"The Glow of Paris is a Spectacular Collection of Photos" Ross Rojek, San Francisco Book Review

Accompanied by a fascinating historical portrayal, the book presents a unique and aesthetic vision of Paris because no one else has ever photographed and written about the bridges that cross the Seine in this way.

New York, NY, USA (December 22, 2014) -- Most Parisians will be shocked by the unnoticed and unheralded beauty of the bridges across the Seine River that they cross over in the city every day.

That's because very few Paris residents have witnessed the stunning beauty of the bridges at night as displayed in a one-of-a-kind book of black and white photos of the 35 bridges crossing the Seine in city limits as captured by Gary Zuercher.

Zuercher spent five years photographing the 35 bridges at night during the winter months and another year researching the history of the bridges, gathering anecdotes, printing and assembling the prints to put to press the recently published The Glow of Paris: The Bridges of Paris at Night (ISBN 978-0-9906309-0-6, Marcorp Editions, 2014, 208 pages, $49.95, available on Amazon and at: http://www.marcorp-editions.com.

The Glow of Paris is an eclectic collection of extraordinary gelatin-silver photographic prints of the bridges of Paris - nighttime images that are breathtaking. Accompanied by a fascinating historical portrayal, the book presents a unique and aesthetic vision of Paris because no one else has ever photographed and written about the bridges that cross the Seine in this way.

"For the most part Parisians take these architectural wonders for granted, relying on their functionality to get them where they want to go each day," says author Zuercher. "They don't appreciate the beauty because most don't see the glow of the bridges at night. And most have forgotten that from Julius Caesar to Princess Diana, the bridges of Paris have played in important role in history."

The fascinating narrative that accompanies the artistic black and white photos includes historical facts and little known tidbits about the bridge, such as:

The history of these bridges precede the birth of Christ. In 52 BC Julius Caesar conquered Paris; the earliest recorded mention of the bridges is found in Caesar's Gallic War commentaries. Most of the later history evolves from around the time of the Middle Ages and thereafter.

On the morning of October 3, 1943, an aircraft hit the Pont de Tolbiac Bridge and crashed into the Seine, killing the four Frenchmen on board. The four were members of the Free French Air Force who had flown from an airfield in England to participate in the allied bombing of a power station outside of Paris.

Bridges constructed prior to the late eighteenth century normally had houses and shops built directly on them. Floods, ice floes, fires, boat collisions, and structural failures frequently destroyed the bridges. The collapsing bridges took the houses and shops down with them, and often their occupants as well. In 1769 Louis XV finally outlawed the construction of houses on the bridges, but it took until 1808 for the last building to be removed.

The Pont des Arts seems to have the densest proliferation of locks, perhaps because of the French adage that roughly translates as "a lock on the Pont des Arts is your commitment for life and a lock on the Pont de l'ArchevĂȘchĂ© is your commitment to your lover." It is estimated that more than 250,000 are attached to the Pont des Arts. According to the newspaper Le Figaro, the weight of the locks is 300 kilos per lineal meter. That equals 205,207 pounds, a considerable weight for the bridge to bear. From time to time the guardrail fence starts to fail under the weight and has to be replaced, at which point the locks are simply thrown away.

The name of the Pont au Change Bridge comes from the time of Louis VII (1137-1180), who in 1141 ordered the moneychangers to locate on the bridge. This allowed visitors entering the city to change money there. In 1304 Philippe le Bel (1268-1314) authorized gold and silver dealers to join the moneychangers on the bridge.

Early on, the Pont Neuf was the center of a permanent fair, a meeting point for all the sophisticated as well as the vulgar pleasures of the capital. At any moment you would find street performers-acrobats, fire-eaters, and musicians- charlatans and quacks, as well as hustlers and pickpockets, not to mention a lively trade in prostitution. Among the many businesses were several famous "tooth pullers."

"This information will be of great interest to not only tourists and historians but also to Parisians who have limited knowledge of the 35 bridges in their city and are surprised at the number of islands in the Seine, (three not two)" says Zuercher. "There is a great deal of truth in the words of author Monique Marty who wrote of the bridges - 'They are the extension of the streets, the hyphens between the two river banks. We cross them on foot, by car, by Metro. We see them without looking at them and that's a shame'."

Zuercher, an artist in the darkroom as well as behind the lens, lives half a year in Paris and the other half in Washington, D.C. He develops the film into negatives in Paris and then makes the prints in the D.C. darkroom. Often he would make 20 to 30 prints before coming up with just the right photo for his book. The results of his work prove what was written by Ansel Adams, "The negative is like the score of the music and the print is like the performance".

The stories related to the project are rich enough to fill another book, such as the time he was refused access to a church roof to photograph an aerial shot because he could not be there while the nuns were sleeping. Or when he had to use mountain climbing equipment and the aid of city firefighters to climb to the top of city hall to shoot seven bridges from the air. Or when young thugs threatened him while Zuercher was working at night but were defused when he offered to take their pictures and email it to them.

Limited Edition: Along with a signed copy of the book, a gelatin silver photographic print of the "Seven Bridges" featured on the book's cover, hand made to museum archival standards, will be available in limited quantity, signed by Gary Zuercher, mounted on 16" x 20" acid free mat board and ready for framing. For more information visit http://www.marcorp-editions.com.

About Gary Zuercher
In addition to being a professional photographer and successful businessman, Zuercher is a commercial pilot with more than 2,000 hours of flight time. He held the patent for wave pools and his equipment was used in hundreds of wave pools in the U.S. He also was a pioneer in spraygrounds at public recreation sites and for both accomplishments he was elected to the Waterpark Association Hall of Fame. Zuercher spent five years photographing the bridges of Paris at night and another year in historical research for his book. He divides his time between homes in Paris and Washington, DC with his wife Dominique who is French.

Media Contact: For a review copy of The Glow of Paris or to arrange an interview with Gary Zuercher contact Scott Lorenz of Westwind Communications Book Marketing at scottlorenz[at]westwindcos.com or by phone at 734-667-2090 or http://www.book-marketing-expert.com.

Art Gallery's 2014 "Year in Review" Now Posted & Ready to View

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is pleased to announce that its 2014 "Year in Review" edition has been compiled and is now posted and ready to view online.

Jupiter, FL, USA (December 20, 2014) -- Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is pleased to announce that its 2014 "Year in Review" edition has been compiled and is now posted and ready to view online. This year-end feature reviews and promotes the gallery's 12 top winning artists for the 12 individual monthly art exhibitions which the gallery conducted and held in 2014.

In 2014 the gallery received more than 7,400+ entries for their monthly art competitions and the "Year in Review" highlights the artists and their art that the online art gallery considered to be the best 12 entries for each monthly theme.

Throughout the year 2014 Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery received a broad array of media and artistic styles and this year-end compilation demonstrates this throughout the review. The gallery tried to showcase the various media received in their art online exhibitions and it is their hope that visitors to their website will take time to view the various exhibitions that have been posted in the gallery's Archive Section.

To proceed to the gallery's 2014 "Year in Review" follow this link: http://www.lightspacetime.com/newsletter/year-in-review-our-top-winning-artists-for-2014.

Each month Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery conducts themed online art competitions for 2D or 3D artists. All participating winners of each competition have their artwork exposed and promoted online through the online gallery to thousands of visitors each month. If you know of a talented 2D or 3D artists who may benefit from the exposure and the publicity that the gallery can provide to them, please forward this press release to them.

About Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery conducts monthly themed art competitions and monthly art exhibitions for new and emerging artists on a worldwide basis. It is Light Space & Time's intention to showcase this incredible talent in a series of monthly themed art competitions and art exhibitions by marketing and displaying the exceptional abilities of these worldwide artists. The art gallery website can be viewed here: http://www.lightspacetime.com.

Media Contact:
John R. Math
Light Space & Time Online Gallery
118 Poinciana Drive
Jupiter, FL 33458
888-490-3530

Lily Nava is now in the Gallery's Artist Showcase

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce Lily Nava has been named the gallery's latest featured artist.

Jupiter, FL, USA (December 18, 2014) -- Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce Lily Nava has been named the gallery's latest featured artist. She will now be shown in and promoted in the gallery's Artist Showcase.

Lily is an accomplished, self-taught, visionary artist currently residing in Southern California. Her art work is transformative and filled with the intangibles of her emotions through color, movement and luminosity. Her paintings are charged with positive energy, while expressing an overwhelming sense of tranquility. Viewers are transported to mystical, light filled, other-worldly dreamscapes, where they become the story teller, as they linger inside the images, seeking answers to their own life's questions.

Her works are influenced by the Fusionart style of painting, which is founded in European painting technology. What is poured onto her canvas is the emotional and spiritual energy of the artist, fusing with whatever is longing to be expressed. Since 2010, Lily's images have been juried into humanitarian artist calls such as "The Peace Project" which is curated by the Whole 9 Gallery in Los Angeles. She donates her images every year to raise funds to elevate world peace, assist humanity and build communities.

Her "earthly" art won over the juror panel at "Sustainable Silicon Valley" Art Expo", held at NASA Research Center in Mountain View, CA, which called on artists to submit images for planetary sustainability; she has been invited back every year since 2013 to have her images included in the ongoing building of the vision for planetary solutions.

Her works have been exhibited and collected across the USA. To see more of Lily's works, visit her website at http://www.lilynavagallery.com.

About Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery conducts monthly themed art competitions and monthly art exhibitions for new and emerging artists on a worldwide basis. It is Light Space & Time's intention to showcase this incredible talent in a series of monthly themed art competitions and art exhibitions by marketing and displaying the exceptional abilities of these worldwide artists. The art gallery website can be viewed here: http://www.lightspacetime.com.

Media Contact:
John R. Math
Light Space & Time Online Gallery
118 Poinciana Drive
Jupiter, FL 33458
888-490-3530

BatchOutput XLS for Microsoft Excel Is Now Available on Mac App Store

Zevrix Solutions announces that BatchOutput XLS, its output automation solution for Microsoft Excel, is now available on Mac App Store. BatchOutput automates printing of multiple documents and allows to carry out professional PDF production directly from Excel, eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. In addition to batch printing users can optimize PDF files for various target devices, apply variable file names and protect PDF against unauthorized use.

Toronto (ON), Canada (December 17, 2014) -- Zevrix Solutions announces that BatchOutput XLS, its output automation solution for Microsoft Excel, is now available on Mac App Store. The software provides advanced solutions for demanding enterprise and office publishing environments through automation of printing and professional PDF output. Mac users can download and purchase BatchOutput XLS on Mac App Store at $20 under Productivity category.

In addition to batch printing, BatchOutput XLS allows to carry out powerful professional PDF production directly from Excel, helping users simplify and streamline the conversion process. For example, users can leave BatchOutput to print hundreds of Excel files overnight, and then pick up the completed job next morning.

With BatchOutput XLS, users only need to select Excel files and adjust output settings, and the software will do the rest automatically. BatchOutput XLS is the only program that brings advanced PDF creation options right to Excel user's fingertips:

-Batch print and export Excel files to PDF with a click of a button.
-Compose variable output file names based on page number, user name, date and other values.
-Reduce PDF file size and optimize documents for web, print or electronic publishing.
-Encrypt and password-protect PDF from unauthorized copying, printing and viewing.
-Apply Quartz filters to change PDF colors, brightness and other qualities.

BatchOutput XLS is a part of the Zevrix BatchOutput family which also includes output automation solutions for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Adobe InDesign and PDF workflows.

Pricing and Availability:
BatchOutput XLS can be purchased from Mac App Store for US$19.99, as well as from Zevrix website and authorized resellers. Trial is also available for download. BatchOutput XLS requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later and Microsoft Word 2008 or 2011.

About Zevrix Solutions

Located in Toronto, Canada, Zevrix Solutions provides productivity solutions for Adobe Creative Suite software, PDF and graphic file diagnostics, digital delivery and Microsoft Office on Mac OS. Zevrix Solutions makes it easier for professionals to achieve more while doing less by automating their everyday tasks, producing error-free documents, saving disk space and cutting down on production costs.

Contact:
Leo Revzin
Owner
Zevrix Solutions
105 McCAUL St, Suite 301
Toronto Ontario M5T 2X4 Canada
858-206-0607

T5 Data Centers(TM) Names Glen Peters SVP of Finance

New Senior VP Role Part of Larger Realignment of the Senior Team to Manage Growth.

Atlanta, GA, USA (December 10, 2014) -- T5 Data Centers™, innovators in providing state-of-the-art, customizable and highly reliable computing support environments for any enterprise, has named Glen Peters to the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Finance. The new appointment is just the latest step in a series strategic executive appointments designed to prepare T5 for future growth.

Peters joins T5 Data Centers from Dewberry Capital in Atlanta where he served as Vice President of Finance and Administration. Glen also has worked with Lend Lease for 15 years, working in various real estate and leadership roles spanning the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Glen is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelors degree in Economics, Accounting, and Finance from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

"We were fortunate to be able to recruit Glen to expand our finance team," said Peter Marin, President and CEO of T5. "He has the right background in finance and real estate to oversee the expansion of T5's data center facilities. This is also the right time to realign our senior team, moving key executives into new roles that will give the company more versatility and make us more nimble so we can take advantage of new market opportunities." Aaron Wangenheim has been promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer. Craig McKesson has been named Executive Vice President, Colocation and Cloud Solutions. Tim Bright has been named Executive Vice President, Wholesale Sales Lead. In addition, Mike Casey has been appointed president of T5 Facilities Management, a T5 Data Centers company.

In the past year, T5 Data Centers has announced the opening of a new data center operation in the metropolitan New York area, groundbreaking on a new data center in Portland's Silicon Forest, and new tenants at its T5@Dallas, T5@Portland, and T5@Atlanta locations. T5 also launched T5 Facilities Management as a third-party service to deliver comprehensive data center infrastructure support.

About T5 Data Centers
T5 Data Centers (T5) is a leading national data center owner and operator, committed to delivering customizable, scalable data centers that provide an "always on" computing environment to power mission critical business applications. T5 Data Centers provides enterprise and wholesale colocation data center services to organizations across North America using proven, best-in-class technology and techniques to design and develop facilities that deliver the lowest possible total cost of operations for its clients. T5 currently has business-critical data center facilities in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Charlotte with new projects announced in Portland, New York, and Colorado. All of T5's data center projects are purpose-built facilities featuring robust design, redundant and reliable power and telecommunications and have 24-hour staff to support mission-critical computing applications.

For more information, visit http://www.t5datacenters.com.

Contact:
Aaron Wangenheim
T5 Data Centers
(415) 292-7700

InPreflight for Adobe InDesign Now Supports Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Zevrix Solutions announces InPreflight Pro 2.11.13, a compatibility update to its document preparation solution for Adobe InDesign. Described as "delightfully simple to use" by Macworld magazine, InPreflight is an all-in-one solution to check InDesign documents for errors, automatically collect multiple files for output and ship them to final destination. The new version makes InPreflight compatible with the recently released Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

Toronto (ON), Canada (December 10, 2014) -- Zevrix Solutions today announces the release of InPreflight 2.11.13, a compatibility update to its document preparation solution for Adobe InDesign. InPreflight is a powerful all-in-one solution to check InDesign documents, collect them for output and ship to final destination. InPreflight helps graphics and print professionals prevent costly mistakes by uncovering hidden problems, reduce production time and costs, as well as save disk space through smart batch-packaging.

The new version makes InPreflight Pro compatible with the recently released Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and is offered as a free update to the licensed users. A number of user interface elements were updated to display properly across multiple OS X versions.


Batch-collect and job delivery:
InPreflight Pro can package multiple InDesign jobs automatically with the option to collect all files into one folder. It eliminates the need to collect the same links multiple times for each design, saving users gigabytes of disk space and hours of production time. In addition, the collected jobs can be sent automatically over the Internet and locally.

Quality control:
InPreflight quickly checks InDesign documents for common problems, as well as for hidden issues such as TIFF and EPS compression, embedded fonts and illegal link locations.

Graphic preflight reports:
Users can print graphic preflight reports and save them as PDF files. The reports can be set up interactively with the option to include a detailed paragraph styles report for typography professionals.

Pricing and Availability:
InPreflight Pro can be purchased from Zevrix website for US$99.95 (Studio version: $39.95), as well as from authorized resellers. Trial version is available for download. The update is free for licensed users of version 2, and $50 from earlier versions. InPreflight is available for Mac OS X 10.5-10.10 and works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2014.

About Zevrix Solutions

Located in Toronto, Canada, Zevrix Solutions provides productivity solutions for Adobe Creative Suite software, PDF and graphic file diagnostics and Microsoft Office on Mac OS. Zevrix Solutions is dedicated to helping professionals achieve more while doing less through automating their everyday tasks, producing error-free documents, saving disk space and cutting production costs. For more information, visit http://www.zevrix.com.

Contact:
Leo Revzin
Owner
Zevrix Solutions
105 McCAUL St, Suite 301
Toronto Ontario M5T 2X4 Canada
858-206-0607

T5 Data Centers(TM) Signs New T5@LA Tenant Seeking Metro LA Data Center Location for Content Delivery

Signing of New Multimedia Customer Demonstrates that Los Angeles Continues to Be a Robust Market for State-of-the-Art Data Center Services.

Los Angeles, CA, USA (December 10, 2014) -- T5 Data Centers™, innovators in providing state-of-the-art, customizable and highly reliable computing support environments for any enterprise, today announced that its southern California data center facility, T5@LA, has signed a lease with a new tenant seeking a robust data center to support regional content delivery. The contract calls for T5@LA to provide comprehensive data center services including smart hands support to manage on site operations.

T5@LA is a purpose-built, wholesale data center with 181,489 square feet of space under one roof. Located in El Segundo near Los Angeles International Airport, T5@LA was selected for its location in the heart of metro Los Angeles, bringing data delivery services closer to consumers throughout southern California. The proximity of the data center in the second largest MSA in the United States makes T5@LA the ideal facility to deliver streaming content with minimal latency. And T5@LA is seismically enhanced with redundant systems and a dedicated power system to ensure uninterrupted service.

"Completing this latest lease agreement shows that there is an ongoing need for cost effective, highly reliable data centers in metropolitan markets such as Los Angeles," said Aaron Wangenheim, Chief Operating Officer for T5 Data Centers. "We are seeing more customers who want to deliver content as part of their data center operations, including providers who want to maintain their online products close to their customers. By maintaining state-of-the-art data facilities in major metropolitan markets like Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, and Dallas, we are in an ideal position to service these types of companies."

About T5 Data Centers

T5 Data Centers (T5) is a leading national data center owner and operator, committed to delivering customizable, scalable data centers that provide an "always on" computing environment to power mission critical business applications. T5 Data Centers provides enterprise and wholesale colocation data center services to organizations across North America using proven, best-in-class technology and techniques to design and develop facilities that deliver the lowest possible total cost of operations for its clients. T5 currently has business-critical data center facilities in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Charlotte with new projects announced in Portland, New York, and Colorado. All of T5's data center projects are purpose-built facilities featuring robust design, redundant and reliable power and telecommunications and have 24-hour staff to support mission-critical computing applications.

For more information, visit http://www.t5datacenters.com.

Contact:
Aaron Wangenheim
T5 Data Centers
(415) 292-7700

A "Baby Shower Fit for a Princess" Arranged by Edgar Perez, The Speed Traders, for Wife Olga

Edgar Perez, author of The Speed Traders, arranged "a baby shower to remember" for wife Olga as they gear to welcome their second child on January 2015.

New York, NY, USA (December 10, 2014) -- Edgar Perez, author of The Speed Traders, arranged a baby shower for his wife Olga this past Sunday; as attendees to the event described it, the party was a "baby shower fit for a princess." The party, hosted at their residence in Lindenhurst, New York, had a pink theme overall and there were "pink flowers decorations, pink-themed covered walls and a huge white and pink cake." Guests went on further to describe the cake as gold type with traditional butter cream icing.

It sure looked like Olga's baby shower couldn't get too cute and pretty enough. But there's another very cute thing about it; the games were to die for, as it can be seen through Perez's Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/15Z41Mx. Creating the tallest cup tower, picking baby items while wearing a blindfold, and other classic games captured the attendees' imagination.

Olga is just six weeks away from welcoming another future author, as Perez likes to point; the couple welcomed their first child, Edgar Felipe, early this year. A guest commented, "I'm not sure Edgar Felipe understands that Olga is pregnant. But they are talking to him about having a little sister. They're making sure he's prepared the best they can."

Perez is widely regarded as the preeminent global expert and speaker in electronic and high-frequency trading. He is author of Knightmare on Wall Street, a minute-by-minute account of the terrifying hours following Knight Capital's August 1, 2012 trading debacle, and The Speed Traders, the pioneering global introduction to the world of high-frequency trading. Perez was a vice president at Citigroup, a consultant at IBM, and a strategist at McKinsey & Co. in New York City.

Media Contact:
Julia Petrova
Media Relations Coordinator
The Speed Traders

4th Annual "Open" Art Exhibition Results Announced

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is pleased to announce that its December 2014 art exhibition, the 4th Annual "Open" Art Exhibition is now posted on their website and can be viewed online.

Jupiter, FL, USA (December 9, 2014) -- Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is pleased to announce that its December 2014 art exhibition, the 4th Annual "Open" Art Exhibition is now posted on their website and can be viewed online. Artists were asked for their interpretation of the "Open" theme by submitting their best nonobjective or representational art for this competition. There was no theme for this competition.

An art competition was held in November 2014 which determined and judged the art for this exhibition. The gallery received submissions from 19 different countries from around the world and they also received entries from 38 different states and Puerto Rico. Overall, there were 630 entries which were judged for this art competition.

Congratulations to the artists who have been designated as this month's category winners, along with the winning Special Merit and Special Recognition artists. The gallery commends all of the winning artists for their artistic skill and their creativity, as this online art exhibition is indicative of their creativity.

To proceed to the galleries 4th Annual "Open" online art exhibition follow this link: http://www.lightspacetime.com/open-art-exhibition-december-2014.

Each month Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery conducts themed online art competitions for 2D and 3D artists. All participating winners of each competition have their artwork exposed and promoted online through the online gallery to thousands of visitors each month. If you know of a talented artists who may benefit from the exposure and the publicity that the gallery can provide to them, please forward this press release to them.

About Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery conducts monthly themed art competitions and monthly art exhibitions for new and emerging artists on a worldwide basis. It is Light Space & Time's intention to showcase this incredible talent in a series of monthly themed art competitions and art exhibitions by marketing and displaying the exceptional abilities of these worldwide artists. The art gallery website can be viewed here: http://www.lightspacetime.com.

Media Contact:
John R. Math
Light Space & Time Online Gallery
118 Poinciana Drive
Jupiter, FL 33458
888-490-3530

Michelle Dumas Wins Three "Toast of the Resume" Awards, Including First Place for Best IT Resume

CDI Recognizes Distinctive Career Services Founder With TORI Awards for Information Technology, Executive, and Healthcare/Medical Resumes.

Somersworth, NH, USA (November 26, 2014) -- Career Directors International (CDI) has recognized Michelle Dumas, founder of Distinctive Career Services LLC, career and resume consultants for professionals and executives for nearly 20 years, with three Toast of the Resume Industry (TORI) awards for 2014. Dumas was singled out with a First Place award for Best Information Technology Resume, a Third Place Award for Best Executive Resume, and a Third Place Award for Best Healthcare/Medical Resume.

Every year, CDI hosts the TORI resume writing competition to promote excellence in the professional career services industry. The TORI is considered the premier annual writing competition. This year CDI received more than 200 entries from around the globe.

"Career Directors International is working hard to promote new standards of excellence in the career coaching and resume business and the TORI competition has become a global contest that attracts the best in business," said Dumas. "I am delighted to have been singled out by my peers in three TORI award categories. Acknowledgement from your peers is truly a validation of your capabilities."

Dumas is the author of "101 Before and After Resume Examples" and "Secrets of a Successful Job Search," as well as a contributor to more than a dozen books on resume writing and job search strategies. Dumas also personally works with executive clients through her exclusive career marketing program, http://www.100kcareermarketing.com.

Dumas and the team of career professionals at Distinctive Career Services offer a wide range of career support services, including resume writing, cover letter writing, LinkedIn profile writing, job search assistance, and personal branding strategies. Dumas holds both a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW) credentials, and is a trained career coach and a Certified Personal Branding Strategist (CPBS) with credentials as a Certified Employment Interview Professional (CEIP) and a Job & Career Transition Coach (JCTC).

About Distinctive Career Services
Founded in 1996, Distinctive Career Services, LLC (formerly Distinctive Documents) offers professional resume writing and consultation, design, and distribution services to job hunters worldwide. Using a proprietary methodology, Distinctive Career Services provides its clients with all the tools necessary to promote and market themselves, and shows them how to open new doors to reach their highest career aspirations. The firm's clients include thousands of job seekers at all professional levels to the highest C-level executives. Clients come from all industries and includes working professionals looking to advance or change their careers as well as under- and unemployed workers looking to shorten their job search.

For more information, visit Distinctive Career Services online at http://www.distinctiveweb.com.

Contact:
Michelle Dumas
Founder and Executive Director
Distinctive Career Services, LLC
(800) 644-9694

United Way Launches Holiday Gift Drive to Support Bay Area Families and Seniors in Need

LIVE UNITED Holiday Campaign Kicks Off in Time for Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday.

San Francisco, CA, USA (November 25, 2014) -- United Way of the Bay Area today announced the launch of its LIVE UNITED holiday campaign, including a gift drive for individuals, community organizations and businesses that want to support local families in need. The poverty-fighting organization has also released a toolkit to support gift drive participants, which includes a list of most-needed items, suggestions for getting others involved and instructions for dropping off the gift bags.

"At United Way, we talk a lot about what it means to LIVE UNITED-especially during the holidays. For us, it's about doing our part to support those in need throughout our community. Volunteering is an easy and fun way to help-and spread holiday cheer," said Sarah Burton, Director of Volunteer Engagement.

The holiday gift bag drive invites community members to LIVE UNITED by supporting low-income children, families and seniors across the San Francisco Bay Area. Participants are encouraged to get family members and friends involved in the collection of items by requesting houseguests to bring one item each to holiday gatherings. The most-needed items include warm clothing, toys, canned or boxed food, and personal care products. Grocery store gift cards are also immensely helpful to low-income parents and seniors. Donations should be delivered to United Way of the Bay Area's San Francisco office at 550 Kearny Street, 10th Floor, or Oakland office at 1970 Broadway, Suite 400.

Participants and the general public are also invited to share their stories of how they LIVE UNITED by giving back to the community at http://uwba.org/live-united. Like Zoila, for example, who went from client to staff member at one of United Way's SparkPoint Centers: "I want people to have the same opportunities as I had. That's how I LIVE UNITED."

A recent research brief issued by United Way of the Bay Area revealed that 29 percent of Bay Area households live below self-sufficiency, meaning these individuals cannot afford basic necessities like housing, food and health care. The holiday gift drive is just one of the many ways that United Way combats poverty through giving, advocacy and volunteerism.

Learn more about the holiday gift drive and additional holiday volunteer opportunities at http://uwba.org/volunteer. Read stories about Bay Area residents LIVING UNITED and share your own at http://uwba.org/live-united.

About United Way of the Bay Area
United Way of the Bay Area is a nonprofit organization, leading a movement to cut Bay Area poverty in half by 2020. We're harnessing the collective power of nonprofits, government, corporations, labor and thousands of individuals to create change through giving, advocating, and volunteering. Every year, our programs - SparkPoint, Earn It! Keep It! Save It!, 211, MatchBridge and Community Schools - help more than 250,000 Bay Area residents. We connect people to food and shelter, put people back to work, bring tax dollars back to our community, help youth succeed in school and in the workplace, and move people toward financial stability. Founded in 1922, United Way of the Bay Area serves Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo and Solano Counties. For more information, visit http://uwba.org.

Media Contact:
Erica Johnson
415-808-4308

Kaplan University and Leading Global HR Organization Assess What is Needed To Narrow the Skills Gap Between Job Seekers and Open Positions

Human resources leaders often rank communication skills over tech in business and IT fields, according to Career Tips survey.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (November 25, 2014) -- Professionals who can articulate well and adeptly analyze information to make strategic decisions have the edge in business and information technology workplaces, according to nationwide survey commissioned by Kaplan University School of Business & Information Technology with the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

The survey, which highlights career tips for IT and Business Job applicants was distributed to 3,000 SHRM members nationwide in September, amassing over 350 responses from the administrator to C-Suite level. The goal of the survey was to identify the personal and professional traits that can help secure job opportunities for graduates seeking employment and advancement in the business and IT sectors.

"Kaplan University is keenly focused on making sure our graduates have the skills employers are looking for. We're constantly evaluating and enhancing our business and IT programs to better prepare our students for the demands in the workplace," said Dr. Thomas C. Boyd, Kaplan University dean and vice president of the School of Business & Information Technology. "The survey results reaffirm the importance of obtaining 'soft skills' like communication, critical thinking and team work in addition to core curriculum competencies."

Key survey findings include the following:

Aside from education training, communication (94%) and critical thinking skills (73%) ranked as leading skills for business and general job applicants in today's workplace.

Breaking it down by sector, communication (90%) and critical thinking (75%) remained as the top two business job applicant skills; technology/social and digital media skills (72%) and critical thinking (67%) addressed the top IT job applicant skills.

Adaptability to change (31% for IT jobs; 25% for business jobs) was the one strength that HR professional deemed most important for a person to gain a competitive edge in their field or position.

Employee referrals and national online job boards (58% and 53%, respectively, for business applicants; and equally 46% for IT applicants) were reported to be the leading resources for human resources recruiters. Internal job postings were another top recruitment source for business positions (45%), and industry-specific/niche online job boards were key for IT jobs (39%).

For more information, visit the Kaplan University School of Business & Information Technology.

About Kaplan University
Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (http://www.hlcommission.org). Kaplan University serves approximately 46,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 13 campuses in Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Maryland, Maine, and Wisconsin, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Maryland and Missouri.

Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education LLC and Kaplan, Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan’s higher education institutions serves approximately 61,000 students online and through 56 campus-based schools across the United States and offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris doctor degree. Kaplan serves students of all ages through a wide array of offerings including higher education, test preparation, professional training and programs for kids in grades K-12. Kaplan, Inc. is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company and its largest division. For more information, visit http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu.

Media Contact:
Amy Hawkinson
Director of Public Relations
Kaplan University
Office: 954-515-3603
Mobile: 954-459-1324

4th Annual "Seasons" Online Art Competition Announced

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces a call for entries for the gallery's 4th Annual "Seasons" Online Juried Art Competition for the month of December 2014.

Jupiter, FL, USA (November 24, 2014) -- Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces a call for entries for the gallery's 4th Annual "Seasons" Online Juried Art Competition for the month of December 2014. The gallery invites all 2D and 3D artists (including photography) from around the world to make online submissions for possible inclusion in to the Gallery's January 2015 online group art exhibition.

Light Space & Time encourages entries from artists regardless of where they reside and regardless of their experience or education in the art field to send the gallery their best interpretation of the theme "Seasons" by submitting their best representational or non-representational art. The Seasons theme will include and represent the four distinct times of the year, along with any scenes, events, or any activities associated with those four seasons. The deadline to apply to this art competition is December 27, 2014.

Winners of the "Seasons" Art Exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity and promotion in the form of email marketing, 70+ press release announcements, 75+ event announcement posts, extensive social media marketing and distribution, in order to make the art world aware of the art exhibition and in particular, the artist's accomplishments. There will also be links back to the artist's website included as part of this award package.

In addition to the above, artists shall also receive a digital Award Certificate, Event Postcard, Event Catalogue, Press Releases and "Leveraging Your Success" marketing materials if they place in this exhibition.

Interested artists should provide to us with your best "Seasons" art now or before the deadline. Apply Online Here: http://www.lightspacetime.com.

About Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery conducts monthly themed art competitions and monthly art exhibitions for new and emerging artists on a worldwide basis. It is Light Space & Time's intention to showcase this incredible talent in a series of monthly themed art competitions and art exhibitions by marketing and displaying the exceptional abilities of these worldwide artists. The art gallery website can be viewed here: http://www.lightspacetime.com.

Media Contact:
John R. Math
Light Space & Time Online Gallery
118 Poinciana Drive
Jupiter, FL 33458
888-490-3530

LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign Now Supports Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Zevrix Solutions announces LinkOptimizer 4.9.28, a compatibility update to its popular workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. Awarded 4 out of 5 stars by Computer Arts magazine, LinkOptimizer allows to reduce InDesign link size and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data, performs essential image adjustments, converts image formats and more. The new version makes LinkOptimizer compatible with the recently released Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

Toronto (ON), Canada (November 24, 2014) -- Zevrix Solutions today announces the release of LinkOptimizer 4.9.28, a compatibility update to its popular workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. Awarded 4 out of 5 stars by Computer Arts magazine, LinkOptimizer automates complex image manipulation tasks allowing to significantly reduce the size of InDesign links, save processing time and reduce production costs.

The new version makes LinkOptimizer compatible with the recently released Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and is offered as a free update to licensed users. A number of user interface elements were updated to display properly across multiple OS X versions.

"LinkOptimizer makes me extremely happy", says Nynke Tiekstra, the owner of design studio ColtsfootMedia in Friesland, Netherlands. "It converted 10,000 images in a 1800 pages project saving us at least 40 hours work, and it proved to be 100% accurate."

LinkOptimizer works automatically with Adobe Photoshop to eliminate the excess image data of InDesign links, perform essential image adjustments and convert image formats. For example, with just a click of a button users can:

-scale and crop images to match their dimensions in InDesign,
-change their resolution to 300 dpi,
-apply color profile,
-resave JPEG images as TIFF,
-run a Photoshop Action on each image.

At the end of processing, LinkOptimizer reimports images to InDesign at 100% in their precise position. In addition, the software can apply sharpening filters, merge layers and delete hidden ones, and process copies of InDesign documents and images instead of original files. As a result, users can save gigabytes of disk space and countless hours of optimizing images manually, accelerate document output, reduce job turnaround and cut costs through faster processing.

Pricing and Availability:
LinkOptimizer can be purchased from Zevrix website for US$259.95 (Light version: $179.95) as well as from authorized resellers. Trial is also available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer is available for Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and works with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC 2014.

About Zevrix Solutions

Located in Toronto, Canada, Zevrix Solutions provides productivity solutions for Adobe Creative Suite software, PDF and graphic file diagnostics, as well as Microsoft Office on Mac OS. Zevrix Solutions is dedicated to helping professionals increase their profits through automating their everyday tasks, producing error-free documents, saving disk space and cutting production costs. For more information, visit http://www.zevrix.com.

Contact:
Leo Revzin
Owner
Zevrix Solutions
105 McCAUL St, Suite 301
Toronto Ontario M5T 2X4 Canada
858-206-0607