“Karina Sings”: A Concert Bringing Awareness Surrounding Special Needs Children and their Families

Free Admission. Donations support Karinia’s Expressive Arts Therapy program for disabled children in Baltimore City and County.The concert will be held in Mays Chapel UM Church 11911 Jenifer Road, Timonium, MD 21093 on Sunday April 13th at 4pm.

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Timonium, MD, USA (March 31, 2014) — Goucher College Students’ A Capella Group, Red Hot Blue will preform on April 13th; two Opera singers from NYC, Edgar Jaramillo – Tenor, and Evelyn Thatcher – Soprano will sing areas and duets by Puccini, Verdi, and F. Lehar.

The Admission is Free. Donations support Karinia’s Expressive Arts Therapy program for disabled children in Baltimore City and County.The concert will be held in Mays Chapel UM Church 11911 Jenifer Road, Timonium, MD 21093 on Sunday April 13th at 4pm.

The mission of Karina Association to improve the quality of life for special needs children and young adults through professional services, advocacy and heightened public awareness. Our goal is to maximize the strengths and potential of children and young adults with special needs by bringing together dedicated families with outstanding professionals and volunteers to provide specialized therapy programs and family respite support. Karina Association was founded in 2009 by Biliana Borimetchkova to raise public awareness surrounding disabled children and young adults that come from low and moderate income families. Karina Association was created to fill an unmet need in the community of Baltimore City and the surrounding area. Karina is one of the few organizations in Maryland that practices the multi-disciplinary Expressive Arts Therapy Model.

Media Contact:
Biliana Borimetchkova
Karina Association
11911 Jenifer Rd.,
Timonium, MD 21093

Think Most Immigrants Eventually Adapt to America? New Memoir Tells of Two Whose Experience Was Bumpy, Funny, and Painfully Poignant

In a world filled with memoirs, “Eat Now; Talk Later” is truly different. Unlike most memoirs, which focus on the tragic and the dysfunctional, “Eat Now” shows the how the telling of family stories builds loyalty, mutual understanding, and kinship.

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New York, NY, USA (March 31, 2014) — Ten years ago, author James Vescovi began collecting stories about his unusual grandparents. While they lived in the modern world, their minds remained stuck in a medieval Italian farming culture. The newly published “Eat Now; Talk Later” features 52 hilarious and poignant stories about immigrants in New York who were stumped by telephones, banks, fast food, TV wrestling, and supermarkets.

When Tony and Desolina Vescovi arrived in America in 1929, they collided with the 20th century. They’d been born around 1900 in farming communities where little had changed for hundreds of years. It was up to their only child, a son, to serve as their shepherd, and it wasn’t easy For example, how to explain that his job was taking him and his family 700 miles away when, in their day, sons stayed put to work the family farm? Or that it wasn’t wise to hide $10,000 in the bedroom? Or you needed bring cash to the hospital to pay your bill?

Not only is the subject of the book original, but so is the way it is written. Tony and Desolina’s life is recounted through stories recalling incidents and ideas that reveal their character. Several of the stories have already appeared in print in publications such as The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, Newsday, and Ancestry Magazine.

“I could never have written a traditional, birth-to-death memoir of my grandparents,” says Vescovi. “They were not famous and did nothing that we might deem extraordinary, like invent a successful product or argue before the U.S. Supreme Court. Instead, like most of us, they lived quiet, anonymous lives. Yet, how do we tell others about remarkable family members-through story.”

Vescovi’s collection-the full title is “Eat Now; Talk Later: 52 True Tales of Family, Feasting, and the American Dream” – began with his father. He traveled around the world as a pharmaceutical executive and he returned home with amazing stories. He was a born storyteller. He also told tales about his childhood with Tony and Desolina in New York, which the author collected. The book also contains a scrapbook of family photos and recipes.

According to Vescovi, the book’s title comes from his grandmother, who disliked conversation during meals. “To her, eating was sacred. Conversing while eating tortellini was like talking loudly during mass. You just didn’t do it.” Vescovi is quick to point out that while the tales have an Italian flavor, they have a universal quality about them. “We all have relatives like my grandparents. Part of my goal in writing ‘Eat Now; Talk Later’ is to encourage people ferret out and collect their own precious family stories.”

Eat Now; Talk Later” is also a book for modern, busy people. Stories can be read before bed, on a lunch hour, or waiting in line. “They can even be shared with friends who complain they have enough to read,” says the author.

To read an excerpt, hear an author interview, buy the book, and see one-of-a-kind photos, visit the author’s web site at eatnowtalklater.com.

Media Contact:
James Vescovi
Vescovi LLC

4th Annual “Figurative” Art Competition Announced by Gallery

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces the 4th Annual “Figurative” Juried Art Competition for the month of April 2014.

Jupiter, FL, USA (March 26, 2014) — Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces the 4th Annual “Figurative” Juried Art Competition for the month of April 2014. The gallery urges all 2D artists to submit their best “Figurative” art for possible inclusion into the gallery’s May 2014 online group art exhibition.

The gallery would like for all 2D artists (including photography) to send us your best interpretation of the theme “Figurative” by depicting the human form or human features. “Figurative” is considered to be figures, forms and faces. We will accept art on this subject that is either representational or abstract, but please, do not submit any erotic art.

A group exhibition of the top ten finalists will be held online at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery during the month of May 2014. Awards will be for 1st through 5th places and in addition 5 artists will be recognized with Honorable Mention awards. Depending on the amount and the quality of the entries, these winning categories may be expanded and there also may be Special Merit and Special Recognition awards posted as well. The submission process and the deadline is April 26, 2014.

Winning artists of the “Figurative” Art Exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity and promotion in the form of email marketing, 70+ press release announcements, 75+ event announcements, and social media marketing in order to make the art world aware of the artist’s accomplishments. In addition, there will also be links back to the artist’s website as part of this achievement and hopefully to help drive traffic back to the artist’s website. Figurative artists should provide us with your best art and apply online here: http://www.lightspacetime.com.

About Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery conducts monthly art competitions and monthly art exhibitions for new and emerging artists. It is Light Space & Time’s intention to showcase this incredible talent in a series of monthly themed art competitions and art exhibitions by marketing and displaying the exceptional abilities of these worldwide artists. The art gallery website can be viewed here: http://www.lightspacetime.com.

Media Contact:
John R. Math
Light Space & Time Online Gallery
118 Poinciana Drive
Jupiter, FL 33458

UK Budget March 2014 and QROPS for Final Salary Pensions

If you are in a Final Salary scheme you need to act now! Or you may be sorry, as time is running out!

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ZURICH, Switzerland (March 26, 2014) — Given this budget is in the run up to the next election in 2015. As normal it is a sweetener, and lots of smoke and mirrors.

After the smoke has cleared however, if you are in a Final Salary, also known as a Defined Benefit pension scheme. Take note the option to transfer to a QROPS is to be removed.

Combine this with the Government’s announcement that it intends to abolish tax allowances for non UK residents. So pension benefits you take in the UK would be taxed up to the full rate of 50%, on the whole amount. The future looks bleak if you are in a Final Salary scheme but no longer live in the UK.

The pension reforms that were announced are likely to encourage a lot more people to look at QROPS as a very attractive alternative to leaving their pensions in the UK.

Moving your UK pension arrangements to a QROPS if suitable given your own particular circumstances, can only improve your position.

Most importantly, once moved to a QROPS you have control over your money. If left in your UK pension arrangement it is highly likely that additional constraints will be put in place which will adversely affect you.

If you have a UK pension and have left the UK, or are considering a QROPS transfer, contact Waterstone Investment Associates.

For further details contact, Email: information@qropsusa.net, or visit their website: http://www.waterstone-investment-associates.com.

Media Contact:
John M Pye
Waterstone Investment Associates Inc.
Swiss Post Box: 100988
Zürcherstrasse 161
CH – 8010 Zürich
+44 (0)2921251957

URALCHEM Increased its Investments to $174 Million in 2013

In 2013 URALCHEM’s investments in development reached $174 million, an increase of 5.5% compared to the previous year.


Moscow, Russia (March 21, 2014) — In 2013 URALCHEM‘s investments in development reached $174 million, an increase of 5.5% compared to the previous year. $84 million was spent on the implementation of investment projects, $77 million was spent on capital investments in equipment upgrades and $13 million was allocated for capitalized repairs.

The company’s plant in Kirovo-Chepetsk made the biggest contribution to the development investments – $46 million. The main areas of investment in the plant included building facilities for the production of new products, as well as reconstruction of existing facilities to increase production of mineral fertilizers and chemical products. In particular, work was continued on the project to create a new product, calcium nitrate. Another completed project was the increase in the capacity of one of the two units of nitric acid, which had originally started in 2012. Work was begun to increase the capacity of the second nitric acid unit and work continued to increase the capacity of the ammonia unit.

The investments by the “Azot” plant in Berezniki totalled $41 million. The main areas of investment were projects aimed at increasing output and reducing raw material consumption. Major work was carried out on units of production of ammonia, urea and nitric acid. $26 million was spent on the development of the plant in Perm. Most of the funds were allocated to a large-scale programme of modernization of the ammonia unit. The implementation of this project will increase production and reduce raw material consumption. The total capital investments of the plant in Voskresenks amounted to more than $13 million, which was spent on the development of new products.

The company’s major infrastructure project for the year was the completion and launch of the fertilizer handling terminal at the port of Riga in the fourth quarter of 2013. The terminal has a capacity of 2 million tonnes per year. The total investment for this project was about $78 million, $34 million of which was spent in 2013. Also in 2013, the company continued increasing the number of units in its own rolling stock, extending its life and modernizing it.

Dmitry Konyaev, CEO of URALCHEM OJSC, commented, “In 2013, URALCHEM continued to implement a long-term investment programme aimed at the technical upgrade of existing facilities. The main goal of the programme is to increase production and to improve the efficiency of technological processes, reducing rates of raw materials consumption and improving the environmental safety of production.”

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URALCHEM, OJSC is one of the largest producers of nitrogen and phosphate fertilisers in Russia and the CIS with production capacities of over 2.5 million tonnes of ammonium nitrate, 2.8 million tonnes of ammonia, 0.8 million tonnes of MAP and DAP, 0.8 million tonnes of complex fertilisers and 1.2 million tonnes of urea. URALCHEM, OJSC is the second largest ammonium nitrate producer in the world and number one in Russia, the second largest producer of nitrogen fertilisers in Russia. Key production assets of URALCHEM, OJSC include Azot Branch of URALCHEM, OJSC in Berezniki, Perm Region; OJSC Minudobrenia, Perm; MFP Kirovo-Chepetsk Chemical Works, OJSC Branch in Kirovo-Chepetsk, Kirov region; Voskresensk Mineral Fertilisers, OJSC in Voskresensk, Moscow region.

Some of the information in this press release may contain projections or other forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial performance of URALCHEM. We wish to caution you that these statements are only predictions. We do not intend to update these statements and our actual results may differ materially from those contained in our projections or forward-looking statements, including, among others, the achievement of anticipated levels of profitability, growth, cost and synergy of our recent acquisitions, the impact of competitive pricing, the ability to obtain necessary regulatory approvals and licenses, the impact of developments in the Russian economic, political and legal environment, financial risk management and the impact of general business and global economic conditions.

LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign Improves Transparency Handling in TIFFs

Zevrix Solutions announces LinkOptimizer 4.8.11, a maintenance update to its popular workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. LinkOptimizer allows to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data. It also performs image adjustments such as color conversion and sharpening, converts file formats and more. The new version preserve transparency when converting image formats to TIFF and addresses some monochrome image issues on German systems.

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Toronto (ON), Canada (March 20, 2014) — Zevrix Solutions today announces the release of LinkOptimizer 4.8.11, a compatibility update to its popular workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. Awarded 4 out of 5 starts by Computer Arts magazine, LinkOptimizer automates complex image manipulation tasks allowing to significantly reduce the size of InDesign links, save processing time and reduce production costs.

The new version preserves transparency when converting image formats to TIFF, which is especially helpful for users who need to convert layered Photoshop (PSD) files and resave TIFF images with different compression settings. The update also ensures that the correct image resolution is set for monochrome images on German operating system and addresses some other minor issues.

“LinkOptimizer makes cutting huge linked images down to size a cinch,” says Computer Arts. “For those wanting to quickly optimize their images and cut down on processing time, LinkOptimizer is a very smart choice.”

LinkOptimizer works automatically with Adobe Photoshop to eliminate the excess image data of InDesign links, perform essential image adjustments and convert image formats. For example, with just a click of a button users can:

scale and crop images to match their dimensions in InDesign,
-change their resolution to 300 dpi,
-convert RGB images to CMYK,
-apply color profile,
-resave JPEG images as TIFF,
-run a Photoshop Action on each image,
-reimport images to InDesign at 100% in their precise position.

As a result, users can save gigabytes of disk space and countless hours of optimizing images manually, accelerate document output, reduce job turnaround, and cut costs through faster processing.

Pricing and Availability:
LinkOptimizer can be purchased from Zevrix website for US$259.95 (Light version: $179.95) as well as from authorized resellers. Trial is also available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer is available for Mac OS X 10.5-10.9 and works with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC.

About Zevrix Solutions

Located in Toronto, Canada, Zevrix Solutions provides productivity solutions for Adobe Creative Suite software, PDF and graphic file diagnostics, as well as Microsoft Office on Mac OS. Zevrix Solutions is dedicated to helping professionals increase their profits through automating their everyday tasks, producing error-free documents, saving disk space and cutting production costs. For more information, visit http://www.zevrix.com.

Leo Revzin
Zevrix Solutions
105 McCAUL St, Suite 301
Toronto Ontario M5T 2X4 Canada