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Healthcare INSIGHTS(R) Named KLAS #1 Budgeting Software Three Years in a Row

Steven Berger LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., Feb. 4, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — For the third consecutive year, Healthcare Insights, LLC (HCI), a leading provider of financial management and decision-support solutions for the healthcare industry, has earned a #1 spot in the Best in KLAS Awards: Software and Services, Market Segment Category, Budgeting.

KLAS annually compiles a report of the best-performing healthcare information technology (IT) products based on more than 18,000 candid interviews with healthcare providers. KLAS uses this feedback to independently monitor and measure product quality, implementation, service, and support.

Receiving the coveted KLAS award three years in a row is a significant accomplishment for HCI. Since INSIGHTS was first recognized in 2011, the field of healthcare financial management and analytics has grown exponentially and so has market competition.

“Hospitals generate a tremendous volume and variety of clinical, financial, administrative, and demographic data. And typically the data resides in disparate and disconnected databases and transaction systems,” said Steven Berger, HCI president. “This data explosion is the result of both technological advances in the industry and intensifying pressure from the public, insurance companies, and the government to control the costs associated with delivering efficient, value-driven patient services. But without timely access and accurate analysis, hospitals simply can’t turn all that data into actionable information.”

Currently in use at hundreds of hospitals nationwide, INSIGHTS integrates micro-level financial and operational data in real time from across the enterprise into an understandable, interactive, common language with intelligent analytics already built in. It simplifies and automates budget workflow. Capital and operating budgets that used to take weeks or even months to prepare can be done in days. In addition, hospitals can use INSIGHTS to seamlessly integrate financial planning with budgeting by exporting the organization’s long-term financial plan directly into the working budget. The end result is that INSIGHTS enables hospital executives and managers – most of whom are not trained in finance – to drive out unnecessary costs while elevating the level of patient care.

“We are extremely proud that INSIGHTS has earned top KLAS honors not once, but three years in a row, during one of the most competitive chapters in our industry’s history,” said Berger. “We believe this accomplishment demonstrates the satisfaction and success healthcare providers experience with INSIGHTS and confirms our commitment to providing superior functionality with industry-leading customer training and support.”

About KLAS:

KLAS is a research firm that annually surveys managers and executives at more than 4,500 hospitals and 3,000+ doctor’s offices and clinics nationwide and gathers data on software, services, and infrastructure systems. KLAS measures and ranks the performance of products and vendors and delivers timely reports, trends, and statistical overviews. For more information, go to http://www.KLASresearch.com/ .

About Healthcare Insights, LLC:

Healthcare Insights, LLC provides intelligent decision support and management accountability software for the healthcare industry, as well as educational training and business application consulting services. The company’s proprietary technology, INSIGHTS, allows small to large healthcare organizations to easily define, establish, and monitor financial and non-financial goals. Corporate headquarters are located in Libertyville, Illinois.

Healthcare Insights is accessible via the Internet at http://www.hcillc.com/ .

For Additional Information:
Steven Berger, President
Healthcare Insights LLC
Tel: 847-772-9200

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Deer Antler Spray Company Nutronics Labs Encourages Product Comparisons

Deer Antler Spray CHICAGO, Ill., Nov. 6, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Natural supplement company Nutronics Labs released a statement today encouraging deer antler spray consumers to do thorough product research before buying health supplements online. Nutronics Labs is the leading manufacturer of deer antler spray and boasts the world’s strongest supplements available – but as the popularity of their products continues to grow, they have seen hundreds of imitation products flood the market recently.

Deer antler spray products contain an ingredient called IGF-1, which in scientific studies, has been shown to have a wide variety of health benefits from anti-aging to muscle gain and recovery.

Nutronics Labs is headed by founder and CEO, Dr. Rick Lentini, who is credited with introducing deer antler spray to the U.S. market over 18 years ago. Dr. Lentini gave the following list of factors that consumers should look for in a quality deer antler spray product:

Brand Reputation: “Look to a supplement company’s ‘About Us’ page on their website to make sure they are reputable,” said Lentini. “A reputable deer antler spray company will have transparency in their company bio and description, and will tell you the story behind their brand. If a company is completely missing an ‘About Us’ page on their website, they probably have something to hide!”

Nanograms of IGF-1: “IGF-1 is the main active ingredient in deer antler spray, and is measured in nanograms. This is the number that will describe how strong a deer antler supplement is. Nutronics Labs offers a range of products with nanogram ratings of 3,000ng for starters, all the way up to 200,000ng per bottle, which is the world’s strongest available. If a deer antler spray company doesn’t mention the nanograms of IGF-1 in their product, then their supplements are probably just filler.”

Reviews and Testimonials: “Check to see what other people are saying about each product by looking at reviews and testimonials. A reputable supplement company will have feedback from satisfied customers who have tried the products before,” said Lentini. “It’s also important to look for testimonials from doctors and medical professionals who endorse a product, as they are certified and trained to make health decisions, and can provide an informed opinion.”

To get more info about Nutronics Labs or Dr. Lentini, you can find their website at http://www.nutronicslabs.com/ .

Disclaimer: The statements made within this release regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficiency of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Cogensia and Infutor Collaborate to Build New Automotive Conquestor Target Model

Infutor Data Solutions CHICAGO, Ill., Oct. 17, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Cogensia announced this week a strategic collaboration with Infutor Data Solutions, Inc. to provide the auto industry with improved business intelligence in order to gain more market share. So, now with two powerful sets of data, information can be provided as early as 12 months before a buying decision is made.

Competition in the auto industry is fierce. There are hundreds of brand choices and automakers are realizing increasing market erosion. Additionally, the concept of “owner loyalty” is more challenging than ever.

“This is why automakers need to focus on lead generation and conquesting,” Rob Morgan, Chief Marketing Officer, Cogensia says. “The rally cry is to bring new customers to their brand sooner and conquesting today requires an upgrade in data and intelligence to achieve results.”

Combining Cogensia’s superior analytics and ConsumerIntelliBase(TM) with Infutor’s True Automotive file will deliver a state-of-the art, in-market timing model custom-tailored to automakers.

The ConsumerIntelliBase(TM) provides detailed profiles of more than 130 million households categorized into one of 58 “silhouettes.” Those silhouettes are then further grouped into 12 “life drivers” and are designed to drive communications and offer effective target strategies. Data is related to geography, income level, age, lifestyle, shopping choices and more.

Infutor’s Automotive Database is one of the industry’s largest and most accurate non-regulated automobile marketing files. With more than 160 million total records, it consistently outperforms other automobile files for accuracy, counts and response rates. All records are known vehicle ownership transactions.

And finally, Market Conquestor Models(TM) predict the likelihood that a consumer household will be in the automotive market in the next zero to 12 months. Specifically created for the Auto Conquest Market, consumers identified by the Market Conquestor Models(TM) are two and a half times more likely to buy than average.

“With fewer buyers and more competition, this partnership gives the auto industry a much-needed edge,” Michelle Tilton, marketing and communications director at Infutor, says.

About Cogensia:

Cogensia is committed to intelligence that compels. It remains dedicated to driving marketing results through compelling insight, while partnering with its clients. It invests in people, processes and technology that continue to bring this mission to life. More information: http://www.cogensia.com/ .

About Infutor Data Solutions:

Infutor Data Solutions is a direct marketing database building veteran with more than 30 years of industry experience. It brings together unique, high-quality compiled data with automated methods of delivering data in customizable formats. It creates an elite combination of data and technology. More information: http://www.infutor.com/ .

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CAC Group Growth Sets Stage for New Company Name

Cogensia CHICAGO, Ill., Sept. 10, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — CAC Group, Inc. announced this week that it is now Cogensia. The name change is the result of a 12-year process that has now come to be realized. Since its founding, CAC Group has provided premium analytical consulting for some of the country’s largest marketers.

“In 2002, I saw that we could do more and deliver a higher standard of results by focusing solely on analytical consulting excellence for our clients,” Brad Rukstales, president and CEO of CAC Group, says.

As a result, he has challenged the traditional biases, processes, and analytic methods to solve evolving clients’ business needs. The technology environment has made excellence in analytics even more important, and its commitment to unbiased consulting has catapulted this firm, like no other, into pioneering analytic consulting.

During the course of the past 12 years, clients requested more of CAC Group. They asked for program design, data management, access to external data and real-time intelligence. It was this shift in clients’ needs that led to formalizing the growth from solely consulting-based relationships to creating long-term, lasting partnerships.

CAC Group has now grown from one to more than 25 professionals and 30 clients. It has significant agency partnerships, and works internationally and in almost every major business sector.

“Our vision has been realized,” Rukstales says. “Partnering with clients has allowed us to deliver something more valuable – intelligence that compels and drives results.”

Now in 2013, CAC Group goes beyond to drive incremental ROI.

“Our value proposition has grown to include digital advertising, online and offline CRM, real-time predictive modeling and data management. Our new name reflects that reality and demonstrates our commitment to employees, clients and investors to continue our market leadership in intelligence that compels,” Rukstales says.

CAC Group will continue to exist as the owner of Cogensia, and will pursue growth through development of additional companies and entities that solve client needs.

About Cogensia:

Cogensia is committed to intelligence that compels. It remains dedicated to driving marketing results through compelling insight, while partnering with its clients. It invests in people, processes and technology that continue to bring this mission to life.

For more information, visit: http://www.cogensia.com/ .

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Peel to Exhibit Flexible Packaging in the States

flexible packaging CHICAGO, Ill., Sept. 6, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The U.S. is the largest national market for flexible packaging and the value it brings to brand owners through versatility and potential for innovation. Peel Plastic Products Ltd. is bringing this value to the brand owners attending two U.S. September trade shows – HH Backer Total Pet Expo and Pack Expo. Peel is exhibiting in booth 1733 at the Total Pet Expo and booth S6075 at Pack Expo.

“As one of the largest suppliers of pre-made plastic packaging in North America, these two established trade shows allow Peel to connect with professionals from both markets that can benefit greatest from our unique packaging formats,” said Mark Liberman, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Peel Plastic Products.

The variety of audiences attending the Total Pet Expo and Pack Expo allows Peel to showcase how flexible packaging can be customized to enhance the product it contains. “For example, our side gusseted pouches offer more surfaces for communicating to the consumer,” said Liberman. “And when you add one of our closure features to the package, consumers gain the convenience of keeping the product in the original packaging while reinforcing the brand.”

The variety of Peel closure systems allows brand owners to customize their packaging. This convenient feature means that customers are not forced to use a secondary container to store products. “The companies attending the Total Pet Expo and Pack Expo know that convenience has become the most sought after feature in consumer packaging today. Convenience can drive a purchasing decision,” said Liberman. “Peel’s flexible packaging can offer that convenience.”

About Peel:

Established in 1978, Peel’s expertise in Side Gusset formats, pre-made pouches, and roll stock, combined with the inclusion of unique package features makes them a leader in delivering customized packaging solutions. Peel pioneered the Flat-Bottom Pouch, the Fold-Over bottom pouch, and the Grab ‘n’ Go Side Gusset Handle pouch. Peel Plastic Products: Bringing flexible packaging innovation to your brands. Learn more at: http://www.peelplastics.com/ .

About the Trade Shows:

Backer’s Total Pet Expo Fall 2013 Trade Show & Educational Conference, Sept. 20-22, is held at Chicago’s Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. The Total Pet Expo is at the forefront of the pet industry with record-breaking trade shows and educational conferences.

Pack Expo, Sept. 23-25 in Las Vegas, Nev., is billed as the world’s largest packaging and processing event in 2013. It is projected to bring together over 26,000 packaging and processing professionals and more than 1,700 exhibitors.

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Chicago’s Jeff Fest Arts and Music Festival Creates Three Fun-Filled Days for Fest-Goers July 26-28, 2013

Jeff Fest CHICAGO, Ill., July 10, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival features something for everyone from dancers to musicians, actors and artists, and a hands-on community paint project. The three-day festival kicks off Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28, 2013. Located on the grounds of Jefferson Memorial Park on Chicago’s Northwest side, Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival has become one of Chicago’s most highly anticipated neighborhood music festivals of the summer.

“We’re so excited to present a festival here in Jefferson Park where you can see new things, hear great music, taste great food and experience it all in the park with family and friends,” said Laura Hahn, Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce President and Chair of the festival. “Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival is meant for the whole community to enjoy. Thanks to our sponsors, the three days are filled with so much to do. We really encourage everyone to bring a lawn chair, or a blanket, stay for a while, and have a great time.”

Beyond the Main Music Stage sponsored by Glunz, are the Republic Bank Acoustic stage, a Drum Circle area, and a Kid’s Zone in the park that will feature pop-up theatre performances, dancers, drum circles, and more. Specific times of performances are listed on the Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival website (JeffFest.org).

Art in the Park:
* Kids get to grab a paintbrush and join in on the community mural led by Artorium. The finished masterpiece will be 5 feet tall by 25 feet wide.
* Chicago Children’s Museum will host a hands-on art project for children of all ages.
* Watch as Stefan Niedorezo, master sculptor, offers hands-on ‘Art in the Making’ for fest-goers to experience.
* Come and see the juried photography show presented by the Chicago Creative Coalition (C3) entitled C3 PhotoArt Fest.

Music:
* Thanks to media partner, 93.1 WXRT Chicago, the three-day Jeff Fest Arts and Music Festival offers music ranging from soul, alternative rock, folk rock to techno pop. The festival’s musical lineup includes: The Locals, Hank & Cupcake, Dot Dot Dot, Peter Oyloe, Kent Rose, Wishing Well, Luna Blu, The Root Cause, Pat Smillie Band, Voodoo Kings, Magic Box, Hokole’a, John Yost Drum Circle, Tommy Tuesday, Mike Felten, Poochamungas, The Kuhls, CTA, Dirty Dan & The Cool Rockin Daddies, Michael McDermott, Mary Macaroni, Zydeco Voodoo, and Paul Coady.

Activities & Performances:
* Boom. Rat-a-tat. Boom. Rat-a-tat goes the beat from the John Yost’s Rhythm Revolution drum circle. Join in and be a part of the music and help create Jefferson Park’s largest drum circle.
* The Revelettes will perform their Go-Go style dancing while the Hokule’a Polynesian Dancers will get fest-goers swaying to island music.
* The Kid’s Zone features bounce houses, Bag games, mini-golf and lively pop-up performances and theatre games from the Filament Theatre Ensemble and Youth Company of Chicago.

Shopping & Dining:
* The Urban Folk Circuit, Chicago’s only year-round traveling craft market, in addition to local artisan vendors and community groups, offers hip, creative handcrafted wares to purchase and enjoy.
* Food tents hosted by two of the area’s landmark restaurants include Gale Street Inn and Hops & Barley’s. Rolling in especially for the festival are Food Trucks: Get Curried Away, Toasty Cheese, and Chubby Wieners.
* Craft beers feature a wide variety of choices from the festival’s beer sponsor, Glunz, including: Berghoff, 5 Rabbit 5 Lizard, Great Lakes Brewing Co., Founders IPA, Siegel Grapefruit and Pabst Blue Ribbon.
* Jefferson Park Farmer’s Market will be available on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
* Jeff Fest 2013 T-shirts will be available to purchase at the Information booth.

The Festival is presented by 45th Ward Alderman Arena, Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Jefferson Park Advisory Council and the Chicago Park District along with media partner 93.1 WXRT Chicago.

Jefferson Memorial Park is located at 4822 N. Long Avenue, just west of Milwaukee Avenue. Fest-goers are encouraged to take public transportation, as the Jefferson Park Metra and CTA Blue Line are just a block from the festival grounds. Plenty of bike racks also will be available. Free parking will be marked and available in area parking lots.

Road closures: Both Long and Linder Avenues will be blocked off between Higgins and Lawrence Avenue for the three-day festival.

Admission: Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival fee for admission is $7 per person, or $5 before 5 o’clock. Children ages 12 and under are Free. Coolers and outside liquor are not permitted. Festival hours are Friday, July 26th from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, July 27th from Noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday, July 28th from Noon to 10 p.m. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome.

For more information, go to http://JeffFest.org/ .

Be sure you are the first to hear of announcements and plans for Jeff Fest and follow @JeffFestChicago on Twitter and facebook.

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American Poet Aaron Ozee Nearly Shocks The Nation

ADDISON, Ill., June 25, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Starting in February 2012, renowned author and entrepreneur Aaron Ozee compiled his poetic works into a beautifully constructed collection of boundary-breaking masterpieces that would stun literary minds across the United States. At first, Ozee believed that if even a single person were to enjoy what he had written for the world to witness, it would mean more to him than anything he has or would ever experience in his lifetime.

According to the author, Ozee hilariously underestimated what he had created and with the uprising of his first title “Celestial Inferno: Poems of Another Realm” (ISBN: 9781304103871), his name was no longer kept in the shadows of society, but recognized heroically for his youthful enthusiasm towards literature and his unique innovations in the realm of poetry.

Months following Ozee’s initial debut on the world’s leading online self-publishing market Lulu.com, he had begun working on three other titles, “Peacefully Poetic” (ISBN 9781304103956), “Scribed Asylum” (ISBN 9781304104045), and “Southern Style (ISBN 9781304104144), which eventually turned him into an overnight sensation; April 2012. Promoting his works just through a single market of strictly “print-on-demand” only through Lulu seemed to level Ozee’s aspiration a bit and encouraged him to expand his products into yet another groundbreaking arena. Introducing his titles to the eBook market would be a challenge for Ozee, especially since he desired to get his books listed with big chain retailers such as Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Kobo Books, Sony, and many others who would aid his quest in making it to the top.

Feverishly looking for the quickest solution to resolve his blocked issue, Ozee has at last stumbled upon a company called Smashwords Inc., which would inevitably turn into Ozee’s primary eBook publisher and get him listed with some of the largest bookstore chains in the world. February 2013, an entire year following the release of his first book, Ozee had at last finalized his childhood mission in achieving the impossible. Media giants would soon publish articles about his success story through websites that would eventually place Ozee on the path to a very fulfilling and profitable career.

May 2013, Ozee had released his fifth title, “Horrific Paradise” (ISBN 9781304104427), which immediately became an instant success upon its release online, both through Lulu and Smashwords.

Today, Ozee says that he “stands as one of the youngest and most successful authors in the world and continues to break literary records through tireless hard work and effortless motivation.” Ozee was interviewed by a reporter for an online journal in which he stated, “Never once did I ever think that I would become something in which I believed to be unreachable, but by telling myself to keep on trying, I was able to accomplish something in my life that changed me for the better.”

Aaron Ozee is persistently “seeking media attention to cover his latest and greatest milestones” and would appreciate any media inquiries or offers, so feel free to contact Aaron at: lumidrone@yahoo.com.

Learn more about books by Aaron Ozee at: http://www.lulu.com/aaronozee/ .

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Jeff Fest Arts and Music Festival Announces Three-day Musical Lineup with Dot Dot Dot, Magic Box, and Michael McDermott Band

Chicago live musicCHICAGO, Ill., May 22, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival is pleased to announce its three-day musical lineup and headliners including Dot Dot Dot, Magic Box and the Michael McDermott Band. Jefferson Memorial Park’s lush green lawn and ball fields transform into a giant backyard for all to enjoy over the course of the three-day festival from Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28, 2013. Located in Jefferson Park on Chicago’s Northwest side, Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival has become one of Chicago’s most highly anticipated neighborhood music festivals of the summer.

“This year’s Jeff Fest Arts & Musical Festival there will be something for everyone and it’s worth grabbing your lawn chair, relaxing at the park, and listening to some great local and national bands,” said 45th Ward Alderman, John Arena. “This festival is meant for the whole community to enjoy. It’s designed for families and friends to gather. It’s simply a great way to spend an afternoon.”

Thanks to media partner, 93.1 WXRT Chicago, the three-day Jeff Fest Arts and Music Festival offers music ranging from soul, alternative rock, folk rock to techno pop. The festivals headlining band for Friday includes Dot Dot Dot. The Chicago-based “energized pop-rock” quintet, Dot Dot Dot, is a rare breed. This band is building a fan base across the country and making a mark on the music industry on its own terms. By performing both cover songs and original music, the group explores every aspect of two distinct scenes. The cover show consists of fun hits from the ’80s through today, and the original show hosts catchy songs from the group’s own growing catalog. Setting no boundaries-and a fearless desire to play music full-time-keeps this band moving forward.

Saturday’s headliner includes Magic Box. Ed Anderson and Scott Tipping have been making music and mayhem together since the late ’90s. Ed moved on to found roots rock trio Backyard Tire Fire in 2001. Scott went on to become a mainstay of the Chicago music scene, playing and touring with bands like Backyard Tire Fire, The Mighty Blue Kings, Peter Himmelman, and Cornmeal. Today, Magic Box, along Chicago musical heavy-weights Steve Gillis (Filter), Scott Stevenson (Robbie Fulks, Dick Smith), and Matt Thompson (The Mighty Blue Kings, Frisbie), stay true to their rock-and-roll tradition while transitioning into a more dynamic, harmony-oriented sound. Most of their new EP has been featured on WXRT’s Local Anesthetic.

Sunday’s headliner includes Rock Ridge Music Recording Artist, Michael McDermott. McDermott is a singer and songwriter, performer and storyteller to the depths of his soul. He has an uncanny ability to communicate and connect with fans by way of universal truths through his own personal experiences. His 2012 release, Hit Me Back, represents a new chapter in his career as McDermott is a father, a philanthropic entrepreneur, and has experienced the loss of an adored parent. All are major life changes which have found achingly honest expression in his songs.

Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival Main Stage Band Schedule:
Friday, July 26, 2013 (6 p.m. – 11 p.m.)
The Locals
Hank & Cupcake
Dot Dot Dot

Saturday, July 27, 2013 (1:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.)
The Wishing Well
Luna Blu
The Root Cause
Pat Smillie Band
Voodoo Kings
Magic Box

Sunday, July 27, 2013 (12:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.)
Poochamungas
Chicago Tribute Anthology
Dirty Dan & The Cool Rockin Daddies
Michael McDermott Band

Directions:
Jefferson Memorial Park is located at 4822 N. Long Avenue, just west of Milwaukee Avenue. Fest-goers are encouraged to take public transportation, as the Jefferson Park Metra and CTA Blue Line are just a block from the festival grounds. Plenty of bike racks also will be available. Free parking will be marked and available in area parking lots.

Road closures: Linder Avenue will be blocked off between Higgins and Lawrence Avenue for the three-day festivities.

Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival fee for admission is $7 per person, or $5 before 5 o’clock. Children ages 12 and under are Free. Coolers and liquor are not permitted. Festival hours are Friday, July 26th from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, July 27th from Noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday, July 28th from Noon to 10 p.m. Lawn chairs welcome.

For more information, go to http://JeffFest.org/ . Be sure you are the first to hear of announcements and plans for Jeff Fest and follow @JeffFestChicago on Twitter and Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jeff-Fest-Arts-Music-Festival/96599731822 ).

The Festival is presented by 45th Ward Alderman Arena, Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Jefferson Park Advisory Council and the Chicago Park District along with media partner 93.1 WXRT Chicago.

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I.C.A.S.A. and 21 Sexual Assault Organizations Stand by Rape Survivor who was Charged

Assault MythsCARBONDALE, Ill., March 6, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Sexual Assault Myths Organization of Carbondale, says The Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault 32 member board of lawmakers and professionals and 21 sexual assault organizations have hand delivered a letter to Jackson County, Ill. (home of S.I.U. University) District Attorney Mike Carr asking him to drop all charges made by his office against Melisa Vistain, who was arrested after reporting her sexual assault in March of 2012.

Dear State’s Attorney Carr:

We are asking that you drop all charges against Melisa Vistain. Victims of sexual assault often do not report the crimes perpetrated against them for fear of not being believed and being mistreated by criminal justice personnel. When they do report, law enforcement and prosecutors may decide the evidence is insufficient to proceed with charges, which is very different than deciding to prosecute the victim.

The prosecution of a sexual assault victim is devastating to the victim and chilling for current and future sexual assault victims. The clear message of this prosecution is that survivors of sexual assault must be able to prove their own innocence or face prosecution when they report a sexual assault crime.

When sexual assault is already the most under reported crime, this message is the wrong one to send. We stand in support of Melisa Vistain, applaud her courage in reporting a heinous crime to law enforcement and urge you to drop the charges immediately.

Signed,
- Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Springfield, IL
- Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault, Arlington Heights, IL
- Mutual Ground, Inc., Aurora, IL
- Call for Help – Sexual Assault Victims Care Unit, Belleville, IL
- YWCA McLean County – Stepping Stones, Bloomington, IL
- The Women’s Center, Carbondale, IL
- Mujeres Latinas en Accion, Chicago, IL
- Rape Victim Advocates, Chicago, IL
- Vermillion County Rape Crisis Center, Danville, IL
- Growing Strong Sexual Assault Center, Decatur, IL
- Riverview Center – Sexual Assault Prevention and Intervention Services, Galena, IL
- Guardian Angel Home, Sexual Assault Service Center, Joliet, IL
- Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault, Kankakee, IL
- Western IL Regional Council – Community Action Agency – Victim Services, Macomb, IL
- The Center for Prevention of Abuse – Sexual Assault Services, Peoria, IL
- Family Resources, Inc. – Sexual Assault Counseling Program, Quad Cities, IL
- Quanada Sexual Assault Program, Quincy, IL
- Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling, Inc., Rockford, IL
- Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault, Springfield, IL
- YWCA of the Sauk Valley, Sterling, IL
- A Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Service, Streator, IL
- Rape, Advocacy, Counseling and Education Services, Urbana, IL
- Sexual Assault and Family Emergencies, Corp., Vandalia, IL.

More information, including PDF copy of the complete letter can be found at: http://www.sexualassaultmyths.com/ .

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The Women’s Center Supports Sexual Assault Survivor Charged for False Reporting

victims of sexual assaultCARBONDALE, Ill., March 6, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Jury selection for the criminal trial of Melisa Vistain, of Jackson County, Illinois, is set to begin March 12, 2013. Vistain faces felony charges for falsely reporting sexual assault. She insists on her innocence of these charges, and adamantly claims to be a victim of multiple accounts of sexual assault and abuse when she was drugged and held captive for three days during March 2012. Rape Crisis Services of The Women’s Center stands in support of Melisa Vistain.

Rape Crisis Services wants women who are victims of sexual assault to know that Rape Crisis Services believes them, believes sexual assault victims should not be penalized for reporting acts of sexual violence to law enforcement, and believes perpetrators of sexual assault should be held responsible for their crimes.

We applaud Melisa’s courage in reporting the violence committed against her, and urge the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office to drop all charges against Melisa Vistain.

The Women’s Center provides comprehensive services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. All services are free and confidential. Crisis services can be accessed 24-hours a day by calling our hotline at 800.334.2094.

For more information about The Women’s Center, including our shelter program, counseling, advocacy services, educational programming, community events, volunteer opportunities or to make a financial contribution, please contact The Women’s Center at 618.549.4807 or visit http://www.thewomensctr.org/ .

The Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault 32 member board of lawmakers and professionals and 21 sexual assault organizations have signed and hand delivered a letter to Mike Carr asking him to drop this case, the letter is available on the website http://www.SexualAssaultMyths.com/ .

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Reporting Sexual Assault to Police in Jackson County IL (SIU University) May Get You Arrested on Felony Charges

sexual assault awareness monthCARBONDALE, Ill., Feb. 26, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Sexual Assault Myths Organization of Carbondale today launched an awareness campaign that explains that the Jackson County District Attorney, Mike Carr, has currently allegedly charged at least three people for reporting their sexual assault. The website and organization was formed by Larry Brunken a longtime resident of Jackson County because of what he says has destroyed his wife’s life.

“My wife was arrested for reporting an alleged violent sexual assault by someone she knew for almost ten years. Through discovery and court subpoenas we found the Jackson County Sheriffs office did no investigation of the accused and ignored all parts of the ‘Illinois Sexual Assault Guideline And Manual For Law Enforcement’ published since 1996,” says Brunken.

“The manual clearly states the procedure Officer Marks was duty bound to follow but allegedly choose not to. Moreover, court subpoenas prove the person accused of the assault statement to the police was a complete lie, which is a felony, yet he is still the state’s only witness. There are several state and national sexual assault support groups looking into this policy which now has gained national attention.”

Mr. Brunken goes on to explain that, “More disturbing is the fact that the evidence put forth by the state as ‘consent’ to the alleged assault, are Facebook chats between my wife and the accused. Also, the accused turned over pictures of the assault from a website profile he created to broadcast the alleged sexual assault. He told the police he would turn over his computers and cameras with all the videos taken but later refused and then destroyed them while under subpoena. The pictures of the assault used as evidence against my wife show her naked and crying while being pinched, slapped, and beat by the accused on his web-cam so long bruises had already formed.

“The police choose to ignore this abuse and do no investigation as mandated in state guidelines. Instead, Assistant District Attorney Casey Bloodworth, apparently decided that the pictures somehow show ‘consent’ and refused to do any investigation. This is a direct violation of the Illinois Laws Of Consent (720 ILCS 5/11-1.70) as well as Illinois Criminal Sexual Assault Act. Of 1984 and of course federal law.”

According to Brunken, newly elected District Attorney Mike Carr continues the policy of arresting sexually assaulted victims, even when Illinois laws of consent could not be more clear on the subject. Furthermore, for Mike Carr to assert that someone’s consent can be shown in pictures which contain violent sexual abuse is absurd, and a clear “free pass” for sexual offenders in our county.

It’s not just state and federal laws being ignored but also national manuals like, “Prosecuting Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Assault,” printed and distributed by the National District Attorney Association along with the American Prosecutors Research Institute. Within the 76 pages it explains clearly how a prosecutor should handle this and all sexual assaults involving date rape, drugs and alcohol.

All procedures listed were completely ignored in this case by our local district attorneys office, says Brunken.

“We urge anyone who has been charged in Jackson County for reporting sexual assault to visit our website at www.SexualAssaultMyths.com and submit us your story. On the site you will find copies of the above mentioned guidelines and laws along with more information about rape myths from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan,” Brunken adds.

One fact listed on the site is that less than 4 percent to 6 percent of rape reports are false. Another is that “non-stranger rape” accounts for 85 percent of all rape reports. The most disturbing information listed is a quote from UMass Boston psychology professor David Lisak in an interview with the Boston Globe where he states “non-stranger rapist are know to be serial offenders often using drugs to facilitate their crimes for years.”

Brunken concludes: “Please be aware that if you or your loved ones are brave enough to report a sexual assault here in Jackson County you can be charged with a felony if Mike Carr feels the report is false.”

April is sexual assault awareness month.

NOTE: The Carbondale Women’s Center has also issued a press release about this policy of charging victims and we encourage everyone to read it as well (available on the website). Learn more at: http://www.SexualAssaultMyths.com/ .

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Relocation Industry Titan Joins Nationwide Fight Against Hunger

WOODRIDGE, Ill., Dec. 10, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Move For Hunger is proud to announce that Brookfield Global Relocation Services has officially become a Champion Level partner for 2013. Continuing their socially conscious leadership within the relocation industry, Brookfield Global Relocation Services is demonstrating a commitment to fighting hunger.

“With more than 50 million Americans struggling to find their next meal, this partnership with Brookfield Global Relocation Services could not come at a better time,” said Adam Lowy, Executive Director of Move For Hunger. “This new relationship with a trusted global mobility leader will significantly strengthen our capacity to connect members of the relocation industry to the food banks and pantries that serve the hungry across North America.”

While one in six Americans struggles to find their next meal, one in seven relocates every year. Members of the Move For Hunger network are committed to turning every move into an opportunity to help someone in need. When a move takes place, oftentimes a family will have a pantry full of food which they would prefer not to include in their relocation. Brookfield Global Relocation Services, aligned with Move For Hunger, has partnered with their transportation suppliers offering to collect non-perishable food items from the relocating family and delivering the donations directly to local food banks.

“As one of the largest global employee relocation services providers, our company is uniquely positioned to play a key role in the Move For Hunger program,” said Rick Schwartz, president and CEO, Brookfield Global Relocation Services. “Working through our vast network of transportation companies and real estate partners, we have the ability to impact food banks in all parts of the country. Not only does our participation contribute to feeding thousands of people, it fits right into our primary objective of corporate citizenship in support of the communities in which we serve. We are as passionate about our charitable endeavors, and now our partnership with Move For Hunger, as we are about our commitment to deliver a Premier Service® experience to all of our relocation clients.”

As partners of Move For Hunger, the transportation companies aligned with Brookfield Global Relocation Services will be joining the 400 moving companies and 250 real estate professionals across 44 states that have incorporated philanthropy into their daily operations.

About Move For Hunger:
Move For Hunger is a non-profit organization that partners with relocation, transportation and real estate companies across North America to pick up unwanted, unopened food from those who are relocating and deliver it to local food banks. To date, Move For Hunger is working with over 650 partners in 44 states and has collected more than 830,000 pounds of food. For more information or to find out how you can help support Move For Hunger, visit http://www.MoveForHunger.org/ .

About Brookfield Global Relocation Services:
Brookfield Global Relocation Services is a full service provider of corporate and government relocation and assignment management services to more than 700 corporate and government clients. Brookfield Global Relocation Services manages over 85,000 relocations throughout the world annually. Brookfield Global Relocation Services is an operating company of Brookfield Residential Property Services, a leading global provider of real estate and relocation services, technology, and knowledge.

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MCT Trading Launches HALO-Link(TM) Pipeline Data Interface for LOS Platforms

CHICAGO, Ill., Oct. 22, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — MCT Trading, Inc. (MCT), a recognized leader in mortgage pipeline hedging and risk management services, announced at the 99th MBA Annual Convention and Exposition that they developed an integrated interface that connects loan origination systems (LOS) with its proprietary HALO (Hedging And Loan sales Optimization) platform(SM). The interface enables seamless pipeline and trade data exchange to occur automatically from any supported LOS to the HALO platform.

Dubbed HALO-Link, the integration allows for consistent time or change-based delivery of loan pricing, trade and pipeline data from a lender’s LOS pricing engine directly to and from MCT’s clients-specific HALO database. This guarantees 100 percent data consistency from LOS to MCT and works to ensure that each client’s pipeline of locked loans is accurately priced and optimally hedged. As a result of the new interface, lenders realize higher profit gains from MCT’s mandatory trade executions to investors.

“Some lenders send us intermittent pipeline reports, but by using HALO-Link, this process is automated and loan pipeline data is automatically delivered directly into our proprietary HALO hedging model,” says Phil Rasori, COO at MCT. “HALO-Link effectively eliminates several manual steps in the data acquisition process, resulting in rapid reporting, the elimination of errors, cost savings and greater profitability via MCT’s mandatory loan sales to investors. We already have a number of clients using Encompass360® as their LOS that are successfully utilizing our HALO-Link interface and reaping the benefits of the enhanced, automatic data feed. We have plans to integrate with additional leading LOS providers.”

By taking advantage of Halo-Link, lenders are able to improve the timeliness of data transmission, reduce data related errors, and ultimately realize better gain-on-sale performance on their hedged pipelines.

Discussion times with MCT at the MBA Annual Convention and Exposition can be arranged in the company’s meeting suite at the Trump International Hotel and Tower by calling (619) 534-1597 or emailing tfarmer@mctrade.net.

About Mortgage Capital Trading:
MCT Trading is a risk management and advisory services company providing independent analysis, training, hedging strategy and loan sale execution support to clients engaged in the secondary mortgage market. Founded in San Diego, California in May 2001, the company has expanded to include field sales and support offices in Philadelphia, Dallas, Charlotte, St Louis and San Francisco. MCT is recognized as a leading provider of mortgage pipeline hedging service and currently supports more than 75 clients on the HALO (Hedging And Loan sales Optimization) Program. MCT also offers a service that effectively outsources a centralized lock desk for mortgage bankers called LockCentral. For more information, please visit www.mct-trading.com or call (619) 543-5111.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Joe Bowerbank
Profundity Communications, Inc.
949.378.9685
jbowerbank@profunditymarketing.com.

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Quandis Launches New Skip Trace Application for Default Servicing

CHICAGO, Ill., Oct. 22, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Quandis, Inc., a leading provider of default management mortgage technology solutions, announced at the 99th MBA Annual Convention and Exposition that it released a Web-based skip trace application to locate individuals that are in default via a centralized platform. The solution can be utilized by mortgage companies to quickly locate, contact and personally engage with borrowers who are in distressed financial situations. Often, people can be very hard to find and communicate with, which skip tracing automation solves.

Quandis’ skip trace solution is designed for use by servicers, lenders, banks, default attorneys, loss mitigation centers, third party collection agencies and essentially any entity that needs to locate individuals. The new skip trace application is utilized to quickly and efficiently contact virtually anyone that is in default, and also for call campaigns to proactively reach out to borrowers and offer them loan modifications, workout options, various government programs, etc. Organizations utilizing Quandis skip trace are able to save time, eliminate errors, reduce costs and offer tools that help comply with state-level telephone contact rules.

“In many instances, organizations resort to using manual processes to contact borrowers for debt collection or other outreach purposes,” said Scott Stoddard, CEO of Quandis. “The sheer number of defaults our industry is challenged to manage is the driver behind our developing this application. Handling call campaigns manually or with an antiquated system is cumbersome, time consuming, impedes file completions and can potentially result in the violation of do not call compliance rules. Our skip trace application provides an end-to-end solution that effectively manages the collections and/or call campaign process.”

Quandis says that manually locating borrowers typically involves users having to use multiple services such as Lexis Nexis, Pacer bankruptcy searching, TransUnion, 411, 555-1212, Quandis’ automated SCRA military searches and others. This forces employees to constantly jump to different Web sites to locate people, which wastes time and is terribly inefficient. Quandis’ skip trace application integrates with and centralizes each search service into a single application, streamlining searches with the click of a button that instantly returns the results.

For users, Quandis’ skip trace solution includes interview-style call scripting and direction, workflow management, task assignments, call prioritization and various tools that enable them to quickly and efficiently complete files. For managers, the application provides them with dashboard-level views and reporting, complete visibility into the entire process and KPIs (key performance indicators) that to help them optimize employee performance, time management and effectiveness.

Quandis will be holding discussion times with interested parties at the Mortgage Banking Association of America’s 99th Annual Convention and Exposition at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, Illinois from October 21-24. To secure a meeting with Quandis, contact Laura Hadley at (949) 382-1178 or via email lhadley@quandis.com.

About Quandis:
Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Quandis is a default management software provider specializing in Web-based solutions for the lending industry. Quandis’ solutions include foreclosure process automation, short sale portals, skip trace systems, a valuations hub, military search services, bankruptcy status searches, collection solutions, as well custom application development. The company’s clients range from lenders to banks, servicers, foreclosure attorneys, outsourced service providers, and agents and brokers. For more information, please visit www.quandis.com or call (949) 525-9000.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Joe Bowerbank
Profundity Communications, Inc.
949.378.9685
jbowerbank@profunditymarketing.com.

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Global DMS Launches ‘Global Unity Project’ for LOS Providers

CHICAGO, Ill., Oct. 22, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Global DMS, the leading provider of Web-based compliant valuation management software, announced at the 99th MBA Annual Convention and Exposition the official introduction of Global Unity, which seamlessly integrates its solution with leading loan origination systems (LOS). Global Unity provides lenders, banks and credit unions with 100 percent control over their entire collateral valuation process-with zero risk.

Global Unity is an industry-wide technology undertaking that will transform the way appraisals are currently ordered, tracked, audited and returned back to a lender’s LOS. With the click of a button using Global DMS’ eTrac platform, lenders are provided with ease of access to all of their valuation needs-without ever leaving the application they are accustomed to working in-their LOS. The project has already resulted in partnerships with LOS vendor titans that are committed to simplifying the appraisal process.

“We have been intensely focused on the Global Unity project for quite some time in an effort to enable LOS vendors to gain access to our new middleware hub using Web services that we developed,” says Matt McHale, chief revenue officer at Global DMS. “This project is a huge benefit to our LOS partners, which can now offer their clients the ability to compliantly and cost effectively order appraisals from within their system. We have significant interest from LOS vendors and several are already in the midst of completing integrations. Global Unity is destined to change the fashion in which appraisals are ordered, and we have plans to partner with the majority of the leading LOSs in 2013.”

Global Unity also utilizes the company’s MISMO Appraisal Review System (MARS), which provides lenders, investors, mortgage insurance companies and appraisers with a turnkey solution by which to automatically extrapolate and analyze data from a PDF’d appraisal report, mitigating risk and ensuring compliance. The extracted data from the report is then compliantly delivered to either the GSEs’ mandated Uniform Collateral Data Portal (UCDP) or to institutional investors using per their specific guidelines.

Global Unity’s automated system-to-system transaction processing platform dramatically speeds up the ordering process for lenders by eliminating redundant data entry, thus eliminating errors, saving time and reducing costs. In addition to the platform being open to LOS providers, it will also be utilized by additional technology companies that have a need to integrate and access Global DMS’ appraisal management solutions. Those integrations will be announced as new partners join the Global Unity network.

Interested parties can learn more at www.theglobalunityproject.com, visiting the company at booth 519 at the MBA’s Annual Convention and Exposition, or by arranging a discussion time to meet in its suite at the Hyatt Regency. Global DMS and its new LOS partners will also be hosting an event at the show to introduce the Global Unity project to convention attendees on Monday October 22nd at The Paris Club located at 59 West Hubbard street beginning at 9 p.m.

About Global DMS:
Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, Global DMS is the mortgage industry’s preeminent provider of commercial and residential real estate valuation solutions catering to lenders, servicers, AMCs, appraisers and other real estate entities. The company’s solution set is cost effectively delivered on a software-as-service (SaaS) transactional basis that ensures compliance adherence, reduces costs, increases efficiencies and expedites the entire real estate appraisal process. Notable is that Global DMS has retained 100% of its lender clients since its inception. The company’s solutions include its eTrac management platform, eTrac enterprise platform, WebForms, Global Kinex, AVMs and the MISMO Appraisal Review System (MARS). For more information, visit the company’s web site at www.globaldms.com or call (877) 866-2747.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Joe Bowerbank
Profundity Communications, Inc.
949.378.9685
jbowerbank@profunditymarketing.com

Global DMS, 1816 West Point, Suite 210, Lansdale, PA 19446; 877.866.2747
www.globaldms.com.

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Twyford BBQ and Catering Reports No Pork Shortage in Illinois

JACKSONVILLE, Ill., Oct. 3, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Rumors of a worldwide bacon shortage have been making headlines and nothing spells panic like the idea of a “bacon less” world. Well, Twyford BBQ and Catering is happy to report that it sees no signs of a pork shortage in its home state of Illinois and its celebrating National Pork month – whole hog.

The USDA’s recently-released numbers also point to no pork shortage. Its quarterly Hogs and Pigs’ supply report estimates for both breeding and market hogs were in line with the same report last year. As of September 1, the total inventory was reported at 67.5 million head, with 5.8 million breeding animals and 61.7 million market pigs.

“All this fuss over a bacon shortage is nothing but hype,” Randy Twyford, pitmaster and owner of Twyford BBQ and Catering, says. “We are huge supporters of the pork industry and plan to celebrate October Pork Month by honoring and supporting our pork producers’ commitment to producing safe, nutritious food as they promote animal well-being, and safeguard natural resources.”

October Pork Month reminds Americans that pork is a great product and producers have made a long-term commitment to responsible pork production.

“At Twyford BBQ and Catering, we could not live without pork and we don’t expect our clients to either,” Twyford says. “We are dedicated to the pork industry and to ensuring that its future is strong. We are also big proponents of the farm-to-table movement; our pork products are the freshest around.”

Twyford reports that a plan is also in the works, in the next few weeks, to open “TakeHomeTwyford;” carryout will be available at its world headquarters.

“So, rest assured, we’ll continue to support the pork industry through our commitment to our clients and the community,” Twyford says.

For more information: http://www.TwyfordBBQ.com/ .

About Twyford BBQ and Catering:
Twyford BBQ and Catering brings true, championship quality barbecue to the region. Its credibility comes from its competition background and its barbecue has been professionally judged and awarded top honors by a field of certified, professional food judges that include some of the greatest names in barbecue and the food world. It has collected 10 Grand Championships, five Reserve Grand Championships and dozens of first place awards and top 10 honors for its chicken, ribs, pork, brisket, sides and desserts.

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Free iPhone and iPad App Reinvents How We Use the Dictionary!

CHICAGO, Ill., Sept. 6, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — BiBa Soft, a small app development company, has reinvented how we use the dictionary by turning it into a fun interactive word game. Play Dictionary shows a definition of a word from the dictionary then asks you to figure that word out using the least amount of definitions.

“We wanted to create a unique new word game that was more than just building a word from another or unscrambling a few tiles to spell a word. Play Dictionary allows people to use the dictionary like never before to expand their vocabulary while having fun playing a word game,” says Larry Brunken, co-creator of the game. “We need more interactive educational game apps that encourage people to learn and play together.”

The game shows you how many letters are in the word and if it is a noun or an adjective, you can also use the word in a sentence. Choose to buy a letter and it will show letters in the word as a clue. You can also use the “ask a friend” feature to send a message of the definition during the game to a friend so they can answer in real-time to play along. The game has more than nine addictive levels depending on the size of the word, creating a challenge for even the most literate English professor.

One app user posted, “I play every day with my three daughters and they are getting higher scores then I do.”

Mr. Brunken states, “Our goal is to create educational interactive games that engage people of all ages to use technology for fun while learning.”

The game is free and available in the iTunes store for iPhone, iPad, iPod; there is also an expanded game version with many extra features for only $2.99 (educational discount is available). A Facebook and HTML5 browser version is being developed for release later this fall.

About BiBa Soft:
A Canadian company formed in 2007 by Catalin Stan, BiBa Soft has released several successful apps to date. In 2012 BiBa Soft launched a partnership with U.S. based marketer Larry Brunken to co-create and market a series of educational game apps for iOS and beyond.

Learn more at: http://PlayDictionary.com/ .

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Sikh Community Shooting in Milwaukee Not Racially Motivated

CHICAGO, Ill., Aug. 6, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Statement regarding shooting at Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin: Several people have been injured in a shooting incident. The Sikh community in the United States has been active citizens since the late 1800′s in the USA. Sikhism is a monotheistic faith that requires them to wear a turban and one of the youngest religions in the world. “The incident in Milwaukee has been a shock, we are concerned about the victims and their families. We understand that this was a ‘random’ act and not one motivate by race. So, we are asking for the support from the greater community for their prayers for the victims and their families,” said Amarjit Singh from the Illinois Sikh Community Center.

Many Sikhs are professionals here in the United States and nearly estimated 500,000 population. Many Sikhs have immigrated from the India during the late 60′s and 80′s. The Sikh community is concerned that this incident would have been motivated by race or because of their identity of wearing a turban. They have faced similar mis-identity challenges in the past here in the United States.

“Our community because of our religious identity of wearing a turban and uncut hair have always faced an educational battle of educating the media, and general community on who we are and what Sikhism is all about, and we know this is still an unfolding situation,” says Dr. Pavitar Singh, President of Illinois Sikh Community.

We ask for media inquiries to please feel free to contact us if they would like to learn more about Sikhism or understand our concerns. We have many families who are related to the victims and are concerned about their safety and we ask for the Media’s support in assisting us during this crisis.

MEDIA INQUIRES:
Illinois Sikh Community Center
630-886-9191 Amarjit Singh, Vice-President (singhinsurance@gmail.com)
630-881-5202 Dr. Pavitar Singh, President

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Illinois’ Own Twyford BBQ and Catering Places Top 10 at Memphis in May

JACKSONVILLE, Ill., May 24, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — It’s truly rib ticklin’ news. A Jacksonville caterer – Twyford BBQ and Catering – is pleased to announce that it placed seventh in the rib category out of 121 teams that competed at the Memphis in May World Barbecue Championship.

And, it’s not the first time. After only two years of competing in this world championship barbecue event, Twyford BBQ and Catering placed in the top 10 both times.

“From what I’ve been told by others attending the event, this is unheard of,” Randy Twyford, pitmaster and owner of Twyford BBQ and Catering, says.

Three on-site judges determined the fate of the competitors and two of the judges gave Twyford’s ribs 10 out of 10. They commented that the ribs had just the right amount of smoke and flavor with the perfect amount of heat at the end. They reported that the sauce complemented the ribs, but did not overpower the pork.

The award-winning baby back ribs came from Wichita Packing in Chicago. Twyford says that they provide some of the best quality around.

“We used the same sauce on these award-winning ribs, that we use and sell in our shop and online,” Twyford says. “So, you see, all of our customers – old and new – can be grand champions too. It’s Illinois barbecue at its best.”

The sauces come in two flavors – mild and sassy – and have no artificial preservatives, colors or flavorings.

“Next time, we’re going for the world championship,” Twyford says. “We want to make Illinois proud; stay tuned.”

About Twyford Catering:
Competing since 2004, Twyford BBQ and Catering was born out of passion for great food. Its credibility comes from its competition background and its barbecue has been professionally judged and awarded top honors by a field of certified, professional food judges that include some of the top names in the barbecue and food world.

To date, Twyford BBQ and Catering has won 10 grand championships, five reserve grand championships and dozens of first-place awards and top 10 honors for chicken, ribs, pork, brisket, sides and desserts.

Twyford has also appeared on ABC News: Channel 20; and Fox 13.

For more information, visit: www.TwyfordBBQ.com or http://www.facebook.com/twyfordbbq.

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NCH Helps Individuals and Families Plan for Important Healthcare Decisions

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., March 30, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) in Arlington Heights is holding a free seminar to provide individuals with guidance and resources for expressing their healthcare wishes before an unexpected medical circumstance occurs. Join the Reverend Gwynne Wright of NCH’s Spiritual Care Services from 10 – 11 a.m. on Monday, April 16, in the hospital auditorium at 800 W. Central Road in Arlington Heights, as she leads “Making Healthcare Decisions Work for You and Your Family.”

When life brings an unpredictable illness or a serious injury, the accompanying physical and emotional challenges can be overwhelming. There are treatment options to consider, doctor appointments to schedule, and financial questions to address. The burden to make these decisions can affect loved ones, too.

At the seminar NCH experts as well as specialists from Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter will review care options for complex illnesses, explain how to prepare an advance directive and discuss patients’ healthcare rights and legal options.

“Although this may be a difficult topic to discuss, it’s important to share your healthcare wishes with family and loved ones before a medical crisis takes place,” said Karen Colby, director of Palliative Care at NCH. “Having advance directives already in place will ensure your personal healthcare preferences are followed, even if you are too sick to make decisions. Establishing a plan and making your wishes known will lessen the burdens and stress placed on loved ones.”

Following the program, NCH chaplains and social workers will be available to assist attendees with completing their healthcare decisions forms. To register for this free seminar and to schedule a private consultation, call HealthConnection today at 847.618.4YOU (4968), or visit http://www.nch.org .

About Northwest Community Healthcare:
Northwest Community Healthcare (www.nch.org) includes a 496-bed hospital in Arlington Heights that serves approximately 30,000 inpatients and 350,000 outpatients each year, as well as the Busse Center for Specialty Medicine, Day Surgery Center, Home Care, Mobile Dental Clinic, Wellness Center, Youth Center, NCH Medical Group and four immediate care centers in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

Media Contact: Adam Zuckerman at 847.618.5504 or azuckerman@nch.org.

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Adoptions of Textbook ‘Construction Project Management – a Managerial Approach’ Accelerate for Construction Management, Architecture and Real Estate College Programs

Pareto Building ImprovementCHICAGO, Ill., March 27, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — “Construction Project Management – a Managerial Approach” (ISBN: 978-0-9799969-1-7) sales by Pareto Publishing have increased 400 percent each semester since publication in December 2010. This text uniquely provides the integration of construction management, project management and business management to enable a quantum leap in construction project quality, productivity and cost control-producing a competitive advantage essential in the now challenging United States construction market.

Demanding building owners in the United States manufacturing, power production, and energy distribution sectors have learned that simply soliciting multiple bids is no longer enough to achieve the results they seek, A paradigm shift to integrated project delivery employing more rigorous project management methodologies is needed. And all construction sectors in some areas outside the United States, particularly the Middle East, demand this improved project management capability and require the PMP (Project Management Professional) certification credential for new employees.

In the United States, the federal government GSA (General Services Administration) agency also makes the PMP credential preferred for new construction related employees – which can make it a de facto requirement in a competitive employment environment. This text is the first to integrate the Project Management Institute’s PMBOK(R) methodology, on which the PMP credential is based, into construction management to provide these now essential skills.

This text, authored by 40-year construction veteran JF McCarthy MBA CFM PMP, provides real world perspectives and skills to make the graduating students work ready-to win their first job and excel throughout their career. And it provides exactly the skills that the power generation and transmission constructions sectors, which have already rebounded and are now aggressively hiring, increasingly demand.

University adoptions and presales sales for the summer and fall of 2012 will continue the present text sales increase. With these continued increases “Construction Project Management – A Managerial Approach” will achieve a dominant share of the construction management academic market within 2-3 years. Winning the Axion Business Book, Indie Next Generation, and International Best Book Awards, it has also become popular with construction industry practitioners and is now in library collections worldwide. More information: www.paretobi.com .

Media Contact:
Joe McCarthy of Pareto
+1-708-344-4355.


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People Save Money on Gas by Connecting on HitchHauling.com

MT. VERNON, Ill., March 19, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — JTLL Enterprises announced this week the launch of HitchHauling.com – a new website that connects hitchers and haulers so they can save money on gas. The recent surge in gasoline prices is once again putting a squeeze on Americans. In fact, gasoline prices are up almost 17 percent, or 54 cents, this year through March 14, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA).

Additionally, AAA reported that the national average retail price of unleaded regular gasoline climbed to $3.82 a gallon on March 14, 2012; that’s 7.5 percent higher than a year ago.

HitchHauling.com offers some relief to people who are seeking ways to save money on gas.

“People can pay for their gas in many ways,” says John Smith, founder Hitch Hauling. “For example, let’s say a family is going on vacation. Check the site to see if someone needs something hauled to that destination – it can be something as small as a golf club, or larger like a motorcycle. Of course, the size of the vehicle will determine what cargo can be hauled.”

So, how does it work? First, it’s free to become a member. Then, if a hitcher and hauler want to connect, it’s only $1 to get the contact information and the rest of the arrangements are between the hitcher and hauler.

“Recently, someone was hauling a three-wheeler to a destination and there was plenty of room on the trailer for another item,” says Smith. “This would have been an ideal opportunity to connect with a hitcher.”

HitchHauling.com proves to be less costly than standard shipping. And, since the hauler is already making the trip, it’s efficient, eco-friendly and typically saves times. It’s a win-win situation. The hitcher gets a better deal and the hauler offsets their cost of gas.

The website is easy to use. There is a section for haulers to post their routes, destinations and estimated time of arrival. And hitchers post their needs in the cargo section.

So, whether commuting to work daily or going on a cross-country vacation, people may as well consider hauling something and putting some extra cash in their pocket at the same time. In today’s economy – every little drop counts.

For more information, visit: http://www.HitchHauling.com .

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Sales of Award Winning Text ‘Construction Project Management – a Managerial Approach’ Increase 400 Percent

Pareto Building ImprovementCHICAGO, Ill., Feb. 27, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Sales of the textbook “Construction Project Management – a Managerial Approach” (ISBN: 978-0-9799969-1-7) by Pareto Publishing, have increased 400 percent each semester since publication in December 2010. The text is now increasingly used in United States 2-year, 4-year and graduate university construction management, architecture and real estate programs.

Winning the Axion Business Book, Indie Next Generation, and International Best Book Awards, it has also become popular with construction industry practitioners and is now in library collections worldwide.

Demanding building owners have learned that simply soliciting multiple bids is no longer enough to achieve the results they seek-a paradigm shift to integrated project delivery is needed. This text uniquely provides this integration of construction management, project management and business management to enable a quantum leap in construction project quality, productivity and cost control-producing a competitive advantage essential in the now challenging United States construction market.

And it is the first to integrate the Project Management Institute’s PMBOK® methodology into construction. The United States manufacturing, power production, and energy distribution owners increasingly value and demand this integration. And all construction sectors in some areas outside the United States, particularly the Middle East, demand this methodology and require the PMP (Project Management Professional) certification credential for new employees. In the United States, the federal government GSA (General Services Administration) agency also makes the PMP credential preferred for new construction related employees – which can make it a de facto requirement in a competitive employment environment.

In this challenging U.S. commercial and residential construction employment market for graduating construction management students, many question the cost-benefit relationship of an increasingly costly university education.

This text, authored by JF McCarthy MBA CFM PMP a 40-year construction veteran, provides real world perspective and skills to make the graduating students work ready – to win their first job and excel throughout their career. And it provides exactly the skills that the power generation and energy constructions sectors, which have already rebounded and are now aggressively hiring, increasingly demand.

University adoptions and presales sales for the summer and fall of 2012 will continue the present text sales increase. With these continued increases “Construction Project Management – A Managerial Approach” will achieve a dominant share of the construction management academic market within 2-3 years.

For more information, visit: http://www.paretobi.com .

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