Dr. Darcie Sims to appear on the premier of the CBS affiliated Open to Hope National Show Radio Show

    NEW YORK, NY, September 16, 2009 MaiMai News -- Dr. Darcie D. Sims Ph.D, is a bereaved parent and child, and a grief management specialist. Darcie's sense of humor and clarity have made her a much sought after speaker. She is the author of a number of books and has recently co-authored The Crying Handbook with Dr. Robert Baugher. Darcie is a contributing author for the Open to Hope Foundation and the president of GRIEF, Inc. a grief consulting business. She is also the Director of Training and Certification for TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors of Military Loss).

Dr. Darcie Sims, author of, "The Crying Handbook," will join Drs. Gloria & Heidi Horsley to talk about Grief, Hope and Healing on their new nationally syndicated talk radio program "The Open To Hope Show" Sept. 14th, 2009 at 11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern time.

Darcie has used her own personal struggle with the death of her son to positively impact thousands of people who have been through similar experiences. Despite the great adversity Darcie endured in her life, she has gone onto find hope, wonder, and joy once again said Dr. Heidi Horsley, Executive Director of the Open to Hope Foundation, http://www.opentohope.com and Co-Host of The Open To Hope Show.

"We're looking forward to bringing Darcie's story and mission of hope and healing to our audience," this will be an inspirational show and one not to be missed, commented Dr. Gloria Horsley, Host of 'The Open To Hope Show" and Founder and President of The Open to Hope Foundation, sponsor of "The Open To Hope Show" and The Grief Blog (http://www.thegriefblog.com).

About Dr. Heidi Horsley

Dr. Heidi Horsley, PsyD, LMSW, MS, is a bereaved sibling and a licensed psychologist and social worker. Dr. Heidi is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Open to Hope Foundation (http://opentohope.com) and an adjunct professor at Columbia University. She has a private practice in Manhattan, NY specializing in grief and loss. She is also author of "Teen Grief Relief" and "Real Men Do Cry". She holds graduate degrees from the University of San Francisco, Columbia University, and Loyola University.

About Dr. Gloria Horsley

Dr. Gloria C. Horsley, PHD, MFT, CNS, is a bereaved parent, and has worked in the field of family therapy for over twenty years. Dr. Gloria is Founder and President of the Open to Hope Foundation. She serves The Compassionate Friends in a number of roles, including as a Board Director and frequently serves as a media spokesperson in her dual role as a bereaved parent and professional. She is co-author of "Teen Grief Relief" and "Real Men Do Cry." She holds graduate degrees from the University of Rochester, Syracuse, Greenwich and Holos Universities.

Dr. Heidi Horsley
37 West 72nd Street, Suite 1E
NY NY 10023
(646) 269-1664

Doylestown Retirement Community Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of Top of the Towers

    DOYLESTOWN, PA, August 20, 2009 MaiMai News -- Residents and staff from the Wesley Enhanced Living (WEL) at Heritage Towers retirement community celebrated the one-year anniversary of "Top of the Towers" with a day of special programs on July 10. Opened in July 2008, Top of the Towers accommodates the wide variety of social and recreational interests of WEL at Heritage Towers' senior population. Among its scope of amenities is a therapeutic pool, fitness center, indoor walking track, spa room, library and media center.

During the anniversary celebration, WEL at Heritage Towers' residents participated in a variety of activities presented by area wellness experts and healthcare practitioners including hand and chair massages, tai chi and dance. Additionally, local chiropractor and fitness instructor Aaron Oberst, a.k.a. "Dr. Drill," engaged staff and residents in his signature fitness regimen and Dr. Craig Hall from Hall Family Chiropractics of New Britain, PA discussed chiropractic care and explained spinal analyses.
Over the past year, Top of the Towers has provided a wide spectrum of programs for both residents and the community, including exercise and wellness activities, recreational programs, live entertainment, educational forums and cultural events.

Wesley Enhanced Living at Heritage Towers provides independent living, personal care and skilled nursing services, with a full range of amenities that enhance daily living. For more information about Wesley Enhanced Living, please visit http://www.wel.org.

About Wesley Enhanced Living (WEL)
Wesley Enhanced Living (WEL) continuing care retirement communities are non-profit, faith-based living environments with a mission to deliver a purposeful life to residents. Serving over 1,000, with more than 600 employees throughout Pennsylvania, the Wesley Enhanced Living communities in Doylestown, Hatboro, Pennypack Park, Burholme and Brodheadsville provide various combinations of independent living, personal care services, dementia care, and skilled nursing services. The organization also manages two HUD subsidized housing facilities for seniors, Meadow House and Manor Glen, in the Philadelphia region. Wesley Enhanced Living is headquartered in Southampton, Pennsylvania. For more information, call: 215.354.0565, or visit http://www.wel.org.

The Effect of Chrysler's Bankruptcy on Consumers

    August 01, 2009 MaiMai News -- The Effect of Chrysler's Bankruptcy on Consumers

Article provided by Perrin Law Firm
Visit us at www.johnperrinlaw.com

As part of Chrysler's finalized bankruptcy plan, the company received an important immunity from the bankruptcy court: immunity against any future tort claims by consumers who had purchased vehicles before the company went into bankruptcy. Thus, on June 10, when the new Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy -- now owned by Fiat, United Autoworkers and the US and Canadian governments -- it did so with a clean slate.

The decision to allow Chrysler to avoid legal responsibility for any future product liability or other personal injury claims stemming from products sold before June 10 was a controversial one. Personal injury attorneys, consumer advocacy groups and Attorney Generals from at least 8 states all contested the bankruptcy court's decision. They argued that the bankruptcy court's ruling raised important constitutional questions about whether the court has the power to take away a person's future right to sue, particularly when the injury has not even occurred.

The opposition's arguments, however, were not successful and the court eventually granted the automaker the immunity it wanted, deciding that it would be unfair to make the new Chrysler responsible for any injuries caused by the old Chrysler.

In what many believe to be a peculiar twist, the new Chrysler has promised to uphold the warranties of any vehicles sold by the company prior to the bankruptcy. Many are left asking why Chrysler will agree to replace any defective parts on their cars but will not be responsible if one of those defective parts results in harm or even the death of a driver or passenger in a Chrysler vehicle.

Normally, when a person is injured in an accident and it is determined that a part or component of the vehicle was defective, thus causing the injury or worsening it, the person has the right to file a products liability claim against the manufacturer. At the time Chrysler filed for bankruptcy protection on April 30, it had approximately 300 such claims pending against it.

However, the new Chrysler can only be held responsible for any legal claims arising from products it sold after the bankruptcy. This means that if someone bought a Chrysler vehicle on June 9 and is subsequently killed because of a defectively manufactured part in the car, the person's family will have no legal right to sue the company for their loved one's death.

Further, the new Chrysler is not responsible for any of the legal claims pending against the company or that had been settled but not yet paid before the bankruptcy. All of those people were forced to take their place in the long line of unsecured creditors against the old Chrysler to fight over any assets that might be left over to pay their claims after the bankruptcy.

Many argue that the bankruptcy court could have taken a different route to ensure those with legitimate legal claims against the company were not left out in the cold. For example, the court could have handled the case in the same manner as the asbestos litigation was handled when the manufactures of the dangerous product went bankrupt. In the asbestos case, the bankruptcy court set up a victim compensation fund so that people at least received some type of remuneration for their injuries. However, it doesn't appear that this option was even seriously considered in the Chrysler bankruptcy, particularly when the company argued it had no money left to pay any of the legal claims pending against it.

Now, General Motors is seeking the same immunity protection in its fast-track bankruptcy filing and all indications seem to suggest that the biggest US automaker will get it. Between Chrysler and GM, the two companies are responsible for putting nearly 4.5 million cars on the road in 2008 alone. How many thousands of Americans may be harmed sometime in the future by one of these vehicles and be denied their right to compensation for their injuries?

Some consumer advocacy groups and certain attorneys have considered appealing the bankruptcy judge's ruling. Whether or not the appeal will result in any real change is yet to be seen. Until then, those who purchased Chrysler vehicles before this summer's bankruptcy ruling are left hoping that their cars will continue to keep their loved ones safe.

Article provided by Perrin Law Firm
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Birth-Related Injuries in Florida

    July 31, 2009 MaiMai News -- Birth-Related Injuries in Florida

Article provided by Henry E. Valenzuela & Associates
Visit us at www.vallaw.com/

Types of Birth Injuries

- Erb's palsy
Erb's palsy is a form of brachial plexus palsy. It is caused by stretching the group of nerves located near the baby's neck, which control movement in the arms, hands and fingers. These nerves may be stretched during delivery, particularly in difficult deliveries when the baby is too large or in a breech position and it is necessary for the doctor to use force to remove the baby.

- Cerebral palsy
Cerebral palsy occurs when there is damage to the areas of the brain that control movement and muscle coordination. Most children who have cerebral palsy are born with it, but it also can be caused by infections and traumatic head injuries. Like Erb's palsy, cerebral palsy can vary in severity, with some children experiencing relatively minor symptoms and others with more serious symptoms requiring on-going medical treatment and rehabilitation.

Other birth injuries include:

- Broken collar bones
- Other broken bones and fractures
- Face hemorrhaging
- Eye hemorrhaging ( or "subconjunctival hemorrhage")
- Nerve injuries
- Bruising and lacerations
- Bruising and swelling of the scalp ("caput succedaneum")
- Bleeding underneath the cranial bones ("cephalohematoma")

Birth injuries can occur for many reasons. Physical conditions, such as the size of the child and the width of the mother's pelvis, can increase the potential for trauma during the birth. Infections also can cause brain injuries, which mistakenly may be attributed to a birth injury.

Birth injuries also can occur because of medical error, such as:

- The physician's failure to timely perform a caesarean (C-section)
- The physician's failure to monitor the fetus's heart rate
- Improper use of suction or forceps
- The physician's use of improper or excessive force during delivery
- The physician's failure to detect and/or treat a medical condition suffered by the mother during pregnancy

Bringing a Medical Malpractice Claim

In a medical malpractice claim, the plaintiff must be able to show that the physician did not meet the accepted standard of care when providing medical care to him or her, and that because of this failure, the plaintiff suffered an injury. The standard of care is determined by what other doctors would have done under the same or similar circumstances.

In birth injury cases, the physician may not be the only potential liable party. Depending on the facts, the hospital, nurses and other assisting staff may share some of the responsibility for the injury and may be named as defendants.
Medical malpractice cases can be difficult to prove and can take a long time to resolve. Generally, Obstetrician/Gynecologists (OB/GYNs) and other medical experts will be asked to testify about the established standard of care and provide evidence that the defendant physician failed to adhere to that standard, causing the birth injury to the child.

Florida Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Plan

Due to increasing medical malpractice insurance rates for OB/GYNs, the Florida legislature passed the Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Plan in an attempt to curb these expenses while still providing financial assistance to families with children suffering certain birth injuries.

According to the Plan, families may be entitled to limited compensation if the following conditions are met:

- The child suffers a catastrophic spinal or brain injury during labor, delivery or resuscitation following the birth
- The child's injury is caused by oxygen deprivation or mechanical injury (compression, traction)
- The child is permanently and substantially mentally and physically impaired because of the injury
- It was a live birth and the child weighed at least 2000 grams at birth

The Plan provides compensation regardless of the existence of fault on the part of the physician or others. In Florida, the Plan generally is the exclusive remedy for families with children who meet the criteria. This means that the families do not have the option of bringing a medical malpractice claim against the doctor.

However, certain exceptions apply that would still allow a family to bring a medical malpractice suit, including cases where the physician was not a participant in the Plan; where the physician did not provide notice to the family of his or her participation in the Plan; or in cases of "bad faith, malicious purpose or willful and wanton disregard of human rights, safety or property." To learn more about the Plan or birth injury claims, please consult a personal injury attorney in your area.

"Birth injuries" refer to any injury the fetus and/or child suffers during labor and delivery. Some birth injuries are relatively minor and will heal over time. For example, birthmarks are a type of birth injury. Other birth injuries, however, are more serious and can leave a child permanently disabled, physically, mentally or both. Two of the more serious types of birth injuries include:

Article provided by Henry E. Valenzuela & Associates
Visit us at www.vallaw.com/


This Week's TV: Merlin spells magical entertainment!

    LONDON, UK, September 13, 2009 MaiMai News -- Merlin scooped Best New Drama at the TVQuick & TVChoice Awards last week and Anthony Head tells TV Choice why the show has been such a hit.

'People come up to me and say at last there's a show we can sit down and watch as a family and I think that's absolutely fantastic,' explains Anthony, who plays Arthur's father Uther Pendragon, and is best known for his roles in Little Britain and Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

'It offers romance, magic, sword and sorcery and adventure. It appeals to all ages.' TV Choice has more about the new series starring Colin Morgan as Merlin, Bradley James as Arthur, while Mackenzie Crook of Pirates Of The Caribbean and The Office fame guest stars in the opening episode.

Meanwhile we have all the glamour and excitement of the TVQuick & TVChoice Awards with plenty of pictures and coverage from the night which saw EastEnders, Coronation Street, Waterloo Road's Denise Welch and Ashes To Ashes' Philip Glenister among the big winners.

Elsewhere, Martin Clunes talks about Doc Martin, and Vernon Kay again hosts All Star Family Fortunes. Charles Dance chats to us about his new drama Trinity, while two soldiers share their brave fight for survival in Wounded.

In EastEnders Janine's behaviour becomes more erratic, while there are fireworks in Coronation Street when Luke dumps Rosie for Michelle. In Emmerdale Michael has some devastating news for Debbie, and Doctors' Lily finds herself in a deadly situation. Kris, Zak, Elliot and Archie are shocked when the owner of the money they found takes drastic measures to get his cash back in Hollyoaks. And in the Aussie soaps there is tragedy in both Neighbours and Home And Away.

There is also a brilliant four-night break in Rome for two to be won in this week's TV Choice competition.

About TV Choice magazine:

TV Choice is the UK's top-selling consumer magazine with TV listings for Freeview, Sky, Virgin and digital television. It is the weekly TV listings magazine with all the best gossip, TV news and features. For further information, please visit http://www.tvchoicemagazine.co.uk or http://www.bauer.co.uk/tv-choice

Tj Reddick to be Profiled in Exclusive Registry

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    LEVITTOWN, PA, August 13, 2009 MaiMai News -- Tj Reddick, a teacher of arts for Daylight Twilight High School in Trenton, N.J., has been recognized by USA Honor Society for his talents and achievements in the fields of art and education.

Tj Reddick has been educating inner-city students in the processes and production of visual art at Daylight Twilight High School for the past 10 years. He holds a bachelor of science in fine arts education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, which he completed in 1996.

In addition to working as an educator, Mr. Reddick has achieved success as a pop artist. He recently hosted his first solo art show, featuring works from his "New Life" series, at Vintage Connection, located in Philadelphia, Penn. He has been recognized for his talent with the opportunities to exhibit his works at various art shows and boutiques. He attributes his success to having a strong family.

Mr. Reddick is also an avid snowboarder, skateboarder and surfer. In 2001, he was invited to attend the snowboard nationals. He also volunteers as an instructor and has been a competition judge.

For more information about Tj Reddick's artwork, visit www.tjreddick.com.

About USA Honor Society
USA Honor Society is an elite membership organization that believes all Americans deserve to be recognized and rewarded for their talents and achievements. USA Honor Society's prestigious online directory is comprised of individuals from all professions, backgrounds and walks of life who possess a unique set of skills and abilities.

USA Honor Society members gain access to a proven platform for exposure, which ensures that their accomplishments are formally recorded and publicly acknowledged. They may also join an exclusive online network where they can share their experiences and success stories with fellow members.

For more information, please visit www.usahonorsociety.com.

How to take a "staycation"

    WAITSFIELD, VT, August 13, 2009 MaiMai News -- What's been a little more difficult for some is acting like you're on vacation when you're not technically away from your home for an extended stay. Resort Maps, creator of customized travels maps in more than 90 cities and towns across the U.S. and U.K., has some pointers for those new to the staycation trend.

"Vacations are meant for rest and rejuvenation. You can't do that if you're still taking calls from the office or doing chores around the house. Because you're staying at your house instead of a hotel, there's a tendency for people to fall into that trap because they are technically not away," said Peter Hans, president of Resort Maps Franchise, Inc.

By following certain ground rules on your staycation, it is more likely to be fun and stress-free. For starters:
�No contact with your office - Just because you're not going away for an extended trip is no reason to be calling in to the office. Time off is to rest up and recharge your batteries. You can't do that if you're never mentally away.
�Limit your computer time - Again, you're on vacation. Restrict your computer time to researching potential day trips. NO E-MAIL, unless you're being sent a confirmation or reservation number.
�Do not set your alarm - Do not set your alarm if you don't have to. The beauty of the staycation is that you're NOT on a schedule.
�Minimize your home chores - Unless you're specifically taking the week off to complete a project, e.g. painting your house, keep your home chores to a minimum. That doesn't mean let the dishes in the sink stack up. Just don't sweat it if the lawn goes a few days without being cut.
�Leave your cell phone off unless you need to use it - Your phone can be handy if you're traveling with other families or your group splits off into twos. So, leaving it home is not practical. Just make sure you don't take calls from anybody not in your vacation group. If you're curious or worried about an emergency, just check the voice mail they leave.

"If you were on a cruise ship, you wouldn't answer a call from the office. Your staycation deserves that same respect," said Hans. "Remember, you work hard for your time off and you owe it to yourself, your family and, believe it or not, your employer to come back rested ready with your batteries fully recharged."

Resort Maps offer a number of ideas on possible local excursions for your staycation. Colorful, hand-drawn maps of resort cities and towns across 20 states, as well as parts of the UK, Resort Maps advertise restaurants, accommodations, retail stores, factory outlets, recreation and attractions, real estate and other local services. With landmarks prominently displayed on the maps, Resort Maps are an easy and fun way to find interesting local businesses that will add excitement and fun to your staycation.

For more information on Resort Maps or to inquire about ownership of a Resort Maps franchise, please visit http://www.resortmaps.com or call 802-496-6277.
About Resort Maps
Headquartered in the Green Mountains of Vermont, Resort Maps has been creating and publishing advertising maps in the northeastern U.S. since 1986. In 1993, Resort Maps expanded its reach by creating a franchise model for distribution of its colorful, hand-drawn maps of resort towns and cities. Today, that network of franchises grown to nearly 90 Resort Maps in publication in the US and the UK, with several more in the process of being published. Nearly 20 million Resort Maps will be printed and distributed in 2009.
For more information on Resort Maps the company and/or the franchise opportunity, visit http://www.resortmaps.com or call 802-496-6277.


Habitat For Humanity Gives Local Youth The Opportunity To Build A House With Their Spare Change

    LOS ANGELES, CA, April 29, 2009 MaiMai News -- Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) will be holding its Nickels for Nails Spring Fund Drive May 4th-15th. Nickels for Nails is a youth led initiative where participants receive fundraising suggestions, a coin collection container for their group and downloadable curriculum covering topics such as "What's in a home?" and "Economics, Government and Housing." Fundraising efforts in the past have included collecting change by recycling cans and bottles, as well as, hosting small fairs and carnivals. All of the funds raised during the week will go towards the $150,000 needed to build HFH GLA's second youth-sponsored home.

"Nickels for Nails is a tangible way for students to become aware of current issues related to affordable housing and the power they have to make a difference," says Erin Rank, president/CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles. "If young people come together and donate their spare change, they can make a lasting change for one hard-working family in Los Angeles."

HFH GLA will highlight the group that raises the most funds on the website and in an upcoming newsletter in addition to awarding them with a prize. All youth that participate in the Fund Drive will be invited to the groundbreaking celebration for the second "House that Youth Built," where they will also have the opportunity to meet the homeowner family. Students that participate, age 16 and older, will also be encouraged to help build the home.

Students, parents, teachers and youth group leaders interested in joining the fight against poverty housing and participating in this year's Spring Fund Drive can visit http://habitatla.org/youth_programs.asp or contact the Youth Programs department at 310-323-4663 or youthprograms@habitatla.org.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF GREATER LOS ANGELES strives to eliminate poverty housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families in need to build simple, decent affordable housing. Since 1990, HFH GLA has built and renovated nearly 500 homes locally and worldwide, transforming the lives of hundreds of individuals. For more information, visit www.habitatla.org.

For more information regarding HFH GLA's "Nickels for Nails Spring Fund Drive" visit www.habitatla.org. For all other media inquiries please contact:
Jo-An Turman
Sr. Director Marketing & Communications
T: 310-323-4663 ext. 121

Angela Moore

Anderson Art Collective Fine Art Gallery Arrives On The Santa Barbara Art Scene

    SANTA BARBARA, CA, May 09, 2009 MaiMai News -- Anderson Art Collective (http://www.andersonartcollective.com) opens its inaugural exhibition on Saturday, May 16th from 5pm until 9pm with the art and vibe of artists Ron Anderson (http://www.ronandersonart.com), Benjamin Anderson (http://benjaminanderson.com) and Sean Anderson (http://seananderson.com) in a collaborative show that benefits �EUR�The Haven�EUR� a non-profit school for under-privileged children in the township of St. Francis, South Africa. The new Santa Barbara art gallery is located at 410 Palm Avenue in Carpinteria, in the Henry Fish Seed Company building at the entrance to Carpinteria State Beach.

It�EUR s unusual enough to have a whole family of professional fine artists and still more unique to have them all in the same city. And now they have come together to start a fresh new contemporary art gallery that has grown out of meaning, not money.

�EUR�Our gallery will focus mainly on the family�EUR s diverse offering of fine art paintings and mixed media creations but will also host invitational shows. Each show will donate 5% of sales to a chosen non-profit organization. The gallery is open three days a week, Friday/Saturday/Sunday from 1pm to 6pm or by appointment and we have a variety of events and activities that will be held in the space as well. This will be an interactive location, alive with things happening, different from the rather aloof contemporary gallery template,�EUR� according to Susie Anderson.

�EUR�We have an interactive aspect to this first show and we�EUR re asking guests to bring an object no bigger than their hand to contribute to the creation,�EUR� notes Leigh-Anne Anderson. �EUR�We invite art lovers to come, be part of the show and perhaps take an evening stroll along the beach.�EUR�

About Anderson Art Collective

Anderson ART Collective (http://www.andersonartcollective.com) will present six fine art shows on the 2009 Santa Barbara art schedule, all of which will contribute a percentage of sales to non-profit organizations admired by this unique family of contemporary fine artists. For more information go to http://www.andersonARTcollective.com or call 805.684.8783


iTaggit.com Launches New Tool for Valuing Items

    AUSTIN, TX July 28, 2009 MaiMai News -- iTaggit.com, the leading online resource for valuing and organizing household items and collectibles, launched its "ValueRange It" tool in beta today. The new tool is designed to give users a value range for any item, providing them with data to make smart decisions on what to do with their belongings - be it sell, insure, donate, or simply track over time.

For iTaggit users looking to sell, the website offers time savings and convenience through our unique broadcasting services which allow "for sale" items to be syndicated when and where the user chooses. This means a single item that is added to the site with its description and, if available, pictures or video, can be placed into multiple online marketplaces and social networks, including Craigslist, eBay, Facebook and Oodle.

The highly robust iTaggit site caters to most anyone who owns things - from homeowners to estate planners and from comic book collectors to seasoned antiques aficionados - quickly giving them the latest market prices, and the ease to sell their items any time they are ready.

Here's how it works:
� The "ValueRange It" tool uses proprietary technology and recent price data on millions of items to determine an accurate value range. Users can refine their ValueRange It results for a completely customized value range for their specific item.
�The "Sell It" function empowers members to post their items once on iTaggit and then broadcast them to multiple online marketplaces and social networks, as frequently as desired.

"Our newly launched ValueRange It tool functions much like an online 'Blue Book' for users interested in understanding the value of something in order to sell, research or donate an item," explains Lauranne Jarrett, iTaggit CEO. "In fact, we aim to be the premiere, trusted location for finding the value of countless, disparate items. So, if you're wondering about the price of that antique vase or the Dually Double Baby Jogger that's gathering dust in your garage, iTaggit is the place for you."

Members can get more return from their items and collectibles by using the following iTaggit functions:
�Quickly and easily add items in 4 ways, including via a free iPhone application, also named ValueRange It, available at the iTunes store
�Store item descriptions, images, receipts, documents, notes and audio/video links
�Link to other site profiles and marketplaces for increased visibility and sales promotion

iTaggit strives to be the ultimate resource to find value and act smart. To this end, we regularly develop, enhance and release new features with an end goal of being the premier site for valuing, selling, organizing, showcasing, and protecting items and collections.

About iTaggit
iTaggit is a trusted, simple web-based management system for valuing members' household items and collectibles. The website enables users to easily value, organize, catalog - and even sell - their stuff, ranging from second hand clothes and baby toys to fine art, family heirlooms... and everything in between! It serves as the ultimate online destination to document, inventory, and showcase users' items by securely storing and organizing information relevant to the items' value.

The iTaggit website captures and catalogs users' personal items and their values for the purpose of donating, selling, insuring, reporting and/or sharing items and collections. iTaggit is a privately-held company which was founded in 2006 in Austin, TX. For more information, visit http://www.iTaggit.com.


Stark Industrial LLC, a Testament to One Family's Generational Commitment to Success

    GREEN, OH, August 28, 2009 MaiMai News -- In the spring of 1959, Raymond Wilkof launched a small business in downtown Canton, sharpening and selling precision cutting tools. Short on capital but rich in experience, Wilkof created a company that not only specialized in high-quality goods, but expert customer service. Fifty years later, his one-man dream continues to thrive as Stark Industrial LLC, a three-generation, family-owned manufacturing company which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Located near the Akron Canton Airport, Stark Industrial specializes in precision parts, measuring equipment and component parts for a growing list of international markets, including medical, environmental control, aerospace, rubber, machine tool, steel, and food processing.

Stark Industrial's story is more than just an anniversary; it is a testament to one family's generational commitment to quality and success. Wilkof's son Sam, who joined the company in 1976, expanded Stark Industrial's precisian measuring equipment and precision parts divisions.
In 2005, grandson Jonathan, an engineer specializing in industrial technology, joined the company and successfully led it through a rigorous ISO 9001:2000 certification process. Each generation of Wilkof's has helped to diversify Stark Industrial, which has been a key to its longevity in manufacturing in Northeast Ohio.

In this era of outsourcing, Stark Industrial not only is competing successfully, but has even recaptured shares of the market from such foreign competitors as India. That's because Stark Industrial manufactures unique parts with world-class precision and superior machining quality. Using CNC machining techniques, parts are manufactured for a wide variety of industries. A complement of manufacturing services is used to take raw material such as stainless, aluminum and exotic metals through a variety of processes.

Stark Industrial also is unique in that employee turnover is almost nonexistent. Most of the company's highly-skilled 40-member workforce has been at Stark Industrial for decades.
Raymond Wilkof, 83, continues to actively serve as company president.

About Stark Industrial

Stark Industrial has over 40 years of experience growing into the precision machining company that it is today. Precision services include precision machining, precision metalworking, micro-hole precision drilling, and wire EDM (electrical discharge machining).

ANNOUNCING: First-Ever American Muslim Mom Online Magazine Launched

    HAMDEN, CT, July 20, 2009 MaiMai News -- AmericanMuslimMom.com is an online magazine aimed for Muslim Moms living in America or American Muslim Moms living aboard. American Muslim Mom began as a family blog in 2005, and has blossomed to a repository of useful articles for Muslim Moms aimed to help them with all aspects of raising Mu'miniyn (true believers) in a non-Muslim country.

American Muslim Mom encourages Muslim Moms to share tips, tools and resources based on the Qur'an and Sunnah (life and actions) of Prophet Muhammad (peace & blessings be upon him).

The community has a large following of non-Muslims, all of who benefits from Islamic, motivational, educational, practical, and fun articles, reviews, videos, contests, give-aways, and much more. Fresh content is added regularly including interviews with other Muslim moms and industry experts, how-to instructional articles, audios and articles dealing with current interests.

While channels such as Home and Garden, Family, and Entertainment are similar to national parenting magazines, American Muslim Mom magazine incorporates Islamic beliefs and principles. For example, additional channels include "Deen/Religion" and "Home Education".

Examples of unique articles found within each channel include,

* Deen/Religion - Spiritual reflections from the Sunnah of of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), and Tips for learning the Qur'an and Sirah (biography) of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him),
* Health & Wellness - Natual healing methods found in Qur'an and Sunnah, Islamic fashion reviews, etc.,
* Home & Garden - Halal (permissible) recipes without pork, alcohol, etc., such as Halal Pizza,
* Family - Exploring the multiple roles of Muslim moms, such as wife, daughter, sister, business women, etc.,
* Freebies - Popular series "Freebie Friday" with verses from Qu'ran for spiritual motivation,
* News & Business - Frugal Living tips, home business tips and opportunities with hadiths (sayings and actions) of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him),
* Entertainment - Reviews of Islamic websites, books, products, clothing/apparal, software, etc., and
* Home Education - Advise and tips to offer children private Islamic education on a shoestring budget.

To kick-off this unique online magazine, American Muslim Mom launched the country's First Annual Summer Islamic Summer Reading Program for newborns to college students. Free Mommy's Promotional Campaign, Kid's Coloring "Design a Button" Contests offer Islamic bookstore gift certificates and Islamic books as prizes. http://americanmuslimmom.com/1st-annual-summer-islamic-reading-challenge-kickoff-event

Additional resources not found elsewhere online include,

* American Muslim Mom eNewsletter - offers free monthly mommy eReport ,
* Two Must-Have eBooks for all Muslim Moms
o The popular, must-read ebook, "The Muslim Woman and Her Husband", and
o The highly-acclaimed and respected ebook, "The Ideal Muslimah - The True Islamic Personality of the Muslim Woman as Defined in the Qur'an and Sunnah" by Dr. Muhammad 'Ali Al-Hashimi, and
* Regular contests and free give-aways specific to moms,
* Commentary from Owner/Publisher, best-selling author Ponn M. Sabra, MPH on international and national news pertaining to Islam, especially Islam and the roles of women and mother.

Sabra states, "With the guidance and blessings of Allah (May He be Glorified) and Him Alone, I believe the only way to blend the perfection of our faith with the many freedoms and opportunities here in America, we must not assimulate our children (to maintain our unique identities), not isolate them (so we don't shelter or ostracize them), but to always strive to be emulated because the simplicity and perfection of Islam teaches us to do so. Unfortunately, popular media does not publicize the beauty of Islam, and American Muslim Mom will strive to achieve this ultruistic goal, inshaAllah (God willing)."

Unlike previous Muslim magazines that lauched and ceased publication, American Muslim Mom has partners and sponsors beyond Muslim institutions and organizations to position its long-term success. "Americans are tired of one-sided news reporting. With social media such as the launching of an interactive online magazine, Muslim Moms in America will finally have their passionate and educated voices heard. With pure faith in Allah, American Muslim Mom will flourish, inshaAllah (God willing)", Sabra adds.

Contact Information:
Ponn M. Sabra, MPH
Owner and Publisher
238 Putnam Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: 203-599-0305
Email: ponn_at_AmericanMuslimMom.com
Twitter: ponnsabra

About Owner and Publisher:
Ponn M. Sabra, MPH is a homeschool mom of three living with a rare brain disorder, best-selling author of "Empowering Women to Power Network", writer and internet marketer. A home-based entrepreneur for 14 years, Ponn is the owner/publisher of http://AmericanMuslimMom.com, the first and only online magazine for Muslim Moms in the West, who also empowers women entrepreneurs to action at http://www.EmpowerWomenNow.com


Development Dimensions International (DDI) and Learn.com Ink Strategic Partnership

    SUNRISE, FL, July 08, 2009 MaiMai News -- Under the terms of the arrangement, Learn.com has become a strategic partner for DDI's competency libraries, leadership development courses, development content as well as consulting services. Additionally, DDI has become a certified referral partner for the award-winning LearnCenter platform. The bi-directional partnership will benefit both current and future clients of both companies.

"The LearnCenter platform is a powerful solution that when combined with DDI content, provides a seamless and complete learning and talent management solution," said Pete Weaver, Senior Vice President of Leadership Solutions Group and Chief Learning Officer for DDI."

"This partnership will enable our clients to take advantage of the world-class content that DDI offers and expand the 'one-stop-shop' philosophy that our clients rave about," said Jim Riley, Learn.com's Chief Executive Officer. "The DDI partnership further confirms that the Learn.com LearnCenter platform has become the industry's leading learning and talent management suite."

About DDI
Founded in 1970, Development Dimensions International, a global talent management expert, works with organizations worldwide to apply best practices to hiring/promotion, leadership development, performance management and succession management. With more than 1,000 associates in 41 offices in 26 countries, the firm advises half of the Fortune 500. For more information about DDI visit http://www.ddiworld.com.

About the LearnCenter Platform
The Learn.com LearnCenter platform has been voted as America's favorite Learning Management System. Organizations of all sizes can now manage the entire pre-hire to retire employee lifecycle by creating a cost effective, high quality training, development and measurement environment designed to empower users with visibility into and control of their career planning while providing management with real-time business intelligence. Learning Management, Performance Management, Content Management, Online Authoring, Succession Planning, Collaboration, e-Commerce, Portal Authoring and more are included within one solution, with one interface and one partner - Learn.com.

About Learn.com
Learn.com is the worldwide leader in on-demand workforce development and productivity with more than 50 million end users around the globe. Our broad suite of Software as a Service (SaaS) applications can fully automate the employee development lifecycle from pre-hire to retire within organizations of all sizes, from the growing business with fewer than one hundred employees; to the global enterprise managing internal and external initiatives with millions of users in multiple languages. Learn.com's unwavering commitment to understanding client needs, goals and objectives allows us to partner with our clients to help them realize low TCO and high ROI. The Learn.com family of solutions includes the award-winning LearnCenter learning and talent management suite, the WebRoom Web conferencing suite, the PeopleCenter , Application Builder, FormFlow Custom Form Creation and the 1,000 title Learn2.com online course library. For more information please visit http://www.learn.com or call 954-233-4000.

Learn.com, its logo, LearnCenter, WebRoom, PeopleCenter, FormFlow and Learn2 are registered trademarks of Learn.com. All other trademarks are respectfully acknowledged.

Our Mission: To make our clients smarter, faster and stronger. As the leader in on-demand workforce development and productivity, Learn.com technology touches more users than any other e-learning company in the world.
For more information please contact us at 954-233-4000

Continued Detention of Radio Host Hal Turner

    CHICAGO, IL, September 04, 2009 MaiMai News -- Hal Turner, the shock jock from North Bergen, New Jersey, was again denied bail despite the fact that the government provided no evidence of Mr. Turner being a danger to the community.

The government now seeks to adjourn the October 5th trial date, possibly subjecting Mr. Turner to a longer period of confinement. His attorneys', Nishay K. Sanan and Michael Orozco, have vehemently objected.

Given the administrative persecution that Turner has had and continues to endure in the SHU including not showering for nearly a week, having the caps on his teeth removed because they were deemed to be 'dangerous', only being allowed to communicate with his family once per month, two 15 minute phone calls to his attorney per week, segregated from the general population, being locked in his cell for 23 hours a day, no outdoor access, no TV, no radio and being subject to numerous de-humanizing searches and restrictions a "continuance would be tantamount to unjust and cruel and unusual punishment" stated Sanan.

Despite the fact that the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force, created, educated and funded the #1 "Hate Radio Host" in America the arrest and prosecution of Turner still constitute a fraud upon the court, as they are aware that they cannot convict Mr. Turner nor do they possess any evidence which shows that Mr. Turner intended to harm the judges involved in the alleged threats.

The American public should be outraged at how badly a man's constitutional and civil rights are being violated. Not everyone will agree with what Mr. Turner has to say, but everyone must agree that he has a right to say that which is protected. For more information on Mr. Turner, please visit familyofhalturner.blogspot.com.

For Further Information Contact: Nishay K. Sanan, Attorney at law

Penguin Announce Publication Of Vladimir Nabokov's Final Novel

    LONDON, ENGLAND, August 07, 2009 MaiMai News -- Penguin has announced the publication of "The Original of Laura", the final book by novelist Vladimir Nabokov, a novel which has been the source of much anxiety and contention for Nabokov's fans and his family.

The Original of Laura which exists on 138 index cards, was complete in Nabokov's mind, though he died before he could translate his vision onto paper. He asked for the manuscript to be destroyed, so his wife Vera, and later his son Dmitri, faced an agonising choice whether to publish the book or not. After three decades in a Swiss vault, "The Original of Laura", an extraordinarily beautiful novel, unprecedented in structure and style, will be published for the first time.

In Dmitri's introduction to his father's last novel, he recalls that it was only chance that saved an earlier book, "Lolita", from the incinerator. He has been guided by the precedent of that other book's survival in choosing to see "The Original of Laura" published.

Dmitri Nabokov, the son of Vladimir said: "When the task passed to me, I did a great deal of thinking. I have said and written more than once that, to me, my parents, in a sense, had never died, but lived on, looking over my shoulder in a kind of virtual limbo, available to offer a thought or counsel in order to assist me with a vital decision, were it a crucial mot juste or some more mundane concern. I decided at this juncture, that, in putative retrospect, Nabokov would not have wanted me to allow a new "Juanita Dark" - for that was an early working title of "Lolita", destined for cremation - to burn like a latter-day Jeanne d'Arc."

Penguin is celebrating all Vladimir Nabokov's writing in three tranches with beautiful new jackets for the entire backlist.

Alexis Kirschbaum, Editor for Penguin Classics said: "Penguin Classics is thrilled that after over 30 years of deliberation, Dmitri Nabokov has at last agreed to let his father's unfinished final novel, "The Original of Laura" be published. To make the most of this historic literary moment, Penguin Classics plans to republish Nabokov's entire backlist, as if for the first time, to introduce the public to novels which they may not have heard of before. "Lolita" is only the beginning; from the humour of "Pnin", to the satire on tyranny in "Bend Sinister" to the transcendent novel of first love in "Mary"; there already exists a Nabokov novel to be discovered for the first time."

Vladimir Nabokov was born in St Petersburg. He wrote his first literary works in Russian, but rose to international prominence as a masterly prose stylist for the novels he composed in English, most famously Lolita. Between 1923 and 1940 he published novels, short stories, plays, poems and translations in the Russian language and established himself as one of the most outstanding Russian �migre writers.

Penguin will publish "The Original of Laura", as well as Nabokov's other titles about childhood and young love in November 2009, with the author's experimental novels and nonfiction, including a collection of unpublished poems to follow in spring 2010. Nabokov's satirical works and a previously unpublished collection of letters to his wife will be published in autumn 2010.

About Penguin:
Penguin was established in 1935 and is one of the world's leading consumer publishing businesses. Penguin publishing comprises the following imprints: Allen Lane, Fig Tree, Hamish Hamilton, Michael Joseph, Penguin, Penguin Classics, Puffin and Viking. Penguin has offices in 15 countries and is part of the international media company Pearson.

Website: http://www.penguin.co.uk/


Anger Management Guru To Host Groundbreaking Anger Management Training in the State of Washington

    LOS ANGELES, CA, September 14, 2009 MaiMai News -- Anderson & Anderson will be hosting a three-day anger management training seminar at the King Oscar Hotel in Lacey, Washington on October 29 through October 31, 2009. One interesting thing about the location of this training is that it is not one of the typical locations where Anderson & Anderson provides its training. In fact, this will be the first time that Anderson & Anderson provides Anger Management training in the State of Washington. Family Life Skills, a company based in Washington, is co-sponsoring this training. The company has already guaranteed twenty new trainees. Anderson & Anderson will get thirty more potential trainees registered in order to reach the goal of having fifty, the maximum allowed for the facility that will be utilized.

The first day of training will focus on Adolescent Anger Management and will use the Anderson workbook "Controlling Ourselves" as the text. A demonstration and discussion of the Conover Assessment Component will be conducted. This one-day training is designed for Nurses, School Counselors/Psychologists, Substance Abuse Counselors, Case Managers, HR Managers, Clinicians, Probation Officers, as well as staff from group homes, and agencies serving families and youth. This curriculum is currently being used in school districts in Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, Concord and San Diego, as well as school districts in Texas and Louisiana. In addition, probation departments in Arizona, Kansas, California and Texas use this model.

On the second day, Adult Anger Management will be examined. A demonstration of the Conover Assessment will be conducted with a discussion of its usefulness. "Gaining Control of Ourselves", in conjunction with experiential exercises and videos, will be used to initiate the participants to this intervention. Most major corporations have accepted this model for use by their Human Resources and EAP Managers, including the U.S. Department of Defense.

The third day of Training is Organizational Emotional Intelligence/ Anger Management. This training is designed to prepare the participant to offer workshops or presentations relative to anger management, civility or emotional intelligence a small group format. This is rapidly becoming one of the most requested interventions in anger management. This training has been conducted for Kaiser Permanente of Southern California, the Riverside County Medical Association as well as the Illinois State Bar Association.

George Anderson, BCD, LCSW
Anderson & Anderson, A.P.C.

About Anderson & Anderson, A.P.C.

Anderson & Anderson, A.P.C. is a provider of anger management certification training, anger management classes (for groups) and executive coaching for Physicians and individual clients. Our anger management model is the most recognized anger management curriculum in the world. For more information, please contact us at 310-207-3591.