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    Ottawa, ON (MMD Newswire) December 7, 2012 -- EnWin Utilities Ltd. (EnWin) has chosen Harris Utilities to enhance its customer services and enable consumers to better manage their resources. EnWin will deploy NorthStar for its customer information system (CIS), MeterSense for its meter data management (MDM) and CustomerConnect for its customer engagement solution (CES).

    The Windsor local distribution company needed a system that would turn raw meter data into high-quality, actionable intelligence. EnWin wanted to give its customers the tools they need to measure, monitor and manage usage patterns, assess usage data and oversee account-management functions.

    The NorthStar solution will integrate the utility's key applications and provide access to actionable data across the entire CIS, which will enable EnWin to better focus on the customer-impacting aspects of its operations. By transforming meter data into valuable business intelligence and connecting utilities with their customers in innovative new ways, MeterSense and CustomerConnect will help EnWin improve operations and enhance customer service.

    "We're thrilled to be able to provide our customers with the tools they need to first understand and then better manage utility costs," said Michael Duben, Vice President, Customer Relations at EnWin. "Over the next 18 months we will implement technology that will empower our residential and commercial customers with the information they need to make smart decisions about consumption, conservation and cost control."

    "Utilities see how powerful it can be to bring the value and intelligence of the smart grid directly to consumers," said Norm Daigle, executive vice-president of Harris Utilities SmartWorks. "Putting end users in command of their own resource use is the quickest and most comprehensive way for utilities to achieve demand management."

    EnWin will be able to take essential data that residential and commercial consumers need to track and modify consumption, engage in crucial resource conservation programs, give them direct, unprecedented insight into their resource-use patterns and deliver a new bill format to its customers. With better awareness, their customers will make smarter choices, save money on their utility bills and help EnWin meet its conservation goals.

    "Over 40 utilities across Ontario have chosen Harris Utilities' smart grid technology in order to meet the province's new time-of-use regulations," said Daigle. "We draw upon 35 years' of industry-specific experience to deliver the most relevant and best possible solution for each one of our thousands of customers across North America and the Caribbean."

    EnWin turned to Harris Utilities not only because of its strength and expertise in the deregulated electric market in Ontario, but also its implementation experience and commitment to smart grid innovation.

    About EnWin Utilities Ltd.

    EnWin Utilities Ltd. is Windsor's Local Distribution Company, responsible for the distribution of electricity and the servicing and maintenance of Windsor's power line infrastructure. As well, EnWin Utilities Ltd. is a management services company providing fleet, billing, collections, credit, financial, human resources, customer service, and information technology services to Windsor Utilities Commission and the City of Windsor.

    About Harris Utilities SmartWorks

    SmartWorks is the innovation engine of Harris Utilities. Harris Utilities SmartWorks' current portfolio includes two key solutions. The first is MeterSense, a scalable, configurable and powerful meter data management (MDM) solution that quickly manages and intelligently interprets growing volumes of critical smart meter data. The second, CustomerConnect, is a customer engagement solution that gives customers direct, web-based access to account information and unprecedented insight into resource use which helps utilities demonstrate the value of, and power behind, their smart infrastructure investments. For detailed product information, please visit and

    About NorthStar Utilities Solutions

    NorthStar has served the utility market for more than 34 years. A division of Harris Utilities, NorthStar delivers integrated solutions for utilities' billing, customer information, and financial and meter data management needs. More than 250 customers in North America, the Pacific and the Caribbean use NorthStar solutions to manage revenues, deliver superior customer service, improve efficiencies and reduce costs. For more information, please visit

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    LANGLEY, British Columbia (MMD Newswire) December 7, 2012 -- Claire Suchy has been announced as the new Program Director for the H.E.R. Women's Treatment Facility at the LDR Holistic Addiction Wellness Centre in White Rock, British Columbia.

    Suchy has a Masters in Counselling Psychology and currently owns a private practice focusing on clients who have had trauma related to addiction. Her expertise specifically focuses on clients who have experienced traumas such as childhood abuse, physical and emotional abuse, accidents and injuries.

    "There is a direct relationship between trauma and addiction," says Suchy. "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder causes your brain and body to constantly operate on high alert, so your body never gets a chance to recuperate. Your immune system is overworked meaning you probably get sick more often, your heart and lungs work way too hard, and your muscles get strained from being too tense. This constant state of stress puts you at risk for diabetes, heart attack, obesity, depression, concentration problems, and even certain types of cancer. What started as a way to protect you from trauma has become a real problem."

    Suchy's hope is to integrate the trauma theory and use trauma therapy when it is relevant to the the women undergoing treatment at the H.E.R. Women's Treatment Facility. With more research on trauma, she hopes to build a solid and complete holistic program for LDR's Holistic Programs.

    For more information:

    Claire Suchy


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    Jacksonville, FL (MMD Newswire) December 7, 2012 -- TriageLogic announces a new feature that enables their triage nurses to send secure, encrypted and HIPPA compliant text messages to the on-call providers. The on-call provider receives the encrypted text message and is able to decrypt it securely and see the entire message. This allows providers to call their patients back by clicking on the phone number on the screen. This module saves physicians the need to return the call to the nurse triage to get the patient's information, saving valuable physician time.

    An important feature of the system is that it does not require the provider to download an app or have any special software on their phone. According to Dr. Ravi Raheja, founder and CEO of TriageLogic, "The system works with any smartphone and can also be accessed securely via email if they choose. During the entire process, patient information never gets sent over the public cell phone networks and only the provider can decrypt the message. Therefore the system is completely secure and HIPAA-compliant."

    According to Dr. Charu Raheja, Chair of TriageLogic, "Any patient information that goes through the cell phone networks such as Verizon or ATT is not HIPAA-compliant nor is it secure. Legal teams are making it very clear that the call centers cannot text patient information unless it is in a secure, HIPAA-compliant format and only if the patient data never crosses cell phone networks." About 40% of providers today use smart phones, and an increasing number of physicians are depending on smartphones as their single mode of communication.

    TriageLogic's team of experts is able to understand the new requirements of technology and medicine and devise innovative, cost-effective solutions to work with existing platforms. The secure texting module provides a convenience that savestime for the provider and makes the triage process more efficient.

    Highlights of Nurse Triage On Call:
    - Gold standard protocols by Barton Schmitt, MD, and David Thompson, MD
    - Prompt call back times, 30 minutes or less
    - Experienced, highly trained registered nurses
    - Highly customized standing orders -- Triagelogic nurses follow your instructions 
      specific to your practice or each physician in  your practice
    - Integrated with any practice EMR
    - Return on investment reporting

    Advanced features: HIPAA compliant texting and more

    TriageLogic Triage Call Centers

    About TriageLogic™ (

    Founded in 2005, TriageLogic is a leading provider of quality, affordable triage software and after-hours nurse triage services. From the smallest of provider practices to the largest of triage call centers, TriageLogic offers a full line of triage protocol systems and services to meet client needs. TriageLogic is a healthcare company that provides more than just healthcare software. TriageLogic integrates a unique blend of innovative communication solutions with medical expertise based on practical experience and a thorough understanding of the field. Currently, TriageLogic has two units - a software unit that develops nurse triage systems both for after-hours and day-time use; and a services unit that offers 24/7 nurse support through multiple call centers. With a national footprint, all TriageLogic solutions and services can be customized or private-labeled for each client. Whether yours is a busy private practice in need of a phone triage system, or a hospital seeking a complete after-hours call center solution, TriageLogic has a product to meet your needs.

    For more information, contact Amy Smith at (336) 529-2493 or


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    December 10, 2012 (MMD Newswire) -- The JANTEMAN® PRIZE 2012 has been awarded to Marcus Storch, the chairman of the Nobel Foundation, for his exceptional achievements by managing the Nobel Foundation (and the nomination of the infamous Nobel Prizes) as integrated part of the Swedish branch of the World Jewish Congress.

    Mr. Marcus Storchis today chairman of the Nobel Foundation, and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He is the son of Hillel Storch who was the chairman of the Swedish branch of the World Jewish Congress. The Nobel Foundation today is the extended arm of the Swedish branch of the World Jewish Congress. They award the Nobel Prize to 137 times more frequently to Jewish candidates worldwide, and 26 times more frequently to those in America, than would be expected from the size of the Jewish population. The proportion of Jewish laureates more than doubled (2.3-fold increase) after the Second World War owing to the explosion of Prizes shared between Jews and Gentiles (8.8-fold increase),[see references].


    The Nobel Foundation today (112 years after start) is a faithful representative body of Jewish communities and organizations in nearly 100 countries from Argentina to Zimbabwe, across six continents. It seeks to foster the unity and creative survival of the Jewish people while maintaining its spiritual, cultural and social heritage.

    Towards these ends, the Nobel Foundation works to

    1. Secure the rights and safety Jews and Jewish communities around the world;

    2. Intensify the bonds of world Jewry and strengthen the ties of solidarity among Jewish communities everywhere;

    3. Act in coordination with and on behalf of Jewish communities before governmental, intergovernmental and other international authorities on matters concerning the Jewish people; and

    4. Cooperate with all peoples on the basis of universal ideas of peace, freedom and justice.

    The core principle of the Nobel Foundation today is that all Jews are responsible for one another. It seeks to achieve this by governing with consensus and celebrating unity in the Jews vast diversity. As they have been for nearly three quarters of a century (after the Holocaust), the Nobel Foundation continues to be the permanent address of the Jewish people.

    Bravo Janteman®!


    1. Biro: The Jewish Bias of the Nobel Prize. 2011

    2. Biro & Cohen: The Jewish God,

    3. Biro: The Swedish God. 2011


    Media Contact:

    The Nobel Foundation, Tel. +46 (0)8 663 09 20 - Fax +46 (0)8 660 38 47 -

    Jan Charles Biro MD. PhD, Honorary Professor at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden - 1 213 627 6134 -


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    Cincinnati, Ohio (MMD Newswire) December 10, 2012 -- .ARGUS TRAQPak data is serial-number specific aircraft arrival and departure information on all IFR flights in the US (including Alaska and Hawaii) and Canada. The tables below reflect business aircraft activity data for November 1-30, 2012 vs. October 1-31, 2012 and November 1-30, 2012 vs. November 1-30, 2011 respectively. A copy of this report and previous reports can be found at

    November 2012 flight activity dips after robust October. TRAQPak data shows that November 2012 flight activity levels decreased from October, finishing the month down 6.3% overall. The results by operational category were down for all 3 categories led by fractional activity which finished the month down 8.0%. Part 91 and Part 135 flight activity were down 7.8% and 2.9% respectively. Aircraft category results followed the path of the operational categories and finished down across the board. Turboprop flight activity saw the biggest month over month decline, finishing down 9.9%. Mid-size cabin aircraft finished down 4.6%, followed by large and small cabin aircraft, which finished down 4.3% and 4.2% in that order. Looking at individual market segments the fractional turboprop segments posted a 31.7% month over month decrease*, while the part 135 large cabin segment posted a 3.9% month over month increase.

    Reviewing year over year activity (November 2012 vs. November 2011), TRAQPak data indicates an overall decrease of 2.3%. Results by operational category weren't all negative for the period, with Part 135 activity posting a positive year over year increase of 5.6%. The Part 91 and fractional markets posted year over year decreases of 3.6% and 12.2% respectively. Looking at activity by aircraft category; only the small cabin sector finished the timeframe on the positive side, up 2.0% year over year. The turboprop market saw the biggest year over year decline, finishing down 7.1%. Large and mid-size cabin aircraft finished down 0.3% and 0.8% respectively. Looking at individual market segments the Part 135 small cabin market posted the largest year over year increase, up 11.0%, while the fractional turboprop market showed the largest decline down 40.6%*.

    About ARGUS

    ARGUS International Inc. (ARGUS) is a specialized aviation services company with global expertise whose mission is to provide the aviation marketplace with the information needed to make informed decisions and manage risk. ARGUS services include the CHEQ proprietary charter operator rating and due diligence program, TRAQPak market intelligence data and research services, and aviation consulting. ARGUS subsidiaries include ARGUS PROS, the leading provider of on-site safety audits and PRISM, the industry's most advanced Safety Management Systems (SMS) solutions provider and recognized certification consultant.

    Founded in 1995, ARGUS is headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, and actively engaged with business activities in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia, South America and the Middle East and Africa.


    ARGUS Contact: Kendra Christin 513-852-1010

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    Penny Auction Website Gives Away Free Money, Happy Credits and Free Prizes for December Grand Opening is piling on the incentives for it's worldwide grand opening promotion. Online shoppers are urged to take advantage of Free Registion, Free credits, Free products, and Free shipping for the month of December.

    Queensland, Australia (MMD Newswire) December 10, 2012 -- is telling customers all across the world to save their pennies and place an auction bid rather than make a wish.The penny auction website,featuring everything from iPad Minis to Macbooks, surface tablets, and gift cards, is piling on customer-friendly incentives for their global grand opening for December 2012.

    New online viewers are not only invited to register for the auctions for free, but are also being given 75 free credits to get started. For their one-month global opening, 75 credits are being offered for FREE. It's all FREE

    Penny Auction Website Penny Auction Website

    In addition to the live auctions, which are awarded to the last bidder whenever the remaining time reaches zero, users can also join the community and enjoy interacting with users scattered across multiple countries. The website combines the concept of penny auctions with global unique bid auctions with social networking community features. Much expense has been given to creating an easy-to-navigate site featuring a list of winners, a calendar of upcoming auctions, an invite friends feature and a company blog.

    There are actually three types of auctions in addition to the most popular Penny Auction, including a Reveal Price Auction, Lowest Unique Bid Auction, and Mystery Number Auction.

    CEO and founder Craig Merwood states that the company is capitalizing on the power of online shopping targeting home shoppers that are looking for a bargain. It's all about our customers.

    With the holiday season quickly approaching, this may be an ideal time for customers to shop for Free new merchandise.

    To register for 75 Free credits and the "100% off Global Grand Opening" promotion, visit and click "Register for Free" to get started.

    About Penny Deals Daily: Penny Deals Daily was founded by Craig Merwood and Leigh Mackay. The auction site launches in December 2012 and works with trusted brands such as PayPal, Skrill Moneybookers and all major credit card companies.


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    ROCKVILLE, MD (MMD Newswire) December 11, 2012 -- Apex Companies, LLC - a leading national energy, water resources and environmental consulting and engineering firm - has named Michael Bingham Senior Project Manager, based out of the company's Boston, MA office.

    A Licensed Site Professional, Bingham's primary focus will be providing Brownfield and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection oversight to our municipal, industrial and commercial client base. Additionally, he'll assist with overall office business development activities and supporting the regional staffs' professional development.

    "Mike's nearly 30 years of environmental services support will be an outstanding addition to our growing region," says Kelly HurstakuirH, Boston's Division Manager. "As we continue to look to expand and create new opportunities in New England, Mike's breadth of professional experience and relationships in the northeast will be a great asset."

    Apex Companies Names Michael Bingham Senior Project Manager

    Focused on minimizing environmental liabilities and hurdles to maximize client's business opportunities, Apex recently acquired TITAN Engineering, Inc. (Dallas, TX) and Ash Creek Associates, Inc. (Portland, OR), privately held environmental and engineering services firms. The company's prominent M&A efforts have expanded the company's presence in Texas and various west coast markets, as well as enhanced oil and gas, and water related services throughout the country.

    Recently named a Top 200 Environmental Firm and Top 500 Design Firm by Engineering News-Record Magazine (ENR Magazine), Apex is a portfolio company of Tailwind Capital, a private equity firm focused on investing in growth-oriented middle market companies.

    For more information:, 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.

    Apex Companies

    Kevin Satz


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    December 12, 2012 (MMD Newswire) -- The eSfere gaming console will allow users to play Android games downloaded from Google Play on their big screen televisions. Its technical specifications, including a powerful Tegra 3 quad core processor, will optimize the gaming experience.

    eSfere is equipped with 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal flash storage, 2 USB ports, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Android OS 4.1, and comes with the "Touch & Play" wireless multi-touch gamepad controller which allows players to keep the touch functionality inherent to Android games, as if they were playing on their smartphone or tablet. A precise mapping system will let users know at all where they are located on the screen but without the need of having to look down at the controller, which will simply be a flat multitouch pad surface (with no images or video).

    New Video Game TV Console Fully Compatible with Google Play Launches Crowdfunding Campaign  eSfere Entertainment´s new gaming console

    eSfere can also be used to watch movies, listen to music or surf the web, as well as for running productivity, education or leisure applications. In addition, eSfere, in conjunction with a web cam, can be used for video-conferencing. The console itself was designed to be sleek and modern and will come in a variety of colors. eSfere has also designed a matching set of 3 decorative flower vases to accompany the console as well as an external flash drive for additional storage needs, which neatly fits under base of the device. A line of luxury consoles engraved with authentic Swarovski crystals will also be made available for those who are looking for something uniquely elegant.

    In order to produce and bring this gaming console to market, eSfere's developers are turning to the general public to help get this project funded. To get started, they are asking consumers to back their idea by making pledges through crowdfunding site Indiegogo. "We hope users will back this project because they believe in it and are convinced, as much as we are, that a complete Android gaming solution for the large screen TV is necessary. That's why we seek support directly from consumers, so they can tell us, through their pledges, that this is what they were waiting for" says eSfere co-founder Joaquin Soler.

    To learn more about the eSfere gaming console and how to pledge, please visit their web site or look up their project on

    Media Contact Information:

    Name: Joaquin Soler


    Web address:


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    Coral Springs, Florida (MMD Newswire) December 12, 2012 -- Sharlene Gillespie announced today the official launch of her Virtual Bankruptcy Assistant (VBA) Service, Gillespie Bankruptcy Professionals. Her company specializes in preparing highly detailed Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy petitions for licensed consumer bankruptcy attorneys nationwide.

    Mrs. Gillespie says, "The virtual bankruptcy assistant field is one of the fastest growing industries in existence today. Virtual Bankruptcy Assistants are highly trained professionals who prefer to work from their own offices and provide superior services for the attorneys they serve. In fact, most virtual bankruptcy assistants are available for their attorneys after business hours and on weekends, as they know it's very difficult to obtain the information needed during the 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. work week".

    Petition preparation includes follow-up with the client to obtain any additional or missing information, due diligence which includes vehicle and real property market research, for all real property in the debtor's name in the county of their residence, research for criminal records and/or lawsuits in the debtor's name in the county of their residence, preparation of any wage garnishment letters to employers and creditors and monitoring of case(s) on Pacer.

    Gillespie Bankruptcy Professionals works as an independent contractor for the attorney. All petitions are prepared and/or e-filed under the licensed consumer bankruptcy attorney with the bankruptcy court.

    For more information about Gillespie Bankruptcy Professionals, the services they provide and their rates, please visit their website at

    Contact Information:
    Sharlene C. Gillespie
    Gillespie Bankruptcy Professionals
    Tel: (954) 825-8013
    Fax: (954) 644-8930



    Keywords: virtual bankruptcy assistant, virtual assistant, bankruptcy assistant, legal services

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    HENDERSON, NEVADA (MMD Newswire) December 13, 2012 -- Evader, Inc. (EVDR.PK), has reached a settlement with Visisys (its subsidiary Visisys, Inc.) in wake of the DTCC chill to rescind its merger transaction. The rescission should be completed December 31, 2012.

    In other company news, Evader is in discussions with a China based company for a takeover of control.

    More updates will follow shortly.

    Safe Harbor Statement

    Information in this release may contain statements about future expectations, plans, prospects or performance of Evader, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: EVDR) that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the Safe Harbor Provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words or phrases "can be", "expects", "may affect", "believed", "estimate", "project" and similar words and phrases are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Evader, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: EVDR) cautions you that any forward-looking information provided by or on behalf of Evader, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: EVDR) is not a guarantee of future performance. None of the information in this press release constitutes or is intended as an offer to sell securities or investment advice of any kind. Evader, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: EVDR)'s actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, some of which are beyond Evader, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: EVDR)'s control. In addition to those discussed in Evader, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: EVDR)'s press releases, public filings, and statements by Evader, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: EVDR)'s management, including, but not limited to, Evader, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: EVDR)'s estimate of the sufficiency of its existing capital resources, Evader, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: EVDR)'s ability to raise additional capital to fund future operations, Evader, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: EVDR)'s ability to repay its existing indebtedness, the uncertainties involved in estimating market opportunities, and in identifying contracts which match Evader, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: EVDR)'s capability to be awarded contracts. All such forward-looking statements are current only as of the date on which such statements were made. Evader, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: EVDR) does not undertake any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which any such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.


    Evader, Inc.

    Investor Relations

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    Lake Buena Vista, FL (MMD Newswire) December 13, 2012 -- The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), the nation's leading youth sports organization, takes pride in safe-guarding their youth athlete members and helping them succeed in all aspects of life.

    After unveiling mandatory background screenings for all non-athlete members, the AAU is now taking an initiative to make sure their youth athletes are aligned with new NCAA academic requirements. Without the proper grades, an athlete's dream of playing a college sport could come to a halt.

    "It's very important that our athletes are informed of the new NCAA requirements," said AAU President Henry Forrest. "We want to make sure each kid knows the proper steps to take to become and stay eligible so they can fulfill their dream of playing a collegiate sport."

    The AAU has compiled new and current NCAA requirements and put together a one-stop shop of information regarding new changes, an NCAA checklist, SAT and ACT information and much more. They will be presenting this information to athletes, clubs, coaches and parents to ensure academic awareness is achieved. You can find this information by going to and clicking 'News'. Look for the article titled "NCAA raises GPA requirements and more".

    About the AAU

    Founded in 1888, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is one of the largest, non-profit, volunteer, sports organizations in the United States. The philosophy of "Sports for All, Forever," is shared by over 500,000 participants and over 50,000 volunteers. The AAU is divided into 57 distinct Districts which annually sanction more than 34 sports programs, 250 national championships, and over 30,000 age division events. A multi-sport organization, the AAU is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs.


    For more information:

    Contact: Kristina Haumschild

    Phone: 407-828-3264


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    MASSACHUSETTS (MMD Newswire) December 13, 2012 -- Princeton Internet Marketing (PIMNJ) is proud to announce that power house review site Angie's List has awarded PIMNJ clients ShelfGenie of Massachusetts and ShelfGenie of Seattle its industry-coveted Super Service award.

    The Super Service Award is the highest honor given annually to companies by Angie's List, and it goes only to those who have achieved and maintained a superior service rating on Angie's List throughout the past year.

    "It's a select group of companies rated on Angie's List that can claim the exemplary customer service record of being a Super Service Award winner," said Angie's List Founder Angie Hicks. "Our standards for the Super Service Award are quite high. The fact that ShelfGenie earned this recognition speaks volumes about its dedication providing great service to its customers."

    The Massachusetts and Seattle franchises had to meet certain criteria to be considered for a Super Service award, including a minimum number of reports from Angie's List members, maintaining an A average for both the reports for 2012 and their overall reports, and being in good standing with the Better Business Bureau.

    According to Angie's List, less than five percent of companies meet the eligibility requirements of a superior service rating.

    About ShelfGenie

    Marietta, Ga.-based ShelfGenie is a franchise concept that designs, builds and installs Glide-OutTM shelving systems that are custom-built to fit into existing cabinets throughout the home, resulting in more space, easier access and better organization. ShelfGenie has over 140 locations and expects to grow to 175 to 190 locations by the end of 2012. For more information, visit

    About Angie's List

    Angie's List helps consumers have happy transactions with local service professionals in more than 550 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. More than 1.5 million paid households use Angie's List to gain unlimited access to local ratings, exclusive discounts, the Angie's List magazine, and the Angie's List complaint resolution service.

    About Princeton Internet Marketing

    Princeton Internet Marketing (PIM) is a full-spectrum digital marketing company located in Princeton, NJ. PIM offers marketing services including social media management, Web site design and maintenance, and many other services. For more information go online at or call (866) 220-4961.


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    First Totally Paperless Platform Meets the Needs of Today's Technology-Savvy Mobile Users

    Providence, RI (MMD Newswire) December 14, 2012 -- Andera, a financial software company that simplifies account opening and lending for banks and credit unions, announced that Central Star Credit Union has chosen oFlows, the first totally paperless platform for online account opening and loan applications.

    Central Star Credit Union, headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, opened its doors over 71 years ago with fewer than 50 members and only $126 in assets. The goal of Central Star's founders was simple -- to provide low-cost financial solutions for aviation industry employees. Since then, Central Star has grown to thousands of members and $75 million in assets.

    "Andera's platform allows us to reduce expenses and yet deliver quality services to our members anywhere, anytime," stated Central Star President Lee Williams.

    "With the rapid movement we've seen to online and mobile banking, our ability to be global and mobile is key to our continued success and viability. As our members' financial needs change, we change as well. Andera gives us an additional platform for continuing our member promise of 'exceeding your expectation.'"

    Andera CEO Charlie Kroll added, "The retail sales channel is evolving. Consumers want the ability to begin their banking relationships with the same ease and convenience that they have come to expect when buying goods and services in stores and on line. Technology makes that possible, bridging the gap between these consumers' expectations and financial institutions' ability to meet those expectations."

    "In moving to oFlows, Central Star Credit Union is anticipating its members' needs by making it easy for them to conduct their banking business from wherever they happen to be and at any time of day or night."

    About Andera

    Andera pioneered online account opening in 2004 and now offers a multichannel platform to over 550 bank and credit union customers. Andera's oFlows platform radically simplifies account opening and lending in branches, online, out in the field, and over the phone. The oFlows platform is a four-time winner of the "Best in Show" award at Finovate.

    Recently cited as "One of the Top Ten Tech Companies to Watch" by American Banker, Andera is privately held, headquartered in Providence, and has offices in San Francisco and New York. For more information, visit or register for an upcoming webinar.

    Andera Contact

    Laurie McLachlan

    (617) 921-2916

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    Global consultancy Serenidad Consulting P/L and CEO advocate for more effective and sustainable conflict resolution

    Sydney, Australia (MMD Newswire) December 18, 2012 -- The 3rd and last US Pre-election Debate raised eyebrows, caused the nodding of heads and helped cement the views of tens of millions of US voters ready for November 6th.

    So too, that Debate and the election outcome cemented Serenidad Consulting positioning itself for a US presence at the earliest opportunity. Nola Hennessy, Founding Managing Director and CEO, was present in Washington DC for the 3rd Debate, and attended the Driskill Hotel in Austin TX on election night to watch the election results unfold and enjoy a relaxing dinner.

    After the last debate, in Washington DC Nola stated "Achieving peace through effective strategy, and resolving differences at all layers of humanity, is a far more sustainable outcome for our world than attempting (yet again) to achieve peace through a show of strength. War fighting simply exacerbates or treats the 'symptoms', but effective strategy will help us get to the root causes of conflicts so we can resolve these over time."

    nola hennessy  Serenidad Consulting Pty Ltd

    In No Boxing Allowed, Nola's first multi-award winning, "inspirational" and "spiritual" book, humanity's lack of emotional maturity is exposed and discussed. Nola extends to readers the powerful opportunity (a simple choice on their part) to learn more about, harness and then use their personal power in constructive and positive ways, thus enabling the healing, stabilization, nurturing and solidification of relationships at all levels of humanity.

    Nola's sequel book, the award-winning, "How To" book, From PMS to PMA - A Change Management Guide for Women (and their Men) (i.e. From Pre-Menstrual Syndrome to Positive Mental Attitude,) focuses readers on a bright new light for change - one that will deliver refreshed and healthier relationships between men and women, provide strategies to remove unnecessary and unproductive power and control struggles, enable letting go of age-old excuses and baggage, and empower everyone to value themselves and others.

    Nola's books are part of the solid base from which Serenidad Consulting has grown in strength and popularity over the last 3 years. These current and future books herald only positive change and are as enduring as Nola's companies for the long haul!

    Serenidad Consulting's strategic intent is clear and unwavering. During Nola's 2012 US book tour she solidified the 'foundation stone' relationships established in recent years and also forged brand new US alliances in the international security/counter-terrorism, education and mediation/alternative dispute resolution sectors, and with the US media and literary audiences more broadly. Nola plans to return to the USA in 2013 for further book promotion and signings, speaking and teaching engagements and media appearances.

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    CLEARWATER, FL (MMD Newswire) December 18, 2012 -- Mercury Medical, a medical products specialty manufacturer/distributor located in Clearwater, Florida is pleased to announce an alliance with Parker Medical to sell and distribute Parker's unique, airway management products. These include the full line of Parker's revolutionary, award-winning Flex-Tip® Endotracheal Tubes, which are designed to facilitate fast, easy intubation, and to prevent damage to the patient's airway anatomy, even during intubation of difficult airways. Mercury Medical also sells the Parker Flex-It® Intubating Stylet which makes it possible to remotely curve the endotracheal tube from outside the mouth during intubations.

    Mercury Medical is currently a non-exclusive distributor of Parker Medical's products throughout the U.S. Beginning on Feb. 1, 2013, Mercury Medical will become Parker's exclusive distributor in the following fourteen states: Virginia, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Mississippi, Maryland, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Washington (District of Columbia), Arkansas and Alabama. For more information, please contact Mercury Medical at 800.237.6418

    About Parker Medical

    HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO - Parker Medical was established in 1994. Its primary focus is the design and development of innovative, life-saving, patented, airway management products. Parker's goal is to provide products which are faster and easier for medical professionals to use and safer for patients. Independent, comparative, clinical studies listed on Parker's website have reported that Parker's Flex-Tip tubes cause "significantly less trauma and significantly less bleeding," and less post-intubation nasal pain after nasal intubation, when compared to standard-tip tubes. Other clinical studies comparing Parker Flex-Tip tubes to standard-tip tubes have reported that the Parker tubes facilitated significantly faster and easier intubations, with a 100% first-attempt success rate, little or no impingement on surrounding tissues, and less post-operative hoarseness. Parker recently launched the first DEHP-free, Flex-Tip tubes with thin polyurethane cuffs, and expects to launch several new, patented products in Q1, 2013, that will facilitate an unprecedented level of intubation speed and airway safety. Parker is headquartered in Colorado and has research facilities in Ohio. For more information, please visit

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    Santiago cae en la lista mundial de las ciudades más caras, mientras Caracas sigue teniendo el costo de vida más alto para empleados internacionales en las Américas

    Las ciudades brasileñas caen en picada en la lista mundial de las más caras para empleados expatriados, mientras que el costo de vida en ciudades de Estados Unidos se eleva.

    Tokio es la ciudad más cara del mundo

    A lo largo del año, Santiago ha retrocedido 8 puestos y es ahora la 144.ª ciudad más cara del mundo para empleados expatriados, según la nueva encuesta sobre el costo de vida de ECA International, el líder mundial en desarrollo y provisión de soluciones de gestión y asignación de empleados en todo el mundo. En las Américas, Santiago es la 38.ª más cara de las ciudades encuestadas, por debajo del 30.º lugar que ocupaba el año pasado.

    «El costo de los artículos que componen la canasta de bienes de consumo y servicios que ECA toma como base ha aumentado en un 3 % en Chile este año», explicó Lauren Smith, gerente general de la oficina de Nueva York de ECA International. «Un índice de aumento mucho más bajo que el de casi el 7 % registrado hace un año e inferior al aumento promedio del 6 % de toda América del Sur. Al mismo tiempo, el peso se ha debilitado un poco frente al dólar de EE. UU. En conjunto, estos factores hacen que a las empresas --en particular para las que tienen casa matriz en los EE. UU. o en países cuya moneda está vinculada al dólar de EE. UU.-- les resulte más barato enviar empleados a Chile.»

    Por lo general, las empresas que envían empleados en asignaciones internacionales tratan de asegurar que mantengan su poder adquisitivo en su nuevo destino. El costo de vida de los empleados internaciones se ve afectado por la inflación, la disponibilidad de bienes y los tipos de cambio, todo lo cual puede ejercer un impacto significativo sobre los paquetes de remuneración de los empleados. Para ayudar a las empresas multinacionales a calcular los salarios de asignación, ECA lleva a cabo dos Encuestas de Costo de Vida al año, comparando el costo de una canasta de bienes y servicios comprados habitualmente por los empleados internacionales en más de 400 ciudades de todo el mundo.

    «La encuesta no incluye ciertos costos de vida tales como alquiler de la vivienda, cargas de los servicios públicos (electricidad, gas, agua), compra de auto y matrículas escolares. Aunque estos elementos pueden hacer una gran diferencia en el consto de vida total, por lo general, se compensan por separado en los paquetes de remuneración de los expatriados, de modo que estos datos se investigan y publican por separado», explicó Smith.

    La ciudad más cara entre las encuestas en las Américas es la capital de Venezuela, Caracas, que ocupa la 7.ª posición a nivel mundial.

    Buenos Aires, en el 47.º lugar a nivel mundial, ocupa el 2.º puesto en la lista de las ciudades sudamericanas más cara para empleados expatriados. Le siguen Río de Janeiro (64.º) y Sao Paulo (69.º), que, sin embargo, han caído dramáticamente en la clasificación mundial, del 22.º y el 29.º lugar respectivamente.

    «En los últimos 12 meses, la intervención gubernamental, la crisis de la deuda soberana de la eurozona y las decepcionantes cifras nacionales de desempeño económico han contribuido al debilitamiento del real frente al dólar de EE. UU. y otras monedas importantes», explicó Lauren Smith, gerente general de la oficina de Nueva York de ECA International. «Por otro lado, hemos observado que el costo de nuestra canasta de bienes, que usualmente consumen los expatriados, subió poco más de un 2,4 % en Brasil. Es la más baja tasa de crecimiento que hemos observado en América del Sur este año y por debajo del 4,7 % registrado el año pasado en Brasil.»

    Las ciudades mexicanas se encuentran entre las más baratas de la región. En el ámbito mundial México DF está en el 201.º lugar y, en las Américas, ocupa el 55.º puesto.

    En América del Norte, la ciudad canadiense de Vancouver es la más cara por segundo año consecutivo. La ciudad figura en el 35.º lugar a nivel mundial, seguida por Manhattan (36.º). El fortalecimiento del dólar de EE. UU. frente a las principales divisas ha llevado a todas las ciudades de Estados Unidos encuestadas a ascender en el ranking en los últimos 12 meses, a pesar de que el costo de los artículos que componen la canasta de referencia subió a un ritmo más lento que en muchas otras partes del mundo.

    Lo más destacado en Asia: Tokio es la ciudad más cara del mundo

    Durante los últimos tres años, las ciudades asiáticas han subido el ranking. Nueve ciudades figuran entre los primeros 50 lugares más costosos para empleados internacionales a nivel mundial. En 2009, solo cuatro estaban en este grupo, en el que no participaban Hong Kong, Singapur, Pekín, Shanghái ni Seúl.

    Tokio sigue siendo el lugar más caro en Asia y en el mundo, a pesar de que Japón fue el único país asiático en que los precios cayeron este año. En promedio, el precio de los artículos que componen la canasta de referencia de ECA para Asia se han incrementado un 6,5 %, cifrasignificativamente más baja que la del aumento promedio del año pasado, de un 8,2 %.

    Hong Kong, en el 32 º lugar del ámbito mundial, es ahora más cara que Manhattan (36.º) y París (42.º), aunque sigue siendo más barata que otros centros regionales, tales como Pekín (22.º), Shanghái (26.º), que también han ascendido en la clasificación, y Singapur (31.º).

    Mientras Hong Kong (32.º a nivel mundial) ha dado uno de los mayores saltos de la región en el ranking de este año, algunas de las mayores caídas se han producido en Indonesia. El debilitamiento de la rupia frente a las principales monedas ha contribuido a que Yakarta retrocediera 32 lugares, al 123.º lugar entre las ciudades más caras para empleados expatriados.

    Karachi (Pakistán) sigue siendo la ciudad menos cara de Asia.

    Australasia: las ciudades de Australia siguen estando entre las más caras del mundo

    Todas las ciudades australianas encuestadas están ahora entre las primeras 30 más caras del mundo. Sídney es la más costosa, en 16.º lugar a nivel mundial.

    «Hace sólo tres años, ninguna de las ciudades de Australia de nuestro estudio aparecía ente las primeras 60. Desde entonces, el dólar australiano ha ascendido sin parar y continúa en alza. Esto hace que Australia sea un lugar caro para vivir: el costo de bienes y servicios en Sídney, por ejemplo, está un 12 % por encima del costo de bienes y servicios equivalentes en Hong Kong», dijo Smith.

    Europa: ciudades de toda la región cayeron en el ranking mundial

    Muchas ciudades de la región retrocedieron en la clasificación mundial, por el debilitamiento del euro y otras monedas europeas frente al dólar de EE. UU., aunque durante el año los precios aumentaran en promedio en Europa a un ritmo más lento que en otras regiones.

    Las ciudades de Oslo y Stavanger (Noruega), clasificadas en 3.º y 8.º en el mundo, respectivamente, son las más caras de la región. Les siguen las ciudades suizas de Zúrich (9.º), Ginebra (10.º) y Berna (11.º), y Rusia (15.º).

    La actual crisis financiera en Grecia y España ha hecho que Atenas cayera 47 puestos en 12 meses al 109.º lugar en el ranking mundial, al tiempo que Madrid retrocedió 44 lugares al 105.º. Una de las mayores caídas en el ranking mundial se ha visto en Portugal, otro país afectado por la crisis de la deuda soberana. Lisboa cayó del 98.ª al 158.º lugar durante el año.

    Londres y las ciudades encuestadas Rusia, Turquía y Ucrania se han mostrado más resistentes. Londres subió 11 lugares y ahora ocupa el 58.º lugar a nivel mundial. Estambul ascendió 21 lugares al 34.º, mientras que la capital turca, Ankara, subió 31 puestos y está en el 121.º a nivel mundial, una de las mayores alzas en esta encuesta.

    Chisinau, capital de Moldavia, sigue siendo la ciudad europea encuestada con costos más bajos.

    África y Oriente Próximo: la ciudad angolana de Luanda es la más cara de África

    La ciudad más cara de África es la capital de Angola, Luanda. A nivel mundial, la ciudad está nuevamente entre las 10 primeras del ranking tras haber ascendido desde la 11.º posición del año pasado al 4.º lugar. Le sigue la capital de Sudán del Sur, Yuba (14 .º), y la de la República Democrática del Congo, Kinshasa (19.º).

    La capital egipcia, El Cairo, subió 15 lugares al 219.º mientras que las ciudades de Sudáfrica siguen cayendo en el ranking. Johannesburgo se encuentra actualmente en el 222.º lugar, habiendo caído del 204.º del año pasado.

    A pesar de que cayó 13 posiciones a nivel mundial, la ciudad encuestada más cara del Oriente Próximo sigue siendo Tel Aviv, 45.º en el ranking general. Dubái ha subido 14 lugares a nivel mundial al 173.º mientras que Yeda, en el 224.º lugar, es la ciudad encuestada más barata de la región.

    Notas a los editores

    Las cifras empleadas en este comunicado fueron tomadas de la encuesta sobre costo de vida de ECA.

    Siga a ECA en twitter:

    Información acerca de la encuesta sobre costo de vida de ECA

    Los índices de costo de vida de ECA International se calculan en base a encuestas llevadas a cabo anualmente en marzo y septiembre, usando una canasta de bienes y servicios del día a día. Los datos mencionados se refieren a variaciones interanuales entre las encuestas ECA de septiembre de 2012 y 2011.

    Los clientes de ECA usan estos datos para calcular los subsidios de costo de vida para los empleados en diferentes países. La encuesta abarca:

    Alimentos: Provisiones; productos lácteos; carnes y pescados; frutas y hortalizas

    Básico: Bebidas y tabaco; bienes diversos; servicios

    General: Ropa; aparatos eléctricos; uso de auto; comer afuera

    La encuesta no incluye ciertos costos de vida tales como alquiler de la vivienda, cargas de los servicios públicos (electricidad, gas, agua), compras de autos y matrículas escolares. Tales elementos pueden hacer una gran diferencia en los gastos, pero generalmente se compensan por separado en los paquetes de remuneración de los expatriados.

    Esta comparación del costo de vida se ha calculado sobre una base compuesta de diferentes países desarrollados, de modo de reflejar un estilo de vida internacional. Otros índices de ECA reflejan comparaciones específicas entre ciudades y diferentes niveles de eficiencia comercial.

    Santiago cae en la lista mundial de las ciudades más caras, mientras Caracas sigue teniendo el costo de vida más alto para empleados internacionales en las Américas

    Información sobre ECA International

    Información sobre ECA International

    ECA es el líder mundial en desarrollo y provisión de soluciones de gestión y asignación de empleados en todo el mundo. A través de la provisión de datos, experiencia, sistemas y asistencia en la forma que mejor se ajusta a los clientes, la cartera de ofertas de ECA incluye un paquete externalizado completo de cálculos, asesoramiento y servicios para empresas con poca experiencia o recursos en gestión de asignaciones internacionales; suscripciones a exhaustiva información en línea y sistemas de software para empresas con requerimientos más amplios; y proyectos de política aduanera y desarrollo de sistemas para empresas que gestionan miles de empleados internacionales en todo el mundo.

    Para obtener más información o convenir una entrevista con un portavoz de ECA International acerca de estos resultados, póngase en contacto con:

    Síganos en twitter: @ECAintl

    Para más información póngase en contacto con

    Lauren Smith
    Gerente general
    ECA International Logical Link Control
    Rockefeller Center
    1230 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 730
    Nueva York NY 10020
    EE. UU.
    Tel:  +1 212 582 2333

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    Custo de vida em localidades nos EUA cresce e Tóquio permanece sendo a cidade mais cara do mundo

    Rio de Janeiro é o 64º local mais caro para agentes internacionais, tendo caído da 22ª posição no ano passado, de acordo com uma nova pesquisa de Custo de Vida da ECA International, líder mundial no desenvolvimento e fornecimento de soluções para a gestão e transferência de funcionários em todo o mundo. São Paulo ocupa a 69ª posição - tendo caído da 29ª lugar no ano passado.

    "A intervenção do governo, a crise da dívida pública da Zona do Euro e números decepcionantes do desempenho econômicos nacional têm contribuído para o enfraquecimento do real em relação ao dólar e outras dentre as principais moedas nos últimos 12 meses", explica Lauren Smith, Gerente-Geral da ECA International em Nova York. "Além disso, temos presenciado o aumento do custo da nossa cesta representativa de bens para expatriados em pouco mais de 2,4% no Brasil. Esta é a menor taxa de crescimento que temos observado na América do Sul neste ano e representa uma redução de 4,7% com relação ao ano passado para o Brasil."

    As empresas que enviam funcionários em transferências internacionais costumam visar para que o poder de compra do agente internacional seja mantido em sua nova localidade. O custo de vida para agentes internacionais é afetado pela inflação, disponibilidade de bens e taxas de câmbio, os quais podem ter um impacto significativo sobre os pacotes de remuneração do agente. Para ajudar as empresas multinacionais a calcular os salários de transferência, a ECA realiza duas Pesquisas de Custo de Vida por ano, comparando uma cesta de bens de consumo e serviços normalmente adquiridos pelos agentes internacionais em mais de 400 localidades em todo o mundo.

    "Certos custos de vida, tais como aluguel, taxas de serviços públicos, compra de automóveis e mensalidades escolares, não estão incluídos neste levantamento. Embora tais artigos possam ter um efeito significativo no custo de vida global, eles em geral são compensados separadamente em pacotes para expatriados, de modo que tais dados são pesquisados e publicados separadamente", explica Smith.

    "À medida que diminuem os custos de vida nas localidades brasileiras, o país torna-se mais atraente para as empresas que pretendem instalar-se na região, visto que os subsídios necessários para assegurar a seus empregados que o padrão de vida seja mantido em sua transferência o Brasil tendem a ser mais baixos agora para muitas empresas."

    A cidade mais cara pesquisada nas Américas é a capital da Venezuela, Caracas, que ocupa a 7ª posição globalmente.

    Dentre as outras localidades na América do Sul pesquisadas, Buenos Aires, na 47ª posição globalmente, é a segunda localidade mais cara da América do Sul para expatriados. O Rio de Janeiro e São Paulo são as seguintes.

    Na América do Norte, a cidade canadense de Vancouver é a localidade mais cara pelo segundo ano consecutivo. A cidade ocupa a 35ª posição globalmente e é seguida por Manhattan (36ª). O fortalecimento do dólar contra as principais moedas fez com que todas as localidades dos EUA pesquisadas subissem no ranking nos últimos 12 meses - apesar do custo de itens no custo da cesta básica aumentar a um ritmo mais lento que muitas outras partes do mundo.

    Destaques da região da Ásia - Tóquio, a localidade mais cara do mundo

    Nos últimos três anos, as localidades da Ásia subiram no ranking. Nove localidades asiáticas agora aparecem dentre as 50 mais caras para agentes internacionais em todo o mundo. Em 2009, apenas quatro estavam nas 50 primeiras, nenhuma delas sendo Hong Kong, Cingapura, Pequim, Xangai ou Seul.

    Tóquio ainda é o local mais caro na Ásia e no mundo - apesar de o Japão ser o único local na Ásia a passar por quedas de preços neste ano. Em média, os preços dos itens na cesta do Custo de Vida da ECA aumentaram 6,5% - significativamente menos do aumento médio do ano passado, de 8,2%.

    Hong Kong, em 32º lugar globalmente, é agora mais caro que Manhattan (36º) e Paris (42º), embora continue a ser mais barato que outros centros regionais como Pequim (22º), Xangai (26º), que também deram um salto no ranking, e Cingapura (31º).

    Embora Hong Kong (32º globalmente) tenha tido um dos maiores saltos da região no ranking deste ano, algumas das maiores quedas foram vistas na Indonésia. O enfraquecimento da rúpia contra as principais moedas contribuiu para que Jacarta caísse 32 posições, tornando-se a 123ª localidade mais cara do mundo para expatriados.

    Karachi, no Paquistão, permanece a localidade asiática menos cara no ranking.

    Australásia - As localidades da Austrália permanecem entre as mais caras do mundo

    Todas as localidades australianas pesquisadas agora estão classificadas dentre as 30 mais caras do mundo. Sydney é a mais cara, ocupando a 16ª posição globalmente.

    "Há apenas três anos, nenhuma das localidades australianas em nossa pesquisa apareciam nas 60 mais caras. Desde então, o dólar australiano tem se fortalecido cada vez mais e permanece em alta atualmente. Isso torna a Austrália um lugar caro para se viver: os custos dos bens e serviços em Sydney, por exemplo, agora são 12% maiores que os custos equivalentes em Hong Kong", afirma Smith.

    Europa - localidades na região em queda no ranking global

    Muitas localidades na região caíram no ranking global visto que o euro e outras moedas europeias enfraqueceram-se em relação ao dólar, enquanto os preços aumentaram em um ritmo mais lento na Europa, em média, que outras regiões ao longo do ano.

    As localidades norueguesas de Oslo e Stavanger, classificadas como a 3ª e 8ª do mundo, respectivamente, são as mais caras da região. Elas são seguidas pelas cidades suíças de Zurique (9ª), Genebra (10ª) e Berna (11ª), bem como a Rússia (15ª).

    A atual crise financeira na Grécia e na Espanha fez com que Atenas caísse 47 posições em 12 meses, chegando à 109ª posição no ranking mundial, enquanto Madrid caiu 44 lugares, chegando à 105ª. Uma das maiores quedas no ranking mundial ocorreu em Portugal - outro país atingido pela crise da dívida pública. Lisboa caiu a 98ª para a 158ª posição ao longo do ano.

    Londres e as localidades pesquisadas na Rússia, Turquia e Ucrânia têm se mostrado mais resistentes. Londres subiu 11 posições e agora ocupa a 58ª posição globalmente. Istambul subiu 21 posições para a 34ª, enquanto a capital turca, Ancara, subiu 31 posições para a 121ª globalmente - um dos maiores aumentos neste levantamento.

    A capital da Moldávia, Chisinau permanece sendo a cidade europeia menos cara pesquisada.

    África e Oriente Médio - cidade angolana de Luanda, a mais cara da África

    A localidade mais cara da África é a capital angolana, Luanda. Globalmente, a cidade está de volta às 10 mais caras, tendo subido da 11ª posição do ano passado para a 4ª. Ela é seguida pela capital do Sudão do Sul, Juba (14ª) e da República Democrática do Congo, Kinshasa (19ª).

    A capital egípcia, Cairo, subiu 15 posições, chegando à 219ª, enquanto as localidades sul-africanas continuam a cair no ranking. Johanesburgo ocupa atualmente a 222ª posição - queda da 204ª posição no ano passado.

    Apesar de cair 13 posições globalmente, a localidade mais cara pesquisada no Oriente Médio permanece sendo Tel Aviv, 45ª no ranking geral. Dubai subiu 14 posições para a 173ª em todo o mundo, enquanto Jeddah, na 224ª, é a localidade menos cara pesquisada na região.

    Notas aos Editores

    Os valores utilizados neste comunicado foram retirados da Pesquisa de Custo de Vida da ECA.

    Siga a ECA no Twitter:

    Sobre a Pesquisa de Custo de Vida da ECA

    Os índices de custo de vida da ECA International são calculados com base em pesquisas realizadas anualmente em março e setembro utilizando uma cesta de bens e serviços do dia-a-dia. Os dados utilizados acima se referem aos movimentos ano-a-ano entre setembro de 2012 e 2011 das pesquisas da ECA.

    Os dados são utilizados por clientes da ECA para o cálculo do custo dos subsídios de vida para agentes internacionais. A pesquisa abrange:

    Alimentos: mercearia; lacticínios; carne e peixe; frutas e legumes frescos

    Itens básicos: bebida e fumo; bens diversos; serviços

    Geral: vestuário: eletroeletrônicos; veículos; refeições fora

    Certos custos de vida, tais como aluguel, taxas de serviços públicos (energia elétrica, água, gás), compra de automóveis e mensalidades escolares, não estão incluídos na pesquisa. Tais itens podem fazer uma diferença significativa de despesas, mas em geral são compensados em separado em pacotes para expatriados.

    Esta comparação de custo de vida foi calculada sobre uma base composta de vários países desenvolvidos e é utilizada para refletir um estilo de vida internacional. Outros índices disponíveis da ECA refletem comparações específicas entre cidades e diferentes níveis de eficiência de compras.

    Localidades brasileiras despencam na lista global dos locais mais caros para expatriados

    Sobre a ECA International

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

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

    Siga-nos no Twitter: @ECAintl

    Para mais informações, entre em contato com:

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

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    CEO Logan confident that the Scalada and Artemis missions "fit seamlessly"

    Singapore (MMD Newswire) December 19, 2012 -- Manley Logan, CEO of Scalada Holdings Ltd., announced today his company's intention to enter the 2013 Artemis Top 50 Water Tech Competition aimed at identifying the most promising advanced water technology companies worldwide and to support their entry into the full scale of their markets. Scalada is already considered among the most innovative and cost effective providers for the treatment of wastewaters produced in oil and gas production.

    The Artemis Top 50 is hosted by Artemis Water Strategy, a boutique consulting practice dedicated to working with advanced water technology companies that are driving a new wave of technology and economic development in the field.

    "I am confident that Scalada Holdings' unique and patented Elemental Ionization System fits seamlessly with the Artemis mission," stated CEO Manly. "Our mission at Scalada is no less than the total clean up and recycling of wastewaters in a manner which is economically and environmentally viable and sustainable."

    The Artemis Top 50 competition evaluates companies and their flagship products from three perspectives: Technology, Application, and Business Viability. Scalada's onsite technology supports all three criteria through a special combination of elemental ion chargers and non-contaminating additives to remediate, recycle, and reuse contaminated water in ways which are already considered faster, cleaner, and more efficient than any other company worldwide.

    The 2012 Artemis Top 50 were awarded in September at the Water Innovation Summit in Berkeley, California in partnership with the Cleantech Group. Jurists included experts from Intel, Archer Daniels Midland, and IBM, as well as the CTO of Singapore's Public Utilities Board.

    To learn more about Scalada Holdings Ltd. and its business of bringing green solutions to the global marketplace that produce sustainable outcomes, visit

    Contact person: Jeremy Merritt, Vice President

    Scalada Holdings Ltd

    Contact Phone: +65 6809 2235

    Contact Email:



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    Orlando, FL (MMD Newswire) December 19, 2012 -- ReflectX Services is a nationwide company that specializes in providing physical therapy jobs and occupational therapy jobs for both direct hire and travel positions. They have successfully placed and filled thousands of positions in these areas over these past many years. ReflectX Services have provided medical staffing services to hospitals, outpatient clinics, physician offices, LTAC's, SNF's and schools. Their innovative recruiting methods have helped secure the most talented therapists throughout the United States.

    ReflectX Services now offers a special bonus Butterfly Bucks Retention program for travel therapists. By accepting a travel position, therapists have the potential to earn up to $2500 in bonuses in their program. This is a great way for ReflectX Services to show appreciation for those willing to travel with their company. How this works is that travel therapists can earn an unlimited cash bonus for each hour worked with them.

    Those that have been hired for travel physical therapy and occupational therapy jobs if they have signed on for a new assignment and are confirmed for a subsequent assignment on or before the end of the benefit eligibility period will receive Butterfly Bucks. These Butterfly Bucks are in the amount equal to $1.00 multiplied by the total number of hours worked in the most recent assignment. All subsequent assignments will receive Butterfly Bucks in the same way each time an additional assignment is confirmed. ReflectX Services also is proud of their loyalty bonus program of $500 after the completion of 2,080 hours of work.

    ReflectX Services has continued to one of the leading healthcare job companies in the United States since 2001. They have also been recognized in 2007 as the 11th fastest growing small business in Entrepreneur Magazine's "Hot 500."

    They can be contacted by telephone at (800) 806-6026 or online at

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    December 19, 2012 (MMD Newswire) -- As part of the local campaign to improve the takeup of LED lighting, LED Choice have been doing a number of talks to local business and transition groups in the Surrey area including Dorking Business Breakfast Group , Transition Ashtead, and Transition Bookham.

    With high and rising interest in LED Lighting, and in particular the changeover of LED spotlights and LED standard shaped bulbs and how it can reduce energy costs, replace CFL (low energy bulbs) which the majority find frustrating given the length of time that they take to warm up, and avoid more blown bulbs.

    On Thursday 1st November they talked on LED lighting to the Epsom & Ewell Energy Group, and how they can help cut carbon emissions as well as costs. Groups such as these are leading the charge towards LED lighting as they are key first adopters of new technology that reduces the impact on the planet.

    This then also highlights why LED can make such a huge difference, as unlike many renewable technologies and energy saving measures, it allows people to save carbon but also save money, its rated by McKinsey as having the best carbon abatement rating of all technologies (for the switch from incandescent to LED). This means that when looking at everything from lighting to solar to heat pumps to carbon capture, LED lighting offers the best combination of cutting CO2 levels while also offering a financial benefit.

    For more information, visit LED Choice at Or contact their sales team at 0845 625 0331

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