Solar Energy as Alternative Source of Energy

ao2f231As the need for more power energy and at the same time save the cost of this energy increases. More and more people now want to use the solar energy alternative. There is a need for reliable solar information to help the people weigh their options and make proper decisions.

The solar energy technology converts the sun’s energy into usable energy. It is mainly used in two forms, the photovoltaic and thermal form.

Thermal energy is generated by concentrating the sunlight, converting it into heat and applying it to a steam engine where it’s then transformed into electric power. The power generated is used to heat water, warming houses, drying of crops such as cereals, and for lighting purposes.

The photovoltaic form of solar power generates electricity but no moving parts are involved in the process. The cells in the system are made of silicon. When the sunlight strikes the silicon material, electric current is created generating power.

In other solar technologies, large windows are kept on the side of the house that is receiving sunlight. The windows allow the passage of the sunlight and direct it to materials on the wall or on the floor of a house that are heat-absorbent. These materials warm the house at night as the heat collected during the day is released during the night. In a more similar way, plates that absorb heat are placed on the roof to heat water used in the house.

Advantages of using solar photovoltaic power:

• The energy produced is environmentally friendly and does not cause pollution.
• The system requires little supervision and does not need a lot of maintenance.
• You can easily install the solar energy system
• You can use the system is usable even in the remote areas
• The production of energy is relatively cheap as the only cost you will incur is the initial cost of installing it.
• As your need for more power increases, it is possible to generate more solar power to cater for the growing needs.

If you need energy that does not exhaust and one that is noise free, solar energy is a perfect choice for you. You will enjoy the versatility of solar energy as more and more use of the energy are coming up. Before you decide on the installation of the solar energy system in your home, it is important to seek solar information from experts who will guide you to make proper decisions.

The use of the solar energy option is rapidly rising as more people have realized the efficiency of using it and how it saves money used in electricity bills. Seeking the services of a solar specialist will go a long way in assisting you to make a sound choice that best suit your needs for energy and one that you can never regret about.

First World Congress on Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders Presents Important Research Findings and Fosters Collaboration Among Scientific and Clinical Investigators From 38 Countries

The Tourette Association of America, in collaboration with its international partners, The European Society for the Study of Tourette Syndrome (ESSTS) and Tourettes Action UK, have released for public use key findings from the 1st World Congress on Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders, which was held in London, June 24 through 26, 2015. These discoveries will advance our knowledge and ability to treat these neurodevelopmental conditions, which affect 1 in 100 children as well as a significant number in of adults in the United States. 

More than 430 research scientists, physicians, neurosurgeons, psychologists, social workers and other experts from 38 countries and six continents gathered for the international meeting to present and discuss research in all areas, including drug development, genetics, comorbid conditions, surgical therapies and behavioral treatments for children and adults living with Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders. This unprecedented global assembly marked the first time a collective forum of such size and significance has ever been convened to explore means of improving the lives of people affected by these neurodevelopmental conditions.

Leading experts in the field made history as they laid the foundation for a new global workforce focused on Tourette and Tic Disorders research, presenting 185 scientific abstracts and 161 posters with important   discoveries and developments that have the potential to change our understanding of these conditions. A comprehensive library of research abstracts from the Congress is available at:

“The 1st World Congress on Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders saw the largest gathering and networking of clinicians, scientists and other experts in the history of these conditions,” said Kevin McNaught, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Research and Medical Programs, Tourette Association of America. “Notably, discoveries and development in most—if not all—areas of study were presented and discussed among researchers from the 38 countries represented at the Congress. We hope that this global collaboration and momentum will grow in the years ahead as we seek to increase understanding and develop effective treatments for Tourette and related conditions.”

Research topics ranged from investigations of the therapeutic use of cannabis to control Tourette and Tic Disorder symptoms, to analysis and new data exploring a variety of deep brain stimulation therapies, to new developments in Tourette Syndrome genetics and a host of other topics.

“The Congress allowed for a meaningful and dynamic discourse on novel treatments and therapies that will pave the way for ideas and strategies for years to come,” said Marc Scullin, M.A., Tourette Association of America, one of the Congress organizers.

Treatment options in the digital age were among the topics explored at the Congress, including those discussed by Dr. Douglas Woods, psychologist at Texas A&M University and co-chair of the Tourette Association of America Medical Advisory Board. Dr. Woods presented findings from clinical trials designed to improve existing Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) options through TicHelper, an innovative computer program that empowers children and adults to recognize and manage their tics.  

Other highlights include (For Full Library Click Here):

Dr. Mort Doran, who was anonymously profiled by Dr. Oliver Sacks in his book An Anthropologist on Mars, was a riveting keynote speaker, and the dance company Ballet Rambert performed Awakenings, in honor of Dr. Sacks’ best-selling novel of the same name.

John Walkup, M.D. Professor of Psychiatry, the Vice Chair of Psychiatry, and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, delivered the first Dr. Oliver Sacks Lecture, which was a state of the art presentation on current, and likely future, treatments for Tourette and related disorders.

Other presenters included Jess Thom, writer, artist and “part-time superhero,” who gave a voice to the individuals and families affected by Tourette as she spoke about her experience living with the disorder.

World Congress awards included the Dr. Oliver Sacks Award for Excellence in Tourette and Tic Disorders, presented to Jonathan W. Mink, M.D., PH.D., Vice Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The Professor Mary Robertson Award for Research Contribution was presented to Christos Ganos, M.D., from University College London Institute of Neurology.

Attendees also learned about upcoming research projects funded by the Tourette Association Research Grants and Fellowships Program. Since the Grants and Fellowships Program was formed in 1984, the Association has awarded over $21 million to 250 scientists working in basic scientific and clinical TS research. Projects funded have provided crucial insights into many areas of the disorder and encouraged investigators to become or to remain involved in pursuing Tourette research.

As a result of the World Congress, the Tourette community now has public access to the largest and most comprehensive compilation of TS research in the world, and is poised to move forward toward better clinical, psychological and cultural understanding of this commonly under-diagnosed neurodevelopmental disorder.

The first Global Advocacy Summit held on June 24, provided patient advocacy and support organizations from around the world an opportunity to discuss strategies for helping those affected by Tourette and Tic Disorders. The day-long workshop focused on quality-of-life issues including: the global impact, awareness and understanding of Tourette and Tic Disorders; supporting families; using technology creatively; advocating for children in schools and for adults in the workplace and society; and global support and collaborations.

About Tourette and Tic Disorders

Tourette is part of a spectrum of hereditary, childhood-onset, neurodevelopmental conditions referred to as Tic Disorders. These conditions affect both children and adults, causing them to make sudden, uncontrollable movements and/or sounds called tics (e.g. head bobbing, arm jerking, shoulder shrugging and grunting). Non-tic features, such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and learning difficulties, often develop in affected individuals.  Symptoms in Tic Disorders can range from mild to severe and, in some cases, can be self-injurious, debilitating and markedly reduce quality of life. While some treatments are available for people with Tourette and other Tic Disorders, approaches to care are inconsistent, medications are often ineffective and there is no cure. Recent studies show that up to 1 in 100 school-aged children in the U.S. have Tourette Syndrome or other Tic Disorders.

About the Tourette Association of America

Founded in 1972, the Tourette Association of America is dedicated to making life better for all individuals affected by Tourette and Tic Disorders. The only nationwide organization serving this community, the Association works to raise awareness, fund research and provide on-going support.  The Association directs a network of 32 Chapters and more than 80 support groups across the country.  For more information on Tourette and Tic Disorders, call 1-888-4-TOURET, visit, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.        

HDfury launches a path breaking 4K60 device – the HDCP Doctor, HDfury Integral.

Audio/Video System Integrators and Home Theater hobbyists can rejoice as the HDfury Integral is a device that has been built specifically for them and boasts of 4K 60 4:4:4 600 MHz and is of 18 Gbps capable, along with several other features that have never been integrated into a device before.


August 27th 2015 – HDfury Integral is a brand new device that is supportive of the maximum bandwidth available along with its capacity to transfer data as per the HDMI2.0a max standards. There is also a host of other features that make it stand out from the mass.


Not only is this versatile device technology – forward, but to put it in simpler terms, this HDfury Integral device is a cross between a UHD Audio / Video device similar to the multipurpose and versatile Swiss knife. Similarly, just like a Swiss Knife, this HDfury Integral enables users to undertake myriad activities like controlling a device or configuring it and even performing operations on the device remotely using an Android or Apple powered smartphone or tablet.


Some of the many functions that this HDfury Integral can perform include acting as a splitter as well as an HDCP and HDMI Doctor. In addition to this it can also extract and replace audio and at the same time, it also looks after Matrix and EDID Management and much more making it a versatile device that must be a part of every technology lover’s arsenal. It boasts of 2 inputs as well as 2 outputs and undertake any needed conversion between them and therefore, one will never have any issues when watching 4K content on UHD TV sets ever again. Its futuristic appeal enables users to be more tech – savvy and they can essentially get a glimpse into the world of advanced UHD TV viewing without any disruption.


The most important features of the HDfury Integral 4K 60 4:4:4 600 MHz 18 Gbps include:


  1. Complete control and flexibility:

HDfury Integral is not defined by rigidity but in fact, it is the exact opposite giving complete control to the user. The app for HDfury Integral is coming soon on both the Google Playstore as well as the Apple Store and can be used on both the smartphone as well as tablet, all it requires is an active Bluetooth connection. In addition to this, one can also use IR control and other kinds of buttons for additional and advanced configurations.


  1. Extremely unique in its benefits:

It is the ultimate HDCP doctor. When an HDCP 1.4 or an HDCP 2.2 source device wishes to connect to its corresponding sink devices, HDFury Integral not only makes this connection possible by undertaking any HDCP revision and converts it on the fly exceptionally. It also supports dual conversions and it does so simultaneously.


  1. HDCP 2.2 content can be viewed on devices that do not support it:

4K60 UHD Content is usually protected by the copy protection scheme that is offered by HDCP 2.2. There are a growing number of source devices, Netflix, for instance, that use this 4K encoding system and therefore, any device that does not comply with the HDCP 2.2 standard usually cannot play that on their TV. Irrespective of the amount that you’ve spent on other devices like switchers and receivers, any kind of copy – protected work is very unlikely to be played to the user unless they have used HDfury Integral as part of their setup process.


  1. HDMI Extraction of Audio:

One of the most distinctive features of the HDfury Integral is its ability to extract HDMI audio seamlessly and at the same time, using the 3.5 mm combo jack connector; it can get an output of analog L/R Stereo and optical S/PDIF simultaneously.


  1. Greater and more effective conversion:

In the usual cases, past UHD TV sets that were sold are equipped to accommodate 4K 60 4:2:0 300 MHz and 10.2Gbps. The Integral device is capable of converting a 4K 60 4:4:4 600MHz signal (18Gbps) into a suitable stream for the pre-HDCP2.2 or pre-HDMI2.0a 4K displays. This helps resolve major TV viewing issues. However, brand new TV sets that use highly advanced and superior graphics engine to support 4K 60 4:4:4 600 MHz and 18Gbps stream are effectively supported by HDFury Integral individually per channel or simultaneously.


  1. EDID Management:

The EDID Management solution is new and improved with options that enable one to upload Custom EDID, Self generate an Automix EDID or use of a Fixed Basic EDID.


With HDfury Integral, we are bringing an universal and legal solution to HDMI2.0a and HDCP 2.2 integration issues.”


The HDfury Integral is available for preorder and potential customers can get their hands on this versatile device in October. The ones who sign up for the preorder also stand a chance to get their HDfury Integral at an additional 25% discount. All one has to do is use the coupon code INTEGRAL when checking out.


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Advil Helps Take The Pain Out of DIY Projects at Florida’s Largest Home Show


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#1 selling pain reliever is encouraging consumers to share their DIY projects on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to win a $15,000 CASH prize

Tampa, FL, August 26, 2015 — Beginning September 4, Advil® will be at Florida’s Largest Home Show, offering free t-shirts, tool belts, samples and coupons and encouraging attendees to share their DIY projects. Attendees should look for the Advil® truck on the Florida State Fairgrounds to receive giveaways and to learn more about how to enter to win a $15,000 CASH prize.

Advil® is asking consumers to share their home, apartment and outdoor DIY projects on Twitter or Instagram, using both #DIYrelief and #Advil Sweepstakes for a chance to win daily prizes. Now through September 7, all entries will also automatically be placed in the drawing for a grand prize: a one-on-one video conference call with home improvement expert Carter Oosterhouse where he’ll help you plan a DIY project for your home as well as $15,000 CASH to use toward a tough DIY project.

Visit for more information on how Advil® can take the pain out of DIY.

About Advil®

Advil® is the number-one selling over-the-counter pain reliever in the United States. Advil® provides relief from multiple aches and pains– including headaches, backaches, muscle aches and minor arthritis pains. The Advil® line of products also includes Children’s Advil®, Advil® PM, Advil® Cold & Sinus, Advil® Allergy Sinus, and Advil® Congestion Relief. Use as directed.

Pfizer Inc.: Working together for a healthier world

At Pfizer, we apply science and our global resources to bring therapies to people that extend and significantly improve their lives. We strive to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacture of health care products. Our global portfolio includes medicines and vaccines as well as many of the world’s best-known consumer health care products. Every day, Pfizer colleagues work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases of our time. Consistent with our responsibility as one of the world’s premier innovative biopharmaceutical companies, we collaborate with health care providers, governments and local communities to support and expand access to reliable, affordable health care around the world. For more than 150 years, Pfizer has worked to make a difference for all who rely on us. To learn more, please visit us at

Deb Morelli


Salt River Fields Announces ‘World’s Best Sand Sculpting Championship Presented by Talking Stick Destination’ Sat. & Sun., Dec. 12 & 13

First Sand Sculpting Competition ever hosted in Arizona
10 World-Class Artists Competing for $19,000 Purse
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Aug. 24, 2015) — Salt River Fields is proud to announce the ‘World’s Best Sand Sculpting Championship Presented by Talking Stick Destination,’ a family-friendly two-day beach themed festival (, Sat. and Sun, Dec. 12 and 13, noon-8pm, featuring the first sand sculpting competition ever hosted in Arizona.          

Ten world-class artists will begin to design and build one-of-a-kind sand sculptures on Saturday and will carve live until 5 pm. Sunday, the general public will be able to cast their vote for the People’s Choice award while the artists apply the finishing touches to their creations, which will range from 10 to 20 feet in length.  Artists will compete for a $19,000 purse, and the sculptures will be judged with the winner announced Sunday evening.
“Only in Arizona can you have a beach bash in the middle of winter,” said Dave Dunne, General Manager, Salt River Fields. “Where else than in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona, can you plan a family photo with Santa, and be awed by amazingly creative sand sculptures.  It can only happen in the middle of the Sonoran desert, and we’re excited it’s happening here at Talking Stick.”
 The two-day event also will feature beach-themed live entertainment, food, holiday vendors to top off seasonal shopping lists, FREE sandcastle lessons taught by Andy Hancock from Sandcastle Lessons (, photos with Santa Claus as he stops by on his last few days of vacation and much more. The sand sculpting competition is organized by renowned multimedia artist Sean Fitzpatrick from Fitzy Snowman Sculpting (
TICKETS. General admission tickets are $12; children 2 and under are FREE. Tickets are available at


About Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. 
Salt River Fields is a central landmark within the Talking Stick Destination. Completing its fifth season in 2015, the world-class, LEED Certified Gold venue serves as Spring Training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies. The facility is surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful mountain panoramas, and also serves as a popular year-round destination for major community events. Salt River Fields is an enterprise of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and in 2015 earned a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and was named Best Spring Training Field by Arizona Foothills Magazine.  The facility also is a winner of the 2013 Good Design is Good Business competition by Architectural Record; Best Sports/Entertainment Project by News-Record Southwest; and Ballpark Digest named it Ballpark of the Year.  Salt River Fields, 7555 North Pima Road, Scottsdale, Ariz. 85258. Visit for the latest information. Follow on Twitter @SaltRiverFields and Facebook
About Talking Stick Destination. The Talking Stick Destination is Scottsdale’s premier entertainment destination, featuring eight entities that are surrounded by a rich cultural history and spectacular valley views. The Talking Stick Destination is home to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Talking Stick Resort, Talking Stick Golf Club, the Pavilions at Talking Stick, Octane Raceway, Topgolf, Butterfly Wonderland, Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River and OdySea Aquarium, opening Summer 2016. The Talking Stick Destination is a collaboration marketing initiative lead by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. In 2014, Talking Stick Destination was voted Best Tribal Enterprise by the Arizona Indian Chamber of Commerce.


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Maui Solar Project Offers ‘Solar Powered Air Conditioner’ to provide a healthy learning environment today.

Waianae, Hawaii—Maui Solar Project is working to bring Hawaii’s children relief from the sweltering conditions in classrooms throughout the state.

In a time where 90% of Hawaii’s classrooms go without Air Conditioning, record breaking heat is an unwelcome visitor. Local energy company, Maui Solar Project, is working to bring attention to a remarkable proven technology that is available today to address this challenge.

Clima-teknologies Lezeti (Low Energy Zero Emission Technology) system is a unique split air conditioner powered largely with energy from the sun. It can be deployed at fraction of the cost of central ducted air conditioning, is tax credit applicable and runs on about 10% of the energy at peak time than a comparable split air systems.

“This technology is applicable in a wide range of scenarios and should be utilized ASAP to create provide a healthy learning environment for our children. I’ve seen technology like this emerge in the past and take years to be implemented. When it comes to our children the luxury of waiting is not an option.” Josh Porter, President Maui Solar Project.

Clima-teknologies Lezeti provides:

  • HYBRID design utilizes a “smart-circuit” function that automatically pulls from grid as sunlight varies and voltage drops.
  • DIRECT DC design allows direct solar PV power to run the unit with no inverter required, thus eliminating any loss of efficiency.
  • AHRI CERTIFIED as an EnergyStar rated SEER21 Split System.
  • ANTI-CORROSION coating for sea-salt protection and enhanced longevity.
  • QUIET operation highly attractive for any type of setting.
  • ANTI-MILDEW feature minimizes mildew growth in the evaporator for enhanced air quality and minimal routine maintenance.
  • FOLLOW ME wireless remote for spot area cooling with a variety of presets
  • IONIZED air purification feature minimizes dust absorbed into the unit.
  • ECO MODE lowers power draw for additional power savings. (not functional during turbo mode)
  • GREEN technology supports minimal impact upon the environment by harnessing up to 90% renewable solar energy during peak sun hours to power this advanced Hybrid A/C system.

Maui Solar Project is an authorized dealer and installer of Clima-teknologies’ products in Hawaii.

Call (808) 269-2352 today to declare your energy independence.


PV expert Michael Ida said a system like Waianae’s costs about $8,000 and operates at a fraction of the electricity cost of conventional AC.

“It would use approximately ten percent of what a normal split AC unit would be to cool that same size classroom,” he said. Ida works with Maui Solar Project. He said PV AC doesn’t feed electricity back into the grid, so permitting isn’t a problem.

“You don’t have to file any NEM agreement with HECO because the panels are not tied through the grid,” he said. PV AC is an option for DOE as it tries to cool more classrooms.

Q: Can I use the A/C as a standalone without the PV?
Yes, it is a SEER 21 highly efficient A/C without PV and and SEER 35 A/C with PV. It has a theoretical Seer of over 100 when deployed with 3 present-day efficiency Solar Panels. We understand not every building has the luxury of installing PV. A highly efficient A/C will reduce overall electricity draw in the long run regardless.
Q: What is the typical payback on the CLIMA-TEK Hybrid A/C?
2-4 years (variables include installation materials and location).
Q: Can I use the CLIMA-TEK A/C to supplement poor airflow from existing systems I already have installed?
Yes, adding an CLIMA-TEK A/C to distant areas or rooms, can reduce the time and electricity expended running your standard A/C unit. Rather allow the solar powered CLIMA-TEK to carry the burden of cooling down hard to reach areas, saving you money in the long run.

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Emily Sullivan
Media Phone: 808-276-3549

Mapping the air pollution calamity striking Europe, Asia and North America

Stockholm, August 19, 2015 – A series of independent studies have revealed how extensive air pollution is and the harm it poses to human health and national economies. Mapped by Blueair, a global leader in mobile indoor air purification technologies, the latest information shows air pollution is now unequivocally linked to lung cancer, heart attacks, strokes and asthma and hundreds of thousands of premature deaths every year.

“The evidence of the danger posed by outdoor and indoor air pollution to human health and economic development is compelling and beyond scientific doubt,” said Bengt Rittri, CEO and founder of Blueair. Mr. Rittri created the hi-tech indoor air purification company in the mid-1990s because he believed breathing clean air is a basic human right.

A World Health Organization (WHO) study published this summer estimated the air pollution cost in Europe in 2010 alone at a staggering US1.6 trillion as a result of the approximately 600,000 deaths and diseases it caused. WHO said over 90 percent of citizens in the European region are exposed to annual levels of outdoor fine particulate matter that are above its air quality guidelines.

Elsewhere on the planet, similar studies reproduce similarly alarming findings. 

In the USA, the National Resources Defense Council cited a recent study that found approximately 64,000 people in the United States die prematurely from heart and lung disease every year due to particulate air pollution – more people than die each year in car accidents. And a scientific paper by Berkeley Earth, a research organization based in Berkeley, California, said outdoor air pollution is contributing to the deaths of 4,400 people every day in China, or 1.6 million people a year.

A research team at Sweden’s University of Umeå this summer reported discovering a link between dementia and automotive exhaust fumes, while a Blueair study in India in late May revealed that up to 40% of young children living in India’s most polluted cities were suffering impaired lung capacity.

“The big problem is that most people do not see air pollution as a major issue, unless you live in smog beset cities like Beijing or Delhi. Obesity and alcohol grab the headlines, yet people don’t realize the insidious danger posed by modern air pollution. Thanks to a toxic mix of diesel fumes, dust and chemicals, just taking a walk in a modern city is turning men, women and children into passive smokers,” Mr. Rittri said.

Mr. Rittri said that for air pollution is to be addressed effectively, national health authorities need to work harder to flag awareness about the problem and the potential to save lives and reduce health costs. He urged lawmakers to develop better air quality monitoring systems that can be linked to mobile applications such as Blueair’s own air quality App (available for both Apple and Android phones) to allow people to see what is in the air they are breathing.

For more information, please contact

David Noble,
International PR Manager
F. +44 7785302694

About Blueair:
Sold in over 50 countries around the world, Blueair delivers home and office users more clean indoor air for enhanced user health and wellbeing faster than any competing air purifier thanks to its commitment to quality, energy efficiency and environmental care. A Blueair air purifier works efficiently, silently to remove 99.97% of allergens, asthma triggers, viruses, bacteria and other airborne pollutants.


New Bern, NC:  Safe-T-Stool, a revolutionary step-stool engineered to never tip or flip, is pleased to announce the launch of a new campaign geared towards supporting organizations that help give women a step up in life.   The “Giving Women a Step Up” campaign will nationally support the efforts of the Mary Kay Foundation, while also helping local women’s shelters across the country.

In order to give women a ‘step-up’ in safety, Safe-T-Stool will donate 10% of all stool sales made from August 1 – October 31, with half of the proceeds going to the Mary Kay Foundation and half going to local women shelters in communities nationwide.

“As a company committed to keeping families safe, we recognize that women are the heart and soul of the family unit,” stated Fred Rogers, president of Safe-T-Stool.  “We want to help fund the organizations that give women a step up to a better, secure life every day.”

The Mary Kay Foundation was chosen by Safe-T-Stool for their commitment to ending women’s cancers and domestic violence. Since the Foundation began in 1996, it has granted $54 million dollars to organizations fighting cancer and violence against women. In 2014, The Mary Kay Foundation gave almost $5 million to programs committed to ending violence against women and the causes of funding research and education programs for cancers that affect women.

The first local beneficiary of the “Giving Women a Step Up” is the Coastal Women’s Shelter (CWS) of New Bern, NC, the birthplace of Safe-T-Stool. CWS is the sole provider of no-cost comprehensive services for domestic violence victims in Craven, Jones, and Pamlico counties in North Carolina.  Coastal Women’s Shelter relies on donations to help keep their safe house well supplied and help clients establish new households once they have escaped their abusers. CWS also provides services including a 24/7 crisis line, court advocacy services, support groups, employability services, and crisis counseling.

“We are so honored to have been selected as the first beneficiary of this program,” stated Susan Lucas, executive director of CWS.  “Giving domestic violence survivors a step up is at the heart of what we do every day!”

To support the “Giving Women a Step Up” campaign, visit to order your Safe-T-Stool and/or a campaign t-shirt.  The 10% donation will only apply to Safe-T-Stools purchased through the Safe-T-Stool website.

“Bringing awareness and providing tools to equip women to have the opportunity to step up could not be possible without the support of grants and the generosity of businesses,” stated Mary Ann LeRay, CWS Board Member. “It is a joy to see so many stepping up to the plate.”

As the safest step stool on the market today, Safe-T-Stool is an invaluable addition to any home, school or business.  It includes a slip resistant stepping surface and footing, stool trac technology™, tip proof design, handles for convenient carrying, and supports 500 pounds. Used properly, it is impossible to tip or flip no matter where your feet are on the stool.

“We are all about safety,” continued Rogers.  “We hope our Giving Women a Step Up campaign will ultimately give women peace of mind that they and their families can be safe in their own home.”


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David Barr of Flushing House Honored by LeadingAge New York

Flushing, New York, August 18, 2015 — David Barr, Flushing House Director of Operations, received the “Employee of Distinction” Award from LeadingAge New York, during a ceremony on August 13, 2015. LeadingAge New York Executive Vice President Dan Heim presented the award, a Legislative Resolution, and a $100 check to Mr. Barr, at the ceremony held in the Flushing House chapel. The award was in recognition of Mr. Barr’s extraordinary dedication to serving older adults. New York State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky also attended, presenting a certificate of merit to Mr. Barr. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz also sent a certificate of honor for Mr. Barr.

Nominations were sought for LeadingAge New York’s 15th annual “Employee of Distinction” Awards, to recognize the extraordinary dedication of front-line staff from member facilities.  LeadingAge New York represents not-for-profit, mission-driven and public continuing care providers, including nursing homes, senior housing, adult care facilities, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living corporations and community service providers. LeadingAge New York’s more than 600 members employ 150,000 professionals serving more than 500,000 New Yorkers annually

Mr. Barr started at Flushing House in 2003. He was promoted a few years ago to become director of operations there. He supervises a staff of several management and union employees, interfaces daily with outside contractors, and makes sure day-to-day operations run smoothly.

An example of his extraordinary dedication was his innovative solution to end the basement flooding caused by Super Storm Sandy. Because of his technical expertise, Mr. Barr realized the foundation floor needed to be excavated in order to install an emergency overflow ejector pump. Since his solution was implemented, residents and staff have not been inconvenienced by more flooding, and Flushing House has saved hundreds of thousands in damages. This example may be of great interest to other facilities. Contact Mr. Barr at to obtain a report on the Super Storm Sandy Flood Remediation Project.

Built in 1974, Flushing House is the largest, not-for-profit, Independent Living retirement community in New York State. Visit their website at:

Mr. Barr (age 44) lives with his wife Suni Marie and their daughter Sophia, in West Islip, NY.

PHOTO CAPTION: David Barr, Flushing House, receives certificate from Senator Toby A. Stavisky. Photo by Marcus Colon.

PHOTO CAPTION: Dan Heim, LeadingAge New York, hands check to David Barr, Flushing House. Photo by Marcus Colon.

Contact: Robert Salant, 347-532-3025,

MDPROACTIVE offers online urgent care of common ailments for patients who cannot get to a medical facility.

August 14th, 2015 Chicago, Illinois: MDPROACTIVE is an online medical treatment resource for patients unable to get a convenient appointment with their physician or visit a medical facility. These services are available for non-emergent situations to give patients access to care from their own homes or on the go.

When individuals are suffering from common ailments that aren’t difficult to diagnose, it may be difficult to get an appointment at the doctor’s office and visiting the hospital or urgent care can be expensive, depending on insurance policies. MDPROACTIVE provides a fast, easy way for patients to get the right diagnosis and treatment options they need to get better fast. They can treat a variety of conditions, including urinary tract infections, coughs and colds, sore throats, tonsillitis, acne, cold sores, allergies and more. Any condition that can easily be diagnosed through talking with a patient and evaluating visible symptoms can be treated through this method.

MDPROACTIVE is staffed by board-certified, American-trained physicians who are fully licensed and insured. These doctors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week via the Internet with audio and video capabilities. They speak with patients to go over symptoms and complete an evaluation to determine the proper diagnosis and prescribe the right medication to provide relief from their symptoms. Consultations begin at $29.95, and the service is currently available to patients in Illinois and Florida. Patients are able to select the pharmacy of their choice to pick up their prescriptions.

Anyone interested in learning about this online medical treatment option can find out more by visiting the MDPROACTIVE website at or by calling 1-630-369-6644.

About MDPROACTIVE: MDPROACTIVE is an online medical treatment option for those who are traveling or otherwise can’t get to a doctor’s office or urgent care. Their board-certified, licensed physicians can complete an evaluation through an audio and video Internet connection and can offer prescription treatment for a variety of common ailments, including sinusitis, allergies, urinary tract infections, upper respiratory infections and more. They take great pride in offering their patients the best treatment options to cure their ailments.