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'Queen of Chess'

The day Judit Polgar beat Garry Kasparov

Judit Polgar vs Garry Kasparov

The 'Queen of Chess' who defeated Kasparov

Hungarian chess champion Judit Polgar started playing chess from a very young age and almost immediately it became clear she had a special talent for the sport. As a young girl, she soon swapped playing people of her own age to experienced adult professionals around the world. Initially, Polgar was dismissed by many in the sport as not up to the challenge of playing against men. Then world champion Garry Kasparov was the most renowned player to question whether a woman could beat a man. However, during the 2002 Russia versus the Rest of the World tournament, Polgar got the ultimate revenge by beating Kasparov. She was the first woman to do so.

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 Hungry to learn

Many immigrants, after the sacrifices of migrating, seem determined to make the most of any opportunity that arises.

Refugees in Macedonia

The refugee crisis has seen schools in many countries having to accommodate new arrivals. But the OECD's education director, Andreas Schleicher, says the evidence of international tests suggests migrants are as likely to become an asset to their new schools rather than a problem. Immigrant children are often highly motivated and have ambitious parents. And these clever, hungry-to-learn youngsters often achieve higher results than the rest of their classmates. In 1954, the United States opened its borders to an immigrant from Syria . His son, Steve Jobs, became one of the most creative entrepreneurs, revolutionising industries from personal computers through animated movies and music to mobile phones and digital publishing. In the current refugee crisis that might look like a fairy-tale, but it is not that implausible.

Korea joint venture halted after tests

South Korea suspends operations at the Kaesong industrial park run with North Korea in response to Pyongyang 's nuclear and rocket tests.

Part of Kaesong industrial complex (file image)

South Korea is to suspend operations at a jointly run industrial park in North Korea following the North's recent rocket launch and nuclear test. Seoul said all operations at the complex would halt, to stop the North using its investment "to fund its nuclear and missile development". Kaesong is the last point of co-operation between the two Koreas and a key source of revenue for Pyongyang . It came as Japan imposed new sanctions against the North following the launch. They include a ban on North Korean vessels coming into port in Japan and on vessels from other countries that have visited the state, The US warned on Tuesday that the North could soon have enough plutonium for nuclear weapons. South Korea , the US , Japan and others see Sunday's rocket launch - ostensibly to put a satellite into space - as cover for a banned test of missile technology. 

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  Virgin scholarships

The South African mayor who wants schoolgirls to stay 'pure'

Thubelihle Dlodlo

A scheme which offers female students scholarships to girls in rural South Africa if they can prove they are virgins has been condemned by human rights groups. The BBC's Nomsa Maseko visited the town to find out more. Thubelihle Dlodlo is nervous about leaving home in Emcitsheni village in rural KwaZulu-Natal . The 18-year-old has won a prized scholarship, but there is a catch: she only qualifies for the funding if she keeps her virginity. "Remaining a virgin is my only chance to get an education because my parents can't afford to take me to school," she says. To continue receiving her funding, Ms Dlodlo has to undergo regular virginity tests but she says she does not mind. "Virginity testing is part of my culture, it is not an invasion of my privacy and I feel proud after I'm confirmed to be pure."

French MPs back removing citizenship

French MPs narrowly approve the first stage of a plan to enable those convicted of terrorism offences to lose their nationality. French MPs have narrowly approved the first stage of a proposal to enable people convicted of terrorism offences to be stripped of their nationality. The measure is the most controversial change to the constitution drawn up after the 13 November attacks in Paris . France 's National Assembly is due to vote on Wednesday on all the measures proposed by the government. Emergency powers currently in force would be given a new status under the constitution. The proposal to strip citizenship from offenders was carried by a margin of 162 to 148, after the government removed a reference to dual nationals born in France . That had aroused considerable opposition and prompted the resignation of Justice Minister Christiane Taubira. Who were the Paris attackers?   Who were the victims?   Two children killed in France crash

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Trump and Sanders win New Hampshire

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders both win decisive victories in the New Hampshire primary, the second contest in the race for US presidential nominees.

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in a composite image

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders have shaken up the US presidential race with decisive victories in the New Hampshire primary. Billionaire Mr Trump is likely to get more than twice the number of votes of the next Republican candidate. Senator Bernie Sanders, who beat Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by a huge margin, said his victory showed people wanted "real change". Both candidates are riding on a wave of discontent with mainstream politics. The aim of the primary race is to choose which candidates will represent the Republican and Democratic parties in November's presidential election. On Tuesday Ohio Governor John Kasich came second in the Republican vote, with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Florida Senator Marco Rubio all vying for third place.     Winners and losers

Cuba migrants flown to Mexico-US border

Migrants including children and pregnant women are flown by the Costa Rican authorities to a Mexican border town, where they are set to enter the US . Pregnant women and children were among those on board - A group of vulnerable Cuban migrants have been flown by the Costa Rican authorities to a Mexican border town, from where they are expected to enter the US . The 113, including children and pregnant women, landed in Nuevo Laredo on Tuesday. They were among thousands stranded in Costa Rica after neighbouring Nicaragua denied them passage north. Cubans are allowed automatic residence when they set foot in the US . But after the two counties normalised ties following years of animosity, the number of Cubans trying to reach the US surged amid fears the policy would be dropped. Central American nations reached a deal last month allowing migrants stranded in Costa Rica to continue on to the US . The first flight carrying about 180 flew from Costa Rica to El Salvador in January.   What is behind the US-Cuba thaw?

Montreal's taxi strike: 7 things you need to know

Here’s everything you need to know to avoid Wednesday traffic mayhem, and help start your day off smoothly. Hundreds of Montreal taxi drivers will protest Wednesday, vowing to block traffic to send a message to the province that the ride-hailing service UberX should be outlawed. Here's everything you need to know to avoid the disruptions and help start your day off smoothly. 1. Time The planned protest is expected to get underway at 6:30 a.m. , according to the Regroupement des travailleurs autonomes Métallos (RTAM), the union representing Montreal 's 4,000 taxi drivers. 2. What streets will be blocked?  The exact location of the affected areas will only be announced later this morning. What we do know from RTAM is that squads of taxis will block access to areas where it says "illegal transporters" drop off and pick up passengers. 3. What won't be blocked? No bridges or hospitals will be blocked. Montreal police also sent out a news release Tuesday reminding taxi drivers that it is also illegal to block access to airports. 4. Can I still get a cab? It depends on the company. RTAM says that some taxis will still be available for clients.   Montreal taxi drivers to strike, block traffic Wednesday

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Valentine's Day Letter Campaign Launched to Shut Down Puppy Mills Across Canada

Ruby’s Love Letter campaign named after rescued survivor

February 8, 2016 BEWDLEY, ON--Today marks the kick-off a national Valentine`s Day pressure campaign to bring a close to the grim and disgusting reality of puppy mills in Canada forever. MPs, MPPs and MLAs will soon find their offices filled with red envelopes containing letters mailed from concerned citizens from coast to coast thanks to Ruby’s Love Letter Legacy (the Ruby Campaign) urging them to toughen laws and stop the growth of this underground multi-million dollar business. “The Canadian public want puppy mills banned,” says Cindy Bennett, board member of the Humane Society of Durham Region, ON. “We want these animals treated properly and we want penalties for people who do not do that. We need to find these mills, shut them down and penalize the owners so they don’t start up again.” The International Humane Society defines a puppy mill as a breeding operation where puppies are mass-produced in substandard conditions. The goal is to produce as many puppies as possible with minimal cost and maximum financial gain for the operator. Breeding dogs are often forced to their lives in cages without exercise or human contact, and the media is filled with stories of dog rescue volunteers finding thousands of them underfed, filthy and sick, denied proper veterinary care. While firm statistics are scarce because mills are often run in secret to avoid the watchful eyes of Humane Societies across Canada , the Society for the Protection of Animals - Canada estimates that in Quebec alone there are between 1500 and 1800 puppy mills operating, generating the birth of about 400,000 puppies per year. The letter writing campaign was inspired by a tiny puppy mill survivor named Ruby whose health was seriously compromised by six caged years of life in a mill as a breeding dog, says Ruby’s rescuer-owner and campaign organizer Mary Giuffre of Bewdley , ON . Ruby died just two years after her rescue. “So that Ruby’s life was not lived in vain, we have made a commitment to educate everyone about the horror of puppy mills,” says Giuffre. “Our plan is to let her example lead the way. Ruby’s Love Letter campaign delivers a serious message in a peaceful way, so we believe February 14 is the perfect day to spread the word. Imagine a flood of red envelopes reaching government officials on Valentine’s Day every year.”

Weiser deepens its strong contemporary product portfolio

With the launch of two low-profile deadbolts, Uptown and Downtown

TORONTO  – Weiser, one of Canada ’s top selling lock brands, announced the launch of its Uptown and Downtown deadbolts, the most slim, stylish and secure deadbolts in its product portfolio. The contemporary deadbolts are the first of their kind, featuring a low profiledesign and the latest version of Weiser patented SmartKey security. “We responded to the market need for a high security yet stylish deadbolt that complements contemporary door hardware,” says Steve Kolobaric, Marketing Manager of Weiser. “With guidance from builders, architects and designers, we developed a lock that meets these design cues and provides the security their customers want.” Slim, Stylish Design Uptown, a slim, round deadbolt, and Downtown, its square counterpart, are the perfect home accents for the style-conscious consumer. With a low-profile and half-inch projection from the door, the deadbolts can bring a unique touch to any home. The deadbolts fit all standard door sizes, giving all homeowners the ability tohave a custom look while maintaining simplicity and affordability. Advanced Security Uptown and Downtown meet the highest-rated residential security standards available inthis modern style and are rated ANSI Grade 1. The deadbolts also feature the latest version of Weiser patented SmartKey security, which provides strong resistance against torque attacks, passes the most stringent lock-picking standards (UL 437, par 11.6.) and utilizes BumpGuard™ to prevent lock bumping. Uptown and Downtown will be the first deadbolts available for purchase with the latest SmartKey security. Uptown and Downtown deadbolts will be available for purchase in Spring 2016. The Weiser contemporary product portfolio, including Halifax , Milan and Lisbon levers, is available for purchase today at select retailers. For additional information about Weiser, please visit About Spectrum Brands HHI is a division of Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPB). Spectrum Brands is a global, diversified consumer products company and a leading supplier of consumer batteries, residential locksets, residential builders' hardware and faucets, shaving and grooming products, personal care products, small household appliances, specialty pet supplies, lawn and garden and home pest control products, and personal insect repellents. Spectrum Brands had net sales of approximately $4.43 billion in fiscal 2014, employs over 13,500 employees worldwide and sells to the top 25 global retailers with products in more than one million stores.  

Launch Of Exciting New Valentine's Day Mystery Means A Chance At Stardom For Some Aspiring Young Actors In Unique Talent Contest

Denver, CO, February 9, 2016 – The book, Knox Chase on the Case of the Valentine's Day Mystery, by Adam Lipsius will be released on February 11, 2016. Additionally, the book is being adapted into a motion picture in association with Sean Covel (the producer of "Napoleon Dynamite") and Casting Director Mary Jo Slater ("The Contender" and "Dumb and Dumber") – and the producers will be holding an online casting contest, providing the opportunity for aspiring kid actors and actresses to be in the movie, maybe even one of the lead characters. Meet KC Green, a small-town kid with a big-time imagination -- and an even bigger secret.  He can see the pulp fiction detective he was named for, from the 1930s & 40s Knox Chase on the Case novels, and no one else can.  This old school gumshoe lands our hero into tons of small-time trouble, but when a mysterious stranger bumps into KC on Valentine's Day, a crime wave hits town.  Someone is trying to steal a fortune, and they'll hurt anyone who gets in the way.  It takes all of KC's wits, his invisible partner, and his best friends Cat & Ben, just to stay alive in the Case of the Valentine's Day Mystery.  "It's the kind of book you grew up on," says Adam. "... Where kids face danger, make mistakes and keep fighting to save the day."   Parents love this story because it harkens back to the books they read when they were young, and it teaches kids to believe in the power of solving their own problems. Adam Lipsius attended USC's
School of Cinematic Arts .  He is an accomplished author, feature film director, producer and screenwriter.  His movie, "16-LOVE" was distributed in 2012 by Warner Bros. Digital, Gravitas Ventures and Entertainment One.  He graduated from Dartmouth College where he wrote his first book, The Birth of Dr. Seuss, and he serves on the board of the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art. His short films and commercials have received many awards.   Full details about the casting contest available at Release Date:  February 2016 Knox Chase on the Case of the Valentine's Day Mystery By Adam Lipsius Uptown 6 ISBN: 978-0615988887  

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One Square Mile of Canada

Montreal is a French island in a predominantly English-speaking country

It's known as La Main - "The Main" - and it's the lifeblood of Montreal . For the past three centuries this sweeping avenue, Boulevard St Laurent, has shaped the character of a city in the heart of French-speaking Canada . La Main was once the symbolic dividing line between the city's French and English speaking communities, with the boulevard a soft buffer attracting and absorbing waves of new immigrants. Today, it celebrates a cosmopolitan city with its array of little villages, from the Quartier Chinois, or Chinese quarter, to Little Italy and Portugal , along with strong remnants of an historic Jewish quarter.

Why is Canadian English unique?

How the country forged its own linguistic identity - The standard stereotype among Americans is that Canadians are like Americans, except they say ‘eh’ a lot and pronounce ‘out and about’ as ‘oot and aboot’. Canadian does exist as a separate variety of English, with subtly distinctive features of pronunciation and vocabulary. It has its own dictionaries; the Canadian Press has its own style guide; the Editors’ Association of Canada has just released a second edition of Editing Canadian English. But an emblematic feature of Editing Canadian English is comparison tables of American versus British spellings so the Canadian editor can come to a reasonable decision on which to use… on each occasion. The core of Canadian English is a pervasive ambivalence. Canadian history helps to explain this. In the beginning there were the indigenous peoples, with far more linguistic and cultural variety than Europe . They’re still there, but Canadian English, like Canadian Anglophone society in general, gives them little more than desultory token nods. Fights between European settlers shaped Canadian English more. The French, starting in the 1600s, colonised the St Lawrence River region and the Atlantic coast south of it. In the mid-1700s, England got into a war with France , concluding with the Treaty of Paris in 1763, which ceded ‘ New France ’ to England . The English allowed any French to stay who were willing to become subjects of the English King.

What does it mean to be Canadian?

 With Asian trade and support for the monarchy rising, what does Canadian identity mean now?

What the Indians are trying to say, The French came as visitors and now they want the country for themselves?”  So they say "over my dead body" before Quebec becomes a republic. After all, they already killed millions of us since they arrived here. This is not a provocation but just letting them know we are still around and Quebec Nation is not going to happen as long as there are still Indians around. Please send your comments to the editor... MP Maxime Bernier defends language-law quip - Quebecers don't need Bill 101, "Not by imposing [French] and by preventing people from making their own decisions in matters that concern their personal lives."   Quebec militia leader faces death-threat charges Patriotic Militia of Quebec's website   Que. militia worries separatists   Death threats target Quebec English rights group    Letters threaten FLQ attacks in Montreal  Oops! Parti Quebecois are falling apart

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Canada launches Arctic seabed quest

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Got a second?

1. Integrity and reliability are the most important quality that a public employee especially that of a politician should maintain otherwise the institution gets corrupted. 2. Poor immigrants are the greatest investment a country like Canada should bring in for they are motivated by dreams that money immigrants already have. We brought (in) lots of those money immigrants in the 80s from Hong Kong and surrounding areas, most settled in BC, did they bring their money to Canada ? No, they fried us with our own oil and most of the locals moved to nearby towns where the cost of living is much lower than where those so called investors settled in. But, where are those people now? They are back where they came from with our passports. Would you want to know more and why? Conrad David Brillantes

Oh Canada How I Love You

The tour was to only last one hour. While the other educator and I waited for their arrival we decided we would not visit the Canadian galleries, since they were in another pavilion at the other end of the museum. We would choose the European Art collection to save time. They arrived twenty minutes late. My group had three mothers with eight children between the ages of two months and nine years old. Two Muslim mothers dressed in hijab and long over-... Quickly it was decided, even though time was limited, that we had to go visit the Canadian galleries. We showed the paintings, sculptures and objects from the Inuit, First Nations along with the first settlers from France and England . The children were mesmerized, listening to the legends and stories of the Canadian people. The mothers asked many insightful questions. As we toured from one gallery to the next, the mother from Benin began unapologetically to nurse her son. She didn’t ask for help or lag behind. She did what came naturally and continued to be an active participant. And the two other mothers? They held the infant’s head as she went to adjust her top and looked after her other child. Mothers from different parts of the world, nurturing, protecting and caring for one another. I witnessed the actions of a community. Being an Art Educator at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts affords me the opportunity to meet and interact with many people from all walks of life. I am very fortunate to live in a country where all people have equal rights and are valued for their uniqueness. Ennutsiak Nunavik 1896 – Iqaluit, Nunavut, 1967 Untitled (Birth Scene with Midwives) By Deirdre Potash, 2779 Honore Mercier Vaudreuil-Dorion Quebec J7V 8P5 (514) 999-8581

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Understanding the executive function

First, a little science lesson. The brain is, inarguably, a very powerful organ. It controls how we think, feel, behave, and perceive and understand the world around us. Moreover, within the brain lies a remarkable central processing unit called the "executive function" (EF). Capable of astonishing levels of value creation, the EF enables us to: Process: analyze, predict outcomes, and problem-solve Focus: memorize, pay attention, and verbalize Self-regulate: maintain impulse control, self-monitor, and cognitively flex Initiate: prioritize, plan, and decide But wait, there's more! The EF also helps us: Think strategically: addressing systemic issues, uncovering root causes, and predicting the downstream implications of decisions and actions Collaborate broadly: influencing and aligning stakeholders across the organization Communicate clearly: providing context, making meaning, harmonizing competing priorities, and resolving conflict Execute decisively: drawing out the best information possible, making a call, and closing the loops to ensure complete follow-through has been achieved Directly or indirectly, every one of the above capabilities is related to our ability to 1) manage time and 2) be productive. In other words, the executive function is absolutely critical to how we manage our time. Gas guzzler Science shows that the brain is also one of the most fuel-hungry organs in the human body—which makes sense, given that it houses the very important EF. The body's use of fuel is judicious. It considers safety a necessity, and self-actualization a luxury. As such, when the body's energy tank runs low, the brain prioritizes the use of fuel: giving first dibs to things like autonomic responses (blinking and breathing), immune and digestive systems, balance and locomotion, and flight/fight safety features. When we are low on energy, our base-level thinking continues to function. However, the mind's "power tools" fail to operate: those tools that enable us to think strategically, collaborate broadly, communicate clearly, and execute decisively. In other words: when we are depleted and our brains aren't well-fueled, we lose the ability to properly manage our time. How this shows up at work Here are a couple real-life examples I've seen throughout my career, which further demonstrate how essential the executive function is to time management. On an individual level: A manager or employee is driving to work, thinking "I need to have that tough conversation with Ellen." However, resolving conflict requires the ability to pay close attention, maintain impulse control, and come up with solutions—all enabled by the executive function. If that person already feels run down and low on energy, they may put the task off until the next day—even indefinitely. By the time they get to work, they may still be determined to be productive; but determination just won't cut it. Depleted, they may check their email, watch a YouTube video, organize their office, or drop in on a colleague—anything but one of those value-adding activities that requires so much of one's energy. On an organizational level: Knowledge workers without well-fueled brains are unable to think innovatively about how to get to root causes and fix systemic issues. Lacking energy, they may allow unaddressed concerns to fester and simmer; or resort to quick fixes, workarounds, and reactive firefighting that only provide band-aid solutions. This can lead to ongoing depletion into the system, eventually requiring multiples of additional energy, time and mind-space from everyone in the organization. How to energize the executive function Here are three ways organizations can help reinvigorate the executive function, and make time management easier for their employees. 1. Minimize distractions Like any technology, the brain itself has a limited amount of "RAM"—and will become bogged down if too many "applications" are open at the same time. As a result, when people's focus is continuously split between multiple responsibilities, the impact is intense mental exhaustion. Minimizing distractions that interrupt employees in the middle of "flow" can make a positive difference on employee performance. If minimizing the number of employee tasks is impossible, consider holding fewer meetings—or at the very least, holding fewer impromptu meetings. 2. Combat negative thinking The emotional part of the brain is much more powerful than the rational part. In fact, the brain will not allot us the resources to do something unless we are convinced it is possible. As a result, when people feel negative, this depletes their energy and makes them significantly less productive. But according to science, it is not our capability but our belief in our capability that makes us effective. The good news is that negative thinking and unhelpful beliefs can be overcome by strengthening the anterior cingulate (the "clutching mechanism") between the emotional and rational parts of the brain. Leaders can pave the way toward more positive thinking by encouraging employees to meditate regularly. 3. Make meaningful connections Science shows that when you have meaningful, face-to-face conversations that demonstrate value, respect and care, this releases three high-performance hormones in the brain: dopamine (which enhances pleasure, cuts pain, and increases creativity), oxytocin (which increases bonding and trust, and decreases stress), and serotonin (which reduces fear, tension and worry). Even within just two minutes of talking, conversation can stimulate the executive function—forming a feel-good energy cocktail of connection, calm, concentration, creativity and curiosity. Quality conversation requires being present in the moment, so business leaders must ensure they focus closely on the person they are speaking to, show genuine curiosity, and not appear distracted by other things or thoughts. It's time to look at time management differently Without energy, the ability to manage one's time is simply not possible.  But by understanding and honoring how the human brain works, business leaders have an opportunity to better equip employees toward being more productive, and create organizations that make the most efficient use of time. Brady Wilson is co-founder of Juice Inc., a corporate training company that services organizations from Toronto to Los Angeles . Also a speaker, trainer and author, Brady recently released his latest book, Beyond Engagement: A Brain-Based Approach That Blends the Engagement Managers Want with the Energy Employees Need. Follow Brady on Twitter (@BradyJuiceInc), visit his website, or receive a FREE downloadable copy of his book by visiting,  

Volunteerism and Love are at the Heart of Robert's Clancy's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Soul

An Evocative Collection of Inspirational Stories and Transcendental Journeys That Transform  the Way You Think About Community Service and Humanity  Daily Downloads and Fortune Cookies from the Universe is Clancy's Second Book Delivering Nuggets of inspiration Every Day  New York, NY, February 8, 2016 - Robert Clancy is a soul hitchhiker. But then so are we all! Clancy says that "soul hitches" occur every day in interactions with others: any interaction—large or small—that changes how one views oneself, an event or the world. A chance run-in with a stranger or an intimate conversation with a family member creates an indelible imprint on our soul. You hitch a ride on someone else's soul and you are changed forever. Consider it hitching a ride on a big, beautiful cosmic highway! And how does one experience more of these incredible life-altering experiences? One amazing way is by volunteering—by putting yourself out in the world to help others.  Says Clancy, "The more you reach out and help others, the more you'll be guided on your highway naturally." Welcome to Clancy's inspiring book: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Soul: A Collection of Scenic Views of Volunteerism, Transcendental Encounters with Kindred Spirits and Lessons in Compassion. The book is a soul-filled travelogue of experiences in which volunteerism is the catalyst for life-changing events and joyful interaction. The book is born from Clancy's own passion to serve, which began when he was just six years old. He is an entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, ordained minister, master martial arts instructor in both Tae Kwon Do & Chon-Tu Kwan Hapkido.  Clancy is a published author from the heart of upstate
New York who experienced a life-defining spiritual experience at the age of 19 that he writes about in his upcoming book with the working title, Soul Cyphers - Decoding a Life of Hope and Happiness.  Robert is also a regular contributor on Late Night Health on KABC radio. Today, he blends his beautiful consciousness into his business life as co-founder and managing partner of Spiral Design Studio, one of the largest full-service graphic design and web development firms in the Northeast.  Spiral Design's clients include dozens of  corporations, educational & healthcare organizations, non-profits and startups, including Citigroup, Home Depot, Sears, Activision, and Disney, among many others. Balancing his corporate commitments with his lifelong love and compassion for humanity, Clancy supports ongoing volunteerism within his business and his everyday life. His dedication to community — at both the regional and national levels — inspires his team and encourages youth, as well as professional leaders, to step up and give back. Says legendary actor, author and philanthropist Hugh O'Brian, who wrote the book's foreword, "Robert is one of those people to whom I tip my hat. He is a dedicated volunteer who completely embodies the spirit of service—a selfless commitment to helping others in order to make a positive difference in the world." However, Clancy may best be known by the general public for his Facebook fan page "Robert Clancy—Guide to the Soul" which has a quarter of a million followers worldwide. Here he offers divinely inspired thoughts and reflections that provide wisdom, thoughtfulness and encouragement to people hungry to get more out of life. And so it follows naturally, that his second book Daily Downloads and Fortune Cookies from the Universe, provides inspirational thoughts within nine uplifting categories--faith, hope, love, compassion, giving, peace, happiness, strength and leadership--to help center one's spirit and encourage compassion for humanity. This collection of nuggets is guaranteed to put a smile on someone's face, create a cozy warmth and motivate one to make a difference.  Both of these books may be ordered at any bookstore worldwide and are currently available in paperback, Kindle and iBook format. They are also available for immediate purchase at and

The NDG Food Depot is proud to present the 16th annual Seedy Weekend at the Montreal Botanical Garden  on February 12th, 13th, and 14th.

Seedy Weekend is the premier urban agriculture event in Montreal and the unofficial kick-off of the gardening season. Thousands of visitors come each year to purchase and exchange vegetable seeds and other gardening products. Free gardening workshops and presentations for people of all ages and levels. Seedy Weekend is a unique Montreal event that brings together gardeners, both professional and amateur, who have the opportunity to meet, exchange, and share their vegetable seeds. The event begins Friday, Feb. 12th at 12pm and runs through the weekend. Media are invited for a guided tour with Lauren Pochereva, Urban Agriculture Manager at the NDG Food Depot, at 2pm and 4pm on Friday, February 12th.   Schedule: Friday, February 12th from 12pm to 8pm; at 6pm, kiosks close and screening of the film Le semeur, followed by a discussion  Saturday, February 13th from 10am to 4:30pm Sunday, February 14th from 10am to 4:30pm Location: Main Entrance Hall of the Montreal Botanical Garden, at 4101 Sherbrooke East, just a few steps away from Pie IX metro. Activities: Friday, Feb 12th at 6pm , screening of Julie Perron's film, "Le semeur," followed by a discussion facilitated by the film's featured seed saver, Patrice Fortier of La société des Plantes. Kiosks with vendors selling local and organic seeds, garden reference books, organic fertilizers, and other garden equipment; Free urban agriculture presentations and workshops Kids gardening activities Saturday and Sunday at 3pm: Free seed exchange hosted by Lyne Bellemare of Semences du patrimoine This event is presented in collaboration with Les Amis du Jardin botanique de Montréal and Espace pour la vie. Donations to the NDG Food Depot will be accepted on site. For More Information: Facebook event: Contact: Lauren Pochereva, Urban Agriculture Manager, NDG Food Depot Cell: 514-690-8281

The Government of Canada supports Jamboree 2016 and makes Quebec known around the world

Quebec Snow Sports Events is receiving support from the Government of Canada for holding Jamboree 2016, one stage in the 2015-2016 calendar of the Snowboard World Cup, sanctioned by the International Ski Federation (ISF). For more information

Google boss becomes highest-paid in US

The chief executive of Google, Sundar Pichai, has been awarded $199m (£138m) in shares, a regulatory filing has revealed. It makes him the highest-paid chief executive in the US . Mr Pichai became chief executive of the search engine giant following the creation of its parent, Alphabet. The founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, have amassed fortunes of $34.6bn and $33.9bn, according to Forbes. Mr Pichai, 43, was awarded 273,328 Alphabet shares on 3 February, worth a total of $199m, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The new award of shares takes Mr Pichai's total stock value to approximately $650m. Mr Pichai's share award will vest incrementally each quarter until 2019. In other words, full control over the shares will pass to him on a gradual basis. Google tax row: What's behind the deal?      Bosses earn '183 times average worker'

Viewpoint – Uber and Taxis: Australia Opens the Door to Reforms

by Youri Chassin and Youcef Msaid - In the majority of North American cities, existing laws do not control or make any provisions for activities related to ride-sharing applications. As a result, they operate in a grey zone. Like certain European cities, Vancouver and Montreal have chosen to oppose the operation of such services. A more realistic solution, and one that would be more beneficial for the economy and for the population as a whole, would be to legalize ride-sharing applications, simplify the regulatory framework, and offer reasonable compensation to holders of taxi licences, taking inspiration from places around the world that have adopted such reforms.

Uber and taxis: solutions for a peaceful coexistence

Montreal, Monday, February 8, 2016 – With an anti-Uber show of force from taxi owners in the works for this Wednesday, an MEI Viewpoint published today describes the broad strokes of two reforms put in place recently in Australia, which demonstrate that solutions exist for allowing the taxi industry and ride-sharing applications to coexist. In New South Wales (which includes the city of Sydney ), owners of taxi licences will be compensated for their financial losses stemming from the regulatory change. Long-time owners could receive an amount of $20,000 per licence, whereas compensation could go up to $175,000 for a licence purchased in 2015. This compensation will be financed in its entirety by a temporary $1-per-ride tax, applicable to both traditional taxis and services like Uber. For its part, the Australian Capital Territory (which contains the city of Canberra ) eliminated the privileged status of existing taxi dispatch companies in October 2015, putting them in direct competition with applications like Uber under the same legal status. Ride-sharing drivers need to fulfill certain requirements in order to guarantee the safety of the service, and the new regulatory framework greatly reduces the administrative costs and training requirements related to operating a traditional taxi. One study estimated that after five years, this reform would generate a net annual benefit of $3.5 million a year for residents of Canberra . "Today, everyone except for the most determined opponents realizes that this technological innovation is here to stay. Now it's time to find solutions," says Youcef Msaid, coauthor of the Viewpoint and Associate Researcher at the MEI. "The goal is both to allow ride-sharing applications to develop and to give taxi drivers the means to adjust and improve the service they offer. The consumer will be the biggest winner." "Our governments can take inspiration from these reforms," adds Youri Chassin, Research Director at the MEI. "On the one hand, the Australian authorities recognize their share of responsibility for the difficulties facing certain taxi owners who have paid a hefty price to be allowed to ply their trade. But on the other hand, they are being pragmatic in legalizing an innovation that is much-appreciated by consumers." Two weeks ago, Edmonton became the first Canadian city to officially announce the legalization of Uber. However, no compensation has been offered to taxi drivers in that city. The Viewpoint entitled "Uber and Taxis: Australia Opens the Door to Reforms" was prepared by Youcef Msaid, Associate Researcher at the MEI, and Youri Chassin, Research Director at the MEI. This publication is available on our websiteThe Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit research and educational organization. Through its studies and its conferences, the MEI stimulates debate on public policies in Quebec and across Canada by proposing wealth-creating reforms based on market mechanisms.

Fraser Institute/MEI Publication: Couillard government's spending under control, but the tax burden remains excessive

Montreal , February 4, 2016 – A ranking comparing the relative fiscal and budgetary performance of the provincial premiers puts the current Quebec government in second place among its peers. This ranking measures government spending, corporate and individual taxes, and deficits and debt. With an overall score of 78.2 out of 100, the government led by Philippe Couillard is just behind the Christy Clark government in British Columbia (78.5) and far ahead of the governments of Ontario and Alberta (61.4 and 53.8 respectively). It is in the public spending category that the Couillard government obtains its best score, by being one of only two provinces (the other being Nova Scotia) to have increased its program spending less quickly than the economy, and less quickly than inflation and population growth combined. The relative weight of the state therefore decreased in Quebec in 2014-2015. When it comes to income taxes, though, Quebec does not score nearly as well, ranking seventh in this category. "Even though personal income tax rates at the income levels examined in the report have not risen since the election of the Couillard government, Quebec suffers because its tax level is already extremely high," explains Youri Chassin, Research Director at the MEI. For example, Quebec has the highest marginal tax rate among the ten provinces at $50,000 of income, and the second highest at the $150,000 level. The Institut de la statistique du Québec reminded us recently that the available income of Quebecers is the lowest of all the provinces, and is growing slowly. This state of affairs prevents many families from improving their lot. Finally, the Couillard government is in an enviable position in the deficits and debt category, coming in third. Quebec and Saskatchewan were the only two provinces to reduce the size of their net debt as a percentage of GDP. "The public finances situation in Quebec has improved when compared to that of the other provinces. The current government has gotten spending back under control and put the brakes on the province's growing debt. But there's still a lot of work to do before catching up with the Canadian average, and even more before reaching a point that would be more favourable to growth," says Youri Chassin. The Viewpoint entitled "Budgetary and Fiscal Performance: Quebec among the Most Improved Provinces" was prepared by Youri Chassin, Economist and Research Director at the MEI, with the assistance of the Fraser Institute based on data contained in "Measuring the Fiscal Performance of Canada's Premiers," which is being published simultaneously. The MEI is nevertheless solely responsible for the content of the present publication, which is available on our website. The Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit research and educational organization. Through its studies and its conferences, the MEI stimulates debate on public policies in Quebec and across Canada by proposing wealth-creating reforms based on market mechanisms.

Pacific nations sign TPP trade deal

The long-awaited Trans Pacific Partnership, one of the biggest multinational trade deals ever, is formally signed in Auckland , New Zealand .

US and Vietnam

The Trans Pacific Partnership, one of the biggest multinational trade deals ever, has been signed by ministers from its 12 member nations in New Zealand . The ceremony in Auckland brings the huge trade pact, which has been five years in the making, another step towards to becoming a reality. But the TPP continues to face opposition. The 12 nations account for some 40% of the world's economy - they now have two years to ratify or reject the pact. Australia 's minister for trade Andrew Robb was the first to sign the pact. Those attending the ceremony cheered as his counterpart, New Zealand trade minister Todd McClay, added the last signature.   What is the TPP - and why does it matter?    TPP - the winners and losers   TPP details made public    Video TPP: the winners and losers   Why the TPP matters   Pacific trade deal text made public

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New York , NY ( February 8, 2016 )—One of the most important Spanish rock music artists, singer-songwriter Enrique Bunbury is an international icon. This Spring, Eagle Rock Entertainment and 700g Films will release the concert/documentary film El Camino Más Largo (The Longest Road) – chronicling Bunbury’s career-defining 2010 tour – on DVD and Digital video on March 25, 2016 [DVD MSRP $14.98]. An unprecedented look behind-the-scenes at a world-renowned legend, El Camino Más Largo (The Longest Road), directed by Spanish director Alexis Morante, takes a deep look at an artist’s journey in a new unconquered territory. Originally the leader of legendary band Héroes del Silencio, which enjoyed resounding success throughout Latin America , the US , and in much of Europe , Bunbury initiated a meteoric rise when he embarked on his solo career in 1996, releasing 9 studio albums. The tour kicked off on November 11, 2010 , when Enrique Bunbury became the first Spanish artist to gather more than 90,000 fans in a single show at El Estadio Azteca in Mexico City . Six months later, he embarked on a tour through the US -- a trek that proved to have a powerful effect on Bunbury. With his wife and his cat in tow, Bunbury performed in areas through North America never yet tackled by Spanish artists. What began as an effort to conquer a new market caused him to journey deeper within his soul, as revealed by the personal anecdotes in the film.  El Camino Más Largo (The Longest Road) combines live performance footage of many of his hits, interviews with Bunbury and his band members, and intimate moments captured on the road. As a bonus, the film includes Behind-the-scenes, Official Trailer, Making-of soundtrack, deleted scenes, and never-before-seen images of what happens before and after Bunbury takes the stage; as well as a sneak peek into the movie’s premiere at the renowned Barcelona InEdit Festival Premiere. With the late 2015 release of his MTV Unplugged album El Libro de La Mutaciones, and his recently announced 2016 tour, it’s the perfect time for American music fans to really get to know Enrique Bunbury. Let El Camino Más Largo (The Longest Road) be your introduction. Eagle Rock Entertainment is the world’s largest producer and distributor of music programming for TV, DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Media. Eagle produces quality HD programs, both concerts and documentaries, directly alongside artists including Imagine Dragons, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, and Peter Gabriel. Eagle is a multiple Grammy® Award winner and has received numerous multi-platinum sales awards around the world.  Eagle Vision is headquartered in London , and is a Universal Music Group company.

Actor declared dead after stage stunt

An Italian actor left in a coma, after a hanging scene went wrong in a live theatrical production, is declared brain dead.

Raphael Schumacher seen in an image from his Facebook page

Raphael Schumacher, the Italian actor who accidentally strangled himself during a live theatre performance, has been declared clinically dead. Schumacher, 27, was re-enacting a hanging scene during an interactive performance in Pisa , when a spectator realised the stunt had gone wrong. The actor, who had been in a coma since Saturday night, has subsequently been declared brain dead by doctors. An investigation has been launched into the theatre's safety procedures. Keeping actors safe   Schumacher's condition has been deteriorating since he was taken to a local hospital on Sunday. He did not respond to treatment and doctors suggested he had suffered severe and probably irreversible brain damage. Following a six-hour procedure to establish brain death on Thursday, the hospital issued a statement: "The family and the prosecutor's office have both authorised that his organs be donated, but their removal will be subject to a medical assessment to be performed in the course of the night."   Keeping actors safe   Actor 'deteriorating' after stage stunt



New York, NY (February 4, 2016)—Rich Robinson, the celebrated guitarist and co-founding member of The Black Crowes, will issue new expanded catalog releases from his solo career via Eagle Rock Entertainment. These CD, LP, and digital formats will lead up to the May 2016 release of Robinson’s new solo album. These newly re-imagined albums -- Paper, Llama Blues (February 26), Through A Crooked Sun, and Woodstock Sessions (April 15) – include previously unreleased tracks and penned essays from Robinson himself. The LP versions will be issued as colored vinyl: Llama Blues in blue, Paper in red, Through A Crooked Sun in white, and Woodstock Sessions in brown. In the aftermath of the Black Crowes dissolution in 2001, Robinson set out to realize his first solo album. Originally recorded in New York City in 2002, Paper was released in 2004. With its release – complete with an original painting by Robinson serving at its cover artwork – Paper showcased an array of diverse musical influences and superb guitar world. Eight years later, the 2” master tapes for Paper, which were housed at Robinson’s New Jersey storage facility along with his gear, fell victim to Hurricane Sandy. When the opportunity came to include the album as part of this catalog initiative, Robinson approached the restoration of these masters with fresh ears: he recorded new vocals, changed the sequencing, and remixed / remastered the album. Packaged with three previously unreleased tracks from these 2004 sessions, the February 26 release is the completely re-imagined version of Paper. Robinson’s second full-length solo album, Through A Crooked Sun, was conceived amidst an extended break from the Black Crowes, and was released in 2011. Recorded at Applehead Studios in Woodstock , NY , this record enjoyed wide acclaim from Robinson’s worldwide audience and represented a progression in his direction as a solo artist. The Llama Blues EP, which boasted blues-based songs, was previously limited to 1,000 CDs when it was released in 2013. This album quickly became a prized commodity for Robinson fans who reveled in the guitarist’s embrace of the blues idiom. Robinson captured the spirit of the blues pioneers who had inspired him, recording the sessions in a small room with one vintage RCA ribbon microphone. The Woodstock Sessions, originally released in November 2014, captures Robinson and his band performing live before an intimate audience at Applehead Studios. The album was recorded over two days, with two sets per day – one acoustic, one electric. Through the recording, the fans were just as much a part of the album’s creation as the band. They interacted with the band, and witnessed the artist’s creative process in a manner that most never get to experience. Robinson deftly mixed staples from his solo career with superb rendition of such signature classics as “Got To Get Better In A Little While” (which makes its debut on this expanded edition) and the Velvet Underground’s “Oh! Sweet Nuthin’”. This experiment, breaking down the barriers between musician and fan, is what makes The Woodstock Sessions so special. Additionally, a limited edition 7” of Oh! Sweet Nuthin’ press on blue vinyl was released on Black Friday Record Store Day and quickly sold out. This line-up of releases is the perfect lead-up to Robinson’s upcoming new studio album this Spring. Eagle Rock Entertainment is the world’s largest producer and distributor of music programming for TV, DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Media. Eagle produces quality HD programs, both concerts and documentaries, directly alongside artists including Imagine Dragons, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, and Peter Gabriel. Eagle is a multiple Grammy® Award winner and has received numerous multi-platinum sales awards around the world.  Eagle Vision is headquartered in London , and is a Universal Music Group company. Follow Eagle Rock Entertainment at: Facebook:  Twitter:  YouTube:

Romantic Poetry

by John Patrick Shanley (book and lyrics) and Henry Krieger (music) Wednesday, February 10th,  7:30 PM From the Oscar and Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Moonstruck and Doubt and the two-time Tony-nominated composer of Dreamgirls comes this crackpot musical romance. Connie is newlywed for the third time, but her exes are back in the picture and not sure they approve of the union. Carl is trying to clean up his past so he can move on with his life. Mary is climbing Frankie's fire escape with amorous erotic intent. Fred, a dishwasher poet, travels to the suburbs to confront an old flame. Red just wants to stop driving the bus. They are all mad, and they are all sane, and they are all creating Romantic Poetry. "It's a story about the value of poetry, the lack of it in our lives now, and what it might be to consider bringing it back."  Email or call the box office at 613-233-4523 to claim your complimentary tickets.  Subject to availability on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Increased Influx Of Mosquito-borne Disease Poses Threat

MOUNT LAUREL – February 9, 2016 – The recent huge outbreaks of Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika viruses in the Caribbean and Central/South America are concerning public health officials worried that they may spill over into the United States, with disastrous consequences. "Historically, mosquito-borne diseases have been quite common in the United States, up until organized mosquito control measures and a higher standard of living combined to keep them in check." says Joseph Conlon, Technical Advisor of the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA), a professional society of over 1,500 mosquito control and public health experts headquartered in Mt Laurel, New Jersey. Citizens returning from increased travel to affected areas can bring these diseases back with them, where they can be transmitted to their neighbors by mosquitoes in the area. The result is a potential for an increased incidence of newly discovered exotic mosquito-borne diseases in areas historically free of these diseases. To combat these threats and minimize human/mosquito contact, mosquito control entities in the United States , comprising almost 2000 local and state agencies, continue to mobilize their resources and perfect their prevention and control techniques - the safest, most comprehensive and effective of their kind in the world. These include public education, habitat modification, use of predators, and, when necessary, application of mosquito larvicides and adulticides specifically evaluated and registered by the EPA for mosquito control. However, continued public support is crucial for the success of each of these efforts. Cuts in mosquito control budgets and increased federal and state regulatory requirements are making it increasingly difficult for control programs to protect the citizenry. "We will all pay the price for complacency," says Conlon, "for we have the means to control these diseases. The question is whether we have the political will." In the meantime, individuals can do their part by eliminating mosquito breeding habitat around their homes and preventing bites through the use of long-sleeve clothing and EPA-registered repellents such as DEET, picaridin, IR3535 and oil of lemon-eucalyptus. ABOUT AMCA: The American Mosquito Control Association is an international, non-profit association of over 1,700 scientists and mosquito control professionals from 52 countries dedicated to enhancing health and quality of life through the suppression of mosquitoes and other vectors of public health importance. For more information on AMCA visit AMCA Encourages You to Remember the 3 D's to Mosquito Prevention: DUMP and DRAIN: Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes can breed DUSK and DAWN:  Stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active  DEFEND: Prevent mosquito bites by wearing approved insect repellents

  Chicago Chiropractor Teams with Husband to Create Revolutionary Holistic System to Treat Back Pain and Other Ailments

The Tru-Align Body System by Kacelia is an at home system that helps to alleviate back and neck pain and improves posture and alignment by using just 20 minutes a day! Kacelia, a Chicago based health and wellness company, has launched the Tru-Align body system--a revolutionary, self-care treatment system that is clinically proven to alleviate back and neck pain and other bodily ailments as well as improve overall posture and using for only 20 minutes a day.  Kacelia Co-Founders, renown Chicago chiropractor, Dr. Evelyn Haworth and her husband Kelly Haworth created the Tru-Align System after Dr. Haworth realized that many of her patients needed a treatment that went beyond her office, something they could have on hand at home or while they traveled. "I was inspired, I wanted to create a system to help people," said Dr. Haworth.  "It can be life changing as so many people live with pain and the Tru-Align System can ease this pain." In America , it's expected that over 31 million people have suffered from back pain at one time or another. Kacelia's Tru-Align Body System works safely and naturally to decompress and reshape muscles and tissue in the comfort of one's home. With just 20 minutes of use per day, users will immediately see and feel the difference. The Tru-Align Body System helps relieve pain and improve posture, flexibility, and spinal alignment ranging from the groin all the way up to the neck and jaw. By targeting key points along the body, it creates a stable platform for gravity to gently yet effectively do its job. It all starts by mapping out the individual's body shape and setting the pads in the correct positions. When lying on these pads face down the sacroiliac, spinal, shoulder, and TMJ joints are allowed to relax and find their natural shape. From headaches and pinched nerves to sciatica and pregnancy discomforts, Kacelia has been clinically proven to bring relief to men and women of all ages. With consistent use it can improve overall wellness and diminish debilitating chronic pain--truly changing ones life. Launched in 2012, Kacelia is a health and wellness company developing quality strength and healing solutions to maximize whole body health. Kacelia is focused on creating a resource that everyone, everywhere can utilize to develop strength, stability, and relief in their daily lives. For the past 30 years Dr. Haworth has worked as a hands on chiropractor, and is now excited to offer those she can't help in person with a holistic option for treating their pain at home. Each product is engineered under the supervision of healthcare professionals and composed of quality medical grade materials assembled in the USA . For samples or additional information, please visit or  Contact Contact:  Nicki Thomas Veteran PR  p. 708-733-0728  e.  Viewpoint – Budgetary and Fiscal Performance: Quebec among the Most Improved Provinces Youri Chassin For several decades, Quebec has been one of the Canadian provinces in which public spending, the tax burden, and the debt level are the highest. One of the Quebec government's main challenges is therefore to reverse these three trends in order to improve the dynamism of the province's economy and to allow the population's standard of living to rise. How does Quebec 's current government compare with the other provincial governments in achieving these goals?

US has 'sexually transmitted' Zika case

A rare case of the Zika virus - linked to thousands of brain defects in babies in the Americas - being sexually transmitted has been reported in Texas .

Blood samples being analysed in Guatemala City

A rare case of the Zika virus being transmitted through sex, not a mosquito bite, has been reported in the US . A patient infected in Dallas , Texas , is likely to have been infected by sexual contact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) told the BBC. The person had not travelled to infected areas but their partner had returned from Venezuela . Zika is carried by mosquitoes and has been linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains. It is spreading through the Americas and the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease linked to the virus a global public health emergency. Video US case transmitted sexually  First two Irish Zika cases confirmed   Video How Zika virus took hold   Race to understand Zika baby risk

Mosquito Experts Meet in Savannah

Georgia to Discuss West Nile Virus and Mosquito Control in the U.S. Savannah, GA – January 29, 2016— Mosquito and vector control experts from across the globe will convene in Savannah from 7 -11 February to share and exchange research and information about the rapidly changing vector-borne disease landscape in the U.S. and worldwide. Nearly a thousand scientists, academics, field specialists, and administrators representing local, national and international public health agencies will meet for a five-day conference focused on West Nile Virus control and emerging disease risks, climate change and its affects on vector and disease abundance, and the impacts of global travel on disease migration. The annual conference will bring together public health professionals from a wide range of disciplines and geographic locations, facilitating the exchange of research findings, field methodologies, and communication strategies through a multitude of educational and scientific symposia and workshops. Symposia also focus on innovative field operations programs, new pesticide formulations and their proper use, environmental sustainability, Best Management Practices, and legislative analyses of regulatory initiatives affecting the mosquito and vector control industry. WHAT:          Live interview opportunities with experts, scientists, and academics on insects, mosquito control, mosquito-borne disease, and containment strategies from throughout the United States . Photo opportunities with conference attendees, vector control equipment and displays, industry professionals, notable public health speakers, poster displays and outreach education at Esther F. Garrison School of Visual and Performing Arts on Tuesday, February 9th. Potential story angles on how the public can help control mosquitoes and emerging disease threats WHEN:          February 6-11, 2016 WHERE:       Interviews and visuals available Savannah International Trade and Convention Center AMCA Encourages You to Remember the 3 D's to Mosquito Prevention: DUMP and DRAIN: Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes can breed DUSK and DAWN:  Stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active DEFEND: Prevent mosquito bites by wearing approved insect repellents ABOUT AMCA: The American Mosquito Control Association is an international, non-profit association of over 1,700 scientists and mosquito control professionals from 52 countries dedicated to enhancing health and quality of life through the suppression of mosquitoes and other vectors of public health importance. Contact: Joseph Conlon 904-874-0734

Battling the winter blues and seasonal affective disorder with vitamin D

  TORONTO Canada ’s long, dark winter brings with it the blahs and symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) for many, however a Canadian doctor is looking to the sunshine vitamin to aid those suffering. Seasonal depression and SAD is a mental condition that develops in some individuals who do not receive enough natural light.  Shorter winter days makes Canadians more at risk of the disorder, which can lead to symptoms of decreased energy to difficulty concentrating to feelings of anxiety and despair, among others. According to Dr. Samantha Kimball, Scientific Advisor for the Vitamin D Society, vitamin D levels change when the seasons do and low times of vitamin D match periods of depression in SAD patients. In her research she has found that increasing vitamin D intake can help reduce the symptoms of patients suffering from SAD. “SAD is a complex disorder for which there are many contributing factors, however biological evidence suggests that vitamin D can help fight the symptoms in several ways,” said Dr. Kimball. “Vitamin D, which is naturally generated in the body by sunlight and can be replenished through supplements, or artificial UVB, modulates the immune system and reduces inflammation, which is related with depression.” In some individuals, vitamin D can help prevent the symptoms of SAD and the winter blues by keeping your body and mind in better shape. In addition to helping the immune system, vitamin D can also positively affectmood by influencing areas of the brain where happiness and other moods are regulated. Vitamin D also helps regulate the body’s circadian rhythm, assisting with better sleep patterns. For Canadians looking to decrease their chances of developing SAD, Dr. Kimball, and the Vitamin D Society recommend reaching an optimal blood level of vitamin D between 100-150 nmol/L.  This may require daily supplementation of 4,000 IU or more for adults. The Canadian Mental Health Association reports that up to three percent of Canadians may suffer from SAD and shift workers and urban dwellers who may experience reduced levels of exposure to daylight in theirwork environments may be at a higher risk. Dr. Kimball however does warn that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution to combating SAD with just vitamin D. “While low vitamin D levels have been reported for people with depression and vitamin D has been demonstrated to reduce the symptoms of SAD, due to the complexity of SAD etiology, not everyone will respond to vitamin D treatment,” said Dr. Kimball. The Vitamin D Society urges all Canadians to have their vitamin D levels checked by their physicians through a simple blood test toensure they aren’t deficient. Get your test score and compare to the level scientists recommend. To learn more about vitamin D please visit About the Vitamin D Society: The Vitamin D Society is a Canadian non-profit group organized to increase awareness of the many health conditions strongly linked to vitamin D deficiency; encourage people to be proactive in protecting their health and have their vitamin D levels tested annually; and help fund valuable vitamin D research. The Vitamin D Society recommends people achieve and maintain optimal 25(OH)D blood levels between 100 – 150 nmol/L (Can) or 40-60 ng/ml ( USA ).

The privatization of medically required care in Canada is a myth

Montreal , December 15, 2015 – Contrary to what certain commentators declare, we are not witnessing the gradual privatization of health care funding in Canada . An Economic Note published today by the MEI demonstrates that this is a myth, at least when it comes to medically required care, which forms the core of our health care system. While private spending as a share of total health care spending went from 25% in the mid-1980s to 29% in 2013, this is essentially due to an increase in private spending on care that is peripheral to the health care system. This includes among others dental care, eye care, and care provided by professionals like psychologists and physiotherapists, which governments do not consider to be medically required.  The share of private funding is not increasing at all for care provided in hospitals and in doctors' offices. This care remains firmly in the grip of the public monopoly in Canada , and the proportion of private spending in this core area has remained unchanged since the mid-1980s. "Medical and hospital services provided to Canadian patients are in fact practically 100% financed by the public sector, and this situation has not changed in three decades," says Yanick Labrie, author of the publication. When compared to health care spending in other countries, it becomes obvious that Canada is the odd one out in so severely restricting private financing for care that is considered medically required. For example, around 20% of hospital care is privately financed in Switzerland and Belgium , and nearly 30% in Australia . These are mixed health care systems where no citizen is excluded from universal insurance coverage. The greater participation of the private sector in other countries is also evident in the provision of care, points out Mr. Labrie. In most countries, patients can choose to be treated in public or private hospitals. This is not the case in Canada , where 99% of hospitals are public. "Every other OECD country provides more hospital services through the private sector than Canada —even those where private funding is only a small proportion of total funding," says the author. "By fostering confusion about the distribution of public and private health care funding, those who support the status quo obscure a basic fact that is at the root of our structural waiting list problem, namely the lack of competition and patient choice in our public health care system," says Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President and CEO of the MEI. "It is crucial to set the record straight in this regard if we want to correctly diagnose the problem and apply the right remedies," he adds. "Yet the care provided in hospitals and doctors' offices remains in the grip of a government monopoly, contrary to other industrialized countries, with the predictable consequences for patients that we observe each day." The Economic Note entitled "Setting the Record Straight on Health Care Funding in Canada " was prepared by Yanick Labrie, Economist at the MEI. This publication is available on our website. The Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit research and educational organization. Through its studies and its conferences, the MEI stimulates debate on public policies in Quebec and across Canada by proposing wealth-creating reforms based on market mechanisms.   Setting the Record Straight on Health Care Funding in Canada  Yanick Labrie - Is the responsibility for financing health care services being increasingly entrusted to private actors? Is there more private sector funding of care here than in Europe , as some maintain? Contrary to what certain commentators declare, we are not witnessing the gradual privatization of health care funding in Canada . This Economic Note demonstrates that this is a myth, at least when it comes to medically required care, which forms the core of our health care system.  For a Universal and Efficient Health Care System   Jasmin Guénette - Despite numerous superficial reforms and a growing budget, health care systems in Canada still do not live up to expectations. As part of the MEI's health care research program, its Vice President, Mr. Jasmin Guénette, met with medical doctors and policy experts in order to better understand which reforms are likely to make our health care systems more efficient, without jeopardizing the universality of care.  To tax or not to tax online purchases  by Mathieu Bédard   This Is How Police Services Can Do More With Less  by Michel Kelly-Gagnon   Quand les écologistes ont tort   by Jasmin Guénette

The Art of Solace - Fifteen Tips for Pushing through the Discomfort and Truly Connecting with a Chronically Ill Person
Few of us know how to act around a very sick person. And yet, what we say (and don’t say) makes a huge impact. Here are some practical skills for caregivers, family members, and anyone else who wants to make a meaningful difference in a very difficult time. By Walter St. John, Ed.D. 

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When it Comes to Time Management, It's All About Energy

By Brady Wilson - Many times, I've seen business leaders send their employees off on time management courses in the hopes that the training will help increase engagement and productivity. Many times, I've seen those same leaders show bewilderment when the training doesn't seem to have any impact—or worse yet, results in employees being less engaged and less productive. Why is this happening? Traditionally, organizations have believed that, to create higher-performing workplaces, employees must: Be more committed and dedicated to the cause; Stay later and come in earlier; and Make more of an effort—that is, "try harder" (such as by learning new skills). In other words, organizations seem to think that sheer determination is the key to helping employees perform their absolute best. Now, I'm not going to lie: time management courses can be helpful. But when a person is depleted of energy, all the skills and know-how in the world won't be able to help them, especially when it comes to managing their time. That's because wherever you see high performance, you will see the efficient management of energy.  February is National Time Management Month. And it's time that business leaders start looking at time management differently—through the lens of brain science.

Let your flowers speak for themselves

Put a colour to your relationship this Valentine’s Day

  TORONTO , Ont. —Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to show your lover, family or friend just how special they are. Flowers have a long history of being the ideal gift whether you are celebrating 30 years of marriage, have just started to date someone or want to show your friend you appreciate them. “The beauty of flowers as a Valentine’s Day gift is that they can easily be personalized depending on how you want to make someone feel” said Dejan Kristan, Marketing Director at Flowers Canada ( Ontario ). “You want to send out the right message to your Valentine, whether it is ‘I love you’, ‘I care for you’, or simply—‘you are a great friend’”. Dejan offers insight into the meaning of flower colours: Red: Undoubtedly the colour of passion. Giving out a red flower arrangement will communicate your strong and powerful love. With a colour the same as the heart, red means seduction, desire and passion. Try red roses, red gerbera daisies, or red tulips. Pink: A colour of innocence and sensitivity, but also very romantic. Although red flowers mean love and passion, pink flowers can show your gentle, yet deep love for someone. Pink flowers can also indicate appreciation, joy and happiness. Try pink ranunculus, calla lilies, or potted azaleas. Yellow: The colour of harmony, trust and kindness— a great middle ground between friendship and love. Yellow flowers have grown increasingly popular in the work place and at social and family gatherings. These convey meanings of sympathy, thoughtfulness and friend-like love. Try daffodils, yellow tulips, chrysanthemums, or potted begonias. Orange : Symbolic for growth, enthusiasm and warmth—orange is the colour of friendship and community. Orange flowers send feelings of happiness and joy, with a hint of adventure and spontaneity.  Just like a beautiful sunset, these flowers can also convey a message of fiery passion and intense desire. Try orange parrot tulips, gerberas, or Asiatic lilies. Green: This colour will send wishes of good fortune and harmony. Green is the colour of health, youth and prosperity. By giving this flower, you are telling your friend or loved one that you’d like your relationship to grow and continue to do well. Try an arrangement with lots of green ball chrysanthemums, or give a lucky houseplant such as jade or pachira. Purple: A royal colour which often means fascination and respect. Purple flowers show a very romantic gesture as they carry with them feelings of elegance and charm. These can express feelings of love at first sight and say ‘I admire and adore you’. Try purple iris, campanula, or an elegant potted orchid. Blue: Blue means serenity, intimacy and deep trust. Blue flowers are often used by long-term couples to communicate their never-ending love, trust and loyalty in a relationship. Try soft blue hydrangeas, or a bouquet of delphinium and muscari. White: The colour of purity, innocence, sympathy and humility. This flower will show your friend or loved one that you are thinking about them. While it does convey messages of purity and innocence, this colour also means new beginnings. If given to a long-term partner, they show you want to move forward and think about marriage. Try white daisies, roses or gardenias. “Flowers are known for having their own language” added Dejan. “It is important to keep these meanings in mind so that your flowers communicate exactly what you intend. One bouquet will tell a passionate love story, while the other will be the tale of a never-ending friendship.” For more information, please visit Follow @pickOntario on Twitter and Instagram, and like them on Facebook. About PickOntario Pick Ontario is a comprehensive marketing communications campaign developed by Flowers Canada ( Ontario ) Ltd. to raise awareness, interest and demand for Ontario-grown cut flowers and potted plants. Launched at the Grocery Innovations Tradeshow in October 2007, the fully integrated strategy includes PR, media relations and outdoor advertising initiatives intended to promote the reasons why consumers and retailers should Pick Ontario. When you Pick Ontario, you are supporting the more than 200 greenhouse farmers who employ over 7,000 people in our province. The growers in Ontario work hard to produce quality flowers and are always looking for latest trends in technology and growing techniques. This is all done to produce the best flowers possible

Signs Of Life, Love And Other Miracles: A Moving Tale Of Love Lost And Found

Bainbridge Island, WA, February 4, 2016 - Similar to the bestselling Eat, Pray, Love, Stephanie Kirz pens an emotional tale of the love she lost when her husband unexpectedly passed away and how she found him again in special moments throughout the world.  She documents her 5-year journey in Signs of Life, Love and Other Miracles (White Dog Press). When a 30-plus year marriage is shattered by tragedy, something compels author Stephanie Kirz to pack her bags and embark on a mysterious journey to faraway places that changes her life and fulfills her destiny, but not without a few bumps in the road. A travel writer and now a widow, she visited five countries searching for a sign, any sign of life from her late husband, and unexpectedly discovers death is not the end. His presence and enduring love were marked by reoccurring miracles placed in her path. As she wandered heartbroken through
Egypt , Thailand , Wales , Mexico and Italy , she found solace in the traditions of ancient cultures that celebrate the life of someone that has passed away, not mourn their death. Her unrelenting quest to find answers led her to surprising knowledge of cultures rich in honoring, and connecting with the deceased, which she shares in this book. Realizing she was not alone in feeling or sensing that her husband was still with her in spirit, she found many others who shared her secret. Friends, neighbors, and complete strangers contributed enlightening stories about seeing or sensing a sign of life from a loved one who had passed on. These inspiring accounts from the author as well as those people she met on her path offer insight into how to stay open to these miraculous signs of life, and hope that there is a way to reach into the hearts of lost loved ones on the other side and connect gloriously into the unknown. "Signs of Life, Love, and Other Miracles offers heartwarming, inspirational words to heal a grieving heart,"  comments Kirz.  "My story is a love story about lost love and found love in the most unusual places." About the Author After a successful thirty-five year, award-winning career in advertising and public relations, Stephanie started a small publishing company, White Dog Press, Ltd. with five books currently in print.  Avid cyclists, she and her late husband pedaled 4000 miles across America , through China , Bali , Scotland , Ireland , Italy , France , Sicily and Costa Rica . Stephanie wrote travel articles and her husband, a photographer, provided photos for the articles that ran in such publications as The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, France Magazine and more. Stephanie makes her home on the west coast and continues to travel throughout the world. Now a practicing couch potato, she is working on her next book, MORE Signs of Life, Love, and Other Miracles. For more information about Stephanie, visit her website at or follow her on Facebook. Signs of Life, Love and Other Miracles by Stephanie Kirz White Dog Press available at the author's website and at ISBN: 978-0974102764

Celebrity Attorney Mark Geragos Joins National Family Law Trial Institute Faculty, Offering Advanced Cross-Examination Expertise

Houston, TX, February 3, 2016 – The National Family Law Trial Institute in Houston, Texas, today announced celebrity attorney Mark Geragos, will join its faculty in May 2016.  Geragos will teach Advanced Cross-Examination (May 21 - 22, and again on
May 23 - 24, 2016 ). The course will be limited to 8 attendees per class and all other enrollees will be placed on a wait list for 2017. Geragos' client list is composed of America 's rich and famous.  Career highlights include: 1) King of Pop, Michael Jackson's molestation case, 2) Academy Award-nominated actress Winona Ryder's theft charges, 3) Scott Peterson's death penalty case, and 4) the Susan McDougal Whitewater case.  In addition, Geragos represented politician Gary Condit, NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield, and Chris Brown when he was charged with assaulting then-girlfriend and award-winning singer Rihanna.   An Armenian-American criminal defense lawyer, Geragos received his bachelor's degree from Haverford College , double majoring in anthropology and sociology.  He received his Juris Doctor (JD) from Loyola Law School and was admitted to the State Bar in California in 1983.  Geragos is currently the managing partner at The Law Offices of Geragos.  The firm handles criminal defense and civil litigation. The National Family Law Trial Institute in Houston , Texas offers a unique family law academic learning environment. The institute utilizes sophisticated fact patterns and state of the art technology, along with its time-tested "learn by repetition" teaching format. This methodology offers attendees the litigation skills and techniques that will sharpen their advocacy skills and enhance their family law litigation practice. Students of the institute benefit from the extensive trial experience, scholarship and teaching excellence of the faculty.
Visit and for more information.  Mistrial: An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works ... and Sometimes Doesn't   By Mark Geragos   Publisher:  Avery   Available at    ISBN-13:  978-1592408443

Becoming A Sage: Discovering Life's Lessons, One Story at a Time

by Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse - If you hate knowledge, then close your eyes to this wisdom  "Courageous, transparent, and insightful. Here is a memoir of a different and delightful sort.  From an early onset storyteller through challenges, successes, and failures, Sharon emerges as an elder who is aging consciously and positively—an authentic sage. Reading Sharon's memoir is like sitting with her, sipping tea, and being in  the presence of incarnate wisdom  and inspiration."
 –Jack Williamson, chaplain, Colonel, USAF (Ret), co-facilitator, Boulder, Colorado, chapter of Sage-ing International Boulder, CO, February 2, 2016 - The force is with Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse in her latest book Becoming A Sage: Discovering Life's Lessons, One Story at a Time (HCI Books -- $15.95). As a framework for gaining wisdom, Wegscheider-Cruse reveals the secret elements that give power to becoming a "human 'being' rather than a human 'doing'." "Sages are powerful and wise...Sages take their earned wisdom and manifest it in their outer worlds..." Confined into a two-part book, Wegscheider-Cruse generously offers lessons she has learned from her personal experiences from the early years to the golden years and ends with a finishing touch on the essentials of being a sage. This book is purposed to encourage everyone to reflect their own experiences, write them down and rather than ignoring them, share them over and over again. Becoming A Sage is a blueprint for the world to share their experiences. "When we have meetings of sages, imagine the wisdom shared!"  In part one, Wegscheider-Cruse shares short, clipped memories of her own life journey—"the deep lows, the soaring highs, the mundane and the magnificent." In a cozy storytelling manner, she builds a relationship with her readers as if they were her very own child. Each short story is accompanied with the lesson she learned from that moment in her life. "Transformation is the path to becoming a sage... We are never finished products; each time we add new learning to what we know, we become wiser...It is important that our stories do not wither and die with us." Part two briefly and concisely defines what a sage is and how to become one. With nurturing precision, each sentence in part two offers clarity on how an individual fulfills their life's purpose. "Experience. Glean wisdom. Transform. Change... We transform as we fully experience life."  Highlights from the book of Sage qualities include:  •    Think clearly. They are not overwhelmed or scattered.   •    Work out problems. They don't stay stuck or confused.  •    Make decisions. They don't procrastinate or waver.  •    Make things happen. They know someday is now.  •    Influence events. They are leaders rather that followers.  •    Win the respect of others. They don't demand it.  •    Take charge of a situation. They don't wait needlessly.  •    Have a vision and carry it out. They don't accept current circumstances.  •    Be a force that unifies. They are creators, not destroyers. The short stories, the lessons learned and the wisdom given in Becoming A Sage helps the reader to find tranquility as they examine their own life. This is a book to pay attention to for many generations to come, as wisdom is always timeless. This book will never leave the reader's bookshelf, and just might have sitting next to it a collection of the reader's own short stories and life lessons. About the Author: Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse is the founding Chairperson of the National Association of Children of Alcoholics, and founder of Onsite Workshops. She has brought hope and healing to millions as an author, counselor, trainer, consultant, and lecturer.  She has written 18 books translated into 13 languages, and broke ground and fostered a movement with her works, Another Chance: Hope and Health for the Alcoholic Family and Learning to Love Yourself.
Sharon has traveled the world and developed programs in the United States , Europe , Australia , and Canada , and has appeared on The Phil Donahue Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and The Larry King Show, as well as in multiple media events.  Available wherever books are sold or to order directly from the publisher, contact: or (800) 441-5569  Becoming a Sage: Discovering Life's Lessons, One Story at a Time  ISBN: 978-0-7573-1904-4   $15.95   February 2016  

Bestselling Author Jeffrey S. Stephens Sends CIA Agent Jordan Sandor on a Rogue Mission

New York, NY, January 28, 2016 — In the newest thriller by bestselling author Jeffrey S. Stephens, CIA agent Jordan Sandor is on a mission that blends non-stop suspense, intrigue and danger. Rogue
Mission (Post Hill Press, April 26, 2016 ) takes readers on a mission more complex and with more at stake for Sandor than any he has ever faced. From Bermuda to the United Kingdom , from France to the deserts of Iraq , Jordan must face down villains both known and unknown, recognized and hidden, as he struggles to prevent the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent people. Needing help as never before, Sandor calls upon his usual group of talented associates, as well as top CIA analyst Beth Sharrow, a former lover still willing to risk her life and career to help Sandor. The action begins on the first page and does not end until the explosive climax. About the Author Jeffrey S. Stephens is the author of the Jordan Sandor series, which also includes Targets of Deception, Targets of Opportunity and Targets of Revenge. A native of the Bronx , Stephens now lives with his wife Nancy in Greenwich , Connecticut where they raised their two sons, Graham and Trevor. Rogue Mission : A Jordan Sandor Thriller By Jeffrey S. Stephens On sale April 26, 2016 Post Hill Press Hardcover $26.00 ISBN: 9781618688132

Nonprofit Looking For Girls With Burn/Trauma Scars For Healing, Holistic Retreat

Encinitas, CA, January 26, 2016 – From house fires to science experiments, car accidents and even abuse, the pain never stops for girls with severe burns or disfiguring trauma. For years after they leave the hospital, the staring, name-calling, teasing, and unwanted questions from their peers create a sort of living hell. Each summer, adolescent girls struggling with this unfortunate reality can attend a special retreat designed to inspire and nurture them to process their injuries and losses and reach their fullest potential. Angel Faces®, the California-based nonprofit that organizes and runs these retreats, is trying to get the word out around the country so more girls get the opportunity to attend. This year's retreat will be held June 20-26 in
Wolfeboro , New Hampshire . Applications are posted online at The application deadline is March 15, 2016 .  Since 2003, Angel Faces, based in Encinitas, has offered holistic retreats focusing on the psychosocial needs of injured girls. Angel Faces was the first organization to offer this kind of healing retreat, which differs significantly from burn camps. The weeklong retreat is free to participants – donors to Angel Faces pay the $4,500 per girl expenses.
Angel Faces' founder, Lesia Cartelli, was herself burned severely in a gas explosion at age nine. She spent over 20 years developing and directing after-care programs for burn-injured children and adults before launching Angel Faces. Her life experiences are retold in her book, Heart of Fire: An Intimate Journey of Pain, Love and Healing. "We take girls who hurt inside and out, who may be in a spiral of self-pity, anger and depression, and we teach them to get out of the spiral by embracing the pain as a blessing," Cartelli said. "We show them how tragedy can wake us to life's richness, how it touches our heart and our soul on many levels." The so-called Level I retreat is for girls 12-18. Its curriculum teaches girls how to improve their self-image and increase self-confidence while embracing their trauma and related disfigurement. Licensed therapists lead sessions on trauma and loss issues, followed by activities that facilitate emotional healing through verbal expression, journaling and art therapy. The girls attend sessions on how to handle stares, teasing and unwanted questions, and do goal-setting exercises. They also receive professional instruction for applying corrective cosmetics and experience therapeutic massage and facials that help them connect with and embrace their body, for perhaps the first time. Starting this year, participants in the Level I retreat will be required to commit to participating in a year-long, online after-care program, called 'Angels in Flight,' which reinforces and builds skills learned and friendships made during the retreat. Angel Faces' mission is to provide healing retreats and ongoing support of adolescent girls and young women with burn/trauma injuries to achieve their optimum potential and develop meaningful relationships for themselves, their families, and their communities. Its board includes medical professionals such as Dr. Michael Murphy,
Boston ; Dr. Melanie Palm, Solana Beach , CA ; and Dr. Jill Waibel, Miami . Angel Faces is a 501(c) (3) non-profit, Federal Tax ID # 20-5718594. Available on and all online outlets Heart of Fire: An Intimate Journey of Pain, Love and Healing  Carlyle Publishing  ASIN: B00RWQVVS0  ASIN: B00ONCYB7E

Life Through Lasagna Eyes: The Recipes for Life and Finding Joy and Laughter After Tragedy   

Chicago , IL , January 20, 2016 – When life throws you lemons, make something delicious. Samantha Kendall, author of Life Through Lasagna Eyes: The Recipes for Life, uses her own journey of how she rebounded from heartbreak and tragedy to help others find their passion.  The book – vibrant, heartfelt, and hilarious – features recipes to live by as Sam shares her pain and humor. "Life is like lasagna – layers and layers," says Kendall .  "The layers are filled with love, humor, joy, laughter, and tears ... each serving its purpose in the recipes of life." Meet Samantha Kendall, a.k.a. the "Lasagna Lady" of Chicago and founder of Sam's Gourmet Lasagna.  Kendall 's passion for keeping her family healthy resulted in a variety of recipes using the same layering technique of her children's favorite meal – lasagna.  Now the "Lasagna Lady" takes layering her family's favorite ingredients to a new level in the first of her Life Through Lasagna Eyes book series. In addition to being a talented chef, entrepreneur, and author, Kendall is also a motivational speaker. Visit for more information.  Life Through Lasagna Eyes: The Recipes for Life By Samantha A. Kendall PIAOTT Publishing Available at   ISBN-13:  978-0692599037

The Marijuana Project: Exposing The Facts Of A Growing Industry And Its Consequences

New York, NY, January 5, 2016 – The inspiration for Brian Laslow's fiction-based-on-fact story, The Marijuana Project (SDS Publishing), came from his own turbulent experiences while working with a brand new medical marijuana production facility in the northeast, and a successful 25-year career as an expert in the field of security. Sam Burnett, a savvy security expert, is hiding in the catwalk of a medical marijuana production facility he has been hired to protect, caught in a surveillance plan he never thought he'd face. In fact, Sam doesn't even approve of marijuana and wonders why he's still working there. He is not alone with this conflict. The FDA still lists marijuana in schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, the DEA's most restrictive level. They cite marijuana's high potential for abuse, that it's not accepted medical use for treatment, and lacks proper safety measures under medical supervision. This position is at odds with many groups advocating for its legalization, both for medical purposes and recreational use. Since 2900 B.C., when the Chinese referred to cannabis as a medicine possessing both yin and yang, the pros and cons of medical marijuana have stymied private citizens as well as state and federal agencies. With 23 states legalizing at least limited use of medical marijuana, the controversy continues over its status as a gateway drug, posing ethical dilemmas for doctors, government officials and security professionals who must protect it from a variety of internal and external threats. This is how Brian Laslow entered the picture in 2001 as the owner of a security consulting firm specializing in risk assessment, system design, and project management services for electronic security and operational security management. Inspired by his findings inside the medical marijuana industry, Brian wrote The Marijuana Project, a fiction-based-on-fact account of his tempestuous experience while working with the new production facility in the northeast. The story follows Sam Burnett, a conservative and highly principled family man who constantly travels the country as a greatly sought after security expert. While looking to spend more time at home with his children, he is approached by a consortium looking to open a medical marijuana production facility nearby. Sam accepts their offer, and over the next two years, while designing, implementing and operating their entire security program, he finds himself facing one moral conflict after another. Does Sam favor using medical marijuana to relieve a variety of physical symptoms, easing anxiety and providing pleasure? Or does he see it as an invitation to more serious drug use, mental instability and irresponsible, even dangerous, behavior?  You could call it a security expert's journey through the ethical weeds. At first, Sam realizes that whether he approves of it or not, medical marijuana needs to be protected from ending up in the wrong hands and that taking the job means he can be home much more than before. But even what Sam learns about medical marijuana–that it can help people suffering from a variety of ailments–is at odds with his religious upbringing and his own conservative views about drug use, legal or otherwise. When his son's best friend is killed in a car accident caused by a driver under the influence of medical marijuana, Sam reaches his breaking point. He ends up taking matters into his own hands, which leads to a potentially dangerous confrontation with his employers and a group of unknown provocateurs. In the end, he must decide if he can personally continue to participate in the protection and perpetuation of this industry.
Sam Burnett's dilemma is indicative of the decision that millions of people in
America are currently struggling to make. His story will resonate with all those struggling to make sense of this changing landscape in our society.
About the Author Brian Laslow (a pen name for obvious reasons) has over 25 years of experience in the security field. He started his career as the owner of a security installation company serving residential and commercial clients. Since 2001, he has been an independent security consultant providing risk assessment, system design, project management, and ongoing security management services for a wide range of commercial, industrial, and government clients. This expert speaker in the field of security has extensive experience with building security programs from the ground up. Brian wrote a successful book on security consulting and speaks frequently on topics relating to physical security, risk assessment, system design, and publishing for consultants.  He holds multiple certifications from the security and consulting fields. The Marijuana Project is fiction-based-on-fact from Laslow's findings in the medical marijuana industry and as a highly respected security expert, both of which lend realism to an already gripping plot. For more information, please visit the website at: The Marijuana Project By Brian Laslow Published by SDS Publishing November 2015
Price: $19.99; 240 pages, paperback ISBN-13: 978-1518805479 ISBN-10: 1518805477

Meditation as a Way of Life: Simplifies The Path To Inner Growth And An Enriched Spiritual Life

"One of the best meditation guides in years. Clear, uncomplicated, inspiring, and straight from the heart of a true expert who's been there. Highly recommended." ~ Larry Dossey, MD, author of Healing Words

Minneapolis, MN, January 4, 2016 - Among primers on meditation, Meditation as a Way of Life: Philosophy and Practice Rooted in the Teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda is unique in that it uses the universally applicable teachings of Indian yogi Paramahansa Yogananda to guide readers who treasure inner growth and are looking for reliable direction for how to achieve it in an authentic and sustainable way, offering specific, time-tested principles and how-to exercises for cultivating the mental, physical and spiritual aspects of a meditation-based spiritual life from a classical yogic perspective. Rev. Alan L. Pritz, a disciple of Yogananda, distills the teachings of many other spiritual traditions and religions, including Christianity, into an interfaith perspective that will appeal to all seekers of the Divine. Specific elements include foundations of spiritual practice; benefits of energy-building exercises, affirmations, and healthy lifestyle regimens; instructions in mantra practice and inner-sound meditation; techniques for effective prayer, and guidelines to measure inner practice. Throughout the narrative, Rev. Pritz adds touching and sometimes humorous personal stories, speaking to the reader authentically as a fellow practitioner rather than a master or guru.  He concludes the book with an appendix that contains a discussion about the differences and similarities between spirituality and religion. The accessible narrative and universal themes in Meditation as a Way of Life make it enjoyable to read and life-enhancing to apply. Rev. Alan Pritz is an Interfaith Minister, meditation teacher, spiritual counselor/life coach and consultant who's trained in and taught inner sciences for over 40 years. Inspired by the universally applicable teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, Rev. Alan helps individuals and organizations address spiritual growth or work/life issues from a higher perspective framework. For more information about his activities visit: Available on at:  Meditation as a Way of Life: Philosophy and Practice  Rooted in the Teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda  By Alan L. Pritz  Published by Quest Books  ISBN 978-0-8356-0928-9 $17.95 paperback/288 pages

Fire Starters and Rain Crusaders

Following the Global Footsteps of Evangelist Stephen Evans Where Nothing is Impossible and Miracles are Real

Fort Worth, TX, December 23, 2015 – The numbers are astounding. Imagine reaching nearly 70 countries in person through a crusade of a lifetime! Imagine 27 Gospel campaigns during a 10-year timespan. This is the personal journey of evangelist Stephen Evans. Evans chronicles his amazing crusade and mass evangelism from
Africa and across Central America in his new release, Fire Starters and Rain Crusaders: A Fire Was Started That No Rain Can Quench (Light of Life International).
Evans relays his message that a Holy Spirit flame is ready to ignite, pushing believers from their ordinary routine to one that is full of bold faith and open doors. "It's a place where nothing is impossible and miracles are real," says Evans.  Fire Starters and Rain Crusaders is filled with example after example of where believing in the impossible lead to God revealing himself in extraordinary ways. "Our journey across Latin America has touched hearts by providing food, footwear and stuffed animals for children and families in need," says Evans.  "It's the very same compassion the Lord shows each one of us and that impacts the hearts of people, families or even nations."   Stephen Evans and his wife, Alisa, founded Light of Life International (LOLI) in 2004 after spending years preaching the Gospel and sharing the love of Jesus in orphanages, war hospitals and underground churches.  Their message of salvation has been heard in front of castles, inside soccer stadiums and even on abandoned airfields. Their passion about the Gospel of Jesus Christ is at the heart of everything they do. They compassionately address and provide for the needs of the poor, shining the light of God's love to those in need.  For more information, please visit Fire Starters and Rain Crusaders: A Fire Was Started That No Rain Can Quench  By Stephen Evans  Published by Life of Light International   Available at    ISBN-13:  978-0996113809

5 Keys to Managing the Emotional Roller Coaster through the Holidays

'Tis the season to be jolly, yet more often than not, we find ourselves in less than high spirits when the holiday season hits. Whether it's because old family tensions reach a boiling point in the run-up to the all-important event, or because the lack of daylight is getting to us in the colder climates, it's important to realize we are not the only ones having a hard time emotionally during this time of year. In fact, many people are. Here is what you can do to navigate the emotional roller coaster through the holiday season and still enjoy the ride.

1.    Let go of your concept of how it should be. This is probably not what you want to hear and it can be hard to do, but it always works. One of the reasons why stress runs high during this time is because we tend to be overburdened by images of perfect holiday settings. We want it all – the perfect outfit, the perfect dinner, the perfect family, the perfect decoration, the perfect gift for each and everyone. While it's good to care about making it a great event for everyone, when we set the mark too high, we can ruin it for ourselves and those we love. When you find yourself getting stressed out, check for what gives you joy during this time and let go of everything else. It's probably more simple than you think. Less is more here. Yes, it is. Go through those long lists you have in your head or on paper of everyone and everything you should be thinking about and doing something for and, one by one.  Cross out anything that is not essential. Meet less people. Buy less gifts but put more care into them. Make less food but make it good. Throw a less-than-perfect-party but be a relaxed host. Don't throw a party at all, if it stresses you. Make it a cup of tea with friends and see where it goes. 3.   Check what your real needs are. Sounds obvious, but many of us get caught up with taking care of everyone else's needs during this time of year that we forget to slow down and check what our own needs are. The result can be that we get trapped in fulfilling each other's presumed expectations, yet nobody gets what they need or want in the end. It can be tough to be honest about what we find when we take that space to breathe and check in with ourselves. Yet if you step up and speak out about what you need – whether it is time alone, a massage, a pillow fight, a silly game or a hug ­– you give other people permission to do the same. 4.   Feel what you are feeling. One of the big emotional holiday traps is that the pressure is so high to be happy. Yet, with daylight being scarce, family members often traveling long distances to spend this time together and expectations running high, it is normal to  experience less-than-happy-feelings during this time. This is not a problem per se, yet it soon becomes one when we choose to suppress what we are feeling rather than allowing it to just be there. The holidays are about connecting with ourselves and each other. Emotional honesty – feeling what we are feeling and not covering it with what we think we should be feeling – will often go a long way in creating that intimacy we long for. And the best part is: by allowing ourselves to feel whatever it is we are feeling, we soon discover that the joy we are looking for is just around the corner. But it often comes in the company of more challenging feelings, which want to be cherished as well. 5.    Practice Gratitude. At the end of the day, it is not what we have or accomplish that determines how happy we are, but rather what we are grateful for. Yet, being stressed and being grateful don't go too well together. That's why it is important to slow down, especially during the holidays. Practicing gratitude is not about talking yourself into liking what you really don't like. It is about consciously appreciating the good things in life. It's about that first moment in the morning when you wake up and realize you have a warm, cozy, comfortable and safe place to sleep in and saying thank you for that. It is about that moment when you look around the room and realize your friends or family are with you and how good it is to have them, even if they can be annoying, challenging, or stressful. If we miss those little opportunities to say a quiet thank you, the gifts in life and of the holiday season pass by unnoticed. That being said: keep breathing and enjoy the ride! After all, it is also the emotional intensity of the holidays that makes them such a special time of the year. If you keep these five keys on hand, chances are you will be able to enjoy the emotional highs and lows as an opportunity to celebrate life – your life, exactly the way it happens to be this season. Vivian Dittmar grew up on three continents in three different cultures. In doing so, she developed a unique perspective on humans and their interactions. Traveling between first, second, and third-world nations, she was struck by the contrast between people's external wealth and their corresponding life issues. Her experiences led her to pursue a career in the fields of self-help and personal development. Throughout her career, Dittmar has worked in Germany , Indonesia , Australia , Thailand , Costa Rica , Italy , Greece , and Sweden . In Indonesia , she ran her own practice working with clients from all backgrounds. She then returned to Europe and set up the non-profit, Be the Change Foundation for Cultural Change.  The foundation offers educational events to raise awareness about ecological and social justice issues. Dittmar also works as a trainer and coach.  As a coach, she helps small and mid-sized business owners and executives develop their emotional intelligence. She is also the author of three successful books - the first of which has been translated from German into English, Italian, and Spanish. Dittmar currently lives between Germany and Italy and is a mother of two sons. Website: Books are available on and  E-books are also available on Kindle.  Connect with Dittmar on and

After ISIS Strikes In Europe , Day Of Wrath Highlights The Inevitable For Soft Targets In The U.S.

Black Mountain , NC , December 16, 2015 - Military expert, author and historian Dr. William R. Forstchen believes ISIS will soon target schools, interstate highways and churches in the U.S. "Everything they've said they would do, they have achieved," he stated more than a year ago while the current administration was dismissing ISIS as a "J.V. team." "They said they're bringing the war to us, to our children and civilians." This is the terrifying premise of his most recent book, Day of Wrath, which is again drawing significant attention.  A number of security experts and law enforcement officials observe that Day of Wrath is not just a warning but should be viewed literally as a "training scenario," when considering how to protect our schools from a terrorist assault similar to the massacres created by Islamic terrorists in Beslan, Russia in 2004, and Pakistan in 2014. Although it's a work of fiction, the actual threat is critical and highly probable. For that reason Day of Wrath went directly to ebook self-publication. "This story must reach the public immediately and should be used as a platform for debate as to how to respond and stop ISIS ," he explains. A print version is also available now. Forstchen, author of more than forty books, presents a horrifying but likely scenario in Day of Wrath. Forstchen's heart-stopping novella brings home just how vulnerable our infrastructure really is. It is also a story of heroic efforts to save lives, while sounding a wake-up call to American citizens and their government. William R. Forstchen is a New York Times bestselling author and holds a doctoral degree from Purdue University with a specialization in military history and technology. He is a noted expert historian and public speaker and has been interviewed on FOX News, C-SPAN, and Coast to Coast on topics ranging from history to technology and cultural issues, to space technology development, to security threats. Other recent works by Forstchen include One Second After and One Year After, both NYT best sellers examining the potential threat against our nation's electrical infrastructure by means of an EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) attack launched by Iran .  For more information, please visit:   Day of Wrath Available online everywhere in digital and print format including  ISBN: 978-1-62578-153-6

Time for Me

Daily Practice for a Joyful, Peaceful, Purposeful Life By Ruth Fishel with Illustrations by Bonny Van de Kamp

"Ruth has struck gold once again. Her newest book, Time for Me, reads like a gentle invitation to both old readers and new ones alike to grab hold of the idea that change—any change that would be beneficial to make—is always possible.
She lays out the process for making the change in a clear, simple way.   Nothing is too hard when taken in small bites, a week at a time. This  book is sure to be a winner among those folks who have not given  up on the idea that we are never too old to change."  —Karen Casey, author of Each Day a New Beginning and Living Long, Living Passionately  Deerfield Beach, FL, December 14, 2015 ─ Before taking off on an airplane the flight attendant will say, "put your oxygen mask on before you help someone else," as a reminder that you will not be good to anyone else if you are unable to take care of yourself first. In Time for Me: Daily Practice for a Joyful, Peaceful, Purposeful Life (HCI Books—January 2016--$14.95), Ruth Fishel acknowledges the letdown feeling people tend to get when they have high hopes for something, and fail to understand or accept that change usually takes time. The purpose of Time for Me is renewal and re-energizing one's self, in order to reach self-actualization and fulfillment. Ned Bellamy, author of Spiritual Values for Our Time states that Ruth's advice " illustrated and dramatized by hundreds of wonderful stories and quotes from the wisdom tradition, worth collecting and savoring in their own right."  Time for Me is designed for a person to go at their own pace, and take everything one week or longer at a time. The seeds of all human characteristics are within us—good and bad—the ones that grow are the ones we nurture, and that is why the wisdom in Time for Me is designed to be practiced every day. The concept of "change your thoughts, change your life" is not new—in fact, it is a popular concept. Over 2,600 years ago, the Buddha discovered that our thoughts create our feelings. The bestselling author Thich Naht Hahn also teaches the need to change our thinking in order to create a better life, and there are many, many others. This is Ruth's unique approach to applying this principle in order to create new thought patterns and automatic, positive responses. Time for Me is different because it contains wisdom that really works. We have the ability to rewire and create new neural circuits in our brains, and the more we practice something new, the more we can form new neural pathways with each repetition. In time, these new pathways become deeper than the ones made by our old habits and they become automatic. That means, if we were to practice all this week thoughts such as 'I am happy' or 'I am calm,' we would be more apt to return to them when we feel otherwise. Highlights from the book include:  • Time for Me is a personal practice book—not a workbook—laid out in a weekly format to be practiced daily. It features a very simple Three-Step Method: ~    Mindfulness: Only by being aware of our thoughts can we change them. ~    Universal Energy: Call it God, spiritual energy, Higher Power, Buddha energy, Allah, whatever you choose to call a Power greater than yourself that you feel connected to. ~    Power of Our Thoughts: Based on our new scientific understanding of neuroplasticity and neuro-pathways, we have the power to change our thoughts and thought patterns. • Time for Me includes 49 chapters that all begin with the title "Time for"  ~    Time for Peace  ~    Time for Authenticity  ~    Time for Forgiveness  ~    Time for Gratitude  ~    Time for Stillness  ~    Time for Slowing Down   ~    Time for Enlightenment   ~    Time for Friendship  ~    Time for Change     •Time for Me has Eight Empowering Steps to Change   1. Willingness: Look at "Time for" subject of the week.   2. We can pray for the willingness to make this change to whatever we believe is a power greater than ourselves.   3. We need an intention: An intention is very powerful. It is the energy that takes us to our next step. Once we feel this intention, we can move on.
4. We make our commitment: Our intention comes from our head. Our commitment comes from our heart.  5. We can affirm our commitment: We can create an affirmation such as "It feels so good to know that God is giving me all that I need to be a forgiving person."  6. An Action Step: The energy of affirmation pushes us to an action step.  7. Practice: The more the action step is practiced, the more it will become natural. 8. Results: Feeling great and change.  About the Author  Ruth Fishel is an acclaimed author of inspirational books that have sold nearly a million copies, including A Time for Joy, Change Almost Anything in 21 Days, and The Journey Within. As the cofounder and former director of Serenity, Inc., she now teaches, writes and presents workshops and retreats throughout the country, helping people become whole and healthy using the tools of meditation, affirmations, and visualizations. Anda Peterson, author of Walks with Yogi: The Enlightenment Experiment, states that, "Ruth Fishel writes with clarity so that the principles she explains are easily understood. Her concise and lively writing is positive and uplifting!" Please visit her website at: Available wherever books are sold or to order directly from the publisher, contact: or (800) 441-5569 Time for Me: Daily Practice for a Joyful, Peaceful, Purposeful Life Ruth Fishel ISBN: 9780757318863
$14.95 –
January 5, 2016

Bondi Band's Sweat Wicking Fitness Accessories Break the Mold

Whether you are hitting the gym or heading out for a run, Bondi Band's customizable athletic accessories let you sweat it out in style and comfort. Quality materials and the freedom to personalize each piece are just a few of the traits propelling Bondi Band's headbands and armbands into the fitness spotlight. At Bondi Band, their focus is on creating athletic accessories that can handle any activity. Each piece is made in the USA from their patent pending, sweat wicking material known as Bondi Max. This no slip, no drip performance fabric has set them apart from the pack by improving the fit and functionality of their everyday workout necessities. Bondi Band's unisex headbands, which are designed to wick away sweat with a flattering nonslip fit, is the perfect fitness accessory to compliment an active lifestyle. Each one is crafted with a dual layer of their famous fabric. The inside is textured in order to comfortably grip the skin and stay in place, while the exterior is the perfect canvas for personalizing with one's graphic or inspirational saying of choice. These are available in 2", 3", and 4" widths as well as a variety of styles from flat backs to tie backs and twists. Part fashion statement and part fitness essential, their armbands keep things organized and arms sweat free while tackling even the most grueling workout. Utilizing the same Bondi Max material, these armbands have been designed to store large cell phones, iPods, ID cards, and more bounce and slip free. They are available in three different sizes, and are made without zippers, snaps, or clasps to get in the way. As a leader in the custom product marketplace, Bondi Band's headbands and armbands are made to be personalized. From single products to bulk orders, their designs can be printed with logos, sayings, nicknames, and pictures. Hundreds of companies, race groups, and school teams have turned to them as a fun and easy way to rally team spirits and spread their message. Since hand sewing her first headband in 2005, founder Rebecca Buckley has watched Bondi Band grow into a multi-line brand offering fashion forward athletic headwear and accessories to people across the nation. All of its products are made in America with 10% of the profits donated to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston , Massachusetts . For samples or additional information, please visit or contact About Veteran PR: Rooted in the belief that hard work coupled with honesty and integrity is the key to any success, Veteran PR strives to help companies build their brand awareness through strategic and effective Public Relations Campaigns and Social Media Marketing Efforts. Veteran PR launched in 2015 after military veteran, Staff Sergeant Jason Thomas, teamed up with his wife and seasoned PR professional, Nicki Thomas. Together their vision is to help small businesses, especially veteran owned businesses, build their brand awareness with a PR Company business owners can trust. AwesomeBox Makes it Easy to Give Thoughtful Gifts with a Little Help from Your Friends Are you always looking for the perfect gift that surprises, delights and moves your recipient to tears? It's tough finding a gift that shows your recipient how much you cherish them. Now, transform your gift giving with AwesomeBox, an entirely new way to give a truly memorable surprise gift. AwesomeBox helps you create a distinctly personal and unmistakable thoughtful gift. Easily curate personal memories, stories and photos of your loved ones, and package them into an eye-catching one-of-a-kind gift that will have them smiling, crying and laughing. The cool thing about AwesomeBox is that you don't have to create it alone! Invite friends and family across the globe to add messages and photos online to deliver something personal. Fill the gift by "crowdsourcing" the love and respect that surrounds the recipient with memories from others. It's easy to have fun creating and collecting messages and photos that tell your recipient why they are so awesome: Add custom photos, stories and messages online at AwesomeBox These are magically converted into colorfully printed 5.25" x 5.25" cards Cards are placed into elegant memory box that is shipped directly to the awesome recipient AwesomeBox is "social-by-design" and a fun way to see all the photos and messages in a virtual surprise party!  You and the crowd can create a totally unique boxset of custom cards that become a time capsule of favorite cherished memories that can be shared, talked about, laughed and cried over for years. AwesomeBox is the perfect gift for any occasion including birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, capturing school year memories, memorials, and more!   AwesomeBox start at $49 for a 25-card box. Learn more about AwesomeBox by going to or contact Leah Cybulski Senior Public Relations Account Executive ChicExecs Public Relations & Channel Management - CHICAGO ChicBlvd Inc. LLC

Rose and the Wish Thing

Children's Picture Book Shows Children That Sometimes What You're Looking For is Right Outside Your Own Window

Houston, TX, December 9, 2015 – Caroline Magerl's new children's picture book, Rose and the Wish Thing, will surely strike a chord with children, parents and teachers alike.  Moving to a
new city or town, or any change for that matter, can be a daunting task and it's not always easy to adapt.  Rose's story, coupled with beautiful illustrations, shows us that sometimes what we're looking for is right outside our own window.   Rose is a new face in a new street...she looks out of her window but won't step out of her own front door. Instead, she calls for something "small and far away," and a wish thing answers by beginning an epic journey in a tired brown box. When at last the wish thing arrives, Rose ventures out of her front door to find what was always waiting for her there... Meet Caroline Magerl: talented author, artist, illustrator and print-maker. Magerl immigrated to Australia from Germany as a young girl and spent the majority of her childhood at sea on her parents' yacht, sailing the east coast of Australia . This lifestyle accommodated little in the way of possessions, and so she especially treasured the East German picture books gifted to her by her Great Oma; "the two languages of imagery and words whose interplay had a profound impact on me". For more information, please visit Rose and the Wish Thing: A Journey of Friendship  By Caroline Magerl  Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Children's Picture Book  Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and all fine bookstores.    ISBN-13:  978-0553536171

Bullying Has No Boundaries; Books That Deal With The Issues Facing Kids And Seniors Today

New York , NY , December 2015 – Peter A. Sacco has written scripts for TV commercials, as well as for movie production companies. He worked with Academy Award winner Joe Mayer and also wrote the Vices commercial which premiered at the Boston Film Festival.  As evidenced by his latest books, this award-winning executive producer is determined to end bullying and relationship violence, and has teamed up with actor/director Mitch Markowitz to create a PSA on bullying.
His exciting new children's book should be on everyone's holiday gift-giving list. Gummer: The Last Toothless Vampire (DoctorZed Publishing) is a heartwarming and exciting story children will love. James Reed is a foster child who has been bullied throughout his entire short life. Through a chance encounter, he meets Ted ─ a toothless vampire ─ who was bitten while living rough on the mean city streets. Not long after, the vampire who bit him was destroyed leaving Ted as the last of his kind and ....fangless!  James is on a quest to find his mother with the help of his toothless vampire friend, but how far will a vampire go to make a lonely kid's dream come true? The differences in this unlikely couple actually end up helping their two souls bond together and the outcome has James reuniting with his mother in a tale so engaging, it's sure to make Gummer the next holiday tradition. We often think bullying is reserved for kids, but what about the bullying of adults? Peter also has two new books on bullying seniors – known as 'the quiet abuse.' In Bullying in Seniors: The Maltreatment of Elders, he hopes to raise awareness of this problem so more people will step up and stop it! In Bullying for Adults: Big Fish in a Small Pond, Peter details different types of bullies, what makes someone become a bully, the forms in which it occurs, the types of abusive/dominating behavior, who's likely to be a victim, and offers advice on how not to become a victim, and much more. To help get the word out, Peter is offering both of these senior bullying eBooks at no charge. Regardless of whether it's on social media or some other venue, Internet bullying has become a serious issue for both children and adults today, and its emotional effect can create mental health problems for victims that last a lifetime.  Peter Sacco is a strong advocate for stopping all relationship violence for every age group. Peter Sacco is a recipient of the Award of Excellence in Teaching, lecturing at universities both in the
US and Canada , and is also an Adjunct Psychology Professor at Niagara University in Lewiston , NY , in the Teacher Education Program. A bestselling author, psychology professor and former private practitioner, Peter has also written over 500 articles in media/magazines as well as several book reviews for Prentice-Hall Publishing. He is a regularly featured guest on television and radio, and is the host of a highly popular weekly radio show. As an award-winning executive producer, he has hosted many documentaries on relationships, psychological issues and children's issues. For more information on Peter or his books, please visit: Gummer: The World's Last Toothless Vampire DoctorZed Publishing ASIN: B017GRBFUI  Available at:, author's website, or    Bullying in Seniors: The Maltreatment of Elders and Bullying for Adults: Big Fish in a Small Pond eBooks available at no charge.

Solve The Number One Problem With Today's Young Workforce – The Soft Skills Gap

New Haven, CT, December  2015 - The number one challenge with today's young talent is a problem hiding in plain sight:  the ever-widening "soft skills gap." Today's newest young workforce has so much to offer — new technical skills, new ideas, new perspective, new energy.  Yet too many of them are held back—and driving the grown-ups crazy—because of their weak soft skills.  Here's what managers say: -    "They just don't know how to behave professionally."  -     "They arrive late, leave early, dress inappropriately, and spend too much time on social media."  -    "They know how to text, but they don't know how to write a memo."  -    "They don't know what to say and what not to say or how to behave in meetings."  -    "They don't know how to think, learn, or communicate without checking a device."  -    "They don't have enough respect for authority and don't know the first thing about good citizenship, service, or teamwork."  Soft skills may be harder to define and measure than hard skills, but they are just as critical.  People get hired because of their hard skills but often get fired because of their soft skills.   Managers ask: "Why should it be my problem to teach these soft skills? They should have learned these things from their parents or in school. How can I teach these soft skills when I don't even remember how I learned them myself?"  Here's the bad news:  Setting a good example or simply telling young workers they need to improve their soft skills isn't enough. Nor is scolding them or pointing out their failings in an annual review.   Here's the good news:  You can teach the missing basics to today's young talent. Now, based on more than twenty years of research, renowned expert on the Millennial workforce Bruce Tulgan offers concrete solutions to help managers teach the missing basics of professionalism, critical thinking, and followership — complete with 92 step-by-step lesson plans designed to be highly flexible and easy to use. Tulgan's research and proven approach has shown that the key to teaching young people the missing soft skills lies in breaking those skills down into their component parts and concentrating on one component at a time with the help of a teaching-style manager.  Almost all of the exercises can be done in less than an hour within a team meeting or an extended one-on-one. The exercises are easily modified and customized and can be used in many different ways: - As "take-home" exercises for any individual or group  - To guide one-on-one discussions with direct reports  - In the classroom as written exercises or in group discussions  Managers—and their young employees—will find themselves returning to their favorite exercises over and over again. Through one exercise at a time, managers will build up the most important soft skills of their new young talent. These critical soft skills can make the difference between mediocre and good, between good and great, and between great and "one of a kind."  About the Author:  Bruce Tulgan is an adviser to business leaders all over the world and a sought-after keynote speaker and seminar leader. He is the founder and CEO of RainmakerThinking, Inc., a management research and training firm, as well as RainmakerThinking.Training, an on-line training company. Bruce is the best-selling author of numerous books including The 27 Challenges Managers Face (2014), Not Everyone Gets a Trophy (2009), It's Okay to be the Boss (2007), Winning the Talent Wars (2001), FAST Feedback (1999), and the classic Managing Generation X (1995). His work has been the subject of thousands of news stories around the world. He has written pieces for numerous publications, including the New York Times, USA Today, the Harvard Business Review, Training Magazine, and Human Resources. Bruce also holds a fifth-degree black belt in classical Okinawan Uechi Ryu Karate Do. He lectures periodically at the Yale University School of Management in New Haven, Connecticut, where he lives with his wife Dr. Debby Applegate, author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning biography The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher (2006) as well as Madam: The Notorious Life and Times of Polly Adler (forthcoming 2016). For more information, please go to: www.rainmakerthinking.comAbout the Publisher: Jossey-Bass is an imprint of WILEY. Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has been a valued source of information and understanding for 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations. Wiley's core business  includes scientific, technical, and medical journals; encyclopedias, books, and online products and services; professional and consumer books and subscription services, and educational materials for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners. Wiley's global headquarters are located in
Hoboken , New Jersey , with operations in the US , Europe , Asia , Canada and Australia .   Bridging the Soft Skills Gap: Teaching the Missing Basics to Today's Young Talent   By Bruce Tulgan   Publisher: Wiley/Jossey-Bass; September 2015  ISBN: 9781118725641   Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and in bulk at 800 CEO Read

The Marijuana Project

A Story Of Medicine And Morality - A Security Expert's Journey Through The Ethical Weeds

New York, NY, December 2015 – The inspiration for Brian Laslow's fiction-based-on-fact story, The Marijuana Project (SDS Publishing), came from his own turbulent experiences while working with a brand new medical marijuana production facility in the northeast, and a successful 25-year career as an expert in the field of security. Sam Burnett, a savvy security expert, is hiding in the catwalk of a medical marijuana production facility he has been hired to protect, caught in a surveillance plan he never thought he'd face. In fact, Sam doesn't even approve of marijuana and wonders why he's still working there. He is not alone with this conflict. The FDA still lists marijuana in schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, the DEA's most restrictive level. They cite marijuana's high potential for abuse, that it's not accepted medical use for treatment, and lacks proper safety measures under medical supervision. This position is at odds with many groups advocating for its legalization, both for medical purposes and recreational use. Since 2900 B.C., when the Chinese referred to cannabis as a medicine possessing both yin and yang, the pros and cons of medical marijuana have stymied private citizens as well as state and federal agencies. With 23 states legalizing at least limited use of medical marijuana, the controversy continues over its status as a gateway drug, posing ethical dilemmas for doctors, government officials and security professionals who must protect it from a variety of internal and external threats. This is how Brian Laslow entered the picture in 2001 as the owner of a security consulting firm specializing in risk assessment, system design, and project management services for electronic security and operational security management. Inspired by his findings inside the medical marijuana industry, Brian wrote The Marijuana Project, a fiction-based-on-fact account of his tempestuous experience while working with the new production facility in the northeast. The story follows Sam Burnett, a conservative and highly principled family man who constantly travels the country as a greatly sought after security expert. While looking to spend more time at home with his children, he is approached by a consortium looking to open a medical marijuana production facility nearby. Sam accepts their offer, and over the next two years, while designing, implementing and operating their entire security program, he finds himself facing one moral conflict after another. Does Sam favor using medical marijuana to relieve a variety of physical symptoms, easing anxiety and providing pleasure? Or does he see it as an invitation to more serious drug use, mental instability and irresponsible, even dangerous, behavior?  You could call it a security expert's journey through the ethical weeds. At first, Sam realizes that whether he approves of it or not, medical marijuana needs to be protected from ending up in the wrong hands and that taking the job means he can be home much more than before. But even what Sam learns about medical marijuana–that it can help people suffering from a variety of ailments–is at odds with his religious upbringing and his own conservative views about drug use, legal or otherwise. When his son's best friend is killed in a car accident caused by a driver under the influence of medical marijuana, Sam reaches his breaking point. He ends up taking matters into his own hands, which leads to a potentially dangerous confrontation with his employers and a group of unknown provocateurs. In the end, he must decide if he can personally continue to participate in the protection and perpetuation of this industry.
Sam Burnett's dilemma is indicative of the decision that millions of people in
America are currently struggling to make. His story will resonate with all those struggling to make sense of this changing landscape in our society. About the Author Brian Laslow (a pen name for obvious reasons) has over 25 years of experience in the security field. He started his career as the owner of a security installation company serving residential and commercial clients. Since 2001, he has been an independent security consultant providing risk assessment, system design, project management, and ongoing security management services for a wide range of commercial, industrial, and government clients. This expert speaker in the field of security has extensive experience with building security programs from the ground up. Brian wrote a successful book on security consulting and speaks frequently on topics relating to physical security, risk assessment, system design, and publishing for consultants.  He holds multiple certifications from the security and consulting fields. The Marijuana Project is fiction-based-on-fact from Laslow's findings in the medical marijuana industry and as a highly respected security expert, both of which lend realism to an already gripping plot. For more information, please visit the website at: The Marijuana Project  By Brian Laslow  Published by SDS Publishing  November 2015  Price: $19.99; 240 pages, paperback  ISBN-13: 978-1518805479  ISBN-10: 1518805477

Ruby's Prayer: The Trials And Tribulations Of An American Family In The Wild, Wild West

Houston, TX, December  2015 – For most, thoughts of the Old West foster images of hard-drinking, gun-slinging characters like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Doc Holiday, Jesse James and Billy the Kid.  However, the era was much more than that. Rudy's Prayer by Ronald H Keyser (Defiance Press) reveals  what everyday life was like in 1880's Texas, and brings forth the struggles of an American family longing for hope, love, and to maintain their way of life as wholesale changes descend upon the cattle industry during the emergence of the Industrial Age and the final days of the Wild West. Meet the central Texas-based Wallace family. Jim Wallace, the widowed patriarch and civil war veteran, along with his sons Tom and Buddy. In the spring of 1880, their life was riddled with the challenges of the day. The loss of Ruby their wife and mother, Tom's recent inhumane incarceration in the
Texas penal system and what seems like an out of reach dream for a life with Jennie Lue Sloan, the daughter of the richest man in the county. Tom also promises his mother he will do everything he can to resolve the bitter differences between himself and Buddy in spite of his brother, who is the sheriff and the man responsible for sending Tom to prison. During the latter half of the 19th century, nothing was more important to budding cities across the state than to have the railroads lay their tracks through town and Belton , Texas was no different. Ruby's Prayer is the story of the Wallace family, who are firmly entrenched in the war of fortunes being won and lost over the coming of barbed wire, rail lines, the end of free grazing and the Chisholm Trail itself. "Ruby's Prayer has been a labor of love" says Keyser. "At its core, it represents the journey my wife and I had to take to finally be together. I hope my readers find similarities in their own lives within the pages of this book, even though they are traveling back in time to the last days of the Texas frontier." Ronald H. Keyser spent an extraordinary amount of time investigating the history in Ruby's Prayer.  Researching the towns of Huntsville and Belton, The Capt. Joe Byrd Prison Cemetery, The Texas Prison Museum, Temple Railroad Museum , Bell County Museum and The Morning Glory Inn, gave him a clear picture of what life was like in 1880 and allowed him to paint a fascinating portrait across the pages of Ruby's Prayer. Keyser and his wife Lori have been married 12 years, are community activists and have currently helped raise over $35,000 for the Avon Walk to end breast cancer. He is currently working on his second book. For more information, visit    Ruby's Prayer By Ronald H. Keyser  Defiance Press   Hardcover:  978-0-9962590-2-6   Paperback: 978-0-9962590-3-3   ePub:  978-0-9962590-7-1   Mobi: 978-0-9962590-8-8   Available at, Barnes & Noble, and other major online outlets.

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By Conrad David Brillantes

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The Montreal Tribune and its publishers are not responsible for all contents in this section. All Rights reserved. Copyright 2007 Conrad David Brillantes. All Questions or inquiries submitted are not edited...posted as they are received. Question: Why on earth the Separatist government of  the late Rene Levesque created the language law known as Bill 101? Answer: Actually, Robert Bourassa, Quebec Premier then started the controversial language law (Bill 22) which was duplicated and made it more complicated by government of Levesque. Note that Bill 101 was declared not valid by the Supreme Court of Canada but because of the veto option given to all provinces under the unfinished Canada constitution headed by Brian Mulroney, precipitated when Pierre Trudeau, prime minister of the day brought home the BNA (British North America Act - Canadian Constitution) to Canada, Quebec was able to maintain the law (Bill 101) ...  

Bringing back the glory that of Montreal

Everything is irrelevant when talks about making Montreal a solvent city again without considering lowering of taxes, especially on commercial, as well as private properties and most of all changing the language law, in permitting the free use of English in business. Otherwise, the city will run out of energy to support its existence. Everything that started good fifty years ago to becoming the most economically stable cities in the world had been taken down by the hatred sentiment of the so called nationalists who basically put a great number of residents in poverty mostly composed of the French Speaking Quebecois. And hey,  labor unions played most of the problem. Look around commercial areas and you'd see the gloomy picture of the city and that of the suburbs, plus the more than 30,000 homeless people in the city. Speak up people! cdb  

The day the economic dim light hits Montreal

Looking back at 40 years of French as Quebec's official language

The passage of Bill 22 in 1974 may have been in response to language tensions in St-Léonard, a predominantly Italian-immigrant neighbourhood in Montreal . However, it fanned the flames between Anglos and Francos, leading to what is arguably Quebec 's most hotly debated piece of legislation ever: Bill 101. (Radio-Canada archives)  On July 31, 1974 — exactly 40 years ago — French became the only official language in Quebec . A war of words and principles raged between anglophones and francophones at the time. Anglophones fought to preserve their rights while more and more French-speaking Quebecers lobbied for better protection of their language, particularly with regard to the francization of immigrants. That edict, introduced by Robert Bourassa and his Liberal government, was meant to remove any ambiguity about language in the province. It was known as Bill 22, the precursor to Bill 101 that came three years later. “The 1960s were a time of major changes in Quebec , like elsewhere around the world. Here, we became aware of some gaps in the protection of the French language,” said Office québécois de la langue française spokesman Jean-Pierre Le Blanc. Groundwork on bills 22 and 101 was laid during the Quiet Revolution of the 1960s. The Parti Québécois was created in 1968 amid the language turmoil; a year later, the Union Nationale government led by Jean-Jacques Bertrand adopted Bill 63, which would go on to become An Act to promote the French language in Québec. St-Léonard Conflict The flames of language debates in the province were stoked by what has come to be known as the St-Léonard Conflict, which came to a head in 1968. The conflict began when an act was passed to phase out English instruction from schools in the predominantly Italian-immigrant neighbourhood. Bill 63 was passed in 1969 as an attempt to smooth out thorny relations between Montreal ’s Italian community, the province and Quebec francophones. That law had provisions promoting French in education, including offering French courses to new immigrants. It also permitted parents to choose whether their children received English or French instruction. That law was superseded by Bill 22. FROM THE ARCHIVES | Riots in St-Léonard

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Painting sale sets $300 million record

Gauguin painting breaks sale record at nearly $300m

Two women look at the painting "Nafea faa ipoipo" (When will you marry?, 1892) by French painter Paul Gauguin on display in the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen, Switzerland, 06 February 2015  

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Van Gogh's poppies sells for $61.8m

A floral masterpiece by Vincent van Gogh, painted in the closing stages of his life, sells in New York for $61.8m (£38.7m).

Still Life, Vase with Daisies, and Poppies by Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh's striking canvas is dominated by the red of the poppies

A floral masterpiece by Vincent van Gogh, painted in the closing stages of his life, has sold in New York for $61.8m (£38.7m). Still Life, Vase with Daisies, and Poppies exceeded its estimate of up to $50m (£31.3m) at the Sotheby's auction. A 1951 piece by Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti fetched more than $100m (£62.7m), but fell just short of the record $104.3m (£65.3m) for the artist. A sculpture by Amedeo Modigliani set a new benchmark for his work. Tete, an elongated head created in 1911-12 from a block of limestone scavenged from a Paris building site, was sold for more than $70m (£44.2m). Van Gogh's painting was created at the French home of his doctor just months before his death in 1890 and was one of the few works he sold during his lifetime. But it fell far short of the auction record for a piece by the Dutch artist, which stands at $82.5m (£51.6m). Sotheby's said the painting was bought by a private bidder from Asia . Portrait of Dr Gachet - the physician whose flowers he captured in this latest work to sell - went under the hammer for a record in 1990.

Modigliani nude artwork sells for $170.4m

A painting by Italian artist Modigliani was sold at auction on Monday for $170.4m (£113m), the second-highest price ever for a work sold at auction.

Nu couche (Reclining Nude_

Nu couche (Reclining Nude) was sold at Christie's in New York to a private Chinese collector. It had never been sold at auction before, having been in the same private collection for about 60 years. The top price achieved for an art work at auction was Picasso's Les femmes d'Alger which sold for $179m (£118.5m).  That was also sold at Christie's in May this year.  Nu couche, painted during 1917 and 1918, was estimated to fetch more than $100m before the auction took place. The price achieved was also a record for the artist.  About half a dozen bidders competed for the Modigliani at the sale, which also included 33 other works, such as Paul Gauguin's sculpture Therese, which sold for $30,965,000 (£20,502,440).   Roy Lichtenstein's Nurse, fetched $95,365,000 (£63,123,067), a new world auction record for the artist and was the second-biggest seller of the night.

Germany to release confiscated art   -   Owner gives up on 'Chagall' painting    Stolen Rembrandt found 15 years on

Matisse's Femme Assise  Chagall Painting  Rembrandt's painting Child with a Soap Bubble

A 17th Century painting by Dutch master Rembrandt is recovered in France , 15 years after it was stolen. - The painting measures 60cm by 49cm and was said to be in a good condition

A 17th Century painting by Dutch master Rembrandt has been recovered in France , 15 years after it was stolen. L'enfant a la bulle de savon (Child with soap bubble), valued at 3.2m euros (£2.7m), was taken from a museum in the southern city of Draguignan in 1999. Two men were arrested in Nice on Tuesday, according to the Agence France Presse (AFP) news agency. Police said they received information that a transaction was due to take place in a hotel the following day. The men, aged 46 and 53, one of whom was described as a former insurer, appeared in court in Nice on Thursday, AFP said. They were reported to be known to police for previous petty crimes. Police are still looking for other suspects.

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Accepting Open bidding for the "Flower"  (left)

Monet and Picasso among art theft

Paintings by artists including Picasso, Matisse, Monet, Gauguin and Freud have been stolen from a museum in Rotterdam . Police in the Netherlands said the works were taken from the Kunsthal Museum early on Tuesday morning. The museum is showing works from the Triton Foundation as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations. The paintings include Monet's Waterloo Bridge , Picasso's Tete d'Arlequin, Matisse's La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune and Freud's Woman with Eyes Closed.  Monet water lilies sells for $43 million    Monet artwork bequeathed by reclusive heiress  "Madame Leon Clapisson": The visualization (right) is produced using advanced image processing software - Conservation scientists in Chicago produce a stunning visualization of how they think a Renoir painting might have looked before its colors faded. Researchers in Chicago have produced a visualization of how they think a Renoir could have looked before its colors faded. The picture of Madame Valentine Clapisson was painted by the great French Impressionist more than 130 years ago. The original's impact has been degraded and dulled by the action of light. But by using the latest analytical tools, conservators have been able to recover a sense of Renoir's rich reds."When we first brought this picture into the conservation studio for examination and removed the frame, we noticed that at the top and at the left-hand side there was a sliver of very intense colour," recalls Dr Francesca Casadio from The Art Institute of Chicago. "This tipped us off to the fact that the mood of this painting that is now pretty cool and restrained with light purples and blues was once far more vibrant," she told BBC News.

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