Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tom Shjerven Selected as 2007 President for International Society of Certified Employee Benefits Specialists

Tom Shjerven Selected as 2007 President for International Society of Certified Employee Benefits Specialists

ValueOptions announced that Tom Shjerven, its Vice President of Commercial Sales, has been appointed to serve as President of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (ISCEBS) for 2007.

Norfolk, VA (PRWEB) December 21, 2006

ValueOptions announced that Tom Shjerven, its Vice President of Commercial Sales, has been appointed to serve as President of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (ISCEBS) for 2007. While at ValueOptions, Shjerven has worked closely with employee assistance benefits, Work/Life programs, and related behavioral health services.

Shjerven has been an active member of the ISCEBS since receiving his Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation in 1995. He is currently serving as the chapter’s Vice President.

Shjerven would like to see the Society continue its focus on the education and support of its members. "It is important for us to continue to come together and share ideas on all aspects pertaining to employee benefits," said Shjerven. "It is important to stay up to speed in this ever-changing industry."

Shjerven regularly speaks at industry events on issues relating to human resources and benefits. He has worked in the employee benefits profession for over 17 years and earned his bachelor of arts degree in public relations from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington.

About ValueOptions

ValueOptions covers over 23 million lives through a variety of direct contracts with health plans, employers, and state and county agencies. A national managed care company, it specializes in disease management for all mental health and chemical dependency diagnoses. ValueOptions supports the unique needs of client organizations with traditional managed care products and integrated behavioral health care services, as well as wellness and prevention initiatives and Work/Life programs. Leveraging a national behavioral health provider network of over 70,000 practitioner locations, ValueOptions puts the clinical well-being of our members as our first and foremost priority. Visit www. valueoptions. com for more information.

About the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists

The ISCEBS is a nonprofit educational association whose members have earned the CEBS, Group Benefits Associate (GBA), Retirement Plans Associate (RPA), or Compensation Management Specialist (CMS) designations. Since 1981, the Society has provided its members with educational programs, information and networking resources, publications, and other services to help its members excel and prosper in their careers.

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

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Retail Game Show to Test Design Community at GlobalShop 2009

Retail Game Show to Test Design Community at GlobalShop 2009

Retail Design Institute and Experiential Marketing firm, Creative Realities, Team-up to Celebrate Brands and Design with "Tagline!"

Fairfield, NJ (PRWEB) March 21, 2009

GlobalShop, the annual retail trade show, will hit the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas from March 23 - 25. There, on March 24th, the Retail Design Institute (www. retaildesigninstitute. org) -- along with experiential branding and marketing firm, Creative Realities (www. cri. com) -- will stage a mock game show called "Tagline!"

In Tagline!, three industry professionals, supported by audience "lifelines," will be quizzed about their knowledge of brands, taglines, and store design. The contestant finishing with the most points wins prizes for their section of the audience.

The game will be hosted by Andrew McQuilkin, who developed the idea for the show six years ago. McQuilkin is the international president of the Retail Design Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting excellence in retail planning and design. "The game celebrates what we as designers do," said McQuilkin. "During the convention, people are going to be hearing speeches about the economy and getting blood from a stone. We wanted to do something different. We wanted to show our passion for the industry."

McQuilkin brought in experiential marketing firm, Creative Realities, to help make the game show concept come to life. The firm helped McQuilkin develop strategies to involve the audience, and created the design and technology that run the game. "We're excited to showcase Creative Realities' ability to create engaging experiences and execute on ideas," said the firm's director of business development, Kristine Krattiger.

Tagline! will have three contestants: industry legends Rodney Fitch, CEO and Chairman of FITCH, Ken Walker, FRDI, FAIA, Vice Chairman of Future Brand, and a mystery contestant. The audience will be called upon to help contestants at key moments.

Said McQuilkin: "We expect Tagline! to be one of GlobalShop's most upbeat events."

Event: Tagline!: A game show that quizzes contestants and audience about brands, taglines, and store design.

Date: March 24, 2009

Time: 10:30AM - 11:30AM

Location: Sands Expo & Convention Center

Session: S12

About Creative Realities
Creative Realities is an experiential branding and marketing firm that creates wow environments and customer experiences for organizations in the fields of retail, hospitality, entertainment, healthcare, education, and general corporate. Its clients include Bank of America, Foot Locker, Harvard University, Hyatt, Meadowlands Xanadu, Radio Shack, Samsung, Stanford University, T-Mobile, TiVo, and Time Warner. In 2007 and 2008, Creative Realities was named to Inc. magazine's "Inc. 5000" list of America's fastest-growing, privately-held companies. For more information, visit www. cri. com.


Bills. com CEO Suggests Ways to Make a Tax Refund Pay Off

Bills. com CEO Suggests Ways to Make a Tax Refund Pay Off

Strategic spending trumps splurges, Stroh says.

San Mateo, CA (PRWEB) April 4, 2007

Each spring, thousands of Americans receive income tax refunds from the U. S. government, with the IRS expecting an average amount this year of $2,548 -- and each refund is a ticket to better financial planning, says Brad Stroh, co-CEO of Bills. com (www. bills. com), a free online consumer portal.

"Many tax refund recipients dream of ways to spend that cash. But before getting carried away in a spending fantasy, think long term," Stroh advised. "A tax refund is not really a windfall, but a return of your own money to you. Tax refunds are a forced savings plan from the IRS … not a gift. That shift in your mind may make it less likely that you will squander the refund."

Once consumers understand the source of their tax refund, Stroh suggests the following ways to wisely spend an income tax refund:

1. Pay down credit card and other high-interest debts (including payday loans). The average household carries a total of 14.9 credit cards. The average interest rate on these cards is 14.24 percent, but there are no usury laws for credit card debt: One missed credit card payment can send interest rates skyrocketing to over 30 percent. About 20 percent of all credit cards are "maxed out" by their owners. Get a free, detailed Budget Guide from Bills. com at http://www. bills. com/guide/ (http://www. bills. com/guide/) or follow these basic steps to make a debt-payment plan:

A. List and pay secured debts first (mortgage, car). Mortgage payments should take absolute priority.
B. Then list unsecured debts (credit cards, loans) in order of highest interest rates.
C. Make minimum payments on all but the highest-rate card. Use every cent of available income to make large payments on the card with the highest rate.
D. When that card is paid off, apply the big payment plus the old minimum payment on the next-highest rate card until it is paid off. Continue until all debt is eliminated.

2. Fund an emergency fund. An emergency fund should include 6-9 months' living expenses. These amounts, explained Stroh, are not necessarily equal to salary. Instead, they should include only what the household would spend if it were in dire straits. House these savings in a money market fund or rolling CDs so that the money earns interest and cannot easily be spent -- but can be accessed in an emergency.

3. Obtain adequate insurance. "Everyone should have health, auto, and home or renters insurance," Stroh said. If dependents rely on breadwinners' income, look into life insurance. Consider an umbrella policy to protect from additional liability. And if the household could not survive without an income, purchase disability coverage. Learn more at http://www. bills. com/insurance/ (http://www. bills. com/insurance/).

4. Fund the future. Contribute to retirement savings, whether an individual or Roth IRA, 401(k) or other plan.

5. Invest in the home. Homeowners might consider using refunds to cover major or minor maintenance to make sure no bigger (and more expensive) problems arise down the road. In addition, these capital improvements can create additional equity in a home.

"Most importantly, make sure you use that money to pay off debt and build wealth -- not for flashy things that will end up in the trash in 12 months' time," Stroh advised."

Based in San Mateo, Calif., Bills. com is a free one-stop online portal where consumers can educate themselves about complex personal finance issues and save money by choosing the best-value products and services. Since 2002, Bills. com and its partner company, Freedom Financial Network, have served more than 10,000 customers nationwide while managing more than $350 million in consumer debt. The company's co-founders and CEOs, Andrew Housser and Brad Stroh, were named Northern California finalists in Ernst & Young's 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.


Sunday, April 24, 2011

MyDish Personalised Recipe Calendar Launched to help Great Ormond Street Hospital

MyDish Personalised Recipe Calendar Launched to help Great Ormond Street Hospital

A new personalised recipe calendar has been created by the recipe sharing website MyDish to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

(PRWEB) October 19, 2010

Great Ormond Street Hospital has announced the launch of a new personalised recipe calendar which has been created by the founder of MyDish to help raise funds for the hospital.

Inspired by her son's treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Carol Savage, founder of MyDish. co. uk and a 'Dragon's Den' success story, is using her business know-how to launch the online recipe (http://www. mydish. co. uk/calendar/calendar_info. asp) calendar.

The new calendar allows purchasers to choose their own favourite recipe for each month, as well as being able to add their own photos and include all those special dates they don't want to forget.

Carol Savage decided to make the calendar following her own family's personal experience with the charity. Carol's oldest son Oliver was admitted to Great Ormond Street Hospital five years ago with a rare kidney disease. It was his fundraising idea to use the tools on MyDish to help benefit the childrens charity (http://www. gosh. org/news/latest-news/mydishrecipecalenderlaunched/ ) which is close to his heart.

Carol commented: "We're asking everyone, grannies, granddads, mums, dads and children to get involved so we can raise much needed funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital (http://www. gosh. nhs. uk/ ) with our personalized recipe calendar, a fabulous and unique Christmas present."

Food lovers' recipe sharing website mydish. co. uk allows visitors to search easy homemade recipes, store all their favourite recipes into one space, share treasured recipes with family and friends (connecting to them directly from a personal space).

£5 from every calendar sold will go to Great Ormond Street Hospital. Those who wish to order and personalise their own calendar can visit the MyDish website (http://www. mydish. co. uk/calendar/calendar_info. asp ).


Notes to Editors

About MyDish. co. uk
MyDish. co. uk is the brainchild of Carol Savage, who was the first person to be offered double the money when she appeared on Dragon's Den. Since Dragon's Den Carol has partnered with Gt Ormond St Charity, The Telegraph, Daily Mail, and has negotiated sponsorships with Sainsbury's, DairyCrest, Heinz, Patak's, Twinings, Laithwaites, Sony, Maltesers and ASDA.

About Great Ormond Street Hospital:
Great Ormond Street Hospital is an international centre of excellence in child healthcare and together with its research partner, the UCL Institute of Child Health, GOSH forms the UK's only academic biomedical research centre specialising in paediatrics.

Since its formation in 1852, the hospital has been dedicated to children's healthcare and to finding new and better ways to treat childhood illnesses. Great Ormond Street Hospital has over 175,000 patient visits each year for the rarest and most complex conditions. In addition to providing health advice and promoting healthy eating, the hospital offers the widest range of paediatric services under one roof in Britain, and pioneers new treatments and drugs through its research body, the UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH).


Positron Emission Tomography Market to Boom Over Next Five Years

Positron Emission Tomography Market to Boom Over Next Five Years

Reimbursement cuts spark shift to hospital based procedures, according to Millennium Research Group.

Waltham, Massachusetts (PRWEB) March 19, 2007

Millennium Research Group has conducted a detailed analysis of the nuclear medicine systems market in its Global Markets for Nuclear Medicine Systems 2007 report. The report finds despite recent reimbursement cuts to the Positron Emission Tomography (PET) procedures in the US; the largest segment of the market will still experience strong growth. Currently valued at close to $638 million in 2006, the US PET market will grow to $1009.7 million by 2011.

The Medicare reimbursement changes, which were implemented in January of this year, cut reimbursement for imaging procedures performed in non-hospital settings. Combined with the stipulations under the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA), this reduced reimbursement will cause the market to shift toward hospital based PET procedures.

"Over the next five years, this will induce a shift in demand from outpatient centers to hospitals," says David Plow, senior analyst at MRG. "In addition, procedure volumes will grow due to the growing number of PET applications, thus limiting the impact of these cuts over the next five years."

PET/CT systems are used for diagnostic imaging in oncology, neurology, and cardiology. Procedures performed on these systems range from detection and follow up of cancers to scanning for Alzheimer's disease.

The Global Markets for Nuclear Medicine Systems 2007 report provides coverage of the US, Europe and Japan. Selected companies covered in this report include Digirad Corporation, GE Healthcare, Philips Medical Systems, Siemens Medical Solutions, and Toshiba Medical Systems.

About Millennium Research Group

Millennium Research Group (www. MRG. net), a Decision Resources, Inc. company (www. DecisionResources. com), is the global authority on medical technology market intelligence and a leading provider of strategic information to the health care sector. Focused solely on the medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries, the company provides its clients with the benefits of its specialized industry expertise through published reports and customized consulting services.

All company, brand, or product names contained in this document may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

For more information contact:

Amy Krohn

Millennium Research Group

416-364-7776 x101


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Innovative Schlage Link Door Lock and Remote Home-Management System Now Available in Lowe's Stores

Innovative Schlage Link Door Lock and Remote Home-Management System Now Available in Lowe's Stores

Wireless Keypad System Lets Homeowners Control and Monitor Door Access from a Computer or Cell Phone and Gives Parents of Latchkey Kids Peace-of-Mind; Features Embraced by Majority of Parents in Recent National Survey

Carmel, IN (Vocus) June 4, 2009

Schlage® (http://www. schlage. com), the most trusted brand in door locks (http://www. schlage. com), announced today that its innovative Schlage LiNK System is now available in more than 650 Lowe's home improvement stores. The first-of-its-kind remote home-management system incorporates Z-Wave® wireless technology, allowing homeowners to remotely lock/unlock and monitor entry to doors equipped with Schlage's wireless keypad locks. Remote access can be granted from a computer or Web-enabled mobile phone, including Apple's iPhone and RIM's BlackBerry smartphones.

"We are extremely pleased to be able to expand the availability of the Schlage LiNK System to Lowe's stores across the country," said Dwight Gibson, General Manager, Intelligent Residential Electronics, for Ingersoll Rand, the parent company of Schlage. "This versatile home-management system is perfect for busy homeowners, especially working parents who want to know when their children arrive home from school. The system can be set up to send an email or text message the moment a child arrives home and enters a unique access code to open the door, giving parents peace of mind."

"We began offering the Schlage LiNK System online at Lowes. com in April but also wanted to provide customers the products in-store as well," said Ed Pomeroy, Lowe's Vice President of Merchandising in Hardware. "Far more than just an electronic lock, this sophisticated yet easy-to-use system will give our customers a secure and convenient way to monitor and control access to their front door anytime, anywhere from a computer or Internet-capable phone."

Say Goodbye to Your Keys
Schlage LiNK wireless deadbolts and locks eliminate the need to carry or circulate keys, although the wireless locks do include a set of traditional keys for those who also want that functionality. Homeowners can unlock LiNK-equipped doors by entering a 4-digit code on the lock's 10-digit keypad or by using a mobile phone with a data plan to access the password-protected Schlage LiNK online interface. It's also possible to create temporary entry codes for day workers as well as remotely control and monitor various other Z-Wave-enabled devices such as lights or thermostats and even the new Schlage camera through the Web and mobile interfaces.

Homeowners can also choose to receive e-mail or text notifications when specific user codes are entered on the lock's keypad. The system stores data for 90 days, providing a record of who enters your home at what times and on which days, making it easy to track code activity.

Parents Like Schlage LiNK and See Value in 24-Hour Control
A new national study finds that nearly three-quarters of the 1,050 parents surveyed are interested in a door lock system that provides not only security but convenient monitoring and control of home devices from any location, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Accustomed to subscriptions for convenience services such as Internet-enabled cell phones, premium TV channels with digital video recorders and DVD movie rentals, nearly half of the busy parents surveyed said they would be willing to pay at least $13 a month for the convenience of remote home control. Schlage LiNK subscriptions cost $12.99 per month, which is less than 50 cents per day for remote access to the Schlage LiNK online portal.

"We are encouraged by these findings because the Schlage LiNK System delivers the features consumers want," Gibson said, noting that parents of latchkey children were especially interested in the peace of mind that comes with being alerted by email or text that the kids have arrived home safely from school. The majority of survey participants also expressed a strong interest in being able to use a computer or cell phone to control temperature and lighting and to access a video camera to see what's going on at home.

Starter Kit Includes Everything You Need
The Schlage LiNK System Starter Kit includes one wireless deadbolt or lock, the Schlage network communications Bridge, batteries to power the lock and a Schlage Light Module for remotely controlling a lamp that is plugged into it. The Bridge connects to the home's existing router and uses Z-Wave technology to transmit data via low-power radio signals to the wireless lock. Additional Schlage wireless deadbolts and locks are sold separately. Three finish options are available to complement any décor: bright brass, satin nickel and aged bronze.

The manufacturer's suggested retail price of the Schlage LiNK Starter Kit is $299 and additional Schlage LiNK deadbolts or locks are $199 each. There is also a $12.99 monthly subscription fee--which works out to less than 50 cents a day--for 24-hour access to the Schlage LiNK online portal and mobile-phone applications, which enable homeowners to control a variety of Z-Wave-enabled devices, including home thermostats and lighting. 

Easy Installation
Installing Schlage wireless deadbolts and locks is a straightforward process that usually requires only a screwdriver. Replace the existing door lock with the Schlage wireless lock (which runs on standard batteries) and go online to register the system. The next step is to set up the Schlage Bridge and, once the installation is complete, begin assigning personalized codes for anyone who needs access to the LiNK-equipped door.

Award-Winning Technology and Design
The Schlage LiNK System has received Constructech magazine's Top New Products for 2009 Award, honoring the most innovative technology solutions developed for the homebuilding market, and Design Journal's ADEX GOLD Award for design excellence. ADEX stands for Awards for Design Excellence and is the largest and most prestigious awards program for furniture, fixtures and finishes marketed to the design trade.

About Schlage & Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies
Schlage® is the leader in security devices, trusted for more than 85 years, spanning both the commercial and residential markets. Commercial grade quality is built into every Schlage® product. The brand is on the forefront of developing cutting-edge technology and innovation such as wireless security products and biometrics, among others. www. schlage. com

Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies is a leading global provider of products and services that make environments safe, secure and productive. The sector's market-leading products include electronic and biometric access control systems; time and attendance and personal scheduling
Systems; mechanical locks and portable security, door closers and exit devices, steel doors and frames, architectural hardware and technologies and services for global security markets.

Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies is a sector of Ingersoll-Rand Company Limited, a global provider of products, services and solutions to industries as diverse as transportation, manufacturing, food retailing, construction and agriculture. www. ingersollrand. com

About Lowe's
With fiscal year 2008 sales of $48.2 billion, Lowe's Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE® 50 company that serves approximately 14 million customers a week at more than 1,650 home improvement stores in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N. C., Lowe's is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world. For more information, visit Lowes. com.

About Z-Wave
Z-Wave is an award-winning, proven and interoperable wireless mesh networking technology that allows a wide array of devices in and around the home to communicate including lighting, appliances, HVAC, entertainment centers and security systems. Z-Wave brings many benefits to everyday life including remote home monitoring, home healthcare, safety and security, and energy conservation. Z-Wave certified products are currently available from leading consumer brands in more than 300 products. Z-Wave is the recipient of the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award in the wireless category, the CNET "Best of CES Award" in the enabling technologies category, along with PC World's World Class Award. For more information about Z-Wave, please visit www. z-wave. com.

GLA Communications
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Dave Arland


Empyrean Benefit Solutions Names Doug Hogenmiller as Senior Vice President of Outsourcing Sales

Empyrean Benefit Solutions Names Doug Hogenmiller as Senior Vice President of Outsourcing Sales

Doug Hogenmiller has joined Empyrean Benefit Solutions as the Senior Vice President for Outsourcing Sales. Most recently, Doug was the VP of Sales at Extend Health, Inc. Prior to that, Doug was a Managing Consultant for Outsourcing Solutions for Hewitt Associates. Doug will take the lead in expanding Empyrean's fast-developing benefit outsourcing business throughout the United States.

HOUSTON (PRWEB) November 27, 2007

 "We are excited to have Doug join the organization. He has an excellent reputation in our industry for matching solutions with client needs. With his expertise in healthcare and benefit outsourcing, we look forward to quickly expanding our health and benefit outsourcing business in 2008," said Dave Carlson, CEO, Empyrean Benefit Solutions. Employer groups interested in learning more about Empyrean's unique approach and capabilities can reach Mr. Hogenmiller at dhogenmiller@empyreanbenefits. com or (512) 904-0485.

About Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Inc.

Empyrean Benefit Solutions is a rapidly growing benefit management company focused on providing greater access and choice for individuals and groups utilizing a flexible technology platform. In addition to traditional outsourcing services, Empyrean develops cost-effective, high-quality group and voluntary benefit programs with its partners that are available in all 50 states. The plans are administered on an outsourced basis, utilizing a state-of-the-art, scalable technology and services platform. Empyrean's flexible technology platform lets members select product, enroll in group or individual plans via the web or phone while providing world-class ongoing support using the web, IVR and inbound call centers. With the company's healthcare data analytics capability imbedded in the platform, clients also receive meaningful analysis of their healthcare expenditures allowing HR professionals to create more effective data-driven benefit strategies. For investor information, visit www. empyreanbenefits. com or call 800-934-1451.

Personal Health Information to Go?

Personal Health Information to Go?

Now there's an easy, new way to keep track of personal health information. Developed by a registered nurse, My-Med-Keeper stores all your important medical data in a convenient, wearable package.

Hillsborough, NJ (PRWEB) September 4, 2008

Now there's an easy, new way to keep track of personal health information. Developed by a registered nurse, My-Med-Keeper stores all your important medical data in a convenient, wearable package.

Diagnoses, doctors, and medications are all organized and readily available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If an emergency situation should occur, the medical conditions, allergies, current medications, and primary care physician are immediately accessible to healthcare providers via any computer USB port.

My-Med-Keeper is not a complete medical health record. It does not have an online component, it does not store laboratory results, x-rays, or diagnostic tests of any kind. No identity-critical data is contained in My-Med-Keeper. No date of birth, no social security number, no bank or credit card account numbers. Only information necessary to provide rapid, safe, and individualized medical care is stored in My-Med-Keeper. All the information in My-Med-Keeper is put there by the wearer or their designee, so there is no compromise to personal information by an outside party.

My-Med-Keeper contains an easy to follow form to make sure you have all your medical information available in one place - with you - at all times. By updating My-Med-Keeper every time your medical situation changes, you will always have your most current information at your fingertips. If you change doctors, get new prescriptions, have dosing changes on medications, have a new condition or diagnosis, have a negative reaction to a drug; all this data, when stored in My-Med-Keeper ensures you will always have your most complete medical information accessible to any healthcare provider at any time you need it.

Who can benefit from My-Med-Keeper? Anyone with a chronic illness. Anyone with multiple diagnoses. Anyone who sees multiple physicians (primary care, cardiologist, orthopedist, etc.). Anyone who has ever had trouble keeping track of their medications.

My-Med-Keeper allows everyone to take control of their health, knowing their medical information is complete and available at any time, wherever they are.

For more information or to purchase My-Med-Keeper for yourself or a loved one, please go to My-Med-Keeper (http://www. my-med-keeper. com).


Friday, April 22, 2011

Burt’s Bees Asks Consumers to Find Their Burt on Earth Day and Will “Burtify” The Streets of NYC April 22nd

Burt’s Bees Asks Consumers to Find Their Burt on Earth Day and Will “Burtify” The Streets of NYC April 22nd

Burt’s Bees Launches FindYourBurt. com to Raise Everyone's Eco-Consciousness and on April 22nd, 2010, Burt Look-alikes will Take to the Streets of New York, Handing out Samples and Urging Folks to be Eco-Friendly in Honor of Earth Day's 40th Anniversary. Video, Photo Stills and Press Information is Available to Preview, Download and Share at www. magicbulletmedia. com/MNR/FindYourBurt

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 20, 2010

On Thursday, April 22nd, 2010, Burt look-alikes will take to the streets of New York, handing out samples and urging folks to be as eco-friendly as Burt in honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Passing out free beards and hats, the Burt look-alikes will help transform the crowds into “Burts” themselves.

Burt’s Bees will also be offering people-powered natural smoothies at a “Bike Blender” station in Times Square, where visitors can stop by and enjoy a smoothie featuring natural ingredients like milk, honey, pomegranate, and cranberry (some of the same natural ingredients you’ll find in Burt’s Bees® products). The pedaling action actually powers the blender, creating a wholesome natural treat with clean energy. This event will be part of Earth Day NY.

Everyone will be encouraged to continue the search for their inner Burt at home by visiting FindYourBurt. com (http://www. FindYourBurt. com). The website invites people into Burt’s world and asks them to discover pieces of Burt’s simple, nature-loving persona and “Burtify” an image using an augmented reality tool. The real-time tool modifies elements of a person’s image based on eco-motives. The Burt possibilities are endless and so are the ways to love the Earth. This April, visit FindYourBurt. com to learn more.

Burt’s Bees has been offering distinctive earth-friendly, natural personal care products for 25 years. From a beekeeper’s backyard in Maine to the leading edge of natural, Burt’s Bees knows natural body care solutions from head-to-toe. The brand creates products for total skin health that keep The Greater Good™ top of mind.

Thursday, April 22, 2010
Central Park: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Times Square: Bike Blenders from 11:30 AM – 2:00 (@ Earth Day NY)

Video, Photo Stills and Press Information is available to preview, download and share at www. magicbulletmedia. com/MNR/FindYourBurt (http://www. magicbulletmedia. com/MNR/FindYourBurt)

Christina Calbi Ferraro or Joanne Chiu Sulit, Tractenberg & Co., 212.929.7979


SeminarPlanet. com Dedicated to Advancing The Careers of Business Professionals

SeminarPlanet. com Dedicated to Advancing The Careers of Business Professionals

(PRWEB) May 20, 2000



Scott Kaneyama

SeminarPlanet. com

(310) 743-2040 phone

(310) 743-2050 fax

Scott. kaneyama@seminarplanet. com

SeminarPlanet. com Launches Web Site Geared Towards Career Professionals

LOS ANGELES, CA – May 5, 2000 – SeminarPlanet. com announced the launch of the first web site dedicated to advancing the career of professionals. The company provides services to assist in the development, promotion, and management of careers for professionals in four specific industries.

“Professionals working in accounting/finance, law, technology, and medicine/healthcare now have a resource dedicated to helping them stay on top of their profession,” stated Josh Benenson, CEO of SeminarPlanet. com. “Users have free access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to a database of events focused on professional certification and continuing education.” Each professional can find the exact event and location they would like to attend, searchable through various queries including subject, location, keynote speakers, credits, and time/date.

SeminarPlanet. com will soon be incorporating a Guidance Counselorsm to track a professional’s annual continuing education credit requirements, discounts on travel and hotel, and information on the “happenings” in the cities where these events are located. The site will also offer books, tapes, streaming audio, live video feeds of the events, industry specific news and information, and on-line registration. The company’s goal is to make its web site a comprehensive, one-stop shop for professionals to track and maintain their credentials, attend conferences and conventions, as well as create a resource for the conference management professionals.


SeminarPlanet. com is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Contio, LLC. Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, SeminarPlanet. com is poised to develop the largest database for worldwide conference events for professionals in four key industries: accounting/finance, legal, technology, medicine/healthcare. SeminarPlanet. com partners with major academic institutions, corporations and associations to provide a comprehensive listing of conferences to help professionals stay on top of their field. Live counselors can be reached at 310-743-2040, or visit the site at www. SeminarPlanet. com.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Skincare Foundations: Skin Care and Beauty Tool Kit

Skincare Foundations: Skin Care and Beauty Tool Kit

Skincare-News. com shows readers that beauty doesn't have to be complicated. By investing in a few key items, anybody can have great skin at a reasonable price.

Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) December 4, 2007

Overwhelmed with the multitude of products available on the shelves? Skip the confusion and get down to the basics! Skincare-News. com's latest article, "The Beauty Tool Belt," explains the essential products that every woman should have under her belt.
Http://www. skincare-news. com/articles. php? ArtID=472 (http://www. skincare-news. com/articles. php? ArtID=472)

Cleanser is the first item every woman (or man!) should have, and it should be used twice daily to remove impurities like dirt, grime and makeup. Because the face is thinner and more fragile than the rest of the skin, it is essential to use a product specifically designed for the face rather than lathering up with that bar of deodorant soap in the shower.

Moisturizer is second on the list, regardless of skin type. Choose a formula that will hydrate and protect, and use in the morning and before bed.

Eye make up remover is designed to gently, yet quickly dissolve the intense pigments and waxes of eye shadow and mascara, and is the safest way to remove make up without irritating the eye.

100% cotton is a beauty staple that should always be kept on hand. Stronger than synthetic cotton, and gentler to the skin, 100% pure cotton squares, rounds, puffs or pads are an essential tool and can be used in dozens of ways. Don't forget cotton swabs as well!

Lip balm today is so much more than that sticky, waxy coating a lot of people associate with "lip balm." Lip balms should protect from environmental damage, dehydration, sunburn and chapping. Choose a formula that will hydrate and protect lips or offer sun protection.

Basic brushes are truly the finishing touch to any beauty routine. However, cost, maintenance or even a misunderstanding about how brushes work deters many women from investing in high-quality brushes. Today, brushes are designed to last a lifetime and every beauty kit should include four basic makeup brushes: powder, blush, eye shadow and lipstick.

Sun block is the final tool, and hopefully the one most people have already been diligent in using anyway. With formulas available to suit every single skin type, budget and sun-situation, sun block should be used by every single person, every single day.

Keep this beauty "black bag" well stocked with these basics, make them a part of the daily beauty routine, and the skin will be healthy and happy!

Skincare-News. com covers all skincare and beauty topics from head to toe. Check out these latest articles:

The Skincare Facts About Cystic Acne
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Regular acne is a cinch compared to its sister ailment, cystic acne. With this type of acne, most traditional acne treatments people buy at the drug store will not help in fading the problem away. Cystic acne can cause severe scarring, and so it is vital to seek professional treatment for it as soon as possible.

Drier Than the Sahara? Skin Care for Dry Skin
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Having dry skin comes with its own terms and conditions for skincare just like oily and combination skin types. For those who suffer from dry skin, there are plenty of skin care products specially made for this skin type and there are a number of skincare steps that can be taken to ensure that the skin is properly moisturized and nourished.

The Aging Neck...Skincare's Forgotten Frontier!
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Ever notice how the older we get the more often we choose a scarf or turtleneck to wear? From now on, let's solve the problem of that aging neck, and not by hiding it behind knit and silk. Read this article and find out a few ways other than plastic surgery to start sporting a firm, beautiful, and glowing neck.

Globetrotting Skincare Part 3
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In order to dig back into Africa's history and truly find out what makeup was used for during the foundations of their culture, it is necessary to observe the beauty of the African tribes. In short, tribal Africa's use of makeup is reserved for more serious and, at times, superstitious purposes. This pales in comparison to the reasons we slap on our cosmetics in the morning as we're dashing out the door. African makeup is so rich in tradition, history and storytelling that it deserves to be revered and cherished.

About SkinCare-News. com -- "Your Source for Intelligent Skin Care"
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Affordable Prescription Drug Program

Affordable Prescription Drug Program

Welcome to the Next Generation of Prescription Drug Programs! New Prescription Drug Program offers affordable medication coverage to individuals, companies and groups.

CLEVELAND, OH (PRWEB) August 25, 2004

Rx101 drug plan promises lowest prices, simple shopping. A Cleveland-based firm has unveiled a unique prescription drug program designed to reduce its usersÂ’ costs and simplify the prescription drug-buying process.

MetroWestRx has teamed up with Heritage Consulting Group, located in Cleveland, Ohio, in order to offer Rx101, the nationÂ’s first stand-alone prescription drug program that allows prescription drug buyers the opportunity to purchase their prescription drugs at the lowest possible price.

“The success of Rx101 is due to the simplicity of use and the guarantee that all savings are passed on to our members,” said Jerry Crutchley, president and co-founder of RX101. “Most drug companies offer ‘savings’ on many generic and brand name drugs which is off of retail, but rarely does it make it to the end user. With the Rx101 plan, it’s like having a coupon, and the “negotiated savings” is automatically deducted when our members purchase their drugs. With this plan, due to aggressive negotiations, our members are offered special network pricing. ”

Another benefit of the program is convenience. “The Rx101 prescription drug program is available at over 42,000 participating pharmacies,” he said. “We’ve leveled the playing field so our members don’t have to shop around. They’re getting the lowest possible price.”

The program is based on membership fees as low as $19.95 per month for individuals and $29.95 per month for families.

Heritage Consulting Group also has an agreement to market the CreditUnionRx drug program to the 2.5 million credit union members in Ohio. It plans to expand the CreditUnionRx nationwide soon.

MetroWestRx. com, located in Ashland, MA is working to market the Rx101 Prescription Drug Program nationwide. Along with marketing the Rx101 program, MetroWestRx is also looking for Sales Agents, with experience, but is willing to train motivated individuals.

Heritage Consulting Group, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is a prescription drug consulting group focused on helping clients and members manage their prescription drug spending.

MetroWestRx is a one year old firm, based in Ashland, MA and is committed to helping individuals and companies obtain low cost, affordable health care options. For more information, call Sharon P. Applebee 508 881-0636 or visit www. MetroWestRx. com

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Legacy Data Access Enlists Healthcare Marketing Expertise of River Bend Marketing

Legacy Data Access Enlists Healthcare Marketing Expertise of River Bend Marketing

Legacy Data Access (LDA), an innovator in data storage and Web-based solutions, announced today that is has selected River Bend Marketing Communications Group as its public relations firm.

Marietta, GA (PRWEB) April 28, 2009

Legacy Data Access (LDA), an innovator in data storage and Web-based solutions, announced today that is has selected River Bend Marketing Communications Group as its public relations firm. River Bend Marketing is a nationwide healthcare public relations and marketing communications company, representing clients in all segments of the healthcare IT industry.

"We are pleased that Legacy Data Access has selected us to help spread the word about its innovative technology that bridges the gap between old and new technologies for healthcare systems to maintain clinical and financial data," remarked Ford Phillips, CEO of River Bend Marketing. "Our more than 30 years of healthcare IT experience will help them communicate the benefits and value they bring to this unique marketplace."

"River Bend Marketing brings to us a healthcare IT background that will help us successfully communicate the value that our solutions bring to the industry," explained Shelly Peters, CEO of Legacy Data Access. "Our comprehensive solution set of data storage, real-time Web access, receivables management and reporting capabilities for retired healthcare applications provide a valuable resource to healthcare organizations of all types and sizes."

About River Bend Marketing
River Bend Marketing provides hands-on communications expertise to healthcare IT vendors with annual sales in the $500,000 to $90 million dollar range. We are a healthcare communications company. We know the industry and have over 30 years experience working with the trade press that serves this unique business. We feel our years of experience in the healthcare industry give us a unique perspective in helping us guide our clients through the morass of every-changing issues and challenges. For more information, call (618) 465-4326 or visit www. riverbendmarketing. com.

About Legacy Data Access, Inc.
Legacy Data Access is an IT services organization providing the industry's most comprehensive set of software tools for working with data from retired systems. With a singular focus on the healthcare industry, Legacy Data Access stores data from systems that are being retired and provides secure, Web-based access to the information. LDA stores legacy revenue management, clinical and ERP application data from any platform. The company's offerings are designed to handle the data retention needs of healthcare organizations of all sizes, types and complexities. For more information, visit www. legacydataaccess. com.

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Elmore Oil Creator Celebrates His 80th Birthday

Elmore Oil Creator Celebrates His 80th Birthday

Ralph Linford, the creator of the most famous topical pain reliever in Australia, will turn 80 years of age this month, when he celebrates his birthday on August 31.

Bendigo, VIC (PRWEB) August 14, 2007

Ralph Linford, the creator of the most famous topical pain reliever (http://www. elmoreoil. com. au) in Australia, will turn 80 years of age this month, when he celebrates his birthday on August 31.

In 1998 Ralph created a natural lotion, which he named Elmore Oil (http://www. elmoreoil. com. au), after the tiny Central Victorian town in which he lives, and in 2006 the product became the fifth highest selling topical pain reliever in Australia.

Ralph's magical lotion, which is made up of Australian essential oils of Eucalyptus and Tea Tree, coupled with olive oil and vanilla extracts, is assisting thousands of Australians to relieve the pain of arthritis, sciatica, headaches and muscular aches and pains.

The Elmore Oil Company, which is now run by Ralph's son Mark and fellow director Shayne Kellow, has taken the country by storm, and now the humble lotion sells in virtually every pharmacy, health food store and sports medicine practice in Australia.

Not only is Elmore Oil a hit in Ralph's home country, but the product has been successfully exported to Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia and later this month the first major consignment will be shipped to France.

Ralph can't believe how successful the product has been and says that his 80th birthday will be a happy one. "I am so proud of how my product is helping people all around the country and now even overseas," said Ralph.

"It was a great thrill to find out last year we had become the fifth biggest selling topical pain reliever in Australia, and my 80th birthday wish is that we can get the product to even more people and help them with their pain. I love getting letters and emails from people who tell me about the wonderful relief they have experienced."

Elmore Oil was recently featured on Channel 7's current affairs program, Today Tonight, which sent sales rocketing up over the last few months. It all seems like Ralph might get his birthday wish and Elmore Oil could soon be Number 1 in Australia for pain relief.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Ramp HUMMER Announces New Hires

Ramp HUMMER Announces New Hires

The Ramp Organization is proud to announce several new hires at Ramp HUMMER

(PRWEB) March 26, 2003

Lou Bellino, of Lake Grove, has been named product manager at Ramp HUMMER. His prior experience is in the health field, having owned and operated health clubs for more than 20 years.

Tom Doner, of Ronkonkoma, has joined Ramp Hummer as parts manager. He has over 21 years experience in the auto industry in both parts and sales.

Tom Pamatat, of Selden, has been hired as a product manager at Ramp HUMMER. He has 11 years experience in the auto industry, having worked his way up from detailing to inventory and sales.

RAMP HUMMER, of Smithtown, is Suffolk County's exclusive HUMMER Dealer, and part of the Ramp Organization based in Port Jefferson Station, New York. For more information call (631) 724-2400 or log onto www. RAMPHUMMER. com. You can visit their new showroom at 587 East Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, New York.


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Mississippi Artist Displays JesusÂ’ Love of Children Through Paper Art Exhibit, Makes Donation to Mississippi Baptist Medical Center Pediatrics

Mississippi Artist Displays JesusÂ’ Love of Children Through Paper Art Exhibit, Makes Donation to Mississippi Baptist Medical Center Pediatrics

Mississippi Baptist Medical Center Pediatric Unit displays Maurice Ellis's creative paper art display of Jesus' ministry to children.

(PRWEB) December 5, 2004

Maurice Ellis of Madison, Miss. has donated a paper art exhibit themed “God’s Love For Children” to Mississippi Baptist Medical Center’s Pediatric Unit. Made from various types of paper, the exhibit features 30 to 40 paper characters of children gathered around Jesus.

A sales consultant for Watson Quality Ford in Jackson, Miss., Ellis’s spare time is committed to creating paper works of art illustrating Biblical scenes. “About six months ago I had a vision to create art out of paper and develop a ministry to spread God’s love,” Ellis said. “This piece mainly showcases the healing spirit of Jesus and His love for children.”

Friends Tommy Buford, owner of Interior Woodworks, and Elijah Hill created and donated the exhibit display stand, and Venable Glass Service donated the glass dome covering the exhibit. The stand encases a CD that tells a story of JesusÂ’ ministry to children. As parents and children view the scene, they can listen to the story, written and narrated by Oliver Ellis and produced by Gordon Productions especially for Baptist. Choir members of Anderson United Methodist Church provided music.

“This art fulfills Baptist’s ministry of Christian healing,” said Rusty Sumrall, RN, Pediatric nurse manager. “More importantly, parents and children can listen to the narration, look at the art and get a sense of peace and comfort of the Lord’s spirit.”

Watson Quality Ford also exhibits Ellis’s paper creation of the Garden of Eden as well as 17 other spiritual and Biblical pieces of art. “I’m very proud of what Maurice and his friends at Watson Quality Ford have created for the children through their love of the Lord,” said owner Robert Watson. “I’m extremely pleased that Maurice has allowed his work to be on display at the dealership and encourage all of you to stop by and see what magnificent creations he has produced.”

For more information contact Ellis at 601-956-7000 or 601-853-9047. For more information about Bapitst, please visit www. mbhs. org


Saturday, April 16, 2011

USNow Introduces AccessMD

USNow Introduces AccessMD

A Solution to Help Employers Attract and Maintain a Talented Workforce

Plano, TX (PRWEB) November 9, 2008

USNow LP (www. usnow. com), rolls out a new employee retention strategy and rebranded limited medical plan, AccessMD. This phased-in benefit approach is ideal for businesses looking for ways to stabilize insurance premiums, reduce employee turnover costs, attract and retain employees.

AccessMD offers a solution to the escalating costs in health insurance. Companies can now offer healthcare benefits to their new hires, hourly, part-time, contract and seasonal workers and those who cannot afford the company sponsored health plan. USNow shows companies how to significantly reduce employee turnover costs, and apply this savings toward insurance premiums.

Most associates have to wait 30, 60 or 90 days before they are eligible for medical benefits. However AccessMD offers an Introduction Plan, that's specifically designed for workers the first day they are hired. Businesses are using this Introduction Plan as a way to recruit and retain employees. It's providing immediate benefits to their employees by reducing medical expenses and lost wages.

There's no hidden secret, health insurance is a valuable benefit. In fact, 85% of workers with health insurance said they would be willing to forego a 10% raise to keep their medical insurance, according to the Center of Retirement Research at Boston College.

So for businesses having to make tough decisions as insurance premiums continue to rise, increase deductibles and co-pays, pass on the extra expense to employees or pay premiums only for the management or administrative staff, they now have another option.

For more information about USNow AccessMD, please visit http://www. usnow. com/limited-medical-plan. php (http://www. usnow. com/limited-medical-plan. php) or call 800-694-9888 ext. 890.

About USNow
Since its beginnings in 1995, USNow has been a proven leader in the Limited Benefit Industry. USNow has developed high quality, low-cost and convenient health solutions for small to mid-sized companies in the United States.

USNow, based in Plano, TX, provides a total solution to brokers and clients, from enrollment to fulfillment, coupled with superior patient advocacy and customer service. Members get quality healthcare they deserve.

USNow's group limited medical benefit plans are fully insured and underwritten by Pan-American Life Insurance Company. New Orleans based Pan-American is rated A - (Excellent) by A. M. Best and has been a leading international insurance company for more than 95 years. Pan-American Life is licensed in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and has branches in Ecuador, El Salvador and Honduras with affiliates in Columbia, Guatemala and Panama.


Gift Ideas for the Most Important Woman in Everyone's Life: Mother's Day Gift Guide from DayTimers

Gift Ideas for the Most Important Woman in Everyone's Life: Mother's Day Gift Guide from DayTimers

Mother's Day Gift Guide from DayTimers.

Lehigh Valley, PA (PRWEB) April 25, 2007

She always takes time to listen, puts everyone else's needs before her own, and it is her voice that is the everlasting conscious that will not go away -- she is mom. For 364 days of the year she puts herself last, but on May 13, all attention goes to her.

"It's difficult to find a gift that accurately expresses what needs to be said to a person who means so much," said Maria Woytek, DayTimers Time Management Expert. "Every child, young or old, wants to give his or her mother a gift that will be useful, but leave a lasting impression. DayTimers has many items, new for spring, that will catch mom's eye this Mother's Day."

The health-guru mom will love the HydraCoach (http://www. daytimer. com/content/shopall/shopall_more_info. asp? shopperid=394E010AC5784FBEA396B97E120DCD0B&aid=False&wu=0&keycode=&line=&PP=&cid=10&Origin=&solution_nmbr=23276+++++++++++++), a pioneering approach to drinking and tracking water-intake. Mom, is of course, too busy to keep track of water intake, so the HydraCoach water bottle has a "smart pad" that calculates personal data to determine the accurate amount of water one should consume in a day. With each sip of water, the ounces are added up and displayed on the side of the bottle so keeping count is no longer an issue.

For the mother who loves to stay on top of what's new and fashionable, DayTimers presents the Malibu Leather tote (http://www. daytimer. com/content/shopall/shopall_more_info. asp? shopperid=394E010AC5784FBEA396B97E120DCD0B&aid=False&wu=0&keycode=&line=&PP=&cid=10&Origin=&solution_nmbr=8602#) in Nautical Blue, which comes with a matching cell phone case and wristlet. Whether she is toting files from meeting to meeting, or children from home to soccer practice, this tote will fulfill all her needs.

Also available is the matching Nautical Blue Malibu Planner (http://www. daytimer. com/content/shopall/shopall_more_info. asp? shopperid=394E010AC5784FBEA396B97E120DCD0B&aid=False&wu=0&keycode=&line=&PP=&cid=10&Origin=&solution_nmbr=8178#), sure to match the fashionable mom's style and busy schedule, not to mention her new tote. A great complement to the Nautical Blue Malibu Planner is the new Comforts of Home planner pages. The pages are graced with serene images of home in soft colors. The design offers a reassuring feel of home--even when mom may be away in the office.

Every mother loves a gift that will keep memories of her family alive and well, which makes the Photo Coaster Set (http://www. daytimer. com/content/shopall/shopall_more_info. asp? shopperid=394E010AC5784FBEA396B97E120DCD0B&aid=False&wu=0&keycode=&line=&PP=&cid=10&Origin=&solution_nmbr=21132+++++++++++++) an ideal gift. The set comes with four coasters that multi-task as picture frames, each holding a 2" photo. It includes an elegant, walnut-finished holder, but mom will most likely want all coasters displayed on the table to show off her photos to guests anyway.

About DayTimers
Established in 1947, DayTimers, Inc. is the original American provider of time management solutions and organization tools to help simplify life. DayTimers is a subsidiary of ACCO Brands (NYSE: ABD). The complete DayTimer® line of planners, luxury leather covers, portfolios, handbags and more can be found at www. daytimer. com or by calling 1-800-225-5005. Select organization tools are also available at Staples, Office Depot, and other major office supply retailers. Contact: Leesa Raab, LaMotta Strategic Communications, Inc. 845-358-6306(o), Leesa @ lamottastrategic. com

Subsidiary of ACCO Brands Corporation


Thursday, April 14, 2011

"Eagles in the City" Sculpture to Land on Lonsdale

"Eagles in the City" Sculpture to Land on Lonsdale

Eagles in the City is a BC Lions Society Arts Project highlighting the thousands of Bald Eagles that migrate to the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada.

North Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) May 1, 2009

North Shore Credit Union, The BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities, and acclaimed Native artist Una-Ann Moyer will unveil their beautiful sculpture for Eagles in the City - the third chapter in the Lions Society's trilogy of public art projects, which follows the success of Orcas in the City in 2004 and Spirit Bears in the City in 2006.

The 7.5 ft-high eagle sculpture, created especially for North Shore Credit Union (http://www. nscu. com), will be unveiled at noon on Monday, May 4, beginning its year-long display location at the corner of 11th and Lonsdale. Another 124 eagle sculptures will also be placed in prominent public locations around BC as they are completed.

"North Shore Credit Union is extremely proud to participate in this exciting and very worthy program," said Doug Smith, Vice President Corporate Affairs for NSCU (http://www. nscu. com). "Our eagle is absolutely stunning and will contribute not only to the health of BC's children, but to the beauty of our community."

"Through North Shore Credit Union's sponsorship, we will help drive tourism as well as put smiles on thousands of kids faces that come to see the eagle," said Stephen Miller, President & CEO of Easter Seals and the BC Lions Society. "It's a 'win-win' because these eagle sculptures will help us raise funds for our various children's initiatives, as the Orcas and Spirit Bears did, while also providing our sponsors with an unparalleled opportunity for exposure throughout the province."

More information on Eagles in the City including a "Flight Path" map of all Eagle locations can be found at www. eaglesinthecity. com (http://www. eaglesinthecity. com).

About Una-Ann Moyer
Una-Ann Moyer is a Tahltan Artist from northern British Columbia who has established herself as an accomplished artist and clothing designer. Incorporating her traditional designs with a contemporary flair, she works in various mediums including acrylics, pen and ink, fabric, leather and cedar. Over the years Una-Ann has been involved with the traditional ways of the Sto:lo and Coast Salish people. She has learned how to carve cedar, weave wool and cedar, as well as drum and sing traditional songs.

About Eagles in the City
Eagles in the City is the third endeavour in the Lions Society's trilogy of public art projects representing water (Orcas), the land (Spirit Bears) and the sky (Eagles). Proceeds from Eagles in the City will fund Lions Society services offered to families and children in BC, which include Easter Seals camps, Easter Seals houses, Easter Seals buses and Patient Care Grants. More information and sponsorship details are available at www. eaglesinthecity. com (http://www. eaglesinthecity. com).

About North Shore Credit Union
With 12 branches (http://www. nscu. com/ContactUs/Locations/) in communities from Burnaby and downtown Vancouver to Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton, North Shore Credit Union provides expert advice on banking, loans, investments and insurance. North Shore Credit Union has $1.9 billion in assets under administration, 300 employees and 40,000 members. Its subsidiaries include United Mortgage Group, North Shore Capital Corporation, North Shore Leasing Ltd. and Pacific Spirit Properties Ltd. NSCU is designated a Caring Company by the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy and is a proud member of Canada's IMAGINE program.

For more information, please contact:

Kristin Abraham
Employee & Corporate Communications Manager
North Shore Credit Union
T: 604.983.4584

Stephen Miller
Eagles In The City
T: 604.818.1758


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

BrylaneHome®, Home & Lifestyle Brand, Launches Plus Size Product Line

BrylaneHome®, Home & Lifestyle Brand, Launches Plus Size Product Line

BrylaneHome®, a leading home and lifestyles brand in the portfolio of Redcats USA, announced today the launch of a new product line - Plus Size Living - designed to further enhance the quality of life for its plus size customers.

New York, NY (Vocus) June 9, 2009

BrylaneHome (http://www. brylanehome. com/)®, a leading home and lifestyles brand in the portfolio of Redcats USA, announced today the launch of a new product line - Plus Size Living (http://www. brylanehome. com/Home-Plus-Size-Living. aspx? DeptId=19828&12PerPage=1) - designed to further enhance the quality of life for its plus size customers.

The Plus Size Living product line specializes in unique, "hard-to-find" products at affordable prices that improves the customer's overall lifestyle and adds comfort to their day-to-day life. The initial merchandise offering is targeted in four distinct categories: Outdoors (chairs, step stools, beach set, umbrella); Healthy Living (exercise items, health monitors, personal care products); Indoors (chairs, bath products, sleep aids); and Accessories (seat belt extenders, hangars, travel products).

With more than 100 years of plus size expertise, Redcats USA capitalized on its understanding of the plus size customer and seized an opportunity to better serve its loyal customer base by developing this new product line. As part of the launch, Plus Size Living will be featured in a printed insert in the BrylaneHome® and KingSize® Catalogs, which will be in-home this week, as well as featured on the BrylaneHome®, KingSize® and OneStopPlus. com® websites.

"Based on feedback from our customers, as well as positive response to an initial test at the end of last year, we knew we had created a successful and much needed product line," said Kevin McGrain, SVP and General Brand Manager for BrylaneHome®. "This is an underserved market and we have the expertise and know-how to fill this niche and provide a service to our plus size customers."

Check out Plus Size Living (http://www. brylanehome. com/Home-Plus-Size-Living. aspx? DeptId=19828&12PerPage=1) at BrylaneHome. com (http://www. brylanehome. com/), KingSizeDirect. com (http://www. kingsizedirect. com/) or OneStopPlus. com (http://www. onestopplus. com/).

About Redcats USA
Redcats USA is a dynamic, multi-channel, web-driven home-shopping leader, with numerous well-known brands in its portfolio: AVENUE®, Woman Within®, Jessica London®, Roaman's®, KingSize®, BrylaneHome® and BrylaneHome® Kitchen sold on OneStopPlus. com®, The Sportsman's Guide® and The Golf Warehouse®. Redcats USA offers a wide range of value and quality driven merchandise categories, including men's and women's plus-size apparel, home and lifestyle products, and sporting goods/outdoor gear.

About Redcats Group
In apparel, home furnishing and leisure, Redcats Group brings together 14 brands in home shopping: AVENUE®, Woman Within®, Jessica London®, Roaman's®, KingSize®, The Sportsman's Guide®, The Golf Warehouse®, La Redoute, La maison de Valérie, Vertbaudet, Cyrillus, Somewhere, Daxon and Ellos, present in 30 countries. Redcats Group generated 3.69 billion euros of sales in 2008, including 42.2% on Internet and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Redcats Group is based on a multichannel distribution network combining e-commerce, catalogues and stores. Redcats Group is a PPR Company. For any further information: www. redcats. com.

Contact Information:
Pat Cross
Vice President, Corporate PR & Communications
Redcats USA


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Young Girl and her Mother Find Faith and Courage in the Face of Her Life-Threatening Disease

A Young Girl and her Mother Find Faith and Courage in the Face of Her Life-Threatening Disease

The Man Without a Face, by Diana E. Hekman, demonstrates how parents and children can gain spiritual strength against even terrible odds


In her new book, The Man Without a Face, Diana Hekman tells the unforgettable and spiritually uplifting story of her young daughter’s fight against a potentially fatal disease and their struggles together to keep their faith and remain hopeful.

Based upon true events that occurred in 1998, The Man Without a Face poignantly reveals the profound fears that can terrify a loving mother when her daughter's life and health are at stake, as well as the frightening thoughts and concerns that can make any parent question their faith in God. At only six years old, Allison contracted pneumonia and was rushed to a hospital, where her condition deteriorated despite top-notch medical care and the devoted attention of her mother.

A true and very powerful story, The Man Without a Face will touch the hearts of any parent who has faced -- or may face in the future -- a similar situation. It also reveals the deep love that a child can have for Jesus, and how such faith can be powerfully healing.

For more information or for a free review copy, please contact the author at Dianahekman15@aol. com. The Man Without a Face is available for sale online at Amazon. com, Borders. com, BookSurge. com, and through additional wholesale and retail channels worldwide.

About the Author

A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Diana E. Hekman has lived in the United States for the past 26 years and currently resides in Caledonia, Michigan with her husband John and their daughter Allison. With a Masters degree in Reiki, which means "Universal Life Force Energy," Diana works as both a teacher and a practitioner of this form of energy healing. An extremely intuitive and gifted individual, Diana is enthusiastic about sharing some of her spiritual experiences, in the hopes that people will find comfort and strength in their faith through her stories. Her first book, The Man Without a Face is one such story -- made possible by the love and support of her family and friends.

About BookSurge

BookSurge LLC, an Amazon. com company, is a global leader in self-publishing and print-on-demand services. Offering unique publishing opportunities and access for authors, BookSurge boasts an unprecedented number of authors whose work has resulted in book deals with traditional publishers as well as successful authorpreneurs who enhance or build a business from their professional expertise.


Acsys, Inc. Takes Home Four Horizon Interactive Awards for Both B2B and B2C Web Sites

Acsys, Inc. Takes Home Four Horizon Interactive Awards for Both B2B and B2C Web Sites

Acsys, Inc., a full service consulting firm that helps organizations achieve their business goals using interactive technologies, today announced they have won four prestigious Horizon Interactive Awards which recognize excellence in interactive marketing.

Farmington, Conn. (PRWEB) April 29, 2006

Acsys, Inc., a full service consulting firm that helps organizations achieve their business goals using interactive technologies, today announced they have won four prestigious Horizon Interactive Awards which recognize excellence in interactive marketing.

Acsys took home the Horizons for their work with several clients: Swiss Army Brands, FUJIFILM and CT Tymetrix, the market leader in Web-based management solutions for corporate law departments, claims organizations, and law firms. Acsys competed against firms from over 15 countries and from all 50 states for top honors in creative concept, artistic excellence, and technical execution.

Acsys designed and deployed Swiss Army Brand's new Web site, creating an online presence that is consistent with Swiss Army's offline advertising and marketing efforts. Further, Acsys connected Swiss Army's inventory selection to their dealer network using Microsoft Commerce Server. Also, Acsys built a solution that allowed Swiss Army's staff to easily manage the site's content using an Acsys-integrated Microsoft Content Management solution. Acsys won a second design award for the Swiss Army Web site for its Flash knife selector tool that allows customers to create/select a Swiss Army knife to match their needs. Acsys was also honored with two Business-to-Business awards for their work on FUJIFILM's Electronic Materials Web site and CT TyMetrix's new corporate Web site.

"The Horizon Interactive Awards are among the most prestigious awards in the industry, its an honor to win several awards three years in a row," said Stan Valencis, Acsys President and CTO. "We've always strived to build the most innovative, creative, and technically sound Web solutions for our clients, and to be recognized in three distinct categories for both B2B and B2C markets is a real testament to our staff."

The Horizon Interactive Awards are a prestigious international competition recognizing outstanding achievement among interactive media producers. The awards showcase the best Web sites, CD-ROMs, DVDs, video, kiosks, video games and other interactive media.

About Acsys, Inc.:

As a pioneering eBusiness agency, Acsys employs landmark interactive and Web-based technologies to create superior online presences. Since 1994, we've helped clients in consumer, education, financial, healthcare, insurance and manufacturing increase revenue, reduce costs and enhance brand perceptions. With dozens of Web sites, intranets and extranets to our credit, Acsys offers a rare combination of talent with a full range of strategic, creative, usability and development services. The company’s innovative SiteManager product suite features ASP-based tools that greatly simplify Web site management. Acsys, Inc. has offices in Farmington (CT), New York City and Orlando (FL). For more information, visit www. acsysweb. com.


Monday, April 11, 2011

Miracle Foundation Awards $100,000 To Dr. Michael Wigler For Breakthrough Cancer Research

Miracle Foundation Awards $100,000 To Dr. Michael Wigler For Breakthrough Cancer Research

The MIRACLE (Making In Roads Against CancerÂ’s Lasting Effects) Foundation, a nonprofit cancer organization, announced that it has awarded a $100,000 grant to Dr. Michael Wigler of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for his continued research for finding a cure for cancer. This is the third grant he has received from The Miracle Foundation.

New York (PRWEB) July 23, 2005

The MIRACLE (Making In Roads Against CancerÂ’s Lasting Effects) Foundation, a nonprofit cancer organization, announced that it has awarded a $100,000 grant to Dr. Michael Wigler of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for his continued research for finding a cure for cancer. This is the third grant he has received from The Miracle Foundation.

Wigler is an internationally known cancer researcher with a focus in both molecular biology and the technology of cancer research itself. “We are delighted to award Dr. Wigler another grant of $100,000 to pursue his revolutionary cancer research,” said Joe Castronovo, president of The Miracle Foundation. “Dr. Wigler and his research team strive to achieve the greatest goal of all…to cure cancer. We support his endeavors and are proud that these funds can be used to help make great discoveries.”

The Miracle Foundation grant will fund Dr. WiglerÂ’s discovery of a complex technique known as ROMA (Representational Oligonucleotide Microarray Analysis).

"My team and I are eternally grateful to The Miracle Foundation to allow us to conduct ‘out of the box’ research that is not funded through more traditional means,” said Dr. Wigler. “Their ongoing support has been instrumental in enabling my team to make such extraordinary progress in cancer research.”

Background on Dr. Wigler

Wigler has also developed new methods for gene transfer and genetic manipulation of animal cells. In 1981, using gene transfer methods, Wigler isolated the first cancer-causing oncogene from a human tumor. He went on to study and document the function of the ras oncogene. The discovery has strongly influences todayÂ’s international cancer research.

Wigler and colleague Nikolai Lisitsyn developed a powerful research tool known as Representational Difference Analysis (RDA) in 1993. This technique simplifies the search for differences between two sets of DNA by comparing samples of healthy and diseased cells (i. e. cancer) from the same person in order to identify genetic differences between the two. RDA is now used by scientists nationwide and has facilitated many discoveries in cancer and infectious disease research. Dr. Wigler and his colleagues have themselves used RDA to discover several “cancer” genes including the well-known tumor suppressing gene P-TEN and DBC2.

The P-TEN discovery was an important scientific breakthrough. Mutations of the P-TEN gene have so far been found in breast, brain and prostate cancers. However, unlike gene mutations that have a role in the development of hereditary forms of cancer, most P-TEN mutations are found in more common sporadic, non-hereditary cancers. This is vitally important because more than 80 percent of all cancers are the sporadic type. P-TEN appears to play a role in the process whereby a benign tumor becomes malignant. The discovery of this gene will have major implications for improving diagnosis and treatment of cancers.

In order to accelerate research and streamline the RDA technique, Dr. Wigler and colleagues have also developed a sophisticated research technique based on DNA Microarrays, or “DNA Chip” technology. This method enables researchers to survey large numbers of genes in a single experiment.

About Cold Spring Laboratory

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is a private, non-profit basic research and educational institution that was established in 1890. The Laurel Hollow campus is home to more than 330 scientists who conduct groundbreaking research in cancer, neurobiology, plant biology and bioinformatics. Cancer research has been a major focus at the laboratory for more than 30 years — approximately two-thirds of all research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is focused on cancer.

About The MIRACLE Foundation

The Miracle Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support individuals and groups who can relieve the discomfort and burdens of those afflicted with cancer and to reduce the cancer death toll through care, scientific research and education. All funds raised by the Foundation support the work of individuals and organizations committed to achieving these goals. The organization was founded in 1999 by Michael and Patti Tenaglia after Michael was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. For more information, please call The Miracle Foundation at 516-873-0150 or visit www. miraclefoundation. com


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Medgate Releases Two New Guides for Occupational Health Professionals Seeking OHS Software Solutions

Medgate Releases Two New Guides for Occupational Health Professionals Seeking OHS Software Solutions

Medgate, the leading global provider in Occupational Health and Safety Software has released two guides designed to help Occupational Health professionals understand, justify, and select OHS software solutions.

New York, NY (Vocus) November 2, 2010

Medgate, the leading global provider in Occupational Health and Safety Software has released two guides designed to help Occupational Health professionals understand, justify, and select OHS software solutions.

The first guide, 'Occupational Health Software: A Solution Spotlight' helps the Occupational Health professional understand why software can benefit their organization when it comes to managing employee health data. It discusses the benefits of automation for employee medical surveillance, including the incorporation of employee electronic medical records.

The second guide, 'Occupational Health Software: What to Look For' provides insight into the key software features an Occupational Health professional should consider when selecting a software solution for employee health data management. Presented in an easy, top-ten format, the reader will learn about features relating to occupational health workflow, data privacy, scheduling, and surveillance activities among others.

“Many of today’s companies still struggle with cumbersome legacy or paper-based systems when it comes to employee medical data management,” states Mark Wallace, President of Medgate Inc. “While Occupational Health Software can help organizations to streamline their processes and efficiently track and trend data, it can be daunting to consider switching systems. The Medgate guides help to familiarize readers with the why and how of Occupational Health Software and offer useful information for any organization looking to better manage its employee health data.”

Medgate’s Occupational Health Software provides organizations with a complete toolset to manage employee medical data. Modules include Medical Surveillance, Medical Chart/Inbox, Clinical Testing, Case Management, Questionnaires, and Employer’s Reports. The guides can be downloaded at http://www. medgate. com/res_white. asp.

About Medgate
Medgate™ is the global leader in Occupational Health and Safety software. Medgate’s Occupational Health, Safety, Industrial Hygiene and Environmental software products have the most comprehensive functionality and user-friendly design in the market. Available in multiple languages, Medgate software is used across the globe in hundreds of the best known corporations and government entities. More information can be found at http://www. medgate. com.


Biolink Proudly Announces The Launch of Community Oncology and the Oncology Report

Biolink Proudly Announces The Launch of Community Oncology and the Oncology Report

Biolink Communications, Inc., a medical publishing and education company with special expertise in oncology communications, is proud to announce the launch of two new journals in 2004: Community Oncology and The Oncology Report.

Huntington, NY (PRWEB) April 15, 2004

Biolink Communications, Inc., a medical publishing and education company with special expertise in oncology communications, is proud to announce the launch of two new journals in 2004: Community Oncology and The Oncology Report.

Community Oncology is a new peer-reviewed journal that will focus on community-based original research, translational research, quality of care and reimbursement/practice management issues. Circulated to over 30,000 cancer specialists nationwide, the journal will provide a novel editorial approach that connects research discoveries directly to healthcare delivery. Community Oncology will launch in June in New Orleans at the 40th Annual Meeting of The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

“We feel this journal is going to strike a chord with many Community Oncologists,” said Anthony Cutrone, President of Biolink. “The field of oncology is faced with many pressing issues in the advent of the current Medicare Reform bill, which should not overshadow advances in treatment and care. What’s intriguing about this journal is that it will be edited by and written for the community oncologist. Some 80% of US cancer patients are treated in the community setting.”

The Oncology Report, coming in August, will be a comprehensive report of the latest advances in cancer management presented at ASCO and the other major 2004 oncology meetings. The journal will be presented in user-friendly, tumor-specific sections, and will have an original circulation to 12,000 Oncologists, Hematologists, and HEM/ONCs. “The amount of research presented at these meetings is growing each year,” said Cutrone. “In one book, The Oncology Report will fill a real organizational and referential need for our readers.”

Biolink continues to produce The Journal of Supportive Oncology, a peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research and bench to bedside reviews related to the palliative and supportive care of patients with cancer.

About Biolink Communications

Biolink Communications, Inc. is an oncology publishing franchise based in Huntington, NY. It is the publisher of The Journal of Supportive Oncology, Community Oncology, and The Oncology Report. For more information, visit www. biolc. com or contact the Publisher, Anthony Cutrone, at (631) 424-8900 ext. 310 and anthony. cutrone@biolc. com.

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Motion Announces Tablet PC Recycling and Donation Program : Partnerships with TechTurn, a Leader in Technology Recovery, Rebuilding and Recycling and Goodwill Industries Creates a Variety of Disposal Options for Motion Customers

Motion Announces Tablet PC Recycling and Donation Program : Partnerships with TechTurn, a Leader in Technology Recovery, Rebuilding and Recycling and Goodwill Industries Creates a Variety of Disposal Options for Motion Customers

Motion Computing®, a leader in mobile computing and wireless communications, announced today that it has partnered with Goodwill Industries and TechTurn, an industry leader in technology resale, refurbishing and secure data retirement for the Motion® Tablet PC recycling and donation program. The program allows for the free return of all Motion-branded products for donation or processing and disposal in an environmentally safe manner.

AUSTIN, Texas (PRWEB) December 17, 2008

TechTurn processes approximately one million electronic devices yearly and performs thorough data destruction on all hard drives to meet industry standards. Products are rigorously tested and more than 80 percent are reused or resold with no trash or waste. All non-usable components are properly disposed of using recycling processes that meet or exceed environmental standards and adhere to TechTurn's strict no-landfill policy.

Additionally, Goodwill will also accept the donation of Motion's complete line of tablet PCs and peripherals. With more than 2,000 locations throughout the U. S., Goodwill offers a convenient method of donating used Motion products. For more information read Goodwill's Tips for Donating a Computer.

"Motion is committed to protecting the environment through responsible programs that are easily leveraged by our customers," said Marsha Osborn, Vice President of Operations and Logistics, Motion Computing. "We are pleased to announce this new program, and are confident that by partnering with TechTurn and Goodwill we are offering an industry leading recycling and donation solution to our broad customer base."

The recycling program is now listed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as approved and accepted. However, the program is applicable across the United States and Canada and not limited to Texas customers. Additionally, Motion meets the requirements of the European Union's (EU) Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive and plans to meet or exceed specifications for the EU's RoHS directive worldwide, which requires manufacturers of electronic products shipped in the EU to eliminate or minimize several chemical compounds, including lead.

Motion has also engaged with The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) for the recycling of used batteries. The RBRC has 50,000 enrolled collection locations nationwide, and has recycled more than 41 million pounds of rechargeable batteries. To find a collection location or to learn more, customers can visit the RBRC web site.

Motion is committed to protecting the health and safety of its customers, partners and communities where it does business worldwide. Motion designs products to minimize power use and meet or exceed all applicable standard regulations, considers environmental criteria when evaluating products and processes, and utilizes recycled materials as possible.

To take advantage of Motion's Tablet PC recycling program, customers can contact customer service at 1 (866) 322-9783. Motion will work with TechTurn to initiate equipment return, and TechTurn will remove and destroy asset tags and data will be sanitized from hard drives in accordance with Department of Defense standards. Functional systems will be resold and reused, while nonfunctional systems and parts will be recycled in an environmentally friendly manner.

For more information please visit http://www. motioncomputing. com/support/recycle. asp (http://www. motioncomputing. com/support/recycle. asp).

About Motion Computing

Motion Computing is a mobile computing and wireless communications leader, combining world-class innovation and industry experience so professionals in vertical industries such as healthcare, field sales and service and government can use computing technology in new ways and places. The company's enhanced line of tablet PCs, mobile clinical assistants and accessories are designed to increase productivity for on-the-go users while providing portability, security, power and versatility. Motion combines those products with services and unique vertical market knowledge to deliver robust solutions – platforms, peripherals, services and wireless – customized for the needs of a particular industry. For more information, visit www. motioncomputing. com.

Motion Computing and Motion are registered trademarks of Motion Computing, Inc., in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Advanced Mass Spectrometry Tools Could Lead to Momentous Growth of Life Sciences Applications

Advanced Mass Spectrometry Tools Could Lead to Momentous Growth of Life Sciences Applications

Research efforts in exciting areas of life sciences such as proteomics and metabolomics could receive a shot in the arm with the development of sophisticated mass spectrometry (MS)-based tools. These instruments, with their automated data analysis features and ability to provide highly accurate results, are likely to help life science researchers to expand their research horizons. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, World Life Science Mass Spectrometry Markets, reveals that this market generated revenues worth $880.0 million in 2003 and is likely to reach $1,357.0 million by 2010.

(PRWEB) June 24, 2004

Research efforts in exciting areas of life sciences such as proteomics and metabolomics could receive a shot in the arm with the development of sophisticated mass spectrometry (MS)-based tools. These instruments, with their automated data analysis features and ability to provide highly accurate results, are likely to help life science researchers to expand their research horizons.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www. healthcare. frost. com (http://www. healthcare. frost. com)), World Life Science Mass Spectrometry Markets, reveals that this market generated revenues worth $880.0 million in 2003 and is likely to reach $1,357.0 million by 2010.

If you are interested in a virtual brochure, which provides manufacturers, end-users and other industry participants an overview of the latest analysis of the World Life Science Mass Spectrometry Markets - then send an email to Danielle White - Corporate Communications at dwhite@frost. com with the following information: your full name, company name, title, telephone number, fax number, and email. Upon receipt of the above information, an overview will be sent to you via e-mail.

“Interpretation of research done on the various fields of life sciences is currently hampered by inadequate data analysis tools,” says Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Sinead Igoe. “As throughput increases and applications expand, so will the need for automated data analysis.”

To cater to the ever-growing needs of researchers conducting complex studies, participants in the MS market must work closely with them and develop highly innovative instruments. With these, researchers will be able to unearth maximum information and attain their research goals.

With significant advancements taking place in application areas such as proteomics – especially, the emergence of focused protein arrays and clinical proteomics – and the relatively new metabolomics, the demand for mass spectrometers is likely to shoot up.

“Many researchers are in fact shifting focus from genomics to proteomics,” says Igoe. “This post-genomic era signified by the growing importance of areas such as metabolomics is spurring the placement of new MS instruments.”

Advancements in pharmacokinetics are another key driving force, as the compelling need to fill dry pipelines encourages continuous research and, in turn, the demand for mass spectrometers.

Despite the high price tags of advanced MS systems, which hover around the $1 million mark, academic institutions and smaller research facilities are channeling more funds to procure them in an effort to generate the most informative data and be on par with large research centers.

The fact that even academic and smaller research institutions are willing to pay premium price for procuring sophisticated MS equipment is a major driving factor for the MS instrument and consumables market.

MS equipment vendors can develop purchasing schemes providing discounts and cost break-ups and package them with extensive service and support agreements to lure even those users that are deterred by high initial investments.

“However, participants need to be careful about these flexible pricing schemes that can hinder profit margins,” cautions Igoe.

Though many giants are present in this well-established market, the constant innovation and researchersÂ’ drive to create highly efficacious solutions continues to provide fresh opportunities for new entrants.

The World Life Science Mass Spectrometry Markets, part of the proteomics subscription, examines different types of MS-based life science tools. Some of the tools analyzed in this research include: matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization–time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) MS, Fourier-transform MS (FTMS), triple quad MS, electro spray ionization TOF (ESI-TOF) MS, quadrupole-TOF (Q-TOF) MS, and ion trap MS. Interviews are available to the press.

Frost & Sullivan, an international growth consultancy, has been supporting clients' expansion for more than four decades. Our market expertise covers a broad spectrum of industries, while our portfolio of advisory competencies includes custom strategic consulting, market intelligence, and management training. Our mission is to forge partnerships with our clients' management teams to deliver market insights and to create value and drive growth through innovative approaches. Frost & Sullivan's network of consultants, industry experts, corporate trainers, and support staff spans the globe with offices in every major country.

World Life Science Mass Spectrometry Markets




Danielle White

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Frost & Sullivan

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Cramer receives top honor for best non-branded website, awarded by prestigious DTC Perspectives

Cramer receives top honor for best non-branded website, awarded by prestigious DTC Perspectives

Cramer takes home top honors at the 2006 DTC Perspectives awards competition for ‘Best Non-Branded Website’ for its work on behalf of the reproductive health division of Serono, Inc.

Norwood, MA (PRWEB) June 7, 2006

Cramer announced today it took home top honors at the 2006 DTC Perspectives awards competition for ‘Best Non-Branded Website’ for its work on behalf of the reproductive health division of Serono, Inc. Together with Serono, Cramer received their second such award for FertilityLifeLines. com, a major Web portal creative redesign effort for FertilityLifeLines. com. In December, Cramer announced winning a similar honor for FertililityLifeLines. com from Medical Marketing and Media (MM&M). In this most recent DTC competition, Cramer took the top award in the non-branded website category over a group of five finalists representing such major organizations such as AstraZeneca, Novartis, and Wyeth, among others.

Considered one of the most important awards events of the year for healthcare marketers, the 2006 competition reviewed hundreds of entries in 11 categories. A panel of judges, consisting of healthcare marketers from the agency, client, and service sectors, were selected for their professional and wide-ranging level of expertise in the field.

As part of Serono’s disease awareness efforts around infertility, Cramer redesigned the company’s FertilityLifeLines. com Web site. This site is fully integrated with Fertility LifeLines, available at 1-866-LETS-TRY to provide customized information and support to people with fertility health concerns. The result was a new Web site that provided clean and uncomplicated navigation, enhanced content, and a new set of training videos that were clear, free of medical jargon and easy to understand for consumers.

This project and overall Serono relationship is managed by Cramer Vice President Liz Kay. Kay, who has been at Cramer for six years, has more than 30 years’ experience in strategic communications and integrated messaging. Since joining Cramer, she has deepened the company’s Healthcare sector, most notably through her work for Serono, Inc.

“The positive business results our client has received from the relaunch of FertilityLifeLines. com is what has made this project a great success for Cramer,” said Liz Kay, Vice President. “Winning the second of two major industry awards validates our unique understanding of couples facing infertility and the personal journeys they are undertaking. From this understanding, we springboard into a strategic approach and implementation that strongly resonates with the patient.”

This distinction represents the second time in six months that Cramer has been credited with such a prestigious award. Last December, at the Medical Marketing and Media (MM&M) awards, Cramer took home the top mark of distinction in the ‘Best Use of Digital Marketing to Consumers’ category for its work on the Serono site.

About Cramer

Cramer is a leading independent provider of integrated marketing solutions with a 20-year-plus history and reputation for tactical creativity, integrity, agility and accountability. Partnering with clients, the company delivers business results through targeted marketing campaigns in the areas of Brand Development, Product Launches, Sales and Product Training, Internal Communications, Channel Marketing, Customer Acquisition and Retention, and Meetings and Events. Known for its unique in-source model keeping talent and technology all under one roof, Cramer's core service offerings include: Strategic Planning, Events, Graphic Design, Interactive, Learning Solutions, and Video. Cramer's portfolio of clients cross multiple vertical markets and span local, regional, national, and global geographies. The Company is privately-held.


Monday, April 4, 2011

Discover Parisian Beauty

Discover Parisian Beauty

"Look good and feel great with the unique Parisian experience." MAKEOVER-Paris launches first comprehensive beauty, fashion and wellness services in Paris. Founder, Bonnie Galagan, has hand-picked the top beauty professionals to work with her customers through customized itineraries in harmony with their personality and lifestyle.

Carrollton, TX (PRWEB) May 18, 2006

MAKEOVER-Paris (www. makeover-paris. com) offers French beauty, fashion, and wellness packages that suit individuals, groups of friends or associates, mothers and daughters, and brides-to-be wanting to treat themselves to a special get away. MAKEOVER-Paris proposes half-day to five day programs to meet all your pampering needs. Its beauty and wellness programs also make a fabulous gift to someone special in your life - including yourself!!! They are especially suited for women who have recently lost weight or are moving into a new phase in their life and wish to splurge on a new wardrobe or look. And, where better to get a fabulous 'new' look than in the city of Beauty, Romance and Light. For examples: Learn about professional modern makeup techniques that transcends fashion for an one-on-on Face Focus session, or three-hour group seminar, with a great makeup artist; hair design seminars with a well-known hair stylist are also available upon request; and go on a personal shopping excursion and see the city as a Parisian.

"Its services are ideal for people who are traveling to, or have just relocated, Paris," says Bonnie Galagan, founder and general manager of MAKEOVER-Paris. "In my former life as a change management consultant, it was difficult to quickly locate quality services and resources I could trust to style my hair and provide other beauty and wellness services I needed while on the road."

Each consultant has been tested and retested for their artistry and professionalism as well as their people skills. Ms. Galagan places a high-value on the human-heart aspect of her associates and consequently has carefully selected a fine and talented group of individuals. “We're dealing with people on a personal basis so you want someone who not only performs at a high level; you want someone who cares about each person they come in contact with. In the end, it's about passion and commitment. When you are doing something you love to do, it shows up in the end result."

[About Bonnie Galagan]

I decided to return to Paris, the city I fell in love with over 30 years ago, to begin developing and creating my personal makeover-concept. The idea of MAKEOVER-Paris first came to me about four years ago while exploring alternatives with a personal life coach in New York. I had recently left my change management consultant position in San Francisco. My first objective was to change direction, pursue a passion, and return to a lifestyle I knew years earlier. The eureka came during one of my coaching exercises when I was asked to list 10 other possible job interests. When I noted beauty & wellness consulting services, my heart literally began to pound wildly. I knew then that I had found the perfect fit for my passions, interests, and professional skills.

For years I have been testing the latest in beauty products and treatments, alternative health practices, and nutritional yet delicious food. I am vital, healthy, and look younger than my 55 years. I know genes play an important role and so does healthy living and finding‘just enough age intervention with today’s beauty products, fashion choices, and wellness practices.

Ms. Galagan graduated from Wellesley High School and holds a BA in Psychology from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.

She's has been practicing Bikram yoga since 1998.


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