“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.

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

SmartTOP Convertible Top Products for Mercedes-Benz E-Class and CLK Receive Design Refresh

The SmartTOP Convertible Top Controllers made by Mods4cars allow owners to open or close the top while driving at slow speeds with just a quick tap as well as fully automatically from the original key fob remote. Effective immediately all modules for Mercedes-Benz E-Class and CLK Convertibles come equipped with the new product enclosure. Apart from being a better and more attractive design, this new enclosure also helps to make installation even easier.

Las Vegas, NV (USA), March 31st, 2014 — The add-on SmartTOP Convertible Top Controllers offered by aftermarket automotive electronics specialist Mods4cars are meant to simplify operation of the top. They make it possible for owners of Mercedes-Benz E-Class and CLK convertibles to use the center console top switch while the car is moving at slow speeds. All that is needed is a quick tap on the switch to trigger full automatic “one-touch” operation. It is neither necessary to stop and pull over, nor does the switch have to be held down for the duration of the operation.

Additionally, the SmartTOP module allows top operation from the original key fob remote with one-touch convenience. After using a quick button combination on the key fob, the top opens or closes fully automatically. No changes are necessary to the original key fob transmitters or receiver system.

Next to these two main features the SmartTOP add-on kits for E-Class and CLK convertibles offer a host of bonus features: The windows can be opened or closed from the remote and independently from the top. All windows can be opened or closed one-touch style from the console switch. The hazard flashers can be activated during remote top operation and it is possible to activate a short audible confirmation sound when locking and unlocking the car (CLK only). On both models top and window operation from the remote is possible up to the full RF range of the remote. All features are individually programmable and adjustable to taste. An extended mode even allows starting or stopping the engine during an ongoing top operation. The entire module can be temporarily disabled while retaining all user configurable settings.

“We constantly work on improving our existing products“, says PR-Manager Sven Tornow. “We are always happy to implement new features as a result of customer inquiries.” But not only software is being improved on continually. Recently the enclosure of the intelligent top opener was completely redesigned. Effective immediately all SmartTOP kits for Mercedes-Benz E-Class and CLK Convertibles come equipped with the new enclosure.

The new product enclosure was designed and developed exclusively by Mods4cars for the use case at hand. It is slimmer and more streamlined and can be installed in tighter spots in the car. Use of less plastic and omission of screws also make it a better choice for the environment. Two LEDs now offer an unparalleled level of status and diagnostics information during installation. To make installation extremely simple, the SmartTOP kits also come with plug-and-play wiring adapters which simply connect the module to the vehicle electronics. User programmable settings can be adjusted via clear text in-dash menu or via USB setup and support software available for Windows and Mac.

SmartTOP kits are available for Alfa, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Ford, Infiniti, Lamborghini, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Volkswagen and Volvo.

Current pricing for these Mercedes-Benz SmartTOP kits starts at just 249 Euros + tax.

Product demonstration SmartTOP for Mercedes-Benz E-Class:

Product demonstration SmartTOP for Mercedes-Benz CLK:

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About Mods4cars:
Mods4cars was founded in 2002 with the idea to add a highly demanded feature to the otherwise almost perfect Porsche Boxster: Comfort One-Touch roof operation while driving at slow speeds. The resulting product offered not only that, but also allowed quick and easy installation by just swapping out a relay box, thus leaving no traces and no permanent changes on the vehicle. The first SmartTOP roof controller was born.

The success of their first products in Germany and Europe prompted them in late 2004 to move operations to the USA, to be able to serve the American market as well as all other English speaking countries such as Australia, UK and South Africa from one central location. Their business has grown to a full-fledged international corporation with an office in Las Vegas and a full line of innovative products as well as distributors and installation partners all over the globe.

Being highly specialized in the development and distribution of aftermarket roof- and comfort controllers since 2002 allows them to offer an unsurpassed level of competence and product quality. Their main goal is optimization of each individual product to a maximum in compatibility, usability and intuitive operation. They put greatest effort into development and quality checks of all their products to achieve this goal and meet all expectations of their customers.

The extraordinary success of their products is also based on the great communication with their customers, which usually already starts for each new product during the development and prototyping phase.

Press & Media Contact:
Anja Lehmann
Mods4cars LLC
1350 E. Flamingo Rd #3100
Las Vegas, NV 89119 – USA

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.

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

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

Insurance King Quote Hotline for Northwest Indiana 219-229-6703

Insurance King of Illinois is now servicing the Northwestern region of Indiana with down payments as low as $35 for a liability only policy.

Gary, IN, March 27, 2014 – Insurance King Quote Hotline for Northwest Indiana is 219-229-6703.

Insurance King of Illinois is now servicing the Northwestern region of Indiana with down payments as low as $35 for a liability only policy. * Rates vary by Age, Sex, Driving Record, Zip Code, Vehicle, and Coverage. Insurance King the low cost auto and motorcycle insurance leader is extremely excited to help people save on their motorcycle and auto insurance policies in the Northwest Suburbs of Indiana.

To get a quote for Auto insurance visit www.insurancekingquote.com and fill out the basic information and a live Indiana Licensed Agent will contact you with your quote. Quotes are also done live over the phone 9am central to 9pm central Monday- Saturday over the phone by calling the Northwest Indiana quote hotline 219-229-6703.

Insurance King services customers with low down payments and monthly payments in the following Northwest Indiana cities with the 219-229-6703 quote hotline; Chesterton, Indiana, Crown Point, Indiana, Demotte, Indiana, Dyer, Indiana, East Chicago, Indiana, Griffith, Indiana, Highland, Indiana, Heron, Indiana, Hobart, Indiana, Kentland, Indiana, Lake Station, Indiana, La Porte, Indiana, Merrillville, Indiana, Michigan City, Indiana, Munster, Indiana, Portage, Indiana, Rensselaer, Indiana, Schererville, Indiana, South Bend, Indiana, St. John, Indiana, Valparaiso, Indiana, and Winfield, Indiana.

Insurance King is an Independent Insurance Agency established in 2000 specializing in Low Cost Auto and Motorcycle Insurance in several states. Roadside Assistance and Legal expense coverage will be offered in the State of Indiana ask an Insurance King agent for details on these products.

Dan Block
Insurance King Quote
123 N. Alpine Rd
Rockford, IL 61107

Emerging Singer-Songwriter Roxanna to Release Romantic take of Lionel Richie’s “Hello” on iTunes

New Single Marks the 3rd Single Release from Forthcoming Full Length Debut Release “Exotica” Set for April 29 2014

Los Angeles, CA, March 25, 2014 – Canadian singer-songwriter Roxanna makes a splash departure from her recently released single “Close Your Eyes” to cover a cherished 1984 top charting pop song from Lionel Richie titled “Hello.” Roxanna showcases a stunning new approach that is contemporary yet dramatic, resurrecting a love song taking all the right risks.


Joining forces with Mark Portmann who is known for working with artists such as Michael Buble and Barbara Streisand, Roxanna has produced a polished and luxurious rich sound with world-renowned trumpeter, Chris Botti. Her sultry vocals blends perfectly with Portmann’s precise piano playing and Botti’s trumpet solo.

As a nurse and as a healer Roxanna is determined to craft every song and lyric to be universally relatable. The light tone of the song is also both dramatic and heart-breaking. Roxanna expresses each lyric to the fullest and listeners will be surprised and instantly understand that she can truly empathize with the classic song.

The enticing introduction of Botti’s trumpet automatically draws you in, following being wrapped in Roxanna’s lush vocals. The song takes you on an emotional journey into a resolution with Roxanna gracefully ending the song repeating “I love you.. I love you..”

Roxanna’s debut album, “Exotica,” will be available April 29, 2014 worldwide and features a string of romantic and flamenco influenced songs including new renditions of The Hollies 1972 hit song, “The Air That I Breathe,” and Julio Iglesias’ 1975 hit song “El Amor.”

Roxanna links: WebsiteFacebookTwitterYouTube

Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093
323 806-0400

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!

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

Vietnam’s First Luxury Tour Operator Nominated for the “Oscars” of the travel industry

Luxury Travel Ltd. Nominated Under ‘Vietnam’s Leading Tour Operator’ Category at the World Travel Awards 2014

Hanoi, Vietnam, March 25, 2014 – Luxury Travel Ltd. (www.luxurytravels.asia) has been nominated in ‘Vietnam’s Leading Tour Operator’ category at the 2014 World Travel Awards.

The World Travel Awards (www.worldtravelawards.com) serve to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.

Hailed as the “Oscars” of the travel industry, the awards seek to raise the standards of customer service and overall business performance throughout the international industry.

Now In their 21st year of operation, the World Travel Awards have evolved to represent a global search for the very best travel and tourism brands.

After a rigorous selection procedure, Luxury Travel emerged with a nomination for ‘Vietnam’s Leading Tour Operator’ for the first time, confirming its position as a leader within the Vietnam tourism industry.

As a company, Luxury Travel has contributed significantly to the benchmarking of ‘experiential travel’ within Vietnam and throughout Southeast Asia. In sharing their intimate knowledge of the region they have helped create the ultimate luxury travel experience, establishing a unique travel style of insightful and rewarding tourism.

As a company it is famous for providing travelers with the ultimate travel experience along with establishing a unique style of travel. Famous for their sophisticated and luxurious services, the company has its own offices and representatives in five continents.

In receiving a nomination, Luxury Travel Ltd. (www.luxurytravels.asia) has effectively been issued with a global endorsement from thousands of travel professionals who believe that their distinct blend of niche and experiential travel is worth sharing with the rest of the world.

Celebrating 10 years at the forefront of the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian travel industry, Luxury Travel promotes a style of travel that goes beyond the idea of the conventional sightseeing packages, paying particular focus on immersing clients in the local culture and venturing out to lesser-known destinations.

The key thing sophisticated travelers want today is personal service and the opportunity to have unique encounters with a destination’s culture, history and people – something they can’t Google.

Pham Ha, Founder and CEO of Luxury Travel Ltd (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) said “we are honored to be nominated as the leading tour operator in Vietnam which coincides with our celebration of our 10th anniversary. We are a luxury travel trendsetter, a leader in the market. We share our unique travel experiences and intriguing perspective with clients who wish to see Vietnam and beyond. To be nominated by such a prestigious committee is testament to the innovative product we create and the dedicated team who drive it. I am proud of the whole luxers team who know how to provide a “wow” service to our most sophisticated travelers. ”

Having recently extended their portfolio to encompass Cambodia, Luxury Travel’s innovative and varied product continues to go from strength to strength. The company’s first venture outside Vietnam marks its continued expansion and move towards offering an even more comprehensive service throughout Southeast Asia.

“We are committed to providing world-class luxury standards of product and service” said Mr. Pham Ha. “As a leader in luxury tourism in Vietnam, our goal is to continue to raise the bar in service excellence and further develop Vietnam as a luxury travel destination catering to discerning travelers from around the world.”

Coming soon, Luxury Travel Ltd. (www.luxurytravels.asia) will be at the forefront of luxury cruising in Halong Bay with an ultra-luxury alternative – Emperor Cruises. This prestigious project, driven by Luxury Travel Ltd, is positioning itself as a six-star cruising experience with butler service on a traditional Vietnamese wooden boat where royal glamour, history and heritage provide the right blend of service, luxury, unique travel experience and quiet efficiency. The project will create jobs, boost the region’s economy and help to position Halong Bay as one of the world’s major luxury tourist destinations.

About Luxury Travel Ltd.
Vietnam’s first luxury tour operator/DMC (www.luxurytravels.asia), based in Hanoi with offices throughout Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, Luxury Travel Ltd is exceptional in designing tailor-made tours and providing unique travel experiences.

Opened in 2004, Luxury Travel Ltd has its own offices, luxury vehicles, luxury travel advisors, representative offices in California, London, Paris, Berlin, Buenos Aires, and New Delhi, a joint-venture company for six-star cruising in Halong Bay Vietnam, a luxury tour company in the Kingdom of Cambodia and another in Brisbane, Australia.

The company also operates a fleet of 10 of the latest model Mercedes cars used for its own clients as well as for rent. This fleet will shortly be supplemented by 20 new top-of-the- range vehicles including BMW, Audi, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Porches and Limousines.

The company’s depth of experience and large infrastructure enable it to create unique itineraries with the operational confidence to fulfill the most sophisticated traveler’s expectations. Luxury Travel Ltd won numerous travel awards for excellent performance including the most recent Guide Award 2013: “the leading specialist tour operator in the art of travel with luxurious and private service”.

For voting dates from 14 April to 20 July 2014, please see: http://www.worldtravelawards.com/vote-for-luxury-travel-ltd-2014

Doan Hong Linh (Ms.)
Marketing Executive
Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444
+ 84.4.39274120 Ext 122

Academy of Scuba is Now Operation Blue Pride’s West Coast Training Facility for Disabled Veterans

See What New Partnerships Mean for Operation Blue Pride

Phoenix, AZ, March 23, 2014 – Academy of Scuba announced today it has been selected as the West Coast training site for Operation Blue Pride (OBP) scuba certification program for veterans. OBP is a nonprofit organization out of Chicago focusing on scuba dive training for veterans who are severely mentally and physically injured. Diving is part of their rehabilitation and helps them integrate back into society while providing them with a sense of adventure and accomplishment.

Once scuba certified, veterans will help with conservation projects through Operation Blue Pride. Currently OBP is working on a new partnership with Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. AWSC’s vision is to increase knowledge of Atlantic white sharks and change public perception to conserve the species and ensure biologically diverse marine ecosystems.

Operation Blue Pride and Atlantic White Shark Conservancy will be raising funds to send OBP veterans on white shark research and tagging trips with four veterans joining each trip. Academy of Scuba is slated to start training veterans in May 2014, and is looking to train over 50 people in the next 12 months.

Specially trained staff at Academy of Scuba will work with the specific needs of the veterans. Staff at Academy of Scuba have been trained by the following agencies: Handicapped Scuba Association (HSA), NAUI Adaptive program, and the SDI Scubability program.

Academy of Scuba has multiple locations in Phoenix Arizona, that is easily accessible from the West Coast and their facilities allow dive training year round. Operation Blue Pride is using Scuba Emporium, out of Chicago, for the East Coast training facility.

“The two new locations give OBP the opportunity to go above and beyond its original amount of veterans to certify. Both locations bring years of experience with a true passion to help veterans and do whatever they can do to help our returning veterans without exploiting them. I am really looking forward to this year’s new partnership,” said Chris Maddeford, from Operation Blue Pride.

“What’s great about this program is that they get scuba certified which is a great first step, but it’s only the beginning because the good they can do with the conservation programs through Operation Blue Pride will benefit them and the oceans,” said John Flanders, CO at Academy of Scuba.

“OBP is eager to get our veterans enveloped in this exciting partnership to continue our mission of having returning combat veterans help save our oceans’ marine life, while self healing,” said Madderford.

“I think it’s invigorating,” Flanders said. “When you have someone who has gone through a traumatic situation, and they get in the water, it’s great seeing the spark in their eyes. These veterans are amazing and they want to prove to themselves that they can overcome obstacles. The sense of pride they show sends shivers up your spine and can bring a grown man to cry.”

To watch an informative and motivational video of Operation Blue Pride click here. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBFnMY1aCEs )

About The Academy of Scuba™
Academy of Scuba Inc., with multiple locations in Arizona, is a PADI Five Star IDC Training Facility, a DAN Training Center/Business Member, a DEMA Member, and a member of the Better Business Bureau. The Academy of Scuba is an industry innovator for developing, implementing, and reinforcing advanced level Scuba diver training programs. The Academy of Scuba focuses on training with an emphasis to create “great divers”. The sole purpose of the Academy of Scuba is to not just put people in the water, but to keep people in the water. The Academy of Scuba assists divers in increasing enjoyment, adventure, and safety through better education and more frequent dive experiences. Visit Academy of Scuba at http://www.academyofscuba.com/

Scott Kelly
Black Dog Promotions
9920 S. Rural Rd., Ste 108
Tempe, AZ 85284