Name Your Price Singles Dance Combats Tough Economy

Many single Americans are unable to participate in the singles scene due to lack of funds.

San Rafael, CA - August 13, 2011 -- America’s first-ever Name Your Price Singles Dance takes place on Sunday, September 4, 2011, 7-11pm, at Pasta Pelican, 2455 Mariner Square Drive, Alameda CA 94501, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The party is sponsored by The Society of Single Professionals, the world’s largest non-profit singles organization.

All of our events worldwide are affordable,” says Rich Gosse, Chairman of The Society of Single Professionals. “We haven't raised our prices in over a decade. But still some singles cannot come to our parties, due to these difficult financial times. That won't be true this time.”

Pasta Pelican is a waterfront restaurant with a lovely view of famed Jack London Square. Adults of all ages are welcome to attend the party, which features a professional DJ playing today’s hottest hits and the greatest hits of yesteryear. Parking is free.

Anyone interested in more information about this and many more events for singles may visit or call 415-507-9962.

About The Society of Single Professionals:
Society of Single Professionals is the events division of American Singles Education, Inc., world's largest non-profit singles organization. We are the only organization that runs events for singles worldwide, on 6 continents. Our Singles Travel Company division organizes dozens of affordable group tours for singles each year, to exotic destinations worldwide. We also operate The Singles Podcasting Network, featuring interviews with major authors and experts on dating and the single lifestyle.

Rich Gosse
Society of Single Professionals
205 Mark Twain Avenue, San Rafael CA 94903
Tel: 415-507-9962
Fax: 507-9832

HIV Cure - NIH Funding Will Back More Research

Financing is one of the main obstacles toward cracking the final piece of the HIV cure puzzle-HIV reservoirs-and the backing of the NIH helps out in that regard.

Toulon, France - August 13, 2011 -- The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a division of the National Institutes of Health, has recently earmarked a $14.6 million grant to be given to research teams across the country for a common goal-make progress and find a functional cure for HIV. Sounds easy, right? Of course it doesn't, but the money makes the journey toward finding that cure much easier. Financing is one of the main obstacles toward cracking the final piece of the HIV cure puzzle-HIV reservoirs-and the backing of the NIH helps out in that regard. 15 teams across the country are putting the money to good use, finding the drugs needed to draw out and kill the HIV virus remaining in these reservoirs.

The advancement in antiretroviral drugs has created a powerful defense for people infected with HIV. Patients must take a cocktail of drugs daily, and the price tag for these drugs can run well over $1,000 a month. As good as these drugs are, they don't quite get to the root of the problem. They don't eliminate HIV; they just beat it into dormancy. The remaining HIV virus lies dormant in HIV reservoirs, just waiting to come alive when the patient ceases antiretroviral treatment for whatever reason. The goal of the current research is to tap into those HIV reservoirs somehow and bring the remaining virus out in the open so it can be killed, thereby creating a functional cure for HIV.

The current research at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) utilizes mice implanted with human tissue to see how humans might react to HIV eradication drugs being introduced into their systems. Current HIV medication gets rid of infected cells that replicate, but the ones that don't respond to the medication currently available-the virus lying dormant in HIV reservoirs-is the target of the current research. These cells can lie dormant for years, even decades, before activating and rapidly depleting the immune system.

The grant up for renewal every five years, theoretically giving researchers the funding they need to continue research. The mice that UCLA uses in its research can give a good indication on how humans might react to such HIV eradication drugs. Other primates related to humans, such as monkeys, are often used for this endeavor, but mice are a lower-cost alternative. The testing will eventually include primates, but this will expanded further in the future.

Alain Lafeuillade
83000 Toulon, France

More investors heading for alternatives, claims AAA

Alternative Asset Analysis (AAA) has backed claims from Fox Business that the ‘smart money’ is increasingly going into alternative investments.

Boston, MA, USA - August 13, 2011 -- Alternative Asset Analysis (AAA) has backed claims from Fox Business that the ‘smart money’ is increasingly going into alternative investments.

The article refers to a survey by Morningstar and Baron’s, which found that 34 per cent of institutional investors said that alternatives accounted for at least a quarter of their portfolios under management.

Nadia Papagiannis of Morningstar said that investing in alternatives can be an excellent way of spreading risk and minimizing the impact of a market crash on investments. She told Fox Business: "By investing in different asset classes such as currencies and commodities and also by trading the same or different asset classes in different ways - either by shorting or hedging - the risk and return (characteristics) of these investments are different than what currently exists in your portfolio.”

This sentiment was echoed by AAA’s analysis partner, Anthony Johnson, who said, “The market for commodities is booming at the moment thanks to demand form China, India and other emerging economies."

There is plenty of money to be made through alternative assets, such as forestry and real estate at the moment,” he added. AAA supports ethical investments in alternative assets in emerging economies, such as the sustainable forestry plantation projects launched by Greenwood Management. This firm offers investors the options of putting as little as EUR 10,000 into the projects, which supply non-native timber for domestic projects and exportation to Asia and elsewhere.

William Bernstein, the author of 'The Investor's Manifesto: Preparing for prosperity, Armageddon and everything in between', stated that it is over the long term that alternative investment can really pay off. “Instead, it's the returns over a long period of time that count the most. And that is where diversification will be the most helpful: over the long term.”

Timber is a good option for both short-term and long-term investment as there is still money to be made over a period of maybe five years, explained AAA. It added that the asset will simply continue to grow, so can be held on to for as long as it takes for the timber to reach the prices preferred by an investor.

About Alternative Asset Analysis:
The remit of Alternative Asset Analysis is to analyse and provide news on the global performance of a wide range of alternative asset classes including, but not restricted to, commodities, real estate, forestry, foreign exchange, hedge funds, private equity and venture capital.

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