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COMMIT A RANDOM ACT OF SWEETNESS: UNO PIZZERIA & GRILL IS PARTNERING WITH AUTISM SPEAKS TO SWEETEN THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

UNO to donate $1 to Autism Speaks for every mini-dessert purchased BOSTON, MASS., December 7, 2015 – This holiday season, Uno Pizzeria & Grill is helping guests pay it forward with their Random Acts of Sweetness program. Throughout the month of December, Uno guests are able to purchase a mini-dessert for another guest and $1 of their purchase will be donated to Autism Speaks.

Uno Pizzeria & Grill guests can purchase a mini-dessert by filling out a holiday donation card and sending it to another diner in the restaurant, or they can opt to have a server or manager select a lucky recipient at random. The recipient can then choose from Uno’s Hot Chocolate Brownie Sundae, Granny Smith All American, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup or the Macadamia Nut White Chocolate Chunk Deep Dish Cookie Sundae and potentially pay it forward to another unsuspecting guest.

“The holidays are a time of giving and receiving and this is a fun way for our guests to get in the spirit and spread good will. What better way to help such an incredible organization as Autism Speaks than with a delicious dessert from UNO! We’ve been very eager to work with Autism Speaks and this is the perfect way to start our relationship.” commented Dee Hadley, Chief Marketing Officer for Uno on the program and partnership with Autism Speaks.

“This is a great opportunity to share the holiday spirit and to keep the giving going,” said Peter Morton, vice president of corporate development at Autism Speaks. “Each donation helps to provide programs and resources that will improve the quality of life for children and adults with autism throughout the new year.”

About UNO’s

Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Uno Restaurant Holdings Corporation includes 133 company-owned and franchised Uno Pizzeria & Grill restaurants located in 23 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Honduras, Mexico, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Famous for inventing Deep Dish Pizza in 1943, UNO’s mission is to deliver big, bold flavors, rich, rewarding experiences and unbelievably delicious pizza and other craveable menu creations you won’t find anywhere else. The Company also operates Uno Dué Go, a fast casual concept, Uno Express, a quick service concept, and Uno Foods, a consumer packaged foods business which supplies airlines, movie theaters, hotels, airports, travel plazas, schools and supermarkets with both frozen and refrigerated private-label foods and UNO branded products. For more information, visit www.unos.com.

About Autism Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, and repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum. About Autism Speaks Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals people with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed $560 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year, Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in nearly 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 70 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.

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COMMIT A RANDOM ACT OF SWEETNESS: UNO PIZZERIA & GRILL IS PARTNERING WITH AUTISM SPEAKS TO SWEETEN THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

UNO to donate $1 to Autism Speaks for every mini-dessert purchased BOSTON, MASS., December 7, 2015 – This holiday season, Uno Pizzeria & Grill is helping guests pay it forward with their Random Acts of Sweetness program. Throughout the month of December, Uno guests are able to purchase a mini-dessert for another guest and $1 of their purchase will be donated to Autism Speaks.

Uno Pizzeria & Grill guests can purchase a mini-dessert by filling out a holiday donation card and sending it to another diner in the restaurant, or they can opt to have a server or manager select a lucky recipient at random. The recipient can then choose from Uno’s Hot Chocolate Brownie Sundae, Granny Smith All American, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup or the Macadamia Nut White Chocolate Chunk Deep Dish Cookie Sundae and potentially pay it forward to another unsuspecting guest.

“The holidays are a time of giving and receiving and this is a fun way for our guests to get in the spirit and spread good will. What better way to help such an incredible organization as Autism Speaks than with a delicious dessert from UNO! We’ve been very eager to work with Autism Speaks and this is the perfect way to start our relationship.” commented Dee Hadley, Chief Marketing Officer for Uno on the program and partnership with Autism Speaks.

“This is a great opportunity to share the holiday spirit and to keep the giving going,” said Peter Morton, vice president of corporate development at Autism Speaks. “Each donation helps to provide programs and resources that will improve the quality of life for children and adults with autism throughout the new year.”

About UNO’s

Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Uno Restaurant Holdings Corporation includes 133 company-owned and franchised Uno Pizzeria & Grill restaurants located in 23 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Honduras, Mexico, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Famous for inventing Deep Dish Pizza in 1943, UNO’s mission is to deliver big, bold flavors, rich, rewarding experiences and unbelievably delicious pizza and other craveable menu creations you won’t find anywhere else. The Company also operates Uno Dué Go, a fast casual concept, Uno Express, a quick service concept, and Uno Foods, a consumer packaged foods business which supplies airlines, movie theaters, hotels, airports, travel plazas, schools and supermarkets with both frozen and refrigerated private-label foods and UNO branded products. For more information, visit www.unos.com.

About Autism Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, and repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum. About Autism Speaks Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals people with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed $560 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year, Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in nearly 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 70 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.

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COMMIT A RANDOM ACT OF SWEETNESS: UNO PIZZERIA & GRILL IS PARTNERING WITH AUTISM SPEAKS TO SWEETEN THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

UNO to donate $1 to Autism Speaks for every mini-dessert purchased BOSTON, MASS., December 7, 2015 – This holiday season, Uno Pizzeria & Grill is helping guests pay it forward with their Random Acts of Sweetness program. Throughout the month of December, Uno guests are able to purchase a mini-dessert for another guest and $1 of their purchase will be donated to Autism Speaks.

Uno Pizzeria & Grill guests can purchase a mini-dessert by filling out a holiday donation card and sending it to another diner in the restaurant, or they can opt to have a server or manager select a lucky recipient at random. The recipient can then choose from Uno’s Hot Chocolate Brownie Sundae, Granny Smith All American, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup or the Macadamia Nut White Chocolate Chunk Deep Dish Cookie Sundae and potentially pay it forward to another unsuspecting guest.

“The holidays are a time of giving and receiving and this is a fun way for our guests to get in the spirit and spread good will. What better way to help such an incredible organization as Autism Speaks than with a delicious dessert from UNO! We’ve been very eager to work with Autism Speaks and this is the perfect way to start our relationship.” commented Dee Hadley, Chief Marketing Officer for Uno on the program and partnership with Autism Speaks.

“This is a great opportunity to share the holiday spirit and to keep the giving going,” said Peter Morton, vice president of corporate development at Autism Speaks. “Each donation helps to provide programs and resources that will improve the quality of life for children and adults with autism throughout the new year.”

About UNO’s

Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Uno Restaurant Holdings Corporation includes 133 company-owned and franchised Uno Pizzeria & Grill restaurants located in 23 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Honduras, Mexico, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Famous for inventing Deep Dish Pizza in 1943, UNO’s mission is to deliver big, bold flavors, rich, rewarding experiences and unbelievably delicious pizza and other craveable menu creations you won’t find anywhere else. The Company also operates Uno Dué Go, a fast casual concept, Uno Express, a quick service concept, and Uno Foods, a consumer packaged foods business which supplies airlines, movie theaters, hotels, airports, travel plazas, schools and supermarkets with both frozen and refrigerated private-label foods and UNO branded products. For more information, visit www.unos.com.

About Autism Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, and repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum. About Autism Speaks Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals people with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed $560 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year, Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in nearly 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 70 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.

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COMMIT A RANDOM ACT OF SWEETNESS: UNO PIZZERIA & GRILL IS PARTNERING WITH AUTISM SPEAKS TO SWEETEN THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

UNO to donate $1 to Autism Speaks for every mini-dessert purchased BOSTON, MASS., December 7, 2015 – This holiday season, Uno Pizzeria & Grill is helping guests pay it forward with their Random Acts of Sweetness program. Throughout the month of December, Uno guests are able to purchase a mini-dessert for another guest and $1 of their purchase will be donated to Autism Speaks.

Uno Pizzeria & Grill guests can purchase a mini-dessert by filling out a holiday donation card and sending it to another diner in the restaurant, or they can opt to have a server or manager select a lucky recipient at random. The recipient can then choose from Uno’s Hot Chocolate Brownie Sundae, Granny Smith All American, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup or the Macadamia Nut White Chocolate Chunk Deep Dish Cookie Sundae and potentially pay it forward to another unsuspecting guest.

“The holidays are a time of giving and receiving and this is a fun way for our guests to get in the spirit and spread good will. What better way to help such an incredible organization as Autism Speaks than with a delicious dessert from UNO! We’ve been very eager to work with Autism Speaks and this is the perfect way to start our relationship.” commented Dee Hadley, Chief Marketing Officer for Uno on the program and partnership with Autism Speaks.

“This is a great opportunity to share the holiday spirit and to keep the giving going,” said Peter Morton, vice president of corporate development at Autism Speaks. “Each donation helps to provide programs and resources that will improve the quality of life for children and adults with autism throughout the new year.”

About UNO’s

Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Uno Restaurant Holdings Corporation includes 133 company-owned and franchised Uno Pizzeria & Grill restaurants located in 23 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Honduras, Mexico, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Famous for inventing Deep Dish Pizza in 1943, UNO’s mission is to deliver big, bold flavors, rich, rewarding experiences and unbelievably delicious pizza and other craveable menu creations you won’t find anywhere else. The Company also operates Uno Dué Go, a fast casual concept, Uno Express, a quick service concept, and Uno Foods, a consumer packaged foods business which supplies airlines, movie theaters, hotels, airports, travel plazas, schools and supermarkets with both frozen and refrigerated private-label foods and UNO branded products. For more information, visit www.unos.com.

About Autism Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, and repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum. About Autism Speaks Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals people with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed $560 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year, Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in nearly 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 70 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.

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Peter Karsant DDS Becomes First Dentist offering Price Estimates on Procedures and Services Through the BuildMyBod Health Network.

San Francisco, CA (12/10/15) – Dr. Peter Karsant, of Karsant Dentistry in San Francisco, announced today his collaboration with BuildMyBod Health, the revolutionary marketplace that is changing the way consumers shop for healthcare.

 

BuildMyBod, a medical cost estimator for prospective patients and lead generator for doctors, houses the pricing information for over 3,000 procedures and services across the US and in Australia; and plans to expand into Canada by the end of the year. Dr. Karsant is the first dentist to join its growing list of providers across all medical specialties.

 

Price Transparency in healthcare, or the lack thereof, remains a hot topic nationwide, and Dr. Karsant wanted to be on the forefront of the solution. “More and more uninsured patients inquire about the services we provide. We offer those individuals slight discounts to help subsidize the cost, but up until now, there was no good way to provide them with the information they were looking for in a reliable and mutually beneficial fashion,” says Karsant. Now, prospective patients can get a quote instantly from my practice website, and my office staff can follow up with them afterwards. It’s a win-win.”

 

In addition to offering the pricing information for reconstructive and cosmetic dental procedures, consumers can also purchase at-home teeth whitening kits from the cost estimator on drpeterkarsantdds.com. The online purchase process is a major patient satisfier and Dr. Karsant is excited to be one of the first dentists to offer it to his patients.

 

About BuildMyBod

BuildMyBod continues to leave its mark in the healthcare space by making price transparency in healthcare easily accessible through advances in information technology. With approximately 150 providers in the provider network, consumers can both check pricing and purchase procedure and services straight from BuildMyBod.com, the doctor’s website, or the BuildMyBod iPhone/iPad app. Visit the website to learn more. BuildMyBod Health also produces a podcast that showcases the latest insights from across the healthcare spectrum.

For more information contact:

Kelsey Rypl
BuildMyBod
Chief Marketing Officer
Kelsey@buildmybod.com

Making Santa REAL for Kids When They Stop Believing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Now there’s a succinct, wonderful and truthful way for parents to have “that talk” when their kids say “Billy said Santa Claus isn’t real”.

The response to that statement is presented simply, logically and warmly in the short story “The Spirit of Santa” by author Peter Hackmeister.  “The Spirit of Santa” lets kids fondly bring Santa along into every one of their Christmases for the rest of their lives, and pass his tradition on to their children, as well.

Drawing on personal experience, Mr. Hackmeister created this honest story for his own children.  “Every parent knows that there comes a day when their children question the existence of Santa”, he said.  “You hate to see that wide-eyed wonder fade away.  I told this story to my kids so the Spirit of Santa would remain joyful and true for them.”

It truly is the perfect Christmas gift for the whole family.

Actual Amazon customer reviews of “The Spirit of Santa” have been grateful and sincere:

1)”What a simple, heartfelt way to deal with one of a parent’s most sensitive challenges.  I’ll save it for my grandchildren.”

2) “I always hated lying about Santa Claus to my kids.  I wish I had read this many years ago.  It describes how ‘Yes there is a Santa Claus’ wonderfully well.”

3) “This tiny gem explains the true meaning of Santa and how he came about.  It opened my son’s eyes.”

“The Spirit of Santa” is now available to everybody worldwide FREE for five days on Amazon’s Kindle platform starting Wednesday morning, December 9 through Sunday evening, December 13, 2015.

After that date it can be downloaded for $0.99.

Click here – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AP84JMM

Kindle books can be read on any device: smartphone, tablet or computer.  Their free app is also available at this link.

Mr. Hackmeister is a carpenter, author, serial entrepreneur, and inventor with three patents.  He developed the original patent on what is now known as streaming video.

CONTACT:
Peter Hackmeister
Salem
Massachusetts
978-745-0044
SalemWharf@aol.com

 

GasTechno Signs Manufacturing Agreement with GENERON and Establishes $2 Billion Gas Flaring Reduction Carbon Fund with Future Trends International Group, China

December 10, 2015, Walloon Lake, Michigan

On November 6, 2015, Gas Technologies LLC, the licensor of the patented, single-step GasTechno® gas-to-liquids process, reached an agreement with GENERON to utilize their recognized custom engineering and fabrication capabilities to deliver the highest quality engineered systems and ongoing aftercare support.

“With burgeoning demand for small-scale GTL solutions needed to address increasingly stringent emissions and climate change regulations, GasTechno® expects to continue our rapid growth trajectory. We have had discussions with a number of manufacturers to identify those that can help us scale quickly and ensure the highest equipment safety standards are met. GENERON meets both of these needs” said Walter Breidenstein, CEO, Gas Technologies.  

GasTechno’s® Mini-GTL® is the world’s only patented and proven technology capable of profitably converting gas-to-liquids (GTL) in a single-step at small-scales. The modular skid-mounted system is ideal for deployment in remote locations for use in converting stranded natural gas or associated gas that is currently flared into higher value fuels and chemicals while offsetting greenhouse gas (GHG) and other harmful emissions that are subject to increasingly stringent environmental regulations and programs such as the World Bank’s “Zero Routine Flaring by 2030” initiative. GasTechno® Mini-GTL® is the lowest capital and operating cost gas-to-liquids solution in the industry.

Mr. Breidenstein states that “the GasTechno Mini-GTL® plant is a small-scale chemical plant that can be deployed at remote locations to convert stranded methane into high value liquid chemicals utilizing our highly innovative technology. Tom Jeffers, CEO, IGS Group, understands what it takes to bring complex, highly innovative technology to market with excellence. That is why we decided to move forward with GENERON toward commercialization in 2016”.

Tom Jeffers, CEO of IGS Group, states that “the collaboration agreement between GENERON and Gas Technologies is a great example of how two companies, who are both focused on excellence and innovation, can collaborate to provide engineered solutions at a great value to their clients. GENERON is an expert in the design and manufacture of highly specific engineered systems while Gas Technologies has extensive process experience in the development of this proven technology to monetize stranded and associated flare gases into higher value end products”.

In order to support the worldwide growth strategy of the GasTechno® process, on November 18, 2015 in Dubai, UAE, Walter Breidenstein signed an agreement with Dr. Farzam Kamalabadi, Chairman of Future Trends International Group, based in Shanghai, China, to establish the world’s first $2 billion Sharia compliant, green-certified equipment leasing and carbon asset fund that will focus on financing GasTechno’s® gas flaring emission reduction projects worldwide. Simmons & Simmons, Dubai is assisting with formation and legal structuring of the fund.

Dr Farzam Kamalabadi said, “I have been involved for over 30 years in the oil & gas business, and have recognized that flared gas was polluting our environment and especially those communities living near this wasted valuable resource. To me flared gas has always been “paying huge amounts to pollute the world”, whereas GasTechno is the reverse, “clean the world while earning good money for the investors”. Over the past 6 years I have watched GasTechno grow from an idea to prototype to an actual viable, commercial unique technology that can change the world. Future Trends is all about changing the world, and supporting GasTechno in this $2 billion fund to stop gas flaring worldwide is my privilege. I encourage nay urge the World Bank, the United Nations, other Sovereign governments, National Oil Companies, and other major players to join us in supporting the Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 initiative, for which GasTechno will play a dominant role due to its superior no-catalyst, single-step, more-flexible and more-mobile technology, with lower-capex and lower-opex while creating higher-volume and higher-value processing.”  

About Gas Technologies LLC

Gas Technologies LLC has patented and developed advanced, proprietary technologies for converting associated flare gas, landfill gas, biogas and other sources of stranded gas into saleable liquid fuels and chemicals at small scales – quickly and economically unlike conventional solutions such as the traditional, capital intensive 3-stage GTL or methanol process technologies. The company is headquartered in northern Michigan with new offices opened in London, Moscow, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangalore in 2015. For more information, visit www.gastechno.com. Micro-GTL, Mini-GTL, Methanol-In-A-Box, GTL-In-A-Box and GasTechno are registered trademarks of Gas Technologies LLC.

About GENERON

Since 1983, GENERON has built a reputation in industry for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety. Out of its state of the art 104,000 square foot ISO9001 certified facility, GENERON can engineer, manufacture, test, and provide ongoing support for our clients’ unique systems that meet a variety of certifications required across the globe, such as CSA, CRN, CE, PED, ABS and DNV.

As an industry leader in design and manufacture of air separation and gas processing systems, GENERON technologies and systems touch the lives of consumers around the world every day, often times without them ever knowing. Patented GENERON™ membrane modules help improve our clients’ productivity and increase their ROI; and GENERON is dedicated to the ongoing research and development of these technologies and the continual improvement of its engineering, manufacturing and product development capabilities.

For more information, visit www.generon.com.

About Future Trends International (Group) Corporation

Future Trends International (Group) Corporation is a group of companies conducting business in various regions, diverse industries, and with multiple formulas and modes of operation. The core focus of the corporation is oil and gas and energy, and related funds and investments in China.

Our abundant preferential availability of sources of oil, gas and other scarce energy resources from our supply side, Middle East, and two decades of experience, influence and operational know-how in dealing with oil and gas projects in China, added with our several oil and gas and energy funds and partnership with investment houses complete our triangular formula of supply, market and finance and place us in a unique position to assist major financial corporations and enterprises, capital groups and money-owners to capture a good share of the largest industry in the largest market of the world by organizing a large portion and a series of supply of scarce oil and gas and petrochemical resources, and applying them to a series of market-side projects with the right operators in a five to ten-year period.

Furthermore, due to our past success and current influence in China, we are in an unparalleled position to help governments and corporations with both designing a strategy and implementing it for entering and expanding in China. For more information, visit: http://www.future-trends.org/en/

THREE WISE MONKEYS release new album: PROGETTO ARTE

Renowned fusion band The Three Wise Monkeys release their magnus opus of progressive music.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, 10th December 2015 – The band that brought the world “John Mayer is a Douche-bag”, releases its 5th album titled PROGETTO ARTE, a salutation to all that is progressive music.

The album features 12 tracks from their 2015 sessions, filmed with multiple go pro cameras and shared with 3WM fans on the group’s webpage throughout the year. “Interacting with fans during the albums development has been incredibly rewarding as they have acted as a virtual producer, offering support suggestions and critique” mentions Alex King, the groups Bass Player.

The video for the albums lead single- “Panopticon” has already been viewed over 250,000 times before the albums official release. https://www.facebook.com/threewiemonkeysband/videos “The reaction to the songs has been amazing, we’ve been able to reach new fans in the most far away places, thru the power of social media and live video streaming on Periscope” adds the drummer Brendon Waterman.

The album cover features the works for underground Dutch painter Chris Van der Linden, which sets the tone for audio enlightenment given the three piece have taken a year off the road to concentrate in the studio. The Band’s guitarist Kypo explains, “most acts are spending more time on the road to survive, we wanted to get back to the studio, and focus on creating a sound, that sonic vibration that becomes the audio experience”

The album was recorded direct to disk in pristine 192khz that captures the band in moments of creation and composition with ultimate purity. “This album embraces improvisation, and I’m not talking about a 13 minute guitar solos, but improvising song creation” Kypo clarifies. The candid and raw recordings have lead many reviewers to note the quality musicianship and dedication to craft, signaling a triumph of artistic integrity. 4.5 Stars from Music Emission: http://www.musicemissions.com/artists/albums/index.php?album_id=18566

PROGETTO ARTE, will be released on 10th December 2015 and will be available worldwide thru most digital retailers and streaming services. The album will also be available in limited edition CD format from the Three Wise Monkey’s BandCamp site: https://threewisemonkeys.bandcamp.com/ or homepage http://www.3wm.co

Three Wise Monkeys are a proudly independent band, which has risen from the digital underground, through street savvy guerrilla marketing and infectious tunes with crazy song titles. Their story reflects the paradigm shift that has occurred in the music industry over the past decade, unlocking the shackles, and the power transferring to the artist. Their music is a testament to the fact that good music can find its own path.

New Book About the Current State of the Legal Profession

Author and lawyer John Allison has released a new book, Transforming the Practice of Law:  Reclaiming the Soul of the Legal Profession.  The legal profession in the United States is currently in a state of crisis.  Stress and dissatisfaction among lawyers have reached epidemic proportions.  Public esteem for the legal profession has fallen to an all-time low.  The book presents a thoughtful, in-depth analysis of the factors contributing to the current state of affairs, beginning with a discussion about the nature of legal education.  Significant developments affecting the behavior of lawyers and the reputation of the profession are also discussed and specific examples are provided. The American Bar Association’s Model Code of Professional Responsibility established the professional ideal of zealous representation, encouraging lawyers to be fervent partisans on behalf of their clients.  Widespread publicity about the Watergate conspiracy exposed a number of lawyers acting as though they were above the law.  As a result of the Supreme Court’s decision ending bans on advertising by lawyers and the growing influence of large law firms within the profession, the private practice of law has become a highly competitive commercial enterprise.  So long as the legal profession stays on its current path, many lawyers will experience stress and dissatisfaction in their professional lives and the reputation of the profession will continue to decline.  The book contains the author’s suggestions for specific steps that can be taken to guide the profession to a path that leads to a better destination, where lawyers find meaning and fulfillment in their professional lives and where the legal profession is held once again in high regard by the society it serves.  Transforming the Practice of Law:  Reclaiming the Soul of the Legal Profession can be purchased at www.amazon.com for less than twenty dollars.    
 
John Allison built a successful private law firm practice, chaired a committee of the American Bar Association, and served as a Judge Pro Tem.  After being in private practice for 24 years, John was hired by a Fortune 100 company as its senior in-house litigation manager.  He wrote the guidelines and criteria the company used to hire and evaluate lawyers in private practice.  He personally hired and led teams of lawyers representing the company in mass tort, class action and other complex litigation all over the country.  As Assistant General Counsel, John had overall responsibility for the litigation managed by the Office of General Counsel worldwide.  He also was legal counsel for the company’s Medical Department and Environmental Remediation Program, and advised senior executive management on effective strategies for handling a number of challenging issues.  More recently, John founded The Coach for Lawyers, LLC which offers business coaching, law practice consulting, life coaching and professional training for lawyers.
 

What any Director can learn from Enron

Mistake Costs Directors Plenty  

We can all learn from past mistakes   to prevent   history repeating itself. It is especially   important for directors of corporations — The principle is the same whether it be a charitable   Board or a high profile , publically trading corporation . All directors need   properly arranged   Directors and Officers Liability insurance.

The emphasis   being on “properly arranged” D and O insurance. No two D and O policies are identical in scope   , terms of coverage, and exclusions . To illustrate just how critical   proper coverage is we will share some little known facts about one of the highest profile real life cases involving directors and officers .

Enron, which was once of the darling company of the Fortune 500 ,   had a board of directors comprised of several prominent   and wealthy businessmen . D and O insurance was arranged   by a large international broker   who claimed to have expertise in this specialized area of insurance. Several  policies were arranged with different insurance companies forming layers of coverage to   provide total coverages   in excess of a $100 million limit .

The Sad Tale:

The various D and O insurance policies were arranged with various insurers. Enron fell from grace   when it was eventually discovered that the officers of the company — namely   the CEO and CFO had been involved in fraudulent accounting practises. We will politely refer to this fraud as “misconduct”. Claims from shareholders ensued naming   the entire Board for its role in the entire scenario. The outside ( independent)   directors   had no knowledge of the misconduct as they had relied upon the info they had been furnished with by the officers of the company .

Were they relieved that  they had D and O   insurance   ?   Unfortunately , at least one of the insurance policies in force contained an exclusion     that read different from all the other policies . This one policy voided coverage for all directors because of the misconduct that took place . The remaining   policies had different exclusion which only   voided cover   for the actual perpetrators   of the misconduct but would still cover the “ innocent” directors  . Because of this gaff over $10 million was  uninsured   leaving the independent directors on the hook personally for this uninsured  sum.   In hindsight, there is a sad lesson  — the wording of the exclusion on the one policy — that removed all coverage — likely could have been amended  at no added cost , to conform with the other policies , keeping the all coverage in place .         

The Expensive Lesson:

This costly oversight in not putting together proper D and O liability insurance   cost the independent directors dearly . It is estimated that the directors of Enron lost over 1/3rd of their personal wealth   for their role on the Enron board.   The lesson is that directors of corporations regardless of size should be more involved in the D and O insurance they so heavily rely upon . Be sure the broker you use knows   and understands in this important cover .

Kip Van Kempen  
kip.vankempen@bestbuyinsurance.ca
(877) 813-5710

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