San Pedro Personal Trainer Pumps Up Local Charitable Events

August 16, 2016

Shain Rossi, a certified personal trainer and the owner of the Elite Triangle Fitness , today announced his support for two upcoming charity events in the Los Angeles area. “On Labor Day, Elite Triangle Fitness will be participating in Conquer the Bridge here in San Pedro,” Mr. Rossi said. “We’ve supported this exciting event for the past few years, and the ETF team will be crossing the bridge together again this year.” Conquer the Bridge 8 is a walk/run event with a course traveling across the famed Vincent Thomas Bridge. This iconic 1,500-foot suspension bridge links San Pedro to Terminal Island and offers dramatic views of the Los Angeles Harbor area from atop its deck approximately 185 feet above the main channel of L.A. Harbor. “The bridge is closed to pedestrian traffic, so this is the only legal and safe way to cross the bridge on foot,” explained Mr. Rossi. “Because the course goes across the...

BREAKING: OptumRX to Require VAWD Accreditation for Reimbursements

August 15, 2016

In a letter dated August 11, 2016, OptumRX announced that it will require provider pharmacies to limit their purchasing to suppliers who have the private VAWD Accreditation, starting October 1, 2016. After years of declining reimbursements and creative MAC strategies, OptumRX has dealt another blow to the independent retail pharmacy. Said Sumeet Singh, Director of Five Rivers RX, "This is an unprecedented move that will have a very immediate and detrimental effect on pharmaceutical distribution in the United States. Specifically, this action has the potential to increase drug pricing and create artificial shortages. OptumRX is increasing the pressure on family-run, independent pharmacies and distributors. We plan to investigate the legality of the action immediately." There is definitely a business case to push Americans away from independent pharmacies and towards national retail chains. It was only in March that OptumRX announced Walgreens to be its preferred...

Michael Garman Sculpture Awards exclusive to Stokes International

August 15, 2016

Michael Garman Sculpture Awards exclusive to Stokes International. Firefighters put their lives on the line every day to save ours, and in doing so, it's important that they are recognized for this. Michael Garman has created beautiful sculpture awards that capture their story and are a beautiful memento to honour them with. Michael Garman is an American artist who has created sculptures to honour heroes from all walks of life; "Art for the People". His series of sculptures includes Firefighters, Law Enforcement, the Military and more, where each sculpture he creates captures a moment in time. Almost all of his sculptures are reproduced by hand. Michael Garmin's goal was to tell an honest story, recreate it in an honest way, and sell it at an honest price. Stokes International has made more than 50 of these Michael Garmin sculptures available to you exclusively. They are available in either a bronze tone finish, or a hand-painted finish,...

The Subaru Forester meets summer adventures head on!

August 16, 2016

The award winning 2017 Subaru Forester has been redesigned inside and out to make it a standout performer. The muscular design has been refreshed with a new front fascia , tail lights and alloy wheels. This compact SUV has an amazing combination of features you need and want in a vehicle for all your summer adventures; all-road/all-weather capability, superior reliability, advanced safety features, exceptional value, and sheer driving enjoyment. The Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD is augmented by X-MODE, a system that offers added control when conditions are at their worst and the sunny skies turn to storm conditions. The 2017 Subaru Forester offers exceptional visibility in all directions with the A-pillar and partition windows integrated into the front door panels to create improved visibility. The generous glass area gives a commanding view of the road which leaves the driver feeling confident for the long trip ahead. The available Eyesight®...

Applebee’s Raises $6,625 For Assist The Officer Foundation

August 15, 2016

On Wednesday, August 10 the 68 Applebee’s restaurants in Texas committed to donate 100% of the Dollarita sales to The Assist The Officer Foundation, a 501c(3) organization which provides financial assistance to officers who are facing the loss of income due to a serious injury, life-threatening illness or other catastrophic event.   Sales from the $1 margarita raised $6,625 for this great foundation. “Giving back to our communities is a huge part of what Applebee’s is all about, and in Texas we want to show the men and women who protect our communities how much we appreciate what they do for us every single day,” said Chris Dharod, Chief Operating Officer of Apple Texas Group, a Franchisee of Applebee’s, The $1 margarita is available at all 68 Applebee’s restaurants in DFW, Houston, Austin, East Texas, Waco and surrounding areas.  Dallas-based Apple Texas and Apple Houston are licensed franchisees...

GCREATE EXPANDS BROOKLYN 3D PRINTER MANUFACTURING TO MORE THAN TRIPLE PREVIOUS SPACE

August 17, 2016

, the Brooklyn-based manufacturers of the popular gMax 3D Printer series, are excited to announce the expansion of their operations to a headquarters that more than triples their previous space. While gCreate began out of the living room of founders Gordon LaPlante and Anna Lee after a successful 2013 Kickstarter campaign, the company had been operating out of Industry City, Brooklyn since summer 2014.  The expansion to Bushwick, a rapidly growing, street art covered tech hub in the North Brooklyn Industrial Zone, will allow the company to keep up with the continuously increasing demand for their products and services. gCreate is solidly on track to break 300% YOY revenue from 2015 to 2016.  gCreate proudly manufactures, assembles, tests, and ships all of their gMax 3D printers in-house and the larger space will allow for increased efficiency, a strategic hiring initiative, and an additional focus on...

Adrienne Handley selected as "Top Finance Director of the Year" for 2016 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP)!

August 16, 2016

Adrienne Handley, Finance Director with Medical Center Healthcare Systems-FHC, was selected as "Top Finance Director of the Year" for 2016-2017 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP).  While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations and contributions to their communities.  All honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP’s annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements. With over 15 years of professional experience in the financial and healthcare field, Adrienne has certainly proved herself as an accomplished professional and expert in the industry. As a dynamic, results-driven leader, she...

NEW CONSULTING COMPANY OFFERS INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO HEALTHCARE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT

August 15, 2016

Heka Consulting, LLC was founded by Dr. Kristy Taylor, to provide professional development and basic skills training for current and aspiring healthcare professionals.  Dr. Taylor is a military veteran with over 14 years of experience in healthcare education.   Why is healthcare training and professional development so important?  According to the Rand Corporation, a non-profit public policy research firm:  “Education and training can play a significant role in determining health care professionals' proficiency with the most recent interventions and technologies.” Heka Consulting, LLC provides training online and onsite via the Heka Academy.   Phase I of the company’s launch includes offering a variety of online webinar courses and on-site training for high demand areas in healthcare. The Heka Academy is currently offering the Heka Healthcare Fundamentals Series (HAHFS) training.  HAHFS courses provide...

ICMediaDirect - Reputation Management - IC Media Direct Provides Expertise On Ways to Recover From Negative Online Reviews

August 15, 2016

According to data suggesting that will think twice about buying from a company with unfavorable feedback, a leading PR and reputation management firm, reveals that negative reviews can have a direct financial effect on businesses. With another survey showing that 9 out of 10 people say they take 'very seriously,' the agency has responded by providing advice on how companies can recover after receiving negative feedback online. See your Online Reputation Report now, by visiting has built an outstanding track record in efficient reputation control, having enhanced the brand image of Fortune 500 companies, celebrities, politicians, and athletes. The agency uses a clear strategy for diminishing the unwanted impact of criticism. First, determine if a comment is legitimate. Some information spread online is created by competing brands. The best course of action for this scenario is to request to have the review removed citing its unlikely...


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100m Sprint Olympic Semi-Finalist Kemarley Brown’s Windy Road Goes Through California

January 01, 1970

For the last 6 weeks, in a small space in my kitchen, I have hosted an 100m sprint Olympic semi-finalist by the name of Kemarley Brown. When Kemarley suddenly decided to return to Oakland and train with me, his former junior college coach, the kitchen is where we built his Ikea day bed and rekindled our shared vision. Back in the 2014 at the California Community College State Championship, Kemarley ran the 100m in 9.93 seconds becoming the USA's national community college record holder while representing our school, Merritt College. Not only is Kemarley the only community college athlete to break the 10 second barrier in a wind legal race but the 9.93 stands as the 3rd fastest wind legal time in history for all colleges in the United States (that's right, NCAA DI programs too). To top it off, on that day the 9.93 was the fastest time in the world for the season up to that point. The USA's Justin Gatlin went 1/100th better the next day and...

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