Focus KSA | Saudi Student Turned Entrepreneur: A Conversation with Walid

Focus KSA | Saudi Student Turned Entrepreneur: A Conversation with Walid
[Richard Wilson] Hello and welcome to today's Focus KSA session, another in our online discussions produced by Saudi-U.S. Trade Group and our sister organization, the Saudi-U.S. Relations Information Service, SUSRIS. … And the best thing about Santa …
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Sanjay Rawal Shocks and Enlightens Us in Food Chains
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Marlin's Cajuns face road test at Auburn

Marlin's Cajuns face road test at Auburn
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Colorado insurance alert urges smokers to quit
A consumer alert means the state's division of insurance will publicize the information online and ask health-insurance companies to post the details on their websites. Salazar said the insurance benefits to help smokers quit has been available since …
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The Big 12: The Conference That Can't Catch a Break
With three weeks to go in the regular season—the inaugural year of the four-team College Football Playoff—the Big 12 looks like it might get shut out of the tournament. When the committee charged with selecting the playoff field released its latest …
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YogaVibes Sponsors Upcoming Yoga Journal LIVE Event

Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) July 06, 2014

YogaVibes, the premium source for streaming online yoga classes and free yoga videos, is excited to attend Yoga Journal LIVE as an event sponsor, July 10-14th, at the beautiful Sheraton Hotel & Marina in San Diego, California.

Attracting devoted Yoga Journal readers and yoga practitioners who seek the ultimate yoga experience, Yoga Journal LIVE is an opportunity to interact with world-renowned instructors in marquee settings in top markets. Yoga Journal events feature unparalleled marketing opportunities, including the popular Yoga Lifestyle Marketplace filled with sought-after yoga products, samples, and services.

In attendance, will be YogaVibes teachers Brigitte Kouba M.A. (aka Gigi Yogini), a Positive Body Image Advocate, yoga instructor, and co-founder of the Yoga + Body Image Coalition, and Justin Michael Williams, a social media expert, yoga instructor, and owner of a yoga-centric social media marketing agency.

Gigi will be contributing to the The Practice of Leadership Series – an ongoing conversation about conscious and compassionate leadership in the modern world. In this session, community leaders will confront the complicated issue of body image in the yoga culture.

I’m really looking forward to be a part of this important conversation about Body Image with lululemon, Off the Mat, Into the World, and Yoga Journal, says Gigi. It’s vital to remember that yoga is for every body and to candidly discuss how we, as thought influencers and industry leaders, can make the practice of yoga, and its beneficial qualities, more accessible for everyone.

Justin will be co-teaching a Business of Yoga workshop, offering tactical approaches to help yoga studios and businesses streamline everyday marketing activities.

Videos, branding, and marketing can be some of the most powerful ways to build a thriving yoga business, says Justin. I’m so excited to present at San Diego YJLIVE with Karen Mozes to share top tips on producing the highest quality media that actually makes an impact on your career. We’ll be teaching our favorite do-it-yourself tricks, including how to film the best yoga videos, capture the best photos, and take your entire online brand to the next level!

Dont forget to visit the YogaVibes booth at the Yoga Marketplace to sign up for a complimentary 1-month online yoga subscription. Conference guests that sign up at the YogaVibes booth will receive a waterproof and adjustable Pura Vida Good Vibes bracelet.


YogaVibes, a Yoga Journal partner, is the premium source for streaming online yoga classes and free online yoga videos. No more worries about making it to class on time! Stream online yoga at work, at home, in the airport – wherever, whenever! YogaVibes takes the stress out of finding time for yoga. Join now to sweat, stretch, explore, unwind, or bliss out. Learn more at


For 18 years, Yoga Journal LIVE has provided the unique top-notch educational opportunity for yoga practitioners of all levels, from all over the world, to experience Yoga Journal Magazine LIVE! Attendees come to explore new styles, get inspired and connect with our top-tier roster of highly regarded yoga teachers and luminaries. Yoga Journal LIVE – held in Colorado, New York, San Francisco, San Diego and Florida – feature classes, panels, keynotes, intensives and a Yoga Marketplace with products and services for healthy balanced living. Learn more at

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Tips for succeeding in online classes
Time management skills can be one of the more challenging aspects of taking online classes, but it is crucial to stay caught up with assignments on a regular basis in order to do well. “It's really easy to put off everything to the last minute, but …
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More online class opportunities should be available
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RIO Genesis Adds Key Personnel to Provide Technical Support

Henderson, NV (PRWEB) November 12, 2014

RIO Software Solutions has added three more key personnel to their technical support team to further strengthen an already robust support operation tied to their exciting new technology platform, RIO Office, according to company president and CEO, Michael Krein, Ph.D.

We are proud to announce the additions of Kevin Bettincourt, Customer Service Manager, Federico Dottin, Product Manager, and Desiree VanLeer, Broker Services Manager, said Krein. These talented, experienced professionals were specifically hired to further enhance our technical support operation and I look forward to working with them as we march forward.

According to Krein, Bettencourt has an extensive background in customer service ranging from retail operations, to telephone customer support and in-home service. With over nine years of experience in customer support, he brings his expertise to RIO Software Solutions tech support team and to the end-users of RIO Office, whether they call, e-mail or submit a ticket online to their web site.

Federico (Trip) Dottin has been working with RIO Genesis since 2012 and is highly proficient in programming and client communication.

Trip claims to be the geek with exceptional social interaction skills, which is perfect for his role as product manager, said Krein. Desiree is an eleven-year real estate veteran, with her most recent experience working as a sales and marketing professional with a leading national home builder. As broker services manager, she will focus on leading customers to solutions that best fit their specific business needs by building relationships and offering focused support.

RIO Office is the latest breakthrough that further advances their groundbreaking RIO Genesis technology platform. RIO (Real Estate Information Organizer) Office includes modules for: Management and Marketing; Full Transaction Workflow and Tasking; Open Reporting and Scoring; Staff Direction; Document Manipulation and Paperless Storage; Lead Generation and Tracking; Offer Management and Closing; Enhanced Communications; Email Integration, Accounting and Billing; Compliance, and a complete Recruiting System.

Krein provides leadership and direction for all facets of the company, as well as formulating and implementing the strategic plans that guide the direction and mission of RIO Genesis. He oversees client relations and is instrumental in the platform’s outstanding growth.

Learn how RIO Office can empower your business and make you more profitable and more efficient than ever before! http://www.RIOGENESIS.COM

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The Jonathan Merage Foundation Commits $100K to the Denver Botanic Gardens Science Pyramid to Fund Photovoltaic Panels

Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) July 08, 2014

The Jonathan Merage Foundation committed a $ 100,000 investment to the Denver Botanic Gardens that will fund the installation of photovoltaic panels on the newly developed Science Pyramid. This grant is a continuation of the foundations ongoing support to the Denver Botanic Gardens, as it was the very first gift in support of making the Science Pyramid a reality in 2010, and has funded educational programming for climate related plant programs.

In addition to harnessing solar energy in the Pyramid, the panels will be an important tool for community education on the benefits of sustainable energy. The Science Pyramid, opening this summer, will be interactive and educational, featuring environmental science programming and exhibits. Visitors will discover global connections between people, plants, environments, and material culture through an interdisciplinary exhibition devoted to understanding steppe regions around the world. A key element of the Science Pyramid will be the Omni-Globe, which was previously enhanced through the support of the Jonathan Merage Foundation, who provided funding for a new wave of climate related plant programs.

The Denver Botanic Gardens continually sets and achieves goals to increase overall green practices. The past year was notable as a drought year in Denver during which the Gardens modeled efficient irrigation techniques and appropriate plant selection. The new Science Pyramid will be no different with key design elements that will contribute to its overall efficiency. In addition to the photovoltaic panels, electro-chromic glass will be utilized throughout, darkening to block unnecessary sunlight that would increase the temperature to trigger HVAC adjustments as needed.

In 2007, the Denver Botanic Gardens adopted a Master Development Plan to ensure the institutions viability for the future. To date, more than 30 construction projects have come to fruition through the support of partners like the Jonathan Merage Foundation. The Denver Botanic Gardens reports that it achieved its best overall attendance numbers to date in 2013, with more than 879,000 visitors, and its highest membership attainment with more than 30,000 households. These numbers place the Denver Botanic Gardens as the fifth most visited botanic gardens in North America.

About the Jonathan Merage Foundation

The Jonathan Merage Foundation, founded by passionate young philanthropist, Jonathan Merage, focuses on advancing the study of, education, and activities surrounding science and severe weather. The foundation seeks to invest in innovative and pioneering approaches to further our understanding of the world around us.

About Denver Botanic Gardens

Green inside and out, Denver Botanic Gardens began in 1951 and is considered one of the top botanical gardens in the United States and a pioneer in water conservation. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Gardens living collections encompass specimens from the tropics to the tundra, showcasing a plant palette chosen to thrive in Colorados semi-arid climate. The Gardens is a dynamic, 24-acre urban oasis in the heart of the city, offering unforgettable opportunities to flourish with unique garden experiences for the whole family as well as world-class education and plant conservation research programs. Additional sites extend this experience throughout the Front Range: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield is a 750-acre native plant refuge with an active farm in Jefferson County; Mount Goliath is a high-altitude trail and interpretive site on the Mount Evans Scenic Byway. For more information, visit us online at

Spray Tanning Business Owner Tammy Becker Completes Her Master Airbrush Tanning Course At The Hollywood Airbrush Tanning Academy

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 10, 2014

Tammy Becker, an experienced spray tan professional, has successfully completed the advanced Master Airbrush Tanning course at the Hollywood Airbrush Tanning Academy. This Southern California based spray tanning training school is now considered to be the most authentic training destination in the country to learn all aspects of spray tanning. The academy is known mostly for their hands on airbrush tanning training program that has created over hundred successful entrepreneurs in this emerging field. The founder of Hollywood Airbrush Tanning Academy Simone Emmons started the Master Airbrush Tanning course for her previous students that are interested in building a career as a spray tanning trainer at the Hollywood Airbrush Tanning Academy.

Tammy has been in close association with the Hollywood Airbrush Tanning Academy since she first trained at the academy and has expressed interest in becoming a future trainer. Simone was instrumental in assisting Tammy fine tune her spray tanning technique, educating her on other products available on the market, and getting her acquainted to other spray tanning machines and other spray tanning solutions in the market. Within the last two years, Tammy has already proven herself as a professional spray tanner and business owner. In fact, Simone has also been able to use Tammy as the backup trainer when she was sick. Talking about Tammy and her future involvement with the academy, Simone says, I’ve been working and helping Tammy fine-tune her spray tanning technique because sometimes students learn their own bad habits. It’s very important that spray tanners pay attention to details, and also spraying with minimum overspray. I am also considering Tammy now as another trainer.

In addition to her aspiration of becoming a trainer, Tammy has been doing exceptionally well in her current business in Ventura, California since her original training 2 years ago. Her business has been booming with a continuously increasing pool of delighted clients. Underlining the importance of customer service in an airbrush tanning business, Tammy said, The most important aspect of our business is customer service. You must build a network of clients, who refer others, in order to grow your business.

In the near future, Tammy is hoping to have dedicated office space to provide a base of operations to continue the growth of her own business. When asked about her decision of coming back to the Hollywood Airbrush Tanning Academy for further training, she said, I really wanted to ensure that I could provide a quality experience for others and share the skills that made me successful. In addition, I wanted to be on the cutting edge of our industry and the Master Training allowed me to hone my technique and learn what new products and machines are available today.

About Hollywood Airbrush Tanning Academy:

Hollywood Airbrush Tanning Academy is located in Los Angeles, California and offers an extensive Spray Tanning Certification program to anyone who wishes to learn spray tanning. Simone Emmons, the creator of the spray tanning training program, has been a professional, licensed spray tanning technician and teacher and has helped numerous entrepreneurs from Louisiana, Kentucky, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Minnesota, Texas, Georgia, Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Illinois, Indiana, Washington, Oregon, Florida, Oklahoma, Alaska, Ohio, California, New York, New Jersey, Canada and the Island of Hawaii and Trinidad start a business in Airbrush Tanning. The spray tanning program is unique because it provides hands-on and private spray tanning training to individuals who want to start an Airbrush Tanning Business. According to Emmons, this spray tanning program gives individuals a leading edge in starting an Airbrush Tanning business immediately after finishing with the training. Students have the option to choose from a full day course of 10-12 hours or two half day courses of 5-6 hours a day or through live video conferencing. The academy is also launching a website soon so students can learn Airbrush Tanning Online. Many tanning training institutions only educate students on their own equipment and products they sell; however, Hollywood Airbrush Tanning Academy does not sell any of their own products and provides training and education on all equipment and good products in the airbrush tanning industry.

Individuals interested in learning spray tanning and starting their own Airbrush Tanning Business should visit the website at Hollywood Airbrush Tanning Academy, or for more detailed information about the airbrush tanning classes, visit

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PUB HTML5 Invites Users of Its eBook Publishing Software to Publish Comic Books Online

(PRWEB) November 10, 2014

The new PUB HTML5 eBook publishing software allows publishers to create e-comic books rich with animations to allure more readers. The user-friendly digital comic books could be enjoyed through a variety of mobile devices and PCs.

Animations and comic books are loved by all age groups, regardless of the gender, color, nationality, race or religion. Comic books have been a strong form to express messages through feelings. This is the reason for the widespread fan base of class, paper-based comic books. The revolutionary PUB HTML5 eBook publishing platform has made PDF to HTML5 magazine publishing simpler, interactive and interesting.

The PUB HTML5 e-publishing software enables users to integrate animation into the digital comic books making them more attractive. This feature ensures that the reader is provided with something extra than that of a traditional comic book, which increases the quality of the publication exponentially. Adding animation into a comic book has never been easier; the user-friendly PUB HTML5 platform lets the publisher animate comic books with minimumal effort and time.

Moreover, the portability and accessibility of digital comic books created using the HTML5 software are optimized. Readers could access their favorite comic books from any part of the world instantly. All that is needed is a compatible mobile device such as an iPad or Android tablet or a PC. The maximized portability makes it possible to read the comic book even when traveling. This offers even the busiest readers an opportunity to enjoy a comic book, which directly increases the number of readers.

The cost factor of a digital comic book is far less than that of its printed counterpart, which makes it the best solution for independent authors and small businesses. The publishers could cut off unnecessary costs accumulated for printing, transporting and even distribution while providing their fans and followers high quality digital reading material.

For the interested customers and publishers, an alluring page flip comic book example has been published at:, to give a clear idea on the outcome of a page flip comic book created using the innovative PUB HTML5 digital publishing software.

To learn more details on the features and advantages of the software, visit the PUB HTML5 teams official website at:

UCLA Extension Announces Entertainment Lawyer Dina LaPolts Legal And Practical Aspects Of The Music Business

Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) November 06, 2014

Want to do business in the music industry? Learn the essentials from Dina LaPolt, one of the top entertainment attorneys specializing in representing music creators and other owners and controllers of intellectual property.

Dina LaPolts acclaimed course, Legal and Practical Aspects of the Music Business, returns for its 15th consecutive year at UCLA Extension to teach you exactly how to do business in todays music industry. Whether you are an artist, manager, lawyer, accountant, music industry executive, producer, songwriter, music publisher, technologist, investor, or otherwise, the class will give you an essential understanding of the various ways in which rights are exploited and monetized and how revenue is generated in the music business.

The critical topics covered in the course include:

Topics and agreements relating to music publishers, record labels, producers and remixers, merchandise companies, sponsorships and endorsement deals, and the artists executive team.

Understanding the various ways in which rights are exploited and monetized.

Understanding how revenue streams are generated.

Rights relating to trademark and the right of publicity.

Legal aspects of social networking sites, mobile applications, and online multi-channel networks.

Discussions relating to building the artists brand as a business.

Issues relating to current copyright legislation in Washington, D.C. and its effect on the creative community.

The course runs from January 13 to March 25, 2015 with classes scheduled on the UCLA campus on Tuesday nights from 7:00-10:00 PM. You can register from November 4 through January 27 at the following link:

Dina LaPolt is a top entertainment attorney at LaPolt Law, P.C. in Los Angeles. Her firm represents music creators and other celebrities including recording artists, songwriters, producers, musicians, authors, writers, photographers, actors, and other owners and controllers of intellectual property. She frequently takes part in State and Federal legislative and advocacy efforts relating to issues that impact her clients in the areas of privacy and copyright reform and has filed several comment papers on a wide variety of legislative reform issues. Most notably, she submitted a comment paper in February in response to the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Forces Green Paper on Copyright Policy, Creativity and Innovation in the Digital Economy. LaPolt submitted the paper along with her client, Steven Tyler, with artist support letters from Dr. Dre, Sting, Britney Spears, deadmau5, Don Henley and Joe Walsh of The Eagles, Ozzy Osbourne, the Dixie Chicks, Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, and Billy Joel.

For more information or to request an interview please email Valerie(at)ValerieAllenPR(dot)com

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A fundraiser for the Laramie High School cross country and track teams, the Gobble Wobble 5k is set for 9 a.m. Nov. 22 at the school, 1275 N. 11th St. Proceeds will be used for equipment purchases and athlete support. Call 721-4420 for more information.
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Mile High Showdown: A week of direct action aimed at Wall Street banks

Mile High Showdown.

This week, join the Colorado Progressive Coalition in a series of actions aimed at Wall Street Banks. Protesters will be engaged in direct action including marches, delegations, and even a flashmob, specifically targeting Wells Fargo, who holds the largest market share of foreclosures in Colorado. Wells Fargo is also the largest and worst of the subprime predatory mortgage lenders.

Wall Street banks like Wells Fargo have hit people of color especially hard. According to the Denver Fact Sheet on, “During the housing boom, big banks and their mortgage lending operations were much more likely to put Black and Latino borrowers into higher-cost, subprime loans with a higher risk of default and foreclosure. A recent study finds that the bursting of the housing bubble and the ensuing economic crisis has led to a 66% loss of wealth for Latino households and a 53% loss for Black households, compared to a 16% loss for White households.” Black and Latinos were at least three times more likely than white borrowers to get subprime loans.

Today, protesters kicked off the week of action by visiting the Wells Fargo branch at 17th and Broadway downtown, where they delivered a list of demands. Those demands include asking that Wells Fargo pay its fair share in taxes, the federally mandated 35% tax rate and increase small business loans. Protesters also demand divestment from for-profit prison companies Geo, Inc. and Corrections Corporation of America. Geo is the operator of an immigration detention center in Aurora. Corrections Corporation of America has helped create anti-immigrant legislation in Arizona, according to a 2010 NPR report. You can read more about today’s action and see photos at the Denver Westword Blogs.

Below is a list of this weeks’ actions. You can also sign up at

Monday, Oct. 24th
• Demands Delivery: Come deliver a letter with our demands to a Wells Fargo branch with us and have it faxed to CEO Jeff Stumpf!
When: 11:30 am. Where: Colorado Progressive Coalition, 1029 Santa Fe Drive, Denver

• Outreach: Join our street teams to cover the entire city with our flyers and postcards!
When: 9 am and/or 5 pm Where: Colorado Progressive Coalition, 1029 Santa Fe Drive, Denver

Tuesday, Oct. 25th
• National Divestment Action: Close your account with Wells Fargo or any other big Wall Street bank! Download our divestment letter from and bring it along, demand it be faxed to the CEO.
When: 12pm A big delegation will go close their accounts together. You can also participate individually or in small groups on your own. If you close your account, send a picture or statement to
Where: Colorado Progressive Coalition, 1029 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. (staging area)

Wednesday, Oct. 26th
• Robin Hood flashmob action to deliver #occupytheboardroom messages to local 1%
When: 10 am
Where: Colorado Progressive Coalition, 1029 Santa Fe Drive, Denver (staging area)

Thursday, Oct. 27th
• Move in Day: Homeowners that Wells Fargo has kicked out of their homes will be moving into a Wells Fargo branch! Come and help us set up a “Fargoville” encampment with tents and furniture! Bring a lamp, a pillow, or other household item to carry with you as we march!
When: 12 pm
Where: Colorado Progressive Coalition, 1029 Santa Fe Drive, Denver (staging area)

Friday, Oct. 28th
• Student Rally and March to Wells Fargo to demand they divest from GEO, the private prison corporation
When: 4 pm
Where: In front of the Tivoli Student Union, Auraria Campus, 900 Auraria Parkway, Denver

Saturday, Oct. 29th
• Mass Mobilization with Occupy Denver
When: 12 pm
Where: Civic Center Park, 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver

5 years since pizza delivery drivers form a union

Recently facebooking, I saw that a few of my friends had posted an article on a group of pizza delivery drivers that had formed a union for the first time. I was so excited about the story that I didn’t notice the date of the article: 9/22/06

Well, its the 5th anniversary of the formation of the American Union of Pizza Delivery Drivers. The formation of a union of food service workers marked a big victory… not only for the workers, but for the labor movement. It’s difficult for fast food workers to organize due to high turnover rates, a workforce of young minimum wage earners, and ease of replacement of the workforce. All of these factors have made it easier for the fiercely anti-union bosses to fight any signs of unionization.

At the time the pizza delivery drivers were going into negotiations with their employer, Domino’s Pizza, Mark Damron, speaking on behalf of the IWW, spoke about the challenges of organizing in the food service industry. [Damron] “said that is changing because older workers are taking service industry jobs that were traditionally held by younger workers.” He went on to say, “As these people move into those jobs, they have higher expectations,” he said. “You are going to see more agitation and expectations among middle-aged men who have been downsized and are now working as baristas or short-order cooks.” ¹

Is this still true? Do older workers doing food service jobs have higher expectations? Unemployment has doubled since 2006, so those looking for work aren’t just those who lost their union jobs due to downsizing and shipping jobs overseas. We have seen some food service workers unionizing or attempting to unionize, with some victories here and there – i.e. Jimmy John’s and Starbucks workers organizing with IWW- but can we continue to grow the movement of food service workers?

1.”Pizza Delivery Drivers form First Union.” USA Today on the Web 9/22/2006. Accessed 9/23/06. <;.

Solidarity wins against Chase!

Jennifer Hickey reports on the outcome of a struggle by Seattle activists to force a branch of Chase bank to return money they owed a customer.

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New Rule: Bosses Must Inform Workers of Right to Organize – Working In These Times

New Rule: Bosses Must Inform Workers of Right to Organize – Working In These Times. – Read the article!

Employers must now post notices informing workers of their right to organize, to form, and to join labor unions. This rule goes into effect November 14.

Thank you National Labor Relations Board! This is long overdue. I spoke with about 3 workers just over the past week that told me their bosses said they weren’t allowed form a union.

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