Saturday, January 31, 2009

HRMC, Inc. and Employment Background Investigations, Inc. Partner to Integrate Pre-employment Verification in Candidate Screening and Assessment Platform

HRMC, Inc. and Employment Background Investigations, Inc. Partner to Integrate Pre-employment Verification in Candidate Screening and Assessment Platform

Partnership adds automated background checks and drug test reporting as the final phase in hiring process.

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) September 18, 2007

Human Resource Management Center, Inc. (HRMC), a pioneer in applying cutting-edge technology to talent acquisition, today announces a partnership with Employment Background Investigations, Inc. (EBI), an industry leading provider of global background screening, drug testing, and occupational healthcare solutions, to integrate a pre-employment verification process in HRMC’s automated candidate screening and assessment platform. EBI’s technology extends the functionality of HRMC AcclaimSM, a comprehensive Web and IVR-enabled screening and assessment solution, by adding background checks and drug test reporting as the final phase of the hiring process for qualified candidates.

Candidates apply for positions using Acclaim, which walks them through a comprehensive single-session screening and assessment process, covering realistic job previews, pre-screening, behavioral interviewing, and skills assessment. Job offers are then automatically extended to qualified candidates contingent on the results of a background check and drug screen. A qualified status triggers a real-time XML feed to EBI where an extensive and comprehensive background check and screening is initiated. The results of the background check, as well as that of a drug screen, are reported back to employers via Acclaim. Candidates are flagged in Acclaim as green, yellow, or red, while drug screens are flagged as positive or negative. Employers can decide whether to proceed with a job offer based on a review of the candidate’s status. A yellow status will allow employers to review the data in EBI’s system via hyperlink, while red will prevent employment action. All candidate information and results reside securely in EBI’s database.

“Leveraging the utility of EBI’s pre-employment verification services adds another key component to Acclaim’s functionality,” says Ron Selewach, founder and CEO of HRMC. “Employers now have a seamless and vigorous process that provides them with an end-to-end solution that not only qualifies candidates by skill, but also validates their propensity to be trusted and productive members of their workforce. The integration of EBI’s pre-employment validation process in Acclaim will deliver significant value for our respective clients by providing a comprehensive solution that covers every phase—from candidate sourcing to onboarding.”

“This partnership offers a holistic approach to candidate recruiting and screening while delivering component-based services, such as background checks and competency assessments, that improve the reliability and quality of candidates,” says Rick Kurland, President and CEO of EBI. “It has becoming increasingly important for employers to screen new hires to ensure that they are individuals of character and dependability. We are pleased to be able to partner with HRMC and offer a secure best-of-breed solution that identifies, assesses, and validates the quality and integrity of potential employees.”

While the partnership will initially focus on delivering the integrated HRMC Acclaim platform to organizations across North America, HRMC will look to leverage EBI’s global presence in rolling out the platform across Europe and Asia.

About HRMC:
Founded in 1984, Human Resource Management Center (HRMC) is a pioneer in applying cutting-edge technology to solve business' most pressing human capital challenges. The company's flagship HRMC AcclaimSM solution simplifies the management of all phases of the employee lifecycle and identifies opportunities for improvement. HRMC's technology automates a range of interrelated processes within a flexible, user-friendly framework, enabling organizations to streamline the acquisition and assessment of talent, evaluate new employees' readiness to contribute, and analyze the impact of a company's culture on retention and performance. Whether accessed over the Web or the phone, users are led through an interactive experience that approximates true human dialog, resulting in more effective interviews and employee surveys. HRMC is headquartered in Tampa, Florida and is privately held. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www. hrmc. com.

About Employment Background Investigations, Inc. (EBI):
Employment Background Investigations, Inc. (www. ebiinc. com) is a single-source, premier provider of enterprise background screening, drug testing, and occupational healthcare services. EBI offers worldwide capabilities tailored to meet clients’ exact background screening needs. The company services more than 5,000 clients worldwide, including many Fortune 500 companies. Companies worldwide utilize EBI’s background screening, drug testing, and occupational healthcare services every day to make better and safer hiring decisions. Personalized customer care, cutting edge technology, and data security has been the key reason for EBI’s remarkable growth over the last 14 years. EBI is a member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) and Safe Harbor Certified.

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Planview Achieves "Ready for IBM Rational Software" Validation for IBM Rational ClearQuest

Planview Achieves "Ready for IBM Rational Software" Validation for IBM Rational ClearQuest

Planview, a leading independent provider of enterprise-wide portfolio management solutions and an IBM Advanced Business Partner, has successfully completed "Ready for IBM Rational software" validation for IBM Rational ClearQuest®.

Austin, TX (PRWEB) June 11, 2009

Planview, a leading independent provider of enterprise-wide portfolio management solutions and an IBM Advanced Business Partner, has successfully completed "Ready for IBM Rational software" validation for IBM Rational ClearQuest®. The Planview OpenSuite for IBM Rational ClearQuest offering is designed for IT organizations that want the benefits of one consolidated view into project, maintenance, and resource reporting.

OpenSuite for IBM Rational ClearQuest integrates the market-leading Planview Enterprise portfolio management solution with IBM Rational ClearQuest. Using this solution, organizations can better balance innovation and maintenance work, the demand pipelines for which historically reside in separate issue tracking systems and project systems.

By completing the technical criteria for product and technology integration necessary to attain the Ready for IBM Rational validation, Planview is demonstrating its commitment to customer satisfaction and ease of use by ensuring that its solution:
 Integrates using the standard IBM Rational ClearQuest API  Functions in line with IBM Rational ClearQuest operations  Respects IBM Rational ClearQuest security rights and model  Works with customized IBM Rational ClearQuest schemas  Ensures data integrity with clean data synchronization

"We are committed to helping users get the maximum value from all their technology investments," said Patrick Tickle, executive vice president of products, Planview. "By integrating the benefits of portfolio management with the value that ClearQuest delivers, both IBM and Planview customers are better able to accurately plan for time spent on maintenance versus innovation work by centralizing developer access and giving management an overall picture of project health and status."

Planview OpenSuite for IBM Rational ClearQuest integrates approved innovation and maintenance projects from Planview Enterprise Project Portfolio Management with project-level tasks, bugs, and issues in IBM Rational ClearQuest to create the unified view into development work these organizations demand.

Supporting the Planview OpenSuite vision of interoperability in heterogeneous environments, Planview OpenSuite for IBM Rational ClearQuest enables customers to leverage in-place technology investments while improving productivity. Available now, Planview OpenSuite for IBM Rational ClearQuest represents the first of several Planview OpenSuite Application Lifecycle Management integrations.

For more information about Planview OpenSuite, visit www. planview. com/opensuite (http://www. planview. com/opensuite).

About Planview:
For 20 years, Planview has been advancing the discipline of portfolio management, helping our customers change the way they manage people and money to make better business decisions. With a singular focus on portfolio management, Planview is the only company that combines customer-driven software, unmatched domain expertise, and proven best practices to solve each customer's unique business problems.

Planview Enterprise®, a market-leading portfolio management application suite, with Planview PRISMS®, the knowledge base for accelerating organizational change, delivers measurable business results for IT management, product development organizations and throughout the enterprise. As an independent, trusted partner, Planview is committed to interoperability with key management systems through the Planview OpenSuite integration product line. Industry leaders such as Citi, BP, and EDF, rely on Planview to drive revenue, mitigate risk, cut costs, create efficiencies, and ultimately give their businesses a competitive advantage. Privately held and consistently profitable, Planview is headquartered in Austin, Texas. With offices across North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, the company supports customers in virtually every industry around the world. For more information, visit www. Planview. com.

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Natural Body is First Spa in Virginia to Receive a LEED Silver Certification

Natural Body is First Spa in Virginia to Receive a LEED Silver Certification

Natural Body Spa & Shoppe's commitment to "Green Spa" can be seen through their first LEED certified spa. This Natural Body location joins 2 others in the metro DC area and a 4th will open soon in DC. The spa achieved 28 credits including energy efficiency, water reduction, recycled materials, and low VOC finishes.

Ashburn, VA (PRWEB) May 16, 2007

Natural Body Spa & Shoppe announces that they have received a Silver level LEED certification for their newest spa now open in Ashburn, VA at 43670 Greenway Corporate Drive. Natural Body achieved 28 credits toward a silver certification from The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the U. S. Green Building Council (USBGC). The USBGC is the nation's foremost coalition of leaders from each sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to work. LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

Natural Body received 28 credits including points for recycled content, water and energy reduction, low VOC materials, Green Power, and construction waste management. Since 1989 Natural Body has committed itself to their guests, employees, and the environment. They strive to set the standard for the ulimate Green Spa experience. This is evident in their natural approach to massage, aesthetics and body treatments and their commitment to healthy natural and organic products throughout the retail shoppe.

"Our foundation is in natural products and services. Building with natural and recycled materials was just the next logical step," said Bart Yablonsky, co-owner.

The owners will be hosting a party to celebrate their certification on Tuesday July 10th from 5pm to 7pm at the spa. Tours of the Ashburn spa will be provided plus a sampling of services, green snacks and an organic wine tasting.

The 3,200 square foot, full service spa, built in the European tradition, offers Massage Therapy, Facials, Body Treatments, and Hand & Foot Services, plus a large retail shoppe filled with all-natural and specialty skin & body care, aromatherapy products, bath salts, and other unique gifts.

Natural Body's fourth area location will be in DC's West End opening this Fall

Natural Body also has locations is Potomac, MD and Arlington, VA and will begin construction on their fourth area location later this summer. The West End Spa will be located at 24th and L Street NW on the site of the former Columbia Woman's Hospital and will be constructed to achieve a Silver LEED certification.

About LEED Certification

The first step to LEED certification is to register your project. To earn certification, a building project must meet certain prerequisites and performance benchmarks ("credits") within each category. Projects are awarded Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum certification depending on the number of credits they achieve. This comprehensive approach is the reason LEED-certified buildings have reduced operating costs, attracted healthier and more productive occupants, and conserve our natural resources. For more information, visit www. usgbc. org

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Premier Healthcare Alliance Partners with SkillSurvey

Premier Healthcare Alliance Partners with SkillSurvey

Web-based Reference Assessments Improve Quality of Hire and Lower Operating Costs.

Wayne, PA (PRWEB) April 7, 2010

SkillSurvey, Inc., the leading provider of Web 2.0 reference assessment solutions, has announced that it has been awarded two nationwide contracts with Premier healthcare alliance (Premier). Web-based reference assessments offer many advantages over reference checks via phone, and help employers to ensure quality of hire, to improve compliance, and to reduce operating costs by increasing hiring efficiencies and lowering turnover.

SkillSurvey’s Pre-Hire 360® is now part of Premier’s national portfolio, and is also the exclusive web-based reference solution awarded a contract via Premier’s ASCEND program. Premier members can now access the proven benefits of the Pre-Hire 360® reference assessment at preferred price points. These benefits include:
 Decreased operating costs by lowering employee turnover  Increased quality of hire via more informed hiring decisions  Increased quality of care and patient satisfaction resulting from better hires  Increased hiring process efficiencies by eliminating phone calls to references

As one example of these benefits, Kettering Health Network, a Premier member, recently documented avoiding 23 bad hires, in four months, as a result of SkillSurvey’s Pre-Hire 360®. Kettering calculates saving $1.75 million from these four months alone, and predicts an annualized savings of over $5 million. In these times of increased financial scrutiny for healthcare providers, these cost savings are making a real difference to the business.

“SkillSurvey is extremely pleased to be partnering with Premier,” says SkillSurvey CEO, Ray Bixler, “We have established our company as the clear leader in reference assessments. In a regulated industry like healthcare, where hiring decisions can effect patients’ lives, being able to accurately forecast a job candidate’s performance on the job, by gaining clear and confidential feedback from current and former managers and peers, is a huge improvement over the often fruitless results of doing references via telephone. Our scientifically proven approach leverages job competencies and confidential 360-degree feedback to deliver information that employers have always wanted, yet previously could not consistently acquire.”

About SkillSurvey
SkillSurvey is the leading provider of Web 2.0 reference assessment solutions that increase quality of hire and improve recruiting efficiency. Using SkillSurvey, organizations improve the quantity and quality of information they collect regarding a candidate’s past work performance, providing better information to recruiters and hiring managers as they make decisions on new hires. SkillSurvey also significantly reduces time and money spent on reference checking. This breakthrough, patent-pending approach to reference assessments is based on over 25 years of research in job competency modeling. More information is available at www. skillsurvey. com.

About Premier Inc.
The Premier healthcare alliance is more than 2,300 U. S. hospitals and 66,000 other healthcare sites working together to improve healthcare quality and affordability. Owned by not-for-profit hospitals, Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier works with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N. C., Premier also has offices in San Diego, Philadelphia and Washington. Follow Premier on Twitter.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Swisslog Unveils New 4-Inch Carrier Compatible with Any Computerized Pneumatic Tube System

Swisslog Unveils New 4-Inch Carrier Compatible with Any Computerized Pneumatic Tube System

Users will see significant reduction in maintenance costs from not having to replace broken carriers or disintegrating wear bands.

Denver, CO (PRWEB) July 13, 2010

Swisslog, a leading provider of automated materials transport and pharmacy automation solutions for hospitals, today began selling a technologically superior 4-inch carrier that works with any computerized pneumatic tube system, not just those made by Swisslog.

A carrier is a reusable polycarbonate container that holds and protects small medical items sent through a pneumatic tube system.

Because of its sophisticated engineering and robust construction, which includes patented DuraBand wear bands, Swisslog’s new 4-inch carrier will deliver a significant return-on-investment (ROI) by reducing maintenance and replacement costs.

“Clients will find great value from our new 4-inch carrier on two fronts,” said Jim Patrician, senior vice president of Swisslog Healthcare Solutions. “First, they will experience an excellent ROI related to the dramatically reduced need to systematically replace carrier wear bands. Second, and no less important, is that due to the lack of wear band corruption the carriers will travel through and arrive at PTS stations impact free, a requirement for the transportation of many lab and pharmacy items.”

In addition to DuraBands -- patented technology available only on Swisslog carriers -- the new 4-inch carrier features the following:
 Color and half-color configurations for easy identification  Payload capacity to hold a 1000 ml IV bag  Interlocking halves, which prevent opening inside the tube system  Flat-ends for space-saving vertical storage

Optional features include:
 Patented RFID technology for traceability and dedicated assignment to specific depts.  Patent-pending BacStop anti-microbial technology, which helps prevent the spread of harmful bacteria

Swisslog’s new 4-inch universal carrier is backed by a one-year unlimited manufacturer’s warranty. This warranty is unmatched by any other carrier maker.

Swisslog Healthcare Solutions is the leading supplier of logistics automation solutions for healthcare facilities. Swisslog has installed automated materials transport and pharmacy automation systems in more than 3,000 hospitals around the world, including more than 2,000 in North America. Swisslog offers total systems design, manufacturing, installation and customer support providing a complete supply chain management approach to the logistics challenges of hospitals. The North American division of Swisslog Healthcare Solutions is based in Denver, CO.

About Swisslog
Swisslog is a global provider of integrated logistics solutions for warehouses, distribution centers and hospitals. Its comprehensive services portfolio ranges from building complex warehouses and distribution centers to implementing Swisslog's own software to intra-company logistics solutions for hospitals.

Swisslog’s solutions optimize customers’ production, logistics and distribution processes in order to increase flexibility, responsiveness and quality of service while minimizing logistics costs. With years of experience in the development and implementation of integrated logistics solutions, Swisslog provides the expertise that customers in more than 50 countries rely on.

Headquartered in Buchs/Aarau, Switzerland, Swisslog currently employs over 2,000 staff in about 20 countries worldwide. The group’s parent company, Swisslog Holding AG, is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (security number: 1232462, Telekurs: SLOG, Reuters: SLOG. S). For more information, visit www. swisslog. com.

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SAND Technology Announces First Quarter Results for Fiscal 2010

SAND Technology Announces First Quarter Results for Fiscal 2010

The Company reported a net income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2010

Montreal, Canada (PRWEB) December 18, 2009

SAND Technology Inc. (OTCBB:SNDTF), an international provider of data management software and best practices, today reported a net income for the three-month period ended October 31, 2009. The Company reported a net income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2010 of $553,253 on revenues of $2,485,464 compared with a net loss of $989,850 on revenues of $1,223,928 for the first quarter of fiscal year 2009. All figures are in Canadian dollars.

“We are pleased with our results for the quarter,” notes Tom O’Donnell, President and CEO of SAND Technology. “However significant work remains to be able to report positive quarterly results on a normal recurring basis. A sense of urgency is being instilled in all SAND employees to change the company to a profit based mentality”

“I am optimistic about the future of SAND based on our expanded presence within our existing customer base and interest from potential new customers. We are working diligently to improve our productivity, operational efficiencies and product offerings”.

About SAND Technology:
SAND Technology provides Data Management Software and Best Practices for storing, accessing, and analyzing large amounts of data on-demand while lowering TCO, leveraging existing infrastructure and improving operational performance.

SAND/DNA solutions include CRM analytics, and specialized applications for government, healthcare, financial services, telecommunications, retail, transportation, and other business sectors. SAND/DNA has achieved "Certified for SAP NetWeaver" status and SAND Nearline Integration Controller has achieved "Powered by SAP NetWeaver" status.

SAND Technology has offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Central Europe.

SAND Technology, Nucleus, N-Vector, and MPSO are registered trademarks, and SAND/DNA, SAND/DNA Access, SAND/DNA Analytics, SAND/DNA aCRM, SAND Analytic Server, SAND Searchable Archive, SAND Extensible Warehouse, and all related SAND-, SAND/DNA, and Nucleus-based marks and designs, are trademarks of SAND Technology Inc. Other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners.

Certain statements contained in this press release are "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Securities Act of 1933 and of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and following the Quebec Securities Act. The forward-looking statements are intended to be subject to the safe harbour protection provided by these Acts. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and projections about future results, levels of activity, events, trends or plans. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of SAND to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. All forward looking statements included in this press release are based on current expectations and on information available to SAND on the date of this press release. For a more detailed discussion of these risks and uncertainties and other business risks, see SAND's current Annual Report and SAND's reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission (filed on EDGAR at www. sec. gov) and the Canadian securities authorities (filed on SEDAR at www. sedar. com). You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Except as required by applicable laws, we undertake no obligation to publicly release the result of any revision of these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they are made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Meharry Medical College President Testifies Before the U. S. House of Representatives

Meharry Medical College President Testifies Before the U. S. House of Representatives

Dr. Wayne J. Riley urged House Appropriations Subcommittee to increase funding to federal programs supporting Meharry and the nation's 12 other minority health professions schools

Washington, D. C. (Vocus) May 13, 2010

Wayne J. Riley, M. D., MPH, MBA, MACP, President & Chief Executive Officer of Meharry Medical College], testified before the U. S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Wednesday in his new role as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools (AMHPS).

AMHPS is a consortium of the nation's 13 historically black medical, dental, pharmacy and veterinary schools. Dr. Riley testified that the historic passage of the health reform bill will result in an increased demand for minority health professionals. He called for increased funding of core federal programs that support AMHPS institutions.

"The need to produce more health professionals will only increase with more citizens having access to health care,” Riley said.

Dr. Riley told the House Subcommittee that minority health professionals address a critical national need because they are significantly more likely to work in rural and medically underserved areas, provide care for minorities and treat low-income patients. Riley also noted the disparity in African Americans in the health care workforce with blacks representing approximately 13 percent of the national population and approximately 3 percent of the nation's health care workforce.

"After the historic passage of the health reform bill, which AMHPS supported, the nation's supply of health professionals, especially minority health professionals which tend to serve more in underserved areas, will be more in demand,” Riley said. "The minority health professions institutions and their major sources of funding address a critical, national need.”

Dr. Riley called for President Obama's fiscal year 2010-2011 federal budget to include:
 $300 million for the Title VII Health Professions Training programs  $500 million for the National Institutes of Health's National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities  $500 million for the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities  $100 million for the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Minority Health  $100 million for the Department of Education's Strengthening Historically Black Graduate Institutions Program  Support of the National Center for Research Resources including $50 million for extramural facilities construction

The text of Dr. Riley's full testimony submitted for the Congressional Record can be assessed at http://www. mmc. edu/WJRtestimony. html].

About the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools (AMHPS): Established in 1976, AMHPS is a consortium of the nation's 13 historically black medical, dental, pharmacy and veterinary schools. The members are two dental schools at Meharry Medical College and Howard University; four schools of medicine at Meharry Medical College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Charles Drew University and Howard University; five schools of pharmacy at Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University, Texas Southern University and Xavier University; and one school of veterinary medicine at Tuskegee University.

About Meharry Medical College: Meharry Medical College is the nation's largest private, independent, historically black academic health center dedicated solely to educating minority and other health professionals. True to its heritage, it is a United Methodist Church affiliated institution. The College is particularly well known for its uniquely nurturing, highly effective educational programs; emerging preeminence in health disparities research; culturally sensitive, evidence-based health services; and significant contribution to the diversity of the nation's health professions workforce. Diverse Issues in Higher Education's ranking of institutions annually lists Meharry as a leading national educator of African Americans with M. D. and D. D.S. degrees, and Ph. D. degrees.

Contacts:

Cynthia Yeldell
615.327.6986

Stacey Nickens
615.775.8601

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Noma2 Electronic Security Systems of Poland Partners with Hie Electronics for Video Storage Management Enhancement at Katowice’s Spodek Auditorium

Noma2 Electronic Security Systems of Poland Partners with Hie Electronics for Video Storage Management Enhancement at Katowice’s Spodek Auditorium

In a major European installation, the TeraStack® Solution provides green data storage to enhance the video surveillance system for the multi-purpose arena complex, Spodek auditorium.

Katowice, Poland (PRWEB) April 22, 2010

Noma2 Sp. z o. o. Electronic Security Systems Division today announces a partnership with Hie Electronics, Inc., manufacturer of the TeraStack® Solution, to provide green data storage (http://www. hie-electronics. com/optical_data_storage_systems. php) to enhance the video surveillance system in the City of Katowice’s multi-purpose arena complex, Spodek auditorium.

The “Spodek”, or saucer; includes a main dome, gym, ice rink, hotel and three large car parking areas. It is the largest indoor venue of its kind in Poland and hosts concerts, cultural, sports and business events.

The Spodek auditorium public security video storage management (http://www. hie-electronics. com/digital_video_surveillance_data_storage_solution. php) system marks the TeraStack® Solution’s entry into the European market. In the United States, Hie Electronics is a leading provider of green optical data storage (http://www. hie-electronics. com/optical_data_storage_systems_solutions. php) to Fortune 100 companies and in multiple government sectors, addressing the complex data environments with tiered data management and long-term archiving.

“Noma2 projects utilize the best and most innovative components in security monitoring systems and we selected the TeraStack Solution for video storage. The TeraStack Solution’s innovative data management features enhances the Noma2 surveillance video storage system at the Katowice arena,” says Marian Kurzal, Vice-President and Managing Director of the Electronic Security Systems Division for Noma2.

“The TeraStack Solution offers the ability to capture and retain millions of frames of high resolution data in an energy efficient manner,” says Patrick Humm, Chairman and President of Hie Electronics.

Polish law requires videos from public facilities be stored for twelve months for security purposes. At the Katowice arena, more than 160 cameras record 25 frames per second plus audio, capturing up to 345 million frames of video surveillance data (http://www. hie-electronics. com/digital_video_surveillance_data_storage_solution. php) per day.

According to Noma2, the compact TeraStack® Solution offers quicker image and video retrieval for pre-recorded video data. A technical team from Noma2 received product training at the Texas headquarters of Hie Electronics in March.

About Noma2 Electronic Security Systems Division

Noma2 is granted the License of the Minister of Interior and Administration no. L-0952/00 for the Republic of Poland within the scope of people and property protection services for technical security. Since 1991, Noma2 Electronic Security Systems Division has provided complex services within the scope of security systems: design, installation, activation, service and maintenance of security and monitoring systems. During its 19-year activity, Noma2 has received many awards and distinctions in the field of designing and installation of security systems. The Noma2 Electronic Security Systems Division (ZPiMSE) is headquartered in Katowice, Poland. The company’s subsidiaries are in Warsaw and PoznaD. For more information, please visit http://www. systemy. noma2.pl (http://www. systemy. noma2.pl).

About Hie Electronics, Inc.

Hie Electronics, a pioneer of innovation for long-term data storage solutions, is located in McKinney, Texas USA and is the manufacturer of the TeraStack® Solution, useable in a variety of applications where extended data storage is required such as security survellance video storage, company email archives, architectural drawing storage, medical research archives, health records and PACS data storage, geospatial image storage, legal data asset storage, motion picture film archives, government data storage, and more. The company is the recipient of the Frost and Sullivan “2009 North American Data Storage Technologies Green Excellence Award” in Technology Innovation, a North Texas Clean Air Coalition 2009 Clean Air Champion, an Energy Star Small Business Network Participant, and a stakeholder in the Energy Star Enterprise Storage Initiative. For more information, please visit http://www. hie-electronics. com (http://www. hie-electronics. com).

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Laughter Doctor Sets Down in Los Angeles

The Laughter Doctor Sets Down in Los Angeles

Dr. Madan Kataria, the merry medicine man from India, the Guru of Giggling (London Times), now brings the Laughter Club concept to Southern California. He will demonstrate his new yogic technique of Laughter Yoga in a Public Awareness Seminar in Pasadena on 8th April 2005, 6:30pm-8:30pm (Yoga Kingdom Sanctuary, 553 S. Lake Avenue, Pasadena, www. yogakingdom. com). All are welcome to attend.

(PRWEB) March 31, 2005

The author of Laugh For No Reason, Dr. Kataria has been the catalyst for the creation of more than 3,000 laughter clubs worldwide on all 5 continents. Over 100 thousand people gather either daily or weekly to get their dose of laughter exercises before they set off to the office or factory. The Laughter Yoga movement he created is a social one and aims to promote world peace through laughter. It is based on the philosophy of “acting happiness” and is a physically-oriented technique, not a mental practice. In Laughter Yoga, you don't need to be happy, have a sense of humor, or even have a reason in order to laugh. Laughter is a tremendously efficient way to express and release negative emotions in a positive manner, and is proven to relieve stress, improve blood flow and digestion, and strengthen the immune system.

Dr. Kataria's concept has been widely accepted all over the world and appeared in prestigious publications like: National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Time magazine. He has appeared on BBC, CNN, NHK Japan, Star TV, ABC News in USA, Channel 9 in Australia and many television networks in Europe.

‘‘The world is about to laugh as it has never laughed before,’’ says Dr. Madan Kataria, the Indian physician who claims that his laughter exercise routine, which combines both yoga and laughter, not only improves health by reducing negative effects of stress but it might promote world peace. For the first time he has developed a new yogic technique of laughter workouts where anyone can participate in a group laughter everyday without requiring the use of humor or jokes.

Each laughter session starts with deep breathing, and the popular “Ho Ho, Ha Ha Ha” practice, followed by a variety of stimulated laughter techniques with names like: “ Hearty Laughter, Silent Laughter, Lion Laughter, Swinging Laughter, Cocktail Laughter” and many others. After group laughter exercises one can learn to go deeper into "Laughter Meditation" where the laughter will come out spontaneously without any efforts. In a group, laughter club members will also learn how to bring about attitudinal changes so that one can practice ways of sensible living through a unique self-development program called ‘‘Spirit of Laughter’.’

For more information about Laughter Yoga in Los Angeles, please visit www. laughteryoga. us; or contact the American School Of Laughter Yoga at (626) 755-5999. The Pasadena Laughter Club holds weekly meetings and all are welcome to attend. Please visit www. laughteryoga. us for details.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Juice and Smoothie Association Announces Healthy Smoothie Recipes Just in Time for the Holidays

The Juice and Smoothie Association Announces Healthy Smoothie Recipes Just in Time for the Holidays

Holiday Smoothie Recipes

(PRWEB) November 16, 2004

What is a smoothie anyway?

The Juice and Smoothie Association, (JASA), provides the following as a definition of a smoothie:

Smoothy

Variant(s): or smooth·ie /'smü-[th]E/

Function: noun

Inflected Form(s): plural smooth·ies

Smoothies are a sensation in healthy dining. They are basically a healthy meal in a cup that can also double as a quick snack or dessert. Coupled together with vitamin supplements, "power smoothies" can even offer diet enhancement and dramatic weight control. Smoothies are the new beverage and drinkable meal for the future. Here are a couple of holiday smoothie recipes, which are excerpted from, Smoothies! The Original Smoothie Book: Recipes From the Pros, by Dan Titus.

Thanksgiving Special Smoothie

Real pumpkin! Serve with nutmeg sprinkles for a special treat!

8 ounces nonfat milk

1/2 to 3/4 cup canned, cooked pumpkin pie filling

1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

1 cup nonfat frozen vanilla yogurt

1 1/4 cup crushed ice

December Holiday Smoothie

Made with real peppermint extract. Hang a candy cane on the side of the cup when you serve this holiday treat!

8 ounces nonfat milk

6 drops of peppermint extract

10 raspberries

1 cup nonfat frozen vanilla yogurt

1 1/4 cup crushed ice

Founded in 1998, The Juice and Smoothie Association is dedicated to educating consumers about the benefits of juicing and smoothies worldwide. Through consumer awareness campaigns, multimedia products, books and software. JASA strives to provide users with up-to-date information about the juice and smoothie industry and make the experience fun and enjoyable. JASA offers market research reports and consumer books that include industry details and professionally-developed recipes for all to enjoy. JASA products are available at book stores and online at Amazon. com.

For more information, contact:

Shelly Kelly

The Juice and Smoothie Association, JASA

Box 151, Chino Hills, CA 91709

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Jobscience Provides Exclusive Insight into Winning the Healthcare War for Talent

Jobscience Provides Exclusive Insight into Winning the Healthcare War for Talent

Jobscience has announced plans to release the first in a series of quarterly research reports entitled “Healthcare Recruiting and Hiring Best Practices 2006” in May. The report focuses on healthcare HR issues, such as: • 2006 recruiting outlook; • Top sources for quality candidates; • Building a competitive workforce; • Improving core HR processes; and • Best practices in recruiting and hiring in healthcare.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (PRWEB) April 18, 2006

Jobscience, the no. 1 healthcare provider of web-based human resource automation software to hospitals, has announced plans to release the first in a series of quarterly research reports entitled “Healthcare Recruiting and Hiring Best Practices 2006 (http://www. jobscience. net/jpg_lead. htm)” in May.

The report focuses on healthcare HR (http://www. jobscience. net/jpg_lead. htm) issues, such as:

 2006 recruiting outlook;  Top sources for quality candidates;  Building a competitive workforce;  Improving core HR processes; and  Best practices in recruiting and hiring in healthcare.

These issues and more will be addressed in “Healthcare Recruiting and Hiring Best Practices 2006 (http://www. jobscience. net/jpg_lead. htm),” a series of reports which debuts in Q2, 2006. Each quarterly installment will include valuable results from surveys sent to over 5,000 healthcare professionals as well as analysis from Jobscience’s leading experts on healthcare recruiting and hiring.

“Nobody has greater knowledge of recruiting best practices in healthcare than Jobscience,” said Ted Elliott, CEO and founder. “There is a science to recruiting, and this series describes how healthcare human resource professionals (http://www. jobscience. net/jpg_lead. htm) can achieve their most critical objective: hiring top-quality talent that fits the job.”

The “Healthcare Recruiting and Hiring Best Practices 2006 (http://www. jobscience. net/jpg_lead. htm)” series will include such topics as:

 Q2 Healthcare Recruiting and Hiring Best Practices 2006: War for Talent Update  Q3 Healthcare Recruiting and Hiring Best Practices 2006: Talent Acquisition Best Practices  Q4 Healthcare Recruiting and Hiring Best Practices 2006: Benchmarking and Metrics

Pre-register to receive the first “Healthcare Recruiting and Hiring Best Practices 2006: War for Talent Update (http://www. jobscience. net/jpg_lead. htm)” report in May by visiting this link (http://www. jobscience. net/jpg_lead. htm).

The report will also segment findings by industry and company revenue, allowing executives to benchmark relative to their competition and similarly sized firms. In addition, Jobscience will identify best practice trends by evaluating the operational practices of highly successful organizations in each segment.

About Jobscience

Founded in 1999, Jobscience has worked with hundreds of hospitals and has established itself as a leader in recruiting solutions for the healthcare industry. Jobscience implement solutions to identify and recruit talent faster, automate hiring processes, and improve human resources contribution to the bottom line.

415.777.1017  665 Third St., Suite 117  San Francisco, CA 94107  www. jobscience. net (http://www. jobscience. net)

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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ISAA UK Starts Activism Campaign To Clean Up UK TV Programming

ISAA UK Starts Activism Campaign To Clean Up UK TV Programming

UK size acceptance organization responds to discriminating television programming

(PRWEB) July 19, 2004

ISAA UK Starts Activism Campaign To Clean Up UK TV Programming

There is a tremendous amount of fat-bashing and unhealthy weight loss-focused television programming in the United Kingdom. This presents two problems which the International Size Acceptance Association's United Kingdom branch (ISAA UK) would like to address:

1. Size and weight-based discrimination is wrong. It is hate-based discrimination and must be recognised as such. Everyone is deserving of

A basic level of respect, regardless of their size, shape or weight.

2. The weight loss that is focused on and praised is not healthy and it is often brought about through shaming the individual. ISAA UK believes

Everyone should become as fit as possible for their size and that everyone should learn how to make healthy food choices. Simply put, weight loss for the sake of averting criticism highlights the very discrimination we are trying to bring into focus.

ISAA UK is recommending that the public to contact their favourite networks and urge them to stop airing fat-bashing shows. It is ISAA UK's

hope that input from the public will influence the television programming to reduce these hateful and harmful programmes. ISAA UK is

Providing contact information for the main television networks (BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5) on their website at:

Http://www. size-acceptance. org/uk (http://www. size-acceptance. org/uk)
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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Acara Medspa Generates $40K for Pasadena Medical Spa at Smartlipo Event

Acara Medspa Generates $40K for Pasadena Medical Spa at Smartlipo Event

Leading MedSpa consulting company, Acara: planned, promoted and executed a Smartlipo event presenting the benefits of laser body sculpting. The event was held at Biologica Institute, a Los Angeles area Medical Spa, and generated over $40,000 in sales in one day.

Branford, CT (PRWEB) September 3, 2008

Acara, the leading spa consulting team in the Medical Spa Industry planned, promoted and launched an event featuring Smartlipo technology for laser body sculpting and skin tightening. It was held at Biologica Institute, a Pasadena, CA Medical Spa owned and operated by Robert Tostado, MD and Teresa Tostado, NP. The attendee's excitement was obvious with the evening generating over $40,000 in sales in one day.

"We are thrilled with the success of our Smartlipo event (http://www. acaramedspas. com/locations. html#biologica). Once again, Acara has proven that a Medical Spa can succeed even in our challenging economy," stated Dr. Robert Tostado. ''The evening was educational and enjoyable. We were able to inform our guests of the benefits of Smartlipo and all of our medical aesthetic services offered at Biologica Institute while they enjoyed refreshments and gifts.''

Acara's spa consulting team created a cost effective and efficient promotions program for this event, spending less than $1,500 to promote the evening. A strategic mix of guerrilla marketing methods combined with traditional advertising was implemented to create public awareness -- all just 3 weeks prior to the evening. ''This is Medspa marketing at its best, an effective and efficient promotional campaign combined with a strategic sales system which was implemented onsite by one of Acara's top spa consultants, Sandi Unkrur,'' commented Francis X. Acunzo, Acara's CEO.

Currently Smartlipo is the number one aesthetic procedure listed on a top cosmetic website, American Health & Beauty. Physicians are continually seeking to add new aesthetic services to their practices and medical spas to keep pace with consumer demand.

Acara will share the details of this success story during a complimentary webinar, How to Maximize Sales at a Smartlipo Event (https://www1.gotomeeting. com/register/968422770) being held at 1:00 p. m. September 25, 2008. You can register online or visit the Acara Medspa website (http://www. acaramedspas. com/events. html#smartlipo).

In response to this event, Acara just launched a new turnkey solution which replicates this Medspa success story. Our team of expert consultants are immediately available to physicians and owners to implement the program at their Medical Practice or Medical Spa.

About Acara: Acara is the business team for the spa industry offering turnkey and turnaround solutions to owners, operators, physicians and investors seeking to develop, manage and market their Spa, Medical Spa, Cosmetic or Aesthetic Practice. Acara is led by industry leader Francis X. Acunzo and his team of expert consultants with over 25 years of spa, med spa and retail healthcare experience. To learn more visit: www. AcaraMedSpas. com or Acara's recently launched business blog for medical spa professionals, www. SpaBusinessMD. com.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Medical Bill Advocates Give You Medical Bill Relief!

Medical Bill Advocates Give You Medical Bill Relief!

Pap Smears Billed to Men! A Toothbrush for $1,000? Hospital Billing Errors Cost You $$$!

Marietta, GA (PRWEB) September 15, 2010

Medical Refund Service Inc., of Marietta, Georgia wants to announce our 12th year as medical billing advocates for you. Are you having problems with errors on your hospital bills? Is your health insurer not paying your medical claims? Founder (http://medicalrefundservice. com). Our association, "The Medical Billing Advocates of America", is having our 1st Medical Bill Cost Control Conference, November 1-2nd in Baltimore, MD.

Here are just a few examples of medical billing errors are: a Tylenol for $140, $560 for a wooden tongue depressor, $1,000 toothbrush, a charge for "Oral Administration Fee"-actually a nurse hands you a pill, Pap smears billed to men and circumcisions on baby girls.

Tips: Always demand an itemized hospital bill and review it (especially the quantity column). Keep in touch with all the providers that are billing you so you stay out of collections. Negotiations are always possible, but difficult when you are in collections, don't ignore your bills. Write down the name (and extension if possible) of everyone that you speak with, the date and what was discussed. To find an advocate nationwide, please visit: The Medical Billing Advocates of America - http://www. billadvocates. com (http://www. billadvocates. com)

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Nonprofitshoppingmall. com Highlights Sexual Abuse Issues Making RAINN. org Its Default Beneficiary Throughout May

Nonprofitshoppingmall. com Highlights Sexual Abuse Issues Making RAINN. org Its Default Beneficiary Throughout May

Ecommerce fundraising site nonprofitshoppingmall. com takes on a charged, emotional and difficult topic this month -- rape, sexual abuse and incest. In its interview with actress Christina Ricci, national spokesperson for RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) - the nation's leading anti-sexual assault organization, nonprofitshoppingmall. com offers an introduction to the staggering numbers associated with these crimes, their ongoing psychological effects and where public policy issues currently stand with respect to reporting, prosecuting and DNA testing.

Anaheim, CA (PRWEB) May 2, 2008

Ecommerce fundraising site nonprofitshoppingmall. com takes on a charged, emotional and difficult topic this month -- rape, sexual abuse and incest. In its interview with actress Christina Ricci (http://nonprofitshoppingmall. com/people-who-care/christina-ricci), national spokesperson for RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) - the nation's leading anti-sexual assault organization, nonprofitshoppingmall. com offers an introduction to the staggering numbers associated with these crimes, their ongoing psychological effects and where public policy issues currently stand with respect to reporting, prosecuting and DNA testing.

The timing is especially crucial with schools letting out soon for summer and with graduation holidays just around the corner. According to Scott Berkowitz, president & founder of RAINN, somewhere in America, someone is being sexually assaulted at the alarming rate of every two minutes. Almost half of these victims are under 18 and 80% are under 30. RAINN is the go-to site for first-time freshman going away to college, anyone planning to move out on their own or those getting that first job away from home.

On April 14, 2008, RAINN launched its newest outreach program, a safe, secure, anonymous place for victims to get help online. Using an instant-messaging style format, the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline allows sexual assault victims to communicate directly with trained crisis support volunteers available online 24/7. Together with its tele-based National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE), the organization will be able to provide a lifeline to victims trapped in situations where their only safe and secure link to the outside world may be through the Internet.

Nonprofitshoppingmall. com allows consumers to shop online for the things they would normally buy, from the brands they would normally choose, at the prices they would normally pay. The added benefit is that when a consumer purchases items through nonprofitshoppingmall. com they also make a contribution to RAINN through the month of May.

Nonprofitshoppingmall. com site visitors can choose from over 225 brand-name retailers featuring clothing and accessories, home and garden decor, travel deals, health and beauty products, pet supplies, action sports gear and more. Retailers include Target, Amazon, Macys, Urban Outfitters, Aeropostale, Staples, PetCo (http://nonprofitshoppingmall. com/shop) and many others, including a wide range of green and eco-friendly merchants.

In addition to providing support to victims of sexual assault, RAINN. org and their new National Sexual Assault Online Hotline provides information about recovery, medical issues, the criminal justice process, and local resources for family and friends of victims -- help support their goal by shopping through nonprofitshoppingmall. com while turning everyday shopping into everyday giving - everyday.

About nonprofitshoppingmall. com -
Nonprofitshoppingmall. com (www. nonprofitshoppingmall. com) allows consumers to shop online for the things they would normally buy, from the brands they would normally choose, at the prices they would normally pay. Shoppers make a donation to charitable organizations with just one click, giving rise to a powerful yet subtle fundraising tool. Nonprofitshoppingmall. com, an E-commerce site where shopping is good for you and everyone else.

About RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) --
RAINN (www. rainn. org) is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization and was named one of "America's 100 Best Charities" by Worth magazine. RAINN carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

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Swanson Health Products Offers 7 Ways to Make Life Sweeter with 100% Certified Organic Honey from YS Organic Bee Farms

Swanson Health Products Offers 7 Ways to Make Life Sweeter with 100% Certified Organic Honey from YS Organic Bee Farms

Likely you're familiar with the sticky golden nectar naturally produced by honeybees, but did you realize that you can do much more with honey than squirt it on toast?

Fargo, ND (PRWEB) November 11, 2008

From facials to steak marinade, Swanson Health Products offers 7 unusual ways to use YS Organic Bee Farms 100% Certified Organic Honey.

*Salon-Worthy Face Mask*
Glorious, soft skin is just 15 relaxing minutes away when you apply a mask made from egg yolk, honey, and yogurt. In a small bowl, mix the yolk from one egg, a drizzle of Organic Honey from YS Organic Bee Farms (http://www. swansonvitamins. com/offers/INTE469/INTE469.html? SourceCode=INTN011) and a teaspoon of plain yogurt. Spread the mixture on your cleansed face and rest for 15 minutes. Remove by rinsing with warm water. You'll be amazed at how smooth and youthful your skin looks and feels without the salon price-tag!

*Natural Sugar Substitute*
Substitute the delectable nectar from nature for white processed table sugar in nearly any recipe. Use Organic Honey from YS Organics Bee Farms for sugar in a 3:4 ratio. If a recipe calls for one cup of sugar, use ¾ cup of honey. A recipe calling for ½ cup of sugar requires 3/8 cup of honey.

*Egyptian Bath Elixir*
Honey and milk baths were all the rage with Cleopatra during her reign in the 1st century BC. Pamper yourself like a queen with your own blend of ¼ cup powdered milk, ¼ cup of Organic Honey from YS Organics Bee Farms (http://www. swansonvitamins. com/YS018/ItemDetail?&SourceCode=INTN011) and 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil. Add essential oils like exotic ylang ylang if you like. After mixing all the ingredients together, pour into a warm bath and soak for 15 minutes. You'll emerge with silkier skin than you thought possible!

*Sweeten Up Green Tea*
Everyone knows that green tea is a healthy beverage and a great habit to include every day. But drinking plain hot tea leaves many people cold as ice. Try sweetening it with a spoonful of Organic Honey from YS Organics Bee Farms. It has the power to turn ordinary tea into a dessert-like elixir.

*Sizzling Steak Marinade*
Honey is the perfect ingredient in a steak marinade because it adds just the right amount of sweetness to the typical vinegar base. The meat will literally sizzle on the grill, too! Here's an easy one to prepare: 1 cup of steak sauce, ½ cup of bottled Italian dressing, ½ cup of Organic Honey from YS Organics Bee Farms, ½ teaspoon of soy sauce and ½ teaspoon of garlic powder (http://www. swansonvitamins. com/SWF027/ItemDetail?&SourceCode=INTN011). Mix ingredients in a blender and pour over two pounds of steak. Marinade meat for up to 48 hours in the refrigerator. Remove steak to grill and discard remaining marinade. Ymmm…guaranteed great taste!

*Dress Your Greens in Good Taste*
The right dressing can make or break a salad. Turn spinach into a delicious supper with this one made from all natural ingredients. In a blender mix the juice from one large lemon (about 1/3 cup), 1 egg yolk, 1/3 cup of prepared stone-ground mustard, ½ cup of Organic Honey from YS Organics Bee Farms, 2 tablespoons of chopped onion, a dash of salt, a dash of pepper, and ½ teaspoon of garlic powder. Remove the lid and drizzle in 1 cup of olive or canola oil very slowly while the ingredients blend. Pour into a glass jar until ready to serve. Spoon about two tablespoons of dressing over an imaginative mixture of greens, vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts.

*Celery Dipped in Peanut Butter & Honey*
Create healthy yet tasty hors d'oeuvres in mere minutes by spreading peanut butter into the crevice of a celery stalks; then dip the celery in Organic Honey from YS Organics Bee Farms. This final step adds a bit of bliss to the creamy, crunchy snack.

Visit Swanson Health Products (http://www. swansonvitamins. com/?&SourceCode=INTN011) through Thursday November 13 and receive a free 8 oz jar of Organic Honey with an order of $40 or more. Also, for a limited time receive free shipping with an order of $65 or more. Just enter promo code SWEET1108 (http://www. swansonvitamins. com/PromoCode?&SourceCode=INTN011) to receive the free gift and shipping.

With four generations of hands-on beekeeping experience and solid relationships with beekeepers in North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand, YS Organic Bee Farms takes pride in generating global excitement about certified organic bee products.

Swanson Health Products (http://www. swansonvitamins. com/?&SourceCode=INTN011) is an industry leader in bringing vitamins direct to consumers at the lowest price possible. Swanson Health Products (http://www. swansonvitamins. com/?&SourceCode=INTN011) goes a step beyond its competitors by offering powerful guarantees. All products are backed by a 100% Satisfaction, Money-Back Guarantee and Double the Difference Lowest Price Guarantee.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Joel Madden and Nicole Richie to Flip the Switch at the UNICEF and City of Beverly Hills 2008 Snowflake Lighting

Joel Madden and Nicole Richie to Flip the Switch at the UNICEF and City of Beverly Hills 2008 Snowflake Lighting

Joel Madden and Nicole Richie to flip the switch at the UNICEF and City of Beverly Hills 2008 Snowflake Lighting. Ceremony to also feature performances by The 88 and Kreesha Turner.

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 20, 2008

The U. S. Fund for UNICEF (http://www. unicefusa. org/) announced that Joel Madden, UNICEF Ambassador, and Nicole Richie will host UNICEF's 2008 Beverly Hills Snowflake Lighting Ceremony (http://fieldnotes. unicefusa. org/2008/11/unicef_snowflake_lightings. html) on Saturday, November 22 at the intersection of Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard. The ceremony highlights the city of Beverly Hills' "Light the Night" annual holiday event where the UNICEF Snowflake and the 20 Baccarat chandeliers that grace Rodeo Drive are illuminated to kick off the holiday season.

Madden, lead vocalist for the critically acclaimed, platinum-album-selling band, Good Charlotte, was named UNICEF's newest Goodwill Ambassador in July 2008 during CNN's broadcast of "The Survival Project: One Child at a Time" and his first field visit as an official UNICEF Ambassador is scheduled for the fall. Richie is also no stranger to social and humanitarian causes as she and Madden recently formed the Richie-Madden Children's Foundation, a charity which provides funding to groups focused on improving pediatric health, education and human rights, both domestically and abroad.

"We are honored to have Joel and Nicole participate in the Beverly Hills lighting ceremony," says Caryl Stern, President and Chief Executive Officer of the U. S. Fund for UNICEF. "With their tremendous commitment to UNICEF's child survival mission, Joel and Nicole are the perfect people for UNICEF to share this meaningful tradition with."

Also, during the lighting ceremony, The 88 and Capital Records performing artist Kreesha Turner will treat guests to a live performance. LA-based band The 88 debuted their album "Not Only... But Also" last month and fans have heard their hit songs during popular television shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Gossip Girl and 90210. Kreesha Turner is currently working on her latest album "Passion" and will pump up the crowd with her smash hit "Bounce With Me" which has been featured on The Hills, Lipstick Jungle and Ugly Betty.

Before Madden and Richie take the stage to flip the switch to illuminate the UNICEF Snowflake, guests will enjoy family activities and a visit from Santa Claus along Rodeo Drive. The evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display atop the Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel, which is home to the west coast UNICEF Snowflake. In conjunction with the lighting, the hotel has created the "Melted Snowflake," a special drink in honor of the UNICEF Snowflake that will be served on the hot chocolate menu in The BLVD.

Festivities begin at 3:00pm with the official lighting at 6:00pm. The UNICEF Snowflake Lighting is open to the public and the Snowflake will be illuminated for the entire holiday season serving as a beacon of hope, peace and compassion.

About UNICEF:
For more than 60 years, UNICEF has been the world's leading international children's organization, working in 156 countries to address the ongoing issues that affect why kids are dying. UNICEF provides lifesaving nutrition, clean water, education, protection and emergency response saving more young lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. While millions of children die every year of preventable causes like dehydration, upper respiratory infections and measles, UNICEF, with the support of partnering organizations and donors alike, has the global experience, resources and reach to give children the best hope of survival. unicefusa. org (http://www. unicefusa. org).

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Dr. Jeffrey Liu of Las Vegas One of Only 13 Physicians Authorized to Perform New FDA Approved Water Assisted Liposuction in US

Dr. Jeffrey Liu of Las Vegas One of Only 13 Physicians Authorized to Perform New FDA Approved Water Assisted Liposuction in US

Water Assisted Liposuction is the newest form of lipo and requires no general anesthesia. It is safe, comfortable and the patients see results right away, according to Dr. Liu, whose Miracle-Image Medaesthetic Institute offers a new reason to vacation in Vegas.

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) January 23, 2009

Dr. Jeffrey Liu of Las Vegas, is one of only 13 elite physicians in the US who are authorized to perform the new FDA approved water assisted liposuction. The new procedure also known as WAL, uses water to break down the extracellular matrix that holds fat cells together. As a result, fat cells can be removed gently for ultimate patient comfort and safety.

According to Dr. Liu of Miracle Image Medaesthetic Institute (http://www. miracle-image. com (http://www. miracle-image. com)) the procedure can be done in a physician's office using only local anesthesia, so patients avoid the risks and complications of general anesthesia. A small amount of numbing medicine is added to the water during the entire procedure.

Water assisted lipo uses a Body Jet Liposuction machine, which is more natural to the delicate body than lasers, ultrasound, or other means of liposuction. Patients can choose to take mild sedatives to sleep through the procedure or they can remain awake throughout. Either way, patients find the procedure very comfortable.

"The WAL technique is ultra efficient, as it allows more fat removal in less time with unmatched liposuction precision and results," said Dr. Liu. "An average liposuction area can be completed without general anesthesia in just one hour and can usually be done with a single, small 2 to 3 mm incision for quick healing."

Typically, a patient comes in without the restriction of food intake or fasting. The preoperative pictures are taken, informed consent is reviewed, vital signs are taken and then liposuction is started. "Water Assisted Lipo is safe, comfortable and the patients see results right away, said Dr. Liu. "Most patients go back to work in one or two days."

Who is a good candidate? "Anybody who is healthy and not pregnant or nursing is a good candidate for water assisted liposuction," according to Dr. Liu, but he is quick to point out that liposuction is not a way to lose weight. It is however, a great way to improve your body shape, contour, or curves and provide the confidence needed to pursue a healthier lifestyle.

About Dr. Jeffrey T. Liu (http://www. miracle-image. com (http://www. miracle-image. com))
Jeffrey T. Liu, MD, is a board certified Ob-Gyn physician in Las Vegas, NV. He has been in practice for 15 years and is affiliated with West Valley Women's Care and Miracle Image Medaesthetic. Institute. Dr. Liu is now one of only 13 physicians in the US authorized to perform Water Assisted Liposuction. Dr. Liu received his medical degree from University Of Nevada School Of Medicine in Reno, NV and completed his residency at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, Obstetrics and Gynecology.

About Water Assisted Liposuction
Water assisted liposuction or WAL, was first developed in Germany in 2000 and has become very popular in Asia and Europe since 2004. It uses water to break down the extracellular matrix that holds the fat together to allow the fat cells to be removed gently for ultimate patient safety and comfort. Water Assisted Liposuction has just recently been FDA approved in America. The procedure uses Body Jet Liposuction equipment.

Http://www. miracle-image. com (http://www. miracle-image. com)

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ancient Sun Sponsors Hikers, Cyclists, on Cross-Country Journeys: Athletes Appreciate the Health Benefits of AFA

Ancient Sun Sponsors Hikers, Cyclists, on Cross-Country Journeys: Athletes Appreciate the Health Benefits of AFA

Ancient Sun Nutrition, Inc. a North Carolina nutritional supplement company, is sponsoring athletes toward greater physical health and endurance. In recent months, more requests have come to the company for product sponsorship as athletes learn how Aphanizomenon flos-aquae or ‘living flower of the water’ aids their physical pursuits.

Asheville, NC (PRWEB) June 28, 2006

Ancient Sun Nutrition, Inc. a North Carolina nutritional supplement company, is sponsoring athletes toward greater physical health and endurance. In recent months, more requests have come to the company for product sponsorship as athletes learn how Aphanizomenon flos-aquae or ‘living flower of the water’ aids their physical pursuits.

AFA is a wild-harvested fresh water algae that grows in the unique ecosystem of Klamath Lake Oregon. AFA is known for its many health-promoting qualities, including healthier immune function, balanced metabolism, and increased energy and stamina.

This summer, hikers Gabriele Beland and David Cote take to the Pacific Coastal Trail with enough AFA to last the whole trip. Beland, who was first introduced to AFA at the annual San Francisco Green Festival, first contacted Ancient Sun about a sponsorship opportunity when she realized the importance of food on the trail. She and David both believe that a daily dose of AFA will help them reach their goal. 

In Southern California, the eight-man team for Donate For Life begins their trek for the Race Across America similarly prepared. Measuring 3052 miles, the race begins at Oceanside, CA, and one week later, participants cross the finish line in Atlantic City NJ at the famous Boardwalk.

“I contacted Ancient Sun because I take AFA myself and feel it would benefit the other riders not to mention the overall health of the team,” explains Johnathan Boyer, an avid cyclist and owner of Boyer Sports, who won the race in 1985. He will be going for the record again this year.

Approaching its fifth year, Ancient Sun has experienced 100% growth in the past year. CEO Clive Adams comments on the growth, “Its clear that consumers are becoming more informed in their healthcare choices. AFA offers them the chance to be healthier, happier individuals. For athletes, there is no other green supplement that offers the same benefits.”

For more information, go to www. ancientsuninc. com, or www. ancientsunnutrition. com.

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Author Nancy Deville on Getting Real About Fats and Carbs

Author Nancy Deville on Getting Real About Fats and Carbs

"Real food" advocate Nancy Deville, author of seven books in the health genre, including Death By Supermarket: The Fattening, Dumbing Down and Poisoning of America is making a case for "Real Food"

Santa Monica, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) January 07, 2011

Over the past few decades the medical community hasn’t been able to agree on the basic causes of our current obesity and disease epidemic. Now the pointing finger is aimed at carbs, the new villain. Does anyone have 'the final answer'?

One expert who seems to have intelligent, well-researched answers is “real food” advocate Nancy Deville, author of seven books in the health genre, including Death By Supermarket: The Fattening, Dumbing Down and Poisoning of America (Greenleaf Book Group Press, March 2011) and her much anticipated new book, Healthy Sexy Happy: A Thrilling Journey to the Ultimate You. (Greenleaf Book Group Press, May 2011).

In the mid-1990s, for example, a number of books about weight loss claimed that it was fat, not sugar, that was mainly responsible for making people fat. Millions of us who took that advice to heart and religiously ate a low-fat diet, often for years, have discovered that this diet was actually a recipe for fatigue, brain fog, fat rolls around the waist, cellulite on the hips, butt, and thighs, depression, and in some cases serious illness— from GERD to heart disease.

For Deville, the answer to the obesity conundrum is clear: “Real foods, eaten in balance.” As she explains, “The solution is a balanced diet of real, whole, living food that nourishes the body, calms the mind, and opens the spirit to self compassion and compassion for others. If everyone ate a balanced diet of real, whole, living food, the vast majority of our physical and emotional problems, as individuals and as a society, would vanish. We would be a healthy, sexy, happy nation.”

Deville confesses that she herself once fell for the low-fat hype. “When I saw what eating a low-fat diet did to me— the cellulite, the aging, the sluggishness and all the other symptoms— I immediately went back to eating the way my grandma taught me, and the way people used to eat, that is a balanced diet of real, whole, living foods that could be picked, gathered, milked, hunted or fished, that were grown or raised in a clean, organic environment, and have not undergone any processing.”

Sounds great, but what about the still raging fats versus carbs controversy? And why exactly have fat and carbs have been pitted against each other? As Deville reports, “Carbs and fats are both energy sources. However, carbs are merely fuel, while fats are fuel but also make structures like bones, nails, and hair, and are also necessary to make hormones, enzymes, and what I call “happy” neurotransmitters. This is a distinct and important difference. Fat isn’t stored as fat if you don’t eat it in with too many carbs, because fat can’t be stored unless insulin is secreted. And insulin is not secreted in response to eating fat.”

Deville holds the food industry responsible for supplying the highly refined carbohydrate products that Americans turned to as an alternative to what she calls a “historic diet” of real, whole, living foods. “Many of these factory food products contain toxic oils that provide a long shelf life, which makes them lucrative for food makers. The oxidation/rancidity process of these toxic oils, caused by heat/chemical processing and exposure to oxygen, creates free radicals, which damage mitochondria (the energy factories in cells), and hinder metabolism. At the same time, these oils also make the food products tasty and addictive. The consumption of products made from these toxic polyunsaturated veggie fats (corn, cottonseed, safflower, soy, sunflower) combined with refined white flour and corn, has caused obesity, accelerated aging, the skyrocketing rates of cancer, heart disease, autoimmune conditions, and many other problems.

“The low-fat diet failed dismally and ushered in all of these toxic highly refined foods. Now let’s do something else,” Nancy Deville says. What does she recommend? “Going back to a balanced diet of historically eaten real, whole living food. Foods that were eaten 150 years ago before factory food was introduced.”

Nancy Deville, who is against dieting of any kind, explains that eating a balanced diet is different for everyone because we all have different metabolic needs depending on our dietary history, our current health, fitness, and activity levels. Eating in a balanced way means that you must continually adjust how many carbs you’re taking in as your health (and metabolic rate) fluctuates. If you don’t eat enough carbs for your metabolic set point, you won’t feel full/satisfied. You will have difficulty sleeping, experience hunger in the middle of the night, feel more wired during the day, and crave stimulants. Cutting back too far on carbs also results in depleting muscle mass.

“Muscle mass is the backbone of your metabolic rate. Muscle mass uses more energy than the rest of the tissues. The more muscle mass you have, the more efficient your metabolism. The less muscle mass the less efficient your metabolism, so your body will break down more than it builds back up—and that is exactly what you don’t want.

“The goal is to eat the right amount of complex carbs—starchy veggies, fruit, legumes, nuts, and grains—for your metabolic set point, while eating plenty of protein, fat and cholesterol, along with lots of non-starchy vegetables.”

In her upcoming book Healthy Sexy Happy, Deville recommends carbs per meal (along with meal plan examples and a carb counter) for the following metabolic set points: Too Thin, Overweight/Obese, Sedentary, Unhealthy, Plump but Active, Ideal Body Except for Fat Around Your Middle (and/or over 50), Fit and Healthy, and Extreme Athlete. Her counsel to anyone who wants to be “healthy, sexy, and happy” is to “begin by eliminating all factory food, and eat real food, making sure to balance your intake of proteins, fats, non-starchy vegetables, and carbs.”

For more information, go to http://www. nancydeville. com

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Creme of Nature Celebrates 30 Years of Style in the Style Capital of the World

Creme of Nature Celebrates 30 Years of Style in the Style Capital of the World

To celebrate 30 years of maintaining healthy and beautiful hair for women of color, Creme of Nature joined forces with famed shoe designer Etu Evans to give two deserving women the gift of glamour from the ground up. From a sweepstakes with thousands of entrants, two were selected to experience style and beauty, the Creme of Nature way.

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 24, 2006

To celebrate 30 years of maintaining healthy and beautiful hair for women of color, Creme of Nature joined forces with famed shoe designer Etu Evans to give two deserving women the gift of glamour from the ground up. From a sweepstakes with thousands of entrants, two were selected to experience style and beauty, the Creme of Nature way.

Creme of Nature has been a leader in the formulation of shampoos and conditioners that address the specific needs of ethnic hair for three decades. In recent years, the company has expanded their offerings to include relaxers and at home hair color to the brand’s product collection.

Shawn Tollerson, Vice President of Marketing for Colomer USA, says of the sweepstakes, “We want to thank our customers who have been loyal to the brand over the years and remind them that Creme of Nature remains the trusted brand of choice for beautiful and healthy hair.”

Creating an event that honed in on the heritage of ethnic beauty, The Colomer Group chose Harlem’s Tribal Spears Gallery as a forum in which to highlight beauty and style. For Alicia Forte of Miami, FL and Keesha Pelzer of Bowman, South Carolina, the winners of Creme of Nature’s Beauty from Head to Toe Sweepstakes, the experience was phenomenal.

The winners were greeted with a lavish display of hors d’oeuvres and wine, interviewed by two leading African-American women’s magazines and captured on film by a flurry of photographers. The highlight of the afternoon was a custom shoe fitting by award winning shoe designer and Harlem native Etu Evans. Known as the Harlem Blahnik, Evans began the fittings by creating an outline of each foot and measuring selected areas. Upon completion, the foot and leg were given an intense and relaxing massage. Following the pampering, each winner selected the style of her shoe and the material from which each pair would be crafted. The specifications for each pair will be sent to Italy for construction and in six to eight weeks, both Alicia and Keesha will be the newest members of Etu Evans’ elite group of custom footwear owners. Retailing between $2,500 and $3,500 per pair, this gift of indulgence is a once in a lifetime treat for most.

The day of style and beauty concluded with a cocktail party hosted by Etu Evans and The Colomer Group in honor of the winners. The well-attended reception brought together some of the community’s most notable figurers, including public city and state officials and noted author Kevin Powell.

This stylish promotional event marked the beginning of a new era for the Creme of Nature brand as it repositions to gain a larger share in the nearly $2 billion per year ethnic personal care retail market.

Colomer USA is the manufacturer of Creme of Nature®, Revlon Realistic®, African Pride®, All Ways Natural®, Fabulaxer®, HerbaRich®, 911®, Lottabody® and Ginseng Miracle®. In addition to Colomer’s headquarters in Spain, the global corporation has facilities in the United States, Italy, South Africa, Mexico and Ireland. The Colomer USA Multicultural Group is headquartered in Jacksonville, FL.

For more information on Colomer USA’s family of products, call toll-free 866.720.0603 or visit www. thecolomergroup. com

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The “Right” Way to Part… CEO of World’s Largest Dating Service Advises on Breaking Up

The “Right” Way to Part… CEO of World’s Largest Dating Service Advises on Breaking Up

Whether you’ve been in a relationship for weeks, months or years - realizing that it’s not working out and breaking up, is most always difficult and emotionally draining. And oftentimes, very uncivil.

Kingston, MA (PRWEB) August 20, 2006

According to Paul A. Falzone, CEO of The Right One and Together Dating, “Deciding to break up and doing so is a painful process. But, what can make it even worse is the behavior of one or both people involved.

For example, one of you wants out of the relationship, but the other is not ready to break up and move on because he/she still has feelings for the other. Does that make it okay for one person to treat the other disrespectfully by trashing his/her stuff or bothering him/her at work? No. It’s not healthy and doesn’t help either party.”

Below, Falzone shares “etiquette” tips for breaking up.

Be direct. So, you’ve decided that this relationship isn’t for you and what you want for yourself is so very different than what you’ve got. Or, your goals and values just don’t mesh. Whatever the reason, you’ve decided to break up with your partner. When telling him/her, don’t cite a long list of his/her faults or lie about the fact that you’ve just decided he/she is not right for you. It may be painful for you both in the short term, but be honest and to the point, as it is the fastest way to gain closure.

Face to face break up. Yes, breaking up over the phone is almost as unacceptable as breaking up via e-mail. These are the easiest, yet worst ways to break up with someone and the quickest way to fuel the fires of anger. Translation? These types of bad break-ups just about warrant bad, trashing your stuff, behavior from your former lover. Don’t go there. He/she deserves better, so break up face to face.

Find neutral ground. Your best friend’s wedding is not a good place to break up. Nor is a restaurant or somewhere else with optimum visibility, as emotions will run high and you don’t need an audience. Find neutral territory, like a public park.

Custody battles. Figuring out who gets custody of items you purchased together and shared will be tough. It almost becomes a game – “the JetSki for the plasma screen TV. Deal or no deal?” You will have to compromise. Unfortunately, you two may not be good at compromise, and it may be the reason you’re at the break-up stage. In any case, try to work it out in the most civil, respectful manner possible. Bring in a friend as a mediator to help keep everyone calm. One additional note: Items given as gifts on a holiday or a birthday cannot be taken back.

Singles help is on the way

Catering to more than 300,000 members at over 60 locations throughout North America, The Right One, Together Dating and Elove. com are the largest bricks and mortar dating services as well as online hybrid in the industry, offering a more consistent product, a greater number of potentially compatible mates and added value of flexibility in transferring memberships to another geographic region.

Celebrating More Than 30 Years

The merger of national offices of The Right One with North American branches of Together resulted in a partnership that has created the largest personal introduction service in the United States.

Now celebrating their 32nd anniversary, The Right One, Together Dating and Elove. com have an ambitious plan to open between 12/24 new offices a year. The Right One and Together have more than 300,000 members – many of whom have their memberships on hold while they take the time to explore a successful relationship. With more than 500 employees, The Right One and Together gross more than $45 million a year in revenue.

Romantic Locations

The Right One’s offices and affiliates located throughout the United States include: California (San Diego); Colorado (Glendale); Florida (Miami); Georgia (Atlanta); Kansas (Wichita and Overland Park); Illinois (Downers Grove, Rockford and Bloomington); New Jersey (Cherry Hill, Hackensack); Massachusetts (Norwell, Newton, Shrewsbury and Woburn); Nebraska (Omaha and Lincoln); Pennsylvania (King of Prussia, Pittsburgh and Monroeville); Rhode Island (Warwick); Texas (Dallas, Austin); and Wisconsin (Madison, Appleton, Brookfield).

North American locations and affiliates of Together are: California (Encino, Irvine, Los Angeles, Upland); Florida (Palm Beach, Vero Beach); Georgia (Savannah); Indiana (Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, South Bend); Kentucky (Lexington, Louisville); Louisiana (New Orleans); Maryland (Columbia, Frederick); Minnesota (Minneapolis); Nevada (Reno); New Hampshire (Hooksett, Nashua, Portsmouth and Salem); New Jersey (Bridgewater, Clark, Colts Neck and Lawrenceville); Ohio (Cincinnati); Pennsylvania (Mechanicsburg); South Carolina (Greenville); South Dakota (Sioux Falls); Texas (San Antonio, Beaumont and Houston) and Virginia (Falls Church).

For more information about Together Dating and The Right One, please visit their websites at www. therightone. com, www. togetherdating. com, and www. elove. com or call

(800) 818-DATE (3283).

(Editor note: For interviews with the colorful and articulate Paul A. Falzone, CEO of eLove, The Right One and Together Dating and the author of a recent book on the history of dating, please contact Steve Dubin, PR Works, at (781) 582-1061.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

WOW! Creations Go To the Emmy's

WOW! Creations Go To the Emmy's

WOW! Creations go to the Emmy's.

Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) August 31, 2006

WOW! Creations, just off its success of the 55th Annual Miss Universe Pageant, just delivered their Celebrity Gift Bags to the Winners in Sunday nights 58th Annual Emmy Awards.

WOW! Creations is a Beverly Hills-based gift bag provider who provides innovative event production, gift experiences and promotional marketing for corporate clientele. WOW! Creations is a niche marketing company offering celebrity VIP Gift Bags and Celebrity Outreach lounges for Award Shows, Film Festivals, Beauty Pageants, Parties and individual Gifting experiences.

These gift bags were filled with cutting edge products from electronics to clothing, skin care, hair care products and gourmet foods and alcoholic beverages.

Some of our partners who were included in our WOW! Creations Celebrity Gift Bag were: GRGICH HILLS Chardonnay wine, SINGHA BEER, Donny Miller's "Beautiful People with Beautiful Feelings" book, LALABOODLES Gourmet Toffee, USANA skincare, DR. VERA NAZZAL Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, YUMMY EARTH lolly pops, MONTE CRISTO cigars, HAUTE MOMS RULE T. SHIRTS, DNACTIVE, HAWAIIAN STYLE MAGAZINE, BITTERSWEET BUTTERLY, SAMY SALON, IZZIE SODA, SPA 415, NANCY'S HEALTHY KITCHEN, COOL BALLS, PIMP JUICE, JAQUA BEAUTY to name just a few. For a complete listing please visit us at www. wowcreationsmedia. com

Some of the winners at this years Emmy Awards who will be enjoying WOW! Creations Celebrity Gift Bags are : Megan Mullaly, Alan Alda, Blythe Danner, Jeremy Piven, Kelly Macdonald, Leslie Jordan, Cloris Leachman, Barry Manilow, Jeremy Irons, Andre Braugher, Kiefer Sutherland and Tony Shaloub to name a few.

The next stop for WOW! Creations will be the MTV Video Music Awards Celebrity Gift Bag on Thursday August 31st.

Some of the Talent designated to receive these fantastic swag bags will be : Kanye West, Mariah Carey, P. Diddy, Justin Timberlake, Busta Rymes, James Blunt, Madonna and Nick Lachey.

WOW! Creations

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Beverly Hills, California

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310-598-0442

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Vidius Achieves OPSEC Certification from Check Point

Vidius Achieves OPSEC Certification from Check Point

PortAuthority Seamlessly Integrates with Check PointÂ’s Leading Internet Security Software to Secure Networks From Unauthorized Remote Access to Instant Messaging Applications

(PRWEB) December 4, 2003

Los Angeles, California – December 8, 2003 – Vidius, Inc., today announced that its Vidius PortAuthority® has achieved OPSEC™ (Open Platform for Security) certification from Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), the worldwide leader in securing the Internet. Through OPSEC certification, Vidius PortAuthority seamlessly integrates with Check Point's market-leading VPN-1® SecureClient software using OPSEC interfaces to block remote users from accessing instant messaging (IM) applications.

A growing number of enterprises rely on Check Point's sophisticated security technology for multi-layered defense systems. Check Point VPN-1 SecureClient provides Secure Configuration Verification (SCV) checks, a set of conditions that define a securely configured client system, ensuring remote users are secure prior to connecting to the corporate VPN. Vidius PortAuthority relays IM client information to Check Point VPN-1 SecureClient, which then drops the network connection to prevent corporate information from being disseminated over IM applications.

"PortAuthorityÂ’s tight integration with VPN-1 SecureClient provides customers with added assurance that only secure remote desktops legitimately access corporate resources. As information security needs become more complex, Vidius is committed to providing customers with effortless IM application security deployment and management within multi-layered security infrastructure environments," said Ariel Peled, CTO of Vidius.

“Our customers realize that IM applications pose a potential threat to corporate integrity,” said Upesh Patel, director, business development, for Check Point Software Technologies. "By securing the network against IM applications, security administrators can be assured that their remote employees maintain the same high levels of security as on-site employees, and we are pleased to OPSEC certify Vidius’s PortAuthority.”

About PortAuthority

PortAuthority is used to detect clients running IM applications and report this to Check PointÂ’s VPN-1 SecureClient. This enables VPN-1 SecureClient to block the VPN tunnel for any client that does not comply with the centrally managed IM policy. PortAuthority is built using Check PointÂ’s OPSEC interfaces.

About PortAuthority

PortAuthority is used to detect clients running IM applications and report this to Check PointÂ’s VPN-1 SecureClient. This enables VPN-1 SecureClient to block the VPN tunnel for any client that does not comply with the centrally managed IM policy. PortAuthority is built using Check PointÂ’s OPSEC interfaces.

About Vidius

Founded in March 2000, Vidius is a privately held, venture-funded company that is headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif., Vidius, Inc. is the developer of PortAuthority™, security software that transparently prevents information from being distributed to unauthorized personnel – inside the enterprise and beyond. Its products are in use by leading banks, healthcare, pharmaceutical and research organizations worldwide to protect private and sensitive information. Its unique information identification technology is the foundation of PortAuthority™ and the company has filed over 24 patents related to securing and tracking digital assets.

About Check Point's OPSEC

OPSEC (Open Platform for Security) is the industry's open, multi-vendor security framework. With over 350 partners, OPSEC guarantees customers the broadest choice of best-of-breed integrated applications and deployment platforms that support Check Point's Secure Virtual Network Architecture. Products that carry the OPSEC Certified seal have been tested to guarantee integration and interoperability. For complete OPSEC Alliance program information, including partner and product listings, the freely available OPSEC SDK (software development kit) and evaluation versions of OPSEC Certified products, visit http://www. opsec. com (http://www. opsec. com).

Sunday, January 11, 2009

EPharmacies. com Offers an All New Way to Search for & Save on Prescription Medication

EPharmacies. com Offers an All New Way to Search for & Save on Prescription Medication

EPharmacies. com is changing the way consumers purchase their medications.

San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) November 9, 2007

The rising costs of health care and pharmaceuticals have been on the consumer's mind for many years. For those needing several prescription medications (http://www. epharmacies. com/) just to live a normal life, these costs hit the hardest. The Internet has provided some help for them by opening doors to overseas pharmacies (http://www. epharmacies. com/) such as Canadian pharmacies (http://www. epharmacies. com/canadianandmexicanpharmacies. aspx) or Mexican pharmacies (http://www. epharmacies. com/canadianandmexicanpharmacies. aspx). However, even finding these online is hard for most people. Not anymore.

EPharmacies. com (http://www. epharmacies. com/) has come to make the search easier for any and all prescription drugs (http://www. epharmacies. com/drugsearch. asp). After being online for over a year, ePharmacies. com is proud to now offer the most comprehensive, free search for prescription medication (http://www. epharmacies. com/drugsearch. asp) on the Internet. Anyone can use the free drug search (http://www. epharmacies. com/drugsearch. asp) at ePharmacies to find the lowest prices on all of their necessary medications. Since the launch of the free search, ePharmacies has helped thousands of people find exactly what they needed and saved them money at the same time.

"My heart condition has cost me more than I can remember over the last five years when it comes to the prescriptions they given me at my Doctor's office. When I found the search at ePharmacies, my life changed. In the last few months, I have been saving over 57% across the board on my prescriptions and best of all; I don't have to go to the pharmacy multiple times a month anymore."

This response is just one of many similar ones received by users who have changed their lives by using the services that ePharmacies. com has to offer. Representatives of ePharmacies. com have said that it is exactly for these types of experiences that they keep the search on their site for free. By increasing their database of domestic, overseas, Mexican, and Canadian pharmacies (http://www. epharmacies. com/canadianandmexicanpharmacies. aspx) each day, ePharmacies. com hopes to continue providing their users with the best experience possible.

For more information about ePharmacies. com, visit the site at http://www. epharmacies. com/ (http://www. epharmacies. com/). You will find that they also offer many other services in addition to the free drug search (http://www. epharmacies. com/drugsearch. asp).

About ePharmacies. com

EPharmacies. com is an independent pharmacy advocacy group web site that is based entirely on members' feedback. They are dedicated to helping consumers find the lowest price on their prescription medications, safe and fast.

Media Contact:

Joshua Daly

(888) 357-0508

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Nashville Leads the Way with Nationally Recognized "Green Concept" in Home Construction

Nashville Leads the Way with Nationally Recognized "Green Concept" in Home Construction

The future of environmental home-building is in Middle Tennessee I Want a Better House, Inc. honored as one of the Country's BEST business plans.

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) September 22, 2009

I Want a Better House, Inc. is the first Nashville business to be named one of Forbes. com's Best Business Plan finalists through Forbes. com's "Boost Your Business" contest. Nashville area residents may vote for the first Nashville business to receive the distinction of the Country's BEST BUSINESS plan by voting for I Want a Better House on iwantabetterhouse. com or through forbes. com. This honor would bring nationwide attention to Nashville through Forbes. com.

I Want a Better House is a one-stop shop that connects the consumer directly to certified energy-efficient products in order to truly build a "green" house. I Want a Better House leads the industry by offering Insulated Concrete Form construction, along with Energy Star windows, geo-thermal HVAC systems, and low-wattage LED lights to build a truly sustainable house. By constructing new homes utilizing this building technology, I Want a Better House assists consumers in saving an average of 65% off their utility bills compared to other houses of the same size.

"Going Green", "Environmentally-Friendly" or "Organic" are all buzz-words that advertising uses to try to connect with energy - conscious consumers. Long before this "trend" began, Tim Hawbaker, President of I Want a Better House, Inc., was a major advocate for responsible building practices. "It is my mission to educate the consumer and the industry about alternative ways of building smarter and better while using efficient technology".

Many people in the market for a custom-built home are interested in learning more about building a "green" home in an effort to minimize their monthly utility bills while also reducing their own carbon footprint, but don't know where to turn for a business that does it all. There are thousands of products that claim to be "green", but it can be difficult to filter through the products and decipher fact from fiction for the average consumer. I Want a Better House, Inc. has an educational showroom in Nashville for customers to gain knowledge about the best products for building a sustainable, healthy, energy-efficient environment.

Tim Hawbaker says, "The "energy-efficient" market is growing at an astronomical rate as it is encouraged and rewarded through tax rebates by the federal government. McGraw-Hill Construction, a New York-based information service, projects that up to 20% of all homes in 2013 will be built energy efficient. I Want a Better House is designed to be the leader in distributing energy-efficient and green building products for the custom home market."

Tim Hawbaker is a LEED AP and a Certified Green (Building) Professional. He's a certified AIA instructor and a NAHB Trainer. He also holds a license as an industrial, commercial and residential general contractor and welcomes inquiries as an energy expert. To learn more about I Want a Better House, Inc. visit iwantabetterhouse. com and vote for I Want a Better House, Inc. as the Country's Best Business Plan. For media inquiries about I Want a Better House, Inc., please contact Alanna Napier, 615-480-3816 with Nashville PR. com.

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ScreenScape key To Rapid Expansion Of Optometry News Network - Now Reaching 60,000 Patients Per Month

ScreenScape key To Rapid Expansion Of Optometry News Network - Now Reaching 60,000 Patients Per Month

ScreenScape’s scalable group license affords rapid expansion of Optometry News Network to include 35 FYidoctors practices

Charlottetown, PE (PRWEB) May 10, 2010

The Optometry News Network (ONN) and ScreenScape are pleased to announce the addition of approximately 35 FYidoctors’ practices to the ONN digital venue network, increasing ONN's national reach to 60,000 optometry patients per month.

FYidoctors chose ONN as their digital venue network provider in an effort to re-define the waiting room experience of their patients. This provides a great opportunity to reach out to patients at a time when they are most likely to be curious about the health of their eyes and making decisions about their eye care needs. FYidoctors has already started to use the ONN displays within their waiting rooms to educate and reinforce the importance of eye care – namely, to increase patient awareness on how best to take care of their eyes, as well as advanced products, services and current styles offered at FYidoctors’ practices.

Scott Shaw, Director of Operations for FYidoctors, summarized, “The decision to go with ONN is a great choice in light of ONN's capabilities and strong understanding of the needs of optometry clinics and, more importantly, their patients. Choosing ONN is aligned with our corporate belief in selecting effective solutions, as well as realizing the potential of partnerships with key suppliers for the ultimate betterment of our patients.”

Founder of ONN, Dr. Hari Amarnath, commented, “The endorsement and vote of confidence by FYidoctors in selecting ONN for their clinics reinforces the success of our business model. It speaks volumes to our ability to add value to FYidoctors, both on a global and independent clinic basis. This is a very exciting development for ONN and is another step in solidifying our leadership position in the digital venue sector serving Canada's optometry community.”

ScreenScape. net allows ONN to cost effectively manage and rapidly scale their digital optometry network through the use of their popular online platform.

With the functionality and ease of use afforded by ScreenScape. net, FYidoctors are able to select from existing content while maintaining the flexibility to provide local, customized and contextually relevant content. Edits are easily made to ensure that all of the content played within the FYidoctors’ group of practices meets appropriate branding standards.

“With the addition of FYidoctors to our community of clinics along with ongoing organic growth, we are rapidly approaching our goal of making in excess of one million 'valuable' impressions per year while ensuring each individual viewer, patient and clinic derives benefit from ONN.” stated Dr. Amarnath.

About FYi
FYidoctors is a private optometry owned eyecare services company with its head office located in Calgary, Alberta and a fully automated production and distribution facility based in Burnaby, British Columbia. FYidoctors is currently one of Canada’s largest providers of ophthalmic products and services with over 65 locations across the country. For more information on FYidoctors please visit our website at www. fyidoctors. com.

About ONN
The Optometry News Network (ONN) is a narrow casting marketing tool that speaks directly to patients faced with imminent optometric buying decisions. The Canadian Association of Optometrists recognizes Optometry News Network as a valuable partner in the promotion of eye health awareness in Canada. For additional information you can find ONN on the web at: www. clinicalnetworks. ca.

About ScreenScape Networks
ScreenScape is an Internet Service and Community that offers a smarter, simpler and more cost-effective way to use screen displays in your venue. Members of ScreenScape form a community of venues interconnecting to establish a shared resource and a marketplace for exchanging content. Join the network today at http://screenscape. net (http://screenscape. net)

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