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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
Railway Board chairman Arunendra Kumar has inaugurated a modern Food Plaza developed by Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) at Tirupati railway station. A host of catering facilities are made available to the travelling public, …
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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The Waiting Room Magazine offers an alternative to the outdated, dry reading material one may experience in their doctors lobby.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.

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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:

EJL Wireless Research Reports Global PTP Radio Shipments Declined 10.6% in 2009

Salem, NH (PRWEB) July 6, 2010

The global point to point (PTP) radio market declined by 10.6% in 2009 to 1.24 million units, according to the latest report from EJL Wireless Research titled Global Digital PTP Radio Market Analysis and Forecast, 2009-2014 6th Edition. The PTP radio market in 2009 was not immune to the financial issues impacting the wireless infrastructure market, says founder and President, Earl Lum. EJL Wireless Research is forecasting that the PTP radio market will recover in 2010 continue to see moderate growth through 2012.

NEC Microwave managed to edge out Ericsson again for the third year in a row. Huawei reached fifth worldwide in its second year in our market share rankings and is poised to enter the top three in by the end of 2011, says Lum.

Asia Pacific and India remained the drivers for the industry while hybrid TDM/Ethernet radios became the leading category in interface types says Lum. North America was the only region to see growth with DragonWave becoming the largest supplier.

SDH/SONET and PDH radio shipments are forecasted to decline as customers migrate to high capacity Hybrid solutions. The 60/70/80GHz radio shipments grew 46% in 2009 with BridgeWave Communications leading this emerging product segment.

The report provides a unique perspective on the global shipments and demand for PTP radio equipment covering all vendors including Alcatel-Lucent, BridgeWave Comunications, Ceragon Networks, DragonWave, Ericsson, Aviat Networks, Huawei Technologies, NEC, Nera Networks, Nokia Siemens Networks, and SIAE Microelettronica.

About EJL Wireless Research

EJL Wireless Research provides proprietary, accurate and cutting-edge market analysis and consulting services on the wireless technology ecosystem. The firm focuses its research on all vertical elements of the wireless ecosystem including mobile subscribers, mobile operators, mobile handsets, mobile infrastructure and mobile content. In addition, the firm provides analysis across horizontal technology suppliers including RF semiconductor materials, RF semiconductor/components, subsystems and OEMs. Our goal is to provide our clients with mission critical market analysis and information.

EJL Wireless Research is managed by Earl Lum. Mr. Lum has 18 years of experience within the wireless industry including 8 years as an Equity Research Analyst on Wall Street cover the global wireless industry. The company is headquartered in Salem, NH. For more information about EJL Wireless Research, please visit the companys website at http://www.ejlwireless.com.

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Comparison Shopping is the Best Way to get Cheap Car Insurance

Driving around city, watching Television, playing the radio, flipping through publications, checking your email – if you are doing these points you’ll likely see several ads for car insurance. Some of these ads will claim that you can get ridiculously low-cost car insurance, and they make it sounds quite appealing. Nevertheless, auto insurance is much more than simply a bill that’s due every month. Luckily with a little work you can locate cheap car insurance on a comparison website like Compare-Insurers.com that will keep you safe on the road.

When you enter an accident, or your auto is ruined in other manners, it is possible to be faced with thousands of dollars in repairs and doctor’s bills. Many people do not have this kind of money laying around, and this is why insurance is important. There are various different kinds of auto insurance coverage, and typically you will be able to select an sum for each sort. For example, one kind of car insurance coverage is liability insurance. When you select liability insurance, you will be competent to choose an sum such as $25,000, $50,000 or more. This is why it’s a good thought to get as much coverage as you can afford – ,000 might appear like more than enough to replace a vehicle, but there could be multiple vehicles included and a wide assortment of other expenses (medical bills, funeral prices, etc).

Finding Affordable Auto Insurance

If you have questions over which sort of insurance you need to pick, feel free to telephone an broker immediately.

The simplest means to comparison-shop is online. Here-you have access to hundreds of car insurance firms. You simply have to go to their web sites and enter your info. The only thing to always recall is to evaluate coverage first, and then cost, using a free quotes platform e.g. http://compare-insurers.com. You could locate a policy for a month and one for 0, but the coverage doesn’t actually cover much at all, meaning the 0 coverage is the greatest bargain.

Unfortunately, more car insurance coverage indicates a more costly premium. Nevertheless, comparison shopping is the greatest means to conserve cash each month, for many motives:

- Offers you an excellent idea concerning just what a high, reduced, and typical premium will be.

- The more quotes you locate the more firms you are uncovered to.

- You can observe which insurance companies offer the many price reductions, as well as the many that you’re certified for.

- This signifies you’ve got more opportunities to get the cheapest price.

Mission Foods Encourages Consumers to “Fuel Your Fiesta”


Irving, TX (PRWEB) April 14, 2014

Mission Foods is encouraging consumers to fiesta like you mean it for a chance to win a brand new Ford Fiesta. In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, the worlds best selling tortilla brand is giving away five new Ford Fiestas, a retail value of $ 15,000 per car. The Fuel Your Fiesta sweepstakes will run from April 1 to May 6, 2014.

For details on sweepstakes entry and a chance to win one of the Ford Fiestas, simply visit either Missions Facebook page or WinAFiesta.com. Consumers should also look for specially marked packages of Mission products, including Super Soft Tortillas and Brown Bag Chips for an opportunity to gain five automatic entries into the sweepstakes. Winners will be selected on or around May 19, 2014.

To support the give-away, select retailers nationwide will have large Mission displays in-store, featuring special Ford Fiesta signage.

Cinco de Mayo is a way to celebrate great food with family and friends, said Peter Thornfield, director of marketing with Mission Foods.

At Mission Foods, we make life fun, Thornfield continued. Eat interesting with Mission products and take your festivities to the next level.

For more information about Mission Foods, visit http://www.MissionMenus.com. Follow Mission Foods on Twitter @MissionFoods on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/Mission.

About Mission Foods

Mission Foods, headquartered in Irving (Dallas area), Texas and a division of Gruma Corporation, and Gruma S.A.B. de C.V., a Mexican corporation, was founded in 1949, and is one of the largest tortilla manufacturers in the United States. Gruma S.A. de C.V. is the parent company of Mission Foods (Gruma Corporation) and is a leading Mexican producer of corn, masa and flour tortilla products. It has operations in Mexico, the United States, Central and South America, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit http://www.MissionMenus.com.

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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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