Wednesday, September 17, 2014

SAFE International Self Defense Launches in Toronto, ON

SAFE International is the leading provider of mobile self defense training in Toronto, Canada and has expanded internationally with a goal to teach 500,000 people by 2020!

Toronto, Canada, September 17, 2014 - (Straight Line PR) - Toronto Self Defense, SAFE International Self Defense Experts launch SAFE International is the leading provider of mobile self defense training in Toronto, Canada and has expanded internationally with a goal to teach 500,000 people by 2020! SAFE International Self Defense Toronto has taught more than 185,000 people and specializes in the following self defense programs:

1) Toronto Women’s Self Defense - SAFE International Toronto Women Self Defense Parties have been featured on Global TV and have gained recognition world wide for not only being potentially life saving, but also for being a lot of fun. Part of the SAFE International mission is to show women that they have the ability to defend against someone who may be bigger and stronger.  The most important component of a SAFE Self Defense Party is the emphasis on avoiding dangerous scenarios through discussion and their unique teaching methodology of using humour and teaching realistic self defense. Their courses are perfect for the on-the-go business woman, or a busy stay-at-home mom. They are generally taught in the comfort of the home with everyone enjoying a meal, snacks, or even dessert. This is not your mother’s Tupperware Party!

2) Toronto Corporate Self Defense - Workplace violence is on the rise. Company and organizational leaders have become increasingly concerned about protecting themselves and their staff. SAFE International can address these needs by providing seminars tailored to specific job needs in any service industry ranging from real estate to health care to sales employees. Self protection for employees is not just a necessity but also a form of insurance that will make your business more profitable and your employees more confident and secure. SAFE International courses are excellent at meeting many aspects of Ontario Bill 168 on workplace violence and harassment.

3) Toronto High School Self Defense - SAFE International has become Canada's most popular high school course for both boys and girls due to the fact that they don't teach martial arts, but rather a practical approach to personal safety with an emphasis on detecting and defusing potentially dangerous situations. All their instructors are certified through SAFE International and have a unique ability to reach the students in an effective and memorable manner. SAFE International offers courses from one to five hours in length.

You can visit their main site by going to You may also contact SAFE International by email at or call them toll free at 1-800-465-5972

Chris Roberts
SAFE International™
15535 Cooper Rd.
Lunenburg, ON
Canada K0C 1R0
1 800 465-5972

The Lexus Dealer Network Implements the Gea-Toyota System Based on AuraPortal BPM

The implementation of this system in the Toyota dealer network in Spain has been awarded by the Workflow Management Coalition WfMC for ensuring compliance with environmental legal obligations, using only the strictly necessary human resources.

Woburn, MA, September 17, 2014 – AURA (, a global provider of AuraPortal Business Process Management (BPM) software, has announced that the Lexus dealer network in Spain has implemented the Gea-Toyota system in its centers, to optimize economic resources and improve environmental practices. This move will also ensure compliance with TOYOTA SPAIN's environmental legal obligations.

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

The consultancy to adapt the environmental processes of the multiple dealers in the TOYOTA SPAIN network was provided by the professional services firm Auren, as well as the support prior to certification. AuraPortal BPM was chosen as the platform to model and automate the processes related to the ISO 140001 standard and other TOYOTA SPAIN processes, forming the Gea-Toyota solution.

"The implementation of a management tool like Gea-Toyota based on AuraPortal BPM has meant that a large part of the work has been centralized, making it possible to maintain the same criteria for all of our many dealers located throughout Spain," says Enrique Centeno, Communication and Public Relations Director at TOYOTA SPAIN.

About AURA (
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.

It is headquartered in Europe and has 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.

Nina Moon
400 Trade Center
Woburn, MA 01801-7472

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Over 500 People Attended the 2nd Annual CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday™ held on September 6, 2014, in Monterey, California

The community event was part learning, part fun, with lots of safety information for everyone.

Monterey, CA, September 16, 2014 – CIG Insurance’s 2nd Annual CIG Community Safety Saturday™ was held on September 6, 2014 at Capital Insurance Group’s corporate headquarters located at 2300 Garden Road in Monterey. The free, family-friendly event attracted more than 500 attendees. Children, teens and adults alike received a wealth of safety-related information and resources from 30 local, regional, and national organizations.

Capital Insurance Group® (CIG) established these popular family and community events in 2010 and has held Community Safety Saturday events throughout California and Nevada. During the Opening Ceremony, CIG and Marc Klaas were honored with Certificates of Recognition from United States Congressman Sam Farr and California Senator Bill Monning. CIG also received a Proclamation from the City of Monterey and Certificates were presented from the cities of Seaside, Marina and Sand City. Seaside Mayor Ralph Rubio and Del Rey Oaks Mayor Jerry Edelen spoke about the importance of the event to the community and thanked all the participants, especially first responders.

Proudly sponsored by KION News Channel 5 and Telemundo, the event was part learning, part fun, with lots of safety information for everyone. Children delighted in watching the famous dog, “Whiskie the Whale Spotter”™ perform whale tricks as they listened to Peggy Stap of Marine Life Studies talk about safety on and around the water. A big crowd watched the exciting “Jaws of Life” demonstration, which included life-saving tools and equipment used by first responders. Parents and teens met with Kathy and Fred Forgnone, parents who lost their daughter in a car crash, and Officer Jaime Rios from the CHP to learn about the Start Smart Teen Driving Education Program.

Walt Bennett, CIG Vice President of Underwriting & Actuary explains, “We are absolutely delighted at the turnout. The more we can expose our community to all the safety and security resources that are publicly available, the greater the chances are that tragedies can be averted – or at least we can ease someone’s suffering when something does occur. At CIG, we are committed to improving the quality of life in those communities where we do business.”

More children will ride safely thanks to the child car-seat inspections.

The child car-seat safety inspection station was operated by the California Highway Patrol Office–Merced County. Expert technicians checked 50 vehicles for proper installation and found an 83% rate of misuse. They gave parents and caregivers critical information about installing car seats correctly for their particular child and vehicle. California Law restricts where and how a child may occupy a vehicle, based on the child’s age and height. They also educated parents on the dangers of leaving children in a hot car.

Over 200 children were finger printed at the KlaasKids Foundation Print-A-Thon.

The KlaasKids Foundation Print-A-Thon was offered at the event, providing free child identification tools including digital fingerprinting, photo IDs, take-home DNA kits, and more. Marc Klaas reports, “We have facilitated Print-A-Thon events throughout the United States for almost 20 years with a variety of community-minded sponsors, and this event is a huge success – we served over 200 children!”

Special crowd-pleasing presentations included:
• Jaws of Life Demonstration provided by the Monterey Fire Department who also brought their 55’ ladder fire engine for kids to climb.

• Whiskie the Whale Spotter™, the famous rescue dog from Marine Life Studies, performed her whale tricks and showed attendees how she spots whales from Marine Life Studies’ research boat in the Monterey Bay National Sanctuary. They also shared information about protecting whales, dolphins and other marine wildlife and observing them safely in the wild.

Additionally, CIG Community Safety Saturday featured the following attractions:
• Monterey County Sheriff’s Office–Coastal Station Monterey brought crime prevention handouts as well as their K-9, SWAT Team, and Search and Rescue vehicles which attendees enjoyed viewing. They also did “meet and greets” with their K-9 dog.
• Monterey County Crime Prevention Officers Association provided safety brochures.
• American Red Cross–Monterey Bay Area Chapter gave out Family Disaster Plans. Attendees tested their knowledge of Disaster Readiness and won prizes when they spun the “Wheel of Preparedness”.
• MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) brought their impactful “crash car” and provided handouts about the dangers of drinking and driving.
• The U.S. Coast Guard brought their 29’ fast boat for tours and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary provided water, boating and environmental protection information. Auxtter the Sea Otter mascot was also on hand.
• California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services provided educational materials about how to prepare for earthquakes and tsunamis.
• Monterey County Office of Emergency Services brought emergency preparedness information.
• Boy Scouts of America–Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council provided emergency survival and safety tips.
• Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast gave out safety information.
• Independent Transportation Network of Monterey County brought information about its organization that offers rides to seniors and the visually impaired in Monterey County, California.
• United Way Monterey County had an information booth including handouts about the 2-1-1 program.
• Sponsored by First 5 of Monterey County, MY Museum brought the Wheelie Mobilee, an interactive playground.
• Restorative Justice Partners brought information about dispute resolution programs that foster empathy, accountability and restoration of fairness to victims and the community.
• Family Service Agency of the Central Coast/Suicide Prevention Service of the Central Coast distributed their brochures and STOP cards.
• Community Emergency Response Volunteers (CERV) of the Monterey Peninsula gave out materials about turning off the gas/electricity and water in emergencies and simple medical responses learned in CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training.
• provided information about community resilience and their project in Seaside and Monterey.
• Central Coast CERT Association also provided emergency preparation information.
• Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District provided information about trail hiking and wildlife safety.
• YWCA Monterey County presented information about domestic violence and the services it offers at both its Seaside and Salinas locations.
• Monterey County Boys and Girls Club had a Wheel of Fortune Safety Game and information about their organization.
• Community Partnership for Youth brought face painters and offered a lanyard-making activity.
• Shred-it brought their mobile truck and shredded documents on site.
• Property Restoration Service provided information about disaster preparation plans and taking inventory of your possessions.
• KION/Telemundo was the media sponsor.
• Radio station 101.7 The Beach provided music and prize giveaways.

Capital Insurance Group and its local CIG Insurance Advisor, Monterey Insurance Agency, featured the event’s main booth with safety information, giveaways and prize drawings. The prizes included exciting, family- oriented giveaways, such as an annual family membership to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Family Plus annual memberships to MY Museum, four season passes to the 2015 Monterey County Fair, four passes for whale watching at Randy’s Whale Watching & Fishing, four passes to a performance at the Pacific Repertory Theatre, four passes for kayaking from Adventures By The Sea, a family pass to Elkhorn Slough Safari Nature Tours, and a family pass to the Monterey Zoo.

For more information about CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday events, please visit

About Capital Insurance Group:
Capital Insurance Group® (CIG) is the leading regional property and casualty insurer serving the Western U.S. since 1898. CIG insures Personal Auto, Homeowners, Farmowners, Condo Owners, Vacation Property, Renters, Apartment Building Owners, and many kinds of Commercial and Agricultural Auto and Property. The more than 115 year-old company is rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best, the independent financial monitor of the insurance industry. CIG manages personal, business, and agriculture risks underwritten by its affiliate companies: California Capital Insurance Company, Eagle West Insurance Company, Nevada Capital Insurance Company, and Monterey Insurance Company. Types of policies may vary from state to state. For more information, please visit

CIG DELIVERS MORE. Continuously. ™

About the KlaasKids Foundation
The KlaasKids Foundation was established by Marc Klaas in 1994 to give meaning to the death of his twelve-year-old daughter, kidnap and murder victim Polly Hannah Klaas, and to create a legacy in her name that would be protective of children for generations to come. The foundation’s mission is to stop crimes against children by providing education and knowledge to the general public and promoting partnerships with concerned citizens, the private sector, organizations, law enforcement and legislators.

Wendy Brickman
Brickman Marketing
395 Del Monte Center #250
Monterey, CA 93940

Monday, September 15, 2014

Luxury Travel Vietnam Company's New Brochure and Products to be Showcased at PATA Travel Mart 2014

Luxury Travel Ltd to promote Vietnam and Cambodia luxury travel and the latest cruises in NhaTrang.

Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi, September 15, 2014 - For this B2B event, Luxury Travel is looking forward to sharing its expanding range of products now available across Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar. Offering customized itineraries suitable for both the leisure and MICE markets, Luxury Travel will make the most of the opportunity to discuss possible future co-operation with key players in the travel industry at stand S25.

At the same, tour operators and travel agents are invited to drop by No.30, Street 05, S/K, Phnom Penh Thmei, Slorkram to visit Asia Premium‘s office, a joint venture with Luxury Travel to promote quality tourism in the Kingdom of Cambodia.

“One of the key catalysts for Vietnam and Cambodia joining the other Asian giants in luxury tourism is the strident improvements to their infrastructure. Roads are much better now in the provinces of both Cambodia and Vietnam. Luxury hotels combined with more authentic experiences are what set these countries apart, and also overland travel is more comfortable. Possibly even more important, flights within and between Vietnam and Cambodia are safe and more reliable than ever.”said Pham Ha, Founder and CEO of Luxury Travel Company.

"We aim to inspire our travelers to create life–affirming dream vacations to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. There are many fresh and innovative luxury travel products to show at PTM this year and we hope to meet luxury tour operators who will be interested in promoting our unique products and our world-class service." Pham Ha added

Voted as the leading specialist in the art of travel for luxurious and private services, Luxury Travel Ltd has added a “Tailored Lux Experiences 18-day tour” to its portfolio of tours, including all the major destinations in Vietnam. This tour package will be launched at PTM with 15% commission for all travel agents/operators.

This year, Luxury Travel has just launched their newly designed 2014-15 brochure, featuring the five distinctive destinations across South East Asia. The brochure highlights theirselection of top ten luxury travel products in Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar to promote to the most sophisticated luxury travelers.

Each country features an outline of one “sample inspirational itinerary” accompanied by “special interest tours” and brief descriptions of the most noted cities/regions/sites in each country, day by day itineraries with prices, hotel names, room types as well as our portfolio of preferred hotels and their websites.

Luxury Travel will soon be at the forefront of luxury cruising in NhaTrang, with an ultra-luxury alternative - Emperor Cruises. The project is positioning itself as a five-star cruise experience with butler service on a traditional Vietnamese woodenboat where royal glamour, history and heritage provide the right blend of service, luxury, unique travel and quiet efficiency. The project will create jobs, boost the region’s economy, and help to position NhaTrang as one of the world’s major luxury tourist destinations.

Book an appointment in advance with David Nguyen and Pham Ha at sales Visit for more information.

Thu Hien
Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Street
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi
84.4.39274120 Ext 107

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group Acquires Legendary Fear Farm Attraction In Partnership

Another Scream-Filled Year of Fear Begins on Sept. 19, with Opening Day at Fear Farm and 13th Floor Haunted House

Phoenix, AZ, September 14, 2014 – Haunted house fanatics should prepare for their worst fears to become a reality this 2014 Halloween season with the new partnership between the iconic Fear Farm and the intense, cutting-edge 13th Floor Haunted House. Previously run by separate companies, now Fear Farm will feature set design and direction from the 13th Floor Haunted Houses’ award winning production team, the Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group.

Fear Farm, located at 2209 N. 99th Avenue, in Phoenix, known as a long standing tradition in Phoenix for generations, with older siblings and neighbors reciting stories being passed down for 15 years about their experience of finally making it out alive, and living to tell their tale. Or remembering those who may have fallen behind to find their way through the haunted corn fields alone. What Fear Farm fans have come to expect year after year will only rise to a whole new level of terror. The Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group has a razor sharp track record with multiple successful haunts throughout the country with the promise to bring your worst fears to life at Fear Farm, as well.

“We are so excited to bring Phoenix two amazing haunted attractions in 2014 with 13th Floor and Fear Farm! Each one is unique and guaranteed to deliver an amazing and entertaining way to celebrate the Fall season,” said Chris Stafford, 13th Floor Entertainment Group.

This year, if Halloween fans plan to enjoy multiple haunted attractions in Phoenix, the Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group is excited to offer two quality venues to get your scream on. Both establishments will continue to feature different themes, actors and special effects, but are excited to bring a higher level of quality in haunt technology to residents in the Valley. To better serve groups of all ages, Fear Farm is an excellent choice, as the format is more open to the public with vendors and areas for less brave souls or younger children to hang out and wait it out for the rest of the group. During the 2014 season, Fear Farm will hold many community events and feature a family night, where a family of four can enjoy Fear Farm for a reduced price. As for the 13th Floor Haunted House, it’s not meant for scaredy cats as the content and characters of the haunt are far more intense, in-your face and take place in small, dark quarters, and therefore is not recommended for young children.

Opening Night:
Start the scare season off with us on Friday, Sept. 19, for Charity Night at either horrifying attraction, Fear Farm or the 13th Floor Haunted House!

About Fear Farm:
Fear Farm is Phoenix’s largest Halloween event. Now under the production of the Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group, Fear Farm will be the ride of your life!

Dusk. The grey time, in between the reality of day and the unknown of night. Your mind fills in what your eye cannot see.

In a cornfield, you can look above and see all that surrounds you, but if you look below, you cannot even tell what might be a few feet in front of you. The stalks surround you.

You hear a noise, and forget for a moment that it might just be the wind, You run like the wind, the leaves of the cornstalks brush against the side of your face. You are blind as to what is ahead, and even blinder to what is behind you.

You know it is your mind playing tricks on you, that the sound you hear is the wind, or the echoes of your own footsteps, or just some small animal. Even so, it is that tiniest of possibilities that there is a something chasing you, a something that might mean you harm, that drives you now. That remote chance outweighs any worry that you are overreacting. As long as you make it out of the cornfield, you will be all right. It's the cornfield that drives your mind into terror. See if your mind can reason with Terror in the Corn! Fear Farm is located at 2209 N. 99th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85037.

About the 13th Floor Haunted House:
The world famous 13th Floor Haunted House is also the best haunted house in Phoenix! Created by nationally recognized and award winning haunted house designers the 13th Floor, will transport you to new levels of horror. Prepare to be terrified by two epic haunted attraction walkthroughs for one all-inclusive price. The Phoenix haunt, run by more than 100 creepy, costumed actors, offers many different and distinct areas of terror: the Haunted Mansion, an Abandoned Asylum, a Pirate Ship, a Voodoo Swamp and the apocalyptic cityscape of Zombieland.

The 13th Floor is an intense, graphic, theatrical show that will take you on a gut-wrenching ride of visceral thrills and psychological horror. The haunt encompasses over 60,000 square feet of shocking twists and horrifying turns. The legendary 13th Floor Haunted House features two new innovations of fear for 2014, Dwellings of the Undead and Zombieland: Lockdown.

The 13th Floor Haunted House has drawn national attention, having been featured on the Travel Channel, MTV, Discovery Channel, MSN, New Times: Best of Phoenix Winner, and Haunt World Top 13 for the past three years. Recently, they were also named ‘One of the Best Haunts in the Nation by Fangoria Magazine.

The Thirteenth Floor is the only company in the country to produce haunted houses on a national scale, with haunted houses in Denver, San Antonio, Chicago and Phoenix with more to come in the future.

Designed by world-renowned haunted house designers and featuring makeup and effects from Hollywood special effects artists, the 13th Floor takes fright to a whole new level. The 13th Floor Haunted House is located at 2814 W. Bell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85053.

About the Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group:
Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group is the only company in the country to produce haunted houses on a national scale, with houses in Denver, Austin, San Antonio, Phoenix, and now Chicago! Designed by world-renowned haunted house designers and featuring makeup and effects from Hollywood special effects artists. These 7 haunted houses span four states and take fright to a whole new level with different interactive events like Christmas Blackout, Valentine X, Summer Scream, and Zombie Apocalypse LIVE.

Scott Kelly
Black Dog Promotions
9920 S. Rural Rd., Ste 108
Tempe, AZ 85284

Saturday, September 13, 2014

MAX Agency Press Release – September 13, 2014

Max Agency has recently welcomed new Toronto Model and Actor including future Toronto high fashion and runway model Helen Rudnicki.

Toronto, ON, September 13, 2014 - Max Agency has recently welcomed new Toronto Model and Actor including future Toronto high fashion and runway model Helen Rudnicki. I asked Helen why she decided to pursue modeling and become a part of MAX Agency.

“I thought it would be something fun to do. I was always told I should be a model, I guess that’s what all tall girls are told, so when I was approached I thought it would be something fun to try. It’s a great opportunity. It’s not something everyone can do or is able to do so I thought I should see what it’s all about. It’s a really interesting industry with a lot of aspects to it. I thought it would be interesting and cool to give it a try.”

Helen is currently studying archeology and anthropology in University and I asked her where her education stands in relation to the industry, what she has done so far and what she is doing right now to better herself as an artist, “I’ve been looking into doing some more acting classes but I haven’t found a place to study, I’m doing lots of yoga and I’m thinking of doing some kickboxing classes with my sister to spend some time with her and stay active.”

I had the pleasure of conducting this interview with Helen in person as opposed to over the phone so I asked what brought her into MAX Agency on this particular day, “I came in to get some measurements done and some body shots so all of my information would be up to date.”

Helen had her Polaroid photo shoot done at MAX Agency and her measurements taken and recorded for future reference to be used as a template to keep the models info up to date. I asked Helen what her other photo shoots have been like, “I’ve only done my portfolio shoot and a few shoots with my friends. I did a nude shoot with one of my friends for fun to see how comfortable I was and what my level of fitness would allow me to do and I’ve had two auditions, one to play Audrey Hepburn and the other was a runway parody using real runway models.”

In addition to going to University Helen also works as a bartender and server, “I love to cook. I’m gluten, rice, egg and dairy free. I love cooking and I love to do yoga.” After graduation Helen sees herself getting in to the raw food industry, “I have a lot of food restrictions and allergies and it made me realize how unhealthy people are in general. I also plan to do more modeling and acting.”

The purpose of Helen’s visit to MAX Agency was particularly for consideration for International submissions to experience the industry from another part of the world so I asked Helen where she would like to go,“In the world I’ve always loved to travel. I would love to go to South America. Anywhere in the world except for places that aren’t safe right now. I’ve always wanted to go to Greece. I would love to do runway, editorial, underwear and Victoria secret kinds of things. I enjoyed The Talent Shop Academy. I’ve always loved to perform and it’s something I would seriously love to stay involved in.”

It sounds like things have been pretty good for Helen with MAX Agency so far, “Things have been good. I’ve been submitted for lots of roles, keeping contact is really good. I’m excited to keep going and see where it goes.”

MAX Agency’s Bookers are currently looking for new Talent! If you are interested we highly recommend visiting and filling out an Application. Wishing MAX continued success in the industry we’re looking forward to future press releases featuring individual talent and projects and finding out more about MAX!

Natalya O
MAX Agency
2063 Yonge St. Suite 202
Toronto, Ontario M4S-2A2

2nd Annual “Wine Fest!” to be held on October 4, 2014 at The Monterey County Fair & Event Center

The Next Generation of Wine Festivals is coming to the Monterey County Fair & Event Center!

Monterey, CA, September 13, 2014 - Don’t miss the 2nd Annual WINE FEST! – a Wine Festival and an amazing party for everyone! This fun festival celebrates the wine industry in Monterey County and throughout the globe. WINE FEST! will be held on Saturday afternoon, October 4, 2014 at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center.

WINE FEST! is an exciting and unique event created for the average wine drinker; those who like wine, but aren't experts regarding wine varietals, wine styles and wine brands. WINE FEST! will offer reasonably priced wines for tasting in the outdoor main lawn area at the Monterey Fair & Event Center. Attendees are sure to discover their new favorite wines.

WINE FEST! will feature great wines, craft beers including Firestone Walker. There will be live music and a DJ, as well as food vendors. During the event, local artists will paint live graffiti and murals, followed by a People’s Choice Graffiti Art & Mural Contest. There will also be a People’s Choice Contest for favorite wine labels and favorite red and white wines, with an award going to the winning wineries.

VIP ticket holders will get the scoop on how to taste wine with a special educational session, beginning at 11:00 AM. The VIP’s can then enter Wine Fest! As tasting pros!


WHEN: Saturday, October 4th = Noon to 5:00 PM (VIP Entry at 11:00 AM)

WHERE: Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey.


Tickets are available in the online store at and include all of the wine and beer for the day.

Special VIP Tickets. VIP entry is at 11:00 AM. VIP Admission Presale (through October 3, 2014) is $55 or $60 at the door and includes access to the VIP educational session, a wine fest bottle bag and a tasting glass.

General Admission Presale (through October 3, 2014) is $40 or $45 at the door. Includes a tasting glass.

Age: Must be 21 and over.

Sponsorships: Special sponsorships are also available at

Phone/Email: (831) 372-5863 or

Stomper Graffiti Wines
District 7
Wente Vineyards

Big Hurt Beer
Firestone Walker

Cardinale Moving and Storage

DJ Hanif Wondir spins EDM & Hip Hop, including rock bands, Delanie Ann, and Cover Me Badd

Local artists will paint live graffiti and murals during the event on 4 ft x 8 ft wooden canvases

About The Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation:
The Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation supports the functions of the Monterey County Fair and its mission. Primarily, the Heritage Foundation funds capital improvements at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, described as one of the most beautiful Fairgrounds in the country. The Heritage Foundation also funds special projects such as School Tour Day and Special Friends Day plus a special student scholarship. The Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation benefits Monterey County through increased ag literacy by educating school children about where their food and fiber comes from, encouraging health, nutrition and fitness. The community is urged to join the Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation and receive great VIP benefits at the upcoming Monterey County Fair and other events held throughout the year. Also, honor your family and loved ones by buying a brick in the Heritage Foundation’s Brick-a-Thon Campaign. Check out the newly laid brick path outside of Gate 5. For more information, go to or call (831) 372-5863.

Wendy Brickman
Brickman Marketing
395 Del Monte Center #250
Monterey, CA 93940

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

More Honors for the Lady Justice Mystery/Comedy Series

More accolades for Robert Thornhill’s Lady Justice mystery/comedy series as the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs just announced that Volume #16 in the series

Independence, MO, September 09, 2014 - More accolades for Robert Thornhill’s Lady Justice mystery/comedy series as the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs just announced that Volume #16 in the series, Lady Justice and the Organ Traders has earned the Pinnacle Achievement Award for Best New Mystery – Summer 2014.

In addition, Volume #17, Lady Justice and the Pharaoh’s Curse, was just awarded a Five Star Review from Reader’s Favorite.

Lee Ashford of Reader’s Favorite writes, “Lady Justice and the Pharaoh’s Curse by Robert Thornhill offers another excellent entry to the Lady Justice series of comedic mysteries. Walt, Ox and the whole gang are back to help resolve a growing number of unusual murders, with an apparent connection to a theft from the travelling “King Tut” exhibit on loan from Egypt. When Walt and Ox are both arrested for one of the murders, things get really dicey. Whoever set up the dynamic duo seemed to cover every base, with all the evidence pointing directly to the pair. Their future was in the hands of a single defense attorney, but she was very good at her job; was she good enough? Historical facts are liberally sprinkled throughout this book, as is generally the case with Thornhill’s work. Lady Justice and the Pharaoh’s Curse includes a nice bonus: a link to relevant and fascinating information about the boy king. Don’t skip the link.

Lady Justice and the Pharaoh’s Curse is Robert Thornhill's latest release, but it seems each successive story is better than the previous stories. I don’t know how he could get any better than he already is, but he must have found a way. This is a great story on several levels. The comedic factor is witty and befitting the various characters involved. The murder mystery is well established, well written, and very deeply cloaked in a well-designed mesh of convoluted clues. The police procedural aspect of the story is reasonable and quite believable. Finally, the historically accurate bits are fascinating and add punch to the story. Thornhill’s Lady Justice series was great to begin with, but each successive episode makes the series even better than before. You won’t want to miss Lady Justice and the Pharaoh’s Curse.”

Over 83,000 Kindle readers downloaded Organ Traders and Pharaoh’s Curse propelling both novels into the #1 rank in Amazon’s ‘Cozy Mystery’ and ‘Humor’ categories.,

See all of the award-winning series at

Robert Thornhill
Books By Bob
21312 E. 37th Terr Ct S
Independence, MO 64057

Brachytherapy and ASCs - The Ambulatory M&A Advisor

A cancer treatment program that an ASC might consider implementing and adding to the services it offers is that of brachytherapy to treat prostate cancer.

Dallas, Texas, September 09, 2014 - A cancer treatment program that an ASC might consider implementing and adding to the services it offers is that of brachytherapy to treat prostate cancer. There are many ways in which a brachytherapy program can prove beneficial and profitable for an ASC.

In an article published by The Ambulatory M&A Advisor, the benefits of Low Dose Rate brachytherapy to both the ASC and the patient are explained.

Brachytherapy is performed by a urologist and a radiation oncologist and is an outpatient procedure that can be done in as little as one hour. Low Dose Rate Brachytherapy involves the placing of a “seed” of radioactive material directly inside the tumor.

One of the major benefits of brachytherapy is that it allows the doctor to better control the radiation and decrease impact on healthy tissues.

“Prostate brachytherapy requires a urologist, radiation oncologist, an anesthesiologist for day of procedure as well as a medical dosimetrist or physicist for treatment planning,” said Chief Executive Officer of Prologics Healthcare, LLC, Roger Corle. “Typically ASCs with urology participation or ownership are ideal candidates for starting a prostate brachytherapy program.”

Furthermore, the equipment and licensures needed to implement a prostate brachytherapy program in an ASC are not as expensive as one might initially assume.

To read the article in full, click here.

The Ambulatory M&A Advisor is an online publication that covers the most up-to-date trends and topics surrounding ambulatory care center deal making, including information on investment banking in the ambulatory care sector.

Blayne Rush, MHP, MBA
Ambulatory Alliances, LLC
18181 Midway Rd Ste 200
Dallas, Texas 75287

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Monterey Program of Executive Health Offers World-class medicine, world-class destination

Dr. Geiler and Team Encourage Patients To Get Healthy

Monterey, CA, September 07, 2014 - A distinctive program designed to give clients an efficient and comprehensive medical evaluation in one of the most coveted resort and golf destinations in the country, The Monterey Program for Executive Health approaches preventative medical care with patients’ time and comfort in mind. The elite physicians at The Monterey Program spend a full day with the patient to complete comprehensive screening, imaging and other advanced diagnostics—all in a sanctuary setting.

“Our goal at the Monterey Program is to help our clients fully understand their medical picture, so they can convert that knowledge into action,” Dr. Geiler says.

In addition to undergoing the most advanced diagnostics in the medical industry, the client is given a comprehensive risk-factor assessment that analyzes family and patient medical histories and current lifestyle habits. Experienced, licensed professionals evaluate the status of patients’ nutrition and fitness levels and work with the physicians to create tailored lifestyle suggestions that integrate seamlessly into their often busy daily routines. The client and doctor will then work together to develop a personalized wellness plan that includes a discussion of risk factors and illness prevention.

When the evaluation is complete, the client receives an extensive, customized medical report with a health profile, results, interpretations and recommendations for follow-up care. This detailed report of the patient’s evaluation is conveniently stored as a digital file on a small flash drive.

As an additional service, the Monterey Program offers corporate packages for businesses to provide to their top executive officers. The program can turn essential preventative care into a productive and relaxing corporate retreat.

Tips For A Healthy You:
1. Find Your Motivation.  Get clear about what you want, and then use that to inspire you throughout your journey.

2. Have a Plan. Before January 1st arrives, outline the changes you want to implement and decide how you'll fit them into your schedule. Keep in mind that it may be best to take steps rather than tackle everything at once.

3. Make Goals. Goals help measure progress.

4. Track What You Eat. Looking closely at what you eat is often an eye-opening experience.

5. Use Reliable Resources. Find a reliable source of information to help you understand nutrition.

6. Eat Breakfast Every Day. Breakfast will give you more energy, lead you to make healthier choices during the day, and keep you feeling full so you eat less later on.

7. Fill Up on Vegetables. Vegetables are filled with nutrients, water, fiber, and very few calories.

8. Exercise. In order to burn calories at a faster rate and build a healthy body, you'll need to incorporate exercise into your life.

9. Take It Slow.  You want to make permanent changes, and these will take time to implement.

10. Be Prepared for Lapses. Every day is a new chance to start over, so return to your healthy lifestyle immediately.

Monterey Program for Executive Health Concierge Services:
The Monterey Program is unlike any other executive health program, as it offers more than just a superior medical evaluation—it offers an invaluable wellness experience.

From the moment a client arrives at the Monterey Regional Airport, their personal concierge provides transportation to one of our outstanding hospitality partners. On the day of their executive physical, the client’s personal concierge escorts them to the hospital and remains their guide throughout their day of wellness.

Not only does the friendly team on concierge and the Monterey Program manage all aspects of the executive evaluation, they are eager to make clients’ retreats memorable by helping them discover the splendor of the Monterey Bay Area. This stunning region, where the mountains taper down to the shore, provides an abundance of hiking trails, bicycling paths and other recreational activities such as golfing, kayaking and diving. If golf is a priority, The Monterey Program is a proud partner of Pebble Beach Golf Links, the site of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, and one of the most visually stunning courses in the world.

The Monterey Program is located on the campus of top-rated Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP), which is nestled in the lush Del Monte Forest.  CHOMP is a fully accredited hospital honored by Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award for 2 years in a row (2011-2012), in addition to its 100 Best Hospitals for: Cardiac Surgery (2012-2013), Orthopedic Surgery (2012-2013), and Spine Surgery (2012).

For further information, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Craig Geiler, contact Marci Bracco at Chatterbox Communications: (831) 747-7455 or

Background On Dr. Craig Geiler
Stanford University-trained award-winning internist, Dr. Craig Geiler leads the Program’s Executive Health team.

The nearly 20 additional program physicians received their training in some of the top medical schools in the country, including the University of California, San Francisco, Stanford, Yale, Case Western and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The Program’s top physicians come from various backgrounds and specialties to grant patients access to a wide variety of experts and services.

The Monterey Program For Executive Health

The Facts:
The Monterey Program for Executive Health is an innovative comprehensive medical evaluation for clients who want exceptional preventative care completed in an efficient, personalized and relaxing one-day visit.

The Program offers world-class facilities and state-of-the-art technology uniquely situated in the serene setting of the Monterey Bay.

Medical services provided: Comprehensive diagnostic screening,  imaging and physical examination, in addition to thorough fitness and nutritional assessments by experienced, licensed professionals.

Elite physicians and specialists trained in the top medical schools in the country.

The Monterey Program for Executive Health is located on the beautiful campus of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) at 23625 Holman Highway, near the scenic coastal Highway 1.

CHOMP earned a Gold Seal of Approval for quality care from the Joint Commission, and holds numerous accreditations Healthgrades accolades for CHOMP include: Patient Safety Excellence Award for two years in a row (2011-2012), America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery (2012-2013), Orthopedic Surgery (2012-2013) and Spine Surgery (2012).

The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems rated CHOMP in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide for overall patient experience.

Accommodations provided at the award-winning Pebble Beach Resorts, Bernardus Lodge, Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, Carmel Valley Ranch and Holman Ranch.

Our concierge specialists can make all travel and medical arrangements for our clients.
Conveniently located near the Monterey Regional Airport.

Minutes away from Big Sur, Pacific Grove and Carmel.

The Monterey Program For Executive Health Contact:
* Phone: 855-500-MPEH (6734)
* Physical Address: Garden West level of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula 23625 Holman Highway Monterey, California
* Website:
* E-mail:

Marci Bracco Cain
Carmel, CA 93923

FourICT Holland Reveals How Operational Excellence can be Reached with AuraPortal BPM

During this conference, which will take place on September 05, FourICT will reveal how KPN Wholesale and ZONiQ have reached Operational Excellence in record time thanks to AuraPortal.

Woburn, MA, September 07, 2014 - AURA (, a global provider of AuraPortal Business Process Management (BPM) software, has announced that a conference will be held on September 05 in Zoetermeer (Holland), in which FourICT, AuraPortal partner in the Netherlands and Northern Europe, will reveal how Operational Excellence can be reached with AuraPortal BPM.

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

The specialized consultancy firm FourICT - The Network Company, has organized this event to disclose how AuraPortal is carving a niche in Europe, especially in the Netherlands and Northern Europe, backed by successful BPM implementation projects in Dutch companies such as KPN Wholesale and ZONiQ.

Conference schedule:
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Welcome lunch
1:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Presentation from FourICT - Henk van Ewijk - Managing Partner
1:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m. Presentation from AuraPortal International - Pablo Trilles - Vice President
2:15 p.m.-2:45 p.m. KPN Wholesale Case Study - Marcel Lappain - Service Manager
2:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Sport in the Company - Jan Niebeek - KVTOP Trainer (National Champion of Holland, 2014)
3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. ZONIQ Case Study - Leon Harrewijn - COO
4:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Four steps that lead to success - Daniel van der Perren - FourICT Consultant
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Conference closing with drinks and snacks in the garden.
FourICT B.V.
Rokkeveenseweg 44c
2712 XZ Zoetermeer
Telefoonnummer +31 79 7 630 480
The Netherlands

About AURA (
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.

It is headquartered in Europe and has 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.

Cristina Siscar
400 Trade Center
Woburn, MA 01801-7472

Hand Made Military Medal and Photo Case Offered

Flags Connections is offering a Medal Display Case at an introductory price. The case holds and displays medals, memorabilia and photos behind a high quality Plexiglas front.

New Babylon NY, September 06, 2014 - Flags Connections is proud to announce their handsome photo and medal display case at a discounted price in order to introduce the product line to customers. This medal display case is hand made by American Veterans. There is a wide choice of background colors and a variety of woods available to make up the frame to the photo and medal shadow case.

According to a spokesperson for the website, “To safely and attractively present photo and award displays, this item is ideal. It easily showcases large or small photos and medals. You can use a photo of your loved one wearing a military uniform along with the medals and awards which have been earned over the period of service. The case is attractive in its own right and perfectly sets off the medals and memorabilia.”

He continues, “The military case comes with a shadow box which serves as a storage and display box for the contents. You can personalize the case with the name of the armed forces individual. The ability to have a display case which is unique makes it a great retirement gift. The cases are great as a military award display case, a police display case, or a veteran display case. You can use the case to display medallions from any source.

The size of the display cabinet is 20” (H) x 18” ( W) x 1.5” (D). The delivery times are fast and the product is delivered safely, in time for presentation as needed. The finish is constructed of the finest quality hardwoods and is hand-finished to bring out the natural beauty of the wood.

Learn more about the military display case by going to the pages at today. Members of the press and others with additional questions are encouraged to contact the company at the location provided below.

David Elgavisch
Flags Connections
1488 Deer Park Avenue, Suite 372, New Babylon, NY 11703
(631) 254-8393

Sankofa.Org Issues Statement Urging Artists and People to Stand up and Demand Social Justice in Ferguson

We at, along with the rest of the world, have been riveted and dismayed upon witnessing the blatant oppression in Ferguson, MO of people, mostly Black Americans who have attempted to peacefully demonstrate and stand up for the violation of their natural civil and human rights.

New York, NY, September 07, 2014 – We at, along with the rest of the world, have been riveted and dismayed upon witnessing the blatant oppression in Ferguson, MO of people, mostly Black Americans who have attempted to peacefully demonstrate and stand up for the violation of their natural civil and human rights. Sankofa is deeply heartbroken that yet another black mother and father has suffered the pain and death of their unarmed child as a result of a questionable and unmitigated act of violence. Our hearts go out to all the family and friends of Michael Brown. applauds the courage and bravery of the Ferguson community who have united together and also galvanized a national and international outcry to end the militarization by the police and restore hope and peace in their community.

“We appreciate all the artists and people alike who are heeding our call and speaking out to answer the question, What Do You Stand For?” says Co-Director, Gina Belafonte. One of’s core missions is to end systemic violence in our society. believes, like its founder Harry Belafonte, that as a community of artists we must be a counterbalance, a communication channel, to inform, educate, inspire and empower. intends to do its part to re-ignite the kind of activism that just doesn’t petition for a “more perfect union,” but demands it. As Martin Luther King, Jr., stated succinctly, “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom."

Raoul Roach, Co-Director stated, “Although we applaud the move by the Justice Department to open a Civil Rights investigation into policing practices in Ferguson and surrounding communities, we see this as only a first step.” It is now the people’s responsibility to make the “State” (i.e., local, state and federal authorities), accountable to its citizenry, and make it clear that we demand swift action. That demand will only be taken seriously if we make the State uncomfortable in its ability to delay justice and allow oppression to continue in communities like Ferguson. is working and building coalitions on the ground in Ferguson and around the country. The organization recently sent artists and activists to Missouri to assess, connect and identify indigenous leadership and work with them to find tactical solutions that will hopefully bring true and lasting empowerment to the Ferguson community. is also continuing to convene meetings beyond Ferguson to identify meaningful support and resources. urges citizens of the United States and the world to join this necessary movement, to be fervently persistent and to let the people’s voices ring loudly and continue to demonstrate for justice. We encourage artists and activists to speak out, organize and use their tools and craft to support communities like Ferguson. We will not end social injustice unless we maintain our vigilance and leverage our political, economic and cultural strength to demand and achieve non-violent and lasting change.

Sankofa is a social justice organization founded by iconic activist/entertainer Harry Belafonte that enlists the support of today's most celebrated artists and influential individuals in collaboration with grassroots partners to elevate the voices of the disenfranchised, and to promote peace and equality. For more information go to:

Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093