SmartGift, the fastest growing gift-based e-Commerce and data platform, today announced that Pandora A/S and Aveda (an Estee Lauder Companies brand) join its award winning gift experience platform and network.
The global COVID-19 crisis is rapidly shifting consumer dynamics by accelerating online commerce and the need for personal and thoughtful human connection. Send with SmartGift volumes have risen sharply with Thank You, Just Because and Long Distance categories experiencing the biggest relative surge. Volumes relating to evergreen occasions like birthdays and anniversaries are also growing strongly.
Brands are accelerating their innovation efforts and are doubling down on online business with services that help nurture relationships and provide utility during this time. With temporary store closures and widely expected continued weakness in physical retail until the second half of 2021, personal online gift giving presents itself as a major opportunity for brands and retailers for the 2020 holidays and beyond.
“Being able to support and connect with our customers through digital activations is crucial during these uncertain times. We want to make the shopping experience as seamless as possible, which is why we are launching SmartGift, a service that allows our customers to easily shop for their loved ones online. With Mother’s Day fast approaching and being such an important holiday for Pandora, we hope SmartGift provides shoppers with a convenient way to show their appreciation for their moms, especially if they aren’t able to physically be with them,” said David Walmsley, Global Chief Digital Officer at Pandora Jewelry.
“We are proud to be able to bring people closer together right now. We hear of so many heartfelt messages of gratitude, love and kindness from remote teams, parents, grandparents, children, friends and partners who have to physically distance. Sending someone a token of appreciation is a way to connect when we can’t be there, spark joy and hope during deeply emotional and unsettling times, and make ourselves feel better, too. While nothing can replace those real hugs, we hope that SmartGift can provide a genuine expression of thoughtfulness. With Teacher Appreciation Week and Mother’s Day coming up fast, we are excited to have launched with Pandora Jewelry and Aveda. These exceptional brands set the standard for customer experience and make for meaningful gifts,” said Monika Kochhar, CEO at SmartGift.
“e-Commerce teams have vastly accelerated their speed of iteration and innovation as a necessary reaction to the current situation. I think it’s fair to say that every e-commerce team works harder than ever. I am pleased that our easy and light-touch setup allows us to get brands up and running quickly with top personal gifting experiences as we have seen most recently with Pandora and Aveda, and more to launch soon. I’d like to thank these brands and their teams for the great partnership,” adds Bernd Strenitz, Chief Product Officer at SmartGift.
Top brands such as 1-800-Flowers, Kendra Scott, Kipling, Movado, ReserveBar, TUMI, Theory, Under Armour, vineyard vines, Waterford and many others utilize the SmartGift platform to power their peer-to-peer gift recommendations, shopping and customer experience. The platform helps brands lower the cost of customer acquisition, and increase purchase frequency and customer lifetime value thanks to its suite of peer-to-peer and business-to-consumer customer acquisition, engagement, retention and reactivation products. Its award-winning Send with SmartGift product is used by consumers across leading brands to make every gift perfect.
SmartGift is a service that helps shoppers give the perfect gift, every time. The shopper can select an item to send, surprise and delight the giftee of their choice by giving them the chance to virtually unwrap their gift via text, email, or any other digital platform. Then the giftee can decide if it’s indeed the perfect gift. If not, he or she can swap for a same-priced item or alter the gift’s size, color or style. Once the giftee is happy with their choice, the shopper confidently completes the purchase and not until that point is the gifter charged.
SmartGift is the fastest growing, gift-based ecommerce and data platform today. Its award-winning patent-pending Send with SmartGift platform is used by retail brands and consumers to make every gift perfect. Leveraging AI and real-time gifting data, SmartGift helps retailers and brands to become more people-centric in their marketing and personalization experiences. Select an item to send, surprise and delight your giftee by giving them the chance to virtually unwrap their gift via text, email, or any other digital platform. They can decide if it’s indeed the perfect gift for them. If not, they can swap or exchange for a same-priced item or alter the gift’s size, color or style. Once the giftee is happy with their choice, the shopper confidently completes the purchase. For more information on how to gift across today's top jewelry, cosmetics, high-end luxury, fast fashion, performance gear, footwear, electronics, floral arrangements, gourmet food, luggage brands and more on https://business.smartgiftit.com/.
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
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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.
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!
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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.
Why sell off plan?
Property development is expensive so developers and their banks/financiers require some assurance that the units they are going to build will be sought-after by purchasers. Selling early offers a hedge against market correction or market competition. Developers assess commercial risk and will try to remove uncertainty – even at the cost of speculative profit.
Why buy off plan?
Developers are making a hedge while investors are making a call that the market will rise. It is a fact that since Dubai allowed foreigners to purchase Freehold property, almost every residential property investor who has taken a long-term view has made a sound investment, subject to the inevitable peaks and troughs that always appear along the way.
How do I form an investment strategy?
There is no easy answer as its mainly a matter of personal choice. Your budget will be one of the biggest influences though you must also consider your exit strategy, plus the length of time you plan to hold your investment and the cost of holding. The strategies are:
Pay your deposit, make the instalments and sell your contract before completion.
Let the property on completion and collect the rental income, pay running costs and retain the profit.
Where to buy?
This has to be a matter of personal choice and your budget, to a large extent, will determine what and where. However, there are three categories to consider:
The advantage here is that there should always be a ready market for either a re-sale or letting, however capital growth is generally restricted to the mood of the local market.
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Normally close to or within an established area where, for any number of reasons, the circumstances of the district are about to improve.
Buyers are making the greatest speculation and the view has to be that the district will become an up-and-coming area before ultimately turning into an established area.
When to buy?
Forecasting any market is always a difficult judgement call and the purchase of an off plan property is no exception – ultimately there are no guarantees.
Most investors like to buy at a time when prices are thought to be on the rise, or preferably when they are on a slow steady increase. Purchasers can then forecast the capital growth during the time they hold the property and plan a strategy rather than during a period of falling markets or very steep inflation.
When to hold and when to sell?
If you are looking to buy to flip, then it must be remembered that most buyers are looking for a property to occupy in the short term and not something that is unavailable to move into for a number of years. We advise placing a property for re-sale approximately three quarters of the way through the build programme or when it is possible for purchasers to walk into the property and see the aspect, size of rooms and general ambience of the completed scheme.
You still may not achieve the full value but you will, if purchased wisely (subject to market conditions), make a good profit on the amount paid to date.
What are the advantages of buying off plan?
For the purchaser, the potential upside of buying properties off plan is considerable. By purchasing at the earliest opportunity, the time difference between initially securing the contract with a fixed price against the value at completion can be significant and this upside is your instant profit.
Furthermore, by securing your unit(s) in the earliest phase, you can secure the style and type of property that matches your investment criteria and, in some instances, can influence the direction and specification of the finished property(ies). Looking at the pure financial implications of the transaction, you are paying a deposit and further instalments to purchase the property whilst enjoying the inflationary trends on 100% of the capital value.
Ashley Liang is a New York based dancer, choreographer and dance educator. She is the founder of the non-profit Ashley Liang Dance Company, Inc. and president of the Ashley Dance Center.
Liang’s performance “Flowing Colors of Charming Flowers” will combine Eastern and Western styles with some of Liang’s own creations: a special combination of classical ballet and traditional Chinese dance. Liang, who is passionate about promoting multicultural art, worked with a production team for six months to prepare the project. The show aims to carry forward Chinese dance and modern dance culture, promote the integration and development of multicultural art, and establish a bridge for international cultural and artistic communication. Liang focused on this multicultural bridge while studying for her M.A. in dance education at New York University.
“This show I produced was a non-profit performance and was dedicated to dance art. It is my great honor to share my original choreographies with the audiences at Lincoln Center, and present my theory in the form of dance, so as to truly promote the integration, communication and development of Chinese dance and modern dance culture,” Liang wrote in her graduate thesis.
The concluding dance program of Liang’s performance is accompanied by live music that marries the Chinese instruments guqin, guzheng and flute with violin and cello. In Liang’s vision, this will achieve the exchange of the Chinese and Western culture of dance and music.
Liang studied and performed at prestigious organizations in both China and the US. In addition to earning her M.A. in dance education at New York University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance at Queens College, she studied professional Chinese dance at the Beijing Dance Academy. Liang is the recipient of the awards “Excellent Dance Choreographer,” “Distinguished Dancer,” and “Excellent Dance Teacher,” presented by New York City Councilman Peter Koo and New York State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky.
In 2018, the Guggenheim Museum invited Liang to perform. In 2015, she choreographed and danced in Flowing Water and Nocturne in The Autumn Palace in collaboration with famous Chinese musician, Judy Yeh, at Shih-Hua Judy Yeh Guqin Concert at Carnegie Hall. She starred as the female lead, Yu Huan, in the dance drama The Story of Yu Huan, presented by off-Broadway Yangtze Repertory Theater of America and also choreographed the production in 2014.
Performance Date and Time: July 6, Saturday at 7:30pm
Performance Place: Alice Tully Hall Lincoln Center, 1941 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
Organizer: Ashley Liang Dance Company, Inc. (A Not-for-Profit Organization)
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Sierra Designs is proud to announce the successful resolution of a challenge in German court to their intellectual property, regarding their innovative zipperless sleeping bag. The Backcountry Bed is confirmed as the true pioneer in zipperless sleeping bags in the European Market.
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Designed to work more like a bed and less like a sleeping bag, the Backcountry Bed features a unique zipperless construction with access provided through a large opening in the top. An oversized, integrated comforter seals this opening, allowing you to sleep comfortably and intuitively on your back, side or stomach, a feat that is impossible to accomplish with a traditional mummy bag. The comforter can either be tucked in on cold nights or untucked when the weather is warmer. All of this means the Backcountry Bed is the most versatile and comfortable sleeping bag on the market today. The Backcountry Bed features PFC-free hydrophobic 700 fill DriDown™ insulation and materials and is offered in 20? Reg/Long and Women’s-specific constructed options, and 35? Reg/Long.
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Sagora Senior Living, a Fort Worth-based private corporation, announces the acquisition of Brookdale South San Angelo (2695 Valleyview Boulevard, 76904). The community becomes Sagora’s 39th senior living community.
"Sagora is proud to expand further into the West Texas area, enhancing the family-owned atmosphere we provide to enrich the lives of seniors and their families," said Sagora Senior Living, President Bryan McCaleb. “Our decision to expand assisted living and memory care in San Angelo allows our associates to provide a caring environment that fosters health, safety and high quality of life for each of our residents."
“Our team will focus on keeping our residents as independent and active as possible and on providing activities, entertainment and therapies to enhance and stimulate residents’ social needs.”
Residents of the community will receive the highest level of attention from professionally trained associates. Each resident is evaluated, and a custom care plan is designed and followed to provide the best care and service for them.
The community features 77 apartments—60 Assisted Living and 17 Memory Care apartments—and offers medication management, assistance with activities of daily living, transportation and common areas for social and recreational activities. Sagora employs their Pathways Memory Care Program, which is a focused approach to programming that provides the best possible lifestyle, care and environment for Memory Care residents.
“This community is all about changing the lives of our residents by putting them first in all we do,” said Sagora Senior Vice President Dara Brown. “Our qualified associates will provide personalized care, respect and comfort to our residents, spending quality time to get to know them and to understand their specific needs and interests.”
About Sagora Senior Living
Sagora Senior Living is one of the nation’s top 50 senior housing operators. The privately- owned company operates senior living communities throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Florida and soon in California. Living options include cottage homes, independent living, assisted living, respite and memory care. The company’s mission is to serve and celebrate the wisdom of residents and family members by enriching their lives with a “Resident First” philosophy developed locally within each community. Sagora hires qualified industry professionals, implements beneficial services and activities, and makes it a priority to listen to their residents. For more information about Sagora Senior Living, visit http://www.sagora.com.
For those looking to convert their traditional wood burning fireplace into something more efficient and economical, a gas fireplace insert may be the perfect solution. Upgrading the old fireplaces with fireplace inserts in Fremont and Hayward can give one a new living place with comfortable warmth.
Made up of cast iron or steel, these inserts give you a sense of warmth and comfort with an efficient burning. Available according to the type of fuels such as coal, and EPA certified wood, these inserts utilize latest technologies to save on the utility bills while enjoying the warm atmosphere of the room.
With boastful features such as fans, blowers, thermostats, and blowers, these fireplace inserts can be an excellent option for the household. Those who have an older home with wood burning inserts can benefit from a new insert. The wood fireplaces were designed with open combustion for effectiveness in low heating.
Usually, wood fireplaces acquire more air and result in quick burning and also wasting the energy quickly. However, using the fireplace inserts, the closed insulated glass doors slow down the burning and increase the temperature that results in stable combustion without wasting much energy.
This will bring an agreeable change in the energy bills when it comes to heating the room. Apart from providing one with protection and peace of mind, professional gas fireplace installation is essential to ensuring the unit's efficient function and performance, as well as making sure that installation mistakes don't compromise the gas fireplace warranty.
At Mister Chimney & Nova Fireplaces, the professional installers bring their extensive knowledge and experience into installing gas inserts, while providing beautiful conversions. They will work diligently to accomplish the right fit for a seamless aesthetic. The professional technicians will perform an inspection of the entire system to ensure the safe and comfortable operation of the gas insert fireplace.
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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.
As a Vancouver-based fencing company, the team at QS Fencing have specialized in residential fencing solutions since the company launched in 2010. To help homeowners who require fence installation for privacy and protection, QS Fences provides all-metal fencing and gates. For more, go to: http://www.qsfencing.ca/
Three of the most popular residential fencing services provided to homeowners are the repair and installation of metal pickets, privacy fences, and gates.
Picket fences function as a decorative or ornamental fence while providing a physical barrier around a property or garden. Commonly seen around the perimeter of a yard, the distinct style of a picket fence is well known to homeowners and easily adapted into metal for greater durability and style.
While privacy fences are more commonly associated with commercial rather than residential applications, options like the chain link fence, ornamental aluminum or steel fence panels are a viable option for homeowners concerned about safety and privacy. Products can be powder-coated in an unlimited selection of colors, and for commercial applications where security is paramount, options like barb and razor wire can be added.
Finally, as part of the services QS Fencing provides, gates (automatic or otherwise) can also be added to a fence. The team can work one on one with homeowners to help select and implement a solution that suits the property, architecture, and budget.
As a Vancouver fencing company, QS Fencing is fully licensed and insured. All workers are also WCB insured. With 15 years of experience in the industry, these professionals are committed to meeting any and all needs related to commercial and residential fencing. To learn more or request a free quote, call (604) 777-3057.
About QS Fencing
Established in 2010, QS Fencing is a family-owned business that aims to provide quality products and superior service. It is a Vancouver-based fencing company that is licensed and insured. All employees are WCB insured as well. QS Fencing serves the geographical areas of Vancouver, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Maple Ridge, Richmond, Surrey, and Delta, BC. To learn more, visit http://www.qsfencing.ca or call (604) 777-3057.
Steven Munsie and Mary Munsie, creators of a young people’s acting company, the Young Shakespearian Repertory Ensemble, at the Shakespeare Society of America’s Globe Playhouse, West Hollywood, have completed their new book “The Adventures of Samba Rat & Friends: Sherman the Last Dragon”: an enjoyable read that tells of a group of friends and their journey to keep each other safe and lead each other homeward.
Authors Munsie show that even at the face of danger, the power of love and friendship still triumphs: “Four woodland friends—Samba Rat; Peter Porcupine; Squirrely, a scout camp mascot; and Cindy, a ladybug—returning home from a spring picnic are caught in a storm and discover a large mysterious egg hidden in an ancient tree. When it hatches into a baby dragon, the four friends are set upon an adventure to find the little creature a home. The four friends are joined by Kitty Joy, a young master scout who first tracks them and then joins them on their adventure to find a mysterious sanctuary and save Sherman, the Last Dragon.”
Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Steven Munsie and Mary Munsie’s captivating fable contains vivid pictures that edify the reader’s imagination.
Readers who wish to experience this engrossing work can purchase “The Adventures of Samba Rat & Friends: Sherman the Last Dragon” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.
For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.
About Page Publishing:
Page Publishing is a traditional New York based full-service publishing house that handles all of the intricacies involved in publishing its authors’ books, including distribution in the world’s largest retail outlets and royalty generation. Page Publishing knows that authors need to be free to create - not bogged down with complicated business issues like eBook conversion, establishing wholesale accounts, insurance, shipping, taxes and the like. Its roster of authors can leave behind these tedious, complex and time-consuming issues, and focus on their passion: writing and creating. Learn more at http://www.pagepublishing.com.
Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center includes two LiveWall® Living Walls in the landscaping of the HOPE Tower. Hope Tower is the new 5 million, 300,000-square-foot outpatient care facility on the east campus of Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, N.J. The two green walls, totaling 514 square feet, were installed with the LiveWall® Outdoor Living Wall System, the green industry’s most sustainable, durable and low-maintenance living wall system.
“Guided by a patient-centered approach to care, and understanding that a sense of well-being and peace of mind are essential to healing, we set out to create an environment for holistic care that is beautiful, welcoming, accessible, and convenient,” said Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP, regional president, southern market, Hackensack Meridian Health. “From thinking about how patients and their families enter the building and what they see as they do, to selecting colors and materials, to designing the process of care and clinical workflow – every decision we made in the design of HOPE Tower was to enhance the patient experience and promote healing.”
“The green walls are essential,” said Drew Smithson, chief operating officer, Jersey Shore University Medical Center. “They transform highly visible exterior walls, which would be otherwise unremarkable, into vertical gardens that are an integrated part of the whole landscape.”
The two living walls each measure 22 feet 8 inches wide x 11 feet 3 and 3/8 inches high. Everyone who enters HOPE Tower from the parking garage walks along a corridor with floor to ceiling windows and sees the ground level green wall in a garden courtyard that is being established with a green roof. The living wall partially covers the exterior wall of a linear accelerator (technology used in precise radiation treatment of cancers). Rather than the cold, institutional feeling of a blank, gray wall, patients, their families and visitors are invited into HOPE Tower with a welcoming, calming view of sun-splashed greenery.
Plants are getting established on the other green wall, which is taking shape as part of the green roof landscape on the outdoor terrace that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean on the tenth floor. The green wall will soften the appearance of the exterior red brick wall. With the green wall, all four directions on the terrace will have visual interest and appeal.
“By extending the landscape up the sides of the structural walls, the green walls complement the landscape design and bring a vertical element to the spaces that make the landscapes more complete,” said Chris Cirrotti, vice president and principal in charge, Dewberry, the exterior civil engineering and landscape architecture firm for the HOPE Tower project.
Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center is a not-for-profit teaching hospital and the only Level II Trauma and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center in Monmouth and Ocean counties. It is home to K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital. With more than 1,200 physicians and dental staff in 60 specialty areas, the medical center’s team provides quality care in a patient-centered, environmentally friendly setting. The team’s commitment to excellence has earned Jersey Shore University Medical Center numerous accolades, including being named #4 in New Jersey.
The medical center’s clinical research program and commitment to medical education is evident through an affiliation with Hackensack Meridian School for Medicine at Seton Hall University. The medical center serves as an academic center dedicated to advancing medical knowledge, training future physicians and providing the community with access to promising medical breakthroughs.
Designed with a healthy regard for plants, LiveWall® is the patented living wall system that achieves simplicity and sustainability in harmony with nature. LiveWall is the result of four years of R&D by the professionals who created LiveRoof®, the superior green roof system. LiveWall green wall solutions are engineered with horticultural and structural features specific for indoor and outdoor environments. LiveWall supports plants as nature intended — roots growing down, stems and leaves growing up. With unsurpassed versatility to grow a diversity of plant types, LiveWall transforms ordinary walls into inspiring, thriving vertical landscapes that are simple to install and easy to maintain. Follow LiveWall on LinkedIn, like LiveWall on Facebook, and for more information call 877-554-4065.
Hearing Others’ Voices is a transcultural and transdisciplinary book series edited by British anthropologist Ruth Finnegan and Taiwanese physicist Roh-Suan Tung. The books are designed, in easy-peasy language, to enlighten and attract general readers, undergraduates, young adults and, above all, teenagers about recent advances in thought, overlooked areas of the world, and key issues of the day.
The general editors of Hearing Others’ Voices, Ruth Finnegan and Roh-Suan Tung, have done a tremendous job in eliciting books that tackle perpetual topics of interest such as mental health, the nature of the universe, of music and of storms, shamanism, voices of the Christian west, and our awesome minds and bodies.
The books in the series provide introductions, accessibly written (often illustrated, and linked to audio-video internet material), to the latest insights into fascinating and perpetual topics such as the different ways pain has been handled in the past and present, the history of children, the make-up of our incredible bodies, and much much more. They also reveal something of the wisdom of the often dismissed traditions of, for example, Amazonia, native Australia, and Africa, bringing a wider understanding and ownership of who we are, and how the world has come to be as it is.
With some similarities to the Oxford University Press ‘Very Short Introductions’, but shorter and more immediately readable, and to the popular English Ladybird books for a younger age group but more interactive and personally challenging than either, the books will be particularly suitable for young adults’ school and/or personal reading, and a perfect resource for mind-opening general studies in students’ final school year. They are designed to stimulate readers’ curiosity and provide the material and the insights to start addressing blind spots in self- and cultural-awareness.
The suggestions for further (tougher) reading for those who want to take their understanding further will be an invaluable tool for readers, including those at or preparing for university.
A notable, and unusual, feature is the interactive element in the form of discussion questions, suggested mini-projects, and audio-visual Internet links and/or customised blogs on the publishers’ website where readers are invited to contribute and interact.
The aim is to bring the material home to the personal interests of each and every reader, and help them grow.
Each book is by an acknowledged expert eager to communicate outside the too often closed realms of academe, or by practitioners, sometimes themselves young, who speak directly from their own experience. No empty pontificating from on high!
General readers and beginning undergraduates too will find much to interest them, set out in straightforward but not simplistic or patronising terms.
Not so much textbooks as sites for reflection and challenge, books in the series give readers a unique path into greater cognizance of our wonderful world, far and near, east and west, past and present. There are plans to issue some as audiobooks and to translate key titles into world languages, starting with Chinese.
The series logo has been created specially for Balestier Press by the celebrated designer Rob Janoff, the creator of the Apple logo and a keen supporter of the series’ aims. We expect his logo to play well with a young adult computer-mad audience.
Among other titles, the series will include the inspirational ‘For peace: voices against the fog and blood of war’, a collection from across the world and the centuries; ‘Grass: the miracle from the earth’; ‘Learning from Native American science’; and the remarkable ‘Listen to the beginning of the universe and what it means’ (with audio).
Other upcoming books by acclaimed experts and practitioners include ‘Teams, voices from the field’ by two New Zealand experts from sport and from urban planning; ‘Amazonia, the authentic voice of a shaman’, ’Decisions, decisions, decisions - with love: voice from the headteacher’s study’, ‘Listen to your feet’ by a podiatrist and sports physiotherapist, ‘Time for the world to learn from Africa’ by Africanist Ruth Finnegan, ‘“Dear Lulu”, a letter God might have written’ by Lord Rowan Williams, FBA (Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of all England 2002-2012), and ‘Listen world! music’s reverberating sounds’, by Dame Evelyn Glennie CH, virtuoso percussionist.
Though obviously presenting relevant and necessary information and in this sense educational, the prime aim is to engage rather than instruct. Young people, like their elders, need to know, and reflect on, who they are, how they have come to be like that, how the world is, how and why it has come to be as it is. and where, in their hands, it may be going.
How many of us ‘wear’ our seat belts properly?
As RoSPA state, seat belts should ‘be worn as tight as possible with no slack’ and ‘the lap belt should go over the pelvic region, not the stomach’. It is well documented that although the crash test dummies are in this perfect sitting position when new cars get tested by NCAP/EuroNCAP, this is not the position most of the world’s 900 million vehicle drivers are in during normal driving.
As EuroNCAP state “Occupant positioning is critical to effective protection during a collision: systems such as seatbelts and airbags do not work as effectively if the occupants are displaced from the expected sitting positions before the impact.”
Although seat belts are proven to reduce injury and save lives, after just a few miles we slip down just an inch or two and our pelvis rotates and this leads to the lap belt riding up off the pelvis onto the stomach, compromising the seatbelt safety. Any collision in this position leads to a very different outcome compared to the EuroNCAP tests. At lower impact speeds the seat belt can cause bruising but at higher speeds internal bleeding and even ‘submarining’ can occur, where the occupant slips under the seat belt. Ask any first-on-the-scene paramedic. A head on collision of 2 cars travelling more than 30mph leads to a 60mph impact. The seat belt works optimally when firmly across the hips to take the huge force on the strong pelvic bone, but if there is slack in the lap belt section, as happens commonly, the damage to the occupants can be fatal.
SHOFT is a new patented product that goes a long way to solving this problem, and it’s so simple.
We all want to sit in the safest position and although most of us start off in a healthy upright position with slack removed, gravity takes its toll after just a few miles and we tend to slip down and forwards slightly into a ‘slouch’ position. We often see drivers sit back up at traffic lights and even give the seat belt a tug upwards to remove the slack again, only for the process to happen again a few miles down the road.
The stark fact is that any slack in the lap belt or misplacement of the seat belt will compromise the effectiveness of the safety devices fitted to the car, such as airbags, knee protection and the seat belt as they are all designed and tested with the occupant sitting upright with seat belt across the hips and with no slack.
Now there is a simple solution.
SHOFTTM is a small palm-sized product designed to keep the slack out of the seat belt. After a 2 second install adding a SHOFT to the seat belt provides it with extra functionality by turning it into an ‘anti-slouch’ device. By keeping out the usual slack that creeps into our seatbelts, SHOFT helps to keep both driver and passengers in a better and potentially safer seated position. And with our poor posture in cars being identified as a major cause of back pain, SHOFT also helps to solve a problem that nearly all of us will have to deal with.
The innovative simple design invented by Dr Graham Cox and his father Ronald, is made from a specially designed soft material that fits by slipping over the top of your car seat belt tongue (that’s the bit you grab every time you buckle up).
How does it work?
SHOFT has a specifically designed built in ‘brake pad’ made of a secret formula called GRIPteneTM, that engages the seat belt webbing across the lap portion when you buckle up and this helps to resist slack creeping into the lapbelt. SHOFT only affects the lap section of the seat belt, so the occupant can lean forwards in the seat to reach dials as normal.
Adding SHOFT to your vehicle can help you comply with RoSPA guidelines and will help ensure your seat belt is optimally positioned every mile of your trip.For more infomration visit us at www.shoft.co.uk.