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    Miami, FL (MMD Newswire) January 31, 2013 -- Juan Lopez, Vice President and General Manager of Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland has announced that Romina Nabhen will be the new Fashion & Fifth Avenue Club Director. The Fifth Avenue Club experience focuses on elevating the art of personal shopping. A jewel at the heart of Saks Fifth Avenue, the Fifth Avenue Club offers an incomparable and unmatched level of personalized attention. Upon arrival to the club, clients will enjoy the undivided and uninterrupted attention of an expert Fifth Avenue Club personal shopper in a suite. Based on individual needs, the client will be able to make selections in private and at their own leisure.

    Juan states, "Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland is very fortunate to pilot a new Fifth Avenue Club experience and have Romina rejoin the company. Miami is a very important market for Saks Fifth Avenue and we in Dadeland look forward to Romina's contribution in supporting our goals."

    Ms. Nabhen will act as a mentor to our already highly skilled personal shoppers to elevate the level of service and fashion expertise. Our personal shoppers will facilitate the shopping experience so our clients are able to focus on the important things in life: family, career, social obligations and of course, leisure time.

    "Romina deeply understands fashion styling and relationships within the fashion community, which make her an excellent choice for this key company initiative," states Mr. Lopez. Her high energy and commitment to building relationships are all inspiring."

    Ms. Nabhen has held positions with luxury leaders where she directed numerous large-scale events. She is recognized by international media as a Fashion Expert in outlets such as CNN Espanol, the Style Network, BRAVO, CBS, ABC, Telemundo, Univision and MegaTV among others. Romina's multicultural background allows her the ability to cross over between English & Spanish language on-air & print media vehicles. In addition, her fashion and beauty insights have been featured in publications such as VOGUE Latin America/Mexico, Ocean Drive Magazine, Selecta, VENUE, Coral Living, Miami New Times, Key Biscayne Magazine, El Nuevo Herald, VIP Latino, Hola Ciudad, New You & Strategy Magazine and fashion blogs such as La Nueva Voz Latina, Accidental Sexiness, The Wordy Girl and Mujer Activa.

    To schedule a fashion consultation with Ms. Nabhen, please contact the Fifth Avenue Club at 305.662.8655, ext. 325.

    About Saks Fifth Avenue

    Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world's preeminent specialty retailers, is renowned for its superlative American and international designer collections, its expertly edited assortment of handbags, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics and gifts, and the first-rate fashion expertise and exemplary client service of its Associates. Today, Saks operates 43 full-line stores in 20 states, 5 international licensed stores, 65 Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores and, the company's online store.

    Saks Fifth Avenue is proud to be named a J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Customer Service Champion and is only one of 50 U.S. companies so named.


    Samanta Ferrini

    Marketing Manager,

    Saks Fifth Avenue

    305.662.8655 X 374

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    Kansas City, MO (MMD Newswire) February 1, 2013 -- Chit Chat Mobile and Computer Warranty Services, today announced the formation of a business relationship that will create a new choice for quality- and value-conscious consumers seeking a simple and affordable way to protect their data, music, videos and photos from ever being lost, and to always have them available to access directly from their smartphone or tablets anywhere their mobile life may take them. The venture's services will offer all of the convenience, simplicity and value of CWSSecureDrive's® unlimited cloud backup & storage functionality with a new content-rich application for on-demand uploading and downloading service you're your CWSSecureDrive® Personal Portal.

    This business relationship introduces the first phase of a total data protection product portfolio which includes unrestricted uploads and downloads of unlimited data from desktop and laptop computers and with provision for backing up smartphones and tablets. Chit Chat Mobile continue its mission of being a value priced provider by offering significantly discounted subscription services, with two payment options: 12, 24 and 36 monthly payment plans starting at $3.95 per month or the best priced 1, 2 and 3 year single payment starting at $39.95 per year.

    This service that will allow all Chit Chat Mobile consumers across the U.S. to have the peace of mind that they will never lose that special photo, or spontaneous video clip that could never be replaced; and to enjoy the freedom of a mobile life where all their data, music, photos, or videos they want to share or enjoy are available, whenever and wherever they choose, using the browser connected device they prefer. Additional products and functionality information from CWSSecureDrive® will be released by the companies in the coming months.

    "When you consider the core elements the parties bring to the mobility market - our powerful brands; our national footprints; our anytime, anywhere network presence; and our mutual commitment to customer-focused innovation - it's clear that Chit Chat Mobile and CWSSecureDrive® are a new emerging powerful team in this market," said James Gentry, Director of Operations of Chit Chat Holdings, USA.

    Consumers rely on Chit Chat Mobile for high quality flexible voice and data mobile services, and either new or reconditioned mobile phones, at great value prices. Chit Chat Mobile has positioned itself to be a market leader at both, and is expanding that value proposition to include other innovative products and services to be a single source mobile service value based provider.

    "CWSSecureDrive® is an important addition to the portfolio of services that will enable CWS to provide a Total Digital Life Protection Plan to mobile customers, and this joint offering with Chit Chat Mobile affords the opportunity to provide this protection at a even greater value to their mobile customers, This alliance is the result of a strategically deliberate process to identify a partner who shares our commitment of delivering innovative solutions to consumers. We look forward to rolling out the shared benefits this venture will bring to consumers, retailers, and our respective shareholders, said Paul Rosenthal, VP of Marketing for Computer Warranty Services."

    This venture between Chit Chat Mobile and CWSSecureDrive® will create the kind of national multi-services offering that customers require and expect from their mobile phone service providers, for companies that still understand economic value and outstanding customer service are what their customers deserve. It will leverage Chit Chat Mobile's industry-wide relationships, equipment supplies, and international network providers, along with CWSSecureDrive's® advanced cloud computing technologies and state-of-the-art IP network infrastructure to provide fast, safe, and secure uploading of files to be backed up and downloading of data, music, and video on-demand to its customers.

    "The business venture will combine the accessibility and value of Chit Chat Mobile with CWSSecureDrive's® vision for a borderless mobile lifestyle - where consumers can quickly, easily, and securely protect or access all of their data content, through the power of cloud computing," "Together with Chit Chat Mobile, we are removing the limitations of being tethered to a stationary computer, freeing people to spontaneously enjoy the full communication and entertainment of all the content they have accumulated in their digital life, whenever and wherever they choose, using whatever device they prefer," said Paul Rosenthal.

    This is taking full advantage of mobility by offering instant availability to new fresh new content online, through the Chit Chat Mobile data plans, or immediate access to the customers full library of content in the CWSSecureDrive® cloud, everything is available now! This is combined with the access to physical support and repairs through Computer Warranty Services, Chit Chat Mobile, and CWSSecureDrive uniquely positions Chit Chat Mobile to deliver the best of both worlds - digital and physical - to consumers across the country.

    About Chit Chat Mobile

    Chit Chat Holdings, LLC. and its principal owner have been in the wireless cell phone business for over 15 years. During the month of September, 2012 Chit Chat Holdings, LLC. became an Mobile Virtual Network Operator to provide messaging, voice, data products and services to above 250 million individuals in the United States. With plans beginning at 9.99/month for limited talk and text and $19.99 for unlimited talk and text, while adding data and other features as add-ons. Chit Chat Mobile has presented a new notion to prepaid wireless, to construct your plan to compliment your way of life.

    Chit Chat Mobile network services are provided on the Nationwide Sprint® Network. Although Sprint provides Chit Chat Mobile subscribers access to its wireless network and to its wireless services, Chit Chat Mobile is responsible to the Chit Chat Mobile subscribers for the service. Their website is:

    * Sprint is a trademark of Sprint.

    About CWSSecureDrive

    CWSSecureDrive is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Computer Warranty Services, LLC which offer service plans of all digital equipment with same day and next day on site repair services covering all costs for parts, labor and incidentals throughout North America and several foreign countries. For more information, visit

    SOURCE ChitchatMobileUSA

    Larry Jacobs

    2508 W. Grayrock St, Springfield, MO 65810


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    North Reading, MA (MMD Newswire) February 1, 2013 -- ZS Genetics is pleased to announce that Bill Ward has joined the Company's management team as President and Chief Operating Officer. In this role Bill has assumed responsibility for strategic business planning and day-to-day operations of ZSG.

    "Bill's track record of success and expert knowledge in electron microscopy is an important addition to the team, as we make ready to bring our technology to market", said William R. Glover, III, CEO and Vice President of Research & Development. "With the strategic addition of Bill, I look forward to focusing on these final developmental stages of the Technology Roadmap", said Glover.

    "We are very pleased to have Bill joining the team, he has been a long-time advisor providing valued guidance and initiative", said Thomas D. Abert, CFO and Vice President of Finance & Administration. "Bill brings a wealth of expertise and experience both in advanced technology and in the successful development of early stage companies", said Abert.

    Bill Ward was the founder, president, and chief executive officer of ALIS Corporation, a premier developer and supplier of a new generation of focused-ion-beam (FIB) microscopes for the semiconductor, materials science and life sciences industries until the acquisition of ALIS by Carl Zeiss Corporation in 2006. Formerly, Bill was a founder of Micrion Corporation (NASDAQ: MICN), a global leader in FIB systems, where he served as senior vice president and chief technical officer for eighteen years. Prior to his experience at Micrion, he founded Ion Beam Technologies, the first ion microscope company in the U.S. Earlier, Bill was on the founding team and R&D manager at Varian's E-beam Lithography division. Earlier contributions in his field also include the automation design efforts of the early Ion Implanters.

    A serial entrepreneur with many successes to his credit, Bill is considered one of the premier scientists and business leaders in the charged particle microscopy community. He has authored numerous scientific articles for a number of professional journals and has lectured throughout the world. Numerous patents have been granted to Bill for his breakthroughs in microscopy and semiconductor-related technology--still considered some of the most important innovations in his field. Recently, his inventive skills and patents were focused on the stabilization of the Gas Field Ion Source making possible a new generation of scanning charged particle microscopes, the Helium Ion Microscope.

    About ZS Genetics

    ZS Genetics is a privately held Massachusetts start-up that has developed the components and Intellectual Property for the next generation of DNA sequencing. This patented approach combines the power of electron beam microscopy with a proprietary nucleic acid labeling processes to read DNA sequences directly from digital images. ZS Genetics' long-read, single-molecule technology offers the prospect of significant advancements in genetic analysis, with applications in the DNA sequencing and diagnostics markets.

    ZS Genetics, Inc.

    Thomas D. Abert


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    New platform enables quick and seamless data transfer from Tenrox's cloud PSA solution to third party ERP, CRM, and financial applications

    Cambridge, MA (MMD Newswire) February 1, 2013 -- Tenrox, the leading cloud-based solution for professional services automation and project workforce management, today announced the availability of its new Quick Connect integration platform. Quick Connect will enable seamless and easy-to-configure integrations between Tenrox and any leading third party accounting, ERP, payroll, project planning, and CRM software package.

    Tenrox helps professional services organizations and dispersed project workforces manage billable projects from opportunity, to execution, to billing, to close. In such environments, projects often have a direct impact on top-line revenue, so the ability to share information with other systems is critical to the enterprise. The Quick Connect integration platform will allow clients to help easily generate bi-directional connectors that will simplify and improve the data exchange between Tenrox and any 3rd party system.

    "This platform greatly enhances our ability to meet client integration requirements" explained Kevin Sequeira, Director of Product Management for Tenrox. "With Quick Connect, we can offer a broader range of interfaces that are more reliable and easy to maintain, while at the same time providing them to customers more quickly and inexpensively than before."

    Quick Connect is part of Tenrox's long term integration strategy to enable pre-configured integrations at the click of a button, but with the flexibility to meet each client's specific needs. Early results from the field confirm the powerful benefit Quick Connect delivers. "Enterprise customers with whom we have piloted Quick Connect have realized more than a 30% reduction in average implementation time," observed Doug Riseberg, Vice President of Professional Services.

    About Tenrox

    Tenrox is the leading cloud-based Professional Services Automation (PSA) solution for managing billable projects from pipeline management, to execution, to billing, to close. Tenrox is the only workflow-driven project management solution that automates project requests and approvals, resource scheduling and management, time and expense tracking, and project billing and invoicing. Tenrox also includes configurable cost and billing rules with full support for your time and material, fixed bid, recurring, and milestone-based projects. For more information, visit

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    - Caracas tiene los precios de alquiler más altos para departamentos de tres dormitorios en América

    - Hong Kong sigue siendo la ubicación más costosa para alojarse a pesar de la caída en alquileres

    February 5, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- La capital venezolana, Caracas, ha destronado a New York al convertirse en el sitio más costoso para un alojamiento de alquiler de tres dormitorios en las Américas de acuerdo con la última información de alojamiento de ECA International, el proveedor de conocimiento y soluciones líder a nivel mundial en profesionales de Recursos Humanos. Los alquileres se incrementaron en este lugar en más del 30% en el 2012. A nivel mundial, Caracas está en el puesto 2do después de Hong Kong.

    "Una persistente falta de propiedades adecuadas, a pesar de la alta demanda impulsada por el crecimiento de la industria del petróleo y una posterior inversión extranjera, ha hecho que los alquileres continúen incrementándose dramáticamente en la capital venezolana," explicó Lauren Smith, Gerente General, ECA International.

    Un departamento de tres dormitorios en Santiago cuesta aproximadamente USD$ 3.740 en arrendarse. Esto es un 16% más alto que el año pasado. Dentro de las Américas, Santiago tiene el 8avo puesto en alquileres más altos. A nivel mundial está en el puesto 27.

    "La economía chilena cada vez más fuerte implica que continúa en Santiago la demanda de propiedades de lujo por parte de expatriados," continúa Smith. "Sin embargo, la oferta no abastece la demanda, habiendo una carencia de trabajadores de construcción calificados lo que significa que los inventarios han permanecido agotados dos años después del terremoto."

    Los precios de alquiler en Río de Janeiro también tuvieron un agudo crecimiento con alquileres de departamentos de tres dormitorios de aproximadamente USD$ 5.070 por mes, un 22% de incremento en relación a la cifra del año anterior.

    A pesar de que New York está detrás de Caracas en el ranking de alquileres en los EEUU la ciudad (Catalogada como 3era a nivel mundial) incrementó sus alquileres aproximadamente en un 9% de acuerdo a encuestas.

    El costo promedio en las Américas para un alojamiento de alquiler de tres dormitorios es de USD$ 3.240 por mes -un 7% más alto que el promedio mundial de USD$ 3.030 por mes.

    Para ayudar a las compañías a escoger cuál política de alojamiento adoptar y qué nivel de concesión de vivienda proporcionar a los empleados internacionales, ECA International produce Informes de Alojamiento para más de 130 localidades. Publicados de manera anual, estos informes proporcionan información sobre los tipos de alojamiento y áreas geográficas favorecidas por lo general por representantes internacionales. A menudo los expatriados gravitan hacia áreas particulares de las ciudades debido a la ubicación de escuelas internacionales, embajadas o puntos de reunión social. Estas tienden a ser áreas más costosas y prestigiosas en una ciudad.

    Impacto de los tipos de cambio

    Las fluctuaciones de la moneda también pueden tener un impacto en el costo al proveer una concesión de alojamiento a un representante internacional y las compañías necesitan calcular esto al diseñar su paquete de alojamiento.

    "Cuando convertimos el costo alquilar un departamento en Río a dólares americanos para hacer una comparación en realidad observamos una pequeña disminución del 3% en el precio de alquiler," continuaba Smith. "Esto contrasta completamente con el año pasado cuando el Real era mucho más fuerte contra el Dólar americano de lo que es hoy en día: entre el 2010 y el 2011 fuimos testigos de incrementos de más del 29% en alquileres una vez que se convertía en billete de banco. Claramente, estas fluctuaciones tienen un impacto significativo en el costo de proveer una concesión de alojamiento a un representante internacional y las compañías necesitan calcular esto al diseñar su método de beneficios de vivienda que proporcionan."

    Aunque el Peso se ha debilitado contra el Dólar americano, no lo ha hecho en la misma medida que se ha observado con los alquileres en Santiago, los cuales se convierten en dólares: los precios de alquileres en dólares son un 12% más altos en el 2012 en relación al 2011.

    El resto del mundo

    A nivel mundial, los precios de alquileres para un departamento de tres dormitorios han caído ligeramente desde el año pasado de un promedio de USD$ 3.080 por mes a USD$ 3.030 por mes. Siendo precarios muchos de los importantes mercados financieros del mundo, refiriéndonos en particular a la Eurozona, de alguna manera se han estancado muchos mercados de alquileres.

    Asia - Hong Kong la localidad para alquiler de propiedades más costosa del mundo

    Hong Kong sigue siendo el hogar de los alquileres más caros del mundo: los alquileres para un departamento de tres dormitorios sin amoblar en un área demandada de Hong Kong promedian USD$ 11.550 por mes. Sin embargo, aunque esta cifra es la más alta del mundo, los alquileres han bajado aproximadamente en un 2-3%.

    Dentro de Asia, las propiedades de lujo más costosas después de Hong Kong se encuentran en Tokio (5tas a nivel mundial) seguidas por Singapur (8avas), Shanghái (11avas) y Seúl (14th). Karachi, Pakistán tiene los alquileres más bajos del continente en este segmento.

    El costo promedio de un alojamiento de alquiler de tres dormitorios en Asia es de USD$ 3.640 por mes -un 20% más alto que el promedio mundial de USD$ 3.030 por mes.

    "Las localidades asiáticas encabezan la lista de las 20 localidades más costosas en alquiler de propiedades," dice Smith. "Al aumentar el número de compañías que establecen operaciones en la región se ha incrementado también la necesidad de proporcionar el tipo de vivienda apropiada para representantes internacionales. Sin embargo, con una oferta a menudo limitada de dichas propiedades en muchos países aquí, la demanda sobrepasa de manera significativa la oferta, haciendo subir los alquileres."

    En China y la India se han observado algunos de los más altos incrementos de precios en alquileres debido a la expansión de operaciones de las compañías en estos países. Tanto en Beijing como en Bangalore, los alquileres subieron más del 12% entre el 2011 y el 2012.

    Por otro lado, a pesar de que Tokio tiene los segundos alquileres más altos en Asia, los alquileres en este sitio están un 5% más bajos en relación al año pasado. La demanda cayente debido a que muchas compañías internacionales reducen sus operaciones en Japón para bajar costos ha hecho que disminuya la presión en la disponibilidad y por consiguiente en los precios de alquiler.


    Alquilar un departamento de tres dormitorios en Australia cuesta en promedio USD$ 3.530 por mes. Aunque esto es ligeramente mayor a la cifra del año pasado, la tasa de incremento ha bajado.

    Sídney, la localidad australiana más costosa para alquiler de propiedad, está en 12avo lugar a nivel mundial, seguido de Perth (25ava) y Melbourne (33ava). Los incrementos más grandes observados en Australia según encuestas se registraron en Perth en donde la demanda de alquiler de propiedades se mantiene particularmente fuerte al continuar la fiebre de la minería. Los alquileres aquí se han incrementado en casi un 9% en la moneda local y en más del 7% en Dólares americanos. Los alquileres han caído tanto en Melbourne como en Adelaide.


    Nuevamente Moscú es la localidad más costosa de Europa para alquiler de propiedades de lujo, la cual está en cuarto lugar. Una población creciente de expatriados en conjunto con una continua oferta ajustada han llevado al incremento de precios en la ciudad en los últimos tres años. La capital rusa es seguida de Londres (6ta a nivel mundial) y Ginebra (13ava).

    Los incrementos más grandes en los precios de alquiler en Europa se observaron en Vilnius, Ljubljana y Oslo. Los alquileres cayeron más en Atenas.

    Dentro de la región, los precios de alquileres para departamentos de tres dormitorios promediaron los USD$ 2.660. Esta cifra ha bajado en relación al promedio del año anterior de USD$ 2.860.

    Medio Oriente y Asia

    Aunque los alquileres continúan bajando en Abu Dabi, sobrepasando significativamente la oferta a la demanda, la ciudad sigue siendo la más costosa en el Medio Oriente para alquiler de propiedades con tres dormitorios. Está en el puesto 23, seguida de Dubái (35ava a nivel mundial). A diferencia de Abu Dabi, los alquileres en Dubái se han incrementado este año a medida que el mercado muestra signos de recuperación en este sitio luego de una caída en los tres años anteriores. En África, los alquileres en Nairobi han continuado incrementándose de manera aguda debido a que la entrada de compañías extranjeras y expatriados han desencadenado incrementos excepcionales en los precios.

    Las localidades más costosas para alquiler de departamentos lujosos de tres dormitorios en las Américas

    Las 20 localidades más costosas a nivel mundial para alquiler de departamentos lujosos de tres dormitorios

    Notas a los editores

    Informes de Alojamiento de la ECA

    Este ranking está basado en datos de los informes de Alojamiento de la ECA. Estas son guías completas de los costos e intrincaciones de alojamiento de alquiler para expatriados, y están disponibles para más de 130 localidades alrededor del mundo. La ECA ha estado produciendo informes de Alojamiento desde 1996.

    Para asegurar una imparcialidad y para mantener la exactitud de la información, se utiliza información de un número de fuentes para compilar cada informe de Alojamiento. Las principales fuentes son datos de fuentes de la ECA, encuestas especialmente recolectadas e información de representantes de arrendamiento de y reubicación.

    Los precios de arrendamiento se obtuvieron de septiembre del 2012 y se han convertido a dólares americanos para facilidad de comparación utilizando el tipo de cambio de septiembre del 2012.

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    Sobre ECA International

    ECA es un líder mundial en desarrollo y abastecimiento de soluciones para la gestión y transferencia de profesionales en todo el mundo. Al proporcionar datos, conocimientos, sistemas y soporte en formatos que asisten a sus clientes, la oferta de ECA incluye un paquete externo integral de cálculos, asesoría y servicios para empresas con poca experiencia o recursos para la gestión de transferencia internacional; suscripciones para información exhaustiva en línea y sistemas de software para empresas con mayores exigencias; y una política y proyectos de desarrollo de sistemas personalizados para empresas que manejan a miles de representantes internacionales en todo el mundo.

    Para mayor información o para una entrevista con un vocero de ECA International sobre esta información, contactar a:

    Síganos en Twitter: @ECAintl

    Para mayor información contactar a:

    Lauren Smith
    Gerente General
    ECA International LLC
    Rockefeller Center
    1230 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 730
    New York, NY 10020
    Tel.: +1 212 582 2333

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    • Caracas tem os preços de aluguel mais altos para apartamentos no continente americano.

    • Hong Kong continua a região mais cara do mundo para moradia apesar da queda nos aluguéis

    February 5, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- A capital venezuelana, Caracas, ultrapassou Nova Iorque tornando-se o lugar mais caro para aluguel de imóveis de três dormitórios no continente americano de acordo com os últimos dados de alojamento da ECA International, líder no fornecimento de conhecimento e soluções para profissionais internacionais de RH. Aluguéis nesta região aumentaram acima de 30% em 2012. Globalmente, Caracas posiciona-se me 2º. lugar, após Hong Kong.

    "Uma deficiência persistente de imóveis apropriados, a despeito da grande demanda ocasionada pelo crescimento da indústria petrolífera e subsequente investimento estrangeiro, levou os aluguéis na capital da Venezuela a uma elevação drástica e contínua", explicou Lauren Smith, gerente geral da ECA International.

    Os preços de aluguéis também se elevaram bruscamente no Rio de Janeiro nos apartamentos de três dormitórios para aproximadamente US$5.070/mês, um aumento de 22% nos valores do ano anterior. No continente americano, o Rio de Janeiro tem o 4º. aluguel mais caro. Mundialmente está em 10ª. posição.

    "A demanda para propriedades de alto padrão prossegue à medida que as empresas vêm para o Brasil", continua Smith "Isto, juntamente com o interesse no Rio gerado pela concessão à cidade de sediar a Copa do Mundo e os Jogos Olímpicos, teve um efeito de elevação nos preços dos aluguéis".

    São Paulo está em 7ª. na região e 22ª., mundialmente. Os aluguéis médios de apartamentos de três dormitórios na região são US$3.950.

    Apesar da queda de Nova Iorque posicionando-se abaixo de Caracas no ranking, os aluguéis na cidade dos EUA (situada em 3º. lugar globalmente) ainda aumentou aproximadamente 9% nas pesquisas.

    O custo médio no continente americano para aluguéis de imóveis de três dormitórios é US$3.240 por mês - 7% mais alto que a média global de US$3.030 por mês.

    Para assessorar as empresas na decisão da política de alojamento a ser adotada e no nível de moradia para fornecer aos funcionários internacionais, a ECA International produz Relatórios de Alojamento para mais de 130 localidades. Publicados anualmente, estes relatórios disponibilizam informações sobre os tipos de imóveis e áreas geográficas geralmente procuradas pelos funcionários internacionais. Expatriados normalmente gravitam em torno de áreas específicas das cidades devido à localização de escolas internacionais, embaixadas e pontos sociais importantes. Estas tendem a ser áreas mais caras e de maior prestígio na cidade.

    Impacto da taxas de câmbio

    As flutuações da moeda podem também ter um impacto no custo do fornecimento de provisão de alojamento para um executivo internacional e as empresas precisam determinar estes fatores quando projetam seus pacotes de acomodação.

    "Quando convertemos o custo do aluguel de um apartamento no Rio em US (dólar americano) para comparação, de fato observamos uma pequena queda de 3% no preço do aluguel", continuou Smith. "Isto contrasta enormemente com há um ano atrás quando o real estava muito mais forte que o dólar americano do que é hoje: entre 2010 e 2011 testemunhamos aumentos de mais de 29% nos aluguéis convertidos para o dinheiro americano. Claramente, tais flutuações podem ter um impacto significativo no custo do fornecimento de acomodação para um funcionário internacional e as empresas precisam determinar estes fatores quando projetam seus pacotes de alojamento".

    No resto do mundo

    No mundo todo, os preços de aluguéis de apartamentos de três quartos caíram ligeiramente da média no ano passado de US$3.080/mês para US$3.030. Com muitos dos principais mercados financeiros internacionais apreensivos, particularmente na zona do euro, muitos mercados de aluguéis de alguma forma estagnaram.

    Ásia - Hong Kong é a região mais cara para aluguel de imóveis no mundo.

    Hong Kong continua a região com os mais caros aluguéis no mundo: aluguéis para um apartamento de três dormitórios não mobiliado em uma das áreas mais procuradas de Hong Kong custam uma média de US$11.550 por mês. Entretanto, enquanto estes números ainda são os mais altos do mundo, os aluguéis estão aproximadamente 2-3% mais baixos do que há um ano atrás.

    Na Ásia, imóveis de alto padrão mais caros para alugar após Hong Kong são encontrados em Tóquio (5o. mundialmente) seguido de Cingapura (8º.), Xangai (11º.) e Seul (14º.). Karachi, no Paquistão, tem os aluguéis mais baixos do continente neste seguimento.

    O custo médio para a Ásia para aluguéis de imóveis de três dormitórios é US$3.640 por mês - 20% mais alto que a média mundial de US$3.030 por mês.

    "As localidades na Ásia dominam a lista das 20 regiões mais caras para aluguel de imóveis", afirmou Smith. "Com mais e mais empresas implantando operações na região, a necessidade para o tipo de moradia apropriado para um executivo internacional aumentou. Além disso, com uma oferta frequentemente já limitada de tais imóveis em muitos países aqui, a demanda ultrapassa significativamente a disponibilidade dos aluguéis."

    Alguns dos maiores aumentos nos preços dos aluguéis na região foram observados na China e Índia à medida que as empresas expandem suas operações nestes países. Em Pequim e Bangalore, os aluguéis subiram mais que 12% entre 2011 e 2012.

    Por outro lado, apesar de Tóquio ter o segundo aluguel mais alto na Ásia, os aluguéis nesta cidade estão 5% mais baixos do que há um ano atrás. A demanda em queda, conforme as empresas internacionais diminuem suas operações no Japão para reduzir custos, abaixou a pressão na disponibilidade e, desse modo, os preços de aluguel.


    Alugar um apartamento de três dormitórios na Austrália custa em média US$3.530/mês. Enquanto isto é ligeiramente mais alto que os números do ano passado, o ritmo de aumento ficou mais lento.

    Sydney, a região mais cara na Austrália para aluguel de imóveis, está em 12º. lugar mundialmente, seguida de Perth (25º.) e Melbourne (33º.). As maiores altas observadas na Austrália nas pesquisas foram registradas em Perth, onde a demanda para aluguel de imóveis permanece particularmente forte à medida que o boom na mineração continua. Os aluguéis aumentaram quase 9% na moeda local e pouco mais de 7% em dólar americano. Os aluguéis em Melbourne e Adelaide caíram.


    A região mais cara para aluguel de imóveis de alto padrão na Europa é ainda Moscou. Mundialmente, está em quarto. Uma elevação na população de expatriados juntamente com a contínua escassez na oferta levou a aumentos de preço na cidade nos últimos três anos. A capital russa é seguida de Londres (6º. mundialmente) e Genebra (13º.).

    Os maiores aumentos em preços de aluguel na Europa foram observados em Vilnius, Ljubljana e Oslo. Os aluguéis caíram principalmente em Atenas.

    Nesta região, os preços de aluguéis para apartamentos de três dormitórios custam em média US$2.660. Este valor está menor que a média de US$2.860 do ano anterior.

    Oriente Médio e África

    Embora aluguéis em Abu Dhabi continuem a cair, com a oferta de imóveis para aluguel superando a demanda, a cidade permanece a mais cara no Oriente Médio para aluguéis de imóveis de três dormitórios. Mundialmente, está em 23º. lugar, seguido de Dubai (35º. , globalmente). Diferentemente de Abu Dhabi, os aluguéis presenciaram aumentos neste ano à medida que o mercado nesta região mostra sinais de recuperação seguindo a quedas nos três últimos anos. Na África, os aluguéis em Nairobi continuaram a elevar-se bruscamente uma vez que a entrada de companhias estrangeiras e expatriados precipitou aumentos extraordinários nos preços.

    Notas aos editores

    Relatórios de Alojamento da ECA

    Este ranking é baseado nos dados de relatórios de Alojamento da ECA Estes são guias abrangentes de custos e implicações de aluguel de imóveis para expatriados e estão disponíveis para mais de 130 localidades no mundo todo. ECA vem produzindo relatórios de Alojamento desde 1996.

    Para garantir a imparcialidade e manter a precisão das informações, dados de diversas fontes são usados para compilar cada relatório de Alojamento. As principais fontes são os dados de pesquisa da ECA, pesquisas e informações especialmente coletadas dos corretores de imóveis sobre serviços de locação e de relocação.

    Os preços de aluguel foram coletados em setembro de 2012 e foram convertidos em dólar americano para facilitar a comparação usando a taxa de câmbio setembro de 2012.

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    Sobre a ECA International

    ECA é líder mundial no desenvolvimento e fornecimento de soluções para a gestão e transferência de funcionários ao redor do mundo. Ao fornecer dados, conhecimentos, sistemas e suporte em formatos que atendem a seus clientes, a oferta da ECA inclui um pacote externo completo de cálculos, assessoria e serviços para empresas com pouca experiência ou recursos para a gestão de transferência internacional; assinaturas para informações abrangentes online e sistemas de software para empresas com exigências maiores; e uma política e projetos de desenvolvimento de sistemas personalizados para empresas que gerem milhares de agentes internacionais em todo o mundo.

    Para mais informações ou para uma entrevista com um porta-voz da ECA International sobre esta pesquisa, entre em contato com:

    Siga-nos no Twitter: @ECAintl

    Para mais informações, entre em contato com:

    Lauren Smith
    Gerente Geral
    ECA International LLC
    Rockefeller Center
    1230 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 730
    Nova Iorque, NY 10020
    Tel.: +1 212 582 2333

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    Red Bank, NJ (MMD Newswire) February 5, 2013 -- Nextremity Solutions, Inc. today announced that its board of directors has named Rod K. Mayer to serve as the company's Chief Executive Officer and President.

    Mr. Mayer, 54, has a thirty-four year history in the orthopaedic industry with extensive entrepreneurial experience in sales, distribution, and business development. Since starting his successful orthopaedic sales career with Depuy in 1977, he has founded and/or co-founded Lake City Medical, a contract manufacturer of orthopaedic instruments and implants, DVO, an extremity based orthopaedic company acquired by Tornier, Inc., and most recently, Del Palma Orthopedics, a product development company. Mr. Mayer serves on the boards of Articulinx and Conventus Orthopaedics.

    "Nextremity Solutions has achieved over 2000 implants in 2012 with very good early clinical results," said Dr. Stuart Katchis, a founder of Nextremity Solutions and Section Chief of Foot and Ankle Surgery at Lennox Hill Hospital in NYC. "Rod brings to the management team the strategic business development leadership skills necessary to deliver the next stage of growth for the Company. We are encouraged also in his proven ability to be able to capitalize on our strong pipeline of clinically relevant forefoot and midfoot future products."

    The Nextra System is 510(k) cleared and CE Marked. Sales in the US and Europe reached 2,000 implants and over $2 million in 2012. The Company is recently in a beta-launch of three additional single use, sterile implant and instrument systems, called Precision Ready. These include feature-rich cannulated compression screws, internal drive mini-screws and snap-off staple technology to complement the highly successful Nextra System.

    About Nextremity Solutions, Inc.

    Nextremity Solutions is a privately held medical device company offering a novel approach to the surgical reconstruction of small bone deformity, degeneration and trauma. Founded by surgeons, Nextremity Solutions is committed to the development of technologically advanced and precise medical implant systems for repeatable and superior clinical outcomes. For further information, visit or call 732-383-7901.

    Nextra® Hammertoe Correction System and Precision Ready™ are trademarks of Nextremity Solutions, Inc.

    Contact: Greg Kowalczyk, 732-882-6633


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    Baton Rouge, LA (MMD Newswire) April 8, 9, 10, 2013 - The SynGas Association will hold SynGas 2013 - Building for Tomorrow - at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Baton Rouge, LA.

    Meagan Johnson, CSP, will kick off SynGas 2013 on Tuesday morning with a highly charged, participatory presentation on Generations Inc. - from Boomers to Linksters, Managing the Friction between Generations. You will learn how to move from conflict to collaboration and create a multi-generational team that is effective, productive and profitable.

    Kristine Sexter will guide SynGas Attendees through a Step-by-Step Checklist to Ensure you Hire the Best! in a jam-packed, two-part program. This program is high-energy, interactive and solution filled. You will be able to solve the specific challenges you and your company are facing when you return to work and implement the checklist.

    Dr. Loren C. Scott will address the important economic and energy price issues that affect the SynGas industry today and in the future. This is a don't miss keynote for all of you in the syngas industry who are wondering, "What Now?"

    Robert (Bob) Williamson will show us how to pursue 100% reliability of critical equipment and facilities with lessons from the top NASCAR teams. You will learn how to take the NASCAR race team approach to improving your plant performance; and, how to apply all of the proven NASCAR race team reliability principles in your organization.

    Plan to join our industry producers and suppliers at the leading show in the SynGas industry. You'll experience top notch speakers, exceptional education and networking events, latest trade show that showcases the new products, superior golf outing, famous Hospitality Suites, and back in Baton Rouge Cajun Crawfish Boil on Wednesday evening.

    You'll network, discover new ideas, have lots of fun, bring back tools to guide you through implementing all of the new techniques you learned, and, you'll earn CEU credits too!

    For more information on SynGas 2013, check out our website at or call Betty Helm @225.922.5000 or Co-Chairman, Marc Gilbertson @ 620.252.4325 & Frank Wolfe @ 918.543.6310.

    Media Contact:
    Betty Helm
    Phone:  225-922-5000
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    Media Contact:
    Jill W. Nesting

    Houston-based Research Center Doubles Lab Space

    Shale Water Research Center Adds 2,000 Square Feet to Meet Growing Business Needs

    HOUSTON, TX (MMD Newswire) February 7, 2013 -- The Shale Water Research Center (SWRC) announces the expansion of its research lab by nearly 2,000 square feet to accommodate the rapid growth and the ability to better serve its membership's research needs. In addition to doubling its laboratory space, the expanded space at 8285 El Rio St., Suite 100 will provide capacity to increase its current projects and services.

    "The Shale Water Research Center's new lab space will allow us to better serve our member company's research projects," said Ross Tomson, director of the SWRC. "We are committed to meeting our member's needs and this expansion demonstrates our commitment to building on our current success."

    Shale Water Research Center

    About the Shale Water Research Center (SWRC)

    The SWRC works to measure describe and model full-cycle water and chemical additives used in shale oil and gas production. Our primary goal is to systematically research with the aim of increasing water reuse, reducing water costs and increasing oil and gas production from each well. Find out more at


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    Internet activist has launched a petition to prevent large companies control over Chinese, Japanese, English and many other new top internet address

    February 8, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- "We believe this is an abuse of the New gTLD Program and it poses great risk of harm to consumers, business, and internet users globally." declares Tom Gilles, TLD-vangelist and petition organizer. "These generic category top level domain names such as .app, .book, .music, and others should be open for the general public, not monopolized and closed off for use by one large corporation exclusively at their sole discretion."

    ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the organization that governs the Domain Name System (DNS) of the internet is poised to release over 1000 New Top Level Domains (TLDs) starting this year. These new website name endings will occupy the space that 'com' takes in website name addresses today. There will be 'not-com' website name address endings to represent brands (.Google, .Gucci), cities (.NYC, .Vegas, .London), consumer niches (.book, .music, .baby), interests (.art, .recipes, .game) and hundreds more. Once approved, a business could register and use 'not-com' names like, or as their website name, for example. See the list of proposed new domain endings.

    But large companies, such as Amazon are attempting to exploit loopholes in the process to acquire and monopolize large swaths of website names for their exclusive use. The companies seek to close off some of the most popular niche category domain extensions from the public. Consumers, users and small businesses would be prohibited from using these new website name endings if these companies are succesful in their attempts. See a list of controversial TLDs.

    "If companies like Amazon and L'oreal have their way, there will be no .music website names for musicians and bands, no .salon domain names for real salon owners, no .APP web addresses for app developers." states's Tom Gilles "There are literally millions of possible innovative and commercial uses for website names that end, But Amazon wants them all. - Amazon should not be sole arbiter and beneficiary of this valuable public resource."

    ICANN is charged with protecting the public interest when awarding stewardship of the new domain names, which should begin shortly after the global meeting of the organization in Beijing April 2013. The petition is hoped to demonstrate strong public sentiment toward preserving open generic namespaces, compelling ICANN to reject these takeover attempts.

    Mr. Gilles hopes to deliver 100,000 petition signatures to the Board and Government Advisory Committee of ICANN at the meeting in April to achieve this.

    The petition can be found here.

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    Encino, CA (MMD Newswire) January 22, 2013 -- Fun & Fuel Promotions, based in Encino, CA, just released their 2013 Fun & Fuel Incentive Voucher. The voucher is used by small business owners to reward their customers, employees, and vendors, says Bill Jacobs Sr., co-founder of Fun & Fuel Promotions. The 5 x 8 full-color voucher offers free gift cards and free gift certificates to the end user. According to Jacobs, the vouchers are most widely used by car dealerships, furniture stores, carpet cleaners, and major appliance outlets. Small Businesses use the Fun & Fuel voucher as a premium incentive for a customer to try their product or service.

    "The vouchers are for promotional use only and cannot be sold to the end user," added Jacobs, "They must be given away for free within a small business advertising promotion or lead generation campaign and the fact that the voucher cannot be sold gives us instant credibility and also lets the business owner know they are giving away a high-quality premium incentive voucher." Fun & Fuel Promotions was established in 2011 and is now in its third year with the Fun & Fuel voucher program. The three-year old company solicits Small business owners by direct mail to purchase the vouchers and give them away to promote their business. The mailing promotions are done twice a year to attract small businesses to use the vouchers. "The main reason most small businesses are forced to close their doors is because they don't have enough customers", proclaims Jacobs, "Our Fun & Fuel voucher helps them get more customers in the door which in turn helps them to make more sales which will hopefully lead them to being able to stay in business."

    About Fun & Fuel Promotions

    Fun & Fuel Promotions is a marketing company exclusively focused on helping small businesses attract more customers. The company is headquartered in Encino, California and has independent mailing partners who participate in their two mass mailing promotions each year.

    To learn more about how to use Fun & Fuel promotions in your business call 1-800-531-9404.


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    It is hard to match the skills of firefighter but can still you can put cap on rising flames once equipped with Wilson and Cousin Fire fighting equipments.

    January 23, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- It is true that none can match the skill of trained firefighters but still if provided with quality and well maintained firefighting equipments you can certainly minimize the loss. Find some of the best quality of Fire Protection and fighting equipments like hand held extinguisher and many more with Wilson & Cousins to keep your apartment and workplace safe from dangerous fire flames.

    It is often noticed that most of the fire equipments like Fire Sprinkler Valves, hydrant gate valves and others often gets rusted and outdated if unused for long. Thankfully you will not experience this while using fire fighting equipments of Wilson and Cousin. Made from brass and other quality metals, alloys and insulating materials they provide dependable and reliable services during the hours of crisis.

    Today WILSON & COUSINS are known for followings:

    • Manufacturer and supplier of quality Fire Protection and fighting equipments

    • Pioneer in bringing out innovative fire fighting equipments

    • Known for the delivery of "Quality" firefighting equipments in Canada

    • Use of quality materials in bringing out fire safety equipments

    • Exclusive Range of products includes, Fire Sprinkler Valves, Fire Hose Reels, Fire Hose Nozzles, Hydrant Gate Valves, Fire Adaptors, Fire Valves, NST Valves, Fire hose Racks, Fire Hose Valve and many more.

    You will be delighted to know that WILSON & COUSINS manufactured fire safety equipments and fire extinguisher installed in hospitals, government offices, educational institutions etc. Moreover fire fighting departments of Canada too employ the quality products including fire hose reel and Fire Nozzle, etc. for undertaking tough and risky operations. Listed and approved by Underwriters Laboratories, Underwriters Laboratories of Canada, Factory Mutual Research, and Leading Engineers Worldwide its fire protection equipments like Fire Hose Nozzles and fire hose reel, etc. are truly world class in their nature.

    In nutshell fire fighting equipments brought out by WILSON & COUSINS offers maximum fire control which is instrumental in dousing high fire flames in time.

    The Company founded on August 2, 1881 by the partnership between Thomas Wilson and Edward Cousins, since its beginning has earmarked a new beginning in the field of fire safety equipments. With lots of honest efforts and dedication the company is steadfastly moving on the track of success. With supreme quality fire safety equipments and services it has established its name and fame in the market leaving the competitors far behind.

    Today WILSON & COUSIN proudly serves the purposes of residential and commercial complexes looking for quality fire protection equipment. These equipments are approved by leading laboratories and associations.

    Contact Us: For any further assistance or for general information, visit

    Besides, you can also visit the company at:

    WILSON & COUSINS, 4390 Paletta Court Unit M,

    Burlington, Ontario, L7L 5R2

    Phone: (905) 633-6729

    Fax: (905) 637-8655

    Else, give a call on Toll Free number 1-800-270-6792 OR drop an e-mail at or for sales assistance mail at

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    San Francisco, CA (MMD Newswire) January 23, 2013 -- Today, millions of people use Google apps to manage their everyday business. From free email services like Gmail to cloud storage over Google Drive, Google apps seem to become a more important part of our lives every day.

    But many people haven't stopped to think what would happen if their Google apps data were to suddenly disappear. Google apps data could be wiped for many different reasons. The user could forget their password or accidentally delete an important file, for example. In other cases, malicious individuals wish to do harm upon a company or person.

    That's why Google backup services are becoming increasingly popular. And when it comes to Google apps backup services, two companies are leading the way. Those two companies are Backupify and Spanning, each of which aim to impress customers with affordable and reliable Google app backup services.

    Every day, thousands of people search for the difference between Backupify vs Spanning online. And major publications like are starting to take note. In an article entitled, "How to Backup Your Computer", chose Backupify. In other words, it looks like Backupify won at least one battle in the struggle between Backupify versus Spanning.

    A spokesperson for Backupify weighed in on's decision and why Backupify is so important:

    "We were thrilled to be chosen by as one of the world's safest and easiest ways to backup personal data. With more and more people depending on Google apps and services every day, businesses and consumers are starting to realize how important data backup can be."

    Backupify seeks to win over consumers with a number of useful tools, including dashboard notifications for easy centralized management as well as CloudSight Search, which allows domain administrators to instantly locate any item stored on any of the cloud storage servers.

    In the battle between Backupify vs Spanning, Backupify is also one of the few services that can back up some of the world's most popular websites and accounts. In addition to backing up Google Apps, Backupify will also backup Facebook, Twitter, Flickr accounts, and more. Since many businesses and consumers depend on social media every day, Backupify promises that backing up online accounts is an easy and effective way to.

    The Backupify spokesperson acknowledged that Google's services and apps are incredibly stable. Downtime is rare for the world's largest search engine, but that doesn't mean consumers should completely ignore the risks of leaving personal data online:

    "Google does a very good job of protecting its data and safeguarding its apps, but its security can be lax in some areas. It doesn't protect against accidental or malicious deletion, for example, which means businesses and consumers can place themselves at a substantial amount of risk."

    About Backupify: Backupify is a leading online backup solution for Google Apps like Gmail, Calendar, and Contacts. Backupify aims to make backing up any type of cloud storage information as easy as possible for consumers. For more information, please visit:


    Joe Bragg

    (415) 632 1664

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    Pacoima, California (MMD Newswire) January 23, 2013 -- Flamemaster Corporation (pink sheets "FAME.PK") announced today that it has struck a deal to supply High Performance Polysulfide Based Aerospace Sealants into the Indian Aerospace Market.

    Some of the products the Company will provide include its proprietary CS 3204R to QPL AMS 8802. A brushable polysulfide quick repair fuel resistant sealant used on aircraft to yield weather tightness and fuel resistant seal.. It is rapid curing.

    CS 3213 qualified to Mil-PRF 81733 containg Chromate, Synthetic Rubber Corrosion Inhibiting Sealant used in the sealing and coating of metal components on weapons and aircraft systems for protection against corrosion.

    CS 3204 qualified to AMS-S-8802 integral fuel tank sealant extrudable designed to withstand the attack of Sulfur compounds present in aviation fuels. Also used as pressurized cabin sealant and Fairing Compound.

    Shipments under this new agreement will commence in February 2013.

    Flamemaster is a Southern California based specialty chemical manufacturer of high performance sealants, adhesives and coatings servicing the Aerospace, Defense, Energy and Transportation industries.

    The release herein may contain or identify forward-looking statements. These statements are based on a number of assumptions and estimates, which are inherently subject to uncertainty and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of the Company and reflect future business decisions, which are subject to change.

    Contact: Joseph Mazin, President, CEO

    Telephone: (818) 890-1401

    Fax: (818) 890-6001

    Web Site:


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    Young Entrepreneurs of the North Shore (YENS) kicks off 2013 activities with January 24 launch party at Vic's Boathouse in Salem, MA

    SALEM, MA (MMD Newswire) January 23, 2013 -- The Young Entrepreneurs of the North Shore (YENS) will officially kick off their 2013 calendar at a festive Launch Party Thursday, January 24, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Vic's Boathouse, 86 Wharf Street, Salem, MA.

    There is no cost to attend the event, according to YENS President Andrew Turner.

    Young Entrepreneurs of the North Shore (YENS) is an organization formed to promote entrepreneurship and support small and mid-sized businesses on the North Shore.

    YENS has been busy focusing on rebranding the organization, building an online community website, and will share news about the organization's status applying as a 501 c3 nonprofit. The event will include the update, networking, live music, refreshments, a silent auction, raffle prizes and much more. In addition, there will be a photo booth courtesy of 52 Photography Studio. There is no cost to attend but registration is recommended Please visit to register.

    About YENS

    Young Entrepreneurs of the North Shore (YENS) was created with a mission to identify, educate, support and encourage young entrepreneurial women and men and, through the growth of their companies, to create jobs for others. An initial $10,000 grant from the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation given to the Enterprise Center at Salem State University, by the foundation led to the establishment of YENS in 2012. Targeted to young business owners and entrepreneurs, YENS aims to provide resources by means of educating its members with seminars and a referral network to allow these business owners to reach out and connect with each other. YENS also host creative networking events for relationship building and workshops for business development in all areas. YENS has a dedicated Board of Directors committed to supporting and executing the organization's mission. For additional information, contact Renee Gannon at YENS is in the process of upgrading its web page located at; more information about the organization can be found on its Facebook page located at

    CONTACT: Jim Farrell, PR First, 781-681-6616,

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    January 25, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Damon Rawls brings a seven step plan for aspiring entrepreneurs to make their dream of becoming successful businessman, real. Businessmen start from some place and that time is very crucial and decisive as it decides whether the business will rise or fall. The seven step plan helps the new entrepreneurs to gain enough skills required for running a growing and profitable business.

    The first step amongst these seven is to gather the information from the market and from other stake holders such as vendors and customers. A good research ensures that the business goes profitable while its operations. This makes the business give better output after getting functional for the full run. Business start up requires pre-planning and that can be done only after thorough research of the whole market. The biggest decision that an entrepreneur has to make is probably about the doing or not doing of a business at all. It is advised by Damon Rawls not to start a business that is not expected to end up in profit. Several entrepreneurs find themselves entangled when they are unable to easily close a business that gives them losses while operational. To avoid these circumstances, it is better not to make a bad decision in the first place.

    Choosing the best ownership type is the third step suggested by Damon Rawls in his book for successful entrepreneurship. The registration type selection is crucial for a business to end up in profit or loss. The book also tells the beginner entrepreneurs about how to purchase a business or a franchise of an already functional business and it also tells about which business to buy and which not to.

    Amongst the most important skills required to start business is to learn about how to book keep the records and how to handle the finances. If these functions are not performed well enough, then the business can end up in loss due to false statements. The book also tells about how to do E commerce for the businesses that have just started. In this second last step, the learner entrepreneurs are introduced to the knowledge of how the electronic commerce can positively affect them. Last but not the least comes marketing of the business that makes it all happen for the business. The book for learner entrepreneurs by Damon Rawls tells all about marketing the products and services on different platforms to attract more customers and increase the revenues.

    About Damon Rawls:

    Damon Rawls is the author of the book, 'From Want-to-preneur to Entrepreneur' that teaches about to be entrepreneurs seven steps for making their newly started business more profitable and lesser prone to losses. He is currently the president of Young Professionals of the Knoxville Area Urban League and also the owner of Jani-King franchise in Knoxville, Tennessee.

    Damon Rawls

    Knoxville, Tennessee

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    DALLAS, TX (MMD Newswire) January 25, 2013 -- Dallas-based Strauss Marketing - Public Relations announced it has been named PR and marketing agency of record by The Saxton Group, one of the largest franchisees of McAlister's Deli's in the United States, following their recent acquisition of Bothwell Saxton. The Saxton Group was also the first franchise company to introduce the famous Pinkberry frozen yogurt brand outside of California and New York.

    As part of their marketing and communications campaign, SMPR will provide guidance for a variety of marketing initiatives on the local store level as well as communication strategy for the overall company. Central to its efforts, the firm will develop a comprehensive marketing strategy to implement at each store, specifically tailored to drive community involvement, sales, and overall brand awareness.

    In addition to local store marketing, SMPR will lead the communications in regards to The Saxton Group with the specific goal to spotlight the company and their leadership team. "Strauss Marketing has been essential in our marketing efforts for our McAlister's Deli and Pinkberry locations for 3 years now. We are fortunate to bring them in to help us with the communication of our recent acquisition, and now the marketing and communications for our additional 20 locations," explains Adam Saxton, Vice President of The Saxton Group.

    "We are honored to represent The Saxton Group and their franchises," says Jenifer Strauss, founder and president of Strauss Marketing - Public Relations. "The Saxton Group is a great employee owned company that strives to deliver quality food, service and philanthropy to the communities they are a part of. Our company is a perfect fit as we are deeply rooted in the local markets with media and community members, as well as our knowledge of events, trends and happenings in the market."

    About The Saxton Group

    A 100% Employee Owned Company, The Saxton Group has been part of the restaurant industry for over 30 years. The Saxton Group has a rich history of multi-unit and multi-brand development. Initially a small operation with a single restaurant, the group has evolved into industry veterans and leaders with locations operating in four states. A 2013 acquisition made The Saxton Group the largest McAlister's Deli franchisee in the country, owning and operating over 50 locations. As one of Restaurant Franchise Monitor's Top 100 Restaurant Franchisees, The Saxton Group is aggressively expanding McAlister's Deli and Pinkberry concepts. Through the years, The Saxton Group has maintained a family approach to business and takes pride in teaching every employee about the restaurant business from the ground up. The group is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. For more information, please visit

    About Strauss Marketing - Public Relations

    Strauss Marketing is a national public relations and marketing firm with a boutique philosophy. Founded in 2001 and based out of Dallas, TX, SMPR takes a unique and creative approach to marketing and communication strategy. Major practice areas include consumer marketing, media and community relations, event marketing and management, social media, and brand and product launch strategy development in the business, culinary, fashion, lifestyle, luxury, and non-profit industries. For more information, please visit

    Media Contact

    Nicki Patel


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    January 25, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- The challenges facing the future of Los Angeles are great - but so are the opportunities. In this debate all five candidates for Mayor of Los Angeles will face some of the top business leaders in Los Angeles, asking tough questions. For advance interviews with Gov Davis and others please contact us.

    WHAT: Mayor Debates on the Future of LA for Business and Civic Leaders, sponsored by LA5 The Rotary Club of Los Angeles, the leading business and civic organization in Los Angeles, serving LA for over 100 years.

    WHO: LA5 The Rotary Club of Los Angeles, the "LA5" All Five Mayoral Candidates, Former California Governor Gray Davis as Moderator along with Frank Mottek, "the voice of LA Business" from KNX News Radio


    City Councilman for the 13th District and former City Council President


    City Controller and former City Councilwoman for the 2nd District


    Talk radio host and attorney


    City Councilwoman for the 9th District


    Chief Strategy Officer at Spokeo and former Mayor Villaraigosa aide

    WHEN: Friday, February 8, 2013, 11 AM to 1 PM; Lunch is served at 11:30 AM; Debates start at approx. 12 Noon

    WHERE: JW Marriott at LA Live, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, 90015

    Valet parking, $16 at the hotel. Self parking available at LA Live or surface lots nearby.

    MORE INFO: Tickets are $50 per person and the public is invited to attend. Approx. 500-600 LA5 members and guests are expected. For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call (213) 624-8601 x 103.

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    The Vapor Bar Opened January 18th in Rowlett to Service the Garland, Mesquite, Rockwall and Rowlett area

    Rowlett, Texas (MMD Newswire) January 28, 2013 -- The Vapor Bar is a Professional Electronic Cigarette Store (already operating in McKinney, TX and Grapevine, Tx) that will concentrate on community education regarding professional grade electronic vaping units, the ease of switching from traditional analog to electronic cigarettes , and finding the right equipment that will get the customer to switch, save money and gain freedom from smoking. The retail store is located at 8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 103 in Rowlett.

    Schell Hammel, the owner of The Vapor Bar, has a personal drive. "I have two Grandfathers and a Grandmother that all died of lung cancer. This is personal for me! I want others to learn that they can enjoy their habit, but in a non-offensive way to others and save hundreds per month while doing it. If I can educate the public and improve the quality of life for many, then I am making a difference."

    The Vapor Bar will carry only high quality units that have been tried and tested by the staff. They will also only carry US made liquids, which are used to fill the units. When asked what makes her store different from local mall stores or those found on television she responded, "These are only professional-grade units., the ones that allow the user to lay down cigarettes immediately and easily! You won't find these in any mall or convenience store. And our customer care and customer service sets us apart from everyone else. Come in to the store, ask a ton of questions and test the different units and over 120 different liquid flavors with confidence that all of the liquid has been tested for nicotine content and all units have been tried and true."

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    Pompano Beach, Florida (MMD Newswire) January 28, 2013 -- Some years ago, I was told of a new product coming out in the market that was worthy of my investing. The investment in this product seemed crazy at the time. Imagine, bottling water and trying to sell it to the masses. Water was readily available and as close as the kitchen tap. Within several years, a new industry grew up around bottling water. I missed the boat, did not invest and missed the opportunity of a lifetime. My next investment opportunity was the notion of bottling Iced Tea as an alternative to carbonated soda. How could an Iced Tea compete with soda? Carbonated soda had a firm grip on the market. Well you know what happened, the market exploded; but not with me in it. While I was on a roll of missed opportunities, how about GPS Navigation? I had first heard about this system for the navigation on ships and airliners. Rumors were that it would available for your own car soon. I never checked out the rumors and before long, it was available as a must have accessory on most vehicles.

    One hard lesson learned by all this was, when opportunity knocks, I need to seize upon that moment and take immediate action or I will be left standing at the station still waiting for my turn at windfall profit. Well this time, I am not missing this one. Such an opportunity can be seen at the World of Concrete, February 5-8th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. In an obscure booth, N968, there will be on display this generation's greatest new product. It represents a new paradigm in one of the world's largest market place. Here, again you and I can find out about the next great opportunity knocking at our door. It will be hidden amongst the giant banners of others and the extravagant displays of the multinational cement companies. But there, amongst that backdrop of opulence, a little company from South Florida will announce their discovery in science and technology to the World.

    Scientists at Blue World Crete Create Portland Replacement, Geo-Blue Crete  Blue World Crete Geo-Blue Crete

    This company, without the benefits of great laboratories, huge academic grants or government research funds, discovered a new paradigm in building materials which will single handedly change the cities we live in, the highways we drive upon, and even the air we breathe. The company is called Blue World Crete. "God gave us the answer to many questions and embedded it right in front of our eyes; it's called Nature", said Art Galietti, COO. Blue World Crete's scientists, through years of research, have broken the code of bio-mineralization used by crustaceans for untold centuries to form their shells. Utilizing the natural raw material of algae, Blue World Crete scientists have discovered a proprietary methodology that encourages bio-mineralization to occur quickly in real time, resulting in a cementitious building material superior to traditional Portland cement.

    Mr. Galietti further stated, "We discovered one of the most perfect binders of all time". Developed from an algae extract, it creates a covalent bond with other materials such has not been seen in the Cement Industry. And best of all, this cement is inexpensive to manufacture and does not require kilns to bake limestone as in the Portland process. There is no release of CO2 or carcinogens such as heavy metals. It only requires a mix of natural materials containing alumina, silica and/or many other Pozzolan materials. Water is the catalyst, any water, even salt water. This is the day of a new building material. This new cement is called Geo-Blue Crete™. Blue World Crete Inc. licenses its technology to manufacturers and distributors worldwide. Their concrete is superior and surpasses Portland on ASTM standards. License fees are very modest as compared to the entry cost of Portland Cement manufacturing which is typically controlled by a few large international companies. Geo-Blue Crete is impressively less expensive than even Geo polymers, yet having many of the same superior characteristics without the problems.

    Now the door is swung wide open to the opportunity of those who want to manufacture their own cement. Geo-Blue Crete is an elastopolymer which has superior tensile strength. Imagine a general purpose concrete that cures at 6,000 psi. Imagine a concrete that is acid resistant, alkali resistant and will not allow for the rusting of embedded metals. It will bond to any surface even old Portland and not delaminate. It has a coefficient of expansion close to zero. It is self insulating with an R f actor of 70 at a ½ inch. Imagine a concrete that can remain plastic from 3 hours to eight hours.

    I may have missed out on bottled drinking water, bottled tea and GPS, but I don't think you or I want to miss out on this opportunity. I hope to see you at that inconspicuous booth, N968, at the World of Concrete, February 5th - the 8th, 2013. If you can't make it, you may want to contact Mr. Galietti yourself, 561-929-8384,, or check out their web site at


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