Opinion and Commentary

Data Reveals San Francisco Care Not Cash Program for the Homeless Does Not Add Up

Author: Eugene Dong, MD, JD
Dateline: Fri, 06 May 2005

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - May 6 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- In his article 'Snake Oil in San Francisco, the Significance of Doing the Math of Care Not Cash' (www.sfsnakeoil.info), Dr. Eugene Dong reveals that San Francisco's Care not Cash program did not reduce homelessness or provide ongoing services to this population as promised. Instead, the bulk of the 14 million dollars taken from the county welfare fund under this Program has been used to line the pockets of San Francisco property owners.”



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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - May 6 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- In his article "Snake Oil in San Francisco, the Significance of Doing the Math of Care Not Cash" (www.sfsnakeoil.info), Dr. Eugene Dong reveals that San Francisco's Care not Cash program did not reduce homelessness or provide ongoing services to this population as promised. Instead, the bulk of the 14 million dollars taken from the county welfare fund under this Program has been used to line the pockets of San Francisco property owners.

The Care not Cash Program proposed to divert funds previously used for cash payments to homeless individuals into services such as access to housing, drug and alcohol treatment and mental health care. Welfare payments to single homeless people therefore, were cut from $410 a month to just $59. But rather than providing services to the homeless, the 14 million dollars taken from the county welfare fund last year paid for leasing and restoring hotels, including 12 buildings in a poor and crime ridden section of San Francisco called the Tenderloin.

"When I did the math using San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's figures televised on the News Hour with Jim Lehrer on April 8, 2005, it became apparent that this program just does not add up," said Dr. Dong. "The City claims to have used $14,000,000 to house only 1,000 people. Simple math tell us that the city has therefore spent $14,000.00 per housed recipient per year. Divide that by 12 and you get $1,226.00 per month, not $410.00, which was the maximum monthly benefit. That difference went directly to the hotel owners in the form of cash payments and capital improvements that they would not otherwise have received. The calculations in my article indicate that this amounted to 70 percent of the county welfare fund."

Dong further points out that despite Mayor Newsom's claim this Program has resulted in a miraculous decrease in the numbers of the homeless, in the same year, the numbers of the homeless swelled commensurately in the surrounding communities, so the Program has not really decreased the ranks of the homeless at all, but rather, just relocated them into smaller communities in the Bay Area.

Eugene Dong MD, JD is an Associate Professor of Cardiac Surgery Emeritus, Stanford University, and a lawyer admitted to the bars of the California State Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.

The complete text of Dr. Eugene Dong's article can be found at www.sfsnakeoil.info.

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Stratosphere and UV Solutions Partner to Create Product Disinfection Platform – Pacifier Market is Focus for First Products

Author: Stratosphere Partners LLC
Dateline: Thu, 05 May 2005

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “BOSTON, Mass.- May 5 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Stratosphere Partners LLC, a Knowledge Venturing(tm) company that specializes in building new platform businesses and UV Solutions LLC, a pioneer of UV flash disinfection technologies today announce that they have formed a partnership to build a UV disinfection platform and brand based on UV Solutions' patented technology.”



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BOSTON, Mass.- May 5 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Stratosphere Partners LLC, a Knowledge Venturing(tm) company that specializes in building new platform businesses and UV Solutions LLC, a pioneer of UV flash disinfection technologies today announce that they have formed a partnership to build a UV disinfection platform and brand based on UV Solutions' patented technology.

Stratosphere will initially develop, market and license UV Solutions' flash disinfection technology for a baby pacifier-cleaning device and other related baby care applications. The pacifier is clipped into a handheld, battery-powered, disinfecting unit and is disinfected in less than 1 second. A key feature is an indicator that changes color on the pacifier to indicate that it has been fully disinfected.

Bill Nast, a Founding Partner of Stratosphere, said, "With the rapidly growing awareness for maintaining family health, we believe there is huge potential for UV Solutions' technology. Our vision is to create a "Dolby-like" brand strategy for our disinfection products. Ultimately our strategy is to move beyond childcare products."

UV Solutions President, Geoff Jenkins commented, "Stratosphere's strength is creating disruptive, innovative and valuable businesses with unique technology. We are excited about the potential of their operational skills married to our technical expertise."

Pacifiers have many opportunities for contamination; either in a daycare setting where cross contamination is prevalent, in the family setting, and in public places where the concern for keeping items disinfected is very high. UV Solutions' proprietary germicidal ultraviolet (UVC) disinfection technology is recognized by leading physicians as having a greater than 99.9% efficacy in killing bacteria, viruses, mold and fungi.

About Stratosphere Partners LLC

Stratosphere Partners LLC helps build new businesses using its Knowledge Venturing(tm) model which is similar to a venture capital model, but instead leverages intellectual capital in return for equity in the new ventures it creates. Stratosphere is a privately held company, headquartered in Somerville, Massachusetts.

More information: www.stratospherepartners.com


About UV Solutions

UV Solutions LLC is a privately held product development company in Wellesley Massachusetts. The Company licenses its proprietary Ultraviolet disinfection technology and product designs to market leaders. Other products under development include water purification products and a number of products for the medical community including a stethoscope disinfector, catheter site disinfection system and others.

More information: www.uvs-ultraclean.com

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Offbeat

A Holy Ride: Pope Benedict XVI’s Car Sold On eBay In Record-Breaking Auction

Author: Golden Palace Casino
Dateline: Thu, 05 May 2005

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “SAUERLAND, Germany - May 5 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- From the frenzy of media interest over the past few days, the latest GoldenPalace.com winning eBay auction is easily one of the most phenomenal events in Internet history. The item that shattered all eBay records by incredibly receiving over 8.5 million visitors to its auction page was Pope Benedict XVI's previously-owned 1999 Volkswagen Golf. The holy car now belongs to the casino for euro 188,938.88 (approx. $244,590.83 USD).”



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Global Interest In GoldenPalace.com's Latest eBay Acquisition

SAUERLAND, Germany - May 5 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- From the frenzy of media interest over the past few days, the latest GoldenPalace.com winning eBay auction is easily one of the most phenomenal events in Internet history. The item that shattered all eBay records by incredibly receiving over 8.5 million visitors to its auction page was Pope Benedict XVI's previously-owned 1999 Volkswagen Golf. The holy car now belongs to the casino for euro 188,938.88 (approx. $244,590.83 USD).



Photo Caption: 1999 Golf owned by Cardinal Josef Ratzinger.


A few months before being elected head of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI (then Cardinal Josef Ratzinger) decided to sell his six-year-old VW Golf. The vehicle had been imported from Germany to Rome in 1999.

Without knowing the car's history, Benjamin Halbe, 21, bought the Golf this January. It was only when Halbe obtained the car's registration documents confirming Josef Ratzinger as the former owner that he realized the truly blessed nature of his purchase.

When Halbe listed the car on eBay last week, the reserve price was euro 9,999 - the same amount he paid for it. By Saturday, offers had already exceeded euro 45,000 and kept increasing dramatically until GoldenPalace.com's winning bid.

"GoldenPalace.com is delighted to own this holy vehicle," said GoldenPalace.com CEO Richard Rowe. "We have amassed a collection of what many consider to be holy artifacts. It seems only natural to get a blessed vehicle to carry these items. We are planning to showcase our acquisitions by bringing them on tour and allowing people to enjoy the experience of sitting in the divine car, in an effort to raise as much money for charity as possible."

More information: www.GoldenPalace.com

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Pop Culture and Cool Stuff

Pope Benedict XVI is Featured in the Newest Limited Edition Trading Cards by Paradigm Trading Cards

Author: Paradigm Trading Cards
Dateline: Thu, 05 May 2005

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - May 5 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Paradigm Trading Cards (www.paradigmtradingcards.com) today announced their release 'A New Pope,' a special, limited edition trading card set celebrating the life of Pope Benedict XVI. This set follows the highly successful release of a set Pope John Paul II. Each of the 20 trading cards in the set chronicles The New Pope's early years, life in the church and the first few days as Pope.”



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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - May 5 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Paradigm Trading Cards (www.paradigmtradingcards.com) today announced their release "A New Pope," a special, limited edition trading card set celebrating the life of Pope Benedict XVI. This set follows the highly successful release of a set Pope John Paul II. Each of the 20 trading cards in the set chronicles "The New Pope's" early years, life in the church and the first few days as Pope.



Photo Caption: Pope Benedict XVI Greets the Crowd.

"The New Pope trading cards are a response to our customers. Both our retail outlets and our customers have been asking for Benedict XVI trading cards since the day we released our Pope John Paul II set," said Mark Currier, President of Paradigm Trading Cards. "People around the world want to learn more about Benedict XVI. What better way could there be for young people to learn about the new Pope. Trading cards have been educational in nature since they where first produced."

This is a limited production run. The sets will be produced for the next six months. On November 15, 2005 the printing plates will be destroyed and the sets will never be produced again. Each trading card set has an Official Certificate of Authenticity.

"When we released our John Paul II trading card set we expected a good response but we were still taken back by the amount of orders we received from around the world. Based on the initial enthusiasm and excitement concerning our release of Benedict the XVI, this release has the potential to be one of the most successful trading card sets ever released," added Currier.

The Paradigm Trading Card Company is committed to chronicling and honoring the lives of men and women who have a tremendous impact on the world we live in.

To order "A Pope for the Ages" limited edition tradition cards, or for additional information please visit: www.benedictxvitradingcards.com.


More information: Tim Flatt, Marketing Director +1-405-715-0728 ext 160, support @ paradigmtradingcards.com, or www.paradigmtradingcards.com.

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Nano Superlattice Technology Announces Completion of Nano-coating Mass Production Machinery

Author: Nano Superlattice Technology Inc.
Dateline: Wed, 04 May 2005

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “TAIPEI, Taiwan - May 4 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Nano Superlattice Technology Inc. (OTC BB: NSLT), a company engaged in the coating of tools and components with nano structured PVD coatings for the semiconductor, precision machinery and telecommunication industries, announced today the completion of the installation of Nano's newest set of production machinery. The completion of the design and construction of this nano-coating machine is unique and represents the culmination of years of proprietary technology and scientific breakthrough by Nano's research and development team led by Professor Dr. Wolf-Dieter Munz.”



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TAIPEI, Taiwan - May 4 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Nano Superlattice Technology Inc. (hereinafter as "Nano") (OTC BB: NSLT), a company engaged in the coating of tools and components with nano structured PVD coatings for the semiconductor, precision machinery and telecommunication industries, announced today the completion of the installation of Nano's newest set of production machinery. The completion of the design and construction of this nano-coating machine is unique and represents the culmination of years of proprietary technology and scientific breakthrough by Nano's research and development team led by Professor Dr. Wolf-Dieter Munz.

This machinery will utilize Nano's sophisticated and exclusive superlattice technology to manufacture highly advanced and superhard nano-scale coatings.

Nano's research and development team leader, Dr. Munz, is an expert in nano-coating technologies. With a Ph.D. in Experimental Physics and over 40 years of experience in the PVD (physical vapor deposition) and hard-coating industries, Dr. Munz brings to Nano the ABS (Arc Bond Sputtering) technology he created, as well as resource and market expertise.

Currently, Nano believes its "Nano ABS" machine could be the largest machine for deposition of nano scale coatings in the world. The machine will employ ion implantation in combination with magnetron sputtering for the depositing of nitrides of various elements such as titanium, aluminum and vanadium in a high vacuum environment.

Utilizing a special atomistic deposition process, the surface of various products will be bombarded and penetrated with high-speed ions which will effectively achieve a structural change in the targeted product allowing it extremely high adhesion properties such as high hardness, high heat-resistance, high abrasion resistance and extending its normal product lifespan by as much as five or ten times.

"The nano-coating technology I have developed for Nano Superlattice Technology is among the most advanced in the world," remarked Dr. Wolf-Dieter Munz. "I believe that applied to hi-tech components in the precision electrical engineering industries in Taiwan, China and elsewhere is a significant and previously untapped business opportunity."

This technology can be used to create multiple nano-scale layers of thin elemental coatings with special crystalline structures on a product. Each thin nano-coating layer is optimized to a size of merely three to four nanometers in thickness with such coatings reaching half the hardness of diamond. Preliminarily, this nanotechnology will be applied to precision cutting tools such as industrial hobs.

The completion of the design and construction of this new production machinery is a milestone for Nano and a significant step in realizing Nano's business goals.


About Nano Superlattice Technology Inc.

Nano utilizes Arc Bond Sputtering and Superlattice technology to apply multi-layers of super-hard elemental coatings on an array of precision products to achieve a variety of physical properties. The application of the coating on industrial products is designed to change their physical properties, improving an individual product's durability, resistance, chemical and physical characteristics as well as performance. Nano's super-hard alloy coating materials were especially developed for printed circuit board drills in response to special market requirements. Nano plans to continue research and development into these techniques due to the vast application range for this type of nanotechnology.

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More information: www.supernano.com.tw

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City Network Announces Purchase Order from Europe’s MCA Technology Inc. for Shipment of New MP3 Product Line

Author: City Network, Inc.
Dateline: Wed, 04 May 2005

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “TAIPEI, Taiwan - May 4 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- City Network, Inc. (Amex: CSN), a company that designs, manufactures and markets a comprehensive line of broadband and wireless Internet access solutions and consumer electronic products, today announced the expansion of the company's marketing initiative in Europe. To accompany the growth in consumers 3C products demand, City Network is aggressively concentrating on the marketing and distribution of products in this trend. Recently, City Network received an official purchase order from MCA Technology Inc. for a version of its MP3 product line.”



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TAIPEI, Taiwan - May 4 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- City Network, Inc. (Amex: CSN), a company that designs, manufactures and markets a comprehensive line of broadband and wireless Internet access solutions and consumer electronic products, today announced the expansion of the company's marketing initiative in Europe. To accompany the growth in consumers 3C products demand, City Network is aggressively concentrating on the marketing and distribution of products in this trend. Recently, City Network received an official purchase order from MCA Technology Inc. for a version of its MP3 product line.

The new supply contract is for 150,000 units which amounts to approximately USD$2.34M. These MP3 products will be distributed by MCA Technology Inc. to its customers throughout the company's channels in various European countries.

"We are excited about this new business in Europe with MCA Technology, because it means the quality and design of our products meet the needs of the European market," remarked City Network Chairman Andy Lai, "We are currently planning a very aggressive marketing strategy to enter this market with full force."

For the past three years, City Network has developed high quality 3C consumer products including the "pen driver," VoIP equipment and other items such as mobile handsets for mostly Asia, China and African markets. However, this new order from MCA Technology Inc. represents City Network's first opportunity to compete and expand business in the European market. "We believe that this new order is a terrific opportunity to introduce our 3C consumer products business to European end users," stated Andy Lai.

In addition, City Network (www.citynetwork.com.tw) has plans to focus efforts on the development of product distribution in North America as well.

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Food and Beverages

Bookbinder’s Soups and Seasonings Division Acquired by Pennsylvania Corporation

Author: The Stephens' Original Foods Company
Dateline: Wed, 04 May 2005

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “PHILADELPHIA, PA - May 4 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The Stephens' Original Foods Company, a Pennsylvania Corporation, acquired the Bookbinder's Soup and Seasonings Division from Silver Spring Gardens of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on April 26th, 2005. The acquisition signals a return of the food division to its original Mid-Atlantic regional home, as well as a return to the market area where Bookbinder's enjoys its highest sales concentration.”



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PHILADELPHIA, PA - May 4 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The Stephens' Original Foods Company, a Pennsylvania Corporation, acquired the Bookbinder's Soup and Seasonings Division from Silver Spring Gardens of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on April 26th, 2005. The acquisition signals a return of the food division to its original Mid-Atlantic regional home, as well as a return to the market area where Bookbinder's enjoys its highest sales concentration.

The Nazareth, Pennsylvania-based Stephens' Original Foods Company is owned and operated by Mark and Evelyn Stephens. The Stephens' are eager to drive the synergies between the packaged soups with the tradition and heritage of the Old Original Bookbinder's restaurant, located in Philadelphia's historic Old City and established in 1865.

The current line of seafood soups and bisques are manufactured in South Jersey. The clams and oysters are caught fresh off the Jersey shores. In addition to the seafood bisques (lobster, shrimp, crab, and seafood), the Bookbinder's product line features Snapper Soup, New England and Manhattan Clam Chowders, Oyster Stew, Seafood Pepper Pot Soup, Clam Sauces, Clam Juice, Breadcrumbs, and Seasonings.

Stephens' short-term goals for growing the Bookbinder's Soups & Seasonings brands focus on increasing off-shelf display inventory in grocery chains, increasing points of distribution, and expanding foodservice penetration. Current distribution is throughout the U.S.

In addition to the Bookbinder's Division, The Stephens' Original Foods Company does business as Lehigh Valley Snack Distributors, a Wise Snack Foods master distributor for Northwest New Jersey and Northeast Pennsylvania.

Prior to establishing The Stephens' Original Foods Company, Stephens held a variety of executive positions, including Vice President of Foodservice at Pepsi Bottling Group and Regional Marketing Manager at Pfizer/Warner Lambert. Evelyn Stephens also serves as Director of Cairnwood, a historic mansion in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania.

The Stephens' reside in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, with their 3 young children. They are eager to grow the Bookbinder's brand into the fastest-growing, largest specialty soup brand in the country.

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Online Shopping Sites

KaysBargains.com Seeks Entries for First Annual Blogette Award

Author: Kay's Bargains
Dateline: Wed, 04 May 2005

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “SAN DIEGO, Calif. - May 4 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Kay's Bargains Hosts 2005 Blogette Award + $1000 Grand Prize. For those searching for ways to promote and market a female-oriented Web site, Kay's Bargains announced today that it is now accepting entries for the first annual Blogette Award competition, at Kaysbargains.com/Contest.php.”



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Kay's Bargains Hosts 2005 Blogette Award + $1000 Grand Prize

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - May 4 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- For those searching for ways to promote and market a female-oriented Web site, Kay's Bargains announced today that it is now accepting entries for the first annual Blogette Award competition, at www.kaysbargains.com/Contest.php.



Caption: The first annual Blogette Award.

Responding to the explosive increase of personal Web sites, joined with rising figures in the presence and influence of females on the Internet, Kay's Bargains is pleased to give authors of female-oriented Web sites a chance to get their work noticed and distinguished.

"As of 2004, they [women] comprised 51.6% of US Internet users, and that figure is expected to rise," according to eMarketer's report Women Online in the US, May 2005. The report also states, "Females have rapidly grown comfortable with technology and the Internet."

"This is definitely an exciting time for women online, and we here at Kay's share in the excitement and encourage the use of the Web as an avenue for women to express themselves," remarked Cindy Tsai, a team member at Kay's Bargains.

The Blogette Award is a Web site competition dedicated entirely to recognizing the best female-oriented Web site. Any Web site written, run, created by or geared towards females can enter.

The Grand Prize: A $1000 US cash award to the entrant with the most votes based on the public online voting poll at KaysBargains.com.

To get a site in the running for the Blogette Award, entrants should visit the Blogette Award Web site at http://www.kaysbargains.com/Contest.php, where they will find submission guidelines and the official online entry form. Deadline for entries is June 25, 2005.


About The Blogette Award

The Blogette Award competition helps increase recognition for female-oriented Web sites. The Award encourages readership to each entrant's Web site, promotes female-oriented online communities and generates substantial media coverage for all entrants.


About KaysBargains.com

KaysBargains.com (www.kaysbargains.com), based in San Diego, California, is a leading provider of deals and bargains targeted towards female consumers online. KaysBargains.com is a guide that identifies bargain prices, freebies and current coupon codes and rebates for the expanding population of female shoppers online.

By combing reputable retail stores on the Web for current promotions on a daily basis, the site features daily news that is continuously updated with information on the latest deals online.

More information: www.kaysbargains.com/Contest.php



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Construction and Building

Newforma, Inc. Announces Interoperability Consultant Certification Program for AECO Industry

Author: Newforma, Inc.
Dateline: Tue, 03 May 2005

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “MANCHESTER, NH - May 3 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- In its ongoing customer-centric process, Newforma, Inc., a newly established software development company serving the architectural, engineering, construction, and owner/operator (AECO) industry, announced today the Newforma Interoperability Consultant(SM) (NIC) Program. The NIC Program certifies industry consultants to provide Newforma software deployment, training and consulting services, ensuring smooth, high-quality technical implementation and faster time-to-benefits for Newforma customers. It is a vital step in fulfilling Newforma's mission to facilitate the seamless flow of information between every AECO role across both project and business processes.”



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Specialized AECO industry consultants will be certified on Newforma software implementation, best practices, and work processes to improve building project interoperability and maximize cost savings

MANCHESTER, NH - May 3 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- In its ongoing customer-centric process, Newforma, Inc., a newly established software development company serving the architectural, engineering, construction, and owner/operator (AECO) industry, announced today the Newforma Interoperability Consultant(SM) (NIC) Program. The NIC Program certifies industry consultants to provide Newforma software deployment, training and consulting services, ensuring smooth, high-quality technical implementation and faster time-to-benefits for Newforma customers. It is a vital step in fulfilling Newforma's mission to facilitate the seamless flow of information between every AECO role across both project and business processes.


"Prior to releasing our first products, Newforma is taking the unique approach of proactively building a network of leading specialized industry consultants certified to implement and support our software on live projects at customer sites," said Ian Howell, Newforma's CEO. "Our software applications are being designed with direct customer input to address many of the key pain points experienced every day, on every project, by every member of the building project team. By identifying, training, and certifying specialized AECO consultants, and establishing them as our professional services partners, we can ensure that our customers get trusted expert advice and quality implementation services to maximize the value of their investment in Newforma products."


NIC Program Launch

The first NIC Program "Boot Camp" is being held May 3-5, 2005 at Newforma's corporate headquarters in Manchester, NH. Consultants from eight local and national consulting practices will participate as inaugural members of the NIC Program. Participating organizations have had to satisfy a defined set of industry and technology-related prerequisite selection criteria, and individual consultants must successfully complete a rigorous three-step certification process.

"In addition to product certification, Newforma is providing participants in the NIC Program with a unique forum for all NIC's to share our best practices and exchange work process knowledge as we pursue new ways to provide our customers with implementation strategies for improving interoperability and achieving significantly greater efficiency in their businesses," said Chris Keller of Integrated Data Solutions, an inaugural NIC Program member.


Newforma Interoperability Consultant Services

Newforma is committed to providing customers with applications and consulting services to address their needs for interoperable work processes.

"Newforma recognizes that their exciting new products are just one of the essential elements required to address improved interoperability for AECO customers," said Kristine Fallon, President of Kristine Fallon Associates, Inc., another inaugural NIC Program member. "The company is committed to recruiting and certifying qualified interoperability consultants that can provide best-in-class services to audit existing work practices, advise on how best to implement technology, structure project information for re-use with downstream applications, and optimize information sharing across the extended project team."


Industry Focus on the Cost of Inadequate Interoperability

An industry whitepaper entitled "The Missing Person on your Building Project Team - Where is the Interoperability Consultant?" is available for download at www.newforma.com. This whitepaper describes the services that a certified interoperability consultant can provide to address the excessive costs of mainstream project delivery processes. It also describes two real-world examples where significant direct cost savings have been achieved by engaging an interoperability consultant. In addition to quantifying in tangible terms the conclusions of the August, 2004 National Institute of Standards (NIST) report entitled "Cost Analysis of Inadequate Interoperability in the U.S. Capital Facilities Industry," this whitepaper provides a constructive alternative to business-as-usual for the AECO industry by defining the role and benefits of an interoperability consultant as an integral member of the AECO project team.

"Newforma's software applications enable us to deliver incremental value-added consulting services that focus on making the project-related work processes more efficient, so we can deliver improved interoperability and resulting savings for our mutual customers," said Pete Kelsey, CEO of K-TEK Solutions, also an inaugural NIC Program member.


For More Information About the NIC Program

Specialized AECO industry consultants who believe they are suitably qualified can obtain information on how to apply for and participate in the Newforma Interoperability Consultant Program by emailing nic @ newforma.com.


About Newforma, Inc.

Newforma, Inc. is a software development company serving architecture, engineering, construction, and owner-operator (AECO) organizations worldwide. The Newforma mission is to provide software products and services that can facilitate the seamless flow of information between every AECO project team member in support of both project and business processes. By working directly with industry-leading organizations as Lighthouse Accounts, Newforma has defined key areas where improvements in interoperability will provide the most dramatic benefits to the project lifecycle.

For more information about Newforma and its products, please visit www.newforma.com, email sales @ newform.com, or phone +1 (603) 625 6212. Newforma and the Newforma logo are Trade Marks of Newforma Inc. Newforma Interoperability Consultant is a Service Mark of Newforma Inc.


About Kristine Fallon Associates, Inc.

Kristine Fallon Associates, Inc. (KFA) was founded in 1993 to focus on the use of information technology in the design and construction industry. President Kristine K. Fallon, FAIA, has been a pioneer in applying information technology to architecture, engineering, and facility management since the 1970s. She is a member of the AIA Technology in Architectural Practice Advisory Group and recipient of the prestigious Ed Forrest Award for Excellence in Design/ Construction Automation. KFA has helped AECO firms, and government and corporate facilities groups nationwide, evaluate and implement technology systems. The firm has received multiple awards for outstanding implementation of cross-organizational systems in support of large capital programs. For additional information, please visit: www.kfa-inc.com.


About K-TEK Solutions

K-TEK specializes in helping clients maximize value from both existing and future technologies by providing sole-source solutions for assessing business processes, standardizing services, creating and managing implementation plans, and training tailored specifically to the client's needs. K-TEK provides these cradle-to-grave solutions by relying on the unmatched expertise of its K-TEK Certified Professionals(R) (KCPs). These exceptionally talented individuals are conveniently located throughout the U.S. and abroad, and their talents span all disciplines of design and data management. By assembling teams of KCPs, K-TEK can address any challenge that design and data management professionals may face. For additional information, please visit: www.k-teksolutions.com.


About Integrated Data Solutions

Integrated Data Solutions has three primary objectives: translate an enterprise's business objectives into FM strategic and tactical plans; synthesize business process improvements, FM objectives, and technology to alleviate the symptoms by solving the core problems; and implement solutions to produce measurable value and return on investment. Integrated Data Solutions complements an existing team of internal and external experts with its business process, facilities management, and technology expertise. Integrated Data Solutions uses standard industry tools such as Six Sigma, Balanced Scorecard, Interoperability, and Strategic Asset Management to formulate the optimal solutions. For additional information, please visit: www.ids-ddpc.com.



Newforma, Inc. | 670 North Commercial Street | Suite 10 | Manchester, NH 03101 | +1(603) 625.6212. www.newforma.com

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Insurance

Long Term Care for Middle-Class Americans: Count On Yourself, Not Government

Author: LTC Financial Partners, LLC
Dateline: Mon, 02 May 2005

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “KIRKLAND, WA - May 2 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- LTC Financial Network Offers Free Advice on Private-Sector Protection. It's about the money. As the baby boom generation ages, more Americans will need extended care in hospitals, nursing homes, and private residences. Who will pay for it? Washington? The states? Don't count on it unless you're part of the neediest minority. Who will pick up the tab for the rest of us?”



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LTC Financial Network Offers Free Advice on Private-Sector Protection

KIRKLAND, WA - May 2 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- It's about the money. As the baby boom generation ages, more Americans will need extended care in hospitals, nursing homes, and private residences. Who will pay for it? Washington? The states? Don't count on it unless you're part of the neediest minority. Who will pick up the tab for the rest of us?



"If you're doing okay, you'd better plan on looking out for yourself," says Cameron Truesdell, head of the brokerage network, LTC Financial Partners LLC -- http://www.ltcfp.com -- based in Kirkland, Washington.

The Federal government has concluded that private long term care insurance is the ticket for most Americans. To educate the public on why and how to secure protection, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched a pilot "Long Term Care Consumer Awareness Campaign" in five states last winter. It's now winding down and Federal information kits may no longer be available by summer.

Truesdell's network will fill the void. "We are taking up responsibility for public education; we think it's important to maintain and extend the Government's message," says Truesdell. The network's information service covers the same ground as the Federal kit, except it places a greater emphasis on asset protection and tax benefits. The service consists of -

* A free 28-page guide on navigating the complexities of long term care insurance.

* Free by-phone advice on how to preserve assets while handling care expenses.

The free assistance is available now, through the LTC Financial network, which includes 53 of America's 100 most successful long term care insurance specialists. A complete list is available at -

* eranova.com/LTCFP/ltcfree.pdf (PDF format)

* eranova.com/LTCFP/ltcfree.htm (HTML format)

* 866-471-4072 (Ask for LTC Financial expert by state.)


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