Saturday, May 30, 2009

Skin Care Goes Hi-Tech

Skin Care Goes Hi-Tech

AAS Inc. announces the North American introduction of Revitalite, a hand held, low level laser designed for the self treatment of topical cosmetic skin conditions.

TORONTO (PRWEB) April 1, 2004

AAS Inc. announces the North American introduction of Revitalite, a hand held, low level laser designed for the self treatment of topical cosmetic skin conditions.

Low level laser therapy (LLLT) has been in wide use for many years throughout the world, primarily in various medical applications and has won high praise for its restorative and pain reduction benefits, (see www. laser. nu). Now, Revitalite puts that same healing technology into a portable battery operated device that is completely safe for home use and can be used to effectively treat a myriad of topical skin conditions. 

Revitalite employs pure coherent light at the 635 nanometer wavelength of the electro magnetic spectrum and at a power output of less than 6 milli-watts. There is no detectable heat emission and no risk of over-exposure. Yet because of its highly focused pin point beam, the laser light penetrates damaged, weakened, inflamed and even aged skin cells to bio-stimulate the bodyÂ’s own natural healing mechanisms

Revitalite is applied directly to the skin by self treatment for 2 or 3 times a day, up to 10 minutes for each treatment. While individual results may vary, Revitalite has proved successful in reducing inflammation, accelerating the healing process and relieving pain and itch.

“It’s a whole new way of approaching all kinds of skin care conditions”, says company president George MacDonald. “Never before have consumers had access to such an affordable and effective device as Revitalite. Obviously, we are absolutely thrilled to be the exclusive North American distributor for this exciting German technology”

Revitalite is manufactured in Germany exclusively for AAS Inc., and complies with the FDAÂ’s Centre for Device and Radiological Heath regulations concerning the safe use of radiation emitting devices (# 0311007). Revitalite is certified by the Canadian Standards Association as medical electrical equipment (#8750-01/81)

Anti Aging Solutions Inc. continues to complete arrangements with a select group of distributors in the United States and Canada, specializing in sales to cosmetic and health care professionals, such as wellness clinics, spas, aestheticians and retail drug stores.

For further information please contact:

Gyang@RevitaliseUSA. com

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Boston Scientific Transacts Electronically with Hospitals through iCongo's MediChain Electronic Document Exchange Platform

Boston Scientific Transacts Electronically with Hospitals through iCongo's MediChain Electronic Document Exchange Platform

Participating healthcare establishments will be able to transact electronically with Boston Scientific.

Montreal, Quebec (PRWEB) May 1, 2006

iCongo Inc., a North American leader in e-commerce solutions, today announced that Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) has joined the MediChain e-procurement platform. MediChain, (www. medichain. com) developed and operated by iCongo Inc., is an e-commerce solution that seamlessly integrates diverse healthcare and supplier Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. MediChain provides a platform that allows partners to connect their systems over the Internet and to easily exchange documents related to the procurement cycle.

Using MediChain's EDI document exchange system, participating healthcare establishments will be able to transact electronically with Boston Scientific. Through MediChain and its interconnectivity partner, Boston Scientific will be exchanging all procurement related documents, including personalized product catalogs, purchase orders, purchase order acknowledgements, advanced shipment notifications, invoices, as well all the requirements for the Consignment business, when applicable.

"Boston Scientific is excited to be participating in this leading eProcurement initiative which is designed to create supply chain and order processing benefits for both healthcare establishments and healthcare industry suppliers in Quebec," said Veronique Le Saux, Customer Service Manager of Boston Scientific (Canada) Ltd. "At Boston Scientific, we want to enable our customers to work with us however they prefer -- in person, on the phone, or electronically online 24/7."

"We are pleased that Boston Scientific has decided to join the MediChain platform," said Irwin Kramer, President and CEO of iCongo, Inc., the developer and operator of MediChain. "With their participation, many of the leading suppliers to the healthcare industry in Quebec are now participating in this program which will greatly improve the efficiency of procurement in the Quebec healthcare sector.

About iCongo, Inc.

ICongo, Inc. is a leading provider of hosted e-business systems, solutions and services for a wide range of business and consumer applications. iCongo's core technology is the ICE3 (iCongo Collaborative Exchange) collaborative supply chain enablement platform that allows companies and organizations to collaborate with one another, transact business online with their trading partners and to use iCongo's marketing tools suite to communicate with their trading partners and potential customers, employees and others.

About MediChain

MediChain is a fully integrated EDI Document Exchange and e-procurement platform for healthcare establishments. It was established in collaboration with iCongo, Inc. and the Quebec Healthcare Procurement and Logistics Association (AQLASS) to improve efficiency and reduce procurement costs for the Quebec healthcare industry. Through MediChain, hospitals and other healthcare establishments can eliminate the need to use phone, fax and mail, as well as other manual procedures to place and track purchase orders. MediChain streamlines the entire purchase cycle, from creation of the purchase order to the receipt of goods and invoices generation. This results in improved order accuracy and substantially reduced supply chain costs for all involved.

About Boston Scientific Corporation

The Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices with approximately 17,500 employees and revenue of $6.3 billion in 2005. For more than 25 years, Boston Scientific has advanced the practice of less-invasive medicine1 by providing a broad and deep portfolio of innovative products, technologies and services across a wide range of medical specialties. The Company's products help physicians and other medical professionals improve their patients' quality of life by providing alternatives to surgery.

For more information on iCongo-MediChain or on Boston Scientific, please contact:

Steven Kramer

ICongo, Inc.

Tel: 514.866.2664 ext. 203

Veronique Le Saux

Boston Scientific (Canada) Ltd.

Tel: 905.219.6905

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

10 Tips to Reduce The Risks of Lost Luggage from Travel Insurance Direct

10 Tips to Reduce The Risks of Lost Luggage from Travel Insurance Direct

Tens of thousands of Australians have their travel plans disrupted by lost and delayed baggage each year, despite improvements in luggage handling by airlines and airports worldwide.

(PRWEB) July 10, 2010

Tens of thousands of Australians have their travel plans disrupted by lost and delayed baggage each year, despite improvements in luggage handling by airlines and airports worldwide.

Australia’s number one online travel insurer Travel Insurance Direct (http://www. travelinsurancedirect. com. au (http://www. travelinsurancedirect. com. au)) said luggage loss, damage and theft represented the biggest single category of travel insurance claims, accounting for around 40 per cent of total claims.

Travel Insurance Direct General Manager Ian Jackson said more than 25 million bags were mishandled last year in airports worldwide, of which about 3.4 per cent were never reunited with their owners. Mishandled luggage was 24 per cent lower than the previous year thanks to better handling systems, but still occurred at a rate of 68,000 bags per day worldwide.

“Some Australians who lose their luggage will never see it again, resulting in thousands of dollars in lost property and immeasurable disruption to holiday plans,” Mr Jackson said. “Even though the vast majority of misplaced bags are found and returned to their owners within 48 hours, that’s no consolation if you’re caught in the European winter without your coat and gloves.”

Mr Jackson said there were 10 simple precautions travellers could take to help ensure their luggage arrived intact:
 Tags – Ensure all items have clear, sturdy luggage tags that won’t tear off. Record your phone numbers for both home and destination. Some travellers prefer to list their office address to avoid suggesting their home is vacant.  Itinerary – Place your contact details and itinerary inside your luggage, so you can still be located if external tags are lost and your luggage is opened for inspection.  Lock up - Locks and straps provide a deterrent to theft, but remember some destinations like the US only allow TSA-approved locks that can be opened by customs inspectors.  Stand out – A brightly coloured bag, luggage tag or strap reduces the risk of your luggage being mistakenly claimed by another passenger on arrival.  Timing – Arrive at the airport with plenty of time for check-in. A last-minute check-in or tight connection increases the chance of your bags missing the flight.  At check-in – Ensure all old destination stickers have been removed from your luggage and that staff affix the correct destination stickers at check-in. Be sure to keep your portion of the luggage sticker provided at check-in (usually affixed to your boarding pass).  Connections – Don’t book tight connections. Ask at check-in whether your luggage is checked through to your final destination or whether you’ll need to collect your luggage and re-check while in transit at another airport (especially if you booked flight sectors separately).  Carry on – For short journeys, consider travelling with carry-on luggage only. This is especially worthwhile with airlines that charge for checked luggage. Even if you check-in your main bags, place valuables and a few essentials items of clothing in your hand luggage, just in case.  Pick-up – Ignore other distractions at the airport and go straight to the luggage carousel once you’ve arrived and cleared customs, keeping a close eye on bags as they emerge. Keep bags close to you and never leave them unattended.  Travel insurance – Always have adequate travel insurance, even if travelling for short periods or domestically. Insurance covers not only loss and theft, but can also provide a clothing allowance if luggage is delayed. Keep receipts for your possessions where possible or consider making a photographic record of luggage contents, in case you need to make a claim.

Travel Insurance Direct is Australia’s number one online travel insurer and offers comprehensive travel insurance (http://www. travelinsurancedirect. com. au/) at highly competitive prices, particularly when compared with large travel agents. Popular TID products include overseas health insurance (http://www. travelinsurancedirect. com. au/easy-guide-to-travel-insurance/overseas-travel-insurance), holiday insurance, annual insurance, snow insurance (http://www. travelinsurancedirect. com. au/easy-guide-to-travel-insurance/ski-insurance-snowboard-insurance) and cruise travel insurance (http://www. travelinsurancedirect. com. au/easy-guide-to-travel-insurance/cruise-insurance).

For more information and online quotes, see http://www. travelinsurancedirect. com. au (http://www. travelinsurancedirect. com. au)

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PR LEADS Adds Writing Services for Press Releases and Articles for Speakers, Authors and Entrepreneurs

PR LEADS Adds Writing Services for Press Releases and Articles for Speakers, Authors and Entrepreneurs

PR LEADS expands its service offerings to include writing services for press releases and articles. The service is designed to let entrepreneurs get additional publicity, exposure and credibility to take their businesses to the next level.

Minneapolis, MN (Vocus) January 7, 2009

PR LEADS (http://www. prleads. com), the leading publicity service for authors, speakers and entrepreneurs, today announced it will add more writing services to help clients who don't have time to write articles or press releases.

"More and more busy professionals need a done-for-you solution to their publicity and marketing needs," said Dan Janal, founder of PR LEADS. "We are responding to the needs of the marketplace to offer additional writing services at a level far superior to e-lance, and with more professional editing and supervision than anyone could get from guru. com"

Lin Grensing-Pophal has been appointed to the position of PR LEADS senior staff writer. Grensing-Pophal has an extensive background as a business journalist and corporate communication/marketing professional and has written for a wide variety of trade and professional publications for a number of years.

As the director of corporate communications in the energy and health care industries, Grensing-Pophal has experience in PR/media relations and crisis communication and is skilled at both getting stories in - and keeping stories out - of the news. In addition, Grensing-Pophal is a skilled marketing manager with experience in market research, strategic planning and marketing implementation and measurement. She is an accredited member of both IABC and the American Marketing Association.

As a business journalist, Grensing-Pophal is the author of more than 11 books and hundreds of articles on business, employee relations/HR and marketing/communication topics. She is an accredited member of SHRM and has written extensively for their print and online publications.

Grensing-Pophal is the author of The Essentials of Corporate Communications and PR (Harvard Business School Press, 2006) and Marketing With the End in Mind (IABC, 2005).

"Lin is a true professional writer who has written many articles for business publications both as an in-house PR professional and as a freelance writer. She understands what kinds of articles and press releases editors look for," said Janal. "By putting Lin on our team, we will be able to help all our clients take their businesses to the next level."

To get started, call Dan Janal at 952-380-1554.

About PR LEADS
PR LEADS was founded in 2001 to help authors, experts and speakers get the publicity they deserve at a price they could afford. More than 3,000 clients who are thought leaders have seen their quotes appear in nearly every major, influential newspaper and magazine as a result of working with PR LEADS. Publications include the New York Times, Forbes, Ladies Home Journal, O, and many b-2-b publications and leading web sites.

PR LEADS also offers coaching and consulting for thought leaders on an individual basis.
PR LEADS also creates targeted media lists with consultation services at www. bullseypublicity. com

PR LEADS can be contacted at P. O. Box 130 Excelsior, Minnesota, 55331, or at http://www. prleads. com (http://www. prleads. com) or 952-380-9844.

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Monday, May 25, 2009

De Lage Landen and Microsoft Financing Expand Relationship to Include the United Kingdom and Canada

De Lage Landen and Microsoft Financing Expand Relationship to Include the United Kingdom and Canada

Following an earlier announcement from De Lage Landen on the expansion of their long-standing global relationship with Microsoft Financing in Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Australia, New Zealand and the U. S. federal business, the company today announced a further expansion of this relationship to include the UK and Canada.

Eindhoven, The Netherlands (PRWEB) March 12, 2010

Following an earlier announcement from De Lage Landen on the expansion of their long-standing global relationship with Microsoft Financing in Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Australia, New Zealand and the U. S. federal business, the company today announced a further expansion of this relationship to include the UK and Canada. As a result, De Lage Landen will be acting as the financing provider of Microsoft Financing in seven countries for both Enterprise as well as SMB (Small Medium Business) customers.

Over the past years, De Lage Landen has enhanced its Office Technology business to include the support of a wide range of products and services. From video conferencing to storage solutions, from software to copiers and printers, De Lage Landen's financing experts have built extensive knowledge and experience in these specific business areas, gaining the position as a leading financing provider in the industry. Within the Office Technology business, software finance represents one of the key strategic areas that De Lage Landen plans to further develop.

"We are pleased to be working with Microsoft on this significant additional business," said Marc Dierckx, President of Global Business Unit Office Technology at De Lage Landen. "We consider it both a privilege and proof of Microsoft's appreciation of our service and commitment to Microsoft Financing. The expansion of this relationship supports and strengthens our strategic direction. Above all, it confirms that the value proposition we bring to market is distinct and recognized by our business partners."

About De Lage Landen
De Lage Landen International B. V. De Lage Landen is a global provider of high-quality asset-based financing products. Headquartered in Eindhoven (the Netherlands), De Lage Landen is 100% owned by Rabobank. This Dutch bank is Triple-A rated by the major rating agencies Moody's and Standard & Poor's.

With offices and joint ventures in more than 35 countries worldwide, De Lage Landen specializes in asset financing and vendor finance programs on a worldwide scale. The global offering also includes an array of commercial finance solutions. The company focuses on the following industries: Food & Agriculture, Healthcare, Office Technology, Financial Institutions, Transportation and Construction & Industrial. De Lage Landen also offers private-label leasing programs for the Banking industry, and delivers a broad range of financial services to leasing organizations and non-banking financial institutions.

In the Netherlands, De Lage Landen offers a broad range of financing products, both through local Rabobanks and directly to the market. These products include Equipment Leasing, Car and Commercial Vehicle Leasing, ICT Leasing, Consumer Finance and Factoring.

Athlon Car Lease International became part of De Lage Landen Group in 2006. Athlon Car Lease International is an international provider of operational car leasing, active in eight European countries.

For more information, please visit our website: http://www. delagelanden. com (http://www. delagelanden. com).

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Electronic Medical Records, Child Safety Tracking Device, and PatienTrak Child ID Alert Personal Electronic Health Records Rebroadcast on The Maury Show

Electronic Medical Records, Child Safety Tracking Device, and PatienTrak Child ID Alert Personal Electronic Health Records Rebroadcast on The Maury Show

Statistics show approximately 730,000 children are reported missing or abducted every year and this problem is feared to continue as the population increases in the USA.

Boca Raton, FL (PRWEB) December 15, 2005

The Maury Povich Show recently rebroadcast dedicated a full hour to the plight parents are facing with the national problem of missing children and child abduction. “This (Child ID) card can save your child’s life,” stated Maury. Several cases were presented including those posted with The National Center of Missing and Exploited Children.

Statistics show approximately 730,000 children are reported missing or abducted every year and this problem is feared to continue as the population increases in the USA.

In the final segment of the show, Maury interviewed Michael Wolff and Robbin Hunter, cofounders of PatienTrak™, a portable health record company.

The PatienTrak Child ID card program is designed to offer more health related information to assist police in determining the status of the child’s health and bringing the child home.

“The value of adding child protection software to our portable health record offers parents greater protection for their children,” said Robbin Hunter, PatienTrak CEO. “If the child has medical problems and medicines that need to be taken, PatienTrak can provide this information in a crisis situation to law enforcement,” offered Michael Wolff, PatienTrak President. “We are glad to be a part of this effort.”

If you are interested in Electronic Medical Records System, Child Safety Tracking System and Devices, PatienTrak Child ID Alert, Personal Electronic Health Records, Child Tracking System, Child Medical ID Cards Program and would like more information on the PatienTrak Digital Portable Health Record, you can contact 1-800-9MY. PHR9 or visit their website at www. patientrak. com or www. MyPTK. com to purchase this coverage. Cost is $29.95 yearly, but discounted for viewers of The Maury Povich Show.

Contact Information

Michael Wolff - Robbin Hunter

PatienTrak, Inc.

Http://www. patientrak. com/?source=ic (http://www. patientrak. com/?source=ic)
1.800.9MY. PHR9

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Outstanding Physician Award for William A. Tansey, III, M. D., Summit Medical Group

Outstanding Physician Award for William A. Tansey, III, M. D., Summit Medical Group

William A. Tansey, III, M. D., F. A.C. C., cardiologist with Summit Medical Group (SMG), has won the Outstanding Physician of the Year Award from the New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants (NJSSPA).

Berkeley Heights, NJ (Vocus) October 6, 2010

William A. Tansey, III, M. D., F. A.C. C., cardiologist with Summit Medical Group (SMG), has won the Outstanding Physician of the Year Award from the New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants (NJSSPA).

Physician assistants (PAs) work closely with physicians to enhance patient care and increase patient satisfaction. Dr. Tansey’s exemplary partnership with PAs has earned him this recognition. He serves as a mentor to the PA profession, educating others on their role and mission to increase access to quality, cost effective health care.

“As clinical medicine and surgery evolves at a breathtaking pace, the collaborative role of physician assistants must be broadly accepted as a critical link in the achievement of public goals relating to quality, cost and access,” states Dr. Tansey. “I have been personally blessed in my association with very capable physician assistants and am, therefore, especially honored to accept this award.”

Dr. Tansey was honored at an awards ceremony, October 6, 2010, at the Westin Forrestal Village, Princeton, N. J., in recognition of Physician Assistant Week.

ABOUT NJSSPA

NJSSPA is the organization representing members of the physician assistant profession in New Jersey. Physician assistants are highly trained clinicians who are hard at work improving the health of the people of New Jersey. NJSSPA’s vision is to be recognized and respected by the healthcare community and the public as the prominent physician assistant state organization. The organization is dedicated to promoting education, advocacy and partnership to achieve quality, cost-effective healthcare.

ABOUT SUMMIT MEDICAL GROUP
Summit Medical Group (SMG) is the largest privately held multispecialty medical practice in New Jersey. SMG has pioneered information technology advances in health care with its early adoption of electronic health records and e-prescribing. With more than 200 highly qualified providers, it serves as a unique health care model for the state. SMG treats more than 55,000 patients per month at its main campus in Berkeley Heights as well as its satellites in Berkeley Heights, Morristown, Millburn, Shorts Hills, Summit, Warren, and Westfield. As one of the East Coast's premier multispecialty groups, SMG has provided exceptional primary and specialty care since 1929. For more information, please visit http://www. summitmedicalgroup. com.

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Songwriter Celebrates Life in the Wake of Unexpected Tragedy

Songwriter Celebrates Life in the Wake of Unexpected Tragedy

After losing her mother to diabetes, singer/songwriter Tina E. Clark penned a smooth jazz EP to honor her memory, with proceeds benefiting the American Diabetes Association.

Arlington, TX (PRWEB) October 14, 2010

Her family called her Nikki, but everyone else knew her as Ms. Ruth. She was a proud woman, hard-working, and never afraid to speak her mind. But, some things she kept to herself—like her diabetes.

“Her health was declining very rapidly, and she didn’t even tell us she was so ill,” singer/songwriter and music producer Tina E. Clark says of her mother. “By the time we found out, it was too late.”
Within a few short months, Ms. Ruth died from complications related to diabetes at age 61. Still grieving her loss, Tina made the pilgrimage to her mother’s grave—but placing flowers by her tombstone felt like an empty gesture. Reflecting on her mother’s legacy, she realized the best way to honor her mom was to celebrate her life.

Nikki Ruth, Clark’s new smooth jazz EP, is a creative and triumphant musical tribute to the woman whom Clark calls her best friend. From “Cold Duck,” named for her mother’s favorite sparkling wine, to “Nikki’s Swag,” which expresses in music the rhythm of her walk, each track reflects a different side of Ms. Ruth’s personality.

“It’s like telling the story of her life with music, something that could be passed on from generation to generation,” Clark says.

“Pearl,” the first single off the new EP, is an instrumental smooth jazz number featuring a playful melody against a beautifully orchestrated backdrop. The single showcases Clark’s ability as a producer and songwriter and quickly hit the #1 spot on the Jazz Download Chart on allaboutjazz. com. Clark is contributing 10 percent of net online sales from “Pearl” to the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes.

Says Clark, “I saw my mother suffer excruciating pain before passing away from diabetes-related complications. I don’t believe that she had to die of this disease had it been caught through early testing and managed by proper exercise and nutrition.”

Diabetes affects 23.6 million Americans and is the seventh leading cause of death in the U. S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. Contributions to the Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes 5K fun walk and health expo will help fund ADA research programs and advocacy efforts. The walk will be held on October 30, 2010, at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, TX.

For more information about the new album, visit http://www. tinaeclark. com. The smooth jazz single “Pearl” is also available for download in the Apple iTunes store. To register for Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes, visit http://www. diabetes. org/stepout.

About Tina E. Clark
A multi-talented singer, songwriter and producer, Tina E. Clark grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana. Her songwriting career started in the basement of a church, since she didn’t own a piano and her parents could not afford to give her music lessons. She went on to learn other instruments through summer music programs, and was a worship leader at her church for several years before embarking on her professional career. She currently resides in Dallas, Texas, and focuses her energy writing songs with a positive message.

Contact:
Tina E. Clark
Ph: (214) 797-8338
Info(at)tinaeclark(dot)com
Http://www. tinaeclark. com

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Chicago Construction Network teams up with LaborIndex. Com

Chicago Construction Network teams up with LaborIndex. Com

(PRWEB) June 23, 2000

Contact:

Erica Thompson, Chicago Construction Network, Inc.

1-708-656-6550

Erica@chicago-construction. net

Mike Drevline, LaborIndex. Com

1-847-734-0800

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 15, 2000

Chicago Construction Network, Inc. teams up with LaborIndex. Com to provide a national rating system for contractors.

"Laborindex. com is the nation's premier resource for evaluating and rating

Construction contractors on their ability to provide quality services and

Operate a strong business operationally. Laborindex. com provides a unique

Service to both contractors and those who use their services. General

Contractors, sub-contractors, trade associations, and local government are

All valuable customers within our system."

"Our goal is to standardize an industry by painting a clear picture of how a

Construction business is operating. This detailed and easy-to-follow rating

Format will indicate whether a flag must be raised on contractor's overall

Health before proceeding with a contract."

"Our rating relationship does not cease after our initial review either. We

Consistently check during the year to ensure that a contractor's rating does

Not deviate from their previous standing. A strong business foundation must

Be attained through quality operations. Timely reviews are essential."

Michael Drevline, CEO

Mdrevline@laborindex. com

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

"Chicago Construction Network feels this to be a positive movement for both contractors and consumers. As we build our database of contractors, until now, it was difficult for the consumer to identify qualifications. It also assists General Contractors and Construction Management firms in identifying whether Sub-contractors are licensed and qualified to take on their projects. As well, to assist smaller firms in identifying the weak areas that could jeopardize their company."

Erica Thompson, CEO

Chicago Construction Network

Http://www. chicago-construction. net (http://www. chicago-construction. net)

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Friday, May 15, 2009

USOBA Announces its First Round of Conference Speakers

USOBA Announces its First Round of Conference Speakers

"USOBA conferences afford individuals across the debt settlement industry the opportunity to gain a wealth of invaluable knowledge," USOBA Executive Director Jenna Keehnen said. Compliance is always a top priority in this industry, and USOBA conference speakers cater to that with the educational and informative experience for the attendees."

Houston, TX (PRWEB) April 22, 2009 -

The United States Organizations for Bankruptcy Alternatives (USOBA), a trade association for the debt settlement industry advocating for fair regulation and consumer protection, confirmed the first group of speakers for its 2009 Summer Conference today. This summer, the conference will be at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, IL from June 7 - 9. USOBA encourages all of its members as well as non-members to attend the conferences.

The mission of USOBA is to create and advocate an agenda solely for the debt negotiation industry. Through industry conferences, USOBA brings distinguished speakers that share their wisdom, knowledge, and interest of the debt settlement industry at all levels

General Counsel for EFA Processing, John Ansbach will be leading a panel discussion on how debt settlement companies can effectively build rapport with the media and consumers. In addition to serving as General Counsel, Ansbach also speaks on request from Fortune 500 Companies and National non-profits on several topics including marketing and branding and generational diversity. Currently, Ansbach is the co-chair for the USOBA Public Relations and Marketing Committee.

Jeffrey S. Tenenbaum and Jonathan L. Pompan of Venable LLP will both be speaking at the conference. Tenenbaum chairs Venable's Credit Counseling and Debt Settlement Industry Practice Group. He is one of the nation's leading nonprofit attorneys, and also is an accomplished and respected author and lecturer. Pompan concentrates his practice on providing legal counseling to trade associations, among other areas. He provides a broad range of legal services to credit counseling agencies and debt settlement companies, and their vendors.

Eddie Reeves, managing director of Public Strategies Incorporated will also be speaking at the conference. He served as Congressman J. J. Pickle's policy advisor on federal budget, banking, housing, and health care issues. An experienced speaker, Reeves last spoke at USOBA's 2008 Winter Conference in San Diego, California.

Raymond Bell, Vice President of Creditors Interchange Receivables Management LLC, will be part of the Creditor Panel at the conference. Bell managed the bankruptcy and probate departments for three national credit card banks and was a former manager in two law firms servicing consumer bankruptcies for creditors. Bell is a regular speaker and commentator at seminars and conferences on the subject of consumer bankruptcy.

Executive Director of DBA International, Roger Knauf, has also committed to speaking at this year's conference. DBA International is a source of knowledgeable industry participants that represents its membership, the debt buying industry, to Federal and State agencies and supports the industry where appropriate in Appellate cases of significance.

"USOBA conferences afford individuals across the debt settlement industry the opportunity to gain a wealth of invaluable knowledge," USOBA Executive Director Jenna Keehnen said. Compliance is always a top priority in this industry, and USOBA conference speakers cater to that with the educational and informative experience for the attendees."

About USOBA
USOBA is dedicated to providing its member companies with important, industry-related information, including compliance requirements, as well as advocating on behalf of its membership for fair and appropriate industry regulation that maintains the utmost in consumer protection. USOBA members are provided a USOBA State Law Summary guide, the only one of its kind in the industry, to better ensure and promote national compliance. This guide contains the laws and regulations, state by state, and has been reviewed by regulators and legislators. For further information, please visit www. usoba. org.

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A Must for New Year Resolution Makers -- World Hypnotism Day on Voice America's Happy Hour

A Must for New Year Resolution Makers -- World Hypnotism Day on Voice America's Happy Hour

Tune in to Happy Hour on Health. VoiceAmerica. com on January 4th at 6 p. m. EST and hear Susan Gayle interview World Hypnotism Day originator Tom Nicoli, BCH, CI. Tom & Susan explain hypnosis, how it works and World Hypnotism Day.

Woburn, MA (PRWEB) December 31, 2006

Anyone making a New Year's Resolution knows there's something missing when applying will power only. In support of the Third Annual World Hypnotism Day, January 4, 2007, Susan Gayle, host of Happy Hour on www. health. voiceamerica. com, welcomes internationally recognized board certified hypnotist and certified instructor, Tom Nicoli to give you the secret to keeping those resolutions and reaching your goal.

Tom Nicoli was the hypnotist that appeared on the Dateline NBC Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge, demonstrating the effectiveness of his hypnosis weight loss program. His weight loss hypnosis audio CDs received the highest 5 star rating by Jean Fain, Harvard Medical School Hypnosis Instructor, in Shape magazine October 2005.

Susan Gayle, also a certified hypnotist, welcomes Tom Nicoli to discuss World Hypnotism Day and how hypnosis can benefit anyone, especially when making a new year resolution. You will learn:

*Why traditional approaches to change fail

*How to remove the struggle for personal change

*How you can benefit from World Hypnotism Day

*How to use your mind to create the life you want

The benefits of hypnosis and the awareness of those benefits increase daily as we have read and heard the headlines in Newsweek, Scientific America, The Times of London and other international media and popular syndicated television shows. The world public is more aware of the safe, natural and expedient process for positive change, as myths and misconceptions of hypnotism are dispelled.

Hypnotists around the world will be celebrating this day with special events and appearances to educate and inform the public about the many benefits of this little known procedure. What could be a better way to start the New Year than learning about the power of your own mind?

For further information or interview, please contact Tom Nicoli.

To find WHD events in your area, check out the official website: www. worldhypnotismday. com

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Golf Fitness Technology Makes Waves at Body Balance Honolulu

Golf Fitness Technology Makes Waves at Body Balance Honolulu

Honolulu Body Balance for Performance utilizes golf fitness tools to help golfers correct problems in their body that are compromising the power of their swings.

Honolulu, Hawaii (PRWEB) November 13, 2007

Golfers visiting Hawaii can now enjoy the sun, surf, sand and cutting-edge golf technology. Honolulu Body Balance for Performance utilizes golf fitness tools to help golfers correct problems in their body that are compromising the power of their swings.

"We believe that every swing flaw has a corresponding body problem," said David Ostrow, CEO of Body Balance for Performance. "Our technicians are trained to identify body problems causing the swing flaws and to fix these limitations through creating customized golf fitness training (http://www. honolulu. fitgolf. com/) programs."

The technology featured at Body Balance for Performance includes the Body Motion System, the Dynamic Balance System and the Explanar. These systems have been utilized by many professional golfers and instructors.

The Dynamic Balance System golf technology monitors the golfer's weight transfer and the motion of their center of gravity throughout their swing. Instructors analyze the real-time feedback to identify and correct improper movement patterns.

"Proper balance is critical for athletes," said Patrick Chandler, golf fitness specialist of Body Balance for Performance. "Being off just a little can really affect your golf game. With the DBS, we can instantly see what you're doing wrong and help you fix it."

The Honolulu Body Balance also features the Explanar hoop with a weighted Power Roller to help students learn their optimal swing plane. Golf students also train with the Body Motion System, a vest with sensors that measures power changes during a swing, and a sensor on the end of a golf club that measures motion.

Golf fitness instructors can instantly identify a student's weak points in their swing, and use that information to create a golf fitness training program customized just for them.

"This golf technology, we've been able to help our Honolulu golf students greatly improve their golf game," said Chandler. "We've seen students come in with balance or motion problems that were crippling their golf swing. After our training program, they've been able to knock points off their game."

For more information about the golf technology and training available at the Honolulu Body Balance for Performance, visit them online at http://www. honolulu. fitgolf. com/ (http://www. honolulu. fitgolf. com/)

About Body Balance for Performance
For more than twenty years Body Balance for Performance has assisted with clinical research on proper physical conditioning for improved performance and minimized injuries of the world's leading golfers. Their research led to the development of a golf fitness training and therapeutic treatment program that has aided golfers at every level of the game. With forty centers operating in the U. S. and Canada, Body Balance continues to develop new golf technology and conditioning techniques to promote health and excellence in the game of golf.

Press release provided by Xeal Inc. (http://www. xeal. com)

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Passion for Pink: Women Entrepreneurs Band Together to Support Breast Cancer Awareness, Research and Education

Passion for Pink: Women Entrepreneurs Band Together to Support Breast Cancer Awareness, Research and Education

Women entrepreneurs band together to support breast cancer awareness, research and education and raise funds through sales of exclusive jewelry designs.

SANTA ANA, CA (PRWEB) September 5, 2006

Wendy Navarro, owner of SaigeNicoles, has joined forces with five jewelry designers featured on her online store to raise funds for breast cancer awareness, research and education. As a part of this campaign entrepreneurs and jewelry designers Wendy Payne owner/designer, Glitzy Chicks; Lee Richards owner/designer, Dzignz on You; Barbara Bosco owner/designer, BBosco Designs, Piedra Stone owner/designer Piedra Stone Jewelry, and Allison Brooks owner/designer QueenBee Designs have each fashioned an exclusive piece of jewelry that signifies the courage, strength and beauty of women afflicted with this disease.

Calling the campaign “Passion for Pink” these and other products will be featured and available on saigenicoles. com where a portion of all proceeds will be donated to various foundations.

“I organized Passion for Pink for one simple reason, to raise money for breast cancer awareness and research. When I first pitched the idea to our jewelry designers I wasn’t sure how many would be interested. To my great pleasure all our designers enthusiastically agreed to join this campaign and design at least one piece of jewelry. We may not be the one to find the cure, but we can make a difference.”

When asked why she was committed to this cause designer Lee Richards responded, "As women we wear so many hats and we seem to worry about everyone else’s well being before our own. Consequently we tend to push our need and wants to the back burner. As a granddaughter who has seen two grandparents die of cancer within a few years of each other, I think the most important thing we can do for the people we care about is to take a proactive role in our own health and not wait until it is to late.”

You can support Passion for Pink and breast cancer awareness, research and education by purchasing these designs exclusively at saigenicoles. com beginning September 15, 2006.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

FamiliLink Launches Easy To Use Email, Web Based Services for Seniors

FamiliLink Launches Easy To Use Email, Web Based Services for Seniors

The company empowers family members to easily connect with their non tech savvy aging loved ones and help them with caring support

Portola Valley, CA (PRWEB) June 25, 2009

FamiliLink today announced the official launch of the company. Founded in 2007 by Laura Nuhaan, CEO and Co-Founder and Inger Rarick, VP of Marketing and Co-Founder, the team has been working extensively with savvy industry leaders, renowned geriatric specialists, care facilities, and seasoned technology executives to bring their product to market-ready status.

Adults over the age of 80 are the fastest growing segment of the population and their care is falling square on the shoulders of their baby boomer (http://www. famililink. com/) children, some 77 million strong. Often referred to as the "sandwich generation" since they are not only caring for children at home, they're in charge of caring for their aging parents as well.

The company competed as a Finalist in last week's 2009 Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit & Business plan competition in the Elevator Pitch category. The Summit features a new Forum for entrepreneurs and businesses, who are introducing products and services of benefit to the 45+ baby boomer market, to meet the industry's leading Venture Capitalists, experts and analysts and compete for cash prizes.

"FamiliLink is unique compared to other websites and software offerings that focus primarily on caregiving resources and support, whereas FamiliLink's purpose is to improve the communication between the family and their aging loved ones (http://www. famililink. com/) while making it possible to engage the care recipient in the process," said Laura Nuhaan, FamiliLink's CEO and Co-Founder. "FamiliLink empowers family members to provide care support and include older loved ones in their digital lives."

Unlike other websites for seniors as well as standard social media sites, FamiliLink does not require the users to become part of a social network or join another family group site, or to change their regular online behavior in order to stay connected and part of the digital lives of their friends and family.

Family members are looking for ways to include their aging loved ones in their digital lives (http://www. famililink. com) and help with (remote) care support using the Internet and modern technology. (http://www. famililink. com) However there are two main barriers that prevent seniors from doing so: The Internet itself is too complex to navigate for most seniors and there is a communication gap between generations. More and more seniors are going online, however their main communication tool is email while their younger family members and friends are using a variety of communication methods and social network sites; texting, social media, photo and video sharing. Therefore it is hard for the senior to keep up. FamiliLink overcomes these barriers and keeps the senior in the digital loop with a simple, senior-friendly interface while their family members don't have to change their communication preferences. FamiliLink brings all the digital content of videos and photos together with medication reminders and health tips together at one simple, intuitive website for the older adult.

Laurie Orlov, leading industry analyst, Aging in Place Technology Watch (http://www. ageinplacetech. com/), refers to FamiliLink as "a much needed solution to bridge the generations from a technology point of view. Communication and engagement are vital for successful aging in the home. Proper communication between seniors, their family members and caregivers allows for connected relationships, participation in society and FamiliLink succeeds on both fronts." She adds, "It connects and keeps seniors in the digital loop while allowing caring support from their family and caregivers. All adult children should consider FamiliLink for their aging parents, they and their parents will benefit from it."

In developing the site, the company worked with senior focus groups to produce a well-tested UI and to ensure the final product was elegant and simple, but yet not dummied down. As an AARP study reported, as people age, they are looking for connectivity, but also experience cognitive and physical decline which can prevent older adults from using the computer as they did before. FamiliLink allows seniors to stay in touch with family and caregivers which increases their well being and helps them to age in place, even as they continue to age.

About FamiliLink
FamiliLink provides web based services to empower family members to easily connect with their non tech savvy aging loved ones and help them with caring support. Co-founded by Laura Nuhaan and Inger Rarick in 2007. There is a $4.99 monthly fee with the first 2,000 being free. To learn more visit the company's website http://www. familiLink. com (http://www. famililink. com/), Facebook and Twitter account.

Press Contact:
Alex Skillman, 415-342-6425

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SmartDraw. com Delivers New Functionality to Strengthen Internal Financial Controls, Reduce Fraud

SmartDraw. com Delivers New Functionality to Strengthen Internal Financial Controls, Reduce Fraud

SmartDraw. com, creator of SmartDraw(R), the world's most popular business graphics software, today announced that it has expanded its software to meet the specific needs of finance and accounting professionals. The software includes 22 new SmartTemplates(TM) designed to help companies minimize fraud and comply with regulatory requirements through improved analysis and documentation of internal financial controls. Each SmartTemplate loads a diagram-specific command set and step-by-step instructions, turning the user into an instant expert on creating financial and accounting diagrams. New SmartTemplates are included for accounts payable flowcharts, cash control worksheets, responsibility charts, and many other areas.

SAN DIEGO (PRWEB) April 11, 2007

 The finance and accounting SmartTemplates are available at www. smartdraw. com in the company's recently launched Business Graphics Resource Center. This free resource helps professionals learn how to most effectively use business graphics in a variety of industries through white papers, webinars, bulletins, and best-practice templates.

"We are a relatively small company, but we have instituted very tight internal controls from the beginning and it has paid off for us in many ways," said Alan J. Carter, CEO, University Instructors. "SmartDraw's new Finance and Accounting templates make it much easier to document those controls for training purposes. I definitely plan to use them as a part of training new management personnel on the existing internal controls of our company."

"Sarbanes-Oxley drove home the importance of improving internal financial controls to minimize fraud and abuse for large companies," said SmartDraw. com founder and CEO Paul Stannard. "But the same principles apply even for the smallest company as any accountant or auditor will tell you. Establishing and documenting internal financial procedures with proper controls is much easier when you represent them graphically. SmartDraw now makes this even simpler by providing ready-made templates to start from and white papers that describe how to use them for both financial professionals and beginners."

SmartDraw comes with hundreds of templates for all types of business graphics. Coupled with a highly intuitive interface, these templates allow anyone to create professional-quality business graphics such as flowcharts, organizational charts, Gantt charts, mind maps, timelines, floor plans, sales territory maps, and more in minutes, without training or experience.

SmartDraw offers a variety of licensing options and programs, including a Freedom License that allows an organization or department to install and use SmartDraw on any computer. A free trial is available at: www. smartdraw. com and includes both online and telephone technical support.

About SmartDraw. com

Founded in 1994, SmartDraw. com is the creator of SmartDraw, the world's most popular business graphics software. SmartDraw allows anyone to create professional-quality business graphics in minutes - no experience or training required. The Company is the leader in the business graphics market, a market made up of ordinary computer users who want to create attractive and effective business graphics, but who lack the time and expertise to learn software designed for graphics professionals. In addition to SmartDraw 2007, intended for general business use, there are also SmartDraw Healthcare and SmartDraw Legal editions with graphics and applications unique to their respective fields. In mid-2006, SmartDraw. com surpassed the ten millionth download of SmartDraw.

Headquartered in San Diego, CA, SmartDraw. com is privately held and counts more than half the Fortune 500 among its customers. To download a free trial of SmartDraw 2007, please visit: www. smartdraw. com.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Center for Women's Care Now Offers Financing Choices Patients Can Cover Out-of-Plan GYN 'Designer Surgeries' the Easy Way

Center for Women's Care Now Offers Financing Choices Patients Can Cover Out-of-Plan GYN 'Designer Surgeries' the Easy Way

Patients desiring the best specialty gynecologic care may discover that the best surgeons for their issues are not covered under their health plan. Now, new payment options at the Center for Women's Care & Reproductive Surgery in Atlanta include fixed-rate monthly payment plans offered by Capital One® Healthcare Finance.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) October 2, 2007

Patients desiring the best specialty gynecologic care may discover that the best surgeons for their issues are not covered under their health plan.

Now, new payment options at the Center for Women's Care & Reproductive Surgery in Atlanta include fixed-rate monthly payment plans offered by Capital One® Healthcare Finance. www. thomasllyons. com

This flexible plan enabled a woman to pay easily for her daughter's hassle-free Essure permanent sterilization-- no anesthesia, no scalpel incisions and no additional expense of an outpatient surgery center - and now, no hassle in financing it either.

"Women are the best shoppers," said Tom Lyons, M. D., gynecologic surgery pioneer who developed the Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy, which leaves the cervix intact for better sex post-surgery, as well as providing a keystone support to the anatomy. www. thomasllyons. com

"They know quality and they want quality, but especially in today's health care environment, their PPO and HMO plans may not want to pay for quality. Now we are providing them a hassle-free means to get what they want with gynecologic care."

To get patient financing, the patient can apply directly online or by phone or fax, or the Center for Women's Care can apply for them with their written consent. In most cases, the patient receives an instant decision.

Approved patients pay interest of fixed rates ranging from 1.99% APR to 23.99% APR. Upon approval, the interest rate is determined by the patient's credit standing and the term of the loan chosen. This plan is popular because the first payment isn't due for four to six weeks, even though the treatment can be scheduled right away.

For information contact the Center for Women's Care 770-352-0037 or toll-free, 888-545-0400. Dr. Lyons has offices on north side perimeter, Greensboro (Lake Oconee) and Blue Ridge, Georgia. Patients come to him from throughout the world for his skill, compassion, choices and expertise.

Www. thomasllyons. com

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Applied Marketing Science and the PDMA Announce Joint Webinar Series

Applied Marketing Science and the PDMA Announce Joint Webinar Series

Applied Marketing Science will present three one-hour webcasts in conjunction with the Product Development and Management Association. The webcasts are: 10 Ways to Screw Up Your Voice of the Customer on Thursday, September 17th at 2:00 EDT; The 10 Most Common (and Deadly) Innovation Traps on Thursday, October 22nd at 2:00 EDT; and Re-Thinking the Product Development Funnel on Tuesday, December 1st at 2:00 EST.

Waltham, MA (PRWEB) September 14, 2009

Applied Marketing Science is pleased to announce that is has entered into an agreement to present three one-hour webinars on New Product Development topics through the remainder of the year. The webcasts are: 10 Ways to Screw Up Your Voice of the Customer on Thursday, September 17th at 2:00 EDT; The 10 Most Common (and Deadly) Innovation Traps on Thursday, October 22nd at 2:00 EDT; and Re-Thinking the Product Development Funnel on Tuesday, December 1st at 2:00 EST. All webinars will include an interactive question-and-answer session, and will be presented by Gerry Katz, Executive Vice President of Applied Marketing Science and an expert in the field of New Product Development. Further information is available on the PDMA website at www. pdma. org.

About the Presenter

Gerry Katz is a recognized authority in the areas of new product development, design of new services, product marketing, and market research, with nearly 35 years of consulting experience. At AMS, he has led more than 200 major client engagements employing The Voice of the Customer (VOC), Quality Function Deployment (QFD), and a large number of other marketing science applications. His client assignments have covered a wide variety of industries, with particular emphasis on healthcare and medical technology. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Product Development & Management Association (PDMA), the world's leading professional society devoted to the study and practice of developing and commercializing new products and services. He is also certified as a New Product Development Professional (NPDP) and is a contributing editor to Visions magazine.

About Applied Marketing Science

Applied Marketing Science is one of the leading Voice of the Customer consulting companies in the world, with proven methodologies for gathering the Voice of the Customer, training and coaching clients in VOC methods, and brainstorming using state-of-the-art, web-based tools. Over the past twenty years, we have helped hundreds of clients in a broad range of industries incorporate "best practices" into their product development processes. Founded in 1989 with roots in the MIT Sloan School, AMS offers an array of services to meet client needs, and specializes in developing customized solutions for each situation.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Leading US Credit Unions Standardize on Proactive Anti-Phishing Protection from Cyveillance

Leading US Credit Unions Standardize on Proactive Anti-Phishing Protection from Cyveillance

The number of credit unions using Cyveillance Anti-Phishing grew by 450% in 2006.

Arlington, Va. (PRWEB) January 10, 2007 –

Cyveillance, the leading provider of online risk monitoring and management solutions, today announced demand for its Cyveillance Anti-PhishingTM (http://www. cyveillance. com/web/solutions/modules/anti-phishing. htm) solution grew by 450% among credit unions and regional banks in 2006, validating a growing trend in phishing attacks targeting small to medium sized organizations. Phishers are becoming more sophisticated in their attacks and targeting what they perceive as more vulnerable consumers – credit unions account for over 30% of all targeted phishing attacks against businesses regardless of size or industry.

Selected for its ability to provide continuous Internet monitoring and comprehensive protection against online fraud scams, in 2006 Cyveillance signed numerous new credit union and credit union association customers, such as the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) (http://www. cyveillance. com/web/newsroom/press_rel/2006/2006-11-27.htm), National Institutes of Health Federal Credit Union (NIHFCU) (http://www. cyveillance. com/web/newsroom/press_rel/2006/2006-11-20.htm), American Eagle Federal Credit Union (AEFCU) (http://www. cyveillance. com/web/newsroom/press_rel/2006/2006-12-18.htm), COCC (http://www. cyveillance. com/web/newsroom/press_rel/2006/2006-03-06.htm) and Schools Financial Credit Union (http://www. cyveillance. com/web/newsroom/press_rel/2006/2006-11-13.htm).

“As more phishing attacks begin targeting credit unions, our members are constantly looking for aggressive solutions to protect against potential customer fraud,” said NAFCU Services Corporation President David C. Frankil. “What distinguished Cyveillance from other providers is their proactive approach. Cyveillance helps us quickly eliminate fraudulent sites and its ability to constantly monitor movement of compromised credit/debit cards and personal information – which is unique – was a major factor in selecting Cyveillance as a Preferred Partner (http://www. nafcu. org/Content/NavigationMenu/NAFCU_Services_Corp/Preferred_Partners/Preferred_Partners. htm). ”

Cyveillance Anti-Phishing provides advanced warning of potential phishing attacks through comprehensive Internet monitoring and real-time logging of fraudulent phishing sites. As counterfeit sites are identified, Cyveillance instantly delivers the intelligence about each attack to the targeted organization, enabling credit unions to take the appropriate security measures to take down the fraudulent site, eliminating the threat of identity theft and fraud to unsuspecting online customers. The service includes the industry’s first and only Service Level Agreement (SLAs) (http://www. cyveillance. com/web/newsroom/press_rel/2006/2006-03-20.htm) for phishing site take-down in 5 hours or less. In addition, Cyveillance can provide credit/debit card monitoring services for credit unions to proactively identify stolen card and personal information being openly sold or traded on the Internet, minimizing losses due to credit card fraud.

“As the largest federal credit union in Connecticut, we take the safety of our members’ identities and personal information very seriously,” said Eric J. Snyder, head of Network Security at AEFCU. “After an extensive review of anti-phishing offerings, Cyveillance with its comprehensive Internet monitoring technology, stood out for its ability to effectively identify phishing sites and take immediate corrective action to take them down. This unique approach allows us to proactively protect our customers from online scams that target their identities and accounts.”

Panos Anastassiadis, CEO of Cyveillance added, “2006 clearly demonstrated the ability of criminals to rapidly change and perfect their phishing techniques to defraud consumers and organizations and businesses. As such, organizations need to be able to quickly adapt to these evolving, targeted and blended attacks. Our comprehensive real-time anti-phishing services enable companies to enhance existing security solutions by quickly and accurately identifying Web sites where suspicious and anomalous behaviors have been detected, categorized and confirmed as a threat.”

For more information on Cyveillance Anti-Phishing, please visit http://www. cyveillance. com/web/solutions/modules/anti-phishing. htm (http://www. cyveillance. com/web/solutions/modules/anti-phishing. htm).

About Cyveillance

Cyveillance, the leader in online risk monitoring and management solutions, provides an intelligence-based approach to security. Through comprehensive Internet monitoring, Cyveillance proactively identifies and eliminates threats to information, infrastructure and individuals. By continuously pinpointing online risks such as malware, phishing attacks, information leaks, counterfeit product distribution and other forms of Internet fraud, Cyveillance enables enterprises and OEM data partners to protect their reputation, revenues, and customer trust. Cyveillance serves over 250 leading companies, including over half of the Fortune 50 and 8 of the top 10 technology providers. For more information, visit www. cyveillance. com

Media Contact:  

Tony Welz 

Welz & Weisel Communications

703-218-3555

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

More than 900,000 Retasure Eye Health Assessments in Q2

More than 900,000 Retasure Eye Health Assessments in Q2

Digital Healthcare, the worlds' leading provider of eye health assessment technology announced today that 930,218 eye health assessments were performed using their services in the second quarter of 2009. "Primary care physicians in the United States and around the globe are providing sight saving services to their patients with diabetes in a safe, convenient and cost effective way" said Marc Winchester, President for Digital Healthcare's North American Operations. "In the United States less than 50% of diabetic patients receive their recommended annual eye examination. Each year thousands of people lose their eyesight unnecessarily".

Wake Forest, NC (PRWEB) July 21, 2009

Digital Healthcare, the worlds' leading provider of eye health assessment technology announced today that 930,218 eye health assessments were performed using their services in the second quarter of 2009. "Primary care physicians in the United States and around the globe are providing sight saving services to their patients with diabetes in a safe, convenient and cost effective way" said Marc Winchester, President for Digital Healthcare's North American Operations. "In the United States less than 50% of diabetic patients receive their recommended annual eye examination. Each year thousands of people lose their eyesight unnecessarily".

"The positive response in the medical community indicates that physicians in primary care, endocrinology and cardiology place a high value on diabetic eye health," said Winchester. "The fact that Retasure is non-invasive and easy to use technology has enabled physicians to quickly adopt the solution for their diabetic patients."

"Earlier detection of patients with diabetic eye disease by endocrinologists and primary care physicians means earlier referral to an ophthalmologist," said Dr. Michael Fleming, Digital Healthcare's Medical Director for Primary Care. "It is difficult to understate the public health impact and cost to society of undetected diabetic eye disease. Retasure is making a difference in our efforts for earlier diagnosis and treatment of complications, and this helps reduce the incidence of permanent vision loss."

The FDA-approved Retasure program provides a simple, affordable, and non-invasive solution that allows physicians to capture their patients' retinal images during a three to five minute procedure. Images are transmitted over a secure, HIPAA compliant network to an accredited reading center. A state-licensed and board certified eye care professional reviews the images and provide a written assessment to the original physician within 72 hours.

There are well over 20 million diabetic patients in the US, but less than half have an annual eye examination, despite a high risk of diabetic retinopathy. The National Eye Institute indicates diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among working age American adults. The Retasure™ solution developed by Digital Healthcare provides a simple, affordable, and non-invasive solution that allows physicians to capture their patients' retinal images during a three to five minute procedure. Images are transmitted over a secure network to an accredited reading center.

Retasure™offers several advantages for physicians and their patients: It can be operated by non-clinicians; it is non-invasive and requires no dilation; and it obtains exceptionally high-quality digital images of the retina. This FDA-approved technology is used by a broad range of doctors and facilities throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, including leading hospitals and research centers, primary care groups, private ophthalmology and optometry groups, family practice residency centers, and internal, multi-specialty and endocrinology groups.

For additional information, please visit www. retasure. com

CONTACT: Scott Sanner (866) 539-4213

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Merial Switches to the Learn. com LearnCenter Platform to Accelerate Knowledge Delivery and Increase Operational Efficiencies

Merial Switches to the Learn. com LearnCenter Platform to Accelerate Knowledge Delivery and Increase Operational Efficiencies

Learn. com®, the leader in on-demand workforce development and productivity, announced today that Merial, a world-leading animal health company and a joint venture between Merck & Co., Inc. and sanofi-aventis, has selected the Learn. com LearnCenter® platform to deliver mission critical product and sales training. The platform will host, manage and track most learning events, both online and classroom based.

Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) May 28, 2009

Learn. com®, the leader in on-demand workforce development and productivity, announced today that Merial, a world-leading animal health company and a joint venture between Merck & Co., Inc. and sanofi-aventis, has selected the Learn. com LearnCenter® platform to deliver mission critical product and sales training. The platform will host, manage and track most learning events, both online and classroom based.

"We chose the Learn. com LearnCenter platform because our training content and methods continue to evolve and we needed a system that is flexible and supports new methods," said Debi Jackson, Sales Training Manager at Merial. "We wanted the ability to manage our own system and be self - sufficient so that we can quickly get mission critical training into the hands of the sales force."

"At Learn. com we work hard to provide our clients with a broad range of products and solutions that significantly lower overall costs while also helping organizations gain operational efficiencies," said Don Cook, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Learn. com.

"We are very impressed with Learn. com; they are extremely pro-active and have worked with us every step of the way, they are a true partner," added Jackson.

Click here to get a FREE copy of the 7 Factors That Drive Performance from Learn. com (http://learn. com/learncenter. asp? id=178445&page=320)

About Merial
Merial is a world-leading, innovation-driven animal health company, providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health, well-being and performance of a wide range of animals. Merial employs approximately 5,400 people and operates in more than 150 countries worldwide. Its 2008 sales were over $2.6 billion. Merial Limited is a joint venture between Merck & Co., Inc. and sanofi-aventis. For more information, please see www. merial. com.

About the LearnCenter Platform
The Learn. com LearnCenter platform has been voted as America's favorite Learning Management System. Organizations of all sizes can now manage the entire pre-hire to retire employee lifecycle by creating a cost effective, high quality training, development and measurement environment designed to empower users with visibility into and control of their career planning while providing management with real-time business intelligence. Learning Management, Performance Management, Content Management, Online Authoring, Succession Planning, Collaboration, e-Commerce, Portal Authoring and more are included within one solution, with one interface and one partner - Learn. com.

About Learn. com
Learn. com® is the worldwide leader in on-demand workforce development and productivity with more than 50 million end users around the globe. Our broad suite of Software as a Service (SaaS) applications can fully automate the employee development lifecycle from pre-hire to retire® within organizations of all sizes, from the growing business with fewer than one hundred employees; to the global enterprise managing internal and external initiatives with millions of users in multiple languages. Learn. com's unwavering commitment to understanding client needs, goals and objectives allows us to partner with our clients to help them realize low TCO and high ROI. The Learn. com family of solutions includes the award-winning LearnCenter (http://www. learn. com/learncenter. asp? id=178441&sessionid=3-BB5D327E-A7AE-47F1-AFF4-092C864D3FBC&page=2)® learning and talent management suite, the WebRoom (http://www. learn. com/learncenter. asp? id=178441&sessionid=3-BB5D327E-A7AE-47F1-AFF4-092C864D3FBC&page=8)® Web conferencing suite, the PeopleCenter (http://www. learn. com/learncenter. asp? id=178441&sessionid=3-BB5D327E-A7AE-47F1-AFF4-092C864D3FBC&page=19) ® Application Builder, FormFlow (http://www. learn. com/learncenter. asp? id=178441&sessionid=3-BB5D327E-A7AE-47F1-AFF4-092C864D3FBC&page=9)® Custom Form Creation and the 1,000 title Learn2.com (http://www. learn. com/learncenter. asp? id=178441&sessionid=3-B85B28DB-5037-4CAD-B736-F66A61A3CB46&page=3) online course library. For more information please visit www. learn. com or call 954-233-4000.

Learn. com, its logo, LearnCenter, WebRoom, PeopleCenter, FormFlow and Learn2 are registered trademarks of Learn. com. All other trademarks are respectfully acknowledged.

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BeneTrac Announces HR Software Adoption Milestones, Exceeding Expectations for 2005

BeneTrac Announces HR Software Adoption Milestones, Exceeding Expectations for 2005

Leading provider of benefits management software announces 1.6 million enrollments and $78 million in premiums managed.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) October 20, 2005

Hawthorne Benefit Technologies, Inc., also known as BeneTrac (http://www. benetrac. com (http://www. benetrac. com)), a provider of powerful, web-based electronic enrollment and employee benefits administration software, today announced several milestones, showing the growing popularity of its software among HR and benefits administrators. The company, which today announced that it is currently managing a record 1.6 million employee enrollments, disclosed that this figure represents $78 million in premiums for its 450,000 members.

Ranked by Business Insurance Magazine in 2004 as one of the largest benefit information system providers, BeneTrac is quickly climbing the ladder with installations showing a 75 percent growth rate since February of this year. To update the benefit plans of members of these groups, BeneTrac facilitates over 2.4 million electronic data enrollment transactions to over 400 insurance carriers nationwide.

“Since BeneTrac is the recognized leader in this emerging industry, we have a unique responsibility to set the standard for accurate and efficient electronic enrollment technologies,” said Brian Daley, vice president of technology. The rapid growth of BeneTrac comes as no surprise to Mr. Daley. “Our architecture, systems and processes are robust and scalable. We are expecting, and look forward to, continued high rates of growth for the foreseeable future.”

BeneTrac’s online human resources benefits data and enrollment services are used by numerous small and medium sized companies, among them Carson City School District, UBISOFT, San Francisco Health Plan, Harmonic Inc. and A&D Engineering. CEO Jerry Hawthorne anticipates revenues this year to grow by more than 80 percent and staff to grow over 30 percent.

“Our business relationships are built on trust and communication. We pride ourselves on providing best-in-class benefits management software and employee self-service tools, which are distributed through alliances with more than 3,900 insurance brokers and consultants who know and trust our technology and expertise,” said Jerry Hawthorne, RHU, CHC, chief executive officer. “We also believe in making customer service a top priority, helping HR and benefits administrators find solutions to their technology and service needs.”

About BeneTrac

BeneTrac (also known as Hawthorne Benefit Technologies, Inc.) is a provider of powerful, web-based electronic enrollment and employee benefits administration software. The company’s online benefit management solution, available exclusively through insurance brokers and benefits consultants, enables employers and human resources professionals to eliminate paperwork and automate management of their complete benefits packages through a single, customized portal. BeneTrac’s one-stop-shop platform for automatically adding, updating, electronically exchanging, assessing and managing information capitalizes on relationships with more than 400 carriers. Leaders in software engineering, group insurance and human resources, the experts at BeneTrac are dedicated to offering a robust, affordable, user-friendly system that simplifies benefits administration. For more information, please visit www. benetrac. com.

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$5.3 Billion Weight-Loss Products Market Searches for Life After Low-Carb Marketers Concentrate on Low Fat, Low Sugar and Low Glycemic Index Offerings

$5.3 Billion Weight-Loss Products Market Searches for Life After Low-Carb Marketers Concentrate on Low Fat, Low Sugar and Low Glycemic Index Offerings

New, revised and updated Packaged Facts market research report, examines emerging trends in the U. S. market for weight-loss foods and beverages, where low-carb has begun to yield ground to other key “Lows,” from low-fat to low-sugar and low-glycemic, in a variety of important product categories.

New York, NY (PRWEB) February 6, 2006

Struggling to find a revitalized identity after the bursting of the low-carb bubble caused the industry to grow by less than 1% in 2005, weight-loss product marketers are refocusing their energies on low fat, low sugar, and low glycemic index products to regain market momentum, according to The U. S. Market for Weight-Loss Products & Trends, a new report from market research publisher Packaged Facts, a division of MarketResearch. com, the leading provider of industry-specific market research reports.

Packaged Facts projects that the weight-loss products industry—once expected to reach $9 billion by 2008—won’t regain the go-go drive of the low-carb craze, which helped the market surge by 22.2% between 2002 and 2003. With sales in the next four years showing a compounded annual growth rate of 7%, Packaged Facts anticipates the market will reach $7.5 billion by 2010, bolstered by strong growth in the weight-loss desserts and diet candy sectors.

“We’re seeing a huge shift in marketing tactics and consumer preferences across the board as there is a sense that fad diets may have gone too far,” said Don Montuori, the publisher of Packaged Facts. “People still want to lose weight, but they’ve lost their taste for extreme diets. They want to eat sensibly with a little indulgence; hence there’s a shift in market share from frozen dinners and entrees, food bars, and meal replacement liquids and powders losing ground to more enticing desserts and candies, which are being reformulated to meet the demands of the low/no sugar, low fat, low glycemic dietary preferences of today’s weight-conscious consumers.”

The U. S. Market for Weight-Loss Products & Trends examines eating and food product trends including health, nutrition, and dieting; obesity, food consumption, and weight-loss among adults and children; popular diets; food ingredients/engineering; retail and marketing; and federal weight-loss/nutrition regulations and guidelines. Priced at $3,000, this report can be purchased directly from Packaged Facts by clicking: http://www. packagedfacts. com/pub/1097899.html (http://www. packagedfacts. com/pub/1097899.html). It is also available at MarketResearch. com.

About Packaged Facts

Packaged Facts, a division of MarketResearch. com, publishes research reports on a wide range of consumer industries, including consumer goods, foods and beverages, and demographics. For more information visit www. PackagedFacts. com, or contact Tom Ehart at 240-747-3014.

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Monday, May 4, 2009

Five Women Business Owners Join Forces to Promote AutoTex PINK Windshield Wiper Blades

Five Women Business Owners Join Forces to Promote AutoTex PINK Windshield Wiper Blades

Automotive Product that Benefits Breast Cancer Research Brings Women Together with One Goal: Wipe Out Breast Cancer

Pine Brook, NJ (Vocus) July 28, 2010

A product for a cause is not unusual, but an automotive product that targets women and supports a cause is. That’s why five woman-owned businesses have joined forces to promote AutoTex PINK Windshield Wiper Blades (http://www. autotexpink. com) which benefits breast cancer research through the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the Breast Cancer Society of Canada.

The idea for AutoTex PINK came from Paula Lombard who wanted to create an automotive product that would benefit breast cancer. As the co-founder of WEXCO Industries, manufacturers of windshield wiper blades and windshield wiper systems, she knew such a product would be different than anything on the market.

“I wanted to create something that benefits women and breast cancer research,” said Paula Lombard, founder of AutoTex PINK. “You see many products that benefit breast cancer, but not in the automotive industry. I thought that a windshield wiper blade that tied into the female market would give us a unique opportunity. Plus our product benefits the cause year-round, not just in October, which is breast cancer awareness month.”

As a certified WBENC woman-owned business, WEXCO Industries and Lombard regularly participate in Women’s Business Enterprise National Council local chapter meetings. During one of those meetings, Lombard met Kathy Orbe, owner of Encore Design in Montclair, NJ. Encore specializes in the package design & branding of consumer products. Lombard chose Encore for their expertise in retail packaging and experience/understanding of the automotive category. Lombard asked Encore to create and establish the brand standards through development of a logo, related graphics and packaging for their brand… and AutoTEX PINK was born! The eye-catching design includes a large pink ribbon signifying breast cancer awareness and a clear description of AutoTex PINK’s affiliation with the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Encore's challenge was to develop the AutoTex PINK brand and packaging visuals based on a cause-related marketing strategy targeting female consumers in the predominantly male automotive category. “We designed the package graphics and a striking "Wipe - Out Breast Cancer" mark for use on the packaging and all collateral sales materials,” said Orbe. “Encore provided Wexco with the vital tools needed for their roll-out. We enabled them to present a powerful and unique brand image to customers at PINK's inception. Our team truly enjoyed being the creative force behind AutoTEX PINK’s package design & branding and working with Wexco to develop this unique brand.”

To sell and promote the new windshield wiper blade, Lombard began working with Kathy Collins a principal of Excelerated Performance of Cranbury, NJ. She suggested to Lombard that they also create an online social community site devoted to women and their cars. Soon after, MyAutoTexPINK. com was born.

The community site allows free membership and access to car care information, safe driving tips and travel advice. The site also allows members to participate in interactive forums and blogs as well as post events, photos and videos.

“Nearly 90% of female motorists are at least somewhat involved in the decision making process for vehicle maintenance and repairs, so we saw this as an opportunity to educate women about their cars,” said Lombard. “It also allows us to directly connect with our customers on a personal level. It differentiate us from other companies.”

AutoTex PINK launched in October 2009 to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To create excitement around the launch, AutoTex PINK sponsored IZOD IndyCar Series driver Sarah Fisher at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Fisher, the only woman-owned race team and WBENC member, helped promote the new windshield wiper blade as well as its tie in with breast cancer research.

“Having Sarah Fisher on board has been tremendous for AutoTex PINK,” Lombard said. “She not only drives a race car, but she owns the team! She has been a great ambassador as we work to build our brand and our social community.”

“AutoTex PINK is a perfect partner for our race team,” said Fisher. “This company is really committed to the cause. Just look at what we can do when we all come together!”

In order to make the online community site more interesting and appealing, Marcy Watson owner of Elpama Communications of Indianapolis was hired as Editor-in-Chief of MyAutoTexPINK. com in January 2010. She has developed an editorial calendar to tie in women’s health with automotive topics. The initial campaign is “Healthy You, Healthy Car” which includes informative articles on a variety of subjects to help visitors to the site learn ways to improve their well-being and to be better educated about their vehicles.

“Having five woman-owned businesses working together to promote AutoTex PINK is so exciting and very unique,” Lombard noted. “We are doing more than selling windshield wiper blades. We are working for a cause and doing so by creating a community where women can share ideas and be educated about their health and their vehicles.” Contrary to the name, AutoTex PINK windshield wiper blades come in a standard black color, with a small pink ribbon promoting the cause of breast cancer awareness and research. They are available on Amazon. com or at many automotive service centers.

About AutoTex PINK: WEXCO Industries, Inc. is a leading global supplier of windshield wiper blades. The company makes AutoTex PINK windshield wiper blades and sponsors www. MyAutoTexPINK. com. A portion of the sales of AutoTex PINK windshield wiper blades goes to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in the United States and the Canadian Breast Cancer Society in Canada. For more information, call 800.692.3962 or visit www. AutoTexPINK. com.

For More Information, Contact:
Paula Lombard
AutoTexPINK
973.244.9493

Marcy Watson
Elpama Communications LLC
317.329.9216

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

President Obama Appeals for Union Support on Health Bill but Some Unclear on Small Business Health Insurance

President Obama Appeals for Union Support on Health Bill but Some Unclear on Small Business Health Insurance

President Barack Obama rallied organized labor in Ohio to back his health insurance overhaul, but some owners are still unsure of the details for small business health insurance and self employed health insurance. The Small Business Health Insurance Network, sbhi. net, offers information and a way for entrepreneurs to find individual and group health insurance quotes.

Chicago, IL (Vocus) September 17, 2009

President Barack Obama visited Ohio to meet with organized labor to rally support for his health insurance overhaul early this week. Though many appeared to support his plan, some were left with questions about how the final plan would affect small business health insurance (http://www. sbhi. net) and self employed health insurance. The Small Business Health Insurance Network, sbhi. net, offers information and a way for entrepreneurs to find individual and group health insurance quotes.

The plan proposed by Senator Max Baucus yesterday will be voted on by a committee starting next week. Baucus said that the proposal embodies President Obama's top domestic priority, except that it does not include a new government insurance plan to compete with private insurers. 

President Obama has discussed plans concerning small business and self employed health insurance (http://www. sbhi. net/selfemployed. htm) but the details are still being worked out in the committee. There would be a new insurance marketplace where people without insurance and small businesses can compare plans and buy insurance at competitive prices. Small business would receive tax credits and affordable options for covering employees and there would be a new tax credit to help individual's purchase insurance.

For those who already enjoy their current insurance plan, the Obama plan proposes to strengthen it. It would end discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions, limit premiums, prevent insurance companies from dropping coverage when people get sick, and cap out-of-pocket expenses. In addition, it would eliminate extra charges for preventive care, protect Medicare for seniors, and eliminate the "donut-hole" gap in coverage for prescription drugs.

About SBHI. net:
Small Business Health Insurance Network, SBHI. net, is a website dedicated to helping small business owners and self employed people obtain complete coverage at an affordable rate for themselves and their employees. The website offers products, guides, tax saving strategies (http://www. sbhi. net/tax-saving-strategies. htm) and resources to provide out visitors with valuable information that saves time and money. To learn more about SBHI. net (http://www. sbhi. net/about. htm) or to get group health insurance quotes, please visit the website.

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$300 Million ‘Avatar’ is an Animation Game Changer

$300 Million ‘Avatar’ is an Animation Game Changer

According to Endemic Animation Studios, a small U. S. animation firm, smaller companies are being forced to compete with outsourcing and new tech tools.

Phoenix, AZ (Vocus) January 5, 2010

James Cameron’s new computer graphics film, ‘Avatar’, is single-handedly raising the industry’s playing field of expertise. Avatar’s $300 million plus production costs, startling new computer graphics (CG) processes and universal acclaim has raised the bar for the entire animation industry, making other recently-released, big-budget CG-animated films pale by comparison. According to Sean Avery with Endemic Animation Studios, “Avatar adds new technology to existing technology, catapulting the industry to a whole new level.”

As for the smaller animation firms, they’re scrambling to play catch up. “Faster PC’s and better technology have allowed animators to do so much more with CG than even from just a year or two ago,” says Avery, co-founder of Endemic Animation Studios in Scottsdale, Arizona. “The quality of industry development in just the past two years has jumped exponentially. Currently, today’s computer graphics industry (CGI) work is being done at the rate of a trillion computations per second.”

Critics and industry insiders who have seen Avatar all agree that the standard of CG animation has been knocked out of the park. Much of this is due to Cameron’s innovative development and use of new CG processes used in the film, which will, more than likely, revolutionize modern animation. His Fusion Camera System (a single camera that shoots live action in stereoscopic 3D) is changing the way animation and CG is created for film.

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times wrote: “Avatar is not simply a sensational entertainment, although it is that. It's a technical breakthrough.” Cameron has said, “Avatar is the single most complex piece of filmmaking ever made. We have 1,600 shots for a 2.5 hour movie. It’s not with a single CGI character, like King Kong or Gollum. We have hundreds of photo-realistic CG characters.”

Estimates on the production costs of Avatar range upwards of $300 million, with an additional $100 million earmarked for marketing. Much of that was applied to Cameron’s groundbreaking digital technology and New Zealand’s renowned digital animation company, Weta, responsible for such earlier CG highpoints as 2005’s King Kong remake, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

As technology has gotten better and faster, actual CG animation work has gotten smaller and cheaper, inviting small studios onto the playing field. Out of the estimated 109 U. S. animation studios, over 90% are small studios.

Endemic Studios in Scottsdale, Arizona is an example of a young U. S. animation team striving to tackle local and regional animation projects, while pursuing a ‘home run’ via one of the major animation studios. Its initial project was Dorsai, a sci-fi television show based on popular military science fiction, which the team shopped to Warner Brothers, the Sci-Fi Channel and the Cartoon Network. The studio is also involved in talks with Dreamworks over its Pelli character, seen at its website, www. endemicstudios. com. Endemic’s co-founder, Avery, is pragmatic about his firm’s chances to succeed in the multi-million dollar animation big leagues. “Our business plan is to do animation projects in our local market to cover our overhead, while shooting for bigger projects with larger studios that would land us bigger roles,” Avery said. “The success level of this business is 10-15%, but in this industry, all it takes is one ‘home run’.” But there are larger, global challenges ahead for small studios like Endemic hoping for a big animation deal. Hollywood film studios are looking to cut costs by outsourcing work to studios in India, New Zealand and elsewhere in the Pacific Rim.

The continued availability of low cost, powerful computer animation platforms and much lower labor rates than North America and Europe, are among the factors influencing the shift in production of computer animation to outlying countries. For instance, the total cost for making a full-length animated film in America is estimated to be $100 million to $175 million U. S. dollars, whereas the same movie in India can be made for $15 million to $25 million U. S. In addition, India boasts a healthy supply of English-speaking workers, a huge advantage when working with English-speaking animated characters. India’s ‘Bollywood’ is the second largest entertainment industry in the world, after Hollywood.

India’s animation industry grew 20% between 2006 and 2008, accounting for about $375 million in 2008 of the $50 billion global animation industry. According to India’s National Association of Software and Services Companies, more work is heading India’s way, with animation projects estimated to exceed $800 million by 2013.

"Work is pouring in from places like the United States, Europe and Asia in the form of outsourced projects and co-production deals," points out P. Jayakumar, Chief Executive Officer of Toonz Animation, one of India's largest animation players.

According to the Times of India, other Indian animation houses are also busy. Mumbai is the center for some of this activity. Mumbai-based Maya Entertainment did the special effects for The Mummy and Stuart Little; and the LA-based Rhythm & Hues Studios’ facility in Mumbai worked on such films as Charlotte’s Web for Paramount; Garfield: A Tale Of Two Kitties for Fox; and A Night At The Museum, Evan Almighty and Happy Feet.
In this environment, young American animators are being forced to readjust and adapt to a new work reality. They are mustering their creative smarts to approach business opportunities with new innovation and to craft their own opportunities for success. Ironically, the recession is giving rise to an entrepreneurial spirit that is driving a new generation of CG animators.

“Recession or not, we decided to take measures into our own hands, using our own contacts and levels of talent,” Avery said with a smile. “We knew we could make something out of it. We know we have something to offer.”

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Real Savvy Moms Know Where to Shop and Have Fun in Michigan Real Savvy Moms Promotes Health and Wellness for Women at the Michigan International Women's Show

Real Savvy Moms Know Where to Shop and Have Fun in Michigan Real Savvy Moms Promotes Health and Wellness for Women at the Michigan International Women's Show

Novi, Mich. (May, 2, 2007) -- Real Savvy Moms™ invites all moms and women alike to come out for a day of fun, education, shopping, food and entertainment at the Michigan International Women's Show, being held at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, MI May 3rd - 6th put on by Southern Women's Shows.

Novi, MI (PRWEB) May 2, 2007

Real Savvy Moms™ invites all moms and women alike to come out for a day of fun, education, shopping, food and entertainment at the Michigan International Women's Show, being held at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, MI May 3rd - 6th put on by Southern Women's Shows.

Real Savvy Moms public television series and broadband channel RealSavvy. tv, the ultimate online video resource for moms, comes to life in the Real Savvy Moms Health and Wellness exhibit. The exhibit will feature a number of exciting activities that celebrate motherhood and promote women's health and wellness. Activities will include the consumer debut of the first and only vacuum on the market that offers UV technology to safely clean and kill mold, bacteria, dust mites and other harmful allergens in the carpet and an opportunity to win a family vacation. Real Savvy Moms will also be conducting open call auditions for any and all moms that would like to host or be featured on the award winning public television series "Real Moms, Real Stories, Real Savvy."

Where:

Real Savvy Moms Health and Wellness Exhibit at the Michigan International Women's Show.
Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, MI

Address:
Rock Financial Showplace
46100 Grand River Ave.
Novi Michigan, 48374

When:

May 3rd Thursday 10am - 9pm
May 4th Friday 10am - 9pm
May 5th Saturday: 10am - 8pm
May 6th Sunday: 10am - 5pm

Admission :

Adults: $8.00 at the door
Online Advance tickets: $7.00
Advance tickets available at Meijer: $7.00
Groups of 20 or more (advance only): $6.50 each
Youth (6-12): $4
Youth (6 & under): Free with paying adult

For more information please visit www. RealSavvyMoms. com or go to www. InternationalWomenShow. com.

About Real Savvy Moms
Real Savvy Moms™ is "the voice" of mothers today. Created by mothers for mothers, Real Savvy Moms™ is a real-time support system for mothers that offers reliable information, community, encouragement and no judgments as Real Savvy Moms want moms to decide for themselves what is right for her and her family. With a nationally syndicated television series - Real Moms, Real Stories, Real Savvy™, interactive websites, live events, and educational materials, Real Savvy Moms™ is the multimedia answer for today's moms. For more information, visit www. realsavvy. tv. Check your local PBS listing for channel for listings.

About Southern Womens Shows
The pages of a women's magazine come to life. From gourmet foods to cooking classes, fashion, health advice, shopping and celebrities, you'll find it all under one roof Southern Women's Shows, International Women's Show & Michigan Christmas Show. Hosted in 10 cities annually, Southern Shows, Inc. brings it all to you. The first Women's Show began in Charlotte in 1983. Now held in Charlotte and Raleigh, NC; Birmingham, AL; Nashville and Memphis, TN; Jacksonville and Orlando, FL; Richmond, VA; Detroit, MI; and Savannah, GA, these shows highlight areas of interest to women. There are on-site cosmetic makeovers, ongoing fashion shows, health information and testing, a celebrity kitchen, business and career options, fitness equipment, educational seminars, food and product sampling, and accessories for the home. Make sure to bookmark our website www. SouthernShows. com and mark your calendar for an event in your city.

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Announcing New Lifestyles Radio Show with Lisa Fuoco

Announcing New Lifestyles Radio Show with Lisa Fuoco

New radio talk show targets aesthetics and lifestyle markets.

Montreal, QC (PRWEB) August 31, 2007

The launch of the New Lifestyles Radio Show on CJAD 800, Montreal’s number one AM radio station, was announced today. Starting on September 2nd, this dynamic new show will target the aesthetics and lifestyle markets.

The New Lifestyles Radio Show will invite professionals and experts in their fields to discuss the latest news, trends and hot topics for your health, aesthetics, and lifestyle enhancement. The show will be hosted by Lisa Fuoco.

“In today’s society people are taking better care of themselves. As we all live longer it’s important to be aware of the latest choices for enjoying happier, healthier lives,” says Ms. Fuoco. “Our focus is to inform our listeners so they can make enlightened decisions to this end.”

Join Lisa as she hosts New Lifestyles Radio Show every Sunday from 2-3 PM on Montreal’s News Talk Leader CJAD 800 (www. cjad. com).

For more information, visit www. newlifestylesmag. com].

Lisa Fuoco was born and raised in Montreal. She has worked extensively as the station’s entertainment and fashion reporter for over a decade. She also brings with her a keen interest in all matters of health and longevity.

Media Contact:
Anne Franco
514.772.2201
Anne @ deepbluecom. com

Deep Blue Communications 
Contact: press @ deepbluecom. com 
Tel: 514-461-2044
Post: 5764 Monkland Blvd.
Montreal, Quebec. H4A1E9
Www. deepbluecom. com

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