Monday, July 31, 2006

FIre Belly Organic Lawn Care Introduces World's First Organic Lawn Care System

FIre Belly Organic Lawn Care Introduces World's First Organic Lawn Care System

Simple, Six-Step Lawn Care System uses cutting edge compost tea technology. Safe for children, pets and the water supply! Connect the Fire Belly Organic Lawn Care product to your garden hose with the enclosed attachment and simply spray the liquid treatments on your lawn. Your backyard is ready for bare feet and barbecues right away!

Milford, NH (PRWEB) February 12, 2010

Want a good looking, easy to care for lawn without using dangerous chemicals? Confused at the growing number of organic lawn care products on the market, and not sure which ones to use? Firebelly Organic Lawn Care has just introduced a simple, six-step organic lawn care program that delivers healthy lawns using all natural products delivered directly to your doorstep.

"It's become clear that the lawn care industry is making a shift towards organics," said Tom Kelly, founder of the New Hampshire-based company, Fire Belly Organic Lawn Care (http://www. firebellylawncare. com). "With that major shift there has been an influx of new products and the organic lawn care industry has become confusing. We set out to develop a program that makes the process of growing a chemical free lawn as easy as possible."

Healthy Soil Equals Healthy Grass.
Fire Belly Organic Lawn Care's line of highly concentrated organic liquid fertilizers and soil amendments is a carefully researched, organically derived six-step program designed to help homeowners transition easily to natural lawn care and away from toxic pesticides. A mail-order, direct-to-consumer company, these simple, safe products are available across North America and beyond.

Fire Belly Organic Lawn Care is dedicated to providing effective, environmentally responsible products that feed the soil through the introduction of select beneficial microbial species. A diverse array of beneficial soil microorganisms are blended with natural plant extracts and organic nutrients to create microbial systems. These natural systems simultaneously feed the soil and the plant, which allows plants to grow healthy and strong.

"Every one of our products is completely safe to use and you never ever have to worry about the impact it may have on your pets and family," remarked Kelly. "All of our products are liquid foliar concentrates and come in ready to use hose end sprayers."

The Six Products Include:

First Treatment:
Spring Growth Activator - awaken your soil and feed your turf with beneficial soil microorganisms, humic acid, kelp, amino acids, vitamins, biotin, folic acid and natural sugars.

Second Treatment:
Biologically Enhanced Spring Fertilizer - the quality of your turf and the health of your soil are both addressed with 54 strains of beneficial soil bacteria and naturally occurring macro nutrients.

Third Treatment:
Mid Season Kelp Spray-prepare for the stress of summer with this environmentally friendly formulation that contains natural plant growth compounds, amino acids, micro nutrients and vitamins.  A truly unique natural growth stimulant.

Fourth Treatment:
Summer Saver Bio Fertilizer-a chelated microbial fertilizer will address all the needs of your turf as temperatures rise and water is less available. 

Fifth Treatment:
Late Season Organic Growth Compound-root development is key in the Fall. This biologically active organic fertilizer simultaneously addresses turf vigor and soil biology.

Sixth Treatment:
Winterizing Humates-potassium humate and amino acids help harden off turf cell structure to protect it from winter extremes.  A natural source of nitrogen will also feed the turf for improved color and growth in Spring.

*Note:  If your lawn is larger than 12,000 square feet we will send you a sprayer capable of treating larger areas.  We ask that you use it throughout the year.

Proud Supporter of the SafeLawns Foundation
Firebelly Lawn Care is a proud supporter of The SafeLawns Foundation, a non profit organization that offers public awareness and education focused on organic lawn care. In 2010, the Foundation launched an international tour based on the movie, A Chemical Reaction, that tells the story of the first town in North America that banned lawn and garden pesticides such as weed 'n feed and Roundup. Firebelly Lawn Care is a major sponsor of the movie.

About Fire Belly Organic Lawn Care: Located in New Hampshire, Fire Belly Lawn Care provides a seasonal, do it yourself, six-step organic lawn care program to customers all over The United States and Canada. Fire Belly products are available for purchase only at firebellylawncare. com (http://http:/http://www. firebellylawncare. com).

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Center for Talent Retention Publishes 40+% Reduction in Turnover Case Study

Center for Talent Retention Publishes 40+% Reduction in Turnover Case Study

In less than six months, GoodLife Fitness in partnership with the Center for Talent Retention reduced GoodLife’s new hire sales workforce turnover by more than 40%.

Denver, CO (PRWEB) December 6, 2006

In less than six months, GoodLife Fitness in partnership with the Center for Talent Retention (http://www. keeppeople. com) reduced GoodLife’s new hire sales workforce turnover by more than 40%! Employee turnover in fitness clubs is typically similar to the extremely high turnover experienced in the retail and hospitality industries. “In some ways high turnover was accepted as an undesirable cost of doing business” says Dave McLean, former Chief People Officer of GoodLife Fitness. But that answer was not good enough for the Talent Obsessed Culture that McLean developed with a solid strategy and best practice tools and solutions developed and supported by the Center for Talent Retention.

Kim Egan, Chief Development Leader for the Center for Talent Solutions, Inc. comments, “GoodLife Fitness is an energetic group of people who when equipped with best practice tools and solutions and developed their managers’ capabilities to retain their employees were able to accomplish amazing turnover reduction goals!”

The complete Situation, Multiple Retention Solutions, Results and Key Learnings are described in the new publication of the Center for Talent Retention’s “GoodLife Fitness Case Study”. You can request to have a free copy emailed to you by clicking on this link: http://www. keeppeople. com/publications. htm (http://www. keeppeople. com/publications. htm)

About the Center for Talent Solutions, Inc.

The Center for Talent Solutions is at the forefront of connecting employee results to business performance and can show how an organization’s ability to engage, retain, and build talent can impact their market competitiveness.

The Center for Talent Solutions operating divisions - Center for Talent Retention (http://www. keeppeople. com), Center for Talent Management, and Center for Knowledge Management are the leading experts on “taking action” to increase human capital results. They offer a full range of products, services, and best practice solutions guaranteed to equip your organization, managers, HR professionals, and work groups to take action to make a real impact on organization results by bringing together the best talent practices needed to attract, engage, build, leverage, and retain employees. They are known in the industry as an elite partner equipping companies like: General Electric, Becton Dickinson, Ball Corporation, ADP, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, BMC Software, John Deere, The Home Depot, and McDonalds to increase business performance through people.

Contact:

Cindy Mustful

800.861.6965

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

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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Applewood Estates' Construction Goals on Target in Freehold

Applewood Estates' Construction Goals on Target in Freehold

$38 Million Expansion Adds 50 Apartment Homes and 20 Upscale Cottages

Freehold, N. J. (PRWEB) October 8, 2006

Applewood Estates, a Lifecare retirement community in Freehold, has reached the halfway point in its timeline for completing construction of 20 new upscale cottages and 50 apartment homes. The $38 million expansion and renovation remains on schedule, according to Applewood Estates Executive Director Gloria Zayanskosky. “We are very proud of our progress and we’re looking forward to new residents taking occupancy of many of the cottages and apartment homes by January 2007.”

Visitors have the opportunity to tour the construction site during ongoing Hard Hat and Dusty Shoe tours. “We’ve seen a lot of activity,” states Zayanskosky. “The interest is building because people can walk through the rooms and see the actual apartments and cottages under construction. The tours are being offered by appointment only Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30 p. m.

Prospective residents also will have the opportunity to tour the first of Applewood Estates’ free-standing upscale cottage homes. A fully-decorated model cottage is expected to open late October. The 1,513-square-foot home features a deluxe master bedroom suite with modern bath and spacious walk-in closet, a guest bedroom and second full bath, oversized greatroom and fully-equipped eat-in kitchen. All of the new homes feature abundant closets and windows, washer/dryer, as well as a variety of designer options and a selection of upgrades.

“It’s a beautiful community to live in,” adds Zayanskosky. “To be able to purchase a new cottage or apartment in such a thriving community is a unique opportunity that people are definitely pursuing.”

Situated on a 44-acre campus, the spacious new cottages and apartments, range in size from 1,353 square feet to 1,525 square feet with a separate garage for each cottage. Other improvements at Applewood Estates also are expected to be completed by early 2007, including a state-of-the-art fitness and wellness center and pool. A 250-seat performance center and a bistro pub for casual dining are also scheduled for completion next year.

“All of our public and common areas will be refurbished,” added Zayanskosky. In February, construction is expected to get underway on an extensive renovation of the main building, which will include the addition of a new promenade. This dynamic activities area, slated for completion in fall 2007, will offer residents a library, crafts room, general store, banking facilities, and a business center. The renovation of an adjacent health care wing will begin in spring 2007 and is also expected to be completed in the fall.

In 1990, the CentraState Health Care System sponsored the opening of Applewood Estates, a not-for-profit all inclusive lifecare complex. It was the first hospital sponsored Lifecare Retirement Community in the state. Today, Applewood is a community with 240 apartment homes. Residents of Applewood Estates enjoy the Lifecare guarantee of quality long-term health care provided on site with no additional charge.

The new expansion phase is expected to be completed in early 2007 with reservations currently being accepted for apartments and cottages. Tours are now being offered; a new Design Center is open; and a model cottage is expected to open later this month.

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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Tarrant Council Offers Tip for Parents of Youth Athletes: Don't Let Steroids Tackle Your Teen

Tarrant Council Offers Tip for Parents of Youth Athletes: Don't Let Steroids Tackle Your Teen

As many as 1.1 million young people ages 12-17 have taken a performance-enhancing drug or sport supplement. Parents are the first line of defense when it comes to teensÂ’ drug use.

Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) February 24, 2005

As many as 1.1 million young people ages 12-17 have taken a performance-enhancing drug or sport supplement, according to a recent survey. Almost four times that many personally know someone who is using these substances.

Although steroids are banned in nearly every sport, young people often hear about athletes using these substances to make them stronger. While steroids may help build muscle in the short term, they are extremely dangerous — especially for young people. They can cause serious health problems in the long run, including damage to the liver, heart and sex organs.

In a recent national survey, parents rated the use of performance-enhancing supplements and drugs and their No. 1 concern in youth sports. Yet, 81 percent of the young people surveyed said they had never had a conversation with their parents about the substances, and 69 percent said they had not received information from their sports teams.

DonÂ’t let steroids tackle your teen

Parents are the first line of defense when it comes to teensÂ’ drug use. Parents should take time to learn the facts about steroids, marijuana, drinking, speed and supplements. Talk to your teen about the harmful physical, social, and mental effects that drugs have on young users. Focus specifically on how these drugs could affect your childÂ’s performance on the playing field and his/her future as an athlete and emphasize that they can achieve success without these drugs. For information on how to talk to your teen about drugs, contact Tarrant Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse at (817) 332-6329.

About Tarrant Council

Tarrant Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse is a private non-profit organization with a 48-year history of providing an essential link between the public and substance abuse services. Tarrant Council serves over 50,000 adults and youth in Tarrant County annually with the mission of “reducing drug and alcohol abuse in our community.” It is the front door for substance abuse and treatment and provides prevention programs in 144 schools in Tarrant County.

Contact:

Cynthia Cuellar (817) 332-6329, ext. 218

Roxanne Martinez Rosas (817) 332-6329, ext. 251

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Local Company Offers Exclusive PowerPay! WNY Energy Program to Area Businesses

Local Company Offers Exclusive PowerPay! WNY Energy Program to Area Businesses

Energy Curtailment Specialists, Inc. (ECS), the largest privately held demand response provider in the country and headquartered in Buffalo, is allocating $5 million to local businesses as part of their effort to fund demand response initiatives of larger WNY electricity end-users, make Buffalo a “greener” city, and boost the economy.

Buffalo, NY (Vocus) August 19, 2008

At a time when Buffalo’s economy is on the decline and energy costs continue to rise, one local company with a typically national marketplace is offering a solution specifically tailored to Western New York businesses. Energy Curtailment Specialists, Inc. (ECS), the largest privately held demand response provider in the country and headquartered in Buffalo, is allocating $5 million to local businesses as part of their effort to fund demand response initiatives of larger WNY electricity end-users, make Buffalo a “greener” city, and boost the economy.

ECS is encouraging businesses in WNY to join their demand response program, PowerPay! WNY, an energy conservation program that pays participants for their efforts in energy reduction during times of high electric demand, to take advantage of the dollars available.

“Being a Buffalo-based company and understanding the current rough patch in our economy, we are very excited to offer area businesses the opportunity to reap the benefits of PowerPay! WNY,” said Glen Smith, Buffalo native and co-founder, president, and chief executive officer of ECS. “It’s great to be able to spark the economy and put Western New York in the national spotlight for something positive.”

PowerPay! WNY is a risk-free, no-cost program designed for larger energy users in WNY. This typically includes industrial, educational, health care, hotels, large retail and commercial facilities. At times when the electric grid is unstable, which only occurs once or twice a year on average, ECS will call on PowerPay! participants to cut back their electricity usage for a short period of time to relieve the stress on the grid. Not only will customers save money on their monthly electric bills, but they will also receive direct payments from ECS. “We have essentially equated the ability of a larger electricity user to shift its demand for electricity a couple times a year from high peak to off peak periods to a power plant supplying power to the grid,” said Smith, adding “it is a simple recognition that reducing demand in these grid-tenuous times is as good, if not better, than simply adding more supply to what is already an over-extended transmission infrastructure.”

ECS anticipates positive feedback from local businesses and plans to add an extra $5 million to the more than $50 million they have paid out in the past five years to its participants across the country.

“We have been participating in a program similar to PowerPay! New York for a number of years and are proud of the success we have had in reducing our electricity consumption through the years,” said Jim Mills, director of engineering and safety of Allied Frozen Foods, located on Broadway Avenue in Buffalo. “ECS is a great local company with a knowledgeable and friendly team, making our participation in demand response extremely easy.”

About Energy Curtailment Specialists, Inc.
ECS offers turnkey, administrative, and a la carte demand response services. Energy Curtailment Specialists is currently serving markets in all of New York, California, New England, Kansas City, PJM territories, and Ontario, Canada. For more information, please call 877-711-5453, or visit us on the web at www. ecsgrid. com

Media Contact
Tracey Penner
Communications Specialist, ECS
877-711-5453 x233
Tpenner(at)ecsgrid. com

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Friday, July 28, 2006

Wildcard--Mass Infertility

Wildcard--Mass Infertility

Is fatherhood in peril?

Washington DC (PRWEB) January 17, 2008

Men's sperm counts appear to be declining in some places around the world. If the drop proves real--and persists--it could become a significant discontinuity with disruptions ranging from shifts in male-female dynamics to widespread population declines, explains senior analyst Kristin Nauth in a recent report by the Washington DC-based futurist research and consulting firm Social Technologies.

"A British survey suggested 10% of men in the UK may suffer from low sperm counts, and in Australia, reports indicate one in 20 men is infertile. France, Denmark, and Germany have also found declines in sperm density," she reports.

What is triggering the apparent decline? Scientists don't know, but obesity, increasing use of antidepressants, estrogen-like chemicals that are common in plastics and the environment, and diets rich in hormone-fed beef are among the possible culprits, Nauth says, adding: "The bottom line is that this trend points to the possibility of a major fertility crisis, with serious impacts for both consumers and businesses."

DRIVERS

Nauth says she could foresee this wildcard affecting foods, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, genetic services, childcare and education providers, adoption services, dating practices, and more. "It could also lead to explosive growth in the use of fertility treatments, or--at the other extreme--the possibility of women using genetics to conceive without men's participation," she adds.

Consider some of the factors that appear to be driving the trend:
 Endocrine disruptors. These natural and synthetic estrogens and estrogen-mimickers come from a variety of sources including birth-control effluent in municipal water supplies, plastic beverage bottles that contain estrogen-like bisphenol-A or phthalate esters, and chemicals like nonylphenol that are found in cleaners and pesticides.

  Consumption of hormone-fed beef. Consumption of hormone-fed beef four or more times per week by pregnant women may affect testicular development in their male offspring. For instance, men born in the US from 1949-1983 were found to have lower sperm counts if their mothers ate beef daily during pregnancy.

 Mobile phone use. Prolonged mobile phone use has also been fingered by several studies to impact sperm counts. In one, men who talked more than four hours/ day on a mobile phone produced 40% fewer sperm than men who never used a mobile; in another, men experienced a 30% drop in sperm count when they carried a mobile in their pants pocket.

OBSTACLES

But Nauth says there are some factors that could reverse the trend, including:
 Organic foods. A broad move by consumers to organic foods and household products--and/ or a move by producers to "greener" manufacturing--could counter this wildcard.  BPA-free containers. Compelling new evidence about the hazards of estrogen-mimicking chemicals might force companies to switch to containers made from corn-based or other innovative plastics that are free from BPA and other endocrine disruptors.  Government intervention. Levels of endocrine disruptors in the environment may be too low to cause the kinds of damage that have been imputed to them. The US Food and Drug Administration, and its counterparts in Japan and Germany, have stated they see no threat from BPA, for instance.

OUTCOMES

With any wildcard, the outcomes could go in a variety of directions, Nauth says.
"At present, sperm count declines are geographically limited, but if chemical culprits are clearly identified in a particular area, regulators and industries around the world would likely ban, restrict, or replace the culpable chemicals with alternatives."

Additionally, though signs of rising infertility have been most pronounced in World 1, they could show up in any region--especially those with significant chemical contamination.
"That suggests infertility could begin to rise in China or other places where regulation is low and chemical use is rising rapidly," Nauth suggests.

If that happens, she believes the market for fertility treatments would surge in response to mass infertility. Consider these potential outcomes:

 Pharmaceutical manufacturers might divert substantial levels of R&D funding to fertility treatments. "In turn, other kinds of health issues could increase in the face of reduced funding," Nauth warns.  Services could arise to provide "fertility certifications" to men in the marriage market.  Medicalized conceptions could become the norm.  International adoptions would increase.  Ultimately, women could seek to conceive without the participation of men.

How would that last outcome come to fruition?

"In 2007," Nauth explains, "German scientists announced they will be able to produce sperm cells from bone marrow by 2010--raising the possibility that women's own bone marrow could be used to create 'female sperm' and allow women to bear daughters without fathers."

LEARN MORE
To learn more about the trends and forecasts in this report and what they mean for your organization, set up an interview with Kristin Nauth. Send a query to Hope Gibbs, leader of corporate communications: hope. gibbs(at)socialtechnologies. com.

Kristin Nauth ) Futurist
Kristin Nauth serves as Social Technologies' senior editor and also contributes to the firm's multiclient and custom projects as a writer/analyst. Kristin has been in the futures field since 1995, performing services such as trend analysis, environmental scanning, and scenario development for leading firms including Global Business Network, the Institute for Alternative Futures, and Coates & Jarratt, as well as for corporate clients including Procter & Gamble, Kellogg, and Cadbury Adams. Previously Kristin worked as a Washington-based business journalist and competitive intelligence professional. She received her degree in philosophy and English from The Evergreen State College. Areas of expertise: Boomers / Gen X/ Gen Y

About ) Social Technologies
Social Technologies is a global research and consulting firm specializing in the integration of foresight, strategy, and innovation. With offices in Washington DC, London, and Shanghai, Social Technologies serves the world's leading companies, government agencies, and nonprofits. A holistic, long-term perspective combined with actionable business solutions helps clients mitigate risk, make the most of opportunities, and enrich decision-making. For information visit www. socialtechnologies. com, our blog: http://changewaves. socialtechnologies. com (http://changewaves. socialtechnologies. com), and our newsletter: www. socialtechnologies. com/changewaves (http://www. socialtechnologies. com/changewaves).

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Thursday, July 27, 2006

GEOCOMtms Debuts in 2006 Branham 300

GEOCOMtms Debuts in 2006 Branham 300

Annual ranking of Canada's information technology companies confirms recent success of GEOCOMtms.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) March 22, 2006

GEOCOMtms, a global provider of Fleet Management solutions for local pickup and delivery, announced today that the company has been included in the 2006 edition of the Branham 300, an annual ranking of Canada’s leading technology companies produced by Branham Group Inc. Rankings are based on worldwide revenues of companies founded and headquartered in Canada.

“We are proud to be recognized as a leading technology company in this year’s Branham 300,” said Michael Nark, president and chief executive officer of GEOCOMtms. “Being recognized by Branham is a testament to the accelerated growth GEOCOMtms has been experiencing. In the past year we achieved triple digit growth, doubling our customer base. We are on pace to repeat this success.”

Now in its thirteenth year, the Branham 300 highlights the top Canadian IT companies, and is considered the authoritative listing of Software and IT Services firms. It represents a truly unique and insightful piece of intelligence in the Information Technology market. As such, the listing has become preeminent the world over as the authoritative indicator for the health of the Information Technology industry in Canada.

The complete Branham 300 list is available in the March/April issue of Backbone magazine, a broad-based business publication that specializes in technology for business executives. Backbone is available free to subscribers of The Globe and Mail and can be found at select newsstands in most major city centers across Canada

About Branham Group Inc.

Based in Ottawa, Ontario, Branham Group Inc. is a leading "Go-to-Market" consulting firm servicing the global information technology marketplace. Branham conducts work in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Canada. Branham Group assists information technology companies and related institutions in achieving market success through its planning, marketing and partnering services. Branham has a strong legacy of researching and analyzing vertical, horizontal and cross-industry opportunities. In Canada, it is well known for publishing the most comprehensive listing of the top Canadian ICT vendors. For more information, please visit www. branhamgroup. com.

About GEOCOMtms

GEOCOMtms provides integrated fleet management software for local and short-haul pickup and delivery operations. A. MAZE Fleet Management™ includes tools for managing territory design, route planning, trucking dispatch, GPS fleet tracking, mobile field service, and fleet maintenance. Everyday, leading organizations choose the A. MAZE suite to direct thousands of vehicles from hundreds of depots and distribution centers. Busy logistics executives depend on A. MAZE because it delivers enterprise visibility and complete control over fleet operations. By partnering with GEOCOMtms, customers like FreshPoint, McPherson Oil Products, NAPA Auto Parts, and Purolator Courier have reduced operating costs while raising the level of customer service they provide. For additional information, please visit: www. GEOCOMtms. com.

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Monday, July 24, 2006

TAKE THE FIRST OF ITS KIND 12-WEEK WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE!

TAKE THE FIRST OF ITS KIND 12-WEEK WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE!

An official new 12-week Weight Loss Challenge begins each month and can be started any week of the month. The Challenge is not limited by a specific food plan but instead encourages and supports members in the use of any particular diet plan one chooses. Unlike most commercial programs, the difference in the Weight Loss ChallengeÂ’s delivery is that participants challenge themselves based upon realistic weight loss goals, without exaggerated or unrealistic expectations.

(PRWEB) June 26, 2002

Ms. Di Ana Ford

The Weight Loss Challenge

San Clemente, CA

Toll Free: 1-866-499-5530

Web site: www. theweightlosschallenge. com

E-mail: info@theweightlosschallenge. com

For Immediate Release:

TAKE THE FIRST OF ITS KIND 12-WEEK WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE!

Experience The Ultimate Weight Loss Program That Can Be Incorporated While Using Any Diet Plan!

SAN CLEMENTE, CA - June 2002: Ms. Di Ana Ford, creator of the innovative Weight Loss Challenge, announced today the launching of her ground breaking 12 week food and fitness challenge seen at www. theweightlosschallenge. com. Ms. Ford is delighted to share this unique challenge that encourages, promotes and inspires a healthy ‘weight for life’ strategy. Through her own personal experience dealing with a weight loss challenge, Ms. Ford has tapped into an incredible management system that provides all the tools, motivation, resources, support and incentives that lead participants to the desired weight in a fun, healthy way.

An official new 12-week Weight Loss Challenge begins each month and can be started any week of the month. The Challenge is not limited by a specific food plan but instead encourages and supports members in the use of any particular diet plan one chooses. Unlike most commercial programs, the difference in the Weight Loss ChallengeÂ’s delivery is that participants challenge themselves based upon realistic weight loss goals, without exaggerated or unrealistic expectations.

Those that participate in the challenge, receive The Official Challenge Kit which includes, The Weight Loss Workbook filled with over 200 pages of daily food diary pages, fitness logs, a journal, progress charts, menu planner, weight loss calendar, before & after photos and much, much more. To keep participants inspired a workout T-shirt and a Challenge Water Bottle along with motivational keepsakes are included in the kit.

Harnessing the ever-increasing use of the Internet, members are not alone in the challenge but instead have access to an online Members Lounge complete with a chat room, message board and an opportunity to meet other challenge members. Additionally participants will find helpful tips, success stories and weekly weigh ins plus a free motivational newsletter chock full of strategies to improve ones attitude. As an added incentive when taking the challenge, each participant has an opportunity to win a $1,000 cash prize, which can be applied to a personal makeover once the goal has been realized.

Ms. Ford, who originally developed the program for herself, has happily shed and kept off 45 pounds. Quoting Ms. Ford: "IÂ’m passionate about showing people how to achieve a healthy weight specifically geared towards their own personal goals and hope to see individuals integrate healthful habits during the next 12 week challenge. It isnÂ’t enough to say you are going to lose weight or go on a diet, because to make it happen one must change the focus from "dieting" to following an eating plan that works. "

The Weight Loss Challenge organization is dedicated to excellence in quality, delivery of product and customer service. If you have any questions or inquiries, please contact Ms. Di Ana Ford at 1-800-524-8523 or e-mail her at info@theweightlosschallenge. com for additional information. For further details or online data, you may visit www. theweightlosschallenge. com.

© 2002 The Weight Loss Challenge. All rights reserved.

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MPay Gateway System Adds Solbrekk , Inc. to Reseller Network

MPay Gateway System Adds Solbrekk, Inc. to Reseller Network

MPay Gateway, a Minneapolis, MN company specializing in point of care patient payments, announced today that Solbrekk, Inc. of Golden Valley, MN has joined mPay Gateway's reseller network. Solbrekk is a business technology consulting firm that provides managed, professional, and technology services to businesses of all sizes.

Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) May 8, 2008

mPay Gateway, a Minneapolis, MN company specializing in point of care patient payments, announced today that Solbrekk, Inc. of Golden Valley, MN has joined mPay Gateway's reseller network. Solbrekk is a business technology consulting firm that provides managed, professional, and technology services to businesses of all sizes.

"Solbrekk has an impressive team of professionals with extensive experience and expertise in a variety of business technology applications," said John Wallace, Senior Vice President for mPay Gateway. "We look forward to leveraging their experience in providing quality technology business solutions while helping them to expand their healthcare offerings."

Solbrekk Inc. was established in 2003 to bring together the combined knowledge, experience, and talents of four business owners and a team of network engineers, account executives, and operations employees. Solbrekk provides a full range of technical services, managed services, professional services, and product procurement based on the needs of each individual clients.

"We work with clients across multiple industries and look forward to providing this new service to our healthcare customers," said Steven Solbrack, president of Solbrekk. "Our physician clients are asking for better tools to address the increasing complexities of the patient collection process and we believe the mPay Gateway offering provides a perfect fit."

MPay Gateway delivers web-based software that facilitates point of care electronic patient payments to health care providers. The company's unique approach enables providers to obtain patient payments while the patient is still at their facility, thus reducing bad debt exposure and the need for post-service billing and collection.

The average physician practice in the US today writes off fifty cents of every dollar billed to patients after the patient leaves the office due to inefficient collection processes and confusing insurance plans. The mPay Gateway product simplifies the patient-provider encounter and enables the provider to collect from the patient when the services are rendered, thus reducing bad debt exposure and the need for post-service billing and collection.
About mPay Gateway

MPay Gateway provides health care facilities a virtual POS terminal for accepting credit and debit cards for patient co-payments and other known charges. Providers are able to quickly process an authorization amount based on a system-estimated patient liability estimate. Much like the process in the rental car and hotel environment where the customer's card is not charged until after the customer leaves, the mPay Gateway system allows the provider to hold the authorization until the third-party payer has submitted a final remittance advice to the provider.

MPay Gateway was formed in January 2004 by former executives of eBenX (a pioneer in technology to support transactions between health plan sponsors and payers) to develop financial technology solutions addressing the complex payment requirements unique to the health care environment. mPay Gateway's integrated and comprehensive management software is distributed to physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare providers through financial services companies and healthcare information software and support providers.

For more information please visit www. mpaygateway. com.

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Friday, July 21, 2006

Noted Celebrity Chef Works Her Culinary Magic in the North Phoenix

Noted Celebrity Chef Works Her Culinary Magic in the North Phoenix

Former celebrity chef of Bob Hope, Maria Carey and Europe's Kelly Family Rock Band, uses what she developed for the stars to help busy executives lose weight and stay healthy and she delivers the meals right to your door.

Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) August 20, 2005

Phoenix, Ariz. (PRWEB) August 20, 2005 – Celebrity Chef, Zipora Einav, has left the world of serving the rigorous needs of Hollywood celebrities to launch a high-end specialty chef service that focuses on “Personal Weight Loss Solutions” for busy executives and those who are ready to commit to their health and weight loss in a new way.

Zipora consults with her clients to design custom eating plans that are delicious, slimming and packed with ingredients that promote energy and health. A full dayÂ’s meals and snacks are conveniently delivered right to her clientÂ’s front door by one of ZiporaÂ’s staff.

Sam Pratt of Paradise Valley wrote Zipora saying, “I love your program and having my meals delivered. The food is delicious and I look forward to it arriving each day. Also, I love that I don't have to think about it! I know the food is the best quality and the right amounts. I feel such freedom!,”

Born and raised in Israel, Zipora Einav moved to Los Angeles in 1996 to serve as private chef for Bob Hope and later Cybil Shepherd. By 1997, Zipora was on tour with the Kelly Family Rock Band, a very popular band in Europe. After the tour, Zipora served noted celebrities such as Seal and Pierce Brosden. In 2000, Zipora joined the Rainbow Tour as Mariah Carey's personal chef. During this tour, Zipora made it a point to use her culinary skills to create exquisite dishes in some of the finest hotels in the world including the Ritz Paris, which is noted for its exclusive chef selections.

In 2001, Zipora settled in Scottsdale and realized that she had been so busy working for celebrities that she had neglected her own weight and had expanded to a size 16. For a feisty woman of just over 5 foot tall, this weight had the potential to produce serious health issues. Zipora focused on her own health using the principles she'd developed for her clients and soon slimmed down to a size 4, where she remains today.

"I don't believe in depravation. Food should be enjoyed and it should provide energy and vitality. Well-chosen food, prepared with passion in a proper environment makes the body dance and the cells sing. It's part of the joy of being alive." Says Zipora.

Zipora is becoming somewhat of a local celebrity in her own right and has been featured in Arizona Woman, Phoenix Home and Garden, Fitness Magazine and Healthy Cooking. Zipora is currently working on a book aptly titled “Alchemy of Eating” where she shares her passion not only for the process of selecting the ingredients and the steps of preparation but the genuine passion for creating a cooking environment that celebrates delicious food and health.

Eleanor Klein, Publisher, Arizona Woman, states that she lost over 30 pounds, dropped six dress sizes and astonishingly lowered her cholesterol level by 50 points in just four months of working with Zipora.

“Under Zipora's guidance I am able to eat the prepared meals in a timely manner and keep my own hectic business schedule going at the same time. I am never hungry, always satisfied and have no food cravings. The food is so perfectly balanced and delicious that I breezed through four months effortlessly.” Says Eleanor Klien.

ZiporaÂ’s Web site if filled with testimonials, sample recipes and excerpts from her book. ZiporaÂ’s services are not for the financially challenged or those caught up in the latest fad diet. Zipora only handles clients who are dedicated to their own health and ready to make a commitment to her program. ZiporaÂ’s exclusive clientele and their requirement for very specific attention to detail are a perfect pairing with the ever grown affluent communities of North Phoenix, Anthem, Scottsdale, Cave Creek and Paradise Valley.

Zipora is currently accepting a limited number of new clients and recently contracted with a family of four who use the program not only as a way to support their own health but as a way to support each other in a new lifestyle that they all share. The exclusivity of the program and the demand for convenient, celebrity treatment has Zipora and her team quite busy with a service that is literally exploding in the valley.

Zipora is available for consultations for those who wish to make the transition to a healthy lifestyle that is built on personal freedom and convenience offered by her program.

Please contact Gail Keith to arrange for interviews or other information regarding Zipora.

Gail Keith Marketing, LLC, 602-799-0662.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

New Curriculum Teaches Parents Emotional Intelligence - EQ for Families Workshops Available to Improve Family Communication, Health, and Positive Decision-Making

New Curriculum Teaches Parents Emotional Intelligence - EQ for Families Workshops Available to Improve Family Communication, Health, and Positive Decision-Making

Emotional intelligence (EQ) skills are key to healthy and successful families - but how can educators best share EQ with parents and care-givers? The world-leaders in emotional intelligence education offer a new curriculum of four workshops for parents -- including one free module.

(PRWEB) April 6, 2005

Emotional intelligence skills are essential for todayÂ’s families. As parents and children learn to recognize and manage emotions, their communication improves and they make better, healthier, decisions. A new curriculum supports schools, nonprofits, and counselors to effectively teach these skills (http://www.6seconds. org/family/ (http://www.6seconds. org/family/)).

Emotional intelligence – the ability to understand and effectively use emotions – has been shown to reduce problem behaviors, increase academic achievement, improve communication, and enhance life success. The curriculum focuses on four primary prevention skills that help children and care-givers to be healthly, safe, and strong.

The four EQ For Families workshops are published by the world-leading emotional intelligence advocacy organization, Six Seconds EQ Network (http://www.6seconds. org (http://www.6seconds. org)). Six Seconds is known for transformational training rich in wisdom, caring, and self-discovery. Using a teaching methodology proven in research and over 35 years of practice, the EQ for Families workshops are interactive, fun, and meaningful. Each workshop focuses on one key aspect of emotional intelligence.

The first module, “The Power of Feelings,” teaches the basics of emotional literacy. It aims to increase self-awareness and enhance families’ understanding of emotions – a key step to becoming more intelligent about feelings. This workshop is available for free download from the EQ For Families web page: http://www.6seconds. org/family/ (http://www.6seconds. org/family/)

Other modules include:

Accountability: “Raising Strong, Caring Kids”

Optimism and Resilience: “Bouncing Ahead.”

Empathy and Acceptance: “From the Heart.”

Each module includes presentation materials, instructions, handouts, and even an announcement letter so teachers, counselors, and other parent-educators can use the materials quickly and easily. Publication was made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the East Bay Children & Youth Funding Circle, Women Donors Network.

Six Seconds, the publishers of the curriculum, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization established in 1997 to spread emotional intelligence around the world. Six Seconds delivers highly effective training, publishes practical curriculum, and supports the worldÂ’s most extensive network of emotional intelligence practitioners (see http://www.6seconds. org (http://www.6seconds. org)). Named because the chemical compounds of emotion only last in our bodies for about six seconds, the organization brings the cutting edge science of emotional intelligence into easy and practical tools for businesses, schools, individuals, and families. Donations are welcome and tax deductible.

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Bwin International Selects Agiliance to Automate Multinational Compliance Mandates : Global Online Gaming Leader Using IT Risk & Compliance Automation Solutions From Agiliance to Cut Costs While Meeting PCI and European Sox Requirements

bwin International Selects Agiliance to Automate Multinational Compliance Mandates : Global Online Gaming Leader Using IT Risk & Compliance Automation Solutions From Agiliance to Cut Costs While Meeting PCI and European Sox Requirements

Agiliance, Inc., today announced that bwin International, a $2.2 Billion revenue-generating leader in the European gaming industry, is leveraging the power of Agiliance IT risk and compliance automation software to reduce the cost and complexities associated with maintaining the privacy of online customers while meeting IT compliance requirements including Payment Card Industry (PCI) and the European version of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX). Agiliance is helping bwin make impressive gains in their risk and compliance efforts including reduced audit burden, increased visibility into current compliance & risk posture, and improved leverage of IT resources.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (PRWEB) October 28, 2008

"Successfully balancing today's risk management, cost reduction and compliance equation can be a difficult feat – especially when dealing with multiple regulatory requirements across the globe," said Oliver Eckel, head of corporate security, bwin Interactive Entertainment AG. "By tapping Agiliance software to automate risk management and compliance processes, bwin is able to improve security and reduce costs while achieving and maintaining compliance with multiple regulations."

Like all businesses in highly regulated and competitive markets, bwin International must adhere to stringent regulatory guidance. Because bwin processes millions of transactions per day, the company is required to comply with the PCI Data Security standard to help prevent credit card fraud, hacking and other security issues. With the release of a new PCI standard in September, the topic of PCI continues to make headlines as companies that fail to comply with PCI face potential fines from credit card associations.

Agiliance helped bwin jump start their PCI program by providing automated policy management, risk assessments, and control evidence gathering – allowing bwin to streamline their risk and compliance processes and lower costs by up to 50%. bwin turned to Agiliance because the product met key criteria which included easy integration with bwin's existing security solutions. Thanks to the pre-defined mapping of multiple regulations within the Agiliance product, bwin was able to extend the same automated, risk-based approach for compliance to other regulations including the European version of Sarbanes Oxley and European privacy requirements to protect confidential customer information.

"As demands to control the cost increase and regulators become even more aggressive, companies around the globe must find ways to address multi-national compliance requirements in a cost effective and efficient manner," said Patrick J. Conte, CEO, Agiliance. "bwin is a great example of a world class company that is automating risk and compliance processes in order to dramatically reduce their IT spend today – while insuring to reap the dividends of a proactive risk management strategy tomorrow."

About Agiliance

Agiliance offers highly-automated IT risk and compliance management software solutions designed to help organizations thrive in the face of mounting pressures to manage and balance risk, compliance and IT budgets. By leveraging the power of Agiliance software, Fortune 1000 businesses in the financial, healthcare, energy, government and technology are making impressive gains in their IT risk and compliance efforts - including reduced audit burden, increased visibility into current compliance and risk status, and improved leverage of IT resources. Agiliance is headquartered in San Jose, California and is backed by Walden International, Intel Capital, SVIC, Red Rock Ventures and Castile Ventures. For more information, please visit www. agiliance. com.

Lily Organics Dew Fresh Skin Care ® is Awarded Whole Foods Market Premium Body Care ™ Status

Lily Organics Dew Fresh Skin Care ® is Awarded Whole Foods Market Premium Body Care ™ Status

Lily Organics Dew Fresh Skin Care @ a Colorado company that is a certified organic grower, announced today that it has been chosen as a Premium Body Care brand by Whole Foods Market.

Denver, CO (PRWEB) May 19, 2008

Lily Organics Dew Fresh Skin Care ®, a Colorado company that is a certified organic grower, announced today that it has been chosen as a Premium Body Care™ brand by Whole Foods Market. Products that meet Whole Foods' stringent Premium Body Care™ standard cannot be tested on animals and must be completely free of chemicals such as parabens, propylene and polyethylene glycols, and sodium laurel and laureth sulfates.

Headquartered near Brighton, Colorado, in 2007 Lily Organics farm became certified by the Colorado Department of Agriculture as a Certified Organic Grower, the only skin care company in the state, and possibly the U. S.A, that has earned this designation. Unlike most commercially available skin care lines, Lily Organics products contain absolutely no synthetic chemicals. Ingredients are grown on specialized Certified Organic farms, and the final product is bottled each week in small batches to ensure purity and freshness.

"Our commitment to the environment translates to the safest, highest quality skin care line available," said Lily Morgan, CEO of Lily Organics. "Like it says on every bottle we produce, our products contain no synthetic chemicals -- ever. We're really proud to be chosen as a Whole Foods Premium Body Care™ brand, because it's not easy standard to meet. A lot of products out there that are labeled "natural" will never achieve this distinction because of their ingredient list. What we love about the Whole Foods standard is that it eliminates the confusion that the "natural" label can create, and gives the consumer peace of mind that what they are spending their money on really is what it says it is -- organic, chemical-free and safe for themselves and the environment."

Lily Morgan grew up on her family's apple orchard. A seventh generation farmer, she has never lost her reverence for the land and all it produces. Beyond her passion for Lily Organics, Lily is also committed to making a difference in her community. She supports adoption issues and several Tibetans relocated in Southern India, and the Association for Senior Citizens in Denver. She is the CEO of Lily Organics and the author of Beauty, Health and Happiness - A Way of Life.

About Lily Organics:
Lily Organics is a privately held company focused on providing high-quality, Organic skin care products that are completely free of synthetic chemicals. Lily Organics headquarters and production facility are located near Brighton, Colorado.

For more information, call Lily at 303-668-1128, 1-800-333-5459 or 303-455-4194 or visit www. lilyorganics. com. Or e-mail answers @ lilyorganics. com or Lily direct elilypads @ cs. com

Media Contact:
Lily Morgan
Lily Organics
303-668-1128
Elilypads @ cs. com

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

DirectEmployers Association and JobCentral Help Top U. S. Employers in OFCCP Compliance

DirectEmployers Association and JobCentral Help Top U. S. Employers in OFCCP Compliance

Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) February 8, 2006

DirectEmployers Association, a non-profit consortium of over 200 leading U. S. employers, is taking the lead in helping employers comply with new Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) regulations for Internet recruiting. The Association’s member employers will join a teleconference, Wednesday February 22nd, to review the regulations and develop OFCCP compliance best practices. DirectEmployers’ member companies previously met with representatives of The Department of Labor's Employment Standards Administration's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs via teleconference to review and discuss the new regulations. The session was led by David Frank, Deputy Director, and Jim Pierce, Director of Policy, for OFCCP.

“An important part of what we do is assisting federal contractors understand and comply with the law and I am happy for the opportunity that DirectEmployers Association provided me to do that,” said Mr. Frank. “The new Internet Applicant rule provides clear guidance to allow OFCCP to better enforce the law and helps contractors by clarifying an ambiguity that, until now, left contractors guessing at what information they needed to collect from internet applicants.”

“Employers must take the lead in understanding the spirit and intention of the new regulation and develop best practices for OFCCP compliance. It is essential we use this guidance and create processes to better manage our information for compliance. DirectEmployers gives us the opportunity to collaborate with other leading companies and officials from OFCCP to create these very important standards”, says Jay Schedler, Director of Human Resources for ACNielsen.

DirectEmployers Association, which operates the JobCentral employment search engine, has alliances with America's Job Bank, The U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Service (VR&E), The U. S. Department of Defense (DoD), DiversityWorking, IMDiversity, OCCMundial and other premier diversity Web sites on the Internet.

About DirectEmployers Association

DirectEmployers Association is a nonprofit consortium of leading U. S. employers dedicated to developing and implementing Internet recruiting solutions which acknowledges, values, and respects diversity and reflects the rich array of cultures represented in our nation’s workforce. The Association is managed by Bill Warren, widely recognized as the founder of online recruiting and a former president of Monster. com. The Association’s member companies include an impressive group of over 200 industry leaders such as Abbott Laboratories, Accenture, Allegis Group, Analysts International, ALLTEL Corporation, Ashland, Bausch & Lomb, Capgemini, Cingular Wireless, GE, H&R Block, IBM, Kindred Healthcare, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Mellon Financial Corporation, Mutual of Omaha, National City Corporation, Progressive Insurance, Raytheon Company, Southern Company, Union Pacific, Volt Information Sciences, and Xerox Corporation. For more information, please visit www. jobcentral. com.

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Friday, July 14, 2006

"The Pain Didn't Start Here: Trauma & Violence in the African-American Community," by Denyse Hicks-Ray, Ph. D., B. C.E. T.S Connects the Clinical Definition of Psychological Trauma in the African-American Community

"The Pain Didn't Start Here: Trauma & Violence in the African-American Community," by Denyse Hicks-Ray, Ph. D., B. C.E. T.S Connects the Clinical Definition of Psychological Trauma in the African-American Community.

There is an urgent need to develop new strategies designed for African Americans who are experiencing mental health concerns. These men, women and children, who have often experienced trauma and violence, need to find a place.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) July 15, 2004

"The Pain Didn't Start Here: Trauma & Violence in the African-American Community," by Denyse Hicks-Ray, Ph. D., B. C.E. T.S connects the clinical definition of psychological trauma and its affects of violent and maladaptive behaviors presented in the African-American community.

There is an urgent need to develop new strategies designed for African Americans who are experiencing mental health concerns. These men, women and children, who have often experienced trauma and violence, need to find a place. They need to invent themselves anew through generating personal power, healing their wounds, and building on their strength as well beings. Trauma Services Associates' The Pain Didn't Start Here: Trauma and Violence in the African American Community book will give them their voice and provide them with the opportunity to access healing resources at the community level.

"Denyse does a great job at providing insight into a world of hurt that no one plans to enter, but many women and children wind up in," says Cheryl Y. Boykins, President and CEO of the Center for Black Women's Wellness, Inc.

By empowering through education and awareness The Pain Didn't Start Here also addresses the lack of skills necessary to move the community from fragmented and broken to healthy and healed. Dr. King Davis, Executive Director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at the University of Texas believes that The Pain Didn't Start Here will go far toward addressing the conflict between the inability of many African-Americans to move forward and their lack of desire.

A native of Philadelphia, PA, author Dr. Denyse Hicks-Ray's professional career has been dedicated to improving the mental health of women and their children, especially minority and underserved families. As a clinical psychologist with a specialty in psychological trauma, she has devoted her career to providing mental health education, to involvement in clinical research, and to the campaigning for local and federal programs directed to services for the underprivileged.

Prior to her founding the African-American WomenÂ’s Mental Health Authority and Trauma Service Associates she was a Correctional Program Specialist, designing programs in the criminal justice system for women with co-occurring disorders and history's of psychological trauma. Dr. Hicks-Ray has given numerous presentations on various topics related to women and childrenÂ’s mental health, especially poor women and minorities.

Dr. Hicks-Ray is a much sought-after speaker on topics close to her heart: improving mental health care access and eliminating mental health disparities for vulnerable people, African-American women's mental health, and the needs of young people (health and otherwise).

Dr. Hicks-Ray has received numerous prestigious professional and community awards, including the Extraordinary Woman Award of 2001. Most recently, the DENRAH Foundation created a scholarship in her honor. Two recipients each year will be selected from underprivileged and minority applicants to receive full fellowÂ’s scholarships. The first "Hicks" Scholars" began doctoral studies in Fall 2002. Dr. Hicks-Ray is co-author of the Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity.

(The Pain Didn't Start Here: Trauma & Violence in the African-American Community by Denyse Hicks-Ray; ISBN: 0-9753677-0-6; $16.95: Paperback; 5 ½ x 8 ½; 200 pages, TSA Communications)

TSA Communications

A Division of Trauma Services Associates

P. O. Box 50577, Atlanta GA 30302

Phone: (404) 317-4632 Email: info@traumaservices. com

Availability: Amazon. com, Borders, Dynasty Specialty Books (Charlotte NC,) B & M Creations (Charlotte NC) www. traumaservices. com 704-393-3287, 404-317-4632

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African American Women Slim Down Surgically in Record Numbers

African American Women Slim Down Surgically in Record Numbers

With seventy percent of African American females considered overweight or obese, more and more black women are choosing gastric bypass operations to fight the battle of the buldge.

Long Beach, CA (PRWEB) May 24, 2006

Gastric bypass surgeries have increased dramatically in recent years, jumping more than 500 percent worldwide from 16,800 operations in 1993 to 140,640 in 2004, according to the American Society for Bariatric Surgery.

African Americans, mainly women, make up 9 percent of those patients, and the numbers are growing.

Robyn McGee, author of Hungry for More: A Keeping-it-Real Guide for Black Women on Weight and Body Image will discuss weight, body image and the dangers of gastric bypass surgery as a featured speaker at the upcoming Black Health Empowerment Project, sponsored by the Congressional Black Congress Foundation. The free, all day event will be held Saturday, June 10, 2006 at 600 North Alamdea Street, Compton, California.

Plastic surgery used to be frowned on in the African American community. “Being cut” tapped into both a mistrust of the medical profession and an aversion to altering one’s features to look “more white” (Michael Jackson predictably comes up in that discussion). But high profile celebrities, like singing legend Patti LaBelle, have made so-called surgical makeovers more acceptable among blacks. In just two years, the number of black cosmetic surgery patients has grown by almost one-third, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, jumping from 375,025 in 2002 to 487,887 in 2004.

Gastric bypass surgery is far more serious than a cut and fold, however. Desperate to be thin, African American women are willing to risk their lives having their stomachs cut and reconfigured. They see surgery as a shortcut to ridding themselves of all their problems along with pounds of fat. They view weight loss surgery as a magic bullet, a symbol for taking control of their lives, a renewal of hope. They consider hair loss, additional surgeries, and eating complications after gastric bypass operations are a small price to pay to be thin.

Fortunately, most people who undergo gastric bypass will not die. Weight loss surgeons quote the mortality rate as one death out of every two hundred patients. But a study by the University of Washington cites an even scarier statistic: one death in every fifty, when taking into account all weight loss surgery patients at all hospitals that will suffer and die from various surgery-related complications such as blood clots, fluid leakage, and infections. In addition, the people who want the surgery most--those with so-called “co-morbidities,” such as diabetes and heart disease--face the greatest risk of having something go wrong.

Awareness and action are critical to improve health and increase the quantity of life for black people. Currently, life expectancy for black women is 75.5 years versus 80.2 years for white females. The statistics are even grimmer for black males, whose life expectancy is 68.6 years versus 75.0 years for white men.

For more about African Americans, weight and body image, pick up Hungry for More: A Keeping-it-Real Guide for Black Women for Weight and Body Image by Robyn McGee.

Logon to www. robynwrites. com or call (310) 722-5058.

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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Lifephoto Launches Photo Gift Ideas Blog That Includes Alzheimer's Memory Book Tips

Lifephoto Launches Photo Gift Ideas Blog That Includes Alzheimer's Memory Book Tips

Lifephoto. com has launched a consumer blog featuring creative ideas for using existing photos in new, more meaningful ways. SimplePhotoGifts. com encourages amateur photographers to get lasting memory value from photos by creating gifts that people can enjoy on a daily basis. The blog's fresh perspective includes a recent post on the value of creating a photo memory book for Alzheimer's patients and recommendations for building one online.

Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) October 22, 2009

Lifephoto. com, an online digital photo processing and photo sharing (http://www. lifephoto. com) service, has launched a consumer blog featuring creative ideas for using existing photos in new, more meaningful ways. How to Make Simple Photo Gifts can be found at http://www. simplephotogifts. com (http://www. simplephotogifts. com)]. The blog encourages amateur photographers to get lasting memory value from photos by creating gifts that people can enjoy on a daily basis.

SimplePhotoGifts. com gives readers a fresh perspective on how to get more enjoyment from the events in their lives through the photos they have taken. Lifephoto's blogger, Tish Robinson, recently published a post that typifies this fresh outlook on digital picture printing (http://www. simplephotogifts. com/helping-alzheimers-patient-remember-personal-memory-book). She suggests creating a personal memory book or a personalized photo day planner for Alzheimer's patients.

"The most disconcerting thing about memory for someone with Alzheimer's disease is that what it knows today may be gone tomorrow as if it never existed," Robinson tells readers. "As a friend or relative of an Alzheimer's patient, you can spark your loved one's memory with photos and stories of their life. You can build a digitally created memory book from current family photos together with old pictures and clipping from family albums. When someone visits your loved one, they can share the memories together, page by page."

The post offers specific tips for gathering photos, digitizing old pictures and other materials, and organizing sections of the book. She walks readers through the process of planning and creating the book, including how to plan book segments for each stage of the person's life. Suggestions in the post include tips on involving members of both the immediate and extended family to help everyone feel that they can play a part in reviving the individual's memory. Once the book is completed and available for the Alzheimer's patient, she recommends that visitors take time to go through the book with the patient, laughing and reminiscing about the times they have shared.

Robinson suggests that either a photo memory book or a photo day planner would be equally appropriate for the patient. She covers the sizes and costs involved in either a hardcover or softcover photo book, with prices starting as low as $6.95 for a 20-page book that could easily include 40-50 photos plus text. In recommending a custom photo day planner, Robinson offers ideas for personalizing the planner with birth dates, anniversaries, reminders, personal messages and even phone numbers to help the patient stay connected to their family, friends and memories.

To give readers a deeper understanding of how a memory book helps patients hang on to memories, Robinson provides professional references that cite the value of building a memory book for Alzheimer's patients. These include a white paper titled "The Memory Book" by Paul Whitby, a clinical psychologist with the National Health Service in England.

According to Robinson, SimplePhotoGifts. com offers "how-to ideas for using digital photos (that otherwise linger in cyberspace storage) to make thoughtful and inexpensive photo books, photo calendars, photo planners (http://www. lifephoto. com/photo-calendars/photo-day-planners/), custom dry erase boards, photo greeting cards and other photo gifts that keep memories alive." Her topics cover basic photography, pet photos, children's book ideas, travel photography, eco friendly photo processes and a wealth of theme ideas for cards, save-the-date announcements, photo notebooks and personalized photo posters. An Alzheimer's photo memory book is just one of the many creative ideas offered on this new blog. Robinson further suggests that a photo book would make a perfect holiday or Christmas gift.

Lifephoto. com's online digital photo processing service is the consumer division of SyNet Media, a software developer with a 10-year history of creating photo publishing software for the photography marketplace. Lifephoto. com offers traditional and eco friendly picture printing (http://www. lifephoto. com/digital-picture-printing/eco-friendly-printing/), as well as photo calendars and day planners, photo greeting cards, personalized posters and digital photo books (http://www. lifephoto. com/digital-photo-books/) in various sizes and styles.

For more information, contact:
Eric Hegwood, President
Lifephoto. com
414-604-1104

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You Don’t Have to Know How to Fly, to Get the Media’s Attention

You Don’t Have to Know How to Fly, to Get the Media’s Attention

Looking to gain the attention of the media. Small business owners need not go out on a ledge and threaten to jump to get the media’s attention. There are much easier ways to get the media’s attention and the small business owner don’t have to risk their life to get noticed.

Detroit, MI (PRWEB) October 13, 2006

Looking to gain the attention of the media. Small business owners need not go out on a ledge and threaten to jump to get the media’s attention. There are much easier ways to get the media’s attention and the small business owner don’t have to risk their life to get noticed.

Marketing Communications Consultant Jennifer Woodard offers small business owners five tips for getting press and advice to increase their media exposure.

1. Free Booklet - Send a press release to the press offering a new booklet “15 tips for maximizing tax deductions.” Provide a link for prospects to download the free booklets and an address where prospects can write to request a free copy of the booklet.

2. Seasons or Holidays - Tie your press release into a season “10 tips to saving money on this year’s fall wardrobe” or promote an upcoming holiday “How to find the best deals on Christmas travel.”

3. Special Event - Create a special event: Local automotive repair shop offers a free workshop “What you need to know to winterize you car.” Send the local media a press announcement detailing who, what, when, where and how of the event.

4. Publish Survey Results - Create a survey asking respondents about their needs and send the media the results. “Survey shows that parents have multiple concerns about creating and maintaining a balanced diet for their children.” The results can be sent in a press release to parenting, lifestyle and health editors.

5. How to advice - Small business owners can send short press releases offering advice such as “How to de-stress your life using meditation and aromatherapy” to editors of magazines and newspapers for local and national media coverage.

“What small business owners need to understand is that the media is looking for news” says Woodard, “Give the media something that is new, different, creative or informative.”

Using the PR distributions services are an easy way to get press releases distributed, but can be costly. Especially when the business is new or tight on money and it may not produce the coverage desired.

Jennifer Woodard is a Marketing Communications Consultant in Detroit, Michigan, that specializes in working with professionals, service firms, authors and publishers that want to become known as experts, increase business and/or sell more books. Ms. Woodard offers a free marketing consultation to potential clients.

Woodard also offers these five additional pieces of advice to increase media coverage when sending out press releases one-by-one.

1. Sending press releases out to targeted media markets will work better for small business owners. The downside of this is that it is time intensive and required a great deal of research.

2. When reading magazines, newspapers, and newsletters on the subject that would be great for the small business owner be featured in or quoted in. Write to the reporter, mention how much the article was enjoyed. Then offer to be available in the future if needed for quotes, tips and interviews. Also, when sending the email or letter, send a list of suggested articles or topics that the small business owner is available for expert advice or opinion.

3. Email generally works best, calling unfamiliar reporters can upset them, unless the small business owner has breaking news to give to the reporter. When emailing reporters, let them know what the email is "Press Release" and use a headline that will catch the reporters attention.

4. If their are free business papers in your area, write them and let them publisher know that their publication has been read and as a business owner you offering the publisher expert advice in the form of articles or interviews.

5. When writing a general press release for the media wires, slant the same press release for specialized industries and submit the press release to the media outlets that cover those industries.

“Getting the attention of the media requires a lot of work, but well worth the effort” says Woodard, “The media can help your business explode in sales, credibility and name recognition.”

Jennifer Woodard is a Marketing Communications Consultant in Detroit, Michigan, that specializes in working with professionals, service firms, authors and publishers that want to become known as experts, increase business and/or sell more books. Ms. Woodard also offers a free marketing consultation. Contact Jennifer at her website www. jenniferwoodard. biz. Please visit Ms. Woodard’s blog at www. jenniferwoodard. blogspot. com

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

From the Author of the 2005 NYT Bestseller The Sonoma Diet Comes a Completely Updated Edition: The New Sonoma Diet

From the Author of the 2005 NYT Bestseller The Sonoma Diet Comes a Completely Updated Edition: The New Sonoma Diet

THE NEW SONOMA DIET: Trimmer Waist, More Energy in Just 10 Days Dr. Connie Guttersen, R. D., Ph. D.

New York, NY (PRWEB) December 28, 2010

Five years have passed since the health world embraced The Sonoma Diet, a book that changed the way people think about food, flavor, and weight loss. Drawing on the latest breakthroughs in nutrition science and feedback from her readers, Dr. Connie Guttersen has updated and revised her original book to benefit Sonoma Diet devotees and introduce the plan to a whole new audience. Through her many years of experience at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, Guttersen discovered that the Sonoma way of losing weight—and making it into an enjoyable lifestyle instead of a “diet”— leads to a happier, healthier life. THE NEW SONOMA DIET: Trimmer Waist, More Energy in Just 10 Days (January 4, 2011; Sterling Publishing; $22.95; ISBN #: 978-1-4027-8118-6) offers a life-affirming, take-action eating plan and is full of delicious and easy-to-prepare recipes.

“I decided that a one-and-done diet book was not the way to go,” says Guttersen. “This revised version of the original incorporates the latest nutrition science, which makes the Sonoma way an even more effective tool for weight-loss. Other benefits from following the plan include reducing risk for inflammation, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and also providing more energy throughout each day. The Sonoma way also invites a glass of wine with meals, a rewarding and healthful way to enjoy life.”

The book and website NewSonomaDiet. com (a property of Everyday Health, Inc.) shuns boring “diet” meals, shakes, and bars. There’s no calorie counting, measuring, or weighing. Nutrition science is translated into an easy plan and plate guidelines make smart food combinations easy. Guttersen’s weight-loss plan emphasizes different styles of exercise, mindfulness, and the importance of a food philosophy that is sure to motivate lifetime success. The recipes are inspired by food from the Mediterranean and Coastal California and include vegetables, fruits, lean meats, fish, whole grains, and nuts. Readers’ taste buds will be enlivened by steak and blue cheese wraps, chicken and white bean chile verde with Sonoma pesto, chopped salmon salads, grape and lime sorbet, almond chocolate biscotti, and much more. A slimmer waist and an energized lifestyle are the enduring rewards of the wholesome, sun-drenched flavors of The New Sonoma Diet. This is not a diet where the benefits fade over time—it is an enjoyable and enduring lifestyle.

What’s New in The Sonoma Diet
The New Sonoma Diet takes readers beyond successful weight loss, and incorporates new scientific research to help promote whole health, including reducing the risk factors for inflammation, heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, the book addresses how people can achieve greater motivation to succeed in their careers and relationships, and build a well-rounded, fulfilled life.

The New Sonoma Diet provides even more information about appetite, satiety, and how we store and burn fat – especially around our waist. New and exciting Sonoma Diet Power Foods enhance the flavors of the recipes and provide more range to this healthy eating lifestyle. Timesaving recipes feature Sonoma Express and Cook Once Eat Twice meals, as well as dozens of helpful culinary tips.

Nutrition Science: A whole-health approach to successful weight loss and healthier lifestyle
 Updated studies and nutrition guidelines for losing weight and gaining health  Anti-inflammatory Sonoma Diet Power Foods— beans and citrus are now included  Plate concept for smart and easy portion control  The estimated glycemic load is assigned to the nutritional information in recipes as an easy way to message the important role that the right kind of carbohydrates play in targeting healthy blood-sugar responses, trimmer waist lines, and better health overall  Smart combinations of Sonoma Diet Power Foods to satisfy hunger and keep energy levels up  Updates with the latest research on omega 3 fatty acids, pro-biotics, dark chocolate, vitamin D, gluten free, wine, and healthy minds

Lifestyle
 Wine and health updates  New wine and food pairings  The importance of sleep  How exercise factors into the Sonoma lifestyle  How to dine out

Food
 Sonoma Express Meals  Cook Once Eat Twice Meals  Gluten-free recipes  Family meals that are healthy, delicious, and easy to prepare  New Sonoma Pantry  Weekly menus for weight loss plan/family meals  The most flavorful ways to lose weight and gain a healthy lifestyle

About the Author
Dr. Connie Guttersen, R. D., Ph. D. is a nationally and internationally renowned registered dietitian and culinary professional, New York Times bestselling author of The Sonoma Diet, and sought-after instructor. She is currently a nutrition instructor at the world famous Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.

A leading expert on the health benefits of diets inspired by Mediterranean, Latin American, and Asian cuisines, Dr. Guttersen has spent her career focusing on the development of flavorful and nutritious approaches to healthy eating and weight reduction. The New Sonoma Diet and website NewSonomaDiet. com effectively introduce delicious, flavorful recipes and meals that celebrate food, while helping you lose weight and indulge in satisfying amounts of some of the best foods on the planet.

Dr. Guttersen lives in Northern California’s wine country with her husband and two children.

About NewSonomaDiet. com
The NewSonomaDiet. com is published by Everyday Health, Inc., a leading provider of online consumer health solutions. This website provides customized information and support to make Dr. Guttersen’s popular program even easier to follow. Consumers can subscribe to NewSonomaDiet. com and receive personalized meal plans, recipes, wine pairing suggestions, 24-hour tools to track progress, plus daily motivation and support for a richer, deeper experience for optimal results. New features of the website include ‘Sonoma Express’ and ‘Cook Once/Eat-twice’ recipes, plus news and tips on healthy living from Dr. Guttersen.

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Sunday, July 9, 2006

'What Is Peace?' Released Today

'What Is Peace?' Released Today

Author Lexie Brockway Potamkin Asks Hundreds To Ponder What Peace Means In Her New Book. What Is Peace Is Shipping Today. Peace is something we all want more of in our lives yet the way in which we experience peace is unique and individual. This book is a labor of love that human rights activist, Former Miss World USA Lexie Brockway Potamkin has been working on for several years. The inspirational quotes and personal thoughts come alive with vibrant, peaceful artwork by world-renowned artist, Anatoly Ivanov.

Miami Beach, FL (Vocus) November 25, 2009

Author Lexie Brockway Potamkin Asks Hundreds to Ponder What Peace Means.

“There is no road towards peace; peace is the road.”
-Mahatma Gandhi
Thanksgiving, 2009- Most beauty queens talk about working toward world peace. Former Miss World USA, Lexie Brockway Potamkin, is one pageant contestant who truly did make good on her promise!

As a human rights activist, she spent years trying to make the world a safer place. And as an author, she initiated a peace project that spanned several continents and reached people of all backgrounds, asking everyone she knows and new people that she met what peace means to them. The results of this labor of love were published this month in, “What Is Peace: Messages from the Heart.” It is beautifully illustrated by Anatoly Ivanov.

“Peace begins within each of us,” says the author. “And world peace becomes far more likely when individuals can find peace in their own lives.”

“What is Peace” is the result of a conversation she initiated. She encouraged people to share their most simple tips, as well as their grandest dreams about peace, and captured hundreds of these inspiring quotes and thoughts for the book. But it was not just the end result that she was after. She truly wanted to open the door to a greater possibility by having many people focus on peace at the same time.

An ordained interfaith minister who has traveled the world, Lexie has served as President of Resources for Children’s Health, was a trustee for International House, and Vice President of the International League for Human Rights. She’s addressed the United Nations, studied with Tibetan Monks, and has worked with the Dalai Lama. Through her spiritual pursuits and peace activism she came to understand that when we focus the power of our minds on peace we draw it to us.

“I knew that by initiating the dialog and asking the question it would encourage people to open their hearts and minds, and look deeply at what peace means to them – as well as how to achieve it.”

As a result of so many people sharing so authentically, the readers of this book find page after page of short, sweet, meaningful ideas for creating peace in their lives and their world.

“What is Peace” is part of a trilogy of inspiring books by Lexie Brockway Potamkin. Her first book, “What is Spirit,” was published by Hay House in 2000. Her next book, “What is Love” is due out in 2010. Anatoly Ivanov’s work blends imaginative fantasy with spiritual and humanistic overtones, perfect for punctuating thoughts about peace. He has also illustrated Ol’ Jakes Lucky Day and The Pied Piper of Hamelin.

Excerpts from “What is Peace?”:

“Peace is tranquility in your heart, freedom of expression and Harmony in the world.”
--Ruth Ann Marshall, Retired president of Americas MasterCard Worldwide

“Peace is when our life priorities are in balance with our behavior.”
A. J. Scribante, Entrepreneur, executive

“Peace is forgiveness and non-judgement. I believe everyone deserves a second chance.”
-Adam Potamkin, student

“Ilding hands with fingers entwined, Sleeping warly in the arms of someone you love.” Azik Wolf, Neurosurgeon

“Peace is what I find when I remember to come from love.”
-Lisa Kane Jung, Health services and media production

“Peace isn’t the absence of conflict. Peace is learning how to navigate conflice without resorting to violence.”
-Rabbi Rami Shapiro

“Harmony and balance without aggressions.”
-Alan Sirkin, Real estate investments

“Peace is when you feel relaxed.”
– Anika Ramchandani

“Peace is accepting yourself and others-just as they are.”
Paul Johnson, mediator

“Peace is not being hurried.”
Carman Luntzel, Restauranteur

“What is Peace?” is available at the following locations;

Http://www. potamkin-books. com
Http://www. teachadestore. com
Http://www. teachade. com
Http://www. educational-resources-store. com
Http://www. amazon. com - After The Second Week of December 2009

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Saturday, July 8, 2006

LAEDC Announces Finalists for 2010 Most Business-Friendly City Competition

LAEDC Announces Finalists for 2010 Most Business-Friendly City Competition

Twelve cities vie for coveted award in competition to be named as L. A. County’s “friendliest” city for businesses to thrive and create jobs

Los Angeles (PRWEB) October 4, 2010

Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) today announced the finalists for its 2010 Most Business-Friendly City in Los Angeles County award. The cities of Alhambra, Carson, Downey, Torrance, West Covina and Whittier are finalists for the population 60,000 and over category, and the cities of Azusa, Cerritos, Commerce, Duarte, La Mirada and Monrovia are finalists in the population 60,000 and under category.

One winner from each category will be announced live at the 15th Annual Eddy® Awards on Wednesday, November 10th, at the Beverly Hilton. Inaugurated in 1996, the Eddy® Awards gala has become the most important economic development award program in the state of California. In 2006, the LAEDC created the “business-friendly” award category to recognize cities within the County that are proactively promoting business-friendly programs and services.

“All of this year’s finalists have made economic development and job creation a top priority,” said LAEDC president and CEO, Bill Allen. “This year, we received more applications from cities throughout the County than in any other year in the award’s history. These cities understand that having healthy, vibrant and prosperous communities depend on attracting, retaining and growing businesses which are so critical to sustaining our economic vitality and quality of life.”

To learn more about the finalists and how they were selected based on certain criteria visit:
Http://www. mayocommunications. com/2010-NEWS%20RELEASES/NR-354.htm

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Thursday, July 6, 2006

Evers & Co. President Donna Evers Cites Consumer Confidence as Housing Market Catalyst for Growth After Sales Slowdowns in July and August

Evers & Co. President Donna Evers Cites Consumer Confidence as Housing Market Catalyst for Growth After Sales Slowdowns in July and August

In her August 2010 housing market report for the Washington, D. C. Metro area, Evers & Co. Real Estate President and Broker Donna Evers reports a 6.24 percent decrease in sales volume in comparison to August 2009. She notes that the decrease is considerably less than the area experienced in July, after 14 months of consistent growth.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) September 22, 2010

In her August 2010 housing market report for the Washington, D. C. Metro area, Evers & Co. Real Estate President and Broker Donna Evers reports a 6.24 percent decrease in sales volume in comparison to August 2009. She notes that the decrease is considerably less than the area experienced in July, after 14 months of consistent growth.

"The decrease margin for dollar volume of sales seems to be narrowing, and we're expecting to see positive numbers again this fall," Evers said. "Remember, that every action has a reaction, and the First Time Homebuyers Tax Credit that created the bullish month in April, also caused the reaction of a slowdown in sales in July and August."

Evers also reports an average 5.11 percent increase in price for the three close-in Metro area jurisdictions and a healthy 4.7 months' supply of product on the market.

"The key to jumpstarting the local market once again, without the crutch of a federal tax credit, is consumer confidence," Evers notes. "Now people are questioning whether prices will come down again, leaving buyers and sellers in a stubborn stalemate. As confidence in the stock market rises, we'll see that transfer into the local housing market, especially with the upper-bracket price point properties. "

*Statistics are taken from the Metropolitan Information System for three areas: Washington, D. C., Montgomery Country, Maryland; and Fairfax County, Arlington, Alexandria and Falls Church in
Virginia.

About Evers & Co.
Founded in 1985 by Donna Evers, Evers & Co. Real Estate maintains its success through a strong referral base and agents who enjoy a premier reputation for their expertise and in-depth knowledge of Washington Metro Area homes and neighborhoods. Evers & Co. is home to 80 licensed real estate professionals with decades of combined experience, who enjoy access to a first-of-its-kind Agent Resource Center. The agency is the largest woman-owned and-operated residential real estate firm in the area and a member of Unique Homes Affiliate Network, Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate and FIABCI, the largest international real estate organization in the world. In addition, the agency has an alliance with My Home In Paris, a residential real estate firm in Paris, France. 

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Bangladesh PC Market Forecast to Expand 21.5% in 2006

Bangladesh PC Market Forecast to Expand 21.5% in 2006

The Bangladesh IT market continued to power forward in 2005, overcoming broader national challenges to post solid growth. The PC market – the cornerstone of the country’s IT market – expanded 16.4% in 2005 to 162,400 units, generating a value of US$129.4 million.

Singapore (PRWEB) May 2, 2006

The Bangladesh IT market continued to power forward in 2005, overcoming broader national challenges to post solid growth. The PC market – the cornerstone of the country’s IT market – expanded 16.4% in 2005 to 162,400 units, generating a value of US$129.4 million.

The market received a boost from strong economic growth, low PC penetration and government efforts to encourage automation, such as a drive to equip schools with computers in the country. A decrease in prices also helped fuel growth, especially in the laptop segment. The laptop market expanded 24.0% in 2005, followed in growth terms by X86 servers and desktops.

Another key market driver in the country is the growing attention the market is garnering from leading international IT vendors. Microsoft, Intel and HP were particularly active during the fourth quarter of the year with investments, training programs and product launches, all of which helped boost market demand.

“As IT markets across the globe mature, international IT vendors are being pressed harder to generate growth”, said Dane Anderson, Vice President of Springboard Research. “With one of the world’s largest populations, strong economic growth and a promising IT workforce, Bangladesh is increasingly on the radar screens of the world’s IT industry juggernauts.”

Locally assembled, often unbranded machines continue to dominate the market, holding over 75% PC shipment market share. Among international vendors, HP led the market with a 7.6% share of shipments in 2005, followed by Dell and Lenovo/IBM. A local brand increasingly viewed as a viable alternative to international players is Daffodil Computers, which made several strategic announcements in the fourth quarter of the year.

The large enterprise (companies with over 500 employees) and government sectors collectively accounted for almost half of total PC/Server shipments in 2005. NGOs are also an important source of funding for IT investment in the country, but spending is generally routed through the public sector. In the enterprise market, banks and telcos are largest the vertical industries for IT spending. The consumer and SME markets represent significant long term promise, but both segments are currently in the infancy stage.

In spite of possible political disruptions in 2006 and 2007, as well as concerns over social unrest and violence, the Bangladesh PC/Server market is expected to continue overcoming challenges to post healthy market growth. Springboard forecasts 21.6% PC shipment growth in 2006, and expects the market to maintain similarly strong levels of expansion throughout the forecast period.

About the Asia Emerging Countries Tracker

The Asia Emerging Countries Tracker is a Springboard Research service that tracks PC/Server market developments in Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan on a quarterly basis. The methodology employed for this service leverages interviews with IT resellers, vendors, component suppliers and end-users at the local and regional level.

About Springboard Research

Springboard Research is a leading provider of innovative IT market research products and services. We leverage a next generation research model that harnesses new opportunities to streamline operations, automate research processes, and deliver insights in more interactive formats. Springboard’s cutting-edge research model leverages offshore research resources, the Internet, and an increased use of technology as engines of innovation to deliver unique research value. Our growing client base consists of leading IT firms in the hardware, software, networking, and services sectors.

For more information regarding Springboard Research, please visit www. springboardresearch. com.

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Sunday, July 2, 2006

Brastraps. com Reveals Top Bra Strap Picks and “Do’s and Don’ts” for 2006

Brastraps. com Reveals Top Bra Strap Picks and “Do’s and Don’ts” for 2006

Ditch the Boring Bra Straps for Cute Alternatives by Margarita Couture.

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL (PRWEB) August 4, 2006

Brastraps. com maven Margarita Reis is reaching out to women, teens and tweens to let them know that it isn't okay to reveal worn, discolored bra straps this summer.

"Summertime is prime season for 'Ugly Bra Strap Syndrome'," explains Reis. "Women need to realize that bras and bra straps do have an expiration date. Exposing discolored or worn bra straps underneath a sleeveless tank is a major fashion don't!

"The right bra strap can enhance your outfit and our new Elite by Margarita fashion straps, which feature between 150 to 344 individual Swarovski crystals per pair, can really make an outfit."

Reis also cautions spray tanners to beware of tan solution rubbing off onto bra straps. Though a temporary dye is used in fake tanning lotions and sprays, she explains that frequent "fake baking" can permanently discolor bra straps.

She suggests that avid tanners designate an inexpensive bra strictly for post-tanning and that they keep a healthy supply of replacement or fashion straps on hand to avoid being caught exposing discolored straps.

"Once women start to think of bra straps as a reflection of their fashion identity, they'll discover a whole new way of accessorizing," says Reis.

Reis's top strap picks for Summer 2006 include the following:

Replacement Straps: Bra straps that are intended to be replacement straps for a bra. Replace straps once a month and even more frequently in the summertime. Available in classic and thin sizes, Turquoise, Pink, Green, Yellow and Khaki replacement straps are big summer sellers since they add a pop of color to summer tanks. Clear, Pink and White are the most popular classic straps. Retail: $8.99-$9.99 per pair.

Fashion Straps: Decorative bra straps that work as fashion accessories to an outfit. Wear them day or night. This summer, Silver Glitter straps and Butterfly Straps will be popular with tweens. Adults should try the Beaded, Daisy or Gold Glitter Straps and Diamond or Pearl straps. Glow in the dark straps are also popular summer sellers for nights on the town. Retail: $8.99 to $18.99 per pair.

Specialty Straps: New Elite by Margarita crystal bra straps feature between 150 to 344 individual Swarovski crystals. Reis explains that these "bling bling" bra straps are fancy enough to be worn under a sexy top and also add an elegant touch to evening gowns and wedding dresses. Retail: $35-$45

Brastraps. com founder Margarita Reis is available for bra strap makeover segments. To request an interview, high-resolution product images or samples, please contact Michelle Soudry at The Gab Group 561-750-3500

About Brastraps. com

Brastraps. com and parent company Margarita Couture is currently the largest fashion strap supplier in the US housing over 70 different styles ranging from $8 to $45. Most recently, the company was featured on QVC, nearly selling out a quantity of over 20,000 fashion bra strap units in 6 minutes. They plan to revisit the network this summer.

Margarita Couture is also the originator of Evolution by Margarita, the world's first five-in-one convertible bra designed to mimic the appearance of cosmetic breast implants. All products lines may be viewed at http://www. margaritacouture. com (http://www. margaritacouture. com)

Contact Name: Michelle Soudry

Contact Phone: 561-750-3500

Web Address: http://www. brastraps. com (http://www. brastraps. com) and http://www. margaritacouture. com (http://www. margaritacouture. com)

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Unibased Continues To Grow Its Award Winning Enterprise Scheduling and Surgery Management Software with Its Latest Major Release, RMS/ORMS 6.09M

Unibased Continues To Grow Its Award Winning Enterprise Scheduling and Surgery Management Software with Its Latest Major Release, RMS/ORMS 6.09M

Unibased Systems Architecture, Inc. (USA), the leading provider of enterprise-wide resource management solutions to the healthcare industry, today announced the third major release this year, RMS/ORMS Release 6.09M. Users will discover over 48 major improvements throughout software release 6.09.

Chesterfield, MO (PRWEB) November 18, 2005

Unibased Systems Architecture, Inc. (USA), the leading provider of enterprise-wide resource management solutions to the healthcare industry, today announced the third major release this year, RMS/ORMS Release 6.09M. Users will discover over 48 major improvements throughout software release 6.09. The highly renowned Unibased quality control programs insure RMS/ORMS 6.09M is stable, reliable and efficient.

Examples include:

Process Management for Patient Access: The multiplicity of rules and regulation to be followed in order to prepare a patient bill and claim are a heavy burden on your access management and financial team. RMS provides a new module which tracks the incomplete data components and ensures completion prior to day of service.

Work Load Smoothing: Several new features have been added to allow a more even distribution of provider work loads associated with scheduled activity.

Scheduler Efficiency: Various improvements related to more productive use of scheduler time have been included. Actual scheduling will be speedier, and physician/patient phone times will be reduced.

Routine Reporting Improvements: New reports and additional access points improve the overall process.

Surgeon Preference Items For OR: The surgeon preference items module has been improved in several areas, including more effective charge capture, automatic item substitutions where allergies are involved, seasonal and weighted forecasting alternatives for supply items, preference item usage ABC Analysis and Reporting and expanded item search capabilities. Using the commonly understood Pareto 80/20 Analysis, the ABC Inventory Analysis provides the capability to review preference item usage based on average cost or billing charge data over a facility specified historical range of dates. This report, available in spreadsheet format such as Excel, can be sent to senior executives by department management and data may then be manipulated to analyze specific inventory issues, concerns, or trends.

Patient Safety and Work Flow: Surgical department software improvements emphasize patient safety and work effort reductions related to data collection.

With this release, Unibased is expanding its professional service offerings. In addition to routine training and technical assistance, Unibased is recommending assessment and workflow studies that should result in major labor savings and increased net revenues. According to Larry Covington, Unibased President, “RMS/ORMS has evolved and expanded so much over the last two years that many clients may not be aware of the great features available in each new release. Because of work force turnover, new personnel may not even be aware of the basic capabilities. A brief assessment performed by Unibased professionals could reap almost instantaneous rewards.”

About Unibased Systems Architecture, Inc. (USA): Unibased and its products have maintained the highest rankings from the KLAS independent reporting for the last six years and their reputation for product quality, reliability, and supporting services has no equal in the HIT industry. Unibased markets various products which are open, scalable, integrated client/server and web enabled solutions, designed to meet the unique needs of sophisticated enterprise organizations. Unibased has major solution offerings in the HIT and air travel markets, providing real-time production scheduling, human resource, security and financial systems. In the HIT industry, Resource Management System (RMS) is an integrated solution which schedules and tracks patient resource needs from pre-access through follow-up. RMS also monitors the effectiveness of clinical programs, financial productivity and capacity management. PeriOperative Resource Management System (ORMS) is an integrated module which addresses OR scheduling, surgeon preferences, suite utilization, clinical documentation, materials management, clinical worker training and certification. RMS/ORMS results in significant improvements in physician and patient relations. Unibased products and services are available through direct sales, marketing partners, value added resellers and system integrators. Unibased is a private corporation founded in 1986, and is based in Chesterfield, Missouri. Visit Unibased on the web at www. unibased. com.

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