Shaw Sports Turf Baseball Systems – Thoroughly Researched and Trusted By The Pros

Shaw Sports Turf has become the go to turf provider for professional baseball. Five Major League Baseball teams have trusted the brand to supply a top-of-the-line playing surface. The Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers, Miami Marlins, and Tampa Bay Rays all have opted for Shaw Sports Turf game fields while the Toronto Blue Jays decided to install a field at their practice facility. The company is outfitting the Fredericksburg Nationals as well at the MiLB level.

Shaw Sports Turf’s competitors in the industry tout 300 hours of research. That amounts to only 7.5 dedicated weeks of baseball research which pales in comparison to Shaw Sports Turf's years of testing and analysis. The over 4,200 hours dedicated to B1K development and over 10,500 hours dedicated to baseball specific research illustrates Shaw Sports Turf’s commitment to excellence.

Philipe Aldahir, Ph.D. is Shaw Sports Turf’s Director of Research and Innovation and has helped develop a system of benchmarking playability characteristics of elite playing surfaces. This research allows for those characteristics to be replicated in a Shaw Sports Turf system. The goal is to not only be the best artificial turf surface, but the best playing surface – period.

Shaw Sports Turf is the only company with years of research dedicated to collecting data specific to baseball resulting in the B1K, Batting a Thousand, turf system. Working with university research partners, Shaw Sports Turf was able to study the playability of the surface as well as the athlete’s interaction with it. This knowledge allowed the development of a surface with the player in mind, designed to not interfere with the game and enhance player performance.

The Geofill® Performance Infill within the blades forms a firm surface similar to natural soil with lower energy rebound levels that mimic high-performance natural grass. The result is a more natural playing posture and motion from the players, creating less fatigue as their bodies will not have to overcompensate for the “bounciness” of the surface. The B1K surface also creates natural baseball bounce, allowing players to charge the ball confidently while fielding.

This infill is also right for those with a commitment to sustainability, as the Geofill infill is made from natural materials that are environmentally friendly. The transition to a synthetic playing surface provides significant savings in water consumption each season by requiring less water to maintain the system.

“From our first visit with the staff at Shaw Sports Turf, we were clear that a synthetic grass surface for Globe Life Field would only be a consideration if it could deliver the best surface in Major League Baseball and address the concerns we had related to impact on the players,” said Rob Matwick, Rangers Executive Vice President of Business Operations. “Months of detailed research that included extensive input from our Baseball Operations group from both a health and performance aspect have resulted in this decision.

“Shaw’s commitment to research and development have been second-to-none,” said Matwick. “However, its engagement with the study at Auburn demonstrated to our staff that Shaw was just as concerned about player safety as we were.”

“Baseball has done research all year long, along with Shaw, they’ve been out at Auburn University to test all this. This isn’t like what you’ve seen in the past. It’s not like an astroturf,” Derrick Hall, CEO and President of the Arizona Diamondbacks said. “This synthetic grass is going to be consistent; it’s going to look great. It’s about fan experience where — I have heard for the last couple of years how hot and miserable fans have been in this building and that’s because we’ve had to keep direct sunlight on this grass that’s not growing right anyways.”

“In going through the process of evaluating the playing surface at Marlins Park in 2019, we set out to find a solution to combat the challenges we have experienced with growing natural grass in Marlins Park,” said Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter. “We appreciate the extensive research and new technology from our partners at Shaw Sports Turf to help us deliver a consistent playing field designed to enhance the safety for players and the playability for baseball.”


A wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Shaw Industries is a full flooring provider to the residential and commercial markets. Shaw supplies carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient, and tile/ stone flooring products, as well as synthetic turf. Shaw Sports Turf is one of the leading synthetic turf companies in North America and has represented quality and innovation for more than two decades with over 3,000 successful installations, including an impressive list of high-profile field installations. For more information please visit http://www.shawsportsturf.com, call 866-703-4004 or find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

BATTING A THOUSAND and B1K are trademarks of Shaw Contract Flooring Services, Inc.

Geofill is a registered trademark of Italgreen SPA.

Posted in: Sports,U.S

Cisive Honored in CIO Applications’ Top 25 HR Tech Solution Providers 2020

Cisive, a global provider of compliance-driven human capital management and risk management solutions, today announced it was named by CIO Applications as one of Top 25 HR Technology Solution Providers 2020. CIO Applications recognizes HR leaders’ need for an expert HR solution provider that can develop and strengthen the capabilities of corporate HR teams while bringing the advantages of quality and efficiency to the fore. Their Top 25 HR Technology Solution Providers list represents the most proficient HR solution providers in the industry.

“Cisive is honored to be recognized as one of the top 25 HR technology solution providers by CIO Applications, a testament to our commitment to quality and efficiency throughout the years,” said James Owens, President and CEO at Cisive. “In order to effectively partner with our clients as they face hiring challenges in a rapidly changing global environment exacerbated by the pandemic crisis, Cisive is prepared to continue serving the business community during these unprecedented times. More than ever, we are focused on delivering innovative technological solutions that provide the HR community with the key information to meet their hiring goals and critical business needs.”

Cisive’s core onboarding and pre-employment background screening offering provides clients with a streamlined, high quality, and regulatory compliant solution. The company’s comprehensive services include background screening, vendor/contractor screening, executive screening, drug testing, fingerprinting, paperless onboarding, and electronic Form I-9/E-Verify solutions.

In addition to being named as one of CIO Applications’ Top 25 HR Technology Solution Providers in 2020, Cisive has previously been honored as Company of the Year by CIO Review and as one of 2019’s 50 Most Admired Companies by The Silicon Review. For more information about Cisive’s suite of solutions, visit http://www.Cisive.com.

About Cisive

Cisive is a global leader in compliance-driven human capital and risk management solutions, providing onboarding and pre-employment background screening solutions to address the complex challenges and needs of large enterprises with dedicated, in-country account management teams committed to customer satisfaction. Cisive is accredited by the Professional Background Screeners Association (PBSA) and was named for the third consecutive year by HRO Today to the 2019 Baker’s Dozen Customer Satisfaction rankings of Top Pre-Employment Screening Providers, in addition to being named Company of the Year by CIO Review. The company and its brands serve clients in financial services, transportation, telecom/media, healthcare, utilities and the home services end-markets, among others. For additional information, please visit http://www.cisive.com.

Posted in: Finance,Personal Finance,Services,U.S

Small Business Scores Big Win with FinalWipe

In the midst of challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, Final, a small female-led company sought a relevant, mission-based solution to declining sales. The team found hope for the future as they launched a new product called FinalWipe—a multipurpose reusable wipe made from soft, highly absorbent, antimicrobial material.

At a time when sanitation and limited resources are a concern, Final was inspired to find a solution for the future. The team decided it was the right moment to pivot and find a way to make a difference.

Final launched FinalWipe on Kickstarter on March 31 and gained immediate traction. The project was fully funded, at ,000, in less than eight hours. It went on to raise an additional ,000, for a total of ,000, by the end of the first day.

“As we watched this global crisis unfold, I turned to my team to find a solution that would resonate with the community and also stay true to our mission as a company, ” said Emma Rose Cohen, CEO and Founder of Final. “FinalWipe is a product that was born in response to current issues and will have a place in the sustainable world for years to come.”

Final has several additional products slated for release in 2020.

About Final:

The Final Co. LLC, DBA Final, launched FinalStraw, the world’s first reusable, collapsible straw, on Kickstarter in 2018. Final is on a mission to create reusable, responsibly made products that reduce the need for single-use products, empower individuals to change their buying habits, and raise awareness about the impacts of our everyday decisions.

©2020 The Final Co. LLC. All rights reserved. Final’s products and all Final logos, trademarks, and images are the property of The Final Co. LLC.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

Aeroflow Healthcare Launches New Division To Pursue Mergers, Acquisitions and Private Equity Investments

Aeroflow Healthcare, a leading durable medical equipment (DME) provider and Inc. 5000 fastest growing company, today announced the launch of Aeroflow Ventures. Aeroflow Ventures is a new division within the organization focused exclusively on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and private equity investment in DME companies nationwide.

“For DME companies that are considering partnership, sales, or spin-off opportunities, there are so many ways to achieve an outcome that works for everyone,” said Scott Sonnone, CFO at Aeroflow. “Whether the interest is in a quick path to liquidity or the desire for a broader partnership, we are open to the full spectrum of possibilities,” said Sonnone. “Our willingness to look at all potential structures is really what sets us apart.” Aeroflow Ventures’ investment decisions will be driven by financial metrics, but also will weigh intangible concerns such as patient care and transition, cultural fit, employee retention, and other integration-related issues.

Aeroflow Ventures is a critical piece of the Company’s overall strategic vision and growth strategy. Significant capital and resources have been dedicated to this initiative, with particular interest in the areas of sleep therapy, urology and incontinence and maternity care. “We are also interested in opportunities outside of these categories, so long as there are identifiable synergies to be realized,” added Sonnone.

This announcement comes at the same time the company has launched its new website at https://aeroflowinc.com/. The new comprehensive website has been redesigned to provide an overview of Aeroflow’s primary segments and clarify the organization’s strengths to both patients and industry stakeholders.

About Aeroflow Healthcare

Aeroflow Healthcare was founded in Asheville, NC in 2001 as a home oxygen provider, and has since grown to become one of the leading durable medical equipment providers nationwide. For three consecutive years, Aeroflow has been ranked on Inc. Magazine’s List of 5000 Fastest Growing Companies. In 2017, Aeroflow was also awarded the HME Excellence Award for Best Home Medical Equipment Provider and has been recognized as a business offering top-notch benefits to employees with the Great Place to Work Award. Aeroflow is an accredited Medicare and Medicaid provider and accepts most commercial insurance. To learn more about Aeroflow Healthcare and getting medical equipment through insurance, visit Aeroflowinc.com.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,Services,U.S

TD Madison Leads Successful Executive Search for CableLabs’ New Vice President of Wireless

TD Madison, a trusted provider of executive recruitment services to the cable and broadband industry, is pleased to congratulate Rakesh Taori on his new role as the Vice President of Wireless at CableLabs®. TD Madison undertook an exhaustive executive search and recruitment program, identifying Taori as the strongest candidate in a competitive field.

Rakesh Taori is a 5G pioneer who has passionately led 5G efforts for over a decade. His involvement with 5G started with the identification of spectrum for 5G to the regulators (2010), before leading the 5G system design team and driving early feasibility studies and ecosystem efforts at Samsung. Taori helped cofound a 5G startup company called Phazr, which spearheaded some of the first 5G trials (2017) and pilot deployments (2018) with Tier-1 operators in the EU and carried out exhaustive indoor 5G propagation studies with Japanese Tier-1 operators. Taori is an expert in cellular system design and Mobile and Wi-Fi networking standards.

Taori will be responsible for driving and executing CableLabs' wireless and mobile area vision and strategy. He will report to Mariam Sorond, CableLabs' Chief Research and Development Officer, whose recruitment TD Madison also managed.

“We are pleased to have once again successfully placed a senior executive at CableLabs, the most innovative and influential research and development lab in the cable and broadband industry. It was a pleasure to work with the CableLabs team, and we're thrilled to congratulate Rakesh as he takes up a position that will have an enormous impact on the future of 5G, wireless, and mobile networking,” said Dean Madison, CEO of TD Madison.

Before joining CableLabs, Rakesh was the first JMA Fellow of 5G Technologies at JMA Wireless, which acquired Phazr, a 5G startup at which Rakesh was Vice President of Systems and Standards and a founding employee. While at Phazr, Taori led the system design team that helped to architect and build the company's innovative 5G base station. Before Phazr, Taori held positions at Samsung, Ericsson, and Phillips, as well as serving on the Wi-Fi Alliance board and as Vice Chairman of the IEEE 802.16 working group. Rakesh is a prolific inventor with over 150 granted US patents.

“With vast amounts of unlicensed, shared spectrum for local/private 5G becoming available, cable operators offering wired and wireless services have an unprecedented opportunity to build a truly converged network of the future. CableLabs is in a unique position to architect, define and drive the network convergence paradigm. I'm looking forward to working with the world-class researchers and engineers at CableLabs, helping the cable and broadband industry to innovate the next generation of wired and wireless networks," said Rakesh Taori.

TD Madison has been the trusted executive recruitment partner of the cable and broadband industry for over thirty years. The full life-cycle executive recruitment agency works with clients throughout the recruitment process to identify, assess, and negotiate with senior technology executives. TD Madison's combination of industry knowledge and evidence-based assessments helps clients like CableLabs to identify and recruit the ideal candidate for C-suite, VP, and Director-level positions.

About TD Madison

TD Madison and Associates works with clients across the cable and broadband industry, providing executive recruitment, training, and staff augmentation to businesses ranging from emerging growth firms to Fortune 500 companies. With over three decades of experience, TD Madison finds exceptional leaders for exceptional companies. To learn more, visit: http://www.tdmadison.com

Posted in: Technology,U.S,World

Citisoft Announces New Leadership in UK Practice

Citisoft, a global investment management consulting firm, has announced the hire of David Higgins as Managing Director in their UK practice.

Citisoft’s portfolio of asset management clients continues to expand globally and David’s hire will strengthen the firm’s overall presence in Europe. Under David’s leadership, Citisoft plans to expand its delivery team based in London and capitalize on the firm’s longstanding reputation as a consulting leader in the UK financial services market.

“We’re excited to announce David’s hire to strengthen and broaden our presence in Europe. We continue to see both UK-based and global asset managers search for an experienced consulting partner as their operating models and technology rapidly evolve,” said Tom Secaur, COO of Citisoft. “David’s experience and leadership will help us meet the needs of our clients and the broader market while continuing to grow our global presence.”

David joins Citisoft with over 20 years of experience in asset management technology and operations. From 2005-2010, David was a consultant in Citisoft’s UK practice. Since that time, David has assumed senior responsibilities working for RBC, HSBC, Merian Global Investors, and Aviva Investors as the Head of Global Transformation, Operating Model and Suppliers.

“David’s 20+ years of experience in our space, coupled with his knowledge of the UK marketplace and pre-existing knowledge of Citisoft make him the perfect candidate to lead our UK practice,” said Paul Migliore, CEO of Citisoft. “We are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to bring David back to the firm in a senior leadership position. Under David’s leadership, we look forward to expanding our delivery team in the UK and providing on-the-ground service and experience to our global clients.”

This announcement follows the opening of Citisoft’s first Canadian office in 2018. Since that time, the firm has seen steady growth in both their client-base in North America as well as the number of clients in need of a consulting partner with deep experience in global markets. Citisoft has operated in London since 1986 and this key hire will capitalize on both Citisoft’s expertise in the UK as well as the firm’s need to meet the needs of clients with growing global footprints.

About Citisoft

Citisoft is a global consulting firm dedicated to servicing the investment management industry. Our staff and management bring credibility and hands-on knowledge to every facet of our client relationships, backed by a history of successful partnerships with leading investment management firms and industry service providers. With our deep understanding of all aspects of the investment management process, our clients benefit from our ability to identify industry trends and accurately assess their effects. Through our Advisory and Delivery services, we offer a full complement of consulting capabilities ranging from strategy formation through guiding and implementing successful business change. Learn more at http://www.citisoft.com.

Posted in: Finance,Finance Market,U.S

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

Data Media Associates Extend Patient Billing Solutions with Pay by Text from Everyware

Everyware is redefining healthcare payment processing and patient engagement by offering Pay by Text with two-way messaging that helps companies collect more payments. They are invested in giving health organizations and medical billing companies the best new way to connect, collect and reduce barriers to payment.

Data Media Associates, LLC (DMA), known and trusted for over 40 years for offering the latest ways to streamline the statement-to-payment process, is dedicated to helping providers get paid. Now, DMA will elevate its multifaceted payment solution suite even further by offering Everyware’s Pay by Text and two-way messaging solution into their mix.

“We’ve known text communication and billing were on the rise and have been planning to extend our SMS services for some time now. So we’re very excited to bring this new pay by text solution to our providers and their patients.” - Cleve Shultz, President, Data Media Associates.

The best healthcare billing organizations today already offer a mobile billing option. The forward-thinking ones, however, recognize growing demand for business-to-consumer texting. This includes billing via text message and accepting SMS payments alongside paper or other methods. Sending an invoice text ahead of a paper statement, following up with automatic reminder text, alerts and gives patients the chance to take care of their bill from their phone easily.

“Our healthcare clients have been surprised to be able to connect with patients they couldn’t contact by other means. With pay by text they hit the bullseye, got paid, and even re-engaged with patients wanting to schedule new appointments.” - Larry Talley, CEO & Founder, Everyware

With more people looking for frictionless, contactless payment methods to avoid touching cash, mail and plastic, Everyware’s Pay by Text is growing fast because it gives patients a way to pay from anywhere.

About Everyware

Everyware is a conversational payment gateway enabling Pay by Text and two-way messaging with customers. Making text communication a part of the purchase process improves the customer experience and helps companies get paid faster. Get started with Everyware for Healthcare, watch the Everyware Pay by Text video and follow Everware on Linkedin for the latest updates.

About DMA

Data Media Associates (DMA) LLC, founded in 1975 by Bob Murphy, is one of the largest independently owned and operated print and mail businesses. DMA services the medical community across the country with print and mail services for patient statements, collection letters, paper claims, and special notes. Service also features acceptance of electronic claims which are processed in real time, giving an immediate electronic remittance to submitted claims. To learn more, visit http://www.dma.us.

Posted in: Finance,Finance Market,Technology,U.S

Focus Technology Achieves Titanium Tier in 2020 Dell Technologies Partner Program

This is the third consecutive year Focus has advanced its tier status with Dell—moving from Gold to Platinum to Titanium—signifying the firm’s rapid growth over the past three years.

As a Titanium member of the Dell Technologies Partner Program, Focus Technology serves a key role in providing innovative solutions that solve customers’ problems of today and tomorrow. With over two decades of experience in converged and hyper-converged infrastructure, storage, server and core client, and an extensive track record delivering business results, Focus has demonstrated unmatched expertise that distinguishes them as a top Dell partner.

“We are excited and privileged to be among Dell’s top partners who hold the most advanced certifications and know-how around Dell’s gold standard IT solutions,” said Doug Alexander, CEO of Focus Technology. “Using our deep understanding of Dell’s portfolio, we are able to enhance our own infrastructure solutions portfolio to offer exceptional value and address each client’s unique business requirements and strategic vision,” he added.

“Holding the highest level of certifications with capabilities and resources that span the Dell Technologies portfolio of solutions, we are thrilled to welcome Focus Technology into our exclusive community of Titanium Tier partners,” said Gregg Ambulos, SVP, North American Channel Sales, Dell. “We look forward to the ongoing collaboration we’ve enjoyed with Focus over the past ten years as we partner to innovate and offer transformative value to customers.”

About Focus Technology    

Founded in 1997, Focus Technology is a leading Boston-based information technology firm that offers organizations new ways to consume technology. By designing and implementing innovative IT solutions through personalized service, Focus Technology delivers positive results that support the customers’ strategic vision. Our team of experienced industry-certified solutions architects provides customized solutions specifically designed to address each client’s unique business requirements.

With expertise in next-generation data center infrastructure, managed IT services, cloud solutions and cyber security, Focus Technology is one of the top IT solution providers in the Northeast. The company has earned numerous awards and accolades, including CRN MSP Elite 150, CRN MSP Security 100, CRN Fast Growth 150, CRN Tech Elite 150, CRN Triple Crown Winner and Boston Business Journal’s Best Places to Work.

For more information visit focustsi.com, Twitter @FocusTSI or LinkedIn

Posted in: Computers & Software,Technology,U.S,Website & Blog

Jeremy Hudson Named to the 2020 Food Logistics Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain

Open Sky Group is pleased to announce that Food Logistics has named Jeremy Hudson, Director, Client Services, to its 2020 Food Logistics Champion: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain award.

Open Sky Group, global Blue Yonder specialists, implements and upgrades warehouse, labor and transportation management software and has helped over twenty food and beverage clients with warehouse and labor management optimization projects in a variety of facility environments, including cold storage. Hudson was recognized for his expertise in optimizing distribution processes for many food and beverage companies.

As Director of Client Services, Jeremy was part of ten successful warehouse and labor management solution go-lives in 2019 alone. Some of his work with food and beverage clients includes applying engineered labor standards to produce significant workforce savings; using mobile capabilities to better manage the workforce and provide enhanced coaching capabilities and systematic automation of incentive algorithms; and occasionally designing versatile allocation, picking and staging approaches that allow for adaptability to various order sizes. Jeremy’s projects demand consideration of advance lot, date rotation and shelf life requirements and frequently involve automation including palletization, sortation, ASRS and pallet shuttling.

“There are so many challenges facing the food industry today - from safety and security, to compliance and regulations and product quality and shelf life, says Jeremy Hudson, Director, Client Services, Open Sky Group. “The companies that embrace technology and dedicate the people, time and dollars it requires to truly understand and use it well, will find that they are the ones who grow and thrive. It's not a one-time “set it and forget it” proposition - the successful companies know this and commit.”

“Jeremy embodies ‘Rock Star’ in my mind,” says Curt Sardeson, CEO of Open Sky Group. “He came to us with a deep labor software background and within two years had mastered warehouse management and was running multiple implementation projects at once. Jeremy puts his full energy, which is considerable, behind everything he does and deeply understands the challenges our food and beverage customers face every day.”

2020 Food Logistics Champion: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain recognizes influential individuals in our industry whose achievements, hard work, and vision have shaped and attained milestones in safety, efficiency, productivity and innovation through the global food supply chain.

“The 2020 Food Logistics Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain showcases the true rock stars of the industry, those that go the extra mile, so to speak, to ensure their company’s supply chains are being operated in an efficient, safe and transparent manner,” says Marina Mayer, editor-in-chief of Food Logistics. “These professionals are a true example as to why today’s food and beverage supply chains are in position to curtail tomorrow’s consumers’ demands, and why today’s youth should consider the supply chain and logistics industry as a possible path of employment.”

Recipients of this year’s 2020 Food Logistics Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain award will be profiled in the March 2020 issue of Food Logistics, as well as online.

Food Logistics is published by AC Business Media, a business-to-business media company that provides targeted content and comprehensive, integrated advertising and promotion opportunities for some of the world’s most recognized B2B brands. Its diverse portfolio serves the construction, logistics, supply chain and other industries with print, digital and custom products, events and social media.


Open Sky Group, global specialists in WMS, Labor and TMS software upgrades and implementations, helps clients lower costs and risks and reduce time to implement with its proprietary methodology and no-modifications approach. A gold implementation partner and reseller of Blue Yonder Warehouse, Workforce, Warehouse Labor and Transportation Management software, Open Sky Group strives every day to be the best consulting partner on the planet for supply chain solutions.

Contact: Open Sky Group
Darcy Reeves
VP of Marketing

Posted in: Computers & Software,Technology,U.S

Garden Center 911: Instant Online Revenue — No Tech Required

As garden centers across the United States are ordered to shut their doors to comply with shelter in place and social distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, Little Prince of Oregon Nursery has launched a new online referral program to help businesses maintain service to customers and offset losses without requiring cash outlay.

Beginning March 26, garden centers can use their social media, email marketing, and other digital channels to refer customers to the Little Prince online store—and make 20% of the purchase price on each sale they refer. No web setup, no tech, no inventory management, just an opportunity to continue to get plants to customers and money in the bank. The new program is called Garden Center 911 and is intended to create a low-input income stream for garden centers at a time when revenue is imperative for survival and while face-to-face interactions and transactions are severely limited.

Mark Leichty, Director of Business Development at Little Prince, says, “One of our core beliefs at Little Prince is the best place to buy Little Prince plants is your local Garden Center. That’s the first message an online shopper sees when they enter our online store, and that will never change.” He continues, “We know that many garden centers have closed temporarily due to COVID-19, and we want to help support those businesses that supported us for so many years.”

About the program, Shaina Froehlich, Garden Center Manager of Froelich’s Farm and Garden Center in Pennsylvania says, “In a time when the future is unknown, Little Prince of Oregon brings a beacon of light to the independent garden center industry. For the 2020 season, our first day open was also the last day before we were forced to switch our sales to curbside pickups and local deliveries only. Little Prince of Oregon’s Garden Center 911 program gives us the opportunity to create an avenue of revenue, even when our doors are mandated to remain closed.”

How Garden Center 911 Works

-Upon approval of documents submitted, each garden center will receive an individualized referral link to http://www.littleprinceplants.com for digital sharing.

  • A garden center shares the link on social media, on their website, email newsletters, YouTube descriptions, and other marketing communications, letting their customers know that they can purchase plants online while still benefiting their local garden center.
  • For each order placed through the referral link, the garden center will receive 20% of the purchase price of plants (not including shipping).


It’s that easy!

Ready to learn more? Email mark@littleprinceoforegon.com.

Why Partner with Little Prince of Oregon?

Lloyd Traven, owner of Peace Tree Farm, a wholesale nursery in Pennsylvania, says, “Little Prince has fabulous and cool plants, packaged cleverly and marketed for consumer joy, and has also devised a solid shipping system already in place to go NOW. Their website is easy to use and robust.” Customers can select from nearly 1,000 varieties, including succulents, perennials, ornamental grasses, groundcovers, and more. “This could really be a lifeline to hard-pressed retailers who need to shut the doors for safety and cannot sell now. So many do not have any working solution for online business, and it might be their only option for months,” says Traven. “Even though we are a wholesaler, we will be participating. Why not?”

While participating in Garden Center 911 won’t replace all income lost by garden centers, it offers an easy way to replace some income (in hopes of reopening) and continue to get plants to customers who are clamoring for them right now. And for those garden centers that are open, but focusing on edibles for food-essential positioning, Garden Center 911 allows garden centers to “sell” ornamentals without needing to order, stock, care for, and devote resources to them—the best of both worlds.

For More Information

Mark Leichty
(503) 522-9678


Posted in: Home & Garden,U.S

Nexus Adopts New Name to Better Reflect Strategic Direction: Nonprofit’s Rebranding Aligns Services and Reflects Family-Based Approach

Nexus, a national nonprofit organization that provides mental health services to youth and families, is changing its name to Nexus Family Healing. For more than 45 years, Nexus has focused on rebuilding lives, reconnecting families and restoring hope for youth and families suffering from mental, emotional and behavioral issues. Moving forward, Nexus Family Healing will fulfill that purpose with a new name, a refreshed brand, greater integration of its services, and a talented new leadership team led by Dr. Michelle K. Murray, LMFT, President and CEO.

On the frontline of Nexus Family Healing’s work are its eight agencies, including Minnesota-based FACTS, Gerard, Kindred and Mille Lacs; Indian Oaks and Onarga in Illinois; PATH throughout North Dakota; and Woodbourne in Maryland. Through these agencies, Nexus Family Healing provides an array of individualized mental health services in outpatient/community mental health, foster care and adoption, and residential treatment. Murray and the headquarters team in Plymouth, MN are focused on providing innovative and efficient support to the agencies as the organization works to integrate services across the country, expand community mental health offerings to address increased need, and consistently deliver its family-focused approach.

As part of the rebranding effort, the individual agencies will feature the Nexus Family Healing name alongside their own names in a consistent brand architecture supporting their integration into a single system. A new tagline, “Restoring hope. Reshaping futures.” underscores the outcome of Nexus Family Healing’s work.

“Our new name clearly conveys our understanding that in order to change a child’s life, families, too, must be supported and healed. Our dedication to providing innovative, effective, trauma-informed mental health care is as much about families as the youth that we serve,” said Murray. “Every time we help children change the course of their lives, we are breaking a cycle for current and future generations that continues long after our work is done. By interrupting cycles of harm, we create the possibility of healthier families, more stable communities and a better world.”

About Nexus Family Healing

The mission of Nexus Family Healing is to change the course of children’s lives by stabilizing families and strengthening mental health. For more than 45 years, Nexus has used innovative, personalized approaches to heal trauma, break cycles of harm, and reshape futures through outpatient/community mental health services, foster care and adoption, and residential treatment. Headquartered in Minnesota, Nexus agencies include Nexus-FACTS, Nexus-Gerard, Nexus-Kindred and Nexus-Mille Lacs in Minnesota; Nexus-Indian Oaks and Nexus-Onarga in Illinois; Nexus-PATH throughout North Dakota; and Nexus-Woodbourne in Maryland. As a system of services dedicated to healthier families, more stable communities and a better world, Nexus Family Healing restores hope and reshapes futures.

Posted in: Family & Parenting,Health & Medicine,U.S

ChangeUp Named to Inc. Magazine’s First-Ever List of the Midwest’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—The Inc. 5000 Series: Midwest

With two-year revenue growth of 121%, ChangeUp placed 175th in the Midwest, 15th among the retail industry, and 2nd for the retail industry in Ohio.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Inc. 5000 list and ranked alongside so many remarkably innovative businesses,” said Lee Carpenter, CEO and co-founder of ChangeUp. “Our business is changing the future of retail experiences across a wide variety of industries nationally, and our growth is a testament to our amazing team that has adapted as our business has transformed into where we are today.”

Born of the annual Inc. 5000 franchise, this regional list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the Midwest economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses.

“The companies on this list demonstrate just how much the small-business sector impacts the economies of each Midwest state,” says Inc. editor in chief Scott Omelianuk. “Across every single industry, these businesses have posted revenue and growth rates that are beyond impressive, further proving the tenacity of their founders and CEOs.”

“It’s rewarding to be on the leading-edge of change,” said Lynn Gonsior, COO and co-founder of ChangeUp. “The last year has been full of disruption in our industry. From the threat of a literal retail apocalypse to COVID-19, we’ve helped clients grow and adapt their brand strategy, customer experience, and architectural design.”

The companies on this list show stunning rates of growth across all industries in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Between 2016 and 2018, these 250 private companies had an average growth rate of 360 percent and, in 2018 alone, they employed more than 27,000 people and added billion to the Midwest’s economy. Companies based in the Chicago, Detroit, and Cincinnati areas brought in the highest revenue overall.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000 Series: Midwest, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, metro area, and other criteria, can be found at inc.com/inc5000-series-midwest-2020.html.

About ChangeUp:

ChangeUp is an independent retail brand experience agency that’s connected customers with unforgettable brands for over 40 years. Our team has the expertise of a global agency and agility of a boutique, providing clients with the best of both worlds. Our model integrates meaningful brand strategy, memorable experience design, and measurable architecture & validation, providing clients like Buffalo Wild Wings, Macy’s, Best Buy, Stop & Shop, Corona and Cadillac with capabilities across the customer experience. From start-ups to established companies, we drive change for fast-moving brands. We believe change is not a risk; it’s the answer. Learn more at http://www.ChangeUpInc.com.

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Regional Series


The 2020 Inc. 5000 Regional Series is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2016 and 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2016. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2018. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2016 is 0,000; the minimum for 2018 is million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons.

About Inc. Media

The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit http://www.inc.com.

Posted in: Retail,Shopping & Deal,U.S

SIUE School of Nursing Hosts Virtual Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Conference

It’s consistently clear that nurses play a huge societal role as educated, compassionate medical professionals and abundantly so in the midst of the current world health crisis. Whether on the frontlines, as administrators, educators or aspiring healthcare workers, nurses continuously seek new knowledge and skillsets that will add value for their patients.

One of the latest examples of this dedication is the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing’s (SON) innovative Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) program. Despite the suspension of on-campus activities at SIUE as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the ANEW program held its first continuing education conference on Saturday-Sunday, March 21-22 in a virtual format.

Almost 300 attendees, comprising regional Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) and students, participated remotely in the regional conference as nationally-renowned speakers presented on topics of opioid crisis, non-opioid pain treatment options, recognizing addictive behavior, rehabilitation of the opioid dependent patient, and long-term follow-up strategies.

“The ability of healthcare providers, and in particular, nurse practitioners to appropriately serve a patient population struggling with opioid use disorders within rural areas of Illinois is of critical importance,” said SIUE SON Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical Site Coordinator and Instructor Melissa Bogle, DNP, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC. “I was incredibly impressed with the level of participation, engagement and best practice sharing from attendees. Despite the virtual environment, you could sense the collegiality of the group.”

“We received so much interest from healthcare providers in the bi-state area for this conference, so it meant a lot to us to be able to deliver on our commitment to provide educational credits to this group, despite current COVID-19 challenges,” Bogle added. “The majority of attendees are required to have this type of opioid-focused education to renew their licenses within the state of Illinois.”

SIUE SON Instructional Designer Jodie Nehrt helped with the successful transition to a virtual format, primarily through the use of Zoom and Mursion.

“We were fortunate to have a collection of speakers who were motivated to share their content, despite the last-minute change in venue, and attendees who were eager to engage and participate from the comfort and safety of their homes,” Nehrt said.

“Zoom was the technology that saved the day for us,” she explained. “We were able to schedule the sessions and offer virtual attendance to this free conference using a free communication tool. We coordinated with our presenters to fulfill their needs for attendee participation and question-and-answer management. Additionally, one of the sessions was a dynamic demonstration of a software we use on campus, called Mursion, which offers mixed reality for the practicing of professional skills.”

“Dr. Melissa Bogle worked nonstop on developing this conference from the beginning. Jodie Nehrt came in to work last week when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic and we knew that our live campus event would likely be canceled,” said ANEW Program Director Valerie Griffin, DNP, PPCNP-BC, FNP-BC, PMHS, FAANP, assistant clinical professor and director of nurse practitioner specializations in the SON. “These incredible, dedicated women were able to transition this large event to a virtual format without exhibiting worry or stress over the process. They remained positive that we could pull this off, and we did!”

Attendees expressed their appreciation to the SON for their creative online management and successful execution of the ANEW Conference.

“During a time when faculty are stressed to get their classes online, I am amazed at your commitment to those who registered for this meeting,” noted Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN, senior vice president of Strategy and Innovation at Loyola University Chicago, in a post-conference email. “The skills required to make this happen so quickly, in just a week, are remarkable. Further, the lectures were of high-quality both from a content perspective and the technology used to bring this to us virtually. It was clear to those of us who participated that your faculty and support staff worked long and hard to provide this excellent conference.”

Funded by a four-year .75 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the ANEW program is a multi-faceted educational effort that is creatively designed to increase the number of nurse practitioners who practice in rural and underserved communities throughout Illinois by promoting a smooth and natural transition from the student role to practicing APRNs into those areas.

The SIUE SON and its clinical partners collaborated on the conference’s development. Clinical partners bolstering the success of the ANEW program are Chestnut Health Systems, OSF HealthCare, Southern Illinois Healthcare, Synergy Healthcare Solutions, LLC., and the SIUE We Care Clinic.

The SIUE School of Nursing’s programs are committed to creating excellence in nursing leadership through innovative teaching, evidence-based practice, quality research, patient advocacy and community service. Enrolling more than 1,700 students in its baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders in pursuit of shaping the nursing profession and impacting the health care environment. SIUE’s undergraduate nursing programs on the Edwardsville campus and the regional campus in Carbondale help to solve the region’s shortage of baccalaureate-prepared nurses and enhance the quality of nursing practice within all patient service venues. The School’s graduate programs prepare nurses for advanced roles in clinical practice, administration and education.

Posted in: Education,Technology,U.S

Smart2Pay Adds Ant Financial’s HUABEI Credit Card To Its Payments Portfolio

Smart2Pay, the company with the world's largest coverage of online alternative payment solutions, has added Huabei credit solution to its 200+ payment methods portfolio.

With this new feature, Smart2Pay offers its Merchants an additional means to tapping into the Chinese market, besides the popular methods like Alipay, Wechat Pay and UnionPay that Smart2Pay already offers.

Huabei is Ant Financial’s virtual credit card for its Chinese users. Some internal shareholders estimated that, of Alipay’s 900 million Chinese users, more than half have created Huabei accounts. Huabei literally means ‘just spend’ and is generally perceived as a microlender.

Huabei may be used for all online and offline purchases via Alipay wallet. Users of Alipay can set Huabei as their default payment option, meaning that their purchases are first made with credit before funds are debited from their Alipay account. As well, when Huabei is used to shop, the user must return the amount of the payment on the 9th of the next month. There is an interest-free period of up to 41 days. Merchants offering Huabei can see conversion increase by up to 40%.

Huabei was launched in April 2015 by Ant Financial as a way for users of its wallet solution Alipay to fund purchases on ecommerce platforms run by Ant Financial’s affiliate, Alibaba group, such as Tmall and Taobao. Huabei’s main user base is made up of individuals born after the 80s and 90s, accounting for around 80% of the total users. Since Huabei’s launch, Ant Financial has been expanded the service to more online and offline merchants.

James Flinterman, CEO of Smart2Pay: We are proud to add Huabei via Alipay to our already extensive Chinese payment methods portfolio. We constantly improve and expand our services in direct relation to market dynamics. We are confident that, with this latest addition, our Merchants and partners will successfully expand further their business in a very digitally-oriented and lucrative market like China.

About Ant Financial’s Alipay

Alipay is a mobile payment method founded by Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group in 2004 and which allows users to create a digital wallet to store, top up and pay online or in store for products and services. It is one of the most popular methods of payment in China and is also available in many Asian markets, as well as in Europe, US and Canada.

Ant Financial’s chairman and CEO Eric Jing said on Alibaba’s 2019 Investor Day, held in Hangzhou, that Alipay (900m users) and its international e-wallet partners (300m users) have collectively served around 1.2 billion users worldwide.

About Smart2Pay

Smart2Pay offers a single API for all payment services to international Merchants, covering credit card and local payment options throughout the world! By using Smart2Pay, you will be offering the preferred local method of payment to your global Customers, thus significantly boosting your sales!

Posted in: Finance,Finance Market,Technology,U.S

Garden Media Group Features New Plants and Products for Spring 2020

It’s time to get back in the garden! With these great plants and products ensure success this season. To get you excited this spring, Garden Media Group has released its 2020 Garden Superstars for Spring. This year’s list features durable gardening tools, beautiful blooms and new innovative ways to garden.

“Spring is here and that is usually a sign of hope,” says Katie Dubow, president of Garden Media Group. “Yet in these uncertain times, people are finding hope hard to come by. Gardening offers us so much – from physical and mental well-being to delicious and nutritious food. We urge you to just grow something today.”

These plants and products are sure to bring ease and peace of mind to everyone this season and year.

Here is Garden Media’s list of Garden Superstars for Spring 2020.

Digging with Ease. Grow with ease this spring with Power Planter’s Auger Starter Pack. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a new homeowner, this set is a great choice for planting everything from bulbs and seeds to plugs and annuals. The kit includes two garden auger drill bits that turn any hand power drill into a powered soil digger that makes planting a breeze. Hand-welded and proudly made in the USA, Power Planter products are guaranteed to last!

Visit http://www.powerplanter.com for more information.

Blooms for All Seasons. Looking for plants with real flower power that bloom all season? Try Bloomables® from Star® Roses & Plants, the introducers of The Knock Out® Family of Roses, launched this spring. With over 35 varieties of Star Roses’ best flowering roses and shrubs to choose from, these varieties are easy-to-grow and offer high reward in the garden. Bloomables has it all. Bright colors, unique textures, and of course, amazing blooms, make this collection stand-out!

Check out the collection at http://www.bloomables.com.

New Possibilities. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle… REPURPOSE! Smart Pots has powered up a way to reuse milk crates for gardening with new Milk Crate Liners. These square, breathable liners fit into the crates perfectly to ensure proper drainage of water, while containing the soil medium for your plants. While the liners themselves are easy to maintain and use, the milk crates allow you to move and rearrange your plants safely and easily.

For more information, visit SmartPots.com.

For more exciting new plants and garden products for spring 2020, visit gardenmediagroup.com.

Garden Media specializes in home and garden, horticulture, outdoor living, lawn and landscape industries, offering innovative PR campaigns designed to secure top media placements and partnerships. For more information visit: http://www.gardenmediagroup.com

Posted in: Agriculture & Farming,Home & Garden,U.S

EnVue Telematics Partners With Drivewyze To Offer Cutting-Edge Bypass Technology

EnVue Telematics, a leader in intelligent vehicle technology, has partnered with the leader in Connected Truck services, Drivewyze Inc., to offer systems that improve commercial fleet safety, maximize drivers’ Hours of Service (HOS) and make operations more efficient.

EnVue now offers Drivewyze’s best-in-class technology, Drivewyze PreClear, that allows commercial drivers to legally bypass routine weigh station stops. The PreClear technology transmits the vehicle’s safety record, credentials and other details as they approach the station, preclearing the vehicle to bypass the scale without always having to pull in. This keeps drivers out of scales and on the road, allowing them to deliver loads faster while staying in compliance with laws and regulations.

PreClear is a hands-free technology that’s integrated directly into your Geotab Drive® Mobile Application, eliminating the need for a transponder. PreClear also complies with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration distracted driving regulations. It improves driver safety by reducing the need for lane changes, lining up on the highway and merging with other traffic.

Drivewyze also offers business intelligence technology that provides data-driven information on activities and loss reports for unplanned delays at weigh stations.

“Drivewyze PreClear has become a game-changer for fleet managers. We’re always searching for innovative technology and cutting-edge systems that offer advantages to fleet managers, and partnering with Drivewyze fit our company mission perfectly,” said Randy Read, president of EnVue Telematics. “We look forward to offering our clients the solutions that Drivewyze brings to the table.”

In addition to offering Drivewyze products, EnVue Telematics also works with clients to ensure they fully benefit from what the technology has to offer. The relationship does not end at the sale. Carriers using Drivewyze PreClear enjoy many benefits:

  • Saves time. Weigh station bypass systems allow drivers to spend more time on the road.
  • Saves money. One client reported saving .3 million and more than 12,000 hours of drive time.
  • More efficient. The ability to bypass stations allows fleets to perform more efficiently. It also keeps drivers from accidentally missing weight station stops.
  • Recruiting and retaining drivers. In a survey, 79% of drivers said they’d think more positively about a company if they offered company-paid bypass service.
  • Improves safety. Bypass service allows drivers to avoid sometimes-risky situations.


The partnership with Drivewyze further enhances a robust lineup of technology and data-driven solutions from EnVue Telematics that optimize fleet performance and improve safety.

About EnVue Telematics

EnVue Telematics has 20 years experience in providing intelligent technology solutions to the challenges facing commercial fleets. The company partners with leaders in data analytics and offers innovative telematics tools and safety devices that can solve challenges in areas such as asset tracking, safety, compliance and route optimization. The company’s user-friendly solutions combined with powerful data collection and information technology make fleet and asset management simple and more precise than ever before.

About Drivewyze Inc.

Drivewyze Inc. is the leader in connected truck services and is on a mission to revolutionize transportation safety and efficiency. Drivewyze serves commercial drivers and fleets with innovative trucking services such as the Drivewyze PreClear bypass service, and the Drivewyze Analytics Weigh Station Loss Reporting service. Drivewyze was recognized by Frost & Sullivan with the North American Weigh Station Bypass Company of the Year Award for 2017, for its best practices and industry leadership. To learn more about Drivewyze, visit http://www.drivewyze.com.

Posted in: Transportation & Logistics,Travel,U.S

Made In America Store, What You Need For Your “Staycations”

Made in America Store proudly features 100% American Made Products – the smarter choice for your lawn, yard and garden needs, including décor. Plus, barbecue season is right around the corner.

Here’s a quick reference for “must haves” for great outdoor living:

  • All-American Grill (perfect for your backyard patio or game day)
  • Gutter Wedges & Gutter Scoops (check for damage and replace, or try them for the first time)
  • Leaf scoops (don’t let the name fool you, these work year-round for laying mulch or cleaning up)
  • Paul’s Perch (for our feathered friends)
  • Bird Houses (ditto!) - Made by disabled individuals
  • Big Shot Hose Nozzles – Made of heavy-duty brass by disabled veterans
  • Bully Tools (for the repairs that always need to be done in spring, plus rakes and spades!)
  • Buffalo Lawn Ornaments (show your “Buffalove” and help a beloved charity, too)
  • Whitehall Birdfeeders, garden hose holders, nature hooks, weathervanes and suet feeders
  • American Flags, military branch flags and patriotic windsocks (May is Military Appreciation Month)
  • Maple Landmark Wind Spinners - Brand New Product!
  • Kanberra Air Freshener for moldy places or mildew smells when you uncover your boat or bring out your lawn furniture.
  • And, when your work is done, relaxing in one of our hammocks is the perfect ending!


Note: Some, but not all, products are available online. Hurry in to our flagship store at 1000 W. Maple Court, Elma, NY 14059 for your best selection!

Established in 2010, the Made In America Store is the nation’s only 100% U.S.A. made department store. With more than 9,000 products from 500+ manufacturers, the Made In America Store is dedicated to creating and saving jobs in the United States of America by increasing U.S. manufacturing for our children’s future. For more information, visit the Made In America Sore’s website MadeInAmericaStore.com

Posted in: Business,Shopping & Deal,U.S

InformaCast Fusion with Microsoft Teams Wins 2020 Secure Campus Award from Campus Security & Life Safety

InformaCast Fusion with Microsoft Teams from Singlewire Software, a leading mass notification technology developer, has earned a 2020 Secure Campus Award from Campus Security & Life Safety magazine. The software won a Gold Award in the Emergency Notification/Mass Notification category. InformaCast Fusion with Microsoft Teams was selected by an independent panel of judges from the security industry based on criteria that included features, innovation, user friendliness, interoperability, quality, design, market opportunity, impact in the security industry, technical advances, and scalability.

“Singlewire Software is dedicated to providing college and university campuses with the tools they need to enhance safety and communication,” said Pat Scheckel, vice president of product management at Singlewire Software. “This award highlights the benefits InformaCast Fusion with Microsoft Teams offers to higher education institutions to reach their people in the applications they frequently use with critical messages.”

InformaCast Fusion with Microsoft Teams is a mass notification system that allows colleges and university campuses to add value to existing devices by leveraging them for safety and communication. With the ability to reach mobile and on-premises devices and well as collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams, InformaCast Fusion offers the speed, reach and flexibility organizations need to utilize technology that’s already in place to keep people safe and informed. It can connect to a wide range of IoT devices, including IP phones, IP speakers, desktop computers, panic buttons, digital signage, mobile phones, door access control systems and more to provide organizations with a powerful mass notification ecosystem.

“We are pleased to be a vital part of providing solutions that will protect our children and young adults in the learning environment,” said Ralph C. Jensen, editor-in-chief of Campus Security & Life Safety magazine. “Within the security industry, we all have a vested interest in protecting learning spaces and providing security to our valuable assets, the children.”

To learn more about InformaCast Fusion with Microsoft Teams and how it can help colleges and universities provide a secure campus experience, visit https://www.singlewire.com/notification-informacast-and-microsoft-teams.

About Singlewire Software

Singlewire Software, based in Madison, Wis., is the developer of InformaCast, a leading software solution for fast and reliable emergency notifications. More than 7,000 organizations in over 50 countries use InformaCast for emergency mass notifications. Whether it’s an active shooter, severe weather, or another crisis situation, InformaCast helps reach the right people, with the right information, to increase awareness, safety and security. To learn more, visit http://www.singlewire.com/informacast.

About 1105 Media’s Infrastructure Solutions Group

1105 Media’s Infrastructure Solutions Group includes several leading industry media brands that provide new product and technology solutions for security professionals: Campus Security & Life Safety, http://www.campuslifesecurity.com, Security Today, http://www.securitytoday.com, and GovSec. The brands’ print, digital, custom media and research products integrate physical and IT security coverage and provide the smartest, most cost-effective solutions for reaching security decision makers.

Posted in: Computers & Software,Technology,U.S,Website & Blog

Gladinet Announces Triofox to Help Mobilize Existing Servers

To address the increasing need for home-based work during these stressful times, Gladinet Inc., a leading provider of simplified remote access solutions for file servers, has announced the widespread availability of free licenses for Triofox, its newest product. By mobilizing existing on-premise servers, Triofox is enabling secure, remote, and mobile access to existing file server shares without a VPN.

To enjoy the aforementioned free licenses, which expire June 30, 2020, enterprises can email ticket@triofox.com and request them.

Gladinet’s Vice President of Customer Success, Azam Ali, said:

“In this time of need, we are faced with the challenge of making it as easy as possible to work from home, without compromising security or productivity. And everyone is saying they need it done yesterday. The problem is it can take significant time to provide VPN less access – especially if you’re talking about workflows that involve file servers and line of business applications. Triofox eliminates those hurdles! It’s simple to install, and it leverages existing network file shares, users and permissions for automatic configuration. You can literally have your employees working from home in minutes, not days or weeks.”

In stark, relieving contrast to VPN’s confusing, slow, and error-prone connections, Triofox simplifies the at-home user’s experience by providing remote access through a familiar mapped drive, creating the illusion of working in the office on the company network, without a VPN’s encumbering setbacks.

Azam continued:

“While we cannot help out on the medical front, we can help out by providing solutions to keep employees safe and make the transition to work from home as seamless as possible. Companies are asking employees to work remotely. However, doing so increases risks like losing productivity due to traditional, inefficient remote access methods, or data breaches from home computers that tend to be more vulnerable than those on a corporate network.”

Triofox’s built-in ransomware protection is a notable member of an extensive arsenal of security, reporting and monitoring features. It uses behavioral heuristics to actively monitor all Triofox clients for any unusual activity, quarantine them at the first sign of possible attack, and alert the administrator to the neutralized threat.

Other prominent features include versioning and offsite backup of file server assets to simplify recovery from disasters like accidental deletions. Triofox also prevents “data sprawl” by storing data on existing file servers, while simultaneously governing remote access with existing permissions. However, if so desired, Triofox does provide the option to instantly move file servers to the cloud. There is also no vendor lock-in and organizations can continue to access their data with or without Triofox.

In his final comments, Azam noted:

“We’re seeing more workers that need to access corporate data remotely, at home or from personal devices. This emphasizes the need for organizations to both empower and manage employee mobility to satisfy the tension between conflicting demands for security, agility and productivity. Thankfully, we designed Triofox with the file server integration features and flexibility required to resolve those conflicts.”

To learn more, please go to https://www.triofox.com or email us ticket@triofox.com or call us at +1 888 955 6656.

About Gladinet Inc.

Gladinet Inc. offers solutions that enhances existing Windows file servers with secure remote access, mobile file sharing, data protection, and cloud migration, while addressing business concerns about security, privacy, compliance and control. Gladinet Inc. is headquartered in Boca Raton, FL and can be reached at https://www.gladinet.com/ or call us at +1 888 955 6656.

Posted in: Computers & Software,Technology,U.S,Website & Blog

TEKLYNX International’s Travis Wayne Named to the 2020 FOOD LOGISTICS Champions: Rock Star of the Supply Chain

TEKLYNX International, the world’s leading barcode and RFID labeling software developer and solutions provider, today announced Product Manager Travis Wayne has been named a 2020 Food Logistics Champions: Rock Star of the Supply Chain by Food Logistics. The esteemed list, featured in the March 2020 issue of Food Logistics magazine, recognizes influential individuals in the food and beverage industry whose achievements, hard work, and vision have shaped and attained milestones in safety, efficiency, productivity and innovation through the global food supply chain.

“I’m proud to be named a 2020 Food Logistics Champion: Rock Star of the Supply Chain because of TEKLYNX’ commitment to the global food supply chain,” stated Travis Wayne, Product Manager, TEKLYNX. “At TEKLYNX, we stay aligned with food labeling regulations across the globe, new approaches for food traceability, and partner with customers in the food industry to achieve success. Advancing food labeling practices is essential to making educated decisions around our food choices. As the food industry continues to evolve it is essential for companies to be able to confidently adjust to new labeling requirements and improvements.”

Wayne is a highly-respected supply chain thought leader and brings 15+ years of experience in Information Technology and Product/Project/Portfolio Management. In his role as Product Manager for TEKLYNX, Wayne is responsible for the development and success of TEKLYNX suite of barcode label design software solutions that streamline efficiencies for companies throughout the food industry.

Under Wayne’s leadership, TEKLYNX has developed a streamlined governance model and refined product management processes, enabling increased product quality while decreasing time-to-market. Ensuring that barcode labeling software is automated, secure, compliant and scalable is crucial for the success of food industry customers. For example, in the past year, TEKLYNX successfully offered six new major version releases and ten point releases that continuously meet customer demands and needs, and stay on top of (or ahead of) food industry compliance.

TEKLYNX is the only barcode labeling solutions provider to offer subscription licensing – allowing food and beverage manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers to start using TEKLYNX for a low cost of entry – while offering a portfolio of tiered solutions that are designed to grow with companies over time. Some of the most renowned companies in the food industry rely on TEKLYNX.    

To view the 2020 Food Logistics Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain list visit foodlogistics.com and to learn more about TEKLYNX barcode labeling software solutions visit teklynx.com.

About TEKLYNX International

TEKLYNX International helps supply chains work better. Today, more than 750,000 companies in over 170 countries trust TEKLYNX integrated barcode and RFID label design products and the people behind its solutions to make barcode labeling operations efficient, accurate, secure and industry compliant. With over 30 years of experience, TEKLYNX is the global leader because of its reliable software and superior customer support. To learn more about how the TEKLYNX community helps companies across industries worldwide, visit teklynx.com or call TEKLYNX in your region. Barcode Better™ with TEKLYNX.

Posted in: Computers & Software,Technology,U.S,Website & Blog

Katalon Establishes Partnership with CircleCI to Augment Go-to-Market Software Delivery

Katalon LLC announced a partnership and integration with CircleCI to ensure a secured integration between the codeless test automation solution and the continuous integration and delivery platform, respectively.

Katalon provides a robust cross-platform test automation solution that supports web, application programming interface (API), mobile, and desktop testing for teams with minimum requirements for programming skills. CircleCI is a leading continuous integration and delivery platform used by the world's best engineering teams to radically reduce the time from idea to execution.

“Continuous integration is at the heart of digital transformation,” said Dung Ngo, VP of Product at Katalon. “We believe this partnership will help our mutual end-users to move further than just automated testing: to empower continuous testing through intelligent automation, and build frictionless CI/CD pipelines that drive sustainable values for their organizations.”

This partnership introduces the official support of CircleCI to Katalon, through the partner-certified plugin called “Katalon Orb.” Orbs are “shareable packages of configuration elements, including jobs, commands, and executors,” according to CircleCI. Katalon Orb expands the integration capability of Katalon with continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) tools, while offering a host of benefits to the end-users in both engineering and quality assurance teams, including:

  • Ensuring security and eliminating risks when integrating Katalon with CircleCI
  • Reducing the time and effort put into configuring, writing test scripts, or integrating Katalon and CircleCI
  • Improving the reusability of test artifacts, jobs, commands, and executors when designing test cases

Katalon Orb is available for installation on the CircleCI platform.

"This new integration is the next step to complement our goal of making our product a comprehensive tool that meets the demand for project scalability and team collaboration. The partnership with CircleCI enhances Katalon’s native integration with other DevOps tools, and sets up seamless integration solutions for teams with specific needs for their CI/CD ecosystem,” Dung continued.

This collaboration also marks a new name added to the Katalon Partner Program. Along with the constant growth in product development and customer experience, Katalon also centers on expanding its community of partnership to provide a wider scope of test automation needs for the end-users. Learn more about Katalon Partner Program.

About Katalon

Katalon is a leading provider in software test automation solutions. The company offers a flexible platform for web, API, mobile, and desktop testing that fits teams and projects of any size, for any purpose—from creating tests, execution, reports, to seamless integration with the CI/CD ecosystem.

Katalon is widely adopted by a global community of users across 160+ countries. It is recognized as a top automation tool by prestigious reports such as Gartner, Capterra, and IT Central Station. Katalon solutions include Katalon Studio, Katalon TestOps, Katalon Recorder, Katalium, and Katalon plugins. For more information, visit https://www.katalon.com

About CircleCI

CircleCI is currently the largest platform for continuous integration and continuous delivery pipelines. CircleCI provides teams with what they need to scale up quickly and effectively. With more than 1 million builds a day across Linux, macOS, Docker, and Windows build environments, CircleCI was named a Leader in cloud-native continuous integration by Forrester in 2019. For more information, visit https://circleci.com

Posted in: Computers & Software,Technology,U.S

New Home Buyers Undeterred In February, According To Meyers Research

Today, the experts at Meyers Research, the housing industry’s foremost advisors, released the New Home Pending Sales Index (PSI) for February 2020. The New Home PSI, backed by data from Zonda and Metrostudy, shows pending sales increased year-over-year and month-over-month across the United States. The index is a leading residential real estate indicator based on the number of new home sales contracts signed across the country.

The New Home PSI came in at 122.7 for February, representing a 16.4% increase from February 2019. On a month-over-month basis, new home sales increased by 3.6% between January and February 2020.

“Consumers were home shopping at cycle-highs in February,” said Ali Wolf, chief economist at Meyers Research. “Low mortgage rates and beating the spring selling season rush were two main contributors to the burst of action.”

Nine of the 10 key markets grew year-over-year. San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Denver experienced the most significant growth compared to last year, up 57.1%, 40.1%, and 31.7%, respectively. Eight of the ten markets grew on a month-over-month basis, led by Atlanta.

Given the easy comp from the slowdown in late-2018 and early-2019, looking at the two-year trend is very telling. The national index is 8.1% higher than February 2018. The spring selling season in 2019 returned to normal levels of volume so the need to review the data on a two-year basis will only apply to new home sales for the next couple of months.

New home pending sales in Phoenix are up a strong 21.0% compared to two years ago, which highlights the strength of the market heading into March, the start of the particularly uncertain period brought on by COVID-19. Houston, a market vulnerable to the recent dramatic drop in oil prices, was experiencing robust housing demand last month, up 12.1% year-over-year and 8.5% compared to February 2018.

The strong annual clip for Los Angeles and San Francisco is less robust when put in context. Both markets are lower compared to two years ago, with Los Angeles sales 11.7% below February 2018 and San Francisco down 22.1%.

“The February data captures housing activity ahead of the increased uncertainty around COVID-19.” said Wolf. “With containment measures increasing by the day, traffic in the new home market is expected to slow in the coming weeks. Even still, the recent trend for housing captures strong demand that will likely rebound quickly when the coronavirus recedes.”

New home data is susceptible to outsized swings in contract activity based on shifts in the number of actively selling communities. As a result, Meyers Research normalizes the data to ensure consistency across the index. The New Home PSI blends the cumulative sales of active or recently sold-out projects with the average sales rate per community, which adjusts for fluctuations in supply. Furthermore, the New Home PSI is seasonally adjusted based on each markets’ specific seasonality and removes outliers. The index is baselined to 100 for June 2016. Today’s national New Home PSI is 22.7% above the base level.

The next Meyers Research New Home PSI press release, featuring March 2020 data, will be issued on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. ET.


The Meyers Research New Home Pending Sales Index (PSI) is built on proprietary, industry-leading data that covers 60% of the production new home market across the United States. Reported number of new home pending contracts are gathered and analyzed each month. Released on the 15th business day of each month, the New Home PSI is a leading indicator of housing demand compared to closings because it is based on the number of signed contracts at a new home community. Meyers Research monitors 18,000 active communities in the country and the homes tracked can be in any stage of construction.

The new home market represents roughly 10% of all transactions, allowing little movements in supply to cause outsized swings in market activity. As a result, the New Home PSI blends the cumulative sales of activity recently sold out projects with the average sales rate per community, which adjusts for fluctuations in supply. Furthermore, the New Home PSI is seasonally adjusted based on each markets’ specific seasonality, removes outliers, and uses June 2016 as the base month. The foundation of the index is a monthly survey conducted by Meyers Research. It is necessary to monitor both new and existing home sales to establish an accurate picture of the relative health of the residential real estate market.

About Meyers Research

Meyers Research represents the housing industry’s leading provider of rich data, backed by Zonda and Metrostudy, and the industry’s top advisors for residential real estate development and new home construction. With products and services geared for homebuilders, multifamily developers, lenders, and financial institutions, we provide innovative solutions to maximize opportunities in today's real estate development landscape. To learn more, visit meyersresearchllc.com.

Meyers Research, Hanley Wood, Zonda, Metrostudy, and the company logo, are trademarks of Meyers Research, LLC and/or its subsidiaries.

Posted in: Education,Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

Upcoming Episode of Advancements Series to Explore Innovations in Infrastructure Data Collection

Advancements with Ted Danson will focus on leading-edge infrastructure data collection technologies during 3Q/2020. Check your local listings for more information.

This segment will explore Hydromax USA (HUSA), a professional services firm specializing in advanced data collection in support of locating and assessing the condition of the country’s aging water, wastewater, and natural gas conveyance systems.

Viewers will learn how HUSA’s vast experience with new technologies and techniques empowers contractors, engineers, and utility owners to make the best decisions regarding their buried infrastructure.

“The marriage of technology and infrastructure, with verifiable mapping, is aiding the gas, water, and wastewater industries in ensuring the sustainability and reliability of energy to the world,” said Jon A. Smith, CEO of Hydromax USA. “While there remains much to do, Hydromax USA’s innovation and partnerships with leading organizations, utilities, and municipalities is advancing this industry in new ways daily. We ensure that our customers understand the present condition, while protecting the safe future of energy.”

The show will also teach viewers how HUSA utilizes the largest array of technologies, within one company, to provide the broadest capability in the country to assess buried infrastructure.

“With a strong record of performance, HUSA brings a unique ability to meet the needs for advanced data collection,” said Brett Ferrigan, senior producer for DMG Productions and the Advancements series. “We look forward to exploring how this technology is helping to improve infrastructure throughout the country.”

About Hydromax USA:

Hydromax USA is a leading national provider of infrastructure condition assessment services for the gas, water, and wastewater industries. Leveraging innovative and proprietary GIS-Centric solutions, HUSA’s comprehensive assessment and analytics platforms provide the highest level of actional business intelligence, while ensuring public safety and improving asset management. For more information, visit: http://www.hydromaxusa.com.

About Advancements and DMG Productions:

The Advancements series is an information-based educational show targeting recent advances across a number of industries and economies. Featuring state-of-the-art solutions and important issues facing today’s consumers and business professionals, Advancements focuses on cutting-edge developments, and brings this information to the public with the vision to enlighten about how technology and innovation continue to transform our world.

Backed by experts in various fields, DMG Productions is dedicated to education and advancement, and to consistently producing commercial-free, educational programming on which both viewers and networks depend. For more info, please visit: http://www.advancementstv.com.

Posted in: Education,Technology,U.S

XOP Networks Offers Conference System Lease Program to Assist Companies Coping with Employees Working from Home Challenge

In response to unprecedented need for employees to work from home, XOP Networks, a developer of Audio Conference and Web Collaboration bridges announces a conference bridge lease program.

As part of this program, XOP Networks will:

  •     Will load latest conferencing software on a customer owned physical or virtual server.
  •     Enable conference bridges that scale from 24 ports to 1000 ports
  •     Lease software in 3-month increments
  •     Allow 90% of the amount spent on lease towards an equipment purchase if the customer desires to do so at a later date


Our latest software release offers following advanced features for further facilitating work from home:

  •     Join the Audio Conference using computer audio or dial in via PSTN
  •     Share webcams for Video Conferencing
  •     Share desktop or specific application (Word, Excel etc.)
  •     Share a whiteboard for brain-storming etc.
  •     Use webinar for training, product demonstrations
  •     Optimize bandwidth utilization
  •     Bulk provision Moderator accounts and conferences quickly using our REST API

"We are pleased that we are able to help companies meet their employees' needs for being able to work from home. We can have our conference bridge installed and working on a customer’s server in an hour or less", said Sudhir Gupta, CEO of XOP Networks.

To take advantage of this offer call us at 972-590-0201 or email us at sales@xopnetworks.com.

About XOP Networks

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, XOP Networks was founded in January 2003 and is backed by a seasoned management team. Deployed at multiple Cellular Operators, Fortune 100 companies, CLEC/IOC customers, Government organizations, DOD networks (Air Force, Army and Navy) XOP Networks' products allow customers to boost employee productivity, increase business efficiency and enhance emergency communications. Having both TDM and VoIP interfaces, XOP products allow customers to seamlessly transition their Value-Added Services from legacy circuit switched networks to VoIP based packet switched networks.

For more information about XOP Networks, visit its website at http://www.xopnetworks.com.

Posted in: Technology,Telecom,U.S

Trident at AIU Education Professor Receives Teaching Excellence Award

Trident at American InterContinental University (Trident at AIU) is proud to announce Dr. James “Greg” Hodges as the recipient of its Teaching Excellence Award for the Summer 2019 quarter. From the pool of faculty nominated, Dr. Hodges was selected as the winner by University leadership based on the strength of the positive feedback submitted by students.

“Dr. Hodges enhanced the online teaching tools by providing real world examples, asking for everyone’s thoughts on the scenario, and then posting what the final outcome was in the real situation,” states student Kristine Boyle. “What an amazing way to see what we are learning applied to actual situations in schools! I am very grateful for being a part of Dr. Hodges’s class and hope that I am able to benefit from his teaching style in future courses.”

Dr. Hodges joined Trident at AIU’s College of Education as a part-time professor in 2014, instructing doctoral level courses. He has held several positions in higher education including his current position as a Chief Academic Officer at a community college. Prior to this he worked as an elementary school teacher for 12 years. 

A lifelong learner and teacher, Dr. Hodges has traveled to more than 70 community colleges across the country, training thousands of faculty members and administrators through workshops on cooperative learning, guided pathways, critical thinking, developmental education reform, and the national student success agenda.

He has been a member on boards of directors for local, state, and national organizations, including his current tenure with the Boys and Girls Club of the Blue Ridge and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Dr. Hodges is a graduate of Trident at AIU’s Ph.D. in Educational Leadership program. He holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix, Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Bethany Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the College of William & Mary.

About Trident at American InterContinental University

Founded in 1998, Trident at American InterContinental University (Trident at AIU) is part of an online postsecondary university serving adult learners. Trident at AIU uses the EdActive™ learning approach, which employs case-based learning in an online setting to teach real-world relevant critical thinking skills designed to enhance the lives and education of students. Trident offers quality associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs and certificates, led by a qualified faculty team, over 80% of whom have doctoral degrees. Trident at AIU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org) and has more than 22,000 alumni with a military affiliation. The University has received multiple acknowledgements from Washington Monthly, Military Times, and Military Advanced Education & Transition for their dedication to student success. Visit http://www.trident.edu or call at (855) 290-0290 to learn more about Trident at AIU's wide range of educational options.

Posted in: Education,Technology,U.S,Website & Blog

GreatSchools.org launches new school closure learning guide

GreatSchools.org announces a new, free resource for parents as they support their families through school closures, home learning, and the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The school closure learning guide gives parents and caregivers practical advice, information, and easy-to-use tools to help prepare their child for learning at home.

The learning guide provides grade-based toolkits in English and Spanish and includes standards-aligned worksheets, vocabulary lists, book lists, and other research-based academic and social-emotional tips and guidance. The guide also includes parenting cue cards for on-the-spot help with what to do/say (and not to do/say) when faced with a tough parenting moment.

“First and foremost, parents are concerned about their family’s basic needs - how they will keep everyone safe, fed, and healthy,” says GreatSchools’ CEO, Jon Deane. “At the same time, schools are closing across America and parents and caregivers are faced with the unique challenge of ensuring children keep learning. At GreatSchools, we hope to complement local efforts with parenting guidance and grade-based resources to help families during this time.” GreatSchools will update the school closure learning guide regularly to provide fresh and relevant information for parents and families.

GreatSchools is also curating resources from other trusted organizations to include in the school closure learning guide, and in a special “It Takes A Village” feature in the GreatSchools weekly newsletter for parents.

Families can find GreatSchools.org’s learning guide in English and Spanish. They can also sign up for weekly newsletters in English and Spanish, offering parents and caregivers articles and tips to help during these trying times.

GreatSchools.org’s experts and partners are also available for media interviews.

About GreatSchools.org:

GreatSchools.org is the leading national nonprofit empowering parents with essential information to improve educational opportunities for their child. Using GreatSchools’ trusted ratings and school quality information, parents can find the right school for their family and take action to improve schools in their communities. Thousands of articles, tips and interactive tools offer parents easy-to-use resources to support their child’s learning and wellbeing every day. Families, community leaders and policymakers turn to GreatSchools for the school information they need to guide children to great futures.

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

A Safe Haven Announces Final Closing on HUD VA Project: Ready to Break Ground on 75 Units of Supportive Housing for Veterans in Hobart, Indiana

A Safe Haven Foundation announced today the closing on US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and US Veterans Administration (VA) 75 Unit Apartment Project called The Rauner Family Veteran Apartments by A Safe Haven Foundation. It is a 75-unit Supportive Housing development in Hobart, Indiana. The apartments will be made available to low income, senior and disabled military veterans who are referred to A Safe Haven by the local Veterans Clinic and Jesse Brown VA. Onsite services will include supportive housing, individualized case management and peer support services. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for next month.

In addition to over million in Federal HUD/VA rental housing tax credits, bond volume and other financing secured from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA), former Governor of Illinois and Venture Capitalist, Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana Rauner, have generously gifted ,000,000 to A Safe Haven Foundation to support financing and long-term ongoing support.

To make this development a reality the leadership team at A Safe Haven Foundation has worked with KMA Companies as the development partner and the City of Hobart on this project for almost three years.

The Rauner Family Veteran Apartments by A Safe Haven Foundation is scheduled to open in spring of 2021. The 75 apartments will showcase fully furnished apartments, a flexible meeting space/community room, exercise room, laundry room, bike storage and a beautifully, professionally landscaped outdoor patio courtyard, the US Flag and a Flag from every branch of the military. The walkway to the main entrance will feature a Bronze Star monument to Michael J. Rowland, a decorated Korean War Veteran and father of A Safe Haven Co-Founder and US Army Veteran Brian M. Rowland.

“Twenty-five years ago A Safe Haven Foundation set a new paradigm and standard of care for helping to address the root causes of poverty and homelessness. A Safe Haven is raising the bar again by expanding our portfolio of providing transitional, supportive, affordable, senior and military veteran housing in safe, beautiful and healthy settings," said Neli Vazquez Rowland, President of A Safe Haven Foundation. "We are so proud to have the opportunity to help build beautiful award-winning homes for our nation’s heroes and to make our vision of a new affordable veteran housing project in the State of Indiana a reality."

Vazquez Rowland added: "We would like to give a special thanks to A Safe Haven Foundation’s Indiana Veterans Advisory Board lead by Pat O’Donnell, Veterans Radio, Dan Mills of the American Legion, Bob Carnegie of DAV, Bill Emerson, Jim Chancellor and Victor Baker. We are grateful to have had the support of Governor Eric Holcomb, Mayor Eric Snedecor, and to have partnered with the US Veterans Administration, US Housing and Urban Development, Indiana Housing Community Development Authority, City of Hobart, Lake County Community Economic Development Department, Cinnaire Investment Corporation, Multifamily Coalition for Affordable Housing, The National Bank of Indianapolis and the Rauner Family. Bruce and Diana Rauner were one of our original and ongoing supporters who took the leap of faith in helping to back our cause over 20 years ago. With their assistance we have helped over 20,000 military veterans in crisis and their families get their lives back on track throughout the years. We are grateful to have had the privilege of working with so many committed and caring national, and local leader and veteran advocates. We could not have done this without all of their spirit de corps commitment and support.”


A Safe Haven (ASH) is a social enterprise that provides a comprehensive and vertically integrated approach uniquely designed to address root causes of poverty and homelessness for social and economic development to achieve sustainable self-sufficiency. Populations served: Individuals, Adults, Families with children, Youth, Veterans and non-violent re-entry. ASH Services: Individualized case management, shelter, food, treatment, education, job training, access to employment & affordable housing. Partnership network: public/private/corporate/foundations and other entities to provide a network that can help deliver a seamless continuum of care, housing and employment and/or resources including funding to achieve financial stability & sustainability. Impact Goal: improved return on investment, efficiencies and results for all stakeholders. Learn more: [http://www.ASafeHaven.org

Posted in: Home & Garden,U.S

Clutch Recognizes JJR Marketing Inc. As 2020 Local and Global Leader For The Fourth Year In A Row

JJR Marketing Inc. in Naperville, Illinois celebrates its 14th year in business with top rankings from Clutch in seven categories covering both Chicago awards and national awards. Clutch is a prominent B2B ratings and review firm in Washington D.C. Clutch’s research process includes in-depth phone interviews with former clients, helping guarantee accurate and detailed reviews.

JJR Marketing Inc. was thrilled to receive the results that it was named a top global company for corporate communication, event management, and public relations. The business was named top branding, public relations, social media marketing and web design firms for Chicago.

“In today’s media-saturated world, businesses must emphasize creating a high-quality, unique marketing campaign to stand out,” said Clutch Business Analyst Ethan Lutz. “Our results can help those searching for an advertising or marketing firm pick a partner with confidence. These leaders have proven they can communicate well, produce high-quality campaigns or products, and get businesses the results they need to succeed.”

Clutch selected companies stand out as leaders through their extensive industry knowledge, customer service, organized project management and high-quality results.

The results are based on Clutch’s advanced rankings methodology, which considers:

  • The satisfaction of the companies’ former clients
  • The depth of the companies’ expertise
  • The companies’ overall market presence


“To be recognized this year as a top firm both locally and globally was really amazing. We couldn’t have asked for better clients along the way. Knowing this recognition is based on their third-party reviews reassures us that we are really doing the best we can in all aspects of our business,” said JJR Marketing Inc. CEO Jacqueline S. Ruiz, “This speaks so much about our team’s strong dedication and commitment to our clients while also adding value to them.”

About JJR Marketing:

JJR Marketing is a full-service, award-winning marketing and public relations agency. We’re passionate about taking your business to "ascending" mode. Our integrated approach harnesses the power of your brand to create leads, increase sales, drive digital traffic, tap into new markets and make things happen. That’s why companies, from innovative start-ups to Fortune 500, choose JJR Marketing. For more information, visit https://jjrmarketing.com/.

About Clutch:

Clutch is the leading ratings and reviews platform for IT, marketing, and business service providers. Each month, over half a million buyers and sellers of services use the Clutch platform, and the user base is growing over 50% a year. Clutch has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing companies in the U.S. and has been listed as a top 50 startup by LinkedIn.

Posted in: Marketing & Sales,Media & Communications,U.S,Website & Blog

Houston's Got Talent: Pride Houston Joins Global Pride Stars Network

High kicks, jazz hands and high notes; bright lights and free-flowing feathers – this is how “those in the know” describe the world’s leading Pride Talent Show, PRIDE STARS. Originating in Amsterdam and across Europe, the Pride Stars franchise will debut in North America in 2020 during Pride Festivals.

The first U.S. city to join the Pride Stars global network is Pride Houston, Inc., which attracts nearly a million attendees annually. By partnering with Pride Stars North America, the festival will have international exposure and a chance to perform at Winter Pride in Maspalomas. Pride Stars in Houston will debut on June 18.

“Pride Stars connects people from around the world, spotlighting great talent with an inclusive spirit,” said Heather J. Taylor, Managing Partner of Pride Stars North America. “When a city joins the Pride Stars global network, they become part of a diverse family, supported by promoters, producers and program consultants dedicated to helping each city and contestant succeed.”

Singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, acrobats and other unique talents will compete for a chance to represent their host city at the Grand Finale at Winter Pride. Performers are encouraged to upload an audition tape by the deadline of April 30th before midnight. Audition tapes are reviewed by Pride Houston with the international Pride Stars consultants and the top talent are selected for the live show held at Culture HTX on June 18.

The winners from each city around the world will compete on November 9-15 at the international Pride Stars Grand Finale in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria during Winter Pride. Each finalist act will perform in front of thousands of people for a chance to win money and prizes from sponsors.

Who can audition? Anyone 18 and over. Pride Stars encourages individuals and group acts to let their talent shine. The contest is an all-inclusive talent show that celebrates the world’s diversity, showcasing amazing performances from around the world during Pride Festivals.

For Lo Moton Roberts, President of Pride Houston, the Pride Stars contest is a perfect fit for the nation’s most diverse city. “This year’s theme is Pride Houston ‘DiverCity,’ which sums up what we’re all about – celebrating inclusivity for all people in the beautiful queer community,” said Roberts. “We can’t wait to share our diverse talent with the world and look forward to sending our winning act from Houston to the Grand Finale in Gran Canaria.”

For many contestants, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to compete before an international audience. Last year’s Pride Stars Grand Finale winner was Jenny Ball from the UK who had competed against twelve other countries including Italy, Denmark and Spain. Ball’s win offered a career boost with a rush of incoming calls, bookings and invites for other performances. For 2020 the Pride host cities expand across several continents, including Canada, UK, U.S.A. and Europe.

For cities interested in joining Pride Stars, please visit pridestars.com or watch the razzle-dazzle videos on Pride Stars YouTube channel to learn more

Posted in: Society & Culture,Travel,U.S

Rollors Attains NaVOBA Certification in Quest to Become the Ultimate Outdoor Game

Rollors, the family-friendly, backyard lawn game, is pleased to announce they saw a 36% increase in sales in 2019, and are poised to grow further now that they are a Certified Service-Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise through the National Veteran Owned Business Association (NaVOBA).

NaVOBA is an independent nonprofit organization on a mission to create opportunities for the over 2.5 million veteran-owned businesses looking to gain traction in corporate America.

"Now that Rollors is firmly established in the outdoor gaming market, I've been able to help other veterans with their product ideas," said Butler. "I feel like I have a duty to help the next generation, and I'm honored that because of Rollors I can do that."

Rollors has been gaining in popularity as more families look for outdoor games they can all enjoy together. Players put their skills to the test as they roll the durable wooden disks toward the goal posts, earning points depending on where they land.

Rollors Highlights:

  • Combines the unique parts of bocce and horseshoes into the ultimate game of skill and luck
  • Can be played on any level terrain from grass to sand
  • Acts as a great icebreaker or outdoor activity for parties, reunions, corporate events, and more
  • Compact carrying case makes it easy to transport
  • Fun and easy for all ages


Rollors is available for purchase at http://www.rollors.com, Amazon, Walmart, Dicks Sporting Goods, REI, Gander Outdoors, Camping World, Scheels, Wayfair, and other retailers nationwide.

Follow @rollors on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Instagram.


Rollors is an addictively fun outdoor game for the whole family created by US Air Force veteran Matt Butler. Butler is committed to using his brand to help other service members find employment, and happily offers his experience and advice to other entrepreneurial veterans trying to get their brands off the ground.

Rollors has received numerous commendations including the Product of the Year Award from Family Review Center, Toy Tips and Trust Award, a Best Gear for 2014 product according to Men’s Journal, and the Oppenheim Best Toy Award Gold Seal.

To coordinate an interview with Rollors, contact Brooke Daily at brooke@veteranpr.com.

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

Level Up Kids Opens Its First US Franchise Location In Jacksonville, Florida

Level Up Kids is opening a new learning center in May 2020, located in Jacksonville, Florida, offering a full lineup of student programs for the summer. Level Up Learning Centers are for seven to eighteen-year-olds and focused on teaching technological skills in a creative, fun environment. Year-round programs and summer camps prepare students for college, internships and careers in programming, game development, design and robotics.

Ambre and Ed Goff are the proud owners of the new Level Up Kids Jacksonville. With a technology-loving son, the Goff’s understand the need to introduce students to STEM concepts at an early age. Ambre is excited about bringing innovative classes and camps like esports and YouTube to Jacksonville families. “One of the benefits is that kids learn how to solve problems, think creatively and gain confidence,” said Jeff Hughes, Founder of Level Up Learning Centers. “Our programs teach kids the fundamentals while encouraging creativity, and most of all - having fun!”

Level Up focuses on STEM education for children and teens, bringing STEM concepts to life through a series of engaging, fun courses and activities geared toward building excitement, interest and knowledge. With over 150 available courses available in their curriculum, the Level Up team is prepared to meet the needs of any students who seek a deeper understanding of the world around them by teaching real skills to prepare them for the extraordinary possibilities of a future that is yet unknown.

About Level Up Kids:

Founded in May 2015 by CEO Jeff Hughes, Level Up Kids is an innovative and non-traditional approach to after-school enrichment programs. The company started with just one location in New Brunswick and has since expanded globally with locations across Canada, the United States, Asia, and the Caribbean. Level Up engages students in supplemental Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, giving them a real academic advantage, along with the skills and motivation they need to succeed in life. Level Up Kids encourages children to pursue an interest in the growing tech industry through creativity, exploration and friendship in an energetic, kid-friendly learning environment.

Posted in: Education,U.S

Sudrania Fund Services Raises Strategic Additional Investment From Bodhi Tree Asset Management

Sudrania Fund Services Corp (“Sudrania”), the fund administration and technology company that is revolutionizing the buy side fund management with its Seamless suite of technology solutions today announced that it has completed another round of strategic seed investment by Bodhi Tree Asset Management (“Bodhi Tree”). This investment is a follow up from an initial investment made by Bodhi Tree in October 2018 and will help the company aggressively expand its sales and marketing efforts as well as broaden and accelerate professional services and product development. Shalin Madan, the CIO of Bodhi Tree will join Sudrania’s Advisory Board.

This financing builds on an exceptional year for Sudrania which saw a rapidly growing roster of clients, multi-fold growth of revenue, and market momentum in the competitive yet lucrative field of fund administration and fund technology. Sudrania currently has approximately 150 clients and a staff of 160 across its offices in Chicago, Boston, India, and Hong Kong.

Sudrania’s offering is well positioned with the rapidly changing demands of fund management industry that is looking to get away from time consuming and expensive manual processes or aged software solution that lack modern day computing power and flexibility.

“We believe that the mindset of the current generation of fund managers is very different. They are no longer looking for big bank administrators, they understand technology and the value it can bring to their business, and they are looking to keep their businesses cost-efficient”, said Nilesh Sudrania, Founder & CEO of Sudrania. “We believe the market will continue to shift towards more capable technology offered by fintech companies such as Sudrania, and establish a new high watermark of expectations that fund managers have from their fund administrators.”

Seamless platform consists of a portfolio of products geared towards investment managers in different verticals. At the heart of the platform is “Seamless Investment Backoffice” that provides the framework for other models of Seamless that include (Seamless CTA, Seamless Crypto, Seamless RIA, Seamless PREQ, Seamless NAV, Seamless Impact, and CommonSubDoc).

Key features and benefits of the Seamless platform include a daily processing of:

  • Full-scale generate ledger system
  • Complete taxlot portfolio accounting,
  • Wash sales and capital gains calculations,
  • Automated expense amortizations, waterfall calculations, fee calculations
  • Market data connectivity with third party sources,
  • Income allocation,
  • Fee calculations,
  • Performance reporting,
  • Investor reporting via a dedicated portal.
  • Complete cyber-security ensured, and certified with SOC1, SOC2, and SOC3 audits


“As an emerging fund manager who adopts the latest technologies, I immediately noticed that our industry’s back office solutions were far behind in the adoption of technology. A situation like the COVID-19 pandemic is an example of just how important it is for modern investment managers to have vendors that use automated technologies, can work flexibly, have a global workforce, and who can offer a much needed continuity of business as well as a much higher level of visibility into the portfolio and account value on a day to day basis to the fund managers as well as investors,” said Bodhi Tree CIO Shalin Madan. “As a fund manager, I know how important it is to have the account values for each investor at any time. I believe the monthly reporting cycle is antiquated and reflects a broken system, for which Sudrania has created a ground-breaking solution.”

About Sudrania

Sudrania Fund Services Corp is a Chicago, IL based fund administrator marrying the power of cloud computing with boutique service model scaled for volume. Sudrania’s Seamless platform is an integrated portfolio, fund, and investor accounting system with full scale general ledger system, capability to process millions of trades, and produce daily NAV for hedge funds, crypto funds, commodity pools, mortgage funds. This integrated software system is equally capable of supporting automation of capital calls/distribution and other complex calculations for private equity and real estate funds as well as SPVs. In its short history of three years, Seamless platform has been shortlisted among top fund accounting system many times by industry leading publications. For more information, visit https://www.sudrania.com.

About Bodhi Tree

Bodhi Tree Asset Management, LLC is a Fort Lauderdale, FL based investment management and family office advisory firm serving ultra-high net worth clients. Bodhi Tree offers a monthly subscription based quantitatively driven stock portfolio on the Interactive Brokers platform. Bodhi Tree also offers a cost-effective Back Office solution to family offices and alternative investment managers through its strategic partnership with Sudrania. For more information, visit http://www.btam.co.

Posted in: Business,Computers & Software,Professional Services,Technology,U.S

Sonoma County Billboard Company Goes 100% Renewable, Veale Outdoor Advertising to Run on Sonoma Clean Power’s EverGreen Service

Veale Outdoor Advertising, a Sonoma County based company that specializes in outdoor advertisements, is making the transition to 100% renewable energy.

For many of the County’s residents, passing by the electronic billboard in Rohnert Park on Highway 101 is a regular, if not daily, occurrence. Now, the billboard, along with others owned by Veale Outdoor Advertising throughout the County, are powered by locally generated renewable energy from Sonoma Clean Power.

Veale Outdoor Advertising, like many businesses today, has been exploring ways to reduce its environmental impact. Upgrading to EverGreen, the 100% renewable option from Sonoma Clean Power, is one of the most significant steps the company has taken to date.

By choosing EverGreen, nearly all the greenhouse gas emissions associated with Veale Outdoor Advertising’s electricity use will be eliminated.

“After over 50 years of service and support from our community, we are honored to give back by lowering our carbon footprint by converting all of our outdoor billboards, both static and electronic, to EverGreen sustainable energy. We are so proud to be part of this new sustainable form of renewable energy,” said Tom Jackson, General Manager of Veale Outdoor Advertising.

EverGreen is the first service of its kind available to businesses in California. Sonoma Clean Power is the only energy provider in the State to offer an electricity option that is entirely renewable and local, that runs 24/7.

The majority of 100% renewable services are made from solar and still rely on natural gas or other non-renewables when solar energy is not being generated. EverGreen is different.

By utilizing local solar power from facilities in Willits, Cloverdale, and Petaluma when the sun is out, and geothermal power from The Geysers when the sun is down, homes and businesses who’ve chosen EverGreen never encourage the burning of fossil fuels.

For businesses interested in investing in renewable energy, EverGreen can also be a cheaper and easier alternative to installing a commercial solar system.

“We are very excited to have a local business like Veale Outdoor Advertising making a visible and meaningful commitment to 100% renewable energy in our community. Their efforts today are helping to lead us toward a healthier future for Sonoma and Mendocino counties,” said Erica Torgerson, Director of Customer Service at Sonoma Clean Power.

Businesses that are interested in upgrading to EverGreen can call Sonoma Clean Power at 1 (855) 202-2139 or visit cleanenergyfuture.club.

About Sonoma Clean Power

Sonoma Clean Power is the public electricity provider for Sonoma and Mendocino counties. SCP’s services and programs are practical, affordable, and inclusive, empowering everyone to be part of the transition toward a clean energy future. To learn more, visit sonomacleanpower.org or call
1 (855) 202-2139.

About Veale Outdoor Advertising

Veale Outdoor Advertising is a Sonoma County based company specializing in outdoor advertisements. The average individual spends up to 20 hours a week commuting and out of their home, and for 69% of these people, purchasing decisions are made outside of the home. Veale Outdoor Advertising capitalizes on this fact and offers advertisers the advantage of an advertising medium that cannot be ignored by turning a page, closing a pop-up, or changing a channel. With two state of the art digital billboards in Northern California and 18 static billboards, Veale Outdoor Advertising offers customers a way to reach up to seven million consumers each month.

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Posted in: Media & Communications,Professional Services,U.S,Website & Blog

Connecting Seed to Cup: Crimson Cup Leads Coffee House Owners and Baristas on Trip to Make Meaningful Connections with Honduras Coffee Farmers

Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea recently led owners and staff from three independent coffee houses to the Siguatepeque region of Honduras. While following coffee’s journey from seed to cup, they forged meaningful connections with coffee farmers, workers and processors.

“Coffee is more than a product; it’s a relationship,” said Coffee Buyer Dave Eldridge, who led the trip. “We all know what coffee means in our lives. Our origin trips are a way to share what coffee means in the lives of coffee growers and their communities.”

Founder and President Greg Ubert said trips like these support Crimson Cup’s goal of moving beyond the traditional coffee buying model. Many roasters use brokers to import coffee, never meeting the farmers and workers who produce the crop.

“We want to support coffee growers the same way we support coffee shop owners,” he said. “We succeed when they succeed.”

Crimson Cup funds in-country travel, meals and accommodations through its loyalty program, which allows coffee house owners to choose from a variety of rewards based on their annual purchases.

Coffee house owners and staff on the trip included Shawn and Lisa Peterson, owners of Moose Junction Coffee and Pizza in Helena, Montana; Baristas Kendra Eicher and Joanna Shetler from Jitter’s Coffee in Millersburg, Ohio; and Barista Shayanna Bleile from The Coffee House in Norwalk, Ohio. Chef Tristin Acevedo of the Culinary Vegetable Institute in Milan, Ohio also took part.

They were accompanied by a Crimson Cup team including Eldridge, 7 Steps Trainer Steve Bayless, Business Development Lead Bob Fahringer and Coffee House Manager Susan McMillan.

Bayless has trained coffee shop owners and staff for almost 12 years through Crimson Cup’s 7 Steps to Success coffee franchise alternative program.

“I was excited to see the impact we're having at origin,” he said. “I also found there’s no substitute for the total sensory experience of being there – smelling and seeing and hearing coffee and interacting with the people who grow it.”

The team started their trip at Educafe, a school operated by ServeHope International. Crimson Cup partners with this local nonprofit to provide education, housing and clean water to workers and their families in Honduras and Guatemala.

The next day, they toured coffee farms to learn about coffee’s first few steps on the journey from seed to cup.

In the morning, they toured Finca Los Amigos near the village of El Socorro de las Penitas. Owned by community leader David Lopez, this well-manicured farm serves as a model for other area farmers.

Lopez and his workers talked about coffee growing, wet milling and coffee drying.

“My first big moment was when we walked down a steep decline into David’s fields,” Fahringer said. “We were surrounded by people picking coffee. Singing, having fun, throwing coffee cherries. It was joyful.”

Lopez built a wet mill on his farm several years ago that he shares at no cost with other area farmers. Processing their own coffee gives farmers greater control over costs and quality.

The team also saw a raised drying bed that Crimson Cup helped build on the farm. The raised bed helps coffee dry more evenly in the humid climate and prevents loss from mold and mildew.

Working with Lopez since 2011, Crimson Cup has purchased almost all of his crop the past few years. “It’s exciting to look around and know that we’re lifting up him and his workers,” Bayless said.

“Then he’s turning around and elevating his neighbors. We’re building that relationship chain link by link.”

After lunch, the team visited another local farm owned by a woman named Kenia. There, they held a coffee-picking competition, strapping on coffee-picking bags and heading out into the fields for 20 minutes.

“Bob, our fastest picker, picked three pounds of cherries,” Eldridge said. “He would have earned about if he had continued at the same pace for another 7 hours and 40 minutes.”

The farm’s fastest picker, Danielle, brings in about 144 pounds of cherries per day. She earns about .

After leaving Kenia’s farm, the group played soccer with kids at META Sports Academy, then gathered for coffee, conversations and dinner.

The final day began with a tour of the dry mill at The Cooperativa Cafetalera Siguatepeque Limitada (COHORSIL). Dry milling is the final step of processing before bagging and exporting green coffee.

Afterward, they distributed coffee filter buckets to local families and taught them to use them. “Access to clean drinking water is a serious health issue – especially among families with children,” Eldridge said. “Each water filtration bucket can supply drinkable water to a family for years."

Crimson Cup pays for the filters and partners with ServeHope to distribute them.

The trip ended with a discussion at ServeHope and a final dinner together. Participants agreed the experience had transformed the way they see coffee and the people who produce it.

Crimson Cup has been working with smallholder coffee farmers in the Siguatepeque region since 2011. Through its Friend2Farmer initiative, the roaster purchases coffee directly from farmers at an above-market premium. It also strives to make social, environmental, educational and economic impacts in farming communities.

“Connecting growers directly with coffee shop owners and baristas only strengthens our relationship chain,” Ubert said. “It’s awesome to see how these trips inspire our owners to get more involved with the coffee-growing world.”

About Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

Columbus, Ohio coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea is a 2020 Good Food Award winner, 2019 Golden Bean Champion for Small Franchise/Chain Roaster and Roast magazine’s 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year. Since 1991, Crimson Cup has roasted sustainably sourced craft coffee in small batches. It sells coffee to consumers and distributes wholesale coffee beans.

Through its 7 Steps to Success coffee franchise alternative program, the company teaches entrepreneurs to run successful coffee houses. By developing a coffee shop business plan, entrepreneurs gain insight into how much it costs to open a coffee shop.

Crimson Cup coffee is available through over 350 independent coffee houses, grocers, college and universities, restaurants and food service operations across 38 states, Guam and Bangladesh. The company also operates several Crimson Cup Coffee Houses. To learn more, visit crimsoncup.com, or follow the company on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Posted in: Business,U.S

Registration Closing Soon for Virtual Cybersecurity Competition

For high school and college students looking to test their cybersecurity skills and talent, sign up for the National Cyber League (NCL) virtual competition before registration closes on March 20.

NCL gives students a real-world cybersecurity experience, all from the comfort of your institution or home. It allows players of all levels practice their cyber-savviness in an online gymnasium and then compete against others individually and then on a team. Players will face a series of challenges where they can display their abilities to break into vulnerable websites, recover from ransomware attacks or identify hackers from forensic data, in other words, work on tasks they would do in an actual cybersecurity professional scenario.

The challenges are defensive and offensive puzzle-based, capture the flag style. They are based on the CompTIA Security+ and EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker performance-based exam objectives. From this competition, students further develop their skills and as a bonus receive scouting reports of their performance that can be viewed by potential employers.

“Every season, we include challenges relevant to current security trends. Last spring, it was ransomware. Last fall, it was cloud security. We’re excited for players to experience what we’ve planned for this season,” said Franz Payer, CEO of Cyber Skyline, the competition platform for NCL.

High school students can get a jump-start on a career path in cybersecurity while college students can work one step closer to a lucrative cybersecurity career by competing in the NCL.

The Spring Season runs from March 19 through May 15. Registration is through March 20 and until March 24 when registration ends. For more information or to register, visit nationalcyberleague.org.

About National Cyber League:

Founded in 2011 by an alliance of public agencies dedicated to developing the next generation of cybersecurity professionals, the NCL is a nonprofit cybersecurity competition that measures the ability of students to perform real-world cybersecurity tasks. Powered by industry-leading cybersecurity skills evaluation technology from Cyber Skyline, the competition has students identify hackers from forensic data, break into simulated bank websites, recover from ransomware attacks, and more.

Posted in: Computers & Software,Technology,U.S

Industrial Caulk and Seal to Showcase Services at NFMT Baltimore

On March 17, 18, and 19th Industrial Caulk and Seal will be attending the NFMT National Facilities Management Conference and Expo. The ICS project management team and key executives will be available to discuss the comprehensive list of services offered by Industrial Caulk and Seal at Booth #2569.

The Industrial Caulk and Seal booth will focus on a full line of comprehensive services offered through ICS, and, more specifically, the ICS services that solve problems facing owners and managers in today’s warehouse, industrial, and retail environment. Those services include comprehensive floor repair and restoration and photoluminescent egress system installation.

“We’re excited to participate in the NFMT show again this year,” states Chip Marshall from the Industrial Caulk and Seal Asset Management Solutions team, “The NFMT show allows the ICS team to openly discuss solutions and provide expert guidance to hundreds of facility managers from around the country.”

As an industry leading contractor in the field of concrete repair and restoration, Industrial Caulk and Seal works with building managers and owners throughout the US in repairing and maintaining hundreds of millions of square feet of concrete, and the entire ICS team is fully dedicated to minimizing the impact of these repairs and maintenance in the fast paced, 24 hour logistics marketplace so prevalent in today’s warehousing world.

In late 2019, Industrial Caulk and Seal added photoluminescent egress system installation to its existing list of services. As a critical change to the International Building and Fire Codes, photoluminescent egress systems have forced a rapid change in both new and restorative construction and have already begun to have a massive effect on building renovations across the country.

About Industrial Caulk & Seal:

ICS is a nationally recognized commercial contractor serving the Mid-Atlantic and North East. Founded in 2001, ICS has worked aggressively to set the industry standard in commercial concrete polishing, commercial caulking and semi-rigid joint fillers, commercial flooring and coatings, and comprehensive floor repair and restoration. Please visit http://www.industrialcaulkandseal.com for additional information.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

Ponce Health Sciences University – St. Louis to Build New Campus with a School of Medicine

On Friday, March 6, local leaders and elected officials including Congressman Lacey Clay gathered to join Ponce Health Sciences University President and CEO/Co-founder of Tiber Health, Dr. David Lenihan, as he unveiled his plans for an million educational investment in North St. Louis. Among the commitment, a School of Medicine and a hospital, will provide anchors for the City of St Louis to grow as a medical hub.

The investment will be centered around the School of Medicine as an expansion of Ponce Health Sciences University (Ponce, Puerto Rico) satellite campus in St Louis. The new campus will provide a permanent home for Ponce Health Sciences University in St. Louis as well as fulfill a commitment to improve community health via their innovative Master of Science in Medical Sciences program, a pre-medical master’s program which offers an alternate pathway for students pursuing medical school admission.

The announcement comes on the heels of reports from the Missouri Hospital Association, noting the U.S. faces an estimated shortage of 49,000 primary care physicians over the next 10 years. As population diversity increases, communities will require more doctors who possess the training, skill and cultural competency to meet demand for essential, quality health care. The high cost, testing and selection process of traditional U.S. medical schools has systemically excluded underrepresented minorities from pursuing successful paths to medical careers.

“PHSU offers a compelling solution for closing this gap between the medical school selection process and professional healthcare delivery,” says Dr. Kenneth Dobbins, Chancellor of PHSU St Louis. “Our new campus in the heart of St Louis advances our efforts as a University to be recognized as academic and research leaders. It also allows us to put action behind our vision of providing medical education and research opportunities dedicated to addressing and impacting health disparities on local and national levels."

About Ponce Health Sciences University – St. Louis

The St. Louis Campus expands Ponce Health Sciences University's global network and extends efforts to serve diverse and underserved communities. Ponce Health Sciences University is a fully accredited university dedicated to providing the highest quality graduate education programs available in medicine, clinical psychology, biomedical sciences, and public health in order to prepare world-class, culturally competent health professionals to better serve a growing population of diverse patients across the United States. Located in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and St. Louis, MO, PHSU is recognized around the world for its medical education and research achievements.

Posted in: Education,Health & Medicine,U.S,Website & Blog

Future of School Annual Rural Summit Focused on Digital Learning

A diverse group of national leaders in education recently gathered in Austin, Texas, to share critical insights on advancing K-12 rural education through digital learning. Online and blended learning programs have supported rural students and schools in myriad ways for years, but for many educators and advocates, the pivotal role digital learning plays in boosting student engagement and academic achievement in rural education has not been widely explored. The second annual Rural Students Digital Learning Summit, which took place on February 23 and 24, 2020, was sponsored by the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance (VLLA) and Future of School (FoS), and focused on providing equitable access to online and blended learning in remote areas.

Representatives from the summit’s sponsors, including Robert Currie, President of VLLA, and Robyn Bagley, a Founding Board Member of FoS, kicked off the event with thought-provoking remarks. “The schools and districts of rural America face unique challenges related to equity and access,” Bagley said. “Technology can be the equalizer to provide those students the well deserved resources afforded the nation’s most populous and affluent areas. Enabling districts to retain teachers in onsite roles as well as tap into the expertise of those located elsewhere will transform learning for rural populations.”

Through talks, presentations and open discussions in large and small group formats, attendees from 21 states and the District of Columbia shared their experiences as educators and nonprofit leaders, and explored trends, obstacles, opportunities and emerging shifts impacting rural school districts throughout America.

A few of the Summit’s highlights:

  • Three state-level presentations by representatives from the Colorado Department of Education, the Vermont Virtual Learning Collaborative and Virtual Arkansas underscored the impact that strong or absent policy has on expanding access to high quality learning opportunities.
  • Three presentations of creative strategies in Montana, North Carolina and Tennessee that involved philanthropy, state virtual programs, and/or community organizations and directly increased access and equity.
  • The Summit’s youngest attendee and speaker who has yet to receive her diploma gave a personal perspective on digital learning. Satara Ehnes, a 17-year-old senior at Julesburg High School in Colorado, will graduate with 50 college credits and an associate’s degree from community college two days prior to her high school graduation in May—an accomplishment made possible by virtual learning programs.


“Equitable access is a work-in-progress and much more needs to be done in order to provide high quality online learning opportunities to even the most remotely located schools,” said Amy Valentine, Executive Director of Future of School. “Our students’ futures depend on it, regional economies depend on it, and the competitiveness of our workforce depends on it.”

Attendees tackled current educational policy, solutions to teacher staffing shortages, the imperative for broadband internet, emerging social and community issues, and workforce readiness, among others, aiming to shed light on topics that shape a meaningful, rigorous and relevant K-12 learning experience despite geographic challenges.

The Summit proved to be an intimate, interactive forum for national rural education leaders, leading practitioners and supporters of online and blended learning to discuss and develop meaningful approaches that will improve rural education in the 21st century.

The Future of School fully supports the evolution of America’s rural school districts toward readiness for an increasingly interconnected world. It is committed to an active dialogue on progress made in 2020 and exchanging ideas and finding new ways forward—both at the third Annual Rural Students Digital Learning Summit in 2021, and via a digital resource repository now in the early stages of development. Sign up here to receive updates on these efforts.

Future of School is a 501(c)3 public charity amplifying the importance of K-12 learning as a catalyst for student readiness and a stronger society through programs and events, including its celebrated impact summits, original publicly shared research, grants for educators innovating in their schools and a scholarship program that rewards students diversifying their educational pathway.    

The Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance is an association of innovative virtual programs in the U.S. Consisting largely of state virtual schools and several consortia, the member organizations serve well over a half million online course enrollments annually. The Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance (VLLA) is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit organization that includes Colorado Digital Learning Solutions, Georgia Virtual School, Idaho Digital Learning Alliance, Illinois Virtual School, Indiana Online, Michigan Virtual, Montana Digital Academy, Nevada Learning Academy, NC Virtual, Virtual Arkansas, VHS Learning, Virtual SC, Virtual Virginia, Wisconsin eSchool Network and Wisconsin Virtual School.

Posted in: Education,Technology,U.S,Website & Blog

Dr. Dan Holtzclaw, Austin, TX Dental Implant Specialist, Celebrates 11 Years as Editor-in-Chief for JIACD

Dr. Dan Holtzclaw, respected dental implant specialist, celebrates his eleventh year as editor-in-chief for The Journal of Implant and Advanced Clinical Dentistry (JIACD). JIACD covers advanced treatments in the dental industry, including dental implants to treat even the most complex missing teeth cases. Dr. Holtzclaw provides world-class dental implant placement at DIA Dental Implant Center in Austin, TX, which he founded to focus solely on delivering the most comprehensive and specialized dental implant care available in the country.

The world’s first interactive paperless dental journal, JIACD combines traditional peer-reviewed dental literature with twenty-first-century multimedia technology. Readers are provided access to interactive literature on clinical techniques, dental implant cases, literature reviews, and expert commentary that can immediately impact their daily dental practice. Dr. Holtzclaw has been a contributing author and editor at JIACD since its inception, inspiring the industry to improve and evolve with each new year.

At DIA Dental Implant Center, Dr. Holtzclaw works with a team of highly experienced dental implant specialists to provide the most cutting-edge care for those seeking a permanent solution to missing teeth. The practice includes an in-house lab, complete with Zirkonzahn™ technology, and a team of doctors who can provide the entire dental implant treatment, from consultation to full restoration, in one location.

For those suffering with missing teeth, dental implants are the leading tooth replacement solution. The titanium implant is precisely placed into the jawbone so that is osseointegrates with the bone for maximum stability. A natural-looking and custom-made crown or bridge is affixed to the implant, completing the smile. The dental implants provided at DIA Dental Implant Center are so life-like that they are indistinguishable from natural teeth.

Those looking for a permanent solution to missing teeth in Austin, TX can connect with Dr. Holtzclaw and the highly experienced dental implant specialists for a complimentary dental implant consultation. To schedule an appointment, call 512-375-0050 or visit http://www.diadentalimplants.com.

About the Practice

DIA Dental Implant Center was founded by Dr. Dan Holtzclaw, one of the world’s leading authorities on full arch immediately loaded dental implant treatment. Using experience from thousands of dental implant procedures, Dr. Holtzclaw pioneered the DIArch™ implant teeth-in-a-day treatment concept, which allows patients to receive a new dental implant smile in just one day. With an in-house laboratory utilizing world-class Zirkonzahn™ technology, staff oral surgeons, staff prosthodontists, and experienced dental technicians, DIA Dental Implant Center is able to provide industry leading dental implant treatment in one convenient location, eliminating the need for patients to travel to multiple offices, as is required with most traditional dental offices. To learn more about the DIA Dental Implant Center advantage visit http://www.diadentalimplants.com or call 512-375-0050.

Posted in: Fitness,Health & Medicine,U.S

Nonprofits Can Now Rent Technology to Boost Fundraising

In a class of its own, Karma Payments provides nonprofit organizations with technology unavailable elsewhere in the industry. This includes cashless payment device rentals—no other company has this option. Ideal for donations at special events, Instant Karma invites instant philanthropy for charitable causes by securely accepting mobile payments and all major cards. It is small enough to be handheld and can be rented daily, weekly, or monthly. Organizations may customize their device to spark brand awareness.

Advantageous year-round, Instant Karma particularly flourishes for spring fundraisers. Donations can be made anytime, anywhere—on trails, in parks, city plazas—attended or unattended. Think 5K races, charity golf tournaments or softball games, school or craft fairs, silent auctions, plant, bake, or book sales, garden galas, community festivals, pet parades, Memorial Day benefits, Earth Day celebrations…the sky is the limit.

Renting is a smart choice for short-term payment processing needs. It is cost-effective (why purchase a device for one-time use?) and worthwhile for optimal fundraising (cashless giving raises the average cash donation amount by 300 percent. Some nonprofits have seen a 600 percent increase).

Two weatherproof, easy-to-use models are available to rent. No login or lengthy setup necessary, simply power on and donations can be made.


Designed for use in a fixed location (countertop, lobby, market); beneficial in brick and mortar institutions or outdoor areas with access to power.


Accepts donations on-the-go, complete with an ergonomic handle, ultra-light design, an eight-hour battery.

Instant Karma uses wireless connections for payments. If no signal is available, up to 1500 transactions can be stored offline and processed once a connection is restored.

“We value nonprofits and their charitable work,” says Chris Fleisch, co-founder and vice president, business development, Karma Payments. “To support their worthy efforts, we offer beneficial, cost-effective technology. Our rental program saves expensive product costs while increasing contribution opportunities.”

Renters receive the same white-glove treatment as buyers: Top quality products, low-cost processing, and impeccable 24/7 customer support. All rentals require a minimum one week contract. If desired, the device may be purchased at any point during the rental process; if prior to the contract’s conclusion, the rental fee (not including service fees) will be credited to the purchase. Bulk pricing is available. 

About Karma Payments

Karma Payments’ mission is to “Make a Positive and Lasting Impact in the World” by providing secure, purpose-driven, and innovative payment solutions for nonprofit partners, saving expensive processing fees. For more information about Karma Payments, their products, and services visit KarmaPayments.com or contact a nonprofit specialist at support@KarmaPayments.com

Posted in: Computers & Software,Technology,U.S

Remcom Announces Advanced Phased Array Design Capabilities In XFdtd EM Simulation Software Including Superposition Simulation And Array Optimization

Remcom announces superposition simulation and array optimization in the latest release of XFdtd® 3D EM Simulation Software, further expanding the software’s capabilities for high-frequency 5G device design and beam steering analysis.

Antenna arrays are essential for maximizing the performance of complex 5G-enabled devices, facilitating the use of beam steering, spatial diversity, and other techniques to improve throughput. Determining the numerous beam states for a new design can be tedious due to the hundreds or thousands of port phase combinations. XFdtd enables users to leverage the electromagnetic principle of superposition to reveal these combinations with a single simulation. By combining steady-state results from the simulation, XFdtd efficiently determines the port phases that maximize the far zone coverage in each direction.

Sam Seidel, XFdtd project manager, said, “Remcom continues to develop XFdtd to keep pace with the growing complexity of 5G design requirements and the advanced technologies that our customers are utilizing to meet them. Superposition and array optimization enable highly sophisticated array analysis and beam steering while removing slowdowns that impede the design workflow.”

For more information on the latest release of XFdtd, please visit Remcom’s website. XFdtd users without an active Remcom Professional Support contract can upgrade to the latest version by contacting sales.

About Remcom:

Remcom provides innovative electromagnetic simulation and wireless propagation software for users in the commercial wireless industry and government sectors. Remcom’s products are designed to work together to provide complete and accurate results when modeling propagation with real-world devices in real-world scenarios. Remcom is committed to its customers’ unique needs, offering flexible licensing options for installations of all sizes as well as custom engineered solutions.

Posted in: Computers & Software,Technology,Telecom,U.S

USARAD Including its SecondOpinions.com Division, Launches a Screening Program to Provide Medical Expertise During the Current COVID-19 Pandemic

USARAD Holdings Inc., the leading US Joint Commission Accredited teleradiology and telemedicine company backed by Siemens Healthineers and several healthcare VC firms introduces a first of its kind COVID-19 screening program. The virus has already infected over 100,000 people in over 100 countries and has caused over 4,000 fatalities to date. Over the years, USARAD through its SecondOpinions.com division has provided multi-specialty consultations to patients in over 100 countries for innumerable medical conditions and is ready to assist during the current global health crisis.

Early detection of Coronavirus is essential due to the lack of a known treatment or vaccine. Research by several leading academic radiology departments in USA and China has recently been conducted demonstrating the important role of CT diagnostics. For example, in a study conducted by Mount Sinai Health System and published in the industry-leading journal Radiology, a chest CT scan has significantly outperformed laboratory testing in diagnosing COVID-19 at 98% accuracy vs. 71% results using gene sequencing concluding that CT may be used as the primary screening tool for COVID-19.

USARAD introduces a program where a network of Chest CT-trained Radiologists provides screening diagnostics and consultations alongside other medical specialists including pulmonologists and infectious disease experts. The program is launched in partnership with Medical Diagnostic Web (MDW.io) team operating a blockchain-powered radiologist marketplace which connects hundreds of radiologists readily available to provide radiological diagnosis. The initiative will be utilizing AI algorithms as decision assistive mechanism for the team of radiologists as imaging quantities mount.

Research confirms that certain patterns of atypical pneumonia is seen on CT in patients affected with COVID-19, including ground-glass opacities, peripheral areas of consolidations, “crazy paving” as well as absence of certain findings. The evolution of such findings is critical in understanding the timeline of the disease as well as predicting progression and course of the infection. Radiology specialists are available around the clock to help diagnose or exclude COVID-19. The images can be uploaded via intuitive online service available around the clock. The team of multiple other specialists and subspecialists is also available on stand-by.

Planning for long-term preventive measures, USARAD has partnered with its Israeli Nanox Imaging (http://www.nanox.vision) that has developed a novel medical imaging system based on a digital X-ray source providing highly mobile, small footprint medical screening systems at a fraction of the cost of the industry-standard scanners. The partnership collaborates with global government health authorities planning potential global deployment of thousands of scanners at ports, border waypoints and community medical centers that may enable efficient and timely preventive screening for future outbreaks of COVID-19 or other similar pandemics.

USARAD and Nanox recently announced a joint distribution deal for the deployment of 3,000 Nanox.ARC scanners in the US. Once cleared by the FDA, the Nanox scanners will be dispatched into the high risk areas to provide immediately screening capabilities. Imaging devices can significantly limit patient transportation, facilitate disinfection and therefore lower the risk of virus transmission.

Dr. Michael Yuz, Founder & CEO of USARAD stated: “USARAD together with its strategic partners, MDW and Nanox is available to help patients world-wide during the current COVID-19 pandemic by leveraging the latest science and technology. We are doing everything possible to reduce panic, bringing the peace of mind to millions of patients world-wide.”

About USARAD Holding Inc. including SecondOpinions.com

USARAD Holdings, Inc. is a global telemedicine company consisting of two operating divisions – USARAD and SecondOpinions.com. USARAD is a radiology services provider offering interpretations of a full range of sub-specialty and general radiology patient studies. With an existing advanced technology network connecting medical facilities to board-certified radiologists and support staff, USARAD offers radiology services in all 50 states as well as more than 15 countries. Via its unique Radiology-On-Demand® platform, USARAD is committed to providing timely and responsive image review 24/7. SecondOpinions.com® is a medical consultation and second opinions leader providing health care customers, physicians and consumers with expert opinions from all medical specialties and sub-specialties. For more information please visit http://usarad.com & http://secondopinions.com.

About MDW.io

Medical diagnostic web (MDW.io) is first of its kind decentralized autonomous organization operating Blockchain based platform which utilizes smart-contract to facilitate complex B2B and consumer transactions between various stakeholders in radiology field. MDW.io designed to facilitate remote medical diagnostic consultations including radiologic and multispecialty second opinions, peer reviews, primary and preliminary teleradiology interpretations as well as synchronous and asynchronous telemedicine visits. MDW puts patients in forefront of their diagnostic health records by allowing patients and their diagnostic providers to upload findings in a secure, anonymized manner to be further evaluated by the community. For more information please visit http://mdw.io.

About Nanox:

Nanox, founded by the serial entrepreneur Ran Poliakine, is an Israeli corporation that is developing a commercial-grade digital X-ray source designed to be used in real-world medical imaging applications. Nanox believes that its novel technology could significantly reduce the costs of medical imaging systems and plans to seek collaborations with world-leading healthcare organizations and companies, to provide affordable, early detection imaging service for all. For more information, please visit http://www.nanox.vision.

Posted in: Technology,U.S

See Live Demos of PI’s Photonics / Fiber Alignment Technology at OFC in San Diego

Key industry players in optical networking will be at gathering in San Diego to share their research, new ideas, and experience the best their field has to offer. PI engineers are on-hand to answer questions and propose precision motion solutions relating to photonics automation.

The Award-Winning SiP Solution: FMPA

The FMPA Fast Multichannel Photonics Alignment Engine is an advanced alignment system based on a highly specialized digital motion controller with embedded advanced alignment and tracking functionality and a hybrid precision scanning and tracking mechanism combining the advantages of piezoelectric on servo-motorized drives. It addresses the market need for fast, parallel, nanoscale-accurate, multi-degree-of-freedom global optical alignment optimization required in key SiP production steps from planar test to packaging.

Time savings on the order of 90% and more are feasible compared to traditional photonics alignment systems. The FMPA systems are available for single and double sided alignments and can also be added to existing wafer probers.

Linear Motor Driven Solutions

A flexible combination of PI´s industrial stages and new alignment-enabled controls from ACS addresses tough throughput and yield challenges for photonics production, as well as in photonics wafer probing, device packaging, chip testing, and even laser and optical equipment manufacturing. The combination of high speed, nanoscale performance, and industrial robustness reduces costs and improves yield while opening new possibilities for hyper-efficient systems architectures in large-format production processes. PI’s unique optimization functionality is firmware-based, offers parallel alignment across multiple inputs, outputs, and degrees-of-freedom, and can improve process throughput by a factor of 100 or more compared to legacy approaches.

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Standard and Custom

PI has in-house engineered solutions with over 4 decades of experience working with customers to provide products that meet application demands, and can quickly modify existing product designs or provide a fully customized OEM part to fit the exact requirements of the application.

USA / Canada

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About PI

PI is a privately held company that designs and manufactures world-class precision motion and automation systems including air bearings, hexapods and piezo drives at locations in North America, Europe, and Asia. The company was founded 5 decades ago and today employs more than 1300 people worldwide. PI’s customers are leaders in high-tech industries and research institutes in fields such as photonics, life-sciences, semiconductors and aerospace.

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

SAFE Health Selected as Finalist for 2020 SXSW PITCH

SAFE Health, a digital healthcare company focused on sexual health, has been selected as a finalist for the 12th annual SXSW Pitch® (formerly SXSW Accelerator) for its debut product, The SAFE App, which lets potential partners verify each others sexual health status and provides the easiest and least expensive way to get tested.

SXSW Pitch is the marquee event of South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festivals (March 13 - 22, 2020) Startups Track, where leading startups from around the world showcase some of the most impressive technology innovations to a panel of hand-picked judges and a live audience. Out of the 937 companies that applied to present at SXSW Pitch 2020, SAFE was selected as one of 5 finalists in the Health, Wearables & Wellbeing category.

The event will be held the first weekend of SXSW Conference & Festivals on the fourth floor of the Downtown Hilton Austin, Salon D/E. The event will then culminate with the 2020 SXSW Pitch Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening, March 15, where winning startups from each category and a Best in Show winner will be announced and honored. SAFE and fellow finalists in the Health, Wearables & Wellbeing category will present on March 15th.

“Our goal is to empower young people to respect and protect their sexual health,”said Lauren Weiniger, co-founder of SAFE. “We created a tool to make it easier, and a little less awkward, to have the conversation about sexual health between partners, while also providing access to easy and affordable testing. It’s not about blame or shame, our mission is to end the spread and stigma of STDs in our lifetime.”

According to the CDC, STD rates have reached an all-time high in the U.S. for the fifth year in a row. Dating apps and social networks have played a significant role as they have expanded dating pools, enabling STIs to spread rapidly through diverse populations. The HIPAA-compliant SAFE App is the first real-world, practical solution to addressing what the CDC now calls a “public health crisis.” The app lets people import their medical records from any provider, so they can show their status on their phone (and confirm the status of their partners). The app also lets users schedule affordable testing at 30,000 locations across the country.

“For over a decade, SXSW Pitch has played a pivotal role in...giving promising companies the resources they need to succeed when it matters most and providing high profile exposure,” said SXSW Pitch Event Producer Chris Valentine. “Of the 503 companies who have participated since the competition’s inception, over 75 percent have gone on to secure funding and 16 percent have been acquired.”

For more information about SXSW Pitch and to view the complete list of finalists, visit: https://www.sxsw.com/pitch.

About SAFE App

SAFE App lets people show their verified STD status on their phone, and provides the easiest and least expensive way to get tested and treated. Users can import their medical records for free from any provider, or book testing at over 30,000 locations. SAFE has partnerships with many of the leading players in healthcare, including Quest, Labcorp, and Mayo Clinic. More than an app, SAFE is a movement to end the spread and stigma of STDs in our lifetime.
Download SAFE App here: http://www.safeapp.me
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About SXSW

SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. An essential destination for global professionals, the event features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. SXSW 2020 will take place March 13 - 22, 2020. For more information, please visit sxsw.com.

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Bridget Garwood
The SAFE App

Posted in: Computers & Software,Technology,U.S

Dr. Catherine DiGiorgio Joins the Team at the Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation

Leonard Miller, MD, FACS, FRCS is happy to announce the arrival of Board-Certified Dermatologist, Catherine DiGiorgio, MD. The Harvard-trained dermatologist comes into the group with a top-notch education and extensive experience in lasers and cosmetic procedures, most recently working in private practice in Boston, MA and Austin, TX. The Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation is pleased to add Dr. DiGiorgio’s unique dermatology expertise and skill to the aesthetic team.

Dr. Miller started his private practice in 1985 and over the last 20 years has built the Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation into a leading cosmetic surgical and non-surgical treatment facility for the greater Boston area. A pioneer in the field of aesthetic medicine, he was the first doctor to bring the micro-needling procedure to the United States. A board-certified plastic surgeon, over the years, Dr. Miller has perfected several innovative and complex surgical techniques such as the natural facelift and neck rejuvenation. Dr. Miller continues to participate in valuable clinical trials, developing new cosmetic products and skin care technologies.

Dr. Doherty is a board-certified plastic surgeon, specializing in surgical procedures for the breast and body. He joined the Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation in February of 2015, bringing his talent for creating a pleasing appearance without looking plastic or unnatural. Together, Dr. Miller and Dr. Doherty have been able to provide a wide range of cosmetic surgery procedures for all areas of the face, neck, breast and body.

With two locations, one in Boston and one in Brookline, the Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation has grown into one of the city’s top destinations for surgical and noninvasive cosmetic procedures. As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. DiGiorgio will bring extensive experience, sharing the team’s passion for gentle, natural aesthetic care. She is already an active member of the Boston community and will make an outstanding addition to the Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation team.


The New Orleans native completed her medical training at the Tulane University School of Medicine. This was followed by her internship in Internal Medicine and residency in Dermatology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. Dr. DiGiorgio came to Boston for a competitive fellowship, training at the Harvard Laser and Cosmetic for Photomedicine for 2 years. During this time, she trained in the application of laser and energy-based devices alongside the world’s most respected dermatologists. Today, Dr. DiGiorgio is a speaker and educator, presenting at medical conferences across the U.S., contributing to peer-reviewed journals and textbooks, and participating in dermatology resident education. Before coming to the Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation, Dr. DiGiorgio practiced dermatology in private practice in Boston and Austin, Texas.

Known for using a conservative approach to dermatology, Dr. DiGiorgio creates a unique treatment plan for every individual. With a gentle bedside manner, she tailors each plan around the patient’s needs, goals and lifestyle. Dr. DiGiorgio specializes in the use of lasers for semi-invasive and noninvasive procedures. She has extensive experience with Botox and fillers, thread lifts, and microneedling, as well as using PRP growth factors for restoring both skin and hair.

The Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation welcomes all our patients to consult with Dr. DiGiorgio. She is going to make a wonderful addition to the team. If you would like more information on any of our anti-aging treatments or would like to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. DiGiorgio, contact the Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation at 617.735.8735.

Posted in: Fitness,Health & Medicine,U.S

Arreva Launches ExceedFurther - The Next Generation, All-in-One, Fundraising and Donor Relationship Management Software

Arreva, the trusted advisors and leaders of fundraising and donor relationship management software for nonprofits today, launches ExceedFurther, the All-in-One, Cloud-based, Fundraising and Donor Relationship Management Solution. ExceedFurther's complete collection of applications combined with user-friendly simplicity is unlike anything currently available for nonprofits. It enables organizations of any size to be more productive and work more efficiently and collaboratively to transform fundraising and cultivate donor relationships.

The launch of ExceedFurther represents the next evolution of nonprofit fundraising and donor relationship management software. ExceedFurther's best-in-class household and organization approach provides the ability to bring together donor relationships in a unique way for a 360-degree view and an accurate understanding of donors and constituents. The platform streamlines nonprofit workflow and simplifies administrative efforts by providing one unified application to manage donations, donors, constituents, campaigns, volunteers, events, grants, online fundraising, and more. ExceedFurther offers peer-to-peer fundraising, recurring giving, and an option to cover processing fees, allowing nonprofits to increase donor contributions effortlessly.

"Nonprofits are accustomed to using various disparate applications to manage their donor relationships and fundraising efforts. From managing events to volunteers, campaigns, households, donor databases, and more, siloed applications result in process inefficiencies and software integration challenges, making it difficult in the past to glean actionable insights," said David Blyer, Co-founder, President, and CEO of Arreva. "Now, with ExceedFurther, nonprofits can view and manage every interaction with every stakeholder and leverage powerful analytics to understand and improve donor stewardship and engagement," Blyer adds.

"We've realized tremendous value from this integrated solution," says Pat Burke, Director of Finance and Administration for The Jewish Federation of Northeast Florida. "This fully integrated system has significantly improved our ability to raise funds and attract and engage new donors while saving us time and money."

Nonprofits also enjoy access to trusted advisors and in-house nonprofit experts offering best practices and hands-on product training and resources. "Without Arreva, what we do would be impossible. Arreva provides a one-stop-shop solution for our organization," says Soraya Rivera-Moya, Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House of South Florida.

"ExceedFurther's powerful yet straightforward integrated software solution is a natural evolution," says Susan Packard Orr, Co-founder, and Chairman of Arreva. "Our mission at Arreva has always been about bringing the best technology and insights to nonprofit organizations so they can spend more time furthering their cause, and less time using technology."

Nonprofits around the world today are benefiting from the value of our all-in-one solution. Customers currently using both Arreva's online fundraising and donor relationship management solution have transitioned to ExceedFurther. To learn more about ExceedFurther and how your nonprofit can transform fundraising and cultivate and engage donor relationships, request a demo.

About Arreva

Arreva is the trusted advisor and market leader of fundraising and donor relationship management software for thousands of nonprofits, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Ronald McDonald House Charities®, The Arc, The National Association of Police Athletic Leagues, and Meals on Wheels. ExceedFurther, Arreva's All-in-One, Cloud-based, Integrated Solution, is helping nonprofits worldwide further their mission, transform fundraising, and cultivate relationships with donors and constituents. With offices in Palo Alto, CA, Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Phoenix, AZ Arreva's team has served the nonprofit industry for over three decades. Learn more at Arreva.com.

Posted in: Computers & Software,Technology,U.S

Shred Cube Launches First-Ever USB Drag-and-Drop File Shredding Device

The Shred Cube, the first product of its kind ever to hit the market officially launched on March 1st, 2020, bringing in a new frontier of fast, reliable, secure and permanent digital file deletion.

The key features of the Shred Cube include an easy to use drag-and-drop or attach interface, PC and Mac compatibility, and the peace of mind that your unwanted documents and files are actually gone with no trace left behind. The compact hand held “cube” weighs in at a feathery 2.3oz and comes in at a one-time cost of 9.99. With rigid dimensions of 1 x 1 x 1inches, the tiny profile makes it easy to transport and use across multiple devices.

“Our mission is to bring the simplicity of an office paper shredder to the world of digital files, all in a simple plug-and-play USB device.”

-Nancie Williams, Co-Founder

Traditional file deletion software and programs often make computers even more vulnerable to common cyber threats, like malware, ransomware, and trojans by using downloadable software. Unless a person is downloading a well-known, highly-vetted file remover over the internet, there’s no way of knowing what they’re potentially exposing their computer or network to. There is always a degree of risk, even with the most noteworthy file removal programs.

The Shred Cube promises what other file removers simply cannot. Since the Shred Cube is an external device, users can be confident that no additional files or logs will be added to their system that could potentially compromise the machine’s or network’s security. Being wholly external, the Shred Cube permanently deletes digital files, folders or bulk data without software needing to be downloaded. Even better is that Shred Cube does not save any of the user’s data to the cube itself and there is no trace of the cube being used on the device.

Because of its ability to quickly and securely remove sensitive data, the Shred Cube has a number of applications across multiple industries, including:


About Shred Cube

Founders Alex Stieb and Nancie Williams created the Shred Cube with privacy at the forefront, creating an easier way to permanently delete sensitive personal data, client information, or any other computer files from any device in an instant. Nancie’s background in the legal field combined with Alex’s background in industrial manufacturing and engineering was the perfect union when it came to offering the general public this incredible innovation in cybersecurity.

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,Technology,U.S

New Alliance Academy Announces the Results of their Parent Satisfaction Survey

Recently, New Alliance Academy has conducted a survey to measure the overall satisfaction of their therapeutic education program. Those who took the survey were asked several questions and were instructed to rate their satisfaction level based on those questions from strongly disagree to strongly agree. The satisfaction level for every question on the survey had a positive outcome.

As the word “alliance” explains in its name, New Alliance Academy works very closely with the students’ families in order to achieve the students’ goals. Due to this dynamic relationship, measuring the degree of family satisfaction is an essential tool to further the success of the program. New Alliance Academy is very proud to announce that overall, families are very satisfied with the school’s program. Full results of the survey can be found on the New Alliance Academy website.


New Alliance Academy in Paramus, NJ is a high school for teenagers who experience acute psychological distress. New Alliance Academy provides a full educational curriculum that addresses the emotional and academic needs of its students in a day school setting. The school integrates educational and ancillary therapeutic services, expertly crafted and delivered in one location. These therapeutic services are designed to eventually facilitate the adolescent’s return to a least restrictive educational setting as soon as they are ready. Students gain a deeper understanding of themselves by receiving the tools they need to move forward in their education and in life.

Posted in: Education,Fitness,U.S

San Francisco Bay Area-based Lifestyle Agencies af&co. and Ellipses Merge

Fresh on the heels of the successful launch of its partner branding and creative services agency, Carbonate, the evolution of af&co. (formerly Andrew Freeman & Co.) continues. The award-winning agency has officially announced its merger with Ellipses Public Relations, becoming one full-service communications agency. Operating as af&co., the 17-person firm is headquartered in downtown San Francisco and specializes in lifestyle, hospitality, food and beverage marketing and public relations, serving the Bay Area and beyond. Andrew Freeman continues his role as president and chief executive officer, and Ellipses founder and CEO Diana Haven fills a new chief operating officer position at the growing agency.

“Our two agencies have been close collaborators and referral partners for some time, and Diana and I have been friends for 15 years," said Freeman. “The merger of our two firms was the next step in the evolution and growth strategy for af&co. In addition to having amazing connections with the media, Diana and the team she has brought with her have deep experience in digital strategy, consumer packaged goods marketing and lifestyle public relations. This move gives us the opportunity to not only expand our offerings to new market segments but solidifies our place as one of the leading lifestyle firms in the Bay Area and nationally. As af&co. celebrates its 15th anniversary, the time was right and the combined talent of our teams is incredible. This is truly a merger of the minds and takes full advantage of our respective strengths as leaders and entrepreneurs.”

“It’s been incredible to watch both of our businesses thrive over the years, and this merger makes perfect sense. We’ve each built successful and respected agencies, and I feel the joining of the two is a game-changer for the Bay Area’s lifestyle PR and marketing industry. The merger is an incredible move for us, our teams and our clients, and I’m very excited to help lead the business into the 2020s and beyond,” said Haven.

About Andrew Freeman

A native of New Jersey, Freeman learned the restaurant business by working through the ranks at several legendary New York venues. At Windows on the World, Andrew was vice president of public relations and marketing and responsible for its relaunch after the World Trade Center bombing in 1992. At the Russian Tea Room, Andrew opened the Cabaret which became the toast of the town after only six months. He also spent six years as vice president of public relations for the Rainbow Room, working with restaurant legend Joe Baum. Prior to opening af&co., Freeman was vice president of public relations and strategic partnerships for Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants. He spent ten years with Kimpton, launching over 40 hotels and restaurants as well as the global brand. During his tenure there Andrew helped spearhead the LGBT travel program, which has garnered numerous awards and positioned Kimpton as one of the top companies for LGBT employment in the country. In 2002, Kimpton became the first hospitality company to receive a 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index.

A dedicated philanthropist, Andrew sits on the boards of CUESA, Dress for Success San Francisco and The Richmond Ermet AIDS Foundation. He is a former board member of Meals on Wheels San Francisco, the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Anti-Defamation League, and was an advisor for the American Airlines LGBT Committee. From 2016 to 2019, af&co. has been named by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the Top 50 LGBT-Owned Businesses in the Bay Area.

About Ellipses and Diana Haven

Ellipses was founded in December 2007 after Haven’s 15-year career in public relations and television, which took her from promoting the performing arts in the early 1990s to working with tech clients in the “dot-com boom” of the late 1990s, then to TechTV as booking manager and producer from 1999 to 2002. Prior to Ellipses, she was the public relations director at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay from 2003 to 2007. Her award-winning efforts, which included an outdoor concert series, celebrity chef and culinary classes, and an annual silent auction, contributed to significant increases in top-line revenue and international acclaim for the resort by driving annual media impressions from 600 million in 2003 to 1.2 billion in 2005.

A boutique agency headquartered in Oakland, Ellipses has represented more than 100 clients in the hospitality, travel, food, beverage and special events industries, launching over 40 restaurants and destinations throughout the greater Bay Area including The Culinary Institute of America at Copia, Fog City, Dumpling Time, La Marcha, Urban Putt, Lord Stanley, Niku Steakhouse and the Butcher Shop by Niku. Clients moving with Ellipses to af&co. include OCHO Candy, The Berkeley Boathouse and Altamirano Restaurant Group.

About af&co.

Celebrating its 15th year in 2020, af&co. is an innovative lifestyle marketing and media relations agency with clients across the country. The af&co. team has launched over 150 restaurants and hotels, provided ongoing marketing, public relations, and operations consulting for more than 200 others, and created unique culinary events of all sizes, from intimate dinners to food and wine festivals of over 10,000 people. In early 2020, af&co. launched Carbonate, a brand strategy and creative services agency. af&co. and Carbonate are known for bringing a fresh approach with bold results, with an emphasis on hotels, restaurants, food, wine, spirits, travel, and destinations.

Among the agency’s current clients are 4505 BBQ, Bluestem Brasserie, Duende, E & O Kitchen and Bar, Evolution Hospitality (Vespera on Ocean/AC Santa Clara/AC Sunnyvale), Golden Gate Restaurant Association, Gott’s Roadside, Mr. Espresso, One Market, Palette, Perbacco and barbacco, Ramen Nagi, River Terrace Inn, Roman Spa & Hot Springs, TCHO Chocolate and Virgin Hotels SF. For a complete list of current and past clients, please visit http://www.afandco.com.

Posted in: Business,Finance,Hospitality,Law & Legal,U.S

Kabbage Launches Kabbage Insights™, Allowing Small Businesses To Take Control of Their Cash Flow With Just a Few Clicks

Kabbage, Inc. today launched Kabbage Insights, a fully automated tool that calculates and predicts cash-flow patterns to help small businesses identify cash surpluses and deficits. With the launch, Kabbage addresses one of the most vexing problems faced by small business owners. The new product comes just one month after the public launch of Kabbage Payments™, continuing the company’s rapid innovation to build a suite of integrated products that simplify cash-flow management for U.S. small businesses.

In less than 10 minutes, any small business can connect their real-time financial data to Kabbage Insights and access an analysis of their company’s historical, current and future cash-flow 24/7. The product continually evaluates the transaction activity of a customer over a 90-day period and organizes it in an easy-to-understand dashboard, allowing customers to quickly visualize their net growth without taking the time to calculate it themselves. Kabbage’s customer base of over 220,000 small businesses has immediate access.

As a leader in predictive analytics and artificial intelligence for small businesses, Kabbage Insights produces personalized forecasts to predict the future cash position of a business. Customers can then set a desired low-balance threshold and receive automated alerts if accounts are predicted to dip below it, empowering small businesses to identify, act upon and prevent cash deficits before they occur.

Paired with the Kabbage Small Business Revenue Index, Kabbage Insights is also the first product available that allows small businesses to compare their company’s performance to similarly-sized businesses operating in their state and industry. The result is an unparalleled cash-flow tool that’s free for small businesses, helping them to anticipate changes, benchmark their growth, plan ahead and make more confident business decisions like when to cut expenses, invest or borrow.

With Kabbage Insights, small businesses can:

  • Review cash-flow on the go via the intuitive mobile dashboard.
  • Analyze daily performance and review money movement at a glance.
  • Borrow strategically with forecast data to inform funding decisions.
  • Save time, as studies show 91 percent of small business owners spend as many as 20 hours per week manually calculating cash flow.


“As a small business owner for many years, I spent many sleepless nights trying to figure out whether I’d have the cash to pay my various expenses, including payroll at the end of the month and it’s been a mission of mine to solve this ubiquitous problem for all small business owners ever since,” said Kabbage CEO Rob Frohwein. “Kabbage is pleased to launch Insights, taking on this burden for small business owners and providing them with cash flow analyses that large enterprises have at their fingertips. We will continue to level the playing field for the small business owner.”

About Kabbage

Kabbage, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, is a data and technology company providing
small businesses cash flow solutions. Its suite of products includes Kabbage Payments, helping small businesses get paid and access the money they earn faster, Kabbage Funding, providing access to flexible lines of credit in minutes, and Kabbage Insights, a powerful and predictive tool to calculate cash flow. To date, Kabbage has provided more than 220,000 U.S. small businesses access to over billion of working capital. Kabbage is funded and backed by leading investors, including the SoftBank Vision Fund, BlueRun Ventures, WildCast Venture Partners, Thomvest Ventures and others. All Kabbage U.S.-based loans are issued by Celtic Bank, a Utah-Chartered Industrial Bank, Member FDIC. Kabbage Payments, LLC, a subsidiary of Kabbage, Inc., is a registered Payment Service Provider/Payment Facilitator sponsored by Fifth ThirdBank, N.A., Cincinnati, OH. For more information, please visit http://www.kabbage.com.

Posted in: Finance,Finance Market,U.S

AcctTwo To Be Gold Sponsor and Exhibitor at the SaaStr Annual 2020 Conference

AcctTwo, one of the nation’s leading providers of Sage Intacct’s cloud accounting software and managed accounting services announced today that the firm is a gold sponsor of the SaaStr Annual 2020 Conference taking place on March 10-12 at the San Jose Convention Center.

“We are proud to sponsor the SaaStr Annual 2020 Conference. We are dedicated to the SaaS start-up vertical and will be showcasing our MAS for SaaS solution – a comprehensive turnkey accounting outsourcing service designed specifically for SaaS companies on the Sage Intacct platform,” said Chris Price, SaaS Vertical Leader and Director of Professional Services at AcctTwo.

With a dedicated SaaS vertical, AcctTwo has proven its dedication to software and technology companies in the U.S. The firm has partnered with nearly 200 software and technology companies to transform finance and accounting with financial management, expense management, and budgeting software, as well as MAS (managed accounting services).

The SaaStr Annual 2020 Conference is a three-day event that brings together more than 15,000 global SaaS founders, executives, and venture capitalists for a series of high-quality content sessions and networking opportunities. Across five stages, more than 300 SaaS leaders will share their hard-earned, personal learning experiences, and actionable insights to help scale up and grow your company faster. SaaStr also facilitates Q&A’s, mentoring sessions and more than 1,000 brain dates (speed dating for tech) throughout the conference.

About MAS for SaaS

MAS for SaaS is a comprehensive turnkey accounting outsourcing service made specifically for the industry on the Sage Intacct platform. MAS for SaaS offers:

  • Real-Time SaaS Specific Reports, Dashboards, and Metrics including CMRR, CAC, and Churn
  • Virtually Unlimited Capabilities as you go from Start-Up to Scale-Up to Enterprise
  • Superior Insights into Business Performance
  • Automated Revenue Recognition in accordance with ASC 606
  • Risk Free Trial – You Can Cancel Anytime within the First 90 Days


For more information, please visit http://www.accttwo.com/mas-for-saas.

About SaaStr

SaaStr is the world’s largest community of SaaS executives, founders and entrepreneurs dedicated to sharing the best learnings, insights and practices around building and scaling SaaS businesses. Founded in 2012 by serial enterprise entrepreneurs Jason M. Lemkin and Mallun Yen, SaaStr has grown into a social community of more than 500,000 SaaS founders and executives with over 3,000,000 monthly views, and two major industry conferences. SaaStrs goal is to help every SaaS entrepreneur get from to 0M ARR with less stress. Learn more at SaaStr.com.

About AcctTwo

AcctTwo is focused on delivering the future of finance and accounting to its customers. AcctTwo has three main solutions – Cloud Accounting Software, Managed Accounting Services, and Software Development, all built around Sage Intacct’s best-in-class financial applications. Our dedicated team of over 100 people has helped nearly 1,000 organizations optimize finance and accounting through software implementations, accounting outsourcing, and consulting. AcctTwo has been recognized by Sage Intacct as its Partner of the Year from 2014 – 2018 and by our customers as a leader in overall satisfaction and popularity through their reviews on G2.

AcctTwo is headquartered in Houston, Texas. For more information, please visit http://www.accttwo.com or call 713-744-8400.

Posted in: Computers & Software,Finance Market,U.S,Website & Blog

Atlanta Based Alloy Personal Training Franchise Set To Expand In The Atlanta Market

Rick Mayo launched his original personal training business as North Point in Roswell, Georgia, back in 1992. After nearly a quarter-century of success in 2011, Rick and his team started Alloy Personal Training to assist major gym chains, independent gyms, health clubs, and fitness businesses around the world in deploying personal training systems for their members. At that time, the original North Point location updated its brand name to Alloy as well, and Rick entered into a partnership with long time colleague and Atlantian, Suzanne Robb, who serves as Alloy Chief Operating Officer.

Having grown their business serving thousands of fitness facilities with millions of members around the world, the team at Alloy decided to expand via franchising last year. The Alloy vision is to provide a superior personal training franchise solution uniquely focused on serving the ever-growing, "active aging" population.

The decision to pivot to franchising given their experience and understanding of the fitness industry appears to have been timely; in only months following their initial launch, the company has already sold several development deals. Now the brand has its sights set on the Atlanta market where they project eight markets are available, including Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Buckhead, Midtown, Marietta, Suwanee, and East Cobb for people interested in becoming franchisees in the fitness space.

Fitness industry expert Bryan O'Rourke, board member of IHRSA (International Association for Health Clubs) and investor in several global fitness brands, said, "The Alloy team's experience and understanding of the marketplace and business models sets them apart as a fitness franchise. I expect great things ahead for this brand."

"The name 'Alloy' is the notion of strength and motion meeting; those two things coming together to create something bigger, stronger, and longer-lasting," says founder Rick Mayo. "Over the past few years, our team wanted to do even more to meet our mission. We know a formula that works, and that is a key ingredient to a successful franchise."

A native Atlantian, Mayo has received many accolades as a fitness and personal training guru over the years. He has traveled the world speaking on fitness business trends in Australia, Europe, and the Americas. In 2019 Mayo was recognized with the prestigious AFS Fitness Business of the Year award. The AFS award honors a studio or gym that excels in all areas of business and whose owner has demonstrated the ability to create excellent customer experiences, dedicated staff, motivated clients, and leadership in their community.

"We are excited to open up the Atlanta market," says Suzanne Robb, Alloy COO, "Being in such close proximity to the flagship location or the 'mothership' as we like to call it will enable us to use our knowledge and experience of the market to help our hometown investors and set our new franchisees up for success."

"We have incorporated everything that we have learned to own and operate a successful Personal Training Fitness Business," says Tony Chemer, VP of Franchise Sales, "allowing us to provide total support for our business partners with the specifications and systems that are already proven in thousands of gyms worldwide."

Team Alloy is Founder and CEO Rick Mayo, COO Suzanne Robb, VP of Franchise Development Tony Chemer, and VP of Education Matt Helland.

Discovery days are underway, and territories are now being awarded. If you or someone you know is interested in having their own successful personal training business, the Alloy systems are well developed, and they are focusing on very discreet segments.

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About Alloy:

Alloy’s fitness program was created in 1992 around a very straightforward philosophy: people who get personalized coaching get better results. Today, Alloy programs are among the most effective programs in the world for helping people, especially those over 50, who want to look and feel their absolute best.

Alloy’s established, effective fitness platform and business management solutions have delivered real results throughout the world. Alloy Personal Training Franchise gives franchisees the chance to make an impact, both on their community and their future with a branded, brick-and-mortar Alloy personal training franchise location.
Learn more at http://www.alloyfranchise.com

Posted in: Business,Education,Fitness,U.S

Rybbon and Sawtooth Software Partner to Improve Survey Data with Automated Rewards

Rybbon, a digital rewards platform, announced today a partnership with Sawtooth Software, a premier provider of survey software tools specializing in conjoint analysis and MaxDiff. The new collaboration helps increase data collection for Sawtooth’s client base by increasing response rates from respondents by offering gift rewards.

Rybbon’s integration for digital rewards enhances Sawtooth’s decades of experience in quantifying preference and choice modeling. Sawtooth’s choice to partner with Rybbon will provide clients with greater depth and breadth of data when partnered with Rybbon’s reward programs. Customers will eliminate the need to manage incentives by hand with an easy-to-use, automated, and self-run survey rewards system.

Rybbon’s rewards integration with the Sawtooth Software platform simplifies and expedites the reward fulfillment process. Users can offer survey respondents a wide selection of eGift cards, Visa and Mastercard Prepaid cards, and charitable donations with all communication aligned to customer branding.

Sawtooth Software clients will also benefit from 100% refunds on all unclaimed rewards with up-to-the-minute status on respondents, reward choices, delivery, and reward claims. The rewards process is automatic and preserves response anonymity. By adding incentives to their survey programs, Sawtooth customers can boost response rates, thus increasing the quality of data they need.

“We are pleased to partner with Sawtooth Software,” said Rybbon’s CEO, Jignesh Shah. “Our software integrates to improve the value of their surveys and data analysis.” Justin Luster, Director of Product Management at Sawtooth agrees, “This simplifies our reward fulfillment so we can focus our energy on providing even higher levels of client satisfaction with our choice analysis software.”

About Rybbon
Rybbon puts the power of rewards to work for marketers and market researchers through its extensive catalog of e-gifts from top brands like Amazon.com and Panera. Rybbon also offers rewards suitable for international rewards programs such as Visa and Mastercard Prepaid card rewards that work in over 150 countries. Rybbon integrates with top marketing platforms like HubSpot, Marketo, Qualtrics, SurveyMonkey and Talkable to make gifting easy and automatic.

Learn more about Rybbon at http://www.rybbon.net.

About Sawtooth Software

Sawtooth Software provides advanced analytics and insights through conjoint analysis of survey responses. Their insights assist organizations in understanding their customers’ preferences when given multiple choices. They provide survey platforms, consulting, and educational services.

Get started using Sawtooth Software at https://www.sawtoothsoftware.com/.

Posted in: Computers & Software,Technology,U.S,Website & Blog

New Free Webinar for Leaders to Learn the Power of One on One Meetings

On March 17, 2020 at 2 pm EST Mastery Training Services is sponsoring and hosting a webinar, presented by Amy Forehand of the Forehand Company, titled, “Leadership: The Hidden Power of One on Ones.” This free webinar is geared toward those in a leadership role interested in learning how to conduct effective one on one meetings with employees.

Throughout this interactive webinar, Forehand will teach leaders how they can help hone the skills of their team members and unlock new levels of performance via one on one meetings. Leaders will learn how to boost their own leadership skills and grow their team’s performance by focusing on each employee’s uniqueness.

This session is free to attend, and anyone interested can register here.

Mastery Training Services is eager to partner with the Forehand Company on this webinar. Leadership development is a key area for any organization serious about business growth and employee development. Mastery Training Services is committed to helping organizations utilize employee development resources, such as this session, to become more amazing organizations.

For a full list of free webinars offered by Mastery Training Services, click here.

About Amy Forehand

Amy Forehand, owner of The Forehand Company, is a leadership consultant and coach committed to growing employeeship - employee responsibility, loyalty and initiative. Amy does this by creating stronger partnerships between employees and their leaders. She is guided by a belief that employees thrive when the right conditions are created and works with leaders to ensure those conditions are created on purpose. Amy also serves as a trustee on the Chelsea Education Foundation board where she is able to impact creating conditions for students to thrive. Amy can be reached at http://www.TheForehandCompany.org or TheForehandCompany@gmail.com.

About Mastery Training Services

Mastery Training Services is a leader in the corporate online training marketplace. We help organizations grow and become more successful with our comprehensive workplace training systems and services. In this way, Mastery fulfills its mission of helping build more successful, effective and amazing organizations.

Posted in: Business,Education,U.S

National Certification Board for Aging and Alzheimer Care (NCBACtm) Announces Availability of Version 3 of CRTS(tm) Certified Relocation Transition Specialist Training

The aging US population brings with it a host of new challenges. In larger numbers than ever before, Senior Citizens face the need to modify or change their living arrangements. Most often this involves downsizing to a smaller home, condo, or assisted living facility. For a few, it may involve modifying their existing residence.

Change is difficult for most people. Studies show that our concept of "home" is hardwired in our brains. It's at the core of who we are. Giving up possessions can be very unsettling for Seniors as well as their families. In many cases, family homes are intrinsically tied to our identities.

NCBAC's CRTS Certification Program features an 18 module course which provides comprehensive information needed to successfully organize and manage Senior moves from beginning to setting up the new home.

The voice-over narration has just been added, as well as updated statistics and detailed on-line illustration. The information is easy to follow and is designed to provide Transition Specialists with the plans and techniques necessary to reduce stress and manage moves effectively.

CRTS emphasizes a team approach for project management. It covers topics such as working with families, communication techniques, dealing with physical limitations, downsizing decisions for personal possessions, finding appropriate housing alternatives, moving issues and resettling into a new home.

Transition Specialists come from many other professions including professional organizers, caregivers and housing personnel, real estate agents, estate sales specialists, attorneys, movers and medical personnel.

This program meets national certification standards and is the premier national certification of its type.

For more information, including special rates: http://www.crtscertification.com

Posted in: Education,U.S

Forecast International Sees Cyberspace A Growing Focus of U.S. Defense Electronics Market

Computer and information technology advancements have propelled C5ISR to the top of the U.S.'s defense electronics market. Forecast International projects that this market will be worth at least 1.2 billion from 2020-2029.

"The defense electronics market in the United States continues to focus on enhancing, modernizing, and upgrading existing systems while at the same time developing new technologies," said Richard Sterk, Senior Analyst and editor of Forecast International's yearly analysis 'The Market for U.S. Defense Electronics.' Sterk further said that, "Integrating multimission systems and applications through networking into real-time operations remains a priority of the C5ISR – command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance – industry. Examples of technology that achieve this end include network battle command and logistics systems, networked precision missiles and gun-launched munitions, improved intelligence sensors, and active and passive protection systems. These technologies, in turn, have created additional submarkets such as cyber warfare, cybersecurity, and surveillance/reconnaissance radars."

Forecast International's projections are the result of a review and analysis of 564 leading defense electronics programs. The top defense electronics companies in the U.S. market continue to draw from the upper echelons of corporate America. The analysis projects that the top five U.S. defense electronics companies over the next 10 years in terms of market value will be Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, L3Harris, and BAE Systems.

"Meeting the challenges of the cyber warfare threat will lead to lucrative opportunities for the development of both offensive and defensive systems," said Sterk. "Due to the extensive use of networks and software, the U.S. faces an evolving array of cyber-based threats. These threats can be intentional or unintentional. Unintentional threats can result from software upgrades or defective equipment that inadvertently disrupt systems. Intentional threats are targeted attacks, originating from a number of sources."

The following systems, products, and programs are projected to lead the market in sales over the 10-year forecast period: the APG-81 AESA radar for F-35 aircraft; the ICNIA (Integrated Communications, Navigation, Identification, Avionics) system that will integrate aircraft avionics for the F-22 and the F-35; the APG-68 pulse-Doppler fire control radar for the F-16; the AAQ-33 Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod; the ALQ-210 situational awareness and threat warning system; the SPY-6 Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) to be installed aboard aircraft carriers and destroyers; the AQS-20 minehunting sonar and AQS-22 ALFS (Airborne Low Frequency Sonar) naval systems; the Navy Multi-band Terminal C4I system; the PRC-150 and PRC-152 combat radios; and the VAS-5 Driver's Vision Enhancer for land vehicles.

About Forecast International

Forecast International, Inc. is a leading provider of Market Intelligence and Consulting in the areas of aerospace, defense, power systems and military electronics. Based in Newtown, Conn., USA, the company specializes in long-range industry forecasts and market assessments used by strategic planners, marketing professionals, military organizations, and governments worldwide. Forecast International also maintains a high posture of situational awareness and geopolitical analysis.

Posted in: Computers & Software,U.S,Website & Blog,World

Rich Dad Advisors Series Author Garrett Sutton explains How to Protect Your Assets from Coronavirus Outlier Event

Asset Protection Expert, Corporate Attorney and Bestselling Author of 6 Rich Dad Advisors Series books Garrett Sutton’s tips for How to Protect Your Personal and Business Assets from a Coronavirus Black Swan Event were featured recently on BBC World News: Talking Business with Host Aaron Helsehurst and Newsmax: American Agenda. Sutton emphasized, “The Coronavirus is a big wake-up call for small businesses.”

As the author of “Start Your Own Corporation” and “Loopholes in Real Estate,” Sutton recommended these action items for business owners, entrepreneurs and investors when asked four questions by the hosts:

1. How can entrepreneurs protect themselves if they are doing business in China? - Sutton explained, “They need to operate as a corporation or an LLC. Every country has limited liability entities that you can use so instead of being sued personally, you limit your liability to the claim to just against the business. So now is the time to set up a corporation or an LLC for conducting your overseas business.”

2. Can you get insurance for a Black Swan Event if a planned event is cancelled like the Mobile World Congress (MWC) was in Barcelona? – Sutton explained, “There are event liability insurance policies, but there are a lot of exclusions. The Mobile World Congress, for example, the government didn’t cancel it. It was businesses pulling out, so unless the government cancelled it, you wouldn’t get the insurance.”

3. How can small businesses take steps to protect their assets? – Sutton emphasized; ”If you’re importing goods from China that you sell on Amazon, and are operating as a sole proprietor without a corporation or LLC, you’re putting all of your personal assets (like your home) at risk. So now is the time to set up a corporation or an LLC for conducting your overseas business. You also want to take steps to find alternative suppliers.”

4. How can you protect your investments? - Sutton added, “Well I always recommend that personal investors hold their brokerage accounts through an LLC. They’re not expensive to set up or maintain.”

In addition, Sutton recommends setting up Contingency Plans, along with protecting your most important asset – your employees – by letting them work at home and reducing travel.

Media Contact
Liz Kelly, 310-987-7207


GARRETT SUTTON, ESQ - LEGAL EXPERT is the Founder of Corporate Direct and Sutton Law Center, Rich Dad Advisor and Bestselling Author of six Rich Dad Advisors Series books, including: Start Your Own Corporation, Loopholes of Real Estate, Writing Winning Business Plans and Run Your Own Corporation, Buying and Selling a Business, and The ABCs of Getting Out of Debt. He is also a Contributor to More Important Than Money, An Entrepreneur’s Team (Rich Dad Advisors Series, RDA Press). Sutton is a nationally acclaimed corporate and asset protection attorney. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Hastings College of the Law, the University of California’s law school in San Francisco, Garrett has written a number of books guiding entrepreneurs and investors. Since 1988, Sutton’s Corporate Direct and Sutton Law Center have provided affordable asset protection and corporate formation and maintenance services for investors around the world. Sutton and his work have featured on FOX and Friends, ESPN Cover Your Assets Radio Show, Think Realty Podcast and in Forbes, and other media. For more information, visit http://www.corporatedirect.com


The Rich Dad Advisors Series includes financial education books published by RDA Press primarily for entrepreneurs, business owners and investors. The series includes industry leading authors, seasoned entrepreneurs and experts in each of their respective areas of wealth creation and protection. These bestselling books provide practical advice that you were never taught in school with lessons learned based on a proven track record of success in their specific area of expertise. The Rich Dad Advisors team was originally assembled by “Rich Dad Poor Dad” author, Robert Kiyosaki, as his mastermind group of experts who meet to discuss business best practices, philosophies, systems, and investing strategies. Kiyosaki realized that each Advisor has mastered skills by being on the front lines, weathering the challenges and making millions of dollars for themselves, their families, their teams and charities. https://rda-press.com

Posted in: Books & Literature,U.S

Jorge L. Guerra Jr. Elected to Lead Nation’s Largest Local Realtor Association

The MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) has elected Jorge L. Guerra Jr. as its 2020 chairman of the board. He and the 2020 MIAMI leadership boards will be installed today at MIAMI’s 2020 Inaugural Celebration at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood.

“I’m honored to lead our association as it celebrates 100 years of service to Realtors, the home buying and selling public and South Florida,” Guerra Jr. said. “For 100 years, the MIAMI REALTORS have worked to protect homeownership rights, improve communities and benefit consumers. In 2020, the MIAMI association will continue helping MIAMI members achieve the highest level of professionalism and deliver the highest level of service to the real estate customers of our members.”

Guerra Jr. is the president and chief executive officer of Real Estate Sales Force (RESF) and has been responsible for the firm’s strategic direction and growth since its inception in 2005. Guerra Jr.’s brokerage leverages the latest technology to aggressively market properties worldwide.

Guerra Jr.’s extensive experience as a former agent, the founder, and owner of a thriving brokerage, an association executive, and a highly regarded keynote speaker has equipped him to remain on top of emerging issues and trends impacting the future of real estate.

In addition to serving as 2020 Chairman of the MIAMI REALTORS, Guerra Jr. has also held the following positions: 2018 President for the MIAMI REALTORS Residential Board of Governors, 2019 Florida Top 50 Broker Vice-chair and 2019 Chair for the National Association of Realtor’s Emerging Business and Technology forum.

Guerra Jr.’s brokerage is leading the revolution in today’s evolving market – betting on technology, social media, branding, and training has paid off tremendously for RESF and the results speak for themselves, the firm has expanded to over 450 agents with offices throughout South Florida.

Guerra Jr. has won several prestigious awards including the LBA “Firm of the Year,” Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Rising Star Award and the BASF Platinum award for “Best Broker of the Year” in the division of Personal Achievement for 2006, 2007, 2008 and again in 2018. Among his most recent achievements, Guerra Jr. was named one of 50 Real Trends Game Changers of 2019, as well as the Top 500 Power Broker Report for RIS Media and The Top 1000 brokerages listed in the 2018 Swanepoel Mega 1000 – among others.

Recognized as a forward-thinking real estate expert as it pertains to digital marketing – Guerra Jr. has served as a keynote speaker at a number of national and international high-profile industry events that include: MIAMI Rock the Market, Florida Realtors Convention, National Association of Realtors (NAR) Convention, NAR’s Tech Edge, Xplode Conference, NAHREP National Convention, Inman Connect Miami, Inman Connect NY, Women’s Council of Realtors and Imocionate in Spain.

Guerra Jr. serves as an executive board member and education chair for the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, which works to advance sustainable Hispanic homeownership.

Guerra Jr. is an active member of the community and resides in Coral Gables along with his wife, Dinorah, and two children, Dominic and Alec.

Announcing the 2020 MIAMI Corporate Board

Joining Guerra Jr. are: Chairman of the Board-Elect Jennifer Wollmann, CPS, C2EX of BHHS EWM Realty; 2019 Chairman of the Board Jose Maria Serrano, CCIM, C2EX of New Miami Realty Corp.; Secretary Mark Sadek, CIPS of The Keyes Company; Treasurer George C. Jalil, RAA, TRC of First Service Realty, Real Living; Commercial President Fernando Arencibia, Jr., C2EX; Residential President Alberto Carrillo of RelatedISG International Realty; Broward-MIAMI President Sharon R. Lindblade, CIPS, GRI, PMN, PSA, C2EX of Century 21 Hansen Realty; JTHS-MIAMI President David Abernathy, e-PRO, C2EX of Waterfront Properties & Club Communities; YPN MIAMI President Peter Ortega, C2EX of Keller Williams Miami Beach; Commercial President-Elect Stephen R. Rigl, MBA, SIOR, CCIM of Binswanger-Gateway Partnership; Daniel A. Guerra of Fortune International Realty; Broward-MIAMI President-Elect Patrick Simm, ABR, CRS, GRI, e-PRO of Keller Williams Realty Partners SW; JTHS-MIAMI President-Elect Bill Mate of Paradise Real Estate International; YPN MIAMI President-Elect Bethany Martinez, SRS of RelatedISG International Realty; Director Ines Hegedus-Garcia, C2EX of Avanti Way Realty; Director Ron Shuffield of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices EWM Realty; Director Natascha Tello, CDPE, CIAS of Keller Williams Realty (Level 5 Leadership); Director Matey Veissi, CRS, CIPS, TRC, RSPS of Veissi & Associates, Inc.; Director Moe Veissi of Veissi & Associates, Inc.; Director Christopher Zoller, CRS, C2EX of EWM Realty International.

Teresa King Kinney, CAE, CIPS, GRI, RCE, TRC serves as the CEO for the MIAMI Association of Realtors.

About the MIAMI Association of Realtors

The MIAMI Association of Realtors was chartered by the National Association of Realtors in 1920 and is celebrating 100 years of service to Realtors, the buying and selling public, and the communities in South Florida. Comprised of six organizations, the Residential Association, the Realtors Commercial Alliance, the Broward-MIAMI Association of Realtors, the Jupiter Tequesta Hobe Sound (JTHS-MIAMI) Council, the Young Professionals Network (YPN) Council, and the award-winning International Council, it represents 52,000 total real estate professionals in all aspects of real estate sales, marketing, and brokerage. It is the largest local Realtor association in the U.S. and has official partnerships with 222 international organizations worldwide. MIAMI’s official website is http://www.MiamiRealtors.com

Posted in: Building & Construction,Business,U.S

Newline Teams Up with Logitech to Deliver Bundled Video Conference Solutions

Newline Interactive is pleased to announce it is teaming up with Logitech to deliver new bundled video conferencing solutions featuring Newline’s interactive touch panels and Logitech conference room systems. Combining their products into a bundled offering gives people the ability to connect and collaborate with others, both in the same room and across the globe. These new solutions deliver a best-in-class video conferencing experience, as well as support future customer technology needs.

“The Newline and Logitech partnership is a powerful combination. This modular peripheral approach creates a unique solution that will allow us to make a positive impact on more of our customers.” stated Chris Bradford, President of Newline.

The initial bundles come in two different configurations, easily tailored to the customer’s needs. Each will include either the award-winning Newline interactive RS Series or IP Series touch panel paired with a Logitech Meetup and TV Mount XL for Meetup. These bundles will be available through all authorized Newline partners, including distributors, resellers, and system integrators, and you can find more about the products and how to purchase online.

With Newline and Logitech combined, this product team-up allows virtually every room, in every organization, the ability to have interactive videoconferencing at a competitive price point, placing customers on the best path for success.

More about Newline Interactive

Founded in 2012, Newline Interactive provides exceptional experiences to corporations, universities, government agencies, healthcare and schools with their multi-touch interactive panels, accessories, and software. The continual innovation and product development Newline practices result in the company’s reputation as a world-class organization without exception. Find out more at newline-interactive.com.

Posted in: Services,Technology,U.S,Website & Blog

Blumenthal Nordrehaug Bhowmik De Blouw LLP, File Lawsuit Against Loyal Source Government Services LLC, for Allegedly Failing to Pay Accurate Minimum and Overtime Wages

The San Diego Labor law attorneys at Blumenthal Nordrehaug Bhowmik De Blouw LLP, filed a class action lawsuit against Loyal Source Government Services LLC, alleging that the company failed to provide accurate wages and allegedly did not provide required rest periods to their California employees. The class action lawsuit against Loyal Source Government Services LLC, is currently pending in the San Diego Superior Court, Case No. 37-2020-00008677-CU-OE-CTL. To read a copy of the Complaint, please click here.

The lawsuit filed against Loyal Source Government Services LLC alleges DEFENDANT failed and continues to fail to accurately calculate minimum and overtime wages in order to avoid paying these employees for the correct compensation. As a result, DEFENDANT allegedly was able to illegally profit and gain an unfair advantage over competitors. Additionally, the lawsuit alleges DEFENDANT from to time to time failed to provide accurate itemized wage statements. Cal. Lab. Code § 226 provides that every employer shall furnish each of his or her employees with an accurate itemized wage statement in writing showing, among other things, gross wages earned and all applicable hourly rates in effect during the pay period and the corresponding amount of time worked at each hourly rate.

Allegedly, DEFENDANT required PLAINTIFF to work while clocked out. To the extent that the time worked off the clock did not qualify for overtime premium payment, DEFENDANT allegedly failed to pay minimum wages for the time worked off-the-clock in violation of Cal. Lab. Code §§ 1194, 1197, and 1197.1. Furthermore, PLAINTIFF allegedly from time to time was unable to take off-duty meal breaks nor was able to be fully relieved of duty for meal periods. In violation of the applicable sections of the California Labor Code and the requirements of the Industrial Welfare Commission ("IWC") Wage Order, the lawsuit alleges DEFENDANT intentionally and knowingly failed to compensate PLAINTIFF and the other members of the CALIFORNIA CLASS at the correct rate of pay for all overtime worked.

If you would like to know more about the Loyal Source Government Services LLC lawsuit, please contact Attorney Nicholas J. De Blouw today by calling (800) 568-8020.

Blumenthal Nordrehaug Bhowmik De Blouw LLP, is a labor law firm with law offices located in San Diego County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County, Sacramento County, and San Francisco County. The firm has a statewide practice of representing employees on a contingency basis for violations involving unpaid wages, overtime pay, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination and other types of illegal workplace conduct.


Posted in: Business,Law & Legal,U.S

Garden Media Proudly Welcomes Power Planter to Their Client Roster

Power Planter, a third-generation family-owned business, has joined forces with another family-owned business, Garden Media Group, a public relations firm specializing in the lawn, garden and lifestyle industry.

Power Planter is leading the way in creating innovative lawn and garden tools. Their famous earth augers, which are 100 percent made in the U.S.A., are hand-welded to make gardening easier.

“Garden Media has an unrivaled brand reputation and vast connections in the lawn and garden industry,” says Greg Niewold, owner of Power Planter and grandson of founder Wayne Niewold. “As we continue to expand our brand, we wanted a firm that understands our market and customer base.”

Power Planter’s augers range in size from 2-inches to 9-inches in diameter with more than ten different sizes and models, giving each customer exactly what they need to get the job done. These tools help gardeners to do everything from planting bulbs to planting 1-gallon and 2-gallon potted plants and installing fence posts easily with an auger powerhead.

“Power Planter is a quality-first company,” says Katie Dubow, president of Garden Media Group. “We're eager to tell their unique story, elevate the brand to new heights in the gardening space and use their tools. Who doesn’t want something to make gardening easier?"

Currently, Power Planter offers a full range of premium gardening augers sold on their website, Amazon and retailers nationwide. The products range from the brand's original, and customer favorite, Bulb Auger & Bedding Plant Tool, to the quart, gallon and two-gallon augers.

With more than 30 years of growth and expansion, Power Planter has become a staple-tool for individuals and companies worldwide. Described as durable and efficient by their valued customers, these earth augers are necessary for any gardener – whether novice or professional.

Find more information about the products as well as a guide to find your best fit auger on their website.

Garden Media Group specializes in the home, garden, horticulture, outdoor-living, lawn and landscape industries, and offers innovative PR campaigns designed to secure top media placements and partnerships with both traditional and social media. For gardening tips and tricks, new product announcements, and PR and marketing tips, visit their GMG! and Garden Plot blogs. http://www.gardenmediagroup.com .

Posted in: Home & Garden,U.S

Annual NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting Returns to NYC, Celebrating New York State Wines at the Rainbow Room, March 31

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation is pleased to announce that the 9th Annual NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting will take place on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 again at midtown Manhattan’s iconic Rainbow Room located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza on the 65th floor. Fifty wineries from the state’s wine regions including the Finger Lakes, Hudson Valley, Long Island, and the Niagara Escarpment will participate and pour at this specially curated New York-centric event. Educational seminars, “meet & greets” with the winemakers, and more will also be featured throughout the course of the event.

NY Drinks NY celebrates New York wine with a series of educational tours and events throughout the year, culminating with a Grand Tasting of over 200 library and current vintage New York wines at The Rainbow Room. To date, participating wineries include the well-known Bedell Cellars, of Long Island; Fjord Vineyards, of the Hudson Valley, Anthony Road Wine Cellars, of the Finger Lakes; Arrowhead Spring Vineyards, of the Niagara Escarpment, and wineries new to the NY Drinks NY program this year, such as Suhru Wines, from Long Island; Forge Cellars, Nathan K. Wines, and Silver Thread Vineyards from the Finger Lakes, and more. In addition to wine, there will be a spread of New York cheeses, charcuterie and hors d'oeuvres all sourced from New York state producers based in the Finger Lakes.

An educational session for Consumers entitled “New York Wines from Corner to Corner,” will be held from 6pm to 8pm. The session will be moderated by Alexander Peartree, Tasting Director of Wine Enthusiast Magazine. An Industry Session, exclusively for members of the media, restaurants, and the wine trade takes place from 12pm to 4pm. (Note: All trade and media ticket requests will be subject to verification.) This year, trade seminars include “Library Rieslings,” a look at some of our state’s premier Rieslings with a minimum of five years of bottle age, moderated by Paul Grieco of Terroir Wine Bar; and “Burgundy Grapes In New York,” a dive into the still underrecognized world of New York Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Gamay Noir, moderated by sommelier Yannick Benjamin.

“We’re thrilled to be able to present a seminar with someone so keyed into both what’s going on in New York, and what consumers are drinking, as Alex is,” notes Paul Brady, New York Wine Brand Ambassador for the New York Grape and Wine Foundation. He continues, “This is a bit different from other large tastings I’ve been involved with, in that it’s an opportunity for all the dedicated NY Drinks NY trade attendees who have come on our familiarization tours or to our events, to meet up again with the wineries, and to check in on the wines that brought us all together in the first place.”

Tickets to the Consumer Session are on sale now, starting at . Special tickets are also available starting at 9 that include a Consumer Membership to The New York Wine & Grape Foundation. Membership benefits include access to events, educational webinars, discounts, New York wine information, and more. Additionally, a discounted ticket is available to current Consumer Members. Advance purchase for the event is highly recommended.

For complete details and to purchase tickets to the Tuesday, March 31 NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting, visit NewYorkWineEvents.com or NYDrinksNY.com.

About The New York Wine & Grape Foundation

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation promotes the world-class image of New York grapes and wines from our diverse regions to responsibly benefit farmers, producers and consumers through innovative marketing, research, communication, and advocacy. New York ranks third in wine production nation-wide and the wine industry contributes .3 billion annually to the state's economy. Learn more at NewYorkWines.org.

About New York Wine Events

New York Wine Events cultivates memories that last a lifetime through the unifying art of food and drink. We believe in the magic of treating yourself to the luxury and leisure you deserve, and strive to provide you with valuable information and education, so you can discover your new favorite wine, craft food or beverage. Attend one of our food and wine festivals, take a shuttle to the North Fork or the Hudson Valley for a wine tour, or educate yourself with the coverage we provide of New York’s food and drink scene. However you indulge — be it through adventure, celebration, or curiosity — we’re here to make it easy, affordable, and most importantly, fun. Learn more at NewYorkWineEvents.com.

Posted in: Food & Beverage,Marketing & Sales,U.S

Lake Mary, FL Wealth Advisor Encourages Investment Portfolio Review with Current Uncertainty of Market Threats

Chuck Oliver, founder and CEO of The Hidden Wealth Solution urges Baby Boomers and Retirees to take action now to reduce losses in their retirement plans. Oliver encourages those approaching retirement and those already in retirement to take a closer look at their investment portfolio right now as the market is unsettled and the pandemonium of the Corona Virus escalates.

Oliver stated, “I can’t stress this enough that now is the time to de-risk your retirement as a black swan like the Corona Virus is unexpected occurrence like the dot com stock market crash of 2000 and the stock market meltdown of 2008. Soon to be or already retirees can’t afford a major setback in their savings. Let’s be honest, if you are approaching your retirement years you don’t have the time for your investments to make a major come back like you may have experienced back during the 2008 recession. Now is the time to “recession proof” your retirement. There are several vehicles to accomplish this, but I urge people to do this now before more volatility impacts their retirement savings. Between the Corona Virus outbreak and the Democratic party’s ridiculous pro tax White House contenders, time is of the essence to adjust one’s investment portfolio. What I’m talking about are tweaks such as reducing downside risk without giving up higher returns to addressing Roth IRA conversions, reducing your 401K contribution to focus on after tax opportunities. Many are asking how to best insulate their retirement from the IRS. We know market volatility and future tax burdens lie ahead and the uncertainty right now is pretty scary between the market’s response to the Corona Virus and the upcoming presidential election outcome in November.”

The Hidden Wealth Solution is a top-rated wealth management firm in Lake Mary, Florida. Their team of financial planners provide leading wealth strategy solutions for individuals and businesses. For over two decades Chuck Oliver and his team have provided expertise in helping Baby Boomers and Retirees save more and insulate their retirement savings from taxes, market loss and inflation. Oliver has been recognized as one of the top half of one percent of all financial advisors in the United States. He is also a best-selling author and nationally recognized speaker. Most recently Oliver was the key-note speaker at the 9th Annual Spine Surgery Symposium in Deer Valley, Utah. Attendees included top spine surgeons in the United States along with industry distributors. Oliver presented key changes in retirement tax laws for 2020 and how symposium attendees could better prepare financially for their retirement years while learning tax saving techniques for higher income earners. In January 2020 Oliver was awarded by the Lenz Entertainment Group to celebrate Oliver broadcasting over 500 episodes of the Hidden Wealth Radio.

Each weekend Oliver hosts his radio show entitled “Hidden Wealth Radio, helping people to discover and uncover their Hidden wealth” in Orlando, Florida, Tampa, Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, Dayton, Ohio and in Phoenix, Arizona. Followers can tune in weekly to hear Oliver discuss changes in tax law, how the upcoming presidential election continues to unsettle the economy and how those approaching retirement can re-tool their portfolio to protect from downside exposure and avoid heavy tax burdens. To hear Oliver’s archived radio shows, visit online at: https://thehiddenwealthsolution.com/hidden-wealth-radio/

Oliver encourages those approaching their retirement years and those already retired that have at least 0,000 or more in their retirement to seek input from a wealth advisor that specializes in retirement optimization of income and avoidance of tax. Oliver added, “Your CPA is not going to advise you on how to save on taxes they will inform you on how much you will owe but they typically are not looking at how to navigate the government “gotcha’s” as I call them so you can save taxes for tax uncertainty in the coming years. According to Morningstar retirees can increase their retirement income by an average of 31% with proper retirement income planning."

Below is a recent article Boomers and Retirees should become familiar with:
MarketWatch: Dow logged its largest reversal in 2 years Wednesday — here are 5 reasons stocks are tanking, and only 1 of them is the coronavirus

Those interested in learning more about how they can optimize their retirement income and insulate their savings from taxes are encouraged to check out more of Oliver’s articles on his website. He addresses different tax saving vehicles those approaching retirement can consider. These insightful articles can be found online at: https://thehiddenwealthsolution.com/articles/

Oliver stated, “Between the heightened concern of the Corona Virus outbreak and the uncertainty of who will land in the White House come November, the media has exponentially caused confusion and concern for those looking at their retirement portfolio. Since the start of 2020 my team and I have launched our newest campaign entitled the S.T.O.P. Analysis (Saving Tax Optimization Plan) to help those approaching retirement learn how they can stop unnecessary taxes on their retirement. To request your S.T.O.P Analysis we encourage people to visit us online at: https://thehiddenwealthsolution.com/taxes-saved/ and fill out our online form. Once the form is submitted each request is sent the newest edition of Oliver's Retirement & Your Taxes Guide. This easy to read guide better explains the Tax Cut and Jobs Act and the newly passed SECURE Act.

The Hidden Wealth Solution is located at 250 International Parkway, Suite 146 in Lake Mary, Florida 32746. Their financial and wealth advisors are available Monday through Friday from 9AM – 6PM EST. For more information and to read client testimonials visit The Hidden Wealth Solution online at: https://thehiddenwealthsolution.com/

Posted in: Personal Finance,Public Affairs,Services,U.S

Navitas at APEC 2020: Here Come the GaN Chargers!

Navitas Semiconductor announced today that the company will showcase over 50 GaNFast-enabled mobile charging products & platforms at the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) March 15-19, 2020 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana. Navitas GaN power ICs enable wall chargers for mobile devices to deliver up to 3x faster charging in half the size and weight compared to traditional slow, bulky silicon-based chargers.
“APEC attendees can witness first-hand the extraordinary impact that GaN ICs are having to create a new generation of mobile fast chargers” explained Stephen Oliver, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing. “With over 50 OEM products and reference platforms available, every OEM and ODM in the mobile charger industry can move quickly to participate in this creation of a new GaNFast charger product category.”
Recent GaN mobile chargers are featured on GaNFast.com, the industry’s leading resource to discover GaN chargers and latest news media covering fast-charging USB-C, PD/PPS, VOOC, QC and other charging protocols. Latest releases include:

  •     Baseus 65W 2C1A – the world’s smallest 65W 3-output charger
  •     HyperJuice 100W– the world’s smallest 100W 4-output charger (2C+2A) and Mac9to5’s best-in-show at CES’20
  •     AUKEY Omnia range – world’s smallest single & dual-output chargers from 61W to 100W with folding pins, winner of Tom’s Hardware and Android Police best-in-show at CES’20 in Las Vegas.
  •     Xiaomi 65W GaNFast charger for the Mi 10, Mi 10 PRO. This is the world’s smallest fast charger and introduced by Xiaomi Group’s Chairman and CEO, Mr. Jun LEI!

APEC visitors will learn about the latest Navitas GaNFast devices and reference designs that achieve unprecedented small size, light weight and high efficiency levels, with fast-charging speeds for end-products ranging from smartphones and laptops to on-board, fast-charging eMobility solutions.
To request an APEC meeting with Navitas, contact +1 ThinkGaNIC (844-654-2642) or email info@navitassemi.com.
Navitas will present real-life, mass-production examples of next-generation fast-charging solutions at the conference:

  •     "High-Density 65W USB-PD GaN Chargers: Market Demand, Technical Solutions and Pricing", Stephen Oliver
  • Wednesday 18th March 9.15am, Production Use Cases of Wide Bandgap Semiconductors Session, IS08, R02-R03, #3540
  •     "Navigating the Optimal USB-PD Fast-Charger Topology Maze from 27W to 100W+" Xiucheng Huang, Tom Ribarich, Stephen Oliver
  • Thursday 19th March 9.15am, GaN Applications and Integration Session, IS19, R04-R05, #3159

Visitors to booth #1909 can be winners with our “GaNFast Give-Away!

  •     “Are You GaNFast?”: Experience the fast-charging experience using your own mobile device & a chance to win a free GaNFast charger.
  •     “Beat the GaNMan!”: Race against the mysterious GaNMan in our high-speed race simulator. If you are GaNFast, you can win a free GaNFast charger while the fastest lap of the show gets ,000 cash!

About Navitas: Navitas Semiconductor Inc. is the world’s first and only GaN Power IC company, founded in 2014 and based in El Segundo, CA, USA. Navitas has a strong and growing team of power semiconductor industry experts with a combined 200 years of experience in materials, devices, applications, systems and marketing, plus a proven record of innovation with over 200 patents among its founders. A proprietary process design kit monolithically integrates the highest performance GaN FETs with GaN logic and GaN analog circuits. Navitas GaNFast Power ICs enable smaller, higher energy efficient and lower cost power for mobile, consumer, enterprise and new energy markets - over 100 Navitas patents are granted or pending.

About APEC:
As the premier event in applied power electronics, APEC focuses on the practical and applied aspects of the power electronics business. This is not just a designer’s conference; APEC has something of interest for anyone involved in power electronics:

  •     Equipment OEMs that use power supplies and dc-dc converters in their equipment
  •     Designers of power supplies, dc-dc converters, motor drives, uninterruptable power supplies, inverters and any other power electronic circuits, equipment and systems
  •     Manufacturers and suppliers of components and assemblies used in power electronics
  •     Manufacturing, quality and test engineers involved with power electronics equipment
  •     Marketing, sales and anyone involved in the business of power electronics
  •     Compliance engineers testing and qualifying power electronics equipment or equipment that uses power electronics.


Navitas Semiconductor, GaNFast and the Navitas logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Navitas Semiconductor, Inc. All other brands, product names and marks are or may be trademarks or registered trademarks used to identify products or services of their respective owners.

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,U.S

GTC Announces Major Worldwide Expansion in Power Generation Industry; Offering Control Solutions for Additional Manufacturers While Still Serving GE Legacy Clients

“Our industrial-strength service and unrivaled value have given us the opportunity to expand our market presence,” says GTC President and COO, John SantaCroce. “Our expert engineering and customer support teams are adept and experienced at assessing our client’s needs beyond the ones we currently service.”

Gas Turbine Controls (GTC), soon to be known as GTC Control Solutions, is a pioneer in the industrial controls industry providing a vast inventory of original and remanufactured control boards and spare parts. Field service, testing, repair and asset recovery are also part of the well-known company’s offerings. GTC is built on a foundation of unrivaled customer service and value, allowing the end user to get the most life out of their equipment, even when “end-of-life” notifications have been issued by the original equipment manufacturer.

“Our innovation in this industry has shifted the conversation from ‘must upgrade now’ to ‘can postpone indefinitely or until conditions are favorable.’ “We continue to outlast the competition by being agile, attentive and adaptable,” says SantaCroce.

GTC was founded nearly 20 years ago and is based out of Hawthorne, New York. The company has additional international service and operations in Argentina, Denmark, India, Malaysia and United Arab Emirates.

“GTC is more than industrial controls – we are a proud service and technology company. We are up for any challenge and will never settle for the status quo. If our client needs a part, we have it, and if we don’t, we’ll find it,” says SantaCroce.

For more information about GTC, visit GTC’s website.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

Otus Releases Enterprise Analytics Tools for the K-12 Sector

Otus, the fast-growing edtech company based in Chicago, announced today the release of two transformational data analytics tools: Historical Analytics and the Otus Data Consortium.

Historical Analytics is designed to give school and district leaders a simplified way to see trends in student academic performance, engagement and social-emotional development, and ultimately the impact these have on state and local assessments over time.

The Otus Data Consortium allows neighboring or like-minded school districts to share and compare their student performance data using their own criteria. In practice: a High School Principal can generate a report instantly to see all of the student data from every feeder middle school in minutes. This allows school leaders to develop better plans for incoming students, and eliminates countless face-to-face meetings with incomplete data.

"Every industry in the world has a way to measure performance in real-time, except for K12 education. This means that schools are being run by leaders who, by no fault of their own, are forced to make decisions using incomplete or stagnant data, like state-test scores," said Andy Bluhm, CEO and Co-Founder of Otus. “With Otus, school and district leaders can pair student performance on infrequent high-stakes and benchmark assessments with real-time classroom data on how students are performing each day. By providing a complete learning picture, administrators have the foundation to continuously improve educational outcomes more rapidly than ever before .”

The challenge to seeing data in real-time, is the ability to collect data in real-time. Otus has overcome this challenge by building dozens of teacher-friendly tools that seamlessly integrate into one platform. Otus encourages frequent use by teachers by eliminating the need to bounce from one disconnected app to another to complete all of tasks associated with their jobs. From grading assignments to texting families, all of these tasks live in one place: Otus.

As Otus is used by teachers and students, performance data is organized, aggregated and paired with legacy data (state tests, college entrance exams, benchmark assessments) and made available for an infinite number of analyses in real-time so that critical decisions can be made based on the best and most accurate information.

In addition to detailed data analysis (gender, student subgroup, ethnicity/race, extracurriculars, etc.) that individual school systems can practice with their own students, Otus also released the Otus Data Consortium tool which gives school districts the ability to share their data with one another for cross-district analysis and idea sharing.

“As K12 educators work to collaborate, the ability to compare a single district to similar school systems, or to schools anywhere in the world using a common set of data, is critical” said Dr. Keith Westman, COO of Otus.

"We have several school systems representing some of the largest and smallest districts in the country who were given early access to our analytics tools," said Christopher Hull, Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder. "The conversations that are happening in districts as a result of what the data is showing have been powerful. Teachers are seeing the results of their work in entirely new ways which have led to better conversations about student learning."

With this product release, current and future Otus clients have access to these powerful new analytics tools that shine a light, creating a clear path forward to maximize student learning.

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

Nurse Consultant Diana Buck, RN, BSN, CNOR, Joins Medical Consulting Group

Medical Consulting Group (MCG) welcomes Nurse Consultant Diana Buck, RN, BSN, CNOR, to its team of ambulatory surgery center (ASC) experts.

Diana comes to MCG with 10 years of surgical experience, six years within an ASC setting, and an extensive background in nurse management. She will serve MCG clients by guiding clinical directors towards licensure and accreditation and equipping them with the tools they need to successfully manage an ASC.

For more information about Diana and her team at Medical Consulting Group, visit MedCGroup.com or contact their main office at (417) 889-2040.

Medical Consulting Group, LLC

For more than 30 years, Medical Consulting Group has served practices, ASCs, and medical device manufacturers across the U.S. and Canada that are looking for customized business solutions and strategies. MCG’s services include practice and ASC consulting and development, as well as management of operations, revenue cycle, and clinical and regulatory compliance. They also specialize in multi-media marketing, digital and website services, and e-learning programs to help physicians and facilities learn to use and integrate technology. Learn more at MedCGroup.com.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,Hospitality,Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

Plano Overhead Garage Door Company Achieves A First In Its Industry

Plano Overhead Garage Door is the first company with over 5 employees to earn certification for all of its technicians. In order to pass the rigorous exam their technicians studied as a team over the past 4 months. They spent in excess of 30 hours in meetings studying over 400 pages of material in their Service Technician Manual, as well as tackling a wealth of content provided by I.D.E.A.

Certification isn’t required in Texas, and less than 5% of garage door companies in Texas employ I.D.E.A. Certified technicians. Driven to achieve the highest standards in the industry, Plano Overhead Garage Door felt that certification for all its technicians was a necessary step. All its service technicians are now certified nationally by the I.D.E.A. which means they’ve been classroom tested, professionally field trained, Google Verified, background checked, drug tested, and are fully insured full-time employees.

Plano Overhead Garage Doo r continually invests in their people and processes in additional ways. Recently the company invested in Surewinders, a new technology that enables technicians to safely and quickly tighten and unwind torsion springs. This expensive tool will help employees avoid bodily injuries that were not uncommon with older technologies. They have also invested in software that sends a text message with a picture and bio of their technicians when customers schedule an appointment. Customers also have access to recent reviews written about their installer. In addition, a link enables home owners to track the technician in real time on Google Maps when on route.

Since 1977, Plano Overhead Garage Door technicians have provided award-winning service, repairs, and installations in the Dallas area. Among their many accolades they have garnered the Consumers’ Choice Award for multiple consecutive years. In addition to superior service the company only installs top product lines from the leading suppliers of both garage doors and garage door openers.

Nick McGregor, the company’s CEO, is especially proud of their 17 technicians having succeeded in preparing and passing their certification exams. McGregor explains,“ We now have the best customer experience, the most advanced tools, and the highest quality of technicians available. It’s really special to be able to provide all these things to our customers at competitive prices.”

About Plano Overhead Garage Door:

Operating since 1977, Plano Overhead Garage Door services the Collin and Dallas County areas of North Texas. They service and inspect garage doors, repair existing and install new garage doors and openers. The company provides free estimates and same day appointments. All technicians are background checked, drug tested, fully insured, company trained, and are held accountable when it comes to taking care of their customers.

For more information, Visit Plano Overhead Garage Door at https://planooverhead.com/.

Posted in: Building & Construction,U.S

National Association for Music Education Names March 2020 the 35th Music In Our Schools Month

This March, music educators and music students will be celebrating music education in their schools and communities with concerts and classroom activities that show how “Music Changes Lives,” the theme of the 2020 observance of Music In Our Schools Month®. The impact of music education on the lives of students is evident in its social-emotional effect on young people and how they interact with the world around them.

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) recognizes March as the thirty-fifth annual Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM®). Since 1985, MIOSM has been observed as a yearly month-long celebration when schools and communities celebrate music in their local schools and the educators who dedicate themselves to bringing music into the lives of students every day. This year the NAfME Council for General Music Education has provided teachers resources to show the learning process throughout the whole school year. The “Music In Our Schools Month®: Process into Product” document explains this new direction, which began in 2018.

Every day, in classrooms and rehearsal rooms across the United States, music educators dedicate themselves to reaching all students with life-changing musical experiences. What parents, administrators, and the wider community have not always had the opportunity to observe, however, is the months of practice and rehearsals, and the process of learning that takes place in the music classroom and on the stage.

Each school year provides an opportunity for music educators to show that process through “informances”—when students demonstrate various learning stages—before the performances at the end of that process. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to show their growth and learning in the music classroom—and for educators to share the incredible work they are doing in their music programs. NAfME also celebrates the music program leaders, superintendents, school boards, parents, and local businesses that support their local schools’ music programs and the difference music makes for all students.

NAfME encourages teachers and music education advocates to share on social media how their schools are celebrating music education, using the hashtags #MusicChangesLives and #MIOSM and tagging “@NAfME.”

This year NAfME has provided MIOSM lesson plans for twenty songs, including resources from the Library of Congress, instructional goals and objectives, connections to the National Core Arts Standards learned in each lesson, worksheets, and more. Additionally, music educators can join in the “biggest school chorus in the world” with American Young Voices, which has provided lesson plans, teaching aims and objectives, sheet music, vocal tracks, and more for the song “Pinwheels.” NAfME has also provided classroom materials for MIOSM that teachers can share with their students as they celebrate how “Music Changes Lives” in their classrooms and schools. All of these items are available at nafme.org/MIOSM.

On March 26, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, NAfME will host a congressional briefing for legislators, Hill staffers, and stakeholders on music education and social-emotional learning. Speakers will include Scott Edgar, Associate Professor of Music, Music Education Chair, and Director of Bands at Lake Forest College and author of Music Education and Social Emotional Learning: The Heart of Teaching Music, and Bob Morrison, school board member and New Jersey music education advocate. For more information, contact advocacy@nafme.org.

Meanwhile, state music education associations (MEAs) are conducting their own advocacy days this spring in state capitals to support music education for all students. Ensembles are performing for elected officials at their state capitols and in local communities to demonstrate the importance of music education. Many state MEAs sponsor resolutions or proclamations for MIOSM. A how-to guide, sample language, and examples of current resolutions are posted at nafme.org/MIOSM.

On February 24, Rob Lyda, chair of the NAfME Council for General Music, hosted a Twitter chat on “Advocacy and MIOSM,” which can be accessed by following @RobLyda and the hashtags #musedchat, #MusicChangesLives, and #MIOSM on Twitter.

Music In Our Schools Month® and MIOSM® are trademarks of NAfME, and may not be used for fundraising or materials produced for profit.

National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. With more than 60,000 members teaching millions of students nationwide, the organization is the national voice for music education in the United States.

Follow NAfME on Twitter (twitter.com/nafme) and on Facebook (facebook.com/nafme).

For additional information, contact Catherina Hurlburt at catherinah@nafme.org or 703-860-4000.

Posted in: Media & Communications,U.S

Nike Field Hockey Camps Adds New Location in New York to Summer Lineup

Located about 40 minutes north of New York City, the Nike Field Hockey Camp at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill is set to be offered this August and is open to both boys and girls. Head Field Hockey Coach, Genesis Pacheco, and the rest of the STAC coach staff will instruct and lead all drills during the program.

This is STAC Spartans are recently coming off of their 2019 season with a Northeast Conference Semifinal finish and multiple player All-Conference Honors. Pacheco and her staff are ready to continue the positive momentum by bringing the same high energy and hard work her players use to the new camp.

“We are very excited to bring Nike and US Sports Camps to our campus,” exclaims Pacheco. “Here we will focus on teaching the fundamentals of the game, while also providing them with a fun, yet intensive training program to help improve their skills.”

This New York field hockey camp will be offered as an All Skills program, meaning players of all ability levels are welcome to join. Under Pacheco’s instruction, campers will be grouped into a ratio of 1 coach to 10 players and undergo various drills that emphasize different aspects of field hockey.

Goalies looking to work on their specific skills can expect to receive instruction from a STAC goalie coach that will teach them the various techniques used by the Spartans field hockey goalkeepers. At the end of camp, all players will be able to partake in an All-Star game that will allow them to showcase and work on the drills learned during the week of camp.

The Nike Field Hockey Camp at STAC is set to run August 10-12 and will run 9:00am-4:00pm every day.

Players, coaches, and parents interested in the program can visit Nike Field Hockey Camps or call 1-800-645-3226.

About US Sports Camps

US Sports Camps (USSC), headquartered in San Rafael, California, is America's largest sports camp network and the licensed operator of Nike Sports Camps. The company has offered summer camps since 1975 with the same mission that defines it today: to shape a lifelong enjoyment of athletics through high-quality sports education and skill enhancement.

Posted in: Sports,U.S

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/.


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.


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

Nastel announces the general availability of Nastel Navigator 10

Nastel Technologies™, a premier global provider of Messaging Middleware Centric solutions covering end-to-end Transaction Tracking and Application Performance Management (APM) for mission-critical applications in mixed cloud environments, announced today the general availability of Nastel Navigator™ release 10.

Nastel Navigator™ is a solution helping enterprises to efficiently and securely manage and control Message Oriented Middleware in hybrid cloud environments. Middleware administrators can delegate management tasks to development and QA users through a self-service web portal, improving delivery times for new and existing applications and provides an audit trail of all the changes.

David Mavashev, the Founder of Nastel® said, “We continue to innovate. Our Navigator is the only solution that provides secure Self-service of multiple messaging middleware environments in one product”.

This latest release includes a number of performance and functional enhancements requested by customers. Customers with multi-vendor environments such as IBM’s MQ, MQ Appliance, Tibco/EMS and Apache – Kafka can:

  • Automate changes, integrate with IT automation platforms
  • At last be able to make quick global changes with rollback and reporting
  • Be able to schedule changes and use automation to move, copy, manipulate and replicate entire environments to aid rapid deployments
  • Simply search for objects and messages through the whole messaging middleware estate

Nastel Navigator™ delivers increased functionality to help enterprises streamline the management of their messaging middleware estates.

About Nastel®:

Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Plainview, NY, Nastel Technologies™ provides IT organizations and business executives with the tools and insights they need to understand and manage their digital environments. Nastel® is a privately held company headquartered in New York, with offices in the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany and Mexico, and a network of partners throughout Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia. Nastel® solution includes products AutoPilot® for proactive monitoring, XRay covering Decision Support and end-to-end transaction tracking, and Navigator for multi-middleware management.

Posted in: Technology,U.S

Northern New England Taproom Tour, Hosted by ACCESS Manufacturing Systems, Showcasing State-of-the-art Markforged 3D Printing in Metals and Composites

ACCESS Manufacturing Systems is pleased to formally announce the Northern New England Taproom Tour, featuring Markforged 3D Printers at popular breweries located in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.

The tour will take place in Portland, ME (March 9, 2020); Portsmouth, NH (March 10, 2020); Manchester, NH (March 11, 2020); and Burlington, VT (March 12, 2020). Demonstrations will allow attendees to experience the simplicity of the CAD to final 3D printed part process, while learning how parts can be printed in copper, stainless steel, tool steel, Inconel, titanium, onyx, fiberglass, carbon fiber, Kevlar and more. Complimentary beverages will be provided for attendees twenty-one years and older, as well as a chance to win a 0 gift card to each brewery event location.

The Northern New England Taproom Tour comes after the wildly successful Georgia Taproom Tour, which ACCESS hosted in September 2019. ACCESS experts drew considerable crowds in Georgia, intensifying the hype over groundbreaking advancements in additive manufacturing.

Interest has steadily grown among manufacturers throughout the Eastern United States, since ACCESS first announced the addition of Markforged 3D Printers to their product suite in June 2019.

“Industrial 3D printers are no longer a novelty item in a manufacturing facility. They have become a vital part, and compliment to, the machining operations on the plant floor,” said Joe Lagennusa, national sales manager at ACCESS Manufacturing Systems. “Our goal is to deliver the newest technology, such as copper 3D printing solutions or reinforced continuous Carbon Fiber. Quality and strength of end-use and prototype parts are important needs our customers have expressed. These solutions deliver that and more, so we’re excited to showcase the technology throughout Northern New England to share how local competitors are already leveraging additive manufacturing.”

Stanley Black & Decker replaced their current manufacturing work flow with the Markforged Metal X 3D Printer and now saves between 34% and 48% on manufacturing costs, while reducing part lead-time by 69%.

Saint-Gobain increased productivity and design freedom with the Markforged X7 Composite 3D Printer. “We were able to hit print and have four hundred parts come off our X7 printer ready for the factory line . . . We had a one-hundred percent return on investment within six months of purchasing the printer," said Emmanuel Simadiris, research engineer at Saint-Gobain.

Registration for The Northern New England Taproom Tour is now open. Register today for free to secure your seat (space is limited).


ACCESS Manufacturing Systems, Inc. is the largest CAMWorks® reseller in the world. For more than 30 years, ACCESS has delivered best-in-class manufacturing software and accessories, along with unsurpassed industry expertise, to thousands of companies across the nation. ACCESS also provides customers with alternative, cutting-edge and affordable, end-to-end 3D printing manufacturing solutions. Our extensive industry knowledge has allowed our customers to enhance their machining operations by reducing setup time, doubling machine capacity, and improving overall quality. To gain ACCESS to the most qualified team of CAM experts in the industry, please visit accessmfgsys.com, or connect with us on LinkedInFacebook, and YouTube.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,Professional Services,Technology,U.S

Author D. L. Graser Returns With Second Book “Three Nails” in Adventures of Moustache and Macintosh Series

D. L. Graser, an American MidWest based lifelong artist and seasoned jewelry maker who has traveled worldwide for thirty years volunteering with short-term medical missions, has completed her new book “Three Nails: Adventures of Moustache and Macintosh”: the book that resumes the hijinks of Gemma and Mattie, two sisters spending the summer at their grandparents’ home, allowing their imaginations to run wild.

Moustache and Macintosh, the alter egos of Gemma and Mattie, find themselves facing off against an evil force in their imaginary kingdom, where they must protect the truth of the past and of that of the present. The author creates a world where butterflies play an essential role—good butterflies cherish the girls protecting them while malevolent butterflies with the legs of men guard the evil leader who is bent on tearing the truth from begin known and destroy the girls before it can be revealed.

Published by Page Publishing, D. L. Graser’s book is a magical adventure tale that exemplifies just how engrossing a child’s world of make believe can be.

“Three Nails: Adventures of Moustache and Macintosh” can be purchased 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, full-service publishing house that handles all 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 mired in logistics like eBook conversion, establishing wholesale accounts, insurance, shipping, taxes, and so on. Page’s accomplished writers and publishing professionals allow authors to leave behind these complex and time-consuming issues and focus on their passion: writing and creating. Learn more at http://www.pagepublishing.com.

Posted in: Books & Literature,U.S

Lightning Labels Expands Trade Show Presence to the White Label World Expo in Las Vegas

Selling private-label products online is one of the new business models that has emerged in recent years, driven by the rapid ascent of e-commerce giants such as Amazon and Alibaba and their thriving online marketplaces. Entrepreneurs running a white-label retail business through online sales need to know the best suppliers and partners to team with as they grow their operations. Industry gatherings such as the White Label World Expo in Las Vegas are ideal places to make these connections.

What is the White Label Expo?

The White Label Expo, with editions held in the U.S., Europe and the U.K., is a convention for all companies and stakeholders involved in reselling goods under private-label branding. On Feb. 26-27, 5,000 attendees will meet at the Las Vegas Convention Center to network with their peers and learn from experts. The two-day event hosts 200 speakers, 50 master classes and booths from 300 suppliers catering to all steps of the white labeling process.

Whether an attendee is hoping to reach a local clientele with private-label products, expand a business to global audiences on Amazon or Alibaba, navigate regulations such as those around CBD labels or create a new brand identity from scratch, the talks and sessions at the White Label Expo will deliver important information. Entrepreneurs whose operations could benefit from connections with new and reliable partner organizations can do essential networking on the expo floor.

"White labeling has never been a more active vertical than it is today," said Lightning Labels Director of Sales and Client Services Gary Paulin. "The White Label Expo is an exciting place for people to learn more about this sector, and how custom labels can help their businesses thrive."

What Can Lightning Labels Do for Customers?

Lightning Labels is one of the suppliers exhibiting at the White Label Expo, with representatives on hand to demonstrate the value of well-designed labels for online resellers. Many companies involved in white label sales can benefit from a partnership with Lightning Labels - resellers can get the custom labels they need for their products, while manufacturers and distributors can become label resellers to offer their goods directly to resellers with custom labels as part of the deal.

Today's customers have an unprecedented amount of choice in the products they buy. To stand out in an online marketplace, private-label sellers should ensure their items are packaged in an eye-catching and consistent fashion. The Lightning Labels booth at the White Label Expo is a place to see what high-quality labels look like up close.

About Lightning Labels:

Lightning Labels uses state-of-the-art printing technology to provide affordable, full-color custom labels and custom stickers of all shapes and sizes. From small orders for individuals to the bulk needs of big businesses, Lightning Labels is equipped to handle and fulfill custom label and sticker projects of all types. Best of all, like the name implies, Lightning Labels provides a quick turnaround for every customer's labeling needs. Uses for Lightning Labels' custom product labels and custom stickers include food packaging and organic food labels, wine and beverage labels, bath and body labels, and nutraceutical products, such as vitamins, essentials oils, and herbal remedies, as well as event stickers, adhesive window stickers and more. Lightning Labels strongly supports the development of environmentally friendly printing materials and carries Biostone, a green label material made from stone paper is water resistant and inherently strong and durable. While operating as a high-tech printer, Lightning Labels prides itself on its personalized customer service. Lightning Labels provides one stop shopping for all of your custom label needs. For more information and to place orders online, visit LightningLabels.com. For the latest in packaging news and labeling promotional offers, find Lightning Labels on Twitter (@LightningLabels), Facebook, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,Services,U.S

Trident University Appoints New Dean of its College of Business

Trident University International (Trident) is proud to announce that Dr. Lisa Mohanty has been named Dean of the University’s Glenn R. Jones College of Business.

Since joining Trident in 2008, Dr. Mohanty has held a number of leadership positions, including Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and New Programs, Department Chair for Student Orientation and Social Sciences, and Program Director for General Education.

She most recently served as Dean of University College, a position which she assumed in 2017. In this role she led initiatives to improve student retention and oversaw the success of Trident’s Associate of Science in Professional Studies (ASPS) program and the Medical Billing and Coding Certificate. She most recently oversaw the successful launch of the Organizational Leadership concentration in the ASPS program.

“During her tenure, Dr. Mohanty established a reputation as an innovative educator,” states Dr. Mihaela Tanasescu, Provost, Trident. “Through her leadership in program launches, course development, and academic administration, she has helped to improve the student experience in many ways.”

Additionally, Dr. Mohanty is an experienced researcher whose areas of expertise include economics, business administration, and feminist economics. She has presented at the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and has seen her research published in multiple academic journals.

Dr. Mohanty holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Riverside, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Irvine.

About Trident University

Founded in 1998, Trident University International (Trident) is an online postsecondary university serving adult learners. Trident uses the EdActive™ learning approach, which employs case-based learning in an online setting to teach real-world relevant critical thinking skills to enhance the lives and education of students. Trident offers quality associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs and certificates, led by a qualified faculty team, over 80% of whom have doctoral degrees. Trident is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and has more than 22,000 alumni with a military affiliation. The University has received multiple acknowledgements from Military Times and Military Advanced Education & Transition for their dedication to military-affiliated students. Visit http://www.trident.edu, Trident’s Facebook page, or call at (855) 290-0290 to learn more about Trident's wide range of educational options.

Posted in: Education,U.S

Stratosphere Networks Named to CRN's 2020 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 List

Stratosphere Networks has been named to the 2020 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Pioneer 250 category by CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, for the third consecutive year. The annual list highlights top North American technology providers and consultants that demonstrate innovative approaches to delivering managed services. The organizations included on the list help their clients improve operational efficiencies and systems to maximize their return on IT investments.

Especially in today’s digital age, MSPs provide crucial support and services to help businesses tackle digital transformation and successfully adopt and maintain complex technologies. CRN’s MSP 500 list recognizes forward-thinking MSPs that offer cutting-edge and groundbreaking solutions.

The MSP 500 list is divided into three categories: the Pioneer 250, which includes companies with business models weighted toward managed services and largely focused on small and midsize businesses (SMBs); the Security 100, which recognizes organizations that focus mostly on cloud-based, off-premise security services; and the Elite 150, which includes large, data-center-focused MSPs with a strong mix of on- and off-premises services.

Stratosphere Networks delivers comprehensive managed services (including co-managed IT and managed cybersecurity services) and trusted advisor services to businesses across all industries. The company was also named to the MSP 500 list in the Pioneer 250 category in 2019 and 2018.

“We’re honored that CRN chose to include us on the MSP 500 list again this year,” said Steve Melchiorre, CEO of Stratosphere Networks. “Our team works hard every day to empower our clients with exceptional IT support and services, and we’re very pleased to earn recognition for our efforts.”

For the full MSP 500 list, please visit CRN’s website.

About Stratosphere Networks

Stratosphere Networks is a Chicago-based multifaceted IT managed service provider focused on delivering comprehensive technology services and solutions to meet and exceed always-changing, diverse business needs. Since 2003, Stratosphere Networks has grown exponentially and continues to provide best-in-class and cost-effective solutions to businesses in all industries. Visit http://www.stratospherenetworks.com for more information.

For more information contact:

Lori Leonardo

Posted in: Technology,U.S

LifeCare’s MilkShip Program Experiencing Tremendous Growth

The country’s leading work-life provider, LifeCare, has experienced a dramatic increase in the usage of MilkShip – their breast milk shipping service enabling breastfeeding moms to send their milk home while they travel.

“When we launched the MilkShip service, we knew that being able to safely ship valuable breast milk home to children was supremely important to breastfeeding moms traveling on business,” explains Peter Burki, Founder & CEO of LifeCare, “We are pleased that, over the past year, we have seen such a significant increase in utilization by our members.”

Specifically, the number of MilksShip requests fulfilled in January 2020 was equal to the total of requests received in the first half of 2019. In all of these instances, mothers faced with the prospect of business travel were able to maintain their breastfeeding and pumping schedules. MilkShip saved them from needing to stockpile milk in advance of their travel, an option that may not have been available due to timing and other considerations.

With the MilkShip program, moms use specially-refrigerated shipping kits that contain everything needed to safely send their milk home to their children.

Specifically, the MilkShip program provides:

  • 24/7/365 lactation consultant access to arrange milk shipping
  • In-travel support to confirm pickup and delivery
  • A comprehensive kit requiring moms only to pack their breast pump
  • Domestic and International support
  • Travel and TSA guidance
  • Holistic guidance to ensure members needs are fully met


MilkShip is offered both as a standalone service and under LifeCare’s comprehensive workplace lactation program, Mothers at Work – which provides personalized support and tools for new moms. That way, after their pregnancy, they can successfully transition back to work while continuing to breastfeed with 24/7 access to board-certified lactation consultants.

“MilkShip is yet another example of LifeCare identifying the needs of our members and subsequently addressing those needs,” adds Burki, “We look forward to helping even more breastfeeding moms balance the demands of family and work.”

About LifeCare

LifeCare provides employer-sponsored work-life benefits to 61,000 clients, including Fortune 500 companies and large branches of the federal government, representing 100 million members nationwide. In addition to MilkShip, LifeCare also provides a full suite of solutions that save members time with personal life needs such as Backup Care ConnectionSenior Care ManagementHomework ConnectionMothers@WorkLeaveCoach and BenConnect. LifeCare also operates LifeMart, an online discount shopping website that provides real savings on everyday products and needs. LifeCare is headquartered in Shelton, CT and can be followed on Linkedin.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

Cardinal Scale Explains How Truck Scales Protect Businesses from Unsafe Shipping Conditions

Truck scales are commonly viewed by the general public strictly as an instrument of load measurement and precision, but they also provide benefits that extend far beyond gathering weights for a transaction. Truck scales can provide a valuable extra layer of protection for keeping fleets and their payloads safe and secure while ensuring roads are safe for others that share the highways. Truck weight limit enforcement is becoming increasingly vital on today’s highways and interstates.

Truck safety and compliance plays a huge role in how well a business’s shipping and delivery fleet operates. Not only can issues such as overloading and offset loading lead to potential damage to trucks and equipment, but they can also lead to truck accidents that have devastating effects. Cargo vans, semi-trucks, refrigeration trucks, covered trailers, and flatbed trailers all carry loads that are much larger than a regular passenger vehicle like a minivan, car, or truck. Fully loaded trucks can weigh anywhere from 80,000 lbs. to over 100,000 lbs. or more. Heavier trucks have higher kinetic energy, and when coupled with loaded-truck instability, can lead to strain on trailers. Unstable or overloaded trucks are also much harder to control when climbing steep inclines, braking, or coasting when going downhill. Large trucks take 20-40% farther to stop than cars; when trucks this size wreck, injuries can be more severe, and deaths are more likely to occur than a crash caused by a car or small truck. To highlight this point, IIHS.com states 82% of all deaths involved in large truck crashes were in vehicles—or were pedestrians—that were smaller than a large transportation truck. These numbers should reinforce the serious nature of preventing truck accidents by checking for overweight and/or improperly-loaded cargos.

Overweight and improperly distributed trucks also cause damage to the roads, bridges, and overpasses they travel upon, and they can disintegrate weak spots that are already vulnerable in the roadways. Governing.com estimates that increasing a truck’s weight from 80,000 lbs. to 90,000 lbs. increases road wear by 42%--overweight trucks contribute greatly to this statistic. Costs related to taxes and fines are also increased when weight restrictions are exceeded. Though there are no uniform costs for fines, most states parcel out fines that can reach a few thousand dollars if a truck is roughly 10,000 lbs. overweight. In addition, the costs associated with replacing trucks, trailers, and damaged products can be very costly when accidents are severe enough. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates an average truck accident costs a business almost 0,000!

Whether they are used for trucking companies, delivery fleets, cargo fleets, warehouses, hardware stores, agricultural producers, or livestock transporters, truck scales provide a distinct advantage when considering truck safety and highway regulatory compliance. The following types of products will meet the immediate needs of businesses seeking to bolster their safety and compliance goals for their truck fleets, whether long-haul, over-the-road, or local deliveries.

Non-legal-for-trade type truck scales are a good choice when simply running large trucks on the road, since they can provide you with a quick check of the cargo weight before heading out for delivery. Cardinal Scale’s 760 series and SWIM axle load truck scales are great options when time and space are a consideration. The 760’s portability, small size, and relatively-low weight make them amenable to providing the accuracy needed to prevent DOT fines. The 760 scale can weigh tandem axles and only requires minimal space and effort to transport the dual modules. Cardinal Scale’s SWIM vehicle scale allows weighing-in-motion expediency, while requiring minimal space to install the small-footprint weighbridge, and provides great accuracy when weighing slow-moving trucks. Both the 760 series and SWIM provide a high-frequency solution while preventing heavy truck traffic and congestion. Whether you prefer to weigh scales statically with the 760 or dynamically in-motion with the SWIM, either scale will factor individual axle weights plus the gross vehicle weight before your trucks head out on the road.

Since there are many different types of commercial truck scales, implementing a scale system can be highly individualized. Cardinal Scale’s legal-for-trade ARMOR® and Guardian® truck scales are excellent options for permanent scale installations that can weigh an entire semi-tractor trailer all at once. Most importantly, the ARMOR® and Guardian® truck scales provide good solutions in preventing a potential shipment from overloading, which can cause accidents. Cardinal Scale’s indicators, remote displays, and unattended weighing kiosks can be packaged with WinVRS (Vehicle Recording System)WinDDE (Dynamic Data Exchange), and mobile apps such as RemoteWeigh or Pathway to provide a business owner with real-time information of truck weights so overweight shipments can be recognized and reconfigured.

In order to give drivers a safe, quick, and routine experience, the aforementioned scales have several features that can reduce damage to the truck and the payload inside. Cardinal Scale’s ARMOR® scales feature a low-profile scale design that encourages low-incline approaches for easy access, or they may be installed in a pit so that the truck scale is flush with the ground level surface. To give the truck driver a visual cue regarding the location of the sides of the scale, optional bolt-on pipe guide rails can be installed. Guide rails feature a single-pipe or double-pipe design for added assurance and driver visual recognition. Cardinal Scale’s steel deck weighbridges are checkered for extra traction in adverse conditions, while concrete deck platforms also perform exceptionally well in icy or wet conditions, helping with vehicle traction.

Utilizing the above-mentioned scales and peripheral safety options permit businesses to quickly and responsibly send their trucks to their desired location. Safer roads and safer transportation are beneficial for shipping companies, their customers, and those sharing the roadways with larger trucks that transport these commodities. Cardinal Scale’s truck scales can help businesses shipping products maintain a culture of safety and legal compliance.

Another area where scales are helping to enhance the safety of an industry is with cargo container shipping; recently-enacted SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) regulations require that the declared weight of all shipping containers be verified. This verification needs to happen not only prior to the container being loaded onto a cargo vessel, but actually prior to the crane lifting the shipping container off of the vehicle that brought it to the sea port. These regulations were enacted after multiple high-profile cargo ship incidents occurred, and the findings revealed that the weight of many of the shipping containers were severely over their declared weights.

The best way to do this is to use a vehicle scale to get the gross weight of the truck as it enters the port with the shipping container, then subtract from that the previously-recorded tare weight of the vehicle; the difference between these two weights is the weight of the container. Many ports are using multiple lanes of full-length, static vehicle scales to accomplish this (such as Cardinal’s ARMOR® and Guardian® series vehicle scales), but another way to accomplish this same task with quicker throughput is to use a weigh-in-motion scale such as Cardinal Scale’s SWIM (slow-speed, weigh-in-motion) axle scale. By using a WIM scale, the trucks no longer have to come to a complete stop on a static scale; this increases the amount of trucks that can move through the port per hour, as well as greatly reduces the typical long lines at the scales that many ports have come to accept as normal.

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Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

The Larson Group Peterbilt Completes Initial Major Upgrades to Cincinnati, Oh. Facility Ahead of Schedule

The Larson Group Peterbilt (TLG), a Peterbilt dealership company with 21 facilities from the Kansas-Missouri border to the Atlantic Ocean, has completed its first and largest construction phase for extensive updates and additions at its Cincinnati, Oh. location. The expansion began with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony last September.

Led by Cincinnati Commercial Contracting, the first phase of construction has expanded the TLG Peterbilt of Cincinnati dealership location by 28,000 square feet. The new square footage contains modern office spaces as well as a parts showroom and warehouse.

“TLG is very excited to deliver this new state-of-the-art facility to not only our customers but also to our dedicated team members,” said Brad McDonald, general manager. “Phase I has already given this dealership more opportunities, so all of us are thrilled to see what the second phase will bring.”

The second phase, initially slated to be completed in the fall of 2020, is now expected to be completed in April.

Phase Two to Wrap in the Spring

The second phase of construction, which is primarily dedicated to additional service bays, is already underway. TLG has begun demoing existing office space to make room for a 20,000 square foot building.

“Even under construction, this dealership already looks cutting-edge. This is what a Peterbilt dealership is supposed to look and feel like. The transformation so far has been remarkable,” said Mike Thurston, regional vice president.

Moving into a Best-in-Class Service Building

Technicians and management staff will have access to an all-new tool and parts warehouse, which will ensure the resources drivers need to get back on the road are always just a few steps away. Customers will have access to a newly expanded service section that includes a top-notch driver break room and lounge.

“A new building marks the success of TLG. It’s going to be a nice visual marker and a reminder of how far we’ve come as a dealer network,” said Thurston.

About The Larson Group

The Larson Group has provided award-winning Peterbilt service as well as exceptional quality trucks and parts across the Midwest and Southeast for more than 30 years. TLG has built teams of qualified, highly trained professionals to provide customers the best service for their commercial transportation needs at 21 facilities from the Kansas-Missouri border to the Atlantic Ocean.

For more information about The Larson Group’s growing dealership locations or to experience the company’s exemplary customer service first-hand, call 417.865.5355, visit http://www.TLGtrucks.com, or contact Marketing Manager Stephanie Cowdrey at scowdrey@tlgtrucks.com.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

Halfpricesoft.com Now Offers 2019 ezW2Correction Software In Network Format for 2 to 15 Users

Halfpricesoft.com offers the latest ezW2Correction software in a 2 to 15 user network version format. The W2 and W3 form correction software is compatible for business owners and tax professionals that need the application on multiple computers or in multiple locations.

“W2C and W3C software, ezW2Correction 2019 is now available to customers as a network version for 2 to 15 user compatibility.” said Halfpricesoft.com Founder, Dr. Ge.

Download and purchase to begin processing W2 and W3 correction forms immediately: https://www.halfpricesoft.com/w2c_software.asp. The software’s point-and-click simplicity makes it ideal for small business owners who have better things to do than learn complicated software.

In addition to the customer support offered, ezW2 Correction also includes white paper printing that has been approved by SSA to print all W-2C and W-3C forms, eliminating the need to purchase red ink forms.

ezW2Correction Basic Single User Version is .00. Prices begin at for the network version of ezW2 Correction software. The network version includes Import W2 Previous Data from csv and efile document.

Network version includes:

  • Print tax Year 2007 - 2019 Correction forms
  • With Data Import feature, unlimited companies, unlimited forms
  • ezW2Correction software can print W2C (copy 1, 2, A, B, C and D) and W3C on plain white paper. (This feature is SSA-approved).
  • Multiple users can share the same account over network with network version
  • ezW2 Correction can also fill data on pre-printed forms .
  • ezW2 Correction can print recipient copies into digital PDF file.
  • ezW2 Correction can support unlimited companies, recipients and forms with one flat rate
  • Try before purchasing
  • New enterprise version for Importing both W2 previous and corrected data from csv file


ezW2Correction is compatible with Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows 10 systems. Even the smallest of businesses can benefit from this easy to use W2 and W3 Correction filing software.

Other tax software from Halfpricesoft.com includes ez1099 and ezW2Correction. Potential customers can test to ensure ezW2 meets the business needs at no risk or obligation. Download test at https://www.halfpricesoft.com/w2c_software.asp.

About halfpricesoft.com

Halfpricesoft.com is a leading provider of small business software,
including online and desktop payroll software, online employee attendance tracking software, accounting software, in-house business and personal check printing software, W2, software, 1099 software, Accounting software, 1095 form software and ezACH direct deposit software. Software from halfpricesoft.com is trusted by thousands of customers and will help small business owners simplify payroll processing and streamline business management.

Posted in: Technology,U.S

Cultured Stone Continues to Innovate with New Drystack Ledgestone panels

Cultured Stone, from Boral North America, the company that pioneered the manufactured stone veneer category, continues to innovate by launching a panelized version of its Drystack Ledgestone profile in three color options: Rubicon, Melrose and High Plains. As the darkest palette in the profile, Rubicon presents a strikingly contemporary blend of deep grays and carbon-inspired tones. For those seeking more neutral shades, Melrose incorporates a sophisticated assortment of light-gray hues, and High Plains showcases an earthy grouse color with tan undertones that accentuate the profile’s rustic textures. The new colors provide a variety of options to integrate with any design style, and the panelized system makes installation easier and faster at a time when labor shortages within the building industry are at an all-time high.

“The process of creating a panelized system is a deliberate and purposeful response to the current labor shortage,” said Sarah Lograsso, Director of Marketing. “By creating solutions that alleviate jobsite pressures, we’re hoping to underscore our commitment to providing dependable and versatile products.”

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There is a growing need to incorporate time-saving solutions for both new construction and remodeling projects as contractors struggle to find qualified laborers and meet high construction demand. A recent survey commissioned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce found that 91 percent of contractors, construction managers, builders and trade contractors reported having a difficult or moderately difficult time finding skilled workers. Understanding that this shortage includes a decrease in skilled stone masons, Cultured Stone takes a bold lead in innovation through the debut of a panelized system that makes installation faster and easier.

Drystack Ledgestone panels provide the same textural variations present in the non-panelized profile, which is notable for its ability to capture both light and shadow in the interplay of carefully selected and shaped stones that have been tight-fitted for drystack installation. Architects and designers prefer Drystack Ledgestone for its texture and color variation, which blends well with both contemporary and traditional design styles.

For more information on Cultured Stone and its products, visit CulturedStone.com.

About Cultured Stone
Cultured Stone originated the manufactured stone veneer category and continues to lead the industry in innovation, reliability and precision. For more than 55 years, Cultured Stone has produced stone and brick veneers of the highest quality for interior applications, such as fireplace surrounds and kitchen backsplashes, or exterior accents. Backed by a 50-year limited warranty, Cultured Stone products are engineered to meet the strictest requirements in the industry and contain an average of 50 percent pre-consumer recycled content. The company operates two manufacturing facilities in North America: Napa, California, and Chester, South Carolina, and the products are available nationwide from more than 850 dealers and globally in Europe, Asia and Australia. For more information, detailed product specifications and other trade resources, visit CulturedStone.com.

About Boral North America

Boral North America, a division of Boral Limited, brings a diverse array of premium brands under one banner to deliver next generation building materials for this generation’s needs. Boral’s innovative manufacturers and passionate teams provide the highest quality architectural solutions and industry leadership in a variety of categories, including stone, brick, roofing, siding and trim, and windows. For more information visit BoralAmerica.com

About Boral Stone Division

The Boral Stone Division, within Boral North America, provides an extensive collection of sustainably manufactured solutions to match any design style and budget. With six unique brands and a global footprint, Boral Stone Division products enhance the aesthetic and tactile appeal of any project with the natural textures and authentic color palettes of architectural stone veneer. For more information visit BoralAmerica.com/Stone

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,Real Estate,U.S

Following Agreement to Assume Management of the BeyondTrust Auditor Suite, Cygna Labs Appoints Morgan Holm as Vice President of Products

Following the recent agreement to assume management of the BeyondTrust’s Auditor Suite, Cygna Labs continues to tap experts in the field, today announcing that Morgan Holm has joined its management team as vice president of products.

With more than 19 years’ experience in product management and a strong focus on security audit, systems management and identity for multi-cloud and hybrid environments, Holm will oversee Cygna Labs’ product teams. Prior to joining Cygna Labs, he achieved rapid growth at many organizations as a success-driven and customer-centric strategist. He brings significant experience in auditing and compliance solutions including work as a product manager at NetPro through the Quest acquisition, and again at the Blackbird Group, which was acquired by BeyondTrust.

He most recently served as VP of product management for 5nine Software, managing its hybrid cloud security and management solutions.

Morgan Holm, VP of products, Cygna Labs, said, “I am excited to join Cygna Labs and look forward to being a part of this dynamic, forward-thinking technology team. I believe that the experience I bring to the table will ensure a smooth transition not only for our internal teams, but also for our customers.”

Rainer Maurer, CEO, Cygna Labs, said, “Morgan’s audit and compliance background as a product manager at NetPro and Blackbird, combined with his hybrid and multi-cloud experience, will be a huge benefit to Cygna Labs, our customers and those BeyondTrust Auditor Suite clients making the transition to Cygna Labs.”

About Cygna Labs
Cygna Labs is a leading provider of compliance solutions that grant unparalleled visibility across Microsoft-hybrid IT infrastructures. Built from the ground up to protect data regardless of its location, Cygna Auditor delivers insight into user behavior, system configuration and data sensitivity. Organizations worldwide rely on Cygna Labs to detect and proactively mitigate data security threats, affordably pass compliance audits, with less effort, and increase the productivity of their IT departments. For more information, visit https://cygnalabs.com.

Posted in: Professional Services,Technology,U.S

Superior Woodcraft Hosts 2020 Bucks Locavore ~ Buy Local Event

The community is invited to attend Bucks Locavore ~ Buy Local Event which is Bucks County’s Best Foodie Event (2018 & 2019) and Best Networking Event (2017) hosted by Superior Woodcraft. The 11th annual event, celebrates and promotes independent, locally owned businesses in and around Bucks County, PA. Over 35 of the region’s top food and beverage purveyors are showcased.

Superior Woodcraft, Inc., nationally-acclaimed custom cabinetmaker once again hosts this exceptional networking event showcasing locally produced products from in and around Bucks County, Pa. Over five hundred guests are expected to gather at Superior Woodcraft on Thursday, February 20th, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Attendance is free however we expanded the scope of the Bucks Locavore ~ Buy Local event to include a community service component. The Bucks County Housing Group’s Community Food Pantry at Doylestown will be on hand to collect donations of canned and dry food goods as well as cash donations. The event is ideal for local businesses and community members to help support our community and expand their business opportunities. It is a perfect example of how local businesses help support our community in so many ways.

Guests attending the Bucks Locavore Event will relish in amazing cuisine inside a historical factory building where custom cabinets are handcrafted. Business owners are invited to come network and strengthen their business partnerships while learning more about the exceptional quality and diversity of locally available goods, products and services.

Over thirty five local producers will be offering scrumptious samples of their products, including Altamonte’s, Anna P’s Catering, Bagel Barrel, Bishop Estate Vineyard, Buckingham Valley Vineyard, Bucks County Cookie Company, Castle Valley Mill, Crooked Eye Brewery, Confection Perfection, Don’t Worry Bee Healthy ,Hewn Spirits, Homestead Coffee Roasters, Jamie Hollander Gourmet Food and Catering, Just Food, Geronimo Brewery, GI Juice and Java, Karamoor Estate Wines, Laurie’s Chocolates, The Market at Del Val College, Mike’s Guac, M & E Edibles & Cake Dezigns, Nina’s Waffles, Noble Sweets, Noord Bread, Nourish by Mama, Nutty Novelties, Olive Oil Etc., One Sweet Baking Company, Simply Fresh by McCaffrey’s, Sole Kombucha, Sweet Victory Gluten and Dairy Free Treats, Wrightstown Farmers Market and Wycombe Vineyards.

Superior Woodcraft is committed to keeping the local economy strong by hosting the Bucks Locavore event each year. Patrick Kennedy of Superior Woodcraft says, “This grassroots event is an amazing display of how members of the local community can support one another, strengthen our local economy and improve our community. It is truly a unique event that you must experience.”

The Bucks Locavore ~ Buy Local event offers awareness to the community of what's available to them in their own backyard. The success of a local commerce is critical for a stronger local economy, which supports schools, local infrastructures and public assets. What makes this three-hour event so unique is that it’s a micro business incubator which proves to be more than a networking event for the attendees. The Bucks Locavore ~ Buy Local event provides a rare opportunity for businesses to connect with each other, form new alliances and even create new businesses.

About Superior Woodcraft, Inc.

Superior Woodcraft, in Doylestown, PA, designs and handcrafts heirloom-quality cabinetry for the whole home with sustainable methods and materials, providing beauty, utility and peace of mind. Family owned and operated since 1967. http://www.superiorwoodcraft.com

For more information or to RSVP, visit us on Facebook- Bucks Locavore

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

Avitus Group Launches Tax Expert Forum Topic: What Do You Mean I Have to Pay?! Keeping Your Footing on Shifting Tax Laws; Training Highlights Latest Business Trends

“The tax laws introduced during the past two years have been some of the most significant in the last 30+ years. The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017 is also still not fully settled and more refinements are coming. In this training, I provide a quick rundown on all of the most impactful changes for this year’s tax filings,” says Director of Avitus Group Tax Services Scott Stevenson.

The Avitus Group Expert Forum, What Do You Mean I Have to Pay?! Keeping Your Footing on Shifting Tax Laws, is available online at no charge. Avitus Group tax experts are also available for follow up questions. Stevenson's training focuses on three main takeaways: 1. How to prepare yourself for the latest updates in tax law; 2. How you can use tax planning to your advantage in future years; 3. What you need to know if you’re selling products in more than one state.

“During the past year, we’ve helped hundreds of business owners gain critical business insights and practical solutions without ever leaving their office,” says Avitus Group Chief Revenue Officer Travis Bruyere. “We’re excited to begin 2020 with a strong topic that should be at the core of every business: tax planning and preparation.”

Visit the Avitus Group Expert Forum registration page to sign up for live, monthly trainings with Q&A opportunities. Registration is required for the live trainings and capacity is limited to 200 attendees. Registration is open until capacity is met.

Avitus Group is a nationwide business services company headquartered in the Denver Metro Area. Services include tax planning and preparation, information technology, co-employment, marketing and branding services, payroll and much more. Additional Expert Forum topics can be found here, including: Actionable, Subtle IT Changes that Make a Big Difference; How to Recruit the Best Employees for your Business, and Cut the Confusion: Make Digital Marketing Meaningful.

Posted in: Finance Market,U.S

Loyalty Academy Announces Strategic Partnership with The Irish Loyalty Awards

The Wise Marketer Group, publisher of TheWiseMarketer.com and operator of The Loyalty Academy, have announced a new strategic partnership with the Irish Loyalty Awards to deliver loyalty education and training services to a pan-European audience.

The partnership begins with a featured presentation on The Six Competencies of Loyalty Marketing at the 2nd Annual Irish Loyalty Summit event in Dublin on March 12, 2020. Mike Capizzi, Dean of the Loyalty Academy, will lead the discussion and present a proprietary framework for evaluating what it takes to be great as a loyalty marketer. The awards gala will follow that evening with winners announced in multiple categories celebrating the best loyalty programs in Ireland. Information about the event and registration can be found at Irish Loyalty Awards. The Wise Marketer will serve as a media sponsor for the event.

The partnership has also announced a complete certification workshop for loyalty marketing professionals throughout the region. The 2-day workshop will also be held in Dublin in September 2020 and participants will be able to earn the credentials of Certified Loyalty Marketing Professional™ (CLMP) as sanctioned by the Board of Regents for the Loyalty Academy. Details will be announced at the March Summit in Dublin.

Meeting the demand for training and professional growth among data-driven, customer-centric marketers around the world, the Loyalty Academy has conducted seminars and/or full certification workshops in 5 countries to date: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Brazil, and the US. Ireland marks the first time the educational offerings of the Loyalty Academy have been brought to the Euro Zone. Invitations will be sent to loyalty professionals throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe. The CLMP workshop has helped ground hundreds of marketers in the concepts, best practices, and tools needed to successfully compete in the growing Customer Engagement and Loyalty industry.

The Dublin workshop will also be led by Capizzi, a long-time activist for the European Loyalty marketplace. “As Customer Centric marketing continues to grow in importance on the world stage, the demand for professional training is increasing,” commented Capizzi. “A new generation of marketing professionals are entering the work-place and are finding that CLMP certification can jump-start their career path with customer-facing brands. At the same time, highly experienced practitioners are seeking education on the latest trends and channels to connect with their customers. The Loyalty Academy certification programs and online courseware are designed to meet the collective needs of the Marketing professional to compete successfully in a dynamic business environment.”

CLMP certification can also be earned one course at a time through online learning. The full curriculum consisting of 15 courses has been completed by 152 professionals globally across 17 countries.

Irish Loyalty Awards Co-Founders, Eileen McGuinnes and Marian Kelly, were responsible for putting the partnership together based upon the needs of the Irish and European loyalty communities. “We have been including educational seminars and thought leadership discussions for all attendees at the Irish Loyalty Summit the past few years,” said McGuinnes/Kelly, “and training services are a natural extension of our offering. By partnership with the Loyalty Academy we can deliver a best-in-class program that can work across Europe and can be customized based upon our own expertise in the loyalty industry.”

Sponsorship opportunities are available for both the Awards event and the Certification workshop. Interested parties should contact support@thewisemarketer.com for details and/or subscribe to The Wise Marketer's newsletter to stay up-to-date with other upcoming events and critical coverage of the loyalty marketing, customer engagement, and data-driven marketing industry.

About the Wise Marketer Group

The Wise Marketer Group delivers timely and unbiased publishing, research, and educational products to a global audience of marketing professionals. The Wise Marketer Group publishes TheWiseMarketer.com, the most widely read news source for Customer and Loyalty marketing in the world, with a 15-year history serving the global loyalty marketing industry. The Wise Marketer also publishes The Loyalty Guide™ and operates the Loyalty Academy™, the first industry professional certification program, offering the designation of Certified Loyalty Marketing Professional™ (CLMP) to those completing the curriculum.

For details, visit https://thewisemarketer.com/ and https://loyaltyacademy.org/.

About Irish Loyalty Awards

The Irish Loyalty Awards provide a recognition and networking platform to bring together the loyalty industry key players in Ireland. The objective of the awards is to be the premier platform for awarding excellence and achievement in loyalty for Irish companies. The awards recognise brands that are building lasting and profitable relationships with customers within Ireland and abroad across every sector. The Irish loyalty awards targets the loyalty industry across all sectors, providing our entrants with a prestigious opportunity in the loyalty field to raise their profile and be recognized as a leader and innovator in their sector.

For details, visit https://irishloyaltyawards.ie/

Posted in: Education,U.S

3dcart and Price2Spy Team Up to Bring Automated Price Matching to Online Stores

3dcart, a leader in eCommerce software, announced today that they have formed a partnership with Price2Spy, a leading price monitoring and repricing automation platform. Price2Spy is a complete solution for price matching and analysis, and provides detailed reporting alongside other tools.

“We always do our best to meet the clients’ needs," said Misha Krunic, founder and CEO of Price2Spy, "Therefore we are constantly looking for new integrations and partnerships from which our clients can benefit. With the realization of this new collaboration, eCommerce professionals get another source for succeeding in a competitive market.”

Gonzalo Gil, CEO of 3dcart, expanded on Krunic's statement. "It's well-known that eCommerce is extremely competitive," Gil said. "The repricing tools in Price2Spy will help 3dcart merchants sell more by ensuring that other businesses don't undercut them on price. Not only is the store more likely to make a sale to a bargain-hunting shopper, customers always remember where they found the best deals."

The partnership with Price2Spy is the newest development in 3dcart's continuing mission to provide online entrepreneurs with the eCommerce industry's most complete and robust set of tools. Other 3dcart features include advanced SEO and marketing, inventory management, and hundreds of integrations with other software and payment gateways.

For more information about 3dcart's partnership with Price2Spy, visit https://apps.3dcart.com/price2spy-price-tracking.html.

About 3dcart

3dcart (https://www.3dcart.com), located in Tamarac, Florida, is the most SEO-friendly eCommerce platform for retailers and internet marketers to grow their online stores' traffic and sales. 3dcart includes 24x7 Technical Support, 100+ Mobile-Ready Themes, order management software, built-in blog, email marketing tools and more. Since 1997, the company has been a leader in the eCommerce market, building online stores for businesses of all sizes. Today, 3dcart is Visa PCI Certified and a Google Partner.

About Price2Spy

Price2Spy is an online service which provides comprehensive and suitable solutions for eCommerce professionals including; retailers, brands/manufacturers and distributors in order to stay profitable in the current competitive market conditions. If you want to learn more about what Price2Spy can do for your business, please request a demo or sign up for 30-day free trial.

Posted in: Business,Retail,Shopping & Deal,U.S

GovX Community Raises Over ,000 for Navy SEAL Foundation

A fundraising effort organized by GovX, the online shopping site exclusively for current and former military and first responders, has raised over ,000 for Navy SEAL Foundation, the nonprofit that provides immediate and ongoing support to the NSW community and their families.

Established in 2000, the Navy SEAL Foundation is a 501(c)(3 non-profit headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA. Each of their specialized programs maps directly back to the U.S. Special Operations Command directive and the Naval Special Warfare’s Preservation of the Force and Family Program, a program designed to address the “fraying” of the force caused by the stress of decades of sustained combat. NSF programs are designed to improve health and welfare, build and enhance resiliency, empower and educate families, and provide critical support during times of illness, injury, and loss.

"We are so grateful for this support from GovX," said Chris Irwin, a retired SEAL officer and current director of partnerships at Navy SEAL Foundation. "Not only do these types of promotions raise funds for the NSW community, but they expand awareness about what the NSF does. They are truly force multipliers for our mission."

Navy SEAL Foundation programs relieve the burden placed on the family members when SEALs deploy around the world. When a SEAL deploys, life back home doesn't stop for his family. Challenges arise for the spouses and children of the Navy's most elite operators. Navy SEAL Foundation provides immediate and ongoing support to the NSW community and their families, so warriors on the front line remain focused on their mission.

Individual sales of GovX's "Don't Mess with the Bull" Patch of the Month fueled the donations to the Navy SEAL Foundation. Each patch is designed for the GovX Gives Back charitable donation program, which donated over ,000 last year to nonprofits serving military, first responders, law enforcement professionals, and the families who support them.

"As our company is headquartered in the same region as Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, GovX team members have had the privilege of knowing several members of the SEAL community and their families," said Alan Cole, GovX CEO. "Being able to support these elite operators and the family members who support them through the GovX Gives Back program is a true honor. We remain grateful for members of the GovX community who continue to support impactful organizations like the Navy SEAL Foundation."

To find the Navy SEAL Foundation program that's right for you and your family, visit their website.

Get February's Patch of the Month, benefiting the nonprofit Angels of America's Fallen.

About GovX:

GovX.com is for the men and women who protect our country and communities. The members-only eCommerce site offers thousands of products, tickets and travel services from hundreds of premium brands at exclusive, below-retail pricing. Eligible members include active and veteran U.S. military, firefighters, law enforcement officers and federal agents. Membership is free and more information can be found at GovX.com.

Posted in: Business,Shopping & Deal,U.S

To Meet Patient Demands, Manhattan Mental Health Counseling Opens Third Location

Manhattan Mental Health Counseling, a psychotherapy private practice in New York City that accepts insurance, has opened a new location to keep with increasing demand from patients. Since being founded in 2014, the organization has enjoyed significant growth, with both new and repeat customers seeking help from its therapists.

“Manhattan Mental Health Counseling was founded on the belief that everyone should have access to therapy,” explains founder Natalie Buchwald, “Providing insurance-based psychotherapy is only one part of that. Equally important is ensuring we have enough staff to provide patients with their care in a timely manner.”

Situated at 216 East 45th Street, Suite 1101- just a few blocks from the Chrysler Building - the new office features a beautifully-designed interior with seven state-of-the-art therapy rooms. It’s intended, above all else, to be both cozy and aesthetically pleasing, in order to ensure patients remain comfortable and relaxed. Patients interested in booking at the facility can reach the Appointment Coordinator at 212-960-8626.

The new location will be helmed by Mechelle Turner, LMHC a relationally-focused, trauma-informed licensed therapist. Her multifaceted, collaborative approach to therapy integrates holistic care, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy, and focuses on unearthing the root cause of emotional distress. She holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Intercultural studies as well as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree.

“I’m incredibly pleased that Manhattan Mental Health Counseling has taken off to this extent, and that we’ve already been able to help so many people,” says Natalie. “I hope this expansion makes our services even more accessible and allows even more New Yorkers to enjoy better overall mental health.”

Manhattan Mental Health Counseling is a full-service psychotherapy private practice based in New York. We provide specialized care at an affordable price by accepting many of the insurances which are popular in New York.

Posted in: Fitness,Hospitality,U.S

Roy J. Meidinger Reveals Some Shocking Facts about the U.S Healthcare Industry In His Book ‘The Truth About the Healthcare Industry’

Roy J. Meidinger’s book ‘The Truth About the Healthcare Industry’ is the outcome of many years of hard work and deep research. The book brings out some shocking truths about how the healthcare companies across the United States have been swindling their customers by indulging in grossly illegal and unfair practices in connivance with insurance providers. 

Meidinger's book outlines how the whole healthcare industry has been scamming the public for years by entering into nefarious deals with the hospitals and the insurance companies.

My security advisor suddenly asked me what is going to happen in the Healthcare Industry?” says Roy J. Meidinger while explaining the core substance of his book. “I guess his concerns arose from listening to the various Democratic debates on the issue of universal coverage.”

According to Meidinger, the answer to this question is simple. The Democrats are not debating how they are going to pay for healthcare and that is why it is going nowhere. They have to think about it in a broader manner says the author.

For the manufacturing industry to stay competitive and profitable, they must first analyze the cost of manufacturing products and find ways of lowering them. 

In the United States, healthcare costs are paid for by the employers and are included in the costs below the break-even point for manufacturing products and hence must be covered. These are upfront costs and include the taxes for Medicare and Medicaid.

The privately insured healthcare costs the United States twice as much as other countries and they provide universal healthcare for everyone. The difference is that every other country also has government healthcare programs that cover the majority of the populace.

In the past thirty years, the healthcare industry in the U.S has grown by 11.2 percent of its gross domestic product. However, a breakdown of GDP reveals that the manufacturing industry has shrunk by the exact same percentage. 

Changing the way people pay for healthcare can help rebuild the manufacturing industry, create manufacturing jobs, make greater profits, pay higher salaries and give employees greater freedom.

Cutting the costs for healthcare will help in better management of the country’s manufacturing industry. 

The Democrats are missing this point. A universal healthcare system will have immediate cost reductions, the first is 29 percent of its costs go to collection efforts by providers, over forty-five million follow up claims to patients are issued each year, with many going to court. These claims have wiped out family wealth and caused over a million personal bankruptcies.” the author explains in his book.

According to the author, the move will also help eliminate 250,000 salesman jobs for insurance companies. The salary of doctors will have to come down, but they will not make much of an impact as they will no longer have to pay for malpractice insurance.

My security advisor came up with the question all Democratic candidates are arguing about that such moves will make the taxes go up,” says the author. “I replied that the tax revenues will go up but not the taxes. If it is done right, $ 12,000 each employer pays for healthcare benefits will be paid to the employees, increasing their income and increasing their taxes.”

Roy J. Meidinger believes that this is not enough. He expects that the companies will most likely freeze employees’ salaries for four years while all the changes take place while our manufacturing industry comes back and the society gets rebalanced.

The book claims that 34 of the 35 countries belonging to the Organization of Economic and Developing Countries collect tax revenues from company profits and personal income taxes. These countries have moved healthcare costs from below the breakeven point of cost of manufacturing, thereby lowering their prices and collecting a percentage of the profits as taxes. 

These countries have also moved all the taxes for their social programs like FICA taxes and moved them in the taxes collected from profits and income. These changes and moves can also be replicated by the United States easily, suggests the author in his book. Roy J. Meidinger is certain that everyone would vote for universal healthcare if they knew it would bring back our manufacturing industry.

He then said "It is so clear and simple, but who is going to tell the candidates about it" then he sighed.

Posted in: Business,Government & Politics,Manufacturing & Industry,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Virtual Cloudland Pioneers a New Kind of Musical Creation Utilizing Existing Technology

For more information, follow:  https://virtualcloudland.com/

The Song: 

This debut song on the album in progress, “Imaginary Crisis”, is titled “Delish” and has a softer Courtney Love sound. It is about a hardcore, punk life.

About the Name: 

According to Sarah Sisson, the word Cloudland has meaning. Although virtual has an obvious meaning, the word Cloudland is also in the dictionary and was first used in the 1800s. A region of unreality, imagination, etc.; dreamland. The word symbolizes to Sisson, the dreams and pseudo realities of people. Her real musicians joined the system easily thanks to the innovation Sisson created.

About Sarah Sisson: 

The band is the brainchild of Sarah Sisson, a professional Texas-based singer/bass player/composer known also for her inspirational poetry and can bring about emotions among others. She is self-published as a poet and online publishers have come to her throughout the years for her words to be used in other publications.

About the Players: 

Today, the Virtual Cloudland team is additionally comprised with Paul Layamon and Alan Cox. Layamon is a powerhouse with drums and is also an extremely talented keyboard player. Laymon is the engineer as well. Cox, with his guitar and multiple styles, has a knack for understanding Sisson’s genre ideas as she expresses the music with her bass and vocals.

About the Concept: 

“We are happy to introduce a pioneering form of music creation. We are real musicians in separate studios.” says Sarah Sisson, the singer responsible for putting the band together. “You might think that this phenomenal way of recording music might have been tried in the past. I have since heard that there may be others. We still consider ourselves to be pioneers of this process and are proud of it.” One of the key reasons for the success of this musical experiment is that none of the players are afraid of using existing technologies “off label” to create wonderful music. Although anyone can find a way of creating a similar virtual recording process, Sarah Sisson has assured knowledge of their unique technique by adding the descriptive title Virtual to the Virtual Cloudland brand name.

About the Discovery: 

While tinkering with existing apps, Sisson spent time, trial and error and purchased upgraded, tangible equipment (mics, boards etc.) with attachments. The situation takes time and a lot of quick thinking to understand. Her unique idea of using virtual recording for creating music was not a quick idea. No apps are designed to completely appease her. It took interactions that she now has down pat using a “laundering” system. Her search for talented musicians was simply Facebook. She wound up with non-replaceable talent.

About the Time and Effort: 

It took years to come up with a way to get this far, and now we want listeners all over to enjoy not only the music but the concept.” Sarah Sisson is comfortable with this style of working and hopes to become a charted pop/dance/rock band one day. Until then, she is happy with experimenting with technology and combining music and technique to create magical pieces with her virtual members who have never even spoken.

In Conclusion: 

Sisson has achieved great success in her Virtual Cloudland project, but it did not come easily. “There are not as many wonderful, talented players around as one may think” says singer/bass player/composer. “This did not happen overnight. I went through many prospects.” Now Virtual Cloudland has it down pat and is ready for new music creations.

Price and the Store: 

Those interested can download for $ 1.99. The listener can visit the store at  https://virtualcloudland.com/. The band name Virtual Cloudland is about to start crawling on the web as well for ease to find.

You can watch the trailer/demo by clicking on this video


Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Society & Culture,Technology,U.S,World

Actor ASH THAPLIYAL Takes-Off Alongside Allison Janney and Viola Davis in New Amazon Original Dramedy Film ‘TROOP ZERO’

LOS ANGELES – Rising actor Ash Thapliyal is taking-off as NASA scientist Dr. Persad alongside Allison Janney, Viola Davis, Jim Gaffigan, Mike Epps and young actress Mckenna Grace in the new dramedy feature film, TROOP ZERO, premiering on Amazon Prime on January 17, 2020.

The feel-good family film comes from UK directing duo Bert & Bertie (Dance Camp) and writer Lucy Alibar (Beasts of the Southern Wild), and made its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Set in rural 1977 Georgia, TROOP ZERO follows a misfit girl, who dreams of life in outer space. When a national competition offers her a chance at her dream, to be recorded on NASA’s Golden Record, she recruits a makeshift troop of Birdie Scouts, forging friendships that last a lifetime and beyond. Thapliyal steps into the storyline as Dr. Persad, the NASA scientist assigned to travel the world curating the Golden Record.

Thapliyal was thrilled at the opportunity to play Dr. Persad, adding “The character originally had a different more American sounding name, so I assumed there was a low chance that a NASA scientist of the 70’s would be shown as an Indian. I was pleasantly surprised when I was cast, but really appreciated the directors Bert and Bertie’s willingness to think outside the box.”

TROOP ZERO first made its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and then went on to screen at several other prestigious festivals, including the Seattle International Film Festival and AFI Fest.

Originally from Mumbai, India, and now based in Houston, Texas, Thapliyal has been building a solid reputation on the indie film scene and beyond. Educated in Engineering and working in the technical field, it was just over 5 years ago that Thapliyal was looking for a major life change. At first, he turned to singing, performing as part of an Indian band for two years. Then, he went on to become a local radio presenter, while also training to be an actor. He eventually made the decision to pursue it professionally and, since then, has worked on numerous indie projects with some of the biggest names in entertainment. His most recent credits include the action-drama AmeriGeddon, the horror tale The Devil’s Candy, the family comedy A Curry on an American Plate, and an appearance on the CBS hit series NCIS: New Orleans.

Up next, Thapliyal will appear as the President of India in Melissa McCarthy’s new comedy thriller, Superintelligence, directed by Ben Falcone and debuting on the new HBO Max platform in 2020.

Fans can follow ASH THAPLIYAL on Instagram @ashthapliyal.actor

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Celebrity,Family & Parenting,Society & Culture,U.S

The Orange County Register Names Service Champions Plumbing, Heating & ACA Winner Of The Orange County Top Workplaces 2019 Award

Service Champions Plumbing, Heating & AC has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2019 honor by The Orange County Register. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

“The Top Workplaces award is about much more than recognition and celebration,” said Eric Rubino, CEO of Energage. “Our research also shows that these organizations achieve higher referral rates, lower employee turnover, and double the employee engagement levels. It just goes to show that being intentional about culture delivers bottom-line results.”

Service Champions Plumbing, Heating & AC is the only Diamond Certified residential plumbing, heating & air conditioning contractor in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Built on the principles of providing honest and reliable service and good deeds for free, every member of the Service Champions team plays an integral part in delivering an HVAC and plumbing experience unlike any other contractor. Ample resources and regular training allows for each team member within any department to carry out his or her responsibilities to the highest capacity allowing for personal and company success. True to its name, Service Champions accommodates for its employees to get involved with local philanthropy work through annual holiday drives and operative partnerships with several non-profit organizations.

“It’s a great honor to have Service Champions Heating & Air Conditioning selected as a Top Workplace. It has always been my belief that if we take care of our employees, they in turn will take care of our clients, and when this happens, the company will always be taken care of.” - Leland Smith, owner of Service Champions Heating & Air Conditioning.

About Service Champions Plumbing Heating & AC
Service Champions is the only Diamond Certified Orange County plumbing, heating and air conditioning provider in Southern California. Its technicians have serviced thousands of homes across Southern California and holds to its promise of excellent customer service and expert technical care. As a leader in the home services industry, Service Champions technicians have set high standards for any competing contractor with extraordinary service that goes beyond plumbing heating and air conditioning for homes.

Service Champions Plumbing, Heating & AC
Contact Katey Becker
3150 E Birch St.
Brea, CA 92807

About Energage, LLC
Headquartered in Exton, Pa., Energage is a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools that help leaders to unlock potential, inspire performance, and achieve amazing results within their organizations. The research partner behind the Top Workplaces program, Energage has surveyed more than 58,000 organizations representing well over 20 million employees in the United States.

Posted in: Business,Electronics & Semiconductors,Professional Services,Services,U.S

London Calling: Eventerprise heads to the UK on latest investor roadshow

Switzerland, Zürich, December 10.2019

The next leg of Eventerprise’s fundraising journey sees Birgit Thümecke head to the UK to deepen ties with existing investors and industry partners as the platform looks to fuel its expansive growth marketing initiatives early in the new year. The latest roadshow on British soil, which sees the company’s CEO addressing a booming UK events market worth a staggering £42.3bn at most recent estimates, aims to provide insight on their ambitions for 2020 and will look to tap into positive industry sentiment in the wake of the most recent acquisition by B2B Media Group Tarsus of the UK-based exhibition and conference organiser Smarter Shows. The city of London proudly remains Europe’s tech capital, seeing more than twice as many companies successfully raise funds since 2015 compared with the other large hubs across the continent. The substantial investment has been in no small part thanks to the support of the U.S. investment community, with .4bn (£3.4bn) having crossed the Atlantic in 2019 to date, accounting for more than three-quarters of total investment according to research from Pitchbook and London & Partners.

With the recent announcement of completion of its due diligence with The Keiretsu Forum, Eventerprise is looking to complete a .1 million late-seed funding round with significant industry and investor validation in hand. Peter Henry, Managing Partner at Act 5 Ventures LLC, highlighted that “whereas typical early-stage tech startups have a great deal of risk inherent in their untested ability to deliver on the promise of their technology vision, this is not the case with Eventerprise. If anything, the technology, and its development are among the least risky aspects of the business at this point.” It has certainly been a busy back end of 2019 for Birgit and her executive team, with the Keiretsu Forum engagement having provided the opportunity to pitch at a series of events across the U.S. and also present the latest release of the platform’s EventerQuote/RFP solution to the RISE conference in Hong Kong.

Looking to meet Birgit between the 6th and 13th January 2020 in London to discuss all things events? Please email us at letsmeet@eventerprise.com to arrange a time and let's look to connect the world of events together.

The Eventerprise late-seed round is led by San Francisco based Act 5 Ventures and has already added Phillip R. Lynch, Vice President, Commercial Growth & Innovation at Johnson & Johnson Asia Pacific, to its list of seasoned angel investors. “My investment is predicated on good leadership, the right team, and its business model. The team is privileged to be led by an outstanding leader in Birgit Thümecke, who is well qualified to take Eventerprise forward.”

Birgit Thümecke is co-founder and CEO of Eventerprise.com, a global marketplace platform that connects event organizers with event professionals as well as vendors of event-related products, services, and venues. As a recipient of a Stevie Award for Women in Business, she is committed to building a world-class distributed organization that serves all its stakeholders with growing value.

Instagram & Twitter: birgit_ceo

Linkedin: Birgit Thümecke

Source: Eventerprise AG (Switzerland)

Eventerprise AG



Posted in: Professional Services,Services,Technology,U.S,World

Ruth Finnegan Announces the Launch of a Happy and Deeply Researched Book Called Grass, Miracle from the Earth

Ruth Finnegan writing as David Campbell Callender, an Irish naturalist who grew up tracing the flight of birds, looking up at the hills and watching the verdant greenery around her, has announced the launch of her book, Grass, Miracle from the Earth. This book, which comes under the genre of poetry, religion, and spirituality, analyzes the amazing evolution of grass and shows why it plays such an important role in everyone’s life.

“We see grass every day, tread on it, maybe handle, smell, or plant it but how many of us actually notice it and appreciate its amazing resilience?” asks the author, Ruth Finnegan (David Campbell Callender), while stressing on the importance of grass in everyone’s life. “I have made an honest attempt to give the full picture of grass and its evolution. The book is a great gift to give as well as treasure.”

Grass, Miracle from the Earth, is not only highly engaging and readable, but has some stunning illustrations as well. It gives us the full picture of grass. As well as the story of its complex evolution, the book also traces the incredible number of species of grass.

The author reveals that even bamboo and sugarcane are forms of grass. There are three kinds of grass that make up the major food of humans and are available for grazing to innumerable animals.

The book provides hitherto unknown and interesting details about grass. It helps create a high level of appreciation for the abiding necessity of grass for humanity, for nature, and for the arts. The author also explores the eminence of grass in folklore and poetry.

The author makes use of a simple and easy-to-read style to introduce readers to the world of grass. She traces the history of grass right from its origin which dates back to some 50 million years ago. The book highlights the journey of the humble grass as an agricultural asset to its use in medicines, construction, cooking, and many other purposes.

Grass, Miracle from the Earth, also lets readers into some interesting anecdotes and tidbits about its association with mythology, symbolism, and arts. The book establishes a firm connection between grass and the wellbeing of the human race.

According to the author, grass is one of the most extraordinary plant families on Planet Earth. The book will force readers to stop and contemplate the role of this green gift from nature every time they eat food stuffs such as popcorn or even a Thai curry of which lemongrass is a key ingredient.

Hilary Macmillan, Consultant Head of Communications, Vincent Wildlife Trust, who has written the foreword for the book says, “In an easy-to-read, well-informed style, Ruth Finnegan (David Campbell Callender) introduces the reader to the world of grass, and its uses from agriculture to medicine, cooking to construction; its association with mythology, symbolism and the arts; its importance to our wellbeing and well just so much more.”

 Grass, Miracle from the Earth can be ordered online from lulu.com.

About Ruth Finnegan:

David Campbell Callender, a name taken (adapted) from, and in memory of, her gifted Irish grandfather, is the pen name of the British anthropologist, Ruth Finnegan, completing the book with assistance from Dr. M. T. Agozzino. Born in Derry, Northern Ireland, Ruth Finnegan has many academic achievements to her credit. She is presently the Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University. She runs Callender Press, a small publishing business to publish the writing of her parents. The book, Grass, Miracle from the Earth, attempts to answer the many mysteries of grass and has successfully traced and tracked many facets and adventures of this green friend of humans.

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Talking Success Skills With The Ultimate Girl Boss, and Woman in Tech, Birgit Thumecke

”In the technology space, you need to understand the dynamics of how the tech world works – at the minimum – from a conceptual point of view. Therefore I would advise women to study up on data science, coding, and artificial intelligence. Become a subject-matter expert. Read, read, read. Because what makes you good at your job are skills, hard skills.” Birgit Thumecke

Q: What are your current areas of focus?

As the CEO of a startup, I wear many hats and so do my colleagues. My main role is planning and steering the company, with limited resources, on a path toward profitability, financing, and/or an exit. I manage expenses and external financing, so we don’t run out of money. I allocate capital to the company’s priorities and direct its financial management, I focus on fundraising and investor relations. I oversee the business plan and financial model as I am responsible for efficient administration, particularly with regard to compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements, and for ensuring that the decisions made by the board of directors are implemented.

We have just completed a rigorous Due Diligence with the Keiretsu Forum, a global investment consortium of accredited private equity angel investors, venture capitalists and corporate/institutional investors. It kept me fairly busy for the last 2-3 months. For more information please find our Due Diligence summary and further investor-related content at https://www.eventerprise.com/invest . We started with this right after two investor roadshows; the first one took us back to the US, particularly Chicago, Ann Arbor, Cincinnati, and San Francisco while the second took us to Hong Kong, where we exhibited at RISE, one of the largest and fastest-growing tech conferences on the planet.

Eventerprise is now raising a late-seed round of .1 million via convertible note with a 20% conversion discount and a M valuation cap. 5K has been raised in the first close, with 5K remaining, of which we plan to raise no less than 0k in this second close to fund the LA launch – our first US city.

In the growth phase that lays ahead I will be able to focus more on team building, talent sourcing, motivating, supporting, and growing our team as well as sales because at Eventerprise, we are all in sales!

Q: If you could go back and tell yourself one thing before beginning your career what would it be?

Be bolder, be more daring & think bigger!

One of the most common regrets even successful people have is that they “didn’t think big enough.” Many of the things we want in our lives will come to us as long as we give ourselves permission to receive them. If we cannot envision it, it won’t ever happen or ever be ours. Whether you’re looking for a promotion, a new career opportunity, or a better life overall, it starts by thinking 10X bigger and raising your standards.

For example, billionaire and co-founder of PayPal, Peter Thiel, came up with a great question you can ask yourself to do just this:

“What would you have to do if you want to achieve your 10-year goal in six months?”

This level of XXL-thinking forces you to break past your current limitations and fears and ultimately approach your career with confidence and ambition.

Q: How do you improve your financial knowledge?

I like numbers. I started my career as a subject matter expert in revenue accounts in the airline industry on the back of a diploma which I have received from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Airline Accounting & Finance.

Later in my career, I became a managing director of a company with 450 staff, and although I employed a financial manager, as managing director I naturally had to understand the finances. I’ve always dealt with the tasks and never shied away from taking up the challenges. Finance is not rocket science, it’s pretty straight forward. It is a rational discipline and, should you need to learn more, everything can be found on the internet.

Today, I am a crossover between CEO & CFO, I run the financial management at Eventerprise. I am constantly learning and that will probably continue. One can never know it all, and you have to stay open to learning new things. I am fortunate that I have a good network of advisors, on whom I can rely at any time, made up of investment bankers and accountants amongst others. The important thing is not to be too arrogant or too shy to ask. The formula I apply is simple:

Should I ask or should I be told? – A: ASK! Q: Do I look stupid if I ask? – A: Who cares?

We can all obtain knowledge and we should be proactive about it, as it will not be delivered to us on a silver platter. That is how I have improved my financial knowledge, by asking a lot of questions, reading up and simply doing it: cash flow analysis, accounting, financial modeling, use of funds projections, capital formation strategy, annual financial returns and so forth.

Q: What advice would you give to a woman considering technology as her career?

The truth is that women are still vastly underrepresented in the tech space. Those who are in tech must speak up. I would advise them to use their voices to bring more women in and use that same voice when it comes to creating more inclusive technological solutions. A lot of the technology is funded, designed and built by groups of predominantly male investors, designers and engineers. More women deserve the investment and support of their peers to develop inclusive solutions that have the potential to unlock entirely new markets and revenues.

Sometimes women are other women’s worst enemies. We do not do a fantastic job of creating jobs for other women. We need to elevate each other and rely more on mentoring and networking.

In the technology space, you need to understand the dynamics of how the tech world works – at the minimum – from a conceptual point of view. Therefore I would advise women to study up on data science, coding, and artificial intelligence. Become a subject-matter expert. Read, read, read. Because what makes you good at your job are skills, hard skills.

Q: What is a skill you think all women should learn and why?

Women are hesitant to talk up their accomplishments because they are often penalized when they do. And yet I advocate that women should learn how to better self-promote. Both women and men fear that people won’t like them if they are self-promoting, but women are more likely to let it stop them. So, while both genders worry about rejection, this fear inhibits women’s, but not men’s, abilities to promote themselves. It’s not that women are inherently lacking in the ability to self-promote, but it seems unnatural or unethical for them. That’s an unfortunate reality because self-promotion is essential to getting ahead. Men also may be perceived as overly boastful, but the bar is set much higher for them. Women, on the other hand, face a double bind. They’re punished for behaving in ways that might be perceived as immodest, and they’re punished professionally for behaving in ways that aren’t self-promoting. Regardless of the underlying reasons, whether it be misunderstood modesty or the risk of being perceived as pushy or bossy, I firmly believe women should promote themselves more strongly and way more often. However, each woman should do this in her own way and not simply copy of men. For anything to yield the desired outcome, it must be carried out authentically. You can’t expect anyone to believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself. That means that every woman has to determine her own stance, be more or less assertive etc. until it feels right for her.

Q: Tell us about your proudest achievement?

It’s personal. My mother was from South Africa and moved to Germany to marry my father and live there. This was not possible in South Africa because of Apartheid and the so-called “immorality act”, as my mother was a person of colour and my father was white. At that time, one wrote airmail letters on thin light blue paper that took forever and a day to reach its destination, let alone to receive a reply. Approximately every 3 months, my parents registered a long-distance call to South Africa with the local post office. Although the call never lasted for more than 5 minutes, the cost was horrendous. When my maternal grandmother was seriously ill, my mother flew home for the first time in almost 10 years. That was very expensive at that time and hardly anyone ever flew on vacation, not even short distance to Mallorca, so I was very aware of my mother’s constant yearning and homesickness. I was maybe 10 years old and helped my mother washing the dishes when I looked out of the kitchen window and saw an aeroplane flying high up in the sky. Then and there I promised my mother that as soon as I grew up, I would allow her to fly home regularly. I did not know how, but I was certain I would find a way.

At the beginning of my twenties, I started working for an airline and my dream came true. My mother flew regularly to South Africa several times a year.

This is most certainly one of my proudest achievements. It ties in with my answer to question no. 6 – who dares wins.

 Learn more at www.eventerprise.com/invest

 Eventerprise.com is a Swiss global tech startup on a mission to connect the world of events. We do this by ensuring technology is accessible, inclusive and affordable across an underserved market. Eventerprise makes it easier to create memorable experiences by helping everyone find the best vendors, venues and event professionals, all on one platform.

Birgit Thümecke is co-founder and CEO of Eventerprise.com, a global marketplace platform that connects event organizers with event professionals as well as vendors of event-related products, services, and venues. As a recipient of a Stevie Award for Women in Business she is committed to building a world-class distributed organization that serves all its stakeholders with growing value.

Instagram & Twitter: birgit_ceo

Linkedin: Birgit Thümecke

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USA Audiences Love James Pratt

Australian Auctioneer Of The Year and Television Personality, James Pratt was a big hit with USA audiences when he recently appeared on the popular Texas podcast, Opinions and Beer.

During the podcast Pratt spoke on his success in auctioneering and acting and in particular his new upcoming film Malibu Crush, which he says is a passion project for him. "It’s crucial for people to make the most of what you have now and not procrastinate waiting for the perfect time. Something he says has helped with his auctioneering and acting success.

Pratt describes Malibu Crush as a throwback to the 80s and 90s comedies such as National Lampoons Vacation with Chevy Chase. In the film, Michael and Duey are two best friends from Pasadena on a hopeless quest to find a long-lost love now living in Sydney Australia. “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take, he said when asked why he was making the film now.

During the podcast Pratt also spoke on the benefits of being Australian overseas and how you can get away with a lot more being Australian, especially if you get into some trouble. When told by host of Opinions and Beer, Adam Lee Morgan that he was only the second Australian to appear on the Texas-based show, Pratt joked, I think there is a gap sometimes when you say you’re from Australia and in another country, he said laughing, despite the fact we have 70 story skyscrapers and very modern tech cities, people overseas often think we ride Kangaroo’s to the airport and wrestle crocodiles, when they ask me about this, I tell them, "yes, I do, in return, you feed the Kangaroo for taking you to the airport.

Adam joked it’s similar being from Texas sometimes when I mention I'm from Texas people still feel it’s cowboys, beer and guns and this lawless place. 

Later on in the show Lee, Morgan commented on James being multi-talented, including winning ,The 2019 Australian Auctioneer Of The Year Award, he said  "In the US auctions for Real Estate is not such a common form of selling however you must be good because you got the attention of everyone here especially celebrities.  Pratt commented I'm very thankful for being able to hustle in different industries and keep on learning,

To listen to the full interview with James Pratt visit 




Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Australia,Celebrity,Fashion & Beauty,U.S

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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Posted in: Fashion & Beauty,Lifestyle,Shopping & Deal,U.S

Department of Justice Filing Motion Allowing Uncollected Taxes in Healthcare Industry to Continue

Almost every privately insured employee receives an Explanation Of Benefits form from their insurance company. Listed on the form is the amount billed by the provider and the amount the insurance company pays. The unpaid difference is a cancelation of debt. This canceled debt is not taxed. The canceled debt given to the insurance company is 85% of the debt the patient was billed and owed.
The IRS is claiming it has the discretionary authority not to enforce the tax code imposed on the cancelation of debt on the private side of the health care business. The amount of tax revenue lost each year is approximately one and one-half trillion dollars. This year the United States has a tax short-fall of one trillion dollars, that is added to the National Debt.

There is no tax law that allows for the write-off of the canceled debt.
On December 2nd, 2019, the DOJ will file, in U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Meidinger v. United States, the reason why the IRS has the authority not to enforce the tax laws.

Posted in: Finance,Government & Politics,Health & Medicine,Services,U.S

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.

Posted in: Fashion & Beauty,Finance,Lifestyle,Shopping & Deal,U.S

Global Events Platform to address Mumbai Angel Network as part of global fundraising roadshow

The Indian events industry is an economic powerhouse. This week Birgit Thümecke, CEO and Co-founder, and Barry Blassoples, VP Growth of Eventerprise, will address the Mumbai investor network as part of Eventerprise’ global funding initiatives. 

Eventerprise is a tech company on a mission to connect the world of events by ensuring technology is accessible, inclusive, and affordable across an underserved market.

Making it easier to create memorable experiences by helping everyday people find the best vendors, venues and event professionals, all on one platform.

Eventerprise recently announced the completion of due diligence with the Keiretsu Forum (USA), part of the world’s number one most active venture investor network. The three-month collaborative process, which saw substantial input from experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and legal experts, provides a platform to finalize Eventerprise’ .1 million late-seed funding raise coupled with significant industry and investor validation. With 5,000 already secured in the 1st close of the round, the report and additional financing of 5,000 will fuel the company’s growth marketing initiatives and launch in the greater Los Angeles region.

The move to address the Indian investor community is a logical one for the Swiss and US incorporated business, with an established strategic R&D partner in Vadodara, India,  Co-founder and events entrepreneur, Charlie Wright, is excited by the potential: “India being arguably one of the largest events markets in the world makes the local validation, investment and partnerships already secured tremendously significant for us. We are now very much looking forward to launching the platform here in due course.”

Dr. Rajen Kilachand, investor, businessman and prolific philanthropist adds: “I have known Charlie for a number of years and his friendship and absolute commitment to what he does, along with his integrity as a businessman are what have convinced me to get behind Eventerprise, and I’m delighted to be part of the early pioneers in this platform.”

The experience with Keiretsu has been invaluable and created a platform to present the next phase for Eventerprise at a series of global events. “Receiving the stamp of approval from such an internationally recognized due diligence process was a key objective for us,” echoed Birgit Thümecke, who acknowledges that the benefits go far beyond funding from the Keiretsu network. “Having the opportunity for some of the best in the business to take a deep dive into every corner of our business, and come up with such positive sentiment, truly reaffirms our belief that the Eventerprise platform is ready to serve the global events industry.”

Adam Smith, owner of the digital growth agency Sound Press, Cincinnati, USA, highlighted the following in the final report: “They have a plan in place to put the funding towards the right tasks for proving the business model and acquiring market share. The supporting documents are some of the best I’ve seen in regards to preparedness.” It was not only the firm’s marketing strategy that received ringing endorsements, its underlying technology gained high praise from veteran and San Francisco angel investor Peter Henry: “Whereas typical early-stage tech start-ups have a great deal of risk inherent in their untested ability to deliver on the promise of their technology vision, this is not the case with Eventerprise. If anything, the technology, and its development are among the least risky aspects of the business at this point, and it’s more about the marketing and execution of launching the offering in the right place and time”.

The management team, led by serial entrepreneurs and industry experts Birgit Thümecke, Götz Thümecke and Charlie Wright, clearly understand the potential of the event management software market, the size of which is expected to balloon to .4billion by 2024 according to latest research. Industry giant Cvent’s recent acquisition of the event technology provider DoubleDutch provides testament to the event industry’s continuing ability to develop and embrace innovative digital solutions. With two-sided platform models being already well established with consumers in India and the United States, Eventerprise covers a niche which has been long overlooked by the industry’s established technology powerhouses. Its unique focus on streamlining the interactions between event hosts and vendors of event products, services or venues allows the company to, in the words of CEO Birgit Thümecke, “level the playing field by bringing trust, order and simplicity to an underserved and fragmented industry.”

Eventerprise has recently extended its reach into the Asian market, with a Singaporean hub coming online in 2019. Investor sentiment in the region has followed suit, with its current round adding Phillip R. Lynch, Vice President, Commercial Growth & Innovation at Johnson & Johnson Asia Pacific, to its list of seasoned angel investors. “My investment is predicated on good leadership, the right team and its business model. The team is privileged to be led by an outstanding leader in Birgit Thümecke, who is well qualified to take Eventerprise forward.”

Funds secured from the current late-seed round, which is led by San Francisco based Act 5 Ventures, are earmarked for growth market activation activities across the greater Los Angeles region, as well as further investment in its R&D capabilities. With expansion milestones and revenue targets achieved the team will head toward Series A latest 9 months after launch full of optimism. The event industry has seen high profile exit transactions such as Eventbrite’s billion IPO in 2018, Eventerprise’s market-ready platform, detailed roll-out plan, and potential return over five years (based on comparable investments), offers a very compelling investment opportunity.

To learn more about the Eventerprise investment opportunity, please click here.

Learn more at www.eventerprise.com/invest

Eventerprise.com is a Swiss global tech startup on a mission to connect the world of events. We do this by ensuring technology is accessible, inclusive and affordable across an underserved market. Eventerprise makes it easier to create memorable experiences by helping everyone find the best vendors, venues and event professionals, all on one platform.

Birgit Thümecke is co-founder and CEO of Eventerprise.com, a global marketplace platform that connects event organizers with event professionals as well as vendors of event-related products, services, and venues. As a recipient of a Stevie Award for Women in Business she is committed to building a world-class distributed organization that serves all its stakeholders with growing value.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Professional Services,Services,Technology,U.S

Beachside Gardens Convenience Suites Boutique Hotel Changes Hands

Deerfield Beach, FL- October 30 – Rick Tobin of Premier Hotel Realty announced today that Beachside Gardens Convenience Suites, a 12-unit hotel, was sold Friday, October 25th, to a buyer from New York, for just over $ 2 million.  Beachside Gardens Convenience Suites is located one block from the beautiful Atlantic Ocean and is a favorite of seasonal travelers because of its proximity to the beach, and to Deerfield Beach’s popular downtown shops and restaurants. 


The seller enlisted the help of Premier Hotel Realty to present the property to qualified buyers who would appreciate the increasing values and economic stability in this seaside community. 


Rick Tobin, Broker for Premier Hotel Realty and a Director of the Greater Pompano Beach and Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Chambers of Commerce said, “Lately, there’s tremendous interest from international buyers looking for a local beach-area real estate.  Investors from around the world are noticing the long term value of our area.  This is one of the many recent hotel sales that I’ve been involved in.  I'm honored to be playing a part in bringing new owners to the area and only wish I had more properties for eager buyers."


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.  Premier advises on hotel and other commercial transactions in South Florida's beach communities.  Tobin also markets local apartment buildings, industrial properties and other types of commercial real estate, often marketing to investors from around the world, most recently including Canada, Sweden, the Ukraine, Denmark, Israel and various countries in South America.

For more information contact Premier at info@PremierHotelRealty.com or call 954-543-5411. 

Posted in: Finance,Real Estate,U.S,World

Relevance Affirms Its Premier Position as the Best Content Marketing and Management Platform

Relevance, the online publication developed to promote content marketing, has reaffirmed its position as the best in this niche. With a community of over 42,000 marketing professionals, Relevance is clearly the preferred destination for everything associated with content curation, interactive media, influencer outreach, public relations, media relations, social media, search engine marketing, media buying, content marketing, native advertising and lots more.

“At Relevance, we are focused sharply on content marketing but we also focus on themes that are relevant to the subject,” says the spokesperson for Relevance.com. “We have a very creative and personalized approach to delivering the goals of our users. That’s why we are the preferred destination for those who have a passion and interest in content marketing and management.”

Today, Relevance.com is the fastest growing online publication in the content marketing and content promotion domain. The company has impressed industry experts with its user-friendly interface and remarkable features.

Relevance has over 500 writers, designers, and researchers that produce a steady stream of quality content for users.

The events section and the directory section which was added later also help in adding value to the user experience. These pages make it easy for users to find what they are looking for quickly and effortlessly.

Content marketing articles and blogs are posted under four categories in the main menu on Relevance. Readers can search for content under Earned Media, Paid Media, Owned Media, and Shared Media.

The News page provides the latest news as it develops on various topics while the Resources page offers a wealth of downloadable content on diverse topics such as press release, influencer marketing, landing page conversions, social media, SEO, lead generation and others.

Visitors to the website can find anything related to content management and marketing they are looking for, be it an agency, the latest tools, and services, or influencers and professionals from the industry, quickly using the filter option.

They can also locate content-specific blogs and articles using keywords, company name, and other aspects. The Post a Service option is especially useful for those who want to share information about their services using the Relevance platform.

The friendly interface has been carefully designed to make browsing and choice of options simple and straightforward.

Relevance stands apart from other content marketing and content management websites as it makes it easy and simple for users to find people and information related to content management.

For more information, visit http://relevance.com/

About Relevance:

Relevance.com is the world’s fastest-growing publication dedicated to content marketing and content promotion. They are trusted the world over for news, insights, resources, trends, and information of the highest quality and are the industry’s foremost source of thought leadership in the realm of content marketing and promotion strategy and tactics.

Posted in: Marketing & Sales,Media & Communications,News & Current Affairs,U.S,Website & Blog

James Pratt Crowned Best in Australia

The 7th Annual Australian Real Estate Business Awards saw James Pratt win the highly prestigious, Best Auctioneer in Australia Award, The REB Awards are known as the Oscars of Real Estate within Australia and Asia, and the star-studded event attracted a sell-out of over 3000 of Australia’s best in Real Estate, Business and Entertainment.

During the ceremony held at the Star Casino Grand Ballroom in Sydney, Host, and MC of the night,  actor” Stephen Curry, announced the winner of the prestigious award by saying, This award represents the thoroughbreds of the industry. The auctioneer of the year award has always been a highly coveted award and put a spotlight on the very best with the nominations coming from across Australia. “I want to thank my team, without them I don’t deserve this award, Pratt said when accepting his award on stage. Pratt was also a finalist for the best digital presence in 2019.

Top ranked luxury broker Tanya Stawski from Sotheby’s realty in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles said, James’s reputation on the world stage is phenomenal, he really deserves this award.

Other highlights on the night included mega-franchise group Ray White taking out the award for number one network and Natalie South taking out BDM of the year.
For Pratt, his career and popularity internationally continues to skyrocket, already highly in demand by celebrity clients and the luxury elite, this award was another reminder of his skillset and hard work.

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Australia,Celebrity,U.S

Should diversity and inclusion be part of an investment strategy?

It’s a sign of our globalized times that rarely a day goes by without us being confronted by the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Global diversity campaigns like International Women's  Day is celebrated around the world, diversity management courses continue to proliferate, and high-profile companies like Google and Uber are churning out one diversity report after the other. Only the willfully blind would deny that diversity and inclusion have become integral to the current zeitgeist.


However, despite the obvious moral imperative, a prudent investor would be remiss not to ask how much of a company's self-promotional noise around diversity constitutes politically correct window dressing and how much is bona fide strategy that will drive successful outcomes for the company, its employees, and of course, its shareholders.


One should not be too quick to judge the cynical investor; widespread corporate commitment to diversity seems to be at odds with reality. In the case of black Fortune 500 CEOs, the numbers have actually regressed from seven in 2007 to only three in 2018. Pale male hegemony remains entrenched with white men occupying 66 percent of board seats. Unsurprisingly, only 20% of Fortune 500 companies are prepared to publish their full diversity makeup. Those who do, are mostly tech companies like Google and Facebook.


That said, large tech companies have their own diversity challenges. There’s Uber’s well-published toxic culture under co-founder, Travis Kalanick, which led to his resignation as CEO. The subsequent pressure on the company to transform has now reached the point where executive pay is being linked to diversity and inclusion goals. Google’s 2019 Diversity Report showed that the internet behemoth is not exactly blazing a transformation trail either, with female leadership representation dropping to 26%. Tellingly, Google’s Chief Diversity Officer, Danielle Brown, resigned shortly after the report was released.


Just to muddle the picture further, there are also converse trends like the surge in Indian CEOs taking up the reins at American tech companies. Sundar Pichai at Google, Satya Nadella at Microsoft, Nikesh Arora at Palo Alto Networks, and Shantanu Narayen at Adobe are some high-profile examples that come to mind. A few Indian swallows do not make a diverse summer though. Even with Pichai at the head of Google, the company still struggles with diversity issues. Which bring us back to the original question - does workplace diversity drive better results?


The first step to a definitive answer is to understand the difference between diversity and inclusion and how they interact with each other. Diversity can be seen as all the traits that distinguish us from each other, such as gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, age, and sexual orientation. Inclusion refers to how an organization can harness diversity to create a performance-oriented culture that is also conducive to personal success. Diversity is the raw material; inclusion is what you build with it.


As Tim Ryan, U.S. chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers and co-founder of CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, mentioned in Fortune earlier this year,


". . . a focus on diversity numbers alone can create dangerous tunnel vision . . . business leaders should balance their approach by paying more attention to company culture . . . a workplace where each employee feels comfortable bringing their true selves to work is key to supporting them to stay, thrive, grow, and contribute within an organization."


That answers half of our investment question. Simply stuffing your organization with an exotic array of personalities is obviously not going to amount to much. You need to create a suitably inclusive environment that embraces all of your people’s differences and channel each person’s contribution towards common goals. But where’s the evidence that such an approach really improves the company bottom line and creates more value for investors?

The empirical case for workplace diversity and inclusion

The broader world provides some intuitive clues. Rock and roll, which dominated the airwaves for decades, evolved from diverse music styles like blues, jazz, folk, and country. The cosmopolitan melting pots of Singapore, London and San Francisco have all seen phenomenal economic growth over the past few decades. As an investor though, drawing parallels with company diversity would require more empirical evidence.


Thomson Reuters has made the job a bit easier with their Diversity & Inclusion Index, now in its fourth year. The index ranks publicly traded companies based on their ability to incorporate diversity and inclusion in their company strategy. It then tracks the financial returns of the top 100 companies. Over the past seven years the D&I index companies have consistently outperformed the total market.


Number one on the 2019 D&I index, Johnson & Johnson, is also number 37 on the Fortune 500 list with a market cap of 5B and the world’s largest biomedical company by revenue. Number two, Nestlé, is the world’s largest food and beverage company and number 76 on the Fortune 500 list with a market cap of 9B.

Source: Refinitiv


The Thomson Reuters index is not alone in its empirical analysis of the impact that sound diversity and inclusion strategy can have on a company’s performance. Many leading financial and advisory firms have produced research that also proves a strong correlation between D&I and bottom line .


  • Morgan Stanley research from 2016 showed that companies with more female employees outperformed those with less gender diversity by adding an extra 2% return on equity.


  • A 2018 study by AXA investment managers identified high diversity and inclusion as a competitive advantage and indicator of future profitability.


  • In 2017, Boston Consulting Group compared perceptions of company leadership diversity at 1,700 companies in eight countries with the portion of total revenue derived from new products and services launched. Their conclusion was that companies with above-average management diversity earned on average 19% more revenue from innovation.


  • McKinsey’s 2018 report, Delivering through diversity, also confirms the connection between diversity and company performance. The report analyzed the profitability, long-term value creation, and diversity at various levels of over 1,000 companies in 12 countries. They found that the companies with the most gender diverse executive teams had 21% more chance of above-average profitability and were 27% more likely to create value over the long term than the companies with the lowest executive gender diversity.


Growth in diversity indexes and certifications like Bloomberg’s Gender-Equality Index and the Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE) Certification are further signs of the increasing importance of accurately measuring the impact of diversity and inclusion strategies on company performance.

 Sources: Bloomberg | EDGE Strategy


Company executives used to be hesitant to ascribe too much influence to diversity and inclusion, but it seems the tide is turning. Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas, went so far as to credit resilience and innovation borne of a diverse and inclusive culture for the airline's miraculous turnaround from a demoralizing AUD.8 billion loss in 2013 to a record profit of AUD0 million in 2017.

Why are diversity and inclusion such powerful drivers of company growth and profit?

The above-mentioned research, as well as feedback from companies like Unilever that have implemented detailed D&I strategies, has highlighted some specific reasons why more diverse and inclusive companies outperform their peers.


  • It promotes critical problem solving by fostering collaboration and removing biases.
  • It leads to better decision making and corporate governance.
  • It fast-tracks innovation by valuing different perspectives and new ideas.
  • It drives better employee engagement by being more welcoming and representative.
  • It gives access to a wider and deeper talent pool, which in turn can help build a distributed organization.
  • It makes companies more agile by forcing them to adapt quicker to changing circumstances.
  • It enhances brand and social reputation by reflecting the environment that the company operates in.


Implementing a diversity and inclusion strategy is not without its challenges though. A leadership team with multicultural experience, some international exposure, and sound relationship management skills implies a strong advantage. Leaders with well-developed emotional intelligence will also find it easier to relate to people on multiple levels and view issues from different angles.


International business services firm, Deloitte, defines inclusive leadership in terms of six Cs: cognizance, curiosity, courage, cultural intelligence, commitment, and collaboration.

Source: Deloitte


Organizationally it is crucial to hire right, promote from within, and have a clear succession plan. More importantly, companies need to clarify early on who is ultimately responsible for driving diversity and inclusion. The current trend at large organizations like Facebook and Google is that it should be the Chief Diversity Officer or Chief Transformation Officer. In my opinion, there is a strong case to be made that such an important pillar of company culture should remain under the remit of the CEO, especially at early-stage companies.

Source: Bloomberg

Can tech help drive diversity?

Boston Consulting Group found in their research that digital technology has a multiplier effect on the relationship between diversity and innovation. Simply put, companies that prioritize digital solutions and tools tend to reap bigger rewards.


In response, D&I technology has grown substantially as businesses started waking up to the value of a diverse and inclusive work environment and simultaneously experienced societal, regulatory, and shareholder pressure to get rid of workplace bias and discrimination. According to Mercer, the world’s largest HR consulting firm, there are currently more than 100 vendors of D&I technology which covers all aspects of the employee life cycle: talent acquisition, development, retention/engagement, and analytics.


Entrants to this new market include platforms like Handshake, a job portal for university students and graduates that makes it easier for employers to find candidates based on more granular diversity and inclusion metrics. Jopwell is another talent acquisition startup which matches companies with Black, Latinx, and Native American candidates.

The Verdict

There’s no denying the mounting evidence that diversity and inclusion is good for your investment dollar. Just make sure the company is doing it for the right reasons. Simply focusing on numbers, be it the bottom line or quotas, does not guarantee long-term results. Using diversity to foster continuous innovation and source the best possible talent does.



Birgit Thümecke is co-founder and CEO of Eventerprise.com, a global marketplace platform that connects event organizers with event professionals as well as vendors of event-related products, services, and venues. As a recipient of a Stevie Award for Women in Business she is committed to building a world-class distributed organization that serves all its stakeholders with growing value.


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Fine Art Shippers Offers Comprehensive Art Logistics Services in NYC

Finding a reliable art logistics company to transport your precious artworks in NYC is easier said than done. Among the abundance of offers, many companies fail to stand by their promises and render genuinely exceptional services. Fine Art Shippers, a fine art shipping company with decades of flawless reputation in the area, stands apart from the multitude of offers in the NYC art handling market due to professionalism and dedication of its team to the art of handling art. A father-and-son company founded in 1995, Fine Art Shippers has been at the forefront of the dynamic NYC art world for decades to date, always coming with impeccable services, affordable rates, and customization of services to each client’s individual needs.

Here you’ll find comprehensive service packages including artwork transportation to galleries and auctions, moving museum exhibitions, antique moving, and art installation at the owner’s residence or the location of its display. With representative offices scattered across the USA and globally, Fine Art Shippers comes with a variety of service options that any demanding art collector or art organization may have, meeting and exceeding the quality and timeliness expectations. Hundreds of art dealers, galleries, museums, and private collectors enjoy the convenience of the company’s affordable art shuttle services allowing their items to reach the destination swiftly and securely.

Besides the actual art logistics services, Fine Art Shippers has successfully expanded its scope of service coverage to include art consultation and storage. The seasoned experts with proven experience consult clients on all issues related to art appraisal, authentication, brokerage, and procurement. Additional consultation aspects include support for young and emerging artists in terms of exhibition set-up, advertising campaigns, and the provision of appropriate venues for the artistic events.

Whatever piece of art you need to be moved, it’s never an issue for Fine Art Shippers. Its experts are experienced in piano shipping, white glove moving, and installation of artworks of all sizes. Every employee has specialized training in the handling of antiques, guaranteeing that your artworks stay intact no matter their condition and age.

Fine Art Shippers has an impressive track record of fine art moving and installation services at all significant NYC art fairs, including Frieze New York, The Armory Show, Affordable Art Fair New York, and SCOPE New York, to name just a few. Its art movers and handlers are always up to date with the latest techniques of careful, safe art packing, moving, and installation. Now you can relax and rest assured that your valuable property is in reliable and capable hands instead of controlling every aspect of the transportation. By using the art pick-up and delivery service from Fine Art Shippers, you may have your new acquisition reach its new home in no time.

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The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum Has Announced a Call for Works

Fine Art Shippers, a NYC-based international art logistics company, is happy to share the amazing news that the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum has announced a call for works for the group photography exhibit that will be held on January 10 – April 19, 2020. All works presented at the exhibition will be for sale, with proceeds benefiting the Museum and the participating artists. The photographer with the largest number of votes from the visitors will also be awarded a solo exhibit at the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum in 2022.

At Fine Art Shippers, we are proud to provide comprehensive fine art shipping and museum services in the United States. We have the pleasure of working with many art institutions and organizations that entrust our team with handling highly valuable, one-of-a-kind art objects of any kind. At Fine Art Shippers, we also support talented emerging artists and various cultural activities that take place throughout the country, providing them with more publicity and attention they deserve. Now, we want to introduce the amazing Fort Smith Regional Art Museum and its recent program for professional artists in the field of photography.

The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum (RAM) was officially opened in the heart of Fort Smith, Arkansas in January 2013, but its history goes back further than that. The Museum originated under the Arkansas Association of University Women in 1948. At the time, it was a group of local artists who exhibited their artworks and held various classes throughout the city. Years later, they founded the Fort Smith Art Center that eventually was fully rebranded to align with the standards of the American Alliance of Museums. Thus, the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum as we know it today was born.

The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum is largely focused on the work of local and regional artists, but it also hosts nationally and internationally recognized traveling exhibitions. Among the Museum’s upcoming events is the exhibition of contemporary photography, which is aimed to foster art appreciation in the community and recognize professional artists at the same time. Any photographer, no matter whether they specialize in personal documentary, reportage, portrait, conceptual, travel, or landscape photography, can submit their works for consideration. Photographs to be shown in the exhibition will be selected by RAM. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2019. The entry is free.

It’s interesting that throughout the duration of the exhibition that will run at the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum from January 10 to April 19, 2020, the visitors will be able to vote for the photographer they like. The winner will be awarded their own solo exhibition at the Museum, which will be held in January 2022. Besides, all the works will be available for sale, and proceeds will benefit the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum and the participating artists. Whether you are a photographer or a connoisseur, we highly recommend that you pay your attention to the upcoming photography exhibition hosted by RAM. It will definitely be an exciting and memorable event!

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Nova Frontier Film Festival and Lab Is Returning on September 20

Fine Art Shippers, an international fine art shipping company headquartered in NYC, is happy to announce that this year’s edition of Nova Frontier Film Festival and Lab will be held at the Billie Holiday Theatre on September 20-22. This important cultural event will bring to Brooklyn a fabulous selection of shorts, films, experimental videos, and other works by some of the most talented filmmakers and artists from the African Diaspora, the Middle East, and Latin America.

Nova Frontier Film Festival and Lab is an arts organization and film festival founded in Brooklyn, NY by two talented people: Lydia Darly and Billy Gerard Frank. Lydia Darly is a filmmaker and award-winning actress of Guadeloupean descent, who was born and raised in France. She was featured in Renny Harlin’s famous 2004 horror film “The Exorcist: The Beginning” and was Jordan Bayne’s assistant director on his 2011 short film “The Sea is All I Know” starring Melissa Leo. Lydia Darly is also a frequent guest speaker at various film festivals, known for her support of independent and women filmmakers.

Billy Gerard Frank, the co-founder of Nova Frontier Film Festival and Lab, is a multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker born in Grenada. This year, this talented person, who now lives in New York, represents his home country at the prestigious Venice Biennale that is often called “The Art Olympics.” Frank’s research-based work addresses the issues of global politics, race, sexuality, migration, minority status, and post-colonial subjects. His films and mixed media artworks have been featured in many different group and solo exhibitions held in the United States, UK, and the Caribbean.

Nova Frontier Film Festival and Lab is an annual film festival born from the collaboration between Lydia Darly, Billy Gerard Frank, and another Brooklyn-based arts organization – RestorationArt. The Festival is organized for emerging and young artists and filmmakers from and about the African Diaspora, Latin America, and the Middle East. It is currently held in Brooklyn, NY but is going to expand its borders next year to include Marseille, France and Ghana, Africa.

Nova Frontier Film Festival and Lab 2019 has a very interesting festival program that will take place at the Billie Holiday Theatre, starting on September 20. The Festival will focus on the themes of Social Justice, Immigration, Multiculturalism, and Identity, presenting works by a whole range of talented and creative people from around the world. These include dramatic and documentary films, shorts, experimental videos, performances, and virtual reality. Nova Frontier Film Festival and Lab 2019 will be juried by the Egyptian-American director and cinematographer Mona Eldaief and the famous American producer Lauren Beck whose film “Manchester by the Sea” won two Oscars at the Academy Awards 2017.

Nova Frontier Film Festival and Lab 2019 is expected to be a memorable event full of arts and culture. The Opening Night Ceremony will start on September 20 at 7pm with a short fiction “Yasmina” by Claire Cahen & Ali Esmili France. Very recommended!

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How to gain experience and skills for a career in the digital economy

Meet Becky. She’s a smart young recruitment professional from a mid-sized town near Chicago in America’s Midwest. And she’s unemployed, despite an honours degree which saddled her with ,000 in student debt. Automation in the HR industry has made her junior position redundant.

If predictions are to be believed, this is a nightmare scenario that is poised to play off on a large scale across multiple industries and countries over the next few decades. Those with a fervent imagination can probably hear the voice-over in their heads, like something from a cheesy 1980s horror movie.

“First they came for the blue collar workers, and now they’re coming for those working in the professional service industries.”

Automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, gig economy, and robotics have all become dread words as the Fourth Industrial Revolution steams inexorably onward. But is it really all doom and gloom for young professionals looking to make their mark in the world?

At first glance, the predictions are not on the side of youth. The Brookings Institution calculated that 25% of American jobs are at high risk of automation, with the risk for those in the 16 – 24 age group the highest. Although areas like office administration (60%) and construction (50%) face some of the highest levels of automation, the seemingly unassailable legal profession is also not immune with a 38% risk.

Across the pond, in the UK, the future doesn’t augur well either, with 30% of jobs at risk of automation by the 2030s. Even the venerable accounting profession faces a 94% chance of extinction.

The flip side of the coin looks equally dire. 49% of global employers are struggling to fill vacancies due to massive skills shortages, according to a ManpowerGroup survey. And that is exactly where the opportunity lies for ambitious young professionals who want to grab the world by the scruff of the neck. Let’s dig in further to see what the Beckys of the world should do to set themselves up for success.

In a hurry to upskill and gain experience? Check out the exciting openings we have for ambitious young professionals

But first, some more bad news. An oft-quoted Oxford university study estimated that almost half of US jobs were at high risk of automation over the next ten to twenty years. And that study was based on advances in Machine Learning and Robotics back in 2013!

Fortunately, the same study also came up with the antidote – those human skills that are currently immune to robotic replication.

For the foreseeable future, artificial intelligence will struggle to compete with our creative intelligence and its ability to produce original ideas and creative solutions. Robots are also not able to mimic sophisticated human perceptions and insights related to other people. Which is probably a good thing; one Dr Phil is enough.

In the same vein, it’s difficult to picture software being able to negotiate a peace settlement or a major business merger. And of course, it’s called the art of persuasion for a reason. Definitely not a machine learning strength – yet.

The World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs report came up with its own prediction for most valuable skills which they have been tracking since 2015:

It is worth noting that Complex Problem Solving remained in pole position, while Critical Thinking and Creativity have moved into the second and third spots respectively. Emotional Intelligence and Cognitive Flexibility (your ability to switch between different mental tasks) both make a first time appearance.

At least half of the top skills are related to communication and collaboration, which should be seen as foundation skills that can be honed into top ten skills. But where or how do you get to do all that honing?

It’s a sad truth that many entry level roles are aimed that cost-effective execution of repetitive tasks. Exactly those tasks that will vanish within a few years from now. The old cliche of needing skills and experience has taken on a new meaning – you need ‘the right’ skills and experience.

So, the quandary for many young professionals is that they know they need skills and experience that universities and most entry-level jobs don’t offer. They often just don’t know where to go and get them. The good news is that forward-thinking startups like Eventerprise offer a powerful solution. It makes sense though; startups are generally already operating at the vanguard of commercial and societal change.

Many startups also offer something else, above skills and experience, and that’s purpose. Eventerprise, for example, is on a mission to make an extremely fragmented and under-served events industry more transparent and filled with value for all its participants. As the CEO of the company I like to believe that it played a role in the phenomenal growth of the young professionals who have taken their careers to the next level in our digital-first environment.

What does Eventerprise offer young professionals?

Collaborate within a strong culture that teaches work ethic as a way of living. When you believe in what you do and want to succeed, hard work becomes second nature.

Come to grips with the huge (global) growth potential of digital platforms and marketplaces.

Work closely with a leadership team that offers many years of experience and insights into a variety of business-related disciplines.

Learn faster, wider, and deeper than ever before on our agile development path.

Acquire the latest in-demand skills within a digital-first startup environment.

Interact with a diverse global team and gain life-changing multicultural and international exposure.

Celebrate female leadership, diversity, and inclusion.

Future-proof your career for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Discover opportunities to travel and explore the world on multiple levels

Work remotely or at our Cape Town, South Africa, operational hub.

There are of course a few expectations from our side

We expect that you take full ownership of everything that you do. That will require resilience and endurance, especially when things don’t go your way.

Sound work ethic is one of our core values. We hope you share that with us.

As the WEF mentioned, problem-solving skills are where it’s at. In a startup environment, your ability to come up with solutions to new challenges will be tested every day. Just like a startup needs to be agile in everything it does, so do you.

Sitting on the fence can be dangerous. That’s why forward motion is always powered by confident decision making. We support and guide, but we don’t hold hands. (Initiative is such a beautiful word.)

Opportunity knocks every day and around every corner. It just needs an attentive person to open the door. We’ve built an environment that’s conducive to out-of-the-box thinking. We trust you will seek out the fresh angles and openings.

Be bold and daring – within reason. We enjoy sparring with each other (it promotes creativity), but we always keep it respectful. Likewise, we move fast and break things to learn more, but we do so cognizant of all the relevant details.


If you have read this far without breaking down in tears, well done. You may just be who we are looking for. One or two more carrots before we introduce you to some of our current career opportunities for young professionals.

We follow a performance-based remuneration model across the company. If you bring special skills to the party, we will definitely consider it in our offer. However, as a startup, our value proposition should be in what you can learn rather than a market-related salary. Longer-term, there is also potential to join our permanent core team, as well as acquiring equity through an employee stock ownership plan.

So without any further fanfare, here are some of those opportunities we’ve been going on about. Have a look and send through your application if you feel Eventerprise is the right fit for your career.

Junior Financial Operations Coordinator

Junior Freelance Graphic Designer

Junior Digital Marketer

Freelance UX Designer

Freelance UX Writer

Web Copywriter

Learn more about Eventerprise on our Careers Page.


Eventerprise.com is a Swiss global tech startup on a mission to connect the world of events. We do this by ensuring technology is accessible, inclusive and affordable across an underserved market. Eventerprise makes it easier to create memorable experiences by helping everyone find the best vendors, venues and event professionals, all on one platform.


If you would like more information about this topic, please write or call:

Charlie Wright, Co-Founder Eventerprise

Email: charlie@eventerprise.com

Phone: +27 76 022 4476




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Banksy Wall Removal Service from Fine Art Shippers

As a professional fine art moving company, Fine Art Shippers deals with many different kinds of art, from works on paper and oil paintings to metal sculptures and large art installations. Our company is also proficient in moving walls with graffiti and street art. In particular, we are pleased to offer a Banksy wall removal service in New York, London, Paris, and other our locations. Our team of professional art handlers has the experience, resources, and skills necessary to extract any mural from the wall and relocate it to any destination safely and securely. 

Banksy is a world-known British street artist whose identity is hidden in a shroud of mystery. His amazing murals, most of which address social, economic, and political issues relevant to today, appear on the buildings overnight, as if by magic wand. They cover the walls of Bristol, London, New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Melbourne, Amsterdam, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and many other cities around the world. Banksy prefers to stay anonymous, which, however, does not prevent his works from being sold for millions of dollars. This elusive artist has literally changed the way people look at graffiti and murals, bringing street art to a whole new level. As a result, the lucky owners of buildings covered with Banksy art do their best to preserve his works, which often leads to certain difficulties. This is where Fine Art Shippers comes into play.

Banksy’s last visit to New York in 2018 was marked by a series of gorgeous murals that appeared in the unassuming Brooklyn neighborhood of Midwood. The larger one was almost immediately destroyed, but the smaller one created on the wall of the former Mobil gas station was successfully preserved thanks to the building’s owners and our expertise in moving large and heavy artworks. The mural depicting a seal balancing a ball on its nose is now kept in a secure, climate-controlled facility and can be viewed on-demand.

Moving a Banksy wall was one of the most challenging things Fine Art Shippers has ever done. The 10 x 10 feet mural was approximately five tons in weight, not to mention that we had to extract it from the building without ruining the wall and damaging the artwork itself. This job required a cohesive teamwork approach, with professional art handlers, engineers, builders, art restorers, and steel manufacturers involved. After developing a step-by-step plan of action, we supported the wall with metal bracing elements and a custom built wooden carcass and only then extracted it from the building using special tools and equipment. Everything was done professionally, with the utmost attention to detail, which allowed us to move the valuable Banksy mural to its current location in perfect condition.

At Fine Art Shippers, we are proud to offer our Banksy wall removal service in New York and other cities around the world. We have the capacity and knowledge to handle the most challenging and complicated moving task with efficiency and safety. Whatever mural or art installation you need to relocate, we will be happy to help!

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Avitus Group Announces August Expert Forum Topic: Branding Alert - 5 Mistakes that Push Business to Your Competitors; Online Training Highlights Latest Business Trends

“Our expert forums are hard-hitting and engaging, all while recharging the energy that got you into business in the first place. No one ever started a business to spend their days running payroll, reporting taxes or even the “fun” stuff like branding and marketing. That’s exactly why Avitus Group exists. We take the necessary, everyday hassles of owning a business and move them from your plate to ours. It is a win for everyone,” says Avitus Group Executive Vice President of Business Development Travis Bruyere.

The Avitus Group Expert Forum Branding Alert - 5 Mistakes that Push Business to Your Competitors is scheduled for August 15, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. MST. Each monthly forum is limited to 200 attendees and online registration is required. For those who register, but can’t attend, there is a replay option.

“Branding is a “culturally popular” subject that businesses frequently talk about, but all too many fail to understand the full scope of the branding process and its direct impact on their company,” says Avitus Group Director of Marketing Dan Jeziorski. “This informative forum is set to unveil the top 5 common branding mistakes that open the door for the competition to move in.”

Expert Forum Attendees will walk away with 3 big ideas designed to help move their brand forward: 1. Your logo is not your brand, nor does it grow your business. Discover the truth about visuals and their role in branding success; 2. Words matter. Encounter the power of differentiation and what really motivates prospects to trust your business and call you first; 3. Your people are the lifeblood of your brand (not your marketing). Learn how internal adoption is the #1 stabilizer of your brand.

Registration is open until capacity is met.

Avitus Group is a nationwide business services company headquartered in the Denver Metro Area. Additional Expert Forum Topics can be found here and include valuable information on topics such as: How to Hire Millennials & Modernize Your Business with the Next Generation, The #1 Threat to your Company Culture: A Difficult/Toxic Employee and Cut the Confusion and Make Digital Marketing Meaningful.

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blumshapiro, the Largest Accounting, Tax and Business Advisory Firm Based in New England Announces Merger with Cowan Bolduc Doherty

blumshapiro, the largest accounting, tax and business advisory firm based in New England, today announced a merger with Cowan Bolduc Doherty (CBD) of North Andover, MA. The merger becomes official on August 1, 2019.

blumshapiro has been growing significantly in the Massachusetts area over the last 5 years and this combination with CBD will expand the firm’s presence in Massachusetts to 5 office locations, adding 20 professionals—including 3 partners—to further fortify the firm’s position as the largest accounting, tax and business advisory firm headquartered in New England.

“CBD’s strong and well-respected team of auditing, accounting and tax experts—and their reputation for providing exceptional client service—greatly complements blumshapiro and further supports our commitment to provide our clients the personal level of service that has contributed to our firm’s success. We are honored and thrilled to welcome CBD into the firm,” said blumshapiro CEO Joseph A. Kask.

“Since our founding in 1988, CBD has fostered strong relationships with our clients in northeastern Massachusetts. For more than 30 years we have embraced growth and change, and this merger with blumshapiro is a natural next step in providing our clients with more resources while maintaining the personalized commitment they have come to expect from CBD. We are very excited to join the blum team,” said Stephen J. Doherty, CPA, partner at CBD.

CBD’s 20-member team specializes in business, financial and client accounting; financial and tax due diligence; business financing; estate planning; individual tax preparation and planning; multi-state tax planning; business tax preparation and planning; and 401(k) audits for business.

“This combination helps extend blumshapiro’s reach and leadership serving entrepreneurial clients in the Boston market,” said Gary Adamson CPA, CEO of Adamson Advisory LLC, the advisor to both firms on this merger. “Cowan Bolduc Doherty has been a leader serving the Boston market for many years and was attracted to blumshapiro because of their outstanding talent pool and extensive range of services focused on the middle market.”

The merged firm will adopt the blumshapiro name. The North Andover office will join blum locations in Boston, Newton, Quincy and Worcester, MA. blum also has offices in West Hartford, Shelton and Marlborough, CT and Cranston, RI.

blumshapiro is the largest regional business advisory firm based in New England, with offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The firm, with a team of over 500, offers a diversity of services, which include auditing, accounting, tax and business advisory services. blum serves a wide range of privately held companies, government and nonprofit organizations and provides non-audit services for publicly traded companies. To learn more visit us at blumshapiro.com. 

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Innovation Tri-Valley and i-GATE Announce New Website To Activate Innovation Ecosystem: TriValleyConnect.org

Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group and i-GATE launched a new website today showcasing the assets of the Tri-Valley innovation hub.

With 450 tech companies, a billion GDP, and more than billion in venture capital and private equity investment in the past ten years, the Tri-Valley area has become one of the fastest growing regions in the Bay Area.

"The Tri-Valley has an incredible density of talent and some of the fastest growing companies in the Bay Area," says Brandon Cardwell, Executive Director of i-GATE. "The launch of TRIVALLEYCONNECT.ORG gives people the chance to connect with opportunities in the Tri-Valley and join one of the most vibrant and dynamic communities in the Bay Area."

The Tri-Valley is experiencing an economic boom thanks to significant growth in the tech, life science and advanced manufacturing sectors. The region's collaborative culture is proving to be a major asset for startups and later stage companies alike.

TRIVALLEYCONNECT.ORG also features a new job board in order to showcase the abundance of technology and innovation career opportunities currently available in the region. With so much of the Tri-Valley’s workforce employed in innovation and technology-driven industries, and worker productivity among the highest in the nation, the region has become a hub for job growth and innovation.

Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group member Les Schmidt, of BRIIA, the Tri-Valley's AI focused accelerator, suggested ITV activate an automated job board to connect talent with local employment opportunities. "The heart of the region's economic engine is the incredible talent and companies within it. The new system has the potential to turbo-charge that engine, fueling business growth and shortening commutes, " says Schmidt.

"Connecting talent with thriving companies in the Tri-Valley is a top priority. We want more people to find great work close to home so they can ditch their commute," says Lynn Wallace Naylor, CEO of Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group. "Companies can now reach directly into our innovation ecosystem to access the top talent they need, and they all live right here."

Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group and i-GATE are jointly hosting TRIVALLEYCONNECT.ORG to lead and nurture the region's innovation ecosystem. Organizations like Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group, i-GATE, and BRIIA bring together diverse stakeholders to ensure the Tri-Valley is among the best places in the world to start and grow a business.

The assets and unique features of the five cities that make up the Tri-Valley are showcased on the new site including Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and San Ramon. Innovators in every business sector will be regularly featured in news on the site. The website launched with an update from the global headquarters of Topcon Positioning Systems in Livermore, CA.

About i-GATE

i-GATE is a non-profit organization dedicated to making the Tri-Valley the best place in the world to start and grow a company. Since 2010, they have made it our mission to build a vibrant and diverse network of entrepreneurs, and to provide them with resources they need to succeed. They operate The Switch and Switch Labs, as well as the NextTech Speaker Series, and Startup Tri-Valley.


BRIIA is an innovation accelerator. We deliver high-value workshops and expertise that accelerate startups and corporate new product initiatives. BRIIA’s Startup Accelerator is a 13- sprint, tailored program that propels AI-powered, B2B software startups from prototype to fundability. Their Corporate Entrepreneurship Accelerator helps corporate teams innovate like entrepreneurs, rapidly propelling new products from ideation to revenue generation.

About Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group

Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group (ITV) connects the businesses, educational institutions, research labs, start-up community and civic leaders in the Tri-Valley. ITV has positioned the region as a technology and innovation powerhouse, outpacing the Bay Area mega-region in both job creation and economic growth. The Tri-Valley punches far beyond its weight as it is home to 370,000 people, 450 technology and innovation companies, and delivers a GDP of billion.

Posted in: Education,U.S

Storm Ventures Group Launches First Virtual Reality Training System for Roofing Contractors

Storm Ventures Group (SVG) CEO Anthony Delmedico recently launched the first virtual reality training platform for the construction and restoration industry. The SVG University (SVG U) Virtual Reality (VR) Goggles provide a 360-degree virtual reality environment and come pre-loaded with the SVG U VR Training App, VR Training Room and several VR industry-specific courses to help contractors recruit, onboard, and train employees. SVG assists and educates roofing and restoration contractors in the 0 billion roofing and storm restoration industry as well as the billion retail roofing and trades industries.

“The SVG U Virtual Training Platform is absolutely amazing. Our team loves it! It’s engaging, exciting, and life-like. We have successfully saved hundreds of hours of training alone, while also providing proven systems for our senior management. We have successfully scaled our company from million to million in one year by using the SVG U Virtual Training Platform,” says Nick Forsell, owner, Atlas Restoration.

SVG U (VR) courses include scouting damaged areas; conducting roof and property inspections; swiftly identifying and monitoring targeted geographic areas after a storm to help property owners recover; how to identify roof damage and determine type of damage; business sales; industry protocols; educating property owners on damage,roofing options, warranties and materials. The SVG U VR Goggles allow construction and restoration company CEOs to save hundreds of hours in training time. Rain or shine, new hires can train indoors in a real-life virtual platform with a laser pointer and a set of goggles. Learn more at http://www.SalesTrainingVR.com or call 330-57-STORM. See the VR Goggles in action at https://youtu.be/S37HOHsvyrk.

“One of the biggest challenges in our industry is recruiting and attracting new talent. The SVG U Virtual Reality goggles are great for helping roofing companies reach and attract new hires in the new millennia. We use them during job interviews, onboarding and training new hires, as well as at career fairs and job expos!” says Scott Riopelle, CEO, Interstate Roofing.

According to a study by McKinsey & Company, construction is one of the least digitized sectors in the world, and construction productivity has remained flat for decades. As one of the world economy’s largest sectors employing over 7 percent of the world’s working-age population with trillion spent on construction-related goods and services every year, the traditional method of design-bid-build has made construction disjointed and siloed. Every construction site is different, presenting its own unique set of challenges and risks. This has made it difficult for the industry to streamline processes and increase productivity the way manufacturing and retail industries have done successfully.

“It’s no secret. The construction industry utilizes an amazing array of technology to improve job safety, performance, customer service enhancements, property and jobsite monitoring. The things we can do today at the touch of a button are incredible! But, the industry is seriously lagging. Previous underinvestment in technology has been the root cause of low productivity. Innovation is key, and digital technologies are gaining traction. There is not a single business owner today in any industry that can grow their business while trading time for money. Our Virtual Reality training does the work for them, and this is just the beginning!” says Anthony Delmedico, CEO and founder, Storm Ventures Group, SVG University, producer of the annual Win The Storm Conference and Tradeshow Expo, author of the Win The Game book.

According to Connect & Construct, the top five trends in construction technology in 2019 include the internet of things, virtual reality, AI and machine learning, predictive analytics, and autonomous equipment.

“The competitive landscape is ever changing, and our Virtual Reality training has filled a massive void in the market. Companies have two choices: evolve or dissolve. This is one of many tools and systems we’ve launched in our SVG University training platform to help construction companies scale,” says Delmedico.

According to a recent report from the International Data Corporation (IDC), shipments for VR headsets reached .3 million and rose 27 percent year-over-year in Q1 2019.

Delmedico has over 25 years of experience in the construction and restoration industry, previously as a CEO to a 3M company he scaled to 18 states throughout the nation, and now as a consultant, educator, speaker, trainer, author and producer. Delmedico is the author of the Win The Game, a leading book and blueprint for contractors in the construction and restoration industry. Delmedico produced the Win The Storm Conference and Tradeshow Expo, where over 7,500 contractors, suppliers, vendors and leading experts get together to connect, learn, network and grow. Delmedico launched SVG University, a unique training platform for contractors to learn proven strategies to scale their companies.

About Storm Ventures Group 
Storm Ventures Group [SVG] is the premier catastrophic management consulting and joint venture firm. SVG is a global leader in training construction industry professionals how to help property owners recover quickly after catastrophic storm events.The SVG team brings over 25 years of experience in commercial and residential construction, insurance restoration, and best practices in construction management to the rapidly growing insurance restoration industry. SVG products include SVG University (SVG U), a virtual online training platform for general contractors, roofing, construction and restoration professionals. SVG U includes a full course library of hands-on, engaging, industry-specific training videos with courses, chapters, and testing to help contractors scale. The SVG annual Win The Storm Conference & Trade Show Expo attracts, trains and mobilizes construction and restoration companies throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia to successfully manage catastrophic storm events, build sales teams, rebuild communities and streamline operations to scale. For more information call 330-57-STORM or visit us online at http://www.StormVenturesGroup.com. To RSVP for the annual Win The Storm Conference & Trade Show Expo, please visit http://www.WinTheStorm.com.    

About SVG University 
SVG University [SVG U] is the first virtual online training platform for general contractors, roofing, construction and restoration professionals to systemize, scale, and grow their businesses. SVG U includes a full course library of hands-on, engaging, industry-specific training videos. Courses include sales management, sales training, recruiting, hiring, production, estimating, supplementing, roofing systems, detecting storm damage, large loss claims, human resources, and more. The platform is available 24/7 and provides real-time reporting and employee testing. Contractors and their teams can download hundreds of important documents including manufacturer specs, codes, statutes, warranty information, human resource documents, company forms, and more. Learn more at http://www.SVGUniversity.com.

About SVG U Virtual Reality Goggles 
SVG University (SVG U) launched new industry-specific courses only available in the new SVG U Virtual Reality (VR) goggles. Industry contractors and their teams can train from a fully immersed 360-degree virtual reality experience. Courses include scouting; conducting roofing and property inspections; roof assessments; storm damage and insurance claim process education; build and recovery processes; manufacturer specifications and warranties; business sales. Regardless of weather conditions such as rain or cold, new hires can train 24/7 indoors in a real-life virtual platform with a laser pointer and a set of goggles. SVG U VR Goggles are changing the way contractors recruit, onboard and train. Learn more at http://www.SalesTrainingVR.com or call 330-57-STORM.

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Posted in: Education,U.S

MADD Teams with Velodyne Lidar for a Second Year to Advance Understanding of Autonomous Vehicle Technology

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is proud to partner for a second year with Silicon Valley-based Velodyne Lidar, Inc., a market leader of real-time 3D perception systems used in a variety of commercial applications, including autonomous vehicles.

The partnership continues a public education effort across the country on the safety benefits of autonomous vehicle technology. On October 2, 2019, MADD will participate in Velodyne Lidar’s second annual World Safety Summit on Autonomous Technology at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The summit is designed to advance understanding of the safety benefits that can be achieved with autonomous vehicle technology.

“For almost 40 years, MADD has worked to change behaviors and attitudes toward drunk driving, with a great deal of success. But we have learned that technology is essential to getting us to our goal of zero deaths caused by drunk driving,” said MADD National President Helen Witty. “Autonomous vehicle technology holds the incredible promise of helping us eliminate drunk driving. That’s why we are so excited to partner with Velodyne.”

Drunk driving is a violent and preventable crime that kills someone every 48 minutes in the United States. MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving is working toward eradicating this crime through four key elements that include supporting high visibility law enforcement, ignition interlocks, support for advanced vehicle technology, and building public support. Velodyne’s work with autonomous vehicle technology is a natural complement to MADD’s support for future technologies.

“We are honored to continue our partnership with MADD, and proud to assist in their efforts to eliminate drunk driving and save lives on our roadways. Velodyne welcomes their involvement in the upcoming World Safety Summit,” said Marta Hall, President and CBDO, Velodyne Lidar. “We share a belief that safety on the roadways is for everyone. At Velodyne, we are putting this belief into action through our ‘LIVE’ – Lidar in Vehicles Everywhere – initiative. Our goal is to design, develop, and mass-produce lower cost lidar sold for every model of car and truck.”

Velodyne’s World Safety Summit will bring together business, government, public safety and community leaders to share a broad range of perspectives and creative solutions to address safety issues and public concern regarding autonomous vehicles. The agenda is designed to promote conversations that advance understanding of the safety benefits that can be achieved with autonomous vehicles. Attendees will have the opportunity to ride in autonomous vehicles and learn from experts at informational displays and booths.

“Public acceptance of autonomous technology is going to be so important as we explore this new territory, and this summit will help tackle some of the challenges we face,” said Witty. “We are looking forward to working with Velodyne and advocating for the safe advancement of this technology so it can achieve its fullest potential — saving lives.”

About Mothers Against Drunk Driving 
Founded in 1980 by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking. MADD has helped to save nearly 380,000 lives, reduce drunk driving deaths by more than 50 percent and promote designating a non-drinking driver. MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® calls for law enforcement support, ignition interlocks for all offenders and advanced vehicle technology. MADD has provided supportive services to nearly one million drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge through local victim advocates and the 24-Hour Victim Help Line 1-877-MADD-HELP. Visit http://www.madd.org or call 1-877-ASK-MADD.

About Velodyne Lidar 
Velodyne provides smart, powerful lidar solutions for autonomy and driver assistance. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Velodyne is known worldwide for its portfolio of breakthrough lidar sensor technologies. Velodyne’s Founder and CEO, David Hall, invented real-time surround view lidar systems in 2005 as part of Velodyne Acoustics. Mr. Hall’s invention revolutionized perception and autonomy for automotive, new mobility, mapping, robotics, and security. Velodyne’s high-performance product line includes a broad range of sensing solutions, including the cost-effective Puck™, the versatile Ultra Puck™, the autonomy-advancing Alpha Puck™, the ADAS-optimized Velarray™, and the groundbreaking software for driver assistance, Vella™.

Posted in: Automotive,Technology,U.S

Tesséra Naturals Standing Out Among Booming CBD Industry Offering Highest Quality and Safety Standard on the Market

Tesséra Naturals is proud to offer the highest grade CBD products available to consumers. Made 100% in the USA using only organically grown hemp and the highest quality CO2 extraction and purification techniques, Tesséra Naturals is becoming one of the most highly trusted brands for the most discerning CBD consumers, as well as first time users.

The vision behind Tesséra Naturals' founders, Jason and Olga Cohen, stemmed from their desire to create the purest CBD products on the market, using only the highest grade ingredients, and to provide full transparency by conducting 3rd party independent lab tests for all of their products.

On a 2018 summer getaway to the mountains of Colorado, the Cohens learned about the amazing health benefits and medicinal properties of CBD and began using CBD oil to manage pain, help with occasional bouts of insomnia and as a daily general wellness routine.

They quickly learned that not all CBD is created equal. “Unfortunately, there are a lot of low quality, unsafe products on the market due to the absence of FDA regulations for CBD,” Jason explains. As many uncertainties remain about the legality, quality, and safety of this new “miracle cure”, the Cohens set out to develop products for those seeking premium quality hemp CBD products without the risks.

With adherence to the highest standards of quality and safety from seed to bottle, Tesséra Naturals has been growing at a rapid pace online and is now launching a wholesale program, beginning in their hometown of Austin, TX and expanding to additional markets in the coming months. “As the popularity of CBD continues to explode, we feel that Austin’s progressive cutting-edge culture is the perfect market to expand our presence to the retail shelves,” says Olga.

What Sets Tesséra Naturals Apart?

All Tesséra Naturals products, which include tinctures, capsules, topicals and pet products adhere to the following standards: 

  • Organically grown phytocannabinoid-rich hemp from fully compliant US Farm
  • Manufactured in GMP compliant and FDA registered facility
  • Solvent free extraction methodology to maintain the whole plant profile
  • Nano-emulsion technology to ensure optimal absorption and bioavailability
  • Non GMO and free of pesticides, metals or harsh chemicals
  • 3rd party independent lab testing for potency, quality and safety

About CBD

CBD or “Cannabidiol” (pronounced Cana-bih-DIE-all) is one of 100+ natural compounds found in the cannabis plant called “cannabinoids”, and have been used for their medicinal qualities for ages, with CBD being the most powerful in this respect. CBD derived from hemp has been deemed federally legal by the 2018 Farm Bill, as long as the hemp contains less than .3% THC.

CBD has been increasingly shown to provide many health benefits such managing anxiety and stress, pain relief, improving sleep patterns, appetite, focus, memory, immunity response and more.

About Tesséra Naturals

Tesséra Naturals is a family owned and operated company based in Austin, Texas and offers premium quality organic whole plant hemp-based CBD products. Its founding principles include promoting a natural and healthy lifestyle which consists of a clean diet of primarily unprocessed food, regular exercise and holistic medicine whenever possible.

Tesséra Naturals is passionate about educating the community about health and wellness and is committed to giving back by supporting various non-profit organizations. It also offers senior citizen and military/veteran discounts. All Tesséra Naturals products can be purchased online with a 100% money-back guarantee and free shipping.

Tesséra Naturals products are THC free and can be shipped to all 50 states.

For more information, visit tesseranaturals.com or visit the company’s social media profiles: FacebookInstagramTwitterPinterestLinkedin

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Takeda Selects Shot@Life for Annual Global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program, Supporting Immunization and Universal Health Coverage in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign, which helps expand access to life-saving childhood vaccines globally, is proud to share an expanded partnership with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, to enhance disease surveillance systems and strengthen immunization programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. These efforts are critical to achieving Universal Health Coverage as part of the Sustainable Development Goals and providing every child the opportunity for a healthy future. Takeda’s vision to serve patients, wherever they are, drives its increased commitments to disease prevention, capacity building, and access to healthcare in developing and emerging countries. This commitment is clear in its 550 million yen pledge (over US$ 5 million) to Shot@Life.

“Vaccines are one of global health’s biggest success stories, saving millions of lives,” said Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation. “We’ve made important progress to date, but we can’t stop now. We have to protect the progress we’ve made and strengthen healthcare and immunizations for millions of children in need. Takeda’s ongoing commitment will help track and respond to the spread of disease and protect children.”

Takeda’s partnership with the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign will strengthen health systems in Sub-Saharan Africa through improved disease surveillance and data utilization enabling effective immunization planning and outbreak response. 
Strong disease surveillance systems are critical to achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC), given that they provide governments and public health decision makers with the data they need to ensure that all people and communities have access to health services. This data is particularly important in the context of infectious disease outbreaks, during which government officials must act quickly and decisively to prevent the spread of disease. Even when countries have robust immunization systems overall, relatively weak surveillance systems can compromise the delivery of life-saving vaccines. Strengthened health systems, management and evaluation approaches, and improved policies can help address critical gaps in national immunization systems. These measures help ensure that every child receives life-saving vaccinations, moving countries closer to achieving UHC.

Takeda’s support of global health programs does not end with their support of the UN Foundation. In early June, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited became the first private sector company to announce a financial commitment to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s Sixth Replenishment. The pledge, consisting of JP¥ 1 billion (approximately US$ 9 million) over five years, builds on Takeda's previous contribution to the Global Fund, and is an important demonstration of how we must all step up the fight to achieve health and well-being for all.


About Shot@Life 
Shot@Life is a grassroots advocacy campaign of the United Nations Foundation that champions global childhood immunization as one of the most effective ways to save the lives of children around the world. We rally members of the public, members of Congress, businesses, and civil society partners — through public education, grassroots advocacy, and fundraising — to support and invest in the global childhood immunization programs. Go to ShotAtLife.org to learn more.

About the United Nations Foundation 
The United Nations Foundation acts as a strategic partner to help the United Nations mobilize the ideas, people, and resources it needs to drive global progress and tackle urgent challenges. We focus on issues at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals, build initiatives across sectors to solve problems at scale, and engage citizens who seek action. Founded in 1998 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner, the UN Foundation works with philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual partners. Learn more at: http://www.unfoundation.org.

About Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited 
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK) is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to bringing Better Health and a Brighter Future to patients by translating science into highly-innovative medicines. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: Oncology, Gastroenterology (GI), Rare Diseases, and Neuroscience. We also make targeted R&D investments in Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. We are focusing on developing highly innovative medicines that contribute to making a difference in people's lives by advancing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a robust, modality-diverse pipeline. Our employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients and to working with our partners in healthcare in approximately 80 countries and regions. For more information, visit http://www.takeda.com

Takeda's Global CSR Program, its flagship CSR activity, makes multi-year commitments in partnership with key global stakeholders. The Program is rooted in the company’s patient-centricity and dedication to disease prevention and the improvement of access to healthcare that transforms people's lives in developing and emerging countries. Since its launch in 2016, the Global CSR Program has been delivering tangible results, contributing significantly to global efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Results range from expanding patient’s access to quality diagnosis and treatment, including immunization, in disease-endemic countries to training health workers and strengthening health systems worldwide. For more information visit https://www.takeda.com/corporate-responsibility/

Posted in: Health & Medicine,Hospitality,U.S

Hickory Global Partners Announces Partnership with The Apartment Service

Hickory Global Partners, a leading travel management services company, providing innovative service, distribution and technologies to its network of travel agency, corporate travel departments and supplier partners is delighted to announce a partnership with TAS Global – powered by The Apartment Service. The Apartment Service will provide global serviced apartment solutions to all of HICKORY's TMC and CTD members. HICKORY’s goal of keeping its members on the forefront of leading-edge travel industry trends makes them the first North American consortium to offer serviced apartments alongside their extensive hotel program. This partnership will offer HICKORY’s members a complete 360 view when selecting the best accommodations for their client’s travelers.

Through the partnership with TAS Global, one of the largest global serviced apartment booking agents, Hickory Global Partners now has access to more than 1 million serviced apartments worldwide. This will provide additional flexible accommodation solutions for HICKORY’s members and their clients. The TAS global supply chain will give access to accommodations that are suitable for all reasons of travel at any length of stay from 7+ nights. This includes everything from apart-hotels through to serviced apartments as well as corporate housing, all designed to complement HICKORY’s existing hotel program.

“I am delighted that Hickory Global Partners has included The Apartment Service in their service offering to enable delivery of extended stay and corporate housing solutions for their partners’ business clients,” says Charlie McCrow, CEO. “Extended stay solutions in serviced apartments for business trips and assignments away from home are being requested more than ever before. The serviced apartment option offers cost savings and extra comfort with a living room and kitchen, providing a homely living space. Our team will save HICKORY partners the headache of working with a new and different supply chain, and smooth out the reservation process to support creative travel solutions offered by Hickory Global Partners.”

Mark Houston, Sales Director TAS, “we are really excited with this new partnership which will now see all the hard work begin. It is certainly going to be an exciting roll-out as we begin the amazing journey to connect with the HICKORY membership and share with them the solutions that can be accessed for their clients."

“We take great pride at being the first membership organization to recognize emerging markets for our agencies, corporate travel departments and their clients,” said Chris Dane, President, Hickory Global Partners. “We have found that The Apartment Service is the best-in-class provider for apartment bookings and is a natural extension of our hotel program.”

HICKORY members can access their reservation request form by visiting http://www.HickoryTravel.com and clicking on the Supplier Information tab and then Apartment Services.

About TAS

The Apartment Service - TAS Global 
The Apartment Service (TAS Global) is the leading global serviced apartment booking agency.

TAS Global has over three decades of experience, offering a wide choice of solutions for corporate travel buyers looking to develop global, regional or local extended stay programmes for business travel, relocation, assignments and business projects. TAS Global operates from our 7 global offices in London, New York, Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, Frankfurt and Singapore providing an end to end service for consulting, sourcing, booking, managing and analysing reservations into serviced apartments worldwide, using our own proprietary technology.

In February 2014 The Apartment Service launched the celebrated TAS Alliance. The TAS Alliance brings together small and large serviced apartment operators across the globe under a single representation, distribution and marketing strategy, all powered by a common technology platform.

For more information, visit http://www.apartmentservice.com and http://www.thetasalliance.com

About HICKORY - Hickory Global Partners, an INTRAVEL Company

HICKORY’s unique approach focuses on return on investment for agency and supplier partners alike, guaranteeing them a positive ROI. Its visionary hotel incentive program, a robust and one-of-a-kind air program, a car rental program, and 24/7 support products make HICKORY an important strategic partner to travel agencies. Proprietary, innovative tools designed to share data with agency partners enable agencies to make better, faster decisions – thus driving more revenue. Supplier partners benefit from measurable results and extensive distribution and marketing opportunities across the HICKORY global network. For more information, please visit http://www.HickoryTravel.com.

Posted in: Travel,U.S

Booth & Koskoff Obtain Million Settlement in Sexual Abuse Case

This month, the law firm Booth & Koskoff settled a lawsuit against the County of Riverside for million on behalf of their client, Jacquelyn H. This settlement is one of the largest in the state’s history for a single victim of sexual abuse. The civil suit (Riverside County Superior Court case no. MCC1701255) has also resulted in significant changes for Riverside Child Protective Services (“CPS”).

According to the lawsuit, Jacquelyn was 11-years-old in 2014 when she first disclosed to a teacher that she was the victim of sexual assault. The perpetrator was her mother’s live-in boyfriend. The teacher reported this abuse to both the police and CPS, which resulted in both entities conducting investigations. In response, Jacquelyn’s mother obtained a restraining order against perpetrator, who then disappeared, allegedly fleeing to Mexico. Riverside CPS closed the file shortly after purportedly finding the allegations to be “inconclusive.”

Four months later, according to the lawsuit, Riverside CPS returned to the home to investigate a domestic violence report and discovered that the perpetrator had returned and the mother had dismissed the restraining order against him. Instead of opening a new investigation into sexual abuse and notifying the police of the perpetrator’s whereabouts, the CPS social worker chose to draft a “safety plan” that provided that the children could stay in the home if the mother agreed not to leave them alone with the perpetrator and if the perpetrator (identified as a “caregiver” of the children) agreed not to leave the children alone with their mother until her mental health improved.

In 2016, Jacquelyn was found to be seven months pregnant, and a paternity test confirmed that the perpetrator was the father. According to the lawsuit, Jacquelyn had endured near daily sexual assaults during the two and half years between CPS’ initial investigation in 2014 and her pregnancy being discovered in 2016.

Booth & Koskoff filed suit against the County of Riverside for its failure to cross-report its reasonable suspicion of sexual abuse to law enforcement when it learned that the perpetrator had returned to the home. The million payout was not the only result of the suit. Press reports have indicated that Riverside County has made significant changes to the leadership and procedures of its Department of Public Social Services at least in part in response to Jacquelyn’s case.

News coverage about the events and changes being made in Riverside CPS:


Posted in: Law & Legal,U.S

FSHD Society Convenes Inaugural Meeting of International Patient Advocacy Leaders

The FSHD Society has convened the first-ever international meeting of leaders from organizations representing individuals and families affected by facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), a genetic, muscle-weakening condition that affects nearly one million people worldwide. “With international clinical trials for FSHD therapies already under way and more on the horizon, it is critically important for groups around the world to work together,” said Mark Stone, CEO and President of the FSHD Society. The US-based non-profit is the world’s largest research-focused patient advocacy organization for FSHD.

The International FSHD Patient Advocacy Summit was held on June 18, 2019, in Marseille, France. Sponsored by the FSHD Society and jointly organized with FSHD Europe, the invitation-only meeting was attended by 38 delegates representing 13 organizations from Brazil, China, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, UK and the US.

The attendees discussed the idea of developing an international “contact registry” or patient database that would facilitate global campaigns to educate families about FSHD research studies and drug trials. A key benefit of such a database, Stone explained, is that it enables advocacy groups to work more effectively with researchers and companies to recruit volunteers for clinical trials on an international scale.

As the first meeting of its type, attendees had the opportunity to introduce their organizations to one another. “Hearing about patient groups in the different countries was fascinating,” said Sheila Hawkins, a trustee with Muscular Dystrophy UK and delegate for FSHD Europe. “It was sobering to learn that in some countries genetic testing was either unavailable or so expensive that few people could afford it.”

Leading researchers gave presentations about the latest developments in clinical trials, molecular therapies, and the use of imaging technology to track disease progression. The delegates also participated in workshops to develop strategies for patient engagement, working with scientists and industry, and fundraising.

“While no one of us alone can change the world,” said Stone, “the Society is bringing all stakeholders and resources to the table to focus efforts on one goal: delivering disease-modifying therapies to our families by 2025.”

About the FSHD Society

The FSHD Society is the world’s largest research-focused patient organization for facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), one of the most prevalent forms of muscular dystrophy. The Society has catalyzed major advancements and is accelerating the development of treatments and a cure to end the pain, disability, and suffering endured by one million people worldwide who live with FSHD. The FSHD Society has transformed the landscape for FSHD research and is committed to making sure that no one faces this disease alone. The Society offers a community of support, news, and information through its website at https://www.fshsociety.org

Posted in: Business,U.S

Social Real Estate App Rila Launches ,000 Giveaway for New Real Estate Agents

Rila, a new social real estate mobile app where agents, buyers, and sellers can connect and list homes and rentals outside the MLS for free, has officially launched a ,000 giveaway and mentorship opportunity geared toward licensed new real estate agents. To enter for a chance to win, agents can sign up at rila.io/contest. After entering, they will receive a referral link that they can send to their network. They will receive one additional contest entry for each person that downloads the app through their referral link.

In addition to the cash prize, the winner will have the option to receive 12 complementary hours of mentorship with Rila founder Ben Bacal, a top-producing Los Angeles agent with over billion in sales. Bacal will walk the up-and-coming agent through the process of marketing and selling the multimillion-dollar listing at 8474 Harold Way in Los Angeles, California. The learning opportunity will provide an overview of vital skills such as creating marketing materials and learning how to effectively show a luxury home to potential clients.

The contest is open until August 17. For more information about Rila, visit rila.io.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., 18 years or older, with a valid real estate license from one of the 50 U.S. or D.C.. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Sweepstakes Period begins: 07/17/19 at 12:01 am PT. Enter Sweepstakes by: 08/17/19 at 11:59 pm PT. 1 Grand Prize: ,000 and 12 hours of mentoring with a luxury real estate professional. Limit: 1501 entries per entrant. Free entry available. For Official Rules including entry limitations and prize descriptions, visit files.rila.io/contestrules.pdf. Sponsor: Rila Inc., 750 N San Vincente Blvd, Ste. 800, West Hollywood, CA 90048.


About Rila:

Rila is a social real estate app that helps agents generate leads and grow their clientele without the MLS. Real estate agents can easily list a property in a matter of minutes, post engaging photos and content, and connect with buyers and sellers—all for free. Rila also helps buyers and renters discover great new properties by accessing crowd-sourced listing information they wouldn’t find on any other portal. For more information, visit rila.io or download the iOS app from the Apple App Store.

Media Contact:

Alexander Ali 
The Society Group 

Posted in: Real Estate,U.S

Overview on How to Change Owners of Real Property in California Tip Sheet by Mark W. Bidwell

How to change owners of real property is determined by California law. California law assigns responsibility to maintain a database of owners to the counties. Each County has one government agency known as the county recorder, to carry out this task. This Tip Sheet by Mark W. Bidwell provides an overview of the process.

Data on who is the rightful owner of real property, also known as real estate, in California is maintained by the county where the real property is located. Change in owners to this database while a real property owner is living is by deed. A deed is a paper signed by the current owner with specific wording that transfers ownership from a living owner to a new owner.

Deeds are either “grant deeds” or “quit claim deeds.” Grant deeds are also referred to as warranty deeds. The owner who transfers real property to a new owner with the word grant, guarantees the current owner is the true owner and that the current owner has disclosed all debts and liens secured by the real property to the new owner. A quit claim deed transfers ownership “as is” with no guarantees of valid ownership or disclosure of debt.

Change of owners after a real property owner has died is by either an affidavit or an order from probate court. Affidavits are permitted under California law when there is either a surviving joint owner, a successor trustee or real property valued at less than ,000. An affidavit is a declaration under penalty of perjury the fact the owner has died and who is the rightful surviving owner or in the case of a trust, the rightful successor trustee.

An order from probate court is needed for real property valued in excess of ,000 that is owned by a person who has died without a co-owner, a trust or a transfer on death deed. A court order is obtained after filling a petition in probate court, service of a copy of the petition to heirs and beneficiaries and one or two probate court hearings. The court order transfers ownership from the deceased to his or her heirs. The court order is submitted to the county recorder to update the database maintained by the county.

Data on who is the rightful owner of real property, also known as real estate, in California is maintained by the county where the real property is located. Change in owners to this database while a real property owner is living is by deed. Change of owners after a real property owner has died is by either an affidavit or court order.

This Tip Sheet provided by Mark W. Bidwell, attorney at law. Office is located at 4952 Warner Avenue, Suite 235, Huntington Beach, CA 92649. Telephone is 714-846-2888. Websites are http://www.BidwellLaw.com and DeedAndRecord.com.

Posted in: Law & Legal,U.S

The Cruise Web Celebrates Twenty Five Years in Business

The evening of memories and merriment served as a welcome reminder of how much The Cruise Web has grown and accomplished in its first 25 years. More importantly, the event gave reason to pause and reflect on the teamwork, support and values that made it all possible.

A company founded in 1994 upon the drive and determination of one man, Frans Hansen, has matured into a thriving agency supported by the combined efforts of many. Through its personalized cruise planning, reliable service and top-down emphasis on respect, The Cruise Web continues to earn lifelong clients around the world.

“I’m so incredibly proud of all members of our Cruise Web team. They not only come to work every day and give their best effort to earn lifelong clients with personalized cruise planning and reliable service, but they do so while treating our valued customers, important co-workers, and wonderful suppliers and partners with professionalism and respect,” said Frans Hansen, The Cruise Web’s President.

Additionally, in appreciation of the cruise lines and communities that made The Cruise Web’s first 25 years possible, the agency is including both in its anniversary celebrations—beginning with its cruise providers, many of which were recognized at the dinner cruise gala.

The Cruise Web also celebrated this milestone by giving back to its community, specifically through Stepping Stones Shelter. This local homeless shelter focuses on finding stable environments for homeless families with children, and The Cruise Web was honored to support their vital work with a ,500 donation.

“I couldn’t be happier to celebrate this amazing milestone. I am truly honored to be part of such a wonderful company and proud that The Cruise Web has become an industry leader and trusted resource for the cruise travelers. The future is bright and I look forward to many more milestones to celebrate,” said Karolina Shenton, The Cruise Web’s Vice President.

While The Cruise Web’s 25th anniversary might be company’s biggest milestone to date, they believe that their continued adherence to and reverence for the value of respect will earn them many more. For this reason, rather than looking at this year’s anniversary celebration as simply the culmination of 25 years of hard work, The Cruise Web is treating this milestone—as important as it may be—as one among many, with even more to come.

About The Cruise Web 
The Cruise Web is an independent cruise travel agency with more than 25 years of expertise in personal cruise planning. The Cruise Web provides the best vacation value for clients throughout the world, saving them both time and money. To learn more, contact The Cruise Web today at 1-800-377-9383 (toll-free) or 1-240-487-0155 (international), and online at CruiseWeb.com

Posted in: Travel,U.S

The 4th Annual Gold Star Family Day at the Ball Park Returns to Louisville, Kentucky

The Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, in conjunction with the Bluegrass World Series, UPS, and Louisville Bats Baseball, presents the 4th Annual Gold Star Family Day at the Ball Park August 9, 2019 at Louisville Slugger Field.

This unique event, developed by the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, hosts 300 Gold Star Family members for a day of baseball, food, community, and fun. The goal of the event is to honor and recognize Gold Star Families and the legacy of their Loved Ones who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to the U.S. Military.

As a part of this special day, there will be a patriotic pregame salute highlighted by Gold Star Family members throwing out the first pitch and singing the National Anthem. The Bluegrass World Series and the Louisville Bats will also offer special recognition to Gold Star Families and their Loved Ones throughout the game.

This year’s event will be held in conjunction with the Bluegrass World Series' Military Appreciation Night. The Bluegrass World Series is an incredible baseball event at Louisville Slugger Field featuring a team of 30 former Major League players competing against top-tier collegiate wood bat summer league teams from around the country. The Major League players will be competing as the Louisville Stars and the roster features Johnny Damon, Mike Hampton, Brad Penny, Ben Sheets, and many more.

This year, three special guests will join the Louisville Stars on the field for the pre-game salute to our Gold Star Families and their Loved Ones. Medal of Honor recipients Woody Williams, Bob Patterson, and James McCloughan will be on the field as a part of this special tribute. 

The collective efforts of those involved remains focused on honoring Gold Star Families and their Loved Ones as well as showing appreciation to members of our Military and Veterans. Companies like UPS, the Louisville Bats, and others in the Louisville area have a strong history of supporting these efforts. 

“The help and support of our partners and supporters is essential to us accomplishing our mission. That is one of the great things about the team effort of our organization, the Bluegrass World Series, UPS, and Louisville Bats Baseball; we are working together to build a network of support for Gold Star Families.” - Chad Graham, President of the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation.

About the HWWMOHF:  
The Hershel "Woody" Williams Medal of Honor Foundation is a charitable 501c(3) nonprofit with a mission aimed at honoring, recognizing, and serving Gold Star Families and the legacy of their Loved Ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice.  
"The Cause is Greater than I..."- Woody Williams. 

To get involved and to support this cause please visit: http://www.hwwmohf.org or call (888)-839-7190.

About The Bluegrass World Series powered by Horseshoe Casino & The Louisville Stars:  
The Bluegrass World Series team along with their strategic partners are returning to Louisville with their continued commitment to support local charities and celebrate the game of baseball. The Bluegrass World Series is once again bringing together an all-star studded roster of 30 + baseball legends to Louisville Slugger Field– the 2019 roster is stocked with Louisville natives and MLB vets that now call Derby City home. The vision for this event remains the same, to unite the community of Louisville – bringing charities, families, businesses and baseball fans alike to Slugger Field with the common goal of creating memories and making an impact in the Louisville community for many years to come. The Bluegrass World Series was developed to benefit the Louisville community and we need your help & support to make this dream a reality. For more information about our event and to find ways to get involved, please visit http://www.bluegrassworldseries.com.

Posted in: Business,U.S

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.



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. 


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

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Leisure Activities,Lifestyle,Society & Culture,U.S

Electronic Work Instructions in the Cloud

Announcing a public cloud based service for creating process work instructions.

Let me try this!

This product is the fourth generation release of Microneering Electronic Work Instructions.

Connect today to create and use their own EWIs. Add quality and productivity in the manufacturing cycle.

Attached PDF shows a complex multiple page with intricate equations and calculations for jet engine assembly data values. All information entered can be stored as partially completed assembly, then loaded and completed later by another user in another part of the process.

This page was designed on line with the EWI authoring tools on the cloud.

No database setup is required, as all configuration and user data is automatically stored on the cloud with no database configuration.

Microneering provides dedicated EWI authoring services. We will create EWI's from scratch to meet FAA and MIL-STD requirements. Microneering can host EWI on your in-house servers.

Original browser based EWI developed in 1997.

Posted in: Services,U.S

RBMA Issues Call to Action on Surprise Medical Billing

The Radiology Business Management Association is urging its members to contact their elected officials in Congress about new bills to protect patients from unexpected out-of-network medical bills incurred while receiving care at in-network hospitals. RBMA supports the bi-partisan Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act (H.R. 3502), introduced in the U.S. House by Representatives Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-Calif.), and Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), along with 40 other co-sponsors from both parties. H.R. 3502 is similar to legislation successfully implemented in states like New York and has proven to be an effective way to protect patients from unexpected large out-of-network bills while preserving high-quality independent provider groups as a viable part of our healthcare system. It includes provisions for an independent dispute resolution (IDR) process when providers and insurers cannot agree on a patient’s cost of care—an important safeguard that keeps insurers from simply dictating the price of care to provider groups that serve hospitals, like radiology practices.

In contrast, the Senate version of surprise billing legislation— the Lower Health Costs Act (S. 1895)—does not include provisions for an IDR process. Instead, reimbursements to out-of-network providers, like many radiology practices, will be set to the average in-network rate (benchmark rate) using data supplied by insurance companies. RBMA is asking its members to contact their Senators and push for having S. 1895 amended to include an IDR process before it is voted on. Indeed, Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) has already proposed such an amendment and it only needs adoption. At the same time, RBMA members should also call their House Representatives and urge them to support H.R. 3502.

“RBMA members represent organizations across our country dedicated to serving patients with the high quality advanced medical imaging delivered safely and efficiently,” said Bob Still, Executive Director of RBMA. “We know what works at the state level in protecting patients from large out-of-network hospital bills while maintaining the quality and access to radiological services patients depend on. We believe that if we make our voices heard, legislators will listen to the experience of the radiology business experts among their constituents and include an appropriate IDR process in the final law.”

Unexpected out-of-network hospital billing (often called surprise billing) typically occurs when insurers contract with a particular hospital but not with all the independent physicians and provider practices that serve that hospital. As a result, hospitalized patients may discover that they must pay the difference (balance) between what their insurer pays an in-network provider and what the out-of-network provider typically charges for those services in that hospital.

“Limiting the amount patients at an in-network hospital can be billed for out-of-network services is sensible, but simply allowing insurers to dictate the rate without an IDR process as a safeguard can lead to unexpected negative consequences on patient care,” said RBMA Federal Affairs Committee Chair Linda Wilgus, CPA, MBA, FRBMA. “When crafting our national legislation, we should adopt what is known to work in the states for protecting patients from high cost surprise medical bills.”

The RBMA Federal Affairs Committee is actively engaged in Congress to advocate for legislation that protects patients from high cost surprise bills, settles disputes quickly and reasonably, and ensures that patients are provided ample in-network choices. RBMA members who would like to get involved are asked to: 

    •     Contact their House representative by clicking here and asking for their support of the Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act.



  •     Contacting their your Senators by clicking here and asking to replace current “benchmark” language with arbitration language as considered in the Sen. Cassidy amendment and/or House companion bill.

About RBMA

Founded in 1968, the Radiology Business Management Association is a national not-for-profit association providing members with applied business information and intelligence applicable in any radiology setting. RBMA represents more than 2,300 radiology practice managers and other radiology business professionals. Its aggregate influence extends to more than 24,000 radiologic technologists and 26,000 administrative staff and physicians. RBMA is the leading professional organization for radiology business management and is recognized for its radiology-specific educational programs, products and services, publications and data. The resources and solutions RBMA offer its members and the broader health care community are helping to shape the profession’s future.

Posted in: Business,Education,U.S

MachineryPete.com Hosts Pre-Harvest Summer Online Dealer Auction in conjunction with BigIron.com

MachineryPete.com, the fastest-growing marketplace for buyers and sellers of used farm equipment, announced the return of their wildly successful Unreserved Online Dealer Auction in conjunction BigIron Auction Company, rural America’s premier unreserved online auction service provider. This exciting event offers the farm equipment shopper a unique opportunity to bid on high quality equipment from various dealerships across the country. Online bidding starts on July 11, 2019.

From now until August 1, buyers can bid on an excellent selection of combines, tractors, fall tillage and more during this unique event. The auction is 100% unreserved, with all items free of liens and buyer fees. What’s more, each sale is completely transparent, allowing buyers to contact the sellers personally, ask questions, and inspect the items.

“We are excited to team up with BigIron for another auction event,” said Kevin Doyle, CEO of MachineryPete.com. “With BigIron’s deep expertise in the rural auction space and MachineryPete.com’s powerful marketing reach, we are a force to be reckoned with. We’re thrilled to give our customers an alternative vehicle to buy and sell used farm equipment.”

“MachineryPete.com and BigIron are a great fit,” said Mark Stock, Founder and CEO at BigIron Auctions. “Connecting participating dealers in an unreserved auction with market leading companies MachineryPete.com and BigIron Auctions assures dealers they’ll receive the exposure required to deliver true market value for their listings. Farmers and ranchers bid and buy knowing that all equipment is transparently represented, and bidders can contact the seller with any questions. They know that the equipment sells to the highest bidder, lien free with no buyer fees.”

In support of the Machinery Pete Online Dealer Auction in conjunction with BigIron.com, the company has launched a three-week, multi-platform, unprecedented advertising campaign with strong promotion on the MachineryPete.com website and social media networks, email programs, display ads across relevant websites, ongoing promotions and special editorial segments on TV and radio shows including, “Machinery Pete TV” , “AgriTalk,” “AgriTalk After the Bell”, “AGDay”, “U.S. Farm Report”, “American Countryside”, and a full page print ad in Farm Journal magazine.

To visit the online auction yourself, go to: 

About Machinery Pete LLC 
MachineryPete.com is the fastest growing marketplace for buyers and sellers of used farm equipment offering farmers a vast selection of equipment listings in one place with innovative search tools that make it easy and fast to find relevant equipment.

Founded in 1989 by Greg Peterson, Machinery Pete has come a long way since its beginnings in Greg Peterson’s home office in Rochester, Minnesota where he passionately researched, tracked and reported on auction prices. In 2014 Farm Journal and Machinery Pete partnered to provide a more efficient marketplace for buying and selling used ag equipment.

In July of 2015, MachineryPete.com launched its marketplace with leading edge marketing solutions for dealers, informed and built with the online equipment shopper in mind and creates meaningful connections between buyers and sellers. The company is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

About BigIron Auctions 
For 35 years, BigIron Auctions has teamed up with farmers and dealers in North America, providing the best auction experience. The online platform was launched in 2009 and has quickly grown to become the premier unreserved online auction serving rural America. With BigIron, sellers enjoy a full-service experience, including quality listings, collection of payment, and access to a global audience. Buyers rest assured that all equipment they bid on is lien-free, with no buyer fees added to the final purchase price.

Posted in: Services,U.S

Mesa Science Associates to Present on Canine Epilepsy at The Kansas City Animal Health Corridor Annual Investors Meeting

Mesa Science Associates Inc. (MSA) announced today that MSA has been invited to present their work on Canine Epilepsy at the Kanas City Animal Health Corridor annual meeting to be held in Kansas City the week of August 26, 2019. MSA Principal Tim Warneke will present the MSA Canine Project in a podium presentation aimed at investors interested in the animal health space.

MSA is a virtual company who until now has offered pharmaceutical consulting and management services to investigators who are developing new uses for old drugs and for those developing new pharmaceutical entities. MSA currently serves product developers from private companies as well as NIH sponsored investigators.

The Canine project is the first product to be owned by and developed under the MSA flag. The company is seeking funding to complete the Canine Project which is in advanced development. MSA principals decided to pursue this project after their research into human epilepsy revealed that annually there are over three million dogs in the U.S. suffering seizures with like numbers occurring in Europe. The company also discovered that there is no FDA approved treatment for canines that can be easily administered at home or away from professional veterinary facilities. Epileptic seizures are a medical emergency for both humans and canines requiring rapid treatment to protect the brain from serious injury. An emergency visit to a vet or hospital is costly in both time and dollars. The MSA concept is to obtain FDA approval for a drug in a device that will provide the pet owner with an easy and effective way to help break the seizure as soon as possible after it occurs and to help delay the onset of future seizures. This approach will provide the owner a cost-effective treatment that is timely and easy for the lay caregiver to administer.

Mr. Michael Mesa, President of MSA stated that “the company is excited by this project as it will hopefully extend the life of beloved pets and provide comfort to the pet owner who will be able to actively treat this dangerous condition in their own home. This, we believe, will result in an improved quality of life for both the dog and the owner.”

MSA team members strong background in the development of products aimed at the emergency treatment of human epilepsy helped in the transition to canines. Mr. Mesa in a former position led the development of the autoinjector product used in the highly successful NIH Rampart Study. The Rampart Study showed that a drug in an autoinjectors could provide an effective out of hospital treatment for patients experiencing active seizures. Mr. Mesa and Mr. Warneke, while both at King Pharmaceuticals, collaborated on The RESCUE Study project, that was aimed at providing at-home-treatment of acute repetitive seizure.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

FabriTec Structures Offers Anatomy Of A Tension Structure Continuing Education Course

FabriTec Structures announced the company has partnered with Architectural Record and BNP Media to certify, host, and distribute the company’s AIA Continuing Education course Anatomy of a Tension Structure. The continuing education course provides architects with 1 LU (learning unit) upon successful completion.

The company’s Anatomy of a Tension Structure course teaches viewers about tensile membrane structures from conceptual design through to final construction. The course covers general fabric structure forms, membrane types, concept development and analysis, material takeoff, design analysis, pricing, design considerations, engineering, steel fabrication, membrane fabrication, installation, and several project case studies. The continuing education course is available through BNP Media’s website at https://continuingeducation.bnpmedia.com/courses/fabritec-structures/anatomy-of-a-tension-structure-1/

Licensed architects are required to earn 18 continuing education credits, or Learning Units (LU), each year to fulfill AIA membership requirements. The FabriTec Structures CEU course helps architects work towards earning the credits they need while learning about the tensile membrane structure industry.

About FabriTec Structures

FabriTec Structures is an award-winning lightweight structures contractor specializing in the design and construction of complex cable and custom tensile membrane structures, and building envelopes. FabriTec Structures builds tensile membrane structures that range vastly in scope and service from massive stadiums and amphitheaters to building entryways and covered walkways. We design and develop our fabric structures from an assortment of highly engineered membrane materials, including ETFE foil, PTFE, and PVC fabrics. Our support structures are forged from cold-formed carbon steel and include specially designed cables and fittings – all manufactured in-house.

If you would like further information about this press release or to schedule an interview with Gary Taylor, please contact Gary Taylor at garytaylor(at)guard-all(dot)com or call 1-877-397-1594.

Posted in: Education,U.S

A Concept Whose Time Has Come: One Bed - One Bill; Healthcare Industry Analysis by Loyale Healthcare

Sometimes, the complicated gap between what patients expect from their healthcare providers and what they actually end up getting can be captured in a single, simple idea. In One Bed – One BillLoyale Healthcare examines patient expectations and the procedural and technical underpinnings that enable the delivery of a seamless, satisfying holistic patient experience. This is a matter of increasing importance as patients and providers both struggle to overcome the challenges presented by patients’ increased personal costs.

Today’s Patient Financial Experience is Archaic

It’s no secret that consumers of healthcare have been frustrated by their medical billing experiences for a long time. In May, 2015, PwC’s Health Research Institute published a report titled “Billing and payment for a New Health Economy”. In it, PwC analysts noted that “the nation’s healthcare billing and payment system is an artifact of an earlier age.” The report added that “Much can be done to improve the system in the short term, but in the long term, structural change is needed to compete in the New Health Economy.”

As with other analyses of the “New Health Economy”, this report focused on the patient experience. Driven by the growing influence of patients on industry economics, the report summed up what most patients would tell you they want from their medical billing experiences. From well before 2015 to today, patients want a billing experience that is convenient, transparent, affordable, reliable and seamless. And as patients wield more and more clout, their desires are becoming demands. Healthcare providers who intend to compete for today’s consumers have no choice but to comply.

Instamed (recently acquired by J P Morgan Chase), one of the healthcare industry’s leading payment networks, issued its ninth annual Trends in Healthcare Payments Annual Report: 2018 this spring. The report recognizes “Healthcare’s Blind Spot: The Consumer Experience”, something Loyale Healthcare wrote about in a 2018 guest article for The Beryl Institute, the country’s leading patient experience advocacy organization.

Instamed’s research found that 70% of consumers are confused by medical bills, 50% would not be able to pay a ,000+ medical bill and 93% were surprised by a medical bill in 2018. For payers (aka insurers), 71% of consumers were confused by their explanations of benefits (EOBs) and 72% want eStatements for premium bills (42% can’t get them). Instamed’s Chief Technology Officer, Chris Seib, is quoted in the report introduction saying, “It is clear that increased consumer responsibility is one of the most significant trends shaping the future of healthcare payments for consumers, providers and payers.”

Operating with a Consumer-Centric Lens

What does a consumer-centric patient financial engagement system look like? To meet the objectives for all stakeholders – providers, payers and patients, it conforms to the following three principles.

1.    It is holistic – A patient should be able to receive one consolidated bill from all providers for an associated clinical treatment episode no matter how complex and how many providers are involved including network, affiliated physician and other service providers.

2.    It is transparent – Providers should be able to holistically tell patients what their treatment will cost and what their out-of-pocket will be. Further, and just as important, it presents patients with bills that make sense and are easy to pay. One example is the Loyale Affordability Workbench™, a patient “digital front door” that makes it easy for patients to see what their care will cost in total and to explore payment options, set up payment plans and view all their bills in one clear presentation for easy online payment.

3.    It responds to patient and provider preferences – Health system technology ecosystems are notoriously complex, so delivering a consumer centric financial experience depends on the system’s ability to seamlessly integrate with all the other systems affecting a patient’s care experience and financial responsibility. This integration must then adapt to variances between various provider settings and convert data that’s valuable for providers and payers while ensuring that patients’ experiences are personalized. Amazon, Apple and Zappos are consumer all-stars because they continually mine consumer data to optimize their customers’ experiences and their own financial performance.

Provider systems that conform to these principles give patients the confidence they need to proceed with care by demonstrating the provider’s high clinical, administrative and financial standards. Providers themselves benefit because of the improved payment behavior resulting from a more satisfying financial experience.

Making One Bed (Patient) - One Bill a Reality

Digital rendition and patient financial engagement with a consolidated bill each depends on the use of open architecture technology that can integrate and interoperate with multiple source systems in all healthcare settings, including: 

Closed ecosystem technology will never be able to achieve “One Patient - One Bill” let alone holistic patient financial engagement. By definition, closed systems reject outside data sources thereby creating holes in the patient’s overall financial experience. For this reason, the rationale behind powerful captive EMR systems is a non-starter when it comes to future success in patient financial engagement.

Another Achilles Heel for closed systems is their inability to support experimentation and the use of advanced management techniques such as champion-challenger as explored by a recent Loyale article. A closed system has no challenger and therefore rarely improves in response to competitive marketplace dynamics.

Bigger Picture Marketplace Dynamics

Many hospital networks use a number of Hospital Based Specialists outsourcing partners such as Envision for emergent services, (ER), anesthesia and other specialty practices. Often, these outsource partners do not have the same payer network affiliations as the contracting Healthcare network or Hospital.

This can lead to an acute financial disconnect with patients who learn their services are out of network. Over the long run, this practice will prove unacceptable as regulatory pressure is brought to bear and negative consumer sentiment accrues for the HCN or Hospital - which was chosen by the patient precisely because the provider was in-network. For the IDN, hospital or outsourcer this leaves four practical options:


  • Merger or Acquisition - Buy the Outsourcer and bring in-network – Highly expensive
  • Outsourcer – Establish in-network status with all Provider client partners – Again, highly expensive and not always feasible
  • Collaboration – Use adaptive platform technology such as Loyale PFM to provide integrated, One Patient - One Bill consumer value-add, with transparency to alert the patient to any out-of-network occurrences
  • Stand Alone Enhancement – Short of one-patient-one-bill, adopt system and policy enhancements to improve patient financial engagement capabilities between separate HCN/Hospital and Outsourcer domains – Suboptimal but this at least moves the needle, especially if executed with an open architecture technology that can then move to an integrated solution when ready

The reality is that once One Patient – One Bill is implemented, few patients in any healthcare market will accept sub-standard offerings. For those who intend to compete, the time to formulate a strategy is now.

One Bed – One Bill is here today and can be implemented using Loyale’s open platform technology. The concept embodies the same principles that companies like Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix and others have used to achieve historical success and brand loyalty. Consumers expect it. Now Healthcare must step up to deliver it.

Kevin Fleming is the CEO of Loyale Healthcare

About Loyale

Loyale Patient Financial Manager™ is a comprehensive patient financial engagement technology platform leveraging a suite of configurable solution components including predictive analytics, intelligent workflows, multiple patient financing vehicles, communications, payments, digital front doors and other key capabilities.

Loyale Healthcare is committed to a mission of turning patient responsibility into lasting loyalty for its healthcare provider customers. Based in Lafayette, California, Loyale and its leadership team bring 27 years of expertise delivering leading financial engagement solutions for complex business environments. Loyale recently announced an enterprise-level strategic partnership with Parallon and has completed deployment of its industry leading technology to all HCA hospitals and Physician Practices.

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ASCP 2019 Annual Meeting to Promote Education, Advancement and Discovery

As the healthcare environment evolves, the ASCP 2019 Annual Meeting, September 11-13, in Phoenix, will provide strategies to keep pathologists, laboratory professionals and residents on the forefront of the profession, as well as offer laboratory stewardship techniques to improve outcomes and enhance patient care.

Renowned Speakers Covering Crucial Topics 
On September 11, Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, President of the Union for International Cancer Control—one of the world’s most powerful female voices in the global fight against cancer and non-communicable diseases—will present the Grand Opening General Session.

On September 12, Michael Schubert, editor of The Pathologist, will moderate a lively panel debate on test utilization management. Six experts will each present their approach to test utilization and will engage viewers with a question-and-answer session.

ASCP Immediate Past President James L. Wisecarver, MD, PhD, FASCP, will deliver the Cindy S. Johns Lecture, “Solving the Puzzle of Big Data,” on September 12. He will discuss a new data standard being developed by the University of Nebraska Medical Center that will facilitate importing the data necessary for patient care into the electronic medical record (EMR) in a user-friendly format. The goal is that once this standard is more widely adopted, it will allow clinicians and researchers to aggregate the information in their EMRs to answer a wide array of questions that cannot be easily answered currently.

Attendees won’t want to miss the featured sessions on laboratory stewardship, which include “The Who, What, Why, How of Testing Algorithms: Making an Impact One Test at a Time”; “Laboratory Stewardship Standards: Using Checklists to Improve Performance and Reimbursement”; “Grassroots Approaches to Grow a Lab Stewardship Program”; and “Utilization Management in Anatomic Pathology.”

Targeted Track for Laboratory Professionals 
New this year, ASCP has developed a targeted track for laboratory professionals in four identified areas: hematology/coagulation, microbiology, transfusion medicine/blood banking, and clinical chemistry. These are specific sessions that are designed by laboratory professionals for laboratory professionals to help them gain practical, immediately-applicable knowledge.

Rae Rader, MPA, MASCP, PA(ASCP), will headline the Barbara M. Castleberry Lecture for Laboratory Professionals on September 13 with her presentation, “Pathologists’ Assistant: History of a Highly Trained Laboratory Professional and How I Became One.” She’ll examine factors surrounding this developing profession and how the growth and changes in laboratory medicine have influenced this profession.

Challenging Areas in Pathology 
Pathologists will also be able to choose from dozens of sessions featuring education in the fastest growing, most challenging areas in pathology practice. These include artificial intelligence for the pathology laboratory, computational pathology, cellular therapy, digital pathology, genetic/molecular testing for patient care and immuno-oncology.

During the Arthur Purdy Stout Society Lecture for Pathologists on September 13, presenter Esther Oliva, MD, will highlight the new HPV system of classification of endocervical adenocarcinomas, the new classification on patterns of invasion in endocervical adenocarcinoma and changes in the latest International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics staging systems of cervical carcinoma.

Preparation for Board Exams 
The ASCP Annual Meeting presents an opportunity for pathology residents to learn from renowned educators as they navigate the challenging issues they’ll face in their future practice. They will gain insights on the field through hundreds of hours of education in dozens of topic areas, and will also be able to prepare for their board exam with the Resident Review Series. The series is a group of five, 1.5 hour sessions covering challenging, high-interest topic areas to prepare residents for exam day.

Residents can also do a deep dive by attending the Michele D. Raible Lecture for Residents on September 12, where ASCP Chief Medical Officer Dan A. Milner, Jr., MD, MSc(Epi), FASCP, will present “Cerebral Malaria: An Allegory of Disease, Statistics”, and “Buying the 9s.” Dr. Milner will discuss cerebral malaria, a disease he has studied for over 20 years, as a model to illustrate the challenges of global health and the costs of health care and public health globally.

ASCP 2019 has education that will suit the individual needs of members of the pathology and laboratory medicine profession, whether they are pathologists, laboratory professionals or residents.

Learn more about the ASCP 2019 Annual Meeting here.

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COMPA Members Help Researchers Study Benefits of Telemedicine in Treating Opioid Use Disorder and Hepatitis C

The Coalition of Medication-Assisted Treatment Providers and Advocates of New York State (COMPA) today announced that seven of its member Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) at 12 locations are participating in a study which integrates the treatment of substance abuse and hepatitis C virus (HCV) with the goal of achieving better outcomes through telemedicine. The study, “Comparison of Telemedicine to Usual Care for HCV Management for Methadone-maintained Individuals,” is supported by a million award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to the University at Buffalo (UB).

OTPs are federally certified and state licensed to provide FDA-approved medications to treat opioid use disorder: methadone, buprenorphine, and extended-release injectable naltrexone. The purpose of the five-year award to UB is to find an effective way to treat individuals who use drugs and who also have HCV, a population that has traditionally been difficult to treat in conventional healthcare settings. Even when receiving regular treatment for substance use at OTPs, these patients often don’t seek treatment for HCV, despite the fact that roughly half of them or more are likely to be chronically infected. In 2014, HCV killed a record 20,000 Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and liver related deaths as well as liver cancer are projected to increase exponentially over the next decade.

“Our OTPs across New York State answered the call to science for this important research,” said Allegra Schorr, President of COMPA. “We are proud that each OTP chosen for the study is a COMPA member, and we are hopeful that, if proven successful with HCV, telemedicine might be a useful approach to treating other diseases where patients face similar challenges.”

Based on promising pilot study results published online in 2018 and now available in the current issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, the ongoing program with an eventual enrollment of more than 600 participants, is designed to compare the effectiveness of a patient-centered, opiate agonist treatment (OAT)-integrated telemedicine-based approach for management and delivery of HCV treatment to persons with substance use disorders (PWSUD) versus usual care. In a separate publication, the authors reported that individuals on methadone preferred the one-stop shopping and convenience afforded by the telemedicine interactions that occurred in the OTP.

“The conventional method of treatment delivery -- referral to an offsite location -- has discouraged many individuals from initiating or completing treatment,” said Andrew H. Talal, MD, professor of medicine at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB and a physician with UBMD Internal Medicine, who leads the study. “Telemedicine removes geography as an obstacle to high-quality specialty care for a common condition among individuals at an OTP. It permits direct interaction between the doctor and a patient. We are also able to administer the new HCV medications together with methadone, which increases medication adherence. Now that HCV treatment cures almost everyone in 2 to 3 months, without significant side effects or shots, the addition of HCV treatment could enable the OTP to move to providing comprehensive care. Management of other common conditions encountered in the OTP patient population could be modeled on our experiences with HCV care delivered in the OTP,” Talal added. “We commend COMPA on its robust response to our statewide call for OTPs to participate.”

Ken Bossert, Director of Drug Abuse Research and Treatment Program (DART), Buffalo, one of the study’s participants, stated, “Our program and community have witnessed firsthand how the lack of integrating care for patients also diagnosed with HCV has affected their quality of life in general and their ongoing recovery from opioid use disorder specifically. Having access to the advanced innovative opportunities associated with the use of telemedicine in this research initiative is a pivot point we hope to draw from when advocating to continue providing this valuable treatment approach after the research is completed.”

Lawrence S. Brown, Jr., MD, CEO of START Treatment & Recovery Centers (START), Brooklyn, another study participant, stated, “Behavioral, biomedical, and health service research have been part of START’s legacy since its founding in 1969. Our patients and staff view this study as another vehicle in which START is connecting research, the provision of the highest quality of care, and educating the public by sharing our experiences. All three are components of our agency’s mission. We began embracing research and this study demonstrates our continued enthusiasm to seek answers to the questions of today to improve care, celebrating START’s 50th anniversary.”

Other participating COMPA members include: Mt. Sinai Beth Israel, Manhattan and Brooklyn; Cornerstone Family Healthcare, Newburgh; Crouse Hospital, Syracuse; Pathways -- Rochester; Pathways – Buffalo; and Strong Recovery/Addiction Psychiatry Division University of Rochester Medical. For more on the study visit: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02933970. An additional link to a study-specific website is: https://www.cdnetwork.org/TEAMC

About COMPA 
The Coalition of Medication-Assisted Treatment Providers and Advocates of New York State (COMPA) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to treating addiction through the use of pharmacotherapy as a part of a comprehensive bio-psycho-social approach to treatment. COMPA-member programs, numbering more than 45 organizations across New York State, treat more than 41,000 New Yorkers from every corner of New York State and help them to overcome their dependence on illicit opioids and other drugs. COMPA, along with its member treatment programs, affiliate members, and corporate members works to improve all aspects of the lives of patients. This involves advocacy with federal, state, and local governments as well as a variety of educational activities. COMPA’s program members provide Medication Assisted Treatment and include both Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) and Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) providers. COMPA is the New York State member program of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD). Visit http://www.compa-ny.org. Facebook: @companyc; Twitter: @COMPA_New_York

Allegra Schorr; President, COMPA 
212-643-8811 ext 327 

Bill Gordon; PR/Media Relations 

Posted in: Business,U.S

Circularity Healthcare Negotiating 0M Institutional Funding, Expands Successful D'OXYVA Ph 3 Diabetic Foot Ulcer Treatment Clinical Trials, Expects Fast-Track FDA

Privately-held, Los Angeles-based Circularity Healthcare is capitalizing on its completed successful and expanded Phase 3 clinical studies led by prominent researchers, such as Prof. David Armstrong, Prof. Ito Puruhito and Dr. Felix Sigal, and leading institutions, such as MIT, Airlangga, Harvard, Yale, University of Texas at Arlington, and many others. The clinical studies are expected to lead to the company’s highly anticipated Food and Drug Administration FDA approval as a non-significant risk (NSR) combination drug-device for the rapid and highly effective treatment of diabetic foot ulcers.

These exciting developments come on the heels of the rapidly growing market demand for Circularity’s existing product line with a proven technology, manufacturing and fulfillment base. Circularity has recently begun production of its unique, branded, pharmaceutical-grade platform drug molecules at the FDA-audited Pennsylvania facility of multinational specialty gas company Airgas. The collaboration with Airgas is planned to ramp-up in the coming months and extend to Airgas’s 1.3 million home health customers. Airgas is a subsidiary of Air Liquide, a major global supplier of industrial, medical and specialty gases with a billion market capitalization.

Already well positioned as an emerging global biotech and medtech product manufacturer, Circularity is now shifting more focus from its non-regulated wellness and cosmetic products to its premium FDA-approved patented and patent-pending drug solutions. These solutions are delivered with the company’s patented and patent pending, non-invasive and painless, rapid transdermal drug delivery systems. The expanded focus is due to Circularity’s exceptionally positive Phase 3 multicenter, multicountry, and multiyear human clinical trials on diabetic foot ulcers, as well as its overall regulatory development path.

Recently, the company launched sales of MicroScan, a clinical diagnostics tool with an installed base at intensive care units (ICU) in 35 countries worldwide. MicroScan enables Circularity to generate much higher average revenue per customer, while providing highly affordable insights, both for patients and health professionals, into the inner workings and mechanisms ofactions underpinning the exceptional clinical outcomes of Circularity’s flagship D’OXYVA product line. Until recently, D’OXYVA was available only under test-marketing programs. Together with the diagnostic tools, health experts implementing D’OXYVA can accurately predict wound healing and other major clinical outcomes, such as achieving healthy blood sugar or blood pressure.

Once D’OXYVA has helped the patient achieve healthy levels in such key areas, physicians typically recommend a less frequent dosing schedule in order to remain symptom-free long-term.

During the past seven years, Circularity has assembled a world-class clinical research, regulatory and legal team comprised of several dozen experts mainly from the U.S. and from several influential European and Asian countries for its comprehensive global market development.


Circularity Healthcare, LLC, headquartered in Los Angeles, California in the U.S., is an emerging world leader in proprietary circulatory health and noninvasive delivery technologies, committed to helping significantly improve lives by developing, manufacturing, and marketing medical, pharmaceutical, and consumer health products. Circularity specializes in groundbreaking noninvasive technologies for affordable and portable transdermal delivery systems, and is pursuing regulatory approvals worldwide for device usage as a treatment of disease states related to cardiovascular and microcirculatory blood flow, immunological and autonomic nervous system disorders.

For more information, please visit http://www.circularityhealthcare.com or http://www.doxyva.com or doctors (Rx only) visit http://www.doxyvaforwound.com and send your general inquiries via the Contact Us page. For specific inquiries contact Circularity Customer Care at info(at)doxyva(dot)com info(at)circularityhealthcare(dot)com or by phone toll free at 1-855-5DOXYVA or at 1-626-244-8090.

Forward-Looking Information

This press release may contain forward-looking information. This includes, or may be based upon, estimates, forecasts and statements as to management’s expectations with respect to, among other things, the quality of the products of Circularity Healthcare, LLC, its resources, progress in development, demand, and market outlook for non-invasive transdermal delivery medical devices. Forward-looking information is based on the opinions and estimates of management at the date the information is given and is subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those initially projected. These factors include the inherent risks involved in the launch of a new medical device, innovation and market acceptance uncertainties, fluctuating components and other advanced material prices, new federal or state governmental regulations, the possibility of project cost overruns or unanticipated costs and expenses, uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed in the future and other factors. The forward-looking information contained herein is given as of the date hereof and Circularity Healthcare, LLC assumes no responsibility to update or revise such information to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by law. Circularity Healthcare, LLC makes no representations or warranties as to the accuracy or completeness of this press release and shall have no liability for any representations (expressed or implied) for any statement made herein, or for any omission from this press release.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

AAOMS Magazine Editor Receives Distinguished Dental Editor Award

Daniel M. Laskin, DDS, MS – the longest-serving editor of a dental association newsletter – has received the 2018 Distinguished Dental Editor Award from the American Dental Association Council on Communications and the American Association of Dental Editors and Journalists (AADEJ).

Laskin of Richmond, Va., has been editor of AAOMS Today – a bimonthly publication of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons – and its predecessor publications since 1966. AAOMS represents more than 9,000 oral and maxillofacial surgeons, and AAOMS Today provides those members with specialty and association news as well as information on opportunities for education, research and advocacy.

The Distinguished Dental Editor Award honors editors who bring acclaim to their association, dentistry and dental journalism through exceptional editorial direction and the creation of first-rate publications. Laskin received the award at the 2018 AADEJ Annual Conference in Hawaii.

As the AAOMS newsletter’s first editor, Laskin wrote all the content and laid out pages. Since then, the publication has become increasingly larger with additional staff and expansive content. However, he still edits every article for content, message and grammar. He guided the 2018 redesign of the publication that featured more photos, expanded event coverage and additional in-depth features, including articles on AAOMS members who treated the Las Vegas shooting victims and an OMS who performed a complex, “miracle” jaw surgery on a young woman. Laskin’s numerous editorials over the years have dealt with healthcare issues, education and training as well as professional responsibility and ethics.

During Laskin’s tenure as editor, AAOMS Today has won journalism awards from the International College of Dentists for outstanding newsletter in 2011 and 2018 and most improved publication in 2014. The magazine also was honored with two Platinum Awards for overall magazine and writing in the 2019 Hermes Creative Awards; named most improved magazine by the 2018 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence; and presented four 2018 MARCOM Awards for feature article (platinum) as well as association magazine, overall writing and overall design (golds).

Laskin served as president of AAOMS from 1976-77 and the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons from 1983-86 as well as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (JOMS) – AAOMS’s monthly journal that covers new techniques and innovations in the specialty – from 1972-2002. Annual accolades named after Laskin include an award for the best article in JOMS and AAOMS’s outstanding predoctoral educator award.

Currently, Laskin is adjunct clinical professor and chair emeritus in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry after serving as chair of the department from 1984-2002. He also served as head of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry from 1973-83 and established the college’s Temporomandibular Joint and Facial Pain Research Center. UIC annually hosts the Daniel M. Laskin Lectureship in his honor.

The experts in face, mouth and jaw surgery® — The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) is the professional organization representing more than 11,000 oral and maxillofacial surgeons, OMS residents and OMS professional staff in the United States. AAOMS supports its fellows’ and members’ ability to practice their specialty through education, research and advocacy. AAOMS fellows and members comply with rigorous continuing education requirements and submit to periodic office anesthesia evaluations. For additional information about oral and maxillofacial surgery, visit the AAOMS websites at http://www.AAOMS.org and http://www.MyOMS.org.

Posted in: Education,U.S

Metro Aerospace Microvanes™ Achieves Reduction of Fuel Consumption and Carbon Emissions on a Global Scale

The Nigerian Air Force, the air branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces and one of the largest forces in Africa, made the decision based on Microvanes’ proven ability to save fuel and reduce carbon emissions.

Lockheed Martin Corporation’s patented technology, which is licensed to Metro Aerospace, works by effectively reshaping air flow and reducing drag when attached to the fuselage of an aircraft. This reduces fuel consumption by 3%–6%, which in turn lowers emissions. Microvanes have been sold to customers in Australia, North America, Africa, and Europe, and have flown on long-haul missions to Antarctica, Asia, Australia, and across North America.

“By providing fuel reduction of up to 30 gallons per hour, Microvanes saves companies and military organizations millions of dollars every year – and this doesn’t include the reduced wear and tear on engines,” says Leslie Peters, CEO of Metro Aerospace. “We are delighted that the Nigerian Air Force has selected Microvanes to improve their fleet’s operating efficiencies and reduce carbon emissions.”

“Adding Microvanes to the Nigerian fleet further substantiates their commitment to reducing their carbon footprint both domestically and internationally,” says Damon Ward, Executive Chairman of Metro Aerospace. “The ease of installation of our product and the overall fuel savings make the installation of Microvanes a very compelling business case.”

The installation is scheduled for later this summer.

Posted in: Technology,U.S

FITCI/FMH Community Think Tank: Co-Creating the Healthcare of Tomorrow

Frederick Memorial Hospital (FMH) and Frederick Innovative Technology Center Inc. (FITCI) organized their first Community Think Tank on June 22, 2019. for the “Co-Creating Healthcare of Tomorrow” event. Sixteen people were divided into three competitive teams. All teams successfully completed the one-day long brainstorming process, which was held at the ROOT building in downtown Frederick. Three topics were chosen: 5-2-1-0 (the importance of increasing the community engagement in the 5-2-1-0 program); Geriatric Living’ (life hacks for the elderly – providing hacks and solutions to living at home longer) and I Did It! (ways of encouraging patients to take medications, do rehab exercises and adopt healthy behaviors so they can say: “I did it!”). Each team pitched and demoed their new tech solutions to a group of unbiased judges: Alexander Nason (FMH), Jackie Rice (FMH), Kathie Callahan Brady (FITCI) and Dr. Ruth Cheng (AgNovos Healthcare).

“It was a great day. Being able to collaborate with folks from across the Frederick community to tackle challenges in healthcare was amazing. I am really excited to see where we can go with these ideas.” said Alex Nason, Director of Innovation for FMH. Mr. Nason and Ms Callahan Brady, alongside with Mrs. Rice, were the initiators of this community think tank, that brought together so many people from Frederick and DC Metro area.

Kathie Callahan Brady, FITCI’s CEO, commented that: “This kind of community centered Think Tanks are the best way to bring the diverse and innovative ideas to the table!” Kathie also mentioned that FITCI is proud to have partnered with FMH in realizing this idea.

The winning team was the 5-2-1-0, who utilized their time to work on a technology solution for encouraging more children/teenagers (target population 6 – 15 year old) to join 5-2-1-0 Program - eating 5 fruits/vegetables a day, not doing more than 2 hours of screen time a day, exercising for at least 1 hour and intaking 0 sugars from sweetened drinks. Vishy Mahadevan was a part of the winning six-member group, and commented that: “It was team effort listening and understanding each other with different perspectives of the problem and designed a solution we all agreed will make a great impact in the society.” Vishy also mentioned all the excitement around the fact that they now get to build the real solution that they brainstormed during the event. “Can't wait to see the working Gamification Mobile App to increase the 5-2-1-0 health awareness,” he concluded.

The team came up with a theoretical approach to an interactive and fun app that could be used by both the target population as well as their parents and the local community. The app would be engaging the users with current offers in local stores, programs, community news, current challenges, and then individual achievements and awards during the day. The judges appreciated this idea the most due to the versatile approach and the ability to change behaviors at the crucial development time in children’s lives, which could stick with them for decades to come.

“All the solutions the teams came up with were very impressive. The passion and excitement the groups showed to solve the challenges conveyed how much they cared about the wellbeing of our community.” – Jackie Rice, Chief Information Officer, FRHS.

Another participant of the Think Tank, Dana French, stated that: “System problems in our community require system solutions. Our one-day Think Tank session proved that if you get a cross section of bright people in the same room to tackle a problem, they can collaborate, achieve consensus and propose some thoughtful actions.”

Both FMH and FITCI hope this is not the only Think Tank organized in Frederick community, and as FITCI’s CEO, Callahan Brady concluded, “the excitement is even bigger when thinking about the possibility that three new businesses might blossom out of this first Think Tank.”

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Donaldson Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Solutions Welcomes New Surgeon

Donaldson Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Solutions, a leader in the field of cosmetic surgery, is pleased to welcome Dr. Michelle R. Sieffert, M.D. to its team of skilled medical professionals.

Dr. Sieffert specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, breast, and body. She received her medical degree at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and completed her integrated plastic surgery residency at Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine. She will be joining the practice on August 1, 2019 from the Wright State University’s Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She has earned recognition from her peers and mentors for her commitment to improving her patients’ self esteem and quality of life.

Dr. Sieffert does not believe in a “one-size-fits-all” approach to patient care, and strongly believes in the power of education to help people make informed decisions about their surgical and cosmetic care. She aims to walk with each patient through their surgical journey as a team - educating them about the changes occurring in their bodies, addressing their specific concerns and desires, discussing their available options, and designing a plan that is tailored to their specific needs.

Dr. Sieffert will be providing comprehensive cosmetic and reconstructive surgical care for the Columbus community at a variety of locations. She specifically focuses on facial rejuvenation, hair restoration, breast surgery, body contouring, breast reconstruction, skin cancer removal/reconstruction, and trauma reconstruction. With the addition of Dr. Sieffert, the practice will begin accepting insurance for those reconstructive procedures she performs.

Donaldson Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Solutions invites you to visit their website at donaldsonplasticsurgery.com or call them at 614-442-7610 to schedule your personal consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Michelle Sieffert.

Donaldson Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Solutions is a medical practice that offers patients advanced cosmetic procedures, as well as non-surgical treatments, in a welcoming environment. The 10 year old practice is led by Dr. Jeffrey H. Donaldson, a board-certified plastic surgeon who has completed specialty and subspecialty training from leading institutions across the nation, and Dr. Michelle Sieffert, a highly-regarded surgeon in the field of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, breast and body. The practice performs facial rejuvenation procedures, breast augmentation, body contouring, reconstructive surgery, and more.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,Hospitality,U.S

FITCI Success: GOEFER Green Energy Solution Goes National

The easiest way to save electricity is to stop wasting it. That’s the simple directive behind GOEFER’s “vampire hunting” Energy Management platform. The company, a veteran owned start-up founded in August 2016 at the Frederick Innovative Technology Center Inc. (FITCI), is on a steep trajectory as it grows into a national presence.

GOEFER effectively tripled its staff this month, adding 10 members to its burgeoning team, including software engineers, sales reps, and business development personnel. Satellite offices will be based in California, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, with North Carolina coming online in the next few weeks. Offices in New York City and Boston, Massachusetts, are planned.

“It’s more than a business to me,” says Michael Herod, founder and CSO. “It’s a cultural mission. If you walk around your home or office at night, every glowing light is like a little energy vampire siphoning off precious resources. That’s one piece of the puzzle. Multiply the drain by an apartment complex or 500 cubicles and you start to understand why saving energy is so important. We have the technology to do better. It’s an imperative now more than ever.”

The GOEFER employment notice got 400 responses in a matter of days. Herod says he was impressed with the quality of candidates, especially in complement to GOEFER’s core culture. “The common thread among team members is our dedication to helping people take control of energy usage. We are making a difference. When we save energy, that’s a win for the planet. When we save money on energy, that helps the economy. Businesses can channel those savings into other growth areas, like hiring or product innovation.”

Herod draws on his background as a Building Sustainability consultant and adjunct professor of sustainability at Arizona State University, explaining “The average home wastes 5 a year on electricity. Businesses pay about .50 in electricity per employee per year, but they only use about .50 to do their jobs. The rest is just wasted.”

Early adopters joined a wait list for GOEFER’s first product, an advanced power strip engineered to capture 20,000 data points per hour. Now in full swing, users connect, track and manage devices via an app for ultimate control of their energy footprint. The easy-to-read commercial dashboard provides detailed, real-time analytics and projected savings. GOEFER’s Master Control feature launched last month, with plans to add programable operating schedules coming soon.

GOEFER is an approved provider of smart technology with several east coast power authorities’ energy reduction programs. The company also earned top honors at the Shore Hatchery’s spring 2018 Gull Cage, a Shark Tank style business startup competition, and participates in Bethesda Green’s Be Green Hub.

FITCI’s CEO, Kathie Callahan Brady, is a GOEFER advisor and a customer. “Our second location, a business incubator called ROOT in downtown Frederick, worked with GOEFER on a 35-unit case study using their 15-amp smart strips. The depth of detail we got out of that was amazing. This product has a practical, relevant benefit, and it’s easy to use, so I’m not surprised by the company’s healthy growth.” FITCI is proud to be a GOEFER customer and to be a part of the global movement to reduce the energy footprint.

Other notable projects include work with George Mason University and the Center for Energy, Science and Policy. Snapshots of GOEFER’s dashboard and Root results are available online at GOEFER.com, along with details about commercial and residential applications and tips on saving energy.

Posted in: Business,U.S

HashCash On-boards Leading System Integrators With Its Preferred Integration Partner (PIP) Program

HashCash Consultants is expanding its broad network of collaborators to include preferred integration partners. The software products and services company is taking the highly competitive market of enterprises looking to get a high-tech transformation head-on with its PartnerPro Program, focused on onboarding dynamic system integrators. The aim is to combine the expertise and market presence of both the partnering companies to make the range of top-notch technological innovations created by HashCash accessible all over the globe.

Preferred Integration Partner (PIP) Program by HashCash:

This program enables System Integrators to leverage their IT expertise to implement HashCash products at enterprises in about every continent. These collaborators will stand out as experts in the leading blockchain solutions by HashCash, giving their own products an edge over the competition and maximize sales.

“Additionally, experienced professionals would provide training to the Preferred Integration Partners in selling, developing, implementing, and supporting a HashCash solution and track progress toward Specialization,” explains Raj Chowdhury, MD of HashCash Consultants. He adds, “The collaborating companies can access software and support, and discover opportunities to embed, migrate and integrate with leading technologies in the industry.”

The Partner Ecosystem at HashCash:

The Partner Ecosystem formed by HashCash provides an innovative environment for partner companies to differentiate their business and reach an extensive customer base. The technology products and service portfolio of the software development company are accessible through the HashCash Partner Network. Since this portfolio is one of the most comprehensive in the industry, the advantages for the partners are plenty, including -

1. Products gain prominence among competitors

2. Opportunities to leverage the brand value of HashCash through campaigns, events and other promotional opportunities. Carry out sales transactions including placing software orders, registering deals, and reporting royalties.

3. Administer all aspects of your partnership with Hashcash including your Hashcash Partner Network (HPN) enrollment details, agreements, and policies, specializations and distribution rights.

Need for Integrated Partner programs for systems integrators

Integrated partnerships facilitate monetization for businesses in the digital landscape without compromising the consumer experience. A systems integrator creates an integrated offering by combining multiple subsystems, thus making contracting and vendor management uncomplicated for customers. In the absence of this setup, a customer would require to purchase each subsystem separately and work with multiple vendors.

Strategic integration and referral partnerships also establish passive channels of customer acquisition. Businesses mutually refer their customer bases to their preferred partners through such arrangements. In today’s digital age, partnerships such as these are accompanied by integrations that give customers the privilege to transfer their information between the offerings of partner businesses. HashCash Consultants, through its PartnerPro Program, is paving the way for a commercial ecosystem beneficial to both – its partners, and their clients.

About HashCash Consultants:

HashCash is a global software company. HashCash Blockchain products enable enterprises to move assets and settle payments across borders in real-time for Remittances, Trade Finance, Payment Processing and more. HashCash runs US-based digital asset exchange, PayBito & digital asset payment processor, BillBitcoins.

HashCash offers exchange and payment processor software solutions, ICO services and customized use cases. HashCash propels advancement in technology through Blockchain1o1 programs and its investment arm, Satoshi Angels. HashCash offers solutions in AI, Big Data and IoT though its platforms, products & services. HashCash solves the toughest challenges by executing innovative digital transformation strategies for clients around the world.

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Sigma/National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) Announces First Collaborative Research Grant Recipient

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is proud to announce Linda Maldonado, PhD, MN, BSN, as the 2019 recipient of the Sigma/National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) Collaborative Research Grant. Maldonado is an Assistant Professor at the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA.

This new collaborative research grant, made possible by the Sigma Foundation for Nursing and NAHN, provides funding for qualified nurses who contribute to the advancement of Latino health through nursing research. Maldonado’s project, Use of Narrative Analysis to Understand the Stories of Resilience in Urban, Childbearing Puerto Rican Women, addresses the knowledge gap regarding Puerto Rican women who provide intergenerational care and reside in low-income areas. These women can give an increased understanding of their life experiences, specifically concerning the role of resiliency of those in this Latina subgroup.

“This research is critical to more fully understanding resilience within the context of intergenerational caregiving experiences of urban, childbearing Puerto Rican women,” said Maldonado. “This study is an essential first step in guiding the development of timely and appropriate interventions to improve maternal-infant outcomes in the urban, child-bearing Puerto Rican community.”

Of all the Latina subgroups, Puerto Rican women have higher infant mortality rates when compared to Cuban or Mexican Americans and are twice as likely to not receive proper prenatal care when compared to non-Hispanic white mothers.

“I offer my sincerest congratulations to Dr. Maldonado as the inaugural recipient of our newest collaborative grant opportunity,” said Sigma President Beth Baldwin Tigges, PhD, RN, PNP, BC. “As one of our tenets, Sigma is dedicated to the advancement of global health, and providing innovative funding opportunities is one way we accomplish this advancement.”

“The National Association of Hispanic Nurses is proud to partner with Sigma to celebrate the advancement of Latino health,” said NAHN President Norma Cuellar, PhD, RN, FAAN. “We congratulate and thank Dr. Maldonado for her significant contribution to this knowledge area through her research and look forward to honoring her at our 44th annual conference in Reno-Tahoe, Nevada.”

The 2020 Sigma/NAHN Collaborative Research Grant will open for applications in January 2020. Visit SigmaNursing.org/Grants for more information or to apply for current research grant opportunities.

About Sigma 
The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, Sigma has more than 135,000 active members in over 90 countries and territories. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others. Sigma’s more than 540 chapters are located at more than 700 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. Learn more at http://www.SigmaNursing.org.

About the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) 
National Association of Hispanic Nurses® (NAHN) is a nonprofit professional association committed to the promotion of the professionalism and dedication of Hispanic nurses by providing equal access to educational, professional, and economic opportunities for Hispanic nurses. NAHN is also dedicated to the improvement of the quality of health and nursing care of Hispanic consumers. To learn more about NAHN and the annual conference visit http://www.nahnnet.org.

Posted in: Education,U.S

IMT Expands in Europe, Opens Paris Office

Innovative Micro Technology, Inc. (IMT), a premier MEMS technology and platforms solutions company, announced today that it has opened its first European office, located in Paris, France. The EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) operations are being led by Francois Vieillard, who brings over 30 years of sales leadership experience in MEMS, semiconductors, and optics.

Mr. Vieillard, the new Director of Business Development, EMEA, has spent the last 8 years leading sales of MEMS and MEMS foundry services in Europe. Previously, he worked for such notable companies as National Semiconductor, Toshiba, Cirrus Logic, and ARC International. IMT’s expansion in Europe is another milestone in the ongoing capital improvements driven by the round of investment in the company last fall. The Paris office was set up to better support and serve its growing base of customers within the region.

Since 2000, IMT has been a pioneer in the design and manufacture of Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), with over 500 programs completed to date. MEMS technology leverages the precision and scale of semiconductor wafer manufacturing to make micro and nano-scale structures on silicon or glass that dramatically improve the performance of devices that perform physical functions. The company is the leading independent MEMS manufacturer in North America, partnering with innovative system vendors and fabless device firms worldwide to create and sustain competitive advantage.

“I’m thrilled to bring Francois onboard,” said Craig Ensley, CEO of IMT. “He has diverse global experience leading sales and marketing teams in a variety of semiconductor technologies. Francois will accelerate our strong position as a leading global MEMS service provider (from design through volume production) in Europe and the Middle East regions.”

About IMT 
Innovative Micro Technology, Inc. (IMT) designs and manufactures Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and wafer-level optics for sensing and communications applications. The company partners with innovative customers to solve challenging technical problems and deliver breakthrough MEMS-based solutions. IMT is the largest MEMS foundry in the US, serving customers from its 30,000 square foot class 100 wafer fabrication facility in Santa Barbara, supported by a dedicated staff of over 110 MEMS experts. IMT’s extensive experience spans the full spectrum of MEMS, including optics, sensors, relays & RF switches, and microfluidic biochips. http://www.imtmems.com

Posted in: Business,U.S

Ali Pourvasei of LAD Solutions Listed As One of 2019 Top SEO Consultants in the U.S. by FitSmallBusiness.com

LAD Solutions has announced that FitSmallBusiness.com, a leading digital resource for small businesses, has named Ali Pourvasei of LAD Solutions as one of 2019 Top SEO Consultants in the U.S.

FitSmallBusiness.com has published the ranking as a part of its SEO Services Reviews with Pourvasei listed under the Consultants rankings. Not only has FitSmallBusiness.com highlighted Pourvasei's career achievements, the article also provides a brief overview of the awards and recognition that his company has received.

The goal of the 2019 Top SEO Consultants list is to provide small business owners with a list of the most helpful SEO consultants from across the U.S. that have consistently exceeded client expectations. Pourvasei and LAD Solutions have excelled in delivering "outstanding expertise, service, and credentials in the SEO industry," according to FitSmallBusiness.

LAD Solutions has also achieved an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the company is listed as a premier Google Partner. In 2019 alone, the company has been awarded by Clutch as a Top SEO Company in Los Angeles, Top PPC Management Agency in Los Angeles, a Global Leader, and one of the Top 516 B2B Companies in California.

Ali Pourvasei, along with co-founders Lakshmi Kodali and David Barkhordari, started the company in 2009 after meeting at an SEO conference. Since then, the company has grown to become a nationally recognized firm serving clients throughout the U.S. In addition, LAD Solutions offers comprehensive SEO and PPC management to businesses of all sizes and in various industries.

Ali Pourvasei is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego with a degree in cognitive science and a minor in mathematics. He also holds an MBA from Pepperdine University's Graziadio Business School. Since his graduation in 2009, Pourvasei has obtained various industry certifications and Google Partners Specialist Challenge and is a certified Adwords Specialist. He is committed to ongoing education in order to directly assist his clients with their marketing strategies.

The annual report is available now on the FitSmallBusiness.com. To learn more about the consulting services that Ali Pourvasei provides, LAD Solutions has requested that interested parties request a quote at ladsolutions.com.

About LAD Solutions: LAD Solutions, based in Los Angeles, California, is a full service digital marketing firm. As a nationally recognized firm, LAD Solutions has helped clients develop their businesses from all regions of the U.S. Lakshmi Kodali, Ali Pourvasei, and David Barkhordari, the three founders of the company, started the company in 2009 after meeting at an SEO conference. Today, LAD Solutions works with clients from top brands in various industries. For more information about the services offered by LAD Solutions, go to ladsolutions.com

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Resort for a Day’s Revamped Website Enhances Resort Day Pass Shopping Experience

Resort for a Day, the largest distributor of resort day-pass shore excursions in the Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda and Mexico for cruise passengers, announces the launch of a completely redesigned website — http://www.ResortforaDay.com.    

The revamped site’s design not only provides a more user-friendly experience, its beachy-feel and color scheme screams “vacation getaway” and entices users to purchase a resort day pass for a relaxing shore excursion experience. In addition, the enhanced search functionality makes it easier for guests to leisurely or quickly search by destination, cruise line, ship, cruise date and length of cruise. The interior destination pages offer a quick snapshot of the price per adult, price per child and whether the resort is family friendly; all inclusive; if it offers motorized watersports; and if there is free Wi-Fi available. When clicking on a particular resort, guests will receive more robust information about the resort’s features, what is included with the day pass and even customer reviews.

“We redesigned the site with both our guests and travel agent partners in mind,” said Lynn Walters, product manager for Resort for a Day. “We want to take the stress out of vacation planning so our top priority is to ensure a user-friendly experience when researching, planning and booking our resort day passes, and we achieved this with the new site.”

Many travelers are cruising with a large group of friends or family. The new site makes it easy for parties of 10 or more to register a group and take advantage of a group discount. In addition, Professional Travel Agents now have an improved and more user-friendly Portal making it easier to book resort day passes for their clients. Also, travel agents receive a 10 percent commission on every resort day pass booked.

To learn more about Resort for a Day or to book a resort day pass, visit ResortForADay.com or call 1-800-887-6620.

About Resort for a Day 
Resort for a Day is the largest distributor of resort day passes giving cruise customers the unique opportunity to spend their day at some of the best resorts; all conveniently located in over 20 of the most cruise ports throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda, Hawaii, Mexican Riviera and more. Resort for a Day works with travel agents and agencies nationwide, offering commission on all Resort for a Day passes. Resort for a Day is part of World Travel Holdings in Massachusetts and offers live travel agent and customer support assistance seven days a week. For more information, visit the newly redesigned website at http://www.ResortforaDay.com.

Posted in: Travel,U.S

Billy Gerard Frank to Screen “Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap” at Martos Gallery

Fine Art Shippers, an international art logistics company, is pleased to share the amazing news that Billy Gerard Frank will be doing limited screenings of his film “Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap” at Martos Gallery in New York. The screenings will be part of EBSPLOITATION, a curated program of short films and videos, which runs at the gallery through August 3, 2019. “Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap” will be showing on July 17 and 24.

Billy Gerard Frank is a Grenadian-born multi-disciplinary artist working at the intersection of filmmaking, art, activism, and design. He is one of the artists selected this year to represent Grenada at the Venice Biennale, the most prestigious and important event in the world of art and culture. At the Venice Biennale, Billy Gerard Frank presented his new 40-minute film, “Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap,” accompanied by mixed media collages, sculptures, and canvas paintings. The work is built on the memories of Frank’s father’s life and explores the themes of estrangement, sexuality, exile, and migration. It is an abstract story of interconnected lives, which perfectly combines non-fiction with fiction, mirroring the artist’s own experience in Grenada as a gay teenager. It is also worth noting that the producer of “Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap” is Lauren Beck – the same Lauren Beck who earned her Academy Award for Best Picture nomination for the critically acclaimed 2016 film “Manchester by the Sea.”

“Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap,” along with the entire installation, is on view at the Venice Biennale until November 24. However, you don’t have to visit Venice to see this film because it will be showing at Martos Gallery this July.

This summer, Martos Gallery was transformed into a movie theater to present a program of videos and short films showing a different side to filmmaking. The unique exhibition is titled EBSPLOITATION, paying tribute to Blaxploitation, a genre of black action film aimed at black audiences, which emerged in the US in the early 1970s. EBSPLOITATION features videos and short films by many talented artists, including Billy Gerard Frank and Arthur Jafa who won Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival this year. The curated program runs daily during gallery hours, with screenings of longer films every Wednesday night at 8pm. Billy Gerard Frank will be showing his film on July 17 and 24.

At Fine Art Shippers, we had the pleasure of helping Billy Gerard Frank ship his art installation to the Venice Biennale. This amazing artist did an incredible job with his “Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap,” which was called “incredible” by ARTnews. If you are in New York, don’t miss a chance to see this 40-minute film at Martos Gallery!

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,News & Current Affairs,Society & Culture,Transportation & Logistics,U.S

Northeast Prestressed Products Features Bridge Project That’s First of Its Kind in the U.S.

Northeast Prestressed Products (NPP), a PCI Mid-Atlantic Producer Member and manufacturer of prestressed/precast products for the Mid-Atlantic, New England and surrounding areas, has a key role in a prominent Lehigh Valley bridge replacement project that is currently underway.

Lehigh and Northampton Counties are replacing their 1930’s era bridge over the Lehigh River with a durable precast prestressed concrete structure. The Coplay-Northampton Bridge replacement has a .5 million price tag and will connect the two boroughs for motorists and pedestrians.

This project is the first in Pennsylvania to utilize pre-stressed and post-tensioned bulb tee beam construction including spliced girders, and the first in the U.S. to use Electrically Isolated Tendons (EIT).

The replacement structure will be a three-span continuous bridge using pre-stressed bulb tee girders, with four splices along the span. The five girder lines will be post-tensioned and grouted with four tendons per line. A composite cast-in-place concrete deck will complete the structure.

The bridge is one of the most heavily traveled in the Lehigh Valley, and so many people walk the bridge every day that the county is providing a shuttle bus six days a week for the duration of the project.

AECOM is the architect and structural engineer for the bridge project. Jason Beecher, PE, AECOM Project Manager, recalls that the company has been working on this project for more than a decade.

Their memorandum of agreement with Lehigh County included architectural features on the replacement structure like ornamental lighting and reconstruction of the tow path to service the old canal.

All interested parties were eventually satisfied, and the project moved forward.

“AECOM was selected back in 2004 as the A and E for this design/bid/build project. We worked with the community to develop a durable structure for Lehigh County,” explained Beecher.

AECOM had to overcome community sentiment for the older structure by performing public outreach. The resulting concrete structure accommodates the addition of a turn lane as well as improving the durability and under-clearance.

“The AECOM team was able to keep the existing pier locations in the river and through substructure evaluation determined they were adequate to support the new loading. We didn’t have to put in coffer dams, and we minimized disruption to the fish migration seasons,” recalls Beecher.

The use of the pre-stressed post-tensioned spliced girders was selected back in the TSL stage, but it wasn’t until the design development stage that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) showed interest in the project to test a new method of corrosion protection.

The bridge replacement project is the first in Pennsylvania to utilize pre-stressed and post-tensioned bulb tee beam construction including the spliced girders. And it’s the first project in the United States to use Electrically Isolated Tendons (EIT), a technology that is readily available and has been successfully used in Europe.

The EITs allow for verification that the post-tensioned cables have been encapsulated, as per the plans and specs, while they provide enhanced durability and non-destructive condition assessment over time. It requires minimal changes to current construction practices and provides an incentive to improve workmanship.

“The use of the demo EIT technology did not have an adverse effect on the project schedule or budget,” explains Larry Franko, Project Manager with Pennoni Associates.

“I predict in the future this technology should be considered for every pre-stressed and post-tensioned project,” adds Franko.

The EIT process uses a tight polymer duct that encapsulates the high-strength steel along with grouting that creates a protective alkaline environment for the steel strands and an anchor head that is isolated from the ground and the normal reinforcement of the structure.

The use of electrically isolated anchorages allows the team to check the integrity of the plastic duct during and after construction and to monitor the corrosion protection of the high-strength steel during the whole service life with electrical impedance measurements.

The FHWA had been searching for a project that fit the criteria to demonstrate the EIT system. In conjunction with Lehigh County and PennDOT, the Coplay bridge project was selected after vetting concerns about schedule, time and cost.

Lehigh University and Dywidag Systems International (DSI) also played a part in this groundbreaking project.

The engineering and transportation divisions of NPP worked with Trumbull, project contractor, to overcome challenges in the development and delivery of the beams. Beam delivery met several snags as the travel route had to be adjusted so the prestressed concrete beams – the longest at 139’4” – could be backed down a narrow street to access the crane.

According to Franko, only one route was deemed acceptable for the delivery of the prestressed beams. Unbeknownst to the team, a local township construction project impacted that route.

“There was no other way to reach the staging area and we were looking at a possible 6-week delay,” says Franko. The team devised a way to use a local street within the detour in conjunction with a public parking lot. That creative solution avoided major delays.

Mother Nature poured buckets of rain on Pennsylvania in 2018. It was one of the wettest years on record, with the Lehigh Valley receiving more than 20” of rain above normal, putting a damper on the construction schedule.

“The causeways were frequently submerged due to the rain,” says Beecher. “Since they were needed to erect the pre-stressed beams, we had to increase the elevation to make sure they weren’t washed out.”

The temporary causeway was designed based on the driest month of August, but the causeway was flooded because of the extremely rainy summer, so a concrete foundation was installed to support the temporary towers.

Another challenge for the team was performing a full-scale mockup of the post-tensioning operation. Franko recalls it wasn’t easy finding a level space 600 feet in length where they could mimic the exact bridge profile. Trumbull found space that allowed the interested parties to walk through the process and satisfy PennDOT and FHWA.

As with any spliced girder project, there were some challenges.

“There was some difficulty with alignment and movement with the drop in sections between the 2 haunched girders on opposing piers that were held in place only by the use of strong backs. The section between the piers was the farthest reach and that piece was difficult to maneuver. In order to avoid the PT ducts, we had to drop it down alongside and move it laterally into place,” says Franko.

There was a slight misalignment of the PT ducts due to the temporary forces on each end of the beams. They came up with a scheme to jack the beams which allowed everything to be moved within allowable tolerances.

Lehigh University and DSI will continue to monitor the bridge project and publish the results of their research. The results will confirm how well confined the post-tensioned tendons were during construction. The initial readings were above baseline and from that standpoint the grouting operation was successful.

This non-destructive evaluation method monitors for breeches in the corrosion protection system indicative of the onset of corrosion. In this demonstration project, the emphasis was for the EIT to measure quality control at the time of construction as well as long-term.

As for the project schedule, concrete deck work is scheduled for completion in 2019 with a bridge opening date set for 2020.


  •     Bridge Description: 3-span continuous bridge, 5 girder lines
  •     Bridge Length: 1,124 ft.
  •     Precast Elements: 27 PS Bulb Tee Beams and 25 PS/PT Bulb Tee Segments (spans 4-6) (various sizes)



  •     Location: Chestnut Street Bridge - Coplay, PA
  •     Precast: Northeast Prestressed Products, LLC
  •     Owner: County of Lehigh
  •     Architect: AECOM
  •     Structural Engineer: AECOM
  •     Contractor: Trumbull Corporation
  •     Construction Manager: Pennoni Associates
  •     Construction Inspection: Pennoni Associates

PCI Mid-Atlantic, a chapter of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI), is a professional marketing organization committed to the growth and greater profitability of the Precast Industry in the Mid-Atlantic region. It is comprised of prestressed/precast producer member firms located throughout the Mid-Atlantic States, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. PCI Mid-Atlantic also has over 50 associate member companies that produce a variety of concrete industry related products. For more information, visit http://www.pci-ma.org

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,Marketing & Sales,U.S

NDS Launches “Downspout Defender” Attachment for Catch Basins that Deflects Debris and Prevents Clogs Downstream

NDS, Inc., a leading provider of drainage and stormwater management solutions for both residential and commercial applications, today launched Downspout Defender™, an innovative attachment to NDS catch basins that deflects debris and prevents clogs downstream, making downspout drainage systems more effective. With a self-cleaning grate and patent-pending design that captures more water than standard grates, Downspout Defender™ fits 12”x12” NDS catch basins.

“Installing catch basins under downspouts is a best practice for managing stormwater and protecting property. The new NDS Downspout Defender™ makes a drainage system even more effective by deflecting large debris to keep the system running clean,” said Sharon Vessels, Vice President of Marketing and E-commerce at NDS. “With Downspout Defender™, we’re excited to offer an innovative tool that enhances the performance of critical drainage solutions and protects homes from damage related to stormwater runoff.”

A catch basin traps sediment, debris, contaminants and pollutants so that they cannot enter and clog drainage pipes. Installed beneath downspouts, catch basins connect to underground drainage pipes where the water can drain away from a home to a safe location. The NDS Downspout Defender™, which attaches to a catch basin, sheds leaves, needles, twigs, nuts, seeds and other debris while preventing water from splashing back onto building walls and capturing water that overshoots traditional flat grates. Made with high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and manufactured in the U.S., the NDS Downspout Defender™, combined with a catch basin, protects property and structures by eliminating standing water.

The financial costs of poor drainage can be substantial: repairing damage to a home’s foundation as a result of poor drainage can range from ,500 to ,000, according to the National Association of Realtors. The human health costs of poor drainage on a property can be significant: poorly drained runoff from roofs can enter basements or flow inside homes through foundational cracks or leaks where it can warp floorboards and turn finished rooms into disastrous, mildewy and moldy messes that can attract insects and rodents; outside, inadequate or non-existent drainage from gutter downspouts can create standing water that can harbor breeding spots for mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus, Zika virus and heartworms.

The NDS Downspout Defender™ is sold at major retailers and wholesalers throughout the U.S., and online at http://www.ndspro.com.

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About NDS, Inc. 
NDS, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of products and solutions for drainage and stormwater management, landscape irrigation and flow management for both residential and commercial applications. Headquartered in Woodland Hills, California, NDS is a member of the NORMA Group, a global market leader in engineered joining technology. For more information, visit http://www.ndspro.com and http://www.normagroup.com.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

Area Diesel Service, Inc. Adds Third Generation of Leefers Family to Team

Area Diesel Service, Inc. a diesel performance parts company headquartered in Carlinville, Il., announced this month that Tyler Leefers is the newest member of its management team. Tyler is the grandson of the company’s founder and president, Val Leefers. In his new role, Tyler will oversee daily business operations.

“Our long-range plan is to have Tyler be the future of the company,” said Val. He continued, “Tyler is aware that following in our footsteps requires working long hours, doing jobs nobody else knows how to do, and having full devotion to the betterment of the company.”

A Cross-Country Journey in Agricultural Diesel

Tyler is no stranger to the world of diesel power products and service. He spent many formative years as a part-time employee of the company, which sparked a passion for the diesel business. He eventually pursued an undergraduate education in diesel and agricultural degree programs. His education took him nearly 1,500 miles away to Montana State University-Northern in Havre, Mt.

During his time at Montana State University-Northern, Tyler interned with Resource Power Group, a leading supplier of medium-speed engines and services for large bore diesel and natural gas engines. In 2016, Tyler earned his bachelor’s degree in diesel technology and was subsequently employed by Border Plains Equipment in Glasgow, Mont. Tyler also worked with Southwest AG in Dickinson, N.D., before finding his way back to the Carlinville area with his wife, Brinne.

“Since I was just a little guy building injectors, I knew I wanted to be in this business and industry,” said Tyler. “That’s why I pursued my degrees and earned the experience and training I have.”

He continued, “I’ve witnessed my grandpa and dad build and transform ADS to meet industry demands and they’ve done a great job. I want to follow their lead to learn and grow, not only with the business but with the rest of the team.”

Tyler will continue the Leefers’ family legacy of providing industry-leading diesel solutions alongside his grandfather and father, Vice-President Von Leefers.

About Area Diesel Service

Founded in Carlinville, Illinois, Area Diesel Service, Inc. has supplied quality products and services to the diesel market for over 46 years. In addition to its Carlinville, Il. branch, Area Diesel has branches in Pleasant Hill, Iowa and Indianapolis, Ind. For more information on Area Diesel’s innovative diesel performance products, visit www(dot)areadieselservice(dot)com or contact Corey Stallings at coreys(at)areadiesel(dot)com.

Posted in: Services,U.S

Crimson Cup Opens Fourth International Coffee House in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Columbus, Ohio coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea has opened its fourth international coffee shop in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The new Crimson Cup Coffee House Dhanmondi South is located at Rangs Fortune Square, House 32, Road 2 in the city’s Dhanmondi area. It joins Crimson Cup Coffee Houses in the Banani and Dhanmondi neighborhoods.

“We’re excited to open a second Crimson Cup Coffee House in the Dhanmondi neighborhood of Dhaka,” said Founder and President Greg Ubert. “The managing directors, managing partners and investors have created another inviting space for Dhanmondi coffee lovers to enjoy espressos, café mochas, lattes and other coffee drinks.”

Crimson Cup Bangladesh is a joint project of Managing Directors Mohaimin Mostafa and Rehanur Rahman and Managing Partners Tareq Rafi Bhuiyan and Ayesha Rawshan Bhuiyan.

“Dhanmondi is a huge residential area with a multicultural population, and our existing shop in Dhanmondi 27 was not sufficient to keep up with demand,” Mostafa said. “Our second outlet in Dhanmondi makes it much easier for customers to reach us.”

Crimson Cup Coffee House Dhanmondi offers a wide range of handcrafted hot, iced and frozen espresso drinks as well as hot and iced teas. The shop also features a brew bar, where baristas hand-pour craft coffees discovered during Crimson Cup’s sourcing trips all over the world. Fresh-baked pastries round out the menu, and customers can also buy bags of fresh-roasted beans to brew at home.

Mostafa said the Crimson Cup Mocha, served hot or frozen, is the most popular drink among younger customers. More mature customers prefer traditional cappuccino and café latte drinks.

Mostafa and the Bhuiyans enjoyed Crimson Cup coffee while studying at The Ohio State University in Columbus. When planning for their chain of coffee houses, they reached out for support through Crimson Cup’s 7 Steps to Success coffee franchise alternative program.

Based on Ubert’s book, Seven Steps to Success in the Specialty Coffee Industry, the program teaches prospective business owners all they need to open a coffee shop. Hands-on consulting covers everything from writing a coffee shop business plan and finding the right location to choosing equipment, hiring and training staff, attracting customers and more.

As part of the 7 Steps program, the new shop’s team of managers and baristas underwent five days of intense training with Crimson Cup 7 Steps Trainer Steve Bayless and Innovation Lab Ambassador Nate Bell to prepare for the opening.

“We love every single aspect of Crimson Cup: the service standard, the quality of beans, relationships with farmers, the volunteer work for the community, new product ideas and so much more,” Rahman said.

After opening four coffee houses since 2015, the Crimson Cup Bangladesh team continues plans for expansion. Managers are looking for locations in the cities of Sylhet and Chittagong, the resort city of Cox Bazar, and other sections of Dhaka, including Mirpur. They are also exploring development opportunities in India, Nepal and Thailand.

About Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

Columbus, Ohio coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea is Roast magazine’s 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year. Since 1991, Crimson Cup has roasted sustainably sourced craft coffee in small batches, sold directly to consumers and as wholesale coffee beans. Through its 7 Steps to Success coffee franchise alternative program, the company also teaches entrepreneurs to run successful coffee houses. By developing a coffee shop business plan, prospective entrepreneurs gain insight into how much it costs to open a coffee shop. Crimson Cup coffee is available through more than 350 independent coffee houses, grocers, college and universities, restaurants and food service operations across 37 states, Guam and Bangladesh, as well as the company’s own Crimson Cup Coffee Houses. To learn more, visit crimsoncup.com

Posted in: Food & Beverage,U.S

Birk Manufacturing will Exhibit at SEMICON WEST 2019

Birk Manufacturing has announced that the company will be exhibiting its innovative custom flexible heaters and heating elements at SEMICON WEST 2019, the largest exhibition for the global microelectronics industry in North America. The event will be held at Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, California, from July 9 to 11, 2019. Birk Manufacturing will be showcasing at booth #152.

At the booth, Birk Manufacturing will be showcasing its best-selling products, including Kapton® (polyimide), silicone rubber, mica-insulated, and butyl rubber heating elements. These heating elements are largely used in semiconductor equipment, instrumentation, medical devices, and several types of critical diagnostic equipment. The company offers these products in custom designs and specifications to meet diverse industry requirements. Attendees who stop at the company’s booth can also see its other product offerings, comprising several thermal solutions, including surface mount sensors, temperature probes, and several bare elements such as thermocouple sensors and RTDs.

The semiconductor industry uses several well-designed thermal systems and heater elements for various applications and processes. Birk Manufacturing has developed customized thermal systems that ensure low outgassing, even heat distribution, and excellent heat transfer to the heat sink as well as feature flexible circuits and integrated sensors. These heating solutions are widely used in applications such as the burn-in testing of integrated circuits and managing process temperature during the manufacturing of wafers for semiconductor applications.

Birk Manufacturing is one of the leading manufacturers of Kapton® (polyimide) heaters in the world. These heaters are thinner than most other industrial heating elements available in the market and are considered perfect solutions for compact/2D applications. These heaters can be integrated with temperature sensors to ensure thermal stability and uniform heat distribution in an application. In addition to these products, Birk Manufacturing also provides application engineering services that are certified to the ISO: 9001, ISO: 13485 and AS: 9100 standards.

“Birk Manufacturing is proud to be part of one of the largest semiconductor events in the world – SEMICON West 2019. We have been serving the semiconductor industry for years, and our flexible heating solutions have been part of several critical semiconductor applications. We believe this event will bring us several opportunities to interact with manufacturers, technicians, and engineers who might be looking for the highest-quality thermal solutions for their semiconductor applications,” said Michael Mattox, Birk’s Chief Executive Office.

SEMICON West is a premier event that addresses the trends, requirements, and market needs of semiconductor devices. The event will comprise 80+ hours of business and technical programming, as well as several innovative exhibitions, where exhibitors will provide insights on innovations in the semiconductor industry. Attendees will get a glimpse into smart solutions such as flexible hybrid electronics, sensors, MEMS, and so on. Every year, the event attracts technology and business leaders, industry analysts, researchers, and business managers of microelectronics industries. At the event, you will see Birk Manufacturing exhibiting at the SEMICON West 2019 show at booth #152 at Moscone Center South Hall.

About Birk Manufacturing 
Founded in 1989, Birk Manufacturing is a market leader of innovative thermal heating solutions. The company is located in East Lyme, CT, and operates from its 36,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility, where it designs flexible heating solutions, temperature sensors, custom turnkey assemblies, wire harnesses, standard heaters, and RAPT°R-heated tubes. The company regularly designs and manufactures customized thermal solutions for its clients across various industries. Its commitment to quality throughout the design and manufacturing phases can be easily verified by the various certifications that it owns. Birk is an ISO 13485/9001-, AS9100-, and ITAR-accredited company. For more information, please visit the official website at https://www.birkmfg.com.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

Premium Omega-3 DHA Supplements Certified Free-From PIFA C16:4 (n-3)

Anpas Global, makers of the high concentration Premium Omega-3 DHA brand of supplements is the first company to have their products certified free-from C 16:4 (n-3) in the nutrition industry.

“Since the launch of our flagship consumer product, Nurture Me® in 2015, all our DHA supplements have been voted top quality health supplements three years in a row. Thus, it came as no surprise when a third-party lab test report confirmed that our products tested free-from the platinum-induced fatty acid 16:4(n-3) (hexadeca-4,7,10,13-tetraenoic acid),” said Sapna Misra, President of Anpas Global.

Positive Customer Impact

New and emerging research shows that certain PIFAs (platinum-induced fatty acids) like C 16:4(n-3) induce systemic resistance to a broad range of DNA-damaging chemotherapeutics. While more studies are needed in this area, Researchers have discovered that cancer cells become less sensitive to chemotherapy in the presence of certain PIFAs.

Although the PIFA C 16:4 (n-3) is not a fish fatty acid, it may occur in some commercially available fish oil supplements. These scientists therefore advise against using fatty fish and / or fish oil supplements during chemotherapy as these PIFAs seem to protect the cancer cells against chemotherapy and render it less effective.

Anpas Global anticipates that with this new certification showing the absence of C 16:4 (n-3) in their products, researchers and pharma companies may see their Premium Omega-3 DHA supplements as favorable and safe adjunct therapy.

About Anpas Global

In January 2015, Anpas Global entered the consumer health products space with Nurture Me®, the smallest size omega-3 DHA supplement for women 18 to 55 years. Within nine months from launch it was voted top women’s health supplement by the SupplySide CPG Editor’s Choice Awards. The following year, its second consumer product, Nurture Kids® DHA supplement for children, was also nominated Top 5 Children’s Health Product by the Supply Side CPG Editor’s. Finally, in 2017 their third consumer product Nurture Brain® a high concentration Omega-3 DHA Fish Oil supplement delivering 600 mg of pharmaceutical grade DHA per dose was also voted top Brain Health Supplement by the Supply Side CPG Editor’s Choice Award.

The company’s DHA supplements are made with ultra-concentrated triglyceride fish oil, especially formulated to prevent the smell and taste of fish. Each perfectly portioned tiny softgel has 300 mg of DHA. Unlike bottled fish oil products, their brands come individually wrapped in Pharmaceutical Grade Blister Strip Packaging to preserve freshness and product stability. To instill trust and transparency among consumers, each product comes with a Third-Party test report from Pace Analytical, an Independent Testing Lab certifying the products free from Mercury, and other Environmental Contaminants.

Product Availability

Premium Omega-3 DHA supplements are sold under the brand names Nurture Me®, Nurture Kids® and Nurture Brain®. The company sells their supplements exclusively online through their website http://www.premiumomega.com and on Amazon. 
References on the scientific research about C16:4(n-3) PIFA and chemoresistance can be obtained from Anpas Global.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

CarTrawler’s New Mobility Platform Connects Airlines with Ride-Hailing Travelers

CarTrawler, the world’s leading B2B travel technology company, has launched a global travel mobility platform that enables airlines to offer the broadest range of travel solutions from within their existing mobile applications, and thereby to “own the last mile” for their customers while driving incremental revenue.

Airlines are striving to offer a unique customer value proposition through their loyalty programmes. CarTrawler has responded to its partners’ wishes by providing a market-first mobility SDK, which affords customers the ability to earn and burn loyalty points as they ride. By integrating with CarTrawler’s industry-leading platform, airlines can now offer customers quick and easy access to pre-booked and on-demand private transfers and taxis.

An industry first, the platform is the culmination of significant investment by CarTrawler in the mobility sector and positions airlines to maximize revenues from the mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) market, which is estimated to reach a value of .75 trillion by 2030.

Aileen McCormack, chief commercial officer at CarTrawler, said: “Our new mobility platform will revolutionize the travel sector by offering customers a simple, one-stop-shop for all their travel needs to and from the airport. Airlines can now connect the dots and instantly utilise this platform in-app, offering customers a superior booking experience and reflecting the reality that those who don’t rent, ride.”

“Airlines need to offer travel solutions that can exist alongside car rental – the ride-hailing market alone is estimated to reach a value of 5 billion by 2030 and the overall MaaS market will grow by 25% over the next five years. However, just 59 of the world’s 473 airlines currently offer mobility services to customers,” said Charlie Coniglio, SVP for CarTrawler’s North American operations. “By owning the first and last mile, airlines can maximize revenues from this rapidly growing sector and future-proof their business. At the same time, they will be able to offer customers every possible travel option, strengthening brand loyalty as a result.”

CarTrawler creates global online marketplaces that bring together its 2,000 travel partners, 2,500 transport suppliers, and almost one billion end-customers. CarTrawler’s easy-to-implement platform drives unparalleled revenue and market share with higher conversion rates for its partners.

About CarTrawler 
CarTrawler is the world’s leading B2B technology provider of car hire and mobility services to the travel industry. We offer the widest real-time choice at great rates, personalised to each customer’s trip, through our award-winning technology and intelligent use of data science. CarTrawler’s end-to-end solution enables our partners’ customers to find the right car at the right price, no matter where in the world they are traveling. We provide their customers with a one-stop-shop for all of their ground transportation needs, including car rental, on-demand and pre-booked taxis, shared shuttle services, bus and rail products. The company headquarters and Customer Centre of Excellence are located in Dublin, Ireland. CarTrawler is private equity backed by BC Partners and Insight Venture Partners. For more, visit cartrawler.com.

Posted in: Business,Technology,U.S

LPA Names Sara Flowers New Studio Leader in San Antonio

Integrated design firm LPA has promoted veteran Texas architect Sara Flowers to studio director in San Antonio, where she will direct the studio’s growth in education and civic developments.

Flowers, who is both an architect and interior designer, has worked in the San Antonio office for 17 years, focusing on creating more sustainable, efficient and affordable projects. Her design skills and leadership have played a key role on a variety of notable projects, including several campuses for the Alamo Heights Independent School District, the KSAT 12 news headquarters and the local headquarters for Joeris General Contractors.

“Sara has been our rock of Gibraltar through the years,” says San Antonio Principal Mark Oppelt. “She has grown into an incredible leader for our office.”

The firm has also elevated architects Federico Cavazos and Jim Oppelt to Associates, recognizing their growing influence on San Antonio design. Both have been deeply involved in several of the studio’s largest recent projects, such as the redesign of Lanier High School for San Antonio Independent School District and Menchaca Elementary School for Austin Independent School District.

“Federico and Jim bring a great spirit of collaboration to every project,” says LPA Principal Mickey Conrad.

LPA focuses on an integrated approach to design, bringing multi-disciplined teams to projects including engineers, landscape architects and interior designers, with an emphasis on sustainable, energy efficient designs. LPA’s new San Antonio’s office, a redesign of an abandoned Southtown retail space, was recently certified as LEED Platinum. The office was also recognized as the 2019 Best Green Project by the San Antonio Business Journal.

Although LPA is best known for its industry-leading work on K-12 campuses, including the East Central High School Performing Arts Center and the new Pleasanton Elementary School, the firm has been growing into different sectors. Current projects include Twelve26Townhomes, a new 20-unit housing development; renovations to Elliott Hall dormitories into classrooms and offices for Texas State University; a new headquarters for Meals on Wheels; and a new senior care facility in San Antonio for Bienvivir, the El Paso-based community-based healthcare program.

Flowers grew up in the small West Texas town of Monahans and earned a Masters degree from Texas Tech University. She first joined O’Neill Conrad Oppelt Architects, the predecessor to LPA in San Antonio, as an intern in 2002.

“I love working with people, figuring out what problems we can help them solve with their spaces,” Flowers says. “We can influence things that can make people’s everyday lives better and that’s what excites me about architecture.”

About LPA 
Founded in 1965, LPA specializes in creating innovative environments that work better, do more with less and improve people’s lives. An integrated design firm with six locations in California and Texas, LPA’s team includes more than 430 in-house architects, master planners, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects and research analysts, working across a wide array of sectors. For more information, visit lpadesignstudios.com.

Posted in: Business,U.S

Texas Fertility Specialists Erika Munch, MD, and Susan Hudson, MD, Join Ovation Fertility

Ovation® Fertility is pleased to announce that it has welcomed two new physician shareholders, both affiliated with the renowned Texas Fertility Center: Susan Hudson, MD, and Erika Munch, MD. These two well-respected reproductive endocrinologists provide fertility care for both women and men from across the South Texas region. The investments of Drs. Munch and Hudson bring Ovation to a total of 24 physician partners, all coming together with reproductive medicine’s top scientists to deliver some of the most advanced, cost-effective fertility treatment available anywhere in the world.

“We are delighted that so many brilliant physicians have discovered the value of partnering with Ovation and are committing their support to our innovative fertility services company,” says Nate Snyder, Ovation’s chief executive officer. “Texas Fertility Center and its partner physicians have been longstanding allies to Ovation, and we are thrilled to welcome two more of TFC’s rising stars into the Ovation Fertility family.”

Based in New Braunfels, Texas, Dr. Hudson is a board certified reproductive endocrinologist as well as a former IVF patient with a uniquely compassionate perspective on fertility care. She earned both her Bachelor of Science and medical degree at Texas A&M University, then went on to Scott & White in Temple, Texas, where she completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology before moving on to a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Minnesota’s world-renowned Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Munch is a San Antonio-based fertility specialist who is also board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She earned her undergraduate degree from Southwestern University, her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine, and a certificate from the University of Texas School of Public Health. At Baylor College of Medicine, she completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology, then continued her education in fertility care at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where she completed a three-year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.

Drs. Munch and Hudson use the Ovation Fertility San Antonio IVF laboratory for scientific support of all IVF procedures, including embryology and andrology services. Dr. Hudson also serves as the laboratory director of the Ovation Fertility New Braunfels satellite andrology lab.

About Ovation Fertility

Ovation® Fertility is a national network of reproductive endocrinologists and scientific thought leaders focused on reducing the cost of having a family through more efficient and effective fertility care. Ovation’s IVF and genetics laboratories and affiliated practices work collaboratively to raise the bar for IVF treatment, with state-of-the-art, evidence-based fertility services that give hopeful parents the best chance for a successful pregnancy. Physicians partner with Ovation to offer their patients advanced preimplantation genetic testing. Ovation also provides donor eggs that come with a Euploid Embryo Guarantee®, as well as secure frozen egg, embryo and sperm long-term storage; consultative services to help IVF laboratories improve quality and performance; and fertility preservation programs that enable more women to freeze their eggs and build future families. Learn more about Ovation’s vision of a world without infertility at http://www.OvationFertility.com.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,Services,U.S

Boston Industrial Solutions introduces Natron ST Series soft touch pad printing ink

Boston Industrial Solutions, Inc. annoucnes the arrival of the Natron™ ST Series inks for pad printing onto soft touch,  rubber, nylon, textiles and synthetic products. Examples of applications include soft touch pens, neck labels, rubber, nylon and synthetics.

What is soft touch? Soft touch is a coating applied to plastics and rubber substrates to give the coated products a smooth, soft feel. The soft touch coating makes it hard for printing inks to adhere on products. To solve this challenge, Boston Industrial Solutions, Inc. formulated the ST series soft touch ink line.

This new pad printing inks for soft touch and synthetics features fast drying time, high opacity and excellent print-ability. Cured prints are also able to resist rubbing, machine washing, and scratch tests. The Natron™ ST series ink line is also easy to work with just like the Natron™ SE silicone inks.

The ST Series inks for soft touch comes in 20 high opacity standard colors and is available in 1kg containers. Custom colors are also available within eight business hours upon request.

Generally, the Natron ST series will air dry at 68°F in 20-30 seconds and will achieve full crosslinking within 24 - 48 hours. With catalyst added, full cross-link is achieved in 24 – 36 hours.  Accelerated drying and curing can be achieved introducing heat at 150 - 225°F for approximately 60 seconds to two minutes. (Safety caution! Wait for the hot product to cool down before touching).

Natron ST Series pad printing inks not only solves the challenge of printing onto nylons, rubber, and soft touch substrates but it also offer economic value, durability, and vibrant prints.

For more information on the ST Series inks, please visit: https://www.bostonindustrialsolutions.com/product-category/natron-pad-printing-inks/

Posted in: Fashion & Beauty,India,Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

Fairleigh Dickinson University Student Blazes Trail for Gender Diversity in Computer Science; Earns Women’s Scholarship from Montclair Web Development Agency

Lform Design (http://www.lform.com) — a web design and development company headquartered in Montclair, NJ—is thrilled to announce the recipient of its second annual ,500 STEM scholarship for women studying computer science and computer engineering. Faiza Jabeen, 19, of Booton, NJ, was awarded the women’s scholarship and paid summer internship for her academic excellence and passion for computer science.

“(I am) a female from a culture where females are preferred to stay home instead of working, and if they do, their parents make sure it is a safe place for her to work there,” Jabeen said.

Jabeen was born in Karachi, Pakistan and moved to the United States in 2013. According to Jabeen, Pakistani families who allow women to work know what females are capable of doing and what is best for them. They prefer the women to study biology and believe that being a nurse and doctor is safer, as they will always be surrounded by good people.

“My family was supportive. (WE) females are really precious for our families and they want to see us happy and successful,” Jabeen said. “I really wanted to study computer science because it has many different (career paths).”

Jabeen decided to follow in her older brother's footsteps, and pursue a degree in computer science. Jabeen recalls, as a high school student, looking at his tests and homework and thinking, “I get this. I can do this.” Throughout high school and as a freshman at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ, she has excelled in this field of study.

During her high school classes, she began to recognize how male dominated the field was. In her first computer science course, there were five women. In the second, there were three, and in the third, there were two—until one woman dropped out and only she remained. Jabeen said she sat quietly in the corner, but held one of the highest grade averages in the class.

“People nowadays think that the computer field is only for men, but this is not something I believe,” Jabeen said. “No field out there is for men only. I believe women can do anything if we work hard enough, and I am willing to do whatever I can to reach (my goals).”

According to the nonprofit, Girls Who Code, only 24 percent of computer scientists are female, and that number is in jeopardy of shrinking. To help close the gender gap in technology, Lform Design launched this annual scholarship and internship program for young women pursuing a career in computer science or computer engineering. 
“As a New Jersey web development company, we see first-hand how our industry is a male-dominated field: We only have two women in our office and neither of them are part of our development team,” said Lform Design Owner and Creative Director, Ian Loew. “Because we want both men and women to thrive in this line of work equally, we created the scholarship to encourage more women coders and computer scientists to join the computing workforce. Faiza is an exemplary student of computer science and the true future of this industry. We are honored to award her this scholarship.”

Lform Design will begin accepting applicants for its 2020 women’s specific STEM scholarship starting Jan. 1, 2020. Eligibility includes a commitment to pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in computer science or computer engineering; the student must also be enrolling in or currently enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university or two-year college on track to transfer to a four-year school. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2020. The scholarship recipient will be announced May 15, 2020.

For more details about the scholarship, eligibility, and how to apply, please visit: https://www.lform.com/scholarship.

Posted in: Education,Services,U.S

Alzheimer’s Disease Virus Research Spotlighted at HHV-6 Conference, Reports Dr. Leslie Norins of Alzheimer’s Germ Quest, Inc.

Evidence indicating human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) and related herpesviruses may contribute to the causation of Alzheimer’s disease was presented in late June in a day-long session of the 11th international HHV-6 conference, in Quebec City, reports Leslie Norins, MD, PhD, CEO of Alzheimer’s Germ Quest, Inc. (AGQ), who attended.

“It was another sign that microbiological agents, including HHV-6, are finally beginning to receive the increased scrutiny in Alzheimer’s disease research they’ve deserved for many years,” says Dr. Norins.

He adds, “The entire spectrum of HHV-6 and its relatives’ involvement in other ‘mystery illnesses’ is also intriguing”. He credits the HHV-6 Foundation, and its co-founder/executive director, Kristin Loomis, with helping to maintain interest in this group of herpesviruses.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Joel Dudley (Mt. Sinai, New York), who reviewed his research on HHV-6 in Alzheimer’s brains, co-authored by Dr. Ben Readhead (Arizona State University) and several others. He also described the possibilities being opened by “big data” analysis of medical records containing multiple items on each patient. Dr. Readhead presented additional findings incriminating herpesviruses in the neuropathology of early Alzheimer’s.

Another featured speaker was Dr. Robert Moir (Harvard), who presented the reasoning and evidence for his concept that the amyloid found in Alzheimer’s brains is not “trash”, but an important product of innate immunity which can entrap harmful viruses and other microorganisms.

Dr. “Mack” Mackiewicz, from NIH’s National Institute on Aging, reminded the audience of researchers that investigating microbial participation in Alzheimer’s disease has now been elevated to a “high-priority topic”, and that grant applications are encouraged, as described in NIA’s NOT-AG-19-012.

AGQ is a public benefit corporation headquartered in Naples, Florida. It is self-funded and does not seek or accept outside donations or grants.

It sponsors two prizes: the “ Million Challenge Award” for the scientist who provides persuasive evidence that a microbial agent causes Alzheimer’s disease, and the “0,000 Challenge Award” for the physician who submits convincing proof that an Alzheimer’s patient has been spontaneously cured, without medical intervention. 

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Pharm Origins Research and Development Team Successfully Extracts Phtyo Testosterone

After extensive research and development, Pharm Origins has announced the successful extraction of natural testosterone originating from raw pine pollen.

Testosterone supplementation, a key male hormone, is often used as a potent but controversial regimen against male aging. Biologically, plant-based testosterone provides the same human benefit, with limited side effects.

Pharm Origins recently filed patents on a nutrient extraction system that can extract active ingredients from the world's rarest, most fragile natural sources.

This cutting-edge process was used in the extraction of this plant-based testosterone.

“We were really excited to finally achieve this massive research and development goal. Men all over the world are resorting to synthetic testosterone therapy and this breakthrough can lead to a safer alternative in the near future,” said Clint Winters, Pharm Origins spokesperson and natural health researcher.

It was recently discovered that pine pollen, which is essentially the male seed of the flower, contains human adapted androgens including pure testosterone.

This type of testosterone passes directly into the males’ “free testosterone” stores, without “binding,” making it very viable for supplementation. Pharm Origins will be the first to extract and suspend this plant-based hormone for potential human use. Lab trials are now underway.

“We are really excited to give men around the world a safe alternative to synthetic testosterone shots. The benefits of testosterone are powerful, but they can come with many risks. This natural application will diminish those risks without diminishing performance,” said Travis Shoaf, Director of Product Development and Manufacturing.

Pharm Origins determined from rigorous research that each gram of pine pollen contains 80 nanograms of pure “free testosterone”. 300 nanograms is considered a healthy level for an average male. Most aging men are well below this number. Based on this analysis, phyto testosterone use would normalize male testosterone levels in less than a week while keeping them high for the future.

The initial application would be sublingual, with testosterone entering the blood stream within fifteen minutes.

Clinical trials are ongoing and a full release is expected during the 2019 calendar year.

Pharm Origins was founded in 2011 and is an FDA registered dietary supplement formulator and manufacturer located in Atlanta, GA.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys Give Back with a FREE Back to School - Backpack Giveaway at Kuban Elementary School

Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys recognizes the importance of all children receiving a proper education. As such, the Phoenix personal injury law firm has decided to give away 1,500 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to help economically challenged families prepare for the new school year. The 2019 Lerner and Rowe Phoenix Back to School - Backpack Giveaway takes place on July 13, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Kuban Elementary School (3201 West Sherman St., Phoenix, 85009).

In addition to giving away 1,500 free backpacks stuffed with school supplies, there will be free snacks and musical entertainment provided by a radio station remote to amp up the cheer!

“Without the proper tools to fully participate in class, students can become distracted and easily lose focus. That is why our team looks for different ways to give back and offer assistance where it is needed most. We hope that with each backpack handed out the student who receives it feels better prepared and excited for the upcoming school year,” stated attorney Kevin Rowe.

Those interested in attending are advised to arrive early as supplies are limited and will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis while they last. For more information about the Phoenix Back to School - Backpack Giveaway, please contact Cindy Ernst with Lerner and Rowe Gives Back at (602) 977-1900.

About Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys

Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys is a powerhouse law firm in representing personal injury clients. Attorneys Glen Lerner and Kevin Rowe have grown their law firm into one of the largest personal injury firms in the country, with over 50 attorneys and nearly 400 support employees located in Nevada, California, Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Indiana, Arizona, New Mexico, and Tennessee. The law firm’s continuous exalted levels of success can be attributed to the high levels of respect and dignity shown to victims and family members hurt in an accident.

For those injured outside one of the previously listed states, Lerner and Rowe has an established network of attorneys across the country, ready to help. The firm takes pride in nourishing these relationships as they know a personal injury attorney can make all the difference in obtaining fair compensation for the pain and suffering inflicted upon the victims of tortious conduct.

For more information about Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys in Phoenix, pleas e call 602-977-1900. To connect with the law firm socially, follow Lerner and Rowe on Twitter, or become a fan of its Facebook page. Also, visit lernerandrowegivesback.com to learn more about the many other community services that the lawyers and legal support team of Lerner and Rowe actively support.

Posted in: Law & Legal,U.S

Trivedi Global, Inc. Announces Research by Alice Branton on Energy Treated B6 Vitamin Which Shows Potential Benefits for Treating Vitamin B6 Deficiency

Alice Branton, today released research results on the beneficial impact of biofield energy treatment on improving physicochemical properties of the water-soluble B-Vitamin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, which can prove to be beneficial for treating B-vitamin related deficiencies.

The preclinical trial shows: 

  • Over 44% alteration of characteristic differentiation peak, change in crystallite size
  • Over 13% increase in surface area
  • Over 24% reduction in latent heat of fusion

These results suggest the potential for the innovation and improvement of more efficient vitamin B6 supplements. Vitamin B6 is essential to protein, fat, and carbohydrate metabolism and the creation of red blood cells and neurotransmitters.

This biofield energy treatment may have the potential to provide beneficial effects on therapeutic response against Vitamin B6 deficiency. Vitamin B6 deficiency can lead to peripheral neuropathy, seborrheic dermatitis, glossitis, and cheilosis, and, in adults, depression, confusion, and seizures.

Overall, this biofield energy treated supplement presents a powerful alternative in designing nutraceutical/pharmaceutical formulation to combat vitamin B6 deficiency. It also has the potential to improve B-vitamin and electrolyte absorption in the body. A vitamin B6 deficiency is usually coupled with deficiency in other B vitamins, such as folate (vitamin B9) and vitamin B12, which can lead to higher risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, sideroblastic anemia, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), morning sickness during pregnancy.

The research further suggested that this alternative holistic treatment of pyridoxine hydrochloride, water-soluble B-vitamin supplement not only increases powder flowability but also alters appearance and thermal stability, making it potentially more bioavailable for the body.

Alice Branton provided this Biofield Energy Healing Treatment remotely from the United States, while the test samples were in the research laboratory of Dabur Research Foundation, near New Delhi, India. The Biofield Energy Treatment was administered for 5 minutes through Branton's unique Energy Transmission process, remotely to the test samples under laboratory conditions. In this study, Branton never visited the laboratory in person, nor had any contact with the test item and medium.

About Biofield Energy Treatments 
The National Center of Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has recognized and accepted Biofield Energy Healing Treatments as a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) health care approach in addition to other therapies, medicines, and practices. CAM therapies have been practiced worldwide with reported clinical benefits in different health disease profiles. Human Biofield Energy has subtle energy that has the capacity to work effectively. This energy can be harnessed and transmitted by the gifted into living and non-living things via the process of a Biofield Energy Healing Treatment or Therapy.

Scientific Publication 
Title: Evaluation of the Effect of the Energy of Consciousness Healing Treatment on Physicochemical and Thermal Properties of Pyridoxine Hydrochloride 
Journal: American Journal of Physical Chemistry 
Published: July 12, 2017 
Authors: Alice Branton, Snehasis Jana 
URL: https://www.trivedieffect.com/science/evaluation-of-the-effect-of-the-energy-of-consciousness-healing-treatment-on-physicochemical-and-thermal-properties-of-pyridoxine-hydrochloride/

About Alice Branton 
Alice Branton, CEO, Trivedi Global, Inc., recently spoke on the impact of the Trivedi Effect® at the Entrepreneurship Club of the Harvard Business School, Nasdaq, Microsoft, and Coca-Cola. She also appeared on more than 35 network television news shows in the last year including ABC, NBC, FOX, CW and more. 

About Guruji Mahendra Trivedi & The Trivedi Effect® 
Guruji Mahendra Kumar Trivedi, the founder of the Trivedi Effect®, is on a mission to usher in a new era that integrates science, spirituality, and consciousness to vastly improve the human condition and benefit humanity on a global scale. To date, more than 250,000 people worldwide have benefited from the Trivedi Effect®. His organization, Trivedi Global, Inc., is collaborating with globally renowned product research and development organizations to bring to market proprietary products and therapies in the areas of nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, and more. 
Dahryn Trivedi is a prodigious spiritual leader, young entrepreneur, and inspiring speaker. Along with Guruji Mahendra Trivedi, she devotes her time to expand and promote awareness about the power and potential of the Trivedi Effect®. She shared her message at NASDAQ and on national media including ABC, NBC, Fox, and CW.

The Trivedi Effect® is an evidence-based phenomenon in which an individual can harness inherently intelligent energy from nature and transmit it to living organisms and non-living materials, anywhere in the world through thought intention, to significantly enhance potency and beneficially alter their characteristics and behaviors through transformation at the atomic, molecular, and cellular levels.

The Trivedi Effect® has been tested, measured, and validated in over 4,000 scientific experiments globally, by world-renowned scientists and research institutes using the rigor of internationally accepted models of scientific research with the most sophisticated technologies available on this planet. Challenging the known frontiers of science, this research has resulted in over 400 publications in major international peer-reviewed scientific journals with over 4,000 citations.

These publications are available in over 4,000 universities internationally including the prestigious Ivy League Universities, as well as, the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


Forward-Looking Statements 
This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results in future periods to differ materially from stated results. Readers are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and, accordingly, are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements due to the inherent uncertainty of such statements. Statements in this news release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements and include any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations, and orientations regarding the future. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “may”, “will”, “should”, “would”, “expect”, “intend”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “predict”, “potential”, “seem”, “seek”, “future”, “continue”, “appear”, or variations of such words including negative variations thereof, and phrases that refer to certain actions, events or results that may, could, would, might or will occur or be taken or achieved.

Media Contacts 
Alice Branton, 
Chief Executive Officer 
Trivedi Global, Inc. 
(702) 907-8864 

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Platinum Tax Defenders Reports Year-Over-Year Revenue Increase

Top tax resolution company Platinum Tax Defenders is thrilled to report a year-over-year revenue increase of 63 percent compared to the same month in 2018. This revenue increase marks the largest in the company's more than 18-year history and is due in part to Platinum Tax Defenders' recent acquisition by Cardiff Lexington Corp (CDIX).

This announcement regarding Platinum Tax Defenders' revenue increase comes on the heels of Platinum's recent expansion with the opening of additional offices in Long Beach, CA, and Pompano Beach, FL. Since the opening of its first office in Simi Valley, CA in 2001, Platinum Tax Defenders has continued to provide services to taxpayers ranging from those owing the IRS more than 0,000, to the under-served taxpayer owing less than ,000. This unique business model has enabled Platinum Tax Defenders to experience tremendous growth and the latest revenue increase.

Platinum Tax Defenders offers a wide variety of tax resolution, bookkeeping, currently not collectable and tax preparation services for individuals and businesses that are dealing with back taxes or are having issues paying off their current tax bill. The reported revenue increase is evidence of Platinum Tax Defenders' continued commitment to helping taxpayers get out of tax debt, for good.

The experienced team at Platinum Tax Defenders comprises certified public accountants, enrolled agents, tax attorneys, and IRS tax attorneys. Collectively, the team has decades of experience. To date, Platinum Tax Defenders has saved its clients over million in tax debt. The Platinum team has had success reducing clients' debts from over 0,000 to just 0 in many cases. Most recently, the Platinum team successfully reduced one client's tax debt from 6,996 to only 0 through the successful negotiation of an Offer in Compromise deal with the IRS.

Through a variety of tax resolution services for individuals and businesses alike, Platinum Tax Defenders' tax relief process can take as little as nine months to bring a client to a debt-free status. Among the services Platinum Tax Defenders offers are back taxes settlement, tax attorney representation, bank levy releases, Offer in Compromise, payment plans, IRS audit representation, Revenue Officer assistance, IRS tax liens, amending tax returns, bookkeeping services, and tax preparation for businesses and individuals.

Platinum Tax Defenders continues to be at the forefront of service offered to taxpayers seeking resolution from their IRS debts. The team at Platinum Tax Defenders understands that every taxpayer is different, and that's how they run their business. As part of their practice, Platinum Tax Defenders does not begin work on a tax resolution case until they have the opportunity to thoroughly investigate a client's case. 
Should you be interested in learning about opportunities to partner with Platinum Tax Defenders to make a difference, contact (800) 385-6840.

About Platinum Tax Defenders 
Platinum Tax Defenders, a subsidiary of Cardiff Lexington Corporation, (Cardiff Lexington Corp (CDIX) ) has been helping individuals navigate their tax situations with the IRS since 2011. The top-rated tax firm's tax resolution services have saved thousands of clients hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax debt. The expert team at Platinum Tax Defenders has experience working with entrepreneurs, individuals, and small businesses alike. Platinum Tax Defenders (http://www.platinumtaxdefenders.com) is a forward-thinking leader in the tax resolution industry. The expert tax relief team works with taxpayers who are struggling with small to large tax debts. Top Tax Defenders offers a wide variety of tax resolution, bookkeeping, and tax preparation services for individuals and businesses.

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ZeptoMetrix™ Releases New Respiratory Verification Panel for Molecular Quality Control

ZeptoMetrix™ Corporation (ZMC) has released a new 20-member respiratory verification panel for use in laboratories engaged in utilizing molecular diagnostics technologies when testing for infectious diseases.

“Our focus is to provide both strategic collaborators and end-use customers with reliable, easy-to-use, and cost-effective external QC controls for their various laboratory needs”, explains Shawn R. Smith, President and CEO of ZeptoMetrix. “As industry leaders such as QIAGEN® gain approval to market novel approaches to testing for infectious diseases, such as the QIAstat-Dx® syndromic testing system, we seek to develop versatile tools that assist in the effort to ensure optimal performance within the testing labs. The recent release of our NATtrol™ Respiratory Verification Panel (# NATRVP-QIA) provides such laboratories with another example of how ZeptoMetrix is focused on supporting the diagnostic testing community with an ever-expanding portfolio of industry-leading products.”

About ZeptoMetrix™ 
ZeptoMetrix Corporation (ZMC) is an established industry leader in the design, development, and delivery of innovative, quality solutions to the Infectious Disease Diagnostics Market. Our expertise and abilities in Molecular Diagnostics, including External Quality Controls, Verification Panels, Proficiency Panels, Customized and OEM Products/Services have set the industry standard for performance and reliability and made ZeptoMetrix the preferred choice for independent 3rd party QC materials.

Founded in 1999, ZeptoMetrix is headquartered in Buffalo, NY with additional facilities in Franklin, Massachusetts.

About NATtrol™ 
Globally, millions of people are tested for infectious diseases each year. The implications of reporting either a false positive or a false negative can be devastating to the patient. Accurate and sensitive diagnostics are necessary to confirm that laboratories are providing patients with proper testing results. Utilizing ZeptoMetrix NATtrol QC materials on a consistent basis helps to monitor testing performance and enhance confidence in testing results.

ZeptoMetrix NATtrol Molecular Diagnostics products are an essential component of today’s ever-evolving testing market and are designed to provide safe, accurate and cost-effective support for activities relating to the analysis and identification of possible disease-causing microorganisms. The patented ZeptoMetrix NATtrol process renders highly-purified microorganisms non-infectious while allowing internal nucleic acids to remain intact, thereby serving as an ideal reference material for molecular diagnostic testing applications. Representing a total process control, from DNA extraction through amplification and eventual detection, NATtrol products are ready-to-use, refrigerator stable, and safe for operators to handle.

The routine and repetitive use of NATtrol™ External Run Controls and Verification Panels help enable laboratories to monitor performance and identify trends in daily test variations, test kit lot changes, and among individual operators.

For Sales and/or information regarding ZeptoMetrix, NATtrol Molecular Quality Controls & Panels, and Development/Custom Services, please contact ZeptoMetrix Customer Service.

ZeptoMetrix Corporation, Customer Service 
878 Main Street 
Buffalo, NY 14202 

Michael Hershfield, Vice President, Sales & Marketing                             

Posted in: Technology,U.S

Survey & Ballot Systems Adding Key Professionals as Part of Succession Plan

Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS), a leading provider of election services to member-based organizations, today announced the addition of three new hires starting this September in the roles of operations, administration, and sales. All three are part of a long-term succession plan as sons of co-owners, Jon G. Westerhaus and Peter M. Westerhaus.

“The time is right to develop the next generation of ownership and I’m excited by the energy these three bring toward serving the customer and growing this company,” said Jon Westerhaus, SBS President. More than 500 organizations rely on SBS to offer the latest in election solutions for all their voting needs.

In 29 years of business, brothers Jon and Peter have moved the company from startup to an influential professional services company. “The talent of these three hires, Dave, John and Peter Westerhaus, will help us maintain our market edge in both technology and product offerings,” said Peter, who serves as Vice President.

SBS has earned a reputation for offering secure and fair voting solutions on a worldwide scale to cooperatives, professional societies, mutual and agricultural associations, credit unions, unions and other organizations that engage members through governance and operational votes. SBS’ task is to help enfranchise members into the voting or survey process and bring validity to the tabulated results.

About the new SBS team members

Joining SBS in an operations role is Dave J. Westerhaus, who previously worked as a Project Management contractor at CHS Inc. focusing on IT security, compliance and infrastructure projects. Dave is a 2017 graduate of Saint John’s University (MN) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Business Leadership.

John P. Westerhaus, CPA, will have primary duties in administration, drawing on his audit experience in public accounting at KPMG and at Merrill Corporation as a Senior Analyst in their financial reporting and technical accounting group. John is a 2014 graduate of the University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management where he earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Marketing.

Peter J. Westerhaus will work in sales, using his experience as an Investment Banking Analyst for Lake Street Capital Markets where he helped facilitate equity capital market transactions and M&A advisory services. He is the founder and chair of Achieving Cures Together, a nonprofit that targets microbial restoration research. Peter graduated in 2016 from the University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and was also a linebacker on the University of Minnesota Golden Gopher football team.

About SBS: Survey & Ballot Systems, Inc. has been setting the standard in election management since 1990. We connect associations, cooperatives, clubs, and financial institutions with their members through online, paper and hybrid elections, surveys and evaluations. For more information, please visit http://www.surveyandballotsystems.com.

Posted in: Services,U.S

Lincoln Center Debut “East Meets West” Dance by Ashley Liang

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. 

Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Go3JDDNeuyI&app=desktop



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)

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., Zhe Jiang Wen Zhou Association Industry & Commerce U.S.A., 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.

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, Jasmine Restaurant, 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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Scientist.com’s Women in STEM Campaign Raises K for Women In Bio - Southern California

Scientist.com, the marketplace for medical research, is pleased to announce that its social media campaign highlighting 19 outstanding woman scientists led to a donation of ,000 to Women In Bio of Southern California (WIB-SoCal). The campaign was launched to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment—in the 19 days leading up to and including June 4, 2019, a different highly-accomplished scientist was featured in a social media post. One dollar was donated for every social media post on either Scientist.com or WIB-SoCal’s LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram accounts. WIB-SoCal will use the donation to continue its ongoing efforts to promote careers, leadership and entrepreneurship for women in the life sciences.

“We are always keen to partner with like-minded groups like Scientist.com that share our goal—encouraging females to pursue careers in the life sciences,” said Alyssa Master, PhD, Chair Emeritus of WIB-SoCal. “This specific campaign was so successful because it highlighted scientific breakthroughs made by brilliant women spanning multiple time periods, even centuries, further illustrating the important role women have played in pushing innovation and discovery over the years.”

One of 13 chapters established by Women In Bio throughout the US and Canada, WIB-SoCal seeks to provide mentorship and promote opportunities in the life sciences as well as enable and empower women to reach the highest levels of leadership. Founded in 2001, WIB has more than 2,000 members and develops programs that reach 22,000 participants ranging from middle-school STEM programs to executive-level training and development.

“This social media campaign highlighted the work of 19 brilliant women that have made world-changing scientific contributions,” said Kevin Lustig, PhD, Scientist.com CEO and Founder. “It is imperative that we foster and encourage scientists of all genders, backgrounds and ethnicities if we are to have any hope of solving the many problems facing our world today.”

About Scientist.com 
Scientist.com is the world's leading marketplace for outsourced R&D. The marketplace simplifies R&D sourcing, saving time and money, reducing risk and providing access to the latest innovative tools and technologies. Scientist.com operates private enterprise marketplaces for most of the world’s major pharmaceutical companies, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). Since its founding in 2007, Scientist.com has raised million from 5AM Ventures, Leerink Transformation Partners and Heritage Provider Network among others. Visit scientist.com to learn more.

Join Scientist.com on social media: LinkedInTwitterYouTubeFacebook and Instagram.

Media Contacts: 
Sean Preci 
Director of Communications 
+1 858 455-1300 ext. 401

About Women In Bio (WIB) 
WIB is an organization of professionals committed to promoting careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship of women in the life sciences. Founded in 2001 to support women employed in the field of life sciences from the classroom to the boardroom, Women In Bio (WIB) is a multifaceted organization with 13 chapters in North America. It offers an array of professional educational programs, peer to peer learning, mentoring and networking opportunities, and is the only organization for women that integrates all career levels and life sciences fields. Each local chapter hosts numerous events throughout the year that vary from networking events to career development, to professional education, to executive level-focused events. In addition to events, WIB hosts a Young Women In Bio program, which offers events and encouragement to middle and high-school aged girls, a mentorship program which provides women the chance to mentor or be mentored, and a national Boardroom Ready program through Executive Women In Bio, which has recently placed over 20 women on for-profit boards. As a volunteer organization, WIB offers leadership opportunities at every career stage, and a chance to expand professional networks in a supportive and inclusive environment. Please visit http://www.womeninbio.org.

Join WIB-SoCal on social media: WebsiteLinkedIn, and Twitter.

Posted in: Business,U.S

Dr. Daniel Becker Selected to Receive the 2019 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Daniel G. Becker, MD, FACS, renowned New Jersey ear, nose, throat, sinus and rhinoplasty specialist, has been chosen by Marquis Who’s Who to receive the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. This high honor has been given in recognition of his professional accomplishments over more than 20 years and his many contributions to society. Less than 5% of the Marquis Who’s Who professionals earn this distinguished international designation. Dr. Becker’s bio and accomplishments will be listed on the organization’s website alongside other recipients.

Dr. Daniel Becker is dual board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is known as a premier ENT and facial plastic surgeon both locally and internationally. Dr. Becker was recognized in 2005, 2006, 2010, and 2013-2018 by Best Doctors of America, and in 2014 through 2019 as one of Philadelphia Magazine’s Top Docs. Dr. Becker was also honored to be one of the very few honorees selected to receive a “Top Doctor” designation for rhinoplasty in Philadelphia magazine from 2014-2019.

Professor and ENT Specialist Dr. Becker 
Dr. Becker is the founder and medical director of Becker Ear, Nose and Throat Center with nine locations featuring highly-experienced, internationally-recognized physicians. An award-winning sinus, facial and nasal surgeon, Dr. Becker is also a clinical professor who trains up-and-coming surgeons at the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Otorhinolaryngology, which is ranked by the US News and World Report as one of the top 10 ENT departments in the country. Dr. Becker specializes in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, general ENT and rhinology services, and he sub-specializes in rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty and minimally-invasive sinus and nasal treatments like balloon sinuplasty.

Treatments at Becker ENT Bring Comfort and Relief 
Dr. Becker and the physicians at the Becker ENT Center bring comfort and relief to patients who are suffering from problems like GERD, sleep apnea and chronic sinusitis.

Balloon sinuplasty is an in-office treatment that opens blocked sinuses and provides quick, lasting relief. The Becker ENT specialist gently inserts and expands a small balloon in the blocked cavity to reshape the passageway and restore normal drainage.

GERD is the backflow of stomach acids and sometimes ingested food, which causes symptoms like hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, chronic cough, built up mucus and bouts of heartburn. The Becker ENT Center uses the newest technology and safer, more effective treatments to address GERD.

Sleep apnea may cause fatigue even after a full night’s sleep, headaches, trouble with memory, bedwetting, depression, moodiness and unexplained weight gain. Dr. Becker carefully evaluates patients with snoring and sleep breathing issues to determine the cause, which is often due to a deviated septum, long uvula, small jaw, soft palate or hypertrophied tonsils.

The Becker ENT Center employs a staff of award-winning experts offering relief for patients struggling with these and other ENT conditions. Dr. Becker is also renowned for his excellent rhinoplasty results.

Dr. Becker is available for ENT and rhinoplasty consultations at Becker Ear, Nose and Throat Center in Voorhees and Sewell, NJ. Call 856-772-1617 today or visit us online at Becker ENT Center located in Central New Jersey, Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia, PA.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Meet The Brand New All-In-One Designer V3.3 By Design’N’Buy

Exciting times ahead for leading web-to-print solutions provider, Design’N’Buy. In a continued effort to be a leading web-to-print solutions provider, it has announced the launch of its brand new All-In-One Designer V3.3.

Ideal for commercial printing companies, print brokers, and distributors, the All-In-One Designer offers a simplified ordering process for customers to buy and sell customized merchandise online.

Often called AIOD in short, the third version of the designer not only has a revamped look and feel but also is decked up with a long list of attractive features. For starters, the V3.3 is highly responsive and straightforward, yet has a significant website theme.

The new AIOD will enable users to preview upsell and related products in detail in the design studio and enjoy imposition settings for print-ready products. Design’N’Buy has also added more keyboard options to ensure user convenience.

According to Nidhi Agarwal, CEO of Design’N’Buy, the all new AIOD V3.3 will be a delight to use by everyone. “We understand the product is not for just end-users but also printers and brokers. Thus, we have upgraded the design studio interface, given the Smart Fill option to automatically fill data in the templates, and assigned different page layouts for every template,” says Agarwal.

Just like previous versions, the All-In-One Designer V3.3 will continue to enjoy integrations with multiple third-party applications and tools such as Microsoft Dynamics, Zoho, SAP, Salesforce, Google Cloud Platform, Fotolia, QuickBooks, Flickr and more.

“The solution is apt for any B2B or B2C printing eCommerce store that wants to offer its customers more than just a dynamic design tool, live 3D preview, and a friendly mobile UI for customizing products while on-the-go,” adds Agarwal.

As per their unique business requirements, the printing companies and brokers can easily configure AIOD V3.3, scale it up, and customize it for a perfect end-user experience.

If you want to know more about AIOD V3.3, the simple write to us at inquiry@designnbuy.com or directly book your personalized demo by visiting the website here. The Design’N’Buy team is confident that its customers are in for a treat.

Posted in: Business,U.S

DMCC Barcelona Roadshow Highlights Opportunity for Growth in Dubai for Spanish Firms and the Economic Impact of Expo 2020 Dubai

DMCC– the world’s leading free zone and Government of Dubai Authority for commodities trade and enterprise – concluded its Made for Trade Live roadshow in Barcelona on 27 June 2019. Supported by the Consulate General of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Barcelona, the event gathered over 100 leading representatives of Spanish business to outline the commercial appeal of Dubai, and the significant opportunities created for foreign firms by Expo 2020 Dubai.

Underlining its position as a commercial hub and gateway for global trade, DMCC briefed delegates on the ease of setting up a business within its Free Zone, and Dubai’s appeal to international businesses as a platform for expansion given its strategic location and global connectivity.

Foreign direct investments (FDI) from Spain to Dubai reached AED 3.29 billion in 2018, ranking Spain the fourth largest investor in terms of FDI capital inflows. The sectors that have seen the most investment from Spain include non-residential building construction, accommodation and food services, arts, entertainment and recreation, management of companies and enterprises, and retail and wholesale trade.

“This is an exciting time for the United Arab Emirates and especially its partners across Europe. By being open to the world, the UAE has created an economic environment that is both welcoming to investment and paves the way for sustained growth in the future,” said His Excellency Mohamed Alshamsi, Consul General of the United Arab Emirates to Barcelona.

“Promoting the ease of doing business with the UAE, and attracting foreign business to our shores is critically important to the national economic strategy. I commend DMCC for all it has achieved in profiling Dubai as the destination for international business, and driving trade through the UAE. There is a real opportunity for Spanish firms to expand their enterprise in Dubai – especially in light of Expo 2020 Dubai – and the insights shared at this event were very useful to those here in Barcelona,” he added.

Since inception, DMCC has attracted over 3000 businesses from 17 cities around the world to its international roadshow programme. DMCC partnered with Spanish business group Foment del Treball, and bank Banco Sabadell to stage the event in Barcelona, which precedes roadshows in the second half of 2019 to Hangzhou and Qingdao in China, and Stuttgart, Trier and Koblenz in Germany.

“Spain is a strategically important market for DMCC. The country provides a crucial link for us into both Europe and Latin America, and the DMCC Coffee Centre will supply a significant boost to rising UAE-Spain trade volumes. Following our first roadshow to Spain last year, it has been encouraging to witness a spike in interest from Spanish firms looking to operate out of DMCC and take advantage of the commercial opportunity presented by Expo 2020 Dubai,” said Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DMCC.

“Sitting at the crossroads of the world, DMCC is ready to help Spanish businesses use Dubai as a launch pad to expand their enterprise globally. For example, Dubai is the gateway to Africa and DMCC can make it easier for Spanish companies wishing to do business with the continent. This is the message we shared in Barcelona, and the response received from those in attendance was very positive indeed,” he added.

In May 2019, Dubai FDI completed a successful trade mission to Madrid, Barcelona and Seville promoting Dubai as a preferred global investment destination and the advantages of doing business in the region. For its part, DMCC has already taken steps to make it easier for Spanish firms to set-up in its Free Zone by launching a Spanish website last year.

“We are delighted to have partnered with DMCC to bring the opportunities offered by Dubai to Spanish businesses seeking global expansion. We are confident that this will lead to successful partnerships with some of the leading entities in Catalonia and support the economic growth journey of both regions,” said Ramon Palou, Vice President of International Commission, Foment del Treball.

“Our commitment is to support Catalan companies doing business in the UAE and our partnership with DMCC is testament to that. We look forward to building stronger commercial and business ties in the region through DMCC,” Victor Arguello, Director, Dubai Representative Office, Banco Sabadell added.

Posted in: Business,U.S

Visit Elizabeth, New Jersey's Family Fun Fourth of July Event and Experience Food Trucks, Local Art and Vendors, Live Music, and Festive Fireworks

The Fourth of July is an exclusive day of the year where the nation is able to commemorate the Declaration of Independence that occured in 1776. Usually celebrated with colorful and festive fireworks, Elizabeth, New Jersey is taking the traditional holiday one step further by having a day filled with cheerful activities catered for everybody on Thursday, July 4, 2019 at Veteran’s Memorial Waterfront Park.

Elizabeth’s “Fourth of July Fireworks and Celebration” will be kicked off with the attendance of multiple food trucks at 2:00 p.m. Enjoy the tasty and flavorsome food truck cuisine of your choice, or a frozen treat while taking a stroll through the park and admiring unique art that will be on display. The Fourth of July celebration will proudly have a display of work from local artists who are ecstatic to be a part of this patriotic event. Attendees will also be able to walk around the park and enjoy the numerous vendors that will be selling their exclusive products and services. The activities throughout the day will be complemented with the presence of a live exclusive DJ guest! To finalize the action packed day, festive fireworks will burst through the summer evening sky at dusk: 9:00 p.m.

Veteran’s Memorial Waterfront Park is located on Elizabeth Ave and Front St. in Elizabeth, NJ 07206. The exquisite and historical landmark paints a perfect picture of the New York City skyline in the distance and with the park’s working cranes, it is also known as the largest container import/export center on the East Coast. The Veteran’s Memorial Waterfront Park is only of Elizabeth’s many prominent and historical landmarks that is helping grow heritage tourism for Elizabeth, New Jersey’s newest destination.

Located just minutes from Newark International Airport (EWR) and New York City, discover Elizabeth’s rich authentic history drawing tourists to its historic landmarks, culturally diverse ethnic restaurants, as well as to its high-end outlet shopping mall SIMON: The Mills at Jersey Gardens (0% tax on clothes & shoes.) To discover more about Elizabeth, NJ please visit http://www.goelizabethnj.com.

Posted in: Business,U.S

John Ive, The Iconic Designer of iPhone and Other Popular Gems, to Exit Apple

Sir Jony Ive, the designer of iMac and iPhone who with his two decades plus of hard work helped turn Apple into the world's most valuable company, is leaving to set up his own venture. It will be a creative firm named LoveFrom. Interestingly, its first client will be Apple.

This announcement comes at a time when investors have expressed deep concern about the falling sales of the iPhone. The exit of retail chief Angela Ahrendts in April has also created problems for the tech giant.

Sir Jonathan said in a statement: "After nearly 30 years and countless projects, I am most proud of the lasting work we have done to create a design team, process and culture at Apple that is without peer."

LoveFrom will be based in California and reports suggest that the company will be dealing with wearable technology. According to Sir Jonathan, Marc Newson, a friend, and collaborator at Apple would also join LoveFrom.

The company was in a bad shape financially when he became head of Apple's design studio in 1996. The introduction of Sir Jonathan's iMac in 1998 and the iPod in 2001 turned things around for the company. Other gems fro, Sir Jonathan includes:

  • 2004 - iPod Mini
  • 2007 - iPhone
  • 2008 - MacBook Air
  • 2010 - iPad
  • 2015 - Apple Watch
  • 2016 - AirPods

He also oversaw the completion of Apple Park, Apple's new corporate headquarters.  It is an ultra-modern complex designed in partnership with British architects Foster + Partners.

After the death of Steve Jobs, there was speculation that Jony Ive might become the CEO Apple one day. However, he continued as the firm's design guru videos while Tim Cook took charge and drove the giant organization towards greater profits.

However, Sir Jonathan, the man who is credited with creating the most profitable product in history, the iPhone, is guaranteed of his place in history.

#apple #appleiphone #iphone  #mac #JonyIve  #designerapple #stevejobs


Posted in: Business,Services,Technology,U.S

Huge Storewide Savings on Amish Furniture at Weaver’s July 4th Sale

Weaver Furniture Sales is giving customers added reasons to celebrate this 4th of July. The Shipshewana, Indiana, furniture store is offering huge savings in their exciting July 4th Sale. The sale runs June 29 through July 8, 2019, at Weaver Furniture Sales' 20,000 square foot store. "Stop by today to take advantage of some really nice deeply discounted furniture pieces in our showroom," states owner LeRoy D. Weaver.

All 5,000-plus items at Weaver’s massive showroom floor are on sale. The savings include 70% off select closeout items. Also, Weaver is offering grandfather clocks at 40% off. Plus, customers can get 13% off all items storewide.

This means customers who have been thinking about purchasing Amish furniture and accessories can now buy them at reduced prices.

Weaver is offering special financing to make it easier for customers to take possession of in-stock items during the sale. The program includes 18 months with no interest payments also called 18 “Equal Pay” monthly payments. The special financing is subject to credit approval. Sales associates at Weaver can provide additional information.

Weaver Furniture Sales is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 4). The store is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and is closed on Sundays.

The 20,000 plus square foot Weaver Furniture Sales is located 1/4 mile south and 1/4 mile east of the junction of State Road 5 and US 20 in Shipshewana, Indiana. Find the store easily near the quaint Shipshewana downtown area just off the Indiana Toll Road. If you find a piece you like in the Weaver Furniture Sales store you are free to purchase it and take it with you. Weaver Furniture Sales also offers several delivery options for the convenience of their clients.

For more information, visit Weaver Furniture Sales website. Or call 260-768-7730.

About Weaver Furniture Sales
Weaver Furniture Sales was established in 1989 in Shipshewana, Indiana. An Amish, family-owned furniture business, Weaver offers a full line of solid wood, Amish furniture at affordable prices. And Weavers caters to both residential and commercial customers. The company features Shaker, Mission and Traditional furniture styles. As part of their client services, Weavers provides furniture design consultation services, custom furniture options, furniture quotes, layaway options and various delivery alternatives for residences and businesses in the United States.

LeRoy and Ida Weaver own and operate Weaver Furniture Sales. They began with a 1,500 square foot showroom, which has been expanded to more than 20,000 square feet. Previously, they owned and managed LeWana Dairy Farm, where they milked cows and raised corn and hay.

Posted in: Business,U.S

National Hospitality Architecture Firm three Debuts “New Level of Luxury” Clubhouse for Horseshoe Bay Resort

A new luxury clubhouse just west of Austin, Texas, is the latest high-profile hospitality project by three, the acclaimed national architecture firm renowned for creating memorable emotional connections through design. The addition of the dynamic amenity and event space is part of the million renovation of Horseshoe Bay Resort – one of the largest golf resorts in the country – which is nearing completion after two years of work on its hotel, golf courses and facilities, dining venues, and meeting spaces.

Designed by three, the new luxe Cap Rock Members Club – Clubhouse capitalizes on expansive views of the hill country and Robert Trent Jones, Sr.-designed golf courses at the resort. Working in partnership with landscape architect Coy Talley of Talley Associates, three has conceived the Cap Rock site as a destination complex, says the firm’s principal and senior designer, David C. Fowler, AIA, NCARB. The experience comprises four separate buildings that together offer Horseshoe Bay Resort members an array of improved amenities, anchored by its main clubhouse with a dining room and bar area, a swimming pool, and two golf buildings. A celebratory opening event is in planning for later in 2019.

This major commission for the popular Horseshoe Bay Resort represents the latest win for three, known for their expertise in boutique hospitality and country club projects that “elevate client properties to a new level of luxury.” Most recently, the firm completed The Cellars at Pearl, a complex of high-end loft residences in San Antonio, Texas, which local developers have described as “unprecedented for both its quality and price point.” Other upscale, market-leading developments by three include the award-winning Hotel Emma, credited for anchoring the burgeoning growth in downtown San Antonio.

“The Cap Rock Members Club – Facilities are designed with every last detail in mind, starting with the guest’s arrival,” says Fowler. “Our work at three is always grounded in the principle of creating spaces that inspire a sense of wonder.”

With this goal in mind, three re-sculpted the entry sequence, transforming a parking lot into a winding drive lined with Texas Oaks and offering glimpses of panoramic views framed by the new buildings, capturing the essence of the Cap Rock site in the heart of the Hill Country. Set on an outcropping interspersed with car-sized boulders, the main clubhouse building faces southwest maximizing sunset viewing for guests enjoying the restaurant, bar area and decks. The design draws in sunlight and outdoor scenery with slender roof openings and gently angled floor-to-ceiling windows. Three large rock-spire sculptures separate the entry, bar area, and dining room, all with fireplaces.

“Everything traveling golfers value is found here in a truly distinct and elevated presentation,” said Bryan Woodward, Horseshoe Bay Resort’s managing director. “The investment we have put into these renovations has elevated the quality of our golf to a national level and has made the overall golf experience more fun for our guests.”

Other amenities of the development include a golf pro shop, a pool building featuring men’s and women’s locker rooms along with a bar with grille kitchen, and a golf pavilion for events — with modern glass overhead doors to create a seamless transition from indoors to outdoors. Texas Lueders Limestone, a native charcoal-gray stone wraps all of the clubhouse buildings, complementing the existing vegetation and rock outcroppings. Other materials used for the soft-modern design include clear-coated exposed structural steel and stained wood ceilings to imbue the clubhouse with warmth and regional character.

The sprawling, 7,000-acre Horseshoe Bay Resort offers 400 guestrooms, suites and condominiums, views of scenic Lake Lyndon B. Johnson, and four championship golf courses designed by World Golf Hall of Fame members Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Jack Nicklaus. A spa and health club and several restaurants round out the resort’s attractions. With the addition of the Cap Rock Members Club – Golf and Pool Amenities, resort members and guests enjoy an expanded, luxurious experience that aims to captivate the next generation of resort members from the nearby Austin community.

For interviews and images, contact Belén Cusi, 646-838-1033 or belen@ccsullivan.com.

About three
Based in Dallas, three specializes in providing creative design solutions in the hospitality, country club, senior living and residential spaces. Their innovation and inspiration is buoyed by strong, lasting, personal relationships with clients and consultants. Notable projects include the award-winning Hotel Emma in San Antonio, TX; the magazine-rated Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel; and the Monte Rei Country Club in Portugal. More at http://www.threearch.com

Posted in: Hospitality,Services,U.S

American Academy of Disaster Medicine Presents Distinguished Service Award

Lieutenant General (Dr.) Paul Kendall Carlton, Jr., the 17th Surgeon General of the United States Air Force, was recently honored by the American Academy of Disaster Medicine® (AADM®) with its Distinguished Service Award. The award was presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc. ® (AAPS) held in Orlando, Florida.

General Carlton was recognized for his extensive record of expertise and innovation. According to AADM President, Arthur Cooper, MD, MS, FACS, FAADM, Dr. Carlton was an advocate for robust readiness and response long before disaster medicine emerged as an identifiable disciple. “As an Airforce medical officer and later as Surgeon General of the Air Force, Dr. Carlton was well known for innovation, forward thinking, and championing preparedness,” said Dr. Cooper.

He conceptualized and implemented the first Air Force rapid-response surgical team in Europe—the flying ambulance surgical trauma team. During Operation Desert Storm, he commanded the 1702nd Air Refueling Wing Contingency Hospital, completing 32 combat support missions and 140 combat flying hours in the C-21, C-130, KC-10, and KC-135. He is the architect for the current medical war plan which has yielded the best survival in the history of war, resulting in over 10,000 extra alive from wounding in this conflict compared to Vietnam.

September 11, 2001 found General Carlton in the impact zone in the Pentagon, where he assisted in the immediate response to the terrorist attack. Dr. Carlton advocated for robust response capabilities to alleviate pain and suffering from the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath. He retired from the Air Force December 1, 2002.

Upon retirement, General Carlton was named Director of the Homeland Security Initiative for the Texas A&M Health Science Center to address homeland security issues related to human health. In this capacity, Dr. Carlton was a prolific spokesperson for enhanced preparedness and response capabilities across the spectrum of healthcare, sharing his expertise in U.S. Senate testimony, on behalf of The Joint Commission, and internationally. After the Joplin, MO, tornado of May 2011, he outlined a master plan for the reconstitution of medical care in Joplin, which was accepted by the Mercy leadership, and enabled them to return to business continuity in 88 days, the previous best being 14 months.

Dr. Carlton is a Fellow and former Air Force governor of the American College of Surgeons. He has published extensively in medical literature.

“He continues to be a prominent and forceful voice for the ability to respond to a disaster of any magnitude, said Dr. Cooper. “Dr. Carlton is clearly a visionary leader in this area.”

The American Academy of Disaster Medicine promotes the practice of disaster health care, ensuring that all physicians and allied health professionals are aware and prepared to effectively respond to future disaster – either natural or man-made. AADM is an affiliate Academy of the AAPS, the governing body of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS). ABPS is a nationally recognized multi-specialty physician certifying organization in the United States, headquartered in Tampa, FL.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Matrix Sciences Continues Expansion Service Offering Acquires Contract Testing, a Leading Sensory and Consumer Product Research Company

Matrix Sciences has further added significant new capabilities to its portfolio of client services with the acquisition of Contract Testing Inc, a North American industry leader in sensory and consumer product research with its headquarters near Toronto, Ontario.

Matrix Sciences CEO Robert Wiebe said the acquisition of Contract Testing is another significant step forward in the Matrix vision to build a truly full-service network.

“Contract Testing is a clear leader in sensory and consumer product research.” Wiebe said. “They have earned the loyalty of an impressive group of customers in both the US and Canada through exceptional expertise and service. This addition to Matrix compliments our sensory group in Chicago and has real linkages to our growing advisory, research and laboratory services that will benefit our clients.”

The three principals and Contract Testing’s management team are excited to become a part of Matrix Sciences and will remain in their leadership positions.

“Joining Matrix is a great step forward for us”, Daniel Scholes, one of the principals, said. “It is allowing us the resources to execute on our plans to expand the services we offer and our geographic reach. Both our team and the sensory group at Matrix see great opportunity to build a truly unique scope of services.”

Posted in: Services,U.S

AACUC Announces the African American Credit Union Hall of Fame Inductees

The African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC), will induct four credit union leaders into its Hall of Fame during an induction reception at the AACUC’s 21st Annual Conference, Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at the Hilton Charlotte Center City Hotel in Downtown, Charlotte, North Carolina. The Honorees are: Sandra DeVoe Bland, Board Chair at SRP FCU; Janet McDonald, Senior Sales Market Manager, at CUNA Mutual Group; Joan Nelson, Board Chair at Coastal Credit Union; and Ed Presnell, Regional Business Executive at Peach State Federal Credit Union.

Bland has served on the Board of SRP FCU for over 20 years. She became the first African American and first female Chairman of the Board of Directors on March 6, 2018. SRP Federal Credit Union, a community-based financial institution, is one of the largest credit unions in South Carolina with assets totaling over Billion and providing financial services to more than 120,000 members from 15 locations and online.

Nelson has volunteered for and served on Coastal’s Board of Directors for over 25 years, which she has chaired since 2012. Her passion, dedication, and leadership has guided Coastal through many innovative initiatives such as the development of Personal Teller Machines, the creation of the Coastal Credit Union Foundation and its award-winning Power of Sharing gala and, most recently, the launch of a new CUSO, Constellation Digital Partners.

McDonald, is a senior sales market manager for CUNA Mutual Group. Working with associations, leagues and credit unions, she establishes, strengthens and maintains relationships with credit union trade organizations across the U.S. McDonald has held several executive positions in the credit unions throughout her career since 1990.

Presnell is currently the Regional Business Executive for Peach State Federal Credit Union. He is responsible for Business Development and market presence in Augusta, Georgia and Aiken, South Carolina. He has been an executive with the Credit Union Movement for over a decade.

“These credit union leaders are brilliant demonstrations of the credit union motto, of People Helping People. Their contributions demonstrate diversity and inclusion within the credit union movement. We are excited to recognize their accomplishments,” said Adrian S. Johnson, AACUC Chairman of the Board.


About the African American Credit Union Hall of Fame History
On October 16, 2008, the AACUC unveiled an exhibit featuring African Americans in the credit union movement the first 100 years at the America’s Credit Union Museum in Manchester, N.H. Continuing with that effort, the Funding Development Committee created the African American Credit Union Hall of Fame. This virtual hall of fame was created to accomplish two goals: One, to honor and recognize African Americans who have and are contributing to the credit union movement--many who are unsung heroes and trailblazers. To be inducted you must have accomplished or achieved the following: 1) provided in excess of 10 years of service in the credit union industry; 2) worked to provide financial services for people in general; and 3) identify at least four significant accomplishments, which benefited African-Americans’ access to financial capital.

The second goal was to be a consistent source of income for the AACUC through sponsorship opportunities on the website. For instance, there are two trailblazer submissions available included with membership with the AACUC at the organizational level. Additional trailblazer submissions are 0. It is a great way to recognize your African American peers, co-workers and colleagues who have made contributions locally. Hall of Fame inductees typically are sponsored by the credit union or a vendor that the inductee works(ed) with for 00.

Posted in: Business,U.S

Azure Paradise Valley Wins Two Gold Nugget Grand Awards in International Competition

At the PCBC Closing Ceremonies & Gold Nugget Awards Presentation in San Francisco on May 31, 2019, Azure Paradise Valley was selected from among the Award of Merit winners as the Grand Award winner in two categories: Residential Detached Collection of the Year and Best Single Family Detached Home – 3,500 to 4,500 SQ. FT. for Residence 1. This annual competition honors architectural design and planning excellence and draws entries from throughout the United States and internationally.

“To be honest, we weren’t sure what to expect, going into these national awards for the very first time,” said Shea Homes Arizona VP of Sales and Marketing, Ken Peterson. “Receiving the prestigious honor of being named the residential detached collection of the year is a testament to the talent and efforts of our team, which includes both the Shea architecture team and our partner PHX Architecture.”

Prior to being selected as the winner of these Grand Awards, Shea Homes Arizona earned Merit honors for Azure Paradise Valley for Best Single Family Detached Home — 3,500 to 4,500 sq. ft. (Residence 1); Best Single Family Detached Home — Over 4,500 sq. ft. (Residence 3); Best Indoor/Outdoor Lifestyle for a Home (Residences 1 and 3); and Residential Detached Collection of the Year.

“Gold Nugget Award winners reflect our industry’s best, brightest and most innovative architects, planners and builder/developers,” said Judging Chairman and Gold Nugget ceremonies administrator Lisa Parrish. “We applaud them all, and we look forward to our May 31 celebration of Merit and Grand Award winners.”

Azure Paradise Valley is the first luxury community to be offered under the Shea Signature brand. Located at Indian Bend Road and Mockingbird Lane in the shadow of Camelback Mountain, this exclusive gated community will include 66 homes on 23 acres. Shea’s architecture team designed the residences of Azure in collaboration with the award-winning PHX Architecture. With base pricing from .9 - .9 million, residences feature transitional architecture with open floorplans, open riser staircases, and rolling walls of glass that offer a seamless flow between outdoor and indoor living spaces. These homes are designed for homeowners to maximize enjoyment of the available water features and stunning desert mountain views. Modern design is balanced with traditional elements like clean, cut stone and light, bright colors.

About Gold Nugget Awards
Now in its 56th year, Gold Nugget Awards (GNA) is the largest and most prestigious competition of its kind in the nation. It honors design and planning achievements in community and home design, green-built housing, site planning, commercial, retail, mixed-use development and specialty housing categories. Winners this year were chosen from over 600 entries from around the world. The Gold Nugget Awards recognize those who improve our communities through exceptional concepts in design, planning and development.

About Shea Homes
Shea Homes is one of the largest private homebuilders in the nation. Since its founding in 1968, Shea Homes has built more than 100,000 homes. Over the past several years, Shea Homes has been recognized as a leader in customer satisfaction with a reputation for design, quality and customer service. Shea Homes builds new homes in California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Washington, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia and Texas. For more information about Shea Homes and its communities, please visit the company’s website at http://www.SheaHomes.com. Sales by Shea Homes Marketing Company (AZ DRE #CO550381000), Construction by Shea Homes Limited Partnership (ROC #195895).

About Shea Signature
Shea Homes has always set itself apart by elevating the home experience. And now, Shea introduces Shea Signature™ its most exclusive living experience ever. Designed from the ground up to evoke incomparable elegance at every turn. With exceptional materials, meticulous craftsmanship, and sophisticated style. More than a luxury home—this is an unparalleled lifestyle. The most inspired new home experience awaits.

Posted in: Real Estate,U.S

SDP/SI Expands Timing Belt Inventory

Stock Drive Products/Sterling Instrument (SDP/SI), a leader in providing mechanical based design, engineering, and precision manufacturing services for critical motion control and small power transmission applications is proud to announce an expansion of their timing belt inventories resulting in shorter lead times.

SDP/SI develops and manufactures timing belt and pulley drive systems, offering not only the components but complete assemblies designed for optimal performance. “Customers face challenges every day, from a line going down to building a prototype. By expanding our timing belt inventory we have dramatically lowered lead times, cutting and shipping timing belts in less than a week.” said V.P. Sales/Marketing, Doug Kerester. “Increasing our inventory levels in timing belt materials will better position us to meet our customers’ needs for quick turnaround,”

SDP/SI is one of the top 3 belt sleeving consumers in the USA offering synchronous timing belts in a wide range of profiles, including MXL, XL, L, HTD®, GT®2 and GT®3. Stocking timing belt material from leading manufacturers, such as Gates, SDP/SI has the capacity to cut over 6,000 belts per day. Both standard widths and special widths cut to customer requirements are available. Detailed product specifications are available on the website.

About Stock Drive Products/Sterling Instrument (SDP/SI) a Designatronics company
SDP/SI, ISO 9001:2015 + AS9100D certified, provides mechanical based design, engineering and manufacturing services for critical motion control and small power transmission applications, including aerospace, defense, medical, robotics, and industrial automation. Over 87,000 standard inch and metric small mechanical components are available for fast turnaround. SDP/SI specializes in high-quality machined parts, molded components, synchronous belt drives, precision gears and subassemblies, offering customized design. For more information go to: http://www.sdp-si.com

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,Services,U.S

Blue Chariot Now Offers Professional Residential Rental Property Management In Raleigh / Durham (Triangle), North Carolina

Blue Chariot (http://www.BlueChariot.com), a Real Estate Company located in the Raleigh / Durham (Triangle) area of North Carolina, is officially announcing their latest service offering of Residential Rental Property Management - as Blue Chariot Management (http://www.BlueChariot.Management).

Blue Chariot is a Real Estate Company founded in 2015 by Entrepreneur, Jonathan Taylor ("J.T.") Smith. Prior to Blue Chariot (and even still today) - J.T. also has other businesses, including his most successful to date: ViUX Systems (http://www.ViUX.com) - offering Websites, Domains and Web Hosting for thousands of individuals and small businesses around the world.

Having been interested in Real Estate for many years, Blue Chariot was created just prior to J.T. buying his first Rental Property located in Durham. At the time, it was J.T.'s first thought to hire a Property Manager in the area, so he began searching online for "Durham Property Management" and "Raleigh Property Management" - but he ultimately decided to self-manage, to better learn the business for himself.

Asked about choosing to self-manage his Rental Properties, J.T. stated "There's no better way of learning than to do... So, I immersed myself, essentially giving up entertainment (television, movies, sports, music) for about 3 years, to learn this business in-depth." - J.T. went on to say, "As I added properties and started encountering issues with tenants and various situations, the systems and procedures I put in place over time and the improvements I made to my lease, better tenant screening procedures and enhanced tenant on-boarding processes - It just became an easier and more efficient business for me as I progressed in my knowledge and skills... I became pretty good at both Real Estate Investing and Rental Property Management!"

Now here in 2019, Blue Chariot Management is officially offering the knowledge and skills gained and the team built by J.T. - since Blue Chariot began in 2015. This makes J.T.'s expertise, systems and team available to other Landlords in the area to have Blue Chariot provide their needed Rental Property Management Services. And we use the word "officially" [announcing and offering], because Blue Chariot Management actually started in 2018. But it was previously only promoted through word-of-mouth and referrals, as it did not even have its own website prior to now. In talking about this, J.T. mentioned, "I recently started my [... and Landlord!] Podcast to teach people about Real Estate Investing and being a Landlord. But for those with less time to learn from me and other sources to handle this for themselves - they can now hire me and Blue Chariot Management to do it all for them!"

So you can listen to the [... and Landlord!] Rental Real Estate Investing Podcast to learn how to be a Professional Property Manager. And/or you can hire Jonathan Taylor Smith and Blue Chariot Management to apply the Blue Chariot model of Professional Property Management to your Rental Property in the Raleigh / Durham (Triangle) area of North Carolina.

To this end, show #12 of the [... and Landlord!] Podcast is titled "Elevate your Real Estate Investment - Introducing Blue Chariot Management". This was the Podcast episode in which J.T. first announced Blue Chariot Management to his Podcast listeners. And the reference to "Elevate Your Real Estate Investment" is related to the impact that Professional Property Management should have on your Investment Rental Property. J.T. mentioned "The right Property Manager should pay for themselves in reduced vacancy, less frequent tenant turnover, less tenant conflict, no property damage and other avoided headaches, plus increased rents."

In consulting with J.T. it becomes clear that Professional Property Management can help Rental Property Owners to: select the right tenant / avoid problem tenants; collect rent easily and on time / avoid late rent payments; keep tenants long-term / avoid frequent tenant turnover; get the most rent for the property / avoid loss of potential rental income; have excellent tenant (customer) experience / avoid property damage and evictions; grow your rental portfolio; etc... It goes on and on - the benefits (and avoided hassles and headaches) that Professional Property Management should bring - if you select the right Property Manager.

Who better to select as your Property Manager than someone who owns a double-digit number of Rental Properties nearby themselves, with over 2 decades of familiarity and reputation in the area and years of dedication to perfecting their craft? And who is then freely teaching you how to do the job yourself on his Podcast (demonstrating his expertise in the process) - who you can hire if you don't want to learn and do it all yourself. This is why J.T. is excited to be officially announcing Blue Chariot Management to Landlords in Raleigh-Durham / Triangle, North Carolina.

J.T. and Blue Chariot stand ready to take the lead in North Carolina Property Management... Visit the Website at: https://www.BlueChariot.Management - to get a Rental Analysis Report on your Investment Rental Property and to inquire about Blue Chariot's Property Management Services.


About Blue Chariot:

Blue Chariot, LLC (dba Blue Chariot Homes) is the original Blue Chariot Company of what has become an association of privately held companies related to the businesses of: Real Estate Investing / Residential Re-Development; Rental Property Management & Realty Agency - each owned by Jonathan Taylor Smith. Blue Chariot additionally consists of: Blue Chariot Properties, LLC; Blue Chariot Management, LLC; Blue Chariot Realty, LLC (in association with Keller Williams Preferred Realty); the [... and Landlord!] Podcast by Blue Chariot Media; and other companies and partnerships - all established beginning in 2015.


About ViUX Systems:

ViUX Systems, Inc. (ViUX.com) is a privately held North Carolina Corporation established in 2002 / 2003 by Jonathan Taylor Smith - with the mission to provide individuals and businesses of all types and sizes with the Web / Internet Technology and Software Solutions required to offer their products and services to the world over the Internet with Vision, Understanding, & eXperience in Web Services. Blue Chariot would not exist without ViUX.

Posted in: Real Estate,U.S

Discover Treasures of Ancient Greece and Explore the Modern Culture of Greece Through Take Me There: Greece

The “land of the gods” travels 5,300 miles to the world’s largest children’s museum when Treasures of Ancient Greece and Take Me There:® Greece both opened on June 15, 2019.

Treasures of Ancient Greece presented by OneAmerica and supported by Ice Miller LLP

Every one of the 6,000 Greek islands has secrets, mysteries and treasures from the past. Visitors to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will discover some of the most compelling stories at a new exhibit featuring rare Greek antiquities, some of which are being exhibited for the first time in the United States. Families will learn about ancient ruins, temples and open air theaters along with philosophers and mythological gods.

Visitors to Treasures of Ancient Greece at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will discover how the ideas of the ancient Greeks form the basis of much of Western civilization as we know it today through artifacts that depict ingenious science and technology, politics and medicine.

One of the extraordinary stories that will be told is that of the famed Antikythera Mechanism. “We are very excited to share a model of what is believed to be the world’s oldest analog computer,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. “It will help families understand how a civilization from long ago predicted eclipses of the sun and moon in relation to big events like the ancient Olympics.” That’s not the only piece of history that links the United States to this Mediterranean country from centuries ago. Bronze ballots and a replica voting machine are just a few of the artifacts that demonstrate how the world’s first democracy shaped the politics of today.

“It was found by divers in the beginning of the 20th century close to the island of Antikythera after being excavated by Jacques Cousteau and the Greek Ecological Service. Even today we have excavations in the same area of the shipwreck of the Antikythera because it was found in the shipwreck with other objects and with many statues. We’re waiting for more results about this shipwreck and what was together with the Antikythera mechanism,” said Dr. Maria Vlazaki, Secretary General, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sport.

The ancient Greek vision of beauty, heroism, and athleticism also influences us today through magnificent sculptures on display including Artemis of Lafria and Herakles. A stunning bust of Aristotle is also be on display along with an amazing large mosaic and pottery depicting gods, goddesses and philosophers, along with a replica of Parthenon frieze sections. Actor interpreters help bring these fascinating artifacts and their stories to life.

Ancient Greek heroes and heroines brought great pride and honor to their cities through the athletic competition of the Olympic Games. Visitors can test their own speed in a virtual Olympic running event. There is a chance to vote in an Athenian Assembly, create mosaic artwork, and tell an ancient Greek story by creating their own visual story on a special vase. Visitors can also help Aphrodite and Eros escape a monster Typhon.

Take Me There®: Greece Presented by Ice Miller LLP
Take Me There: ® Greece serves as a classic travel adventure allowing families to explore modern-day Greece without ever leaving the United States. It is one of the largest exhibitions on contemporary Greece ever mounted in the United States.

Visitors “fly over” magnificent mountains and swirling seas before “touching down” in Athens, where the ancient Parthenon overlooks a bustling modern city. Families have the opportunity to explore homes and learn about real families who live in Greece.

Children will be invited to make traditional Greek foods and serve their grownups faux Greek delicacies in the recreated Taverna and bakery, and stroll through plateia (plaza) with its traditional events. Families will enjoy exploring traditional dance and music together and shopping in the market with its fresh fruits, vegetables, and fish.
With 8,000 miles of coastline, Greek conservation organizations have a lot of sea turtles to study. Visitors will learn how they are doing this and how they can help.

Treasures of Ancient Greece is made possible by the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc.; The Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr., Memorial Foundation; Dorothea and Philip Genetos; Jamie Merisotis and Colleen O’Brien; Mike and Kristin Sherman; and The Pheffer Family.

Take Me There: ® Greece is made possible by lead gifts from Lilly Endowment Inc.; Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Inc.; The Lilly Family; Mrs. Yvonne Shaheen; Sarah and John Lechleiter; the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services; Jane and Steve Marmon; Susan and Jim Naus; and Polly Hix. Additional Support for Take Me There®: Greece is provided by the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc.; The Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr., Memorial Foundation; Dorothea and Philip Genetos; Jamie Merisotis and Colleen O’Brien; Mike and Kristin Sherman; and The Pheffer Family.

About The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is a nonprofit institution committed to creating extraordinary learning experiences across the arts, sciences, and humanities that have the power to transform the lives of children and families. For more information about The Children's Museum, visit http://www.childrensmuseum.org, follow us on Twitter @TCMIndy, Instagram@childrensmuseum, YouTube.com/IndyTCM, and Facebook.

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Business,U.S

Order Fulfillment Operations Success Increases Using RightFIT Seven-Step Methodology

The new RightFIT™ methodology from Conveyco Technologies provides organizations with a seven, step-by-step process to assure project success. This process allows for a more efficient execution while helping to address future growth and meet or exceed the business case.

The necessity for converting warehouse and distribution center operations from overhead to a profit center has never been more critical. By focusing on each segment of the journey, the RightFIT methodology helps guide organizations to determine their best solution.

“By following the RightFIT methodology, Conveyco is able to provide customers with both an immediate impact and a long-term investment which aligns on strategic goals and reduces operational costs in the supply chain,” says Ed Romaine, VP Marketing & Business Development. He continued, “This process is part of a commitment to subscribing to a customer for life mentality and practice.”

The seven step RightFIT methodology includes:

1. Deep dive data analysis

2. Design Objectives

3. Alternative Analysis

4. Business Case

5. Clear Path to Success

6. Execution Roadmap

7. Life Cycle Nexus

By performing a comprehensive data deep dive analysis, creating models that illustrate a 360-degree understanding of the existing state of the 4 walls within an operation and incorporate the “nuances” which make an organization unique and loved by its customers, you have the foundation to build success. Next, the organization’s strategic goals and metrics are applied to identify the shape and scale of systems, processes, as well as resources required to meet future demands.

By understanding the current metrics required to define success of the future state, an evaluation of technologies, concepts and configurations is conducted. An emphasis is placed on a solution that optimizes people, processes and systems. In fact, alternative solutions are reviewed and analyzed to determine the very best fit for an organization’s requirements.

Using an outcome-based approach and RightFIT methodology generates a business case focused on delivering of the solution’s benefits, accommodating growth and flexibility and allowing a phased capital investment. A clear path to success is set and defined by creating a holistic vision that aligns the scope of work with all available resources. An execution roadmap is set which includes process documentation to hardware and software integration, phased realization testing and go-live extensive training.

The final step is the creation of the life cycle nexus. By working together with client partners to keep system up time and performance at peak efficiencies, accountability is enhanced along with the ability to move beyond the old design build paradigm. This allows the RightFIT methodology to help exceed clients ever changing and increasing demands.

About Conveyco Technologies
Conveyco Technologies has been providing world class performance enhancements for order fulfillment, distribution centers and warehouse operations for over 40 years. Solutions and systems include sortation, palletizing, AS/RS, automated case handling, autonomous mobile robots, robotic picking, dispensing, AGV, WES, WMS and WCS software plus consulting and integration services.

Posted in: Services,Technology,U.S

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

Houston Texas New Seafood Restaurant Cajun Seafood Boil Now Open and We Are Known For Our Famous Secret Juicy Special ™ Sauce

The Juicy Crab ® Cajun Style Seafood Boil Restaurant is headquartered in Atlanta, GA is proud to announce their first location in Houston, Texas; is now open as of June 2019. This seafood boil restaurant offers a unique foodie experience unlike no other.

The Juicy Crab seafood brand has been recognized from Best of Gwinnett twice over, by its readers. The Juicy Crab has been featured on Atlanta Eats CBS Network Peachtree TV. It is hosted by Food Network's judge; Steak Shapiro, a judge on 'Food Truck Face Off'. On the Atlanta Eats food review segment, Steak Shapiro mentions, "...it's all about the sauce".

Celebrities love to drop in The Juicy Crab ® of such likes of, Tyler Perry, Bravo's 'Atlanta Housewives', and VH1 'Love & Hip Hop ATL' TV shows. Others include; Waka Flocka Flame, Bernice King, Clinton Powell, Yung Joc, and Dwight Howard, to name a few. So a stop in The Juicy Crab ® and view their Famous Photo Wall is a must see for any fan.

History: The Juicy Crab ® story starts long before the opening of the Duluth, Georgia's first corporate restaurant in 2015. The Chen family's inspiration ultimately came from New Orleans and from the world travels of Grandfather Chen. Grandfather Chen was a sailor who traveled the world, learning many different styles and ways of cooking seafood. One of the main influences that every family member loved, was the New Orleans Style way of cooking seafood, and The Juicy Crab ® wants to share it with everyone.

The Juicy Crab ® tagline reads "Juicy Never Tasted So Good" ™. The Juicy Special™ sauce is a blend of secret seasonings will have any guest coming back for more! Todd Strickland, VP of Marketing and Franchise Sales states, 'We welcome you to sit at our family table and will always treat you like a part of our family'. Find more information about our brand at http://www.TheJuicyCrab.com

Posted in: Business,Food & Beverage,U.S

Screencast-O-Matic Becomes Google for Education Premier Partner

Screencast-O-Matic announced today that it has become a Google for Education Premier Partner. Google selected the video platform for its intuitive video creation and sharing tools, making it easy for educators to enhance learning in the classroom.

Screencast-O-Matic is a trusted leader in video creation tools and serves millions of people around the world. With its leading screen recorder, video editor and video sharing services for education, Screencast-O-Matic is used in scenarios such as flipped learning. With the partnership, Screencast-O-Matic offers educators and students video solutions with easy integration to Google for Education products. Screencast-O-Matic integrations with Google for Education include:

Quick Share to Google Classroom - The learning environment is perfect for sharing video created with Screencast-O-Matic’s intuitive screen recorder and video editor. Educators and students can directly share videos with a simple click of the “Google Classroom Share Button.”

Video Sharing in Google Apps - Screencast-O-Matic’s integration within Google Apps allows educators to easily embed their videos in Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides. These creative options can meet the needs of virtually any classroom.

Google Drive for Easy Access and Management - With a click of a button, educators and students can easily upload their screen recordings and videos directly to Google Drive, including saving media in Google Classroom folders.

Gmail To Enhance Video Communication - Screencast-O-Matic’s integration into Gmail is a powerful time-saving feature that enables quick video communication and collaboration. Videos can easily be added directly while composing in Gmail.

Use a single Google Account - Use Google Account in Screencast-O-Matic, adding the convenience of single-sign-on across services.

Screencast-O-Matic provides multi-device video creation tools, including a dedicated Chromebook app, which can be conveniently launched across devices from a Google Chrome Browser extension. Google for Education expands learning by supporting teachers, researchers, and organizations with robust, flexible technology. Screencast-O-Matic is proud to be a part of this collaborative partnership.

About Screencast-O-Matic
Screencast-O-Matic is a screen capture and video editing platform that takes visual collaboration to the next level. Screencast-O-Matic is a privately held company headquartered in Seattle, Wash. Visit here for more information.

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McMinnville, OR Business Owner Recognized by Prestigious Goldman Sachs 10KSB Program

When former aerospace engineer Malee Ojua first studied graphic design, she did it just for fun. She never thought it would lead her to build a successful digital marketing agency or that Goldman Sachs would eventually select her for an exclusive business development program.

"I left my career as an aerospace engineer with Top Secret government security clearance in 1998 to be with my mother after her Stage IV breast cancer diagnosis," recalled Ojua. "Everything was moment to moment. I decided then that life is too short not to do what you are passionate about and what makes you happy."

Her passion drove Ojua to pursue a different path from her established engineering career, in which she successfully marketed multi-billion-dollar defense satellite systems to hundreds of military generals at a time.

"People have always asked me to design, to make everything look better. It's what I do without thinking." With her natural knack for design, Ojua went back to school and earned a degree in web development and design. In 2014, she established Sacred Fire Creative, LLC, a business she started from nothing and on her own.

"I mentioned at a women’s networking event that I was starting a side business in web design. Next thing I know, four business owners came up to me, handed me checks and told me that I needed to register my business right away. That’s how it all started," Ojua shared.

By 2015, Ojua was working full-time at her company. Corporate accounts started coming in by 2016, first the New York University Langone Medical Center, followed by Johnson & Johnson and ArisGlobal Health. By 2017, Sacred Fire Creative posted six-figure revenues. And, in 2018, the company experienced 117% business growth.

"For me, this is the American Dream—that you can achieve success with persistent hard work and determination no matter what obstacles are in your way," said Ojua.

"My parents are immigrants who came to the US separately, bringing with them only the clothes on their backs. Together, they built a grocery business and worked hard so that my brother, my sister, and I could live a good life," Ojua said. "They taught us the value of hard work and the importance of giving back to the country and community that took us in."

"I have always wanted to contribute to my community, and I do that through my business," said Ojua. "I started this business from scratch and figured it out through the help of other women business owners and mentors. I want to show that people like me—a woman, a daughter of immigrants, and a member of ethnic minority groups—can build a successful enterprise. I am excited to give back and inspire other women and minorities like me to do the same."

In 2017, Ojua applied for the prestigious Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, also known as 10,000 Small Businesses or 10KSB. This education and mentorship program for entrepreneurs was developed by finance industry leader Goldman Sachs in partnership with Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

She was one of under 150 business owners invited to participate in the program from over 800 applicants.

"Being chosen to participate in 10KSB is an amazing opportunity," said Ojua. "It opened my eyes to new avenues of growth I’d never even considered before.”

Goldman Sachs created 10KSB in 2009 with the belief that giving small business owners access to education, capital, and support is the optimum way to overcome barriers to their growth. The program's scholars take part in a condensed and intensive MBA-like training lasting 12 weeks. The training includes guidance in building a customized growth plan, one-on-one counseling, membership to a peer support network, and support from leaders in the business world.

"These business owners represent the best of the US economy. This program helps them grow their business, create new jobs, and strengthen our communities. Nearly 70% of participants increase revenues and 50% create new jobs just six months after graduating," said Babson College's Richard T. Bliss, the National Academic Director of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses.

With her 10KSB diploma firmly in hand, Ojua is back in McMinnville, OR and has set her sights on certifications for her business that would allow her to offer graphic design services to government agencies on the federal level.

"I'm applying for federal SBA 8(a) Business Development Program as well as acquiring SBA Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program certifications. Also, I'm renewing our Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID), Women Business Enterprise (WBE), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), and Emerging Small Business (ESB) certifications."

"We’re aiming to get listed on the US General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule for Advertising and Integrated Marketing Solutions (AIMS). This will allow government buyers to purchase directly from us with pre-established pricing, terms, and conditions."

According to Ojua, there are no other currently certified graphic design agencies in Oregon on the GSA Schedule. Sacred Fire Creative is additionally qualified for the HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) Program certification, which even fewer agencies hold. Having these certifications, said Ojua, would further separate her company from its competitors.

"As someone with past experience working with government agencies, I truly believe we have the qualities that government buyers on the federal, state, and local level are looking for in their contractors. It's an opportunity we are excited to explore," Ojua said.

Sacred Fire Creative is a digital marketing agency that provides a wide range of business development services, including graphic design, web design and development, social media management, and content marketing. For more information about Sacred Fire Creative and Malee Ojua, please visit http://www.sacredfirecreative.com.

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Bucks County Nursing Home Attorney Practice, The Law Firm of Brian P. Murphy, PC, Announces Address Change

Licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Brian P. Murphy has been at the forefront of legal efforts to hold New Jersey and Pennsylvania nursing homes accountable for negligent care for over 15 years.

Mr. Murphy has been in private practice since 2015 when he opened up The Law Firm of Brian P. Murphy, PC.

Singularly focused on cases involving nursing home abuse and neglect, Murphy has successfully represented numerous residents in Pennsylvania and New Jersey who have suffered injury or illness as a result of nursing home negligence. From bedsores, falls, and other injuries to malnutrition, dehydration and wrongful death, Murphy has taken swift action against the long-term care and nursing facilities responsible and has earned significant compensation for his clients.

Murphy is experienced in discerning signs of poor quality care in long-term care facilities, including but not limited to:

  • Insufficient Staff
  • False Charting
  • Unsanitary Conditions
  • Poor Maintenance
  • Inattentive and/or Incompetent Staff
  • And more


Brian has given multiple lectures and authored numerous law articles and legal guides on nursing home abuse and the effective litigation of neglect and abuse cases.

For more information, or to discover more about the convenient new location of The Law Firm of Brian P. Murphy, please contact Brian P. Murphy directly at (215) 579-8500, or visit http://www.thenursinghomeattorneys.com.

All personal injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis.

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Posted in: Law & Legal,U.S

United Way of Frederick County and FCPS Stuff the Bus School Supplies Seeks New Businesses to Host Collection Drive

United Way of Frederick County (UWFC) and Frederick County Public School’s (FCPS) 11th annual Stuff the Bus school supplies drive kicks off on July 8th. We will be sending fifteen buses throughout Frederick on August 14th to collect Stuff the Bus bins filled with school supplies for students in need.

We are currently seeking businesses/organizations to host a school supplies collection drive at their sites. Interested businesses can sign up to collect supplies at http://www.unitedwayfrederick.org/stuffthebus.

Beginning the week of June 24, we will start to “paint the town yellow” by parking yellow school buses in various strategic locations throughout the community to promote and create awareness about the program. On August 14, the fifteen school buses will make their way around the community to pick up the collected items.

Ensuring that all students have the supplies they need to do their homework, take tests, and complete science and art projects is a simple but important way we can help them get their education and succeed in school. Over 10,000 FCPS students are in need of school supplies and financial assistance, based on free and reduced meals numbers for the total FCPS total student population.

In 2018, over 7,500 FCPS Maryland students benefited from the drive, more than 130 collection sites were set up, and 85,000+ items were collected in twelve school buses.

For more information about Stuff the Bus, visit https://www.UnitedWayFrederick.org/StufftheBus or contact Joyce Kwamena-Poh at jkwamenapoh(at)uwfrederick(dot)org.

About United Way of Frederick County 
Since 1938, United Way of Frederick County has been fighting for health, education and financial stability for every person in the Frederick County community. United Way produces the ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed) Report which shows that approximately nearly 40% of households can no longer afford to live in Frederick County. Our investments and programs are aligned to support and increase the financial stability of these households.

United Way of Frederick County partners include global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, government, civic and faith-based organizations, along with educators, health providers, senior citizens, students, and others. The organization provides grants to local nonprofits, offers programs such as free tax preparation and matched savings, mobilizes volunteers, and engages in public policy advocacy. To learn more about United Way and how you can get involved, please visit UnitedWayFrederick.org.

Posted in: Education,Finance,U.S

Stratosphere Networks Ranked Among World’s Most Elite 501 Managed Service Providers

Stratosphere Networks has been named as one of the world’s premier managed service providers on the prestigious 12th-annual Channel Futures MSP 501 rankings.

Every year, MSPs worldwide complete an extensive survey and application to report their product offerings, growth rates, annual total and recurring revenues, pricing structures, revenue mix and more. MSPs were ranked according to a unique methodology that weights revenue figures according to how well the applicant's business strategy anticipates trends in the fast-evolving channel ecosystem.

Channel Futures is pleased to name Stratosphere to the 2019 MSP 501. Stratosphere Networks is a Chicago-based IT managed service provider that delivers comprehensive technology solutions to businesses across all industries. The company offers cloud consulting services, managed cybersecurity solutions, and services to empower internal IT teams, in addition to managed IT services.

“We’re honored that Channel Futures has ranked us as one of the world’s top managed service providers for the eighth consecutive year,” said Steve Melchiorre, CEO of Stratosphere Networks. “Our team strives every day to empower our clients with high-quality IT services and solutions, and we’re thrilled that our efforts have earned us recognition on the MSP 501 list again this year.”

In the 12 years since its inception, the MSP 501 has evolved from a competitive ranking list into a vibrant group of service providers, vendors, distributors, consultants and industry analysts working together to define the growing managed service opportunity.

“The 2019 MSP 501 winners are the most elite, innovative and strategic IT service providers on the planet, and they stand as a model of excellence in the industry,” says Kris Blackmon, Content Director of Channel Partners and Channel Futures and lead of the MSP 501 program. “As the MSP 501 Community grows, leagues of managed service providers learn from the successes of these winning companies, gaining insight into the best practices, strategies and technologies that elevate an MSP to the level of the 501 winners. Our heartfelt congratulations to the 2019 winners and gratitude to the thousands of MSPs that have contributed to the continuing growth and success of both the 501 and the thriving managed services sector.”

Ten special award winners will be recognized at the MSP 501 Awards Gala at Channel Partners Evolution, held this year September 9-12 in Washington, D.C. Nominations for these special awards, including Digital Innovator of the Year, Executive of the Year and the Newcomer Award, were included in the MSP 501 application, and all candidates were encouraged to submit for them.

In addition to deciding the rankings, the survey drives the creation of an annual in-depth study of business and technology trends in the IT channel, released each year at the Channel Partners Evolution conference. The full MSP 501 Report leverages applicant responses, interviews with industry experts and historical data to give a well-rounded picture of the managed services opportunity.

The complete 2019 MSP 501 list is available at Channel Futures.


The 2019 MSP 501 list is based on data collected by Channel Futures and its sister site, Channel Partners. Data was collected online from March 1 through May 31, 2019. The MSP 501 list recognizes top managed service providers based on metrics including recurring revenue, growth and other factors.

About Stratosphere Networks

Stratosphere Networks is a Chicago-based multifaceted IT managed service provider focused on delivering comprehensive technology services and solutions to meet and exceed the always-changing, diverse business needs. Since 2003, Stratosphere Networks has grown exponentially and continues to provide the best-in-class and cost-effective solutions to businesses in all industries. Visit http://www.stratospherenetworks.com for more information.

For more information contact:

Lori Leonardo 

About Informa Tech

Channel Futures, Channel Partners Online, Channel Partners Conference & Expo and Channel Partners Evolution are part of Informa Tech, a market-leading B2B information provider with depth and specialization in the Information and Communications (ICT) Technology sector. We help drive the future by inspiring the Technology community to design, build and run a better digital world through our market-leading research, media, training and event brands. Every year, we welcome 7,400+ subscribers to our research, more than 3.8 million unique visitors a month to our digital communities, 18,200+ students to our training programs and 225,000 delegates to our events.


Kris Blackmon, 
Content Director, Channel Futures & Channel Partners 
Senior Editor, MSP 501 

Posted in: Business,U.S

New Bedford’s Painting and Renovations Company, ProGroup Contracting, Helps Children Become Entrepreneurs

Over the course of one day in May each year, hundreds of kids on the Southcoast come together to set up their own lemonade stands, learning about what is needed to own and operate their own small business. The lemonade stands are scattered around eight different cities and towns within the Southcoast. It is free for kids to register and participate in this event, thanks to sponsors like BayCoast Bank, ProGroup Contracting, Frugal Franks, Andrew's Fruit & Produce, Seaport Inn Grill, Auclair's Market, Sonic of Somerset, Roots & Daisies Beauty Parlor, amongst others.

This year, Lemonade Day consisted of 116 stands, where a total of 368 kids took part and contributed to over 25 different charities with their earnings. The charities covered causes from autism awareness to families of veterans to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Some of the lemonade stands reported earning over ,000 in business for the day.

“The kids are just amazing, they want to help these charities and they want to learn how to be entrepreneurs and this day is perfect for that,” said David Moura, Chief Executive Officer of ProGroup Contracting.

ProGroup Contracting was the Champion Sponsor for this year’s Lemonade Day. They even hosted a lemonade stand at their location, “Pacheco Pride Lemonade Stand” from Carlos Pacheco Elementary School. ProGroup Contracting also held a Lemonade Day contest for one child entrepreneur, competing for a chance to win a free iPad. The winner this year was Bri-Ann of “Bri-Ann’s Lemonade.”

To learn more about this initiative, contact sarah(at)progroupcontracting(dot)com

About ProGroup Contracting: 
Based in New Bedford, Massachusetts, ProGroup Contracting is a national painting and renovation business serving commercial and residential properties for over 25 years. Specializing in painting, ProGroup Contracting also offers power washing, surface repairs and complete renovation services. For more information on careers and services offered by ProGroup Contracting, visit [https://www.progroupcontracting.com/.

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How to Prevent Birds from Colliding with Buildings

A recent study from Cornell University estimates that between 365 million to 1 billion birds are dying every year in the United States because of building collisions. Artificial light and the transparent and reflective properties of glass are thought to be the main causes of bird collisions. City lights can attract birds at night and cause them to fly in circles and become disoriented. Birds often see glass either as empty air or as a mirror reflecting the surrounding landscape.

For some property owners, it’s even become a significant maintenance issue, requiring the regular cleanup of the bodies of dead birds on the surrounding streets and sidewalks. This is not only bad for the birds, but can be an unsightly image for customers, visitors and pedestrians as they move through areas around a property. Bird remains can also attract insects and other pests.

What can you, the pest management professional, do to help prevent this situation for customers? There are actually several things you can recommend to them — many of which you can also offer as a service:

    Use visual or ultraviolet (UV) bird window decals, films or paints. There are many different products available for this purpose, but the basic idea is the same: Put something on the surface of the glass to make it more visible to birds. This can be a small sticker in the middle of the windows, or a larger textured or solid film that covers some or all of the glass surface to make it visible to birds. Some products are transparent to the human eye, but opaque in UV, which is visible to most birds. This makes a good solution for areas where you don’t want visible images or textures, but still want to help make them visible to birds.

    Turn off exterior lights, especially during peak migration season. Many species of birds fly south in the fall and fly north in the spring. Up to half of these birds travel over a given city in six or seven days throughout the season. If urban areas would make efforts to reduce light pollution, especially during these periods of peak migration traffic, it would significantly lower the risk to birds.

    Move indoor plants away from windows. Indoor plants can look like inviting places for birds to perch, causing them to try to fly to indoor spaces through windows and glass surfaces. Moving indoor plants to interior areas makes them less visible to birds and reduces the temptation to try to fly inside a building.

    Close blinds when possible. One of the simplest things you can do is close any blinds or curtains that windows may have. This creates a visual barrier that birds can see, and helps stop them from trying to flying through the glass.

    Bird control products. Using bird control products and best practices can help discourage birds from dangerous areas. Netting can be used to block birds from hitting harder surfaces that could injure them. Bird spikes can keep birds from finding good perching or nesting spots nearby. Electronic devices that use the sounds of predators, ultrasonic noise, or flashes of light to scare birds away around buildings.

    Bird safe design. When building new structures, an increasing number of architects and builders factor bird safety into how to design a project. This includes things like using less-reflective types of glass, adding visual textures on glass surfaces that match other design elements, and reducing the amount of glass used on the exterior of buildings. If a commercial customer of yours is constructing a new facility, be sure to bring this up.

Certain urban areas are more dangerous to birds than others because of their location along migration routes and the amount of light pollution and glass covered buildings. In some cities, where the danger to birds is high, there are now laws or programs to encourage people to take action to help prevent bird collisions.

For example, since 1995, the city-backed Lights Out program in Chicago, Ill., has encouraged owners and managers to dim or turn off exterior lighting on high rises during bird migration season. San Francisco, Calif., adopted bird safety rules into its building code in 2011, making it a requirement for any renovation or new building projects in the city. It can be worth an investigation into whether there are any local organizations or ordinances that offer more specific bird protection guidelines for your market. Being knowledgeable and proactive in this arena can give you a competitive edge.

Posted in: Services,U.S

Viscira® Selected as a Winner in the 40th Annual Telly Awards

The Telly Awards have named Viscira as a Silver winner (the highest award possible) in the 40th Annual Telly Awards for the “Overreact2Stroke” videos produced by Viscira. The Telly Awards honor excellence in video and television across all screens and are judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks, and production companies including Vice, Vimeo, Hearst Digital Media, BuzzFeed, and A&E Networks.

Viscira partnered closely with Genentech to create three stroke symptomology videos for Genentech’s Stroke Awareness website. The objective of the disease education videos was to educate caregivers about the 10 common stroke symptoms and to encourage caregivers to act quickly and decisively or even to overreact when they pick up on any signs or symptoms of a potential stroke. The videos reside on Genentech’s Stroke Awareness website and were also deployed on Genentech’s YouTube channel and distributed in the field by Genentech sales reps.

The Telly Awards were founded in 1979 and are the premier awards honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video, and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

This year also saw the continued expansion of new categories to further the awards’ recent initiative to rebuild the honors for the multiscreen era. New categories included serialized Branded Content and expanded Social Video categories.

“Viscira is pushing the boundaries for video and television innovation and creativity at a time when the industry is rapidly changing,” said Sabrina Dridje, Managing Director of the Telly Awards. “This award is a tribute to the talent and vision of its creators and a celebration of the diversity of work being made today for all screens.”

Viscira's Executive Creative Director, Hagop Kaneboughazian, was excited to hear that Viscira had won another industry award. “This is a great acknowledgment and nice recognition for our team given their hard work and innovation in the video production area. We are really happy with how the videos turned out and glad it has been a very effective educational tool for our Genentech client,” Kaneboughazian said.

About Viscira 
Viscira is dedicated to the design and development of digital marketing solutions and interactive software applications for the life sciences industry. Viscira provides a suite of programs that integrate best-in-class technology to deliver engaging and memorable content via various electronic channels. Viscira is part of WPP, the largest agency holding company in the world. For more information, please visit the company’s website at http://www.viscira.com or contact No?l Ashekian at (617) 429-0834.

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WebRezPro Property Management System Integrates VOILÀ Hotel Rewards

WebRezPro property management system (PMS) by World Web Technologies Inc. (WWT) is pleased to announce integration with leading loyalty program for independent hotel brands, VOILÀ Hotel Rewards, for more efficient and accurate management of reward member accounts that results in increased loyalty and bookings.

Uniting a global network of select independent hotels and redemption partners, VOILÀ Hotel Rewards is a customizable points-based guest loyalty program that enables independent hotels and groups to level the playing field with chain brands while maintaining their own unique branding and qualities.

The direct interface between WebRezPro PMS and VOILÀ creates a fully integrated guest loyalty solution that automatically awards member accounts, eliminating the need to manually duplicate data and cross-check systems, and ensures accuracy of reward point balances, increasing guest satisfaction.

“VOILÀ Hotel Rewards provides the world’s best boutique hotels and independent hotel groups with a completely customizable and hotel-branded reward program that allows them to increase value and build better customer relationships,” said Peter Gorla, Managing Director of VOILÀ Hotel Rewards. “By tightly integrating with WebRezPro, we are able to extend VOILÀ’s seamless loyalty platform to WebRezPro’s existing and future client-base, providing these hotels with a turnkey long-term loyalty program and customer engagement strat