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    (PRBuzz.com) May 17, 2013 -- According to new reports coming out of Australia, the Budget will spend over $300 million in order to assist welfare recipients find jobs. The move will surely worry some voters, which Treasurer Wayne Swan admitted could be a problem for group.

    The largest allocation of funds, $258 million, will allow nearly 800,000 welfare recipients to gain an extra $38 per two-week period before benefits are essentially wound back.

    There is also to be an extra amount of funds to study the training of workers and extended access to the Pensioner Concession Card.

    "The Gillard Government believes that the best ticket off welfare is a job, and our reforms will go to the heart of that by removing disincentives for people to work or study while they are on income support payments," said Employment Minister Bill Shorten.

    The new maneuver has further indicated the Budget will not be including an increase in the amount, despite demands from the welfare groups around the nation.

    Swan prepared to make an announcement on the Budget, knowing full well it may upset some voters. However, Swan stated that he is sure it will assist in the reinforcing of the national economy as a whole.

    When asked about the the public's concern regarding the deficit sitting around $20 billion, Swan stated: "I think they do a bit. But if they thought about it like they think about their housing loan they wouldn't worry about it as much."

    "The thing is our debt is very small," he told reporters."The fact is that for a time running deficits is a very good buffer while you strengthen your economy and ride out the temporary reductions that come along."


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    (PRBuzz.com) May 17, 2013 -- According to new research numbers, federal taxpayers now employ more low-wage workers than Wal-Mart and McDonald's combined.

    The report was recorded by Demos, the public policy group, estimates that the taxpayer funds pay for almost 2 million jobs that pay less than $24,000 per year within the private sector, which is about $12 per hour or less. The workers who earn such wages owe their incomes primarily from government contracts that include Medicare and Medicaid, and federal infrastructure grants. Demos estimated that 1.4 million works earn that same amount within the two megacorporations, which employ more low-wage workers than any other in the industry.

    The findings have highlighted the inequality that is found within government contracting, underscoring that government is as bad as free-market corporations when it comes to the disparity in pay. Many chief executives within major contractors bring in millions per year, while these low-income employees continue to toil in their jobs. However, it should be noted that the free-market companies have continually pushed for government to act more like them, due to their higher efficiency, and so the cause and effect may be primarily due to government acting too much like corporations to begin with.

    Still, job creation in the recovery from the recession has been highly focused in the lower strata of earners. Many of the 165,000 jobs that the Labor Department reports on were added in April were through the creation of low-wage work. The National Employment Law Project discovered that low-wage occupations accounted for 20% of jobs lost during the recession, and accounted for 60% of all jobs added during the recovery period.

    "We know that growing inequality and these larger, dead-end jobs are a national problem," said Amy Traub, a senior policy analyst at Demos who authored the report. "This is just a piece of that. But the key is, this is a piece that we're responsible for and really that we can do something about" as taxpayers.


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    (PRBuzz.com) May 17, 2013 -- The Deputy Attorney General, Jim Cole, and not U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was the one in charge of the decision to seek the phone records of the Associated Press, according to Holden.

    Holden looked to distance himself from the decision, but also underscored what he noted was a "very, very serious." Holder made the announcement at a press conference recently held, and recused himself from the decision to avoid the conflict of interest regarding the leak investigation that targeted the AP records.

    Critics have continued to denounce the decision. Many in the opposition side of the situation state that it is a impediment of the freedom of press rights. The uproar that has followed has led to questions of the overall handling of national security in contrast to privacy rights. It appears
    more and more that the administration favors the former at the expense of the latter.

    There is considerable anger regarding the IRS targeting conservative politicians, which has continued the fears of an overreaching government and administration under President Barack Obama.

    The White House did make a statement, assuring all that the administration had no knowledge of the IRS or Justice Departments respective actions; however, that has done little to quell the anger that is brewing.

    A letter that was sent to AP president Gary Pruitt, Mr. Cole defended the action of the department, and stated that it was necessary to find the source of critical leaks.

    Officials stated that the probe was related to a story from 2012, which was conducted by the CIA and other agencies, which had stopped an al Qaeda plot to detonate a bomb over the United States.

    Cole declines the request for the records to be returned as well.

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    (PRBuzz.com) May 17, 2013 -- It is advisable to read this Grow Taller 4 Idiots Review, a natural height growth exercises, program and e-book created by Dr. Darwin to discover if it is scam or legit.

    Grow Taller 4 Idiots program is created and gathered by Darwin Smith. The program was unveiled to the public in early of 2009, claiming to expose all the secrets people never know about how to increase height.

    After being released, Grow Taller 4 Idiots program has been receiving many raving reviews. Many questions have been flooding in if the this program is scam or really reliable. The website growtaller4idiotsreview.me has bought the Grow Taller for Idiots e-book and has completed a comprehensive review.

    The Grow Taller for Idiots program is based on safe, natural principles and includes diet, supplementation and special exercises to help people maximize their height without any side effects. Based on scientific data and research, the author proves that it is possible to gain height even after one stopped growing. This height gain program is based on three main areas nutrition, exercise, and sleep. The combination of these three areas and some other tips then stimulate one's body and help increase the height growth. It sounds quite simple but does take effort and time to achieve! One can not expect to gain a huge amount of height, but two to four inches is an achievable goal in two months.

    A full review on growtaller4idiotsreview.me indicates that Grow Taller 4 Idiots comes with a simple step-by-step system in PDF format (eBook) which includes grow taller exercises, illustrations, and explanations of how to grow taller effectively and naturally.

    Mike Andrew of growtaller4idiotsreview.me states that: "After six to eight weeks with Grow Taller 4 Idiots program, people can get to wear anything they like. Gain greater confidence just by walking tall and literally standing tall. Easily attract the opposite sex and get the job that they always wanted. Once one invests time and effort in this height increasing method, then they will never have to worry about their height again. And don't forget, this height gain program offers people with two entire months to test the system out themself."

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    (PRBuzz.com) May 17, 2013 -- JNL Fusion Fitness is a fantastic weight loss and muscle building program by none other than celebrity fitness professional Jennifer Nicole Lee. The purpose of the fitness program is to provide exercise enthusiasts and body building professionals with the right guidelines to lose fat and gain more muscle in a shorter period of time.

    The JNL Fusion Review is one of many shared via BodyFX.com. The site is an amazing resource for anyone interested in knowing more about diets, nutrition, sport exercises, workout programs, specially formulated fitness routines from the world's best renowned fitness experts and much more. Body FX provides people with reliable solutions for body toning, muscle building and genuine results that show in a matter of a few months. It takes 4 weeks for a person to start achieving small changes but as he or she progresses ahead, the work out programs become easier to follow until they feel almost like a part of everyday routine.

    Jennifer Nicole Lee has many years of professional weight loss and muscle building experience both as a trainer and a living example of her prestigious fitness system: The JNL Fusion System. The program's review from Body FX speaks of high praise for the Fusion System for its thorough focus and impact on each part of the body. The package includes 12 DVDs packed with super workouts which can be watched and followed, a 76 page fitness guide for all essential exercise and nutritional needs and to keep the individual on track, a free tape measure to track workout progress, a 14-day complete fat burning meal chart, a workout calendar and an extra DVD for flat, toned abs.

    The JNL Fusion workout is all about getting rid of unwanted fat and gaining more muscle mass. This is done through the step by step series of DVD workouts prepared by JNL. Her program includes fusion basics for getting started, shoulder toning exercises and creating ripped muscles all through  the arms and nape, core exercises for a firm backside and spine, lower body toning exercises which aim for long shapely legs, powerful thighs and agile feet. The crazy circuit cardio allows the body to burn the unwanted fat while the bicep builder adds more muscle to the forearms. There are also two DVDs dedicated to special stretching exercises and a full 10 minute body workout. The results are impressive and will keep a person motivated to achieve his or her weight goals.

    For more information, interested folks may read this JNL Fusion Review.

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    (PRBuzz.com) May 17, 2013 -- People who have a keen interest in sports usually have a lot to say about each particular game. Their passion is clearly noticeable when they sit in front of the television and scream their point of view at the television or sit in a group of friends debating over each crucial detail of the game. Each missed goal or a touchdown pass that was caught in the end zone brings along an upheaval of emotions for each fan. Now Sports Fans are getting a chance to share their views with the world over the internet during the event. FanComments.com is a platform for all avid Sports Fans to broadcast their unique Sports Commentary, opinions and thoughts.

    Whether the game is being watched live, being enjoyed at a bar with buddies, at home on the television or listened to on the radio, sports fans will be able to broadcast their own unique thoughts and opinions through live text Sports Commentary of their favorite teams and sporting events. People can start live text commentaries on almost any sporting event by enrolling on fancomments.com and creating a commentary via a Pc, smart phone or tablet computer. Other fans and like-minded people will be able to read the live sport commentary throughout the game. Sport fans will also have an option to create a group commentary and have all their friends commentating on the same game simultaneously in a group live text commentaries. The website is a great forum for people to watch and view other fans commentating on games.

    Live Sports Commentaries can be Factual, Amusing, Witty, and Passionate as they are a great outlet for people to share their unique perspective about games, by using their emotions people will also be able to build a fan following on the website.

    The idea behind FanComments.com comes from the fact that every game or sporting event becomes much more enjoyable when there is a group of people who share the same passion and love of sports like Soccer, Tennis, American Football, Hockey, Basketball and Baseball. FanComments.com is owned and managed by likeminded Sports Fans that enjoy discussing their team's ups and downs with other Fans. By actively participating on FanComments.com sports fans will be able expand their circle of people who share same interests as them, maybe even increase their knowledge about a game and possibly increase the enjoyment level of an event by ten folds.

    For more information and to join commentaries on sports please visit: www.fancomments.com

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    CUPERTINA, C.A., (PRBuzz.com) May 17, 2013 -- Backstreet-Surveillance.com, a national supplier of high quality, do it yourself video surveillance kits, announced today the addition to their product offerings of a new technology called SDI or "Serial Digital Interface". This new technology is a breakthrough in the transmission of HD video also referred to as HD 1080p.

    Previously HD video could only be transmitted using IP and network based technologies. This left HD video in the hands of techies, the computer savvy and IP professionals. But this new SDI technology uses the same low cost cables, power supplies and installation techniques as analog CCTV cameras to transmit crisp and clear HD 1080p digital video.

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    (PRBuzz.com) May 17, 2013 -- Jens Moeller Consulting is a boutique consulting company specializing in Organizational and Personal Performance with offices in London and Frankfurt. Managing Director Jens Moeller with his 16 years of experience and his team provide management consulting and executive coaching services to organizations, executives, managers, business owners and startup companies. The client list consists of over 40 businesses in 15 different industries.

    The world is changing at a rapid speed. Products, theories, ideologies and methods once used feverishly by our ancestors have now become obsolete. With the progress in time, a lot of things change without us realizing it. In the world of business, ignorance is a curse and it may be enough to kill the enterprise. Organisational development cannot be ruled out of your business if you want to progress and expand your territories. It is the only effective and positive path towards growth and success as an organization.

    During the life of a business, many tough decisions have to be made. Ignoring them or lingering on the matter can make matters worse. The higher management is looked upon by the juniors to come up with a solution to the growing problems within the organization. At times it becomes too difficult for the higher management to come up with an effective solution. In such times it is best to seek help from an organisational development consultant. Some people may ask why? It must be made clear that businesses cannot run on the trial and error method anymore. Instead of making mistakes and bring down the entire business structure, make use of the professionals who can help you in making the tough decisions.
    With the help of Jens Moeller Consulting, the management team of an organization can skip the mistakes that have doomed many other organizations. An outsider, who has nothing to gain from internal affairs and issues, can be the best judge. Giving out unbiased and progressive advices is the only recipe for a long term success.

    About: Jens Moeller Consulting is a Management Consultancy specializing in Organisational Performance and Personal Performance with offices in London and Frankfurt. By reducing management costs it boasts a proven track record of taking businesses to the next level of success. Get in touch via Phone: +44 (0)20 799 32 415, E-Mail: info@jmoellerconsulting.com or visit http://www.jmoellerconsulting.com/


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    PORTLAND, ORE. (PRBuzz.com) May 17, 2013 -- Like the chefs, artisans, farmers, winemakers, brewers, and distillers who will appear at Bon Appétit Presents: Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bounty, the flagship food and drink festival of the Pacific Northwest has sown, watered, loved and nurtured a second epic year of events, September 19-22, 2013. Break out the handiwipes as tickets go on sale Monday, May 20 at www.feastportland.com with a schedule of more than 40 events around Portland, Oregon. Attendees will once again Feast to fight childhood hunger, with net proceeds from the festival donated to Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and Share Our Strength.

    In keeping with its founding philosophy of facilitating collaborations between local chefs and some of the world's most renowned names as well as fresh faces, Feast Portland 2013 promises a lineup as unique to food and drink festivals as Portland itself -- from large-scale tasting events like the The Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational, Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting presented by Alaska Airlines, The USA Pears Night Market presented by Snake River Farms, and High Comfort at The Nines, to intimate sit-down dinners, hands-on classes, live culinary demonstrations, thought-provoking speakers, and industry get-togethers. Aaron Barnett (St. Jack), Jason Barwikowski (The Woodsman Tavern), Greg Denton (Ox), Patrick Fleming (Boke Bowl), Jason French (Nedd Ludd), Rick Gencarelli (Lardo), Benjamin Gonzales (Nuestra Cocina), Gregory Gourdet (Departure), Christopher Israel (Grüner), Jenn Louis (Lincoln), Vitaly Paley (Paley's Place), Trent Pierce (Roe), Naomi Pomeroy (Beast), Andy Ricker (Pok Pok), newly minted 2013 James Beard Foundation (JBF) award winner Gabriel Rucker (Le Pigeon), Adam Sappington (The Country Cat), Scott Snyder (Levant), Erik Van Kley (Little Bird), Johanna Ware (Smallwares), Cathy Whims (Nostrana) and others welcome a roster of visiting chefs including Hugh Acheson (The National), 2013 JBF award winner Danny Bowien (Mission Chinese Food), 2013 JBF award winners Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski (State Bird Provisions), Sean Brock (McCrady's), Floyd Cardoz (North End Grill), Tom Douglas (Tom Douglas Restaurants, Lola), Renee Erickson (The Walrus and the Carpenter), Jason Franey (Canlis), Aaron Franklin (Franklin BBQ), Duff Goldman (Charm City Cakes), 2013 JBF award winner Stephanie Izard (The Girl and the Goat), 2013 JBF award winner Christopher Kostow (Meadowood), Matt and Ted Lee, Matt Lightner (Atera), David McMillan and Frédéric Morin (Joe Beef), Thomas McNaughton (Flour + Water), Sarah Simmons (CITY GRIT), Christina Tosi (Momofuku Milk Bar), Michael Voltaggio (ink.) and Kris Yenbamroong (Night + Market).

    Tickets, which can be purchased at feastportland.com, are for more than 40 events around Portland, Oregon, and offer a broad range, from the free Whole Foods Market Best Butcher Contest & Fishmonger Face-Off to individual event tickets starting at just $10 to "The Package," which includes one ticket each to the Friday Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, Saturday Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, Sandwich Invitational, Night Market, and High Comfort, at $465.

    "Feast Portland was created to capture the current energy and enthusiasm that's driving America's food renaissance in one of its epicenters, Portland, Oregon. We're excited for another year of showcasing regional culinary talent and Pacific Northwest bounty alongside internationally recognized chefs, industry leaders, influential media, and other top food-world influencers," said festival co-founders Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch.

    "I'll just go ahead and say it: Portland has the most dynamic, delicious, and straight-up fun food scene in the country," said Adam Rapoport, editor in chief of Bon Appétit. "And this is a festival that captures all those qualities. Just ask all the big-name chefs hungering to get on board with it."

    Sponsors and partners of Feast Portland include: Bon Appétit, Travel Oregon, Whole Foods Market, USA Pears, Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Alaska Airlines, Lincoln Motor Company, Snake River Farms, KitchenAid, SagaCity Media, Travel Portland, King Estate, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Union Wine Company, Nicky USA, Oregon State University: College of Agricultural Sciences, Pacific Natural Foods, Archery Summit, Hawks View Cellars, San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, William Grant & Sons, Chase Bank, Provenance Hotels, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Tillamook Cheese, Oregon Brewers Guild, Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission, Seafood Oregon, Bob's Red Mill, Texas Pete's Sauces, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Adelsheim Vineyard, Boedecker Cellars, Chehalem, Domaine Serene, Elk Cove Vineyards, Sokol Blosser, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Hotel Fifty, The Heathman Hotel, The Nines, Ecotrust, HOTLIPS, Le Cordon Bleu, Portland Art Museum, West Coast Events Productions, Young's Market Company, KATU, Eater.com, The Oregonian, and Pollinate.

    "Feast Portland takes place in the ingredient epicenter of the world - Oregon," said Todd Davidson, CEO of Travel Oregon. "We invite visitors to come before and stay after the festival to see where the fresh, artisanal food comes from in Oregon, making it the premier culinary destination that it is."

    EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
    A complete listing of events and participants can be found on the Feast Portland website.

    The Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational Presented By Lincoln Motor Company
    Location: Director Park | Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013 | Time: 6pm-9pm | Price: $95
    What happens when 15 of America's top chefs convene to harness their culinary ambition between two slices of bread? Enter the Sandwich Invitational; Feast Portland's killer kick-off party, where wildly imaginative, chef'd-up interpretations redefine everything you thought the lowly sando could be. Enjoy sandwich bliss under the stars at Downtown Portland's urbane Director Park, an experience paired with craft brews from legendary local Widmer Brothers Brewing plus Northwest wines and cocktails.

    Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Presented By Alaska Airlines: Friday and Saturday
    Location: Pioneer Courthouse Square | Date: Friday, September 20, 2013 and Saturday, September 21, 2013 | Time: 12:00pm-5:00pm | Price: $60/day
    Portland's "living room," Pioneer Courthouse Square, transforms into the city's dining room for two days as dozens of the region's most celebrated wineries, breweries, chefs, and artisans take over Downtown Portland's most prime real estate for the festival's premiere daytime event. Experience the scene, meet the chefs you've read about, discover the best Oregon wines and craft beers, and enjoy cooking demonstrations from celebrated chefs like Michael Voltaggio, Chris Cosentino, Jenn Louis, and Gabriel Rucker at the KitchenAid Main Demo Stage.

    The USA Pears Night Market Presented By Snake River Farms
    Location: Ecotrust Building | Date: Friday, September 20, 2013 | Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm | Price: $125
    Join locally and nationally renowned chefs as they transform Portland's historic Ecotrust building into the nation's liveliest outdoor celebration of global street food. Called the nation's best event of its kind by Food Republic, the Feast Portland Night Market is imbued with the spirit of the great bazaars of Southeast Asia and the Latin world. Enjoy a who's who of craft beer, wine, and spirits to fuel an experience that embodies the sights, sounds, and smiles of a world culinary journey.

    Whole Foods Market Best Butcher Contest & Fishmonger Face-Off
    Location: Director Park | Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013 | Time: 11am-2pm | Price: FREE
    After months of regional competitions at Whole Foods Market stores across the country, 12 butchers and fishmonger finalists are sharpening their knives to go head-to-tail for the glory of being named best in their craft. Come watch the sparks fly as the butcher and fishmonger finalists battle their way to the top. They will be judged by an expert panel that includes top chefs and media on presentation, craftsmanship and swagger in dazzling demos of knife work. Sample some surf-and-turf from Whole Foods Market's meat and seafood partners, pause for live music, snap a picture in the photo booth, and even learn a thing or two about high-quality meat and sustainable seafood.

    Whole Foods Market Speaker Series
    Location: Portland Art Museum | Date: Friday September 20 and Saturday, September 21, 2013 | Price: $10 each
    The Speaker Series showcases industry panels led by top culinary thought leaders in the world of restaurants, food, media, government, agriculture, business, and food policy.

    High Comfort At The Nines
    Location: The Nines Hotel | Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013 | Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm | Price: $175
    What happens when comfort food gets pushed out of its comfort zone? What would grandmother's food taste like if grandma had a Michelin star, an immersion circulator, and a pantry full of Iberian ham, foie gras, and candy bars? The answer: High Comfort, the most decadent culinary event around. Last year's event saw meat cereal, caviar sandwiches, and a charcuterie hall of fame without rival. This year, some of the best chefs from the US and Canada are taking it to the next level. Get ready to be fed silly and sip Oregon wines and champagne. Don't plan anything early the next day.

    Hands-On Classes & Tasting Panels
    Location: Throughout Downtown Portland | Date: Friday, September 20, 2013 - Sunday, September 22, 2013 | Price: $45-125
    For those who want to bring home more than just a wristband from the festival, the Hands-On Classes offer a unique setting to learn the tricks of the trade from the experts themselves. The Tasting Panels explore how Portland is at the forefront of a myriad of culinary industries, from cocktail infusions and nostalgic chocolate desserts to the return of the ever-popular competition, Wine vs. Beer.

    Dinner Series
    Location: Various Portland Restaurants | Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - Sunday, September 22, 2013 | Time: 7pm | Price: $150
    With each dinner combining the talents of a visiting chef and a Portland chef, the Feast Portland Dinner Series celebrates the spirit of culinary collaboration. These intimate dinners also feature selections from premier Oregon wineries and other local libations.

    Brunch Series
    Location: Various Portland Restaurants | Date: Sunday, September 22, 2013 | Time: 10am | Price: $75
    A new addition to the Feast Portland lineup, the Brunch Series will combine the culinary talents of a visiting chef and a Portland chef. Each duo will create a collaborative menu for Portland's most beloved meal, Sunday brunch.

    In addition, visitors and media are invited to expand their Feast experience by taking advantage of pre- and post-event options that will take them to Oregon tastemakers' favorite mouthwatering spots. Travel Oregon's "Trails to Feast" inspirational itineraries give a firsthand look into Oregon's bounty - meeting the farmers, fishermen, winemakers, foragers and food artisans who contributed the ingredients for Feast. For more information or to plan your tasty trail, go to TravelOregon.com/see-do/eat-drink. For more information regarding Feast media credentials and a hosted trip, go to FeastPortland.com/press.

    Media Contact:
    Broussard Communications
    Melissa Broussard, 503-702-4620, melissa@broussardcommunications.com
    Meaghan Burns, 303-625-3866, meaghan@broussardcommunications.com
    Twitter: BroussardComm

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    ABOUT BON APPÉTIT PRESENTS FEAST PORTLAND
    Bon Appétit presents Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bounty is the flagship food and drink festival in the Pacific Northwest, capturing the current energy and enthusiasm driving America's food revolution. Founded in 2012 by Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch, Feast Portland showcases local culinary talent and Pacific Northwest ingredients alongside internationally recognized chefs, culinary professionals and industry leaders. Feast Portland is also a festival with a mission, donating its net proceeds towards ending childhood hunger in Oregon and around the country through Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and Share Our Strength. For more information visit www.feastportland.com and follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter (@FeastPDX).

    ABOUT Bon Appétit Magazine
    Bon Appétit and bonappetit.com , the fastest-growing epicurean site, deliver not just recipes, tips and techniques, but a world of lush travel, high-gloss entertaining and up-to-the-minute restaurant coverage. It's a visually arresting publication, driven by excellent photography, clean graphics and headlines that pop. And notable faces, too: Each issue features of-the-moment tastemakers, from chefs and restaurateurs to fashion designers and celebrities. All of these elements combine to make Bon Appétit the largest epicurean magazine in America with the most affluent readership.

    ABOUT TRAVEL OREGON
    Oregon Tourism Commission, dba Travel Oregon, works to enhance visitors' experience by providing information, resources and trip planning tools that inspire travel and consistently convey the exceptional quality of Oregon. The commission aims to improve Oregonians' quality of life by strengthening economic impacts of the state's $9.2 billion tourism industry that employs over 91,000 Oregonians. www.TravelOregon.com.


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    Los Colinas, TX (PRBuzz.com) May 17, 2013 -- It may appear to be a moot issue, but dealing with difficult employees is a reality. It appears moot because the easiest approach is to terminate the employee. However, it may not be that simple according to Dr. Steven DavidSon.

    " What I share is not an H/R or legal perspective. I speak from a Quality leadership perspective. It is very possible that the most difficult employees are also the most talented or gifted. It is not always apparent in the beginning. It is after the person has established an extraordinary record of performance based on knowledge and know how. It creates a major team dilemma to simply terminate employment. "

    According to DavidSon difficult employees can represent a variety of challenges from being passive-aggressive to aggressive-aggressive.

    "We all know what it means to 'foot-drag.' Passive-aggressive employees are not suicidal performance-wise. There will not be out-right defiance of authority. But enough drag on tasks and mission that it is below the employee's high performance level. It is a latent protest. Then aggressive-aggressive is when a person actually undermines an operation, project or confidence in it. These persons can be absolutely toxic to the team effort if it is not addressed and remedied."

    According to DavidSon, the leader sets the tone. It is sacrificial leadership, but it is also no-nonsense.

    "No leader should expect anyone to do more than she or he is willing to do as the leader. The leader is responsible for the morale or esprit de corp. Be a listener and empowerer. Build people-up. Get their ideas and use them. Do not create petty requirements and unnecessary barriers. Provide daily encouragement and kudos with simple words of support. Once this is established it provides the framework to correct those who choose to be difficult through face-to-face sessions, disciplinary action, or even termination. "

    Devoted to Quality Management and Process Improvement concepts for Church and non-profit organizations, Dr. DavidSon has worked in Management Engineering, Finance, and Production operations in government. He has won major awards over a span of nearly four decades employing a wide range of Process Improvement approaches. He is the leading-edge founder of the nation's exclusive Christ-based organization dedicated to Christian Education and Counseling.

    Contact Information:
    Article Origin: CB Associates
    Dr. Dennise Bates, or Timothy DavidSon
    Phone: 469 441 7139
    Email: Hisglory@christbasedcounseling.org
    Web sites: christbasedcounseling.org, collegeplex.org, drdavidsonlssmasterblackbelt.com


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    (PRBuzz.com) May 17, 2013 -- Today's business world is far more advanced and tough than the olden times. Since the involvement of technology in business, work has speeded up and the entire world has come within reach. This has created many new challenges for the business owners of today and just as an employee is asked to stretch his abilities to progress, the executives need to follow the same path. Without having the latest knowledge and possessing the rightful skills, an executive can badly fail and do great harm to the company.

    JMC's executive coaching is specially designed for the people who possess a vital position in a company. Anyone who is willing to expand his knowledge about the industry and wishes to have his skills polished can ask for a coach. The aim of every coaching engagement is to focus the executive's thinking about his or her work life and to boost growth in that domain. Since every person has a different way of thinking and managing work, a coach can use a variety of techniques to enhance his client's skills to the full potential.

    While working with JMC's executive coach you are not only progressing as an individual, but you benefit the entire organization. When an executive's skills are enhanced, it boosts productivity in the office and the positive effects can be seen in the juniors also. Taking up executive coaching with JMC ensures that you are investing for the betterment of yourself directly and indirectly for your organization.

    About: Jens Moeller Consulting is a Management Consultancy specializing in Organisational Performance and Personal Performance with offices in London and Frankfurt. By reducing management costs it boasts a proven track record of taking businesses to the next level of success. Get in touch via Phone: +44 (0)20 799 32 415, E-Mail: info@jmoellerconsulting.com or visit http://www.jmoellerconsulting.com/


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    Los Colinas, Tx (PRBuzz.com) May 17, 2013 -- There are elaborate and often unexplained signs concerning the end-times. There are those who observe the collapse of morals including more sexual promiscuity, violence, and other forms of lawlessness. The occurrence of catastrophes worldwide like floods, earthquakes, and similar events are also cited. Others focus on the Mideast, particularly Israel, and activity concerning the Temple on the Mount. However, according to Dr. Steven B. DavidSon, he believes it can be as simple as two events underway.

    "Let me say first that God never allows His people to be 'blind-sided.' He has always provided insight and trumpeting for His people. This is the point. God wants his people to be prepared, and they will be. Use the examples of Noah, Abraham, and Moses. Consistent throughout Scripture is God informing serogates about His plans. Noah is informed to build a boat. Abraham is informed that his posterity will be captured for 400 years. Moses is prepared to lead the people out of Egypt and informed that the people will be protected. These are only a few examples. They were informed about future events. Notice in the examples none of these men would be considered theologians during their day. More importantly, God's words to Abraham have significance for every believer today. 'Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?'(Genesis 18:17-22)."

    According to DavidSon, it is well established in the Christian faith that it is possible to make end-time events mysterious and difficult, but it is not to mislead or fool God's people.

    "As I have written in my book, the Believer from Milk to Maturity (Section III ) some things are purposely ambiguous. My view is that ambiguity is to keep God's people primary focus on their purpose to reach people with the Gospel and equip them for service. When Jesus ascended the angel informed the Apostles that Jesus would return similarly, but the angel did not mean for us to be sitting on a hill sky-watching.

    Nevertheless, there are some absolutely clear and simple indicators. While there is so much emphasis on the Antichrist, the Antichrist is not disclosed until the Church falls away. This is major apostasy. So, what is the condition of the Church? This cannot be assessed without a sharp focus on the First Century Church."

    According to Davidson the Church was communal, and over two- thousand years the communal aspect is completely gone.

    "There can be no doubt that the Church has already fallen from a communal perspective. And over two-thousand years that would impact every believer including your's truly. But more recently the level of church scandal is more evident than any time that I can recall over four decades. Practically every community with any kind of local-church presence is marred by some kind of scandal, particularly of a sexual nature. The confluence of money-grabbers, sensationalists, and hoaxes permeate the airways. The most telling sign of apostasy was the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's acceptance of Mormonism declassifying the group as a cult. This was not done based on a reassessment of the Mormon's doctrine. It was done to help the Mormon presidential candidate become more acceptable to evangelicals. The majority of them would have voted for the Mormon candidate anyway as the lesser of two evils. But the compromise by the best known worldwide ministry for nearly half a century is a true wake-up call."

    According to DavidSon, the Fall of the Church is a significant sign. The second point is to watch developments in the world's most powerful governments.

    "I am not a government hater. I do not have a record of bashing any government. The Apostles particularly Paul and Peter called upon believers to honor governing authorities. More importantly Jesus called upon his followers to give honor to governing authorities. These facts give credibility to what I say here. I have no political interest whatsoever.

    The combination of the world's financial condition coupled with the terror threat creates a tolerance where masses are willing to relinquish rights for security. Like martial law, we witnessed a major American city completely shut-down in pursuit of two people. The Associated Press corp was wire-tapped and national security was given as the rationale. It does not matter whether the IRS is being disciplined for biased conduct or not. The government when it is given the order can completely shut down the rights of the citizens if desired. The looming debt-limit crisis could throw this nation, and the world into a new level of desperation. This week, May 13, 2013, the president during a speech with the DNC mentioned that he has 3 1/2 years to pursue his agenda. He used the term 3 1/2 years numerous times.

    It is not clear whether it is an incredible coincident, example, or wake-up call to every believer who will pay attention that 3 1/2 years is midway through the 7 year tribulation period when a new level of darkness is launched. You ask what's my view? My only response is to repeat Jesus' words about this period. 'No one knows the day or hour.'We are to be ready. I'm ready are you?"

    Dr. Steven B. DavidSon is author of the Christ-based Series, and founder of the nation's exclusive Christ- based organization devoted to Christian counseling and education, the Association of Christ-based Clergy, Counselors, Educators and Educational Systems (A3CEES).

    Contact Information:
    Article Origin: CB Associates
    Dr. Dennise Bates, or Timothy DavidSon
    Phone: 469 948 4776
    Email: Hisglory@christbasedcounseling.org
    Web sites: christbasedcounseling.org, collegeplex.org, drstevenbdavidsonglobal.org


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    GARDEN CITY, NY (PRBuzz.com) May 17, 2013 -- New statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) show that arm lifts in women have skyrocketed over the last decade, a trend that doctors are seeing on Long Island, too.

    The ASPS figures show a staggering 4,378 percent gain over the past 10 years, fueled in part, by sleeveless fashions for women and more focus on strong-armed celebrities. In 2000, more than 300 women got upper arm lift procedures. Last year, more than 15,000 did.

    While numbers for Long Island as a whole are not available, anecdotal evidence supports the report. At Long Island Plastic Surgical Group (LIPSG), located Garden City, surgeons performed dozens such surgeries in each of the past two years.

    "We're seeing a lot more of these surgeries," said Dr. Laurence Glickman, at LIPSG. He said demand is often tied to those who've undergone bariatric weight-loss procedures or lap bands. These patients, he noted, have lost so much weight they've also become unhappy with their sagging arms. "We also do a lot of upper-arm liposuction," Dr. Glickman added.

    Upper arm lifts can include liposuction, where excess fat is removed with just a couple of 1/4" incisions near the elbow and armpit. Those with excess skin, however, may require a surgical procedure known as brachioplasty, in which loose skin is removed from the arms. Done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia, Glickman said, Brachioplasty can involve an incision from 2" to 10" down the back of the arm, which then is wrapped and allowed to heal over several weeks.

    Women are the main candidates for arm lifts, although men increasingly are seeking out cosmetic surgery and now account for as much as 10 percent of all procedures.

    Nevertheless ASPS president Gregory Evans, MD, supports the notion that women constitute most arm lift patients. "Women are paying more attention to their arms in general and are becoming more aware of options to treat this area," said Evans. "For some women, the arms have always been a troublesome area and, along with proper diet and exercise, liposuction can help refine them. Others may opt for a brachioplasty when there is a fair amount of loose skin present with minimal elasticity."

    Doctors say there is no single reason behind the increase, though celebrities from the White House to the red carpet may be having an influence. A recent poll conducted on behalf of ASPS found that women are paying closer attention to the arms of female celebrities and that women most admire the arms of first lady Michelle Obama, followed closely by Jennifer Aniston. Actresses Jessica Biel and Demi Moore, and daytime TV talk show host Kelly Ripa also got votes for their toned arms.

    Dr. Michael Dobryansky, also of LIPSG, said plastic surgeries of all types tend to increase at this time of year, possibly due to rising consumer confidence, seasonal factors and the arrival of income-tax refunds. Whatever, the reason, he said, "Our rooms are running at capacity."

    About Long Island Plastic Surgical Group
    For 65 years, Long Island Plastic Surgical Group has been dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive care, while pioneering and performing the most advanced reconstructive and cosmetic surgical procedures. As the largest and longest running private academic plastic surgical practice in the nation, LIPSG surgeons have more than 250 years of combined experience as leaders and innovators in the field. The size of the practice and diversity of expertise is reflected in its 10 specialty centers: Skin Care and Age Management; Non-invasive and Surgical Facial Rejuvenation; Pediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery; Facial Reanimation and Peripheral Nerve Repair; Microsurgery and Hand Reconstruction; Breast and Body Cosmetic Surgery; Burns and Complex Wound Management; Breast Reconstruction Surgery; Post-Weight Loss Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery; and Migraine Treatment. For more information about LIPSG, visit lipsg.com.

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    (PRBuzz.com) May 17, 2013 -- Great possibilities can be harnessed when voices come together; bold ideas are shared, new strategies formed, and challenging objectives achieved. Ideas are like seeds, planted when collaborating voices come together as a group. These ideas can grow into their potential reality, like a great tree representing the goals and dreams of the community who formed them. The Commons Institute is a fertile ground, a foundation welcoming and encouraging these seeds to be planted. They are committed to the fostering of ideas with an end goal to make a difference and help community thrive.

    Creative Bube Tube understands this idea growth process - collaborating on creative projects to bring the best ideas to light is the grounding principle on which Creative Bube Tube and every campaign since the agency's inception was founded on. The two agencies shared common ground when The Commons Institute approached Creative Bube Tube to advertise their forum on key Aboriginal issues this June.
    As an outside party to the Aboriginal community, The Commons Institute accepts that Aboriginal issues are myriad and complex, and believes strongly that Aboriginal matters are increasingly capturing and holding the national imagination. As part of a mandate to help this community address key issues for Aboriginals within Canada, The Commons Institute is holding this open conference to launch a general discussion around treaty issues, governance and financial management, business and resource partnerships, innovative approaches to tackling social ills, and the advancement of tangible self-determination. The Commons Institute believes that every individual has a role to play and that every voice deserves to be heard.

    Jidé Afolabi, Chair of the Commons Institute realized that the first step in launching this successfully progressive conference would be to sincerely reach out to the Aboriginal community with a mandate to promote a collaborative dialogue around key issues. He contacted Creative Bube Tube, a top television advertisement company known for their impactful work with humanitarian focused organizations. Creative Bube Tube devised a plan to strategically combine both television and social media platforms in a carefully measured ratio to build momentum for the campaign. This included an impactful yet affordable television commercial to build the Commons Institute's Facebook and Twitter communities, and drive ticket sales for the conference. "We're really excited to be working with the Commons Institute to help promote this discussion forum for the Aboriginal community. It's a perfect opportunity to leverage many of the best practices we've learned in both social media and television through campaigns we've done for some of our top clients." stated Jenny Munford, agency founder, CCO and CEO. "It's a great feeling to be working with the Commons Institute in their mandate to help the Aboriginal community in Canada."

    The television commercial will be airing on May 27th through June 15th on CBC Toronto and APTN (Aboriginal People's Television Network). The commercial will drive viewers to The Commons Institute on Facebook and also to their twitter page at @TheCommonsInst where more information about the conference is available. Those attendees who purchase tickets before June 3rd will receive 30% off for Early Bird pricing.

    With representation from east to west in both the United States and Canada, Creative Bube Tube is a television and social media agency serving medium to large clients from across the globe in sports, pharmaceutical, health and lifestyle, food and beverage, automotive, and other industries. From creative ideation to results, they have produced over 400 television campaigns since opening in 2006. To learn more about the power of TV advertising and how Creative Bube Tube can help your business grow, email jenny@creativebubetube.com or call 1-855-282-3882 today.


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    Energy One Federal Credit Union
    In Tulsa to Implement IncentaHealth
    'Pay As You Lose Weight'
    Employee Wellness Program

    Media contact:

    Les Goldberg, APR
    lgoldberg@incentahealth.com
    (714) 317-2431

    DENVER, (PRBuzz.com) May 17, 2013 -- IncentaHealth (www.incentahealth.com), the Denver-based healthcare technology firm that provides organizations with a proven rewards incentive program to encourage their employees to lose weight and help bring their healthcare care costs down, today announced that the Energy One Federal Credit Union in Tulsa will be implementing its tech-driven employee wellness program.

    Energy One is one of the first companies to implement IncentaHealth's new wellness program designed especially for small businesses with less than 100 employees. Program features include:

    • A video kickoff session by expert health coaches to enroll each new participant
    • Customized daily text messages and emails with tips about exercise, nutrition and motivation.
    • Phone and email access to live trainers who help participants stay on track with their daily exercise and eating program
    • A team challenge option where participants can form teams and compete with others across the organization
    • Incentives that include iPod Shuffle music players awarded each quarter to top performers who are selected through the Health Points tracking system. Monthly prizes also are available
    • A weekly online Health IQ quiz that reinforces core wellness topics while providing progress reports
    • A management portal gives employers allows employer administrators to track program usage and results with complete employee privacy

    Energy One Federal Credit Union is a full-service financial institution that has grown from a one room, one person operation in 1935 to a multi-million dollar organization serving employees throughout the world.

    The IncentaHealth solution to rising healthcare costs among the nation's employers has been in place since 2002 when the company was founded and used by more than 20,000 participants nationwide. Employers as well as community groups across the country are reaping both the financial and physical benefits of improved health after adopting IncentaHealth's unique wellness approach that focuses on rewarding measureable success with cash or redeemable points.

    The cloud-based system uses its patented kiosks to provide remote interactive email and text message coaching, weigh-ins in corporate and community locations, and cash rewards for sustained weight loss. The HEALTHspot® kiosks take full-length digital photos and keep an electronic record of each participant's weight, blood pressure and body mass index (BMI). Participants also have access to health coaches who provide live support whenever needed.
    About Energy One Federal Credit Union

    Energy One Federal Credit Union is a full service financial institution that was originally chartered in 1935 under the Federal Credit Union Act. The credit union started out as a one room, one-person operation and has grown to a multi-million dollar institution serving employees across the United States and throughout the world. More information is available at www.energyone.org.

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    Huntsville, Alabama (PRBuzz.com) May 17, 2013 -- PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, recently introduced PESA Xstream, a cost effective, comprehensive package for digital media capture, processing, distribution, and storage. Housed in a compact, 1 RU form factor, PESA Xstream simultaneously encodes up to five independent video sources and eight audio sources concurrently from live or recorded video for multi-path H.264 IP distribution over six independent video streams - with no sync or latency issues. PESA will demonstrate the new streaming media appliance at InfoComm 2013 (Booth 2958), June 12-14 in Orlando, Fla.

    PESA Xstream captures H.264 IP camera streams, NTSC/PAL or SDI video up to 1080p resolution, video playback, and even computer-based content such as PowerPoint slides, then prepares high-bandwidth MPEG-4/H.264 broadcast streams for enterprise distribution and archive. When multiple sources are captured simultaneously, the streams remain associated and synchronized during the event. Storage options include a PESA internal 2.5-inch SATA drive.

    With five individually addressable video outputs as well as an integrated quad-view output, PESA Xstream allows operators to stream live content over IP while simultaneously transmitting live digital content to a quad-view display and/or full screen display. PESA Xstream can also synchronize discrete audio inputs to discrete video and IP video inputs, and offers adjustable audio delay.

    PESA Xstream is an ideal solution for varied market applications, including court recording, rental and staging events, telemedicine, virtual classrooms, security and surveillance, and webcasting and remote production. An intuitive Web browser management and control interface provides complete remote capabilities, which can eliminate the need for on-site personnel to stream content to a production facility.

    "Producing mixed format, multi-source presentations for IP distribution used to be a logistical nightmare," said Howard Sutton, PESA executive chairman. "You had multiple vendors, multiple components, sync issues, too much cabling, and multiple management and control systems. PESA Xstream is so much more than a codec. In one box with integrated Web browser management and control, it handles everything - capture, scaling, sync, and more - which improves the viewing experience for your audiences and simplifies installation and operation. The purpose-built PESA Xstream sets a new standard in price and performance."

    PESA also provides access to its Application Programming Interface (API), allowing integrators to tailor applications to specific market segments. For example, PANAX develops video communication solutions for education, government, and healthcare. The company is a PESA Xstream Partner, and has developed its VTW 5080 Digital Media System solution for the education market based around the new appliance.

    "I have never encountered a single device such as the PESA Xstream that can adapt to so many multiple video and audio standards, inputs and outputs, in one box," said Paul Culbertson, vice president of PANAX. "It's great to not have to use adapters to convert everything before it hits the unit. PESA Xstream provides configuration simplicity and the best streaming video I have seen. We are thrilled to introduce it to the education marketplace."

    "PESA Xstream is a game-changer," added Malcolm Macallum, CTO of VIQ Solutions, Inc., another PESA Xstream Partner, which is incorporating the system into an end-to-end content management and distribution solution. "The unit simplifies the technology, yet provides a sophisticated combination of features and functions. No other device offers multiple HD video and audio capture from local and remote sources while eliminating associated latency at this price point."

    Pricing for PESA Xstream starts at $9,995 (United States and Canada). For more information, visit PESAXSTREAM.com or contact John T. Wright, senior vice president of sales and business development, at PESAXSTREAM@pesa.com.

    About PANAXPANAX Video is a leading provider of IP Video Communication Solutions for Education, Healthcare, and Video Visitation. As a PESA XSTREAM Partner, they are developing turnkey solutions for education and asset protection applications. Visit them at www.PANAXVideo.com or follow them on Twitter @PANAXVIDEO.

    About VIQVIQ Solutions, Inc. is a global leader in computer-based digital audio and video capture and management. We develop software solutions that capture, digitize, and compress audio and video data, which is securely stored in a multi-tiered server system where it is easily searchable and shareable. Our innovative media processor technology allows users to remotely control audio-video capture in multiple locations from a single satellite location, allowing large-scale and complex installations to be managed efficiently by fewer resources. As a PESA XSTREAM Partner, we are incorporating the PESA XSTREAM into justice applications. For more information, visit www.VIQSOLUTIONS.com or follow us on Twitter @VIQSolutions.

    About PESAAs a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products - from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders - each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

    All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners. Follow us on Twitter @PESA_ONLINE.


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    Bristow, VA (PRBuzz.com) May 17, 2013 -- National Safe Boating Council and its partners are reminding anyone and everyone about "Wear Your Life Jacket to Work" Day on May 17, 2013. National Safe Boating Council joins boating professionals and boating enthusiasts to heighten awareness of different life jacket types that are available, including inflatable life jackets, and demonstrate their comfort and versatility by wearing them to work.

    The annual event, hosted by the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) serves as a fun, educational element just prior to National Safe Boating Week, May 18-24, the official launch of the 2013 North American Safe Boating Campaign. Educating the boating public about the safety and comfort of life jackets has been a main focus of the North American Safe Boating Campaign.

    "Wear Your Life Jacket to Work" Day will take place on May 17 wherever you are!

    "'Wear Your Life Jacket to Work' Day is a great reminder that wearing a life jacket is so easy and comfortable, you can even do it at work," remarks Rachel Johnson, communications director of the National Safe Boating Council.

    The National Safe Boating Council is asking all participants to take a picture of themselves in their life jacket while at work and post it to the "Ready, Set, Wear It!" Facebook page (Facebook.com/ReadySetWearIt) or submit directly to the NSBC at outreach@safeboatingcouncil.org.
    U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in 71% of recreational boating fatalities in 2012, and that 85 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.

    Members of the boating public as well as those interested in showing the wearability of life jackets are encouraged to participate. More information about the event and safe boating is available at Facebook.com/ReadySetWearIt.

    The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) is the foremost coalition for the advancement and promotion of safer boating through education, outreach, and training. The NSBC accomplishes this mission by promoting outreach and research initiatives that support boating education and safety awareness; improving the professional development of boating safety educators through training; and developing and recognizing outstanding boating safety programs. To learn more about the NSBC and its programs, visit SafeBoatingCouncil.org.

    Contact:
    Rachel Johnson, Communications Director, NSBC
    Phone: (703) 361-4294
    Email: outreach@safeboatingcouncil.org

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    (PRBuzz.com) May 17, 2013 -- Business Development Asia LLC ("BDA") won two awards at the 2013 Cross Border M&A Advisor Summit held by the M&A Advisor in New York:

    • "Corporate and Strategic Acquisition of the Year ($100m to $500m)" for its work on the sale of Shanghai Elsker by Edmund de Rothschild Private Equity and other shareholders to Johnson & Johnson
    • "M&A Deal of the Year ($50m to $100m)" for its work on the acquisition of Changzhou Pulanna Coating Co by Sherwin-Williams

    With 17 years of cross-border transaction experience, BDA is regularly recognized as being at the forefront of Asia-U.S. and Asia-Europe transactions. BDA is seeing increasing outbound M&A from Asia; we believe that this trend will accelerate over the coming years.
    Mark Webster, Managing Director of BDA Shanghai commented, "These transactions show BDA's unparalleled ability to close cross-border deals in China for blue-chip clients. BDA has developed a particular expertise in the Consumer and Luxury industries."

    Euan Rellie, Senior Managing Director and co-founder of BDA, who heads BDA's New York office said, "BDA has extensive experience working both the buy-side and sell-side for multinationals. We are excited to be emerging as the advisor of choice for the world's best-known branded companies and financial sponsors."

    BDA advised the owners of Shanghai Elsker Mother & Baby Co, the Chinese domestic leader in the branded baby skincare market, on its divestiture to Johnson and Johnson ("J&J"). J&J is a global leader in healthcare products.

    BDA advised The Sherwin-Williams Company ("Sherwin-Williams") on its acquisition of Changzhou Pulanna Coating Co, a leading Chinese manufacturer of automotive coatings. Sherwin-Williams is a global leader in paints and coatings.

    About BDA
    Business Development Asia LLC ("BDA") is a leader in cross-border investment banking in Asia. BDA advises on M&A, capital raising, and restructuring. BDA has been consistently owned and managed by the same team since 1996. BDA has a track record of providing independent advice to blue-chip corporate and financial sponsor clients from North America, Europe and Asia. BDA was named Investment Banking Firm of the Year by The M&A Advisor in both 2012 and 2010. BDA is headquartered in New York with offices in London, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Bahrain, Seoul and Tokyo. BDA formed a partnership with William Blair & Company in 2011. Further information is available at www.bdallc.com

    For more information, please contact Euan Rellie in New York at +1 212 265 5300, or Mark Webster in Shanghai at +86 21 5407 5580.


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    (PRBuzz.com) May 17, 2013 -- VIP Ink Publishing will soon release the first book in a series of seven written by Christian Psychologist and Psychotherapist, Dr. Thomas Moore. Dr. Moore is best known for his work in the world of spiritual warfare.

    Dr. Moore's book "Holy Wars: Root Causes", slated to be released to the public on May 28, 2013, concentrates on deliverance and healing. The book focuses on the social, physical, spiritual and material aspects of life. It also explains how our life experiences occur within the unseen spirit realm of the mind, emotions and will. Dr. Moore's book explains to the reader how we consist of three parts - spirit, soul and body. The spirit part of us is what relates to the soul which in turn relates to the body. We are all made in God's image. Our physical bodies are only used for the purpose of physical dealings on this earth.

    What the secular world calls mental health is referred to as spiritual health in Christianity. Christian spiritual health encompasses mental health, emotional health, and the health of the individual's will (inner drive, passion, zeal, self-control). Dr. Moore believes our spiritual makeup is a personal treasure which deserves more attention than our physical makeup because it determines our outcomes not only in this life, but also in our life to come when Christ returns. "Holy Wars: Root Causes" will equip you with effective spiritual health tools to overcome your strongholds. It not only explains these subjects in great detail within this book but also gets to the root causes of these issues.

    "Holy Wars: Root Causes" covers such subject matter as:

    Our Triune Nature: Spirit, Soul and Body, Spiritual Strongholds in the Mind, Emotions & Will, The nature of a Wounded, Crushed, or Broke Spirit, There are Four Doorways of Access for Spiritual Wounds, The Other 3 Sources of Spiritual Wounds & Strongholds
    Effects of a Wounded Spirit (Broken or Crushed Spirit), Personality's Role in Influencing our Spiritual Health, Healing the Wounded Spirit" With the Holy Spirit, Healing the Wounded Spirit: With Secular Approaches, Breaking The Strongholds Hiding in our Lives, Maintaining a Healthy Spirit & Embracing God's "Plan B", Overcoming a Guilty Conscience and Self-Condemnation , Deliverance from Demonic Experiences & Manifestations, and Deliverance & Healing From the Occult.

    "Holy Wars: Root Causes" can be purchased from VIP Ink Publishing, your local bookstore, or your favorite online retailer.

    Contact:
    VIP Ink Publishing, L.L.C.
    press@vipinkpublishing.com
    http://www.vipinkpublishing.com


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    Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRBuzz.com) May 17, 2013 -- The Bullying Academy was among many small businesses and non-profit organizations that were nominated in recognition for their leadership, integrity, and management skills in the Fort Lauderdale area. At the 2013 Small Business of the Year Awards, the organization was presented an award for Outstanding Business Practices & Success. The program's coordinator, Amanda Arana, proudly accepted the award on behalf of the team behind the interactive anti-bullying program for 4th - 8th grade students.

    It is fitting that the organization should receive a certificate and award for their contributions towards raising awareness and attempting to reduce the number of bullying-related incidents across the country. When students engage in their online program, they personally receive a certificate for their score and help put their school in the running to win the Bullying Academy National Championship.

    The Bullying Academy requires no additional software or extensive training for teachers. Schools simply register with the program's website and students immediately have the curriculum available to them. It can be implemented during any class period or extracurricular activity. Schools across the country use the program; however it is most heavily used in Palm Beach County thanks to Walser Law Firm (www.walserlaw.com), who funded any school in the county that signed up for the program during the 2012-2013 school year.

    Although this academic year is quickly coming to an end, schools are already signing up for the 2013-2014 year. Schools interested in becoming a Bullying Academy National Champion should visit www.bullyingacademy.org.

    Contact: Amanda Arana
    (305) 791 - 4478
    Amanda.Arana@bullyingacademy.org


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