Avery-Copp Museum spring gala supports programming

Avery-Copp Museum spring gala supports programming
MYSTIC — The Avery-Copp Museum will be holding a gala spring event on May 17 at the Mystic Arts Center. Money raised will support museum education and historic preservation. The evening will consist of wine tasting, silent auction, hors d'oeuvres, …
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C2E2 2013 Recap: People-Watching Instead of Programming
A week has passed since C2E2 2013. I've had time to reflect, to rejuvenate… to heal the huge blisters on my feet from my Envy Adams boots (attractive, I know). This year's Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo was the biggest yet. It was a BLAST …
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NuvoTV Names Former Comedy Central Exec as Head of Programming
“I'm thrilled to join NUVOtv as the network begins to accelerate its programming investment and growth," said Hilary. “NUVOtv is ready to take advantage of a truly unprecedented opportunity, with its large and fast-growing target Latino audience, a …
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Best Western Wins Social & Mobile Engagement Award; Gartner & 1to1 Media Recognize Customer-Centric Solution


Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) May 01, 2013

Best Western International today received the Gartner & 1to1 Media Gold Award in the Social and Mobile Engagement category for its innovative social media integration tool, Best Western I Care – Reflections. The challenge posed to Best Western was to develop an effective way to authentically engage consumers who respond to 1.3 million guest surveys and post 150,000 online hotel reviews each year for more than 4,000 properties in more than 100 countries.

Best Western, known as an industry leader in leveraging the latest technologies surrounding customer care and hotel business performance, collaborated with its customer experience management partner, Medallia, on the project. Best Western I Care – Reflections allows hotel managers to receive and respond to customer feedback across multiple platforms in one place instead of logging into multiple sites.

We are determined to simplify the lives of our hotel operators so they can focus on their customers, and if a solution isnt available, we create one, said Michael Morton, Best Westerns vice president of member services. Best Westerns commitment to providing superior customer care to each guest extends beyond the front desk to these emerging channels.

Best Western also developed best practices and training programs to help empower its hotel employees to provide superior customer care online while maintaining a consistent brand voice. These innovations continue Best Westerns leadership position online. Best Western was the first brand to reach 500,000 Likes on Facebook; incorporated TripAdvisor reviews in the redesign of bestwestern.com; and for the second consecutive year is the Compuware Best of the Best Gold Award winner for reliability and response time.

The 2013 winners showcase excellence in customer centricity. These 12 customer-focused leaders demonstrate how an enterprise commitment to making improvements to the customer experience and investing in the right technologies, processes, and people can lead to real financial gains, said Mila DAntonio, editor-in-chief of 1to1 Media. 1to1 Media honors these companies for their leadership in support of, and innovations geared toward, advancing their organizations to becoming customer centric.

For more information about the Gartner & 1to1 Media CRM Excellence awards, please visit 1to1media.com.

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Sydney Scientologists Promote Happiness


Sydney, Australia (PRWEB) April 29, 2013

Volunteers from the Church of Scientology of Sydney spent the first International Day of Happiness providing neighbors with The Way to Happinessa simple gift to guarantee their happiness year-round.

In July 2012, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 20 as International Happiness Day, …recognizing the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in peoples lives around the world…. But is happiness something that can truly be proclaimed? Is there some guideline, some system or secret that can guarantee that elusive state or quality of life?

The Scientology volunteers say yes and that the secret is contained in the 21 precepts of The Way to Happiness.

Author, humanitarian and Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard authored The Way to Happiness to provide a road map any individual may follow to make choices leading to a happier, more decent and fulfilling life. Because it is entirely nonreligious, this common sense moral code may be embraced by anyone of any race, culture or creed.

The book begins with an explanation of how and why it works: The happiness or unhappiness of others you could name is important to you. Without too much trouble, using this book, you can help them survive and lead happier lives. While no one can guarantee that anyone else can be happy, their chances of survival and happiness can be improved. And with theirs, yours will be. It is in your power to point the way to a less dangerous and happier life.

Commenting on the book, a senior Australia law enforcement official said, I would be out of a job, quite happily, if we used The Way To Happiness program everywhere. If people had respect for each other, they wouldnt be doing bag snatches. There would be no assaults or domestic violence. There would be no theft. There would be no crime, really, if everybody stuck to the rules of The Way To Happiness.

Immensely popular since its first publication in 1981, more than 100 million copies have since been distributed in 205 countries and territories, providing a moral compass for all to live by.

The Church of Scientology and its members are proud to share the tools for happier living contained in The Way to Happiness with all who also have the goal of a better world.

Scientology: How We HelpThe Way to Happiness, Creating a World of Honesty, Trust & Self-Respect is one of a series of brochures presented by the Church of Scientology International to meet requests for more information about the Scientology religion and its support of global humanitarian initiatives and social betterment programs. For more information, visit http://www.Scientology.org/thewaytohappiness.

Press Contact: Karin Pouw

Tel: (323) 960-3500

eMail: MediaRelations(at)ChurchofScientology(dot)net







Synedgen Wound Rinse Results Presented at Premier Wound Conference


Claremont, CA (PRWEB) April 29, 2013

Disease causing bacteria shield themselves in wounds from antibiotics by creating protective environments called biofilms. Wound infections that are contaminated with bacterial biofilms lead to delayed healing and increased inflammation. Because of the inability of antibiotics to effectively kill all of the bacteria in the biofilm, these biofilms also help the bacteria to develop multi-drug resistance.

Acinetobacter baumannii, a bacterium that is naturally resistant to most antibiotics, is a particular concern in healthcare settings. Acinetobacter rapidly forms biofilms that are very difficult to treat and are prevalent in hospitals and among soldiers injured in Iraq. More than 3,300 U.S. injured troops have developed Acinetobacter infections in military hospitals. Acinetobacter is also a well-documented civilian hospital pathogen, particularly in ICU and trauma patients. It can live on dry environmental surfaces in an ICU for up to 13 days, and has been recovered from various sites in the patients environment, including bed curtains, bed rails, furniture, and hospital equipment.

Synedgen has developed a new approach to topical treatment of bacterial infections that does not rely on traditional antibiotics or their mechanisms of action. Synedgens novel, non-toxic biopolymer, SY203, clumps bacteria and disrupts adhesion of biofilms to facilitate safe and effective removal from the wound. In animal and in vitro studies, SY203 has been shown to have residual activity to prevent adhesion of bacteria to wound tissue, providing a protective, long-term barrier to colonization. Using this novel treatment, it is not necessary to try to kill all of the bacteria in order to treat the infection. The use of antibiotics with sub-therapeutic killing is the major source of generation of antibiotic resistance.

Topical antiseptics, such as hydrogen peroxide, Sulfamylon

Tracking the top 10 worst programming disputes of all time

Tracking the top 10 worst programming disputes of all time
Pulling together our feature today on the top 10 worst programming disputes of all time brought to mind an episode of The West Wing, where Sam Seaborn (Rob Lowe) warned an oil executive preparing to purchase an outmoded tanker that it'd be smarter to …
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ArtsQuest receives grant to support jazz programming in the Lehigh Valley
In addition, the grant will be used for music-in-education programming in 2014 — including workshops taught by 2014 RiverJazz performers at area schools and community organizations, jazz-themed cinema programming at Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas …
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ABC Announces May Sweeps Programming, Including the Premieres of New
The ABC Television Network announces highlights of its upcoming May sweeps programming, featuring the premieres of new comedy series "Family Tools" and new drama series "Motive"; "The 2013 Billboard Music Awards" hosted by Tracy Morgan live from …
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Artisan Business Group is to present the 3rd Annual EB-5 Investment Summit: Dealmakers Conference May 30, 2013.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 26, 2013

Artisan Business Group is to present the 3rd Annual EB-5 Investment Summit: Dealmakers Conference in Los Angeles, California on May 30, 2013. The Dealmakers Conference will focus on exploring alternative finance through EB-5 immigrant investors program. The conference will provide the latest market, legal and economic information, and updates to immigration and legal professionals within the EB-5 industry.

2013 EB-5 Investment Summit: Dealmakers Conference is specifically designed for U.S. EB-5 project developers, immigration attorneys, and EB-5 professionals to network with international migration agents, consultants and services providers. “Our goal is to assist EB-5 projects in entering capital markets around the world, says Brian Su, CEO of Artisan Business Group, Inc. The 3rd Annual EB-5 Investment Summit will feature multiple panel discussions focused on EB-5 wisdom for new kids on the block, EB-5 regional center designation and latest trends in I-924 RFEs, Efficiently managing and operating an EB-5 Regional Center, Direct EB-5 projects, EB-5 Media and Marketing, and Effectively raising EB-5 capital in Chinese and Korean investors market.

The all-day conference will feature EB-5 industry experts and VIP guests, including H. Ronald Klasko of Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP, and former EB-5 Chairman of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Jeffrey B. Carr of Economic & Policy Resources, Inc., Brian Su, of Artisan Business Group, Inc., David Hirson of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsten & Loewy, Kevin Wright of Wright Johnson LLC, Boyd Campbell of Immigration Attorney of Immigration Law Center, LLC, Michael Homeier & Jor Law of Homeier & Law, P.C., Cathy Holmes of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP, Ronald Fieldstone of Arnstein & Lehr LLP, Bernie Wolfsdorf of Wolfsdorf Immigration Law Group, Kate Kalmykov of Greenberg Traurig LLP, Jeff Campion of Texas Urban Triangle Regional Center, John Li of EB5Supermarket.com, Michael Gibson of EB5Info.com, Dwight Cromie of EB5InvestmentReport.com, Ali Jahangiri of EB5investors.com and David Appel of Marcum LLP.

The Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center is the premiere venue for the conference. Come learn the keys to success in the international wealth market and network with the top professionals in the EB-5 industry. For more information regarding the event, please visit: http://www.EB5LASummit.org.

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Mr. Tyler McKay

GVSU Team Wins $5,000 Cash Prize for the Second Year in a Row as the Experis Award First Place Team in THE Project 2013 Collegiate Project Management Competition


Grand Rapids, MI (PRWEB) April 24, 2013

The Western Michigan Chapter of the Project Management Institute (WMPMI) (http://www.WMPMI.org ) held its second annual awards gathering for an inter-collegiate project management competition on April 16th at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, MI. Seven teams from five schools competed for $ 11,000 in cash prizes.

The competition is called THE Project 2013. Seven teams from five schools competed for $ 11,000 in prize money and the real world educational experience of crafting a project plan that was reviewed and judged by a panel of prominent Executives from West Michigan. The competing schools were; Davenport University, Grand Valley State University, Kalamazoo College and Michigan Technological University. The winning teams were;

1st Place Experis Award, $ 5,000 = Grand Valley State University,
2nd Place, $ 3,000 = Michigan Tech (Team B),
3rd Place, $ 2,000 = Michigan Tech (Team A),
4th Place, $ 1,000 = Kalamazoo College (Team B)

The competition is the brainchild of the Education Council of WMPMI which is chaired by the Deborah Wilk, PMP the VP of Education for the Chapter. Dennis Bolles, PMP was the Project Manager for this years competition and Dick Friedrich, PMP was the assistant PM and will lead the management of THE Project 2014 competition.

The Executive Judges Panel performed the final adjudication and determined the winning teams after the final four teams presented their final project plan and live presentation to the panel. The final four teams were selected by a seasoned Program Management (PMO) Panel after two stage gates were passed and final project plans presented by all of the teams prior to the final event. THE Project 2013 will once again give students real-life business experience rather than a mere academic exercise said Fred Keller, CEO of Cascade Engineering and Judge for THE Project 2012 and 2013.

Our Executive Judges for THE Project 2013 were;

Fred Keller, Chairman and CEO Cascade Engineering
James Mitchell, Chair, Mitchell Intellectual Property Law, PLLC
Carole Valade, Editor, Grand Rapids Business Journal and Gemini Publications
Joe Jones, CEO Grand Rapids Urban League and owner of E.E. Milestone + Associates, Inc.
Gary Granger, President/CEO the Granger Group

WMPMI is grateful to have such a stellar panel working on behalf of students and the project management profession in West Michigan said Deb Wilk, PMP the VP of Education for WMPMI.

The teams created a project plan that was linked to one of Governor Rick Snyders Reinventing Michigan strategic initiatives Keeping Our Youth Our Future Here. Each team was given the same scenario, budget and time frame facts. The teams worked with PMP credentialed Mentors from January to March to craft the plans based upon PMI standards and the Project Management Body of Knowledge (the PMBoK) which is now the ISO standard for project management world-wide. Benjamin Todd, Mentor to the winning GVSU teams last year and this year said, This competition was a great experience for myself and for the team. We all learned a great deal.

The Project 2013 was built around a purpose, mission and vision;

Purpose
To expand the visibility and community favor of WMPMI while increasing the Project Management skills and knowledge of the participants

Mission
To create and deliver the best Project Management contest in the PMI universe

Vision
To be the tool that brings positive focus to Project Management as a profession in West Michigan

The Education Outreach team from PMI has taken the format for THE Project and is encouraging Chapters across the world to replicate the competition in their own areas. It gained attention and recognition in the local press as the Grand Rapids Business Journal became the exclusive Media Sponsor of the competition for the second year which included an article bringing a focus to project management and WMPMI. Also, Mr. Kallman and Mr. Mitchell were interviewed on April 12th on West Michigan Week a TV Show on WGVU. The link for this show is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TVCpJOcVgU&list=UUQi6-30wTMF7xbioD4h5h-g&index=1.

Tom Shaw, the President of WMPMI, in his remarks to the student competitors to start the final competition day on April 16th said; “An ancient Proverb once stated ‘Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding’. I have found over the years that this is a true statement. We get understanding through connecting our knowledge to actual experience and hopefully we act in wise ways once we do understand. My hope is that each one of you as student participants in THE Project 2013 have not only increased your knowledge of project management tools and processes but that you have also gained understanding. Understanding about yourself and how working with teams can accelerate success in addition to baseline knowledge about project management. Thank you for your willingness to participate. It is our hope that you will carry with you not only a better knowledge of project management but also a true understanding of the creativiety, innovation and team dynamics needed to successfully engage a rapidly changing world. That you will now take what you have learned during the competition and make it a base of excellence that will help grow you into the leaders that we need in the years to come.”

PMI (http://www.pmi.org) is the worlds leading not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession. It has more than 700,000 members and credential holders in 185 countries with 677 of those members in the Western Michigan Chapter.

For more information regarding the THE Project 2013 or plans for THE Project 2014 contact Ted Kallman at 616-634-2918 or go to http://www.WMPMI.org.