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Razny Jewelers and other Highland Park Businesses Stand up for Chicagos Homeless Kids at a Spring Fling Fashion Show Fundraiser


Highland Park, IL (PRWEB) April 22, 2014

Highland Park businesses are coming together to stand up for Chicagos homeless kids at a Spring Fling Fashion Show Fundraiser on Thursday April 24th from 7-9 p.m. at Maxs Delicatessen and Restaurant, 191 Skokie Blvd., in Highland Park. The public is invited to support this fashionable philanthropic event where they will enjoy an energetic evening of fashion and fun, gourmet appetizers, drinks, raffle prizes and music by the Highland Park High School DJ Club. Tickets are $ 25 and all proceeds will benefit Stand Up for Kids-Chicago, a non-for-profit organization facilitating opportunities and providing a nurturing environment to encourage homeless youth to become empowered adults.

Last years fashion show had over 300 attendees who enjoyed the opportunity to socialize, view the latest fashions, and be a part of an event for a great cause, says Gilat Zamost, event organizer and owner of My Best Friends Closet. Were excited to feature the second fashion show and partner with Stand Up For Kids- Chicago.

Highland Parks My Best Friends Closet, Posh Essentials, Razny Jewelers, Cos Bar and Salon Vole will rock the runway with the hottest looks for spring from clothing and jewelry to makeup and hair. The seasons latest fashion trends will come to life as the models capture the audiences attention as they parade through the crowd.

We are honored to be hosting this fashion fundraiser for Stand Up for Kids- Chicago, says Joey Morelli, co-owner of Maxs Deli and board member of Stand Up for Kids-Chicago. Youth homelessness is all around us, affecting all races and socio-economic groups. We are proud to raise awareness for such a great cause.

There will be fabulous raffle prizes including four field box Cubs seats, a Nanis Italian Jewels Necklace & Earrings Set from Razny Jewelers, and gift certificates galore from Highland Park businesses such as, Posh Essentials, Sprout Kids and Beanstalk Toyland & Bookstore to name a few.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online or by mailing a $ 25 check to Stand up for Kids at 1000 Skokie Boulevard, Suite 155, Wilmette, IL 60091. You can also reserve tickets by calling My Best Friends Closet at (847) 681-0002. For more information, email info@ripplepublicrelations.com.

About Stand Up for Kids

Stand Up For Kids is a non-profit volunteer organization whose mission is to provide crisis intervention and basic survival necessities for at-risk and homeless youth through national and local outreach. Violence and abuse are unfortunately increasingly common within families and communities, and there are now 1.3 million homeless and street kids. Stand Up For Kids offers an abundance of services, complete anonymity, and ensures that youth do not have to feel alone in dealing with their problems. The mission is to end the cycle of youth homelessness throughout the United States. For more information, visit StandUpForKidsChicago, email brian(at)standupforkids(dot)org or call 847-251-1622.

About Razny Jewelers

Razny Jewelers is family owned & operated. The Razny family represents the world’s top brands and offers custom creations. Razny Jewelers is always on the cutting edge showcasing the brightest stars in the jewelry and Fine Swiss Timepieces’ world. For over 60 years, Razny Jewelers has defined the essence of what a fine jewelry store should be to their clientele. Razny Jewelers is dedicated to the best combination of old-world and modern values. They are one of the only jewelers in the Chicago area that fabricates custom creations truly by hand. With several bench jewelers on staff, custom jewelry remains their specialty. Their careful attention to perfection and unrivaled craftsmanship turns dreams into reality. In addition, Razny Jewelers has Certified WOSTEP Watchmakers on premises to service your timepiece requirements. Razny Jewelers’ integrity, honesty and commitment to unparalleled personal service bring their customers back time after time. Razny Jewelers stores are located in Addison, Highland Park and Hinsdale.







One Month after Major Quake, Ongoing Crises for Haitian Children


(Vocus) February 10, 2010

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (Vocus) February 9, 2010 — One month after Haiti experienced the worst natural disaster in its history, Save the Children has reached nearly 300,000 children and adults in the earthquake impact zone.

Since the early hours after the disaster, the international humanitarian agency has been providing emergency assistance to save lives, alleviate suffering and support the recovery and protection of Haitian children and families.

The majority of Haitian children were vulnerable before this disaster and now, a month after the earthquake, their health, well-being and future are at increased risk. Their families are caught up in a daily struggle to meet basic needs and rebuild their lives, said Lee Nelson, Save the Childrens country director in Haiti. We are moving quickly to provide immediate aid to thousands of families, including providing food, water, household items, medicines and medical care, while we also implement programs to protect children and get them back to school as soon as possible.

The January 12 earthquake affected 3 million people, more than half of them children. The extensive damage wrought by the 7-magnitude quake forced families into the street and into temporary encampments with little but the clothes on their backs. Today, living among the rubble, they struggle to meet their shelter, health, nutrition and other day-to-day needs as they begin to regain their livelihoods and reconstruct their homes.

This is a wide-scale disaster that affected all aspects of society, and it will take years to for Haitis families and cities to recover, said Annie Foster, Save the Childrens team leader for the emergency. Haitians are very resilient, but it is going to take serious and sustained assistance to help them build back and ensure a better future for their children.

Adding urgency to the relief effort, the rainy season is expected to begin in mid-March or early April. Even under normal circumstances, poor drainage and sanitation infrastructure causes problems for the population. This is expected to be significantly exacerbated by displacement and clogging of drainage channels with rubble from the earthquake.

To date, Save the Childrens child protection programs have benefitted more than 15,000 children through 18 mobile child-friendly spaces in Port-au-Prince and Jacmel. In conjunction with UNICEF, International Rescue Committee and the Red Cross, the organization is registering children at hospitals and in camps so as to trace their families and reunite them with loved ones.

Save the Childrens 14 mobile health teams have seen 10,630 patients at 45 locations in Port-au-Prince, Leogane and Jacmel. In addition, the organization has distributed food to more than 120,000 people, including 72,000 children. The agency also has provided clean water to more than 59,000 people; latrines for 7,800 people; and essential items such as blankets, hygiene kits, and plastic sheeting to some 48,000 people.

Save the Children, which has worked in Haiti since 1978 and currently has more than 300 staff in the country, plans to reach 800,000 people, including 470,000 children, through its emergency response. At the same time, the agency is continuing to support children through education, nutrition and other programs, where possible.

Please Help Us Respond to the Haiti Emergency by Donating Now

Donate at http://www.savethechildren.org or by calling 1-800-728-3843 or 1-203-221-4030.

OR DONATE $ 10 BY TEXTING “SAVE” to 20222 (U.S. Only). Standard message rates apply.

Learn more about our emergency response to the earthquake in Haiti.http://www.savethechildren.org/ [Save the Children

is the leading, independent organization that creates lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. Save the Children USA is a member of the International Save the Children Alliance, a global network of 29 independent Save the Children organizations working to ensure the well-being and protection of children in more than 120 countries. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Eileen Burke, Director of Media & Comunications

eburke(at)savechildren(dot)org 203-221-4233/203-216-0718

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AlexB Releases Modern Flagship eQualizer Plugin

AlexB Releases Modern Flagship eQualizer Plugin
The Modern Flagship eQualizer has set new standards as the ultimate analogue processor and has become the signature of excellence for the world's premier engineers, producers and studios. This equalizer is very usable and controls most situations …
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Tirupati railway station gets modern food plaza
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The Waiting Room Magazine: The Leading Physicians of the World Provides Fresh Reading Material for Waiting Rooms Nationwide

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 17, 2014

Brought to readers by The Leading Physicians of the World, The Waiting Room Magazine and its staff are hard at work finalizing the second issue, now in publication. An informative companion meant for easy reading, it is the magazines objective to educate patients on their own healthcare decisions.

The Waiting Room Magazine offers an alternative to the outdated, dry reading material one may experience in their doctors lobby. It is the goal of the publishers of The Waiting Room Magazine to keep every patient up-to-date for the times they have to wait. All entries and articles are welcomed, from Leading Physicians of the World members.

Trending topics that The Waiting Room Magazine will focus on include: Heart Health, Aging Gracefully, Healthy Parenting, Mental Health, Dental Health (or Healthy Smile), and finally, Doc Spotlight, a section that highlights innovative physicians and the cutting-edge methods they bring to the healthcare field.

Doctors who have been recognized as The Leading Physicians of the World will be selected for publication in The Waiting Room Magazine. We are confident that in publishing this new issue, we are ensuring that every magazine will feature dynamic content that relates well to an audience while showing the prestige of our organizations members, claims Stephanie Ida, Member Liaison.

Please email the offices of The Waiting Room Magazine at info@thewaitingroommagazine.com for article submission or office distribution.

Visit http://thewaitingroommagazine.com for more information.

Company Information

The Leading Physicians of the World represents virtually every major medical specialty in every healthcare market across the globe. It is a well-regarded resource for both doctors and patients, and exists as a forum for physicians to share innovations and novel approaches to the practice of medicine.

An industry networking organization made up of medical practitioners in many different fields, The Leading Physicians of the World provides its members with a platform to voice new ideas with a wide audience of peers and industry experts. LPW promotes the highest standards of professional integrity and patient care.

Visit http://www.theleadingphysiciansoftheworld.com for more information about The Leading Physicians of the World.







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Car Insurance for Teenaged Drivers Doesn’t Need to be Expensive

When you are youthful, probably one of the most exciting things to look forward to is the day you get your driving license. Their thoughts are thinking about the locations they will go and pals they’ll see, but as a parent, your head is likely thinking about the hazards and disbursement of having a teenaged motorist.

Unfortunately, adolescents are statistically the most likely age group to enter an accident. It is because they have less experience on the road, less impulse control, more of a feeling that it “can’t happen to them’, more distractions, and they sometimes do not make the finest decisions. Because of this, insurance firms bill teenaged drivers the most when it comes to automobile insurance. Thus they need to charge high-risk motorists more for insurance to cover the higher likelihood that they’ll be paying claims.

Discount Automobile Insurance for Teens

Even though automobile insurance for teens is pricey and your young child taking the wheel may be anxiety-provoking, fortunately it gets better over time. With time and experience your adolescent will hopefully become a confident, safe motorist, and his or her insurance rates will eventually come down to represent this. Meanwhile, doing everything you can to lower their insurance premium will conserve you and your adolescent cash each month and make their summer job dollars stretch farther. Advice from Compare-Insurers.com

Even though a teen-aged driver may definitely include an additional cost to your own monthly funding, and their insurance will probably always be greater than an grownups, there are still some steps you can take to bring down these prices. Therefore undergo this list provided as a cortesy from our associate http://compare-insurers.com

- Reductions – there are an array of reductions accessible for teen aged drivers such as good pupil, low mpg, motorist’s training class reduction, being apart at school with no auto, multi-automobile, and multi-policy reductions amongst the others.

- Kind of car – purchasing a sensible, dependable, safe vehicle to your teen can help you save cash. If you can, upgrade the automobile with the latest safety and security features.

- Comparison shop – shop on line and locate as numerous automobile quotes as you can. This gives you the greatest opportunity at finding a good deal and maximizing your reductions.

Power Rental Market Will Grow at a CAGR of Over 15% from 2014 to 2020 Grand View Research Reports Says


(PRWEB) April 16, 2014

The global market for power rental systems is expected to reach USD 24.08 billion by 2020, according to a new research report by Grand View Research, Inc. Increasing grid instability coupled with power spikes in times of peak demand is expected to be a key driver for the development of the market. In addition, the increased focus towards reduction of peak power consumption in order to reduce electricity cost is expected to augment the growth of the market.

Power rental systems are used in a variety of industries where there is high demand for continuous power. Key end-use markets for these systems were government, oil and gas and construction, which together accounted for over 60% of global revenues in 2012. High dependency on power for daily operation of these industries is a key driver for substantial use of power rental systems. The use of these systems in events, wherein there is high demand for temporary power, was a small segment in 2012 but is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 16% from 2013 to 2020.

The report Power Rental Industry Trends And Market Segment Forecasts To 2020, is available now to Grand View Research customers at http://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/power-rental-systems-industry.

Inquiry before buying at http://www.grandviewresearch.com/inquiry/28.

Further Key findings from the study suggest:

The key applications of power rental systems include peak shaving, continuous power and standby power. However, use of these systems for peak shaving is expected to be the critical factor for the development of this market and is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 15% over the next seven years.

Power rental systems are primarily used for power shaving, continuous power or as standby power device. The global market was dominated by continuous power systems which accounted for more than 45% of the overall share in 2012. It is expected that this substantial share will decrease by 2020, as demand for peak shaving systems is rising to overcome the outages of grid connection and curbing power bills. By 2020, it is estimated that peak shaving systems will account for close to 34% of the market.

Middle East and Africa (MEA) was the largest regional market for power rental systems in 2012, accounting for 33.9% of global revenues in 2012. The dominance of this region with regards to the presence of oil and gas and construction industry was the key factor for relatively high share and similar trend is expected over the next seven years

Asia Pacific and North America were the other major regions in the market and together accounted for over 40% of the market in 2012. However, North America and Europe being mature markets are expected to lose share over the forecast period in light of extensive environmental regulation in these regions. Asia Pacific is expected to witness significant growth owing to the development of economies such as India, China and Indonesia.

The power rental systems market was fragmented with the top 5 players accounting for just over 50% of the market in 2012. Companies are targeting the Asia Pacific and Middle East market in light of the vast opportunities in these regions due to industrial growth of various economies and the presence of a large oil and gas industry. Aggreko, Caterpillar and APR Energy are some of the key participants of the market.

Request sample of this report at http://www.grandviewresearch.com/request/28.

For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global Power Rental market on the basis of application, product and region:

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The city of Detroit, Michigan has hit an all time low.

According to an article by Joseph Phares, Detroit’s Police Chief recently resigned in lieu of an affair with a woman of lower rank being discovered. Detroit Police have also started warning visitors to “Enter the city at your own risk.”

The article states, “People once flocked to Detroit as a place of opportunity and prosperity. Now people flee for their lives taking with them the tax revenue sorely needed to keep the city afloat.”

Harsh words for a once illustrious city known for it’s manufacturing and growth.

Turns out the last Detroit Police Chief was also fired for having an affair, and with the same woman of this most recent chief.The city of Detroit needs to do something to get their image back on the good graces of the community and the nation.

Two key areas of public relations that Detroit needs to utilize are crisis and internal communications, among others like community relations and digital/social media tactics.

For example on crisis communications: the mayor, any major city decision maker and even some state officials need to sit down and develop a plan to fix some major issues in the city. They’ll need to discuss how they’re going to handle the crime issue, financial troubles and overall decline in the city.

As for the city’s internal communications, if it was me I’d start with the police department. Sounds like they need to regain control of the people and the crime situation. Detroit has become a very dangerous city to live in, and they need to do something to boost police officer’s morals and work efforts if they can’t increase their pay checks.

Next those decision makers need to notify every other city worker of the campaign to boost city moral and faith in the officials. This is going to need to be a “team effort” if Detroit wants to see any improvements.

I would also recommend that Detroit put together some great commercials to remind folks of the historic past and that their dreams don’t need to be lost. The city can prevail through these hard times. These commercials tied into some great social media advertisements and accounts could really benefit Detroit.

Holding some community events when things get a little safer is also a great way to bring the people together and allow them to interact with their leaders in a positive light. Implementing these ideas could really bring Detroit out of the gutter and back into the game.

If Detroit can’t make these necessary changes, I’d say it’s time to bring in additional state police and military enforcement to maintain order.

As for a PR professional, this might just be one of those clients you don’t want to waste your time having a headache over!

Read the article mentioned below:

http://www.examiner.com/article/detroit-spirals-further-into-chaos-police-chief-resigns-as-police-warn-citizens

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Residents of Maine have seen better days, and dance-fitness company, Zumba could use a few good days as well.

Recently a list of over 100 alleged clients of a 29-year-old Zumba instructor who is accused of running a prostitution ring out of her dance studio has been released to the public.
An ABC News article by John Schriffen stated,

“There is speculation that the list contains the names of well-known locals, including prominent politicians, lawyers, and law enforcement officers who allegedly frequented the brothel investigators say was run out of Alexis Wright’s Pura Vida Studio. Wright allegedly had a video camera set up in the room to film the acts as well.”

Days following the release of the information a 4.0 magnitude earthquake hit Maine, and social media sites couldn’t get enough sex scandal aftermath jokes. Pretty much twisting the knife in a wholesome business like Zumba’s side.

So from a Public Relations standpoint, what can Zumba do?

To start, they need to do something!

There has been no talk of Zumba’s response to this whole thing. Nothing on their Twitter, nothing on Google, zilch-

If I worked for Zumba I would at least make a statement regarding the scandal. At least acknowledge that it’s happening, and state that your company maintains values and standards that Miss Wright clearly didn’t share.

Zumba is a company that women have fallen in love with and pushed to a cult-like status. However if Zumba doesn’t do something about this situation they run the risk of potentially losing female consumers.

Zumba needs to remind women that it is a company focused on them, and will continue to put their interests and health as the top priority.

In doing so Zumba can avoid any major backlash created by the scandal and eventually move past this incident.

Unfortunately for the residents of Maine it might take longer to do so.

Learn more from the stories below:

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/zumba-prostitution-scandal-police-charge-21-men-17488092

http://abcnews.go.com/US/zumba-sex-scandal-judge-wont-block-list/story?id=17461359#.UICpjsXA9oE

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Alexandra Kogut, 18, was found beaten to death in her SUNY Brockport dorm room Saturday.

Western New York college SUNY Brockport has a tragic problem on their hands: the death of one of their 18 year old female students. To make matters worse for the college, the girl was recently found beaten to death in her dorm room and police have arrested her boyfriend as the prime suspect in her murder.

From a PR perspective the school has a mess on their hands. Not only do they need to notify students, parents, faculty and investors of the death, but they also need to offer grief counseling and other services to those affected by this tragedy.

To top that off, they will need to investigate how a student was beaten to death on campus without a single person knowing about it or coming to her rescue. Also, the school is going to need to determine measures on how to prevent another death from occurring. The school will also need to inform their female students of the dangers of domestic violence and unhealthy relationships.

All of the above measures will be necessary if the school wants to keep a positive reputation in the Brockport community. No one wants to send their child to the school that isn’t safe for them. If done correctly the school will make it through this tragedy unharmed, but if they don’t put the right PR actions into place they can expect serious issues.

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In August Progressive Insurance faced a nasty Public Relations crisis thanks to defending a killer in court or so claimed comedian, Matt Fisher. In Fisher’s blog he claimed that Progressive Insurance had represented his sister’s killer in court in order to minimize their liability. Fisher’s blog titled, “My Sister Paid Progressive insurance to defend her killer in court” went viral.

At the time of the crisis an article by Julia Boorstin stated, “There were nearly 16,000 negative tweets about Progressive just yesterday — that’s up nearly 50,000 percent from a week earlier, according to General Sentiment, a firm which tracks social media chatter.”

Progressive’s response according to the article was to claim Nationwide actually represented Fisher’s sister’s killer, and they sent out the same message to every negative comment, “This is a tragic case and our sympathies go out to Mr. Fisher and his family for the pain they’ve had to endure. We fully investigated this claim and relevant background, and feel we properly handled the claim within our contractual obligations.”

This is a perfect example of what not to do in regarding social media and public relations. Progressive insurance never accepted their role in the harmful deed and then they played it off with their statement released on Twitter. With the kind of heat surrounded by a death the a company should have made further attempts to comfort the Fisher family as well as to assure their clients that they wouldn’t be next.

If I was the person in charge of Progressive’s public relations during this crisis, not only would I have taken extra steps to work with the Fisher family in rectifying the situation, but I also would have put out a press release stating that actions were being taken to make sure this didn’t happen again to another family. You can’t delete the thousands of Tweets that were already sent, but you can assure your clients that they won’t be the next family dealing with this.

Great customer support goes a long way, and better Public Relations wouldn’t have hurt either in this situation.

Click the link below to read more:

http://www.cnbc.com/id/48665555/Progressive_Insurance_s_Twitter_PR_Nightmare

O.J. Simpson

Can we really trust the Justice System?

Within the past 10 years several big name court cases have gained attention in the public eye. Some of them have shown us that the justice system works as it should, with fairness and respect for the facts. However some cases have raised a few eyebrows, and have left people wondering is justice really blind? The following are two cases that raise some questions about the fairness of the justice system.

The O.J. Simpson Case: In 1994 famous former NFL player O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of murdering his second wife, Nicole Brown and her friend, Ron Goldman. The pair was stabbed to death outside of Brown’s California home. Some evidence and behavior(Like fleeing from the police in his famous white Ford Bronco) of Simpson’s would suggest he did kill the pair or at least knew who did, but thanks to the help of his slick lawyer Johnnie Cochran he escaped jail time. Simpson was however later convicted in civil court and was ordered to pay $33,000,000 in damages to the families of the victims. Did he get away with murder because he’s famous? You decide.

The Casey Anthony Trial: In 2011 Anthony was found not guilty of murdering her two-year old daughter Caylee. Caylee’s remains were found close to the Anthony’s parent’s home in Florida, and Anthony’s own mother called 911 on her daughter because it reportedly smelled like a dead body in Anthony’s car. The trial lasted several weeks and gained tons of media attention from all over the world. Once again evidence and Anthony’s behavior(Like lying to the police and others about her knowledge of Caylee’s disappearance) would suggest that Anthony was guilty, but the justice system let her go free. Did this pretty, young white female get away with murder? You be the judge.


I bring up these trials because another one is going to start soon for George Zimmerman, a man accused of shooting an unarmed, African-American teenager named Trayvon Martin. Martin was walking home when Zimmerman shot him, and Zimmerman is now claiming self-defense. This case has sparked tons of attention from the media, and I believe we might see another case of injustice in the upcoming future. Already people are sticking up for Zimmerman, and already accusations are being thrown around because Martin was a Black teen wearing a hoodie on the night of his death.

So I have to ask, is justice really blind? In my opinion it can see just fine. Justice sees if you’re rich and can afford the best defense lawyers, and if you’re poor you receive the worst lawyers. If you’re Black or Hispanic you’ll see less justice than if you’re white, and depending on your age it can go either way.

Either way I hope this blog makes you think about our justice system, and the problems within it. If justice is blind, than in my opinion it’s blind to the truth, the facts and what’s fair in the world. If this is something that matters to you, don’t let this injustice continue!

For many people the month of May marks a time in the year when the spring rains come, the flowers start to bloom and we get our first taste of summer. May is also when most students graduate and start planning their futures or when people come together to thank their moms on Mother’s Day for all they’ve done for us.

However I want to remind you of an even more important reason to celebrate the month of May…

May is National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month!

For those of you unaware of the this horrible disease here are a few facts that might shed some light on what over 30,000 Americans are dealing with:

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that:

clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and
obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.

In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.

Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis:

People with CF can have a variety of symptoms, including:

very salty-tasting skin;
persistent coughing, at times with phlegm;
frequent lung infections;
wheezing or shortness of breath;
poor growth/weight gain in spite of a good appetite; and
frequent greasy, bulky stools or difficulty in bowel movements.

Statistics:

About 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed each year.
More than 70% of patients are diagnosed by age two.
More than 45% of the CF patient population is age 18 or older.
The predicted median age of survival for a person with CF is in the late 30s

-From the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s website

Why this matters to me:

My little sister Kimmy in her CF treatment vest.

My little sister Kimmy is living with Cystic Fibrosis. My family knew about her disease and it’s complications when they adopted her from foster care. Kimmy’s siblings do not have the disease.

Everyday we have to give Kimmy her enzymes before she eats, we have to make sure she washes her hands often and avoids germs, and we have to make sure she completes her breathing treatments twice a day. It is a lot of work keeping her healthy, but Kimmy and her sister have been the greatest blessings to ever come to my family.

How you can help:

You don’t have to have a lot of money to donate, and you don’t have to be a scientist searching for a cure to help people living with Cystic Fibrosis. The following is a link to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Get Involved page: http://www.cff.org/GetInvolved/

There you can find several ideas to help you make a difference for people living with CF. Unfortunately because only 30,000 Americans have this disease it isn’t given the government funding or attention it deserves. So please spread the word about Cystic Fibrosis to whoever you can this May and help make a difference for families like mine.

As Lewis Black said, let’s make CF stand for “Cure Found.”

Why you should watch out for this company’s crappy customer service!

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Less than a year ago I purchased a Toshiba laptop from Best Buy and at the time was really impressed with their customer service. The gentleman at the Buffalo, N.Y. store location helped me a great deal in explaining the pros and cons to each of their machines, and I thought did a great job at helping me to find the computer that was right for me.

However, when I got home from the store within days I noticed that there was something wrong with my laptop. I was having issues turning it on(I’d push power & get a black screen of death), and then would end up having to turn it off and turn it back on before I could actually get a start-up screen. No big deal I thought because I had the “Black Tie Protection Plan,” and was guaranteed help from the famous Geek Squad for my computer needs.

The following is what I’ve dealt with from Best Buy in the last six months:

Idiot Geek Squad Service: The boys at Geek Squad have replaced my hard drive twice and guess what? I still have the same problems as before when it comes to turning on my laptop. I’ve made several trips (3 hour-long round trips because I live so far away from the nearest store) and they’ve pulled everything from losing my number to not installing my recovery discs onto my computer. That was a lovely surprise when they told me I could pick up my “fixed” computer to only discover when I got home that it didn’t even have an operating system back on it. Thanks for that geek squad!

Don’t call 1-888-Best-Buy: This is Best Buy’s number to contact them, and when I called I was put on hold for over an hour. In fact I was put on hold, hung up on by them, and when I tried to call back was put on hold for another 45 minutes before a human picked up the phone. This person then directed me to some computer company who they claimed would help me figure out my issues, but when I spoke to someone from that company it turned out that they didn’t even do business with Best Buy and had no idea why they sent me to them. When I called Best Buy back, the lady on the line said she didn’t know how she could help me, but that she would call me back soon. Guess who’s still waiting for a phone call back ;)

Best Buy’s Replacement Policy: I was told by Geek Squad that if they had to send my computer out to be fixed four times then I would receive a new lap top. Well I’m about to take it back to be sent out for a third time, and $5 says that when I get it back within weeks it will still have the same problem. How am I supposed to use a computer that Geek Squad keeps wiping clean of everything when they return it? There’s no point in putting all of my programs back on to the laptop if Geek Squad still hasn’t fixed it, just so they can wipe it clean again when I take it back next time. I’ve already spent $300 just in gas taking it back and forth to get fixed by the Geek Squad, what else do they want me to do? I’m at my wit’s end with this company!

To top it off, I called Toshiba to see if they could help me. They said if I paid $160 then they could help, so much for my protection plan from Best Buy!

For anyone out there interested in buying a computer or some device from Best Buy, please use my story as a word of caution! They aren’t as awesome and helpful as you may think! In fact, this is the worst service I think I’ve ever had to deal with. I just want a computer that works, is that too much to ask for?

View the Presdent’s speech here: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/whca-dinner-jimmy-kimmel-president-obama-skewer-secret-025426787.html

This year’s White House Correspondents’ dinner brought the nation’s celebrities and congressmen together for a night in Washington, D.C. coined the “nerd prom” on Twitter. Hollywood’s famous like George Clooney, Kim Kardashian and Lindsey Lohan attended the event hosted by late night talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel. The stars mingled with politicians like Newt Gingrich, former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer and also Attorney General Eric Holder.

President Obama followed the night’s exquisite dinner with a brief speech shown in the link above, and as humorous as it was I can’t help but feel once again disappointed in our President.

To make matters worse for my conscience, I voted for him.

Now you may ask why I reference his speech? It’s simple, the President had some of the most influential characters in journalism and media in one room, and instead of taking an opportunity to address a few changes needed for the future of our nation the President came out with jokes, and some bad ones too.

In my opinion the President had a chance to spread a much-needed message about the nation’s urgent problems, and also to ask for faith from the American people to not lose hope in their government, but he blew his opportunity.

Four years ago the President was talking about “Change we can believe in!” Yet as a voter, all I can say is that I’m still disappointed in how our political system is working. I’ve seen no change, in fact our elected representatives are still too occupied with their own greed to ever care about the average joes.

So I have to ask, when are we as a nation going to say enough is enough?

Now I won’t sit here and claim to know everything that goes on in the government, but I’m no idiot either and stay up to date as much as possible on current events. I will say though that what I see has me more than worried about the future of our country. I know I can’t begin to think of a solution for our government’s problems, but for those in charge I expect to see some changes soon.

By changes I don’t mean increasing my student loan interest rates either!

I am a drinker with writing problems.
-Brendan Behan

Ever since Tupac made an appearance fhis year at Coachella music festival a huge buzz has generated about resurrecting other artists for surprise performances. Watch Tupac’s performance here.

Now there’s buzz around the band “TLC” resurrecting member, Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopez for a tour marking her 10 year death anniversary.

With all this hype about holograms and raising dead artists, I’ve come up with my own top 7 list of musicians I’d LOVE to see perform one more time.

(Click on the names to learn more about their deaths)

1. John Lennon

2. Johnny Cash

3. Bob Marley

4. Jimi Hendrix

5. Michael Jackson

6. Kurt Cobain

7. Janis Joplin

This was a tough list to make because I enjoy music from so many genres, but after some thought these are definitely my fan favorites. You might agree or disagree, but you have to admit if even one of these artists came back for a last performance it would be huge! I think John Lennon’s influence on the world with and without the Beatles earned him the #1 spot.

Check out a tribute video for Lennon below:

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