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.

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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

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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.

Posted in: Books & Literature,Europe,Society & Culture,U.S,World

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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Professional Services,Society & Culture,Transportation & Logistics,U.S

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




Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Professional Services,Services,U.S

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!

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Professional Services,Society & Culture,Transportation & Logistics,U.S

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.

Posted in: Business,U.S

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. 

Posted in: Business,U.S

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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Elev8 Consulting Group 
Ph: 386.243.5388 
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Web: http://www.elev8cg.com

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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.

Posted in: Education,U.S

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.

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

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

Posted in: Business,Services,U.S

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.

Posted in: Business,Services,U.S

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

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Leisure Activities,Living,Society & Culture,U.S

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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 

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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.

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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.

Posted in: Business,Education,U.S

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 strategy.”

The interface works by automatically extracting all qualifying member stay transactions from the PMS and sending this data via a secure channel to the VOILÀ loyalty program daily, where points are automatically awarded to member accounts as determined by the program rules set by each participating hotel.

“Building guest loyalty is key to driving direct bookings and remaining competitive,” commented Frank Verhagen, President at WWT. “The seamless integration between WebRezPro and VOILÀ Hotel Rewards makes rewarding guest loyalty effortless and ensures every loyal guest is recognized and rewarded.”

About VOILÀ Hotel Rewards 
VOILÀ Hotel Rewards (http://voilahotels.com) is the world’s number one loyalty program that unites a network of over 25 select global hotel brands. VOILÀ’s points-based frequency guest program provides recognition benefits and Award Night room redemption opportunities at participating network hotels. VOILÀ offers hotel- or group-branded loyalty solutions for our partner hotels, with VOILÀ acting as the supporting brand. VOILÀ’s global presence also allows members to earn and redeem points across a wide variety of redemption partners – including airlines, retail merchants and charities. http://www.voilahotels.com/

About WebRezPro 
WebRezPro is a powerful, easy-to-use cloud property management system for all accommodation types and sizes. The fully integrated and automated system saves lodging operators time and boosts revenue by streamlining and modernizing front desk and back office operations. Bringing the benefits of the cloud to 1,300+ properties in 40 countries, WebRezPro is a product of World Web Technologies Inc., an Internet marketing and software company for tourism and hospitality since 1994. For more information, please visit webrezpro.com.

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INDIGO Biosciences Announces Release of Assay Kit for Testing Multi-Drug Resistance

INDIGO Biosciences, Inc. (INDIGO), the recognized industry leader in nuclear receptor and in vitro toxicology testing solutions, announced the addition of the Human MDR-1 / P-Glycoprotein Drug Interaction Assay to their portfolio. This kit expands INDIGO’s existing in vitro toxicology offerings and allows researchers to perform critical toxicology testing previously available only through contract services into their own labs.

“The addition of the MDR1 assay to INDIGO’s portfolio gives discovery scientists the ability to get results quickly on one of the most critical aspects of drug development. By combining our nuclear receptor expertise and additional predictive toxicology indicators such as MDR1, researchers can be confident that they are ready to take the next step in development,” says Dr. Jack Vanden Heuvel, Chief Scientific Officer of INDIGO. Dr. Vanden Heuvel was also awarded a Podium Presentation at the 2019 Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting to share data and research utilizing the new MDR1 assay, along with the Company’s new gene expression and predictive liver toxicity assays, with the drug discovery and development communities.

The Multidrug Resistance Protein 1 (MDR1) plays a critical role in the removal of foreign substances – such as toxins or drugs – from the body by protecting cells from toxification. MDR1 activators range from pollutants, such as those encountered through unintended exposure to industrial and agricultural chemicals, to drugs administered for therapeutic benefit.

A drug that is either a substrate or inhibitor of MDR1 can profoundly impact the rate of absorption, distribution, or excretion of co-administered drugs, leading to significant changes in their effectiveness and potential toxicity. The MDR1 multidrug resistance transporter impacts the development of antibiotics, chemotherapy drugs, and mortality. MDR1 interaction is often cited as a precursor to drug-drug interactions on product labels and particularly in the use of digoxin, a common heart medication used to treat heart failure and heart rhythm problems. Not surprisingly, assessing the potency of this interaction, and thus the potential for drug-drug interactions, is mandated by the FDA.

The new assay kit offered by INDIGO Biosciences contains all necessary materials to allow for two independent 48-well assay setups. Each aliquot of cells is provided as a single-use reagent, though both may be combined to run one full assay plate. MDR1 Drug Interaction Assay utilizes the Company’s proprietary CryoMite™ preservation process, allowing for exceptional cell viability post-thaw and eliminating the need for cumbersome intermediate steps. As with INDIGO’s other product offerings, the testing process takes only 24 hours, providing researchers with clear, reproducible data without the longer wait times associated with most alternative testing options.

About INDIGO Biosciences, Inc. 
INDIGO Biosciences, Inc. is a leading provider of nuclear receptor and in vitro toxicology solutions that accelerate scientific decision-making. INDIGO supplements the world’s largest portfolio of nuclear receptor kits and services and in vitro toxicology solutions with greater results readability, reproducibility, and faster turnaround times. Our solutions, plus supportive team and reliable science and platforms aim to reduce the time, cost, and risk associated with the discovery process. Learn more at http://www.indigobiosciences.com 

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52% of Retirees Spend at Least 6 Per Month on Healthcare Costs, According to New Survey by The Senior Citizens League

A new survey by The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) indicates that 52 percent of retirees spend at least 6 per month on healthcare costs. If that doesn’t sound like enough of a challenge, at a time when the average Social Security benefit is about ,400 per month, one-in-five survey participants reported spending ,000 per month or more. The same survey also found that, of those who currently receive Social Security benefits, 48 percent reported that, in 2019, after the deduction of the Medicare Part B premium from their Social Security benefits, they had only or less left over from their annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) boost.

“High Medicare costs and low COLA increases are clearly raising new adequacy issues for today’s retirees,” says Mary Johnson, a Medicare and Social Security policy analyst for The Senior Citizens League.

Medicare premiums and out-of-pocket costs are the most frequently - cited challenge for adults age 65 and older. “Many people underestimate both the impact healthcare costs will have on their Social Security benefits, and the amount of retirement income and savings they will need in retirement to make up for those rapidly rising costs,” Johnson notes.

In addition to Medicare Part B premiums, there are a considerable number of other costs not covered by traditional Medicare. Most Medicare recipients also have the cost of premiums for additional coverage which can take the form of a Medigap supplement, with a free - standing Part D drug plan, or Medicare Advantage managed care plan with prescription drug coverage. Even with the extra coverage, there can be high deductibles, and out-of-pocket cost requirements which grow each year. Those costs can run into the thousands of dollars each year for the oldest and sickest. Medicare also does not cover routine dental, vision or hearing care, nor is there any coverage at all for most nursing home stays.

Congress is considering a number of bills which would help older Americans with these challenges three primary ways: 

  • Strengthening Social Security income by providing a modest boost in benefits and tying the annual COLA to the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E) which would better reflect the inflation experienced by older adults. Another bill in Congress would guarantee a minimum COLA increase of at least 3 percent in years when inflation is lower than that.
  • Giving Medicare power to negotiate drug prices to bring down costs. Since 2000, prescription drug costs have increased 253 percent, making it the fastest - growing cost for older Americans. In addition to bills that would allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices, other bills under consideration in Congress would allow the importation of FDA -approved prescription drugs from other countries, like Canada, where prices are lower, and would prohibit deals that delay generics from reaching the market.
  • Improving Medicare coverage by including coverage for dental, vision and hearing services.

The Senior Citizens League is a voice in Congress for Americans concerned about their earned benefits. On the League’s website, older Americans can find opportunities to become better informed, evaluate, and voice opinions on major issues affecting Social Security and Medicare. To learn how to get involved, visit http://www.SeniorsLeague.org.

With 1.2 million supporters, The Senior Citizens League is one of the nation’s largest nonpartisan seniors groups. Its mission is to promote and assist members and supporters, to educate and alert senior citizens about their rights and freedoms as U.S. Citizens, and to protect and defend the benefits senior citizens have earned and paid for. The Senior Citizens League is a proud affiliate of The Retired Enlisted Association. Visit http://www.SeniorsLeague.org for more information.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Eastman Foundation and STREAMWORKS Bring International Marine Robotics Competition to Tennessee

Ensuring public safety, maintaining healthy waterways and preserving historical artifacts are all on task for students participating in the 18th annual Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) International ROV Competition hosted for the first time in Kingsport. Presented by the Eastman Foundation in partnership with STREAMWORKS and Visit Kingsport, the underwater robotics competition is set for June 20-22, at the Kingsport Aquatic Center and MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center.

Why East Tennessee and why Eastman?

Typically held in coastal cities, the MATE ROV Competition has historically focused on robotics in an ocean environment. To bring the competition to East Tennessee presented a unique opportunity to demonstrate how underwater robots can be and are being used in inland waterways and freshwater environments such as Boone Lake, Boone Dam and the South Fork Holston River. The region’s state-of-the-art Kingsport Aquatic Center is an ideal venue for competitors to put their remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to the test.

Couple this idea with Eastman’s commitment to advancing science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education, and the decision to bring the competition to Kingsport was an easy choice.

“The location for the international championship and our partnership with Eastman and the Eastman Foundation is allowing us to expose students to new and different ways that underwater robots can be used to benefit society,” said Jill Zande, president of MATE Inspiration for Innovation (MATE II) and associate director and competition director for MATE Center.

Eastman’s STEAM education efforts hinge on strategic partnerships and initiatives to help ensure a successful workforce in the future. The company fosters opportunities that encourage innovative and productive thinking in real-world environments. Eastman’s partnerships with organizations such as MATE, STREAMWORKS and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have accelerated ocean science education in this region.

“I’m often asked why Eastman and the Eastman Foundation invest in advancing ocean science, and the answer is simple – the ocean matters everywhere,” said David A. Golden, Eastman’s senior vice president, chief legal & sustainability officer, and president of the Eastman Foundation. “There’s no better opportunity to ensure the future of ocean science than to inspire today’s students through real-world educational experiences like the MATE competitions.”

What does a MATE ROV competition look like?

The international competition will bring 1,300 of the brightest minds from around the world to East Tennessee, from Kingsport to Hong Kong. Over the last year, more than 740 teams competed in regional competitions across the globe, and 70 of those teams advanced to compete in the international competition.

The MATE ROV Competition requires students to apply math, electronics, engineering and physics skills from the classroom toward solving problems based on real-world workplace scenarios. The competition challenges students from K-12, community colleges and universities within four levels (EXPLORER, RANGER, NAVIGATOR, and SCOUT) to design, build and test underwater robots to complete specified, simulated real-world missions. They also must organize themselves into mock companies, an exercise that encourages them to develop entrepreneurial thinking and business and project management skills, while spurring innovation and collaboration to produce and compete with their ROVs.

This year’s simulated mission stems from Eastman’s commitment to do “Good for Good.” Teams must ensure public safety and healthy waterways by inspecting and repairing a hydroelectric dam; monitoring water quality, determining habitat diversity and restoring fish habitats; and recovering a Civil War era cannon while marking the location of unexploded cannon shells.

“From working to ensure that our infrastructure is safe to monitoring water quality for the health of aquatic species and making certain that pieces of our nation’s history live on, these students and their inventions are doing Good for Good,” said Zande.

“On behalf of Eastman and the Eastman Foundation, I appreciate Jill, the entire MATE organization, STREAMWORKS and Visit Kingsport for their partnership and passion to advance STEAM education, locally and globally,” said Golden. “This is an incredible opportunity to welcome the world to our region, and I could not be prouder of the work that has gone into planning a world-class event. We look forward to an exciting competition!”

To learn more, visit https://www.marinetech.org/rov-competition/.

About Eastman 
Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company’s innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to grow its leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman employs approximately 14,500 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2018 revenues of approximately billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA.

The Eastman Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization managed by a Board of Directors, separate and apart from Eastman. The Foundation invests in initiatives that serve and strengthen communities around the world with the goal of improving the quality of life for all people. The Foundation focuses its resources on partnership initiatives in the areas of education, environment, empowerment, and economic development.

Established with funding from the National Science Foundation at Monterey Peninsula College in 1997, the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center worked with the Marine Technology Society’s ROV Committee to create the MATE ROV Competition. The first event kicked off in 2001. Seventeen years later, MATE Inspiration for Innovation (MATE II) incorporated in the state of California as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2018. MATE II was founded to support and sustain ongoing education activities initiated at the MATE Center.

Based in Kingsport, Tennessee, STREAMWORKS is a new educational program that delivers enhanced opportunities for students (grades K–12) to participate in exciting mentor and project-based programs that focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills; inspire innovation; and foster well-rounded life capabilities.

About the MATE International ROV Competition 
Established with funding from the National Science Foundation at Monterey Peninsula College in 1997, the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center worked with the Marine Technology Society’s ROV Committee to create the MATE ROV Competition. The first event kicked off in 2001. Seventeen years later, MATE Inspiration for Innovation (MATE II) incorporated in the state of California as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2018. MATE II was founded to support and sustain ongoing education activities initiated at the MATE Center. To learn more, visit https://www.marinetech.org/rov-competition/.

Posted in: Education,Technology,U.S

X-Rite Announces i1Pro 3 Plus Color Profiling Device for Imaging, Print and Textiles

X-Rite Incorporated and Pantone LLC, global leaders in color science and technology, announce the new i1Pro 3 Plus, a spectral color measurement solution specifically designed for imaging, print, and textile professionals who need advanced calibration and color profiling capabilities to support today’s wide-format and industrial printing applications. The i1Pro 3 Plus has been optimized for digital printing on a range of materials and surfaces, including ceramics, textiles, glass, metal, wood, vinyl, plastics, thin films, cardboard, paper, and more. Commercial, wide-format, grand-format, packaging, and industrial printers can now create ICC profiles for almost any substrate and calibrate print production devices for the highest level of color accuracy.

As more industries turn to digital printing, customers are putting greater emphasis on achieving accurate and repeatable color. To do this, production print equipment needs to be linearized and profiled for each substrate in order to monitor color output. Current profiling solutions are limited in their ability to measure textured, rough, or uneven surfaces and cannot accommodate various material thicknesses. Many devices do not have the resolution required to ensure the highest color quality when printing detailed patterns, metallic effects, or photography images. This leads to costly color errors and rework which impacts a printer’s bottom line.

“The i1Pro 3 Plus builds on the success of the i1 Family and removes the variability to create accurate ICC profiles on the widest range of materials,” said Ray Cheydleur, Printing and Imaging Product Portfolio Manager, X-Rite. “Wide- and grand-format users and industrial material printers will see immediate value by incorporating the affordable i1Pro 3 Plus into their prepress and production workflows, resulting in more accurate and repeatable color, a reduction of waste, and an increased return on investment.”

A long-term X-Rite partner, EFI (Electronics For Imaging), also sees the great potential of this latest i1 Family member. “We are delighted to support X-Rite’s newly announced i1Pro 3 Plus measurement device within our latest Fiery technologies at ITMA 2019. Due to the nature of digital textile production, this large-aperture device is an excellent fit with our latest single pass EFI BOLT high-speed textile printer. For both color management and quality control, this device will allow our customers to produce accurate color much more easily,” said John Henze, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, EFI Fiery.

New in the i1Pro 3 Plus: 

  • Larger aperture of 8mm to support new materials and substrates used in digital printing applications.
  • New polarization (measurement condition M3) filter that reduces specular highlights and shadows on fabrics and ceramics. It provides “better blacks” and richer colors on rough surfaces and glossy medias, like canvas prints and fine art photo papers.
  • Simultaneously measure M0, M1 and M2 in a single pass to account for optical brighteners so prepress and print operators can quickly predict how colors printed on optically brightened substrates will look under different lighting conditions.
  • Longer ruler for measuring the wider charts used in grand-format printing. The ruler includes an ISO-compliant white backer and removable magnetic strips on the top and sides for holding samples in place while measuring.
  • New LED illuminant that improves device reliability. The i1Pro 3 Plus allows for four measurement conditions (ISO 13655 M0; M1: D50; M2: UV Excluded, M3 Polarized).
  • Now supports transmission scanning for backlit film and materials used in signage.
  • Measures high brightness, up to 5K NITs for ultra-bright displays.


“We are used to seeing bumpy shadow measurements from unpolarized devices on glossy textured medias like canvas. With the new polarization feature in the i1Pro 3 Plus, our M3 measurements are dramatically smoother in the shadows - perfect in fact,” commented Scott Martin, Founder, Onsight, a leading workflow consultant for print, prepress, design and photography.

New X-Rite iO Table 
In addition, X-Rite announces a new i1iO Automated Scanning Table that supports the i1Pro 3 Plus. This hands-free test chart reader offers automated color profiling on a variety of substrates with reduced risk of color measurement errors. It is ideal for photographers, designers, and printers who want to speed up and automate the measurement process and eliminate manual strip reading.

The new i1iO table can be used with a variety of industrial materials including textiles, ceramics, corrugated, etc. and supports materials up to 33mm thick, with the optional z-axis spacer. It also supports transparencies and backlit materials.

See the i1Pro 3 Plus at ITMA and EskoWorld 
At ITMA, June 20 – 26 in Barcelona, Spain, X-Rite and Pantone will demonstrate the i1Pro 3 Plus in Hall UL, Stand C109. X-Rite will also be showcasing the i1Pro 3 Plus at EskoWorld, June 24 – 26 in Nashville, TN.

The i1Pro 3 Plus and the i1iO table will be available in late July 2019.

About X-Rite 
Founded in 1958, X-Rite Incorporated is a global leader in the science and technology of color and appearance. With Pantone, X-Rite employs more than 800 people in 11 countries. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in Grand Rapids, Mich., with regional headquarters in Europe and Asia and service centers across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. X-Rite offers a full range of solutions used by manufacturers, retailers, printers, photographers and graphic design houses to achieve precise management and communication of color and appearance throughout their processes. X-Rite products and services are recognized standards in the printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles and medical industries. For further information, please visit http://www.xrite.com

About Pantone 
Pantone provides the universal language of color that enables color-critical decisions through every stage of the workflow for brands and manufacturers. More than 10 million designers and producers around the world rely on Pantone products and services to help define, communicate and control color from inspiration to realization – leveraging advanced X-Rite technology to achieve color consistency across various materials and finishes for graphics, fashion and product design. Pantone Standards feature digital and physical color specification and workflow tools. The Pantone Color Institute™ provides customized color standards, brand identity and product color consulting as well as trend forecasting inclusive of Pantone Color of the Year, Fashion Runway Color Trend Reports, color psychology and more. Pantone B2B Licensing incorporates the Pantone Color System into different products and services, enabling licensees to communicate and reproduce certified Pantone values and improve efficiencies for their users. Pantone Lifestyle brings color and design together across apparel, home, and accessories. Learn more at http://www.pantone.com

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Healthify Partners with Landmark Health to Address the Social Determinants of Health for 97,000 Patients Nationwide

Healthify and Landmark Health (Landmark) announce a groundbreaking, collaborative partnership to address the social determinants of health (SDoH) for complex, chronic patient populations across 13 states—California, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington.

The partnership marks a significant milestone in Landmark’s mission to deliver comprehensive care to patients wherever and whenever they need it. Healthify’s nationwide coverage and scalable implementation methodology will support Landmark’s ability to meet their patients’ needs as they expand into new cities and states. Landmark joins a growing community of providers who are working closely with Healthify to address SDoH, such as transportation, food, education, employment and housing, in at-risk, vulnerable communities.

“Because our patients are living with multiple chronic conditions, they face higher healthcare needs. To achieve positive health outcomes for this vulnerable population, it is imperative that we go beyond clinical care to meet their social needs,” shared Landmark Chief Behavioral Health Officer Chris Dennis, MD. “By partnering with Healthify, we hope to give our interdisciplinary team the best tool to quickly locate and refer patients to community-based services and improve the well-being of every Landmark patient.”

Through the partnership, Healthify will support Landmark’s SDoH initiatives by implementing access to a nationwide electronic database of more than 426,000 resources. With Healthify, social workers will be able to track the status of those referrals and through a comprehensive reporting dashboard, demonstrate improvements in patient health outcomes as a result of specific SDoH interventions.

With Healthify’s enterprise solutions, Landmark aims to: 

  • Operationalize organizational SDoH strategies in multiple markets across the country
  • Improve health outcomes and lower the cost of care for complex and chronically ill patient populations


“Implementing Healthify’s SDoH solutions to support Landmark’s goals is a vital next step in the movement toward value-based care,” shared Healthify CEO and Cofounder Manik Bhat. “Landmark is a key leader in meeting the needs of complex, chronic patient populations across the country and with the announcement of this partnership, Landmark continues to demonstrate their commitment to delivering quality care.”

To learn more about Healthify’s enterprise solutions, please request a demo.

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About Healthify

Healthify solutions enable collaboration between health plans, health systems, government departments and community-based organizations to address the social determinants of health by establishing coordinated networks of community partners. Built for enterprise teams, the Healthify platform supports integrations with EHRs, HIEs and other care management systems to support workflows to screen for social needs, find community services, coordinate referrals, and analyze outcomes and cost. For more information, please visit http://www.healthify.us, or connect with us on LinkedIn or Twitter.

About Landmark

Landmark Health and its affiliated medical groups (Landmark) partner with health plans and delivery systems to bring patient-centric, in-home care to complex and chronically ill populations. The company bears risk for more than 97,000 lives across 13 states. Landmark provides access to care 24/7 to patients and their families. Its value-based model relies on fully-employed, local multidisciplinary care teams to help drive long-term outcomes for patients by bringing medical, behavioral, social and palliative care to individuals, where they reside and when they need it. Landmark is bringing back the house call. Learn more at http://www.landmarkhealth.org.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Ardent Assistance To Acquire Complete Claims Management Professionals (CCMP)

Ardent Assistance Inc., has today announced the acquisition of the assets of Complete Claims Management Professionals (CCMP). Providing a range of assistance and complementary extended claims services, the Newmarket based operation supports Ardent’s continued growth plans and accelerates entry into new and end-to-end travel insurance assistance and claims markets.

With its experienced people, CCMP is one of the industry leaders providing exceptional claims handling services.

“CCMP provides an exciting opportunity for Ardent, and specifically our case management and claims departments”, explains Magdi Riad, Ardent’s CEO. “The additional expertise strengthens and extends the services offered by Ardent and further enhances our complete assistance solution approach. With a range of high-profile clients, this acquisition supports our plans to meet increasing demand across the globe, as well as offering more services to new clients. We look forward to working with the employees of CCMP and further enhance our customers' experience.”

The acquisition of the assets of CCMP support Ardent’s plans for growth and its vision to be the assistance provider of choice in North America and beyond.

Dave Burry, Travel Insurance Specialists (TIS) and CCMP’s CEO also commented on the acquisition adding “Ardent’s acquisition of the assets of CCMP provides a major growth opportunity for both our businesses and extended services to our clients. With the stability and backing of a professional company like Ardent Assistance Inc., TIS customers will benefit from enhanced products, services and innovation, and likewise, the services we bring to Ardent enable us to deliver one of best and most unique travel insurance models within the Canadian industry.

The timing of the announcement also coincides with the launch of Ardent’s assistance system to its international clients with more than 30 locations worldwide.

About Complete Claims Management Professionals (CCMP) 
Formed in 2005 in Newmarket, Ontario, CCMP managed in excess of 150 million in claims with integrity and passion. Enhancing the underwriting profit and servicing its customer were and remain its primary goals.

About Ardent Assistance Inc 
Formed in 2017 and nested in Newmarket, Ontario, Ardent is dedicated to providing solutions that enhance insurance underwriting profitability. Focused on travel insurance products, Ardent works with multiple Canadian and International insurers and provides complete cost containment solutions in North America.

Posted in: Services,U.S

ARCO Design/Build Houston’s Continued Market Growth Drives Expansion into New Office

ARCO Design/Build (ARCO) Houston’s continued growth in the light industrial construction industry has necessitated the move to a new office location. The Houston office was established in 2015 as an extension of the award-winning national design-build firm ARCO.

“Back in 2015, we saw an opportunity to move to Houston due to the lack of design-build contractors and the opportunities that presented themselves here,” adds John Atcheson, Vice President, Principal of ARCO Houston. “Focusing on our design-build delivery has grown our business from a traditional industrial box builder to our delivery of pharmaceuticals, life sciences and manufacturing facilities. Today, we are the design-build contractor in Houston.”

ARCO’s specialty in light industrial and commercial design-build construction projects supports a variety of industries including speculative development, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, distribution centers, cold and dry storage facilities. Since their start in 2015, ARCO’s Houston office has seen steady growth due to the value of their design-build delivery method.

“Our growth has been reflective of us sticking to our philosophy on the design-build approach and the value we want to give our customers,” said Eric Safko, Vice President, Principal of ARCO Houston. “It’s been a product of our slow, but steady growth. If we wanted to be a plan-spec-build contractor like others in the city, we could do larger volume, but at that point, we’d just be another general contractor and not a strategic member of the team that adds value to the process and brings a new perspective to projects with new solutions.”

The growth of the Houston office is the successful extension of ARCO’s national network of design-build offices named #15 on ENR’s 2018 list of design-build contractors.

“Being a national design-build contractor with 19 offices, Houston being one of them, we are able to bring in a tremendous amount of knowledge from around the U.S. I think that’s a huge advantage to our clients and end-users. No other contractor in Houston has quite the reach we do, and we leverage that for our clients,” said Atcheson.    

In 2018, the ARCO Houston was awarded and named one of Houston’s Best Places to Work. The new office location features contemporary design with architecture for the office completed by the Houston based architectural firm Method Architecture.

“It’s nice to have a new place to call home for our associates. It has our ARCO work hard/play hard feel and will allow us to cohesively work as a team while giving us room to grow,” said Safko. With this new space, we could easily double our staff to support the size business that we see ARCO Houston being in the next 5-10 years.”

About ARCO Design/Build

ARCO Design/Build, Inc. is a national design/build firm widely recognized as an industry leader for various industrial project types, including but not limited to cold storage warehouse, light industrial distribution, and manufacturing. ARCO's turn-key approach allows customers to have a direct relationship with one company, ensuring a single point of contact that will allow for clear lines of communication resulting in savings of time and cost. Capabilities include project feasibility studies, site selection, complete design, logistical design, budgeting, up-front competitive lump sum pricing, value engineering, code consulting and full general contracting.

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

Regenerative Medicine of Raynham Celebrates Grand Opening

Dr. Brian Petrie announced today that Regenerative Medicine of Raynham, a stem cell clinic offering state-of-the-art treatment with cutting-edge technology, has opened.

The clinic is offering free informational seminars to those looking for more details about the game-changing healing capabilities of regenerative medicine.

“Using the remarkable cutting-edge technology of stem cell treatments, Regenerative Medicine of Raynham offers an alternative option to repairing tissue, relieving pain and allowing you to live a pain-free life," Dr. Petrie said. “We invite everyone in for a free seminar to learn and ask questions about the powerful healing capabilities of regenerative medicine and how they can work for you.

Before launching Regenerative Medicine of Raynham, Dr. Petrie graduated Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1993 and has been in private practices for over 25 years. In 1986, he was involved in an auto accident and suffered a serious injury to his neck. After undergoing traditional care and rehabilitative exercise, he still had significant symptoms from the injury. Dr. Petrie investigated regenerative medicine and the powerful healing benefits of stem cell procedures. As a result, he is not just the founder of the clinic, but a patient himself.

The clinic offers a wide variety of stem cell injections, including Wharton’s Jelly Allografts, Celltext and Umbilical Cord treatment.

Wharton’s Jelly has the unique ability to provide support in the body as a special tissue that insulates its surrounding structures. Celltext is a less invasive method compared to treatments like Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections, bone marrow aspiration or adipose tissue extraction.

With Umbilical Cord Products now seen as the gold-standard of regenerative medicine, this stem cell treatment is known for its growth factors, high molecular weight hyaluronic acid and more structural proteins.

Those interested can learn more about these methods by choosing from one of the clinic’s Regenerative Medicine Workshop dates. Visit Stemcelltherapyinma.com/#FreeSeminar.

“Whether it’s to return to the activities you enjoy, embrace life with strength and vitality or to reduce your suffering from muscle and joint pain, our team at Regenerative Medicine of Raynham LLC is here to offer advanced non-surgical and drug-free treatments for chronic health conditions utilizing Regenerative Cell therapies,” Dr. Petrie said.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Cintra Launches Analytics and Business Intelligence Center of Excellence

Cintra, the multi-award-winning cloud and enterprise architects, today announces the launch of its analytics and business intelligence (BI) center of excellence. The center will further broaden the services that Cintra customers can benefit from, which now cover the complete technology stack, from the underlying infrastructure to the user-facing decision-support tools.

With growing demand for these full-stack services, Cintra has invested significantly in the new center of excellence, hiring experienced BI thought leaders, including Tim Seyfried and Duy Tran, to head up the capability. Both have enviable track records in designing, implementing and running enterprise-grade BI functions that support strategic and operational decision-making in large organizations. Their skills complement Cintra’s business-wide architecture and database capabilities.

A natural extension of Cintra’s long-standing database and architecture expertise 
Established in 1996, Cintra has long been the database and architecture partner of choice for numerous big-name organizations. Its expertise in architecting, building and managing high-performance, highly available and highly secure platforms has seen it win numerous awards and build multi-year relationships with organizations in retail, travel and transportation, financial services, healthcare and the public sector.

Kyle Smith, CEO (North America) at Cintra, explained: “As the ones trusted by our clients to safeguard their most important data, we’re ideally positioned to then help them get more value from it. Our long-established ability to create and manage the right technology architectures for business-critical data, combined with the ETL and BI experience of the team in our new center of excellence, mean customers can now get all of their data services in one place.”

Duy Tran, Lead Consultant, Data Analytics Practice, added: “It’s never been more important for organizations to leverage their data. And with so many enterprise-grade cloud-based tools now available, including Oracle Autonomous Database and Oracle Analytics Cloud, smart businesses are looking to take their use of data to the next level by leveraging artificial intelligence, advanced analytics and other fast-growing techniques.”

Tim Seyfried, Principle Consultant, Data Analytics Practice, said: “Many organizations have established and well-functioning data warehouses and BI platforms, but want to innovate by adding advanced technologies to the mix. Others may have end-of-life data infrastructure and be looking to move to the cloud. We’re also seeing businesses undergoing wider enterprise architecture transformations that require them to build new data analytics capabilities from the ground up. Whatever a business’s need, we’re really excited to get involved in the design, implementation and support of its next-gen data and analytics capabilities.”

Launch webinar 
To mark the launch of the new center of excellence, Tim Seyfried and Duy Tran will be running a webinar on June 18th, looking at the capabilities of Oracle Analytics Cloud and how organizations can build a business case for its adoption.

This will be followed by hands-on workshops, the first two of which are in Frisco, TX , and New York City, NY .

Posted in: Services,U.S

Top Software Development Companies Announces the Top 25 Custom Software Development Companies of 2019

Custom software solutions provide personalized digital platforms to organizations, tailored to their specific business needs. Brands who employ custom-built software outright own their solutions and typically see an increase in efficiency employee productivity and revenue due to the dedicated features and functionalities that improve workflow.

Custom software solutions can come in the form of: 

  • Customer relationship management systems
  • Accounting software
  • Websites, apps, and digital platforms
  • Intranets
  • And more.


However, most brands don’t have qualified developers in-house and instead need to partner with a top-rated software developer firm.

SoftwareDevelopmentCompany.co, a B2B software development firm ranking site that connects brands with developers, determined the leading custom software development agencies who can build personalized solutions for any brand, industry or business growth need.

Some of the best custom software development companies from around the world are:

1. Attract Group

Attract Group is a full-service web & mobile development company. Each business is in need of digital transformation. Attract Group implements this transition in a fast and constant manner. They turn business goals into technical OKRs with the help of cutting-edge technologies, data, and design. Their solutions help the clients reach new audiences, automate, and optimize their operational processes, which results in saved time, increased revenues, and efficiency improvements. Being on the market since 2011, they have gained trust from many clients. Long-term partnership is their key priority. Attract Group is your trusted IT partner.

Visit Attract Group at https://attractgroup.com/

2. Suits & Sandals

Suits & Sandals is an award-winning digital brand communications agency. They are equal parts of business consultancy and creative and technology firm. They help organizations find their place in the market, build tools they need to successfully engage customers, and solve key problems. The key to their success begins with a focus on discovery and research in business areas like customer segmentation, competitive analysis, and operational efficiency. Suits & Sandals mobilizes this research through brand development, communication strategy, app and website design/development, and other creative and technology services.

Visit Suits & Sandals at https://suits-sandals.com/

3. Sirin Software

Sirin Software is a Florida-based IT company with an R&D center in Kyiv, Ukraine. Since 2014, they have acted as the trusted partner for companies all over the world (mostly from the USA and EU). They make software R&D process easier, more cost-effective and speed up the development of new products together with clients.

Visit Sirin Software at https://sirinsoftware.com/

4. Wave Digital

Wave Digital is an Australian custom software development company, specializing in bespoke mobile and web apps. Founded in 2000 and headed by former CFO of 99designs, Guy Cooper, Wave Digital has a long and successful track record servicing corporate, government and innovative local and international startups. They offer a range of integrated services from strategy, design and development to support, and are proud participants in the Apple Consultants Network community. Wave Digital follows a people-led approach to creating mobile apps. Their aim – to build apps that make lives better.

Visit Wave Digital at https://wavedigital.com.au/

5. Emerge

Emerge executes digital product transformation for technology companies seeking to improve operational agility and customer experience. They provide strategic leadership and expertise to help their customers deliver web, mobile, and IoT solutions. Rooted in their passion for creating digital products and services, their process helps increase the speed of solving their customer’s challenges, making better decisions, and building for growth.

Visit Emerge at https://www.emergeinteractive.com/

6. Progmatiq

PROGMATIQ is a small digital agency that focuses on developing lead generating websites. Their primary focus is on service-oriented businesses who help people live a better life. PROGMATIQ provides the following services: website and eCommerce design and development, SEO, and social media marketing.

Visit Progmatiq at https://progmatiq.com/

7. Apiumhub

Apiumhub is a software development company based in Barcelona that transformed into a tech hub, mainly offering services of mobile app development, web development, software architecture, DevOps and Product Ownership.

8. Applaudo Studios

Applaudo Studios provides full Software Development services for Top Tier Customers in the United States, the Americas, and Europe. Their team of iOS, Android and Web Developers have created some of the most amazing products in the mobile and web world.

9. Aurora Digital

Aurora Digital’s main goal is to make the customers feel that they are well taken care of. To accomplish that, their project/account managers take ownership of the project and will independently solve issues as they arise (with clients’ direct insight). The project manager shall be available and responsive all the time during the entire project and also responsible to keep the customer up to date on the latest events in the project.

10. Buzz Interactive

Buzz Interactive is an awesome group of designers, developers, coders, illustrators, and copywriters, who capture those pure gold ideas. Their aim is to build user-friendly apps, websites, rock star copywriting portfolio, and too many t-shirt slogans. One day they will be rich, so it’s the best time to work with them while they need the money.

11. Clarion Technologies

Clarion Technologies is a leading IT Outsourcing company with 3 state-of-the-art development centers in India. Their unique engagement model helps our clients leverage the best of outsourcing world — high-quality resources, world-class technical supervision, and infrastructure. Clarion has been an innovation partner for several small and medium enterprises and pioneering start-ups across the world.

12. Decipher Zone Softwares

Decipher Zone Softwares is a leading outsourcing Java development company which specializes in Website, Java development, web application development, blockchain development where trailblazing customizable software solutions are developed with agile methodology at an unbelievably low cost.

13. DotLabel

DotLabel is an award-winning digital agency with a passion for User Experience (UX) and simplifying complex online processes, based in Hampshire. They create user-centric, results-driven websites, mobile apps, bespoke web applications, portals, intranets and unique digital experiences based on expert research and insights.


ELEKS helps clients transform their businesses digitally by providing expert software engineering and consultancy services. They deliver high tech innovations to Fortune 500 companies, big enterprises and technology challengers, improving the ways they work and boosting the value they create for the modern world.

15. Idea

IDEA is a leading WEB agency in Lithuania with 16 years of experience. The company provides website, web design and e-commerce development services for local, British and Scandinavian companies. They have worked with companies like Microsoft, Nestle, Apple, Kesko and Philip Morris.

16. Intellias

Intellias was founded in Lviv in 2002 and by 2019 has evolved into a 1,300+ people strong supplier of software development services, with a core delivery base in Ukraine, development office in Poland and local presence in Germany. Intellias provides custom software engineering services, and has a strong industry focus on Automotive, FinTech and Location Based Services, Retail, IoT, Energy.

17. IntexSoft

IntexSoft transforms ideas into programs and enables their customers to achieve success since 2001. During these years, they have gained the reputation of a stable outsourcing partner. They have been presented on the market since 2001. IntexSoft’s key qualities include offices and development centers in Herford, Germany and in Grodno, Belarus; a full spectrum of software development services; customers and projects from all over the world; rich experience in enterprise software development; dedicated development teams and centers; and more

18. KDSolutions

KDSolutions understands that each solution needs to be perfectly adjusted to the Client's needs. They don't have a fixed set of technologies and programming languages that they use. Instead, they always carefully analyze project requirements to select the most appropriate technologies, even, if this requires learning something new (which they love, by the way!).

19. Parrolabs Inc

Parrolabs is a team of skilled developers and designers ready to wake up any brand’s next project. They started out as a small Digital Agency in Colombia. They have grown to become one of the Best Web Development Companies in Latin America. Parrolabs has nominated for several web development awards since.

20. Rubyroid Labs

Rubyroid Labs was founded in 2013 by two passionate Ruby developers. With a team of 33 full-stack Ruby developers, their focus is to build custom and feature-rich Web and Mobile Apps, rebuild and support complex systems, optimize architecture and databases, improve quality of the code, successfully launch new startups, boost your business with top-quality engineers, and more.

21. Sine Engineering Bureau

Sine is an industrial design and engineering bureau, based in Lviv Ukraine. It was founded in 2018 by Ostap Ferensovych and Pavlo Doro, who are also in charge of engineering and design in the company. Sine Engineering Bureau is specialized in industrial design, electronic, mechanic, interface design and software development.

22. Switch Software Solutions

For over a decade, Switch Software Solutions has focused on technologies such as Java, .NET, JavaScript (Angular, React, Node), SQL, C# and Ruby on Rails - as well as mobile platforms (iOS and Android). Their services include front-end development, back-end development, quality assurance, and UI/UX design. Their collaborative model provides cost-effectiveness to increase clients’ profitability without communication challenges or quality problems often associated with software development outsourcing.

23. Terasol Technologies

Terasol's mission is to create apps that would help people learn and grow with tech. Every member of Terasol shares the same dream of working towards building apps that would not only create history but also give people the opportunity of experiencing tech they didn’t know could become an essential part of their lives.

24. the Design Agency

Brands that are looking for the right partner for their project shouldn’t hesitate to contact the Design Agency for an amazing idea! the Design Agency provides advertising, creative design, app development, video production, marketing, strategy, social media, business solutions, illustration, Android and iOS applications, eCommerce, e-shops, news portals, SEO, solutions for hotels, pharmacies, and insurance agencies, and more.

25. Tudip Technologies

Tudip Technologies is a value-driven Software Services company. Tudip is an extreme Agile (Sprint planning, Daily Standups and Sprint retrospectives) 250+ engineers company that has been helping clients with their MVP and product building needs across various platforms and domains.

Brands can view the best custom software development firms by price, expertise, rankings and more on Top Software Development Companies.    

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

United Breast Cancer Foundation Announces 2nd Pennsylvania Tempur-Pedic® Mattress & Pink Bag Event®

United Breast Cancer Foundation (UBCF) announces an additional Pennsylvania Tempur-Pedic® Mattress & Pink Bag Event® scheduled for Saturday, July 13th. UBCF is thrilled to return to the “City of Brotherly Love” to support additional women, men and children directly impacted by breast cancer. This second event was added after an overwhelming response to the Tempur-Pedic® Mattress & Pink Bag Event® scheduled for June 15th. News outlets 6 ABC Action News PhiladelphiaNortheast Times and WDEL 101.7ran pieces on the event and several stations plan to cover the event live this Saturday including 6 ABC Action News Philadelphia, NBC 10 Philadelphia and Fox 29 Philadelphia.

UBCF continues to partner with Good360 to provide Tempur-Pedic® mattresses at no cost to breast cancer patients and survivors. The trusted Tempur-Pedic® Mattress brand offers the comfort and support necessary to promote a good night’s sleep, something that is vitally important to the healing process and improving the quality of life for those touched by breast cancer. In addition to the Tempur-Pedic® mattresses, UBCF will provide Pink Bags filled with wonderful goodies such as clothing and personal care products from trusted name brands. UBCF anticipates distributing over .5 million in donated items to those in need. This event marks a special milestone for UBCF as the greatest valued event in their history.

The tight-knit Philadelphia and surrounding communities have responded with a resounding “YES” to attending UBCF’s Jun 15th event. UBCF never turns anyone away, therefore, to accommodate hundreds of applicants, UBCF will host a second event on Saturday, July 13th. UBCF will give away twin and queen size mattresses to male and female breast cancer patients, survivors and their children 18 or younger in Hatboro, Pennsylvania. UBCF extends sincere gratitude to Nikomed USA for generously donating their space for the additional event. An application (available online) must be submitted and approved in order to attend and receive items. Applicants do not have to reside in Pennsylvania – people are welcome to travel from surrounding states. For more information please contact 877-822-4287 x 726 or email GIKProgram@ubcf.org.

UBCF’s Executive Director, Ms. Stephanie Mastroianni shared, “My number one priority is to expand the reach and mission of UBCF in service of breast cancer patients and survivors. The overwhelming response and support from the Philadelphia breast cancer community has been truly heart-warming. UBCF’s team is stepping up to meet the needs of the City that Loves You Back. Thanks to the support of the media, we will be back in July to continue the work we started – we’ve got your back!”

The American Cancer Society estimates 12,070 Pennsylvanian women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer this year. Pennsylvania ranks 11th among the 50 states in the incidence of breast cancer among women, according to the CDC. Early detection is critical to surviving the disease. UBCF encourages women and men to know their bodies and learn the self-breast exam to help recognize any changes. Those in need of a breast screening can find assistance through UBCF’s Breast Screening Program – available to women and men of any age. The program covers all screening technologies including mammography, ultrasound, thermography and MRI.

About UBCF 
UBCF is committed to offering breast health and wellness services focused on cancer prevention, screening, treatment and overall wellness. UBCF’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of those affected by breast cancer and carries it out through seven life-supporting patient and family programs available to women, men and families nation-wide. UBCF never denies services to anyone regardless of age, race, gender, ethnicity, income or medical insurance coverage. Tax-deductible contributions may be made towards UBCF’s programs. UBCF accepts vehicle and property donations as well. Combined Federal Campaign #77934. http://www.ubcf.org

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

Heartly House Named ‘One of the Best’ Nonprofits by the Catalogue for Philanthropy

After a careful vetting process, the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington has selected Heartly House to be part of the Class of 2019-20. Heartly House has undergone a rigorous review process conducted by a team of 150+ local experts, and has met the Catalogue’s high standards. Potential donors can be confident that the nonprofits in the Catalogue are worthy of their support.

This year the Catalogue celebrates its 17th anniversary: since its inception it has raised million for nonprofits in the region. It also offers trainings and neighborhood-based opportunities for collaboration. The network now includes 400+ vetted nonprofits working in the arts, education, environment, and human services sectors throughout Greater Washington.

“People want to get involved in their community—they want to make a difference, close to home. Based on our rigorous review process, we believe that Heartly House is one of the best community-based nonprofits in the region,” says Matt Gayer, Director of Community and Nonprofit Development at the Catalogue for Philanthropy.

The Catalogue believes in the power of small nonprofits to spark big change. And they believe in Heartly House to continue to further that positive change, working each day to lift up, strengthen, and enrich our local community.

Posted in: Services,U.S

Wise Business Plans Proud to Now Offer Custom E-2 Business Planning Services

Entrepreneurs around the world are sharing and exchanging ideas, prototypes and processes with one another as digitization and interconnectivity bring international businesses together. Wise Business Plans is pleased to announce it now provides custom business plans, support and market research, along with a full slate of business-building services, to E2 treaty investors.

“The E2 visa program offers business visionaries in countries that already partner with the U.S. through treaties to expand and find success in the vast marketplace the American public provides,” said Joseph Ferriolo, Director of Wise. “We're so excited to offer individualized service and support as international entrepreneurs bring in a fresh wave of ideas.”

Ferriolo said helping business immigrants find their footing in the competitive markets that make up the U.S. business world is something Wise has years of experience doing.

"We support hard work, opportunity and people who want to help make our country and economy stronger," he said. "These individuals and the companies they form are careful to comply with the regulations and requirements of the E2 visa program, and we want to honor that respect for our government and systems by helping them find success in any way we can."

Wise Business Plans' custom-crafted E2 business plans are tailor-made to comply with all requirements of the E2 visa program. In addition, the plan can be used to showcase the unique strengths of the company as E2 entrepreneurs seek to acquire funding from investors, look to raise capital through venture capitalists, or work with private investors. All plans include market research and custom financials.

Design experts give every plan a one-of-a-kind, professional look, and each client is entitled to a free revision to ensure the plan is done right.

“To secure an E2 visa, your documentation and business plan must show how the company will fulfill the program’s requirements,” Ferriolo said. “Wise excels at this kind of research and planning. A Wise E2 visa business plan can help smooth your way through the visa process, so you can concentrate on building a business that will last and that will benefit the economy for decades to come."

Wise Business Plans (http://www.wisebusinessplans.com), staffed with professional MBA writers, researchers and financial experts, is a trusted partner for businesses across a broad spectrum of products and services. Our mission is to empower our clients to make the best possible business decisions, boost company performance and facilitate their funding success by laying the groundwork for strong businesses that excite, inspire and retain talented and exceptional employees.

Posted in: Business,Services,U.S

Springfield Manor Distillery’s Lavender Gin Wins Top Awards at New York International Spirits Competition

Springfield Manor Distillery recently bested hundreds of distilleries from around the world to win a double gold medal for its Lavender Gin from the New York International Spirits Competition (NYISC), one of the foremost spirits competitions in the world. Springfield Manor Distillery also took home the Maryland Gin Distillery of the Year Award from NYISC, a prestigious honor that ranks the Frederick-based distillery highest in the state.

For the double gold, Springfield was one of 11 awardees out of more than 600 entries across the United States and from 29 countries to receive NYISC’s top award. The award competition is unique in that NYISC is the only international competition of its kind judged by trade buyers, according to its web site.

Springfield’s Lavender Gin is a combination of naturally filtered limestone spring water and farm grown English lavender, handcrafted in small batches. Its balanced and in-depth flavor has proven to be a judge favorite at spirits competitions on both the East Coast and West Coast for years.

“We’re thrilled to win one of the industry’s most prestigious awards,” exclaimed the owners of Springfield Manor Winery, Distillery, Brewery. In addition to the most recent awards at NYISC, “Lavender Gin has won four double gold awards from the San Francisco International Spirits Competition (SFWSC).”

Opened in 2011 and spread across 120 acres, Springfield Manor is the oldest distillery in Maryland. An artisan craft distiller, Springfield Manor produces bourbon, rye and corn whiskey, rum, brandy, and lavender gin. Spirits are crafted from crops of corn and cultivars of Lavender grown on the estate, which is located at the foothills of Frederick, Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains. The venue also offers live music, expansive patio seating to accommodate up to 300 guests, and scheduled events, including the upcoming Maryland Lavender Festival, to be held on June 15 and 16. Tickets are still available for the 16th, which can be purchased here.

About Springfield Manor Winery Brewery Distillery

The Springfield Manor is a premier estate location routinely voted Frederick’s best event venue and wedding reception site. Situated in a picturesque region in Maryland with a beautiful mountain background, the estate is the ideal destination to experience the finest wines, craft beers and spirits in Frederick, Maryland. Enjoy a relaxing weekend getaway, spend an enjoyable afternoon, or host your wedding, corporate event or private party at Springfield Manor. For more information about Springfield Manor Distillery, call 301-271-0099 or visit us at http://www.springfieldmanor.com.

Posted in: Business,U.S

Team FSHD Skyland Trail Launches Its Race Across America (RAAM) this Saturday, June 15

The FSH Society announced today that Team FSHD Skyland Trailwill be embarking on the “world’s toughest bike race,” Race Across America, to raise funds and awareness for muscular dystrophy and mental health. Donations made by supporters will benefit two non-profit organizations: The FSH Society, focused on facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), and Skyland Trail, focused on mental health and suicide prevention.

Pedaling from Oceanside, California, to Annapolis, Maryland, the 8-person team expects to cover more than 450 miles a day and complete the race in fewer than seven days.

Supporters of Team FSHD Skyland Trail have organized events to celebrate the team: 

  • June 13, 2019, from 4:00-7:00 PM a Kickoff Party will be held at Urge Gastropub and Whiskey Bank, 2002 South Coast Highway, in Oceanside, CA. Guests can register here.
  • June 22, 2019, supporters will greet the team at the finish line in Annapolis, Maryland. Details and updates will be posted on the FSH Society’s event calendar.


Team captains and long-time friends George Pollock and Powell Brown joined forces to tackle the grueling, 3,000-mile bicycle race because of their friendship and the shared belief that “the link between mental and physical health is real and critical to whole care.”

Pollock has FSHD, a hereditary muscle disease, but he is able to compete in the long-distance race. The FSH Society focuses on initiatives to accelerate the development of treatments for the disease, which affects around 1 in 8,000 men, women, and children and can lead to severe disability.

Brown was inspired to join Pollock’s RAAM team as co-captain this year on behalf of Skyland Trail, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that helps people with mental illness thrive through a holistic program of evidence-based psychiatric treatment, integrated medical care, research, and education.

“FSH muscular dystrophy affects me, along with nearly one million others around the world,” Pollock noted. “There may come a time when I cannot pedal a bicycle. Until then, I will continue to ride, and I encourage everyone to enjoy their passions and be ambassadors for our efforts to find a cure.”

“We are raising awareness, helping to erase the stigma associated with mental illness and raising money for education, research, and treatment of these serious disorders which affect so many of our friends, family, and colleagues,” said Brown. “Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in youth ages 10 to 24. I am riding to change that.”

Supporters can learn more and donate to Team FSHD Skyland Trail at https://teamfshd.fshsociety.org/raam

The FSH Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the world’s largest research-focused patient advocacy organization for facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD). Based in Lexington, Massachusetts, its mission is to accelerate the development of research on treatments and a cure; to educate, empower, and activate individuals and families with FSHD; and to increase support for FSHD research and patients through effective engagement of government and private sector organizations. For more information, visit http://www.fshsociety.org and facebook.com/FSHSociety.

Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Skyland Trail is a nationally recognized nonprofit mental health treatment organization serving adults ages 18 and older. Since 1989, Skyland Trails has served over 3,400 clients. It is a national leader in groundbreaking therapeutic approaches, providing community-based treatment programs for adults across the country. Skyland Trail offers a broad range of services to improve individual mental, physical, and social wellbeing, with innovative treatments that integrate mental, physical, and spiritual health. For more information, visit http://www.skylandtrail.org.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Acumed Acquires RASL Repair System from Radicle Orthopaedics

Acumed, a leading manufacturer of orthopaedic surgical solutions, is pleased to announce the acquisition of a novel solution to address injury to the scapholunate ligament of the wrist. This area has been identified by surgeons as an area requiring surgical innovation to optimize patient outcomes. Purchased from Radicle Orthopaedics for an undisclosed amount, the RASL (Reduction and Association of the Scaphoid and Lunate) System was designed by Melvin Rosenwasser, MD. The RASL System has been granted 510(k) clearance from the US FDA for both the implant and the proprietary instrumentation.

This solution will complement Acumed’s robust hand and wrist portfolio, which includes numerous wrist plating options and the Acutrak 2® Headless Compression Screw. In particular, it will expand the solutions to our surgeons treating distal radius fractures that present with concomitant injury to the scapholunate ligament. “This acquisition will further strengthen Acumed’s position to deliver compelling and comprehensive solutions to address fractures and associated soft tissue injuries of the hand and wrist,” said Acumed President and CEO Sharon Wolfington. “Acumed will continue to build its portfolio to meet the unmet needs of the fellowship-trained Hand and Upper Extremity, Sports Medicine, Foot and Ankle, and Trauma surgeons. We will do this both with organic innovation and with acceleration acquisitions,” stated Jagi Gill, VP/GM of AcuVentures, a subsidiary of Acumed.

Chronic injury to the scapholunate ligament affects approximately 120,000 persons in the U.S. every year. “Scapholunate dissociation is one of the most common types of instability of the wrist. Injury to the associated ligament prevents normal motion and contributes to significant pain. One of the features of the RASL System is to provide precise targeting with the intent to afford a straightforward and reproducible solution to this clinical problem. We are excited to see Acumed deliver to the surgical community this new solution to address a vexing condition,” stated Dr. Rosenwasser.

About Acumed 
Acumed is a global leader in developing innovative orthopaedic and medical solutions to improve patient care. Acumed has three decades of experience in the orthopaedic industry, with the mission of aiding the afflicted through the ingenuity of our minds, the labor of our hands, and the compassion of our hearts. Founded in 1988, Acumed is headquartered in Hillsboro, Oregon, with offices and a distribution network around the world. For more information, visit http://www.acumed.net

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

SecureMac Releases MacScan 3.2 Anti-Malware Security & Privacy Suite for MacOS

SecureMac has announced the latest version of their flagship macOS security app: MacScan 3.2. Company officials say that this release will deliver an important privacy improvement for the Safari browser, as well as providing users with some significant UI/UX enhancements.

The most notable change in MacScan 3.2 is that it now supports Full Disk Access in macOS 10.14 (Mojave), allowing users to clean Safari items using the app’s Internet Clutter Cleanup functionality. This should come as welcome news to the many Mojave users concerned about privacy issues caused by tracking cookies in Safari.

As SecureMac CEO Nicholas Raba remarked, “As the majority of Mac users are using Safari as their primary browser, MacScan 3.2 will fill a significant gap in their ability to protect themselves from unwanted tracking. By providing a fast and easy way to scan for privacy threats in Safari, MacScan will allow users to protect their privacy or even blacklist certain tracking cookies if they choose.”

The update comes as Apple itself is moving to take action on privacy issues in Safari. A new privacy standard for the browser, called “Privacy Preserving Ad Click Attribution”, was announced several weeks ago on the WebKit blog. Though still in beta, the end goal of PPACA is to prevent advertisers from tracking and collecting excessive data on users who click on online ads. However, the proposed standard is not expected to go live until the end of 2019. In the meantime, Safari users will likely continue to rely on apps like MacScan to protect their privacy.

In addition to addressing privacy issues in Safari, MacScan 3.2 also brings some UI/UX improvements, as well as a minor bug fix that will ensure scan logs display properly in all versions of macOS.

Lead Developer Nicholas Ptacek summed up the development process underlying the changes this way: “Computer security has traditionally been viewed as something complicated and scary, so one of our goals with MacScan 3 has been to make the process of securing your Mac as easy as possible for computer users of any skill level. To that end, we’ve worked hard to provide an intuitive user interface so that our customers can spend less time worrying about security and more time getting things done on their Macs.”

Because MacScan automatically checks for updates, licensed users of MacScan 3.1 will see the version 3.2 update when they launch the program. In addition, a DMG download of the latest version of the app will be made available on the SecureMac website.

As for the road ahead, SecureMac says they plan to continue working on updates and support for MacScan to make sure it’s ready for the Fall 2019 release of macOS 10.15 (Catalina), announced by Apple at last week’s Worldwide Developers Conference

Posted in: Business,Services,U.S

Nike Basketball Camps Celebrating 20 Years of the San Domenico School Basketball Camp

This girls and boys basketball camp in the Bay Area was founded by San Domenico School Associate Athletic Director, Jeff Skaggs and is co-directed by him and San Domenico School Head Varsity Basketball Coach Mike Fulton. Joined with their staff of top-notch coaches, Skaggs and Fulton lead three weeks of day and overnight basketball camp for local and international basketball players. In the camp’s 20 years of running, both Skaggs and Fulton have helped thousands of individuals get better in the off-season and return to their teams with more confidence and improved skill sets.

"We are excited for our 20th year of camps and are proud of both our longevity and our relationship with US Sport Camps," says Jeff Skaggs. “We are happy that our camp experience has resonated with the community and parents have trusted us for 20 years to help their young student athletes train and get better at the great game of basketball."

Not may camps cater to international campers quite like this one. They have an additional component for overseas campers to train and take English language (ELS) classes during their stay. Boys and girls can not only improve their game, but receive English lessons and then practice their English with peers and coaches.

"Our staff enjoys the international component, which is a differentiator from other local camps,” Says Jeff Skaggs. “it’s a great cultural mix for our International Nike/ELS Campers who get to train with local campers. We’ve had basketball players from Russia, Peru, Brazil, China, Togo West Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, Sweden, Japan, Mexico, France, Spain, and Norway."

Campers can choose to attend one, two, or three of weeks of basketball instruction. Over the course of camp, they will work on their skill sets through drill stations, lectures, and competitive scrimmages.

Players, coaches, and parents interested in Nike Basketball Camps can visit http://www.USSportscamps.com/basketball or call 1-800-645-3266

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

Postcards Are the New Frontier for Collectors: Front Desk Supply Offers Discount on New PostCard/Rack Card Orders

The most expensive postcard ever sold (,370.70) is also believed to be world’s oldest postcard. At 179 years old, this card was sent by Theodore Hook to…Theodore Hook! That’s right, he sent it to himself! (https://www.catawiki.com/stories/2913-why-you-need-to-collect-postcards-right-now) While not all cards are worth ,000, many postcards are sought by collectors, investors and by everyday people looking for a personal memento or keepsake.

“Postcards are such a wonderful piece of nostalgia,” said Mark Zisek, Front Desk Supply’s Director of Commercial Operations. “We provide hundreds of thousands of postcards every year to our clients. They love them because postcards serve not only as a marketing vehicle for their property but they also capture their guests’ fond memories of their visit. This month we are offering special deals on new orders of postcards and rack cards.”

As a further incentive to stock up for the busy summer months, this June Front Desk Supply is offering a discount on new orders of post cards and rack cards.

Who doesn’t remember sending a postcard to friends or family featuring the hotel you stayed at during a memorable trip? Postcards, among the oldest of travel marketing to this day remain a viable investment for hotels. Since their inception, postcards have been a favorite way to share travel experiences. Even today, it is estimated over half a billion postcards travel through the US Mail each year.

Rack Cards 
Rack Cards are a great way to convey essential Hotel information to guests. Whether it is a list of amenities to restaurant hours of operation, to the location of the exercise room, a rack card is essential in providing information that will make a guests stay more comfortable. These are also a great way for a hotel to promote itself at trade shows. We offer great full color options for these and the postcards to economically get your message across visually.

“We hope you take advantage of this offer,” said Zisek. “Simply call: 888-859-2061, or visit us at: frontdesksupply.com. And who knows, maybe one day a postcard from you will be auctioned off for ,000, or more!”

Why Front Desk Supply? 
Regardless of the products customers may choose, Front Desk Supply will successfully compete with all other providers. Why? Because Front Desk Supply doesn’t charge the large industry standard markups like many other competitors and they pass on the savings from the efficiencies they have developed over the 15+ years in the hospitality industry. Unlike other suppliers, Front Desk Supply is invested in becoming a preferred partner with hotels for many years to come.

About Front Desk Supply 
Front Desk Supply has over 50 years of Sales, Marketing and Advertising, and Operations experience, along with the wealth of knowledge that comes from producing millions of products for thousands of hotels in the hospitality industry.

Their focus on building customer relationships gets ingrained in all employees. Putting the customer first and offering unique perspective to any situation is a hallmark of Front Desk Supply. Front Desk Supply also excels when being able to provide multiple complimentary products – it makes for a one stop shopping experience for customers and ensures messaging flows consistently across products. They do our best to make recommendations that make good business sense.

Front Desk Supply: Making hotels more profitable and their guests’ stays more memorable.©

Posted in: Business,U.S

DATAVERSITY Announces Agenda for New Data Governance Conference

DATAVERSITY Education, LLC announced the agenda and officially opened registration for DG Vision, its newest data governance conference that will be held December 9-12, 2019, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. For a complete list of speakers, sessions, and registration packages, visit http://datagovernancevision.com.

The four-day event will feature a variety of sessions, tutorials, full-day seminars, and five-minute lightning talks focused on data governance and data stewardship, covering everything from data quality and metadata management to data sharing, privacy, and new regulations.

“DG Vision is the first of DATAVERSITY’s data governance conferences to be located in Washington, D.C., so we’re excited by the opportunities for speakers, topics, and attendance that will come from being in the power hub of the nation’s capital,” says DATAVERSITY CEO and Program Chair, Tony Shaw. “As with all of our educational programs, the emphasis will be on peer-to-peer sharing of practical experiences through case studies, plus world-class experts providing in-depth tutorials and workshops.”

Registration options range from full event passes to just one day of tutorials or seminars. What’s more, DG Vision is certified by DAMA International to satisfy the continuing education requirements for the Certified Data Management Professionals (CDMP) credential and qualified attendees will have the opportunity to take the CDMP exam at this year’s conference. For more details, visit https://dgvision2019.dataversity.net/cdmp.

Non-attendee conference proceedings that include all presentation materials for conference tutorials and sessions are also available for purchase.


DATAVERSITY is a producer of educational resources for business and information technology professionals on the uses and management of data. Our team strives to provide high-quality content to the worldwide community of practitioners, experts, and developers who participate and benefit from our face-to-face hosted conferences, free online events, live webinars, white papers, online training, daily news, articles and blog posts, and much more. For more information, please visit dataversity.net.

Posted in: Education,U.S

EnterWorks to Lead Panel on Data Excellence and AI at GS1 Connect 2019

EnterWorks, the leading provider of Master Data Management (MDM) and Product Information Management (PIM) solutions, announced it will be attending GS1 Connect June 19-21, 2019 at the Gaylord Rockies in Denver, Colorado. The conference will feature 120 sessions, 170 speakers and more than 450 companies, including EnterWorks. Topics to be explored during the event include: Data Quality & Data Management, Supply Chain Innovation & Emerging Technologies, Inventory Accuracy, and more.

EnterWorks GM Rick Chavie headlines the panel on “How Data Excellence Enables AI Value Creation” along with Victor Chapela, CEO and Founder of the AI-enabled Suggestic personal nutrition platform and Steven Keith Platt, Director of Research and Adjunct Professor, and leader of the AI and Robotics Labs for the Retail Analytics Council (RAC) of Northwestern University. The panel is part of the Tech Conference Track within the Industry Track Sessions and will take place Wednesday, June 19 from 3-4pm in the Tech Theater. Learn more here.

The panel focus is on how effective AI and Machine Learning initiatives are underpinned by core data disciplines, areas such as governance, data quality, and business process excellence. A key theme for discussion is: “The better quality and greater precision in your data, the higher the likelihood that you can achieve sustainable value creation.” Hear from our panelists on how good data can help your company transform its AI/ML proof of concepts into a real success stories that produce a competitive advantage.

Additionally, EnterWorks will be providing demos and consultation on its Multi-Domain Experience Management (MxM) platform which takes data management out of back office and into the front office of demand generation with its seamless suite of MDM, PIM, and DAM at Booth #41 during the GS1 Connect 2019 conference. EnterWorks will also be featuring its customer Fender in a Fender® Guitar Giveaway (Value 9.99). Stop by for a chance to win a Fender® Stratocaster® Guitar! Learn more about the Fender and EnterWorks partnership here or watch a portion of an interview with Jon Varo of Fender here.

EnterWorks introduced its MxM platform earlier this year. EnterWorks now elevates MDM, PIM, and DAM capabilities in helping companies to drive revenue and margin uplift by enabling precise, contextual engagement of external and internal customers.

Booth #41 Demonstration 
Schedule a discussion and demonstration of MxM in action along with the underlying MDM, PIM and DAM components.

About EnterWorks®, a Winshuttle Company 
The EnterWorks Multi-Domain Master Experience Management (MxM) solution enables companies to acquire, master, manage, govern, and transform multi-domain experiences across their value chain into a competitive advantage for organizations of all sizes – from SMBs to global enterprises. Solutions offered include: Master Data Management, Product Information Management, Digital Asset Management, Golden Record Management, Data Stewardship, MDM Workflow & Business Process Enablement, Data Governance, Data Synchronization, Syndication & Integration, Digital Asset Management, Print Automation, and Self-Service Portals.

EnterWorks is highly ranked by various research analysts and used by industry leaders such as: Ariens, Big Rock Sports, CPO Commerce, Creative Converting, Darigold, Fender Musical Instruments, Guthy-Renker, Hearth & Home Technologies, HON Furniture, HP Hood, Interline Brands, Johnstone Supply, Mary Kay, Mercer, Orgill, Publishers Clearing House, Restoration Hardware, Strategic Market Alliance, US Foods, and W.B. Mason. Learn more at http://www.enterworks.com.

Posted in: Business,Services,U.S

Lazlo 326 Awarded Core Patent for Digital Stored Value Technology

Lazlo 326, the company that is transforming the way we buy, share and redeem stored value, has been awarded a core patent for its digital Crypto Imaging™ technology.

Paper and plastic gift cards, lottery tickets, coupons and event tickets—despite their ubiquity—fall short of their potential to excite consumers or help retailers and brands influence purchase behavior. Yet, they remain popular because they’re easy to buy, share, and redeem. But, as the experience goes digital, stored value’s potential is limited by lengthy and intrusive registrations and poor customer experiences.

What is Crypto Imaging? 
Crypto Imaging unlocks the true potential of digital stored value. Lazlo’s technology enables these instruments to be embedded in videos, memes or GIFs; shared via text or messaging app; and easily redeemed in-store or online—no registration required. Users remain anonymous, yet their unique ID can be paired with contextual data and tracked throughout its lifecycle, enabling precise and real-time offer targeting. It’s simple and secure.

Transforming Digital Commerce 
Lazlo’s technology creates new revenue opportunities and new experiences for stakeholders in the stored value ecosystem. 

  • Retailers: Lazlo opens new revenue opportunities by enabling stored value sales in-lane and in-app. Digital gift card, lottery and ticket sales drive customers to your branded applications, where highly-targeted offers influence purchase behavior in real-time.
  • Brands: Lazlo enables targeted in-app offers based on a user’s purchase and contextual data. While consumers can remain anonymous, their unique IDs can be tracked throughout the instrument’s lifecycle.
  • State Lotteries: Lazlo crates new revenue channels, increases play among younger demographics, and enables the first true in-lane lottery offering. Enhanced security reduces claim fraud and customer theft.
  • Consumers: Lazlo enables a new way of using stored value to share, express and experience. Send a friend or relative a personalized gift card in a video. Play lottery games on your phone while you shop. Share a move ticket with friends in the form of a video trailer.    

“The migration to digital gift cards, tickets and coupons has fallen short of its potential because it was defined by the same thinking that created paper and plastic,” said Mike Pinkus, President, CTO and Founder of Lazlo. “Crypto Imaging enables an entirely new method of distribution for stored value—one that fits naturally into how we communicate and share today.”

“Digital stored value has massive potential as a marketing and consumer engagement channel—sales of gift cards, lottery and event tickets exceed 0 billion in the U.S. alone,” said Chris Demetree, CEO and Founder of Lazlo. “Yet, even in their digital form, they’re just a harder-to-use version of paper currency. Crypto Imaging changes the rules by enabling new ways to consume, create and share value. This has powerful implications for retailers, CPGs, and state lotteries.”

Lazlo is an Atlanta-based startup. Part FinTech, part AdTech, the company was founded to transform the way consumers use stored value to give, play and save. Visit Lazlo online at Lazlo326.com.

About Lazlo 326 
Lazlo is transforming the way we buy, share and redeem digital stored value items like gift cards, coupons and lottery and event tickets. Our patented Crypto Imaging™ technology enables stored value to be embedded in digital media like videos, GIFs and memes. With Lazlo, retailers, brands, state lotteries and more can transform stored value into a powerful and highly-targeted marketing and engagement channel. Visit Lazlo online at Lazlo326.com.

Posted in: Business,U.S

Oldcastle Infrastructure Expands its Footprint with Granite Precasting & Concrete Inc. Acquisition

Oldcastle Infrastructure™ is part of the Building Products division of CRH, the largest building materials company in North America. Oldcastle Infrastructure has acquired Granite Precasting & Concrete, Inc., a leading manufacturer of water management and utility solutions located in Bellingham, Washington.

Founded in 1985, Granite manufactures a full portfolio of concrete products including manholes, catch basins and storm water products along with products to serve the energy and communications segment. The acquisition of Granite expands our presence and customer base in the growing Northwest Washington market. The acquisition enhances our exposure to the water management segment, a key growth area, while adding capacity to improve customer service to our existing energy and communications customers.

“We welcome and look forward to working with Granite’s employees and customers,” said Rick Jones, Oldcastle Infrastructure, Area General Manager for Pacific Northwest. “With more than 30 years high quality manufacturing experience and best in class customer service, Granite enhances our ability to service all Western Washington’s infrastructure product needs. To maintain the exceptional customer service that Granite is known for, we look forward to having Granite’s employees join our team and continue the company’s success now as a part of Oldcastle Infrastructure.”

Key Granite employees will assume combined roles with Oldcastle Infrastructure:

Matt Vaughn, currently President at Granite Precast, joins as Director of Operations PNW reporting to Rick Jones.

Doug Salisbury, currently Vice President of Sales and Design at Granite Precast, joins as Sales Manager for Auburn and Bellingham operations, reporting to Rick Jones.

Kyle Salisbury, currently Vice President Operations, Granite Precast, joins as Plant Manager Oldcastle Infrastructure Bellingham, reporting to Matt Vaughn.

About Oldcastle Infrastructure

Oldcastle Infrastructure is the leading provider of building materials, products and services for infrastructure projects to several market sectors nationwide, including: Building Structures, Communications, Energy, Transportation and Water. For more information, visithttp://www.oldcastleinfrastructure.com.

Oldcastle Infrastructure is part of CRH’s Building Products division. CRH is the leading building materials business in the world, employing c.90,000 people at c.3,700 operating locations in 32 countries. It is the largest building materials business in North America, the largest heavyside materials business in Europe and has a number of strategic positions in the emerging economic regions of Asia and South America.

Posted in: Building & Construction,U.S

Preferred Health Insurance Solutions Provides An Important Regulatory Update for Individuals Who Purchased a Short Term Health Insurance Policy in Illinois

Many Illinois insureds who purchased a 6-month STM plan January 1, 2019, will see their policies expire at the end of June and need to look for a new insurance company to provide coverage for the next six months, due to the Illinois Short-Term, Limited-Duration Health Insurance Coverage Act(215 ILCS 190, Public Act 100-1180).

STM plans are not ACA Compliant. However, due to the high cost and high deductibles associated with Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliant plans, along with the elimination of the federal tax penalty in 2019 for not having an ACA compliant plan, many healthy Illinoisans opted for a more affordable plan. While most Short Term Medical(STM) insurance plans do not cover pre-existing conditions and many such plans do not cover all of the 10 essential health benefits required under the ACA, such as wellness, mental illness, or maternity, STM insurance remains a much more affordable choice for individuals and families who are in relatively good health.

STM plans are an ideal health insurance solution for healthy individuals or families who may be: 
a.    Waiting for group coverage to begin; 
b.    Between jobs or laid off, including those who cannot afford the high cost of a COBRA plan; 
c.    Waiting for the next ACA Open Enrollment Period; 
d.    Young adults no longer covered under their parents’ plan; 
e.    Healthy individuals looking for an alternative to the costly ACA compliant marketplace plan; 
f.    Illinois policy holders who have had a 2019 STM policy for six months with their current insurance company and are looking to avoid a 60 day lapse in coverage.

Illinois Short-Term, Limited-Duration Health Insurance Coverage Act prohibits Illinois carriers from renewing or rewriting a six-month term STM policy, without a 60 day lapse in coverage. However, Preferred Health Insurance Solutions (PHIS) is available to work with individuals and their families to find replacement coverage, with a different carrier, without consumers having to wait the 60 days to reapply with their current insurance company. A lot could happen in those 60 days, and you want to make sure you have protection in the event of an unforeseen illness or accident.

PHIS will help consumers shop the market for the best health insurance plan options available to help meet your individual health and financial situation, so you avoid going 60 days without coverage. There are no fees for these services. PHIS urges consumers to talk with a licensed independent insurance agent to secure the best replacement coverage available. PHIS knows how critical it is that consumers have a full understanding of plan costs, possible network restrictions, exclusions, coverage options, and available deductibles. Although STM plans may not be a good fit for an individual with chronic health issues, it may be just the right plan for healthy individuals looking to save on the high cost of an ACA compliant plan. As a result of the new STM rules, a STM health insurance plan is an affordable way consumers can secure comprehensive health insurance.

Preferred Health Insurance Solutions: 
Headquartered in Bedford Park, Illinois, Preferred Health Insurance Solutions (PHIS) is a national health insurance firm that specializes in assisting individuals and families with their health insurance needs. Their dedicated Call Center consists of a team of multi-lingual, licensed and CMS certified health insurance professionals, who are trained to walk a client through the entire process of selecting and placing them with a health plan that bests meets their individual health needs, as well as responding to any questions they may have regarding their new health insurance policy. Contracted with National and Regional carriers across the country, PHIS has many health insurance plans to choose from. For more information and assistance in shopping for a plan, call 800-342-0631, or visit https://www.PHISonline.com

Posted in: Services,U.S

The Plant Gallery Named “Top Landscape Company 2019” by Readers of CityBusiness

Last week, New Orleans CityBusiness, the premier business publication of New Orleans, unveiled winners of their annual Reader Rankings awards, held at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The annual Reader Rankings issue surveys readers to find the best of the best in commercial services around the New Orleans area. Readers have a chance to vote in each of the 60-plus subcategories and choose their favorite companies that provide the best services to the city. Three winners are chosen in each subcategory, but only one company is named the overall winner. With the votes in, and the results announced, The Plant Gallery has been named the Top Landscape Company of 2019!

The Plant Gallery has been providing landscaping services to New Orleans for 28 years, largely focusing on plants that are in the New Orleans growing zone. They offer design, delivery, installation, irrigation and maintenance services. Their team consists of licensed architects and floral designers. In addition to landscaping, The Plant Gallery provides decorative arrangements for private events and special occasions such as weddings and holidays.

“We are so lucky to have such a wonderful, strong city to serve—and such great customers,” said Kenny Rabalais, owner of The Plant Gallery.

To learn more about The Plant Gallery and their landscaping services, those interested can visit https://theplantgallery.com or call The Plant Gallery at (504) 488-8887. Their Garden Center storefront is located at 9401 Airline Hwy in New Orleans, LA 70118.

The Plant Gallery is in its 28th year of serving New Orleans and provides customized interior and exterior landscaping to residents and businesses in the New Orleans area. They also provide floral arrangements for special occasions. Their Garden Center has a large selection of local plants, flowers, pots and gardening tools.

Posted in: Business,Services,U.S

Experlogix Recognized as a Finalist for the 2019 Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales Partner of the Year

Experlogix, Inc., a global leader in Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) solutions, today announced it has been named a finalist in the 2019 Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales Partner of the Year Award. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.

“I am tremendously proud of our entire organization,” said Christian Stepien, President, Experlogix, “as all departments across the company have contributed to our ability to provide the level of customer service and product innovation necessary to achieve this prestigious award. Experlogix is built on a 100% Microsoft technology stack, and together we continuously push the co-evolution of our products to deliver an unsurpassed customer experience.“

Awards were presented in several categories, with winners chosen from a set of more than 2,900 entrants from 115 countries worldwide. Experlogix was recognized for providing outstanding solutions and services for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales.

“It’s an honor to recognize finalists and winners of the Microsoft 2019 Partner of the Year Awards,” said Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Corp. “These companies are successfully leading their industries, building intelligent solutions, addressing complex business challenges and making more possible for customers around the world. I’m honored to congratulate each winner and finalist.”

The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the past year.

The combination of Experlogix CPQ and Dynamics 365 empowers sales reps to quickly configure complex product and service proposals with ease. Using Experlogix visualization capabilities, reps can see product configuration changes on the fly to identify the right selection of options to fit customer requests. Margin calculations, discount approvals and bill-of-materials are streamlined to accelerate quote-to-manufacture applications.

About Experlogix 
Experlogix offers award winning CPQ solutions for Microsoft Dynamics providing a complete quote-to-order-to-manufacture experience across the enterprise. Experlogix empowers reps to deliver complex proposals consisting of thousands of potential product and pricing rules with the option to automate multi-level production orders when the business is won. Experlogix is recognized worldwide as a global leader in Configure, Price, Quote technology with hundreds of customers in a variety of industries, including Allegion, Analogic, Assa Abloy Hospitality, Jayco, Lexmark, Libbey, Malibu Boats, Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift, Nikon Instruments UK, Okuma America Corporation, Otis Elevator, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Zurn Industries. For more information, visit http://www.experlogix.com.

Posted in: Business,Services,U.S

Nomis Solutions Appoints Banking Executive to Lead Global Deposits Solution

Nomis Solutions, an innovative fintech company focused on ensuring on-going value creation for the world’s smartest financial institutions, has recently appointed Dustin Allen as senior director of global deposits solutions. Allen joins Nomis from Zions Bancorporation, a billion regional bank based in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he was senior vice president of consumer and business deposits. In his new role, Dustin will be focused on helping financial institutions around the world enhance their deposit pricing and delivery.

“Deposits are the core of every bank or credit union’s franchise,” said Allen. “The financial institutions that can develop a disciplined and data-driven approach to deposit management will continue to outperform their peer institutions in both cost of funds management and in deposit share of wallet.”

The Nomis Deposits Platform solves for the whole deposit pricing process so that banks can optimize deposit performance through in-depth analytics, scalable real-time price execution, and fair and consistent salesforce behavior — every day and for every transaction. For deposit portfolios around the world, the Nomis Deposits Platform enables a more personalized, relevant, in-the-moment experience for banking customers and ensures ongoing value creation in today’s dynamic market.

“The capability that Nomis gives its clients in understanding their deposit portfolios and pricing deposits is exceptional. I’m looking forward to working with our clients to help them excel at pricing, delivering, and managing their deposits franchise,” Allen added.

The addition of Allen to the team is part of Nomis’ leadership role in enabling financial institutions to take a more scientific and technology-supported approach to asset and liability management, and thereby to better engage with their customers and build enduring, profitable relationships. To learn more about Nomis Deposit Solutions, request a complimentary assessment.

“I’m thrilled to have Dustin on board. His combination of deposits expertise, banking, and technology leadership is the perfect fit for Nomis. As a practitioner who’s been responsible for deposit performance at several banks, his experience will be directly relevant to our clients and our continued investment roadmap for our deposits platform,” said Frank Rohde, CEO of Nomis.

About Nomis Solutions 
Nomis is a fast-growing fintech and price optimization pioneer that is enabling the world’s smartest financial institutions to drive sustained, profitable growth through end-to-end customer-centric pricing capabilities. We do so through our market-leading, cloud-native Nomis Platform™ and team of experts, bringing together cutting-edge big data, machine learning, AI and mission-critical software with deep expertise in consumer behavior, pricing and the financial services industry. The Nomis Platform manages over .5 trillion in transaction volume, quotes a price every 60 milliseconds, empowers 14,000+ bankers, and generates nearly 0 million in value annually. To learn more, visit http://www.nomissolutions.com.

Posted in: Services,U.S

Joshua Mansour, MD: 1 of 40 Oncology Rising Stars and Emerging Leaders Under Age 40

Joshua Mansour, M,D. is one of forty of the nation’s most promising young oncology professionals who was recognized during the 2nd annual ‘40 Under 40 in Cancer’ awards event June 1 in Chicago, supported by The Lynx Group™, McGivney Global Advisors, Upstream Partners, and Swim Across America, celebrating the contributions that individuals under the age of 40 are making to improve the lives of those affected by cancer.

“Early-career leaders in oncology—clinicians, researchers, businesspeople, advocates—are making an enormous impact on patients and the cancer community, but many of these individuals have not had the opportunity to be widely recognized,” said event spokesperson and cancer survivor Jennifer Hinkel. “40 Under 40 in Cancer is an effort to highlight the contributions of these rising stars.”

“These individuals are tomorrow's driving force in innovation,” added Brian Tyburski, President and CEO, The Lynx Group™. “Their achievements are crucial, well deserved, and should be applauded by all. We’re proud to partner with McGivney Global Advisors, Upstream Partners, and Swim Across America in honoring these 40 individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions within their respective roles in the cancer continuum.”

Upon receiving the award, Dr. Mansour stated, “I am honored to be included in this esteemed group of people. Although awards are sometimes presented individually, these accomplishments are rarely, if ever, done alone. My career thus far has been greatly impacted by several mentors and supporters along the way, in a multitude of different facets of my life. I would not have received this award without them. We all as a team, along with countless institutions and organizations around the world, are working as hard as possible to continue to have an impact and improve upon how we treat and care for our patients.”

Nominations came from across the country and represented the following categories:

Clinical and Patient Care Professional 
Biopharma, Diagnostics, and Devices 
Research, Science, and Technology 
Government, Regulatory, and Payer 
Patient, Advocacy, and Policy.

Winners of the 2019 “40 Under 40 in Cancer” awards were selected by a panel of judges and include the following:

Amanda Kramar, Association of Community Cancer Centers 
Ashley Glode, PharmD, BCOP, University of Colorado–Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 
Ashton Gatewood, BSN, RN, CPH, Oklahoma City Indian Clinic 
Chelsea Boet, Spectrum Health 
Cory Batenchuk, Verily Life Sciences 
Dan Fredeman, MEM, Daiichi Sankyo 
David Hyman, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 
Deanna Martinez, Strategix, A Division of The Lynx Group 
Gretchen Smythe, Ipsen 
Jenna Patel, Regeneron 
Jennifer Wong, AstraZeneca 
Jeremy Schafer, PharmD, MBA, Precision for Value 
Jesse Dresser, Frier Levitt, LLC 
Jocelyn Longo, RN, BSN, Ascension Sacred Heart Cancer Center 
Joshua Mansour, MD, Stanford University 
Justin Birckbichler, Founder, ABSOT (A Ballsy Sense of Tumor) 
Kevin Hays, Savarino Companies, LLC 
Kip Cross, MBA, Gilead Sciences/Kite 
Kristin Marie Ferguson, DNP, RN, OCN, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital 
Kyle Smith, Check15 
Leticia Iten, MSW, Cancer Resource Center of the Desert 
Mackenzi Pergolotti, PhD, OTR/L, Select Medical 
Marc Aron Korobkin, JD, Lacuna Loft 
Matt Hellmann, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 
Megan May, PharmD, BCOP, Baptist Health Lexington 
Michael Joseph DeLeo III, Southern New Hampshire Health/Foundation Medical Partners 
Monica Bryant, Esq, Triage Cancer 
Nisha Lakhi, MD, FACOG, Richmond University Medical Center 
Quinn Nazarewycz, MSc, QED Therapeutics 
Rachel Murphy-Banks, MA, Tufts Medical Center 
Raiza Torres, Memorial Cancer Institute 
Robert DePriest, Walgreens 
Ryan Becerra, The University of Texas at Austin 
Scot Niglio, MD, MS, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 
Scott Huntington, MD, MPH, MSHP, Yale University 
Sean Rinella, MPH, University of Wisconsin–Madison 
Stephanie A. Fajuri, JD, Cancer Legal Resource Center 
Stephen Rosenberg, MD, Moffitt Cancer Center 
Tiffany Kendig, PT, DPT, MPH, CLT, Kessler Rehabilitation 
Xavier Keutgen, MD, FACS, University of Chicago Medical Center

An earlier version of this story may be found on PRWeb at: https://www.prweb.com/releases/award_celebrates_40_of_oncologys_rising_stars_and_emerging_leaders_under_age_40/prweb16350142.htm

About Joshua Mansour, MD:

Dr. Joshua Mansour is a board-certified hematologist/oncologist working and in the field of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and cellular immunotherapy in Stanford, California. In June 2019 he was a recipient of the ‘40 Under 40 in Cancer’ award. Abstracts, manuscripts and commentaries by Dr. Mansour have been published in more than 100 esteemed journals and media outlets including US News & World Report, Canada Free Press, Today’s Practitioner, Physician’s News, and KevinMD. He has given countless presentations at conferences and other institutions, and he has helped design and implement clinical studies to evaluate current treatment plans, collaborated on grant proposals and multi-institutional retrospective studies that have been published. Recently Joshua Mansour. M.D. was featured on Fox Television. 

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

The Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce Announces June Wine Country Luncheon Topic #LivValBiz

The Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce (LVCC) has announced their next luncheon topic in their summertime Wine Country Luncheon series, which will be "B Corp Businesses – A Force for Good". The luncheon is open to members and the public and will be on Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 11:30-1:00 p.m.

B Corp Businesses: what are they, and why have they risen in popularity among those looking to adopt a socially conscious business model? This is the program topic featured for the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce luncheon on June 27.

Jennifer Cantero, Director of Marketing at Sensiba San Filippo LLP, an accounting firm located in Pleasanton, is the featured speaker and moderator. SSF is the first, and currently, the only B Corp accounting firm in California.

"We are excited about introducing the B Corp model to Chamber members, many of whom strive to incorporate the 'people, planet, profit' approach to their business," said Dawn Argula, Chamber CEO. "B Corp certification employs best management practices that support businesses in being good stewards of the human and environmental elements of their operations without ignoring the bottom line."

Ms. Cantero will moderate a panel of local B Corp businesses from various industries to discuss the process of becoming a B-Corp, the benefits both inside and outside a business, and current topics of global conversation among B Corps. The panel includes: 

  • Emily Allbritten of Athleta, a producer of athletic apparel for women and girls
  • Andrea Walker of Beneficial State Bank, a socially responsible and financially sustainable banking institution
  • Carolina Miranda, founder and CEO of Cultivating Capital, sustainability coach for the public and private sectors


The luncheon is scheduled for Thursday June 27 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the LARPD Robert Livermore Community Center at 4444 East Avenue in Livermore. For information and to make reservations for the LVCC luncheon and the luncheon series visit their website at livermorechamber.org or call 925-447-1606. Luncheon tickets are for LVCC members and their guests and for "Not-Yet" LVCC members.

About the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce is a membership association comprised of private businesses, non-profit organizations, public agencies and individuals. Its 600+ members are a diverse and wide-ranging representation that include two national laboratories, major manufacturers – clean-tech, green-tech – wineries, microbreweries, restaurants, retail, hotels, mining, healthcare systems, financial institutions and many more. Collectively, LVCC members represent nearly 30,000 jobs and generate millions of dollars in revenues and economic benefits in the Livermore Valley. Member businesses and their employees also support the local community through volunteerism activities and millions in financial contributions. For more information, visit livermorechamber.org.

Posted in: Business,U.S

Elza Ibroscheva Named Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Associate Provost

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Denise Cobb, PhD, has named Elza Ibroscheva, PhD, as associate provost, effective July 1. Ibroscheva’s primary responsibilities in the associate provost role will include academic planning, assessment and accreditation.

Her energetic commitment to the University was developed during her 13-year tenure as a faculty member in the Department of Mass Communications, including service in such leadership positions as department chair and graduate program director. She returns to campus after serving Webster University as associate dean at the School of Communications since 2017.

“The search process demonstrated that there is genuine excitement to have Dr. Ibroscheva back as a campus collaborator and leader,” said Cobb. “I have the utmost confidence in her abilities to make a significant and meaningful impact in the Office of the Provost and for the University. She is a true teacher-scholar. Her commitment to student-centered education and quality, and her recognition of the importance of research and scholarship will be true assets.”

“I am thrilled to fill this role,” Cobb continued. “In so doing, we fill an important vacancy in the Office of the Provost, and Academic Affairs broadly, in order to provide critical support for academic planning and our faculty, staff, and deans’ efforts to serve our students and the region. Elza’s previous roles on campus and her experiences will allow her to lead collaboratively and be successful in this supporting role for all of our academic units. I sincerely appreciate the search committee, co-chaired by Dr. Joel Hardman and Dr. Mary Weishaar, for their time and thoughtful work in supporting this search process.”

“I am incredibly excited to return to SIUE, and once again experience the positive energy of the students, the many talents of faculty, and the genuine commitment of the staff,” added Ibroscheva. “I am confident that with the collective will and combined effort of the entire University community, we can move SIUE to new heights in innovative education and excellence in teaching and research. As associate provost, I hope to contribute to the University’s mission by helping develop new and exciting programs that further solidify SIUE’s position as a regional leader preparing students to tackle and solve the challenges of tomorrow.”

Ibroscheva’s SIUE tenure began in 2003 as an instructor in the Department of Mass Communications, where she developed and taught new undergraduate and graduate level courses. She later climbed the academic ranks, departing in 2017 as a professor and chair of the department to advance as a high-level administrator.

Under Ibroscheva’s leadership, SIUE’s mass communications master’s program experienced notable growth in reputation and academic rigor with increased enrollment and graduation numbers. As chair, she also saw the department through a re-accreditation site visit in 2016, and increased its commitment to serving its diverse student population with a focus on fostering an academic atmosphere of collaboration, respect, and the pursuit of innovation and excellence.

As department chair, Ibroscheva led the effort to establish a new digital convergence lab, which was successfully funded as part of SIUE’s high impact fundraising campaign. Additionally, she organized a new alumni advisory board, increased online course offerings, supported new course developments, focused on media start-ups and entrepreneurship, and initiated a new capstone course and a new laptop policy.

The Bulgaria native is a prolific scholar with significant research achievements in her areas of interest, which include international communications, specifically, media developments in Eastern Europe. Her research has been hailed as groundbreaking and original, and has been widely cited in media and cultural studies of Eastern Europe. She has published more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals. She is author of Advertising and Post-Socialism: Women, Media and Femininity in the Balkans, and co-editor of the most recent volume on female politicians and media around the world entitled, Women, Politics and Media: Perspectives from Nations in Transition.

Ibroscheva is the recipient of numerous internal and external grants and awards, including a 2019 research grant from the National Communication Association, the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences’ (CAS) prestigious William and Margaret Going Endowed Professorship Award in 2015, and support from the CAS Targeted Funding Initiative for 2017 Mass Communications Week: “Diversity Amidst Adversity.”

In 2005, Ibroscheva earned a doctorate in mass communication and media arts from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She had previously completed a master’s in journalism from SIUC in 1999. Her bachelor’s in journalism and mass communication/English was achieved in 1997 from American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville provides students with a high quality, affordable education that prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose to shape a changing world. Built on the foundation of a broad-based liberal education, and enhanced by hands-on research and real-world experiences, the academic preparation SIUE students receive equips them to thrive in the global marketplace and make our communities better places to live. Situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River’s rich bottomland and only a short drive from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of more than 13,000.

Posted in: Education,U.S

Cogswell College Graduate Sets the Bar for Future Students

Joseph Fortuno has been a driving force within the student body by playing several key leadership roles both within and outside of Cogswell Polytechnical College. He served as the president of the Associated Student Body (ASB) from 2017-18. The ASB of Cogswell strives to be the link of communication between the faculty and students. ASB is the general student membership organization that oversees all of the clubs, helping new ones to form, and existing ones to flourish. During his tenure, he boosted the memberships of student organizations across the campus. He was the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Cogswell Chronicle (the college’s newspaper), the president of the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), and he founded and led the Cogswell Collective Photography Club.

As alumni ambassador for Junior Achievement (JA), he met with President Obama at the White House in 2015. In one of his most recent accomplishments, Joseph's entrepreneurial story was published in "The Entrepreneurial Attitude" book by Larry Ferrell and featured on Made Possible: The Business of Junior Achievement, a PBS documentary celebrating JA's 100th anniversary. You can watch the full documentary here: https://cptv.org/madepossible/

To cap off all of his achievements, Joseph landed the opportunity of a lifetime to begin his professional career working at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) -- just one week after graduating from Cogswell! Founded in 1975 by George Lucas, ILM has created some of the most memorable visual effects in history, including the awe-inspiring innovations in the classic Star Wars trilogy, The Avengers, and The Transformers.

About Cogswell Polytechnical College 
Founded in 1887, Cogswell Polytechnical College (Cogswell) has taken a hands-on, interdisciplinary approach and has been producing industrial-strength results for over 130 years. Cogswell prepares students for success in the creative-technology industries by providing an extraordinary, real-world education inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of our Silicon Valley location. Cogswell’s project-based programs are designed to engage the student imagination and develop their skills in real-world settings alongside industry professionals. Cogswell is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and has an average 79% first-year retention rate. Visit cogswell.edu, Cogswell’s Instagram, or call 1-855-COGSWELL to learn more about our award-winning programs. For more information regarding completion rates, the median loan debt of students who completed each program, and other important information, please see visit our website at cogswell.edu/disclosures.

Posted in: Education,U.S

Veterans Charity Battling PTSD & Suicide Epidemic Celebrates National Training Center Grand Opening

Mighty Oaks Foundation, one of the leading veteran non-profit organizations, is announcing the grand opening of their National Training Center, a powerful tool in the battle against the tragic veteran and active duty suicide epidemic. Mighty Oaks' Warrior Programs addresses the core issues that so many of our service men and women battle daily, with their peer-to-peer recovery programs, and boasts one of the highest success rates in treating post traumatic stress.

The brand new headquarters and National Training Center in Murrieta, CA provides Mighty Oaks a dedicated space to more efficiently manage their organizational operations, expand awareness, grow their media platform, and train new program leaders. Their new facilities also provide conference and classrooms that can be reserved for local meetings, trainings, and facilitate regional Mighty Oaks Outpost meetings. Their goal for this new facility is to be able to increase their reach and capacity enabling Mighty Oaks to provide hope and healing to those who so desperately need it.

Mighty Oaks is hosting a grand opening event June 10th that will include a dedication address from Lt. Col. Allen West, and welcome well known military and media personalities to celebrate this exciting launch. This is a great opportunity to meet our leadership and local staff, and to find out how Mighty Oaks can serve as a resource for both regional and national efforts. The June 10th grand opening is by invite only, and they welcome the media to request guest list to cover the event.

Interview Opportunities: Limited interviews with Chad Robichaux will be available to press during the event. To request an interview or press guest list for the event to provide coverage, please contact Michael Cameron: michael(at)mightyoaksprograms(dot)org.

About Mighty Oaks Foundation: 
After 18 years in the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than half of the 2 million Veterans struggle with physical and mental health problems stemming from their service. According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, every day in America, over twenty veterans commit suicide. The V.A. Hotline receives an average of 400 calls per day. 2018 marked the highest military active duty suicide rate in 10 years. At the same time, the divorce rate among active military personnel and returning Veterans is staggering, impacting Veterans, as well as their families. Many combat vets are unable to reintegrate back into civilian life leaving their families to work through the aftermath.

To date we have had over 2,500 graduates of our Legacy Programs. That's over 2,500 military personnel, veterans, spouses, and first responders that have hope, healing and renewed purpose. Additionally, we have reached over 100,000 men and women at Resiliency events around the world and handed out over 80,000 copies of our books. Our Resiliency events are focused on providing resources and tools for our Warriors so that they are properly equipped to face the many challenges of combat and life.

We are proud to offer our programs at NO COST to all attendees! That also includes travel to and from one of our four program locations throughout the country.

The Mighty Oaks Foundation is committed to serving the brokenhearted by providing a series of intensive peer-based recovery programs, outpost meetings, and speaking events. Our Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs hosts such Men, Women, and Marriage Advance Programs at multiple locations nationwide. The Warriors who attend are fully sponsored for training, meals, and lodging needs to ensure that upon arrival to the ranch, each Warrior is focused solely on his or her recovery and identifying purpose moving forward. To contribute or for more information please visit: https://www.mightyoaksprograms.org

Posted in: Services,U.S

MLM Incorporated Named Top Five Best Kitchen Remodeling Contractors in New Orleans

MLM Incorporated announced today that they have been named one of the top five best kitchen remodeling contractors in New Orleans. The distinction was awarded by GC Magazine, a national publication that highlights the best contractors in America, city by city. The magazine staff determines the rankings of contractors in a city by applying a standardized analysis that looks at the scope and history of work, customer reviews, previous awards, recommendations from others in the industry, licenses and more.

MLM Incorporated is one of the highest-rated and best-reviewed construction companies serving New Orleans, Metairie, Baton Rouge, and most of Southeast Louisiana. They specialize in both residential and commercial construction, as well as real estate development. In addition to kitchen remodeling, their residential work includes historic renovationbathroom remodeling and new construction. In 2012, MLM won a Sonata Award as the top bathroom design and remodeling contractor in the region. They maintain an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

"We are really excited to have been awarded this honor from GC Magazine," said Machi Medrzycki, owner of MLM Incorporated. "I think most people know that there are a lot of lists and rankings available in remodeling and construction, like any industry, but GC Magazine is well respected for their broad approach that weighs a lot of different factors. So, to be counted among the best by a professional and thorough organization like that, it's a special honor."

To learn more about MLM Incorporated and their extensive areas of specialization, interested parties can visit http://www.mlm-inc.comor contact MLM Incorporated by phone at 504-322-7050. MLM Incorporated can also be visited in person at 3500 N Causeway Blvd. Ste. 160 in Metairie, LA 70002.

MLM Incorporated is a full-service general contractor based in Metairie, Louisiana. They work on projects throughout the region. MLM Incorporated provides both residential and commercial construction services, including new construction, remodeling, retrofitting, and historic renovation. MLM Incorporated also does real estate development, managing new buildings from conception to completion on behalf of clients.

Posted in: Real Estate,U.S

Star Refrigeration Installs Future-proof CO2 Refrigeration System for BrewDog’s Eurocentral Warehouse

Star Refrigeration has been commissioned a second time to work with Scottish multinational craft beer company BrewDog as it continues to expand. The cold storage and distribution specialists successfully delivered an eco-friendly, cost effective solution for Europe’s first fully refrigerated beer warehouse.

Having recently acquired the brand new Eurocentral warehouse in Motherwell, BrewDog commissioned Star to design and install a brand new plant capable of chilling its unique craft beers to 50 C ahead of distribution. The location offers unrivalled access to Scotland’s road network, ideal for transporting the brand’s beers to pubs and supermarkets across the world. It is also just five miles away from Star’s Bellshill branch which further strengthened the working relationship.

BrewDog were very keen to install an eco-cooling solution using natural refrigerants. Utilising CO2 not only improves environmental credentials and reduces the plant’s carbon footprint, it also avoids future regulations against harmful f-gases which could result in further costs in retrofits or replacements.

After working with BrewDog in 2017, Euan Duncan, Technical Sales Engineer at Star Refrigeration said, “We’re delighted to be working with BrewDog once again. Through the successful delivery of Europe’s first fully refrigerated beer warehouse, we’ve demonstrated how Star is committed to pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the refrigeration industry and helping our customers take their business to the next level.”

Star Refrigeration applied a cost saving focus to the project to make the large distribution centre affordable for the client. To help fulfil BrewDog’s ambition to be one of the world’s fastest growing beverage companies, CO2 was deemed the safest and most cost effective option for the new plant. It can cool the building to the necessary temperature without the hazards of other refrigerants such as ammonia, and the smaller pipe work for the application saved on steelwork and installation costs.

The end product delivered financial savings of 30% in comparison to a traditional ammonia glycol system. Thanks to the cost effective temperature controlled storage and distribution solution designed by Star, BrewDog can efficiently deliver its craft beer to consumers without losing flavour or quality.

Niall Murphie, Engineering Manager at BrewDog, said, “Star Refrigeration delivered an energy efficient, financially viable and environmentally responsible solution. This allows us to remain uniquely placed to serve the needs of beer lovers all over the country and beyond, helping to spread our passion for craft beer to every corner of the globe”.

To find out more about BrewDog, the fastest-growing drinks producer in Britain, and the fastest-growing bar and restaurant operator, visit https://www.brewdog.com

To find out more about Star Refrigeration and its range of CO2 refrigeration solutions, go to https://www.star-ref.co.uk/our-products/co2-solutions.aspx

Posted in: Business,U.S

2019 Health Care Quality and Management Certification (HCQM®) Exam Application Deadline is Approaching

The importance of health care quality management and patient safety continues to be at the forefront of providing medical care. It is essential that health care providers and administrators demonstrate their expertise and commitment to health care quality and safety. According to ABQAURP Chairman of the Board, Dr. Arthur Broder, “Employers adopting HCQM Certification and education for their medical staff allows them to say to outside interests that they have the highest possible standards for their medical team by certifying them through an independent, non-profit organization (ABQAURP) that is dedicated to ensuring health care quality and management.”

In addition to concerns about patient safety, inappropriate services, and unnecessary readmissions, the rising costs of health care and its impact on families and business all solidify the need for Health Care Quality and Management (HCQM) Certification.

Validate your expertise with a certification that demonstrates knowledge and commitment to safety, health care quality, and effective care. HCQM Certification is a definitive benchmark of achievement signifying a higher level of proficiency; and is the only health care quality and management certification administered through the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®).

Teri Treiger, RN-BC, CHCQM-CM, CCM, ABQAURP Diplomate and Principal at Ascent Care Management, explains, “It is essential that health care professionals take a broad view of health care delivery. The ABQAURP CHCQM credential represents a pledge to health care quality first and foremost. The individual that successfully undergoes the rigorous application and testing process personifies the ‘best in class’ mentality that is so desperately needed to meet the challenges presented by the business of health care today.”

ABQAURP continues to deliver the highest quality certification process, bringing examinees a certification based on definable standards upheld by knowledgeable experts.

Dr. Genoveva Prieto, ABQAURP Diplomate and practicing Neonatologist, further supports this stating, "There is a sense of trust from other healthcare professionals...it means the qualification obtained adheres to the standards and ethics of a professional board. Certification with ABQAURP exemplifies expertise, dedication and commitment to quality and safety. I am honored to be a Diplomate of this prestigious organization."

Health care leaders can enhance their HCQM credential with additional sub-specialty certificationsin the following categories:

-Case Management 
-Managed Care 
-Patient Safety / Risk Management 
-Physician Advisor (Physicians Only) 
-Transitions of Care 
-Workers' Compensation

The HCQM Examination and Physician Advisor Sub-Specialty are endorsed by the American College of Physician Advisors.

Dr. Charles Locke, President of the American College of Physician Advisors (ACPA), Senior Physician Advisor for The Johns Hopkins Hospital and ABQAURP Diplomate states, "I found the HCQM Certification with Physician Advisor sub-specialty to be invaluable in my development as a physician advisor. The certification process helped broaden and solidify my knowledge in so many areas including health care quality metrics, payer models, and the role of case management."

Prepare now for the 2019 HCQM Examination! Now accepting applications for the HCQM Test Window that will be open from August 15 through October 15, 2019. Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, June 25, 2019, to qualify for this year’s exam.

Visit the ABQAURP website at: https://www.abqaurp.org/Certification or call (800) 998-6030 to learn how HCQM Certification can validate your experience and set you apart from the rest!

“National Board of Medical Examiners®” and “NBME®” are registered trademarks of the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Celebrating the 42nd year of excellence in Health Care Quality Management and Patient Safety, ABQAURP is a premier professional association providing Health Care Quality and Management (HCQM) certification, ACCME-accredited continuing medical education, and membership to health care professionals worldwide. Learn more at: http://www.abqaurp.org.

About the ABQAURP and ACPA Alliance 
ABQAURP and ACPA formed the alliance to offer the first Physician Advisor sub-specialty for the HCQM certification. HCQM Certification and the physician advisor sub-specialty align with ACPA’s mission to promote and expand the prominent role of the Physician Advisor in today’s rapidly changing health care environment through education, certification, mentorship, and collaboration; as well as ABQAURP’s mission to improve the overall quality of health care provided to the public.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Solano County Public Defender’s Office Launches Effort to Reduce Jail Population

Uptrust, the social justice text messaging reminder platform, announced that it has launched a partnership with The Solano Public Defender’s Office to reduce the number of Failure to Appear (FTA) incidents, arrest warrants and technical violations in the county. The partnership aims at reducing wasted taxpayer funds, improving efficiency for the county’s attorneys, and decreasing the number of incarcerations for certain violations.

“Most FTA’s are not because someone is seeking to evade the court process,” said Elena D’Agustino, Interim Public Defender with the Solano County Public Defender. “We are optimistic that this will increase court attendance and improve our attorneys ability to communicate with their clients.”

Under the agreement, all public defender clients will receive text reminders for their court dates. Uptrust’s trademarked platform connects public defenders’ offices with defendants via text message to remind them to appear at scheduled legal appointments, most specifically their court hearings.

Local governments spend more than billion on unnecessary pretrial incarceration, and an additional billion issuing and enforcing FTAs. Further, bench warrants have been shown to become expensive and wasteful of both taxpayer and law enforcement’s time and funds.

To date, Uptrust’s messaging system has reduced FTAs by more than 50 percent in some jurisdictions, with 30 percent of users texting back to their attorney, continuing the correspondence. The platform provides a communication and reminder tool similar to many modern dentist or doctor appointment applications. Solano joins Yolo, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, Ventura, San Bernardino and Santa Barbara Counties in working with Uptrust to keep people out of jail that don’t need to be there. Uptrust’s partnership with Solano County is supported by the Heising-Simons Foundation, a foundation based in Los Altos, California. As part of its human rights and justice reform investments, the Heising-Simons Foundation is supporting an expansion of Uptrust’s work in California.

“Solano County is like many counties now trying keep jails for those that actually need to be there. As an advancement in technology, our platform can help reduce unnecessary incarceration,” said Jacob Sills, founder of Uptrust. “Ultimately, we hope made a positive impact in Solano County, while also saving taxpayer funds and public defenders’ time.”

Uptrust is a text message-based communication and engagement tool helping defendants arrive at court for their scheduled hearings and other mandatory appointments. By improving the relationship between the criminal justice system and defendants, Uptrust has proved to keep low-income defendants out of jail on bench warrants and technical violations, while also saving attorneys time and reducing the cost to the municipality or county. Uptrust currently is contracted with more than 15 public defender offices around the US, and reaches over 100,000 defendants. Uptrust is a public benefit corporation supported by the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, RFK Human Rights and the Heising-Simons Foundation; it has offices in San Francisco, CA and Northampton, MA. To learn more about Uptrust, visit http://www.Uptrust.co.

Posted in: Law & Legal,U.S

Infinity Federal Credit Union Awarded for Helping Asylum-Seekers

As Portland experiences an influx of refugees and asylum-seekers, putting pressure on many of the city’s services, a pair of local organizations is stepping up to lend a hand—and a whole lot more.

One year after launching a program to give asylum-seekers no-interest loans to help them secure their first apartments, Infinity Federal Credit Union (FCU) was recently honored with the “Outstanding Community Partner” award at the 11th Annual Community Block Party.

The event took place at Portland’s Ocean Gateway and was hosted by ProsperityME, the initiative’s cosponsor.

Since introducing the program in early 2018, Infinity FCU and ProsperityME have helped 18 individuals (including seven families) pay for their rental security deposits, thanks to a rolling 0,000 fund provided by ProsperityME.

“We are honored to be chosen as the Outstanding Community Partner by ProsperityME,” says Kandy Moreau, Infinity FCU’s chief lending officer. “This partnership lets us live our vision of keeping our members a step ahead in life. By providing the funds for them to secure a safe place to live while they seek employment, we’re helping this community in a tangible way. It’s a small piece of their journey to citizenship, but an important one.”

After completing an eligibility interview, each participant is assigned a volunteer housing coach from ProsperityME, a Portland-based nonprofit that offers financial literacy courses and counseling.

In order to receive the interest-free loan, which ranges from 0 to ,500, participants must be eligible for a U.S. work authorization, have no credit established in the U.S. and meet Infinity FCU membership qualifications. Loan repayment begins as soon as the participant secures a job, or after 10 months.

Asylum-seekers who have a credit history, or who have had a job for more than a month, can apply for a security deposit loan through Infinity FCU, but won’t qualify for the interest-free loan program.

According to a 2017 study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, finding stable and affordable housing “can be the most critical indicator of successful integration for refugees and asylum-seekers.”

According to Matteson Nadeau, marketing and events coordinator for ProsperityME, both organizations plan to keep the initiative going as long as possible.

“I think everyone on our staff has been amazed by how quickly the program has really taken off and how successful it’s been,” Nadeau says. “That’s a testament to our incredible staff and volunteers who make this initiative possible.”

About Infinity Federal Credit Union

As Maine’s first credit union, Infinity Federal Credit Union has been serving its members since 1921, initially as the Telephone Workers Credit Union of Maine, then as Telco of New England FCU. Infinity FCU is now community-based, available to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Cumberland and York counties and the city of Bangor, Maine. Infinity FCU is a not-for-profit cooperative organization owned by its members and guided by the vision: “We do banking differently to keep you a step ahead in life.” For more information about Infinity FCU, please visit http://www.infinityfcu.com.

About ProsperityME

ProsperityME’s mission is based on the understanding that our broader society benefits from an engaged and economically independent Maine refugee and immigrant community. By providing the opportunity for financial literacy, ProsperityME fosters integration and stability, promoting a strong economy. ProsperityME assists in transitioning individuals and families out of poverty and into self-sufficiency by teaching them how to make sound decisions as they manage their personal finances.

Posted in: Business,U.S

True Terpenes to Testify at FDA Hearing on Hemp, Terpene Food Use

David Heldreth, Chief Science Officer for True Terpenes, will represent the expanding hemp and terpene markets at the Food and Drug Administration hearing on hemp May 31, 2019.

Terpenes are the compounds responsible for the scent and taste of plants such as lavender (linalool), rosemary (alpha-pinene) and hops (myrcene) and even cannabis. True Terpenes is a Portland, Oregon based company focused on utilizing botanically-derived terpenes to replicate the aroma, flavor and effects of cannabis. The lack of any actual cannabis allows their products to be food grade and utilized in food, drink and related products. This is because currently even hemp-derived terpenes are not technically allowed in food products.

The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp production on the federal level and removed the plant and its derivatives from the controlled substances act. The farm bill also created a lot of unanswered questions, especially those related to human consumption of hemp products. The bill legalized cultivation, processing and possession of hemp, but left the FDA to regulate it as it does other food items.

Under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C) and the 1992 Supplement Act it is against the law for a food or supplement to contain an item that was approved as a drug before it was available as a food item. Due to GW Pharmaceuticals’ approval for Epidiolex the FDA is currently blocking the use of cannabidiol (CBD) in food and related products.

The FDA has recently moved to exercise its authority to research a new regulatory framework for hemp products containing CBD, terpenes and other ingredients. The FDA says the goal of the public hearing is to obtain scientific data and information about the safety, manufacturing, product quality, marketing, labeling, and sale of products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds.

Heldreth said True Terpenes is attending the hearing in hopes of educating the FDA on how hemp is processed for terpenes, terpenes safety as food items and manufacturing standards for public safety.

“Steam distillation is a common technique that has been used for botanical extraction for thousands of years,” Heldreth said. “We recognize the FDA has concerns about cannabinoid extractions. The beauty with steam distillation is that it does not extract the heavier cannabinoids, but can extract terpenes from hemp for use in food, drink or industrial uses.”

Heldreth pointed to the True Grade system his company has devised as a model standard for the industry to adopt for consumer safety. While food grade is a designation regulated by the FDA and related laws, True Grade is representational of the toughest standards for cannabis inhalation products in the United States. Currently, California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington each have independent regulations for the testing of pesticides, solvents, heavy metals and other contaminants. True Grade takes the strictest regulations from each state as the baseline to ensure True Terpenes’ products are safe and compliant.

The FDA is currently accepting written and digital comments for those who are unable to attend. Cannabis and hemp industry representatives are encouraged to contact True Terpenes for more information.

Posted in: Food & Beverage,U.S

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(actor DaJuan Johnson)

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Celebrity,Lifestyle,News & Current Affairs,U.S

International Travel Security Experts, IMG GlobalSecur, Announces Post on Travel Safety Apps for Ride Sharing

IMG GlobalSecur, a leading international corporate security consulting firm at http://www.theimg.com/, is proud to announce a new blog post on the use of travel safety apps as persons use ride-sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft when traveling abroad. Ride-sharing in a foreign country is particularly dangerous, as tourists are notoriously vulnerable to theft and crime.

In addition, the post recommends that interested persons check out the FoneTrac travel safety app at https://www.fonetrac-go.com/. The app is an award-winning solution that connects to a back-end service (GlobalSecur at http://www.globalsecur.com/) that offers real-time, and real-person assistance to travelers. With global reach, the app is an ideal complement to any plans to travel abroad, whether for business or pleasure.

"Ride-sharing apps provide a useful service in many cities and are generally very safe," explained Chris Hagon, CEO of IMG GlobalSecur. "However, when one travels abroad as a tourist one is vulnerable, because one tends to stick out a bit like a sore thumb, and so a travel safety app can provide additional security."

Interested persons can read the full post at http://www.theimg.com/blog/2019/05/ride-sharing/. Persons who would like to know more, including bloggers and journalists, are encouraged to reach out for a consultation via the website. The principals at IMG GlobalSecur are recognized international travel security experts and have been interviewed by popular media, including the New York Times.


Here is background on this release. Ride-sharing apps like Uber (https://www.uber.com/) and Lyft (https://www.lyft.com/) are popular not just here in the United States but in countries as diverse as the United Kingdom, China, and Canada. Both business and pleasure travelers enjoy the convenience of these apps when they travel in a foreign country as the apps make hailing a taxi simple, even if one does not speak the local language. In addition, the security of the apps - while imperfect - is useful, as the app generally knows both passenger and driver. That said, tourists are vulnerable to fraud and can be picked up by a nefarious driver who isn't actually a verified driver of one of the services. Alternatively, being in a foreign city is always a challenge, and tourists always make "good" targets for criminals. Downloading and installing a travel security app, as the post explains, is a good step towards increasing one's travel security.


Incident Management Group is a leading international security consulting firm. Corporate or business organizations concerned about their need for robust travel security solutions can reach out to the IMG Group for assistance. The company’s experts provide services such as executive, employee, VIP, and expatriate travel security, workplace safety, duty of care management, risk and threat assessments, workplace violence prevention, crisis management planning, and more.

Web. http://www.theimg.com 
Tel. (877) 887-9914 

Posted in: Services,U.S

Key Housing Announces Focus on San Diego Serviced Apartments for Featured SoCal Complex

Key Housing, the leader in helping Europeans and Brits to locate hard-to-find furnished apartments in Southern California including San Diego, is proud to announce a renewed focus on so-called "serviced apartments" as it selects it prestigious featured property for June, 2019. The designee for the first month of summer is the "Avalon Fashion Valley," of San Diego, an apartment complex that offers fully furnished, short term rentals to busy business and leisure travelers who are coming to Southern California and San Diego county.

“Any time is a great time to comes to Southern California in general and San Diego in particular for business or pleasure as there is so much to see and do,” explained Robert Lee, President of Key Housing. “Europeans and Brits, however, may be befuddled in their search for so-called 'serviced apartments' in San Diego, as Americans refer to these as furnished apartments or short-term listings. By designating a complex that speaks their language, so to speak, we're highlighting a complex that caters to Europeans and Brits who are coming to San Diego, California.”

Interested persons can view the newly chosen listing at http://www.keyhousing.com/rightside.asp?action=form3&ID=853. It should be noted that "Avalon Fashion Valley" is one of the most sought-after addresses in San Diego's Mission Valley neighborhood. These luxury San Diego apartments boast new one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans designed to be a perfect fit for anyone's lifestyle. Spacious and open floor plan features plenty of room to entertain or relax, and a plethora of features from a gourmet kitchen with granite counters and pecan finish cabinetry to extra-large walk-in closets to accommodate the latest shopping spree. Also included are electrical heating and central air conditioning, crown molding and a full-size washer and dryer in each home. Some of the signature community amenities include a spectacular sparkling outdoor pool and lounge with fireplace, barbecue area, lush courtyards, a state of the art fitness center and resident lounge with a full game room. This community has the laid back California atmosphere Europeans and Brits crave, but is also near the best of everything to make it easy-to-understand why this complex garnered the prestigious SoCal featured listing for June, 2019.


Here is background on this release. British and European citizens who'd like to prepare on the in's and out's of finding hard-to-find short term, corporate, and serviced apartments in San Diego are encouraged to check out the company's lively blog and specifically the new posts on San Diego at http://blog.keyhousing.com/tag/san-diego/. Key Housing works hard to disseminate information for persons looking for short term housing via the blog. And, finally, persons who are ready to engage with a consultant to find their dream serviced apartment can visit the master San Diego rentals page at http://www.keyhousing.com/rightside.asp?location=San%20Diego. In summary, Europeans and British citizens may not realize a) just how difficult the SoCal rental market is, b) how Americans do not use the term "serviced apartment," favoring instead terms like "short term rentals" or "furnished apartments, and c) how helpful it is to have "boots on the ground" in terms of California's #1 short term housing service, Key Housing.


Based in Folsom, California, Key Housing Connections Inc. specializes in corporate housing and serviced apartments in large cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles or San Diego as well as smaller cities like Fresno, Burbank, and Carlsbad. Key Housing is a leader in affordable, friendly, short-term and corporate housing in places like Bakersfield, Encinitas, Hermosa Beach, and just about every city in California. Whether it's a San Diego serviced apartment or a San Francisco furnished rental, just search, click or call today!

Key Housing 
(800) 989-0410 

Posted in: Services,U.S

Vitality C60 - A Natural Answer to Arthritis

52-year-old man finds relief from his degenerative arthritis in only two weeks after taking a daily dose of C60 oil. C60, also commonly known as fullerene, was discovered almost 40 years ago, but it was not until recently that healthcare professionals began to discover the incredible healing powers it has on the human body.

Derek Lepage of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan claims that the symptoms of his arthritis began to weaken after only one week of usage, “I’ve had a lot of pain in my knees, toes and shoulders for as long as I can remember, but after only a week of using C60 I started noticing that my pain was decreasing, and in two weeks it was completely gone.”

C60 is considered to be a ‘free radical sponge’ and relieves people from the symptoms of arthritis by absorbing the free radicals and encouraging the regeneration of new, healthy cells. Free radicals induced oxidative stress is a leading cause of the inflammation that creates the pain and discomfort of arthritis.

Since beginning his journey with C60, Lepage has decreased his dosage of pharmaceutical pain medication and has been able to return to his old workout routine that was otherwise impossible before being introduced to C60. He recommends to anyone currently suffering from arthritis to consider C60 oil as an alternative solution to pain management, “After suffering for over 10 years I thought I’d never find relief from the chronic pain I was experiencing,” says Lepage, “C60 oil changed my life.”


About Allure Imports: Headquartered in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, Allure Imports is a distribution company who sources innovative and unique products around the globe to make them available for purchase within the North American market. Through careful consideration and deliberation, Allure Imports chooses only the highest quality products to distribute to customers across the continent. The most recent addition to their product line includes a C60 oil called VitalityC60, the latest breakthrough within the wellness industry that is considered to be the most effective longevity and anti-ageing solution ever discovered

Kassandra Chiarello 
Public Relations Associate 
(519) 500-7432

Posted in: Marketing & Sales,Services,U.S

More Than 40 Volunteers to Participate in Inaugural Frederick Women Build Week by Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County will welcome more than 40 volunteers during the first annual Frederick Women Build Week, June 1-8, 2019. This weeklong celebration builds on a long history of the Women Build program, which celebrates and empowers women to volunteer on the organization’s work sites. During the 2019 Frederick Women Build Week, small groups of volunteers will make a big impact in lives of local residents by providing home repairs and modifications for homeowners in need through Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush With Kindness program.

On the first day Frederick Women Build Week, volunteers will work at the home of an elderly widow who continues to suffer complications from a 2018 leg injury. Volunteers will provide assistance with her vegetable garden, which she uses to help feed families in need in her community, as well as repair deck stairs giving her access to the garden. This will allow her to remain safely in her home while continuing to give back to her community. Later in the week, volunteers will visit the home of a veteran fighting prostate cancer and awaiting a lung transplant. Volunteers will provide repair the exterior of his home and transform his yard into a beautiful, but low maintenance space. Doing so, will relieve him of the cost burden of hiring outside vendors while allowing him to fulfill his HOA requirements. The final project of the week will be repairing a deck for a single-mother so it will be structurally sound for her family once again. Those who volunteer, sponsor or make a financial contribution to the Frederick Women Build Week effort will enhance the quality of life for each of these local homeowners, giving each a brighter, safer, more affordable future in their own home.

Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program empowers women from all walks of life to address, in a concrete way, the need for affordable housing in our communities. Through Women Build, volunteers and donors give local neighbors the strength, stability and self-reliance of affordable home ownership. Women Build is not about excluding men, but is about including women and opening new doors of opportunity. The first Women Build home was built in 1991 and the effort grew into an official Habitat for Humanity program in 1998. Since then, women volunteers have constructed over 2,400 homes around the world. Habitat Frederick began the local Women Build program in 2011 during a home build on Madison Street. Following that, women volunteers were active on local project sites as a part of National Women Build Week each spring from 2011 - 2018, after which the national event was canceled. In 2017, the organization constructed a Women Build home on Park Avenue in Brunswick, where women completed the majority of fundraising and volunteerism. That effort continued into the build next door in 2018. This history, and a steady increase of women interested in volunteering on Habitat’s construction sites, led to the launch of Frederick Women Build Week for 2019, with a commitment from Frederick Habitat to make it an annual event.

About Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County: 
No matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve a decent life. We deserve to feel strength and stability day after day. We deserve to know we have power to take care of ourselves and build our own futures. At Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County, this is what unites us. Through shelter, we empower. Our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. For over 25 years, Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County has worked toward that by providing affordable home ownership solutions to hardworking people in Frederick County. Because every one of us deserves the opportunity for a better future. Mission: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Posted in: Business,U.S

3 Roads Communications Wins Three Telly Awards For TV Show and PSAs

3 Roads Communications has been awarded three Telly Awards for television programming and videos they have produced during 2018-2019.

The 40th Annual Telly Awards have announced this year's recipients, with three Telly's being announced for 3 Roads Communications. The Telly Awards honor outstanding international video and film productions. For over a quarter century, the Telly statuette has been a symbol of creative excellence.

"We are honored to receive prestigious Telly Awards for these great projects," said Russ Hodge, president of 3 Roads Communications, Inc. "We have the privilege to work with distinguished clients who trust us to deliver their message and story. These awards are not only a testament to the hard work of our creative team, but to the merit of our clients as well."

Awards Include the Following:

2019 Bronze Award: Ric Edelman's Mind Over Money 
Watch Promo

2019 Bronze Award: Library of Congress Veteran's History Project 
Promotional Video 
Public Service/PSA 
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2019 Bronze Award: Mental Health Association 
Social Video 
Not For Profit 
Watch Here

About 3 Roads Communications: 
3 Roads Communications, Inc. is an Emmy Award-winning company with a long, distinguished history of supplying top-notch programming to Public Television and Amazon. 3 Roads has created and produced hundreds of hours of award-winning programming for public television, including: 

  • Legends of Airpower, TV series
  • Frontiers of Medicine, TV series
  • For The Love of Their Brother, 2016 Documentary
  • The Truth About Money with Ric Edelman, TV series
  • Rescue in the Philippines, Documentary
  • Ric Edelman’s The Truth About Retirement, PBS Pledge Special
  • Ric Edelman’s The Truth About Your Future, PBS Pledge Special


For more information, please visit 3roads.com

Posted in: Business,U.S

Allergy Standards Win the 2019 US-Ireland Research Innovation Award

Allergy Standards was shortlisted for this award in the Small Medium Enterprise (SME) category along with two other Irish companies, Avectas and Vocavio
The awards were jointly presented by the Royal Irish Academy and the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland.

The winner of the award was announced during the Annual Dinner of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland, on Friday 17th, 2019. The ceremony took place in the Clayton hotel, Burlington Road in Dublin, in the presence of former Taoiseach Mr Enda Kenny T.D.

The US-Ireland Research Innovation Award recognizes outstanding Irish companies for their exemplary ideas underpinned by innovative research that have both a strong social and economic impact. Allergy Standards was awarded for its innovation: the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program. The Certification Program is a unique partnership between an international standards body, founded and based in Ireland, Allergy Standards, and the largest US patient advocacy group for asthma and allergies, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

“The world-class level of innovation happening right here, right now is remarkable. Irish-US collaborations and partnerships such as the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program has moved Ireland up the value chain to provide high quality products, services and solutions for customers around the world. The US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards demonstrate that Ireland now stands at the leading edge of competitive innovation, we must ensure it stays there.” said Mark Gently, President of the American Chamber of Commerce.

Allergy Standards’ team is honored to have won the award as it highlights ASL’s innovation journey and recognizes its international scientific expertise.

“Receiving this award validates the work that we have done over the past 10 years in Indoor Air Quality to improve the lives of those impacted by asthma and allergies. Some of the world’s leading manufacturers, such as LG, Dyson, Procter & Gamble, 3M and De’Longhi have certified a large variety of their products providing a whole of home offering of healthier products to their customers” said John Ryan, Allergy Standards’ Chief Strategy Officer.

The US-Ireland Research Innovation Award are sponsored by KPMG and Ulster Bank with media partner The Irish Times.

Click here to see the video about Allergy Standards for the US-Ireland Research Innovation Award.

On the photo from left to right: Mark Redmond, CEO, American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland; Eddie Cullen, Managing Director, Commercial Banking Division, Ulster Bank; Dr John Ryan, Chief Strategy Officer, Allergy Standards; Dave Morrissey, Chief Innovation Officer, Allergy Standards; Jennifer Whelan, Head of Operations, Allergy Standards; Dr John McKeon, Chief Executive Officer, Allergy Standards; Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny; Mark Gantly, President, American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland.

About Allergy Standards 
Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) mantra is design thinking and an innovation for healthier indoor air for the allergy aware consumer. As an independent, international standards company, it creates meaningful scientific criteria to test a wide range of products and services to determine their impact on improving indoor air quality. ASL’s intellectual property portfolio includes unique testing protocols and suitability specifications for products to be CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly®. ASL’s mission is to improves lives by empowering people create the healthiest possible indoor environment through science, education and innovation.

Posted in: Services,U.S

Ask the Expert: Why Should I Consider Shaw Sports Turf for My Next Project?

With more than 3,000 successful installations, Shaw Sports Turf is leading the way toward a future where synthetic turf athletic fields outnumber natural ones. Given the versatility of different turf systems, they pride themselves on helping customers pick the best fit for their field throughout the entire process. As a former natural grass specialist, Philipe Aldahir has been on the other team. But now, as the company’s director of research and innovation, he knows turf deserves a chance to be king of the court. Here, Aldahir explains why turf may be the perfect fit for your next project.

Artificial turf has evolved as a system, and these days, the playability it offers can be comparable to natural grass. I don’t think high performance was a possibility with turf back in the day. Now it’s demonstrably better than what it was 10 years ago. Considering that and the functionality of artificial turf, it can’t be overlooked.

The number one thing to consider is the functionality of having a consistent field. If you think about your average municipal field, sportsplex, high school, or community center—if those fields are natural grass, they may not receive the maintenance they need to remain a good playing surface. Artificial turf offers a big advantage over those kinds of systems because it provides that consistency of play, instead of becoming a mudhole, weedy, or agronomically unsafe. If you have to grow grass, you’re at the mercy of Mother Nature, but with synthetic turf, the consistency is already there.

But not all turf is made to perform as well as Shaw Sports Turf. With Shaw, you can design turf systems with entry-level playability, advanced playability, or with world-class elite playability. The way you do that is by turning the knobs of the components you install—what type of subbase, underlayment, turf fiber, and infill. You can have extreme performance in artificial turf. Our professional teams gravitate toward those systems, and they play very close to natural grass.

I’m understanding and dispelling turf myths as I work in this industry. I used to be a natural grass specialist, and now that I’m on the other side with artificial turf, I’m learning a lot. When I was in natural grass, turf was an afterthought. It was there, but it wasn’t the focus. I think that has changed because the popularity and performance of the systems have increased greatly. We have been dedicating a lot of research, development, and innovation resources toward this. I don’t see it as grass versus turf anymore; I see it as grass and turf. They coexist.

See the full article at gb&d.com

Posted in: Gaming,U.S

SIUE Alumnus Savoca is Commencement Speaker for School of Dental Medicine

Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM) emeritus faculty and SIUE alumnus Dr. Dennis “Denny” Savoca will address 58 SDM students receiving their doctor of dental medicine degrees at the SDM’s commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Sat., June 1, in the SIUE Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom. The commencement ceremony can be viewed live on siue.edu/tv.

In 1976, the SDM hired Savoca as an assistant professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry. While serving as a faculty member at the SDM, Savoca also earned a master’s in educational administration from SIUE.

Savoca later served the SDM as section head of operative dentistry and assistant dean for clinical affairs, before retiring in 2006 as an associate professor and associate dean for clinical affairs. In his retirement, he continued to serve the SDM as a part-time faculty member for a number of years. He continues to serve as a member of the SDM dean’s advisory board.

Savoca began his career at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, earning a DDS in 1969. Shortly thereafter, he joined the U.S. Army as a Captain in the Dental Corps and was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia for two years.

After serving his country, Savoca joined a group dental practice in Cincinnati and subsequently started a solo private practice in Edgerton, Ohio before arriving at the SDM.

Savoca continues to enjoy an active membership in the American Dental Association, the Illinois State Dental Society and the Madison District Dental Society. He continues to serve the local chapter of the national dental fraternity Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Nu Xi Chapter.

A reception for students, faculty and family members will follow in the Goshen Lounge.

The SIU School of Dental Medicine students manage approximately 35,000 patient visits each year at its patient clinics in Alton and East St. Louis. In addition, students offer oral health treatment, screenings and education to more than 10,000 people annually through a wide variety of off-campus community outreach events. These opportunities provide students the training they need to graduate and become highly skilled dentists. The School of Dental Medicine is a vital oral health care provider for residents of southern and central Illinois, and the St. Louis metropolitan region.

Posted in: Education,U.S

Qaddoo Launches New Mobile Platform For Engaging With People Around Your Location Without Revealing Your Identity

Qaddoo, a mobile platform which lets you socialize with the people around your location in real-time without sharing your identity, has launched a mobile app for iOS and Android. Qaddoo, which is a San Francisco based startup did a soft launch for the app last year with invitation only for users at limited locations. The newly launched version is available immediately to all the users world-wide through Apple and Google app stores free of charge.

The idea behind Qaddoo started with a goal to give back control to people over their identity. In the age of social media it seems we are slowly losing control of our identity or being constantly targeted by marketing. Social media platforms have become a medium to one up each other and it seems we are losing our humanity in the process and companies have turned us into commodities to be traded and sold to the highest bidder, quite literally.

The creators of Qaddoo had gone to many business conferences and events and always wondered if there was a safe and consistent way for all the people there to interact with each other, securely and privately? Imagine how many conversations could take place around common areas of interest if there was no concern of losing their privacy or personally identifiable information. Seeing that every event has an app of their own and none of the social media platforms offered security or privacy, they decided to develop a platform that will allow just this.

Qaddoo is designed for people who are at a certain place and are looking to interact with people around them to discover useful information to make their experience more enjoyable; or for people who wish to break the ice with like minded people.

Qaddoo lets you create TANs (Transient Area Networks) or commonly called communities of users who are at a particular location within 0-5 miles radius. You can find a TAN according to your area of interest and engage with the user community in that TAN, or simply create your own, if you don’t find a relevant one that you are looking for and others can join that TAN.

Anonymity is the key to Qaddoo. Unless you wish to share, nobody will know who you are. A unique feature of Qaddoo is Firefly. At an event like a Concert or a Sports Game, the TAN owner can create a firefly event which is visible to everyone at that location and the users using Qaddoo can join the Firefly. Once users join Firefly, at the event start time, everyone's flashlight lights up in unison to create a beautifully synchronized dance of lights. This gives a beautiful Firefly effect in the concert hall or stadium to cheer up your favorite artist to see all the fans cheer up as "One". Be the part of this one voice, use Firefly at an event to believe.

Sumit Kapoor and Anurag Gupta, the creators of Qaddoo, were disillusioned by existing social networking apps and platforms, especially in the light of all the negative news around the barter and sale of our private information as commodities, by companies who broke our trust when we shared our private information with them. We appreciate the power of social networking platforms and their ability to make the world a better place, but the true potential can only be realized if our private information remains in our control.

Qaddoo truly believes in the power of community and for that reason have also launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money through crowd-funding to build more engaging features for the users and to ensure Qaddoo continues to be driven by the purpose of socially responsible networking.

Users can download the app in the iOS or Android app stores available now. To learn more about Qaddoo, click here http://www.qaddoo.com.

About Qaddoo

Qaddoo is a location aware mobile platform which allows people who are physically within a certain range and share a similar interest, to interact through real-time conversations, personal chats, firefly events and topics without revealing their identities or private information.

Posted in: Automotive,U.S

Moffitt Cancer Center Joins Forces with AdventHealth to Expand Cancer Care in the Tampa Bay Region

Moffitt Cancer Center and AdventHealth are working together to open an outpatient cancer center on the campus of AdventHealth Wesley Chapel in Pasco County.

“We strive to provide world-class cancer care close to where people live and work,” said Alan F. List, MD, president and chief executive officer of Moffitt Cancer Center. “Expanding Moffitt’s brand of oncology care, treatment and research in Pasco County helps us accomplish this goal. Moffitt also is responding to the growing incidence of cancer in Florida, as the state’s population continues to grow and age.”

The new Moffitt outpatient center at AdventHealth Wesley Chapel will provide medical and radiation oncology services and is designed to accommodate 20 exam rooms, 22 infusion stations and two linear accelerators. Cancer screenings and survivorship programs geared toward patients who are post-treatment and in remission will also be available.

“This is just the beginning of our partnership with Moffitt Cancer Center and our joint commitment to finding new ways to bring innovative cancer care to the Pasco community. Our partnership allows us to strengthen our network of care by expanding the type of health care services we can provide to our communities and gives cancer patients greater access to the country’s leading-edge research, clinical trials and cancer treatments at Moffitt,” said Mike Schultz, President & CEO of AdventHealth West Florida Division.

Moffitt’s outpatient center at AdventHealth Wesley Chapel is expected to open in the fall of 2020.

About Moffitt Cancer Center 
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 50 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s scientific excellence, multidisciplinary research, and robust training and education. Moffitt is a Top 10 cancer hospital and has been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 6,000 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of .5 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About AdventHealth West Florida Division (Formerly Florida Hospital West Florida Division) The West Florida Division of AdventHealth has some of the nation’s brightest medical minds making lifesaving breakthroughs with surgical pioneers, scientists and researchers using leading edge technology and innovation to deliver our brand of whole-person care. Our network of care includes AdventHealth Carrollwood, AdventHealth Connerton, AdventHealth Dade City, AdventHealth Lake Placid, AdventHealth North Pinellas, AdventHealth Ocala, AdventHealth Sebring, AdventHealth Tampa, AdventHealth Wauchula, AdventHealth Wesley Chapel and AdventHealth Zephyrhills, as well as three freestanding offsite Emergency Rooms including AdventHealth Central Pasco ER, AdventHealth Palm Harbor ER and AdventHealth TimberRidge ER. We are more than hospitals, as we have a robust system of care including specialty acute care, over 200 primary care and specialty employed physicians, Express Care at Walgreens clinics, urgent care centers, wound care, physical therapy and home health care. AdventHealth is a faith-based not-for-profit health care system with a mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ. AdventHealth has hundreds of care sites and nearly 50 hospitals across the United States. For more information about AdventHealth, visit AdventHealth.com, or Facebook.com/AdventHealth.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Embark Behavioral Health Creates New Company Focused on Lowering the Stigma and Increasing the Awareness of Adolescent Mental Health

Embark Behavioral Health announced today that Vive Family Support Programs and Potomac Pathways are joining forces to turn the tide in the rising rates of adolescent anxiety, depression and suicide. The new company will be called Potomac Programs and signifies Embark’s commitment to community, outpatient, and home-based care. Potomac’s national services will intervene earlier in the treatment process in order to lower healthcare costs and heal families.

According to Embark’s CEO Alex Stavros, “If we are going to tackle the Big Empathetic Hairy Audacious Goal (BEHAG), we believe high quality, short-term, high intensive and innovative adolescent care should assume a larger role in behavioral health. We are designing centers of excellence in major metro areas across the country that provide best-in-class, convenient and insurance reimbursed experiences for young people and their families."

The move combines the former Vive Family Services (with community based services in Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco) with Potomac Pathways’ IOP and PHP programs in Washington, DC. Stavros went on to say, “We believe this move better positions the organization to take on the growing epidemic of adolescent behavioral health problems in this country. It’s no longer acceptable to sit back and hope that things get better. This movement requires new, bold initiatives and creative partnerships that get at the root of these problems. We can’t do this alone. It requires us to collaborate and problem solve with insurance companies, federal and state agencies, as well as, community providers, leaders and stakeholders. We need to provide a comprehensive continuum of cutting edge behavioral health services to all of our communities. This is a national problem. We believe that by creating access that educates and prevents, and by intervening lower in the continuum of care, we will help lower the stigma and increase awareness. Ultimately, we will, together, tackle this BEHAG.”

About Embark Behavioral Health 
Embark is one of the nation’s largest, longest running, and most innovative and respected family behavioral health provider that is focused only on serving preteens, teens, young adults and their families. The company is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona and operates 18 programs in 13 states. Their first program began services 25 years ago. Embark has a proven, internationally validated outcomes platform, the industry’s highest quality of care and safety standards, and a unique and complimentary continuum of programs. Embark is comprised of four highly regarded and recognized companies including: Calo Programs, Innerchange Programs, New Vision Wilderness Programs and Potomac Programs. Embark’s mission is to drive adolescent anxiety, depression, and suicide from the all-time highs of today to all-time lows by 2028. To learn more about Embark go to http://www.embarkbh.com. To learn more about Potomac Programs go to; http://www.potomacprograms.com.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Calvados Boulard Celebrates The 75th Anniversary of D-Day With Cell Phones For Soldiers

Leading wine & spirits importer Palm Bay International is pleased to announce that Calvados Boulard is partnering with Cell Phones For Soldiers to celebrate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. For every Instagram post that uses the hashtag #ToastToTroops, Boulard has pledged to make a donation (up to ,000).

Calvados has a unique connection to U.S. history and the military. During World War II, allied troops came ashore to launch the largest seaborne invasion in history. They landed on the beaches of Normandy, France – home to Calvados Boulard. After the Normandy landings (recognized today as D-Day), General Eisenhower was introduced to the Boulard family and Calvados Boulard V.S.O.P., which quickly became the favorite of the General and his troops. June 6th, 2019 will mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

On a mission to “Connect America’s Bravest,” Cell Phones For Soldiers is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communications services and emergency funding to active-duty and veteran military members. Since 2004, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 300 million minutes of free talk time and recycled more than 15 million cell phones. Each week, Cell Phones For Soldiers mails approximately 1,500 calling cards to troops in need.

“We are proud to support Boulard’s partnership with Cell Phones For Soldiers in honor of the 75th anniversary of D-Day,” says Gary Schlem, Senior Director of Brand Development at Palm Bay International. “As a family-owned company deeply passionate about our brands, we aim to partner with those who reflect our own ideals of passion, authenticity, and respect. We invite our consumers to support our troops who bravely support us in return.”

General Manager of Spirit France, Serge Dersahaguian, also says, “It is our deep pleasure to honor such a rich moment in history by supporting military families. We toast with Calvados Boulard to the past, present and future brave soldiers.”

Boulard Calvados is the first name in super- premium Calvados, the celebrated apple-based spirit unique to the Normandy region. With a 31% share of the U.S. Calvados market and international distribution in 60 countries, Boulard is one the leading brands of Calvados in the U.S. and worldwide.

Calvados Boulard’s V.S.O.P. has a suggested retail price of .99/.99 (750ml/1L). The spirit is best enjoyed neat or in a classic cocktails. Limit to one entry per week. Must be of legal drinking age. (From 5/1/2019 to 12/31/19)

About Calvados Boulard: 
The international renown of Maison Boulard owes its origins to the inspiration of Pierre-Auguste Boulard, the founder of the prestigious Pays d’Auge distillery in 1825. Since the days of Pierre-Auguste, five generations of the Boulard family have contributed to the development of this business, which has gone on to become an international company. With a presence in every single country in Europe and a distribution network covering 80 countries over 5 continents, Calvados Boulard is the number 1 exporter of Calvados in the world. For more information, visit http://www.calvados-boulard.com.

About Palm Bay International: 
Palm Bay International, a Taub Family Company, has spent the past forty plus years curating one of the most admired portfolios of imported wines and spirits from key appellations/origins around the world, including a growing range of domestic wines. Collaborating almost exclusively with family-owned wine estates and distilleries, Palm Bay has developed a flourishing portfolio that meets the needs of every level of trade. Among Palm Bay’s most valued assets is its remarkable network of long-term partnerships with their suppliers and with the foremost wholesale companies, as well as their own team of passionate, dedicated professionals. Through three generations of bold leadership and a commitment to authenticity and craftsmanship, Palm Bay International has solidified its reputation as a major source of fine wines and spirits and industry leader in the U.S. marketplace. For more information visit http://www.palmbay.com.

About Cell Phones For Soldiers: 
Cell Phones For Soldiers Inc. is a national nonprofit dedicated to serving troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding. Founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 300 million “Minutes That Matter” to deployed troops. Since 2012, “Helping Heroes Home” has provided emergency funds for more than 3,100 returning veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. For more information, visit https://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/

Posted in: Business,U.S

Advocado Named a May 2019 "Cool Vendor" in Advertising by Gartner

Advocado, the SaaS company transforming linear TV advertising into a real-time bidding trigger for search & digital advertising, announced that it has been named a “Cool Vendor” in the May 6, 2019, report titled, “ Cool Vendors in Advertising, 2019” by Andrew Frank, Eric Schmitt, and Jason McNeillis at Gartner, Inc. The report evaluates interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services in the advertising space. Gartner’s report points out, “As advertisers, marketing leaders have traditionally faced a trade-off between measurable performance and longer-term brand impact of ads. Advertising technology innovators are overcoming this trade-off with new methods for delivery and measurement of ads across digital and traditional channels.” The report also provides key findings on advertising including the following:    


  • “Marketers’ adoption of advertising technology has accelerated dramatically over the past two years as they seek to insource many technology evaluation capabilities formerly delegated to agencies.
  • Advertisers face continuing challenges in rationalizing their media investments across a fragmented landscape of digital and nondigital channels. The goal of connecting investments and results across walled gardens and between TV and digital video remains elusive.”        

“We feel that it is a unique honor to be named a Gartner ‘Cool Vendor,’ especially as a startup with a recently launched product,” said Brian Handrigan, Co-Founder and CEO of Advocado. “With 94% of us watching television with a connected smartphone within reach and 70% of us admitting to using that device to learn more when an advertisement on television captures our attention, now is the time for advertisers to capture these valuable intent-rich micro-moments. Watching our customers, increase website visitors, leads and sales by as much as 400% is extremely gratifying. We believe this designation validates our commitment to explore and transform the intersection of technology and communication while delivering better, more relevant, experiences for both advertisers and audiences.”

For more information visit our website

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in our research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Headquartered in St. Louis, MO, Advocado helps brands quantify and increase the impact of their advertising by transforming broadcast TV ads into real-time bidding triggers for search advertising and performance-based media that works alongside their existing digital campaigns. Our platform helps advertisers reach a trifecta: increased campaign effectiveness, enhanced ROI, and accurate cross-channel attribution measurement. For more information, please visit https://www.myadvocado.com.

Media Contact: 
Jaime McLiverty 
Marketing Manager 

Posted in: Services,U.S

OneRepublic Headlines 2019 National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

Grammy-nominated OneRepublic will headline the 2019 National Soccer Hall of Fame Weekend with a performance on Saturday, September 21, 2019. The Fray will serve as the opening act. The concert will take place at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX following the 2019 National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Formed in 2007, OneRepublic released their debut album, Dreaming Out Loud, in 2007 as well. Its lead single “Apologize” reached number one in 16 countries and helped the band earn its first Grammy Award nomination. The band’s third album, Native, became OneRepublic’s first top ten album on the Billboard 200.

Grammy-nominated OneRepublic, is comprised of singer/songwriter and lead vocalist Ryan Tedder, guitarists Zach Filkins and Drew Brown, bassist and cellist Brent Kutzle, and drummer Eddie Fisher. The band released their debut set Dreaming Out Loud in 2007. The Mosley Music Group/Interscope release included the multi-platinum-selling smash single “Apologize,” which shattered digital sales and airplay records worldwide and received a Grammy Award nomination. The band’s sophomore album, 2009’s Waking Up, produced the hit singles “All the Right Moves,” “Secrets” and “Good Life.” The certified-platinum album Native followed in 2013, featuring the No. 1 hit and 10 million plus-selling single “Counting Stars,” along with a worldwide tour. OneRepublic released Oh My My, their fourth full-length album in 2016. This past spring, the band released “Start Again ft. Logic,” a song featured on the soundtrack for the Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why and “Connection” which was part of FCA’s Summer of Jeep campaign.

The Fray, which formed in 2002, released its self-titled first album in 2005 featuring the hit singles “Over My Head (Cable Car)” and “How to Save a Life,” which went double-platinum. The release also earned the band a 2010 Grammy nomination.

“We are looking forward to building on the success of 2018’s inaugural Hall of Fame weekend with a great concert lineup featuring OneRepublic and The Fray,” said FCD president Dan Hunt. “The concert along with the Induction Ceremony and the Hall of Fame Game featuring FC Dallas and New York City FC on September 22 will offer a phenomenal experience for everyone.”

Tickets are available for sale at https://www.nationalsoccerhof.com. Please contact Memberships(at)FCDallas(dot)com for additional information.

The National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

The second annual Hall of Fame Weekend at Toyota Stadium is September 21-22, 2019. The weekend features the National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, September 21 followed by the Hall of Fame concert featuring One Republic and The Fray. FC Dallas hosts New York City FC in the National Soccer Hall of Fame Game presented by AdvoCare on Sunday, September 22 at Toyota Stadium. To experience the National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, please visit NationalSoccerHoF.com for more information.

About the National Soccer Hall of Fame 
The National Soccer Hall of Fame was originally founded in 1950 by the Philadelphia Old-Timers Association to recognize individuals for their outstanding contributions to American soccer. In 1979, the National Soccer Museum, as a physical entity, was established in Oneonta, NY. It was officially recognized as the National Soccer Hall of Fame by the U.S. Soccer Federation in 1983.

In June of 1999, the National Soccer Hall of Fame opened a 30,000 square-foot museum in Oneonta where it housed a collection of more than 80,000 items. The facility closed in February of 2010.

In 2013 FC Dallas owners, Clark and Dan Hunt, launched a campaign to bring the Hall of Fame to Frisco, TX. Their late father, Lamar Hunt, was inducted in the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1982. In 1999, he received the Hall’s highest honor, the Medal of Honor. He remains one of only three individuals to have won the award.

The National Soccer Hall of Fame at Toyota Stadium opened to the public on November 2, 2018.

Posted in: Business,U.S

CATMEDIA Does it Again: Winner of Atlanta's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

CATMEDIA has won Atlanta's Best and Brightest Companies to Work for its fourth consecutive year!

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For competition honors organizations that are committed to creating an excellent workplace environment through their human resource practices and employee enrichment. CATMEDIA has been on the prestigious list since 2016 and has also been named one of the National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.

Each nominee for Best and Brightest undergoes an evaluation based on categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention, and more. The nominated companies then receive an overall assessment report that summarizes how they stack up against the other participating organizations. The assessment displays scores in the three highest and lowest areas, providing each company with possible opportunities for improvement.

Other notable Best and Brightest winners include Panasonic Automotive, T-Mobile and Turner. For more information on this year’s winners, click here.

Posted in: Automotive,Education,U.S

Coravin, Inc. Signs on to Use Enhanced Retail Solutions' Retail Analytic Software

Coravin, Inc., a Burlington, MA company focused on changing the way wine is served, sold and enjoyed through its revolutionary wine preservation system, announced today it has chosen Enhanced Retail Solutions (ERS) retail analytic software to help better study the business with retail partners. Coravin designs and markets the Coravin Wine Preservation System, which uses proprietary patented technology to access and pour wine from a bottle without pulling the cork. The partnership with ERS enables efficient management of Coravin’s rapidly growing distribution.

ERS is a top provider of Retail Analytic and Demand Planning to retailers, licensors and their vendor partners. ERS clients use their consulting and software to analyze product sales and trends as well as to better forecast their inventory needs. ERS tools transform vast quantities of data into meaningful, actionable opportunities. Their experience in retail management, along with their extensive software development background combine to offer consulting and software aid in managing and studying the performance of inventoried items.

“We wanted a more efficient, automated way to capture and consolidate Retail Sell-Out data”, said Scott Montgomery, Senior Vice President of Sales, The Americas at Coravin. “I witnessed firsthand how Enhanced Retail Solutions’ software benefited a top CPG company and thought Coravin could benefit similarly.”

About Enhanced Retail Solutions LLC: 
Enhanced Retail Solutions is a New York based software and consulting firm specializing in Retail Analysis and Demand Planning for the manufacturer and their retail partners. ERS' state of the art software tools and consulting deliver critical data quickly, easily and cost effectively, adding over one hundred million dollars to their clients' bottom line. ERS' broad customer base includes industry leaders in consumer products, toy, apparel, footwear, home textile, electronics, home décor, home improvement, housewares, jewelry and food industries. For more information, visit https://www.EnhancedRetailSolutions.com.

About Coravin: 
Coravin, Inc. is a privately held company located in Burlington, Massachusetts focused on changing the way wine is served, sold and enjoyed. Coravin designs and markets the Coravin Wine Preservation System for wine enthusiasts, restaurants, wine stores and wineries. Unparalleled in craftsmanship and design, Coravin uses proprietary patented technology to access and pour wine from a bottle without pulling the cork. Wine enthusiasts can now enjoy wine sealed with corks without feeling the need to commit to the whole bottle, allowing them to enjoy any wine, any time- whether they want a sip, a glass, or more. After enjoying a glass of wine, the remaining wine in the bottle will be perfectly preserved for weeks, months, or even years. For more information, please visit http://www.coravin.com.

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

HIP Video Promo presents: Nick Vivid premieres his mesmerizing "Ricochet" music video on Earmilk

Watch the Nick Vivid "Ricochet" video premiere on Earmilk

Amidst a wash of synths, the song begins. For thirty seconds, the signal ebbs and flows, suggesting the tidal tug of ambient music. Then an electrofunk bassline begins, and “Ricochet” snaps into focus: suddenly it’s as danceable, propulsive, hypnotic, irresistible as any pop hit. Yet the voice, when it comes in, isn’t that of a pop singer – it’s got way too much personality for that. It’s high, urgent, confident, slightly unearthly, redolent of glam and playful indie rock. Right at the two-minute mark, organ chords impart classic rock grandeur to the track. Sixty seconds later, the mood changes again. A deliciously skronky guitar is introduced, and it scrawls all over the mix. The synths fade out, and we’re left with distorted six-string over a live drum kit that could have motored along with a garage classic.

This four-minute journey from meticulously manicured electronic soundscapes to loose, organic, squalling Downtown guitar-rock (with many exciting stops along the way) is brought to you by one of the most imaginative guys left in New York City. Nick Vivid is a local rock star, yes, and a celebrity south of 14th Street; more than that, he’s a master of sonic texture, a craftsman with the soul full of disobedience, and a visionary, risk-taking recording artist. He’s also something of a philosopher too: “Ricochet” turns on a statement of purpose that doubles as autobiography. “All that matters is I came back,” he tells us, “no matter what it took to get here.”    

That journey he’s alluding to has been a long and fruitful one. Nick Vivid may look young, but he’s been involved in the New York music scene for many years – years during which he’s appeared on many of the city’s most storied stages, honed his craft as the engineer and producer in the town’s studios, and tried his hand at pop, rock, funk, hip-hop, electronic and experimental music. Blissed Out, his latest full-length, is a record of those travels, and it presents Nick Vivid as a musician of uncommon versatility, vision, and skill. Hear a chorus of his, and it’s a cinch you’ll be singing it to yourself for a week, at least.

The clip for “Ricochet” might seem superficially straightforward. But as is true for Nick Vivid’s song, the video manages to pack a surprising number of ideas into its short running time. Everything you need to know about this essential artist is visible here: his swagger and his relationship to the beat, his sense of style, his relationship to his city (it’s shot on a concrete playground), his creative restlessness, and his devotion to his craft. Just as the song changes, the video does, too – the shifting moods of “Ricochet” are approximated by alterations in lighting and camera angles. Nothing stays steady, but everything feels right.

Watch the Nick Vivid "Ricochet" video premiere on Earmilk

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Visit HIP Video Promo for more information on Nick Vivid.

Posted in: Business,U.S

KnowBe4 Acquires CLTRe; Shines Spotlight on Security Culture Measurement

KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training (SAT) and simulated phishing platform, today announced the acquisition of CLTRe —pronounced “Culture”— a Norwegian company focused on helping organizations assess, build, maintain and measure a strong security posture. CLTRe will continue to operate as an independent subsidiary of KnowBe4, and service customers globally. CLTRe’s Toolkit and Security Culture Framework will be available to all KnowBe4 customers later this year.

According to The 2018 Cybersecurity Culture Report, 95 percent of organizations see a gap between their current and desired organizational cybersecurity culture. With 94 percent of malware being delivered via email (2019 DBIR), it’s clear that working with users to minimize cyber risk and improve security culture is key.

The 2018 Security Culture Report shows the value of being able to measure culture, helping organizations to demonstrate the effectiveness of their organizational security controls, as required by GDPR, CCPA and other regulations. Interestingly, the finance industry demonstrated an overall healthy improvement in culture from 2017 while the real estate industry showed a decline.

CLTRe created the CLTRe Toolkit and the Security Culture Framework, which work in tandem to help organizations gather evidence about their current security culture and how it changes over time. The acquisition of CLTRe is advantageous for both KnowBe4 and CLTRe clients; KnowBe4 users will gain access to a research-driven measurement platform to show how their security culture program matures over time. And CLTRe clients will be introduced to the industry’s most progressive and easiest-to-use SAT and simulated phishing platform to help educate users and change their behavior.

CLTRe measures the seven dimensions of security culture: behavior, responsibilities, cognition, norms, compliance, communication and attitudes.

Stu Sjouwerman, CEO, KnowBe4 
“Today’s announcement brings KnowBe4 very valuable tools to help our customers measure what matters – their security culture – so they can make decisions about how to improve. We’re excited to welcome Kai and the CLTRe team to the KnowBe4 family and to enhance our European presence while supporting more global customers.”

Kai Roer, CEO, CLTRe 
“KnowBe4 is a leader in innovation and has a wonderful track record for growing quickly but with a very specific focus on improving security at the human-level. This is a natural fit for our evidence-based analytics and measurement tools, as KnowBe4 customers will now be able to measure their security cultures, benchmark against their industry sectors, and pinpoint exactly what kind of security culture they have. With KnowBe4 and CLTRe, organizations can gain true insight into their security culture, improve their security with pinpoint accuracy, report their progress to their board of directors, and educate their users to make smarter security decisions.”

Perry Carpenter, Chief Evangelist & Strategy Officer, KnowBe4 
“From my former life as a Gartner analyst, I have a strong appreciation for evidence over opinion, which is what CLTRe gives to its clients in the form of a data-driven examination of their security culture. To change user behavior and address awareness, we have to understand and change security culture. CLTRe gives organizations the tools to understand where they are today so they can get to where they want to go tomorrow.”

Espen Otterstad, CISO at Abax (CLTRe customer) 
“Our work with CLTRe has been important to helping us gauge the maturity of our security culture over time. Now that CLTRe is part of KnowBe4, we have a very real way to advance the maturity of our program and test the knowledge of our user’s understanding via KnowBe4’s fresh content, engaging trainings and simulated phishing tests. The combination of CLTRe and KnowBe4 means that we can improve security within our organization through training and phishing tests, and manage our security culture program while proving ROI.”

About KnowBe4 
KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 25,000 organizations around the globe. Founded by IT and data security specialist Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organizations address the human element of security by raising awareness about ransomware, CEO fraud and other social engineering tactics through a new-school approach to awareness training on security. Kevin Mitnick, an internationally recognized cyber security specialist and KnowBe4's Chief Hacking Officer, helped design the KnowBe4 training based on his well-documented social engineering tactics. Tens of thousands of organizations rely on KnowBe4 to mobilize their end users as the last line of defense.

Number 96 on the list Inc. 500 of 2018, number 34 on 2018’s Deloitte's Technology Fast 500, and 2nd place in Cybersecurity Ventures Cybersecurity 500, KnowBe4 is headquartered in Tampa Bay, Florida, with offices in Brazil, England, the Netherlands, Germany, South Africa and Singapore.

About CLTRe 
CLTRe was established in 2015 to accurately answer the question, how do you measure security culture? Pooling the knowledge and experience of its co-founders and a wider team of experts together, CLTRe provides effective and easy-to-use tools that use proven social scientific methods and principles to provide evidence-based results and enables organizations to assess, build and improve their security culture. CLTRe’s software offering is aptly named the Security Culture Toolkit.

Posted in: Services,U.S

Virid Announces the Signing of the National Wildlife Federation

Virid, a team of eCommerce experts providing a comprehensive software and services solution for growing retailers, announces the signing of their new client, the National Wildlife Federation, on their Cloud platform marketAgility. For over 15 years, marketAgility has been the go-to eCommerce platform for brands experiencing explosive growth.

Virid will be leading the NWF to a responsive site with more mobile-friendly payment options, while also aligning the NWF eCommerce site with their current branding elements. Virid will be handling replatforming of the 2 NWF branded shop sites including shopnwf.orgcardshopnwf.org, and the shop Zoobooks, and shop Ranger Rick.

“We chose Virid because of their expertise and proven track record in the eCommerce industry as well as their high-touch customer relationship approach to our partnership,” said Dawn Rodney, Vice President Innovation and CMO at the National Wildlife Federation. “They understand our needs and share our vision for how eCommerce can fuel our work safeguarding wildlife conservation for future generations. We’re thrilled to be partnering with them.”

About Virid: Virid is a team of eCommerce experts providing a comprehensive solution for growing retailers. Virid’s unique offering includes enterprise-grade hosted eCommerce platform marketAgility, with 24/7 monitoring, website development, and ongoing technical and strategic support from a results-oriented team. For more information, please visit https://www.virid.com/.

About the National Wildlife Federation: National Wildlife Federation has a rich history. Founded in 1936, the NWF was one of the very first organizations to recognize the vital importance of protecting America’s wildlife and public lands. In the intervening years they have become America’s largest and most trusted conservation organization with 51 state and territorial affiliates and more than six million members. For more information, please visit: https://www.nwf.org/.

Posted in: Technology,U.S

PracticeLink Magazine to Sponsor PracticeLink Live! Houston – A Free Physician Career Fair May 23, 2019

According to ACGME, the state of Texas has the third-largest number of residents with more than 7,207 residents and 1,754 fellows for the 2018-2019 academic year. The 290 specialty programs and 403 subspecialty programs rank Texas third-largest in the nation. Houston area institutions, such as Texas Association of Community Health Centers and Texas Health Huguley will exhibit at the career fair alongside other regional and national organizations.

Both the career fair and seminar are open to residents and fellows as well as practicing physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. The casual, family-friendly environment provides a chance for physicians and advanced practitioners to connect with recruiters and find the best fit for their first, or next practice. Premium food and drinks, along with parking, are available at no charge. Pre-register for the event to receive a Amazon.com eGift Card at the door.

Seven hiring organizations with local job opportunities as well as organizations specifically seeking physicians for regional and nationwide opportunities will take part in the event. Featured organization, Charleston Area Medical Center, will be in attendance. Visit our website for a complete list of participating organizations.

PracticeLink Live! Houston takes place at Houston Marriott Medical Center on Thursday, May 23, 2019. The career fair begins at 5:00 p.m. and continues until 8:00 p.m. The optional job-search seminar begins at 6:30 p.m.

Visit our website for more information or to register for this free event. For specific questions, contact Sarah Griffin at Sarah.Griffin(at)PracticeLink(dot)com or call 800-776-8383.

About PracticeLink: 
PracticeLink.com is the most widely used online physician job bank. More than 20,000 physicians and advanced practitioners register with PracticeLink.com each year in their search for a new job with thousands more searching the Job Bank confidentially when looking for a new practice. Over 1,000 recruiters, representing more than 5,000 health care facilities nationwide, use PracticeLink to recruit physicians and other health care providers.

About PracticeLink Magazine: 
PracticeLink Magazine is a free, award-winning, career advancement publication that reaches over 80,000 residents, fellows and job-seeking physicians. PracticeLink Magazine is owned and operated by PracticeLink.

PracticeLink is headquartered in Hinton, W.Va., with a second office in St. Louis, Mo.

Posted in: Business,Services,U.S

St. John Vacation Rental Owner Shares Story of Resilience on Travel Show

Nearly two years after the island of St. John was devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Category 5 storms that touched down within two weeks of each other, Love City vacation rental owner Karla Gustafson celebrates the city that emerged from the storms. When Matt Landau, host of The Vacation Rental Show, chose to film the fourth episode of his web series on the island and at her rental, Gustafson opened his eyes to a story of resilience—from tropical flowers back in full bloom to a 4,000-person community that’s closer than ever before.

“I wasn’t on the island for Hurricanes Irma or Maria. There were horrific photos of the damage on TV and in newspapers but I couldn’t reach anyone on St. John. Power was down, cable was down, Wi-Fi was down, and phones were down. I finally received a text from a friend: ‘house gone.’” said Gustafson. “What do you do when something like that happens? You pack up a box of clothes, some solar lights, a battery radio, and ship that box to a friend. You do whatever you can to help out.”

Gustafson, who now resides part-time in the Maine but was a full-time resident of Love City for over 10 years, gravitated to the island because of its natural beauty and sense of camaraderie—so much so that she quit her job to move there after her first time visiting. Her vacation home, Tropical Blessings, is her way to share her appreciation of the island with guests from across the world.

“It was very tough to cancel all vacation rentals. More than one person said to me, ‘as long as you have a roof we don’t need anything else.’” said Gustafson. “People from everywhere wanted to help St. John. Some sounded almost ready to pack a chainsaw in their luggage. I was so touched by how much people cared.”

The island welcomes visitors again—who are returning enthusiastically—and Tropical Blessings is available for rent. As portrayed on The Vacation Rental Show, Gustafson’s love of the island, deep personal connections to its community, and warm approach offer travelers the chance to experience the Love City that exists beyond the borders of the large resorts—the most well-known of which still remains shuttered.

“Great destinations, not unlike great people, go through ups and downs,” said Landau in the fourth episode of his web series. “When I got the call that the island was open for visitors again, I started to wonder: what’s it like to vacation somewhere that could really use your help?”

A show that explores the emerging world of vacation rental rentals and seeks to change the way people travel, The Vacation Rental Show combines the feel of premium television with the immediacy and versatility offered by modern digital distribution. Season 2 launched in March.

Throughout the filming of the St. John episode of the show, Gustafson introduced Landau to friends and neighbors, including boat captains, an underwater photographer, and Abby Hendricks, a community organizer who rallied residents behind recovery efforts. At the conclusion of filming, Landau and Gustafson hosted a community dinner and dance party at Tropical Blessings, prepared by island chef Shaibu Abdulai.

“Karla is the quintessential vacation rental pioneer: quirky, visionary and committed to doing things her way,” said Landau. “She was the connector beneath each and every experience we had, person we met, and memory we made.”

Tropical Blessings is a Caribbean-themed luxury vacation villa just off the shores of Frank and Turner Bays. For more information, visit tropicalblessings.com. The Vacation Rental Show is a travel web series dedicated to showcasing the magic of the vacation rental movement. Watch the St. John episode and more on the Vacation Rental Show channel on YouTube.

Posted in: Travel,U.S

Brain Sentinel Diagnostic Services LLC Receives Innovative Technology Contract from Vizient for the SPEAC System

Brain Sentinel Diagnostic Services LLC announced that it has received an Innovative Technology contract from Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country. Brain Sentinel Diagnostic Services is an independent diagnostic testing facility that provides the SPEAC® System. The new multi-year contract began in April 2019 and is based on a recommendation of the SPEAC System by clinical experts in this category who serve on one of Vizient’s member-led councils. Vizient awards Innovative Technology contracts for technologies that demonstrate an ability to enhance clinical care and reduce the risk of harm to patients or providers, while simultaneously raising the standard of patient care and safety.

The SPEAC System is a FDA cleared, first-of-its-kind, monitoring system advancing surface electromyography (sEMG) as a biomarker for seizures with a positive motor component. The technology monitors patients via a lightweight, wireless monitor worn on the belly of the biceps to continuously record, analyze, and report sEMG signals of motor events. The continuous objective, physiological signal-based data captured by the SPEAC System may assist providers with diagnostic decisions for their patients.

Additionally, the System will alarm to alert caregivers of sEMG signals that may be associated with generalized tonic-clonic (GTC) seizures, the most dangerous seizure type. In a clinically validated, published study, the SPEAC System’s GTC seizure detection algorithm demonstrated equivalent sensitivity with the gold standard, video EEG, in detecting GTC seizures.

The struggle to gain control over seizures is real for patients with refractory seizure disorders. It can be difficult for physicians to obtain quantitative seizure data from a home environment. Harnessing continuous sEMG data coupled with in-depth event analysis, audio-recordings of alarmed events, and seizure alerting allows patients to “speak” to their providers in a way not possible before. The SPEAC System’s wireless sEMG Monitor is typically worn for months at a time, increasing the likelihood of capturing seizure events and improving diagnostic yield for physician review. “The SPEAC sEMG Monitor can be worn by the patient for much longer periods of time than what current inpatient and ambulatory seizure diagnostic technologies offer today,” said Chris Fashek, CEO of Brain Sentinel. “The SPEAC System fits seamlessly in the diagnostic pathway for people living with epilepsy.”

The SPEAC System is used in acute care facilities to record sEMG data for physician’s review. Simultaneously it can alert nurses within an average of 5.3 seconds from the onset of a GTC seizure [Halford, 2017], a life-threatening event that can go unnoticed even by specially trained staff [Malloy, 2018]. The SPEAC System/Monitor may continuously capture important diagnostic data to inform clinicians about seizure events while the patient is admitted to a med-surg unit, cardiac care unit, Emergency Department, and even in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.

At the end of each SPEAC prescription period, a clinical impressions report, prepared by an ABPN-Certified Epileptologist, is delivered to the referring physician. The summary report of physiological data gathered over an extended time frame is yet another tool for physicians to help guide therapeutic decision-making, prioritize surgical candidacy, and confirm efficacy of a prescribed treatment plan.

The SPEAC System may also be used for continued outpatient monitoring where the diagnostic data may be helpful to help prioritize high value epilepsy surgery candidates, to evaluate post-craniotomy patients to ensure seizure freedom, and to foster prompt post-discharge follow-up, enabling the physician to identify potential problems that could lead to readmission or other complications.

“We are excited and thrilled the SPEAC System has been designated by Vizient as an Innovative Technology,” said Fashek. “We aim to help Vizient members better serve their patient population suffering from uncontrolled epilepsy and raise the standard of seizure care that leads to improved patient outcomes.”

“Hospitals and providers are continuously looking for innovative solutions that demonstrate an ability to enhance clinical care or patient safety, and those that improve an organization’s care delivery and business model,” said Debbie Archer, Director of Procurement and leader of the Vizient Innovative Technology program for suppliers. “After a full review of the SPEAC System, Vizient’s member council agreed this solution offers an incremental benefit over other products and recommended it for an innovative technology contract.”

Vizient represents a diverse membership base that includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health delivery networks and non-acute health care providers and represents approximately 0 billion in annual purchasing volume. Through its Innovative Technology Program, Vizient works with member-led councils and task forces to review potentially innovative products. If it is determined that a product is innovative, Vizient may award a contract outside of the competitive bid cycle.


Brain Sentinel Diagnostic Services LLC is a privately held Independent Diagnostic Testing Facility based in San Antonio, Texas specializing in robust and reliable diagnostic monitoring for patients living with seizure disorders. The company provides the FDA De Novo cleared SPEAC® System: The Sensing, Portable sEMG, Analysis and Characterization System. The SPEAC System is the first non-EEG, physiological signal-based epilepsy monitoring and alerting system available by prescription. The company is accredited/certified by The Joint Commission and is focused on delivering world class service for patients, caregivers, and providers.

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

The 14th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party On Governors Island “Countdown To The Twenties”


Each hour draws us not only nearer to the 100th anniversary of Prohibition and the rebellious Jazz Age it triggered but to the most glamorous and entertaining event of the summer – JAZZ AGE LAWN PARTY. June 15-16, 2019 Saturday & Sunday, August 24-25, 2019 Saturday & Sunday.

Enjoy our new LATER HOURS of Noon – 6 pm, reduced admission prices, Aperol Spritzes, cocktails, rosé, and gourmet picnicking.

And, of course, take in the finest Jazz Age entertainment and dancing in the world. 
Join us this summer as the clock winds down to this incredible and historic milestone. 
Our 14th year on Governors Island will be one for the ages!

Now celebrating our 14th year, the Jazz Age Lawn Party has awoken the vibrations of a timeless zeitgeist. Originating as a small gathering of friends longing for the simpler charms of a bygone era, the event has evolved into an international destination, the world’s most beloved and longest running event of its kind. The vibrant optimism and inventiveness of Jazz Age culture and its living legacy continue to resonate with generation after generation.

Governors Island becomes the backdrop for this cultural phenomenon for the fourteenth year this summer. This trip through time begins with a breezy ride aboard a ferry boat with breathtaking views of Manhattan and Lady Liberty en route to NYC’s hidden gem, Governors Island. Once ashore, a sprawling green awaits, nestled under a canopy of century-old trees, caressed by fresh sea air, surrounded by historic architecture—a dream where the clock stops, nestled right in the heart of New York Harbor.

Refreshing summer cocktails will feature APEROL SPRITZ, our signature cocktail, as well as Prohibition Distillery, makers of Bootleggers 21, the official gin and vodka of Jazz Age Lawn Party, crafted in Roscoe, NY. Chilled VieVité, Côtes de Provence Rosé, ice cold beer, lemonade, and soft drinks will also be on hand. Widely anticipated by flappers, sporting gents and tiny tots alike, the event has been revered year after year by The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vogue and countless media around the globe. Some of our fabulous new features include great new ticket package bargains, even shorter lines, gourmet food trucks, and other special surprises. As always, a delightful array of offerings abounds throughout the day.

PERFORMANCES: *MICHAEL ARENELLA AND HIS DREAMLAND ORCHESTRA is the world’s premier Jazz Age dance orchestra, specializing in the Hot-Jazz of the 1920s. Conductor, composer, musician, and crooner Michael Arenella presents a personally transcribed, one-of-a-kind songbook for your listening and dancing pleasure *DREW

*RODDY CARAVELLA AND THE CANARSIE WOBBLERS – this fun-loving dance troupe conjures the rebellious and exuberant spirit of Roaring ‘20s youth

*GELBER & MANNING BAND – feuding vaudevillian lovebirds quarrel, coo and make beautiful music together

*QUEEN ESTHER – paying tribute to jazz royalty of yore

*PETER MINTUN – world’s greatest piano man


*DANCE LESSONS turn you into an Oliver Twist who knows the hottest dance moves of the decade

*VINTAGE PORTRAITS – You Ought To Be In Pictures, perched upon one of our Paper Moons

*BATHING BEAUTIES AND BEAUS PROMENADE – pull that itchy wool number out of the mothballs and parade it for all to admire (For entry email: bluevoon@aol.com)

*1920s MOTORCAR EXHIBITION get up close and personal with flivvers and Tin Lizzies

*CHARLESTON DANCE CONTEST see who’s the Bee’s Knees in this lighthearted dance-off

*THE HIGH COURT OF PIE CONTEST (Sunday, August 25thonly) 
(For entry email: govislandpie@gmail.com)

*KIDLAND carnival games and prizes for juniors and Flapperettes



*TWO STAGES featuring the finest Jazz Age entertainment in the world all throughout the day 

  • Refreshing summer cocktails including APEROL SPRITZ - the signature cocktail of the Jazz Age Lawn Party and well as retro cocktails featuring PROHIBITION DISTILLERY’s infamous Bootlegger 21 vodka and gin, as well as Q SODA.


*HALF-PRICE Vievite’ Provencal Rose, by the glass or bottle, available in all “Rose Lover” and “Bonnie & Clyde” packages. ( a glass, a bottle!!)

*Also featured in all “Rose Lover” and “Bonnie & Clyde” packages: 
La Mere Poulard Butter Cookies, Ritter Sport Chocolate, Belvoir Lemonade, Kusmi Exotic Iced Tea, FOUND Sparkling Water and more surprises from our sponsors!

*RADEBERGER PILSNER presents a pop-up Beer Garden, featuring iced cold beer ON-TAP

*POP-UP BARBER SHOP by PRORASO, the Italian men’s grooming brand. Get a facial treatment or shave, right on the lawn!

*C.O. BIGELOW ROSE LOUNGE – Ladies will enjoy a respite from the Summer heat (fainting couch included) and a place to freshen up with roses, featuring some of Bigelow’s favorite rose-themed products: C.O. Bigelow’s new Iconic Collection Body Care in West Village Rose scent, cult classic Rose Salves and Rosewater Spritz Stations featuring Gülsha Ultimate Rosewater.

*GOURMET PICNIC MARKET featuring New York’s fanciest picnicking fare and gourmet food trucks along with sweet treats, ice cream, and old-time snacks. Plenty of old fashioned lemonade, soda, juices, water, and iced tea to whet your whistle 

  • PAPER MOON PHOTO BOOTHS - New and Improved this year, hosted by POP SHOP PHOTOBOOTH, will print your portraits ON-THE-SPOT to take home!


*CHILDREN’S PARADE – Sundays, June 16th (Father’s Day) and August 25th, 3 pm at the MAIN STAGE. 
Open to all adult-supervised children 12 and younger. 
Vintage-inspired kiddie-couture encouraged! 
Prizes for kids and Dads on Father’s Day! 
To participate, please bring your baby-faced beauties to the MAIN STAGE at 3 pm on the Sunday of each event weekend.

*VINTAGE CLOTHING VENDORS AND ARTISANS – a veritable village of timeless treasures and inspired creations to take home

*DREAMLAND GENERAL STORE – for your comfort and convenience offers picnic blankets, parasols, hand fans, assorted sundries & more

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For Tickets, visit: http://www.JazzAgeLawnParty.TicketFly.com

Posted in: Food & Beverage,U.S

Tickets for The Sixth Annual Art of Cool Festival Go On Sale May 18

Produced by The DOME Group LLC, the 2019 sixth Annual Art of Cool Festival will be held September 27-29th in downtown Durham. The main venue will be the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, located at 408 Blackwell Street. Additional venues include: the Durham Armory, Motorco Music Hall, Carolina Theatre, the Pinhook and The Masonic Lodge. AOCFEST 2019 tickets go on-sale to the public on Saturday, May 18th at 10amET through Eventbrite.

Three-time GRAMMY® award-winning singer-songwriter, New York Times best-selling poet, and critically acclaimed actor Jill Scott will headline the AOCFEST stage on Friday, September 27th. Dreamville Records singer-songwriter Ari Lennox will also perform at AOCFEST Friday evening. Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels will hit the Motorco Music Hall stage with a live rock performance.

Run DMC, one of the most influential acts in the history of hip-hop culture, will headline AOCFEST on Saturday, September 28th. This iconic group has sold tens of millions of records worldwide and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. Whodini, one of the first rap groups to add a R&B twist to their music, will also grace the AOCFEST stage Saturday evening.

Additional confirmed AOCFEST performers for this year include: NC hip-hop producer, rapper and scholar 9th Wonder presenting 95Live; NC native and saxophonist Marcus Anderson; classically-trained string instrumentalists and hip-hop duo Black Violin and British soul singer-songwriter Omar. More national and local acts will be announced on a rolling basis.

“We are excited about the lineup and activities planned for AOCFEST 2019,” said Sulaiman Mausi, CEO, The DOME Group LLC. “We are working to become one of the top independent music festivals in the nation, to expand the festival’s mission and to deliver a great cultural experience for loyal Cooligans and newcomers alike.”

“We are particularly proud to have AOCFEST 2019 be a part of the Durham 150 year of events,” said Lesleigh Mausi, Co-Founder and Vice-President, The DOME Group LLC. “It is a privilege as entrepreneurs to continue to build something that will prominently position the Durham community artistically and economically for years to come.”

Ticket offerings include General Admission and VIP. Local Hotel partners are offering special AOCFEST rates and packages available now on a first-come first-served basis.

For more details, visit http://www.aocfestival.com and follow Art of Cool Festival on Facebook, and AOCFEST on Twitter and Instagram.

The DOME Group, LLC is a trusted producer of live entertainment events, including top-billed concerts and music festivals for both urban and mainstream markets since 2007. The DOME Group LLC owns and operates the Durham NC-based Art of Cool Festival. With two regional offices in the United States, The DOME Group LLC promotes and produces sold-out events including Mary J. Blige, Big Sean, Kirk Whalum, T.I. and Young Jeezy, The Isley Brothers, Nas, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, KEM, India.Arie, Smokey Robinson, The Whispers, Anita Baker, Erykah Badu, Toni Braxton and countless others. The DOME Group LLC provides programming for some of the nation’s most state-of-the-art venues including The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre and other venues in Detroit, Greensboro Coliseum, Durham Performing Arts Center and various venues in North Carolina as well as Chevitz Arena in St. Louis, MO. The company also books major artists for university homecoming shows, community events and for corporate clients nationwide.

Posted in: Gaming,U.S

Empire Heating and Air Conditioning, an Atlanta HVAC Company, Celebrates its 34th Anniversary

Empire Heating and Air Conditioning proudly celebrates the company’s 34th Anniversary since its founding in 1985. Martin and Gila Hoover started Empire in the “old Austin Carwash” building in downtown Decatur moving to the current location at 783 DeKalb Industrial Boulevard in 1990.

Empire enjoyed great growth serving the “In The Perimeter” homes and businesses for many years primarily by recommendations to friends and family. In 2001 Empire began expanding their service territory north and east. Empire heating and air conditioning’s service territory now includes the majority of DeKalb, Fulton, Forsyth and Gwinnett counties.

“Empire was founded on simple core principles to treat our customers as we would like to be treated, to deliver superior service by skilled tradespeople and provide fair up front simple pricing,” states Gila Hoover.

Founded on honesty and character, the company still holds true to these principles.

Empire Heating and Air Conditioning is known for their fast, friendly, and professional services and works daily to do so. In trying to better meet this goal, the company has made some changes to their website featuring new images and a more user-friendly site navigation. Many services are now categorized under Air Conditioning or Heating so users can easily find the service they need.

In addition to the company’s 34th Anniversary, the Empire Team is celebrating the recognition of several new awards, including the 2018 Intown Readers’ Choice Award and their 14th consecutive year receiving the Angie’s List Super Service Award.

“The one thing that sets us apart is our people. We have an awesome team of technicians, installers, dispatchers, managers and associates that work hard to do what it takes to get the job done. Our senior technicians are NATE certified, and many are also NCI and DET certified to deliver the best possible service,” exclaims Hoover.

Empire holds Georgia licenses for Electrical, Conditioned Air and Plumbing along with many certifications.

As a leading heating and air company in Atlanta, Empire Heating and Air Conditioning provides 15 different specialized services ranging from equipment replacement to indoor air quality testing and ductless split air conditioning and heat pumps. The company is an active member of multiple top-level associations, such as Air Conditioning Contractors of America, Conditioned Air Association of Georgia, PHCC, and more.

“Gila and I would like to take a moment and thank our customers for their continued support over the years,” states Martin Hoover, Empire Heating and Air Conditioning owner. “Whether we worked together just once or multiple times, every customer is important to us and has helped us reach this special milestone.”

“We always try to make our services affordable, as we understand sometimes heating or air issues arise at the most inconvenient times,” Hoover says.

On the website, viewers can find several HVAC coupons and financing options. The company is currently running specials for an Air Conditioning Tune Up and well as several rebate and special financing offers for Daikin and American Standard heating and cooling products.

For more information on Empire Heating and Air Conditioning or their HVAC services, visit https://empirehvac.com/ or call 404-294-0900.

Posted in: Automotive,Services,U.S

Planet DDS Selected as One of Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces

Planet DDS, the company behind industry-leading Denticon cloud-based enterprise dental practice management software, was recently recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s best workplaces.

Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces list compiles the results of a broad nationwide survey to identify those companies that have created exceptional workplaces displaying vibrant culture, deep employee engagement, and strong benefits. From a field of 2,000 finalists, Inc. Magazine selected 346 winners of this distinction in 2019.

As part of the evaluation process, each finalist submitted to a company-wide employee survey, the results of which helped form a composite score. This year, an average of 74.2% of all surveyed employees across all companies stated that they were engaged by their work. Planet DDS scored 94.8% on this key measure.

According to Inc. Magazine, the strongest engagement scores came from companies that prioritize the most human elements of work. These companies are leading the way in employee recognition, performance management, and diversity.

"With today's tight labor market, building a great corporate culture is more important than ever,” said Inc. Magazine Editor-in-Chief James Ledbetter. “The companies on Inc.'s Best Workplaces list are setting an example that the whole country can learn from."

Eric Giesecke, Planet DDS CEO, noted, “We recognize that some of our most important stakeholders are our employees. If employees are engaged, they will do great work for our customers, who will in turn help us grow our business and achieve strong financial results.”

Denticon by Planet DDS is the only proven, time-tested software offering that was built from the ground up for multi-location groups in the cloud. Denticon allows dental organizations to break free from the constraints of desktop software with a comprehensive solution that includes the tools needed to standardize, centralize, and grow. All while reducing IT cost and enhancing security. Learn more about Denticon at http://www.planetdds.com.

Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative company builders. Winner of Advertising Age’s “A-List” in January 2015, and a National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012, Inc. has a monthly audience reach that’s grown from two million in 2010 to more than 20 million today. For more information, visit Inc.com. 

Posted in: Services,U.S

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty Chosen to List Portland’s Iconic Floating Home on the Willamette River, The Aqua Star

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty has been chosen to list one of Portland’s most iconic floating homes, ‘The Aqua Star.’ Long hailed as an artistic masterpiece in and of itself, the 2,800 square foot home on the Willamette River was listed this week by Jason Mendell, broker, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty.

Fondly named The Aqua Star by owners Buzz and Pam Gorder, the home has been described as a ‘floating fantasy’—like living in a sculpture reminiscent of the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum. The Aqua Star was the first home featured on Home and Garden’s Extreme Homes series and has since become a Portlandia icon and has been featured in movies.

The 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom home was built by current owner, Buzz Gorder, who combined incredible passion, design and innovation to create a retreat style of living incorporating many Well Building features. The one-of-a-kind home boasts bright light and sweeping panoramic views from every room bearing witness to nature interacting with urban living.

This idyllic dream home is perfect for an active lifestyle or enjoying the tranquility of the natural environment from your home. The interior is inspiring with artistic features around every corner with sustainable design components throughout, including silos as domes. For video lifestyle images of this spectacular home click here.

The Aqua Star has 15-foot ceilings with floor-to-ceiling windows and offers both secure privacy and scenic flair for a unique living experience. Imagine watching Portland’s famed Christmas ships, spring and fall runs of chinook salmon and enjoying year-round boating, kayaking, sailing, stand-up paddling and swimming out your doorstep. The Aqua Star also offers access to the East Bank Spring trail for cycling, running past Oaks Bottom Natural Preserve to downtown Portland, swimming in the no-wake Holgate Channel, 10-acres of shoreline walking trails, and Sellwood-area restaurants and shops.

“We chose Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty to list our beloved home because of the team’s proven and creative marketing methods—and Jason demonstrates an outside-the-box style that matched our home perfectly,” says Pam Gorder, owner. “The national and international partnerships of Cascade Sotheby’s offer access to global exposure and marketing that the home so richly deserves. We wanted a one-of-a-kind iconic realtor for our one-of-a-kind home. We look forward to finding the next steward who may want to create their own Portlandia experience on the river!”

Other features of this extraordinary property include: 

  • Spacious outdoor decks and dock for boat moorage
  • Light, bright living rooms that bring the outside in
  • Energy Star heating and air conditioning
  • Open concept floor plan
  • Eclectic 3D art sculptures throughout, specially created for the home
  • Expansive windows that soak in all levels of day & night
  • Whimsical touches delight, from leopard print countertops to brightly colored walls
  • Ample space for an additional ‘Tinder’ or ADU to be built on the opposite dock
  • Relax in nature on this calming ‘liquid lot’
  • Ample space for gatherings, the current owner once hosted an event that had over 200 attendees


About Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty

For over a decade, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty has been an innovative leader in the regional residential real estate market. Our brokers are passionate masters of their craft, combining local expertise and global connections to set the standard for real estate guidance in Oregon and SW Washington. We have grown and evolved in rhythm with market and technology advancements and seen significant progress and change in our communities. Along the way, we have never lost sight of what inspires us—the endless beauty and distinct landscape of our remarkable place here in the Pacific Northwest. It is this deep—almost sacred—sense of place that we share with our clients and compels us to accompany them on the journey to buying or selling a home. Cascade Sotheby’s is powered by the global prestige, heritage and fortitude of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand. In an ever-changing real estate market, that gives us staying power. Today, we have 12 offices and nearly 300 brokers that form the most expansive luxury and lifestyle real estate network in the Pacific Northwest. This exceptional team of brokers all share one belief—your best life begins with a home that inspires you.

For more on this stunning and unique property, contact Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty broker, Jason Mendell, at 503-349-4711.

Media Contact: Claudia Johnson, 503-799-2220

Posted in: Home & Garden,Real Estate,U.S

Award-Winning, "Stranger Things" Creators Ross & Matt Duffer ('07) to Deliver Chapman University Commencement Speech

WHAT:     Matt and Ross Duffer, the 2007 Chapman University alumni who created the Netflix hit “Stranger Things,” will deliver this year’s commencement speech at Chapman. The Duffers’ speech will kick off Commencement Weekend when the class of 2019 gathers for Closing Convocation, the all-University assembly where degrees are conferred and graduates participate in the ceremonial turning of the tassels.

WHEN:     Friday, May 17, 2019 at 7-9 p.m. PDT (Duffer Brothers from approximately 8:05 – 8:25 p.m. PDT)

WHERE:    Chapman University, Orange, Calif.

WHO:     Matt and Ross Duffer (’07), award-winning creators of “Stranger Things,” with season 3 beginning on July 4, 2019 exclusively on Netflix.

DETAILS:     Although this is a sold out and ticketed event, photos and videos of the Duffer Brothers’ Commencement speech will be available upon request. Please contact Lara Wyss at lwyss@chapman.edu for more information. The ceremony will also be webcast live, which can be viewed through Chapman University’s official Facebook page.

The Duffers are 2007 graduates of Chapman’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, where they collaborated on numerous projects, including the short horror film “Eater.” In 2017, they returned to campus to receive the Alumni Achievement Award at the annual Chapman Celebrates gala. As part of the visit, they also met with students and shared insights about their filmmaking journey in a panel discussion before an overflow crowd.

About Chapman University 
Chapman University is California’s third largest private university and ranks fifth in the U.S. News & World Report listing of Best Regional Universities in the West. Chapman is categorized by the Carnegie Classification as an R2 “high research activity” institution and offers personalized education to more than 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Chapman strives for diversity and inclusion by recruiting and supporting students representing a variety of backgrounds, experiences, learning styles and unique talents. The campus has produced a Rhodes Scholar, been named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars and hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. Founded in 1861 and based in the City of Orange, California, Chapman also includes the Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus, 21 miles south in the Irvine Spectrum, Orange County’s technology hub. In 2020, the university will open its 11th college, the Fowler School of Engineering in its newest facility, Keck Center for Science and Engineering.

Posted in: Education,U.S

DUNAPOL® C Pour-In-Place Polyurethane Insulation Implemented at Major LNG Projects

DUNA-USA, a manufacturer of polyurethane and polyisocyanurate foams and chemicals for the aerospace, automotive, insulation, marine, and construction industries, has partnered with Insulations Inc. an oil and gas industry insulation contractor, to provide DUNAPOL® C foam-in-place polyurethane system for valve insulation at both Cameron LNG and Freeport LNG export plant projects.

After a testing process conducted in collaboration with multiple engineering firms, the DUNAPOL® C system was approved, and production initiated by Insulations Inc. in January 2019.

“With the DUNAPOL® C system, we documented noticeable efficiency improvements over traditional valve and flange insulating techniques. DUNAPOL® C enabled us to perform the valve insulation scope in faster, safer, more cost-effective manner, while still maintaining the high-quality level of work we take pride in,” states David Branton, President of Insulations Inc. “Insulations Inc. has made the capital and resource commitments to be the industry leader for LNG & Ethylene Foam-in-Place (FIP) applications, and we’ve seen great success in both the Freeport and Cameron LNG plant projects” adds Branton.

Historical valve and flange insulation protocol involves using fabricated rigid sheets, requiring a high amount of labor with lots of waste material and bond joints. Pour-in-place systems eliminate waste entirely and drastically reduce labor hours, providing a cost and time-effective improvement on existing technology.

The dimensional stability of the pour-in-place system, and the excellent cell structure are just a few of the features in a long list of outstanding mechanical, physical and thermal insulation properties of DUNAPOL® C. “Our collaboration with Insulations Inc., along with the quality of the DUNAPOL® C polyurethane systems, confirms the efficiency of foam-in-place insulation technology in the US market,” says Andrea Benedetti, CEO of DUNA-USA.

The foam-in-place technology is relatively new to the North American market but has a successful track record in LNG applications throughout the globe and is widely accepted as the most efficient insulation process for valve and flange applications. “We foresee a continued growth and use of the foam-in-place technology in LNG and ethylene projects throughout North America over the next few years, with a product made entirely in the US,” adds Benedetti.

Insulations Inc. is headquartered in New Orleans, LA, and has been in business for over 40 years. They specialize in providing high-quality construction services such as tank insulation, fireproofing, heat tracing, fabrication, refractory, painting/coating, abatement, and scaffolding. They operate in multiple industries such as refining, gas processing, chemical, power, pulp and paper, LNG, industrial, and marine. Additional information may be seen at: http://www.insulationsinc.com.

DUNA-USA’s Polyiso foam and PU systems are primarily targeted towards oil and gas, cryogenic, and LNG insulation applications and is the core business of the DUNA Group. The DUNA Group, comprised of DUNA-USA, DUNA-CORRADINI, and DUNA-EMIRATES, has been manufacturing foams, chemicals and adhesives since 1957, and specializes in the research and development of high-quality polyurethane foams and chemicals. DUNA has locations in the USA Italy, and United Arab Emirates. Additional information may be seen at: http://www.dunagroup.com/usa

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

This NJ Top Dentist Believes Communication Is Crucial Between Doctor & Patient

At Stiles Dental Care, founder and NJ Top Dentist, Dr. William H. Stiles leads his practice by following the Golden Rule of Dentistry: form a trusting, long-lasting relationship with each patient. By following this rule, Dr. Stiles is able to change a patient’s life by creating the smiles of their dreams. This is what pushes him to provide top rated services at each appointment.

“While it’s important for dentists to listen to patients to understand what’s desired, it’s equally crucial for patients to listen to their dentists so they understand what options are being suggested,” says Dr. Stiles. “This attention to detail creates an appealing smile and great results.”

His Medford, New Jersey based practice is outfitted with cutting-edge technology including a CEREC machine, which is the latest 3D innovation providing single-visit crowns, inlays, and onlays.

“This one-appointment CEREC crown means no messy impressions, no temporary crown, no second injections, and less time in the dental chair,” Dr. Stiles explains.

To stay abreast of emerging technologies, Dr. Stiles has completed more than one thousand hours of continuing education courses at some of the country’s most prestigious institutions such as Spear Education, Dawson Academy, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Dr. Stiles says, “We want you to be confident knowing that we are a team of highly trained and skilled clinicians. We pride ourselves on providing the care you need to keep your smile healthy.”

To learn more about this NJ Top Dentist and Stiles Dental Care, please click here: https://njtopdocs.com/nj-dentists/williamstilesdmd/.

About Us 
NJ Top Dentists is a division of NJ Top Docs. NJ Top Docs is a comprehensive, trusted and exclusive healthcare resource featuring reviewed and approved Top Doctors and Dentists in New Jersey online in an easy to use format.

NJ Top Docs only reviews and approves providers based on merit after they have been extensively vetted.

NJ Top Docs is a division of USA Top Docs which allows patients to meet providers online before making their appointment.

For more information, please click here to contact us or visit http://www.NJTopDocs.com.

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

Wheelwell Closes M Financing to Supercharge the Automotive Aftermarket

Wheelwell Inc., the first and largest social-commerce company for the automotive market, has closed million in financing from several prominent investors with deep experience in funding highly successful social-commerce businesses such as Houzz, Poshmark, Trulia, and Wish. This round was led by James Currier of NFX Capital and Hans Tung of GGV Capital.

The current round of funding builds on previous angel investments from individuals that included Steve Yankovich (former VP of product at eBay), John Couch (fomer EVP of marketing at Apple), and Jeff Bonforte (former SVP of communications products at Yahoo). As part of the transaction, James Currier has joined Wheelwell’s board of directors.

Based in San Francisco, the heart of technology innovation in the world, Wheelwell is attacking the automotive aftermarket industry from all angles by combining revolutionary AI (artificial intelligence), advanced data analytics, and deep marketing integrations with Google and Facebook. The foundation of Wheelwell and its rapid growth has been driven by a large social community of automotive enthusiasts that have enabled Wheelwell to achieve industry-leading conversion rates.

“We know from experience that peer validation gives consumers the confidence they need to make purchase decisions — in fact products on our site that feature content generated by our members convert to sales two times better,” said Wheelwell CEO, Peter J. Nielsen. “Wheelwell has its sights set firmly on being the center of the universe for all things automotive. The automotive aftermarket industry is a gigantic opportunity for us. Last year, 7B was spent on parts, service and advertising in the US alone. The online sales channel has almost doubled over the past five years — and is expected to double again in the coming years. We’re on a mission to connect auto enthusiasts with their peers, the best parts, and the thrill of automotive sports.”

Unlike old-tech competitors such as AutoAnything, CarID, and Summit Racing, Wheelwell is built from the ground up to cater to the needs of today’s connected automotive enthusiasts. The future of ecommerce is mobile, and with over 70% of its million-user audience interacting with Wheelwell on handheld devices, all aspects of the Wheelwell experience have been optimized for frictionless user interaction and ecommerce on any platform.

To fuel rapid expansion, Wheelwell has implemented an advanced, AI-controlled ETL database system, rivalling that of Amazon, that enables automatic and instantaneous updates of both new and existing products. Due to these new systems, Wheelwell has been able to double its number of manufacturing partners in 2019 and continues to add close to 100,000 new products every month.

A sector that is poised for transformation by disruptive technology

The automotive aftermarket industry is experiencing an increase in acquisitions and consolidations, with AutoZone’s subsidiary, AutoAnything recently being acquired (0M estimated) by Kingswood Capital Management, and Driven Performance Brands adding companies such as Flowmaster, Dinan and APR to its portfolio. Wheelwell is poised to outperform those companies that provide a singular service—but lack social network effects and a strong technology underpinning—by marrying advanced technologies and technology partnerships with the industry’s top advertising platforms.

“GGV was among the first investors to recognize the unique ability of social commerce companies to disrupt e-commerce. Indeed, companies like Poshmark are classic examples of how to execute this strategy in the apparel industry,” said Hans Tung, managing partner at GGV Capital. “When we met Wheelwell, we saw an opportunity for them to achieve what others have not in the automotive aftermarket: seamlessly integrate social with e-commerce.”

“At NFX, we have been extolling the power of market network businesses for years. As market networks combine the best elements of networks like Facebook with marketplaces like eBay, we believe that market network-based companies will produce the most formidable companies in the coming decade,” said James Currier, managing partner at NFX. “I see Wheelwell capturing the untapped potential of the automotive market by bringing together consumers, manufacturers, and service providers in a way not seen before in this industry.”

About GGV 
GGV Capital is a global venture capital firm that invests in local founders. As a multi-stage, sector-focused firm, GGV focuses on seed-to-growth stage investments across Consumer/New Retail, Social/Digital & Internet, Enterprise/Cloud and Frontier Tech sectors. The firm was founded in 2000 and manages .2 billion in capital across 13 funds. Past and present portfolio companies include Affirm, Airbnb, Alibaba, Bitsight, ByteDance (Toutiao), Ctrip, Didi Chuxing, Grab, Gladly, Hello Chuxing, HashiCorp, Houzz, Keep, LingoChamp, Namely, Niu, Nozomi Networks, Opendoor, Peloton, Poshmark, Slack, Square, Wish, Xauto, Xiaohongshu, Yellow, YY, Zhaoyou and more. The firm has offices in Beijing, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore, and Silicon Valley. Learn more at ggvc.com, @GGVCapital or GGVCapital on WeChat.

About NFX 
NFX is an early-stage venture firm based in San Francisco that is transforming how true innovators are funded. As founders themselves, NFX has built 10 companies with more than Billion in exits across multiple industries and geographies. Their belief that creating something of true significance starts with seeing things others do not. This means sharing exponential yet little-known techniques for network effects & growth, and making visible the typically unseen methods of technology's most iconic companies. It also means creating an early stage experience for all Founders that is powered by more software, starting with fundraising (signal.nfx.com). To learn more, visit us at http://www.nfx.com & @NFXGuild.

About Wheelwell 
Wheelwell is the first and largest social commerce company for the automotive market. Venture-backed and headquartered in San Francisco, the Wheelwell team consists of former employees of Apple, eBay, Nextdoor, Twitter, AutoAnything, MotorTrend, and Volvo — all united on a mission to help car enthusiasts easily find and buy the very best products for their cars. For more information, visit wheelwell.com.

Media contact: 
Tim Cox, SMG for Wheelwell 

Posted in: Automotive,U.S

Two Ovation IVF Patients to Travel to Washington D.C. for RESOLVE Advocacy Day

Ovation® Fertility, in collaboration with its partner physicians at Texas Fertility Center and Fertility Answers in Louisiana, has selected two IVF patients to receive the 2019 Advocacy Day Grant. This grant ensures that the fertility patient perspective will be represented on Capitol Hill by covering the cost of their travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with legislators on RESOLVE Advocacy Day, May 15-16, 2019.

Advocacy Day, organized by RESOLVE in partnership with the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), brings the infertility community together to talk to members of Congress about important issues, such as increased access to family-building options and financial relief.

“When our lawmakers develop legislation that affects fertility care, no opinion carries more weight than that of the women and men who need advanced assisted reproductive technology to grow their families,” says Nate Snyder, Ovation’s chief executive officer. “Ovation is proud to partner with some of America’s top fertility specialists to ensure that our IVF patients’ voices are heard on Capitol Hill.”

To apply for the grant, which covers expenses for each patient and a guest, applicants submitted their fertility stories in written, video or photo collage format. The grant winners were selected by an independent, 12-person committee, and all entries will be carried by the Ovation delegation to be passed along to legislators.

Brittany Beckendorf was selected to receive the Texas Fertility Center Advocacy Day Grant. She will attend a day of lobbying workshops with Kaylen Silverberg MD, TFC’s medical director, who will accompany her in her meetings with Congressional representatives. Beckendorf was chosen to receive the grant after sharing her story about using IVF to overcome polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis, and give birth to a healthy baby boy.

“I have been able to conceive naturally once in 2009, and that was it,” Beckendorf says. “Lawmakers need to know that our bodies aren't just well-oiled machines. Things change and can break. It's hard for someone who can conceive naturally to understand this, but I think that putting a face with the issue makes this all the more real. This is not a one-size-fits-all process; every person with infertility takes a different path to conception. More injections, more medicine, more blood draws, and multiple implantation attempts. It's important for people to see the toll it takes on you, not only financially, but physically and mentally. The more we talk about it, the more aware people become, and real, honest discussions can occur.”

The Fertility Answers Advocacy Day Grant recipient, Hannah Beck, is currently undergoing IVF with husband Jonathan in an effort to conceive their first child. To overcome her PCOS, insulin-resistance and extensive endometriosis, Hannah was forced to switch careers to get insurance coverage for the fertility care she needs. Beck will accompany Fertility Answers’ Medical Director, John Storment, M.D. to share her perspective on changes needed in legislation affecting fertility care.

“Infertility is a medical issue that affects so many, but most cannot afford to treat it,” Beck says. “The fertility medications cost a large sum, and even with medical insurance, they are rarely covered. Many insurance policies do not offer any assistance with paying for fertility treatments, and that standard needs to change. My infertility story is similar to so many others, and it is my passion to advocate for myself and for those who have dreams of starting a family, but are financially unable to do so.”

About Ovation® Fertility

Ovation Fertility is a national network of reproductive endocrinologists and scientific thought leaders focused on reducing the cost of live birth 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 the world’s first 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.

About Texas Fertility Center

Texas Fertility Center (TFC), one of the nation’s leading full-service infertility practices, provides advanced infertility and reproductive endocrinology services to patients throughout Texas, the southwestern United States and the Americas. For more information, please visit http://www.txfertility.com.

About Fertility Answers

Established in 2002, Fertility Answers is dedicated to helping couples build families throughout Louisiana with innovative treatment focused on infertility and reproductive disorders. Fertility Answers offers comprehensive reproductive services, including egg freezing, in vitro fertilization, intrauterine insemination (IUI), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), ovulation induction, fibroid removal, PCOS treatment, pre-implantation genetic screening and diagnosis, endometrial ablation and tubal reversal surgery. With locations in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, Fertility Answers strives to provide the highest quality fertility healthcare in a caring environment. For more information, visit http://www.fertilityanswers.com.

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

CMBS Special Servicing Rate Climbs for the First Time in Nearly a Year

Trepp, LLC, a leading provider of information, analytics, and technology to the structured finance, commercial real estate, and banking markets, has released its April 2019 CMBS Special Servicing Report. The full report can be accessed here: https://www.trepp.com/april-2019-cmbs-special-servicing-report.

The Trepp CMBS Special Servicing Rate rose by 11 basis points to 3.53% in April, which is the reading’s first month-over-month increase since July 2018. While special servicing rates for all five major property types climbed last month, the retail sector featured the greatest month-over-month change. Despite April’s increase, the rate has fallen 115 basis points year over year.

“The special servicing rate increased for the first time in almost a year thanks to 0.2 million in newly transferred loans,” said Joe McBride, Trepp’s Director of Research & Applied Data. “Retail properties made up the majority of those transfers, led by the Destiny USA mall in Syracuse, New York. The mall backs a 0 million single-asset CMBS deal that was issued in 2014. Defaults in single-asset CMBS deals are very rare, so we will be keeping our eye on the Destiny mall going forward.” 
Special servicing readings for all five major property segments increased last month, but no increase was larger than that of the retail sector. The retail special servicing rate surged 24 basis points to 5.73% in April. Although the lodging segment is still the best performing major property type, it incurred the month’s second-greatest jump, rising nine basis points to 2.25%. Lodging loans in CMBS 1.0 featured a very sharp incline in servicing transfers, as that segment’s reading soared by more than 1,000 basis points.

The percentage of post-crisis, or CMBS 2.0+, debt that was in special servicing last month rose 16 basis points to 1.27%. Retail and multifamily servicing events pushed the overall 2.0+ rate higher, as those property type rates climbed 47 and 16 basis points, respectively, last month. The CMBS 1.0 special servicing rate, which looks at any loans issued before the 2008 financial crisis, surged 167 basis points to 50.05% in April.

For additional details, such as monthly rate changes for all major property types, download the April 2019 CMBS Special Servicing Report: https://www.trepp.com/april-2019-cmbs-special-servicing-report. For daily CMBS commentary, follow @TreppWire on Twitter.

About Trepp 
Trepp, LLC, founded in 1979, is the leading provider of information, analytics, and technology to the CMBS, commercial real estate, and banking markets. Trepp provides primary and secondary market participants with the web-based tools and insight they need to increase their operational efficiencies, information transparency, and investment performance. From its offices in New York, San Francisco, and London, Trepp serves its clients with products and services to support trading, research, risk management, surveillance, and portfolio management. Trepp is wholly-owned by Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT). For more information, visit http://www.Trepp.com.

Posted in: Services,Technology,U.S

Buff Bake Launches Their Keto FuelBar + MCT, a Plant Based Nutrition Bar, That Puts Taste First

Buff Bake, a proven leader in high protein, gluten free, cookies, today announced the launch of their new FUELBAR - a unique KETO diet friendly bar with the added benefit of MCT oil to help you feel fuller, longer. The launch of the bar will feature three great flavors - vanilla almond, peanut butter cacao, and cinnamon crunch.

FUELBAR +MCT meets many of today’s improved dietary expectations by offering a product that is plant based, low in carbs, and dairy free. The ingredient mix free from sugar alcohols and artificial ingredients, delivers a dose of clean protein and healthy fats for a quick pick me up or post workout refuel. “We saw a need for a great tasting snack bar that delivered on what today’s more informed consumers are looking for in nutrition.”, remarks Ryan Queen, Co-Owner and VP of Sales at Buff Bake. “We’re excited to expand our product offering to cover a broader range of dietary needs including those seeking the nutritional benefits that match KETO standards. We’re proud this new product continues to deliver on our brand promise of protein packed deliciousness with a simple ingredient mix.”

The inclusion of MCT Oil in the FUELBAR unlocks added benefit for snackers by leveraging this healthy fat to help increase energy levels, improve brain function, speed up your metabolism, and suppress your appetite. All this in a snack bar that delivers 220 calories and 13g of dietary fiber with only 1g of sugar and 4 net carbs.

“We want customers to expect better options from their protein snack providers.” said Queen on the needs FUELBAR addresses. “We’re happy to be pushing the category forward with the FUELBAR an we’re confident that customers seeking a low carb, low sugar snack will love the taste and benefits that this bar delivers on.

About Buff Bake:

In 2014, frustrated with a lack of variety of delicious, high protein snacks on the market, one of Buff Bake’s founders, Brittany Boeckle, took to the kitchen to create a line of products that used clean, all natural ingredients to fill this missing void. Since then, they have created the best version of our favorite snacks, by removing the bad and replacing it with the benefits of high protein, less sugar, and clean ingredients that put taste before all else.

Buff Bake, is now available in 5,000 retails stores nationwide, including 7-Eleven, Publix, Wegman’s, Sprouts, Whole Foods and more. Driven by innovation, they will continue to create better-for-you protein snacks that provide your body with the fuel it needs for any activity. On a hike, after the gym, or with your morning cup of coffee. Buff Bake truly is Fuel for All, with a quality your entire family can count on.

Learn more at https://buffbake.com/

Posted in: Shopping & Deal,U.S

Johannes N. van den Anker, MD, PhD, Prominent Neonatal and Pediatric Clinical Pharmacologist, Joins NDA Partners

NDA Partners Chairman Carl Peck, MD, announced today that Johannes N. van den Anker, MD, PhD, a prominent neonatal and pediatric clinical pharmacologist and expert in pediatric and neonatal clinical trials and therapies, has joined the firm as an Expert Consultant.

Dr. van den Anker is Vice Chair of Pediatrics for Experimental Therapeutics, the Evan and Cindy Jones Chair in Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology, and serves as Director of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology at Children’s National Medical Center (Washington, DC). He is Professor of Pediatrics, Pharmacology & Physiology, and Genomics and Precision Medicine at The George Washington University (Washington, DC). He is also the Eckenstein-Geigy Distinguished Professor of Pediatric Pharmacology and Department Chair of Pediatric Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics, University Children’s Hospital (Basel, Switzerland), and Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, MD), and Adjunct Faculty, Intensive Care and Department of Surgery, Erasmus MC-Sophia Children’s Hospital (Rotterdam, the Netherlands). In addition to his research positions, Dr. van den Anker serves as the part-time Chief Medical Officer of ReveraGen BioPharma.

Dr. van den Anker formerly served as Director, Division of Neonatology at Sophia Children’s Hospital and as Director, Division of Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology and Medical Toxicology, at Columbus Children’s Hospital (Columbus, Ohio).

“Dr. van den Anker’s extensive knowledge of pediatric and neonatal clinical pharmacology and expertise in pediatric and neonatal therapies and clinical trials makes him an outstanding resource for assisting our clients in the design and implementation of their pediatric development programs,” said Dr. Peck. “We are delighted that he has joined NDA Partners team of Expert Consultants.”

Dr. van den Anker received his medical degree and Doctorate in Pharmacology from Erasmus University Rotterdam in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He completed his residency in Pediatrics and a fellowship in Neonatology at Sophia Children’s Hospital in the Netherlands.

About NDA Partners 
NDA Partners is a life sciences management consulting and contract development organization (CDO) focused on providing product development and regulatory services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries worldwide. The highly experienced Principals and Premier Experts of NDA Partners include three former FDA Center Directors; the former Chairman of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK; the former Chief Executive Officer and Chief Science Officer at the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP); an international team of more than 100 former pharmaceutical industry and regulatory agency senior executives; and an extensive roster of highly proficient experts in specialized areas including nonclinical development, toxicology, pharmacokinetics, CMC, medical device design control and quality systems, clinical development, regulatory submissions, and development program management. Services include product development and regulatory strategy, expert consulting, high-impact project teams, and contract management of client product development programs.

Earle Martin, Chief Executive Officer 
Office: 540-738-2550 

Posted in: Services,U.S

Slone Partners, Where People Are Our Science®, Places Richard Wenstrup, M.D., As Chief Medical Officer At Epic Sciences, Inc.

Slone Partners, North America’s leading executive search firm for life sciences and diagnostics companies, announces the placement of Richard Wenstrup, M.D., at Epic Sciences, Inc. as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Wenstrup leads clinical development, regulatory and medical affairs strategies, and is responsible for advancing the company's clinical research and product development pipeline. Based at the company’s headquarters in San Diego, California, he reports directly to CEO Lloyd Sanders.

Epic Sciences develops novel diagnostics to improve and personalize the treatment and management of cancer with a mission to extend patient lives. The company’s goal is to offer greater clarity for doctors to make correct decisions for patients at pivotal points in treating that cancer, and to rapidly pivot away from therapies that are no longer clinically effective. Currently working with 65 top pharmaceutical partners and 45 academic cancer hospitals, including the National Cancer Institute, Epic Sciences’ technology is being used in over 200 clinical trials and has tested over 80,000 patient samples. Utilizing this rare-cell detection engine technology, the company has the world’s leading pipeline of personalized, predictive and proven tests to guide therapy selection across the most impactful drug classes in oncology. For example, Epic Sciences has partnered with Genomic Health to commercialize the first predictive liquid biopsy test for prostate cancer. The company is building a strong pipeline of additional tests for other cancer indications.

Dr. Wenstrup has 25 years of clinical leadership experience in oncology, genetics and pharmacogenomics. Previously, he served as Chief Medical Officer for Oxford Immunotec, Inc., where he oversaw research and development, product development, regulatory, and medical & clinical affairs. From 2006-2017, Dr. Wenstrup served as Chief Medical Officer for Myriad Genetics, Inc. where he built and led the clinical and medical affairs team to support a multi-fold increase in revenue during his tenure. He was actively involved in the company's product development, M&A and in-licensing activities. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Wenstrup was the founding director of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and co-founder of Assurex Health, Inc., now a subsidiary of Myriad Genetics, Inc. Before joining industry, he served as a tenured Professor of Pediatrics in Human Genetics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and as a tenured Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, where he earned his medical degree.

Says Slone Partners President Tara Kochis-Stach, “Dr. Wenstrup’s decades-long experience in oncology leadership and clinical work will add substantial value to Epic Sciences in developing exciting new diagnostic tests that advance the mission of precision medicine.”

Slone Partners delivers the leaders who build amazing scientific healthcare organizations – People Are Our Science®. Since 2000, Slone Partners specializes in delivering world-class C-suite leadership, executive, and upper management talent to the most promising and established life sciences, diagnostics, precision medicine, CRO, and laboratory services companies. With coast-to-coast presence in the most active healthcare industry hubs of Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Austin, Research Triangle Park NC, and Washington DC, Slone Partners uniquely and precisely provides an array of executive search and advisory services to innovative scientific healthcare companies. To learn more about Slone Partners’ value proposition and processes, visit http://www.slonepartners.com or call 888.784.3422.

Epic Sciences, Inc. is developing novel diagnostics to personalize and advance the treatment and management of cancer. Epic Sciences' mission is to enable the rapid and non-invasive detection of genetic and molecular changes in cancer throughout a patient's journey. The company was founded on a powerful platform to identify and characterize rare cells, including circulating tumor cells. Epic Sciences No Cell Left Behind® technology helps match patients to therapies and monitor for drug resistance, so that the best treatment path can be chosen at every clinical decision point. Epic Sciences has partnered with Genomic Health to commercialize the Oncotype DX AR-V7 Nucleus Detect test, which helps with therapeutic decisions between taxane chemotherapy or androgen-directed therapeutics in metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer. Today, Epic Sciences partners with leading pharmaceutical companies and major cancer centers around the world. Epic Sciences' goal is to increase the success rate of cancer drugs in clinical trials and improve patient outcomes by providing physicians real-time information to guide treatment choices. Epic Sciences is headquartered in San Diego. Further information is available on the Company's website http://www.epicsciences.com.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Altus Legal and Goodman Law Group Launch DecSpeak to Transform the Way Legal Information is Delivered to Property Boards

Neota Logic, creators of the world’s leading no code AI automation platform, announced today that Altus Legal (Illinois) and Goodman Holmgren (Arizona) have launched a suite of Neota applications offering legal services to condominium and homeowner association boards and property managers that will form the basis of their new venture, DecSpeak.

DecSpeak is a new way of providing 24/7 legal services to community association boards and property managers. Some of DecSpeak’s applications are currently available to boards and property managers free of charge, while others are available to Altus Legal Clients for a low monthly subscription.

The applications now live and available on the Altus Legal website are:

Budget Meeting Data Calculator - Assists boards and property managers of Illinois condo associations calculate the dates for sending out budget drafts and meeting notices.

Board Email Discussion Advisor - Assists users to decipher whether an e-mail discussion among board members violates any laws.

Violation Letter Drafting Tool - Assists users to create violation notices, fully compliant with Illinois law.

Ombudsperson Complaint Policy Drafting Tool - Assists users to create the complaint resolution policies required by the Illinois Condominium and Common Interest Community Ombudsperson Act.

The Act Advisor - Answers 200+ frequent questions based on Illinois Condominium Property Act.

Nicholas Bartzen, Co-Founder of DecSpeak commented, ‘We found that the same questions would keep coming up from community associations regarding their state statute and governing documents. We used the Neota platform to develop applications to make these answers more widely and cost-effectively accessible for our clients, no matter what their size. We are hoping to disrupt the industry with a new kind of service’.

Kim Massana, CEO at Neota Logic commented, ‘It’s great to work with DecSpeak as they find innovative ways to serve their clients by transforming their legal services. We’re also pleased they made great use of the Neota Alumni group, our community of students and graduates who have worked in Neota and are available for our customers to use to help build applications’.

About Neota Logic 
The company’s no code AI automation platform allows professionals to rapidly automate their services. Neota customers and their clients enjoy the benefits of digital technology extending the reach of the professional, improved efficiency, client satisfaction and new business opportunities. Neota is the only platform capable of automating all aspects of professional services including intelligent fact-gathering, expert decision-making, end-to-end processes and document lifecycle management. With a global presence, Neota offers its software and professional services to clients from its offices in New York, London and Melbourne.

Press Contact 
Rebecca Tear 

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

Virginia Tech Wins Grand Prize in Energy Efficient Home Design With Help From Southland Log Homes

A team from Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA) has won the Grand Prize in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, a collegiate competition that challenges student/faculty teams to design and build highly efficient and innovative buildings powered by renewable energy. Southland Log Homes provided the Virginia Tech team with guidance on timber fabrication and construction techniques to help the group of designers, engineers, and architects arrive at the winning design.

The Virginia Tech team prevailed in the competition against teams from almost 40 other universities, including Georgia Tech, Penn State, Carnegie Mellon, and Yale. The winning design, named “TreeHAUS”, focused on the goals of energy efficiency, sustainability, and financial feasibility.

The Virginia Tech team reached out to Southland for help and guidance with the design, recognizing the company’s industry leadership and over 40 years of designing and manufacturing log homes and log cabin kits.

“Southland Log Homes was an incredible help and inspiration to the team," said Zachary Gould, PhD Candidate in Environmental Design at Virginia Tech.

Southland Log Homes, America’s largest designer and manufacturer of log homes, and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, has been previously honored with multiple national awards for excellence in design of log home plans. “We congratulate the Virginia Tech team on their achievement," said Ken Sekley, President and CEO of Southland. “Their effort is a further demonstration of the energy efficiency and environmental sustainability that can be achieved with homes designed using beautifully natural, solid wood timbers.”

About Southland Log Homes: Headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, Southland Log Homes was founded in 1978 and is the largest log home company in the United States. Southland operates model home sales offices and has authorized Southland dealers located throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Model homes are located in Atlanta, GA; Baton Rouge, LA; Biloxi, MS; Birmingham, AL; Charlotte, NC; Christiansburg, VA; Columbia, SC; Dallas, TX; Danville, PA; Fredericksburg, VA; Gatlinburg,TN; Greensboro, NC; Greenville, SC; Houston, TX; Northwest Indiana; Kansas City, MO; Lake City, FL; Louisville, KY; Macon, GA; Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN; Springfield, MA; and San Antonio, TX. For more information about Southland Log Homes, call 800-641-4754 or visit SouthlandLogHomes.com.

Posted in: Home & Garden,U.S

Alpine Power Systems Launches the PowerMAX Power Cabinet

Alpine Power Systems is excited to announce the launch of their PowerMAX Power Cabinet, a robust DC power solution for utility and telecom applications.

PowerMAX Power Cabinet Highlights: 

  • Alpine’s PowerMAX Power Cabinet provides a tremendous TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) value.
  • The cabinet provides a safe, lockable, enclosure for your battery system.
  • The PowerMAX Power Cabinet has a smaller footprint than traditional wet cell battery systems.
  • Cabinet Dimensions: 56" L x 27.75" W x 39.9" H
  • Cabinet can be moved with a pallet jack or forklift and comes with removable casters.
  • 100amp double-throw switch allows a safe connection to a temporary battery bank for testing and replacements. To be used in conjunction with a filtered charger.
  • Cabinet is powder-coated and ventilated.
  • Optional quick connects for easy connections to main charger cables.


Note: The double-throw switch can be replaced with a second paralleled battery bank if twice the Ah is required. The throw switch can be wall-mounted as an alternative.

Phil O’Connell, Director of Backup Power Sales for Alpine Power Systems said, "We are proud to announce the launch of our PowerMAX Power Cabinet. This system will save space, improve safety, and reduce maintenance costs for utility and telecom applications.”

The PowerMAX Power Cabinet is designed for indoor use. The cabinet is installed with sealed TPPL battery technology; you can expect up to 20 years of reliability at 77-degree ambient room temperature (10 years at 95 degrees). This system can permanently replace larger wet cell options or be used as a mobile temporary power source. To find out more call 877-993-8855 or visit: https://alpinepowersystems.com/backup-power-products/enclosures-and-racks/powermax-power-cabinet/

About Alpine Power Systems 
Alpine Power Systems, established in 1963, is an independent B2B global solution provider specializing in backup power, telecom, cable, and motive power solutions. Alpine has expanded operations to become one of the largest independent organizations in our industry. Alpine is a dynamic and growing company supplying numerous Fortune 1000 companies.

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Posted in: Business,U.S

Cancer Biology Conference to Show the Power of Imaging Science in Cancer Research

Some of the world’s top experts in imaging and cancer biology will present the latest research in this growing field at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research and Hood College Imaging Science and Cancer Biology Symposium, June 21-23. Cancer researchers are invited to attend the conference, to be held on the Hood campus in Frederick, Maryland.

New imaging technologies have the potential to transform cancer research and treatment by driving new understanding in cancer biology over a broad range of scales from the atomistic to the human body. The interdisciplinary symposium will showcase how leading cancer researchers leverage advanced imaging tools.

“The distinguished group of scientists leading the symposium convenes at a pivotal time. Advances in imaging technologies are revolutionizing cancer biology, providing a deeper understanding of molecular and cellular structure,” said Ethan Dmitrovsky, M.D., director of the Frederick National Laboratory, which is home to state-of-the-art imaging technologies, including the National Cryo-Electron Microscopy Facility.

“This is an opportunity to get a glimpse of what the future holds for the application of exciting new imaging technologies to provide fundamental insights into cancer biology,” said Sriram Subramaniam, Ph.D., a symposium presenter and founding director of the National Cryo-Electron Microscopy Facility.

The scientific symposium is the first in the planned Frederick National Laboratory–Hood College Life Sciences Symposium series. The event is in the tradition of the popular Oncogene Meeting, a national fixture in Frederick for more than 20 years.

“We are excited about reviving this symposium with Leidos, who has been a tremendous partner for Hood. They have provided research and internship opportunities for our students, and many of our graduate school adjunct instructors work at Leidos,” said Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D., president of Hood College.

Symposium presentations will explore advances in understanding the mechanisms altering cancer cell signaling—as recently enabled by imaging technologies. High-resolution imaging techniques, such as Fluorine-19 nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and the cryo-electron microscopy, have also yielded new insights in structural biology. Presenters will discuss the use of these techniques and describe the research they have enabled across an array of structural biology topics, ranging from the epigenome to the immune system. The final day of the symposium will introduce attendees to novel and cutting-edge imaging methods only recently leveraged for cancer research. Attendees will have the opportunity to confer with presenters individually throughout the weekend.

The symposium will begin Friday, June 21 with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by a public lecture from keynote Otis Brawley, M.D., who served as chief medical and scientific officer of the American Cancer Society from 2007 to 2018. He will discuss the democratization of cancer medicine and describe how new insights in cancer researcher can benefit all Americans.

The presenters and their session topics are as follows: 

  • Frank McCormick, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco, Visualizing Signal Transduction
  • Diane Lidke, Ph.D., University of New Mexico, Single Molecule Imaging Provides New Insights into Oncogenic EGFR Signaling
  • Joe Gray, Ph.D., Oregon Health and Science University, A Multiscale Assessment of Spatially Defined Inter- and Intra-Cellular Interactions in Breast Cancer
  • Helen Piwnica-Worms, Ph.D., University of Texas, MD Anderson, Imaging the Compositional, Spatial and Signaling Heterogeneity of Breast Cancer
  • Hao Wu, Ph.D., Harvard University, Imaging for Immunity
  • Angela Gronenborn, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, The Awesome Power of 19F NMR    
  • Cheryl Arrowsmith, Ph.D., University of Toronto, Structural and Chemical Biology to Illuminate the Cancer Epigenome
  • Sriram Subramaniam, Ph.D., University of British Columbia, Cryo-EM and Integrative Structural Biology
  • Wei Min, Ph.D., Columbia University, High-Resolution Imaging of Metabolic Activity and Heterogeneity in Animals
  • David Piwnica-Worms, M.D., Ph.D., University of Texas, MD Anderson, Combined Single Cell Intravital Bioluminescence and Confocal Imaging in Live Animals Identifies HOCl as a Paracrine Effector Linking Myeloid Cells to NF-κB Signaling in Melanoma Cells
  • Peter N. Devreotes, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, Excitable Networks in Directed Cell Migration
  • Tom Misteli, Ph.D., National Cancer Institute, Imaging the Genome


To learn more and to register for the event, please visit the symposium website.

Hood College is an independent, liberal arts college, offering 32 undergraduate majors, four pre-professional programs, 17 graduate programs, two doctorates and 11 post-baccalaureate certificates. Located in historic Frederick, near Washington, D.C., Baltimore and the I-270 technology corridor, Hood gives students access to countless internships and research opportunities.

Posted in: Education,U.S

ICS Set to Embark on the Second Phase at Franklin and Marshall College

Following successful completion of the initial grind on the lower level of the new Sarah and Benjamin Winters Visionary Arts Building, Industrial Caulk & Seal is slated to begin extensive architectural grinding and polishing on the upper floors in the innovative new building on the historic Franklin and Marshall campus.

The Sarah and Benjamin Winters Visionary Arts building replaces the Herman Arts Center and epitomizes the latest and greatest in advanced architectural design at F & M. The building boasts a unique silhouette, and the main body of the structure is raised and framed in glass to offer views both under and through to Bachman Park and the surrounding Arts Quad.

Franklin and Marshall has made a commitment to LEED green building design and sustainability, and the new Visionary Arts building is no exception. The commitment to LEED Silver status led the architect to include polished concrete as the floor finish of choice. Through extensive sampling the general contractor, Poole Anderson, selected Industrial Caulk and Seal as the subcontractor to handle the demands associated with this high-profile project.

As an award-winning concrete polishing contractor, Industrial Caulk and Seal is often the contractor of choice for demanding and unique structures throughout the Mid-Atlantic and North East. Upon completion, the Sarah and Benjamin Winters Visionary Arts Building will be the latest addition to the extensive resume for ICS that features the finest architecture of today’s day and age.

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: Services,U.S

Dr. Jin Y. Kim, Board-Certified Periodontist, Offers Natural-Looking Tooth Replacement for Orange, Calif.

Board-certified periodontist, Dr. Jin Y. Kim, welcomes those with tooth loss in Orange, Calif. to explore the long-term and natural-looking tooth replacement, dental implants. Dental implants are now considered the gold standard in tooth replacements because they can restore complete function and aesthetics while also lasting 20 years or longer with proper care.

Dental implants include a post that is surgically placed into the bone as well as a custom-made crown that fits on top. Using advanced equipment, Dr. Kim precisely places each implant post exactly where it will be most successful long-term. In order to ensure patients feel comfortable and relaxed throughout their treatment, Dr. Kim also offers custom sedation dentistry at both of his practice locations in Diamond Bar and West Garden Grove, Calif.

After placement, dental implants offer a success rate of more than 95 percent. Because they inspire healthy bone growth like a natural tooth root, they help maintain the integrity of the jawbone as well as avoid changes in facial shape common in those with dentures and bridges. Dr. Kim places both single dental implants and full arch dental implants as needed.

Throughout his esteemed career as a leading periodontist, Dr. Kim has spent considerable time learning the most leading-edge techniques in dentistry. He is also in the rare position of being dual board-certified by both the American Board of Periodontology and the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry. In addition to his focus on restorative dentistry, Dr. Kim also offers a wide range of other periodontal services such as laser gum therapy and minimally invasive gum recession treatment.

Those who have at least one missing tooth, or are missing a row of teeth, are encouraged to contact Dr. Kim for an appointment to discuss receiving advanced dental implants in Orange, Calif. Self-referrals and self-payments are welcome. His Diamond Bar, Calif, practice can be reached by calling 909-860-9222, and his West Garden Grove, Calif, office is available at 714-898-8757.

About the Periodontist

Dr. Jin Y. Kim is a periodontist dedicated to providing personalized dental care in Diamond Bar and Garden Grove, Calif. Dr. Kim attended the University of Sydney Faculty of Dentistry before furthering his education with an advanced degree in pathology from the Medical School of the same University. Dr. Kim completed a periodontics and implant surgery residency at UCLA School of Dentistry and is board-certified by the American Board of Periodontology and the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry. He is a past president of the Western Society of Periodontology and was also inducted to be a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Dentists and earned Fellowships in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Dr. Kim lectures and holds faculty positions at a number of universities including UCLA School of Dentistry and abroad. He has spoken at no less than 36 different countries across the globe as well as national and international academic and clinical associations and universities including the International Association of Dental Research, American Academy of Periodontology and Academy of Osseointegration. To learn more about Dr. Jin Kim and the services he offers, visit his website at http://www.drjinkim.com or call 909-860-9222 for the Diamond Bar location or 714-898-8757 for the West Garden Grove location to schedule an appointment.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

The NPD Group Names François Klipfel as Europe Toys Division President

he NPD Group has named François Klipfel president of the company’s Europe Toys business. NPD, the global leader in industry expertise, prescriptive analytics and point-of-sale tracking for toys, offers services for the toys industry in 13 countries around the world.

François started his career in sales at Procter & Gamble before he moved to the point-of-sale business within GfK France in 1993. Over the past 25 years, he had different roles in the commercial team of GfK, including Deputy Managing Director and member of the Management Board of the South West Europe region. In his latest role, he was leading a team of more than 70 managers and senior executives while handling sales and negotiations for a range of global clients.

In his new role at NPD, François will be responsible for continuing the successful development of the company’s Toys practice in Europe, and starting new initiatives in adjacent industries such as Entertainment. He will report into Gerhard Hausruckinger, NPD Group President for Europe and APAC.

“François has a proven track record as a successful leader, bringing with him a strong reputation for personnel development and team building. His experience and proven ability to deliver results will be a valuable asset as The NPD Group executes on its strategic priorities and plans for sustainable growth,” said Hausruckinger.

“I am honored and thrilled to take on this role and look forward to working with NPD’s talented team to undertake the myriad opportunities and challenges facing the toy industry in today’s increasingly competitive and ever-changing entertainment landscape,” said Klipfel.

About The NPD Group 
NPD offers data, industry expertise, and prescriptive analytics to help our clients grow their businesses in a changing world. Over 2000 companies worldwide rely on us to help them measure, predict, and improve performance across all channels, including brick-and-mortar and e-commerce. We have offices in 27 cities worldwide, with operations spanning the Americas, Europe, and APAC. Practice areas include apparel, appliances, automotive, beauty, books, B2B technology, consumer technology, e-commerce, fashion accessories, food consumption, foodservice, footwear, home, juvenile products, media entertainment, mobile, office supplies, retail, sports, toys, travel retail, video games, and watches / jewelry. For more information, visit http://www.npd.com. Follow us on Twitter: @npdgroup, @npd_entertain

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

Tenex Health Announces 510(k) US FDA Clearance for TX®-Bone to Help Patients Restore Musculoskeletal Function Without Invasive Surgery

Tenex Health, Inc., a privately held U.S.-based medical technology company providing healthcare professionals with minimally invasive technologies to treat chronic pain in soft and hard tissue, received 510(k) clearance from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to commercialize the newest addition to its growing Tenex Health TX® System family, TX-Bone.

TX-Bone is a minimally invasive technology, specifically designed for healthcare professionals to remove pain-causing bone and calcific tissue, thereby helping patients restore musculoskeletal function.

The technology is specifically designed to be used through a small incision, using a very simple, ultrasound or palpation guided technique. This distinctive combination allows physicians to identify and simultaneously perform selective cutting and debriding of pain-generating bone and calcific tissue, with optimized ultrasonic energy.

“FDA clearance for Tenex Health’s new product, TX-Bone, represents a major advancement in the management of patients with tendinopathy, including those who suffer from bony spurs,” said Bernard Morrey, MD of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. “TX-Bone is extremely efficient for treating soft tissue, but also very effective at removing pain-causing bone and calcific tissue. The data that we have obtained suggests that these additional capabilities have the same benefits and safety of Tenex Health’s other minimally invasive technologies.”

TX-Bone was designed to easily remove painful bone (spur and osteophyte formations) and calcific tissue. Applications include rotator cuff, triceps, the gluteus/trochanteric region, Achilles tendon insertion, Haglund’s deformity, and plantar fascia insertion spurs.

To date, Tenex Health’s TX technology has successfully been used in over 90,000 cases.

Tenex Health will be showcasing its full portfolio of products, including TX-Bone, at the upcoming AOSSM meeting in Boston, MA, July 11-14, 2019 at Booth #330.

About Tenex Health

Tenex Health, Inc. is a privately held medical technology company, focused on delivering healthier and more pain-free lifestyles for active patients. We are able to achieve this by providing healthcare professionals with a cutting edge, minimally invasive technology that eliminates chronic tendon pain, precisely targeting and removing damaged tissue, without the need for conventional surgery. For more information regarding Tenex Health, please visit http://www.tenexhealth.com.

“TENEX HEALTH® and TENEX HEALTH TX®” are registered trademarks of Tenex Health, Inc.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Local Law Firm, Jessica Y. Rodriguez Law Firm, PLLC, Announces Expansion

After defending immigrants in Houston and beyond, the Jessica Y. Rodriguez Law Firm reaches its 10th anniversary this year. To celebrate, Jessica Rodriguez, the founder, made two decisions.

First, she'd launch a new and improved website.

"Most of my business always came from referrals," Rodriguez admits. " For a long time I didn't feel like I needed to make any major changes!"

Like most attorneys, Rodriguez was often pressed for time.

But now, Rodriguez wants to take her firm to the next level. As a result, she recently added Criminal Law and Personal Injury Law to the list of practice areas her firm specializes in. She's also added some new faces, including criminal defense attorney, Alia J. Moore and new legal assistants have joined the team as well.

"Providing more services meant expanding our book of business, which translated to a need for being found by more clients through online channels."

Though she is still getting plenty of referrals, Rodriguez says she wants her site to be more than an advertisement for her firm. "The new site is a clean, user-friendly hub of information for both my clients and the public."

Visiting https://www.resultadosparaindocumentados.com means getting info on a wealth of topics. These include topics spanning every practice area the firm now covers. 
A Spanish version of the site is available at https://www.resultadosparaindocumentados.com/es/home/ .

The new website was fully launched in February of 2019.

Rodriguez has also taken other steps to modernize her practice. She's begun focusing more on client feedback and in doing so, has also added a Facebook page to her arsenal of online resources.

"I hope these resources are useful and helpful for all my clients."


Jessica Y. Rodriguez 
10900 Northwest Fw. Ste. 200B 
Houston, TX 77092, EE.UU. 
(281) 569-9628 


Since 2009, the Jessica Y. Rodriguez Law Firm has represented clients throughout the United States and beyond. The firm serves undocumented immigrants and legal immigrants alike. Recent expansions mean the firm is also offering services to criminal defendants and plaintiffs in personal injury cases. The Jessica Y. Rodriguez Law Firm offers services both in English and in Spanish. The attorneys on staff pride themselves on staying in close contacts with their clients, and handle most projects on a flat-fee basis. The firm also offers payment plans because the attorneys believe money shouldn't stand in the way of justice. To learn more, visit https://www.resultadosparaindocumentados.com.

Posted in: Law & Legal,U.S

ZOM Living Sells 366-Unit Luxury Garden Apartments in Tampa

ZOM Living, in partnership with affiliates of The Mattoni Group and New York-based Clarion Partners, LLC on behalf of a commingled fund managed by the firm, recently sold AZOLA Apartments, a 366-unit multifamily apartment community located within the Brandon area of Hillsborough County to an affiliate of institutional investor Nuveen Real Estate.

Azola at Magnolia Park was completed in Fall 2018. With convenient access to downtown Tampa, the beaches, shopping, and major employment centers, Azola Apartments are spread across 25 acres and feature well-appointed one, two, and three bedroom units in a variety of floor plans ranging from 704 to 1,457 square feet, with private yards and hard surface flooring in select units. A large resident community center and on-site amenities include a club room with cyber café, game room with virtual sports simulator, dog park and dog spa, state-of-the-art fitness center complete with cardio and cycling studio, as well as a boxing ring. The clubhouse is adjacent to an oak hammock and lushly landscaped grounds, which feature a resort-style pool with beach entry, private cabanas and grilling station.

“Azola’s community orientation and design aesthetics contributed to strong absorption of 30 apartments per month and we achieved top tier rental rates for the submarket,“ said Kyle Clayton, Senior Vice President, ZOM Living. “This was our first venture with ZOM, and to combine with Clarion Partners made for a terrific ownership team,’” added Ricardo Caporal, Founder and President of Mattoni Group. “We are very pleased with the result, and also adding this fine project to the Brandon/Riverview community.”

"Sole at Brandon, as now rebranded, offers luxury interiors and resort amenities at mid-level rents in one of the fastest growing submarkets in Tampa. The property is immediately adjacent to I-75 and the Selmon Expressway, providing connectivity to Downtown, Westshore Business District and other major employment entertainment centers within minutes. We are looking forward to continue expanding our housing platform in the main Florida MSAs as part of our investment strategy,” said Carlos A. Burneo, Senior Director at Nuveen Real Estate and lead for Housing in Florida

Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) exclusively represented the seller in the disposition. “ZOM’s ability to deliver best-in-class product in one of Tampa's fastest growing submarkets allowed for a very successful lease-up," said Patrick Dufour, NKF Vice-Chairman.

About ZOM Living 
ZOM Living is one of the most highly regarded luxury multifamily developers in the United States, and has joint ventured or directly developed nearly 21,000 apartment units nationwide, with an aggregate value of over Billion. Throughout its 40-year history, ZOM has garnered more than 170 industry awards for project design and development expertise, including the prestigious National Multifamily Development Firm of the Year award. Most recently, ZOM Living was ranked in the top 10 of national Multifamily Development Firms for 2018 by Multi- Housing News.

ZOM has 6,000 units currently under construction or in design/predevelopment throughout the U.S., with a total capitalization of .9 Billion. For more information on ZOM’s multifamily portfolio, visit http://www.zomliving.com.

About Nuveen Real Estate 
Nuveen Real Estate is one of the largest investment managers in the world with 8 billion of assets under management. Managing a suite of funds and mandates, across both public and private investments, and spanning both debt and equity across diverse geographies and investment styles, we provide access to every aspect of real estate investing. With over 80 years of real estate investing experience and more than 500 employees located across over 20 cities throughout the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific, the platform offers unparalleled geographic reach, which is married with deep sector expertise.

About Mattoni Group 
Founded in 2009, Mattoni Group is a private equity real estate investment firm that specializes in placing equity and debt with experienced operating and development partners working on transformative projects. The firm has built a national reputation for transparency, reliability, flexibility, and velocity in acquiring and financing real assets. Mattoni Group exists to be the bridge between best in class managers/operators and investor capital. Mattoni’s current portfolio and realized investments consist of a diversified mix of real estate assets including multi-family, office, retail, industrial, and specialty product types.

About Clarion Partners 
Clarion Partners LLC, an SEC registered investment adviser with FCA-authorized and FINRA member affiliates, has been a leading U.S. real estate investment manager for more than 36 years. Headquartered in New York, the firm maintains strategically located offices across the United States and Europe. With approximately billion in total assets under management, Clarion Partners offers a broad range of real estate strategies across the risk/return spectrum to its 350+ domestic and international institutional investors. More information about the firm is available at http://www.clarionpartners.com

About Newmark Knight Frank 
Newmark Knight Frank ("NKF"), operated by Newmark Group, Inc. ("Newmark Group") (NASDAQ: NMRK), is one of the world's leading and most trusted commercial real estate advisory firms, offering a complete suite of services and products for both owners and occupiers. Together with London-based partner Knight Frank and independently-owned offices, NKF's 16,000 professionals operate from approximately 430 offices on six continents. For further information, visit http://www.ngkf.com

Posted in: Real Estate,U.S

Voyager HQ Reunites Leaders in Travel Innovation For the Second Annual Travel Disruption Summit

Voyager HQ is partnering with leading companies in the travel industry, including Fareportal and Amadeus, to host the second annual Travel Disruption Summit in New York City on May 22, 2019. The Travel Disruption Summit is a full-day symposium gathering the chief luminaries and change makers in travel, tourism, and hospitality innovation.

This event is highly curated, with all 300+ attendees vetted to ensure focused discussions and actionable outcomes towards the advancement of the industry. Attendees represent the leading voices and minds in the travel and technology industries, taking part in content sessions with high-growth startup founders, technologists and industry champions.

Content at the Summit will be sorted into three tracks: Aviation, Hospitality, and Tourism. 
As a key part of the programming, attendees will participate in focused roundtable sessions exploring subtopics within each track: Discovery/Inspiration, Search/Aggregation, Inventory/Distribution, Payments, Mobility, Experiences, Corporate Travel, Sustainability & Conservation, Loyalty, Luxury Travel, and Operations.

These intimate conversations are moderated by startup founders and enterprise leaders from Voyager HQ’s network who are developing solutions or making an impact in their own vertical. Each table includes industry leaders, venture capitalists, startups and media professionals to contribute diverse inputs to the discussion.

The day’s program culminates with a selection of early-stage, visionary startup founders pitching their innovations for the near future of travel, with all attendees casting a vote for the winner. The day concludes with an afterparty in New York City to continue the conversations and formalize the partnerships initiated during the Summit.

For more information and to apply to attend, visit https://www.traveldisruptionsummit.com.

Speakers include:

Sam Jain, 
CEO and Founder at Fareportal

Anthony Toth, 
Managing Director -Digital Sales at United Airlines

Jeff Glueck, 
CEO at Foursquare

Amy Burr 
Managing Director, Operations and Partnerships at JetBlue Technology Ventures

Marina Suberlyak, 
Head of Marketing, North America at Norwegian Air

Kerri Zeil, 
Head of Amadeus for Startups

Nicole Brown, 
Senior Director, Partnerships at TripAdvisor

Barbara Joseph, 
Senior Manager, Business Development at Virtuoso

Javier Egipciaco, 
SVP & Managing Director at Arlo Hotels

About Voyager HQ 
Voyager HQ is the startup club for the global travel, tourism, and hospitality industry. Their community brings together entrepreneurs, corporate partners, and investors from around the world to create the future of travel experiences through curated events, workspace, and actionable introductions. The Voyager Clubhouse NYC is their signature coworking and event space in Flatiron, as well as the global headquarters for a digital community of 1,500+ entrepreneurs in more than 200 cities around the world. Join the Voyager HQ club by visiting https://www.voyagerhq.com/join-voyager/.

About Fareportal 
Fareportal is a travel technology company powering a next-generation travel concierge service. Utilizing its innovative technology and company owned and operated global contact centers, Fareportal has built strong industry partnerships providing customers access to over 450 airlines, 1 million hotels, and hundreds of car rental companies around the globe. With a portfolio of consumer travel brands including CheapOair and OneTravel, Fareportal enables consumers to book online, on mobile apps for iOS and Android, by phone, or live chat. Fareportal provides its airline partners with access to a broad customer base that books high-yielding international travel and add-on ancillaries.

John Matson 
137 W 25th Street 
New York, NY 10001 
United States 
Ph: +1 347 440 1627

Posted in: Travel,U.S

Single Digits Acquires The High-Speed Internet Access Division of Resolute Partners

Single Digits, Inc. announced today that it has completed the acquisition of the guest Wi-Fi business of Resolute Partners. As part of the acquisition, Single Digits will now provide High-Speed Internet Access (HSIA) to approximately 100 additional locations in the hospitality, Multi-Dwelling Units (MDU) healthcare, and government sectors throughout the US. Additionally, the former Summit Technology team and Burlington, VT office will join the Single Digits family.

Single Digits is excited to welcome the newly acquired customers onto the Broadband Authentication Platform (BAP), the company’s award-winning software platform, which will provide each account with additional flexibility and a suite of advanced guest management features and functionality. Additionally, all customer locations will now be supported by more than 200 technicians located in its bi-coastal 24x7x365 Network Operations Center.

“The acquisition of the guest Wi-Fi business of Resolute Partners will add new large hotel and government customers to the Single Digits’ family,” says Steve Singlar, President and CEO of Single Digits. “We are committed to providing a seamless transition and an outstanding customer experience for these new customers. We’re also pleased and excited that key members of the Resolute Partners team will join Single Digits, bringing new talent and expertise.”

"We’re excited to have closed this transaction with Single Digits, which is a truly extraordinary company. Single Digits really understands our customers’ needs and we are confident that they will provide the same outstanding level of service that our customers have enjoyed,” says Michael Blanco, CEO and Founder of Resolute Partners.

Resolute will continue to provide high security wireless, cybersecurity services and managed video surveillance to commercial and government customers.

Along with premium hotels and resorts in the Northeast, Resolute Partners has built a business providing services to state and federal government customers throughout the U.S. and has been responsible for keeping its Wi-Fi networks on the cutting-edge of performance and reliability.

Single Digits was recently acquired by GI Partners, a leading private equity firm. This is the second acquisition under GI Partners’ ownership.

About RESOLUTE Partners 
Established in 1997, RESOLUTE Partners is a Connecticut-based firm who engineers, installs, operates and maintains a complete range of Internet access and data communications solutions for government and commercial enterprises around the world, including hospitals, education facilities, military installations and office parks. Their networks support guest Wi-Fi, rural broadband access and energy management systems. The company offers an enhanced experience for end users, improve operating efficiencies, reduce costs and create new business opportunities for customers or our contracting partners.

About Single Digits 
Single Digits is a leading provider of High-Speed Internet Access management and support solutions. The company offers a complete guest internet solution, including components of IP network design, engineering, professional services, ongoing maintenance, networking monitoring, multi-lingual support, revenue reporting and authentication tracking. Single Digits currently serves over 1,600 customers across the hospitality, student housing, MDU, transportation, and other end markets.

About GI Partners 
GI Partners is a private investment firm based in San Francisco. The firm has raised over billion in capital from leading institutional investors across the globe. GI Partners’ private equity team focuses on investments in the IT Infrastructure, Healthcare, Software, and Services sectors. For more information on GI Partners and its entire portfolio, please visit http://www.gipartners.com.

Posted in: Services,U.S

IntraOp® Announces First Patient Enrolled in PACER Trial for Pancreatic Cancer

IntraOp Medical Corporation announced today the enrollment of the first patient in the PACER (Pancreatic AdenoCarcinoma with Electron intraoperative Radiation therapy) Trial: A Phase II study of electron beam intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) following chemoradiation in patients with pancreatic cancer with vascular involvement.

In the U.S, over 55,000 patients are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer every year. The one-year survival rate is around 20% and the five-year is less than 10%. Approximately 30-40% of those patients are diagnosed with borderline-resectable or locally advanced unresectable disease

The PACER Trial is a multi-center prospective clinical trial led by Principal Investigator Theodore S. Hong, MD of Massachusetts General Hospital. It will explore the clinical benefits of delivering IORT in patients who’ve been diagnosed with borderline-resectable and locally advanced unresectable pancreatic cancer and have undergone intensive neoadjuvant therapy including FOLFIRNOX and chemoradiation.

The primary objective of PACER is to evaluate the rate of overall survival at two years in patients with either borderline or locally advanced pancreatic cancer who receive electron beam IORT following chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Secondary objectives include progression-free survival (PFS), local control, and toxicity.

Retrospective analysis of Mass General Hospital’s data has indicated that intensive neoadjuvant treatment followed by electron beam IORT was associated with improved median survival rates. This is despite the fact that patients only received IORT in the setting of either a close/positive margins or unresectable disease without increasing the rate of serious toxicity or surgical complications. This data motivated the PACER trial.

“Pancreatic cancer remains one of the most deadly cancers. With only modest improvements in patient outcomes over the past decades; a paradigm shift is clearly needed in the management of localized pancreatic cancer.” said Theodore Hong, MD., Director of Gastrointestinal Service, Department of Radiation Oncology at Mass General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. “Our single institution experience has indicated promising results. We look forward to having more leading institutions such as the Mayo Clinic, University of North Carolina, UC Irvine, and Ohio State University join this trial and explore the potential benefits of adding IORT into their clinical practice.”

The PACER trial is the first prospective, multi-institutional study to deliver ablative doses of intraoperative radiation to pancreatic cancer patients. It aims to enroll 200 participants with borderline-resectable or locally advanced unresectable pancreatic cancer.

“We are proud to be a collaborator for the PACER Trial to accelerate and expand the clinical evidence supporting the role of electron beam IORT in successfully treating pancreatic cancer,” said Derek T. DeScioli, Chief Executive Officer of IntraOp Medical Corporation. “This trial demonstrates the power in bringing radiation therapy into the operating room. Essentially, we are enabling institutions to provide their patients with real-time multidisciplinary care and thereby unlocking potential treatment options that have not been widely available historically.”

About IntraOp Medical Corporation 
IntraOp® is the leading innovator of electron radiation devices for treating cancer as an adjunct to invasive surgical procedures. As the developer and manufacturer of Mobetron®, IntraOp pioneered the world’s first portable, self-shielded LINAC used for electron-based Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT). Over 20,000 patients in 16 countries have benefited from Mobetron IORT. Based in Sunnyvale, California, IntraOp is a cancer care company uniting radiation and surgical oncology in the fight against cancer. For more information please visit https://intraop.com


Product photography available upon request

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Lean Enterprise Institute Executive Chair Jean Cunningham Inducted into the Shingo Academy

Jean Cunningham, executive chair and interim CEO of the nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI), today is the newest member of the prestigious Shingo Academy, which honors business leaders who have distinguished themselves in operational excellence.

Cunningham was inducted during a ceremony at the Shingo Institute’s annual conference on April 30, 2019, in Cincinnati. The Institute is part of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.

“I am so surprised and honored to receive this recognition,” Cunningham said. “When my books won Shingo Awards, it became a key part in creating the confidence to continue to share what I had learned so that others might learn and be inspired as well. The recognition from Shingo for my books is a key reason I feel I was able to do the work that eventually enabled me to be recognized by the academy.”

Cunningham, who became executive chair and interim CEO of Boston-based LEI in March 2019, is the co-author of the acclaimed book, Real Numbers: Management Accounting in a Lean Organization, regarded as an essential text for learning lean accounting. She is co-author of Easier, Simpler, Faster on applying lean principles to IT processes. Both books were awarded the Shingo Prize for Research in 2004 and 2008, respectively. Last year, she published The Value Add Accountant on how finance and accounting can innovate and add value in strategic improvement efforts.

Early Lean Production Success 
Between 1993 and 2005 Cunningham served as CFO at two manufacturing companies, where she pioneered integrating lean manufacturing with finance, IT, HR, marketing, and other business functions. One company was capital equipment manufacturer Lantech, an early example of lean production success and lean enterprise innovation that was featured in Harvard Business Review, business best-seller Lean Thinking, and The Work of Management published by LEI in 2017.

Cunningham’s work experience began at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), where she broke ground as the first woman plant controller. In that role, she created a fully engaged team approach to create excellence in the function. She later left finance for operations.

In 2006, she founded Illinois-based Jean Cunningham Consulting, providing strategic guidance, lean management coaching, and other continuous improvement practices globally to companies in manufacturing, services, and healthcare.

Cunningham, a sought-after speaker and keynoter at conferences, was inducted into the AME Hall of Fame for Manufacturing Excellence in 2018. She teaches Lean Accounting at the Ohio State University Master of Business Operational Excellence program.

About LEI 
Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit training, publishing, and research organization based in Boston, MA, with a mission to make things better through lean thinking and practice to create more value and prosperity while consuming the fewest possible resources. Founded in 1997 by management expert James P. Womack, PhD, LEI conducts research, teaches educational workshops, publishes books and ebooks, runs conferences, and shares practical information about lean thinking and practice. Visit LEI at lean.org to learn more.

Posted in: Education,U.S

The Dentists, LLC has Been Named a NJ Top Dentist Practice for 2019

NJ Top Dentists is proud to present Georgette Bennardo-Meggelin, DDS and Aliza E. Staiman, DDS of The Dentists, LLC for 2019. Dr. Bennardo-Meggelin and Dr. Staiman provide exceptional dentistry at their Teaneck-based practice.

“We are committed to making our patients’ treatment comfortable and enjoyable. We take pride in our professionalism, the gentleness of our care and the friendliness of our staff,” they say. “It is our objective to place our patients first and foremost.”

Patients who visit The Dentists, LLC receive a variety of tailored treatments, including routine examinations, routine cleanings, fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, extractions, oral cancer screenings, and VELscope screenings.

Drs. Georgette Bernardo-Meggelin and Aliza E. Staiman both consider it a privilege and a pleasure to have the opportunity to restore patients to their optimal dental health.

To learn more about these NJ Top Dentists, please click here: https://njtopdocs.com/nj-dentists/dr-georgette-bennardo-meggelin/


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Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Croatian Reseller Reaches 15 Years Selling GSW Telnet Server for Windows

Georgia SoftWorks (GSW) celebrates 15 years of partnership with BBM Software. Since 2004, BBM Software has been an Authorized Reseller of the GSW Telnet Server for Windows and SSH Server for Windows. Located in Croatia, BBM Software creates software packages for businesses, providing them the ability to transfer data, remotely operate, simplify procedures and extend their business in many areas.

“We are proud to have BBM on our reseller list. As our only Authorized Reseller in Croatia, they are very important to our reseller network. We appreciate how they serve their clients and offer the best solutions, and we are honored to be one of the solutions that they offer,” said Steve Lindsey of Georgia SoftWorks.

Founded in 1990, BBM Software produces programming support for various business segments. They focus on ease of use and speed of operation while retaining power and quality support. Currently, BBM has business applications installed in over 500 businesses and trades. They also develop automation and customer support applications for radio stations.

“The Georgia SoftWorks solutions are great with mobile devices, RF Terminals, Bar Code scanners and other data collection devices in wireless environments, which makes it an excellent match for the solutions that BBM provides,” said Lindsey. “BBM offers their customers the GSW Telnet Server for Windows, SSH Server for Windows, and numerous remote access utilities.”

Georgia SoftWorks is a software development company located in Dawsonville, Georgia USA who has gained worldwide recognition for their development of the GSW Telnet Server for Windows and SSH Server for Windows. GSW has end-users and resellers in every continent (except Antarctica). Their software is used in a variety of industries, including government, automobile manufacturing, schools, oil companies, airlines, pharmaceutical, medical, food and beverage and more.

About Georgia SoftWorks
Established in 1991, Georgia SoftWorks is a privately held software development company recognized for creating high performance data communications, system and telecommunications applications. Georgia SoftWorks has obtained a worldwide presence with its industrial SSH/Telnet Server for Microsoft Windows. GSW's long-term commitment to SSH/Telnet has led to the pioneering of major features such as Session Shadowing, Session Monitoring, Graceful Termination, Automatic Logon, Logon Scripting and Team Services technology which allows mobile device users to transfer, swap, share and recover mobile device sessions. Most recently, Georgia SoftWorks has launched their GSW ConnectBot, a SSH/Telnet Client for Android. The GSW ConnectBot is the most cryptographically secure, commercially supported SSH client for Android, only on par with the GSW SSH Client for Windows

Posted in: Computers & Software,U.S

Texas Fertility Center Announces 2019 Recipient of RESOLVE Advocacy Day Grant

Texas Fertility Center (TFC) is proud to announce Brittany Beckendorf is the 2019 recipient of the Advocacy Day grant. She received the grant after submitting her moving story about overcoming polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis to give birth to a healthy baby boy.

As the recipient, this TFC patient and a guest will be able to attend RESOLVE Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., on May 15-16.

The grant, which Ovation® Fertility co-sponsored, required applicants to submit their fertility story in written, video or photo collage format. To make the final selection, an independent, 12-person panel with a background in infertility reviewed all the submissions.

Brittany will attend RESOLVE Advocacy Day 2019 with a Texas Fertility Center doctor

Brittany and her guest will attend RESOLVE Advocacy Day with Kaylen Silverberg MD, the medical director of TFC. Dr. Silverberg, who regularly attends this annual event, is renowned for being a champion of accessible fertility care. He believes that it is important for fertility specialists to do their part to change the way our country views infertility.

According to Dr. Silverberg, “We received a wonderful response to our request for Advocacy Day grant submissions. Each hopeful parent has a unique story to share about infertility. We can only provide one grant, but we can share the stories of all applicants in a different way. Brittany and I will bring their stories to share with the Texas Congressional delegation.”

During her trip to Washington, D.C., Brittany and her guest will attend lobbying workshops. Dr. Silverberg and other experienced advocates will lead these classes to teach attendees how to effectively lobby. After the training, Brittany and the other attendees will represent the infertility community and speak to members of Congress.

“We firmly believe that every fertility patient has a story to tell. Texas Fertility Center is honored to give another deserving patient the chance to share her story on Capitol Hill for the benefit of all infertility patients,” Dr. Silverberg said.

Read Brittany's story here

Last year’s RESOLVE Advocacy Day grant recipient was Erin Steward, also a TFC patient. Her story about struggling to conceive her daughter and her efforts to have a second child secured her place as the 2018 grant recipient.

About Texas Fertility Center

Texas Fertility Center (TFC), one of the natioAn’s leading full-service infertility practices, provides advanced infertility and reproductive endocrinology services to patients throughout Texas, the southwestern United States and the Americas. Since 1980, TFC has been recognized nationally and internationally for outstanding pregnancy rates, leading-edge laboratory procedures and innovative research programs. For more information, please visit http://www.txfertility.com.

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

RM Smythe Old Company Research Service Celebrates 139 Years of Continuous Operations Which Began in 1880

RM Smythe Old Company Research Service celebrates 139 Years of Continuous Old Stock and Bond Research Since 1880. The service was founded in 1880 by Roland M. Smythe and was later expanded with the addition of Marvyn Scudder and Robert D. Fisher. Scripophily.com, the parent company of RM Smythe Old Company Research Service, acquired the old stock & bond business research service correspondence, archives and copyrights from Herzog & Co., Inc.

We have hundreds of thousands of companies in our data base and continue to update our archives, repositories and resources into our proprietary information management systems. Under the direction of trained old stock research professionals, the data merger has ensured our continual commitment to quality and value with efficient access to this previously hard to recover information for a cost effective price.

The old company and securities research service provides investigative analysis for financial and accounting firms, professionals, attorneys, investors, estates and trusts in cases of questioned securities and lost company identities. The research investigations will probe into the corporate history, capital changes, mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcies, legal proceedings, regulatory filings, and analysis of companies to assess the disposition of financial holdings.

In addition to the potential redeemable value sought by investors, Scripophily.com offers insight into the secondary historical finance market by assessing any possible collectible value. SCRIPOPHILY is the hobby of collecting authentic old stock and bond certificates. The name resulted from the combining of the English and Greek words "scrip” represents an ownership right and the word "philos" meaning to love.

Scripophily.com is the Internets leading buyer and seller of collectible stock and bond certificates, and old stock research at OldCompany.com. The company has had items on display in the Museum of American Finance in New York, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Scripophily.com has been featured on CNBC, Today Show, Inside Edition, Associated Press, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Washington Post and in many other media publications.. Our online store has over 17,500 selections including categories such as Frauds, Scandals, Bankruptcies, Dot Coms, as well as the traditional American industries.

Scripophily.com /Old Company Research Service, founding member of the Old Stock Exchange, is the successor company to all material published by the Marvyn Scudders Manuals, the Robert D. Fisher Manuals, R.M. Smythe Stock Research Service, and the Herzog & Co., Inc. obsolete research services. These services have been performed continuously for over 139 years since 1880. We are the leading provider of authentic stock certificates, autographs, and old company stock research services.

Scripophily.com and Old Company Research Services was founded by Bob Kerstein (Bob.com). Bob is a CPA and CGMA, and has more than 43 years of senior management experience in the Cellular, Cable TV, Satellite, Internet, Professional Sports and Entertainment Industries. Bob is also the President of the Professional Scripophily Traders Association (PSTA).

For more information on Scripophily.com®, visit https://www.scripophily.comhttps://www.oldcompany.comhttps://www.scripophily.nethttp://www.rm-smythe.comhttp://www.bob.us or call 1-703-787-3552.

Posted in: Services,U.S

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel Proclaims Young Latina Day April 11

Recognizing the positive achievements of young Hispanic women, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel presented to Gabriela Rodil, treasurer and board member of the nonprofit Fig Factor Foundation, a proclamation declaring April 11 to be Young Latina Day in Chicago.

The nonprofit foundation’s mission is to provide educational leadership platforms, mentorship and meaningful empowering activities to Latinas ages 12 to 25. Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz, the nonprofit’s founder and CEO of JJR Marketing, formed the foundation in North Aurora in 2014.

“Meeting with Rahm Emmanuel and learning of his strong support for this event was a significant milestone for the Fig Factor Foundation,” Rodil said. “Having Mayor Emmanuel make that proclamation in the third largest city in the country paves the way for future supportive advancements in the Latino community in Chicago.”

This year six other suburbs commemorated the celebration: Bolingbrook, West Chicago, Hanover Park, Bartlett, Aurora and Berwyn.

The Young Latina Day event began when it was first proclaimed by the City of Aurora in 2017. In 2018, in addition to Aurora, West Chicago and Berwyn also participated. It was also in 2018 that through the Latino affairs from the office of the Governor, former Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner presented a certificate of excellence to honor and recognize the foundation’s work in the Hispanic community. This year’s schedule of Chicago and six suburbs displays the growing support to help Latinas in their life goals.

“The fact that this year we have seven cities participating shows the importance of supporting young Latinas as they grow to be leaders and role models to their families, communities and businesses,” Camacho-Ruiz said.

The event has already made an impact on participants such as Crystal Monarrez, a senior at Batavia High School who will be entering Brigham Young University this fall. Monarrez entered the foundation’s mentoring program and graduated from it.

“Participating in Young Latina Day makes me feel grateful that people are aware of the beauty and culture that comes from being Latina,” she said. “As young Latinas, we are recognizing where we come from. We are celebrating our blood heritage, our roots, our families, our traditions and our way of life.”

West Chicago resident Gaby Hernandez, a family liaison with West Chicago’s Elementary School District 33 and a Fig Factor Foundation graduate, said that Young Latina Day is an important part of her life. For her, seeing these cities proclaim the day makes it official and a reality.

Hernandez described the day as exposing her to the amount of success Latinas have had by participating as foundation mentors or as partners who have helped Camacho-Ruiz along the years.

“It is those connections that I built through the Fig Factor Foundation has led me to be open to more possibilities,” Hernandez said.

The celebration would not be possible without the generous support of the following businesses. Northern Trust is the event’s gold sponsor. Silver event sponsors are, Ortega Business Services Inc., Victoria and Scott Severson, Berwyn Park District, JJR Marketing, Ramos Tax and Services, Advanced Wiring Solutions and Lurdez Consulting Group. Bronze event sponsors are Roger Doan, Allegiant Fire Protection, Farmers Insurance, Medhat Sbeih of State Farm, C.B. Colin Landscapes, PME Cake Decorating Supplies, 25 Unite, Vertex Resource Group, La Michocana, Delgado Rompf Bruen LLC, Latin Heritage Leadership Council, Continental Audi of Naperville, Luxury Nails Tech and City of Berwyn Mayor Robert J. Lovero.

For more information about the Fig Factor Foundation, visit http://www.thefigfactor.org.

About Fig Factor Foundation: 
The Fig Factor Foundation’s mission is to become a powerful catalyst for Latinas aged 12 to 25 to pursue their dreams by providing educational leadership platforms, mentorship and powerful experiences through a context of sisterhood. It was founded in September 2014, after six months of hard work to assemble the team, the program, build infrastructure and raise initial funding. Their positive impact was immediately felt at smaller local events and provided the impetus to grow. The foundation’s goal is to implement the program nationwide before expanding globally. Learn more about the foundation at http://www.thefigfactor.org.

Posted in: Education,U.S

American Elite Molding Continues Double Digit Growth; Is on Pace to Match 2018's Rate of 30% Growth in 2019

American Elite Molding, America’s leading manufacturer of cable ties, experienced 30% growth in 2018 and is on pace to match that rate in 2019. This marks 15 straight years of double digit growth for the American manufacturer based in Crestview, Florida.

“We are proud to continue our trend of double digit growth, year after year,” said American Elite Molding Founder and CEO Robert Sires. “In 2018, our 20th year in business, we had more than million in sales. We have grown from 3 employees to nearly 200, and our production facility in Florida has expanded from 4,000 square feet to 75,000 square feet—and we’re almost busting at the seams. We’ve managed this growth through our dedication to producing superior quality, American-made cable ties and to delivering exceptional customer service. We are constantly improving our processes and expanding production capacity; we have invested over million in new machinery over the past three years and now have 17 machines running 24/7/365. We also now supply cable ties to one of the largest consumer home improvement chains in the U.S. We expect to reach over million in sales within the next three years.”

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, American Elite Molding is America’s leading manufacturer of nylon cable ties. Located in Crestview, Florida, its state-of-the-art ISO 9001-certified facility operates 24/7/365 and boasts the most advanced production processes in the U.S. AEM offers an extensive line of cable ties in a variety of lengths, tensile strengths, and colors, plus accessories such as mounting pads and cable clamps. American Elite Molding’s specialty products include EZ-Off™ ties, releasable ties, custom-printed ties, and HVAC duct straps. All cable ties use virgin nylon 6/6 to guarantee superior quality and are UL Listed and Mil-Spec approved, including UL 62275 Type 21S. AEM maintains a full inventory of all cable ties for Just-in-Time delivery from regional stocking locations to its national distributor network. American Elite Molding is committed to continuous improvement in quality and service in all areas. The company focuses on customer success as well as satisfaction, and all American Elite Molding products are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. For more information, call 1-888-463-3454, visit http://www.AmericanEliteMolding.com, or find AEM on Facebook.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

Casenet Integrates with Change Healthcare's InterQual Connect

Casenet® LLC, a population health company, is launching an integration with Change Healthcare’s InterQual Connect™ that enables providers and payers to access evidence-based content to streamline authorization requests and facilitate utilization review.

InterQual Connect is a cloud-based medical review and connectivity solution that automates prior authorizations where medical review is required. The integration enables providers to review InterQual® clinical criteria and submit authorization requests to payers using TruCare ProAuth, Casenet’s authorization prescreening, submission, and tracking technology solution. Payers can view the authorization request immediately and approve or deny the request in Casenet’s care management platform, TruCare. In addition, payers can accelerate the approval process by automating business and clinical rules using InterQual Connect’s criteria, eliminating manual review and providing a real-time decision to providers.

Integration with InterQual Connect provides an easy, step-by-step process that enables providers to quickly document and share information with payers to support their authorization requests. Payers can view authorization requests in real time, access InterQual clinical criteria to confirm medical necessity, and make utilization decisions. Providers are notified about authorization decisions immediately via TruCare ProAuth.

“Health plans and providers need to collaborate on overall patient outcomes using evidence-based clinical decision support. The InterQual Connect integration with both the TruCare care management platform and TruCare ProAuth enables healthcare organizations to collaborate effectively and in their desired workflow”, says Nilo Mehrabian, Vice President of Product Management, Decision Support at Change Healthcare. “We are pleased to partner with Casenet as they fully leverage InterQual Connect authorization connectivity and medical review services to address automation of authorizations requiring medical review.”

“Casenet’s integration with InterQual Connect solves the problems with manual data entry, back-and-forth faxes, and follow-up calls that have hampered the authorization process,” said Peter Masanotti, CEO of Casenet. “Now we can open up communication channels between physicians and care managers, creating opportunities to automate the prior authorization process and streamline utilization management to support value-based care initiatives.”

About Casenet, LLC 
Casenet provides a comprehensive suite of enterprise care management software and services solutions for commercial, Medicaid, Medicare, TPA, provider/ACO and specialty provider organizations that have multiple lines of business and that require comprehensive configurations for each member population. Healthcare organizations rely on Casenet’s population health management solutions to improve care coordination and the quality and delivery of care through enhanced case, disease, utilization, and home and community-based services management. Casenet solutions enable organizations to adapt quickly to changing market and regulatory dynamics, and to identify and target populations having unique risk characteristics with specific care management programs— taking the first step toward better individual health and total population health management. For more information, visit http://www.casenetllc.com.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Bellaplex Cream Recommended By The Skin Health Store As The Best Anti-Aging Cream

Bellaplex cream, the powerful anti-aging formula developed by one of the most reputed names in the skincare industry, has made it to the top of the list of the best anti-aging products available on the market. According to leading skincare experts, The Skin Health Store, getting a younger-looking skin is now possible with this revolutionary anti-aging formula.

“We are delighted to note that the well-researched and unique anti-aging formulation is now trusted by women to help them look younger again,” says the spokesperson for The Skin Health Store. “Bellaplex is a scientifically advanced, visible wrinkle reduction formulation designed to work on all skin types. The brand has the perfect mix of the best anti-aging ingredients that can deliver magical results without burning a hole in your pocket.”

Bellaplex anti-aging cream offers a unique combination of anti-aging ingredients acclaimed by top skin care experts as the best formula to battle the signs of aging on the facial skin. These include proven ingredients such as Matrixyl 3000, Argireline, Hyaluronic Acid, and Hydrolyzed Collagen. The potent formula also includes a few other ingredients that can provide quick and visible results on all types of skin.

Bellaplex cream is a versatile anti-aging, anti-wrinkle cream developed after years of extensive scientific research. It is a brand developed by one of the most reputed names in cosmetic products. Bellaplex has excellent skin moisturizing properties too. Regular use can help in balancing the suppleness and moisture levels of the key areas of the facial skin.

Bellaplex is easy to use as it is extremely light and non-sticky. It can be used as a day and night cream and guarantees great results. Bellaplex anti-aging cream offers key anti-aging benefits such as reducing crow’s feet, fine lines, and wrinkles. Bellaplex also lifts sagging cheeks and tightens enlarged pores to make facial skin look smoother, softer, and younger.

The Matrixyl 3000 is an advanced skincare formula which gives Bellaplex a huge advantage over other popular anti-aging creams. When used in combination with Hyaluronic Acid, it encourages the production of the all-important collagen, the critical skin supporting structure generated by the skin cells naturally. As we age, the production of collagen is affected thus reducing the skin’s elasticity and natural ability to repair and recuperate

The Skin Health Store recommends Bellaplex as the best choice when it comes to buying an anti-aging cream. The unique formula has worked for tens of thousands of women with different skin types and from all over the world. According to the beauty and skin care experts at The Skin Health Store, it is possible for women to give their sun-damaged and aging skin a major makeover with Bellaplex cream.

About Bellaplex Cream:

Bellaplex cream is one of the most effective and trusted brands in the anti-aging topical products niche and is the clear favorite of women looking to get rid of the visible signs of aging from their facial skin. Bellaplex cream comes with a 100% money back guarantee. Users can claim a full refund if they are not happy with the results.

Posted in: Fashion & Beauty,U.S

A Tribute to Cows and Goats: Tennessee River Valley’s Guide to Dairy and Cheese Farms in the South

The South has seen a rise in interest in local creameries and dairies in recent years, and buying locally grown food and learning more about the origin of food have produced more interest in farm tours. While diary farms have been popular, goat farms are climbing the ranks and becoming more prevalent with families, travelers and foodies.

The Tennessee River Valley Geotourism Mapguide invites invites visitors to explore dairy and cheese farms tucked into the region’s rolling hills and valleys. These farms are open to the public and offer a chance to learn how milk is produced, learn how multi-generational farmers are perfecting the art of cheesemaking, see a farm in operation, taste farm-fresh treats, interact with farm animals and talk with experts in the farming industry.

Belle Chèvre, Elkmont, Ala.

Alabama-based creamery Belle Chevre has earned national attention for its French style goat’s milk cheeses. Located in northern rural Alabama in Elkmont, this artisan cheese shop offers a tasting room serving handmade goat cheese and guided tours. Owner Tasia Malakasis is an internationally awarded cheesemaker, cookbook author and an Alabama native who returned to her roots after working as a top marketing executive in the high-tech world.

Prior to Malakasis acquiring the company, Belle Chevre was among some of the best creameries in the country. It had garnered the highest honors from the American Cheese Society and the American Dairy Goat Association. Today, the creamery has received more than 100 national awards and hundreds of honorable mentions.

Belle Chèvre’s milk comes from a farm down the road, where the goats munch on grasses enriched by the fertile limestone soil that gives Elkmont’s home county its name. Belle Chèvre is most noted for its Fromage Blanc, a fresh goat cheese that can be used as a spread on bagels or as an accompaniment to fresh vegetables and fruit.

Guided tours of the creamery to see the making of the award-winning cheese are available Fridays and Saturdays. Tours also include a peek into cheesemaking with in-depth explanation by one of its cheesemakers, Belle Chevre history, goat petting and visiting, tastings/samples and a nine minute documentary film.

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