Aspen Education Group Receives Accreditation from the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA)

Aspen Education Group Receives Accreditation from the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA)



CITA Believes Aspen is "Living its Mission."



Cerritos, CA (PRWEB) September 6, 2007



Aspen Education Group, the leading provider of therapeutic schools and programs for struggling and underachieving young people, today announced that their network of schools have earned the prestigious CITA accreditation. CITA, the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation, is an agency dedicated to advancing the quality of education. CITA's systems of accreditation promote international quality schools, continuous improvement and student success. Comprised of the premier American educational accrediting agencies, CITA accredits more than 30,000 public and private educational institutions in 100 countries, touching over 17 million students.



"Aspen is extremely proud to achieve CITA accreditation and become a part of CITA's outstanding network of schools," said Elliot Sainer, president of Aspen Education Group. "This designation is a direct result of the successful implementation of best practices across our continuum of services and our ongoing commitment to excellence, and will ensure that academic credits earned at Aspen are legitimately recognized by institutions around the world."



Accreditation is based on meeting or exceeding CITA Standards, and is a voluntary commitment on the part of a school or group of schools to achieve high standards, engage in common protocol of school improvement, and participate in peer reviews of schools. The hallmark of accreditation is that a school is as it represents itself, that it is trustworthy and that is protects the public trust by reaching high standards and acting in a trustworthy manner.



CITA representatives visited Aspen's corporate office this past May and ultimately prepared a report granting accreditation. The report stated: "[Aspen Education Group] has a clear mission, purpose, and understanding of objectives in support of the children and families it chooses to serve.... Aspen Education Group is successfully enhancing the goal for promoting academic and personal growth in students and their families. The corporation is living its mission."



"CITA is proud to have Aspen Education Group as part of its accredited corporations," said Dr. Claudia Carter, assistant executive director of CITA. "We believe Aspen is an extremely high quality company, and we were particularly impressed with their staff of experts."



Demand for CITA accreditation is now worldwide. Accreditation helps schools and colleges trust in the education of other accredited schools and helps parents, students and the public believe in these institutions. The standards guide policies for awarding credit, granting diplomas, and other educational procedures.



Aspen Education Group is recognized nationwide as the largest and most comprehensive network of therapeutic schools and programs. Aspen Education Group offers professionals and families the opportunity to choose from a variety of therapeutic settings in order to best meet a student's unique academic and emotional needs. Aspen Education Group has been profiled by major news and television organizations around the world, including U. S. News and World Report, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and People magazine, as well as on CNN, ABC's 20/20 and Good Morning America, NBC's The Today Show and Dateline NBC, National Public Radio and the syndicated television show Dr. Phil. Aspen is a division of CRC Health Group, the nation's largest chemical dependency and related behavioral health organization. For more information about Aspen Education Group, visit www. aspeneducation. com or call (888) 972-7736.



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Communication Strategy Group Named Agency of Record by HIA-LI

Communication Strategy Group Named Agency of Record by HIA-LI



HIA-LI Selects Brand Marketing Agency to Strengthen, Support Brand Messages, Provide Ongoing Public Relations to Premier Long Island Business Association.



East Northport, NY (PRWEB) March 2, 2010



Businesses of all sizes and across numerous industries are returning to grass-roots associations to help them improve their economic health and well-being. To help its member companies and other businesses on and beyond Long Island improve their ability to thrive in today’s economy HIA-LI, Long Island’s premier business organization, selected Communication Strategy Group (http://www. gocsg. com), a strategic brand marketing agency, to serve as its agency of record for public relations and to help develop its brand story.



“Communication Strategy Group impressed us with their ability to really listen to our communication needs,” said HIA-LI President Terri Alessi-Miceli. “We look forward to partnering with CSG to help us strengthen and support our brand.”



“HIA-LI is a vocal advocate and strong supporter of Long Island and area businesses,” said Arthur Germain, Communication Strategy Group principal. “By partnering with the HIA-LI on the strategic development of its brand messages and public relations campaigns, we will help them better communicate their value and commitment to the local business community they serve.”



Companies interested in developing powerful brand stories that can accelerate their marketing are encouraged to visit Communication Strategy Group at http://www. GoCSG. com (http://www. GoCSG. com) or email info@gocsg. com.



About the HIA

The Hauppauge Industrial Association (HIA), which has a membership of approximately 1,000 companies throughout LI, is a grass-roots, pro-active 32-year old business organization that focuses on the economic health and well-being of its member companies and that of the entire Long Island business community. HIA provides services and programs focusing on international trade, human resources, business development, government affairs, manufacturing, technology, environment, education, engineering, transportation, energy and much more. For more information, visit http://www. hia-li. org (http://www. hia-li. org).



About Communication Strategy Group

Communication Strategy Group helps your brand story become remembered, repeated and rewarded through our strategic Brandtelling (http://www. Brandtelling. com)® approach. We focus on building and supporting a strategic plan for client communications in order to create strong, consistent messages and presentations that have the greatest impact. The Communication Strategy Group team comprises senior level communications professionals – writers, journalists, technology marketers, public relations executives, media trainers – who work directly on client accounts to achieve results. Our clients include growing companies in technology, media and professional services industries. For more information, please call 1-866-997-2424 or visit us at http://www. GoCSG. com (http://www. GoCSG. com)



Media Contact

Anne Strauss

Communication Strategy Group

866-997-2424



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Anasa Plan -- Health and Wealth -- A New Twist on Nutrition and Business

Anasa Plan -- Health and Wealth -- A New Twist on Nutrition and Business



An exclusive line of unique nutritional supplements, skin care and other products designed to increase your quality of life. Anasa Plan offers a successful blueprint to assist you in creating a future of wealth while you improve your health.



(PRWEB) April 4, 2005



A Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit can bring about motivation and action (ambition). When you are healthy, it radiates throughout your total being. It becomes apparent for all to see by your attitude and deeds.



Anasa Plan is a solid international company that offers Nutritional products plus more to help you attain the quality lifestyle you desire and deserve. We are dedicated to assisting you in discovering “The Keys to Health and Wealth.” 



When you Feel Good, it's only natural to spread the news and share your good fortune with others. We offer product to try, information and support. With our products you will feel results in your physical health and in your financial health.



Anasa Plan provides Nutritional Supplements (multivitamins and herbal), excellent skin care, low carb dietary selections, natural coffee (chemically untreated), financial opportunities and much, much more. Our objective is to focus on your needs to create Your Plan for a Healthy and Wealthy present and Future.



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Teen Music Phenomenon, Small Change, Signs to Jean Rah Fya Records and Releases Debut Single "Don't Be Shy"

Teen Music Phenomenon, Small Change, Signs to Jean Rah Fya Records and Releases Debut Single "Don't Be Shy"



Small Change, Hip-Hop singing group, comprised of three brothers, have signed to the hot new record label Jean Rah Fya Records. The group completed their debut hit single "Don't Be Shy" for the independent label and is set to release on May 16, 2008. "Don't Be Shy" features Grammy-Nominated artist Yung Joc, pop teen sensation Chani and a surprise feature from Nickelodeon television star Lil'JJ from the hit show "Just Jordan" on the upcoming remix.



Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 24, 2008



Small Change, Hip-Hop singing group, comprised of three brothers, Patrick, Cameron and Payton Scott have signed to the hot new record label Jean Rah Fya Records. The group completed their debut hit single "Don't Be Shy" for the independent label and is set to release on May 16, 2008. Mega-producer DJ Black is the brain child, behind this sensational track. DJ Black has worked with popular music artists such as T. I., Eve, Lil John, and T-Pain. "Don't Be Shy" features Grammy-Nominated artist Yung Joc, pop teen sensation Chani and a surprise feature from Nickelodeon television star Lil'JJ from the hit show "Just Jordan" on the upcoming remix.



"The single is electrifying," said DJ Black. "I think it's what the music industry has been missing.



Small Change and featured artists will be shooting the video to "Don't Be Shy" on May 4th in Hollywood, Ca. Brothers, Patrick Scott (PJ), Cameron Scott (Cam), and Payton Scott joined forces to become the next great teen Hip-Hop phenomenon. Working with highly esteemed talents such as Ciara, Nelly and Ludacris, these talented teens are looking forward to taking the music industry by storm. The siblings are 15, 14 and 13 years of age and have already gained the support of some of the most recognized teens in the music and television industry including Corbin Bleu, Drew Seely, Kyle and Kris Massey and Keke Palmer. All of these teen stars will make an appearance in the upcoming music video for new single "Don't Be Shy" as well as Tyler Williams, Raven Goodwin, Tequan Richmond and Page Heard.



Small Change has a passion to lead youth across the world as positive role models. They will be starring in their own reality television show titled "Small Change: The price of fame" later this year. In addition, they were chosen to become Youth Ambassadors for Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D. A.R. E) in Powder Springs, GA from 2004 thru 2006. The brothers traveled to schools across the country to talk about the importance of safety with peers, experimental drugs and education.



In 2007, the dynamic trio performed on Tavis Smiley's Road to Health, Wellness and Fitness Expo. The lineup included; Lyfe Jennings, Kelly Price, Cornel West, Shanice and Bobby Valentino. Additionally, Small Change was featured on the NBA rhythm and rims tour.

Small Change is managed by Next Level Entertainment and was discovered by founders Doug and Jackie Christie of Jean Rah Fya Records. "We are very pleased to have signed this dynamic young group to our label," said Jackie Christie. The debut album by Small Change titled "Concrete and Clay," will be released early 2009.



About D. A.R. E:

This year millions of school children around the world will benefit from D. A.R. E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), the highly acclaimed program that gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence. D. A.R. E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles, Ca.



About Jean Rah Fya records:

Established in Dec 2007, the label owned by NBA Star Doug Christie and his business savvy wife Jackie Christie is the home to some of the hottest young talent. Jean Rah Fya records goal is to promote positive artists with unique vocals and electrifying sounds. This new label which is the pioneer of "The positive Youth Movement" is quickly making headlines in the music industry.



About Yung Joc:

With two No. 1 hits to his credit ("It's Goin' Down" and "I Know You See It"), Joc was by far the most accomplished new hip-hop artist of 2006 - earning nominations from the Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, BET Awards, and Billboard Awards. "It's Goin' Down" was also the 1-selling ring tone in all of the Warner Music Group.



About Lil JJ:

Lil' JJ won BET's comedy talent search Comin' to the Stage. He also made a cameo appearance in Chris Brown's music video "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" and also in Sean Kingston's music video "Beautiful Girls." Lil'JJ played a supporting role in the movie Crossover (2006) as a character named "Up." As of January 2007, he's currently starring in the hit Nickelodeon series "Just Jordan" as Jordan Lewis.



For More Information:

Http://www. myspace. com/atlsmallchange (http://www. myspace. com/atlsmallchange)



For media inquiries please contact:

Laura Wright

(310) 358-9232



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SEDONA INNKEEPERS DONATE ROMANTIC "REUNION WEEKENDS" TO HOMECOMING U. S. TROOPS

SEDONA INNKEEPERS DONATE ROMANTIC "REUNION WEEKENDS" TO HOMECOMING U. S. TROOPS



Premier Bed & Breakfasts of Sedona is announcing plans to donate 20 romantic "reunion" weekends to homecoming troops this holiday season -- and throughout 2004.



(PRWEB) November 26, 2003



SEDONA, AZ, November 24, 2003 -- Premier Bed &



Breakfasts of Sedona (www. bbsedona. net) -- a



Collection of 20 award-winning inns in Northern



Arizona's red rock country -- is giving thanks this holiday season by donating 20 romantic "reunion



Weekends" to U. S. troops returning from active duty in



Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations.



The first 10 weekends will be awarded to homecoming



Servicemen and women from Luke Air Force Base, outside



Phoenix, in random drawings on December 7 and



Valentine's Day 2004. The drawings are being conducted



Under the auspices of Luke's "Hearts Together, Hearts



Apart" programs.



Winners will receive a weekend with their spouses in



The destination USA Today calls "The Most Beautiful



Place in America." Their "Sedona experience" will



Include:



 Two nights at a romantic B&B;



 Candlelight dinner at Dahl & DiLuca



Ristorante Italiano, one of the area's most popular



Restaurants;



 Pink Jeep tour of red-rock backcountry;



 Massage for two, courtesy of the Sedona



Massage Association.



All Luke military personnel returning from overseas



Deployments are qualified to enter the drawing.



"Military reunions are supposed to be happy times, but



Many families underestimate the stresses that can



Arise," said Sgt. Cory Carmichael," co-director of



Luke's Family Support Center, which sponsors "Hearts



Together, Hearts Apart" to help a growing number of



Families cope with the effects of military



Deployments. "We're very grateful to the Premier Bed &



Breakfasts of Sedona for providing returning service



Personnel and their families with a healthy transition



To civilian life."



Premier Bed & Breakfasts of Sedona is one of the first



B&B associations to provide fully complimentary



"re-entry getaways" to returning troops. Pam Morris,



President of the Premier Bed & Breakfasts of Sedona,



Said, "As innkeepers, we couldn't think of a better



Way to show support, than to open our hearts and our



"homes" to our local heroes."



Media Advisory: The December 7 drawing will be held 6



P. m. at the Polar Ice Rink in Peoria, AZ (on conjunction with



Luke's "Hearts Together" family outing from 4:30-6:30



P. m.).To attend, please call Laurie Berger at



310-828-6607.



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About Premier Bed & Breakfasts of Sedona



Premier Bed & Breakfasts of Sedona is a collection of



20 award-winning inns located less than two hours from



The Grand Canyon in spectacular red rock country.



Close to outdoor adventure, top-name entertainment and



World-class art galleries, Sedona B&Bs' are as unique



As the destination itself. From Victorian-styled



Creekside inns to western-themed B&Bs, there are



Accommodations for every taste and budget. The inns



Have received numerous accolades from top travel



Publications including USA Today, Zagat, Sunset



Magazine and FrommerÂ’s. For more information, visit



Www. bbsedona. net



About Luke Air Force Base



Luke Air Force base, located just outside Phoenix, AZ,



Is the largest fighter training base in the world.



Its Family Support Center, founded in 1982, has



Served as a model for other branches of the military



In supporting families with deployed members, through



Its privately funded Friends of Military Families and



"Hearts Together, Hearts Apart" programs. For more



Information, http://www. luke. af. mil/familysupport/ (http://www. luke. af. mil/familysupport/).



About Dahl & DiLuca



Dahl & DiLuca Ristorante Italiano, best known for its



Authentic cuisine and romantic atmosphere, has been



Voted "Best Italian Restaurant " five years in a row.



Owners Lisa Dahl and Andrea DiLuca recently opened a



Second fine dining establishment, Tuscan-style Cucina



Rustica, in the Village of Oak Creek.



About Pink Jeep Tours



Since 1958, Pink Jeep has been operating award-winning



Tours of Sedona's famous red-rock backcountry. Its



Exclusive Broken Arrow, Ancient Ruin and Diamondback



Gulch excursions offer adventure, Native American



History, nature, geology and panoramic vistas. For



More information, visit www. pinkjeep. com.



About Sedona Massage Association



The Sedona Massage Association was formed in 1995 to



Establish high standards of professionalism in massage



Therapy. Its members are licensed, and have more than



500 training hours in 30 modalities, including



Swedish, shiatsu, sports massage and Sedona's famous



Hot stone therapy. For more information, visit



Www. sedonamassageassociation. com.

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H2O Mineral Foundation Takes Mineral Makeup to the Next Level

H2O Mineral Foundation Takes Mineral Makeup to the Next Level



Washington company combines loose minerals with nutrient water infusion to create foundation makeup that looks perfect while nourishing and protecting the skin.



Raymond, WA (PRWEB) May 17, 2008



Dori Patrick and Meri Yardley discovered how to meld superior long-lasting foundation makeup appearance with effective skin nourishment and protection. The trick was to devise an epidermal delivery system to infuse the nutrients into the skin. The answer is water.



Sisters Dori and Meri, owners of Terra Firma Cosmetics, wanted to improve on the idea of using minerals in makeup. After analyzing the properties of the major contenders on the market, they realized that the missing piece of the puzzle was direct epidermal and dermal nutrition. With that, they developed a "dry water" process that immediately penetrates the skin with nutrient water.



As stated on their Web page at http://www. terrafirmacosmetics. com/h2ominerals. html (http://www. terrafirmacosmetics. com/h2ominerals. html), one can actually feel the nutrient water on the skin as Terra Firma's H2O Mineral Foundation is applied. The water immediately penetrates the skin to release more than 70 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. The resulting "cooling" effect helps to soothe and calm the skin in preparation for other makeup.



Terra Firma's H2O Mineral Foundation joins their impressive existing collection of safe, non-toxic cosmetics and skin care products with an equally impressive motto: "get compliments on your skin, not your makeup."



In the words of Diana Mathias, Los Angeles staff writer for The Epoch Times, "gone is the idea that you have to sacrifice the health of your skin in order to be beautiful." In the article, Dori Patrick is quoted as noting that their products actually make her skin feel better than if she was wearing nothing on it at all. She further noted that many women who previously wore no makeup at all are now wearing Terra Firma products.



The sisters and their six siblings were raised by parents who placed great value on their "natural" lifestyle, no doubt due in part to their father's profession as a nutritional consultant. Dori and Meri were inspired early in life as the condition of their mother, who contracted breast cancer, made them cognizant of how many damaging chemicals are present in a wide variety of women's products.



Dori and Meri realized some time ago that quality was lacking in the beauty care realm of the natural and healthy market, particularly in terms of product, selection, and packaging. As sisters who were raised in a health conscious environment, they never gave up the search for effective beauty care products that were safe, natural, and healthy. After shopping department stores, their mission was clear: they had to formulate their own safe beauty care products and make them widely available.



About Terra Firma Cosmetics:

With a lifetime of inspiration and their successes in research, marketing and product distribution, Terra Firma Cosmetics are bringing beauty products to a better, safer, healthier level.



For more information about their alternatives to mainstream cosmetics, contact Dori Patrick or Meri Yardley or visit http://www. terrafirmacosmetics. com (http://www. terrafirmacosmetics. com). Also, learn more by reading the article from The Epoch Times at http://epoch-archive. com/a1/en/us/bos/2008/02-Feb/28/B7.pdf (http://epoch-archive. com/a1/en/us/bos/2008/02-Feb/28/B7.pdf).



Contact:

Dori Patrick or Meri Yardley, Owners

Terra Firma Cosmetics

360-942-0568

Admin @ terrafirmacosmetics. com

Http://www. terrafirmacosmetics. com (http://www. terrafirmacosmetics. com)



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Caldwell School District Opens Idaho's First LEED Silver Public School Building Expert McKinstry helps District Tout Benefits of New, Energy Efficient Facility

Caldwell School District Opens Idaho's First LEED Silver Public School Building Expert McKinstry helps District Tout Benefits of New, Energy Efficient Facility



Caldwell School District has become one of the first schools in Idaho to make the connection between energy cost savings and increased revnues for education. It has set a precedent for schools by moving away from bid/spec as the best method to fund public projects, and moved toward an integrated design/build approach as exemplified by building expert McKinstry.



Boise, ID (PRWEB) September 16, 2009 -



On September 15th Caldwell School District hosted legislators, community leaders, and other stakeholders during the opening of the state's first school to pursue LEED Silver certification, Van Buren Elementary. McKinstry, an Idaho-based building expert, provided mechanical engineering services and sustainability consulting for the school, which was built with a host of energy efficient features expected to save the district thousands in future energy expenditures and provide a healthier learning environment for its students - 89% of whom fall below the poverty line.



Caldwell's goal for Van Buren Elementary is two fold: to significantly provide a better indoor environment for students and to significantly reduce the schools overall operating costs. According to the US Department of Energy, the money spent on fueling a school exceeds the money spent on salaries, supplies, and books. In fact, schools spend in excess of $6 billion annually on energy alone, a cost that could be defrayed by 25% with better conservation initiatives. Caldwell School District anticipates saving 30% in future energy costs by equipping Van Buren Elementary with energy saving features.



"Energy-smart building choices make good sense," said Jennifer Swindell of The Caldwell School District. "Not only do they save money while decreasing our carbon footprint, but it's been proven that energy saving innovation in school buildings greatly improve our teachers' ability to do their job and their students' abilities to learn."



Van Buren's new school building is 70,000 square feet and boasts a number of improvements designed to conserve energy and enhance learning. These include: the building's V-shaped design intended to capture solar energy; large classroom windows that provide illumination throughout 90% of the building; building products made from recycled materials; high-performance kitchen and bathroom fixtures to maximize water efficiency; and HVAC systems that keep room temperatures consistent and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.



Project funding for the school, which cost $12 million to construct, came from ESPC (Energy Savings Performance Contract) incentive programs offered by Idaho power as well as funding assistance from the Idaho Office of Energy Resources. By going against the norm and choosing McKinstry's integrated design/build approach, Caldwell School District has distinguished itself from other educational organizations who erroneously believe that bid/spec is the best approach to public funding. McKinstry's integrated delivery and the collaborative working relationship between project teams ensured the smooth integration of systems to streamline processes, eliminate waste, and drive down costs for the district, which helped reinforced its conviction in the design/build approach.



"The Caldwell School District is the first in Idaho to make the connection between long-term energy savings and increased education resources," noted Ash Awad, McKinstry's VP of Energy Services. "It has shown unwavering community leadership in its commitment to set a new standard for education through emphasizing energy conservation and operational efficiency. Its vision of considering TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) for both existing and new facilities arose out of a desire to ensure that students within its jurisdiction receive equal access to a safer, healthier, and more enriching learning environment. The Caldwell School District's vision and sustained efforts in this regard has made it a model for Idaho."



In addition to an improved school environment, The Caldwell School District hopes to use Van Buren Elementary's sustainable features as a teaching tool. The district is currently working with administrators to integrate sustainable concepts into a curriculum that will demonstrate to students how small changes - such as biking to school, recycling, conserving energy and buying local - can make a difference in their lives everyday.



About McKinstry

McKinstry is a full-service, design-build-operate-and-maintain (DBOM) firm specializing in consulting, construction, energy, and facility services. Our innovative, integrated delivery methodology provides clients with a single point of accountability that drives waste, cost, time, and redundancy out of the design/build process. We employ over 1,600 professional staff and trades people throughout the Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains, West, Midwest, and Southwest regions of the United States with operations in more than 15 states. McKinstry advocates collaborative and sustainable solutions designed to ensure occupant comfort, improve systems efficiency, reduce facility operational costs, and ultimately optimize profitability for "The Life of Your Building."



For more information, visit http://www. mckinstry. com (http://www. mckinstry. com)



About Caldwell School District

The Caldwell School District has 6,200 students and more than 800 employees working in 10 schools. Superintendent Roger Quarles is committed to increasing students' achievement and hiring and retaining the very best teachers. Caldwell's graduation rate has improved each of the last three years.



For more information, visit http://www. caldwellschools. org (http://www. caldwellschools. org)



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Something Fishy Going On? Omega 3 Fortified Milk, Eggs & Cheese is Vegetarian Society’s Worst Nightmare

Something Fishy Going On? Omega 3 Fortified Milk, Eggs & Cheese is Vegetarian Society’s Worst Nightmare



Despite publicity about toxity in fish, and unsustainability of fish stocks, fish oils are increasingly being added to dairy products to increase levels of omega 3 essential fatty acids. This could be The Vegetarian Society’s worst nightmare as milk, cheese, yoghurts and margarine are no longer acceptable for a vegetarian diet. However a new vegetarian EPA Omega 3 product could save their veggie bacon.



(PRWEB) June 7, 2006



New research by UK margarine brand Flora has suggested that consumption of Omega 3 in the UK remains low as families are still not consuming sufficient quantities of foodstuffs rich in the important nutrient. The survey indicated that more than 80% of people were concerned that no one in their family was consuming enough Omega-3.



London Nutritionist and founder of Foods For Life Yvonne Bishop-Weston agrees that people are right to be concerned. “Omega 3 is an essential nutrient often missing from the modern diet” she says “ but people need to differentiate between the different types of Omega 3 – it’s actually the long chain fatty acids EPA and DHA that our body need for brain health and cell membrane integrity. Despite a higher consumption of omega 3 rich foods the EPIC/Oxford University study showed vegetarians and vegans were still lacking in DHA and EPA”



Omega 3, found in oily fish, green leafy herbs such as purslane, nuts and seeds, is thought to be important for heart health and brain function. Some experts believe it may also help learning and concentration among children, and may also be good for joint and health.



Canadian author and registered dietitian, Vesanto Melina, specializing in vegetarian nutrition and foods confirms “It can be a challenge for many of us to produce adequate amounts of EPA and DHA. Thus, many may enjoy benefits from direct sources, and preformed EPA and DHA may improve our health.”



Flora, St Ivel, Marks and Spencer and many others have recently launched new products with additional Omega-3 essential fats.



All of this is a bit of a headache for the Vegetarian Society and those on vegetarian and religious diets. New milks high in omega 3 pose a big problem for the UK’s Vegetarian Society and it’s trademarked V symbol scheme. This is because new omega 3 rich dairy products have fish oil added to them or made from cows who have been unnaturally fed fish.



The Vegetarian Society has campaigned vigorously in recent years, through their lavish ‘fishconceptions’ campaign part funded by Sir Paul McCartney to counter the misconception that some people still have that vegetarians eat fish.



When it comes to eggs only free range eggs fed GM and fish free meal are deemed acceptable for receiving the Vegetarian Society approved logo.



However there are still no criteria for Vegetarian Society approved dairy products. Thus approved products could contain dairy products from cruelly treated factory farmed dairy cows fed fish and GM soya.



The Vegetarian Society claim there is no agreed free range gold standard that they could impose on their licensees, but of course there are standards used by the RSPCA (Freedom Foods) and The Soil Association’s Organic Standard that are a starting point. It’s ironic that even McDonalds allegedly have stricter husbandry standards than the Vegetarian Society in order to avoid GM contamination of their milk.



Even the vegetarian guidelines that the Vegetarian Society negotiated with the Food Standards Agency are stricter than the criteria for V Symbol approval.



St Ivel and Flora’s website tells us “Omega 3 from fish (EPA/DHA) are the most effective forms of Omega 3 as they do not need to be converted in the body and can be put to use straight away. That's why we need to eat fish as part of our balanced diet.”



A new vegetarian DHA EPA product called V Pure makes a lie of the last sentence of that statement and offers a light at the end of the tunnel for The Vegetarian Society. The makers of V Pure use a secret natural process to extract the pure EPA and DHA from Algae (which is where fish get DHA and EPA from)



A spokesperson for the V-Pure brand says “We expect V Pure to be appearing in many new products fortified with omega 3 Vegetarian DHA and EPA from bread to soft drinks. There are many problems associated with the fish based product; endangered fish stocks, toxicity, environmental damage and of course the fact that fish is unsuitable for so many different groups of consumer”



The V Pure brand is the first vegan approved alternative that is rich in EPA as well as DHA and is already available as a dietary supplement in liquid and capsule forms. They expect to get the relevant EU approval to add it to various foods and already have a queue of companies who would prefer to use their product rather than fish based EPA DHA.



Lets hope our grandchildren will still be able to use the phrase “there’s plenty more fish in the sea”



Editor's Notes



Http://www. vegetarian-DHA-EPA. co. uk (http://www. vegetarian-DHA-EPA. co. uk) on dietary needs of DHA EPA and essential fatty acids



Http://www. water4.net (http://www. water4.net) to buy Vegetarian DHA EPA product.



Http://www. news. foodsforlife. org (http://www. news. foodsforlife. org)



Definition taken from The FSA guidance on vegetarian labeling at http://www. food. gov. uk/multimedia/pdfs/vegitermsgn. pdf (http://www. food. gov. uk/multimedia/pdfs/vegitermsgn. pdf)



The term ‘vegetarian’ should not be applied to foods that are, or are made from or with the aid of products derived from animals that have died, have been slaughtered, or animals that die as a result of being eaten. Animals means farmed, wild or domestic animals, including for example, livestock poultry, game, fish, shellfish, crustacea, amphibians, tunicates, echinoderms, molluscs and insects.



The vegetarian and vegan Guidance excludes products that have been made using processing aids, that are non-vegetarian or non-vegan respectively, even though they may not be present in the final foodstuff.



Cross contamination



Manufacturers, retailers and caterers should be able to demonstrate that foods presented as ‘vegetarian’ or ‘vegan’ have not been contaminated with non-vegetarian or non-vegan foods during storage, preparation, cooking or display.



Http://www. food. gov. uk/news/newsarchive/2006/apr/vegvegan (http://www. food. gov. uk/news/newsarchive/2006/apr/vegvegan)



Http://www2.marksandspencer. com/thecompany/mediacentre/contact. shtml (http://www2.marksandspencer. com/thecompany/mediacentre/contact. shtml)



Http://www2.marksandspencer. com/thecompany/mediacentre/pressreleases/2006/foo2006-01-31-01.shtml (http://www2.marksandspencer. com/thecompany/mediacentre/pressreleases/2006/foo2006-01-31-01.shtml)



Http://www. vegsoc. org/fish/fishpress. htm (http://www. vegsoc. org/fish/fishpress. htm)



Http://www. florahearts. co. uk/livingforahealthyheart/healthyeating/foodswithaddedbenefits/omega-3.aspx? style=1#fish (http://www. florahearts. co. uk/livingforahealthyheart/healthyeating/foodswithaddedbenefits/omega-3.aspx? style=1#fish)



Http://www. nutrispeak. com (http://www. nutrispeak. com)



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Author Claims Peanut Butter Scare Is the Result of Nutritional Ignorance

Author Claims Peanut Butter Scare Is the Result of Nutritional Ignorance



"Even uncontaminated peanut butter poses a serious health risk," claims Ron Garner, author of the new book - "Conscious Health - Choosing Natural Solutions for Optimum Health and Lifelong Vitality."



Vancouver, BC. (PRWEB) February 19, 2007



"Virtually all commercial - grade peanut butter contains unhealthy quantities of sugar and salt. Throw in hydrogenated oils, additives and preservatives, and the loss of vital nutrients due to processing, and you are paving the way for future health problems."



Even having a basic understanding of the nutritional requirements of the body can help you avoid and even reverse debilitating health conditions well into your "Golden" years.



"Conscious Health - Choosing Natural Solutions for Optimum Health and Lifelong Vitality" is an easy to follow, comprehensive guide designed to help you protect your family and demystify the secrets of vibrant health, mental clarity and endless stamina.



Ron Garner goes on to say, "We don't need all these "convenience" foods advertised on TV and in magazines… our bodies were not made to handle them. Why take a short-term dietary risk when you can go back to the basics and give your body what it really needs? Real food, balanced hormones, an active, fulfilling sex life - without drugs. Change your life!"



He has discovered the secrets to enjoying an energetic life free of disease and filled with joy and peace of mind. But he didn't come by this easily. As Ron watched his health rapidly deteriorate he was forced to find answers. He was desperate.



Ron explains: "All my life, I felt there had to be answers as to why we become sick and diseased, and how we can return to health. I asked my physicians, 'Why do doctors only treat symptoms? Why don't they talk about the causes of illnesses?' I received no answers from them, so I asked myself, what can I do? Do I have any power to change my health?"



Doctors, drugs and conventional medicine failed again and again to curb the rising tide of Ron's allergies, eczema, asthma, digestive problems, diarrhea, chronic fatigue, and rapid aging.



Driven by the fear of an early grave, Ron Garner, retired School principal, set out on a journey to discover the simple truth that empowers your body to heal naturally. His research has led him to become an authority on nutrition and a passionate advocate for natural living.



More importantly he restored his body to perfect health and is sharing that priceless knowledge in his new book - "Conscious Health - Choosing Natural Solutions for Optimum Health and Lifelong Vitality."



There is nothing mysterious about enjoying a life free of health problems; it is merely a matter of making the right choices and altering your lifestyle accordingly. Finally, that knowledge can be at your fingertips just by visiting: http://conscioushealth. namastepublishing. com/ (http://conscioushealth. namastepublishing. com/)



Ron Garner, BEd, MSc, Diploma in Natural Health, is a health researcher, educator, author, and speaker. To contact Ron and learn more about "Conscious Health," just visit: http://namastepublishing. com/garner. asp (http://namastepublishing. com/garner. asp)



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Polaris Marketing Research Supports International Literacy Day

Polaris Marketing Research Supports International Literacy Day



Atlanta Marketing Research Company helps nonprofit improve fund-raising efforts.



Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) September 20, 2009



Marketing research company, Polaris Marketing Research, Inc., (polarismr. com) announced today their involvement in helping Literacy Action, Inc. celebrate International Literacy Day on September 8, 2009.



Polaris Marketing Research staff David Jean-Baptiste and Helen Pham designed an HTML-template that was sent to the email lists of the organization and its trustees, raising much-needed donations. In addition, the organization made its own donation to support Literacy Action's efforts.



Literacy Action's Executive Director Emily Ellison said, "Nonprofit organizations such as Literacy Action have been dramatically impacted by the downturn in the nation's economy. Fortunately, we have loyal supporters like Polaris Marketing Research, who help to fill infrastructure gaps that are often part of the day-to-day realities of nonprofit life. For example, this year on International Literacy Day (September 8), Debra Semans and her colleagues at Polaris helped to create an email blast about Literacy Day that could be used by our trustees in reaching out to their contacts. As a result of that blast, we netted approximately $2,000 in online contributions in a matter of a few hours. We had neither the technical expertise nor the time to do this as a staff, and the email blast would not have been possible without the help of Polaris. In addition, the folks at Polaris understand how significantly functional illiteracy impacts individuals, families, companies, and entire communities, and their support of our mission and the resources they provide to us are enormous. For this ongoing support, I am profoundly grateful."



Literacy Action provides free instruction in math, reading, and writing skills enabling students to progress in their journey toward self-sufficiency. Literacy Action is supported by such companies as Georgia Pacific, Turner Broadcasting and Cox Enterprises. Annually, 80 percent of Literacy Action's students increase two grade levels, increasing their productivity and independence. Some important facts about adult literacy:

 A rise of 1 percent in literacy scores leads to a 2.5 percent rise in GDP per person (The Economist, August 28, 2004).  America could save more than $17 billion in Medicaid and other expenditures for health care for the uninsured by graduating all students from high school. (Alliance for Excellent Education, 2006).  There are approximately 40 million functionally illiterate adults in the United State.



"Many people don't understand the severity of the adult illiteracy problem in our society and its economic impact. We were delighted to join with such a strong organization in this important work. The Polaris team did a great job for Literacy Action and I am very proud of them", said company founder and President, Jan Carlson. Polaris Senior Vice President Debra Semans serves on Literacy Action's Board of Trustees and is Co-Chair of the Marketing and Advocacy Committee.



If you would like more information about Literacy Action, Inc., visit literacyaction. org



About the Marketing Research Company (http://www. polarismr. com? campaign=Sep09) , Polaris Marketing Research:

Founded by Jan Carlson in 1989, Polaris Marketing Research is a full-service firm that provides state-of-the-art online interactive marketing research reporting, interviewing and data collection, quantitative and qualitative research expertise and personalized project management.



Atlanta-based Polaris Marketing Research is affiliated with the Council of American Survey Research Organizations, the American Marketing Association and the American Society for Quality.



For more information about Polaris and its services, contact Dianne Hill at 404-816-0353 or visit polarismr. com.



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Live Cultural Health Study Demonstration – View the Next Generation of the Employee Opinion Assessment

Live Cultural Health Study Demonstration – View the Next Generation of the Employee Opinion Assessment



New product launched through live demonstration. See the latest in employee opinion survey technology/organizational assessments by watching a live cultural health study in progress May 12th at 2:00 pm EST.



Waltham, MA; Cave Creek, AZ (PRWEB) May 5, 2006



Invoke Solutions, a leading innovator of real-time, interactive research technologies, and EMERGE International, a consultancy firm specializing in organizational assessments (http://www. emergeinternational. com) and cultural transformation (http://www. emergeinternational. com), unveil http://www. invoke. com/CHILIVE (http://www. invoke. com/CHILIVE) new [organizational assessment technology] platform via a live online demonstration being held May 12th, 2 pm EST.



During this demonstration you will have the opportunity to watch as an employer uses the CHI LIVE platform to measure the cultural health of their company live with their employees.



Live Online Demonstration: May 12th, 2pm EST



Watch a live cultural health study in progress.



Register Online:



Https://invoke. webex. com/invoke/onstage/g. php? p=3&t=m (https://invoke. webex. com/invoke/onstage/g. php? p=3&t=m)



Registration limited. Please reserve your space quickly.



CHI LIVE combines EMERGE International's Cultural Health Indicator™ (CHI), a validated cultural assessment (http://www. emergeinternational. com) methodology, with the next generation of online researching technology from Invoke Solutions. Measuring seven dimensions of organizational culture (http://www. emergeinternational. com), CHI LIVE evaluates key issues related to employee engagement (http://www. emergeinternational. com), satisfaction and motivation levels. Unlike traditional employee surveys, where answers often lack depth and little flexibility once the questions are deployed, the Invoke platform delivers rich qualitative data and provides users with the freedom to add additional questions on the fly.



The results of a CHI LIVE study are available immediately in a comprehensive report that is both descriptive and prescriptive. The final report provides detailed interpretation and suggestions for “raising the bar”. This is the only comprehensive report with recommendations available in the industry.



For more information about CHI LIVE, please visit www. invoke. com/CHILIVE (http://www. invoke. com/CHILIVE).



About Invoke Solutions



Invoke Solutions is the leading innovator of real-time researching technologies that help businesses gain instant insight into the opinions, views, and dynamics of their customers, employees, and other constituents. Invoke is rapidly becoming the standard platform for organizations that need to make confident, continuous, and fact-based decisions fast.



For more information about Invoke Solutions, visit www. invoke. com.



About EMERGE International



EMERGE International is a management consulting firm dedicated to assisting leaders in assessing, diagnosing and transforming their organization’s culture. Utilizing a validated and reliable Internet based cultural assessment tool called the Cultural Health Indicator (TM) EMERGE helps clients define, support and transform their cultures to support business success.



For more information about EMERGE International, visit www. emergeinternational. com.



For more information, please contact:



Debbie Maynard-Imboden



EMERGE International



480-595-9874



Dimboden @ emergeinternational. com



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



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The Jackson Laboratory One Step Closer to Southwest Florida

The Jackson Laboratory One Step Closer to Southwest Florida



The Jackson Laboratory, an independent, nonprofit genetics research firm, plans to expand to Southwest Florida with help from state funding. The new facility is projected to create between 200 and 250 jobs for the area.



Port Charlotte, FL (Vocus) June 5, 2010



In May, the Florida legislature voted to approve the state's budget, which included a $50-million appropriation for the Innovation Incentive Program – part of a three-year, $130-million commitment to establish a branch of The Jackson Laboratory in Collier County, one of the five counties that make up the new Southwest Florida region.



The Jackson Laboratory, an independent, nonprofit genetics research firm, currently has 1,400 employees located in Bar Harbor, Maine, and in Sacramento, California. The expectations are that the Florida project will create 200 to 250 new jobs in Southwest Florida – specifically in the greater Naples area of Collier County – over the next several years.



The company’s President and CEO, Rick Woychik, Ph. D., called the state’s funding “an important first step” in advancing the development of a branch of The Jackson Laboratory in Southwest Florida. However, in order to proceed, the project also requires institutional partnerships in Southwest Florida, matching funds from Collier County and approval by The Jackson Laboratory’s Board of Trustees.



Based in Maine, the new Southwest Florida facility would be the company’s first expansion since the opening of The Jackson Laboratory-West in Sacramento in 2001. Since then, that facility has moved to larger quarters and now has more than 100 employees. During the same period, the Laboratory’s headquarters in Bar Harbor added nearly 300 new jobs, and officials there expect to add approximately 200 more during the next 5-10 years.



Plans for The Jackson Laboratory’s new Southwest Florida facility call for about 200 employees. Working in collaboration with their colleagues in Maine, scientists in Southwest Florida would investigate the genetic basis of such diseases as cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer's, along with the foundations and stages of human development and aging.



Business leaders and economic planners from throughout Southwest Florida already foresee The Jackson Laboratory’s new facility in Collier County lighting the way for an even larger research and education community – one that has already begun to spark the Southwest Florida economy. And members of the new Southwest Florida Economic Development Partnership are excited about the business it will bring to their five-county region.



The Southwest Florida Economic Development Partnership is made up of Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Lee and Sarasota counties, all of which have come together to put the economic well-being of the Southwest Florida region front and center. The focus of the partnership is the recruitment, retention and creation of high-wage jobs in targeted industries, such as high-tech, health, life and environmental sciences, information technology, and specialty manufacturing. For more information, visit the Southwest Florida website at ABrighterPlace. com.



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Baptist Medical Center's Patient Outcomes Among Highest in the Nation, According to Independent Study

Baptist Medical Center's Patient Outcomes Among Highest in the Nation, According to Independent Study



In 2010, no hospital in Mississippi has more Five-Star Ratings than Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., as recognized by HealthGrades, America's leading independent healthcare ratings organization. Baptist is among the top 10 percent in the nation for Vascular Surgery, Gastrointestinal Surgery and Gastrointestinal Care, according to a comprehensive annual study released today by HealthGrades. Baptist achieved five stars in carotid surgery, treatment of bowel obstruction, gallbladder surgery, prostatectomy and total knee replacement.



Jackson, Miss. (Vocus) October 14, 2009



In 2010, no hospital in Mississippi has more Five-Star Ratings than Baptist Medical Center (http://www. mbhs. org/about_baptist/healthgrades_awards. htm) in Jackson, Miss., as recognized by HealthGrades, America's leading independent healthcare ratings organization. Baptist is among the top 10 percent in the nation for Vascular Surgery, Gastrointestinal Surgery and Gastrointestinal Care, according to a comprehensive annual study released today by HealthGrades. Baptist achieved five stars in carotid surgery, treatment of bowel obstruction, gallbladder surgery, prostatectomy and total knee replacement.



"Our successes are made possible because of our team approach, which inte¬grates our clinical staff with our dedicated medical staff," said Baptist Chief Medical Officer Eric McVey, MD. This study validates our efforts to improve quality and illustrates our focus on patient safety."



Every year America's hospitals are ranked for quality of care. According to the 12th annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America study, top-rated hospitals have a 52 percent lower mortality rate than the U. S. national average. And when the top-rated hospitals were compared to the poorest performers, there was an even greater difference, 72 percent lower mortality.



"This honor shows Baptist's commitment to strive for excellence," Dr. McVey added. "As we move forward, we will continue to focus investments in the latest, innovative technology, enhancing our facility and advancing our clinical expertise. This will enable us to sustain and increase positive outcomes."



Baptist defines quality in a variety of ways including clinical quality of care, credentials, and patient satisfaction. Patients might see quality as the cleanliness of the facility or convenient parking. For health care organizations, quality is defined by how the organization treats illnesses and measures outcomes.



"There has been much publicity about measures of quality in the health care industry. Baptist voluntarily participates in a variety of measurements for health care quality," said Dr. McVey. "In order for us to achieve our vision to become the first choice for patients, physicians and employees in Mississippi, it is imperative we provide outstanding quality in all areas."



Even though many measurements exist to evaluate quality of care, the most conclusive way to recognize the quality of care is improving is to measure outcomes. Since 1999, HealthGrades has studied and measured the quality of care at the nation's approximately 5,000 hospitals and published the results of its annual research on the Web to assist consumers in choosing a hospital. HealthGrades' star rating system tells consumers whether a particular hospital's performance is "Best" with 5 Stars, "As Expected" with 3 Stars or "Poor" with 1 Star on a particular procedure or condition. Hospital ratings are based on patient outcomes, specifically, risk-adjusted mortality or complications.



"HealthGrades' recognition is good news for citizens in Mississippi. It's important for residents in our area to know they can find the high-quality care they seek right here at Baptist," said Dr. McVey.



HealthGrades Ratings

HealthGrades' hospital ratings and awards reflect the track record of patient outcomes at hospitals in the form of mortality and complication rates. HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.



For 28 procedures and treatments, HealthGrades issues star ratings that reflect the mortality and complication rates for each category of care. Hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have mortality or complication rates that are below the national average, to a statistically significant degree. A 3-star rating means the hospital performs as expected. One-star ratings indicate the hospital's mortality or complication rates in that procedure or treatment are statistically higher than average. Because the risk profiles of patient populations at hospitals are not alike, HealthGrades risk-adjusts the data to allow for apples-to-apples comparisons.



More information on today's HealthGrades study, including the complete methodology, can be found at www. healthgrades. com.



About Baptist

Baptist Health Systems is the parent company of Baptist Medical Center, The Mississippi Hospital for Restorative Care and a number of related healthcare services and programs. For over 100 years, Baptist Medical Center has served Mississippi and the surrounding states as a Christian-based, non-profit comprehensive medical Center.



From its beginnings in 1908, Baptist has grown to include a medical center providing comprehensive services for people in every stage of life. The 500+ members of Baptist's medical staff represent more than 85 medical specialties.



For more information contact the Baptist Health Line at 1-800-948-6262 or 948-6262 or visit http://www. mbhs. org/ (http://www. mbhs. org/). Follow Baptist on Twitter at www. twitter. com/baptistmednews (http://www. twitter. com/baptistmednews). Become a Baptist Facebook fan at www. facebook. com/baptistmednews (http://www. facebook. com/baptistmednews). Or, view us on YouTube at www. youtube. com/baptistmednews (http://www. youtube. com/baptistmednews).



Contact: Robby Channell 601-968-5135



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Test Your Mood on National Depression Screening Day with a Free Screening

Test Your Mood on National Depression Screening Day with a Free Screening



Whether for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or depression—health screenings provide a quick and easy way to spot the first signs of serious illness and can reach people who might not otherwise seek professional medical advice. - On Thursday, October 7th as part of National Depression Screening Day, the Mental Health Association in Texas, Samaritan Center for Counseling and Pastoral Care, Saint James Episcopal Church, and the Austin Psychiatric Society is offering free mental health information materials and confidential depression screenings in the Austin and San Marcos areas.



(PRWEB) October 8, 2004



Whether for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or depression—health screenings provide a quick and easy way to spot the first signs of serious illness and can



Reach people who might not otherwise seek professional medical advice.



On Thursday, October 7th as part of National Depression Screening Day, the Mental Health Association in Texas, Samaritan Center for Counseling and Pastoral Care, Saint James Episcopal Church, and the Austin Psychiatric Society is offering free mental health information materials and confidential depression screenings in the Austin and San Marcos areas.



“People with depression often feel alone, not realizing that depression affects many people,” said Lynn Lasky, LMSW, president and CEO of the Mental Health Association in Texas. “In fact, one out of every five adults may experience a depression at some point in their lives, yet fewer than half of those suffering from the



Disorder actually receive treatment, and depression is treatable.”



National Depression Screening Day, held each year during Mental Illness Awareness Week, is designed to call attention to the illnesses of depression on a national level. It is also an opportunity to educate the public about the symptoms and effective treatments of depression, a time for individuals to be screened for the disorder, and a way to connect those in need of treatment with the mental health care system.



“Clinical depression is a common, yet treatable, medical illness and public health issue affecting more than 19 million American adults each year,” said Lasky. “Depression is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away.”



Mental illnesses often have symptoms that are confused with those of other illnesses, or symptoms that many do not think to discuss with their health care provider. National Depression Screening Day is an opportunity for the public to learn more about the signs and symptoms of these disorders. Some may be surprised to recognize the signs and symptoms in themselves or someone they love.



Common symptoms of depression include feelings of sadness, loss of pleasure in usual activities, feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, and worthlessness, changes in sleep and appetite, loss of energy, restlessness, and thoughts of death or suicide.



“For people with depression, without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years; delaying a person’s ability to live and enjoy life,” said Lasky. “Take the test, and if you need to, see a doctor and if you need it, get treatment. Treatment works.”



Free Depression Screening Sites in Austin and San Marcos



In Austin:



Samaritan Center for Counseling



And Pastoral Care



5425-A Burnet Road



Time: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm



In Austin:



Saint James Episcopal Church



3701 East Martin Luther King Jr.



Time: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm



In Austin:



Austin Psychiatric Society and the



Depressive and Bipolar Support Alliance



At Book People



603 N. Lamar (6th & Lamar)



Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm



In San Marcos:



Samaritan Center for Counseling



And Pastoral Care



At H-E-B



200 W. Hopkins Street



Time: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm



FACTS: Why Screen for Depression?



• Clinical depression is a serious, yet treatable, medical illness.



• Clinical depression can lead to suicide.



• Sometimes people with depression mistakenly believe that the symptoms of depression are a "normal part of life."



• Clinical depression affects men and women of all ages, races and socioeconomic groups.



• One in four women and one in ten men will experience depression at some point during their lifetime.



• Two thirds of those suffering from the illness do not seek the necessary treatment.



• Depression can co-occur and complicate other medical conditions.



• More than 80% of all cases of clinical depression can be effectively treated with medication, psychotherapy or a combination of both.



• Screenings are often the first step in getting help.



What Is a Depression Screening Like?



Attendees at screening programs, which are free and confidential;



• complete a written screening test,



• discuss the results with a mental health professional,



• and, if necessary, learn where to go for additional help.



Who Should Attend a Depression Screening?



People suffering from depression often experience some of these key symptoms*:



• A persistent sad, anxious or "empty" mood



• Sleeping too little, early morning awakening, or sleeping too much



• Reduced appetite and weight loss, or increased appetite and weight gain



• Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed



• Restlessness or irritability



• Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions



• Fatigue or loss of energy



• Thoughts of death or suicide



-Depression screenings are not a professional diagnosis. Screenings point out the presence or absence of depressive symptoms and provide a referral for further evaluation if needed.



Individuals should see a doctor or a qualified mental health professional if they experience five or more of these symptoms for longer than two weeks or if the symptoms are severe enough to interfere with their daily routine.



Mental health matters in your life. The Mental Health Association in Texas is the stateÂ’s oldest citizensÂ’ mental health advocacy and education organization. For more mental health information, visit us at www. mhatexas. org/ (http://www. mhatexas. org/) or call 512-454-3706 x 218.



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Greenville County Schools Live on Lawson Enterprise Solutions

Greenville County Schools Live on Lawson Enterprise Solutions



South Carolina’s largest school district will use Lawson applications to help improve administrative efficiency and reduce operational costs.



St. Paul, Minn. (Vocus) August 29, 2009



Greenville County Schools in South Carolina recently completed the first phase of an organization-wide deployment of an enterprise software system from Lawson Software (Nasdaq: LWSN). This Lawson deployment includes Lawson System Foundation and the Lawson S3 Enterprise Financial Management (http://www. lawson. com/wcw. nsf/pub/fins) and Strategic Human Capital Management (http://www. lawson. com/wcw. nsf/pub/shcm) suites as well as Lawson Business Intelligence (http://www. lawson. com/wcw. nsf/pub/businessintelligence). These application suites are helping the district centralize key business functions and gain a broader view of financial data across the organization. Lawson Professional Services (http://www. lawson. com/wcw. nsf/pub/Services_index) provided implementation services for the system rollout.



The School District of Greenville County is located in Greenville, S. C., and is the largest school district in the state. The district employs 9,000 people and serves approximately 70,000 students in 90 school locations. Eight Greenville County high schools are in the top 6 percent in the nation, making the list of Newsweek’s Best High Schools for 2009.



The Greenville County district had previously relied on a legacy system that included numerous disparate home-grown systems along with many manual processes. In order to streamline its financial and human resource systems, decrease paper-based practices and enable continued technology growth, the district needed to upgrade and overhaul its entire operation. After choosing the Lawson solution, the school district launched what it has dubbed “The GRETIL Project” — Greenville Realizes Efficiency Through Integrating Lawson. The Lawson applications are also helping the district achieve additional objectives:

 Replace manual paper processes and improve efficiencies through automated work flow, including requisition approval and budget transfer process flow.  Create a centralized repository of information, creating efficiencies through data accuracy and reduced redundancy and allowing for meaningful, synchronized data from the district office through all the schools.  Activate a new accounting structure to standardize relevant financial data with the ability to produce consolidated financial statements and spreadsheets from a single repository.  Provide ease of use for staff and streamlined customer service.



“Increasing constituent and regulatory demands for greater accountability pose significant challenges to school districts with tight budgets,” said Brian Murphy, general manager, Public Sector, Lawson. “Lawson helps districts simplify administration, improve accuracy and meet their imperatives for greater efficiency and transparency, so they have a smooth path for the real business of educating kids.”



Phase 2 of Greenville’s system rollout will focus on additional components of the Lawson Strategic Human Capital Management suite, including Teacher Contract Administration (http://www. lawson. com/WCW. nsf/pub/shcm00982E), Time and Attendance, and Employee Self-Service. More information about this overall project can be found at www. greenville. k12.sc. us/gcsd/depts/finance/gretil. asp (http://www. greenville. k12.sc. us/gcsd/depts/finance/gretil. asp).



Lawson serves more than 140 public sector customers, including nine of the top 50 U. S. school districts, three of the top seven state governments and 20 of the nation’s largest utilities. Public sector organizations rely on Lawson solutions to help meet the needs of a variety of stakeholders —students, employees, parents, taxpayers, vendors and communities.



About Lawson Software

Lawson Software provides software and service solutions to 4,500 customers in equipment service management and rental, fashion, food & beverage, healthcare, manufacturing & distribution, public sector (United States), service industries, and strategic human capital management across 40 countries. Lawson Software is a global provider of enterprise software, services and support to customers primarily in three sectors: services, trade and manufacturing/distribution. Lawson’s solutions include Enterprise Performance Management, Human Capital Management, Supply Chain Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, Customer Relationship Management, Manufacturing Resource Planning, Enterprise Asset Management and industry-tailored applications. Lawson solutions assist customers in simplifying their businesses or organizations by helping them streamline processes, reduce costs and enhance business or operational performance. Lawson is headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., and has offices around the world. Visit Lawson online at www. lawson. com. For Lawson’s listing on the First North exchange in Sweden, Remium AB is acting as the Certified Adviser.



Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that contain risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements contain statements of intent, belief or current expectations of Lawson Software and its management. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from the potential results discussed in the forward-looking statements. The company is not obligated to update forward-looking statements based on circumstances or events that occur in the future. Risks and uncertainties that may cause such differences include but are not limited to: uncertainties in uncertainties in the software industry; uncertainties as to when and whether the conditions for the recognition of deferred revenue will be satisfied; increased competition; general economic conditions; the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; continuation of the global credit crisis; global military conflicts; terrorist attacks; pandemics, and any future events in response to these developments; changes in conditions in the company's targeted industries and other risk factors listed in the company's most recent QuQuarterly Report on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Lawson assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release.



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8 Tips Help New College Graduates Manage Debt

8 Tips Help New College Graduates Manage Debt



Freedom Debt Relief suggests what college grads need to know about debt reduction



San Mateo, Calif. (Vocus) June 10, 2010



College and university graduates this year face a difficult job market, and their mortarboards come with a heavy debt burden, Freedom Debt Relief vice president Kevin Gallegos said this week, making it more important than ever that grads know how to handle their debt (http://www. freedomdebtrelief. com/otheroptions. php).



Two-thirds of students graduated with some educational debt in 2008, with an average debt of more than $23,000. With average cumulative educational debt increasing by 5.6 percent a year, that total is likely almost $26,000 this year. And a report issued earlier this year found that 25 percent of indebted students borrowed $35,500 or more. All of those loans add up: The projected total U. S. student loan debt outstanding for FY2010, when both public and private loans are included, is about $763.4 billion. Put another way, that's $2,704 for every person in the nation.



Those figures do not include other debt, such as credit card debt or loans. In fall 2009, 84 percent of students had at least one credit card, and half of them had at least four credit cards. The average undergraduate has $3,173 in credit card debt before even leaving school.



"These statistics make it painfully clear that many college graduates have far more than the average debt," Gallegos said. "This year’s graduates are entering one of the toughest job markets in our nation's history, and it is crucial that they know what to do to handle their debt in the coming months and years."



1. Pay on time. Paying bills on time is the No. 1 way to build a strong credit rating – and avoid getting into more debt. "The track record graduates establish in the first years of working and paying bills will help build a stronger financial future," said Gallegos. "Setting up a system to support good record-keeping and paying bills on time is extremely important."



2. Be aware of income-based loan repayment options. Graduates (and students) who are struggling with debt have some options for getting relief with student loan debt if their loans were issued by the federal government program. As of July 2009, an income-based repayment plan caps the amount graduates must pay on student loans at 15 percent of discretionary income. After 25 years, any remaining balance will be forgiven.



If the borrower works in public service, the balance can be forgiven after 10 years. New laws make the program even more generous in the future: For loans issued after 2014, the repayment cap will be 10 percent of discretionary income, and the loan program will forgive outstanding balances after 20 years. To benefit, borrowers will need to provide paperwork proving that they have worked in public service for 10 years.



3. Pay credit card debt first. First and foremost, use caution when using credit cards, and if already paying off student loan debt, it is helpful to put away the cards completely to avoid racking up more debt. Using cash or a debit card for most purchases helps anyone stay within a healthy budget. For new grads who have already incurred credit card debt (http://www. freedomdebtrelief. com/creditcarddebt. php), there is no better investment than paying this debt off, as credit cards typically carry extremely high interest rates (typically 15 percent to 30 percent). While paying the minimum on student loans, grad should pay as much as possible to eliminate credit card debt – while they avoid charging anything new.



4. Pay other loan obligations next. After credit cards, graduates should pay other debt -- like personal loans and auto loans -- as quickly as possible. "If you must pay interest, you are better off paying it on student loans, where you can receive a tax deduction, rather than on consumer loans, which offer no tax benefit," Gallegos explained.



5. Take tax benefits. Most new graduates can deduct up to $2,500 per year in student loan interest payments. In 2009, the deduction phased out for taxpayers with annual incomes between $60,000 and $75,000 ($120,000 to $150,000 for those filing joint returns). New graduates also might qualify for additional education credits based on the amounts paid for education during this tax year. A tax advisor can help graduates receive all the education-related deductions and credits for which they qualify.



6. Save for an emergency. Whatever their budget, new graduates should set aside some cash to cover unexpected expenses. "Everyone needs an emergency fund of at least $500 to start with, building to enough to cover basic living expenses for at least six months," Gallegos said. Graduates can begin by saving money from graduation or other gifts, or simply begin putting an extra few dollars into a jar every day or week.



7. Know what to do if paying is not possible. Students who cannot pay student loan obligations should immediately contact the lender. Many student loans can be deferred for a time, although interest will continue to accrue. Do not stop paying the loan -- this is called "default," and damage from defaulting can prevent borrowers from buying a home or car or getting a job, apartment or insurance for years to come.



8. Begin saving for retirement. The early working years are prime time to save for retirement. Investments made early on have many years to grow. If a new grad has a job where his or her company matches a portion of funds employees contribute to the employer-sponsored retirement plan, the grad would be wise to take advantage of that program. Not doing so is like giving money away.



About Freedom Debt Relief (www. freedomdebtrelief. com)

Freedom Debt Relief provides consumer debt settlement services. Working for the consumer to negotiate with creditors and lower principal balances due, the company has served more than 80,000 clients since 2002. The company is a member of The Association of Settlement Companies and the International Association of Professional Debt Arbitrators. FDR holds the Goldline Research Preferred Provider certification for excellence among debt settlement companies.



Freedom Debt Relief is a wholly owned subsidiary of Freedom Financial Network, LLC (FFN). Based in San Mateo, Calif., FFN also operates offices in Sacramento and Tempe, Ariz. The company, with 600 employees, was voted one of the best places to work in both the San Francisco Bay area and the Phoenix area in 2008 and 2009.



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Improve Your Business By Marketing To Women - New Distance Learning Course Reveals What You Must Do To Better Reach And Serve The WomenÂ’s Market

Improve Your Business By Marketing To Women - New Distance Learning Course Reveals What You Must Do To Better Reach And Serve The WomenÂ’s Market



Purchases by women now total trillions of dollars annually, accounting for roughly 80% of all consumer expenditures. Most mind-body businesses in particular rely on female clients for their survival. Reaching out to women more effectively should therefore be the number one priority for your business.



(PRWEB) October 19, 2004



"How To Grow Your Business By Focusing On Women" is a new distance learning course distributed by NAMASTA, the North American Studio Alliance. It helps mind-body business owners see their brands through a womanÂ’s eyes, unlocking the secrets to developing products, services, and marketing strategies that truly resonate with female buyers.



The course was developed by Andrea Learned, a womenÂ’s market expert, a Pilates teacher and the co-author of the best-selling book "Don't Think Pink: What Really Makes Women Buy - And How To Increase Your Share Of This Crucial Market" (AMACOM, 2004). "How To Grow Your Business By Focusing On Women" builds on Learned's in-depth research into womenÂ’s experiences and perceptions, and reveals:



• How listening to women earlier and more often leads to more powerful strategies.



• How to use market research to gain a greater understanding of female clients.



• How to gain a bigger share of the purchasing power of women.



Andrea Learned takes you through an easy step-by-step process to grow your business and gives you practical examples and reminders to assimilate the material. She also shows you how to avoid common traps. Whether you are a man or a woman, whatever branch of the holistic or healing arts field you are in, thereÂ’s probably no question that women are your main clients. How to grow your clientele by focusing on women helps you gain concrete business ideas to grow your business to the next level.



The North American Studio Alliance (NAMASTA) is the independent organization that serves professionals in the mind-body, bodywork, gentle movement, holistic and healing arts fields. Services include access to health benefits and liability insurance for Pilates, yoga, massage and Tai Chi professionals, member rates on supplies and marketing services, free business consulting and a referral service. Besides "How To Grow Your Business By Focusing On Women", NAMASTA offers additional distance learning and training courses on how to build a website, how to grow your business with PR and how to organize a successful retreat. Ordering information at www. namasta. com.



Andrea J. Learned is recognized expert and author in the marketing to women field. In addition to co-authoring Don't Think Pink: What Really Makes Women Buy - And How To Increase Your Share Of This Crucial Market (AMACOM, 2004), she is a Senior Contributor for marketingprofs. com, and has used her observation and analysis of the womenÂ’s market to write for consumer fitness and health magazines such as Pilates Style and CarbLite, as well. Andrea spent 15 years in marketing and public relations in a wide variety of industries, including the outdoor sports and fitness industries. A certified Pilates instructor, Andrea writes and consults from her home in Burlington, Vermont. Her web log, Learned on Women: The WomenÂ’s Market, Deconstructed, can be found at andrealearned. com

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Waterfront Media Announces the Launch of GenoTypeDiet. com: Companion site to New York Times Bestselling "Eat Right for Your Type" author Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo's revolutionary new diet

Waterfront Media Announces the Launch of GenoTypeDiet. com: Companion site to New York Times Bestselling "Eat Right for Your Type" author Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo's revolutionary new diet



Waterfront Media (www. waterfrontmedia. com), the largest privately held online health company and operator of the second largest online health property, Everyday Health, announces the launch of GenoTypeDiet Online (www. GenoTypeDiet. com). The site complements the new book The GenoType Diet(TM): Change Your Genetic Destiny to Live the Longest, Fullest, and Healthiest Life Possible (December 2007) by New York Times bestselling author and eminent naturopathic physician Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo. Dr. D'Adamo's Eat Right for Your Type, along with additional books in his "Blood Type Diet" series, has been a publishing franchise for more than 10 years. The new Web site is designed to help members live to their full "genetic potential," in order to boost energy and prevent disease by following the right diet and exercise plan.



BROOKLYN, N. Y. (PRWEB) December 26, 2007



 A nationally renowned doctor, Dr. D'Adamo has helped millions of people lose weight and attain better health by eating a specific diet based on their blood type. He has now expanded his cutting-edge research by developing a revolutionary new eating plan using individuals' genetic information. Through statistical analyses of how genes, physical traits, and their vulnerability to different disorders cluster together, Dr. D'Adamo has identified six GenoTypes that all 7.5 billion of us on the planet fit into: The Hunter, The Gatherer, The Teacher, The Explorer, The Warrior, and The Nomad. The GenoType Diet Online offers members a unique system to determine their GenoType, and then provides 16 tools, including trackers, calculators, and progress monitors to help with weight loss and nutrition. The heart of the online program is the custom meal plans and exercise regimens, specific to each member's GenoType, which are unavailable in the book or anywhere else online. The site features also message boards to facilitate meeting others following the program for support and for building a community of like-minded people who are dedicated to bettering their lives.



"I am impressed by Waterfront Media's dedication to maintaining the highest quality standards," said Dr. D'Adamo. "Their history and expertise with creating unique sites and novel tools, such as the GenoType Calculator and diet tracker, to help members truly experience my GenoType program online is incomparable, and I am glad for this opportunity to partner together."



"We are pleased to work with an expert like Dr. D'Adamo and to bring The GenoType Diet book and program to life via the Web," said Waterfront Media CEO and Co-Founder, Ben Wolin. "Healthy living is about finding the best choices - and we at Waterfront Media have prided ourselves on giving our more than 20 million consumers the best in personalized and interactive tools on more than 20 sites at Everyday Health."



Waterfront Media enables advertisers and sponsors to align their brands with experts that consumers can trust on Everyday Health, including its flagship site EverydayHealth. com. Advertisers reach the most relevant members of their target audiences--consumers who are focused, highly motivated, and prepared to make a life change, and therefore, are consistently engaged. Please visit www. GenoTypeDiet. com for more information.



About Waterfront Media and Everyday Health



Through its network of health, diet, fitness and pregnancy Web sites, including its flagship EverydayHealth. com, Waterfront Media enables consumers to live healthier lives every day. Waterfront Media is the largest privately held online health company and operates Everyday Health, which attracts over 12 million unique users per month. For more information, please visit www. waterfrontmedia. com.

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Peggy Niles CPA Joins The MDTAXES Network

Peggy Niles CPA Joins The MDTAXES Network



Peggy Niles CPA, and her firm, Accounting and Business Concepts, Inc. has joined The MDTAXES Network as the exclusive CPA firm from the Southwest Suburbs of Chicago, IL.



Woburn, MA (PRWEB) June 20, 2006



The MDTAXES Network has added Peggy Niles, CPA, and her firm, Accounting and Business Concepts, Inc, to their association of CPAs who specialize in the tax planning and preparation for healthcare professionals.



"We're pleased to have Peggy Niles and her firm on board," says Andrew Schwartz, CPA, founder of The MDTAXES Network.



The MDTAXES website (www. mdtaxes. com) has been up and running since 1995 and contains a thorough analysis of the tax issues relevant to healthcare professionals. The site includes a monthly newsletter, a message board monitored by the CPA members, live tax chat, and a Financial APGAR test. Visitors to the site can sign up to receive their informative monthly newsletter via e-mail.



Unlike other directories of CPAs, MDTAXES grants their CPA members exclusivity by metropolitan area. This allows the members to really focus on developing a healthcare niche within their CPA practices.



The MDTAXES Network is maintained by CPA Niche, LLC (www. cpaniche. com), a site where taxpayers can interact with CPAs who specialize in a variety of niches such as healthcare and real estate professionals



"In today's fast paced business environment, specializing allows CPAs to give their clients the timely information needed to help minimize their tax burden and make prudent business decisions," explains Schwartz.



More information about Peggy Niles, CPA, and her firm, Accounting and Business Concepts, Inc, is available at www. anbconcepts. com.



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CareCloud Ranked Among AlwaysOn East Top 100 Companies

CareCloud Ranked Among AlwaysOn East Top 100 Companies



Innovative healthcare software company featured in exclusive list of game-changing companies from the East Coast.



Miami, FL (PRWEB) June 11, 2010



CareCloud today announced that it has been selected as one of the AlwaysOn East Top 100 Private Companies, which recognizes emerging companies that are “taking old notions of doing things and forging solutions that will lead to industry shake-up and huge value-creation opportunities.”



The AOE Top 100 list, assembled by the AlwaysOn editorial team, along with partners at the Blackstone Group, KPMG, Silicon Valley Bank, Sonnenschein, highlights “the top emerging companies from the East Coast that are demonstrating significant market traction and pursuing game-changing technologies in on-demand computing, digital media, and greentech,” and CareCloud finds itself in the company of leading technology firms such as Foursquare, Groupon, and HubSpot.



Featured in the SaaS/Enterprise category, CareCloud was lauded for its revolutionary approach to physician practice management, an under-served sector of the healthcare industry that suffers from a lack of effective software solutions.



With a staunch focus on systems architecture, intuitive design and ease of use, CareCloud offers platform-agnostic, lightweight, and cost-effective software solutions for healthcare providers and their constituents.



“We are incredibly honored to be recognized by AlwaysOn for our efforts to revolutionize healthcare IT, ” said founder and CEO Albert Santalo, “I want to personally thank AlwaysOn for promoting companies like ours that are in the trenches every day, leveraging technology and innovation to jump-start the economy.”



CareCloud was singled out amongst its peers for both its exceptional execution at the user-level and for the colossal impact it will have on the industry as a whole.



Built with state-of-the-art technology and modern design aesthetics, CareCloud’s web–based practice management software can be implemented at only a fraction of the cost of legacy enterprise solutions. With a superior product and a bold marketing strategy, the company is well positioned to capture a vast and lucrative market.



For more information on the AlwaysOn East Top 100 Private Companies see: http://www. aonetwork. com/node/65221 (http://www. aonetwork. com/node/65221)



About CareCloud



CareCloud is a web-based software and services company that modernizes the workflow in a medical practice. Visit CareCloud online at www. carecloud. com or www. twitter. com/carecloud (http://www. twitter. com/carecloud).



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Sofitel Macau at Pointe 16 Opens its Doors

Sofitel Macau at Pointe 16 Opens its Doors



Sofitel Luxury Hotels announces its third property opening in 2008 with the premiere of Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16. This five-star establishment represents Sofitel's 22nd hotel in China.



Paris (PRWEB) October 22, 2008



Sofitel Luxury Hotels announces its third property opening in 2008 with the premiere of Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16. This five-star establishment represents Sofitel's 22nd hotel in China. Located in Macau's historic district, the property has 408 rooms, including 45 suites. Sofitel Luxury Hotels has experienced the largest growth within China's luxury hotel market, with openings in strategic business and leisure centers, including Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Xi'an, Xiamen and Hangzhou.



Sofitel Macau is set to become one of the most prestigious hotels on the south China peninsula. Located adjacent to the new world-class gaming complex, Ponte 16, the 20-story building is just steps away from the historical center of Macau and is listed as a Unesco world heritage site. In true Sofitel fashion, the structure derives inspiration from several cultural influences; its classical Portuguese architecture combines with Chinese design, and finishes with contemporary French style.



Well-being, elegance and refinement are the founding concepts of this new hotel, with amenities, such as the famous MyBed; the promise of a whole new experience of a restful night's sleep; or the concierge service dedicated to the Club Sofitel rooms. It also offers specially designed rooms, such as hotel's elegant mansion suites, appeal to this gaming capital's high-rollers.



Culinary excellence is a priority at Sofitel Luxury Hotels around the world. Sofitel Macau contributes to this standard with a menu incorporating local cuisine with the brand's French heritage. The hotel's restaurant, Le Mistral; its lounge, Le Rendez-vous and Le Vin Bar offer breads, pastries, wines and cheeses, all of which are somewhat rare in Macau. Le Pool Bar is a cozy space for guests to enjoy a cocktail or a healthy range of dishes using fresh local products.



Sofitel's exclusive InspiredMeetings service offers personalized solutions and comprehensive facilities to meet and exceed the guests' expectations. A 4,950 square-foot multi-purpose conference room, business center and breakout meeting rooms are available for business guests. All guests can enjoy the hotel's pool, spa and fitness center.



Sofitel Macau Ponte 16 is located in the heart of the city's inner port neighborhood and is steps from the St Paul ruins and the A Ma Temple. The property was developed to promote the rich cultural heritage of the neighborhood while protecting its rich historical monuments such as the clock tower, the key monument of the district. The Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 is adjacent to a new casino complex, which includes luxury shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities. A pedestrian walkway (under construction) on the waterfront of Ponte 16 will play host to outdoor shows and other tourist events.



About Sofitel : 

Sofitel reinvents French elegance in its hotels throughout the world.



Sofitel is the only French luxury hotels brand with a presence on five continents, in more than 50 countries. Sofitel offers contemporary hotels and resorts adapted to today's more demanding and more versatile consumers who expect and appreciate beauty, quality and excellence. Whether situated in the heart of a major city like Paris, New York or Bangkok, or nestled away in a country landscape in French Polynesia or Brazil, each Sofitel property offers a genuine experience of the French art de vivre. Visit www. sofitel. com



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RTV Fluorosilicone Expands NuSil Technology's Line of Aircraft Adhesives

RTV Fluorosilicone Expands NuSil Technology's Line of Aircraft Adhesives



NuSil Technology (www. nusil. com), a cutting-edge manufacturer of silicone-based materials for healthcare, aerospace, electronics and photonics, has launched an extension to its line of adhesives/sealants. FS3-3730 fluorosilicone adhesive/sealant is a one-part, fast-curing, room-temperature vulcanizing (RTV) silicone that provides excellent elastomeric properties.



Carpinteria, California (PRWEB) May 15, 2008



NuSil Technology (www. nusil. com), a cutting-edge manufacturer of silicone-based materials for healthcare, aerospace, electronics and photonics, has launched an extension to its line of adhesives/sealants. FS3-3730 fluorosilicone adhesive/sealant is a one-part, fast-curing, room-temperature vulcanizing (RTV) silicone that provides excellent elastomeric properties



"With the addition of FS3-3730, we are able to offer our customers another high-quality option for aviation applications," said Brian Nash, vice president of Marketing and Sales. "This translucent silicone bonds aggressively to most surfaces and provides excellent performance when protecting or bonding hardware components exposed to gasoline or aviation fuels."



FS3-3730 is designed to seal and bond without the need for a primer. For more information, visit www. nusil. com or call 805-684-8780.



About NuSil Technology

NuSil is a cutting-edge manufacturer of silicone compounds for healthcare, aerospace, electronics, photonics and other applications that require precise, predictable, cost-effective materials performance. ISO-9001-certified since 1994, NuSil operates state-of-the-art laboratories and processing facilities in North America and Europe and provides on-site, in-person application engineering support worldwide. More information about NuSil Technology can be found at www. nusil. com.



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Bob the Dragon Slayer, A Newly Published Novella by Harry E. Gilleland, Jr

Bob the Dragon Slayer, A Newly Published Novella by Harry E. Gilleland, Jr.



Bob the Dragon Slayer, written by Harry E. Gilleland, Jr., is a newly published novella that relates a rollicking tale of a peasant lad in medieval times that has many adventures. Written with humor and wit, this novella will delight readers of all ages.



(PRWEB) April 29, 2005



Bob the Dragon Slayer relates the tale of Bob, a mere peasant lad, who sets off to see a dragon that is terrorizing a village and who soon falls in with a young wizard named Stephen. Thereafter, his life is filled with adventures that involve dragons, knights, damsels in distress, castles, a fair lady, friendship, true love, an evil king, civil war, and lawyers. This rollicking tale belongs not to history but to legend. Written with wit and humor, this novella will delight readers from teenagers to octogenarians as they travel with Bob through his many adventures. It falls into the fiction, fantasy, and adventure genres.



This 105-page novella was published by Lulu Press, where it is currently available as an e-book or a print book ( http://www. lulu. com/harry (http://www. lulu. com/harry)).



Author Bio: Harry E. Gilleland, Jr. is a southerner by birth and by inclination. Born and raised in Macon, Georgia, he now resides in Shreveport, Louisiana with his beloved wife, Linda, and their two dogs, Rusty and Pepper. Harry recently retired from a career as a Professor of Microbiology at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport and now devotes himself full-time to his writing. He is a writer of both poetry and prose.



Title: Bob the Dragon Slayer, April, 2005, Lulu Press, Inc., ISBN 1411633156, Price at Lulu = $8.95 print or $2.30 ebook.



Author: Harry E. Gilleland, Jr.



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