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PAR Urges PA State Senators to Support COLA Legislation for Community MH/MR Services

PAR Urges PA State Senators to Support COLA Legislation for Community MH/MR Services










Harrisburg, PA (PRWEB) October 14, 2006

The Pennsylvania Association of Resources for People with Mental Retardation (PAR) calls upon the members of the state Senate to vote yes on House Bill 1813 when it comes up for a vote on Monday, October 16th.

This bill – which has passed the House of Representatives, the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously – will help ensure stable funding for essential community mental health and mental retardation services and supports provided to over 250,000 persons with mental retardation and mental illness throughout Pennsylvania.

Community-based mental retardation and mental health services and supports, although completely reliant on state and federal funds to provide essential services to Pennsylvanians with mental retardation and mental illness, have been starved for years with either no increases or only 2% increases in the state budget while inflation and the costs of providing these services – food, fuel, housing, salaries, health and other insurances, etc. – continue to rise.

If enacted, HB 1813 would establish an annual cost-of-living adjustment for community-based MH/MR services based on the federal government’s Home Health Market Basket (cost of living) Index. HB 1813 does not remove the authority and discretion of the legislature in the budgeting process; rather it places community-based MH/MR services on a level playing field with the other major Medicaid provider groups who obtain annual funding through a similar mechanism. These mechanisms simply require the Executive Branch to request an appropriate cost-of-living adjustment in the budget each year, which is still subject to the Legislature’s review and approval.

“We are asking the Commonwealth not to shun the 250,000 individuals with mental retardation or mental illness who are eligible for services and supports. Pennsylvania has a commitment to provide for its most vulnerable citizens. Community providers are dedicated to the persons they serve and their families but services and supports need regular cost of living adjustments (COLA) to survive,” stated Shirley Walker, PAR’s President and CEO.

Walker continued “A consistent lack of adequate funding and absence of a fair COLA has clearly negatively impacted tens of thousands of Pennsylvania workers who are still earning poverty-level wages and there are over 23,000 individuals with mental retardation who are waiting for services – 3,452 of which are in critical, life-threatening situations. It is unconscionable that our great Commonwealth would allow this to happen to its own citizens. Voting yes on this bill is an opportunity to make a change.”

The Governor’s Office has publicly stated that Governor Rendell will most likely veto the legislation if it comes to his desk, citing primarily that they believe HB 1813 would cost too much money. PAR must ask – how can legislation that would provide the opportunity for stable funding for services that are an essential responsibility of government be ignored?

As Pennsylvania’s state budget has continued to grow, funding for mental retardation services has made up a smaller and smaller percentage of it. This bill will not reverse that trend but it will help keep the gap from widening.

It is time for individuals with mental retardation, their families and the people who support them to be treated as a priority of state government. Therefore we urge members of the General Assembly and the Governor’s Office to make that happen by supporting House Bill 1813.

PAR, incorporated in 1970, is the only statewide provider association in Pennsylvania dedicated exclusively to ensuring that the quality of supports and services to individuals with mental retardation and their families is continuously improved. PAR members provide the full range of supports and services to tens of thousands of individuals with mental retardation in over 4,500 locations in the Commonwealth. PAR members also employ over 27,000 Pennsylvanians. PAR is a founding member of the MH/MR Coalition which has worked diligently to support people with mental retardation or mental illness.

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Melting Sea Ice Forcing Polar Bears to Swim Longer Distances, Linked to Increased Mortality of Cubs, Finds New Study

Melting Sea Ice Forcing Polar Bears to Swim Longer Distances, Linked to Increased Mortality of Cubs, Finds New Study











Polar bears like this one are having to spend more time in the Arctic water due to less summer sea ice.


Ottawa, Canada (PRWEB) July 19, 2011

Sea ice loss from climate change is causing polar bears to swim longer distances to find stable ice or to reach land, resulting in greater risk to their cubs, according to a new paper co-authored by a WWF expert.

“Climate change is pulling the sea ice out from under polar bears’ feet, forcing some to swim longer distances to find food and habitat,” said Geoff York, WWF Polar Bear Expert who is an author of the study.

“This research is the first analysis to identify a significant multi-year trend of increased long-distance swimming by polar bears. Prior research had only reported on single incidents,” said York.

U.S. Geological Survey biologist and lead author Anthony Pagano will present the study (“Long-distance swimming events by adult female polar bears in the southern Beaufort and Chukchi Seas”) on July 19 at the International Bear Association (IBA) Conference held in Ottawa, Canada.

Between 2004 and 2009 researchers collected data from 68 GPS collars deployed on adult female polar bears, in combination with satellite imagery of sea ice, to identify incidences of bears swimming more than 30 miles at a time. Researchers identified 50 long-distance swimming events during the six year period involving 20 polar bears. Swimming events ranged in distance up to 426 miles and in duration up to 12.7 days.

Eleven of the polar bears that swam long distances had young cubs at the time of collar deployment; five of those bears lost their cubs during swimming — a 45% morality rate. In contrast, only 18% of cubs died that were not compelled to swim long distances with their mother.

The final report is not yet released but the full abstract is provided below.

High Resolution Photos and Video Available

Contact Rhys Gerholdt, rhys(dot)gerholdt(at)wwfus(dot)org, for a selection of high-resolution photos and video of polar bears swimming in the Arctic.

Key Facts


    Arctic sea ice extent has dropped to record low levels in July 2011; sea ice volume is now 47% lower than 1979 levels when satellite records began (Source: University of Washington Polar Science Center).
    The annual Arctic sea ice minimum will be reached in mid-September. September 2010 saw the third lowest sea ice extent on record. The lowest and second-lowest extents occurred in 2007 and 2008 (Source: National Snow and Data Center).
    Long-distance swimming puts polar bears at risk of drowning due to fatigue or rough seas. Like humans, polar bears can’t close off their nasal passages so they are at risk of drowning in rough water. Cubs are at even greater risk. Their smaller body size and limited body fat leaves them more prone to hypothermia, and they don’t have the energy reserves of an adult bear.
    On June 30, 2011 a federal judge upheld the George W. Bush administration decision to list the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. In July 2011, Canada placed the polar bear on their Species at Risk list.
    Adult male polar bears were not studied because they cannot retain GPS collars because their muscular necks are larger than their heads.

Study Abstract

Long-distance swimming events by adult female polar bears in the southern Beaufort and Chukchi seas

Anthony M. Pagano, Kristin S. Simac, George M. Durner, and Geoff S. York

U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, 4210 University Drive, Anchorage, Alaska 99508

Present address: WWF Global Arctic Program, 30 Metcalfe Street, Suite 400, Ottawa, ON K1P 5L4

Abstract

Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) are dependent on sea ice for their survival and reductions in sea ice have been linked to population declines. In the southern Beaufort and Chukchi seas, the duration between melt and freeze onset has increased and summertime sea ice extent has decreased. As summer ice habitats melt in this region, polar bears that do not follow the receding pack ice may be forced to swim long distances to areas of higher sea ice concentration or to land. We used data from 68 Global Positioning System collars deployed on adult female polar bears between 2004 and 2009, in combination with satellite imagery of sea ice, to identify swimming events >50 km. During summer and autumn (June through October) we identified 50 swimming events from 20 polar bears. We found a significant increase (r2 = 0.83, P = 0.03) in the proportion of GPS collared bears that swam over the 6 years of this study, but variations in the number of collar deployments per year and improvements in collar technology over the course of the study preclude us from fully evaluating this trend. Swimming duration and distances traveled ranged from 0.7 to 12.7 days (mean: 4.0 days) and 53.7 to 687.1 km (mean: 167.3 km). Most bears swam from areas of unconsolidated sea ice to the main pack ice (mean distance: 178.1 km; n = 25). Average movement rates during swimming (1.9 km/hr) were 2.2 times higher than movement rates on sea ice >50% concentration (0.9 km/hr). We identified 6 bears whose dependent cubs survived long distance swimming events and 5 bears that may have lost their cubs as a consequence of swimming. Despite the ability of polar bears to swim long distances, this behavior places them at risk of drowning and imposes greater energy expenditure, which could have negative impacts on recruitment. Long distance swimming is likely an additional indicator of the negative effects of sea ice loss on polar bears in the southern Beaufort and Chukchi seas.

About World Wildlife Fund

WWF is the world’s leading conservation organization, working in 100 countries for nearly half a century. With the support of almost 5 million members worldwide, WWF is dedicated to delivering science-based solutions to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth, halt the degradation of the environment and combat climate change. Visit http://www.worldwildlife.org to learn more.

Contact:

Rhys Gerholdt

202-341-1323

rhys(dot)gerholdt(at)wwfus(dot)org

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PACE Fitness Adds Nutrition Program to Offer Health Clubs and Members a Total Wellness Package in Time for New Years

PACE Fitness Adds Nutrition Program to Offer Health Clubs and Members a Total Wellness Package in Time for New Years










Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (PRWEB) December 23, 2010

PACE Fitness has been marketing its hydraulic circuit training equipment to women’s fitness centers and coed health clubs for over 20 years. PACE has now joined with the Medical/Weight Management Industry’s leader in the development of weight management products to offer an extensive line of meal replacements and protein supplements which have been scientifically designed to meet the nutritional needs of the Low Calorie dieter just in time for New Year’s Resolution memberships.

PACE President Rande LaDue states, “We have always suggested our health club customers offer some type of nutrition program to their members, but up until this point, we have never offered anything. We are happy to introduce our comprehensive program to help facilitate faster results for members and increased profits for the clubs. Exercise alone is only half of the wellness equation; now our health customers can offer a complete package.”

“January is typically the busiest month of the year for health clubs; however, it is even busier for weight loss centers because of the intimidation factor. Overweight people typically are too intimidated to join conventional health clubs. Our non-intimidating hydraulic equipment has helped many clubs overcome this hurdle; however, without a nutrition program, clubs are not offering what these people want and need as well as missing out on a great deal of profit.”

“Simplicity has always been a key factor to the success of our hydraulic circuit program. The same holds true with our new nutrition program. Our turn-key start up package for clubs includes staff training, marketing and program manuals as well as a start up supply of products for immediate sales.”

PACE Nutrition products will be available direct to the consumer through its website pacefitnessandnutrition.com for those areas without a PACE club nearby.

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Buddy’s Kitchen Achieves Certifications as SQF Level II and Ethical Sourcing Supplier

Buddy’s Kitchen Achieves Certifications as SQF Level II and Ethical Sourcing Supplier










Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) March 14, 2011

Buddy’s Kitchen, Inc. has attained Safe Quality Food Level II Certification, awarded by the SQF Institute. The Institute also certified Buddy’s to its Ethical Sourcing standard.

The Level II Certification ensures that suppliers not only maintain good manufacturing processes (GMPs), but also use science-based methods and statistical quality systems to minimize food safety risks. The Ethical Sourcing certification measures Buddy’s commitment to the health, safety and satisfaction of its employees, as well as its limiting impact on the environment.

“The SQF Certifications are consistent with Buddy’s commitment to producing safe, quality foods for our customers,” said Dave Smith, CEO of Buddy’s Kitchen Inc. “Our intention is not just to comply with the standards, but to be among the industry leaders.”

The SQF program is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), part of a landmark agreement among global food retailers and manufacturers on mutual acceptance of international food safety and quality systems.

Buddy’s has also begun work on SQF Level III Certification, which it expects to achieve by mid-2011. While SQF Level II focuses on safe food, Level III adds quality dimensions to operations and processes.

Founded in 1974, Buddy’s Kitchen produces frozen food products for retailers, convenience stores, airlines, and food service. Buddy’s employs 200 people at its plant in Burnsville, Minnesota.

For further information, contact Dave Smith at 952-894-2540, or go to http://www.buddyskitchen.com.

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Doctors Now Keep Ipads in Their Lab Coat Pockets

Doctors Now Keep Ipads in Their Lab Coat Pockets










Newington, CT (PRWEB) June 27, 2011

With the rise in popularity of Ipads and other tablet computers, doctors and hospital staff are finding new uses for these pocket devices. Patient records, drug information, images, and more are stored on the Ipads and other tablets they carry. And they’re carrying them in the pockets of the Ipad pocket lab coats available from labwear.com. One of the most recent facilities to embrace Ipads and Ipad pocket lab coats is Canada’s Ottawa Hospital.

Lab coats have always helped medical pros hold information. Now instead of pens and paper, labwear.com’s lab coats are holding those tablet computers that we’re all using. The Ipad and similar tablets are being used by doctors to show graphics and video to teach patients about ailments, treatments and lifestyle changes. The Ipad helps office staff and physicians keep notes and files organized, and can maintain electronic health records. Specialists can communicate with each other about patient conditions immediately and effectively just by pulling a computer out of their lab coat pockets.

The Ipad pocket lab coat is a lab coat that has two oversize pockets that easily hold Ipads or other tablets, so information is literally at your medical provider’s fingertips. Labwear’s Ipad pocket coat has been widely accepted by the medical community, and there’s no wonder why, with more medical professionals using tablet computers every day and new applications to improve health care and record keeping constantly being developed.

Tablet computers will help provide better medical care. Labwear.com is happy to be able to help in a small way, with the Ipad pocket lab coat. Future visits to the physician are almost sure to include seeing a computer being pulled out of the pocket of one of these Ipad pocket lab coats. Those interested in more information about the Ipad pocket lab coat can visit http://www.labwear.com or call 1-800-LABWEAR.

About labwear.com: For over thirty years, the owners and employees of labwear have supplied America’s (and the world’s) finest medical professionals with lab coats by focusing on great customer service. Ipad is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.

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Inland Northwest Health Services, Harvard Medical School, Sago Managed Service, & More Discuss Cloud Computing Solutions for Mobile Healthcare

Inland Northwest Health Services, Harvard Medical School, Sago Managed Service, & More Discuss Cloud Computing Solutions for Mobile Healthcare












New York, NY (PRWEB) August 01, 2011

The Institute for Health Technology Transformation announced today the speakers for their panel session entitled, “The hCloud at 30,000 Feet: Cloud Computing Solutions for Mobile Healthcare” at the Institute’s Health IT Summit in Seattle taking place August 15-16, 2011 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel.

The panel will be moderated by Eric Wicklund, Senior Editor for Telehealth, Healthcare IT News, and speaking will be Peter Tonelatto, PhD, Center for Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School & Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Frederick Galusha, Chief Information Officer, Inland Northwest Health Services; Dr. Bob Bohn, Program Manager, Cloud Computing Reference Architecture, National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST); Mark Blatt, MD, MBA, Worldwide Director, Global Healthcare Strategy, Intel Corporation; and John Cox, Chief Information Officer, Sago Managed Service.

This panel will demonstrate that many remotely deployed applications that work on a laptop can also work on a mobile device in remote or virtual settings by using cloud computing through wireless technology.

“The Laboratory for Personalized Medicine has developed infrastructure, tools and methods to address the emerging and predicted needs of whole genome personalized medicine,” said Dr. Peter Tonelatto. “Now, we are focused on translating these tools to the clinical arena.”

The iHT2 Health IT Summit in Seattle is the premier executive summit focused on the strategies and tools that are re-defining customer care, collaboration and efficiency in the health care provider markets.

Sponsors and Partners for the 2011 iHT2 Health IT Summit in Seattle include: Absolute Software, Apixio, Catalyst Solutions, Carematix, Comcast, Drager, ICA, Intel, MMR Global, Nuance, Rubbermaid Healthcare, Sago Networks, Vidyo, vRad, AMDIS, CMIO, Continua Health Alliance, eHealth SmartBrief, Executive Insight, Frost & Sullivan, Healthcare IT News, HIMSS Washington State Chapter, IDC Health Insights, MarketsandMarkets, ReportsandReports, and SearchHealthIT.com.

About the Institute for Health Technology Transformation:

The Institute for Health Technology Transformation is the leading organization committed to bringing together private and public sector leaders fostering the growth and effective use of technology across the healthcare industry. Through collaborative efforts the Institute provides programs that drive innovation, educate, and provide a critical understanding of how technology applications, solutions and devices can improve the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare.

http://www.ihealthtran.com

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FreeBalance Shares International Financial Institution Expertise at OCRI Workshop in Ottawa, Canada

FreeBalance Shares International Financial Institution Expertise at OCRI Workshop in Ottawa, Canada











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Ottawa, ON (PRWEB) May 09, 2011

FreeBalance, a For Profit Social Enterprise (FOPSE) software company that helps governments around the world to leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth, announced that it is participating in the Doing Business with International Financial Institutions (IFI) workshop on May 10, 2011 from 8:30 – 11:30 am. Organized by Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI) and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, the workshop will be held at the Export Development Canada building, 151 O’Connor Street, 2nd Floor Lounge, Ottawa, ON. Please contact Kirsten Sardelis (ksardelis at ocri.ca) to register for this free workshop.

During the workshop, attendees will learn about:

The types of opportunities financed by the IFIs and other development agencies that exist for Canadian companies
How the IFI landscape has changed in recent years
The new areas of opportunity and the procurement processes
The trends of interest to Canadian consultants and firms
The support mechanisms available for Canadian companies wishing to pursue IFI-financed projects
Strategies and key success factors involved in winning IFI-financed contracts, including recent procurement changes
Techniques to finance your export contracts and mitigate risk when dealing with an IFI

“FreeBalance would like to thank OCRI and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade for organizing this workshop,” said Matthew Oliver, Director, Global Marketing & Alliances at FreeBalance. “FreeBalance is a Canadian company that is active in all World Bank regions. Our mission is to help countries leverage technology to support economic growth and aid development through transparent and accountable financial systems.”

Olivier will be participating on the 10:00 – 11 am panel to discuss working with IFI institutions. An IFI is a financial institution that has been established (or chartered) by more than one country, and hence are subjects of international law. Examples include the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Inter-American Development Bank, Asian Development Bank; and the African Development Bank. Other participants on the panel include Stephan Sander, Co-President, Sander Geophysics Ltd.; Boris Jacouty, Business Development Manager, CPCS; and a representative from Export Development Canada. The panel will be moderated by Amber Germain, Trade Commissioner, Office of Liaison with International Financial Institutions, Embassy of Canada, Washington, D.C.

FreeBalance is active in 19 countries, including Antigua & Barbuda, Afghanistan, Canada, Iraq, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Mongolia, Namibia, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Southern Sudan, Timor-Leste, and Uganda among others. FreeBalance software manages more than a quarter trillion ($ US) annual budgets worldwide. More than 70,000 users around the world use FreeBalance software to manage a global civil service workforce of 1,500,000.

About FreeBalance

FreeBalance helps governments around the world leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth. FreeBalance software solutions for public financial and human resource management support reform and modernization to improve governance, transparency and accountability. Good governance is required to improve development results. For more information, visit http://www.freebalance.com.

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Chimo Ottawa Hotel Announces Hot Summer Deals on Ottawa Hotel Packages

Chimo Ottawa Hotel Announces Hot Summer Deals on Ottawa Hotel Packages












Ottawa, ON (Vocus) July 14, 2010

The Chimo Ottawa Hotel announces all new summer packages designed to take the heat off your summer travel budget. From Ottawa Golf Getaways to simple escapes, the hotel offers something for everyone.

“The summer time is a long awaited event in Canada and we want to help people celebrate the season by offering tremendous value, convenience and fun for the whole family,” says Jean Pierre Benjamin. General Manager. “The Chimo Ottawa Hotel has partnered with Calypso Water Park and other Ottawa attractions to bring the best of all Ottawa has to offer into a variety of summer adventures.”

The value added Ottawa family vacation package is perfect for a weekend getaway with the kids close to things to do in Ottawa. Downtown Ottawa attractions include Parliament Hill and activities such as the new Calypso Water Park nearby the hotel. Explore Ottawa on a Double Decker Bus tour then wind down with a family movie and snacks. Guests can also splash in the indoor pool and in the morning fuel up with breakfast, compliments of the Chimo Hotel Ottawa. With breakfast, admission to Calypso Waterpark, in room movie and snacks included, this package is sure to please parents and the kids.

Golfers can hit the links with the Chimo Hotel’s [Ottawa Golf Package and enjoy 18 holes for 2 people. Start the day with a breakfast buffet or take breakfast to go. Celebrate and reflect on your day with dinner for two at Quincy’s. The Golfing in Ottawa Package includes 1 night accommodation in a Silver Room, choice of buffet breakfast for 2 at Quincy’s or Breakfast to go for 2, Table d hôte dinner for 2 at Quincy’s and golf rounds for 2 with cart at Anderson Links only 15 minutes away.

To make planning an Ottawa vacation with ease, the Chimo Hotel Ottawa has launched a new website with helpful tools to plan the perfect summer getaway. For more information about this and other great Ottawa Hotel packages visit http://www.chimohotel.com or call Toll Free: 800-387-9779 for reservations.

About Chimo Hotel Ottawa

The only full service hotel in the Ottawa East, the Chimo Hotel Ottawa is conveniently located off Highway 417 across from Ottawa’s largest shopping centre, just a five minute drive from Parliament Hill, the Byward Market, National Arts Gallery and many other popular Ottawa tourist attractions. The Ottawa hotel offers 256 guest rooms, suites and Jacuzzi suites with Gold Level floors offering a private lounge and exercise room. Complimentary parking, high speed wireless internet access and local calls are a courtesy for all guests. The hotel features 7 meeting rooms, 3 board rooms, a restaurant, pub, indoor atrium style swimming pool, sauna, whirlpool, and fitness facility.

The commitment to friendly service the Chimo Ottawa Hotel offered is reflected in its’ name. The term Chimo was widely used at one point in the Inuktitut language, which is spoken by the Inuit in northern Canada. According to folklore, when two people met on the Arctic tundra, they rubbed their chests in a circular motion and said, “Chimo”, meaning “Are you friendly?” The answer was a repeat of the gesture and the word “Chimo!” (“Yes, I am friendly!)

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Free Yourself from Negative Energetic Influences

Free Yourself from Negative Energetic Influences












Andover, MA (PRWEB) April 15, 2010

There is a world of energy around us that cannot be seen with the physical eye. Some of these energies are negative, having a detrimental effect on health, well-being, and ability to function. Anyone can learn how to detect these energies and take action to clear them and create more beneficial home and work environments for themselves and others.

Circles of Wisdom is pleased to host Rev. Alicja Aratyn, M. Eng., Vice President of the Canadian Society of Dowsers, for two powerful hands-on workshops that can transform your life.

Date and Title

Saturday, May 1:Environmental Dowsing

Sunday, May 2: Energy Alchemy: Clearing and Protection

Time: 10am – 6pm each day

Location: Circles of Wisdom, 90 Main Street in Andover, MA

Cost: $ 100 for either class, $ 170 for both

To Register: http://www.circlesofwisdom.com or 978-474-8010

During the Environmental Dowsing course students will learn to evaluate a space for negative energies such as high electromagnetic field (EMF) levels, Radon gas and electrical pollution. These can be from man-made influences such as high-voltage power lines, electric cables, electrical appliances, synthetic materials etc. Students will also test for naturally-occurring ley lines and sources of geopathic stress. Being in these energy fields over extended periods of time can weaken the immune system, making people more susceptible to illness.

Alicja will teach specific protocols students can take to neutralize and/or clear these non-beneficial environmental energies. She’ll also bring them a step further and show them how to increase the flow of positive energy, enhancing health and prosperity.

Sunday’s Energy Alchemy course focuses on harmful energies from negative thought forms, negative programming, and entity attachments. A thought form is a manifestation of mental or psychic energy. It can be created by people through negative self-talk or directed towards them by someone else, often unintentionally. An entity, or earthbound spirit, can attach to people when it is unable to move on to another dimension and we are in a weakened energetic state.

People are often not aware that they are being affected, and just wonder why they don’t feel like themselves. Alicja will provide tools to clear these unwanted energies. In addition, Alicja will show students how to create protective shields to keep themselves and loved ones safe. Enhanced mental and physical health is within everyone’s reach.

About Rev. Alicja Aratyn, M.Eng.

Alicja Aratyn was born in Poland and received a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering from Polytechnical University in Warsaw. She emigrated to Canada in 1991 and dedicated her life to bridging Metaphysics, Esotherism and Science. She founded the Alicja Centre of Well-Being in Ontario, Canada in 1993 and offers tools for healing on her web site http://www.IntuitiveDowsing.com. She is currently the Vice President of the Canadian Society of Dowsers. Today she lectures, teaches and motivates people at many international conferences. Her classes are based on first-hand experience and loaded with knowledge, wisdom, and a great sense of humor.

About Circles of Wisdom

Circles of Wisdom is a Metaphysical Bookstore and Resource Center located in downtown Andover, Massachusetts. The store sponsors both local and national speakers to present on subjects such as alternative healing, personal transformation, meditation, psychic development, and spirituality. The retail store offers a selection of books, music, crystals, gemstone jewelry, aromatherapy products, gifts and more. Intuitive readings and healing sessions are also available.

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idoodlesoftware Supplies Custom Educational Game For Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars

idoodlesoftware Supplies Custom Educational Game For Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars












Ottawa, Ontario (PRWEB) July 26, 2011

idoodlesoftware inc. an education software company offering innovative solutions to bridge the gap between traditional and digital learning, announced today that it signed an agreement to supply to the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program a virtual 3D immersive STEM educational game simulating a Mars colony.

Based on Cyan Worlds Inc. program “MYSTOnline:URU Live,” the students of the VASTS Summer Academy will use the pilot to simulate the scientific exploration and habitation of Mars as part of their curriculum which will take place at NASA Langley Research Center this summer.

“We are privileged to be working with VASTS and their amazing team of education specialists, headed by Director Mary Sandy. The pilot integration of the Mars Colony Simulation into the VASTS Summer Academy curriculum demonstrates the progressive thinking that is required to better prepare the students for a STEM based world that awaits them after graduation,” said Robert Sowah, Chief Executive Officer of idoodlesoftware inc. “Taking the lead on the Mars Colony pilot development has been as incredible team of professors, researchers, programmers and developers from around the world, guided by Dr. William Schmachtenberg, that have worked tirelessly to make sure the pilot was delivered on time. We believe the use of our game technology, myURU, in the classroom engages the students on an exciting new level that has not been realized before now.”

“VASTS takes great pride in our demonstrated success of encouraging students to pursue STEM majors in colleges and universities by providing real-world problem-solving experiences. The inclusion of this interactive virtual Mars environment into our curriculum allows students to complete various experiments and procedures using the simulation and see, in real time, the outcomes of their decisions,” said Amber Agee-DeHart, VASTS Program Manager. “Integrated with NASA data, the Mars Colony Simulation allows users to examine various elements of Mars such as analyzing rock samples for potential evidence of life. idoodlesoftware is changing the way education is delivered.”

This release includes forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbour provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the impact of competitive products, the ability to meet customer demand, the ability to manage growth, acquisitions of technology, equipment, or human resources, the effect of economic and business conditions, and the ability to attract and retain skilled personnel. The Company is not obligated to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.

About idoodlesoftware Inc.

idoodlesoftware, Inc. is an education software company out to bridge the gap between traditional and digital learning. Founded in October 2008, the company is based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and London, England. The idoodlesoftware portfolio of educational software, which is installed in over 8,000 schools representing 4,000,000 students, advances core curriculum studies in both primary and secondary schools by focusing on STEM, literacy, history, social science. For more information please go to http://www.idoodlesoftware.com, or follow idoodlesoftware at facebook.com/idoodlesoftware and twitter.com/idoodlesoftware.

About Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program:

VASTS is an interactive on-line science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience, highlighted by a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Students selected to participate in the program are immersed in NASA-related research through interaction with scientists, engineers and technologists. The program is a partnership between the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and NASA Langley Research Center with support from the Commonwealth of Virginia and industry.

For more information please visit us at http://www.vasts.spacegrant.org

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