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How RAM Pavement Shares Their Success With Their Community

The community here in the Carolinas has supported RAM Pavement since the beginning and to show their appreciation, they take as many opportunities to give back whenever they can. For the past six years, they have had the honor of being sponsors for Go Jen Go’s major event, Run Jen Run.

The Go Jen Go foundation is a non profit organization that is dedicated to assisting women who are affected by breast cancer. Today, the Go Jen Go Foundation provides over 0,000 in financial support each year to women and men fighting breast cancer in the greater Charlotte area. They offer financial assistance so that survivors can focus on their fight and not worry about things like whether or not they can pay rent, put gas in their car, or buy gifts for their families at Christmas. Go Jen Go hosts two annual events, the Run Jen Run 5k and Festival in March, and Cheers Jen Cheers, a family friendly tailgate party in October.

RAM Pavement is well known in the community for wanting to give back and this encouraged the Go Jen Go foundation to offer them the opportunity to be one of the sponsors for their major event, Run Jen Run. Apart from being sponsors, some of their employees participate in the 5k run and others simply come out to show their support to everybody participating in the race. To add to the festivities, RAM Pavement also brings out a pink tractor trailer and paving machine so kids can take a look at them and enjoy. The ability to be a part of and support such an amazing cause means a lot to them and it completes part of their mission statement.

A lot of their employees, friends and families have all been impacted by somebody with breast cancer. They believe it’s more than just filling potholes or doing a concrete repair, it’s about helping somebody with breast cancer, it’s about helping somebody be fed during the holidays or helping a veteran transition from military life to civilian life. In 2020 they plan on participating in an upcoming turkey drive in November, they’ve participated in this year’s Run Jen Run event and they’ll be doing volunteer work with Veteran’s Bridge (which is a Charlotte-based nonprofit organization that bridges the gap between veterans and their community). The work with Veteran’s Bridge may range from helping with a park clean up to having a call center focused on checking in with veterans to see how the transition from military life to civilian life is going.

At RAM Pavement, they have fostered a culture of giving back. They know that they wouldn’t be here if not for the community in which they work. From the technicians who do the grunt work all the way to the founder and CEO. Their desire to give – be it through volunteering, donating, or simply praying is what sets them apart as human beings. They look forward to many more years of serving their community.

Posted in: Food & Beverage,Lifestyle,News & Current Affairs,U.S

If Suffering from Back Pain, See a Physical Therapist First - Get Started Without a Doctor's Prescription

In 2016, the Center for Disease control reported that about 20.4% of adults in the United States suffer from chronic pain, with eight percent living with high-impact chronic pain.  Acute pain can become chronic, and recurring pain can persist and worsen, affecting other parts of the body if not treated effectively, and with long-term relief as a primary goal.  

Painkillers, injections, minimally to moderately invasive procedures, and surgery can often be prevented by getting to a physical therapist first. Physical therapy is often the safer, more effective choice for treating pain, and delivers sustainable relief with the highest rate of success.  

“Physical therapy treats the root causes of the pain experienced and focuses on sustainable relief,” says physical therapist Laura Hunter, clinical rehab director of Weston, Florida’s Quality Rehab Care.  “At QRC patients receive individualized care tailored to their intake evaluation, medical history, and recovery goals.”

Going straight to a physical therapist for assessment and treatment prevents a condition from worsening and/or spreading pain to other parts of the body.  Decreased range of motion/mobility of one body part may also affect other parts of the body if not treated early. Unfortunately, the average wait time to see a physical therapist for patients who jump through insurance procedure hoops to get a doctor’s prescription for physical therapy is 24 days.  Obtaining a prescription requires seeing a primary care physician who may give you a referral to an orthopedic specialist who may write you a prescription for physical therapy.  That’s a lot of time, effort, and co-pays, and further deficits can occur in that time when living with an injury. These compounded deficits due to injury may be more invasive, time-consuming, and costly to fix.

Twenty-eight states have direct access laws by which patients can seek physical therapy directly without a doctor’s prescription.  Florida is one such state.  Patients in Florida can go directly to physical therapists; however, this direct access does not allow physical therapists to implement treatment plans in acute care settings.  The condition must be within the physical therapist’s scope of practice.  If it is not, the physical therapist can consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner or refer the patient, and if the care plan exceeds 30 days, a practitioner of record must review and sign off on the plan.

Many of Laura Hunter’s patients at Quality Rehab Care utilize Florida’s direct access laws to access her services for injury recovery, post-op recovery, acute pain, chronic conditions, joint issues, and more.  Mrs. Hunter is a Board Certified and Licensed Physical Therapist with over 25 years of combined experience in acute and long-term physical therapy, in homecare, rehabilitation center, and hospital settings, locally and internationally.  

At the local hospital in Weston it takes 2-3 weeks to get an appointment to see at Physical therapist.   We make it a point to get a new patient in the same week as their request for service. Our therapist can help patients prevent and/or delay surgeries.  We can reduce the insurance cost by reducing/eliminating the use of narcotics.  Educating our patients in the correct body mechanics we also help to prevent further injuries. 

“This rehab facility is excellent,” reported Quality Rehab Care patient and Yelp reviewer Kay B.  “The genuine interest and care is awesome.  Laura is amazing and explains everything in detail. I had issues with my shoulder where my movement was very limited due to the pain.  I had dealt with this issue for quite some time.  After pursuing rehab with Laura, it was only a matter of weeks before I was back to normal. I honestly thought I would never go back to normal.  Laura and her team made this a possibility for me.”

“I am back for a third time,” says Quality Rehab Care patient and Yelp reviewer Meryl J.  “This time, I have lower back pain.  Pain stinks, but Laura and her staff are amazing. They are educated, kind, listen and really help make the pain go away!  You have to do your part and keep up the exercises at home, but when you are in the office, she really makes sure you know what to do.  Every single person who works here is amazing.  You enter her office a patient but leave a friend. I know many others who feel the same way.”

Yelp reviewer and Quality Rehab Care patient Maria O. agrees that it is the, “Best place to get better from any injury or surgery rehab, Laura is a caring, intelligent, and lovely therapist.  Her staff is helpful and nice.”

Don’t live with acute or chronic pain or put your treatment on hold to jump through administrative hoops.  Call Laura at 954-389-9905 or email quality.rehabcare@gmail.com to get started, and visit https://qualityrehabcare.com/ to learn more.

Posted in: Education,Fitness,Health & Medicine,Lifestyle,Sports

Silicon Valley Hair Institute Announces Timely Post on Female Hair Loss Specialists in the Bay Area

Silicon Valley Hair Institute, a team of highly-trained professionals for hair loss solutions in the Bay Area at http://siliconvalleyhairinstitute.com/, is proud to announce a new post for women. The post focuses on the needs of women seeking a hair loss specialist who understands the special challenges of female hair transplantation.

"Unfortunately, even Bay Area women can still feel ashamed of thin hair and be less likely than men to reach out to a hair loss specialist for women," explained Dr. Miguel Canales, hair loss surgeon for SVHI. "I've been helping women with hair loss for decades. If they need someone to listen, they can count on me as a Bay Area specialist in female hair loss issues."

The post can be found at https://siliconvalleyhairinstitute.com/it-is-an-unfortunate-fact-that-men-and-women-go-bald-but-today-we-can-fix-that/. The post is one of a series focused on helping Bay Area women with thinning hair. Speaking to a female hair loss specialist might help women find answers to personal concerns. To learn more, Bay Area residents can review the women's hair loss protocol page at https://siliconvalleyhairinstitute.com/womens-hair-loss-protocol/. Female residents living around the Bay Area peninsula can review the Palo Alto information page at https://siliconvalleyhairinstitute.com/directions-from-palo-alto-hair-transplant/. Women in or near Palo Alto ready to speak up about hair loss troubles can schedule a confidential consultation at https://siliconvalleyhairinstitute.com/directions-from-palo-alto-hair-transplant/.

BAY AREA FEMALE HAIR LOSS SPECIALIST IS READY TO LISTEN TO WOMEN TALK ABOUT THINNING HAIR

Here is the background for this release. Women's equality continues to progress in the workplace and in social situations. Nonetheless, men and women can equally struggle with balding, yet women could choose to remain silent. Instead of speaking to a female hair loss specialist, Bay Area women might try to manage the problem alone. Women can be encouraged to speak out about various issues today that were once taboo. If a lady notices balding patches appearing on the scalp, the problem could seem too humiliating to address. For these reasons, Silicon Valley Hair Institute has announced a new post on hair loss issues for women in the Bay Area.

ABOUT SILICON VALLEY HAIR INSTITUTE

The Silicon Valley Hair Institute (http://siliconvalleyhairinstitute.com/), under the leadership of top-rated California hair transplant surgeon Miguel Canales MD, is one of the best facilities offering San Francisco Bay Area hair restoration. It is a professional team of San Francisco hair specialists led by Dr. Canales. Dr. Canales provides the full range of advanced hair transplant and hair restoration procedures for Bay Area residents, from San Francisco to Palo Alto to San Jose. Treatments include; robotic hair transplants, FUE/FUT surgery, and micro-pigmentation. If one needs a hair transplant specialist, look no further than this Bay Area hair transplant center. The clinic provides both San Jose FUE transplant and San Francisco FUE transplant services. Dr. Canales also performs female hair transplants for women and eyebrow restoration, thus offering the best hair transplant and robotic hair replacement options. Call today to 650-551-1100 for a no-cost consultation.

Posted in: Lifestyle,Services,U.S

Warriors Heart highlights Beyond 12 Step Solutions in TIME Special Edition The Science of Addiction

Warriors Heart Chemical Dependency (CD) Team Lead and CFRC (Certified First Responder Counselor) Vonnie Nealon, highlights their innovative addiction treatment solutions in the “Beyond The 12 Steps” story in the recent TIME Special Edition: The Science of Addiction (2019) by health journalist Lisa Lombardi. Nealon emphasizes that a “paradigm shift” in the industry is calling for new approaches in 2020, and explains how Warriors Heart is unique as the first and only private and accredited program for “warriors only” (military, veterans and first responders) in the United States.

In this eye-opening TIME magazine story, Writer Lisa Lombardi calls attention to alarming statistics including; “Every day, more than 130 people in the U.S. die from opioids, including heroin and prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin, Fentanyl, and Vicodin.” And “drinking problems affect 15 million Americans, according to a 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.”

To find new solutions to these challenges, Nealon explains that Warriors Heart goes way beyond 12-step programs by using holistic healing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to retrain the brain to “build healthier neural pathways.”

Nealon played a key role in developing Warriors Heart’s “whole body” approach to healing for our protectors where chemical dependencies, PTSD (Posttraumatic stress disorder), depression, trauma, anxiety and recurring issues are all treated in one program (unlike the Veterans Administration where these programs are separated) on a 543-acre ranch.

In addition to 12-step programs, Nealon explains that Warriors Heart uses SMARTrecovery as an alternative option to AA that emphasizes CBT. Nealon expanded that drugs and alcohol are often used as a coping mechanism, which she believes must be addressed in treatment so clients leave with “willpower.”

As another innovative approach, Nealon explains that Warriors Heart clients are assigned two counselors; “one to help treat their addiction, and the other to help them work through mental health challenges such as PTSD and depression.”

Nealon was in an AA program herself before becoming a LCDC, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in 2002. In the “Beyond The 12 Steps” TIME magazine story, Nealon adds that, “she knows that AA works – just as clearly as she knows that it doesn’t work for everyone.” While it is not recommend, Nealon acknowledges that some clients return home with a plan to be on certain medications and/or use alcohol in moderation versus complete abstinence.

Clients leave Warriors Heart with new tools and life skills to rebuild lives. And as part of the aftercare program, the clinical team partners with clients to develop custom long-term recovery plans.

Looking forward into 2020 and beyond, Nealon believes new ideas will continue to evolve for substance abuse treatment programs as the recovery industry goes through this “transformation.”

Media Contact
Liz H Kelly, 310-987-7207

About Warriors Heart (Bandera, Texas near San Antonio):


Warriors Heart provides the first and only private accredited treatment program in the U.S. for “Warriors Only” (military, veterans and first responders) faced with the self-medicating struggles of alcohol addiction, prescription and drug addiction, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and mild TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) in a private, 40-bed facility on a 543-acre ranch outside San Antonio, Texas. While there are other treatment programs for warriors in the U.S., Warriors Heart is the only true peer-to-peer program because others are mixed with civilians. Along with a 42-day peer-to-peer residential treatment program, Warriors Heart gives warriors the option of Day Treatment, Outpatient, and Sober Living (60 Day Minimum). Warriors Heart’s work has been featured on the TODAY Show, MSNBC, FOX 11 Los Angeles, KENS5 CBS News San Antonio, Dr. Drew Midday Live with Leeann Tweeden on Talk Radio 790 KABC, Forbes, The Chicago Tribune and Addiction Pro magazine. There is a 24-hour Warriors Heart hotline (844-448-2567) answered by warriors. https://www.warriorsheart.com/

Posted in: Lifestyle,U.S,Website & Blog

Americana in Wonderland, Americana Manhasset's Spring 2020 Campaign

Photographed, produced and styled by Laspata DeCaro, Americana Manhasset's Spring 2020 campaign was shot at various locations in and around Los Angeles. Inspired by the whimsy and fantasy of "Alice In Wonderland," the setting is one of enchanted gardens and resplendent topiaries. Oversized mushrooms, blooming flowers and striking props appear in vivid, psychedelic colors alongside the season’s best looks. A quote from Dr. Seuss opens the campaign and sets the tone: “Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”

In conjunction with the still images, Americana Manhasset has debuted a short film also entitled “Americana in Wonderland” starring He Cong and Kit Butler. Produced using stop motion animation, the piece is a wildly fun and fantastical romp through Americana’s version of Wonderland, complete with a Cheshire cat and a magical tea party.

Americana’s Spring Book is direct-mailed to 100,000 targeted households. The images and video are being featured in various print and digital media, including The New York Times and nyt.com. They are also being shown prominently throughout the season on americanamanhasset.com and on Americana’s social media channels.

“'Alice in Wonderland' was our inspiration, but the overarching idea behind this campaign is that fashion is a flight of fancy, a means of expression that can transcend reality,” said Charles DeCaro. “The collections this season have a real sense of charm, with each designer approaching that idea differently, whether it be through the use of bright color or fun prints or unexpected details and shapes. As always, while we had a clear editorial voice and a strong vision for this campaign, the fashion and the designers’ messages remain the focus. We shoot an appropriate image for each brand, from Chanel, Gucci and Celine, to Rag & Bone, Theory and Zimmermann, with each photograph also working as part of the whole.”

Americana Manhasset is a premier collection of over 60 fine shops, including Hermès, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Cartier, Ermenegildo Zegna, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bottega Veneta, Hirshleifers, Ralph Lauren, London Jewelers and more, all within a unique outdoor environment designed by renowned architect Peter Marino and landscape designer Oehme van Sweden. Americana Manhasset offers a complimentary Personal Shopping Service, a remarkable luxury fashion and gift resource. Located on Long Island’s beautiful North Shore, Americana Manhasset is 20 miles from Manhattan and 50 miles from the Hamptons.

For more information please visit americanamanhasset.com. Follow Americana Manhasset on Instagram and Twitter, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and like our Facebook page!

Posted in: Fashion & Beauty,Lifestyle,Professional Services,Shopping & Deal,World

ViVODOMi Specializes in Offering Exclusive and Luxurious Lifestyle, Simple to Complex Project Management Services

ViVODOMi, the premier lifestyle management, project management, and concierge services company, offers a completely unique and highly personalized experience to the cream of the cream (individuals, top business families, celebrities and high net worth individuals) in New York City. Their services also include taking care of the townhouses and Pied-à-Terre of such individuals and families.

“We truly recognize and understand the extraordinarily high standards of service that our customers expect and unfailingly deliver what we promise, each and every time,” says the spokesperson for ViVODOMi. “We stand apart because of our ability to deliver world-class experiences to our valued customers. Exceptional service is core to our business and we are constantly striving to make every experience a highly remarkable one for you.”

ViVODOMi has years of expertise in providing perfect solutions in the areas of home maintenance, renovation, and repairs. The company also specializes in problem management and is equipped to handle projects of all sizes and complexities for its clients in NY City.  They play the role of a personal life assistant to perfection. 

With their deep familiarity and knowledge of New York City, ViVODOMi helps clients utilise the city’s amazing and top rated services. They offer a variety of concierge services plans thoughtfully crafted to ensure that the clients enjoy best-in-class services. 

They also provide and manage housekeepers for tasks such as housekeeping and laundry, drivers, a dedicated personal concierge, are experienced in managing, estate relocation, and estate renovation projects. Unlike property managers or simple assistant, ViVODOMi acts as an extension of the customer’s team to manage their projects in NY more efficiently. In a nutshell, they solve the most complex problems that clients face on a day to day basis.

The staff they provide are completely trustworthy and the vendors they use are well-vetted and licensed, and have been associate with them for years. They are chosen after carrying out detailed and meticulous background checks. 

ViVODOMi easily adapts to the evolving needs of their customers and have proven expertise in delivering solutions that not only match but exceed their expectations on a consistent basis. 

At ViVODOMi, the customer is special and highly valued as they come from the top layer of society. They serve the unique needs of the city’s leading VIP guests, star athletes and celebrities, and top businessmen. The company takes great pride in its ability to offer the most comprehensive array of services available across the luxury sector.

Here’s what some of their customers have to say about their services:

ViVODOMi, what a fantastic concierge services firm! They are professional, resourceful, and keep my house running in perfect order. They are easy and fun to work with, and free up my time by shopping, running errands, arranging repairs, and doing other life tasks, all so I can spend my time on what’s truly important to me.  I’d be lost without them. - P.C. | Philanthropist & Busy Traveling Professional

The ViVODOMi team is attentive, professional, flexible, and easy to work with. They are quick to respond to requests, and there is no task they haven’t been able to complete. They know the right questions to ask and deliver top notch service. Although we’d like to keep them all to ourselves, I highly recommend ViVODOMi to anyone looking for concierge services. - L.H. | Daughter of Client

ViVODOMi is amazing – they are organized, thoughtful, proactive, and take great pride in helping their clients. I could not be more satisfied with their services. - L.T. | Entrepreneur & Investor

For more information, visit vivodomi.com

About ViVODOMi:

ViVODOMi was founded by Eli and Robert, two creative entrepreneurs committed to delivering excellence. Eli has been in the concierge services business since 2007 and leads the field team. Robert is an expert in construction management and property maintenance. He was a fashion designer before switching his focus to interior design in 2010. He oversees the operations teams. Together, they form the pillars of the company and have played a stellar role in its success. The ViVODOMi team personifies the concept of trust and reliability. 

Posted in: Home & Garden,Leisure Activities,Lifestyle,Living,Professional Services

SmartBuyGlasses Brings the Top Performing Sunglasses for Winter Sports

Snow is one of the most reflective surfaces when it comes to light, so wearing sunglasses for winter sports is absolutely essential to avoid harmful UV rays, even without direct sunlight. Snow blindness (when bright light reflected from snow affects vision) is a real threat when skiing or snowboarding, particularly at high altitudes and travelling at high speeds. Hitting the slopes this winter? Make sure your ski goggles or ski glasses lenses provide 100% UV protection to ensure the best experiences.  

To make choosing the ideal pair of winter sports eyewear easy, SmartBuyGlasses provides you with a list of the top recommended products which are worth to be invested in before heading to the mountains.

Top Recommended Goggles

If you’re planning on skiing or snowboarding down the slopes this winter, consider equipping yourself with some quality ski goggles; they are your best choice for comfort, visibility and eye protection.

In low-light and fogging conditions, yellow, gold and amber lenses filter out blue light. Shadows are emphasized to see better the contours in the snow. They also work well in moderate and variable light conditions. Check out the Bloc Evolution E014 or the Bloc Small Fit Moon JM01.

When in bright and reflective snow conditions, darker lens tints such as dark brown, dark grey and dark green will increase contrast with the whites. Gray lenses are also good to reveal the true colours. Check out the Smith I/O7 IE7BKISA17, the Smith RIOT RO2BKECW17 and the Bolle Tsar.

Mirror coating enhances the effectiveness of tinted lenses by reflecting sunlight so it does not penetrate the lenses, making it a great choice for bright and sunny days. Check out the UVEX S40. 

Clear lenses are undoubtedly the best option for sunset and nighttime as they have the highest visible light transmission (VLT), increasing wearers’’ visibility on the slopes. Check out the Salice 609.

Photochromic lenses or transition lenses are designed to automatically adapt to surrounding light, making them perfect to ensure optimal vision and UV ray protection in every situation. Check out the Salice 618 ITA Speed Polarized BKIT/TECH and the Smith Goggles Smith I/OX.

Top Recommended Sunglasses

If you prefer opting for sunglasses over goggles, consider getting some 100% UV protecting sports sunglasses like these.

Sports sunglasses with a wrap-around frame minimize light reaching the eyes from all sides and allows better peripheral vision. Mirror coatings such as on this model are perfect for very bright conditions as they can block an additional 10 per cent to 60 per cent of visible light for greater comfort in highly reflective sunny environments. Check out the Smith RIDGEWELL ChromaPop Polarized and the UVEX SPORTSTYLE 223.

Polarized lenses selectively blocks light reflecting from horizontal surfaces, eliminating glare. Polarized lenses are especially helpful in blocking glare from light reflecting off water, sand, snow and concrete. This model is also made of highly durable polycarbonate made to withstand harsh conditions. Check out the Oakley OO9102 HOLBROOK.

Photochromic or transition lenses are not just found in the goggles, and provide the same optimal protection from unpredictable light conditions. By reacting to the surrounding light, they are perfect for every light condition, from low light to bright light on a sunny day. Check out the Oakley OO9290 JAWBREAKER. 

All of these models are available on SmartBuyGlasses website, discover their website for more information and lots more products.

About SmartBuyGlasses

The SmartBuyGlasses Optical Group is a world-leading designer eyewear e-retailer, with websites in over 30 countries. The company was an early adopter to the online eyewear market, starting VisionDirect.com.au in 2006, selling prescription eyewear, sunglasses and contact lenses in Australia before expanding globally. Today, SmartBuyGlasses is the one-stop-shop for all eyewear needs, giving customers the power to shop their style. With over 180 brands and 80,000 products available, customers get their perfect unique look at amazing value. SmartBuyGlasses are the eyewear fashion experts offering big-name designers along with the most exciting niche brands.




Posted in: Lifestyle,Retail,Sports,Travel,Website & Blog

Broker, Rick Tobin, named to Leadership Team of the Fort Lauderdale Chapter of the National Association of Divorce professionals

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, December 18, 2019

Premier Hotel Realty is proud to announce that broker Rick Tobin has been elected to the Leadership team of the Fort Lauderdale Lunch Chapter of The National Association of Divorce Professionals (www.theNADP.com).  NADP is a new and growing association of highly vetted professionals who serve clients going through all stages of divorce. The local chapter is composed of Family Law Attorneys, Financial Planners, Real Estate Agents, Immigration Attorneys, Counsellors and others who help people navigate the divorce process.  The NADP is committed to making a positive impact on the divorce process through strategic alliances, divorce-centered education and comprehensive professional development and selected Tobin to Chair the group’s social media.

Tobin’s role in the group as a Commercial Real Estate broker is to assist the other professionals and their clients when they need to divide real estate or sell their commercial property when they go through the divorce process.  Tobin will use his experience marketing commercial properties to help make the public aware of the group, help forge internal alliances and to promote the group through appropriate social media platforms.

Tobin says, “When I originally joined the group I was unaware of how many issues may be intertwined in the divorce process when a couple decides to split their marriage and their assets.  Through my participation in the group, I’ve learned how to help couples to better navigate the process and avoid many surprises including leaving money on the table.” 

To learn more about Rick Tobin, visit his NADP profile https://www.thenadp.com/members/?id=51941586 or the Premier Hotel Realty website at www.PremierHotelRealty.com

About Premier Hotel Realty: 

Premier Hotel Realty, led by Broker, Rick Tobin, is based in Pompano Beach, Florida and globally markets a wide variety of commercial properties.  Rick also serves as a director of the Lauderdale by the Sea Chamber of Commerce and is on the Executive Board of the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce.  For more information contact Premier at info@PremierHotelRealty.com.

Contact:

Rick Tobin

954-543-5411 x2

Posted in: Business,Law & Legal,Lifestyle,Professional Services,Real Estate

Celebrate Free Shipping day with SmartBuyGlasses Offers

Just a few days left on the calendar before Christmas Eve and I bet you still haven’t finished shopping all your holiday gift list, or even started yet! For those of us who always leave our shopping to the last minute, this Saturday 14th is Free Shipping Day! On this day all orders are shipped for free, no restrictions or minimum purchase required. To make it even better shops offer special discounts on selected products. 

This year, SmartBuyGlasses is one of the companies taking part in free shipping day, offering 50% off on selected eyeglasses and sunglasses from top designer brands like Ray-Ban, Gucci, Oakley, Nike and many more.

Don’t miss the chance to get the perfect gift for Christmas, whether if it is for someone special or just an occasion to treat yourself. For this holiday season, a nice pair of frames is the perfect accessory anybody would like to add to their closet. Some shiny eyewear to complement the festive outfit, a new pair of goggles for skiing, trendy sunglasses for the next summer vacation. Find the best eyewear options at SmartBuyGlasses.com and get all orders shipped for free on Free Shipping Day!

 

About SmartBuyGlasses

SmartBuyGlasses Optical Group is the world’s leading designer glasses e-commerce company. With operations across Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Americas, the portfolio of domain properties are market leaders in over 20 countries, including SmartBuyGlasses.com in the US and VisionDirect.com.au in Australia.

Posted in: Fashion & Beauty,Lifestyle,Living,Shopping & Deal,Travel

How to Avoid Knee Replacement Surgery

The typical cause of total knee replacement surgery is a torn meniscus.  The meniscus is the disc that cushions the knee and is crescent-shaped.  While this does not always cause pain, around one third of those over 50 years old have a torn meniscus, and those with arthritis have a higher chance of this.

Sufferers of chronic knee pain are treated for arthritic knees, given medications, knee braces, and corticosteroid injections to treat the pain, but this does not always work, sometimes worsens the situation.  Medical researchers at Boston University School of Medicine found that corticosteroid injections run the risk of accelerating joint destruction and bone loss.  This common form of pain management for knee pain can actually shorten the patient’s road to total knee replacement surgery.  In fact, the Mayo Clinic found that the rate of total knee replacement surgery has doubled in the United States since 2000.  Since these replacement knees have a 20-year lifespan, 35% of men and 20% of women who get total knee replacement surgery under the age of 60 will need a revision in their lifetime.    The Washington Post reported on December 22nd 2018, “The 723,000 knee replacements performed in 2014 cost patients, insurers, and taxpayers more than $ 40 billion,” and this number is projected to continue to rise with the aging population and rising prevalence of obesity. 

Unfortunately, the needs of an aging and increasingly obese population with high rates of osteoarthritis and torn meniscuses is not the only reason the rate of total knee replacement is on the rise, and patients are undergoing this procedure at younger ages.  The other factor is greed.

“Medical advertising is a big part of the problem,” says orthopedic surgeon Nicholas DiNubile.  “Its purpose is to sell patients on the procedures.”

Surgery is sold as a quick-fix solution that gets the patient back to doing what they used to do before severe knee pain.  Following surgery, chronic pain persists in one third of total knee replacement patients, and one in five report being dissatisfied with the results of this major – and costly – surgery.  While the efficaciousness of total knee replacement surgery is being oversold, the possible risk factors are at the same time underreported in medical advertising.  Generally, about 0.5-1% of patients die within 90 days of undergoing knee replacement surgery.  The University of Florida published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease that for total knee replacement surgery patients 60 years and older, 48 hours following the surgery, 25% of these patients showed a decline in brain connectivity in at least one brain region, and one in seven patients showed connectivity declines that spanned all brain networks, while patients 60 years old and over who did not have this surgery did not display these same declines.

If treating patients with chronic knee pain from osteoarthritis with knee braces, physical therapy, and pain management medications and injections does not prevent total knee replacement surgery, and total knee replacement surgery does not always work either and comes with notable risks, maybe we’re missing a crucial piece of the knee pain puzzle.  While osteoarthritis in the knee is generally present with severe knee pain that leads to total knee replacement surgery, and tends to be treated as the cause of knee pain, Kim Gladfelter reported in the Los Altos Town Crier in November of 2018, “There are millions of people walking around each day who have arthritis in their knees but no pain.”

But what if osteoarthritis is not the root cause of knee pain?  What if something else is going on?

Florida wholistic physical therapist Craig Cohen sees the problem of knee pain in the context of the whole body.  In his experience, knee pain is an indicator that the root cause elsewhere in the alignment and mechanics of the body.

“So many of our healthcare choices are aimed at turning off the pain, rather than heeding its message,” explains Cohen.  “With integrative physical therapy, we don’t treat the arthritic knee; we treat the entire person.  We identify how excessive strain is put on the knees from body misalignment, poor body mechanics, and muscle weakness, and develop an individualized treatment plan that starts in the office and continues at home.”

As it turns out, listening to knee pain and opting for physical therapy that identifies and addresses the root causes of the knee pain can work just as well as total knee replacement without risk of complications or pain persisting after surgical intervention.  A study published in September of 2018 in the Osteoarthritis and Cartilage Journal that used two parallel randomized and controlled trials to test the outcomes of total knee replacement and non-surgical treatments on knee pain.  The study followed 100 adults with a mean age of 66 who were eligible for knee replacement surgery and had moderate to severe levels of knee pain.  Half underwent total knee replacement right away, and half were treated with physical therapy.  Researchers found that patients who were diligent in their physical therapy improved as much as those who had knee surgery in just six months to a year and avoided the risks patients with surgery endured.  Those who underwent surgery instead of physical therapy were four times as likely to develop blood clots, infections, and require another medical procedure that required anesthesia.  Of those who underwent physical therapy instead of surgery, two years later only one third opted to have knee surgery.

Study leader Dr. Jeffrey Katz reported, “It would be quite reasonable to try physical therapy first because the chances are quite good that you’ll do quite well.”

Researchers in a federally funded study at seven major universities and US orthopedic surgery centers followed 351 patients with torn meniscus and arthritis, some who were assigned immediate surgery and other who were assigned physical therapy.  They found physical therapy is most successful when a patient has an average of nine session and keeps up with regular physical therapy exercises at home.  Persistence is the key to success, and it is much cheaper with far less risk factors. 

Following knee surgery, those who have the most success with pain management and regaining their abilities from before chronic knee pain are the ones who adhere to their physical therapy regimen, and whose providers look at the big picture of their health and wellness rather than just the knee.

“We offer patients a physical therapy immersion program tailored to the root causes of their knee pain,” says Cohen.  “It’s an intense program where a patient might come in for three, four, five days in a row for therapy.  They’ll receive five hours of therapy per day, we bring in a lot of modalities.  From there, we send them home with exercises to do on their own.”

 Physical therapy directed at the actual root causes of chronic knee pain can be just as effective as total knee replacement surgery, even in patients with advanced osteoarthritis.  Physical therapy runs a lower tab and less risk of complication if the treatment regimen treats the whole body and not just the knee.

Craig Cohen and his team have two Integrated Physical Therapy and Wellness Florida locations, one in North Miami, and another in Hallandale Beach.  To learn more about working with Cohen to develop an individualized physical therapy regimen to meet your health and wellness goals, visit https://www.iptmiami.com/ or call 305-967-8976 for the North Miami Location or http://www.westfloridamfr.com/ or call 954-458-5700 for the Hallandale Beach Location. 

 

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3DM Lifestyle makes Affordable Luxury Dress Shoes for Men

                                                                           

 

It’s a lucky time for discerning men’s footwear fans. 3DM Lifestyle, one of the hottest new brands for men’s dress shoes and boots, is offering a can’t-miss event this Black Friday. For a limited time, 3DM Lifestyle is offering a factory price sale on all models to help upgrade men’s outfits just in time for the holidays. There’s never been a better time to get your feet in the best shoe styles of the season. You’ll want to act quickly before this deal on fine leather footwear runs away.

Dhruv Bhalla established 3DM Lifestyle in 2013, fed up with no good solutions for a gentleman seeking fashionable footwear in a reasonable price range. Founded on the principles of meticulous craftsmanship in men’s footwear, 3DM Lifestyle makes high-quality dress shoes in small batches at their factory in India. This removes excess inventory costs, keeping the price low and minimizing any waste. Make no mistake, even at these low prices the shoes look and feel fantastic. 3DM Lifestyle continues to dream up classic shoe models that never go out of style plus more unique versions with design flourishes always in line with the most up-to-date trends. 

Until now, similar types of men’s shoes cost close to 0 simply because of the luxury brand names. 3DM is changing the game with its direct-to-consumer model -- slashing normal retail markups to offer luxury quality dress shoes starting at just 0. 3DM Lifestyle cuts no corners whatsoever to construct its premier footwear. Skilled artisans construct each extraordinary model with only the finest full-grain leather. Every pair has a sumptuous, full-leather lining and is hand-painted and finished with the utmost care. Argentinian leather soles provide the comfort and durability you deserve.

3DM Lifestyle sets itself apart with a curated collection of men’s dress shoes you’ll actually want to wear and the variety to cover you for every occasion. The brand pushes the fashion envelope by providing truly elegant models and not just the same boring looks like the other guys. Also, these shoes are not fast fashion. Each pair of 3DM shoes is created using Blake construction -- the Italian production method resulting in the most lightweight, flexible, and comfortable leather soles. Now you can walk alongside the most sophisticated men in the world, drawing envy to 3DM’s exceptional workmanship and styling. 

Jump online now to pick up a pair or two before it’s too late! https://3dmlifestyle.com/

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SmartBuyGlasses Offers Huge Discounts for Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2019

Only a few days left before the biggest sale of the year and SmartBuyGlasses is offering huge discounts on designer eyewear this Black Friday! Save up to 70% on selected frames and get a 12% sitewide discount on all eyewear products. The offer continues all weekend into Cyber Monday with additional discounts during the following week, such as 50% off on blue light blocking lenses and 50% off on mirrored lenses, to name a few. 

So save the date from the 29th of November until December 6th to find fantastic deals on more than 200 designer brands like Ray-Ban, Oakley, Versace, LMNT, Tom Ford, Gucci, and many more.  

SmartBuyGlasses Black Friday and Cyber Week sale includes these amazing discounts:

  • Up to 70% off on selected designer eyewear.
  •  Save more with 12% off sitewide on all eyewear products (contact lenses not included) with the code: BF12OFFC
  • Get 40% off on your prescription lenses with the code: BF40OFFC
  • 50% off on Blue Block Lenses, Polarized Lenses and Mirrored Lenses with the following codes: BLUEBLOCK50C, POLARIZED50C and MIRRORED50C
  • 20% 0ff on Arise HD Summit Prescription Lenses with the code: ARISEHD20C
  • Get 20% off on progressive lenses with the code: PROGRESSIVE20C
  • 10% off on all our ski goggles with the code: SKIGOGGLES10C

Get the best deals on designer eyewear products at SmartBuyGlasses this Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

Don’t waste time standing in line. SmartBuyGlasses takes your online shopping experience to another level with the latest eyewear technology : 

  • With the 3D Virtual Try-On, you can try on your eyewear before buying it.  
  • Not sure what your prescription is? No problem! SmartBuyGlasses’ cutting edge Lens Scanner App allows users who already have prescription eyeglasses to extract their prescription directly from their phone, anywhere and anytime. 

Whether you are buying the perfect Christmas gift, or simply treating yourself to some stylish new frames for the new year, with SmartBuyGlasses’ Black Friday and Cyber Week Deals, you are sure to find the perfect pair for you! 

 

About SmartBuyGlasses

SmartBuyGlasses Optical Group is the world’s leading designer glasses e-commerce company. With operations across Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Americas, our portfolio of domain properties are market leaders in over 20 countries, including SmartBuyGlasses.com in the US and VisionDirect.com.au in Australia.

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iBrands Global Announces Take Over of Operations at Alloy Apparel

IBrands Global announced they have taken over operations of Alloy Apparel, an iconic fashion brand thoughtfully catering to tall and curvy woman, in a deal that also gave IBrands partial ownership to the brand’s intellectual property. Founded in 1996, Alloy became a household name for its expansive junior trend-focused catalog; however, over time, the brand narrowed its focus on Tall after discovering the potential of the vastly underserved demographic.

IBrands will bring a myriad of design and operational expertise to the Alloy partnership. Having recently entered into a similar arrangement with the original founders of Juicy Couture for the LA-centric brand, Pam & Gela, IBrands is looking to elevate and expand the Alloy collection in 2020.

Alloy Apparel is exclusively sold on its website (http://www.alloyapparel.com). Targeting the Tall woman online highlights the advantages of pinpoint digital marketing and micro-targeting. “We live in a country with over 150 million women, but the addressable market for a woman 5’9” to say 6”9” is a tiny fraction.” Marc Garson, Chairman of IBrands explains. “This is the type of business that could never survive before ecommerce. There simply aren’t enough 6’3” women in any town or city to support a physical store. Yet online, we find thousands of customers throughout the US and 30% of our sales are international.”

Still, targeting Tall women with digital advertising has its challenges. Google and Facebook, who collectively control nearly 60% of digital advertising market share, have no direct way to target Tall women like they can with other demographic and interest information. To help the effort, Alloy created and manages the popular Instagram handle @TallGirlHumor where fun content that appeals to Tall women can be found and shared. “We look at Instagram as today’s version of the magazine,” explains IBrands CEO, Remy Garson. “People come to TallGirlHumor for valuable and engaging content relevant to Tall women, which happens to be our target customer. Whereas a magazine would charge advertisers to reach our niche audience, we simply direct that traffic to Alloy.” 

For Fall 2019, the first collection Alloy Apparel released in collaboration with IBrands Global offers everyday styles such as tops, bodysuits, denim, pants, jumpsuits, dresses, blazers, knits, and loungewear. Their retail price ranges from to , further reinforcing the value of accessibility for their customers. Aside from Alloy Apparel’s primary Tall collection, the brand has made deliberate strides in delivering size inclusivity with the launch of Alloy Tall Plus and Alloy Plus in Spring 2018 where sizes range from 2-24.

About IBrands:
IBrands is a diversified company with a portfolio of brands, licenses, and fashion tech products for the apparel, accessories, travel and health & wellness industries. They design, manufacture and sell sportswear, denim, outerwear, handbags, luggage, accessories and wellness products online and in stores.

About Alloy Apparel:
Alloy Apparel empowers all Tall Women across the world to love their height and feel confident in their own skin. Tall comes in all shapes and sizes and Alloy is proud to offer the latest trends in long inseams and larger size options! Alloy is also known for its superior quality pants and stylish denim at affordable prices. They encourage women to celebrate their long legs, embrace their curves!

Posted in: Lifestyle,Retail

Strange but efficient ways to customer satisfaction and loyalty at the Charm Hotel & Spa, Brighton

“STRANGE BUT EFFICIENT WAYS TO CUSTOMER SATISFACTION & LOYALTY AT THE CHARM HOTEL & SPA, BRIGHTON”

Have you ever wondered what it takes to deliver customer service and satisfaction in the hospitality industry? It was Abraham Lincoln who said, “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can't …” … please all the people all of the time” It really so much applies to our industry.
In order to be successful in hospitality it is not just enough to attract new customers we also must concentrate on retaining existing customers implementing effective policies of customer satisfaction and loyalty. In the hotel industry customer satisfaction is largely hooked upon quality of service. This approach focused on customer satisfaction can improve customer loyalty, thus increasing the positive image of the tourist destination. Hence, exploring the importance for customers of hotel attributes in hotel selection is indispensable. Research on the topic of guest satisfaction, which translates into the consideration of whether customers will return to a hotel or advise it to other tourists, is pivotal to the success of the hospitality business.

Massaging, Manicure & Pedicure at the Charm Hotel & Spa, Brighton

 

The Charm Hotel Spa Suite with the Deluxe Hot Tub

 

At the Charm Hotel & Spa, Brighton and its sister hotel The Sea Spray, the focus is on delivering superior hospitality allowing guests to relax and create memorable moments throughout their stay. The hotel is committed to building meaningful, personal relationships with guests and a “Yes We Can” attitude to ensure the satisfaction of every guest. The Charm features solutions that are empathetic to the challenges of modern travel, including the 100% guest Satisfaction guarantee.
To remain competitive, hotels are now expected to deliver exceptional customer service whenever and wherever customers contact them, whether it’s on social media, mobile apps or through traditional channels. At the Sea Spray and the Charm Hotel, as well as in most hospitality, technology is rapidly changing the way business is done. Although the fundamental qualities of great customer service remain the same, the way it needs to be delivered has already changed so we make sure all our staff are trained to be able to cope.
Leo Nguyen, the General Manager of both hotels said, “We are always striving to continuously improve our customer experience, and it is fantastic to have our long-term commitment recognised by so many guests.” He added “This is testament to our team of great staff who are firmly committed to our vision of delivering both excellence and service to our customers.”
Remarkable service pays dividends by increasing loyalty and word of mouth buzz. Customer service has always been a prerequisite to success in the hotel industry, but in this social media era where everyone acts as a publisher, there is additional marketing value to being remarkable. Getting the basics right, but also looking to create talk ability. Social media raises the stakes for customer service and at the Charm and the Sea Spray we have found that social media savvy consumers who are happy with our customer service seem to spend more with us getting involved in other activities in the hotel and recommending the hotel to other people.
Just to emphasise what has helped the Charm Hotel and Sea Spray staff deliver customer service, starts with knowing that the guest experience begins long before they arrive at the front desk to check in for their stay. A mobile-friendly website offers visual appeal and social proof of the experience that they will enjoy at the hotel.

We also actively solicit and respond to guest feedback by accepting and promoting our online reviews and showing other travellers that we value the opinion of our guests and that we are willing to go the extra mile to deliver superior customer service.

Next is connecting with guests on a personal level. This also begins before our guests arrive at the front desk. We utilise technology in the form of social media to reach out to our guests prior to their stay and learn a little bit more about them. Customised booking forms also help you gain insight about the people who will be staying at your hotel. While our guests are staying with us, we make sure to add small touches and details that personalise the experience. Guests will remember those experiences for years to come, and they will significantly improve their overall opinion of our property and help convince them to return.

Monitoring guest feedback and responding to it accordingly it’s important that we take note of what improvements could be made in the future based on those responses. It will also show future guests that we genuinely value their input.

FACT FILE:
Bedroom Suites at the Charm Hotel & Spa, Brighton start from £90 and include breakfast which is an impressive affair at the Charm. The buffet selection includes fresh juices, pastries, fruit and waffles, while you can order hot dishes such as eggs Benedict and a full English breakfast off the menu. For the Charm Suite Spa package, the price is £70 (two sharing) with a 30% discount. For more information and to book
• Call the hotel on +44 (0)1273 021 085,
• visit the www.thecharmbrighton.co.uk, follow the hotel on
• Facebook@thecharmbrighton.co.uk and on
• Twitter@charm_hotel.
Sea Spray Brighton Luxury Hotel
Featuring a shared lounge and free WiFi, Sea Spray Luxury Hotel in Brighton & Hove is a 6-minute walk from Brighton Pier. The property is situated 500 metres from The Royal Pavilion. Brighton Dome is an 8-minute walk from the guest house. The rooms in the Hotel are equipped with a kettle. Each room comes with a private bathroom with free toiletries, while some rooms come with a patio. Guest rooms in Sea Spray are fitted with a TV and a hairdryer. A buffet breakfast is served each morning at the property.
• Call Sea Spray on +44 1273 684966
• Email – seaspray@brighton.co.uk
• Sea Spray Hotel – New Steine, Kemptown Brighton BN2 1PD

For more on this Press Release please contact AHPR on 07850 736544 or email ambrose@ambroseharcourtpr.co.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS
The Charm, Brighton is a sensational new luxury boutique hotel, now with a new Spa Suite in the heart of Kemptown, Brighton. The hotel offers designer living in a traditional setting and the recent refurbishment has transformed the 200-year-old building into a stylish and modern hotel with a reassuringly classic ambience. Each room in the elegantly refurbished historic building has been thoughtfully designed to provide all our guests with the most comfortable and restful hotel VIP experience. Our inspirational interior designers have created a delightful and luxurious look and feel, enhanced by ethereal and original artworks in every room.
The Charm – Luxury Brighton Boutique Hotel & Spa, 20-21 New Steine, Brighton. BN2 1PD East Sussex. UK Tel +44 (0)1273 021 085 Email – info@thecharmbrighton.co.uk www.thecharmbrighton.co.uk

 

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Award Winning Dancer Ashley Liang Wows Lincoln Center

Celebrated Chinese dancer Ashley Liang successfully presented the world premiere of “Flowing Colors of Charming Flowers” at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. The performance was part of the “East Meets West” dance program presented on July 6, 2019 by the Ashley Liang Dance Company, a non-profit organization. It received a warm and enthusiastic response from the near capacity audience.

Ashley Liang started dancing at age 6 with more than 26 years of experience. She is excited to share her “American Dream” at the most famous performance venue in New York.

“This performance aims to share the Chinese dance and modern dance culture, promote multicultural art, and establish a bridge for international cultural and artistic communication. I created this style when I was studying for my master’s degree in Dance Education at New York University, and I had quoted this in my graduation thesis.”, according to Liang, “It is my great honor to share my original choreographies with the audiences at Lincoln Center.” 

The last dance of the performance “Flowing Colors of Charming Flowers” featured the creation process of artist Arthur Liu who received a creation patent of "Flowing Colors of Oil Painting".

This piece integrates not only the elements of Chinese classical dance, ballet and modern dance, and features a live accompaniment, including Chinese Guzheng, Guqin, flute, western instruments violin and cello. The piece accented the theme of the whole performance: carrying forward the Chinese dance and modern dance culture, promoting the integration and development of multicultural art. 

About Ashley Liang:

Liang is a dance artist, choreographer and dance educator. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of the non-profit Ashley Liang Dance Company, and the president of Ashley Dance Center. She received a master’s degree of dance education at New York University. 

She has received awards of “Excellent Dance Choreographer”, “Distinguish Dancer” and “Excellent Dance Teacher” from New York City Council Peter Koo and New York State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky. 

About Ashley Liang Dance Company:

Liang owns and teaches at the non-profit Ashley Dance Center.  Her students have won numerous awards in the US and China including Gold at Better USA Youth Talent Competition and Taoli World Dance Competition.

www.ashleyliangdance.com

Co-Organizers:

New York Northeastern Chinese Association, Sino-American Culture, Art & Antique Association, Inc., Federation of Chinese American Associations of New York, New York Queens Art Education Center, Chinese-American Arts Council, Inc., USA FJSEN.COM, American Fujian Artist Association, MGM Media, Sino-American Business Association, Henan Chinese Associates USA, Inc., Better Chinatown USA, Chinese Association Inc., New York Guqin School, Union National Culture and Sports Foundation, American Chinese Business Trade Promotion Association, Taishan Overseas Chinese Middle School Alumni Association, Inc., America Chinese Silk Road Chamber of Commerce, America Bamin Commerce Association, Fujian Consolidated Benevolent Association USA, Beijing Association of New York. 

Sponsors:

Kai Gao Esquire P.C., Flushing.com, Kam Man Food, HealthFirst, iHome Design, MeHome Realty, AsianinNY, Keiko Hira Music Studio, New York Fantastic Chorus, Blue Sky Creative Studio, The Wall Street Times, USA Life online.com, Right Time International LLC, CC Weekly, COCI Construction, Kang Hua Adult Day Care Center, World Peace Ever.TV 

Special Guest Performers:

Aminta Remisosky, Anne Marie Robson Smock, Ansel Cohen, Arthur Liu, Danielle Peters, Erin Kernion, Judy Shih-Hua Yeh, Jun Zhou, Michelle Joy, Nick Peregrino, Sienna Peck, Tara Pederson, Temple Kemezis

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Angara.com Launches Moonstone, Turquoise & Tsavorite Jewelry

The summer of 2019 is going to be a brilliant season for jewelry enthusiasts. Angara.com has launched not one, but three gorgeous new gemstones to its already flourishing assortment.

The hat-trick began with the introduction of Moonstone jewelry in the month of June. Following this, Turquoise and Tsavorite creations were also added to the extensive collection of this popular online jewelry brand. The single most important objective of these fresh jewelry collections is to introduce the audience to lesser-known gems that have the potential to become bestsellers.

For instance, not many are aware that the Tsavorite is a rare beauty that can only be found in Africa. Moonstone, on the other hand, is blessed with adularescence; an optical phenomenon responsible for giving it a distinct moon-like glow. Lastly, the vibrant Turquoise is not just delightful to look at, but also comes packed with a fascinating legacy.

Angara has chosen each of these gems for their uniqueness and transformed them into equally beautiful creations; extensive enough to complement a variety of style preferences. In order to further enhance the shopping experience, the brand has provided an easy-to-use customization feature on its website.

MoonstoneTurquoise and Tsavorite are the birthstone options for June, December and January, respectively. But Angara’s latest collections are not restricted to any particular month. They’re for everyone who enjoys a pop of color, distinctiveness of a gem, or simply well-crafted fine jewelry.

About Angara.com

Founded by Ankur Daga, Angara.com is a US-based fine jewelry eCommerce retailer that specializes in customized diamond and gemstone jewelry. Ankur's family has been in the fine gemstone business for generations and has deep roots in diamond and gemstone cutting, polishing and design. They have primarily catered to larger retailers around the world, specializing in sapphires, rubies, emeralds, tanzanites, diamonds and other precious and semi-precious gemstones, but in 2005 Ankur decided to bring their family heritage and jewelry directly to the public with the launch of Angara.com.

Posted in: Fashion & Beauty,Lifestyle

James Pratt, First Australian Asked By iTalk Los Angeles

Leadership Content, Pop Culture and Stage Drama collide this July 12th in Los Angeles, when iTalk LA holds its next leadership event at the former estate of Frank Sinatra. The world-renowned iTalk events confirmed they have asked in-demand Australian actor and celebrity auctioneer James Pratt to join the star-studded line up of speakers this July in Los Angeles. This is the first time an Australian talent has been asked to speak at iTalk. Pratt who is fast building an esteemed reputation internationally has impressed iTalk in the past with his skillset, and if he confirms, he will be join the best across USA Film, Television and Fashion including Sean Stone, film actor and son of the legendary film maker Oliver Stone, celebrity stylist Ali Levine, MTV’s Chanel West Coast, and Frank Knuckles former percussionist for The Roots and The Late Night Show with Jimmy Fallon, all whom will be showcasing specific leadership advice aimed at inspiring the next generation of pioneers

Motivational Leadership events are growing rapidly in popularity, but with this growth also comes higher expectations from the audience according to Jen Montague, co-founder and Sr. Director of ITalk, and who’s worked hard at making sure her events are keeping up with the progressive trends.

One of the biggest challenges right now is to build events that satisfy the moment-by-moment engagement that audiences are craving and not just millennial audiences but audiences of all ages. Content has to grip them, keep them, and provide them an opportunity to participate, to party, to network and so much more. The content has to be engaging enough for them to then share it online and on social media with their own followers. In other words, it’s about the experience said Jen Montague Director of ITalk, who enjoys merging her music conservatory and theatre roots with her corporate leadership and human resources professional experience. The infusion of pop culture is another unique facet of the platform, keeping audiences engaged. We’re pushing leadership and pop culture forward with iTalk said the world acclaimed International DJ Casper, Co-Founder and Director of Music for iTalk and DJ for “super producer,” Rodney Jerkins.

In April iTalk Philadelphia featured speakers such as, Meisha Johnson (CBS Anchor) Stephen Hoelper, Vice President of Product, Comcast NBCUniversal and Desiree Rogers –former CEO of Johnson Publishing, LLC and former Social Secretary for Barack Obama’s Administration. But it was not just the speakers and their content serving as the engaging hook; the event featured live music and some original works by The International DJ Casper, along with the fact that the event was held on the roof of the majestic Kimmel Centre at sunset, ensuring an emotive and inspiring set of colours as the backdrop for learning and the perfect party scene.

This July, guests attending iTalk LA can expect to experience the same type of star power! Tickets are currently selling fast. Frank Sinatra’s mansion will serve as the backdrop for leadership development and empowerment in Los Angeles. The International DJ Casper signed to DarkChild Entertainment will be doing a live set to turn up the crowd, all culminating in a truly dope leadership-club “experience” iTalk has termed “Motivational Nightlife.”

The keynote speakers will also be cutting down there talk time to under 10 minutes to allow for better interaction with guests after speaking. iTalk provides three directives to their iTalkers Be Bold (make a strong impact), Be Brief (under10 minutes) Be Gone (get off the stage). The event also covers an array of topics all aimed at increasing those looking at self-improvement and being inspired; Courage, Vision, Change and more.

Although it’s not yet confirmed if Pratt has accepted his invitation to be a keynote speaker, it’s another testament to the enormous international reach iTalk Events attract, and the high calibre of talent their speakers have.

Ultimately, challenging attendees to: think non-traditionally, identify creative solutions to problems and share their own stories, based on their passionate why, is how Jen describes this next exciting ITalk event and the iTalk platform.

For more information go to www.italkevents.com

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Fashion & Beauty,Lifestyle,Media & Communications,U.S

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH ECO FRIENDLY POLICIES – A WINNING FORMULA FOR THE CHARM HOTEL & SPA, BRIGHTON

Located off the seafront in the heart of Brighton’s vibrant Kemptown district, The Charm Hotel & Spa luxury boutique hotel is within walking distance of many of the city’s major attractions, including the Palace Pier, the Royal Pavilion, shopping in the North Laines, the British Airways i360 which gives you a great aerial view of Brighton, the West Pier, the Beach and the SeaLife centre. And for those arriving by train, it’s also a wheelie case friendly 15-minute walk from Brighton station.  The area has plenty of character, with its grand seafront crescents and elegant squares, and there’s a lively village feel, with independent coffee shops, restaurants, wine bars and quirky shops right on its doorstep.
This June, The Charm Hotel & Spa Brighton, the upscale, full-service luxury boutique hotel which was  listed on Traveler's 2017 "Hot List," in the UK - the insider's guide to the newest, hottest hotels, restaurants, spas and nightclubs across the UK is celebrating its 3rd anniversary since it was launched by the Golden Lotus Group as its first property in the City. 
Since then, the Group have bought and renovated the Sea Spray Hotel, Brighton and have moved to extend the Charm Hotel by acquiring the hotel that was next door to the Charm which has had a major refurbishment to add another 9 bedroom suites to the hotel as well as a new Charm Hotel Spa Suite.  It now offers 34 rooms over 4 floors, which range from Compact Doubles to the super-swish sea-view King Balcony Suites. Original features such as elegant marble fireplaces and ceiling cornicing have been blended with luxurious modern touches. There are rich fabrics and wallpapers, gilt mirrors and individual artwork throughout, while guests benefit from organic toiletries, goose feather down pillows and duvets and comfy Hypnos beds. The suites also have Free Wi-Fi, Samsung TVs, Nespresso coffee machines and beautiful freestanding baths.
The Spa is designed for guest enjoyment as well as the local community who are welcome to come in, relax and enjoy. It encompasses a luxurious Steam Room to accommodate guests, clients and romantic couples, top range quality and deluxe Hot Tub in a lush private garden, a manicure/pedicure room as well as a massage treatment space. To complete the Spa Suite the interior focus is on serenity with textured tiling, aqua colours and plants with unique artwork and soft furnishings creating a calming atmosphere to help you chill out and relax. The Spa offers the perfect place to reenergise and rejuvenate and works wonders for those wellbeing, health and fitness goals. You will need to book to avoid disappointment and get the special discount from the Summer Spa package.
The Charm Hotel’s environmental sustainability is championed through eco-friendly policies within the hotels. The group’s philosophy is to become a more environmentally conscious business while technological improvements are allowing it to protect the environment and be economically efficient at the same time. 
“We strive for sustainability across all areas of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) agenda, in environmental sustainability, personal sustainability and community sustainability,” explains General Manager, Leo Nguyen.
FACT FILE:
Bedroom Suites at the Charm Hotel & Spa, Brighton start from £90 and include breakfast which is an impressive affair at the Charm. The buffet selection includes fresh juices, pastries, fruit and waffles, while you can order hot dishes such as eggs Benedict and a full English breakfast off the menu. For the Summer Spa package, the price is £70 (two sharing) with a 30% discount. For more information and to book call the hotel on +44 (0)1273 021 085, visit the www.thecharmbrighton.co.uk, follow the hotel on Facebook@thecharmbrighton.co.uk and on Twitter@charm_hotel.
 
For more on this Press Release please contact AHPR on 07850 736544 or email ambrose@ambroseharcourtpr.co.uk
 
ENDS:
 
NOTES TO EDITORS
The Charm, Brighton is a sensational new luxury boutique hotel, now with a new Spa Suite in the heart of Kemptown, Brighton. The hotel offers designer living in a traditional setting and the recent refurbishment has transformed the 200-year-old building into a stylish and modern hotel with a reassuringly classic ambience. Each room in the elegantly refurbished historic building has been thoughtfully designed to provide all our guests with the most comfortable and restful hotel VIP experience. Our inspirational interior designers have created a delightful and luxurious look and feel, enhanced by ethereal and original artworks in every room.
The Charm – Brighton Boutique Hotel & Spa, 20-21 New Steine, Brighton. BN2 1PD East Sussex. UK Tel +44 (0)1273 021 085 Email – info@thecharmbrighton.co.uk      www.thecharmbrighton.co.uk

 

Relaxing In the Deluxe Hot Tub

 

Inside One of the bedroom suites

 

Perfect place to reenergise and rejuvenate

 

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Actor DAJUAN JOHNSON Soars in Season 5 of Amazon Drama “BOSCH” and Emmy Consideration for ABC's "GREY'S ANATOMY"

Actor DaJuan Johnson soars as Detective Rondell Pierce in Season 5 of Amazon’s Emmy-nominated original police drama series, BOSCH, currently available for streaming. Johnson also secures For Your Emmy® Consideration as ‘Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series’ for his heart-wrenching performance as Garrett Boland on ABC’s mega-hit, GREY’S ANATOMY.

Releasing in April, Season 5 of BOSCH is based on best-selling author Michael Connelly’s 20th book in the long-running series, Two Kinds of Truth. The storyline involves a murder case from Bosch’s past being brought into question and raising issues of police misconduct — which could endanger his entire career. All the while, resident ‘boy scout’ Detective Rondell Pierce (Johnson) gets a new partner, but learns to rely on his own merits this season. Once a newbie himself, Pierce now proves he can hold his own with the big boys.

Earlier this season, Johnson brought audiences to tears emerging in a recurring role as Garrett Boland on ABC’s long-running medical drama series, GREY’S ANATOMY. In the episode “Girlfriend in a Coma,” a distraught Garrett (Johnson) agonizes over the fate of his comatose girlfriend with the fate of their future hinged on a ventilator. As Garrett endures the mental and emotional strain of watching his love take two steps toward progress and then two steps back, that a heartbreaking decision must be made. But before they remove her ventilator and end their time together, Garrett arranges to give the love of his life her wedding under the stars.

Johnson is appreciative of the Awards consideration, but more excited that this storyline has resonated so well with audiences. Johnson adds, “I’ve wanted to be on Grey’s for a very long time for many different roles, but playing Garrett was definitely the role I was supposed to play. I’m beyond humbled that this storyline and character touched so many fans!”

Johnson has built a solid reputation and resume in the industry. Earlier this month, he received accolades for his leading role in the YouTube series, The New 30, which earned a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for ‘Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama’. Fans will also recognize Johnson from his recurring roles on Fox’s action-thriller 24 alongside Kiefer Sutherland and ABC’s hit medical-drama Private Practice opposite Tessa Thompson. Other notable television credits include guest starring appearances on Downward Dog, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Agent Carter, Bones, Close to Home, Criminal Minds, Lincoln Heights, CSI: NY, CSI and Scrubs among others. Johnson also gained attention as a stand-out talent in the MTV bio-pic Pedro, co-starring as Sean Sasser, the supportive boyfriend to AIDS activist Pedro Zamora, who was the first HIV-positive homosexual to appear in a reality show on MTV.

Growing up in Miami, Florida, Johnson realized his passion for acting at an early age while participating in local theatre productions. After receiving dual B.A. degrees in Theatre and English Literature from the University of Florida, he continued his education at Colorado State University obtaining his masters in Higher Education. With this foundation, he moved to Los Angeles where he continues to pursue one of his greatest passions - acting.

DaJuan Johnson is represented by AKA Talent Agency and Untitled Entertainment.

Watch DAJUAN JOHNSON in GREY’S ANATOMY clip: www.DaJuanJohnson.com/FYC
For more visit: DaJuanJohnson.com
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(DaJuan Johnson guest starring on "Grey's Anatomy" / courtesy: ABC)


(DaJuan Johnson guest starring on "Grey's Anatomy" / courtesy: ABC)


(DaJuan Johnson on-set of "Bosch" / Amazon)


(DaJuan Johnson behind-the-scenes of "Bosch" / Amazon)


(actor DaJuan Johnson)

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Accomplished Actress WENDY BRAUN Returns to Netflix Comedy ‘ATYPICAL’ Season 3 and Secures For Your Emmy® Consideration

LOS ANGELES – Actress Wendy Braun reprises her recurring role as the uptight, but well-intentioned ‘Kathy’ in the all-new Season 3 of the celebrated Netflix original series, Atypical. The role has earned Braun Emmy® For Your Consideration status for ‘Outstanding Guest Actress in A Comedy Series’ with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for her work in Season 2.

Created by Robia Rashid, this coming-of-age comedy follows Sam (Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year old on the autistic spectrum who is looking for love and independence. Introduced during the first season, Kathy (Braun) is the leader of the autism parent support group and friend to Sam’s mom, Elsa (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Throughout the second season, Kathy uses her pushy but polite ways to get “something for something” when Elsa needs to find Sam a good therapist. The 10-episode Season 3 is currently shooting and the premiere date has not been announced.

Braun has been receiving raves for her work on the show, including TV.com touting “A standout among the recurring cast is Wendy Braun.”  

“I’m grateful to be part of a show that celebrates inclusion and acceptance, proves that being normal is overrated, and continues the conversation to help break any stigma around autism. It’s so much fun to continually play a character who tries so hard to keep it all together, while things around her are falling apart,” shares Braun.  


(Wendy Braun in "Atypical" / Netflix)

Braun recently wrapped a role on the upcoming second season of the YouTube original series, Liza On Demand. She was offered the role by creators Debon ah Kaplan and Harry Elfond, after working on their previous MTV comedy series, Mary + Jane.

Coming soon, Braun stars in the indie comedy feature, Donny’s Party, as the put-together, self-absorbed matriarch of a highly dysfunctional family. Braun also emerges in a pivotal role in Vital Signs, a semi-autobiographical show created and starring Dr. Dre about his road from rapper to business mogul.

Audiences have been recognizing Braun for years from her standout performances in film and television. She appeared with Ed Helms and Tracy Morgan in the indie comedy film, The Clapper; faced-off with Ellen Pompeo on ABC’s long-standing hit drama Grey’s Anatomy; took on Danny DeVito on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia; and earned laughs with Fred Armisen in IFC’s hit, Documentary Now!

Braun has racked up over 90 film, TV and theater credits, including guest-starring roles on hit shows like The Mentalist, Bones, Criminal Minds, Castle and Navy NCIS; and recurring roles on iCarly and General Hospital, which lead to a contract role in the spin-off, General Hospital: Night Shift. Braun has more than 1000 voice-over credits, including the sexy, snarky undercover agent, Gianna Parasini in the hugely popular video game series, Mass Effect; and alongside SNL alum Bobby Moynihan in Cartoon Network’s animated comedy series, We Bare Bears.

Braun is represented by BRS / Gage Talent Agency; and manager Jason Priluck at Priluck Company.

 

Watch Wendy Braun in ‘Atypical’ For Your Emmy® Consideration: wendybraun.com/fyc

Television Academy Member Viewing Platform: http://view.televisionacademy.com


(Wendy Braun in "Atypical" / Netflix)


(Wendy Braun in "Atypical" / Netflix)


(actress Wendy Braun)


(Wendy Braun on red carpet)

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Luxury boutique hotel, The Charm Hotel & Spa, Brighton gets rave reviews in the UK national press

“Luxury boutique hotel, The Charm Hotel & Spa, Brighton gets rave review in the UK national press.” The UK’s biggest selling newspaper, The Sun travel writer Olivia Brett says the venue is "A bucketful of seaside Charm" with the staff "really making the place."

The Deluxe Hot Tub in a Private Garden at the Charm Spa Suite

She said: " The newly extended refurbished listed hotel and spa is a perfect postcard character without skimping on modern - day luxuries. The upscale rooms have been restored to their original glory, with high ceilings, Victorian cornices, retro chic furniture and quirky art. The King Suite has a sea-view balcony that looks out over the grand crescents and elegant squares.

With the hotel located in the heart of Brighton’s Kemptown and offering a cooked breakfast which is an impressive affair at the Charm with the buffet selection including fresh juices, pastries, fruit and waffles, while you can order hot dishes such as eggs benedict and a full English breakfast off the menu or continental buffet, she invites readers to also try out Brighton’s thriving food scene to provide lunch and dinner including seafood at the Regency and visiting the Fairydust bakery. Brighton’s nightlife is also on the doorstep, less than a minute’s walk to St James Street. The sea is less than a minute away and Brighton Palace Pier beckons as well as the Sealife centre. King George’s extraordinary zany Royal Pavilion is about 5 minutes’ walk away from the hotel and for a stunning bird’s eye view of the City and beyond, there is the British Airways i360 Observation tower. Shopping for clothes, antiques and jewellery is available in the narrow, winding cobbled streets of the North Laines with plenty of restaurants, cafes, bistros, all within walking distance of the Charm.

The King Suite lit up complete with luxurious Comfy Hypnos bed with goose feather down pillows.

The positive review mentions the hotel’s extensive expansion including the addition of Spa facilities, with a steam room, manicure/pedicure room and a deluxe hot tub in a private garden. With a bottle of prosecco, it is perfect for romantic couples or a group of friends to relax before enjoying a night on the tiles in Brighton. These facilities are also open and available to the local community to visit and enjoy. The luxury boutique hotel in the centre of Brighton has been expertly renovated with luxurious, modern details, but still retains its original Victorian charm. General Manager of the Charm Hotel and Spa, Brighton Leo Nguyen said,” We are very delighted with the positive review in the biggest selling national newspaper in the UK. The hotel and spa at the Charm is busy and so is the sister hotel, The Sea Spray just a few doors down the road where customers are also invited to come in and use the facilities available at the Charm, so it’s a good idea to try and book so you will not be disappointed."

The Steam Room in the Spa Suite at the Charm Hotel, Brighton.

The Sun travel writer also asks readers to “Check in and check it out” with rooms starting from £90 to include breakfast. Hour long hot tub or steam room sessions are from £70 per couple. For details, call 01273 021 085 or visit thecharmbrighton.co.uk For more on this Press Release please contact AHPR on (+44) 07850 736544 or email ambrose@ambroseharcourtpr.co.uk

The Charm, Brighton is a sensational new luxury boutique hotel, now with a new Spa Suite in the heart of Kemptown, Brighton. The hotel offers designer living in a traditional setting and the recent refurbishment has transformed the 200-year-old building into a stylish and modern hotel with a reassuringly classic ambience. Each room in the elegantly refurbished historic building has been thoughtfully designed to provide all our guests with the most comfortable and restful hotel VIP experience. Our inspirational interior designers have created a delightful and luxurious look and feel, enhanced by ethereal and original artworks in every room. The Charm – Brighton Boutique Hotel & Spa, 20-21 New Steine, Brighton. BN2 1PD East Sussex. UK Tel +44 (0)1273 021 085 Email – info@thecharmbrighton.co.uk www.thecharmbrighton.co.uk

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Los Angeles Skid Row Artists Explore Question: What Is Your Version of Success in New Docu-Series ‘FROM BOTTOM TO TOP’

LOS ANGELES – The new documentary series, FROM BOTTOM TO TOP, brings together Skid Row artists, emerging and celebrity artists to explore: What is your version of success?

Available now on Amazon.com, Filmmakers Bel Deliá and Annalea Fiachi are on a mission to uncover the highs and lows of being an artist. The result is an 8-episode humanitarian docu-series that delivers a new form of inspiration, uncovering words of wisdom from the heart of Skid Row.

Each ‘bite-sized’ installment showcases a lively one-on-one conversation between an emerging or celebrity artist and an artist from the non-profit The People Concern’s Studio 526, an arts program in Los Angeles’ Skid Row neighbourhood available to the community and those affected by homelessness — Studio 526 is rooted in the understanding that equitable access to arts and cultural spaces is a fundamental human right for all. ­­­

FROM BOTTOM TO TOP looks beyond the art that inspires you, to the artist behind it. Whether a musician from Skid Row, an art student, an acclaimed A-List actor, an emerging director or writer, the series examines what makes us tick, what makes us human and in turn what connects us all.

Some of the featured artist pairings include:

--   Actress/Director Emma Bell (Scratch, The Walking Dead, Dallas) with Musician the late Franc Foster of Franc’s Melting Pot
--   Indie folk Singer/Songwriter Sunny War with DJ “Sir Oliver”
--   Painter/Artist Linda Leigh with Actress Jaime Slater (Daredevil)
--   Actress Alyson Reed (High School Musical) with Artist Hugo Gonzalez
--   Comedian/Actress Amy Anderson with Actress/Singer Christina C. (Urban Voices Choir, LA Poverty Department Theatre Co)
--   Artist/Filmmaker Vicki Maturo with genre Director Mike Mendez (Don’t Kill It, Masters of Horror)
--   Dancer/Choreographer Essence Florie with Painter/Artist Garrison A.
-- Artist Antonio Holguin with veteran Singer/Producer/Performer dubbed ‘The Ambassador of Soul’ Ellis Hall Jr.

Deliá began developing the project in 2016 with a specific focus, explaining “The goal is to build an awareness that homelessness is not an identity, it is not who you are, who you are is a dancer, a singer, a musician, a painter, a member of the greater community. Once we can appreciate that, we can all address the crisis of homelessness together.”

Deliá and Fiachi, artists themselves, bonded over their shared love of acting and filmmaking. Passionate about the creative arts, they ran a charity penny drive together for two years consecutive, raising funds for Studio 526’s arts program then called Lamp Arts Program back in 2013 and 2014.

FROM BOTTOM TO TOP is available for streaming on Amazon.com and Amazon Prime in the U.S. and U.K. -- direct link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QG53Y5Z/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp__kklTCbDVHM960

 For more about FROM BOTTOM TO TOP visit: www.FromBottomToTop.org

 

('From Bottom to Top' - pictured: Emma Bell and Franc Foster)

('From Bottom to Top' - pictured: Sunny War and “Sir Oliver”)

('From Bottom to Top' - pictured: Linda Leigh  and Jaime Slater)

'From Bottom to Top' Filmmakers - pictured: Bel Deliá (R) and Annalea Fiachi (L)

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Filmmaker / Actress ANGELA MATEMOTJA Awarded BEST INSPIRATIONAL FEATURE for ‘ELEVATE’ at Golden State Film Festival

LOS ANGELES – Award-winning filmmaker and actress Angela Matemotja earns ‘Best Inspirational Feature’ award for her feature film debut, ELEVATE, at the 2019 Golden State Film Festival awards ceremony which took place at TCL Chinese Theatre.

Writing, directing and starring in ELEVATE, Matemotja delivers a drama of intertwining stories about people who must fight to overcome their struggles with homophobia, food addiction and racism. Matemotja shares, “Winning Best Inspirational Feature is such an honor and is in complete alignment with my mission: creating a cinematic culture of compassion, one story at a time. Thank you Peter Greene and Jon Gursha for this wonderful accolade.”

On April 20th, ELEVATE will screen as the final Official Selection at The Women’s International Film Festival San Diego. Hosted by the Women’s Museum of California, the festival provides female storytellers a platform to share their work and connect with each other amongst a uniquely supportive audience.

Matemotja shares, “I am so touched that we are the final screening and only feature film playing at this special festival. This is a true honor and I can’t wait to view and discuss ELEVATE with other women considering our film was written, produced, directed, scored and stars mostly women. This is more than I could have ever hoped for.”

The film has been gaining momentum with international audiences as well, screening most recently in South Africa on International Womens’ Day, where during a robust panel one audience member asked Matemotja: Did you know about the #MeToo movement at the time you were filming?

Earlier this year, Matemotja earned the ‘Best Director’ award at the U.K.’s LGBTQ focused Rainbow Umbrella Film Festival and the ‘Female Pioneer Award’ at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival in Los Angeles. Prior to this, the film earned an Award of Merit for Best Feature Film and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Matemotja) from the Accolade Global Film Competition.

ELEVATE delivers a drama of intertwining stories about people who must fight to overcome their struggles with homophobia, food addiction and racism. The story follows Trina, an overweight elevator switchboard operator who desperately tries to accomplish just one day of healthy eating. Overwhelmed by her abusive boss and by the trapped elevator occupants that reach out to her for help, her fitness guru provides the inspiration and escape that she craves – or does she? Ultimately, all of the occupants in this trapped world find themselves caught face-to-face with their inner demons.

The film also stars Brianna Brown (CW’S Dynasty), Kit Williamson (creator/star of award-winning and Emmy nominated LGBTQ series Eastsiders), Alexis Carra (Latina star of ABC’s Mixology) and Matemotja (Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club). To produce the film, Matemotja turned to Dele Ogundiran, who is also African, and Brown, who is the CEO of the non-profit The New Hollywood, which is dedicated to supporting socially conscious storytellers and change makers.

 

ELEVATE – The Women’s International Film Festival San Diego
Location:  79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
Date/Time: Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 7:00pm
Details: ***Q and A panel with Angela Matemotja immediately following the screening.
Tickets https://www.womensfilmfestivalsandiego.com/passes

For more about ELEVATE visit: ElevateFilm.com

(ELEVATE cast at Golden State Film Festival 2019)

(Angela Matemotja accepts 'Best Inspirational Feature' for ELEVATE at Golden State Film Festival - alongside festival Directors Jon Gursha and Peter Greene)

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Celebrated Filmmaker / Actress ANGELA MATEMOTJA Brings ‘ELEVATE’ to Golden State Film Festival at TCL Chinese Theatre

LOS ANGELES – Award-winning filmmaker and actress Angela Matemotja brings her internationally celebrated feature film ELEVATE to the iconic TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood as part of the Golden State Film Festival on March 25th.

The film screens as an ‘Official Selection’ on the heels of playing in South Africa at the Rapid Lion Film Festival and on International Womens' Day last week. Matemotja earned the ‘Best Director’ award at the U.K.’s LGBTQ focused Rainbow Umbrella Film Festival and the ‘Female Pioneer Award’ at the DTLA Film Festival in Los Angeles. Prior to this, the film earned an Award of Merit for Best Feature Film and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Matemotja) from the Accolade Global Film Competition.

As writer, director and star of the film, Matemotja is now thrilled to take it to the famed Chinese Theatre for its final festival, adding “I am so grateful and excited to be screening at this incredible venue. This is the perfect place to have our final Los Angeles Film Festival screening -- this is a dream come true!”

ELEVATE delivers a drama of intertwining stories about people who must fight to overcome their struggles with homophobia, food addiction and racism. The story follows Trina, an overweight elevator switchboard operator who desperately tries to accomplish just one day of healthy eating. Overwhelmed by her abusive boss and by the trapped elevator occupants that reach out to her for help, her fitness guru provides the inspiration and escape that she craves – or does she? Ultimately, all of the occupants in this trapped world find themselves caught face-to-face with their inner demons.

The film also stars Brianna Brown (CW’S Dynasty), Kit Williamson (creator/star of award-winning and Emmy nominated LGBTQ series Eastsiders), Alexis Carra (Latina star of ABC’s Mixology) and Matemotja (Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club). To produce the film, Matemotja turned to Dele Ogundiran, who is also African, and Brown, who is the CEO of the non-profit The New Hollywood, which is dedicated to supporting socially conscious storytellers and changemakers.

As an actress, Matemotja has appeared on screens big and small. Her notable feature film credits include the role of ‘Christina’ in Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club and alongside Kevin Hart in the indie comedy film Something Like A Business. Her television roles include appearances on the CBS mega-hit comedy How I Met Your Mother, Amazon’s top cop-drama Bosch, ABC’s long-running series Castle and edgy sitcom Don’t Trust The B…, and Ryan Murphy’s modern laugher The New Normal on NBC.

Behind the camera, Matemotja earned an NAACP Award nomination for directing the stage play Sunshine For a Midnight Weary. Her first short film as writer/director, The Encounter, screened at over 30 international film festivals, earning the Grand Jury Award at the White Sands Int’l FF, Honorable Mention at Toronto CommFFest and nominations for Best Short Film at SoCal FF, SOHO FF and Long Island Int’l Film Expo. Her second short, The Untimely Concurrence, won Best LGBTQ Film at AOF FF, San Francisco Black FF and San Diego Black FF, and the Silver Screen Award for Best Short Film at the Nevada Int’l FF. In addition, her screenplay Drunk Book was awarded Best Comedy Short for the written word competition at AOF FF.

ELEVATE – Golden State Film Festival
Location: TCL Chinese Theatre (6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA)
Date/Time: Monday, March 25, 2019 at 9:30pm
Details: Matemotja along with stars Brianna Brown and Alexis Carra will be in attendance along with the rest of the cast and crew.
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/golden-state-film-festival-tickets-54491730232

For more about ELEVATE visit: www.ElevateFilm.com

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Jessica Ross to Take Center Stage With Renowned Business Professionals During iTalk’s April 12th Debut at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia

Join Jen Montague, Desiree Rogers, and leaders from BET-VIACOM, Comcast, Brightside, Darkchild Entertainment etc. on Friday., April 12th from 6-9 p.m. on the rooftop of the Kimmel Center for “iTalk”. A night where pop culture, leadership content and stage drama collide. Speakers include; Desiree Rogers, former social secretary Barack Obama Administration and former CEO of Johnson Publishing overseeing Ebony & JET Magazines,Tom Spann, founding CEO Accolade Benefits Co, current CEO Brightside, Stephen Hoelper, Vice President of Product Innovation Comcast Cable, Meisha Johnson former anchor CBS Philly, Jessica Ross, Beverly Hills Actress, Publicist, TV Host, Robert T Bey, Chairman of the National Urban American Asia Trade Foundation, Andrea Agnew, Executive Director Change Acceleration Comcast Cable, Keith Donnell, President, Modern Wealth Concepts LLC. Original Music produced by The International DJ Casper, DarkChild Music Label.

The program opens on the roof of the Kimmel Center amidst a club-like night life scene. Guests will enjoy cocktails and mingling at sunset while listening to original music produced by the acclaimed International DJ Casper. As the sun sets on Philadelphia, the glass enclosed Kimmel roof top will begin to glow in various colors on all four sides, reinforcing the club-like party feel. The audience will take their seats, which are staged in non-traditional angles and positions across the rooftop dome. Attendees will experience an opening 9-minute monologue given by Sr. Producer and Creative Director Jen Montague titled “Courage” which will be delivered from the audience. Then, very strong, stark transitions involving music, sound, lighting and set moves preventing the “usual” applause, will push the show into rapid motion. Attendees will experience 9-minute iTalks, one after another, centered on Vision, Change Acceleration, Endurance-given by headliner Ms. Desiree Rogers and finally Challenge. Special effects and interruptions reinforcing the merge of pop culture, leadership and stage are continuously introduced challenging leaders to examine themselves, their purpose, their talent through a different lens. But we won’t got into detail... you’ll have to see it for yourself!

Fashion and Music infuse with iTalk. World renowned pop culture contemporary painter commissioned to paint Pope Francis in Philadelphia, Milou Perry will create artistic masterpieces for the audience to witness while on stage. Pamela Quinzi, Oscars Awards Celebrity Fashion Designer will spice up the event with her hand crafted, custom designed fashion creations.

Jessica Ross will be speaking about Change Acceleration for her iTalk. “In order to succeed in acting or any related field you have to take huge risks and make sacrifices in both your personal and professional life. From working as a publicist, I also learned how important is to build relationships with media, take control of your career, create your own success, and develop your social media presence without relying on agents or managers. I am excited about the opportunity to be a part of the debut iTalk and look forward to sharing my experiences with everyone”.

Follow Jessica Ross at https://www.instagram.com/jessicarossofficial/ .Register for iTalk at www.iTalkEvents.com

 

 

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Actress MOLLY RATERMANN Meets Grief and Trauma Starring in Dramatic Indie Feature ‘BRING ME AN AVOCADO’

SAN FRANCISCO - Actress Molly Ratermann meets grief and trauma head-on starring in the compelling dramatic indie feature, BRING ME AN AVOCADO, making its World Premiere at the CINEQUEST Film Festival on March 8, 2019.

Early on, the project was a finalist in Seed & Spark’s 2017 inaugural Hometown Heroes rally, where it was one of 5 films awarded a grant by respected filmmakers The Duplass Brothers. Now, The Mercury News touts the completed film as a world premiere that “shouldn’t be missed”.

Written and directed by Maria Mealla, this tragic story chronicles how a family and friends must cope after a horrific shooting leaves a young mother in a coma. As her sister Greece (Ratermann) and best friend Jada step in to help George maintain a sense of normalcy for his daughters, they all struggle to adapt in her absence. As time passes, everyone is forced to face their own grief and trauma in an overbearing routine that reveals the worst in all of them.

In recent years, Ratermann has established herself as an award-winning actress and filmmaker on the indie scene. She earned ‘Best Actress’ awards at the LA Film Awards, Studio City Int. Film Festival, International Independent Film Festival, Indiefest, and the Actors Awards, among others. Ratermann is a skilled actress having trained in Los Angeles and New York at Seydways Studios, Upright Citizens Brigade and Beverly Hills Playhouse.

Under her Little Hand Productions banner, this San Francisco born multi-talent has gained international attention for creating and starring in dark comedies which shed light on important social issues. The most notable is her mental health extended short film, Suicide, which earned 20 awards at over 25 festivals worldwide and was selected for Filmmaker Spotlight by ShortsTV and earned distribution on Amazon, DirecTV and other platforms throughout the U.S. and Europe. Her performance has been heralded as “organic, profound and touching” (Actors Awards) and “immediately humorous and lovable...10/10” (LA Film Awards).

Ratermann followed it up creating and starring in the daring short, Lizze Lost, which earned accolades for dealing with the complexity of unrequited gay-straight love, isolation, and a life changing cancer diagnosis. As a director, Ratermann helmed the dramedy web series, For Your Birthday, which dives into the realm of inner family matters; and the upcoming comedy-drama web series, Commune, highlighting social issues in the African-American community and flaws in the judicial system.

Molly Ratermann is represented by Scott Carlson Entertainment and Mazlea Talent Agency.

BRING ME AN AVOCADO – CINEQUEST Film Festival in San Jose, California
World Premiere: March 8th at 7:15 pm at Hammer Theatre
Additional Screenings: March 10 at 1:05 pm and March 16 at 12:15 pm at Century 20; March 17 at 10:45 am at California Theatre.
More info: https://www.cinequest.org

For more about MOLLY RATERMANN visit: www.MollyRatermann.com

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Columbus Ohio Entrepreneur Opens First Advanced Esthetics School in Midwest

Columbus-based spa owner and beauty expert, Jaclyn Peresetsky, announced today that she is opening the first advanced esthetics school in the Midwest in March of 2019. Skin Perfect University is located at 725 Buckles Court, Gahanna, Ohio, 43230, by John Glenn Airport. It is poised to pick up where beauty schools leave off by offering a roster of advanced classes for accredited estheticians including makeup techniques, permanent makeup, chemical peels, dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, nutrition for skincare, microcurrent, nanocurrent, cryotherapy, ultrasound, radio frequency, color analysis, and much more. Estheticians can earn CEUs by attending classes at Skin Perfect University or take classes to advance their knowledge.

“There are 160 beauty schools in Ohio and none of them offer this kind of advanced training,” said Peresetsky. “In speaking with many of these schools, I have learned how much this kind of education is missing from our industry. I’m thrilled to see how excited they are to have this advanced training available for their graduates right here in Ohio. It makes it easier to keep and grow great talent right here in the midwest.”

The school occupies 3200 square feet and is designed to give students the advanced education they need to succeed and the spa experience that allows them to learn the culture and experience of a professional clinical spa. The space includes: 

  •     five treatment rooms
  •     a large theory room
  •     a large clinical training room
  •     a makeup and color studio
  •     a skin analysis room
  •     a concierge and reception space

Skin Perfect University will employ seven staff including esthetics instructors and ColoreMe Perfect Color Analysis Consultants. Peresetsky also owns Skin Perfect Image Wellness Spa and is the creator of the ColoreMe Perfect Color analysis process and cosmetics line, as well as the Skin Perfect skin care line.

“My passion has always been educating clients and estheticians about skin care, color analysis, and beauty,” said Peresetsky. “After speaking at beauty conferences across the United States for the last several years, I understand what education estheticians need to further their careers, and I’m thrilled to be able to help advance the professionalism of our industry by offering it.”

The grand opening party on March 22 will host licensed estheticians and spa owners who will hear from Jaclyn about the school, receive a facility tour, experience product and service demonstrations, and leave with a goodie bag. International industry publications including Skin, Inc. Magazine, Les Nouvelles Esthétiques & Spa Magazine, and Dermascope Magazine will also be in attendance.

For more information, please visit http://www.SkinPerfectUniversity.com.

About Skin Perfect University

Skin Perfect University (SPU), located in Columbus, Ohio, was created by Jaclyn Peresetsky for the estheticians, cosmetologists, nurses, skin care specialists, spa and salon owners who want advanced training in esthetics, skin care, and makeup. Clinical and medical esthetics are career specialties that demand for a higher level of knowledge than just basic esthetics. SPU education is designed for an interactive, hands-on learning experience for licensed professionals who are passionate about achieving results and wellness in skincare. http://www.SkinPerfectUniversity.com

About Jaclyn Peresetsky

Master esthetician, author, speaker, and noted color expert, Jaclyn Peresetsky, is the founder of Skin Perfect University, Skin Perfect Spas, ColoreMe Perfect Cosmetics and Analysis, and Skin Perfect Skin Care. You can usually find Jaclyn at one of her three Skin Perfect Spa locations, traveling to train spas on her cosmetics and skin care lines, speaking at an industry conference, or sharing beauty tips on television.

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More Than Just Great Dancing to Lead YPAD and YPAG Advocacy Programs

More Than Just Great Dancing®, an international dance studio affiliation program led by Misty Lown, has acquired Youth Protection Advocates in Dance and Youth Protection Advocates in Gymnastics to grow their missions to keep youth happy, healthy and safe in dance and gymnastics.

Founders of YPAD and YPAG, Leslie Scott and Joseph Zanovitch, selected Misty Lown and MTJGD after working closely together for the past four years. Misty Lown’s studio, Misty’s Dance Unlimited, was YPAD’s first Visionary Sponsor and first certified studio, and MTJGD became YPAD’s first certified organization.

“While the decision to grow, and thereby pass along, our youth advocacy programs was difficult, selecting Misty Lown and MTJGD was easy,” said Scott. “Misty’s philosophy and values match ours and her commitment to the mission is undeniable.”

The transfer is effective January 29, 2019.

Scott and Zanovitch founded YPAD in 2012, and YPAG formed soon thereafter. Scott said certification contributors, doctors, therapists and specialists who developed the advocacy programs’ educational content will stay on to work with MTJGD through YPAD and YPAG advisory panels.

“We want to assure all studios in process of becoming certified, and all certified studios and organizations that are up for renewal, they will still have that opportunity along with the support and care from the MTJGD team,” said Scott.

Zanovitch said people with questions are welcome to contact them at info@ypad4change.org or by telephone next week. (Zanovitch and Scott are teaching this week at Studio Owner University in Palm Springs, California.)

To see Scott and Zanovitch’s full announcement, visit https://youtu.be/k4BPUdtzA40.

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Lifestyle,News & Current Affairs

Mobile Technologies Inc. (MTI) and GBS Corp. Deliver Tablet Mobility Solutions That Increase Patient Engagement

Mobile Technologies Inc. (MTI), a global leader in tablet mobility solutions for healthcare, and GBS Corp., a leading information solutions provider, today announced a partnership that offers a simplified technology approach for collecting patient signatures, photos, and scanned ID cards. By utilizing MTI’s Enterprise Tablet Pro™ Tablet Kiosk and GBS’s EasySIGN software, healthcare providers can quickly process patients and ensure that forms and consents are electronically signed and stored in the EHR for safekeeping. “Companies like GBS are changing the way information is captured, tracked, and stored,” said Matt Haroldson, VP International Sales and Marketing for MTI. “Healthcare providers and facilities are moving fast to adopt tablet mobility technologies in areas of patient registration, consent form tracking, and post care instructions. MTI is on the leading edge for tablet kiosk innovations that helps bring all the technologies together.”

In today’s world of hospital - patient relationships, there is much to track, report, and validate for even just a single appointment or visit. With each engagement comes the opportunity to delight or disappoint a patient as well as expose the hospital to increased liability and low satisfaction or compliance scores. “Traditional methods of lengthy forms, confusing pre-visit consent and sign offs result in increased errors, rescheduled appointments, increased costs, and a poor experience for patients,” said Enoch Seward, Senior Account Executive for GBS. “For the best news, our results are impressive and immediate! As an example, a hospital in Tennessee saw an increase in Compliance Scores to 100% within the first 30 days of using the GBS Corp. EasySIGN® solution, which was deployed on the ArmorActive Enterprise Tablet Pro™ Kiosk and RapidDoc™ Kiosk hardware. These hardware devices withstand the rugged healthcare environment by providing a high level of security, tablet detachability, and multiple accessory integration points, including payment processing.”

Attending HIMSS 2019 February 12-14th in Orlando, FL?

Visit MTI / ArmorActive Booth # 4375 
https://himss19.mapyourshow.com/7_0/exhibitor/exhibitor-details.cfm?ExhID=22544

About MTI / ArmorActive 
Mobile Technologies Inc. (MTI) / ArmorActive, specializes in multi-purpose hardware solutions that allow tablet deployments for business. They manufacture equipment that increases the security, accessibility, mobility, and engagement level of tablets for every major business application.

For more information, please visit: https://mtigs.com/tablet-mobility/ 
Follow MTI / ArmorActive on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/mti_2

About GBS Corp. 
Since 1971, GBS Corp. has specialized in providing healthcare organizations maximum practice efficiency by integrating and automating all phases of clinical, financial, and administrative operations both in the Acute and Ambulatory locations. GBS currently services over 30,000 healthcare professionals nationwide through more than 2,500 software installations. GBS offers numerous solutions, some of which include the following core offerings: 

  • Revenue Cycle Management
  • Patient ID with Electronic Signature
  • Patient Experience – Smartphone Surveys
  • Patient Engagement/Reporting
  • Consumables (labels and wristbands)    
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Population Health
  • Consulting Services
  • Hardware, Infrastructure
  • Security Risk Assessments

For more information, please visit: 

Posted in: Health & Medicine,Lifestyle,Technology

Children's Formal Attire - Girls Christening Gowns and Boys Christening Outfits for That Important Day

Christenings, baptisms, and baby blessings are one of the most important steps a child takes in its infancy. This significant step is a time when a child gets its name and when Godparents are chosen. Most importantly this event is an outward expression of the commitment being made to raise your child in the knowledge and practices of your Christian faith.

Because of this important life moment, this is why Children’s Formal Attire offers girls christening gowns and boys christening outfits. Our gowns and outfits are high quality heirloom christening gowns that will make your baby glow on his or her important day. Here are some of the gowns and outfits we offer:

Girls Christening Gowns

Girls White Silk Dupioni Christening-Baptism Gown with Hand Embroidery: This beautiful silk dress has hand embroidery on the bodice and skirt. It’s a 33” length gown made with silk dupioni. This gown is available in sizes ranging from - 3 months (0-3 months); 6 months (3-6 months); and 12 months (6-12 months).

Girls Cotton Christening Gown with Italian Lace: This gown is handmade with 100% cotton with intricate Venice/Italian lace on the bodice and hem. It’s a 26” length gown that is available in the following sizes - Newborn (birth-7lbs); 3 months (0-3 months); 6 months (3-6 months); 12 months (6-12 months); 18 months (12-18 months); and 24 months (18-24 months).

Girls White Cotton Short Sleeve Christening-Baptism Gown with Hand Embroidery: This 100% cotton baptism dress is 33” in length. It features hand embroidery, pin tucking, and lace on the collar, bodice, and hemline. It also comes with a matching bonnet. We offer this dress in the following sizes - 3 months (0-3 months); 6 months (3-6 months); 12 months (6-12 months); 18 months (12-18 months); and 24 months (18-24 months).

Boys Christening Outfits

Boys Silk Dupioni Christening-Baptism One Piece Romper with Sailor Collar and Hat: This handsome nautical knicker themed christening outfit is made with silk dupioni that features a broad collar and tie. Included with this outfit is a matching hat. This outfit is available in the following sizes - 3 months (0-3 months); 6 months (3-6 months); and 12 months (6-12 months).

Boys Cotton Smocked Baptism White Romper: This boy’s outfit is made with 100% cotton that is a romper style outfit with pin tucking. It also comes with a matching hat. We offer this in the following sizes - 3 months (0-3 months) 6 months (3-6 months); and 12 months (6-12 months).

Boys Long Sleeve Christening Baptism Cotton Coverall: This long-sleeved coverall baptism outfit for boys features a hand smocked front panel, pin tucking, and is handmade with 100% cotton. It comes in the following sizes - 3 months (0-3 months); 6 months (3-6 months); 12 months (6-12 months); and 24 months (18-24 months).

Our christening gowns and outfits are made with the highest quality of fabrics. These gowns and outfits will put your daughter or son at the center of attention on her or his christening day.

About Children’s Formal Attire:

Children’s Formal Attire is a family run online e-commerce store that specializes in high quality formal wear for children.

Posted in: Fashion & Beauty,Lifestyle,Shopping & Deal

Moddern Marketing Named Top 100 Healthcare Agency in North America by MM&M

Moddern Marketing (Moddern), an award-winning independently-owned integrated marketing agency, has been honored as one of the Top 100 Healthcare Agencies in North America by Medical Marketing & Media (MM&M), one of the nation's leading business publications serving the executive healthcare market.

Moddern has had a sustained run of growth in the healthcare sector since 2013, when it won its first health supplement client. Since then, the agency has added numerous national healthcare and health-related client business in medical devices, infant nutrition, advanced wound care, nerve stimulation, menopause relief, and marketing for orthopedic device distribution. moddern is especially well-versed in the spine sector and has a specialty in marketing ambulatory surgical centers. This is the first time the agency has been honored by MM&M with the Top 100 Healthcare Agencies in North America award.

“It's a real honor for moddern to be named a Healthcare Agency of the year by MM&M. While we’ve been focused on our client business, it’s very rewarding to be recognized in this way for what we’ve accomplished on their behalf,” said Mark Kolier, co-founder and Managing Director of moddern.“From the beginning, we’ve been working diligently to tell the client story in a practical way, and to deliver observable results. It’s exciting for our team to be recognized in this way for the work we do every day.”

MM&M was first published in 1966 as Medical Marketing & Media, and today produces an essential mix of online breaking news and analysis combined with monthly print features. The content is designed for an executive audience of leaders and thinkers who work in pharma, medical devices, diagnostics, and greater healthcare marketing. Every year, the magazine produces several lists, conferences and events, and compiles an annual Agency Issue that features profiles of the top 100 healthcare marketing agencies in North America. It also runs the industry’s premier awards program, the MM&M awards, which celebrate creativity and effectiveness in healthcare marketing. Its parent company is Haymarket Media.

Moddern Marketing is an integrated marketing services agency based in New York City. With roots in direct marketing, the agency is focused on delivering strategy, creative, and media services in both online and offline environments with a watchful eye on effectiveness and driving measurable results. While moddern has clients in a variety of sectors, it began focusing on healthcare in 2013, and has since recruited against that discipline, while growing its client roster.

Posted in: Business,Education,Health & Medicine,Lifestyle,News & Current Affairs

Celebrity Fitness Trainer Jon GalloAnnounces Health and Wellness ProgramTo Benefit N.J. Municipal Employees

Celebrity fitness pro and author Jon Douglas Gallo is now offering his famous health and wellness services to New Jersey townships.

Gallo, President of “Now I'm Fit,” created a unique Stretch and Flex Advantage (SAFA) program, which has already helped many corporations promote a safer, healthier, and more productive workplace. Gallo’s motto is “Educate, Inspire, and Transform,” and that’s the overall goal of the SAFA program he now intends to offer to municipalities throughout the region. As he explains, “We have been working with the townships of South Brunswick, North Brunswick, Milltown, and Old Bridge. That gave us an opportunity to refine the program and tailor it specifically to the needs of townships.” 


SAFA benefits include improved workplace morale; reduction in injuries and absenteeism; lower health care costs; longer retention of employees, and enhanced attraction for new employee recruitment. SAFA promotes stress reduction, increased flexibility and agility, and overall fitness. Long term results typically include improved cardiovascular health and sleep, weight management, lower blood pressure, less fatigue on the job, and sharper cognition. SAFA provides added protection against diabetes, heart disease, obesity, arthritis, and other chronic and potentially life-threatening conditions.

“The Director of Human Resources and Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Health and Wellness Council for the Township of Old Bridge met with me recently,” Gallo reported. “We discussed the benefits that township employees could derive if SAFA was integrated into the Old Bridge Employee Wellness Initiative program. Township employees protect our health, safety, and wellbeing every day of the year. So we feel obligated to give back to them by making sure that their own lives are longer, healthier, and happier, too.” 


Townships and their citizens rely on a healthy workforce to provide essential and critical services, 24/7. A municipal health and wellness program based on the proven effectiveness of SAFA can provide that, at an affordable price point. SAFA may quickly pay for itself through a measurable reduction in financial overhead and potential liability for townships and taxpayers. Enthusiasm for SAFA is growing and now Gallo hopes to implement it statewide, to promote greater health and wellness within New Jersey’s entire public service community. For the past two years Gallo has been a public service volunteer himself, as an active member of the local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). He also joined the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce two years ago and has been invited to be panelist at the upcoming New Jersey Human Resources Summit. Gallo is a NJ Licensed Medical Massage Therapist and Nationally Certified Personal Trainer with AFAA. 
For more information contact Info@NowImFit.com or Call 347.926.3410 http://www.NowImFit.com

Posted in: Health & Medicine,Lifestyle,News & Current Affairs

The Beryl Institute Announces 3 Newly Aligned Patient Experience Boards

Strengthening its dedication to the growth of the patient experience across the continuum of care, The Beryl Institute announces three newly aligned patient experience boards: Strategic Advisory BoardPatient Experience (PX) Advisory Board and the Solutions Advisory Board. - Joining the Institute’s existing Global Patient and Family Advisory Board, the newly aligned boards bring valuable insights to guide the Institute forward as the independent, central voice and global community of practice for the experience movement.

The Strategic Advisory Board serves as a key advisor to operations of the Institute. The board provides practical advice on strategy, growth opportunities and future plans, along with valuable insights into market and industry trends. The Strategic Advisory Board members include: 

  • Michael Bennick, MD, Medical Director of the Patient Experience, Chairman, Patient Experience Council, Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Joanne Carrocino, President and CEO, Cape Regional Medical Center
  • Neil Churchill, Director for Patient Experience, Participation and Equalities, NHS, England
  • Rick Evans, SVP and Chief Experience Officer, New York-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Sven Gierlinger, Chief Experience Officer, Northwell Health
  • Pam Guler, CPXP, Vice President, Chief Experience Officer, Advent Health
  • Wendy Leebov, Partner, Language of Caring
  • Victoria Niederhauser, PhD, Dean & Professor, University of Tennessee Knoxville, College of Nursing
  • Dan Prince, Vice President, Healthcare, SMG
  • Colleen Sweeney, Founder, Sweeney Healthcare Enterprises

The Patient Experience (PX) Advisory Board members provide insights and input on the direction of the Institute and review the Institute's current resources, offering suggestions on new opportunities and areas of focus. The purpose of this group is to ensure the Institute maintains its focus on the topics of greatest importance to healthcare leaders and has a finger on the pulse of the critical issues influencing patient experience efforts. The PX Advisory Board members include:

Co Chairs: 

  • Sven Gierlinger, Chief Experience Officer, Northwell Health, New Hyde Park
  • Pam Guler, CPXP, Vice President, Chief Experience Officer, AdventHealth, Altamonte Springs, FL

Board Members: 

  • Tena Alonzo, Director, Education and Research, Director Comfort Matters, Beatitudes Campus, Phoenix, AZ
  • Marcelo Alvarenga, CPXP, Chief Experience Officer, São Paulo, Brazil
  • “Dexter” Janet Borrowman, CPXP, Director, Care Experience, Maui Health System Affiliated w/Kaiser Permanente, Wailuku, HI
  • Nicole Cable, CPXP, Chief Experience Officer, Innovacare Health, Fort Lee, NJ
  • Kate Clarke, Manager, Patient Relations/Interpreter Services, Northwestern Medicine, Winfield, IL
  • Kathi Cox, Senior Vice President, Integrated Experience, Texas Health Resources, Arlington, TX
  • Bryanna Gallaway, CPXP, System Director, Patient and Family Engagement, Sutter Health, San Mateo, CA
  • Kevin Hill, CPXP, Director, Office of Experience, Vidant Health, Greenville, NC
  • Joan Kelley, Chief Experience Officer, Yale New Haven Health, New Haven, CT
  • Tammy Marshall, Chief Experience Officer, Thrive Senior Living, Atlanta, GA
  • CJ Merrill, Patient Experience Officer, Mission Health System, Asheville, NC
  • Tony Padilla, Vice President, Patient Experience, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
  • Elizabeth Paskas, Vice President, Human Experience, Hackensack Meridian Health, Edison, NJ
  • Kim Pedersen, CPXP, Director, Patient Relations, MarianJoy Rehabilitations Center, Wheaton, IL
  • Jennifer Purdy, Executive Director for VA Patient Experience, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, VEO, Washington, DC
  • Walter Rojenko, CPXP, Director Customer Care, Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, Maple, Ontario Canada
  • Sandra Rush, Senior Director, Patient Experience, Dignity Health, Henderson, NV
  • Carol Santalucia, Director, Business Development, Patient Experience, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

The Solutions Advisory Board serves to integrate market intelligence and insights into the strategic and tactical direction of the Institute. The Solutions Advisory Board ensures a breadth of innovative insights from the healthcare marketplace to inform the strategic direction and resource offerings of the Institute. The Board will review the Institute’s areas of focus and current resources and offer suggestions on new opportunities and topics of interest ensuring the Institute maintains a leading-edge perspective on the patient experience. The Solutions Advisory Board members include:

Co Chairs: 

  • Dan Prince, Vice President, Healthcare, SMG, Nashville, TN
  • Colleen Sweeney, Founder, Sweeney Healthcare Enterprises, Apollo Beach, FL

Board Members: 

  • Samir Batra, Founder & CEO, BAHA Enterprises, Campbell, CA
  • Richard Corder, Partner, Wellesley Partners, Ltd., Ipswich, MA
  • Anne Freeman, Consultant, Press Ganey Associates, Inc., La Mirada, CA
  • Janiece Gray, CEO, Founding Partner, DTA Associates, Inc., Edina, MNN
  • Senem Guney, Founder & Chief Patient Experience Officer, NarrativeDx, Austin, TX
  • Joe Inguanzo, President and CEO, Professional Research Consultants, Inc. Omaha, NE
  • Gautum Mahtani, Founder and CEO, Care Experience LP, Dallas, TX
  • Susan Mazer, Presider/CEO, Healing Healthcare Systems, Reno, NV
  • Jake Poore, President and Chief Experience Officer, Integrated Loyalty Systems LLC, Orlando, FL
  • Avi Ratnanesan, CEO, Energesse, Bondi Junction, New South Wales, Australia
  • Mary Beth Resimisius, Business Leader, Healthcare Experience Solutions, McCall, ID
  • Bill Roberts, VP of Sales, ImageFIRST Healthcare Laundry Specialists, King of Prussia, PA
  • Ed Shin, CEO Quality Reviews, Inc., New York, NY
  • Dorothy Sisneros, Partner, Language of Caring, Washington, DC
  • Eileen Smith, Vice President, Marketing, GetWell Network, Bethesda, MD
  • Tim Travis, Co-Founder and President, Truthpoint, Eden Prairies, MN
  • Ralph Wiegner, Head of Improving Patient Experience, Siemens, Healthineers, Erlangen, Bavaria Germany

To view the list of members and learn more about The Beryl Institute’s Patient Experience boards and councils, visit: https://www.theberylinstitute.org/page/BOARDSCOUNCILS

About The Beryl Institute: 
The Beryl Institute is the global community of practice dedicated to improving the patient experience through collaboration and shared knowledge. We define patient experience as the sum of all interactions, shaped by an organization’s culture, that influence patient perceptions across the continuum of care.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,Lifestyle

Siberian Pine Nut Oil for Postoperative Recovery

Gastrectomy is a surgical procedure to remove a part of an organ that has been affected by pathological processes. The reason for radical treatment may be perforation of the stomach, cancer, ulcers, scarring of tissues and severe obesity. Complicated surgery in 60% of patients causes complications (anastomotic, gastritis, or esophagitis).

“Pine nut oil is known as a powerful agent with anti-inflammatory and antiseptic action. It is this natural characteristic of the oil that prompted the specialists to develop a regenerative program capable of speeding up the recovery of patients after resection. The positive aspects of the medicinal properties of the oil in relation to the enhancement of immunity, which affects the biochemical parameters and the work of the gastrointestinal tract, were also revealed,” said managing director Victor Rod - the company's CEO and program development curator.

The use of pine nut oil is not inferior to the therapeutic effect of drug preparations, and in some cases even turns out to be more effective. The properties of pine nut oil are beneficial during the rehabilitation period after the gastric resection for patients with diseases: cancer, esophagitis, gastritis stump, anastomotic and esophageal stenosis. The oil also can be used as a prevention remedy.

The application of pine nut oil in the presence of indications is necessary for an hour before eating food. The frequency of use of natural remedy should not exceed three times a day. A single dose can range from 5 to 15 ml, depending on the existing indications. In case of gastritis and disorder of the functionality of the gastrointestinal tract, in 40 minutes after taking pine nut oil it is recommended to drink half a glass of mineral water.

Observation of patients who underwent gastric resection and applied pine nut oil in the treatment of postoperative complications allowed detecting the ability of pine nut oil to partially or completely relieve inflammation in the affected organ region. The result of the application is the improvement of the gastrointestinal patency, the acceleration of regeneration processes and the restoration of tissue functionality. The advantages of pine nut oil include the absence of contraindications (with the exception of allergy to the substance itself) and side effects.

“Siberian Pine Nut Oil” company specializes in the production of a wide range of pine nut products. Among the product line are pine gum/resin extract, pine nut oil, pine nut flakes and nuts themselves. Specialists in the specialized laboratory work on product development. Pine nuts are obtained in Siberia. The raw material is processed by cold pressing method using wooden presses. Compared with heat treatment method of oil extraction, this method allows you to save all the beneficial properties of pine nuts.

For more information visit http://www.siberianpinenutoil.org, email info(at)siberianpinenutoil(dot)org or call +1-855-218-0888.

About Siberian Pines:

The Siberian Pines Company has been a leading producer and supplier of Siberian pine nut oil since 2003. Siberian Pines produces high quality 100% cold-pressed pine nut oil and supplies it worldwide. They maintain the highest quality product and service by managing the process from the collection of Siberian pine nuts, to the production of the oil and delivering it to your front door.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,Lifestyle,Pharmaceuticals & Biotech

Solarmeter 6.5 UV Index Meter Named #1 UV Tester by Ezvid Wiki

"We are thrilled that Ezvid Wiki has selected not one, but two of our Solarmeter Handheld UV meters for its Top 10 Best UV Testers Wiki," commented Jeffrey W. Hall, EVP Commercial Operations at Solar Light Company, Inc. Ranked in the #1 position, Solarmeter's Model 6.5 UV Index Meter provides instantaneous UV index measurements for outdoor activities or monitoring UV lamp intensity and aging. "With a NIST-traceable calibration certificate, you can rest assured its accuracy is unquestionable," says Ezvid Wiki. Coming in at #7, the Solarmeter Model 8.0 UVC Meter is a “must have” according to Ezvid Wiki for monitoring germicidal lamps or testing eyewear. Learn more about the Solarmeter® family of compact, handheld light meters and how their simple pushbutton operation can help you measure human and animal health-related light levels at http://www.solarmeter.com

Compiled with twenty-three hours of research, this newly published 10 Best UV Testers Wiki in Ezvid Wiki’s electronics category is a broad-ranging, impartial assessment of UV tester options available to consumers in the United States. 

About Solar Light Company, Inc. 
Solar Light Company, Inc., has been providing specialized light-measurement solutions to advance global health protection and environmental monitoring sciences for over 50 years. From our research-grade, laboratory and field-based systems to our handheld sensors we strive to contribute to the improvement of global health and the environment by providing high-quality solutions, supported through a premier global infrastructure.

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,Home & Garden,Lifestyle,Living,Manufacturing & Industry

Casey Coates Danson Reframes Our View of the Los Angeles Homeless Community

Long-time environmental activist, Casey Coates Danson, spent years of her life building and designing sustainably-built homes and tackling environmental issues. She’s now proving that advocacy can be accomplished through creativity in her new book, "Angels Unawares: Portraits of the Homeless of L.A." (Brown Books Publishing Group), which launches today. This book provides a provocative juxtaposition of homelessness and affluence in Los Angeles. Each of the fifty stunning photographs included in the compilation contains black-and-white portraits of the homeless in L.A. digitally layered over color photographs of lavish, energy-efficient homes Danson captured in her decades-long work as an architect.

Angels Unawares offers a deeper glimpse into the American homelessness crisis. Over 550,000 people in America were homeless on any given night in 2017. The West Coast, in particular, has seen a rise in homelessness in the last half-decade. Danson unapologetically and masterfully captures the shocking contrast between the affluence of Los Angeles and the deprivation of Skid Row in this breathtaking collection of photographs. Danson’s work makes the American homelessness crisis impossible to ignore. Each photograph is a call to address the issue.

“I just remember suddenly feeling very aware… I just remember how bleak it was, seeing these people living on the streets in tents,” shared Danson. “It was emotionally overwhelming.”

Danson co-founded the American Oceans Campaign, which has since merged with Oceana. In 1996, she established Global Possibilities, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing American dependency on fossil fuel and mitigating climate change by promoting solar energy, as well as other important social issues.

A portion of proceeds from book sales supports Los Angeles area homeless organizations.

To purchase a copy of Angels Unawares, and to join in the efforts to combat homelessness, visit http://www.GlobalPossibilities.org.

Posted in: Books & Literature,Lifestyle

Valentine's Day Delectable Devotion

Each member of zChocolat’s 2019 Valentine’s Day Collection, created by World Champion Master Chocolatier Pascal Caffet, has been carefully selected for the moments when devotion dovetails passion and words are woefully inadequate. With options ranging from velvety dark chocolate hearts filled with “fleur de sel” caramel to larger-than-life half-pound chocolate masterpieces bursting with caramelized Piedmont hazelnuts, it’s chocolate with a touch of pure French romance. Add in options like the dazzlingly opulent gold leaf-covered chocolates and incomparably elegant packaging and it’s a decidedly singular way to say “Je t’aime.”

Prepared in special-editions of always-sophisticated packaging, a gift from zChocolat makes an instant impression. In an elegant nod to the liberating power of pure love, each mahogany treasure chest is carved with the word LOVE protecting the most romantic present you could ever offer to your beloved: your magnanimous heart. Like every zChocolat product, items from the Valentine’s Collection can be additionally customized with a personalized message, the recipient’s name engraved on the gift box, a personal wax seal, and even a heart-shaped padlock with an individually selected combination. All boxes from the Valentine’s Day Collection can also be refilled time and again with your loved one’s favorite assortments as a continual reminder of your constant devotion.

Of course, it’s the chocolates themselves that inevitably steal the show. All-natural ingredients, exotic single-origin cocoas, and an absence of preservatives ensure premium flavors, while zChocolat’s innovative recipes make each product an unforgettable experience. Particularly noteworthy are the gold leaf covered chocolates that deliver jewelry-like sentiment with edible appeal. Like golden dewdrops collected from a golden downpour, zChocolat’s rich dark chocolate heart is bursting with “fleur de sel” caramel on the inside and gilded with 24-karat edible gold on the outside for a dazzling experience that embraces romance with reckless abandon.

Each product in the collection is handcrafted in France and embodies the passion and elegance that make this region the world’s most romantic destination. Whether you’re commemorating a love that spans decades or fanning the flames of passion’s first sparks, let zChocolat help deliver the perfect present this Valentine’s Day.

As the preeminent source for fine French chocolate, the zChocolat brand has epitomized the expression “chic à la française” since its founding in 1999. The 2019 Valentine’s Day Collection, along with a wide range of other distinguished chocolate gifts, are available online exclusively at their website, http://www.zchocolat.com/. All zChocolat gifts are shipped directly from France to destinations around the world via DHL Express for a flat fee of .

Posted in: Lifestyle,News & Current Affairs

James Pratt Awarded Australia's Top 5 Under 35 In 2019

1) James Pratt
Actor and Auctioneer

James Pratt First on Australia's Top 5 Under 35
At the top of CLPR's list is talented actor and auctioneer to the stars James Pratt. Pratt had a break out year in 2018, securing International esteem as an actor, producing his own entertainment industry show, and then setting 14 new records as Australia’s number 1 auctioneer and a celebrity favourite internationally for some of the biggest stars in the world.

One of Australia’s hardest working performers, in 2018 Pratt also wrapped the filming of the feature film “On Halloween” (2019), in which he plays a lead character "Ethan Rogers." Previews of his performance are already gaining huge buzz in Hollywood. Pratt recently finished hosting Season One of “Conversation Hollywood.” He has interviewed such guests as two-time Academy Award Nominee Bruce Beresford and American actress Jessica Ross, (season one Fashion Dolls).

And in April 2018 Pratt signed a deal with Hollywood powerhouse production team The Company for his own TV show. Pratt has a slate of four film projects lined up in Hollywood for 2019.

“James has one of those rare talents that lets him appear absolutely compelling and natural in front of the camera,” said Trisanne Marin of LA Management, Pratt’s Los Angeles-based manager.

Pratt’s business career as an auctioneer has been very successful. He holds 25 records and is the auctioneer used by celebrities around the world.
Pratt was the 2018 REB Australian Auctioneer of the Year Finalist, The 2018 REI NSW Top Communication Award Finalist, and the 2018 Australian Thought Leader of the Year Finalist. He recently auctioned the palatial home of handbag designer Gabrielle Tindale, the powerwoman behind the House of Tindale, for .8 million.

Pratt’s acting success and multiple accomplishments in 2018 make him the number one pick for the 2019 Top 5 Under 35 in Australia’s Entertainment Industry list.

2) Amy Shark
Singer

Amy Shark was second.

Amy Louise Billings, known professionally as Amy Shark, also had a break out year in 2018. She cemented herself as Australia’s reigning queen of pop, taking home Album of the Year, Best Female Artist and Best Pop Release at this year's ARIA awards. She was also the most nominated music act with nine nominations on the night.
Shark who hails from the Gold Coast, also made headlines in the United States with appearances on The Late Late Show with James Corden and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, further growing her international fan base.
That’s why Shark is the pick for number two on the 2019 Top 5 Under 35 in Australia’s Entertainment Industry list.

3) Victoria Lee
Model
Victoria Lee was second.
Some models are at the top of their game, Victoria Lee is one of them. The 27-year-old walked in the historic Victoria’s Secret show in Shanghai prior to starting 2018. The event was the world-famous lingerie brand’s first-ever show in Asia. Lee then became the official model ambassador for retail giant David Jones and has excelled in this position. She was also on the cover for Elle Magazine in May of 2018 and scored the cover soon after of Marie Claire Magazine Spain in July. While Lee says her own style is constantly changing, her career hit another high in 2018.
That’s why CLPR picked Lee for the number-three spot on the 2019 Top 5 Under 35 in Australia’s Entertainment Industry list.

4) Adut Akech
Model

Adut Akech was fourth.

Child refugee turned global fashion superstar Adut Akech of Adelaide had a big 2018. Billed by Harpers Bazaar as Australia’s next supermodel, Akech won Australia’s top model at the 11th Australian Fashion Laureate awards in 2018. Karl Lagerfeld chose Akech to be the Chanel bride in the French fashion house’s July couture. And Akech starred in 33 Spring - Summer 2019 international runways, while also scoring the cover of Australian Vogue in December. Akech was born on Christmas Day, 1999, as her family made their way from war-torn South Sudan to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Akech’s transformation from young refugee to breakout modeling star makes her CLPR's choice as number four on the 2019 Top 5 Under 35 in Australia’s Entertainment Industry list.

5) Troye Sivan
Singer, Actor

Troye Sivan was fifth.

In 2018, Troye Sivan Mellet, known professionally as Troye Sivan, first gained popularity via YouTube and in Australian talent competitions but is now a successful musician and actor who has performed alongside megastars like Ariana Grande, Russell Crowe, and Nicole Kidman. He has released two Billboard top-five albums. As an actor, Sivan portrayed the younger version of Wolverine in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He has over 6.7 million subscribers and over 100 million total views. Already a huge success despite his youth, Sivan is CLPR's pick for the number-five spot on the 2019 Top 5 Under 35 in Australia’s Entertainment Industry list.

 

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Juwai.com Launches New Retirement Channel to Help Chinese Spend Their Golden Years Overseas

Juwai.com, the No. 1 Chinese international property platform that reaches 3.1 million Chinese consumers per month, has launched a new Retirement and Lifestyle Channel on its website, dedicated to giving its Chinese users information and real estate listings related to retirement living and property buying abroad.

The new channel is the last element of Juwai.com’s fourth-quarter 2018 new product push. In total, Juwai.com has launched five new channels focused around buyer intentions in just two months: commercial property, emigration, education, investment, and retirement plus lifestyle. The retirement channel can be found at: https://lifestyle.juwai.com

Juwai.com CEO and Director Carrie Law said:

“The four top reasons Chinese retire overseas are affordability, medical care, family, and lifestyle. They can find real estate and daily expenses to be more affordable. They can access more advanced health care. They can be near children and grandchildren who are already living internationally. And they can enjoy themselves by choosing a place that has the weather, environmental quality, and lifestyle they desire.

“With this new channel, they have at their fingertip homes in all the world’s best places to retire. Developers shouldn’t miss this opportunity to introduce their projects to Chinese consumers based on targeted demographics and lifestyle

“Some recent content on the retirement channel includes an analysis of the world-rankings-leading Dutch pension system, a listing for a 5-bedroom oceanfront mansion in the California city of Newport Beach, an analysis of the pros and cons of retiring in Thailand, news about the 17th Shanghai Overseas Investment and Immigration Fair, news about a Canadian proposal to curtail birthright citizenship, and tips on outfitting a new home in Australia.

“Within 11 years, there will be 340 million Chinese aged 60 or above. That’s more than the present population of the entire United States. The potential audience for this channel is even larger than just those who are already at retirement age. We know that most people begin planning and investing for retirement in their 40s and 50s.

### Most Popular Countries for Chinese Retiring Overseas

“The countries that are most popular for Chinese retirees are the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Most older Chinese want to live near their children and grandchildren, and these are the countries with the largest Chinese immigrant populations.

“Malaysia has the My Second Home program that gives foreign retirees renewable, 10-year visas if they can meet relatively modest financial requirements. They need to have liquid assets of about US,000 and have a monthly income of about ,500. Malaysia offers a high quality of life at a low expense, quality health care and easy access back to China.

“Thailand has a one-year renewable visa for retirees over 50 years of age. It requires that you have only about US,000 in liquid assets. Thailand is close to China and within several years should be connected by a fast rail link that will make traveling back and forth much more convenient. Thai cities like Chiang Mai are already popular with Chinese retirees.

“The Philippines offers a retirement visa for people as young as 35 and in exchange for nothing more than depositing US,000 in an approved Philippine bank. The cost of living is very low at less than US,500 per month. In Manila the standard of health care is high.

"With the fast launch of these new channels, our Digital Team proved themselves the best in the industry. These five new channels went from conception to implementation in only two months. That helps our users. It helps our advertisers reach the right users in the most cost-effective way.

"With these new channels we hope to limit the number of clicks that separate users from the information and listings they are looking for. That should improve their experience. It should also lead to even better results for our customers in the form of awareness, enquiries, and transactions. We're keeping the search box and also giving consumers other ways of finding what they need.”

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New Jersey Hypnotist And Meditation Class Instructor Changing How The World Views Hypnosis And Meditation

Bruce Cialfi, co-owner of Acorn Holistics (https://acornholistics.com) Certified Consulting New Jersey hypnotist and meditation class instructor explains that the brain can be retrained simply through hypnosis.

In hypnosis, he simply speaks directly to the subconscious. The brain is like an iceberg. The conscious mind is the 10 % that can be seen above the water and comprises logical thinking, and memories. The subconscious mind is the 90% that cannot be seen below the water and comprises of beliefs, emotions, and imagination. A hypnotist taps into the subconscious mind to make real changes in your life.

Many people think that hypnosis is like a stage trick, waving a swinging pendulum in front of your eyes saying “you are feeling very sleepy” – this is NOT real hypnosis. Hypnosis can get a bad rap because of stage tricks and bad movies. Forget these stereotypes. Hypnosis is a real and powerful tool that rewires the brain to create positive habits - and this is how it works.

Bruce explains that at Acorn Holistics, "a client first receives a complimentary phone consultation to target what they have been trying to achieve or change. Then we would have a series of safe, confidential appointments where you would just sit in relaxation and comfort while either Deb or I speak to your subconscious mind. If you wanted to decrease your anxiety, we would guide you through hypnosis with positive statements and affirmations that are targeted to work on your specific anxiety and triggers. Once done with the session, you would go on with your life as you normally would, only you would find that you have less anxiety. You would also find you have tools that would transform your anxiety response to a calmer more focused way to react to your anxiety triggers."

Another positive way to deal with these responses is with meditation. In fact, hypnosis and meditation are powerful tools when used together to tackle a client’s problem. Studies have pointed to the fact that meditators are more attuned to their subconscious mind. Therefore, meditation can be another tool in the toolbox when trying to tackle problems such as anxiety, stress, smoking, or weight loss.

Debbie Cialfi New Jersey meditation class instructor and co-owner of Acorn Holistics explains that, "through meditation, a person can tap fully into the subconscious mind, just as a hypnotist does in Hypnosis. However, in meditation, the client is in the driver’s seat. Through instruction in meditation, you can learn to calm and focus your mind. The key difference between meditation and hypnosis is that you set aside a special time each day and make the conscious choice to meditate. Through that meditative time each day you have full access to the 90% of your mind that is subconscious. Once you achieve access to your subconscious during meditation, you feel a gentle shift. Your breathing slows, and you can feel the borders of the concrete world blur as you get closer to your center. Many people feel that meditation is not for them because the cannot “turn off their brains”. You will be happy to know that an active brain is perfect for meditation. You just need guidance to help to harness the power of your brain so that you can slip under the veil of meditation to become hyper-aware of your breathing and inner thoughts. If you sit to meditate with the intention of relieving anxiety, then you would simply focus on your breathing until it calms and slows, then turn inward to focus on the feeling of calm and peace. You can focus on being in a scenic and calm place and just rest in the expanse of its beauty and feel calm."

Accessing the full 100% of your mind is attainable through hypnosis and meditation. Both are tools that can be used to solve problems and overcome lifes obstacles.

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Lucyd Signs Richard Sherman as Chief Brand Officer

Lucyd Pte Ltd, the developer of an eShop for innovative spectacles, announces the signing of Richard Sherman, cornerback of the San Francisco 49ers, as Chief Brand Officer. Mr. Sherman will bring a large fan following and international recognition to the Lucyd brand. In his role as Chief Brand Officer, Richard will not only be an ambassador for Lucyd, but will also guide design and development of a new athletically-inspired line of performance eyewear.

Mr. Sherman is a highly respected athlete. Since entering the league, Richard leads the NFL with 32 interceptions and has 99 pass break-ups. Considered one of the best cornerbacks in the league, Richard has been named to four Pro Bowl rosters and four All-Pro teams in his seven seasons in the NFL. On March 9th, 2018, Richard was released by the Seattle Seahawks. One day later, Richard agreed to a three-year, million contract deal with the San Francisco 49ers.

Richard is not only dedicated to his team and perfecting his craft, he also works hard off the field to raise his two children and give back to his community through his foundation, Blanket Coverage. He was taught the power of education and hard work from his parents, and wants to teach younger children they can accomplish anything when they work hard and have dedication. He aspires to make a positive impact on and off the field and be an example to youth everywhere.

Richard Sherman said, “Lucyd is an exciting new eyewear company. I believe they can become the go-to place for cutting-edge specs, both in style and tech. Their glasses are fun, affordable and a real upgrade to eyewear.”

Harrison Gross, Co-founder at Lucyd said, "We are delighted to bring on Mr. Sherman as our first brand ambassador. We believe his involvement with the company will bring significant brand awareness, both among his personal following of over two million on social media, and across the sports fandom in general.”

About Lucyd 
Lucyd operates an innovative eShop that provides advanced eyewear to enhance the visual experience. To learn more, please visit https://lucyd.co.

Photo credit: Taylor Baucom, The Players Tribune

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Affordable Winter Travel Destinations Shared By National Debt Relief

A lot of people are eager to get on a vacation during winter, and that is why National Debt Relief shares some tips to do make it an affordable plan. The article titled “Best Winter Travel Destinations For An Affordable Vacation” released November 23, 2018, aims to give people vacation ideas that will not break the bank.

The article starts off by explaining how a lot of people are already planning on getting away before the holidays. That desire only increases as the holidays roll in. The good thing is that there are a number of fun and interesting vacation ideas people can consider for the holiday. One of the things consumers need to pay attention to in order to avoid the crowd and save some money is booking “off-season.”

The article shares that people usually love to go to the beach to get away from the cold of winter. This means that during the holidays, there are not many people on the beach and even in hotels and restaurants. People who choose the beach could get huge discounts because it is an off-season and enjoy the location without a big crowd.

The article also explains that National Parks can be a great idea for people to visit during winter. This might sound like a bad idea since national parks are best visited in the warm weather months when they’re easily accessible and full of lush, green beauty. However, winter gives a unique glimpse into winter wildlife and the stunning elegance of snow-capped evergreens and glass ponds.

The article also explains how a staycation can be a great way to plan a winter vacation. People will be able to do away with the stress of a long travel and enjoy locations close to home. To read the full article, click https://www.nationaldebtrelief.com/winter-travel-destinations-affordable-vacation/

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MELANIE HAYNES Delivers Holiday Fun in Lifetime’s ‘MY CHRISTMAS INN’ and Sony’s Animated ‘SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE’

LOS ANGELES -- Actress MELANIE HAYNES delivers plenty of fun this holiday season appearing in Lifetime’s TV movie, MY CHRISTMAS INN, and then in theaters with Sony’s animated Marvel feature film, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE. Haynes will head back to the small screen in 2019 when she emerges in season three of HBO’s anthology crime drama TRUE DETECTIVE.

On November 21st, Haynes joins the festivities as Ruth in the Lifetime holiday movie MY CHRISTMAS INN. The story follows Jen Taylor (Tia Mowry-Hardict), who inherits a cozy Alaskan inn and unexpectedly discovers a spark of love with small town attorney Steve Anderson (Rob Mayes). Ruth (Haynes) and her husband are regulars at the Inn who demonstrate to Jen just how fulfilling a loving relationship can be.

Then hitting theaters on December 14th, Haynes lends her voice to the Marvel Universe for the new Sony animated feature film SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE. Spider-Man crosses parallel dimensions and teams up with the Spider-Men of those dimensions to stop a threat to all reality. Haynes joins the action as the Logic Teacher alongside the all-star cast including Nicolas Cage, Hailee Steinfeld, Liev Schreiber, John Mulaney, Mahershala Ali, Lily Tomlin.

Coming in 2019, Haynes heads back to the small screen for the anticipated season three of HBO’s anthology crime drama series TRUE DETECTIVE, premiering on January 13th. The next installment tells the story of Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali), a state police detective tasked with investigating the disappearance of two young children in the Ozarks. Haynes joins the cast that also includes Carmen Ejogo, Stephen Dorff, Ray Fisher, Sarah Gadon and Rhys Wakefield among others.

Haynes is excited by the diverse projects she’s been part of recently, adding “I love working on such a variety of projects in drama and comedy – traveling to new, beautiful locales and working with such wonderful actors, directors, and crew!  Since so much of my work has been in voice over through the years, it was especially delightful to be asked to voice a character in this ground breaking new animated Spider-Man feature film. Excelsior!"

Haynes has landed in several celebrated indie films, including as the awkward Aunt Patty in the comedy Antiquities, starring Andrew J. West, Ashley Green, Mary Steenburgen and Michaela Watkins; and as Aunt Trish in the new digital buddy road-trip comedy release Chasing the Sun. Her film roles also include Mother of Mackenzie Davis in the coming-of-age drama, A Country Called Home; as a Church-going, pyramid scheming deceitful woman in Heartland; as the charming but lonely Southern belle Cordella in the award-winning short Tender Moments; and as the no-nonsense bar owner Sissy in the indie drama The Last Mark.

Splitting her time between Los Angeles and her hometown Houston, Texas, Haynes has appeared in and voiced numerous television projects, most recently as a Southern Chef opposite Adam Conover in TruTV’s Adam Ruins Everything. Her TV credits also include The Middle, Salem, A Face to Kill For, The Con, Arrest & Trial and The Daily Apple. She earned her Bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate in Theater and English at the University of Houston, and danced for several years with Patsy Swayze’s Houston Jazz Ballet Company. Haynes served on the board of SAG-AFTRA’s Houston Local Branch for 15 years and as the President for two terms. Today, Haynes continues to run her own professional voice over studio which she established back in 2002.

Melanie Haynes is represented by Aqua Talent, Caviar Enertainment, Osbrink Agency (VO), Pastorini-Bosby Talent (Houston/SE) and Stars Talent Studio (Utah).

For further information on MELANIE HAYNES visit: www.MelanieHaynes-Actress.com

photo - on set: MY CHRISTMAS INN (LtoR) Rob Mayes, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Melanie Haynes, Richard Benedict

photo - on set: SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE - Melanie Haynes

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Filmmaker / Actress ANGELA MATEMOTJA Earns ‘Female Pioneer Award’ for Debut Feature Film ‘ELEVATE’ at 2018 DTLA Film Festival

LOS ANGELES – Filmmaker and actress Angela Matemotja picked up the ‘Female Pioneer Award’ for her feature film debut, ELEVATE, at the recent 10th annual DTLA Film Festival in Los Angeles.

The theme of the 2018 festival was women’s empowerment, a nod to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements launched one year ago. Writing, directing and starring in ELEVATE, Matemotja delivers a drama of intertwining stories about people who must fight to overcome their struggles with homophobia, food addiction and racism. For this, she proved an exceptional choice for the ‘Female Pioneer Award’ honor beside ‘Independent Film Pioneer Award’ winners Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette and Malcolm McDowell, who all starred in prominent films at the festival.

"It’s a tremendous honor to receive such an award from DTLA Film Festival," Matemotja shares. "Karolyne Sosa did an outstanding job. Because our film touches on many social issues, I am pleased that she recognized the women's issues the film deals with as well, particularly the #MeToo aspect of our story. Our screening had a great turnout, audience was extremely receptive and what a great venue. It was such a success, I’m thrilled."

ELEVATE follows the story of Trina, an overweight elevator switchboard operator who desperately tries to accomplish just one day of healthy eating. Overwhelmed by her abusive boss and by the trapped elevator occupants that reach out to her for help, her fitness guru provides the inspiration and escape that she craves – or does she? Ultimately, all of the occupants in this trapped world find themselves caught face-to-face with their inner demons.

The film also stars Brianna Brown (CW’S Dynasty), Kit Williamson (creator/star of award-winning and Emmy nominated LGBTQ series Eastsiders), Alexis Carra (Latina star of ABC’s Mixology) and Matemotja (Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club). 

To produce, Matemotja turned to Dele Ogundiran, who is also African, and Brown, who is the CEO of the non-profit The New Hollywood, which is dedicated to supporting socially conscious storytellers and changemakers.

Leading up to its premiere, ELEVATE has already earned an award of Merit for Best Feature Film and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Angela Matemotja) from the Accolade Global Film Competition.

As an actress, Matemotja has appeared on screens big and small. Her notable feature film credits include the role of ‘Christina’ in Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club and alongside Kevin Hart in the indie comedy film Something Like A Business. Her television roles include appearances on the CBS mega-hit comedy How I Met Your Mother, Amazon’s top cop-drama Bosch, ABC’s long-running series Castle and edgy sitcom Don’t Trust The B…, and Ryan Murphy’s modern laugher The New Normal on NBC.

Behind the camera, Matemotja earned an NAACP Award nomination for directing the stage play Sunshine For a Midnight Weary. Her first short film as writer/director, The Encounter, screened at over 30 international film festivals, earning the Grand Jury Award at the White Sands Int’l FF, Honorable Mention at Toronto CommFFest and nominations for Best Short Film at SoCal FF, SOHO FF and Long Island Int’l Film Expo. Her second short, The Untimely Concurrence, won Best LGBTQ Film at AOF FF, San Francisco Black FF and San Diego Black FF, and the Silver Screen Award for Best Short Film at the Nevada Int’l FF. In addition, her screenplay Drunk Book was awarded Best Comedy Short for the written word competition at AOF FF.

For more about ELEVATE visit: ElevateFilm.com

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"Taking a Bite out of the Apple" Rob Janoff's stunning first book for young graphic designers and everyone! – will be revealed in November 2018

Rob shares through his book how an unknown young art director in Silicon Valley back in 1977 created the design, now known beyond all others throughout the world, of a simple bitten apple. 

Rob Janoff explains that this is “The first full account by the graphic designer himself of how he came to create the most famous logo in the world”.

Rob Janoff‘s inspiring “Taking a Bite out of the Apple: A Graphic Designer’s Tale” is one of the ‘Hearing Others’ Voices’ series.

Rob liked the idea of the series so much that he himself created the logo uniquely for it, also the beautiful Chinese version.

On October 9, Rob’s fabulous personal memoir and his newest fantastic logo will be revealed in China, in Chinese translation. The ceremony will be at the amazing Michael Bishop Institute for Cancer Research, Shengdu, which unites the latest in biotechnology with Chinese herbal medicine.

After that, Rob and the book will tour China and Australia. During this time he hopes to meet some of the upcoming young graphic designers of the new generation.

The English version of Rob’s “Taking a Bite out of the Apple: A Graphic Designer’s Tale”, will be released on 15th November. Readers can buy its paper version from Amazon.

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Taking-Bite-Out-Apple-Designers/dp/1911221612/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1538660629&sr=1-1&keywords=Apple+bite+rob

This book is the first to be published in a stunning new series for young adults ‘Hearing Others’ Voices’.

Here is the logo that Rob created especially for it, in both English and Chinese:

Hearing Others’ Voices’ (https://www.balestier.com/category/hearing-others-voices/) is an ambitious new series co-edited by Taiwanese physicist Roh-Suan Tung and distinguished British anthropologist Ruth Finnegan. Its aim is to challenge and encourage general readers, final year school pupils, undergraduates, and above all the growing young adults of our time to reflect on who and where they are, and to understand better the world that they will soon hold in their hands.

Ruth Finnegan and Roh-Suan Tung, the general editors, have done a tremendous job in eliciting books that tackle enduring topics such as mental health, pain, sounds from the beginning of the universe, percussion (by the celebrated percussionist Evelyn Glennie), grass, storms, shamanism, Native American science, voices of the Christian west, and our awesome minds and bodies.

The first volumes will be released in mid-November 2018.

“Taking a Bite out of Apple” is a close view of how Rob’s design for a young, newly Start-up Company became a defining moment in a long career. After serving many national brands like Apple, IBM, Intel, Kraft, and kleenex at top US agencies, Rob presently appreciates working with a diversity of organisations from Japan, Italy, Australia, China and the UK.

Telling the true tale of how the globally loved icon came to be, Rob offers knowledge, inspiration and motivation to youngsters considering the field of graphic design. Rob’s first book will be a huge inspiration to the young and the young at heart who share his love of memorable graphics.

About Rob Janoff

Rob Janoff is a graphic designer of corporate logos and identities, printed advertisements and television commercials. He is known for his creation of the emblematic Apple logo that we all know. Janoff was born in Culver City, California. He completed his degree from San Jose State University. After college in 1970, Rob decided to focus on graphic design and began sharpening his design skills at small Silicon Valley agencies with high-tech clients. In early 1977, he started a position at Regis McKenna which was an established advertising agency in Palo Alto. Shortly after he began, Rob’s creative director chose him to design the corporate identity package for their new client, Apple Computer. Rob later went on to top agencies in New York and Chicago, designing print and TV advertising for major national brands and global clients. Rob is also a prolific speaker who has delivered keynote addresses and master classes in design for universities and academic facilities, including the Eastern Mediterranean University in Cyprus.

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE IN THE HOV SERIES and read the graphic designer’s fantastic tale “Taking A Bite out of The Apple: A Graphic Designer’s Tale“.

For more information, visit: https://www.amazon.com/Taking-Bite-Out-Apple-Designers/dp/1911221612/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1538660629&sr=1-1&keywords=Apple+bite+rob

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Chinese artist Fu Wenjun latest Digital Pictorial Photography works solo show at Dairy Arts Center

What is photography? When the question asked, everyone will have an image/images appear in their mind. Does the photography art just stop growing, existing as these commonly acknowledge schemes? The artist Fu Wenjun doesn’t think so. Turning away from the recording function of photography widely recognized by the public, Fu Wenjun aims at exploring to place photography art in dialogue with other art media, like Chinese painting, oil painting, print, sculpture etc, so as to extend the possibility of photography art and to provide the viewers different visual experience. Based on these reflections on the photography art, Fu Wenjun put forward concept and practice of “Digital Pictorial Photography”, an innovative photography art style.

On the occasion of the solo show at Diary Arts Center, titled “Is it photography?”, Fu Wenjun will exhibit his latest Digital Pictorial Photography works, which focus on his exploration of photography with the connection of painting, especially with sculpture. Apart from the aesthetic and artistic features, Fu Wenjun’s works show an Eastern philosophy thinking towards the global or regional issues related to history, culture, human life and nature. He brings another angle to view things happening around us and in our world. Is it photography? Yes, it is. It’s not the common one, but brings new interpretation to the definition of photography art.

The works June Snow, Tang Ceramic Horse, Play Shadow, Mysterious Ceramic Figure present the rich and colorful history of the city Xi’an, continuously inhabited since about 1100 BC. The objects like pagoda, ceramic art, shadow play show the open attitude towards different religions and integration of Chinese and other ethic culture in a long history happened in this city, as the starting point of the Silk Road, connecting East Asia and Southeast Asia with East Africa, West Asia and Southern Europe.

Under the Earth’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, Tibet is the highest region on Earth, with an average elevation of 16,000 ft. This “isolated” wonderland is given not only breathtaking natural landscape, but also the Tibetan people, their lifestyle and their unique culture are very fascinating, which lead to the series Wind from Tibet. The series focuses on the Sho Dun Festival, known as Yogurt festival is an important celebration for the Tibetan lay people as well as the monks usually in the middle of August, after a month's retreat by the monks who stay within their monasteries to avoid walking on the emerging summer insects and killing them.

The works of Fu Wenjun may confuse the viewers at a first glance if they are photography. In this way the artist called attention to people’s activity of reading images, highlighting processes of translation and interpretation that are shared by artist and viewer alike. In the process these works provoke us to reconsider the degree to which our pictures of reality are shaped by the visual conventions and codes of particular media.

About the artist

Fu Wenjun (b.1955, www,fuwenjun,com), graduated from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute and currently lives and works in Chongqing. He creates principally through the art media of photography, installation, sculpture and oil painting, and has put forward the concept and practice of “Digital Pictorial Photography”.

His works embody his reflections on many issues related to the Eastern and Western history, culture and humanity, including the relationship between different cultures in the age of globalisation, the heritage of traditional Chinese culture in a rapidly changing society, industrialisation and urbanisation in Chinese cities.

His solo exhibitions are presented at the National Art Museum of China (Beijing), at the Museu Europeu de Arte Moderno (Barcelona), at the Old Summer Palace Museum (Beijing), at the Today Art Museum (Beijing), at the United Nations Headquarters (New York), at the Guangdong Museum of Art (Guangzhou) and at other international art organizations.

Fu Wenjun exhibited at significant international exhibitions, including the Esposizione Triennale di Arti Visive a Roma, London Art Biennale, Biennale Internazionale d’Arte del Mediterraneo, Triennale dell’Arte Contemporanea, 1st Asia Biennial/5th Guangzhou Triennial, XVIII Bienal de Cerveira, NordArt, collateral exhibition of Biennale di Venezia 2013, entitled Voice of the Unseen Chinese Independent Art 1979/Today.

He has won numerous awards, including the first prize from International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Argentina, “The Best Artist in the World” at Tour Eiffel La Grande Exposition Universelle, International Award “Lorenzo il Magnifico” of X Florence Biennale.

His works are among international organization and museum collections, such as the National Art Museum of China, Museu Europeu d'Art Modern, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts in France.

About the exhibition

Title: Is It Photography? Fu Wenjun Solo Exhibition
Duration: October 12 – November 25, 2018

Venue: Hand-Rudy & MacMillon Family Gallery, Diary Arts Center
Exhibition reception: October 12 | 5-8 pm

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday: 10 – 6 or later | Saturday: 12 – 7:30 or later | Sunday: 12 – 5:30 or later

Address: 2590 Walnut Street (26th & Walnut) | Boulder, Colorado 80302, USA

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Author Ruth Finnegan Chosen As One Of '50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading' In 2017 Book Awards

Author Ruth Finnegan has been chosen as one of 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading in the 2017 Book Awards. Finnegan was chosen from a field of hundreds of authors through a public voting process. The award is the latest in a string of international awards for her published works.

"I am so thrilled with this," Finnegan stated. "I have had many book awards but this is by far my most precious win because it's not for an individual book but a voted-for endorsement of myself as an all-round author and, yes, dreamer of dreams - an author of full-length fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short stories and picture books, as well as a screenplay and libretto writer."

Finnegan's previous awards include:

Folklore Society, short list Katharine Briggs Award 1992
British Academy, longlist Book Award 2003
British Association for Applied Limguistics, short list 2003
Herskovits Award, Honorable Mention 2008
National Indie Excellence, Finalist ( visionary fiction) 2016, Finalist (religious fiction) 2017
New York Book Fair, Honorable Mention (romance) 2016
Readers Favorite, 4 Awards (fiction and nonfiction) 2016
Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book, Runner up 2016
Readers Favorite, Honorable Mention
Hungry Monster, Silver award, 2016
Literary Titan, Silver award, 2017
Book Excellence, Winner (friendship) 2017
Kirkus Reviews, one of top 25 of 2017

In addition to a large number of academic works, Finnegan has written three novels.

'Pearl of the Seas' is the tale of two children building a boat from a log they find buried in the sand and sailing off to far-off fantastic lands in a stormy sea-driven adventure with their faithful - but accident-prone - dog Holly. There they learn much wisdom from a king who, like God, has many names'. After an incredible sacrifice of his dearest dream by the boy (now growing up) they return - another dream - to a family tea with their loved ones. The tale is a prequel and companion to Ruth Finnegan's award-winning epic romance 'Black inked pearl', here adapted for preteens but characterised by (in a simpler form) the same unique dream-like and enchanted style as in the original novel.

'Pearl of the Seas' received a Hungry Monster Silver Award in October 2016. The book has received a number of positive reviews. Tshombye K. Ware of Reader's Favorite stated, "If you're looking for a reader friendly story that touches the depths of your soul, this is definitely one of those books."

The companion work, 'Black Inked Pearl', tells the story of a naive Irish girl Kate and her mysterious lover, whom she rejects in panic and then spends her life seeking. After the opening rejection, Kate recalls her Irish upbringing, her convent education, and her coolly-controlled professional success, before her tsunami-like realisation beside an African river of the emotions she had concealed from herself and that she passionately and consumingly loved the man she had rejected.



The novel, born in dreams, is interlaced with the ambiguity between this world and another, and increasingly becomes more poetic, riddling and dreamlike as the story unfolds. The epilogue alludes to the key themes of the novel - the eternity of love and the ambiguity between dream and reality.

Since its publication in 2015 'Black Inked Pearl' has won five international prizes and its screenplay version is top genre winner in the 2017 Capital Fund Screenplay Contest. It was recently named as a finalist in the 2016 Best Book Awards in the "Fiction Visionary" category.

'Black Inked Pearl' has received rave reviews from readers and reviewers alike. Scott Neuffer of Forward Reviews stated, "If James Joyce's dream-like opuses were written from a more feminist perspective, they might look something like Ruth Finnegan's Black Inked Pearl, a rapturous fantasia of words and images set somewhere between ancient myth and the green shores of modern Ireland." Chris Fischer, in a Readers Favorite review stated "I just finished reading 'Black Inked Pearl: A Girl's Quest' by author Ruth Finnegan, and all I can say is 'Wow!' It's written in a unique and creative style, one that at times blends poetry with prose ... enviable and beautiful at the same time ... any reader who enjoys a lovely, unique and interesting work of fiction should absolutely read Black Inked Pearl. I will be eagerly awaiting the next offering by author Ruth Finnegan. If it is anything like her debut novel, it will be simply magical!" Kirkus Reviews said, "Kate's romantic quest calls to mind Paradise Lost and Greek mythology as it weaves together biblical allusions, fantasy, and details of the modern day." Like other classic and unusual literary works, the book has given rise to many interpretations and, as Christiana Fatoki perceptively put it, like its more recent prequel 'Pearl of the Seas,' it "sinks into your unconscious."

'The Helix Pearl' is currently in production and will be released in 2018.

Ruth Finnegan is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at r.h.finnegan@open.ac.uk. More information is available at her website at http://www.ruthhfinnegan.com.

Ruth Finnegan OBE is a renowned scholar and celebrated writer who is Emeritus Professor, the Open University, a Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Fellow of Somerville College Oxford. She was recently elected as one of the first four International Fellows of the American Folklore Society, a much valued honor. She was born in Derry (on the last day of December 1933) and grew up there and in the remote countryside of Donegal where, as poetically recalled in the second chapter of her novel, 'Black Inked Pearl', she spent the war years; went to a literature-imbued Quaker school in York where, a fellow-student with the actress Judi Dench, she learned to read the resonant poetry of Yeats and Shakespeare and to repeat texts that, with others, she had to learn, aloud (a good training for the sonic style of her novels); earned top degrees in classics and anthropology at Oxford; and carried out fieldwork on story-telling in Africa - a revelation of the multi-sensory nature of performance that has affected her all her life, and constantly comes through in her writing. From 1969, apart from three years in the South Pacific island of Fiji, she taught and researched at the pioneering Open University. She is the author of over twenty academic books, several of them prize-winning. She has three daughters (two of them born in Nigeria), five grandchildren (one in New Zealand), and now lives in Old Bletchley, England, with her husband of over 50 years.

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Vendetta Drama Feature Film ‘THE PAPER STORE’ Starring STEF DAWSON and PENN BADGLEY Streaming Wide VOD Beginning July 24, 2018

NEW YORK (July 10, 2018) – Academic cheating, romance and revenge intersect in the award-winning indie drama THE PAPER STORE starring Stef Dawson (The Hunger Games franchise), Penn Badgley (Lifetime’s upcoming series You, Gossip Girl) and Richard Kind (Inside Out, Argo). The vendetta drama is set to release across broad VOD streaming platforms, including Amazon and iTunes, beginning July 24, 2018.

THE PAPER STORE follows academic ghostwriter Annalee (Dawson), working in the shadows of a college campus until Sigurd (Badgley) hires her to author his entire graduate degree. Their working relationship evolves into a romance, until the affair turns sour and secrets start to spill. Annalee rats out Sigurd to Professor Kane (Kind), but instead of swift justice Kane has his own idea of what should happen next. Call it extortion; call it blackmail. Whatever you call it, the ugliness is just beginning.

THE PAPER STORE is based on Pew award-winner Katharine Clark Gray’s original play, 516 [five sixteen]. She produced the project with her creative partner and husband Nicholas Gray, who also directed, under their Uncompromised Creative banner. 

THE PAPER STORE received numerous awards on the festival circuit, including ‘Best Drama’ at Manhattan Film Festival, ‘Best Drama’ at Los Angeles Film Review and ‘Best Foreign Drama’ at Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase. Badgley and Dawson took home ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Actress’ respectively at Oxford International Film Festival, along with a ‘Special Jury Mention’ for Badgley at the Manchester Film Festival. Besides earning awards, the film has also been resonating with audiences and for good reason. Katharine Clark Gray explains, “In addition to being a juicy revenge drama, the film also shines a light on the issues of spiraling tuition costs and student debt—issues that will ring out to anyone managing an unwieldy student loan or struggling to finance someone's higher education.”

Behind the camera, the Uncompromised team brought in as principal producers Emmy-nominated producer Jonathan Gray (HBO’s Nightingale), no relation; producer / casting legend Bonnie Timmermann (Heat, Bull Durham, Miami Vice) and producer John Grossman of Front Wheel Productions; as well as veteran cinematographer and lighting designer Richard Sands as director of photography.

About Uncompromised Creative Uncompromised Creative is Nicholas Gray and Katharine Clark Gray, a husband-and-wife team based in Brooklyn, NY. They make films, plays, and assorted web content, and provide script and production consultation services to a range of fellow creatives. Nicholas and Katie believe that compromise means each side ends up disappointed. Consensus, on the other hand, gets everyone on the same team. Because when you’re jumping a gorge, you don’t go halfway. uncompromisedcreative.com

THE PAPER STORE will be available for VOD streaming on Amazon and iTunes beginning July 24, 2018. For more about THE PAPER STORE visit: http://www.thepaperstoremovie.com

 

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80's UK Pop Star and Music Industry Veteran with Surprising Comeback!

Just like Hugh Grant in the movie 'Music and Lyrics', 80's heartthrob Mark Jones was on everyone's lips, fronting his band 'Perfect Day'. Now 30 years on, Mark is back with a bang, performing the brand new World Cup Football Anthem, 'England's in My Heart'.

Unlike Hugh Grant's character in 'Music and Lyrics', Mark Jones has since his 80's heyday been a key player in the UK music industry. As head of the legendary record label Wall of Sound, Mark has both worked alongside and released acts like Grace Jones, Basement Jaxx, Röyksopp, Propellerheads, Mogwai and Human League, only to mention a few.

Now, in support of England's trophy hunt at the World Cup in Russia, Mark Jones makes a sensational comeback as frontman and lead vocalist. The football anthem 'England's in My Heart' has all the necessary ingredients; it's an immensely catchy tune with a groovy stadium rock beat and timeless sing-along chorus. 

The official video is available here:
 


The song can be streamed and downloaded here: https://lnk.to/EnglandsinMyHeart

GO ENGLAND!

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Dr Ashish Dutta - Everything One Need to Know About The Non-Surgical Butt Enhancement Treatment

If you are also curious about this procedure and wish to give it a try but are confused and unsure, we've got you covered. Here's all you need to know about the non-surgical butt enhancement procedure so you can make a decision is this treatment is right for you and proceed with confidence.

Dr Ash Dutta, Founder of Aesthetic Beauty Centre and one of the few highly trained and accredited surgeons in the UK will take us through the Non-Surgical Bum enhancement treatment.

What is a non-surgical bum enhancement procedure?

A non-surgical bum enhancement procedure essentially involves adding volume to the butt area to enlarge, as well as add definition and shape. The procedure also helps in boosting skin elasticity and lifting sagging buttocks and thighs back into their rightful place.

How does the non-surgical bum enhancement procedure work?

As the name suggests, the treatment does not involve surgery. Unlike the traditional enhancement or enlargement surgeries that extract fat from other parts of the body to place it in the desired area, or the use of implants, the non-surgical butt enhancement procedure aims to add volume to the butt area using dermal fillers. You may have seen many celebrities including Nicki Minaj and Beyonce who are flaunting fuller butts in style.

Why should one opt for a non-surgical procedure?

The greatest benefit of opting for a non-surgical procedure is the fact that there is reduced downtime and less tissue trauma involved. Also the fact that there is no scarring makes it the ideal treatment to go for. There is also a very much reduced risk of infection and complications.

How is the non-surgical procedure better than the traditional surgery?

Injections of dermal fillers make it possible to create subtle changes in the process of reshaping the butt which is not necessarily possible in the traditional surgery. This helps create a nicely shaped butt instead of only a larger butt. The traditional surgery involves addition of volume to the area but tends to make the skin around the area saggy, droopy, spongy and loose. The non-surgical butt lift procedure involves addition of a significant amount of volume in the area as well as tightening and lifting the skin with the use of advanced technology. This leads to a well shaped, well-toned butt.

Another fascinating feature available in the non-surgical treatment is the controlled amount of volume addition. One can look mid-way into the treatment as to whether the desired volume has been attained and if not, one can go ahead with adding more. This is not possible in the traditional surgical method as you are likely to be under sedation or general anesthesia so cannot contribute to the outcome once the surgery has begun.

Who is it suitable for?

Anyone who wishes to enhance or enlarge their butt area, over the age of 18. It is a great alternative for anyone who does not enough fat to harvest for the Brazilian Butt lift (from other parts of their body) and/or are not keen on liposuction.

How long does the procedure take and what is the downtime involved?

The duration of the procedure and the number of sittings required will vary slightly in each case. At the consultation you’ll receive a tailored treatment plan, after an examination. As a rough guide: treatments can take about 45-60 minutes.

As for the downtime, there is a very short to no downtime involved depending on the requirements and the kind of procedure one has opted for. There can be a little tenderness and swelling in the area for around 5-7 days.

Are there any risks of deformities?

The surgical method including liposuction and fat transfer involves a risk of deformities since fat is extracted out of the body and placed inside another part of the body, so there is a slight chance that it does not ‘take’ well, or there may be unevenness and asymmetry; and hence a corrective procedure may be required. The non-surgical butt enhancement however, is different. It does not include any risks of deformities.

Are there any side-effects involved?

The non-surgical treatment is a relatively safe treatment to go for but one must always book an appointment with a professional to assess one’s individual case. Before going for any sort of treatment, it is advisable to have a detailed consultation since there may be slightly different consequences; everybody is unique. It is also important to gather all the relevant information regarding the procedure; ie. do your research.

Know more about the Non-surgical Bum Enhancement Treatment at Aesthetic Beauty Centre , schedule a free consultation or call on 01915672900.

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How to Choose a Cosmetic Surgeon/Clinic

As a patient considering surgery one must check the surgeon’s expertise, his/her credentials, qualifications and also testimonials and reviews, which give an insight into other patients experiences and satisfaction levels.
 
Don’t be swayed by glamorous advertising showing unrealistic and ‘picture perfect’ ideals as results. This is bound to create false expectations and one must be vigilant and discerning.
 
Things like the standard of service and care, levels of hygiene in the clinic, experience of the surgeon, nurses and/or technicians and ease of aftercare are the key aspects that must be taken into account.
 
Nowadays it’s very easy to look up websites, see a surgeon’s work and be impressed by the images one sees there. But unless one has thoroughly assessed the surgeon and researched all aspects you won’t know if the surgeon is right for you personally. Cosmetic surgery really is bespoke in every sense of the word. There is no ‘one size fits all’. Everyone is different !!
 
It’s also important to think very carefully before opting for surgery abroad as there are a vast array of companies offering cheaper surgery outside of the UK – a tempting proposition – however there are various additional factors to consider and be aware of in this case (link to blog-Dr Ash Dutta on Cosmetic Surgery Abroad – Should you consider or not ?)
 
Finally it’s about achieving ‘natural results’ that are not just aesthetic but also lessen the risks associated with surgery. Be wary of a surgeon who promises to make you look more like that film star or celebrity you idolize.
 
Consider surgery not because you feel pressurised by the ideals of beauty presented by the media – magazines, TV shows, advertisements or even peer pressure.
 
You must do it only when you want to improve an aspect of yourself; something that can’t be resolved by just a healthy lifestyle.
 
Cosmetic Surgery if done right can restore one’s confidence and even be empowering!! The author, Dr Ash Dutta, Founder of Aesthetic Beauty Centre, is one of the few highly trained and accredited surgeons in the UK. He has registration with the GMC, BCAM, BAAPS, IHRS. Read Dr Ash Dutta’s review on trust pilot. You can also follow him on Vimeo, Facebook & Twitter.
 
The procedures he routinely performs can be found on and an appointment with him can be booked for free. If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr Ashish Dutta please book your free consultation or call us on 01915672900.

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Hollywood starts to go crazy for the artist Cesare Catania.

There is still eagerness and warmth on the French Riviera for the Italian artist Cesare Catania. After the amazing success obtained during the exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco during the Rolex Master Cup no more than 15 days ago, one of the most popular Italian contemporary artist Cesare Catania leaves his mark on the French Riviera and he has just been the guest of honor among one of the most sparkling evenings of the Cannes Film Festival period. Catania presented, on May 14th 2018, at the gala night on the Radisson Hotel rooftop, one of his sculptures in silicone and acrylic.

The master has repeatedly amazed the international criticism for his works and his techniques. How he mixes together substances so different from each other, like silicone and acrylic to make his sculptures, is today a mystery.

In reality, Catania presented, at the gala dinner on the rooftop of the Radisson Inn, certainly one of its sculptures in silicone and acrylic.

Nicknamed as the “The Modern Leonardo Da Vinci” by some English magazines, Cesare Catania’s paintings are a “still image” of actions and feelings, an extreme synthesis between obscurity and attention to detail. All his paintings are fascinated by modern art, from architecture, from cubism and from painting masters from the classical age, Cesare Catania’s artistic maturity is still evolving; always looking for new techniques to make the most of his inspirations, and this success says a lot about his imagination.  

Guests of the evening in the colors of white and gold, surrounded by a luxury cocktail and a breathtaking view, many VIP such as the actress Farrah Abraham and the Bollywood star Mallika Sherawat. Among the participants will be raffled off a lucky one who will take home a numbered copy and limited edition of the book called ” Genesis “, more of 450 pages with the life and works of the author with signature and dedication of the same Cesare Catania.

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Cesare Catania exhibits his art in Cannes during the Cannes Film Festival period

After the amazing success obtained during the exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco during the Rolex Master Cup no more than 10 days ago, one of the most popular Italian contemporary artist Cesare Catania leaves his mark on the French Riviera and he will soon be the guest of honor among one of the most sparkling evenings of the Cannes Film Festival period. Catania will present, on May 14th 2018, at the gala dinner on the Radisson Hotel rooftop, one of his sculptures in silicone and acrylic. The master has repeatedly amazed the international criticism for his works and his techniques. How he mixes together substances so different from each other, like silicone and acrylic to make his sculptures, is today a mystery. During the evening in the colors of white and gold, surrounded by a luxury cocktail and a breathtaking view, there will be a prize draw among the participants and the lucky winner will take home a numbered copy and limited edition of the book called "Genesis", more of 450 pages with the life and works of the author. Obviously with the autograph and a dedication by the contemporary painter and sculptor Cesare Catania. Contacts: Cesare Catania ART ingenuity works – paintings – sculptures Art Gallery: Via Del Progresso 18 – 20125 – Milan (IT) web: www.cesarecatania.eu mail: press@cesarecatania.eu IG: @art_cesarecatania

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