Fast Forward Academy Releases One-of-a-kind Intelligent Textbook For Enrolled Agents


Orlando, Florida (PRWEB) June 14, 2013

Last month, Fast Forward Academy released a revolutionary intelligent textbook for CPA students, and now this unique interactive and engaging study tool is available for those preparing to take the EA exam.

Called FastBook, this one-of-a-kind textbook is termed intelligent for its interactive and intuitive features. Students studying for the EA exam can use FastBook to increase their chances of passing the exam on the first try. Based on prep-test scores, FastBook identifies sections of the textbook that have the highest probability of increasing a students score on the exam.

FastBook identifies specific sections for each student using state-of-the-art performance data. Students can pull specific content by identifying a threshold of right/wrong answers for certain sections, thereby allowing the textbook to know where an individual students weak areas are. The default setting is 80%, but students can modify this number based on study needs.

EA students can also use FastBooks interactive features to prep for the challenging examfeatures such as highlighting sections, storing notes, marking sections,

searching content and viewing community and personal exam/quiz results.

Fast Forward President, Matt McBride, is thrilled to offer this study tool to anyone preparing for the enrolled agent exam. FastBook is the only intelligent textbook in the industry, and Fast Forward Academy is proud to offer this unique revolutionary way to study for the EA test to our students, states McBride. We cant stress enough our belief that there are numerous methods of learning; FastBook breaks from the traditional one size fits all model and uses a more one size fits one, individual approach.

FastBook also offers features for the instructor, by tracking a students progress through the textbook and prep quizzes and providing the instructor with a review of usage and performance.

Click here to see how FastBook can help you prepare for the EA exam.

About Fast Forward Academy

Fast Forward Academy, LLC provides companies and individuals around the world with the tools to help them efficiently manage their professional education needs. The name Fast Forward Academy reflects the scope of our missionhelping students and professionals accomplish more in less time. To realize this goal, we make every effort to provide the most useful and efficient exam prep material in the market place, all designed to help our students Learn Fast and Pass. Our principal focus is to supply rapid training and streamlined continuing education to professionals in the fields of taxation, securities and insurance.

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Buffalo Gets Ready for Actors, Models and Talent for Christ Talent Audition June 22, 2013


Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) June 14, 2013

Bad is bold in the entertainment industry, so good must be BOLDER. Its time for Gods stars to stand up on the stages of film, fashion, music and theater.

AMTC has been the starting point for hundreds of successful artists and grads like Taylor Beckham The Voices Season 4, Tim Urban American Idol, Caleb Callahan model for European Tombolini and Ravazzolo, Charles Michael Davis actor in Switched At Birth and Greys Anatomy and soon to be released motion picture Another Stateside, Stephen tWitch Boss from Step It Up Revolution and newest SYTYCD judge, Ben Davies from Courageous and Julian Silva performing in this summers Les Miserables Broadway National Tour.

AMTC teaches talented people what they need to know and connects them with an unprecedented array of talent agents, managers and casting directors as the “go-to source who can create larger opportunities, as confirmed by corporate representatives.

For the past 30 years, non-profit Christian ministry Actors, Models and Talent for Christ (AMTC) has been scouting the country, searching for actors, models, singers, dancers and comedians who are called to become positive role models in the entertainment industry.

This exciting Buffalo event will be hosted by Carey Lewis, Chief Serving Officer for AMTC.

Carey says, In our first 24 years, AMTC became a power player, launching stars in film, fashion, music and theater, but something was missing. She discovered the It was God. Lewis had a come-to-Jesus meeting in 2006. She felt called to bring AMTC along. People thought I was crazy, that AMTC could not exist as a boldly Christian company, but they were wrong, laughs Lewis. When God appoints a person or a company to a mission, He will see it done and nothing on earth can stop it.

Carey is thankful that AMTC has become a shepherd of Gods movement into media: the most influential mission field on earth. God is preparing an army of performers. She says, AMTCs job is to find them and guide them up the mountains of arts and entertainment.

Founded in 1982, by supermodel Millie Lewis and her daughter Carey Lewis, AMTC is a mission and a movement that provides aspiring performers with professional direction, industry introductions and spiritual preparation so they can shine for Christ in the entertainment industry.

Actors, Models and Talent for Christ Buffalo auditions are being held at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Convention Center Plaza, 153 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY, phone: 716.855.5555. Auditions are in Room 106AD.

For more information about AMTC talent screening and registration, please visit http://www.AMTCworld.com/auditions.







The Walt Disney Family Museum Announces Exhibitions and Events That Explore Wonderlands and Where the Wild Things Are


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 01, 2013

The Walt Disney Family Museum proudly presents special art exhibitions and programs that invite visitors to enter a fantastical world of Wild Things and gothic wonderlands. During the entire month of June, visitors to the animation museum can enjoy exclusive programs and events that provide a deeper look into the work of celebrated childrens author Maurice Sendak and the fairytale classic of Alice in Wonderland, among other exhibits.

These special exhibitions include Camille Rose Garcia: Down the Rabbit Hole, which features 40 works by Goth-inspired lowbrow artist Garcia alongside ten Alice in Wonderland concept paintings by Disney artist Mary Blair from the Museums collection. Organized by guest curator Tere Romo and on exhibit now through November 3, 2013, the exhibition celebrates not only Garcia and Blairs artistry across decades and artistic styles, but also the power of art to draw us into magical worlds that spark engagement and inspiration.

During June, visitors can also delve deep into Where the Wild Things Are in the special exhibit Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons. It features 50 works, by this legendary author and illustrator, accompanied by 50 statements from celebrities, authors, and noted personalities on the influence of Sendaks work, all in celebration of the 50th anniversary of his universally revered book, Where the Wild Things Are. A gallery talk, offered in conjunction with this special exhibit, will be held June 21-23. This talk will guide visitors deeper into the Fantasia-inspired work of Maurice Sendak. Visitors can also enjoy screenings of the film adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are throughout June, which plays daily at 11 am, 1:30 pm and 4 pm, except for Tuesdays.

The exploration into Sendaks work and influence continues with a special panel discussion on June 1. This discussion, Stealing from Sendak, brings together six award-winning Bay Area authors and illustrators to explore Sendaks influence on their own work and contemporary childrens books.

In addition to these programs, Museum visitors can participate in the multimedia event, Disney/Pixar 101. This talk will take place on June 15 and features Pixar producer Jonas Rivera and Disney historian Don Peri, who will present the stories of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and their interconnection with The Walt Disney Company.

Airsoft Megastore Launches Law Enforcement Program Amid Ammunition Shortage


(PRWEB) May 22, 2013

In an effort to assist local, state and federal police agencies, Airsoft Megastore has launched the Military/Law Enforcement Sales Program, which now offers sale discounts for police departments based in the United States.

With a nationwide shortage of ammunition posing as a problem for many police departments, more agencies are aiming to curb costs of dwindling supplies by turning to airsoft guns as a training alternative, according to a recent report by CBS News.

Although airsoft guns have been used as an effective training tool for years, the shortage has aided the shift to airsoft use among police.

Among the many departments that now use airsoft guns, the Richmond Police Department in San Francisco incorporates them into their training. If we get to a situation where were low on ammunition, we can do simple drills with airsoft that would mimic what we would do with live fire, firearms and tactics instructor Lt. Louie Tirona told CBS San Francisco.

This allows active duty officers to not only safely train in tactical scenarios but also grants departments to use professional-grade pistols and rifles. The nations fastest growing airsoft retailer offers a wide range of airsoft guns, including full stock shotguns, submachine guns and assault type rifles used by many police departments such as M&P CO2 pistols, Heckler & Koch licensed MP5s and an assortment of M4 models.

Airsoft guns that are available for wholesale purchase spring-powered shotguns, automatic electric guns (AEGs) and gas blowback rifles keep costs down while offering a viable training alternative. This specialized program is also available to military and tactical trainers nationwide.

While AEGs are popular among enthusiasts and professionals, other police departments have also chosen to equip themselves with gas blowback rifles like the LM4 Professional Training Rifle by KWA, one of the top industry leaders in the airsoft market domestically and internationally. From the barrel to the upper and lower receivers, the LM4 is constructed out of full metal and operates nearly identically to the real M4A1 carbine. This gas blowback rifle is powered by green gas and holds 38 airsoft BB rounds, similar to the actual ammo-carrying capacity of an actual M4 magazine. Unlike AEGs, this rifle will not fire unless the charging handle is racked back, which is second nature to any rifle or weapons operator.

Blowback pistols and SMGs also share this same functionality, including the fully-licensed USP, PTP and M9 gas blowback pistols. Although most departments are fully equipped with the gear and accessories, Airsoft Megastore provides top-tier protective gear, such as face masks and eye protection, custom tailored for training with airsoft guns.

The Military/Law Enforcement Sales Program gives buyers access to an inventory of over 40,000 training-approved airsoft products. Airsoft Megastore will also assign wholesale buyers to a dedicated Military/Law Enforcement Tactical Sales Specialist who offers comprehensive assistance throughout the ordering process. Custom-built training weapons and gear packages are also available to suit department budgets and needs.

Most of Airsoft Megastores sales are made through inner-department referrals, allowing agencies to receive store credit for referring other military and law enforcement departments. For more information, call (818) 495-6502, ext. 7005 or email a law enforcement sales specialist at govsales(at)airsoftmegastore(dot)com.







PREMIER3 Foundation $50,000 Spokesmodel Pageant

PREMIER3 Foundation ,000 Spokesmodel Pageant
Event on 2013-01-02 09:00:00
About the Pageant

One lucky woman will become the official representative of the most rapidly growing charitable foundations in Chicagoland! 

WHAT COULD I WIN?

All paid entrants will receive a guaranteed position to compete in the pageant, in addition to the chances of national exposure through website placement, Facebook and ad campaigns and the potential to represent the Foundation at our high-end events plus much, much more!

WHO CAN ENTER?

All women are eligible to win as long as they are 21 years of age or older and are residents of the United States.   

HOW DO I ENTER?

Email two recent photos, complete online registration and payment and submit an essay containing at least 250 words to pageant@premier3.com.  Participants will be judged on her responses to impromptu questions, a well as overall achievement highlighted within the essay.

 In addition, the essay should include:

  • the significance of science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.) within the USA
  • ideas on how to promote S.T.E.M. awareness and overcoming and breaking stereotypes against women and underrepresented groups within S.T.E.M. fields 
  • ideas on how to promote PREMIER3 Foundation 

 

Terms & Conditions 

PREMIER3 Foundation's ,000 Spokesmodel Pageant

RULES OF THE PAGEANT

  1. Eligibility: "PREMIER3 Foundation's ,000 Spokesmodel Pageant" (the "Contest") is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico, Samoa, Guam, the US Virgin Islands and any other US territories and protectorates) and/or to members of the U.S. military who reside at APO/FPO addresses outside of the U.S. (must possess valid government issued identification), who are 21 years of age and older at the time of entry. All Entrants must enroll in the Contest by 11:55 pm CST on April 15, 2013. Employees, contractors, members, and agents of PREMIER3 or PREMIER3 Foundation and members of their immediate family (including spouses, parents, siblings, children and their respective spouses) and persons living in the same household with any such individual are ineligible. Except as otherwise permitted herein, only one entry, per person will be accepted. If an Entrant submits multiple entries in a month, the earliest will be accepted and the others will be discarded. In order to be eligible, Entrant must follow these Rules. Failure to comply with these Rules will result in ineligibility of Entrant. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
  2. Sponsors: This Contest is sponsored by PREMIER3 S.T.E.M. Foundation, Inc. located at 22 W Washington, Chicago, IL.
  3. To Enter: The Contest enrollment period begins at 12:01 am CST on January 1, 2013 and ends at 11:59 pm CST on April 14, 2013 (the "Enrollment Period"). To enroll, visit the website: http://www.nationalspokesmodelsearch.eventbrite.com. Registration is 0. Entrant must complete all information requested, including but not limited to their legal name, full address, city, state, zip code/postal code, daytime, home and/or cell telephone numbers, e-mail address, date of birth, and all other information as may be requested from time to time including submission of the required photos and possibly videotapes. Any communication regarding the contest will be sent to the email address on file. It is Entrant's responsibility to notify PREMIER3 Foundation at events@premier3.com of a change of email address. All materials submitted (including photographs and videotapes) become the property of PREMIER3 Foundation and will not be returned. Entrant must complete the entry form themselves. Only one entry per person will be accepted; all subsequent entries will be disregarded and PREMIER3 Foundation reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant in their sole discretion. False, deceptive or incomplete entries shall render the Entrant ineligible.
  4. How to Submit Photos: To enter, Entrant is required to submit two (2) photographs in .jpg format via email to events@premier3.com, dressed in professional clothing (3/4 body or full body pictures are best). All photos must have been taken within the last four (4) months. All Images need to be 2 MB or less in file size. Any Images that include nudity will be rejected. PREMIER3 Foundation reserves the right to contact any Entrant who has entered the Contest to request resubmission of one or more of the photographs (the "Images") and/or to request that the Entrant submit additional Images. If Entrant fails to contact PREMIER3 Foundation for more than forty-eight (48) hours after being contacted by Sponsor, Entrant may be declared ineligible. Any entries submitted by anyone other than the person appearing in the Images and entries submitted by modeling agencies will be rejected. No enhanced or altered Images will be accepted. Submission of Images and entry in the Contest constitutes Entrant's consent to use the Images on PREMIER3 Foundation's websites and associated or affiliated websites in perpetuity without compensation. Entrant represents and warrants that they have all rights to the Images and all materials submitted in connection with the Contest. Entrant assigns all right, title and interest to the Images and anything submitted in connection with the Contest. PREMIER3 Foundation will decide, in its discretion whether to accept Entrant's photographs, based upon its review of the documents. By submitting an Image, Entrant on his/her own behalf or on behalf of the copyright holder, waives any right to compensation. PREMIER3 Foundation is not obligated to publish a photo credit to the original copyright holder for the publication of an Image. Entrant agrees to hold PREMIER3 Foundation harmless, defend, and indemnify PREMIER3 Foundation from any and all liabilities, loss, claims, or causes of actions, including reasonable attorneys' fees and expenses that may be incurred by PREMIER3, arising out of or relating to Entrant's breach of any representation or warranty related to the Images or any other violation of these Rules.
  5. Video: Semifinalists may be required to submit a video of herself answering questions. Semifinalists may also be required to: (i) respond to additional questionnaires; (ii) submit to an interview via telephone or otherwise; and/or (iii) submit other additional materials or information, at the discretion of the Sponsor.
  6. The return of the above referenced materials and other cooperation with PREMIER3 Foundation within the allotted time shall be the sole responsibility of the Semifinalist; the Sponsor is not responsible for delays in delivery. Failure to respond to Sponsor's request within forty-eight (48) hours may result in ineligibility.
  7. Entrant assigns all right, title and interest to any video submission to PREMIER3 Foundation. By submitting a video, Entrant on his/her own behalf or on behalf of the copyright holder (if different from Entrant), waives any right to compensation. PREMIER3 Foundation is not obligated to publish a credit to the original copyright holder for the publication of a video. Entrant agrees to hold Sponsor harmless, defend, and indemnify Sponsor from any and all liabilities, loss, claims, or causes of actions, including reasonable attorneys' fees and expenses that may be incurred by Sponsor, arising out of or relating to Entrant's breach of any representation or warranty related to the video or any other violation of these Rules.
  8. Judging Criteria:
  9. Preliminary Voting: Beginning on or about January 1, 2013 and concluding on or about April 15, 2012 11:59 pm CST, contestants will be evaluated by panelists, in addition to Facebook "likes" on a combination of personality, poise, and presence to be spokesmodel for PREMIER3 Foundation  ("Judging Criteria"). Panelists and Facebooks "judges" evaluate contestants daily. Forty (40) women will be chosen to compete as part of the semifinal judging. Semifinalists will be announced on PREMIER3 Foundation's website on or about May 15, 2013.

    SemiFinals: In the semifinal round, the forty (40) women  ("Semifinalists") will be scored based on the Judging Criteria by a panel of Facebook campaigns and judges comprised of representatives from a variety of industries. The panel of judges will choose (based on the Judging Criteria) the final 10 women (the "Finalists") to move on to the final round.  

    Finals: During the final round, all ten (10) finalists will compete against each other in Chicago. One Grand Prize Winner (the "Grand Prize Entrant") will be determined during a live panelist contest in the grand ballroom at 2135 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60647. A panel of judges comprised of representatives in multi-faceted industries ("Judges") will score the Finalists based on the Judging Criteria. One Finalist will be selected based on the Judging Criteria as the Grand Prize Winner.

    In the event that any Semifinalist, Finalist or Grand Prize Winner ("Selected Entrant") is determined to be ineligible or withdraws from the Contest, PREMIER3 Foundation reserves the right to select another Entrant, suspend, extend or cancel the Contest.

    No transfer, substitution, or cash equivalent for any prizes will be permitted, except at the sole discretion of the Promoter due to unavailability of prizes for any reason, including but not limited to cancellation, scheduling conflicts, or force majeure. Any remaining components on the prize will be awarded and the Sponsors' obligation to the Selected Entrants will be fulfilled, and no additional compensation will be provided. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value.

  10. Prize:

    Grand Prize Entrants (whose entries are confirmed as valid, will:General: By entering, Entrant agrees: (a) to release PREMIER3 Foundation and its agents from all liability, loss or damage arising out of or relating to the Contest, including with respect to the Contest, interpretation of these Rules, decisions by the judges, their acceptance and use/misuse of the prize; (b) to be bound by these Rules; and (c) that Sponsor, its affiliates and licensees may use Entrant's names, likeness, the Images, personal information, and statements made by Entrant to Sponsor, and information on the entry form for advertising and promotional purposes in all media worldwide without additional compensation. Entrant irrevocably grants to Sponsor the right to edit, modify and/or publish and copyright the Images. Sponsor does not make any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the use of any prize, including, without limitation, quality, merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.

    1. Appear in a feature article about the Contest in a national press release;
    2. Appear in national advertising fundraising campaigns for PREMIER3 Foundation; and

    Finalist Entrants, (whose entry is confirmed as valid), receive:

    • Airfare from/to Finalist Entrants nearest airport to/from Chicago, IL hotel expenses, and per diem paid in order to appear and compete against each other; to be held in Chicago, IL 
    • A photo shoot for PREMIER3 Foundation.

    The prizes do not include taxes, insurance, personal expenses, gratuities, incidental charges or any other items not specifically described in these Rules and all expenses for any of the foregoing are the sole responsibility of the Selected Entrants. All Selected Entrants are responsible for reporting and paying all federal, state and local taxes. Sponsor reserves the right to transfer, substitute prizes or provide a cash equivalent for any prizes. Sponsor may substitute prizes of equal or greater value.

    As a condition to receiving a prize, all Grand Prize and Finalist Entrants must sign any documentation requested by Sponsor, including, without limitation an Affidavit of Eligibility / Release of Liability / Prize Acceptance Form, show proof of residency and valid identification immediately upon being chosen. If any document is returned to Sponsor as undeliverable or if Sponsor does not receive a response from any Selected Entrant within seven (7) business days of attempted notification, or the Selected Entrant declines the prize or fails to meet Sponsor requirements, such Selected Entrant may be disqualified and the prize will either be forfeited or awarded to an alternate Entrant.

  11. Personal Information: Any personal information that the Entrant submits in connection with the Contest will be collected and used by PREMIER3 Foundation and its authorized agents to administer the Contest and to award prizes. Entrants' personal information may also be used to send additional information about Sponsor, affiliates and licensees, and each of their respective products and programs via electronic and ordinary mail. Except as set forth herein, an Entrant's personal information will not be used for any other purpose and will not be shared with anyone else unless required by law.
  12. Disclaimer and Release of Liability: PREMIER3 Foundation is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate entry information, human error, technical malfunction, failures, omission, interruption, deletion, or defect of any telephone network, computer online systems, computer equipment, servers, access providers, or software, including any injury or damage to Entrant's or any other persons', computer relating to or resulting from participation in this Contest; inability to access the entry website or any pages thereof; theft, tampering, destruction, or unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries; entry submissions that are processed late or incorrectly or are incomplete, garbled, or lost due to computer or electronic malfunction or traffic congestion on the Internet or any website. Proof of entering information at website is not considered proof of delivery or receipt. All dates set forth in these Rules are approximate.

    NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS AGREEMENT TO THE CONTRARY, PREMIER3 Foundation SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO ENTRANT OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING DAMAGES FOR LOST PROFITS), EVEN IF SPONSOR HAS BEEN MADE AWARE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. Sponsor reserves the right to terminate, suspend, withdraw or amend the Contest for any reason.

  13. Governing Law; Jurisdiction. This Contest will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois without regard to conflict of law principles. Any controversy arising under, in connection with or in any way relating to this Contest shall be adjudicated before a state or federal court of competent jurisdiction located in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. Entrant: (i) accepts, generally and unconditionally, the exclusive jurisdiction of such court and any related appellate court, and irrevocably agree to be bound by any judgment rendered thereby in connection with this Contest, and (ii) irrevocably waive any objection it may now or hereafter have as to the venue of any such suit, action or proceeding brought in such a court or that such court is an inconvenient forum.

at PREMIER3 Foundation’s Office (located in the CBS Tower)
22 W Washington St
Chicago, United States

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North Shore-LIJ’s Feinstein Institute Researcher Provides Insight into Osteoarthritis


MANHASSET, NY (PRWEB) April 19, 2013

A researcher at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has discovered additional mechanical properties of articular cartilage, a protective cartilage on the ends of bones that wears down over time, resulting in the development of osteoarthritis. The findings are published in the April issue of PLOS ONE.

To better understand the onset and progression of osteoarthritis, Nadeen Chahine, PhD, and collaborators at other institutions looked at cells from articular cartilage using atomic force microscopy (AFM). They used this technology to measure the mechanical properties of single cells to uncover what gives them integrity versus what wears them down with aging. They found in animal models that the mechanical properties of the cells are higher in adult tissue compared to young or old tissue, which is consistent with the higher loads on joints in adults than joints in infants. Furthermore, they found that vimentin, an intermediate filament (IF) protein, is a key contributor to the integrity of the cells.

This research is exciting because we are using cutting-edge instrumentation to understand the mechanobiology of cells and cartilage, and what might cause or prevent osteoarthritis, said Nadeen Chahine, PhD, director of the Bioengineering-Biomechanics Laboratory at the Feinstein Institute. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, and patients who suffer from the disease experience joint pain, tenderness, stiffness and locking. It is my hope that this and additional research into articular cartilage will provide insight into how we may be able to alleviate these disruptive symptoms of osteoarthritis through innovative research at the interface of mechanics and biology.

About The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Headquartered in Manhasset, NY, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is home to international scientific leaders in many areas including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimers disease, psychiatric disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, sepsis, human genetics, pulmonary hypertension, leukemia, neuroimmunology, and medicinal chemistry. The Feinstein Institute, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, ranks in the top 5th percentile of all National Institutes of Health grants awarded to research centers. For more information visit http://www.FeinsteinInstitute.org.