Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe – Hotel & Ski Resort receives top award


Released on: April 30, 2008, 7:14 am

Press Release Author: Embassy Suites Hotel

Industry: Real Estate

Press Release Summary: Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe Hotel General Manager championed for 2007 efforts

Press Release Body: Embassy Suites, the national brand of upscale, all-suite hotels, has recognized John Steinbach, Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe – Hotel & Ski Resort as General Manager of the Year. More than 45 awards were presented to hotels and individuals chosen from the brand’s portfolio of nearly 200 hotels throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and South America. The hotel is owned by Roppongi – Tahoe L. P. and managed by Embassy Suites Management LLC.

Steinbach has over thirty years of hospitality experience. He has been General Manager at the Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe– Hotel & Ski Resort for four years and started with the Embassy Suites brand in 1990 as Regional Marketing Director for Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. Steinbach has employed a people-centric philosophy that empowers team members to take ownership of key initiatives. His clear vision, confidence and conviction are felt by the entire team, and then carried forward. He currently resides in Gardnerville, Nevada and his hometown is Seattle, Washington. Steinbach has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Central Washington University.

“Each of our team members works diligently to live the Embassy Way everyday and to provide the ultimate in guest service,” said Jim Holthouser, Senior Vice President, Embassy Suites brand management. “John Steinbach personally makes a difference in the lives of our guests and helps them be more productive while on the road. By taking ownership of his job, serving as an example to other team members, he is a true leader and is very deserving of this award.”

About Embassy Suites Hotels
Founded in 1984, Embassy Suites Hotels defines the upscale, all-suite segment and has nearly 200 hotels open, with an additional 50 in the pipeline. With spacious two-room suites, engaging team members and an inviting atrium environment, guests are allowed to put their feet up and feel right at home.

All Embassy Suites Hotels offer spacious two-room suites that include a separate living area with a sofa bed, armchair, and well-lit dining/work table, private bedroom and bath, hair dryers, MP3 clock radio, two televisions, high-speed Internet access, a wet bar, mini-refrigerator, microwave oven, an iron and ironing board, a Precor fitness center, a convenient complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast each morning and a complimentary two-hour ManagerРІР‚в„ўs Reception* each evening.

Hilton Hotels Corporation is the leading global hospitality company, with more than 3,000 hotels and 500,000 rooms in 76 countries and territories, including 100,000 team members worldwide. The company owns, manages or franchises a hotel portfolio of some of the best known and highly regarded brands, including Hilton, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Grand Vacations, Homewood Suites by Hilton and The Waldorf=Astoria Collection.

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Web Site: http://www.embassysuites.com/

Contact Details: Embassy Suites PR contact:
Nancy Gearin
Embassy Suites Hotels
755 Crossover Lane
(901) 374-5954

Homewood Suites by Hilton opens latest hotel in Orland Park, Illinois


Released on: April 30, 2008, 4:32 am

Press Release Author: Homewood Suites by Hilton

Industry: Consumer Services

Press Release Summary: Homewood Suites by Hilton opens latest hotel in Orland Park. This represents the brandРІР‚в„ўs 5th hotel in Illinois

Press Release Body: Homewood Suites by Hilton, the international brand of upscale, all-suite, residential-style hotels, has opened the 81-suite Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel Orland Park, near Chicago, Illinois. The hotel is owned by Orbitz Group LLC and managed by Schulte Hospitality Group and represents another addition to the growing roster of more than 220 Homewood Suites by Hilton hotels nationwide.

Located one mile form the Orland Square shopping mall and the Orland Park Ice Arena, the Homewood Suites by Hilton Orland Park recognizes that demand for its extended stay features is heightened given its proximity to a major retail center. The Homewood Suites offers guests a place to rest their feet after a long day of shopping. Shoppers also have the option of making the shopping trip an overnight visit, as opposed to simply a day trip.

“This build demonstrates Homewood Suites’ continued foray into a wide variety of markets, and we are excited to offer this property as an attractive option to those visiting the Orland Park area,” said the hotels General Manager, Tom Fidanza. “We are thrilled to be part of Homewood Suites’ continued growth and development.”

The new Homewood Suites by Hilton in Orland Park is conveniently located near many local businesses and attractions including Panduit, Formax, Soldier Field, and Midwest Bank Arena.

The four-story Homewood Suites by Hilton Orland Park upscale hotel features residential-style studio, one- bedroom and two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens and spacious sleeping and living areas that are large enough for work, study, entertaining or relaxing. In an effort to help guests be more productive, complimentary high-speed internet is available in each guest suite, as well as in the Lodge and meeting rooms. In addition, the Hilton Family of Hotels has custom-designed its own clock for each guest suite, featuring one of the easiest-to-set alarms. Each suite features a connection cable for MP3 players and other portable music devices including iPods, an addition Hilton made after research revealed that consumers prefer to maintain their own music lifestyles while on the road.

About Homewood Suites by Hilton
Launched in 1989, the Homewood Suites by Hilton brand now has more than 220 hotels open with another 130 in the pipeline. Beyond its spacious suites and home-like amenities, Homewood Suites guests can find at each hotel an on-site Suite Shop convenience store, exercise facility and guest laundry at most locations. Guests can also enjoy a daily complimentary Suite Start hot breakfast and a Welcome Home reception featuring a complimentary light meal and beverages Monday-Thursday evenings. Additional guest services at Homewood Suites by Hilton hotels include a complimentary grocery shopping service* and a complete business center at most locations.

Hilton Hotels Corporation is the leading global hospitality company, with more than 3,000 hotels and 500,000 rooms in 76 countries and territories, including 100,000 team members worldwide. The company owns, manages or franchises a hotel portfolio of some of the best known and highly regarded brands, including Hilton, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Grand Vacations, Homewood Suites by Hilton and The Waldorf=Astoria Collection.

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Web Site: http://www.homewoodsuites.com/

Contact Details: PR contact:
Nancy Gearin
Director Brand Marketing
Hilton Brand Communications
Homewood Suites by Hilton
755 Crossover Lane

Harley Medical Group report record number of mums turning to cosmetic surgery


Released on: April 30, 2008, 3:31 am

Press Release Author: The Harley Medical Group

Industry: Healthcare

Press Release Summary: The Harley Medical Group report record numbers of mums are turning to post-pregnancy cosmetic surgery to get their figures back

Press Release Body: IrelandРІР‚в„ўs leading cosmetic clinic has seen a record increase in post-pregnancy surgery procedures over the past year, as more and more women strive for the yummy mummy look. The main procedures requested at The Harley Medical Group Clinic, which has registered a 20% increase, are liposuction, tummy tuck and breast uplift.

“After pregnancy or substantial weight loss, many people find their abdominal muscles are weak and the skin in that area has become looser,” said Liz Dale of The Harley Medical Group. “Despite exercise and diet, this may be difficult to shift and can cause self-consciousness and anxiety. During the procedure the muscles can be tightened and excess skin removed, leaving a firmer, flatter abdomen. Many of our patients choose to combine a tummy tuck procedure (abdominoplasty) with having liposuction to their waist area to create a new slim waistline.”

Liposuction is the removal of excess fatty tissue to reshape the body. It is not designed as a treatment for obesity, but can trim up the abdomen, hips, buttocks, inner and outer thighs, knees and even a double chin. The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic, or under local anaesthetic with sedation, often as a day case, taking one to two hours. A very small incision is used to insert the cannula to extract the fat and sometimes this is closed with a stitch or dissolvable suture.

The tummy tuck procedure takes around two hours under general anaesthetic and usually requires a one- to two-night stay in hospital. During the procedure, all loose excess skin and fatty tissue are removed through an incision which extends across the abdomen, usually from hip to hip (across the bikini area) and the damaged abdominal muscles are repaired. A benefit of this procedure is that the entire abdominal muscle wall can be tightened, usually with permanent sutures, to give a firmer result and flatter tummy (even for those without a flat tummy previously).

“Pregnancy and breastfeeding take their toll and a breast uplift can have an uplifting emotional as well as physical effect,” said Liz Dale. “It can restore proportion to someone’s body and give more self-confidence. However, all The Harley Medical Group surgeons make sure that post pregnancy patients are in good health and not breast feeding. There will be a time period before a post pregnant woman can have surgery. For example Harley Medical advise all post breast feeding patients to wait 4-6 months for breast augmentation and liposuction and tummy tuck patients to wait until they are closer to their ideal weight.”

Breast uplift involves the removal of excess skin from around the breast to create a firmer, more pert breast. If there is only a small amount of breast tissue present, implants can be inserted during the surgery to improve size at the same time.

The Harley Medical Group, now in its 26th year and its eighth in the Republic, has recently opened a clinic in Belfast to meet the growing demand in cosmetic surgery in Ireland.


About The Harley Medical Group
The Harley Medical Group is now in its 26th year and is among the most highly regarded cosmetic surgery groups in the UK and Ireland. The Harley Medical GroupРІР‚в„ўs Chairman, Mel Braham, is a member of the steering committee set up to oversee the introduction of new regulations covering the entire cosmetic surgery sector. These UK standards are applied in The Harley Medical Group clinics in Ireland in the current absence of any guidelines for clinics in Ireland.


Web Site: http://www.harleymedical.ie/

Contact Details: For further press information, case study or spokesperson
interviews or to trial non-surgical procedures at The Harley Medical Group, contact:
Sharon Plunkett
Plunkett Communications
29 Eaton Square
Co. Dublin
Tel: 01 280 7873

SeaFolks.com reports a great response from Merchant Navy Officers


Released on: April 30, 2008, 2:48 am

Press Release Author: SeaFolks.com

Industry: Internet & Online

Press Release Summary: Merchant Navy Officers are popular now. Officers are feeling very excited on their networking site SeaFolks.com, because of the attention they are getting from sea lovers across the world. In such a short time from its inception, seafolks.com has merchant navy officers from more than 20 countries registered already.

Press Release Body: SeaFolks.com is the world’s first networking site for merchant navy officers and non-marine sea lovers across the world to interact. Features on SeaFolks.com allow members to share their interesting stories and experiences with each other. Marine bloggers across the world are finding their place at SeaFolks. The world is occupied more than 70 percent by water, which makes it a place for lots and lots of sea lovers.

Because of SeaFolks.com, passionate sea lovers wanting to grab every opportunity of sea experience have got a new perspective to look at sea. They now have access to interesting and challenging sea deeds and experiences of mariners. Starting from marine uniform to their conduct & discipline, everything is very attractive to civilians. All this has generated a lot of attention to mariners and their professional life via SeaFolks.com.

SeaFolks.com has given us lots of joy and encouragement!” says Mr Gajanan, a member of SeaFolks.com. Away at sea and detached from a lot of social activities, can make mariners lonely at times. At the same time, in spite of will, sea lovers are deprived of a glimpse of sea by their busy routine. Integrating this way will surely be satisfying to both of them. CEO of SeaFolks.com, Mr Umesh Dhekane said, “This is our sincere attempt to get merchant navy officers and sea lovers together to have new perspective for each other, basically to seek emotional support.”

As they say on their site, satisfying social and professional needs of merchant navy officers is the primary reason behind this venture. The site also offers a technical forum for mariners, so that they can be updated with the latest in marine technology and news. Vertical networking sites are fast getting added up on the Internet. Rather than having a networking site about a particular passion, sites like SeaFolks.com, which having to satisfy professional needs also, will surely go long way.

Web Site: http://www.seafolks.com

Contact Details: Umesh Dhekane
CEO SeaFolks.com
Prerana 11 Sumarg soc.,
Pune, India
Email: umeshtmi1@gmail.com
M: +919822778254

BabyBox.com Selected as Exclusive Online Retailer for Sterling Anabella Luxury Crib Bedding


Released on: April 29, 2008, 9:29 pm

Press Release Author: BabyBox.com

Industry: Retail

Press Release Summary: Retailer of Baby Furniture Expands Offering to Include New Line of Custom Baby Bedding

Press Release Body: (Darien, CT) April 29, 2008 – www.BabyBox.com, a luxury retailer of baby bedding, crib bedding, Baby Furniture and baby gifts, today announced an expansion in their product line to include Sterling Anabella Luxury Crib Bedding Collection, maker of heirloom, quality baby bedding, upholstery and drapery. The newly added crib bedding line enhances the specialized selection already offered by BabyBox.com.

BabyBox was selected by Sterling Anabella as the exclusive online retailer of the upscale bedding collection. Renowned in the industry for carrying the highest quality and most desirable baby gifts, bedding and nursery accessories, BabyBox.com provides customers an additional line of luxurious yet practical designed linens. The newest addition of baby bedding joins other upscale designers already available through BabyBox.com including Henry & Henrietta, Lulla Smith, Gordonsbury, Serena & Lily, Blauen, Sweet William, Lullaby and Baby B among others.

Sterling Anabella fine quality crib linens are available exclusively at BabyBox.com and are designed to complement your sophisticated sense of style. The Sterling Anabella line is well known for its luxurious and soft-to-the-touch cotton. Each crib bedding set can be customized with fabrics that are color coordinated with matching nursery accessories, window treatments and elegant upholstery to complete the room. Sterling Anabella offers the finishing touch on many of her pieces by adding a custom monogram; including monogrammed rugs, lampshades, bedding and decorative pillows. For the past 20 years, Sterling Anabella has been catering to discriminating homes and estates across the country and is a nationally recognized manufacturer of draperies and couture quality bedding under the parent company, Draperies of Palm Beach. Now the company has expanded its offerings and has brought beautifully designed drapery treatments into the nursery.

“We are thrilled to carry the Sterling Anabella Luxury Crib Bedding Collection and look forward to introducing this beautiful baby bedding to our customers. It is so refreshing to work with designers who specialize in custom made crib linens, and who offer each customer the chance to participate in designing their own set,” stated Katherine Type, founder of BabyBox.com.

Within each collection, you will find classic designs and premium fabrics in several unique color schemes. The baby bedding designs offered by Sterling Anabella are a perfect blend of elegance and flair, providing quality, classic designs for those who prefer refined dГ©cor.

Featuring other products such as baby clothes, baby furniture and baby gifts, the inclusion of the Sterling Anabella line is a logical development of BabyBox.com‘s sales strategy; further solidifying customer retention and satisfaction. For more information, please visit http://www.BabyBox.com.

About Baby Box
BabyBox.com is a premier baby gift store for children, ages newborn to 12 months. Offering a specialized selection of luxury baby items, the company prides itself on serving a niche market with a focus on unique and high quality products including adorable baby clothes, nursery dГ©cor, quality children’s furnishings custom baby bedding, moses baskets, bassinets, handmade items, as well as traditional gifts, such as toys, baby blankets and keepsake gifts. In addition to the specialized collections offered for babies, BabyBox.com also has also expanded its offerings to provide furniture, bedding, dГ©cor and clothing for older children as well. With headquarters in Darien, CT, BabyBox.com has been providing unique baby gifts since 1997. For more information, please visit http://www.BabyBox.com


Web Site: http://www.BabyBox.com

Contact Details: Press Contact
Katherine Type
(203) 655-0185

Survey Finds Data Center Automation Software Reduces Escalating Costs and Challenges Associated with Personnel Resources


Released on: April 29, 2008, 6:22 pm

Press Release Author: Sbrown/Stratavia

Industry: Software

Press Release Summary: Study Reveals Organizations Struggle with Skilled Worker Shortages, Turnover and Errors from Manual Intervention

Press Release Body: LAS VEGAS – April 29, 2008 – At TechWeb’s Software 2008, Stratavia™, the leading provider of data center automation software for Fortune 1000 organizations, today announced the results of a study it sponsored, conducted by research firm, Enterprise Management Associates. The survey revealed insights from 169 IT professionals from organizations with over $100 million in annual revenues. The research results indicate the biggest single cost factor in enterprise data centers is staffing expenses, as companies experience skills shortages, difficulties attracting and retaining staff, high error rates from manual intervention and language issues when outsourcing offshore. Findings include:

• The biggest single cost factor in enterprise data centers is staffing costs. Over 35% of respondents believe that this is the largest single cost in operating and managing their data center – more than hardware (26%), more than software (22%), and five times as much as a current ‘hot’ issue, energy costs (7%).

• Low skills, poor processes and lack of documentation, account for a significant volume of all errors. Over 90% of enterprises believe that their IT administrators need more skills today than both 5 and 10 years ago, highlighting the challenge in keeping up with the rapid pace of technology change. But, almost two-thirds (60%) of these enterprises are better able to document, establish, follow, and/or enforce best practices, when using automation tools.

• The vast majority of enterprises (77%) report that data center operations staff spend most of their time on routine operations, maintenance, and common break-fix tasks. Only 23% of enterprises have their operations staff working on delivering new IT strategies and systems to add business value.

• 75% of enterprises believe that outsourcing data center operations to non-English-speaking countries increases the rate of human or manual error.

• Turnover remains a critical issue for organizations but nearly three-quarters (73%) of enterprises find that these automated tools allow their staff to be more productive, reducing the pressure to replace staff when they move on. Over two-thirds (68%) of enterprises responded that they find it difficult to attract and/or retain skilled IT staff to manage their data centers. They are also facing an aging workforce that will result in a labor shortage of 35 million workers by 2030, yet only 37% of enterprises have hiring plans that include specific accommodation for this impending retirement of senior IT staff (i.e., the ‘baby boomer exodus’).(1) Most enterprises (59%) see their skilled people leaving their organization within 5 years, and over a quarter (27%) see their skilled people leaving within 3 years.

“At first glance, the findings present broken models of managing data center operations; yet these challenges can easily be overcome with automation tools,” said Andi Mann, research director, Enterprise Management Associates. ”Automated data center operations and management tools reduce the impact of resource shortages, the cost of data center operations, the skills required and the volume, scope and impact of errors.”

StrataviaРІР‚в„ўs CEO, Thor Culverhouse, will elaborate on the survey findings during his speaking engagement at Software 2008 in the Innovation Showcase Theater today, Tuesday, April 29 at 12:30 pm. He will speak alongside 14 Innovation Software Showcase Winners at the event. Now part of Interop Las Vegas, TechWebРІР‚в„ўs Software 2008 will be held at April 29-30, 2008 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Survey Methodology
In March 2008, EMA conducted primary research into the top human issues in the operation and management of large enterprise data centers. In all, 169 qualified respondents from organizations with over $100 million in annual revenues participated in a Web-based survey. Over a third (36%) had annual revenues of over $1 billion. Almost three quarters (72%) had over 2,500 employees in total, over half (59%) had more than 5,000 employees, and over quarter (29%) had over 20,000 employees. Respondents were primarily high-level IT staff – 24% were CIOs or CTOs, 12% were IT Vice Presidents, 30% were IT Directors, and 23% were IT Managers (or equivalents). A full methodology is available upon request.

About Stratavia
Stratavia is a leading provider of Data Center Automation software. Stratavia’s flagship platform, Data Palette, automates complex, error-prone, manually intensive yet repetitive IT automation and database administration tasks, while providing predictive analytics to detect and resolve issues before they can impact operations. Fortune 1000 companies rely on Data Palette to define, build and orchestrate standard operating procedures, and report on mission-critical applications and IT operations. Founded in 2001, Stratavia is headquartered in Denver, Colorado and is privately held and venture funded by Adams Street Partners, Asset Management Company and Vista Ventures. For more information go to www.stratavia.com.

About Enterprise Management Associates
Founded in 1996, ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATES® (EMA™) is a leading industry analyst and consulting firm dedicated to the IT management market. The firm provides IT vendors and enterprise IT professionals with objective insight into the real-world business value of long-established and emerging technologies, ranging from security, storage and IT Service Management (ITSM) to the Configuration Management Database (CMDB), virtualization and service-oriented architecture (SOA). Even with its rapid growth, EMA has never lost sight of the client, and continues to offer personalized support and convenient access to its analysts. For more information on the firm’s extensive library of IT management research, free online IT Management Solutions Center and IT consulting offerings, visit www.enterprisemanagement.com.

(1) Issues: Older Workers, United States Senate Committee of Aging

Web Site: http://www.stratavia.com

Contact Details: Michael Puterbaugh
Stratavia, Inc.
Tel: 303-991-4844

Vocalist LUA HADAR adds a TWIST to jazz with new CD, May 29 San Francisco Bay Area Release at Jazz at PearlРІР‚в„ўs


Released on: April 29, 2008, 4:21 pm

Press Release Author: Bellalua Records – a division of New Performance Group

Industry: Entertainment

Press Release Summary: “World jazz” vocalist LUA HADAR with her band, TWIST, debut their new self-titled CD – a cosmopolitan mix of original, international and standard jazz tunes “twisted” in a surprising fusion by Hadar and her musical director, jazz pianist and arranger, Jason Martineau. Following their opening at New YorkРІР‚в„ўs Iridium Jazz Club, TWIST, a sophisticated high-energy band, appears May 29 at Jazz at PearlРІР‚в„ўs with Jason Martineau on piano, Andrew Higgins on bass, Dave Rokeach on drums, Patricio Angulo on congas and Tony Malfatti on reeds, with special guest Dave Miotke on accordion and headlined by the passionate Lua Hadar on vocals.

Press Release Body: Vocalist LUA HADAR with her band, TWIST, will debut their new self-titled CD, at the historic Jazz at PearlРІР‚в„ўs, in the heart of North Beach. The Bay Area CD Release follows TWISTРІР‚в„ўs New York debut at the Iridium Jazz Club, which was named “New York’s Best Jazz Club” by New York Magazine. On May 29, TWIST rolls out their new CD to the Bay Area with Jason Martineau on piano, Andrew Higgins on bass, Dave Rokeach on drums, Patricio Angulo on congas and Tony Malfatti on reeds, with special guest Dave Miotke on accordion and headlined by the passionate Lua Hadar on vocals. 256 Columbus Ave (Pacific), San Francisco. Thursday, May 29, 2 Shows. Tickets $20 @ 8 PM and $15 @ 10:00 PM. Phone: 415-291-8255. www.jazzatpearls.com

Hadar’s return to Jazz at Pearl’s to debut the new CD is fitting, since the band’s performance at the club a year ago, called “top notch” by the San Francisco Bay Times, was a major stepping stone to the new recording. Jazz at Pearl’s was named in the Top 30 Hottest Clubs Worldwide by Conde Nast Travel Magazine.

The new CD, Lua Hadar with TWIST, was recorded at Laughing Tiger Studios in San Rafael, which has recorded projects for artists such as Carlos Santana, Greg Allman, Huey Lewis, Rhiannon, Ledisi, Clairdee and many more. (www.laughingtiger.com)

Lua Hadar, intriguing “world jazz” vocalist is a refreshing revelation in passionate musical creativity. Her latest CD, Lua Hadar with TWIST (her sophisticated high-energy band), makes it clear that, as the name implies, their music keeps moving forward in unexpected ways.

Lua’s success as a singer is not surprising considering that her father was a musician/bandleader, and the soundtrack of her New York childhood was taken right out of the Great American Songbook. Her unique musical skill set has classical and jazz roots, combined with a remarkable facility and love for the Romance languages, including French, Italian and Spanish.

Lua’s lust for travel and cultural exchange has produced a cosmopolitan mix of original, international and standard jazz tunes “twisted” in a surprising fusion by Hadar and her musical director, pianist and arranger, Jason Martineau.

Extensive training and experience in theatre and cabaret have given Lua an ability to connect intimately with audiences and emotionally embrace her music. Completely at home on stage, she has a warm and generous way with both her band and her audiences. This is part of the reason why Lua and TWIST make regular return engagements to many venues.

When not touring, Lua Hadar and TWIST are based in San Francisco, frequently appearing in the Bay Area and in Los Angeles, at venues such as The Plush Room, HollywoodРІР‚в„ўs Gardenia and M-Bar Supper Clubs. Lua is very active in the San Francisco Bay Area as a performing arts consultant and mentor. She maintains a private Vocal Studio where she trains professional singers and actors.

Musical Director Jason Martineau is an award-winning pianist, composer, arranger, and instructor, and has been active in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1995. As jazz pianist, arranger and bandleader, “Dr. J” directs the 6-piece TWIST, comprised of piano, bass, drums, percussion, reeds, and headlined by Hadar on vocals. A native New Yorker as well, his association with Lua began in 2005 in San Francisco, with the production of her first solo CD, It’s about Time (Bellalua Records, www.luahadar.com).

Dr. Martineau holds a Masters Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Doctorate in Composition from The Manhattan School of Music. His numerous compositions include works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo piano and chorus. He has also composed a full-length musical, multiple film scores, and over 200 songs, both instrumental and vocal. Dr. Martineau has recorded more than ten CDs, working in a wide range of idioms including world fusion, jazz, avant-garde, rock, pop, and classical. MartineauРІР‚в„ўs original song, Floating Where I Have Never Been, a French and English jazz funk tune, has its world premiere recording on the new Lua Hadar with TWIST CD. (www.jasonmartineau.com)

WEBSITE: www.luahadar.com
MYSPACE: www.myspace.com/luahadarwithtwist
ELECTRONIC PRESS KIT: www.sonicbids.com/luahadar
CD SALES POST RELEASE: www.cdbaby.com/luahadar, iTunes and at many online digital

FRESH! – San Francisco Chronicle

Twist is a first-rate 6-piece ensemble that knows how to rock the casbah.Nancy Tierney, CabaretExchange.com

…gloriously exotic… Tremendous! Tom Kelly, San Francisco Bay Times

… rich voice … luscious tone… sensitive and poetic… emotional… elegant … great rhythmic ideasRob Lester, TalkinBroadway.com, New York

A unique and original vocalist with a soaring range and a charming, swingin’ delivery. You will love Lua’s “Twist!”Terese Genecco, award-winning vocalist and bandleader

…heart-wrenchingly beautiful… Kurt Reichenbach, Universal label recording artist

For hi-res photos and graphics contact info@luahadar.com; call 415-377-4858 or click Photo Downloads at www.luahadar.com.
Photo credit: Kingmond Young
CD Graphics credit: Paige Smith

WHO: Lua Hadar with TWIST
WHAT: 6-piece world jazz ensemble headlined by vocalist Lua Hadar
WHEN: Thursday, May 29, 2 shows at 8 pm and 10 pm
WHERE: Jazz at PearlРІР‚в„ўs, 256 Columbus Ave (Pacific), San Francisco.
TICKETS: $20 for 8 PM show, $15 for 10 PM show
Phone: 415-291-8255. www.jazzatpearls.com


Web Site: http://www.jazzatpearls.com

Contact Details: Bellalua Records
A division of New Performance Group
1695 18th Street, Studio 317
San Francisco, CA 94107

For Interview & Media appearances
Media Contact: BZ Harrison
Phone (not for publication)

Blind 9 Golf Expands Inventory to Include Newest Additions of Golf Equipment, Accessories and Golf Apparel


Released on: April 29, 2008, 3:02 pm

Press Release Author: Blind 9 Golf

Industry: Retail

Press Release Summary: Popular golf retailer adds newest golf items to product offering

Press Release Body: (Monrovia, CA) April 29, 008 – www.Blind9Golf.com, an established retailer of golf equipment, golf apparel and golf accessories, today announced a huge expansion to their product inventory to now include top brands such as TaylorMade, Mizuno, Tour Edge, Sky Caddie and Wilson Staff among others.

Blind 9 Golf offers a wide selection of golf clubs, drivers, apparel as well as a complete line of golf equipment for men, women and juniors. Featuring fashion forward golf apparel that speaks to comfort, style and performance; quality golf equipment for novice to advanced skill levels as well as a large selection of accessories. Offering customers the flexibility of choice, value and satisfaction regardless of budget or style preference, Blind 9 Golf has been serving the golf community since 2006.

“We have expanded our product offering to include the newest lines of golf equipment and apparel into our store, offering shoppers an even greater selection of quality products,” stated Sherri Brown, spokesperson for Blind 9 Golf. “We are pleased to offer our customers golf equipment from TaylorMade, Mizuno, Rife Putters, Bobby Jones, Heavy Putters, Wilson Staff, Tour Edge as well as SkyCaddie GPS Units. These new additions are just a few of the many new items we’ve brought to the store. To celebrate our inventory expansion, we are also offering customers a matching golf cap with certain sets of clubs or drivers purchased through the web site.”

In addition, the golf equipment retailer specializes in bringing the power of choice to golfers by offering the latest and most desired products to perfect each golfer’s game. Shoppers can find high demand products such as the Nickent 4DX Evolver drivers, which features brand new interchangeable shaft technology – bringing performance to a whole new level. From apparel and accessories to top of the line equipment, Blind 9 Golf is proud to offer customers value and quality. For more information, please visit http://www.Blind9Golf.com.

About Blind 9 Golf
Blind 9 Golf offers a distinguishable selection of golf equipment, golf apparel and golf accessories featuring top of the line manufacturers such as Adams Golf, adidas, Callaway, Bridgestone, Puma Golf, Mizuno, Nickent, OGIO, TaylorMade, Sun Mountain, Verdina, Lija, Kangol, SkyCaddie, Precept, Wilson Staff, Tour Edge, Volvik, Daphne’s Headcovers and more. Founded in 2006 with headquarters and a retail location in Monrovia, CA, Blind 9 Golf is home to golf enthusiasts of all skill levels offering everything needed to equip and prepare today’s golfer for the best game. From golf clubs, putters, golf shirts, golf shoes and accessories, Blind 9 Golf provides quality, selection and affordability. For more information, please visit http://www.Blind9Golf.com.



Web Site: http://www.blind9golf.com

Contact Details: Press Contact
Sherri Brown
Marketing Communications
(626) 305-5154

Announcing Touch Salons Exclusive Organic Green Apple Facial


Released on: April 29, 2008, 1:12 pm

Press Release Author: Jessica Desjardins

Industry: Apparel & Fashion

Press Release Summary: Why feed your skin anything than what you would feed yourself? Touch Salons announces its exclusive Organic Green Apple Facial.

Press Release Body: Announcing the launch of Touch Salons exclusive Organic Green Apple Facial by Juice Beauty. Touch Salons exclusive 95% Organic Apple Facial will leave you feeling refreshed and give you a youthful glow. The anti-oxidant technology combines peptides, Vitamin C, and essential fatty acids for optimum age-defying results. The skin absorbs 64% of what you place on it-the Juice Beauty Organic Apple facial will provide you with an organic, healthy, paraben-free and naturally toxin free option for your skins best look. Cinnamon aroma therapy will help to relieve pain and increase blood circulation, while warming the inner body. Choose from a paraffin foot or hand treatment during your facial.

Touch Salons prides itself on the healthy lifestyle it provides to each client. The spirit of TOUCH is about providing a superior service in a distinct salon environment that empowers the TOUCH woman to feel bold, sexy and confident.

This facial utilizes Juice Beauty‘s antioxidant technology with certified organic Hydroxy-Acid Juice Base, including organic apple juice, lemon juice, grape juice, raw cane sugars, and salicylic acid and milk peptides. This patent pending juice base is blended with Results-Oriented Antioxidant Technology. Age-defying antioxidants (DMAE, alpha lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10, fat-soluble vitamin C), performance-oriented peptides and refining hydroxy-acids, help smooth fine lines, firm and clear blemishes.

The organic hydroxy-acid juice solution helps: exfoliate dull, lifeless skin, minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, helps give skin a smoother appearance, improves skin tone and texture, help reduce blemishes, and helps lighten surface scars and age spots. Perfect benefits for aging and problem skin conditions.

50minute Organic Green Apple Facial $105

Web Site: http://www.touchsalons.com

Contact Details: Touch Salons
200 East Randolph
Chicago, IL 60601
Ph. 312.297.0900

Fengshui and the Power of “Lucky” Numbers


Released on: April 29, 2008, 9:26 am

Press Release Author: Jorge L. Chong / Freelance

Industry: Internet & Online

Press Release Summary: Only 100 days left until the beginning of the Beijing Olympics, and do you know why it starts on the 08.08.08?

Press Release Body: BEIJING, Apr. 28- Call it an obsession, infatuation or what you want. But for any newcomer to China it won’t take long time to find out how madly in love the people are with lucky numbers.

China has an interrupted history of more than five thousand years. And in this booming economy almost any number can bring you good or bad luck. In Chinese language, the number 8 is pronounced similarly as “Fa” and Facai means “to become wealthy” that is why the number 8 is venerated in China. Lucky numbers include three, six, eight and nine.

Can Fengshui really bring Good Fortune? Nowadays tradition appears to change. “I don’t believe in these kind of things,” said Penny Guo, who works as a trader for a large import-export company in Dongguan, Guangdong Province. But for Feng Xie, who lives and works in Shenzhen, it’s more important to avoid unlucky numbers than to chase good ones.

Feng, a 26-year-old professional, says that although she doesn’t have any faith in numbers specifically, she still avoids anything to do with the number four, and would not feel comfortable with that number in her mobile phone number or address. Most Chinese regard it unlucky because “four” sounds too close to “death” in Chinese.

Those who still aren’t convinced of the power of numbers and think the Beijing Olympics start on the 8th of August just for coincidence, might want to consider 100YearsWebPage.com the owner of this website is offering the possibility to bring “100 years of good luck” to everyone that advertise on the site since he used all the Fengshui principals to design his site. Moreover, the advertising spaces start at only… can you guess? Yes 8 bucks.


Web Site: http://100yearswebpage.com

Contact Details: Room 1803, Chang An Street #11
Beijing, PR of China