Saturday, November 29, 2014

Luxury Travel launches New Website (luxurytravel.vn)

Luxury Travel launches New Website (luxurytravel.vn)so travelers can book their trip to Southeast Asia in half the time

Hanoi, Vietnam, November 29, 2014 - Luxury Travel launches its new website this week. The new format helps customers to book their tour package to Southeast Asia in half the time compared with other websites.

In accordance with the innovative strategy of the company, this website ensures a hassle-free experience for travelers wishing to customize their tours online as well as pay online.


“The new website will bring the most convenience to the customer. It is designed with simplicity in mind and clients can make their selections based on their personal preferences: flexibility with date of travel, number of people, room arrangements (single, double, twin, triple), add-on services on tour, requests for children, etc” said Mr Thang Phan, Sales Manager.

Last year, Luxury Travel’s IT Manager, Mr Toai Le, spent over a year surveying customers to identify what they want from an operator’s website. Together with his team, he worked to develop this website which allows ease of access for customers from start to finish.

“Our mission is to satisfy our customers’ expectations as much as possible. To meet clients' demands, this website has functions to flag up the various options available to them and they can make their selection by one simple click” said Toai Le.

Travel agents and tour operators, who are interested in partnering with Luxury Travel, can contact Mr Thang Phan, Sales Manager, on sales@luxurytravelvietnam.com to obtain their own account login and find the applicable terms and conditions.

The tour cost is also transparent, allowing clients to make any amendments to services or the date so that they can tailor their tour to suit their budget before they decide to buy.

Payment is also straightforward as we accept all major credit cards (transaction fee 3.5% for Visa and MasterCard and 5% for AMEX) and clients only pay the cost shown.

About Luxury Travel:
Luxury Travel Ltd. (www.luxurytravel.vn) is a long-established Asian specialist in the art of travel and serves today’s most sophisticated travelers with luxury privately guided and fully bespoke touring holidays in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. Luxury Travel Ltd has won numerous travel awards for excellent performance, including the most recent award: the leading specialist in the art of travel with luxurious and private service.

Contact:
Linh Doan
Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444
Vietnam
84439274120

http://www.LuxuryTravelVietnam.com

Travelers from the UK to Vietnam increasing by 16%, beaten only by France

Vietnam’s first luxury tour operator has pinned high hope on expanding its British clientele following its successful show at the recent World Travel Market London 2014.

Hanoi, Vietnam, November 29, 2014 - Vietnam’s first luxury tour operator has pinned high hope on expanding its British clientele following its successful show at the recent World Travel Market London 2014.

During the first nine months of this year 2014, European arrivals increased sharply over the same period in 2013; visitors from the UK have increased by 16%, Germany by 75%, Spain by 24%, and Italy by 15%.

The country’s tourist board revealed at WTM that a total of 158,000 Brits have visited the country in the first nine months of the year, a year-on-year increase of 16%.

The figures mean the UK is the second most important European source market for the destination, beaten only by France’s 165,000 visitors over the same period.

It was also revealed that Europe is Vietnam’s third largest source market with a total 14% market share of international visitors.

Pham Ha, CEO and founder of Luxury Travel held high level meetings with representatives of a large number of companies and the leaders of the luxury tourism industry. Vietnam’s first luxury tour operator has pinned high hope on expanding its British clientele following its successful show at the recent World Travel Market London 2014.

“There are many tour operators and travel agents who are interested in our award winning luxury tour operations and who are looking for new luxury travel products in Vietnam thanks to new direct flights and huge demand from British travelers. Vietnam is getting more and more popular in the UK and Ireland markets and we have many new contracts and accounts,” said Ha.

The growth of the experiential travel market is well reported. Luxury travellers aren’t merely buying a destination anymore, they are seeking engagement. Terms such as “authentic”, “transformational experiences”, “meaningful connections” and so on, are populating the brochures and websites of travel companies.

Pham Ha reveals that more specialist golf tour operators want to develop golf and wellness spas tours in their brochure in 2015, an experiential travel trend he believes will continue in the future. Britain’s tourists, according to Ha, picked Vietnam for their vacations for safety, affordable prices, authenticity, warm weather, and convenient direct flights.

Britons traveling to Vietnam are looking for a more authentic experience and seek to have a deeper understanding of the country’s culture, food, history and everyday life. While Thailand is geared more toward mass market tourism, Vietnam is a destination that is attractive to a more selective class of travelers.

Luxury Travel’s booking record indicates that British travelers prefer cultural experiences and beach extensions, while many also combine Vietnam and Cambodia or Myanmar into one trip.

He confirmed that his representative office in London and sales and marketing team will expand its stand and come back to WTM 2015.

Deputy director general Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Nguyen Quoc Hung said as the destination seeks to grow these numbers, so more would be done to engage the UK press and travel industry. Vietnam is planning to hold a series of fam and press trips to further drive growth in UK tourist numbers.

With significant numbers of visitors from Australia, America, France, England and Germany, Vietnam expects to receive over 8 million tourists in 2014.

About Luxury Travel
Luxury Travel Ltd. (www.luxurytravels.asia) is a long-established Asian specialist in the art of travel and serves today’s most sophisticated travelers with luxury privately-guided and fully bespoke touring holidays in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand since 2004. Luxury Travel Ltd. has won numerous travel awards for excellent performance, including the most recent award: the leading specialist tour operator providing great services to sophisticated travelers.

Contact:
Linh Doan
Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444
Vietnam
84439274120

http://www.LuxuryTravelVietnam.com

New Offering from Luxury Travel Ltd (luxurytravels.asia) - Experience Halong Bay by Seaplane

This exclusive offer promises you the experience of a lifetime in one of the world’s natural wonders.

Hanoi, Vietnam, November 29, 2014 - Luxury Travel Ltd (luxurytravels.asia) promotes its 2 new tour packages visiting Halong Bay by seaplane: a day trip or 2 day/ 1 night tour - the perfect way to get a unique view of the region from the sky and then to land on the mystic waters of Halong Bay.

Situated in the Gulf of Tonkin, Halong Bay is one of the world's natural wonders with more than 3,000 islands that time, wind and waves have sculpted into fantastic shapes.


A helicopter ride is the perfect way to give you a unique overview of the region. Another way to appreciate this magical scenery is from a boat, cruising between the limestone karst cliffs which appear like fairytale castles, complete with rocky spires and hidden caves. And now Luxury Travel Ltd is offering you the opportunity to arrive in style by seaplane.

Mr Hung Nguyen, Director of Sales and Marketing at Luxury Travel Ltd said “These two packages are ideal to meet the expectations of the luxury travel sector. We never stop trying to bring memorable experiences to our high-end customers who expect to discover our country ina unique way.”

The tour includes a pick-up by a private limousine in Hanoi followed by a short seaplane ride from Noi Bai airport to HalongBay.

The 2day/ 1 night package, offered in collaboration with Paradise Cruises, features a seaplane flight and cruise on board a deluxe boat offering a truly unique experience to both domestic and international tourists who wish to discover one of Vietnam's natural world heritage sites in a different way.

Luxury Travel offers an exclusive overnight cruise in Halong Bay which includes seaplane transfers. Viewing Halong Bay from the seaplane is a great way to get a panoramic view of these mystical landscapes” said Mr Hung Nguyen.

After a 30-minute flight by seaplane with views of the entire bay from a height of 500m to 3,000m above sea level, tourists will have the chance to enjoy exploring the bay's well-known caves by boat and learn more about Vietnamese culture.

Online booking is now available and the price for a day trip and 2 day / 1 night tour starts from 926 USD and 1097 USD respectively.

To get more information about these tours check out luxurytravelvietnam.com or contact Mr Hung Nguyen at sales@luxurytravelvietnam.com

About Luxury Travel Ltd
Opened in 2004, the Luxury Travel Company Limited (luxurytravels.asia) has its own offices, luxury vehicles, luxury travel advisors, and representative offices in California, London, Berlin, Paris, and Sydney. The company’s depth of experience and large infrastructure enable it to create unique itineraries with the operational confidence to fulfill the most sophisticated client expectations.

Contact:
Linh Doan
Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444
Vietnam
84439274120
http://www.LuxuryTravelVietnam.com

Online Commerce A Necessary Challenge

Internet offers enormous opportunities, but survival in this market is not easy. It does not simply involve the creation of an attractive website with a shopping cart, it requires much more.

Woburn, MA, November 29, 2014 – AURA (www.auraportal.com), a global provider of AuraPortal Business Process Management (BPM) software, has published a study entitled "The market is on the Internet" which analyses the profound changes in the preferences and buying habits of a now generally globalized market and the problems faced by the majority of companies, in any sector (not only the ones involved in online sales), whose Promotions, Sales and After-sales services are affected by the new trends demanded by the current market.


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

Convenience, price and time savings accelerate the growth of eCommerce, however most companies have not yet realized the extent of the change in mentality, focus and the technologies necessary to adapt the way companies are managed in this new market.

In an emerging market, with a small investment, some small (or even tiny) companies have achieved successful sales thanks to the Internet, but a global market not only means many buyers but also many vendors which makes it more difficult than the traditional market.

Most companies must adapt their strategies to the characteristics of the new activities; furthermore, they must have the correct tools to optimize their management.

AuraPortal is the leading Business Process Management (BPM ) software with a perfectly integrated eCommerce system. It is characterized by its ease in handling and purchasing operations. The total integration of online ordering with delivery of products offers an extraordinary advantage, given that it allows unprecedented automation of sales operations. It is not a case of completed eCommerce actions providing data for a database but the conversion of this data into information flowing through processes.

Through AuraPortal Cloud, this solution is accessible to any economy.

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

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

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.

Contact:
Cristina Siscar
Auraportal
400 Trade Center
Woburn, MA 01801-7472
978-808-6340
http://www.auraportal.com

'AuraPortal' Solution Implemented by More than 20 Financial Institutions

Business Process Management software automates operational and administrative processes in important financial institutions.

Woburn, MA, November 29, 2014 – AURA (www.auraportal.com), a global provider of AuraPortal Business Process Management (BPM) software, has announced that AuraPortal solution has been implemented by more than 20 financial institutions to automate their operational and administrative processes.


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

Since the beginning of the global economic and financial crisis, financial institutions have embarked on the search for technology tools to help optimize their resources and processes, becoming more profitable, efficient and offering an improved service in order to retain customer loyalty.

But not just any technology is adequate enough to successfully undertake business improvement projects in the financial sector. This technology must meet certain requirements, such as: flexibility, adaptability, fast implementation, reliability and modernity, in line with current and future times.

Amongst these financial institutions are: ScotiaBank, Davivienda Bank, BMG Bank (Minas Gerais Bank), Falabella Bank, BCCR (Central Bank of Costa Rica), Banca March, BNF (National Development Bank), Baneco (Economic Bank), Bank of Guatemala, BDF (Nicaragua Finance Bank) Carrefour Financial Services, Excellent Incasso, and the list goes on.

The following processes can be highlighted as examples of processes automated with AuraPortal:

• Core Business Processes (Credit Concession Management, Goods Received in Lieu of Payment, Document Approval, Credit Committee, etc.).

• Operational Risk Management Processes (Element Protection, Change Control, Preventive Control, etc.).

• Financial Analysis Processes (Legal Analysis, Financial Analysis, Impact Analysis, etc.).

• Customer Management Processes (Campaigns and Promotions, Creation of new Products, Checking Account Creation, Inquiries and Complaints, etc.).

• Procurement, Supply and Outsourcing Management Processes.

• Human Resource Management Processes (Staff Administration, Absence and Overtime Management, Evaluation and Control, Recruitment, etc.).

• Standards Management Processes (Basel II/III, Patriot Act, AML, SOX, Quality, Information Security, Occupational Security, Personal Data Security, etc.).

• And many more.

In the words of Pablo Trilles, Vice President of AURA: "The fact that more than 20 Financial Institutes express their satisfaction with AuraPortal just goes to show that it is the optimum solution for this type of institution. The increase of customers in this industry has been continuous over the last few years and we have become an international benchmark in the Business Process Management (BPM) field".

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

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

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.

Contact:
Cristina Siscar
Auraportal
400 Trade Center
Woburn, MA 01801-7472
978-808-6340
http://www.auraportal.com

Last days to Reserve your Place for AuraPortal Helium Event - Milan (Italy)

This event is right for you if you are looking for at how companies are creating a process-driven digital enterprise

Woburn, MA, November 29, 2014 - This event is right for you if you’re looking at…

How are companies creating a process-driven digital enterprise and what are the key success factors for doing it well.


What are the most important technologies helping to achieve business goals.

What prevents organizations from making use of innovative new technologies.

What are the top five goals for business process change.

You’ll get:

A better understanding of what BPM solutions can do for you. A first hand look at how they look and work.

The opportunity to ask questions in an open forum. Share this experience with your peers.

WHY

Interact with the presenters and your fellow BPM professionals LIVE!

This event gives you the opportunity to interact with the experts in real-time.

If you have questions or comments while the event is taking place…just ask and you'll get a response instantly!

Networking is key to knowledge sharing, so… Network!

Location:

Where:
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Via Monte Rosa 9120149 Milan, Italy

Shedule:
9:30 h. - 14:45 h.

Agenda (Download)

If you have any queries, please contact us

Our phone numbers:
+1 857 239 0070
+34 96 295 4497

Our email:
info@auraportal.com

Contact:
Cristina Siscar
Auraportal
400 Trade Center
Woburn, MA 01801-7472
978-808-6340
http://www.auraportal.com

Enterprise Document Management Discover a New Approach to Document Management

The Business Process Management BPM model requires a profound change in the way documents are managed, since it is not possible to accept a Document Management System that is independent from the processes that shape all company activity.

Woburn, MA, November 04, 2014 – AURA (www.auraportal.com), a global provider of AuraPortal Business Process Management (BPM) software, has announced that AuraPortal Helium integrates ECM (Enterprise Content Management) that offers one of the most complete systems for handling documents (electronic and physical) and Digital Content.


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

Through the Processes, Rules and Data Management systems, the software automates and optimizes the entire lifecycle: Capture and Creation, Storage, Flow, Access and Elimination allowing the secure and efficient management of all enterprise documentation, however complex the enterprise structure may be.

Pablo Trilles, Vice President of AuraPortal comments "Until now, document management has always been performed independently of the other company activities, but with a bit of perspective it is difficult to conceive a Digital Enterprise Content Management independent of the Management of the Company's Operating Processes".

Document Management forms part of a company's daily activity, and therefore cannot be detached from the Processes it manages.

This is not just a question of Document Management having a workflow. On the contrary, the complete management of documents must be incorporated within the Business Process Management (BPM), using its enormous power to execute and control the company's overall Operating Processes and also manage and control Digital Content and Documents:

- Archives
- Approvals
- Versioning
- Electronic Invoicing
- Digital signature
- Subscriptions for notification of changes
- Search by content
- Discussions
- Surveillance
- Tracing for Audit
- Content Publication
- Etc.

Efficiency undiscovered until now.

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

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

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.

Contact:
Cristina Siscar
Auraportal
400 Trade Center
Woburn, MA 01801-7472
978-808-6340
http://www.auraportal.com

AuraPortal Improves the Efficiency of Horticultural Companies Thanks to BPM

Frutas Bean uses AuraPortal Mobile BPM software (for mobile devices) to solve the location issues of their employees and to improve the quality control of their products.

Woburn, MA, November 29, 2014 – AURA (www.auraportal.com), a global provider of Business Process Management (BPM) software, has announced that, the ease of integration of its AuraPortal BPM suite with other platforms and devices, has enabled the consultancy firm ACBP to provide "in situ" solutions for the fruit sector based on apps for mobile devices integrated with AuraPortal processes, thus making it possible to work on/off line.


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

Companies involved in working in the countryside, like Frutas Bean, have a very specific problem which is directly linked to the fact that the majority of employees work in different locations every day and, in many cases, have poor internet access.

This created problems such as the use of information on paper (work reports, phytosanitary treatments…) and the lack of performance control of certain activities.

Frutas Bean now benefits from completely up to date information, at any moment, on work done in the field and uses this information to make informed decisions related to work optimization and cost control.

About Frutas Bean
Frutas Bean is a company located in the Bajo Cinca Region and specializes in the cultivation and commercialization of fresh fruit. It is currently one of the main exporters in the area and employs over 400 workers during periods of maximum production. Frutas Bean continually invests in processes to improve the quality of their products with view to exploring new markets, especially in Northern and Eastern Europe.

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

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

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.

Contact:
Cristina Siscar
Auraportal
400 Trade Center
Woburn, MA 01801-7472
978-808-6340
http://www.auraportal.com

Thursday, November 27, 2014

ParaZapper Receives High Customer Ratings and Videos on YouTube

ParaZapper receives high customer ratings and videos on YouTube The book "Parasite Zapping and the Zapper" remains available from paradevices.com

Pinson, AL, November 26, 2014 - The book "Parasite Zapping and the Zapper" remains available from http://paradevices.com/

Hulda Clark introduced the original zapper back in the early 1990's in her book, "Cure for all Diseases", and since then, it has grown in popularity and use all over the world. ParaZapper products are from Para Systems, Inc. which is located in Pinson, Al and produces top of the line zappers, making them available to the public at reduced prices.


ParaZapper's top of the line zapper, the ParaZapper MY is available at the new site as is the ParaZapper UZI-3 and the economical mid-range ParaZapper CC2.

ParaZapper™ CC2 model. This zapper which has a total of 29 frequencies in 6 modes of operation making it an extremely flexible and capable zapper while meeting all the requirements place by Dr. Hulda Clark. Each of these mode provide frequencies with better accuracy so, it is designed to perform better than its predecessors. Due to its microprocessor operation, the CC2 has a tight frequency tolerance of +/- 0.25 percent at most frequencies, which is far superior to most zappers. In addition to the increased mode selections, the new ParaZapper™ CC2 model has a superior zapping ability able to more effectively kill microbes due to multi frequency operation in most modes. The CC2 model has a distinct specific frequency feature that allows specific frequencies to run for sufficient time. Also, the use of technology introduced by Dr. Hulda Clark combined with Rife Frequencies provides assurance of increased coverage for many pathogenic microbes.

This model employs the constant current or current controlled output technology which is better, safer output that meets Dr. Clark's recommendations. Other cutting edge features found in the Hulda Clark ParaZapper that are not present in other devices in the market include:

a) Positive offset
b) Multiple modes of operation
c) Multiple frequencies
d) Good connection indicators: in this product, the status indicator serves as s good connection indicator with the changing colors without reducing that output.
e) Larger contacts: this provides a greater amount of electrical signal to produce greater effectiveness than would be achieved with smaller contacts.
f) Does not need different modules for different uses

Some of the customer produced videos that showcase ParaZapper CC2 are:

Video review of ParaZapper CC2

How to use the ParaZapper CC2 and what the indicators show

ParaZapper CC2 very accurate frequency

ParaZapper CC2 very good accuracy

"We introduced multiple frequency zappers because they can reach more organisms during a single session of usage, and the CC2 model is one of the latest in the market with amazing capabilities in killing microbes" said CEO David Etheredge.

One of the most popular zappers is the Terminator style zappers and these are very popular for their convenience. According to David Etheredge, "These zappers are limited because of two features. First, these electrodes are only about the size of a penny, which is way too small, causing skin burns, even holes in the skin from usage. Additionally, these electrodes are right next to each other, essentially shorting out much of the signal." People who have tried both zappers, while they still like the convenience of the Terminator, prefer the effectiveness offered by the best ParaZapper products."

The best results come from using a 4 point contact system with one negative contact and 3 positive contacts. In some cases, using this configuration with paddles and pads can almost double effectiveness and satisfaction.

Para Systems Inc., the maker of the positive offset zapping products as specified by Dr. Clark such as the ParaZapper™ CC2, ParaZapper™ UZI-3, and the new ParaZapper™ MY model. For more information on pricing and delivery, visit Hulda Clark Zapper Co. at http://huldaclarkparazapper.com?mv_pc=SLPR_CC2

Contact:
David Etheredge
Para Systems Inc.
Hulda Clark ParaZapper sales
5537 Balboa Ct.
Pinson, AL 35126
205-856-3909
http://huldaclarkparazapper.com

AuraPortal and RSA Receive the Global Award for Excellence in BPM and Workflow 2014

Thanks to the implementation of AuraPortal's BPM (Business Process Management), RSA Insurance Group has been awarded the prestigious WfMC award at the ceremony celebrated on October 1st at the DoubleTree Hotel Chicago in Oak Brook (Illinois).

Woburn, MA, November 28, 2014 - AURA (www.auraportal.com), a global provider of AuraPortal Business Process Management (BPM) software, has announced that, thanks to the successful implementation of its AuraPortal BPM suite, RSA Insurance Group (Chile) has been awarded the WfMC Global Award for Excellence in BPM and Workflow.


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

Co-sponsored by WfMC and BPM.com and now in their 20th year, these prestigious awards recognize organizations that have demonstrably excelled in implementing innovative business process solutions to achieve enterprise strategical objectives.

In this case, the award was achieved thanks to the implementation of the Insurance Policy Quotes and Reserves Process. It involves a strategic and complex Project both from the technical and operational perspective that flows through various areas of the company and is operated by a large number of users.

RSA is a leading multinational insurance group, present in over 130 countries and with close to 20 million customers. In Chile it is the no. 1 company for general insurance on the market.

Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC) and BPM.com jointly sponsor the annual Global Awards for Excellence in BPM and Workflow. The awards program is managed by Future Strategies Inc.

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

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

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.

Contact:
Cristina Siscar
Auraportal
400 Trade Center
Woburn, MA 01801-7472
978-808-6340
http://www.auraportal.com

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

“Fins, Funds and Photos!” Images of Monterey Bay - A Marine Photography Fundraiser Benefiting Whalefest Monterey and Monterey History and Art Association

Save the Date for the 2nd Annual Fins, Funds and Photos! – Images of Monterey Bay

Monterey, CA, November 26, 2014 - Save the Date for the 2nd Annual Fins, Funds and Photos! – Images of Monterey Bay – A Marine Photography Fundraiser Benefiting Whalefest Monterey and Monterey History and Art Association Reception on Friday, January 16, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Museum of Monterey – Stanton Center, 5 Custom House Plaza in downtown Monterey.


Whalefest Monterey, Fisherman’s Wharf Association and Monterey History and Art Association invite the community to view the exhibit of beautiful local marine life photos at the Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza, on display from November 16 – January 25, 2015 and also attend the special reception on January 16, 2015. The exhibit will also be on display during the documentaries and lectures of Whalefest Monterey, 2015, January 24 and 25, 2015
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Admission to the January 16th Reception is free, although donations at the door are welcome. There will be live music by Nick Fettis and His Orca-stra and a complimentary appetizer will be served. Award-winning wines will be available for purchase by the glass.

Dozens of unique marine-themed photos were taken by Santa Cruz and Monterey County local amateurs and professional photographers and generously donated for a drawing to benefit Whalefest Monterey and Monterey History and Art Association. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and are available at the Museum of Monterey during their opening hours, Wednesday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. between November 16 -December 30, 2014, during the January 16 reception, and during Whalefest Monterey on January 24-25, 2015. Tickets may be placed into the box next to each photo that you would like to win. The winning tickets will be drawn from each box on Sunday, January 25th during Monterey. Winners do not need to be present to win.

For more information, please go to www.montereywharf.com or call (831) 238-0777.

Contact:
Wendy Brickman
Brickman Marketing
395 Del Monte Center #250
Monterey, CA 93940
831-633-4444
http://www.montereywharf.com

Alisal Union Assistant Superintendent, Jeanne Herrick, Receives Children’s Literacy Leader Award

The Read to Me Project Honors Jeanne Herrick for Championing Early Literacy as Part of its “Share the Magic Between the Pages” Holiday Giving Campaign Event

Monterey, CA, November 26, 2014 - The Read to Me Project will be honoring Jeanne Herrick, Assistant Superintendent of Alisal Union School District, for her early literacy leadership and support for programs designed to increase the number of children who begin kindergarten prepared to succeed. The award will be presented on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at the Hampton Inn & Suites Salinas as part of the Read to Me Project’s "Share the Magic Between the Pages" 2014 Holiday Giving Campaign.


"The Read to Me Project is very proud to present Assistant Superintendent Herrick with the First Annual Children’s Literacy Leadership Award for her commitment to promoting early literacy experiences for infants, toddlers and preschoolers who live in the Alisal community,” said Barbara Greenway, Founder of the Read to Me Project. “Jeanne clearly understands the educational importance of family members reading to children daily to prepare them for kindergarten and school success.”

The Read to Me Project’s “Share the Magic Between the Pages” 2014 Holiday Giving Campaign Kick Off event will take place on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the new Hampton Inn and Suites, 523 Work Street in Salinas. The Children’s Literacy Leader Award will be presented at 5:30 p.m. Through its Holiday Giving Campaign, the Read to Me Project is inviting everyone in the community, including local companies, parents and teachers, to donate and support this cost-effective, high-impact program. The event and holiday campaign is sponsored by Hampton Inn and Suites, KSMS TV Univision 67, KSES Jose 107.1 FM and KLOK La Tricolor 99.5 FM and KDJT UniMas 33.

To RSVP or for more information, call (831) 275-1300 or email

barbara@readtomeproject.org.

Contact Information: Barbara Greenway, Executive Director, barbara@readtomeproject.org

Marcy Rustad, Director of Development, marcy@readtomeproject.org

About Jeanne Herrick:
Jeanne Herrick has more than 40 years of experience in public education working for the San Jose Unified School District and Alisal Union School District. She is a leader in K-12 district reform and has championed the “Reading First” effort through grant development and implementation. Ms. Herrick is recognized as a statewide expert in the areas of English Language Learner academic language and literacy development. In the Alisal Union School District (AUSD), Ms. Herrick shaped the initial K-3 reading program that supports stronger reading achievement in the early grades. She has received state level recognition for her work. Ms. Herrick has been instrumental in the expansion of the Read to Me Project in Alisal, supporting its growth from 23 to 52 classrooms with 730 AUSD students reading to 850 young siblings.

About the new Hampton Inn & Suites Salinas:
The new 105-room Hampton Inn & Suites Salinas opened in early 2014 at the corner of Work and John Streets, right off of Highway 101. The Hampton Inn offers hot breakfasts every morning, complementary Wi-Fi, an indoor pool, hot tub, and fitness center as well as HD Direct TV channels and other amenities. It is located just 15 miles from Monterey and close to all Salinas attractions including golf, wine tasting and local events including the California International Air Show, Monterey Sports Car Festival, and the Steinbeck Festival.

About The Read to Me Project:
The Read to Me Project is an early literacy program that helps prepare young children to enter kindergarten with the knowledge, vocabulary, and comprehension skills that will help them succeed in school and become literate and successful adults. The Project provides structure and opportunity for infants, toddlers and preschoolers to be regularly read to at home by their elementary-aged brothers and sisters. The Read to Me Project is currently reaching 82 classrooms in East Salinas, Gonzales, Greenfield, Carmel Valley and Big Sur with more than 1000 students reading to 1350 young siblings.

The Read to Me Project is easy and inexpensive to implement, immediate, direct, and powerful; reaching large numbers of young children where they learn best, at home. Families become engaged in providing their young children with the foundation for learning and life-long literacy. The Read to Me Project fosters loving and positive relationships among family members and nourishes lifelong bonds between siblings. It is an organic, simple and preventative approach as opposed to in-school remediation programs that are costly, require children to fail first, and are often provided too late.

How the Read to Me Project works:
The Project is implemented in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade classrooms in primarily low-literacy school districts. Students are taught about early brain development, the importance of reading to young children and “The 9 Best Ways to Read to Young Children.”

Participating classrooms are provided with age appropriate books carefully chosen for content, developmental level and ease of reading by students with limited reading skills. Each week students check out a book which they read to their infant, toddler or preschool age brothers and sisters as part of their nightly homework.

Project coordinators work closely with teachers and students throughout the year, providing on-going coaching, training, support and motivation. Students are recognized for their commitment and participation with an end of the year award and bag of books so they can continue to read to their siblings during the summer.

The Read to Me Project has been carefully developed and designed to provide continuous sibling to sibling engagement. Young siblings may be read to over a span of up to three years as participating student readers’ move through grades 4, 5, and 6. This continuity provides young children with extended exposure to early literature and increases the likelihood of successful outcomes. The student readers gain confidence in their own reading skills, become young mentors and model good family literacy practices. Family bonds are strengthened and schools and communities are positively affected.

The Read to Me Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (Federal Tax ID # 47-1224251). For more information or to make a tax deductible donation visit the Read to Me Project website at www.readtomeproject.org

Contact:
Wendy Brickman
Brickman Marketing
395 Del Monte Center #250
Monterey, CA 93940
831-633-4444
http://www.readtomeproject.org

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa Announces its Elopement Package

Enjoy all of the beauty that the Monterey Peninsula has to offer as you and the love of your life exchange vows.

Monterey, CA, November 26, 2014 - Enjoy all of the beauty that the Monterey Peninsula has to offer as you and the love of your life exchange vows. Romantic and intimate, Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa provides eliminates the stress and chaos of a large-scale wedding and plans a personalized elopement package.


If you are planning on eloping on the Monterey Peninsula, the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa is the perfect solution. Celebrate your vows -- just the two of you. Let our wedding team pamper you and take care all of the details.

Hyatt Regency Monterey 2015 Elopement Package

* $2,300.00

* Bride and Groom and Up to 10 guests

• Ceremony: Spyglass Promenade Gazebo

* 10:00am-6:00pm only, NO Music, NO Amplified sound

• Accommodations: Golf or Pool View Monterey Suite

  * Best Available based on Availability

• Wedding Officiate:

* Arrange for Marriage Certificate

* Standard or Custom Ceremonies available

• Floral: Bride Bouquet, Groom Boutonniere

* Color of Choice

• Wedding Cake: Bride and Groom

* Cake for 2

* Color and Flavor options available

• Imported Sparkling Wine: Pascual Toso, Mendoza, Argentina

* 1 Chilled Bottle

• Photography:
* One Hour of Photography. All edited images on DVD (hi resolution and low resolution watermarked for web), private online gallery and pre wedding consultation.  Two (2) 8x12 prints.

Additional options available for additional price

• Spa: Marilyn Monroe Spa

* Signature Look Hair Treatment

* Makeup Treatment

* Additional treatments or services available for additional price

• Wedding Coordinator
* On-Site Hotel Wedding Specialist to assist with Detail Planning and Arrangements

About Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on Del Monte Golf Course
Nestled in 22 acres of soaring Monterey Pines, the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on Del Monte Golf Course is a destination resort providing the discerning traveler the quintessential Monterey experience. Its location offers guests close proximity to downtown Monterey and Monterey Airport and easy access to some of the Peninsula’s most well-known attractions.

With its warm, contemporary ambiance, elegant furnishings and convenient amenities, the hotel offers both leisure and business travelers a Northern California respite of unmatched serenity and comfort.

Media Contact:
Chatterbox Public Relations
Marci Bracco Cain (831) 747-7455
marci@chatterboxpublicrelations.com

Features include 550 guestrooms including 32 suites, and the President’s House, TusCA Ristorante, Knuckles Sports Bar, Fireplace Lounge featuring live entertainment, personalized concierge service at the Regency Club, a 2,000-square-foot fitness facility, Monterey Bay Racquet Club, McIntyre Tasting Studio, two pools and whirlpools, and 12,000-square-foot full-service luxury spa.

The hotel is located at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey, California. For information call (831) 372-1234 or visit www.hyattregencymonterey.com

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course
1 Old Golf Course Road
Monterey, CA 93940-4908
(831) 747-7455
http://www.hyattregencymonterey.com

Sweet Honey in the Rock set for Seasonal Run of December Tourdates

" Celebrating The Holydays" Performances

New York, NY, November 26, 2014 - Venerable a cappella ensemble SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK will kick-off the holiday season with a series of themed concert performances entitled SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK: CELEBRATING THE HOLYDAYS. The seasonal presentation, which comprises inspirational and spiritual holiday music from around the world has been presented annually for several years will cap the ensemble's celebration of their 40TH Anniversary this year.


CELEBRATING THE HOLYDAYS is a rare fusion of traditional American holiday spiritual songs and hymns, as well as songs from other cultures and religions, ranging from Africa to Israel. The show includes songs from their Nativity Suite collection, which the group wrote and produced for the American Bible Association video series, including “Jesus, What A Wonderful Child,” and “Children Go Where I Send Thee.” It also features notable Sweet Honey classics such as, “We Are,” “Let There Be Peace,” and “Chinese Proverb.”

Sweet Honey will kick off their holiday run at the Flynn Center in Burlington, VT on December 4th and will make their final appearance of the year at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ on December 20th.

Sweet Honey will feature core members Louise Robinson, Carol Maillard, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil and Shirley Childress (American Sign Interpreter) along with featured guest vocalist Navasha Daya.

The complete list of dates are listed below. For further information about SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK, go to www.sweethoneyintherock.org.

December 4 - Flynn Theater, Burlington, VT

December 6 - Juanita K. Hammons Hall, Springfield, MO

December 7 - Symphony Center, Chicago, IL

December 12 - Colonial Theatre, Keene, NH

December 13 - Brooklyn Center For The Performing Arts, Brooklyn, NY

December 14 - Birchmere, Alexandria, VA

December 18 - Carolina Theatre, Durham, NC

December 20 - New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ

For More information on Sweet Honey In The Rock please contact: Chip Schutzman/Miles High Productions/323-806-0400

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

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea Announces its 2015 Packages

Celebrating more than six decades of European hospitality at the beautiful Bavarian-inspired Hofsas House Hotel, the Theis family proudly announces seven new themed packages to their valued guests.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, November 25, 2014 - Celebrating more than six decades of European hospitality at the beautiful Bavarian-inspired Hofsas House Hotel, the Theis family proudly announces seven new themed packages to their valued guests. Each has been crafted with the same minute attention to detail generations of guests have come to expect from Hofsas House Hotel and is as unique and charming as Carmel itself All are available year-round:


* Third Night's A Charm
Book 3 nights and the 3rd is 1/3 off. A getaway is always a wonderful break…they just don’t last long enough. At Hofsas House we know the 3rd nights a char

Subject to availability. Minimum of three (3)-night stay required. Savings reflected in rate at time of booking. If modifications to reservation are made during your hotel stay (e.g. early departure), the promotion is void and your rate will be adjusted to the rate of the day. Taxes and gratuities not included. Offer not applicable to groups, negotiated or third-party rates. Not combinable with any other offers. Not applicable to existing reservations. Blackout dates apply. Offer valid from November thur February excluding holidays and AT&T golf week.  Mention Code HHCHARM when booking.

* Golfer’s Delight
Hofsas House Hotel has partnered with two of the Monterey Peninsula’s best golf courses. Book a minimum two (2)- night stay and add on a round of golf. Choose from:

* Experience the immaculate green grasses of the historic Quail Lodge Golf Club. Play a 9-hole round of golf for two including shared cart and range balls. Cost is an additional is $ 50.00.  When booking use promotion code: HHQUAIL

* NCGA sanctioned Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach is newly renovated and re-opened in April 2014. Cost is addition to the room is $185 per golfer includes cart (savings of $50.00). In addition, Poppy Hills offers free use of brand new state of the art Taylor Made rental clubs (an $85.00 value). Call for the NCGA rate. When booking use promotion code: HHPOPPY

* History Walking Tour
Delight in the special charms of Carmel on a leisurely, fun and informative two-hour guided walk past enchanting Fairy-tale cottages, through secret pathways, hidden courtyards and award-winning gardens. At the end of the tour, you’ll feel like a local. Cost is $25 per person. When booking use promotion code: HHWALKS

* Movie Star Tour
Monterey Movie Tours® is a fascinating two-tours-in-one outing featuring both magnificent landscapes and blockbuster scenes from some of the 200 movies filmed across the Monterey Peninsula. It’s your ticket to a star-studded getaway. Relax aboard the multimedia Theater-On-Wheels® – a customized luxury motor coach with high-back seats, overhead video screens and personal headsets. Cost is $ 55  per person. When booking use promotion code: HHSTARS

* Wine and Cheese Package
Taste wines at nine different Carmel tasting rooms on the Wine Walk by-the-sea with a Wine Tasting Passport. ThThe Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea is pleased to offer a Wine Tasting Passport for $65 which entitles the buyer to one $10 flight at each of nine tasting rooms (a $90 value).

The Hofsas House concierge offers wine passports at a discounted price of $50 per person with any one (1)- night stay.  Or, stay at the Hofsas House and enjoy our special wine and cheese package for $30. Enjoy a bottle of Monterey County Wine and cheese from the Cheese Shop.

Purchase Wine Passports and/or Wine and Cheese package when you booking at Hofsas House Hotel.

* Tail Wagging Package:
Hofsas House is one of the most dog friendly hotels in Carmel. Guests receive a complimentary Doggie Welcome Package upon arrival that includes:

* Hofsas House Dog Frisbee
* Hofsas House collapsible dog bowl
* Special Dog Bed 
* Letter from Cajun. our onsite Pet Concierge
* Special dog amenities package
* Tips and recommendations for your four legged friends stay
* Walking Trail and Hiking Guide
* A package of treats.
* Costal Canine Magazine—offering the best four legged options for visiting Carmel Minimum two (2)-night stay. $25 fee per night for one dog and $40 per night for two.

* Take a Hike at the Hofsas House Hotel
Experience Big Sur hiking trails ranging from tranquil walks along a coastal waterfall to miles-long ascents through the redwoods and into the rugged wilderness or take in magnificent Point Lobos State Park. After a day of hiking the Big Sur coastline, guests relax in the hotel’s heated swimming pool or European dry saunas.

Package includes a $25 gift certificate for Carmel’s 5th Avenue Deli and complimentary Point Lobos day pass.

Minimum two (2)-night stay. Mention HHNature at booking. Offer not valid with any other discounts or promotions.

About Hofsas House:
Owned and operated by the Theis Family, Hofsas House Hotel is within walking distance of everything Carmel has to offer, including a stunning beach, fine restaurants and shops and wine tasting. It provides peaceful respite and European charm just minutes from Monterey, Pebble Beach, Big Sur and Pacific Grove. The Hofsas House’s 38 spacious, one-of-a-kind rooms boast European comfort and lovely views and amenities such as fireplaces, private balconies, wet bars, kitchens and patios. Large suites provide the perfect stay for newlyweds and anyone else seeking an extra special getaway. Dutch doors in every room allow guests to welcome in the ocean air, and free WiFi enables them to stay connected — if they want to.

The Hofsas House Hotel family works to ensure every visitor's experience is special, striving to offer the highest quality personal services. Consider the continental breakfast, abundant with fresh French Roast coffee, tea, juice, fruit and pastries from a neighborhood bakery, or the personalized concierge services for guests and their families, including their four-legged family members, who are welcome as well.

For large groups — wedding parties, company meetings, family reunions and others — Hofsas House Hotel offers a spacious room equipped with a fireplace and full kitchen that can comfortably accommodate 40 people. A heated pool, dry saunas, decks with views and off-street parking are on-site as well.

Hofsas House Hotel is located on San Carlos Street, north of Fourth Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea. For more information, call (831) 624-2745 or visit www.hofsashouse.com.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox Public Relations
23625 Holman Highway
Monterey, California 93940
(831) 747-7455
http://www.hofsashouse.com

Singer/Songwriter Joseph Eid Announces The Release of Americana- Folk Album Human with a Genuine and Soulful Touch

Americana-Folk Singer/Songwriter Joseph Eid has announced the recent release of his first full studio album, Human.

Los Angeles, CA, November 25, 2014 - Americana-Folk Singer/Songwriter Joseph Eid has announced the recent release of his first full studio album, Human. Recommended if you like the Avett Brothers and Ray Lamontagne, Eid has been garnering considerable buzz with his music, recently being named as one of the 100 Hottest Live Unsigned Artists of 2014 by Music Connection Magazine.



The album’s title track "Human", displays the pastoral beauty, delicate guitar work, and intricate but relatable lyrics that have become Eid’s trademark. “Human” seamlessly blends sharp, melodic pop lyricism with traditional folk sensibilities evoking folk troubadours both past and present .

The album’s first single “Ready Now”, is propelled by a driving rhythm section , lush instrumentation and an instantly unforgettable hook. “Ready Now,” has surpassed over 20,000 views on YouTube and is the depiction of an animated version of Eid. The song tells a love story in which the man is confused about his beloved one. The storyline is lively presented by Eid’s gentle and narrative voice in the verse parts, and the passionate vocal harmony in the chorus increased the whole song’s intensity and meaning. The use of varied orchestra instruments also added a layer of dramatic effects to the song, giving it a more complicated and intriguing sensation.

Originally born in Liberia to Lebanese parents, Joseph Eid grew up in the suburbs of New York.  He was raised in a strict and traditional home where the arts were only supported as a hobby and never as a career.  During his college years, Eid studied psychology and pre-med but all the while, he was always dreaming about a potential career in music.  After his first semester at med school, the dream got too big to hold and Joseph made the bold choice of dropping out and moving to New York City to pursue music and follow his dream.  He joined a band, picked up a guitar, and the songs poured out like rain.  His journey led him to Los Angeles in 2007 where he started playing regularly at open mikes and showcases.  Shortly after, he began working with world-renowned guitarist/songwriter David Lamar, honing his songwriting at weekly showcases at the Stone Bar, leading the prolific singer/songwriter to write over 30 new songs as well as record his debut EP Cardiac Output.

Known as a dynamic solo performer, Joseph Eid has brought his cathartic one-man live show to many of Los Angeles’ premier music venues, including stints at Room 5 and El Cid.  He has held residencies at the following Hollywood venues:  The Stone Bar, Crane’s Hollywood Tavern, Room 5, and Bar Lubitsch.

Eid recently released a music video of “Something Real,” which is based on a personal experience that also happens to be universal with communication via technology and social media. A visually simple yet emotionally complex music video, “Something Real,” is meant as a commentary on our constant need to be plugged in and how this has changed the way we communicate as well as taken away the value and the weight of words and human connection.  This idea is demonstrated in the video as Eid sings to and tries to connect with lifeless, robotic people. The twist at the end of the video illustrates that no one is immune to the digital disease – including Eid.

For All Media Inquiries, Please Contact:
Chip Schutzman – Miles High Productions
323-806-0400 / chip@mileshighproductions.com

Another piece of exciting news for the folk and country lovers is that Eid’s going to release a brand new video for the single “Hit me up” from the album “Human”. This particular song maintained his emotional and well-polished singing and song writing style, and at the same time experimented with country style guitar fill-ins. Every Eid’s video released so far, from the animated himself in ‘Ready now’ to the robotic crowd in ‘Something Real’, had shown an interesting, real-life related story and life lesson. This coming video of his would definitely be worth waiting for.

Human Tracklisting
1.Ready Now
2. Human
3. Hit Me Up
4. Something Real
5. The Rock
6. Take A Breath
7. Rain Master
8. What Will You Do
9. Don’t Leave
10. The Rock(Reprise)
11. Greatest Lesson
12. It’s Only Love

Contact:
Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093
323-806-0400

http://www.mileshighproductions.com/

Vendange Carmel Inn & Suites Partner With Monterey County Wineries

To Offer Unique Wine-Themed Experience In The Heart Of Carmel

Carmel, CA, November 24, 2014 - When Brian and Jonathan Lee sought inspiration around the transformation of their family’s Carmel inn a few years ago, they looked no further than Monterey County’s Wine Region.

In 2013 Wine Enthusiast magazine bestowed the county as the top wine destination in the world. In the article, writer Steve Heimoff hailed the region’s “beautiful scenery, upscale galleries, glamorous resorts and stellar local wines.”


Faced with a major renovation and re-imagination of the property the Lees once owned but sold seven years ago, the answer became obvious: Name the inn Vendange (French for “vintage”), capitalize on its supreme location, design everything around a wine theme and create two stunning, fully equipped barrel rooms” for traveling families or couples.

“After we sold the property it really declined, and passing by it was difficult for our family,” said Jonathan Lee. “We wanted to modernize it and make it beautiful again, but also we knew we wanted to make each suite on our property a reflection of Monterey County’s flourishing wine industry.”

The Lees had the idea to partner with local wineries, especially those with tasting rooms in Carmel (currently there are more than two dozen tasting rooms, wine bars and bottle shops in the village, and the Carmel Wine Walk is thriving).

The wine-centric idea was to have wineries “adopt” a room at Vendange, putting their personal stamp on the furniture and d├ęcor. Each suite now provides a romantic ambiance of luxuriousness and charm.

“It took some time to get our ideas across to local wineries (Twisted Roots came on board first), but once they completed their suite, and the wineries could visually see the ideas we were striving for, the rest took off from there.”

Following the lead of Twisted Roots were: Galante, J. Lohr, McIntyre, Dawn’s Dream, Joullian, Ventana, Manzoni, Tudor, Cima Collina, Holman Ranch and Blair.

The novel idea allows the wineries to reflect their own style and statement through the rooms, while Vendange allows the wineries to use the rooms for clients or wine club members to create valuable cross-promotion.

“For us it creates a cachet and makes it a unique experience,” Lee said.

The family also created the two adjoining “barrel rooms,” designed ideally for couples rooms to create a relaxed “hang-out” experience. Each room is more than 900 square feet, with separate bedrooms, radiant floor heating, private patios, personal entrances and parking spaces. One room comes equipped with a high-end kitchen, complete with granite countertops, Viking appliances and all the comforts of home.

Whether it’s a walk around the manicured gardens, or quiet conversation and complimentary wine and cheese tasting around the fire pit under a lighted pergola, guests at Vendange find themselves pampered in an intimate environment with expert, attentive service.

Nestled beneath the pine trees in a tranquil neighborhood, Vendange Carmel Inn & Suites is one of the few inns in Carmel to provide parking. Located just a short walk from Carmel’s legendary downtown, visitors can absorb a complete wine experience in and out of their suites.

Lee points out that “vendange tardive” means "late harvest" in French. The phrase refers to a style of dessert wine where the grapes are allowed to hang on the vine until they start to dehydrate, concentrating the sugars.

“It fits because we want guests to come here, rest and get sweeter for the next day,” he said.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Vendange Carmel Inn & Suites
24815 Carpenter St.
Carmel, CA 93923
+1-831-624-6400

http://www.vendangecarmel.com

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Temptations are Coming to The Golden State Theatre on Friday, November 21st

Yes! You sure should be tempted to see these incredible performers celebrating more than 50 years of crowd-pleasing hits!

Monterey, CA, November 21, 2014 - Monterey, CA Yes! You sure should be tempted to see these incredible performers celebrating more than 50 years of crowd-pleasing hits! The Emmy-award-winning band, The Temptations, are coming to the Golden State in Theatre in Downtown Monterey on November 21, 2014.

AT A GLANCE:

WHAT: The Temptations will perform at the Golden State Theatre

For more than fifty years, The Temptations have prospered, propelling popular music with a series of smash hits, and sold-out performances throughout the world. The history of Emmy-Award-Winning The Temptations is the history of contemporary American pop. An essential component of the original Motown machine, that amazing engine invented by Berry Gordy, The Temps began their musical life in Detroit in the early sixties. It wasn’t until 1964 however, that the Smokey Robinson written-and-produced “The Way You Do The Things You Do” turned the guys into stars. An avalanche of hits followed, many of which, ”My Girl,” for instance, attained immortality. “It’s Growing,” “Since I Lost My Baby;,” “Get Ready,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Beauty Is only Skin Deep,” “I Wish It Would Rain”...the hits kept coming.

WHEN: Friday, November 21st at 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Golden State Theatre, 417 Alvarado, Downtown Monterey. (831) 649-1070.

TICKETS: Tickets are available now at www.goldenstatetheatre.com, or by calling 831-649-1070 or on the day of the show. Tickets range from $45-$56.Group ticket discounts are available for 10 or more.

ABOUT THE TEMPTATIONS:
For more than fifty years, The Temptations have prospered, propelling popular music with a series of smash hits, and sold-out performances throughout the world. “The crowds are bigger, the sales are sizzling,” says one industry report. “The outpouring of affection for this super-group has never been greater”. The history of The Temptations is the history of contemporary American pop. An essential component of the original Motown machine, that amazing engine invented by Berry Gordy, The Temps began their musical life in Detroit in the early sixties. It wasn’t until 1964 however, that the Smokey Robinson written-and-produced “The Way You Do the things You Do” turned the guys into stars. An avalanche of hits followed, many of which...”My Girl,” for instance...attained immortality. “It’s Growing,” “Since I Lost My Baby;,” “Get Ready,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Beauty Is only Skin Deep,” “I Wish It Would Rain”...the hits kept coming.

The classic lineup was Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin. Beyond the fabulous singing, The temps became known for smooth stepping and flawless presentations. The Temptations Walk became a staple of American style. Flair, flash and class. Millions of fans saw their Temptations as cultural heroes.When the sixties and seventies turned political, The Temps got serious. They changed their tone, dress and music. Producer Norman Whitfield led the way. His Temptations hits, many featuring Dennis Edwards who had replaced David Ruffin, burned with intensity. “Runaway Child” “Cloud Nine,” “I Can’t Get Next to You,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone”, and “Psychedelic Shack” still smolder.

Other stellar singers...Richard Street, Ali-Ollie Woodson...joined, adding their luster to the groups’ growing fame. No matter the change in personnel, The Temptations remained true to The Temptations tradition. They survived the whims of fashion, whether disco or techno, and stuck to their guns.“Great singing,” says Otis, “will always prevail.”

In the eighties, The Temps prevailed with smashes like the Otis Williams’ penned “Treat Her Like A Lady.”Then in the nineties, another Temptation explosion: It began with their appearance on Motown 25 in 1983; it continued with the NBC mini-series that chronicled the group’s history, a ratings triumph over two nights in prime time. An Emmy Award followed. Then came a series of acclaimed records:

For Lovers Only, a collection of love standards, termed an instant classic by critics, remains among the most cherished of all Temptations recordings.

Phoenix Rising, went through the roof, a platinum-plus mega-hit featuring “Stay,” the Narada Michael Walden produced song that topped the charts.

Ear Resistible nailed a Grammy and a legion of new fans.

Awesome, released in 2001 is The Temptations at their freshest, strongest, and most appealing.

Reflections was released in 2005, nominated for a Grammy and brought to the world The Temptations versions of some of Motown’s greatest songs.

The current Temptations lineup consists of:
Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon, Bruce Williamson

“The more we change,” says veteran Ron Tyson, “the more we stay true to ourselves. We’re about singing straight-up soul. It’s a style that will live on forever.”

“The Temps have always been known for great lead singers”, says Williams. “Today we have three of the greatest leads in the proud history of the group.”

The soaring voice of Ron Tyson, perhaps the best high tenor in the business.

Terry Weeks, who grew up in Alabama and spent eight years in the Air Force before his makeshift audition for Otis on a Hollywood street corner, whose smooth textures and tones, express an extraordinary full range of feelings.

Newest member, Bruce Williamson started singing in a church choir at the ripe age of 5 years old and hasn’t stop since. He has sung in everything from commercials to musical to the top showrooms in Las Vegas. Bruce was introduced to Otis by Ron Tyson.

“Our challenge,” says Williams, “is to live in the present while respecting the past. Our past is filled with riches only a fool would discard. At the same time, we thrive on competition. As a Motowner, I grew up in the most competitive musical atmosphere imaginable. But we also understand that for a group with history, no matter how glorious that history might be, reinvention is the name of the game.”

“When I tell people we are God’s group,” says Otis, a remarkable modest man, “I don’t mean it arrogantly. It’s just that we have been tested time and again and keep coming back. We have suffered the death of so many legendary singers...Paul Williams, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin. Others like Dennis Edwards, Richard Street, Ali-Ollie Woodson and Theo Peoples have left, and yet our unity is tighter, our sound brighter and our popularity greater. Someone has watched over this group. Someone has protected our integrity. Someone has said...just go on singing and it’ll get better.”

And so THE TEMPTATIONS go on.......and on.....and on........

Publicity Contacts:
Wendy Brickman (831) 633-4444 or Brickman@BrickmanMarketing.com
Lori Lochtefeld (831) 649-1070 or Lori@FoxVenues.com

About the Golden State Theatre
In 1926, a 15,000 square-foot Moorish castle rose on Alvarado Street, to the amazement of locals and visitors alike. A new cinema and live performance venue to rival those in California's largest cities, the Golden State Theatre , which was built by the Reid Brothers, was the definition of an opulent movie palace. After decades of deterioration, it was faithfully restored to its former glory, featuring an Old World grand lobby and mezzanine, one thousand plush velvet seats, state-of-the-art sound, and the indefinable magic of a truly historic setting. B.B. King, Bill Cosby, Willie Nelson, Yes, Patti Smith, Bob Weir and The Smothers Brothers — these are just some of the names that have graced the stage, contributing to the Theatre's new legacy since its renovation and exciting revival. The community is invited to attend a world-class concert or film festival at the Golden State Theatre, or host your own special event here, and become part of its new chapter of history.

The Golden State Theatre is operated by husband and wife entrepreneurs, Eric and Lori Lochtefeld, along with a team of industry professionals from across the country. They are also co-owners of the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, also built by the Reid Brothers in 1929, where they hold nearly 200 events per year. Through their work with the Fox Theatre and the community, they have helped to revitalize downtown Redwood City. For more information, go to www.goldenstatetheatre.com or call (831) 649-1070.

The Golden State Theatre is located at 417 Alvarado Street in Downtown Monterey and has many outstanding events coming up in 2014/2015 including performances of the Cole Porter musical, Anything Goes by the award-winning Broadway By The Bay on November 29-30, Comedian Brian Regan (February 15), Emmy-award-winning The Fab Four (March 14), Broadway by the Bay’s Les Miserables (March 28-April 5), My Fair Lady (June 27-July 5), West Side Story (September 5-September 13) and Kiss Me Kate (November 28 – December 6) and more. To arrange any interviews, please call Wendy Brickman at (831) 633-4444 or email Brickman@BrickmanMarketing.com. For more information and to be added to their newsletter list, go to www.goldenstatetheatre.com.

Press Release Distributed by Straight Line PR

Contact:
Wendy Brickman
Brickman Marketing
395 Del Monte Center #250
Monterey, CA 93940
831-633-4444
http://www.goldenstatetheatre.com

Saturday, November 22, 2014

5th Annual Carmel Jewish Film Festival March 7-22 presents Honored Movies, Speakers, Panel Discussions Nancy Spielberg to Participate in March 14th Q&A

The fifth annual Carmel Jewish Film Festival (CJFF), featuring eight award-winning movies from six countries, as well as speakers and panel discussions, will be held March 7-22.

Carmel, CA, November 23, 2014 - The fifth annual Carmel Jewish Film Festival (CJFF), featuring eight award-winning movies from six countries, as well as speakers and panel discussions, will be held March 7-22. Programs will be presented at Congregation Beth Israel, on Carmel Valley Road near the mouth of Carmel Valley, the Golden Bough Playhouse in Carmel and the Monterey Institute of International Studies.


Tickets may be purchased through the CJFF website, carmeljff.org, or by calling 800-838-3006.

“Our mission is to celebrate the artistry of film and to educate viewers with film offerings conceived and created through a uniquely Jewish lens,” says Susan Greenbaum, event co-chair. “We hope that our festival will help bridge cultural and religious differences and contribute to solidarity and peace within our greater community.”

Films are from Macedonia, United States, France, Israel, Germany and Canada.

Among the highlight of the festival:
On Opening night, Saturday, March 7 at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, the Macedonian film, The Third Half will be shown at 7:30 p.m. A true story of love, football, and the Second World War, the daughter of a wealthy Jewish banker and a poor soccer player elope and ultimately elude the bitter destiny of her people. At the conclusion of the movie there will be a panel discussion featuring MIIS and CSUMB faculty members on the topic, “Identity: What Makes Us Who We Are?

A rare appearance by world-renown Israeli psychiatrist Ilan Kutz will follow the showing of Dolphin Boy on Sunday, March 8 at 5:00 p.m. at the Golden Bough Playhouse in Carmel. Dr. Kutz, who appears in the film, treated the patient over a four-year period using dolphin therapy.

The showing of U.S. film Above and Beyond will precede a Q & A with film producer Nancy Spielberg, sister of Steven Spielberg. The film and discussion will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 14 at the Monterey Institute of International Studies Irvine Auditorium. The film portrays World War II veterans from the U.S. who volunteered to defend the new country of Israel, turning the tide of the War of Independence.

On Closing night, March 22, 7:30 pm at Congregation Beth Israel in Carmel, SFSU professor and Jewish historian, Marc Dollinger, will speak after the showing of American Jerusalem: Jews and the Making of San Francisco. This epic story portrays the role of the pioneering Jews who settled in San Francisco beginning with the Gold Rush.

Additional information about all films and events can be found on the Carmel Jewish Film Festival website: www.carmeljff.org

Contact:
Susan Greenbaum
Carmel Jewish Film Festival
Carmel, CA
(831) 626-6789
greenbaumcarmel@sbcglobal.net
http://www.carmeljff.org

Singer-Songwriter Duo Sabrina & Craig set to Release Moving Christmas Love Song Tree of Love with New Video November 11

"Don't be surprised if your audience is laughing, crying or both at the same time. Saying Sabrina & Craig are a folk act is like saying Babe Ruth was a good pitcher. It's true but it misses the whole picture." ~ Ron Maurer, the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts

Los Angeles, CA, November 23, 2014 - A special Christmas love song, “Tree of Love”, from the singer-songwriter duo Sabrina & Craig is set for this season's holiday release November 11th. This duo has been garnering national attention and loving fans with their heartfelt, soulful, and engaging music and stage presence. Their song “Mine All Mine” has been played on NPR radio and they have made regular appearances at many folk festivals.


“Tree of Love” is not just one more Holiday song; it’s a beautiful love anthem. The lyrics, instead of depicting the festive atmosphere as most Christmas songs do, tell the true story of the marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and how their tradition with the Christmas tree became an enduring symbol of their everlasting love. With Sabrina’s tender, yet passionate vocal performance and Craig’s intricate finger-style guitar work, every detail of this lover’s tale is so vividly presented that we can feel Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s joy, pain, and their faith in love. The addition of sweeping orchestral instruments expands the dimension of the song, and adds warmth and sparkle, enveloping listeners like a warm blanket on a cold winter’s night. This release includes not only the sound recording of this song but also a new music video, which features authentic paintings, drawings, and photographs of Albert and Victoria.

Sabrina has been a performing singer since the age of six, toured Europe with the prestigious Ohio Honor’s Chorale, was Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, and is a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild. Craig picked up the guitar at age 14 and has been playing ever since garnering numerous finger-style awards. Together they have been played on NPR radio, won the 50th Annual Topanga Banjo Fiddle Singing Contest, and were main stage artists and songwriting finalists at the Tucson Folk Festival. They are currently recording their second full-length album, GREEN, which was funded by fans – the GREEN Team -- through a crowd funding campaign and is expected to release in March of 2015.

For more information on Sabrina & Craig:
Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
323-806-0400
chip@mileshighproductions.com

Sabrina & Craig is: Sabrina Schneppat on ukulele, bass, percussion and vocal, and Craig Lincoln on guitar, harmonica and vocal.

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

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Billboard Charting Singer-Songwriter Margo Rey Releases Spanish Version of “This Holiday Night”

This Holiday Night EP and “ES Navidad” Available Now

Los Angeles, CA, November 16, 2014 – Seven-time Billboard charting singer/songwriter Margo Rey has re-released her Christmas EP, This Holiday Night including the original title track along with unforgettable classics, “Toy Land” and “Silent Night”. Rey will also be releasing “Es Navidad,” a Spanish version of “This Holiday Night.” After her most recent single “Colours”, an emotional and inspirational song about overcoming obstacles, Rey returns with this holiday release just in time for the season.


Stream on Soundcloud

Born in Acapulco, Mexico, Rey puts a unique, Latin touch to this 2014 single of “This Holiday Night” – a Top 5 Holiday classic that has continued to dominate and have major chart success on AC radio. Following her album release of Habit and successfully battling breast cancer for a second time in 2013, Margo never stopped pursuing her music. Margo Rey recently became the National Ambassador for non-profit organization Brides Against Breast Cancer providing her top 20 Billboard charting song, “Let The Rain”, co-written by legendary John Oates as their theme song.

The Indie Music Digest says, “Her musical/vocal style is cut from the cloth of Celine Dion, Bonnie Raitt and Shania Twain.” – but I will add she can go toe to toe with any of them vocally.

Working in the music business since she was only eleven years old, Margo continues to provide an array of her signature rich vocals with smooth tunes and funky beats with every release.

For additional information on Margo Rey:
http://www.margorey.com
https://www.facebook.com/MargoReyMusic
http://twitter.com/MargoRey

For further information contact Chip Schutzman at Miles High Productions: chip@mileshighproductions.com or 323-806-0400

Contact:
Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093
323-806-0400

http://www.mileshighproductions.com/

Living Legend Bunny Sigler Releases Remix of Holiday Single “Little Drummer Boy” November 10


Holiday Album “When You’re in Love at Christmas Time” Available Now

Los Angeles, CA, November 16, 2014 - Living legend Walter "Bunny" Sigler continues to share songs that prove his passion for music goes well beyond his beloved soul songs. Bunny’s songwriting for tracks like Instant Funk's "I Got My Mind Made Up", Patti Labelle's "Somebody Loves You Baby", The Whispers' "Bingo", Jackie Moore's "Sweet Charlie Babe" and The O'Jays "Sunshine" are what put him on the musical map. Not only is Bunny skilled with the pen, but he is also a world-renowned singer bringing his warm, powerhouse vocals to the holiday season. His holiday album, When You're In Love At Christmas Time, showcases Sigler's musical gift to make any song jingle with a commanding soulful flare.


STREAM “LITTLE DRUMMER BOY” (REMIX) ON SOUNDCLOUD

This soul-stirring album features twelve classic Christmas tracks like "Ave Maria", "White Christmas" and the single, "Little Drummer Boy" with a brand new remix premiering this month online. One of Bunny’s favorite holiday tunes, "Little Drummer Boy" showcases his laid-back and soulful sound. Bunny's rendition brings to mind an oversized chair, a roaring fire and eggnog in hand. Sigler knows how to set the scene musically for a great Christmas holiday celebration.

"O Holy Night", another popular track, finds Sigler delivering his signature vocal style on the sacred song. "I've been singing 'O Holy Night' all my life", Sigler says. "I knew that if I ever planned to record a Christmas song, it would be 'O Holy Night,'" he shares. Each song is perfectly executed and sure to have all its listeners in the holiday spirit.

This Philadelphia native began his singing career in churches all over the metropolitan area with songs like "O Lord My God" and "The Lord's Prayer". When You’re In Love At Christmas Time shows that it's more than just the music that captivates his heart; it's a testimony of his relationship with Jesus Christ. "I'm in this for real," says Sigler. "Although I've sung urban music, I never stopped singing sacred music. For me, it's all about ministry."

Bunny Sigler is a rare breed of pure talent. His the holiday album When You're In Love At Christmas Time will be penned as a timeless Christmas classic and it will certainly be a repeat album for many seasons to come.

For more information, check out Bunny Sigler at:
http://www.bunzmusicandrecords.com/
http://www.facebook.com/BunnySigler
http://www.twitter.com/BunnySigler
http://www.youtube.com/user/MrBunnySigler

Contact:
Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093
323-806-0400

http://www.mileshighproductions.com/