AAA: Venezuelans flock to invest in Miami real estate

The real estate market in Florida is booming in response to major demand from cash-rich alternative investors from Latin America, according to alternative investment advocacy group, AAA.

Boston, MA, USA, February 29, 2012 -- The real estate market in Florida is booming in response to major demand from cash-rich alternative investors from Latin America, according to alternative investment advocacy group, Alternative Asset Analysis (AAA).

AAA has responded to a report in propertywire.com, which shows that investors from Venezuela have been buying up property in Miami in droves. The Miami Association of Realtors claim that 15 per cent of all international property sales in Miami last year were to people from Venezuela, who have cash to spend and are eager to get their hands on lucrative and tangible investments.

Despite the ongoing slump in the US economy and, indeed, the Florida housing market, developers have started working again to feed the demand from the rich Latin Americans looking to buy bricks and mortar in the US state.

Jorge Perez from one of the leading developers in the region, Related Group, told Propertywire.com, “Latin America has really helped to breathe new life into our market.”

The trend for Venezuelans investing in the US housing market is thought to stem from the concerns they have about a possible forthcoming crackdown on such investments at home from leftist President Huge Chavez.

The US housing market is the winner in this scenario,” explained AAA’s analysis partner, Anthony Johnson. He added, “It’s not difficult to see why the investors are putting their cash into real estate at a time when the equity markets are far less attractive, along with several other forms of traditional investment.”

However, AAA was keen to point out that there are some investment schemes that are even closer to home, such as the forestry plantation investment schemes run by Greenwood Management in Brazil. Brazil, like Venezuela, has seen an improvement in its fortunes in recent years. As a result, the demand for charcoal or the growing steel industry is enormous and lucrative for those invested in non-native sustainable plantations.

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

NanoMarkets Announces the Release of Latest Report on Smart Windows Market

NanoMarkets has announced the release of its latest report on smart windows, "Smart Windows Markets 2012."

Glen Allen, Virginia - February 29, 2012 -- Industry analyst firm NanoMarkets has announced the release of its latest report on smart windows, "Smart Windows Markets 2012." In the report the firm analyzes the opportunities for smart windows including hot new technologies such as thermochromics, photochromics, PDLC and SPD. It also covers the established markets for retrofit window films and low-e glass.

The report also discusses the activities of some of the important firms in the smart windows space including: 3M, Asahi Glass, Beijing All Brilliant, Chiefway, Chromogenics, Citala, Commonwealth,Corning, DuPont, Garware, GE, Gentex, GlasNovations, Guardian Industries, Johnson Laminations, Materion, Mitsubishi, NSG/Pilkington, Pleotint, Polytron, Polytronix, PPG, Ravenbrick, Sage, Saint-Gobain, Schott, Sekisui, SKC Haas, Smart Glass, Soladigm, Solutia (Eastman Chemicals), Toray Plastics, Switch Materials, US e-Chromics and Zeledyne.

The report provides forecasts of all of the smart windows technologies and materials mentioned above for both the architectural and transportation sectors of the smart windows market, with breakouts by both market value and area covered, as well as by glass or film substrates.

Additional details about the report are available at: http://nanomarkets.net/market_reports/report/smart_windows_markets_2012

NanoMarkets has recently released related other related reports in the areas of BIPV glass, flexible glass, transparent conductors and conductive coatings.

From the Report:

NanoMarkets strongly believes that smart window technologies will grow significantly in the coming decade on the basis of their ability to improve energy efficiencies within both the architectural and transportation sectors. Beyond energy conservation, smart windows also offer improved aesthetics, functionality and margins for builders, manufacturers and materials suppliers.

Materials and specialty chemical firms are a key constituency of the smart window supply chain and the smart window market will be largely fueled by innovation in specialty chemicals and materials science. The major growth areas are electrochromic coatings and self-cleaning coatings with thermochromic coatings will provide somewhat moderate growth opportunities for material suppliers. The market for electrochromic glass windows in particular is expected to almost quadruple to over $2.1 billion market by 2017, with the new smart technologies, PDLC and SPD, generating almost $800 million by the same year.

Smart windows will further provide a growth platform for architectural glass manufacturers and window manufacturers. Already “pricey” architectural glass and window products can be sold at incremental price increase, while providing valuable additional features such as energy savings with smart coatings on the windows and glass facades.

For the construction and architectural side of things, NanoMarkets believes that firms who focus on LEED design and construction, and who adopt smart windows technologies, will benefit the most. As smart windows technology grows and pervades the marketplace, it will eventually become a “required technology” for LEED design and construction. Therefore, architectural and construction firms that are early adopters of smart windows technology in their building designs will gain a sustainable competitive advantage for growing their businesses.

About NanoMarkets:

NanoMarkets tracks and analyzes emerging market opportunities in energy, electronics and other markets created by developments in advanced materials. The firm is a recognized leader in industry analysis and forecasts of advanced glass and smart windows sectors and has been covering the markets for such technologies sector for more than six years.

Visit http://www.nanomarkets.net for a full listing of NanoMarkets’ reports and other services.

Media Contact:
Robert Nolan
NanoMarkets, LC
PO BOX 3840
Glen Allen, VA 23058
804-270-1718

Luxury Travel Group Ltd to Promote Exotic Laos Encounter Tour

This trip has been designed for travellers who wish to experience the exotic Laos tour. Their trip will start in the capital city of Vientiane and end in Luang Prabang.

Hanoi, Vietnam, Feb 29, 2012 -- This trip has been designed for travellers who wish to experience the exotic Laos tour. Their trip will start in the capital city of Vientiane and end in Luang Prabang. In between, travelers will explore rugged and mountainous Luang Nam Tha and its surrounding areas.

Laos remains relatively exotic, unexplored and is possibly the most overlooked destination in Asia, despite its rich culture, history and diverse ecosystem.

In Luang Nam Tha, you will be able to meet many hill tribe people, venture off the beaten path and discover the many hidden wonders of this beautiful Southeast Asian country.

Once the heart and soul of the ancient kingdom of Laos, Luang Prabang is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is filled with ornate temples and French colonial architecture on the bank of the Mekong River, giving it a truly magical feel.

The price starts from US$ 2071 per person in a twin share in deluxe hotels and includes all transportation in Laos, meals, entrance fees and the services of an English-speaking guide.

Luxury Travel Ltd specialises in tailor-made tours for clients who are looking for something special, for travellers who wish to experience the exotic Laos tour. Your trip will start in the capital city of Vientiane and end in Luang Prabang. In between, you will explore rugged and mountainous Luang Nam Tha and its surrounding areas,” said David Nguyen, Sales and Marketing Manager of Luxury Travel Ltd. “You will experience the finest local food, ride elephants, trek through the forest and hill tribal villages, yet you will go back to a world of comfort each evening. We are sure that this will be a once in a life time experience in Laos!”

Luxury Travel has been taking care of visitors to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand since 2004 and has won numerous travel awards, including the most recent, the "Best Luxury Tour Operator in Vietnam."


Media Contact:
David Nguyen
Sales and Marketing Manager
Luxury Travel Group Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444
Vietnam
84439274120

Luxury Travel Vietnam to Offer a New FAM Trip to Vietnam at ITB Berlin 2012

Vietnam's Biggest Luxury Tour Operator Invites Professionals to Visit Vietnam at ITB Berlin 2012.

Hanoi, Vietnam, Feb 29, 2012 -- Hanoi -based Luxury Travel Ltd is a long established Asian specialist in luxury privately guided and fully bespoke holidays in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. Luxury Travel Ltd attends ITB Berlin from 7-11 March 2012 which n is the world’s leading travel trade show.

For many travel experts, Vietnam has all of these to offer to German tourists. Vietnam in particular increasingly is being recognized as a destination for high-end global tourists, especially those coming from Western European countries with direct flights, such as France, the UK, and Germany. Vietnam now has world class hotels and resorts, beaches and cuisine, in addition to its natural beauty, rich history and traditional culture.

The country receives 100,000 German tourists yearly, and the number of tourists increases year after year. The new slogan of Vietnam tourism -- “Timeless charm,” was created with an aim to attract long haul travelers from Germany and elsewhere, who wish to experience its defining characteristics: Thrills, nature, heritage, festival, pristine, enjoyment, scenery and essence.

To help our travel agents and tour operators to sell our Vietnam luxury tours at ITB Berlin 2012, I invite travel professionals to do a 9 day familiarization trip to Vietnam. Participants receive a certificate of Luxury Travel Specialist after the trip," said Pham Ha, CEO of Luxury Travel Company. "On this 9 day tour offering a blend of classic sightseeing and excursions, the well-planned fam tour itinerary will showcase the company’s unrivaled expertise in tailor-making tours. With first-class accommodation, domestic travel and food included within the overall price at 999 euro per person from 2 participants, this fam trip program demonstrates excellent value for the money and promises unprecedented insights into local customs. The perfect way to learn more about Vietnam and some of the most dynamic new products available for 2012 - 2013, this tour blends innovative touring with hotel inspections to give agents insight the destinations and become true luxury travel advisors."

To get a confidential tariff book for Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar luxury tours, or to book an appointment in advance with Pham Ha, travel professionals email to de(at)luxurytravelvietnam.com, or Richard Parks at uk(@)luxurytravelvietnam.com, Richard is a rep officer of Luxury Travel UK (http://www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) in London, the UK. Luxury Travel Ltd shares the booth with Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, VNAT, located at Hall 26A/122 at ITB Berlin 2012.


Media Contact:
David Nguyen
Sales and Marketing Manager
Luxury Travel Group Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444
Vietnam
84439274120

Relaxation Is Essential to Your Health, Well-Being and Ultimate Happiness According to New TurboCharged Hypnosis Series

Upgraded Website for TurboCharged™ Program Now Live.

NEW YORK - February 28, 2012 -- According to authors Dian Griesel, Ph.D. and Tom Griesel, hypnosis is a powerful technique that anyone can use to implement positive personal changes quickly and almost effortlessly. The Griesels are the brother-sister team behind the groundbreaking TurboCharged 8-step program, which was launched in spring 2011 and defies common weight-loss theories.

The Griesels today unveiled an upgraded version of TurboCharged.us.com, a website through which readers can access a variety of resources keyed to the TurboCharged program for rapid fat loss and optimal health.

The new website, which has been optimized for easier navigation, features an online store where customers will be able to purchase all three TurboCharged books in print form as well as Kindle and Nook downloads:

TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust (BSH, 2011)
The TurboCharged Mind: Eliminate Bad Habits with Hypnosis (BSH, 2012)
The TurboCharged Recipe Book (BSH, forthcoming)

Visitors to the website can also access a series of downloads that offer ideal guided meditations to support and direct self-hypnosis sessions for faster fat loss, a shapelier body and greater health.

All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, and it can be learned and experienced by anyone,” explains Dian Griesel, a certified hypno-therapist, who is heard on the audio downloads. “It is magical in many ways, because it enables your brain to slow down and enter the alpha range, which is where dreams occur. Hypnosis allows you to go into the realm of relaxed, altered consciousness-the daydreaming state-so you can make your self-directed dreams become realities.”

She adds, “Like daydreaming, hypnosis is a perfectly normal, safe and healthy phenomenon. The only real difference between hypnosis and fantasizing or daydreaming is that in a state of hypnosis, your mind is directed to specific beneficial goals you wish to achieve.”

Hypnosis can aid greatly in assisting you to create a happier, more peaceful and more productive life,” says Tom Griesel. “Basically, it is for anyone who would benefit from some additional rest and relaxation.”

The upgraded website also features a new active forum with periodic visits by Dian Griesel and Tom Griesel, a new daily blog by the Griesels and a daily news portal to stories on diet and nutrition.

The site currently offers a complimentary download called The TurboCharged® Mind Beginner Meditation. It is a beginner-directed meditation designed to help introduce listeners to the power of self-hypnosis, guided meditation and subsequent relaxation. The link to the free audio can be found at: http://turbocharged.us.com/store/

Feature topics in the series for purchase in the TurboCharged store will include: Beginner Meditation, Seeing the Prize and Your New Lean Body, Energy Meditation: Access Your Own Unique Power.

The new site was designed by Carla Rood, CEO of Polus Digital, Inc., a branding and marketing firm located in Manhattan. With a core belief that “good branding makes for easy marketing,” her company provides clients with a holistic approach to growing their business. These services include brand development, web design, presentation design, social media, and online marketing. To learn more, visit http://www.polusdigitial.com.

To visit the TurboCharged website, please visit TurboCharged.us.com.

About TurboCharged:

TurboCharged® is a groundbreaking 8-Step program that defies common weight-loss theories. It successfully delivers body-defining rapid fat loss, accelerates metabolism, and improves health and odds of longevity without gimmicks, supplements or special equipment. The TurboCharged Mind is an excellent companion book to the author’s acclaimed rapid fat loss book, TurboCharged, or perfect as a stand-alone read. A series of supporting TurboCharged™ Hypnosis downloads, are available for sale via the book’s website, which offer ideal guided meditations to support and direct self-hypnosis sessions for faster fat loss, greater health, reduced stress, and to quit smoking. For more information, log on to http://www.turbocharged.us.com.

Media Contacts:
Janet Vasquez
IRG, LLC
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New York, NY 10020
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Business School of Happiness
Washington Depot, CT

Luxury Travel Ltd is promoting Luxe Adventure in a cycling tour in Ninh Binh

Luxury Travel Vietnam Ltd is Promoting "Discover the Charm of Ninh Binh by Bike 2 days."

Hanoi, Vietnam, Feb 28, 2012 -- Hanoi -based Luxury Travel Ltd is a long established Asian specialist in luxury privately guided and fully bespoke holidays in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand.

Just 100 km South of Hanoi on the way to Ho Chi Minh City on the Highway 1, Ninh Binh is a province of astounding natural beauty with limestone peaks whose splendour is often said to surpass that of Ha Long Bay. It is true that this area is often referred to as the Ha Long Bay on land.

This two day excursion is for all types of travelers including families and small groups. Travelers stay at the best available hotels in the region. Fully supported by a van, travelers cycle with their enthusiastic guide on bike, whose passion equals their knowledge.

Tour cost at 299 USD per person for a private party of 2 people including private pick up and drop off service, bike, helmet, drinking water, luxury accommodation at Emeralda Ninh Binh and English speaking tour guide. This offer is valid until 30 Sep 2012.

You discover the charm of Ninh Binh by bike. The biking tour itinerary includes Van Long Nature Reserve, Cuc Phuong National Park, and Tam Coc and Bich Dong, which makes for a truly unforgettable experience, passing between towering limestone peaks, rice fields, lotus flowers ponds, authentic villages. You cycle through small roads of the villages. You have chance to meet local people, see their daily life, bike as they do and have a cup of tea and chat with them. Three day cycling tour in Ninh BInh is available upon request” said Huong Pham, Operations Manager of Luxury Travel Ltd.


Media Contact:
David Nguyen
Sales and Marketing Manager
Luxury Travel Group Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444
Vietnam
84439274120

$50 Restores Sight to Blind Person in Third World

Singles Charity Ball, March 24, 2012, Aims to Cure Blind People.

San Rafael, CA, February 27, 2012 -- SINGLES FUNDRAISER TO RESTORE SIGHT

The leading singles organizations of the Bay Area are co-sponsoring the East Bay Singles Charity Ball, Saturday, March 24, 2012, 8pm-Midnight, at the Marriott Hotel Bishop Ranch, 2600 Bishop Ranch Drive, San Ramon CA 94583. 100% of the donations will go directly to the Sight Project of The Seva Foundation, located in Berkeley.

Every $50 we raise will enable Seva to perform a sight-restoring eye surgery in the poorer countries of the world,” says Rich Gosse, Chairman of The Society of Single Professionals, the world’s largest non-profit singles organization. “Eye surgeries in the USA cost thousands of dollars, but are now being performed for only $50 in the Third World, due to innovations created by Seva. More information is available at http://www.Seva.org.

The Singles Charity Ball is a great opportunity for single professionals to meet new friends who care about others,” says Mr. Gosse.

A donation of $20 at the door is requested, which is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The Ball features dancing to today's hottest hits and the greatest songs of yesteryear. Adults of all ages are welcome. Everyone is encouraged to dress in their finest for this elegant soiree!

The Ball is co-sponsored by Society of Single Professionals, Singles Supper Club, Wine Socials, BayAreaSingles.com, MatchYourKey, East Bay Singles Over 45, Doctors of San Francisco Meetup, and many other organizations in the Bay Area. Anyone wishing more information about this and many more events for singles may visit http://www.ThePartyHotline.com or call 415/507-9962.

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

NanoMarkets Projects Substantial Growth Potential for Smart Coatings in PV Applications

NanoMarkets announces the release of its latest report on materials for the photovoltaics industry, "Smart Coatings in PV Applications 2012." NanoMarkets estimates that the total market for transparent conductors (TCs) in PV will exceed $450 million ($US) in 2017, up from a value of under $12 million in 2012.

Glen Allen, Virginia - February 27, 2012 -- Industry analyst firm NanoMarkets announces the release of its latest report on materials for the photovoltaics industry, "Smart Coatings in PV Applications 2012." NanoMarkets estimates that the total market for transparent conductors (TCs) in PV will exceed $450 million ($US) in 2017, up from a value of under $12 million in 2012.

This report analyzes the opportunities for smart coatings in PV applications, with a focus on the four types of smart coatings poised to bring the most value to the PV sector: self-cleaning, self-repairing, electrochromic, and thermochromic coating systems. The report also discusses the strategies of some of the important and emerging suppliers or users of smart coating including: Almaden, Cardinal Glass, Gentex, Lotus Leaf Coatings, nanoShell, Nippon Glass, Nissan, Peer+, Pilkington/AGC, PPG, SAGE, Saint-Gobain, Soladigm, and others.


NanoMarkets has recently released related photovoltaics reports in the areas of BIPV glass, transparent conductors and CIGS.

From the Report:

While NanoMarkets sees the overall PV market slowing and facing future uncertainty, the firm believes that PV makers can improve their competitive position and growth prospects by looking to smart coatings that can improve basic PV performance and provide value-added functionality.

The integration of some kinds of smart coatings, especially self-cleaning ones, can cost-effectively increase conversion efficiencies, which have a direct and measurable affect on cost-per-watt. According to NanoMarkets’ new report, self-cleaning coatings are expected to almost $150 million in annual revenue from the PV sector by 2017.

Other, more sophisticated (and higher value) smart coatings can provide additional functionality that enables PV panel makers to create “premium” products and differentiate themselves in a rapidly commoditizing, and homogenizing, marketplace. These added functionality coatings include dimmable or “switchable” electrochromic, thermochromic, and related coating systems. Electrochromic systems are a natural fit for BIPV and advanced BIPV/smart window applications. Electrochromics in PV are predicted to generate over $190 million in annual revenue by 2017.

About NanoMarkets:

NanoMarkets tracks and analyzes emerging market opportunities in energy, electronics and other markets created by developments in advanced materials. The firm is a recognized leader in industry analysis and forecasts of this kind and has been covering the photovoltaics sector for more than six years.

Visit http://www.nanomarkets.net for a full listing of NanoMarkets' reports and other services.

Media Contact:
Robert Nolan
NanoMarkets, LC
PO BOX 3840
Glen Allen, VA 23058
804-270-1718

Vietnam's Biggest Luxury Tour Operator to Attract Luxury German Travelers at ITB Berlin

Luxury Travel Vietnam Ltd Seek Two Growth from Discerning German Travelers.

Hanoi, Vietnam, Feb 26, 2012 -- Luxury Travel Company revamps its website for Germany (http://www.luxurytravels.de), launches brochure and attends ITB Berlin 2012 in their campaign to attract luxury German travelers to Vietnam. ITB Berlin is the world’s leading travel trade show and takes place in Berlin, Germany from 7-11 March 2012. Hanoi –based Luxury Travel Ltd (http://www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) is a long established Asian specialist in luxury privately guided and fully bespoke holidays in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand.

For many travel experts, Vietnam has all of these to offer to German tourists. Vietnam in particular increasingly is being recognized as a destination for high-end global tourists, especially those coming from Western European countries with direct flights, such as France, the UK, and Germany. For German tourists, Vietnam is a magnet due to the history link and strategic partnership between the two countries, especially after the visit of Prime Minister Angela Merkel to Hanoi.

Vietnam now has world class hotels and resorts, beaches and cuisine, in addition to its natural beauty, rich history and traditional culture. The country receives 100,000 German tourists yearly, and the number of tourists increases year after year. The new slogan of Vietnam tourism -- “Timeless charm,” was created with an aim to attract long haul travelers from Germany and elsewhere, who wish to experience its defining characteristics: Thrills, nature, heritage, festival, pristine, enjoyment, scenery and essence.

Our German team expects good traffic from German speaking countries such as Austria, Switzerland and Germany in 2012. Germany is a great market for us and we have beautiful products for German tastes and preferences and target the right clients with personalized products and services. We have increased both FITs and GITs bookings from our partners in 2011. Tourists choose Vietnam for their vacations for safety, affordable prices, authenticity and convenient direct flights. Our German teams have native Germans and Vietnamese, who are passionate and motivated. We will expand and expect to stay strong in Germany. With our marketing efforts and commitments, we will attract more German travelers who wish to experience the timeless charm of Vietnam in style and luxury and we are targeting two digit growth from this market for 2012," said Pham Ha, Founder and CEO of Luxury Travel Group Ltd.

To help our travel agents and tour operators to sell our Vietnam luxury tours at ITB Berlin 2012, I invite travel professionals to do a 9 day familiarization trip to Vietnam. Participants receive a certificate of Luxury Travel Specialist after the trip," said Pham Ha, CEO of Luxury Travel Company. "On this 9 day tour offering a blend of classic sightseeing and excursions, the well-planned fam tour itinerary will showcase the company’s unrivaled expertise in tailor-making tours. The Vietnam tour fam has been designed to treat participants to a myriad of experiences that range from cultural to culinary, alongside sensational sceneries. Small fam groups or individual fam trip for persons will be led by a local expert and fluent German speaking guide. With first-class accommodation, domestic travel and food included within the overall price at 899 euro per person from 2 participants, this fam trip program demonstrates excellent value for the money and promises unprecedented insights into local customs. The perfect way to learn more about Vietnam and some of the most dynamic new products available for 2012 - 2013, this tour blends innovative touring with hotel inspections to give agents insight the destinations and become a true luxury travel advisors."

To get a confidential tariff book for Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar luxury tours, or to book an appointment in advance with Pham Ha, travel professionals email to de(at)luxurytravelvietnam.com, or Richard Parks at uk(@)luxurytravelvietnam.com, Richard is a rep officer of Luxury Travel UK (http://www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) in London, the UK. Luxury Travel Ltd shares the booth with Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, VNAT, located at Hall 26A/122 at ITB Berlin 2012. For more information, visit http://www.luxurytravelvietnam.com.

Vietnam's first luxury tour operator and DMC (http://www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) based in Hanoi with its offices throughout Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, Luxury Travel is excellent in designing tailor-made tours and providing unique travel experiences. Established in 2004, the Luxury Travel Company Limited has its own offices in Indochina, Myanmar and Thailand, luxury vehicles, luxury travel advisors and representative offices in the USA, UK, France, Germany and Australia. The company's depth of experience and large infrastructure enable it to create unique itineraries with the operational confidence to fulfill the most sophisticated traveler’s expectations. Luxury Travel Ltd won numerous travel awards for excellent performance including the most recent award: Best Luxury Tour Operator in Vietnam.

Media Contact:
David Nguyen
Sales and Marketing Manager
Luxury Travel Group Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444
Vietnam
84439274120

Missing from the Presidential Debate: Long-Term Care

Two Candidates Respond to National Survey but Many Remain Silent on How to Support Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities Who Need Care at Home.

Washington, D.C., February 26, 2012 -- Every day, over 10 million frail seniors, younger people with disabilities, and their families struggle to find and pay for long-term care to stay independent and remain at home, and the need for care is expected to grow to over 15 million Americans by 2020.

Yet, the issue of long-term care has been completely absent from this year’s presidential campaign. No questions have been asked during the debates. The candidates have not posted any views or positions on their websites, and only two candidates have responded to a national survey on their views to address this growing national challenge.

Long-term care helps older adults and individuals with disabilities manage everyday activities, such as dressing, bathing, using the bathroom, preparing meals, and taking medication.

While these home care services are cost-effective and help people stay independent and out of expensive nursing homes, they are not covered by traditional health insurance. Medicare does not cover them, and only 3% of adults have private long-term care insurance.

Medicaid offers some coverage for long term care, but individuals must spend-down and impoverish themselves to qualify - often exhausting a lifetime of savings. Waiting lists also have doubled over the past decade, with some states cutting home and community-based services to trim budgets.

As a result, over 90% of all long-term services provided today are delivered informally by more than 42.1 million family members. These caregivers often face enormous burdens, adversely affecting their health, ability to work, and financial security.

To help raise this critical issue among the presidential candidates, 15 national aging and disability organizations, including the National Council on Aging (NCOA), invited each candidate to answer five questions about their views on long-term care. The questionnaire was distributed in November to all major candidates for President, regardless of political party affiliation.

So far, only two presidential candidates-Barack Obama and Newt Gingrich-have responded to the questionnaire. The five questions and responses received to date are available at http://www.ncoa.org/LTSSsurvey.

The number of Americans needing long-term care is expected to double in the coming decade as the population ages,” said James Firman, NCOA president & CEO. “Clearly, this is an issue that cannot be ignored. Voters deserve to hear the candidates engage in a dialogue about an issue so central to the future of our country and the lives of millions of individuals and families.”

About NCOA
The National Council on Aging is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCOA’s mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged. NCOA is a national voice for older Americans and the community organizations that serve them. It brings together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently, and remain active in their communities. For more information, please visit: http://www.NCOA.org / http://www.facebook.com/NCOAging / http://www.twitter.com/NCOAging.

NCOA Media Contact:
Ken Schwartz
Director, Marketing & Communications
202-600-3131

FPL Engineer Shares Love of Engineering with Under-Served Youth

It’s important to me to be able to give back to my community by promoting science and engineering fields to children who have limited exposure to them,” said FPL Production Assurance Engineer Melanie Roger. “If I can help get young children interested in the sciences and have a desire to enter into the field, than I feel as though I've been successful. We should all do our part in ensuring the success of our future leaders.”

Juno Beach, FL, February 25, 2012 -- Florida Power & Light's Melanie Roger has a passion for her profession.

As a young girl, she dreamed of going into medicine, like her parents. It wasn't until she got to college, at the University of South Florida, that she decided to change course. Roger switched her major to engineering, hoping it would help her “stand out” among the other medical school candidates. During her course of study, she discovered this was her true love.

It taught me a different way to think and how to solve a problem using numerous methods,” Roger said. “I want to share that with others.”

As a Production Assurance Engineer at Florida Power and Light’s Lauderdale combined cycle plant, Roger enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for engineering with the youth of her community. She volunteers with a group called SECME - the Southeastern Consortium of Minorities in Engineering. It’s a national organization that seeks to prepare under-served or under-represented students for careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

It’s important to me to be able to give back to my community by promoting science and engineering fields to children who have limited exposure to them,” said Roger. “If I can help get young children interested in the sciences and have a desire to enter into the field, than I feel as though I've been successful. We should all do our part in ensuring the success of our future leaders.”

This month, Roger got a chance to share her passion for engineering with students from 55 schools throughout Palm Beach County. She served as a judge at the annual SECME Olympiad - a competition that’s the result of a year’s worth of study, experimentation and creativity.

This year students squared off at Santaluces High School in Boynton Beach on Feb. 11. The Olympiad theme, “Plan It, Live It, Build It” featured a wide variety of hands-on activities and competitions that included a “Brain Bowl” - a trivia-like game that pits students against the clock and one another, to answer science-related questions. The students also competed against one another to see who could design the strongest wooden bridge, the fastest “mousetrap car” (propelled by a spring through a mousetrap), and the highest-flying water bottle rocket. Other competitions included creating essays, poems, banners and posters for the event.

Roger joined several other FPL engineers as a volunteer judge. “It was so energizing to see how excited the kids were about participating in the Brain Bowl,” she said.

Roger advises students that pursuing a career in engineering can be challenging, but she says it is also very rewarding. She encourages students to feed their curiosity and never stop learning. “Perseverance always prevails,” she says.

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
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BusinessVibes presents its Features - Feature your Events in few steps

Platform provides its user with many useful features allowing them not only to ease and fasten their daily business activity but also to promote their upcoming events and feature brands and products.

London, UK, February 25, 2012 -- BusinessVibes is a new platform invented for companies and associations all over the world to help them to run their businesses on a daily basis. Platform provides its user with many useful features allowing them not only to ease and fasten their daily business activity but also to promote their upcoming events and feature brands and products. Companies and associations can create professional network of buyers, suppliers and partners. Members of specific network can send messages, requests for proposals, exchange their electronic business cards with others and share files and documents.

Within the network users can as well invite other companies to join their events as attendees or exhibitors. BusinessVibes has even taken one step further and offered their users possibility to collect registration fees through the portal. The only thing the user needs to do is to create event and wait for responses. Designers of the website took care to make navigation as easy as possible; it takes only few steps to publish your event on BusinessVibes website.

First of all you need to register by providing your professional email address on http://www.businessvibes.com and click on registration button. Confirmation email will be sent to your inbox, when you only need to click on “Proceed to login” and finish registration process by filling required fields.

After that you can access your profile and create as many events as you wish. Simply go to calendar icon on the top of the website and choose: Create new event. You will be redirected to event creation page with all the fields you can fill to make your event more attractive for visitors. You need to type name of the event, dates, description and prices, even discounts if you wish to provide any. BusinessVibes allows attaching logo of your event and venue. You can also determine who you want to receive responses from. If you are looking for visitors only you can exclude all other options like: sponsors, visitors or suppliers.

After those few fields to be filled you simply click on “Next” and your event is registered. You can freely invite users from your network to join the event by using the button “Invite participants” or share your event on social media platforms. BusinessVibes not only makes your event visible for its users. Thanks to public profile of your event created automatically, your event will be visible for all Internet users, no matter if they already are BusinessVibes members or not. When your event is already finished you can still receive comments and reviews about it on your event’s profile.

In a few steps you can gain much bigger online exposure and increase number of attendees. BusinessVibes is definitely a must for all event organisers.

Media Contact:
Marta Munia
Marketing Executive - Europe
Businessvibes Network International Inc.
8 Wimpole Street
London W1G 9SP
Tel: +44 20 7291 0883
E-Mail: marta@businessvibes.com
Web: http://www.businessvibes.com
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NBA Fans Sure That Jeremy Lin Is For Real; In China, Thousands of His Jerseys Are Not

Stony Brook, NY (February 25, 2012) -- It took only 10 days for New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin to move from unknown Harvard grad to international, cover-of-Sports Illustrated sensation. That sent New York Times reporters scurrying downtown to discover whether the sharp-eyed basketball phenom had been paid the highest compliment: whether products associated with him, like jerseys and shoes, had been counterfeited and were being sold on the city’s notorious counterfeit black market on Canal Street.

But in China, it’s a completely different story. Counterfeiters in China have stepped up. Can it be a surprise then, that on Wednesday, NY Times article reported from Hangzhou, China that counterfeiting there had already been going great guns? “His jerseys have sold out, even including the counterfeit ones,” said Zheng Xiaojun, a 24-year-old clerk in the capital of Zhejiang province, the home of Lin’s distant relatives according to claims in the People’s Republic. While appreciative of the clerk’s honesty, at the time the article was written there were no “Lin jerseys,” so all the articles in the store were counterfeits-known as jiade, or “fake” in Chinese.

Is there any solution to this global wave of sports clothes fakery?

The phenomenon may seem a classic case of ‘too big to solve, too distant to care.’ But in fact that’s far from the case” says Applied DNA Sciences of Stony Brook, NY, which is already authenticating cotton in the U.S. and wool from the U.K.

Applied DNA is actively involved in the global effort to ensure the authenticity of products and the protection of global supply chains from counterfeiting and diversion. Patented and applied in over a billion products throughout the world, the company’s SigNature® DNA markers are unique, botanical, “green” DNA sequences that can help preserve the quality and integrity of products ranging from pharmaceutics to cosmetics. DNA authentication takes on the big jobs by authenticating the legitimate product, instead of identifying every fake. That is a flexible and eminently practical way of handling the biggest global housecleaning jobs.

For further reading, please visit the Applied DNA blog.


About APDN

APDN sells patented DNA security solutions to protect products, brands and intellectual property from counterfeiting and diversion. SigNature DNA is a botanical mark used to authenticate products in a unique manner that essentially cannot be copied. Our mark provides a forensic chain of evidence that can be used to prosecute perpetrators. To learn more, go to http://www.adnas.com where APDN routinely posts all press releases.

Janet Vasquez
IRG, LLC - Wholly owned subsidiary of DirectMarkets Group, LLC
1251 Avenue of the Americas, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10020
Tel: 212-825-3210

Applied DNA Sciences
25 Health Sciences Drive, Stony Brook, NY 11790

Artist Call - Theme "CityScapes" Art Competition for Group Art Exhibition

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces a Juried Art Competition with the theme "CityScapes".

Jupiter, Florida - February 24, 2012 -- Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces a Juried Art Competition with the theme "CityScapes". The gallery would like for all 2D artists (including photography) to send us your best interpretation of the theme "CityScapes" by depicting scenes of cities, towns, urban imageries and any related metropolitan subjects for inclusion into the gallery's April 2012 online group art exhibition.

Light Space & Time encourages entries from all 2D artists regardless of where they reside and regardless of their experience or education in the art field. A group exhibition of the top ten finalists will be held online at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery during the month of April 2012. Awards will be for 1st through 5th places. Also, 5 Honorable Mention places will be awarded. In addition, depending on the amount and the quality of the entries, Special Recognition awards will be posted as well. The submission process and the deadline will end on March 29, 2012.

Winners of the "CityScapes" Art Exhibition will receive extensive publicity in the form of email marketing, 70+ press release announcements, 65+ event announcements, social media marketing and 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.

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