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    NEW YORK, NEW YORK (MMD Newswire) February 19, 2013 -- In answering a lawsuit by ex-employee Isidra Tuburan and prospective employees Rosalina Quilario and Wendolen Almonte, Care Worldwide, Inc. and Dr. Raina Massey, the president of Care Worldwide, brought a countersuit against the three plaintiffs, seeking $10.5 million from Tuburan for tortious interference of business relations and libel, and $550,000 from Quilario and Almonte for libel.

    Care Worldwide is a clinical research company with gross revenues of over $800,000 and more than 200 employees worldwide. Since 2009 to 2012 Care worldwide has successfully sponsored 69 H1B and paid salary as per LCA, and also united many employees with their families from international destinations.Care Worldwide also serves as OJT site for State approved applicants.

    Dr. Raina Massey has been the president of Care Worldwide since its inception in 2008. Thanks to the hard working staff of Care Worldwide, the company has received several projects in 2013. These projects have multiple job openings at local and international sites. Care Worldwide continues to hire new employees for their incoming projects. Care Worldwide and Dr. Massey allege in their counterclaims that Tuburan engaged in tortious interference of business relations by withholding important correspondence to Care Worldwide from a leading pharmaceutical company, which ended up costing Care Worldwide more than $500,000 in potential contracts. Care Worldwide's counterclaims also allege that Tuburan sent libelous email correspondence to employees in India, which cost Care Worldwide more than $10 million dollars in lost revenue. Care Worldwide's counterclaims also allege that Quilario and Almonte made libelous statements about Massey and Care Worldwide in a broadcast on the Filipino news website Balitang America. Finally, in seeking $550,000 from Quilario and Almonte, the countersuit alleges that Quilario and Almonte sent or caused to be sent by their agents emails to Care Worldwide employees which contained libelous statements about Dr. Massey. The company is also claiming $50,000.00 revenue loss per day since Jan 7th 2013.

    In addition to her work as president of Care Worldwide, Dr. Massey is also writer of clinical research curriculums. Since 2006 these curriculums have been approved for several training institutes in New Jersey. Dr. Massey is also a founder of the oldest Indian Christian church in New York, and has supported the founding of several churches in New York and in India.

    Lawsuit docket no: 12 -cv - 8561
    
    Contact address is 24 Commerce Street Suite 525 Newark New Jersey 
    Email: info@careworldservices.com
    
    Lawyers address is
    Bruno C. Bier
    38 West 32 Street
    Suite 1511 New York
    1 212 481 4900
    
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    CHALFONT, PA (MMD Newswire) February 19, 2013 -- PTM Wealth Management announced today that its president Paul T. Murray was appointed to the Board of Directors of A Woman's Place (AWP) on Monday, February 4, 2013. During his tenure on the board, Murray will help A Woman's Place further its mission of providing assistance and support services to women and children facing domestic abuse and violence.

    In his professional work as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, Murray counsels clients, especially women, through divorce. By thoroughly analyzing his clients' assets in marriage and in post-divorce planning, Murray is able to help clients make smart financial decisions during the divorce process, and develop realistic and comprehensive financial plans.

    Murray is an avid supporter of causes relating to domestic violence and other woman's issues. Murray states, "My interest in working with A Woman's Place stems from my experiences as a divorce financial planner, where I see the intimidation, threats, and bullying that many of my female clients have had to endure from their husbands," said Murray. "In most cases, divorce only brings to light a history of controlling behavior - or sometimes worse - which has shaped the married lives of these women." He continues, "It is my hope that my involvement on the board of directors can help make a difference in the lives of the women and their children who come to the organization for support and resources to help them escape their abusive pasts and move forward toward a brighter future."

    About Paul T. Murray:

    Paul T. Murray is President of PTM Wealth Management, and is a Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ (CDFA™). Murray is also a past Co-President of the Board of Directors of Montgomery County's comprehensive domestic violence agency, Laurel House. His focus is on clients' complete financial picture, and his wealth management approach includes advice on creating lifetime income strategies, on protecting families with life, health, and disability insurance, and on preserving and protecting wealth with trusts and long-term care insurance. Murray is very passionate about helping people make smart financial decisions in divorce. As a CDFA™, he is a highly trained specialist in the analysis of assets in the marriage and post-divorce planning. For more information visit: http://www.ptmwealth.com/.

    About A Women's Place:

    A Woman's Place is a community-based social change organization committed to the empowerment of women and to ending intimate and domestic violence for all. AWP provides a full range of assistance and support services for victims of domestic abuse and violence and their children, including a free 24-hour confidential hotline, a full-service residential shelter, individual and group counseling, legal and medical advocacy, and a children's program. As domestic violence is a community issue, requiring community effort and support to successfully eradicate, AWP also provides comprehensive community-based domestic violence training, education, outreach, and advocacy. For more information about visit: http://awomansplace.org/.


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    February 19, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- The Eric D. Davis Sarcoma Foundation (EDDF) is proud to announce that co-founder Zanetta Davis will be a guest speaker at the Rare Disease Day Awareness Rally at the Texas State Capitol in Austin.

    "One of the key initiatives of the 50/50 campaign we launched this past month is to enhance efforts to increase financial support and awareness for the rare cancer community," Zanetta Davis said. "We've decided that traveling to Austin to publicly speak up and show our support was a great official first step toward that goal."

    Davis will team up with the leaders of the Cynthia Solomon Holmes Foundation (CSHF), a sarcoma organization based in Houston, to represent sarcoma as a rare disease at the rally.

    "We have teamed up with CSHF on several occasions to support each other," Davis said. "This is a great opportunity for us to continue as a united front in our common goals of spreading awareness of sarcoma and ultimately ending the disease."

    The speech Davis is set to deliver will be focused on 'discovering the advocate in each of us.' In addition to Davis, there will be inspiring speeches by many touched by rare diseases, including doctors, researchers, patients, families and more.

    Everyone is welcome to attend the Rare Disease Day Awareness Rally at the Texas State Capitol in Austin on February 28, 2013 from 8:30-10:30am. The event is sponsored by the National Organization for Rare Disorders' (NORD) Central Texas Chapter.

    For more information on this event and other Rare Disease Day events across the U.S., please visit: http://rarediseaseday.us/.

    About the Eric D. Davis Sarcoma Foundation:

    The Eric D. Davis Sarcoma Foundation (EDDF) was established in 2012 by Eric's family and friends in his honor and memory. EDDF is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to finding a cure for sarcoma, a rare cancer, by increasing public awareness, funding sarcoma research, and providing support for adults with sarcoma and their families through financial assistance, education and advocacy. The organization is based in Mesquite, Texas, and online at EricDDavisFoundation.org. Contact EDDF by phone at 1-866-543-4351 or email at Info@EricDDavisFoundation.org.

    Press release written and distributed by Simply Marketed small business marketing services in Boston.


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  • 02/20/13--20:11: Polystar appoints new COO
  • February 20, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Polystar, a leading supplier of Service Assurance, Network Monitoring and Test Solutions for the telecom market, today announced the appointment of Christian Ledin as the new COO, effective immediately.

    With more than 15 years of executive management and leadership experience in the IT & Telecom industry, Christian Ledin has served in a variety of roles with globally recognised businesses. Most recently, Christian was the COO at Basset, a company in the Kinnevik Group, where he had played an active role in building up the business in North and South America, and successfully developed their international presence.

    "Christian brings remarkable leadership and vision to the enterprise. He has a long experience that will help us keep driving the business forward, continuously reinforce and accelerate our global expansion, and address the needs of our ever-expanding international customer base. We see this appointment as a result of a long-term and active strategy to strengthen our management team and maintain Polystar's sustainable growth," says Mikael Grill, founder and CEO of Polystar.

    "I'm very excited to join Polystar and help the company reach its growth projections. It's a true privilege to be able to join a company with an expansive market, a solid customer base, and excellent products," commented Christian Ledin.

    About Polystar

    Polystar is the premier supplier of Service Assurance, Network Monitoring and Test Solutions to leading telecom operators, service providers and network equipment manufacturers around the globe. Polystar's innovative product portfolio supports the complete lifecycle of new services and technologies--from design, pre-deployment verification and stress-testing, through roll-out, down to network assurance and service management of in-service mobile, fixed, IP or converged networks.

    Polystar is recognised as one of the fastest-growing companies in Sweden. Since its establishment in Stockholm in 1983, it has experienced a continuous and sustainable growth, and evolved to a global presence, serving its customers in over 50 countries.

    Media contact

    Polystar

    Inna Ott, Marketing Director

    +46 8 50 600 600


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    New York, NY (MMD Newswire) February 20, 2013 -- Employee-owned Tocqueville Asset Management has engaged The Millennium Group to staff and manage Office Services within its New York City Headquarters. Office Services include mail center and related office support services as well as off-site document shredding. Focused solely on providing the best investment management to their clients as possible since their formation in 1985, Tocqueville bases their decisions on extensive research, thorough knowledge and examination of every investment in their mutual funds, consistently seeking an investment return that is above average. The Millennium Group now has the opportunity to facilitate the seamless methods of their business in this multi-year agreement.

    "The Millennium Group announces yet another exciting new engagement to start 2013," said Debra Gonzalez, Operations Manager for The Millennium Group. "We have similar local appeal to Tocqueville, a company that, like us, has been operating in Manhattan for over 25 years."

    About Tocqueville Asset Management

    Formed in 1985, Tocqueville Asset Management is an entrepreneurial, employee-owned partnership that focuses exclusively on growing and preserving their clients' long-term capital. They invest alongside their clients and therefore have more than a professional interest in producing results that meet and exceed expectations. They manage investment portfolios with the independent thinking and rigorous research that was the hallmark of Alexis de Tocqueville, the great nineteenth-century chronicler of American democracy. Like their namesake, they resist preconceived notions and constantly test their ideas against the hard realities of the marketplace.

    About The Millennium Group

    The Millennium Group is a premier provider of facilities and document management outsourcing solutions. The Millennium Group's service offerings include traditional onsite solutions for Mail, Print, Records and Image Management, Reception, and related Facilities Support. The Millennium Group's services expertise also includes end to end document management services including Direct Mail, Digital Print-on-Demand, Records Management, and secure Document Destruction. The Millennium Group successfully services a broad base of industries from legal, pharmaceutical and investment banking to education, healthcare, media, non-profit and government agencies with trained professionals, a full complement of technology partners, and best operating practices.

    Media Contact:

    Sarah Stryker

    The Millennium Group

    888.703.7030

    sstryker@TMGOfficeServices.com

    http://www.TMGOfficeServices.com


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    Canton, OH (MMD Newswire) February 20, 2013 -- Security Expert John M. White CPP, CHPA of Protection Management, LLC, recommends that management double checks to see if there are weapons being handled at your business.

    According to security consultant John M. White, CPP, CHPA, most businesses and educational facilities have a policy that no weapons are allowed, yet management never actually asks employees if they know of any weapons. During a recent security assessment White found that although a business had a no weapons policy; employees would actually hold knives and even firearms for clientele when asked. "There was absolute silence when the employee told us about the gun, and the business management was taken aback by the revelation to say the least. It is as easy as asking your staff those tough questions and be prepared to hear the unthinkable," said White. According to White this proves his theory that no matter what policy you have in place, your employees may have what they consider a valid reason for doing something to the contrary.

    For those businesses that do not have a policy White suggests that they accept the fact that without a policy or protocol in place, employees are going to do what they think is right. "No two people are the same, so the actual responses that each employee will do can vary all over the board. If you want the staff to do something in a particular way, insure that you not only have a policy but also train to that policy," said White.

    Protection Management, LLC is an independent security consulting firm specializing in Security Management, Healthcare Security, Special Event Security Planning, Security Risk Assessments and Litigation Avoidance and/or Support. Protection Management specializes in assisting clients in identifying their security risks and vulnerabilities and providing them with the information to correct deficiencies and reduce their risk.

    For more information on business security, or to contact a security consultant at Protection Management call 1.877.686.5460 or visit their website at www.protectionmanagementllc.com for overview of their services, background and expertise.

    Contact Information

    John M. White, CPP, CHPA

    Protection Management, LLC

    1.877.686.5460

    www.protectionmanagementllc.com


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    Conshohocken, PA (MMD Newswire) February 20, 2013 -- Satori Group Inc. announces its sponsorship for SmartCEO Attorneys Roundtable for February 21, 2013 in Center City, Philadelphia, an event held to join local attorneys to share and discuss best practices.

    The two-hour roundtable session features representatives from some of the top firms in the Philadelphia region. The resulting transcript will be published in the June 2013 issue of SmartCEO magazine where their advice, strategies and perspectives on the practices and emerging trends in business and employment law will be shared with SmartCEO readers of the Greater Philadelphia business community.

    Satori Group has served the legal industry for over 12 years and currently provides Corporate Performance Management solutions for 16 of the top 100 Am Law ranked firms, including some of the most prominent in the country such as DLA Piper, Morgan Lewis, and Shearman & Sterling.

    About Satori Group, Inc.

    Satori Group, Inc. is a Business Intelligence and Corporate Performance Management solutions provider. Powered by proCube, a high performance, in-memory Business Intelligence platform, proView, an intuitive reporting portal, and oneGlance, a data visualization platform, Satori's solutions scale to fit any budget and deploy on-premise or in the cloud. Solutions for budgeting & forecasting, reporting, and analytics allow your organization to work collaboratively in real time across the enterprise to gain actionable information that drives your business forward. With domain expertise and knowledge of best practices across industries, Satori provides strategic planning, implementation, project management, and on-going support for your business.

    About SmartCEO

    SmartCEO is an exclusive community of CEOs and business executives, highly regarded mentors and well-respected thought leaders whose experiences benefit their own organizations and the communities in which they serve. SmartCEO's mission is to educate and inspire the business community through the pages of our award-winning magazine, connections at our C-level events and access to valuable online resources.

    For more than a decade, SmartCEO has been a leader in helping CEOs tell their stories in-print, in-person and most recently in-video. SmartCEO's Mid-Atlantic focus began in Baltimore and has grown to include Philadelphia, Washington DC, and has recently expanded to New York City.

    Contact:

    Eric Ulkloss, Marketing, Satori Group, Inc.

    marketing@satorigroupinc.com

    Phone: 610.862.6328


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    February 20, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Nanotechnology maker LITRAX announces today that its L2 fiber & filament technology has been awarded as a WINNER at ISPO 2013 in Munich to be among "TOP 5 FIBRES INNOVATION" for fall/winter season 2014/15.

    L2 technology creates enhanced and rapid thermal insulation, heat storage and reemission. it further enhances blood circulation, thus stimulating cellular metabolism with its associated beneficial health effects. The technology, used both in filaments, fibers and layers, is designed for high performance sportswear, sleepwear, workwear, garments or underwear. Garments made with L2 THERMO have insulation properties and rapid warming from an increase of +5°C to over amazing +22°Celsius, depending on the percentage of L2 master batches used in virgin materials.

    LITRAX provides L2 master batches for Polyamide, Polyester, Polypropylene and buildingmaterials. L2 can be blended together with other LITRAX additives to bring additional features: excellent moisture management, odor reduction, UV protection and antibacterial function (zinc/silver/organic). "We are very satisfied with this great entry positioning in the performance markets", says Felix Stutz, founder of LITRAX." In the very near future LITRAX will revolutionize the performance textile markets by offering custom made additive solutions to virtually any big or small synthetic spinning company. Performance textile producers will soon realize that there is a brand market (with its associated high prices) and a much more fairly priced top-functional generica market, just like the pharma industries. This will enable small players to rapidly enter the functional market with creative solutions made with LITRAX, and large players to quickly diversify without verstretching their R&D budgets.

    LITRAX, based in Hong Kong under Swiss Management, is an innovative manufacturer and supplier of products using both organic and minerals to create functional raw materialsfor various industries. Their profound expertise in nanotechnology and their L-series functional master batches have gained rapid recognition worldwide among synthetic spinning insiders.

    LITRAX can be contacted through their website www.Litrax.com , Facebook www.facebook.com/litrax or by email litrax@litrax.com .

    Company: LITRAX

    Website: www.Litrax.com

    LITRAX Head Office: +41.41.450 49 44

    Email: litrax@litrax.com


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    Apex Companies, LLC Reports Record Revenues in 2012 of $100+ Million

    Acquisitions & Organic Growth Boost Annual Revenue by 43 Percent

    ROCKVILLE, MD (MMD Newswire) February 20, 2013 -- Apex Companies, LLC - a leading national energy, water resources and environmental consulting and engineering firm - announces the Company generated revenues of more than $100 million in 2012, a 43 percent increase over 2011.

    The increase was attributable to organic growth and the synergistic impact of the acquisitions of two privately held environmental and engineering services firms, TITAN Engineering and Ash Creek Associates, in 2011.

    "While 100 million is just a number, it's a pretty big one and a testament to the hard work and dedication throughout the Apex family," says Peter Young, Chairman of Apex. "We would like to express sincere thanks to our clients, employees, suppliers and supporters for helping us achieve this fiscal milestone."

    In addition to record financial growth, 2013 marks Apex's 25th anniversary. Throughout the Company's quarter century of providing quality environmental and engineering services Apex has experienced multiple milestones, including being named to the Inc. 500 list of America's fastest growing companies, honored with NAEP's 2011 National Environmental Excellence Award for environmental stewardship and named a Zweig Letter Hot Firm.

    Focused on minimizing environmental liabilities and hurdles to help clients maximize their business opportunities, Apex was recently named a Top 200 Environmental Firm and Top 500 Design Firm by Engineering News-Record Magazine (ENR Magazine).

    For more information: www.apexcos.com, 301.417.0200.

    About Apex Companies

    Founded in 1988, Apex Companies, LLC is a leading national water resources and environmental services consulting and engineering firm dedicated to providing private and public sector clients with full-service, single-source solutions for routine and complex projects. Clients rely on the Company to provide the technical expertise and solutions requisite in the industry, while differentiating itself with a quick response time, professional performance, high-quality results and cost efficiency. Apex employs more than 450 professionals, including geologists, hydrogeologists, engineers, air quality experts, environmental scientists, industrial hygienists, safety specialists and field technicians, across a network of more than 35 offices throughout the United States.

    CONTACT:
    Kevin Satz
    301.417.0200
    ksatz@apexcos.com

    www.apexcos.com

    www.facebook.com/ApexCompaniesLLC

    www.twitter.com/apexcos

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    February 20, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- IML Worldwide, a specialist in the provision of interactive eventtechnology and the global leader in harnessing audience insight has opened a new USA office in the San Francisco area. The new office is IML's 13th around the world and fourth in the USA (with offices already in Minneapolis, New York and Chicago). It is being opened to accommodate a rapid expansion of IML client business in the San Francisco and wider West Coast area.

    In charge of the new IML San Francisco office will be Peter Fowler, an eight year IML veteran previously with IML UK, who has been appointed as General Manager, West Coast NA. His responsibilities include heading up a new sales and delivery team based at the new office, specifically tasked with managing the growing IML client base in California and the West Coast.

    Richard Fisher, CEO of IML Worldwide says, "Peter has vast experience of managing relationships with senior UK-based FTSE 100 clients as well as clients from Europe, USA, Hong Kong and Australia making him ideal for this new challenge. He understands in detail how we can help our clients businesses and, in addition, has a robust understanding of the technical side of IML's business. I am sure he, together with his new team, will make a big impact on IML's rapidly growing USA business both in terms of new and existing clients."

    Those interested in IML's services in the San Francisco area can contact Peter and his team at 415 244 3380.

    About IML Worldwide

    IML is the global leader in harnessing audience insight. Its award-winning services capture and make sense of the rich content, discussion and interaction that is generated at meetings and events. Operating from 13 offices around the world, IML engages annually with over half a million people at more than 2500 business conferences, annual meetings, charity auctions, training workshops and market research sessions - ranging in size from ten to ten thousand participants. IML is owned by Computershare.

    For more information, please contact:

    (UK) Mary Killingworth e: mary@brandnation.co.uk t: +44 207 940 7172

    (UK) Mark Peacock e: mark@brandnation.co.uk t: +44 207 940 7170

    (USA) Mike Vinup e: mike.vinup@imlworldwide.com t: +1 877 646 2455

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    Popstar teams with VIA and Ingram Micro to highlight multi-channel capabilities

    Olathe, Kansas (MMD Newswire) February 21, 2013 -- VIA and Ingram Micro Inc. in alliance with Popstar Networks, are showcasing their multi-channel, multi-display and interruptive marketing capabilities and innovations at Digital Signage Expo (DSE) 2013 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 27-28, 2013.

    VIA Technologies is highlighting DS-8, the new 8-channel digital signage media player that is ideal for digital menu board deployments. The player, combined with Popstar's Digital Media Manager (DMM), has the capability to operate and manage 8 discreet digital signage displays in a mixed-aspect ratio. The VIA DS-8 supports up to 8 HDMI or DVI outputs and HD graphics on multiple displays while still delivering true pixel by pixel resolution.

    Popstar's unique Interruptive Marketing capabilities enable a single video wall layout to simultaneously run a single piece of content spread across all 8 channels for a scheduled amount of time, then return the 8 channels to their previous configurations.

    Ingram Micro is showcasing a multi-channel HD2.8 digital signage player managing 3 Samsung LEDs in a 1x2 mix of portrait and landscape orientation. The HD2.8, using Popstar's DMM, ensures digital content is a cost-effective solution to a variety of signage needs. Ingram Micro is the world's leading technology distributor to IT resellers and vendors seeking to deliver unique marketing programs and solutions.

    Multi-display capability reduces the overall cost of hardware and the need for additional cabling in a digital signage network. These innovations mean that each player delivers unique content to more screens with less cost.

    To view these exciting developments in digital signage capabilities, visit Booth #1248 (VIA); and Booth #1062 (Ingram Micro) at the Digital Signage Expo 2013 in Las Vegas.

    ABOUT POPSTAR

    Popstar Networks, Inc. (www.popstarnetworks.com) software and services are the foundation for creating rich media experiences for your audiences, reinforcing brand and influencing behavior to increase revenue. Founded in 2003, Popstar has been on the cutting edge of media advancements incorporating interactive media, multiple displays and high performance digital signage into superior audience experiences.

    Popstar's accomplishments include cinematic digital advertising, interactive kiosks, dynamic information displays and digital menu boards. Based in Olathe, Kansas with offices in Seattle, Washington, Popstar delivers workable, robust solutions to make your integration and implementation successful.

    Contact: Katie Custer

    Phone: 913.226.8319

    Email: katiec@popstarnetworks.com

    Website: www.popstarnetworks.com

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    Dakar (MMD Newswire) February 21, 2013 -- Impaxis Capital ("Impaxis"), a principal investment and financial advisory firm based in Senegal, announced today on behalf of three subsidiary entities (Elton Senegal, Elton Gambia, and Senbus) it had reached agreement for an investment of up to USD 14 million by the Atlantic Coast Regional Fund ("ACRF"), a private equity investment vehicle managed by Advanced Finance & Investment Group ("AFIG Funds").

    The entities, which are held through Impaxis' wholly owned subsidiary Société d'Interventions Financières ("SIFI"), will receive immediate investments totaling USD 10 million in a combination of equity and quasi-equity securities, with an additional USD 4 million earmarked for follow on financings in line with their business plans.

    Elton Senegal and Elton Gambia are engaged in the marketing and distribution of petroleum products through their combined retail network of over 30 service stations. Both companies, each with over a decade of operational experience, have grown to occupy significant positions in their respective markets, with increasing profitability and brand recognition. The partnership with ACRF will enable the companies to accelerate their retail expansion within the region and to develop capacity to better serve marine, industrial and aviation customers.

    Senbus operates the sole automotive assembly plant in Senegal (and in the Francophone West Africa region), manufacturing buses geared towards the public transportation industry in partnership with Asian manufacturers. The partnership with ACRF will enable the company to execute on a robust pipeline of assembly projects over the next few years.

    Commenting on the investments, Mr. Momar Ndour, the Managing Director of Impaxis Capital said: "We are very pleased with our decision to partner with AFIG Funds, an experienced investor with an outstanding reputation and excellent knowledge of our regional markets. Our companies have grown significantly over the last few years, and we expect to build on this momentum to deliver value to our customers and shareholders."

    Following on this, Papa Madiaw Ndiaye, CEO of AFIG Funds, said: "We are excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with Impaxis Capital, and provide the necessary resources and capabilities to the related entities to drive strong financial and operating performance going forward. The Elton affiliates and Senbus enjoy wide customer support and brand recognition, and we look forward to assisting them in their ambitious expansion plans. Our investment further demonstrates our commitment to partnering with leading local companies in strengthening their operations and expanding their footprint in our target region."

    NOTE TO EDITORS

    About Impaxis Capital (www.impaxiscapital.com)

    Impaxis Capital ("Impaxis") is a principal investment and financial advisory firm based in Senegal. Impaxis provides the full range of financial advisory services to a roster of clients with particular expertise in performing complex high-value M&A transactions. Impaxis became the beneficial owner of Elton Senegal, Elton Gambia and Senbus through its acquisition of Société d'Interventions Financières ("SIFI"), a Senegal based holding company in early 2012.

    About Advanced Finance & Investment Group (www.afigfunds.com)

    Advanced Finance and Investment Group LLC ("AFIG Funds") is a Mauritius private equity fund firm with offices in Dakar, Johannesburg, and Washington, DC. Atlantic Coast Regional Fund LLC ("ACRF"), the maiden fund of AFIG Funds, is a USD 72 million regional fund focused on 29 countries in West and Central Africa. ACRF considers investments in all sectors, and targets strong growth companies, preferably with a regional scope, in its target region.

    For further information, please contact:

    Impaxis Capital: Mr. Patrick Brochet T: +221 33 869 3140

    AFIG Funds: Mr. Patrice Backer T: +221 33 865 0515 E: info@afigfunds.com

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    Boston, MA (MMD Newswire) February 26, 2013 -- Accreon, Inc., a leading healthcare technology services company, today announced that it has named Eric Demers President of its USA operations. In his role, Demers will guide the company's rapid growth in the US Healthcare market and continued expansion of its technology service offerings.

    "Eric's proven track record of successfully growing services companies and his expertise in healthcare technology make him a perfect addition to the Accreon team." said Neil Russon, CEO at Accreon, Inc. "His impressive background in developing innovative eHealth solutions and his knowledge of the US & International healthcare markets will work together to bring significant value to our US-based clients."

      Accreon

    Mr. Demers brings years of experience to the Accreon team. Most recently, Mr. Demers cofounded EMDHealth, a healthcare consulting company. Prior to that, he was Chief Strategy Officer for MEDecision, led North American operations for Orion Health and was an Associate Partner in IBM's global business services organization. He holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Brandeis University and a master's in health services administration from George Washington University.

    About Accreon, Inc.

    Accreon, Inc. is a leading IT consulting company with a rich history of working with clients in the healthcare industry to deploy technology for competitive and operational advantage. With deep expertise in integration, Accreon is focused on the intersection of Health Reform and the use of technology to find creative solutions to major challenges within the system. Accreon USA is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

    For more information, visit us.accreon.com

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    Google search engine results suggest exterminating autistic people

    By Sparrow R. Jones

    February 27, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- This Saturday, scores of Autistic people from around the globe wrote poetry and essays to protest the negative image of autism reflected in the autocomplete options offered by the Google search engine.

    The popular search engine attempts to complete the sentence "Autistic people should ..." with such phrases as "be killed" and "be exterminated." The protest, called a Flash Blog, hopes to give Autistic people an opportunity to have their voices heard, increase positive awareness of autism, and counteract the negative suggestions of Google's autocomplete function. A second follow-up Flash Blog, focused on the equally negative Google results for "Autistic people are ..." is planned for next Saturday, March 2nd.

    "We, Autistics, want and deserve to live our lives with dignity and respect," writes Amy Sequenzia, noted Autistic poet. "Autistic people should have communication, inclusion and civil rights," writes Henry Frost, an Autistic student who recently attained fame for his successful campaign through change.org for his right to attend the public school in his neighborhood. "We ALL benefit when we work toward ending oppression and respecting every person's right to exist," writes Ariane Zurcher, Huffington Post blogger and mother of Emma, an Autistic pre-teen.

    Links to all writing from last Saturday's Flash Blog can be found at http://autisticpeopleshould.blogspot.com and the results of next Saturday's Flash Blog will be published at http://autisticpeopleare.blogspot.com. Autistic advocates and their allies hope that this project will bring much-needed attention to the many positive attributes of Autistic people.

    Contact

    To learn more about this protest and the follow-up protest, contact:

    Autistic People Should

    http://autisticpeopleshould.blogspot.com

    Autistic People Are

    http://autisticpeopleare.blogspot.com

    AutisticFlashBlogs@gmail.com

    Rose Jordan, Rose198172@yahoo.com

    Sparrow R. Jones, sparrowrose@gmail.com, (208) 232-5784

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    Montreal (MMD Newswire) February 27, 2013 -- ALLiance Quebec 2.0, a brand new Quebec-based, non-profit organization committed to educating both domestically and abroad, officially throws its hat into the charged English-language rights scene. "Get ready for an entirely new message, brand and face to the Bill 101-anti-movement" President Ian Stone warns, particularly his would-be Anglophone (English) supporters, adding, "We are NOT your parents' Alliance Quebec and we're not playing games!"

    -"If our end goal is the eradication of Bill 101 and Bill 14, then we must consensus on a universal reframe of the entire topic such that economics, not language becomes the key discourse driver domestically. This is also how ALLiance Quebec 2.0 envisions us expanding our tent, to include ALL Quebecer's interests, by reframing Bill 101 and Bill 14 as a bread and butter issue that affects every dinner table in this province."

    ALLiance Quebec 2.0 Launces its International Awareness Raising Campaign

    ALLiance Quebec 2.0 launches with a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo:

    http://igg.me/at/alliancequebec2, a slick bilingual website, a quickly populating Youtube channel and a new line of Bill 101 Product/Merchandise that will be used as pledge gifts for supporters. ALLiance Quebec 2.0 is also developing a line of Bill 101 Apps, the first of which will be our second-by-second Bill 101-Cost-O-Meter clock. Plans to add an ANGLO-BULLYING live forum to our website are in the works.

    -"We want to diminish the power of the Bill 101 brand, and to that end, we are introducing an in-house line of Bill 101 products that should do the trick. ALLiance Quebec 2.0 is very proud of its in-house developed BILL 101 line including Bill 101: Le Board Game, Bill 101: Le Card Game, Bill 101: Le Toilet Paper and our children's book on bullying, "101 Reasons Why Bill Shouldn't Be Afraid to Go to School". Join your voice to ours! Help us spread the word, both here in Quebec and abroad, to the world at large.

    ABOUT BILL 101

    *Bill 101 is a Quebec law designed to protect the French language here in Quebec, but it does so at the expense of all other languages, cultures, people... Make no mistake, BILL 101 is a series of Human Rights Violations, legislated, by a western, developed democracy. Bill 101 is illegal according to the UN and by Canada's own Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms; in fact, last year as Canada celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Charter, the Quebec Liberal government was hiring new language police to patrol the streets of Montreal!

    ALLiance Quebec 2.0 is asking its international media friends for some much needed spotlighting on this - help us tell the world just what is going on here in one of Canada's provinces! We need the international spotlight of shame shone on us like never before... actually, we've never had it shone on us! Be the first to break this story internationally and help us restore democracy to Canada and Quebec.

    For more info please contact President Ian Stone at info@alliancequebec2.com Or call: +1 514 318 4672

    http://www.alliancequebec2.com/

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    Water treatment technology from Bavaria/Germany successful in the U.S.

    Steingaden / Sacramento (MMD Newswire) February 28, 2013 -- Seccua GmbH, technology leader in the field of health-related drinking water treatment based in Upper Bavaria/Germany is happy to announce that the State of California / U.S. has certified its Virex Pro series water treatment system. Since California has the strictest standards for drinking water hygiene globally, this certification is a great success for Seccua in its further market development in the U.S. and worldwide.

    Since the beginning of February 2013, the Seccua Virex Pro series, together with the SeccuMem Pro filter modules are officially certified for use for complete removal (> 99.99%) of bacteria and parasites from drinking water in the State of California. After more than two years of detailed third party testing, the company from Bavaria received the sought-after certification as a filter for pathogen removal for its Virex Pro series water treatment system. California is well known for its highest standards of drinking water hygiene in the world, and for raising the highest admission demands on health-related technologies.

    For this approval, Seccua in a first step had to provide evidence that their filter modules SeccuMem Pro meet the strict guidelines for the removal of viruses, bacteria and parasites (i.e., greater 99 99% removal). For this, a Virex Pro system was installed and monitored in a public water training center and laboratory close to the town of Ely/MN for several months, supervised by the Health Department of the State of Minnesota. In a second step, Seccua had to prove that the integrated standard procedure of monitoring membrane integrity in its Virex Pro series water treatment system could ensure the complete removal of parasites even over the long term. These experiments took place on another installation in a Public Water Supply north of San Francisco/CA.

    In the letter of conditional acceptance now received, the Water Treatment Committee of the California Department of Public Health on Feb 08, 2013, confirmed that the Virex Pro, along with the installed SeccuMem Pro modules, are accepted as an Alternative Filtration Technology and do comply with California's Surface Water Treatment Rule and United States Federal Long Term Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rules 1 and 2.

    "The Water Treatment Committee (WTC) of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) hereby accepts the SeccuMem Pro 1000 membrane for Seccua Virex Pro 1000 Ultrafiltration Systems as an alternative filtration technology for compliance under the California Surface Water Treatment Rule (SWTR), Federal Long Term 1 and Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rules (LT1ESWTR, LT2ESWTR)."

    "North America, currently the world's largest market for decentralized drinking water treatment is extremely important for us. The successful approval for California is crucial for the further expansion of our business in the U.S. and Canada," Michael Hank, founder and CEO of Seccua GmbH, explained the Company's strategy. "The Certification for California along with our U.S. patent regarding the membrane integrity test, as well as our NSF 61 compliance of our solutions is a strong unique selling point, which will help us in our successful market development.", Owen Boyd, Chief Operating Officer and Partner of Seccua Americas, LLC adds to the explanation.

    Successful performance in the North American market Seccua could increase its sales in the U.S. by over five times in 2012 compared to the previous year - over 77 new plants could be implemented. In autumn 2012, Seccua opened an office close to Boston (Massachusetts), from where now Seccua is continuing to grow its US operations. In parallel, Seccua is building up outsourced warehouse operations in St. Clair / MI to support its customer's demand short handed.

    The approval in California now follows approvals and first installations in the States of Oregon, Washington, Virginia, Ohio, so Seccua now has a significant base of installations in place within the US.

    In addition, last year, the company received patent protection for the United States for its integrated membrane integrity test, a mandatory requirement under US regulation, if the systems are to be applied in Public Drinking Water Treatment for pathogen removal. This test checks the integrity of membrane filter automatically for damages large enough to potentially let bacteria and parasites pass the filter. If a membrane defect occurs that would be large enough that individual pathogens could pass, the system will be stopped automatically and the operator will be notified via mobile phone or alarm output to an existing control center.

    Innovative environmental technology: Seccua Ultrafiltration

    Seccua Ultrafiltration removes germs and particles without irradiation or the use of chemicals and disinfectants. In extensive field application, ultrafiltration technology has proven its reliability in the removal of pathogens: more than 99.99 percent of bacteria and parasites, as well as turbidity are removed from the water by the ultrafiltration process in a single step, leaving it in microbial perfect condition. Other water contamination, such as color or fluoride can be removed by Ultrafiltration in combination with efficient pre-treatment such as flocculation or precipitation.

    Furthermore dissolved organic matter in the water, such as pesticides or pharmaceuticals, can be effectively removed by combining ultrafiltration with other technologies offered by Seccua like activated carbon filtration. Please find further information at www.seccua.com.

    Seccua

    About Seccua

    Seccua is a worldwide leading developer and producer of compact and economical devices for complete removal of pathogens from drinking water. With its equipment for private, commercial and public applications, Seccua has received approvals in several US States as one of the first manufacturers of compact, integrated treatment devices. With the Seccua UrSpring systems, the company from Upper Bavaria/Germany provides highest quality of drinking water for home use. Seccua UrSpring does not only remove bacteria and Legionella, which are flushed out of public supply networks into the water pipes of houses, but also dissolved pollutants such as pesticides, residuals of pharmaceuticals and many others. Seccua systems are distributed not only in Germany and the U.S. but also worldwide, including China, Australia and Canada. In autumn 2012, Seccua was awarded the important German Cleantech Media Award. For more information, visit www.seccua.com.

    Seccua Americas LLC
    Mr. Owen Boyd
    1900 West Park Drive, Suite #280
    MA 01581 Westborough
    USA
    Phone: +1 508-983-1440
    sales@seccua.com

    www.seccua.com

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    February 28, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- The Japanese scientist behind the hottest trend in fitness has agreed to become the face of a new exercise superbrand. Joining forces with global distribution company Universal Pictures International Entertainment (UPIE) and fitness programme producers, Big Shot Productions, Tabata™ is now a licensed exercise system based on Professor Izumi Tabata's research findings. Recognised as the father of HIIT - High Intensity Interval Training - Professor Tabata, figurehead of Tabata™, is renowned for his discovery that short sharp bursts of intense exercise are the best way to get fit fast and consume more calories.

    The official Tabata™ system will be launched in America and the UK initially as a group exercise class. It'll be based around the so-called 'Tabata™ Protocol' of 20 seconds of intense exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest. This system was developed by Prof Tabata when he was working as an advisor to the Japanese Olympic speed skating team. It is scientifically proven to be the most effective way to increase both aerobic and anaerobic fitness. In laboratory trials, this '20/10' system was shown to be significantly more effective than other commonly used forms of HIIT.

    Tests using the Tabata™ system increased VO2 max - the gold standard test for fitness - by 13% in 6 weeks. In contrast a trial using 30 seconds bursts of intensity, with 2 minute rest periods was not as effective even though the exercise was more intense and longer-lasting. Tabata™ classes will also be short and effective at 30 minutes with the most intense section being just four minutes long. Prof Tabata's latest research shows that if this method is followed correctly, using the authentic Tabata™ Protocol, the body will continue to consume more calories for up to 12 hours after the exercise class. These are additional calories to those consumed by the body at rest - so over and above the so-called RMB or Resting Metabolic Rate.

    Meanwhile, a spokesman for UPIE and Big Shot Productions said "We are thrilled that we have signed Professor Tabata to be the figurehead for this new fitness brand. This is an exercise system that works - and in double quick time, so we're sure it'll be a big hit with gym members- around the world. We also feel that gym operators will welcome a fitness system which has scientific credibility and a format which is flexible enough to be used for group personal training as well as group exercise classes."

    There are plans for a marketing campaign built around international celebrities and world class athletes who already use Tabata™ to get themselves in the best possible shape. Tabata™ will launch in the United States in March at the IHRSA Trade Show in Las Vegas, and then in the UK in April at Fitpro Convention 2013 Loughborough University (Stand 47), using the key marketing messages 'Tabata™ - Get Fit Fast', 'Tabata™ - Four Minute Fitness' and 'Tabata™ - The Science of Fitness'. Fitpro delegates can sign up for Tabata™ Presenter Sessions, which will also include a practical demonstration. Professor Tabata himself will visit London on March 14th for a Tabata™ Presentation Event to leading sports scientists and health journalists.

    About Universal Pictures International Entertainment

    Universal Pictures International Entertainment (UPIE) is the international home entertainment division of Universal Pictures, headquartered in London and headed by President, Eddie Cunningham. UPIE markets and distributes all Universal new releases, catalogue, special interest and local content titles, as well as some third party product, via direct operations in the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, New Zealand and Japan. UPIE also has distribution partnerships in Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Spain and Russia, and sells and distributes home entertainment product via licensees covering another 55 territories.

    UPIE is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Comcast Corporation owns a controlling 51% interest in NBCUniversal, with GE holding a 49% stake.

    For further information please contact:
    Rae Young:
    rae@brandnation.co.uk
    D: +44 (0) 207 940  7176
    T: +44 (0) 207 940 7170
    
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    Learn how a camera operates and how to create photos that leap off the page.

    Houston, TX (MMD Newswire) March 1, 2013 -- Mieko Mahi, an award-winning photographer/videographer, is now offering workshop classes. Using her nineteen years of experience as a corporate freelancer, Mahi is offering workshops the first weeks of June, July and August in Hallettsville, Texas. Hallettsville, an historic German and Czech community surrounded by oilfield and cattle ranches, is located half way between San Antonio and Houston, twelve miles west of Shiner, Texas.

    Costs for the Workshops must be paid in advance. Cancellations are not discounted; however, funds can be used for a future workshop. Local accommodations in Hallettsville are recommended (http://www.hoteltexas.net/).

    Please plan to attend one of these educational seminars to learn the basics or add to what you already know. You will also receive instruction in learning the business side of photography and how to get repeat business.

    "These workshops take out all the guess work and will emphasize creating quality imagery."--Mieko Mahi

    Basic Photography with Mieko Mahi    $875 June 5 - June 8, 2013
    WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs
    This is a four-day work workshop that covers everything from how a camera operates to hands-on 
    lighting techniques. Fee includes lunch and models. SLR camera with manual settings required.
    
    Portrait Photography with Mieko Mahi    $875 July 10 - July 13, 2013
    WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs
    This is a four-day workshop that covers portrait techniques on location and in the studio. Fee 
    includes field trips, lunch and models. SLR camera with manual settings required.
    
    Video Production with Mieko Mahi    $875 August 7 - August 10, 2013
    WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs   Video camera not required.
    This four-day workshop introduces scripting, lighting, recording and basic editing.
    
    Self-Promotion with Mieko Mahi    $275  June 4, July 9, August 6, 2013
    WHO SHOULD ATTEND:  Students (all levels), Business Owners
    This one-day workshop covers social media, writing press releases for self-promotion. Mieko Mahi 
    was among 33 Best of Category winners for AMA Houston Marketer of the Year in 2008.

    To register for any of the Mieko Mahi Workshops email mieko@miekomahi.com or use the twitter online link: #miekomahiworkshop or url: http://goo.gl/kJpYl

    Contact: Mieko Mahi, mieko@miekomahi.com, 713-661-9440

    Houston Freelance Photographer, Offers Mieko Mahi Photo


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    Fishcat Farm captures the waste from their catfish production raceways and composts the fish manure with oat straw to make humus compost. A small amount of Mississippi river alluvial clay is added in order to bind the carbon into a form that remains in the soil as stable organic matter. The diverse microbial and nutrient content of Fishnure™ reduces the amount of product needed compared to regular compost.

    Charlotte, NC (MMD Newswire) March 4, 2013  -- Fishcat Farm produces catfish sustainably in an advanced automated raceway environment. The solid waste from the fish is captured and removed in order to maintain excellent quality of the water. Fishnure™ is a high quality humus compost made from the solid fish manure that has been captured from the raceways. The resulting humus compost is a soft putty-like substance. Only a small amount is needed making Fishnure™ economical to ship and use. For example, 1 pound will treat 60 sq. ft. of lawn.

     

    Humus compost is organic matter combined with clay, broken down by microbes then polymerized by microbes into humus. The clay provides the necessary structure for the polymers to form. The fish manure used in the process is the solid waste from a high protein diet excreted by fish in the raceways where the solid waste can be captured and removed quickly from the water before nutrients can leach from the waste. The clay used in the process is from the rich soil of the Mississippi Delta. In addition the clay comes from the bottom of discontinued catfish ponds that grew intensive populations of catfish for over 12 years. The organic wastes were not removed from the ponds and as a result beneficial nutrients accumulated in the clay in the bottom of the ponds. The carbon source used to create the proper carbon to nitrogen ratio for the compost is oat straw. The resulting Fishnure humus compost has no fishy smell and is more clay-like than that of regular compost. It consists of small moist colloidal putty-like modules that are soft and spongy. Only a small amount of these modules are needed per square yard of area. Fishnure™ has the smell of freshly tilled soil.

    Unlike regular compost the organic matter that is bound to the microscopic clay particles in humus compost will not decompose further and will remain in the soil and increase the total organic matter. Increased organic matter in the soil will increase fertility, water retention, water absorption, microbial life and all the other benefits of good fertile soil.

    Fishnure™ is an excellent product for providing nutrients for gardens, patio, lawn or vegetable plants. It is an economical alternative to regular composts that require much more product per sq. ft and to chemical products that damage the environment. Humus compost provides long lasting benefits to the soil rather than the short benefits from chemical fertilizers.

    Contact:
    Jim White
    Fishcat Farm
    4100 Rotunda Rd.
    Charlotte, NC28226
    704-907-2059
    jim@fishnure.com

    http://www.fishnure.com

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    ROCKVILLE, MD (MMD Newswire) March 4, 2013 -- Apex Companies, LLC - a leading national energy, water resources and environmental consulting and engineering firm - celebrates 25 years of helping clients manage risk and maximize business opportunities.

    Throughout the Company's quarter century of providing quality environmental and engineering services, Apex has experienced multiple milestones, including being named to Inc. Magazine's 500 list of America's fastest growing companies, honored with NAEP's 2011 National Environmental Excellence Award for environmental stewardship and named a Zweig Letter Hot Firm, among others.

    "From inception Apex has been dedicated to putting clients first, providing high quality, cost effective business solutions to address their needs," says Peter Young, Chairman of Apex. "Together with the help of our talented employees, vendors and clients, we've translated hard work into successful longevity. It's been an amazing quarter of a century and the future looks very bright."

    Apex recently accomplished a significant fiscal landmark, recording record revenues of more than $100 million in 2012, a 43 percent increase over 2011. The increase was attributable to organic growth and the synergistic impact of the acquisitions of two privately held environmental and engineering services firms, TITAN Engineering and Ash Creek Associates the previous year. In 2012 the Company acquired A2L Technologies, a Tampa-based environmental consulting, engineering and remediation company specializing in real estate and financial institutions.

    Focused on minimizing environmental liabilities and hurdles to help clients maximize their business opportunities, Apex was recently named a Top 200 Environmental Firm and Top 500 Design Firm by Engineering News-Record Magazine (ENR Magazine).

    For more information: www.apexcos.com, 301.417.0200.

    About Apex Companies

    Founded in 1988, Apex Companies, LLC is a leading national water resources and environmental services consulting and engineering firm dedicated to providing private and public sector clients with full-service, single-source solutions for routine and complex projects. Clients rely on the Company to provide the technical expertise and solutions requisite in the industry, while differentiating itself with a quick response time, professional performance, high-quality results and cost efficiency. Apex employs more than 450 professionals, including geologists, hydrogeologists, engineers, air quality experts, environmental scientists, industrial hygienists, safety specialists and field technicians, across a network of more than 35 offices throughout the United States.

    CONTACT:
    Kevin Satz
    301.417.0200
    ksatz@apexcos.com

    www.apexcos.com

    www.facebook.com/ApexCompaniesLLC

    www.twitter.com/apexcos

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