Friday, May 30, 2008

School's Mull Head Lice Policies that Lose them Money

School's Mull Head Lice Policies that Lose them Money

Absence due to head lice costs school districts millions of dollars each year in lost funding. Suzanne Rue, who oversees communicable disease control for 800 Los Angeles Schools, and Ken Hawkins, president of the Long Island, NY Attendance Teacher Assoc., discuss the issue and offer suggestions on lice treatment and prevention. A Tip Sheet with how-to information from www. licesolutions. com follows.

(PRWEB) August 25, 2004

Most public schools have a “no nits” policy. That means that students infested with visible nits or head lice are sent home from school. The policy is designed to prevent head lice epidemics. However, there’s a negative side to the policy, according to Suzanne Rue, Communicable Disease Control Resource Nurse for the Los Angeles Unified School District. “We lose approximately $20 in funding every day a child is absent with head lice, “Rue explained.

The lost funding has a tremendous impact on the school district’s budget. “By the end of the year, the amount is significant,” said Rue. The LAUSD, with 800+ schools, serves over 745,000 students. Rue estimates that 10% of elementary school students get head lice, and are absent for an average of four days each. That equals at least $3.2 million in lost funding. “And that’s not counting the income lost by working parents who have to stay home with their children, “Rue added.

Ms. Rue says that this year, the district will enact attendance incentives to cut down on absences due to head lice. "Our objective is to dramatically decrease head lice related absent days," she said. Some of the ideas include, performing lice screenings on Fridays so parents would have the weekend to solve the problem. Another idea is to give Pupil Services and Attendance Counselors tools to treat lice problems on home visits.

The district has also taken some unusual steps to tackle the problem on site. Each school nurse office has a MagiComb®, an electronic comb that enables a nurse to remove lice or nits easily and quickly, on the spot. "I'm a huge fan of the MagiComb", said Rue. "It allows us to take some action and keep the kids in school". (www. magicomb. com)

The district is not allowed to use prescription or Over the Counter lice shampoos on students; but it does make recommendations to parents. "We have a policy against advocating pesticides unless everything else fails. We usually suggest natural products that have been thoroughly studied," said Rue.

Kenneth Hawkins, President of the Long Island, New York Attendance Teachers Association, says that students shouldn't miss more than one day of school because of head lice but often miss four or five days. Mr. Hawkins says that head lice cases are 15% of his workload, too high a percentage.

In New York State, explained Hawkins, absence due to head lice will cost a school from $20 to $40 per day in state aid, depending on the wealth of the community. With approximately 3.5 million children in grades K through 8, the loss of funding to schools due to head lice absence is between $25 and $35 million per year.

"Without increased awareness and proper use of head lice treatments, we're going to continue to see lost funding due to head lice absence," Hawkins stated. Hawkins believes that lice have become resistant to traditional treatments and like the LAUSD, prefers to recommend non-pesticide products.

One such product, touted by both districts, is the HairClean 1-2-3 Lice Kit which comes with a shampoo and nit comb. The product, made from plant oils, is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics' in their Clinical Report on Head Lice (Vol 110, #3).

Nationwide, the funds held back for a missed school day ranges from $10 to $40 per day. According the National Center for Education Statistics, there are 33.5 million children in grades K-8. Statistically, this would indicate that US schools lose between $280 to $325 million in funding due to head lice absences.

"Parents have to play an active role in head lice detection, treatment and prevention," said Rue. "There's a lot of free information available, and I encourage parents to get involved". One such web site is www. licesolutions. com which offers a variety of educational materials for parents, kids, teachers, school nurses and PTA groups.

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How to Prevent and Treat Head Lice

From www. licesolutions. com

How do you prevent head lice?

Direct head-to-head touching spreads lice. They do not fly or jump, they crawl. Children at play have closer contact than adults, so they're more likely to get lice, though this does not exempt adults from infestation. Head lice can be spread by sharing the following items:

-Personal items (clothing, combs, headbands, hats, scrunchies and or scarves).

-Towels, linens, pillows, carpeting, and naptime blankets.

-Stuffed animals, dolls and cloth toys.

-Earphones used for personal radios.

-Lockers or hanging clothes together on coat hooks

-School uniforms, costumes, or gym clothing.

How do you find head lice?

Early detection makes complete lice elimination faster and easier. The nits or eggs are white, sesame seed shaped and very tiny. They are usually on the hair shafts close to the scalp. The lice are small, wing-less and sometimes transparent and are sometimes extremely hard to see. Complete nit removal is crucial to eliminating head lice from a childÂ’s head. A magnifying glass is helpful. Use a lice comb to move hair around so you can see more clearly and remove the lice or nits with the comb.

How do you treat head lice and keep your family free of them at home?

If someone in your family has lice, then you should immediately examine other family members and treat everyone at one time, as follows:

-Use a non-toxic head lice product. Follow the directions carefully.

-Remove the left over nits with a fine toothed comb.

-Machine-wash all bedding, clothing and towels. Put in a hot dryer for at least 20 minutes.

-Put all stuffed animals, pillows, dolls, hats, comforters and any other non-washable personal items in a plastic garbage bag and seal for 14 days. After 14 days, open the bag outdoors and shake items vigorously.

-Soak all brushes, combs and hair accessories in rubbing alcohol or scrub in hot soapy water.

-Vacuum carpets and furniture, then remove the vacuum cleaner bag and throw it out.

-Make sure you tell others about the outbreak. Babysitters, grandparents, playmates, etc. will be grateful for the opportunity to check their families early in order to prevent an outbreak.

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Experian Net Connect Credit Reports Implemented in MERit Credit Engine

Experian Net Connect Credit Reports Implemented in MERit Credit Engine

GLENDORA Calif--(PRWEB)--MERit Credit Engine Certified for Experian NetConnect access. Net Connect is a new Experian service that allows users to access consumer credit information over the public Internet. Providing clients credit report access with all the benefits of a leased line at a fraction of the cost

(PRWEB) December 4, 2003

The MERit Credit Engine at a glance...

Two bureau or three bureau merged reports XML credit reports (MISMO and HR-XML) Internet, leased-line, direct, and dialup connectivity to Equifax, Experian, TransUnion. No per-report transaction charges Credit reports, scores, and other credit data. Integrates with your user interface. Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, or Sybase SQL Anywhere programming API. Compliant with credit bureau Internet security protocols: Experian NetConnect, Equifax STS, and Trans Union Net Access (TUNA). OEM edition acts as a credit report module within software products.

MERit Credit Systems is a leading provider of credit report software solutions to Automotive, Human Resources, Financial, Rental or Leasing, Health Care, Insurance, Law Enforcement, Education and Utilities Industries, for businesses requiring quick and effective access to credit information from Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union. MERit provides integration with the three consumer credit bureaus, Equifax (NYSE: EFX), Experian (London Stock Exchange: GUS) and TransUnion. For further information:

MERit Credit Systems

Herb Siedschlag


Http://www. CreditEngine. net (http://www. CreditEngine. net)

WorkinHealthcare. net Partners with Care2Learn

WorkinHealthcare. net Partners with Care2Learn

Niche healthcare career site partners with Care2Learn, an online continuing education provider for healthcare professionals.

(PRWEB) August 16, 2002

Orlando, FL, August 13, 2002 – Workinhealthcare, a Florida-based nation-wide employment web site targeting the healthcare industry, announced today a new partnership with Care2Learn, an on-line continuing education provider for the healthcare industry located in Tampa, FL.

“Augmenting our healthcare job site with this unique continuing education service was a logical move for us,” noted Susan Rosonina, Partner at WorkinHealthcare. Net. "Healthcare professionals find it difficult to fit a job search and continuing education into their hectic schedules. WorkinHealthcare. Net enables them to do both. The ease and convenience of on-line education is a major benefit that we are pleased to offer through our partnership with Care2Learn."

About Workinhealthcare. net

Launched in 2001, Workinhealthcare. net is a national career/recruiting solutions site offering job posting, resume bank and career resources to companies in the healthcare arena. Based near Orlando, FL and located at http://www. workinhealthcare. net (http://www. workinhealthcare. net), Workinhealthcare is a privately held Internet company.

For additional information, please contact:

Susan Rosonina

Workinhealthcare. net


About Care2Learn

The Tampa-based Internet company has accredited continuing-education courses for nurses, case managers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, audiologists, dietitians, certified rehab nurses, advanced registered nurse practitioners, nursing home administrators, disability management specialists, certified recreation therapy specialists, and certified rehabilitation counselors.

For additional information, please contact:

Laura More

Care2Learn. com


The Flu, Unemployment Compensation Rank Among May's Most Requested Content at HR Directory

The Flu, Unemployment Compensation Rank Among May's Most Requested Content at HR Directory

HR topics in the news top the White Paper+ section of HR content

Capitola, Calif. (PRWEB) May 28, 2009

The HR Directory indicates its top five most requested topics in May 2009 from its White Papers+ section include the flu and unemployment compensation.

A popular online destination for human resource professionals, The HR Directory (http://www. hrmarketer. com/community/) contains a White Paper+ section with thousands of white papers, articles, videos, blogs, podcasts, webcasts and research. May's full list of popular resources includes:
 2009 Unemployment Compensation Tax Briefing (TALX webcast)  Summit Health Flu Center (Online flu resources from Summit Health)  Best Practices in Talent Management: Factors in ATS Selection (nowHIRE. com white paper)  The Trouble with Personality Tests (HR Chally Group white paper)  17 Rules of the Road for CRM (Sage white paper)

What's motivating HR professionals to seek out these resources? The economy and Swine Flu crisis are clearly driving demand. Companies are also using the down economy to improve internal recruitment, hiring and sales efficiencies and that means purchasing an ATS or CRM for the first time or looking for a new software provider because they're unhappy with their current one.

"Our HR Directory gives us a lens into what's on the minds of HR decision makers (http://www. hrmarketer. com/home/about_whatwedo. htm) during any given month and the top items continue to be employee wellness, unemployment and talent management," said Kevin Grossman, president of HRmarketer. com, which publishes The HR Directory.

It also underscores the importance of objective, high-quality content in building brand visibility for HR vendors.

"HR decision makers are looking for sources of information they can trust to help them do their job better and more efficiently," said Grossman. "To find these, they turn to the Internet. Having great content increases the likelihood of your company showing up on search results - and prospects finding you first."

The HRmarketer. com HR Directory (http://www. hrmarketer. com/community (http://www. hrmarketer. com/community)) helps HR suppliers showcase their companies and share their expertise with professionals and decision makers. The site is visited by thousands of HR decision makers monthly and includes five major sections:

HR Buyers Guide HR White Papers+ HR Forms and Templates HR News HR Discussion Boards

The Directory allows human resource and employee benefit vendors (http://www. hrmarketer. com/home/about_whatwedo. htm#) to build interactive company profiles and syndicate their content. Since a vendor's content is hyperlinked to their Web site, it helps HR suppliers improve their own company's search engine optimization (SEO) and generate sales leads.

HR suppliers and others interested in adding white papers, webcasts and research are invited to visit http://www. hrmarketer. com/community/ (http://www. hrmarketer. com/community/).

About HRmarketer
HRmarketer helps companies in the human resources market grow their businesses by providing agency services and online marketing products, including HRmarketer. com, the only online marketing and PR software service in the HR industry. A Fisher Vista, LLC Company founded in 2000, HRmarketer has helped over 600 HR and employee benefit businesses increase their visibility and sales among HR buyers.

Media Contact:
Elrond Lawrence, Fisher Vista, LLC
Elawrence(a)fishervista. com

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

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Overeaters Anonymous to Hold International Convention in Calgary

Overeaters Anonymous to Hold International Convention in Calgary

AB –Members of Overeaters Anonymous (OA) 12-Step fellowship from around the world will be converging on Calgary from October 15-17th for the Region One Convention and Assembly. A series of meetings and seminars will focus on how members are recovering from the disease of compulsive overeating.

Calgary, AB (PRWEB) October 6, 2004

Members of Overeaters Anonymous (OA) 12-Step fellowship from around the world will be converging on Calgary from October 15-17th for the Region One Convention and Assembly. The convention will be held in the Holiday Inn on 4206 Macleod Trail South. Obesity and eating disorders are major health concerns for many people. According to the World Health Organization there are over 300 million obese adults worldwide.

OA members use the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to recover from compulsive overeating. There are currently over 6,500 OA groups in approximately 52 countries. Founded in 1960, the first Overeaters Anonymous meeting was held in Los Angeles, California. Now 44 years old, OA is a worldwide fellowship. Region One includes members from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan and Yukon.

Overeaters Anonymous views compulsive overeating as a physical, emotional and spiritual disease. Members seek recovery on all three levels by following a twelve-step program patterned after that of Alcoholics Anonymous. No dues or fees are required for membership; the organization is self-supporting through member contributions and literature sales. OA is not affiliated with any public or private organization, political movement, ideology or religious doctrine.

Contact: Louise B. (home) 246-3415, (cell) 616-0278

Www. oa-southernalberta. com

Email: region1convention@shaw. ca

OA's Eleventh Tradition states: "Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, films, television and other public media of communication."

We ask that in your reporting on OA, you use only first names or pseudonyms (indicated as such) of OA members and that you obscure the faces of those who identify themselves as OA members in on-camera interviews.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Year-End Tax Tips From JK Harris Can Reduce April 15 Stresses

Year-End Tax Tips From JK Harris Can Reduce April 15 Stresses

An Enrolled Agent from JK Harris and Company, a tax resolution company, offers steps people can take before Dec. 31 that can help trim their taxes for the year. Most people do not realize that between now and Dec. 31 they may be able to maximize their tax savings and reduce the tax bite next April.

Charleston, SC (PRWEB) November 18, 2004

As the holidays approach, many Americans start preparing lists to keep them on track. There are gift lists, mailing lists for greeting cards, guest lists for parties.

But according to John Harris, president of JK Harris and Company, (www. jkharris. com), the nationÂ’s leading tax resolution and debt management company, most people fail to create the most important list of all: the steps they can take before Dec. 31 that can help reduce their taxes for the year.

“It’s easy to get caught up in the season and many people either forget or don’t know what they can do at this late date to maximize their tax savings,” Harris said. “And when tax time comes in April 2005, many will appreciate how much they saved by taking a close look at their possible tax liabilities before the new year.”

To ensure a happier new year, here are some steps taxpayers can take before the end of the year from Larry Phillips, an Enrolled Agent with JK Harris. A 30-year veteran with the Internal Revenue Service, Phillips is licensed by the federal government to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service.

If you itemize your deductions, pay your 2004 property taxes this year. Pay an extra mortgage payment on your principal home and your second home, if applicable, to get the interest deductions. Pay any pledged charitable donations. Postpone collecting income whenever possible until January. Eliminate paying taxes on capital gains by selling stock or other assets that will generate a capital loss so that you will be able to offset the gains against the losses.   Tend to discretionary medical procedures or consultations by scheduling checkups with the doctor, dentist and other medical professionals in order to claim this for 2004. These include prescription drugs. Pay the maximum allowable amount for your retirement fund for the year which can reduce your 2004 taxes. If youÂ’re unemployed and job hunting, save all your receipts which may be tax-deductible. Purchase your depreciable assets before yearÂ’s end so that you can take the maximum depreciation. Pay any business expenses, wherever possible, and purchase supplies and small amounts of inventory so that these minor amounts can be expensed in the year of payment. If you have not already done so, see a qualified tax professional, who can help you maximize your tax 2004 benefits and reduce the tax bite next April. The advice you get from the pros is the first step in ensuring a happy, healthier and perhaps wealthier new year.

“In December at JK Harris we usually see a tremendous increase in clients seeking tax and financial planning advice from both individuals and small businesses who realize they must plan ahead to significantly reduce future taxes,” Harris said. “It’s a good New Year’s resolution for all taxpayers.”

JK Harris & Company, LLC, based in North Charleston, S. C.,is the nationÂ’s largest tax resolution company with over 470 satellite offices in 45 states. The company has serviced over 120,000 clients since its founding in 1997 by Chief Executive Officer and President John Harris. JK Harris also provides services for consumer and commercial debt, student load debt, investment fraud, financial planning and business valuations, mortgage services, tax return preparation, and assisting individuals who require support for an Internal Revenue Service audit.

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Affordable Health Insurance for Centre, Blair, Clearfield, Mifflin and Juniata Counties, and the rest of Central Pennsylvania!

Affordable Health Insurance for Centre, Blair, Clearfield, Mifflin and Juniata Counties, and the rest of Central Pennsylvania!

Individual Medical, Small Group, Short Term and Student Health insurance solutions for Central, PA residents and small businesses, from your local Fortis Health Insurance Agents.

(PRWEB) July 17, 2003

Fortis Health is committed to helping Americans meet their health care financing needs by offering a wide array of individual, small group and specialty health insurance products. In business since 1892, the company is a national leader in the Individual Medical, Small Group, Short-Term and Student Health insurance markets, as well as providing flexible solutions for today's health insurance challenges.

With over one million customers nationwide, our solutions include:

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Stephen Rzonca and Anthony Fragola are proud to be your local Central Pennsylvania Fortis Health Insurance representatives with locations right here in State College and Altoona.

As part of our overall comprehensive financial planning approach, we represent a company in the Health Insurance field with a stellar reputation, excellent independent financial ratings and a down to earth, accessible, customer service oriented environment whether you are an individual or small business.

Find out which one of our Fortis Health products can best meet your needs!

Agenda Confirmed for New Horizons in Toxicity Prediction: The 2nd International Lhasa Symposium

Agenda Confirmed for New Horizons in Toxicity Prediction: The 2nd International Lhasa Symposium

Lhasa Limited is delighted to announce an exciting agenda for its 2010 Symposium on New Horizons in Toxicity Prediction. The event is organised with support from media partner the Royal Society of Chemistry and will be hosted at Leeds Royal Armouries Museum in the UK on 15th - 16th September 2010. A full agenda can be found online at http://www. lhasasymposium. com

(PRWEB) November 8, 2009

Lhasa Limited is delighted to announce an exciting agenda for its 2010 Symposium on New Horizons in Toxicity Prediction.

The event is organised with support from media partner the Royal Society of Chemistry and will be hosted at Leeds Royal Armouries Museum in the UK on 15th - 16th September 2010.

A full agenda can be found online at http://www. lhasasymposium. com (http://www. lhasasymposium. com)

Speakers confirmed for the event:
 Dr. Thomas Hartung - Director of the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT)  Professor Ovanes Mekenyan - Bourgas "Prof. As. Zlatarov" University  Dr Thomas A. Baillie - University of Washington  Dr Antony Williams - ChemSpider, Royal Society of Chemistry  Professor Hiroyuki Kusuhara - University of Tokyo  Dr Dennis Smith - Pfizer  Professor Alexander Tropsha - University of North Carolina  Dr Chris Portier - National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)  Dr Melvin Andersen - The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences  Dr Eric Blomme - Abbott Laboratories  Dr Jim Bridges, University of Surrey  Professor Elaine Hughes, Imperial College, London  Dr William B. Mattes, PharmPoint Consulting. Former Executive Director of the Predictive Safety Testing Consortium

Day One Agenda Highlights:

Presentations on September 15th will focus on current issues in toxicity prediction. The event will open with a plenary session presented by Dr Thomas Hartung, Director of the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) and the Doerenkamp-Zbinden Professor and Chair for Evidence-based Toxicology in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Other speakers on day one will cover good practices for building robust QSAR models, metabolism mediated toxicity prediction and the Royal Society of Chemistry's ChemSpider online chemical database. Talks about the OECD Toolbox, implementation, application and impact of the EU REACH legislation and the Predictive Safety Testing Consortium will also feature on the event program for day one.

A poster presentation session will coincide with a networking luncheon on day one; delegates are invited to submit posters for this session by 31st March 2010. The Symposium dinner will also take place on the evening of September 15th. This will include a drinks reception and three course meal stylishly hosted in Royal Armouries Hall. Further details can be found on the event website.

Day Two Agenda Highlights:

September 16th will begin with a plenary session from Dr Jim Bridges, head of the European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences. Dr Bridges will set the theme for the second day with a presentation on emerging areas in toxicity prediction.

The remainder of presentations on day two will look at transporter modelling, toxicogenomics and metabolomics in toxicity assessment and systems biology. The afternoon session will feature talks on TK/TD prediction, and the importance of susceptible subpopulations in prediction of toxicological risks.

For further details or to register please visit http://www. lhasasymposium. com (http://www. lhasasymposium. com)

Saturday, May 24, 2008

RES-Q® Healthcare Systems to Demo Dynamic Staffing Control for Hospitals at HIMSS

RES-Q® Healthcare Systems to Demo Dynamic Staffing Control for Hospitals at HIMSS

With Dynamic Staffing Control, the RES-Q® Labor Resource Management Staffing and Scheduling System helps hospitals anticipate and solve staffing problems.

Calabasas, CA (PRWEB) January 10, 2007

RES-Q Healthcare Systems announces that it will demonstrate Dynamic Staffing Control, a new optional feature of the RES-Q Labor Resource Management Staffing and Scheduling system, at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference & Exhibition.

WHO: RES-Q Healthcare Systems, Inc. Since 1979, RES-Q (www. res-q. com) has pursued one mission: advancing resource management and scheduling software for hospitals. Hospital executives can count on RES-Q's applications to deliver measurable results: faster scheduling, reduced use of costly overtime and outside agency staff, and more consistency in the application of scheduling and staffing rules. And the company's senior management team, with an average of 15 years at RES-Q and decades of front-line experience in hospital administration, helps hospitals set their schedules for today and set course for success tomorrow.

WHAT: Dynamic Staffing Control (DSC). This innovation features an HL/7 interface to hospitals' ADT systems. With the interface, the software processes patient admissions, discharges and transfers in real time, and the RES-Q Labor Resource Management staffing and scheduling system continually evaluates the number of patients on each unit. Taking into account patient acuity and other staffing effectiveness indicators, the software determines up-to-the-minute patient workloads for each unit. The software then runs the revised unit workloads through staffing simulation routines and calculates updated recommended staffing requirements and levels. The new recommend levels are compared against current staffing levels. Staffing variances that fall outside of preset thresholds are automatically communicated to designated unit managers and staffing office administrators using internal RES-Q messaging, by e-mail, or via the phone using interactive voice response and text-to-speech technology. In addition, based on the current patient population and historical admission and discharge patterns, the software forecasts necessary staffing levels for the upcoming 24-hour period. Staffing variances for future shifts are communicated to the responsible managers, and RES-Q thus gives them the information and tools to plan and adjust required staffing well in advance of upcoming shifts.

WHEN: February 25 to March 1, 2007.

WHERE: Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference & Exhibition, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, La. RES-Q will be located at booth #3165.

WHY: When hospitals schedule shifts, appropriate staffing is set. Then, predictably, the unexpected happens. A unit receives unforeseen admissions or transfers and is then short-staffed. Staff-to-patient ratios are out of compliance with staffing policies, JCAHO standards and state mandated staffing ratios. Nurses on the unit make do the best they can -- typically until the next shift starts (and then only if additional staff can be called in). Instead of being reactive to staffing problems, users of RES-Q Labor Resource Management with Dynamic Staffing Control can stay on top of staffing ratios and proactively manage staffing based on predicted requirements.

HIMSS EDITORIAL APPOINTMENTS: Editorial appointments with RES-Q Healthcare Systems are available. Kindly contact David Aquilina for assistance in scheduling an appointment.

RES-Q Online Press Kit: http://www. res-q. com/index_news. htm (http://www. res-q. com/index_news. htm).


GreekForMe. com Provides Sponsorship with Personal Touch to Delaware Chapter of Team in Training

GreekForMe. com Provides Sponsorship with Personal Touch to Delaware Chapter of Team in Training

GreekForMe. com a Greek merchandise store sponsors Michael Galbus, cancer survivor in PF Chang's Rock-n-Roll Marathon in Phoenix Arizona. Michael was diagnosed and has survived Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He is running this race with Team in Training to raise awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Middletown, DE (PRWEB) December 21, 2006

GreekForMe. com, a Delaware-based marketer of fraternity and sorority Greek merchandise, will provide fundraising support for the Delaware chapter of the national Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program. The support will come via sponsorship of a runner in a 26.2-mile national fundraising marathon to be held in Phoenix, Arizona in January 2007. The personal touch is that the runner, Michael Galbus, is both a survivor of lymphoma and the husband of the owner of GreekForMe. com.

When Galbus approached his wife Crystal about running in the PF Chang Rock-n-Roll Phoenix Marathon to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training, she smiled and said, 'That's nice dear.' Then he asked her and her business, GreekForMe. com, to provide money and sponsorship for the 26.2-mile endurance run.

'It has been seven years since my diagnosis and eventual cure from lymphoma,' Galbus notes. 'I feel I need to say thank you in some small way to all of the nurses, care givers, doctors, and friends who helped me survive cancer. I want to help raise awareness and funding for those fighting this awful disease.'

Galbus feels the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program is the perfect way for him to say thank you, satisfy a personal goal of running a marathon, and raise money for the Society.

'Michael's request got my attention. He has battled and survived lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. As a business team, we wanted to support him in this challenge,' said Crystal Galbus, wife and owner of GreekForMe. com 'We have provided fundraising ideas and financial support to many of our customer's fraternity and sorority charities, from monetary donations, to free Greek merchandise and fundraising advice. We wanted to continue the theme of giving for one of our own. If sponsoring Michael in this marathon helps him to support at least one other person battling cancer, then it was worth it. Having lived through his diagnosis, treatment and remission, I know that Michael's completion of this marathon is a blessing and we need to share it.'

According to Cindy Romanelli, director of Team in Training for the Delaware chapter, there are a countless number of stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things for the Society.

'The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training provides a supportive environment to help you accomplish your goals,' says Romanelli. 'Running a marathon is no small feat. But realizing the fact that you're helping fund lifesaving cancer research, and knowing that your efforts are paying off by helping others, makes you feel great.'

About GreekForMe. com

GreekForMe. com provides custom fraternity and sorority Greek merchandise to over fifty licensed national fraternal organizations throughout the United States and Canada. Visit them at http://www. GreekForMe. com (http://www. GreekForMe. com) or contact them toll free (877) 245-9960.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®, headquartered in White Plains, NY, with 66 chapters in the United States and additional branches in Canada, is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The Society's mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, the Society has invested more than $483 million in research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Last year alone, the Society made 4.2 million contacts with patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals.

For more information about blood cancer, visit www. LLS. org or call the Society's Information Resource Center (IRC), a call center staffed by master's level social workers, nurses and health educators who provide information, support and resources to patients and their families and caregivers. IRC information specialists are available at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a. m. to 6 p. m. ET.

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Xcelience Completes Successful QP Audit of Production Facility for European Market

Xcelience Completes Successful QP Audit of Production Facility for European Market

Xcelience achives its third successful audit.

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) March 8, 2007

Xcelience, LLC, a Tampa-based drug development and manufacturing company, announced today the successful completion of an independent audit of its facility which establishes the company's compliance with European practices. This was Xcelience's third successful audit of this type.

Penn Pharmaceutical Services Ltd, one of the UK's leading providers of fully-integrated pharmaceutical outsourcing services was commissioned by one of Xcelience's sponsors to undertake the audit of the facility. The purpose of the audit was to assess the facility's compliance with European Union standards relating to the principles and guidelines of Good Manufacturing Practice in producing medicinal products for human use.

Xcelience's sponsor commissioned the audit in anticipation of the company's application to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in London for a Clinical Trial Authorization of a Phase III trial to be performed in Europe.

Paul Thomas, Technical Director at Penn Pharmaceuticals Services Limited said, "We are pleased that our QP and CMC expertise has helped support Xcelience with their European strategy and MHRA application. Having completed a detailed audit of the Tampa-based facility, we found operations to be in general compliance with equivalent standards of EU GMP as described in directive 2003/94/EC. That has enabled us to provide importation services for Investigational Medicinal product manufactured at Xcelience for use in approved EU Clinical Studies."

Derek Hennecke, CEO and President of Xcelience added, "This is not our first successful QP audit, but it is the first time we have been able to show our EU accreditation to new sponsors. We take sponsor project confidentiality very seriously so naturally we are pleased to be able to share some of our successes with the outside world."

Penn Pharmaceutical Services Ltd is a leading provider of outsourced pharmaceutical development services to the international healthcare industry. The company's core business expertise includes a fully comprehensive product development service, which consists of formulation and analytical development, clinical trial manufacturing, packaging and supply management and extensive contract manufacturing. Penn also offers CMC Consultancy and Qualified Person (QP) Services.

Xcelience is a Tampa-based laboratory providing high quality in drug development. The company brings together the industry's most experienced and talented scientists, efficiently moving compounds through the research and development stages to market. Since 1997, the lab has been developing formulations for clients throughout the country. Xcelience's unique corporate structure creates project teams which work intensively with each client, becoming an extension of their own organization into the Xcelience lab.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: www. xcelience. com 

Media Contact: Mike Nabors 

Teasdale Worldwide/(813) 868-1524

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MainNerve, Inc. Launches Adaptive DarkNet™ – The World's First Real-Time Malware Countermeasure that Automatically Shields Customer Networks Before Serious Damage Occurs

MainNerve, Inc. Launches Adaptive DarkNet™ – The World's First Real-Time Malware Countermeasure that Automatically Shields Customer Networks Before Serious Damage Occurs

Adaptive DarkNet™ Detects, Tracks, and Stops Unauthorized Use of Network Resources and Provides Tools to Eliminate the Source – Without False Positives

PHOENIX, AZ (PRWEB) September 24, 2004

MainNerve, Inc., a global information security firm, announces its launch of Adaptive DarkNet™, the world’s first continuously-improving network security service that empowers customers to proactively defend their networks from all types of malicious software including Trojans, viruses, worms, and other malware before they cause significant damage. Using a simple, automated solution-in-a-box, Adaptive DarkNet™ provides affordable, effective defense for any enterprise by stopping wrongdoers from controlling internal network resources without false-positive-laden intrusion detection or prevention systems (IDS or IPS) or cost-prohibitive host-based software. Adaptive DarkNet™ is effective both when used alone and in concert with other layered security products to close existing gaps. Through MainNerve’s partnerships with large enterprises and telecommunications carriers, Adaptive DarkNet™ uses real-time intelligence collected at hundreds of points across the Internet to track the sources of dangerous behavior and then shields customer networks from these attacks.

Victor Oppleman, President of MainNerve, said, “Corporate security managers are faced with a new reality – increasingly sophisticated threats are penetrating networks every second of every day and what gets in is only half the battle.” Oppleman added, “Existing signature-based solutions or anomaly detectors that claim to solve the rest at exorbitant prices have proven to do nothing more than cry wolf.”

MainNerve’s Adaptive DarkNet™ service is the most sophisticated and workable anti-malware solution available in the market today. Satisfied pre-launch customers include eFunds Corporation, John C. Lincoln Health Network, and Blood Systems, Inc. "Within minutes after integration, MainNerve's Adaptive DarkNet™ had given me more visibility into the threats my global network was facing than any other security product I've used," said Kim Jones, Director, Global Security Services, eFunds Corporation.

more - Among a slew of other advanced features, Adaptive DarkNet™ offers several major technological advancements beyond those commercially available today including the ability to:

• in real time, automatically track and stop conversations with attackers attempting to remotely control internal network systems, even when authorized protocols are used (based on the exact source IP address of attackers and without signatures or topology-dependent hardware or software network analyzers like IDS).

• identify scanning/propagating software (worms) faster and more accurately than anti-virus and IDS without signatures or false positives.

• detect internal attacks against third-party networks and occurrences of third-parties implicating customer networks as the source of an attack on another party.

MainNerve and its strategic partners operate a global network of flow analyzers, darknets, and other intelligence collection software and devices that actively, and in real-time, feed MainNerve network health data, which are correlated immediately to identify active threats and attacker control channels and targets and then transmitted in real-time to a device called the Interrogator-AD™ located on the customer’s premises. Interrogator-AD™ adaptively modifies its configuration (also in real-time) with the most up-to-date knowledge of Internet threats and instructs the customer’s network to direct malicious activity to it, instead of its intended recipient. Interrogator-AD™ then blocks the undesired communication – immediately eliminating the threat – and stores evidence of the attempted conversation for administrator review and after-action, which need not be done right away because the immediate threat has been abated. Adaptive DarkNet™ also captures worms scanning network regions – even new worms that haven not yet been identified – sometimes days before any action by anti-virus vendors. Evidence of threatening network activities, such as the specific threat/transaction and internal misbehaving systems, as well as the source of the attempted remote control and the extent of the internal intrusion and/or infection, can be viewed graphically via Adaptive DarkNet’s™ web interface.

To eliminate the need for additional complicated software to manage, MainNerve partnered with Packet Interrogation, Inc. to deliver the Interrogator-AD™. The device is a 1 rack-unit, 14-inch deep, rack-mountable system. Each device is integrated in compliance with the customer’s existing network and security topology and without creating an additional point-of-failure.

Adaptive DarkNet™ detects, tracks, and stops unauthorized use of network resources and provides tools to eliminate the source without false positives. MainNerve's breakthrough technology and global data analysis network identify threats occurring globally and automatically shield customer networks before serious damage occurs.

Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, MainNerve specializes in network and information security software and services. Its diverse client roster includes medium and Fortune 500 businesses operating in both local and global markets. Primary service offerings include unique security perimeter and penetration testing; logical security audits and policy development; enterprise identity management; directory integration; and managed security services. The MainNerve logo is a service mark of MainNerve, Inc., and Adaptive DarkNet™ is a trademark of MainNerve, Inc. and is patent-pending. For more information please visit http://www. mainnerve. com/ (http://www. mainnerve. com/).

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Mary Rima, Media Coordinator

MainNerve, Inc.

602.889.6626 (Telephone)

602.889.6699 (Fax)

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Swine Flu: Is Your Organization "Pandemic Ready"? First Declared Pandemic in 40 years -- What You Need to Know

Swine Flu: Is Your Organization "Pandemic Ready"? First Declared Pandemic in 40 years -- What You Need to Know

Business leaders must be prepared to address their responsibilities as the Swine Flu season and pandemic unfold. They can take advantage of strategies and information that can be utilized in the coming months, how they should prepare, and the behavioral/mental health issues they will face in the workplace.

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 14, 2009 -

Steven Crimando, Managing Director of XBRM, and other key experts, were recently interviewed for Financial Management Network (FMN) by SmartPros to discuss businesses' responsibility during a pandemic.

The questions, and their answers, are both informative and revealing about what business executives should expect in the coming months, how they should prepare, and the behavioral/mental health issues they will face in the workplace.
Click here to watch the interview

About SmartPros Ltd.: SmartPros' FMN Video programs make it easy for finance professionals to stay up to date on the issues that affect them. SmartPros is a leading provider of professional education products to Fortune 500 companies, as well as the major firms and associations in each of its professional markets.

Founded in 1981, SmartPros is an industry leader in the field of accredited professional education and corporate training. Its products and services are primarily focused in the accredited professional areas of corporate accounting, financial management, public accounting, governmental and not-for-profit accounting, financial services training, banking, engineering, legal, and ethics and compliance. Visit www. SmartPros. com.

About XBRM: Extreme Behavioral Risk Management (XBRM), a division of AllSector Technology Group, Inc. is a crisis management consulting practice specializing in the human factor in disaster and emergency preparedness. This includes responding to economic and financial turmoil, workplace violence, terrorism, and other crisis situations. XBRM helps prepare an organization's decision‐makers, employees, and first responders by providing education, training, resources, and software products to accurately address emotional and behavioral responses across all phases of emergency management.

Steven Crimando is an expert who provides high level support to organizations including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U. S. Department of Homeland Security, U. S. Public Health Service, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

For more information, visit www. xbrm. com.


KnowledgeTree™ Open Source Document Management Software exceeds 300,000 downloads

KnowledgeTree™ Open Source Document Management Software exceeds 300,000 downloads

Leading Open Source document management system reaches significant download milestone illustrating growing community and commercial traction

Cape Town, South Africa (PRWEB) April 11, 2007

KnowledgeTree™ (http://www. knowledgetree. com), the world's leading Open Source document management system for small to mediums-sized organizations, has been downloaded over 300,000 times from the premier Open Source portal, SourceForge. Net, a significant milestone for the project.

"The KnowledgeTree team believes in making document management as simple as possible. The download numbers for our one-click installer, available for both Linux and Windows, illustrates that we we're making a significant impact in the SMB and departmental space, where simplicity and ease of use are important concepts," says Daniel Chalef of KnowledgeTree developers Jam Warehouse.

Alongside file downloads, the health of an open source community is determined by the number of active community participants. The KnowledgeTree Open Source project boasts over 50 community projects on its "forge", a community management and hosting system. These projects range from language packs to feature extensions for the core document management system. The number of contributors to core application code has also been growing with the KnowledgeTree core engineering team accepting regular contributions, from bug-fixes to new features, from many community members.

KnowledgeTree's vision is to make document management simple. The web-based and AJAX-enabled application is built on the popular open source LAMP (Apache/MySQL/PHP) stack. KnowledgeTree has significant community traction and has been downloaded more than 300 000 times to date. KnowledgeTree is used by small and big business alike, with users including Fortune 500 companies, community organizations, local and state governments and educational and scientific institutions around the world.

KnowledgeTree is available in three additions: KnowledgeTree Enterprise, KnowledgeTree SMB and KnowledgeTree Open Source. The commercial editions of KnowledgeTree are sold with access to priority support and offer additional functionality that provides a familiar Windows Explorer and Microsoft Office interface into the document repository and direct-to-repository scanning capability.

About KnowledgeTree - Document Management Made Simple (http://www. knowledgetree. com)

KnowledgeTree is a simple yet powerful, free, commercial open source and Web-based document management system built on the popular open source LAMP stack. It is the leading commercial open source document management system designed for the SMB and departmental user, with more than 300 000 downloads to date.

The application is available in three additions: KnowledgeTree Enterprise, KnowledgeTree SMB and KnowledgeTree Open Source. The commercial editions of KnowledgeTree are sold with access to priority support and offer additional functionality that provides a familiar Windows Explorer and Microsoft Office interface into the document repository and direct-to-repository scanning capability.

About Jam Warehouse
Jam Warehouse builds business process management and web-based document management solutions for world-benchmarked organizations including international retailers, pre-press companies, newspaper groups, government entities, pharmaceutical and healthcare companies and even estate agencies. Jam Warehouse is headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa with an office in London, United Kingdom.


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Some Pomegranate Juice Products Deceive Consumers with Dishonest Labels and Ingredients, Reveals Newly Published Consumer Guide on Newstarget. com

Some Pomegranate Juice Products Deceive Consumers with Dishonest Labels and Ingredients, Reveals Newly Published Consumer Guide on Newstarget. com

A new consumer guide published on NewsTarget. com reveals that some pomegranate juice products sold in grocery stores are actually made with sugar water and "junk juice" blends.

Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) September 13, 2007

A new consumer guide published on NewsTarget. com reveals that some pomegranate juice products sold in grocery stores are actually made with sugar water and "junk juice" blends. While pictures on the front of the juice products show pomegranates and blueberries, the juice inside the bottle is often little more than apple and grape juice, said Mike Adams, nutrition author and producer of the free online consumer guide. Consumers can view the guide online at www. NewsTarget. com.

The consumer shopping guide covers both pomegranate and blueberry juices, and it reviews nearly a dozen top brands to show which ones are telling the truth about their products vs. which ones are deceiving consumers with dishonest labeling. "The POM Wonderful brand is among the very best," explained Adams, "And the Tropicana Pure brand is among the worst. Some companies are selling products primarily made with apple juice and grape juice as pomegranate juice."

To create the free consumer guide, Adams reviewed pomegranate juice product ingredients, comparing them to the claims implied by the pictures and words on the front labels of such products. Some products made primarily with apple juice show no apples at all on the front label, instead depicting pomegranates and blueberries while claiming "100% Juice!" in big letters. "This misleads consumers into thinking these products are one hundred percent pomegranate juice," explained Adams, "When in fact, they may only be five or ten percent pomegranate juice."

Some pomegranate juice products were found to be made with high fructose corn syrup or sugar. These were blended with water, then color enhanced with purple carrot extract to make them appear like more substantial juice products. One was found to be nearly three-fourths sugar water, containing only about 25 percent actual fruit juice.

Surprisingly, one popular brand owned by Coca-Cola (Odwalla) performed very well in this consumer guide review, earning four out of five stars for its use of honest ingredients and product labeling. PepsiCo's Tropicana Pure brand, however, fared poorly, earning a very low rating and condemnation for its "deceptive" photograph on the front label that fails to accurately depict what's really in the bottle.

Consumers can view the complete guide, including information about the health benefits of pomegranate juice, at www. NewsTarget. com or by directly visiting: http://www. newstarget. com/phototour_pomegranate_juice_1.html (http://www. newstarget. com/phototour_pomegranate_juice_1.html).

The guide not only reveals the tricks some companies use to deceive consumers, it also names the top recommended pomegranate and blueberry juice products that are made with honest ingredients.

Author Mike Adams is a consumer health advocate and author of hundreds of books, guides and special reports on nutrition and disease prevention. Additional information about Adams is available at www. HealthRanger. org.

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Study Shows San Francisco is America's Least Wasteful City

Study Shows San Francisco is America's Least Wasteful City

From rain barrels and recycling to walking and buying second-hand clothes,"The Nalgene Least Wasteful City Study" puts top 25 metros under scrutiny for wasteful behavior.

Rochester, NY (PRWEB) March 31, 2009

With thrift and conservation on the minds of many Americans, a new study put the spotlight on wasteful behavior in our nation's cities. "The Nalgene Least Wasteful City Study" ranked 23 waste-focused habits of urban Americans, from recycling, to using public transportation, to shutting off the lights when leaving the room. When the results were tallied, San Francisco earned the title of America's Least Wasteful City, while Atlanta ranked last in the study.

Other cities at the top of the least wasteful list are New York (2), Portland, OR (3) and Seattle (4). In addition to Atlanta, Dallas (24), Indianapolis (23), Houston (22) and St. Louis (21) were in the bottom five of those surveyed. Individuals can visit www. leastwastefulcities. com for complete rankings or to the take the survey themselves.

Surprisingly, in trying economic times, frugality isn't the leading factor motivating Americans to change wasteful ways. In fact, over half surveyed (57 percent) cited "that it is our responsibility to ensure the health of our planet for future generations" as the motivation for changing behavior, followed by "it makes financial sense" (22 percent).

The study was commissioned by Nalgene, the leading manufacturer of reusable water bottles, as part of its FilterForGood campaign, an ongoing partnership with Brita to encourage less wasteful behavior.

"This study highlights habits that our society has adopted out of convenience, but on a whole can have a huge impact on the sustainability of the planet," said Eric Hansen, Sr. Business Manager, Nalgene-Outdoor. "Clearly, some cities are ahead of others when it comes to changing our approach to wastefulness in our actions big and small, but there's room for all to improve."

The study questioned 3,750 individuals living in the top 25 largest U. S. cities, gauging behavior on waste, sustainability, shopping, transportation and more. The results were weighted to give more credit to behaviors that had immediate and significant impact on the planet (e. g., driving less, recycling or reducing trash) to small habits that are more indicative of a mindset and non-wasteful approach to life (e. g., reusing containers, limiting shower time or saving wrapping paper and ribbons).

Survey Says: Environmental Efforts Need to be Easy and Convenient … and Save Money
Results show that with the exception of recycling (the 5th top least wasteful behavior), urban Americans are more readily embracing small, everyday habits to cut waste: (1= Never; 10 = Always/Without Fail):

Save leftover food/meals to eat again 8.58
Shut off lights when not in the room 8.48
Turn off water when brushing teeth 7.22
Use energy efficient light bulbs 7.16
Recycle glass/metal/plastics on a regular basis 6.87

The study also suggests that convenience is trumping prudence when it comes to significant wasteful behavior including transportation and personal conservation efforts (average score, 1= Never; 10 = Always/Without Fail):

Avoiding drying clothes in an electric or gas clothes dryer 2.05
Use a rain barrel 2.13
Compost my fruit and vegetable scraps 3.15
Take public transportation 3.37
Drive my car for trips that are less than two miles from home 3.73

 San Francisco led the way in many categories, and was best overall at recycling, reusing wrapping paper, turning off the water to brush teeth and not using cars for short trips from home.  Less is Best in the West. San Francisco, Portland and Seattle are among the top four in practicing least wasteful behaviors.  NYC's Surprising Hot Commodity, Rain Water. New York, coming in as the second least wasteful city in the U. S., is the only east coast city to rank in the top seven. They rank number one at collecting rain fall by using a rain barrel and taking public transportation. Los Angeles comes in second for using a rain barrel.  Second-Hand Style Doesn't Work in Beantown. Not many Bostonians are wearing second-hand outfits or sitting on used couches these days. Boston comes in last at buying second-hand, followed by New Yorkers. Portland is the best at second-hand shopping.  The Heartland Loves Local Libraries. Clevelanders love their local libraries, coming in number one for borrowing books from the library.  Hot Enough for Ya? Miami is the worst at avoiding the purchase of bottled water.  Last Night's Noshes Loved in Sugar Land. Houston loves leftovers, coming in as the best at saving leftovers to eat again. However, their neighbors in Dallas are not so great at saving leftovers

Sixty-three percent of respondents said they are already living a somewhat eco-friendly lifestyle; while 85 percent plan on being more environmentally conscious in the next year.
 Electric Shock: Two-thirds (65 percent) will shut the lights off when not in the room and 65 percent will use energy efficient light bulbs  Around the House: More than half (56 percent) will recycle more and turn off the water when brushing their teeth (both 56 percent), while 57 percent will save leftover food to eat again  At the Market: More than one-third (38 percent) will avoid using bottled water, opting instead for reusable containers. Half (56 percent) plan on using reusable grocery bags  Walk the Line: One-third plan to forgo the car for trips less than two miles from home

For information on how to rate your own least wasteful behavior, visit www. leastwastefulcities. com. You can also start making a difference by pledging to reduce bottled water waste and learn about other easy ways to go green at www. filterforgood. com.

About Nalgene Outdoor
Nalgene Outdoor Products is based in Rochester, New York. Founded in 1949 as a manufacturer of the first plastic pipette holder, the company soon expanded its product line to include state-of-the-art polyethylene labware under the NALGENE brand. By the 1970s, outdoor enthusiasts had discovered the taste and odor-resistant, leakproof and rugged properties of NALGENE's large selection of plastic containers. In response to this emerging demand, the NALGENE Consumer Products Division was formed. For more information, contact NALGENE Consumer Products or visit our website at www. nalgene-outdoor. com.

The FilterForGood Campaign
The FilterForGood campaign began in 2007 as part of Brita and Nalgene's mission to reduce bottled water waste by offering a greener solution to staying hydrated at home and on the go. Through the Web site www. FilterForGood. com, anyone can pledge to switch to a reusable Nalgene bottle filled with Brita filtered water, purchase the iconic green FilterForGood Nalgene bottle and receive Brita coupons. To date, an estimated 129 million bottles have been saved thanks to those who took the FilterForGood pledge.


New Mexico Chili Grower Increases Yields by 25% with Stoller Products

New Mexico Chili Grower Increases Yields by 25% with Stoller Products

When growing chilies for your own private label sauce, exceptional quality chilies and lots of them are required.

Derry, NM (PRWEB) September 16, 2009

Grower Randy Garay of Garay Farms and M. A. & Sons processing has used Stoller's Root Power™ and Bio-Forge® for over five years to help increase his chili crop yield and enhance the chili quality.

By applying Root Power and Bio-Forge in the drip irrigation system, Garay sees the impact throughout the growing season. The plants are a deep green, have a larger root mass, and are healthier in general - increasing the plant's ability to resist insect and disease pressures. In fact, Garay is able to stretch out the irrigation process allowing the chili plants to retain more blooms - resulting in more chilies. Plus chilies treated with Root Power and Bio-Forge are larger, uniform in size and have meatier flesh.

Garay (http://www. stollerusa. com/videodetail? id=14287) calculates that in the past his chili crop averaged 3200 lbs per acre. Now, with the use of Root Power and Bio-Forge, those same acres average around 4000 lbs per acre - translating into a $600 to $700 return per acre.

"We look at the end result. It's not about how much your spend," states Garay. "It's about how much you make and keep at the end of the year. And Stoller products help us make and keep more."

Root Power (http://www. stollerusa. com/productdetail? id=13571) is a proven, patented micronutrient blend that balances plant hormones to accelerate root growth and enhance plant health. Bio-Forge is an antioxidant with growth-enhancing co-factors for all crops. Bio-Forge (http://www. stollerusa. com/productdetail? id=13594) makes crops and plants stronger and better able to live through a number of stressful conditions.

StollerUSA is dedicated to helping producers enhance yields by maximizing genetic expression. The result is in enhanced marketable yield; improved return-on-investment resistance to insects, nematodes and disease. Stoller products are proven to ensure optimum plant growth by maintaining appropriate hormone balance in combination with supporting nutrients, resulting in healthier, more productive crops that are better able to withstand stress and achieve their full genetic potential.

In agribusiness for more than 40 years, StollerUSA markets a full line of products to help farmers increase crop yield and quality. StollerUSA, headquartered in Houston, is actively engaged in basic and practical research to enhance crop productivity in more than 50 countries. For more information on StollerUSA, visit www. StollerUSA. com. If you are a farmer in California, visit www. StollerCalifornia. com to see the products available in your area.


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

ProBLEN Pharmacy Releases Age Defying Female Combo Pack

ProBLEN Pharmacy Releases Age Defying Female Combo Pack

ProBLEN Pharmacy continues to be in the forefront of homeopathic supplements that deal with the symptoms of aging.

Vancouver, WA (PRWEB) February 26, 2004

ProBLEN Pharmacy continues to be in the forefront of homeopathic supplements that deal with the symptoms of aging. We deal with aging from the inside, which produces results on the outside. ProBLEN PharmacyÂ’s advanced age defying homeopathic formulas naturally reduce, relieve and help to reverse the effects and symptoms of aging. The Female Combo Pack consists of a 3-month supply of Female Balance, Female Plus and HGH Velvet.

Female Balance is a safe product that helps to balance 3 key hormones: Testosterone, Estrogen, and Progesterone, and is designed to treat symptoms of aging or illness by the stimulation of the bodyÂ’s own healing powers.

Female Plus has been developed for the thirty and older health-conscience female, and is especially formulated to help with female hormonal balance and digestive system while supplying the broadest range of vitamins, minerals, herbs, anti-oxidants and anti-aging elements.

HGH Velvet provides the benefits of human growth hormone HGH formula PLUS the ingredient Antler Velvet, and provides you with the ultimate Age-Defying Restorative. This safe and effective homeopathic formulation of growth factors, pituitary extracts, and other ingredients helps restore energy and the feelings of youth to your body.

We cannot change your chronological age, but we can help lower your REAL AGE with a program that is safe and effective.

3 Month Supply Offered at Substantial Savings. ProBLEN Pharmacy is offering a 3-month supply of the Female Balance, Female Plus, and HGH Velvet for 265.70. An additional 100.00 off the already 33% off we give to the customers for buying 2 and receiving one free..

ProBLEN Pharmacy now offers 30-day money back guarantee on its full line of homeopathic Age-Defying Restorative products.

Staying up to date with the newest ingredients and technology is the key for any company, who leads the industry in age defying ingredients. ProBlen Pharmacy products make sure their customers receive the best results a product can offer, while assuring the safety and quality customers have come to expect. Our team of homeopathic physicians is constantly refining our formulas so that you always have the best possible solution for your symptoms.

ProBLEN Pharmacy is a family owned and run business.

For more information contact:Mimi Shachet

Phone: 206-325-1311

Website: www. pronetm. com

E-mail: harper7@comcast. net


Monday, May 19, 2008

Tahitian Noni Juice Is Now Tahitian Noni Original Bioactive Beverage

Tahitian Noni Juice Is Now Tahitian Noni Original Bioactive Beverage

Tahitian Noni International is Leaving the Superfruits Behind

Provo, UT (Vocus) March 17, 2010

Tahitian Noni International (http://www. tni. com/united_states/english/tahitiannoni/index. html? np=1) (TNI) announced that their flagship product will no longer be called Tahitian Noni® Juice, but will now be called Tahitian Noni® Original Bioactive Beverage™ (http://products. tni. com/united_states/english/nonistore/v9index. html). Although the name is changing, Tahitian Noni Original is the same authentic bioactive beverage that has been used by millions of people around the world for years. The name change comes from the fact that science has now proven that noni is more than just a superfruit..

Bioactive beverages do more than fruit juices do–even more than those classified as superfruits. Tahtian Noni Original contains150 different phytonutrients including 13 different types of iridoids (http://research. tni. com/united_states/english/research/iridoids. html) from noni and blueberry. Iridoids have been scientifically proven to eliminate harmful free radicals, maintain healthy HDL cholesterol at existing normal levels, increase energy, promote heart health, boost the immune system, support DNA, and support healthy brain activity. Tahitian Noni Original is also supported by 14 human clinical (http://research. tni. com/united_states/english/research/index. html) studies proving its efficacy.

“TAHITIAN NONI Juice has always been a bioactive beverage”, stated Jeff Wasden, vice president of Global Marketing. “We’ve now changed the name to reflect what the product really is.”

Tahitian Noni Original will also have a new look–being released in a 750ml aluminum bottle, as well as a new 4 liter refrigerator pack known as the Quad. The new packaging has a smaller carbon footprint than the standard bottle, and is much more recyclable.

Tahitian Noni Original is one of five new bioactive beverages (http://products. tni. com/united_states/english/nonistore/v9index. html) that will be released in the United States in March.

About the Company
Tahitian Noni International is a global, research-driven bioactive products company that was the first to introduce the health benefits of the noni plant—a bioactive-rich, adaptogenic plant, containing iridoid compounds—to the world outside of Tahiti. Tahitian Noni International is the leader in the discovery, development, manufacturing, and marketing of noni-based bioactive products including beverages, beauty, and weight loss lines. Headquartered in Provo, Utah, Tahitian Noni International has a presence in over 70 markets around the world, and is the worldwide leader in bioactive beverages.


Sunday, May 18, 2008

Anamatix Announces Partnership with Global Corporate Alliance and Global WellCare to Provide Web-Based Wellness Services

Anamatix Announces Partnership with Global Corporate Alliance and Global WellCare to Provide Web-Based Wellness Services

Anamatix Patented On-line Assessment and Care Plan Creation Technology to Serve as Cornerstone for Global First Steps™ Program

San Jose, California (PRWEB) March 1, 2010

Anamatix, a web-based wellness, physical rehabilitation and disease management solution that provides clinical-quality musculoskeletal assessments and care via the Internet, today announced a partnership with Global Corporate Alliance and Global WellCare to integrate Anamatix's patented wellness and disease management technology into the WellCare offerings.

Anamatix's patented clinical assessment and care-plan creation technology is the entry to Global WellCare's wellness program. Using this patented technology and over 1,000 high-quality audio/video segments, Anamatix creates exercise based wellness programs for Global WellCare's members who are ready to begin their First Steps to Fitness.

"Global WellCare is focused on providing our members the absolute best lifestyle, mental health, physical health and wellness benefits available", said Dr. Ann Hood, President of Global WellCare. "Anamatix, with their innovative technology, at home convenience, automated fitness assessment, and easy to follow exercise videos, is the perfect partner for our Global WellCare offering."

Global WellCare and Global Corporate Alliance are part of the rapidly expanding market of health care companies, which provide extremely cost effective and easy to access benefit programs to membership organizations. "We are very excited to be partnering with Global WellCare to provide the technology that will significantly enhance their member wellness offerings", said Jim Killin CEO and Co-Founder of Anamatix. "In addition to our focus on healthcare portals, providers, and payers, we can now add member health benefit companies to our list of market segments to which we bring significant value."

About Anamatix
Anamatix is a patented web-based clinical care solution offering musculoskeletal assessments and personalized exercise programs that aid individuals in wellness, preventing and rehabilitating physical injuries and chronic conditions. Our unique approach to health self-management provides a broad range of solutions that reduce the cost of delivering high-quality, convenient, and scalable musculoskeletal health care. Anamatix works with all organizations concerned with decreasing healthcare costs to expand their capabilities and efficiencies in physical medicine, disease management, or corporate wellness programs. For more information visit our website at www. anamatix. com or call (408) 600-3572.

About Global Corporate Alliance
Global Corporate Alliance is the exclusive management company of Global Benefits Corporation with its sole mission to manage the Global Benefits companies worldwide. Companies include the North American Consumer Alliance which is a 40 year old not-for-profit membership association which provides a "consumer alliance" targeted to organizations, trade associations, small companies, and the self employed, who do not have access to the benefits available to larger entities, including insured medical benefits, savings, and efficiencies. Global WellCare is a Global Benefits company, and the mission is to empower people, through tools and other resources, to be responsible for their own well-being, including member's physical and mental health. Global WellCare provides access to preventative health programs, mental health counseling and recourses, natural alternatives to prescription medicines, personal wellcare information, and more. It encompasses a health risk assessment, customized fitness programs designed for your lifestyle and goals, as well as a comprehensive store of fitness, nutrition, and well-being products at significant member discounts. For more information visit our websites at www. GlobalCorporateAlliance. com and www. GlobalWellCare. com.


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Trupanion Releases Tips for Holiday Air Travel with Pets

Trupanion Releases Tips for Holiday Air Travel with Pets

Because more pets are being included in family holiday travels, Trupanion releases a list of tips that will help get everyone to their destination safely.

Seattle, WA (Vocus/PRWEB) November 29, 2010

Pets today are a part of the family and it’s no longer comfortable for many pet owners to leave their pets at home while they celebrate the holidays. So as the holidays approach, pet health insurance company Trupanion reveals tips to keep in mind when traveling with dogs and cats by air.
 Confirm your flight arrangements the day before you leave to ensure there have been no unexpected flight changes.  Mark the kennel or travel bag with your pet’s name and your phone number.  If your pet will be traveling with you in the cabin, arrange to check in as late as possible to reduce the amount of time your pet will have to spend in transit.  Arrive at the airport early, exercise your pet, and personally place him or her in the crate or bag they will be traveling in.  Be aware of heightened security measures by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Present the animal to the officers at the security checkpoint. If possible, place the carrier on the X-Ray machine and walk your pet with you through the metal detector.  When boarding the plane, let the flight attendant know that your pet is either with you under the seat, or in the cargo hold.  Pick up the pet promptly upon arrival at your destination.  While most airlines have similar rules regarding traveling with pets, each airline has a few specific regulations, so always check with your airline directly. Here are some of the regulations for a few popular airlines:

O Alaska Airlines - Space for pets traveling in the cabin or in the cargo compartment is limited, so make sure to book early. When traveling with your pet in the cabin, the pet is considered your carry-on item. Fees are $100 per pet each way.
O American Airlines – Cats and dogs are the only types of pets accepted for travel. There can be no more than seven pets in the cabin on any single flight. And while checked pets do not need a reservation, checked pets are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. There are a number of restricted dogs, including Mastiff, Pug, Boxer, and Pit Bull; and a few restricted cats including Persian and Burmese. Cabin pets are $100 each way, checked pets are $150 each way.
O United Airlines – Kennels larger than 115 inches and pets weighing more than 150 pounds must travel via United Cargo. Pets flying without their owners also must travel via United Cargo. There are certain breed restrictions, including the Lhasa Apso, French Bulldog, and Pug. Cabin pets are $125 each way, checked pets are $250 each way.

Trupanion also reminds pet owners to pack for their pet as well as themselves. Include food, favorite toys and treats, dishes, beds, leashes, and any other essentials your pet uses on a day-to-day basis.

“While we never want to think of our pet becoming lost during holiday travel, it’s also a good idea to plan for it in case it happens,” says Darren DeFeo, Senior Vice President of E-Commerce at Trupanion.

DeFeo advises to make sure the pet wears identification on its collar, and to bring along a recent photo to show people if the pet goes missing.

Following a few simple rules, allowing for plenty of time, and staying calm will ensure that everyone arrives at their destination happy and healthy.

About Trupanion™
Trupanion™ pet insurance offers cat insurance and dog insurance in the United States and Canada. Trupanion™ is self-underwritten by the American Pet Insurance Company, allowing Trupanion™ to offer a simple, customizable pet insurance policy with no payout limits and 90% coverage of veterinary bills. Enrolled pets receive lifetime coverage for diagnostic tests, surgeries, and medications if they get sick or are injured, with no incident, annual or lifetime limit. Trupanion’s mission is to deliver fast, simple and user-friendly financial support to pet owners. For more information about Trupanion™, call 800-569-7913 or visit http://www. TrupanionPetInsurance. com.

About the North American Pet Health Insurance Association
Trupanion™ is a founding member of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA). Founded in 2007, the North American Pet Health Insurance Association is committed to educating and promoting the values and benefits of quality pet health insurance to North American pet owners, the general public, and the veterinary community. As an association, we are committed to high standards and transparency in all of our actions and products. To learn more, visit the North American Pet Health Insurance Association website at http://www. naphia. org.

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Gains and Risks are Highest for Poorest Migrants

Gains and Risks are Highest for Poorest Migrants

2009 Human Development Report calls for policies that provide access and better treatment to low-skilled migrants

Bangkok, Thailand (PRWEB) October 5, 2009

The gains and costs associated with moving are very unequally distributed around the world, according to the 2009 Human Development Report, launched here today. The poorest and the low-skilled could benefit the most by moving, yet they face the largest barriers to movement: legal, financial and social.

The Report, Overcoming barriers: Human mobility and development, finds that most migrants, internal and international, reap gains in the form of higher incomes, better access to education and health, and improved prospects for their children. Proportionately, the poorest people of the world gain the most from emigrating.

"People move to gain better lives for themselves and their families. But movement is rarely an expression of simple choice," says the Report's lead author Jeni Klugman. "For too many people it also reflects the repercussions of conflict, natural disaster or severe economic hardship. And they face risks: like those who end up in trafficking networks."

This is the latest publication in a series of global Human Development Reports, which aim to frame debates on some of the most pressing challenges facing humanity, from climate change to human rights. It is an independent report commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).


The Report reinforces the idea that migration is motivated by inequalities in opportunities between and within regions and countries, in income and in other areas such as education and health care. Research found that migrants from the poorest countries saw on average a 15-fold increase in income, a doubling in education enrolment rates and a 16-fold reduction in child mortality after moving to a country with more opportunities.

There are significant discrepancies in people's well-being between and within regions. For example, compared to neighbouring Myanmar, someone born in Thailand can expect to live seven more years, to have almost three times as many years of education and to spend and save eight times as much money. Besides income, gaining better access to services, including health care, are key motivations for moving. For example, among top high school graduates from Tonga and Papua New Guinea, "health care" and "children's education" were mentioned more often than "salary" as reasons for migrating.

Evidence suggests that migrant families have fewer and healthier children than if they stayed. Recent research in the United States found that people's health improved markedly during the first year after immigration. The gains in the health of immigrant children in the United States are particularly high with child mortality for migrants from the poorest countries decreasing 16-fold.


While the gains of migration can be large, Overcoming Barriers finds that migrants often encounter substantial costs and risks to their welfare. These include direct financial outlays that are often very high in relation to income and the stress on families and individuals that move to a new and different environment, often involving separation from family members. There are actual physical dangers, risk of exploitation, abuse, incarceration for many irregular migrants--those who do not have the required documents to stay in the country or that have arrived through non-official means.

But high official costs encourage irregular migration. The Report cites the example of agreements between Thailand, Cambodia and the Lao People's Democratic Republic under which recruitment fees are equivalent to four to five months' salary, applicants face processing time averages of about four months and 15 percent of wages are withheld pending the migrant's return home. In contrast, smugglers reportedly charge the equivalent of one month's salary.

Barriers to services

Overcoming barriers argues that a bold vision is needed to enhance the potential human development gains that can be reaped from migration. To that end, the Report highlights six major directions for reforms, from government policies that include providing greater access and better treatment for migrants to increasing the access of low-skilled and seasonal workers. The Report also stresses the need to reduce document costs, especially to benefit the poorest. Giving internal and temporary migrants fuller access to public services is another means to reduce the risks and costs of migration. This will help ensure that higher human development gains occur following decisions by millions of people every year to move in search of better opportunities.

To access the Human Development Report and the complete press kit please visit: http://hdr. undp. org (http://hdr. undp. org)

About this report: The Human Development Report continues to frame debates on some of the most pressing challenges facing humanity. It is an independent report commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Jeni Klugman is the lead author of the 2009 Report. The Report is translated into more than a dozen languages and launched in more than 100 countries annually. The 2009 Human Development Report is published in English by Palgrave Macmillan.

About human development: Human Development is the expansion of the freedoms that people have to live their lives as they choose. This conception--inspired by the path-breaking work of Nobel laureate Amartya Sen and the leadership of the late Mahbub ul Haq, and known also as the capabilities approach because of its emphasis on the freedom that people have to achieve vital 'beings and doings'--has been at the core of UNDP's approach since the first Human Development Report in 1990, and is as relevant as ever to the design of effective policies to combat poverty and deprivation. This approach has proved powerful in reshaping thinking about topics as diverse as gender, human security and climate change.

About UNDP: UNDP is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners. Please visit: http://www. undp. org (http://www. undp. org)


Sunday, May 11, 2008

Regency Hospital Company Opens Hospital In Arkansas

Regency Hospital Company Opens Hospital In Arkansas

Regency Hospital Company opens Long Term Acute Care hospital in Fayetteville.

Alpharetta, GA (PRWEB) December 15, 2003

Regency Hospital Company today announced the opening of its eighth hospital, Regency Hospital of Northwest Arkansas located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Regency Hospital is a 25-bed hospital located within Washington Regional Medical CenterÂ’s North College Campus. Regency owns and operates Long Term Acute Care (LTAC) hospitals that treat medically complex patients who have suffered recent catastrophic illness or injury and require an extended length of stay in an acute care environment.

“Washington Regional Medical Center is an outstanding part of the Fayetteville community and we are honored to have a relationship with them,” commented Rod Laughlin, President and CEO of Regency Hospital Company. Steve Lampkin, CEO of Washington Regional stated, “We are excited about the opening of Regency Hospital of Northwest Arkansas which will expand the continuum of care available on our campus to allow us to better meet the healthcare needs of our community. There is a great need for this care in our area.” Regency Hospital Company has appointed Mr. Mike McLean, Chief Executive Officer of the hospital. “Mike McLean is an excellent administrator. He brings years of experience in hospital operations. His vast healthcare experience coupled with his knowledge of what it takes to make a great clinical program make him an excellent leader for this hospital,” stated Mr. Laughlin.

The hospital began taking patients on Tuesday, November 18th. A grand opening celebration is being planned to introduce the hospital to the healthcare community in the next few months.

Regency Hospital Company is a rapidly growing national network of Long Term Acute Care (LTAC) hospitals throughout the United States. For more information on Regency Hospital Company please visit the company website or contact the company directly at 770-772-4345.


Friday, May 9, 2008

New International Guidelines on Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment Now Available

New International Guidelines on Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment Now Available

The highly anticipated NPUAP-EPUAP International Pressure Ulcer Guidelines are now available for purchase through NPUAP's online store.

Washington, D. C. (PRWEB) November 8, 2009

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) and the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) announced the availability for purchase of the NPUAP-EPUAP Pressure Ulcer Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment through NPUAP’s Online Store at www. npuap. org.
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A New "Virtual Insurance Office" and Digital Marketing Campaign for Western Republic Insurance Services of California

A New "Virtual Insurance Office" and Digital Marketing Campaign for Western Republic Insurance Services of California

Western Republic Insurance Services of Huntington Beach, California is proud to announce and unveil their brand-new multimedia website, or as they refer to it, their new "Virtual Insurance Office."

Huntington Beach, CA (PRWEB) August 30, 2009

Western Republic Insurance Services of Huntington Beach, California is proud to announce and unveil their brand-new multimedia website, or as they refer to it, their new "Virtual Insurance Office."

Developed by digital marketing company Astonish Results, the highly interactive http://www. wrinsurance. com is a breath of fresh air to the everyday insurance customer. Its easy navigation, slick look, and "Virtual Insurance Agent" make shopping for insurance an easy and educational experience.

Western Republic's new website was designed with convenience for the insurance customer in mind. Different types of coverages are categorized perfectly for easy searching in the Products Center; pages aren't bogged down with loads of complicated text, and there's a handy "FAQ" page. The site also hosts a monthly contest -- this month, the prize is an iPod Touch -- and includes a "Go Green" option which allows you to receive your documents via email instead of using paper. There are easy-to-fill-out forms for claims and fast quotes, as well as a detailed contact area where you can find a map and directions to Western Republic's office. There are also plenty of areas featuring helpful money-saving tips such as "Why Combine Policies?" and "Free Savings Analysis."

Western Republic Insurance Services is a full-service independent insurance agency servicing all of California. They work with insurance carriers to customize policies for a customer's specific needs. They specialize in business insurance, and they also offer coverage for auto, home, health, life, and much more.

Be sure to visit http://www. wrinsurance. com to check out Western Republic's outstanding new Virtual Insurance Office. Not only is it a step forward for the company, but it's a step forward for how customers will shop for insurance.


Manhattan's Acclaimed Acupuncturist and Healer, Abdi Assadi, author of "Shadows on the Path," is Teaching at The Omega Institute

Manhattan's Acclaimed Acupuncturist and Healer, Abdi Assadi, author of "Shadows on the Path," is Teaching at The Omega Institute

Abdi Assadi has been serving a diverse clientele in Manhattan for over 25 years. His clients run the gamut from all walks of life, age groups and social backgrounds. His self-published book, "Shadows on the Path: Revelations and Pitfalls on the Spiritual Journey" is a powerful and succinct study on his wealth of personal and clinical experience. Abdi is leading a workshop at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY the weekend of August 6-8, 2010.

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 11, 2010

Abdi Assadi (http://abdiassadi. com), a highly-skilled New York City acupuncturist and healer for the last 25 years has had a wealth of first-hand experience in helping people of all walks with their issues - whether physical, emotional, mental, energetic, psychic, or spiritual. His ‘baptism by fire’ came with the AIDS epidemic in the 80’s before the Western medical community had the tools necessary to deal with this merciless disease. Learning on-the-fly, Abdi assisted many during their transition from lives full of vitality and promise to agonizing and brutally drawn-out deaths – made all the worse by the social stigmas of the time.

Drawing from his significant personal experience and his observations in a clinical setting where he skillfully holds healing space for his clients, Abdi has seen much and can help us more clearly see our own ‘blind spots’. His new book, Shadows on the Path: Revelations and Pitfalls on the Spiritual Journey (http://abdiassadi. com/shadows-on-the-path/) is a powerful study for those interested in understanding that we are all unconscious to differing degrees – and how to begin the extremely difficult process of really waking up. Abdi clearly shows us that our experiences, suffering, and questions are not unique – even if the path to the answers is. And when the answers continue to elude us, Abdi reminds us that the most powerful space to be in is that of ‘not knowing is knowing’.

This isn’t another “Forty Days or Ten Steps to a New You” book, rather it’s a beautiful and painful lesson that we constantly dupe ourselves by creating these highly complex stories that serve to hide vital portions of ourselves – pieces that we will do almost anything to avoid facing. But we must face and accept these shadow parts of ourselves that reside firmly in our unconscious, in order to become whole. As the real “spiritual path” is the path to our true selves.

Shadows on the Path
Hiding & Seeking on the Spiritual Journey (http://eomega. org/omega/workshops/73eca8bcbe9d046cd4a447a3b2037f6a/)

In a culture where spirituality has become a commodity, it can be difficult to differentiate between what helps us awaken and what keeps us asleep. It is a common misconception for spirituality to be viewed as movement toward the light instead of delving into, identifying, and integrating repressed aspects of our psyche. In this workshop, we examine this often overlooked aspect of spiritual attainment: our shadow.

Guided by spiritual counselor Abdi Assadi, we examine some of the ways we can skip doing deep spiritual work by hiding our shadow behind spiritual practices and spirituality in general. Through guided meditations, lecture, experiential exercises, group discussion, and question-and-answer sessions, we explore the original woundings that bring us to the spiritual path, unhealthy teacher-student relationships, and addictive behaviors masquerading as spiritual practice. We also discover how to use personal relationships as powerful vehicles for spiritual transformation and discover helplessness and surrender as tools for spiritual growth.


Thursday, May 8, 2008

Forever Tan Sponsors Southeast Tanning Expo in Orlando, FL

Forever Tan Sponsors Southeast Tanning Expo in Orlando, FL

Forever Tan, the leading distributor for Ergoline, Sun Angel, Soltron and Sundash Tanning Systems in the Southeast will sponsor the 2009 Southeast Tanning Expo, to be held November 7 - 8, 2009 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, Florida. State Certification will be available on Friday, Nov 6th.

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) October 17, 2009

Forever Tan, the leading distributor for Ergoline, Sun Angel, Soltron and Sundash Tanning Systems in the Southeast will sponsor the 2009 Southeast Tanning Expo, to be held November 7 - 8, 2009 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, Florida.
State Certification will be available on Friday, Nov 6th.

Tanning salon owners, those planning to start a tanning salon and businesses that are considering use of tanning beds (including day spas, health clubs, beauty parlors, nail salons and other businesses) can benefit from information, education, certification classes and other resources available at the Expo.

Attendees can also come a day early or stay a day late to enjoy the luxury resort, golfing or the Orlando-area attractions and theme parks, just minutes away.

Attendees will enjoy many educational programs and exhibits and gain these benefits:
 See the new Sun Angel tanning bed, newly introduced, and creating hyper-buzz in the industry based on its revolutionary, patented technology that virtually eliminates burning, destined to open up vast new market segments!  Experience the large line-up of Ergoline, Soltron and Sundash tanning beds 'in action.'  Learn from other salon owners and industry experts about the newest trends, tanning salon operations and tips-and-tricks to maximize your salon's revenues and profitability.  Visit expo booths to learn about all the new lotion introductions and see other products that are proven up-sell opportunities for additional salon revenues.  Benefit from FREE educational seminars about marketing tactics that work, financing, software for operations management, and more.  Get your basic state certification through a course led by Steve Chaney, former Director Of Technical Education for Smart Tan and president of Tanning Dynamics. This class will be held on Nov 6th from 1:30PM - 5:30PM at an additional $45 fee.

And…there's lots of fun, relaxation and opportunity for camaraderie:

 Food and drinks: a Saturday luncheon for all attendees is included.  Look forward to great fun and networking during the Cocktail Hour and Pool Party on Saturday night with free drinks and appetizers.  Win the grand prize, an Ergoline Flair 32 Tanning Bed a $9,295 value!  All attendees will receive hundreds of Dollars in Free Lotions and products.

The event will be held at Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, Florida, which offers a special rate of $149 per night guaranteed until October 16th, or while rooms are available. For details contact the Omni Resort ChampionsGate at (407) 390-6664 and request the special rate for the Southeast Tanning Expo.

Early registration for the 2009 Southeast Tanning Expo is $49 (regular registration is $59). The certification course will be held Friday, November 6th, 2009 from 1:30 - 5:30 at the Omni Resort. North Carolina operators will have an extended class time. Cost of 45.00 is additional to the Expo fees. For more information or to register, contact 800.643.0086 x 2288, or visit http://www. forevertan. net/expo/southeast_expo/ (http://www. forevertan. net/expo/southeast_expo/) to learn more.

Forever Tan, the leading tanning bed distributor in the Southeast, has more than 20 years of experience in the industry and offers expert sales, customer service, parts, service and technical assistance. Forever Tan is a full service Master Distributor for Sun Ergoline, Soltron and Sundash Tanning Systems. Forever Tan also represents tanning lamps and accessories. Contact Forever Tan at http://www. forevertan. net (http://www. forevertan. net) or 800.447.0040.