Tuesday, July 31, 2012

PGA TOUR Extends Health Initiative with Sponsorship of Living at Your Peak

Inaugural Health and Wellness Event in Vail Strongly Aligns with Mission of PGA TOUR’s Humana Challenge to Help People Live Healthier Lives

Vail, CO, July 31, 2012 - The PGA TOUR, whose Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation golf tournament launched earlier this year with a special focus on helping Americans live healthier lives, will extend its commitment to health this fall by supporting Living at Your Peak in Vail. Scheduled for September 13-15, Living at Your Peak is the nation’s only gathering designed to help health-conscious individuals and influencers discover how to live longer, better and impact the well-being of their world.

“When the PGA TOUR launched the Humana Challenge, we were thrilled to see such a prominent organization use its platform to help Americans live healthier lives,” said Jamie Stone, Living at Your Peak event champion and a board member of the Vail Symposium, a non-profit organization responsible for Living at Your Peak. “We are proud to partner with this organization to extend its commitment to health to the Vail valley.”

The Humana Challenge, a collaboration among the PGA TOUR, Clinton Foundation and Humana, uses its stature and visibility as a PGA TOUR tournament to challenge individuals to better understand their role in their own well-being and to take steps to improve and maintain their health. In addition to public education initiatives throughout the week, the tournament features healthy concession options and on-course well-being activities for tournament spectators. The second annual Humana Challenge will be held January 14-20, 2013.

“As a strong adjunct to our own health initiatives, Living at Your Peak closely aligns with the Humana Challenge’s mission and will help us achieve our goal to motivate people to live healthier lives,” said Tim Finchem, commissioner of the PGA TOUR. “The PGA TOUR is strongly committed to supporting initiatives that promote health and well-being, which is why we are proud to sponsor this event.”

Living at Your Peak is organized by the Vail Symposium, a grassroots, non-profit organization providing thought-provoking, diverse and affordable educational programs to the Vail Valley community. Event sponsors include Vail Valley Medical Center, HealthONE, the Town of Vail, The Steadman Clinic, Vail Summit Orthopaedics, Vail Resorts, PGA TOUR, Triumph Development, the Vail Daily, Vail Beaver Creek Magazine, Antlers at Vail, Vitality Center, Opedix, Udi’s Gluten Free Foods, The Biegler Foundation, Colorado Access, Wendy and Paul Raether, the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, Vail Luxury Magazine, The Denver Athletic Club and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute.

For more information about Living at Your Peak, please visit http://www.livingatyourpeak.org. To learn more about the Humana Challenge, please visit http://www.humanachallenge.com.

About Living at Your Peak
Living at Your Peak is a two-and-a-half day summit designed to help individuals learn how to live longer, better and influence positive change in the wellbeing of the world around them. The event is designed to promote lifelong health and fitness through customized experiences in an intimate setting. Program presenters are proven experts and peak performers in the fields of fitness, nutrition, cognitive and emotional wellbeing, preventive medicine and cutting-edge research. Living at Your Peak is organized by the Vail Symposium. For more information, please visit http://www.livingatyourpeak.org, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/LivingatYourPeak, follow us on twitter at @LivingaturPeak or follow us on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/living-at-your-peak.

About the Vail Symposium
The Vail Symposium is a grassroots, non-profit organization that has been part of the life and history of Vail since 1971. Its mission is to provide educational programs for the Vail Valley community that are thought-provoking, diverse and affordable. A (501)(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Symposium is almost entirely donor-funded. For more information, please visit http://www.vailsymposium.org or call 970-343-9918.

Shannon Fern
Communications Strategy Group
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206

FRA Endorses Harvard's support for Forestry Investment

Harvard University’s investment manager has spoken out in favor of timberland investment as a way to make cash while investing in an ethical cause, in a move endorsed by FRA.

Bainbridge Island, WA, July 31, 2012 - Harvard University’s investment manager has spoken out in favor of timberland investment as a way to make cash while investing in an ethical cause, in a move endorsed by Forestry Research Associates (FRA).

Harvard Management Company’s chief executive, Jane Mendillo, spoke at the CNBC Delivering Alpha Conference in order to voice her support for investing in natural resources. This is according to a report in The Australian.

The Antipodean newspaper was particularly interested in the endorsement from Harvard as the timber the legendary university has invested in is growing in New Zealand.

FRA, is a research and analysis consultancy specializing in forestry investment. FRA’s analysis partner, Peter Collins, said, “We rarely hear from Harvard Management Company, but when we do, they often speak about their investment in natural resources and the gains they have made from this investment strategy,"

The company manages the not insignificant $32 billion Harvard endowment and purchased forested land measuring 170,000 hectares in central North Island in 2003. At the time, the forestry investment industry in New Zealand wasn’t looking good thanks to high export costs and a huge preference for Russian softwood in China. Ms Mendillo said that Harvard’s investment came at a good time, when forestry investment were less fashionable than they are now. "Natural resources is our favourite area and it happens to be a favourite area where we feel that we may have an advantage as an early entrant into the asset class, “ she explained.

Mr Collins added, “Harvard got a good price for their timberland as the investment was made before people learned what a great hedge against inflation and the strong returns timberland can generate over time.”

FRA supports a number of forestry investment projects and particularly investment in non-native plantations in Brazil through firms like Greenwood Management. “Investing in trees provides a great mid- to long-term option for risk-averse investors,” added Mr Collins.

Peter Collins
Forestry Research Associates
620 Vineyard Lane
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 316 8394

AAA Claims the Wealthy are Turning to Tangible Assets

AAA claims that a growing number of wealthy investors are buying things like art, antiques and jewellery instead of stocks and bonds.

Boston, MA, July 31, 2012 - Alternative Asset Analysis (AAA) claims that a growing number of wealthy investors are buying things like art, antiques and jewellery instead of stocks and bonds.

The alternative investment market has become even more ‘alternative’ according to AAA, an alternative investment advocacy group. Its analysis partner, Anthony Johnson, is backing a new report from Barclays Wealth Insights in the UK, which found that millionaires in Ireland now have 10 per cent of their wealth tied up in investments including antique furniture and fine art and jewellery.

The research found that a large percentage (73 per cent) of the wealthy people questioned in the report said they were finding it increasingly difficult to source secure investments. As a result, they are looking towards tangible items that have intrinsic value, as well as a value that can grow due to variable such as rarity, craftmanship, fashion and age.

Pat McCormack, the head of wealth management at Barclays, said, "Treasure may, if you're lucky or very knowledgeable, give you a financial return, but buy something you enjoy and it will always give you an emotional return."

“This report just goes to show how investors don’t need to just rely on stocks and shares to make money – in fact, there is a growing number of viable alternative investments to consider, such as art, antiques, precious metals, timberland and wine,” stated Mr Johnson.

AAA advocates the decision to invest in alternatives at a time when the equity markets are extremely volatile, thanks to the ongoing global economic slump. The group is particularly keen to promote ethical choices, such as impact investing and investing in sustainable forestry and timberland through firms like Greenwood Management, which operate sustainable plantations on non-native tree species in Brazil and Canada.

“Timberland offers investors a great diversifier for their investment portfolios,” added Mr Johnson.

Anthony Johnson
Alternative Asset Analysis
71 Commercial St
Boston, MA 02109-1320

Reviewer Thanks Author for Writing "Excellent Book"

Usually it's the author who thanks a reviewer for a positive book review, but in a "man bites dog" kind of twist, reviewer Misses Amanda thanks Edward Mrkvicka for writing "No Innocent Affair: Making Right the Wrong of Adultery."

Marengo, IL, July 31, 2012 - Edward Mrkvicka, author of the new, highly praised book entitled “No Innocent Affair,” says that while all the book’s reviews have been most favorable, one in particular caught his eye. “Normally, authors will jot a note of thanks for a favorable review, but in this case the reviewer thanked me, and in doing so touched my heart. ‘No Innocent Affair’ was the hardest book for me to write out of all my books, as it covers a subject that is tearing families and this country apart - adultery. Yet, as it approaches the subject as no other, it had to be written in the hope that it would help adulterers and their victims alike, especially the innocent children who are always harmed by the selfishness of a less than loving parent.”

Reviewer Misses Amanda writes: “In ‘No Innocent Affair: Making Right the Wrong of Adultery,’ Edward F. Mrkvicka Jr. discusses one of the greatest Ten Commandments, adultery. Mrkvicka goes into detail on the effects of adultery on one's relationship with God, the relationship with one's spouse, children, etc. The manner in which this singular sin affects the whole is profound.

The author's voice is that of one who is quite learned in the subject matter and a friend, rather than a foe. Our sinful nature is inherent; it is part of being human. However, through God we are able to repent. The nature of the book is to address the nature of the sin, first and foremost. Considering the nature of adultery, Mrkvicka goes extensively to address the perspective through not only a Christian viewpoint, but also that of society. He addresses the conflicts between the modern, sinful society of marriage and that of a marriage through God. The conflicts between the secular and religion have provided a stage for adultery to run rampant. Divorce has become more commonplace and adultery is the starting point. It not only affects the individual but their spouse, their children, their family, their community, etc. The gravity of the sin was addressed in such a manner to show the importance in keeping the Word of God.

Mrkvicka not only supports his claims with the Word of God (unedited and not warped to fit his claims), but also uses other outside sources which show the staggering statistics on the effects of children and marriage. Society has moved away from the importance of the family and masks it with a veil of supposed happiness that is meaningless and not as bountiful as the Love that one experiences from God. This veil shades the truth with the deceits that can cause ruin to an aspect of life so sacred.

The only way for the adulterer to change is to stop right now. The individual must stop whatever actions they are doing, repent, turn to the Lord, and beg for forgiveness. The author addresses the manner in which the sinner should repent, how grave a sin they committed, and how to turn back to God. This is the only answer to fix the wrong that has occurred.

The book was a simple and easy read, but well-versed and supported throughout the entirety of the book. It was well worth the read to realize further how the sin of my father effected my family. Thank you, Edward F. Mrkvicka Jr. for writing this excellent book.”

“No Innocent Affair” can be purchased at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, bookstores, and at www.EdwardFMrkvickaJr.com. Mr. Mrkvicka can be reached through his web site.

Kelly H. Mrkvicka
Reliance Enterprises, Inc.
22115 O'Connell Rd.
POB 413
Marengo, IL 60152

Kickboard Launches Webinar Series Featuring Presenters From Achievement First, Democracy Prep & KIPP

Under the Theme “Igniting a Gradebook Revolution,” the Sessions Discuss Ways Schools Can Use Data to Establish or Enhance a Performance-Driven Culture

New Orleans, LA, July 30, 2012 - Kickboard, a holistic student data tracking platform that goes beyond the gradebook and enables teachers to collect, analyze and share mission-critical data, announced today that it is launching an exclusive, free webinar series, “Igniting a Gradebook Revolution,” beginning August 8th. Registrations are currently being accepted for the first two sessions in the series: Setting the Right Expectations and Analyzing the Right Data to Create Consistent Classroom Culture on August 8, featuring presenters from Achievement First and Democracy Prep, and Building a Performance-Driven Culture From Day One of the New School Year with KIPP New Orleans on August 15th. Both webinars are from 1:00-2:00 pm EDT.

 “Traditional gradebooks aren’t cutting it. They don’t capture, track and report student behavior, as well as academic achievement, as part of student performance,” said Jennifer Medbery, founder and CEO of Kickboard. “However, many schools are now transforming the gradebook into a centralized hub of student performance to infuse a data-driven approach into both teaching and learning, as well as to build a strong classroom culture. This webinar series discusses the challenges, successes and best practices of schools where the gradebook has become a powerful schoolwide collaboration platform for ensuring student success.”

Attendees will gain actionable insights into ways their peers are using data to support student success and achievement and advance a performance-driven culture, while facilitating collaboration between teachers, administrators and parents. There are first steps any school can take today to expand the view of student achievement beyond grades and instead measure whole student performance, as well as strategies and tools that can help them turn that data into a plan of action.

School leaders, administrators and teachers interested in learning more about how they can use data to establish or enhance a performance-driven culture should register to attend the following webinars:

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 1pm EDT

Chris Bostock, Dean, Achievement First Amistad High School
Seth Andrew, Founder and Superintendant, Democracy Prep Public Schools
Chiv Heng, Senior Director of Knowledge Management, Democracy Prep Public Schools

During the webinar, participants will:
* Gain actionable strategies to set schoolwide norms and secure teacher buy-in

* Learn how to enhance or establish a behavior/character/PBIS program that uses data to ensure consistency across classrooms

* Discover the ways peer schools are leveraging the gradebook to implement their programs and track and analyze data, share information about student behavior and create reports

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 1pm EDT

Brenna Benson, Director of Data and Analytics, KIPP New Orleans
Todd Purvis, Chief Academic Officer, KIPP New Orleans

During the webinar, participants will:
* Explore what can be done starting today to build a robust data and performance-driven culture and how data can improve instruction and outcomes

* Review key questions to discuss with staff when incorporating Common Core and standards-based assessment into a traditional grading system

* Learn how to use the gradebook as a hub of student performance to align day-to-day activities to schoolwide, end-of-year goals

For more information or to register, visit www.kickboardforteachers.com.

About Kickboard
Kickboard is a holistic student data tracking platform that goes beyond the gradebook and enables teachers to collect, analyze and share critical data, including multiple assessments, standards mastery, reading growth and, most uniquely, student behavior and character strengths. The platform is built by educators for educators and offers a simple yet powerful web-based dashboard to increase the real-time visibility of student performance across classrooms. Unlike traditional gradebooks, Kickboard tracks whole student performance and features traditional and standards-based grading, one-click behavior data capture, easy to read charts and graphs and immediate student performance reporting, including customizable, painless report cards. The platform advances a school’s performance-driven culture by setting and measuring school expectations and norms and facilitating collaboration between teachers, administrators and parents. Delivered as an on-demand solution, Kickboard can easily be integrated with a school’s SIS, and deployed in a single classroom or across an entire district. For more information, visit kickboardforteachers.com.

Lindsey Read
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206

Monday, July 30, 2012

Vietnam attracts Luxe MICE travelers

Vietnam is emerging for MICE sector, Luxury Travel (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) targets MICE Groups.

Hanoi, Vietnam, July 30, 2012 - Meeting Incentive Conference and Exhibition, MICE for short, has become increasingly important in business context as this model provides elegant facilities with a wide variety of recreational activities during the pleasure holiday business.

Vietnam is recognized as a good destination for MICE. The tourism industry, especially luxury hotels and airlines promote Centre Vietnam for new MICE venues.

With its unique, incredible and fabulous culture and natures destination’s beauty, Centre can be a better place to celebrate MICE smoothly, reaching both a successful business meeting, and an enjoyable business stay.

“Vietnam is for everyone all sizes of MICE in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and newly Centre Vietnam (Hue, Danang, Hoian). The international standard hotel in Central Vietnam with modern conference facilities, resort and meeting rooms and variety of attraction suiting all tastes for nature and culture lovers, golf, relaxation activities, health and spa enthusiasts, cuisine, day trip. Nature and culture are waiting to sustain, ably serve and satisfy most discerning guests. The Central Coast of Vietnam has more varied products to offer the MICE market than Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi." said Pham Ha, Founder and CEO of Luxury Travel Ltd.

Luxury Travel Co., Ltd (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) is a 100% fully registered and privately-owned Vietnamese company. Luxury Travel specializes in planning and organizing incentive trips and have been one of the leading MICE destination companies in the region for over 8 years. Recently the company has opened its new Danang office to tap tourism boom.

The company’s depth of experience and large infrastructure enable it to create unique itineraries with the operational confidence to fulfill client expectations. Among Luxury Travel’s clients are ambassadors, ministers, Deputy Prime Minister, Royal Families … and others.

Luxury Travel is headquartered in Hanoi and has offices around Vietnam and management offices in Laos and Cambodia. Luxury Travel has won numerous travel awards for excellence.

“MICE is a part of luxury, Our company, which has conducted research, has created the Meeting Incentive Conference and Exhibition Department. Luxury Travel is the first travel company in Indochina specializing in incentive holidays. We have first hand knowledge on MICE, and excellent relations with suppliers in the MICE industry for whatever event or incentive holiday you want. Name it we make it happen,” added Pham Ha.

Luxury Travel organizes successful MICE trips in Vietnam Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand.

“We need to promote Vietnam as a preferred destination for both domestic and international MICE travels. We will foster closer and more effective partnerships between the private and government sectors. This will help build Vietnam's ability to compete internationally in the long term,” explained Ha.

MICE planers can go to www.luxurytravelvietnam.com for inspiration successful meeting incentive conference and exhibition options.

Link Doan
Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444

Def Jam Recording Artist Jeremih Will Be Performing Live in Newark, OH

Offey Customs and Singer/ Songwriter Jeremih Have Partnered Up To Help Increase Political Awareness and Increase Registered Voters in Newark

Newark, OH, July 30, 2012 - Get ready for the summers hottest, sexiest and most amazing concert of the year. Def Jam R&B / Pop sensation Jeremih will be in the city singing all of his smash hit songs which include "Down On Me", "I'm a Star" "Birthday Sex" and "I Like". Within the past few years Jeremih has established himself not only as a creditable recording artists but also as a positive role model with staying power.

The Jeremih Summer Concert Series features Def Jam recording artist Jeremih and a host of local musicians throughout the Mid-West. Offey Customs & Accessories is Newark premiere auto customization company and has put together this concert series to raise awareness in the streets of Newark, OH. Offey Customs & Accessories is also looking to partner with The National Democratic Party to increase social and political awareness to many young unregister voters. The main focus of the music showcase is to increase voter registration and to show Newark's support for President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party.

The event will start at 7:30 PM Saturday, August 25, 2012,at Newark’s one and only Advantage Club West. A Live DJ will be mixing up the ones and twos all night long. It doesn’t stop there, Offey's has invited only the best of the best individuals in music and entertainment to come out and enjoy a night with “Jeremih. The Advantage Club West is located on 1845 W. Main Street. Tickets are available at http://www.ticketriver.com

This is an event that you don't want to miss, come early because tickets are selling fast. The Jeremih concert is just one of many upcoming shows lined-up by Offey Customs & Accessories, also be on the look out for more concerts, comedy shows and celebrity infused events.

Dente Tyson
614 743-6915

Tickets are available at http://www.ticketriver.com.

About The Jeremih Concert Series:
The Jeremih Summer Concert Series began as an Newark, OH event to create a successful business model in order to build events and brands across the country. Earlier this year, Offey's Customs & Accessories has collaborated with major organizations such as; Best Buy, AllTell Mobile, Texas Roadhouse and many more brands to produce several politically driven events throughout the nation. For more information about the Jeremih Newark, OH summer concert please send us an email or give us a call. For interview request please contact Darnell Clark at: DClark@imagemakersmedia.com

Darnell Clark
Capital Connection Agency
141 Club 14141 Chicago Rd
Dolton, IL 60419

Friday, July 27, 2012

Club Underground Does it again with Live Performances by Yo Gotti & Fatty Duke

Club Underground Still Has the Hottest Hip-Hop Shows in Tampa Featuring Fatty Duke Live

Tampa, FL, July 28, 2012 - The city of Tampa was not ready for the Yo Gotti and Fatty Duke takeover which recently happened at Club Underground. The pair took to the stage and offered the highest energy infused performances that the city has seen in a long time. Yo Gotti captivated the fans by playing hit after hit from the start of his set to the very end of it. Fatty Duke didn't fall short either, he had the Club Underground audience begging for more.

When it comes to a party at Club Underground you never know what to expect. The only things that can be expected from a Club Underground party is the bomb music, the all night dancing and the presence of major celebrities in the building. Club Underground is known for showcasing major talent, such as the likes of; Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, Travis Porter, Nicky Minaj, Yo Gotti and so many more. "The Yo Gotti & Fatty Duke performances was a night of excitement and truly a night we will never forget. It's always a thrill to hear their new music or catch either one of their live shows." Explained Durby Brandon (Capital Connections Agency)

Club Underground is centrally located in downtown Tampa at: 802-806 East Whiting Street Tampa, Florida. The club features a large dance floor, VIP area, and Bottle Service. Club Underground plays the best in Top 40, Hip-Hop, R&B and Pop music. Tampa's very own "Odell" will be in the house celebrating his birthday with us in style. Come join Club Underground and Capital Connections Agency for the best Mothers Day Weekend concert in the city.

Jackie King
Cell: 813-909-5700

About Capital Connection Agency:
CCA boasts a very successful track record booking major talent for events from coast to coast and all across the globe. Capital Connections’ pool of A-list talent turns the night life into a real cash cow for club owners and venues every year. CCA has location on the East and West Coast, Paris, Spain and in Canada. CCA has been providing talent for over a decade and they do not plan to stop offering quality talent any time soon. You can find more information about Capital Connection Agency at:

Darnell Clark
Capital Connection Agency
141 Club 14141 Chicago Rd
Dolton, IL 60419

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Luxury Travel G Ltd Offers its Innovative Chic Adventure Tour of Vietnam

Luxury Travel is pioneering in luxury adventures in Vietnam, Luxury Travel promotes luxury tour “Vietnam Luxury Adventure Travel 12 days – code VCLA12D” covers Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Nha Trang and Saigon.

Hanoi, Vietnam, July 25, 2012 - Luxury Travel is pioneering in luxury adventures in Vietnam, Luxury Travel promotes luxury tour “Vietnam Luxury Adventure Travel 12 days – code VCLA12D” covers Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Nha Trang and Saigon.

Tour prices at 4012 USD per person, double occupancy, including private transfer, pick up and drop off services, half board meals, English speaking guide, entrances, and accommodation. The tour can be booked at the last minute, and can be customized to suit individual interests and schedules. This offer is valid until 30 Sep 2013.

“Touring is flexible, with your own expert guide and driver in each destination, and each day is tailored to your personal interests, schedule, level of energy, and travel preferences.” said David Nguyen, sales and Marketing Manager.

Vietnam-based Luxury Travel Ltd is a long established Asian specialist in the art of travel and serves today’s most sophisticated travelers, in luxury privately guided and fully bespoke holidays in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. Luxury Travel excels in designing tailor-made tours and providing unique travel experiences to fulfill the most sophisticated traveler’s expectations. Luxury Travel Ltd. has won numerous travel awards for excellent performance, including the most recent award: Best Luxury Tour Operator.

Link Doan
Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Time is Ticking to Submit an Entry for Center for Productive Longevity’s Later Life Story Contest

$1,000 Prizes Honor Older Americans Who Epitomize Entrepreneurship and Inspirational Living

Boulder, CO, July 25, 2012 - The Center for Productive Longevity’s (CPL) Later-Life Story Contest is now at its mid-way point, with less than seven weeks left to submit a story. This national competition, which was launched June 1, 2012, highlights entrepreneur success stories and inspirational life stories from people 55 and older. The deadline to enter the contest is August 31, 2012, and CPL will announce the two winners on October 1, 2012. Boulder-based CPL serves as the bridge between people 55 and older and opportunities that enable them to continue in productive activities.

A panel of three influential, highly-regarded judges will select one winner in each of the following two categories: (1) Entrepreneurship Success Stories and (2) Inspirational Life Stories. The winners will each receive $1,000 and a specially designed trophy. From the entries, CPL will select a variety of entrepreneur success stories to post on its website and publish the stories of the two winners. Here are some tips on what to include in your contest submission:

For the Entrepreneurship Success Stories Category, some optional areas to include:

* Describe your business, the need it fulfills, and the practices that contributed to its success.

* What motivated you to pursue entrepreneurship in this next stage of life?

* What “lessons learned” can you share with Baby Boomers just starting on the entrepreneurial path?

* A full outline of considerations can be found at: www.ctrpl.org/entrepreneurship-success-stories

Entrepreneurship Success Story submissions will be judged on how well they:

* Tell a compelling story.

* Describe an innovative/creative/interesting new business or way of doing business.

* Demonstrate a measurable impact/success.

* Provide practical guidance for overcoming the adversities or obstacles of new-business creation.

* Provide advice for other Baby Boomers starting on the entrepreneurial path as a career after retirement.

A few things to consider when submitting for the Inspirational Life Stories Category:

* In what ways have your later years been extraordinary?

* Did you have “a bucket list” that influenced your decisions?

* What inspirational thoughts and messages can you share with others on making the later years more fulfilling and impactful?

* Additional considerations can be found at: www.ctrpl.org/inspirationallifestories

Inspirational Life Story submissions will be judged on how well they:

* Capture the imagination.

* Describe an extraordinary/creative/innovative later-life story or experiences.

* Inspire the reader to do/learn/experience something new.

* Provide tangible advice for other Baby Boomers working after retirement on making their later years more fulfilling, inspirational and impactful.

To submit a story, visit www.ctrpl.org/laterlifestorycontest and complete a submission form. Entrants must be 55 and older and be willing to have their story posted on the CPL website for viewing and for possible publication. Stories may also be sent to James Hooks at jhooks@ctrpl.org.

For more information on CPL and the Later Life Story Contest, visit www.ctrpl.org or Facebook at www.facebook.com/CTRPL.

Media Contacts:
Jenny Foust or Alicia Hassinger
Communications Strategy Group

Company Contacts:
William K. Zinke or James R. Hooks
Center for Productive Longevity

About the Center for Productive Longevity
The mission of CPL is to stimulate the substantially increased engagement of people 55 and older in productive activities, paid and volunteer, where they are qualified and ready to continue adding value. Visit ctrpl.org for more information. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CTRPL.

Alicia Hassinger
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206

Hundreds of Community Banking Executives Meet in Austin to Strategize Against Megabanks

Today, hundreds of community bank and credit union executives from across the country gathered for the first Kasasa Family Reunion to strategize around how to take back market share from the megabanks.

Austin, TX, July 25, 2012 - Today, hundreds of community bank and credit union executives from across the country gathered for the first Kasasa Family Reunion to strategize around how to take back market share from the megabanks.

The event, held at BancVue’s corporate headquarters in Austin, centered around Kasasa®, the powerful national brand of banking products offered exclusively by community banks and credit unions. The main objective of the ‘Reunion’ was to rally community financial institutions and celebrate the growing momentum behind the Kasasa movement.

Along with hundreds of executives representing community banks and credit unions that offer Kasasa, a contingent of non-Kasasa financial institutions that had been invited by their peers were also in attendance to learn more about the strategy of uniting behind a national brand to take back market share.

“I’ve been working in the banking industry for over 35 years and I never thought I would see the day when community banks and credit unions come together in mass to talk about ways to take it to the megabanks,” says Paul Peterson, CFO at Ocean Communities Federal Credit Union in Biddeford, Maine. “Kasasa has already taken off in our market and based on this year’s Kasasa Family Reunion, it’s clear that it’s also taking off all across the country.”

In addition to strategic planning, the event also celebrated the success of Kasasa. In short order, more than 300,000 Kasasa accounts have been opened, representing some $41 million in non-interest income to partner institutions. In aggregate, Kasasa partners, currently represented in 38 states, rank 17th in branch network size.

Another key part of the ‘Reunion’ involved financial institutions sharing best practices with each other, and BancVue sharing the newest developments that the community banking industry can expect from Kasasa in the near future.

“Looking around the crowd at Kasasa Family Reunion, it’s safe to say, these are the bankers who will survive and thrive over the next five to ten years,” says Gabe Krajicek, CEO of BancVue. “Kasasa has really taken off and we fully expect for that trend to continue into 2013. In short order, we’ve built a powerful network of community banks and credit unions that have united under a national brand of banking accounts. It’s just a matter of time before we catch up to the mega banks and retake market share.”

BancVue has been bringing game-changing innovations to the marketplace since its founding in 2004. With offerings like Kasasa and the latest innovation, Kasasa 360, a superior online money management platform designed to help drive revenues and facilitate more cross-sales activities, BancVue has helped its network of over 5,000 branches nationwide compete and win against the megabanks.

About BancVue
BancVue is the leading provider of innovative products, world-class marketing, and data-driven consulting solutions to community financial institutions across the U.S. Featuring offerings like Kasasa, a dynamic suite of banking solutions that make a difference with innovative accounts and money management tools, BancVue products are designed to deliver controlled new account growth, higher profitability, and increased customer retention. For more information, visit www.bancvue.com.

Katie Weathers
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
(404) 791-8245

Vietnam attracts Luxury M.I.C.E Travelers

Vietnam’s First Luxury Travel and Tour Operator (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) Invites Professionals to Discuss about MICE and Business Trip to Vietnam at ITB ASIA 2012 in Singapore.

Hanoi, Vietnam, July 24, 2012 - The Luxury Travel Company (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) will participate in the largest International Tourism Fair in Asia “ITB Asia 2012,” to be held from 17 to 19 Oct 2011 in Marina Sands Singapore for the five time.

ITB Asia features the full range of travel products, services and goods from the supply side of the industry, not only from leisure markets, but also corporate and MICE travel.

Luxury Travel Ltd double their booth space at ITB Asia this year again, the aim is to promote the Vietnamese tourism product in the luxury segment. Vietnam’s first luxury tour operator and DMC, Luxury Travel, is founded in 2004 to promote niche tourism products to high end travelers.

Luxury Travel Company (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) targets on Mice group planners, luxury travel agents and tour operators around the globe.

“With new luxury hotels and world class golf courses having recently opened or set to open soon, and the introduction of luxury train journeys, exclusive cruises and upscale private tours spanning the length of the country, Vietnam is fast emerging as an exciting destination for high-end M.I.C.E travellers," said Pham Ha, Founder and CEO of Luxury Travel Ltd.

Luxury Travel’s main business activities – luxury inbound/outbound operator, luxury adventures, custom tours, romance, wellness and spa, MICE… and so on.

“We are pleased to invite all professionals to Vietnam to inspect our destinations, hotels, resorts, MICE venues, our own luxury sedans and vehicles, our service and our people. They come back as luxury travel specialists so they sell our niche luxury travel products with more confidence,” added Pham Ha.

Leisure, M.I.C.E, Cooperate travel partners who are interested in promoting 5 destinations with one company, book in appointment with Pham Ha and Hung Nguyen at itb12 (at)luxurytravelvietnam.com

The first luxury tour operator (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) and full travel service agency based in Hanoi with offices throughout Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, Luxury Travel is exceptional in designing tailor-made tours and providing unique travel experiences. Opened in 2004, the Luxury Travel Company Limited has its own offices, luxury vehicles, luxury travel advisors, and sales offices in California, Paris, and Melbourne. The company’s depth of experience and large infrastructure enable it to create unique itineraries with the operational confidence to fulfill client expectations. Luxury Travel Ltd won numerous travel awards for excellent performance including the most recent award: Best Luxury Tour Operator in Vietnam.

Link Doan
Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Oxford Expression Technologies Launch Revolutionary Cloning Vectors

Oxford Expression Technologies (OET), the award-winning specialist provider of baculovirus-based protein expression solutions, launches a new range of pOET Ligation Independent Cloning (LIC) vectors.

Oxford, UK, July 24, 2012 - Oxford Expression Technologies (OET), the award-winning specialist provider of baculovirus-based protein expression solutions, launches a new range of pOET Ligation Independent Cloning (LIC) vectors. The new LIC vectors facilitate faster and simpler gene transfer into their world renowned flashBAC system for baculovirus protein expression. They are an evolution of the easy to use and highly reliable pOET transfer vectors and provide a host of new advantages over conventional cloning methods.

As the name suggests, ligation independent cloning removes the need to undertake the ligation step in the cloning procedure, this is typically the most troublesome part of any cloning experiment so these new LIC vectors represent obvious benefits to scientists who utilize protein expression techniques.

Passing comment, Richard Broadhead, Sales and Marketing Manager at Oxford Expression Technologies said, “We are pleased to announce the launch of the new pOET ligation independent cloning vectors, they remove a problematic part of the cloning procedure and we are very pleased that we can pass these benefits on to our customers” he continued, “As well as being faster and easier, our latest innovation also allows laboratories to standardize their protocols because there is no need to take into account the length of the insert sequence to be cloned, another benefit conventional cloning methods cannot offer.”

Oxford Expression Technologies invites anyone with an interest in baculovirus protein expression to visit their website - http://oetltd.com/

Oxford Expression Technologies is a biotechnology company specializing in the use of baculovirus vectors, a eukaryotic expression system that can express a large variety of recombinant proteins. Oxford Expression Technologies provides recombinant protein expression products, services and consultancy to many global pharmaceutical companies. The Company’s proprietary flashBAC technology enables large amounts of a given protein to be produced in culture. Its internationally renowned expertise and products enable proteins to be produced faster, more easily and cost-effectively using automated and high-throughput methods compared with other baculovirus expression systems. This contributes to the development of new drugs and research targeted towards understanding how proteins work in health and disease.
The company was founded in 2007 as a result of collaboration between Oxford Brookes University and the Natural Environment Research Council to provide researchers with custom proteins for research purposes.

For Further information or an illustrative image: Media contact - Mathew Taylor, Director, Algorythm Solutions Ltd, mobile: +44 (0)773 403 2112, email: mtaylor@algorythmsolutions.com, website: www.algorythmsolutions.com

Mathew Taylor
Algorythm Solutions Ltd
10 Torkington St
Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2UY
+44 (0)773 403 2112

Monday, July 23, 2012

Veritas Prep Celebrates Ten-Year Anniversary

July Marks Significant Milestone For the Largest Global Provider of Test Prep and Admissions Consulting Services

Malibu, California, July 23, 2012 - Veritas Prep, the largest global provider of test prep and admissions consulting services, celebrates a significant milestone this month: its ten year anniversary, the company announced today. Co-founders Chad Troutwine and Markus Moberg officially launched Veritas Prep on July 1, 2002. Troutwine and Moberg met at the Yale School of Management while earning their MBAs and started Veritas Prep after winning several business plan competitions, including Yale’s. Over the last decade, the company has grown from a two-person shop to the largest test prep and admissions consulting services provider in the world.

“We created Veritas Prep because prospective MBA applicants were not satisfied with the substandard GMAT courses offered by other providers. Upon its launch, our program offered twice as many classroom hours, three times the number of practice tests and far more rigorous instructor standards, and business surged,” said Troutwine, co-founder and CEO of Veritas Prep. “It was clear from the beginning that our GMAT students also wanted our advice on the business school admissions process. Since then, Veritas Prep has become a leader in that space, too.”

At its launch, Veritas Prep’s flagship classroom GMAT prep course was more comprehensive than others on the market. It was also first of its kind to focus on higher order thinking and be taught exclusively by instructors who scored in the 99th percentile on the GMAT – many of whom are still Veritas Prep instructors to this day. In response to the unmatched success of Veritas Prep students, other companies have adopted similar features.

“It has been ten years since we first challenged the long-standing duopoly of Kaplan and Princeton Review by creating a higher standard of test preparation for the GMAT,” said Moberg, co-founder of Veritas Prep. “The last decade has seen us go from a start-up to a standout with our philosophy to ‘think like the test maker’ and focus on reasoning and higher order thinking. We stay a step ahead of others in the industry by continuously updating and perfecting our curriculum, products and service offerings.”

Veritas Prep was the first company to create online “on demand” (self-paced) GMAT courses and GMAT mobile apps and it is the only company to assemble a team of admissions consultants representing all of the top 20 MBA programs. Veritas Prep offers classroom courses in more than 90 cities worldwide, live online courses, GMAT On Demand programs, mobile modules for the iPad and iPhone and a full suite of admissions consulting services.

Reflecting on the success of the last ten years, Veritas Prep recently noted several lessons learned. For example, the qualities that made Veritas Prep unique at its launch have proven to be a formula that leads to the biggest score increases: (1) the highest instructor standards, (2) more classroom hours and (3) a focus on higher order thinking skills rather than the “content-based” learning promoted by its competitors. And as an organization, an unwavering focus on course improvement and innovation – even if it means sacrificing short-term profit – is a winning recipe for long-term health and vitality.

“At Veritas Prep, we’re proud to have created a company that is ‘built to last,’ and we owe much of our success to our ability to attract and motivate people who desire to master their craft,” said Troutwine. “Everyone at Veritas Prep is focused on contributing to the most effective and successful test prep company ever created. We look forward to celebrating many more milestones to come.”

For more information about Veritas Prep and its services, visit veritasprep.com.

About Veritas Prep:
Veritas Prep is the largest global provider of test prep and admissions consulting services, offering industry-leading programs to help applicants improve their test scores and gain admission to the world’s best colleges and universities and graduate schools. Founded in 2002 by graduates of the Yale School of Management, Veritas Prep offers its flagship, live GMAT prep course in more than 90 cities worldwide and as an interactive online course available to students everywhere. The company’s SAT 2400 course is delivered live online and on demand and features the only zero risk, money back guarantee in the industry. Additionally, Veritas Prep offers admissions consulting services for applicants seeking admission to the most competitive undergraduate institutions and business schools, law schools and medical schools in the world. For more information, visit veritasprep.com.

Lindsey (Mikal) Read
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Denver, CO 80206
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