AAA Shows Support For Women's Alternative Investment Summit

Alternative Asset Analysis has announced its support for the return of the Women’s Alternative Investment Summit to New York in November.

Boston, MA, USA, September 30, 2011 -- Alternative Asset Analysis (AAA) is welcoming the return of the Women’s Alternative Investment Summit to New York in November.

The summit, which is in its third year, attracted a huge crowd of some 250 executives and other influential women who were keen to explore alternative investments in more detail.

This year’s meeting in Midtown Manhattan will include keynote speeches on several different kinds of alternative investments, including real estate, private equity and hedge funds.

Some 50 speakers will take to the stage over the course of the two-day event, which will run from 3-4 November, explained AAA, which supports the promotion of alternative assets as a valid and lucrative alternative to traditional investments such as stocks and shares.

In these volatile times, it’s important that everyone reviews their investment portfolio to ensure it is well diversified to minimize their exposure to risk,” stated AAA’s analysis partner, Anthony Johnson.

Some of the topic to be discussed at the summit will include ‘Real Estate Portfolio Management,’ ‘Will Institutional Investors Continue to Warm to Hedge Funds’ and ‘Global Private Equity: How Regions Measure Up by Performance.’

Some of the exhibitors expected at the summit include private equity and real estate firm Landmark Partners, who are returning for their second year, and Ascendant Compliance Management, which is attending for its first year.

AAA is a particularly active advocate of ethical investments and offers forestry investment as a strong option for anyone looking to reduce the risk in their portfolio while helping to reduce deforestation. Forestry investment projects, such as the one operated by Greenwood Management, which involves managing plantations in Brazil can help safeguard the future of the forestry industry. This kind of managed approached to sustainable forestry help spread the world that there can be value in standing trees as well as in timber, according to AAA.

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

FPL Program: Saving Energy Saves Money

Create a Business Energy Savings Plan that Impacts the Bottom Line.

Juno Beach, FL, September 29, 2011 -- In anticipation of Energy Awareness Month in October, FPL hosted a webinar for small and medium-sized businesses this week focused on helping increase corporate bottom lines through energy savings to avoid cuts in jobs, salaries and benefits. According to webinar moderator Nancy Flickinger, account manager for FPL’s Customer Service Field Operations, energy savings provides a preferred alternative that doesn't detract from business operations, employee experience or jobs while still reducing company overhead.

The webinar helped business owners and operations managers learn how to uncover savings opportunities and maximize those savings by turning FPL’s recommendations into a savings plan.

The reality is, a good energy plan is good business, whether your company is large or small,” said Flickinger. “In addition to the obvious payback of saving energy and money month after month, there are other benefits to developing and implementing an ongoing energy management program, including reduced maintenance and labor costs after upgrading to new, more efficient equipment.”

The webinar discussed how saving energy reduces the cost of doing business, improving profitability and competitiveness in the marketplace. Additionally, from a marketing perspective, many companies opt to leverage the competitive advantage of being environmentally friendly and have found it opens the door to new business and promotional opportunities.

FPL provides resources to help assess and evaluate energy savings opportunities through its free Business Energy Evaluation (BEE). Once the results of the BEE are calculated, FPL can help customers set goals, evaluate options, review optional voluntary rates and FPL incentive programs; implement the improvements (starting with low-cost or no-cost options) and track the results. In addition to the BEE, FPL also helps business customers find participating contractors who can install energy-efficiency improvements like air conditioning, refrigeration, water heating, lighting and process FPL incentives.

According to Flickinger, employee engagement is one of the most effective no-cost methods of reducing energy use.

The best way to start the process is to set energy-efficiency goals and objectives and to identify an Energy Champion to manage an ongoing team and employee energy plan that supports management’s objectives,” said Flickinger. “To maintain commitment over time, the team should periodically review the energy plan and keep it fresh. Finally, be sure to share news about initiatives and results of the process to motivate employees to jump on the energy-saving bandwagon, whether this is through energy-efficiency events or incentives rewarding outstanding performance.”

For more information, visit http://www.fpl.com/BEE.

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

FRA Praises Article Highlighting Forestry Investment Benefits

A recent feature on forestry investment in SmartMoney Magazine has caught the eye of Forestry Research Associates (FRA) who is thanking the publication for bringing attention to forestry as an asset class.

Seattle, United States, September 29, 2011 -- A recent feature on forestry investment in SmartMoney Magazine has caught the eye of Forestry Research Associates (FRA) who is thanking the publication for bringing attention to forestry as an asset class.

The article, by Brett Arends, talks about how forestry investment can be a great way to shelter money in more volatile economic times. He explained that timberlands have been a favorite among wealthy investors for years, as a result of its strong returns and lower risk, and the asset class is now within reach of all investors thanks to new direct investment opportunities.

FRA, a research and analysis consultancy, said that timberland investments were typically available through funds where minimum investments would often run into hundreds of thousands of dollars. Now, through firms such as Greenwood Management, people can invest as little as $15,000 in a section of forest plantation land in Brazil, Canada or even Costa Rica. These kinds of investment opportunities allow investors to see returns within just a few years, rather than having to wait for trees to grow and reach maturity as all the money is ploughed into the sustainable model that delivers regular returns.

Several larger funds are now putting more of their portfolio into forestry. The SmartMoney article cites Harvard University as a major investor in timberland. The author also claims that Jeremy Grantham, who runs investment firm GMO, has a large amount of his personal portfolio invested in timber. He reportedly once said that timber "has had a history of rising in all great equity bear markets,” adding that the asset is “very safe: If the sun shines and it rains, the trees grow about on schedule."

Grantham is absolutely right on this,” claimed FRA’s analysis partner, Peter Collins. He added, “Forestry’s low correlation with other assets means that it can withstand slumps that other asset classes simply will not survive, therefore offering a safe haven for money during volatile times.”

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

Zevrix Updates InPreflight for InDesign: Improves Preflight Accuracy

Zevrix Solutions announces InPreflight Pro 2.9.5, a maintenance update to its document preparation solution for Adobe InDesign. Described as "delightfully simple to use" by Macworld, InPreflight is an all-in-one solution to check InDesign documents, collect them for output and ship to final destination. It combines powerful batch-packaging, quality control and graphic reports. The new version addresses certain issues related to checkup of GIF files and creation of preflight reports.

Toronto (ON), Canada - September 29, 2011 -- Zevrix Solutions today announces the release of InPreflight 2.9.5, a compatibility update to its document preparation solution for Adobe InDesign. InPreflight is a powerful all-in-one solution to check InDesign documents, collect them for output and ship to final destination. InPreflight helps graphics and print professionals uncover hidden problems, save disk space through smart batch-packaging, and reduce production time and costs.

"InPreflight is delightfully simple to use and does its job well," writes James Dempsey in Macworld.

The new version addresses certain issues related to proper detection and handling of CompuServe GIF files in InDesign documents. It also improves formatting of preflight reports saved as tab-delimited text files.

InPreflight Pro provides a robust, fast, reliable and easy-to-use solution for printers, service providers, ad agencies and publishing houses. InPreflight offers solutions in the following production areas:

Batch-packaging and job delivery:
InPreflight Pro is the only program that can package multiple jobs automatically with the option to collect all files into one folder. It eliminates the need to collect the same links multiple times for each design, saving users gigabytes of disk space and hours of production time. In addition, users can automatically send collected jobs over the Internet and locally with automatic email notifications, compression and other options.

Quality control:
InPreflight quickly checks InDesign documents for common problems, as well as for hidden issues, otherwise not reported by InDesign (for example, TIFF and EPS compression, embedded fonts and illegal link locations).

Graphic preflight reports:
Users can print graphic preflight reports and save them as PDF with detailed image info saved in PDF notes. The reports can be set up interactively with an option to include detailed paragraph styles report for typography professionals.

Pricing and Availability:
InPreflight Pro can be purchased from Zevrix web site for US$99.95, as well as from authorized resellers. Trial version is available for download. Update is free for licensed users of version 2, and US$55.98 from earlier versions. InPreflight is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2-10.7, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS2-CS5.5. File delivery services require Deliver or Deliver Express, which InPreflight users can purchase from Zevrix at a discount.

About Zevrix Solutions

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

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

For College Students, Avoiding the “Freshman 15” Is a Lesson Worth Learning

Everyone’s heard of the “Freshman 15,” and even when students are trying to eat well, it can be a challenge when time-intensive studies-and a thriving social life-translate into less-than-ideal food choices.

New York, NY - September 29, 2011 -- If you polled students at any college or university, chances are one of their top complaints would be connected to diet. Everyone’s heard of the “Freshman 15,” and even when students are trying to eat well, it can be a challenge when time-intensive studies-and a thriving social life-translate into less-than-ideal food choices.

Add to the mix the easy availability of fast food restaurants in the vicinity of most campuses (and sometimes on campus itself!), and the result can frequently be weight gain among the student population,” say boomer generation health experts Dian Griesel, Ph.D., and Tom Griesel, authors of the new book TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust (April 2011, BSH).

Dian and Tom offer the following tips for health-conscious college students:

Eat fruits and veggies at every opportunity.

Skip the “nutrition” bars-they are fat/sugar combos that do not exist in Nature, and will pack on pounds fast. They won't fill you up, but you'll be consuming 200+ calories per bar.

Drink water-especially first thing in the morning. You are dehydrated!

Walk as often as you can-and load up your backpack! The extra weight will build leg and butt muscles that are the greatest calorie burners.

For every beer, drink of wine, shot, or whatever your alcoholic beverage of choice-drink an eight-ounce glass of water! This will help keep you hydrated and satiated, and slow the effects of alcohol on your metabolism.

Eat a large salad at least once daily, and skip the creamy dressings that make that salad go from skinny to fat.

Don't worry if you are not “working out.” Walking, cleaning your room, dancing, playing any sport-all count as activities and burn calories. You don't need to be in a gym.

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. Common sense and a desire to be lean are all that is required for success at any age. For more information, log on to http://www.turbocharged.us.com. Please follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/turbochargedUS and Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/diangriesel.

Media contact:
Janet Vasquez
The Investor Relations Group
11 Stone Street
3rd floor
New York, NY 10004
212-825-3210

BusinessVibes showcases the Research and Development Industry

BusinessVibes, the international business directory and networking platform, announces this week the launch of the Research and Development industry portal.

London, UK, September 29, 2011 -- BusinessVibes, the international business directory and networking platform, announces this week the launch of the Research and Development industry portal. Covering the main players and regions in the industry, the portal serves as a starting point for companies wishing to expand their international business. BusinessVibes is a perfect fit for those willing to search for new business partners and opportunities to make new deals.

Research and Development - the new industry introduced to the website includes 143 leading companies. Entities, which have already joined us, represent 23 countries considered to be crucial players in Research and Development Industry. Members of this group on BusinessVibes can benefit also from database of 81 international events gathering experts and leading exhibitors in this field. All the companies and events listed on the website were hand-selected and verified by the BusinessVibes research team.

Research and Development refers to work performed on a daily basis in order to enhance the stock of knowledge of man, society or culture and then use of that knowledge to devise new applications and business enhancement. Research and Development has a specific economic significance. Investment in R&D reflects a government's or organization's willingness to forgo current operations or profit to improve future performance or returns. Top spenders countries taking GDP percentage into consideration are: Israel (4.53%), Sweden (3.73%), Finland (3.45%), Japan (3.39%), South Korea (3.23%) and Switzerland (2.9%).

BusinessVibes provides a platform for international buyers and sellers helping them to make connections and form partnerships. New companies wishing to join the directory are verified and categorized by the BusinessVibes team to ensure that listings are trustworthy and useful to our members.

Visit this industry profile and add your company to the global directory by clicking Research and Development.

Industries already covered on BusinessVibes include Textiles, Food Processing, Plastic Products, Farm Supplies, Industrial Equipment, Industrial Chemicals, Electronics and Electricals, Renewable Energy, Hotel Supplies, Metal Mining, and more.

Contact:
Marta Munia
Marketing Executive - Europe
Infiniti Research Limited
8 Wimpole Street
London W1G 9SP
Tel: +44 20 7291 0883
Follow us on Twitter: @businessvibes

Dentists can Grow their Practices by Attending the IAPAM's Hands-On Botox ® Training

A new report shows that the market for botox ® is growing at a rate of 9% annually, and dentists are poised to capture a significant portion of this market by attending accredited hands-on, physician-taught botox ® training like that offered by the IAPAM at its respected Aesthetic Medicine Symposium.

Las Vegas, NV, September 29, 2011 -- The market for botox ® treatments is growing. In a report published by GlobalData, "the global market for facial aesthetics is forecast to reach about $4 billion in 2017 at a compound annual growth rate of 9%. The growth is expected to be driven by minimally invasive procedures that offer long term results at competitive pricing." The key to dentists capturing a portion of this growing market is by engaging in comprehensive, hands-on, physician-lead Botox ® Training like that offered at the IAPAM's Aesthetic Medicine Symposium with Botox ® Training (http://www.aestheticmedicinesymposium.com/botoxtraining.html).

Catherine Maley, frequent contributor to the IAPAM and author of Your Aesthetic Practice (http://www.YourAestheticPractice.com), agrees. She comments that a dentist sees "on average 8 dental patients per day. Pareto's Law of 80/20 Rue says that 20% will convert to aesthetics if asked. That's 1.6 patients per day multiplied by the average cost of a Botox ® treatment at $2350 and that equals $560 per day. Now multiply that by 22 working days per month, and multiply that again over 12 months," and an expertly trained dentist could see his/her dental practice grow by over $100,000 in revenue in a year.

Dentists can capture this growth in 2011 and beyond, by attending "all-inclusive" training programs, offered in medical facilities not hotel rooms, and lead by board-certified dermatologists and aesthetic medicine business experts, such as the IAPAM's Aesthetic Medicine Symposiums, the IAPAM's Aesthetic Practice Start-Up Seminars, and the IAPAM's Advanced Botox ® and Dermal Filler Programs.

For more information on the remaining 2011 dates for the IAPAM's Aesthetic Medicine Symposiums and its medical or dental Practice Start-Up Workshops, please visit http://www.iapam.com or contact the IAPAM, at 1-800-219-5108 ext. 704, info@theiapam.com.

Botox, Botox Cosmetic and Juvederm are trademarks of Allergan, Inc. Dysport, Restylane, Perlane are trademarks of Medicis, Inc.

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). The IAPAM offers aesthetic medicine and hCG medical weight management programs, including: Botox ® training, medical aesthetic training, laser training, physician hCG training, and aesthetic practice business training. Additional information about the association can be accessed through the IAPAM’s website (http://www.iapam.com) or by contacting:

Jeff Russell, Executive-Director
International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine (IAPAM)
1-800-219-5108 x704

IAPAM Comments on the Importance of Pharmaceutical hCG

The IAPAM reports on the dangers of improperly sourced hCG for medical weight loss programs, and educates physicians on how to safely source hCG, and how to effectively and profitably deliver an hCG Diet and Weight Loss Program to their patients. One critical success factor is to attend expert training through programs like the IAPAM’s hCG Training Program.

Las Vegas, NV, September 28, 2011 -- Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) for weight loss is everywhere on the internet. One cannot google "hCG" or "hCG diet" without seeing these sensational headlines: "Lose 1-2 LBS/DAY Buy hCG," "Lose 23 lbs in 23 Days For Only $70," or "Buy hCG Here - Save Up To 72%." However, as Jeff Russell, Executive Director of the IAPAM comments, "it is quite amazing that so many people want to put their long-term health at risk by answering an internet or Facebook ad, or watching a YouTube video on hCG. It is equally disconcerting that so many physicians launch hCG Medical Weight Management Programs, without being properly trained in administering an hCG Protocol, sourcing hCG, understanding patient selection criteria and patient testing, and the common medical contraindications for hCG."

To meet the need for this type of in-depth, physician-led hCG training, the IAPAM has developed an exclusive program for physicians looking to add hCG and Medically Supervised Weight Loss programs to their existing practices. The IAPAM's hCG Training (http://www.hcgtraining.com) is offered the Friday before each of the IAPAM's Aesthetic Medicine Symposiums in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona. The IAPAM's next hCG training sessions will be held on October 21, 2011 and December 2, 2011 in Scottsdale.

Mr. Russell also comments on the controversy surrounding homeopathic hCG. "There are a myriad of 'hCG' distributors in cyberspace, who do not warn consumers about the potential health risks associated with taking hCG and engaging in an associated Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD). The bottom line is that hCG is an FDA controlled substance and requires the prescription of a physician. You have no idea what is actually in the hCG you buy on the internet, and you could be risking your health by doing so," cautions Mr. Russell. The IAPAM's faculty has developed a program where all the critical issues associated with hCG and the IAPAM's Exclusive hCG Protocol are discussed. The IAPAM is the only physician-led training association to offer education on how to safely and successfully add hCG and Medical Weight Management to a medical practice.

For more information on hCG for Weight Loss, see the IAPAM's Medical Weight Management Resources webpages, including:


To register for the next IAPAM's hCG Physician Training Program, please visit http://www.hcgtraining.com, or contact the IAPAM at 1-800-219-5108 ext. 708 or info@theiapam.com.

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

The International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine is a voluntary global association of physicians and supporters, which sets standards for the aesthetic medical profession worldwide. The goal of the association is to offer education, ethical standards, credentialing, and member benefits to members around the globe. IAPAM membership is open to all licensed medical doctors (MDs), doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs), physicians assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs). The IAPAM offers aesthetic medicine and hCG medical weight management programs, including: Botox ® training, medical aesthetic training, laser training, physician hCG training, and aesthetic practice business training. Additional information about the association can be accessed through the IAPAM’s website (http://www.iapam.com) or by contacting:

Jeff Russell, Executive-Director
International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine (IAPAM)
1-800-219-5108 x708

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Fly Over Michigan's Fall Color in a Hot Air Balloon

Fall color season is fast approaching and there's no better way to see the colors than from a hot air balloon. Michigan balloonists offer a stunning platform from which to enjoy this once a year feast for the eyes.

Plymouth, MI - September 28, 2011 -- “Michigan's fall colors are off the chart beautiful from a hot air balloon" says Scott Lorenz, President and Chief Pilot of Westwind Balloon Company of Plymouth, Michigan. (http://www.PureMichiganBalloon.com)

The palate of colors just takes your breath away," says Lorenz "I love taking photos from the balloon especially when we fly over Kensington Park, it’s fabulous, it’s ten times better than driving. People just have no idea how pretty it is until they get above it."

Want to get a preview of a flight?” asks Lorenz, “check out a video I put together of some of our fall color flights. The views are spectacular as we glide over the tops of the canopy of trees. There’s no better way to enjoy Michigan’s fall colors than from a hot air balloon.” Check it out at: http://youtu.be/1R-QsurhW6M

Most hot air balloon rides in Michigan last about one hour and Lorenz flies over the woods and streams of Kensington Park and Island Lake State Park in Milford and Brighton. He and several other pilot friends meet at Park 'n Ride area off Milford Road and I-96 (exit # 155) about 2 1/2 hours before sunset. From there he'll launch helium balloons, determine the wind direction, then take a short drive to one of nine launch sites in the area that give the best views and best landing sites downwind.

What to wear? Lorenz suggests passengers wear tennis shoes and jeans. He says the air temp “upstairs” is within a couple degrees of ground temp so it’s not a factor. Cameras and video cameras are highly recommended to preserve the once in a lifetime moments while flying over the countryside.

Since fall color balloon flights are popular Lorenz suggests people call now to reserve a spot. Flights cost $695 for a private ride which is two passengers and the pilot. All flights are pre-paid. Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover and PayPal are accepted. Gift certificates are available.

To really appreciate all of the fall color that Michigan has to offer, call a balloonist and schedule a flight today, the view is really better from above!

Westwind Balloon Company - Plymouth, MI, Flying over Kensington Park, Brighton, South Lyon and Milford. (Tel: 734-667-2098, Web: http://www.westwindcos.com/balloon, Scott Lorenz, Pilot and Owner.)

About Scott Lorenz
Scott Lorenz, President of Westwind Balloon Company, has been a commercial balloon pilot since 1982, and has logged 1,550 + hours as pilot in command in a hot air balloon. Scott’s memorable ballooning experiences include: Flying over Niagara Falls, The Great Wall of China, Disney World, the Olympics in Calgary, St. Wolfgang, Austria, Saga, Japan, the Grand Prix in Spain, co-piloting one of two balloons for Mike Howard’s Guinness World Record ”balloon walk” flight at 19,000 feet, a 20 hour-361 mile Gas Balloon flight with Gordon Boring and handling media relations for Kevin Uliassi's Round the World balloon flights. Lorenz and his balloon exploits have been featured by FOX-2 News, WJR, Hour Detroit and The Detroit Free Press. A balloon flight on Westwind Co. was named "most creative date" by It’s Just Lunch. Westwind Balloon Company is a member of the Detroit Chamber of Commerce and the Southeast Michigan Balloon Federation (SEMBA) and the Balloon Federation of America. (http://www.PureMichiganBalloon.com)

New Sales Manager joins ESCATEC to help drive aggressive growth plans

ESCATEC, the EMS innovator, has recruited Stefano Losa as Sales Manager for ESCATEC Switzerland.

Heerbrugg, Switzerland - September 28, 2011 -- ESCATEC, the EMS innovator, has recruited Stefano Losa as Sales Manager for ESCATEC Switzerland. Stefano combines considerable sales experience having worked in senior sales roles at IBM and Cicor with an in-depth understanding of electronics from his academic studies in Neuch√Ętel. He will be responsible for managing the team of Key Account Executives that supports the existing customer base in Switzerland as well as driving the development of new business.

I am really excited about working for ESCATEC,” explained Stefano Losa. “Their business model of having R&D, production and sales all together in one unit ensures that everyone works together in order to provide outstanding service for customers. It is important to have your finger on the pulse and be aware of everything that is going on from innovative new production techniques through to changes in lead times of components. Customers come to ESCATEC for their contract manufacturing needs because they know that we differentiate ourselves by providing exceptional quality and customer care at a competitive price.”

Stefano's appointment is a key part of ESCATEC’s recently announced plans to increase its Research and Development operations significantly over the next five years growing the headcount from 30 to 200 and the turnover from $4 million to $40 million. This will enable the company to provide a fully integrated product design and manufacturing service that covers every stage from taking the initial idea for a product through R&D to product design, prototyping and then volume production in the company’s Asian facilities.

As companies increasingly outsource non-core competencies such as R&D and prototype design, they are looking for partners that they can rely on as their company reputations rest on these being done to the highest possible standards,” added Gerhard Klauser, General Manager at ESCATEC Switzerland. “Stefano and his team will play a vital role in maintaining and enhancing our relationships with customers to deliver the quality of service and exceptional customer support that we are famous for, and that will enable us to continue to grow our business.”

For further information about ESCATEC, one of Europe’s leading providers of contract design and contract manufacturing services: http://www.escatec.com / enquiries@escatec.com.

For press information, contact: Nigel Robson, Vortex PR, Tel: +44 (0) 1481 233080, nigel@vortexpr.com.

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Rosendin Electric Named Specialty Contractor of the Year by ENR California

Rosendin Electric Singled Out for Fiscal Growth, Geographic Expansion, and Community Involvement.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (September 27, 2011) -- ENR California Magazine has named Rosendin Electric Specialty Contractor of the Year in California. Rosendin Electric (http://www.rosendin.com), the nation’s largest private electrical contractor and a 100% employee-owned company, was singled out for its financial and geographic growth, and ongoing commitment to community involvement.

In announcing the award, Robert Carlsen, Regional Editor of ENR California, wrote: “Rosendin Electric has successfully expanded into a number of marketplaces, such as Virginia, Texas, Canada and Guam, and has focused profitably on wind farms and data centers. And, again, not surprisingly, with revenue gains and geographic expansion comes hiring: Rosendin Electric’s employee count was 2,150 employees in December 2009, 2,290 in December 2010 and 2,465 in June 2011. The firm traditionally puts great emphasis on community involvement with such organizations as the San Francisco AIDS Walk, Diabetes “Step Out,” and Habitat for Humanity. Rosendin Electric also worked with Project HOPE to restore a 73-bed hospital in Milot, Haiti as part of the Haiti Earthquake Relief effort.”

Rosendin Electric demonstrated a growth of 26 percent in California revenue over the last year. The company also opened a Mid-Atlantic regional office, completed the acquisition of KST Electric in Texas, and expanded field operations with work in Canada and Guam.

This is the third industry award we have garnered in the last couple of weeks, clearly marking another banner year for Rosendin Electric,” said Tom Sorely, Chairman and CEO of Rosendin Electric. “We have a bright and dedicated team with extensive expertise in design build, data center, solar, wind power, and other areas of specialization that continue to give us a leg up on our competitors. This award is a great testament to the commitment of everyone in the Rosendin Electric family.”

Rosendin Electric will be profiled in the October 10 issue of ENR California.

About Rosendin Electric

Rosendin Electric, Inc., headquartered in San Jose, California, is a 100% employee-owned electrical engineering, power and communications provider and is the largest privately held electrical contractor in the United States. With over 2,000 employees and experience nationwide, Rosendin Electric has built upon a 90-year reputation for quality design and installations. For additional information, visit http://www.rosendin.com.

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Media Contact:
Shelly Goulart
Marketing Manager
Rosendin Electric
408-534-2819

ESCATEC invests in new diebonder to triple throughput

ESCATEC, the EMS innovator, has invested in a Hilbond DB 750 diebonder to increase the company’s diebonding capabilities.

Heerbrugg, Switzerland - September 27, 2011 -- ESCATEC, the EMS innovator, has invested in a Hilbond DB 750 diebonder to increase the company’s diebonding capabilities. The new machine is very accurate and fast, enabling ESCATEC to triple its existing diebonding throughput. The high degree of accuracy also means that the following production steps (e.g. wirebonding) have been accelerated.

The Hilbond joins the existing Amadyne SAM 42 diebonder that is older and very flexible but slower. The latter is used for bigger dies and assemblies. The new, faster Hilbond is used for products with a medium to high placement rate and high automation level or for fast prototyping.

Robert Gade, the Industrial Engineer at ESCATEC who is in charge of the diebonding machines, added, “Having these two different diebonding machines not only increases throughput and accuracy but it also enables us to use the best machine for the job be it rapid prototyping or big dies. Rapid prototyping is particularly useful here at the Heerbrugg facility as this is where our Global R&D operation is based and it enables us to ensure that we get customers’ new products quickly into production.”

In keeping with ESCATEC’s philosophy of investing in the latest state of the art software and machinery, they have just added a brand new feature to the Hilbond. Wafer mapping that enables dies to be sorted by class or by light intensity into trays. This is called “bin-batch”. It can also place dies according to the quality or classes, as the product is requesting it. The quality class can be changed in an active running program, so that a change to the available material is quickly done, just in time. A wafer map can be created from a programmed wafer and custom classes can be created if needed. Partly unpicked dies on the wafer map can be exported and stored and a converter helps to process different file types.

The diebonding machines are located in ESCATEC’s MOEMS (Micro Optic Electronic Manufacturing Services) facility in Heerbrugg which is designed to meet the growing demand for miniaturised electronics. Miniaturised electronics and sub-assemblies can be manufactured at very high levels of cleanliness and technological precision under Class 5 and Class 7 cleanroom conditions. It is supported by the rest of the Group’s global operations that include the ability to ramp up to high volume manufacturing in Asia.

For further information on ESCATEC, one of Europe’s leading providers of electronics design and contract manufacturing services: http://www.escatec.com / enquiries@escatec.com.

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BusinessVibes hosted Webinar for Rubber & Plastics Professionals

Businessvibes hosted a webinar for its members in the rubber and plastics industry on Wednesday, September 21st. The webinar archive is available on BusinessVibes.com.

London, UK, September 27, 2011 -- Businessvibes, the B2B networking platform, hosted a webinar for its members in the rubber and plastics industry on Wednesday, September 21st. The webinar archive is available on BusinessVibes (brief registration required).

The webinar featured presentations from the British Plastics Federation, the PlasticsEurope, the Assocomaplast and the Malaysian Rubber Board, each discussing their respective market from an informed industry perspective. The speakers, Stephen Hunt, from BPF, Patricia Vangheluwe, from PlasticsEurope, Mario Maggiani, from Assocomaplast and Dr. Salmiah Ahmad, from MRB, discussed issues relevant to potential investors and companies looking to enter or purchase from the markets, including:

- Policy and regulatory overviews of each market
- Italian Plastics and Rubber machinery industry
- British Plastics industry overview
- The Importance of a Common Life Cycle Assessment Methodology for Plastics
- Second frontier of sustainability in Rubber industry: Malaysia

Attendees were able to submit questions to the speakers over a live chat, and also communicate with each other about business opportunities. BusinessVibes' mission is to make it simple for businesses to find international buyers, suppliers, joint venture partners and more. There are over 500,000 members worldwide, interacting via profiles, messaging, and participation in live and virtual events.

BusinessVibes also works with event planners, providing a platform for promotion, registration, and payment for industry conferences, trade shows, and webinars. The event management features complement the online connections possible on the service, by encouraging members to interact in person or in real time.

More webinars are planned for 2011. Next online conference will take place on 20th October and it will be held in the subject area of paper and Packaging. BusinessVibes has also hosted webinars covering the Gems & Jewellery, the Textiles, the Renewable Energy and Rubber & Plastics industries, and it is planning to have the one covering IT industry and more in the coming months.

If you are interested in participating in our webinars or if you want to learn more, visit http://www.businessvibes.com.

Media Contact:
Marta Munia
Marketing Executive - Europe
Infiniti Research Limited
8 Wimpole Street
London W1G 9SP
Tel: +44 20 7291 0883
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Advances in HIV/AIDS Cure

The prospects for a cure now look brighter because of technological and medical advances.

Toulon, France, September 26, 2011 -- To this day, the "Berlin Patient" is believed to be the only person to ever be cured of HIV, and that cure was basically stumbled upon-a cure by serendipity, if you will. What was originally a transplant to treat HIV-related leukemia turned into a complete cure for HIV. It took many in the HIV research community by surprise and gave them hope that a more practical cure could eventually be found. That leads us to the following question: What type of cure would be more practical? A sterilizing cure-that is the complete eradication of HIV from the body-would be ideal, but may not be a realistic goal. Therefore, a functional cure-reducing the HIV viral load in the body to a level that keeps it in check permanently-seems to be more practical at this point.

The prospects for a cure now look brighter because of technological and medical advances. The proposed "cures" of the past failed in one way or another, primarily because there was a fatal flaw somewhere that failed to prevent the virus from replicating. Highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) is one such method used. Using a combination of different antiretroviral medications, these medications interacted with each other to stop the virus at various points of its life cycle. While it reduced the HIV in the body to undetectable levels, the flaw emerged when people stopped taking the drugs.

Once they stopped treatment, the virus began replicating again in earnest; it was able to do this because of HIV reservoirs, or pockets of cells within the body where HIV lies dormant during HAART. HIV can remain dormant in these reservoirs for decades-especially since the reservoirs have a half-life of over 70 years. Cracking these reservoirs and somehow eradicating the virus within is the key to finding a functional cure for HIV.

The Berlin Patient taught the HIV research community that looking into people with the CCR5 mutation in their T-cells. These people are the small percentage of humans in the world who are naturally resistant to HIV. Bone marrow from a person with the CCR5 mutation was used in the Berlin Patient transplant, which is why research into the mutation has so much upside. Replicating this mutation on a wider scale could be the key to finding a cure. Furthermore, developing an entirely different strategy to deal with cell-to-cell transmission of HIV within the body is also on the agenda. The current antiretroviral medications are very effective at stopping HIV transmission through the bloodstream from cell to cell, but direct cell-to-cell transmission is something entirely different.

Media Contact:
Alain Lafeuillade
AVPS
1208 avenue Colonel Picot
83056 Toulon France
33494616340

Juried Art Competition - Theme “The Elements” Announced by Art Gallery

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces a Juried Art Competition with the theme “The Elements” for the Month of October 2011.

Jupiter, Florida - September 25, 2011 -- Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces a Juried Art Competition with the theme “The Elements” for the Month of October 2011. All 2D artists, including photography and excluding video from around the world are called upon to make online submissions to the gallery. The winners of this art competition will be included in the gallery’s November 2011 online art group exhibition. Light Space & Time encourages entries from all 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 November 2011. In addition, depending on the amount and the quality of the entries these categories may be expanded and there may also be Special Recognition awards posted as well. The theme for the October art contest is “The Elements” and the submission process and the deadline will end on October 29, 2011.

Winners of the “The Elements” Art Exhibition will receive extensive worldwide 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.

Artists, give us your best “element” art now. Apply Online at http://www.lightspacetime.com.

About Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery conducts monthly art competitions and 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 gallery website can be viewed here: http://www.lightspacetime.com

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

Increasing Diabetic Population Key Driver for Blood Glucose Test Strips

A recently published report by Technavio reveals that the Global Blood Glucose Test Strips market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.7 percent over the period 2010–2014.

London, UK, September 23, 2011 -- A recently published report by Technavio, specialists in emerging technologies market research, reveals that the Global Blood Glucose Test Strips market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.7 percent over the period 2010–2014. The report, which covers the Americas as well as the EMEA and APAC regions, indicates that the market is being driven by the growing number of diabetic patients across regions.

According to Technavio’s industry analyst, “There is an increase in the number of diabetic patients across the world as a result of changing lifestyles and genetic predisposition. More than 25 percent of the US population suffers from diabetes. As a result, the demand for blood glucose diagnosis performed at hospitals, diagnostic centers, and at homes has seen a significant increase.”

The report also highlights that the presence of counterfeit products is hindering the growth of this market. However, the low price of these blood glucose test strips is expected to keep driving demand. This market is also marked by the increased adoption of diabetes management at home. These are just some of the important findings presented in the report that will enable companies to fully understand the potential in this market and formulate their own strategies.

Technavio’s report, Global Blood Glucose Test Strips Market 2010–2014, is based on extensive research conducted with industry experts, vendors, and end-users. It examines the key trends, drivers, and challenges impacting the evolution of this market. The report also contains incisive insights and SWOT analyses regarding the key vendors in this market.

Companies mentioned in this report include Hoffmann-La Roche, LifeScan, Abbott Diabetes Care, and Bayer Diabetes Care.

For further information and to obtain your copy of this report, please visit http://www.technavio.com/content/global-blood-glucose-test-strips-market-2010-2014.

Media Contact:
Ludmila Berkesova
Program Manager
Technavio
8 Wimpole Street
W1G 9SP London UK
Tel: 0044 207 637 2456
Fax: 0044 845 280 2825