Books and Brunch at Planting Fields Arboretum Historic State Park

Long Island Authors Group holds book fair on historic grounds May 20, Noon - 4 PM.

Riverhead, NY (April 24, 2012) -- Long Island Authors Group will hold the second in a series of Long Island Book Fairs for 2012 at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, New York.

Featured are works by sixteen notable Long Island authors writing in fiction and non-fiction Adult, Young Adult, Children’s Books and Poetry. The authors will be selling and signing books, and guests are invited to chat with them about their books and writing careers. The rain or shine event is Sunday, May 20, Noon until 4PM in Periwinkles Garden Cafe in the Historic Hay Barn on the breathtaking grounds of the former Coe estate.

Planting Fields, one of the few remaining Gold Coast estates on Long Island's North Shore, was the estate of insurance magnate William Robertson Coe and Standard Oil heiress Mai Rogers Coe. It retains its original 409 acres as well as its historic buildings and landscape. Rolling lawns, formal gardens, hiking trails and specimen plantings, as well as the Camellia Greenhouse and the Main Greenhouse, with its unique seasonal displays, are a treat for visitors.

The free admission book fair and signing event is open to the public (Parking $8). Food is available at an additional charge.

The Long Island Authors Group is a not-for-profit corporation, 501c pending.

WHO: Long Island Authors Group.
WHAT: Book Fair, book signings, entertainment, food available.
WHEN: May 20, Noon - 4 PM
WHERE: Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park - 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
WHY: The public is invited to meet and chat with authors from across Long Island.

Media Contact:
Dorothy McPartland
Long Island Authors Group

Classic Vietnam and Cambodia Tour is the Best Selling Package

Luxury Travel Ltd reveals travelers prefer Cambodia and Vietnam Tour in 11 days and the best selling tour package in the first quarter 2012.

Hanoi, Vietnam, April 24, 2012 -- Luxury Travel Ltd ( reveals travelers prefer Cambodia and Vietnam Tour in 11 days and the best selling tour package in the first quarter 2012.

Vietnam is a tropical paradise of charming people, heavenly beaches, brilliant green rice paddies and lush emerald rainforests.

The country’s first high end tour operator, Luxury Travel, immerses guest in Vietnamese culture by providing insider access to private events and extraordinary people.

Travelers get their interactions with these people will be stimulating, edifying and enlightening, and travelers will have a well-rounded and profound learning experience that they will value forever.

Teeming with history, marvelous architecture and awash in natural beauty, the largest religious monument ever built, Angkor Wat ranks at the top of globetrotting luxury travelers - must see list of wonders in the word.

With this tour you will discover two magnificent countries in Southeast Asia. First you will explore Hanoi, with its beautiful boulevards, and then head to the World Heritage Site of Halong Bay and the ancient capital of Hue. The next stop on your tour will be the ancient town of Hoi An, where you will have plenty of time to relax on the beach and to discover the beauty of central Vietnam. After this you will join the service at the Cao Dai Temple in the south of Vietnam and experience life on the Mekong Delta before you continue your tour to Siem Reap with its unique temple, Angkor Wat.” said David Nguyen, Sales and Marketing Manager of Luxury Travel Ltd.

Luxury Travel Ltd is a long established specialist in luxury privately guided and fully bespoke holidays in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. Luxury Travel is excellent in designing tailor-made tours and providing unique travel experiences 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

Market Rates Insight's New Integrated Study Helps Financial Institutions Avoid Costly Mistakes on Service Fees

New Study on Service Fees for Banks and Credit Unions Reveals How to Balance Consumer Preferences with Price Sensitivity and Competitive Offerings.

SAN ANSELMO, Calif. (April 24, 2012) – Consumers are demanding more value in exchange for service fees. Banks and credit unions need to reduce the risks associated with fee choices and balance those factors against the need for incremental income from services. In response, Market Rates Insight, Inc. (MRI,, a leader in pricing intelligence for deposits, personal loans, mortgages, and fees, has created a unique research study designed to reduce risks and uncertainty and help financial services avoid a repeat of the failed debit-fee attempt, and to uncover value-added services consumers want and are willing to pay for.

Traditionally, decisions on service fees were based on a survey of the competitive landscape. Such an approach is no longer valid due to the increased risk associated with the uncertainty about consumers’ reaction to changes in service fees. The newly designed Integrated Study by MRI combines consumers’ preference and price sensitivity with competitive landscape information for a more balanced approach to decisions on service fees. This first-ever Integrated Study helps financial executives reduce the risk of poor decisions and increases the probability of generating incremental income from services.

This twice-annual Integrated Study is specifically designed to identify new and innovative services that consumers value and are willing to pay for. It is scheduled for release in the second quarter of this year, and will specifically assess consumer preference and perceived value for services such as credit score monitoring, identity theft alerts, mobile banking services, personalized couponing services, person-to-person payments, and other services. The Study will gauge likelihood to use and willingness to buy mapped against demographic data such as age, income, and gender. And the Study includes a review of the same service categories compared to the top five U.S. banks for competitive analyses.

Financial institutions can no longer afford the risk of arbitrarily deciding on new services or fees,” said Dan Geller, Ph.D. Executive Vice President of Market Rates Insight. “Poor service fee decisions can be very costly in loss of customers, damage to reputation and now involvement of the newly established Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.”

The first Integrated Study on Service Fees is scheduled for release in May 2012. It is being offered as an integrated study across all seven services, or as individual studies on each of the seven service areas. Individual studies will be available on credit score services, identify theft protection, personalized couponing, prepaid reloadable cards, overdraft protection, personal money transfer, and mobile remote deposit capture. Each study features consumer research on preferences and perceived value, as well as demographic segmentation.

For more information, contact Market Rates Insight at

About Market Rates Insight
For more than two decades, Market Rates Insight (MRI) has been helping clients price with precision by providing banks, thrifts, credit unions, and other financial institutions with comprehensive market intelligence on deposits, loans, and fees. MRI uses deposit surveys, mortgage and consumer loan surveys, fees and features studies, new product alerts, benchmarking and market share analysis to give subscribers the intelligence needed to strategically position products, optimize pricing and react to emerging trends. MRI’s products include web-enabled, customizable report programming, proprietary product research tools, searchable databases, market alerts, and online dashboards that aggregate key client data to provide real-time interactive views on how they rank against their specific competitors.

Market Rates Insight is located in San Anselmo, California. For more information, see

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For additional information contact:
Tom Woolf
Market Rates Insight
(415) 259-5638

NanoMarkets Says that Dye Sensitized Cell (DSC) PV Market Poised to Expand Greatly in the Next Several Years

NanoMarkets announces the release of its latest report on the DSC market titled, “Markets for Dye-Sensitized Cell Photovoltaics 2012.”

Glen Allen, Virginia - April 24, 2012 -- Industry analyst firm NanoMarkets announces the release of its latest report on the DSC market titled, “Markets for Dye-Sensitized Cell Photovoltaics 2012.” NanoMarkets believes that even as the overall PV industry is reeling from rapidly declining panel prices, cutbacks in government support, and failing firms, DSC is a technology with solid growth prospects.

In the report NanoMarkets estimates that the total market value of DSC modules at the application level will grow from about $40 million in 2012 to over $500 million by 2015. Then, after building-integrated PV (BIPV) applications for DSC PV take off, the firm anticipates that the market value will exceed $4.4 billion by 2019. At the same time, the market for DSC materials is expected to grow from a value of just under $12 million in 2012 to over $1.2 billion by 2019.

Additional details about the report are available at: Members of the press can request a full executive summary from the report.

NanoMarkets is also set to release an update to its coverage of the organic photovoltaic (OPV) market within the next two weeks of this release. Details of that report are available at:

About the Report:

In the past two years, the dye sensitized cell (DSC) market has come of age and has moved out of its R&D phase. The performance of DSCs is now comparable with amorphous silicon PV, but with much more potential than a-Si for performance improvements. DSC’s also offers an ability to be deployed on flexible substrates and perform under non-peak insolation.

This report provides an in-depth market analysis of recent developments in DSCs, examining the meaning of the latest products, strategies and technical developments. We identify how performance improvements are likely to help grow addressable markets for DSC and where these new markets are to be found. Specifically, we examine the potential for DSC in the BIPV sector and how DSC is likely to do in a world in which solar energy is not the hot topic that it was a few years ago.

The report also appraises the commercial significance of the developments that have taken place in the DSC over the past year such as the attempts to reduce the cost of dyes and electrodes. And, as always with NanoMarkets reports, this report also contains granular forecasts of DSC panel and materials shipments in volume and value terms.

Lastly, the report contains a discussion of some of the key players in the DSC marketplace, including 3GSolar, G24 Innovations, NLAB Solar, Dyesol, Oxford Photovoltaics, Solaronix, Solarprint, BASF, Merck, Umicore, Pilkington/NSG, Tata Steel, Everlight Chemical, Timo Technology, EPFL, Fujikura, and Peccell.

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 for a full listing of NanoMarkets' reports and other services.

Media Contact:
Robert Nolan
NanoMarkets, LC
PO BOX 3840
Glen Allen, VA 23058