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Schizophrenic Indie Author “Recovered” Against All Odds

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on April 30, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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Oh Huishan, an international indie author from Singapore, “recovered” from schizophrenia against all odds through writing and self-publishing her books.
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The battle with a mental condition such as schizophrenia can be a daunting and complicated process but Oh Huishan, an international self-published author, went into a writing career just because of that. The range of moods and negative feelings that went through Huishan brought her over the edge. She lost her sense of what reality was and the hallucinations and voices in her mind only made things worse. She ended up losing normal self-care functions of a human being and had to wear adult diapers, depending on the health attendant lady at the mental hospital ward to bathe her sometimes, at the age of 23 years old.

Huishan Schizophrenic Indie Author Recovered Against All OddsAt some of the darkest moments after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, she decided it was time to make a commitment to help herself get well. Holding onto that little tiny voice of reassurance within herself amidst the chaos, she started writing notes to fight back at the voices she heard even though she could hardly speak or write in the severe stages of her condition. Slowly, single words became sentences and then finally, she started writing paragraphs of positive motivational content that she wished friends would tell her to encourage her to move forward in life despite her situation. Then she continued writing, imagining an audience listening to her written words.

The result was Huishan’s debut book “Words That I Can’t Say — A Workbook For Journal Therapy”. She compiled her writings and self-published her debut book in October 2010. It is now available through online book retailers in 26 countries now, spanning from US, UK, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and even South Africa. Her books can be found on Amazon.com as well and in Singapore’s local national libraries.

Her second book “What Comes Naturally… Before I Forget” is a collection of prose and short stories and it was released in August 2011. Huishan is currently going through the last stages of preparations for releasing her third book “Making A Comeback In Life: What to do after losing almost everything”. It is a booklet that consists of quotes of encouragement she has come up with over time, factors to consider in order to gauge the severity of the situation for the reader if their world had fallen apart and some cheap ways of earning an income.

Huishan has given talks 3 times in 2011 as a guest speaker on her personal experiences with depression and schizophrenia locally in Singapore in schools and she has also started producing and selling spoken word mp3s via iTunes worldwide etc.

If you would like to know more, visit Oh Huishan’s official website at http://www.ohhuishan.com

A sprint to a clothing line (originally published for Pride Newsmagazine)

In Beauty, Business, Entertainment, Writing (all kinds) on April 28, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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A Sprint to a Clothing Line

Published in Pride Magazine – June 29, 2005

Ben Johnson, the fastest man in the world according to a 1988 World Record time of 9.79 seconds, is now in the clothing business.

“I just like good clothing, good fabric, good taste and I think that this type of business is the right thing for me to get involved in,” Johnson says.”I’ve done this many years ago. I’ve done this for 30 years and this isn’t the first time I’ve had my own clothing line. In 1987 I had my own clothing line in Italy and it didn’t really take off because of the public. So I decided to come back 18 years later and do my own stuff.”

The official launch of Ben Johnson’s new line was held at Metro in Toronto at 296 Richmond St. W. on Thursday, June 23rd. Lucid Options, a multi-service advertising agency helped to organize the event.

“I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants for the last four weeks,” Christeena Mitchell, Business Director with Lucid Options said.“It seems like everyone is having a really good time so far. I think what’s really important is to show Ben’s clothing in the most positive light.”

About two hundred people came out for the event, including media and wholesalers looking to market Johnson’s line.

Although Johnson made an attempt in the clothing business in the past and it didn’t work out he thinks now is a good time. “If you can’t start, you can’t finish. So this is the time to do it.”

“My target market is kids between [the] age[s] [of] 8 to 35 years old, but the clothes are widespread. Anybody can wear it,” Johnson says.

Johnson describes his clothing as the design being nice and the colours being different.

“It’s good quality stuff,” Johnson says. “It’s not anything cheap. But the price is not high-end stuff, the price is right in between the other apparel clothes, but it’s very good quality.”

Johnson does most of the designing because it’s something that he’s been involved in for 30 years.

“I’ve worn a lot of clothes over the years, I feel the fabric, I feel the quality, and I make the adjustments. I say I don’t want this, I want this. Everything is fresh. It feels very soft, the material is very beautiful.”

Johnson also has running shoes.

“The running shoes are different because they have more support on the heel, on the arch, because most people have a low arch. And the heel is not very thick to get the compact of running – you can have problems in your hip or in your back. So I’ve made sure there’s an extra cushion for everything.”

Di-anne Hudson has a background in law and also helps with the designing of the clothing with Ben Johnson. She mentions that Johnson’s family has been in the clothing business for years. His mom and sister both sew and make clothing and he grew up with that around him.

Where Johnson is responsible for the athletic wear, Hudson is responsible for the casual wear.

All the materials for the clothing are made in Canada, which is something everyone involved with the Ben Johnson Collection, is proud.

The Biracial Generation: Embracing Cultural Diversity (originally published in Amöi Magazine)

In Culture, Living, Writing (all kinds) on April 27, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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There are more than 70,000 biracial people living in Canada according to Statistics Canada in 2001. They may have any combination of heritage including Aboriginal, black, white, South Asian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Southeast Asian, people from the Philippines, Arab/West Asian and Latin American. Christine Chin who is a salesperson with Conservus, a concierge company, calls herself Jamaican-Canadian and Canadian ultimately.

She was born in Liverpool, England and came to Canada at the age of 10 ½.

“My parents migrated to Canada in Christmas of 1972,” Chin says. “My father is from a little village in China and my grandmother had 13 children and my father is in the middle. All the children were born in Jamaica.”

Chin’s great-grandmother on her Mom’s side is Scottish with some Cuban heritage.

“My mom looks more Spanish, European or Portuguese,” says Chin. “I have two brothers and a sister. They all look different. The brother born after I had red hair when he was born.”

Chin’s natural hair colour is jet black. It would look blue in the sun like the body of flies. Now with her brown highlights, she could pass for people for the Philippines, Spanish or Puerto Rican.

People think she looks like her father who has a Vietnamese and Chinese background. People speak Spanish and Chinese to her.

“Canadians say I’m not Canadian because I look ethnic. Jamaicans say you’re not Jamaican because I’m not a ‘yardy.’ The culture at home is definitely Jamaican. With Jamaicans too I’m not fully black. Chinese don’t think I look Chinese. Some say I do, some say I don’t. I don’t fully participate in the culture. I do have Chinese culture – it’s west Chinese, but it is culture.”

Chin says people try to put her in a box she doesn’t fit in. She says people can’t peg her.

However, there are positive things about being biracial.

“It’s opened the door for conversation with lots of people,” Chin says. “Men will think I’m intimidating because of my looks. I’m not intimidating.”

Her former husband is Chinese-born and was raised in Jamaica. She has two boys who look Asian, but you can see the influences of other cultures in their faces.

Christine Chin’s beauty has lead to interesting experiences.

“I’ve been approached to do modeling. A man approached me at the Four Seasons in Yorkville. He did a painting of me.”

The handsome Kim Barry Brunhuber whose father is from Cameroon and mother is white South African has also had dynamic career options being biracial. His step-father is Puerto-Rican and his mother had a daughter with the step-father who is his half-sister. Brunhuber grew up around different cultural influences that have inspired his career.

“I’ve had many various professional experiences: writer, broadcaster, even (to a small extent) actor,” says Brunhuber.

Brunhuber was born in Montreal and grew up in Ottawa. He doesn’t know how being biracial has affected him professionally.

“I think on balance it has been neither a blessing nor a curse,” Brunhuber says. “Certainly in television, it is a double-edged sword… a station could want to hire you simply because you’re a non-threatening visible minority.”

Brunhuber is the author of a book called Kameleon Man.

“I wanted to foster a discussion about race and identity in Canada, and specifically what happens when you invest all of your identity in the way you look. It’s a world of disappointment, disillusionment and failure, and what better setting than the world of modeling.”

In terms of identity, Brunhuber sees himself as a Canadian with African heritage. He does respond to “black” or a “person of mixed race.”

His parents met at Cornell University in the United States at the African Students’ Club.

“My mother, though white, felt utterly alienated by North American culture and identified more closely with African students, who were happy for the most part to accept her.”

Brunhuber says he can move easily between different cultures. He has a love for languages and a keen interest in other cultures which accounts for his love of travel. He speaks English, French, Spanish and some German – enough to order a beer, not enough to buy one for someone else.

He’s currently working on a novel set in Africa. He’s working in Sierra Leone for a year with Journalists for Human Rights. He reflects on the way he’s perceived internationally.
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“It is an odd experience, as I am usually perceived as white,” Brunhuber says. “In Uganda, I’m a muzungu, in Ghana I’m an obruni, in Senegal I’m a toubab… all names for ‘white man.’ I have had many debates with Africans trying to convince them that I’m ‘black.’ It’s strange because I could represent my African heritage in Canada by wearing African dress to a function and no one would question it. But I would never be able to represent my German heritage by wearing lederhosen. Only in Cape Town and Cuba where there are large populations of brown-skinned people can I pass as a local.”

Brunhuber doesn’t see a shared future for biracial people in Canada. He says recent Canadian statistics state that 75 percent of Canadians would not marry outside of their race.

“I believe the numbers to be higher. Any large-scale change will happen at the pace of human evolution – at a glacial pace. Never underestimate the power of nationalism, ethnocentrism, racism, and xenophobia.”

Jamaican-Canadian Christine Chin says that in the 1970’s when she first came to Canada, it wasn’t’ the best time to be non-white. However, she says things have changed.

“The barriers aren’t here these days,” says Chin. “Toronto is different.
Some cultures are prejudiced. My parents felt, marry for love.”

Get styled for running‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Sports, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on April 26, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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Keeping Mum – Stage Read info – May 2012 – Mariam‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on April 25, 2012 at 5:44 PM

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Simply delightful! Definitely open!!!

Keeping Mum

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on April 25, 2012 at 4:11 PM

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Please go ahead and open the above. It is delightful. Being there will be even more of a delight!

Fly London Event & Trunk Show!‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on April 25, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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Celebrating Linguistic Diversity Conference 2012‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on April 24, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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Holistic nutritionist reveals top five spring trends and tips in healthy living

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Religion, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on April 23, 2012 at 7:41 PM

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VANCOUVER, April 23, 2012, /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Fresh from the largest gathering of natural health and organic leaders in Western Canada

Holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy, in partnership with the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA), today released her top five healthy living trends and tips for spring 2012. Her findings are based on observations in her own practice and interviews with natural health and organic leaders at the recent CHFA West event, the largest natural health industry gathering of its kind in Western Canada.

“This year’s CHFA event was enlightening, with a stimulating exchange of ideas and a wide variety of new products that are responding to the wants and needs of Canadian consumers,” said Joy McCarthy, registered holistic nutritionist. “Many people are now including natural health and organic products as part of their overall solution to a range of health issues. Based on what I saw at the show, Canadians’ appetite for them is skyrocketing.”

With a recent IPSOS Reid survey showing that 73 percent of Canadians are regular consumers of natural health products, these products are fast becoming part of their regular health and wellness toolkit.

This spring’s top trends and Joy’s tips include:

1) Working from the inside out to attain natural beauty Canadians are embracing the concept of beauty from the inside out. They are turning to the health food and the grocery stores to create gorgeous skin, healthy hair and strong nails. Joy’s tips: Try natural products such as Omega-3’s to improve skin elasticity and improve hair health; probiotics to improve your digestion which promotes healthy skin and vitamin C to help produce collagen.

2) Dialing up the nutrient density of foods Canadians are completely time-starved these days. Not cooking at home and eating fast food on-the-go has created the need to maximize the nutritional content of every morsel we consume. This spring there is a new and wide variety of natural health products that can be added directly to food such as flavoured protein powders, flavoured Omega-3 oils, and liquid vitamin D. Joy’s tips: Try adding some of these food-ready supplements to your favourite recipes as a simple way to improve overall nutrition. As always, make sure to read dosage recommendations on packaging and consult with your healthcare practitioner.

3) Ridding our bodies of toxins Every day, we are exposed to a vast array of chemicals from many different sources including personal care, food, household cleaners, air pollution and gases from paint/furniture/carpet and other synthetic products. Canadians are discovering that detoxing the body is safe and effective when done correctly with the right supplements, simple lifestyle habits and diet. Joy’s tips: Talk to your healthcare practitioner about what’s right for you. The most common natural products include: Vitamin B, Vitamin C, probiotics, green supplements, fibre supplements and drinks made with various barks, roots and herbs such as licorice, dandelion, burdock and milk thistle.

4) Keeping stress in check by going beyond medication It seems there’s a pill for everything these days, but instead of relying only on prescription medications to ease our anxiety, Canadians are also finding success incorporating natural health products into their health care regime. Joy’s tips: Consider using vitamin C, B complex vitamins, chamomile, American ginseng, green powders, Rhodiola Rosea, supplements with adrenal tissue, magnesium and valerian all of which have been shown to play a role in relieving stress.

5) Tapping into nature for a good night’s sleep One in seven Canadians have problems going to sleep or staying asleep, and by the time we reach 75 or older one in five of us will suffer from insomnia. A good night’s sleep enhances energy, mood, motivation, keeps appetite hormones in check and reduces the risk for many chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer and more. With recent reports of a link between certain sleeping pills and early death, Canadians are turning to natural health products as part of the solution to getting a good night sleep. Joy’s tips: Combine lifestyle changes with natural health products such as Rhodiola Rosea, melatonin, magnesium citrate, hops, passionflower and chamomile to improve sleep.

People interested in including natural health and organic products as part of the solution to a wide range of health issues facing all Canadians can learn more about this event at chfa.ca. There you will find Joy’s trends, tips, and recipes.

The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) is Canada’s largest national trade association dedicated to the natural health and organic products industries. Representing manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, distributors, and importers of natural health products, the Canadian Health Food Association has 1,000 members who contribute three billion dollars to the Canadian economy annually. For more information on CHFA and about natural health and organic products visit chfa.ca.

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Reminder of the Third Women Writing Letters Event on April 22, 2012: A Letter to the Things I Never Told My Mother

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on April 23, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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Keeping Mum – Stage Read info – May 2012‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Radio Podcasts, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on April 22, 2012 at 9:13 PM

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TPS] – Media advisory, Thursday, April 12, 2012, 10:30 a.m., Headquarters, lobby, Communicators week-kick off, award ceremony and multilingual 9-1-1 PSA video launch‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on April 22, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media advisory, Thursday, April 12, 2012, 10:30 a.m., Headquarters, lobby, Communicators week-kick off, award ceremony and multilingual 9-1-1 PSA video launch

Thursday, April 12, 2012 – 5:00 AM
Communications Services
416-808-8800

On Thursday, April 12, 2012, at 10:30 a.m., in the lobby of headquarters, Communication Services Superintendent Elizabeth Byrnes will kick off Communicators Week.

Chief William Blair, Toronto Emergency Medical Services Chief Paul Raftis and Toronto Fire Services Chief William Stewart will present awards to the recipients of the Communicator of the Year award for each of the respective services.

The 2011 award recipients are Communications Operator Bruce Smith, of the Toronto Police Service; Emergency Medical Dispatcher Natalie Silver, of Toronto Emergency Medical Services; and Captain Brian Gislason, of Toronto Fire Services.

During the kick-off, a series of 9-1-1 instructional videos, in 20 different languages, including ASL will be released. The videos were created by TPS employees and are supported by our emergency services partners, Toronto EMS and TFS.

Gary Malkowski, Special Advisor to the President of The Canadian Hearing Society, Public Affairs; and Latha Sukumar, Executive Director of Multilingual Community Interpreter Services will also be in attendance.

The conference will be broadcast on the Bell TOC and will be signed by The Canadian Hearing Society.

Constable Wendy Drummond, Corporate Communications, for Superintendent Elizabeth Byrnes, Communications Services

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Circle of Interest

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on April 22, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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By Khalid Musa

Artwork for above By Akina Lalla

I claim I’m not a poet but I can feel it in my bones                                                            

I say I don’t carry pain but u can hear it in my tone

First they enslaved us, then when we fought for change

Our minimum wage was just change

I’m from a land of poetry, literary, literally so don’t try to belittle me

Hundreds of years has passed, independence at last

But when they left, they made sure that our economic state had crashed

And here I thought I was gonna get severance before they passed

Here comes the World Bank to make things fair

With so much restriction, might as well give me the money and cut off my air

No oxygen, I’m left in my own country like hostage-men

Now we are here in the modern day

Where you can C slavery in a modern way

Where the islands are commodified to cater to tourist’s desires in every way

Where my counterpart N I are seen as racialized hypersexual objects

Where our job is to please and serve outsiders like a royal subject

Poverty is @ an all-time high, unemployment is @ an all-time high, and misery is @ an all-time high

I’m left with my physical frame just to get by

The question I have left is to ask is how long it will take till it’s all gone by

I never said that I’m a poet but I can feel it in my bones

I never said I carry pain but u can hear it in my tone.

-Khalid M.

Hard work and Excellence Make SPEAC International Language Institute

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Sports, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on April 21, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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Cutting edge technology, a friendly supportive environment, one of the best locations in the city of Toronto, expert staff, superior customer service and much more is what you can expect from SPEAC International Language Institute (SPEAC).

Located in the heart of the uptown core of Toronto at Yonge and Eglinton, this exciting school offers multiple classes in English as a Second Language (ESL) and English Language Learning (ELL). With classrooms equipped for high-powered technologically-driven education where you can leave your books at home, and receive an iPad instead at a low cost to do your schoolwork and anything else you desire. SPEAC also offers you the chance to take online courses with the latest in technology – so the beauty and brilliance of this school can fill your home and your head. Video games do not match the savvy brilliance of the tools at the hands of SPEAC.

The focus of SPEAC is to help you to learn English, or improve your English, while your focus is on how it can help you to keep your job, or get a job, or improve your life. The future of SPEAC is boundless with the energy, enthusiasm, and ideas to branch out to all areas of learning so education and technology combine for a beautiful marriage that will secure your success.

To discover this jewel of a school, both in-person and online please visit: http://www.speacinstitute.com/
See you soon!

J. Burrage Publications, LLC Announces a New Service for Aspiring Self-Publishing Authors

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on April 20, 2012 at 6:14 PM

. Burrage Publications, LLC, a 21st Century publisher of powerful novels such as Caught Up and My Red Hijab, My White Baby Tee, and My Blue Skinny Jeans, has announced services for authors wishing to self-publish.
J. Burrage Publications, LLC Announces a New Service for Aspiring Self-Publishing Authors

Mesilla Park, NM, November 21, 2011 –(PR.com)– J. Burrage Publications, LLC understands how difficult it can be for authors to find the right publisher. For this reason, and because JBP doesn’t want to discourage authors who may receive notification that they will not be published by the publishing house, JBP has announced services for authors wishing to self-publish. JBP’s self-publishing services are available to any author who chooses to self-publish, regardless of genre.

JBP’s services include:
· Proofreading
· Editing (light substantive and substantive)
· E-book conversion
· Cover design
· Book interior design

Services do not include:
· Copyright Registration
· Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN) Registration
· ISBNs
· Marketing Services (Possibly coming soon.)
· Book Printing and Distribution

All interested authors can find more information about these services, including how to schedule consultations, at www.jbpublications.com. Consultations are free.

JBP is a new publishing house that began accepting new authors in 2011, and their goal of “taking over the industry, one book at a time” is very apparent. While the company might be new, they have published several critically-acclaimed novels, including a street thriller titled Caught Up, the emotionally-charged novella Padre, and My Red Hijab, My White Baby Tee, and My Blue Skinny Jeans. One factor that sets JBP apart from other publishers is their mission – to find unknown writers with powerful, compelling stories to tell and build their reputations.

The “3-B Dimension” experience is another innovative development by J. Burrage Publications. This is an entirely new reading experience, designed to hook readers and leave them wanting more—creating the most unique experience the readers have ever known. Lesser-known writers, undiscovered talents, and new authors will help build the 3-B Dimension through compelling stories, unlike anything readers have read previously, creating a synergistic platform for all authors published through JBP.

To find out more about J. Burrage Publications, LLC and their authors and books, visit them online at www.jbpublications.com. You can also follow JBP on Twitter and Facebook.

About J. Burrage Publications, LLC: Founded by author JB Burrage in 2007, J. Burrage Publications, LLC has seen significant growth and opened their doors to new, unknown authors with captivating tales to weave. JBP is a company on a mission to take advantage of e-publishing and internet technology to bring readers the best novels and the most unique reading experiences possible. Unlike most major publishers, JBP has embraced the e-publishing revolution and offers eBooks as well as printed books through an immense array of online retailers.

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Jacob L. Burrage
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AFCY’s Workshop: Engaging Arts Funders

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on April 20, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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CRTC recognizes Telefilm Canada’s new private donation fund as a Certified Independent Production Fund, broadcasters now able to contribute

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on April 19, 2012 at 6:54 PM

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MONTREAL, April 19, 2012, /CNW Telbec/ -Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the independent public organization that regulates and supervises the Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications systems, has officially recognized Telefilm’s new private donation fund as a Certified Independent Production Fund. Examples of other endorsed funds include the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, Le Fonds Harold Greenberg, and the Canada Media Fund (CMF).

“Telefilm is committed to finding innovative ways to fulfill its role as investor and promoter by offering the Canadian industry new tools to help it diversify its funding sources and to attract larger audiences. We are extremely pleased that the private donation fund now has the recognition of the CRTC,” said Carolle Brabant, Telefilm Canada’s Executive Director. “The CRTC’s decision effectively allows Canadian broadcasters to play an even bigger role in fostering the creation of Canadian content as well in the marketing and promotion of homegrown stories. Along with the backing of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s most influential business association, support for this unique initiative continues to grow as we anticipate announcing shortly the names of five champions.”

Under the CRTC’s Broadcasting Distribution Regulations, broadcasting distribution undertakings (BDUs) are required to contribute to the Canadian broadcasting system by fostering the production of new quality Canadian programming through a financial contribution to be directed to an independent production fund. Specifically:

  • A BDU must direct a minimum of 80% of its contribution to the Canada Media Fund (whose funds are administered by Telefilm);
  • A BDU may direct up to 20% of its contribution to one or more independently-administered production funds, other than the CMF, provided that it meets certain criteria.
  • The private donation fund will also be allowed to be the recipient of Tangible Benefits if there is a transaction involving a broadcast undertaking.

Telefilm’s new private donation fund
On March 2, at the Prime Time in Ottawa conference, Telefilm announced the launch of a new private donation fund consisting of two streams: one stream will provide better support to promising emerging filmmakers while the other is aimed at established filmmakers and will seek to help them achieve their full potential both in Canada and abroad.

By drawing on companies as well as on individual donors interested in supporting the production, distribution, and promotion of Canadian feature films—investors who will at the same time benefit from proportional tax deductions or credits—the fund will also help foster the success of Canadian cinema.

Once fully up and running, Telefilm estimates that the fund could be endowed with an annual budget of $5 million, a significant amount that producers could use to leverage other investment dollars. The fund will lead to the creation of some 150 jobs every year.

Telefilm will administer investments from the private sector, with these investments to be covered in a separate annual report. The fund will incur management expenses of less than 5%.

Consultations with companies demonstrated that the private sector has a real interest in Canadian film, which enjoys very positive branding. This new fund comes into effect immediately, and companies or individuals interested in becoming donors should contact Telefilm for further information.

Telefilm Canada
Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Through its various funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent here at home and around the world. Telefilm also administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Visit telefilm.ca and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/telefilm_canada.
For further information: Douglas Chow, Manager, External Communications
1-800-567-0890 or (514) 283-0838, ext. 2225
douglas.chow@telefilm.ca
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Flower Press is accepting manuscript submissions from inspired talented writers

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on April 18, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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Flower Press is accepting manuscript submissions from inspired talented writers

April 2012

Flower Press is a Canadian based publishing company that motivates the book industry to bring your written work to the world. Its goal is to publish books of various themes from talented inspired writers.

Flower Press guarantees your book will have an ISBN and with a professional distribution, it will be available in known local and online bookstores such as Chapters and Amazon. Royalties are earned for each book is sold. The percentage of payment will differ from one book to another.

Please submit your manuscript and a book cover if you wish to provide one, otherwise, Flower Press will design your book cover. Include a query letter defining your book for publishing and details, such as title of a book, subject, synopsis and number of pages.

When your manuscript is accepted the next procedure is which package you would like to choose. Payments can be made by PayPal. Flower Press will send an invoice when you agree to a contract. Flower Press provides two price packages:

The Basic Package almost includes everything, except you need to send your own book cover. The Regular Package includes all as Flower Press team will gladly design your book cover. For more about prices, you may click here.

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Rosetta Stone Inc. and Lodi Unified School District Announce Language-Learning Program on the iPad Device

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ARLINGTON, Va., Apr 16, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Rosetta Stone Inc. RST +1.04% , a leading provider of technology-based language-learning solutions, today announced an initiative program with Lodi Unified School District to provide the Rosetta Stone TOTALe(R) Course(TM) HD application for iPad(R) devices, part of the TOTALe(R) PRO solution, for English language learners. The school district, in the Central Valley of Northern California, is an innovator in K-12 education and one of the first districts to implement the TOTALe Course HD application.

The Rosetta Stone TOTALe Course HD application for iPad(R) devices was adopted by Lodi Unified School District for a second- and third-grade English language learners whose language development had reached a plateau. Lodi Unified School District is utilizing a blended learning model that combines classroom instruction with an individualized independent study using the full Rosetta Stone TOTALe(R) solution, including the TOTALe Course HD application.

The district seeks to use the Rosetta Stone solution as a resource to build speaking confidence, increase classroom engagement and enhance learners’ proficiency in English. The TOTALe(R) solution offers teachers the ability to create individualized classroom instruction based on each student’s ability.

“We are finding that our students are reacting very positively to Rosetta Stone solutions,” said Art Hand Jr., assistant superintendent for Lodi Unified School District. “Children that have more limited language skills are often less confident in the classroom setting. Now that students are working with a program that enables them to go at their own pace and focus on areas where they tend to struggle, we see their confidence increasing. They’re excited about speaking and learning.”

The Rosetta Stone TOTALe Course HD application for iPad(R) devices is just one part of the Rosetta Stone TOTALe PRO solution, which includes the following components:

— Rosetta Course(R). The award-winning, self-study software, complete with proprietary speech-recognition technology. The Rosetta Stone Dynamic Immersion(TM) method teaches learners to think in a new language immediately by connecting words with vivid imagery in real-life contexts to convey meaning.

— Rosetta Studio(R). Live sessions conducted by native speakers in an interactive, online environment for practicing speaking skills with other learners at the same level.

— Rosetta World(R). An exclusive community dedicated to language learning. Rosetta World presents a structured, online environment to help learners practice skills in games designed for their learning level.

— Rosetta Stone Manager(TM). An administrative tool for teachers to manage and measure student engagement and create actionable reports on student progress and scores.

— Customer Success Services. The Rosetta Stone team partners with schools and districts throughout the implementation process. From systems integration to implementation, to ongoing teacher support for management and reporting, our account managers leverage years of experience in the K-12 educational market to deliver robust services and maintain engagement.

“We are excited that the Lodi Unified School District is incorporating the Rosetta Stone TOTALe PRO solution and the TOTALe Course HD application into their ELL program,” said Cathy Quenzer, senior director of education at Rosetta Stone. “Offering TOTALe PRO provides teachers and students with an improved opportunity for language learning that is not only engaging but also highly effective.”

About Rosetta Stone Inc.

Rosetta Stone Inc. provides interactive solutions and cutting-edge technology that is changing the way the world learns languages. Rosetta Stone’s proprietary learning techniques are acclaimed for the power to unlock the natural language-learning ability in everyone. The company offers many languages, from the most commonly spoken, like English, Mandarin, and Spanish, to the less widely used, like Swahili and Filipino (Tagalog). Rosetta Stone solutions are used by schools, businesses, global organizations and millions of individuals in more than 150 countries throughout the world. The company was founded in 1992 on the core beliefs that learning a language should be natural and instinctive and that interactive technology can replicate and activate the immersion method powerfully for learners of any age. The company is based in Arlington, Va. For more information, visit RosettaStone.com.

“Rosetta Stone”, “Rosetta Course,” “Rosetta Studio,” “Rosetta World” and “Totale” are registered trademarks of Rosetta Stone Ltd.

“iPad” is a trademark of Apple Inc.

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Freegold Intersects 1.19 g/t Gold over 132.7 metres Golden Summit Project, Alaska

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VANCOUVER, April 1, 2012 /CNW/ – Freegold Ventures Limited (TSX: FVL, Frankfurt: FR4N) (“Freegold”) is pleased to report the results from its ongoing drill program on the Golden Summit Project located near Fairbanks, Alaska where drilling is presently underway with two core rigs in the Dolphin deposit area.

Hole GSDL12-01 is the first hole of the 2012 program in the Dolphin Zone and returned 314.1 metres averaging 0.69 g/t Au. It is a 60 metre step out to the north of hole GSDC 11-43 which intersected 200.3 metres of 0.85 g/t Au. The results of hole DL 12-01 also confirm that the mineralization remains open at depth and to the west and south. Additional drilling is planned to expand on the mineralization encountered in hole GSDL12-01.

Significant results from GSDL12-01 are reported below:

Hole Number Hole
Inclination Depth of
Hole (ft) From (ft) To
(ft) Interval
(ft) Interval
(m) Au
g/t
Dolphin Area
GSDL 12-01 -55 1058.5 28 1058.5 1030.5 314.1 0.69
28 464 436 132.9 0.27
including 464 1058.5 594.5 181.2 0.99
” 623 1058.5 435.5 132.7 1.19
including 732 738.5 6.5 1.98 11.40
and 896 1020 124 37.8 1.67

Width refers to drill hole intercepts, true widths can not be determined due to uncertain geometry of mineralization. All assays reported are uncut.

Significant mineralization in hole GSDL12-01 is associated with numerous faults and shear zones containing variable amounts of quartz – sulfide veining. Host rocks include quartz mica schist, quartz biotite schist and hornfels. Visible gold was noted in the core from this hole. Sulfide content was generally below 5% but ranged up to 50% in some massive sulfide veins. The dominant sulfide minerals include pyrite and arsenopyrite with lesser jamesonite and sphalerite.

Current drilling in the Dolphin area is aimed at expanding the current Dolphin resource (December 2011) which using a 0.35 g/t cutoff is 14,840,000 tonnes @ 0.66 g/t Au – representing 316,000 ounces in the indicated category and 50,460,000 tonnes @ 0.61 g/t Au – representing 991,000 ounces in the inferred category.

A total of 3,856 metres were drilled in the Cleary Hill zone since January of which assays have been reported for 1,832 metres. This drilling was aimed at merging mineralization at the Cleary Hill Zone with the existing Dolphin Resource. Results from the remaining Cleary Hill zone drilling will be reported shortly.

1,653 metres have been drilled in the Dolphin Zone since January of which assays for 314.1 metres have now been reported.

In addition 1,686 metres have been completed since January on the Christina area of which 1,175 metres have been reported.

The total program planned for 2012 for Golden Summit is 20,000 metres.

The Qualified Person who has reviewed the technical disclosure contained in this release is Curtis J. Freeman, M.Sc., PGeo who is the primary geological consultant for the project.

Drill cores were cut in half using a diamond saw, with one-half placed in sealed bags. Core samples were picked up on-site by ALS-Chemex Labs and transported to their facility in Fairbanks, Alaska. A sample quality control/quality assurance program was implemented.

About Freegold Ventures Limited

Freegold is a TSX listed company focused on the exploration of gold projects in Alaska. In addition to the Golden Summit Gold Project, the company holds a 100% in lease interest in the Rob Gold Project near the Pogo Gold Mine in the Goodpaster Mining District of Alaska and has an exploration agreement with option to lease the Vinasale Gold project in central Alaska.

Some statements in this news release contain forward-looking information, including without limitation statements as to planned expenditures and exploration programs. These statements address future events and conditions and, as such, involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the statements. Such factors include without limitation the completion of planned expenditures, the ability to complete exploration programs on schedule and the success of exploration programs.
For further information:

Kristina Walcott-President and CEO
Telephone: 1.604.662.7307
jkw@freegoldventures.com

Survey: 95 per cent of Canadians plan to file taxes on time but few will use refund to pay down debt

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MONTREAL, April 2, 2012, /CNW/ – A survey commissioned by Dr. Tax Software, the makers of UFile ONLINE and UFile for Windows, has found that only 29 percent of Canadians plan to use their personal tax refund to pay down debt. This change in commitment by Canadians is a 14 percent decrease in comparison to the 2009 tax study.*

The national survey, which targeted Canadians 18 and older, also revealed that location affected respondents’ plans in using their refund for debt repayment. At 35 percent both Quebec and the Atlantic provinces, (New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia – and Newfoundland and Labrador), saw a larger percentage of respondents planning to use their refund to pay down debt. British Colombia saw the lowest amount of respondents planning to pay down debt, with only 21 percent of respondents choosing debt repayment as the plan for their tax refund.

“These survey results showcase an interesting analysis of how Canadians are prioritizing their overall financial strategy,” said Malcolm Campbell, VP and General Manager of Dr. Tax Software Inc. ” These numbers illustrate that Canadians are recognizing the value of filing their tax return on time as 95 percent of respondents indicated they plan to file by the deadline.”

The survey also found that those under 50 be much more likely to use their return to pay down debt (37 percent of those aged 30-49, 36 percent of those aged 18-29), compared to only 21 percent of those 50 and older.

Additional interesting findings include:

When do Canadians plan to file their taxes?

95 percent of Canadians plan to file their 2011 tax return by the deadline, April 30, 2012.
This is a 58 percent increase from 2009, when only 37 percent of respondents said they planned to be more disciplined in their approach to filing their taxes, i.e. filing on time.

THIS YEAR, WHEN DO YOU PLAN TO FILE YOUR TAXES?
Answer Total Age Location
18-29 30-49 50+ ATL QC ON MB/SK AB BC
Early 64 67 64 62 77 62 61 52 66 69
Late 4 5 4 5 7 6 4 3 3 1
Right on time, April 30th 31 27 32 31 15 30 34 44 28 28
Don’t know N/A 1 1 – 2 1 2 – 2 2 2

How do Canadians feel about their tax return?

48 percent of Canadians consider their annual tax return to be a bonus, versus 34 percent who consider it an expense.

WHAT DOES YOUR ANNUAL TAX RETURN REPRESENT?
Answer Total Age Location
18-29 30-49 50+ ATL QC ON MB/SK AB BC
An annual bonus 48 56 60 35 65 41 50 51 52 41
An annual expense 34 31 25 43 22 41 33 29 29 38
Neither 6 4 5 7 3 8 4 4 6 8
Both 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 1 – 5
Don’t know / N/A 10 7 8 13 10 8 11 15 12 8

How do Canadians plan to spend their refund?

Canadians are diverse in their decisions as to how to spend their 2012 tax refund.

11 percent plan to use the money to invest in retirement
10 percent plan to put the money to renovations or housework
Five percent plan to begin an emergency fund
Four percent plan to go on a vacation with their refund

HOW DO YOU PLAN TO SPEND MOST OF YOUR TAX REFUND THIS YEAR?
Answer Total Age Location
18-29 30-49 50+ ATL QC ON MB/SK AB BC
Pay down debt 29 36 37 21 35 35 29 28 27 21
Invest in my retirement 11 6 13 11 8 10 12 10 9 13
Renovations/housework 10 11 10 9 13 11 8 15 9 8
Begin an emergency fund 5 11 4 4 6 8 4 2 6 7
Go on vacation 4 3 6 4 8 6 4 5 3 1
Other 26 28 24 26 14 20 29 28 31 31
I don’t anticipate a refund this year 12 4 4 21 15 8 13 7 14 17
Don’t know N/A 2 1 1 3 1 3 2 6 1 1

About the Survey

This report presents the findings of a Research House National Telephone Omnibus Survey, commissioned by Dr. Tax, conducted among a national random sample of 1,000 adults comprising 500 males and 500 females 18 years of age and older, living in Canada. The margin of error for a sample of this size is +/- 3.10%, 19 times out of 20. The survey was conducted March 6 – 11, 2012.

For additional survey results please contact Kelly Olive at kellyo@maverickpr.com.

About Dr. Tax Software

Dr. Tax Software Inc. is part of the Thomson Reuters family of companies and is located in Montreal, Quebec. It is a leading provider of tax preparation products and has served the professional tax community with personal and corporate tax products for more than 20 years. Dr. Tax’s UFile products include UFile ONLINE (online tax software), UFile for Windows and UFile PRO. UFile for Windows is available exclusively at Future Shop, Best Buy and online at http://www.ufile.ca.

* Note to Editors: The 2009 report referenced is from poll data collected by Angus-Reid Strategies on behalf of Dr Tax Software on January 20, 2009.

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For further information:

Kelly Olive
MAVERICK PR
(416) 640-5525 ext. 230
kellyo@maverickpr.com

Joanne Birtch
Dr. Tax Software Inc.
(905) 845-0908
jbirtch@drtax.ca

QVA149 Phase III COPD Studies Met Primary Endpoints

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Efficacy, safety and exercise endurance primary endpoints all met

TOKYO, April 2, 2012, /CNW/ – Sosei Group Corporation (“Sosei”; TSE Mothers Index: 4565), confirms the information released today by Novartis that the first three QVA149 Phase III studies in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) all met their primary endpoints. The SHINE, BRIGHT and ENLIGHTEN studies, which are part of the IGNITE program demonstrate the potential of QVA149 in the treatment of COPD.

The results of SHINE, with an enrollment of more than 2,100 patients, met the primary endpoint by demonstrating the superiority in trough FEV1 (p<0.001) of once-daily QVA149 compared to once-daily indacaterol or once-daily NVA237 in patients with moderate to severe COPD. In addition, QVA149 showed superiority in trough FEV1 (p<0.001) compared to placebo and open-label tiotropium (18 mcg).

The results of BRIGHT demonstrated that patients experienced significantly better exercise endurance versus placebo (p=0.006). ENLIGHTEN demonstrated that QVA149 was well tolerated with a safety and tolerability profile similar to placebo.

Mr. Shinichi Tamura, CEO of Sosei, commented:

“Achieving the primary endpoints in all three of the Phase III studies gives us confidence that QVA149 could be the first LAMA/LABA combination product to provide benefit to patients with COPD in a multi-billion dollar market that is still growing.”

QVA149 (indacaterol 110 mcg/glycopyrronium bromide 50 mcg) is an investigational inhaled, once-daily, fixed-dose combination of the long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA) indacaterol, and the long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) glycopyrronium bromide (NVA237). Data from the IGNITE clinical trial program will be submitted for presentation to a major medical congress later this year.

IGNITE is one of the largest international patient registration programs in COPD comprising 10 studies in total. The first seven studies (ENLIGHTEN, BRIGHT, SHINE, ILLUMINATE, SPARK, BLAZE, ARISE) are expected to complete in 2012 and include more than 5,700 patients across 42 countries and support planned filings in the EU and Japan. Included in a program is a head-to-head trial vs Seretide®[1] (ILLUMINATE), which is also expected to complete during the second quarter of 2012 and will be incorporated into the regulatory filings. These studies are designed to investigate the efficacy, safety, and tolerability, lung function, exercise endurance, exacerbations, dyspnea and quality of life.

SHINE is a 26-week, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, placebo and active-controlled pivotal trial of 2,144 patients with moderate to severe COPD to assess efficacy in terms of trough FEV1.

BRIGHT is a three-week, randomized, blinded, double-dummy, multi-center, placebo-controlled, three-period crossover pivotal trial of 85 patients with moderate or severe COPD to assess the effect on exercise tolerance of QVA149.

ENLIGHTEN is a 52-week, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, placebo controlled pivotal trial of 339 patients with moderate or severe COPD to assess the safety and tolerability of QVA149.

Notes for editors:

NVA237 (glycopyrronium bromide. Seebri® Breezhaler®) is an investigational long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) developed as a once-daily inhaled maintenance therapy for the treatment of COPD. Phase III data from the GLOW 1, 2 and 3 studies demonstrated that NVA237 increased patients’ lung function over a 24-hour period compared to placebo with a fast onset of action at first dose, as well as improving exercise endurance. It was submitted for regulatory approval in Europe in Q3 2011 and Japan in Q4 2011.

Indacaterol (Onbrez® Breezhaler®) is Novartis’ once daily long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA). Novartis received European regulatory approval for 150 mcg and 300 mcg once-daily doses, under the brand name Onbrez® Breezhaler® in November 2009. In July 2011, Novartis announced approval of the 75 mcg once-daily dose in the US under the brand name Arcapta™ Neohaler™, and of the 150 mcg once-daily dose in Japan under the brand name Onbrez® Inhalation Capsules.

About COPD

COPD is a progressive disease associated mainly with tobacco smoking, air pollution or occupational exposure, which can cause obstruction of airflow in the lungs resulting in debilitating bouts of breathlessness. It affects an estimated 210 million people worldwide[2]and is predicted to be the third leading cause of death by 2020[3]. Although COPD is often thought of as a disease of the elderly, 50% of patients are estimated to be within the ages of 50 and 65, which means that half of the COPD population are likely to be impacted at the peak of their earning power and family responsibilities[4].

About Sosei

Sosei is an international biopharmaceutical company anchored in Japan with a global reach. It practises a reduced risk business model by acquiring compounds from and bringing compounds into, Japan through the exploitation of its unique position within global markets.

For further information about Sosei, please visit http://www.sosei.com.

References

Seratide® is a registered trademark of GSK.
Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD). Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Updated 2011. http://www.goldcopd.org/uploads/users/files/GOLD_Report_2011_Feb21.pdf Last accessed 23 March 2012.
Global Alliance for Chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD). Global surveillance, prevention, and control of chronic respiratory diseases: a comprehensive approach. Available at: http://www.who.int/gard/publications/GARD%20Book%202007.pdf Last accessed 23 March 2012.
Fletcher, M, et al. COPD Uncovered: An International survey on the impact of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in a working age population. BMC Public Health 2011, 11:612.

Forward-looking statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements about the discovery, development, and commercialisation of products. Various risks may cause Sosei’s actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including adverse results in clinical development programmes; failure to obtain patent protection for inventions; commercial limitations imposed by patents owned or controlled by third parties; dependence upon strategic alliance partners to develop and commercialise products and services; difficulties or delays in obtaining regulatory approvals to market products and services resulting from development efforts; the requirement for substantial funding to conduct research and development and to expand commercialisation activities; and product initiatives by competitors. As a result of these factors, prospective investors are cautioned not to rely on any forward-looking statements. We disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
For further information:

Enquiries: Sosei Group Corporation Tokyo Office: Milica STOJKOVIC, Investor Relations, +81-(0)3-5210-3399, mstojkovic@sosei.com; London Office: Kathryn LYDON, PA to CEO & Corporate Communication, +44-(0)20-7691-0983, klydon@sosei.com.

New TCO Certified Criteria for IT Products Offer Computer Industry a Third Party Verification of Socially Responsible Production Conditions

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STOCKHOLM, April 2, 2012, /CNW/ – TCO Certified, the international third party sustainability certification for IT products, now requires independent verification of ethical working conditions among electronics manufacturers applying for product certification. In light of recent reports of deficient working conditions at electronics manufacturing plants, the launch of new tightened social responsibility requirements offers the industry an effective and credible way to improve and verify their progress towards more ethical production practices.

Niclas Rydell, Manager for Certification and Development at TCO Development, believes now could be a turning point for the industry as a whole: “From TCO Development’s perspective, we know that professional IT buyers are placing greater demand on their vendors to ensure that products they buy are made in an ethically responsible way. The recent reports of inadequate working conditions, salaries and worker health & safety at Apple supplier Foxconn in China, are no doubt concerning. However, we believe the situation is indicative of an industry-wide problem – one where there is a greater need for independent systems that can verify a company’s actions and progress towards key labor conventions established by the ILO. This is what TCO Certified is designed to do. We also welcome the important steps now being taken by FLA and Apple to move their production in a more socially responsible direction.”

Beginning immediately, all manufacturers applying for TCO Certified will be required to meet the following enhanced social responsibility criteria (along with baseline TCO Certified environmental, ergonomics and health/safety requirements):

The eight ILO core labour standards,
UN child convention article 32,
The manufacturer should work according to local health- and safety regulations and follow the labour laws, including minimum wages and social security in the country of manufacture.
The manufacturer should also allow freedom of organization in countries where no free trade unions are allowed.
Sharpened criteria for verification as well as on-site inspections.

Here you can find the updated criteria for TCO Certified
http://www.tcodevelopment.com/pls/nvp/Document.Show?CID=4146&MID=959
http://www.tcodevelopment.de/pls/nvp/Document.Show?CID=4146&MID=938

About TCO Development and TCO Certified

TCO Development is the company behind the TCO Certified third party sustainability certification for IT products and has been an international driver in the field of Sustainable IT for 20 years. Professional IT purchasers worldwide choose TCO Certified products as part of their sustainable IT strategy. Products achieving TCO Certified meet a broad series of criteria to ensure that manufacturing, use, and recycling is carried out with consideration for environmental, social and economic responsibility. Product categories include notebooks, desktops, All-in-One PCs, tablets, projectors, computer displays and phone headsets. TCO Development is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with regional presence in North America and Asia. More information at http://www.tcodevelopment.de, http://www.tcodevelopment.com, http://www.tcodevelopment.se
For further information:

Europe – Anna Pramborg, Corporate Communications, +46-8-782-9346 or mobile +46-70667-6404
Anna.pramborg@tcodevelopment.com

Americas – Clare Hobby, +1-310-801-8769 Clare.hobby@tcodevelopment.com

Donna Kakonge on Liquid Lunch

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Have a look at Donna Kakonge’s interview on Liquid Lunch on YouTube:

Have a look at the interview and many more on the ThatChannel.com website – the Liquid Lunch show:

http://www.thatchannel.com/shows/?rss=http://thatradio.podhoster.com/rss/1070/

Enjoy!

Yahoo! Alberta officially welcomes Live! with Kelly

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TORONTO, April 2, 2012, /CNW/ – Yahoo! Alberta officially welcomes Live! with Kelly host Kelly Ripa with a traditional White Hat ceremony. Minister of Tourism Parks and Recreation Jack Hayden does the honours. Tune in to CTV April 2-5 to see the shows.

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Jay Joins Hotels.com as VP, Global Product

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LONDON, April 2, 2012, /CNW/ – Hotels.com, the leading online hotel specialist, has today announced the appointment of Adam Jay as Vice President, Global Product.

In this role, Jay will be responsible for overseeing the development and roll out of the Hotels.com product on a global basis including enhancements to the desktop website and the full suite of mobile touch points including apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Hotels.com currently operates over 85 local sites in more than 34 languages.

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Jay is based in the Hotels.com London office and reports directly to the Hotels.com President, Scott Booker.

Booker comments, “We are pleased to welcome Adam to the Hotels.com team. His past experience perfectly equips him to lead our Product team forward. Over the past year, we have been investing heavily in the Hotels.com product to ensure our customers can simply and quickly find the hotel that is right for them – our aim is to offer an unsurpassed booking experience. We have also introduced a portfolio of industry-leading mobile products. In 2012 we are continuing this programme of development with Adam at the helm.”

Jay joins Hotels.com from Travelport, the GDS and travel agency software player, where he spent four years as VP Strategy & Business Transformation. Previously he worked as Head of Product for Avis Europe plc and spent seven years with The Boston Consulting Group.

Jay holds a PPE degree from Oxford and an MBA from INSEAD.

About Hotels.com

As part of Expedia Inc, which operates in all major markets, Hotels.com offers almost 149,000 hotels, B&Bs and serviced apartments worldwide. If a customer can find the same deal for less on a prepaid hotel, Hotels.com will match it. Hotels.com benefits from one of the largest hotel contracting teams in the industry negotiating the best rates for its customers, plus there are more than 3 million reviews from users who have actually stayed in the hotels to ensure customers make an informed choice when booking. Travellers can book online or by contacting one of the multilingual call centres.

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For further information:

For further information contact the Hotels.com press team: Alison Couper, +44-(0)20-7019-2360, acouper@expedia.com; Kate Hopcraft, +44-(0)20-7019-2165, khopcaft@expedia.com

Friday, April 13, 2012, DEMO class in-house.‏

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Coty Inc. Creates New Geneva Flagship Offices to Support Global Headquarters Collaboration and Growth

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GENEVA, April 2, 2012, /CNW/ – Coty Inc., a leading global beauty company, today announced the opening of a new corporate facility near Geneva, Switzerland. The flagship offices, located in Versoix (Canton Geneva), will complement Coty headquarters activities in New York, US, and Paris, France.

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With a goal of further developing cross-divisional and joint headquarters collaboration among Coty professionals, the Geneva office forms the third component in Coty’s corporate headquarters structure. It includes a state-of-the-art Research and Development group linked to a Fragrance Center of Excellence, global and regional commercial teams for Coty Beauty and Coty Prestige divisions, procurement and supply chain operations, and a regional Northern European finance center.

“Creating a third headquarters in Geneva shows Coty’s commitment to being a truly global emerging leader in beauty,” said Bernd Beetz, Chief Executive Officer of Coty. “Our talented people take collaboration seriously, whether working across divisions or borders.”

The new center in Versoix will take a lead in developing stronger relationships with its most important fragrance suppliers. It will also support Coty marketing and new product development teams in London, New York, and Paris, in addition to supporting manufacturing centers in Monaco, Spain, and the United States.

“Geneva has become a highly important location to enhance Coty’s corporate activities as we realize our vision for the future,” said Peter Shaefer, Coty’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Business Development, who also will serve as President of the Board of Directors for Coty Switzerland.

The new office brings to three the number of Coty’s principal corporate locations globally, after Paris and New York. In Versoix the offices occupy a full floor of 3,220 square meters in a classic former paper factory on chemin de la Papeterie. It is initially expected to welcome almost 150 employees.

“I am pleased to be able to bring together our scientific teams into one dynamic state-of-the-art laboratory to promote knowledge sharing and research that will fuel Coty’s innovation,” said Ralph Macchio, Coty’s Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer. “Being close to our valued partners is an additional benefit Geneva offers.”

Coty’s recent history in Geneva dates back to its acquisition of UCI in 2005, which gave it a strong presence in the prestige fragrance market. Since the purchase, Coty has turned Calvin Klein and Chloe into fragrances that lead in market share growth.

Geneva will continue to host Coty’s worldwide travel retail business and the European oversight of various commercial activities. Additional functions at the new office will also include internal corporate activities to support the company’s two principal operating divisions, Coty Beauty and Coty Prestige. Coty’s decision to invest further in Geneva was also guided by its international location, qualified workforce, and a goal to balance business travel required of its professionals.

About Coty Inc.

Coty was created in Paris in 1904 by Francois Coty, who is credited with founding the modern fragrance industry.

Today Coty Inc. is a recognized leader in global beauty with annual net sales of $4.1 billion. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, passion, innovation and creativity, Coty Inc. has developed an unrivaled portfolio of notable brands and delivers its innovative products to consumers in 135 markets worldwide.

The Coty Prestige brand portfolio is distributed in prestige and ultra-prestige stores and includes Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Calvin Klein, Cerruti, Chloe, Chopard, Davidoff, Jennifer Lopez, Jil Sander, JOOP!, Karl Lagerfeld, Kenneth Cole, Gwen Stefani, Lancaster, Marc Jacobs, Nikos, philosophy, Roberto Cavalli, Sarah Jessica Parker, Truth or Dare by Madonna, Vera Wang, Vivienne Westwood and Wolfgang Joop.

The Coty Beauty brand portfolio is more widely distributed and includes Adidas, ASTOR, Baby Phat, Beyonce Knowles, Celine Dion, Chupa Chups, David and Victoria Beckham, Elite Models, Esprit, Exclamation, Faith Hill, GUESS?, Halle Berry, Heidi Klum, Jovan, Kate Moss, Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, Manhattan, Manhattan Clearface, Miss Sporty, Nautica, N.Y.C. New York Color, Nicole by OPI, OPI, Pierre Cardin(1), Playboy, Rimmel, Sally Hansen, Stetson, Tim McGraw, TJoy and Tonino Lamborghini.

Coty and Puig S.L. have a strategic partnership for the distribution of the perfume lines of Antonio Banderas, Carolina Herrera, Nina Ricci, Paco Rabanne, Prada, Shakira and Valentino in the United States and Canada.

For additional information about Coty Inc., please visit http://www.coty.com.

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First Uranium and Gold One Execute Definitive Agreement for Sale of Ezulwini Mine

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TORONTO AND JOHANNESBURG, April 2, 2012 /CNW/ – First Uranium Corporation (TSX: FIU; JSE: FUM)(ISIN: CA33744R1029) (“FIU” or the “Company”) announced that the Company has signed a binding Sale of Shares and Claims Agreement (the “Gold One Agreement”) for the sale of 100% of the issued shares of, and all shareholders’ claims against, First Uranium Limited (Cyprus) (“FUL”), which holds all of the issued shares of the Ezulwini Mining Company (Proprietary) Limited (“EMC”), for a total consideration of US$ 70 million to Gold One International Limited (“Gold One”) (the “Gold One Transaction”).

The Gold One Agreement reflects the material terms and conditions outlined in the Letter Agreement entered into by the Company and Gold One on March 2, 2012, and detailed in the Company’s announcement released on the same day.

As previously announced, the Gold One Transaction is subject to fulfillment of a number of conditions precedent including, inter alia, and to the extent required: (a) release of the security against the assets of EMC relating to the Secured Convertible Cdn $110 million Notes due March 31, 2013, the Secured Convertible ZAR 418.6 million Notes due March 31, 2013, and the US$10 million loan facility made available to the Company by Gold One; (b) receipt of all necessary consents, rulings or directives from the Minister of the Department of Mineral Resources; (c) FUL and/or EMC shall have no liability to the Company or any of its other affiliates; (d) approval of the Gold One Transaction by all applicable regulatory authorities including the Competition Authorities (the “Competition Act Approval”), the South African Reserve Bank, the Toronto Stock Exchange, the JSE Limited and the Australian Stock Exchange; (e) Nuclear Fuels Corporation of South Africa (Nufcor) consents in writing to the session and delegation of certain of the rights and obligations of FIU for 50% of the capacity to which the Company is entitled under the existing Toll Treatment Agreement between the Company and Nufcor; (f) the approval of the Gold One Transaction by no less than 66 2/3% of the votes cast in person or by proxy, by the Company’s shareholders, at a duly called and properly constituted meeting of the Company; (g) no material adverse change with regard to FUL and EMC and/or their businesses; and, (h) concluding the indirect sale of all of the shares of the MWS tailings recovery project to AngloGold Ashanti Limited.

During the period from March 2, 2012, to the closing of the Gold One Transaction, EMC will continue to carry on business in the ordinary course and with reasonable diligence in accordance with international mining industry practices, and with the exception of requisite discretionary capital expenditures, substantially in accordance with its existing budget. In addition, the Company has given a number of representations, warranties, and indemnities which are customary in transactions of this nature. In order to protect Gold One in the event of any breach of any representation, warranty, indemnity or any other provision of the Gold One Agreement, the parties have agreed that at closing US$5 million of the Purchase Price will be placed in escrow for a period ending on the later of: (i) six (6) months from the earlier of the date that Gold One assumes the day-to-day management control of the business of EMC and the date the Gold One Transaction is implemented, and (ii) December 31, 2012 (the “Gold One Escrow”). If there are claims for loss or liability, which in the aggregate are less than US$500,000, Gold One will have no claim on the Gold One Escrow. If the aggregate claims exceed US$500,000, Gold One may claim its entire loss up to the limit of US$5 million but FIU will have no further liability to Gold One under the Gold One Agreement.

The Gold One Agreement provides that completion of the Gold One Transaction will occur no later than June 29, 2012 (the “Long Stop Date”). However, if the Competition Act Approval has not been obtained by the Long Stop Date, then the date for fulfillment of that condition precedent shall, by either FIU or Gold One giving the other written notice thereof, automatically extend to August 31, 2012.

The Gold One Agreement provides for a management agreement (the “Management Agreement”) to be concluded, if agreed to, among Gold One and EMC, pursuant to which Gold One, during the management period, assumes day-to-day management control of the business of EMC. The implementation of the Management Agreement would commence upon receipt by Gold One of the Competition Act Approval. If the Management Agreement is implemented, its application would terminate on the earlier of the date that the Gold One Agreement terminates for any reason, and the date the Gold One Transaction is implemented. The performance and operational risk in respect of the business, affairs, and operations of EMC will pass to Gold One on the earlier of the date that Gold One assumes management of EMC under the terms of the Management Agreement and the date upon which the Gold One Transaction is implemented.

Cautionary Language Regarding Forward-Looking Information
This news release contains and refers to forward-looking information based on current expectations. All other statements other than statements of historical fact included in this release are forward-looking statements (or forward-looking information). The Company’s plans involve various estimates and assumptions and its business and operations are subject to various risks and uncertainties. For more details on these estimates, assumptions, risks, and uncertainties, see the Company’s most recent Annual Information Form and most recent Management Discussion and Analysis on file with the Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and there can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, such statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements, including without limitation, the statements regarding the proposed transactions with Gold One International Limited and AngloGold Ashanti Limited. No assurance can be given that the Company will be successful in concluding the proposed transactions and achieve the desired results. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements that are included herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.
For further information:

John Hick or Mary Batoff
(416) 306-3072
mary@firsturanium.ca

Ex-Aveos Employees Hold their own Job Fair

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VILLE ST-LAURENT, QC, April 2, 2012, /CNW Telbec/ – One of two job fairs for ex-employees of Aveos is taking place today in St-Laurent. Organized with the collaboration of several recruiting agencies, today’s job fair will be followed by a second event with prospective employers including several from the aerospace industry. The initiative is championed by a small group of volunteers, all former Aveos employees who were also terminated on March 20th.

A unique job fair
Comprised of nine volunteers, the team quickly banded together to take on this initiative and help the terminated employees. “The idea was sparked by our colleague France on March 22nd as we were picking up our personal belonging. France wanted to find a way to support our colleagues and friends in this time of need,” says Pascale Lambert, spokesperson for the group. “Through the years, we have built strong personal ties. We have spent a great deal of time together and some are like a second family to us,” concludes Madame Lambert.

“We have many highly skilled and talented individuals looking for their next opportunity to contribute to a successful business. This event is a great opportunity to facilitate their career transition,” says Kay Heaton and Christine Palasky.

Outpouring of Support
The Novotel de l’Aeroport de Montreal graciously accepted to host this first job fair. Thanks to their support, we are able to welcome candidates who are looking for new positions and participating recruitment firms. “We are delighted by the response and collaboration of all,” mentions Madame France Lauriault. More than 22 recruiters and placement agencies are participating in this first fair to be followed by a second one which will host over 18 participating companies. “These organizations have accepted our invitation with enthusiasm because, in addition to helping the ex-employees of Aveos, it is a positive collaboration for the partners in the aerospace industry,” says Mme Lauriault. She goes on to say “We have approached several companies in the region and employees will have the opportunity to apply for work quickly in the same area.” Former employees will also be able to benefit from the professional advice of consultants in their job search. “For many, this is the first time in years where they have to be looking for employment,” mentions Madame Lambert. Professionals from Jobboom and Services Canada will be on hand to provide guidance to participants on various aspects of their job search including how to write a resume, how to search the internet for positions and how to interview effectively. This first of two job fairs are held at the Hotel Novotel de l’Aeroport de Montreal on April 2nd, 2012 between 9:00 and 13:00.

Members of the Volunteer Committee

Ellen Awad
Kay Heaton
Pascale Lambert,
France Lauriault,
Christine Paslawsky
Veronique Poirier
Richard Saba
Philippe Burton (external from Enerkem, previously Aveos.)
Helen Mitzinis (external from Honeywell, previously Aveos)

List of participating companies for April 2, 2012

AAA Assistance Aéronautique & Aerospatiale Canada
Adecco
Aérotek
Alter-Ego Personnel
Cadres Disponible/Executives Available Inc.
CQ Search Group Ltd.
Drakkar Recherche de cadre
Ecole National d’Aérotechnique
Fuze HR
Francyne Wilson
Group Conseils OSI
Innovation RH
Jobboom
Mandrake
MSB Ressources Globales
Quantum
Randstad
Resources Global Professionals
Robert Half
St-Amour et associés
TAS
TES
Trudeau-Dupré

For further information:

Source and Information

Mrs. Pascale Lambert
Ex-Aveos employee, Marketing
E-mail address: pascalelambert2000@yahoo.ca
Cell: (514)466-4157

Ericsson completes acquisition of BelAir Networks

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Ericsson acquires 100% stake in BelAir Networks
BelAir Networks goes to Ericsson brand effective today
Ericsson committed to supporting BelAir Networks’ customers

TORONTO, April 2, 2012, /CNW/ – Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today announces the completion of its acquisition of BelAir Networks, a North American carrier-grade Wi-Fi company. This acquisition gives Ericsson a strong carrier-grade Wi-Fi portfolio, technological expertise, IPR, and established customer contracts and relationships.

Today’s closing follows the announcement on February 21, 2012, that Ericsson had entered into an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the shares in BelAir Networks.

“We are gaining BelAir Networks’ leading position in carrier-grade Wi-Fi equipment both in terms of installed base and product portfolio. By integrating BelAir Networks’ talented people and these new assets into Ericsson’s mobile infrastructure leadership, we will accelerate the integration of Wi-Fi and cellular technologies and strengthen our heterogeneous network (hetnet) offering,” said Johan Wibergh, Executive Vice President and head of business unit Networks, Ericsson.

“We welcome BelAir Networks’ 120 employees to Ericsson. Together we can deliver the industry’s first integrated Wi-Fi cellular offering to Ericsson’s global customer base in 180 countries, to enhance consumers’ mobile broadband experience,” continued Wibergh.

The former BelAir Networks’ staff will be integrated into the Ericsson group in business unit Networks over the coming months and will work under the Ericsson brand effective today. Ericsson is committed to the ongoing evolution of BelAir Networks’ former customer networks and the assurance of a seamless business transition.

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Ericsson is the world’s leading provider of communications technology and services. We are enabling the Networked Society with efficient real-time solutions that allow us all to study, work and live our lives more freely, in sustainable societies around the world.

Our offering comprises services, software and infrastructure within Information and Communications Technology for telecom operators and other industries. Today more than 40 percent of the world’s mobile traffic goes through Ericsson networks and we support customers’ networks servicing more than 2 billion subscribers.

We operate in 180 countries and employ more than 100,000 people. Founded in 1876, Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2011 the company had revenues of SEK 226,9 billion (USD 35.0 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm, and NASDAQ, New York stock exchanges.

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Ericsson Corporate Public & Media Relations
Phone: +46 10 719 69 92
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Ericsson Investor Relations
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Ericsson Canada
Patricia MacLean
Phone: +1 416 414 7755
E-mail: patricia.maclean@ericsson.com

Women in Capital Markets Announces Recipients of Inaugural Return to Bay Street Award

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TORONTO, April 2, 2012, /CNW/ – Women in Capital Markets (WCM), a non-profit organization that promotes the advancement of women in the Canadian financial services industry, today announced the recipients of the inaugural WCM Return to Bay Street Award – Sheralyn Mills and Catherine Staveley.

This new WCM award, generously sponsored by BMO Capital Markets’ Equity Through Education program, will be given annually to assist and encourage talented women who have had an extended absence from the workplace and wish to re-launch their careers in the capital markets. The award recipients receive $5,000 towards an education program; a paid four-month internship with BMO Capital Markets; a WCM mentor; and a one-year WCM membership.

“WCM is pleased to have assisted in re-opening the door for these two very deserving women, recognizing not just their past career contributions, but also their future potential in this dynamic industry,” said Martha Fell, CEO of WCM. “With this award, we want to show women that transitioning back to the industry is an option and there are both programs to support them and organizations looking to hire them. This is another way we are inspiring women to consider, or in this case, re-consider the capital markets.”

“BMO is committed to fostering a culture where all employees feel they can truly succeed,” said Tom Milroy, CEO, BMO Capital Markets, and BMO’s Executive Diversity Champion. “One measure of our progress is the growth in the number of women who occupy executive positions at the bank. We’re now at 34% and it is our goal to reach 40% by the end of 2016.”

WCM is a non-profit organization that aims to attract, retains and advance women in capital markets as well as foster accountability for diversity in the industry. Through innovative programming, WCM offers its members diverse opportunities for networking, career growth, and personal development, and mentoring and coaching for both students and professionals. WCM is generously sponsored by eight Gold Corporate Champions, BMO Financial Group, CIBC, Manulife Financial, National Bank, RBC Capital Markets, Scotiabank, TD, and UBS, in addition to three Silver Corporate Champions, Desjardins Capital Markets, ITG, and KPMG. wcm.ca

About BMO Capital Markets’ Equity Through Education Equity Through Education is a charitable initiative aimed at creating a more diverse workplace by offering support to help people realize their educational ambitions by giving them opportunities they might not otherwise have. Each year the equivalent of one day’s worth of North American institutional equity trading commissions are donated to organizations dedicated to the education of bright and deserving individuals. To date, Equity Through Education has raised CAD$11.1million (US$10.4million). This translates into assistance to over 2,000 students through scholarships, bursaries, and job search strategy forums.
For further information:

please contact: Penny Reid, WCM Director, Marketing & Communications, (905) 599-6400 or reid.penny@gmail.com

Arthur Murray Celebrates 100 Years of Teaching the World to Dance with Live Streaming Dance Party on Arthur Murray’s Birthday April 4, 2012

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CORAL GABLES, Fla., April 2, 2012, /CNW/ – 2012 marks 100 years since a shy young man named Arthur Murray stepped onto the dance floor and into the history of American pop culture. Known best for the iconic Arthur Murray Dance Studios, Arthur Murray was a brilliant marketer and innovator, starting his dance teaching career in 1912. Following his lead in technology, Arthur Murray Dance studios will stream their dance parties online on Wednesday, April 4th in a carefully choreographed global dance party streamed live on Facebook.

The live webcast will feature dance parties in Arthur Murray Dance Studios including Victoria (Australia), British Columbia (Canada) California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Quebec, Texas, and Virginia. The dance parties can be seen streaming live at http://www.100yearsofdance.com and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/100-Years-of-Dance/123725754376198?v=app_142371818162. Contact your area Arthur Murray Dance Studio for local footage and interviews.

“Arthur Murray always looked for new ways to reach people and saw the vast possibilities of mass media,” said John Kimmins, President of Arthur Murray International. “Fueled by a passion for sharing his love of dance, Murray embraced the latest in technology and media to bring joy to millions.”

As a student in college, Arthur developed and marketed the idea of selling dance lessons one footstep at a time by mail. During the 1920s, he arranged for the first live radio broadcast of dance music, with the help of a group of young engineering students from Georgia Tech, bringing live music to a rooftop party in downtown Atlanta.

When steamship cruises became widely popular, Arthur made sure that every first-class steamship cruise included dance teachers from his studio system. When travelers returned home, they wanted to continue their dance lessons and relied on the familiar brand name to continue with their dance lessons.

In the 1950s, Arthur embraced television, still in its infancy, creating the celebrated Arthur Murray’s Dance Party television show. The show was a huge success and ran for ten years on national television – enormously popular even by contemporary standards. These hugely popular TV shows were the precursor to today’s ABC mega-hit “Dancing with the Stars.” Indeed, many of the Arthur Murray’s Dance Party show had well-known celebrities paired with dance professionals as dance contestants – voted on by judges and the TV viewing audience. The Arthur Murray Dance Party is being updated, re-edited, and will be available soon.

For history, photographs from the historical archives of Arthur Murray International and more information, and the Proclamation from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declaring April 4, 2012, as “Arthur Murray Day”, visit http://www.100yearsofdance.com.

Arthur Murray Dance Studios are located in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Austria, Latvia, Ukraine, Poland, Italy, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, UAE, Egypt, Turkey, South Africa, United Kingdom, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia. For more information about ballroom dance, visit the Arthur Murray International website at http://www.arthurmurray.com.

SOURCE Arthur Murray International
For further information:

Tom Murdock, +1-305-445-9645, tommurdock@arthurmurray.com, or Shari Peyser, +1-631-595-7150, shariPR@optonline.net

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SPEAC International Language Institute Offering Courses

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Uganda Project – Information night – Thursday April 19 in Toronto

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CRTC approves plan to launch the Canadian Broadcasting Participation Fund

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Ottawa-Gatineau, March 26, 2012 – Today, the Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved a proposal to establish the
Canadian Broadcasting Participation Fund. This independent fund will help
public-interest and consumer groups offset the costs of participating in
the CRTC’s broadcasting proceedings.

“Each year, we hold dozens of public proceedings to gather views from the
communications industry and the public,” said Leonard Katz, the CRTC’s
Acting Chairman. “It is important that we receive a wide range of
submissions to help shape our broadcasting decisions and policies. This
new fund will help ensure that the voices of Canadians are heard through
the participation of groups that represent their interests.”

When BCE purchased CTVglobemedia in 2011, it committed $3 million to
create the Canadian Broadcasting Participation Fund. The company
subsequently presented a proposal to the CRTC. Representatives from
different consumer groups were consulted and provided their comments
through an open consultation process.

The fund will also support groups in the research, analysis, and advocacy,
in English and French, of issues related to broadcasting proceedings. The
CRTC is requiring that the fund provide services and publish documents
(such as policies, funding criteria and annual reports) in both official
languages.

The CRTC is directing the fund to start providing cost support to public
interest groups and consumer groups within 60 days. The CRTC expects that
any cost incurred as of now could be included in a cost application.

A mechanism also exists to support the participation of individuals and
groups who represent consumer interests in the CRTC’s telecommunications
proceeding.

Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2012-181 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-181.htm

Reference documents:
News release, “CRTC approves BCE’s purchase of CTVglobemedia,” March 7, 2011, http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/com100/2011/r110307.htm
Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2011-163 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-163.htm

Stepping Out by Mariam Ibrahim

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Stepping Out is a book about locs and process-free hair for natural hair wearers and locticians. Stepping Out is taken natural hair to another level. An easy-to-read book with case studies taken from actual clients, as they experience the ‘break-up of make-up’ hair affair.

This book has come out at a time when it is the most need. Earlier grooming practices are leaving loc wearers with thinning locs.

What is different about Stepping Out?

It’s not just a book about natural hairstyles and esthetics but explains the variety of hair textures and shapes and products that are good to use for your unique hair. There is no assembly-lined remedy for Black hair. One product does not fit all hairs.

“Along with the case studies and examples, I identified common challenges and issues that can face process-free hair and dreads by bringing in examples and offering concrete advice on how to tackle and resolve teams bringing in the specification by example and offers concrete advice on how to tackle and resolve them”.

Stepping Out gives the respect that the locs and process-free hair deserve.

 

[TPS] – Road safety is everyone’s responsibility, but it begins with you‏

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Toronto Police Service
News Release

Road safety is everyone’s responsibility, but it begins with you

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 – 5:10 PM
Traffic Services
416-808-1900

With the return of warmer weather and sun-filled days, the Toronto Police Service would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that they play a very important role in road safety.

With the longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures, there are much more people using the roads in various modes of transportation.

Bicycles powered assisted vehicles such as e-bikes and e-scooters, motorcycles, roller blades, skateboards, scooters, and walking have all seen a boost in use for a variety of reasons, but the bottom line is that we all need to slow down, look around, and share our roads with each other.

People operating vehicles need to be mindful of the “smaller” road-users. They must make sure every movement they make can be done safely. All road-users must be mindful that the rules of the road must be followed, not just because they’re the law. They save lives.

Road safety is everyone’s responsibility, but it starts with you, deciding to do your own part to make our roads safer.

Constable Wendy Drummond, Corporate Communications, for Constable Hugh Smith, Traffic Services

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