this nature.

About CIO Asia Magazine - This respected magazine links CIOs and senior executives with business strategy and technology innovation. It builds the IT business case for the highest-level members of the executive suite, and is aimed at the C-level leader who needs to know the business essentials of IT, with enough technical information for informed decision-making. CIO Asia magazine gives the budget proposers (for example, the CIO) the means to drive strategy and the budget gatekeepers (such as the CFO and CEO) the means to judge its value.

About Fairfax Business Media Asia (www. mis-asia. com) - Fairfax Business Media (FBM), a Fairfax Media company, publishes market leading technology, business and finance titles. In Asia, these include CIO Asia, MIS Asia, Computerworld Singapore and Computerworld Malaysia. In Australia, FBM's stable of publications includes The Australian Financial Review, BRW, CFO, MIS and AFR Smart Investor.

For inquiries on the CIO Index and CIO Awards contact:
Jack Loo - W: +65 6395 8062


Pharmacy Choice Connects Pharmacy Universities and Retailers with On-line Continuing Education through RxSchool

Pharmacy Choice Connects Pharmacy Universities and Retailers with On-line Continuing Education through RxSchool.

Online continuing education school for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Content provided by pharmacy schools, and endorsed by major retail pharmacies.

Pharmacy Choice, Inc. (PRWEB) April 26, 2002 - based provider of web-

DENVER –based career and educational services for the pharmacy industry, continues to fulfill its goal of connecting the most respected pharmacy educators with the largest employers of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians through the RxSchool educational portal (http://www. RxSchool. com (http://www. RxSchool. com)).

RxSchool currently hosts one of the largest on-line continuing education (CE) libraries of ACPE accredited courses for the pharmacy industry. This comprehensive RxSchool CE library contains a wide variety of courses from ELF Publications, an ACPE accredited provider, and includes popular specialty courses like Pharmacy Spanish and other CE courses written specifically for pharmacists and certified pharmacy technicians. In an effort to provide even more diverse educational content, RxSchool has recently signed an agreement to host an additional 100 hours of CE courses provided by the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy. CU currently offers an online Non-Traditional Doctor of Pharmacy Degree Program and is expanding their on-line educational offerings through RxSchool. “We are delighted to partner with Pharmacy Choice to provide a broad range of clinically oriented CE topics. I know that these programs will support the expanding role of pharmacists in a wide variety of practice settings," stated Carol Balmer, Director of Postgraduate Professional Education at the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy.

While providing quality educational content is the primary goal of RxSchool, the easy to use web-based software makes it the premier web site for pharmacy continuing education. The cutting edge educational system offers automated on-line assessments, instant printing of certificates and tracking tools for the management of continuing education courses and credits. In addition, RxSchoolÂ’s secure web-based software and virtually fraud proof certificates offer users and employers added value and security not typically available with other providers.

Pharmacy retailers are beginning to recognize the value in providing their employees with quality education and time saving tools like those provided at RxSchool. In addition to providing CE and other services to over 22,000 independent users, Pharmacy Choice also hosts customizable CE libraries for large employers of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Employers know that a happier and more educated staff will ultimately provide a higher level of healthcare to their patients. King Soopers and City Market are recent clients of Pharmacy Choice and have chosen RxSchool to provide their pharmacy staff with customized and branded CE libraries. "We are constantly striving to provide our pharmacy staff with access to the best continuing education possible and RxSchool simply has the most complete and user friendly system we have seen. This is another great addition to the Pharmacy Choice suite of products that we already utilize to help our pharmacy operation," says Ken Chao, Pharmacy Director for King Soopers/City Market.

What are the future plans for RxSchool? “We are currently in discussions with other Universities to host their CE courses and will continue to build the largest and most diverse CE library on the Internet," says Steve Croke, President of Pharmacy Choice. “There are thousands of hours of CE credit currently available on-line, but most CE web sites are not easily found, are difficult to use and do not offer secure, web-based management features like ours." Croke added, "Our content focus in the near future will include providing CE necessary for Disease State Management; courses that keep pharmacists current on diseases such as Diabetes and Ashma."

About Pharmacy Choice, Inc.

Pharmacy Choice, Inc. is an application service provider and professional services company for the pharmacy and pharmaceutical industries. In addition to the RxSchool library of pharmacy continuing education, Pharmacy Choice offers timesaving applications and helpful industry resources related to careers and education for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and their employers. For more information, please call 720-941-7002, or visit the company online at http://www. PharmacyChoice. com (http://www. PharmacyChoice. com).

Sunday, February 19, 2006

3 Earns Recognition From Print Magazine’s Regional Design Annual, with Four Pieces Selected for Publication

3 Earns Recognition From Print Magazine’s Regional Design Annual, with Four Pieces Selected for Publication

Nine-month-old Albuquerque ad agency/design firm continues to earn national and international recognition for client work.

Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB) June 15, 2006

Print Magazine, one of the premier worldwide publications celebrating creativity in advertising and design, has selected four pieces from Albuquerque ad agency/design firm 3 for inclusion in its yearly annual. The magazine selected work the agency created for Measure Twice, a general contractor based in Montana; a wedding invitation for one of the firm’s partners, a t-shirt design and its own “3” logo.

The magazine’s advertising and design competition receives more than 20,000 entries each year for consideration. The publication highlights the best work from each region of the United States. The annual will appear on newsstands in the fall of 2006.

In 3’s nine-month history, the firm has earned recognition from the prestigious One Show, the Graphis Design Annual, Identity Magazine’s International Design Show and the Regional Addys.

“These days, smart marketers realize that creativity itself is a strategic weapon,” said Tim McGrath, design director of 3. “Print Magazine celebrates work that is smart and compelling.”

“It’s rewarding to see that by staying in New Mexico and building an ad agency from the ground up, one can still earn a place among the country’s best firms,” said 3 creative director Sam Maclay. “Gaining recognition from publications like Print helps us make sure we’re offering our clients the best work we can do.”

About 3: 3 is a full-service advertising and design firm based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The firm’s partners have years of award-winning experience in branding, marketing and advertising/design for retail, healthcare, financial services, tourism, destination marketing, gaming, packaged goods, real estate, automotive, technology, agri-business, e-commerce, public service, and social cause categories. 3 was founded by Chris Moore, Sam Maclay and Tim McGrath. The firm opened on September 1, 2005. Web site: www. whois3.com.

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Friday, February 17, 2006

American Trails Offers 10 Steps to Help Save Our Outdoors

American Trails Offers 10 Steps to Help Save Our Outdoors

American Trails has issued 10 Steps to Help Save Our Outdoors, outlining the actions recommended by its members as presented to the Members of the 110th Congress, the White House, key agency heads and leaders in the trails community, and the national news media.

Davenport, IA (PRWEB) February 26, 2007

Have you ever thought about the future of trails and greenways in America? 10 steps have been compiled that envision a better quality of life, more livable cities, healthier and fitter adults and children and better stewardship of our land and resources. These 10 Steps to Help Save our Outdoors were brought forth at the opening plenary session of over 550 trail and greenway professionals and advocates at American Trails' 18th National Trails Symposium in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois, October 20, 2006.

The leading national Presidential hopefuls were also sent letters prior to the event and were asked to submit their ideas and several of them did. After a long and very eventful discussion, these 10 steps were compiled and have been forwarded to the Members of the 110th Congress, the White House, key agency heads and leaders of the trails community, and the national news media.

American Trails is the only national nonprofit association of trail and greenway advocates and professionals who work on behalf of all trail interests. For over two decades, American Trails has served as a forum and a catalyst to improve the quality of life for all Americans by pursuing a national infrastructure of trails and greenways and in this effort has compiled the following 10 Steps to Help Save Our Outdoors:

1. Promote Connections In Our Communities -- Trail and Greenway infrastructure that connects people and places in our neighborhoods, towns, cities and regions -- readily accessible within 15 minutes walking distance of every American.

2. Create a National Trails Network/System -- An integrated trails network at all levels: linking cities, states, and regions of the United States and North America, as well as trails accessing National Parks, National Forests and other public lands.

3. Commit Sustainable Funding -- Ongoing, sustainable revenue stream to fund and offer incentives to create trails and greenways. Includes federal funds & programs--Transportation Enhancements, Recreational Trails Program, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ), National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program, USDA Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) programs, Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), Safe Routes to School and Complete Streets.

4. Expand Environmental Education -- Environmental education an integral part of a national and local school curricula at every level.

5. Associate Trails with Health and Fitness -- Trails are, and should be, a significant part of community health and fitness programs.

6. Encourage All Americans to Participate -- Opportunities for the American People to give back -- helping to plan, fund and work on trails in our neighborhoods, parks, as well as on state and federal lands.

7. Promote Sustainable Transportation -- Alternative modes of travel that lessen dependence on foreign oil and reduce CO2 emissions contributing to climate change.

8. Engage, Motivate Youth --- Promote stewardship with youth conservation/trail building corps.

9. Promote Access and Accessibility -- An accessible, safe system for all abilities within easy reach of all homes and places of employment.

10. Build Trail and Greenway Partnerships -- Trails and greenways created as vital infrastructure working with homebuilders and developers, transportation, utility, flood and fire control agencies and others with mutual benefit.

About American Trails:
American Trails works through education, partnerships and timely information resources to promote the creation, conservation and broad enjoyment of quality trails and greenways. American Trails believes these amenities offer places of solace, health, fitness, and recreation, as well as transportation for all Americans.

In addition, American Trails produces the American Trails Magazine three times per year, as well as hosts the website, http://www. AmericanTrails. org (http://www. AmericanTrails. org), which is one of the largest websites dedicated to trails, with over a million visits annually. The website provides resources on trails training, provides networking among America's State Trails Programs, gives access to a variety of articles, studies, and publications submitted by trail and greenway advocates and professionals around the country and keeps you up-to-date on the latest news and information in the trails world.

Pam Gluck, Executive Director
American Trails
Http://www. AmericanTrails. org (http://www. AmericanTrails. org)


U. S. Businesses Spend More on Wellness Programs, But Most Don't Measure Results

U. S. Businesses Spend More on Wellness Programs, But Most Don't Measure Results

Despite spending more on employee wellness programs in 2010, only 37 percent of U. S. employers actually measure their program's effectiveness, a global survey released today indicates.

New York (PRWEB) January 7, 2011

Despite spending more on employee wellness programs in 2010, only 37 percent of U. S. employers actually measure their program's effectiveness, a global survey released today indicates.

"WORKING WELL: A Global Survey of Health Promotion and Workplace Wellness Strategies," released by Buck Consultants, A Xerox Company (NYSE: XRX), found that employers spent 35 percent more - about $220 - on each employee who participated in a wellness program compared to 2009.

These results were among the key findings of Buck's fourth annual global wellness survey which analyzed responses from more than 1,200 organizations in 47 countries representing more than 13 million employees.

"Organizations that measure the impact of their wellness programs are more successful at improving their employees' health and overall wellness," said Barry Hall, a Buck principal who directed the survey. "However, many simply don't know how to measure their results, or they don't have the resources to do so."

Wellness programs continued to gain momentum this year among U. S.-based organizations as a key strategy to reduce the cost of providing health care, improve worker productivity, and reduce absenteeism. Globally, improving productivity is the most important objective for wellness programs, with improving workforce morale and engagement rising from the third to the second most important objective.

Among U. S. respondents, 40 percent have measured how wellness programs affect the cost of providing health care benefits to their employees. Of those, 45 percent report success in slowing health care cost increases, with a typical reduction of two to five percentage points per year.

The U. S. results contrast with results in other regions on the health risks that drive wellness programs. Globally, reducing workplace stress is the top driver of wellness programs, particularly in Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and Africa. In the United States, the lack of physical activity is the top driver, and stress ranks much lower (sixth) as a health risk targeted by these programs.

Other key findings of Buck's wellness study include:
Globally, 66 percent of respondents have a formal wellness strategy, a significant increase from 49 percent in 2007. Wellness programs are most prevalent in North America, where 74 percent of responding employers offer them. Eleven percent of U. S. respondents spend more than $500 per employee per year on wellness rewards, with the largest rewards reported at $3,000 per employee. The fastest-growing components of wellness programs are technology-driven tools. In three years, employers around the world expect a six-fold increase in their use of mobile technology - such as smartphones - to support employee wellness initiatives.

Additional issues covered by Buck's global survey include program design, organizational ownership of wellness programs, and communication strategies.

Buck Consultants' survey was conducted in association with Pfizer, CIGNA, Wolf Kirsten International Health Consulting, and WorldatWork.

About the Survey Partners
Buck Consultants is a leader in human resource and benefits consulting with more than 1,500 professionals worldwide. Founded in 1916 to advise clients in establishing and funding some of the nation's first public and private retirement programs, Buck is an innovator in the areas of retirement benefits, health and welfare programs, human capital management, compensation, and employee communication. News and other information about Buck Consultants are available at http://www. buckconsultants. com. Buck is a wholly owned subsidiary of ACS, A Xerox Company.

Xerox Corporation is a $22 billion leading global enterprise for business process and document management. Through its broad portfolio of technology and services, Xerox provides the essential back-office support that clears the way for clients to focus on what they do best: their real business. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., Xerox provides leading-edge document technology, services, software and genuine Xerox supplies for graphic communication and office printing environments of any size. Through ACS, A Xerox Company, which Xerox acquired in February 2010, Xerox also offers extensive business process outsourcing and IT outsourcing services, including data processing, HR benefits management, finance support, and customer relationship management services for commercial and government organizations worldwide. The 133,000 people of Xerox serve clients in more than 160 countries. For more information, visit
Http://www. xerox. com, http://news. xerox. com or http://www. acs-inc. com. For investor information, visit http://www. xerox. com/investor.

Pfizer is committed to being a global leader in health care and to helping change millions of lives for the better through providing access to safe, effective and affordable medicines and related health care services to the people who need them.

CIGNA (NYSE: CI) is a global health service and financial company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. CIGNA Corporation's operating subsidiaries in the United States provide an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy and vision care benefits, as well as group life, accident and disability insurance. CIGNA offers products and services in over 27 countries and jurisdictions and has approximately 60 million customer relationships throughout the world.

Wolf Kirsten International Health Consulting is a Berlin-based global consultancy that helps organizations with the development, implementation and evaluation of workplace health promotion programs, specializing in global strategies and culturally-adapted programming for multi-national companies.

WorldatWork is a not-for-profit organization providing education, conferences and research focused on global human resources issues including compensation, benefits, work-life and integrated total rewards to attract, motivate and retain a talented workforce. Founded in 1955, WorldatWork has nearly 30,000 members in more than 100 countries. WorldatWork has offices in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Washington, D. C.

Media Contact:
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Note: The full survey report is available at no cost to the media by contacting Ed Gadowski at 201-902-2825. Available to the public: a complimentary executive summary offered in eight languages (Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish) as well as the full survey report for $325. Six special country reports are also available for $175 each including: Brazil (available in English and Portuguese), Canada, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea (available in English and Korean), and United Kingdom. Contact Buck's Global Survey Resources, 50 Fremont Street, 12th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105. Telephone 1-800-887-0509. Reports can be purchased online at http://www. bucksurveys. com.

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Amentra CEO Matthew Ernst Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2007 Award Finalist in Greater Washington For The 2nd Year in a Row

Amentra CEO Matthew Ernst Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2007 Award Finalist in Greater Washington For The 2nd Year in a Row

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 21st anniversary this year. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Richmond, VA (PRWEB) June 1, 2007

Amentra, an industry leading business and technology consulting firm, today announced that Matthew Ernst, CEO is a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2007 Award in the Greater Washington region. According to Ernst & Young, the awards program was designed to recognize outstanding entrepreneurs on a regional, national and global level who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. Matthew Ernst was selected as a finalist from over 100 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 21, 2007, at The Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner, Virginia.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 21st anniversary this year. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2007 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 17, 2007. The national Entrepreneur Of The Year celebration is part of Ernst & Young's Strategic Growth Forum. The overall national Entrepreneur Of The Year award recipient is then considered for the world event held in Monte Carlo.

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are pleased to have Bank of America as the national presenting sponsor, as well as SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as national sponsors.

In Greater Washington, local sponsors include Marsh, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, and Washington Business Journal.

About Amentra, Inc.
Amentra, Inc. offers a distinctively different approach to business and IT consulting. By helping clients deploy mission critical business systems through a formal, experience proven mentoring and software development program, Amentra has earned industry accolades for combining two areas that have historically been separate service offerings into a single solution: deliverable-based project solutions integrated with IT Mentoring. Amentra specializes in expertise in retail, insurance, healthcare, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, finance, and government. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Amentra also has regional offices in Washington, DC, Charlotte, NC, Tampa, FL, and Philadelphia, PA. Amentra's web address is http://www. amentra. com (http://www. amentra. com).

About the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards
The Entrepreneur Of The Year® awards program was created and is produced by professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP. As the first award of its kind, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic and growing businesses. The program, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2006, honors entrepreneurs through regional, national and global award programs in over 125 cities and 40 countries.

About Ernst & Young
Ernst & Young, a global leader in professional services, is committed to enhancing the public's trust in professional services firms and in the quality of financial reporting. Its 114,000 people in 140 countries pursue the highest levels of integrity, quality, and professionalism in providing a range of sophisticated services centered on our core competencies of auditing, accounting, tax, and transactions. Further information about Ernst & Young and its approach to a variety of business issues can be found at www. ey. com/perspectives (http://www. ey. com/perspectives). Ernst & Young refers to the global organization of member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, a U. K. company limited by guarantee, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited does not provide services to clients. Ernst & Young LLP is a U. S. client-serving member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited.


Thursday, February 16, 2006

Aprima and MRM Partner to Bring Award-Winning Electronic Health Record Solution to Practices in Tennessee, Virginia

Aprima and MRM Partner to Bring Award-Winning Electronic Health Record Solution to Practices in Tennessee, Virginia

MRM to Provide Aprima EHR Solution to local practices

Dallas and Johnson City, TN (Vocus) October 13, 2009

Aprima Medical Software (originally iMedica), a leading developer of electronic health record (EHR) and practice management (PM) systems for medical practices, today announced a reseller agreement with Medical Reimbursement Management (MRM), a locally owned and operated medical billing company in Johnson City, Tennessee. The agreement will bring Aprima's award-winning EHR/PM software and MRM's medical billing expertise to physician practices in East Tennessee, Western North Carolina, and Southwest Virginia.

"Over the last five years MRM has been dedicated to providing excellent service and an outstanding medical billing product to our clients," said Andy Hight, MRM's COO. "The partnership with Aprima will enhance that offering and provide our clients - and our future clients - access to a solution that has received multiple industry certifications with the benefit of local training and support.

MRM entered into the agreement with Aprima in February 2009. Since then staff members have completed training at Aprima's Dallas office and have implemented the Aprima EHR at the Kingsport office of Dr. J. Paul Singh, an MRM client. ''Dr. Singh has been tremendous,'' said Hight. "He has allowed MRM to use his practice as our beta installation site. The knowledge gained during that implementation, plus Dr. Singh's input, has been invaluable. We are confident that our future clients will benefit from this experience."

Aprima's unique, template-free design enables providers to follow their own protocols. Its adaptive learning feature speeds adoption and deployment. Its single database, single application design affords users with the fastest access to clinical and financial data. Aprima's flexible pricing plan makes sense for everyone from a solo rural practitioner to a multi-specialty urban practice.

"MRM's medical practices can easily enhance their PQRI (Patient Quality Reporting Initiative) reimbursement with Aprima," said Michael Nissenbaum, President and CEO of Aprima. "Improved reimbursement and enhanced practice profitability go a long way to help ease the transition from paper to electronic records. These advantages help overcome known concerns about practice downtime and staff training that are simply part of the normal implementation process."

Please visit Aprima at MGMA 2009 in Denver, October 11-14, at Booth #1135. For more information, call (866) 960-6890 or visit http://www. aprima. com].

About Medical Reimbursement Management

Founded in 2005, MRM offers revenue cycle management and practice management consulting services to healthcare providers in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Located in Johnson City, Tennessee MRM can be contacted by visiting their website at http://www. mrmgt. net].

About Aprima Medical Software, Inc.

Aprima Medical Software, Inc., founded as iMedica in 1998, develops innovative electronic health record and practice management solutions for medical practices. Reach Aprima at 866-960-6890, info(at)aprimaEHR(dot)com or aprimaEHR. com.


Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Jewels and Pinstripes Celebrates the Celebrity "BUMP" with Beautiful Pregnancy Bag for Expectant Moms

Jewels and Pinstripes Celebrates the Celebrity "BUMP" with Beautiful Pregnancy Bag for Expectant Moms

Christina Aguilera, Halle Berry, Nicole Richie, Drea de Matteo, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Tameka Foster (Usher's wife), Gabrielle Reece, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Julianna Margulies and Toni Collette Receive Gift Bag Filled with Goodies Created Specifically for their New BUMP!

Pleasanton, CA (PRWEB) September 19, 2007

Jewel and Pinstripes, one of the nation's premier gift bag companies, dedicated to raising money for charitable causes, announced today that they have created a special gift bag specifically for the celebrities who have been seen wearing a new BUMP!

This unique gift bag celebrates the celebrity BUMP and everything terrific that comes along with pregnancy. The bag is filled with a wonderful mix of fun and practical items for mom and baby including a diaper bag, vitamins, prenatal education, clothing, blankets, announcements and ice cream gift certificates to relieve any cravings.

Celebrity parents receiving the "Celebrity BUMP Pregnancy" gift bag include Christina Aguilera and husband Jordan Bratman, Halle Berry and boyfriend Gabriel Aubry, Nicole Richie and boyfriend Joel Madden, Drea de Matteo and boyfriend Shooter Jennings, Elisabeth and Tim Hasselbeck, Tameka Foster and husband Usher, Gabrielle Reece and husband Laird Hamilton, Courtney Thorne-Smith and husband Roger Fishman, Julianna Margulies and fiancé Keith Lieberthal and Toni Collette and husband Dave Galafassi.

Julie Kenney, President and Founder of Jewels and Pinstripes, states "It is well deserved that we do something for the expectant parents, primarily the moms and we are so excited to change it up a bit and recognize the celebrities moms as they nurture their BUMP!"

Products included in each of the BUMP Bags are as follows:

Divine Basics
Divine Basics gift certificate for 100 unique birth announcements from the Penfleurs brand Classic collection, $1700 and a Penfleurs single floral pen, $14, www. divine-basics. com

BabyPlus Prenatal Education
BabyPlus Prenatal Education System helps children develop cognitively as they learn to differentiate BabyPlus sounds from the maternal heartbeat, $150, www. babyplus. com

Sentimental Silver
Sentimental Silver gift certificate for a Hip To Be Square Double Sided Personalized Pendant Necklace. Each handmade pure silver necklace is one of a kind and personalized to fit your style, $150, www. sentimentalsilver. com

Crib Rock™ Couture
Crib Rock butter-washed, concert tees for tots in Supima modal and pima cotton rib, $35-$40 and a $100 gift certificate redeemable for items from Crib Rock's clothing line and "Heavy Metal" modern nursery décor, www. cribrockcouture. com

Dreaming About Giraffes
Dreaming About Giraffes Pillow Pal Blanket combines a plushy blanket, backed in cotton sheeting and pillow all rolled into one and super-sized to provide comfort, $45 and a $75 gift certificate for additional items, www. dreamingaboutgiraffes. com

Baby Kaed
Baby Kaed, Avi-U diaper bag in faux suede accented with contrast cross stitch
And funky antiqued brass hardware includes a change mat, pacifier pouch, detachable mess bag, zippered pouch, handy clip, wipes case and five interior pockets, $118, www. babykaed. com

Chic Tots
The Chic&Carry™ Wristlet by Chic Tots is an on-the-go diaper carrier with handsfree convenience. It features a zippered pocket for personal items and the center pouch is big enough to hold up to 4 diapers with matching soft wipes holder, $24, and gift certificate for one cleverly stylish Chic&Cozy™ Blanket/Bag that easily converts from a beautiful, shoulder bag or tote into a luxurious playmat in seconds, $76, www. chictots. com

KINeSYS Performance Sunscreen
KINeSYS travel size sunscreen, $17 and gift certificate redeemable for a complimentary case of KINeSYS Performance Sunscreen, $90, www. kinesys. com

Shari's Berries
Shari's Berries, gift certificate redeemable for 1 dozen assorted berries, $80, www. berries. com

Baby Emi Jewelry
Baby Emi Cambodian Jingle Bells Anklet, traditionally it is believed that the whimsical sounds ward off bad spirits for the modern mommy. The bracelet alerts her to her baby's movements and whereabouts, $35 and a $40 gift certificate for mom, www. babyemijewerly. com

Hilary London
Hilary London Murano Glass Amethyst Vulcano Bracelet, a unique and elegant bracelet that is easy to wear with jeans or a cocktail dress, $62, www. hilarylondon. com

A La Bebe Inc.
A La Bebe design boutique and couture inspired collection gift certificate for minky bib and robe that is not only luxurious, but soft and fun, $48.50, www. myalabebeinc. com

Laloo's Goat Milk Ice Cream
A gift certificate for a 6-month supply of Laloo's artisan ice creams with 12 deliciously creamy low-fat, low-cal flavors, so you can indulge all your ice cream cravings, $48, www. goatmilkicecream. com

Belli Threads
Belli Threads "the bump, this season's must have accessory" is one of their hottest maternity tees in classic black, that looks and feels great for the entire nine months. A must have addition to any maternity wardrobe, $39.99, www. bellithreads. com

HAPPYBABY fresh frozen organic gourmet baby meals coupon, nutrition guide by Dr. Bob Sears and registered dietician Amy Marlow, and a copy of "The Baby Book" by Dr. William Sears, Martha Sears, RN, and Dr. Bob Sears., $26, www. happybabyfood. com

Simple Pleasures
Simple Pleasures set of 5 children's chenille clothes hangers so soft and beautiful you'll see why they are the perfect addition to any newborn or toddler's closet, $12.50, www. simplepleasuresaz. com

Boatman Geller
Boatman Geller luggage tags - perfect for your diaper bag or daycare bag! Set of two luggage tags, monkey and ocean print, $12, www. boatmangeller. com

Nature Made
Nature Made Multi For Her is formulated for women with optimized levels of key nutrients including 1000 IU of Vitamin D to help fill nutritional gaps and boost overall health, $9.99, www. naturemade. com

As with all Jewels and Pinstripes gift bags, there is a charitable component to the program. An additional BUMP bag with all contents included will be auctioned of on www. charityfolks. com, in September. Proceeds will be donated to the Plasticos Foundation, a volunteer organization dedicated to correcting birth defects, congenital malformations and traumatic disfigurements of those at home and around the world unable to afford these services. To date, Jewels and Pinstripes have raised more than $225,000 for charity since its inception in 2004.

About Jewels and Pinstripes
Founded in October of 2004, Jewels and Pinstripes is a premier designer of luxury gift bags, specializing in creating VIP thank-you bags for charity benefits. Inspired by the dedication of the organizations it works with, Jewels and Pinstripes regularly donates gift bags for auction, and has raised more than $225,000 for events that include American Cinematheque Gala, Indianapolis 500, EXTRA Awards Lounge, The Carousel of Hope, MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute during Grammy Week®, Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night and Chris Evert's Pro-Celebrity Classic. Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry, Patrick Dempsey, Jaime Pressly, P. Diddy and Gwen Stefani top the long list of lucky Jewels and Pinstripes recipients. The gift bags and the extraordinary contents regularly attract the attention of leading media outlets including People, Extra, Us Weekly, Entertainment Tonight, Inc. com, and FoxNews. For more information about Jewels and Pinstripes, please visit our website at www. jewelsandpinstripes. com.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Singapore Dentistry Goes High Tech

Singapore Dentistry Goes High Tech

Diagnostic dentistry has made great strides recently and patients here are able to enjoy hassle-free, advanced dental treatments without the accompanying high costs.

Singapore (PRWEB) April 12, 2010

Dentistry in Singapore (http://syndacast. com/go/SingaporeMedicine) is making a big push into the world of sophisticated technology the same way that other disciplines in medicine did a decade ago.

Groundbreaking advances in diagnostic dentistry have made dental treatments more predictable, cutting down on patient risk and down time.

Common dental procedures like crowning, inlay and onlay, hitherto long-drawn affairs, can now be done in a single session by using Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC), according to Dr Chong Kai Chuan, Clinical Director of Q & M Dental Institute Pte Ltd and Q & M Dental Centre.

Advanced dental technologies (http://syndacast. com/go/SingaporeMedicine)
CEREC is a dental restoration (http://syndacast. com/go/SingaporeMedicine) product that allows dental practitioners to fabricate an indirect ceramic dental restoration using computer assisted technologies, including Computer Aided Design(CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM).

"Previously, most dental restorative methods require multiple visits to the dentist. Now, with the latest technology, we are able to design, mill and provide the prosthesis on the same day after a scan is made," says Dr Chong.

Comparing "then to now", Dr Chong elaborates, "Patients used to come in for the first visit, get injections of anaesthesia, have their teeth prepared, impressions taken, and temporary restorations put on their teeth. They then come back for a second appointment a couple of weeks later, get more injections, have the temporary teeth pried off, and have permanent restorations put on." Recent developments in cone beam technology - an imaging solution - have also taken dental diagnostics and treatment (http://syndacast. com/go/SingaporeMedicine) capabilities to new heights.

"We can now take scans that provide highest resolution with the lowest radiation dose. A 3D image of the jaw, for example, can now be scanned with very low radiation of less than 30 microsieverts, compared to a conventional CT scan with radiation of up to 2,000 microsieverts," says Dr Chong.

All of these translate to a quicker, easier and safer session for a dental patient (http://syndacast. com/go/SingaporeMedicine). But that's not all. Here's the best part: High-tech dental treatments in Singapore is far more affordable compared to other developed countries.

Singapore's comparative advantage (http://syndacast. com/go/SingaporeMedicine)
"On average, dental treatment in Singapore is about two to three times cheaper compared to the United States. This may be due to higher equipment or operational costs and significantly higher taxes in the US. The cost of licenses and professional insurances is also much higher there."

Lower costs, however, does not mean lower standards of care.

"Singapore possesses a reputation for clinical excellence, with highly trained medical and dental workforce, a well regulated healthcare environment and the availability of the latest technology," says Dr Chong.

It is for these reasons that foreigners such as Meena, a homemaker from New Delhi, picked Singapore for her dental treatment. The 63-year-old had previously undergone chemotherapy for a tumour on the side of her jaw, which left her unable to speak or chew properly.

Specialist dental treatments (http://syndacast. com/go/SingaporeMedicine)
She finally approached Dr Ansgar Cheng, a Prosthodontist at Specialist Dental Group, who is also well-known in the specialized area of maxillofacial prosthetics.

Meena only had five functional teeth in her upper jaw. The rest, many of which had root canals done on them, were badly decayed as a result of the cancer therapy. Moreover, as a result of her surgical treatment, the roof of her mouth was 80 per cent gone, leading to another major concern.

Meena had five teeth reinforced by titanium posts, three root canals redone in the lower jaw and 10 Zirconia crowns for protection and good aesthetic effect. She also had a palatal obturator fitted which covered the surgical defect in the roof of her mouth that leads to the nasal cavity.

With her oral function restored, Meena had nothing but praise for her dentist's professionalism.

"I was apprehensive when I first met Dr Cheng but his calm and patient demeanor put me at ease very quickly. By the second day, I had put my full trust in him," she says delightedly.

About Q & M Dental (Singapore) Group Limited
Q & M Dental Institute Pte Ltd and Q & M Dental Centre are subsidiaries of Q & M Dental Group (Singapore) Ltd, Singapore's largest private dental healthcare group. Q & M was first established in November 1996 and successfully listed on the Main Board of Singapore Stock Exchange on 26 November 2009. Currently it is the only wholly dental entity listed in Singapore with a dedicated pool of over 110 dental surgeons, 30 of whom with specialised training in various disciplines of dentistry.

For more information, visit www. QandMDental. com. sg

About Specialist Dental Group
Specialist Dental Group has been established at the Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre in Singapore since 1979. It is one of the largest multi-speciality dental groups in Singapore. The internationally trained/qualified specialists at the clinic are opinion leaders in their respective specialty areas. They regularly teach, speak and publish in clinical journals. Specialist Dental Group’s founder, Dr Henry Lee, placed the first dental implants in Singapore over 25 years ago.

For more information, visit "www. specialistdentalgroup. com" (http://syndacast. com/go/SpecialistDentalGroup)

About The SingaporeMedicine Initiative

Launched in 2003, SingaporeMedicine is a multi-agency government-industry partnership committed to strengthening Singapore's position as Asia's leading medical hub, and promoting Singapore as a world-class destination for advanced patient care.

For more information on SingaporeMedicine, please visit "www. singaporemedicine. com" (http://syndacast. com/go/SingaporeMedicine)

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Monday, February 13, 2006

Instead of Dieting, Try Balancing

Instead of Dieting, Try Balancing

As women age, hormonal changes make it even more difficult to lose weight. But the answer has been with us forever---balance our hormones!

Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) June 7, 2006

I have been fit and I have been fat. I have tried almost every diet that came out. I know how hard it can be to overcome a weight problem. And I know that as women age, hormonal changes make it even more difficult to lose weight.

After a lifetime of searching, much of that time running a medical practice that specializes in women’s health, I have several conclusions to report – some of which you have probably already figured out on your own:

Weight loss is difficult. Period. There is no “magic pill” after all. Men lose weight easier than women, at all ages throughout life (decidedly unfair!) Deep inside, you and I both know that “diets” don’t work in the long run (we always gain the weight back – don’t we?) We get fatter as we get older (women blame this on “hormones”; men blame this on “beer.”)

It has taken me 20 years of detective work, study and searching international medical literature on hormones, weight, nutrition and exercise to come to the understandings that I have used to help women keep the pounds off.

I can tell you with certainty that what we eat at each meal and snack makes a huge difference in such critical aspects as our daily energy level, memory, mood stability, concentration and ability to focus, how well we sleep…along with the obvious effects on body weight and body-fat composition.

And I can also tell you that an optimum diet combination for women, especially at midlife, consists of a caloric intake of 35 percent protein, 30 percent fat and 35 percent complex carbohydrates. It keeps your blood sugar steady throughout the day. This balance minimizes the release of insulin that makes it harder for you to lose excess body fat. Make sure each meal and snack contains a balance of these three. An example of this ideal mix would be turkey+mayo+wholegrain bread+lettuce+fruit and a glass of milk.

The 30 percent fat recommendation usually stops women in their tracks because most of us think of fat as something to avoid. What most people don’t realize is that fats take much longer to digest, keep blood sugar steady longer, and don’t cause an insulin “surge.” Keeping blood sugar steady throughout the day is key to weight control. And healthy fats are necessary as a building block to make our hormones, too.

Food really is one of our most fundamental medicines for healing. We can’t make serotonin in the brain to help lift our moods if we don’t take in adequate tryptophan, as one example. We can’t make the hormones that run our bodies without fat. We can’t make immunoglobulins for our immune system without protein.

When I was in my 20s, women’s magazines talked about cutting out the “fattening” carbohydrates. A decade or so later, we heard “carbs are good; it’s the excess fat we put on them that is bad.” This idea focused on the belief that excess fat on your body came from the excess fat on your plate: all the sour cream, butter, oils and mayonnaise that were added to foods like baked potatoes or pasta or salads. While there was some truth to this, the excess weight gain has more to do with the higher calorie consumption (plain potato, 100 calories; potato with sour cream, bacon bits, and butter, 500 to 600 calories) than the type of food consumed.

Now we hear a lot about carbs being “bad.” So what’s the real scoop? Should you follow the low-to-no-carb school, or the high-carb/low-fat school? How do you know who or what to believe with all the conflicting claims? Part of the answer depends on your body size and build. If you are slender and already at your ideal body weight and composition, you probably don’t really have to worry too much about which way you go—stay with what is working for you.

However, if you are one of the millions of women, particularly those who find themselves losing their waist at midlife, it becomes crucial for you to really concentrate on the right type and amount of carbohydrates in your overall meal plan. Continued high intake of carbs—especially the simple carbs such as breads, pastas, fruit juices, alcohol, and sweets—will overstimulate production of the fat-storing hormone, insulin, leading to increasing body fat.

The good news is that there is hope for keeping your weight down without letting diets rule your life and destroy your energy. The right combination of foods, along with exercise and optimal hormone balance, are the keys to rolling back the “pound creep” and “scale inflation.”

(Elizabeth L. Vliet. M. D. is a nationally recognized physician and author specializing in women’s healthcare issues)


Sunday, February 12, 2006

Philoptima Launches New Open Innovation Community for Philanthropy

Philoptima Launches New Open Innovation Community for Philanthropy

Philoptima, llc., has launched a new on-line community of private foundations and other donors and grantmakers to connect with consultants, researchers, and experts to boost the impact of community social interventions by using the latest methods and applied research at the lowest possible cost. Nonprofit organizations in the United States can also join Philoptima at no cost and suggest research projects for donors to fund. Using a new Problem>Prize>Solution process, consultants in over 300 categories are matched to the proposal and invited to submit competitive solutions. Foundation members can also find specialized consulting talent and bypass the prize process to locate top research talent screened by foundation experts.

New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) September 30, 2008

Philoptima, llc, a New Orleans based company, has launched a new Internet community serving philanthropists in the United States. Philoptima optimizes the success of a wide variety of community interventions funded by private foundations and other grant makers through thoughtful design, effective implementation, and rigorous evaluation.

Company President, Shirin Harrell, JD, says, "Grantmakers can use our unique web-based competitive research prize process to really boost their gift impact or we can connect them directly to our experts in over 300 practice categories." She noted that Philoptima also matches donors to nonprofit organizations prepared to implement prize-winning solutions. "This is a new research matching process built by grant makers for grant makers."

In the first of two phases, Philoptima uses the Internet to connect grant makers, donors, and philanthropists, known as "Prize-makers", to affordable best-practice research in various disciplines using a system of competitive problem-solution prizes and a mass collaboration community of researchers, consultants, and experts, with specialized skills in the general disciplines of health, education, public safety, governmental oversight, and the environment.

In the second phase, Philoptima connects prize-winning solutions chosen by the donor or private foundation (created in the first phase) to nonprofit organizations proximal to targeted communities that propose implementation plans in return for an additional cash prize. Nonprofits may also suggest unfunded problem statements for Prize-makers to consider for funding.

Harrell noted that additional elements on the Philoptima site include (1) consulting services and products to private foundations, (2) four secure electronic membership communities, (3) a public blog, and (4) books and publications. "We believe that people of wealth want to improve the common good and don't want to see money wasted", she said. "We are also convinced that solutions exist to almost any community problem and that local nonprofit organizations know the solutions that will work in their communities."

Foundations and donors can join Philoptima free and consultants, researchers, and experts may apply at any time by visiting http://www. philoptima. org (http://www. philoptima. org). Prizes are posted as they are funded but do not change until the project deadline is passed. Nonprofits may join and propose "problem statements" that are specific to their communities for funding consideration by prize makers.


Connecticut American Marketing Association Names Adams & Knight Marketer of the Year - Agency Also Honored with Five Mark of Excellence Awards

Connecticut American Marketing Association Names Adams & Knight Marketer of the Year - Agency Also Honored with Five Mark of Excellence Awards

Adams & Knight Advertising/Public Relations was recently honored by the stateÂ’s American Marketing Association chapter (AMA-CT) with the Marketer of the Year Award and five Mark of Excellence (MOE) Awards for its results-generating campaigns for consumer, business-to-business, and non-profit clients.

AVON, CT (PRWEB) April 29, 2005

Adams & Knight Advertising/Public Relations was recently honored by the stateÂ’s American Marketing Association chapter (AMA-CT) with the Marketer of the Year Award and five Mark of Excellence (MOE) Awards for its results-generating campaigns for consumer, business-to-business, and non-profit clients.

Every year, the American Marketing Association honors statewide marketers for outstanding marketing campaigns. For 2004, awards were given out in 12 categories representing different types of marketing initiatives at various budget levels. Adams & Knight garnered five out of the 12 awards, more than any other agency in the state.

All entries are judged on a 50-point scale based on three criteria: marketing strategy, creative execution, and overall results. The highest-scoring entry is selected to receive the AMA’s coveted “Marketer of the Year” Award.

Adams & Knight earned a perfect score and the “Marketer of the Year” Award for its integrated marketing campaign designed for Masonicare, Connecticut’s largest not-for-profit provider of senior healthcare services and retirement communities. Masonicare’s “Nurse Recruiting Campaign” was a statewide marketing campaign designed to recruit top nursing professionals to Masonicare’s broad range of affiliates.

“Adams & Knight helped us exceed our goals for our nurse recruiting campaign,” says Margaret Steeves, Vice President for Marketing at Masonicare. “An unexpected side benefit was that this campaign also provided a terrific morale boost for the entire Masonicare organization. Our staff really connected with the empowering messages that were reinforced in all campaign materials.”

Adams & Knight Advertising/Public Relations also won MOE awards for its integrated business-to-business campaign for InsurBanc and for its consumer marketing campaign for Ashlar Village. Two of its interactive presentations earned top category honors: one for INGÂ’s Create the Vision Retirement Workshop and another for a 40th Anniversary Commemorative CD-ROM for Hartford Stage.

Adams & Knight (www. adamsknight. com) is an integrated marketing communications firm that provides strategic research, advertising, public relations and digital marketing services for a client roster that includes Fidelity Investments, The Hartford, Saint Joseph College, Hartford Hospital, and the United Way.

The American Marketing Association (AMA) provides direct benefits to more than 38,000 marketing professionals in both business and education worldwide, and serves all levels of marketing practitioners, educators and students. Information on its Connecticut Chapter can be found at www. amact. marketingpower. com.


Saturday, February 11, 2006

Aerotech P&K Hosts 3rd Annual Benefit Golf Tournament

Aerotech P&K Hosts 3rd Annual Benefit Golf Tournament

Golf Tournament Benefits United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Central Arizona

(PRWEB) June 11, 2005

On April 23, 2005, Aerotech P&K held its 3rd Annual Benefit Golf Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona. This yearÂ’s tournament benefited the United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Central Arizona. Over 50 golfers joined Aerotech P&K at The 500 Club golf course to raise more then $3400 for the charity.

“Each year we enjoy organizing and hosting the golf benefit in our local area,” stated David Fetveit, General Manager. “It gives us a great opportunity to help bring the community together to support a good cause.”

About United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Central Arizona

UCP of Central Arizona works to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities. Since 1952, UCP of Central Arizona has served as a private, non-profit health and human service organization for adults and children with disabilities and their families. As an affiliate of the UCP Association, UCP of Central Arizona serves more than 1700 families each year. UCPÂ’s innovative programs help children and adults with such disabilities as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, spina bifida, and attention deficit disorder. In fact, more than 65% of the people UCP serves have a disability other than cerebral palsy. UCPÂ’s overall goal is to help people with disabilities become more active in their family setting and community.

About Aerotech Laboratories, Inc.

Founded in 1993, Aerotech Laboratories, Inc. is recognized as the nation's largest commercial Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) business. They provide multiple analytical services including IAQ, Industrial Hygiene (IH), Consumer Products, Food Safety, and Environmental Testing. As one of the few A2LA, EMLAP, and IHLAP accredited laboratories, AerotechÂ’s mission has been to deliver quality, timely, and legally defensible data to clients around the world. Aerotech offers fast turnaround times and advanced analyses as well as a full line of IAQ and IH equipment and supplies. Aerotech Laboratories also provides online services for tracking projects and ordering supplies and has an unparalleled project management program to ensure each client receives excellent customer service.

About P&K Microbiology Services, Inc.

P&K Microbiology Services, the leader in the Microbiology and Mycology industry, has been providing services to many government agencies (such as USEPA, CDC, GSA, NSA, NIOSH, VA Hospitals, and US Army) as well as private institutions since 1988. This expertise coupled with their record of exceptional service has established P&K as the premier environmental microbiology laboratory. P&KÂ’s accomplished staff has supported some of the most publicized mold testing cases in the United States servicing insurance firms, law firms, government agencies, and consulting groups.

For more information, contact:

Debra Weedon

Public Relations Director

Aerotech Laboratories, Inc.

Part of the Aerotech P&K team


Dweedon@AerotechPK. com

Www. AerotechPK. com




Nutraceutical Formulas have been created based upon results of the Medical Study of the Greenland Eskimos (Bang &Dyerberg-1972;1986)where it was found that even though they eat one of the highest fat diets in the World,- they have the lowest rates of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Here's why.

WANTAGH, NY, (PRWEB) November 8, 2003 -

1 Herbs & Vitamins, Inc. announced the introduction of ESKIMO BRAND PRESCRIPTIVE FORMULAS® based upon The Medical Study of Greenland Eskimos (Bang and Dyerberg - 1972;1986) where it was found that despite one of the highest fat diets in the world, these Eskimos have the lowest rates of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

The benefits come from the polyunsaturated acids found in marine animals such as the seal. The long chain 20 and 22 carbon omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA predominate in marine lipids. They are essential in the diet and cannot be synthesized by humans (Homan,1998).

Based upon the results of these studies, and at the request of physicians involved in preventative medicine, the ESKIMO Brand Prescriptive Formulas® were created.

“For over 6 years I have had a family healthcare practice and worked closely with the nutritional scientist responsible for creating the formulas,” said Dr. Patrick Kelley of Wantagh, NY. I use them in my practice and prescribe them for myself and my family. By using the natural healing arts, proper diet and these high-quality formulas as a complement to the latest conventional medical techniques, you have the opportunity to maintain good health and promote beneficial nutrition against these and a number of other ailments of the human body.”

For a Free copy of The Greenland Eskimo Study, “A GIFT OF HEALTH FROM THE ESKIMOS”, Call Dr. Patrick Kelley: 1 (516) 221-6595, Fax: 1 (516) 221-7847 or e-mail:

A1herbs@optonline. net.

For additional information contact Don Turner at 1 (212) 687-4417


These statements have not been evaluated by the food & drug administration.

These products are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent disease.

“Take What I Say Not What I Take”: New Research Finds Docs Take Drugstore Remedies for Weight Loss Themselves but Prescribe Pharmaceuticals to Their Patients

“Take What I Say Not What I Take”: New Research Finds Docs Take Drugstore Remedies for Weight Loss Themselves but Prescribe Pharmaceuticals to Their Patients

Physicians are the most respected voice on nutrition in America, yet what they take themselves when trying to lose weight appears to be different than what they prescribe for their patients, according to new research which appears in The Archives of Internal Medicine this week, available online at http://archinte. ama-assn. org/cgi/content/full/164/7/806

Santa Barbara, CA (PRWEB) April 14, 2004

Physicians are the most respected voice on nutrition in America, yet what they take themselves when trying to lose weight appears to be different than what they prescribe for their patients, according to a new study which appears in The Archives of Internal Medicine this week, available online at http://archinte. ama-assn. org/cgi/content/full/164/7/806 (http://archinte. ama-assn. org/cgi/content/full/164/7/806)

In a study of 394 practicing physicians, the study found that only 11% of physicians had taken a weight loss agent. Of those who had, however, 19 (54%) had taken a drugstore remedy, and 16 (46%) took prescription medication. Almost half of the physicians--44%--were overweight or obese.

In contrast to physicians’ own habits, however, nearly all (273 or 90%) of the 303 physician recommendations to patients were for prescription medication. Only 30 or 10% of recommendations were for a drugstore remedy (specifically, “herbal products” or phenylpropanolamine). Most responding physicians (265 or 66%) had not recommended or prescribed weight loss products at all.

Dr. John La Puma, M. D., director of the Santa Barbara Institute for Medical Nutrition and Healthy Weight led the study, and comments, “Many physicians are wary of prescription drug side effects--no one wants to prescribe another phen/fen. Few physicians have the time and resources to help people lose weight and keep it off. We need more physicians who specialize in nutrition and are willing to work with patients step-by-step to teach them not only how to lose weight, but also how to keep it off.”

Dr. La Puma and his co-authors also hypothesize that cost of medication also “contributes to physician personal preference for NPWLP (non prescription weight loss products) over prescription drugs.”

The research was presented as a paper at the University of ChicagoÂ’s Annual Conference on Alternative Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, December 2002. Research physician Philippe Szapary, M. D., Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and nutrition expert Kevin C. Maki, Ph. D., Chief Science Officer for Radiant Research of Chicago, Illinois co-authored the research paper. The correct citation is Archives of Internal Medicine 2004; 164:806-807.

Alternative Lead: A few physicians specialize in nutrition and see patients who want to lose weight no matter what it takes using balanced targeted foods, fitness and lifestyle change. Most physicians prescribe weight loss medication and weight loss herbal supplements to their patients. But what do docs do themselves?

About Dr. La Puma

John La Puma, M. D., F. A.C. P. is board-certified in internal medicine and co-author of The RealAge Diet: Make Yourself Younger with What You Eat (HarperCollins, 2001). Dr. La Puma directs the Santa Barbara Institute for Medical Nutrition and Healthy Weight, specializes in nutrition, and sees patients from all over the U. S., who want to lose weight, lower cholesterol, blood pressure, or blood sugar no matter what it takes, using nutrition, fitness and lifestyle change.

Dr. La PumaÂ’s work has been published in The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the AMA, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Encyclopedia Britannica, and he has appeared on major network outlets (NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, CNN and PBS) nationwide. In 2003, he taught the first cooking class in the country to medical students, at SUNY and was named "One of the CountryÂ’s Top Physicians" by the ConsumerÂ’s Research Council. Dr. La Puma is based in Santa Barbara, California.

For additional information, contact:

John La Puma, MD, FACP

Medical Director, The Santa Barbara Institute for Medical Nutrition and Healthy Weight

Voice: 805.687.9345

Clinical Office: 805.569.7827

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 24039

Santa Barbara CA 93121

E-mail: drjohn@chefclinic. com

Http://www. drjohnlapuma. com (http://www. drjohnlapuma. com)

About The Archives of Internal Medicine

The Archives of Internal Medicine reaches over 100,000 American physicians bimonthly. In 2001, the Impact Factor for the ARCHIVES was 6.66, fifth highest among 112 internal medicine journals, which includes JAMA, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, and the Annals of Internal Medicine. It is edited by Philip Greenland, MD. Dr Greenland is the Harry W. Dingman Professor and Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Professor of Medicine at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine.

Archives of Internal Medicine

C/o: Department of Preventive Medicine

Feinberg School of Medicine

Northwestern University

680 N. Lake Shore Dr., Suite 1102

Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: 312/503-5387

Email: archinternmed@jama-archives. org

Fax: 312/503-5388

URL: http://archinte. ama-assn. org/ (http://archinte. ama-assn. org/)

Friday, February 10, 2006

Magenta Brings Future of AV Extension & Switching to China

Magenta Brings Future of AV Extension & Switching to China

World’s First All-Format Fiber Optic Signal Distribution Platform, Voyager, Launches in Shanghai & Hong Kong

New Milford, CT (PRWEB) October 5, 2010

Following a successful launch in the United States, Europe and Australia, Magenta Research officially debuted the new Voyager Series in China. AV consultants, system integrators and end users were invited to a reception on September 20th in Shanghai and September 22nd in Hong Kong to view the world’s first all-format fiber optic signal distribution platform, Voyager.

The Voyager Series enables pro-AV and digital signage customers to distribute multi-format high-bandwidth signals over fiber at significantly lower costs. Magenta’s Voyager Fiber Optic Signal Distribution Platform is an interoperable set of transmitters, receivers, distribution amplifiers and matrix switchers, which enables any end to end configuration for extension and switching of uncompressed multi-format video and audio, RS-232, IR and 480 Mbps USB 2.0 signals over fiber at distances up to 16.75MI/30KM.

"With the increasing use of fiber in China, Voyager’s unprecedented functionality, flexibility, performance and cost makes it a perfect fit for Digital Signage and Pro AV installations throughout the country and our Hong Kong based Applications, Sales and Support team is perfectly positioned to support our expanding customer base," says Anthony Waung, Managing Director of Magenta Research Asia.

The Voyager series uses a modular building block approach to deliver hundreds of different product configurations with numerous video and auxiliary signal types, fiber types and component types such as n-port transmitters, daisy-chain receivers, 1x7 distribution amplifiers and 8x8 to 320x320 scalable matrix switchers.

While the core FiberMAX engine enables the Voyager platform to define a new price-performance curve for AV distribution over fiber, the new product range also delivers an unprecedented number of unique features with real life benefits. Magenta’s innovative Flex-VCA architecture allows each Voyager transmitter and receiver to support a wide variety of analog and digital video formats through plug and play field interchangeable modules. The ability to easily field configure, upgrade and interchange signal types including video formats greatly increases flexibility in specification, procurement, installation and troubleshooting. With built in auto format conversion and delay free HDCP switching, sources and displays of all supported video types including HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort, VGA and SDI can be interconnected on the same network without the need for external converters, thereby reducing both cost and the number of potential failure points.

For Installations with displays requiring mixed resolutions, the Voyager series utilizes Magenta’s unique ScaleMAX technology to prevent low quality up-scaling on high resolution displays. By configuring each source to the highest resolution and then using broadcast quality downscaling for lower resolution displays, ScaleMAX technology ensures optimal content resolution on each and every display.

Various products within the Voyager family have started shipping and will be available through Magenta's Hong Kong office, established in 2009, providing innovative products and solutions for the presentation, videoconferencing, staging and broadcast markets in Asia.

About Magenta Research:
Serving the pro-AV and digital signage markets, Magenta Research is the industry recognized leader in the transmission, switching and flexible distribution of multi-format video, audio and auxiliary signals over fiber and Cat-X cabling. Its product range includes AV extenders, distribution amplifiers and matrix switchers for DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, SDI, VGA, and component, composite, S-Video, audio, USB, RS-232 and IR signals. Magenta’s world renowned MultiView, Infinea and Mondo products are benchmarks in field reliability for 24/7 and mission critical environments, and Magenta's newly launched Voyager Series is the world's first all-format fiber optic signal distribution platform. Hundreds of thousands of displays worldwide have been trusted with Magenta in virtually all environments including commercial, industrial, government, military, residential, transport, education, healthcare, retail, hospitality, sports and entertainment.
Http://www. magenta-research. com

Press Contact:
Eileen Preston
Marketing & Communications Manager
Tel: 1-860-210-0546 x3105
Fax: 1-860-210-1758
128 Litchfield Rd.
New Milford, CT 06776

Magenta Research Asia Ltd.
Anthony Waung
Managing Director
Tel: 852.2758.0038
Fax: 852.2758.0311
Room 503, Union Park Tower
168 Electric Road
North Point, Hong Kong

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Thursday, February 9, 2006

ACE09 Early Registration Ends March 21

ACE09 Early Registration Ends March 21

The deadline for early registration for the American Water Works Association's Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE09) is March 21. Individuals are encouraged to register early for the conference and save up to $200 in registration fees.

Denver, CO (Vocus) March 11, 2009

The deadline for early registration for the American Water Works Association's Annual Conference and Exposition (http://www. awwa. org/ace09) (ACE09) is March 21. Individuals are encouraged to register early for the conference and save up to $200 in registration fees.

ACE09, the world's water event, will feature a professional program with 570 presentations in 100 separate sessions and 17 in-depth workshops. Among the topics covered will be infrastructure maintenance, climate change, conservation and water efficiency, water resources management, legislative and regulatory issues, managing in a down economy, the U. S. economic stimulus package and public affairs.

Additionally, more than 500 exhibitors will be on-site at the San Diego Convention Center showcasing the latest products and services available to help ensure safe water. These exhibitors will offer expert insight and hands-on understanding for everything from pipes to valves, meters to hydrants, engineering services to tank-related companies, membrane filtration systems to laboratory equipment, and security to wastewater. The New Product Technology Showcase will return to highlight the newest and most innovative products and technology available.

For more information and to register visit http://www. awwa. org/ace09 (http://www. awwa. org/ace09).

Media Note: Accredited members of the media may attend ACE09 at no charge. However, they are required to register with AWWA Public Affairs. For media registration, please visit the press room at http://www. awwa. org (http://www. awwa. org) or contact Deirdre Mueller at dmueller (at) awwa. org or 303-347-6140.

Established in 1881, AWWA is the oldest and largest nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to safe water in North America. AWWA has more than 59,000 members worldwide, and its 4,500 utility members serve 80 percent of America's population.

AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the entire water community. Through our collective strength we become better stewards of water for the greatest good of the people and the environment.

Contact: Deirdre Mueller


CSA Travel Protection Delivers Fall, Winter Holiday Travel Safety Message

CSA Travel Protection Delivers Fall, Winter Holiday Travel Safety Message

Vacationers urged to carry travel insurance with medical coverages.

SAN DIEGO, CA (PRWEB) October 19, 2006

Furthering its consumer information efforts, CSA Travel Protection (www. csatravelprotection. com) is reminding fall and winter vacationers to adopt a “safety first” approach by purchasing travel insurance before their trip. CSA, a leading provider of travel insurance and assistance services, is highlighting medical coverage and services, among other offerings, through its current “Could’ve, Would’ve, Should’ve” Internet advertising campaign.

The two banner ads, launched earlier this month on TripAdvisor. com, suggest the need for multi-faceted protection as travelers actively begin to book prepaid winter holiday vacations, and non-refundable packaged travel. Should a serious health crisis arise, not only could someone potentially lose their travel investment at popular winter destinations such as Caribbean cruises and ski resorts, but they may also incur massive medical bills. Frequently, to their surprise, people are not covered by their primary health plans when traveling outside of the U. S. or to a region beyond their local coverage area.

The topic of medical coverage is also particularly timely in light of information from the 2006 Travel Insurance Consumer Survey, made public by the United States Travel Insurance Association (USTIA). The survey revealed that "... while a majority of those who don't buy travel insurance are familiar with flight and trip cancellation insurance, the vast majority are unaware of travel health insurance, baggage coverage and medical evacuation insurance. Even among travel insurance buyers, only 50% were aware of medical evacuation insurance."

“Medical-related emergencies are among the leading reasons our policyholders file claims,” said CSA Chairman and CEO Les Maine. “They discover that travel insurance is pure, proven ‘protection’ – whether they’re faced with an ankle sprain or something medically serious, and potentially, financially crippling, such as a steep, five-figure medical evacuation.”

CSA’s core product, the Freestyle Plan, and its upgrade version, Freestyle Luxe, include coverages and benefits for Trip Cancellation (100% of trip cost), Trip Interruption (150% of trip cost) and Trip Delay. These are often triggered in the event of unexpected medical situations, such as a child’s sickness before a trip, personal health emergency during a trip, or a serious injury or illness that requires medical evacuation (also called emergency medical transportation).

CSA’s Freestyle and Freestyle Luxe feature these important medical-related coverages:

Medical and Dental Expense Emergency Assistance/Emergency Medical Transportation Air Flight Accident

Each travel protection plan also features 24-Hour Emergency Assistance Services, provided by CSA’s designated service provider, including:

Nurse Help Line - Consultation with registered nurses providing clinical assessment, education and general health information. Medical Referral - Assistance in obtaining names of qualified doctors and referrals. (Translation services are also available to help travelers overcome language barriers in a foreign country.) Emergency Prescription Refill Assistance - Help in obtaining a refill or replacement of an existing prescription, if medication has been lost or stolen.

Additionally, Freestyle Luxe offers coverage for pre-existing medical conditions if the plan is purchased at any time, all the way up to final payment. Oftentimes, other travel insurance providers will offer this coverage only via a very limited 14-day window.

About CSA Travel Protection

CSA Travel Protection (www. csatravelprotection. com) has provided value-driven travel insurance, travel services and emergency assistance since 1991. The company’s products and services safeguard individuals and groups engaged in domestic and worldwide travel, to provide peace of mind, security and an overall enhanced travel experience. CSA’s reputation for continuous innovation and superior customer service, yields industry-leading travel protection and services sold directly online and through an extensive network of authorized travel professionals and suppliers. CSA (Customized Services Administrators) is headquartered in San Diego, California.

For additional information call 800-348-9505 or visit www. csatravelprotection. com.


David Craychee, CTC

Director of Marketing Programs

800-348-9505, Ext. 2045

Gerald Poindexter

Marketing Communications Specialist

CSA Travel Protection