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Hola Publishing Expands in the Mexican Market, Calling for New Voices to Share their Stories

Hola Publishing International offers authors publishing and printing services with global distribution.

San Antonio, TX, USA, July 2, 2018 — New publishing and print options for authors are now available in the Mexican market. Hola Publishing International offers authors publishing and printing services with global distribution. The growth of this affordable publishing option has been limited in the Mexico market because printers only offer their services directly to traditional publishers.

With already established digital printing facilities in the United States, United Kingdom, China, India, and Germany, to name a few, Halo Publishing International has recently expanded their Spanish Language Imprint, Hola Publishing, in the Mexican market.

By offering POD (Print on Demand) services, which are a rarity in Mexico, Hola’s goal is to encourage more writers to publish their stories. Authors and organizations no longer face the barrier of having to order 2,000 books. They can place smaller orders ranging from 25 to 1,000 books and receive global distribution to sell their books around the world.

Publisher and CEO, Lisa M. Umina comments, “Our company is set up to work with small self-published authors as well as corporations, embassies, government, non-profits, and universities. Our Mexican authors have been successful;for example, we published the story of Luchandopor mi vida, mi historiaby Clarita Sierra who has been recognized and become a national speaker in schools around Mexico with her best-selling memoir about her son struggling with addiction.”

Cecilia Sotres, Hola’s publishing consultant, adds, “We saw a gap in the Mexican digital print market, and we are so excited to bring new opportunities to Mexico to publish previously unheard voices from throughout the country.”

According to Sotres, “We are at the cutting edge of this industry. We provide global digital distribution for all our books in paperback, hardcover, and e-book. Our authors retain 100% rights to their books.”

Hola Publishing has found a way to reduce barriers to the high costs associated with shipping to Mexico from the United States, and they are proud to offer a product that is produced entirely in Mexico. By streamlining this process, they have been able to reduce turnaround time to 60 days in print while maintaining an extremely high quality finished product.

“The direction we are taking is to collaborate with the corporate world and working with large educational institutes. Printers here in Mexico have open arms about partnering with us to give our customer’s the best pricing and product,” says Umina.

For more information about Hola Publishing, please visit www.holapublishing.com or call 55-5250-8519.

Press & Media Contact:
Lisa Michelle Umina, Publisher
Halo Publishing International
1100 NW Loop 410, Suite 700-176,
San Antonio, TX 78213 – USA
+1 877-705-9647
contact@halopublishing.com
http://www.halopublishing.com
http://www.holapublishing.com

New Virtual Mentoring App, thirty2give, Anonymously Matches Mentors and Mentees Worldwide

The thirty2give mobile phone app facilitates an innovative mentoring approach that allows people to use their smartphone to become a mentor or mentee anywhere around the globe. The app uses anonymity to eliminate unconscious bias to ensure that the transfer of knowledge is optimized.

Philadelphia, PA, USA, July 2, 2018 — Recently, thirty2give LLC launched a ground-breaking mobile application that enables anyone with a smartphone to find or become a mentor anywhere in the world. The new app—called thirty2give—creates a global framework for transferring knowledge by bringing virtual mentors and mentees together in public and private chat rooms for the sole purpose of sharing their expertise.

“Anyone can be a mentor; it doesn’t matter whether you have zero or three degrees,” said CEO David Cain. “If you have a life experience, we believe that there is someone in the world that can benefit and learn from your experience. Our tagline, ‘Reaching back to pay it forward,’ reflects our belief that there are many successful people around the world who are eager to share lessons from their achievements.”

The thirty2give app facilitates the virtual matchup of mentees with mentors based on a number of factors, including generation, gender, geography, nationality, industry and expertise. Here’s how it works: Mentors simply complete a profile describing their experience. Mentees complete a similar profile and create a request detailing the type of support they are seeking. Then the mentee can query the list of available mentors and request the person who best matches their specifications. Thereafter, the mentor and mentee can access a chat room where they can interact in private.

With thirty2give, mentors and mentees can engage in a professional mentoring relationship that benefits both parties. Mentees can increase their productivity and performance, while mentors can receive an opportunity to give back, personal satisfaction and new ideas. Mentoring sessions involve two people giving each other 30 days of their time—which is how the app received its name. The 30-day commitment can be renewed if the mentee and mentor are satisfied with their relationship.

The thirty2give application is distinctive because it goes beyond the traditional match-making model and uses an anonymous method to pair mentors and mentees. During the matching process, no real names are given, and the participants’ gender, color and ethnicity are never disclosed. Therefore, the app can be used by people who normally would suffer from the notoriety of exposing themselves, such as celebrities, politicians, and even individuals who have physical disabilities. This not only protects the identity of both the mentor and mentee, but it encourages the most successful people in society to reach back and share their knowledge and wisdom with others without worry about someone exploiting their fame for personal gain. “The result is a transfer of knowledge on an even playing field that is free of unconscious bias,” Cain said.

In fact, unconscious bias—along with the reduced population of mentors due to the exodus of baby boomers from the work place and the work ethics of millennials—is a key factor that drove the creation of the new app. The mentoring relationship supported by the app relies on a “curtain concept” to foster anonymity in a way that makes the transfer of knowledge seamless, so both parties can talk freely without worrying about inadvertent prejudices. “Think about it: If you had a curtain between you and a mentor where you could not be influenced or biased by appearances, gender, or race, imagine the questions you’d ask,” said Chief Marketing Officer Al Robinson. “Imagine the knowledge you’d gain with an invaluable experience as the end result.”

The conceptual framework of the thirty2give app is based on the 1952 study by the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s use of a curtain to conduct blind auditions that shielded musicians from interviewers in an attempt to increase the recruitment of female artists. The interviewers’ evaluations were based solely on talent, resulting in an increase in the hiring rates of female musicians. Consequently, other symphonies began using the same tactic. Now thirty2give is using a similar strategy to benefit mentees and mentors who are taking advantage of its innovative application.

The thirty2give virtual mentoring app is currently available for download on iTunes for iPhone and Google Play for Android. For more information, contact David Cain at (855) 250-2355 or visit www.thirty2give.com.

About thirty2give LLC:
Established in 2018, thirty2give LLC was founded by five professional executives who represent four different industries and each have more than 20 years of mentoring experience. The company, which is based in Philadelphia, Penn., was originated from the concept of “make the world better”. Its overriding goal is to support a disruptive virtual mentoring approach that contributes to the success of people all around the globe.

Press & Media Contact:
David Cain, CEO
thirty2give LLC
Philadelphia, PA – USA
+1 855-250-2355
info@thirty2give.com
http://www.thirty2give.com

WHAT ARE THE TOP 10 TIPS FOR CHESS IMPROVEMENT?

Adelaide, South Australia, 2018-May-29 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — Chess is a universal activity that many individuals of all ages love to play. Not only does it stimulate the brain cells, but it also helps improve necessary skills. This is why many parents let their children learn to play chess at an early age. However, it is not as easy as it sounds because chess entails techniques and strategies learned through the basics. Chess School SA provides chess coaching services to children in Adelaide, SA.

Chess School SA is a chess coaching service that also provides useful tips on how to improve playing chess. Their TOP 10 TIPS FOR CHESS IMPROVEMENT post explains in detail what to do and what not to do when trying to improve in chess.

TOP 10 TIPS FOR CHESS IMPROVEMENT

  1. Play often and play against opponents who are good enough to beat you at least half of the time. Free Chess training is available here: https://chessschool.com.au/freetraining1/
  2. Review the games of great players. When reviewing a game, pause for a little while and try to guess what the Grandmaster played.
  3. Read chess books. Find a book on the specific opening that you wish to play. We recommend: FROM CHESS NOVICE TO ADVANCED PLAYER IN 7 DAYS and THE KING HUNT.
  4. Study endings. Free endgame training: https://chessschool.com.au/chesstraining32.
  5. Work on tactics. One can use a chess book with tactics or one can do it online.
  6. After every game ask your opponent if he would like to go over the game with you. Try to determine critical moments and specific moves where the loser went wrong.
  7. Attend local chess tournaments.
  8. A chess coach will save one time in achieving their goal of rapid improvement. For private chess coaching visit this site: https://chessschool.com.au/privatelessons/
  9. Watch free online lectures on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/MatoJelic
  10. Play, play, play.

Chess School SA can be contact by phone 0435062283, or via email at admin@chessschool.com.au.

For additional information, visit their website at https://chessschool.com.au/.

Contact-Details:
Chess School SA
0435062283
admin@chessschool.com.au

Top Tips to Become a Grandmaster

Professional Chess Coach and Author Mato Jelic Shares Top Tips to Become a Grandmaster

Adelaide, South Australia, 2018-Apr-29 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — Becoming a Grandmaster is a coveted dream for all chess enthusiasts around the world, but not all of them can make it. Successful coach and popular author Mato Jelic has recently discussed how to become a Grandmaster.

Mato Jelic, a highly experienced professional chess coach and the author or two chess books, has recently shared useful tips to help chess enthusiasts in their pursuit to become a Grandmaster. Mato is the founder of one of the world’s most popular YouTube channels related to chess, through which he offers free online chess lessons.

The World Chess Federation (FIDE) has its own set of guidelines and requirements for becoming a Grandmaster. The players must attend official FIDE tournaments and clinch top positions on at least three occasions to qualify for the process. They should continue to attend such competitions known as norms, until their score reaches the 2,500 mark.

Improving his or her chess skills is undoubtedly the foremost requirement for anyone to become a Grandmaster. According to Mato, this can be accomplished by following the tips mentioned below.

  • Learning the tactics: These are the move sequences that can put a player in an advantageous situation and defend or capture pieces. Forks, discovered attacks, and pinning are some of the most important tactics in the game of chess.
  • Knowledge of strategies: Once a player reaches the advanced level, they must have a core strategy for each match. Mato also stresses on the importance of strategies such as Nimzo Defense, Sicilian Defense, spacing strategies, and many others.
  • Proper execution of endgame situations: A clever endgame strategy is extremely important because a poor endgame can very easily spoil all the previous good work.
  • Regular practise: Any aspiring Grandmaster must practice as often as possible against top level players with a thorough understanding of the advanced tactics and strategies. Mato recommends joining a chess club or popular chess sites such as Chess.com

In addition to mastering chess skills, Mato mentions that the different personality traits of an individual can make a serious impact on his or her chances of becoming a Grandmaster. “Ultimately, Passion, inherent talent, competitiveness, discipline, along with a supportive environment, can make all the difference between success and failure,” he says.

A resident of Adelaide, South Australia, Mato is the founder of Chess School SA, a training school that offers chess classes throughout the Adelaide Metro and across the Country Schools in South Australia. He also runs many popular training programs for kids.

To find out more, please visit https://chessschool.com.au/onlinechesslessons/

About Mato Jelic:
Mato Jelic is a highly experienced professional chess coach and the founder/owner of Chess School SA. He is the author of two chess books, and offers free online chess lecture via his YouTube channel that happens to be one of the world’s most popular channels related to chess. Born in Croatia, Mato is now a resident of Adelaide, South Australia.

Contact: admin@chessschool.com.au
Website: https://chessschool.com.au/
https://www.youtube.com/user/MatoJelic

Academies of Math and Science Opening New Campus at McDowell & 59th Ave

This fall the fifth AMS campus, Academy of Math and Science Desert Sky, will open at McDowell & 59th Ave.

Phoenix, AZ, USA — For 16 years, the dedicated team at the Academies of Math and Science has accomplished much from being recognized as the 2016 Arizona Charter School of the Year, to receiving the National Blue Ribbon award, to being the #1 and #2 rated K-8 schools in the area by 5-star GreatSchools parent reviews. This fall the fifth AMS campus, Academy of Math and Science Desert Sky, will open at McDowell & 59th Ave.

AMS Desert Sky will hold a New Student Registration event in partnership with the radio station 103.5 LA TRICOLOR on Saturday, December 16th, 2017 at 5757 W McDowell Rd. The event will run from 10 am to 2 pm, starting with speeches from the founding principal and teachers and followed by lunch, music, and kid-friendly activities. Parents will have the opportunity for one-on-one enrollment consultations with the administrative team while children play on an inflatable obstacle course.

With an anticipated attendance of several hundred families, the event will be an excellent opportunity to meet members of the community and talk with AMS staff members and parents. TRICOLOR will hold a raffle, and AMS swag will be given to all attendees, as well as polos for all students registered on-site.

About Academies of Math and Science
The Academies of Math & Science is a tuition-free, high-performing charter school network founded in 2000, with four existing campuses in the state of Arizona. Curriculum includes STEM and programming, foreign languages such as Mandarin and Russian, and music and arts including poetry, piano, and guitar. Free tutoring, affordable extended care, and numerous sports programs are offered as well.

Lisa Graham Keegan, Executive Director of A for Arizona, called AMS “the leader of the pack” in creating high-quality schools, and praised AMS’ academic gains and performance levels, saying she believes “that AMS will be a school that makes Arizona famous for this kind of quality.” The construction of AMS Desert Sky is enabled by the Arizona State Credit Enhancement Program.

For more information and to register for the December 16th event, please visit http://www.amscharters.org/desertsky or call 623-242-2597.

Media Contact:
Emily Chavez, Marketing & Recruitment Manager
Academies of Math and Science
520-887-5392 ext. 1015
echavez@amsschools.org
http://www.amsschools.org

DREAM Appeals to Those Studying Abroad: VeepWorks Pilots DREAM App with Midwestern State University Student at the Reigns

DREAM is a situational awareness mobile application intended for a variety of use cases, one being a group locator.

Dallas, TX, USA — It is every parent’s best and worst day when they send their college student to study abroad. They beam with pride that their child can experience the richness of a new culture; however, that same feeling can be met with high anxiety. Who can match the vigorousness of a parent’s watch when they’re outside of reach? No one. But, technology can.

It is called DREAM.

DREAM is a situational awareness mobile application intended for a variety of use cases, one being a group locator. In the instance where students are roaming a new country, eating at new places, and separating for individual interests, it becomes even more important to know where each person is – even if they are only a mile away.

VeepWorks is the Dallas-based firm behind the technology. It wasn’t by chance that they met Kara McIntyre, a Mass Communication senior at Midwestern State University, to extend the company’s public safety mission. Kara left for London on July 6, 2017 with her university’s study abroad program.

Away from the familiarity of Wichita Falls, Texas, safety will be more important than ever. In an effort to capitalize on the application’s use while she’s abroad, Kara will be using DREAM to stay connected with her classmates, all the while putting those closest to her at ease. “[The concern is] with our safety and how we can be more aware of our surroundings,” stated Kara.

“Kara represents the generation where technology is second nature,” stated VeepWorks’ Founder and CEO, Aaron Madolora. “It works on both iPhone and Android devices and empowers students like her to explore the world confidently and privately knowing that her DREAM network of friends and family are a push of a button away.”

Feedback towards DREAM has been positive and noted as one of the best mobile apps to use in emergency situations. Taking precautions as a student studying abroad demonstrates just one use case.

Downloads to date of the DREAM app has multiplied since January 2017 from 5,000 to 40,000 users.

For a direct download of the DREAM app, visit: http://www.veepworks.com/download.

Want to stay updated about Kara’s experience using DREAM abroad? Follow her journey on http://www.thewichitan.com.

Who do you know will benefit from the DREAM app? Learn more on http://www.veepworks.com, visit their Facebook http://www.facebook.com/veepworks, or engage @VeepWorks on Twitter.

Media Contact:
Desiree Leos
469-803-6314
desiree@dlprowriting.com

African Biosciences Ltd Partners with Nigerian Institute of Animal Science to Support Bioscience Research in Nigeria

New Partnership Helps BSc, MSc and PhD Research Students Perform Biomolecular Research in Nigerian Universities.

Lagos, Nigeria — African Biosciences Ltd. today announced a partnership with Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) to provide access to services of ABL.

This includes a launch the first ever all-in-one research packages for the Nigerian academic bioscience research community. African Biosciences Ltd. Research Project Package (ABL-RPP) provides a convenient package for molecular biology-oriented research projects and come with flat rate pricing directed at BSc, MSc and PhD students interested in serious and meaningful biomolecular research in plants, animals, humans and microbes. The packages provide project design service, one-stop access to reagents and supplies, lab-for-rent services where student performs bench work in our lab, contract research services where the company performs bench work, provision of up-to-date literature, and basic data analysis.

This service continues the vision of providing ground-breaking integrated bioscience research services through a unique research-design-to-data analysis platform to achieve bioscience research goals by addressing some key challenges of performing bioscience research in Nigeria. With this new service, African Biosciences Ltd. is positioned to be a key player in the biosciences research market by being a leading service provider to build technical capacity in biomolecular research in Nigeria and soon across Africa.

To benefit from flat rate pricing, students must meet some requirements such current enrollment in a degree program at an accredited University or tertiary institution recognized by the relevant authorities, approval by the supervisor or research committee, and meet project scope requirement ranging from 2 weeks of lab work for BSc projects and 1 month for MSc projects to 3 months of lab work for PhD projects. The company offers a payment plan to help with affordability, and package pricing allows groups of students to band together to get additional discounts. Academic departments can get bulk discount for groups of their students who sign up to use ABL-RPP and academic institutions who sign long-term Memoranda of Understanding to access this service receive even deeper discounts for their students.

Elaborating on ABL-RPP, Prof. Ikhide Imumorin, Co-founder and CEO of the company explained that eligible projects for flat rate pricing may include techniques from among the following: DNA and RNA extraction, PCR primer design, standard PCR, RT-PCR, Real Time PCR (qPCR), de-novo SNP identification, SNP genotyping, PCR-RFLP, Sanger DNA sequencing, basic bioinformatics and molecular data analysis. Additional charges apply to projects that require ELISA, Western Blots, molecular cloning, protein expression, in-vitro assays, next generation sequencing of DNA and RNA, genome editing, advanced bioinformatics and genome assembly.

This research project package is first of its kind in Nigeria for modern bioscience research and is part of the plan of African Biosciences Ltd. to provide comprehensive private sector solutions to life science researchers in Nigeria and Africa. For more information, contact us at:

African Biosciences Ltd.
88, Km 6 Ibadan-Ife Road
Ibadan, Nigeria

Nigerian Institute of Animal Science
Plot 1882 C13, Kabusa, Okanje District
Wuse, Abuja, Nigeria.

About African Biosciences Ltd.
African Biosciences Ltd. is an innovative life sciences company whose mission and goals are to provide easy access to bioscience research regents and supplies through an e-commerce platform, bioscience research advisory services, bioscience technical training, lab-for-rent and contract research services in state-of-the-art bioscience research laboratories in Nigeria and soon across Africa. It is the first and only vertically integrated biosciences research company providing a unique research design-to-data analysis pipeline to assist customers to achieve their research project goals. For more information, visit us at http://www.africanbio.com.

About Nigerian Institute of Animal Science
The Nigerian Institute of Animal Science was established by the National Assembly Act No. 26 of 2007 under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development as a regulatory agency for Animal Science practice with powers to regulate all matters pertaining to Animal husbandry in Nigeria. Its mission is the regulation of Animal Husbandry practices for increased profitability to all Stakeholders’ and guarantee improved Animal Husbandry and Production Systems that will embrace environmental sustainability and ensure high quality and quantity of animal proteins to Nigerians. Its activities extend to professional, industry and social mandates. Find more information at http://www.nias.org.ng.

For questions or more information, please contact:
Mr. Calistus Igwilo
African Biosciences Ltd.
Poatson House, 4th Floor
142 Oba Akran Avenue
Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria
+234 803 341 7102
info@africanbio.com
http://www.africanbio.com
http://www.nias.org.ng

Connect. Integrate. Become One.

International Day of Yoga 21 June

Alpharetta, Georgia, US, 2017-Jun-13 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — The Heartfulness Institute will mark the International Day of Yoga on 21 June with public events in various locations globally (www.heartfulness.org). The events will be held at the Institute’s meditation and retreat centres and also at other community venues in partnership with civil society and yoga organizations and Indian diplomatic missions.

Every year on 21 June the United Nations invites the global community to celebrate the life-enhancing practices of Yoga. In establishing the International Day of Yoga, the United Nations underscored the need for building better lifestyles, recognizing that Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being. The UN also called for the wider dissemination of information about the benefits of practising Yoga.

On the International Day of Yoga, the Heartfulness community, led by its youth, will bring together hundreds of thousands of people with the theme ‘Connect. Integrate. Become One’, in Chennai, Singapore, Hyderabad, Paris, New York, London, Toronto, Sydney and in other major metropolitan centres, as well as in many smaller cities, towns and rural areas globally. The core practices of Heartfulness are self-development tools for a modern lifestyle and for people from all walks of life. They include relaxation, heart-based meditation, cleaning and inner connection. There is no dogma or prerequisite of any kind, and no financial requirement; only the willingness and interest to try the simple, effective Heartfulness practices.

Since the beginning of 2017, the Heartfulness Institute has been offering free masterclasses in meditation, led by its global guide, Kamlesh Patel, also known as Daaji. More than one million people around the world, including educational, business and professional groups, have experienced the free masterclasses that are available at http://en.heartfulness.org/masterclass/.

Heartfulness is an approach to the Raja Yoga system of meditation called Sahaj Marg, founded at the turn of the 20th century and formalized into an organization in 1945. More than seventy years later, ongoing Heartfulness meditation training can be found at 2,500 schools and colleges, and over 100,000 professionals are meditating in over 3,000 corporations, non-governmental and government organizations.

Heartfulness Centres, known as HeartSpots, exist in 130 countries, supported by thousands of certified volunteer trainers. There are over 5,000 HeartSpots and over 300 retreat centres around the world where thousands of people gather to meditate (http://www.heartfulness.org/).

About Kamlesh D. Patel
Known to many as Daaji, Kamlesh D. Patel is the fourth guide in the Heartfulness tradition of meditation. He is a prolific speaker and writer, and you can read his latest writings at http://www.daaji.org/.

About Heartfulness Institute
Heartfulness Institute is a non-profit organization that promotes well-being and self-development through meditation, research and training. The Institute offers programs for individuals, local communities, corporates, government departments and the armed services, schools and colleges, rural communities and civil society groups worldwide, supported by certified trainers who are volunteers and who offer their time and expertise in this social cause.

For more information 
Email: info@heartfulness.org
Toll free numbers:India: 1-800-103-7726USA: 1-844-879-4327
Social Media: Heartfulness Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | YouTube | LinkedIN | Instagram

Websites: www.heartfulness.org, www.daaji.org
Durga Nagarajan, 180 Westchester Way, Alpharetta,Georgia 30005

Pathway Program Gives Mountain House High School (MHHS) Students Two Years of College by the Time They Graduate

Associate of Science (AS) Degree and Career Training Program for MHHS Students Is the Joint Creation of Lammersville Unified School District (LUSD) and San Joaquin Delta College Mountain House Campus.

Mountain House, CA, USA — The graduating class of 2021 could be facing tuition costs as high as $339,000 for four years of higher education. However, thanks to the Early College Pathway Program, some graduates of Mountain House High School (MHHS) will have a leg up on college since they will have both a high school diploma and an Associate of Science (AS) degree, while others will graduate with the credentials they need to begin a career. The Pathway Program, developed in conjunction with San Joaquin Delta College Mountain House Campus, the gives high school students access to college classes so they can acquire two or more years of college credit upon graduation.

The Pathway Program was co-created by the Lammersville Unified School District, San Joaquin Delta College Mountain House Campus. MHHS first opened its doors in fall 2014, and the Pathway Program began spring 2016, with 38 students. Since then, two more cohorts have been added, with plans to expand to 150 students within two years. The first cohort graduates in May 2019 with an Associate of Science degree and a high school diploma. Students can apply to the Pathway Program as high school freshmen and commit to two classes per semester in order to earn their AS degree.

“Gerry was instrumental in bringing the Delta College Mountain House Campus to Mountain House and in helping us create the Pathway Program,” said Dr. Jessie Garza-Roderick, Associate Dean of San Joaquin Delta College Mountain House Campus. “This is the kind of program that enriches both the community and the college, promoting diversity in education at the same time it gives high school students an opportunity to earn their AS degree.”

Any student interested in San Joaquin Delta College Mountain House Campus courses can apply for admissions. What makes the program successful is the proximity of MHHS to the Delta College Mountain House campus. Pathway Program classes are incorporated into the high school curriculum and students attend college classes after school hours on the college campus.

“Being an exurb of Silicon Valley, parents are focused on preparing their kids for college, but the Pathway Program also provides vocational training in fields such as computer networking,” added Dr. Kirk Nicholas, Superintendent of the Lammersville USD. “Our high school is ranked as one of the top 100 high schools in California partly because our goal is to meet the educational needs of all students, including those who are college bound and those seeking career training. The Pathway Program is just one way we help our students become more competitive in applying for university admissions.

“Families move to Mountain House because it’s one of the most affordable well designed communities in the East San Francisco Bay area market, and because of the quality of education,” said Gerry Kamilos, CEO of Kamilos Companies. “Part of my vision for Mountain House has always been to offer local retail, recreation facilities, and one of the best school systems in the State, which includes the partnership between K-12 and the community college. With the support of San Joaquin Delta College Mountain House Campus, we are able help Mountain House High School students head start on their education. These types of community enrichment programs are what make Mountain House attractive to young professionals and families.”

According to CollegeData.com, the average cost of an in-state public college is $24,610 per year and the average cost of a private college is $49,320. Even within the state of California, state university costs are $22,000 per year and higher. At a cost of $46 per unit, parents of Pathway Program students can save $25,000 or more of college fees.

San Joaquin Delta College established its Mountain House Campus in July 2009 with the help of a $14 million advanced payment provided by Kamilos Companies. As a result, students are able to attend classes locally, without having to commute to Livermore or Stockton. Having the college as a local resource also is attracting the attention of area businesses. Tesla, for example, recently established a plant in Livermore and is interested in working with the Mountain House Campus.

For more information about the Mustang Early College Pathway Program, visit http://mhhsearlycollegepathway.weebly.com.

About the Pathway Program
The Mustang Early College Program Pathway is a partnership between San Joaquin Delta College Mountain House Campus and the Mountain House High School to help students gain experience in taking college level courses, earn dual credits at both schools, and earn a high school diploma and an Associate of Science degree while in high school. Graduates of the program have a real advantage in applying for college, and realize a huge financial savings having completed two or more years of course work.

About Kamilos Companies
Headquartered in Gold River, California, Kamilos Companies has been undertaking major real estate development projects throughout Northern California and the Central Valley since 1990. Kamilos Companies has a proven track record developing large-scale, master planned community projects, including successful project entitlements and coordinating with multiple land owners, as well as working with local, state, and federal agencies. The firm has extensive experience in infrastructure implementation and funding, creating sustainable communities, endangered species, habitat, conservation, cultural resources, transit design, water supply management and wetland issues related to large development projects. Kamilos Companies has managed entitlements and developments for more than 17,000 acres, which will ultimately yield more than 8,000 acres of commercial/industrial land and 35,000 residential lots.

Contact:
Tom Woolf, Director of PR
Gumas Advertising
(415) 621-7575
twoolf@gumas.com

“Questionable Minds,” a New Book: Conversations with Writers about Writing

OTTAWA, Ontario CANADA, 2017-Feb-15 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — The mind of a writer is a mysterious place. In Questionable Minds: conversations with writers, social psychologist dr george pollard gives a guided tour of the creative mental landscape of writers. In this unique collection of conversations, dr pollard explores the making of a fictional story or a stand-up comedy routine.

If you’re curious how your favourite novel or stand-up comedy routine comes into being, Questionable Minds helps you find out. This new book helps answer many questions. Where do the ideas come from? How do authors develop their characters? What is the secret of writing a successful stand-up comedy routine?

In this eclectic view of the workings of the imagination; dr pollard has assembled a remarkable panel of writers, covering a wide of range of literature. The conversations, in this collection, are with writers of thrillers, satire and westerns, as well as stand-up comedy.

Alessandra Torre tells gripping tales she claims are erotica. Peter Mehlman, a pillar of Seinfeld, has an idiosyncratically ironic eye and smooth, easy writing style. Chris Allen trades in thrillers that may contain more than a hint of truth.

Bruce Holbert is the thriftiest of writers, building finely honed sentences. Victoria Patterson artfully skewers the upper class, of Orange County, California. Steve Berry creates intricate mysteries against a backdrop of notional history. J Scott Fuqua tells tales with words and illustrations that resurrect a bygone era.

Ann Lewis Hamilton writes serious stories in a shrewdly droll style. Gabe Abelson is the A-list writer of late-night television talk show monologues. Jay Bonansinga writes The Walking Dead novels.

What inspires these writers? How do they develop stories or comedy? Why must they write?

To a one, they agree writing is sweating blood that shows up as squiggles on a page or pixels on an e-reader. Writing fiction or stand-up comedy is not for the easily distracted, the indolent or faint of heart. Writers must be eager to chase their characters and stories down the rabbit hole.

Questionable Minds is notable because of the depth and clarity of the insights found in the conversations. The book exhibits a unique intimacy; there’s no sense of canned answers to a list of prepared questions. Instead these conversations move effortlessly, following lines of curiosity and interest, while drawing out a wealth of detail.

Every writer dr pollard talks with has a different story to tell. Each has his or her own sources of inspiration. Their routines are personal; sometimes fitting writing around the rest of their lives or, for a few, squeezing in time for family, if they can drag themselves away from writing.

It is notable how willingly, candid and freely the writers talk. They discuss in detail the motivations that drive them to write. For some it’s enthusiasm; others want to explore their own lives and, perhaps, reframe them in a different context; still others want to discover what happens to their characters, as the story unfolds and still others simply enjoy the act of writing. Questionable Minds is an inside view of some highly distinctive minds, which are absorbing places to explore.

Although dr pollard explores similar themes with each writer, the conversations never become repetitive. Each writer is too distinctive a personality; each brings something fresh to the conversations and our understanding of why writers write. If you wonder how writers do what they do, this book will show you that it’s much more complicated and enthralling than you may imagine; it will improve your reading experience, too.

Questionable Minds is available through Amazon, in paperback and eBook editions at https://www.amazon.com/Questionable-Minds-Conversations-george-pollard. Review copies, in MOBI format, are available from the author at drgeorgep@questionableminds.com. For more information on Questionable Minds, visit the web site http://questionableminds.com or e-mail, as you wish, perhaps to arrange an interview with dr pollard.

About the Author
dr george pollard is a sociometrician and social psychologist at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. His teaching and research interests include the process, practise and effects of writing as an act of fulfilling the pop culture and entertainment need of society as well as media and truth.