Monday, July 29, 2002

Cranberry Protein Powder Added to Line of Nutraceutical Products from natural foods wholesaler AHD

Cranberry Protein Powder Added to Line of Nutraceutical Products from natural foods wholesaler AHD.

Cranberry protein powder from AHD is one of their new nutraceutical products for food manufacturers who want to add the benefit of cranberries. Patented technology extracts protein from cranberry seeds to preserve their natural health benefits.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) March 11, 2008 -

AHD International, a distributor of nutraceutical products (http://www. ahdintl. com/premium-nutraceutical-products. html), has introduced a new protein powder made from cranberries.

Luravida Cranberry Protein Powder (http://www. ahdintl. com/Products_CranberryProteinPowder. html) is a healthy alternative to dairy and soy protein. "There are drawbacks to dairy protein as well as soy protein. People are allergic to dairy or soy products. Cranberry protein is alternative that can enhance your products," said Kat Frey, Director of Marketing and Operations at AHD.

AHD's new patented cold-pressing technology means the health benefits of cranberry seeds can be added to boost the fiber in foods naturally. The cranberry protein powder is produced using a patented cold extrusion and filtration process which doesn't use enzymes or extraction solvents.

The cranberry protein powder is a raw ingredient that can be added to protein shakes, supplements, energy bars, cosmetics, and other products. Adding cranberry powder, food manufacturers can create unique products that stand out in the competitive natural foods and products industry.

Given cranberries reputation for helping urinary infections Luravidea Cranberry Protein Powder is especially ideal for products marketed to women.

Cranberries are popular with consumers for their rich nutritional and antioxidant qualities earning them the title of "superfruit." While many are familiar with benefits of the fruit, AHD's protein powder is made from protein extracted from cranberry seeds.

Cranberry protein powder is safe for vegetarians, rich in fiber, and packed with vital omega fatty acids 3, 6, and 9. It also contains both soluble and insoluble fiber and packs antioxidants several times more potent than vitamin C. This product is the only 100% fruit protein that contains 25% complete protein, including all EFAs and amino acids.

About AHD International
AHD International supplies the highest quality new-to-market nutraceutical products to manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors worldwide. AHD's triple-check system means that products are evaluated for natural purity, consistency, and exceptional quality.

See AHD online at ahdintl. com (http://www. ahdintl. com) or call 404-233-4022 for more information on wholesale nutraceutical products (http://www. ahdintl. com/Product_1.html).


Landmark Fish Habitat Bill Introduced in U. S. Senate

Landmark Fish Habitat Bill Introduced in U. S. Senate

Legislation offers grassroots, tangible solutions to restore our nation's waterways

Washington, D. C. (Vocus) September 24, 2008

Today, Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Christopher Bond (R-MO), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), and George Voinovich (R-OH), introduced the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act of 2008, a comprehensive strategy to allocate conservation dollars for effective restoration of our national waterways.

Commentary from Senator Joe Lieberman:

"The National Fish Habitat Conservation Act, which I introduced today along with Senators Bond, Clinton, and Voinovich, will revolutionize how the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service approaches fish habitat conservation. With 40 percent of our fish populations in decline and half of our waters impaired, the current fragmented approach to fish habitat protection and preservation has clearly not worked. This bill encourages collaborative regional conservation efforts that bring together federal government agencies, state and local governments, conservation groups, fishing industry groups, and businesses. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to enact this critical legislation to help restore fishstocks across the country."

The legislation was spearheaded by numerous leading environmental organizations including the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, the American Sportfishing Association, The Nature Conservancy], the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, and Trout Unlimited, all of which share a common interest in the success of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan.

Currently, our nation's efforts to address threats to fish species are fragmented, and not comprehensive enough to reverse this downward trend. Earlier this month, the American Fisheries Society's Endangered Species Committee (ESC), a U. S. Geological Survey-led team of scientists, conducted a detailed evaluation of the health of our nation's freshwater fishes. In examining the status of continental freshwater and diadromous (migrating between rivers and oceans) fish, the ESC determined that nearly 40 percent of fish species in North American streams, rivers and lakes are now imperiled. This dramatic increase in the number of imperiled fish since the last report 20 years ago calls for the urgent action provided in the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act of 2008.

Under this legislation, federal and state governments, the recreational and commercial fishing industries, the conservation community, and businesses will work together to collectively to conserve and protect aquatic habitats using science-based conservation approaches.

The National Fish Habitat Conservation Act directs critical new resources toward the nation's fish and aquatic communities through partnerships that foster fish habitat conservation and improve the quality of life for the American people. This Legislation leverages federal, state, and private funds to build regional partnerships aimed at addressing the nation's biggest fisheries problems.

To date, the National Fish Habitat Action Plan's progress has included:

*Establishment of six fish habitat partnerships including:
Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture Western Native Trout Initiative Midwest Driftless Area Restoration Effort Matanuska-Susitna Basin Salmon Habitat Partnership Southwest Alaska Salmon Habitat Partnership

*Allocated approximately $11 Million towards:
On the ground restoration projects through fish habitat partnerships A National Fish Habitat Assessment - due in 2010

This legislation is expected to improve not only important fish habitat, but also the overall health of vital waterways throughout the United States.

Commentary from Fish Habitat Partners:

From Kelly Hepler, Chairman of the National Fish Habitat Board:
"I would first like to express my sincere gratitude to the sponsors of the bill and their commitment to improving the quality of life in this country," said Kelly Hepler, of the Alaska Fish and Game Department and Chairman of the National Fish Habitat Board. "The waterways in our country are the true lifeblood of our nation and the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act will not only provide additional fishing opportunities and public access to these waterways but will also improve the health of the water and therefore the health of our families."

From Mark Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy:
"This is a landmark bill that, if passed, would show our country is moving in the right direction to protect freshwater and aquatic ecosystems," said Mark Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy. "With recent studies showing that fish species are in serious decline, we are in dire need of implementing a nationwide, comprehensive program to protect fish habitat. We need to act swiftly on this important legislation."

From Gordon Robertson, Vice President - American Sportfishing Association:
"The National Fish Habitat Conservation Act will provide new money for fish habitat conservation in this country," said ASA Vice President Gordon Robertson. "It represents a ground-up approach to fishery conservation and is complimentary to the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund Act. By improving the nation's fishery resources, the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act will also provide more recreational fishing opportunities for America's 40 million anglers."

The National Fish Habitat Action Plan board and staff appreciate the leadership and commitment of Senators Lieberman, Bond, Clinton and Voinovich along with their many colleagues who we hope will support this unprecedented legislation.

About the National Fish Habitat Action Plan
The National Fish Habitat Action Plan is the most comprehensive effort ever attempted to treat the causes of aquatic habitat decline and fix the nation's most pressing fisheries problems. The Action Plan is a science-based investment strategy to conserve waterways and make conservation dollars stretch farther by combining federal and privately raised funds to build regional partnerships. For more information, visit www. fishhabitat. org.

Ryan Roberts
NFHAP Communications Coordinator
Rroberts @ fishwildlife. org

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AmeriVap Secures $2.4 Million Business Expansion Loan

AmeriVap Secures $2.4 Million Business Expansion Loan

AmeriVap Systems, the leader in dry vapor industrial steam cleaners secured funding for business expansion and purchase of a new facility in Dawsonville, Georgia.

Atlanta, GA (Vocus) March 25, 2010

AmeriVap Systems, Inc. makers of Xtreme Steam (http://www. amerivap. com) is the recognized leader in industrial dry steam vapor sanitizing technology. It has experienced significant growth the last two years due to increased interest in sustainability, water conservation and “green” sanitizing (http://www. amerivap. com) solutions by the industrial sector, thereby requiring a larger facility and operating capital.

"We are very fortunate to be a growing company in this tough economy,” said Werner Diercks, owner of AmeriVap Systems. “We’re very excited about the many opportunities made possible through this funding, especially our expansion to a much larger facility.” AmeriVap will move from Atlanta early next month and is expecting to create several new jobs for Dawson County over the next year.

The loan, made through Community Bank of Pickens County in Jasper, Georgia, is a Guaranteed Business and Industry (B&I) loan from USDA Rural Development. The B&I loan allows Rural Development to partner with a local lender to guarantee up to 90% of the loan. “In the current banking environment, we would not have been able to originate this loan for AmeriVap without the USDA 90% guarantee program,” said Geraldine Moody, executive vice-president and chief credit officer of Community Bank of Pickens County. “During these tough economic times we are pleased to be an approved USDA Rural Development lender. Southeast Bank Services, who packaged the loan, is a company we have worked with for many years. We are looking forward to a long term relationship with AmeriVap.”

USDA Rural Development has loan and grant programs to promote economic development and improve the quality of life in rural areas. “We do have funds to help businesses who need credit,” said Shirley Sherrod, state director of USDA Rural Development. “We need solid companies with good business plans, goals and dynamic leadership,” Sherrod said. “AmeriVap is a promising company with a bright future. This will be very good for Dawson County.”

AmeriVap Systems, Inc. is the leader in industrial dry vapor steam cleaning equipment (http://www. amerivap. com) providing chemical free cleaning and sanitizing solutions for the food processing and packaging industries, aviation, hospitality, hospitals and healthcare organizations, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical companies, as well as laboratories and pest control companies. Dry steam vapor kills virtually all germs and bacteria, including salmonella and e-coli, and eliminates mold, mildew and chemical residues, as well as cross contamination. Because the system uses minimal amounts of water, it is sustainable, eco friendly technology with a proven kill ratio of 99.9%. For more information, visit http://www. amerivap. com (http://www. amerivap. com).


Sunday, July 28, 2002

Local Chiropractor Receives phone call from United States Decathlon Coach

Local Chiropractor Receives phone call from United States Decathlon Coach.

Update on Training Schedule, Health & Condition of Tom Pappas and Paul Terek

(PRWEB) August 14, 2004

On Monday, August 9 at about 7:00 p. m., local chiropractor, Dr. Scott McLeod, got an unexpected phone call. The person on the other end of the phone was the coach for the United States Decathlon team, calling to thank Dr. McLeod for all the time and work he and his staff have been putting in to help raise funds for the athletes heading to Athens on the 13th of August. "You're the real Olympian", he declared as he explained how grateful the team is to have supporters like this.

Dr. McLeod is currently a member doctor of the "World's Greatest Athlete Chiropractic Decathlon Club" (WGACDC) which has been supporting the athletes for several months leading up to the Olympics. Two of the three chosen decathletes for the U. S. team, Tom Pappas and Paul Terek, are members of the WGACDC and have also relied on chiropractic to achieve their athletic goals.

Tom Pappas: “I’ve had in the past numerous back to back injuries, one after another. Chiropractic care has had a big impact on the success I’m having in staying healthy and operating in peak performance.”

Since the Olympic Trials in Sacramento last month, Tom Pappas had been training at the University of Tennessee and Paul Terek at San Luis Obispo, Calif. Both athletes have been training very hard; are in excellent physical condition and currently injury free.

Paul Terek: “Chiropractic care allows you to train and perform at a higher level. It has made the training much easier and I can go out and give 100%.”

Both athletes left for Athens on August 10th and will be attending the opening ceremonies on August 13th. From there they will be flying to Crete where both Tom Pappas and Paul Terek will be training and doing some last minute tune-ups with Dr. Mark Schlobaum, Chiropractor and Director of Chiropractic Services for the WGACDC. The decathlon events will begin on August 23rd.

If you would like to help sponsor these two great athletes, contact Dr. Scott McLeod at the McLeod Chiropractic Center, 586-739-6262 or on the web at www. mcleodchiropractic. com.

The Promise Diet – A Radical Approach to Permanent Weight Loss and Lifestyle Change

The Promise Diet – A Radical Approach to Permanent Weight Loss and Lifestyle Change

Reid Wilson has literally promised away his food vices one at a time, and in doing so he's lost 120 pounds from his all-time high. He's now set up a website and blog to help and encourage others to do the same.

Wilmington, NC (PRWEB) November 10, 2005

On October 23, 2002, after much internal debate, Reid Wilson drank a bottle of Pepsi, cut the label up to make a card, and with that card made a promise to his daughter for her 6th birthday that he would never drink pop again.

That wasn't as bad as he had expected it to be, so on March 26, 2003, after more internal debate, at a birthday celebration at McDonalds with his family, Wilson ate a super-sized order of french fries and then promised his two-year-old that he would never eat french fries or onion rings or fried potato chips or Fritos or Doritos or other fried chips, ever again.

He didn't know it then, but these promises would lead to what Wilson now calls The Promise Diet. Through a series of food promises over two years -- what he now calls PUBIMO Promises -- he's learned how to short-circuit the need for discipline. As a result he currently weighs 120 pounds less than his all-time high and he's still losing, with only 20 pounds left to achieve his personal goal. “I continue to love and enjoy food”, Wilson says. “These promises have won me victory, not made me miserable.”

Wilson has realized that The Promise Diet is an approach to permanent weight loss that can benefit the many millions of obese adults in the U. S. and around the world. Because of this, he's created a new website/blog called “The Promise Diet: A Radical Approach To Permanent Lifestyle Change”, which can be found at http://www. promisediet. com (http://www. promisediet. com).

The Promise Diet involves two main ideas:

1. Gain a solid understanding of proper nutrition and fitness.

2. Based on that understanding and an examination of your personal food vices – what is keeping you overweight, that is – make (and keep) promises to loved ones that reduce or even eliminate those vices from your life

Wilson actually started making these promises over a year before reading Walter Willett's Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy (Free Press, 2002, 2005), but this book finally convinced and motivated him to start truly eating right. “My wife had been the health food nut in our home and had been encouraging me to read it for quite some time. I finally started it and quickly got hooked, learning for the first time WHY veggies and whole grains are good for my body from a scientific and medical perspective, not just THAT they were. Now I'm the nut, and our family's outings to Golden Corral are an opportunity for me to get extra veggies and for her and the kids to let their hair down a bit.” A significant section of The Promise Diet website is dedicated to help spread this message: Eat right, eat less, and exercise more.

In many ways The Promise Diet is the perfect complement to many of the diets people use today, as it provides the means to overcome the need for discipline and willpower and to successfully implement the advice they receive.

“My real concern is that people are going to make stupid promises that they won't or can't keep, saying 'I'm never going to eat another carb again!' in a fit of clueless passion”, Wilson adds. “Because of this, I've come up with the acronym PUBIMO, which outlines what makes a good promise.” To Wilson, a good promise needs to be:

P -- Personalized

“My food vices are different than yours; promise them away accordingly.”

U -- Uncontested

Would medical experts unanimously agree that this is a good promise to make concerning your health? (Related to “I” below.) Corollary: Don't make stupid promises!

B -- Bold

Life is short. Seize the day. (But also see “M”.)

I -- Informed

A prerequisite to making uncontested promises is the knowledge of what healthful eating really is.

M -- Momentum-Building

“Baby step” promises are worthwhile as long as they lead to future promises which will lead to additional change. That is, “I won't ____ on Monday mornings” -- or even “Monday morning” -- is a great start if that's all you're up for at first. Even small steps bring benefits as long as “P” and “I” are fulfilled.

O -- Other-focused

“I'm not losing weight to look better. I want to be around for my kids as they grow up and I want my grandchildren to have me for a grandpa.”

Wilson continues, “I'm convinced that The Promise Diet is a message many are waiting for, that it is a message that can radically transform the lives of many obese people, just as it has transformed me from a 326-pound caffeine-addicted happy but undisciplined junk food junkie and lover of food to a 206-pound -- and still dropping -- happy but undisciplined lover of food. My hope is that the new Promise Diet website will be a resource to help bring about that kind of change for people.”

In addition to information regarding current medical thinking on nutrition, weight loss, and fitness, The Promise Diet website (found at http://www. promisediet. com (http://www. promisediet. com)) gives practical instruction and encouragement in how to successfully apply The Promise Diet to one's life. Wilson posts new entries to the site almost daily and offers a free email newsletter as well.

Sidebar: The eating promises Wilson has made

See also http://www. promisediet. com/2005/10/the_eating_promises_ive_made. html (http://www. promisediet. com/2005/10/the_eating_promises_ive_made. html)

October 23, 2002 -- I will never drink pop again (Pepsi, Coke, Diet Coke, etc.).

March 26, 2003 – I will never eat french fries or fried potato chips again (or onion rings or Fritos or Doritos or other fried chips).

Late spring, 2003 – I will never drink chocolate milk made with Quik again.

August 13, 2003 – I will never eat pre-packaged sweet things that come in a wrapper again. (Specific target: the honey buns and candy bars in the vending machine at work!)

April 13, 2004 – I promise to never eat more than 2,500 calories on any given day, and to ensure this happens, I will write down everything I eat and keep track of the calories. (This one is actually more specific than that, with some exceptions on special days and an eventual end goal which frees him from having to write everything down.)

August 21, 2004 – I will never eat non-homemade sweet things at home, at work, or in our car.


Thursday, July 25, 2002

SUWS Seasons Now Accepting Summer Applications: Wilderness Therapy Camping Program Highly Effective for Preteens

SUWS Seasons Now Accepting Summer Applications: Wilderness Therapy Camping Program Highly Effective for Preteens

SUWS Seasons, which offers an experiential therapeutic model that has been shown to be more effective than talk therapy for children under 14 years of age, is enrolling for summer sessions now.

Old Fort, NC (PRWEB) June 26, 2007

This summer the Seasons program in North Carolina will offer much more than a traditional camp for children ages 10 to 13 years old. Seasons is one of only a few therapeutic wilderness programs in the United States set up to help children this age change their defiant attitudes, let go of substance abuse, and get back on track in time to navigate the more dangerous teen years. They are currently accepting applications for summer sessions.

"We can turn around the negativity," said a therapist who works at Seasons. "This is the best time to do it - before they hit high school. Before they learn to drive. Before the pressures of getting into college come into play."

Many of the children who enroll in the Seasons camp program have been through a year or two of the traditional weekly hour of "talk therapy."

"These kids think in concrete terms and learn by tangible experiences," the Seasons counselor related. "They think in terms of what's in front of them, what's happening now. They are not ready to sit and analyze their behaviors. It's better to 'show them, not tell them."

Some scientific studies back up the point of view that preteens are not developmentally ready to benefit from "talk therapy." Yale University professor Alan Kazdin found that 40% to 60% of young people drop out of psychotherapy after a few sessions. Research at Aachen University found that less than a third of children undergoing twenty-five sessions of psychotherapy improved, compared to 8% in a control group that improved without any intervention. Professors at Nagoya City Graduate School of Medical Studies in Japan found that talk therapy produces no long-term benefits for children.

Wilderness therapy, however, is effective with youngsters this age. The University of Idaho's Wilderness Research Center concluded that most children who participated in any of seven programs in their study continued to improve one year after treatment.

Campers typically stay four to nine weeks at Seasons, hiking and camping in small groups of seven or fewer, as counselors work with them on a twenty-four hour basis. The emphasis is on building self-care, confidence, trust, empathy, and an appreciation of the natural world in all its wonder.

"Kids this age are more malleable, more open to change than older teens," said a therapist. "They know they're miserable and they want to change, but sometimes they have fallen into negative patterns. When they get out in the wilderness, their old ways don't work anymore. They can't slam doors. Other people ignore them when they pout and sulk. They have to come back to the group and work it out in a healthy way."

Talk therapists often never see their young clients tantrum and sulk, because most youngsters can control themselves during a weekly office hour. Meltdowns do occur during a wilderness program when little daily frustrations like being caught in rain or having a blister mount up.

"Suddenly we understand what their parents were talking about," a Seasons therapist said. "This mellow little kid really does have anger issues after all."

In the wilderness, preteens have to learn to talk through problems, communicate frustrations, and cope in healthy ways. They begin to understand that their behavior affects themselves and the other members of their group. If you don't dry out your socks, you'll develop blisters the next day. If you are angry and sulk, you take away from the fun of a campfire.

"It is therapy in the here and now," the counselor explained. "If you do this, you have this impact. If you are kind to others, things get better. It's all about natural consequences and learning by concrete experience. They become aware of the effect of their behaviors as they happen. We help them understand and process their feelings. What they learn here carries over into their family and school life when they return back home."

Another advantage of working with this age group is that parents of preteens are often more open to change than parents of teenagers. They have been through fewer years of disruption and bad behaviors, and they are more willing to learn new parenting styles.

Seasons uses "Paws With a Purpose," a program that pairs children with gentle animals. Often a child who closes up in relationships will show affection and caring to a friendly dog. One Labrador named Zeb seems to know just the right thing to do. If a camper is upset, he licks her face. If she is lonely, he brings a stick to throw and retrieve.

"It's only a summer, but we can change lives," one Seasons therapist said. "When a family reunites for their final campfire, it's a happy time for everyone. The family heals. Things are better. Everyone can go home."

If you would like to learn more about the SUWS Seasons wilderness therapy program call (866) 496-3241 or visit http://www. suwsseasons. com/seasons (http://www. suwsseasons. com/seasons).


Good Samaritan Hospital Hosts Sleep Symposium

Good Samaritan Hospital Hosts Sleep Symposium

Goal is to educate physicians to help patients with sleep disorders.

Suffern, NY (PRWEB) June 3, 2007

Many Americans - and more than half of American women (60%) - say they only get a good night's sleep a few nights per week or less, while two thirds (67%) say they frequently experience a sleep problem, according to a poll released earlier this year by the nonprofit National Sleep Foundation. The Bon Secours Sleep Disorder Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital is committed to helping physicians and medical professionals recognize these issues and help people to improve sleeping habits, and will host a Sleep Symposium for physicians on Tuesday, June 5, 2007 from 2:30pm to 8:00pm at the Sheraton Crossroads in Mahwah, NJ.

A multitude of topics will be covered, aimed at educating physicians on how sleep disorders affect all patients, including a Keynote address by David M. Rappaport, M. D., who will discuss the cardiovascular effects of sleep disorder breathing. Additional topics will include helping women sleep better, as well as pre-op, peri-op, and post-op assessment of the sleep disorder patient.

Physicians can earn 4 CME credits by attending this symposium.

Good Samaritan Hospital opened its state-of-the-art Sleep Disorder Institute in 2002. It is the only facility of its kind west of the Hudson River to diagnose and treat the full spectrum of sleep disorders. The Institute, accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and headed by Dr. Jack Horng, Board Certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine, conducts comprehensive studies called Nocturnal Polysomnographs on patients experiencing sleep problems. The Sleep Disorder Institute has been designed to be a comfortable "homelike" setting with four beds. Data is digitally acquired and stored for the comprehensive studies to diagnose and treat the patient's sleep disorder.

According to Dr. Horng, "Diagnosing and treating sleep disorders is not that straightforward. It's a fluid, dynamic type of procedure that requires you know more about the patient. We hope this symposium enables physicians and other medical professionals to better understand sleep disorders, and to more successfully treat their patients as a result."

The June 5 Symposium will focus on supplying physicians with clinical information that will help them accurately recognize and diagnose sleep disorders in their patients. Keynote speaker, David M. Rappaport, M. D., will lecture on the cardiovascular effects of sleep disorder breathing, and other sleep disorder specialists will discuss how sleep disorders affect patients, how to help women sleep better, and pre-op, peri-op, and post-op assessment of the sleep disorder patient.

To reserve a spot for the lecture call the Sleep Disorder Institute at 845-368-5101.

Good Samaritan Hospital is part of the Bon Secours Charity Health System, which also includes St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY and Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY. Additionally, Bon Secours Charity Health System provides the services of a Certified Home Health Agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living and adult home facility and several other medical programs. For more information about this sleep symposium for physicians and medical professionals, or other services, visit our website at www. GoodSamHosp. org, or contact Good Samaritan Hospital at 845-368-5000.


Tuesday, July 23, 2002

Brodart Adds Tip-Me-Not Deluxe Appliance Set to Early Learning Collection

Brodart Adds Tip-Me-Not Deluxe Appliance Set to Early Learning Collection

Brodart Supplies & Furnishings, based in McElhatten, Pa., has added a Wood Designs Tip-Me-Not Deluxe Appliance Set to its catalog and online product offering, perfect for classroom, home, and day care use.

Mc Elhattan, PA (Vocus) February 17, 2010

Brodart Supplies & Furnishings, based in McElhatten, Pa., has added a Wood Designs Tip-Me-Not Deluxe Appliance Set to its catalog and online product offering, perfect for classroom, home, and day care use.

Wood Designs specializes in safe, kid-friendly early learning tools. Their trademarked Tip-Me-Not Deluxe Appliance Set is made from sturdy Healthy Kids Baltic birch plywood and features heavy-duty Pinch-Me-Not hinges. The entire appliance set includes a refrigerator, range, sink, hutch top, and hutch bottom, but each piece is also available for purchase separately. The range features movable control knobs to simulate actual cooking, and the sink features a swivel faucet, movable knobs, and a durable plastic sink tray. The entire set is coated with a Tuff-Gloss Finishing System for maximum wear and tear.

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Monday, July 22, 2002

Palliative Care: Transforming the Care of Serious Illness

Palliative Care: Transforming the Care of Serious Illness

Palliative Care: Transforming the Care of Serious Illness is the first book to provide a comprehensive look at the new field of medicine that is transforming the way Americans deal with serious illness. Diane E. Meier, Stephen L. Isaacs, Robert Hughes (Editors)

New York, NY (Vocus) April 2, 2010

Palliative Care: Transforming the Care of Serious Illness is the first book to provide a comprehensive look at the new field of medicine that is transforming the way Americans deal with serious illness.

Diane E. Meier, MD, one of the field's leaders and a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius award" in 2009, opens the volume with a sweeping overview of the field. In her essay, Dr. Meier examines the roots of palliative care, explores the key legal and ethical issues, discusses the development of palliative care, and presents ideas on policies that can improve access to palliative care.

As part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Series on Health Policy, the book will serve as a guide to meaningful approaches toward improving the quality of care seriously ill Americans receive today. “Palliative care…recognizes that serious illness and the suffering that accompanies it is a universal human condition, affecting every one of us. It strives to redress the fragmentation and discontinuities of the health care system, recognizing that the patient and the family still need care when they leave the hospital or the doctor’s office,” Meier writes.

Meier's essay is followed by reprints of twenty-five of the most important articles in the field. They range from classic pieces by some of the field's pioneers, such as Eric Cassell, Balfour Mount, and Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, to influential newer articles on topics such as caregiving and the cost savings of palliative care. The reprints cover a wide range of topics including:
Why the care of the seriously ill is so important Efforts to cope with advanced illness Legal and ethical issues Pain management Cross-cultural issues Philosophical perspective

The demand for palliative care has been nothing short of stunning—largely because of palliative care's positive impact on both the quality and the cost of care provided to seriously ill individuals. By providing a wide-ranging perspective on this growing field, this book will serve as a guide for developing meaningful approaches that will lead to better health care for all Americans. The book is co-edited by Stephen L. Isaacs and Robert Hughes.

About the Author
Diane E. Meier, MD is Director of both the Center to Advance Palliative Care and the Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Meier is currently working with the Senate HELP Committee as a 2009-2010 Health and Aging Policy Fellow. Dr. Meier is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Institute on Aging Academic Career Leadership Award, and the Alexander Richman Commemorative Award for Humanism in Medicine. Dr. Meier is also the recipient of a 2008 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

About the Center to Advance Palliative Care
The Center to Advance Palliative Care (http://www. capc. org) (CAPC) provides health care professionals with the tools, training, and technical assistance necessary to start and sustain successful palliative care programs in hospitals and other health care settings. Located at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, CAPC is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality palliative care services for people facing serious illness.

Palliative Care: Transforming the Care of Serious Illness
Diane E. Meier, Stephen L. Isaacs, Robert Hughes (Editors);
ISBN: 978-0-470-52717-7,
Paperback, 464 pages, March 2010, $75.00

Related Links:
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Saturday, July 20, 2002

Allen Communication Learning Services Wins Multiple Awards

Allen Communication Learning Services Wins Multiple Awards

Learning and development experts honored for five outstanding courseware programs they designed for varied industries.

Kaysville, UT (PRWEB) July 6, 2010

Allen is once, twice, five times a winner. Allen Communication Learning Services, authorities in improving human performance through custom training and learning, is the recipient of five Omni Intermedia Awards for Spring 2010.

“The Allen team extends our thanks to the Omni Intermedia voting committee,” said Allen CEO, Ron Zamir. “We’re grateful for this recognition. Allen’s design excellence covers multiple industries, but never compromises on the impact our training has to have on our partner organizations. Lastly, we must never forget that any award is a testament to the project managers, designers and technologists that make such quality of product possible.”

Allen competed in several categories, earning awards for courses in the mental health, pet care and sales industries.

Allen’s work with The Center for Practice Innovations (CPI) at the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene (RFMH), along with the New York State Offices of Mental Health (OMH) and of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) on the Focus on Integrated Treatment (FIT) training program earned two silver awards in the Government, and Internal Communication categories. FIT is used by CPI, OMH, ASAS, RFMH, and addiction recovery professionals to effectively treat people coping with Co-Occurring Disorder (COD).

COD is the occurrence of multiple disorders, like bipolar illness and substance use disorder, in an individual. Traditionally, COD patients were ineffectually treated either for the mental disorder or the addiction. Mental health and addiction professionals are using this web-based training course to bridge the divide, learning combined COD treatment protocols. COD afflicts 5.6 million people annually.

Allen’s training program for PETCO won a bronze in the Internal Communication category. The web-based courses teach employees proficiency in humane treatment practices, habitat maintenance and health issues associated with aquatic life and companion animals. 80% of PETCO’s store associates that completed the courses reported higher confidence and competency working with or discussing companion animals and aquatic pets with customers. 

Allen’s advanced selling skills training for Amway Global’s Independent Business Owners (IBO) took a bronze in the Educational category. Compiling Amway’s data, Allen constructed web-based and instructor-led courses for maintaining strong customer relationships; meeting customer needs; expanded product knowledge and getting referrals. Using skills acquired through these courses, IBO’s reported a 50 percent increase in average monthly revenue.

The fifth award was a bronze in the External Communication Category for Allen’s new interactive pricing guide.

The Omni Intermedia Awards are owned and operated by Media Corp Inc., which exists to recognize outstanding media productions that engage, empower and enlighten. Awards are given for exceptional work in Film, Video, TV, Internet, Interactive Media, Animation and Audio production.

For three decades, the learning and development experts at Allen Communication Learning Services (www. allencomm. com) have helped many of the world’s largest companies sharpen their organizational performance. Allen expands their client’s capabilities by using progressive approaches in custom training, e-learning, and blended learning development (http://www. allencomm. com/dnn/CustomTraining/tabid/77/Default. aspx (http://www. allencomm. com/dnn/CustomTraining/tabid/77/Default. aspx)), as well as learning portal development and technologies (http://www. allencomm. com/learning-portal (http://www. allencomm. com/learning-portal)). This bold approach results in highly-customized organizational training solutions that help departments scale and achieve more, while improving ROI.

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The Mesothelioma Victims Center Offers Victims Of Asbestos Related Cancer & Their Loved Ones The Most Comprehensive Free Service Especially For US Navy Veterans

The Mesothelioma Victims Center Offers Victims Of Asbestos Related Cancer & Their Loved Ones The Most Comprehensive Free Service Especially For US Navy Veterans

Americas Watchdog created the Mesothelioma Center as a way for victims, or the family members & loved ones of Mesothelioma victims to get help, very honest advice & tailor made assistance at no cost to the victim, or their family members. According to Americas Watchdog, "watching what happened to a loved one made us determined to actually try to help all Mesothelioma victims, with the best possible free help and advice in the US. Victims of Mesothelioma or their families can call the group anytime at 866-714-6466 or visit their web site at Http://MesotheliomaVictimsCenter

Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 30, 2008

Americas Watchdog created the Mesothelioma Victims Center because a family member was diagnosed with the illness, and the group soon discovered there is not much of a safety net for asbestos related cancer victims or their families.

What makes the Mesothelioma Victims Center service unique?

According to Americas Watchdog, "Our service to victims or their families is free. Beyond helping the victims get VA or Social Security benefits, our main goal is to keep Mesothelioma victims or their loved ones away from fake Internet sites offering health care or support groups from little more than middlemen that could care less about the victim or his or her family. We want the victims to get the absolute best attorneys, not a law firm, marketing Mesothelioma cases for the highest price. We think that is enormous outrage and we intend to expose the phonies."
3,000 US citizens are diagnosed each year with Mesothelioma. Of these 3,000, 1/3rd typically are US Navy veterans, who were exposed on board a US Navy ship. According to the groups President, "We knew very little about this disease three years ago, we did not know that the Internet is a mine field for Mesothelioma victims or their families. The mine field includes lawyers or law firms that are little more than marketing organizations, that get a finders fee for giving a Mesothelioma case to the actual trial attorney, or law firm that does the case. We actually want to help Mesothelioma victims get accurate and honest information so we created the Mesothelioma Victims Center."

The groups web site is located at http://MesotheliomaVictimsCenter. com (http://MesotheliomaVictimsCenter. com). Mesothelioma victims or their family members can call the group anytime at 866-714-6466.

The Mesothelioma Victims Center is the best free service in the world for victims or family members of a rare form of cancer called Mesothelioma. Individuals who have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, or their family members should call the Mesothelioma Victims Center first, for honest and straight forward advice at 866-714-6466

The Mesothelioma Victims Center's Service Includes:
We will assist the victim in getting the very best legal representation We will assist the victims of Mesothelioma in obtaining Social Security permanent disability payments If the victim is a veteran and was exposed to asbestos during military duty, we will work with the victim and his/her family in obtaining veterans disability and health care benefits. We will assist the family in getting the best possible health care options. We will assist the victim and their family in getting counseling on a wide variety of topics that arise from this disease. We will do all of this at no charge to the victim or his or her family A victim of Mesothelioma or their family can call the group for help, assistance and advice anytime at 866-714-6466.

Who Can Get Mesothelioma? Individuals exposed to asbestos? As Follows
Individuals who served in the US Navy. Especially Navy personnel who served in or around naval ship engine rooms. (32% of all Mesothelioma Victims were exposed to asbestos on US Navy ships) Members of the US Army, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard. Naval ship yard workers Oil refinery workers Ship yard workers Automotive repair specialists Construction workers Plumbers Demolition contractors Important note to doctors, hospitals and medical staff: Please tell your patients about the Mesothelioma Victims Center. VFW, American Legion, or Labor Unions please share our information with your members. You want the best for your friend in need, or patient. The Mesothelioma Center will deliver. If any group has a question, they can call the Mesothelioma Victims Center anytime at 866-714-6466.

Because no other group in the United States is providing this full range of services, and because victims and their families need assistance in these areas, Americas Watchdog is doing all of this at no charge, because its the right thing to do. Americas Watchdog's Mesothelioma Victims Center web site is located at http://MesotheliomaVictimsCenter. com (http://MesotheliomaVictimsCenter. com). Anyone wishing more information can call the Mesothelioma Victims Center anytime at 866-714-6466. Health care workers or physicians are encouraged to tell your patients about the Mesothelioma Victims Center.

Americas Watchdog and its Mesothelioma Victims Center are all about taking care of precious souls in need, and corporate responsibility.


Friday, July 19, 2002

Jockimo Introduces Transparent Backlit Liquid Lava™ Tiles

Jockimo Introduces Transparent Backlit Liquid Lava™ Tiles

Transparent backlit Liquid Lava™ tiles allow the interactive liquid filled table tops, flooring, and bar tops to glow with color.

Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) December 21, 2009

Jockimo Inc. (http://www. jockimo. com/) has combined fantasy and function with its Jockimo™ Liquid Lava™ line. The modular floor tiles burst to life under foot when pressure is applied to the highly durable tile, creating a new design with every step. The new transparent backlit Liquid Lava™ tiles allow the interactive liquid filled table tops, flooring, and bar tops to glow with color.

Suitably intriguing to youngsters new to walking as well as seasoned dancers ready to rock the night away, Jockimo™ Liquid Lava™ (http://www. jockimo. com/products/liquid-lava/information) has been featured in kid-friendly play areas and lavish adult night clubs. This interactive product ignites the imagination, regardless of age. In fact, trade show goers are reported to literally squeal when they first touch the product, a response not often caused by flooring.

No Nonsense Fun
Jockimo Inc.’s product line is known for its ingenuity and flexibility, not its fragility – Jockimo™ Liquid Lava™ tiles are among the hardest working surfaces available. Scientifically sound, Jockimo™ Liquid Lava™ has undergone high pressure testing and is UL approved for safety and durability. Jockimo™ Liquid Lava™ itself is a non-toxic substance and the tile materials used are eco-friendly polycarbonate.

Customizable to Leave a Lasting Impression
A patented product, Jockimo™ Liquid Lava™ is available in an array of standard colors or can be customized upon request. Colors can be matched to Pantone perfection and tile shapes can be created as far as the imagination can bend them. Corporate logos or photos can be placed inside the tiles offering a one of a kind interactive product.

For added effect, Jockimo’s Liquid Lava™ TransLava™ (http://www. jockimo. com/products/liquid-lava/backlit-options) products provide a transparent background that truly comes to life with under-lighting. And almost like a scene from CSI, Living Surfaces™ Sketch™ tiles allow for hand and foot prints to appear in detail and slowly fade back into the tiles. Jockimo™ Liquid Lava™ spills into the table/counter top arena as well.

Beyond the Surface
Liquid Lava is not limited to flooring. In fact, its uses are not limited by much. Other creative interpretations include:
Bar tops
Counter tops
Backlit panels

Mobile installations (for trade shows, conventions)
Mobile dance floors for weddings, bar mitzvahs and more (available for rent)

Liquid Lava Hot Spots
In addition to being featured on Fine Living TV's "I Want That," and ABC's Extreme Home Makeover, Jockimo™ Liquid Lava™ can be experienced at the Atlantis Bahamas in a new children’s play area, LeAnn Rimes Adventure Gym at the Vanderbilt Pediatric Hospital in Nashville, TN, Banner Healthcare, AZ, Cincinnati Children's Hospital - Cincinnati, OH, Google Chicago, Luthern General Hospital - IL, and many more.

Liquid Lava installations can be seen at:

Vanderbilt Pediatric Rehabilitation Services - TN
Woodland Park Elementary School - WY (http://www. jockimo. com/popups-NEW/floortiles/elementary/)
Aloft Hotels
Cincinnati Children's Hospital - OH
Google - IL
Yahoo - CA
Atlantis Resort Bahamas
Luthern General Hospital - IL (http://www. jockimo. com/popups-NEW/floortiles/lgh/)
McDonald's - FL

Part space age, part natural wonder, all creativity, Jockimo™ Liquid Lava™ brings a deeply and beautifully malleable design element that changes with its occupants' every move. Visit www. jockimo. com today to learn more about Jockimo™ Liquid Lava™.

About Jockimo
Jockimo Inc. has vast expertise in developing advanced architectural products for architects and interior designers to use in their projects. Jockimo offers unique, exciting and interactive products not found anywhere else including Jockmo™ Liquid Lava™, holographic glass, dichroic glass, glass flooring, glass treads, antique mirrors, and other specialty decorative glass products.

Jockimo has a background in the packaging design and printing industry working for Nestle Food Company, Colgate-Palmolive and Schering-Plough HealthCare which provided the opportunity work with some of the best marketing minds in the country. Passion for technology allowed Jockimo to develop and implement new technologies that are used today by many industries in the digital field.

In 1998 he decided to go out on his own and he co-founded Artwork in Architectural Glass (AAG). AAG began manufacturing cast glass and glass flooring products and quickly became an industry leader in the specialty art-glass sector. In 2004 Jockimo realized a need for products that were more interactive and specialty in nature and in turn, he started Jockimo Inc. to address this need. The company quickly gained momentum in the industry as a leader in interactive and custom specialty glass products.

Jockimo continually develops and introduces new, exciting products to the market place. Jockimo creates the future—and can’t wait to unveil the new products that are always in the pipeline.

Contact Info.:
Name: Tim Czechowski
Phone – 949-251-0075
Website – www. Jockimo. com

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Institutional Investor Magazine Ranks America’s Best CFOs In Their Third Annual Survey

Institutional Investor Magazine Ranks America’s Best CFOs In Their Third Annual Survey

NEW YORK (PRWEB) March 16, 2006

For the third year running, Institutional Investor magazine asked portfolio managers and brokerage firm research analysts to name the best American CFOs in 62 industries. Many of the winners of II’s third annual “America’s Best CFOs” ranking—which appears in the magazine’s March issue, released today—are once again investing for growth after years of cutting costs and saving cash. Voters praise those finance executives who keep clean books and effectively communicate with the market about their companies’ performance. But they also show a growing appreciation for CFO’s who transcend the traditional number-crunching, cost-controlling role and embrace responsibility for improving operations, driving revenue growth and executing big acquisitions.

This year’s top American CFOs in 62 industry sectors are:

Basic Materials

CHEMICALS/COMMODITY, J. Pedro Reinhard Dow Chemical Co.

CHEMICALS/SPECIALTY, James Sawyer, Praxair

METALS & MINING, Richard Navarre, Peabody Energy Corp.

PAPER & FOREST PRODUCTS, Richard Taggart, Weyerhaeuser Co.

Capital Goods/Industrials

AEROSPACE & DEFENSE ELECTRONICS, Christopher Kubasik, Lockheed Martin Corp.

AIRFREIGHT & SURFACE TRANSPORTATION, D. Scott Davis, United Parcel Service



ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, Todd Holmes, Republic Services

MACHINERY, Nathan Jones, Deere & Co.

PACKAGING, Raymond Seabrook, Ball Corp.


AIRLINES, John Owen, JetBlue Airways Corp.


AUTOS & AUTO PARTS, Robin Adams, BorgWarner

BEVERAGES, Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo


FOOD, Jeffrey Boromisa, Kellog Co.

GAMING & LODGING, Glenn Christenson, Station Casinos


LEISURE, Gerald Cahill, Carnival Corp.

RESTAURANTS, Matthew Paull, McDonald’s Corp



RETAILING/HARDLINES, Darren Jackson, Best Buy Co.


TOBACCO, Dinyar Devitre, Altria Group


ELECTRIC UTILITIES, E. Follin Smith, Constellation Energy Group

INTEGRATED OIL, Steven Chazen, Occidental Petroleum Corp.

NATURAL GAS, Stephen Parks, Questar Corp.


OIL SERVICES & EQUIPMENT, C. Christopher Gaut, Halliburton Co.

Financial Institutions

BANKS/LARGE-CAP, Robert Kelly, Wachovia Corp.

BANKS/MIDCAP, Daniel Healy, North Fork Bancorp.

BROKERS & ASSET MANAGERS, David Viniar, Goldman Sachs Group

INSURANCE/LIFE, Kriss Cloninger III, Aflac

INSURANCE/NONLIFE, W. Thomas Forrester, Progressive Corp.

MORTGAGE FINANCE, Russell Kettell, Golden West Financial Corp.

REITs, Bernard Freibaum, General Growth Properties

SPECIALTY FINANCE, Gary Crittenden, American Express Co.


Health Care

BIOTECHNOLOGY, John Milligan, Gilead Sciences

HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, W. Larry Cash, Community Health Systems


MANAGED CARE, David Colby, WellPoint Health Networks6

MEDICAL SUPPLIES & DEVICES, Robert Darretta, Johnson & Johnson

PHARMACEUTICALS/MAJOR, Charles Golden, Eli Lilly and Co.

PHARMACEUTICALS/SPECIALTY, William McKee, Barr Pharmaceuticals


CABLE & SATELLITE, John Alchin, Lawrence Smith, Comcast Corp.

ENTERTAINMENT, Thomas Staggs, Walt Disney Co.


RADIO & TV BROADCASTING, Scott Royster, Radio One


COMPUTER SERVICES & IT CONSULTING, Gordon Coburn, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp.


IMAGING TECHNOLOGY, Murray Demo, Adobe Systems

INTERNET, Susan Decker, Yahoo!

IT HARDWARE, James Schneider, Dell


SEMICONDUCTORS, Andrew Bryant, Intel Corp.

SOFTWARE, Gregory Myers, Symantec Corp.




TELECOM SERVICES/WIRELESS, Paul Saleh, Sprint Nextel Corp.

TELECOM SERVICES/WIRELINE, Ronald Dykes, Verizon Communications

Stepped down effective October 1, 2005; remains executive vice president and member of the board.

2 Became president of Deere 7 Co.’s worldwide commercial & Consumer equipment division effective January 16, 2006.

3 Stepped down effective January 31, 2006.

4 Announced on February 6, 2006 his intention to retire in first quarter 2007.

5 Became president and COO effective January 1, 2006.

6 Retired effective December 31, 2005.

7 Retired effective December 31, 2005.

Institutional Investor’s top chief financial officers were selected based on the responses of more than 900 research analysts and portfolio managers at more than 330 money management firms running $4.9 trillion in equity assets, and of some 360 sell-side analysts at nearly 75 brokerage firms. For more information on the winners, please visit www. institutionalinvestor. com.


The Rodeo Drive Mommy Makeover: The Latest Trend in Plastic Surgery from Beverly Hills

The Rodeo Drive Mommy Makeover: The Latest Trend in Plastic Surgery from Beverly Hills

Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery, the only plastic surgery center on the world-famous boulevard, unveils its Rodeo Drive Mommy Makeover. This procedure helps moms get their shape back after having babies.

Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) January 4, 2007

Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery, the only plastic surgery center on the world-famous boulevard, unveils its Rodeo Drive Mommy Makeover. This procedure helps moms get their shape back after having babies.

Many of today's moms don't feel they should sacrifice the way they look just because they've had children. At Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Lloyd Krieger specializes in patients in their 20s, 30s and 40s. This often includes women who have had babies. "These women usually want their tummies and breasts back the way they looked before pregnancy," notes Dr. Krieger.

Dr. Krieger, who has been featured in Fortune, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Univision, Access Hollywood and other media, does many tummy tucks and breast lifts for these patients. Often he places small breast implants - not so much to increase size, but to give these women back the volume in the breasts that they lost during and after pregnancy. He might do a formal mastopexy or breast lift. Sometimes he also does liposuction. This popular procedure has come to be known as "The Rodeo Drive Mommy Makeover." "We've done these sort of Mommy Makeovers on women as young as 22 and as old as 64," says Dr. Krieger.

Whenever Dr. Krieger does a tummy tuck as part of the Mommy Makeover, he includes his well-known Rodeo Drive Belly Button with the procedure. This helps create a nice-looking midriff.

Dr. Krieger notes that the Mommy Makeover can sometimes be done during one surgery. Other times it is best to break the procedure up over more than one day. The patient's body type and overall health helps us determine the best approach. Dr. Krieger takes many steps to assure both minimal pain and maximum safety during his procedures, including the use of long-acting local anesthetic as part of the surgery and doing all his work in the on-site Medical-certified surgery center.

Many of Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery's patients for the Mommy Makeover travel from out of town seeking Los Angeles plastic surgery. The Rodeo Drive staff can help with the planning of these sorts of trips.

About Dr. Krieger: California plastic surgeon Dr. Krieger attended medical school at the University of Chicago. He completed his residency at UCLA and maintains operating privileges at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai medical centers. He has established a unique professional network to offer his patients a lifestyle overhaul along with their surgery, which may include a new wardrobe at nearby Rodeo Drive shops, a new hairstyle, spa treatments or a new fitness regime.

About Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery: This California plastic surgery center, Nestled next to Chanel, Dior and Tiffany & Co., is the only plastic surgery center on Rodeo Drive. The posh 5,000 square foot facility looks more like a boutique than a doctor's office.

Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery is accredited by AAAHC and Medicare and the full-sized operating rooms and recovery suites are equipped with the latest equipment and fully staffed at all times to provide the best patient care possible. "We designed our center to combine the convenience of storefront shopping with what I call the Four Seasons treatment," Dr. Krieger concludes. "Because cosmetic surgery is elective, people are looking for a first-class experience, and that's what we offer at our center."

For more information about The Rodeo Drive Mommy Makeover offered by Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, please visit http://www. RodeoDrivePlasticSurgery. com (http://www. RodeoDrivePlasticSurgery. com), http://www. RodeoDriveTummyTuck. com (http://www. RodeoDriveTummyTuck. com) or http://www. RodeoDriveBreastAugmentation. com (http://www. RodeoDriveBreastAugmentation. com).


Wednesday, July 17, 2002

New Security Server Announced

New Security Server Announced

(PRWEB) September 23, 2000


September 20, 2000

Contact: Barbara Hendricks, (410) 224-4773

  Email: bhendricks@riskwatch. com


Annapolis, Maryland: RiskWatch Inc. today announced the first security management server for E-business. Called the “RiskWatch CSO Server™” the new system enables centralized security management within and across enterprises. The new server is expected to play a major role as business and government agencies gear up to meet the challenge of “critical infrastructure protection.”

“Managing security is the number one challenge in today’s environment,” said Caroline Hamilton, President and founder of RiskWatch Inc. “The new RiskWatch CSO Server™ offers a scalable, secure and customizable solution for E-business and for government,” she added.

The RiskWatch CSO server™ is designed to meet all government and international standards for security management, including British Standard 7799 that will become an ISO standard in November. The server supports a wide variety of industries and sectors such as banking and finance, health care (including new HIPAA regulations), E-business, global Internet applications, government, military and defense, energy, transportation and education (schools, colleges and universities).

RiskWatch’s security solutions available on the CSO Server™ include solutions for physical security for organizations and industries, and cyber security to assure E-commerce. RiskWatch’s security risk assessments and auditing capabilities help decision-makers rapidly identify security vulnerabilities and implement solutions before disaster strikes.

“This is the hi-tech way to get effective security in place and assure that managers and decision-makers are always on top of their security profile,” said Dr. Stephen Bryen, CEO of RiskWatch and former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Trade Security Policy. “The RiskWatch CSO Server™ helps organizations protect sensitive and

Proprietary information and meet all government and international security requirements,” he said.

The RiskWatch CSO Server™ will be managed and maintained by RiskWatch, Inc., and will host RiskWatch’s “Security Applications Suite”™ of web-based security management tools, which clients will access and use for a monthly fee. In addition, the RiskWatch CSO Server™ can be licensed for corporate and institutional use on privately run intranets and wide area networks.

For more information: http://www. riskwatch. com (http://www. riskwatch. com)


Except for the historical financial information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release may be considered "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements include declarations regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of the Company and its management. Prospective investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks and uncertainties; actual results could differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are: (i) variability in quarterly operating results, (ii) identification, consummation and assimilation of acquisitions, (iii) dependence on large orders and customer concentration, (iv) dependence on hospitals and demand for the Company products and services in the healthcare information systems and services markets, (v) legislative or market-driven reforms in the health care industry, (vi) the Company's ability to develop and introduce new products, (vii) management of the Company's changing operations, (viii) dependence on key personnel, (ix) development by competitors of new or superior products or entry into the market of new competitors, (x) risks related to product defects, (xi) risks associated with pending litigation, (xii) dependence on intellectual property rights, (xiii) volatility in the Company's stock price and historically low trading volume, (xiv) the success or failure of strategic alliances, (xv) risk of interruption in data processing, (xvi) risks associated with certain investments in early stage companies, and (xvii) other risks identified from time to time in the Company's reports and registration statements filed with the SEC.

Sunday, July 14, 2002

New Meaningful Use White Paper Highlights Strategies and Requirements for Long-Term Success

New Meaningful Use White Paper Highlights Strategies and Requirements for Long-Term Success

Arcadia Solutions, a national healthcare consulting firm, announces a definitive report on the executive strategies and execution points for effectively achieving the Meaningful Use of electronic health records (EHRs).

Burlington, MA (PRWEB) January 13, 2011

Arcadia Solutions, a national healthcare consulting firm, announces a definitive report on the executive strategies and execution points for effectively achieving the Meaningful Use of electronic health records (EHRs).

Two of the biggest questions facing healthcare executives today are how their organization can best capitalize on the available Meaningful Use incentive funds and how to turn a Meaningful Use initiative into a launching pad for future health IT and healthcare reform improvements.

Arcadia Solutions’ newest white paper, “Beyond Meaningful Use”, lays out a clear and specific approach to these questions as well as the tools and best practices for a streamlined and effective Meaningful Use initiative.

“The term Meaningful Use has become something of a healthcare buzzword in the past year,” said Sanin Rahman, lead author of the white paper. “But there remains plenty of confusion as to what it really means and what exactly it will take for a healthcare organization to achieve.”

In the white paper, Rahman highlights the core elements that must be present in any successful Meaningful Use initiative, as well as the conditions where roadblocks and other disruptions are likely to occur.

The paper is a critical resource that chronicles executive considerations and the actual steps an organization must take for its short-term and long-term objectives to be realized.

“The most successful healthcare organizations will be those that take their Meaningful Use initiative and implement effectively for today, but also align the project with the organization’s long-term healthcare IT and reform goals -- whether they are Accountable Care Organizations, Patient-Centered Medical Home models, Pay-for-Performance contracts, etc.,” said Rahman.

Rahman is a Senior Consultant at Arcadia Solutions. He is dedicated to developing high-value solutions for Arcadia’s healthcare industry clients, working extensively with leaders in healthcare to develop thought leadership and best-practice methodologies in healthcare management.

To request a free copy of the full white paper, visit http://www. arcadiasolutions. com or email us directly at info(at)arcadiasolutions(dot)com.

About Arcadia Solutions

Arcadia Solutions is a national healthcare consultancy that works with healthcare payers and providers to deliver data-driven solutions that transform its clients’ clinical, operational and financial performance. Arcadia’s thought leaders and industry experts harness information technology as a tool to reduce costs while increasing the value and quality of healthcare in the United States. For more information, visit http://www. arcadiasolutions. com.

Erik Borg – Marketing Manager
Phone: 612-719-6528
Email: eborg(at)arcadiasolutions(dot)com


Experience Project Partners With The V Foundation for Cancer Research To Open Annual Scientific Cancer Forum to the Public

Experience Project Partners With The V Foundation for Cancer Research To Open Annual Scientific Cancer Forum to the Public

Leading Social Experience Website Enables Anyone to Interact with Top National Cancer Experts

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 28, 2008

Today Experience Project (http://www. experienceproject. com (http://www. experienceproject. com)), the first and largest Social Experience Website, announced that they will enable the public to ask questions to The V Foundation for Cancer Research's prestigious scientific forum held at the Foundation's upcoming annual Wine Celebration fundraiser. Using Experience Project's (EP) online anonymous cancer community, called Cancer Support Project. com (http://www. cancersupportproject. com (http://www. cancersupportproject. com)), people may post any question for consideration by The V Foundation's prestigious Scientific Advisory Board, in a session historically open only to event attendees and the local community. Like EP, Cancer Support Project allows visitors to connect with others based on their full range of experiences, including health, relationships, and passions, instead of identifying people only within a single disease category.

The V Foundation annually hosts a "Wine Celebration" fundraiser in the surroundings of California's wine country, Napa Valley, with 100% of the net proceeds raised benefiting cancer research. A showcase event of the Celebration is a forum session where the Foundation's Scientific Advisory Board, made up of some of the nation's top scientists in cancer research, discusses the latest developments in this research. In previous years, only in-person attendees could submit questions to the Board, and only during the duration of the event's forum. This year, anyone in the world can submit a question to the Scientific Advisory Board via CancerSupportProject. com. Several questions from this pool of submissions will be selected to ask during the Forum. The Cancer Forum will be filmed by a volunteer crew from leading sports broadcaster ESPN, and portions of it will be made available online for the public to view at their leisure. 

The general public can submit questions for The V Foundation's Scientific Advisory Board at http://www. experienceproject. com/cancer (http://www. experienceproject. com/cancer). The site will be accepting submissions through July 31st. The Cancer Forum takes place on August 2nd and the videos will be made available in September.

"The V Foundation for Cancer Research is excited to work with the Experience Project to raise awareness for the important developments being made in cancer research. Our Scientific Advisory Board is comprised of leading researchers from around the country who make for an amazing event. We are proud of the researchers we have funded from the laboratory to clinical trials and all types of meaningful research, and look forward to sharing this event with the world. The V Foundation is committed to fulfilling Jim Valvano's dream of curing cancer, with 100% of all new cash donations going to cancer research and projects," said Bob Lloyd, V Foundation Chairman of the Board.

"As a destination site dedicated to fostering rich and meaningful conversations about real life issues, we are truly excited to be able to extend this opportunity to discuss and share the latest in cancer research to the entire globe," noted Experience Project founder and CEO Armen Berjikly.

The V Foundation's 10th annual "Wine Celebration" is being held on August 1st and 2nd in California's Napa Valley. Questions for the forum can be submitted at CancerSupportProject. com through July 31, and will be posed to the Scientific Advisory Board during the Cancer Forum which will be held on August 2, 2008 at 9:30 a. m.-11:30 a. m. Further event details can be found at http://www. jimmyv. org/ (http://www. jimmyv. org/).

About Experience Project:
Experience Project is the first Social Experience Website where you can anonymously share and connect around the life experiences that are important to you. Explore over one million life experiences, share your own stories anonymously, and find like-minded people who are open, supportive, and just "get it". Experience Project is the first place on the web where who you are is more important than who you know. Experience Project can be found at http://www. experienceproject. com (http://www. experienceproject. com).

About The V Foundation for Cancer Research:
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The Foundation has raised more than $70 million to fund cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all new direct cash donations and net proceeds of events directly to cancer research and related programs. The Foundation, which has received five consecutive top 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator, awards grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Review Committee. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www. jimmyv. org.


Tuesday, July 9, 2002

After Attending Healthy Kids Camps-Camp Timber Creek, Annie Polashock Starts a Health Awareness Club at her High School

After Attending Healthy Kids Camps-Camp Timber Creek, Annie Polashock Starts a Health Awareness Club at her High School

Annie was an overweight 15 year old when she attended Camp Timber Creek. The knowledge she gained at camp enabled her to start a Health Awareness Club at her High School to help other overweight students.

Cary, N. C. (PRWEB) January 20, 2006

Annie was always an overweight kid. Food was the centerpiece of her life. Annie loved it, and would eat for every emotion possible. She never understood portions, never knew when she was hungry or satisfied, or recognized what exactly she should be eating.

Her love of food prevented Annie from being a healthy weight. As time went on, she became unhappy with herself she started liking boys, who didn’t like her because she was heavy. Other girls in her grade who were a healthy weight or slightly underweight commented on their appearance and their “flaws.” It just did not make her feel good. When that happened, she hid within herself with the food she ate. With time, Annie just got bigger and bigger and unhappier and unhappier.

"I started high school not knowing many people, which was quite scary. My brother was a senior, and he and all his friends would make fun of me. It made me turn to food, and I gained 30 pounds by the end of my freshman year.” Annie stated sadly.

The summer before her sophomore year, her mom decided she needed more help. She found a new camp opening in the mountains of North Carolina called Healthy Kids Camps’, Camp Timber Creek. The camp focused more on improving self-esteem and eating right than on weight-loss.

Annie soon realized that camp was great. She started loving the experience, the friends, the counselors, the support system, everything. She started looking inside herself and realizing that she was a beautiful girl. She did not need anyone’s approval except her own. She realized that if “I wanted to be happy with my appearance; I had to change it myself.” Her counselors and fellow campers at Camp Timber Creek supported her, and they encouraged Annie to do her best at every activity, to be all she can be, and they helped her plan on how to stay successful outside of camp.

Gaining self-esteem and self-worth really made her want to help others. "I thought, if I have been overweight all my life, and I have changed my life, then I can help others do the same! I decided that the best way to reach people was to target people my own age that I could relate to the best. I wrote out a proposal for a school club that would promote positive self-esteem, healthy eating, and overall wellness.” Annie said proudly.

She sent her proposal to the Foods and Nutrition teachers at her school, who immediately agreed to sponsor the club. The Health Awareness Club started this year at Green Hope High School in Cary, N. C. from her efforts and knowledge that Annie gained at Camp Timber Creek. The students get together to discuss their eating problems, talk about healthy eating habits and body image changes, and they even play games that get them moving. “It seems to have really inspired some people to better themselves, and that just makes me feel ten times better!', happily and proudly stated by Annie.

Next year, before college, Annie’s dreaming of become a camp counselor so that she can help other kids with similar problems. Ira Green, Healthy Kids Camps-Camp Timber Creek's director, hired Annie for the summer of 2006. “I am so proud of Annie not only for what she has accomplished for herself and her desires to help others, makes me so proud and my life’s work so rewarding.”


KIS Track Suite of Online Applications Officially Certified as "Hacker Safe"

KIS Track Suite of Online Applications Officially Certified as "Hacker Safe"

Kaulkin Information Systems is pleased to announce that its KIS Track(TM) suite of online applications has been certified "hacker safe" by Comodo Hacker Guardian. Rigorous testing assures system's safety from unauthorized access.

Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) July 15, 2006 -–

Kaulkin Information Systems is pleased to announce that its KIS Track(TM) suite of online applications has been certified "hacker safe" by Comodo Hacker Guardian.

The Comodo HackerShield logo can only appear on sites that have passed thorough testing. Every day, KIS Track's entire site, including users' systems and development systems, is analyzed for over 10,600 hacker vulnerabilities. The Hacker Guardian seal indicates the site is secure from the latest attacks, and that online transactions and data transmissions are also protected.

KIS Track provides document imaging and electronic business processing technologies over the Internet as an ASP/SaaS. The system has been customized for clients in numerous industries, including debt collection, insurance, securities, healthcare and accounting.

"Our clients deal with highly sensitive information every day, so we built our system to ensure the integrity of their data," said KIS Chief Technology Officer Jan Levine. "Having our site tested daily by an online security specialist ensures that we’re safe from new hacker threats, and it provides an extra measure of security for us and for our clients."

About Comodo

Comodo is a leading Internet security specialist and provides next generation online security solutions: x.509 digital Certificate services, validation services, silicon security, crypto solutions, and software security applications. Comodo also operates the world's only web site identity assurance infrastructure.

About Kaulkin Information Systems

Kaulkin Information Systems delivers innovative technology to help companies of all sizes streamline their operations. The flagship product, KIS Track(TM), is a suite of web-based, user managed applications for controlling the flow of information in today's compliance-centric world. KIS Track has been customized for numerous industries, including securities, debt collection, insurance, healthcare, and accounting. For more information, please visit www. kistrack. com.


Monday, July 8, 2002

Negative Ions Possible Cure for the 'Winter Blues'

Negative Ions Possible Cure for the 'Winter Blues'

Negative ion therapy is mostly unknown in the U. S. but research suggests it is a cheap and effective remedy for not only the winter blues but a number of mental ailments as well.

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) November 26, 2005

There is a growing mountain of scientific evidence that suggests negative ion therapy can provide a cheap and effective cure for the “winter blues” There is no doubt that an overabundance of positive ions in the air in relation to negative ions produces very unpleasant reactions due to serotonin releases (Krueger, 1972) During the winter months, the lack of sun coupled with a constant bombardment from positive ion sources such as HVAC systems, computer monitors, and electronic devices creates a potpourri of positive air ions that simply put makes us feel languished and depressed. So what’s the solution? Mike Montano, Indoor Air Quality expert at Ionic Zone Inc told us “You can either hit the bottle for comfort or invest in a few of our $20 Ionizers if you want to beat the winter blues” He added that negative ion generators are very commonplace and accepted in most other countries with small healthcare budgets. But in the United States, “good luck finding a negative ion generator anywhere but the Internet.”

What are the effects of positive ions? According to research, positive ions cause a number of problems such as sleeplessness, irritability, tension, migraines, nausea, breathing difficulties, digestive problems, depression, fatigue, and sometimes can even lead to suicide. Positive ions slow down the delivery of oxygen, producing symptoms like anoxia or oxygen starvation. They alter the functional state of the central nervous system, peripheral organs and affect the secretion of the hormone serotonin.

What are the effects of negative ions? According to research, negative ions enhance our mood, stimulate our senses, improve appetite and sexual drive, provide relief from hay fever, sinusitis, bronchial asthma, allergies, migraines, even post operative pain and burns. (go to www. ioniczone. com/negative_ions. htm (http://www. ioniczone. com/negative_ions. htm) to read the research studies) Negative ions also stimulate the reticuloendothelial system which are a group of defense cells in our bodies that watch over our resistance to disease. Bottom line, we have better brain activity that results in greater awareness levels because our cells are better able to absorb oxygen and oxidize serotonin, and filter airborne contaminants.

Can a $20 Ionizer really make a difference? “Our customers claim they can sleep better, feel more alert and refreshed, get ill less often, and take less allergy medications after using our products” says Mike Montano from Ionic Zone who sells their ionizers wholesale to the general public. She adds “A large telemarketing firm called me recently to buy 20 more ionizers after noticing that by the end of the day, salespeople on the ionized section of the room were mostly standing, waiving their hands, and energized while the sales people on the non-ionized side of the room were mostly slumped over in from of their computers, rocking back in their chairs, and drained. Needless to say, the owner has become a believer”.

While the scientific and anecdotal evidence suggests negative ion therapy is worthy of our consideration, one can only wonder why such an inexpensive and natural remedy to the winter blues is not more popular in the U. S Are Americans not aware of the benefits of negatively ionized air? Or have we as a society become so conditioned to popping pills that we have rejected any natural therapies altogether? This is a real life “David vs. Goliath” story; large drug companies vs. small Internet companies selling negative ion generators without the resources to get the word out on negative ions.


New Diagnostic Testing Company, Blue Ocean Biomedical, Specializes In Automated, Load & Go Cell Analysis Systems For Immune Monitoring

New Diagnostic Testing Company, Blue Ocean Biomedical, Specializes In Automated, Load & Go Cell Analysis Systems For Immune Monitoring

Blue Ocean Biomedical will bring to market the world’s first fully automated, “patient-sample-to-result” systems for many specialized cell analysis tests that are in greatest demand worldwide.

Pembroke Pines, FL (PRWEB) May 7, 2010

Blue Ocean Biomedical (http://www. blueoceanbio. com), LLC, will bring to market the world’s first fully automated, “patient-sample-to-result” systems for many specialized cell analysis tests that are in greatest demand worldwide.

Blue Ocean Biomedical is a privately-held company headquartered in Pembroke Pines, FL. "Blue Ocean will lower the cost of healthcare by providing fully automated, 'load & go'(TM) diagnostic systems that greatly simplify patient testing in clinical and research laboratories around the world," said president Ernie Thomas. The Blue Ocean systems automate a number of expensive, specialized tests, such as HIV monitoring and extended WBC differential analysis tests. These kinds of tests are currently performed on complex flow cytometry systems that are designed for general use and require many time-consuming, manual steps which require a highly trained and experienced operator.

Blue Ocean changes all that with an innovative, automated, load & go approach. Blue Ocean systems are optimized to address needs for specific moderate-to-high-demand applications where test results are desired in less time, with greater efficiency and at substantially lower costs. This is accomplished via smart system design, proprietary technology, fewer required reagents and a low cost of delivering the product and support to end users. The new systems will, for the first time, combine automated sample preparation and analysis in one instrument that communicates with the laboratory’s computer system (LIS). Because it is standardized to run specific tests, instrument and test setup is minimized. As a result, Blue Ocean systems require minimal operator steps, greatly reduce the opportunities for user error, and provide fast and efficient specimen processing.

Blue Ocean will be displaying their new CR Series Immune Monitoring Systems for the first time at the ISAC CYTO 2010 show, the XXV Congress of the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry (http://cytoconference. org/pages/aboutISAC2010.aspx (http://cytoconference. org/pages/aboutISAC2010.aspx)).

Experienced, Proven Management Team

Blue Ocean Biomedical has brought together a team of professionals from the diagnostic systems industry. The team has strong credentials and expertise in all the key disciplines: software and systems development, mechanical and electrical engineering, reagents, quality assurance, regulatory affairs, manufacturing, marketing and laboratory management. Having worked together for years to provide contract development of a number of innovative and successful cell analysis systems for industry leading companies, this Blue Ocean team has developed a cohesive, team approach, capitalizing on the strengths of each member. They are focused and driven to achieve their goal: to bring load & go capabilities to a targeted range clinical and research testing applications.

The Blue Ocean team is led by CEO Mike Brochu, Sr., MBA, a 30-year biomedical industry veteran with executive experience in business development, strategic alliances, service and marketing (Coulter Corp.) Brochu is well paired with President Ernie Thomas, MBA, who applies a sharp entrepreneurial drive with a solid knowledge of the diagnostic industry market, players and technologies.

New Blue Ocean Website

Blue Ocean has introduced a new Website: www. blueoceanbio. com. The Website provides further information about the company, management team, products, reagents, consumables, applications, assay development partners and more.


Saturday, July 6, 2002

The Fledgling Monkey Day Holiday Celebrates its Fifth Year on December 14th

The Fledgling Monkey Day Holiday Celebrates its Fifth Year on December 14th

Monkey Day is an annual holiday celebrated on December 14th that offers people a reprise from the traditional religious holidays permeating the month of December. Monkey Day is a fun way to celebrate all things simian, an excuse to hang out with friends and family dressed as monkeys and grunt at one another, and at the same time promoting knowledge and awareness of monkeys and their simian kin in a healthy manner.

Lansing, MI (PRWEB) December 4, 2005

Monkey Day is an annual holiday celebrated on December 14th that offers people a reprise from the traditional religious holidays permeating the month of December. Monkey Day is a fun way to celebrate all things simian, an excuse to hang out with friends and family dressed as monkeys and grunt at one another, and at the same time promoting knowledge and awareness of monkeys and their simian kin in a healthy manner.

Monkey Day began five years ago as a practical joke left scribbled on a friend's calender, when the anointed date of December 14th came around a Monkey themed party gathered at the local bar and Monkey Day was born. Each year since, Monkey Day has grown in popularity, especially among the college crowd, falling dangerously close to the end of semester final exam week. Popular ways of celebrating Monkey Day include throwing a monkey themed party and dressing up as your favorite simian, grunting like a chimp all day long, and throwing feces on passers-by (for legal purposes, monkeyday. com in no way supports the latter form of celebration).

Monkey Day is more than an excuse to throw a drunken frat party though, it also is a great way to bring awareness to social and ethical issues regarding monkeys and primates. Monkeyday. com actively promotes websites relating to monkey welfare, laboratory welfare, and preservation organizations. An online petition to make Monkey Day a Nationally recognized holiday that would extol the virtues of monkeys and primates has been started online. MonkeyDay. com also runs a blog news wire (monkeydaynews. blogspot. com) that keeps tabs on all news regarding monkeys and primates that ranges from the strange to the scientific to animal rights.

Monkeyday. com has become a hub of monkey related activities resulting from December 14th's annual Monkey Day. Besides featuring the monkey news blog and the national Monkey Day petition, Monkeyday. com provides other monkey related entertainment for visitors such as a third annual monkey themed Web Comic marathon, monkey themed drink and food ideas, and a catalog of pictures from monkey day parties past. New features to the website this year include a new monkey day party finder that allows bars and event planners from anywhere in the world to list their monkey themed party on December 14th, and make it much easier to find the nearest monkey party near you.

This year's official Monkey Day party will be held at Mac's Bar, 2700 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI. Events include band performances by The Moogulators, Kingshit, and Hundreds. There will of course be drink specials and exclusive 2005 Monkey Day T-shirts given to the first 10 monkey costumes through the door.

For further information about the Monkey Day campaign, please visit the Monkey Day website at www. monkeyday. com or to reach the Monkey Day organizers call (517)-367-0777.


Casey Sorrow

Monkey Day Foundation


Www. monkeyday. com

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Small Business Puts Healthcare Reform First

Small Business Puts Healthcare Reform First

Small Business Majority founder John Arensmeyer comments on new research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that finds that small business owners put healthcare reform first when it comes to what the Obama Administration needs to focus on. As the 'engine' of the economy, small business can't afford rising and unpredictable healthcare costs, and the U. S. can't afford to neglect small business any longer.

Sausalito, California (PRWEB) December 3, 2008

A staggering financial crisis can't dissuade President-elect Barack Obama from making healthcare reform a top priority, because small business - widely regarded as the 'engine' of our economy - can't prosper amid rising and unpredictable costs. Dispelling a popular myth that small business doesn't want healthcare reform is the first step in giving entrepreneurs the boost they need to help jump-start the economy.

That's the opinion of John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of Small Business Majority, a national small business healthcare advocate, speaking about research released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Public Opinion Strategies and Lake Research Partners (See a summary of the research findings at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (http://www. rwjf. org)). Surveyed were 400 small business owners and executives of firms that have fewer than 50 employees and pay for some portion of their employees' health benefits.

According to the new research, more than one in three small business owners (36 percent) say that rising costs are likely to cause them to cut some portion of health insurance benefits for their employees. They look to Congress and the new president to help address their concerns, with nearly half of small business owners (42 percent) saying 'making health care more affordable' is the idea Washington should address first.

"Despite the enormous contributions of small business to the growth of the 21st century American economy, the stability of our communities, and our global competitiveness, entrepreneurial values are largely absent from our political debate, and small businesses have been woefully ill-represented politically," said Arensmeyer. "Small business owners are looking to the new administration to tackle a problem that has long been spiraling out of control."

"More so than erratic energy costs or taxes, small business owners views healthcare as key to their competitiveness and the economic health of the country."

Arensmeyer went on to say that entrepreneurs are pragmatists who are focused on the bottom line, and that healthcare reform shouldn't be a partisan issue.

"Small business owners are already under a strain, and when coupled with rising and unpredictable healthcare costs, the challenge can be almost insurmountable,"said Arensmeyer. "And all they are really asking for is a level playing field - a solution that puts them on par with their big business counterparts when it comes to being able to offer quality coverage for their employees."

Particularly revealing in the RWJF research was the idea that one solution doesn't dominate in the minds of small business owners. "A majority of small businesses are willing to pay into a system of shared responsibility that works and ensures small business access to affordable quality healthcare," said Arensmeyer. "It's not a question of 'if' we should pursue reform, it's 'how.' And more importantly, 'when.'"

About Small Business Majority (Small Business Majority (http://www. smallbusinessmajority. org))

Small Business Majority is a national nonprofit organization of business entrepreneurs working to ensure prosperity in the 21st century economy by building a politically aware and active community of small business leaders.


Govind Nihalani's Award Winning Films "Drishti" (Vision) and "Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa" (Mother of 1084) Now on DVD

Govind Nihalani's Award Winning Films "Drishti" (Vision) and "Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa" (Mother of 1084) Now on DVD

Rudraa Home Video has released two rare films from Govind Nihalani on VCD and DVD. The films are ‘Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa’ based on the novel by Mahasweta Devi and ‘Drishti’ on a story by Shashi Deshpande.

(PRWEB) November 25, 2005

Rudraa Home Video has released two rare films from Govind Nihalani on VCD and DVD. The films are ‘Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa’ based on the novel by Mahasweta Devi and ‘Drishti’ on a story by Shashi Deshpande.

“Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa” (Mother of 1084) brings Mahasweta Devi’s novel to life. The film marks Jaya Bachchan’s return to the screen as Sujata Chatterjee who awakens one early morning to the shattering news that her youngest and favourite son, Brati, is lying dead in the police morgue, reduced to a mere numerical: Corpse No. 1084. Propelled on a journey of discovery, she begins to recognize her own alienation as a woman and wife from the complacent, hypocritical bourgeois society her son had rebelled against.

With a searing performance by Jaya Bachchan, the film won the National Award for Best Hindi film. The film has been showcased at various festivals including the London Intl. Film Festival; Intl. Film Festival, Mumbai; Intl. Film Festival of India; Human Rights Film Festival, Brussels; and festivals at Bradford, Philadelphia, Palm Springs, Tehran and Rome.

The “Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa” DVD has a bonus feature – “The Making of Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa” containing reminiscences and interviews with Govind Nihalani, Jaya Bachchan and Joy Sengupta interspersed with on-location footage.

In “Drishti”, Nihkhil (Shekhar Kapoor) and Sandhya (Dimple Kapadia) are a happily married, urban, professional couple. On their eighth wedding anniversary one of their friends brings along his nephew Rahul (Irfan Khan) who is a classical singer. Sandhya develops an attraction and has an affair with him. She confides in her friend, but does not tell Nikhil about it. After a couple of months, the affair ends. After about a year, Nikhil falls in love with his assistant in the lab. He tells Sandhya about it and leaves her. Sandhya is shattered. They part. Four years after the divorce they meet again, and Sandhya mentions to Nikhil about her affair with Rahul.

“Drishti,” a remarkable product with inputs from leading luminaries, has story and screenplay by Shashi Deshpande, lyrics by Vasant Dev and music by Kishori Amonkar. This contemporary tale with awesome performances from the lead cast won the National Award for Best Hindi film and was also showcased in the Indian Panorama.

A unique feature of this release is the inclusion of Anti-smoking messages produced by the CPAA (Cancer Patients Aid Association). Directed by Shaad Ali, this is part of an award winning campaign that features Vivek Oberoi, Urmila Matondkar and Shashi Kapoor.

Dr. Kailashnath Koppikar, Director, Rudraa Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. says, “This nothing to do with the Ministry of Health’s directive on smoking in films. We have included these messages voluntarily. The CPAA has been doing exemplary work for cancer patients and we felt that this was the least we could do to support them and help in spreading awareness. To this end, we have also included some details of the CPAA on the inlays.”

Adds Mr. Subhash Chheda, Director, “As part of our social commitment, we look forward to showcasing public service messages and supporting other worthy NGOs with our other titles in future. We are sure that our costumers will appreciate our gesture and support our initiative.”

VCDs (@Rs.149/-) and DVDs (@Rs.299/-) available at all leading outlets in India.