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    June 4, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Hatton National Bank ("HNB") announces they have gone live with the LeaseWave technology platform from Odessa Technologies, Inc. ("Odessa"). HNB is the largest leasing provider in Sri Lanka, financing vehicles and various other types of equipment to individuals and businesses through a network of 250 branches located throughout the country.

    "HNB has continued to rapidly expand its branch network. The ability to originate and service our leasing customers locally is an important part of our value proposition," says RMP Dayawansa, Assistant General Manager - Personal Financial Services, at Hatton National Bank. "The ability to tightly integrate LeaseWave with our existing web strategy and various surround systems, including our core banking solution, enables us to significantly improve our overall efficiency and provide a seamless experience for our customers."

    "HNB now has 600+ users across 250 branches using LeaseWave in a high-touch retail leasing environment. Consolidating their diverse business onto our platform was indeed challenging. But what really made this implementation interesting for us was automating all the nuances of HNB's business model while ensuring regulatory compliance," says AR Vedapuri, Associate Vice President - Projects, at Odessa Technologies. "Our success at HNB is exemplary of LeaseWave's ability to offer flexibility without compromising the robustness of its controls."

    About Hatton National Bank

    Hatton National Bank is a premier private sector commercial bank with a network of over 250 customer centres spread across the length and breadth of Sri Lanka. The Banks history dates back to 1888 where it started as Hatton Bank to help the fledgling tea industry. Today the bank is actively involved in retail banking, corporate banking, international banking, treasury, project financing, working capital financing etc. The bank is considered a leader in the retail banking business with an extensive range of products and services on offer. Hatton National Bank has been awarded by the Asian Banker Magazine as the 'Best Retail Bank in Sri Lanka' for its performance in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 and recently named as the 'Bank of the Year in Sri Lanka' for the year 2012 by The Banker Magazine. Learn more about Hatton National Bank and its services by visiting www.hnb.net

    About Odessa Technologies, Inc.

    Odessa Technologies is a software company exclusively focused on the leasing industry. The company is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and employs a staff of 300 people. Odessa is the developer of the LeaseWave suite of products, a fully integrated browser-based lease and loan management solution, providing an end-to-end origination and portfolio management system for equipment leasing and finance, vehicle leasing and fleet management companies. The LeaseWave suite is specifically engineered to be configurable to accommodate even the most complex business model, as evidenced by Odessa's diverse customer base. Learn more about Odessa Technologies, Inc. and its services by visiting www.OdessaTechnologies.com

    Hatton National Bank Goes Live With LeaseWave from Odessa Technologies

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    CHICAGO, IL. (MMD Newswire) June 4, 2013 -- Employers are doing it. Daters are doing it. Even the government is doing it. So what is the "it" we're referring to here? Background checks.

    With nearly 75 percent of all employers now choosing to conduct background checks on all employees, the popularity of and the technology involved in conducting such searches continues to grow. And with many college graduates preparing to transition from campus to cubicle, it's important they understand these requirements and prepare for a litany of checks during their job hunt.

    In response, eKnowID has been created; a proactive tool to conduct a comprehensive and thorough HR self-background check prior to the scrutiny of a prospective employer. With errors plaguing the public record system coupled with the rapidly-growing crime of criminal identity theft, candidates often lose job opportunities unknowingly during the background check due to misconstrued information retrieved during the hiring process.

    Kenneth Coats the founder of eknowID, explained what happened to a young law school grad in San Diego: "she showed up for her first day of work, was handcuffed and taken to jail. The background check done by her new employer, the San Diego County District Attorney's office, revealed a warrant for her arrest -- possession of marijuana, by the person who stole her wallet and assumed her identity". "Therefore it is imperative for job seekers to know what they don't know when it comes to their background check, even if they've never had a brush with the law."

    With eKnowID new proactive technology, candidates can confidently and conveniently perform all necessary checks prior to speaking with an employer. This will allow applicants to take back control over their personal information and give them the ability to challenge any inaccuracies that may exist. "Traditionally, people understand the need to check their credit before making important purchases such as a car or home," says Coats, "A background check is just as crucial before landing a job."

    eKnowID provides fully customizable reports that ranges from past employment, education and criminal checks to driving records and even drug tests. To help job seekers get started, eknowID offers a free automated resume check of the 5 common mistakes found on resumes according to HR professionals. Users simply upload their resume or confidentially connect using LinkedIn. Users can elect to bundle other checks that start affordably as low as $12.95. A toll free support number is provided for customers to speak with experienced investigators .

    "With over two decades of experience working for major background checking companies and my own, and nearly half million searches later, we decided to put this information into one easy to use and convenient portal for consumers to arm themselves with access to this information to get ahead," says Coats.

    eknowid

    About eKnowID

    eKnowID is a division of KENTECH Consulting Inc. a Chicago based award winning background check technology company offering revolutionary investigative technology and risk management solutions to government and commercial clients throughout the United States of America. KENTECH'S online suite of Background checking tools is powered by the latest technology offered to Banking, Employers, Housing Authorities, Colleges Non-Profits, Casinos and Government. KENTECH is a fully licensed private detective agency from the state of Illinois.

    website: http://www.eknowid.com

    Media Contact:
    Anna Fong
    312-780-0470
    afong@eknowid.com

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    Related Sources

    http://www.nbc.com/news-sports/msnbc-video/2012/11/rossen-reports-background-check-mistakes-cost-jobs/

    http://www.nbcchicago.com/investigations/series/target-5/target-5-whats-in-a-name-mistaken-identity-139931853.html, by Lisa Parker Jul 10, 2010

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/02/15/colorado.mistaken.identity.arrest/index.html, by Stephanie Chen, Feb. 15. 2010.

    "When dreams turn ugly: Stolen identity put her budding career in handcuffs," by Valerie Alvord, San Diego Union Tribune, Aug. 29, 1999, www.uniontrib.com

    http://www.9news.com/rss/story.aspx?storyid=268147 , Kyle Clark, 9 News Colorado, May 15, 2012

    http://workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/947/job-offer-contingent-on-background-check-when-to-give-notice


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    FindFranchisePartners.com, a Unique Website where People can Find Business Partners Just to Buy, Start, Open or expand Franchises with, Just Launched in all 50 States

    MIAMI (MMD Newswire) June 4, 2013 -- People wanting to pursue the American Dream of business ownership and financial success, by owning and operating a franchise, or expanding to additional franchise locations, can now do so more easily thanks to FindFranchisePartners.com. On the site, people can find a Partner for a franchise business, to help with capital requirements, work-load, and collaboration.

    The site has registered members with substantial capital and business experience looking to partner in franchises as well as those with more limited financial resources or business experience who are also looking for partners for franchises.

    People can register and make postings on the site for free. Members are automatically notified whenever a posting is made in their city. To ensure that inquiries to postings are serious and to keep the site professional and effective, there is a small monthly charge to get unlimited full name views and to make contact with the people who have posted. People can easily search postings for free by franchise category, investment available, investment needed and location.

    The site intends to be a valuable resource to go hand-in-hand with other resources such as those provided by the SBA, SCORE, Small Business Development Centers, and publishers of franchise opportunities. "While there are some other business partnership sites out there, there is really no place to find business partners specifically for franchises", said Kerry Blackman, founder of FindFranchisePartners.com

    "Countless times we have heard people interested in owning a business franchise say, 'I wish I had the wherewithal to open a franchise, but I just can't do it myself.'

    Understanding this problem, we knew from our decades of business and legal leadership experience that providing this platform to help people connect with partners who could bring to the table additional skills, experience, funding and workload sharing, would go a long way toward helping to solve this dilemma," said Blackman, a former practicing business attorney.

    "By helping people find a Partner to buy, open, start a franchise with or to expand to additional franchise units with, the site also helps individual franchise brands expand, helps the franchise industry in general and helps our economy thrive. Just think how many other businesses benefit and how many jobs are created for each franchise that opens and succeeds as a result of people finding a partner for a franchise."

    About FindFranchisePartners.com

    Kerry Mark Blackman, founder and CEO is an attorney at law who has held business and legal leadership positions for prominent companies in the entertainment, international and banking fields. For more information, go to http://www.FindFranchisePartners.com

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    Media Only
    Contact:
    Kerry Blackman
    press@findfranchisepartners.com
    559-546-1107

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    HOUSTON (MMD Newswire) June 4, 2013 -- Brine Chemistry Solutions is building a comprehensive model of scale and corrosion at extreme high temperature, high pressure (HPHT) from ultra-deepwater wells to reduce the economic and safety risks in offshore oil and gas production. 

    Brine Chemistry Solutions will conduct theoretical and experimental HPHT research at realistic ultra-deepwater temperature, pressure and salinity conditions to validate parameters for HPHT modeling to assess the risk of scale and corrosion. The model will apply several techniques, including vertical scanning interferometer as a tool to inspect the severity of corrosion and deposit formation.

    The $4.5 million contract was awarded to Brine Chemistry Solutions from Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America, a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy. The project will last for three years, with a completion date of September 2015.

    "Through this research, Brine Chemistry Solutions will create a robust model that companies can use to address corrosion and scale in extreme HPHT, ultra-deepwater oil and gas production," said Ross Tomson, founder of Brine Chemistry Solutions.

    The model will simulate ultra-deepwater wells, defined as depths greater than 7,500 feet with extreme temperatures up to 250 degrees Celsius and pressures up to 24,000 psi. Additionally, it will test varied compositions in the water, such as sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, strontium, barium, iron, chlorine, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, sulfate, sulfur, carboxylic acids, silicon dioxide and phosphonates.

    "Current models fail at these extreme HPHT conditions, making experimental research necessary to define new models. Our model's simulation of the water chemistry and conditions of ultra-deepwater wells will help companies predict and mitigate scale and corrosion and enhance safety and efficiency in ultra-deepwater oil and gas production," said Tomson.

    Brine Chemistry Solutions

    About Brine Chemistry Solutions

    Brine Chemistry Solutions, LLC performs research, testing and education related to water issues in oil and gas production. Research resources are directed toward solving many of the different types of problems associated with brine production, treatment, disposal, and reuse. Clients include government entities, multinational companies and universities. For more information, visit www.brinechem.com.

    For more information, contact:
    Jill W. Nesting
    jill@williscommunications.com
    281-740-1188
    
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    Dubai, (MMD Newswire) June 5, 2013 -- juuduu, an online platform dedicated to creating awareness to charitable causes in the Middle East, was launched today from within the UAE. juuduu is a new and unique concept to support various local and regional charities and non-profit causes through design works created by local artists.

    This single model strives to appeal to the wider community by working with a diverse number of charities, which are selected each week. The juuduu team with a number of local artists, create a modern t-shirt design that supports the cause's message, and can be purchased online, which are then delivered door to door. Buyers share their chosen cause via their own social media channels and this way not only does the charity enjoy new followers and ongoing awareness but the vital funds needed for all non profit organizations to strive, are transferred to the charity with more then 25 per cent of each t-shirt sales. Campaign goals for contributions and social sharing are updated in real time, creating a sense of achievement within the community.

    Behind the creation of juuduu is a passionate team brought together by a desire to give back via the ongoing support of multiple causes and by capitalizing on both today's technologies and the latest trends in design and fashion.

    juuduu the first online platform dedicated to creating awareness to charitable causes launches in the Middle East  juuduu

    Tarik Marzokah, Head of Marketing, explains: "The three key challenges that most charitable causes face today are funding, awareness and continued engagement. juuduu was crafted with the aim of addressing these challenges". He added:" Our primary goal now is to create awareness of the causes we're supporting by giving the opportunity to purchase these modern and fashionable t-shirts, creating a trend that can be shared and hopefully influenced."

    The juuduu platform allows for the designs to be created by local designers, providing them exposure as well as the opportunity to showcase their work and demonstrate their own commitment to social responsibility.

    Nuummite Ventures, a local private equity investment firm based in JLT Dubai, incubated juuduu. According to Raed Hafez, Managing Partner Nuummite Ventures: 'We believe every company has a role to play when it comes to Corporate Social Responsibility and we are delighted to be investing in juuduu. Social entrepreneurship lies high on our agenda and this concept is the first of its kind in the region, which gives it a strong growth potential whilst giving back to the community.

    About juuduu

    juuduu is an online platform dedicated to creating awareness for local and regional charitable causes through fashion designs by local artists. Launched in 2013, the unique concept aims to impact the wider community in a number of ways: selected charities benefit from awareness, funds and social engagement, volunteer designers enjoy the opportunity to showcase their work and the community at large are able to do their bit while wearing cool fashion designs that bear a message to support the cause.

    For further information please visit: www.juuduu.com

    Contact: Tarik Marzokah / Head of Marketing / +971 (0) 4 442 5304 / tarik@juuduu.com

    About Nuummite Ventures

    Nuummite Ventures is a Middle East Private Equity company that invests in unique concepts with the potential for regional and global impact. With a focus on alternative investments within the SME sector, the company partners with entrepreneurs and business owners to provide both capital and strategic expertise with a view to growth and turn-around. Nuummite Ventures was founded in 2012 by a team of Dubai-based professionals with a depth of commercial and operational experience gained across a diverse range of industry sectors and global markets. The company, as a result, is well placed to capitalize on excellent commercial opportunities with unparalleled vision, flexibility and insight.

    For further information please visit: www.nuummiteventures.com

    Contact: Raed Hafez / Managing Partner / +971 (0) 50 650 4975 / raed@nuummitev.com

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    Combination Introduces an Innovative, Vendor Neutral Integration and Process Automation Solution for the Blood Collection Industry

    Grass Valley, CA (MMD Newswire) June 5, 2013 -- Applied Science, Inc ("ASI"), a leader in the development and sale of mixing and collection solutions for the global whole blood collection industry announced today that it has entered into an agreement for the exclusive worldwide licensing of AimaSys LLC's medical device data integration, interface and process automation solutions. The exclusive license covers applications and solutions developed for the worldwide blood collection industry and related markets by ASI.

    ASI is a leader in the whole blood monitor and mixer market. The company has an international brand and presence with customers which include: the American Red Cross, Blood Systems, the New York Blood Center, National Health Service Blood and Transplant (England), Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, Instituto Portugues do Sangue, I.P., Community Blood Center of Kansas City, Virginia Blood Services, Institute for Transfusion Medicine and others.

    AimaSys, a Minnesota based company is a leader in the development of data integration and process automation solutions for the medical device industry. It's Electronic Donor Medical Record application ("eDMR") enables the integration of data from disparate device sources into a customer's system of record while conforming with existing process and business rules. Furthermore, the system provides a robust exceptions management capability ensuring process and data integrity. eDMR was developed in conjunction with Memorial Blood Centers ("MBC") and has been in operation since 2011. eDMR is utilized at MBC to provide integration between its donor screening application and the blood establishment computer system, eliminating the need for manual re- keying and data entry between the two systems.

    Jonathan Morgan, President and CEO of Applied Science said, "Customers are accelerating their interest and adoption of data integration and process management solutions. They understand that embracing applications that assist with process and compliance management, and that provide a holistic view of all elements of their business, leads to a significant reduction in costs per unit of collection and increased strategic advantage. Adoption of applications like eDMR and the ASI Collections Management Reporting Solution means that customers also enhance their existing investments in collections management equipment and systems, thereby enhancing their overall ROI. We are delighted to be working with AimaSys in providing these exciting capabilities to our customers."

    About Applied Science, Inc

    Applied Science is a United States designer and manufacturer of next generation, integrated blood collection monitors and mixers. Established in 1991, the company is privately held and located in Grass Valley, CA. It is a leading supplier of collection devices to the global blood banking industry and has a number of the leading industry participants as its customers.

    www.applied-science.com

    About AimaSys, LLC

    AimaSys is a privately held, software and services company that develops vendor- independent, seamless software-based interface solutions for healthcare organizations specializing in working with FDA regulated applications, lab instruments and medical devices. AimaSys works for and with its customers offering high-value, standardized and scalable integration and interface solutions to reduce risk and improve processing while preserving the safety and quality of the information, processes and manufactured products.

    www.aimasys.com

    Applied Science, Inc.
    983 Golden Gate Terrace
    Grass Valley, CA 95945
    530.273.8299 (p)
    530.273.8399 (f)Toll Free: 866-HEMOFLO (436.6356)

    www.hemoflow.com

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    Device is clinically proven to decrease anxiety, treatment times while improving patient outcomes

    New York, NY (MMD Newswire) June 6, 2013 -- University Health System in San Antonio recently purchased several ditto™ lites and their Child Life Specialists are using them throughout the Janey Briscoe Children's Center at University Hospital with their pediatric patients. The ditto™ lite uses pre-procedural preparation and diversionary therapy to reduce anxiety in children prior to and during otherwise stressful or painful procedures.

    "We've had great success using the ditto™ with children during procedures or as a preparation tool due to the interactive component. It does a wonderful job keeping kids engaged and distracted. It simplifies the preparation process during an age where technology is craved by children! Having the stories and preparations available in English and Spanish helps us overcome the language barrier and provide services to so many of our patients," explained Jessica Tarcin, Certified Child Life Specialist at the Janey Briscoe Children's Center. The ditto™ lites are currently being used in the Pediatric Specialty Clinic, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Step-Down Unit. Nurses are also being oriented to the devices so they can use them when the Child Life staff is not available. As the Child Life team expands, they also plan to use the devices in the Emergency Clinic. Jessica added, "The children have really enjoyed using the ditto™, often not realizing that the procedure is finished! The device not only makes the procedures easier for our children but also for our doctors and nurses. We love it!"

    University Health System Using ditto(TM) Technology Throughout its Pediatric Unit

    University Hospital operates the only verified Level II pediatric trauma center for San Antonio and South Texas, treating more than 1,000 children suffering from serious injuries and burns last year. It is a nationally recognized academic medical center and is also consistently noted as a leader in advanced treatment options, new technologies and clinical research. Diversionary Therapy Technologies' (DTT) ditto™ device incorporates the latest research that using distraction and educational techniques simultaneously lowers stress and anxiety prior to or during a procedure. This advancement draws upon augmented reality, a multi-modal sensory-based distraction medium that combines technology and therapy. Using an interactive touch screen and an automatic response to physical movement, the ditto™ engages patients, effectively averting their attention from a possibly negative experience.

    The ditto™ may look like a traditional video game console or tablet; however it is far from it. Ditto™ includes a variety of custom specific interactive procedural preparation, games and stories that are clinically tested and proven to reduce stress and anxiety by 75% (no drugs), lower treatment times and improve patient outcomes. And it is ruggedized and built for the clinical environment unlike a standard tablet or video game device.

    DTT's content has been developed over the course of six years by doctors, surgeons, nurses, child life specialists, and animation teams. There are now 8 independent clinical trials that have been published regarding the efficacy of the ditto device. New procedures, games and stories are continuously being added to the range of programs available. Further information is available at www.dtt-usa.com.

    Diversionary Therapy Technologies DTT

    About Diversionary Therapy Technologies

    Diversionary Therapy Technologies is a global company headquartered in Australia that developed the ditto™ portable device. DTT worked with The Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane, to create the handheld, waterproof device that is used prior to and during painful medical procedures to reduce children's anxiety. Learn more about their expanded product line and research at www.dtt-usa.com.

    About University Health System

    University Health System is a nationally recognized academic medical center and network of outpatient health centers, owned by the taxpayers of Bexar County, University Health System is consistently recognized as a leader for going paperless with electronic medical records and is the first public health system in Texas to be designated as Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. University Hospital, its 498-bed acute care hospital, is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, consistently named Best Regional Hospital U.S. News & World Report and is one of just 15 Level I trauma centers in Texas. University Health System's Community First Health Plans is the region's only locally-owned, nonprofit HMO and San Antonio AirLIFE, jointly owned by University Health System, is a national leader in emergency air medical transport. For more, please go online at UniversityHealthSystem.com.

    Contact:
    Linda Peterson
    Communications Manager
    linda.peterson@dtt-usa.com
    877-741-7778
    
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    - Oslo, Norway tops the cost of living ranking

    - Santiago climbs 22 places in global ranking to 134th place

    June 6, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- For the first time in three years, Tokyo is no longer the most expensive location for international assignees. The city has been overtaken by Norway's capital Oslo, and now lies in sixth place in the ranking. These were among the findings of the latest cost of living research by ECA International, the world's leader in providing solutions for the management of international assignments.

    At the top of the global list, Oslo is followed by the Angolan capital of Luanda, where the goods and services commonly purchased by expatriates are difficult to access and command a premium. Stavanger (Norway), Juba (South Sudan) and Moscow (Russia) are also now more expensive than Tokyo. These cities make up the top 5 most expensive locations for expatriates globally.

    "Tokyo has always been an expensive place for global companies to send staff, and, despite its five-place fall since last year, that remains the case," said Lauren Smith, General Manager ECA International New York. "The significant depreciation of the Yen against other major currencies in recent months is the primary reason for this drop. It means that for many companies, the cost of maintaining their assignees' purchasing power while posted there has fallen. But it's important not to exaggerate the position - Tokyo is still the world's sixth most expensive city, and the most expensive in Asia."

    Following a fall down the ranking a year ago, Santiago has climbed 22 places up the global list to 134th position. It has overtaken a number of US locations including Dallas and Philadelphia European capitals Lisbon and Edinburgh. The price of items in ECA's cost of living basket have increased at 4% on average - slower than the 6.5% rate of inflation observed a year ago. However, the peso has appreciated against the US dollar and other major currencies during that period outweighing the impact of slower price inflation.

    Within the Americas, the Chilean capital is the 31st most expensive location.

    Companies sending employees on international assignment will often pay an allowance to ensure that their assignees' spending power is not compromised. To help multinational companies calculate these allowances, ECA carries out two Cost of Living Surveys per year, comparing a basket of consumer goods and services commonly purchased by assignees in more than 400 locations worldwide.

    Living costs for assignees are affected by inflation, availability of goods and exchange rates, all of which can have a significant impact on assignee remuneration packages. Certain living costs such as accommodation rental, utilities charges, car purchases and school fees are usually compensated for separately in expatriate packages so this data is not included in this survey but researched and published separately.

    Americas - more highlights

    Despite dropping down the ranking, Caracas, ranked 33rd globally, remains the most expensive location in the Americas for international assignees. Manhattan and Vancouver follow, ranking 43rd and 51st respectively.

    In Brazil, the weakening of the real against many major currencies over the year has more than offset the 6% price increase overall of items in ECA's cost of living basket for Brazil and locations there continue to drop down the global ranking. While Rio de Janeiro is the 4th most expensive location in the Americas, it has dropped 20 places globally to 52nd spot. Sao Paulo is now in 65th place worldwide down from last year's 37th position.

    The economic situation in Argentina remains complicated. Despite showing signs of slowing, inflation there is still above 20% while the black-market peso exchange rate in Argentina has soared. Buenos Aires has risen from 76th to 64th position in the global cost of living ranking. Two years ago it ranked 130.

    Managua, Nicaragua (248th) has the cheapest cost of living for expatriates in the Americas.

    Rest of the world highlights

    Europe

    Oslo not only has the most expensive cost of living for international assignees in Europe, but also the world. Norway has among the highest standards of living in the world, largely derived from oil revenue. While prices there have increased little in the last year, the free-floating Norwegian Krone has remained strong, reflecting the country's relative economic resilience.

    Within Europe, the Norwegian capital is followed by Stavanger (3rd globally) and Moscow (5th). The Russian Rouble has weakened between surveys against major currencies but the cost of goods and services in ECA's basket in Moscow has nevertheless increased more than 10% again this year.

    Despite falls in prices and the Swiss Franc weakening against other major currencies over the past year, Swiss locations remain among the top ten most expensive locations for expatriates in the world.

    British locations are among those in the region to have fallen most in the ranking. Central London dropped 21 places and is currently in 87th place globally, largely as a result of the pound depreciating against other major currencies.

    The Eurozone debt crisis still affects much of Europe and cost of living in many locations across the region fell as a result of the weak euro and low inflation compared with other regions.

    Chisinau, capital of Moldova, is the cheapest European location in terms of cost of living for international assignees. It ranks 225th globally.

    Asia

    Within Asia, Japanese cities still dominate the top of the cost of living ranking - 4 of the region's top 5 most expensive locations are found there. Seoul joins them, having jumped from 7th to 3rd most expensive Asian location (and from 29th to 14th globally). Not only have the prices of goods and services there increased at a faster rate than the previous year, but the Won has also strengthened against major currencies thereby pushing up costs there for many international assignees.

    Beijing (24th globally), Shanghai (26th), Singapore (36th) and Hong Kong (38th) complete the list of the top 10 most expensive locations in Asia. On average, prices of items in ECA's cost of living basket for Chinese locations have increased little or even seen small decreases this year. As a result, Chinese locations have fallen slightly down the ranking but the on-going strength of the Yuan against major currencies has prevented them from dropping too far.

    Indian locations continue to be among the region's cheapest in terms of cost of living for international assignees. New Delhi, ranked 200th position globally is followed by Mumbai (215th).

    Karachi, ranked 256th globally, is the least expensive Asian location for expatriates.

    Australia

    For the first time in recent years, all the Australian cities have seen slight falls down the global ranking. While the Aussie dollar remains a strong global currency, it has weakened against some major currencies. Additionally, the rate at which prices have increased has slowed since a year ago.

    Sydney remains the most expensive of the Australian locations surveyed. It is in 17th position globally followed by Canberra (23rd).

    Middle East

    Tel Aviv ranked 37th globally remains the most expensive location for assignees in the Middle East. Dubai has gained 8 places and is positioned 174th worldwide.

    Despite rampant inflation, the introduction of a floating exchange rate in Iran has seen Tehran plummet down the cost of living ranking to become the cheapest location listed. At the official rate, however, the city would be among the world's top 10 most costly, illustrating the dramatic impact of currency value on the global ranking.

    Africa

    Four of the world's 20 most expensive expatriate locations are in Africa: Luanda (2nd globally), Juba (4th), Brazzaville (18th) and Kinshasa (19th). The cost of exporting and transporting items commonly purchased by international assignees in these locations are likely to be high. In addition, the commodity boom in recent years has led to currency appreciations in commodity-exporting markets

    like Angola. South African locations Durban (253rd globally) and Cape Town (251st) are among some of the cheapest locations in the world while locations in Malawi are those to have seen the continent's biggest falls down the ranking. Cost of living there has fallen significantly following the devaluation of the kwacha after the government was recommended by the IMF to float the currency.

    Ends

    ECA's new blog, MoneyMoves, provides updates and commentary on currency, inflation and expatriate cost of living. Follow the blog here: http://ecamoneymoves.com/

    Notes to Editors

    Figures used in this release were taken from ECA's Cost of Living Survey.

    Follow ECA on twitter: https://twitter.com/ecaintl

    About ECA's Cost of Living Survey

    ECA International's cost of living indices are calculated based upon surveys carried out annually in March and September using a basket of day-to-day goods and services. The data used above refers to year-on-year movements between ECA's March 2013 and 2012 surveys.

    The data is used by ECA clients to calculate cost of living allowances for assignees. The survey covers:

    Food: Groceries; dairy produce; meat and fish; fresh fruit and vegetables

    Basic: Drink and tobacco; miscellaneous goods; services

    General: Clothing; electrical goods; motoring; meals out

    Certain living costs such as accommodation rental, utilities charges (electricity, gas, water), car purchases and school fees are not included in the survey. Such items can make a significant

    difference to expenses but are usually compensated for separately in expatriate packages.

    This comparison of cost of living was calculated on a base composed of various developed countries and is used to reflect an international lifestyle. Other indices available from ECA reflect specific city-to-city comparisons, and different levels of shopping efficiency.

    About ECA International ECA is the world's leader in the development and provision of solutions for the management and assignment of employees around the world. Delivering data, expertise, systems and support in formats which suit its clients, ECA's offer includes a complete 'out-source' package of calculations, advice and services for companies with little international assignment management experience or resource; subscriptions to comprehensive online information and software systems for companies with larger requirements; and custom policy and system development projects for companies who manage thousands of international assignees around the world.

    For further information or to interview an ECA International spokesperson about these findings, please contact:

    Lauren Smith

    General Manager

    ECA International LLC

    lauren.smith@eca-international.com

    Tel: +1 212 582 2333


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    - Oslo, Norway tops the cost of living ranking

    - Brazilian locations fall down the global ranking despite higher inflation

    June 6, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- For the first time in three years, Tokyo is no longer the most expensive location for international assignees. The city has been overtaken by Norway's capital Oslo, and now lies in sixth place in the ranking. These were among the findings of the latest cost of living research by ECA International, the world's leader in providing solutions for the management of international assignments.

    At the top of the global list, Oslo is followed by the Angolan capital of Luanda, where the goods and services commonly purchased by expatriates are difficult to access and command a premium. Stavanger (Norway), Juba (South Sudan) and Moscow (Russia) are also now more expensive than Tokyo. These cities make up the top 5 most expensive locations for expatriates globally.

    "Tokyo has always been an expensive place for global companies to send staff, and, despite its five-place fall since last year, that remains the case," said Lauren Smith, General Manager ECA International New York. "The significant depreciation of the Yen against other major currencies in recent months is the primary reason for this drop. It means that for many companies, the cost of maintaining their assignees' purchasing power while posted there has fallen. But it's important not to exaggerate the position - Tokyo is still the world's sixth most expensive city, and the most expensive in Asia."

    Companies sending employees on international assignment will often pay an allowance to ensure that their assignees' spending power is not compromised. To help multinational companies calculate these allowances, ECA carries out two Cost of Living Surveys per year, comparing a basket of consumer goods and services commonly purchased by assignees in more than 400 locations worldwide.

    In Brazil, the weakening of the real against many major currencies over the year has more than offset the 6% price increase overall of items in ECA's cost of living basket for Brazil and locations there continue to drop down the global ranking. While Rio de Janeiro is the 4th most expensive location in the Americas, it has dropped 20 places globally to 52nd spot. Sao Paulo is now in 65th place worldwide down from last year's 37th position while Brasilia has fallen to 77th spot from 47th.

    Living costs for assignees are affected by inflation, availability of goods and exchange rates, all of which can have a significant impact on assignee remuneration packages. Certain living costs such as accommodation rental, utilities charges, car purchases and school fees are usually compensated for separately in expatriate packages so this data is not included in this survey but researched and published separately.

    Americas - more highlights

    Despite dropping down the ranking, Caracas, ranked 33rd globally, remains the most expensive location in the Americas for international assignees. Manhattan and Vancouver follow, ranking 43rd and 51st respectively.

    The economic situation in Argentina remains complicated. Despite showing signs of slowing, inflation there is still above 20% while the black-market peso exchange rate in Argentina has soared. Buenos Aires has risen from 76th to 64th position in the global cost of living ranking. Two years ago it ranked 130.

    Managua, Nicaragua (248th) has the cheapest cost of living for expatriates in the Americas.

    Rest of the world highlights

    Europe

    Oslo not only has the most expensive cost of living for international assignees in Europe, but also the world. Norway has among the highest standards of living in the world, largely derived from oil revenue. While prices there have increased little in the last year, the free-floating Norwegian Krone has remained strong, reflecting the country's relative economic resilience.

    Within Europe, the Norwegian capital is followed by Stavanger (3rd globally) and Moscow (5th). The Russian Rouble has weakened between surveys against major currencies but the cost of goods and services in ECA's basket in Moscow has nevertheless increased more than 10% again this year.

    Despite falls in prices and the Swiss Franc weakening against other major currencies over the past year, Swiss locations remain among the top ten most expensive locations for expatriates in the world.

    British locations are among those in the region to have fallen most in the ranking. Central London dropped 21 places and is currently in 87th place globally, largely as a result of the pound depreciating against other major currencies.

    The Eurozone debt crisis still affects much of Europe and cost of living in many locations across the region fell as a result of the weak euro and low inflation compared with other regions.

    Chisinau, capital of Moldova, is the cheapest European location in terms of cost of living for international assignees. It ranks 225th globally.

    Asia

    Within Asia, Japanese cities still dominate the top of the cost of living ranking - 4 of the region's top 5 most expensive locations are found there. Seoul joins them, having jumped from 7th to 3rd most expensive Asian location (and from 29th to 14th globally). Not only have the prices of goods and services there increased at a faster rate than the previous year, but the Won has also strengthened against major currencies thereby pushing up costs there for many international assignees.

    Beijing (24th globally), Shanghai (26th), Singapore (36th) and Hong Kong (38th) complete the list of the top 10 most expensive locations in Asia. On average, prices of items in ECA's cost of living basket for Chinese locations have increased little or even seen small decreases this year. As a result, Chinese locations have fallen slightly down the ranking but the on-going strength of the Yuan against major currencies has prevented them from dropping too far.

    Indian locations continue to be among the region's cheapest in terms of cost of living for international assignees. New Delhi, ranked 200th position globally is followed by Mumbai (215th).

    Karachi, ranked 256th globally, is the least expensive Asian location for expatriates.

    Australia

    For the first time in recent years, all the Australian cities have seen slight falls down the global ranking. While the Aussie dollar remains a strong global currency, it has weakened against some major currencies. Additionally, the rate at which prices have increased has slowed since a year ago.

    Sydney remains the most expensive of the Australian locations surveyed. It is in 17th position globally followed by Canberra (23rd).

    Middle East

    Tel Aviv ranked 37th globally remains the most expensive location for assignees in the Middle East. Dubai has gained 8 places and is positioned 174th worldwide.

    Despite rampant inflation, the introduction of a floating exchange rate in Iran has seen Tehran plummet down the cost of living ranking to become the cheapest location listed. At the official rate, however, the city would be among the world's top 10 most costly, illustrating the dramatic impact of currency value on the global ranking.

    Africa

    Four of the world's 20 most expensive expatriate locations are in Africa: Luanda (2nd globally), Juba (4th), Brazzaville (18th) and Kinshasa (19th). The cost of exporting and transporting items commonly purchased by international assignees in these locations are likely to be high. In addition, the commodity boom in recent years has led to currency appreciations in commodity-exporting markets like Angola. South African locations Durban (253rd globally) and Cape Town (251st) are among some of the cheapest locations in the world while locations in Malawi are those to have seen the continent's biggest falls down the ranking. Cost of living there has fallen significantly following the devaluation of the kwacha after the government was recommended by the IMF to float the currency.

    Ends

    ECA's new blog, MoneyMoves, provides updates and commentary on currency, inflation and expatriate cost of living. Follow the blog here: http://ecamoneymoves.com/

    Notes to Editors

    Figures used in this release were taken from ECA's Cost of Living Survey.

    Follow ECA on twitter: https://twitter.com/ecaintl

    About ECA's Cost of Living Survey

    ECA International's cost of living indices are calculated based upon surveys carried out annually in March and September using a basket of day-to-day goods and services. The data used above refers to year-on-year movements between ECA's March 2013 and 2012 surveys.

    The data is used by ECA clients to calculate cost of living allowances for assignees. The survey covers:

    Food: Groceries; dairy produce; meat and fish; fresh fruit and vegetables

    Basic: Drink and tobacco; miscellaneous goods; services

    General: Clothing; electrical goods; motoring; meals out

    Certain living costs such as accommodation rental, utilities charges (electricity, gas, water), car purchases and school fees are not included in the survey. Such items can make a significant difference to expenses but are usually compensated for separately in expatriate packages.

    This comparison of cost of living was calculated on a base composed of various developed countries and is used to reflect an international lifestyle. Other indices available from ECA reflect specific city-to-city comparisons, and different levels of shopping efficiency.

    About ECA International ECA is the world's leader in the development and provision of solutions for the management and assignment of employees around the world. Delivering data, expertise, systems and support in formats which suit its clients, ECA's offer includes a complete 'out-source' package of calculations, advice and services for companies with little international assignment management experience or resource; subscriptions to comprehensive online information and software systems for companies with larger requirements; and custom policy and system development projects for companies who manage thousands of international assignees around the world.

    For further information or to interview an ECA International spokesperson about these findings, please contact:

    Lauren Smith

    General Manager

    ECA International LLC

    lauren.smith@eca-international.com

    Tel: +1 212 582 2333


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    Low Cost, Portable Device Converts Legacy Controllers Into Powerful ETwater Smart Controllers in Less Than Ten Minutes

    NOVATO, CA (MMD Newswire) June 7, 2013 -- ETwater, the leader in smart irrigation control and water management solutions, today released a new and expanded list of compatible controllers for HermitCrab®, the revolutionary retrofit product that converts most brands of conventional irrigation controllers into powerful ETwater smart controllers. HermitCrab® now supports Irritrol® Total Control-R, Hunter® X-Core, Irritrol® KwikDial®, RainBird® ESP-ME, and Toro® TIS-PRO, in addition to dozens of other compatible host controllers, making ETwater HermitCrab compatible with most controllers installed in the last decade.

    The ETwater HermitCrab revolutionized the irrigation retrofit market in 2011 by providing a low-cost, plug and play solution for upgrading conventional controllers to smart irrigation technology. The product was developed to help accelerate the adoption of smart irrigation technology at existing landscaped sites, where the cost of "ripping and replacing" an entire system would be cost-prohibitive. With the ETwater HermitCrab, legacy systems can be converted into powerful ETwater smart controllers at a fraction of the cost of a new smart controller, and with an installation time of only 10 minutes. The newly upgraded system includes all of the water-saving, time-saving, and labor-saving benefits of the award-winning ETwater system, with real-time remote management from any computer, tablet or Smartphone.

    ETWATER ANNOUNCES EXPANDED LIST OF COMPATIBLE HOSTS FOR HERMITCRAB(R) RETROFIT PRODUCT  ETWATER

    "HermitCrab has been remarkably well received in the market since it was introduced in 2011,"

    commented Pat McIntyre, CEO of ETwater. "In addition to system retrofits, it is extremely popular with our landscape management clients, who can manage multiple sites with multiple brands of controllers from a single dashboard by installing HermitCrab at all of their client sites. We often hear from our customers that the labor savings rivals the water savings as the most important benefit of installing HermitCrab. We are constantly working to increase the number of host controllers compatible with this powerful device, so that HermitCrab continues be available to an ever-expanding audience."

    HermitCrab® features and benefits include:

    - Plug-and-Play installation in under 10 minutes

    - Lowest cost of entry for the leading ETwater smart irrigation system

    - Documented water savings of 20-50%

    - Payback often in just a few months

    - Self-adjusting, weather-based watering schedules

    - Capacity of 48 stations, or the maximum of the conventional "host" controller

    - Remote management of multiple controllers across multiple sites from any computer,Smartphone, or tablet

    - Standard connection for rain sensor

    - Eligible for rebates from many water agencies

    - Made in the USA

    - Three-year limited warranty

    The ETwater HermitCrab® is compatible with most models of conventional controllers that have a port for a digital wireless remote, including controllers from Hunter®, Irritrol®, Rain Bird®, Rain Master®, Weathermatic controllers in the ProLine and SmartLine® families and Superior/Sterling™. For pricing and a detailed list of compatible hosts, please visit http://www.etwater.com/etwater‐hermitcrab® or call 800-438-3400.

    About ETwater

    ETwater is redefining smart irrigation for large scale landscapes with a full range of patented solutions for new installations and irrigation system retrofits. The company's innovative products integrate local weather data with cellular smart controllers to create and implement optimal daily watering schedules, producing water savings of 20-50%. The powerful, web-based ETwater ManagerTM aggregates key data from multiple sites, enables real-time management from any computer, tablet or smart phone, and delivers significant savings of water, time, money, and labor. ETwater is a private company based in Novato, CA, and manufactures in the U.S. For more information, please visit www.etwater.com.

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    Media Contact
    Jennifer Golbus
    jgolbus@etwater.com
    415-483-8216

    Editor's Note: Digital images are available at http://www.etwater.com/logos-product-photos or by sending an email request to jgolbus@etwater.com


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    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (MMD Newswire) June 11, 2013 -- Dr. Connection Benefits (DrCB), the premier national and international telemedicine consulting and wholesaler reseller company, has selected Genius Avenue to administer its telemedicine plans for member clients. DrCB, a recognized telemedicine expert, primarily offers telemedicine as a standalone benefit, the first in the industry to do so featuring creative program structure and low monthly rates. They can provide any telemedicine plan design, but specialize in no-copay and unlimited consultation plan design with proprietary captivated monthly premiums, that include the potential for premium refunding for large carriers and employers.

    Made possible by Genius Avenue's online enrollment and administration platform, DrCB plans can now be offered to consumers through member driven associations, university systems, seniors groups, government entities, apartment complex owners, retail, MLM companies, and telemarketers. DrCB continues to work with national health care service firms, insurance carriers, Medicare and Medicaid administrators, third-party administrators, hospitals and their physician networks, brokers and consultants.

    Telemedicine is 24/7/365 access to a national network of board-certified physicians that use electronic health records, telephone consultations, and online video consultations to diagnose, recommend treatment and write short-term, non-DEA-controlled prescriptions when appropriate. Telemedicine allows a person to access quality care for non-emergency illnesses from the convenience of their home, work, or on the go.

    According to Tom Wallace, CEO of Dr. Connection Benefits, the acceptance of telemedicine has grown significantly, partly because of the familiarity with and improvement of technology. "We're excited about the ease with which organizations and employers can now offer our telemedicine plans. This is primarily due to Genius Avenue's advanced enrollment, billing and administration technology," Wallace said. "Their ability to provide our clients with custom, branded web portals is unmatched."

    "It's great to have Dr. Connection Benefits as a client and help them make the benefits of telemedicine available to a much broader audience," said Ben Rozum, president of Genius Avenue. "Their innovative approach to offering telemedicine is much needed in the marketplace and fits perfectly with the flexibility and capabilities of the Genius Avenue System." Genius Avenue will also be making DrCB available to its clients.

    About Dr. Connection Benefits

    Dr. Connection Benefits (DrCB) partners with agents and brokers to provide affordable access to high-quality health care and lifestyle benefits. DrCB's discount medical and lifestyle plans are not insurance, but are a low-cost alternative or complement to insurance. For a low monthly fee, members receive access to participating providers who have agreed to provide products and services at discounted rates.

    To learn more, visit www.drconnectionbenefits.com, email service@drconnectionbenefits.com, or call 877-340-3327.

    About Genius Avenue

    Genius Avenue transforms the way organizations engage, enroll and empower their members. They help develop stronger relationships with members, improve recruiting and retention, improve member satisfaction, and simplify benefits administration so organizations achieve a significantly better bottom line.

    To learn more, email contact@geniusavenue.com or visit www.geniusavenue.com.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Matt Robinson
    Dr. Connection Benefits
    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
    Phone: 904-728-2078 c
    Mrobinson@drconnectionbenefits.com
    
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    June 11, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Simply Country, Inc is the only licensed and operating manufacturer and distributor for Fodder Solutions in the United States. They make automated sprouting systems that allow farmers and ranchers to grow their own feed. www.foddersolutions.net

    With the rising cost of hay and grain, many farmers and ranchers are seeking alternative feeds. Sprouting grains can be more economical and nutritious than standard feeding practices.

    For the first time, Simply Country, Inc will have open doors to the public. All are invited to come directly to the manufacturing facility to see how the sprouting systems are made. Options are available that can produce as little as 50lbs of feed per day, up to several tons per day. All systems are 100% complete and ready to sprout on arrival at your farm or ranch.

    Fodder Solutions automated sprouting systems

    CEO and President Curt Chittock, along with National Sales Manager Tom Duffy will be in attendance giving presentations about the benefits of sprouted grains and tours of the facility. They, along with other representatives will be available for direct questions and feeding recommendations.

    Where:
    Simply Country, Inc
    12759 Loma Rica Drive
    Grass Valley, CA 95945
    
    When: Saturday June 29th, 10am to 2pm

    This will be a unique opportunity for everyone to see how a Fodder Solutions system works - inside and out. In addition, you can learn why sprouted grains are healthier for horses and all classes of livestock. You will also see first-hand how easy it is to grow your own feed. www.foddersolutions.net

    If you have any questions, please contact Simply Country, Inc:
    530-615-0565
    info@simplycountry.net

    www.foddersolutions.net

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    Military Doctor Suffered Abuse as Child from Scoutmaster Known as a Child Molester

    San Diego, CA (MMD Newswire) June 12, 2013 -- The Zalkin Law Firm filed a four count civil lawsuit today in California Superior Court on behalf of a military doctor who, as a teenage Boy Scout in Southern California, suffered multiple acts of sexual abuse by a Scoutmaster with known proclivities towards child molestation.

    As an active duty member of the United States military, Dr. Drew Belnap, the plaintiff, is able to bring this case at this time despite the limits of the California statute of limitations, because federal law, specifically the Service Members Civil Relief Act, stops the running of any state statute of limitations for the period of time that a person is active duty military. The California State Legislature is currently considering legislation, SB 131, which would provide a similar path to justice for victims of sex abuse.

    Dr. Drew Belnap, Major, United States Army, born April 11, 1974, suffered multiple acts of sexual abuse in the summer of 1991 by long time Scoutmaster John Atwood. That abuse and the sexual abuse of at least two other boys by Atwood, resulted in a criminal conviction in 1992 of serial sexual abuse of minors. Today, John Atwood is a registered sex offender.

    Zalkin Law Firm  Civil Lawsuit Filed against Boy Scouts by Sexual Abuse Victim

    Dr. Belnap began his avocation for scouting as a Cub Scout at the age of 6. He joined the Boy Scouts of America when he became admitted to Troop #1871 in La Habra, California at the age of 11. He became an Eagle Scout in 1991. Today, he is a Boy Scout Scoutmaster with a troop connected to his Mormon Church.

    He has brought this civil action against the Boy Scouts for the primary purpose of making sure that what happened to him can never happen to other children today. He wants to be certain that this issue remains front and center in the public discourse and that it will compel the Boy Scouts to take seriously necessary policy changes to protect children from sexual abuse by predators attracted to scouting as a means of gaining access to their prey.

    "Drew suffered horrendous abuse, all the more tragic because it was so easily preventable," said Irwin Zalkin of The Zalkin Law Firm, the lead attorney for Belnap. "Cases like his, and the lessons we learn from them, are critical to holding accountable the institutions that we trust to care for our children."

    Dr. Belnap came to know John Atwood when Dr. Belnap began attending Schoepe Scout Reservation at Lost Valley ("Lost Valley") located in Warner Springs, California in 1989, when he was 15. The camp is operated by the Orange County Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Atwood was a very popular BSA Scout leader at Lost Valley. Dr. Belnap, like many other scouts, was drawn to Atwood, who is now a convicted sex offender from incidents associated with his affiliation with this camp.

    Following his abuse, while Atwood spent time in jail, Drew found his life spinning out of control. He suffered many setbacks as a teenager and now is confronted with a myriad of psychological issues that have only manifested as an adult. Fortunately, as a Mormon, he had the opportunity to participate in a church mission. This experience helped to turn his life around. Following his mission, he went back to college, joined the Army and has become an anesthesiologist.

    Drew has two daughters and a four year old son. He loves his family, his church and scouting. He hopes that this lawsuit will ensure that what happened to him, will never happen to other boys who love scouting like he did.

    Late last year, the Boy Scouts of America released 20,000 pages of documents relating to alleged instances of sexual abuse by more than 1,200 perpetrators within the organization. Known as the Perversion Files, those documents were ordered to be produced by an Oregon judge in separate litigation, tried in 2010, resulting in an $18.5 million punitive damages award against the Boy Scouts of America.

    Case Background:

    When Dr. Belnap visited Lost Valley Camp, it was an environment rife with the potential for sexual abuse. The availability of alcohol to underage scouts and minors was pervasive. Older scout leaders would assist in purchasing alcohol for younger scouts and would allow them to drink in areas where legally of age scout leaders would drink. Boys and men would shower naked together in open communal showers and spend time drinking and alone together in the ranger's cabin and other sleeping facilities.

    Despite a Boy Scout Rule enacted in 1987 that there shall be no one on one alone time between a scout and an adult scout leader, witnesses observed Atwood leave camping and other activities alone with a young scout to spend long stretches in the woods or in a cabin. At least one scout leader was sexually assaulted by Atwood years prior to Atwood's abuse of Dr. Belnap and the other two boys in 1991.

    In the summer of 1991, Atwood invited Drew to Lost Valley. He agreed to pick Drew and another scout up and drive them to the reservation. That day, however, the other boy decided not to go and it was just Drew and Atwood. Atwood took a detour and told Drew they were going to go off-roading in Atwood's big 4 x 4 truck. They would camp that night and go up to Lost Valley the next day. After off-roading, Atwood provided a large cooler with wine coolers and beer and got Drew drunk. That night Atwood sexually assaulted Drew.

    The next day Drew told a weekend volunteer at Lost Valley who was a member of the BSA Orange County Leadership Council. This person already knew of Atwood's propensities. Neither this Scout leader nor any other BSA official informed the police.

    It was not until almost a week later, when Drew told his parents what happened to him, and discovered that Atwood had sexually assaulted another scout, that police were informed by Drew's father. Atwood was charged and convicted.

    Documents for the case are located at www.zalkin.com

    About The Zalkin Law Firm

    With offices in San Diego and New York, The Zalkin Law Firm (www.zalkin.com) is one of the premier sexual abuse and personal injury law firms in the country. The firm's lawyers have represented hundreds of survivors of childhood sexual abuse and achieved groundbreaking results in numerous high-profile clergy abuse cases across the United States.

    The Zalkin Law Firm has aggressively represented hundreds of survivors of child sexual abuse, including former Boy Scouts. The firm has negotiated over $200 million in settlements in Catholic clergy sex abuse cases.

    Contact:
    Irwin Zalkin
    858-259-3011 office
    858-945-2144 mobile
    Irwin@zalkin.com
    
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    Clubs nationwide receive Laser Pegs® for educational, community play experiences

    SARASOTA, Fla. (MMD Newswire) June 14, 2013 -- Laser Pegs®, the industry pioneer of LED construction toy sets, announced today it will be donating 500 Laser Pegs® Play Tables valued at more than $229,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).

    The Laser Pegs® Play Table is a unique play surface that allows multiple children to play with Laser Pegs® at one time. The tables will be used in Club game rooms to promote creativity, innovation and teamwork. Each Play Table features a surface grid with 150 holes children can plug Laser Pegs® into to begin building. The Laser Pegs® holes function as a base and as a power source for individual Laser Pegs® pieces. When Laser Pegs® are connected together, power is transferred from one piece to another, lighting up a child's entire creation. Every Laser Pegs® Play Table includes 150 Laser Pegs® pieces, 2 power adapters and storage bags for the pieces that can be attached to the sides of the Play Table.

    "I am honored to be able to enrich the amazing opportunities Boys & Girls Clubs create for children across the country by providing their locations with Laser Pegs," said CEO Jon Capriola. "Children love playing with Laser Pegs because they can transform imagination into reality while building, and they can watch as their creation comes to life with light. The Play Table is perfect for a community play environment like those found at Boys & Girls Clubs because multiple children can use the table to build at the same time and they can learn while interacting with each other and Laser Pegs."

    "Thanks to the generosity of Laser Pegs, our kids will have a new and innovative opportunity to enhance their education and creativity," said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. "At BGCA, we are dedicated to building great futures for our youth. These kinds of 'fun with a purpose' activities are key to our work, and we are grateful for this wonderful support."

    Laser Pegs are recommended for children ages 5 and up. For more information visit http://www.laserpegs.com.

    About Laser Pegs®

    Award-winning Laser Pegs® is the world's first toy construction set with LED light bulbs embedded in each piece. When Laser Pegs® are connected together the multi-colored light bulbs switch on, illuminating the model and children's imaginations. Laser Pegs® teach kids creative abstract thinking, problem solving, math skills, pattern recognition, and improve hand/eye coordination. The Laser Pegs® iPad app allows children to interact with a virtual version of their favorite toy, creating models in 3D, sharing manuals and playing games. To learn more, visit http://www.laserpegs.com.

    About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

    For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,000 Clubs serve some 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.

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    Media Contact:
    Laura Baumgartner
    Asylum PR
    (630) 299-9616
    lbaumgartner@asylumpr.com

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    (MMD Newswire) June 17, 2013 -- The False Alarm Reduction Association, a leader in false alarm reduction and education, is concerned for the public at large. Door to door sales of alarm systems is a fast growing business that is often times not very reputable. The phenomenon is becoming more and more prevalent. What used to be the summer sales season is now occurring throughout the entire year. No one is safe from this growing door to door trend. The best way to prevent fraudulent door to door alarm sales is through vigilance and knowledge.

    The door to door companies use both high pressure and scare tactics to get consumers to purchase alarm systems on the spot. Many of the victims of these companies have already contracted with an initial alarm company and thus end up paying double.

    Things to consider:

    Some door to door companies may pose as your existing alarm company. Your existing alarm company will not send someone out to your house to work on your alarm system unannounced, unsolicited or unscheduled. Ask to see their specific company credentials as well as the alarm license from the state or province you reside in.

    An alarm system is something that will be used to protect you and your family and summon public safety response. It is a purchase that should be taken seriously and thoroughly researched. Do not make any hasty judgments when purchasing an alarm system and don't be pressured into signing anything on the spot. If the alarm company won't take no for an answer or leave without your signature, call the Police.

    If you have an existing alarm remember that you are most likely already in a contract that you are responsible for and entering into another contract will not release you from the first one. You may end up responsible for two contracts.

    If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. You need time to read the small print before you enter into any contract. It is likely that the costs of a 'free' system will be factored into your monthly monitoring charges. Take time to read and review what kind of contract you are entering into and compare it to other companies out there. If you do sign on the dotted line, ask about the 'cooling off period' - this is the amount of time you have to cancel the contract after you have signed it.

    Remember don't fall victim to high pressure scare tactic sales. Make sure you do your homework and know what you are getting into. For more information on purchasing an alarm system refer to the False Alarm Reduction Association at www.faraonline.org.

    False Alarm Reduction Association fara

    About FARA:

    The False Alarm Reduction Association is an association primarily of persons employed by government and public safety agencies in charge of, or working in, False Alarm Reduction Units. Our goal is to assist these individuals in reducing false alarms for their jurisdiction. We do this by facilitating the exchange of information, influencing legislation and establishing relationships and partnerships with other groups interested in false alarm reduction.

    For More Information Contact:
    Brad Shipp
    301.519.9237
    info@faraonline.org
    
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    June 18, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- In a bid to help mid & large sized businesses boost their channels of sales and distribution, Tradeindia.com, India's largest B2B marketplace having more than 2.4 million registered users, has launched a new website Getdistributors.com (http://www.getdistributors.com), an ideal search based online platform for companies and individuals who are looking forward to expand their business by appointing or becoming distributors, franchisees or a sales agents in India and abroad.

    Commenting on this new initiative, Mr. Bikky Khosla, Founder & CEO, Tradeindia.com said, "In any business, one of the most crucial decisions one makes is how to sell the products or services. Mid & large sized businesses usually find it difficult to setup their distribution network due to time and grind involved. Keeping this in mind we have launched this unique portal GetDistributors.com. Now, they would be able to easily appoint a distributor, sales agent or franchisee in India as well as outside India."

    tradeindia.com trade india  getdistributors.com get distributors

    "Besides, there are a lot of international businesses operating in India who wish to make Indian companies and individuals their distributors, franchisees and sales agents. They too can use GetDistributors.com to boost their channel network," added Mr. Khosla.

    According to him, "Companies and individuals who plan to partner with established businesses by getting appointed as a distributor, franchisee or a sales agent will also find this platform useful. Interested parties simply have to register themselves for free with us, and as and when a company will show interest in appointing them, they will be notified by us."

    To make the platform user friendly, categories related to both the sections "I am looking for Distributors/Sales Agents" and "I want to become a Distributor/Sales Agent" besides "I want to appoint a franchisee/I want to become a franchisee" are neatly arranged across a number of industry verticals. A company or an individual can register itself as a distributor, franchisee or sales agent only by filling a simple online form free of cost.

    This new initiative covers the entire industry as a whole and help easy search for finding distributors, franchisee or sales agents for all industry types. The major industry verticals that this new and unique portal primarily caters to are Agriculture, Apparel & Fashion, Automobile, Chemicals, Consumer Electronics to Hospital & Medical Supplies, Pipes, Tubes & Fittings, Scientific & Laboratory Instruments etc.

    The website also comes with an Ask the Experts section where a member can post questions about Distributors, Franchises, and Sales Agent and get answered in detail by an expert.

    About Tradeindia.com: Tradeindia.com, promoted by INFOCOM NETWORK LTD, is India's largest B2B marketplace. Established in the year 1990 Infocom Network Ltd. launched tradeindia.com in the year 1996 with the advent of Internet in India. Tradeindia has a glorious track record spanning almost two decades in offering a comprehensive range of business solutions to the EXIM community through its wide array of online services, directory services and facilitation of trade promotional events.

    Tradeindia.com acts as a bridge between buyers and sellers, manufacturers, importers and exporters and is a major entity involved in this task of bringing them under one pedestal. It has over 2.4 million businesstobusiness registered users to its credit which are growing with each passing day. Headquartered in New Delhi, India. The company has 35 branch offices operating across India at all major business centers. Its workforce comprises of more than 1200 professionals.

    Media Contact
    Vishal Grover
    G.M. Marketing
    e: vishal@tradeindia.com
    t: +911146710500
    
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    Waxahachie, TX (MMD Newswire) June 20, 2013 -- Waxahachie based Americase, Inc. today has announced that the company has designed, developed and completed the first HM224B / DOT31FP shipping containers for the NORS program (Nitrogen Oxygen Recharge System), which is a part of NASA's Orbital Replacement Unit Project and will resupply the International Space Station with Nitrogen and Oxygen.

    "We have been working on this project for over a year in concert with The Boeing Company in Huntsville, Alabama. For years, Americase has been on the cutting edge of HM224B Oxygen Containers, aka Super Boxes, but this project required an entirely new design. The purpose of this container is to safely transport the RTA (Recharge Tank Assembly), a very large and complex oxygen tank, to several locations in the world, where the RTA will be loaded onto space craft and transported to the International Space Station," said Robby Kinsala, Chief Operating Officer at Americase. "Like all of our Super Boxes, the NASA containers had to pass the ATA 300 Category 1 requirements as well as the flame and heat penetration requirements set forth in the DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations,"continued Kinsala.

    Americase, Inc. Develops Oxygen Containers for NASA  Americase, Inc. Develops Oxygen Containers for NASA

    About Americase:

    Americase, an AS9100 and ISO 9001 company, is the premier case manufacturer of airline quality transport cases for the aerospace, aviation, oil and gas, education, sporting and audio/visual industries. Expert on-site staff enables Americase to develop, engineer and create just about any case type that can be imagined. With an all-in-house production environment ranging from precision CNC sheet metal punching and bending capabilities to specialized water jet and machining of foam cushions and other composites, to custom applied graphics on virtually anything, Americase is uniquely adept in providing high quality, custom fabricated parts and containers to various industries all over the world.

    If you can dream it, Americase can build it. Providing Quality Carrying Cases designed to travel the world and made in the U.S.A. since 1985.

    For more information please contact Chris Egloff or Steve Arnold from our industrial sales team at 800-972-2737 or visit our website at www.americase.biz.

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    June 21, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Invest in the Debentures with Monthly Interest Payments of Deutche Group PLC : Debenture Type & Annual Interest Price (£) Per Debenture Term Convertible (Fixed Rate 9% ) £50 2 Years Convertible (Fixed Rate 12%)

    DEUTCHE GROUP is a US $1.8 Billion Business Group Expanding at a Rapid Pace Every Day. We Project to be One of the Biggest Business Group's in the World by 2016 and Thereafter we will be securing a Position in the Top Fortune 50 Companies in the World as per our Projected and Present Growth Rate. We have come out with our 100% Secured Debentures / Corporate Bonds backed by our Corporate Guaranty. We Pay Interest Directly into your Designated Bank Account Every Month. You will be investing in an 100% Secured Debt Security that will Yield High Interest Rates Fixed until the Total Duration of the Debenture or Bond. Please find a Copy of the Public Placement Prospectus along with our Next 5 Years Financial Projections. The Application Form is Attached in the Last few Pages of the Prospectus. Once You Decide to Invest in our Debentures please fill out the Application Form and Send it to us and We will send you the Payment Instructions and Once Payment is Received by our Finance Department we will Issue your Physical Debenture Certificates and Mail it to you by First Class Royal Mail Therefore will Register the Debenture Certificate with the Companies House, UK.

    We are Raising Funds for further Expansion of Our Businesses in the Field of Travel, Retail, Pharmaceuticals, Pharmacy, Healthcare, IT & Education, Hospitality & Hotels, E-Commerce, Merchant Acquiring, Merchant Services, Merchant/Retail/Investment/Corporate Banking, Financial Services, IT Security & Forensics, Private Equity Investments & Venture Capital. We are Acquiring Banks, Credit Card Companies, Merchant Acquiring Business, Gold & Diamond Mines, 5 Star + Hotel Properties Worldwide, Large Commercial Properties and Majorly Banking & Merchant Acquiring Business.

    Deutche Group PLC

    DEUTCHE GROUP PLC
    Contact: HARRY SHARMA
    Phone: 7035962469
    Email: debentures[@]deutchegroup.com

    Web: www.deutchegroup.com  Facebook: http://facebook.com/deutchegroup

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    Deutche Group PLC is Projecting to Hire over 15,000 Employee's this Year in the United States, Canada & the United Kingdom.

    June 24, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- DEUTCHE GROUP PLC is a US $1.8 Billion Business Group with Over 4,200+ Employee's Around the World. Deutche Group PLC is projecting to Hire over 15,000 Employee's this Year in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Deutche Group PLC Owns Over 55+ Subsidiaries around the World.

    Deutche Group is a highly successful Business group headquartered in Herndon, VA with operations and presence in UK, USA, Thailand and India. Deutche group was founded by renegade entrepreneur 10 years ago and since then there is no looking back.

    We are the people who think different from most of the business group all across the universe we create businesses with competitive edge and superior cost effectiveness. Prior to starting these ventures we practice in depth Research and Development on a particular project our R&D team work side by side and come up with all pros and cons of the business venture. We are a well-capitalized business group that does not have public and private investors except for our founder.

    We have grown to a Company with 900 people and 700 affiliate contact centres companies all across the globe and we have capitalized our profits to get into the arena of various businesses we do. We are in the business of Travel and Technology, Retailing, Manufacturing (OEM) and even the Hospitality Business with Hotels in Thailand and therefore expanding our Current Portfolio of Hotels we own with an Addition of 5 Star Category Luxury Hotel Properties that we are in the middle of acquiring one of the most Renowned Hotels in Las Vegas, NV, New York & Virginia these hotels will be managed by world's leading hotel management companies. We also do Private Equity Investments and We are expanding into the business of Commercial, Retail and Merchant Banking in the United States, Caribbean, UK, Europe & Asia Pacific.

    MERCHANT ACQUIRING & CARD PAYMENT PROCESSING BUSINESS:

    We Deutche Group Established M/s Deutche Payment Processing in Chandigarh, India in the Year 2006 Signed up MSP Contracts with Leading Banks in India with a Vision to Offer the best Technology Mechanisms in India to various Merchants specifically creating more room for New Dot Com Companies entering in the foray of E-Commerce Online Businesses. We Offered Internet Payment Gateway Solutions to merchants to be able to take Card Payments through their website Signed up more than 6,300 Merchants in the First Year of Operation and Transacting over $72 Million in the First Year of Operations. Took it International to Europe by Setting up Deutche Payment Processing, Ltd. In London, UK and catered to European Merchants by signing off PSP Contracts with Various Banks in the UK & in the European Region in the Year 2008. This boosted the Transactions of M/s Deutche Payments Processing to Over $312 Million and Signed up over 57,236 Merchants in the Year 2008. The Business kept growing at a rapid pace showing consistent Growth of over 25%-30% Every Fiscal Quarter and making it one of the most potential & successful business for the Group.

    Then in 2012 we Established Deutche Payment Processing, Inc. and Today in 2013 we have over 300,000 Merchants in Asia Pacific, European Region & Americas and We are Transacting Over $3.6 Billion in Credit/Debit Card Processing through the VISA/MASTERCARD/AMERICAN EXPRESS & DISCOVER CARD PROCESSING NETWORK. The Next Big Step to Boost the Merchant Acquiring Business of Deutche Group will be to Acquire a Bank and Become a Merchant Acquirer by signing off contracts with VISA/MASTERCARD,AMERICAN EXPRESS ONE POINT/DISCOVER And all other Card Associations. A Merger or an Acquisition of a Bank will result in 120%-150% Growth Every Fiscal Year and therefore will be creating more than 5000 jobs in the Virginia Area Creating our proposed Bank to become Commercial Powerhouse in Virginia. Therefore it would help us to Acquire our Merchants Directly and It would greatly enhance the Revenues and will help us ensure better profits and This would help us to get the Biggest Boost to our Existing Businesses.

    TRAVEL & TECHNOLOGY :

    Established Travelporrto back in 2009 which was a Travel Reservation first of it's kind that has an access to worldwide Low Cost Airlines, With Over 100,000 Hotels Specially Contracted and Created an Special Web Based Platform so that Travel Companies Around the World could use this system better known as "Travelporrto Simplified Global Reservation System" (S.G.R.S.). Our Founder Invested US $2 Million on Research & Development, Application Development, Contracting, Securities, Bonds & Bank Guarantee's & Corporate Guarantee's given to Low Cost Airline Carriers worldwide. Travelporrto expanded it's operations from Travelporrto Travel Services Pvt. Ltd., in New Delhi & Hyderabad To Travelporrto Limited in the London,UK & Travelporrto Co., Ltd. In Bangkok,Thailand.

    The Company expanded it's Operations and Hired over 270 People in-house to Manage the Day to Day Affairs of the Business and Outsourced Sales & Support to Contact Centre Companies in India that Hired over 600 People in their Contact Centre for expansion and streamlining the Operations Flow of the Company. The Company Reached a Remarkable Sales Revenue of an Average of INR 1 Crore Per Day or US $200,000 Per Day as an Average for the First Day of Opening and Kept of Growing since then.

    RETAIL, E-COMMERCE & MANUFACTURING (OEM) :

    Established Godoggie Online Shopping Pvt. Ltd. In Chandigarh, New Delhi & Hyderabad in the business of Mail, Internet & Telephone Order and Sold Numerous Consumer Goods at a Very Cost Effective Pricing. Mr.Joshi Signed Contracts with Factories in Shenzhen, China for OEM of Mobile Phones, Laptops & Notebooks. Mr.Joshi had set up an Intensive Research & Development Team for Researching on Various Product Lines and Flew a Team of R&D Specialists for 7 Countries, 23 Cities with over 271 Factory Owners & Distributors to meet and Finalize the best possible Contract with the Best Quality at same time at the best price. He brought a Series of New Products like Mobile Watches, E-Cigarette's, Netbooks & Tablets to India and Got them Listed & Upraised with the Customs Department in New Delhi and therefore Imported & Distributed the same PAN India.

    Further Expanded the Same to the (UK) by Establishing Godoggie Limited in London, UK which catered to Customers in Europe & the UK. When we Say if Our Chairman Starts a Venture never stops until he takes it multi-national so he took it to the USA with Establishing Godoggie, Inc. in Las Vegas, NV & Los Angeles, CA. Today Our Retail Business is our Backbone of the group which has been expanded to over 32 Different Retail Brands & Over 73 E-Commerce Websites that we currently operate and are Expanding and we imagine to be one of the Biggest Retail & E-Commerce Giants in the United States in the next couple of years by establishing Retail Stores all over the United States. We are planning to open over 3000 Retail Stores PAN America.

    HOSPITALITY :

    Established Tara Monte Group of Hotels, Co. Ltd. In Bangkok and Acquired a 3 Star Boutique Hotel with 71 Rooms in Pratunam, Bangkok further Expanded and Acquired 2 more Neighbouring Plots and is currently a 4 Star Boutique Hotel with over 121 Rooms and coming up with 52 Rooms in 9 month's time therefore it is located in the busy marketplace of Pratunam which is Thailand's Biggest Garment Export Market and just 7 Minutes away from Sukhumvit but still is located in the Heart of the City.

    PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTMENTS & VENTURE CAPITALISTS :

    The Group Established "Deutche Capital, Ltd." in 2012 for Acquiring 5 Star Hotel Properties & Investing through it's Private Equity Fund in the Areas of E-Commerce, Hospitality, Real Estate, Retail, Commercial & Merchant Banking the United States, Europe,& Asia Pacific Region. We are looking at Other Options too in Virginia, Washington, DC & New York.

    BANKING : Except the Merchant Banking, DEUTCHE GROUP PLC also focuses on the Following :

    Corporate banking: This includes lending, deposit taking, trade and project finance, issuance of guarantees, settlement and cash operations, factoring and payroll services for corporate clients,

    Retail banking: This includes lending to retail clients (including consumer loans, credit cards and mortgage loans), deposit taking (current accounts and term deposits) and debit cards, settlement and cash services, as well as private banking; and

    Investment, Treasury & Trade: This includes interbank lending, proprietary Debentures trading, foreign exchange trading, brokerage services, custody services and debt market research.

    Other Business: Other areas of Business include Pharmaceuticals, Pharmacy & Healthcare, IT & Education, Retail Banking, Corporate Banking, Investment Banking, Financial Services and IT Security & Forensics.

    Group has presence in United Kingdom, United States of America, Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Thailand, Hongkong, China, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, India, Canada and Caribbean Island.

    Deutche Group PLC

    Company: DEUTCHE GROUP PLC
    Contact : DENNIS COOPER
    Phone: 7035962469
    Email: debentures[@]deutchegroup.com
    
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    June 24, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- DEUTCHE GROUP is Investing Over US $2.5 Billion for Acquiring Small & Midsized Banks Worldwide and is Looking for Joint Ventures in the Merchant Acquiring Business. This would Expand our Current Merchant Services Business Exponentially Giving us access to International Markets for Sales Penetration of Merchant Accounts & Processing Credit Card Payments for Merchants in Various Countries.

    DEUTCHE GROUP

    Company: DEUTCHE GROUP
    Contact : DENNIS COOPER
    Phone: 7038707323
    Email: debentures[@]deutchegroup.com
    
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