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CircleofBlue.com Identifies 10 Countries Where Water Issues Could Undermine Civic Stability
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Infographic: Water and Security Hot Spots 2016Circle of Blue identified 10 places where water could compound existing social stressors and contribute to a humanitarian crisis. Outright conflict over water is rare, and history has shown that communities and nations are much more likely to cooperate over water than to fight, according to leading researchers. But as climate change, population growth, and industrial development put strain on water resources around the world, water issues can join with social and political upheaval to destabilize vulnerable regions.

Water problems in themselves are not enough to create a conflict, famine, or mass migration. Places like California and Australia, despite severe and lengthy droughts, have the institutional capacity and resources to manage and contain water crises. Other regions do not have the resources or the capacity to do so. Combining data from water and conflict indices with an analysis of other geopolitical factors, such as dependence on food imports and the presence or absence of effective water management systems, Circle of Blue identified 10 places where water could compound existing social stressors and contribute to a humanitarian crisis.

Circle of Blue took into account both the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas, created by Washington, D.C.-based World Resources Institute, and the Global Conflict Risk Index produced by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. WRI’s water risk index, published in 2013, considers water quality and water quantity in the domestic, agricultural, industrial, and ecosystem contexts. The GCRI calculates the likelihood of a conflict breaking out in a given area, as well as how intense the conflict might be. It is updated every six months. (read more)

Additional details and infographic courtesy of Kaye LaFond and Codi Kozacek

Posted by Eric Ward on 1/2716


New Site From National Geographic Explains Winter Solstice
URL: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/12/151221-winter-solstice-explained-pagans/
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National Geographic - Winter SolsticeIf today seems to go by quickly, there's a reason. Today is Winter solstice, an astronomical phenomenon that makes today, Tuesday, December 22, 2015, the shortest day and the longest night of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere this is the December solstice and in the Southern Hemisphere this is the June solstice.

Learn more about the Winter Solstice on National Geographic's Online Winter Solstice site at

The axial tilt of Earth and gyroscopic effects of the Earth's daily rotation mean that the two opposite points in the sky to which the Earth's axis of rotation points (Axial precession) change very slowly (making a complete circle approximately every 26,000 years). As the Earth follows its orbit around the Sun, the polar hemisphere that faced away from the Sun, experiencing winter, will, in half a year, face towards the Sun and experience summer. This is because the two hemispheres face opposite directions along Earth's axis, and so as one polar hemisphere experiences winter, the other experiences summer.

More evident from high latitudes, a hemisphere's winter solstice occurs on the shortest day and  (read more).

Posted by Eric Ward on 12/22/15


Phonak Offers Hearing Loss Website Dedicated to Teens

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URL: http://www.bringsoundtolife.com/

Phonak Offers Hearing Loss Website Dedicated to Teens

The site features a sports section with inspiring testimonials and practical tips showing teens with hearing loss the possibilities on the field, on the court, and on the trails. 

Because a teenager's world is a different one, Phonak has recently launched the first website tailored to the needs of teens with hearing loss. Through teen-specific hooks such as music and social life, the site offers teens all they want to know about hearing technology – and more importantly, what it can do to enhance their lives. The latest addition to the page is a sports section that offers inspiring examples of teen athletes with hearing loss using Phonak Sky Q and Phonak Roger. This new sports section answers the questions teens may have about participating in outdoor sports while wearing hearing devices and communicating with team mates on the field. 

Surveys have shown that hearing impaired teens perceive themselves as typical teenagers who happen to have hearing loss. They love to be active in sports, music, and other fun activities like any other teenager. They expect their hearing aids and wireless technology to allow them to do whatever they want to do without being limited by their hearing loss (read more).

The website is available in English at www.bringsoundtolife.com

Posted by Eric Ward on 12/04/15


www.IconicDisplays.com Provides Top Quality Trade Show Displays and Service at Highly Competitive Prices 

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Iconic Displays (www.iconicdisplays.com), provides a variety of high quality trade show display products and turnkey rental systems at discount pricing. With over 40 years of combined trade show marketing experience, the veteran team at Iconic Displays provides concierge style service for all of their clients.

Their highly experienced account managers help clients select the right display for their unique trade show or event needs. They understand the art of exhibit marketing and how getting it right leads to increased revenues, strong referrals, and valuable industry networking. Iconic Displays assures that your trade show display will stand out from the crowd by offering functional, innovative, top quality exhibit systems that you will be proud to display time after time. 

According to Mike Weimar, founder of Iconic Displays, “We created Iconic Displays to take advantage of the ‘direct to customer’ marketing channel that the web provides. We have much lower overhead than the old style exhibit companies with their large showrooms and highly paid outbound sales forces. We can provide the same selection of products, and industry leading service at a much lower price point due to our lower overhead. Our great customer reviews show that we’ve been successful in meeting those goals.”

Iconic Displays offers a variety of portable trade show displays which can be custom tailored to meet a customer’s unique trade show and event requirements. Their product lineup includes a variety of modular display systems that are easily reconfigured for use at multiple trade shows and events throughout the year. The complete trade show display lineup includes truss displays, modular display systems, turnkey trade show display rentals, pop up displays, hanging displays, (read more)

Posted by Eric Ward on 09/24/15


SearchRPM Launches Internet Safety for Kids Resource Guide In Time For New School Year

Premier search optimization company SearchRPM is taking their knowledge of the web and putting it to use to support Internet Safety. The company has just launched an Internet Safety Resource section on their website with information for both parents and kids from cyber security experts, teachers and more.

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URL: https://www.searchrpm.com/internet-safety-for-kids

Austin-based search company SearchRPM is known for giving back to their local community with seminars, professional meetups and podcasts that provide information on navigating the World Wide Web for marketing purposes. The Back To School Internet Safety Portal for Kids and Parents was inspired by this past June's Internet Security Month, as part of The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) mission to educate and empower today’s digital society.Children and teens are among the most vulnerable Internet users, however, their comfort using online resources often leads to complacency. This matter is addressed within the resources along with a variety of information for kids and their parents. The topics covered include:

  • General best practices and everyday safety tips
  • Facts and statistics about Internet security today
  • Browser settings that improve safety
  • Setting search parameters to control content
  • Parental controls that can be used
  • Keeping mobile devices safe and secure
  • How to talk to kids about Internet safety
Information is delivered through a variety of means including articles, quizzes and infographs. One highlight of the resource portal that can be used by parents and teachers is the Unbelievable Statistics About Kids & Teens on the Internet infograph. This highly visual piece delivers
impactful information that relays the importance of protecting kids from cyber bullies, criminals and hackers that are online. (read more)

Posted by Eric Ward on 09/22/15


Profile Defenders Launches New Site Offering Complex Reputation Management Services

One of the leading reputation management companies has launched a new service to help remove defamatory content from appearing in searches. The company, Profile Defenders, aims to help those whose images are affected by slanderous or defamatory messages that are often false and costly to a business or individuals reputation.

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URL: http://www.ProfileDefenders.com

Defamatory material such as fictitious and negative reviews, slanderous content, and poor ratings or complaints are just some examples of what Profile Defenders can protect against. This type of content is usually aimed to hurt a company’s business or a person’s career and the general public doesn’t know what is real. With Profile Defenders new service offering, these unwanted messages can be removed and your reputation can be restored. While the service has been around for years, Profile Defenders recently upgraded their website and tools to better assist their customers to meet current demand. Their new solution in addition to removing unwanted content is utilizing the courts in order to remove content permanently when certain criteria is met. (read more)

Posted by Eric Ward on 09/21/15


SeniorAdvisor.com Honors 2015 Best of Senior Living Award Recipients

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URL: https://www.senioradvisor.com/blog/2014/12/2015-best-of-senior-living/
Now in their second year, the Best of 2015 Awards celebrate the best of the best in American senior care and are only given to communities and agencies that have consistently received outstanding feedback from families on the SeniorAdvisor.com website. This exclusive designation places the winners in the top one percent of senior care providers nationwide according to those who matter most - their customers.

At 4.5, 4.1, and 3.3 percents respectively, Atlanta assisted living, Chicago assisted living, and Dallas assisted living providers represent the top three U.S. cities with the most winners. California, Texas, and Florida represent the top three states.

"We launched SeniorAdvisor.com with two goals in mind: first, we wanted to identify and celebrate the best-performing senior care providers and second, we wanted to give families a tool to identify the businesses that will take great care of their loved ones," said Eric Seifert, President of SeniorAdvisor.com. "These awards are a capstone on those two goals. We're thrilled to have the opportunity to thank companies and professionals who commit to providing exceptional service to the loved ones we entrust in their care."

According to a joint study by SeniorAdvisor.com and A Place For Mom conducted in May 2014, online reviews have a profound impact on the purchasing behavior of consumers looking for senior care. (read more)

Posted by Eric Ward on 03/17/15


www.Diamonds.pro Helps Consumers Avoid Diamond Buying Rip Offs
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The Diamond Pro (www.diamonds.pro), a website created by diamond industry veteran Ira Weissman, is dedicated to educating potential diamond consumers. With all the hype and misinformation fed to the public through sappy advertising and unscrupulous diamond salesmen, only education and research can guarantee one will make a smart buy. The potential pitfalls are nearly endless.

"I left my job traveling the world selling diamonds in 2008," said Weissman, "because I couldn't stand how the industry was always looking for ways to trick people into spending more money on diamonds. It's then that I decided to create The Diamond Pro to help consumers open their eyes to the games diamond dealers play. I also wanted to teach people how to buy a diamond like a diamond dealer and only focus on what’s visibly important."

The Diamond Pro educates consumers in two ways. First, readers of the site are invited to email Mike Fried, Weissman's partner and current CEO of The Diamond Pro (read more)

Posted by Eric Ward on 03/12/15


SelectBlinds.com Saves Children's Lives by Giving Away Over 82,000 Free Cord Cleats
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URL: http://www.selectblinds.com/window-blind-cord-safety.html

SelectBlinds.com is serious about child safety. While all their products are CPSC safety compliant and safety devices are sent with each corded product, after the news early last year of four more children losing their lives to corded window covering accidents, they knew they had to do even more. Select Blinds has created a free cord cleat program [www.selectblinds.com/window-blind-cord-safety.html] open to all consumers, both customers and non-customers. 

Consumers can request free cord cleats for every corded window covering in their houses. Cord cleats are small, easy-to-install safety devices that allow dangling cords to be wrapped up and kept out of the reach of children. So far, Select Blinds has already sent over 82,000 cord cleats to families with small children, giving parents the tools they need to keep their children safe. In their official announcement of the new program, Select Blinds said:

The loss of a single child is too many, so we are taking our commitment to safety one step further. Effective immediately, we are offering free cord cleats to everyone, whether they are a SelectBlinds' customer or not, for their current corded window coverings. We're taking a stand, and we invite you to stand with us to help prevent injuries and save lives.
But that's not all they're doing to try and protect children from preventable window covering cord accidents. (read more)

Posted by Eric Ward on 03/05/15


National Geographic Society Launches Private 
Expeditions in Partnership with Virtuoso®

Trips for Independent Travelers Include Stays at New 
National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World

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URL: http://www.nationalgeographicexpeditions.com/triptypes/privateexpeditions

(January 2015) The National Geographic Society announced this month the launch of National Geographic Private Expeditions, a new line of trips geared toward independent travelers, offered in partnership with Virtuoso®, the leading international network of luxury-focused travel agencies and advisors. 

Private Expeditions are unique itineraries to destinations all over the world that are specially designed for those who seek the flexibility to travel when and with whom they wish. Travelers explore independently while enjoying the benefits of traveling with National Geographic: top local guides, access to sites and experiences, built-in free time to explore and excellent accommodations. Travelers simply select a Private Expedition, choose their travel dates and any number of traveling companions and leave the legwork to National Geographic Expeditions and Virtuoso.(read more)

Posted by Eric Ward on 01/22/15


BizzyBeePlumbing.com Provides Expert Plumbing Services 
and Helpful Web Site to Cary, NC Residents

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All plumbing companies are not created equal. With this important fact in mind, residents of Cary, NC who wish to access premium plumbing services for truly reasonable rates will enjoy learning more about Bizzy Bee Plumbing, via the company’s official website. 

This exceptional company has years of experience and its hand-picked team of licensed plumbers are polite, well-groomed and devoted to performing professional-grade repairs, installations and upgrades, according to industry “best practices”. 

Access Perfect Plumbing Solutions

You may connect with Bizzy Bee Plumbing’s warm and caring customer service representatives, via the company’s official website, www.bizzybeeplumbing.com. In addition, this website is the perfect online resource for those who need to learn more about available plumbing services in Cary, NC and surrounding areas, as it details a host of practical information about the services that Bizzy Bee Plumbing currently offers. (read more)

Posted by Eric Ward on 12/10/14


You Can Save The World With Citizen Science at CitizenScienceCenter.com

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URL: http://www.CitizenScienceCenter.com

It's so easy to be overwhelmed by everything that is wrong in the world. In 2010, there were 660,000 deaths from malaria. Dire predictions about climate change suggest that sea levels could rise enough to submerge both Los Angeles and London by 2100. Bees are dying, not by the thousands but by the millions.

But what can you do? You’re just one person, right? The good news is that you *can* do something.

It’s called citizen science, and it’s a way for ordinary people like you and me to do real, honest-to-goodness, help-answer-the-big-questions science.

This site, www.CitizenScienceCenter.com, introduces you to a world in which it is possible to go on a wildlife survey in a national park, install software on your computer to search for a cure for cancer, have your smartphone log the sound pollution in your city, transcribe ancient Greek scrolls, or sift through the dirt from a site where a mastodon died 11,000 years ago—even if you never finished high school. (read more)

Posted by Eric Ward on 10/17/14


1,000 Guitar Teachers Join DS Music to give out Free Guitar Teaching Material
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URL: http://www.dsmusic.com/category/Guitar

Over 1,000 guitar teachers UK-wide have helped DS Music create over 100 pages of Free Downloadable Guitar Resources which have just been launched.

Created by professional guitarists, these free guitar resources cover the most requested topics; How to Read Music ? Music Theory for Guitarists, Circle of Fifths for Guitarists, Guitar Scales Dictionary, Guitar Chord Accompaniment Chart, 12 Bar Blues for Guitar and many more. Aimed to help save lesson preparation time for guitar teachers and provide essential information for guitar students, these professional guitar resources are sure to be one of the best collections available for free download. 

Explore our range of free guitar resources now: http://www.dsmusic.com/category/Guitar (read more)

Posted by Eric Ward on 10/9/14

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