Thursday, 27 March 2014

1stFlip Released the New Version of 1stFlip Flipbook Animation Creator, Adding WordPress, Drupal and Joomla Support

1stFlip announced the release of new version of the digital page flipping book maker - 1stFlip Flipbook Creator, supporting publish WordPress plugins and Joomla, Drupal modules.

Los Angles, California, March 27, 2014 - 1stFlip announced the release of new version of the digital page flipping book maker - 1stFlip Flipbook Creator, supporting convert PDF to flipbook as WordPress plugins and Joomla, Drupal modules. Then users can upload and install these plugins and modules to WordPress, Joomla and Drupal to view flipbooks animation.


WordPress, Joomla and Drupal are the three most popular content management systems (CMS) online. To make it easy for users to insert flipbook animation created by 1stFlip Flipbook Creator to sites based on these content management systems, 1stFlip has updated the flipbook maker with WordPress plugins and Joomla, Drupal modules support. “The integration with WordPress, Joomla and Drupal will help bloggers and website makers create more animated sites and contents easily”, said Tom, sales manager of 1stFlip.

Now with the new version of 1stFlip Flipbook Creator, users can easily publish flipbook as local plugins and modules with 1stFlip Flipbook Creator and then upload and install to WordPress, Drupal and Joomla to view the flipbook animation on any site. Flipbooks embedded to these sites are SEO friendly since 1stFlip Flipbook Creator allows users to add title, keyword and description to any plugin or module. Or users can add Google analytics tracking code to the plugin to monitor traffic of the flipbook.

1stFlip Flipbook Creator allows user to customize the size of flipbook according to the site layout for better effects. Instead adding link to a PDF file, users can convert the PDF to page flipping book as plugin and module in proper size, and then upload to WordPress, Joomla and Drupal sites for convenient online reading.

The new version of 1stFlip Flipbook Creator also supports detecting wide pages when importing PDF files and preserving internal links in the PDF to the output flipbooks. Potential customers can download the free trial version at http://www.1stflip.com/download/1stflipfilpbookcreator_mac.dmg. For more information about the 1stFlip Flipbook Creator for Mac, please go to: http://www.1stflip.com.

About 1stFlip.com
1stFlip.com is dedicated to offering branded page-flipping digital publication creation and release software and solutions for businesses and professionals. 1stFlip, focusing on simplicity in use and power in features, have helped users designed and delivered numerous professional digital page flip publications and has been widely acknowledged for excellent products and services.

Contact:
Jeff Lee
1stFlip
BLVD 6
Los Angles, California
801-682-1966
team@1stflip.com
http://www.1stflip.com

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Insurance King Quote Hotline for Northwest Indiana 219-229-6703

Insurance King of Illinois is now servicing the Northwestern region of Indiana with down payments as low as $35 for a liability only policy.

Gary, IN, March 27, 2014 - Insurance King Quote Hotline for Northwest Indiana is 219-229-6703.

Insurance King of Illinois is now servicing the Northwestern region of Indiana with down payments as low as $35 for a liability only policy. * Rates vary by Age, Sex, Driving Record, Zip Code, Vehicle, and Coverage. Insurance King the low cost auto and motorcycle insurance leader is extremely excited to help people save on their motorcycle and auto insurance policies in the Northwest Suburbs of Indiana.


To get a quote for Auto insurance visit www.insurancekingquote.com and fill out the basic information and a live Indiana Licensed Agent will contact you with your quote. Quotes are also done live over the phone 9am central to 9pm central Monday- Saturday over the phone by calling the Northwest Indiana quote hotline 219-229-6703.

Insurance King services customers with low down payments and monthly payments in the following Northwest Indiana cities with the 219-229-6703 quote hotline; Chesterton, Indiana, Crown Point, Indiana, Demotte, Indiana, Dyer, Indiana, East Chicago, Indiana, Griffith, Indiana, Highland, Indiana, Heron, Indiana, Hobart, Indiana, Kentland, Indiana, Lake Station, Indiana, La Porte, Indiana, Merrillville, Indiana, Michigan City, Indiana, Munster, Indiana, Portage, Indiana, Rensselaer, Indiana, Schererville, Indiana, South Bend, Indiana, St. John, Indiana, Valparaiso, Indiana, and Winfield, Indiana.

Insurance King is an Independent Insurance Agency established in 2000 specializing in Low Cost Auto and Motorcycle Insurance in several states. Roadside Assistance and Legal expense coverage will be offered in the State of Indiana ask an Insurance King agent for details on these products.

Contact:
Dan Block
Insurance King Quote
123 N. Alpine Rd
Rockford, IL 61107
219-229-6703
danblock317@gmail.com
http://www.insurancekingquote.com

Emerging Singer-Songwriter Roxanna to Release Romantic take of Lionel Richie’s “Hello” on Itunes

New Single Marks the 3rd Single Release from Forthcoming Full Length Debut Release “Exotica” Set for April 29 2014

Los Angeles, CA, March 25, 2014 – Canadian singer-songwriter Roxanna makes a splash departure from her recently released single “Close Your Eyes” to cover a cherished 1984 top charting pop song from Lionel Richie titled “Hello.” Roxanna showcases a stunning new approach that is contemporary yet dramatic, resurrecting a love song taking all the right risks.


WATCH / SHARE AND EMBED AN INSIGHT TO ROXANNA ON YOUTUBE

Joining forces with Mark Portmann who is known for working with artists such as Michael Buble and Barbara Streisand, Roxanna has produced a polished and luxurious rich sound with world-renowned trumpeter, Chris Botti. Her sultry vocals blends perfectly with Portmann’s precise piano playing and Botti’s trumpet solo.

As a nurse and as a healer Roxanna is determined to craft every song and lyric to be universally relatable. The light tone of the song is also both dramatic and heart-breaking. Roxanna expresses each lyric to the fullest and listeners will be surprised and instantly understand that she can truly empathize with the classic song.

The enticing introduction of Botti’s trumpet automatically draws you in, following being wrapped in Roxanna’s lush vocals. The song takes you on an emotional journey into a resolution with Roxanna gracefully ending the song repeating “I love you.. I love you..”

Roxanna's debut album, "Exotica," will be available April 29, 2014 worldwide and features a string of romantic and flamenco influenced songs including new renditions of The Hollies 1972 hit song, “The Air That I Breathe,” and Julio Iglesias’ 1975 hit song “El Amor.”

Roxanna links: Website - Facebook - Twitter - YouTube

Contact:
Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093
323 806-0400
chip@mileshighproductions.com
http://www.mileshighproductions.com

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Vietnam’s First Luxury Tour Operator Nominated for the “Oscars” of the travel industry

Luxury Travel Ltd. Nominated Under ‘Vietnam’s Leading Tour Operator’ Category at the World Travel Awards 2014

Hanoi, Vietnam, March 25, 2014 - Luxury Travel Ltd. (www.luxurytravels.asia) has been nominated in ‘Vietnam’s Leading Tour Operator’ category at the 2014 World Travel Awards.

The World Travel Awards (www.worldtravelawards.com) serve to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.

Hailed as the “Oscars” of the travel industry, the awards seek to raise the standards of customer service and overall business performance throughout the international industry.



Now In their 21st year of operation, the World Travel Awards have evolved to represent a global search for the very best travel and tourism brands.

After a rigorous selection procedure, Luxury Travel emerged with a nomination for ‘Vietnam’s Leading Tour Operator’ for the first time, confirming its position as a leader within the Vietnam tourism industry.

As a company, Luxury Travel has contributed significantly to the benchmarking of ‘experiential travel’ within Vietnam and throughout Southeast Asia. In sharing their intimate knowledge of the region they have helped create the ultimate luxury travel experience, establishing a unique travel style of insightful and rewarding tourism.

As a company it is famous for providing travelers with the ultimate travel experience along with establishing a unique style of travel. Famous for their sophisticated and luxurious services, the company has its own offices and representatives in five continents.

In receiving a nomination, Luxury Travel Ltd. (www.luxurytravels.asia) has effectively been issued with a global endorsement from thousands of travel professionals who believe that their distinct blend of niche and experiential travel is worth sharing with the rest of the world.

Celebrating 10 years at the forefront of the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian travel industry, Luxury Travel promotes a style of travel that goes beyond the idea of the conventional sightseeing packages, paying particular focus on immersing clients in the local culture and venturing out to lesser-known destinations.

The key thing sophisticated travelers want today is personal service and the opportunity to have unique encounters with a destination’s culture, history and people – something they can’t Google.

Pham Ha, Founder and CEO of Luxury Travel Ltd (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) said “we are honored to be nominated as the leading tour operator in Vietnam which coincides with our celebration of our 10th anniversary. We are a luxury travel trendsetter, a leader in the market. We share our unique travel experiences and intriguing perspective with clients who wish to see Vietnam and beyond. To be nominated by such a prestigious committee is testament to the innovative product we create and the dedicated team who drive it. I am proud of the whole luxers team who know how to provide a “wow” service to our most sophisticated travelers. ”

Having recently extended their portfolio to encompass Cambodia, Luxury Travel’s innovative and varied product continues to go from strength to strength. The company’s first venture outside Vietnam marks its continued expansion and move towards offering an even more comprehensive service throughout Southeast Asia.

“We are committed to providing world-class luxury standards of product and service” said Mr. Pham Ha. “As a leader in luxury tourism in Vietnam, our goal is to continue to raise the bar in service excellence and further develop Vietnam as a luxury travel destination catering to discerning travelers from around the world."

Coming soon, Luxury Travel Ltd. (www.luxurytravels.asia) will be at the forefront of luxury cruising in Halong Bay with an ultra-luxury alternative - Emperor Cruises. This prestigious project, driven by Luxury Travel Ltd, is positioning itself as a six-star cruising experience with butler service on a traditional Vietnamese wooden boat where royal glamour, history and heritage provide the right blend of service, luxury, unique travel experience and quiet efficiency. The project will create jobs, boost the region’s economy and help to position Halong Bay as one of the world’s major luxury tourist destinations.

About Luxury Travel Ltd.
Vietnam’s first luxury tour operator/DMC (www.luxurytravels.asia), based in Hanoi with offices throughout Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, Luxury Travel Ltd is exceptional in designing tailor-made tours and providing unique travel experiences.

Opened in 2004, Luxury Travel Ltd has its own offices, luxury vehicles, luxury travel advisors, representative offices in California, London, Paris, Berlin, Buenos Aires, and New Delhi, a joint-venture company for six-star cruising in Halong Bay Vietnam, a luxury tour company in the Kingdom of Cambodia and another in Brisbane, Australia.

The company also operates a fleet of 10 of the latest model Mercedes cars used for its own clients as well as for rent. This fleet will shortly be supplemented by 20 new top-of-the- range vehicles including BMW, Audi, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Porches and Limousines.

The company’s depth of experience and large infrastructure enable it to create unique itineraries with the operational confidence to fulfill the most sophisticated traveler’s expectations. Luxury Travel Ltd won numerous travel awards for excellent performance including the most recent Guide Award 2013: “the leading specialist tour operator in the art of travel with luxurious and private service”.

For voting dates from 14 April to 20 July 2014, please see: http://www.worldtravelawards.com/vote-for-luxury-travel-ltd-2014

Contact:
Doan Hong Linh (Ms.)
Marketing Executive
Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444
Vietnam
+ 84.4.39274120 Ext 122
marketing3@luxurytravelvietnam.com
http://www.LuxuryTravelVietnam.com

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Academy of Scuba is Now Operation Blue Pride’s West Coast Training Facility for Disabled Veterans

See What New Partnerships Mean for Operation Blue Pride

Phoenix, AZ, March 21, 2014 - Academy of Scuba announced today it has been selected as the West Coast training site for Operation Blue Pride (OBP) scuba certification program for veterans. OBP is a nonprofit organization out of Chicago focusing on scuba dive training for veterans who are severely mentally and physically injured. Diving is part of their rehabilitation and helps them integrate back into society while providing them with a sense of adventure and accomplishment.


Once scuba certified, veterans will help with conservation projects through Operation Blue Pride. Currently OBP is working on a new partnership with Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. AWSC's vision is to increase knowledge of Atlantic white sharks and change public perception to conserve the species and ensure biologically diverse marine ecosystems.

Operation Blue Pride and Atlantic White Shark Conservancy will be raising funds to send OBP veterans on white shark research and tagging trips with four veterans joining each trip. Academy of Scuba is slated to start training veterans in May 2014, and is looking to train over 50 people in the next 12 months.

Specially trained staff at Academy of Scuba will work with the specific needs of the veterans. Staff at Academy of Scuba have been trained by the following agencies: Handicapped Scuba Association (HSA), NAUI Adaptive program, and the SDI Scubability program.

Academy of Scuba has multiple locations in Phoenix Arizona, that is easily accessible from the West Coast and their facilities allow dive training year round. Operation Blue Pride is using Scuba Emporium, out of Chicago, for the East Coast training facility.

“The two new locations give OBP the opportunity to go above and beyond its original amount of veterans to certify. Both locations bring years of experience with a true passion to help veterans and do whatever they can do to help our returning veterans without exploiting them. I am really looking forward to this year’s new partnership,” said Chris Maddeford, from Operation Blue Pride.

“What’s great about this program is that they get scuba certified which is a great first step, but it’s only the beginning because the good they can do with the conservation programs through Operation Blue Pride will benefit them and the oceans,” said John Flanders, CO at Academy of Scuba.

“OBP is eager to get our veterans enveloped in this exciting partnership to continue our mission of having returning combat veterans help save our oceans' marine life, while self healing,” said Madderford.

“I think it’s invigorating,” Flanders said. “When you have someone who has gone through a traumatic situation, and they get in the water, it’s great seeing the spark in their eyes. These veterans are amazing and they want to prove to themselves that they can overcome obstacles. The sense of pride they show sends shivers up your spine and can bring a grown man to cry.”

To watch an informative and motivational video of Operation Blue Pride click here. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBFnMY1aCEs )

About The Academy of Scuba™
Academy of Scuba Inc., with multiple locations in Arizona, is a PADI Five Star IDC Training Facility, a DAN Training Center/Business Member, a DEMA Member, and a member of the Better Business Bureau. The Academy of Scuba is an industry innovator for developing, implementing, and reinforcing advanced level Scuba diver training programs. The Academy of Scuba focuses on training with an emphasis to create “great divers”. The sole purpose of the Academy of Scuba is to not just put people in the water, but to keep people in the water. The Academy of Scuba assists divers in increasing enjoyment, adventure, and safety through better education and more frequent dive experiences. Visit Academy of Scuba at http://www.academyofscuba.com/

Contact:
Scott Kelly
Black Dog Promotions
9920 S. Rural Rd., Ste 108
Tempe, AZ 85284
480-206-3435
scott@blackdogpromotions.com
http://www.blackdogpromotions.com

Doctored, Inc. Releases New Doctored App on the Apple App Store

An interactive app that keeps you vying for the highest desirability ranking, now available for iOS 4.3+

Bartlett, IL, March 22, 2014 - Available now, Doctored app allows players to compete with friends, and others from all over the world, for the highest desirability ranking based on the collective results of what is most desired in an ideal partner. Choose from hundreds of physical features, fashion and accessory options for your character and see how you rank. With billions of character combinations to set you apart and keep you enthused, Doctored is entertaining for all ages. The app is currently available for $0.99 on the Apple App Store and is for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users with iOS 4.3 or later. The app is optimized for iPhone 5. With 16 languages available, the app is responsive to players from all over the world. A FREE version that will include advertisements is coming soon!


Playing Doctored is a cinch! Create an “Ideal Partner” and your selections will be combined with all other players to determine what is most desirable. Then, evolve your character and learn how desirable you are against all other players that match your character’s gender, based on the most desired physical traits, fashion and accessory choices. This game doesn’t judge, it simply lets you know what others want in an “Ideal Partner” and whether or not you’ve got it going on. You have the option to continuously improve your character to achieve the highest desirability ranking and modify your “Ideal Partner” as your tastes change. New products will be added every month. Build a friend pool and stay in touch with their character creations and rankings. Share your character and Ideal Partner on FaceBook™ as you compete for the 100% desirability ranking. Earn Doctored Dollars through trivia challenge or purchase Doctor ed Dollars directly to enhance your physical traits with virtual surgery, or the latest in fashion additions. The options are plenty and new products will be added monthly. Your desirability ranking is what it’s all about! https://itunes.apple.com/app/doctoredapp/id777499017?mt=8

Doctored, Inc. is kicking off with an in app promotion that will allow players (2) a chance to win an Apple iPad Mini Retina 16GB or a $25 iTunes gift card (6). See contest rules for details.

Please visit http://www.doctored-inc.com for more on Doctored. To schedule an interview, please contact: Christina Bouza, Director of Content, CJ Creative Solutions, at Telephone: (630)277-8207 or Email: doctored@cjcreativesolutions.com.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Navigate our instructional video to learn more on how to play: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mnk6a-3GyB4

Contact:
Gene Coots
Doctored, Inc.
1180 Beechtree Lane
Bartlett, IL 60103
630-277-8207
doctored@cjcreativesolutions.com
http://www.doctored-inc.com

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

AuraPortal Helium is Born. A New Way to Improve Business Productivity

With AuraPortal BPM technology, the Immediate Reception Unit for Electoral Transparency (URIEL) automates the management and tracking of complaints and allegations of irregularities in the Colombian 2014 electoral process.

Woburn, MA, March 19, 2013 – AURA (www.auraportal.com), a global provider of AuraPortal. Business Process Management (BPM) software, has announced that the AuraPortal BPM application has been officially purchased by the Colombian Ministry of the Interior to automate the URIEL Process, which manages possible irregularities linked to the electoral process.


AuraPortal has been distinguished with great advantage over its competitors by Ovum in its Decision Matrix report and by other renowned analyst firms.

In just two months, a team of specialized consultants from AuraPortal Partner companies BPM Latinoamerica and Management & Quality Ltda., designed, configured and implemented this process, which enables Colombian citizens to report irregularities observed in the Colombian 2014 elections.

Alvaro Canal, AuraPortal Business Developer for the Andean region and Panama, comments, "Manually handling an unpredictable volume of complaints and allegations in a country with more than 30 million voters, and responding in short periods of time as is required by law, can be a very costly task. With AuraPortal BPM it will be immediate, precise and controlled, with a notable reduction in paperwork and minimal staff."

Here are just a few of the many benefits the Ministry has achieved from implementing AuraPortal BPM technology:

• Information management using Dynamic Forms.

• Unlimited Guest and Anonymous Users thanks to AuraPortal WIP technology.

• Web Service integration with external applications.

• Web Service integration with the current Document Management system.

• External Portals for external surveillance and control entities.

• Automatic creation of office documents for case referral.

• Notification to citizens by mail, messenger, web and printed notifications.

• Visual help in forms.

• Public Queries.

• SQL Reports.

• Execution of stored procedures.

• Management of Chain of Custody for physical evidence received.

• Monitoring of the citizens from the Ministry's website.

ABOUT AURA (http://www.auraportal.com)
AURA is a global BPM (Business Process Management) software provider delivering a solution that creates, without the need of IT programming, Business Process Workflow Execution Models. AuraPortal is 100% Web-based, and is complementary to existing ERP and CRM systems.

AURA has a presence in 40 countries with more than 300 customers including, among others: Walmart, Toyota, General Motors, Pemex (Petroleos Mexicanos), Carrefour, ArcelorMittal, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Danone, INCAE, Kimberly-Clark, Yamaha,Royal KPN, Bristol-Myers Squibb, etc., as well as many Government Agencies and Departments in several countries. All of these customers benefit from maintenance contracts.

Its headquarters are in Europe (Spain and Holland) with an executive branch in North America (Florida). It also has offices in several countries and a vast network of partners who locally attend customers throughout the world.

AURA CONTACTS
Cristina Siscar
info@auraportal.com
Skype: auraportal
Phone: +1 (857) 239-0070 or +34 96 295 4497
http://www.auraportal.com

WHAT THE TOP EXPERTS SAY ABOUT AURAPORTAL BPMS

OVUM:
In the "Product Quality" category, AuraPortal has obtained the highest score (9 points), situating itself clearly above the next best vendor on a scale of 1 to 10.

(Decision Matrix on BPM Vendors 2011, OVUM)

TEC:
“With a dominant placement in nearly all areas of the BPM module, AuraPortal BPMS is well positioned as one of the leaders within the BPM space according to all standards provided by TEC”.

(TEC Technology Evaluation Centers 2013)

GARTNER:
“AuraPortal is the example of next-generation BPMS”.
(MQ 2007-2009)

BPTRENDS:
“AuraPortal is one of the most complete and advanced BPMS solutions on the market backed up by a financially strong company with a large number of satisfied customers of all sizes that have been working with the product for several years”.

(BPMS Report 2010)

IDC:
“In Customer references, AuraPortal has a strong ease of implementation and ease of use from both IT and business user perspectives”.

(MarketScape 2011)

BLOOR:
“For what you get, AuraPortal is really good value for money with a very low maintenance percentage”.

(Bloor 2011)

Contact:
Nina Moon
AuraPortal
400 Trade Center
Woburn, MA 01801-7472
978-808-6340
info@auraportal.com
http://www.auraportal.com

The Colombian Ministry of the Interior Uses BPM to Ensure Transparency in the 2014 EL

With AuraPortal BPM technology, the Immediate Reception Unit for Electoral Transparency (URIEL) automates the management and tracking of complaints and allegations of irregularities in the Colombian 2014 electoral process.

Woburn, MA, March 19, 2013 – AURA (www.auraportal.com), a global provider of AuraPortal. Business Process Management (BPM) software, has announced that the AuraPortal BPM application has been officially purchased by the Colombian Ministry of the Interior to automate the URIEL Process, which manages possible irregularities linked to the electoral process.


AuraPortal has been distinguished with great advantage over its competitors by Ovum in its Decision Matrix report and by other renowned analyst firms.

In just two months, a team of specialized consultants from AuraPortal Partner companies BPM Latinoamerica and Management & Quality Ltda., designed, configured and implemented this process, which enables Colombian citizens to report irregularities observed in the Colombian 2014 elections.

Alvaro Canal, AuraPortal Business Developer for the Andean region and Panama, comments, "Manually handling an unpredictable volume of complaints and allegations in a country with more than 30 million voters, and responding in short periods of time as is required by law, can be a very costly task. With AuraPortal BPM it will be immediate, precise and controlled, with a notable reduction in paperwork and minimal staff."

Here are just a few of the many benefits the Ministry has achieved from implementing AuraPortal BPM technology:

• Information management using Dynamic Forms.

• Unlimited Guest and Anonymous Users thanks to AuraPortal WIP technology.

• Web Service integration with external applications.

• Web Service integration with the current Document Management system.

• External Portals for external surveillance and control entities.

• Automatic creation of office documents for case referral.

• Notification to citizens by mail, messenger, web and printed notifications.

• Visual help in forms.

• Public Queries.

• SQL Reports.

• Execution of stored procedures.

• Management of Chain of Custody for physical evidence received.

• Monitoring of the citizens from the Ministry's website.

ABOUT AURA (http://www.auraportal.com)
AURA is a global BPM (Business Process Management) software provider delivering a solution that creates, without the need of IT programming, Business Process Workflow Execution Models. AuraPortal is 100% Web-based, and is complementary to existing ERP and CRM systems.

AURA has a presence in 40 countries with more than 300 customers including, among others: Walmart, Toyota, General Motors, Pemex (Petroleos Mexicanos), Carrefour, ArcelorMittal, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Danone, INCAE, Kimberly-Clark, Yamaha,Royal KPN, Bristol-Myers Squibb, etc., as well as many Government Agencies and Departments in several countries. All of these customers benefit from maintenance contracts.

Its headquarters are in Europe (Spain and Holland) with an executive branch in North America (Florida). It also has offices in several countries and a vast network of partners who locally attend customers throughout the world.

AURA CONTACTS
Cristina Siscar
info@auraportal.com
Skype: auraportal
Phone: +1 (857) 239-0070 or +34 96 295 4497
http://www.auraportal.com

WHAT THE TOP EXPERTS SAY ABOUT AURAPORTAL BPMS

OVUM:
In the "Product Quality" category, AuraPortal has obtained the highest score (9 points), situating itself clearly above the next best vendor on a scale of 1 to 10.

(Decision Matrix on BPM Vendors 2011, OVUM)

TEC:
“With a dominant placement in nearly all areas of the BPM module, AuraPortal BPMS is well positioned as one of the leaders within the BPM space according to all standards provided by TEC”.

(TEC Technology Evaluation Centers 2013)

GARTNER:
“AuraPortal is the example of next-generation BPMS”.
(MQ 2007-2009)

BPTRENDS:
“AuraPortal is one of the most complete and advanced BPMS solutions on the market backed up by a financially strong company with a large number of satisfied customers of all sizes that have been working with the product for several years”.

(BPMS Report 2010)

IDC:
“In Customer references, AuraPortal has a strong ease of implementation and ease of use from both IT and business user perspectives”.

(MarketScape 2011)

BLOOR:
“For what you get, AuraPortal is really good value for money with a very low maintenance percentage”.

(Bloor 2011)

Contact:
Nina Moon
AuraPortal
400 Trade Center
Woburn, MA 01801-7472
978-808-6340
info@auraportal.com
http://www.auraportal.com

SAFE International Launches New Toronto Women’s Self Defense Page – Toronto, ON Self Defense

Toronto Self Defense, SAFE International Launches New Toronto Women’s Self Defense Page.

Toronto, ON, March 18, 2014 - (Straight Line PR) - Toronto Self Defense, SAFE International Launches New Toronto Women’s Self Defense Page.

SAFE International™ is the leading provider of mobile self defense/personal protection training in North America. SAFE International has taught more than 180,000 women in the private, corporate and high school environments since 1994. SAFE International is thrilled to announce its new women’s self defense page on their website. These are available in Toronto, ON.


SAFE International quickly realized that women had completely different concerns, fears, and needs than males. Chris Roberts, Managing Director of SAFE International listened to their concerns and tailored something that was not only educational, but also met their personal fears. Men have no idea what women go through on an everyday basis from the stares and comments to the physical gestures and advances.

One of the reasons that SAFE International enjoys teaching self defense for women, is how receptive women are to the skills that the SAFE International instructors provide. SAFE International teaches self defense concepts, rather than techniques. This allows women to learn in a much shorter time. SAFE International always covers Awareness and Avoidance strategies which are based on one's daily routines. We examine what an attacker looks for, what an attacker wants and doesn't want in confrontation. One of the biggest topics we explore is how most people are too polite, even when their intuition is telling them the complete opposite. We cover the most common distraction techniques an attacker will use to gain an advantage. We then move on to verbal strategies in the event that avoidance is no longer possible.  Rather than just teaching to yell at a potential attacker, we cover a few verbal strategies based on the aggressor and the scenario. The third step is addressing the physical aspect of Toronto women’s self defense. We begin with the advantages of adopting a passive stance rather than an aggressive stance.  We only teach gross motor strikes due to the adrenal rush one gets when they are in a highly stressful state such as an attack scenario. We teach a philosophy of "Attack the Attacker" which reverses one from being the Prey, to that of being the Predator. Another philosophy is to attack the head if all avoidance and verbal strategies have failed. This is only 30 minutes into the physical training and you can see how the self defense concepts are very effective. The self defense drills increase with intensity as the participants gain more confidence. This is very important as you don't want to terrify your clients

Forget Tupperware Parties!

Invite 6 to 8 of your friends for a few hours of fun, education and potentially life- saving instruction. Plan a meal, bbq, snacks, maybe some dessert! Be prepared for a unique Women’s Self Defense Toronto experience! What has made SAFE International so popular is their unique method of teaching with humour and sharing of anecdotes. Get to experience their simulated attacks in scenario specific situations such as at the front door, the kitchen, the car, etc.

SAFE International has taught more than 180,000 women. To contact SAFE International and Chris Roberts to schedule your Women’s Self Defense party, you can visit their main site at www.safeinternational.biz

You can also reach Chris Roberts toll free at 1-800-465-5972 or by email at chrisroberts@safeinternational.biz

Contact:
Chris Roberts
SAFE International™
15535 Cooper Rd.
Lunenburg, ON
Canada K0C 1R0
1 800 465-5972
chrisroberts@safeinternational.biz
http://www.safeinternational.biz

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

SAFE International Announces Launch of “SAFE International Self Defense Courses”

SAFE International Self Defense would like to announce the launch of their new website page, "SAFE International Self Defense Courses".

Toronto, ON, March 17, 2014 - (Straight Line PR)- SAFE International Self Defense would like to announce the launch of their new website page, "SAFE International Self Defense Courses". SAFE International is a leader in mobile personal protection/self defense instruction. They have taught more than 180,000 women since 1994. SAFE International specializes in women’s self defense parties, high school self defense, corporate self defense, as well as private self defense. What makes SAFE International so effective is that they don’t just teach the physical side of self defense but also the psychological and emotional sides.


What will you find on the self defense course page? SAFE International offers women’s self defense, high school self defense, corporate self defense, self defense for men, and self defense for seniors. Have you ever wondered about how to handle specific self defense scenarios such as being attacked on an elevator, or how to approach your car safely? Those are just a couple of the many topics SAFE International covers with all their self defense courses that they offer, in addition to the physical self defense concepts taught.

More than 180,000 people have participated in the SAFE International self defense lessons in a few countries. SAFE International has set a lofty goal to teach 500,000 people with their self defense classes, and they are well on their way.

SAFE International is gaining world-wide recognition for their self defense philosophies and the SAFE International Self Defense Courses are a great way to make everyone safer.Their main site can be found at www.safeinternational.biz

Contact:
Chris Roberts
SAFE International™
15535 Cooper Rd.
Lunenburg, ON
Canada K0C 1R0
1 800 465-5972
chrisroberts@safeinternational.biz
http://www.safeinternational.biz

Belle's Big Adventure Airstream Road Trip

In celebration of Belle Chevre’s 25th year of making highly applauded cheeses, an all-American, cross-country road trip entitled Belle’s Big Adventure is launching March 21st with a kick-off party in Elkmont, Alabama

Elkmont, AL, March 18, 2014 — In celebration of Belle Chevre’s 25th year of making highly applauded cheeses, an all-American, cross-country road trip entitled Belle’s Big Adventure is launching March 21st with a kick-off party in Elkmont, Alabama. Belle Chevre will embark on the nationwide tour in an Airstream from their new creamery location in Elkmont, Alabama on March 21st, and with a christening at their newest retail location in downtown Huntsville, Alabama. The tour will marked by stops along the way at Whole Foods Markets sampling their award-winning cheeses and Chevre cheesecakes.


Belle Chevre is driving cross-country, in partnership with Airstream, manufacturer of the iconic “silver bullet” travel trailer, to spread the goat cheese gospel about their creative and capricious goat cheese products. Cheese lovers will be able to learn more about our products, how they are made, where, and why, and, most importantly, get to sample them. Belle Chevre intends to spread the word that goat cheeses are an extremely healthy choice, and are one of the world’s most versatile cheeses, going easily in recipes from breakfast to dessert.

Belle Chevre has been recognized as a cult brand with dedicated customers nationally. We couldn’t think of a more fun and engaging way to get out and make new friends and see loyal fans than by sampling our delicious products,” says Tasia Malakasis. “And we couldn’t envision a better travel partner than Airstream as their quality and history is admired by so many but especially us at Belle Chevre,” Tasia continues.

The cross-country trip can be followed via an interactive map on Belle Chevre’s web site at http://www.bellechevre.com/belles-big-adventure/

The company will be chronicling the trip with video, social media and musings from the traveling mascot, Valentine The Goat.

About: Belle Chevre has been recognized and applauded by everyone from the American Cheese Society (for excellence in craftsmanship) and the Good Food Awards (for excellence in sustainability) to the Today Show and Oprah Magazine. With 25 years of cheesemaking experience under their belt, this passionate group of artisans has nearly 100 national awards and is a favorite of the nation’s most savvy cheesemongers. Their unique selection of handmade cheeses go far beyond the classic log to include sweet breakfast chevres, cheeses marinated in olive oil and herbs, a chevre cheesecake, and DIY cheese kits.

About Airstream
Airstream, manufacturer of the iconic “silver bullet” travel trailer, is the longest-tenured recreational vehicle manufacturer in North America. Following founder Wally Byam’s credo, “Let’s not make changes, let’s only make improvements,” Airstream has remained a timeless classic. Byam’s vision for Airstream trailers was to use these design- and quality-driven products to allow people to dream, travel and explore the open road. A subsidiary of Thor Industries, Airstream is based in Jackson Center, Ohio, where a team of craftsmen remains dedicated to preserving the brand’s legendary reputation for quality and innovation. For more information, please visit www.airstream.com, call 877-596-6111 or contact Airstream, Inc., 419 West Pike Street, P.O. Box 629, Jackson Center, Ohio 45334.

More news about Airstream, our dealers and current travel trailer and touring coach models can be found at www.Airstream.com. For the latest news on Airstream, “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @Airstream_Inc. . You can also stay connected with adventure-loving techies and learn about inspiring on-the-road experiences through Airstream’s Live Riveted Mobile App.

Contact:
Kata Gregg
Belle Chevre
18845 Upper Ft Hampton Road
Elkmont, Al 35620
888-549-1665
bbuhr@JMPRPublicRelations.com
http://www.bellechevre.com/belles-big-adventure/

Mrs. Ann Campbell & Gen. John Campbell, Holly Petraeus to Receive Easter Seals Advocacy Awards

Easter Seals Serving DC | MD | VA has announced that Mrs. Ann Campbell and Gen. John Campbell, 34th Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, and Hollister “Holly” Petraeus, Assistant Director with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Head of its Office of Servicemember Affairs, will receive Advocacy Awards at its Advocacy Awards dinner on May 6, 2014 at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC.

Silver Spring, MD, March 18, 2014 - Easter Seals Serving DC | MD | VA has announced that Mrs. Ann Campbell and Gen. John Campbell, 34th Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, and Hollister “Holly” Petraeus, Assistant Director with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Head of its Office of Servicemember Affairs, will receive Advocacy Awards at its Advocacy Awards dinner on May 6, 2014 at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC.


Phil Panzarella, President and Chief Executive Officer of CPS Professional Services, serves as the Chair of the 2014 Advocacy Awards. Deborah Mullen, advocate for military families and wife of Admiral Mike Mullen (Ret.), 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, serves as Honorary Chair.

Since 2004, the Advocacy Awards event has recognized leaders who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to advancing opportunities for children and adults with disabilities or special needs. The 10th annual Advocacy Awards will highlight Easter Seals’ services to the military family, including Child Development Programs for “Little Warriors,” Military Family Respite, Caregiver Training, Adult Day Services, Veteran Staffing Network and Homeless Veterans Reintegration Programs.


“It is an honor to devote this 10th anniversary of the Advocacy Awards to recognize service members and their families who have answered our nation’s call, and to recognize those who join with us as we in turn empower our veterans, warriors and their families to thrive in their communities beyond their call of duty,” says Lisa Reeves, President & CEO of Easter Seals Serving DC I MD I VA.

Ann and General Campbell are accepting an Advocacy Award on behalf of active and veteran military service members and their families. As the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, General Campbell is a four star General and the second-highest ranking officer in the Department of the Army. In this capacity he is responsible for the management of the U.S. Army's capabilities, requirements, budget, policy, plans, programs, and installations, as well as management of the Army Staff. General Campbell has more than 34 years of service and has commanded at every echelon from platoon to division, with combat tours in Haiti, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In 2010 General Campbell led more than 30,000 Soldiers in combat operations across fourteen provinces within Regional Command East while serving in Afghanistan as the Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) "Screaming Eagles."

Some of Ann Campbell’s most dedicated efforts have been toward guiding volunteer-led Army Family Readiness Groups (FRG) from Company to Division level. A tireless advocate for our soldiers, their families, veterans and wounded warriors, she recently joined the board for Centerstone Military Services, which provides online counseling and support groups to soldiers and their families through the program “Courage Beyond.”

Through her work with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Council of Better Business Bureaus, Ms. Petraeus has led efforts to ensure that military families receive strong financial education and to see that federal and state agencies coordinate their activities to improve consumer protection measures for military families. A military spouse for 37 years, Ms. Petraeus has had extensive experience as a volunteer leader in military family programs and has worked with local, state and national legislators on issues affecting Army families.

Easter Seals Serving DC | MD | VA provides services to ensure all people with disabilities and other special needs, including wounded warriors, veterans, and their families, have equal opportunities to lead full and productive lives. To make a donation or table reservation, visit www.advocacyawards.org or email Shiree Skinner at sskinner@eseal.org.

Contact:
Steven Infanti
SMI Communications
1420 Spring Street I
Silver Spring, MD 20910
800-886-3771
SMICommunications@Earthlink.net
http://www.advocacyawards.org/

Drew and INTO University Partnerships Form Joint Venture to Enrich International Learning Experience

INTO New York at Drew University will build on university’s legacy of internationalization

Madison, NJ, March 17, 2014 – Drew University and INTO University Partnerships today announced a joint venture to support and enhance international education on campus and greatly expand learning opportunities for international and domestic students. The partnership, formed under the name INTO New York at Drew University, will support Drew’s strategic internationalization goals in several ways:

Grow and diversify the international student population on campus;
Establish international educational programs and support services that will expand all students’ social, global and professional engagement; and
Further build the university’s global reach and reputation.

INTO partners with leading universities in the United States, United Kingdom and Asia to advance each institution’s comprehensive internationalization efforts and expand their global reach and impact. The joint venture with Drew reflects INTO’s commitment to improve global access to quality higher education and to provide students with an increasing breadth of study options.


The partnership comes at a time when record numbers of international students are studying in the United States with more than 800,000 students enrolled in academic year 2012-2013, according to the Institute of International Education. Through INTO’s extensive global recruitment network across 75 countries, the partnership plans to seize this opportunity and grow Drew University’s international student population at an optimal rate. The first cohort of students at INTO New York at Drew University will enroll in academic year 2014-2015.

The INTO New York at Drew University model is unique in that it leverages Drew’s distinctive qualities as a supportive liberal arts institution, offering a small-school environment with a big-world experience less than an hour from midtown Manhattan. Drew’s promise, “We Deliver Full-Impact Learning to the World,” melds a challenging academic curriculum, a global learning culture and extensive New York City experiential opportunities, all of which enable a student’s greatest success.

“The INTO partnership is an exciting venture for the Drew community and helps us build on our longstanding international programs at home and abroad, including launching the first United Nations Semester in the country in 1962,” said Drew President Vivian A. Bull. “Inviting more international undergraduates to join the Drew community offers the rest of the student body the opportunity to learn with, and from, their global peers, giving them an advantage in a highly connected world.”

INTO New York at Drew University will offer international students a unique program in which they complete the first two years of undergraduate academic and English language coursework at Drew. Upon successful completion, students will then be eligible to complete the remaining two years of a degree program at Drew or they may choose to finish their degree at a number of well-known institutions in the New York metropolitan area.

An INTO partnership transforms a campus through broad engagement of the entire university community by creating opportunities for faculty and staff, enhancing the educational experience for domestic students and improving outcomes for international students. Drew University will retain control of all academic aspects of the partnership and its brand.

“Comprehensive internationalization cannot be a ‘one size fits all’ effort. One of the great advantages of the U.S. higher education system is that it is a rich tapestry of models and structures,” said John Sykes, Group Managing Director, INTO University Partnerships. “Smaller, private, well-established liberal arts institutions like Drew have much to offer international students, but may not have the resources to reach them. We are excited to introduce this unique study option to prospective international students while investing in Drew’s efforts to foster global perspectives through comprehensive internationalization.”

Drew University joins other successful INTO partnerships in North America, including Oregon State University, University of South Florida, Colorado State University, Marshall University and George Mason University. Since 2006, INTO has successfully launched partnerships with 19 universities around the world.

For more information about Drew University, please visit www.drew.edu or follow the university @DrewUniversity. More information on INTO University Partnerships can be found at http://www.into-corporate.com or follow INTO @INTOnetwork.

About Drew University
Drew University is a private, liberal arts university located in Madison, N.J., just 29 miles west of New York City. Ranked among the top liberal arts institutions nationwide by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and Washington Monthly, Drew is also listed in Princeton Review’s Best 378 Colleges. The Drew promise—We Deliver Full-Impact Learning to the World—emphasizes the university’s commitment to borderless education that enables a student’s greatest success in a globally connected world. Drew has a total student enrollment of more than 2,000 in three schools: The College of Liberal Arts, the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies and the Drew Theological School. The undergraduate program offers degrees in 30 different disciplines, while Caspersen and the Theological School offer degrees at the masters of arts and doctorate levels.

About INTO University Partnerships
Universities partner with INTO to advance their ambitious comprehensive internationalization agendas. INTO’s deeply embedded joint ventures create a globally diverse and integrated campus, improve the overall student experience, and increase international students’ access to higher education. Through INTO’s resources and expertise, institutions expand their ability to create highly supportive academic environments, establish state-of-the-art learning and living spaces and deliver university-designed programs. Since 2006, INTO has established partnerships with 19 universities in the UK, the US and China. These partnerships have helped more than 7,500 international students from over 100 countries begin their academic studies at partner institutions in North America, including Oregon State University, the University of South Florida, Colorado State University, Marshall University and George Mason University.

Contact:
Anne Jenkins
CSG PR
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
703-624-6125
ajenkins@csg-pr.com
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Monday, 17 March 2014

Bryant & Stratton College Announces Career Week Events for Local Job Seekers

Series of events March 24-27 include one-on-one career sessions and a career fair with paid, volunteer and training opportunities

Orchard Park, NY, March 17, 2014 - Bryant & Stratton College today announced it will host Career Week March 24 through March 27 open to all job seekers in Western New York, whether they are first-time job seekers or anyone looking for ways to improve their job search strategy. The week’s events include a career fair with over 40 local companies and organizations expected to participate, and the College is offering free, one-on-one appointments for job seekers with Career Services experts who can give job search advice and help with resumes and interview skills.


Job seekers can connect with local employers about open positions, volunteer opportunities and training options available at the career fair on Thursday, March 27 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Bryant & Stratton’s campus in Orchard Park. Anyone needing help with their job search can book a free, one-hour appointment with a Career Services representative Monday, March 24 through Wednesday, March 26 at any of the three campuses in Amherst, Buffalo or Orchard Park. At the sessions, local residents can take advantage of:

* Customized feedback on their resume or assistance with resume creation

* Expert advice on drafting cover letters

* Instructions and strategies on how to effectively search for jobs using keywords and popular job posting websites

* Mock interview practice

* Opportunities to have their resume shared with the College’s network of local employers

“Being successful in today’s tough job market means understanding the latest job search trends and resources out there – like how to write your resume so it gets noticed and where to look for opportunities online,” said Jeff Tredo, Director of New York State Campuses of Bryant & Stratton College. “We help students every day navigate the complex job search, application and interview process so they can be successful in their careers. Career Week is an opportunity for us to extend our resources, expertise and employer network to the Western New York community. Those who attend will feel more prepared for their job search and make valuable connections with local employers.”

CAREER WEEK EVENTS
What: Bryant & Stratton College Career Sessions
When: March 24-26
Time: By appointment, please call to set up an appointment
Amherst Campus: 716-625-6300
Buffalo Campus: 716-884-9120
Southtowns Campus in Orchard Park: 716-677-9500
Where: Bryant & Stratton College Western New York Campuses
Amherst Campus, 3650 Millersport Highway, Getzville 14068
Buffalo Campus, 465 Main Street, 4th Floor, Buffalo 14203
Southtowns Campus, 200 Redtail Road, Orchard Park 14127
Cost: Complimentary

What: Bryant & Stratton College Career Fair
When: March 27
Time: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Bryant & Stratton College Southtowns Campus, 200 Redtail Road, Orchard Park 14127
Cost: Complimentary
Contact: 716-677-9500

The Bryant & Stratton College Career Sessions are open to all residents in Western New York. Those interested in setting an appointment with the Career Services team can call the campus of their choice.

For more information about Bryant & Stratton College and its degree programs and campuses, visit www.bryantstratton.edu.

About Bryant & Stratton College:
Bryant & Stratton College is a private career college delivering outcomes-based education and training through a flexible, contemporary curriculum in a personalized environment. The College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Bryant & Stratton College has campus locations in New York, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin, as well as an Online Education division, and a Professional Skill Center. For 160 years, Bryant & Stratton College has been providing real world education leading to bachelor’s degrees, associate’s degrees and professional certificates in the fields of healthcare, technology, legal, business, & graphic design.  For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit http://www.bryantstratton.edu/disclosures. General information can also be found on the College’s website at www.bryantstratton.edu.

Contact:
Anne Jenkins
Communications Strategy Group
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
703-624-6125
ajenkins@csg-pr.com
http://www.csg-pr.com

SAFE International Announces Launch of “SAFE International Self Defense Blog”

SAFE International Self Defense would like to announce the launch of their new blog, "SAFE International Self Defense Blog".

Toronto, ON, March 17, 2014 - (Straight Line PR)- SAFE International Self Defense would like to announce the launch of their new blog, "SAFE International Self Defense Blog". SAFE International is a leader in mobile personal protection/self defense instruction. They have taught more than 180,000 women since 1994. SAFE International specializes in women’s self defense parties, high school self defense, corporate self defense, as well as private self defense. What makes SAFE International so effective is that they don’t just teach the physical side of self defense but also the psychological and emotional sides.


What will you find on the self defense blog? SAFE International will be covering all aspects of women’s self defense. There will be articles on the most important topic, which is how to recognize and avoid potentially dangerous situations. There will be blogs on who an attacker chooses as their victim, and why they choose them. Have you ever wondered about how to handle specific self defense scenarios such as being attacked on an elevator? This will just be one of many self defense tips will be offered on. Other topics will include car safety, home safety, distraction techniques an attacker will use, as well as how being too polite can be dangerous, plus much, much more.

Also included in the self defense blog, will be intelligent verbal strategies to deal with potential violence. There is no one solution to deal with violence and this is very true in regards to verbally dealing with an attacker or aggressive person. Many blogs will deal with the unique safety concerns of particular professions such as health care workers, real estate agents, plus others who deal with the public. But most importantly we will offer tips and advice to the average person who may face violence.

And for many most importantly, the physical self defense lessons will be discussed on the Self Defense Blog. Many of the articles will explore the differences between karate/martial arts and real world violence. You will be given tips and YouTube videos that will explain and demonstrate some basic, but highly effective self defense concepts.

SAFE International is gaining world-wide recognition for their self defense philosophies and the SAFE International Self Defense Blog is a great way to explore these philosophies if you never get the chance to participate in one of their seminars.

Contact:
Chris Roberts
SAFE International™
15535 Cooper Rd.
Lunenburg, ON
Canada K0C 1R0
1 800 465-5972
chrisroberts@safeinternational.biz
http://www.safeinternational.biz

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Easter Seals Serving DC | MD | VA to Host M&T Bank Bright Stars Night at the Circus

Now in its 17th year, Bright Stars is a magical night at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for children and adults with disabilities, including wounded warriors, military, veterans and their families.

Washington, DC, March 14, 2014 - On March 19, Easter Seals Serving DC | MD | VA will be hosting M&T Bank Bright Stars Night at the Circus at the Verizon Center. Now in its 17th year, Bright Stars is a magical night at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for children and adults with disabilities, including wounded warriors, military, veterans and their families. With more than 10,000 in attendance, the fun-filled night supports Easter Seals programs throughout the year. Easter Seals provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. Programs benefit children, adults, military, veterans and their families.


Two special events during the day have been designated for media opportunities:

Evening Event
WHAT: A reception will be held to build excitement around the circus and celebrate event sponsors, VIPs and friends of Easter Seals. Easter Seals Military Family Respite Services families, Easter Seals representatives and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performers will be available for interviews. Military Family Respite Services provides military families with “time off” from parenting and specialized support for their children, creating a healthy and stable home.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 19, 2013; 5-7 pm

WHERE: Acela Club, Verizon Center, 601 F St., NW, Washington, DC 20004

Morning Event
WHAT: Clowns from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will perform for the children of the Easter Seals Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Child Development Center in Washington, D.C. The Center provides services for children ages six weeks to five years with disabilities, ranging from autism and Down syndrome to cerebral palsy. Clowns, children, Easter Seals representatives and a family served by the center will be available for interviews.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 19, 2014; 10:30-11:15 am (20 minute clown performance followed by 25 minutes of meet/greet)

WHERE: Easter Seals Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Child Development Center, 2800 13th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

Contact: Steven Infanti, SMI Communications, 717.982.3772 or SMICommunications@Earthlink.net or Pamela Dalton 301.920.9716 (o); 240.285.3375 (c)

Contact:
Steven Infanti
SMI Communications
1420 Spring Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910
717-982-3772
smicommunications@earthlink.net
http://www.eseal.org

Lady Justice and the Organ Traders Released By Mystery Author, Robert Thornhill

Award-winning author, Robert Thornhill, releases Lady Justice and the Organ Traders, volume #16 in the Lady Justice mystery/comedy series.

Independence, MO, March 13, 2014 - Award-winning author Robert Thornhill announces the release of the sixteenth installment in his Lady Justice mystery/comedy series, Lady Justice and the Organ Traders.


The first fifteen novels in the series, Lady Justice Takes A C.R.A.P. City Retiree Action Patrol, Lady Justice and the Lost Tapes, Lady Justice Gets Lei’d, Lady Justice and the Avenging Angels, Lady Justice and the Sting, Lady Justice And Dr. Death, Lady Justice and the Vigilante, Lady Justice and the Watchers, Lady Justice and the Candidate, Lady Justice and the Book Club Murders, Lady Justice and the Cruise Ship Murders, Lady Justice and the Class Reunion, Lady Justice and the Assassin, Lady Justice and the Lottery and Lady Justice and the Vet are currently available through bookstores, online and on the author’s website.

A badly burned body with a fresh incision and a missing kidney leads Walt into the clandestine world of an organ trader ring that has set up shop in Kansas City.

Walt is determined to bring to justice the bootleggers, who purchase body parts from the disadvantaged and sell them to people with means, until a relative from Maggie’s past turns up needing a kidney to survive.
Once again, Walt discovers that very little in his world is black and white.

Christina Jones of Independence, Mo. writes, “Thrills, laughter, suspense and a new philosophical topic to ponder satisfyingly come together in Lady Justice and the Organ Traders, the 16th volume in the Robert Thornhill’s Lady Justice Mystery/Comedy Series.

Formerly a real estate agent, Walt is now a senior citizen who works with the Kansas City Police Department to fulfill his lifelong dream of helping Lady Justice rid the world of bad guys. Once again, Walt finds that the world is made of shades of gray rather than the black & white we wish it could be. Thornhill weaves an engaging storyline around the complex moral issues surrounding the growing black market trading of healthy organs (specifically kidney in this story). He asks us to consider if we would break the law to save the life of a loved one, and at what cost. Definitely worth a 5-star rating!”

Lady Justice and the Sting and Lady Justice and Dr. Death, Lady Justice and the Vigilante, Lady Justice and the Candidate, Lady Justice and the Book Club Murders and Lady Justice and the Cruise Ship Murders won the Pinnacle Award for the best new mystery novels of Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013 and Summer 2013 from the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs.

Robert is also the author of the Rainbow Road series of chapter books for children.

Visit him on the web at http://booksbybob.com

Contact:
Robert Thornhill
Books By Bob
21312 E. 37th Terr Ct S
Independence, MO 64057
660-383-6011
booksbybob@hotmail.com
http://booksbybob.com

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Grassroots Idea by Ecotech Institute Student Inspires Float in The Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade

About 150 students, staff and friends expected to participate in the parade to make it truly “green”

Denver, CO, March 13, 2014 - Chris Stevens, an Ecotech Institute student, wanted to help pick up recycling along The Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade route in order to keep this favorite green holiday truly as “green” as possible. He took his idea to parade organizers and from there it turned into a float in the parade that could gather recycling along the route. Students and staff at Ecotech Institute rallied around Chris and today they are making final preparations on the float, which will include a student made recycling bin to collect all recyclables collected during the parade, a truck outfitted with solar panels and a wind turbine.


“It has been remarkable watching my vision come to life,” said Chris. “I originally just wanted to help pick up trash and it’s turned into so much more. Building our Eco-Float has been an exciting adventure that brought several students together in great ways and I’m so proud of what we’ve put together. Our efforts will keep the parade route much cleaner.”

Ecotech Institute is the first and only school in the U.S. that is solely dedicated to sustainable energy, such as solar and wind. Chris is pursuing a degree in electrical engineering technology and will graduate this April. For him, this idea was simple, but sends a powerful message.

“We have to care about not only where our energy is coming from as we look ahead, but also how we’re taking care of our planet today. Small changes can make a difference and we’re excited to help divert trash from the landfill – giving it a second life,” said Chris.

To see images of the float’s progress you can keep up with the construction team by following Ecotech’s social media updates on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EcotechInstitute and Twitter at @Ecotech_Inst.

Ecotech Institute, based in Aurora, Colo., currently offers eight associate’s degree programs:

* Facility Management Technology
* Energy Efficiency
* Solar Energy Technology
* Wind Energy Technology
* Renewable Energy Technology
* Electrical Energy Technology
* Power Utility Technician
* Business Administration – Sustainability.

For more information on Ecotech Institute, visit www.ecotechinstitute.com.

About Ecotech Institute:
Ecotech Institute is the first and only college entirely focused on preparing America’s workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainability and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Launched in April 2010 in Denver, Colorado, it offers eight highly practical renewable energy degree programs that provide graduates with skills valued by today’s alternative renewable energy employers. Classes start once per quarter and applications are always accepted. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Ecotech Institute is a division of Education Corporation of America. For more information about Ecotech Institute, visit ecotechinstitute.com or call 877-326-5576.

Contact:
Jenny Foust
Communications Strategy Group
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
303-433-7020
jfoust@csg-pr.com
http://www.csg-pr.com

Monday, 10 March 2014

Oprah Winfrey’s Ambassador of Hope and Excuse Removal Expert Feature on Deanne DeMarco’s Radio Show

Host Deanne DeMarco interviews special guests Oprah Winfrey’s Ambassador of Hope Marala Scott and Excuse Removal Expert Karen Gridley on Thursday’s episode of “Today’s Inspiring Women.” Noon Pacific on VoiceAmerica Empowerment Network.

Tempe, AZ, March 10, 2014 - Success by overcoming adversity and eliminating excuses is a winning combination in the next episode of Deanne DeMarco’s high energy show, “Today’s Inspiring Women.” (http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2182/todays-inspiring-women)


Deanne DeMarco’s guests next Thursday March 13 2014, for her weekly program on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Radio network, are two very inspiring women.

During the hour-long broadcast DeMarco, who has herself enjoyed twenty years of success as a career coach and entrepreneur, will interview Oprah Winfrey’s Ambassador of Hope Marala Scott and excuse removal expert Karen Gridley.

Marala Scott is a Best–selling, Award-winning Author, Motivational Speaker, and Ghostwriter who spends her time Teaching to Forgive, Inspiring to Live. Her efforts earned her the unique honor of being named an Oprah Winfrey's Ambassador of Hope recipient, in addition to The Sunny 95's 20 Outstanding Women You Should Know. Marala speaks from unimaginable experiences. She shares them with considerable passion, which translates into heartfelt truth. Her life-altering memoir, In Our House: Perception vs. Reality tells of her horrific childhood. Surrounded by Inspiration, shares her journey of healing through faith, personal growth and understanding relationships. Her passionate and honest words will challenge you to become a better, stronger, more passionate version of you!

Deanne DeMarco will be exploring Marala’s path to success through forgiveness. Marala will be sharing her five steps to overcome any adversity and how to use your personal history as a powerful tool for personal and professional success.

Deanne DeMarco’s second guest is Karen Gridley who coaches and teaches individuals and teams to think the way they want to act and act the way they want to think. As a former scientist and a Recovering Excuse Maker herself, Karen gives practical tools for business professionals to address everyday life and business challenges. Her clients refer to her as a unique blend of the head and the heart. Audiences gain insights and get into action with her dynamic, personable, down-to-earth, humorous and matter-of-fact approach. She is the author of Embrace Your Rights and the creator of The Recovering Excuse Maker Prayer. Karen partners with professionals from a variety of fields who value work-life balance, personal leadership skills and high-performance to create success in life and in business

Deanne DeMarco will particularly want to know how to stop making excuses, and what are the most common reason’s why we make excuses. Karen will be sharing her TWA strategy that is simple enough we can all stop making excuses and get on with business.

Deanne DeMarco herself has used her innovative strategies—drawn from successful experiences as a scientist, college instructor, management trainer, Fortune 500 manager, author and entrepreneur—to help business executives and individuals break through personal and career roadblocks.

DeMarco says, “Each week I introduce extraordinary and inspiring women who may not yet be household names but are business and entrepreneurial rising stars. Marala and Karen are leading the way. I’m thrilled to have them on the same show. Learning to overcome adversity and removing excuses, what a winning combination.”

“Today’s Inspiring Women” airs Thursdays at noon Pacific / 2 PM Central / 3 PM eastern on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel Radio. To access the show log on to: http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2182/todays-inspiring-women. All shows will be available in Deanne DeMarco’s Content Library on her Today’s Inspiring Women Website.

About The Host:
Deanne DeMarco’s career has revolved around helping people break through boundaries and career roadblocks. She is a career coach and has a strong business background with expertise in medicine, education and utilities. As a medical scientist she was on the original three-member team that first discovered the cancer link to second-hand smoke (published in the Lancet). As a corporate trainer her management coaching program won national recognition from Training Magazines Top 100.  For more than 20 years she has helped managers and individuals advance their careers. Today, she continues her work as an executive and individual coach. She conducts fun, interactive workshops and seminars and is a keynote speaker at business and association meetings around the world. For more information please visit: http://www.deannedemarco.com or call 1-708-836-0118 or 1-866-91-COACH.

Contact:
Deanne DeMarco
Deanne DeMarco
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Suite 304
Hillside, Illinois 60162
708-836-0118
Deanne@DeanneDeMarco.com
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Friday, 7 March 2014

DAD Technology. Optimizing Work in BPM

DAD (Dynamically Activated Divisions) Technology, recognized by the analyst firm Gartner Inc. as an innovative functionality, is used to create user-friendly Dynamic Forms

Woburn, MA, March 07, 2013 – AURA (www.auraportal.com), a global provider of AuraPortal. Business Process Management (BPM) software, has announced that the latest developments in DAD Technology that have been incorporated exclusively in AuraPortal BPM clearly differentiate it from other BPMs, creating a fluency in its use unheard of until now.


AuraPortal has been distinguished with great advantage over its competitors by Ovum in its Decision Matrix report and by other renowned analyst firms.

In short, the idea of DAD Technology is that anyone performing a task within a process will find that, on opening it, the information will appear in a timely fashion depending on the direction the task itself takes and the circumstances or options that are progressively chosen. This functionality enables maximum effectiveness and an extraordinary saving in execution time.

Manel Orovio, Technical Director at AuraPortal, comments:

"A common problem for those who work with BPM Suites is the fact that the forms often contain hundreds of fields to cover all of the possible scenarios that may occur throughout the task execution, although, depending on various circumstances, the performer of the task may only need to see or act on a few of them. If the user has to look at hundreds of fields that they are not going to use it can make their work cumbersome, and can also lead to multiple execution errors.

With DAD Technology, as the performer executes the task, the system makes the elements appear in the form automatically as and when needed. This greatly simplifies work.

The person responsible for designing the Task form should make it as user friendly as possible, so that on opening it, the user will find a form that contains all the data and documents necessary for them to carry out their work without having to leave the Task. Thus maximum effectiveness is achieved."

About AURA (www.auraportal.com)
AURA is a global BPM (Business Process Management) software provider delivering a solution that creates, without the need of IT programming, Business Process Workflow Execution Models. AuraPortal is 100% Web-based, and is complementary to existing ERP and CRM systems.

AURA has a presence in 40 countries with more than 300 customers including, among others: Walmart, Toyota, General Motors, Pemex (Petroleos Mexicanos), Carrefour, ArcelorMittal, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Danone, INCAE, Kimberly-Clark, Yamaha,Royal KPN, Bristol-Myers Squibb, etc., as well as many Government Agencies and Departments in several countries. All of these customers benefit from maintenance contracts.

Its headquarters are in Europe (Spain and Holland) with an executive branch in North America (Florida). It also has offices in several countries and a vast network of partners who locally attend customers throughout the world.

Contact:
Nina Moon
AuraPortal
400 Trade Center
Woburn, MA 01801-7472
978-808-6340
info@auraportal.com
http://www.auraportal.com

Ecotech Institute’s Clean Jobs Index Shows a 19 Percent Increase in Clean Jobs in 2013

National study shows more than 3.5 million clean jobs available in 2013, with a 57 percent increase in solar jobs

Denver, CO, March 07, 2014 - Ecotech Institute’s Clean Jobs Index, a tool to compare states’ use and development of clean and sustainable energy, found more than 3.5 million job postings in the clean energy sector last year. This is a 19 percent increase from 2012. The Clean Jobs Index classifies clean energy jobs based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics description, which says that a clean job is part of a business that benefits the environment or conserves natural resources.


Ecotech Institute, the only college entirely focused on renewable energy and sustainability training, created the Clean Jobs Index to provide objective job information about the renewable energy industry. The Index also looks at various sustainability factors such as alternative fueling stations, LEED projects and total energy consumption across the U.S.

Highlights from the Clean Jobs Index 2013

Number of U.S. Clean Jobs Postings in 2013:
3,599,022 (a 19 percent increase from 2012)

Large Growth in Clean Jobs (compared to 2012 clean jobs postings)
Solar Jobs – up 57 percent
Wind Jobs – up 20 percent
Renewable Energy Jobs – up 9.3 percent

Clean Jobs by Population (Jobs per 100,000 residents)
1. North Dakota – 2,554
2. Iowa – 1,811
3. Massachusetts – 1,768
4. Delaware – 1,700
5. Alaska – 1,644
6. Minnesota – 1,557
7. Maine – 1,549
8. Nebraska – 1,510
9. Washington – 1,461
10. Kansas – 1,456

Clean Jobs by State
1. California – 276,493
2. Texas – 268,349
3. New York – 190,964
4. Illinois – 168,998
5. Michigan – 143,319
6. Ohio – 129,447
7. Pennsylvania – 126,012
8. Massachusetts – 115,748
9. Florida – 115,066
10. Washington – 98,252

States With the Most Incentives for Sustainability and Renewables (in no particular order):
Minnesota
California
Oregon
Washington
Texas
Indiana
Colorado
Florida
New York
Iowa

“Renewable energy is the future and this data proves that more than ever,” said Kyle Crider, Ecotech Institute’s Program Chair and Manager of Environmental Operations. “With solar jobs up 54 percent and clean tech jobs up overall nearly 20 percent, it’s definitely an exciting time in the sustainable energy industry.”

Ecotech Institute’s Clean Jobs Index is an aggregation of statistics by state. Although it may indicate a greater possibility for employment in the clean economy sector, the Clean Jobs Index in no way indicates the presence or the promise of any specific job opportunities. Data for the Index is gathered regularly from independent research entities including: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency, U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Green Building Council.

To learn more about the Clean Jobs Index, please visit http://www.ecotechinstitute.com/cleanjobsindex. To learn more about Ecotech Institute, go to http://www.ecotechinstitute.com.

About Ecotech Institute
Ecotech Institute is the first and only college entirely focused on preparing America’s workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainability and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Launched in April 2010 in Denver, Colorado, it offers eight highly practical renewable energy degree programs that provide graduates with skills valued by today’s alternative renewable energy employers. Classes start once per quarter and applications are always accepted. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Ecotech Institute is a division of Education Corporation of America. For more information about Ecotech Institute, visit www.ecotechinstitute.com or call 877-326-5576.

Contact:
Jenny Foust
CSG PR
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
303-433-7020
jfoust@csg-pr.com
http://www.csg-pr.com