Micromet Inc. (NASDAQ:MITI) Investor Investigation concerning potential Unfairness of Takeover announced

An investigation for investors in Micromet Inc. (NASDAQ:MITI) shares in connection with the takeover was announced and NASDAQ: MITI stockholders should contact the Shareholders Foundation.

San Diego, CA, USA (January 31, 2012) -- The Shareholders Foundation announces that an investigation for investors in Micromet Inc. (NASDAQ:MITI) shares was initiated concerning whether the offer to acquire Micromet for $11 per share and the buyout process are unfair to investors in NASDAQ:MITI shares.

Investors in shares of Micromet Inc. (NASDAQ:MITI) and purchased NASDAQ:MITI shares prior to the announcement, have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail(at)shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) 779 - 1554.

The investigations by law firms concern whether Micromet Inc, certain officers and directors, and/or others breached their fiduciary duties to Micromet (NASDAQ: MITI) investors in connection with the proposed acquisition.

On Jan. 26, 2012, Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) and Micromet, Inc. (NASDAQ:MITI) announced that the companies have entered into a merger agreement under which Amgen will acquire Micromet for $11 per share in cash or a transaction, which values Micromet at approximately $1.16 billion.

However, at least on analyst has set the high target price for NASDAQ:MITI shares at $12 per share, thus above the current offer.

Therefore the investigation for NASDAQ:MITI investors concerns whether the Micromet Board of Directors undertook an adequate sales process and in particular breached their fiduciary duties to Micromet Inc. (NASDAQ:MITI) shareholders by failing to adequately shop the Company before entering into this transaction. The investigation also focuses on whether offer by Amgen undervalues NASDAQ:MITI shares.

Those who are current investors in Micromet Inc. (NASDAQ:MITI) and purchased NASDAQ:MITI shares prior to the announcement, have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation.

About Shareholders Foundation, Inc.
The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is a professional portfolio monitoring and settlement claim filing service, and an investor advocacy group, which does research related to shareholder issues and informs investors of securities class actions, settlements, judgments, and other legal related news to the stock/financial market. Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is in contact with a large number of shareholders and offers help, support, and assistance for every shareholder. The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is not a law firm. The information is provided as a public service. It is not intended as legal advice and should not be relied upon.

Media Contact:
Joelle Day
Shareholders Foundation, Inc.
3111 Camino Del Rio North
Suite 423
San Diego, CA 92108
Tel: +1-(858)-779-1554

The Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack (NYSE:PBY) Investor Investigation over Going Private Offer announced

An investigation on behalf of investors of The Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack (NYSE:PBY) in connection with the takeover was announced and NYSE:PBY stockholders should contact the Shareholders Foundation.

San Diego, CA, USA (January 31, 2012) -- The Shareholders Foundation announces that an investigation for investors in the Pep Boys (NYSE:PBY) shares was initiated concerning whether the offer to acquire The Pep Boys for $15 per share and the buyout process are unfair to investors in NYSE:PBY shares.

Investors who purchased shares of The Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack (NYSE:PBY) prior to Jan. 30, 2012 and currently hold those PBY shares, have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail(at)shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) 779 – 1554.

The investigations by law firms concern whether the Pep Boys, certain officers and directors, and/or others breached their fiduciary duties to The Pep Boys (PBY) investors in connection with the proposed acquisition.

On Monday, Jan 30, 2012, The Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack announced that it has entered into a merger agreement under which it will be acquired by The Gores Group for a total enterprise value of the transaction is approximately $1.0 billion. Under the terms of the proposed transaction, The Gores Group will acquire all the outstanding common shares of The Pep Boys for $15.00 per share in cash.

However at least one analyst recently set a high target price for NYSE PBY shares at $17.00 per share, thus well above the current offer. Additionally, the Pep Boys’ financial performance increase lately. The Pep Boys reported that its Total Revenue rose from $1.91billion for a 52weeks period ending on Jan 30, 2010 to $1.98billion for a 52weeks period ending on Jan 29, 2011 and its Net Income over the same time periods increased from $23.04million to $36.63million.

Thus given the financial performance of the Pep Boys and the analyst’s target price for NYSE:PBY the investigation focuses on whether offer by The Gores Group undervalues NYSE:PBY shares. Further the investigation for NYSE:PBY investors concerns whether the Pep Boys Board of Directors undertook an adequate sales process and in particular breached their fiduciary duties to the Pep Boys (PBY) shareholders by failing to adequately shop the Company before entering into this transaction.

Those who are current investors in The Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack (Public, NYSE:PBY) and purchased your NYSE:PBY shares prior to January 30, have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation.

About Shareholders Foundation, Inc.
The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is a professional portfolio monitoring and settlement claim filing service, and an investor advocacy group, which does research related to shareholder issues and informs investors of securities class actions, settlements, judgments, and other legal related news to the stock/financial market. Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is in contact with a large number of shareholders and offers help, support, and assistance for every shareholder. The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is not a law firm. The information is provided as a public service. It is not intended as legal advice and should not be relied upon.

Media Contact:
Trevor Allen
Shareholders Foundation, Inc.
3111 Camino Del Rio North
Suite 423
San Diego, CA 92108
Tel: +1-(858)-779-1554

Solutia Inc. (NYSE:SOA) Investor Probe of Buyout over potential Breaches of Fiduciary Duty announced

An investigation on behalf of investors of Solutia Inc. (NYSE:SOA) in connection with the acquisition was announced and NYSE: SOA stockholders should contact the Shareholders Foundation.

San Diego, CA, USA (January 31, 2012) -- The Shareholders Foundation announces that an investigation for investors in Solutia Inc. (NYSE:SOA) shares was launched concerning whether the offer to acquire Solutia for a value of approximately $27.65 per share and the buyout process are unfair to investors in NYSE:SOA shares.

Investors in shares of Solutia Inc. (NYSE:SOA) and purchased NYSE:SOA shares prior to the announcement, have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail(at)shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) 779 - 1554.

The investigations by law firms concern whether Solutia Inc, certain officers and directors, and/or others breached their fiduciary duties to Solutia (NYSE:SOA) investors in connection with the proposed acquisition.

On Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, Solutia Inc. (NYSE:SOA) and Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN) announced that they have entered into an agreement, under which Eastman Chemical Company will acquire Solutia at a total transaction value of approximately $4.7 billion, including the assumption of Solutia's debt. Under the terms of the proposed transaction, Solutia stockholders will receive $22.00 in cash and 0.12 shares of Eastman common stock for each share of Solutia common stock. Based on the closing prices on January 26, 212, Solutia shareholders will receive cash and stock valued at $27.65 per Solutia (NYSE:SOA) common share.

However, at least one analyst has set the high target price for NYSE: SOA shares at $31 per share.

Therefore the investigation for NYSE:SOA investors concerns whether the Solutia Board of Directors undertook an adequate sales process and in particular breached their fiduciary duties to Solutia Inc. (YSE:SOA) shareholders by failing to adequately shop the Company before entering into this transaction.

In addition given the financial performance of Solutia in recent years and the analyst’s high target price for NYSE: SOA the investigation also focuses on whether offer by Eastman Chemical Company undervalues NYSE:SOA shares.

Those who are current investors in Solutia Inc. (SOA) and purchased NYSE:SOA shares prior to the announcement have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation.

About Shareholders Foundation, Inc.
The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is a professional portfolio monitoring and settlement claim filing service, and an investor advocacy group, which does research related to shareholder issues and informs investors of securities class actions, settlements, judgments, and other legal related news to the stock/financial market. Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is in contact with a large number of shareholders and offers help, support, and assistance for every shareholder. The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is not a law firm. The information is provided as a public service. It is not intended as legal advice and should not be relied upon.

Media Contact:
Trevor Allen
Shareholders Foundation, Inc.
3111 Camino Del Rio North
Suite 423
San Diego, CA 92108
Tel: +1-(858)-779-1554

NYSE:IVC Investor Investigation of Invacare Corporation Announced

The Shareholders Foundation announces that an investigation for investors in NYSE:IVC shares was launched over possible securities laws violations at Invacare Corporation.

San Diego, CA, USA (January 30, 2012) -- The Shareholders Foundation announces that an investigation for investors in NYSE:IVC shares was initiated in connection with potential Violations of Federal Securities Laws by Invacare Corporation and certain of its officers and directors.

Those who purchased shares of Invacare Corp. (NYSE:IVC), have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) 779 - 1554.

The investigation by a law firm focuses on possible claims on behalf of purchasers of the securities of Invacare Corp. (NYSE:IVC) concerning whether the company, certain of its officers and directors, or others have possibly violated federal securities laws. Specifically, the investigation concerns whether certain statements regarding Invacare's business, its prospects and its operations were potentially materially false and misleading at the time they were made.

On December 8, 2011, Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has requested that the Company negotiate and agree to a consent decree of injunction relating to previously disclosed inspectional observations at Invacare's corporate facility and its wheelchair manufacturing facility in Elyria, Ohio. Invacare Corporation said that the FDA has proposed a consent decree that would require suspension of certain operations at the facilities until they are determined by the FDA to be in compliance.

Following the announcement shares of Invacare (NYSE:IVC) fell on December 8 to $14.68 per share.

Those who purchased shares of Invacare Corporation should contact the Shareholders Foundation.

About Shareholders Foundation, Inc.
The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is a professional portfolio monitoring and settlement claim filing service, and an investor advocacy group, which does research related to shareholder issues and informs investors of securities class actions, settlements, judgments, and other legal related news to the stock/financial market. Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is in contact with a large number of shareholders and offers help, support, and assistance for every shareholder. The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is not a law firm. The information is provided as a public service. It is not intended as legal advice and should not be relied upon.

Media Contact:
Joelle Day
Shareholders Foundation, Inc.
3111 Camino Del Rio North
Suite 423
San Diego, CA 92108
Tel: +1-(858)-779-1554

BusinessVibes provides recipe for Greater Online Exposure

Pay attention to new networking website, like BusinessVibes. Not only will they make your company more visible online, but as well can help you find new suppliers, partners and clients, who you can start to look for before they even know your company exists.

London, UK, January 30, 2012 -- It doesn't matter whether your company is very local or really global or whether you run online business or sell tangible products, the truth is that the power of Internet and the importance of online visibility cannot be ignored anymore. Internet is a great source to provide companies more transactions or interactions with customers. Here are some tips on how to increase online visibility of the company.

First of all invest in search engine marketing including link exchanges, keyword implementation and interesting, unique content. All those actions will take your website higher and higher in search engine results. According to latest research over 50% of Internet users search for products using search engines, but only 5% of them take a look at more than first 100 results in their browser.

When your product is developed use SEM as well. Paid advertisements will place the name of your company on the very top of sponsored search results. Paying by user’s click you stay sure that all money you spent made user at least go to your website.

Use social media as a tool helping you to attract attention of online customers. Keep friends, followers, connected parts informed about your new products, discounts and plans. Nowadays 48% of marketers admit that they use Facebook to generate leads and grow their business online. Become a part of blogging society, blog about your products, your industry or whatever, which in your opinion will attract attention of future customers. Remember that blog is not that much selling tool, but information one. Don't blog about nothing, try to interest reader and make him follow your future thoughts. Allow them to be informed about news on your website or blog by adding RSS feed tool.

Pay attention to new networking website, like BusinessVibes. Not only will they make your company more visible online, but as well can help you find new suppliers, partners and clients, who you can start to look for before they even know your company exists.

In the world of smartphones and omnipresence of Internet connection do not forget to think about interactivity between all users of mobile devices and your website. Following the newest technologies will bring you more traffic and more clients.

Contact:
Marta Munia
Marketing Executive - Europe
Businessvibes Network International Inc
8 Wimpole Street
London W1G 9SP
Tel: +44 20 7291 0883
Follow us on Twitter: @businessvibes

AAA said Chinese are savvy to be investing in Australian property

Savvy Chinese investors are showing increasing interest in Australian real estate, according to AAA.

Boston, MA, USA, January 30, 2012 -- Savvy Chinese investors are showing increasing interest in Australian real estate, according to Alternative Asset Analysis (AAA).

AAA’s claim comes off the back of new figures from real estate firm CBRE, which found that Chinese investors account for a growing proportion of foreign real estate development in Australia. Some 30 per cent of the real estate developers in Australia are foreign and nine per cent of these are Chinese, according to the latest figures.

CBRE also found that 1,200 Australian apartments are currently either being planned, are under construction, or are being marketed by Chinese investors.

Melbourne and Sydney were found to be the most popular sites for Chinese investors. AAA’s analysis partner, Anthony Johnson, said that the Chinese are attracted to Australia as a place to invest in real estate for several reasons. Many have children studying there and investing in an apartment is seen as a good way to save cash in the short-term and make healthy returns in the longer term. The laws also entitle the owners to keep hold of a property as long as they wish, which is not the case in China. Overall though, Mr Johnson claimed that Chinese investors are attracted to real estate as an alternative form of investment as a result of the volatility of the stock markets.

Many investors are turning their back on traditional asset classes in favour of alternatives, such as real estate, forestry, commodities and currency investments,” stated Mr Johnson.

Many newly-wealthy Chinese investors want to put their cash in an asset that has lower correlation with the equity markets, protecting their cash from the impact of any further major economic turmoil,” he added.

AAA supports many kinds of alternative investments, but is particularly keen to promote ethical investments, which are both environmentally and socially responsible. It support projects in development countries, such as the forestry plantation scheme run by Greenwood Management in Brazil.

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.

Media Contact:
Anthony Johnson
Alternative Asset Analysis
71 Commercial St
Boston, MA 02109-1320
617-939-9596

BusinessVibes helps to create successful Social Media Strategy

Find out below some clues helping you to base your strategy on few, most important points that will help you make it successful.

London, UK, January 29, 2012 -- B2C companies are investing more and more money in hiring specialists in the subject area of social media to create successful marketing strategy based on those tools. It was extremely important for B2C companies due to huge amount of individual users joining the websites, being at one time potential clients. Increasing number of users lead B2C companies to the point when they started to set up accounts on social media. In answer for that B2B companies have no other way than join them as quickly as possible. Today 74% of businesses say social media is the leading emerging channel for lead generation, they admit that and thy create accounts, but nearly 68% of marketing executives in that companies report that they feel “unprepared” for the challenges of social media marketing. Find out below some clues helping you to base your strategy on few, most important points that will help you make it successful.

First of all - Stay calm and don't hurry up. You will need to spend long hours with your colleagues from other departments and listen to their insights concerning customers and product. The strategy creation process also entailed the creation of guidelines for tone of voice and brand reputation management, which both build coherence across diverse entities and help you work out how to address negative issues and any potential crisis.

Discover habits of social media audience. Analyse wisely who and where your audience is. What kind of platform are they the most active on? Learn how your customers are buying products, what are their manners to do the market research. Focus on media-savvy customers; be ready for appearance of those, who didn't really use them from the beginning.

Remember that all social media accounts cannot be owned by only one department within the company. It will definitely be monitored by communication or marketing department, but do not be afraid to give employees of other departments some autonomy in contributing to your company social media world development.

Stay flexible, but do not exceed some limits. It is obvious that nowadays more and more social media based portals will appear and you need to be ready to become active on those new ones, but in the meantime - remember that every time you set up a new account you start everything from scratch. When you already know where your target audience is in majority, stick to that website, develop you strategy and gain connections - for sure it will pay back.

Keep strategy on your desk and in your mind but remember to stay reactive as well. Having well organized strategy help you to deal with the huge number of platforms and time-consuming actions, but don't get lost in your well planned professional life. Secret lies in checking whether things you are doing give you results you expected. Being aware of that check the influence of everything you do on audience you wanted to attract. Do not be scared to change the strategy if needed.

Contact:
Marta Munia
Marketing Executive - Europe
Businessvibes Network International Inc
8 Wimpole Street
London W1G 9SP
Tel: +44 20 7291 0883
Follow us on Twitter: @businessvibes

IAPAM Announces NEW hCG Training Resource: IAPAM's hCG Q & A e_Book

Today, the IAPAM announced the completion of a new hCG Ask the Experts Questions and Answers e_book, containing over 100 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers from physicians administering the IAPAM’s Exclusive hCG Protocol. The IAPAM’s NEW hCG Ask the Experts FAQ e_book is available to all IAPAM members who have completed the IAPAM’s respected Physician hCG Training program.

Las Vegas, Nevada, January 28, 2011 -- The IAPAM’s hCG Training offers physicians all the tools and resources they need to add hCG for Weight Loss to their practices. Today, the IAPAM announced the publication of a new resource for IAPAM Members who have completed the IAPAM’s renowned Physician hCG Training seminar (http://www.hcgtraining.com). In February 2012, the IAPAM’s hCG Ask the Experts Q and A e_book will be distributed to all IAPAM Members who have completed the IAPAM’s hCG Training and it will be distributed to all hCG Training attendees who attend any of the IAPAM hCG Training sessions in 2012.

The IAPAM’s hCG Q & A e_book contains over 100 clinical questions from IAPAM Member physicians regarding hCG and/or the IAPAM’s Exclusive hCG Protocol coupled with over 150 answers from physician members of the IAPAM’s Expert hCG Advisory Panel.

The IAPAM’s hCG Q and A e_book is just one more reason the IAPAM’s Physician hCG Program is the most comprehensive hCG Training offered in North America. It is also the only hCG Training approved for a special medical malpractice rate for those who have attended and have been certified by the IAPAM.

The IAPAM’s hCG Training program covers:

- A detailed overview of the exclusive IAPAM hCG Protocol;
- Understanding of VLCD/LCD diet programs;
- Patient selection criteria;
- Common medical contraindications;
- Current FDA status & requirements;
- Legal & Insurance considerations and special access to an hCG Medical Malpractice Insurance Program;
- Enhanced Weight Loss Practice Advertising & Marketing Tips and Strategies;
- Patient hCG Program book to offer patients (hCG friendly recipes, food journal, tips);
- Waiting room presentations and proven hCG promotional materials;
- Weight Management Practice Operational Manual;
- Patient Charting Forms, Medical History & hCG Consent Forms; and
- Special Pricing for hCG and Meal Replacement Products.

All of the IAPAM’s hCG/Medical Weight Management seminars in 2010 and 2011 sold out, so to secure a spot for an upcoming session in 2012, go to http://www.hcgtraining.com, or contact the IAPAM at info@theiapam.com or 1-800-219-5108 ext 708.

About the IAPAM: The International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine

The International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine is a voluntary association of physicians and supporters, which sets standards for the aesthetic medical profession. The goal of the association is to offer education, ethical standards, credentialing, and member benefits. IAPAM membership is open to all licensed medical doctors (MDs), dentists (DDSs/DMDs) doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs), physicians assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs). Information about the association can be accessed through the IAPAM’s website at http://www.IAPAM.com or by contacting:

Jeff Russell, Executive-Director
International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine (IAPAM)
1-800-219-5108

Biotage Releases New Catalog and Technical Guide for Sample Preparation and Evaporation

Biotage® introduced their 2012 catalog of analytical sample preparation products for chemistry professionals.

Uppsala, Sweden, January 28, 2012 -- Biotage® (STO: BIOT), a leading global supplier of solutions and technology for analytical and medicinal chemistry, introduced their 2012 catalog of analytical sample preparation products for chemistry professionals. The significantly enhanced 200 page edition includes a comprehensive range of products for bioanalysis, forensic, clinical, environmental, agrochemical and food applications. The catalog is available by contacting a Biotage representative or by visiting http://www.biotage.com.

New additions include the updated Biotage® RapidTrace®+ automated SPE workstation with enhanced features to process larger sample volumes up to 40 mL, and an expanded turret system enabling 1, 3 and 6 mL SPE columns to be used on the same unit. Also included are the TurboVap® range of patented vortex evaporation systems and the new PRESSURE+ manifolds, utilizing positive pressure for the solid phase extraction (SPE) of analytes in a wide variety of applications. The manifolds are ideally suited for Biotage ISOLUTE® SLE+ and compatible with supported liquid extraction (SLE) plates and columns; which in conjunction with PRESSURE+ manifolds offer a more efficient alternative to traditional liquid-liquid extraction (LLE).

Additionally, the technical guide offers step-by-step instructions for processing either columns or plates in manual and automated environments. A large variety of 96-well plates and cartridge sizes are offered in both silica and polymer-based phases for SPE, SLE and Protein Precipitation (PPT).

Biotage sample preparation products are supported by a wealth of knowledge and experience in method development and problem solving.” says Gavin Jones, Global Product Manager. “At Biotage we develop innovative scientific solutions and supply in-depth technical support that simplifies method development which in turn provides reliable and reproducible results. Our expertise aids customers in choosing the right product and most efficient method that best suits their analytical needs.”

The 2012 catalog includes comprehensive information and detailed application guides to assist chemistry professionals. The new catalog is a perfect complement to the detailed and specific information available in Biotage's searchable Application Database found at http://www.biotage.com/applications.

For further information visit http://www.biotage.com or call:
In Europe: +46 18 56 57 10
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About Biotage
Biotage offers solutions, knowledge and experience in the areas of analytical and medicinal chemistry. Customers include the world’s top pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, as well as leading academic institutes. The company is headquartered in Uppsala, Sweden, with offices in China, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and a worldwide network of distributors. Biotage has 272 employees with sales of 428.9 MSEK in 2010. Biotage is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Nordic Stock Exchange. Website: http://www.biotage.com.

Breast Cancer Survivor and FPL Team Leader in Saturday's Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure

FPL has joined forces with Susan G. Komen South Florida to be the Presenting Sponsor for the 15th consecutive year in the fight against breast cancer. As the largest corporate team at the Komen South Florida Race for the Cure, Team FPL is an extension of the company’s wellness efforts - emphasizing positive health changes and managing health and well-being.

Juno Beach, FL, January 28, 2012 -- As thousands of South Florida residents prepare to walk in this weekend's Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure, many pink-clad participants are particularly proud to do their share. One such individual, 25-year Florida Power & Light Company veteran and breast cancer survivor Michelle Patterson, is set to join 800 of her fellow employees and their family members at the starting line for the 21st annual Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure. Michelle works in the "poles and wires" area of FPL as a distribution technician.

Here is a short interview with Patterson:

Q: Can you tell us part of your story, starting when you were diagnosed with breast cancer?

A: Just like you are supposed to, I scheduled annual mammograms when I turned 40. I never really worried about the tests because there is no family history of breast cancer and I treated the appointments as a standard test. Fast forward a few years and, in December 2008, I received a call from my doctor who told me that the routine mammogram revealed a lump in my left breast. After a biopsy at Bethesda Hospital, my doctor shared with me that the lump was cancerous.

Q: What happened next?

A: I thought it must be a mistake when I got the news. I was at lunch at the office and I started crying. My coworkers immediately thought to call my husband, who also works at FPL, so he could take me to the doctor.

A week later, on Jan. 5, 2009, I spent my 44th birthday at Bethesda Hospital, where my husband, Keith, my mother and sister supported me through two hours of consultations. We all shared hope that my surgeon’s decision to perform a lumpectomy would remove the cancerous cells without requiring chemotherapy.

Of course, I didn't realize then that surgery was the easy part. After the surgeon found that the cancer had spread to the lymph nodes under my left arm, he determined that I needed chemotherapy. I couldn't stand the thought of losing my hair.

Q: How did the chemo go for you?

A: Following my surgery, I started a series of chemo treatments that stretched 18 weeks into February. After the second treatment, in the beginning of March, my fears came true and my hair began falling out.

Every time a clump came out, I started crying. One Saturday morning, I borrowed clippers from my hair dresser, and my husband shaved my head. I bought wigs and bandanas, but never wore a thing. I overcame my fears and decided not to hide my battle. At that point, I felt like I was in control.

Chemotherapy was the hardest thing I've ever had to do, but thanks to my husband and the unconditional support of my family, my (then) supervisor, Tim Hogans, and my coworkers, I was able to face my fears and turn my life's greatest challenge into a victory.

Q: How are you doing now?

A: Breast cancer was given to me for a reason. It made me strong. I feel like I did it; I survived. I am proud that I have earned the right to wear the pink shirt on event day that identifies me as a survivor. I hope that my co-workers and neighbors -- in fact, anyone who wants make a difference in their community, will participate in the 2012 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in West Palm Beach at Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Registration I hope to see you there. I'll have a pink shirt and a big smile on.

FPL has joined forces with the organization to be the Presenting Sponsor for the 15th consecutive year in the fight against breast cancer. As the largest corporate team at the Komen South Florida Race for the Cure, Team FPL is an extension of the company’s wellness efforts - emphasizing positive health changes and managing health and well-being.

A major fundraiser for Susan G. Komen, 75 percent of the event’s proceeds are invested locally to breast cancer awareness, treatment and research and the balance is used for research aimed at finding a cure for breast cancer - which strikes one in every eight women.

About Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the largest electric utility in Florida and one of the largest rate-regulated utilities in the United States. FPL serves 4.5 million customer accounts in Florida and is a leading employer in the state with approximately 10,000 employees. The company consistently outperforms national averages for service reliability while customer bills are below the national average. A clean energy leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and one of the leading energy efficiency programs among utilities nationwide. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla. - based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit http://www.FPL.com.

Media Contact:
FPL Media Line
Florida Power & Light Company
700 Universe Blvd.
Juno Beach, FL 33408
305-552-3888

US Forest land planning rule welcomed by FRA

A new planning rule that could increase forest land in the United States is being supported by research and analysis consultancy, Forestry Research Associates (FRA).

Seattle, United States, January 27, 2012 -- A new planning rule that could increase forest land in the United States is being supported by research and analysis consultancy, Forestry Research Associates (FRA).

The new planning rule that is intended to help protect the country’s 193-acres of national forest, according to a statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

The planning rule, which will be known as the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule, will provide better protection for the National Forest System and the rural communities that depend on forestry and live near the forests of North America. Secretary Vilsack explained, “The most collaborative rule making effort in agency history has resulted in a strong framework to restore and manage our forests and watersheds and help deliver countless benefits to the American people.”

The plan outlines some of the ‘preferred alternatives’ to the existing plan, which will focus more on protecting communities and maintaining forests for the benefit of the people. Encouraging managed forestry and sustainable approaches to the forestry industry is seen as essential for all densely forested countries, according to FRA’s analysis partner, Peter Collins.

He added, “Reforestation projects are essential to help ensure that the forestry industry is run in a fully sustainable way that provides assurance that generations to come will both be able to enjoy the forests but also use them to make a living.”

FRA claims that encouraging investment in forestry, and particularly in sustainable plantation projects in developing countries, such as the projects run by Greenwood Management in Brazil, can help to provide protection for forests and the forestry industry.

The plans attracted support from the US Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, who stated, “Under our preferred alternative, plan revisions would take less time, cost less money, and provide stronger protections for our lands and water. Finalizing a new rule will move us forward in managing our forests and grasslands, and will create or sustain jobs and income for local communities around the country.”

About Forestry Research Associates

Forestry Research Associates is a research and advisory consultancy that focuses on forestry management, sustainability issues and forestry investment around the globe.

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

FPL's Cape Canaveral modernization creates jobs and will save customers money

The large bang in August 2010 that signaled the demolition of FPL's 1960s-era Cape Canaveral Power Plant in Cocoa, Fla., has been replaced by different sounds of progress. Approximately 500 workers are currently constructing FPL’s state-of-the-art Cape Canaveral Next Generation Clean Energy Center.

Juno Beach, FL, January 27, 2012 -- The large bang in August 2010 that signaled the demolition of FPL's 1960s-era Cape Canaveral Power Plant in Cocoa, Fla., has been replaced by different sounds of progress.

The Port St. John construction site is now alive with warning horns and the rattling din of diesel cranes and trucks. Cranes lift structures that exceed 370 tons, as pipefitters and welders in hard hats piece the new clean energy center together.

Approximately 500 workers are currently constructing FPL’s state-of-the-art Cape Canaveral Next Generation Clean Energy Center. Scheduled to open in 2013, the center will use high-efficiency, combined-cycle natural gas technology to generate power with 33 percent less fuel per megawatt-hour, far fewer emissions than the former plant, and save customers of about $600 million in fuel charges over and above the cost of building it.

The workers represent an economic boost, which is being recognized and appreciated by local residents and Brevard County officials. According to Florida Today, their presence increases revenue for local real estate, restaurant and retail industries. In 2014, the plant’s first full year of operation, it is expected to provide $11.7 million in new tax revenue for local governments. Brevard County Commissioner Robin Fisher said the $4.8 million county portion will help spur other economic development in northern Brevard through a special North Brevard Economic Development Zone.

Norm Thomas, a seasonal resident who winters in a home park north of the plant, appreciates FPL’s investment in his community.

I know that’s a huge expense for them,” he told Florida Today. “But it’s good for the public, and it’s good for the environment.”

FPL is investing more than $1 billion to build the new facility, which will produce 1,250 megawatts of power, a 56 percent increase from the 800-megawatt capacity of the old generators.

FPL’s investments in recent years to modernize its power plant fleet - phasing out older, oil-fired units with cleaner, more efficient natural gas-fired generating capacity - are helping keep FPL’s typical customer bill the lowest in the state, while providing top quartile reliability,” said Construction Project Director Dave Santilli. “By installing state-of-the-art, combined-cycle natural gas turbines at several FPL plants, the company has cut fuel costs by $5 billion since 2001 and passed those savings on to customers.”

Visit http://www.FPL.com/Cape to learn more information and view video and photos from the demolition.

About Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the largest electric utility in Florida and one of the largest rate-regulated utilities in the United States. FPL serves 4.5 million customer accounts in Florida and is a leading employer in the state with approximately 10,000 employees. The company consistently outperforms national averages for service reliability while customer bills are below the national average. A clean energy leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and one of the leading energy efficiency programs among utilities nationwide. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla. - based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit http://www.FPL.com.

Media Contact:
FPL Media Line
Florida Power & Light Company
700 Universe Blvd.
Juno Beach, FL 33408
305-552-3888

Ospero launches 'Distribution as a Service' data privacy solution

Global Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) firm, Ospero, is proud to announce the launch of its new 'Distribution as a Service' (DaaS) offering, to mark the fifth annual International Data Privacy Day on 28 January 2012.

London, UK, January 25, 2012 -- Global Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) firm, Ospero, is proud to announce the launch of its new 'Distribution as a Service' (DaaS) offering, to mark the fifth annual International Data Privacy Day on 28 January 2012.

With EC Justice Commissioner Viviane Redings' 'Privacy by Design' ethos at its heart, Ospero's new DaaS offering will help the software industry prepare for forthcoming changes to the European Commission Data Directive to be announced in Q1 2012 by Viviane Reding.

The Ospero DaaS platform is aimed at SaaS, ISVs and Open Source vendors who want and need to embrace local Data Protection acts in order to comply in jurisdictions outside of their own domestic markets.
The platform was created using the Ospero ‘6pillars’ methodology, which embraces the core principles of :-

- Security
- Sovereignty
- Service
- Scale
- Speed
- Simplicity

Jason Currill, CEO of Ospero, commented “Since the advent of the cloud, geopolitical barriers have been all but eliminated and the various data protection acts – most of which were formed before SaaS, the cloud and in some cases even before email - are now woefully inadequate to cope with global data privacy and sovereignty concerns we see today.”

Ospero recognises these issues and have created a global grid of ubiquitous data centres located in key business hubs across EMEA, North America and Asia Pac - running best of breed VMware and VCE Vblocks, all accessed through a single management portal.

Mr Currill added, “We designed the Ospero vGrid (OvG) to allow vendors to eliminate as many barriers to the adoption of their technologies as possible. By using the OvG DaaS platform, not only are SaaS vendors lowering latency and data transmission costs, they are also alleviating psychological and legal barriers to adoption.”

Ospero explains that above the SMB space in most countries outside North America Mid Market and Enterprise, customers are hesitant to invest in SaaS based platforms because of the complex legal landscape around the issue of where the data resides. Now, with the Ospero DaaS platform software companies can deploy their application in over 19 countries in four continents. As usual, they just pay for what they use and manage their global estate through a single portal. Ospero also operates a single global SLA and typical 24x7x365 support.

We believe the upcoming amendments to the European Commission’s Data Directive will have similar effect on the IT industry as Sarbanes Oxley had on the Finance industry,” explained Mr Currill. “Customers are aware of this and SaaS vendors who plan ahead for these amendments and utilise a DaaS model to sell their offerings will not only be complying with changing legislative landscape, but signalling to their customers and partners they genuinely take data privacy and sovereignty seriously.”

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About Ospero:

Ospero is a global infrastructure as a service company (IaaS) headquartered in London, UK with regional offices in North America and Asia Pac. Ospero operates one of the largest single vendor data centre grids in the world with point of presence in over 19 countries in four continents. Ospero is committed to the principles of its unique ‘6pillar’ methodology and is working constantly with leading law firms and analysts to position it selves as thought leaders in the industry. ‘Protecting data, protecting reputational risk, protecting people.’

About Data Privacy Day

January 28th commemorates the signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection, which recognises the individual’s right to protection of personal information as a fundamental freedom. On and around January 28, every year, the United States, Canada, and over 40 countries in the Council of Europe join in an effort to raise awareness and generate discussion about data privacy and protection. Additional countries are joining the celebration every year.

Media Contact:
Trudy Boyer
Ospero
1 East Poultry Avenue
London EC1A 9PT
+44 (0)20 7794 0179

Call for Entries "Landscapes" Juried Art Contest

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces a call for entries with the theme "Landscapes" for a juried art contest for the month of February 2012.

Jupiter, Florida - January 25, 2012 -- Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces a call for entries with the theme "Landscapes" for a juried art contest for the month of February 2012. The gallery urges all 2D artists to submit their best “landscape” art for inclusion into the gallery’s March 2012 online group exhibition.

The gallery invites all 2D artists regardless of where they reside and regardless of their experience or education in the art field to send us your best interpretation of the theme "Landscapes" by depicting the natural world, outdoor scenery, geographical environments’ and any related landscape subjects.

A group exhibition of the top ten finalists will be held online at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery during the month of March 2012. Awards will be for 1st through 5th places and in addition 5 artists will be recognized with Honorable Mention awards. Depending on the amount and the quality of the entries, these winning categories may be expanded with Special Recognition awards as well. The submission process and the deadline ends on February 27, 2012.

Winners of the "Landscapes" Art Exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity in the form of email marketing, 70+ press release announcements posts, 65+ event announcements posts, social media marketing and increased website traffic in order to make the art world aware of the artist’s accomplishments. There will also be links back to the artist’s website as part of this achievement.

Interested artists should provide to us with your best landscape 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 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

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